Goddess Worship and The Spirit Behind The Rise Of Modern Feminism

Goddess Worship and The Spirit Behind

The Rise of Modern Feminism

Another issue that has suddenly gained momentum in the past couple of years is the feminist movement. Since the 1960’s there has been a steady rise of women’s rights, feminism, women’s health rights in the form of abortion, and more recently derrogoration of men and the man’s place of leadership in society. We have seen women like Helen Reddy, more recently Linda Sarsour exalt women as not equal but greater than man, and to the point that we don’t need men. Several months ago we saw two women’s marches that clearly says it all. The first group celebrated women from a BIblical standpoint, were ‘pro-life’, celebrating women and the God-ordained purpose for women. The other group, filled with hate for anything masculine, praise abortion rights, and homosexuality, among other things.

The attack has heightened in the last few months to a point that television ads during the Super Bowl mostly focused on feminism and diminishing men and making them look pitiful. I am not against women succeeding at what God has called them to be and do. But the sudden surge of feminism also looks at motherhood, at least in the Biblical sense, as an ‘evil’ thing. This goes beyond celebrating women and the purpose God ordained them for. It is not just in society but has crept into the ‘church’ as well.

I am all for honoring all women, especially mothers. God honors them and Jesus does too. God’s original design was for man to have dominion over all of the earth. Genesis 2:18 “Then the Lord God said it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper fit for him.” (ESV) God created woman out of Adam as a helper. She was not created as insignificant of to be lorded over or treated as a piece of chattel as some culture treat them. Nor was woman created to rule over the man. God’s plan was for family. I am not talking about women ruling a nation or even having positions of authority in the church. I mean God’s design for family and even in society at large. Men and women can be supervisors, other leaders. What we are seeing in America and other countries is an all out assault on men and really the family.

1 Corinthians 11:8-10 “for man did not come from woman but woman from man; Neither was man created for woman but woman for man. For this reason a woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head.” (NIV) God created the woman for the man and the man is to be her covering, or spiritual authority. This design was put in place for protection. When we come out of God’s plan for our protection or our covering we open ourselves up to all sorts of evil.

There is a spirit behind the feminist movement which seeks not only to put women above men but put men under their feet.

Genesis 1:27 tells us male and female were created in His image. Not just male nor female. Verse 28 “God said, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” Being fruitful and multiplying requires man and woman to come together as one under God’s plan. Rule together. What is this spirit behind the feminist movement and sudden hatred of ‘men’?

An old demonic ‘spirit’ known as Goddess that takes on many names and forms is ultimately behind this movement. It is nothing new. It has been working for thousands of years. Yet, we act like it is a sudden and new thing. In the past it has had names like Isis, Athena, Artemis, Diana, Mother earth, aphrodite, venus, libertas, portlandia, Queen of Heaven, Sophia, and Kali, and the list goes on. Virtually every society and culture has at some point celebrated goddess worship. Today it is also seen in Wicca, New Age, and now has lipped in mainline Protestant churches. It has been in Catholicism in the form of ‘Mary worship”. Yes, Mary was the ‘mother of God’, but not a goddess, and certainly not to be prayed to.

There have been Bibles printed either neutralizing God as being non-gender, or even replacing the Father with a mother. Some churches have replaced all pronouns and now refer to God the Father as the ‘Supreme Being’ or just God. It is all a continuous assault against God and His plan and rule and authority. The East and West Coast of the United States each have a statue of a female goddess from Roman mythology. New York and Oregon are two states where we see the feminist movement is its strongest.

As previously mentioned I am for women as is God, but from a Biblically standpoint, not to the point where women’s rights take the form where men are veil and abortion is cool. What must we do? We need to recognize the tactics of the enemy. It is going to build and only those who ‘have understanding’ will be able to call it out and say what it is. It is a demonic assault against God, the Church, Jesus and everything that is good and decent.

We need to love the people promoting and caught up in this false worship. We also need to pray that God would remove the blinders and unstop their ears, so that the truth would pierce the darkness. Pray for a revelation of the Father and of the Father’s heart. Jesus said, “whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.” (ESV)

Let us celebrate women as God created them to be. Mother’s, wives, business people, educators, students, government officials, and already equal under the eyes of God. Let us honor what God has said and not allow what is not part of His plan.

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Hebrew Year 5779 and Justice

Hebrew Year 5779 and Justice

In just a couple of days the Hebrew Calendar will roll over to the year 5779. What, you may ask does that have to do with me? That all of course depends. Perhaps you don’t even recognize the Hebrew Calendar. Perhaps you are a believer who doesn’t believe or may have been taught that Jewish feast stuff is old school. That’s all done with. It doesn’t matter what any of us believe it is what the Bible, the Word of The Lord says.

You see we as Gentiles or ‘the nations’ are grafted into the seed of Abraham, through Jesus Christ. In other words we are in covenant. Jesus came to fulfill the law and not abolish it. Likewise he didn’t abolish the feasts. Zechariah 14:16-19 talks about the nations going up to worship Jesus and celebrate the feasts. God gave them to be celebrated perpetually, in other words forever. So it is an honor to celebrate, and celebrate in the way He leads me.

I love the sound of the shofar and I especially enjoy being a vessel by which the Holy Spirit blows the shofar through. Rosh Hashanah or Yom Trua,  the day of blowing the shofar is September 9 at sundown until September 11 at sundown. Again we as Gentiles don’t go around blowing shofars all day. But this being a new year I want to point out to you what it means.

