“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
This very cogent warning by the Holy Spirit, spoken “expressly” (or “with special clarity”) for those living in the latter days, predicts an unusual outbreak of seductive demonism—not just in pagan, idol-worshipping, or animistic cultures, but in “Christian” nations, where they can lead many to “depart from the faith” which their forefathers once professed. Christians, therefore, should not be taken by surprise at the vast eruption of witchcraft, New Age mysticism, Eastern occultism, rock-music demonism, drug-induced fantasies, altered states of consciousness, and even overt Satan-worshipping cults that have suddenly proliferated in our supposedly scientific and naturalistic society. Behind it all are the “seducing spirits” and “the rulers of the darkness of this world” (Ephesians 6:12).
It should be obvious that Christians must completely avoid all such beliefs and practices. “I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (1 Corinthians 10:20). “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Even “innocent” fun (Halloween parties, ouija boards, dungeons-and-dragons games, etc.) and well-intentioned (but many times superficial) exorcism of apparent demon possession by Christian workers have often led to dangerous demonic influences in the lives of Christian people, as well as in Christians who have sought supernatural experiences or revelations. In anything that even touches on occultism or demonic influence, the advice of Peter is relevant. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9). HMM
From the Institute for Creation Research
I have noticed some are worshiping a “roaring lion” they think is the lion of Judah and it is the adversary seeking prey with false signs and wonders. If it is Jesus it is the Lamb of God, gentle, meek, humble, kind, patient, lovingly disciplining when we turn to left or right, comforting, healing, restoring, reconciling, renewing, giving us revelation to our heart, lifting our spirits, singing over us, pouring his warm liquid love into our hearts by his Holy Spirit, Fathering us by providing and protecting, mothering us like a hen her chicks, letting us feel his presence as he said he would never leave nor forsake us. His sword and lion is for evil; his peace and Lamb is for his children! God bless you and Merry Christmas and eternal Merry Christ Day everyday!
Reblogged this on Sue's Pen2PaperBlog and commented:
It is easy to open demonic doors without realizing it.
Once those demonic doors are opened they are difficult to close. Why? Because many do not even realize they have thrown open the door. Especially Christians. Good post. Thanks and Merry Christmas.