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Sermon 136 – CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

In Genesis 3:6, Satan enticed Eve to take the pill. What’s the pill? The pill of “making one wise”. How is this a contraceptive pill? Because once you swallow it you can’t reproduce righteousness; you think you are, but you’re not.

The pill is really … the anti-INFERIORITY pill

The pathway to Plastic Christianity

I recently observed one religious woman convinced that she was anointed by God to bring judgment and God’s wrath on anyone who challenged her thinking and religious dogma. She believed she was the angel of judgment, pure and perfect and cursed anyone who would dare question that.

How does a Christian fall to the lie that they are called to be superior over their neighbour?

The human heart is desperate to be superior in the eyes of one’s neighbours. The hatred of inferiority and the love of superiority lives in the heart of every human. The lust for superiority is simply built on the hatred and fear of inferiority, and if you swallow the pill, you’ll be hooked by it.

The temptation to make one wise

I’ve seen this type of scenario multiple times in my walk with God … the voices of the evil spirit behind a family chain appeal to its wounds of inferiority & rejection and, just like in the Garden, the temptation to make one wise is so convincing and enticing, and the lust of the flesh to believe one is special, they take the bait and then deduce they are spiritually superior over others and misinterpret the use of scripture to convince themselves of their own righteousness, all the time living in fear and blame. They practice good deeds to hide from being exposed, yet make themselves the judge of righteousness, envy others’ superiority, tell everyone what’s right and wrong, and struggle or refuse to concede to anyone else’s opinion, but rather judge any opinion that offends their inferiority, as wrong.

This evil deduction has nothing to do with God. In fact, it’s from the heart of Satan. This is the original strategy in the Garden … the temptation to make one wise. This superiority may act humble, but when it gets challenged or feels threatened or made to feel inferior, its superiority lust lashes out.

Blind though you think you see

Once you take the pill, you will only see what you believe is truth, but the truth is you will be blind. The real purpose of the pill is not to make you wise, but to make you stupid; to put you under a tormenting spirit, and to control you to resist the true elected. When someone righteous challenges your thinking, your tormented fear of inferiority will rise up in self-protection against them.

Blame the righteous

After Adam and Eve had swallowed the pill of self-wisdom they lived in fear of God finding out, then when it all came out, Adam blamed God for making the woman. The pill always blames the righteous. It doesn’t want to get found out. The Word of God declares that if they blamed God, then they’ll also blame you. In other words, if you’re not suffering blame for being Godly, then there’s no God in you.

Separation consequences

Adam and Eve did not repent, so God separated Himself from them. Right back in the beginning, God Himself, set the principle of separation from those who insist on retaining the pill and not spitting it out.

Don’t reconcile with Amalek

In 1 Samuel 15, God instructed King Saul to thoroughly destroy the Amalekites. Why? The Amalekites practiced evil and would never listen to God’s ways. God knew that if the Israelites integrated the Amalekites into their society, that the gods, beliefs and lifestyle of the Amalekites would eventually contaminate their relationship with Him. Everything associated with the Amalekites had to be removed completely and permanently. Even the innocent animals had to suffer the shedding of blood to decontaminate the earth from its contaminated sin.

You can’t reconcile with Amalek. If you make peace with Amalek, the evil spirit behind him will eventually invade your spirit, soften your faith and shatter your belief.

Plastic Christianity

Ezra 9:12 … Now therefore, do not give your daughters unto their sons, neither take your daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth forever: that you may be strong and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children forever.

The modern Western church no longer adheres to this Godly requirement. The law of separation is never preached or promoted. Rather, the modern philosophy of grace has superseded all the laws and commandments. Easy grace gives permission to the church to comfortably integrate itself into the world. Modern grace gives a plastic Christian the right to touch the unclean and accept the sin. Thus, the church has lost its strength. It’s no longer the salt to the nation.

Grace philosophy vs law of separation

Grace is a modern religious technique of taking half-a-truth and using it to avoid suffering and pretend to serve God at the same time. Modern grace allows the plastic Christian to make one’s own rules and decide what’s right and wrong for itself. It can’t see that it’s simply swallowed the contraceptive pill and promoted itself with its superior wise-thinking.

