The song says, “It can’t be wrong, when it feels so right.” Persuasive but not true.
The lusts of the flesh and a carnal mind jump to agree with the spirit of seduction encouraging pre-marital sex contrary to the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Then sin is compounded when evil persuades women to abort their babies conceived out of wedlock by telling them that there exists within the womb only a bunch of cells that can be conveniently discarded. Evil shouts, “You have a right to all the sex you want! You have a right to abort!”
Having been an eyewitness at the Austin Capitol this month to the events regarding the bill to protect babies in the womb from abortion, I can say that evil had sway over many of the pro-abortion, pro-lust, pro-licentiousness crowd. Their rude, crude signs were vulgar and spoke volumes as to who was the chief instigator behind them. Some even chanted “Hail, satan!”. Their own words reveal their evil influence! I can’t even repeat the vulgarities on their signs, some even blasphemous regarding the LORD Jesus Christ. Yes, many want illicit sex without the inconvenient consequence of babies.
Interestingly, many of those pro-abortion anarchists were also very, very tattooed.
Since many in the cult of lawlessness are flaunting tattoos, it makes me very suspect indeed as to what the enemy is doing. And now some in the Church are condoning tattoos? Is the Church being influenced by the lawless culture rather than being salt in the world? What is the enemy up to? As always, some pernicious persuasion! It’s worked effectively since the Garden of Eden!
We all have fallen for some pernicious persuasion in some area, at some time. We are all guilty. I have fallen for it in regrettable ways. So now, having experienced such evil deceptions, but moreover having received the grace of God for repentance, restoration and deliverance, I would warn those younger in the faith of the wily ways of the enemy who seeks to kill and destroy.
This is not to condemn or judge any individual who may have been naive or foolish or uneducated. God will forgive repentant ones their abortions through the blood of Christ. And God will forgive repentant ones their tattoos covered in the spirit by the blood of the Lamb, although the ink is indelible on the flesh! But while God does forgive, GOD DOES NOT CONDONE SIN IN ANY FORM!
So it saddens me that some leaders in the Church are now condoning this pagan practice. Why are they not more discerning of the evil promoting this pagan practice? Tattoos have historically been considered sinful in the Church. It is only relatively recently that this fad has been condoned by some pastors. Church leaders should preach the Word on any issue, not yield to popular culture! Why the compromise? Do some want to justify their own indiscretions? Are some afraid of losing tithes or offending an audience? Why is this issue even being debated in the Church when for so long hardly anyone disagreed with the Word of God on it? What is the enemy up to? Pernicious persuasion as always!
Now let’s compare the six words “nor tattoo any marks on you” (Lev. 19:28) to the six words “thou shalt not eat of it” (Gen 2:17) given to Adam. Both are seemingly simple commands. Yet Adam fell due to pernicious persuasion. He ate of that tree, deciding for himself what was good rather than leaving that determination of good and evil in the domain of His Creator.
Our Creator spoke “six words” against tattoos relegating it to a pagan practice. But the enemy wants people to doubt that God meant what He said. A few words on a subject should not negate the words, if the meaning is clear.
Yet the six words “nor tattoo any marks on you” (Lev. 19:28) of the LORD seems not enough to convince everyone that the LORD does not want His people to get a tattoo. But there are actually more Scriptural arguments against this pagan practice. See http://hisinheritance.biblefox.com/2012/06/06/should-a-christian/ )
The Church generally has recognized some sins when there is not even one word in the Bible forbidding its practice. For example, “Ouija boards” are not mentioned in the Bible. But most leaders I hope would agree it’s sinful and dangerous coming under the general heading of witchcraft. God’s people perish for lack of knowledge. If one is not aware that “Ouija boards” are a vehicle for demonic activity and a form of practicing witchcraft, then one might think it was okay to do. But pastors should be warning their congregants of evil and current cultural pitfalls. Witchcraft is so insidious. It is sinful yet many do not discern it always, when it comes disguised as an angel of light or a chant in a popular children’s book.
Likewise, many are not aware of the pagan roots of tattoos. You certainly wouldn’t find it sanctioned in our Judaic heritage! Tattoos originated with pagan blood covenant rituals. Oh, but one argues that is no longer the case today. How sly is the evil one! What a liar!
I once used a chant because I was not aware that it was calling on a demonic entity. I was perniciously persuaded that the chant would put me in rhythm with the universe! I was young and naive and bought the lie. Even though I had been born-again as a child, I had no good working knowledge of God’s Word and His holy instructions back then. I was an easy target to dupe. How I cringe now to think I was unknowingly praising a demon!
