The further a society drifts from the truth, the stronger the delusion will take its place
It is crucial that every Christian understands that he/she is in a spiritual battle. There is no way to get out of it. Awareness of the spiritual battle around us is very important. Not only awareness, but vigilance, preparedness, courage, and the right weaponry are crucial elements of engaging in spiritual warfare.
The Bible speaks often about deceitfulness. The Newer Testament book of Ephesians says that people should, 25“Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are all part of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.” (Ephesians 4:25) That’s good advice. No matter the rational, a lie is always intended to either mislead or protect – usually a bit of both.
Moving beyond the simple lies we often tell to one another; there is a “lying spirit” at work in the world. I am not talking about ghosts, ghouls, zombies, the occult or little green men here. Mankind’s obsession with that expression of the dark side is just another part of the grand delusion. The essence of all that is evil in this world is known to Christians as “the spirit of antichrist”. According to one of the biblical writers, that spirit has been at work in this world for a long time. Keep in mind that this missive, from which I will now quote, was probably written in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus on the coast of Ionia (in present-day Turkey) roughly 2000 years ago:
1-3 “Don’t trust every spirit, dear friends of mine, but test them to discover whether they come from God or not. For the world is full of false prophets. You can test them in this simple way: every spirit that acknowledges the fact that Jesus Christ actually became man, comes from God, but the spirit which denies this fact does not come from God. The latter comes from the antichrist, which you were warned would come and which is already (working)in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3 – Phillips)
The spirit of antichrist occupies the very nature of humanity gone astray. It is this pervasive ambiguous malevolence that hinders the spiritually oblivious from receiving the truth. (Read 1 Corinthians 2:12-14) That spirit of antichrist (aka: the spirit of the world) has so blinded the passengers of spaceship earth that the majority of mankind simply drifts along on the streams of this world’s philosophies, while unconsciously obeying its unseen influences. (Read Ephesians 2:2) The spirit that is at work in this world does not lead people to pursue the truth, it merely gives them a false impression that they are all doing just fine. As a result, much of humanity is traveling through space-time without the benefit of a true spiritual or moral compass. Unable to discern truth from what is false, mankind is easily manipulated by hypocritical liars whose consciences are so scorched that many of them are now incapable of ethical functioning. The New Testament writer, Timothy, put it this way:
We are certainly living in a time where truth is being suppressed on a massive scale. Right across the West, we are systematically being dumbed down as a result of the media, technology, entertainment, and the educational institutions.
Secular social scientists are beginning to notice this disturbing trend. A new study, conducted by Norwegian scientists, shows that IQ scores of today’s young people are in sharp decline.
Their study revealed that the IQ points of those tested peaked among those born in 1975, while people born in 1991 scored five points lower. They say this shift could be due to many factors, including the way children are brought up and educated. For example, there is less focus on subjects like mathematics and languages, while the total amount of time spent watching television or using technology has increased significantly.
Breitbart News previously reported that the number of people buying books in Germany plummeted by nearly 18 percent between 2013 and 2017, the study commissioned by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association found.
The drop was even steeper at 24 to 37 percent among those aged 20 to 50 — the same age group that now spends more than three hours a day on the internet.
Streaming services like Netflix with their binge-worthy television series in particular “exert a great appeal” and frequently replace books as a pastime, it said.
The dumbing down of society is also particularly noted by the type of people that society looks to for advice and guidance. Once upon a time, people looked to godly thinkers, philosophers and theologians in regard to the issues of the day. Now, it’s entertainers and celebrities who dictate what is morally acceptable and what isn’t.
In yesteryear, popular TV shows contained characters with virtuous, noble and interesting personalities. Today, many of the most popular TV shows feature characters with extremely shallow personalities engaging in petty conversations and gossip.
Even sports stars are considered role models and looked to for their political opinions on the national conversation. Why?
Interestingly, all these shifts in our culture was noted by famed science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein back in the 1980’s. He said,
“But there seems to have been an actual decline in rational thinking. The United States had become a place where entertainers and professional athletes were mistaken for people of importance. They were idolized and treated as leaders; their opinions were sought on everything and they took themselves just as seriously — after all, if an athlete is paid a million or more a year, he knows he is important … so his opinions of foreign affairs and domestic policies must be important, too, even though he proves himself to be both ignorant and subliterate every time he opens his mouth.”
