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Superior Theory Pitch

November 25, 2013

Superior Theory is a story that I have fancied as a “Modern, Southern, Interracial love drama that is essentially race centered and driven . The narrative encompasses “racial superiority” as a theme and is primarily fleshed out by a group of diverse community college students who become acquainted in a Minority Ethics class. The plot centers  around these  students who  are  at different points in their lives, but are all in the process of self discovery. In this  class, a revolutionary and unorthodox teacher with a checkered radical past challenges his students to reconsider their present notions of race and history. Two of the students, Hannah and Ali, form a friendship in the midst of the class that soon turns to romance.  On the  surface the pair  doesn’t  seem to have much in common; he’s black, she’s white, he had a privileged upbringing, she had to struggle, she’s younger, he slowly approaching 30’s. However, their primal need for love and acceptance unites them. Soon they both  experience internal and external conflict. They both have to try to cope  with how they were raised by their overbearing and abusive fathers. There are secrets about their past that threaten the relationship and their fellow piers add to the layered conflict. If that wasn’t enough there’s the prospect of race war looming in the background. They must decide if it’s possible or logical to pursue love in the “New South”.

Superior Theory is story that attempts to illustrate where we have been, where we’re at, and where we may go as a country. It also examines  the mystique behind interracial dating and explores the subtle nuances of modern racism. It also scratches the surface of untold American History.

The Making of Superior Theory  is a documentary that will chronicle the journey from pitching the script, gathering investors, and the local response to the movie idea. It will also take you inside the filmmaker’s journey as it relates to the project; past and present.

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Pt. 2 The Biblical Difference Between Reconciliation and Salvation

May 4, 2012

I praise God for the ministry of reconciliation which is afforded to humanity by the eternal blood of the covenant. Father God is just now beginning to reveal to us that reconciliation is something that God initiates with man and man ultimately becomes a recipient of. I can say with all honesty that for the greater part of my Christian life I have misunderstood reconciliation as it relates to what people would understand to be Biblical salvation. It was stated in the last article that according to Paul, reconciliation was something that happened to mankind even while we were dead in our sins.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life. (Romans 5: 8-10)

The are three key biblical terms that we need to focus on to understand this piece of scripture, Justified, saved, and reconciliation. All of these words are significant but we must understand how each one relates to another in this context. First of all we must understand that justification and reconciliation occurs before being saved, Paul is clear on this point “HOW MUCH MORE BEING RECONCILED SHALL WE BE SAVED THROUGH HIS LIFE” Reconciliation preceedes being saved and it happens while we are in a state of death in our sins and while we were enemies towards God. To be an enemy towards God is more than being God’s opponents, it really means to hate God and to have seperation from him. So, in essence, in God’s mercy he demonstrated his love towards us even when we hated the things of God, even we were ignorant to the the things of God. How awesome this love is. This is reconciliation, family and it absolutely, 100 percent has nothing to do with you or what you believe.What we have done is told people that they have to believe to be reconciled when in all actuality we were all reconciled two thousand years ago. We tell peolple this is what it means to be saved and Paul says that there is a difference. We will look at salvation (being saved) more in depth in a minute, but for now I must impress upon you that reconciliation is something that has already occured and being saved is something that we are working out. Both of these priciples are very important to grasp but again we must understand how they relate to one another and to Paul’s overall theology. The word reconciled is used 6 times in the New Testament, 5 of which have to do with God’s reconciliation and one reference to a man and woman being reconciled to each other (1 Cor 7:11). Out of the five remaining references 4 of them put reconcilaition in the past and as something that God does and not man (1 Cor 5:18,19, Romans 5:10) The remaining reference (verse 20) is plea for mankind to come into the knowledge of this reconcilaition. In all actuality, reconcilaition simply means to go from of a state of being enemies to a state of being friends. This is a Biblical concept that is illustrated all throughout the Bible. The first act of reconciliation that we see in the Bible is God reconciling Adam and Eve after the fall. We read that ” And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21). We see God covering their shame with the sacrifice of an animal. The animal was innocent and the clothing was provided by God. Adam and Eve didn’t have to confess anything before God provided the sacrifice. As a matter of fact, all they could offer up was excuses. God slaughtered an animal to cover thier shame to bring them back into right relationship with Him. You see, God never ran from man, man ran from God and perceived himself to be separated from God becuase of his shame. Wow, that could preach!  Now, what I’m trying to get you to realize is that God provided the reconciliation and not man. We still think that our confession brings us into reconciliation but it doesn’t.

Another example that is easy to discern in relation to reconcilaition is the high priest’s sacrifice on the day of atonement. This was the one day in the year where all the sins of the community were dealt with. The high priest, of course, was the only man that could go directly into the presence of God and offer up sacrifices. It’s important to realize that the high priest represented the entire camp of Israel. So, in essence, what was true of the high priest on the day of atonement was true of the whole community when he offered up the sacrifice. In other words, the community didn’t have to do the work of sacrificing, this was placed in the hands of the high priest. This is all recorded in Leviticus 16 and it demonstrates that the blood covered the entire community by the act of one man. Man I feel like preaching!! There are several deeper implications that could be explored at this point that relate to Jesus being our new covenant high piest but I must stay on task. Anyhow, just in case I haven’t pictured reconciliation suffuciently enough through scripture, then maybe this last example will grip you. We read in Zechariah 3 that Joshua the high priest was covered with filthy garments and that he stood accused by Satan (The adversary) ”

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”

As you can see God takes away the filthy garments and clothes Joshua with rich garments. It also says that he took away his sin in the process. Once again I want you to observe that God did all this with no prompting on Joshua’s behalf. What I am saying is that Joshua didn’t have to believe anything before God clothed him with theses garments, it was just given to him. He didn’t have to work for it, he didn’t have to confess any scripture, it was just given to him by God because God is merciful. After Joshua is clothed with these garments he is then given instruction to carry out God’s plan.

This finally brings this discussion to question of salvation. From the beginning I have empahtically stated that salvation is a process that begins once one realizes that they have been reconciled by the cross. Since we now know that Biblical reconciliation is an act that took place while we were still powerless to help ourselves, we will now look at what it means to be saved or to have salvation.

