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Remember your creator in the days of your youth

drinking-smallThe US senate recently confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. It was not any easy process as after his nomination, women accused him of molesting them. The allegations involve young people partying with drinks. Proverbs 20:1 (GW) says “Wine makes people mock, liquor makes them noisy, and everyone under their influence is unwise.” The best solution to protect ourselves is to be wise and avoid such situations. I was recently speaking to a teenage girl and she told me how she avoided going out with friends because there was a chance of liquor being involved and that her social life was limited as she was cautious. She was a wise young Christian woman. Unfortunately a lot of modern women do not want to make wise choices. Then when they get into serious trouble that could have easily been avoided, they refuse to acknowledge their poor choices but instead accuse others, especially men. A year ago, the #MeToo movement spread virally with women speaking out about their sexual harassment and assault. One of the leaders of the #MeToo movement, Asia Argento who claimed to be a victim (in a consenting relationship with an adult), was later accused of sexually assaulting a minor! Just as in the Garden of Eden Eve refused to acknowledge her sin but instead accused the serpent of deceiving her, modern women follow her steps. Men are not far behind, just as Adam also refused to acknowledge his sin.

The young people of our days would probably like what the preacher says in the beginning of Ecclesiastes 11:9 (GW) “You young people should enjoy yourselves while you’re young. You should let your hearts make you happy when you’re young. Follow wherever your heart leads you and whatever your eyes see.” But sadly they refuse to accept the rest of that verse “realize that God will make you give an account for all these things when he judges everyone.” The blame game of Eve and Adam resulted in being sent out of the perfect Garden of Eden into a land with thorns and thistles. So instead of playing the blame game, turn your pain over to Christ who says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Acknowledge your sin and put it on Jesus who “was sacrificed once to take away the sins of humanity” Hebrews 9:28 (GW). This will give you true deliverance. Don’t forget the preacher’s warning at the end in Ecclesiastes 12:1 (ISV), “Remember your Creator during your youth! Otherwise, troublesome days will come and years will creep up on you when you’ll say, “I find no pleasure in them””. Even if you escape troublesome days on earth, you cannot escape the final judgement as warned in Hebrews 9:27 (GW), “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. So as Paul warned in 2 Timothy 2:22 (GW), “Stay away from lusts which tempt young people. Pursue what has God’s approval. Pursue faith, love, and peace together with those who worship the Lord with a pure heart”.

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Demons or sin?

Respectable members and senior elders in the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship claim that Christians expressing anger, pride and other common sinful behaviour are demon possessed. Attributing sinful behaviour to demon possession seems to be quite prevalent in South Indian Churches but is this really correct?

When Cain was angry with his brother, God himself warned Cain saying “If you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 (AMP).  Again Ephesians 4:26 says “Be ye angry, and sin not”. Proverbs 21:4 says “a proud heart … is sin”. I John 1:17 says “All unrighteousness is sin“. The problem behind anger, pride and other similar issues is sin.

The Bible does not attribute wrong behaviour to demons. Jesus cast out unclean spirits but never told anyone a specific behaviour that resulted in possession. The epistles teaches us a lot about sin and Christ’s solution to sin but evil spirits seem to be ignored. Sadly some Christians, including members of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship, attribute sinful behaviour to demon possession. So their solution to a sin problem is getting the demons cast out and for that you need their services! Although any Christian can cast out a demon in the name of Jesus Christ, people generally go to somebody experienced in this area. So you have to travel long distances searching for your deliverer. Some will be classified as hard cases and that only gifted individuals can handle them. Sometimes this gifted individual would have already gone to heaven and you will have to go round to a bunch of less gifted people hoping that one day your relief will come!

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