Authenticity: Is this stuff real?

Much controversy persists about the existence of God, angels, the devil, demons, life after death and the whole concept of spiritual things. Is this stuff real? Is it merely superstition, or misguided beliefs which grew out of religious ideology? Was it really possible for brilliant scientist/believers throughout the ages who along with  some of todays top molecular & microbiologists, geo & nuclear physicist, neurosurgeons, psychologists, and psychiatrist to all be merely gullible for belief in God and the spiritual world? The body of knowledge known as science takes the position that all observable phenomena can be examined methodically so as to provide detailed explanation and interpretation. That said, how are we to view Creation Scientist? Creation Scientist believe in God and the bible. Are we to view Creationist as nutty professors?


Perhaps its safer to dismiss the  phenomenon described as NDE (near death experiences) and OBE (out of body experiences). If not wise to dismiss, then what conclusions should we draw from this particular phenomenon whereby people of different cultures, languages and backgrounds from all over the world describe with great detail the ​same universal patterns  indicative of  NDE/OBE? One of the consistent details of this phenomenon is the description of being fully aware of literally  leaving one`s physical body, then, observing ones own physical body and the surroundings from ​outside of one`s body while simultaneously being ​aware ​of entering into another realm of existence. The question, then, becomes how is it possible to be cognizant when the brain is still in the physical body when people are aware while having an OBE? The bible records Apostle Paul`s OBE 2 Corinthians 12:2 "...fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I can not tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven." Could the profound impressions communicated during such experiences be divinely designed so as to eliminate any doubt concerning the reality of the spirit world?


Furthermore, consider other methods, according to scripture, which God employed to approach and communicate with humankind. I refer to theophany, prophecy, visions and dreams. For examples, envision how (Exodus 3:2) God appeared to Mosses by way of a burning bush (theophany) which was on fire but not being consumed. Think of (2 Kings 6:12) God conveying messages to the prophet Elijah about the evil secret plans concocted in a bed chamber of a king to ambush God`s people. Contemplate ( Genesis 28:12) Jacob`s dream of angels ascending and descending upon a ladder which reached into heaven from the earth. Moreover, visualize God standing on top of this ladder. How about the biblical episode (Matthew 1:20) during which an angel explained what would become described as the Immaculate Conception to Joseph as Joseph slept? Consider (Matthew 4:1-11) Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness and Apostle Paul  (2 Corinthians 2:11) stating that "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."  Should such things be viewed merely figuratively, or only as fictional figments of the imagination?


Someone rightly said, "Those who will not see shall not see." On one hand this statement speaks of those who have a made-up mind not to believe in such things no matter what. On the other hand it implies that others embrace such experiences and are often compelled to share what they have gained from them. On both hands a very high risk of appearing ignorant, misguided, less intelligent, and oh yes, foolish from the opposing position is very real. Once more, the question becomes; is this stuff real? Or, is it mere foolishness?   


1 Corinthians 1:26-29  " For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." Relative to this passage I have been graciously called by God. I invite you to read  my book The Novice where some of my experiences are thematically woven into various chapters. Moreover, I`m  humbly compelled to share the following personal experiences with the intent  to encourage, strengthen and perhaps inspire others to stand for God.  Oh yes, doing so is daunting to say the lest.


Revelations of this Godless System


Scripture records occasions where parables, and or  symbolic dreams/visions were employed to reveal truth. It`s significant to note that a major characteristic of scripture is that it teaches understanding of spiritual things by using analogies to natural things. The reason why similarities of "visible things" are used to explain "invisible things" is obviously  because we have no point of reference for invisible things. This creates a very high degree of difficulty when it comes to grasping spiritual stuff. Below is a graphic illustration of aspects of such a dream which had a profound affect upon me. Recently, September 14 2015, I commissioned Daniel Gorman a graphic artist to bring this dream out of my spirit and onto paper as a means to convey these revelations to others. I provided Daniel with explicit details and I am grateful that he was able to bring a masterful recreation of what I actually dreamt. Oh yes! God will speak to humankind through dreams and visions. See Joel 2:28. Initially, when I woke up I sat prayerfully on the side of my bed just examining various aspects of what I had dreamt. I didn`t try to decipher anything.  But the illustration depicted below began to scream louder and louder, demanding close attention, and more scrutiny. Towards the end of this symbolic dream as depicted below, the evil spirit of bondage turned toward me. It personified pure evil and I knew it was my enemy. The evil spirit somehow communicated to me without spoken words. Perhaps employing telepathy, arrogantly evil it said, "You can`t stop this!" The diabolically wicked intend was to intimidate me into a fearful silence. (Therefore I wrote all the details of the dream down.) Then I turned to my God and prayed, "Lord, Jesus, what is going on? Lord, Jesus what is this?"


 I was blown away when the Holy Spirit responded by saying, "The church in the middle of this community represents the religious system that`s manifesting a form of godliness. It is not of me. The evil ones marching around the entire system are nurturing, protecting, and maintaining control of it." In response to God`s answer, I`ve grown to understand my assignment was not to try and stop it. My task is to expose this godless system; to join ranks of those assigned to reveal the very nature of this beast. (TLB version) 1 John 5:19 "We know that we are children of God and that all the rest of the world around us is under Satan`s power and control."  God did not say nor imply that the "Body of Christ"; true believers following God and his guidance according to scripture was manifesting a form of godliness. He did however say that the largest edifice depicted in this community (the church) represents the fulfillment of what Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:5 described as being those having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. ​(KJV) Acts 20:30 "Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." This refers to those who will actually develop and nurture wicked predatory skills while pretending to fellowship with true believers from within the house of God.​ 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into a angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing that his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. whose end shall be according to their works." Ephesians 6: 11-12 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."





















 

The aforementioned  passages, Ephesians 6:11 "....that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." The word "wiles" is a translation from the Greek word "methodeia" and is where we get the word "methods". In the lexicon the devils wiles, then, speak of cunning arts, deceit, craft, and trickery. Again,  2 Corinthians 2: 11 records, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices." With this as our goal let`s start by taking a closer look at the insidious nature of  the spirit of bondage and how it operates in the church.


