Apr 16, 2009
Modern day God Molesters
In the 1960's, when Charles Manson was being tried for the Sharron Tate murders, Americans sat in absolute dismay as the courtroom pictures and interviews were played on television. It was nothing short of terrifying. Everything from the shaven heads of theeerie, witch-like female followers of Charles Manson, to the infamous pictures of the bloody crime scene, were permanently burned into the minds of that generation. We had seen nothing like this before. We hadn't even entertained thoughts this bad. It was as though evil had jumped hundreds of levels in just a day.
There was one scene in particular that I remember. Charles Manson sneered at the cameras with a weirdly knowing look in his eyes. He was both crazy and sane. He was incomprehensible and sometimes, oddly enough; strangely profound. He looked straight into the camera and said, "You haven't seen anything yet." He basically told reporters that he was just a small picture of what was about to be turned loose on America. One day, he promised, Americans would embrace a mindset of such selfishness that it would result in outright anarchy. I believe that day is today, except I believe it's an emotional anarchy. We have become a generation that pleases ourselves without the slightest regard for who may be injured along the way or what it might cost in the future.
In one of my my last posts, I addressed the rise of pedophiles in American society. There are now sex offenders living in every neighborhood in America. Hundreds and thousands of pedophiles are freely roaming our streets. It's become an epidemic.
I believe there is a molester-mindset that Americans have adopted without evenrecognizing it. Most of us would never harm a child, but we've been trained to think and reason through the same seductive and manipulative patterns as those who do. What is worse; I see the molester-mindset being fed to modern-day Christians. In fact, I think our religion has embraced the same selfish patterns of thinking as a molester. We have become blind to the hideousness of our teachings, and I've discovered that even the most hardened criminals of our day find our modern day Christian reasoning to be repulsive. This is perhaps the element of Christianity that became the catalyst that would eventually awaken my spirit from its long religious slumber, and drive it to demand change.
The very essence and thought processes of molestation follow the same pattern most of the time.
When a person physically penetrates another person, without the slightest desire for relationship or love, they are molesting that person. They are penetrating that person for their own gratification. They're in it for their own means and purposes, and the heart of the other person matters not. A child molester often takes pride in his sick and ingenious methods of breaking through all the protective barriers surrounding a child, in order to get what he wants. Many of them have testified that the "hunt" is more exciting than the actual molestation experience itself. Watching, studying, waiting, planning, moving in and then, when the moment is right; striking. There is a certain gratification that they receive by beating the emotional system and getting what they want.
When I was a pastor in the Institutional church, I sat in amazement at some of the teachings that the people openly embraced. The things they would say - the terminology they used - the way they would openly talk about their spiritually manipulative tactics, the pride they took in their successes at maneuvering the levers and buttons in the unseen realm in order to get what they wanted. It astonished me to the point where I thought I was losing my mind. In those days, there were times I thought I was the only one alive who could see how awful and disgusting our religion has become. The foulness of casual comments, slogans and clichés bent on selfishness burned my soul like a hot iron.
Our crafty teachings on "how to get answers to prayer" and "how to receive a miracle from God" are many times nothing more than a study of seduction and manipulation. In so many ways, modern day Pentecostalism has become a secret meeting among spiritual perverts, who conspire against God to penetrate the throne in order to take for oneself and leave without the slightest desire for relationship. Thousands of Christians have been raised to act, think and behave with the same selfish and underhanded mind of a child molester. In many ways, we've been conditioned to become modern-day God-molesters.
We're taught to find ways to manipulate the spiritual world based on memorized truths we've gathered from scripture. Truths that were supposed to find their beauty and power through the fragrance of relationship have been hijacked and used as tools for self-gratification. We use His Name as if it were nothing more than a spiritual bobby-pin to pick a lock in the heavenly realm. We use faith as though it were our personal whore, there to serve us and give us what we want: a car, a raise, money, a promotion or a mysterious check in the mail at just the right time.
We've been brought up with the wisdom of slum-dog children without a family. Our formulas are nothing but a witches' brew of gathered ingredients from godfather pastors, traveling evangelist Gypsies and twisted pieces of scripture. We rattle off the prayer of Jabez, because someone told us it gets the best results. We quote the Bible in an effort to force the Hand of God to give us what we want. We gather in groups of two or three, hoping to get Him on a technicality. We use things like worship, communion, giving and even love, so we can penetrate the throne of God and get the results we want.