I think a working understanding of what the word salvation means in the Greek is important for us to discern before proceeding further. Marvin Vincent and Strong’s Word Study defines it this way:

4982 sṓzō (from sōs, “safe, rescued”) – properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).

This word is used in a number of different ways in the New Testament and it’s my belief that saved or salvation is better rendered “delivered” or deliverance” for modern English speaking people. There are a few translations that reflect this and it’s an important distinction . In the New Testament, salvation is described in three phases, by this I mean the Bible says that we were saved (Romans 5:10) are being saved (Acts 2:47) and will be saved (1 Corinthians 3:15). This is why salvation is better understood as deliverance, by that I mean that deliverance is a process that we are walking out of. If you have ever prayed a prayer of deliverance over someone after they have been “saved” then you know what I mean. I say all this to make the Biblical observation that in most places where the Greek word sozo is is used it is speaking of having faith in the reconciliation to have power over sin’s dominion continually. It was determined in our last article that verses like Romans 10:9 is speaking of this type of salvation, the kind  that is worked out after reconciliation. In other words, it should’t be used as a proof text to establish reconcilaition with God, however, it’s a powerful verse to understand the Word of Faith that is near our heart, the faith that is professed every time we use his name to invoke victory over every situation. You see, this is easy to understand. Father reconciled us through the blood and he gives us “deliverance power” every day to secure our reconciliation. This is true salvation. If salvation were just a one time confession that we made at one time in our Christian walk then our salvation wouldn’t be complete. You see we are inherting salvation(Hebrews 1:18) and it will not be totally worked out until a time in the future, this is why the scripture says that he that calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. In the end, reconciliation was an issue that was settled in the past and salvation is something that we are working out in phases. Until the next time, Peace God’s awareness!! JJ

The Biblical Difference Between Reconciliation and Salvation

April 24, 2012

There seems to be much confusion in the Church today concerning the Biblical and Theological differences between reconciliation and salvation. Most sincere Christians assume that these two terms are synonymous but the Bible is very clear that there is a difference.

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Paul seems to indicate that reconciliation proceeds “getting saved.” It’s been my experience most of my Christian life that many believers assume “getting saved” is the same as being reconciled to God. In other words, these believers would assert that a man is still in his sins until he confesses “Jesus as Lord” . Romans 10:9 -13 when taken alone  would seem to indicate that this is the case.

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”.

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

However, within the larger context of the book of Romans and Paul’s other writings, it becomes clear to me the “salvation” that he was speaking of in Romans 10. We have to keep in the mind that the entire book of Romans deals primarily with righteousness that comes by faith and not by the law. I don’t believe that the salvation spoken of in Romans 10 is the “saving salvation” that most Christians  believe in. In other words, this not a scripture that establishes right standing with God. Romans 10:9 salvation  speaks of a salvation that continually allows us to have power over sin’s dominion daily. It is a righteous that is maintained by FAITH in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).(Romans 10:6-7)

You see Paul was writing to the saints(Romans 1:7) at Rome who would’ve had a prior understanding about the Messiah being King. Although many Jews at this time didn’t want to acknowledge Jesus as God on earth, there were some who did believe in his divinity but yet wanted to keep the law of Moses. Paul mentions at the beginning of Romans 10 that Israel had a certain enthusiasm for God, however, their zeal was futile because they could not discern God’s righteousness that came by faith. This is what I believe he means when he says that his heart’s desire was for Israel to be saved(Romans 10:1). He wanted these believers to realize that faith in the blood atonement was the only means for a man to grow in righteousness.

In essence, belief is not required to be to reconciled to God. This may seem like a heretical statement at first, but keep in mind that all men were made sinners before the cross regardless of whether we believe it or not. It doesn’t take faith to be reconciled to God because God is the one who provides the reconciliation. If mankind were able to establish reconciliation by belief, then Jesus came to earth and died for nothing. Again, we had no control over the power of reconciliation just as we had zero control over being born a sinner (before the cross)! This is not just upheld by the book of Romans, Paul states in the book of Ephesians that we were declared the righteous in God while we were still sinners.

“Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:5)

The Amplified states it this way “even when we were dead(slain) by [our own) shortcomings and trespasses. He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ:  [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which he quickened Him,for] it is by grace (his favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgement and made partakers of Christ’s salvation.)

As you can see, we (all of mankind) were delivered from sin while we were dead to the knowledge of Christ (hallelujah). This was established by what Christ did and not in and of anything that we could muster up in our own strength. This coincides with Romans 5:10.

“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

Paul seems to indicate that getting saved is something that is a continual process that happens after we are reconciled. In most places that the word “saved” is used in the book Romans, it gives the idea of something that is ongoing. He also speaks of salvation in the continual sense in 1 Corinthians

” For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

In other words we were saved, are being saved, and will be saved in Christ Jesus. I like how this is brought out in the amplified version of Romans 5:10 it says that “it is much more certain, now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved(daily delivered from sin’s dominion, through His [resurrection] life.”

This is the salvation that Paul is speaking of  in Romans 10:9. As vital as this verse is to spiritual maturity, it shouldn’t be used as a provision to secure eternal reconciliation. As stated earlier this was made available for all of humanity two thousand years ago.

I would be remiss if I didn’t end this article with a solemn insight. Our message to humanity needs to be that they were made the righteous of God in Christ Jesus while they still dead to the things of God. Our message to the Assembly needs to be our hearts desire for you is to be saved. We need to realize that the word  of faith is near us . Every time we profess the word (Jesus) in faith we are fulfilling Romans 10:9. By doing this, we render the dominion of darkness futile. In other words, it is our faith in the reconciliation that maintains our salvation. We have to acknowledge this every time our hearts attempt to convict us. We must learn to rest in the “finished work of Jesus” and remember that his death was our death. All our sins have been forgiven past,present, and future. We have been acquitted and delivered from judgement by a historical act that took place over 2000 years ago. Now we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In the next article we will deal with how to maintain your salvation (daily delivered from sin’s dominion).

