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1. The Speaking Serpent: A Pandemic of Spiritualism

Alistair Huong
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Spiritualism has been a weapon of choice in the Devil's arsenal against God's people since his very first temptation in the Garden of Eden. This message unravels his discreet spiritualistic sophistries by analyzing how spiritualism works and revealing just how insidious it is.

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Alistair Huong

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  • October 24, 2020
    10:30 AM
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Father in heaven I pray that you will guide us and speak to us and teach us from your word about the Devils and his strategies in his war against the Saints at the end of time I pray that the Holy Spirit my Philis and teach us that which we need to know so be with us now as we open your word together online here we ask and we pray in Jesus' name amen. So the title of our study today with this morning is the speaking serpent a pandemic of spiritual ism so we are going to be talking about spiritualism So let's get a definition op on the table right off the bat according to The New Oxford American Dictionary spiritual ism is defined as a system of belief or religious practice based on Suppose that communication with the spirits of the dead especially through mediums and I think we are familiar with this notion of spiritualism interacting with the dead and spirits of the dead and that that type of thing but as advantageous I think for many of us we have an auto translate feature that goes on in our heads meaning whenever we read the spirits of the dead there is an automatic trance lation in our minds oh those are evil angels or spirits of demons because we understand the doctrine of the state of the debt the biblical understanding of it which is the soul sleeps until the resurrection there is no immortal soul and so we don't really believe that these are literal spirits from the dead speaking to us but rather these are. Spirits of demons masquerading as the spirits of the dead and so whenever you know I mentioned the phrase even in this presentation about talking to the dead I think you understand that's what we're talking about engaging with the evil angels but this passage also. This definition I should say also highlights that Spiritualism happens especially through mediums and this is an important concept that is going to come into play as we go forward so turning to the Bible now I want to begin our study in Genesis Chapter 3 verses 4 and 5 and it says this and the serpent 7 to the woman ye shall not surely die for God The 3 know that in the day you eat there are then your eyes shall be opened and you shall be as gods knowing good and evil and it is. In this study we're going to be really focusing on just the highlight a section the bold attacks which is verse 4 of Genesis Chapter 3. And then this afternoon we are going to be studying verse 5 so these go together they're all about spiritualism but we're going to be focusing on the 1st of half of this passage and what does it say it says the the serpent It talks about the serpent in the garden at the tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil speaking with the woman and communicating to slide that you shall not surely die what does this tell us well to break it down a little bit further what we have just read there is the 1st spiritualistic encounter in all of human history and certainly the 1st time it is recorded in the Bible so to divide that concept up there are actually 2 mitten 2 ways to look at spiritualism they can be categorized into 2 ways one of overt spiritual isn't and then discreet spiritual ism What do I mean when I say that overt spiritualism. Refers to when people know we engage with the supernatural so it is things like you know demon possession or voodoo and witchcraft and the occult right these types of things we think of as overt spiritual ism and all of it is based on this lie about you shall not surely die it's based on this idea of the immortality of the soul that lie of the devil in the garden and over and over in the Spirit of Prophecy whenever we read about spiritualism it is always referenced this doctrine of immortality of the soul is frequently referenced at the foundation for modern day spiritualism So there's a great deal of. Information here that we can continue to study but to just break this down just a little bit further overt spiritualism definitely has the pagan form which is you know what we reference you know ancestor worship demon possession black magic necromancy voodoo witchcraft we board seances all of these types of things we associate with paganism pagan form of spiritual ism but there's also a Christian form of spiritual ism that the spirit prophesy has a great deal to talk about as well and that is this idea that we can talk with the dead so believing people go straight to heaven when they die and so you know oh I heard grandma in the spirit of grandma came back and comforted me last night when I was you know praying or I had a out of body experience when I was on the operating room table and I you know what I I saw the light and I saw Jesus and he told me this that the other thing that's the Christian version of spiritualism both of them have the same root. Foundation in this doctrine of the immortality of the soul. And it is the primary form of spiritualism whenever we read about it in the Bible the spirit prophecy whenever it's mentioned that's the primary form the overt type of spiritualism and it's very important Ok I don't want to leave them pression that that's not important except to make