The year 5779 is essentially a year of justice. The number 9 points to justice and judgment. Individually that means a setting of right of things that are  wrong. In order for that to take place we have to surrender our lives. We must repent and seek forgiveness. Before God can bring justice on our part we need to stand in the courts of heaven with clean hands and pure hearts.

It’s not a time to declare judgment on people we don’t like or that have wronged us. This is about God turning things around for us. It’s not a name it and claim it but about accepting the time that is at hand. God wants to deliver us, set us free, right all the wrongs done to us, but we must do our part.

It’s time seek the Lord, cleanse our hearts and minds and surrender and wait for God to do things according to His ways. Jesus will set things right when He comes back and establishes His kingdom. However, we must recognize that the cross is the place where He has set things right but we are here to carry that out. I believe 5779 will be a microcosm of what will be when Jesus establishes His kingdom.

Part of Jesus’ return includes His judgments. Yes, He is a righteous judge who is coming to bring justice in all the earth.

Our part then is to get our hearts right and set them to partner with Him when He will release judgment. Let 5779 be the year where the Lord will dispense justice for you and your family for restitution, reconciliation, blessings beyond measure, in every area of our lives. So what are you waiting for, cleanse your hearts and get ready.

What Do You Do When You Get Revival

What Do You Do When You Get Revival?

We are all seeking more of God and His presence, and to know Him more and more. There is more written about intimacy with Jesus than ever before. The cry for revival fire is going up all around the earth. It’s God’s cry to come in alignment with Him and His desire for truth, righteousness and justice in the earth. In Psalm 27:8 David writes “your face I will seek”. Seeking God and seeking revival are, at least I believe, essentially the same. We pray for the fire, and what the fire is and does is another topic. We know the fire cleanses but it also causes us to burn for Jesus, to burn for the Father.

So the question is what do we do when seek God’s face and seek revival and seek the ‘fire’ and we get it? I mean what happens when we get what we asked for?

If your name is Moses and you ask show me your glory, He tells you ‘you can see my backside.’ He says no man can see my face and live. Yet, David still said, ‘your face I will seek.’ But, for Moses he got to stand on a rock. In fact God put him on the rock beside Him.

To stand on a rock beside the Father of Glory would be enough for most. After this event scripture records of Moses, in Exodus 33:11, and Numbers 12:8 that God spoke face to face, mouth to mouth with Him, and not in dark parables, or dreams or visions. Something changed in Moses’ relationship and how he communed with the Lord. There was an encounter that resulted in a shifting of how Moses received information from The Father.

But, my focus is not on that now but on the fact that Moses got what he asked for. It is what happens after he ‘saw God’s glory’ is what I’m after. We spend time seeking, and certainly it is the Holy Spirit drawing us to seek, or chase after the glory of God. Why did God tell Moses no man can seek My face and live and yet David said, ‘your face will I seek”? Surely David knew the scripture. Nevertheless, this is the man it is written was a ‘man after God’s own heart”.

That in itself has come to mean something new to me. We’ve heard it taught that God was saying David has a servant heart or a heart like I want in a leader. Yes, David’s heart was to serve the Lord. But ultimately David was just after the heart of God, to know God and know His heart. We need to be like David and seek God’s heart in any situation, and His heart for our own lives, families, cities, and the nations.

But, again the question is what do we do when we seek God or we seek revival and we get it? Simply put we don’t let go. Moses, obviously didn’t, yet he didn’t make into the promised land because of disobedience. David also got it as we read of the many Psalms written by him, and his desire to build ‘a resting place for God’. Thes are two primary examples for scripture. I could elaborate and mention others who spent their lives seeking God and seeking revival. John the Apostle as well as John the Baptist. In John 5:35 Jesus tells us John the Immerser was ‘a burning and shining lamp.’ How did he get to be that burning and shining lamp? Seeking Him and standing in His presence.

There are those like Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian prayer revival or Bernard of Clairvaux, who devoted their lives to prayer and seeing God. Their impact on society and history is recorded and has been a lasting one. The Moravians started a missions movement that lasted over 100 years and affected the modern missions movement. There are the Ravenhill’s and the Steve Hill’s just to name a few of the modern leaders who have sought God’s heart and as a result been known as great revivalists. I’m sure you could add many and there a those rising up even as I write.

So, what do we do now with the ‘fire of God’ once we get it? Some may say well this happened or the enemy did this or that or I made bad choices. Well I’m right there with you. But recently the Lord showed me and my wife despite all the trials, tribulations, attacks, bad choices and all that life throws our ways, we never lost the fire we got a hold of in Revival. You see getting the fir is not about attending some fiery services and the Holy Spirit showing up. Yes, that may be the place you get it or it may be the place where it is re-kindled or re-ignited.

If you are hungry and thirsty for more of Him and all that He has the be assured He won’t disappoint. Most of us have at some point had an encounter and received the ‘fire’. Maybe we are in a cold or lukewarm congregation or a rough job, or just bad circumstances. Whatever the case these are all things that want to steal or pour out the fire. The challenge is this: don’t let go. I remember when I was in Bible School one of the professors talked about meeting some people in Wales that were part of or were somehow connected to the Welsh Revival. One of the gentlemen told him “whatever you do, when you get it, don’t let go.”

So, whether you stand on a rock beside God, or watch sheep on the backside of the desert, or ever how you get the fire and glory, Don’t Let Go! You may feel like it’s too late, or that it’s all gone, but I just believe that there is an ember or spark left. Just ask the Holy Spirit to come and ignite that spark again, and then seek God like never before and you will burn until Jesus comes back, and beyond