By Wenona Russ
I want you to take a close look at this picture.
In the background, is the institutional church. Grandiose. Majestic. Stately. Beautiful.
To the forefront is a couple, seducing one another, yet in chains. In bondage. They are not aware that they are in bondage because they are all caught up in the moment. In the throes of passion. Ecstasy.
Or an altered state of consciousness….
Awake, yet asleep…
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
When we hear the word seduction today, we automatically see a picture in our minds of the couple embedded in the above picture. We automatically think of two people being seduced into forbidden sexual behavior, or, at the very least, sexual behavior.
When the Word of God speaks of seducing spirits in 1 Timothy 4:1, we automatically assume that the Word is talking about spirits that tempt one to have sex outside of the confines of marriage or other illicit sexual behavior.
Read the text:
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils
The greek word for seducing here is ‘planos,’ which means ‘wandering, roving, misleading, leading into error, impostor, corrupter, deceiver.’
It speaks of nothing sexual in its proper context.
The modern definition only serves further to perpetuate the improper defining and perception of the the word ‘seduction’ as well:
“Seduction is the process of deliberately enticing a person to engage in sexual behavior.”
“Seduction involves temptation and enticement, often sexual in nature, to lead someone astray into a behavioral choice they would not have made if they were not in a state of sexual arousal.”
Hear with your spiritual ear…
The enemy CAN and DOES seduce (entice, arouse, tempt) people, but not just sexually to do the wrong thing in the natural. NO! That is just to introduce to you what it feels like to be seduced.
Not to be too graphic, but if you have ever been seduced into sex-especially illicit, illegal sex-it is an intoxicating, overwhelming sensation. It can be a form of escapism from whatever hell (or even boredom) you have going on in your life at the moment.
B.J. Thomas is a famous singer from the 60s. In the year I was born, he came out with this song ‘Hooked On A Feeling.’
The enemy has millions of people ‘hooked on a feeling,’ so to speak.
That same feeling, that same exhilaration, that same sense of escapism one gets when having sex has been duplicated, per se, in the organized church system. It has been re-packaged to appear to be holy, appear to be God, appear to be divine. And because the deception has been borne in the spirit realm, and everybody believes EVERYTHING borne in the spirit realm IS of God, NO ONE is properly discerning seducing spirits…in the pulpit, in concert, in conferences, in revivals, on popular so called christian programming on TV, at altars, in private prayer meetings, dancing down the aisles, running around the church, speaking in tongues, falling all out under the pews, running and riffing up the ying yang, ‘prophesying,’ teaching and preaching……..
They are believing all of this is God, when it is nothing more than a SEDUCING SPIRIT deceiving the masses!!!!!
This is the Art of Seduction that the enemy has cleverly mastered!
He has tantalized your flesh, your senses (that includes your ability to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell), your soul, your will, your emotions, even your body….RIGHT there in the middle of church services!
And you have mistaken it all for a move of God….
I do not believe it is a mistake of all the sexual sin that has plagued the I.C.
It is only a manifestation of all the spiritual seducing that is going on within the institutional church.
Spirits of religion are praying folks back into church (or attempting to anyways). Speaking in tongues over them (not realizing they are speaking curses over the very people they claim to be praying FOR!)
Just like a lover/temptress entices her prey…“Oh, don’t you miss my touch? My scent? My curves? How I make you feel???”
The spirit of religion beckons, calls you…
“Oh, don’t you miss the choir? The praise and worship team? Don’t you miss that FEELING you get when you walk up in the House of God? Don’t you want to ‘come home?'”
The spirit of pride and ambition calls some…
“The anointing on your life is SO great! The masses GOT to hear it! And the only way they will hear it is if you are in the church. And get up under a covering. Get the right connections. You are out here and no one’s listening to you. You need to go back to church and get back in that pulpit! YOU are called to the nations!”
The spirit of rejection and loneliness coos in…
“Aren’t you tired of being alone? Don’t you miss the fellowship? Oh, how nice it would be if you were back in fellowship with some of your church friends (who haven’t spoken to you since you left church, btw!) If you would only go back to church, you would get your friends back. That’s walking in ‘real love.'”
And all these evil spirits are working together to SEDUCE you into sleeping with the Harlot Church….again!
Much like the temptress seduces her man.
The spirit of religion is on the prowl, has the hots for you! It is insatiable! It won’t be satisfied til she GOT YOU!!!!!
Her very bowels-the institutional church’s ‘womb’-yearns and craves for YOUR SOUL!
She wants so bad to birth something ELSE. So she keeps trying to ‘sleep’ with you, to get you to ‘impregnate’ her.
(Funny how within the I.C. , they are ALWAYS trying to ‘birth’ some thing ‘new!’)
If something is birthed OF GOD, it does NOT have to be new. The ONLY thing that should be craved to be birthed is THE BORN AGAIN SOUL!!!! Anything else is of the devil!
The I.C. gains her strength through you.
Every time you go back, you are making her seducing power over you and those around you even stronger!
The spirit of religion-THE HARLOT CHURCH-is the most powerful seductress, the most enticing temptress-of them all!
But you have power over the enemy!
Walk away from her, and never, EVER look back.
IT IS A TRAP!!!!