Demonic versus Luciferian 

Part 2 – Luciferian (Demonic on March 2)

The word “luciferian” describes ego and pride. Witness the ego-driven attitudes of those in government, the medical profession, mainstream media, and many others who careened through the pandemic making decisions that have since proved to be disastrous – who cannot or will not admit it. 

They’re too proud for that. So was the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:12, whose “heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour,” verse 17, “by using it to get worldly fame” (The Message). 

So here was a man who ended up with a gigantic ego because of his impressive looks and brilliant mind. He stood out as someone people naturally looked up to, and he used it to get a name for himself. We had people like that during the pandemic too, who were looked upon as saviours and saints. 

But as new facts now emerge that hint at some ghastly mistakes made in policies quickly implemented without proper evidence, resulting in considerable damage to physical and mental health, and to the economy, and to trust in hallowed institutions, no one who was instrumental in causing these problems has apologized or admitted fault. Rather than say, “We blew it and we’re deeply sorry, and we’ll do anything we can to heal and help,” they call the people who are criticizing them nasty names.

But that’s the luciferian attitude in Isaiah 14:12. It’s where the word “Lucifer” came from, translated in Latin from the Hebrew for “the morning star.” It describes the attitude of the king of Babylon (verse 4), who believed he was a god, expressed in statements like: “I will raise my throne above the stars of God,” and “I will make myself the Most High” (verses 13 and 14). It highlights how pride and ego can consume those in leadership positions, including, as we’ve seen, Christian leaders too.  

To such people God says, “Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god,” Ezekiel 28:6, be warned because “You will be but a man, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you,” verse 9. So a luciferian attitude is not a good place to be, because “pride ends in humiliation,” Proverbs 29:23 (NLT).    

How does good government work?

God’s mandate for all governments is Romans 13:4. They are all “God’s servants to do you good.” So the focus of anyone in a government position, or any position of authority, like a policeman or teacher, is the good of the people they are serving. And the “common good” too, meaning what is best for everyone, not just the most vocal few. 

So the goal of anyone in a position of authority or responsibility is to find out what is best for everyone in their care. Unfortunately, many governments of late have been enacting legislation without the consent of their citizens, but claiming “We’re doing it for the common good.” But how do they decide what the common good is? 

If it’s “common” then it must be what most citizens agree to, right? So what mechanism have those in government positions put in place to find out what the common good is from the people’s perspective? Government can’t just decide what the common good is if it has no idea what the people are thinking. But nowadays we’ve even got non-elected officials with no government authority deciding in their globalist huddles what is best for us. 

But how do they know what’s best for us? Or have they simply taken it upon themselves to decide by their own definition what’s best, because, they claim, “The people don’t know what’s best for them, so they need us to decide for them.” I actually heard a Prime Minister say that back in 2008 during the last mess we were in. 

I’ve come to realize that both elected and non-elected individuals in our present system of influence and authority don’t know what’s best for us, because they’re not living in the real world we’re in. I’ve only had one politician visit my home for a chat before an election, and it was just an infomercial for their party platform, and not one question about what I thought. So much for searching out “the common good,” or knowing what it was from me.  

I’m so glad I found out the meaning of ekklesia as the word used for “church” in Scripture. Because it meant a town coming together to debate and discuss what was the right course to take in the best interests of all. And the people together did that, not some official deciding for them. Hopefully, then, it’s in God’s church that we see how good government works. 

Waking up to a changed world

Thousands and thousands of people around the world are waking up to the dreadful and disheartening realization that the institutions we trust in to serve us and keep us safe and healthy are heavily administered by people who’ve been corrupted and made stupid by their myopic obsession with power and money, and their own pious, moralizing public image. 

It’s been quite a shock comparing the world today to what it was three years ago. One has to wonder, then, that if it’s this bad already, how bad is it yet to become, thanks to those in the medical profession, the media, the government, the schools and universities, and of course the profiteering drug companies, who have all ignored facts, hidden facts, resisted facts, and refused to admit they’re wrong when obvious facts are revealed.  

It may be a shock, then, that the entire world seems to have gone crazy, but it’s nothing new. Paul wrote a shocking description of his world in Romans 1:29-32, as “filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” So he too had to witness people in positions of power and influence who were “full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.” And all over his world too, people were “gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful.” And he too had to put up with people who seemed to take pleasure in “inventing ways of doing evil” because they were “senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.” They simply didn’t care what damage they did to other people. Psychopaths without conscience.      

So what we’re going through isn’t some new phenomenon that’s never been experienced before. It’s jolly helpful of Paul, then, to explain why it happens, and why it keeps on happening. 

