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9 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.
3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied.
4 Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice.
5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,
6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.
7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.
8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.
10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,
11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.
12 Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.
13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;
14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?
15 O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.
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10 Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.
2 And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.
3 Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.
In Part 1 of “The Paganization of Christianity” I showed and confirmed the ways the Blood Bought Church of The Lord Jesus Christ has INDEED been PAGANIZED, dealt with and defined SOLELY by God’s Word, The Holy Bible, and then offered the ONLY remedy for such paganism: FULL REPENTANCE, II Chronicles 7:14-22; Isaiah 1:2-24; Luke 13:1-5; Luke 17:3; I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Matthew 18:15-17; and Revelation chpts. 2 and 3.
In Part 2 we will examine the 2-Pronged attack of Satan that brought the Glorious Church, without spot, blemish, or wrinkle, or any such thing to the festering place of whorish repugnance we have today, EPHESIANS 5:27.
To begin, let me set forth that since Lucifer, who through his rebellion in Heaven is also Satan, The Devil, The Dragon of The Bottomless Pit/Hell, has ALWAYS offered a counterfeit to God, God’s Word, and God’s Worship/Music…ALWAYS, Isaiah 14:11-16; Ezekiel 28:11-18; Revelation 12.
So we have The Holy Lord God, THE Creator, THE Originator, THE TRUE Master of ALL Creation on the one side. God created EVERYTHING. Created the angels with the will to choose even. Two thirds chose to FOREVER follow God. One third chose to follow another, lowly created angel, who wanted to usurp, steal, and supplant The Lord God, and take THE Throne for himself. From that point to this very moment we are all offered TWO WAYS from TWO MASTERS, Matthew 6: 24; Genesis chpt. 3.
When The Lord God created man man (mankind: Adam and Eve) God created them perfect, as mature adults, were to never die, get sick, or age, and in HIS OWN image and likeness. Then God gave man authority over ALL creation to subdue and have dominion over it, Genesis 1:26-32; Genesis 2: 20. When we examine what ALL this means we find that man was:
- HAD PERFECT INTELLIGENCE, UNDERSTANDING, AND WISDOM
- HAD PERFECT EMOTIONS AND DESIRES
- WAS MATURE PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY
- WAS 2ND ONLY TO GOD IN AUTHORITY OVER ALL CREATION
- WAS CREATED IN THE EXACT, PERFECT IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD HIMSELF
So what was there for Satan to offer?
The LIE that THEY were NOT what God said they were, and the ONLY way to become that was to listen to, and follow him/Satan.
THAT has been the S.O.P. of Satan from the beginning. LIES. Via lies:
- QUESTION GOD AND GOD’S WORD
- SUPPLANT GOD AND GOD’S WORD
- ALTER AND THE REPLACE GOD AND GOD’S WORD
- ALTER AND REPLACE GOD AND GOD’S PROMISES
- ALL TO THE END THAT SATAN ALTER AND REPLACES THE LORD GOD AS THE RIGHTFUL FOCUS AND CENTER OF WORSHIP
- AND PUTS HIMSELF- SATAN- IN THE PLACE OF GOD.
SAME GOES FOR MEN, GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS.
FAST FORWARD TO THE 1870’S
God KNEW what lay before mankind in the then upcoming century, WWI, WWII, The Cold War with Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq twice…
So, God in HIS infinite and perfect knowledge and wisdom poured out The Holy Spirit upon a then hungering, thirsting, and seeking church.
The Results were massive revivals that broke out in Topeka, Azuza, Hot Springs, Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Cain’s Ridge, Oklahoma, St. Louis… These revivals impacted not just all of America, but the world. Missionaries, evangelists, pastors, teachers, men and women of God went forth around the world and impacted it for The Lord Jesus Christ. Millions upon millions were saved.
Things that each of these revivals shared:
- A DEEP, SINCERE HUNGER, THIRST, AND SEEKING FOR GOD
- DEVOTION TO SINCERE PRAYER AND FASTING
- ROOTED SOLELY IN AND FOUNDED SOLELY UPON GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE
- IT WAS NOT HYPE: PEOPLE WERE TRULY SAVED AS EVIDENCED BY CHANGED LIVES, CHANGED MORALS, CHANGED DRESS, CHANGED BEHAVIOUR, CHANGED MUSIC/WORSHIP
- THEY WERE ALL CHRIST-CENTERED, SIN-HATING, GOD-HONORING, BIBLE-BASED, LIFE-TRANSFORMING REVIVALS THAT IMPACTED AND CHANGED THE COMMUNITY, STATE, NATION, AND WORLD.
God confirmed HIS Word with signs and wonders following, Mark 16:14-20. The blind saw, the deaf heard, the lame walked, cancers removed, demons cast out, and the dead raised. Countless millions upon millions were saved by the grace of Almighty God.