this. Disclaimer that for our study the purposes of our study to date this morning and this afternoon we're going to be primarily focusing on the 2nd form of spiritualism which is the discrete form of spiritualism and what I mean by that discrete spiritualism represents that form of spiritualism when the human agent is influenced by evil angels and by Satan without them knowing that they are engaged with the supernatural and this is represented by the very serpent itself Satan speaking through the medium of a serpent to the woman represents a discrete form of spiritual ism in so far that Eve's did not know that she was talking with the devil she did not know that she was engaging with the powers of darkness from the realm of the supernatural she did it up and so that's why I call it discrete So this is really going to be the primary focus of our study today but let's continue on here in Revelation Chapter 12 verse 9 and then we skipping down a verse 17 we read that the great dragon was cast out that old serpent called The Devil and Satan which to see that the whole world he was cast down to the earth and its angels were cast out with him so. Satan is referenced in the Book of Revelation as the old serpent and so at the end of time we should be aware that the devil is going to be employing the same or similar tactics that he used in the Garden of Eden That's because the serpent represents spiritualism that's what the serpent that's what the serpent did and so we continue reading here that the dragon also called the serpent in the verse we just read was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commands of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ so we should expect spiritualism to be in the arsenal of the devil in his end time war against the remnant. And to make this point even clearer I want to take a look at several other passages in the Book of Revelation and which will highlight that. Spiritualism we should expect it to sweep over the world like a global pandemic so the 1st passage in Revelation Chapter 16 verse $13.14 it says and I saw 3 unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils working miracles which go forth into the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them to the Battle of that great day of God Almighty and that battle of course we're talking about of Armageddon This is the 6th plague right before Jesus comes and John the Revelator describes the scene as spirits of the Demons or devils working miracles going around the world deceiving the Keen's of the earth and the whole world so it gives us the idea of a global pandemic type of situation another passage and is in Revelation 18 verse $23.00 and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in v speaking of Babylon the Great and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in the for the eyes merchants for the great men of the earth for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived sorceries that's simply another word for spiritualism Babylon at the end of time one of their hallmarks of Babylon is that it uses spiritualism or sorceries to deceive all nations or the whole world. And so we are talking about a world wide flood of spiritualistic activity at the end of time we should expect it that's what Revelation is telling us and it's interesting to think even in the wider world anecdotally I I believe we can see this to be true I remember canvassing is hard to believe but it was 20 years ago or more than 20 years ago maybe. When I was canvassing in California that I met a remarkable number of people who would openly with a straight face look me in the eye and say oh I'm a Pagan or I'm a Wiccan. And I'm you know I was flabbergasted the 1st few times it happened because you know I'm standing here selling Bible story books or spiritual books and they just openly admit oh yeah I'm a Pagan I don't believe that or I'm a witch I believe in the you know I'm part of the Wiccan religion and just recently I found out that Wicca is one of the fastest growing religion in America and so all of this just tells me that overt spiritualism just flat out pagan spiritual ism is on the rocks and it's common in the society around us and of course in our popular culture in the media the idea of Witchcraft and Wizardry and magic and supernatural these types of things have been commonplace for a long time. But back to our question what about discrete spiritual ism What about that form of spiritual ism where people are under the influence of evil angel without even knowing it is that also a problem that we need to be aware up. What about spiritual ism in the church is spiritual isn't even a threat to the church because I used to think that Spiritualism is just a deception for those ignorant heathens out there. It's the it's for the people who are enlightened as to the truth like we are we know that the dead you know the living know that they shall die and that the dead know not anything we know that when the person dies they go to sleep there is no consciousness in death we know that the soul is not immortal so because we understand the state of the Dead I sort of thought that's a non-factor spiritualism would not affect us because after all if someone pretending to be you know a spirit of a dead person comes to us we would just automatically know right like Ok your evil angel so we're not going to talk to you we're not to listen to you like it seems so obvious or early so simple and then Plus we know that at the end of time Satan himself will be transformed into an angel of light he will actually in the final act of the great drama we're told he will impersonate Jesus himself and we're like well we're 7th it Adventists of all people really mustn't understand