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Whenever we inadvertently allow the Adversary to influence us as we read the Bible, by not beginning with asking the Holy Spirit for true revelation, the Adversary will put his spin on it by speaking into our spirit, through the filter of our own life experiences, limited understanding and limited knowledge.
We will not interpret correctly scripture. And if we don't pray before reading even a sentence of the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of it, a demonic spirit will miscontrue it and we won't even realize it.
It will sound so close to the truth that we will be convinced it is true and nothing no one says or writes can convince us otherwise.
It is what the Adversary did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, the Bible says in Genesis 3:8, in the cool of day, heard the sound of the LORD walking in the garden. They were that close to God!
Yet, Satan was able to convince Eve to doubt God's word, prompting her to believe instead the lie that brought down all of creation.
It is no different today. God spoke his word to Adam and Eve and He speaks to us today through His written Word.
And don't think that Satan, through demonic influence, still doesn't twist truth. His methods and vices change but the goal is the same, deception leading to destruction.
This is why so many Christians have been so easily led into believing conspiracies and lies using the Bible as a reference point and erroneous justification.
I am not at all confused and see this for what it is. But to those who don't believe in demons and demonic influence on people, especially people of God, they will readily laugh this off. The Adversary banks on it.
Many say the deep belief by Christians in QAnon and so many conspiracies doesn't make sense. To those of us, however, who look at this beyond merely political, from a right view of scripture, it makes perfect sense.
To the media types and those less inclined toward the things of God and His word will laugh this off and keep going. But it is no laughing matter and we are at a dangerous tipping point in this country.
God is not a God of confusion and certainly not a God that sanctions conspiracies and the widening division in His church and among His people.
The Adversary or the demon(s) he has assigned, has tricked many into high-minded, misplaced supremacy thinking because of faulty and erroneous views of themselves, through clouded lenses of scripture, time and history.
What do I mean by this? Supremacy is learned and taught in the environments in which we grow and learn (i.e., home, school, church, relationships and associations). And if you grew up physically, mentally and spiritually in an environment where others put down other races, poor people, immigrants - and/or taught you that you were "better than" different classes and races of people, then your natural bent is supremacy. Not "privilege." Supremacy.
There are black supremacists. This helps explain the Allen Wests and Candace Owenses of the world and why they can stand shoulder to shoulder with others of that same bent. Mostly white. They have a supreme view of self and can quote scripture like Baptist preachers. No offense to the preachers.
If we're going to overcome this massive disception, we as Christ-followers must not be hesitant or afraid to call it for what it is in the spiritual context of what it is.
Privilege refers to status. Supremacy refers to superiority and precipitates privilege. It is supremacy ingrained that gives place to privilege (i.e., people believe they are "privileged" because they believe themselves to be superior). Together, they are tearing at the fabric of America, our way of life and the ability to live peacefully and peaceably with one another.
The poorest white person or working class white person will fire back that they aren't "privileged." They would say and rightly perhaps, that they've "worked their ass off to get what they have." Who hasn't heard this proclaimed? But, so has their black or brown neighbor. Yet those of this bent, no less feel superior to that same neighbor. They could even have materially and financially less.
Lyndon Johnson understood this when he so famously said in 1960 to a young staffer, "I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
Johnson understood the problem wasn't "white privilege" but white supremacy. It was true then and it is true now. Except, today, the Bible is used as both the reference and defense. And with it comes the superiority of nationalism.
In fact, because of the history of America, I would wager whether that covertly and/or overtly, supremacy is taught and modeled in many white American households from birth. It is the demonic heritage of a country built on the demonic foundation of generational human enslavement, domination and white superiority.
So much so that this ingrained sense of supremacy, not "privilege" permeates every aspect of how life is viewed. Even and sadly Christian and church life. It is why the racist white person can really in their mind believe they aren't racist. It would be like a fish in water saying it's not wet.
As long as the cunning and shrewd Adversary can keep us arguing the ancillary issues of race and political philosophies of right and left, conservative or liberal, "white privilege," we will continue to be like that little hampster on the wheel, spinning around as we keep going nowhere fast.
This is spiritual, not political. However, it is being played out in political and social arenas. Just as a different scenario of division, disobedience and deception were played out in the Garden of Eden. It didn't work out then, it has not worked out well for nations over time and it will not work out well for America.
Since so many churches and church leaders have allowed themselves to be lured onto the same hamster wheel, the "church" which is supposed to be the arbiter has become too dysfunctional and politically compromised in the overall context to be what God intended for it to be.
Thus, it has little to no impact, nor it seems the collective will to beat back this incidiousness. This is not a criticism but a keen and heartbreakingly true, observation.
God bless the churches and pastors who are working hard to stand in the gap. But as the gap widens and as pastors and churches continue to dive deeper into politics, the wall is crumbling, and crumbling fast.
The firewall of protection is eroding at warp speed and sadly, there is not one Nehemiah in sight.
Published on Sunday, April 11, 2021 @ 12:31 PM CDT