Not On Our Watch: Stand with Detroit

22. July 2015 14:59 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of preaching a sermon entitled “Living in a World where Wrong is Now Right” from Isaiah 5. Within that sermon I made the mention of the challenges that the people of Oklahoma are having at their state capital. There is a movement to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments and then erect a monument of a satanic Baphomet statue.

 

Then just days later I began to read in our local news that the same event was seeking to take place in Detroit. The believers in Detroit rallied together and placed pressure on the business to the point that they would not host the event any longer. Satan is persistent. The Satanic Temple of Detroit  still plans to unveil this Baphomet statue but won’t reveal it’s location until the time of the unveiling on July 25th. Believers in Detroit are also remaining persistent. They will gather at the old location and when the new location is unveiled they are going to load up ever car, van, and bus that they have and immediately go to the new location to protest this evil being launched on their city.

 

This is where the Isaiah text come into play because the Satanic Temple is actually portraying Satan as good instead of evil. They actually try to this bitter evil sweet. Watch this video and hear from a person who owns a Baphomet and give you a really detailed explanation here.

 

I want to give you some excerpts from their website: 

Ø  The Satanic Temple is a non-theistic religious organization dedicated to satanic practice and the promotion of satanic rights. We understand the Satanic figure as a symbol of man’s inherent nature, representative of the eternal rebel, enlightened inquiry and personal freedom rather than a supernatural deity or being.

 

Ø  It is our mission to facilitate communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty. We actively provide outreach and participate in public affairs where the issues might benefit from rational, satanic insights.

 

Ø  As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate in public affairs wheresoever the issues might benefit from rational, satanic insights. As Satanists, we all should be guided by our consciences to undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual wills. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the highest aspiration of humanity.

 

Ø  Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds. Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the relentless inquirer… the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions. 

 

Ø  The metaphorical Satanic construct is no more arbitrary to us than are the deeply held beliefs that we actively advocate for.

 

Did you notice how their desire is to make seem “normal”. They say Satan is symbolic, metaphorical, a group of secularist that are following their conscience, and being politically and community orientated.

 

What does the Bible say about Satan?

1)    You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars. – John 8:44

 

2)    The accuser  of our brothers has been thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night. – Revelation 12:10b

 

3)    In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

4)    According to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient. – Ephesians 2:2

 

5)    Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. – 1 Peter 5:8

 

These are some of the basic descriptions that the Bible gives. Here is the one description that the new Satanist want to separate themselves from.

 

Isaiah 14: 9 – 17

Sheol below is eager to greet your coming. He stirs up the spirits of the departed for you — all the rulers  of the earth. He makes all the kings of the nations rise from their thrones. They all respond to you, saying: “You too have become as weak as we are; you have become like us! Your splendor has been brought down to Sheol, along with the music of your harps. Maggots are spread out under you, and worms cover you.” Shining morning star, how you have fallen from the heavens! You destroyer of nations, you have been cut down to the ground. You said to yourself: “I will ascend to the heavens; I will set up my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly, in the remotest parts of the North.   I will ascend above the highest clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you will be brought down to Sheol into the deepest regions of the Pit. Those who see you will stare at you; they will look closely at you: “Is this the man who caused the earth to tremble, who shook the kingdoms, who turned the world into a wilderness, who destroyed its cities and would not release the prisoners to return home? ”

 

Ezekiel 28: 11 – 19

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, lament  for the king of Tyre and say to him: This is what the Lord God says: You were the seal  of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden,  the garden of God. Every kind of precious stone covered you: carnelian, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise  and emerald. Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold; they were prepared on the day you were created. You were an anointed guardian cherub, for  I had appointed you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones. From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you. Through the abundance of your trade, you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I expelled you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and banished you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud because of your beauty; For the sake of your splendor you corrupted your wisdom. So I threw you down to the earth; I made you a spectacle before kings. You profaned your sanctuaries by the magnitude of your iniquities in your dishonest trade. So I made fire come from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of everyone watching you. All those who know you among the nations are appalled at you. You have become an object of horror and will never exist again.”

 

This is God’s Word on who Satan is and no matter how palatable a group of people around the country want to make Satan not evil or harmless he isn’t. Satan desires to unleash evil in Detroit and cities around the nation. Join in the battle and  stand with our brothers and sisters. Details are in the picture. If you can’t be there in person be there in prayer.

 

 

SDG

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About Edward L. Smith

My ministry philosophy would consist of these essentials—a High View of God, the absolute authority of Scripture, Expository Preaching, Sound Doctrine, Personal Holiness, and a Biblical view of spiritual authority. All ministries must be God-Honoring, Christ-Centered, & Gospel Saturated. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

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