Grace doesn’t suffer, separation suffers. That’s why separation is no longer part of standard Christian teaching. Stand up and lovingly separate yourself from fornicators, adulterers and covetous as the Word of God decrees (1Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14; 2Timothy 3:5; Ephesians 5:11) and watch yourself be hated for the Name of Christ.

Fair Go

In Australia, the motto is ‘fair go for all’. Steve Smith and Dave Warner were given a 12-month suspension from international cricket for ball tampering. Israel Folau was given a life ban for tweeting the truth that homosexuals will go to hell. His Christian Prime Minister has stayed silent. The Western world is being ruled by homosexuals with money and threatened by Communism; the Eastern world is being ruled by Islam with oil. They’re both pulling the strings. Morality is on the verge of Sodom and Gomorrah and Christianity is under threat from within and without. Grace has not won the day.

Salvation requires being hated for the Name of Christ

All that live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution, 2Timothy 3:12

Although this truth is no longer taught, there’s a price for salvation. If they persecuted Me, they’ll also persecute you. If the world hates you, know they hated Me first, John 15:20. Suffering injustice is the price for salvation.

If anyone hates you because of Christ, they’re of the world. If the world loves you, then you’re of the world, John 15:19. You can’t have it both ways. Plastic Christians don’t believe this is true. They believe they can enjoy the world and love Christ at the same time; but, God calls this spiritual adultery, James 4:4.

Most people try to avoid suffering and fair enough but from a Christ point of view, they’re the called, not the chosen. Only the chosen elect will suffer for the Name of Christ. If you’re not suffering for Christ, you’re not elected, and if you’re not elected then you’re not saved. You can’t be elected if you’re not willing to suffer for His Name.

Plastic Christians may be called, but they are not chosen … Matthew 20:16, 22:14

You can have the same God as Moses and Korah, you can worship the same God as David and King Saul, you can call yourself a Christian, you can act as sweet as you like, you can practice good deeds as much as you like, but the truth is, you’re not saved unless you’re chosen and elected.

There are 2 characteristics necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven

Poor in spirit (ie. faithfully humble evidenced by considering your neighbour more valued than yourself) & persecuted for righteousness, Matthew 5:3,10. If these two characteristics are missing in your heart, you’re not saved. You’re not elected. The contraceptive pill inhibits and blocks the ability to rightly discern and practice these entry requirements.

The plan and purpose of suffering

Our human nature expects and wants justice and fairness, but our spirit can only grow through suffering. Our ego lusts after its selfishness. Suffering breaks this lust; it’s the only thing that can break our lustful pride. It’s the only pathway to true faith and salvation with Christ. No suffering for Christ, no salvation.

Persecution takes many forms

Most of my personal suffering is from the church system and my Christian relatives … false accusations, defamatory remarks, lies against you, and cursing God’s wrath over you. Christians in Eastern countries are often physically persecuted for the Name of Christ. Woe betide the western church if it thinks it’s exempt from persecution.

Blame is the package for the elected

Just like God, Himself was blamed by Adam for making the woman, elected Christians will feel the brunt of blame … and that’s how it’s meant to be, because, copping the blame by turning to God = TRUST, and Trust is necessary for Faith, and Faith is necessary for salvation. Plastic Christians hate being defamed; they always blame, thinking their wisdom is above yours.

Yoke to Christ … Matthew 11:28-30

No one likes injustice against themselves. To cope with the blame, elected Christians must yoke themselves to Christ and share their pain with Him, and trust His pathway. This strengthens their relationship with Christ. The blame is necessary for the growth of the relationship with the Creator. Without the blame you wouldn’t yoke.

Plastic Christians want “no hassles”

Plastic Christians hate the pain of being blamed; rather they defend their position by attacking with blame. They believe in casting all their cares on Him so He can take the hassle, but they refuse to yoke because yoke means hard work pulling a plough, and yoke restricts where I want to go. Plastic Christians like to prove they can do it themselves.

