Nation of Deception

4 Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters!  They have forsaken the Lord, They have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.  5 Why should you be stricken again?  You will revolt more and more.  The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.  6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.  Isaiah 1:4-6

9 The look on their countenance witnesses against them, And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it.  Woe to their soul!  For they have brought evil upon themselves.  Isaiah 3:9

18 Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as if with a cart rope; 19 That say, “Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it.”  20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  1 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  22 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink.  23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!  Isaiah 5:18-23

God gave these words to Isaiah against the nation of Israel because of their rebellious sin against Him.  There are many who believe our nation, the United States of America, is a Christian nation, but there is no evidence for this notion.  Instead the words spoken against the nation of Israel could just as well apply to this nation, a nation of deception.

In this nation everything is a deception, everything!  The food is deceptive, the healthcare is deceptive, the educational system is deceptive, the news media is deceptive, business is deceptive, the government is deceptive, the entertainment industry is deceptive and the church is deceptive.  There is no soundness in any established system in this nation.

What is the truth about the United States of America?  It is a nation given over to sin and wickedness throughout the land.  Everything is set up to spread this evil throughout the nation.  The nation’s food does not strengthen our bodies but poisons us leading to early death, depleting our strength and ability to stand up for the truth and oppose wickedness.  Eating a healthy diet takes a concerted effort and determined self-control.

The educational system spreads propaganda and lies about our society, our history, our God.  It leads to greater wickedness amongst our youth by teaching that sexual immorality is normal and good.  It opposes our form of Constitutional government and supports socialism through progressive liberalism.   It opposes the truth of God by spreading the propaganda of evolution.  Knowing our history and the truth about creation takes directed study and a determined effort to grow in sound knowledge.

The healthcare system prescribes drugs that can cause greater physical harm than the original malady.  They promote preventative measures that actually contribute to greater illness and debilitation.  They promote procedures that cut, burn and destroy.  The toll of our healthcare system on the health of the nation is manifested by inertia and lethargy in the face of blatant evil.  Being healthy takes wisdom and listening to our bodies, depending upon God for His guidance for good health.

The news media lies to us daily, hiding what we should know and emphasizing what is inconsequential.  The news media promotes the lies of the government, the lies of the business establishment, and the lies of this debauched society.  It calls evil good and good evil.  Seeing the truth takes discernment from the power of the Holy Spirit and knowledge of God’s Word.

In this nation the motto is buyer beware!  The business establishment daily deludes patrons with their wares that are shoddy and ill-made.  They constantly promote the need to own the next new thing and consume more and more.  They also promote the evil that is embraced by many in this land.  Chick-fil-A stood up for traditional marriage, but now they are supporting the homosexual agenda.   The veil of deception lies heavy upon every sector of our nation as evil is encouraged and embraced.  Living righteous lives free from greed and covetousness is realized by relying upon our Savior and His provision.

The government upholds evil practices and actively protects its darlings of deception when they are called to account for their evil deeds.  My senator glibly and self-righteously supports the murder of babies and the use of dead babies’ body parts in research.  Our court system encourages perversion and punishes those who stand up for righteousness.  The government steals from its citizens and kills its servants.  It destroys the strength of our nation by sending its young men into winless wars.  It suppresses the truth and any effort to prosecute the lawless.  It deceives its citizens into thinking they are free by allowing all manner of lawlessness and unrighteousness.  Living free means following Jesus Christ and awaiting His government upon this earth.

The entertainment industry constantly barrages the citizens with filthy lies and murderous deception.  It is designed to lead as many people as possible into debauchery and drunkenness.  It spews filth through music and despicable images cunningly designed to lead people into stupidly accepting all manner of corrupt and wicked behavior.  It is the tool of Satan used to numb people to evil and bring them into greater captivity to sin.  Walking in righteousness is realized as we hide God’s Word in our hearts and rely upon the Holy Spirit.

The church is full of foul spirits and deceiving demons.  False teaching, apostasy, and heresy are the order of the day rather than truth and godliness.  All parts of the church, attenders, leaders, and every institution lie and promote wickedness.  There is nothing but corruption and death in the visible church.  It has become complicit with every evil aspect of this deceived nation and has denied the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Believing and following Jesus Christ while turning away from this apostate institution is the only means of being untainted by the evil deception.

The United States is a lawless nation, a nation bent on destruction, a nation led by unprincipled men and women who despise the truth and love the lie.  This is a nation of sinners.  As believers in Jesus Christ we must realize that the fields are white for harvest and we must go out sharing the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Only a miraculous work by our gracious Almighty God can turn this nation around.  As we practice praise, worship and obedience to our God He will give us the opportunity to share His Word with the lost for the harvesting of souls for His kingdom.  To God be the glory.   Amen!