how Jesus is going to come the 2nd time he's not going to touch the earth he's going to come of the trump of God the dead in Christ shall rise 1st we shall meet him in the air all the whole in just come with him there's no way right that we as Adventists would fall for a spiritualist of deception like Satan personating Christ and so I have this perhaps. Naive maybe or overly confident the sense of hubris about the threat of spiritualism in the church but maybe we shouldn't be so confident because let's take a look at what the Bible has to say about this. In 1st of the chapter 4 verse one Paul writes this Now the Spirit speak it expressly that in the latter times Ok so it's talking particularly about the end of time some shall depart from the faith so are we talking about people in the world here are we talking about people in the church or Clearly he's talking about the church because people are departing from the faith while what lead them to the bar from the faith giving he'd to sit to sing spirits and doctrines of devils. So Paul is very explicit in telling us a spiritual Israel is going to be a threat to the church we need to be careful the church is not immune to this deception in the end times there will be some from among us who shall depart from the faith because of the seduction of spiritualism another statement found in the book great controversy page 588 the line of distinction between professing Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable church members love what the world loves and are ready to join then join with them and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his caused by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritual ism So this passage tells close clearly spiritualism affects both those inside and outside of the church and in the context of the End Times which this chapter if you go look it up is specifically talking about some of the final movements in the end time scenario I find it interesting to me that the Spirit of Prophecy describes Satan's objective his strategy is to sweep all both in and outside of the church into the ranks of spiritualism. And you know it's fascinating because you know that in a time we always assume that it's going to be a religious like Christian apostate Christian movement that's going to bring about the final events so you know wouldn't it make more sense to sweep all into the ranks of. Roman ism for example or into a positive Protestantism but that's not what it says. And if the Satan's objective to sweep all into the ranks of spiritualism at the end of time in the context of the final conflict it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense if this spiritual ism is referring merely to be a colt or magic or witchcraft or those types of pagan religions it doesn't seem to harmonize and we'll we'll discuss more about this in our afternoon session but for now the point I want to make from this passage is that it should be clear that the deception of spiritual is a must be far more discreet and far more pernicious then the overt forms of spiritualism that we have been accustomed to thinking about but what is all the significance what is the significance of that well we'll discuss it more in our study this morning and this afternoon but at this time I want to. Use this metaphor I want to bring up this metaphor of the global pandemic to help illustrate how spiritualism spreads throughout society how Satan uses spiritualism as a means to communicate his deceptions and this will help us organize our thoughts for the rest of our study and what do we see. Because of coven 1000 we've lived through for you know much of this year we have all in a way become amateur epidemiologists now and so I think some of these terms may be last year would not have made any sense to us but now I think we're all very familiar with it and I think it's a helpful illustration So 1st we want to think about this idea of cross species transmission so a virus a transmits from a non-human entity to humans so Koven $1000.00 a month been a bat something like that and the virus made a leap over the species barrier and now it affects humans but then it communicates is communicable between humans now and then there is this thing known as asymptomatic spread which is a transmission of a virus from a person who does not develop symptoms this is the definition for the World Health Organization for asymptomatic spread and so what this means is there are people who are transmitting the virus even though they themselves don't know that they are carriers of it that's asymptomatic spread and then there's communities spread defined by the c.d.c. as people getting infected with the virus in an area including some who are not sure how or where they became infected so infection occurs eat without being able to trace to the source it's just in the air so to say so it could be airborne droplets it could be through surfaces we touch something in that you know we rub our eyes and we get it that way or maybe through the ventilation system that you know transfers viruses over a wider area that's community spread. And then eventually we are in the state we get to the stage which we've been living in which is a pandemic which is defined as an epidemic occurring worldwide over a very wide area crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people as defined by the World Health Organization So keep these thoughts in mind. These concepts in mind as we go through some of the inspiration that discusses how spiritualism is transmitted so our 1st 2 passages come from the book last events page 160 and also Page 161 it says this evil angels in the form of men will talk with those who know the truth they will misinterpret