Continuation — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· HUMANISM IS HATRED FOR GOD AND HUMANITY
· RELIGION NEVER FOLLOWS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF
· THE LEGALISM OF RELIGION ALWAYS REQUIRES TEMPLE OR CHURCH GREED AND THE WORSHIP OF MANY GODS
· Drinking the gold in the wilderness, in paganism, and in churches 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 be charitable to, and protective of the helpless, as such “good works” are obedience to the Moral Law of Love – the only New Testament law that Jesus and His disciples commanded, (Jn. 13:34-35; Mt. 22:37-40.) 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. It is surrender to the will of God, as Jesus demonstrated in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed, “Let Your will be done…” (Mt. 26:39.)
God’s “agape” must steer our personal relationship with Him and all our interactions with other people. This places us in the correct order of things pertaining to life here on earth and to life everlasting. E.g., 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, lying, etcetera. To abstain from doing harm while passively neglecting to do good, is worthless in the sight of God. Thus, He commanded, “seek justice [by rebuking] the oppressor; defend the fatherless, [or those who have no one to take care of them,] plead for the widow [or those who cannot speak for themselves,]” (Isa. 1:16-17.) All the precepts of God’s Moral Law demand action. Yet, we must be helpful to others without violating God’s commandments. This means, we cannot aid thieves, drug addicts, alcoholics, liars, loafers, spongers, etcetera, by thinking we are ‘doing good,’ while are actually enabling their disobedience to God by contributing to their sin.
¨ The “discretion,” (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. Manmade sentiments and philosophies guide humanism, not genuine ‘agape.’ Humanism is pagan philosophy that emanates from the sinful “flesh” or mind that concentrates on this temporal realm, while agape comes down from the Highest God in heaven, (Rom. 8:5-11.) Without contextual Scriptural obedience to God, our ‘love’ is mere humanism, which helps no one. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 13:3, “Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and give my body to be burned, but have not ‘agape,’ [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 must suffer and die for His truth, it is the peak of our ‘love’ for Him. Yet, if we can escape but choose martyrdom without God’s direction, it is self-will or witchcraft!
¨ The Universalist so-called ‘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 a good example of humanist love, (Jn. 3:16.) She said everyone can go to heaven as Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etcetera, because “God will judge them according to the light that they have.” But pagan philosophy and Christian dogma have no light at all; it is spiritual darkness. She gave them 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 instead, it helps to pave the way to more sin and eventually, to everlasting hell. That which seems good to man without taking the will of God into account, usually clothes itself in 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
In both the ousted Old and everlasting New Testament Covenants, humanism is a classic example of religion or temple worship without a sincere relationship with the true God of the Bible. Religion can be anything: Judaism, Islam, Satanism, Christianity, etcetera. All of religion is a replica of God’s true plan for mankind as found in the entire, contextual truth of Biblical Scripture. All types of religion are based on Satan’s distortion of God’s promise at the fall to send His Savior to restore mankind to Him, and on ancient satanic worship from before the flood of Noah, which was carried through the whole world from the Tower of Babel when God confused their one-world language, (Gen. 3:15, chapter 11; Jn. 3:16.)
Just as paganism, Christian religion might seem good outwardly, but it is not Biblical faith in Jesus Christ, (Acts 7:44-50; 11:26.) Religion in all its many forms is a deadly danger because it is a falsification of Jesus, His body of believers and the Truth of His Word, (Gal. 5:1-6.) Thus, religion is a most destructive kind of idolatry, (stubbornness or unrepentance,) and witchcraft, (rebellion against God and His Truth.) Hence, it can be termed as “Satanism,” (1 Sam. 15:22-23.) Jesus said to the Pharisees in John 8:44, “[You are Satanists,] as you are of your father the devil and his will you want to do...”
During the ousted Old Testament Covenant, (Hebrews 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 religious practices of the pagan nations that surrounded them, (2 Pt. 2:1-3.) Born from ancient Babylonian religion as described in Genesis 11, pagans still idolize their extremely immoral, hierarchical priesthoods and monarchs as ‘divine’ rulers in the world’s religious and political spheres. They were and still are polytheists; worshiping and serving many gods legalistically in their physical temples, just as Christians who revere their church systems and false clergies.
This idolatry and witchcraft would have been impossible if religion’s lack of conscience did not lead people to ignore God’s Moral Law, which is written on every heart and mind, (Rom. 2:14-15.) Still, they chose to be subjected to their ceremonial temple laws which even in Christianity, include abominations like human sacrifice and ‘holy’ temple prostitution.
In contrast, the Old Hebrews should have been Monotheists, (serving only One Inseparable, Sovereign God,) as they had to be distinctly different from the other nations of the world. Originally, Israel lived under God’s Theocratic reign; serving Him as both their heavenly and earthly God and Government, or Divine King. Instead of legalistic temple service, God desired a relationship with them based on loyalty, obedience, and trust – all the main requirements of His Moral Law.
¨ But to worship, serve, and follow the unseen God directly require faith and Moral obedience to Him above all else. As a result, the tangible glitz and glamor, magic and charm, pomp and ceremony, and immoral pleasures of the pagan nations made the Old Hebrews feel isolated, deprived of sensual or carnal pleasure, and alienated from the world. So, “they rejected God to reign over them” and nagged Him for a human king, whom God eventually gave to them in the double-minded Saul. In the end, the defeated Saul fell on his sword and died as God tore the kingdom away from him for “his unfaithfulness against Him and because he consulted a witch for guidance,” (1 Sam. 8:5-22; 1 Chron. 10:4-13.)
¨ Nevertheless, King David also wanted a physical temple as the pagans have; ruled by a priesthood like those that govern the pagans, (2 Sam. 7:5-12; Acts 7:44-50.) Although God never wanted a “house made with human hands” as “heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool,” He allowed Solomon to build a temple where old Israel could worship and serve Him like the pagans worship their gods in their grandiose shrines. Now, in Jesus’ eternal New Covenant after the cross and Pentecost, God only indwells His blood-cleansed temple of true believers — (1 Cor 3:16-17; 6:15-20.)
¨ Once settled in a physical temple, Old Israel soon substituted the Living God with the tangible gods of the Gentiles, which they could see and serve without regarding the precepts of God’s inward, Moral Law. (Ezk. 8:6,10-16.) Consequently, the materialism of religion lured them away from the True God. Instead of striving to walk on heaven’s “streets of gold,” they conjured up the witchcraft of “heaven-now cults,” which we witness in the sermons of the heaven-denying, violence-inciting, masonic, 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… 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!”
All of the above illustrates that throughout history temple/church religion remains the most formidable adversary in spreading Jesus’ Scriptural Gospel throughout the world, (Mt. 24:1-14.) The Old Hebrews became such devout temple-worshipers and held so strictly to their religious codes and ceremonies that when “God became flesh” and was born in Bethlehem, the Father chose to let His Son be laid in a manger among farm animals, while He did not invite a single pious temple priest to the most joyous occasion that ever happened on earth! If this does not show God’s disapproval of temple religion and its priesthoods, keep in mind that Jesus prophesied the doom of the Jewish temple in Matthew 24:2-4, 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 this is not according to what Jesus prophesied. In total disobedience to God, they not only rejected and crucified His Son; Jews continue to build their idolatrous synagogues (and Christians their church shrines) 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 the New Testament,) to ‘build Him a temple with human hands’ - and He never will! (2 Sam. 7:1-7; 1 Cor. 3:16-17.) To say that God lives (or will again take up residence) in a physical temple, is to annul the entire Spiritual, New Testament Covenant that was given in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! (Hebrews 7-10 and 8:13 perfectly explains all this in context.)
Legalism requires temple and church service and polytheism: the worship of many gods
Religion always impress people with it’s legalistic rituals, feasts, and so-called ‘saving’ sacraments, (Gal. 6:12 KJV.) In reality, it is a superficial, emotional service that flows from satanically controlled, greedy men unto greedy man. Religion is usually housed in grand buildings, (shrines such as temples, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals, and churches,) and ruled by glitzy hierarchical priesthoods, as seen in paganism, Judaism, and all the denominations of Christianity, (Col. 2:4-10.)
¨ In contrast, Jesus brought His unseen, unassuming, spiritual Kingdom to earth to place it “within” the Scripturally born again human spirits of all true believers, (Luke 17:20-21 KJV.) Although Jesus fully fulfilled every Messianic prophecy, law, and feast, the Hebrews rejected Him as their Savior as they wanted a political liberator to restore their physical kingdom here on earth, (1 Ths. 5:23; Jn. 19:28-30; 18:36.) That Kingdom-Now spirit still rules all pagan temples, synagogues, and churches. It was Judaist religion, enforced by the temple priesthood, that crucified Jesus.
Because Stephen told the Hebrew temple masters all these truths to call for their repentance from Judaism to personally accept Jesus, (Acts 7:44-60,) they made him into the first New Testament martyr for the Truth of Christ. Those “stiff-necked, uncircumcised in heart and ears” temple masters still remain the power and money crazed priesthoods of today.
Legalism, (outward rites, rituals, ceremonies, and other manmade conformities,) is the primary tool all religionists use to control their followers. Legalism is always based on pagan philosophy and manifests itself in the prescribed worship of, (and sacrificial or ritual service to) unbiblical belief-systems, false priesthoods with self-assuming authority, and service to strange gods, (Col. 2:8-15.) Even if legalism is mixed with Scripture like in Christianity, it’s purpose is to ‘earn’ acceptance, salvation, and blessing from a god or gods the manmade way. For the same reason, Christian legalism consists of conjuring up manmade dogmas and so-called “saving” sacraments, based on uncontextual and twisted Bible Scripture. It is always applied to their followers through the clerical ministrations of their church systems. In Christianity, legalism begins with mingling God’s free Grace, (Jesus’ full, completed atonement,) with outward religious works by confusing the two very different Covenants of the Bible, (the Old and New Testaments,) to add manmade laws to Jesus’ redemption, salvation, and blessing. Hence, Christian legalism is mostly bondage to the old ritual or ceremonial law without the grace of Christ, (Gal. 4:1-7 5:1-6.) So, Paul commanded in Romans 12:1-3, “Do not be conformed to the world [with its philosophic or manmade dogmas and outward legalism,] but transform your [thoughts or] minds [through real, contextual knowledge of the Scriptures] to know [and obey] God’s… perfect will,” (Col. 2:8-15.)