  1 Samuel 15:23" For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." Its significant to know that all spiritual warfare is waged over agreement.  Mathews 6:24  tells us we can`t serve two masters, and In the book of Amos 3:3 the prophet records how we can`t walk together unless we be agreed. This is why rebellion is as witchcraft because rebellion agrees with Satan`s will, and his instructions, in direct opposition to Gods will, and Gods word. You see, the spirit of bondage is diabolically rebellious and its assignment is to tear down the believers freedom in Jesus Christ. ​  Obviously no one in their right mind would chose bondage over freedom and so, this is why  wiles are employed. Evil spirits are experts at manipulation and extremely clever, often using scripture as bait whereby seducing the unsuspecting and unprepared believer.  Observe.


1 Timothy 4:1-2 "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; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;" The upper-case "S" in the word "Spirit" in this passage assures us that the Holy Spirit is the one revealing the source behind this apostasy which defines turning away from the truth: rebellion. Keep in mine the fact that supernatural demonic beings are assigned to contradict the word of God. You see, "Seducing Spirits" are released against your mind, imagination, and emotions. Their diabolical task is to create a bond within your soul. Know this; those who give heed to seducing spirits are not merely listening to what seducing spirits are saying. The victims are drawn or enticed too them. To truly be tempted you must be enticed. Make no mistake, seducing spirits use succulent bait that's tailor-made for each would-be victim.


God designed the human conscience to affirm or condemn actions. In this passage we see Apostle Paul writing of the conscience being seared with a hot iron. This means that the conscience becomes desensitized. A pastor, for instance, enters into adultery. At first he/she feels guilty and does everything imaginable to hide the sinful activity. But as time goes on the seducing spirit is knitting a evil tie within the soul, compelling his victim not to repent, but to meet with his/her adulterous partner again and again. Often the lust of the eye, and the lust of the flesh are stimulated (evil knitting process) by ​awaking mental images of the previous time the sinful partners got together. The gratification conveyed in the metal pictures are so vivid that the righteous guilt starts to fade and often ​pride replaces it. All of this strengthens the victim`s ability to ignore God`s way.This is the battlefield in the mind. Oh yes! most battles are won or lose in the mine before the physical act is even committed. This is why (Living Bible version)  Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus said "  The Law of Moses said, "You shall not commit adultery", But I say; Anyone who even looks at a women with lust in his eyes has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  ​Refusing to repent ​in the mind prior to each act functionally describes nodding in agreement with Satan. Every agreeing nod  increasingly strengthens the evil grip upon the unrepentant soul.  When the righteous guilt is thoroughly quenched at this very moment is when the evil spirit of bondage relieves the seducing spirit and takes charge. When I say they strike with accuracy Oh yes! their timing is impeccable! In the spirit realm they operate with great precision. I cannot overemphasize how swiftly a higher ranking evil spirit takes charge the very moment that the seducing spirit is done knitting its evil tie within the victims soul. (Ezekiel 1:14) records how incredibly fast and precise their timing is. In the graphic image of my dream, notice how the demons march with precision around the community. Each right leg is raised up to depict how synchronized they move. (During one personal encounter the angel which engaged me appeared instantly and when finished conveying its message to me vanished quicker than I could bat my eye).  


Now with the righteous guilt out of the way the conscience remains contaminated and no longer is able to function as God intended. Consequently, the malfunctioning contaminated conscience causes the victim to become so desensitized that his/her sinful activities don`t even bother them anymore. Therefore they proceed, however now instead of hiding their sinful activity they often openly rationalize it. Their conscience is now effectively seared by the hot iron. And so, the pastor continues to get up and preach every Sunday as if they are still operating under the anointing. The devil is a liar! The spirit of bondage is so brutally clever that at this point it will have the pastor: adulterer,  adamantly preaching, for instance, about wrongfully judging others (TLB version Matt. 7:4-5)  "Should you say, "Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye, " when you can`t even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother."  Imagine that? 1 Timothy 4:2 "...Speaking lies in hypocrisy..." Preaching about hypocrisy while personifying it. This example reveals Satan`s knowledge and capacity to exploit human weaknesses and strengths and how he does it. Then it reveals  why he specifically assigns the evil spirit of bondage to this particular task. The "why" refers to the  "keeping entrapped" job description of the spirit of bondage. 


The wiles employed are directly linked to knowledge. The devil`s  knowledge, for example, of the following passage fits like a glove. Romans 11:29, "For God`s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn,..." Evil trickery turns this passage into succulent bait because a pastor still retains his oratorical skills, even while in a fallen state. Therefore he can stir up a congregation even when having only a form of godliness. You see, while the congregation is being thoroughly stirred up the Prince of Darkness simultaneously rewards the sinful pastor emotionally by arousing  a false sense of security. Then with blinding speed and precision he manipulates and reinforces the false sense of security by subtly yet powerfully whispering, "see nobody knows"  ( or even worse) by whispering  "God is still pleased with me!"  Think about how scripture says "Be not deceived God is not mocked, reaping & sowing applies across the board. I mean when you`re sowing into deception you will end up deceiving yourself. The diabolical whispers, not only further blinds him/her to the need to repent, they also conceal the evil one`s presence, and trick the fallen pastor into thinking he is merely thinking to talking to himself. (Acts 5:2-3) Furthermore,  the spirit of bondage is also religiously employed because  it`s always more beneficial for the evil one to consistently employ rather that destroy Christian leadership. 


The Spirit of Deception

 

 Revelation 12:9 " And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (NIV bible)1 John 5:19, "We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one."  The truths conveyed in both of these passages should raise many questions. My focus, however, is on the extent of Satan`s evil influence.  Satan has one main objective: to deceive humankind. The graphic image of my dream displays a community that`s rendered completely systematically immersed in, and governed by Satan`s will. This diabolically smooth achievement is based on Satan`s understanding of human nature, and how this understanding enables him to enslave humankind through deception. As many have rightly shared Satan greatest deception has been to convince many that Satan does not even exist. With this deceptive maneuver in place its much easier for him to manipulate humans into   


It is significant to note that in spite of these truths that the Lord Jesus prayed the following, John 17:15, "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."


I`m strongly persuaded that Almighty God forever more desires that humans make informed decisions. And as  Apostle Paul says. "...God would not have us ignorant."  Ignorance leads to destruction. (Hos 4:6) You see, ignorance always opens multiple doors for deception.

