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.  11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.  1 Peter 2:9-12

Lord Jesus Christ may you so equip us with Your grace, Holy Spirit and Word that we may do Your work for Your glory and the salvation of lost souls.  Amen!

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29 Responses to Nation of Deception

  1. Lee says:

    Very well written and unfortunately so true. Lord help us share your truth and salvation.

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  2. Cheryl kutchma says:

    THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. THANK YOU LORD JESUS!

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  3. cfservant says:

    Thank you for sharing this. So much truth to what you have said here.

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  4. unworthy1 says:

    “What is the truth about the United States of America? It is a nation given over to sin and wickedness throughout the land.” – exactly. Our economy teeters on the brink of collapse, yet most fail to see. A co-worker was saying how he wouldn’t care if he were fired, for he is pretty well set financially {he’s been with the company for over 30 years}. His hope is in his 401k plan, and the stocks he has invested in. He is clueless as to how worthless both actually are.

    Americans are unmoved by the fact that this nation is falling apart because most have not been directly affected ..yet. Videos are released showing the horrors of what the wicked do to unborn babies, and America yawns. We now have stories from other countries stating ‘threesome’ marriages or civil unions where sick, twisted depraved deviants think they can raise children in such a dysfunctional and sinful setting.

    (Video deleted by editor)

    http://bereanresearch.org/homosexual-men-divorce-to-become-threesome-now-plan-to-use-sisters-as-surrogates/.

    It is most harmful to bring an innocent child into a depraved setting, the child will be ruined by being raised by sexual deviants.
    Apostate churches embrace sin and go so low as to glorify it, having ‘drag gospel festivals’ –

    http://bereanresearch.org/massachusetts-united-church-of-christ-hosts-blasphemous-drag-gospel-festival/

    Surely we are ever so close to the coming of our great God and King, the Lord Jesus Christ, let us cry out for His coming and speak of His gospel until He comes!

    Lyn

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  5. Apollo says:

    Hello Eliza, most of what you said applies to Australia nowadays. Founded on Christian principles back in 1901, our country has sagged under the weight of sin too. Abortion, drugs, various ‘freedoms’ (won’t bother you with the details) and other things, our country is not the one i grew up in. My father said as much before he died.

    We’ve been taken over my money hungry businesses and ‘don’t care’ government, who put their own welfare before that of the people. I also agree with you about food, water, “health care” and doctoring – just another business run at a profit, at the expense of the majority.

    I took charge of my own health in October 2014, and have not regretted that move. I dumped of f junk food, took up good food and supplements, began exercising and lost 31 kilos. My doctor used me as a guinea pig for new drugs, but never offered any cures – for anything! Just expensive ‘treatments’ that never went anywhere. I don’t take “Doctor’s pills” any more… praise God, and yes, that’s a personal decision, but many more saints may be faced with that if society turns worse than it is – there may not be enough to go around – especially for believers.

    Recently, even rain water from people’s rooves has been claimed by some state governments here as ‘their property’ to be onsold to consumers or taxed – home generated solar power too – it’s ridiculous. What many people in the world system don’t understand, is that this world can’t go on forever, in it’s present state. It’s headed for judgement, but there’s not too many people listening to the cry of “repent and believe”! It seems like Satan has the world in his grip…

    I thank God that we do not have long to wait for the Lord to move and end this wicked generation… “Even so, come Lord Jesus…”

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  6. thanks for dropping by, God bless

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  7. Apollo says:

    Thanks for stopping by and ‘liking’ my latest. It’s certainly been a busyweek for all of us…

    God bless…

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  8. Chris says:

    Well written and unfortunately true. I’ve tried at times to trace back the beginnings of America’s fall from grace, a difficult thing when sin has always been in the equation. At the least one can note the experience of Dietrich Bonheoffer’s pre-WWII trip to America. At that time he found it difficult to find the Gospel message preached in New York City. He finally found “refreshment” at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

    In 1930, the battle between fundamentalists and theological liberalism was clearly evident to Mr. Bonheoffer. The “Rev.” Henry Emerson Fosdick of Riverside Church, built with the help of John D. Rockefeller, questioned the most basic of Christianity’s tenets. Fosdick expressed doubts about the virgin birth, the resurrection, the divinity of Christ, the atonement, miracles, and the Bible as the Word of God.

    The fact that Fosdick was so well known and could “get away” with such nonsense as early as the 1920’s speaks volumes. Of course, the cults that came out of America in the previous century are another early sign.