Serpent Seed Part 1

April 19, 2012

“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”(Genesis 3:15)

This verse in my opinion is one of the most crucial passages in the Old Testament for understanding the entire biblical text. It has been my experience, while studying theology over the last 4 years, that many pastors and teachers tend to bypass this piece of the bible or at best, a brief summation is made without engaging the deeper implications of the text. This writing is a continuation of a teaching that the Lord began revealing to me about two years ago. Some of you may know that the Holy Spirit began teaching me about the true identity of the anointed cherub in Ezekiel 28 and Lucifer the bright and Morning Star in Isaiah 14. These passages are generally used to uphold what I would call the false satan/lucifer doctrine. This is the teaching that ignorantly asserts that Satan was once heaven’s most coveted creature and because of his rebellion against the Almighty Creator he has now been cast down to the earth. I examined this teaching in great detail and could not find it taught in the church before the 4th century. At the end of the study, it was concluded that Adam was the high priest of Eden that Ezekiel 28:11 mentions.  I also dealt with both texts exegetically and proved beyond a reasonable doubt there is no way that the Anointed cherub/ Lucifer could be a satanic creature. I challenge you to read that study before reading this one being that so much of the present work is built upon the previous article.

The number one question I received after my teaching on Adam being the anointed cherub/Lucifer  is if  Lucifer is Adam and not satan then who is satan? I have meditated at great length about this question before responding on paper. It seems impossible to deal with this question without first analyzing the nature of the serpent in the Genesis narrative. Although the serpent is never called the devil in this text, the book of Revelation informs us that the devil is the ancient snake”The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”(Revelation 12:9) This verse has led many to believe that “the satan” possessed the snake in the garden of Eden and caused him to deceive the first couple of the earth. This may seem plausible at first until you examine the Genesis text which states that the serpent was amongst the animals that the Lord God had created (Genesis 3:1). In addition to this, we are told that the serpent has an offspring whose head would be crushed by the offspring of the woman. As Bible students we must ask ourselves why the Holy spirit inspired the author of the Genesis narrative to use the serpent in the story. We must also look at subsequent uses of the word “serpent” in the Old Testament to determine if they can be used to enrich our understanding of the usage of the word serpent in Genesis 3.

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance renders the word serpent as “nashaw” which means to whisper or enchant. The verb form of this word in Hebrew is the word used for divination. (Genesis 30:27)

Who’s authority is the serpent under?

Many Christians have a hard time believing that an all loving God would create a being that would embody what most of us would consider to be evil. How can this be, and how does this correlate with God’s ultimate sovereignty? There are other questions that need to be entertained so that an  accurate, cohesive study can be diligently sought out. One of the first questions one must consider in trying to interpret one of the more complex pieces of scripture is what does the serpent represent, and why did the author chose to mention it in his narrative? In other words, we can’t get caught up in trivial questions or speculations that were never in the mind of the author. The most obvious dilemma that presents its self in this text is whether to interpret it literally, symbolically, or by a variation of both? Adam Clarke also makes this observation in his commentary, “The whole account is either a simple narrative of facts, or it is an allegory. If it be a historical relation, its literal meaning should be sought out; if it be an allegory, no attempt should be made to explain it, as it would require a direct revelation to ascertain the sense in which it should be understood, for fanciful illustrations are endless”.  I think by observing how the word serpent is used in subsequent passages can enlighten us of its proper usage in the Genesis narrative.

“Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.”(Genesis 49:17)

We find Jacob, in this text, blessing his sons and giving details as to what would happen to them in the days to come (Genesis 49:1). Verse 16 says that he will provide justice for his people and verse 18 seems to indicate the means by which this will be carried out. The context and syntax of these few passages lead me to believe that the serpent is being used symbolically in the following verse:

“Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it.” (Exodus 4:2-3)

We don’t even have to guess why the serpent was used in this text ,for it clearly stated that Moses was looking for a sign to show the Israelites that God was with him. So while I don’t dispute the literalness of the snake in this verse I do question whether we have missed its greater significance  by being preoccupied with the physicality of the snake. So the question is not whether the serpent is literal or symbolic but rather why is the serpent used to illustrate this part of the story? The serpent was supposed to be brought under subjection just like the rest of the earth. When Adam yielded to the words of the serpent, he became more like the serpent and less like God.

The Bigger Picture

From these several pieces of scripture, I have determined that the serpent (literal or symbolic) can be used in scripture to represent the adversary of man. After the fall, the animal kingdom became violent towards man. We know from Genesis that the serpent was a lower form of creation whom Adam began to reflect after the fall. In my mind, the serpent can also represent carnality at its apex. This is the corrupted wisdom of God. In ancient pagan cultures, the serpent was a symbol of wisdom. Often kings would wear a crown mounted with a serpent to represent the superiority of the mind. I have stated in previous articles that when Adam and Eve desired to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they were desiring to be autonomous creatures free to create a law within their own individual experience. The serpent or nashaw also means to know by experience.  Before the fall, man understood death only in concept however, after the fall man began to understand death by experience. In other words, the first couple of the earth were brought to death in the realm of their mind. In their mind, they began to perceive reality by experience in the realm of death. Meanwhile, this death that God promised man he would face was brought forth in the form of separation from the life they once experienced in Eden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8).

So this brings us to the question, who is the serpent’s offspring? The first promise in the Bible indicates that the offspring of the woman would crush the head of the serpent’s offspring (seed). So are we to understand the serpent’s head to be literally, physically crushed in the ensuing narrative or is there evidence that we should understand this language figuratively? Here are a list of scriptures in the Old Testament that may shed some light on the subject:

“In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.”(Isaiah 27:1)

This time the serpent is indentified as “Leviathan’ which again, given the context would seem to suggest that serpent should be understood as an enemy of God. Ironically, sometimes the serpent is used at His discretion.

“Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from me at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them.”(Amos 9:3)

It is obvious that it would be impossible for anyone to literally hide at the bottom of the sea. So we must also assume that the serpent that is commanded to bite these covenant breakers should not be understood literally as well. As of matter of fact, when the word serpent is used in the Old Testament it is usually used in some symbolic fashion. Given the weight of these other scriptures where the word serpent is employed, it is apparent to me that we should understand the Genesis 3 usage of the word to be symbolic as well. In other words, I don’t ever think it was the author’s intention for us to get caught up in the physical nature of the snake. I also don’t believe the serpent was evil in the sense that we would use the word today. The fact that the serpent is mentioned amongst the animals that God deemed good should cause us to question this interpretation.