             

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Authenticity: Is this stuff real?

Much controversy persists about the existence of God, angels, the devil, demons, life after death and the whole concept of spiritual things. Is this stuff real? Is it merely superstition, or misguided beliefs which grew out of religious ideology? Was it really possible for brilliant scientist/believers throughout the ages who along with  some of todays top molecular & microbiologists, geo & nuclear physicist, neurosurgeons, psychologists, and psychiatrist to all be merely gullible for belief in God and the spiritual world? On one hand, by it`s very nature the spirit realm is not composed of atoms or matter, and so, although very real, the spirit realm is invisible to most people. On the other hand, the body of knowledge known as science takes the position that all observable phenomena can be examined methodically so as to provide detailed explanation and interpretation. That said, how are we to view Creation Scientist? Creation Scientist believe in God and the bible. Are we to view Creationist as nutty professors?​I believe as many scholars that its impossible to make accurate evaluations or reach valid conclusions without having a God-given understanding of spiritual things. Yet denial remains for many. It is what it is.


Perhaps its safer to dismiss the  phenomenon described as NDE (near death experiences) and OBE (out of body experiences). If not wise to dismiss, then what conclusions should we draw from this particular phenomenon whereby people of different cultures, languages and backgrounds from all over the world describe with great detail the ​same universal patterns  indicative of  NDE/OBE? One of the consistent details of this phenomenon is the description of being fully aware of literally  leaving one`s physical body, then, observing ones own physical body and the surroundings from ​outside of one`s body while simultaneously being ​aware ​of entering into another realm of existence. The question, then, becomes how is it possible to be cognizant when the brain is still in the physical body when people are aware while having an OBE? Welcome to the spirit realm. The bible records Apostle Paul`s OBE 2 Corinthians 12:2 "...fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I can not tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven." Is it possible that such stories are merely told in effort to make some sort of logical sense? Or,  could the profound impressions communicated during such experiences be divinely designed so as to eliminate any doubt concerning the reality of the spirit world?


Furthermore, consider other methods, according to scripture, which God employed to approach and communicate with humankind. I refer to theophany, prophecy, visions and dreams. For examples, envision how (Exodus 3:2) God appeared to Mosses by way of a burning bush (theophany) which was on fire but not being consumed. Think of (2 Kings 6:12) God conveying messages to the prophet Elijah about the evil secret plans concocted in a bed chamber of a king to ambush God`s people. Contemplate ( Genesis 28:12) Jacob`s dream of angels ascending and descending upon a ladder which reached into heaven from the earth. Moreover, visualize God standing on top of this ladder. How about the biblical episode (Matthew 1:20) during which an angel explained what would become described as the Immaculate Conception to Joseph as Joseph slept? Consider (Matthew 4:1-11) Jesus being tempted by Satan in the wilderness and Apostle Paul  (2 Corinthians 2:11) stating that "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."  Should such things be viewed merely figuratively, or only as fictional figments of the imagination?


Someone rightly said, "Those who will not see shall not see." This statement speaks of those who have a made-up mind not to believe in such things no matter what. Yet, this statement also implies that others embrace such experiences and are often compelled to share what they have gained from them. On both hands a very high risk of appearing ignorant, misguided, less intelligent, and oh yes, foolish from the opposing position is very real. Once more, the question becomes; is this stuff real? Or, is it mere foolishness?   


1 Corinthians 1:26-29  " For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." Relative to this passage I have been graciously called by God. I invite you to read  my book The Novice where some of my experiences are thematically woven into various chapters. Moreover, I`m  humbly compelled to share the following personal experiences with the intent  to encourage, strengthen and perhaps inspire others to stand for God.  Oh yes, doing so is daunting to say the lest.


Revelations of this Godless System


Scripture records occasions where parables, and or  symbolic dreams/visions were employed to reveal truth. It`s significant to note that a major characteristic of scripture is that it teaches understanding of spiritual things by using analogies to natural things. The reason why similarities of "visible things" are used to explain "invisible things" is obviously  because we have no point of reference for invisible things. This creates a very high degree of difficulty when it comes to grasping spiritual stuff. Below is a graphic illustration of aspects of such a dream which had a profound affect upon me. Recently, September 14 2015, I commissioned Daniel Gorman a graphic artist to bring this dream out of my spirit and onto paper as a means to convey these revelations to others. I provided Daniel with explicit details and I am grateful that he was able to bring a masterful recreation of what I actually dreamt. Oh yes! God will speak to humankind through dreams and visions. See Joel 2:28. Initially, when I woke up I sat prayerfully on the side of my bed just examining various aspects of what I had dreamt. I didn`t try to decipher anything.  But the illustration depicted below began to scream louder and louder, demanding close attention, and more scrutiny. Towards the end of this symbolic dream as depicted below, the evil spirit of bondage turned toward me. It personified pure evil and I knew it was my enemy. The evil spirit somehow communicated to me without spoken words. Perhaps employing telepathy, arrogantly evil it said, "You can`t stop this!" The diabolically wicked intent was to intimidate me into a fearful silence. However, as 2 Tim.1:7 records, " For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  (Therefore I wrote all the details of the dream down.) Then I turned to my God and prayed, "Lord, Jesus, what is going on? Lord, Jesus what is this?"

























I was blown away when the Holy Spirit responded by saying, "The church in the middle of this community represents the religious system that`s manifesting a form of godliness. It is not of me. The evil ones marching around the entire system are nurturing, protecting, and maintaining control of it." In response to God`s answer, I`ve grown to understand my assignment was not to try and stop it. My task is to expose this godless system; to join ranks of those assigned to reveal the very nature of this beast.This beast defines a dark kingdom or government, and as others have rightly noted no government can exist for long without employing effective methods to maintain unified control. This is what Jesus was referring to in Matthew 12:25 " ...Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Its significant to note that Jesus said "every kingdom" which obviously means that this principle applies to the degree of unity within all systems whether good or evil kingdoms, governments, households, etc...all will either survive, strive when unified, or struggle then perish when divided. Although there is a difference between the actual system and those within it, the unity reveals a truth which points to the dynamic relationship between the system and the positions occupied or roles played by those who participate within it. Put another way, this unity speaks of how the system affects how occupants think, feel, and behave as participants.


