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Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions Part 2

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September 29, 2020 1:00 am

Occultism: Not Superstitions, But Deceptions Part 2

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September 29, 2020 1:00 am

In the Garden of Eden, the serpent beguiled Eve. Likewise, satanic substitutes for God often look very good. Although popular, the teachings of the occult are the doctrines of demons. As believers, it’s vital for us to understand what the Bible calls “sound doctrine.”

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Beguiled satanic substitutes for God.

Very good popular votes teachings and doctrines of demons as believers, it's vital to understand what the Bible calls sound church in Chicago this morning with Dr. Erwin Sir teaching helps us cross the finish line after loser were coming to the end of a series on seven snares of the hopeless focus on the sound doctrines that are so crucial debut, knowing in this world of confusion. It's very easy to tell just stick with the Scriptures, and of course we should.

But even sometimes those who may be biblically grounded can be led astray, and that's why doctrine is so incredibly important and you know speaking of this series of messages which was preached here from the pulpit of Moody church where making that available to our audience. If you listen to these messages and they been a blessing and a help in given direction in your life. They can be yours for a gift of any amount.

Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for this series of messages seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devils grip. Now let us listen once again as we expound the Scriptures, pointing out the dangers that we face in today's culture. I'd like to do in the next few moments is to tell you what the doctrines of demons are so that you can recognize the underlying thing is that that you will find out yesterday.

I had something to do in a shopping mall and so I decided to go into the bookstore and because I was preaching on this. I went over to the new age spirituality shelf shelves plural dozens and dozens shall I say without exaggeration.

Hundreds of books on the occult and all under the guise of new age spirituality so II pulled a few off-the-shelf and I just began to read found exactly what I knew was there. You don't you don't even have to buy one of those books without knowing in advance the doctrines of demons that are going to be in those books. What are they and here I'm going to take a single phrase from Satan in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve and that single phrase will become the basis for the doctrines first a wrong pantheistic view of God remember what Satan said to Adam and Eve or to Eve at least you shall be like God. How in the world can you be like God in the sense that you can be the creator of the sun, the moon, the stars unthinkable. So pantheism comes along and says God is all and all is God and therefore I am God to because everything is God. God is in pantheistic literature of the great universal spirit into which you can plug in in many many different ways. He's out there to be manipulated to be used for your benefit. He's a God who is both good and evil, so that you don't know exactly what he is. He is the force call him. Whatever it is that you wish. But somehow he's out there to be accessed by anyone at any time in different ways catch this. I know that I could've stayed there for hours. I didn't. I was just there a few moments, but I could've stayed there for hours and read every book on the shelf and not one of them would've told me that God is so holy that he is unapproachable unless you come with a right sacrifice and death through the right person. There is no holiness of God. There is no fear of God before their eyes. The Bible says why because if the pantheistic audience the universal spirit so much more that could be said about a wrong view of God underlies it all. Secondly I'm wrong view of man. The devil says use shall be like God. Basically, people are good. All I know that in witchcraft there are evil people who need to be eliminated, but in witchcraft when you have the power you know, to cast spells. You have the responsibility to punish those who are evil, and to reward those who are good and you have that power you say because you cannot put those spells on people.

Those curses and I want you to know that nowhere there. Is there a concept really of sin. There is evil but the evil exists outside of people and and furthermore, if there is any evil the human race is divided on the good people from the bad people. There is no understanding that evil resides in every one of our heart. And while the bad people maybe put out the good people they live and they are rewarded with and they really are rewarded with good health, with beauty, with lots of sex with with all kinds of material blessings that come their way and and that's the world you see in which they live. At the end of the day pick up those books and read them. Don't buy them don't actually invest your money in them, but at the end of the day which will find on every page is self worship.

I just read from Isaiah. A moment ago, you who say there is knee and non-beside me. Yeah, narcissism. It all exists for me. You have to do what is right for you with a human understanding of what that means a wrong view of God a wrong view of met. Nowhere will they tell you you know we are so sinful that unless God were to redeem us, we would be damn never found that in any book, let me give also a wrong view of death. Totally wrong. You know. Remember that Satan said to to Adam and Eve. I was jokingly heard me say this before. Always think that to actually he was speaking to Shirley McClain there in the garden because he said that you Shirley shall not die, he told Adam and Eve that you'll notice that now no meaning you don't die reincarnation regarding incarnation says nobody dies, you just keep being recycled until eventually you go around and that your recycled enough times and if you've been good in this life. Why, then, indeed, you will have a better life to come.

