A major change of events has taken place right under our Christian nose. No it is not about the War in Iraq or about Terrorism, nor is it about the New World Order or the EEU. But, it does involve all of these in a ever widening encompassing net.
The shift has taken place subliminally and inter-dimensionally, right in the mist of most Disciples of Jesus Christ as Believer's in the World today. Yes, it is in the Church as well as in the World at the same time. Yes, it has included both male and female, young and old, saved and not saved, born again and not born again. It does not rely on any conditions that mankind can manage or not manage. It has been intentionally extracted and detached from our verbal doctrines right now and because of the great voyeurism the World is engulfed in at this present time; too many are actually blinded to the obvious facts of its reality. We are being overrun and overcome by Evil Spirits!
Evil Spirits abound everywhere! Evil Spirits are inflicting and afflicting our entire World in very blatant schismatic schemes, bent on destruction and degradation. There is an onslaught of divisive Evil Spirits set in purpose to debase the people of God and any other living human being God created. Their directives have not changed, they always have been, but they are now totally focused and intense in diabolical purpose to steal, kill and destroy on any level.
I know many eyebrows are going up on that last paragraph. But, take a moment and consider. Are our Churches and Religious Leaders presenting any facts, Biblical or otherwise on this subject right now (without tying it in with Iraq or Terrorism)? We use to hear a lot about Evil Spirits fifteen to twenty years ago, well to the point of boredom. The old charismatic Tent Meetings blew the trumpet on this till they ran out of breath. The great Evangelists of the past reformations used their authority and anointed power in God to subjugate and defeat these Evil Spirits at will. We know the accounts of the Disciples who walked with Jesus Christ that were authorized to bind Evil Spirits and set people free. They were actually commissioned by Jesus Christ to preach the Good News and set the captives free. They knew an Evil Spirit when they met it, and they called it exactly what it was (by name many times) and commanded it to leave their presence, and the presence of whoever was inflicted and bound in its evilness. They dealt with the Evil Spirits at hand and at will, immediately.
This in turn is exactly what each Believing Disciple of Jesus Christ now in the 21st Century is suppose to do also. That is not just a modest opinion, it is exactly what Jesus commissioned us to do! Chapter 3 in the Gospel of Luke vividly provides us all the information we need, as does Mark 16, just to name a couple.
Instead, a slow methodical turning away has incurred. The Charismatic Christian focus has been turned to the ever increasing awareness of our personal Kingdomly riches that are available and to the ever increasing and needy circumstances of supporting such Churches. All to do the work we are suppose to be doing. Perhaps valid points in consideration, but not the heart of our commission in Jesus Christ! Regrettably, it is slowly turning the Believer's heart and focus away from Jesus Christ and the purposed commission He has set before us; and blithely readjusted our position from being Christ centered, to being religiously self centered. And, all unknowingly at the same time.
The Evil Spirits, with great stealth, have crept into doctrines, progressively usurping the authority of the individual Believer with Christ. Replacing instead, a doctrine based on worldly manifestations to please the senses, but not the spirit within. What once started out in Godly truth and in the anointing power of God, has turned to a false and cowardly anointing that promotes man first and not God. Anointed teachings and doctrines, that once invigorated the Church with Faith, have all but been swept into this false anointing that persists in an intellectual display of spiritual knowledge. But, this so called knowledge is an never ending cycle that preys upon the young, the weak, and the sick. Even the matured Believers can barely discern this tidal wave, how much less the immature? Many are being swept away in its rush and are engulfed already in its oppression. All to the glory of its Leaders and its Churches. Believers are held spell bound in its ever increasing cataclysmic promises of prideful liberty and self actualization.
We have been warned of these events. The scriptures clearly speak of such things happening. We have been warned that these days would come. Prophetic events are being fulfilled within this very time we now have the privilege of living in. Jesus Christ is going to return. Soon, these Evil Spirits will be dealt with once and for all. Soon, the wheat will be separated from the tares. Soon, the wolf in sheep's clothing will be uncovered. Soon, the hirelings will be exposed. Soon, the false prophets will be denounced.
So where does this leave you and I as Believers. It should leave us with a sense of urgency to prepare our houses for the end time, inside and outside. Spiritually, soulfully, and naturally. It should leave us with opened eyes full of Godly discernment. It should leave us in humbled prayer as temples of the living God, knowing that the times are indeed perilous. It should leave us in a state of readiness, for the soon coming of Jesus our Christ. It should leave us with a renewed commitment to take the personal commission that Jesus Christ gave us in the first place.
Very well put, C. L. To me there is a blind, unthinking acceptance today of all that is "the latest, the trendy, the in-thing," when it contains no resemblance to the commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. Your article will open many spiritual eyes.