 Note how in sync the evil beings are marching in the above image; even though the spirit of bondage`s head is facing us, it remains in-step with the others. You see, the community is rendered completely systematically immersed in and governed by Satan`s will. This truth is conveyed in the following passage.  (TLB version) 1 John 5:19 "We know that we are children of God and that all the rest of the world around us is under Satan`s power and control."  Also, in response to my prayer, God did not say nor imply that the "Body of Christ"; true believers following God and his guidance according to scripture was manifesting a form of godliness. He did however say that the largest edifice (is the largest in graphic because it was my initial assigned focus) depicted in this community (the church) represents the fulfillment of what Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:5 described as being those having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. 


​(KJV) Acts 20:30 "Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." This refers to those who will actually develop and nurture wicked predatory skills while pretending to fellowship with true believers from within the house of God.​ 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into a angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing that his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. whose end shall be according to their works." Ephesians 6: 11-12 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." In the aforementioned  passages, Ephesians 6:11 "....that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." The word "wiles" is a translation from the Greek word "methodeia" and is where we get the word "methods". In the lexicon the devils wiles, then, speak of cunning arts, deceit, craft, and trickery. Again,  2 Corinthians 2: 11 records, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices."  


​Rebellion and Bondage


​​1 Samuel 15:23" For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king." Its significant to know that all spiritual warfare is waged over agreement.  Mathews 6:24  tells us we can`t serve two masters, and In the book of Amos 3:3 the prophet records how we can`t walk together unless we be agreed. This is why rebellion is as witchcraft because rebellion agrees with Satan`s will, and his instructions, in direct opposition to Gods will, and Gods word. You see, the spirit of bondage is diabolically rebellious and its assignment is to tear down the believers freedom in Jesus Christ. ​  Some may think that  no one in their right mind would chose bondage over freedom. However the fact of the matter is that many do prefer bondage and misery over freedom. For example, I`ve spoken with men who truly struggled trying to adapt to society after being released from lengthy prison sentences. Some of which committed crimes for no apparent reason other than to return to the familiarity and security of a controlled prison environment.  


Numbers 11:5  records, "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and onions, and the garlic:..."  In this particular passage you see those recalling what they ate during their captivity in Egypt. The situation reveals key truths relative to how people can be led back into bondage. Evil spirits are experts at manipulation and extremely clever, often using scripture as bait whereby seducing the unsuspecting and unprepared believer to return to whatever they have been delivered out of.  First of all those looking back to Egypt in this passage did not eat freely, they were in bondage under a brutal taskmaster! What`s displayed is "Selective Recall" ​whereby people choose to only recall the good, pleasurable, and perhaps peaceful aspects of past experiences. While doing this, the pain-filled, miserable, bad portions of the same past experiences are purposely omitted. This is one of many reasons why mindsets must be transformed by the biblical renewal process. (See Romans 12:1-2)  Now, since we`ve mentioned prisons let`s consider how the evil one operates on a larger scale whereby trapping many in correctional institutions.


​Spirit of Bondage Overseeing Penial Institutions


It`s significant to get the following biblical insights in your spirit. (1) Rev. 12:9 "....That old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world...." (2)  NIV, 1 John 5:19 "....The whole world is under the control of the evil one." Both passages reveal the extent of Satan`s evil influence. It`s important that I get readers to frequently and closely examine the graphic image of my dream (above). And so, the flow of each subtitle represents the various structures displayed in this  image of my dream. My intent is to get readers to revisit this particular image while prayerfully considering the content of each example. Therefore repeating, some truths, biblical principles and passages are inevitable. Here when considering the Spirit of Bondage overseeing penial institutions, envision one of the structures in the community as a penal institution. With this image in mind the question becomes, how does the evil one oversee, nurture and protect penal institutions? Satan protects his interest (godless worldly system) and maintains dominance by the laws and polices he implements. Oh yes! the extent of Satan`s evil influence as conveyed in the above passages, has always been employed by Satan and his cohorts. Their effectiveness is based how closely these evil supernatural beings identify with, tempt, and lead humans astray. In spite of the invisible nature of these spirit beings we can still discern the reality of their presence by their evil activities. (pardon my redundancy) When laws, rules, policies, etc are not productive, healthy, or pleasing to God then following them will not lead to the abundant life. Jesus spoke of this in John 10:10. Conversely, to abundant life, other laws, rules and polices by design and application will steal, kill, and destroy. This truth will be strongly emphasized throughout this series. Let`s proceed with mass incarceration in America.   


The U.S. has the world`s highest incarceration rate. As documented by PRB (Population Reference Bureau) "(August 2012) Since 2002. the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population. The U.S, rate is 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents, or about 1.6 million prisoners in 2010, according to the latest available data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). www.publiceye.org Political Research Associates in  5/2005 shares an up date of the U.S. rate which increased to 660 per 100,000 people. The fact sheet goes on to state the following, Defending Justice  ​An Activist Resource Kit, ​"The United States Verses The World", " ...This high level of incarceration does not stem from abnormally high crime rates,  is but instead linked more strongly to our nation`s sentencing practices, and drug policies, both which have been developed to be "tough" on crime." This "tougher" and harsher stance is not as effective as approaches other nations use, which focus more on crime prevention and rehabilitation.


This article goes on to record, "Higher Crime Rates Do Not Fully Explain The Difference in Incarceration Rates." . Compared to other industrialized nations, the United States has similar rates of victimization. In many areas American citizens are actually at less of a "risk of victimization than their counterparts in other nations." Overall then, the United States does not have significantly higher rates of crime or victimization than other industrial nations. (Masuer, op.cit)  The fact sheet furthermore reveals how policy decisions partially account for high incarceration rates. "One major study showed that between 1980 and 1996, increases in in crime explained only 12% of the rise in incarceration, while changes in sentencing policy and drug policy accounted for nearly 88% of the drastic increase in the United States incarceration rates. Essentially, people are more likely to be sentenced to prison for federal and drug offenses and are being sentenced for longer periods of time. For example: Burglars in the United States, usually serve about 16 months in prison, whereas in Canada they serve about 5 months and in England and Wales they serve about 7." (IBid)


Opposing View Video records the following, "Norway has far fewer repeat criminals than the U.S., and their prison system is a major reason for that. Here is the shocking difference between prisons in the United States and Norway. In Norway, inmates have access to 3 functional living cells. Workshops, cooking areas and multiple healthcare professionals. Why? Every imate is going back to society. Every one. "Do you want people who are angry? or do you want people who are rehabilitated?