and misconstrue the statements of the messengers of God Evil Angels in the form of the lever's will work in our ranks to bring in a strong spirit of unbelief these passages make it very clear that Satan and his evil angels can and do engage directly with God's people in the church they take on the appearance even of believers and this is clearly and a discrete form of spiritualism because apparently you know people don't really know that they are engaging with Evil Angels this is one way that Spiritualism is transmitted now I need to pause here and make a number of very important disclaimers. Whenever we read statements like this I know what goes on in the Adventist mind Ok and that is the automatic assumption of the automatic next step is for people to just start looking around suspiciously and wondering so who are these evil angels have I met them they'd be is that guy that I just really have a bad feeling about you know the stuff he's posting on Facebook or that guy who wrote a book that I think is heresy so he must be an evil angel don't think that way I'm trying to make this disclaimer to help us steer away from that way of thinking it's a little bit like the unfortunate and I think largely inappropriate Adventist insult of just accusing someone of being a Jesuit when we don't like them when we disagree with them you know this is sort of taking it to the next level right it's but it's the same spirit wondering who's a jazz with hiding around the corner well who's this evil angel that that is masquerading as a believer Look the point is not for us to hunt for Spiritualists or to hunt for Jesuits or hunt for evil angels in the church right that's not the point I'm trying to make because let's just hypothetically suppose that we actually successfully identify one case so what what does that do what does that mean like Ok now what you know it doesn't necessarily change a whole lot right and there's not a whole lot we can do about it and and ultimately we've got to remember. The enemy of souls the devil is far more conniving and smarter and scheming than we are so I don't really want to go hand to hand combat with the devil and so Jesus has a parable about the we in the tears how they grow together until he comes and this is one of those cases where we need to leave this kind of stuff to Jesus to resolve when the time is right and perhaps the worst problem is if we get caught up in hunting for spiritualists in the church we end up running down the rabbit trail of distraction that keeps us from actually fulfilling our mission so all this to say. Don't misunderstand what I am trying to communicate by bringing up these passages so the claim are over my point is simply that Spiritualism can be a very direct and serious threat even to the church and also this is the illustration that Spiritualism can be transmitted on a 1st degree basis so an evil angel can. Communicate a discreet infection to those in the church in the form of quote unquote believers in our ranks people that we don't even know that they are anything other than just the believer Satan is capable of doing that and the spirit prophet tells us that he does do that so 1st degree transmission in a discreet manner is possible Ok but let's continue on the next statement is found in testimony for the church Volume 2 page 171 and this this testimony was written to a couple of people who are backsliding out of the church they are church members and Ellen White in an attempt to win them back is writing them words of reproof and of admonition and of rebuke and so this is a portion of what she wrote to these church members she says one thing I wish impressing upon your minds you have the special mediums of Satan closely connected with you there's that word again mediums and their power and influence have a manifest effect upon you because you do not remain near enough to God to ensure the special aid of angels that excel in strength. So she's telling these people you are in danger because there are people with influence in your life that are mediums of Satan these might be friends these might be associates maybe mentors maybe people that you you know listen to in popular media or whatever might be right these people are closely connected with you you you give them access to you but they're the mediums of Satan now when she says mediums of Satan does she just mean metaphorically like these are bad influences you know I we all have friends who might have been you know not the best influence on us in our lives. Is that all she means well interestingly enough the very next page she labyrinths on this point so Page 172 of the 2nd volume of the testimonies she says those who have bitterly opposed the truth of God Satan uses as his mediums Ok well she can to continues to describe how that takes place to such he will appear in the assumed person and garb of another it may be a friend of the media he will increase their faith by using the words of this friend and relating circumstances which are about to take place or which really have taken place and of which the media knew nothing sometimes previous to a death or an accident he gives a dream or personating another converses with the medium even imparting knowledge by means of his suggestions. This sounds like a fairly direct form of spiritualistic influence if you ask me but this medium is characterized by the opposition to the truth of God. And these people who oppose the truth of God We are told can be under the influence of Satan whether knowingly or unknowingly and away describes all of the various methods a Satan has at his disposal to influence these people so using this graphic again spiritualism can also be a case of 2nd degree transmission where Satan here