CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· Let’s 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 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
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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.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, unbridled capitalism followed European colonialism, built on the backs and broken lives of exploited European serfs and African slaves. The numbers of their victims are unknown, but during those centuries when Feudalism was turned into colonial capitalism, we can estimate that they also ran into millions.
In turn, the abuse of capitalism, (which can be a viable option for all levels of society,) opened the doors for the worldwide imperialism of communism, where all are supposed to be ‘equal’ and ‘share all the immense wealth’ that capitalism has created. Sorrowfully, in just one century, (the twentieth century,) the crazed drive to implement socialism on a worldwide scale has resulted in unparalleled numbers of superrich, communist elitists, which supersede capitalists in ways ordinary people can never understand. More importantly, communism’s worldwide genocidal oppression, dispossession, starvation, murder, mayhem, and undernourishment of at least 5 billion of the modern world’s population of the known 8 billion people, will forever remain unequalled in human history.
Financial Freedom in Christ versus Sinful Worldly Ambition
Someone asked whether ambition to become rich and better oneself financially without committing fraud and theft, could be sinful. Well, 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 material rather than spiritual riches is witchcraft and therefore, sinful and self-destructive. The entire world without God is under the cursed state as described in Deuteronomy Chapter 28. In this passage, the spiritual position of blessedness in Christ is also illustrated. So, even the rich of this world who live without Jesus are under the entire cursed state as that passage explains. We must all be “born again” into the position of blessedness that Jesus bought for us at the cross by carrying the entire cursed state in our place, (Jn. 1:12-14; Gal. 3:10-14.) If He is our priority in everything, we will never lack anything.
Paul taught in 1 Timothy 6:6-12, “Godliness with contentment [with what you have because you know you are blessed in Christ,] is great [emotional] 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, [‘money’ itself is a lifeless commodity,] is a root of all 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 responsibility and ingenuity. It is a warning against greed, because greed has the power to draw us away from God to commit idolatry and witchcraft; forfeiting our salvation and blessed position in Christ. On the other hand, healthy ambition, accountability, and responsibility are universal commandments of God. Being a faithful servant and steward certainly pertains to every area of our lives.
Hence, James 4:17 warns, “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 through entitlement, 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; 14-30.)
Footnote, Spirit Filled Bible 1991, “Watchfulness does not mean idleness, [neglect,] but a faithful discharge of one’s responsibilities. The wise use of gifts and abilities entrusted to us results in greater opportunities [to glorify God,] while their neglect result not only in the loss of more opportunities, but of that which was entrusted to us,” (Mt. 25:14-30.)
God or Mammon – How Do We Do It?
To protect us from even the slightest grip of Mammon, (the world system of sin and greed,) Jesus said we must never allow the love of money to control us, because that will quickly lead to blatant idolatry and witchcraft. 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 [or materialism,] (Mt. 6:19-21; 24.)
No one is without sin and blood-cleansed children of God do not live in heaven yet, (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) So, “if we say we do not sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” We must 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. Just as financial wealth can never prove godliness, poverty does not prove Godly priorities. As said, money is not an entity; it is a lifeless commodity. Money must serve us; we must not serve money. The more we chase money the faster it will run away. Jesus commanded us to “cast all or burdens upon Him, because He cares for us... Seek first the Kingdom of God and all your [needs will be met,]” ( 1 Pt. 5:7; Mt. 6:33.)
‘Money’ cannot 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 or 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 shortly after the days of Peter and Paul. Consequently, Peter warned in chapter 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…”
Wrong priorities or “the love of” material possessions, self-gratification, and human importance place us under the hand of a harsh master, whom Jesus identified as “Mammon,” (1 Jn. 2:15-17.) Mammon will always try to convince believers that man can serve two masters and that a little bit of idolatry is okay. However, only a portion of our hearts, souls, and lives displeases God, (Rev. 3:14-22.) By His grace, we must balance personal responsibility and needs with heavenly priorities; knowing that God fulfills our needs, not our greeds. But because even ‘amateur’ idolaters pursue their greeds, nothing can ever be enough. Thus, they are increasingly capable of committing any type of witchcraft to keep on pleasing Mammon to excel at reaching escalating levels of ecstasy.