But in America? Literally locked up behind high concreate walls. Conditions for the prisoners are borderline inhumane. Former inmate Jason Porter says, "They don`t realize you`re a human being, to them you`re not a human being. Until the day the judge says that you didn`t commit this crime you`re an animal. In America, 76.6% of prisoners are re-arrested within 5 years. In Norway 20% of prisoners return. One of the lowest recidivism rates in the world. How? Restorative Justice Programs. Daniel Reisel, neuroscientist says, "Because our brains are capable of change, we need to take responsibility for our actions, and they need to take responsibility for their rehabilitation. Then inmates,  Gughi Fassino and Emanuela Zucala are shown in Haiden Prison Norway on video, one says " Prisoners have lots of possibilities to go to school any anything. I feel that I can become a better person." The American Prison system needs a change.


With the above stark contrasts in mind let`s consider the underlying spiritual ramifications as they relate to the spirit of bondage. Truths about the U.S. recidivism rate of 76.6% in contrast to Norway`s recidivism rate of 20% is  pushing or shoving us hard up against a wall. Once more the question becomes "How?" How does the evil one figure into Penal institutions? It`s wise to look at this from a penological level.  To quote Simon Creighton a "Super Lawyer" in London, Creighton says "I think its very important that their is recognition that all sentences have to have some hope built in. You can`t turn sentences into wholly punitive ones, because that undermines the modern democratic settlement that what prison sentences mean." Creighton`s understanding of how depriving the inmate of all hope and the removal of any rehabilitation, personifies cruel, degrading, and inhumane treatment. You see, implementing such "hope-destroying policies" come from the evil one. What I mean is the direct opposite of hope is despair or disbelief, which is not of God.


 Thank God that for the side of "light" which represents guardian angels that relate so closely with human tendencies and whereby they assist and help humankind do things right. However, here, my focus is on the "dark" side and how, conversely, these evil spiritual beings relate just as  intimately with humankind. Know this: The spirit of bondage relates so intimately with human strengths and weaknesses, fears, and selfish sinful nature, that it will lead humans to implement laws and policies and establish evil systems whereby enabling such structures to perpetuate various forms of bondage indefinitely.  With these biblical truths in mind let`s  consider the following excerpt from Joe R. Feagin`s extraordinary book entitled Racist America​.  "The enslavement of Africans was not just the work of slave traders and adventurers. Nor was it something marginal to the economic interests of the elites on both sides of the Atlantic. Instead, slavery was a system created, supported, and financed be a very large number of the leading political, business, and intellectual figures of the day." (The bible defines the positioning of leading political, business, religious, and intellectual figures as a atmosphere enhanced and fueled by spiritual beings that are determined to dictate the flow of various situations in the physical universe. These dark angels achieve there task from behind the scene in the spirit realm. This arena is where the spirit realm and physical realm merge. this "meeting atmosphere" is described as "Spiritual Wickedness in High Places."  I surly don`t imply that Feagin considered such realities.)


Feagin, however, through the following , does clarify what was going on in the physical realm or portion of this meeting place. He writes, " We can, as an example, take just one major enterprise of the early eighteenth century, the famous British South Sea Company. This was an official company set up to transport enslaved Africans overseas. Stockholders n this company included the leading physical scientist Sir Isaac Newton, major authors like Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe, and the founder of the Bank of England, the Earl of Halifax. They also included most of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons. Many aristocrats also held stock in the company." Clearly the leading men of Britain were directly and financially involved in the slave trade. Similarly, many leading Americans, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison, profited greatly from slavery or the slave trade. These men saw slavery as an honorable business activity." I invite readers to link the truths conveyed in Feagin`s example with the Spirit of Bondage in my graphic illustration. Envision this evil spirit gloating and popping it`s diabolical collar while saying "I told you that you can`t stop this!"   

 

You see, this was very much like what happened when the evil one approached Jesus with the following offer in Matthew 4:8 "Next Satan took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. "I`ll give it all to you," he said, "If you kneel and worship me." Let`s examine a little bit more from Feagin`s work, with the understanding how Satan employs succulent bait in "high places."  Building the Wealth of Britain and Continental Europe   The British merchants of the eighteenth century recognized the centrality of slavery in building the wealth of their nation. For example, in the 1740`s one business pamphleteer wrote about Britain`s wealth this way.


The most approved Judges of the Commercial Interests of these Kingdoms have ever been of the opinion that our West-India and Afrian Trades are the most nationally beneficial of any we carry on. It is also allowed on all Hands, that the trade to  Africa  is the Branch which renders our American Colonies and Plantations so advantageous to Great Britain: that Traffic only affording our Planters a constant supply of Negro Servants for Culture of their lands in the Produce of Sugars, Tobacco, Rice, Rum, Cotton, Fustick, Pimento, and all other our Plantation Produce; so that the extensive Employment of our Shipping in, to, and from America, the great Brood of Seaman consequent thereupon, and the daily Bread of the most considerable Part of our British Manufactures, are owing primarily to the Labor of Negroes, who, as they were the first happy instruments of raising  our Plantations so their Labour only can support and preserve them, and render them still more and more profitable to their Mother Kingdom. The Negro-Trade therefore, and the natural consequences resulting from it. may be justly esteemed an inexhaustible Fund of Wealth and Navel Power to the Nation."