on the right my dress up as an assumed friend that might not just be that it could be just through dreams through suggestions it can be through a variety of means whether overtly or discretely both are options here for the devil to influence this person in the middle that she simply calls his medium. And this medium as far as we can tell the only identifying marker for them is that they bitterly opposed to truth meaning they are not overt spiritualists she does not say that you know the way to know is that you know don't hang out with people who worship the devil or don't worship but don't hang around people that use weedy boards or that have a broomstick flying broomstick in their closet right like she doesn't say that these are normal everyday people that we may run across in media or on the street and and this can lead to a discreet infection to the church member because the relationship on the far left of the screen here between the church member and this medium of Satan apparently there is no indication of any supernatural influence or supernatural activity in that relationship it can look like just any normal interaction between 2 people they might be hanging out texting back and forth you know listening to the music or whatever it might be some getting a little ahead of myself because let's take a look at the next passage. And see what it's us so this is now in sketches from the life of Paul page 140. The visible and the invisible world are in close contact could the veil be lifted we would see evil angels employing all their arts to deceive and destroy wherever and influence exerted to cause bend to forget God they are Satan is exercising he has been watching Power all who venture into scenes of dissipation or religious pleasure or seek the society of the sensualist the skeptic or the blasphemer by personal intercourse or notas very carefully or through the medium of the press are tampering with it sorcery there is that word again sorcery is spiritual ism air they are where the mind is be wilderness and the soul polluted so in this passage the religious the sensualist the skeptic the blasphemer these group them together and they merely represent those who are opposed to the truth that we just read about in the last passage and notice this type of sorcery that is described here again does not include any type of overt spiritual ism there's no witchcraft talked about here there's no crystal ball or weedy boards or seances. It's discrete but these are people that you do not view them as overt spiritualist But nevertheless in engaging with them we are tampering with sorcery Well how can we engage with this people this passage makes it clear we can be influenced by them not merely by personal intercourse or personal contact direct contact of sitting face to face and being friends with them and so forth but we can also become tainted or infected with their ideas through the medium of the press. What is that what's the medium of the press that's simply another word to describe media modern media and curious how the word media is simply the plural for the word medium right so here's our little graphic again and now Satan is still here he's just off the screen to the right I just didn't have enough space to make it look nice so Satan is off to the right he is still influencing whether overtly or discretely the media now this medium where we see is further described as the religious sensualist skeptic or blasphemer but then this medium can put put out. Media whether it's through their books with their articles or other publications maybe it's a podcast or it's a website or t.v. shows or movies or music or whatever it might be they push out their ideas through the media and through that media that is consumed by the church member a discrete infection a spiritual ism can still go on there and I think you will know this to be true when you start scrolling through Netflix how long do you have to scroll before you see some overt form of spiritual ism or even subtle forms of spiritualism everywhere in popular culture it happens. But of course back to what we're talking about the spiritualistic ideas may not even be overtly spiritualism and may not be overt paganism but nevertheless we're going to dive deeper into this concept this afternoon but the means by which the transmission takes place can happen even on the 3rd degree level from Satan to us so this tells us we need to be watchful about what media we are engaging in and what we are putting into our brains Now I want to take this one step further. This statement is found a great controversy page 516 is none are in greater danger from the influence of evil angels than those who notwithstanding the direct and ample testimony of the Scriptures denied the existence and agency of the devil and his angels so long as we are ignorant of their wiles they have almost inconceivable advantage many give heed to their suggestions while they suppose themselves to be following the dictates of their own wisdom this passage begins by describing a class of people who are the most susceptible to the influence of evil angels or they were spiritual as none are in greater danger we're told well who are these people these are the people who deny the existence and agency of the devil and his angels. Well who are those what is she describing here what is eloquent describing there describing people who do not believe in the existence of the supernatural or it might be described as those who are atheists who do not believe that there is a god or devil or in a more blanket term this is describing the secularist those who do not believe in the devil as angels and God and angels good angels holy angels or evil angels they don't believe in the