Sooo, what happened?
A 2-PRONGED ATTACK OF SATAN: PRONG 1, CHANGE THE MESSAGE/DOCTRINE.
Satan began his 2-Pronged attack back in the 1870’s as well. Satan subtily invaded America’s colleges. Began the Liberalization of the clergy, counselors, lawyers, judges, doctors, and science. As these Liberalized leaders then went to places of authority in their respective fields those they taught and mentored became more Liberalized. This kept increasing until many forsook The Truth of The Biblical Gospel for a cheap, religious counterfeit. The names and titles of these substitutes for true Christianity were/are:
- The Social Gospel
- Mind Science/Christian Science
- Possibility Thinking
- Positive Thinking
- Positive Confession
- Prosperity Gospel
- Kingdom Now Gospel/School of The Prophets
- The Charismatic Movement
- The Jesus Movement
- The Shepherding Movement
- The Vineyard Movement
- The Pensacola and Toronto Outpouring
- The Laughing Revival
- Hillsong…and many more counterfeit movements.
What do each of these have in common?
- A watering down, altering, sugar coating, and replacing of God’s Word
- A watering down of Biblical holiness, separation for sin and worldliness
- A lack of focus on prayer, fasting, and seeking The Lord in Humility substituted with doing so to be blessed and write your own ticket with God
- A forsaking of God, Holy Ghost inspired music and worship for a “form of godliness” that 100% mimics the world and is inspired/anointed by a spirit of rebellion
- An tolerance, then acceptance, then embracing, and now promoting of immodest dress, impure behaviour, and utter, depraved morality.
THAT WAS PRONG 1, HERE IS PRONG 2, VIA THE ARTS, PRIMARILY MUSIC/WORSHIP.
I will present a timeline of HOW Satan changed music/worship first, THEN present a list of articles and their links for support and background. First the Time-Line:
- Satan began supplanting the arts (painting, sculpture, literature, music) back in Biblical days, we will remain focused primarily upon 1949 onward, and on music
- In the early 1950’s a Pastor of a large Protestant church in Canada had an evangelist whose calling and anointing was primarily on Deliverance and exposing current events, trends and fads. During the revival the pastor’s 15 year old daughter who had recently began listening to the rock-n-roll of that era threw herself on the floor and began to writhe as a snake during the worship service. The evangelist began to rebuke the demonic spirit to no avail, so he excused himself, went into the pastor’s study, and sought God prayerfully for the name of such a powerful demonic spirit. God said the Demon was a Prince over a Principality named Rebellion. The evangelist goes back out to the service, the pastor, pastor’s wife, and others are around the tormented, writhing 15 year old girl praying and sobbing. The evangelist steps through, approaches the demon possessed girl and commands it to reveal itself through The NAME of Jesus, by The BLOOD of Jesus, and upon the authority of God’s Word, The Holy Bible for it’s true name and nature: The Demonic Prince inhabiting the little girl shrieked and cried, “I am REBELLION! And I have come down through the music to inhabit and occupy generations of youth!” The evangelist, pastor and all gathered began to rebuke this Demonic Prince by it’s name: Rebellion. And by the power and authority of The NAME of Jesus, The BLOOD of Jesus, and the Word of God the evil spirit came out and LEFT. The girl was freed, and then genuinely gave her heart to The Lord Jesus Christ unto salvation. THIS was in the early 1950’s! Consider how “tame” the music was then compared to now. BUT THAT is the problem with The Church! We compare one evil thing with another evil thing, we compare one worldly thing with another worldly thing…and say, “Well, this doesn’t seem as bad as this, so we’ll accept and do this evil/worldly thing, but not this one.” BOTH ARE EVIL AND WORLDLY. BOTH ARE TO BE UTTERLY FORSAKEN, Luke 9:23; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1.
- So that we all have THE SAME understanding of just WHAT IS rock music/the music of rebellion, here is a list of the various types of rock music: Rock, Pop Rock, Bubble Gum Rock, Malt Shoppe/Doo-Wop Rock, Blues Rock, Southern Rock, Country Rock, Rock-a-Billy, Surf Rock, Latin Rock, Hard Rock, Arena Rock, Anthem Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, Glam Rock, Glam Metal, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Industrial Rock, , Acid Rock, Shock Rock, Death Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Rock, Satan Metal, Electonica Rock, Disco/Dance Rock, Funk Rock, Roots Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Power Pop Rock, Experimental Rock, Heartland Rock, Christian Rock, Jesus Music/Rock, Contemporary Rock, Contemporary Christian Rock, Nu metal, Post Metal, Boogie Rock, Space Rock, Rap Rock, Garage Rock, Instrumental Rock, British Folk/Celtic Rock, Swamp Rock, Proto Punk Rock, Death Rock, Reggae Rock, Jersey Shore Rock…SOURCE .
