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Another School Massacre

 


Monday, February 19, 2018
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Students exiting school after Florida school shooting.
It happened again, in Parkland, just a 30-minute drive from my seminar, March 2, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. By the time you read this, the death toll, initially set at 17, will likely be higher. This tragedy has been called “catastrophic” by USA TODAY and “pure evil” by Florida’s governor. Journalists, political pundits, and talk show hosts have been positing theories as to why it happened and solutions to prevent it from happening again. But most have missed the point. More guards at schools and better detection of mental illness may mitigate such carnage; however, the problem we face is not one of identifying madmen or restricting their ability to commit mass murder. We must look deeper at the moral conditions than spawn such killers.

Since 20 first graders and six adults where shot in Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 there have been 239 more school shootings, with 438 being shot and 138 killed! There have been three mass shootings in the last four months. Those my age, and even those several decades younger, find such outbreaks of violence unimaginable. When I attended high school, we had no metal detectors at our school entrances. There were no armed security guards or police on duty at the schoolhouse steps. What’s changed isn’t the impulse of evil in the hearts of potential criminals. What’s different is the generational change in moral behavior.

Until recent decades, there were no wardrobe malfunctions at football games. No abortion on demand. No identity politics polarizing the left and right. No rap “singers” advocating the killing of cops. No basketball stars like Lebron James, who didn’t even finish high school and can’t speak a grammatically consistent sentence, cursing the President. No movies like “Pulp Fiction,” “Fast and Furious,” and “Kill Bill,” and no violent video games such as “Mortal Kombat,” “Thrill Kill,” and “Grand Theft Auto.” No legal, recreational drugs like weed.

Here’s what we did have: Everyone recited the pledge of allegiance every day; everyone stood for the National Anthem; prayer in schools; graduation with a baccalaureate service and a pastoral sermon. Our butts got paddled if we broke school discipline. (Yes, it happened to even me.)

What we face is a spiritual problem of moral rebellion, disrespect for authority, lust and greed at every level of society, and smooth talking mega-pastors who wouldn’t know a demon if it spit in their face. Consequently, demons run rampant with little restraint upon their evil. Here’s what will stop the killing: tougher drugs laws, faster sentencing of criminals, stricter behavior codes in schools, no-nonsense teachers, and more hellfire preachers. And a lot more exorcists.


An encouraging wordCOMPARISONS
We are all prone to compare ourselves to others. The car they drive, the house they live in, what they look like are all factors we may consider when making comparisons. First Samuel 16:7 says, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Remember that the next time you compare yourself to another person. As someone who counsels those with deep, dark secrets I can assure you that things are not always what they appear on the outside.

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Voodoo Deliverance

 


Monday, February 12, 2018
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A recent news report was about as bizarre as it gets. A five-year-old child faces a lifetime of permanent disfigurement from burns, cuts, beatings and unspeakable torture because of a Voodoo deliverance. The Haitian mother of the youngster claimed that her child was behaving badly due to evil spirits. So, she took the little girl to a voodoo priest. The officiant blew fire on the child and lacerated her with a sharp object. All the while, the girl’s hands and feet were tied, rendering her helpless. Now, the mother and the witchcraft priestess are in jail charged with indecent assault and battery on a child. Ironically, whether the child had demons, she most certainly does now after being subjected to this satanic trauma.

Of course, the mother and priestess are to be blamed for this despicable tragedy. But should part of the blame be shared by American evangelical Christians, those who are supposed to believe the Bible, word for word? As pointed out in our International School of Exorcism, Level 1, Course 3, in the gospel of Matthew 7 of 28 chapters refer to demonic activity; in Mark’s gospel 15 chapters deal with the demonic, and in Luke’s gospel 8 of 24 chapters contain accounts of demonic encounters. That’s roughly a third of the chapters in the synoptic gospels.

There is no excuse when Christian leaders avoid the mention of exorcism’s importance in the ministry of Christ. Fewer searching people would be going to psychics, energy healers, and even Voodoo witchdoctors if they knew they could find help in churches. Whether or not such seekers of exorcism really do have demons isn’t the issue. The tragedy is that they can’t find legitimate answers in most of the evangelical community. In fact, anyone who approaches a Christian pastor saying they have demons will likely be treated as a nut-job or handed over to a psychiatrist without the slightest benefit of deliverance prayer.