¨ 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 require 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 trained his evil ministers, cloaked in a guise of godly spirituality, to indoctrinate believers and “bewitch them, that they should not obey the truth…” Hence, Paul pleaded, “[Think clearly.] Did you receive the [indwelling] Holy Spirit by the works of the [Old Testament’s ceremonial] law [and other legalism,] 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 Deuteronomy 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.) Thus, submission to religious witchcraft severely compromises our eternal life in Christ!
Additionally, religionists, as temple-worshipers, are always polytheists. In various ways, they worship religious objects and mortal men as gods. Christians who revere the pope, priest, pastor, reverend, or minister more than, or equal to God in that they rather obey the dogmas 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 distinctly different from all the many norms, forms, and philosophic doctrines of religion in Personage, Holiness, Righteousness, Power, and Omnipotent Reign. Not a speck of religion exists in the Living God of the Bible. Nor does He require a scrap of religiosity from either humanity, or His armies of holy angels. Thus, there must be nothing religious or legalistic about the true disciples or followers of God.
In fact, right through the New Testament, Jesus made it clear that He abhors religion with it’s legalistic sacraments!
¨ That is why 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, He 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, (That One Day of His return,) on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained, [Jesus.] He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead,” (Acts 17:22-31.)
Drinking the Gold is a consequence of outward 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, Whom they had to trust and serve by faith. Instead, they commanded Aaron, “Make us gods [that we can touch and see] 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 sexual immorality and violence. 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…”
A 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 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 unbearable cursed state or position without God, which their idolatry and witchcraft brought upon them.] 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.)
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 carnal pleasure of this world without ever gaining any satisfaction or fulfillment from it. Greed and immorality go together. So, to greedy graspers and harlots, no amount of money or sexual pleasure can be enough. “...Like the earth that is never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says ‘Enough,’ the leech has two daughters – [both male and female prostitutes are called] Give! and Give!” - (Prov. 30:13-16.)
Drinking the gold under the New Testament Covenant means they die spiritually by rejecting Jesus to accept materialism or Mammon, although, while still prospering outwardly, they might be oblivious to the danger of committing such idolatry and witchcraft. 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.) Just as fornicators become “one spirit with harlots” and can never love their spouses, “one cannot serve two masters. He will either hate and despise the one, and love and be loyal to the other,” (Mt. 6:24; 1 Cor. 6:15-20.) Hence, the gods of idolatry and witchcraft ‘empower’ people to such an extent that they believe they themselves become gods, (manifesting as perverted priesthoods and narcissists in our time,) with the evil character and allegedly also the capabilities of that god. Once we begin to ‘drink the gold’ or god, (in New Testament terms it is ‘taking in’ or accepting Mammon, the world system of greed and harlotry,) it systematically permeates all our senses and destroys everything in our lives.
Just as in paganism, all Kingdom-Now and Heaven-Now preachers and prosperity teachers believe that outward wealth, health, and happiness are the most important signs of God’s blessing. Thus, they reject Scriptural holiness and obedience to God’s contextual Word to ‘drink the gold.’ As in pagan cultures, the Christian prosperity gospel also translates into ‘greed and harlotry.’ However, God commanded His believers to work hard and live responsibly and holy in His Biblical righteousness in Christ, (Jn. 13:34.) Then, everything we need, (not the things we covet in greed and lust,) ‘will be added unto us.’ Read these well-quoted verses in context to see how those idolatrous witches abuse God’s Word, and to understand that Jesus spoke about basic needs, not greeds, 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 of greed and lust, whom Jesus named “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 of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love…”
LAZINESS AND MANIPULATION ARE IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT
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 man’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…” To work and live responsibly remain the first 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, [male and female,] be fruitful and multiply… [This doesn’t mean they merely had to reproduce. They had to be productive in everything they do.] Fill the earth, [do not overfill or over-utilize it] 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 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 a blessing from God! But instead, laziness, sponging, irresponsibility, manipulation, the love of ease, cruel lordship, exploitation, and slavery empower and steer all evil. The world-economy is based on most of these devious principles. We all need jobs to earn an honest living. 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 that He entrusted to us. Should we scheme, lie, sponge, 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.’ (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 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 Jesus’ other disciples “rather labored, working with their own hands,” than to burden others unnecessarily, (1 Cor. 4:12.) If we bury our talents and God-given opportunities, and slip into laziness and manipulation, this warning will become a reality on all levels of life: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep – so shall your [spiritual, emotional, and physical] poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man,” (Prov. 6:10-11.)