The enemy can’t touch the born-again spirit hidden in Christ. He does, however, trick us in the mind, persuading us to do things with our bodies to praise him or dishonor God. He is stealing the praise that belongs only to God. He is defiling the Church in this world, but HalleluYAH! – the devil has no access to our born-again spirits hidden in Christ and seated in the heavenly places!
Now the devil doesn’t usually come up to people and say, “Come on. Let’s do some evil today.” Rather, he subtly persuades us that evil is good. He asks the same old question, “Has God really said…?”
Has God really said that it is wrong for a man to lie with another man? Yes, He has called it an ABOMINATION! A devil persuades people that it is all right to have homosexual relationships because that’s how “God made them.” Sorry, God didn’t make them that way. The devil perverted them that way through incest or abuse or some other access.
A devil persuades one to think that any religion is as good as the next. Yet there is only one way to the Father: through faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ!
A devil will persuade many that is all right to take the mark of the beast. After all, everyone is doing it and there will be a very practical reason for it. Is this surge of tattoos preparing a society to accept being branded?
So has God really said not to get a tattoo? Yes!
As one who was delivered from Babylon, New Age, and pseudo-Buddhism, I am more familiar with witchcraft than maybe your average American Christian. I recognize that tattoos come under the spirit of witchcraft and rebellion. That is why I adamantly speak out against them. The devil’s tactic is to take an inch and then a mile. You can see that in every area of our society where there has been a downward spiral into immorality.
The enemy is marking his people and unfortunately some of God’s. Tattooed bodies will die. But, thank God, that the enemy cannot touch or kill “the spirits of just men made perfect”, those who have the seal of the Holy Ghost! (Heb 12:23)
But that is NOT justification to condone something which GOD told His people NOT to do! It just demonstrates God is merciful. Forgive the sinner. Preach the word against sin.
May the teachers in the Church, who are called to a higher accountability, come under the conviction of the Holy Ghost instead of the seduction of political correctness. May they be more willing to please a holy God than mortal man. May we act and preach with the discernment to spot the enemy’s pernicious persuasion knowing that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim 3:16)
“For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?” (2 Cor 6:14)
This is a brief outline of principles gleaned from the Book of Esther on spiritual warfare. I thought this was already posted, as it is an old teaching of mine. Then I wanted to cross reference it to the teachings on Esther that I did for kids (Wise Words wk 9; Wise Words wk 10) but it wasn’t there. So I have put this up quickly. I hope to come back and add to it.)
The “king” represents (only in his good acts) God; some scholars have noted that this is only when his name Ahasuerus, his carnal nature, is NOT mentioned. Certainly, Ahasuerus did some despicable things including his request to Queen Vashti.
Mordecai represents the Holy Spirit of God prompting and leading;
Haman, of course, represents the spirit of anti-christ that wants to destroy the God’s chosen people.
Esther, of course, represents for us the Bride of Christ! The queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard! Those who have an intimate relationship with their LORD have the FAVOR of the LORD, and He gives us our petitions, up to half the kingdom! (Esther 5:2-3)
1. Be called and submitted to God above even man’s laws (4:14-16)
2. Prepare spiritually through prayer and fasting (Esther 4:16)
3. Prepare through praise and worship by putting on “garments of praise”, our “royal robes”. (Esther 5:1-2; Esther 7:1-2)
4. Be led by the Holy Spirit especially as to timing (3 days of Fasting & prayer, waiting in the inner court, 1st banquet, then 2nd banquet)
5. Use intercession; weeping; wailing; fasting (Esther 8:3)
6. Wait on the King’s word and permission (Esther 8:7-8)
7. Write the decree according to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Esther 8:8-9) “You yourselves write a decree…” Queen Esther WITH Mordecai together i.e.. the Bride of Christ WITH the Holy Spirit!
8. Proclaim the decree (Esther 8:10-14) Perhaps this is where many Christians lose their victory because they do not proclaim aloud the Word of God!
9. Celebrate the victory beforehand! (Esther 8:16-17) Ah, that shows faith in God!
If you read the whole Book of Esther through, ask the Holy Spirit to show you these strategies and use you “for such a time as this”!
Another theme dominant in this book is that God’s righteous law of love ALWAYS trumps man’s frivolous and immoral laws. Queen Vashti refused to do something lewd and immoral. Her bravery lost her her position but paved the way for Queen Esther. This was all in God’s plan. Then Esther “broke” the law about going before the king uninvited IN ORDER TO OBEY God’s law of love in helping her people! Consequently, the king gave them the right to write laws to supercede the immoral law that Haman had enacted.