I’m angry at the injustice of that little girl being tortured in the name of exorcism, but I’m even more upset at the neglect of this much-needed ministry among followers of Christ. You may think that God will severely judge that mother and Voodoo witchdoctor, but what does the Lord think of those in Christian ministry who fail to offer answers for the satanically afflicted, especially Christians who think they may have demons?


An encouraging word: Don’t Envy Evil
Psalm 37:1 offers advice we need to be reminded of over and over: “Do not fret because of evil man or be envious of those who do wrong.” Our celebrity-obsessed culture does the opposite. Take a glance at the Grammy’s or the Academy Awards and you’ll see the opposite of what God advises. In such showplaces, it seems as if the most outlandish and morally egregious behavior is honored. As Christians, we’re not to admire or envy such people, who often lead evil lives. Set your sights on godly examples and those who live scriptural lives instead of envying those whose fame is fleeting.

 


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Demons According to Mark


Monday, February 5, 2018
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I’ve been reading again the gospels, for my own edification. Over a lifetime, I’ve read them many times, but this go-around is to see what fresh truths I can find. As I began Mark’s gospel, I was struck immediately that this account of Christ’s life is unashamedly a document about demons. Consider the evidence:
  • Mark’s first reference to ministry by Jesus is an exorcism, the casting out of demons from a worshiping, godly Jew in the synagogue. (Our International School of Exorcism analyzes this exorcism in detail, especially pointing out that this man was obviously known as a devout follower of God who had never manifested demons before, until Christ was present.)
  • Just eight verses later (v. 34), Mark recounts, that same day in the evening, Jesus “drove out many demons.” That’s a lot of deliverance in one day!
  • Five verses later (a. 39), Mark says again that Jesus continued “driving out demons.”
  • All total, there are 14 references in Mark to casting out demons.
  • There are just 10 references to healing, and two to preaching.

What more incontrovertible evidence do we need? Yes, Mark isn’t the only gospel. Luke uses the word “demons” 18 times; Matthew 12 times. And how many times has your pastor used the word “demons” lately? How many times have you heard your favorite TV preacher refer to demons in the context of genuine exorcism and deliverance?

The documentation is overwhelming. Only John’s gospel goes light on this issue; but as Course 9, Level 1, of our School of Exorcism explains, the Johannine epistles and his Revelation frequently reference demons and Satan’s kingdom. If anything, the subject of casting out demons is OVEREMPHASIZED in the first three gospels, not under-mentioned. Should followers of Christ and Christian leaders do any less? Never accuse good deliverance ministries of a theological imbalance; the exegetical disequilibrium is on the side of those who neglect or oppose exorcism!


An encouraging word: REJOICE WHEN GOD TESTS YOU
Psalm 11:5 says, “The Lord tests the righteous” (NKJV). What’s the point of that? Why not leave them alone? Why not test the ungodly? Why try (KJV) those who are doing their best to serve the Lord? Because God wants us to be better, therefore He tests our faith. For our own good, He lovingly pushes us onward and higher. Perhaps He has more wonderful things in store for us and doesn’t want us slacking off short of the greatness of our goal. So, when the Lord tests you, rejoice. He’s putting His confidence in you that you’re capable of doing even more for him. The test is His way of showing that.

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End of the World


Monday, January 29, 2018
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January 13, 2018 cell phone screen shot.

A few weeks ago, the citizens of Hawaii thought they were facing the end of the world, or at least a nuclear explosion on their islands. By now you’ve heard the story of the erroneous warning that went out: BALLISTIC MISSLE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Of course, it turned out to be an accidental alert and was rescinded 38 minutes later. But the false alarm had people scurrying for cover and looking to place blame. Actor-commedian Jim Carrey, immediately blamed Trump by tweeting, “If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination.” Gomorrah? This assessment from a man who recently suffered a widely-reported, nervous breakdown and whose girlfriend committed suicide, using prescription pills from a Carrey alias. Hmmm.

