the following may seem a little odd, but with the proliferation of television “ghost shows” and what seems to me becoming almost ancestor worship, I do believe the following is true. Evil spirits are always around us, trying to find ways to mess with us and play us. It can’t be difficult for a being that has been around thousands of years, to play with us by coming to us as a relative or someone important in our life. The Bible is clear, we are not to mess around in this area. The idea that we can somehow “control” a being that is very clever and intelligent and has grown so over thousands of years is absurd. That being is only trying to use you by your naivete. Sure you want to use some critical thinking in this article, but I think that in general it is a wise caution. Your Aunt Tilley doesn’t come back to watch over you, or somehow give you special power. Your loved ones in Jesus are in His presence when they die. We should all want that for them. She isn’t an angel, she isn’t a ghost, she is herself in the presence of the Lord. Anything else is trying to deceive you and you shouldn’t play with it. I want the Holy Spirit watching over me, and I want Him to move those beings that may try to harm me by deceiving me and so should you. – Jim Driskell January 13, 2020 Hephzibah Christly in christian counseling, spiritual development, spiritual warfare, Warfare Prayer July 15, 2016 877 Words BEWARE GHOSTS ARE DEMONS IN DISGUISE “There shall not be found among you … one that useth divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or one that consulteth a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer. For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD” (See Deut.18:10-12; JPS Tanakh 1917). Ghosts are demon spirits who are familiar with a particular environment or family. Because they have been in that family or environment far longer than even the humans, they are ‘familiar’ with the history of the family and the environment as well, and so are able to mimic the person(s) they disguise/masquerade as. Do not be ignorant of satan’s devices nor allow yourself to be taken in by his lies.“People are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6) What you fear will always torment you but what you confront will disappear. Stop listening to lies from the pit of hell that those ghosts haunting your house are your dead relatives. Instead of further compounding your problems by going to mediums, seek out the truth about your issues from the Word of God. satan takes advantage of people’s ignorance in order to victimize them. Refuse to be preyed upon. You have the victory in Christ Jesus already. He gave you the power over the forces of evil. God’s Word says, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.” (See Luke 10:19) Confront the demons behind the ghosts and command them to leave at once. You have to understand and realize that, “Every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith” (See 1 John 5:4). Satan runs a parallel government against God, which is known as the “kingdom of darkness” (See Colossians 1:13) Even though satan is wise, he is not the Omniscient that God is. Therefore, he counterfeits everything in the kingdom of God in order to deceive the saints into false worship. One of such counterfeit is the ‘unholy ghosts’ which is a cheap imitation of God’s Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, as some interpreters have it. satan’s demon spirits masquerade as ghosts (unholy ghosts) in order to torment, oppress, intimidate, manipulate and control humans; as a means of accomplishing his mission to “to steal, kill and destroy” them (See John 10:10). It will be helpful for you to understand that demons are bodiless evil spirits. Because of their affinity with humans, they seek to possess the human body where possible, or live in close proximity to humans when possession is not possible. That is why as unholy ghosts and the devil’s agents on assignment, they haunt either abandoned or inhabited homes as well as other places where humans visit or congregate. The Bible warns us to: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (See 1 Peter 5:8). We are to “Stand firm against him, and be strong in our faith” (See 1 Peter 5:9). People suffer unnecessarily because of ignorance. satan takes advantage of people’s ignorance to torment, oppress, possess, depress, control, intimidate, and manipulate them. But when you know and understand that the devil is at the back of every evil, you would stand firm against him with your shield of faith, to confront and unmask him in defeat. WARFARE PRAYER: ABBA Dad, thank You for the gift of your Holy Spirit who lives in us and works with us. We plead the speaking blood of Christ over our homes and stand against the forces of evil that are intruding into our lives and homes. We confess as sin disobedience, the bringing in of cursed objects into our homes, occult involvement such as consulting with mediums, channellers, diviners, and necromancers. As well as other related sinful activities. We know that you are faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us from every unrighteousness, in accordance with your Word. (See John 1:9) We ask Fatherc that you conduct a search and point us to any object(s) or person(s) who links these foul spirits to us. We sever our ties to all such objects and persons and reaffirm our faith in you our God and Father. We command all evil spirits to get off our lives and property now to the feet if Christ, and never come back under any guise or disguise; to torment, oppress, depress,intimidate, vex manipulate, control or obsess us. We are God’s Children and have no communion with satan and the forces of evil. We refuse to give liberties to satan in our world. Our homes belong to God and by this prayer we consecrate everything we are and own to the Almighty God in CHRIST name. We are holy unto God and therefore nothing unholy can come near us. Thank You ABBA Dad for perfecting all that concerns us and setting us apart for Your use, in Christ’s name we pray, Amein. -hephzibah christly If you are interested in understanding this topic, you need to get Our books Demons Deactivated1 and 2 from the following outlets https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hephzibah+christly&ref=is_s https://thespiritualwarrior.network/shop/ Share this: Press This Share Email WhatsApp More Daily Spiritual Exercises In “christian counseling” Break SoulTies/Curses From Sexual Sins In “christian counseling” REARRANGING DESTINY In “christian counseling” Post navigation GENERAL WARFARE PRAYER YOUR CHANGE IS COME 55 thoughts on “BEWARE GHOSTS ARE DEMONS IN DISGUISE” Pastor Jim Driskell, Lutheran Church January 