    At times I’ve wondered why God has allowed America to make it this far. Perhaps it has been the support of the American public of the covenant God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, a support that is waning greatly. Perhaps it is the longsuffering of God. Whatever the reason, who am I to know the mind of the Lord.

    I know one thing. If God judged Israel, America will not get a pass.

    God’s blessings…

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  9. Eliza says:

    Hi Chris,
    Thank you for sharing. I would be careful about looking to Dietrich Bonhoeffer as an apologist of Biblical Christian faith, because he was anything but. He did not believe in the verbal-plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, denied the deity of Christ, did not believe in biblical creation, rejected the biblical doctrines about Jesus Christ and the way of salvation, and in fact did not believe in God. He believed in baptismal regeneration and sacramentalism. You should do a little investigation about his beliefs. God bless you.

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    • Chris says:

      Hi Eliza.

      Several years ago I read the book “Bonhoeffer” to my son. It was published in 2010 and is 542 pages long. It seemed well researched but that’s not what matters. What matters is the truth. The book portrays him as a brave Christian. I remember one of his parents being an unbeliever in the Biography, but none of what you have mentioned is discussed that I can recall. Would you please point me to a few references to support your statement? If what you point out is completely true, then the book is full of lies and many important facts are omitted from the text.

      God’s blessings…

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      • Eliza says:

        I will happily do so as soon as possible. Blessings through Christ to you too.

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        • Chris says:

          I’ve done quite a bit of research on this already, Eliza. I was surprised how easy it was to find similar criticisms of Mr. Bonhoeffer. Please continue to find appropriate references if you wish but I’ve probably read most of the ones you would note. There appears to be serious issues with the latest Bonhoeffer biography and I’m surprised I wasn’t aware of them before your comment. I’m glad you brought this to my attention as I have a post about the book on my blog. I will continue to check this out and may have to attach an amending comment to that post. I’m saddened that much of what you have stated appears to be true. I’ll continue to dig.

          God’s blessings…

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  10. Eliza says:

    Dear Chris,
    I’m not sure if you have read this expose, but it is very thorough. I am encouraged by your sincere devotion to Jesus Christ and His truth. God bless you mightily, Amen!

    http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/bonhoeffer/general.htm

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    • Chris says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Eliza.

      The author of “Bonhoeffer” is Eric Metaxas who has been quoted as saying, ““Bonhoeffer is more like a theologically conservative evangelical than anything else. He was as orthodox as Saint Paul or Isaiah.”

      This is certainly the “lens” that Mr. Metaxas uses throughout the biography. As I recall, the book seems to focus on historical events much more than theology. I can’t imagine that Mr. Metaxas wasn’t aware of the issues you have raised after a simple internet search. Yet, most of the “heretical” claims about Mr. Bonhoeffer’s theology appear to be left out of the book.

      The connection between Karl Barth and Bonhoeffer is undeniable and is covered in the book. Here’s one quote:

      “Barth absorbed the regnant liberal theology of his time, but he grew to reject it, quickly becoming its most formidable opponent. His groundbreaking 1922 commentary, The Epistle to the Romans, fell like a smart bomb into the ivory tower of scholars like Adolf von Harnack, who could hardly believe their historical-critical fortress pregnable, and who were scandalized by Barth’s approach to the Bible, which came to be called neo-orthodoxy, and which asserted the idea, particularly controversial in German theological circles that God actually exists, and that all theology and biblical scholarship must be undergirded by this basic assumption, and that’s that. Barth was the principal figure in challenging and overturning the influence of the German historical-critical approach pioneered at Berlin University…”(Pg. 60)

      It is quotes like this one that lead one to believe that Barth and Bonhoeffer fought the liberal theologies of the day. I never bothered to look up the term “neo-orthodoxy” at the time because, in context, it sounded like a good thing.

      I looked it up today and this is one definition I found:

      “a movement in Protestant theology, beginning after World War I, stressing the absolute sovereignty of God and chiefly characterized by a reaction against liberal theology and a reaffirmation of certain doctrines of the Reformation.”

      This seems like a good thing.

      Then I found an unfavorable view of Bonhoeffer by someone I’ve found trustworthy. He uses the same term in an unfavorable way:

      http://apprising.org/2012/10/11/gary-gilley-the-cost-of-discipleship-by-dietrich-bonhoffer/

      So, I looked at another definition of “neo-orthodoxy.”

      I found this:

      “Neoorthodoxy, influential 20th-century Protestant theological movement in Europe and America, known in Europe as crisis theology and dialectical theology. The phrase crisis theology referred to the intellectual crisis of Christendom that occurred when the carnage of World War I belied the exuberant optimism of liberal Christianity. Dialectical theology referred to the apparently contradictory statements made in the interests of “truth” by theologians in order to point out both the majesty of human life and the limits of human thought. The influence of neoorthodoxy waned in the 1970s, when various liberation theologies became increasingly significant.
      The movement was led by a number of influential theologians, including Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Nikolay Berdyayev, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Paul Tillich. They and others who followed them were called neoorthodox because they spoke the traditional Christian language of the Bible, the creeds, and mainline orthodox Protestant theology. They wrote of the Trinity, the Creator, the Fall of man and original sin, Jesus Christ the Lord and Saviour, justification, reconciliation, and the kingdom of God. They were also concerned with contemporary social realities and found the language of Reformation Protestantism more adequate for addressing these concerns than the language of the theological liberalism in which they had been trained.
      They disliked the term neoorthodoxy, however (it was given to them by others), because they repudiated the orthodox belief in biblical literalism. Instead, they accepted modern critical methods of studying the Bible and believed that it contains parts that are not literally true. For them, the miracle of the Christian faith was Jesus Christ and his Gospel proclaimed in the church for the salvation of the world.
      According to neoorthodox theology, God as the sovereign Other places humans under an inviolable responsibility. God speaks his Word to humans and thereby lays his claim upon them and obligates them to respond to him and thus to exist as human beings. The Word is Jesus Christ become flesh for our salvation. God reveals himself in the freedom, love, and forgiveness of Jesus. Forgiveness, however, reveals human sin; therefore, humans know God and know themselves as sinners. The knowledge of sin leads to an acknowledgment of both human misery and grandeur and is the antidote to both despair and pride and to the degradation of human culture that follows these twin evils.
      For neoorthodoxy, sin is the violation of persons as seen in contrast to God’s love in Jesus for sinners. It is rebellion against life and comes both before and after repudiation of responsibility, which in turn is the sign of death both for the individual and for the community. Sin causes dehumanization and the consequent evils of egotism, stupidity, and guilt, as well as the loneliness, meaninglessness, anxiety, enmity, and cruelty that plague human life. The neoorthodox argue that their view of sin is biblical but also compatible with a realistic understanding of the human condition.
      In North America, somewhat in contrast to Europe, neoorthodox criticism of modern culture led to an examination of political and economic institutions and a new awareness of their significance for responsible human existence. North American neoorthodox theologians, particularly Reinhold Niebuhr, argued that religion, ethics, economics, and politics are parts of a larger whole that is the culture of a society and cannot be understood and dealt with separately. They concerned themselves with social institutions and problems and attempted to understand the controversial issues of the day—such as communism, race relations, and nuclear weapons—from a Christian viewpoint.”

      and this:

      “Neo-orthodoxy is a focus on existential and psychological aspects of religious experience and denounces the literalism of the Bible. Experience with the divine is what makes Scripture real, not Biblical revelation, not reason. Neo orthodoxy is subjective and selective in its “orthodox” positions and seems to have an arbitrary system of determining what is true. However, it does seem to regularly deny the miraculous.”

      Definition of terms is so important in any kind of study as you well know. In this case, I think the more I research the more I will know which “neo-orthodoxy” lines up with Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

      “So Many Different Dietrich Bonhoeffers” by Richard Wiekart will be the next thing I read on this subject. It is my understanding that Mr. Wiekart argues that the foundations of Bonhoeffer’s thought are so irreconcilable with evangelical Christianity that all of his writings should be avoided entirely.

      A few items of interest before finishing…

      I’ve been down more than a few rabbit trails in this interesting theological and historical study and I will try to briefly summarize my conclusions in my next comment here.

      Before I started reading the book, there was one “red flag” that caught my eye. The forward to the book was written by Tim Keller, the modern Presbyterian mystic. This always bothered me.

      The source you sent me was very informative and it was one I had not read. I was not familiar with rapidnet. I followed a link on it and found this statement:

      “For many, John MacArthur is a champion of the faith whose voice is correcting many of the ills of Christianity. For others, his teachings border on heresy, if not blasphemy (see below). Nevertheless, MacArthur’s charm, charisma, and abilities have combined to make him very appealing, even to those who should otherwise know better. MacArthur’s proclamation of much truth can also create in one’s mind a delusion.”

      I’ll have to go back and read the entire entry. I don’t know John MacArthur’s theology well but I know that one “discerning ministry” called Appraising Ministries which claims to be “rooted in classic, historic, orthodox Christian theology” quotes several studies by Pastor MacArthur. This makes me wonder which was the most discerning ministry. Pastor Ken Silva of Appraising Ministries recently passed away but his AM site is still being maintained. It appears that Rapidnet is also only maintained at the present.