Cast all your cares on Me (1Peter 5:7), does not mean “off-load” your cares. Rather, it means, yoke yourself to Christ and share the burden of your cares and the curse with your Creator (Matthew 11:28-30). Cares are not to escape from, but to plough through by faith in Christ’s strength. Without cares, without suffering, without the curse there’s no such thing as faith.

You don’t go to the Lord to escape your hurt feelings, you go to the Lord to bare it with you. Religious Christians use God to escape the hurt feelings, then blame Him for not resolving them, or when the feelings subside, think they are personally good for sorting it out themselves.

From Abel to John in Revelation, everyone who was godly in Christ, including Noah, Abraham, the prophets, David, Gideon, and of course, Jesus, Mary & Joseph, suffered for their relationship with Christ.

Plastic Christians expect reconciliation

Their deceptive belief is … I’m willing to reconcile with you; you’re not willing to reconcile with me, so you’re the problem. They’re blind to the fact that David didn’t reconcile with King Saul, and Jesus won’t reconcile with Satan. Their underlying real offence is they feel inferior because you separated from them … it’s therefore your fault (blame). You can’t win against someone who thinks they are 100% right and you are wrong and separating from them proves to them that you aren’t nice and therefore, wrong. This is suffering for Christ.

Their intimidating belief is … I’ve forgotten about it, so why haven’t you?

The real truth is … plastic Christianity won’t be told that it’s wrong.

Sorry does not necessarily lead to reconciliation

There’s no such thing as repentance if your ‘sorry’ simultaneously points the finger at my weaknesses to give you an excuse for having done your wrong. If you’re truly repentant you’re not going to defend your sin by telling me that I’ve done things wrong too. You can’t reconcile with someone who demands your repentance too, because that demand confirms they haven’t repented, themselves; they’ve just said sorry for harmony. Reconciliation requires genuine repentance from the sinner, whether that be one or both affected parties.

Plastic Christians expect ‘blessings’

Pentecostalism teaches Christ through prosperity because he’s already suffered for you … that’s convenient to our lust. That’s come to God and get the deal. Then they judge you if you don’t have the deal and often criticise your suffering as sin.

Free from the curse?

Pentecostalism doesn’t believe in suffering because suffering is part of the curse and you’re not under the curse. My question is … so why do you still work to supply your needs when work is part of God’s curse in Gen.3. The truth is … a righteous Christian is free from the penalty of the curse (eternal separation from God), but he is still subject to the curse whilst ever he exists on earth.

The Word of God teaches Christ through sharing His sufferings. You need the curse to differentiate between those who want the pill, and those who will yoke to Christ.

Plastic seems good

Plastic Christians sit in the middle, cool, not cold and not hot, staying comfortable and flexible with the church and the world, not wanting to stir up any trouble and certainly not wanting to attract persecution for standing up for the principles of the Word of God. Being agreeable with the world, loving the safety of the philosophy of grace and hating the righteous for making them feel inferior Christians, blind to the fact that God has separated Himself from them.

Plastic looks clean and is useful in so many ways. It can reshape itself into another worthwhile product, but ultimately, it’s toxic to the environment and under heat, plastic Christians melt away.

How do you break free from being a plastic Christian?

‘Self’ objects to injustice. Suffering injustice is the only way to break self. You have to be prepared to suffer for the name of Christ, not suffering for your sin, like Samson. You can reverse your wrong position with Christ by spitting out the pill; that means, like Peter who denied Christ, repent of your selfishness and take the suffering.

Let’s cut to the quick.

It’s not the rights and wrongs that people do that makes them a Christian, because God is coming back for the prostitutes and sinners; neither is it preaching the Gospel of Christ (Phil.1:15,16); rather, it’s the spirit that dwells within us. The conflict that exists between people is really over the spirit that dwells within them … plastic Christians have tormented spirits, and like King Saul who served the same Lord as David, and like Korah who served the same Lord as Moses, plastic Christians will be offended by the Spirit in the chosen. Eventually, a plastic Christian will retaliate with … who says you’re chosen and I’m not?

Like Nebuchadnezzar, who had all the power and money, plastic Christians will demand you submit to their thinking, and thus conflict will arise because the Spirit in a righteous Christian won’t bend the knee to an unclean spirit. Consequently, you end up with two Christians serving the same God but miles apart in different camps with opposing spirits.

You can only get free if you spit out the pill.

The world and the false church will hate you, but Jesus said … Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world, John 16:33.

 

Pastor Clive Edgecliffe

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Separation

 

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Sermon 79 – SEPARATE or be Demonically controlled

Over the years I’ve asked my congregation what they think is the role of the pastor. The response is invariably …. to listen and understand my needs, to show me the way, help me discern the Word of God, give advice, help me, to stop me from making a mistake, to correct me but only if it’s done softly and painlessly and un-embarrassingly, and some have even said that it’s my role to confirm to them that they’re right.

The question you should ask yourself is … why do I think this?

I’ve discovered that people come to these conclusions because they have a false belief about “friends“. If I ask … “what is a friend?” I get similar answers … to listen to me and be understanding, to be able to share intimately, to be trustworthy, to support me and help me, keep secrets, make me feel good, someone who likes me, be there when I need you, and not to snitch on me.

Diagnosis of a friend

You can always diagnose when someone is a genuine friend by their reaction when they don’t get the response they expect from a friend. A false friend blames a friend for not meeting their standards of friendship. A false friend has a mood when you don’t do it the way they think it should be done. A false friend tells you that you are not doing it the way they think you should.

King Saul was friends with Samuel. Samuel was a true friend. King Saul was a false friend. King Saul was really using Samuel for his own ends, to promote himself in the eyes of the people. King Saul told Samuel how he was supposed to behave towards him. King Saul told Samuel that he hadn’t really done anything wrong. King Saul told Samuel that he was being unreasonable with his correction. Notice all the ‘told’. King Saul pretended to change his attitude, but eventually the friendship fell apart because God instructed Samuel to separate from Saul.

Why did God instruct Samuel to separate from Saul? And why did Nehemiah instruct the Jews to separate from the heathen? And why did God separate Abram from his family?

Because if you don’t you will become demonically controlled instead of Holy Spirit controlled. The issue isn’t right or wrong, it’s demons or Holy Ghost. There’s a warfare over your soul, and the heart choices you make will dictate where you end up. I remind you in Ephesians 6 … we’re not fighting flesh and blood but principalities and powers, and those powers are stronger than you, especially if you arrogantly think you’re up to it (as indoctrinated by the Pentecostal church).

Friend of the world; enemy of God … James 4:4

Modern Christians know they should be sort of separate from the world so they don’t get tripped up and fall, so they keep doing what’s right, but at the same time they still like the world. This is the fruit of soft church teaching. It’s a shallow evaluation of Christ’s principles and it completely misses the real underlying reason for separation, namely, Satanic control.

Modern Christianity thinks with its head, it doesn’t understand the heart of the reasoning

When somebody is truly walking with God they will spiritually sense something is wrong (without necessarily knowing the full story), and if they are in a position of authority (such as a parent or pastor), they will want to warn you of the impending danger and seek to guide you away from it. That’s the intersection of true friendship and genuine pastoring. Up to that point everything is palatable between friends, but this intersection will either establish the friendship or destroy it.

2 common demonic issues

Whenever I sense resistance and I challenge someone’s spirit I invariably find the person wants Jesus and the world too; and I find that they’re having a mood because someone is liked more than they are. In a woman, I call it the Peninnah syndrome ie they feel for Peninnah because Hannah was more loved, but can’t see that God knew Peninnah’s heart and chose Hannah. Like Eve, demonically controlled vision can only see what one is not getting.

Resistance to authority is a sure sign of the demonic

If you respect God you will respect authority, because that’s what God told you to do. If you disrespect the opinion of authority you confirm that your relationship with God is fake, as well as exposing that you’re under the influence of a demonic power, because you’re doing exactly the opposite to what you were told.

