“And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.” Joshua 6:18.
When God gave the instruction to Joshua for entering Jericho, it was not to compromise with the inhabitants..it was to by all means abstain from the accursed things. What we call “compromise” in an effort to “unite”, God referred to as an abomination or a harlot, “She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot.” Jeremiah 3:6. Some examples of the harlot under the tree in the church today are as follows:
1. Positive confession: This harlot of self will and self motivation, aka name it and claim it or word of faith, in no way promotes a relationship with our Lord and Saviour but instead seeks His finished work. In other words, the believer seeks deliverance without the Deliverer. We tend to skip over the “likeness of His (Jesus’) death” and go straight to the “likeness of His (Jesus’)resurrection” (Romans 6:5), that way we don’t have to crucify any flesh. While in reality, we understand Jesus’ sacrifice for salvation but we leave the Cross of Jesus for our sanctification. The enemy doesn’t stop his attacks after we are saved. Our faith must remain in Jesus’ finished work on the Cross and always remember, our victory is not because we confessed it but because of Jesus’. It is easy for this harlot to lead believers away after salvation. She appeals to our flesh because we are not use to doing nothing. It is hard for us to believe it unless we confess it. This is work, our confession has nothing to do with our belief. Yet , our belief has everything to do with our victory – belief in Jesus’ finished work, whether we confess it or not.
2. Deliverance ministry: This harlot has a mysterious attraction. She seems to be able to clarify the “why” of our sins. Why we drink, why we have anger issues, etc., etc. Usually, these issues come from childhood experiences. These experiences are very real to the believer and they do have an affect on us as adults. Therefore, these “curses” must be dealt with appropriately. Some of these curses occurred before our salvation, such as family curses. Others could have occurred before or after salvation, such as soul ties, addictions, etc. So in a deliverance ministry, one must search out the “truth” to find the spirit behind such oppression and cast it out or bind it. Once this occurs, then you are instructed not to agree with that spirit anymore. If that spirit comes back to tempt you, don’t allow it. The problem here is this – first of all, upon salvation any and every family curse or soul tie the sinner ever had is broken by the finished work of Jesus Christ and it is our belief and faith in HIS finished work that delivers us, not our faith in that spirit being gone. We cannot resist that temptation or battle that demon, even in Jesus name, if we are not abiding in Him and Him in us – it was His victory that won the battle, not ours. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:23-24. Oppression is a serious thing and should not be dealt with lightly, but neither should the power of God be dealt with lightly. The power of God is in the Cross of Jesus for those who believe, the power of God is what tears down strongholds and sets the captives free. We preach deliverance by preaching the Truth to the captives…anything else, and I do mean anything, is adding to the work of Jesus and thus becomes work. We can’t mix grace and work, therefore we will be judged by our work. That hour long session just became an hour of work, when all we have to do is recognize our battle has already been won, and now our battle is to keep the faith in Jesus finished work and not allow these various harlots to distract us. We pray to God for deliverance because His Son paid for our deliverance….and HE will deliver us. God does not share His glory with man.
3. 40 days of purpose, motivational, psychological gospels – Yet another harlot, preaching another gospel with another Jesus. This gospel is extremely popular with many televangelist. She seems pretty harmless, I mean she points to God, she quotes scripture – what’s the harm. Lest we forget, satan knows the scripture better than most Christians. The harm is the destruction of one’s faith. This harlot is pointing us everywhere but where victory was and is achieved, the Cross of Jesus. She motivates our soul and soothes our conscience until the next Sunday. She will tell you how to get closer to God…the problem is she’s telling you HER way and not GOD’S way. This harlot knows once you find God’s way of getting close to Him, you have found the power of God. This harlot knows the power of God is in the Cross of Jesus and with her wisdom of words, she can make it of no effect for the sincere believer. “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:17-18. Please don’t misunderstand that statement, the power of God is and will always be effective – period, but with wisdom of words this harlot can make if of no effect in the believers life by redirecting their faith. This also makes the “harmless” suggestions of the harlot to come closer to God, works, and again – we will be judged by such works. There is only one way to be reconciled with God and that is through Jesus Christ.
These are just some of the harlots in todays church. Unfortunately, many do not recognize these harlots. We are warned of seducing spirits in 1 Timothy 4:1. If you have been seduced by these spirits, satan will try to shame you into rebellion, while God will “… stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. Now that you have been given the knowledge, seek it out for yourself. Test the spirits. God has given us a free will and now we must choose whose way we will seek. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. – Donna Warren