In our day, Christians have come under attack. I know that when I say this, if you live in the Western world, and in America in particular, you’re probably thinking of loss of freedoms, removal of religious symbols from public sites and more, but that’s not the heart of it. In fact, these things manifest only as symptoms of a deeper problem, the spiritual battle behind the earthly one.
Every minute of every day I feel spiritual pressure bearing down upon my chest like a lead weight, seeking to draw me into compliance with a system of thought and spirituality at odds with a biblical worldview. In Bible times the source of this pressure bore the name “Baal” or “Molech,” the demon worshiped by the nations surrounding Israel that pressured them into compromising their faith and devotion.
Then as now, this demon seduces nations and cultures into self-focus, lapses of integrity based on failure to consider the needs of others, sexual immorality, sexual perversion, devaluation of human life (sacrifice of the children by fire back then—sacrifice of the children by abortion today) and compromise of true devotion to God.
It happened to Israel and it’s happening to us. We might call this influence secular humanism, post-modernism or simply liberalism, but at root it’s the same deception, the same old demonic principality that has been at work for thousands of years, warping the thinking of entire cultures. In our day, it cloaks its deluding influence in right-sounding promises of prosperity, equality, the rights of the individual and freedom, but delivers bondage, corruption and death. History demonstrates that cultures infected by this demonic influence inevitably deteriorate and finally disintegrate.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21).