But last week I came across the local religious network's fundraising time and saw that the same arm-twisting come-ons were still being utilized to rob needy people. The same vile men and haughty women were on the set going after the people where they are the weakest. Promising them a special anointing if they would sow a seed that would buy them the miracle they seek for their finances, lost loved ones, and critical illnesses. These deceived men, deceiving others, are and have led countless people into shipwrecked faith and they do so thinking God is on their side.
The late Paul Crouch used to use spiritual threats against his perceived enemies, boasting that those who have come against him and TBN would pay the price. He even said one of them is now dead, referring to the late Walter Martin, and taking credit for his demise, thinking God was on his side.
Now his network is in the hands of his widow, one who has reportedly tried to poison him by spiking his alcoholic drink and who cheated on him with other men as he cheated on her with other men as well. She and her love-child, Matt, a product from one of her lovers it has been reported, continue to live lavishly on the sacrificial giving of the less fortunate. They spend millions of those dollars trying to snuff out any opposition to their fortune and ill-gotten gains. They have even resorted to threats of violence -- hard to imagine they might think God could be on their side.
All these puppets who are being used by the spirit of antichrist to destroy 'the faith once and for all delivered unto the saints' certainly do have powers and principalities working alongside them. I have heard from many of those who have stood up to them testify of demonic attacks coming against them during the battle. I have seen this in my own ministry when I've touched the little gods of televangelism. And I have seen the intense spiritual oppression now being hurled against Paul Crouch Jr's daughters who have dared to take a stand against the evil they have seen with their own eyes in their family. Their own father has stood against them as he protects his own position as a VP of the Word network, one that features the worst of all flock-fleecers, thinking God is not on his daughters' side.
I'm rereading a book right now that was written by Walter Martin's mentor, Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse, called The Invisible War; The Panorama of the Continuing Conflict Between Good and Evil. He shows how this long battle has been waging since ancient times. Here we are now at the precipice of its final resolution. The devil knows his time is short and so the battle rages.
Some of us are on the front-line of the war. But if God be for us who can be against us? The battle is the LORD's. It doesn't count that God is on our side; but that we are on God's side.
Pray for His hedge of protection around all those on the battle front.
"Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.
The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the LORD will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time.”
-- Is 60: 18-22
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world." - 1Pet 5:6-9