Darkness and light are metaphors for evil and good. If anyone sees an angel of light, it will automatically seem to be a good being, for the correlation of evil with darkness, and of good with light, is a powerful archetype in human history. In the Bible, light is a spiritual metaphor for truth and God’s unchanging nature (James 1:17). It is repeatedly used in the Bible to help us understand that God is wholly good and truthful (1 John 1:5). When we are “in the light,” we are with Him (1 Peter 2:9). He exhorts us to join Him in the light (1 John 1:7), for giving us light was His purpose (John 12:46). Light is the place where love dwells and is comfortable (1 John 2:9-10). God has created light (Genesis 1:3), dwells in the light (1 Timothy 6:16) and puts the light in human hearts so that we can see and know Him and understand the truth (2 Corinthians 4:6).
So, when 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light,” it means that Satan capitalizes on our love of the light in order to deceive. He wants us to think that he is good, truthful, loving, and powerful – all the things that God is. To portray himself as a dark, devilish being with horns would not be very appealing to the majority of people. Most people are not drawn to darkness, but to light. Therefore, Satan appears as a creature of light to draw us to himself and his lies.
Like any garbage, there can be found some useful items. We should keep that in mind when we listen to conservative talk radio.
Rush Limbaugh said that to “recapture the country” conservatives “are going to have to recapture the public education of this country.” Notice he said “recapture”, not “abandon”. The system will never be recaptured because we never really owned it. It was built upon sewer sand and only had a token and temporary Tidy Bowl. Limbaugh will never call for the obvious need to have a mass exodus from government indoctrination centers.
The conservative Heritage Foundation is ashamed of its roots in the Great Textbook War. Other groups, including the Tea Party, just do not get it. Contemporary conservatives are likely going to lose because they will make mistakes that the Courageous Corps of ‘74 experience could prevent. More importantly, they continue to let the enemy educate their children! That is beyond foolish!! It is one reason I quit being a conservative.
Many Christians think the multiple-married misled-Methodist Rush Limbaugh is near sainthood. The guy is a talented conservative, but (from what I can see) he is ashamed of the Gospel. He is just another Bug in my Ear. Speaking of Talk Show hosts, Neal Boortz (no longer on the air), the epitome of an Episcopalian, is a baby killing evolutionist (due to his libertarian leanings). Sean Hannity is a confused Catholic. Glenn Beck is a lost Later Day Saint. Michael Savage has ravaged his Jewish heritage. Lovely Laura Ingram, is another compromised Catholic who seeks to salvage the Republicrite Party. She is a good old GOP gal. All of them counsel conservatives, but may God have mercy if we put too much stock in the leadership of those misled men. (Boycott Boortz, Flush Rush, Suspect Beck, Bandage Savage, Handle Hannity Carefully, and leave Laura.) Mark Levin, a lawyer, is likely the most laudable and may lead the lost league, along with Phil Valentine, toward victory if they choose to claim Christ. (Beck is the most dangerous of all. He mixes god talk, kumbaya, and New Age doctrine with his conservative politics.)
My point is simple: misinformation is all around us. The only way to avoid being misinformed is to conduct your own research. “The Bible”
How can we discern which light is of God and which light is of Satan? Our minds and hearts are easily confused by conflicting messages. How can we make sure we are on the right path? Psalm 119 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (verse 105) and “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (verse 130). The words of God have power. Just as God’s voice spoke physical light into existence, it can speak spiritual light into our hearts. Exposure to His voice – in His Word – will help us recognize the difference between the good light of God and that which is counterfeit.
Satan presents sin to us as something pleasing and beautiful to be desired, and he presents false teaching as enlightening and life-changing. Millions follow his deceptions simply because they do not know God’s truth. Isaiah 8:20-22 describes the darkness that results from ignoring the Word. The people of Israel have been seeking truth by consulting mediums, deceived by Satan’s lie. Isaiah says, “To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.”
