articlesqa March 26, 2020 night from the swarm
Ifeoluwapo Eleyinafe Article by Ifeoluwapo EleyinafeCreator and author of

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 2 Cor 10:5-6, Matthew 11:12. Through obe­di­ence, our ar­gu­ments be­come sup­pli­ca­tions, our lofty opin­ions be­come hum­ble praise Philip­pi­ans 4:6, our false ide­olo­gies crum­ble to ash as holy ones grow in their place.

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 Ro­mans 14:23, The Word Shows us that every ac­tion has a moral na­ture. Your ac­tions shape time and space to re­flect your moral­i­ty, your knowl­edge of good and evil. Do you fear God and read His Word to ob­tain His Knowl­edge of good and evil? Or do you self­ish­ly cre­ate your own moral­i­ty like Adam, Eve and the dev­il? The moral­i­ty you im­part as you act de­ter­mines whether your deed is sin against God or obe­di­ence to God. Psalms 36:1 con­tin­ues by say­ing that your ac­tions speak to your heart. Every ac­tion is ei­ther an al­tar speak­ing to the depths of your heart about the fear of The Lord or an idol speak­ing to the depths of your heart about un­be­lief in God. Since the moral­i­ty of your ac­tions comes from your heart and, through your ac­tions, speaks to your heart, then all your ac­tions are med­i­ta­tions of your heart.

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.1 Ac­tions do not speak loud­er than words. Ac­tions are words aris­ing from and speak­ing to the heart of the in­di­vid­ual or com­mu­ni­ty.2 Whether with mind, mouth or hands, we med­i­tate, even when we sleep, with our deeds Joshua 1:8.3

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.4 The deed re­peat­ed, like the first deed, also speaks to the heart and the lis­ten­ing heart re­peats the deed over and over and over again. This process of lis­ten­ing through rep­e­ti­tion/it­er­a­tion is called med­i­ta­tion. With each rep­e­ti­tion of trans­gres­sion or obe­di­ence, the words spo­ken be­come more au­di­ble and com­plex so that even­tu­al­ly the wicked hur­ry to build Baby­lon Gen­e­sis 11:4,9, Rev­e­la­tions 18:2 while the obe­di­ent will wait for Zion Isa­iah 58:12, He­brews 11:10, Rev­e­la­tions 21:2. But long be­fore Baby­lon con­geals from the blood of saints or Zion de­scends from heav­en, the med­i­ta­tion of the lis­ten­ing heart pro­duces ide­olo­gies.

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 1 Tim 4:1-4, Col 2:20-23. Even­tu­al­ly, like all the oth­er Sab­batar­i­an cults5, you be­gin to preach that God wants us to fol­low all the cer­e­mo­ni­al laws, have church on Sat­ur­day and deny that Je­sus Is God.

Hun­gry for pow­erActs 8:18-24 and an­gry when the true church dis­ci­plines you, you write down fake vi­sions in a fake lan­guage and claim that they came from an an­gel. Brazen­ly name your con­gre­ga­tion af­ter your­self or af­ter the de­mon that gave you the vi­sion or blas­phe­mous­ly call your con­gre­ga­tion Je­ho­vah wit­ness­es.

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 2 Tim 3:6.

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”6 proph­esy­ing peace where there is no peaceEzekiel 13:10, Je­re­mi­ah 6:14 and telling peo­ple, “Name it and claim it” or “God Wants you to live your best life now.”

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 Rev­e­la­tion 20:9. There­fore, wor­ry right­ly about the beast to come Rev­e­la­tions 13:1-3 by pray­ing fer­vent­ly for God To Re­deem the beast you see dai­ly in the mir­ror. Like the false prophet, my heart, your heart, by sin lis­tens to sin and be­comes the womb of false ide­olo­gies. Every sec­ond we are giv­ing birth. At our breasts we nour­ish these ide­olo­gies and seat them at our ta­ble to con­sume our chil­dren and mar­riages. Like a spi­der to the fly, we in­vite our neigh­bors for din­ner and teach them doc­trines of demons 1 Tim­o­thy 4:1-5 that they might learn to de­vour us as well Matthew 23:15. From neigh­bor to neigh­bor, we in­vite our so­ci­ety into our imag­i­na­tion by flaunt­ing af­fairs and parad­ing “pride”. And as our so­ci­ety med­i­tates on sin through movies, books, and deeds that sear our con­science, our sins rise up to heav­enGen­e­sis 15:16, 18:20. From these gory med­i­ta­tions con­geal false ide­olo­gies with high­fa­lutin names like athe­ism, cap­i­tal­ism, com­mu­nism, fem­i­nism, chau­vin­ism, racism, sex­u­al lib­er­a­tion and, of course, “love”.7 Swine pos­sessed by le­gion, clad in faux so­phis­ti­ca­tion, we false prophets rush by sin to drown in the sea of false ide­ol­o­gy.

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