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The Bible is neither silent nor lacking in descriptions of leaders who were Under the Influence of Satan or some of his evil emissaries. I am deliberately using the term “emissaries” because it means
someone who does a job for a government or a leader
someone who delivers a message for them
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
and because I do not want my real message sidetracked by dithering over distinctions between demons, fallen angels, evil spirits, principalities, and the like.

 

The first leader obviously identified as under the influence was Nimrod. Genesis 10:9 describes him as ‘Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord,’ and it is not talking about bagging an ibex. This hunter is more like a street commando.  Chuck Smith’s commentary says:

It should be translated “he was a mighty tyrant in the face of the LORD.” The hunting was the hunting of men’s soul. Nimrod became a leader in apostasy, developer of a great religious system later to become known as the Babylonian religious system or the “mystery Babylon.” That whole religious system was begun by Nimrod.

Archeology, historical writings, and even mythology offer additional insight into the character of Nimrod, the great-grandson of Noah. Much like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, Nimrod caused men to doubt that God had their true happiness at heart, and suggested that following God was actually an act of weakness. Josephus reports that Nimrod gradually changed the government into tyranny in order to turn men from the fear of God and make them dependent upon his power. The translation continues, “Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower …” This was, of course, what came to be known as the Tower of Babel because God sent judgment  in the form of a confusion of language.

Another leader under the influence was King Saul. After Saul rejected the word of the LORD and listened to the people instead, the LORD has rejected Saul from being king over Israel.  At that point, instead of handing in his resignation, Saul tries to remain king without God’s support. An evil spirit comes and begins terrorizing him, and the only thing that brings relief is David’s harp music.  Eventually Saul become so jealous of David that he tries repeatedly to murder him.

Another occurrence of biblical examples of a king under the influence is the Book of Daniel’s record of Nebuchadnezzar’s seven seasons of insanity. Nebuchadnezzar had a prophetic dream a year before it came to pass.

Two more examples that are certainly worth mentioning occur in passages from Ezekiel 28:12-17 and Isaiah 14:12-15.  These begin with comments about the kings of Tyre and Babylon, but continue on to address the controlling spirit behind them, even possession by Satan.

The case could be made for many other rulers being intermittently controlled or fully possessed— the Pharaoh ‘who knew not Joseph,’ Queen Jezebel, the Herods of the New Testament era, and more. Satan even tried to influence Jesus as he tempted him three times at the end of his wilderness fast. The point is that this was commonplace in the past, the devil purposely tries to influence those with power, and we should expect it to be happening today.

Evil emissaries do visit humans.  There is an evil intelligent design in the way they visit leaders and put thought in their minds.

My next planned post is about some counselors and advisers who were also visited by an evil spirit.

 

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DFCS, the Division of Family and Children Services, is awash in what the Bible calls strongholds. A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern that has molded itself into a warped and perverted worldview. Strongholds are either rooted in or fabricated from deception and error.

Some beliefs start right, but then mix in error. For example, many social workers begin with a heart-desire to help others, but then they mix in unbiblical ideas from humanist psychology. When confronted with a Bible verse like Proverbs 23:14 (You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from death), they will say that God was wrong. Other “child savers” start off with a wrong foundation. Perhaps they were abused as children themselves, and now they are driven by a neurotic need to get even. This unforgiveness makes them vulnerable, and many are deceived by demon spirits.

No matter what the source, these strongholds govern a person’s reactions to daily situations.

Many parents who are falsely accused of child abuse find that trying to work with DFCS is like hitting a brick wall. When one encounters a social worker who is inflexible and irrational to the point that he or she is blind to the truth—or even to the possibility of a parent’s innocence, it is almost certain that a demonic stronghold exists and is exerting control over the situation.