- In the mid 1960’s a Christian convert from paganism in Africa, who had been a witch doctor, came to America to visit. While here he attended a so-called Christian concert that used the rock of the ’60’s as their music of choice. He jumps up and begins to scream, “WHY are you using the music of devils, the demonic music I was saved OUT OF as worship for the Almighty, Thrice Holy God?!!”
There are many more sources, many more eye-witness testimonies from 100 Huntley Street, to PTL (when they still focused on the true Gospel), to Jimmy Swaggart’s books and preaching (before his fall), to Bob Larson, to Leonard Ravenhill, A.W, Tozer, to David Wilkerson, to Dr. Al Metsker. The eye-witness accounts are endless, along with my own eye-witness accounts of personally being immersed in rock music for 42 years.
WHAT HAS THIS 2-PRONGED ATTACK OF HELL ACHIEVED?
We’ve gone FROM what was once thundered against in the pews NOW filling the Pulpit, choir, worship team, teachers and leadership in the “church”. Things that God and HIS Ministers preached and taught AGAINST now fill the church from pulpit to pew, such abominations as:
- MEN WITH PIERCED EARS/EAR-RINGS
- MEN AND WOMEN ALL TATTED UP AND WITH MULTIPLE BODY PIERCINGS
- IMMODEST, IMMORAL DRESS FROM PLATFORM TO PEW: MINI SKIRTS, SHORTS (EVEN SHORT-SHORTS), SLITS AND PLUNGES IN CLOTHING, SKIN TIGHT CLOTHING…AND WORSE…
- ADULTERY, FORNICATION, SODOMY/HOMOSEXUALITY/LESBIANISM, PEDOPHILIA, AND EVEN INCEST IN THE CHURCH, EVEN AMONG “MINISTERS”
- GAMBLING, DRINKING, AND DANCING IN THE CHURCH AND CHURCH SANCTIONED ACTIVITIES
- “CHRISTIANS” SMOKING, DRINKING, CURSING, AND CAROUSING JUST LIKE THE UNREGENERATE SINNER
- THE EMBRACING OF SECULAR, WORLDLY MUSIC IN SO-CALLED “CHRISTIANS” LIVES, EVEN IN THE CHURCH
- OPEN FLIRTATION AND SEDUCING TAKING PLACE AMONG “CHRISTIANS”, EVEN IN THE CHURCH
- LYING, RUMOR SPREADING, GOSSIP TELLING, AND TALE BEARING TAKING PLACE AMONG “CHRISTIANS”, EVEN IN THE CHURCH, EVEN IN THE SANCTUARY
The following are actual, factual , very real accounts of “churches” that I’ve been to over my 59″+” years, these are sad, depraved accounts, but, heart-renderingly true:
- In one “church” my dad pastored back in the ’60’s to early ’70’s among the church folk was smoking, drinking, cursing, adultery, fornication, worldly, secular music IN the church. My dad preached and taught against it, but like Jeremiah, was met by a stiff necked, heard hearted, rebellious people. The choir director’s daughter was sleeping around with the youth pastor, the piano player was pregnant out of wedlock, many others were involved in adultery and fornication
- At a “church” I attended in the mid to late ’80’s (I got saved in August of 1976) there were 41 adulterous, fornicative, incestuous, and even homosexual affairs taking place IN THE LEADERSHIP of the church and in the pews! 41! No altar call given by the “pastor” in 18 months…NONE!
- At another “church” I attended in the ’90’s there also was adultery, fornication, homosexuality, occult/Satanism, smoking, drinking, cursing, gambling, lying, backstabbing, rumor spreading, again, among the so-called leaders! They would BRAG about how at a CHRISTIAN COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY they attended to supposedly prepare for the Ministry (!!!), that the women would deliberately dress as PROSTITUTES on their dates (their own words), and were sex addicts!
Again, I can share more accounts, but choose not to.
Two things people bring up when they hear these things:
- IF The church is so corrupt and depraved, so full of hypocrites, WHY even go to church? BECAUSE JESUS went. Jesus was faithful to the regular, customary attendance to the synagogue and temple. Jesus went when they were filled with hypocrites as leaders. Jesus went when there were demon-possessed people present…and cast the demons out. So, Jesus went, we are commanded to NOT forsake the assembling of ourselves together;
- NOT every church has rampant sin in it. Many good, solid, Biblical churches I’ve been to expose and Biblically discipline the transgressors, even excommunicate them according to Scripture, Matthew 18:15-17, Luke 17:3; I Corinthians 5.
Lastly, I will now post links to articles to support and fill out what I’ve written: