Pornography, Asherah Poles, and High Places

I have something on my heart to share today, but I am so overwhelmed. The topic is too big. There is too much to say. Too much that has already been said, by those more knowledgeable and eloquent than I.

So I am not going to say it all. I am just going to stick to what is on my heart.

I see Satan has crept like a slithering serpent into many houses, through the technological cords and wires. These wires are like snakes that have brought in poison.

Christians would never pick up pentagrams and skulls, or drink blood, would we? No, we recognize those activities as demonic and occultic. We would not be inclined nor comfortable to perform such bold and idolatrous activities.

And that is good. The Lord warned Israel to not practice the occult activities of the people in the land.

“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).

The Lord says to His people to not learn their detestable ways, to not practice the things that are idolatrous, demonic, or occult in nature. And most Christians I know, that go to church would refuse to go to a psychic or have a seance in their home. Most people in the church are not “struggling” with their desire to cast spells. Right?

The Lord tells us not to “learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there” but we forget about some other more tempting practices of the occult. That we have de-spiritualized and accepted as “Every Man’s Battle.”

How about the “Asherah poles” we have erected in our homes? The “high places” we have gone to in our own minds?

Did you know that sexual immorality is a war against your soul?

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

We have not been taught that pornography and sexual sin are also practices of the occult.

From the orgies under the oak trees on the hills surrounding Jerusalem, in days of old. To the sex magick promoted by modern day occultists like Aleister Crowley and later Anton LaVey. This idea of sexual activity coupling with the occult has permeated every culture since the Tower of Babel. In the East you have “tantric” practices. In Europe, you have pagan sex rituals. The Bible talks about the temple prostitutes that permeated the land throughout history–through Babylon, Rome, and Greece. Pagan idolatry always involves this seduction.

Sexual immorality is a KEY ASPECT to the pagan worship of antiquity, as well as modern satanism and witchcraft.

We can see the obvious danger of a Ouija board. But we do not see the demonic roots of a website devoted to pornography.

Satan has disguised this sin as if it was not connected to the occult. We don’t see it as demonic. We have called it an “addiction” and looked at it through the eyes of the psychologist or marriage counselor, instead of the eyes of the prophet.

It has been normalized. Our churches have small group studies devoted to this struggle that “all men” have. It is looked at as a carnal and fleshly weakness. The books and flyers for this struggle usually picture a tormented man, in chains.

We counsel them. We tell them to keep trying. To keep repenting. To keep reading books. Keep accountable to others. Keep repenting. We have tried to minimize the shame. And be open about the pain and the struggle. We have support groups for wives of sexual addicts. We have done everything possible to try to help men held captive by various lusts. It is done with a good heart.

But I wonder if titles like “Every Man’s Battle” might make people think, “Hey, it’s not just me. It is everyone. I will do my best, but come on . . . it’s not like we will ever be free of this. I just need to be better.” When we look around and fail to see men stand up and say they DON’T give into porn, how can we have any hope?

This is a HUGE problem.

What do you estimate is the percentage of people (men AND women) in your church that dabbles off and on with pornography?

I think it is at least 50 percent of the people at my church.

It is rampant.

It is secret.

It is a deadly snare.

The youth can hardly escape it.

Even Christian children are finding it on the computers, iPads, and iPhones that we carelessly hand them. They didn’t know better, and now it is too late. They can’t un-see that.

We know it is a problem, but no one sees the pentagram on it.

No one sees the demons behind the scenes.

This has been a concerted effort on the part of the wicked one, and his followers to sneak in and seduce our sheep to practice the abominations of the pagans. We may not drink blood or cast spells, but we are still practicing and celebrating these detestable images. The idols of antiquity were pornographic. I can’t even post a picture of one in the margin.

Pornography is idolatry.

Modern Christianity has taken on certain characteristics. We have become patriotic. We mostly vote republican. We stand against abortion. We are against gay marriage. We try to legislate prayer in schools, etc. But like Josiah–we cannot pull down the high places in our hearts. You cannot legislate a love for God.

We look nice on Sunday morning, with our nice clothes and our after church brunches. Our little girls in dresses, braided hair, and ribbons. Innocence. But what has passed lately before our eyes and electrified our minds?

We have a form of godliness, but we are denying it’s power (to deliver us).

God sees what is in our hearts.

He sees our idolatry.

He sees what we have divided our hearts over.

What we have worshiped, delighted in, and chosen instead of Him.

Detestable images.

Abominations.

His grace is not a gift that was given for our weekly repentance and continued disobedience.

His grace is to set us free, to break the chains.

But if we are honest, these chains are chosen.

Many of us pick them up every week, again and again.

And secretly delight in them, like jewelry.

wanting to continue in these chains.

“I will repent later.”

But this is not what grace is for.

Grace sets us free and makes us NEW.

Grace erases our sins, and helps us hate them.

God doesn’t want to fail us like this.

He will set us free.

But the matter is in the heart.

What do you love more?

How much do you love God?

“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4

Many of us do not hate our sin enough.

We don’t see it like God sees it–and despise it.

And the moment we do . . . the moment we hate it . . . and it disgusts us entirely . . .

we will cry out to God and be done with it.

Repentance is seeing it, the way God sees it.

Don’t have compassion on the flesh, when it wants to damn you to hell.

Be not deceived– the sexually immoral will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”(Ephesians 5:5)

Be delivered.

Exchange your heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

Beg God to change your heart.

Because Satan is laughing at us. He has us worshiping just the way the heathen do, and he laughs at us. You are not alone in your sin. If you are involved with pornography, do not think this is not a spiritual activity. You are sitting in a room with demons, and you are aligning yourself with them.

You are opening a door into your home and your life, where all the forces of evil have a right to come into your home and not just harass you, but destroy your entire family. You must make a choice. You must repent. You must come back into the sheepfold, and under the blood of Christ.

Fight. It is time to fight with everything you’ve got.

What was the curse of Balaam?

It is getting us to curse ourselves.

By choosing pornography you are choosing a curse.

Just as the nation of Judah chose the consequences of her idolatry. Knowing what the Lord said to Moses– we still see great abominations in the temple, in the hearts of the priests even. Was that a lack of faith in the word? “Nothing will happen. God does not see. I will just ask forgiveness.” But we reap what we sow. The Lord sent judgment against them. The Lord exposed the hidden idolatry. How much more will He judge and reveal it when He finds it in our churches, in our leadership, and pastors?

 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.

11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord‘s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord‘s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east.

17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

Ezekiel 8

You have hope. Jesus came to rescue us from the grip of the devil, and to destroy the works of the evil one. We can walk in holiness. He who called us to holiness, will equip us for holiness. He will forgive our past, AND give us a clean future. Praise God!

If you are wondering why I am writing this, this issue is very dear to my heart. I have seen too many strong men of God fall. I have seen too many choose the temporary and condemning sins of the flesh and not only be destroyed–but destroy others. How many people are going to loose everything before we stop minimizing and dismissing this as just something that all guys will always struggle with forever?

Josiah loved God, but he never destroyed the high places. He never went up there and took them down. Therefore, idolatry and immorality came back to ruin the lives of those after him. If we want to save those we love, we need to cut this off at the knees and make sure the enemy has NO INLET into our homes. There is no opportunity for him to place his detestable images before our eyes, or the eyes of our children.

Hezekiah tried, he wasn’t perfect, but this had to please God.

“[Hezekiah] removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it.” (2 Kings 18:4).

We don’t have to be perfect, but let us do what we can. Even if someone like Ahaz was our father, let us try to break the cycle. Even if our children choose to go astray, like Manasseh, let us make a choice to obey God–with our whole heart.

I also want to say that if you go to a church that minimizes this sin, or you have an accountability partner that doesn’t seem to take it seriously. You are in danger. You need to find a group that will tell you the truth, seasoned with grace. The Lord Jesus said that there would be churches that fail to deal with sexual sin. That they will minimize and dismiss it–even to the extent of saying that it is okay. He is not happy with them.