It happens, he writes, when people “do not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God.” And God does not take that lightly, because “he gives such people over to a depraved mind,” verse 28. They cannot think straight, like those piously demanding net zero carbon emissions in just seven years time, who haven’t even considered the vast changes necessary to make that happen, or the damage it would do to poor people. 

But what about those who DO “think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God”? What’s in store for them? Paul goes on to say in Romans 2:7, that “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life.” One day, waking up to a wonderful world.  

“You can hide from us, but not from God”  

We’re in a world that hides information if it doesn’t fit the prevailing government narrative, or if it proves what government did was wrong and damaging, or it exposes the real motives of corporations that continue to sell us a bill of goods as “safe and effective,” while understating and even ignoring the multiple millions of people known to be suffering from adverse effects. 

The creativity and ingenuity these “hiders” give to excuses, cover-ups, and lies is formidable. So for someone seeking accurate, up-to-date research and data to enable INFORMED consent, he or she soon discovers it’s a minefield of censorship, accusations of spreading misinformation and hate, being publicly branded as a racist, extremist, terrorist, anti-science activist and conspiracy theorist, or of being a white supremacist Nazi, a threat to the economy, and amazingly even a misogynist.      

You can’t help but be suspicious, therefore, that with all this aggressive vitriol the powers-that-be are trying to hide something. 

But let’s give governments and corporations the benefit of the doubt and assume they have our best interests in mind. They have a problem, however, because what they believe to be in our best interests may not be what we believe or agree to. And that risks protest, panic and even revolution. So I can see why they feel justified in not making their plans too public. 

But they can’t hide what they’re doing forever, because their dream of some sort of global, planet-saving utopia will involve massive change and a lot of people will suffer, as many already are. And that means the hiders have to get even more creative in their cover-ups. 

But give them credit, they are very good at it. History also shows, however, that we’re not that difficult to deceive: I mean, we think celebrities and politicians – and even the media (gasp) – are telling the truth. 

So I accept I can be deceived too – and Jesus did warn us that we could be (Matthew 24:24). But there’s a warning for the hiders too, in Hebrew 4:13, that “there is no creature hidden from God’s sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”      

A call for justice – Psalm 82 

I wonder how long it will be until God calls the justice systems in our western nations to account. And just so they know what to expect when he does, there’s a Psalm explaining exactly what God is ticked off at – in all judges, including those God assigned as judges in the spirit realm (the meaning of “gods” in Psalm 82:1?) 

Human or spirit, verse 1, “God calls the judges into his courtroom” (The Message). So the first point all judges need to note is: they are not the ultimate authority. They can be called to account by a court far superior to theirs, that “puts all the judges in the dock” (verse 1).

So please picture yourselves, dear judges, in the dock with God presiding as your judge. And he’s not a happy judge either. He yells at you, “Enough,” or perhaps to get the point across more personally: I, God, have had enough of you miserable specimens, because, verse 2, “You’ve corrupted justice long enough.” And fittingly, a revealing book just came out with the title, “Justice corrupted,” describing our present day arrogant judges and lawless prosecutors intimidating and silencing anyone standing in the way of their agenda, including distraught parents speaking up for their children. 

To which God says, “You’re here (all those of you involved in the justice system) to defend the defenceless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break, to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them,” verses 3-4.    

“That’s what I commissioned you judges for, each one of you, to be my personal deputies,” verse 6. “But you’ve betrayed your commission,” so – and here comes God’s indictment of these “Ignorant judges,” as he calls them in verse 5 – “you’re now stripped of your rank, busted.” 

To which Asaph, the author of Psalm 82, writes: “O God, give them their just desserts.” Give them what they deserve. Or as another translation phrases verse 8: “Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.” In other words, we’re trusting you, God, to be the judge of those responsible for taking care of us, since all nations are under your jurisdiction.

So thanks for the reminder, Asaph, that God sees all, and there is a point in time when he calls corrupt judges to account. And if not now, then for certain on the day God has set aside in Acts 17:31, “when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed,” the risen Son of God. 

Why should anyone take Jesus seriously? 

Jesus made some extraordinary claims about himself that, if true, would be good reason for taking him seriously. Like the claim he made in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

Well, if we don’t believe it, do we have good reason not to? Yes, if Jesus was a fictional character from a fake book supposedly written by people who really lived, but didn’t. Because no human being has the power to give people life after they die; or that by simply believing in him means death has no hold over us. Only a delusional, rather sick person would make promises like that.

