The Garden of Pleasure is where temptation and failure became the way of all man until we are born again by the Holy Spirit. And even after a person is born again, it doesn’t mean that temptation has ended. What it means is that the power to resist temptation is now in you. The fallen nature of man must die and we must be changed from within by the Holy Spirit.
The fallen nature’s desire to examine, pursuit, capture, and consume is what makes falling into sin from being tempted possible. Possible to fall into or possible to escape it.
The excitement of enticement. The tease. The desire to go deeper into someone or something. Every person is smitten with temptation.
However, we do not have to fall into temptation.
Temptation is not sin. To be tempted is just enticement or baiting. If you do not take the bait, you cannot sin.
It is when we cast off restraint and cross the line of discipline to not touch whatever, that we fall into sin.
James said count it all joy when you “fall into temptation.”
If your life wasn’t of value to discredit Jesus, you wouldn’t be tempted. There are some forms of temptation that are so blatant that if you are not careful, you will stop thinking about the cost and engage to sin.
Men are sight stimulated. What we see is what our mind locks on and we burn that image in our souls to consume it mentally until you have to touch it.
The full satisfaction is after you have touched what you’ve watched.
Proverbs 27:20 says,
“Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”
Dangle something that a person likes and it won’t be long before the desire to consume it comes.
Low cleavage, body hugging above the knees dress. Hair up or down, preferably sexy down. You’ve seen it before and that is desirable to see all of the time. Now the desire to see it again and again is programed into your repetitive thinking process.
Unless she is your wife, you are already in pursuit in your mind to check it ALL out as she gets closer and closer. Your heart races and your mind goes into several transitions until mind and body ultimately transitions into “I must touch it. I must have it. I must consume it.”
We all know how this works but let’s examine it in relative detail.
All things have a point of origin or beginning point. When it comes to temptation of the sexual nature, we can only be tempted based on our desires. If there is no desire, there can be no reference point for preference. Whatever our desire is, that’s where our preference is, and that is the area where the enemy will tempt us (see Hebrews 12:1).
If something is repulsive to us, chances are, unless lines are crossed to escalate unexplored regions of sex acts to obtain the unobtainable carrot of sexual satisfaction, we will not engage.
Look at what the Bible says about temptation from the book of James chapter one and verses 14 and 15.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.”
For clarity, the Amplified Bible gives this rendition.
“But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.”
When James says “…but every person,” no one escapes temptation.
In order for you to be tempted you have to be “drawn away.”
How are we drawn away?
Notice…“enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
You see lust never seeks you. Lust is already in there unless it is dealt a death blow (see Colossians 3:5).
Romans chapter 7 is the tell all of how sin in the flesh operates.
In all of us, there is a preference for the kinds of sin that brings evil pleasure to our minds and bodies. However, these evil passions and desires must have conception in order to produce only one thing.
But let’s go back a bit.
What is it that is in your mind and flesh that you know that you would easily fall prey to? Just like fish or any predator. When you see something that is appealing to you, you will pursue it until you’ve captured it for consumption. Like all evil temptation, there is always a hook at the end of the bait.
It’s the same with humans. Same sex attractions, opposite sex attractions or attractions for both.
The definition for lust is “longing for that which is forbidden.”
When you are told that you cannot have a certain thing, sometimes it can add to the pursuit. The inquisitive pursuit.
A sort of curiosity that seeks out what it would be like to have it that way. It’s the same with sex. When a woman or a man walks by, your mind is inquisitive about what is not seen. What is seen is the appealing process that triggers the desire to further examine. Then it reengages into another mode. The conception process is figuring out how to get it and consume it.
According to Matthew 5:27-28, you already crossed the line in imagining what you will do when you get her or him. The lines one declares that it will not cross is just a speed bump. You will slow down but you will eventually cross it.
It is just a matter of time.
How do we overcome temptation?
We must look at the life of the Lord Jesus to answer this question. By looking at how He was able to resist the devil is textbook child of God living.
You’ve read this correctly. I admit. I am not the first to break this but others have been voicing this. It is inconceivable and unfathomable to think that anyone that support the sin of homosexuality is not involved in the sin of homosexuality themselves. Perverseness knows no boundaries. We must understand that sin is the Global Initiative of satan. The moment you understand this is the moment you will either turn from wickedness and turn to the Lord or go deeper into the abyss of immorality, leading all participants to the pit of hell itself.
We have never seen a sitting president advocate for gay rights as this president. 3% of the American population is homosexual. Yet, we are seeing the very seat of Executive Power flaunt homosexuality as if he was a practicing homosexual himself.
Just like the press, when they do not ask certain questions, yet, we see unparalleled support of LGBT initiatives, there is no question that someone need to muster up the courage to ask…..
“Mr. President, you have done more for gay rights than any other sitting president in history. Your support for gay marriage is on the record. My question to you is, ‘Are you a homosexual or bisexual person?”
The ladies on The View won’t ask. No courage there. CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC. Forget it.
Many will say….
That’s none of your business. Or. When he is ready he will tell the world. Or. So what if he is, I’ll still vote for him. Or. He’s a married man, to a woman. What evidence do you have that the president is gay?
So far, the trail of evidence apart from other sources, leads us to preponderance so far, but we shouldn’t be surprised. I’m not a prophet. A pastor/teacher, that’s my limitation in ministry. However…..
An admission? A picture? How about….
I shudder to think about the president and….. making that walk on that long walkway on the red carpet that leads to the East Room.
There is no question in our minds that there are other issues on the table that need a president’s attention but when you see this timeline, and it is a record of accomplishments that gives this timeline a powerful argument that there is an agenda behind an agenda, we need to pay more attention to what is happening.
As I have said before, White presidents were never confronted with LGBT issues except President Clinton.
They now get an African American President. The first one and it’s almost like the switch came on. We can use this Black man to further our causes.
But not just any Black man. One that purports his “faith.” So on the back of a Black Man and at the expense of the church, LGBT has successfully found a way to influence the nation to accept the sin of homosexuality.
Gay Christian Movement Watch has been on this for quite some time. The Lord uses people in places that we shy away from not realizing that the Lord was warning us all along but we have failed to take heed because we have no prominent voices that are zealous for the Lord. We are too busy personal pimping people in the church for kingdom of man building.
All of a sudden, we have a chance to attack sin and we are the number one supporter of sin, and that of the sin of homosexuality. And inside the church, with gay musicians, bisexual music ministers and singers, porn and masturbation operating all in the pulpit and choir lofts, sexual immorality is alive and well.
Perverseness is increasing and the church leaders have not garnered the courage to stop this mess in the church. When African American pastors are called upon to be standard-bearers, we become standard bearers all right.
For sexual immorality of every type.
We don’t know how to control ourselves so, in rebellion, we refuse to preach with such conviction that the Holy Spirit brings the fear of the Lord in the house.
“I ain’t scared of no God!”
It’s the land of Canaan all over again.
Some of us are so gullible that we will ignore what the prophets are saying and vote for a president that supports the sin of homosexuality.
How would God look at you when He poured His wrath out on Sodom and Gomorrah and you support the sin of homosexuality today?
You better check yourself!
3% of the American population is homosexual and they have a place in the White House to push America towards its darkest days yet.
The late John Osteen, the father of Joel Osteen said, “We need the power of the Holy Spirit for the dark days that lie ahead.”
My God, he saw, perhaps, the spiritual and moral decay that would face this nation and warned us.
I’ve come to realize that sometimes it’s more than gaining support to keep you in office. There is more issues that are more important than gay issues.
On the contrary.
When it comes to sexual immorality, the downfall of every nation or the dark places of a nation is determined by morality or immorality. The darker a nation, the more heinous its morals.
As a side note, I witnessed a fascinating video of Sodom and Gomorrah (courtesy of a YouTube link provided by Pastor DL Foster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwTVFk1HK3Y).
The explorers discovered that the Sodium Bicarbonate was it’s purest form as they walked in the cities where Sodom was destroyed by the Lord. Literally the Lord melted the cities that operated in perverseness. The video also noted that the area surrounding the overthrown cities differentiated in color. The white substance was brimstone and the areas not touched were naturally normal and consistent with the environment.
Secondly, the substance of Sodium Bicarbonate had no earthly mixture, in that the sodium had no byproducts to point to the fact that earth produced the sodium bicarbonate. It was poured out as the Scriptures pointed out in Genesis 19.
The Lord intended to never let these cities be rebuilt so that it once again be known as a place to go to for sexual perverseness. If they would have been able to rebuild, only the Lord knew to what levels of perverseness they would have descended to.
Yet, today, we are seeing perverseness on unprecedented scales.
Pure sin warranted pure destruction.
Having said this, please check this timeline, courtesy of Gay Christian Movement Watch.
You cannot read this, huff and puff and have a hissy fit to disprove the fact that LGBT has the White House on a clear agenda that is a present danger to the spiritual climate of this nation.
And now, please view the timeline.
As I was driving along, the Lord begin to minister something to me that I never would have thought of if I tried. When you are dealing with some form of sexual immorality, there is definite connections to idolatry. It’s a no brainer to know that when you are dealing with the dark side, the devil and his angels are there.
The OT is clear about idol worship. The Canaanite high places used for deity worship invariably had connections to sexual immorality. Male and female prostitutes were available all the time. On most sites, jars of babies killed as a ritual, lined the area. It’s quite possible that these babies were “out of womb” abortions resulting from pregnancies of female temple prostitutes.
In Acts chapter 15, “certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
The church at Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas down to Jerusalem to get the ruling on such doctrine. The council discussed and approved a letter that stated that they abstain from “things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.”
There is no doubt about the connections of pagan rituals and sexual immorality.
When you are dealing with the occult, there is always a connection to witchcraft.
In the adjective, “occult” means, “hidden and difficult to see,” hence mystery, mystic, secret.
According to Wikipedia, “Dianic Wicca” and other sections of witches had lesbians incorporated into their circles.
“Dianic Wicca is a religion that welcomes lesbian pagans and celebrates their perspectives on feminism, sexism, and women’s empowerment within patriarchal culture. However, many Dianic covens exclude transgender people, being solely for womyn-born-womyn.”
In support of this philosophy, many Wiccans cite the Charge of the Goddess, which says “All acts of Love and Pleasure are My rituals”.Therefore all forms and expressions of sexuality, as long as they are otherwise healthy and consensual, are accepted.
According to Ann-Marie Gallagher, a professor of women’s studies and long-time author of many books related to Wicca, “there is no moralistic doctrine or dogma other than the advice offered in the Wiccan Rede… The only ‘law’ here is love… It matters not whether we are gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered – the physical world is sacred, and [we are] celebrating our physicality, sexuality, human nature and celebrating the goddess, Giver of ALL life and soul of ALL nature.”
In addition, since Wicca focuses on the importance of male-female polarities, its acceptance of homosexuals is focused on the view that homosexual individuals embody (spiritually) aspects of both polarities. A view similar to that of the Native American tradition of Two-Spirited individuals.”
As soon as I saw the word “Dianic,” it is a direct connection to Acts 19. Diana of the Ephesians. The revival that Paul and the other apostles conducted in Ephesus (modern day Turkey) literally wiped out Diana of the Ephesians. At that time, the city of Ephesus had a population of over 300,000 persons. The income of the coppersmiths were incredible. They were in business to make the statue of Diana and replicate it so that everyone could have a copy.
This is no different than the porn industry. Diana of the Ephesians was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. And to come to the place where this wonder could be obtained reveals a long trail of money, sex, and sorcery, witchcraft, and idol worship.
But as with all idols, there is always a long connection of idolatry that leads all the way to satan.
For instance, the Artemis is connected to Diana of the Ephesians.
According to New Unger’s Bible Dictionary,
“”Artemis of the Ephesians” (not a Greek deity, but Asiatic)’…was undoubtedly a representative of the same power presiding over conception and birth that was adored in Palestine under the name Ashtoreth.
The Ashtoreth was a god identified with the planet Venus and related with the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, the goddess of ‘sensual love, maternity, and fertility.’
However, according to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, “In the West, however, Asherah and Ashtoreth came to be distinguished from one another, Asherah being exclusively the goddess of fertility, whereas Ashtoreth passed into a moon-goddess.”
The Ashtoreth was made of wood and in some cases made into a pole. While it is a stretch, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had pole dancers back then.
If that isn’t enough, the Asherah was “a cult object of wood, which might be worshipped or cut down and burned and which was certainly the goddess image.” Some scholars noted that the term “detestable” would be used to describe the idol. Also, some scholars have even used the term “phallic.”
In case you do not know what “phallic” is.
It is an erect penis.
In other words, the idolatry was about sexual perversion worship to false gods and one of many objects of worship might have been an erect penis.
Notice 2 Kings 23:4-7,
“And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the priests of the second order, and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense on the high places in the cities of Judah and in the places all around Jerusalem, and those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the host of heaven. And he brought out the wooden image from the house of the Lord, to the Brook Kidron outside Jerusalem, burned it at the Brook Kidron and ground it to ashes, and threw its ashes on the graves of the common people. Then he tore down the ritual booths of the perverted persons that were in the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the wooden image.”
There is little imagination to the possibility of what kind of “sex toys” were employed.
So the connections to abortion, idol worship, sexual symbols, and the occult or witchcraft is there.
Back in the book of Acts chapter 19, the other thing that was interesting was that one day, the people that turned their lives over to the Lord came out and burned their books of sorcery. The book in themselves wasn’t the value. It was what was in the books that contained the value. The ability to use supernatural demonic power over people.
We all know that the LGBT community is a small community or minority of people, however, they have vast resources that reaches all the way into the White House, but that is not the real pinnacle of power. The House and the Senate, and the Judicial Branches are the real houses of power in the natural.
On almost every level of government. City, State, and Federal, their reach is incredible. And that’s where the battle ground has shifted. From the Federal level to city and state levels. In fact, then Vice President Dick Chaney signaled to LGBT that if you want these rights, go to the states and we are seeing a full court press of the LGBT agenda pushing states to incorporate homosexuality.
The new target, which is an old target is the church. For years, they have infiltrated church music without much opposition. They have now been accepted and ordained in most churches where there’s been a relinquishing of Biblical holiness on an unimaginable scale.
Slowly, we are seeing some segments of church wane or entirely avoid the fight of battle. Former homosexuals and lesbians are also targeted by LGBT as conversion therapy Christians. The new birth is not a system of therapy. The new birth is accepting the life of Jesus and throwing away the life of sin by the grace of God.
The tactics of LGBT is almost to the point that the church feels vexed and tormented like Lot but this is not the time for the church to capitulate because of the anger of the devil in the voices of those that stand hard against God and His Word. This is the time to pray like never before and stand firm in the faith. We are not to fear their faces because our God is a Mighty God.
The only impediment left is the true Word of God and the Person of the Holy Spirit, operating within the believers in the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They know that they cannot silence the church because God is always raising up someone to speak truth. However, when LGBT cannot have their way, they resort to intimidating witchcraft and manipulative tactics.
Not all lesbians are deep into Dianic Wicca Witchcraft but their voices and tactics have the spirit of witchcraft in almost everything that they do because of it’s demonic connections to sexual immorality and idolatry. You do not have to have a statue to bow down to because the hour we are in now has revealed the sinner’s true idol.
Him or herself in anarchy and rebellion against the will of God.
Of course there will be strong denial of these connections but rebellion is the heart of all sin.
I remember so vividly when I was caught in the sin of porn and self gratification how I was. After you come out of the dark and begin to see what you were involved with, you can see that you were in rebellion.
In 1 Samuel 15:22b-23, look at what Samuel said of Saul,
“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”
When the gospel of inclusion came out, it was because the church made a stand in righteousness to exclude sin. God is exclusive. To be holy is to be exclusive. To be included into the kingdom of the Son of His love, you must have sin washed away by the blood of the Lamb.
A spell is cast every time sin is committed because rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
It is only by being delivered from the power of darkness by the forgiveness of sins and a thorough washing of the blood of the Lamb that a persons is transformed and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love. As many as received Him to them He gives power or the right to become a son of God.
These verses are a combination of Colossians 1:13 and John 1:12.
You cannot become a son of God without being born again.
There is no such thing as backdoor Christianity where you attempt to come in without a “wedding garment” (see Matthew 22:1-14).
We know that this is an apostate age and many will turn from the Lord. Already there is a clear infiltration and deep insurgency within the ranks of the righteous. However, remember that the Lord said “….and the gates of hell shall not prevail…”
The gates, according to Vine’s Expository of Biblical Words states that the gates of hell is representative of demonic government. satan’s government shall not prevail.
When you are in Secret Sexual Sins, you are in rebellion. And it is no different than the sin of witchcraft. My stubbornness. It was no different than iniquity and idolatry.
The word “witchcraft” is the Hebrew word, “qecem” which means divination. This word is associated with Balaam. We all know what happened to the children of Israel when they were in the plains of MOAB.
So, when you go to church, if there is no true conviction of sin, there is no doubt about Secret Sexual Sins. When you go to your “church concerts” and “album recordings” and you begin to see certain things that stand out as out of the holy ordinary of the presence of God, there is a greater chance that immorality is comfortable in the facility.
The church should never mind sinners coming into a worship service but it should be very uncomfortable for sin to find a home. Our worship services should never be as comfortable as a roach surviving a roach bomb. Where there is no conviction for sin, it is a good indication that the Holy Spirit may not be at home in the facility that houses the church.
Conviction is not for the purpose of chasing sinners out of the house of God. Conviction serves as a notice that in the place where the church stands is holy ground. The convicting power of God is not for the purpose of chasing the sinner out but to pull that person to the blood of His cross where sins are forgiven and where resurrection to new life in Christ is issued. The place of conviction must be where the love of God is administered in truth and where, as a result of such conviction, a person is sorry for hurting God.
They repent, receive the life changing power of the Holy Spirit, and walk in new freedom in Christ. From the house of bondage to the kingdom of the Son of His love.
When it comes to self gratification, I was idolizing sex.
In all actuality, whatever your preference may be to get off, it all boils down to sexual immorality which is rebellion and iniquity which is witchcraft and idolatry.
The two terms are interchangeable.
For those of us that received deliverance, when we are attacked by those still in the house of bondage, when they spew their venom, you get that sense that something demonic took place. That demonic occurrence is the occult or witchcraft spell that is being cast against the children of righteousness but…
“No weapon formed against us shall prosper and whatever tongue that rises against us in judgment, we shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, says the Lord.”