13, 2020 at 9:28 am Your comment is awaiting moderation. Reblogged this on Pastor Jim Driskell. Like Reply Robin January 12, 2020 at 6:16 pm There are demons who will absolutely disguise themselves as loved ones. There are also loved ones who will being messages. God said to try the spirits. I have had visions since a little girl. I have stood in front of Jesus Christ as he washed away my sins. You must always rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you. Like Reply Michelle January 12, 2020 at 10:41 am Good read Like Reply Rev Fr John PP Fallon January 11, 2020 at 9:56 am This article is wrong in its premise that Ghosts are demons and needs correcting All proper ghosts are souls in purgatory that God has allowed to haunt places to strir good people to pray for them. All violent manifestations such as poltergeists and so forth are however indeed demons from hell, and need expelling. But a normal ghost will never attack or harm anyone, they are just asking for prayers and Masses to be offered for them while they serve out time in purgatory. Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hoses 4:6 Like Reply Michelle January 12, 2020 at 10:50 am Where in the Bible does it read that people even go to purgatory? It reads that you live, you die. Our souls go straight to Heaven or Hell. We don’t come back asking for men to help”pray” for us? What power does man have over God!? Once you’re gone, you are gone from this Earth. If your seeing ‘proper ghosts’, seek GOD’S help immediately! Like Reply Tammy January 13, 2020 at 1:04 am Amen, I agree with you! Like Reply Charles Coone January 12, 2020 at 8:57 pm That sir, is hogwash…please back that up with scripture. Like Reply Mary January 13, 2020 at 3:38 am There is no purgatory it’s either hell or Heaven there’s no in-between. Ghosts are demons search your Bible good you must be reading a Catholic Bible. No offense just someone that’s concerned about your soul Like Reply Alexis January 9, 2020 at 11:22 pm What about our dead lobe ones appeared in dreams? Like Reply Brad Clary January 10, 2020 at 11:47 pm Your dreams can be manipulated. Evil can be disguised as good. It’s all about pulling you away from the Word of God. Like Reply Sardent January 13, 2020 at 12:01 am And if you have but one dream. The loved one tells you they are okay now. You know it’s them because it feels different from a regular dream. Presence of your loved one is strong. Short and to the point. And you never dream of them again. You never feel their presence again. I do not believe ghosts are the spirits of dead humans. I believe they are evil spirits. Nothing was asked of me. I was not asked to believe anything … Anything at at all. Nor do anything. Nothing even to ponder in my heart. My loved one, who was saved, was now okay. That’s it. Nothing more. Have I been deceived? To what point? The answer to the one may demand the answer to the second. Like Reply Venus Smith January 9, 2020 at 10:29 pm Well anyone who believes this contradicts the bible. There’s a holy trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. This is a lie from the devil trying to fool people. Looks like some are falling for it. Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 10, 2020 at 6:29 pm Did you read the article? If you did, then you will see that the focus is on the unholy ghost. (See https://biblehub.com › proverbs Proverbs 18:13 He who answers a matter before he hears it–this is folly and disgrace to him.) Liked by 1 person Reply Regina Griffiths January 11, 2020 at 11:25 pm Are you saying the article is a lie? Like Reply Treva Harper January 9, 2020 at 8:36 am I was trying to go to your website but was blocked. Can you check you site? It could be my PC, I have Ad blockers on. This is a topic of great interest to me. I have participated in Spiritual warfare a couple of times in my life. Far too many people (including Christians) cannot see the occult influence on our culture, lives and even faith. What I do not understand as much is how curses are attached to items. I have seen enough to believe it can happen but understanding the handling of it is another matter. So would love to learn more about that. Like Reply Jennifer January 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm Ridiculous.. Like Reply C C January 11, 2020 at 6:44 pm YouTube Derick Prince. Like Reply Derryn Donaghey January 9, 2020 at 7:50 am I am a spiritual medium and it may surprise you, but I believe that ghosts are demons too I don’t try and communicate with them, in fact I banish them from my sessions. I warn clients to protect themselves from their deceit. After passing away in 2012 and coming back, I have been able to sense things about peoples lives and passed love ones. Before a session I pray “Dear God, please provide loving insight from you or those in your white light. Please protect us from any negative, dark, low, level, earthbound, shadow or demonic entities that may try and interfere or influence with our session, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen”. As a Christian I truly believe that when we do everything through the divine he will guide us and protect us. I have been blessed to be able to find missing people, get people of addictions, sooth those who worry about their passed loved ones and help to give guidance to people to lose their vises which to me is a welcome mat for “Team Dark” to come calling. I do clearings for people with the help of the divine and Michael Archangel and it works. I spoke to an Anglican Minister and told him all that I do and he said that he thinks I have a wonderful gift and should continue to do it. I feel nothing but love when I connect to the heavens and my messages are very positive and loving to my clients and I certainly do not claim to be speaking to their passed loved ones, rather receiving guidance and direction from our creator. So my question is this, does this seem like something that “Team Dark” has a hand in, as I can’t believe that healing so many of God’s children would be something they would have a part of. Thank you for your insights. Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 9, 2020 at 10:47 am Christian medium? What does that even mean? “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” ( See 1Timothy 2:5) Like Reply Anna January 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm If you’re a medium and banish ghosts, what do you do, exactly? Like Reply Mart January 10, 2020 at 5:50 pm Stay away from being a medium Like Reply Sue jezek January 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm There are spiritual gifts such as a gift to discern , prophesy , the gift of teaching ect. Nothing is quoted in the Bible about a “ Medium” and communication of the dead. A Christian knows when God is using them for his glory but does not boast and tell others “ I have a gift” . God uses us as Vessels through his work. Like Reply Roland January 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm You are not a believer . Period Like Reply Mary January 13, 2020 at 3:43 am Please repent.. Jesus doesn’t approve of mediums that an abomination to the Lord. I care for you soul… mediums work with demonic spirits.. Like Reply Hayley January 9, 2020 at 5:14 am Ummm seriously? This is exactly why I just can’t with Christians😒 Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 9, 2020 at 6:01 am Really? Perharps you might want to present your arguement? Like Reply KC January 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm A Christian is supposed to be a follower of Christ. However, anyone can say they are christian. We who follow Chrrist have a relationship with Him and that is the way it is supposed to be. Followers of Christ are Kimgdom people and we abide in Him in everything we do. Like Reply No January 8, 2020 at 1:28 pm What in the actual world? 🤣 Like Reply Patricia January 7, 2020 at 8:47 pm Thank you for this information. Growing up as a child our grandmother told us she was born with a veil of skin over her face which signified her being a witch. I remember sitting in sayonces with my grandmother, mother and older sister. One time my mother and sister said, they saw our Uncle standing in the kitchen who was deceased…I always felt uncomfortable in that house, felt like something was watching me…I was afraid to be in a dark room alone. My mother told us that our grandmother could see ghosts when she got older and could communicate with them… In 2006 my mother passed away, I tried leading a sayonce with a couple of my children and niece. I had a tape recorder on recording during the sayonce. When I played the tape, you could hear voices talking… it scared me so much I destroyed that tape. I’ve confessed my sins to the Lord since then, asked for him to forgive me, pleaing the blood of Jesus upon me. I’ve commanded satan to flee from my home as I anointed my home with oil in Jesus Holy name. I agree with you, they are not ghosts of our family members, they are demons. Thank your for sharing this. God be with you and bless you! Liked by 2 people Reply Cindy Miles January 8, 2020 at 10:13 am Hahahahahahaha Like Reply Pat Hall January 7, 2020 at 6:44 pm I totally disagree with those. I do believe the spirit of a loved one had the ability to come visit a loved one and possibly guide them in their Life journey when we need it most. And for mediums, I feel they have a gift from God to help the living cope with the death of a loved one and to better understand there is an after life and we have so much to look forward to, I don’t see them as being driven by Satan. They are always trying to help others so they’re I believe it is a gift to help the living. Liked by 1 person Reply Hephzibah Christly January 8, 2020 at 12:46 am The Christian faith is rooted in the Word of God not in some convenient belief system. “Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 29:31 Liked by 2 people Reply Venus Smith January 9, 2020 at 10:35 pm Amen brother. Preach Like Reply Cynthia Dallke January 11, 2020 at 11:46 am Correction. It is Leviticus 19:31 Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm Thank you Like Reply Mart January 10, 2020 at 5:54 pm It is appointed for man to die then the resurrection Hebrews Like Reply Chuck January 7, 2020 at 9:17 am I undoubtedly believe that demons impersonating as ghosts especially the ones pretending to be Children. I do however think that spirits that our not demons do exist in this world. Didn’t spirits come back to people in the bible? So why couldn’t this be the case today? Bottom line stay strong in your faith and the word of Our God and you will be alright Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm There are other evil spirits apart from demons . There are those who function above the earth in the celestial plane. However, demons or foul spirits, function within this terrestrial plane. My series Demons Deactivated expounds upon it.here is a link https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hephzibah+christly&ref=is_s Like Reply ajbates7 January 7, 2020 at 11:31 pm I believe those good visitations are truly blessed ordained visit approved by God for a purpose of the help of the loved one or to trigger a response in our sleeping thinking! I believe it happens but there is a blessed feeling or assurance to allow us to know it’s from the heavenly dimension. Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 8, 2020 at 12:49 am “Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:31 Liked by 1 person Reply aranew January 7, 2020 at 9:03 am Thank you! Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm You are welcome Like Reply mAriecris January 7, 2020 at 8:51 am Thank you for this message and word of God.It helps me to enlighten my thoughts about the dead loved ones.Thank you for sharing this messages.God Bless you more and more… Liked by 1 person Reply Hephzibah Christly January 7, 2020 at 2:02 pm Amein. Thank you for your time Like Reply Nlr January 7, 2020 at 8:16 am I think it would be better to say “evil spirits can disguise as dead people” because the word ghost was used in King James bible as the Holy Ghost Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 7, 2020 at 2:19 pm If you read the article, you will notice the clear distinction between the Holy Spirit(Ghost) and satan’s unholy ghost. Liked by 1 person Reply ajbates7 January 7, 2020 at 11:33 pm It was mis translated from the word spirit because of the dark renaissance politically going on in Europe at that time! Like Reply OMIDIRAN OLUDELE MICHAEL January 7, 2020 at 4:03 am Thank you for this piece. I agree with you well with your position. Can you comment on 1 Samuel 28: 10-20? Was it demon that masqueraded as ghost of Prophet Samuel? Note that all the ‘ghost’ said came to pass 1 Samuel 31:1-9. Like Reply Hephzibah Christly January 7, 2020 at 9:12 am Thank you for your comment. However, in response to your question, I refer you to the encounter the Apostle Paul had with the girl possessed with the spirit of divination. (See Acts 16:16-24) All she said was the truth. Furthermore, she was even recommending the men of God to the people; Yet, the Apostle Paul cast the spirit out of her. Why? Find the answer in Leviticus “”Do not turn to mediums or consult spiritists, or you will be defiled by them; I am the … Ye shall not attend to those who have in them divining spirits, nor attach …”(See Leviticus 19: 30 -32). In I Samuel 28: 3, we are told that “Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.”