Sidetracks of Satan
Why have so many potential men of the Kingdom of God been sidetracked? Have you noticed that they seem to disappear from fellowship? Many men have gone into the old ways that they once were delivered from. Many who were called out of the church systems of the world and even taught of the evils of denominationalism are right back as the "sow that was washed to the wallowing in the mire." (2Peter2:22) I have watched this unusual event for many years. I have seen a hidden pattern over and over again as the destroyer works his evil and these who had set their hand to the plow looked back. Do you think that the enemy will not try these schemes on you? Satan will use anything to get you to give up the walk that leads to life that few find.
Adam was certainly going in the right direction in the beginning. However, he was not deceived (ITim.2:14) but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. In her deception she led Adam away from the walk which God had for him and for you and I. I often think about Solomon who was supposed to be the wisest man in the world until he began building high places for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. (1Kings 11:7-8) How can it be that this man who was the son of David, the King of Israel, so full of discernment and wisdom, fell into this same trap?
The Apostle Paul surely understood what few men understand today, "Let your women keep silent in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law." (1Cor:14:37) This is for the church age and that has not changed. It is for this current dispensation. In the future dispensation things will change but not now. So much deception has been introduced to the denominational churches because of this violation of the Word.
This last week, a brother with decades of understanding of the sin of divisions, who quit attending them some time ago, told me he was going to go back into his wifeís division of believers because he needed to be there for her - to compromise what he believes for her wishes.
I remember a man who at one time traveled the world with me preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and the evils of the system, and he publicly said he would never return to its grip. His wife gave him good worldly reasons why they needed to return - their children needed Sunday school, structure - "and the pastor is so wonderful" - and there were wonderful elders in that system, and he has been compromised ever since!
About 10 years ago I came into contact with some FGBMFI (Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International) men in Africa that were traveling with their woman pastor over them! I was almost speechless. However, I did give the scriptural view of their compromised position.
I realize that when believers have no revelation of the truth of the Word they think Paul was a woman hater. Iím sure you have heard that one. I am sure you, the reader of this message, might think that I am also like Paul - a hater of women. The one who hates is Satan - he has worked full time from the beginning through Eve to get at Adam, and has been very successful. God also has a plan for the woman. Unto the woman He said "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shall bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." (Gen.3:16) And what did he say to Adam? "And because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, ĎThou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.í" (Gen.3:17).
Recently I saw another brother who has an angry believing wife who will not come out of her sins even when confronted. He will not rebuke her, and he has entered into compromise. He will have a full house of leavening unless he is willing to take a stand and deal with this sin.
A few years ago I listened to a well known speaker, author, and lecturer on the Kingdom of God. He has written much on the subject, and yet his wife was completely out of order, and he acted as if these things were all right. When confronted by brothers, they both became hostile, and as far as I ever witnessed, never have come out of this sin.
When I turn on so-called Christian television, I see many women preaching and teaching men in direct opposition to the directive of this dispensation. Eve surely has a current voice! Whenever a true prophet of God has risen, even today, the Jezebel spirit is raised against him quickly.
Many of you who are reading this message may be angry. However, let me sound a warning: if you are called to the Kingdom, you will have to deal with this issue, because it is Satanís tool to destroy you and your wife and your children. "Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols." (Rev.2:20)
Jim D. September 2003
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