The Wiles of the Devil, Part 2

Continuing the list of the devil’s wiles that I found while reading the Bible:

26) War.
27) Iniquity. Habit of sinning.
28) Lack of faith. “Helping” God fulfill His promise. Unbelief.
29) Blame. Spite. Disrespect.
30) Thinking you know more than God.
31) Lasciviousness. Perversion. Perverted thinking. Incest.
32) Drawn to sin. Longing for worldly things.
33) Scorn.
34) Hard-hearted. Callous.
35) Stingy.
36) Theft.
37) Lack of patience.
38) Self-important. “It’s all about me!” “Now!” Self-centered.
39) Comfort.
40) Generational sin.
41) Envy.
42) Destruction of other’s property.
43) Marriage outside of covenant.
44) Hatred. Wrath.
45) Revenge.
46) Manipulation.
47) Favoritism.
48) Humiliation. Degradation.
49) Man-pleasing.
50) Jealousy.
51) Slavery.
52) Servitude.
53) Dishonesty.
54) Bribery.
55) Appeasement.
56) Rape.
57) Fornication.
58) Tale-bearing.
59) Gloating.
60) Indignation.
61) Scheming.
62) Dream-killing.
63) Unrelenting grief.
64) Superstition.
65) Broken vows.
66) Lust.
67) Adultery.
68) False accusation.
69) Ingratitude.
70) Guilt.
71) Dread.
72) Obeisance to man.
73) Prejudice.
74) Divination.
75) Rash promises. Hasty, unwise vows.
76) Poverty.
77) Subjection.
78) Usury.
79) Sickness. Disease.
80) Self-will.
81) Cruelty.
82) Affliction.
83) Infanticide.
84) Concealing sin.
85) Bullying.
86) Questioning God’s command.
87) Making excuses to not obey God.
88) Feeling unworthy. “Who am I to do God’s work?” Poor self-image.
89) Keep the people too busy to worship God.
90) Wealth.
91) Beatings.
92) Murmuring. Complaining.
93) Forgetting God’s word.
94) Ignorance of God’s word.
95) Not understanding God’s word.
96) Cares of the world. Not hearing and obeying God’s word because of
Circumstances. Putting circumstances above God’s word.
97) Self-abasement. Putting yourself down.
98) Sorcery. Witchcraft. “New Age.”
99) Fear of death.
100) Mental bondage.

The Wiles of the Devil, Part 1

Ephesians 6:11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

2 Corinthians 2:11 – lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (thoughts, mind, schemes, plots).

Since we are not ignorant of the devil’s schemes I thought I would enumerate them since I was reading through the Bible at the time I was thinking of this. So starting in Genesis, this is what I found:

1) Adding to or subtracting from God’s word.
2) Tempting people, planting evil desires in their minds. Feeding those desires with a combination of truth and lies. “You can be like God.” Desire to be equal with God.
3) Satan lies. Lying. Half-truths.
4) He causes people to doubt God’s word.
5) Satan tempts people to sin. Sin brings shame, fear, guilt (not remorse), separation from God (death).
6) Slavery to sin.
7) Anger, pride, jealousy, which lead to
8) Murder, bitterness.
9) Sin brings a curse.
10) Knowledge of evil increases and takes over.
11) Violence filled the Earth.
12) Sin brings judgment.
13) Drunkenness, which leads to
14) Helplessness, vulnerability.
15) Homosexuality.
16) Changing God’s promise to something believable to humans. Substituting a
Worldly answer for a spiritual one.
17) Pride.
18) Idol worship. Astrology.
19) Disobedience. Partial obedience.
20) Deception.
21) Fear.
22) Strife.
23) Selfishness.
24) Greed.
25) Disrespect for elders.

I will add the rest in the next couple of blog posts, along with how we are supposed to thwart the devil’s devices.

Covid: Is It God’s Judgment on America?

At the beginning of the pandemic, I heard a preacher saying this was God’s judgment on America for all the abortions that have been and are being done. He went on to “prove” this by starting at Wuhan, China. He said it started there because of God’s judgment on that part of China because they eat babies there. I don’t know if this is true or not. The CIA says it’s false, but they’re not the most trustworthy bunch. There are numerous websites covering both sides of the issue. Which is why I found it odd that this preacher cited as his source one of the places that said it is false. Why would he do that?

I can only think of two reasons. Either he was careless and put down the wrong site, or he didn’t care because he knew the congregation trusted him and no one would look it up. I believe he made an assumption about this being God’s judgment for abortion and then looked for “evidence” to support his opinion. Admittedly, I could be wrong. And it IS possible this is God’s judgment. However, I tend to lean toward the opinion of one prophet I heard. (A prophet with a pretty good track record in delivering God’s Word. Not one hailed as a great prophet despite prophesies not being true. But that’s another story.)

This prophet said we are still in the era of grace. While it’s true that I heard him say that several years ago, and things may have changed since then, it’s my belief we’re still under grace. We are having to live with the consequences of decisions of ungodly people and the consequences of having a complacent Church. Also, complications from an unredeemed Earth. From what I’ve read in the Bible, God’s judgment will be much more severe than what we are seeing now.

