“Oh Lucifer, Son of the Morning, how you have fallen from the heavens! You weakening the nations, you are cut down to the ground. For you have said in your heart, I will go up to the Heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of Elohim, and I will sit on the mountain of appointment, in the sides of the north. I will rise over the heights of the clouds; I will be compared to Elyone” Isaiah 14:12
Believers all agree that HaSatan, or Lucifer, as he is often called, is the enemy of HaShem. Yet few people pause to consider the implications of this fact. The book of Job tell us that HaSatan, which means Accuser in Hebrew, “roams to and fro” looking for souls to accuse and to deceive. He is thus given the fitting title of Deceiver, as well. As obvious as it seems, many believers never pause to consider precisely what he is trying to deceive them about? Satan has declared a rebellion against the authority of The Father, against His commandments, His Law, and His chosen people. He wants to deceive the entire world into joining him in this rebellion, not because he thinks he'll win, but because he doesn't want to go down alone.
What is original sin? Adam and Eve ate a fruit. When it is stated just like that, it seems preposterous to think that the beginning of all sin was in the simple act of taking a bite of fruit! However, it was not just any fruit they decided to eat. It was the only fruit that The Most High COMMANDED THEM NOT TO EAT! In light of this fact, the real sin was not that they ate fruit.
Their sin was that they DISOBEYED The Most High! This may seem like an obvious point. HaShem commanded them not to eat; they ate. They beleived HaSatan's lie that disobeying The Most High would yield better returns than obeying would. Original sin is disobedience to the commands of Elohim. Even the New Testament texts Christians rely so heavily upon make this clear!
"Whosoever commits sin transgresses the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4
Sadly, this sin that has continued on throughout the time of the Prophets. It continues on, even into our present day.
“But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; they have acted like traitors against Me there.” Hosea/Hoshea 6:7
It is what HaSatan (The ACCUSER) does, he “trades the truth of Elohim for a lie.” In other words, he counterfeits. Lucifer has a myriad of useful tools for advertising and enlisting rebels to join him in despising the Father and His Law.
One of HaSatan's favorite tools for inciting hatred and rebellion or just cozy distraction and apathy is Political Correctness. This secular 'religion' demands we accept the lie that there is no absolute morality. It promotes myriad sins as "alternative lifestyles." It teaches that those who take the Scriptures literally are religious bigots. In fact, there is a huge double standard when many liberals talk about tolerance. They will be the first ones to label someone who actually believes the Bible to be 'too religious,' yet, you can never be 'too queer' or 'too pro-choice' in their opinion. We don't have to deny others a right to practice their own faith to earn this title. We simply have to confess that we believe salvation is found only in the Elohim of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, to be deemed intolerant, uneducated, deplorable, and a host of other malevolent names.
False Religions serve to cast doubt in the mind of believers by offerring so many beleif systems, it can be hard to discern what the sraight and narrow path is. The Eastern Mystic religions dangle before us promises of Nirvana and enlightenment in this life through self-awareness. While these touchy-feely religions seem loving and peaceful, the problem is two-fold. The first, and most important, is an age-old error of many doctrines. It is the mistaken assumption that our own efforts are what will yield us eternal results. They will not, they can not, we are just too weak to grasp the eternal without divine help. The second lies in the fact that these false religions sum up the meaning of life as “Don’t worry, be happy.” While this can be good advice for life, it doesn’t help us in the world to come. We are doing a disservice to ourselves and others when we ignore our Creator's clear revelations of who He is, what He desires of us, and of His great plan for humankind as detailed in the Bible.
Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in our world today, yet anyone who has actually read both the Quran and the Bible can tell you right away, Allah is definitely NOT the same as the Elohim of our Bible. Here we will be decried by the liberals as religious bigots, to imply that the Muslim 'God' is not the same as ours. Yet, we know a tree by its fruits, and the fruit of Islam is discord, violence, oppression and hatred. The Quran contradicts the Torah, showing it's falseness. The truth cannot contradict itself! While it is espoused as "The Religion of Peace" It is clearly anything but. Consider the following Quranic passage:
"(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels... "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them...And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah."
Quran 8:12, 39 (The Spoils of War)
Does this sound like a religion of peace?
TELEVISION: THE SPEAKING IMAGE?
