CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· Let us compare the Feudal, Capitalist, and Communist numbers
· Financial Freedom in Christ Versus Worldly Ambition
· How can they say that slavery is the will of God?
· Should slaves and the oppressed join marches and protests to free themselves?
· What about slavery in the Bible?
· The Murderer Moses, Prince of Egypt
· What does the Bible say about willing slaves, child slaves, and sex slaves?
· OLD KING SOLOMON THE DISOBEDIENT WITCH — slave trader, misogynist, and multi polygamist
Let us Compare the Feudal, Capitalist, and Communist Numbers
During some six centuries of feudal rule, in a world with only a minute number of today’s population, the corrupt feudal royalty and unscrupulous nobility of Europe, supported by the pope and his bishops, as well as Protestant ‘popes’ such as John Calvin enslaved, murdered and starved to death millions of their own citizens. By estimation, they also abducted and murdered a million African slaves – although I personally believe the figure is higher.
Between the 16th and 18th centuries, unbridled capitalism followed European colonialism, built on the broken backs and lives of exploited European and African serfs and slaves. The numbers of their victims are unknown, but during these centuries of oppressing colonialism, we can estimate that they also ran into millions.
In turn, the abuse of capitalism opened the doors for the worldwide imperialism of communism and socialism, where all are supposed to be ‘equal’ and ‘share all the immense wealth’ that capitalism has created. Sorrowfully, in only one century, the crazed drive to implement socialism on a worldwide scale has resulted in unparalleled numbers of superrich, communist elitists. More importantly, their worldwide genocidal oppression, dispossession, starvation, murder, mayhem, and undernourishment of at least 5 billion of the modern world’s population of the known 7 billion people, will forever remain unequalled in human history.
Financial Freedom in Christ versus Worldly Ambition
In his quest to understand God’s way to financial freedom, someone asked whether ambition to become rich and better oneself financially without committing sin like fraud and theft, could be sinful. To answer correctly, we must always search the truth of contextual Scripture. The only real freedom that exists, is to be found in obedience to the truth of God’s Word — which is His perfect will for us. Selfish ambition, which inspires people to pursue physical rather than spiritual riches is witchcraft, and therefore sinful and self-destructive. And so, Paul taught in 1 Tim. 6:6-12, “Godliness with contentment [with what you have] is great [emotional and spiritual] gain… Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money, is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness…”
This is not a prohibition to better oneself through hard work and personal ingenuity. It is a warning against greed, because greed has the power to draw us away from God to commit idolatry; forfeiting our salvation in Christ. On the other hand, healthy ambition, accountability, and responsibility are unchangeable commandments of God. Being a faithful servant and steward certainly pertains to every area of our lives. Hence, James warned in chapter 4:17, “To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James said that witchcraft is not just active disobedience to God’s Word, or vigorously plotting and executing destructive deeds against God, humanity, and the rest of creation – that is bad enough. Witchcraft is also passive disobedience, or neglect of God’s Word in the form of apathy. Apathy is the other side of sinful ambition. Apathy is a lack of concern, laziness and fearfulness, which result in failure to do what we know God requires of us – as in the case of the “wicked and lazy servant,” who buried the talent that God had entrusted to him, (Mt. 25:18-29.) The Spirit Filled Bible tells this contextual truth about the Parable of the Talents in Mt. 25:14-30, “Watchfulness does not mean idleness [or neglect or greed,] but a faithful discharge of one’s responsibilities. The wise use of gifts and abilities entrusted to us results in greater opportunities [and the acquiring of more gifts and abilities to glorify God,] while their neglect result not only in the loss of more opportunities, but of that which was entrusted to us.” It is clear that idleness, laziness, and passivity will lead to great loss in our lives. Passivity or laziness concerning our spiritual lives will result in a lack of knowledge and disobedience to God’s Word, which seriously endanger our eternal life in heaven, (Mt. 25:1-30.) Thus, we must balance Jesus’ commandment to be content with what we have with His commandment to be faithful servants and stewards in God’s vineyard, (Mt. 25:14-30.) [Read about the Sin of Passivity in the book, ‘Dealing With Abuse and Abusers God’s Way.’]