. He knew that consulting with them was sinful and causes defilement. However, when faced with a major crisis due to a heart that is not right with God, he defaulted to occultism. The Bible says, “5 And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. 6 And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. 7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. 8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. 9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?” (See 1 Samuel 28: 5-9) Consulting with the dead is necromancy, which the Word of God warns against. Saul out of selfish interest went against the Word of God and suffered dire consequences which also affected his descendants. (See 1Samuel 31) Every human being is capable of interacting with the spirit world because the Human is spirit, has a soul and lives in a body’ The spirit realm comprises of both the forces of good (Kingdom of God) and forces of evil (the dark Kingdom)… My Book Demons Deactivated 1, discusses why God gave Humans the gift of PRAYING to Him as a means of communicating with the spirit realm. Without faith, no one can please God. The Christian lives by faith on the Word of God. Occultism is the direct antithesis of Christianity. Anyone who chooses to bypass God and deal directly with the spirit world as Saul and the witch of Endor did, should accept the fallout of their actions, which crosses generation-lines. Here is the link for the Demons Deactivated https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hephzibah+christly&ref=is_s or https://thespiritualwarrior.network/shop/ 10 And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. 11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. 12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. Like Reply June case January 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm I believe that wat we think is ghosts r not ghost it’s the trick of the devil Like Reply Erica November 18, 2018 at 7:13 am Thank u so much these help me more then u ever know Like Reply Pamela December 20, 2016 at 7:32 am Wow! Awesome notes on praying prophetically. This helps me persue in the calling to intercede with Holy Spirit in charge. Like Reply Junmaru Roa December 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm thank sir or maam for this….i know all of this stuff but there is a word or words that trigger me to be good again Like Reply OBI NNAMDI FRANCIS July 20, 2016 at 12:06 am Wounderfull, may God grace u for more postd Like Reply hefzibuh July 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm Thank you Obi Like Reply Leave a Reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
“There shall not be found among you … one that useth divination, a soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or one that consulteth a ghost or a familiar spirit, or a necromancer. For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD” (See Deut.18:10-12; JPS Tanakh 1917).
Ghosts are demon spirits who are familiar with a particular environment or family. Because they have been in that family or environment far longer than even the humans, they are ‘familiar’ with the history of the family and the environment as well, and so are able to mimic the person(s) they disguise/masquerade as.
Do not be ignorant of satan’s devices nor allow yourself to be taken in by his lies.“People are destroyed for lack of knowledge”(Hosea 4:6)
What you fear will always torment you but what you confront will disappear.
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[A lot of the following I “adapted” from Chuck Swindoll’s sermon on December 2. I didn’t directly quote some just so I wasn’t too tedious. If it’s brilliant it’s probably Dr Swindoll, if it’s ????? It’s probably me]
“Most of us have a desire to understand the really deep things, we like to talk to people who are knowledgeable in areas of thought. There is a sense of gratification and satisfaction. Ours is a dry and thirsty land, there is little to satisfy the hunger of the heart… Too often we find ourself on that hamster wheel, racing from one event to another, never really taking in the significance of what this means in terms of the existence that God has given us. Much of our spiritual experience is talking about everything around us, but learning the true value of nothing. We’ve seen people like that, maybe too often we are the ones that have kind of let our life in Jesus go by.”
I would hope that we would continually review our own life and consider how our life in Jesus has progressed in the past decades. Have we grown deeper and more committed to Christ. Have we been good disciples, having a genuine interest to learn and grow and to pass on our teaching to our children.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Deut 6: 5-9 Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder.
There is confirmation, Sunday school. Things intended to supplement how we raise our children in understanding their role as Christian men and women in the church as well as in the culture.
No doubt we can’t guarantee that our children will grow up to be faithful in Jesus and sons and daughters of the church. But if we as parents don’t continue to grow and mature in Jesus, we can’t expect our children to continue to mature. If we only went as far as confirmation decades ago, we can’t assume we are even in proper relation with Jesus or we can teach our children well.
Chuck Swindoll asks the question, do you take in the world around you? Not all the cynicism we see and hear. Do you let some of the wonder in? Do you like to probe, dig deeper, not accepting the superficiality of the world we live in? Christians are called to hold the culture accountable in Christ, not to slavishly follow the culture. Satan, directs the ways of the world. We are Christ’s not the world’s, we follow His Word He gave us in Scripture. What is God saying to you when you read and ponder His Word?
Do we see through the shallowness of the world? So much that is “entertainment” in the world is really about life and pursuits that directly conflict with Christ and His Word. The culture really is very superficial, much of what we see and hear not only conflicts with Christ, but really is an insult to our intelligence. We have been educated in Jesus, yet the world insults our intelligence with the banality of what we see and hear. Too often you see people who are spiritually dull, they aren’t hard of hearing, they’re hard of listening. When the subject gets deep, they’re looking at their watch to see if the thing is over in order to get back to where they’re entertained.
