Continuation — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· HUMANISM IS HATRED FOR GOD AND HUMANITY
· RELIGIOUS LEGALISM DOES NOT FOLLOW CHRIST HIMSELF
· RELIGION AND LEGALISM SET UP GREED AND THE WORSHIP OF MANY GODS
· Drinking the Gold is a consequence of religious legalism
· LAZINESS AND MANIPULATION ARE IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT!
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HUMANISM IS NOT GODLY LOVE BUT HATRED FOR GOD AND HUMANITY’ THUS IT IS WITCHCRAFT
God’s Scripturally born again children especially, must obey His commandment to be charitable to, and protective of the helpless, as such obedience fulfills the Moral Law of Love – the only New Testament Covenant commandment that Jesus and His disciples ever commanded, (Jn. 13:34-35.) To love God above all else and to love our ‘neighbors’ “as” ourselves is not optional; it is “agape” obedience to God. This highest kind of love is not a mere feeling but surrender to the will of God, as Jesus illustrated in the Garden of Gethsemane, (Mt. 26:39.) God’s Royal Commandment must steer our personal relationship with God and all our interactions with other human beings. This all-including commandment places us in the correct order of all things pertaining to life on this side of the grave and life everlasting. For instance, if we “love God with all our hearts, minds, and strength” we will strive to glorify Him by obeying Him as far as humanly possible. If we “love our neighbors ‘as’ ourselves,” we will, in the leading of the Holy Spirit, do good according to the Moral Law while refraining from doing harm such as stealing, as we would like “others to do likewise unto us.”
To refrain from doing harm while neglecting to do good is worthless in the sight of God. Therefore, God commanded, “seek justice [for the oppressed,] rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, [or those who have no one to take care of them or protect them,] plead for the widow [or those who have no support and cannot speak for themselves,” (Isa. 1:16-17.) All these Moral-Law commandments demand action. This means, in addition to God’s commandments not to do harm, we must also be merciful or helpful to others without violating God’s commandments. This means, we cannot aid thieves, drug addicts, liars, slanderers, etcetera, by thinking we are ‘doing good’ while contributing to their sin. (E.g., we are not being charitable by aiding alcoholics to drink; support people who are too lazy to work, and so on.)
The “discretion” or discernment and leading of the Holy Spirit must guide all charity, (Ps. 112:5.) Charity with discretion is what Paul referred to in 1 Corinthians 13, when he declared, “[Godly] love is the greatest gift.” Paul was not referring to humanist love, as human sentiments and philosophies guide all humanism, not genuine Godly love. Humanism is from the flesh and the thoughts of man and emanates from this temporal realm, while Godly love comes down from the Highest God in heaven. Without truth and Scriptural obedience to God, our ‘love’ is mere humanism, which helps no one, as Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 13:3, “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and give my body to be burned, [or to take the place of others in suffering as a sacrificial service to God in martyrdom,] but have not love, [or the contextual truth of God’s Word to do His will in the leading of the Holy Spirit,] it profits me nothing.” E.g., If it is God’s will that we suffer and die for the sake of His truth, it is the pinnacle of our love for Him. However, if we can escape suffering and death but choose martyrdom to glorify ourselves, it is not God’s will, but an act of self-will or witchcraft!
¨ The life of the Universalist ‘mother’ Theresa of Calcutta, who laid down her life in service to the poor without preaching the true Biblical Gospel of salvation to them, is an example of humanist love. She said everyone can go to heaven as Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etcetera, because “God will judge them according to the light that they have.” However, paganism and false doctrine have no light at all; all life without God is spiritual darkness. She gave them all death instead of life, because giving people the Truth of Jesus’ Gospel is giving them eternal life in Him.
Paul declared, “[Only] those who are led by the Holy Spirit are the children of God,” (Rom. 8:14.) The Holy Spirit will never lead us to thoughtlessly contribute to the sin and destruction of others through so-called ‘good’ works and so-called ‘niceness’ while violating the Word of God. Such love can never save a single soul but rather, it helps to pave the way to more sin and eventually, to everlasting hell. That which seems good to man without taking into the will of God into account, usually clothes itself in a so-called ‘godly love’ for humanity, while it is hatred for them, as well as hatred for the all-loving God, Who does not desire that “any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Pt. 3:9.)