God or Mammon – How Do We Do It?
None is without sin and blood-cleansed children of God do not live in heaven yet, (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) “If we say we [do not sin,] we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Therefore, we should immediately check unruly and selfish ambition, as well as the dangerous lack of ambition by remembering that spiritual, emotional, and financial wealth is not a question of quantity but of priority. For instance, a poor man can idolize his only pair of shoes more than a rich man might idolize a million dollars. Therefore, just as financial wealth can never prove godliness, poverty does not necessarily prove Godly priorities. Fact remains, money is not an entity; it is a lifeless commodity. Money can therefore not be sinful, but the love of money, (just as the love of beauty, praise, position, pleasure, and power,) is idolatry, which always leads to Scriptural disobedience, and acts of idolatry and witchcraft. For instance, witchcraft in the form of distorting God’s Word for the sake of money and religious control, has been destroying the body of Christ since the days of Peter and Paul. Consequently, Peter warned in 2 Pt. 2:1-4, “There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies… and many will follow their destructive ways… By covetousness, [greed and other kinds of materialism,] they will exploit you with deceptive words…”
To protect us from even the slightest grip of Mammon, (the worldly system of sin and greed,) Jesus said we must never allow the love of money the slightest grip on our souls, because that will quickly lead to blatant idolatry. We must place God first in every thought, word, decision, and deed. Hence, Jesus warned, “Do not lay up treasures on earth… but in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also... No one can have two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other… You cannot serve God and Mammon, (Mt. 6:19-21; 24.)
The love of material possessions, selfish gratification, etc., places us under the heavy hand of a harsh master, whom Jesus called “Mammon.” Mammon is not only the master of greed. Mammon is the master of the entire world system, which is based on materialism. Mammon always uses worldliness, or the lust for power, position, pleasure, beauty and wealth, to corrupt and enslave souls. Mammon will always try to deceive believers that man can serve two masters and that a little bit of materialism is okay. However, only a portion of our hearts, souls, and lives displeases God greatly and cannot satisfy Mammon either, (Rev. 3:14-22.) Thus, idolaters are increasingly capable of committing any type of witchcraft to keep on pleasing Mammon in order to excel to the next level of personal gratification.
HOW CAN THEY SAY THAT SLAVERY IS THE WILL OF GOD?
It is another sore fact that unscrupulous Christian witches in the form slave masters, found many Biblical verses and examples to ‘prove’ that God not only condones slavery, but also sanctions and commands it in both the Old and the New Testaments! This satanic distortion of Scripture and the character of the Most Righteous and Holy God of the universe, proves the incredible danger of reading and interpreting Scripture outside the context of the entire Bible; the “truth of God’s Word,” (Ps. 119:160.) Jesus became ‘flesh’ to “destroy the works of the evil one… and to set the captives free!” That means He came to free spiritual, emotional, and physical slaves; all those whom Satan holds hostage, but who call out to Him! “Those whom the Son has made free, are free indeed!” (Is. 61:1; Lu. 4:18: Jn. 8:36.)
In Ex. 21:16, the Scriptures make it clear that “he who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if the man is found in [the slaver’s] hand, shall surely be put to death!” According to the truth of God’s Word, slavery carries the death penalty! Listen to what the God of the Bible said to Abraham in Ex. 3:7-10, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their slave masters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them [physically, because under the Old Covenant, nearly everything was physical…] The cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them…”
The Old Testament Exodus of Slaves VS the New Testament Exodus of Slaves
The physical, Old Testament exodus of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt to liberty in the land of Israel, is the representation of the spiritual, emotional, and even physical exodus of God’s born again children out of the domain of Satan’s slavery: oppression, spiritual/emotional/physical poverty, and darkness in this world, into “His marvelous Kingdom of light,” (Ex. 20:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Rev. 5:9-10.) Jesus suffered, died, and has risen from the grave so that whoever personally believes in Him, may live in the liberty of the Holy Spirit, as described in the full context of His Holy Word, (2 Cor. 3:17.) Of course, the liberty of the Holy Spirit pertains to our spiritual life first; but emotional bondage has to follow suit through the continual renewal of our minds, (Rom. 12:1-2.) Then, God will make a way for us to live (as far as possible in this broken, sinful world,) in physical liberty as well.