HOW CAN THEY SAY THAT SLAVERY IS THE WILL OF GOD?
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 under both the Old and the New Covenants! This satanic distortion of Scripture and the character of the Most Righteous and Holy God of the universe, proves the incredible danger of interpreting Scripture uncontextually, (Ps. 119:160.) Jesus became ‘flesh’ to “destroy the works of the evil one… and to set the captives free!” He came to free spiritual, emotional, and physical slaves; all those whom Satan holds hostage, but who call out to Him! Exodus 3:9, “...The cry of [My] children has come to Me because of their slave masters. I have seen [their] oppression… [and] know their sorrows...” This is now an “example” to those who live by God’s New Covenant, (1 Cor. 10:11.) Thus, “those whom Jesus has made free are free indeed!” (Isa. 61:1; Lu. 4:18.)
Yes, until Jesus returns, we may suffer many unchangeable hardships because “the whole world is in the [deceptive] power of the evil one,” (Acts 14:22; 1 Jn. 5:19.) “But we know that all [bad] things work together for good for those who love God...” (Rom. 8:28.) In everything, Jesus Christ remains the Sovereign God, Who is always in control.
In Exodus 21:16, Scripture makes it clear that “he who kidnaps a man and sells him, or if he is found in [the slaver’s] hand, [the slaver] shall be put to death!” So, according to the truth of God’s Word, slavery carries the death penalty!
The Old Testament Exodus of Slaves Versus 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; Eph. 1:12-14; 1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13-14; 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. 3:17-18.) 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 His entire creation, and the property and person of others. Thus, He forbade the violent riots and outrageous protests that typify our modern world, and commanded, “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 Corinthians 7:21-23, “Were you called while a slave? [The Roman Empire, to which Israelites were subject, was under 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 free [without violence, murder, or by 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, (Gal. 3:28,) and the world’s perception of freedom is the complete opposite of what Jesus taught. 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 redemption, 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, (Ex. 23:1-9!) Paul remained true to Jesus, Who clearly forbade His disciples to cause social and political upheaval in this world, but commanded them to preach the Gospel and warn everyone about the traps of politicians and religionists, which, once heeded, will bring spiritual and emotional liberty to their slaves, (Jn. 18:36.) Thus, in his letter to Philemon, Paul withstands the harsh treatment of slaves and pleads for the 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 declared in Galatians 3:28, “[Spiritually] in Christ there is neither… Jew nor Gentile, (race,) slave nor free, (social status,) male nor female, (gender,) as you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Slavery is an atrocious act of witchcraft against humanity. Nevertheless, logically and practically, civil societies are always structured on a physical level by boss-worker (not slave) classes. This type of management by sinful humanity is never perfect, but it can bring some order to this dark and stormy world, as we do not all have the same abilities and education, and everyone cannot do everything by themselves. This actually shows how much all of humanity need one another. Thus, boss-worker systems 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 Colossians 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 your physical duties to them,] 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. That is why God takes notice of all abuse, oppression, and slavery. James 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 The Witchcraft of Slavery in the Bible?
Where do all the unjust but ‘Biblical’ ideas, examples, and 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 said that some of the rabbinic laws of the Old Testament, such as Moses’ law on divorce “for any reason not just for adultery,” was not God’s will for humanity, (Mt. 19:9.) Those laws found their way into Scripture as Moses, “because of the hardness of their hearts,” permitted divorce for any reason, “but form the beginning, [according to God’s creation principles and His universal Moral Law,] it was not so,” (Jn. 13:34.) Jesus then reprimanded those abusers of God’s Word by pointing them to His original commandment on marriage. He answered, “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 [by adultery or any other sin,]” (Mt. 19:1-10.)
Scripture was inspired not dictated by the Holy Spirit. So, 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 Scriptural Law.] And many such things [they] do,” (Mark 7:13.) God’s Truth still forms the bulk of the Old Testament Law. However, as with any government and religious structure, those temple masters made their own ‘by-laws’ to curb sins that were not clearly documented in Scripture, (like divorce for just any reason.) Those rabbinic laws violated the authenticity of God’s Word. Yet, the rabbis claimed the right to declare them an authentic part of Scripture.