I would just reiterate the fact that the word serpent in scripture is used to personify the epitome of carnality. It represents man at the height of his rebellion. It is also used as a symbol of judgement against the enemies of God. In my view, the serpent also represents wisdom that comes from beneath and not from above. It is a perverted wisdom that attempts to apprehend all knowledge in the realm of the natural. This is what the serpent does, he provides an experience in the natural that nullifies the work of the spirit. The natural man is the god of this fallen age. He doesn’t want this present age to end because he is a god here, This is why he detests the things of the spirit because in essence they represent the first fruits of the new creation, a place where he is no longer a god. Adam was the first man to worship the image of the beast. When he yielded to the words of the serpent he began to reflect the nature of the beast.  Again, there is nothing necessarily evil about a beast or wild animal, however, God created humanity to rule as a “spirit man” and not as a “spirit beast.” He was given charge as a man to rule and subdue the earth. Ezekiel 28 calls the anointed cherub (who I believe to be Adam) the model of perfection and this, I believe, represents him being a set apart pattern for creation. In other words, It was Adam’s job to lead all of creation into worship. As long as Adam reflected the nature of the Father in heaven by feeding on the tree of life, the earth and all of creation was covered by Adam’s obedience to the law. So again, who is the serpent seed? The serpent seed are men who continue to reflect the craftiness of the snake. Man in his fallen state has merged natures with the beast and thereby created an offspring that had never existed on the earth before. The essence of this union is primarily spiritual, much like the new creation that we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The amplified states that when we became one with Christ, we became a creation that had never existed before. So if the essence of the new creation is predicated on the fact that we are in the last Adam, then the essence of the old creation is founded upon Adam becoming one with the earth (nature) and the beast (serpent).

The serpent seed was kept alive through the descendents of Cain. After Cain was banished from the presence of the Lord and he was condemned to be a wanderer all the days of his life. In my opinion, he arrogantly began to build a city in honor of his son in defiance of the judgement that was placed on him. There is much that could be said at this point about the significance of Cain’s descendents, however, it should be observed that one of his descendents fall into major sin, Lamech.

“Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.”(Genesis 4:24).

Ancient Jewish commentator,  Josephus, states that Cain and his descendents gave the world its first arts and pagan religions. “He also introduced a change in that way of simplicity wherein men lived before; and was the author of measures and weights. And whereas they lived innocently and generously while they knew nothing of such arts, HE CHANGED THE WORLD INTO CUNNING CRAFTINESS. He first of all set boundaries about lands; he built a city, and fortified it with walls, and he compelled his family to come together to it; and called that city Enoch, after the name of his eldest son Enoch.”

So the offspring of the serpent is not a physical seed like some bible teachers believe. By that, I mean that there are some theologians who believe that the serpent was the biological father of Cain. It is even taught in Masonic folklore that Cain is the son of Samael (another name for Lucifer supposedly) and that he is actually the widow’s son, a name that Mason’s affectionately use to refer to each other. All of this, I believe to be mere speculation and eisigesis on behalf of the interpreter. I think it is more in line with Biblical logic to assume that the offspring of the seed is a spiritual seed. Think about it, do you ever see an offspring of a real animal contending with the offspring of the woman? So again, whatever we understand about the serpent has to be spiritual. The phrase “crushing the head” is an expression used all throughout scripture to represent destroying the enemies of God and not some physical animal that is possessed by a satan. One clear example of this in Psalms. “It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave him as food to the creatures of the desert.” (Psalm 74:13-14). The background of this text of course is the Exodus narrative and the “crushing” of the head of Leviathan (serpent) represents God destroying the Egyptians in the desert.

In general, those outside the covenant of God have been generally labeled as gentiles. The book of Ephesians informs us that there was a “dividing wall of enmity” (hostility) between the covenant keepers and the gentiles. Paul says that He (Jesus) has destroyed the enmity between the two seeds and made peace by creating one new man; “For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us (Ephesians 2:14, NLT). Before the cross there was hostility between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent, Jesus came to destroy their mutual hatred by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations (Ephesians 2:15). He created a New Man and this is the new creature we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

In closing, I would say there is still a need to renew our mind with the fact that Christ has destroyed the serpent man of rebellion. This is the old man we use to be. This is the man who became one with death and destruction after the fall. There are several aspects of the serpent nature that include the carnal mind, the religious order, and death. We will look into some of these aspects in the next article.

Who are the Cheribums? Part 1

January 18, 2011

Over the last several months, I have been exploring the idea of “mature sonship”.  This was motivated in part by trying to formulate a theme for a men’s fellowship study. In particular, I have focused on what it means to be a mature son of God. I am encouraged by this study because it seems to be a teaching that transcends multiple denominational lines. In an age where there is so much division in the body of Christ, it is refreshing to see a teaching that can potentially unite us.  For those of you who may not be familiar with, or put off by the term “son” or “sons of God” allow me to expound on this concept briefly.  A mature son is a fully developed, fully functioning believer who is not lacking or needing anything that the world has to offer.  In scripture there are several classes of “sons of God”. For example, in the Old Testament, God calls Israel His “first-born son”. (Exodus 4:22)  He again calls David his son in Psalms 2:7.  Furthermore, in the New Testament, believers are called “sons of God”. (1 John 3:1)  Of course God’s ultimate or unique son is Jesus Christ. (John 3:16)  In addition to all of this, there are two words in the Greek that are both rendered “son” in English. These two words are “huios” and “teknon” respectively. A “huios” is a son that has come to maturity, in today’s terms it would be a son that has come of age. This son no longer needs parental authority and is able to function on his own. This son is not gullible and “is not carried away by every wind of doctrine.” (Ephesians 4:14)  This son is able to produce more sons, he has matured to the point of being able to reproduce himself.  God is able to indwell this son because he is a heavenly conscience creature.  This is a secure son, not wanting or needing praise, recognition,or attention.This son’s origin and destiny in Christ Jesus is that of the cherubim and these sons constantly look toward the blood on the mercy-seat.

