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Church Shooting – Questions about Compassion and Evil

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Please feel free to send me any of your own thoughts or questions, locate and click the comment link below. I will continue to address them in follow up posts. This post and/or related posts will be the only post[s] I will be making available for the next few weeks, as I believe this topic needs to stay front and center for a season.

To address some additional thoughts and questions…

Compassion for Perpetrators

Yes, if we are unable to find compassion, which is an aspect of agape love, for those individuals who are so wounded or damaged that they wound and damage other people we are no different than the world. Scripture makes it clear that it is easy to love those who love us but not so easy to love those who mistreat us.

Luke 6:32–36 (NKJV) Jesus speaking

32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

I was wounded just recently by someone I care a great for, wounded more than they most likely realize. However, I have chosen to trust God to deal with the matter and not retaliate. I realize that the individual can only treat me with the spiritual, mental, and emotional maturity they currently possess despite what my heart might desire.

Evil

Yes, evil does exist! It is a powerful spiritual force that can destroy individuals and lives. Evil is a byproduct of the fall of both Satan and the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden. If we had to trace goodness back to one source that source would be God. Likewise, if we had to trace evil back to one source that source would be Satan. Evil and its father, Satan, are a very powerful force second only to God and not one to be taken lightly.

Please understand this point. Without God man is completely powerless over evil. Whether you are a child of God through the rebirth of your spirit or a child of God through creation who has yet to recognize God as their Father you would not be able resist evil without God’s help. Without God this entire world would be consumed with evil. The world is Satan’s playground, his domain in some manners and therefore we are not to be naïve when it comes to the evil that surrounds us in our society.

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The issue of labeling evil as demon possession, demonic influence, congenital evil, or consensual evil is in all honesty an extremely difficult thing to do. People like to place labels on things or actions but in order to truly label almost any action or behavior a person would require so much information that gathering said information would be almost impossible. This is why I find it difficult to respect people who place labels. Yes, we can offer insights and possible reasons for why someone will say or do something but to say, “we know” without doubt and place a label on that person is in my belief almost impossible – it also borders on condemning a person, the worse form of judging another person. Most people do not even talk to people enough to get a good understanding of what they think, believe, or to understand why they took certain actions much less gathering enough information to slap a label on them. Therefore, I would exhort you to be very careful before deciding what type of evil might be presence in a situation.

Evil is a topic that is challenging to undertake in such a forum as the sheer volume of what could be written on the topic is enormous. I will address just a few matters here but in no way, will I even scratch the surface of what should or could be written on the matter. I will confine myself to the previously mentions aspects of evil – demon possession, demonic influence, congenital evil, and consensual evil.

Demon possession did exist during biblical times, and does exist to date. Evil spirits aka demons where sent upon King Saul (1 Sam. 16:14). Both Jesus (Luke 7:21) and Paul (Acts 19:11, 12) acknowledged demons and demon possession casting demons out of those afflicted. There are situations where people are labeled as being mentally ill, which I believe without much doubt are cases of “demon possession” yes, demon possession. With that said, I also believe some people have been considered possessed by a demon when they were legitimately mentally ill. Overall, I believe there are a great deal of things labeled as mental illness or mental disorders that are in truth a form of evil influence or a result of sin.

People are prompted to do evil by the demonic influences around them or around someone who has access to their life, such as was the case with Ahab (1 Kin. 22:1–23). Demonic “influence” is possible for all people including Christians. For this reason it is extremely important that we examine our every thought, feeling, action, and prompting against the Truth found in God’s Word. Every thought must be taken captive, so we do not fall prey to the insidious influences that find their way into our own hearts (these influences enter people’s hearts through various means which I will not go into here, but it is not always the person’s own fault.)

2 Corinthians 10:3–6 (NKJV)

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Matthew 15:19 (NKJV) Jesus Speaking

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

Congenital evil has to do with those things we find that run in our families or as some would like to say, ‘are in our DNA.’ Evil can be passed on through families via the environmental influence that opens the spirit to such evil. There can also be evil in the heredity of a family, evil known as generational curses. However, through the power and blood of The Lord Jesus, The Christ, generational curses of all type can be broken whether physical curses, behavioral cures, or mental curses.

Exodus 34:6–7 (NKJV) – When Moses was being given the second set of Tablets in the Wilderness, after the Hebrew children of God had left Egypt.

6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

Exodus 20:5 (NKJV) In relation to and inclusive in the Ten Commandments.

5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Restated in Deuteronomy 5:9 (NKJV)

9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

That leaves us the final form of evil we will address here, consensual evil. A person can become demon possessed through opening themselves up to evil in their actions. Through choices they have made to involve themselves in evil actions, in satanic activity, etc. Christian can open themselves up to evil influence in a greater degree by involving themselves in sinful behavior and even evil activities. There are those people who claim to be Christians yet partake in tarot cards, horoscopes, evil media, attempting to channel, consulting spiritualist or fortunetellers, etc. These are not actions God would have His people partaking in, He expects them to shun all evil and cling to goodness, godliness, and Truth. I exhort you not to think you can play or tamper with evil without getting burned – run from all forms of evil, run quickly and far!

Deuteronomy 18:10–12 (NKJV)

10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.

Romans 12:9 (NKJV)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NKJV)

Abstain from every form of evil.

John 17:15 (NKJV) Jesus speaking

15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

Jesus’ prayer for his disciples is my prayer for each of you.

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers, and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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Evil Transforms (If We Let It) – Pt. 16 – The Attraction to False Gods

In Advice, Anxiety, Apostasy, Bible, Biblical Principles, Chrisitan Lifestyle, Christian, Christian Living, Christianity, Depression, End Times, Evil, Exhortation, False Gods, Fear, Forgiveness, God, God's Voice, Godliness, Godly Counsel, Grief, Holy Spirit, Humanism, Idolatry, Loss, Mental Disorder, Mental Illness, Prophecy, Prophet, Prophetess, Psychiatric Drugs, Religious Freedom, Renewal, Revival, Rhema Words, Spiritual Activism, Spiritual Activists, Spiritual Fruit, Spiritual Remnant, Spirituality, Suffering, Truth, Uncategorized, Wicca, witchcraft on October 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm

In this piece we will explore the second half of chapter six of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. Please find a link below where you can purchase the book from Amazon, should you desire to do so. Here are some of the highlights as found within this chapter regarding the cause and reasons that people are attracted to false gods.

I will start this piece where I left off in the last piece, with a direct quote from Kupelian as found in chapter six. “Here is the problem. If for any reason we’re not ready or willing to submit to God – a state of honest transparency that tends to annihilate our selfish pride and bring us the blessing of genuine happiness, contentment, and understanding – then by default we find ourselves attracted to false gods. That is, to worldviews and weird religions that fill our spiritual void while also sustaining our secret rebellion against our Heavenly Father.”

The author makes two great points that are without a doubt true about why there is rampant rebellion against God in our society today. 1) The failure of fathers to be truly noble. This lack of nobility causes resentment and thus rebellion in their wives and children. 2) The failure of many of today’s Christian Churches to be truly noble. This lack of nobility causes people to seek spiritual fulfillment elsewhere.

As the author notes, the upsurge in neopagan religion has been “fueled by the plasticness and shallowness of so much of the modern, institutional church.” “Growth in feminism and lesbianism are all fueled by disillusionment with, and alienation from, men.” I totally agree with that statement. The author believes that Wicca has become “the spiritual home for many feminist, including lesbians.”

How can families, men, and church congregations truly change, truly get better, if no one speaks out about what the problems are. Speaking out is not an act of attack but instead an act of deep love. If we had no care or love for the family, men, and the church we would not bother to say anything at all. We need change, we need drastic change, and we need it now.

Now a few words about magic versus miracles. The Biblical miracles did not have anything to do with magic, witchcraft, or sorcery. Jesus made it clear that even He did not do according to His own Will or own desires, He did as the Father instructed (John 5:30). Jesus was accused of finding the power for His miracles in Satan, yet this was not the case (Matthew 12:24). It is an abomination, a sin, for human beings to attempt to harness and direct hidden power for their own gain, to accomplish their own will. Our core nature desires to serve another, either a higher or lower unseen will. We can choose to serve God’s Will or we can choose to become slaves to unseen dark forces that help us run away from God. These unseen dark forces pull the strings of our mind and body allowing us to think it is our own will, our own desires. We fall prey to this when we lack the commitment to what is right.

