"Spiritual Wickedness In High Places"
By Chuck Baldwin
Almost immediately after Adam's fall, Lucifer and his minions
collaborated with evil men to usurp God's authority and sovereignty.
And nowhere is God more sovereign than in the heart and conscience of
man. In the spirit world, the First Commandment ("Thou shalt have no
other gods before me") is the battleground that is most fought over.
The war for man's heart and soul is never-ending.
Nimrod was the first would-be tyrant to try and bring the world into
a global "New World Order." His handiwork produced the Tower of Babel,
which brought about a cataclysmic judgment from Jehovah. However,
while Nimrod was the first globalist to try and unify the nations
against God, he was certainly not the last. The Pharaohs, Darius,
Artaxerxes, Cyrus, Alexander, Nebuchadnezzar, the Caesars, and
hundreds like them have all brought their tyrannical rule over the
hearts of men. And their ideas and passions are as alive and active in
the world today as ever.
With every would-be world tyrant, there is one constant: the unholy
marriage between a supranational government and Big Religion. If
Jehovah God made anything clear in the Mosaic model of government, it
was the fact that--until Christ Himself comes to occupy both
offices--the offices of Priest and King were to be eternally separate.
At least one Old Testament Jewish king learned that lesson the hard
Yet, Big Government and Big Religion have always come together for
the purpose of enslaving the masses. The devilish duo of Big
Government and Big Religion killed the Old Testament prophets. They
hung Jesus on the cross and persecuted the early Church. They murdered
masses during the Dark Ages; they managed the Holocaust; and their
obnoxious offspring are still at work today. This criminal cabal has
been the bane of genuine faith and personal liberty since the
beginning of time.
When Colonial America fired that shot heard around the world and
fought their way to independence, they broke free, not only from the
political domination of the Crown, but also from the religious
domination of a State Church. No longer would citizens be required to
join a particular church in order to hold public office. No longer
would citizens be required to financially support churches and
institutions they deemed to be offensive to their spiritual
convictions. No longer could a religious institution use the power and
force of civil government to subjugate men to its tenets and, yes,
tentacles. Indeed, the apostate kingdom created by Constantine's
spiritual whoredom ended at the eastern shore of America!
And dare I say that I am proud of my Anabaptist forebears for helping
to embed the principle of religious liberty into American law and
jurisprudence? Indeed, I am! What many Americans do not know (and what
many militant secularists refuse to acknowledge) is that it was the
influence of the Colonial Baptists--most notably, the Baptist minister
John Leland--that was most responsible for the First Amendment being
added to the US Constitution.
Therefore, it is more than disturbing when I see evangelical
Christians being seduced by the ancient Big Government/Big Religion
whorish union today. How can any true Gospel preacher accept federal
Faith-Based Initiative monies, except that he has either lost all
understanding of what freedom truly means, or is willing to sacrifice
the sacred principles of liberty upon the altar of his own selfish
interests? How can any true Gospel preacher not realize that Big
Religion has always conspired with tyrannical governmental forces
against the true Gospel message? Why are they so blind to these
devilish conspiracies? At the highest levels of virtually every major
religion, the conspiracy to hijack truth and enslave the masses is
constantly at work.
This is what the Apostle Paul warned about in Ephesians 6:12. "For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Of course, the "rulers of the darkness of this world" are demonic.
But it is also an absolute certainty that these demonic forces
accomplish their devilish deeds through evil men who are given to
"spiritual wickedness in high places."
Was not the spiritual netherworld complicit in helping to construct
Nimrod's Tower of Babel? Was not spiritual wickedness at work when
Pharaoh murdered the little children of the Hebrews? Were not dark
principalities at work when Nebuchadnezzar ordered everyone to bow to
the image of the Babylonian leader? When the Lord Jesus called Jewish
King Herod a "fox," was not He acknowledging Herod's complicity with
evil? Were not spiritual powers aiding and abetting the Jewish
Sanhedrin when they moved the crowd to crucify the Son of God? When
the early Church was being persecuted, was not spiritual wickedness at
work? When nonconforming Christians were thrown to the lions and sawn
asunder, were not their tormentors influenced by these same rulers of
darkness? Of course they were!
Then, why is it so difficult for modern Christians--especially our
pastors and preachers--to understand that this unholy union of Big
Government and Big Religion is as evil and sinful today as it ever
was? Why are they unwilling to recognize that the same devilish system
that plagued the Church throughout the ages--suspended only
temporarily by the successful revolution for American independence--is
rearing its ugly head again? Why are they unwilling to believe that
many of America's leaders (from both parties) routinely give
themselves to luciferian rituals, such as those annual dances around
the fire at the Bohemian Grove? Why is it so hard to believe that we
have leaders (from both parties) who have given themselves to dark,
secret societies, such as Skull and Bones? Why are they not suspicious
when certain religious schools and institutions repeatedly produce
many of the leaders (from both parties) who seem to universally take
America down the same path of globalism?
As most Christians should know, The Beast of Revelation is as much a
SYSTEM as it is a person. As the Apostle John warned, the "spirit of
antichrist . . . even now already is it in the world." (I John 4:3) He
also warned, "Even now are there many antichrists." (I John 2:18)
Any Big Government/Big Religion system that seeks to bring nations
into global unity, enshrine a politically correct theology of
universalism, establish Church/State uniformity, and marginalize
independent, nonconformist ideology is nothing more than the emergence
of another Tower of Babel or Beast-like system! And, dear Christian
friend, has it occurred to you that our central government in
Washington, D.C., is currently engaged in all of the above?
Both political parties--including most of our national leaders and
news media--actively promote globalism; universalism is, without a
doubt, the unofficial--but clearly understood--national religion; and
anyone who holds nonconformist views (i.e., pro-life, Jesus-only
theology, anti-UN, anti-illegal immigration, questioning official
government explanations of national tragedies, etc.) is being
viciously ridiculed, impugned, and marginalized by virtually everyone
in the national press corps and central government. Yes, I am saying
it, THE BEAST IS EMERGING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.!
The powers that be in both Big Government and Big Religion want to
control both our hearts and our minds. They cannot tolerate dissent.
Mind you: they do not care if one is Republican or Democrat, because
at the national level, both major parties are marching in the same
beastly direction. They do not care if one is conservative or liberal,
because the leaders of both camps are, likewise, marching in lockstep
to the tune being played by The Beast. They do not care if one is
Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant, because at the highest levels, these
religions are committing whoredom with The Beast.
If a pastor or preacher is going to be true to his calling today, he
must be willing to adopt the philosophy of the late, great Charles
Haddon Spurgeon, who said, "The more prominent you are in Christ's
service, the more certain are you to be the butt of calumny .
I have long ago said farewell to my character. I lost it in the
earlier days of my ministry by being a little more zealous than suited
a slumbering age. And I have never been able to regain it except in
the sight of Him who judges all the earth, and in the hearts of those
who love me for my work's sake."
Any desire for promotion, pleasure, riches, or fame will quickly make
one a servant of The Beast. And, I'm afraid, that is exactly what many
of today's pastors and preachers have become.
The fight for independence was as much for the freedom of the heart
and mind as it was for the freedom of a State or nation. In fact, one
cannot enslave the latter until he first enslaves the former. And this
is what is currently at stake: the freedom of the heart and soul to be
governed by God and no other! And this battle will never be won--at
least not nationally--as long as Christians and pastors are unwilling
to recognize the enemy for what it is: "spiritual wickedness in high
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