This remarkable business summary accents the primary role of the "labor of Negroes" to British shipping and manufacturing, and thus to "inexhaustible fund of wealth" for that nation. The economic trade generated by British and French plantations in the Americas was the source of much of the capital for the commercial and industrial revolutions of the two nations. British  and French industry, shipping, naval and merchant marine development, banking, and insurance were significantly stimulated by or grounded in the labor of enslaved Africans in their respective colonies. Feagin further writes, " Slavery and Economic Development in the Americas  ​Coerced black laborers constituted the "founding of a new economic system...for the modern world." Here again, envision the evil one offering great prosperity whereby even the religious leaders began to deviously pervert interpretations of scripture to justify the barbaric and inhumane treatment of Africans and other indigenous people. Feagin writes, "It is unlikely that the American colonies and, later, the United States would have seen dramatic agricultural and industrial development in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries without the blood and swat of those enslaved. Much of the wealth generated between the early 1700s and the 18oos came from the slave trade and the labor of enslaved men, women, and children on plantations and in other profit-making enterprises."  Feagin further elaborates, "In the seventeenth century the famous triangular emerged between Europe, Africa, and the American colonies. Europe and America provided ships and some agricultural exports, while Africa provided the enslaved labors. Its significant to note that without the wealth and capital generated by enslaved black Americans that the British would have annihilated America during the war over independence." Reader, envision the same demonic beings depicted in my graphic illustration, but this time, see them marching around this evil triangle.  It truly represented another "meeting atmosphere" which personified the spiritual wickedness in high places during the 17th century.


How  


Another reason that points to why satanic policies prevail is conveyed in the following statement. "Institutions are not necessarily or even usually created to be socially efficient; rather they, or at least the formal rules, are created to serve the interests of those with the bargaining power to create new rules." States Douglass North ( 1998, p. 20)                                                 



often hidden historical example.   in effect sidestep Constitutional guidelines. The eight Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, but also mentions "excessive fines" and bail. However consider, for example California`s "Three Strike Law, "  Gary Ewing a repeat offender stole 3 golf clubs worth $399.00 apiece was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Ewing argued that the sentence violated the 8th Amendment`s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In the past the court had interpreted the 8th Amendment to prohibit the imposition of a sentence that is grossly disproportionate to the severity of the crime. However, "In 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court , in a 5-4 decision, upheld the constitutionally of California`s Three Strike Law. The court argued, "Ewing`s sentence is justified by the state`s public safety interest in incapacitating and deterring recidivist felons..." And that, "Selecting sentencing rationales is generally a policy choice to be made by state legislatures, not federal courts." In essence, by a bare majority of the Supreme Court Justices disagreed saying the law was justified to keep repeat criminal offenders off the streets. The question then becomes, what actually instigated the change in how the 8th Amendment was interpreted in the Ewing case?  Here, mind you, by a bare majority....


What keeps echoing in my mind is the: "....interest in incapacitating and deterring recidivist felons...".   


The effects not only eliminated all hope for Gary Ewing, but the hope-destroying message: that degrading, cruel and unusual permanent punishment is not inhumane and that its  therefore better than rehabilitation, and treatment for everyone struggling.  




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I`m currently teaching a series relative to this matter at the Christian Counseling Center. Some of the brothers in the group are struggling immensely. A strong indication of losing the battle in ones mind is revealed when the individual chooses to ignore, fails to pinpoint, or flat out refuses to  acknowledge the dysfunctional turn whereby they are compelled to gravitate back to unhealthy relationships, places and things. Such dysfunctional turns often start by embracing bad, negative, non-productive, unhealthy thoughts or ideas. Know this; embracing dark thoughts provide doorways for demonic influence. When we hide, protect, entertain, or fail to address possible reasons for our dysfunctional turns the consequences will be costly. Make no mistake, this particular price is inevitable and the cost of admission refers to  dark influential forces gaining ground within the mind.  Observe.


1 Timothy 4:1-2 "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; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;" The upper-case "S" in the word "Spirit" in this passage assures us that the Holy Spirit is the one revealing the source behind this apostasy which defines turning away from the truth: rebellion. Keep in mine the fact that supernatural demonic beings are assigned to contradict the word of God. You see, "Seducing Spirits" are released against your mind, imagination, and emotions. Their diabolical task is to create a bond within your soul. Know this; those who give heed to seducing spirits are not merely listening to what seducing spirits are saying. The victims are drawn or enticed too them. To truly be tempted you must be enticed. Make no mistake, seducing spirits use succulent bait that's tailor-made for each would-be victim.


God designed the human conscience to affirm or condemn actions. In this passage we see Apostle Paul writing of the conscience being seared with a hot iron. This means that the conscience becomes desensitized. A pastor, for instance, enters into adultery. At first he/she feels guilty and does everything imaginable to hide the sinful activity. But as time goes on the seducing spirit is knitting a evil tie within the soul, compelling his victim not to repent, but to meet with his/her adulterous partner again and again. Often the lust of the eye, and the lust of the flesh are stimulated (evil knitting process) by ​awaking mental images of the previous time the sinful partners got together. The gratification conveyed in the metal pictures are so vivid that the righteous guilt starts to fade and often ​pride replaces it. All of this strengthens the victim`s ability to ignore God`s way.This is the battlefield in the mind. Oh yes! most battles are won or lose in the mine before the physical act is even committed. This is why (Living Bible version)  Matthew 5:27-28 Jesus said "  The Law of Moses said, "You shall not commit adultery", But I say; Anyone who even looks at a women with lust in his eyes has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  ​Refusing to repent ​in the mind prior to each act functionally describes nodding in agreement with Satan. Every agreeing nod  increasingly strengthens the evil grip upon the unrepentant soul.  When the righteous guilt is thoroughly quenched at this very moment is when the evil spirit of bondage relieves the seducing spirit and takes charge. When I say they strike with accuracy Oh yes! their timing is impeccable! In the spirit realm they operate with great precision. I cannot overemphasize how swiftly a higher ranking evil spirit takes charge the very moment that the seducing spirit is done knitting its evil tie within the victims soul. (Ezekiel 1:14) records how incredibly fast and precise their timing is. In the graphic image of my dream, notice how the demons march with precision around the community. Each right leg is raised up to depict how synchronized they move. (During one personal encounter the angel which engaged me appeared instantly and when finished conveying its message to me vanished quicker than I could bat my eye).  