A “teknon” on the other hand is a underdeveloped son. This son still needs to be accountable to a tighter authority. This son’s talents and gifts still need to be nurtured so that the immature son doesn’t abuse them.  He is still going through a process. I believe this process is more practical than miraculous.  You see this dynamic played out in several places in the Old Testament.  For example, David was called at age 12 to be king over Israel,however, he didn’t come to his throne until he was 30. My guess is even though David was anointed to be king, he still needed time to mature before he could inherit his throne.  You also see this in the life of Joseph. Joseph received his calling at an early age through a dream, but it took him many years and trials before he was made ruler over all of the Pharaoh’s land in Egypt.  This is the point that most of us as believers are at. However, it comes a time when we are charged “to grow up into Him.” (Ephesians 4:15)  While mature sonship serves as a backdrop to this teaching, it’s not just about mature sonship.  This study is an introduction to a systematic teaching about the nature and origin of cherubims.  I will also explain how these particular creatures relate to the Kingdom of God.

It is my determination that based upon a closer look at tradition and the biblical text, that our traditional view of cherubims have been erroneous.  Traditionally most scholars have classified cherubims as angels.  It is the purpose of this study to distinguish these two spiritual, but distinctively different creatures.  This can be confusing for several reasons.  First of all, there are some places in scripture where angels do refer to men. Second, both angels and cherubims are described as winged creatures.  Lastly, there are some angels that have the power to materialize into men.

THE FIRST MENTION OF CHERUBIMS                                                                                                      Cherubims first come on the scene in Genesis 3:24 “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Now most people assume that they were there to keep man away from the tree of life but the text clearly states that they were there to keep the way to the tree of life.  This is what makes the study of cherubims significant. What are these creatures actually keeping?  The Hebrew word for “keep” is “shamar”. This word means, “to guard or protect”, it also gives the idea of working or being responsible for something. 

CHERUBIMS ARE ONE WITH THE MERCY SEAT

The next mention of cherubims occurs in Exodus 25.

17And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 20And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 21And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 22And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.(Exodus 25:17-22)

There are several points of significance that should be emphasised about these creatures:

  1. They are in the mercy seat
  2. They are of the mercy seat
  3. They are one piece with the mercy seat.
  4. They are facing each other looking towards the mercy seat, or atonement cover.

Of course, the mercy seat was where the blood was placed on the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 16:14) This is an Old Testament concept that foreshadowed a New Testament fulfillment. 

JESUS IS THE NEW TESTAMENT MERCY SEAT OR ATONEMENT COVER

 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished(Romans 3:25 NIV)

Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.(Romans 3:25 KJV)

Whom God put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat {and} propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over {and} ignored former sins without punishment. (Romans 3:25 AMP)

So whether it’s a propitiation, mercy seat, or atonement cover; it all points to the same person, Jesus the High Priest of the New Covenant.  This is fully brought out in Hebrews 9:5.

 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.(Hebrews 9:5)

So if Jesus is the new testament mercy seat or atonement cover, then who are the new testament cherubim?  They would have to be creatures who were in and of Christ.  The new testament is unanimous about who these creatures are, they are redeemed believers in Christ.  It is us, not angels that are a new “creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)  We are the ones that are begotten from above. (John 3:3) We are the ones that are born of the eternal substance.(Hebrews 5:9)

  1. We are in Christ
  2. We are of Christ
  3. We are one with Christ
  4. We look toward the blood on the mercy seat (Christ).   

 Angels on the other hand, are ministering spirits.(Hebrews 1:14)  Angels serve those (believers) who will inherit salvation.  Angels are not in Christ (at least not in the earth). New testament believers are crowned with the same glory as Jesus.

9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”(Hebrews 2:9-12)

This may seem confusing at first, Jesus being made lower than the angels. This is however, a quote from the old testament (Psalm 8:5) “you made Him a little lower than the angels” should be translated “you made Him a little lower than Elohim or the Divine Counsel.”   This is the only place in the old testament where “elohiym” is translated “angels”. (Strong’s #430)

In the next article, we will discuss different functions and manifestations of these cherubim creatures.  We will also take a closer look at the anointed cherub as he is described in Ezekiel 28.

PEACE, JJ

What is Blaspheming the Holy ghost?

October 23, 2009

Many people believe they have committed the “unpardonable sin.” The sin of blaspheming against the Holy spirit. It is my observation that most don’t come near this and others are just naively ignorant to it. Blaspheming the Holy spirit is depicted in Matthew 12:31. Jesus explained this solemn sin in connection to an accusation that he was driving demons out by the power of  Satan (verse 24).

                    What would blaspheming the Holy spirit look like today?

      Some believe that blaspheming the Holy spirit today is committing a sin against Jesus, but the Bible says otherwise. Look at verse 32 in Matthew 12,   “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man (Jesus) will be forgiven, BUT whosoever speaketh against the Holy spirit it shall not be forgiven in this lifetime neither in the world to come.” So this unpardonable sin  is not directed towards Jesus, but against His spirit that he promised to send us in His Father’s name. The Holy spirit is God’s witness and we should never lie on him or attribute power to anyone but God . This is done today when people accuse certain ministries, particularly healing ministries, of being phony or fraud. This is very dangerous territory to be in. We must be careful not to attribute any power to Satan when we see a supernatural act of nature because, if  by chance we are wrong, then we can expect to be eternally separated from God. I believe this sin is so critical because it’s a sin against the witness of Jesus. Jesus said that the spirit would testify of him. The Holy spirit is our only advocate on earth while Jesus remains our advocate in Heaven.

                 If you reject Jesus isn’t that eternal separation from God?

           The answer to this question is yes, but this is resisting the spirit and not blaspheming the spirit. It too is unpardonable because you resist Jesus’ spirit and don’t secure your eternal salvation.You resisted that voice that tried to convict you to come to Jesus and now it’s too late. Again this sin is against the spirit and not Jesus himself. Remember no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy spirit. For an example of resisting the spirit see Acts 7:51.

 In summary, I am alarmed when I hear a believer mention the gifts of the spirit in a negative light. It’s a dangerous thing to speak against the supernatural ministry of the Holy spirit. While I would be remiss by not saying that the gifts have been exploited and manipulated by many, this still gives no one the right to question the authority of  any ministry. We need to be  particularly careful when we judge people who speak or pray in tongues. Many preachers and so-called theologians still teach that speaking in tongues is demonic. I can assure you that according to scripture they have already sealed their faith.  It’s best not to judge at all if you are not 100% sure.

 Peace, Julian James

Does the Catholic Church Set the Precedent for Deliverance?

October 22, 2009

 This is my response to a comment that a friend of mine made in reference to seeing a show on exorcism and the devil on the History Channel.

 Just one small side caveat to our conversation earlier. He had mentioned that the Catholic church said something about making sure that potentially possessed people would need an evaluation before they could be deemed possessed. The Catholic church has no authority to set the precedent for exorcism or what would now be more appropriately called “deliverance”.  Of all people they have deviated the most from biblical deliverance. They said they only hold exorcisms in private, and I thought that was a joke because there is never a mention anywhere in the Bible where they held “private exorcisms”. Exorcisms were always done out in the open and sometimes in a temple in the middle of service. (see Mark 1:22-26)  Also, there is never any mention of anyone in the Bible who spoke in tongues and was demon possessed. There is a demonic tongue but it’s not the same as what the Apostle Paul and Jude called the “tongues of angels”. These tongues were received at the inception of the church on the day of Pentecost.  One last thing brother, demon spirits are very real. Some may argue that it is all in your mind and hence this paradoxically defines the problem. Demons have no other place to lodge themselves but in the mind. Its been proven that the movie Exorcist overdramatized the reality of demon spirits. What I mean by that is a true “exorcist” knows that a demon doesn’t possess anyone in a “ownership” capacity.  At best, the host still has some control even in the most extreme cases. That being said, even the psychological world has turned back to the Bible for answers. Some thought for years that demon possession was an extreme case of schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder. However, what some psychologists have now found lurking behind these multiple personalities are evil personalities themselves. The other personality emerged to keep the host safe. I don’t want to seem dogmatic but the reality of demon spirits can not be underestimated.

 If demon spirits are not real, then Jesus is a liar and not the Son of God. Also it’s noteworthy to observe that demons manifest themselves now the same way they did two thousand years ago. They still run in “stark terror” and tremble at the mention of  the blood of Jesus. Why the name of Jesus and not any other name? This should reasonably prove that Jesus knew what he was talking about two thousand years ago and was not ignorant or demon possessed himself as some so called theologians have tried to espouse.

Peace, Julian James

 
 
 

Unveiling the Occult- Demon Spirits pt 1

October 17, 2009

What are demon spirits?  Demon spirits in my best estimation are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim or the Sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6th chapter. Many theologians have suggested for years including my hero in the faith Derek Prince that demons spirits are the offspring of a preadamic race. I have always found this hard to reconcile scripturally because there is no mention of a preadamic race in the bible.

 Over the last several years there has been a small group of ministers introducing the Book of Enoch into systematic teaching  for explaining the nature and origin of  demon spirits. I was a little put off by this at first because I believed the Book of Enoch to be just another false “lost” book of the Bible. I’m always skeptical about any “Extra Biblical” teaching. That being said, I began to read the book of Enoch with the same apprehension I would use when reading a book by a modern day Christian writer. I also started looking for support in scripture for validation about some of its claims about demon spirits. The most interesting thing that I found out about Enoch in the bible is mentioned in Jude 14 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.”  I asked myself two questions after reading this. One, what was Enoch prophesying about? 2 And how did Jude know that Enoch prophesied at all, being that the Bible never mentions Enoch doing such a thing. The only thing we know about Enoch was that he was translated into Heaven! I also began to dissect the whole Book of Jude. I discovered that verse six mentions a group of angels that “kept not their first estate.” It says “And the angels that kept not their first estate but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement of that great day.” So who are these angels, and why did they keep not their first estate? This I believe is first brought out in Genesis 6th chapter “And when it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth , and daughters were born unto them: That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took wives of all which they chose.”  Most theologians will tell you that “Sons of God” here is referring to “Satan’s angels”. We can verify this by seeing how the phrase “Sons of God” is used in the book of Job.  The book of Job was written in the same literary genre as the book of Genesis.  Job 2: 1 says “There was a day when the “Sons of  God” came to present themselves before the Lord and SATAN came also among them to present himself before the Lord” So it obvious that the Sons of God” are “Satan’s angels”. I know this must be somewhat confusing being that we(believers) are also refered to as the “Sons of God”. This however is not how the phrase was used in Old Testament writing.  The Sons of  God in the Old Testament are a group of angels that perverted the human race by having sex with women. I know this might sound a bit outlandish and out of Greek mythology but this what the oldest Jewish writers attest to. Lets look again at Genesis 6. It says in verse 4 ” That there were giants in the  Earth in those days and AFTER when the “Sons of  God” came into the daughters of men and they bare children to them” It’s noteworthy to observe the fact that they(Sons of God) were on the Earth in those days AND AFTER.  I belive  this is simply overlooked by most people.  In those days, again in ” Genesis writing”  this means the days “before the flood” . So there were giants (Sons of God) in “those days” and after the flood. These giants produced the Nephilim. The Nephilim are the offspring of the union between the “Sons of God” and the daughters of men. They produced a half human, half angelic race. These beings were utterly evil, In fact, verse 5 of the same chapter in Genesis says that the ” imaginations of the thoughts of the heart was evil continually”. Think about that, evil continually. That means there was evil on the earth ALL THE TIME.  Even the evil of today pales in comparison to the evil in the days before the flood. We live in an evil world now, but there are still a number of people who take their stand against evil. This wasn’t the case in Noah’s day. He is only man who God found righteous and all other flesh was destroyed.  So if all flesh was destroyed in the flood, then how was there Giants on the earth  in” those days “AND after? I believe this is where the book of Enoch is helpful. Its says “But now the Giants who are born from the union of the spirits (Sons of God) and the flesh shall be called EVIL SPIRITS ON THE EARTH, because  their dwelling shall be on the Earth and in the Earth. It all started making sense to me. I finally understood who the angels were that kept not their first estate mentioned in Jude. They are the same angels that Peter mentions in 2 Peter2:4-5. ” For if God spared not the angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgement.” Its goes on to say ” If he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood  on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness and seven other.” I find it interesting that these angels are mentioned in reference to the “ancient world”, the world before the flood.  This is also brought out in 1 Peter 3: 19 where it  says “He ( Jesus)  went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.”  Again the time of Noah (the time before the flood) is mentioned when talking about these particular angels. All of this has led me to believe that the spirits in Jude 6 that kept not their first estate are the sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6th chapter. They kept not their first estate by “disrobing” or coming out of their celestial bodies to take on the bodies of  men to have sex with women . They did this in part to experience carnal pleasure, but also to corrupt the flesh of man to prevent the coming of  the Messiah.  These Angels are a special breed of “fallen angels” that  no longer desired angelic bodies and settled for the bodies of humans. These are NOT the angels that originally rebelled with Lucifer in Heaven. The angels that originally rebelled with Lucifer still maintain  their celestial position and body. Demon spirits  no longer have celestial bodies because they lost their bodies in the flood. However they didn’t lose their spirits. There spirits remained on the earth and these are the invisible forces that we have to contend with daily. They are trapped in chains because they are bound to the earth. They are awaiting a special judgement because of their rebellion and for dishonoring thier celestial bodies. They are extremely wicked and work directly against us.  They don’t however work  with out methodical planning.