Should Slaves and the Oppressed Join Marches and Protests to Free Themselves?
God teaches respect for property and person, and forbids the violent riots and outrageous protests that typify our modern world, “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice... If a fire… consumes stacked grain or the field, he who started the fire shall make restitution… For any kind of trespass… whomever the judges condemn, shall pay double to his neighbor…” (Ex. 23:2-3, 7-9; 22:5-15.)
Paul placed reckless financial ambition and physical fights for freedom in perspective when he wrote in 1 Cor. 7:21-23, “Were you called while a slave? [The Roman Empire, to which Israelites were subject, was under very harsh master-slave rule.] Do not be concerned about it; [do not let the pain and humiliation of physical bondage consume your soul,] but if you can be made [physically] free, [without violence, murder, or other sinful ways,] rather use it… He who is called in the Lord while a [physical] slave is the Lord’s [spiritual] freedman. Likewise, he who is called while [physically] free is Christ’s [spiritual] slave. [All are truly equal in Christ. However,] you were bought at a price; do not [willingly, ignorantly, or in disobedience to the truth of God’s Word] become slaves of men.” Paul said the oppressed should trust in God’s leading and provision, and wait on God-given opportunities to be made free. God has a time and place for everything under the sun. This is not a prohibition on self-defense, but on rebellious political actions without the clear Scriptural directions of the Holy Spirit.
In his short letter to Philemon, Paul did not attack social classes and economic structures – even master-slave mentalities. He was true to Jesus, Who did not command His disciples to cause social and political upheaval in this world, but to preach the Gospel and warn everyone about the traps of politicians, which, once heeded, brings spiritual and emotional liberty, (Jn. 18:36.) In his letter to Philemon, Paul withstands harsh treatment of slaves and pleads for fair treatment of the runaway slave Onesomes, who became a fellow believer through Paul’s ministry, as a brother and equal in Christ. Hence, he also declared in Gal. 3:28, “In Christ there is neither… Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female, for [spiritually,] you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Slavery is an atrocious sin against humanity. Nevertheless, God-fearing boss-worker classes, though imperfect, can bring some order to this dark and stormy world, and thus will remain in force until the return of Jesus, (Rev. 11:15.) Knowing that God will require an account of everyone and everything He had entrusted to us, Paul commanded in Col. 4:1, “Masters, give your servants [or workers] what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven… [Workers,] be obedient to your masters according to the flesh… in sincerity of heart…” (Eph. 6:5.) God commanded us all to work hard, do our best, live an honest and quiet life, and trust in His provision, protection, guidance, and justice. God takes notice of all abuse, oppression, and slavery, for Jam. 5:4 clearly states, “The wages of your laborers which you have kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.”
What about Slavery in the Bible?
Where do all the many unjust but ‘Biblical’ ideas, examples and even laws, which apparently condone and protect slavery, come from? Could God be so confused as to forbid slavery in one verse, and command it in the next? Certainly not! Jesus Himself said that some of the rabbinic laws of the Old Testament, such as “Moses” law on divorce, was not God’s will for humankind. These laws found their way into Scripture as Moses, “because of the hardness of their hearts,” permitted divorce, “but form the beginning, [or according to God’s creation principles and His universal Law of Love,] it was not so.” Jesus then reprimanded those twisters and abusers of God’s Word by pointing them to His original commandment on marriage, “Have you not read that He Who made them at the beginning made them [one] male and [one] female and said… The two shall become one flesh… Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate,” (Mt. 19:1-10.)
Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit; but Jesus made it clear that even the rabbinic writers of the Old Testament “Made the Word of God of no effect through [their] tradition, which [they] handed down [as part of Biblical Law.] And many such things [they] do,” (Mark 7:13.) The rabbis could manipulate the Word of God to suit their manmade traditions because originally, Old Israel was a Theocracy – a God-led nation, ruled by a parliament of temple-priests. God and State were One. God’s Word formed, and still forms the bulk of Old Testament Law. However, as with any government, this parliament of priests made ‘by-laws’ to curb sins that were not clearly documented in Scripture, (like the human tendency to divorce for just any silly reason.) These rabbinic laws leaned more toward Hebrew tradition than toward the authenticity of God’s Word. Yet, the rabbis declared them an authentic part of Scripture.
We find another example of rabbinic interpretation as part of Scripture in Ex. 21:20-21 where the rabbis wrote, “If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and she dies at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives a day or two [before he or she dies,] no vengeance shall be taken for the slave is his master’s money.”
Can any reasonable human being believe that the Most Holy and Righteous God would view money more valuable than the life of a human being – or that He will allow such brutal and deliberate torture and murder to go unpunished? To get complete clarity on the matter, let us look at another example in the Old Testament.
The Murderer Moses, Prince of Egypt
Moses, the ‘friend of God’ in Ex. 33:11, became so enraged when an Egyptian overseer assaulted a Hebrew slave with a whip, that “he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he murdered the Egyptian and hid him in the sand,” (Ex. 2:12.) Undoubtedly, Moses did right by defending the helpless slave, although premeditated murder was not God’s will for even that unbearable situation. Moses was the Hebrew prince of Egypt. He could simply have ordered the Egyptian overseer to stop the beating, but he chose to murder him instead. Murder for whatever cause is a crime in the righteous eyes of God and punishable by death. However, Moses fled the judgment of Pharaoh and began a new life in Midian.
Did God ever punish Moses for that crime? Again, we have to look at the full context of Scripture for clarity on this matter. For 40 long years, Moses remained banished from his people until his accusers and Pharaoh were dead, (Ex. 4:19.) Then God called him at the burning bush and said, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their slave masters, for I know their sorrows. So, I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians… Come now, therefore, and I will send you to [the new] Pharaoh that you may bring My people… out of Egypt.” (Ex. 3:7-10.)
One would think that Moses ‘served his time’ in the wilderness for the crime of premeditated murder, but on his way to Egypt, “the Lord met Moses and sought to kill him.” Some Bible scholars say God wanted to kill Moses for neglecting to circumcise his son. However, the penalty for neglecting this physical sign of the Abrahamic covenant, which pertains to the physical land of Israel, (Gen. 17,) is not death by the hand of God. While the details of the situation remain a mystery, some believe that Moses’ wife Zipporah performed the blood ritual in his place, thereby interceding for his sin because he disregarded God’s instruction concerning male Hebrew babies.
Nevertheless, we read in the passage of the burning bush that Moses made several excuses why he should not return to Egypt to face Pharaoh, but we do not find Moses on his face before God, confessing his sin of murdering the Egyptian, (Ex. 3:11-17.) Could it be that God ‘sought to kill’ Moses because he still had the Egyptian’s blood on his hands? Difficult as it is to interpret this portion of Scripture; the ‘blood bridegroom,’ which Zipporah referred to, might imply more than the neglected rite of circumcision. Possibly, Moses had to settle an old score with God concerning forgiveness, before he could face the full fury of Satan in the form of the Egyptian Pharaoh.
What Does the Bible Say About Willing slaves, Child slaves, and Sex slaves?