It is a heartless rule. Unbelievably cruel doctrine of karma. Imagine looking into the eyes of a little boy was been burned by an angry, abusive father and he looked into his eyes, and you say you know what you're getting now is what you deserve because you are bad in a previous life that you cannot remember because a veil of forgetfulness divides you from your past, but you're getting what you deserve. Heartless rule at the end of the day so there's a wrong view of death. No God to fear why when you die. Betty Edie says you'll see a Jesus whom you are worthy to embrace a Jesus that will not judge you, Jesus, who will accept you and anybody in the and when doctrine of demons. The Bible says that when you diet is appointed on the men once to die, and after death. The judgment, let me say also, there's a wrong view of redemption.

More specifically, there is no need for redemption. I've already mentioned that that if there is any salvation it comes to self-discovery, self-affirmation and self worship. You see, the doctrine of demons is directly opposite to the Bible in the Bible man fell, and God redeems us in new age literature. It is the opposite way. God fail.

So how can that be.

Let me take a moment to explain originally matter and spirit were one. They were unified but then God broke apart into matter and spirit, and now it is up to us to redeem God by bringing him together through transcendental meditation, which incidentally is an awesome doorway into the occult. And so what you do is you see you you do it like Kazin Zach is the author of the last temptation of Christ, said God does not save us. And this is a quote now, so listen carefully. God does not save us, but we save God by transmuting matter into spirit. We are the saviors and in occult literature. Eve is prized for having eaten the fruit of the tree because now she has knowledge and the serpent is worshiped and prize all of that, the doctrine of demons. Now I must hurriedly get to the most important point of the message and that is how you get free from the occult. Some of you have gone into the occult, sometimes unknowingly, and just because it's unknowing that does not mean that you might not be affected. Neil Anderson in one of his books tells the story of a missionary that went into a pagan Buddhist temple took off his shoes and reverence and that night spirits mocked him as he tried to sleep when I was in Japan. I refuse to go into those temples were tourists ago is enough for me to see it from a distance because remember if there is spirituality that is not based on the Bible or Christ. It is occultism.

What you do when you have those strongholds of the devil.

Let me suggest very quickly. Number one, you have to be absolutely convinced of the power and the victory of Jesus. Let me share that verse of Scripture. I shared with a man who told me that he lived in the occult capital of the Midwest which is covens animal mutilations all kinds of things happening Revelation chapter 3 verse nine Jesus is speaking. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews and they are not liars. Now listen, I will make them. I like the new American Standard appearances. I will cause them, I will cause them to come and fold down at your feet and acknowledge that I've loved you. Love that verse here is Jesus who is ascended and he says I've opened the door for you that nobody can shout and if I ever shut a door. Nobody can open it and I will cause those are of the synagogue of Satan to acknowledge the truth. You convinced that when Jesus died and rose that his triumph over the devil was complete. There is nothing left to be done except that the sentence still has to be commuted, but Satan is out on bail and and he's enjoying his time. Supposedly though I don't think it's an enjoyment at all and and and all of the work has already been done and the victory has been purchased and now Jesus invites us to stand there and say, participate with me in the victory. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimonies and like we often sing the blood has never lost its power. Secondly, we have to repent to repent of that involvement.

Jesus said if you are not with me. He said you are against me, and what that repentance means is an acknowledgment.

I have been into the following now in counseling people are in the occult. Most of them have no idea. All the things that they been involved in until you read the list they sell yeah I forgot I was yeah that's right I remember that we did do some levitation or yes we were into Ouija boards or yes as a matter of fact I did go to a fortuneteller or I am into dream analysis. Whatever they begin to realize that they been misled and so what you need to do is to confess that this is Satan's territory.

These are the doorways into the occult and you need to say, oh God, I am guilty of what I've noticed in counseling people is that if you pray with them over a long period of time you're not in a hurry you a periods of silence God will often bring to mind things that they were into that they had forgotten about those must be confessed and forsaken and acknowledged as being a cultic. Next, identify the lie that brought you into the trap. What was the lie was it a desire for knowledge. Knowledge that is hidden from us and that only God knows and you wanted to get into this headnote. Was it our did you want to have some kind of power of the witch to zap somebody.

What was it was it was at this great desire for health and health was more important to you than whether or not it was done. God's way that got you in confess it was it money whatever the mind can believe the mind can achieve, which incidentally is nonsense you a little little engine that went up the hill. That's it.

I think I can.

I think I can. I think I can. It had a much better chance making it to the top of the hill by its optimism that if it were a pessimist, no doubt about it, but when it got to the top of the hill. The tracks were washed out, it wouldn't matter how often it said I think I can. I think I can.

I think I can.

It's not true that whatever the mind can believe the mind can achieve. What's the lie that brought you into it when you give you another point, and that is you must forgive those who have wronged you know pulses in second Corinthians chapter 2 verses 11 and 12.

