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Asceticism and Idealism do not proceed from the Holy Spirit.And yet, these wolves in sheep's clothing have been embraced by Mediterranean Christianity from the first centuries of the Christian Church. Dark Freedom: The Rise of Western Lawlessness, explores 3,000 years of Western World History, tracing the encroachment of man's wisdom into the very fiber of Christian doctrine. Insidious errors have crept in, even while blatant Gnosticism was rejected.
St. Paul - an Authority on the Spiritual Forces of Wickedness and the Dangers of Man's WisdomPaul sternly confronted the Greco-Roman philosophers in the first chapter of 1st Corinthians when he addressed the "disputers of this age" and the wisdom of man - calling it foolishness. But in 1st Timothy Chapter Four, Paul calls out asceticism, linking it directly to demonic spirits.
"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
"If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach."
The Ascetic Doctrine of Denying Bodily Necessities does not bring Salvation - Faith Does.
So how did the misconception arise that celibacy was necessary for Church leadership? Considering especially, that the qualifications listed for bishops in the Bible clearly state they are to be proven by the honor and respect they receive from their children. But there are even greater problems with the notion of approaching God based on the works of the flesh. The present state of lawlessness has been allowed into the Church primarily because of the evil forces released by the inclusion of demonic doctrines.
It is Crucial to Understand the Church's Deviation from Biblical Truth because Judgment Begins in the House of the Lord.
Dark Freedom presents a thorough and holistic study of the spiritual forces behind 21st-century lawlessness. History holds the key to understanding the reason for the current crazy state of chaos. Dark Freedom is a must-read for our times.
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