Aleister Crowley, a very important mentor to the Wicca founder Gerald Gardner, defined magic, which he spelled with a k “magik” as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” Wiccan’s make the claim that they use their psychic energy and the aid of benevolent spirits in their magic spells, ceremonies, and rituals to the service of the witches’ will.

We must not forget that is not just God who can confer gifts on people. Satan knows many things he can, and will, share with those willing to surrender their spirits to his influence, either knowingly or unknowingly. Those people gullible enough will be deceived by Satan and lead astray, even being used to deceive other people. In truth, Satanism and Wicca are simply two different forms of rebellion against God. All forms of occult practices are prohibited by the Bible because they invite evil and deception into the world. It does not matter if it is witchcraft, talking to the dead, white magic, or sorcery – all is prohibited by God. Know whom the spirit of the person you are dealing with serves.

As we abandon pride and wait patiently on God each day of our lives, we experience grace. Grace is that invisible hand that aids us and walks us through the difficulties of life. Grace is the blessing that makes things seemingly effortless at times. In the state of grace we are in effortless alignment with God’s Will and thus have the creative powers of the universe made available to us. There is a sense of well-being, a lack of pressure, and a knowing that God will roll out the future before us. We become grateful receiver of His grace, people filled with wonder as our life unfolds before us.

The full measure of God’s grace is given to us at the moment of salvation. Therefore, everything that God ask us to do is possible through His grace. It is only when we choose not to believe that God’s grace is available to us to empower us to do as He has instructed, that we fail to obey what He has given us to do. During those times of questioning of our ability, if we will reaffirm within our spirits the Truth of God’s grace with us, to act in accordance with His Will, we will be able to do all that He instruct us to do. This is what it means to live in endless inner obedience. We have, we rely upon, and we affirm the grace of God with us always, in all things, for all things.

The turning to false gods, the use of witchcraft, sorcery and occultism is people literally trying to play god. They are harnessing the hidden forces in creation to accomplish their will. This will open a doorway for hell to enter the earthly realm. Do not forget that it was first Adam and Eve who could not resist the promise that they would be “as gods.” Sadly, people have been falling for that lie ever since.

The attraction to false gods is about having our will done, satisfying our desires and our longings. We are meant to serve God’s Will, not our own – to obey, not to control!

In the next posting we will begin to review chapter seven of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. That chapter deals with rejecting God.

 

Updated 10-2-2016

How Evil Works

http://www.amazon.com/How-Evil-Works-Understanding-Transforming/dp/1439168202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-1&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms our country entirely. Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms someone you know or even you. Knowledge is power and without it we will perish. We need to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to evil.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected knowledge,

I also will reject you from being priest for Me;

Because you have forgotten the law of your God,

I also will forget your children.

The Marketing of Evil

http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Evil-Pseudo-Experts-Corruption-Disguised-ebook/dp/B006N75LFI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-2&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil is sold in our society just as anything else might be sold, through marketing. Satan has marketed his product through those willing and those ignorant to his schemes. Through his craftiness he has turned the minds of even Believers to think that tolerance of his evil is some form of love. In so doing he has transformed to a large degree the once Devout Church and transformed our society to an enormous degree. He has not accomplished this without his workers however, the willing, the sold out for their own gain, and the ignorant masses following blindly behind the majority.

 

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers, and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Evil Transforms (If We Let It) – Pt. 15 – False Gods / Wicca

In Advice, Anxiety, Apostasy, Bible, Biblical Principles, Chrisitan Lifestyle, Christian, Christian Living, Christianity, End Times, Evil, Fear, God, God's Voice, Godliness, Godly Counsel, Holy Spirit, Humanism, Mental Disorder, Mental Illness, Prophecy, Prophet, Prophetess, Psychiatric Drugs, Renewal, Spirituality, Truth, Uncategorized, Wicca, witchcraft on October 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

In this piece we will explore the first half of chapter six of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. Please find a link below where you can purchase the book from Amazon, should you desire to do so. Here are some of the highlights regarding false gods, witchcraft, and Wicca as found within this chapter.

