The spirit that now works in the children of disobedience has a voice in the body of Christ.
The prince of the power of the air loves to mingle his thoughts and manipulations with the message of the Church.
Here are some examples of what this spirit sounds like.
Remember marriage ? Don’t label marriage to be between a man and a woman.
The liberal, progressive, spirit of the world deconstructed and then redefined marriage. Gay marriage is now the law of the land.
Remember going to the bathroom ? Don’t label a person according to their chromosomes.
The liberal, progressive, spirit of the world deconstructed and redefined gender by allowing individuals to self identify.
Now look at the Church.
Remember the nature of God ?
Unchanging… Impassible… Perfect…Omnipresent… Omnipotent… Omniscient… Self-Sufficient… Transcendent and Wholly Other… Immanent… Unknowable and Incomprehensible…..
Well, according to the liberal, progressive , spirit of the world that is working in the Church ….”the only characteristic in the above list that can be supported by Scripture is God’s immanence.” (Harold Eberle p.122 Father-Son Theology) In fact, Mr. Eberle continues to deconstruct the nature of God and define it according to what he identifies with by saying..”The Bible reveals God as our Healer, our Peace, our Righteousness, and our Shepherd. God is like Jesus. He is our Father. He is like honey. These are Hebraic thoughts. This is what the Bible reveals.” (Harold Eberle p.123 Father-Son Theology)
Maybe the “nature” of God does not fit with the mind of man, so it must be deconstructed and redefined so it is easier to identify with ? And maybe the liberal, progressive, spirit of the world is more than happy to help ?
Again, remember the nature of God ?
Well, according to the liberal, progressive, spirit of the world that is working in the church there is: no judgment, no wrath, no anger, no hatred, no consequences, no weeping and gnashing of teeth, no outer darkness, no hell, no ……………! Because we choose to identify God as love and love only and love has no judgment, wrath, anger etc….,
Do you see the pattern ? Deconstruct and redefine that which makes you uncomfortable; or what you can’t control; or what your mind is unwilling to accept; or what is not like you.
If you confront this spirit, or are attacked by it, you will hear the following…..
“You are narrow minded.”
“Pharisee ! Pharisee!”
“I am educated. I graduated with a ……..”
Look….here is the important point.
NO law or doctrine, no matter how pure or perfectly followed or taught can save anyone ! For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. End of story.
But after I am saved…..definitions, belief systems, and pure doctrine are VITAL !
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. ” 2 Timothy 4:1-4
Why is it so vital ?
Because of what it leads to.
When the hunger for pure water and sound doctrine stops…
man takes center stage
the cross is set aside
the fear of God is forgotten
feelings become preeminent
experience is king
and an image
an idol ….. sits in the temple.
Desolation and destruction comes. I have experienced it. Personally seen and felt the destruction.
Doctrine is not the enemy. The Word of God is not the enemy. Men of God who demand doctrinally purity or bring correction (in love) are essential for the growth of the Body !
Don’t listen to the spirit of the world.