      God’s blessings…

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      • Eliza says:

        Hi Chris,
        Thank you for the definition of neo-orthodoxy. I think that it can be summed up as a worldview which uses biblical language without biblical definition and that attempts to establish Christian religion without faith in Jesus Christ as He is revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures by the Holy Spirit. And so it is of the devil.
        Much of what is going on in the visible church today is a mixture of heresy with enough biblical truth to make it palatable to the biblically illiterate, just like neo-orthodoxy.
        Years ago, Jesus Christ called me out of the visible church by His revelation to me of the magnitude of the compromise and apostasy that is extant throughout the “Christian” church. He did that by revealing to me the heresy of a highly esteemed so-called apologist who is well regarded by evangelical leadership.
        That apologist is C. S. Lewis and his heresy includes the following:
        rejection of Christ’s propitiatory work on the cross for sinners (that He took the wrath of God, our punishment in our stead, and appeased our holy God), rejection of the inspiration, infallibility, inerrancy of the Bible, rejection of the depravity of man (man’s complete inability to affect his position of condemnation before a thrice holy God), his rejection of the Genesis account of the Fall, referring to it as a myth, his acceptance of theistic evolution, his acceptance of baptismal regeneration (one is born again through baptism), his acceptance of purgatory (Christ’s death is insufficient to cleanse us from all sin and justify us in God’s sight), his acceptance of prayers for the dead, his acceptance of ecumenism, his belief that followers of other religions could be saved without conscious faith in Christ because they follow tenets of their faith that approximate godly living through faith in Christ (universal ecumenism). These false teachings are found in his two books Mere Christianity and The Problem of Pain.
        The problem is that men like John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, John Piper, and others teach that Lewis was a Christian and quote him approvingly all of the time. Think about this in addition to the prevarication that is obvious when it comes to books positively written about men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. May God bless us mightily as we stand up for the faith that has been once for all delivered to the saints. Amen!

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        • Chris says:

          Hi Eliza.

          I hadn’t planned on posting here until I had a clearer opinion but I wanted you to know that I appreciate that you have shared your story with me. I will give one quote by Richard Weikart that, if true, is quite revealing:

          “Neither Bonhoeffer nor most German theologians believed in such things as prepositional truths, timeless or universal morality, and absolutes. They not only rejected a literal reading of Scripture, but they rejected a literal rendering of all language, including their own. This view of language and interpretation that Bonhoeffer imbibed from Continental philosophy is what makes it so incredibly difficult to pin down Bonhoeffer’s theology. No wonder, then, that today we have many different Dietrich Bonhoeffers.”

          One thing that interested me about the book “Bonhoeffer” was the seeming similarities between the Germany of that time and our world today. Christianity and the Bible are being attacked on all fronts and, as this post points out, deception is everywhere.

          I can only echo your comment:

          “May God bless us mightily as we stand up for the faith that has been once for all delivered to the saints. Amen!”

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          • Eliza says:

            Thank you Chris for giving greater clarity to the methods the enemy uses to blind and enslave willing people to his lies. Amen to your Amen!

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  11. Apollo says:

    Hi Eliza – I did some research on CS Lewis years ago, and kept on coming up with occult references. When I mentioned this to several friends of mine at the time, they scoffed and said No No No! But that’s what someonline sources said at the tiem.

    Ex witches etcetera (I’ll spare you the unedifying details,) who had left the occult said that Lewis was a fraud and that even they could see through his fake ‘Christianity’. One of them accused him of being a “plant” within the church to misdirect its focus away from biblical belief into that of ‘fantasy land’. Books like “The Screwtape Letters” were used in that fashion for many years.

    One account stated that Lewis hated ‘posing as a Christian’ but he knew that he had to in order for the infiltration of the church to be the most effective. I have no way of confirming the sources now, as it was some 5 or 6 years ago, but in light of what you and others have said in more recent times, I have no problems believing those sources myself…

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    • Eliza says:

      His whole Narnia series is very occultic. So many people in the visible church were so enamored with his educational credentials that they were willing to give him a pass on his apostasy and occultism. This is so terribly sad since so many have been deceived by him and by those who present him as a Christian.

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  12. Apollo says:

    Eliza, do you have a private email I can contact you on? If you don’t want to post it publicly, can you leave it in my contact box on my blogsite? Thanks…

    https://thorsanvil.wordpress.com/contact-us/

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