But how can you really tell whether you genuinely respect authority or just think you do?

Disrespect is measured by resistance. The authority doesn’t have to be right; it’s the resistance that’s the measurement. It becomes a contest between the demonic in you that won’t bend and the Holy Spirit in the authority, and it’s real and tangible when the authority steps on the demon’s toes. It’s this intersection of correction that brings out this demonic influence. No wonder no one wants to be corrected … like King Saul, it exposes something you don’t want exposed, and you don’t want to be told. Yes, like King Saul you can be influenced by Holy Spirit and demons at the same time (it’s a war), and your heart choices will determine who will ultimately win.

Sadly, underneath the façade of modern western society is the reality that it has been educated to only believe in oneself and only trust in oneself, and to think everything through by yourself, and to live for oneself, and not to be told, so when God directs someone to correct one’s mis-direction, the majority of Christians, like King Saul, get offended and read it as a put-down of their capability to figure it out for themselves.

I recall a young lady in our fellowship who was exposed as lying about a certain issue. On the surface she was very helpful, hard-working and polite; but when she got found out, her outward personality changed. She apologised, but I could sense that it was out of convenience of avoiding getting into trouble and not genuine. I challenged her that she was resisting my correction and she got the huffs, defied her father’s authority because she told him that he didn’t protect her from the correction, and left the fellowship. The question is … did she leave the fellowship by faith or by defiance, because whatever is not of faith is sin?

If you judge someone to promote your own selfishness, your character will change into the demonic and you will resist correction … Matthew 7:1

This is what happened both to King Saul and Adam, and this is what happened to this young lady, and it happens to everyone who judges others to promote themselves.

Sometime later I heard that she had started a friendship with a heathen lad, was attending worldly parties, and was clearly moving in the direction of hell. Recently she contacted her father and he asked her where she stood with Jesus. Her response was “that it was too hard” and she was no longer interested. The same words had come out of the mouth of a woman I was pastoring some 10 years previously and who had resisted my authority and refused to give up her worldly passions. This girl had never spoken those words before and I sensed that they were actually the words of this woman. When I enquired further I learnt that the young lady had gotten in touch with the woman’s granddaughter and started an internet friendship. The granddaughter had followed the path of defiance of her grandmother and was now spiritually influencing the path of this young lady.

In the course of time it became apparent that a second young lady in our fellowship was behaving like the first. She had judged the original girl for deserting their friendship and had come under the influence of the demon that was directing the soul of the first girl.

What’s the point I am trying to make?

Listening to the voice of Satan will take you further into the web of Satan, and his only plan is to kill you, change your character into his, destroy you and separate you from God, and thus mock God.

Authority and the laws of God are not set up to bind you and make it hard for you; they’re put in place to save you from getting trapped in Satan’s web and ultimately hell. A true friend doesn’t use you; they tell you the truth so you don’t go the wrong way, and a true friend doesn’t have a mood if you won’t listen to them; they serve God, not themselves. The converse is also true … if you have a mood when your friend doesn’t do it right by you, then you yourself are not a genuine friend, but a user, just like the friend who’s hurt your feelings.

Holy Spirit doesn’t have a mood; Satan does

A genuine pastor doesn’t correct you just to embarrass you; they tell you the truth about yourself so you don’t go to hell. Blocking your ears to this truth is fatal. If you have a mood because someone tells you the truth about you then you confirm that you are under the influence of a demonic spirit, and you’d better stop it pronto or it will take you to hell.

It is hard to not get what you want, but if you harden your heart and choose to disrespect the boundaries then you will unawares come under the influence of the devil’s power, and it’s no laughing matter; it’ll take you to hell.