“They don’t know how to cry,” I heard the Spirit whisper. Some of God’s people don’t know how to cry. Maybe that was one of the problems with the Laodicean church. (Revelation 3:14-22) Maybe a preoccupation with material wealth had quenched the Spirit which would have moved them to tears had they recognized their spiritually pitiful condition. They were lukewarm. Tepidity does not yield tears. Had they been hot, they would have been burning with passion. Both passion and compassion can produce tears.
Lest I bring you to tears over this issue, especially you men who seldom cry, please let me release you in advance from any condemnation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
If the Spirit doesn’t lead you in this way, who am I to judge another Man’s servant? (Romans 14:4)
Passion may be expressed in various ways, just as we have various ways in which we worship: in giving, in song, in action, in study, in service, in thankfulness. Some may not physically cry and weep before the Lord. A precious saint once told me that she had cried out all her tears! Physically, her eyes no longer were able to cry! But her passion remained! She still cries inside over the sorrows of many orphans and petitions the LORD on their behalf. God looks on the heart.
On the other hand, maybe you do need to cry! Maybe the Spirit will open up to you a new way of prayer through the tears.
Apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” Well, sometimes, I go through phases when I CRY daily! And in this stage of my blessed life, it’s not usually about me. It’s about intercession. The world in which we live is so wicked, so many people are lost, so many are suffering. There’s plenty of reasons to cry. But have we numbed ourselves to the human tragedy that we are no longer concerned? Have we not this pity that moves us to tears? Have we become lukewarm?
The disciples asked of their Master, “LORD, teach us to pray.” I pray:
LORD, teach us to cry. Not just the cries of self-pity but the cries of a broken, contrite heart; the wrenching cries of Your grieved Spirit; the tears of a humbled heart; the soft tears of a soul overwhelmed by your infinite grace; the tears of joy; the tears of love! LORD, bring us to tears for you will surely turn our mourning into wondrous joy!
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving
What do the Holy Scriptures teach about tears? Our Father has not been silent on the topic. As I can I’ll be posting more. Shalom!
The Word of the Lord is Truth. If you are part of His Army (Psalm 24:10) , your sword is His Word. (Ephesians 6:17) Wield it! Speak it! Proclaim it! Declare it! We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). The earth is the Lord’s! HalleluYAH!
As part of the Body of Christ, let us join with His Spirit, in asking for the nations. Has the Spirit of the Lord laid a nation or people group upon your heart? Let’s proclaim His Word over it together.
America (part of the earth/world, is it not?) “is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;”
America, “and those who dwell therein.”
Belarus “is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;”
Belarus “and those who dwell therein.”
India “is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;”
India, “and those who dwell therein.”
New Zealand “is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;”
New Zealand, “and those who dwell therein.”
Nicaragua “is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;”
Nicaragua, “and those who dwell therein.”
Israel “is Yahweh’s, with its fullness;”
Israel, “and those who dwell therein.”
If you’re led, please add (in reply) your declaration for the country which the Lord has put on your heart. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to cover every nation? Let’s commit to spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:12) on a regular, consistent basis for the earth using His Word, our sword!
Of the seven churches in the book of Revelation (Rev 2 & 3), only two did not receive a rebuke from the LORD: Philadelphia and Smyrna. Smyrna was under great persecution, suffering for the LORD. Philadelphia was faithful to keep the LORD’s word. Today, we see the Church of Smyrna in the suffering church worldwide. The LORD has no rebuke for the Church that is in prison, being beheaded and martyred, and enduring much suffering for His namesake.
We, in America, for the most part, have not had that kind of intense persecution. Will our churches be rebuked? Rebuked for losing our first love as Ephesus? Rebuked for tolerating sexual immorality as Pergamum? Rebuked for tolerating false prophetesses as Thyatira? Rebuked for being dead and Spirit-less as Sardi? Rebuked for lukewarmness as Laodicea? Oh, that we may live in such a way that we receive no rebuke, for a rebuke means that we have displeased our LORD who loves us so! Our hope of no rebuke is to love Him, keep His word and be a church that loves our brother, as the name Philadelphia implies.
Is it a coincidence that the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America was signed in the city of Philadelphia, the “city of brotherly love”? Is this not our Godly heritage and destiny that America should live up to her namesake and represent a church without rebuke but full of love for her LORD, her brothers, and His Word? Let it be so. Amen.
Therefore, I offer this acrostic prayer for the Church.
*Based on the letter to the unrebuked church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7-13
by Carolyn Anne Venable, His Inheritance Ministries ©2005 HIM/cav