Now with the righteous guilt out of the way the conscience remains contaminated and no longer is able to function as God intended. Consequently, the malfunctioning contaminated conscience causes the victim to become so desensitized that his/her sinful activities don`t even bother them anymore. Therefore they proceed, however now instead of hiding their sinful activity they often openly rationalize it. Their conscience is now effectively seared by the hot iron. And so, the pastor continues to get up and preach every Sunday as if they are still operating under the anointing. The devil is a liar! The spirit of bondage is so brutally clever that at this point it will have the pastor: adulterer,  adamantly preaching, for instance, about wrongfully judging others (TLB version Matt. 7:4-5)  "Should you say, "Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye, " when you can`t even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother."  Imagine that? 1 Timothy 4:2 "...Speaking lies in hypocrisy..." Preaching about hypocrisy while personifying it. This example reveals Satan`s knowledge and capacity to exploit human weaknesses and strengths and how he does it. Then it reveals  why he specifically assigns the evil spirit of bondage to this particular task. The "why" refers to the  "keeping entrapped" job description of the spirit of bondage.




​Evil`s Historical Influence


The following is taken from one of the most influential evangelical Bible scholars of this century, Merrill F. Unger`s awesome book Biblical Demonology​, "In every age of human history and in every phase of daily life demons have played a tremendous and very important role. In no realm is their activity more significant than in the sphere of human government. In this area possibly more than any other field of their operation their activity has frequently not been clearly discerned or even understood. Their invisible nature, their close and inseparable identity with their visible human agents, and the supernatural character of their operations have combined to clothe them and their wicked machinations and evil enterprises in ominous mystery"


Keep the truths conveyed by scholar Merrill F. Unger (1909-1980) in mind as we now consider one of the structures in the graphic illustration of my dream as a political system. We can do this by faith with the understanding that as we look precisely at the close interactions of invisible evil spirts identifying with visible humans in government. Prayerfully look back to the year; 1837, understanding of how invisible supernatural forces (both good & evil) were operating behind the scene. Taken from historian Richard Hofstadter awesome book;  ​The American Political Tradition ​AND THE MEN WHO MADE IT,​  Chapter 4. My focus remains on the "keeping entrapped" assignment of the evil spirit of bondage, Observe.  "John C. Calhound at that time was the first Southern statesman of primary eminence to say openly in Congress what almost all the white South had come to feel. Slavery, he affirmed in the Senate in 1837, "is, instead of an evil, a good-positive good." By this he did not mean to imply that slavery was always better than free labor relations, but simply that it was the best relations between blacks and whites. Slavery had done much for the Negro, he argued. "In few countries so much is left to share of the laborer, and so little exacted from him, or...more kind attention paid to him in sickness or infirmities of age." His condition is greatly superior to that of poorhouse inmates in the more civilized portions of Europe. As for the political aspects of slavery, "I fearlessly assert that the existing relation between the two races in the South...forms the most solid and durable foundation on which to rear free and stable institutions."


The South thought of emancipation as an apocalyptic catastrophe. In a manifesto prepared in 1849 Calhoun portrayed a series of devices by which he thought abolitionists would gradually undermine slavery until at last the North could "monopolize all the territories," add a sufficient number of states to give her three fourths of the whole, and then pass an emancipation amendment. The disaster would not stop with this. Since the two races "cannot live together in peace, or harmony, or to their mutual advantage, except in their present relation," one or the other must dominate. After emancipation the ex-slave would be raised "to a political and social equality with their former owners, by giving them the right of voting and holding public offices under the Federal Government." They would become political associates of their Northern friends, acting with them uniformly, "holding the white race at the South in complete subjection." The blacks and the profligate whites that might unite with them would become the principal recipients of federal offices and patronage and would "be raised above the whites of the South in the political and social scale." The only resort of the former master race would be to abandon the homes of its ancestors and leave the country to the Negroes."


Faced with such peril, the South should be content with nothing less than the most extreme militancy, stand firm, meet the enemy on the frontier, rather than wait till she grew weaker. Anything less than decisive victory was unthinkable. "What! Acknowledged inferiority! The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledged inferiority!"  At the beginning of this 4th chapter Richard Hofstadter when referring to pre-eminence of Congressional politicians, writes; "Of the three greatest, Clay, Webster, and Calhoun, the last showed the most striking mind." According to Hofstadter, John C. Calhoun was brilliant, and even states that Calhoun , "had a keen sense for social structure and class forces." My point is based on how the evil one truly knows how to bait his hook. Oh yeah, Satan knew all about John C. Calhoun`s strengths and weaknesses. The manifesto prepared by Calhoun equates to that evil knitting process, whereby fear-filled mental images were awakened. Surely,  the evil spirit of bondage was dispatched in Congress when Calhoun affirmed in the Senate in 1837 that instead of being evil,  slavery was a really good thing. Isaiah 5:20 " Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil..."

The above historical facts reveal precisely just how close and inseparable evil invisible activities of demons identify with visible human agents (John Calhoun`s) position, and how they actually combined to clothe or hide the reality of demonic activity flowing within the political realm. This is just one of the ways Satan`s  wiles are manifested. Yes, the wiles employed are always directly linked to knowledge. The devil`s  knowledge, for example, of the following passage fits like a glove. Romans 11:29, "For God`s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn,..." Evil trickery turns this passage into succulent bait because a congressman, or pastor still retains his oratorical skills, even while in a fallen state. Therefore he can stir up the senate, or a congregation even when  having only a form of godliness. You see, while the congregation is being thoroughly stirred up the Prince of Darkness simultaneously rewards the sinful pastor emotionally by arousing  a false sense of security. Then with blinding speed and precision he manipulates and reinforces the false sense of security by subtly yet powerfully whispering, "see nobody knows"  ( or even worse if they do know) by whispering  "God is still pleased with me!"  Think about how scripture says "Be not deceived God is not mocked, reaping & sowing applies across the board. I mean when you`re sowing into deception you will end up deceiving yourself. The diabolical whispers, not only further blinds him/her to the need to repent, they also conceal the evil one`s presence, and trick the fallen pastor into thinking he is merely thinking to or talking to himself. (Acts 5:2-3) Furthermore,  the spirit of bondage is also religiously employed because  it`s always more beneficial for the evil one to consistently employ rather that destroy Christian leadership, Congressional politicians, Supreme Court justices, etc... 


The Spirit of Deception

 

 Revelation 12:9 " And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (NIV bible)1 John 5:19, "We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one."  The truths conveyed in both of these passages should raise many questions. My focus, however, is on the extent of Satan`s evil influence.  Satan has one main objective: to deceive humankind. The graphic image of my dream displays a community that`s rendered completely systematically immersed in, and governed by Satan`s will. This diabolically smooth achievement is based on Satan`s understanding of human nature, and how this understanding enables him to enslave humankind through deception. As many have rightly shared Satan greatest deception has been to convince many that he (Satan) does not even exist. As stated elsewhere, with this deceptive maneuver in place its much easier for him to manipulate humans into helping him maintain control over his kingdom. The question then becomes how? How does the evil one maintain dominance? He does it by the various ways that he implements laws, rules, policies and even manipulating customs of humans in effort to govern his kingdom.


You see, he maintains stability through what the bible calls "The darkness of this world." These dark places are also called  "high places" (will examine spiritual wickedness in high places on another page) both refer to where Satan actually directly links up with humans who are in authoritative roles. Like the Supreme Court, political arena, or a head of a household, grand jury, supervisors, C.E.O., law enforcement, School official, board meetings, etc.   Satan and his demons are the rulers of the darkness of this world. This darkness personifies any, system, person, place or thing that does not line up with God and godly standards.  One deceptively powerful way that the devil remains cloaked in darkness is by subtly  injecting deceptively clever yet evil ideas, concepts and diabolical "bills" to legislature. The bills like everything else Satan does will not even appear to be evil on the surface but, make no mistake: they are wicked and lethal!  A bill is proposed legislation and does not become law until it is passed by the legislature. and in most cases, approved by the executive. Once a bill has been enacted into law, it is called an "Act" or a "Statute."   


Here are the results of just a few laws that are actually "wiles" of the devil. (1) The Supreme Court, in 1993 decided that the U.S. Constitution does not protect state prisoners from execution even if there is new evidence of innocence, because of "The very disruptive effect that entertaining claims of actual innocence​ would have on the need for ​finality in capital cases.​ (2) 1980, a pair of Supreme Court decisions set up a framework for determining when deadly force by cops is reasonable. (A) To protect their life or the life of another innocent party. (B) Prevent a suspect from fleeing a violent felony. Police officers are trained, "The training says that whenever you use deadly force you have to be able to justify it. So to justify it, you have to say either I feared for the safety of myself or the safety of the public, and that this person was an extreme danger to either party. "The officer has  10 days to think about his story, get it together, hear from other detectives, what they came up with, and then come up with a line that is pretty standard that says, "This is my justification." Most of the time, the public is going to go with law enforcement` s version.  The key to both of the legal standard's is that it ​doesn`t matter whether there is an actual threat when force is used. Instead what matters is the officer`s  "objectively reasonable." ​Belief ​that there is a threat.  Charging  a police officer with a crime is extremely rare, even when there is video evidence. This is ultimately true because we "wrestle not against flesh and blood. The father of lies is doing what he do. This is why Jesus not only called him the father of lies but said the evil one was a murderer from the beginning.  The question then becomes, is their ever a time when a black person (even when unarmed) is not viewed as a threat?  


​Spiritual Wickedness 


Reagan lied to the nation about his covert and illegal support of the contras in Nicaragua. He lied about the importance of Grenada in order to justify the 1983 invasion of that little island. George Bush lied about the reasons for invading Panama in 1989, saying it was to stop the drug trade. In fact, the United States has allowed the drug trade to flourish. Bush also deceived the nation about his real interest in the Persian Gulf. He pretended to be anguished about the fate of Kuwait while he was actually more concerned about enhancing American power in Saudi Arabia and controlling the region`s oil deposits.


Keeping in mine spiritual wickedness in high places, the Father Of Lies, and the Spirit of Deception,  let`s return to the beginning of chapter 25 GOVERNMENTS LIE,​  which records how U.S. government lied in March 2003 about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. "Now that most Americans no longer believe in the war nor Bush and his administration, and evidence of official deception has become old news, we might ask: why were so many people so easily fooled? The question is important because it might help us understand why Americans-members of the media as well as the ordinary citizen-rushed to declare their support as the president was sending troops halfway around the world to Iraq. A small example of the innocence (or obsequiousness, to be more exact) of the press is the way it reacted to Secretary of State Colin Powell`s presentation in February 2003 to the UN Security Council, a month before the invasion, a speech that may have set a record for the number of falsehoods told in one talk. In it, Powell confidently rattled off his "evidence": satellite photographs, audio records, reports from informants, with precise statistics on how many gallons of this and that existed for chemical warfare. The New York Times was breathless with admiration. The Washington Post​ editorial was titled "Irrefutable" and declared that after Powell`s talk "it is hard to imagine how anyone could doubt that Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction."


The truth was that a small army of UN inspectors could not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. A large army of 100,000 soldiers marauding through the country could not find them. But back in February 2003 the White House said : "We know for a fact that there are weapons there." Vice President Dick Cheney said on Meet The Press​: "{W}e believe Saddam has in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." On March 30, 2003, Rumsfeld said on ABC TV: "We know where they are." And Bush said on Polish TV: "We`ve found the weapons of mass destruction." The only weapons of mass destruction in Iraq turned out to be ours: bombs and missiles raining down by the thousands, cluster bombs spewing out deadly pellets, the arsenal of the greatest military power on earth visiting destruction on yet another country."


In chapter 23 entitled The Coming End of The Iraq War​, the following is recorded, "Now we​ are the occupiers. True, we liberated Iraq from Saddam Hussein, but not from us. Just as in 1898 we liberated Cuba from Spain, but not from us. Spanish tyranny was overthrown, but the U.S. established a military base in Cuba, as we are doing in Iraq. U.S. corporations moved into Cuba, just as Bechtel and Halliburton and the oil corporations have moved into Iraq. " Its imperative to understand that when we fail to embrace truth as presented in the above historical facts the only alternative would be to accept the lies. The position we choose will inevitably clarify if we are on God`s team or Satan`s. Its impossible to serve two masters. 


It is significant to note that in spite of these truths that the Lord Jesus prayed the following, John 17:15, "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."


I`m strongly persuaded that Almighty God forever more desires that humans make informed decisions. And as  Apostle Paul says. "...God would not have us ignorant."  Ignorance leads to destruction. (Hos 4:6) You see, ignorance always opens multiple doors for deception.