How Does Satan Build a Stronghold?
Every stronghold has a foundation in sin. Satan still uses much the same technique as is recorded in the Genesis account of the original sin in the Garden of Eden. First he plants an appealing idea in a social worker’s mind. It might be, “You are overwhelmed with work! Just put down a little white lie in the report so you can finish faster. It takes too long to substantiate everything, and besides, if it is not true, they probably did something just as bad or worse when it wasn’t reported! It will all balance out.” Or maybe he tells them, “You know this child is probably safe with its parents, so it won’t really hurt anything to keep the case open a bit so that you can show that your department needs more funding. If you have a lot of extra cases, you can ask for a raise.” Or maybe Satan says, “You know in your gut that these parents are bad, even though you don’t have any actual proof. Just exaggerate a little in your report so that they won’t get away with it!”

It does not really matter how Satan spins it, all he has to do is to get the social worker to lie a little on a report. Then he can use their sin to build his stronghold. And if the devil cannot entice the social workers to lie, he can get them to listen to and participate in gossip. Gossip, slander and perjury are all sins. Gossip repeats rumors without facts. Slander is using false charges or even misrepresentations which defame and damage another person’s reputation. Perjury is lying under oath, but it also includes lying on official reports made “in the line of duty.”

Satan uses these to build a stronghold where DFCS promotes unbiblical doctrines and stirs up evil suspicions.

Why DFCS Workers Come Off As Being Haughty
3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine, and doesn’t consent to sound words, the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 he is conceited, knowing nothing, but obsessed with arguments, disputes, and word battles, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 constant friction of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth.
1 Timothy 6:3-5.
They come off as haughty because they are conceited as pertains to a doctrine other than the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. They are like the Pharisees, believing they know best.

Can the Strongholds Be Pulled Down?
They could be, if DFCS was willing to repent of their lies. But DFCS is addicted to the empowerment that they derive from their warped and twisted doctrine. Every day that they participate in gossip, slander, perjury, and lies, they give Satan the right to stick around and spread more deception. Furthermore, may judges grant them immunity for many of the lies. There is no natural way to pull down these strongholds. It is tough enough to pull down a stronghold in one’s own life when there is a desire to be rid of it. That is done by casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, (see Ephesians 6). Until DFCS repents or Divine Judgment falls, their core demonic strongholds will remain.

Many people will be very shocked on Judgment Day when their eyes are opened into the spirit realm and they see that DFCS has been run by a horde of what some might call ‘Jezebel’ and ‘Feminist’ spirits that specialize in witchcraft. Witchcraft, at its root, is not about a cauldron of foul-smelling potion. Witchcraft is about using power that was not delegated by God to control the lives of others.

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Forfeiting Souls

[[[ Part of the series on How Child Protective Services opposes the Teachings of Christ ]]]

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
Mark 8:36

Five verses earlier, Jesus is explaining to his disciples about what is coming up next. Peter does not like the way God is doing things and tells Jesus this privately. That instigates the comeback that everyone remembers, “Get behind Me, Satan!” He then summons the rest of the disciples and the crowd and begins expanding on how man’s interests are not the same as God’s interests. Jesus takes this directly to the focal point of the eternal consequences.

Most CPS policies are based on man’s interests. Many are forfeiting their souls because of it. Lamentably, they take others with them.

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[[[ Continuing the series on What Jesus Says About Hell ]]]

But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
Luke 12:5

The hell in this verse is from the Greek Gehenna, the place of punishment for those who were too foolish to fear God. Jesus is giving a most explicit warning about how severe the consequences of not taking God seriously really are.

A loving God will not let Satan roam loose forever. He provided a place to confine the devil. The devil has no option on this. A human soul, before he/she has been killed, still does. The point of giving a warning implies that the people who heard Jesus were capable of heeding a warning.

At this point, Jesus is talking to friends and disciples. That is a significant point in the context because the intent can be seen as a sobering warning, not an offensively threatening one.

