A Perceptive People

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 (ESV)

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.


The Hebrew people were warned about false prophets who would lead them away to worship and serve other gods. God used such situations to test the people and see if they could discern right from wrong. Even from the Ten Commandments they should have known not to follow other gods or make idols (see Deuteronomy 5:7, 8). But the question was, “Would they obey the word of God or be deceived by a man?


America is in a similar situation. We were intended to be a Christian nation. If we go back to the foundations of the nation, you will see that the word of God was fundamental to the people in every arena of life, the individual; the family; the church; the community; the colony or state; and the nation. Today we need, not only to go back to our roots, but we need to discern “the spirits” as John said in 1 John 4:1 (ESV):

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

This includes the politician and the preacher. It includes school teacher and the medical doctor. If people are leading us away from God, our God-given rights and responsibilities, we need to replace those people.


I am sure you are fully aware that today many in our culture are “calling evil good and good, evil” (Isaiah 5:20). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that America has been serving the gods of this world. Some even worship Satan himself.


Did you hear about the Scott Travis Astro World concert of a few days ago? The stage was depicted as the “Gates of Hell.” Satanic activities and symbols were on display. Eight people died at the concert and one after it. Some believe that in some way the eight were a sacrifice in harmony with the eight flames of hell on the stage.


Is that true? I don’t know, but I do know there is much satanic activity happening these days. A church of Satan has sued to use aborted babies in their religious sacrifices to him. There is satanic symbolism in numerous venues in America. Most of us aren’t aware of the symbolism, but if you do the research, you will see it.


Did you know that for years “conservative” politicians have been going on an annual retreat at the Bohemian Grove in California? There are pictures of prominent Presidents and key influencers who were there. From the reports I have read and the videos I have seen of the activities, these people are not only immoral, they seem to be performing occult worship.


I won’t name the ones I have seen pictured, but one of the worship activities is called “The Cremation of Care.” It is performed at the base of a large wooden owl, which is a pagan symbol. In the ceremony a child is symbolically sacrificed to it. With all of the child trafficking we are uncovering, I wonder if it might not be symbolic.

These men, whom we have thought were genuinely interested in America and wanted what is best for America, apparently have sold out to the dark side. It seems they have systematically and intentionally been moving us away from God by their rhetoric and giving the appearance of good. They looked right, said the right things, and we elected them. All the while they are engaged in ungodly behavior.


These people have led America’s children away from Bible study and prayer in our public (or government) schools. They removed the Ten Commandments from public buildings. The problem is, we went along with them and didn’t object.


Many thought, “That’s ok, we’ll study the Bible and pray at home with our kids. Besides, we have the church to back us up and teach them to be good Christians.” However, most Christians don’t study the Bible with their kids or pray with them at home. Most churches drop the ball with our kids because they have gotten into the entertainment business instead of the disciple-making business. As a result of parental neglect and church mismanagement, well over half of our kids drop out of church when they leave home.


I have observed through Bible study and life that when we push back against evil, the adversary backs up. James 4:7 (ESV) reads:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When we don’t resist him, he moves forward. He uses willing people to advance his agenda. Too often, we have been complicit to the evil by saying nothing.


As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Not to speak is to speak.” We’re not evil in our hearts. Nevertheless going along to get along has allowed evil to creep in and take a deep root.


God was serious in dealing with the false prophets. We should be as well. He put the responsibility of discernment on the people. They were supposed to compare the teachers to the word of God and see if they matched. Perhaps we can become more like the Jewish people in Berea:

11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11, ESV).


Keep The Light of Discernment Burning!