HUMANITY COMMITS RELIGION INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF
As said, religion, or temple and other worship without a personal relationship with the true God of the Bible can be anything: Judaism, Islam, etcetera. Christian religion too, might seem good and pious outwardly, but it is not Biblical faith in Jesus Christ, (Acts 7:44-50.) Religion in all its many forms is a deadly danger because it is a replica of Jesus, His body of believers, and the Truth of His Word, (Gal. 5:1-6.) Thus, it is a most destructive kind of idolatry, (stubbornness or unrepentance,) and witchcraft, (rebellion against God and the Truth of Scripture.) So, it can be termed as “Satanism.” Jesus said to the Pharisees in John 8:44, “[You are Satanists,] as you are of your father the devil and his will you... do.”
Legalism, (outward rites, rituals, ceremonies, and other manmade conformities,) is the primary tool of religion. It consists of conjuring up manmade ideas and twisted doctrines from the truth the Bible, to earn redemption, salvation, and blessing through the clerical ministrations of a ‘church’ or temple. In Christianity, legalism always intertwines God’s free Grace, (the completed atonement of Christ,) with outward religious works by confusing the two very different Covenants of the Bible, (the Old and New Testaments,) to add manmade laws to God’s salvation, redemption, and blessing. Paul commanded in Romans 12:1-3, “Do not be conformed to the world [with its religions and legalism,] but transform your [thoughts or] minds [through real, contextual knowledge of the Scriptures] to know [and thus to obey] God’s will.”
Legalism is bondage to the old ritual or ceremonial law without the grace of Christ, (Gal. 4:1-7 5:1-6.) Legalism always manifests itself in the prescribed worship of, (and sacrificial or ritual service to,) unbiblical belief-systems, false priesthoods with false authority, and service to strange gods. Even if it is mixed with Scripture, the sole purpose of legalism is to ‘earn’ acceptance, salvation, and blessing from a god or gods the manmade way.
Our Lord Jesus suffered, died, and was risen from the dead to redeem us from religion and its soul-snatching tool, legalism. In Galatians 2:4-5, Paul said we must always submit to God’s will and authority above all. And our guideline to submit to human authority is as follows. If the authority they showcase is not fully in line with God’s contextual Word, we should not “yield to such false brethren for even an hour – so that the truth of the Gospel might continue” in us.
However, Satan indoctrinated believers to disobey God’s only New Covenant commandment of love to commit idolatry and witchcraft concerning false doctrine and authority, (Jn. 13:34.) So, he trained his evil ministers, cloaked in a guise of Godly spirituality, to “bewitch you, that you should not obey the truth…” Hence, Paul pleaded, “[I ask you to think clearly.] Did you receive the [indwelling] Holy Spirit by the works of the [Old Testament’s ceremonial] law, or by the hearing of faith…? For as many as are of the [old ceremonial or ritual temple law] are under the curse… [This means the entire position of cursedness, as listed in Deut. 28!] That no one is justified by the [‘sacramental’] law is evident, for the just shall live by faith… I [cannot believe] that you are turning away from Him Who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel [of religious legalism…] as there are some who... pervert the Gospel of Christ, [twisting His truth into religion and legalistic witchcraft!] But even if… [I, or] an angel from heaven, preaches any other gospel to you, let him be accursed…” (Gal. 1:1-10; 5:1-6.) Therefore, submitting to religious witchcraft severely compromises our safety in Christ!
Legalism [adhering to outward temple laws] sets up Greed and Polytheism: the worship of many gods
During the ousted Old Testament Covenant, (Heb. 8:13,) God demonstrated His constant battle to keep Old Israel, His chosen, physical nation, (which was merely the figure of His believing, New Testament disciples in Christ,) to abstain from the idolatry and witchcraft of the pagan nations that surrounded them, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Born from ancient Babylonian religion, as described in Genesis 11, pagans were and still are polytheists; worshiping and serving many gods legalistically in their physical temples. They perceived their extremely immoral, hierarchical priesthoods, as well as their kings and queens, as ‘divine’ rulers in the religious and political spheres. A lack of moral conscience governed those pagans. They ignored God’s Moral Law that is written on every human heart, (Rom. 2:14-15.) They were subjected only to outward, ritual law – which included abominations such as human and animal sacrifice, and so-called ‘holy’ temple prostitution.
In stark contrast, the Old Hebrews were Monotheists, (serving only One Inseparable, Sovereign God,) and they were distinctly different from all the other nations of the world. Old Israel lived under God’s Theocratic reign; serving God as both their heavenly and earthly God and Government, or King. Instead of legalistic temple service, God desired a relationship with them, based on loyalty, love, obedience, and trust – all the main requirements of His Moral Law of Love. To worship, serve, and follow the unseen God, required faith and Moral or ‘heart’-obedience to Him above all else.
However, the glitz and glamour, magic and charm, pomp and ceremony, and ‘holy’ immoral pleasures of the pagan nations all around them made the Old Hebrews feel isolated; deprived of sensual or carnal pleasure, and alienated from this world. They nagged God for a grand, human king, which God eventually gave them in Saul. They also wanted a physical temple as the pagans have, ruled by a physical temple priesthood like those that govern the pagans, (Acts 7:44-50.)
What’s more, they continually strayed from the Living God to replicate for themselves the expensive, tangible gods of the gentiles, which they could see, touch, and serve without regarding the precepts of God’s inward, Moral Law. Immorality continually lured them away from the Most High and Holy God. Instead of waiting for the incomprehensible privilege to walk on heaven’s “streets of gold,” they conjured up the pagan idolatry and witchcraft, which we witness in the sermons of the charismatic, heaven-denying, violence-inciting, filthy-mouthed preacher Benny Hinn, who shouted, “I want my gold now! If I hear one more time how it was and how it will be in heaven, I’m gonna kick somebody… God never blesses the sheep before the shepherd, the shepherd gets it first. If shepherds follow sheep we’re gonna have poo on our shoes… Just give me a Holy Ghost machine gun and I’ll blow your head off!”
Drinking the Gold is a consequence of religious legalism – what incredible witchcraft!
In the wilderness, OId Israel decided not to wait on Moses to come down from Mount Sinai with the Law of their unseen God. Instead, they commanded Aaron, “Make us gods to go before us…” Unbelievably, Aaron, “not restraining them from evil,” made them a golden calf – or in fact, a bull; a representation of Apis, the most important Egyptian god of fertility and strength in war. Then, growing wildly in the evil of idolatrous witchcraft, “Aaron built an altar before it, bringing burnt offerings to it while the people, sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play and dance…”
The Matthew Henry Commentary clarifies Moses’ reaction to Israel’s grave idolatry and witchcraft at Mount Sinai as follows, “To show Israel that they have forfeited and lost the favor of God, Moses broke the tables, on which he had inscribed God’s law… The greatest sign of God’s displeasure against any person is His taking His law (or actually now, His New Testament grace in Christ) from them… [thus allowing them to flourish in lawlessness! Such lawlessness] leaves a people unsaved and undone… To show them that they have taken themselves to a god that could not help them and that an idol is powerless against God, Moses burned the calf and ground it to dust, which he mixed with water and made the Hebrews drink it… [Without them realizing the consequences of what they did, this signified the cursed state or position without God, which they brought upon themselves.] This would mingle itself with all their enjoyments and embitter them; it would enter into their bowels like water, and like oil into their bones [and blacken and destroy their everlasting souls like a fire that rambles through dry wood]…” Three thousand Hebrews died that day when they drank the gold, (Ex. 32.)
Drinking the gold under the New Testament Covenant, means they die spiritually by rejecting Jesus, although, while prospering outwardly, they might be completely oblivious to the danger of this great act of idolatry and witchcraft they are committing. By ‘taking in’ the gold or the god they made, they spiritually ‘absorb’ that false god into their hearts or human spirits, and souls or minds, (1 Ths. 5:23.) Thus, that god ‘empowers’ them to such an extent that they believe they themselves become gods, with the character and capabilities of that god. The ‘atoning’ pagan ritual of ‘eating and drinking the god’ was Christianized in both Catholicism and Lutheranism - as discussed under the headings, “Roman Catholic transubstantiation, ‘consubstantiation,’ and ‘eating the god’ in paganism.”
When Moses made the idolatrous Israelites ‘drink the god’ not just the gold, he brought a specific curse upon them. Henceforward, they would crave and pursue the wealth, power, and pleasure of this world without ever gaining any satisfaction or fulfillment through it. To greedy graspers, no amount of money will ever be enough. “There is a generation… whose teeth are like swords and whose fangs are like knives to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among men. Like the earth that is never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says ‘Enough,’ the leech has two daughters – [all male and female prostitutes, are named] Give and Give” - (Prov. 30:13-16.)
No offence to born again Jews – of whom there are many, but the stinginess and greed of the Jews is a private joke in the world. This joke also relates to all greedy people. Once we begin to ‘drink of the gold,’ which, in New Testament terms, is ‘taking in’ Mammon, the worldly system of greed and lust, that curse permeates all our senses.
As all Kingdom-Now preachers, the prosperity teachers also believe that outward wealth, health, and happiness are the most important signs of God’s blessing. Thus, they reject real Scriptural holiness and obedience to the contextual truth of His Word. As in most pagan cultures, the prosperity gospel also translates into ‘money.’ However, God commanded His believers to work hard and live responsibly; living in His Biblical righteousness in Christ, (Jn. 13:34.) Then, everything we need, (not the things we covet in greed,) ‘will be added unto you.’ Read these well-quoted verses in context to see how the wolves of the prosperity gospel abuse God’s Word, and to understand what Jesus really said in Matthew 6:25-34.
In reality, mere outward prosperity is a certain sign of ‘drinking the gold;’ actually living under the compromising cursed, spiritual position of the god, which Jesus called “Mammon.” For this reason, Paul warned Jesus’ believers in 1 Timothy 6:6-10, “Godliness and contentment [with what you have] is great 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 [not money itself, which is not an entity but a mere commodity,] is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, o man [and woman] of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love…”
Legalism always requires temple service and polytheism
Religion and it’s legalistic rituals and sacraments want to impress, (Gal. 6:12 KJV.) It is a superficial, emotional service that flows from satanic controlled, greedy men, unto greedy man. Therefore, religion usually exists in grand physical buildings, (shrines such as temples, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals, and churches,) ruled by glitzy, revered, hierarchical priesthoods, as seen in the ranked Christian clergy of all denominations, (Col. 2:4-10.) Jesus brought His unseen, unassuming, spiritual Kingdom to earth inside the Scripturally born again human spirits of true believers, but the Hebrews wanted a human king to restore their physical kingdom. Thus, it was religion, not the world without the God of the Bible, (in this case Judaism,) which nailed Jesus to the cross.
In Acts 7:44-50, the first recorded New Testament martyr, Stephen, tried to reason with the “stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears.” They were the power and money crazed temple priesthood. In his attempt to lead them to salvation in Christ, he said, “[The Hebrews] had the tabernacle, [the representation of God’s presence,] in the wilderness… [Yet, that wasn’t enough for them; they wanted a grand, physical temple like the pagans have.] Therefore, Solomon built God a house… But the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool, What house will you build for Me?’ asks the Lord…” It was David who insisted on building God ‘a house;’ it was not God’s idea, (2 Sam. 7:1-7.) Similarly, Israel “rejected God, that He should not reign over them,” in favor of a physical king, (1 Sam. 8:4-22.) So God said, “Heed their voice, and make them a king…”
Temple religion remains the most formidable adversary in spreading Jesus’ Scriptural Gospel in this world. The legalistic Hebrews were such devout temple-worshipers that when “God became flesh,” and was born in Bethlehem, the Father chose to let His Son be born in a manger among farm animals, while He did not invite a single pious priest to the most joyous occasion that ever happened on earth! If this does not show God’s disapproval of temple religion and its legalistic priesthoods, keep in mind that Jesus prophesied the doom of the Jewish temple in Matthew 24:2, saying, “Not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.” Shortly afterwards, in 70 A.D., the Romans demolished the Hebrew temple completely. Despite witnessing all that, orthodox Jews still ‘wail’ at a stone wall, (and not at the feet of Jesus,) which they believe, is a remnant of the old temple – but not according to what Jesus said. In total disobedience to God, they not only rejected and crucified His Son; they continue to build their idolatrous synagogues (and Christians their churches) to this day. Despite the belief that Jews must allegedly rebuild their temple on the Temple Mount, God has not commanded anyone, (neither during the Old nor New Testament Covenant,) to ‘build Him a temple with human hands’ - and He never will! Through the entire New Testament, God made it abundantly clear that He lives through the Holy Spirit in the Scripturally born again human spirits of His sincere children, and nowhere else on earth, (1 Cor. 6:18-20.) To say that God lives (or will live) in a physical temple, is to annul the entire Spiritual, New Testament Covenant in Christ! (Read Hebrews Chapters 7-10; 8:13.)