No, Hawaii wasn’t facing the end of the world, but the panic that ensured that false alarm gives me pause for thought on how people deal with the prospect of annihilation. The French writer Proust wrote in 1922, long before the era of Little Rocket Man, “I think that life would suddenly seem wonderful to us if we were threatened to die. Just think of how many projects, travels, love affairs, studies, our life hides from us, invisible by our laziness which, certain of a future, delays them incessantly.”

Think of that in spiritual terms. If we really knew that Jesus were coming tomorrow, or next week, or even next year, how different would we live? Would most people really get serious about God, or like Carrey, look for someone else to blame for impending Armageddon? “Take heed, watch and prayer; for you do not know when the time is,” Jesus warned in Mark 13:33. The end of the world will come, and it won’t be announced on cell phones. Not knowing when, what should you be doing today for Him that you put off yesterday? How lazy are you, about using your spiritual gifts, when you think there will always be time to serve in His Kingdom?


An encouraging word: YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Sometimes I feel like David in Psalm 12:1: Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Ever felt like you were alone in your zeal for the Lord? Most Christian have. I have. Like Elijah we may feel we are the only ones faithful. But God reminded the prophet that seven thousand had not yet bowed to the idol Baal (1 Kings 19:18). Be encouraged, the Lord has others who have remained faithful and someday we shall rejoice together around His throne.

 


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Islamic-Christian Nation

 


Monday, January 22, 2018
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Let me start by saying I believe in the American way of freedom of religion. I also recognize that there are many decent Muslims who love this country and respect Christians. But there are also many Muslims who want to take over the world and re-establish a caliphate, a worldwide rule of Islamic law, under Sharia law. That could include, as it does in countries currently ruled by Sharia law, capital punishment for disrespecting the Koran or Muhammad, death for converting to Christianity, one husband having up to four wives, marrying girls as young as nine, allowing wife-beating, males unilaterally divorcing their wives, a divorced wife has no custody of children over age six, adultery and homosexuality punishable by death. The list goes on, but this isn’t a pleasant starting point. Also, Sharia law is allowed in many parts of Europe, including sections of Greece, the Netherlands (through so-called “arbitration councils”), and Belgium (Antwerp).

What’s the concern? According to a just-released report by The Pew Research Center, within two decades Islam will replace Judaism as the second most followed religion in America. That will turn us from a Judeo-Christian nation into an Islamic-Christian nation. Why is this happening? Immigration. Three-fourths of Muslim in the U. S. are immigrants or children of immigrants. And they have a higher fertility rate. This does provide an excellent opportunity for evangelism, but the downside is obvious. Beyond increased terrorism fears, there is likely to be an accelerated loss of basic Christian belief as a bedrock of our civilization. And if we follow Europe, a gradual incursion of Sharia Law.

Many immigrant Muslims come from countries where Islam is aligned with various forms of shamanism and black magic. Think Afghanistan and Iraq. I know, I have ministered to people from these countries who were demonized by the aberrant, occult Islam in such lands. A combination of occult Islam, Sharia law, and latent jihadism is a combustible mixture that could spell the end of America as we know it.

I’m not suggesting we keep people out just because they are Muslim, when many are only cultural, non-observant Muslims. But America does need to decide how far religious pluralism is to be taken. Our system of law and justice is based on English Common Law, which was based on the Bible. Don’t dismiss the possibility that future courts in America will be pressured to accept Sharia concepts, gradually at first but then in a landslide. Whether or not you accept gay marriage, it was unthinkable two decades ago. Will Sharia law follow that same trajectory? Who is to say that it won’t?


An encouraging word: LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS
People love a lot of things today, their smartphones, their cars, their computing devices, their X-Boxes, whatever. But it could seldom be said that they love righteousness. But that’s exactly what the Word says God loves: For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness (Psalm 11:7 NKJV). Christians should want what God wants and love what He loves. False cults are filled with the love of self, sex, wealth, power, whatever fills the narcissistic void of a sinful heart. But true religion is the love of what the heart of God pursues, and this Psalm clearly instructs us to love what which is righteous.

 


Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and Do What Jesus Did® (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or clicking here to donate online

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