2 John 9Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
These few Verses in 2 John have great bearing on our day. It even becomes an agenda of evil within the church that goes beyond what Jesus taught. This is the first question I ask when I hear something that may not conform to Scripture, “Does this go beyond what Jesus taught?”
I never thought about evil having any sort of prophecy before. I have never given it much thought until I read the book by David Kupelian, The Marketing of Evil. He wrote the book back in 2005, but the principles still hold true.
Marketing evil is one of the strategies of the devil. How do we get people to believe in things that are not true? Well, you tell it to people repeatedly, until it becomes a commonly understood idea, and people then will accept it. David Gregory was cited in Kupelian’s book talking about the ‘growing belief that homosexuality may be genetic.’
Now, most school-age people believe that homosexuality is a natural internal expression of how people were made … as Gregory put it, ‘may be genetic.’ Why do they believe this with no pushback? Because we consistently hear ‘I have always been like this.’ However, if there is no record in the Bible that at creation God made them with a same-sex attraction … then it does not come from the Creator, it must be something else.
Homosexuality is not from God … it comes from the desires of sin. Ultimately, it comes from a lie. So much of what is marketed to us is a lie. Whether it is nutritional, political, religious, or sociological … most information today is based upon a lie. Why? Because this world is based upon layers of lies. Who is the great deceiver in this world?
Revelation 12 7Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Lies are inbred into our sinful nature. Lies are the language of our world. I know some of you may think that is a bit harsh, but nothing is done today without signing a contract. Why do you suppose that is? Everything that is being presented today in the media, education, and even religion is tainted with Satan’s fingertips.
I am convinced there is an agenda to deceive us. For example, I was taking a survey for the VA on a recent procedure that I had. In the survey, they wanted to know my race and sexual preference. Now, people would normally gloss over this because it seems so normal to ask these days. Yet, what does race or sexual preference have to do with my opinion on how well the procedure and service to me went on my recent visit to the VA hospital? I know this is a small matter, but every time it appears, it becomes part of a larger matter somewhere down the road.
When evil is marketed it is always done with a cause in mind, a human rights issue at stake. Take Roe vs. Wade for instance … it is now referred to as a right for woman’s health. No one tells you that abortion has health complications such as: “a main cause of maternal mortality, life threatening complications such as hemorrhage, fever, and infection on one hand, and psychological disorders such as regret, guilt, smoking, alcoholism, self-destructive behaviors, and even suicide.” So much for the health of a woman.
Abortion is barbaric murder. So, how does evil make it acceptable? We take it down the road to ‘it’s her body and her right to end the pregnancy.’ The problem is that she didn’t create a child on her own. To me, pregnancy (a new life) doesn’t belong to us … it belongs to God. So, naturally, since life begins with God, evil wants to destroy it. Roe vs. Wade is a lie. The Supreme Court believed in a lie and ruled in favor of it. Now, we have a society that has killed 70 million babies and the lie continues to build a culture of death.
Let’s diagnose what evil does:
1. Starts with a lie
2. Creates a narrative to support the lie
3. Confuses all boundaries
4. Prioritizes rights without responsibility
5. Makes love without truth a cultural icon
These five are at work every day in our world. They are promoted in the classroom, in the media, in government, and, sadly, in some churches in America. Evil has a culture that is predictable. The goal of evil is confusion … making things so unrecognizable that truth is lost or ignored. The lie today has become so sophisticated that it sounds and looks so much as truth. It masquerades as an angel of light, doing what appears to be right to deceive the many. Evil has an agenda to deceive people from knowing the truth about Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler
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