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Blog for Podcast # 81 (Which “God” do you really worship?)


Intro

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Discussion

In the title of this podcast, I used the word “god” in quotation marks. Why? Because there are two “gods” being worshiped at this time. To understand the answer to that question we turn to the Bible:

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 – Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. 2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. 3 If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. 5 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

“Satan, who is the god of this world.”

Here are verses that deal with those that look to the world:

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

There are those out there that seek after the things this world offers, and they call themselves “Christian.” They pray to receive “rewards” here on earth, and they are “blessed” with these items.

Their true “god” is giving them what they seek and want. All the time the are walking away form the light of Jesus Christ and into the darkness of damnation. For their “god” is not the Creator of the universe, but he who fell to earth to corrupt those that do not wish to hear the truth.

Let us look at this from a different angle.

2 Peter 2:1-3 – But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. 3 In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

These are those that teach the false gospel. The gospel that causes those that say they are “Christian,” but in reality, they truly are not. This is the “gospel” that offers “rewards” here on earth and condones sinful behavior. All because they are “loved by God.”

Let us take a closer look at these verses, starting with the KJV of them:

2 Peter 2:1 – But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

First let us look at this part of the first verse of this chapter:

“Even denying the Lord that bought them.”

Lord – G1203 – despotés – (husband); an absolute ruler, Lord, master.

To those that know the Bible. There is only one “absolute ruler.” That being God and those that call themselves truly “Christian,” know God through our Savior the Son of God: Jesus Christ. So, the absolute ruler is Christ.

Therefore, these false teachers, at one point were followers of Jesus Christ and so could truly call themselves true “Christians.” Yet they now deny Christ. They have turned their backs upon Him. What is it they turned towards?

2 Peter 2:3 – And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

“And through covetousness.”

Covetousness – G4124 – pleonexia – avarice, that is, (by implication) fraudulency, extortion.

Shalt they with feigned – G4112 – plastos – moulded, that is (by implication) artificial, or figuratively (fictious) false.

  1. Moulded – to make a soft substance have a particular shape.

Meaning to mold the True Gospel into something that is pleasing to those listening. Like saying that there is only love in the Bible. Never showing you the wrath of God’s anger towards those that chose to embrace the world, as is noted in the first verse for these false teachers:

“And bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

What many do not realize, is the moment they prosper here on earth. They are at that very moment building up this “swift destruction,” which is witnessed by them receiving worldly “rewards.”

For they are being “rewarded” by their true “god,” who is the master of the domain where they receive their “rewards.” If it is here on earth that they are receiving these “rewards,” then their lord is Satan. If they are storing their treasures in heaven, then their Lord is God through our Savior Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

This wording is stating that money is Satan, and as such any who truly call themselves “Christian” will despise money for who it truly represents.

Now let us look at the second verse of 2 Peter 2 in the KJV:

2 Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Many – G4183 – polus – many, mostly, largely.

  1. Mostly – in large degree or amount

Matthew 7:13-14 – “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

Verse thirteen shows the free-will of humanity, and why it is made clear that people willingly go to the fires of damnation.

Matthew 7:13 – Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

“And many there be which go in thereat.”

Thereat – G1223 and G846 –

G1223 – dia – through, on account of, because of

G846 – autos – self, he she it, own

“Many will go through it spiritually on their own;” is the implication when studying the phrase with both Strong’s Concordance and TDNT.

Once again, the word “many” appears. Why is this so important to zero in on?

Because most that call themselves “Christian” believe they are taking the narrow path and entering that small gate, which leads them into heaven. However, this is not the case at all if they have been paying attention to this study.

Where is it you are receiving your “rewards?”

Are you struggling here on this earth? Do you find it difficult to make any headway here in this temporal realm of existence?

If your answer is yes, then you most likely fall into the group that is entering the narrow gate.

If your answer is no, and you have money to spare. Have luxuries like a large house, fancy cars. Expensive furniture. You enjoy playing golf. In addition, you look down upon other and think yourself special and beyond harm. Then you are on the wide path, which does not lead to heaven, but to hell.

For your “god” is not the Creator of the universe. But he who was placed in control of this temporal plain of existence. Placed here to test all of humanity and to see who would turn towards the true God through His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

Or to look to themselves. To seek to please themselves. To give pleasure and satisfaction to themselves.

I will end this study with the 1 John chapter 2 once again. Where the verses before these made it clear that John was talking to both the new and old born-again Christian. Filled with the Holy Spirit and professed to be children of God though Jesus Christ:

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

So, who is your “god?”

The Lord God our Creator?

Or the one He cast down from heaven to be the god of this world we now live within?

God Bless.

Spiritual warfare and experiencing it in this reality


I was having a discussion with my middle son. He is in his thirties. He brought up a situation that happened soon after I had recently been born-again. Myself, and my two sons, who were just getting close to or at ten years old, noticed as well.
Several times I felt the presence of something not welcome in the house, the boys had a more vivid experience. They descript it as woman or witch as one said that was coming into their room. They both saw at the same time and as I said I felt its presence.
I was still young in my faith and very flamboyant about my faith those first few years after being born-again. This I have found out is typical behavior; I have also learned this is the time when many lose their faith.
This presence hunted my boys and I did my best to fight it off through prayer, but as I said I was young in my faith and didn’t approach anyone else with this issue. It wasn’t till my first divorce that was done and I was out of the house until my boys found peace.
Me on the other hand have gone through trial after trail. Why? Because I still believe and follow God, but as I grew in my faith I learned to place most of my burdens to God, and yet I know I have a long way to go still. As I talked to my middle son, he told me he had been reading on what he encountered. For there have been others that have experienced this, enough to write books about.
Most of these books go from a secular point of view and that is how my son presented it to me. One thing he made perfectly clear is that his presence was evil. Now think on that.
To acknowledge God is to also accept that there are angels. To accept angels then you accept that there is a devil since Satan was an angel, and he has followers and they are evil and are not, for the most part, of this reality. They do show up and have influence here, as my boys and me will attest too.
This is most likely one reason Christians have such a tough time for the most part. Why we go through trial after trial, and yet as we place our faith in God and His Son Jesus we come out better and stronger. Willing to face the diversities that will come until that time that we are called to join Jesus.