In the past few weeks, I have been heavily burdened. Not for the lost, but for the people in the church. I recently learned of so-called Angel Tarot cards and Amazon has Angel Ouija boards for sale. These boards are supposedly used to summon good spirits. These are extreme examples, but I know where their customers are coming from. If you are a believer, you will face at least one major crisis in your life that will challenge your faith. If you do not attend church regularly or attend a church that is theologically unsound, you will grasp at almost anything that sounds good, especially if it appears to be a Christian solution. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Jesus told us to beware of the leavening of the Pharisees (Matthew 16:6). A little yeast leavens the whole batch (Galatians 5:9). I once witnessed a battle in the spiritual realm. I was trying to leave a life of sin and the people who were with me wouldn't let me leave. I could not see or hear anything, but I could feel a dread a terror that felt like a heavy weight pressing down on me. I knew that there were demons behind this presence. I am certain that one or possibly both of these individuals were possessed. I don't remember what I said, but I prayed silently. I could sense the angels that were sent to battle these demonic forces and save my life.
But I was not in a sound church. I was not in church much at that point. I read as much as I could about demonic possession and spiritual warfare. It became an obsession. I did not have discernment and filled my mind with a lot on unbiblical garbage. Last night, God told me to through away all the books I could find on the subject. All that did was take my focus off of Jesus. So I got rid of them before anyone else in my household had a chance to read them. I was especially worried about my son. I was afraid he would think these were credible books since they were in my possession.
I have also been taking a good look at some of the Christian songs I listen to. Some of them are uplifting and inspirational, but they are theologically dangerous. My challenge for you during this feast of Unleavened Bread is to get rid of the leavening in your life. Take a good look at the beliefs of your pastor. Take a good look at the lyrics of your favorite worship songs. Take a good look at the books you read. If you need help, ask a pastor or someone else who spends a great deal of time studying the Bible. You should study the Bible as well as it will help you discern the leavening in your life.