                  How do demon spirits work  and what space do they occupy?

           Demon spirits work directly against us with a deliberate plot. They have been conspiring against us our whole life.  Even in the womb a plan was put together by Satan himself for his demons to carry out his will for your life. These demons are personalities without bodies. They lost there bodies in the flood and are now trapped in the earth. This is where this particular doctrine becomes  important. These spirits know that they are trapped and bodiless. They also know that there is no hope for redemption or even the chance of them becoming angels again. They are angry, resentful, and want you to be judged with them. They also want to torment and torture us before  they are forever judged and casted into the lake of fire. They are bound to the earth now awaiting  judgement . This is why Jesus says in Matthew 12:43 ” When  an unclean spirit goes out of a man he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none.”  The demon is limited to dry places because he lost his wings. If he were still an angel he wouldn’t  be bound to land.  This is an imperative point to put emphasis on. It’s important because I believe we need a more direct strategy in terms of spiritual warfare.  By direct I mean that Satan himself never comes after us. He and his angels headquarters are in the second heaven. Many of us ignorantly believe that Satan is trapped in some pit underneath the earth. This is just  a fairytale of course. We already know from an earlier study that Satan is called the “ruler of the air”. His angels that didn’t give up their celestial bodies, they still maintain their posistion in the second heaven with him. They are more sophisticated in nature and work diligently on the atmosphere and the air ways. Their job is not to come directly against us. They have bigger fish to fry. What are these bigger fish? They are the television, the internet, the school system, government facilities, lawmakers, etc. Why is this important?  It’s important because Jesus never casted out or rebuked “fallen angels” he only casted out DEMONS. We dont have authority to cast out fallen angels because they are still angels. This is why Michael was careful not to bring any railing accusation against them. They still maintain a celestial body and you should never underestimate thier power. Demons however  need a body to occupy, they are powerless without one. The only way they gain access to the body is through the mind. Many wrong and evil thoughts we have are the vexation of demons attempting to gain access to the body. Many of us are unaware of this invisible warfare going on all around us.

                                     Is the Book of Enoch credible?

              Some may be ready to call me a heretic because I used the book of Enoch as a part of this teaching. I can only answer this by saying that Jude quoted from it as well and we know he was no heretic. For whatever reason it was omitted from canon gospel. Ironically  the Ethiopian Orthodox Church still includes it in their Bible.  We have much more to learn about our invisible enemies. My next article will deal with distinctive differences between demons and fallen angels.

Peace, Julian James

How to have Power over the Occult

October 15, 2009

I thought it would be appropriate to end this particular teaching with how we can begin to have power over the occult. A wise man once told me not to come to him with problems, but come only with solutions. I have labored hard over the last several days to illustrate the problem I believe we have in the contemporary church. Today I would like to spend some time speaking on the only force that can eradicate the force of Satan and the occult. For Christians this force is, no doubt, the Holy spirit. The Holy spirit is the other “comforter” that Jesus promised  us that would abide with us forever. (John 14:16) Jesus later went on to be our advocate in Heaven while the Holy spirit remained here on earth to “guide us into all truth.” I believe Satan has deliberatly confused the church body about the true function of the Holy spirit.  The Holy spirit is just as much God as Jesus and the Father . I think in theory we acknowledge this, but not in practice.  Most Christians don’t expect the Holy spirit to carry out the same ministry that Jesus did, but this is exactly what Jesus told his disciples would  happen; “Verily verily, I say unto you,  He that believeth on me the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12) This is why Jesus said that it was expedient that he goes away. He knew  the disciples would still need supernatural power after he ascended back into Heaven.  Jesus has left us another comforter (Holy spirit) to do the same things that he did during his earthly mission. This is why he wouldn’t allow the disciples to leave Jerusalem to evangelize the world until they received the baptism of the Holy spirit. “For John truly baptized you with water: but you shall be baptized with the holy ghost not many days hence.” (Acts 1:5) What is the purpose of this separate baptism? Verse 8  explains “But you shall receive power, after that the holy ghost is come upon you and you shall be my witnesses unto me.” There are two important points brought out by this verse, one Jesus says that you will receive power and two, that we will be his witnesses. So what type of power would we receive? The supernatural power to be a witness. This is one of the main purposes for this baptism. Many well meaning Christians confuse this experience with the salvation experience and yet the bible clearly differentiates the two. Some teach that the Holy ghost comes and seals us when we make Jesus Lord over our life. They usually use John 21:22 to justify this position. “And when he(Jesus) had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” I would agree that they were sealed by the spirit but not FILLED yet for the purpose to be witnesses unto the world.  Receiving the Holy spirit in this context  (verse 22) is all about the resurrection and not the infilling of the spirit  that subsequently took place on the day of  Pentecost. They had this seal because they were the first to believe on Jesus. There could be no true belief  in Jesus until they believed that he rose from the dead. Once they believed in the resurrection their salvation was secured. Then Jesus breathed on them the same way he breathes on us when we accept salvation today. This isn’t however the supernatural endowment that Jesus promised the disciples that they would receive. Remember Jesus said that they would receive “power”.  Power here translated in the greek gives us the word “dunamis” and this is where we get the our word ” dynamite”. Strong’s Concordance suggest that this power is “miraculous power” and its known by its strength. Lets look at another scripture that uses power the same way. Luke 10:19 says that Jesus has given us “power” over all the “power” of the enemy. The first power here is not ” dunamis” or dynamite power it’s  “authority power” such as the power that a magistrate or judge has. Look close, the second power mentioned is dunamis power but its mentions the enemy having this power. So what does this mean? This means that Jesus has authorized us to have supernatural power over the enemy. Jesus himself never denied that the enemy had supernatural power. He never promised that the enemy would stop coming after us. He did however promise not to leave us “comfortless”. He knew that we would need supernatural power to attest to a supernatural event (resurrection). He has made this provision of power available to us if we would only obey scripture.