Despite all the Scriptures that reveal God’s righteous character, supporters of slavery still argue that He allowed for a creditor to enslave his debtor and even his debtor’s children for the redemption of the debt, (2 Kings 4:1; Ex. 21:7; Isa. 50:1.) In context, however, the passage of 2 Kings 4:1 looks like this, “If a brother who dwells by you becomes poor and [willingly chooses to] sell himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave. As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you [until his debt is paid,] and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee, [the Year of Redemption from debt; a period no longer than 7 years.] Secondly, God sternly commanded, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; but a person shall be put to death for his own sin,” (Deut. 24:16.) Should parents decide to sell their children as slaves or as sex slaves nonetheless, Ex. 21:7-8 commands, “If a man [willfully chooses to] sell his daughter to be a [sex] slave… If she does not please her master, who has betrothed her to himself, [because she does not consent to being his sex-slave,] he shall let her be redeemed…”
Thirdly, ‘selling oneself’ is an incredible act of witchcraft, which alienates one from God, as described in 2 Kings 17, where Israel “sold themselves to [Mammon, or the pagan world system] to do any kind of evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke Him to anger.” Israel secretly tried to serve God and Mammon - the foreign gods of the pagan nations. They secretly built high places to sacrifice to idols; set up sacred pillars for these ‘craven and molten images;’ burned incense to pray to Baal the sun god; initiated their children into pagan worship (or “made their children pass through the fire,”) worshipped angels instead of God, (verse 16b) and consulted shamans. And so, God said, “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments and statures, according to all the law which I commanded… you…” Nevertheless, they would not listen… and they rejected [God’s warnings,] and covenant… Therefore, the Lord… removed them from His sight…”
Old King Solomon the Disobedient Witch - Slave Trader, Misogynist, Multi Polygamist
Supporters of slavery and polygamy, (having multiple sex partners as ‘wives,’ whom the man allegedly ‘marries,’) argue that God commanded the practice of slavery and polygamy to all the patriarchs, kings, priests, and wealthy men of the Old Testament, who caught, bought, sold, and kept Hebrew as well as Gentile men, women, and children as servants, soldiers, and sex slaves. They also say that God allowed the Hebrews to treat these slaves as they wanted, (even beating them to death,) because slaves were their personal possessions, (“their money,”) and God cared nothing about them. Even more horrendously, they claim that during New Testament times, Jesus and His disciples all approved of the brutality of slavery, and even commanded slaves and all their descendants to submit to their cruel masters unreservedly “as a service to the Lord,” and “to the glory of God.”
However, looking at the life of that greatly blessed, but sex crazy witch, Old King Solomon, it becomes clear that God did not sanction human trafficking, slavery, (politely called “forced labor” in 1 Kings 9:20-24,) misogyny, polygamy, and sex workers or prostitutes, which all account for the practice of keeping many ‘wives’ and ‘husbands.’
“The two, He says, shall become one. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body… Do you not know that he or she who is joined to a [male or female] harlot is one body with [him or] her? But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a person does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his [or her own body,’ (1 Cor. 13b-20.)
In Deut. 17:17, God clearly forbade kings “to multiply wives for themselves,” which does not mean that he is not allowed to have ‘too many’ wives, as some interpret this command. It means the king, as any other man, is not allowed to have more than one wife, as “the two, shall become one.” Based on God’s original creation principles for the marriage covenant, Jesus commanded men to live monogamously with one wife “whom you are to love like your own flesh.” Yet, Old Solomon chose to ‘love’ at least a thousand pagan women ‘like his own flesh,’ while God also forbade such fornication and intermarriage between believers and pagans because heathen wives (and husbands) “will turn your heart [and even your son’s hearts] after foreign gods,” (Deut. 7:3-4; 1 Kings 11:1-13.)
While offering sacrifices to God and building His temple, Solomon also built Pharaoh’s daughter, “whom he loved,” “a house, and the Millo” – apparently, a massive royal stone structure as part of the king’s palace, (1 Kings 9:24; 2 Kings 12:20-21.) With his heart set on trafficking thousands of women to live in his personal harem, Solomon also built high places for foreign gods such as Chemosh of the Moabites and Molech of the Ammonites. He unified himself with the strange customs and pagan religions of his 300 ‘wives,’ and the 700 other whores whom he theoretically also ‘married;’ burned incense, and brought blood sacrifices to their gods.
God warned Old Solomon twice, but Solomon refused to repent and obey God’s commandments.
Consequently, God tore the whole kingdom away from him.