This is a very important verse in the Bible, like all other verses. It is one that touches on an issue that many Christians deem to be a 'minor' issue. One modern evangelical has derided me and scorned at me for speaking out about this issue in a very indirect way, let alone showing vehement aggressive opposition to all I have been trying to do to expose evil, as if exposing mammon and false doctrines was a abominable sin.
I will be examining in this series of posts how yielding to the spirit of mammon leads on to adopt and practice earthly doctrines and philosophies.
Ephesians 6:12 says:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Ephesians 5:11 commands the Christian to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them".
- Lust of the eyes, to cause attraction to specific aspirations or visions, some of which can be good and righteous with the intention of trying to serve God, for example, fighting human trafficking or abortion. Satan tries to twist these 'causes'.
- Lust of the flesh, to cause attraction to a way of life that lives out those specific aspirations of visions. Satan uses this to deceive the Christian into thinking what he is doing is God's will for him
- Pride of life, using philosophies or doctrine to justify one's deeds. These doctrines or philosophies ultimately come from the flesh. It may be mainly based on the Bible, but be slightly borrows from human philosophy, for example, "cultural sensitivity". This contaminates the doctrine by borrowing even the slightest bit from humans philosophies such as secular doctrines.