All the church represents now is rented pews and leased pulpits.
There is no time left for keeping silent. We are now living on the threshold of the reign of Antichrist, when almost all people have deviated from truth.
You can’t get away from it! It’s everywhere. It’s on your face. We live in a world where religion is here for a purpose.
The Bible is very clear about this subject, and if you really dive into it…you will see that GOD is not about religion.
In fact, Deuteronomy is full of Scripture which speaks of this subject.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God.
THE WALTZ OF THE WICKED
The greatest calamities which the wicked world has experienced were not over oil and gas, but over the infiltration of the church by demons.
These clergymen strive to be rich, but not in faith.
Jack in the Pulpit! We have an insurgence of prosperity. Seems we have a difference of opinion as to who ranks in what order but do not be deceived, it’s all about greed.
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John Hagee—5 million+
Eddie Long—5-15 million+
Randy & Paula White—10-?
Ed Young—11 million-?
Paul & Jan Crouch—100m+
Bishop David Oyedepo—150m+
Edir Macedo—1 BILLION+
Kenneth Copeland 1.2 BILLION+
Sure seems to be about money, right. Well, actually money is a bi-product! It’s about power. Satan teaches them power is key to control.
The power is satanic and it allows the preachers in the pulpit to hypnotize its congregation, and you need not be present for it to control you too. Even the television can produce these effects. Do you need an example? Walt Disney is the example.
Jezebel’s spirit is just one that has the ability to remain illusive, yet deadly. It works through false religion false doctrine and undermining authority.
Did you know you could walk up to any congregation member of ANY church and tell them that Satan is alive and well in their church and they would deny it until their blue in the face?
The first symptom of this deadly disease of witchcraft is confusion. The second is chaos.
There are three key factors: manipulation, intimidation, and domination.
Who did this spirit learn these traits from? Lucifer/Satan/The Dragon. He is proud to call these his modus operandi. Lucifer/Satan exemplifies the word, chaos.
How so? The greatest concentration of witchcraft is in the “church”.
Bewitchment is “the power to mislead, using spells and hexes.” The Greek word literally means “to smite or mislead with the eyes.” Bewitchment—witchcraft—obscures what is in plain view.
This is also true for “Christian Music”.
THE GLOBAL GOAL
The message of today’s church? Unification. Globalization. And it doesn’t matter which religion you speak of…their name is LEGION.
Criteria of the “New World Ethics” and of the religious pluralism of the “New World Order” are such that, “in a certain sense, Christianity is even an obstacle to the existence of a unified humanity”.
The Roman Catholic Church claims to have started in Matthew 16:18 when Christ supposedly appointed Peter as the first Pope. But if you look for the meaning of its title, it’s universal. Their goal is to bring a world religion for the Antichrist to be worshiped.
Priests and prophets have entered into covenant to fleece the sheep of GOD. But they have broken this covenant.
The Belt of Truth
The first item of use to the warrior in God’s army is the belt of truth. The belt of truth holds everything together. It keeps the breastplate in position, the garment in place, and it also holds the sword. The belt of truth represents the believer’s integrity and faithfulness. In one word: obedience. No person is perfect, and our right relationship with God comes through the blood of Jesus, but we still must enter the battle with integrity. Sin that we refuse to deal with or that we cover up will make us vulnerable to the enemy. But with truth come freedom, ease of movement, and confidence.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate of righteousness covers the heart, the most vital organ. The heart is the seat of our emotions, feelings, passions—it is the reflection of who we really are. If Satan can affect our heart, we can be easily defeated. Satan accuses us of every misdeed, every wrong motive, anything he can use to neutralize us. As Christians, we walk in the righteousness that comes not from our good works but from what Christ accomplished on the cross. That is why Satan tries so hard to obscure the cross. If he succeeds in obscuring the cross of Christ, it is tantamount to removing our breastplate of righteousness.
Notice that the belt of truth—or integrity—and the breastplate of righteousness work together. Without the breastplate of righteousness, we operate in legalism. Without the belt of truth, we operate in carnality and the flesh.
The shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace
The shoes represent peace of mind. In the heat of battle, the greatest temptation the warrior faces is that of growing fearful and retreating. Our foundation in the gospel will keep us from turning away and exposing our vulnerable backside to the onslaught of the enemy. Notice the word preparation. The battle actually begins before the conflict. You can’t cram for a battle like you can for a test in school. Our preparation of standing on the Word of God begins before the conflict arises. Once the battle is raging it’s too late to prepare.
The Shield of Faith
The purpose of the shield is to protect the other parts of the armor and to absorb the fiery arrows of the enemy. Our faith in God—our response to what Christ accomplished on the cross for us—extinguishes the fiery arrows of Satan’s accusations and lies. The breastplate of righteousness comes from God. The shield of faith is our response, our belief, to what Christ accomplished for us on Calvary.
The Helmet of Salvation
What does the helmet of salvation protect? The mind. Notice Paul says, “Take the helmet” meaning to put it on. In fact, Paul states this as a command: “Take the helmet and put it on.” If you’re saved, isn’t the helmet automatically on? No. Why would he tell the Ephesians Christians to put it on if it’s already on?
Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 5:8, refers to the helmet as the hope of salvation. Faith protects my heart; “For with the heart man believeth” (Rom. 10:10). But hope protects my mind against discouragement and depression.
Hope is in the realm of the mind. So Paul admonishes us to put on our helmets. Cultivate a positive attitude. Why? Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” If I love God, and I’m walking in His purpose for me, then anything that God allows to happen, whether the devil brings it or God sends it, is for my good. When I’m walking in covenant, there’s not a reason in the world to be unhappy or depressed about any setback.
Walking in the hope of salvation is conditional. As long as I love God and walk in obedience, when all hell breaks loose, I will not be cast down and depressed because I haven’t done anything wrong. God’s making the best of it, even if it’s sent by the enemy.
The Christian can, however, refuse to put on the helmet. As a result that person is weak, impotent, and powerless. But when we walk in the hope of our salvation, we’re in a no-lose situation. Paul said, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s” (Rom. 14:8).
Take Joseph for example: He was mistreated, sold into bondage by his brothers, separated from his family, falsely accused of attempted rape, imprisoned, and forgotten while in jail. God gave him a dream as a boy that someday he would be a man of influence, and yet the best years of his life were being wasted away in prison! His life seemed pretty depressing for a person who was supposed to have a big destiny. But Joseph cultivated a positive attitude. Even while in prison, he made the best of his situation, rising to second in command over the prison where he was held captive.
Joseph never gave up hope, and eventually God rewarded his faithfulness. In Genesis 50, in the presence of his brothers who sold him into slavery, Joseph looked them right in the eyes and said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good” (Gen. 50:20). Joseph had every right to have his brothers killed, but he saw his life from God’s perspective. He refused to allow bitterness and depression to take root in his life because he knew if they did, he would miss out on God’s destiny for his life. Joseph saw his life through the helmet of salvation.
That’s why children need encouragement when they leave for school. If they have a negative spirit before they take a test, the parent needs to respond with, “No, you’re not going to do bad on that test; you have studied well. The Spirit of God is upon you; I’ve prayed for you. You’re going to do very well, and I bless you.” Put the helmet on them!
If your accountant comes to you and says, “I’ve got bad news for you; you owe the IRS more than I expected!” you can put on the helmet of salvation and reply, “Thank You, Lord! I praise You. It’s for my good and blessing. I don’t understand; it doesn’t make any sense to me in the natural, but I know You meant it for good. And I give You praise that You’re going to supply the extra money I’m going to have to pay this year. Thank You!”
You put on the helmet every time you act upon the knowledge that God is orchestrating events. It’s hard to be negative when you know God is in control.
God is in control even when ungodly and evil leaders are corrupting an entire nation. God raises up bad kings as well as good kings. There is no person in political office whom God hasn’t placed there by His divine power. No one. Daniel proclaimed that “the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men” (Dan. 4:17). Knowing that God is in total control keeps me from being negative and defeated when life doesn’t go the way I think it ought to. Our positive attitude and hope in God then becomes a helmet of salvation.
The Sword of The Spirit
The final implement in the spiritual armor is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The first five weapons are defensive weapons, but the sword is used as an offensive weapon. The Holy Spirit’s main weapon is the Word of God. Notice Paul says, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17). The Word of God belongs to the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, three times He responded by using His offensive weapon—the Word of God. And we already know what happened—the devil departed.
The writer of Hebrews likens the Word of God to a sword: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). You may have read one of the classic, timeless pieces of literature—it may be your favorite book—but it is still dead—its author is dead, and it has no ability to change lives. But the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to change lives today just as it changed lives two thousand years ago. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God is able to transform a person and breathe life into a cold, lifeless spirit.
The Word of God penetrates “even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit”—it is able to judge what comes from the arm of the flesh and what is truly of God (Heb. 4:12). The Word of God divides joints and marrow. In ancient times, the bone marrow represented the true nature of a person—that place that no one else could see. You cannot get any more hidden than the bone marrow in a person’s body. The Word of God penetrates into the very essence of who a person is, judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Only two people really know your true thoughts and attitudes—you and God. When we use the sword of the Spirit, it often works at levels that the soldier cannot see.
PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT: A WEAPON
THE SWORD CAN REACH ONLY AS FAR as the arm can extend, which is why Paul continues in his explanation of the armor, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” While my sword is limited to the measure of my arm’s reach, prayer is limitless. It’s like an intercontinental ballistic missile. I can launch it from South Africa, and it will impact anywhere in the world. You can launch a prayer right now, and you can send that missile of the Word worldwide and not have to be there. When we pray in the Spirit—in tongues—we are able to pray specifically into a situation we may know nothing about.
Mike inquired through his travel agent about flying to Munich as soon as possible, only to discover that all flights from the local airport were booked. Undeterred in his efforts and against his inner witness, he decided to travel to London where he was able to get a flight out of Heathrow Airport.
As the aircraft took off, Mike watched the clouds from his window seat as the plane climbed up to ten thousand feet. Suddenly he noticed a little black dot on the horizon that appeared to be coming toward his plane. As the dot grew larger, Mike realized that it was another plane possibly traveling at the same altitude and in his direction! It was closing in too fast for his plane to change either direction or altitude so soon after take off.
For a split second, Mike thought he was going to die. His whole life passed before him. He pulled himself together as he confessed the scripture which says that no weapon formed against him would prosper. He rebuked fear, and pleaded the blood of Jesus over the plane he was traveling in.
Hearing this, the passenger sitting next to Mike got up and hurried to another seat. As Mike prayed in tongues, his plane made a sudden left turn downward. When Mike looked out the window, he noticed the other plane passing overhead—so close that he could see the pilots in the other plane and the rivets in the plane’s underbelly! The power of prayer had averted a mid-air collision.
God has prepared us for battle by equipping us with our spiritual panoply—the armor we need. Putting on the armor of God is essential in prevailing over the powers of the enemy in battle.
Excerpts of Armor of God from Exposing Witchcraft in the Church by Rick Godwin