Additionally, religionists, as temple-worshipers, are always polytheists. They worship many things and men as gods. (Even Christians, who revere the pope, priest, pastor, reverend, or minister more than, or equal to God in that they rather obey the doctrines of their religious leaders than the truth of God’s Word, are worshiping God plus men; therefore they are polytheists, (Gal. 1:10.) The One, True God of the Bible is completely separate, or distinct from all the many norms, forms, and doctrines of religion in Personage, Holiness, Righteousness, Power, and Omnipotent Reign. There exists not a speck of religion in the Living God of the Bible. Nor does He require a scrap of religiousness from either humanity, or His armies of holy angels. As a result, there is nothing religious about the true disciples, or followers of God.
In fact, the God of the Bible abhors religion with it’s outward temple service, or legalistic rites and sacraments!
¨ Jesus’ disciple Paul “stood in the midst of the Areopagus, [which, in ancient times, was the high court for criminal cases and appeals in Athens,) and said, “I see that you are very religious… [worshiping even] The Unknown God. Him, I now proclaim to you: God, Who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things… so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being… [It is really “the goodness of God that leads us to repentance!”] These times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent [from religion in all its many deadly forms of legalism,] because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained, [the Lord Jesus Christ.] He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead,” (17:22-31; Eph. 2:8-22.)
LAZINESS AND MANIPULATION ARE IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT
Long before work became trouble and toil, that day when Adam and Eve committed idolatry and witchcraft in the Garden in Eden and fell from glory, work formed an integral part of humanity’s blessed life on earth. In the beginning, “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there He put the man to tend and keep it…” Consequently, to work and live responsibly remain the first and most important commandments of God! Animals, birds, spiders, ants — even unseen micro-organisms all have to work to eat!
Genesis 1:27-28 and 2:15-20 state, “God created man[kind] in His own image; in the image of God He created them. Male and female He created [humanity.] Then God blessed them, and God said to them, [to male and the female,] be fruitful and multiply… [This doesn’t mean they merely had to reproduce. They had to be productive, successful, profitable, and worthy of reward in everything they do.] Fill the earth, [do not overfill and over-utilize the earth] but subdue it; [“keep it:” manage all of creation, your own lives in particular, wisely and responsibly…]” Before the fall, work was easy and pleasurable. It was part of the huge blessing of God to be able to work. After the fall, humanity had to wrest their livelihood from the earth because God had said, “…In the sweat of your face you shall earn your bread till you return to the ground from which you were taken…” (Gen. 3:17-19.)
If we want to eat well and live decently, we have to earn our living by working and living responsibly. To be able to earn our own livelihood is the blessing from God! Instead, laziness, sponging, irresponsibility, manipulation, the love of ease, cruel lordship, exploitation, and slavery empower and steer every kind of evil. The world-economy is based on most of these devious principles. We all need jobs to earn an honest living here on earth. So, we should pray for all those who do not have jobs. We should also pray that the Holy Spirit guides every jobseeker to keep on looking for a job until God supplies that vital need - or until God opens opportunities to create our own jobs through personal ingenuity and the use of the talents, which He had entrusted to us. Should we scheme, lie, manipulate, steal, abuse others, and defraud instead, we are breaking God’s Moral Law – and also, we are disobedient to His commandment to ‘earn our bread in the sweat of our faces.’ (Read Mt. 25:14-29.) Of course, if one is seriously ill or disabled, it is better to beg than to steal.
But manipulative begging techniques are actually theft, corruption, and fraud. It usually supports drug and other addictions, irresponsibility, and laziness. To beg while there is a dignified alternative ‘out there,’ is to manipulate people to give without intending to do anything for it. Paul commanded in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat! We… command… that they work in quietness and eat their own bread…”
Paul and all Jesus’ other disciples “rather labored, working with their own hands,” than to burden others unnecessarily, (1 Cor. 4:12.) If we neglect and bury our talents and God-given opportunities, and slip into laziness and manipulation, this warning will become a reality in our lives: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep – so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man,” (Prov. 6:10-11.)