Whenever a catastrophe hits a place like New Orleans or San Francisco, the “prophets” claim it is God’s judgment on their sin. However, if it hits someplace that is little known, no such claim is made. They pick and choose where God is pouring out His judgment. For instance, Hurricane Katrina was God’s judgment on New Orleans, while Hurricane Michael was not considered God’s judgment on Panama City, Mexico Beach and Marianna, Florida even though it devastated the entire area.

So, is Covid God’s judgment on America? Probably not. More likely, it is an escaped manufactured pathogen from Wuhan’s biological warfare lab. The Bible does warn us there will be plagues in the last days. I would caution everyone to be prepared to meet their Maker, while trusting Him to keep any plague from us. (Psalm 91)

Deception in the Church, Part 3

New Age Terminology

As I said before, New Age strategy is to take over the Christian church from within. One of their methods is to use Christian terminology, but change the meaning.

I have only given a few here, ones that I’ve encountered myself. Many people who have left the New Age movement and come to the Christian church have been confused by, appalled by, or terrorized by finding the same thing they left being promoted in churches across the world.

I personally grew up with New Age teaching in the form of Scientology. I am so glad that, even though I didn’t know Jesus, I resisted Scientology with every fiber of my being. While the terms were different, they still have the same “flavor” as the popular “shift” and other words used by many false prophets today. It made me very uneasy, along with the manipulation of “doing something in the natural to bring about that thing in the spiritual” realm. You don’t find that in the Bible.

When I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, my mother told me that Scientology and Christianity were not in opposition to each other. Jesus was an “operating thetan” which is what scientologists strive to become. Jesus showed the way to do it. So, she “believed in” Jesus.

Here are a few of the terms in use today:

Go here for a full list given by this site: https://www.crossroad.to/heaven/Excerpts/glossary/church/na_terms.htm

Buzz Word: New Age

Traditional Meaning: Eph. 2:7 That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Jesus Christ.

Misleading Meaning: Anything cutting-edge modern in the late 20th or early 21st century                

Real Meaning: A time period marked by massive changes in human spiritual evolution, particularly when mankind reaches the point where he can facilitate his own evolution to the next level.

Buzz Word: Transformation

Traditional Meaning: To change the form or outward appearance.

Misleading Meaning: To change the way of doing something from the old-fashioned way to a new-fangled way.

Real Meaning: A plan to change the entire spiritual, cultural, educational, economic, social and political structure of man’s life on Earth.

Buzz Word: Paradigm Shift (Tipping Point, Critical Mass)

Traditional Meaning: A shift from one worldview or belief system to another.

Misleading Meaning: A shift from the traditional Judeo-Christian mindset to eastern mysticism. In the church, a shift to a higher level of spiritual understanding and practice.

Real Meaning: A spiritual shift where man becomes a co-creator in his own destiny; an evolution in the consciousness of mankind.

Buzz Word: Alignment

Traditional Meaning: An arrangement in a straight line.

Misleading Meaning: Spiritually, in the church growth model, bringing your will into conformity with the vision and goals of your local church.

Real Meaning: The metaphysical belief that one must coordinate their bodily, mental, emotional and spiritual functions with the forces in the Universe for maximum benefit and effect.

Buzz Word: Resistance

Traditional Meaning: BAD: Resisting the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51). GOOD: Resist the devil (James 4:7)

Misleading Meaning: Resistance to change, due to an improper clinging to old worn-out theology, which if left unchecked could cause disunity and delay progress.

Real Meaning: Resistance to change threatens the entire evolutionary process. Resistors/laggards possess remnants of a reptilian brain and will not evolve. They must be eradicated.

Buzz Word: Leadership

Traditional Meaning: The first shall be last and the last first. (Mark 10:31)

Misleading Meaning: A leader is a servant who is willing to sacrifice himself in order to transform the church.

Real Meaning: Transformational leaders ensure followers embrace the vision and goals, rewarding the compliant and penalizing laggards.

Buzz Word: Vision  

Traditional Meaning: Something seen in a sleeping dream; an extraordinary, God-given event.

Misleading Meaning: A mental image formed in the mind by the imaginations and desires of the heart.

Real Meaning: A metaphysical practice in which a mental image becomes reality, either through spiritual or physical endeavors.

Buzz Word: Consensus

Traditional Meaning: Agreement through open discussion.

Misleading Meaning: Seeking mutual understanding on any given topic, especially by giving up one’s own preferences.

Real Meaning: Forcing agreement by using psycho-social group manipulation techniques to reach the desired outcome. Requires that one give up their convictions.

Buzz Word: Revival

Traditional Meaning: Stirring up religious faith among those who have been indifferent.

Misleading Meaning: An experience-based event in which people profess change, make decisions, encounter phenomena, or undergo catharsis.

Real Meaning: A global transformation of the church in which people are subject to experience-based events through occult influences and/or smoke and mirrors.