This generation reminds me of the woman with an issue of blood. Her very life is slowly draining out of her. She's tired, flushed, pale, emaciated. She is short of breath.Ifsomething doesn't change soon, she'll expire and she knows it. Through the crowd, she spots the author of life Himself. The very one whose breath made Adam's heart begin to beat is standing only a few yards away.
What does SHE see?
She sees His magical garment. The same garment that the people would later cast lots for after they murdered Him. The same garment that brought healing to all the sick and demon-possessed people in Gennesaret. Surely she had heard by now how all the people of that place had begged Jesus to just touch the edge of His cloak. News of this cloak must have made its way to this dying woman and now the man with the famous robe was in her town. She thinks to herself, "If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed." She uses all the faith she can muster and reaches out and touches........
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"
Her faith literally sucked power from the Son of God and amazingly, Jesus Himself had no intimate knowledge of who took it from Him. She accessed the power of God with faith, but power is all she got. She got the healing! It worked! She used faith and it worked!
But in the end, she left that place no closer to the Heart of God than she was the day before.
Even Jesus Himself did not take credit for her healing. He said, "Your faith has healed you." He didn't go on to ask her to follow Him. He didn't come to her house for dinner. He just turned and went about His business. Jesus knew that she got what she came for. She did not come to Jesus for Jesus; she came for a healing.
Under the circumstances I think it's perfectly understandable why this particular woman would have her eyes on nothing but a healing. It's hard to fault her for that. I think she had unique circumstances that called for it. Today however, we take that story and through it, we have developed a generation of people who seek the power of God every day of their lives without the slightest desire for intimacy with Him. We've been taught to thinkand behave in our everyday lives like this particular woman did in dire circumstances and the result is that we've become a selfish and perverted generation. We've made Christianity about penetrating the throne of God for power's sake and not for relationship's sake.
This was the same temptation that kept Moses out of the Promised Land. He was more comfortable beating the rock like he did in the olden days, than talking to it. Even Gideon made a golden Ephod at the end of his ministry that the people "whored" themselves after. They worshiped the way in which to determine God's will over God Himself. They were whores because they didn't want relationship; they wanted access to power. Even Elijah was bewildered at the end of his ministry when God passed by the cave he was hiding in. There was fire and wind and power, enough power to actually split rocks, but God was not in those powerful things. He was in the small voice of relationship.
From the fall of Adam and Eve to today, man is fixated upon the power and not the person of God.
Physical penetration, without relational penetration.
For the last 20 years, I've watched Christians "Name it and claim it." I've watched them stand on Scripture and get others to agree with them in prayer for the thing they want. I've seen people give their entire paycheck in the offering or recite a prayer someone sent them over email, all in an effort to penetrate the throne of God and access His miracle power. Then one day it works! They got the blessing. They were healed. The check came in the mail. They got the job or the raise they were praying for.
But they are no closer to the Heart of God than they were the day before.
They merely learned how to manipulate things in the spiritual realm to their advantage. They learned certain spiritual principles that are true for every man, and maneuvered them for their personal benefit. They had no intention of developing a deeper intimacy with God's heart. Their only aim was the thing they wanted.
Sadly, these people end up becoming our spiritual leaders because our religion judges a person's spirituality by the results they get. Whether or not they know the heart of God is insignificant. They are lifted up and considered wise and powerful because they found a loophole in heaven and they were able to suck the power from God for personal use. Make no mistake about it, though. A person's ability to tap into the power of God does not make them a friend of God. It only makes them a God-molester.
This is the spirit of the verse where Jesus is saying that in the end there will be people who performed great miracles in His Name, but He will tell them, "Depart from me, I never knew you." He is literally saying, "You molested me and violated me for a time, but that time is finished. I won't let you take from me anymore because you do not know me, nor were you ever interested in knowing me"
Know this: The heart of God is just as grieved when His power is extracted from Him by someone who has no interest in His heart, as a little child's heart is grieved when a wicked child molester violates him or her for their own gratification. While He may not be as helpless as a child in the matter, His heart feels the full weight of the violation like only a child's heart can.
There are two kinds of people in this world: People who seek the power of God and people who seek the person of God. The Free Believer movement is a mass exodus from the mentality that seeks power. We are people who desire intimacy with the Heart of God. If we were to find out today that God will never heal us, never do a miracle on our behalf and never supply us with supernatural power for our daily lives; we would still seek Him, because He is Who we want. It's the very Heart of Love that we are intrigued with. We are men and women after the Heart of God.
We do not put our faith in the power of God. We put it in the person.
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