supernatural. And at the end of those passages as these people think that they are so wise they think that they have sown much light and wisdom to shed upon the world the atheistic infidel philosophers I believe this is talking about and others like them they might be under the influence of saying without even knowing it and this passage continues same paragraph this is why as we approach the close of time when Satan is to work with greatest power to deceive and destroy he spreads everywhere the belief that he does not exist it is his policy to conceal himself and his manner of working talking again about the close of time at the end of time we you know we think that Satan's power is at the most elevated by his powers most potent during overt spiritualistic manifestations so things like you know we read about demon possession for example the demon literally you know taking over somebody and speaking through them we think oh wow that is. That is his most. Powerful way to destroy but according to this passage that's not totally the case Satan has a different preference and it sounds as though he prefers a secular non-supervisory. Environment he prefers it is his policy to conceal himself and his greatest powers manifested in this environment in a situation where people don't believe in the supernatural or his existence and to illustrate this in the real world I want to share with you something now that kind of kind of blew my mind when I found out and I want to talk with you a little bit about the Church of Satan and when we talk about the Church of Satan we automatically assume well who do they worship what they must worship the devil they must worship Satan right well I went to their website and in their f.a.q. they actually have this question why do Satanists worship the devil look at their answer we don't satanists or atheists we see the universe as being indifferent to us and so all morals and values are subjective human constructions as such we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan the Church of Satan doesn't believe that Satan exists how wild is that but nevertheless do you suppose do you think they might still be at least a little bit under the influence of spiritual ism I mean what name did they adopt after all like they claim to be of Satan but yet they are a secular religion acts in moronic as that may sound now there is actually a 2nd. Satanic religion called the say Tanach temple the Church of Satan and the Satanic temple the 2 of them comprise the 2 largest say tannic religions in the world. And I went to their website and looked at their f.a.q. and look what they say do you worship satan No nor do we believe in the existence of Satan or the supernatural the satanic temple believes that religion can and should be divorced from superstition as such we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan both of them say the same thing the Church of Satan and the Satanic temple both are atheistic secularist religions and does this not line up with what we just read that those who do not believe in the Devils existence do not believe in the supernatural or are most susceptible to the influence of evil angels I think so and this is in the it's also important to make this distinction the Church of Satan and the Satanic temple are distinct and very different from what we referenced earlier as paganism like or the occult in fact the satanic temple and Church of Satan as I've done a little bit of reading they look down their noses in disdain for those superstitious pagan religious they think they are in light and they are informed by science and and reason and and that's why they are atheists and so they're very different and it's important to understand. The contrast here even though for us looking in from the outside based on the spirit and the Council of Scripture we see that they are influenced by the same spirit Nevertheless one is merely overt spiritual ism and the other is the natural outgrowth of discrete spiritual ism and so I think this highlights that Ellen White's spirit crosses Council has been right on the money so let's go back to our framework of the pandemic and see what we've learned so far. Because what we've seen so far is that spirit to listen is far more than just demons of personating the dead right it's much more than just say on says and blood magic and necromancy those kinds of things spiritualism goes deeper than that is more deceptive it's more pernicious than that and so let's see spiritualism and cross species transmission what we see is that evil angels are actively and continuously spreading their influence both overtly indiscreetly So this is cross species or even you might see cross dimensional type of transmission going on all the time the Devil and angels are never asleep and that is symptomatic spread spiritualism can be transmitted even by those who show quote unquote no symptoms even people who are non superstitious who are secular in their worldview who do not believe in the devil or the supernatural they can still be carriers that's what we're really what we're learning and the community spread spiritualism can be transmitted indirectly it can happen over the air it can go through medias of all types and fundamentally people can be influenced by spiritual ism and communicate and believe and hold onto spiritualistic ideas without ever knowing where they pick those beliefs up from that's the that's the most insidious part of all this community spread exists in spiritualism and so that these us have questions so with all of this in play have we reached the point of a global pandemic we know that the Bible predicts that it's going to be a pandemic Have we already arrived there. Let's take a look in great controversy page 556 the very name of witchcraft is now held in contempt the claim that man or men can hold intercourse with evil spirits is regarded as a fable of The Dark Ages and does this not describe modern enlightened you know society now we have science now we have. You know we worked through those dark ages so when people talk about you know nowadays when they talk about believe in the devil or believe in God and supernatural You know I think for many of us living in the western society that we're in now most people look at us like Do you really believe that hocus pocus like are you that superstitious like don't be silly right that's sort of the the view that most people have but nevertheless look at what the statement continues to say but spiritualism which numbers is converts by hundreds of thousands yea by and millions even Ellen White state millions. Which has made its way into scientific circles which has invaded churches and has found favor in the legislative bodies and even in the courts of Kings this mammoth deception is but a revival in a new disguise of the witchcraft condemned and prohibited of old this passage clearly tells us that this has swept the globe millions upon millions of people are already converts to spiritual is a that's what signal processing in the great controversy and it's very interesting how she highlights certain realms of society that have been infiltrated by spiritualism the one that jumps out at me is scientific circles because by its very definition by the very definition scientific circles today is agnostic. You know that the Nat It requires the practitioners science to have naturalistic presuppositions largely And that would rule out the existence of the supernatural entirely that's the general you know climate within scientific circles that you want to talk about intelligent design that's largely disqualified because of the presuppositions that under all of science at least it's as it's. Conducted in the secular world obviously outside of the church and so forth so that's very fascinating and then this idea of you know legislative bodies and in government and in politics it's found its way into this this realm and so a lot of times I thought oh this must be just talking about closet spirituous right like maybe that she's talking about the you know secret societies we've got the Masons and in the luminati and and they're just hiding hiding they're they're they're they're broomstick and they're crystal ball in their closet and they just don't show it you know I'm not sure that I would you know necessarily say that's not possible but at the same time I don't think that's the thrust of this passage this passage really gives the impression. That it's describing a wide swath of society like huge segments of society large portions of the population already being swept up into spiritual ism without even knowing it that's the impression I get and not just without even knowing it while sort of badmouthing and looking down upon overt spiritualism as a whole this is the picture that I believe this passage paints and so does this portend that we have already reached a point of global pandemic. I think so and so we think of overt spiritual ism like this this is what spirituals them can look like. Seances you know spirits of the dead you know ghosts things like that but I hope through the course of the study so far it's become clear that Spiritualism can also look like this and it is the intent of these pictures is to show well this is just everyday life there is just a teacher in the in the classroom there can be true a specialist of ideas being promulgated there the philosophies and so forth even in legislative bodies we're told so perhaps even in government spiritualistic ideas exist it permeates society that's the that's the impression the connotation that we can really gain from the spirit of prophecy and how it's described now I have some bad news the sad reality is that there can be no eradication of spiritualism until the 2nd coming now why is that it's because the satan satan and his angels are still alive and well they're continuing to seed so to say seed new infections all throughout society so in covert 1000 we talk about could contact tracing the idea that you trace the transmission pathway back to where it originated so you can hopefully quarantine the appropriate people and to snuff out further infection what that actually doesn't work with spiritual ism because not only is the community spread now but the origin of the virus Satan himself is still going around infecting people so yet this is yet another reason why what we talked about earlier about you know running around hunting for spiritualists in in our church that's a fruitless task it's a fruitless task because let's say you find one the devil just infect 3 more so understanding this understanding that Spiritualism is going to be with us until Jesus comes and the Bible is very clear about this we read some of the statements earlier this affects our approach what is the solution to this pandemic. And as good Adventists you probably already knew I was going to say this The answer is prevention the answer is we need to boost our spiritual immune system that's the only way so we can resist spiritualistic infection so how do we do that number one we must be humble we shouldn't be naive and we need to stay close to Jesus we need to be humble to understand that the devil is as of drawing lines seeking whom he may devour he deceived Eve And lest you think Eve is a dummy she was she came from the hand of the Creator unblemished she had all of her mental faculties with her she was she had never yet commit a sin she does not have a fallen nature and yet the devil was