I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
When one looks at the world today through a biblical lense you can clearly see how mixed up, broken, and separated from the Creator’s original intention modern society really is. We talked about this last time, but to briefly recap:
- Scientists through DNA tampering are seeking to create enhanced plants, animals, and humans.
- God created specific “kinds”, that is, categories or species. Man is seeking to change those kinds so they are no longer as God created them to be. The species boundary has been breached in the name of scientific advances.
- There is gender confusion, with males “identifying” as females, and females “identifying” as males, and in some cases identifying as neither, referring to themselves as, “pan-sexual”. This is breaching of the gender boundary got built into the original creation. [Genesis 1:27]
- This confusion has entered the world of fashion, with males wearing feminine clothing, and females wearing masculine clothing. [Deuteronomy 22:5]
- God’s institution of marriage and the family is being redefined today in the name of “love” and “tolerance” with men marrying men, and women marrying women. Then through lax adoption laws innocent children are being brought into these unnatural unions to be raised in confusion.
I know I am “narrow-minded”, “bigoted”, “intolerant”, and downright “mean” according to the world’s way of viewing things. And that is OK. I seek only to obey my Father and please Him. If that puts me at variance with the world, and it does, then so be it. I believe many men (and women) who stand in pulpits today are little more than hirelings seeking to advance and protect their careers and keep the money rolling in, more times than not at the expense of truly feeding the sheep in their care. This is also coming at the expense of the truth being proclaimed with boldness and authority. Where is the courage? Where is the conviction? It is gone from the majority of our churches. May the Holy Spirit invade our houses of worship! May He come like a fire reigniting passion and conviction in the hearts of the true servants of the Lord, and remove the rest!
I am persuaded that this societal breakdown is completely Luciferian in nature. What do I mean by that? Let’s take a trip back to the Garden. Look at Genesis 3.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” [Gen. 3:1 NKJV]
First, the word translated, “serpent” here is the Hebrew nachash (naw-khawsh). It means literally a snake or serpent. This is from a primitive root that means, “to hiss or whisper” It was also used to describe a magic spell, or to prognosticate, a divine enchanter. This Hebrew word though actually meaning, “snake” or “serpent” is used figuratively in Genesis 3:1. We have examined this word in past posts, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here. When you dig through the etymology of this word you find it is connected to a seraph, a winged angelic class who are known for their brightness, or being shiny in appearance. So, what we find in the Garden is not Satan being embodied as a snake (which has commonly been taught), or even possessing the body of a serpent, but a brightly shining beautiful winged creature, possibly serpentine in appearance or action, whispering his lies and deception to Eve, thus mesmerizing, enchanting, and utterly deceiving her with his charms! Wow! Have you been taught that in Sunday School? Now whether this being was actually Satan (which I tend to think it was not), or one of his emissaries, we do know this “snake” or “serpent” imagery is later associated with Satan in scripture. [See Ps. 91:14; Isa. 27:1; 2 Cor. 11:3; Rev. 12:9, 14, 15; Rev. 20:2]
It was in the garden that sin entered the earth-realm. There are two things that really stand out to me in this account in Genesis 3: 1) The authority of God’s Word is called into question – “Did God really say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’?” The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die…” [Gen. 3:1b, 4 CJB emphasis added]. 2) The thought is introduced that God’s boundaries are really about keeping man from his (or her) full potential – “God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” [Gen. 3:5 CJB]
The authority of God’s Word is being called into question in many sectors of the Christian Church, with many ministers being educated in liberal seminaries where the inerrancy of scripture is denied as some antiquated notion of a by-gone era. So if the Bible is not our standard of faith and practice, we really have no standard. Theology becomes a free-for-all, morality is relevant, truth is no longer absolute, and sin no longer definable. The Holy Spirit gave me what I believe is some insight into this recently. It is kind of like the English language (or any language for that matter). Definitions of words are in the dictionary. If there is a debate over the meaning of a particular word, the two parties merely have to reach for the nearest Webster’s Dictionary and find the definition of the word in question. The dictionary is a standard for defining words and terms. Most English speakers will agree on the definition of any given word based on how it is defined in the dictionary.
As the dictionary defines words in the English language, so it is that God’s Word defines what sin is, what morality is, what right and wrong are, and what is clean and unclean. The reason so many in the Church today can no longer define these things is because we have set aside and ignored the standard. It is almost as if the serpent’s hiss can be heard from many pulpits, “Did God really say…?” You can fill in the blank yourself.
Sin, morality, right and wrong, and the difference between clean and unclean, among other things, are clearly defined in what we know as the first five books of the Bible; Genesis – Deuteronomy, known in Greek as the Pentateuch, or in Hebrew, the Torah. We usually refer to this section of scripture as, “The Law”, which in our western mindset has a negative connotation. However, “Torah” simply means, “instructions”. They are loving instructions from our Father. I won’t get into here the three types of laws or instructions – moral, civil, and ceremonial, but they are instructions nonetheless. The Torah defines things for God’s people, and unless we return to and accept God’s instructions we will be lost in a morass of lawlessness, which is the spirit of Antichrist, the spirit of the age.
The Father’s instructions are, you guessed it, boundaries. They are fences, not to keep us bound and restricted, but to keep us away from harm or destruction, or to protect us from that which would kill, steal, and destroy.
This brings us to the second point concerning that which occurred in the garden between Eve and the nachash (serpent). The serpent planted the notion in Eve’s mind that in commanding them (Adam and Eve), not to eat from the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God was really trying to keep them from their full potential. “After all, God knows that when you do you’ll be just like Him!”, the serpent lied. In essence, God was according to the reasoning of the nachash, trying to remove the competition to His throne and keep the man and woman in subjugation. Why, who needs God if we can be a god in our own right? God just needs to like Mr. Gorbachev, “Tear down that wall!”, and mankind will be on their way, right? Well, ask yourself how that worked out for the first couple, and for that matter, how that has worked out for mankind ever since. With all of our technological advances and God-free living, has humanity really gotten better? Humans still murder their unborn children in the name of convenience, husbands still leave their wives and families (and vice versa), we still lie, steal, commit fornication with wreck-less abandon, and are self-centered and rebellious. In short, humanity is still a fallen race in need of a Savior. Yes, we need God. We need His instructions. We need His borders and boundaries. We need to define institutions like marriage, family, and even the Church as He does in His Word.
Borders and boundaries were and are being challenged in the spirit-realm, which is why they are challenged, and at times even breached, in the natural realm.
I want to take one more posting next time and explore this a bit deeper. Plan to join us if you can.
Until next time,
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson