Greetings Conquerors, welcome to this final part of the series on Other gods. In part 2 we discussed the existence of other gods in ancient and biblical history.
Sadly although the people may refer to them as gods, by nature they are not gods as scripture says in Galatians 4:8
“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.”
The fact of the matter is that the soul naturally yearns to worship its maker and the spirit of God inside hungers for its source. The devil manipulates this void to feed unsuspecting and ignorant individuals with various expressions of seemingly deity beings so that the people of God are lured into idol worship. When power is manifested in acts of witchcraft, healings, magic and prophecy the ignorant are quick to associate this with God. Afterall there is evidence of the supernatural! Moreover man finds it hard to believe in the absolute love of God which is simple and always trys to seek means and ways of gaining and acquiring this love which is freely given. The demonic entities that pause as gods are very good at manipulating man into believing that his efforts at worship and service to them are rewarded with power, rank and promotion, attaining certain levels of religiousness. It is no secret that pride and power are the epitome of these anti-christ religions. Unfortunately this mindset has taken the church by storm.
When talking to the Galatians, Paul questions why they have gone back to their old ways, to the beggarly elements and spirits of bondage (Galatians 4.9). He asks “Oh ye foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you”. Two things are significant here, 1. Foolishness 2. Witchcraft. Evidently, foolishness opened the door for witchcraft. Withcraft is spiritual manipulation and here the Galatians are in a state of being manipulated spiritually because they do not have the right wisdom. They depend on demonic wisdom which is foolish and obtained from diviners, charmers, mediums and observers of times, wizards, necromancers, enchanters, witches, sorcerors, astrologers or fortune tellers etc (Deuteronomy 19.14; Deuteronomy 18:10-14; Isaiah 8:19; Leviticus 20:6). This is the forbidden worship of the created/creation instead of the creator (Romans 1:25). Sadly, the actual fact is that creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). Whats worse is that like many Christians today, the Galatians had accepted Christ as Lord but where not living in the ways of God or inquiring from the Lord.
While some christians get caught up in false doctrines because of ignorance, some choose it for personal gain either spiritually, emotionally or financially while yet others are forced into it by trickery and wickedness. These factors or interests interfere with and pevert their discerning faculties into accepting anything that seems spiritual as of God when it is actually the devil and his team masquerading as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). This is what has brought falsehoods and doctrines of devils into the Church even today. It is all rooted in curious imaginations and sensuality. These are works of the flesh that seek to edify the body and not the spirit. Paul instructs the body of Christ to nip this problem at the level of knowledge indicating that it is the attainment of certain knowledge leading to imaginations that misleads people from true worship of God. In 2 Corinthians 10:5-6, the apostle writes,
“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.”
Therefore, it remains for the christian to win the war by obedience to God himself, the one true God,
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge:
1 Corinthians 8:5-7
I have seen people make gods of anything that seems to possess deep knowledge, secret knowledge and even biblical knowledge e.g pastors, prophets, white/red garment prophets, n’angas, seers, fortune tellers, astrologers etc. Some have gone the extra mile and worshipped prayer or spiritual warfare so-called putting their faith in the ‘act’ and not in God. Furtherstill, idolatry has been evident in the negative emotions people harbour e.g rejection, bitterness, rebellion, unforgiveness, anger and even pride etc all of which make an individual their own god and final authotiry in their life.
James declared that resisting the devil would certainly cause him to flee (James 4:7). My encouragement to you today is to focus on wisdom from above which God will confirm not wisdom from the earth which has been destined to fail by the maker and owner of all things. He ordained it to fail, it therefore cannot be trusted or feared ( I Corinthians 1:19-20). It is defeated wisdom and the believer who knows who they worship should not be intimidated by it or it’s miracles and wonders. Christ the wisdom of God reigns! Worship the creator not the creation!
Thank you for reading this post,
falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!
Greeting Conquerors, in this post we continue the series on Other gods. In part 1, we looked at matters of religion and the confusion therein. This time we look at the basis for existence of other so called gods in history.
