The storm is coming. Satan and the powers of darkness want total control of every person on the planet. They want to control your action, your speech, and your every thought. Large worldwide religious movements have tried to do this, and it did not work. Imperialism did not work, nation-building did not work, the United Nations did not work, even progressive liberalism isn’t working. Only one thing is! Unfortunately, it’s not God’s beautiful truth, because He will not force His will upon humanity. On the other hand, Satan, the master planner, and deceiver, is already at work to control the entire world. He did it once before, just before the great flood and he is doing it again now. The Bible says, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). “Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Read that again slowly allowing it to sink in deeply. This is Satan’s plan; this is his goal. Satan does not care what your religion is, he doesn’t care what country you belong to, and he doesn’t even care what color you are. The more, the merrier! “Come one, come all” is his motto. Even the leader of the Catholic Church is sending an invitation to all religions to come together and reject those, like myself, who embrace fundamentalism.
I clearly hold to Christian fundamentalism. I hold to the belief in biblical infallibility, biblical inerrancy, and the sufficiency of Scripture. I will not be controlled. When we hold to our fundamentalist beliefs, we are not so easily carried away by modernism (or modern thoughts) that have seduced the church and invaded every social media platform. As we examine this seduction it will be necessary to understand that there is a difference between evil thoughts and vain imaginations. It’s necessary because both must be confronted independently. You might be successful in confronting one and not the other leaving you still in the hands of the enemy, stunting your spiritual growth, and eventually becoming a slave to the powers of darkness. The mistake a lot of people make is, if it’s not blatantly evil, then they say, there is nothing wrong with it and it’s perfectly ok to entertain whatever is thrown at them by the powers of darkness. The most common mistake most make is performing a self-righteous comparison of themselves with others (See Romans 12:3). To think of themselves better than others will allow them to be swept away by the tidal wave of deception that’s flooding the entire earth. Today we will start by making a critical analysis of vain imaginations, rarely looked upon by the world, and then proceed to look at evil thoughts that have captured so many souls in our day.
To seek anything more than what we have been given is vanity, especially if we fantasize about getting it (See Ecclesiastes 2:1,11). Vain imagination is also figuring things out for yourself, doing your research, or running the numbers. It all adds up to vanity. Thinking that you have the power within yourself to figure out what causes everything to happen is vain imagination. In their attempt to discover the deep dark secrets of the universe, to understand mankind’s personality or the deep caverns of his fallen nature apart from God is vain imaginations (See Romans 1:21, Colossians 2:8). We see this vanity more and more in our day causing humanity to pull further away from the one true God, who is the only one with all the answers (See I Corinthians 8:2-3). These kinds of thoughts or vain imaginations are prolific on social media and news sites. These vain imaginations can also be seen in nearly all their advertisements. For they pridefully proclaim that they have all the answers to the problems plaguing humanity. They brilliantly showcase all their remedies from different medications, the correct foods to eat or avoid, to the correct exercise programs, and to the best entertainment or clothing to wear. The list can go on and on to cure all the physical, emotional, psychological problems known to mankind. It’s not just making the worthless purchase but it’s filling your every thought with how you can improve your life, becoming all that you imagine yourself to be, as you move further and further away from what God wants you to become in Christ Jesus. These are vain imaginations, which many dwell on for hours.
It’s not just the vain imaginations that are driving people further and further away from God and putting them under Satan’s control by the powers of darkness, but it’s also the evil thoughts that they are constantly planting in their minds. It’s the absolute hatefulness that people display towards one another that’s magnified on both social media platforms and in the news media. It’s their anger, their hostility, and their rudeness that’s filling people’s every thought to follow them in their war against one another. It does not matter how noble their cause is, if it’s driving us to emulate their bad behavior and vigorously share their cause with others then we have been captured by the powers of darkness. Yet, we see this on a great many postings on social media every day. We witness their hate and war-mongering that easily drowns out any attempt to demonstrate our Christian agape love. The greater the cause, their misguided belief, or even their conspiracy theory, can magnify their evil thoughts bringing them squarely into the enemy’s camp and further away from God, the God of love. If we allow ourselves to be carried away by this hateful rhetoric, then we will become the sacrificial lamb offered up to the powers of darkness to bring us one step closer to total control.
We must come out from among them and be separate. The Bible says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17). When we do then we can allow God to fill our every thought. We will no longer need to figure things out. We will no longer be inundated with hateful thoughts from the world. We will be set free to only listen to God’s truth, the truth about our humanity, the truth about the universe, and the glorious truth that has set us free from the powers of darkness. When we come only to God’s truth, we almost immediately, understand our role in the universe. We are caretakers. We not only care for ourselves, but we care for all of humanity, we care for all the animal life, we care for the entire planet, and marvel at the universe. We are caretakers of all that God has made. When we come out from among them, then we can truly aim for holiness. Although the world’s hate for us will abound, they will no longer rob us of our joy. God’s faithful children will continue to rejoice and be thankful in all things. We will openly display our peace to others in a world of shock and turmoil. As the world is ravaged by sin and hatefulness toward one another, God’s children will continue to express their self-giving love to everyone.
Dear children, this is only possible because God fulfilled the ancient prophecies and sent His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for all of humanity. His glorious mission to earth was to show humanity a better way. The old, old story of Christ dying on the Cross for all our sins and giving us a new life in Christ through faith only opens the door. We need to go through it by dying to self, thus picking up our cross, and following Christ. “Come out from among them.” When we come out from among them, then we will no longer be led to fill our minds with evil thoughts against others. We will no longer be led astray by vain imaginations carrying us down a path of total control by the powers of darkness. Oh, what a joy it is to simply wait upon the Creator of all that exists to lead us in our every thought, to show us things that will profound the imagination, to stretch the mind beyond what we thought humanly possible, by giving us His truth alone with no mixture of error. As social media platforms grow exponentially to spread their hatefulness, their vain imaginations, and their many outrageous lies, so does Satan’s control over all of humanity. Dear children, the storm is coming! “Come out from among them!
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