Witchcraft and Wicca are they the same? No, they are not the same. Are they both spiritually dangerous? Yes, they are.

Witchcraft goes back to ancient times, as the author point out, and Wicca dates to the 1950’s. Witchcraft has many varieties that rise from diverse cultures and worldviews. Wicca is a modern nature-based religion founded by Gerald Gardner, and Englishman. Most “witches” today in the Western world, are followers of the Wiccan religion, per Kupelian’s journalistic research.

According to the description of Wicca, written by Wiccans themselves, they worship “Nature, often personified as Mother Earth and Father Sky.” According to Wiccan’s themselves, it is not about worshipping Satan. They state, “It is very important to be aware that Wiccans do not in any way worship or believe in “Satan,” “the Devil,” or any similar entities.” Their view of Satan is simply that, “”Satan” is a symbol of rebellion against and inversion of the Christian and Jewish traditions.” They are indifferent to the Bible. Their practice of magic involves “direction and use of “psychic energy.” “Wiccans employ such means as dance, chant, creative visualization, and hypnosis to focus and direct psychic energy for the purpose of healing, protection, and aiding member in various endeavors.” The “Wiccan Rede” prohibits witches from harming others. Again, all of this information comes from their own description of their religion.

The idea that the Country of The United States of American would recognize witches, Wiccans, as a legitimate religion tells me what pathetic condition the government of this country is in. Yes, we are still the greatest country on earth, in my view, but we have deteriorated to a horrible degree. The idea that our government recognizes such practices as religion is proof, to me, of that deterioration.

The New Testament makes it clear that witchcraft in any form is a sin. “Galatians 5:19–21 (KJV-AV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

As the author notes, it is not difficult to understand why people think an invisible spirit can help them with their bad luck and bring blessings to their lives in the form of health, happiness and prosperity. They believe this because it is the truth. There is such a God who does this for His people, the ONE TRUE GOD, Jesus the Christ, Jehovah God. The Almighty, is the REAL God, the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of ALL of mankind (created in His image) and the sustainer of the universe, everything in the universe – including you, including me.

We are created in God image for His purpose. He has instilled in us a desire to seek His influence in our lives, as the author accurately notes. Either we submit to that inner desire and discover Christ – followed by submitting to His inner leading in all things, or we live pointless, deceived, and ultimately wasted lives.

I will leave off here, and start the next piece with, a direct quote from Kupelian as found in chapter six. “Here is the problem. If for any reason we’re not ready or willing to submit to God – a state of honest transparency that tends to annihilate our selfish pride and bring us the blessing of genuine happiness, contentment, and understanding – then by default we find ourselves attracted to false gods. That is, to worldviews and weird religions that fill our spiritual void while also sustaining our secret rebellion against our Heavenly Father. And for many Americans today, that means New Age or pagan religion.”

In the next posting we will examine the second half of chapter six of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. That piece will confront why people seek false gods.

 

Updated 10-2-2016

How Evil Works

http://www.amazon.com/How-Evil-Works-Understanding-Transforming/dp/1439168202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-1&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms our country entirely. Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms someone you know or even you. Knowledge is power and without it we will perish. We need to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to evil.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected knowledge,

I also will reject you from being priest for Me;

Because you have forgotten the law of your God,

I also will forget your children.

The Marketing of Evil

http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Evil-Pseudo-Experts-Corruption-Disguised-ebook/dp/B006N75LFI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-2&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil is sold in our society just as anything else might be sold, through marketing. Satan has marketed his product through those willing and those ignorant to his schemes. Through his craftiness he has turned the minds of even Believers to think that tolerance of his evil is some form of love. In so doing he has transformed to a large degree the once Devout Church and transformed our society to an enormous degree. He has not accomplished this without his workers however, the willing, the sold out for their own gain, and the ignorant masses following blindly behind the majority.

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers, and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.