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Charles H. Spurgeon

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The Occult in the Church

The Occult in the Church

1Timothy 4:1

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

Scripture warns us that in our times people would be led away from the truth by deceitful spirits, and that is happening today all over the world. The New Age movement and false teachings are flooding the “Churches” of America, and around the world. These spirits with their teachings are leading multitudes away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ and right into the pit of hell.

Satan knows that for many in “Churches”, he cannot simply present Satanism to them for they will reject such blunt offers; therefore he sneaks his doctrines in stealthily, providing something more tasteful for the masses. He provides sugar coated lies, occult practices with “Jesus” stamped on them so that the people will bite the bate; and they do, millions of them. It breaks my heart.

Here is an example: Yoga is seen by many as just a way to exercise your body and mind, and that it is totally harmless; yet yoga is rooted in the eastern religion Hinduism. The very name itself means: to yoke (which means to be joined to another). Yoga is to join you with the spirits of Hinduism, which are really demons. The yoga moves are actually individual offerings of praise to the 330 million gods that are worshiped. At the end of yoga class, people say “Namaste” which means “the god within me greets the god within you.” But we have people like Pastor Rick Warren who have holy yoga classes at church, and there are many who think lightly of such matters.

 Not only does Rick Warren mingle with such things, but he has also created what’s called the Daniel Plan. This plan has invaded the Church and the thousands upon thousands whom Rick has influence over. A careful look at those who Warren chose to help compile the Daniel Plan will reveal the deceitful work of satan involved. Dr Mehmet Oz, Dr Daniel Amen, and Dr Mark Hyman where those whom Pastor Rick Warren chose to help form a health plan for God’s people, all of whom are not Christian doctors, and together their beliefs range from un Biblical meditation, to hypnosis; even involving occult practices and the use of energies to heal.  Copy and paste or click the link for more info:   https://www.thebereancall.org/content/question-why-are-you-and-other-discernment-writers-so-critical-rick-warren-and-his-new-danie

These are just a few of the many ways that New Age philosophies and occult practices have entered Church buildings, leading people away from truth in Christ and toward demonic doctrines.

With a love for God’s people, Jonathan Ball

 

Sensitive to Religion- but Living like the Devil

Sensitive to Religion- but Living like the Devil

By A.W. Tozer

Luke 18:8

“… Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

In our day you can find plenty of men and women in all walks of life who live like the devil while insisting that they are “sensitive” to religion!

If an evangelist sweeps through and the excitement gets big enough, they will go to the meeting and swell the crowd and contribute to the offering- and it will look big.

But here’s the catch: after it is all over, the moral standards of the community are right where they were before. I contend that whatever does not raise the moral standard and consciousness of the church or community has not been a revival from God.

The “god” that men believe in now, and to whom they are “sensitive,” is a kind of divine Pan with a pipe who plays lovely music while they dance, but he is not a God that makes any moral demands on them.

I still say that any revival that will come to a nation and leave people as much in love with money as they were before and as engrossed in human pleasure is a snare and a delusion!

True faith in God- not in any god, not in religion, but faith in the sovereign God who made heaven and earth and who will require men’s deeds- that is the God we must believe in, my friends. Believing in Him, we will seek to crucify our flesh and put on the new man which is renewed in holiness.

That kind of faith in God is all but gone. When the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth?

A.W. Tozer

 

standing between the living and the dead

Standing between the Living and the Dead

Numbers 16:48

“And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.”

The Israelites grumbled against God’s servants and angered the LORD so much that His wrath went out against them, killing 14,700 people! You might say, “God was kind of harsh!”, but He is righteous in all His judgments. The fact that He allows us to live another day shows us His great kindness, for we have sinned against Him our entire lives, without caring at all that we have offended the One who gave us life.

During this deadly plague from God, Moses and Aaron, the very ones whom the Israelites were angry at, interceded for the people and made atonement for their lives, standing between the living and the dead. Because of them, the plague was stopped. This is a picture of the believer’s job today.

The world is in a state of rebellion towards its Creator, and His righteous wrath is consuming life after life as people die in their sins (John 3:36). Even though the world will speak against you if you are serving Christ, every believer is called to stand in the gap between the living and the dead. We must cry out to God on their behalf, that He would intervene and save them. That is called loving our enemies.

We must obey the command to love others as we love ourselves, which means that we care about where they will spend eternity; for truly, they are one step away from slipping into hell forever, with no hope of ever escaping. Because of this horrific tragedy, we must be deeply moved with compassion for them, crying out to God on their behalf, standing between them and hell through intercessory prayer.

 Lord help us to remove those things that waste our time, and empower us with Your Spirit, that we might lift our prayers up to the Lord for the lost, and reach out our hands to them, doing all that we can to persuade them to seek life in Jesus.

Love Jonathan Ball