This series of articles began like an ideological taxonomy. We examined macroscopic characteristics unique to false prophecies and ideologies so that their falseness might be easily identified. We then placed these false ideologies under a microscope to demonstrate the individual atoms of morality composing them. Armed with knowledge of these invariants, it should now be easier to identify false ideologies and develop strategies to escape their grasp. For example, by constantly remembering that all human beings must be valued according to Christ’s Atonement for their sins, you easily avoid ideologies encouraging you to reduce men and women to nothing more than their money, or color or gender.
Yet this knowledge serves only to defend the mind and perhaps occasionally riposte ideological rhetoric. To truly cast down these false imaginations and high places, we must go on the offense by becoming violently obedient to Jesus Christ
The Birth of an ideology
Despite the impression these articles have given, false ideologies are not built up, scientifically engineered, with atoms of morality. Yes, since Adam and Eve ate from the tree, every single thought and action we undertake is constructed from selfish morality and not God’s goodness. However, most of the time, we cannot penetrate the veil of behavior to see and then articulate the underlying immorality. Instead, Psalms 36:1-4 Teaches that false ideologies, even Babylon herself, are emergent properties of the sinful heart. False ideologies will emerge whenever the prophet continues in sin. The false prophet does not begin by planning his false prophesies. All he does is sin and by sin the ideologies emerge according to the steps laid out in Psalms 36:1-4.
Psalms 36:1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 3 The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good. 4 He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.
In Genesis 1, God Reveals that everything in creation is composed from atoms of morality; particularly goodness because He Is Good. Through Psalms 36:1, in conjunction with
The actions need not be physical. Your imagination, a gift from God, is a sandbox, a theater, where your heart re-enacts old deeds or riffs on previous experiences to iterate new scenes. This is what happens when you dream and, even while awake, you must dream in order to think. Each re-enactment and riff, experienced as thoughts and emotions, is an action expressing a morality. Consider also that imagination is always a communal affair. Have you not noticed that you think and talk to yourself?! When friends, societies or nations engage in group imaginary activity it becomes more discernible that imagination is language. Whether as simple as a silent shrug, loud as a single word or complex as the soliloquies of Macbeth, language is a space where communities collaborate to recount old actions and try out new ones. Putting it all together, we can now see that actions, whether physical, mental, emotional or vocal, are forms of language. Consequently, actions are imagination.
When an action speaks, the heart listens by physically or mentally repeating the action. For example, when you give to the poor, obedience speaks to your heart and you listen by giving to the same poor person again. Or, your repetition might look more like iteration when you invite your neighbors to give as well.
False prophet: brief histories
Out of greed, you steal from the coffers or receive money from the sheep against God’s Spirit and Word. The transgression speaks to your heart and you are only restrained by the donkey of conscience and reputation. But your heart continues listening to your sin and as you re-enact your theft over and over in your mind, you discover how to steal without getting caught. The next time you steal, your conscience tearfully accuses you of evil. But at night, on your bed, your desire for more seduces you and you seek to sin while hiding from your conscience. Words like, “look at the stuff we bought” or “the congregation doesn’t pay you enough” cannot sedate it. So you go to the Bible and in evil epiphany, you discover, “Doesn’t God Want me to be wealthy and prosperous?” Your preaching degenerates as you twist God’s Word. No longer do you emphasize The Gospel; Jesus Christ, our sin and His Atonement. Instead, to more easily fleece the sheep, you sedate them with the words you used to sedate your conscience. You prophesy to them, “God Wants you to be healthy and wealthy.” And great numbers of goats and not a few duped sheep are added to the congregation. They give and give and you take and take and tie millstones around little necks. Over time, forgetting Christ, you use His Name to garnish the mass that congeals from your mouth which the people now call “the prosperity gospel.”
Tired of grace and the absolute dependence on God, you prefer to be justified by your demonic adherence to eating this and not that
Hungry for power
From lust and sexual immorality emerges the ersatz charismaticism that uses claims of mystical power and authority to seduce and threaten the women and wives in your church
From being ashamed of Christ and wanting the approval of men, you preach the false ideology called silence and seek unity by silencing preachers of Christ The Truth. If you do speak, you twist biblical principles to become a “christian scientist”
Over and over, from sin to ideology to Babylon, same song, same verse. Yet, we should not be most worried about the false prophet or cult leader or politician or the media. Pray for them. They are sinners in desperate need of His Grace and, like you, unless they repent, they will be burned by His Fire