Too many in the Christian church today should be at a point where they have learned and lived in Christ long enough to teach others, children, peers. Yet they aren’t sufficiently equipped. When our children are baptized, we as parents vow to raise our children in the knowledge of our Lord. But few seem to abide by that vow.
Chuck Swindoll asks if we, as many around the world are, were locked in cells, without any way to read God’s encouragement in Scripture, how much would you remember to encourage other Christians around you? We all need to continue in our maturity in Christ. Too many are still dependent on milk, and not the spiritual meat that we should have as mature Christians. St Paul wrote the Corinthians: 1Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly—as infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for solid food. In fact, you are still not ready, 3for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and dissension among you, are you not worldly? Are you not walking in the way of man?…(1 Cor 3:2) The writer to the Hebrews: “ESV Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
We are called to discern what we are hearing, compare it to what is in the Bible. Lots of people express “opinions”, but many opinions are not correct and should not be considered, they are wrong.
Are you satisfied with your Christian life, can you look at your life and honestly say that you are genuinely in relationship with Jesus? Or are you too dependent on the world around you, and false, even spiritually dangerous ideas and practices? If we get to complacent in Christ we put the spiritual welfare of ourselves and our family in jeopardy and start a spiritual drift away from Him.
We are all called to continue to grow and mature in Christ. God should be continuing to work on us, to be better fit for heaven. As a pastor I take vows promising to do my best to guide that growth and maturity. I am held to account to God as to how well I led as a pastor and did what I could to help my brothers and sisters in Jesus to grow in their maturity in Jesus.
Feel free to share with me any ideas you have in order to provide the opportunities to grow in Jesus. This is to share what is in Scripture, to use the Bible as it was meant to be used, as the solid food we need to grow as Christians.
God wants to make His presence known among us. He wants others to see our love for one another. He is hospitable. We’re His family.
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October 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Back in June, Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire wrote a savage column titled “Now the Left is Normalizing Pedophilia Right in Front of Our Eyes.” The growing phenomenon of so-called “drag kids,” he pointed out, is normalizing the sexualization of children, with “the ‘drag kid’ who posed with a naked man, and the ‘drag kid’ who danced at a gay bar while men tossed money at him” being two of many prominent examples. Most recently, one of the drag queens at Drag Queen Story Hour performed a stripping dance for children. Yeah, you read that right.
Walsh, of course, received immediate pushback, with some progressives even accusing conservatives who had the gall to condemn this public grooming of being the weird ones. There’s nothing sexual about this at all, they lied, and thus anyone who sees something sexual about stripper dances, posing with naked adults, and gyrating in outfits modeled after sexually provocative adult clothing is the one who should be ashamed for even thinking that this is inappropriate. It doesn’t matter how obviously grotesque the displays get—progressives will defend them. They’re all in, and they’re betting the kids.
It gets worse. Two days ago, I spotted a tweet from renowned radical feminist Julie Bindel, who has recently found herself a constant target of transgender activists for her refusal to cede the word “woman” to biological men (Bindel has not only received threats of physical violence, but trans activists—biological men—have swarmed her recent events). Bindel had posted an article titled “Desmond is truly amazing—and hot!” with the comment, “Here is the founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange Tom O’Carroll (who I interviewed 4 years ago—he made my blood run cold) celebrating child drag acts.”
Desmond, for those of you who don’t recall, is an 11-year-old child drag queen, and his performances are all the rage in the LGBT community at the moment. Tom O’Carroll is a British pro-pedophilia advocate, who was convicted and imprisoned for distribution of child pornography as well as multiple sexual offenses against children. His 1980 book Paedophilia: The Radical Case argues that adult-child sexual relationships should be normalized, and describes his own sexual experiences with children.
Pedophilia, O’Carroll says (and he has had support from GLBT pioneers like Richard Green), is an orientation like gay or straight, and thus there are no moral grounds for preventing people like him from finding sexual fulfillment. “I am not interested in why I am a paedophile,” he wrote, “any more than others are interested in why they are ‘normal.’”
I’m not going to link to his disgusting blog, but here is how O’Carroll—who, again, has been advocating for the normalization of child-adult sexual relationships for decades—sees the drag kid phenomenon:
Let’s face it, when a pretty young boy tells the world he is gay and dances sensuously in front of grown men, wearing vampish dresses and makeup; when “she” strips off items of clothing or goes on stage scantily clad right from the off; when dollar bills are accepted as “tips” from an audience apparently wild with excitement; when all this is going on we are getting far more than just a celebration of gender diversity or an innocent display of precocious performance talent.
And that’s great. It is wonderful that a rare niche has been found in the modern, developed world within which at least a few kids can truly be themselves, in ways that deny neither their gender feelings nor their sexuality. Being a drag queen, or a drag princess if you will, puts it right out there, in the open for all to see. It says, loud and proud, “I am a sexy kid, with sexy feelings. It’s totally cool for grown-ups to get turned on by me. I love it. That’s why I do this stuff. It’s great. It’s fun. It’s me!”