But there is this person in history who did make promises like that, that if true are well worth taking seriously, because they answer two bothersome questions: “What’s the point of life if it only ends in death?” And “If there is life after death, how do we know there is?” And maybe a third question, “What kind of life is it if, by chance, we do come back to life again?” 

Well, Jesus answered all three: first of all, that life doesn’t end in death. Secondly, we can know there’s life after death because we can experience it in our lives now; and, thirdly, we can know what kind of life we’ll come back to because of the life he came back to after he, as a human just like us, died.

It’s the second of those three points I would challenge first, because how on earth can we experience our life after death now? 

The simple answer given in 1 John 3:14 is that “we know we’ve passed from death to life because we love others as our brothers and sisters.” And added to that in verse 15: “Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead.” In other words, “life” in our experience as humans, now and forever, temporary or eternal, comes down to the same thing: where love is, life is. And where love isn’t, life isn’t.  

Experiencing love, then, is experiencing eternal life. So there are probably tons of our fellow humans who, with no knowledge or interest in the Bible or God, are experiencing a taste of eternal life. And if they only knew the kind of love Jesus has, and is quite willing to share with us too, their experience of eternal life would become greater still. Good enough reason, I would think, for taking Jesus seriously.     

Stories from the Old Testament for coping with 2023 

Part 9, King Ahaz (Part 8, Feb 24)

Imagine being king Ahaz, terrified at the prospect of powers beyond his control about to destroy his nation – much like some of us may feel today faced with powers beyond our control threatening to wreck our world as well. So is there something in this story of Ahaz that has meaning for us too? 

God, for instance, gave Ahaz clues in children’s names and locations that spelled out clearly what he would do for Ahaz and his nation. One clue being the sign God gave to Ahaz to prove that he, God, could be trusted to deal with Ahaz’s dread and remove what was causing it (Isaiah 7:16), the sign being a child born whose name would be Immanuel (verse 14). 

Well, it didn’t mean much to Ahaz, but another child called Immanuel would be born 700 years later, who would take people’s minds back to this child in Isaiah, because Matthew quotes this verse from Isaiah when applying it to the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:23). So, what might seem like a rather obscure sign in Isaiah for Ahaz, suddenly jumps out of its context as a sign of another Immanuel sent by God – and for the same reason, to rescue and save God’s people.    

And this is where the location – that God had Ahaz meet with Isaiah at – also jumps out of its context for us today. 

The meeting spot was “at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Fuller’s Field,” Isaiah 7:3. So a stream of water flowing down from a Pool meaning ‘the blessing of the most High’ was made use of by ‘fullers’ to wash their woollen cloth clean of all dirt and other debris, and along with some serious pounding turn their cloth into something long lasting, protective against the elements, and a pleasure to wear. 

The message for Ahaz clearly being that God would do all these things for Ahaz to turn him from being a scaredy-cat and a weakling into a strong, confident, and inspiring leader for his people – if, that is, Ahaz believed him. 

Ahaz didn’t, but God didn’t end the story of Ahaz there, because the Immanuel pictured by Isaiah appeared again, yelling out to the crowd at the temple in John 7:38-39, “Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit.” 

A flowing stream of water, eh? Just like the stream of water flowing down from the Upper Pool as a blessing from the Most High for Ahaz. And here it was again. But would we catch the meaning of it?….(part 10, March 10)

Demonic versus Luciferian 

Part 1 – Demonic

The word “demonic” describes unexplainable madness. Witness the maniacal weirdos who want to normalize adults being sexually attracted to children; or even worse, normalizing children being sexually attracted to adults. Or drug companies trying to get babies and toddlers injected with an experimental gene changing drug with known adverse affects, some of which will affect those children for the rest of their lives – that children didn’t even need in the first place too. So whose insane idea was that? 

The Old Testament answers that question for us in Psalm 106:37, “They sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons.” The insane idea of sacrificing one’s child, in mind or body, is directly attributable to demons. Because it’s what demons want. Like the young boy “possessed by a spirit” in Mark 9:17, that robbed the poor child of speech and threw him to the ground, mouth foaming, teeth gnashing, and body rigid (verse 18). A spirit did that, a demon, willingly and insanely destroying a child. 

And who on earth would want to destroy a child? It’s an unexplainable madness. It’s the kind of madness that has a lot of people scratching their heads nowadays as to how wrecking children’s lives has become so acceptable. Witness the maniacal weirdos who, with little research into the long-term impact of puberty blockers on children’s fertility and ability to have children of their own, introduce medical interventions for children wishing to gender transition anyway. In other words, throw the kids in the deep end and see what happens. And if the damage turns out to be irreversible….well, demons wouldn’t care about that, would they?  

