The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,…
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;….
Ever do something simply because it’s been a tradition as long as you can remember? Or just because someone you know is doing it and you were invited to join in because it seemed harmless?
In every act we commend, we are in essence giving our support in body and spirit to in one of two ways: A spirit of obedience to God, or a spirit of disobedience to God
Every spirit of this world originated somewhere…
But which are you walking in?
Now the works of the flesh are evident:, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such thing there is no law
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want
1.A wild and drunken celebration
2.A priest, worshipper, or follower of Bacchus
Throughout history, men and women seemed to suffer from a serious god-complex in thinking that even though they were of flesh and blood like everyone else, they somehow possessed the infinite power and wisdom of the One and Only True God. As you’ll see in this false view they held, their practices have impacted culture even until modern day.
But wasn’t this the very same thing that the serpent enticed Eve with in eating of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the beginning of time recorded from the scriptures in Genesis 3?; That she might be like God knowing good and evil? This caused something of great significance and detriment to happen both to Adam and herself, as well as for all of humanity…. Here are a few things I ask that you prayerfully consider and hopefully God will reveal the truth from it to you as all that is truly truth belongs to God.
Ever wonder where things like Carnival and Festival get its roots from?
Dionysus – God of Wine, Merry Making, Theatre and Ecstasy
In every picture, Dionysus or Bacchus are always shown with a glass of wine in one hand, half naked (if not completely), and red faced from being intoxicated either unable to stand up straight or slightly staggered, if not laid out on a chair or bed. He encouraged that wine, music and ecstatic dance free’s his followers from self-conscious fear and care, (the very lyrics of most festival songs) and subverts the oppressive restraints of the powerful. Those who partake of his mysteries are possessed and empowered by the “god” himself. His cult is also a “cult of the souls“, his maenads feed the dead through blood-offerings, and he acts as a divine communicant between the living and the dead.
When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritist, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.
Dionysus was the “god” of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Greek mythology. He was worshipped 1500-1100 B.C. by Mycenean Greeks: Other traces of Dionysus-type cults have been found in ancient Minoan Crete. His origins are uncertain, and his cults took many forms; some are described by ancient sources as Thracian, others as Greek.
His festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theatre. His procession is made up of wild female followers.
Bacchus & Bacchanalia (200 B.C) – was the Roman god of agriculture and wine, similar to the Greek Dionysus. He was the last “god” to join the twelve Olympians; His plants were vines and twirling ivy. He often carried a pinecone-topped staff, and his followers were goat-footedSatyrys and Maenads, wild women who danced energetically during his festivals (see the inwardly twisted foot of the small woman near the statue in the second picture above)
Notice the almost 1500 year gap between Dionysus and Bacchus. Throughout history, these pagan traditions have resurfaced under the face of new celebrations. This is because the spirits of disobedience travel from generation to generation.
Mythology – a collection of myths, especially to a particular religious or cultural tradition. A widely held but false belief or idea.
Satyrs – One of a class of lustful drunken woodland “gods”. In greek art they were represented as a man with horses ears and tail, but in Roman representations as a man with goat’s ears, tail, legs and horns (who does that sound like?)
Maenads – A female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites
You shall have no other gods before me
The demonic spirits that people give themselves upto from acts of disobedience have existed since past generations, they simply travel from generation to generation as time moves forward for us drawing us away from the true and living God. These spirit’s of disobedience can be identified because they will cause the possessed to act in the similar ways described from generations past. Those who turn from the truth, leave themselves open for possession.
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience
1. A system of religious venerations and devotion direct towards a particular figure or object
2. A person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society
3. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
Though the Bible does not use the word “cult”, the idea is there, at least in seed form. It is represented by the Greek term hairesis, rendered “sect“, which derives from a root meaning “to choose”. It hints of a self-willed opinion that rejects the authority of truth, leads to division, and causes the formation of a sect.
Cult members are focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessive zealous, unquestioning commitment. (Ever hear people saying things like “I never miss a carnival!”) The leader is typically a strong willed, domineering character who rules the group with tight control. He lets it be known in subtle ways that he is in charge of the movement. He makes the plans, he orchestrates the movements of the group and even tells you what to do and even how to feel about your participation.
Example: “get on bad”, “jump jump jump jump”, “We comin to life now”(Implicative of dead and coming to life) “Everyone! attention on me” Then everyone follows the command and acts it out physically when really giving worship to opposition knowingly/unknowingly through acts of disobedience to the true and living God
You can see these things even in soca music video’s nowadays like:
Machel Montano – The Fog 2013 (Viewer Discretion Advised)
The LORD detests dishonest scales, but delights in an accurate weight
In our culture, we tend to give attention to one genre of music like Hiphop or maybe Rock music when sexually explicit lyircs or video’s pop up, but say nothing when Soca video’s depict the exact same sexually explicit dances, imagery, profanity or grossly irreverent behavior in their lyrics inciting and stirring lusts and immoral/irreverent desires in the hearts of its viewers as well as suggestively immoral lyrics like “Rum til I Die” (Think about that… is that really the state in which you want to be ushered into the presence of our Holy Most High God?)
Chantwells – The “chantwell” is another incarnation of the African griot tradition. On the Caribbean plantations African griots became chantwells, preserving the tribe’s history and traditions orally. They would sing to contemporary and mythical heroes and to the “gods“. They would also preserve the complex oral traditions of West Africa with songs of derision, praise, satire, and lament. At first the chantwells were mostly women because the males were targeted for destruction on the plantation. On Emancipation the tradition continued and the chantwells would sing call-and-response chants called lavways lionizing and cheering on champion stickfighters. This form of music gradually evolved into the modern Calypso. As calypso developed, the role of the griot (originally a similar traveling musician in West Africa) became known as a chantwell and eventually, calypsonian
As the country became urbanized chantwells became more and more a male function but the portfolio remains the same. The chantwell is the Call, the tribe and the audience is the Response.
1. Especially a follower of a polytheistic religion (“gods”)
2. One who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods
3. An irreligious or hedonistic person
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it
GRACE – Unmerited undeserved favor
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life
Everyday, I thank God for grace!
Grace that allows for me to repent and turn to God, not getting what I truly deserve; what we all deserve.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
The two most important words that I believe are important to acknowledge when you make a choice for God:
Repent– Feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrong-doings or sin (Because we all fall short)
Turn – a change of direction when moving (Because we are showing through our actions we are now making a choice for God)
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord
God loves you and is calling you unto himself and made a way for you to reach Him. By faith in his Son, we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives reconciling us to God.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed
None of us know the time or day when we will be taken from this life…
I continue to pray that you prayerfully consider the choices before you day to day and that you do not lean on your own understanding. Pray and seek God and ask him to reveal the truth of these things to you. Jesus’s sacrifice allows for us to approach the throne of grace and seek counsel from our loving Most High God through the sacrifice of his Son. God will never forsake those who earnestly seek His counsel with a heart of repentence.
When we put on the mind of Christ by reading, understanding the scriptures, and putting them into practice, surely His Spirit will direct us in the way!
God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and Truth
Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil
Grace, Love, & Peace Always,