From the Pulpit
By Pastor Jim Erb
I recently returned from a gathering of thousands of Christians in Nashville, Tenn., in which, among other things, corporate prayer was made to “pull down the strongholds” of Baal worship in the USA.
That may shock some of you as it did me. Baal worship is something I associated only with Old Testament Bible days.
As we study the operation of the spirit of Baal in the Bible, one can see the fruit of its operation in the USA. Let’s take a look.
Baal is translated owner, master, ruler, or lord. He wants to control mankind if possible. Interestingly, God Himself calls Himself Baal Perizim — God of the breakthrough.
Baal was chief of the Canaanite gods. As such he tries to counterfeit the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is said that Baal was the son of a god called el. To Christians this is a false god. Interestingly, one of the names for our God is El Shaddai. Supposedly Baal was killed at one point in time and raised from the dead. Isn’t that interesting? He is the son of el who was killed and raised from the dead. Remind you of Jesus? That’s the Baal counterfeit.
One of the meanings of Baal is husband. He deals with marriage and covenant. In the Bible, God’s children are considered married to God. In the Old Testament, Israel is called the wife of God (Hosea 2: 2, 8). In the New Testament Christians are called the bride of Christ, Jesus being the bridegroom. Baal seeks to get God’s children to spiritually divorce themselves from God and enter in covenant with, that is, “marry” him. He want us to pull away from God to bow down to him.
I wonder if this covenant-breaking spirit could be the spirit behind divorce in the USA? Today more than half of the marriages, Christians included, end in divorce.
Could this covenant-breaking spirit be behind all the church splits where covenanted Christian brothers and sisters break covenant with each other? Something to think about?
Baal was also a fertility god. People would make sacrifices to him so they could have rich soil, much rain, good weather, etc. This would hopefully bring them great crop harvests. They believed Baal controlled such things as rain. He was also considered to be a sun god. That was likely what was being challenged when Elijah the prophet declared to Ahab, the Baal-worshiping king, that there would be no rain in the land until he (Elijah), on behalf of God, said so. It was a showdown to see just who was the God who controlled rain.
Baal being a fertility god had worship that involved sex orgies. They worshiped an idol which was in the shape of an enlarged male sex organ, an asherah. Temple prostitutes supported the temple worship of Baal. Its worship was filled with perversion, homosexuality, immorality and sexual promiscuity. Could this possibly be the spirit behind much promiscuity, perversion, homosexuality and pornography in America today?
Baal goes after children. Child sacrifice was part of his deal. Children were sacrificed to a god called Molech in the Old Testament. However, they were also sacrificed to Baal. Could this possibly be the spirit behind abortions and child abuse that runs rampant in the USA? Something to think about!
In the Bible, godly men contended with Baal. Elijah called the fire of God down upon a sacrifice (I Kings 18). He cried out to Israel, “How long will you halt between two opinions? Is Baal god or is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob God?” Evidently you are not allowed to worship both. In the process of calling on Baal, the prophets of Baal cut themselves, as was their custom. Could all the body cutting among teens today be a part of Baal worship? I guess some get an emotional high from seeing their own blood flow! Could the current “death culture” be part of Baal worship? Something to think about!
Gideon also tore down his father’s altar to Baal (Judges 6) before God could make them victorious over their enemy, the Midianites.
We suffocated Americans don’t like to think that we might have become Baal worshipers. I wonder if evidence shows otherwise?
God has zero tolerance for Baal worship. Jeremiah speaks for God (Jer. 51:44): “I will punish Bel (another name for Baal) in Babylon. And I will make what he has swallowed come out of his mouth. And the nations will no longer stream to him.”
We must repent for Baal worship in America. A place to start, if need be, might be in our own hearts.
Article taken from http://www.sharon-herald.com (The Herald)