Sunday, 15 February 2015

The spirit of war Intimidates

After the spirit of war manipulates a person by seducing them, and causing them to yield to lies, like the adulterous woman in Proverbs 7:21 who "with her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him." Indeed, the spirit of war flatters people, making people think they are justified and good in the evil they do, and force them, according to the own lusts to yield to their evil. Of course, the person who yields to the lusts of the flesh does so according to their own wicked lusts which they love. However, the doctrines which approve of these lusts are demonically inspired, doctrines of demons. A demon is responsible for every false doctrine in the world. Show me a false doctrine, and I will show you a demon.

The spirit of war uses all kinds of intimidation, whether it be physical, cultural, social, psychological or moral intimidation. Such is the case with any culture or society, all of which have, are seduced by and embrace false doctrines - lies and deceptions. The spirit of war uses moral intimidation. It mixes truth and error, and especially where people seek Truth, and hate error, the spirit of war is more active. The spirit of war uses the fear of being theologically or Biblically wrong to intimidate. As such, it seduces people to twist the Bible and spread their damnable heresies: whether it be Martin Luther, John Calvin on usury or John Locke on private property among the many heretics in the church.

He tempts people into taking only half a Bible verse, or to isolate Bible verses. This is precisely what heretics do. This is what many Christians such as modern evangelicals do to justify their human-centred approaches to evangelism out of a fear of people. 

One such modern evangelical I know uses the 1 Corinthians 9: 22 which says "I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some" to intimidate me, and place the bondage of fear of people on me, a sin of the flesh. As it seems in the way he explains it, he isolates it. He does not seek to explain it, but uses it only to stop and discourage people from using Way of the Master, which seems to the only way for some in evangelism according to their conscience. Yet, he claims "I would never seek to discourage anyone from evangelism". "Really?", one may ask. "Why do you need to be so opposed to people who use Way of the Master and so opposed to open-air preaching?" as this person is.

Even though this person has never made physical threats or financial threats, what he has done can a form of spiritual intimidation. The seed of such intimidation is a half-truth - a half-truth about what particular verses mean. 

The spirit of intimidation also works through emotional blackmail. He works through Christian women who is dissatisfied and angered at their husbands for simply failing to always understand her and how "offended" she is at something he might have done or said. The wife then imposes some "rules" concerning specific actions as to what he must do to be a kind, God-honouring man - wash all dishes for her and look after her kids full-time, all while she relaxes, enjoys herself and earns money for herself. She then castigates him for failing to be "kind" and  to "honour her" by failing to obey all her "rules" she imposes on him, while he is being the most kind, loving and honour husband and father he can be.  Such a doctrine has crept into the church. Men are always blamed for divorces filed by women. Men are always blamed for the neglect of children, even when the mother is really the one who contributes to it, by neglecting them herself, and pushing all moral responsibility to her husband on the grounds of the rules she imposes of her husband. This what a professing Christian pro-life activist, once said to an audience. She "rebukes" people for speaking up about how many women impose such rules on their husbands for being the ones as if they are morally at fault. 

No wonder the Bible says:

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house (Proverbs 21:9)

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman (Proverbs 21:19).

It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house (Proverbs 25:24).

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike (Proverbs 27:15).

A contentious wife, could be argued to be indirectly, the cause of all family and social problems. It sounds like a harsh statement, but it is true. She intimidates her husband, weakens him and hinders his spiritual growth, and ability to raise godly children. No wonder satan uses bitter women to attack their husbands. This is so that he can raise a generation of perverse, rebellious children. He seeks to make women feel subordinated or valueless by equating submission to husbands with being "neglected". Such is the moral intimidation many godly men face today.

And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:25).