able to deceive her and then later on Adam as well so let's not think that we can outsmart the devil we need to be humble and we need we need to not be naive like what we like what I talked about earlier like we can't think that it doesn't affect us because somehow we know the truth we know the state of the dead and somehow that makes us immune let's not get ahead of ourselves we need to stay close to Jesus just like even wandered off from the side of Adam and that's how she became susceptible we must never wander off from the side of Jesus and that goes back to you know the associates that we keep we read about how some of these people who are opposed to the truth can be used as mediums of Satan and we need to be careful that we are not under the influence whether through a secondary or 3rd degree type of transmission scenario we do want to be under the influence of any of Satan's agents or mediums 1st John $41.00 tells us beloved believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world try the spirits don't just believe anything. And number 2 we must be filled with the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit will give us the antibodies to resist the devil and his lies we must be filled with the Holy Spirit and it reminds me of the story Jesus told the man had a demon cast out of him you remember that even the demon walks around for a little bit comes back finds us all place swept and cleaned out and he brings 7 more demons worse than him to fill that place or to possess that man again we must fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit allowed Jesus to dwell within us so that the devil has no room to come in and this also means we must be careful what we fill our minds with right the media that we engage with we need to be careful that it is not spiritualistic in content so Galatians 5 or 16 and then also 1000 to 21 says this I say then walk in the spirit and you shall feel the lust of the flesh for the sake of time we're not going to read through the whole list except to note that witchcraft is one of the things that is the lusts of the flesh the walking in the spirit will prevent us or protect us preserve us from witchcraft and he says of which I tell you before as I've told you in times past that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God And finally we must put on the whole armor of God We all have heard about the p p e personal protective equipment for frontline workers with covert $1000.00 while the armor of God is our spiritual p.p. and we need to put it on because it is specifically designed for spiritual warfare if each is 6 person living and 12 put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rules of darkness in the of this world again spiritual wickedness in high places. And one piece of armor of God is the sort of the Spirit which is the Word of God and I want to conclude with that thought with the Word of God we have to prove all things and hold fast that which is good for us that's the one in 5 years 21 and then Isaiah Chapter 8 verses $1020.00 we frequently only quote verse 20 but notice it is specifically talking about spiritual ism and spiritualistic influences and when they shall say unto you seek into them to have familiar spirits and to wizards that peep and that mutter should not a people seek and of their god for the living to the dead to the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in the the law and the testimony the Bible the Word of God The Spirit of Prophecy these are the weapons of our warfare against the enemy of souls and finally a promise some of us might feel overwhelmed because the devil is too powerful he is powerful and there is no chance 0 chance that we can prevail if we meet him alone in the field of combat but this is this promise is for us 1st John 4 for you are of God Little children and have overcome them because Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world and I want to say amen to that that serpent in the garden he is still speaking today. That serpent that tempted Eve he is still in the business of tempting man today and his tactics has not changed much he is still warring with the remnant of her seed but we need to remember that back in way back in the Garden of Eden God gave a promise that there will come a seed of the woman who will crush the head of the serpent and praise God that seed of the woman has already come Amen Jesus has already come he's already won the victory and so for us yes the devil is a wily photo his powers are great but Greater is He that is in us than he was in the world so I say let's commit ourselves to follow and to stick with and to obey that seed of the woman to follow Jesus whither so ever he go and he will in the end give us the victory over the devil and his spiritualistic deceptions So let's let's conclude here as we close with prayer and let's cards Father in heaven we thank you so much for the Word of God which is to sort of the spirit we thank you for sending Jesus as the seed of the woman to crush the head of the serpent We thank you for giving clarity to us about the devil and his tricks. And Lord help us to not be deceived help us to understand how the devil works and help us to withstand his temptations be with us the remainder of the Sabbath and bring us back again this afternoon as we continue the study and may you continue to make truth clear that we may be ready to meet you in the air that we might be able to help others to come out of Babylon to be ready for your return as well be with us now we asked 3 Jesus. This media was brought to you by audio 1st a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave a visit w w w audio verse or.

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