We find another example of such rabbinic entitlement in Exodus 21:20-21 where the rabbis wrote, “If a man strikes his male or female slaves with a rod and they die at his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, they survive a day or two [before they die,] no vengeance shall be taken, for slaves are his master’s money.”
Can any reasonable human being believe that the Most Holy and Righteous God would view money more valuable than the lives of human beings – 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 Exodus 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 instead, he chose to murder him. Premeditated murder is a crime in the eyes of God and punishable by death. However, Moses fled the judgment of Pharaoh and began a new life in Midian.
Did God punish Moses for that crime? Again, we have to look at the full context of Scripture for clarity on this matter. For forty years, Moses remained in exile until his accusers and Pharaoh were dead, (Ex. 4:19.) Then God called him at the burning bush and said, “I have 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 [from] 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 Israeli rite of circumcision. Possibly, Moses had to settle an old score with God concerning personal forgiveness, before he could face the full fury of Satan at the hands 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 sex slaves nonetheless, Exodus 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 those ‘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,”) worshiped angels instead of God, (verse 16) 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 Idolater - Slave Trader, Misogynist, and Multi Polygamist
As seen, God’s contextual Old Testament commandments totally disprove supporters of slavery and polygamy, or having multiple sex partners whom they allegedly ‘married.’ God abhors slavery, adultery, and polygamy. All Israel's kings, patriarchs, and priests prove that despite the Truth of God’s Eternal Moral Law, they grossly disrespected Him.
God flatly refuted all such foolishness in Malachi 2:7-15 & 3:8-10, where He warns the Old Testament priesthood that their fornication and adultery with pagan women led to violence! (Where there is adultery in a home, there is violence.) Those priests were the ones who also “robbed Him of His tithes and offerings.” So, “He did not regard their offerings… and they were cursed with a curse,” which also nullifies the completely uncontextual fallacy of New Testament tithing!
When we look at the life of that brilliant, sex crazed, slave monger Old King Solomon, it becomes clear that God did not sanction his human trafficking and other slavery, (politely called “forced labor” in 1 Kings 9:20-24.) Neither did God condone his misogyny, (Eccl. 7:28,) as he clearly saw women as mere sex objects, which led to his unutterable adultery, polygamy, and prostitution. God did not exclude King Solomon, Abraham, or anyone else when He said, “The two shall become one... 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 [such as adultery and polygamy,] sins against his [or her own body,]” (1 Cor. 6:15-20.)
In Deuteronomy 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. It means, just as every other man, the king is not allowed to have more than one wife, as “the two shall become one.” Based on God’s creation principles for the marriage covenant, Jesus commanded all men to live monogamously with their own wives, “whom they must love like their own flesh.”
In total disrespect of God’s Moral-Law commandments, Solomon chose to supposedly ‘love’ a thousand pagan women ‘like his own flesh,’ while God also forbade fornication and intermarriage between believers and pagans because unbelievers “will turn your heart [and even your sons’ hearts] after foreign gods,” (Deut. 7:3-4; 1 Kings 11:1-13.)
As a result, while offering sacrifices to God and building His temple with slave labor, (Acts 7:44-50,) “Solomon also built a house to Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he [supposedly] loved, as well as the Millo” – some believe it was a massive stone structure as part of the king’s palace, (1 Kings 9:20-24; 11:1-11.) With his heart fully set on whoring with a thousand women, (if that could be viable,) whom he kept in his glamorous royal brothel, Solomon “went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom of the Ammonite.” He also built ‘high places’ or temples to foreign gods such as Chemosh of the Moabites and Molech of the Ammonites, and for all his other wives.
Solomon made an illustrious lifestyle of unifying himself with the strange customs and pagan religions of his harlots; burning incense, and bringing blood sacrifices to their gods. God warned Old Solomon twice, but he refused to repent and obey God’s Moral-Law commandments. Consequently, God tore the whole kingdom away from him.