He says you must forgive the person and there must be no bitterness at last he says Satan deceive you, and we are not ignorant of his devices to see if we retain sins in our lives like bitterness and and other kinds of avenues. It always gives Satan. This this right. Strictly speaking, it's not a right because he doesn't have the rights but but it always gives them this doorway to harass us and to keep bringing us down. Then of course there has to be submission were on point number five now submission to God. It says in the book of James, dearly beloved, submit yourselves to God.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you, but also the body of Christ, and other some people who say what you know I am only accountable to God.

Most people who say their only accountable to God and they are not submissive to the leadership of the body of Christ are really taking their place with Satan who failed because of pride and so what we must do is sometimes we need the body. Jesus said regarding some demons, some do not come out except by prayer and fasting and you need the collective help of other people to bring you out from Satan's clutches. Finally, the armor of God, the armor of God and his pastor Worley pointed out to me one time the armor of God is not just something that you put on every day and then you will say oh my goodness. I left a piece behind. I got dressed this morning and I left the shield of faith in the bedroom know it's a whole lifestyle you put on that armor and you live that way with the breastplate of righteousness, so that Satan's attacks can never get through because the breastplate the righteousness of Christ in your righteous life continues to ward off those attacks and and there can't be any. What shall we say any ground that is given to him because of something that is in us. Remember what Jesus said. He said the prince of this world comes and he says buddy in me. He has found nothing so is nothing he can do to me and we live a lifestyle of faith and in the word and we put on the helmet of salvation. All of that, of course, found in the sixth chapter of Ephesians you know when bull Moose are in the wild.

They fight to see who is going to be the leader of the herd and and once the battle is over. The conqueror is never challenged again just assumed he's one so it's over. So the devil likes to do likes just to fall into those snares and we talked about many of them in the series of messages and were talking about the article today, but you can put all the others right here. He wants us to fall in and then say to see. There's no way that you can get out. I have one at I have you under my authority.

You have to obey that is a lie and Satan's got to be called on. That is a liar, and the author of lives like to tell the story of that painting where a man drew a chess game and the devil in a young man are playing chess, and the agreement is that whoever wins becomes the leader of the other person. The loser becomes the servant and the way the picture was painted is the devil just declared checkmate in three moves. So the young man's face was painted pale by Palmore Fay, who looked at that painting in a museum, stared at it for a chess player that at this point this way. In this way discovered something that the painter had overlooked a move that the boy could make it isn't checkmate and I say to those of you today harassed by Satan, there's a move that you can make.

There's a move that you can make having triumphed over principalities and powers. He made a show of them openly triumphing over them in it and just as a serpent has been crushed into the dirt and you take your heel as you walk along and you've got really hard heals in the road is hard to grind him into the road that you're walking along Satan has been ground into the dust and Christ is triumphant. Some of you have never received in the Savior.

What you need to do is to realize is the only way to God.

Now tell me one new age book that will tell you that that apart from Jesus you are lost forever. That's what this book tells us, but the doctrine of demons has an myriad ways of salvation. This book, the Bible has only one.

And though this world with devils failed should threaten to undo us. We will not fear for God has willed his truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him.

For low his rage we can endure for low. His doom is one little word shall fell him in that little word has six letters CH are I ST we were announcing we serve the King of Kings and Lord of lords. Let us pray now father we ask today that you shall take these thoughts.

Oh Lord to speak to those who are bound to speak to young people tempted to get into occultism speak to those who walk past fortunetellers wondering what it would be like to have their fortune told speak to those father who are in environments work environments where there are crystals in all kinds of ways to somehow get in contact with the spirit world speak to those father who are in healthcare who are tempted to go the direction of nonbiblical spirituality and help us father to discern the dock rings of demon from the lovely truths the transforming truths of your word and save those who need to be saved and deliver those who need to be deliberately asking's name and well my friend, this is Pastor Blitzer and let me speak to your heart today. One of the things that I discover in the church of Jesus Christ. And I'm even talking about evangelical churches. Often times the power of the gospel is denied, the impression is given that God does not deliver people from their addictions. Now of course we all acknowledge that there are struggles and there are continuous temptations, but the fact is that God has brought deliverance to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

And that's why I've written the book entitled seven snares of the enemy breaking free from the devil's grip. You can actually have this material either as a sermon series or as a book for a gift of any amount and I can't help but think that there are many of you are listening. Who knows someone who desperately needs to listen to these messages are read this book and have this material because at the end of the day. God wants to deliver people from patterns that are destructive and we need to expand our own confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ to deliver us from our sins even repeated sentence.

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