Did you know demons conjure up religious doctrines so people might believe what is false? Itâ€™s simply part of spiritual warfare.
We live in the day when many people canâ€™t stand the truth of the Bible, and so they are open season for the demonic to deceive them.
4Â But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, 2Â Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized)â€¦ (1 Timothy 4:1-2 Amp)
4Â Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2Â speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot ironâ€¦â€ (1 Timothy 4:1-2 NKJV).
Every day we read about people or know people who donâ€™t know who they are, but God made them male and female (Gen. 1:27) so they can know how to walk in their true identity, and not one established through confusion, whether itâ€™s because of cultural or familial upbringing, or wounds because of molestation or mistreatment by one gender or the other.
Former Olympic great Bruce Jennerâ€™s face is currently on the cover of most every magazine we see. Hereâ€™s a guy whose masculinity thrilled us all in the Decathlon many years ago, but now claims heâ€™s finally found himself as a woman. The Apostle Paul addressed such things in the Book of Romans:
â€œâ€¦So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didnâ€™t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding lifeâ€ (Rom. 1:20-23 The Message).
â€œWorse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didnâ€™t know how to be human eitherâ€”women didnâ€™t know how to be women, men didnâ€™t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, and men with menâ€”all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for itâ€”emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretchesâ€ (Rom. 1:26-27 The Message)
Whether you like this or not, these passages clearly describe the day in which we live.
There are several key points to consider in these passages:
- No one has an excuse. No matter what we claim to feel or to have been through, God says we donâ€™t have an excuse for our behavior. Thereâ€™s always His grace and help available to us.
- We have refused to honor and worship Him as the one true God, who made us all in His own image, distinctly male and female.
- This dishonor leaves people confused about who they are.
- We are arrogant. We are know-it-alls.
- Many lose their sense of humanity, becoming sexually confused, men lusting for men, and women for women.
- This isnâ€™t love, according to Godâ€™s standard of love. The word â€œloveâ€ has now become the operative word to justify wrong living, whether homosexual or heterosexual.
- Itâ€™s not natural. Take a look at the body, male and female. God designed our sexual parts to be perfectly aligned to engage in normal sexual relations and not to have to do sexual gymnastics with the body to make something fit where it doesnâ€™t. He never intended for people to get cosmetic surgery to change their appearances so they could conceivably change identities. This is macro-insanity.
- People choosing to engage in sexual sin receive in themselves the â€œdue penalty of their errorâ€ (Rom. 1:27 KJV). Whether this refers to STDs or what kind of punishment people receive for worshipping idols (see the entire context of Romans 1), those who do either are sowing and reaping in themselves the choices they make.
I know some people reading this are declaring, â€œHeâ€™s hatefulâ€ for telling them what the Bible says. I make no effort to distort Scripture, as some theologians are guilty of doing on this subject. I am writing the truth in love that some will hear me and make changes in their lifestyles. Honestly, I hear some of the most ludicrous arguments made by supposedly intelligent people who claim they are speaking on behalf of God.
For example, one local Methodist minister where I live said he had â€œstudied homosexualityâ€ and decided it’s not a sin. My question to him would be so what is a sin? Is adultery a sin? Lying? Fornication? Murder? Theyâ€™re all identified as sin in the Bible. How did homosexuality pass the litmus test for what constitutes sin?
The danger of twisting Scripture
The Word of God makes no bones about the danger of twisting Scripture to make it say what it doesnâ€™t say. This is certainly nothing new, but the modern application is the same that Peter proclaimed long ago:
He (Paul) talks about this subject in all his letters. Some things in his lettersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â are hard to understand. Ignorant people and people who aren’t sure of what they believe distort what Paul says in his letters the same way they distort the rest of the Scriptures. These people will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:16 GOD’S WORDÂ® Translation).Â
As one wonderful Bible teacher once said: â€œItâ€™s not what I donâ€™t understand that bothers me about the Bible â€“ itâ€™s everything I do understand!
There are 100 verses in the Bible that can be construed with dealing with immoral behavior. Hereâ€™s just one from the New Testament. You be the judge of if we heterosexuals can be guilty, too!
Â 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people-none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (NLT)
Â Notice the different kinds of sins delineated in the above verse: sexual sins in general, idolatry, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, stealing, greed, drunks or cheaters.
Who among us has not committed any of these sins? Likely no one! But there are two exclusions: 1) The people mentioned here once practiced these sins and are not those who may have committed one or more of these at some point in their lives.
Thereâ€™s a lot more to their behavior than a tryst with sin. 2) They also refer to people who have repented by believing in Jesus to save and change them. This also includes Christians who are still struggling with their sins, including homosexuality, but who sincerely desire freedom and not justification for their continuance.
Â Why all this delusion?
What is causing all the crazies weâ€™re hearing about these days?
Itâ€™s the age we live in.
Prior to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ back to this earth to reign here as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the world will experience such upheaval that one individual will come on the scene with great power to deceive because of our desperation for someone to save us:
9Â The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvelsâ€”[all of them] lying wondersâ€”
10Â And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
11Â Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
12Â In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thess. 2:8-9).
Did you get this? God not Satan will send a strong delusion on people who donâ€™t love the Bible as the truth. People who are playing around with sin will fall under such a siege of delusion that they may fall into eternal state of no return.
Godâ€™s great grace and mercy are available to everyone!
The Bible says that God is not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance (1 Tim. 2:4). It matters not what someone has done, homosexual or heterosexual. Jesus Christ died on the cross for everyone, but we must agree with Him about what He says is sin and not condone it by inventing new twists of Scripture to justify what we do.
Evangelical and liturgical churches alike are making tragic mistakes by compromising the Bible to make people comfortable with their sin instead of teaching them the truth in love. It reminds me of Jezebel in Revelation:
19Â I know your record and what you are doing, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your recent works are more numerous and greater than your first ones.
20Â But I have this against you: that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and who is teaching and leading astray my servants and beguiling them into practicing sexual vice and eating food sacrificed to idols.
21Â I gave her time to repent, but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [symbolic of idolatry] and refuses to do so.
22Â Take note: I will throw her on a bed [[a]of anguish], and those who commit adultery with her [her paramours] I will bring down to [b]pressing distress and severe affliction, unless they turn away their minds from conduct [such as] hers and repent of [c]their doings.
23Â And I will strike her children (her proper followers) dead [thoroughly exterminating them]. And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize and understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves (Rev. 2:19-21).
The Father is serious about His truth concerning sexual immorality and compromise, and He will do no less with the modern church than He did with the church at Thyatira.