The story of creation is very clear on how it all began. Out of nothingness, the word of God called forth things that were not into existence. Genesis 1 and John 1 are very clear on this. So all things where created by God and all things are his. In Colossians the Apostle Paul gives an excellent summary of this fact when talking about Jesus Christ the King,
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
So God is sovereign, all things are his and all things were made by him including the devil and whatever instruments and mediums of his worship he has availed to mankind. A breeze through the Old Testament will reveal the struggle of mankind in the area of religion. Where once God had turned a blind eye on pagan worship and let man worship all kinds of things, his decision to make himself known and give a new commandment that he alone be worshipped as was the original plan brought a lot of confusion and resistance. In the book of Acts, Paul writes,
“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead”
Today we see this confusion in that man would rather continue with other gods than follow Jesus. He was sent to redeem mankind back to his God by the power of the cross and resurrection. That blood that was shed means that all of mankind is now reconciled with his maker by faith. Believing the work of the cross means entry into eternal life and oneness with God. This is the simplicity in Christ- to believe. The power is in the word and accesses by faith only. There are no rituals or religious acts to qualify. It is obedience which is anchored by belief that seals the relationship and adoption. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. This confusion can be traced back to the challenge of familiarity where it is generally factual that humans resist change and are happier following their old ways even as Jesus declares,
“And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.”
This has always been the hindrance to true worship throughout the old testament into the new. We see cycles of deliverance in the bible in which everytime the people fell into idolatry because they sought to worship what they could see and relate with, God punished them in his anger until they cried out to him. Ofcourse as the merciful God he is, everytime they cried out he would hear them and send a deliverer and things would return to nomalcy. Then it would take a new ruler to introduce another kind of religion and the cycle would begin. It generally becomes apparent in observing these happenings especially in the book of Judges that there is wisdom in the world that the curiosity of man taps into and begins to worship in desperate efforts to connect with the unknown maker.
Ancient traditions rely on this available wisdom obtained from the elements e.g earth, water, wind and fire. The spirits attached to these elements are known as elementary spirits. These are the devils weapon to use to lure people into idolatry. He is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2.2) and it is gross human error and an abomination to God to seek for signs and hidden knowledge from the devil. When the devil revealed all of the world in a flash to Jesus in and attempt to lure him by his supposed power to reveal hidden treasures or things, the response of our Lord is significant. He just told him the truth of the Word- we are to worship God only and serve him alone! The devil as the ruler of this world has made gods of the elements of the universe, seducing mankind into seeing these as God because of his ability to reveal knowledge and perform signs and wonders. Unfortunately, it pleased God that even in that worldly wisdom, people could not know God but only through the the preaching of the Word-the true wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:21). Scripture declares that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.
Moreover, true wisdom was with God before creation, was used to create (Proverbs 8:22-31) which translates to wisdom being the Word which was with God in the beginning ( John 1:1-2) and then became flesh-Jesus himself ( John 1:14). If man seeks Jesus, they find wisdom. It appears that the mode of accessing God’s wisdom is what brings about different religions. The devil knows that man is more inclined to seeing and knowing secrets. This he has carefully and cunningly packaged into other gods so as to lead man astray. There are many different gods and goddesses across religions, nations and cultures. As the devil would have it, there is a god or deity that will suit any kind of mindset perfectly in a way that will make the individual buy in and worship with all of their heart and soul. These deities lead people groups that believe in them and seek answers from them.
Thank you for reading this post. Join me in part 3 as we conclude the series by returning to the sovereignty of God the creator.
falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!
Greeting Conquerors all over the world!!!! Its been a long time and today I want to begin a 3 part series I called Other gods. In this first part, I want to look at matters of religion.
I was raised the African way and the issue of other gods is certainly no new discovery to my being. I knew at an early stage in life that I had ancestors that where interested in taking care of me and directing my paths. My livelihood was attributed to these bloodline spirits who were known as ‘vadzimu’ and guardians and protectors of our lives. Nothing could be done without informing them and going anywhere meant a prayer to them for journey mercies. They were literally at the centre of it all. However as i grew i began to detect conflict. I was being introduced to another way of worship at school and at church. The same mother who led us in the ways of the ancestors would lock doors on Sunday making sure everyone was out for church and no-one was staying behind.