Darkness is a result of attempting to find truth without the Word of God. Sadly, as Isaiah says, when people do not have the “dawn,” they wander in darkness and often become angry at God, refusing to come to Him for help. This is why Satan’s masquerade as an angel of light is so effective. It turns white to black and black to white and gets us believing that God is the liar, that God is the source of darkness. Then, in our distress, we focus our hatred towards the only One who can save us.
The rise of “fake news” and the proliferation of doctored narratives that are spread by humans and bots online are challenging publishers and platforms. Those trying to stop the spread of false information are working to design technical and human systems that can weed it out and minimize the ways in which bots and other schemes spread lies and misinformation. Pew Research Center
When a society ignores the law, lawlessness is the result, and chaos ensues. The time of the judges after Joshua’s death was marked by upheaval, oppression, and general disorder. The biblical historian puts his finger on the reason for the tumult: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25). The riot in Ephesus is a good example of lawlessness in action (Acts 19). The rioters were confused and unsure even of why they were rioting (verse 32); in their lawlessness, they were ignoring proper legal channels (verse 39) and, of course, breaking the law (verse 40).
Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to each other since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Lying is listed in 1 Timothy 1:9-11 as something practiced by the lawless. Furthermore, liars will be among those judged at the end (Revelation 21:8). In contrast, God never lies (Titus 1:2). He is the source of truth. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).
God has a purpose for establishing human government: “to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:14). Rulers are God’s appointees to maintain order and promote righteousness in a civil society. “Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:2). In other words, lawlessness is condemned in Scripture.
The Bible connects man’s lawlessness and rebellion against God with his need for God’s forgiveness. In Romans 4:7, Paul (quoting Psalm 32:1) says, “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (ESV). God’s righteousness is imputed to us at salvation, and God forgives us of our lawlessness: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17, quoting Jeremiah 31:34). Christ died on the cross “to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14, ESV). Our lawless deeds resulted in Christ’s death, but God’s grace overcomes our lawless hearts.
In the judgment, many will stand before Christ claiming a connection with Him that exists only in their own minds. They will rehearse their good deeds done in His name, only to hear Jesus declare them to be “workers of lawlessness” whom Christ never knew (Matthew 7:23, ESV). At that time, those who practice lawlessness will be cast “into the blazing furnace,” while those who are covered by the righteousness of Christ “will shine like the sun” (Matthew 13:41–43). Christ will have the ultimate victory and will eliminate lawlessness forever.
John D. Morris pointed out that Christian living is more than just turning the other cheek for continued smacks. “Scripture frequently refers to Christian life and work in athletic or combative terms. When all things are considered, reason compels the Christian to enter into the race and fight. ‘Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.’ (1 Timothy 6:12)… (W)e are well-armed and protected. The ‘whole armor of God’ includes the girdle of ‘truth,’ the ‘breastplate of righteousness,’ shoes of ‘the preparation of the gospel of peace,’ ‘the shield of faith,’ ‘the helmet of salvation,’ and ‘the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’ (Ephesians 6:13-17). The warrior’s mouth is filled with prayers and bold speech (vv.18-20); his sword has no scabbard, and his back has no armor, for the retreat is unthinkable.”
We win by Bible-based ballots, not bullets; by brains, not brawn; by humor, not hate; and by Spirit-led sanity, not swords.
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“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28.)
Usually, the Lord doth no great thing for or against his people, without giving warning of it before it comes.
They perverted justice among themselves (v. 7): “You turn judgment to wormwood, that is, you make your administrations of justice bitter and nauseous, and highly displeasing both to God and man.’’ That fruit has become a weed, a weed in the garden; as nothing is more venerable, nothing more valuable, than justice duly administered, so nothing is more hurtful, nothing more abominable, than designedly doing wrong under color and pretense of doing right. Corruptio optimi est pessima —The best, when corrupted, becomes the worst.
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
2 Corinthians 4:8-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
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