Jesus said for us to be baptized in the Holy spirit and we should comply. We can no longer treat this as an optional doctrine. We are losing legions of believers by the day! The occult  has allured them away because of the promise of power.  They don’t see any power left in the church. All they see are people with good intellectual concepts. We have no right to expect a sinner to believe a gospel that has not been supernaturally attested to . This what  Jesus  and the disciples did .

 In summary, I would like to reiterate that the enemy is very persuasive and cunning. I am alarmed by the “Satanist” agenda as of 1988  against the church. I’m sure you can look this up online somewhere but the gist of it was this:  1. The antichrist would come soon. 2. That ministries and works of God would be destroyed. 3. That Christians would become complacent. 4. That Christians would seek churches that do not preach a full gospel. 5. That Christians cease their fasting and prayer. 6. That the gifts of the holy spirit would be ignored.  All of this would be accompanied by fasting and prayer on the Satanist part. This should stir up believers and non believers alike. Satan knows that the only power that can defeat him is the supernatural power of the Holy spirit. My next article will deal with how you can receive this supernatural provision.

Peace, Julian James

The Bible and the Occult pt 2

October 14, 2009

When most of us think of witchcraft, we tend to think of goblins and goons and images of witches flying in the air on brooms.  However this is not  how the bible depicts witchcraft. Remember yesterday we discussed that “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23). Witchcraft takes on various forms in our contemporary culture, but the one universal quality in all forms is rebellion. Rebellion is usually born out of bitterness or deception. I believe Lucifer rebelled because of his bitterness. I believe he was bitter over the fact that God was going to create the human race and that he would have to be subservient to us. I believe this is why he labored so hard to corrupt the flesh of man. When bitterness goes unchecked it tends to breed rebellion. So, where does bitterness come from? After all no one becomes bitter without some kind of cause. I believe this cause is rejection. Rejection says its all about me and thus gives me the right to be bitter. There is another word  we could use that would be more fitting and its pride. Pride is the original sin but it was not committed by Adam and Eve, it was committed by Lucifer himself. Ezekiel 28: 17 says ” Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty”. You see, Lucifer thought more of himself than he should. Pride almost always leads to rejection. Pride creates a false self and when that false self goes unrecognized, bitterness begins to set in. Bitterness will surely lead to rebellion and rebellion leads to death.

 There are several forms of  the occult or witchcraft that I will be teaching on in this series. I would be remiss however, if I didn’t mention the main use of the occult that opens up all the other doors. The main door I believe that opens up every other door of the occult  is “self-love”. I believe this because that  is the sin that Lucifer got himself caught up in. This explains how the devil has been sinning since the beginning (1st John:3 8). This sin was not committed on the earth however, it was committed in Heaven. Lucifer, who then became Satan,(the adversary) brought with him to earth the spirit of rebellion.  Again as I stated before this is the present condition of man. I can’t overstate this enough. Some people, including most Christians, practice rebellion (witchcraft) without even being aware of it. I believe this is the problem that the church of Galatia had. Paul asks in Galatians 3:1 “Who has bewitched you” as if they were under some demonic spell.  More on that later.

Rebellion always has its own agenda. Its agenda is more about being independent from God than it is about  perversion. I don’t believe that Lucifer committed a sin in the moral sense. His sin was wanting to run the universe on his own terms. In essence, people want supernatural power apart from God for self reliance. They want to depend on themselves and not on God.  They want supernatural power for control and the Bible calls this witchcraft.

 Witchcraft is the oldest religion known to man and again it was first practiced in Heaven when Lucifer convinced a third of the angels to rebel with him (Revelation 12:7). The means that he used to convince these angels to rebel was deception. Deception is only the real tool the enemy has to assert his control over humanity. Deception is all about control, this is perfectly illustrated in the story of Adam and Eve. The enemy deceived Eve for the purpose of  asserting her authority. This is an important point to capitalize on. He didn’t use brute force to take their authority. He instead used his “perfect wisdom” to compel them to sin. In other words, the only power that he had over them was the power that they granted him to have.  

 Satan primarily works through the power of vision and images. He works in imaginations, pretensions, and illusions. He can make good appear evil and evil to appear good. He is a master lawyer and perfect in wisdom. Ezekiel 28: 16 also says that “He corrupted his perfect wisdom on the account of his brightness.” Never forget that Satan is the master of deception because his wisdom is perfect and he is still an angel. God created him to be “perfect in wisdom” but Satan chose to use  his own free will to pervert the wisdom God had blessed him with. That being said, he is very clever in controlling the material world by deception but he can’t compel someone by “physical force” to submit to him because God didn’t create him to be that type of angel. The arch angel Michael on the other hand is known for his physical strength and is deemed the “warrior angel” and he moves things by force (see Revelation 12:7-8) . The only force Satan has is the force of illusion. He tricks people into believing wrong things. This is why it’s hard for many people to get saved and why it’s just as difficult for most Christians to stay saved. They are being controlled  by a spiritual force that they are totally unaware of. There is an invisible, indefinable force perverting supernatural power in the heavenly realms masquerading itself around as the most high.  The one for sure thing we can do to start getting the advantage over the enemy is not to participate in the “unpardonable sin”  that separated him from God in the first place. I believe self-love (pride) must be dealt with before you can address other areas of sin. Pride always precedes sin because it seeks its own way and not God’s way. We have all been guilty of this, but the fact is you don’t want it to become a lifestyle. I pray that we would begin to identify the “I” centered things in our life and begin to root them out of  it. We will explore more in the next article on how to identify and conquer pride.

Peace, Julian James