But didn’t God have children killed too? Yes, to get the point across that there are terrible consequences on the innocent when stupid adults ignore and reject God. And what more proof of that do we need than madmen today committing their nations to war? Because who suffers most? Thousands and millions of children. 

So is there a reason we can pinpoint for such unexplainable madness? There is in Scripture: it’s because “the whole world is under the control of the evil one,” 1 John 5:19 – “the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient,” Ephesians 2:2

(Part 2 on Luciferian – Thursday, March 9)

The devil’s at it again

The devil never gives up because of his hate for God’s children. Adam, for instance, was “the son of God,” Luke 3:38, so what was evil’s reaction to that? “A child of God, eh? We’ll see about that,” and went about getting Adam to NOT act like God’s son at all. And it worked, because how could Adam be a true son of God when he neither obeyed God or trusted him?   

Having nailed the first Adam, the devil was at it again to nail the second Adam – by trying to get Jesus not acting like God’s Son too. He tried three ridiculous, but potentially ruinous temptations, two of them prefaced with the snarky, “If you are the Son of God,” Matthew 4:3,6.

The devil’s objective was to prove Jesus wasn’t the Son of God. But why was that so important? Because, John 1:12, “to all who believed him (Jesus) and accepted him (as the Son of God), he (God) gave the right to become his children.” At stake here, therefore, was humans becoming God’s children for believing in Jesus being the Son of God.

But why would the devil not want that happening? Because, John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” Belief in Jesus being the Son of God means that humans will be indestructible. So the devil has to come up with something to stop it.

But how? Well, there was one way of stopping it, because “anyone born of God does not continue to sin,” 1 John 5:18. Bingo, just get Christians sinning, then, because, 1 John 3:10, “Anyone who doesn’t do what’s right isn’t a child of God.” Couldn’t be any clearer, could it? 

So, how to get Christians sinning? There’s a clue for that too, in 1 John 3:7, when John writes, “Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you astray.” Ah, so it’s not getting Christians to commit a blatant and obvious sin, it’s getting us to wander off the path without realizing it. And the devil has all sorts of ways of making that happen, like pride, distraction, delusion, etc., so how can we paltry humans stand up against his cunning? 

Fortunately, John asks and answers that question for us in 1 John 5:5. “Who is it that overcomes the world (and the devil’s cunning use of it against us)?” Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God,” because, verse 11, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” And because we believe that, “This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us,” verse 14

So when the devil’s at it again with his ridiculous, but potentially ruinous temptations to lead us astray, we’ve got a Father who very much appreciates our belief in his Son, which he will prove by keeping us on track when we ask him.    

Is it necessary to meet in a church building?

There is no evidence anywhere in the New Testament that church attendance in a church building is required for the proper worship of God. One has to wonder, then, why so much money has been spent on building churches to meet in, especially when Acts 7:48 and 17:24 both say, “the most High does not dwell in temples made with (human) hands.”

On the other hand, doesn’t Hebrews 10:25 say we should “not give up meeting together”? And how can you do that without a building, especially in the middle of winter?

But when the church began there were no official buildings for that first crop of Christians to meet in. And the Holy Spirit didn’t tell them to construct or meet in buildings either. What the Holy Spirit did inspire was the desire to meet together, but how did they do it without a building?

To begin with, in Acts 2:46, they met every day in “the temple courts,” none of which were enclosed buildings. Solomon’s Porch, their most likely place of meeting, was open to the public. So they didn’t feel the need to isolate or lock themselves away in a “consecrated” spot or building. 

So where did the idea of Christians having to meet in consecrated buildings come from? Is it a throwback to the Old Testament, perhaps? David, for instance, wanted a proper building for God to dwell in, which God sanctioned but he never required or commanded it, nor did he command any other building or temple to be built. It was also a God-given custom for the Israelites to meet on specific days at places of his choosing (Deuteronomy 12:11). But Jesus changed all that in John 4:20-24 when he told the Samaritan woman at the well that God was no longer into “holy places” anymore, because “true worshippers” would now be “worshipping the Father in Spirit and in Truth.”

Do Christians no longer need to meet together at all, then? Well, the very meaning of ekklesia, the word for “church” in the New Testament, means getting together to “reason” things out (Acts 18:4,19 and 19:8-10), involving lots of dialogue and discussion, everyone involved (Acts 15:22) – just like the good old days in Acts 2:42 when they all got together to study and discuss the apostles’ teaching.

But how much of that happens in a typical “church service” today? Is it the building, then, that’s become “the church,” or what ekklesia originally meant?