Television is hypnotic almost, one might say! We are not here to say that all TV is evil; much of it is just senseless. Yet the majority of it is down-right morally degenerate! Quality programming is becoming a fading cultural memory replaced by meaningless garbage like Pretty Little Liars, Wives with Knives, What We Do in the Shadows, Killing Eve, Schitt's Creek, etc. Television has become almost entirely trash. The vast majority of the shows masquerading as 'News' are clearly biased propaganda 99% of the time. This fact is so clear now that it has a new term attached to it, “Fake News.” Perhaps there are still a few meaningful shows out there in that pile of moral filth and political punditry. However, on the whole, it is a mess of 'reality' TV garbage, sex, violence, and downright wickedness. No matter how “soft” it is, it is still Satan’s spiritual porn. This is why one of Satan’s titles is “The Prince of the Power of the Air” Make no mistake, he is the CEO of TV land!
DEVICES & SOCIAL MEDIA
If you want to lose all your friends, tell them television is a propaganda machine, and suggest they get rid of theirs. If you would enjoy being socially crucified, start talking about their smartphone. We are NOT saying your smartphones are evil or sinful. It is really all about what you use them for, but we personally decided to severely limit our use of touchscreen devices. They seem to be a two-edged sword, especially when it pertains to youth! If you stand back and look at someone touching their device, gazing at it, smiling, laughing, even talking to it, swiping and stroking its glassy face, it is actually a kind of sick habit that breeds isolation, and becomes a dangerous echo-chamber where we are each able to see only the reality we WANT to see.
A fact people seldom consider is that your devices many useful apps log everything about you, where you go, work, what you post, comment on, buy, etc. It goes without saying that every text, chat or photo sent or received is logged as well. Basically, if you do it on your phone, hackers or government entities (both foreign and domestic) can access the record of it; they can even remotely tap your camera or microphone to investigate you! Sadly, no one cares. It seems like it shouldn't matter, and it doesn't as long as those in power only ever use it to investigate criminals. Still, it has massive potential for abuse... as we see with the most recent political scandal by the DNC and its operatives. The novel 1984 comes to mind as a warning. Absolute knowledge is dangerous!
More alarming are the studies that are emerging, linking excessive screen-time, particularly overuse of social media, to a sharp rise in depression, suicide, and other psycho-spiritual issues. Studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control affirmed this link finding a 31%- 65% increase in the suicide rate among teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 and identifying excessive use of electronic devices as a likely culprit. Specifically, they discovered that 48% of teenagers who spent 5 or more hours a day on electronic devices (which more and more schools are allotting and requiring student use of to complete assignments!) reported a suicide-related behavior. By comparison, only 28% of teens who spent less than an hour daily using such devices reported such issues. By comparison, imagine if every believer replaced even just HALF of their 'screen-time' with serious study of the Scriptures!? It would be a different world!
INTERNET: TRULY A WORLD WIDE WEB
We must emphasize again, the internet is not in and of itself evil. We only want to bring awareness to how HaSatan uses it to distract and defile us. As with Television and Devices, we are not implying that there is absolutely no merit in using the Internet. Quite to the contrary, we use it in our research for writing our books (as well as in this blog), in our home-business, and to communicate with family and friends. The question is not whether it has legitimate uses. In recognizing the wealth of dangers inherent to this sticky web, the question becomes one of evaluating what steps believers can take to mitigate those dangers. Our own family limits it firstly by having only a single 'smart-phone' for the entire family to use and for laptops we limit is to evening use only and NO USE ON SHABBAT. The one exception we make is that our oldest daughter, who has proven her spiritual maturity and ability not to become distracted is allowed to use the laptop to complete her online studies, and having such a busy life homeschooling etc, I also use my laptop on Shabbat ONLY for writing or editing the books the Most High has put on my heart to write, no browsing, no social media (we only have twitter account to promote awareness of this site and our books anyway!)
All of these tools are just that, tools. Political Correctness is the exception to this. It is wholly false and has no merit whatsoever. The apparent merit it appears to have in promoting equality and human rights is better accomplished by studying and applying the WORD of ELOHIM to our lives. Let us replace it with a better doctrine: SPIRITUAL UPRIGHTNESS, as according to the WORD! As for the television, devices, and internet, HaSatan can use these tools for evil and to distract and confuse us. We can also harness them as believers to righteous ends to open our own eyes, and encourage others to do the same.
Forest & Andrea Acker