Won’t be told what to do

Satan and his demons chose not to be told by God what to do. When you listen to the voice of Satan, his objective is to get you to be not told what to do.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam walked and talked with God. They were friends. Satan whispered in Eve’s ear that God wasn’t telling her everything and that if she ate the fruit she would get a better deal for herself. She got Adam to listen to her and consequently Adam also came under the influence of Satan’s power. Under this power he changed his character into Satan’s character, and did the exact opposite of what he has always done … he lied, he feared, he blamed, and he even blamed God for creating the woman, and he foolishly hid from his true friend. How insane! These are the characteristics of Satan, not Holy Spirit. He didn’t repent and he wouldn’t listen to God’s correction. He had elevated himself to be equal with God in his right to make his own decisions, and after all, he had only eaten a piece of fruit, so what’s the big deal.

What was the consequence?

He was separated from God

If one doesn’t find true repentance for one’s defiance and resistance to the spirit of God, then the ultimate consequence is hell. You won’t recognise defiance in your heart until you come face to face with an authority’s correction of your spirit. That’s the intersection that will determine your final destiny.

Most people won’t agree with an authority until they see what the authority is saying, and right there is the problem. Logic says … surely I need to see what you’re saying before I can agree with you (this is the deduction of pride), but faith says … I know something’s wrong so by faith in God I’ll trust your judgment of me. If you’re genuine about trusting, then you’ll see what the authority is warning you about. In other words, it’s always faith first before you’ll see, because Satan blinds.

The principle …

If, in your heart, you live by your own judgments and won’t separate from the world, eventually God will separate from you. The call of God is to come out and be separate from the world so you don’t fall fowl of demonic powers.

The insanity of non-separation

The truth is, that by de-valuing the laws of God and de-valuing authority, and indoctrinating the church into the comfortable belief that we are safe under grace without the responsibility for our sin, we’ve opened our western societies to Pandora’s box of demonic powers that’s changing the face of western society, promoting multiple demonic religions and endorsing the freedom of right to worship false gods, dissolving the family unit, tattooing our whole body and sticking pins in our faces and calling it beauty, chasing cosmetic surgery, and promoting alternative sexual preferences to do whatever you want. The church is clearly no longer the salt for society; the bacteria of Satan is flourishing everywhere.

Satan has got God’s creation in a strangle hold and demonically convinced everyone to believe in their right to not be told what to do.

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them … Ephesians 5:11

People no longer separate from the Christian sinner who won’t be told; they comfort and support them in their sin in the false belief that you can love them through their sin and get them to see their sin. But this philosophy is a lie of Satan, because God’s instructions are to separate the sinner from you until, like the prodigal, they may awake to their sin, 1 Corinthians 5:11. But the church has gone soft on sin and it’s not cool to be harsh. It’s afraid of what the world thinks of it, because it is the world. In its ignorance it is supporting the demonic in the sinner against God’s Spirit. The truth is, the church is disobedient and arrogant and interprets scripture to its own self-advantage. Like Laodicea, it’s under the influence of Satan, not Holy Spirit.

The rubber meets the road when this principle is challenged by a son or daughter or wife and you have to choose between what God says in Luke 14:26-33 or by what the church teaches. The demonic influence of sin is greater than your ability to resist, so ignoring the leaven will cause it to spread, not wither, and it will take you with it.

Faith or sin

Faith is the evidence of Holy Spirit. The opposite to faith, is sin (Romans 14:23). Faith is blocked by pride, and pride is generally extrapolated by judgement against someone. If you can’t get back to faith, then God’s Spirit in you is either silent or gone, and the human spirit in you is objecting to being blamed or being left-out, or thinks it’s above your neighbour. You can only get back to faith by de-elevating yourself (like David, and Ahab 1 Kings 21:29), not by doing good works or justifying your rightness (like King Saul). That’s why God uses correction; it’s His tool to put you back in your place.

The enemy’s objective is to make sure you sin by only thinking about yourself even though on the surface you act as if you care for others or act as if you are not hurting; that way he can block your faith.

The true shepherd’s goal is to expose the demonic, not to silently co-exist with it, so that your eyes will be enlightened to your true hidden motive of selfishness.

When Christ comes, will He find faith? I righteously fear the path that the Christian world has chosen.

Pastor Mike Stanford

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2015 in Separation

 

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