“All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” -Matthew 4:9
Recently, while preaching in Newhall and Temecula, California, we had a day off before coming home. So, we decided to spend it on a little island right off the coast across from San Diego called Coronado. In doing so, it was late and we were all hungry so we went and grabbed some pizza. When we walked into this little pizzeria, we noticed a couple of big posters with the likes of Al Capone, “Scarface,” who said that he “built his organization upon fear.” Capone was responsible for crimes such as murder, bootlegging, tax evasion. Capone’s gang was also responsible for the St. Valentines Day Massacre. And knowing all of this, in 1959, they even make a movie about his life. Oh, how the devil must be pleased when he can find one that he channel through (John 10:10).
Another poster in this pizza joint was of a smiling Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Bugsy was responsible for ruthless assassinations, bootlegging, gambling, extortion etc. As I am looking up at these posters, I shared with my family how the enemy of men’s souls would have it so. Scripture tells us that in John 10:10:
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy,” just like that of his subordinates that emulate their deluding and slavish master.
Look at the average politicians of the day, nothing short of a bunch of Judases selling out everyone and anyone to the highest bidders (Deuteronomy 16:19), just ask them.
The mainstream media takes these low life’s, these debased political criminals, the debauched-morally harmful and reproachful reprobates and puts them in front of the camera every step and the microphones to their mouths on every word uttered, as if to suggest that they are some sort of standard in which we are to be complicity subjected. This is the devil attempting to take precedent and nothing more-all eye’s on him. This is only set-up to dumb down the population by showing them what they are willing to put up with and to lower the standard (1 Kings 13:33) and expectation of their representatives, regardless of what capacity. Case and point- this is why we have a political system in place today that runs in contrast to American government.
What of the music industry and that which Hollywood loves to glorify when it comes to what God condemns? Sexual immoralities (1 Corinthians 6:9), dishonoring parents (Ephesians 6:1), drug use (Christians are to, under Heaven, obey the laws of the land that God has Himself ordained-Drug use is illegal), murder (Matthew 5:21), theft (Exodus 20:15), and in short, they promote Satanism and the devil puts them up for it.
“Let me write the music of a nation and I care not for who writes it’s laws for I will control its people.” -Socrates (Proverbs 28:4)
It’s not just the world that I am speaking of that is guilty of this. Look to the Church in America where we have the false prophets and the heretics (1 Timothy 4:1). The world speaks well of them (Luke 6:26; 1 John 4:5). At every given turn, we have mouthpieces like that of the Kenneth Copelands of the world, the lunacies of Pat Robertson, to the alien from another planet Rob Bell to the heresies of Joel Osteen, who the enemy has in full subjection in yielding themselves to pervert the Word of the Lord (Revelation 22:18-19). The world puts these up as the preachers of the unadulterated Word of God, but nothing could be further from the truth.
This all goes back to: “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9).
Many fall in line and give themselves to the enemy of their souls, and give way and yield to his deceptions. Yet, Jesus is to whom we are to emulate (John 14:6), and I ask how did Jesus respond to the devils temptations?
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” -Matthew 4:10
Yet, if Americans will not obey the Lord (Exodus 19:5) in following Him and Him alone (Out of gratitude John 3:16), then they will eat the fruit of their own ways (Proverbs 1:31).
Satan has been busy imitating and mocking the Lord for a long time. Yet, the Lord’s resolve is sure to them and his followers:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” -Isaiah 14:12-15
You would think that with 86% of the American people claiming to belong to Christ (1 John 2:4), the wicked, which are those who know to do the right but do it not (James 4:17), would not have a chance on this earth to glorify themselves (Romans 5:20). Yet, the opposite is true.
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