Panicky conservatives, needless to say, spin it differently, desperate as they are to pretend that kids have no erotic dimension, or at least none that is self-generated. In their telling, performances such as Desmond’s and those of fellow artists such as “Queen Lactacia” (Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden) are a travesty in the worst sense: these are kids, they claim, who are being “sexualised” by exploitative adults hell bent on corrupting their supposed natural innocence.
It isn’t just conservatives who recognize these drag performances for what they are. Chillingly, pedophilia advocates do as well. In fact, O’Carroll goes so far as to call out those denying the sexual nature of these performances and points out why he believes they are doing so:
So why all the denial? Why the coy insistence that kids’ drag performance has nothing to do with their sexuality? Hypocrisy, basically. For decades now, gay politics has revolved around respectability, and that has meant aping hetero-normativity: gay couples with committed relationships, marriage, and parenthood, have become the promoted model; the old, carefree “promiscuity” of the gay life is frowned upon (if still a reality for many) and any cross-generational sexual contact with youth is now far more taboo than it ever was in the “bad old days” when homosexuality was a discretely practised underground phenomenon.
Hypocrisy is detestable for its dishonesty; but on the other hand it works. Politically, it makes sense. Denial of the sexual element in kids’ drag performances has recently resulted in them being perceived as on the “respectable” side of the gender revolution, despite all the excitable right-wing huffing and puffing. While It cannot have been much fun for the Napoles family to be subjected to official investigation for child abuse, it is now becoming clear that they have gained a measure of support from the authorities.
O’Carroll’s comments don’t need much analysis. Yes, he mocks conservatives—but that’s because he thinks we’re backwards, oppressive prudes who want to shut down events with the potential of assisting him in pushing his cause to the mainstream. In fact, he is giddy that thus far, polite society appears to be willing to let Desmond’s parents get away with enabling their son in this awful fashion. He defiantly agrees with what Matt Walsh wrote in his column a couple of months ago—but says that this is a good thing.
Walsh is right. Pedophilia is being normalized right in front of us—and that is being celebrated by activists who believe that this is a step in the right direction.
Jonathon’s new podcast,The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. Van Maren speaks with Fr. Pavone about his experiences as a pro-life priest and leader. Fr. Pavone shares how his dedication to the pro-life movement began in high-school and continued while he was in seminary. After he was ordained a priest, he preached about abortion almost every weekend from the pulpit, leading to a profound impact on his parish. You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below:
This is the response from a Unitarian minister:
“For some people feet are sexual. Elbows. Old people. Young people. Other races. There is a whole spectrum so while I am 100% sure some people would find this sexual most would not. The same way some people sexualize kids shows or children’s beauty pageants where they dress little girls as princesses or put them in bathing suits. To over generalize this would be too simplistic. That said parents who allow their kids to participate should be aware and vigilant.”
Clearly the secular agenda is to make this all about sexual choice and that everyone has to join in. Some will be those who get to take and use and others will be objects to use, no matter how helpless and weak they are. This is what we keep giving permission to by our weeney, wish-washy, responses to the things in our society that we know are so evil and abhorrent. We need to get over our whimpy responses and start to condemn and not only end what there is, but start rolling back these atrocities. This is abhorrent.
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Spiritual Warfare, Michael, Satan
Angels Watching over me [Amy Grant song]
Trinity Lutheran September 29, 2019
We make our beginning in the Name of God the Father and in the Name of God the Son and in the Name of God the Holy Spirit and all God’s people said AMEN
St Michael and all Angels day. Michael is an Archangel. There are millions of angels and the counterparts of angel, which are … demons. Lucifer, Son of the Morning Star (Isaiah 14:12), decided he should have a better gig, decided to push back against God (for a being created to be the most brilliant of all angels,) being brilliant can be an idol, it can cloud your knowledge and judgment. Lucifer realized that God intended for the angelic to serve humanity and Lucifer was not interested in serving beings he felt were so far beneath him. Lucifer thought he was so brilliant, he was bullet-proof, he learned the hard way. There’s kind of a fourth archangel, named Raphael, who is mentioned in some of the Apocryphal books.
It is said that each angel has their own sphere of influence. Some say down to an individual person, in Matthew 18:10 Jesus says: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” The senior angels, are in the immediate presence of the Father. Gabriel told Mary at the annunciation, he came from the Father’s presence. Tradition says; “Michael is in charge of spiritual warfare. Gabriel is in charge of messages and announcements. Lucifer of knowledge.” Gabriel was the Herald of God, Wikipedia defines herald as: more correctly, a herald of arms, an officer of arms… Heralds were originally messengers sent by the nobility to convey messages or proclamations—in this sense being the predecessors of the modern diplomats.” When you show up to tell people what God is about to do, that’s an important guy. Lucifer was in charge of knowledge, when man and woman ate from the tree of knowledge the mixing of good and evil together. Much could be said that man in innocence would have had a life of peace and joy. Lucifer decided that we should think we are smart, because of that, we’ve decided we are smarter than God, so Lucifer who’s a whole lot smarter than us, should think he’s smarter than God.
We focus on the leader of the angels, after Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Michael, is the archangel of “spiritual warfare”. Michael being the leader of the heavenly host, and that is what host means, the army of heaven. John tells us specifically in Revelation that Michael and his angels are fighting Satan. The angels are certainly God’s, but this is written in the sense that a military commander would refer to his men, those he is directly in charge of and responsible for. Michael is also the patron saint of the military, police and fire fighters. Do not pray to Michael if you are in the military or public safety, we always pray to the Father in the Name of the Son. Michael is a sort of icon of the Father’s protection, one of the ways the Father will send help you or defend you. I used to have a little medallion of St Brendan in my coxswain kit in the Coast Guard. First, he’s Irish, second, he was the patron saint of navigators. Ok, call it a good luck charm, bit of superstition, but I certainly didn’t take out my charm to pray before going on a case. But when I went into my case for something it was a comfort, because it ultimately meant God was with me, watching over me, I had no doubt of that.
Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are called “saints”, that is in the sense of “sanctus”, holy. Since it seems the angel who is highlighted is Michael, we assume, “spiritual warfare” is recognized as a priority. Our epistle lesson and Old Testament lesson, both discuss Michael. In Daniel 10:21the angel tells Daniel that he was held up by a demon and that Michael had to come to help him in order for him to deliver his message to Daniel. In Revelation John tells us how Michael and his angels drove Satan out of heaven. This is the most lopsided “war” imaginable, the problem is that you and I are in the middle of that war. But it’s certainly lopsided since the outcome has been determined. The Book of Revelation tells us of the ultimate fate of Satan and the demons. But for now, the world is in Satan’s grasp. Sin abounds in the world, and it seems humanity likes it that way. And let’s face it, we like it, sin is attractive, if it’s prettied up, “hey what’s the harm, right? “John Warwick Montgomery observes: “…the devil’s main act of hatred is not to destroy people (at least not at first), but to get them by masquerading as angels of light. The devil’s best disguise is piety. From the beginning, he’s cloaked …beneath a robe of theological inquiry – ‘Did God really say?’” Go ahead, take a bite, doesn’t matter of what, so long as it separates you from your Savior Jesus, and it must be OK, because it’s so purty, nice, I like it. And that’s how we make decisions today and Satan helps us move there.
Many people have this odd idea that because sin is so prevalent God can’t or won’t do anything about it, Montgomery goes on to say: “…God has even anticipated the demonic opposition of the adversary and the determined seductiveness of the tempter and has systematically integrated it into his own world order (Rev 2:10; 13:5 ff). The devil is the power in God’s world who always wills evil, yet always effects good. Satan does not escape from God’s ‘ordo’, but remains co-ordinated in it,” It’s not whether God is in control, He certainly is, we see that in the life of Jesus, read about it in the Book of Revelation. What Satan does, God permits. Satan is a completely, evil, depraved, vicious being, no doubt, if Satan were left to his own devices, this world would be an unbearable hell. Paraphrase what Joseph said to his brothers in Egypt, what Satan intends for evil, God uses for good.
Historically we like to think warfare is cut and dry, there’s the enemy, we protect ourselves from him and trust that God will save us. Dr Montgomery observes, it’s not that cut and dry, the devil presents himself as an angel of light, he can because he was an angel of light. He can be as pious as anyone, it’s not really hard to do, at least for what he needs. We have to be vigilant, we have to be discerning, to be faithful in prayer and ready to follow God’s leading. We may think we know what we’re doing, but the whole point of warfare, spiritual or worldly, is to undermine the enemy. To Satan, we as a Christian, baptized, strengthened by the Body and Blood of Jesus, faithful in attendance, hearing the preached Word, we are the enemy. It’s not hard for Satan to create all kinds of dislike, confusion and outright hostility. We have to be constantly on guard as to what the forces of evil do to Christians individually and as a group. We rely on God’s promise; Deuteronomy 33:27: “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you,…” We only do that trusting in Him, in the pastor He has sent to lead and in our fellow Christians. I’m certainly not saying that this is a formula for perfect peace and harmony, the demonic works hard and constantly, they’ve been doing this for thousands of years, it’s not hard to find some weak point. It’s up to us to be vigilant, to test the spirits as we are told, to rely on our Savior. There are demons around us seeking to influence us to mislead us and to deceive us. David Petersen on Issues Etc with Todd Wilkins also suggests: “Pastors in the Lutheran Church will do house blessings, it’s not an elaborate ritual, it will drive demons from the home [reminds me, I should do that here!] it’s a few prayers and readings from Scripture, we are promised that God’s word is enough to drive off demons. This is also why we should have family devotions, husbands and wives should pray together. We shouldn’t underestimate demons or mess around with these beings. [The Ouija Board was invented in Chestertown? If there’s one in your house I would destroy it and just never mess around with those things. Christ crucified has defeated the demonic, the evil in the world, that does not mean it’s dead, we’ve seen terrorist acts in the world, Satan is more than capable of spiritual terrorist attacks. But the evil in the spiritual world can be confronted and driven away, partly by us not involving ourselves or believing the things of the world that is constantly manipulated and played by the demonic. Through Christ’s life and death we are equipped through baptism, His Body and Blood, the Word, all the armor we need to defeat the enemy. As Paul tells us in Romans in all these things we are more then conquerors through Christ who loved us.” (Rom 8:37)
The peace of God which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Shalom and Amin. He has risen! He has risen indeed Alleluja
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We make our beginning in the Name of God the Father and in the Name of God the Son and in the Name of God the Holy Spirit and all those who want to be shrewd for Jesus said … AMEN!
Leveraging, OPM, basic B-School concepts. We Christians have become so caught up trying to appear pious and that is not what we are about. For example “money is the root of all evil”, complete quote is the “love of money is the route of all evil”. Money is a tool, how do we use that money, are we using it for the Kingdom, the proclamation of Christ or does our money go to things that are worldly?