Now I was beginning to know more and more about a certain Jesus who was supposed to be at the centre of it all again. This question on why- the two (Vadzimu and Jesus) was always met with what seemed like a noble and straight forward answer, “takangokura tichinzi toitazvese… We were taught to honour both and raised that way.” These were the words of my mother, a general in worship, a believer in both Jesus and the ancestors, a teacher of the faith, a soul winner and a servant of Christ in the Church-MHDSRIEP. When things were ok, church mattered. When the going got tough, matters where more fought on the spiritual plane on the other side of town from one seer to another. The seers where varied in their manifestations and expressions. Some were n’angas, others white garment prophets while yet others where svikiros or fortune tellers and so on. Some used cloth, sticks, water, snuff or beads while others used from oil to candles, rice and charms made by all sorts of herbs and bloods of animals and so on. As I grew older, I was more confused and curious but things got to a melting point when I discovered that what we were simply doing for years and years was going round and round in circles.
One day I consciously made a decision not to mix Christ with vadzimu as taught by mom. I was grown up and needed to troubleshoot. Things were not working so I chose Vadzimu. Vadzimu was appealing, it was my heritage, my culture and a religion that would perfectly define me as an African person. I loved it because in it was wrapped the essence of being Shona. Afterall christianity came with the white man, the coloniser and so aroused a bit of anger in me and a valid reason to flee from it. But what did i get from all those hours of worship, at traditional functions (bira), in the forests and mountains…nothing except wasted time, wasted pain and wasted effort. All I ever got told there when things where not working out after doing all the ‘right’ things was that my sacrifice was not found right and acceptable in the first place. I am one person that gives my all and after going around the same mountain for too long and achieving nothing, I quit. To cut a long story short, one day a mighty man of God sold the gospel of Christ to me. I knew Christ already. But why was he so special to this well polished man? I had to find out.
I began the journey curiously and have not looked back since. I enjoyed the first few years of my journey until about the 7th year when I began to see some strange types of Christians, confusing ones. I mean when you get born again, you assume that everyone in church is holy and sold out to holiness especially those that actually play the part well. These are the Christians that profess Christ but their fruits are far from what they preach. They know how to speak the language, they can pray the heavens down and even tell you about your future. I am not talking about Pastors here cause I was not in the league of pastors although some of them did leave a lot to be desired especially those doing the rounds on social media. So I came across a certain breed of Christians that specialise in perculiar gifts and manifestations of a strange ‘holy spirit’. This is a counterfeit Holy Spirit that specialises in ministry and sowing discord therein using dreams, prophecies and lying wonders. Ofcourse most times there is biblical references cunningly devised. But how did I arrive at the terms ‘strange’ and ‘counterfeit’…the fruits! Yes the fruits! I began to ask questions during times of prayer and meditation in the word. I at least deserved some answers for this madness that was going on around me in the name of worship and Holy spirit. It began to look more and more like there were other gospels and other Jesus(s) because of the behaviours being exhibited. It has become apparent that people are doing church business for various reasons. While some are truly sold out and earnestly seeking God, some are in it for spiritual fashion-playing a fashionable front in the world where ‘christian’ sells and yet others are more on the lost side just hoping from one church to another seeking a spiritual high in miracles and signs & wonders so called- never coming to the knowledge of the God they think they serve. Yet again, there exists a rebellious breed in the church. Those secretly taking the offensive and working for the enemy to destabilise the body of Christ and hinder the efforts of unsuspecting individuals in church. In the book of Matthew Jesus mentions something interesting. He declares that there will be man and women of God who after having preached and healed in his name would not be allowed to enter heaven. Jesus says,
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!”
Thank you for reading this post, lets meet again in part 2 when we look at the existence of other gods in biblical history
falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!