Our children are deliberately being dumbed down in our schools and universities. One of the greatest mistakes that many parents make today is assuming that the college that they’re sending their kids to is the same college that they went to. They couldn’t be more mistaken. There has been a seismic shift in the education institutions of America over the past 50 years. The college radical activists in the 1960s and 70s have become today’s tenured professors. These professors are no longer interested producing graduates with good job prospects, but rather producing dedicated leftist activists.
The rot in the education institutions first started back in 1962 when prayer was taken out of schools. This watershed moment in American history cannot be overstated enough. This event ushered in the age of post-modernism, moral relativism and nihilism where the truth of God creating the heavens and the earth was suppressed and the lie of evolution became the norm. Young Americans were then taught that they had come from nothing, live for no reason, and are going nowhere. Slowly but surely, this had a devastating impact on America’s young, which has resulted in much of the social dysfunction such as family breakdown, depression, sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, domestic violence, divorce, absent fathers, teenage pregnancy and suicide.
Incidentally, when young people are taught that they’ve come from animals, it should not surprise us that they then behave like them. As winter follows fall, the sexual revolution began in earnest as a result of the establishment of the secular worldview in American education. Predictably, the legalization of abortion came hot on the heels of the sexual revolution with the Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade in 1973. The diabolical ruling paved the way for over 54 million babies sacrificed on the neo-pagan altar of ‘sexual liberation’. As Romans 6:23a says, “The wages of sin is death”.
The rejection of Christian values from America’s centers of learning opened up a can of worms of ‘anything goes’ moral relativism. As G.K. Chesterton said, “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”
The concept of “truth” itself has come under attack and now the vast majority of American universities teach that there is no such thing as objective truth. This in effect, has given way to the rise of Leftism and the SJW (social justice warrior) phenomenon. Considering there is no moral accountability, then the sole motivation for people becomes their own happiness. Hence, one’s feelings are even more important than facts.
So we have got to the point where truth and logic has given way to madness and an entire generation are being taught ridiculous concepts such as ‘sexual orientation’ and that ‘sexual orientation’ is fixed, yet your gender is fluid. In fact, they’re teaching young people that their gender is on a spectrum that can fluctuate from day to day. Yes, this is what they’re teaching your kids in college.Source
When fighting against worldly philosophies, human wit and weaponry are of no avail. Marketing techniques, counter-philosophies, persuasive words of human wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:4), rationalism, organization, skill, entertainment, mystique, better lighting, better music—these are all human weapons. None of these things will win the spiritual war. The only thing that is effective—the only offensive weapon we possess—is the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). This sword gives us many freedoms as soldiers in this spiritual battle. We have freedom from fear, knowing that God is fighting for us (Joshua 1:7–9) and that He will not forsake us. We have freedom from guilt, knowing that we are not responsible for the souls of those who reject God’s message after we have proclaimed it to them (Mark 6:11). We have freedom from despair, knowing that, if we are persecuted and hated, Christ was persecuted and hated first (John 15:18) and that our battle wounds will be richly and lovingly tended to in heaven (Matthew 5:10).
All of these freedoms come from using the powerful weapon of God—His Word. If we use human weaponry to fight the temptations of the wicked one, we will sustain failures and disappointment. Conversely, the victories of God are full of hope. “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:22-23). The hearts of those who hear and accept the true, full message of the gospel as given by the apostles are “sprinkled clean” and “washed with pure water.” What is this water? It is the Word of God that strengthens us as we fight (Ephesians 5:26; John 7:38).
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
Like Joseph and Daniel of the Old Testament who served secular kings, we are called to serve everyone and help them fulfill their divine destiny. Jesus made it clear that people who want to lead or be great must be the servants of all. Serving is the way of leadership in the kingdom. Forcing our way onto the world is not great leadership. Some accuse us of doing this very thing because we speak up on moral issues. It is important that we speak up on issues, but it’s also equally important that we love everyone no matter their persuasions.
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