Thursday, 16 July 2015
The spirit of witchcraft enchants the world and the Church through her lies
The spirit of witchcraft seeks to deceive the whole world through her lies. She seeks to deceive the undiscerning, whether unsaved or saved. She especially loves to deceive mammonised Christians; that is, Christians who think that they have “rights” given to them by God, who think that opposing mammonised capitalism is to be full of self-entitlement and that they deserve the rewards God gives to them for their labours for Him, all without realising it.
I am absolutely sickened of Christians, true Christians, who not only think capitalism is Biblical, but who think that those who are opposed to it are self-entitled, or even evil Marxists. There is no doubt that many people who are not pro-capitalism like these mammonised pro-capitalist Christians are mammonised. That is absolutely true. However, this does not in any way give credit to capitalism’s ethics and morality. To claim that those who hate capitalism themselves are mammonised, and thus capitalism is good, is akin to claiming that the rapists who hate feminism are themselves evil, thus feminism, an evil ideology responsible for mass divorce and abortion, is good.
Capitalism’s ethic of heartlessness and individualism
Capitalism has no morals, but only one ethic, for each philosophy has its ethic. Its ethic is that of heartlessness; that one’s purpose is to gain only for oneself, or those who one cares for. It is legitimate to put oneself first according to the capitalist ethic. If anyone is unable to survive and find a job, it is his own fault, even if he tries his best to find a job. You may simply dismiss this to be ‘just the way it is’. That is precisely the heartlessness of capitalism and those who embrace or endorse it. The pro-capitalist Christians are not exempt. Just like how the salvation of any professing Christians who is pro-Nazism deserves questioning, the salvation of any professing Christian who is pro-capitalism deserves questioning.
One may argue that comparing a pro-Nazism professing Christian and a pro-capitalism professing Christian is extreme, or, out of one’s own self-pity, that is it “unfair”. This is not only an accurate analogy but a very just and fair one too. Nazism, that is, National Socialism, is rightly acknowledged to be anti-Christian for it is of the spirit which encourages self-entitlement and slothfulness. Likewise, capitalism is of the spirit of self-entitlement and slothfulness, as well as envy, rivalry, competition and division.
This is in no way to argue in support of any socialism. It must be noted that I do not say this apologetically. Rather, I say this to clarify my position just for the sake of the mammonised Christians who are only too eager point out that communists and socialists officials have been just as materialistic as many capitalist businessmen. That I need to do this just shows how mammonised the modern Church has become, many of whom cannot even think Biblically about the issue because they are under the spirit of mammon, as well as under the spirit of deception.
The Problem: Confusion by deception and being under the spirit of mammon
The confusion that many Christians have about both ideologies arises from using the mere manifestations of the two ideologies to judge the merits of each. They do not seek to understand the ideologies from the spiritual realm by seeking to identify the spirit behind each of these two wicked ideologies. As a result, they incorrectly attribute the manifestations of each ideology to the spirit behind it, either by being correct about the manifestation but wrongly attributing it to the ideology rather than the spirit, or being correct about the spirit behind the ideology concerned, but wrongly attributing it to the manifestation.
This misunderstanding comes not only from a lack of discernment by many in the modern Church. It is largely the fruit of many Christians being under the spirit of mammon, and also under the spirit of witchcraft. She is the spirit of rebellion that works through deception, seeking to deceive people from believing the truth, mixing truth and lies together to satisfy the flesh of the deceived who also deceive others. Many true Christians have become deceived that capitalism is Biblical, and have themselves deceived others in the body of Christ into thinking the same.
One may ask why this is such a real issue in the Church for the Church is a spiritual entity and not an earthly one. This is absolutely correct. It is the spirit behind this evil system of the world that the Church has to deal with: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:11). The Greek word for fellowship in Ephesians 5:11 is συνκοινωνεῖτε, pronounced sugkoinóneó which means to partake in. The reason for exposing works of darkness is to help rescue people from their sins by informing them of the disease of sin and then giving them to the cure of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why do we Christians not object to exposing liberalism? Why do we not object to exposing communism and socialism? Why do we not object to exposing feminism? Why do we not object to exposing Islam and all other false religions? Yet, why do so many Christians grow claws and devil’s horns when capitalism is exposed? Why do so many Christians, who live a true Christian life, all of a sudden, strike out as a lion seeking to devour its prey when capitalism is critiqued? Is capitalism some kind of perfect religion, or if not perfect, some wholesome, family-oriented, community-oriented world view, which would bring in a utopia for all the people?
The Deception of many Christians
It is unbelievable that many Christians believe that capitalism is family-oriented, community-orientated economic system. They argue viciously and exasperatedly against the anti-capitalist Christian that while capitalism is not perfect, it is the best system in a fallen world. (‘Best’ in terms of what, one might ask?) This is a cunning, deceitful argument that the devil has placed in the head of these pro-capitalist Christians, making them think they are being realistic about the fallenness of the world, but yet able to reconcile the worldly ethic of capitalism with values of selfless love and care for others.
Such is a compromise of the standards of God with the world in attempting to find some combination of both in a system. This compromise is made out of a fear of people, as well as the failure to submit to God in the area of material wealth, leaving the unredeemed part of the flesh of such pro-capitalist Christians to rear to hideous head.
“Deserving” the fruit of one’s labour
It is only but obvious that the standards of God and that of the world do not mix. Anyone Christian who thinks this is deluded. The argument that capitalism is Biblical because it strengthens the family and community based on the desire to work harder is of the spirit of mammon which blinds a person into thinking that one’s “own” labour is that which is from the self, and done of one’s own strength, rather than by God’s grace and His grace alone. It is the height of arrogance to think that one’s labour is from the self, and done in one’s own strength. It is the height of arrogance to think that one “deserves” one’s fruit of one’s labour when it is only by God’s grace that one is even given the gift of labour. Many Christians think that whenever they labour, they “deserve” the fruits of it. This is only just one example of the many manifestations of the influence of the spirit of mammon on their lives.
The motive in which many Christians make the typical “Christian” argument for capitalism, that we live in a fallen world, but “reconcilable” with values of selfless love and care for others in that of self-preservation. It is plain and simple, for how can one claim to believe in selfless love and care for others, while supporting a system that is inherently ruthlessly individualistic and cruelly heartless? It is unbelievable how a Christian can even think in such a way.
Thinking one is righteous because one loves one’s own family
You may argue you merely support the fruits of capitalism which allow society to be more family-oriented and community-orientated, but not the roots. This is illogical beyond all comprehension. Firstly, by no means is the capitalist system family-orientated or community-orientated. It is of the ethic that an individual must care for oneself and one’s loved ones. Many Christians argue that that this makes it a righteous system. How foolish! Anyone can care for one’s loved ones. Matthew 5:46 says: “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” Luke 6:32 states more generally “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.”
Even the unrighteous vile fornicating adulterers can love their own families. Majority of such people are horrified at the child abuse and neglect of children. This is exactly what 1 Timothy 5:8 is seeking to explain: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” It is not saying that a person is righteous because he or she cares for one’s own family. It is all too easy for love one’s own family, one’s own people. Any vile, abominable, God-hater of a sinner can do that.
Many Christians use 1 Timothy 5:8 as a pretext to justify capitalism. They use it to feed their pride, so that they can tell themselves what righteous people they are because they ‘love and care for their families’. The devil absolutely loves this and laughs at all these silly, foolish, illogical Christians for thinking they are so “righteous” and “loving” in caring for their families. The idea that one is righteous because one cares for one’s family truly deserves ridicule. Do you know who else cares for one’s family? Satan. He cares for his family of demons and loves them. He wants the best for them.
Capitalism and its destruction of the family
Capitalism, through its demands for submission and enslavement to mammon, has weakened families bonds. To Marxists, this is a celebration of the “empowerment” of women who they perceive to “finally” be free from ‘family duties’. To Catholics, capitalism is a means of reducing the incentive of fathers to care for their families, encouraging irresponsibility in men. To secular libertarians, capitalism is provides liberation of individuals to fulfil their own individual self-interests, such as marriage being based on shallow romance, rather than selfless, longsuffering love.  To reasonable thinking non-mammonised Christians, capitalism is an enemy of the family and, thus a tragedy because of its very fleshly, worldly nature.
Capitalism is of a ‘money power’, the term the unsaved used to refer to the real demonic evil spirit of mammon. He is a real demon, not some personification. One might argue that because one cannot find the name ‘spirit of mammon’ in the Bible, he does not exist, but since one can find multiple references to human sin, the manifestations of mammon come from the heart.
It is true that the acts of greed, envy and pride come from the heart (Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21; James 1:14). However, this does in no way mean that there is no such thing as an evil spirit seeking to tempt the masses, both the world and the Church into sin. Only jokers claim that there can be no such thing as an evil spirit which seeks to tempt people into sin and influence both the unsaved and saved. Such jokers are irrelevant and useless in exposing evil. They should not even interfere with the work any Christian is doing to expose evil spirits for such is to interfere with the work of God. This is to hinder the work of God and to hinder the Church from being salt and light to the world.
Captivity and bondage
Capitalism, like any other evil ideology such as feminism, liberalism and Nazism, is not a political, cultural, economic, social or religious issue. It is a spiritual one, and must be recognised as such to attack it. All evil ideologies are to be exposed, attacked and eradicated for they war against God. They undermine the Church, and blind the world. Such vain philosophies are a danger to the soul. Colossians 2:8 warns: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” The NIV translation of Colossians 2:8 describes philosophies as taking ‘captive’ of people: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
Ideas and doctrines have effect not only on the mind, but on the soul. By feeding on the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, they blind the mind and keep the soul in spiritual bondage. Hence, this is a reason as to why doctrines are absolutely important. Any doctrine that deviates from, doubts or even fails to acknowledge what God says is evil. They cause people to stumble. Such doctrines must be rooted out from one’s mind and heart, and cast away. They are to be treated as damnable doctrines that will lead to a person to eternity in Hell on the very ground of believing in such doctrines. Even the smallest moment of believing in any false doctrine in one’s mind is enough for a person to end up in Hell. Jesus said multiple times that if something causes one to sin, one must not only pluck it out, but cast it away. He gave a severe warning those who hinder people from believing in Him and who cause them to stumble:
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire (Matthew 18:6-9).
Stumbling blocks are not merely from the inside
Stumbling blocks are barriers to belief in the Gospel of Jesus. It is not merely ‘unrighteousness and love of sin’ that is the barrier to belief as jokers love to simply dismiss. This is as helpful as saying that the barrier to putting on a parachute in a plane knowing that it will crash is that the plane will crash to the ground anyway. It is to simply dismiss those who did not hear about the parachute being the solution to be simply unable to be saved from the crash. It is to blame such people for not hearing about the parachute and for not knowing the plane will crash. This jokers blame people who do not hear the Gospel for being born in sin, and thereby, not being saved anyway even if they heard the Gospel. This is what they are trying to imply and they do not even realise. Such a joker of an evangelist thinks that. He may as well sell burgers for a living.
The barriers to belief come from outside the person’s heart too. This is just as important to understand. Why is it that the Apostles had to deal so much with false doctrines? Many stumbling blocks are false doctrines, if not most. These false doctrines feed on the flesh and the carnal mind, holding helpless sinners in captive. Yet, jokers who simply dismiss the barrier to belief as unrighteousness and love of sin do not acknowledge such bondage that comes from false doctrines, while expressing how much they care for the lost. False doctrines hold people captive and hinder people from believing in Jesus Christ. Of course, it is that flesh that is hostile against God that makes a person resist believing in Jesus. That is why God needs to draw that person to Him. However, satan and his demons are actively seeking to stop a person from repenting. Satan and his minions are ever more powerful in the world today.
Satan uses the idea that it is only because of a person’s unrighteousness and love of sin that is the barrier to accepting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which many modern evangelicals believe. This is a very dangerous half-truth. It is absolutely true that it is a person’s unrighteousness that ultimately leads him to reject Jesus. However, this is not what such jokers are saying. What they are saying completely fails to acknowledge that a person cannot help but be born in sin. They are dismissing the lost who do not hear the Gospel of simply being too unfortunate. Thus, this dismissive attitude towards the lost is really hatred under the guise of graciousness. It is to imply that if a person does not hear the Gospel, it is their fault they do not hear it and end up in Hell.
Judgment starts in the House of God
False doctrines are not the only stumbling block of course. Of course, it is ultimately the pride of a person that will lead Him to Hell. However, the demonic power of false doctrines must be attacked and exposed to cleanse the Church, for judgment starts at the House of God (1 Peter 4:17). Jesus said to His followers that they are the salt and light of the world:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16).
Truly fighting evil is to fight all evils by God’s power - not just some evils in one’s human strength
Ephesians 5:11 commands the Christian to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”. There is so much evil in the world such as abortion, pornography, prostitution, all kinds of slavery, liberalism and feminism. Yet, why is it that the unsaved are the ones who are the most zealous and keen in fighting such evils, even acts of sexual immorality?
The Church has failed to shine as salt and light to the world by fearlessly confronting its evils and the evils spirits behind such evils. Rather, it has compromised with such evils, and has allowed itself to become deceived about how to fight such evils, or in the case of usury, a failure to recognise evil as evil.
As such, the unsaved see the Church as irrelevant, in part owing to its failure to deal with evil. You may argue that this is an incredibly unfair statement. No, rather it is an understatement of the failure of the Church. While it has tried to deal with the evils of liberalism, feminism, abortion, homosexuality, Islam and secularism, it has attempted to do so in the flesh, and also only sought to deal selectively with some evils, rather than all evils where it occurs and in whatever it is manifested.
While it is absolutely true that the evil ideologies of liberalism, feminism, abortion, homosexuality, Islam and secularism are to be exposed and attacked. However, the deception lies precisely where only some evils are fought. The selective targeting of some evils is the manifestation of not being guided by God in fighting evil and truly relying on His strength and wisdom alone. This selective targeting regarding which evils to fight is itself evil. The Church has indeed only relied on her flesh in fighting evil, and failed to rely on God in doing so.
The fleshly fight of the Church is manifested in the myriad of fleshly ways it handles all these evils it has selectively chosen to fight against. One can see this through spiritual discernment. One need not be a pastor, or missionary to know this. In fact, many pastors and missionaries have no idea what evils have infiltrated into the Church, let alone the evils in the world. Why has the Church been fighting evil in such as fleshly way? It is because of their fleshly motives that motivate them to fight evils in the first place.
The Cherry-picked Evils the Church loves to fight
It fights Islam only out of self-preservation, not because it desires to see them saved, but out of fear of losing one’s life or that of their loved ones. It attributes the good works of Christianity to the people themselves, when it is really the work of God that makes any people righteous and holy. It also loves to compare itself with the Muslims out of pride.
It fights liberalism only out of self-centred fear of being challenged for its pet political or social doctrines. It attacks liberals without even considering whether what the liberals say may be right.
It criticises feminism only on the grounds that it destabilises the family. However, it supports feminism with regards to the relationship between husbands and wife. What hypocrisy! It does so by assuming that dysfunctional marriages are caused only by the husband who fails to love his wife, while ignoring or excusing the sins of the woman.
It fights abortion out of a fear of people, accepting all kinds of compromises and excuses made by those who seek abortions. Out of this enslavement to the fear of people, a snare to the soul (Proverbs 29:25), it treats the child-murdering women as “victims”. Yet the Church accuses the state for not doing enough to oppose abortion, but yet itself supports iniquitous legislation written by the state whom it criticises, which restrict abortion only up to a “certain” stage of development – still the support of child-sacrifice, with a very cunning face. The Bible warns against supporting iniquitous laws of nations: Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed (Isaiah 10:1).
These are only but a few examples of the failures of the Church to fight evil. It has woefully failed to attack evil for three main reasons. They are: reliance on one’s own human strength; compromise with evil fleshly doctrines, being taken captive by vain philosophies and deceitful doctrines; and a fear of people. The other reasons are a failure to seek to understand how evils work through the world to hold billions of unsaved people who could be taken by the shadow of death at any minute, in blindness and captivity to doctrines which pose a stumbling block to the Christian faith. Yet, the Church as the body of Christ, cares not to understand the root of all evils, but treats it as a “special calling” for only one individuals.
Attacking evils and reproving works of darkness as commanded by Ephesians 5:11 is not a “special calling”. It is a command to the Church as the body of Christ. Much of it is a failure to understand what this means. It must also be recognised that any Biblical doctrine takes times to understand. Thus, the Church needs to understand not only what it means to reprove works of darkness, but crucially, why and how it must reprove works of darkness.
To fulfil the command in Ephesians 5:11 one must fight all evils relying on the power and wisdom of God. The Bible does not command to only fight some evils, but just evils, meaning all evils. There is no favouritism that God has towards any evil for He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11).
Why the Church should expose Capitalism
Many in the 21st century Church are right about exposing liberalism and feminism, among other evil ideologies. However, when confronted with the question of capitalism, these same people fight tooth and nail to argue that capitalism is Biblical, or give some irrelevant advice about working for spiritual things, instead of earthly things. Exposing the spirit behind capitalism using the Word of God is one of the most spiritual things one can do. It is spiritual, as opposed to fighting capitalism for earthly, fleshly selfish reasons.
The Church is right to decry liberalism and feminism as a pernicious influence on the minds of lost souls. What about decrying capitalism as a pernicious influence on the minds of lost souls? Is this not consistent with the Church’s righteous critique of liberalism and feminism? Capitalism is another demonic ideology like liberalism and feminism. It deserves hostility and contempt from the Church for it contradicts the Word of God like all other worldly ideologies. That is “works” the best is not just irrelevant; it is not even the question.
The question for the Church is not whether a worldly ideology is evil for such are undoubtedly all iniquitous. It is the spirit behind each worldly ideology it needs to confront. Thus, the question for the Church is how to confront the spirit behind each worldly ideology, be it liberalism, socialism or capitalism or any other worldly God-hating ideology.
The Blinding of the Church by the spirit of witchcraft
Not only are many in the contemporary true Church blinded by the spirit of mammon. Many are also blinded by the spirit of witchcraft, and who do not even know what the spirit of witchcraft is. The spirit of witchcraft is of the spirit of rebellion. A person need not practice pagan rituals in the forest, dance around trees, seeking to connect to ‘Gaia’ to be under the spirit of witchcraft. A person need not be a pro-abortion secular feminist to be under the spirit of witchcraft. A person need not take hallucinogenic drugs for pleasure to be under the spirit of witchcraft. As long as a person has the seed of rebellion in her, she is under the spirit of witchcraft.
The spirit of rebellion can be influenced the true Christian. It is true that he cannot be seeking to serve the spirit of rebellion to be a true Christian. However, he can certainly be under it if he allows himself to be seduced by her.
The spirit of witchcraft feeds on rebellion. It is all too easy for the Christian to think that he can never be under it. As such, the most common cop-out made in response to such as statement, that a Christian can be under an evil spirit, such as spirit of mammon or spirit of witchcraft, is that the person is not a true Christian. Such a convenient cop-out is made not merely out of ‘laziness’ or failure to consider the statement, but out of a reaction, precisely because the person himself is under that spirit. He does not even want to realise this to be the case though secretly he senses this to the case with himself, full of bondage to that spirit. Thus, he makes a very arrogant assumption in thinking that the true Christian cannot be under an evil spirit because he cannot be under it, or so he thinks.
The spirit of witchcraft strikes precisely when a Christian thinks he is not in bondage or under the influence of a demon, when he truly is. His cynical, angry reaction is the manifestation of him being under the spirit of witchcraft himself, through deception. The typical contemporary Christian, who is a true Christian, is under the spirit of mammon though he is being saved. It is because he can become under the spirit of mammon or some other evil demon that he needs to be saved from the bondage of sin. Though sin is from the human heart, the role of demons in the bondage of individual persons to sin is existent. How could demons not seek to hold people to bondage? If they did not do such things, they would not be demons for this is their career – to enslave people to their sins that they are already trying to fight, in the case of the true Christian, or to blind the unsaved into thinking their sins are harmless, pleasurable and worth it all.
She laughs at the blindness of the Church to spiritual warfare, thinking that the true Christian cannot be under an evil spirit. This is precisely how she gains a stronghold over the Christian, blinding him into thinking that he cannot be in rebellion because of his good works, or his external acts of service to God, such as evangelism or missions. She seeks to use the failure to accept the full truth to enslave people to her lies. She does this through a myriad of ways, such as prejudice of a person against others, pride, a hardened heart, or past hurts to enslave people into believing, accepting, and eventually living by lies.
Why the spirit of witchcraft must be exposed
The spirit of witchcraft must be exposed because she is anti-truth. She is anti-Christ because Christ is the Truth (John 14:6). All those who do not love truth, hate truth. Thus, all those who hate truth are under the spirit of witchcraft. As long as one is not seeking truth, rejecting it even to the slightest, one is under the spirit of witchcraft.
She has manifested herself in the world through movements to redefine God’s order, such as the reversal of gender roles, redefinition of marriage, and the redefinition of the role of government. The Church is not exempt. Rather, the Church is the primary target of the spirit of witchcraft. The Church is her favourite target to not only spread her lies, but incite division through disagreements over doctrines. Whenever there are disagreements within the Church, there is the spirit of witchcraft.
The spirit of witchcraft feeds on desire for independence from God
Human nature, or the flesh, seeks to be independent from God, and all his other ordained authorities, such as governments, parents, husbands, employers and church leaders. As such, she seeks to cause division through disputes over such authorities. She seeks to attack these very authorities herself by deceiving the masses into thinking that submission to such authorities is oppression and slavery. She does this through feeding on the fleshly desire to be independent, and to define one’s own ‘truth’.
Independence is regarded as a sign of success by the world. This is precisely the manifestation of spirit of witchcraft, feeding on the desire to be independent of God. The modern Church has been hardly different from the world regarding this aspect, without even realising it. The manifestations of witchcraft in the Church are many. Examples of this include, but are not limited to rejection of the Biblical model of evangelism, failure to even talk about submission of wives to husbands, and failure to accept that democracy, which should really be called demoncracy, is anti-Christian as per Romans 13.
Rather, instead, the modern Church prefers ‘cultural sensitivity’ over Biblical sensitivity. She attributes all marriage problems to the husband, even when he has done the absolute best he can to love his contemptuous, wrench of a wife, who still is hardened and fails to even consider her part of the problem. The modern Church also loves to claim its demoncratic “right” to free speech in political campaigns, using arms of the flesh.
The seed of witchcraft is that of rebellion. The root of rebellion is independence of God. One must beware of any talk or desire to be independent of God or His ordained authorities. It is diabolical to seek independence of God, whether it be a woman who seeks to usurp her husband’s authority, a mob that seeks to overthrow the government because it does not satisfy their self-interests, or an evangelist who seeks to use an unbiblical model of evangelism, and imposes it on others in the name of ‘cultural sensitivity’.
As long as the spirit of witchcraft can tempt a person into rebelling against God by rejecting His authority, by whatever means, she can gain control over that person, to blind that person into believing evil about that authority. She gains her stronghold over the unsuspecting through deception; lies and half-truths.
The spirit of witchcraft, as a result of seducing the Church into independence from God, manifests herself in the Church’s acts of doing things in its own strength rather than God. She further uses the fear of people to control the Church into being human-centred rather than God-centred, causing it to lose fear of God.
Those who have little fear of God have a great fear of people. This needs to be cut off by humbling oneself and submitting to God and Him alone for He is the ultimate authority of all things
An Urgent call to the Church
The Church needs to wake up to the spirit of mammon, repent of being seduced by him and expose him. She needs to fully devote herself to God, not mostly to God and partially to mammon. It is impossible to serve both God and mammon as Jesus said: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
She also needs to wake up to the rampant deceptions in the Church, in particular, the deception of independence, which the spirit of witchcraft is behind. She needs to repent of trying to be independent of God, seeking to do things in her own strength, which itself is a grave, abominable rebellion against God. Only then can the Church be useful to God, not salt that is trampled on by people as a result of losing its saltiness.
The trampling on of the Church by the world is well deserved for she has tried to be independent of God by not fully submitting to Him. The lesson should have been learnt long ago.
Only when the Church finally wakes up will the true revolution against all evil begin.
 Christine Thomas, It Doesn’t Have to be like this: Women and the Struggle for Socialism, Chapter 3: The Family under Capitalism, at http://www.socialistalternative.org/it-doesnt-have-to-be-like-this/the-family-under-capitalism/ “Paid work outside the home weakens the economic and financial dependency of women on individual men within the family and gives them the confidence to challenge traditional ideas about their role in society. When women are isolated in the home caring for children, consumed by the monotony of housework, it is easy to feel that all the problems of daily life are personal and individual and to blame themselves for everything that is happening to them. Breaking down that isolation, working alongside others in the workplace broadens women’s horizons and it becomes easier to view these as social rather than individual problems.”
 Thomas Storck, Capitalism, Family and Fathers, online article at https://ethikapolitika.org/2013/06/11/capitalism-families-and-fathers/ “Men also learned how to profit (as they thought) from this situation. With wives working outside the home, with society obviously valuing them less, they could more easily give in to the temptation to simply walk away whenever the home situation grew sufficiently unpleasant, or someone else caught their fancy—or not even to start a home or family in the first place. This, of course, had been the besetting temptation of men for many centuries, but now there were fewer social structures to hinder it. If anything, the social structures began to facilitate it. But all the ideological changes, such as no-fault divorce, are premised on the changed economic basis of the family. Of course this economic basis is not its only basis, but it is one of the important foundations on which the family rests.”
 Steven Horwitz, Capitalism and the Family online article, at http://fee.org/freeman/detail/capitalism-and-the-family “The progressive rise of democracy had also weakened the political basis of marriage. As a result, young people were more able to create marriages based on romantic love and other forms of emotional and psychological compatibility. The love-based marriage represented the progressive influence of individualism on the culture, having already conquered the economy through capitalism and the polity through constitutional democracies.... The economy and the culture are deeply interconnected. The historical evolution of the family is in many ways an offshoot of the enormous economic growth that capitalism has produced. Those changes in the family first liberated men, then women and children from the drudgery and physical exhaustion of pre-industrial labor. They have moved the functions of the family up Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to where we now see our familial relationships as being about the self-actualization that occupies the top of that list. That is one of the most central goals of progressives across the world, yet they remain reluctant to give capitalism the proper credit for the very changes they applaud.”
 GK Chesterton in Three Foes of the Family in The Well and the Shadows. “It cannot be too often repeated that what destroyed the Family in the modern world was Capitalism. No doubt it might have been Communism, if Communism had ever had a chance, outside that semi-Mongolian wilderness where it actually flourishes. But, so far as we are concerned, what has broken up households and encouraged divorces, and treated the old domestic virtues with more and more open contempt, is the epoch and Power of Capitalism. It is Capitalism that has forced a moral feud and a commercial competition between the sexes; that has destroyed the influence of the parent in favour of the influence of the employer; that has driven men from their homes to look for jobs; that has forced them to live near their factories or their firms instead of near their families; and, above all, that has encouraged, for commercial reasons, a parade of publicity and garish novelty, which is in its nature the death of all that was called dignity and modesty by our mothers and fathers.”