This is not the only place in Scripture that Jesus tells us to be shrewd. Despite what many think, there is nothing in Scripture that says “be stupid”. Seems as a Church we’re supposed to roll over and play dead for every ridiculous concept the world foists on us, meekly schlep along, agreeing with everything the world says about the hottest topics now: “Obviously the Bible is wrong about these things, because our human/earthly institutions insist that these things are right. So maybe the Bible needs to be updated. We find over and over again that the Bible is indeed right, but it seems we all have to crash and burn with the rest of society when we fall all over ourselves to accept what is the newest and coolest. We have a loving Father who waits for us at the crash site to keep us from getting seriously hurt, while many insist on avoiding God’s outstretched hand and hitting the hard ground.
Not only does the Bible not tell us to be stupid, Jesus has told us a few times, be smart. We can play the world’s game in the power of the Holy Spirit beat the world at its own game, we leverage what the Spirit gives us in the world. But we insist the institutions around us are right. Jesus commends shrewdness in Matthew 10: Jesus sends His disciples to the world with these words: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” He tells them a lot of the people they go to meet are going to be judged, they will be condemned and destroyed. He qualifies that in the same passage by saying His disciples are going to get the brunt of things too. They are going to be delivered before governors and judges and will be cruelly punished. Not because what they are saying is wrong, but there’s a cruel world out there that rejects Jesus and His hope and promise and insists on its own silly, worthless words that it always finds out are wrong in the end.
Let’s talk about prayer, something very much on my heart. Before I really realized the importance and need for prayer Marge and I were the coordinators for the National Day of Prayer in our hometown of 100,000 and after three years, the coordinators of the Commonwealth of Mass. We had some really great day long rallies on Beacon Hill and got a lot of attention from elected officials, some of whom served on the state committee and who actively participated. Even bugged a governor because we went over time in front of the “Grand Stairway” in the state house and cut into the governor’s time. But we realized that when we took prayer right to the public forum, leveraging prayer to the best interests of the worldly people around us who saw how we could come together, grow in prayer, especially when those same people were included and helped to understand the importance of what we are doing.
Leveraging, OPM, often used cynically, by practitioners of these trades. The Gordon Geckos who have a very narrow vision of what life is about. We in a shrewd manner, like the steward in the pericope, use the resources of the world, not cynically, but positively, we stand strong in the things we do as Christians, in prayer, faithful to Christ’s teachings, ignoring the nonsense the world continually foists on us. That other “churches” buy into and are never successful in pursuing, even worse trying to leverage what the world tells them to those who are seeking Christ, they are revealed as phonies and cause many to become disillusioned in Christ because of their dysfunctional church, even reject Christ and condemn themselves. I don’t want to be a leader of any of those churches, I don’t want to stand before the Judgment Seat and explain to our Lord why I was the instrument of so many people denying their faith and coming into eternal destruction.
We can be smart about it, we can be shrewd about it. Talk about the ultimate “leverage”, that Jesus “gave Himself as a ransom for us”. Technically, it’s more in the sense of propitiation, He paid the penalty for us to be free and saved. But for us what He did really is OPM. That we have been given eternal promise and hope by what Jesus did. If you look at this as leveraging OPM so that we derive the return, that would be a great way to think about it. Not in a cynical way, but in a way that gives us a bright future of eternal bliss, and eternal life, what Jesus says is “life and life more abundant”. Paul is emphasizing prayer to his student, one of the men who he calls his son in Christ. What does he say about prayer? “ESV 1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
When we did the National Day of Prayer we had the mayor of a large city, other city officials. At the state house we had many legislators, some city officials, both parties who were very supportive. None of them got upset that we were praying for all our public officials, they seemed to be quite pleased to be prayed for like this. No cynical attempts, a very shrewd, positive outpouring that we wanted to pray for these men and women. That the more we supported them in prayer, they would lead our state, communities in ways that would be positive, and help us all to grow.
We seem to get a little prissy when we come to passages like this one. We’ve been dealing with passages like this all summer. Jesus isn’t some milquetoast, quaking, pious little fella, who doesn’t want to offend. He’s not concerned with who He offends. If someone takes offense from God the Son, the One who makes the rules, who created all of everything, that’s on them, it becomes their problem. If they are so obsessed with their way, their agenda, and they reject God and His agenda, and then they’re surprised they end in eternal condemnation? Who’s being dumb here? Doesn’t sound like a shrewd move on their part. These people love to tell you how smart they are, genuinely smart people do not try to outsmart people they know are smarter and will shut them down. Smart people are shrewd people, they leverage what they have in order to move in their lives. Jesus wants us to be shrewd and smart, for the Kingdom, for the eternal life and salvation of all those around us. We can go right down the street to the county seat, we can go right across the bridge to the state capital. We can leverage our power of prayer, using OPM, in this case God’s currency and show people what life genuinely is in Christ. Or we can keep being hang-dogs, follow along in the world’s agenda, then wonder why we’ve crashed and burned with the world. We had the shrewedest, smartest, most powerful of all in Jesus and instead of being smart and shrewd, threw Him over for the silly, naïve, greedy, grasping, immaturity of the world. I’m smart enough to know where I should be focused. Amin and Shalom Christ is risen! He has risen indeed Hallelujah