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But you are doing away with the fear of God
and hindering meditation before God.
For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
 
Job 15: 4, 5

Today we revisit the same verses from yesterday’s post, this time in the English Standard Version.  Remember that Eliphaz, the speaker of these verses, messed up on determining who was to blame and therefore messed up on his explanation of why, but Eliphaz does show an understanding of how things work.

Cause and Effect – How things work

Within these two verses there is a spiraling cause and effect.  Once the spiral begins, both parts are causes of the next event and both parts are effects of the previous cause.

One side is doing away with the fear of the Lord and slacking off in your thoughts of Him.

The other side is purposeful sophism, in other words, choosing to lie. 

Definition of sophism: a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone.

In choosing the tongue of the crafty, the tongue of the father of lies, one diminishes their meditation and devotion to the true God.  A reduction in the fear of the Lord has the effect of iniquity teaching the mouth.

It is worth pointing out that this did not happen to Job.  He never did away with his fear of the Lord and he never chose to speak against God—which was the point of the entire test. Satan thought he could get to Job the way he had gotten to Eve.  In this regard, Satan could not make Job fall.  (God has some other complaints about Job that He discusses with him in the end of the book, but in the Main Event, Job’s actions were flawless.)

Remember that the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety before he told his open lie. During this subtle beguiling stage before the cause/effect spiral augers in too deeply, the Church often mistakenly encourages the “giving the benefit of the doubt.” Eve gave Satan the benefit of the doubt and look where that got the human race!

The Christian church today is often cruel to those who raise legitimate alarm. Like secular whistleblowers, they are likely to be shunned, or at the minimum are thought of as callous and unforgiving. 

It is also a good thing that the innocent do not need forgiveness, because the unrepentant false accusers are certainly merciless.  Job had many, many needs— far more needs than most people have; yet the need of forgiveness for doing away with the fear of God and using a crafty tongue against God weren’t two of them.

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You Lie, You Die.

3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. 4For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You. 5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. 6 You destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
Psalm 5:3-6

This is part of a prayer of David. He begins the day with prayer.

In yesterday’s history lesson, we learned that the first direct, bald-face lie that Satan told the woman was, “You surely will not die!”

Not only was Satan lying, his lying was the very thing that would cause the dying that he was saying would not happen!

Many of the earlier posts on this blog cited scripture where God hates a deed that is done. If there was any doubt that “merely saying something” is not a “deed” and therefore exempt, this verse is one of many that can dispel that error. Lying is a deed and willful action.

This verse also contradicts the pop slogan, “God hates the sin but loves the sinner.” David said God hates all workers of iniquity. He destroys those who speak lies.

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1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, `You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, `You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!”
Genesis 3:1-4

Within these few sentences is the first recorded lie. We see a pattern that is familiar to anyone who has learned how to have a conversation. The serpent introduces doubt by questioning the woman’s beliefs. It is difficult to sort out why the woman included the “or touch it.” (She had not been named ‘Eve’ at this point.)

Before He formed the woman, God had given Adam this instruction: “from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  Nothing about not touching the fruit is in the original instructions. But somebody added the not touching part and there are only two choices: Adam or Eve.

Adding to God’s law leads to disaster. I have seen cops, child protective service employees, and school and university officials try to add to state law and assume authority that they do not legally have. They do great harm.

In the case of the original sin, adding the “do not touch” enabled the disastrous fall. The one law was ‘Do not eat.’ If Adam added the ‘Do not touch,’ and if the woman thought that was part of God’s word, then after picking the fruit, but before eating it, there was a middle stage where she could touch and surely wasn’t dead. If she could touch and nothing happened, then that would reinforce doubt about the eating part too.

In either case, the accusation had been made that maybe God was not telling the truth. This is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Satanic operation: a false accusation.

Much of the time, the false accuser is guilty of the thing for which they are falsely accusing the other person. Satan accused God of not telling the people the truth, and then Satan does it.

John 8:44 tells us that the devil does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. People who have a habit of lying are speaking from their own nature too. They are following after the devil, not God.

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