The Bewitching State of Affairs

There are times when we observe uncharacteristic behaviour among our friends and acquaintances and questions arise about what happened. Some behaviour can be so contrary or unfounded that powers other than God and the individual(s) are thought be responsible. The interfaces we rely on for our spiritual sustenance had better be sound and tamper-proof. The Galatian spell is playing again full blast and there is the risk of apathy and entanglement in things we have just been introduced. In the spiritual world we should expect the dark forces to attack and the saints will find themselves bewitched. The phenomenon is not restricted to the spiritual world. Bewitching is the favourite method of powers intent on controlling large swathes of people without their consent.

Debatable

Demons have been active disabling people with diseases and conditions. They have also been tormenting people with violent behavior and causing people to be ostracized and shunned. On top of this destructive program there is a huge deceptive wave that the devil generates, and in the current era, the 21st century, it is extremely difficult to discern what is the truth. Whether one talks about religion or politics, or even if one brings scientific discoveries to the table, there is a huge debate over issues.

The bewitching of the Galatian believers came from Jewish people and the Asians they had convinced of their opinion. It is possible that the tip of the spear in this attack was Way-converts but the efforts of the Jewish religion to silence the Way may have also been continuing. The issue they raised was not one the disciples should have given even a passing thought. This shows the entrancing and seductive powers that lie behind the messengers with another gospel.

Freedom dimmers get air time

At stake was the liberty the Christian experience brought. The people who sneaked in believed that Christ’s subjects should not have an exclusive bondage to him. They saw Christianity as a child of Judaism and that it should be subject to Moses as the Jewish people were. That was a huge mistake. We seem to be willing to give interlopers all the time they want. Paul thought that no room should be given to any question that tried to unseat the Holy Spirit.

Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. Galatians 2:4-5

One and only

The Holy Spirit has no partner. One does not transfer confidence from God to meager assistants. Our start defines the rest of the journey. We begin with Holy Spirit, who renews us, and brings all of Christ’s business to our minds so we can live the new life.

Flesh in this regard is the whole panoply of human attributes and performance: Eden faith and practice, patriarchal traditions, the law, the kingdoms and their chronicles, the prophecies, political and social arrangements.

This is why Christ died alone.  There was no creatutre that appeared on the timeline.  So let us stop giving the time of day to people who say that heaven’s detectives missed them in the search for a saviour. A helper – any helper – would have made the mission ineffective.

Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:3

Righteousness and perfection are divine attributes. Anyone trying to tell us that these are ours apart from a gift is a light dimmer. He wishes you had a oil lamp instead of the blazing sun. Humans have no perfection, righteousness or maturity apart from Christ. Our performance, since we have no innate perfection, is filthy rags to God. We have no collateral that registers with God.

Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—

Vanity of the Spell

Now that the state can make high ground and low ground its business there is no longer a reason to follow God. Now that the state can reverse what God says and make itself look supreme the state is obviously bewitched. It thinks it can change anything and some people do. We recognize that it cannot but it certainly can affect lives in ways that look like omnipotence.

Christians have been exploiting the idea that good citizenship is moronic allegiance to a country or organization and best exemplified by a law-abiding commitment. Is this not what Solomon said? Is this not what happened at Sinai, a mountain we want to avoid? We have seen that Law and faith are not siblings. They are separate incompatible species.  There is no mule consisting of law and faith.  Faith unseats human designs and efforts. Nothing we can do besides believing is of real interest to God for the purpose of acceptance.

Beyond the affairs of the state

Christ was unequivocal about other messengers. He was not manipulating Moses. He said something new and revolutionary. He called them all thieves. Since Christians are ridiculed by Muslims and Jews for believing that God gives life to the dead by giving them repentance, faith and remission of sin one of us must be the outcome of a spell. We have to be under something more than a huge network of interpretations. It is not only politicians and agents of corporations who cover up the truth, hide the facts, shoot of decoys to distract people.  The vast majority of religious people are doing it.  Religious people are famous for creating a narrative on top of what is accepted as sacred.  They also create literature to compete (one cannot add or subtract from genuine divine revelation).  When the sacred texts are not sufficient we call a God a liar.   When we are told not to believe our eyes or when what we believe is the target of manipulation we are witnessing the massive bewitching not merely of facts but the very state of affairs.