To the church of Pergamum He says,

There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.” (Revelation 2:14)

To the church of Thyatira He says,

“You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” (Revelation 2:20)

Paul says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

Let us choose this day whom we will serve. 

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Now after all this, there is much that I wasn’t able to say–I wasn’t able to speak to those who have been abused and become victims of the industry. I haven’t been able to speak to those whose marriages have been destroyed by this industry. I want you to know that I know that you are there, and hurting, and you are important. God sees you. And He loves  you.

For Further (Better) Reading on This Subject, Please Read:

“Porn — the supposedly “harmless” anaconda being allowed to slither silently into homes”

and

“I Hate Porn Because I Hate Child Abuse And Sex Slavery”

You might also find this video interesting. It shows a connection between the demon referred to by pagans as “Lilith” and sometimes “Asherah” and sexual immorality (among other things).

 Lilith–Know Your Enemy

 

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65 Responses to Pornography, Asherah Poles, and High Places

  1. lyn says:

    Excellent post…it seems the ‘church’ has adapted a strange mentality concerning sexual sin. It is now called a ‘struggle’ and they refer to Paul in Romans 7, as if that makes sexual sin ‘okay’.

    We must ‘counsel’ these folks right? Wrong!! We must WARN them that they are in SIN! We must tell them the commands found in Holy Writ, such as Colossians 3:5, ” Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry”. Mortify – meaning ‘put to death’. We are to kill sin, not harbor and excuse it!! Sin is no longer expounded upon in the pulpit, it is cheapened and watered down, defined merely as ‘missing the mark’. That does not even scratch the surface on defining sin.
    We no longer hear of a need for brokenness over sin, as well as a need to cry out against it. How soon we forget the words of the Apostle, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2
    Many have forgotten they are in a battle…a battle against SIN; against the flesh, the world, and the devil. Rightly did the Almighty say ‘ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ Hosea 4:6

    • Thank you for your comment. I agree The Lord is so kind and gracious, but the Word reminds us again and again to be holy, separate, set apart, etc. God in His love warns His children to stay away from destruction and evil. Thank you for sharing your heart and those verses. God bless you.

    • AZ says:

      this post does not address the real issue which is willpower. christians already hate pornography and most of them are not compromising by choice. it’s an addiction. you can grit your teeth and pray and read the Bible all you want but that does not overcome addiction.

      so without being too mean I’ve got to say this article is preaching to the choir. no offense.

      • You can’t struggle with pornography if you can’t see pornography. Get rid of your computer, TV, smart phone, etc.

      • unworthy1 says:

        So, what is ‘addiction’? Sin! Willpower speaks of a fleshly attempt to overcome on your own. What does porn appeal to? The lust of the eyes, and the flesh. What lies in the heart of man? Read Matthew 15:19. IF you view porn, is that not a choice you have made? So why do you call it ‘addiction’? IF you willfully follow your lusts, you will succumb to sin. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” James 1:14 Take note, ‘OWN LUST’.
        Christians need to STOP making excuses for their sins they indulge in, and stop playing the victim. Are we sinless? NO. However, we are to flee sexual enticements of all kinds. The word ‘addiction’ is worldly terminology and is used by sinners so they can play ‘victim’. Let’s call it what it is…sin.

        • AZ says:

          Sin and addiction are not the same, at all. Sin is a choice. Addiction is not. Sinners want to sin. Christian addicts do not.

          • Az, I was just talking to my husband a bit about your comments. Asking him what he thinks (male perspective). I had talked to him last week about your other comments too, so he remembers you. I asked him what he thinks, and he said that the problem is that you are not seeing that your addiction IS sin. He says it is the same with drugs, you may be addicted, but that doesn’t give mean you can’t stop. We know plenty of ex drug addicts that got clean after coming to Christ. They didn’t keep using and angrily snarl at us that it was an addiction… He even brought up the James passage that unworthy1 quoted.

            I know we don’t agree when it comes to your porn addiction. But we do agree that the Lord loves you, that His goodness and graciousness is beyond what we could ever imagine or deserve, and that He is not done working in your life. Best wishes.

          • AZ says:

            That does not change the fact that we are prayerful, obedient, repent, rehab-engaged, accountable-partner men who have not received victory. Think about it – how are you can hold a person like that responsible is beyond sense.

          • unworthy1 says:

            Are you being forced to watch porn? Your problem is you deny your sin that lies within your own heart. Christ tells you this in Matthew 15:19, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” Take note of where sin proceeds from, ‘out of the heart’. Now consider this, in Matthew 5:28 Christ taught this, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Here the lesson is this, looking at women and sexually lusting after them in your ‘heart’, which is your mind and thought life is a sin! The Lord does not say it is an ‘addiction’, He says in Matthew 15:20 the sin of fornication, which includes the thought life, as stated in Matthew 5:28, ‘defiles’ or makes unclean. You view porn because it feeds your sinful lust, plain and simple. It is the lust of the eyes, and you indulge in this lust every time you watch porn. As long as you make excuses for your sin, you will continue to be enslaved to it. All who sin are slaves to sin, read John 8:34, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Now consider what Christ says in verse 36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” The first step is confessing your sin of lusting via pornography before a holy and merciful God. There is no forgiveness or freedom from sins’ grip IF you make excuses for it and continue on in it.

    • Paul Fishman says:

      That is spot on right! This means keep your hands off the upright Bass stirring up evil sexual passion. We are responsible before God and must repent and live right.

  2. Bryn says:

    Wonderful assessment of the issue of pornography. It’s interesting how you point out that we probably wouldn’t have the same assessment of “every man’s struggle” if it were practicing occult magic. However, I think the balance is in regard to the distinction of “lust” vs. pornography and sex addiction.

    I think it’s more accurate to point out that our culture is highly sexualized and remaining pure in this age of rampant paganism coupled with quick, private access to all manner of depraving media and other outlets is a struggle to take a stand.

    Acknowledging that is far different than making it like “everyone does it.” No, not every man or every woman gives in to temptation or finds themselves dabbling in pornography. In fact, I found it very awkward once when in a guy’s group where everyone admitted to struggling with viewing porn. And I was the only one who didn’t.

    I’m not immune to lust or similar temptations. But I realize that I must draw down on the victory that Christ won on the cross and turn my eyes on Him and behave in concert with the love that would be in utter conflict with that practice.

    Final thought from your post – I think too many Christians are trying to win their Jericho of lust by their own might and don’t rely on Christ who has won the battle for them.

    From your posts and insight, I suspect you would enjoy an author I’ve been reading: F.B. Meyer. His books are on Kindle for .99. And worth every penny.

    • Thank you for sharing what you shared. And for recommending F.B. Meyer. I have one of his books, but I want to get the one about Elijah that he wrote. Thank you for the reminder! God bless you.

      • Bryn says:

        I’m about a quarter of the way through Joshua and the Land of Promise. I have just finished Moses, Servant of God and before that Trial By Fire and John The Baptist. All of them have been fantastic and have been a great blessing to my spiritual walk. I know the one on Elijah you mention, but I have a few others I should read before I buy more.

  3. Jeri says:

    Another great post, When the Bible exhorts men to flee fornication (sexual immorality) and makes that statement that all other sins are committed outside the body, but he who commits immorality sins against his own body, Sounds like a definite warning to people who pursue that path, I have wondered if the curse that follows is demon possession, We do know that Gods word is very clear on some who are given up to a reprobate mind, What a sad day for the individual who God turns over to their own sin, If there is one reading this post who has been secretly commiting themselves to their sin, it would be wise if you can still have a conscience…Turn… Repent, and allow the Lord tp renew your mind, and begin to follow our Precious Lord in the Beauty of Holiness,

    • Exactly, I believe that this sin does open you up to demonic oppression. And the truth is, that right now it is not too late for anyone to come back to wholehearted commitment to Christ. Thank you for your comment!

  4. careall60 says:

    Thanks for these posts. They are intellectually inspiring and biblically sound, as I see them. I pass them along to those I feel the Lord would want to stir up a little…

  5. JP Maxwell says:

    Sadly, you are correct. Most of the responsibility for this sin can be squarely laid at the pastor’s and elder’s feet for tolerating it in their midst. While the one committing such fornication and idolatry is surely guilty – there are those that have been entrusted with protecting and encouraging the flock under their care – only, most have shirked those responsibilities and have become as detestable as the very one who first committed the sin. The issue is church discipline. Pornography, like any other sin, can be completely conquered through the saving grace and blood of Jesus Christ. One doesn’t need to fast nor pray continuously nor go through cycle after cycle in order to finally gain the victory over their lusts – all one needs do is agree with a most Holy God that what they are doing is sin and it will forever keep them from inheriting the kingdom of God should they not repent. It does not matter if they call themselves a believer, Christian or backslider – if one is partaking in the idolatry of pornography they are outside the will of God and will be justly condemned no matter how they may view their spirituality. This is what pastors and elders fail to tell those they’ve been entrusted to lead. It’s a crying tragedy. Thank you for the great encouragement.

    • Jeri says:

      I agree with you totally. What a great responsibility is laid upon the servants of God, to shepherd the flock of God. A nice sermon is not always the order of the day, Is not the servant of the Lord also told to rebuke…exhort… with all long suffering and doctrine.? I have heard different people say that when Peter had denied Jesus 3 times, this is why after Jesus resurrection, He asked Peter 3 times “Do You Love Me?” ,,, then giving him the admonition to “Feed My Sheep” “Feed My Lambs.” I personally believe it was a greater meaning, In order to truly minister to the flock of the Lord, I believe it must come from the lives oft those who minister to people out or a depth of Love for our Lord, It goes beyond soothing people, and making them comfortable in their sins, People need to hear the truth, All of us will one day give account to our Lord, Will He be able to say to you “Well Done?”,,,,,,”Enter,,,,,,

  6. lyn says:

    I find this from A.W. Pink very encouraging…

    “Diligence in keeping the heart will make the soul stable in the hour of
    temptation. The care or neglect of the conscience largely determines our attitude
    toward and response unto solicitations of evil. The careless heart falls an
    easy prey to Satan. His main attacks are made upon the heart, for if he gains
    that, he gains all, for it commands the whole man! Alas, how easy a conquest
    is an unguarded heart: it is no more difficult for the devil to capture it, than
    for a burglar to enter a house whose windows and doors are unfastened.
    It is the watchful heart that both discovers and suppresses the temptation
    before it comes in its full strength. It is much like a large stone rolling down a
    hill! it is easy to stop at first, but very difficult after it has gained full momentum.
    So, if we cherish the first vain imagination as it enters the mind, it will
    soon grow into a powerful lust which will not take a nay. Acts are preceded
    by desires, and desires by thoughts. A sinful object first presents itself to the
    imagination, and unless that be nipped in the bud, the affections will be
    stirred and enlisted. If the heart does not repel the evil imagination, if instead
    it dwells on it, encourages it, feeds on it, then it will not be long before the
    consent of the will is obtained.
    A very large and important part of heart work lies in observing its first
    motions, and checking sin there. The motions of sin are weakest at the first,
    and a little watchfulness and care then, prevents much trouble and mischief
    later. But if the first movings of sin in the imagination be not observed and
    resisted, then the careless heart is quickly brought under the full power of
    temptation, and Satan is victorious.”
    from Pink’s book ‘Guard your heart’ available on-line at http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/5413/7643/3241/gyhe.pdf

    The present scandals of sexual abuse and the celebrity pastors who rush to defend their comrades is evidence that pulpits are being overcome with men-pleasers. May God raise up men who tremble at His word, men who fear God and NOT man. Today’s celebrity pastors are a lesson to us and a reminder….we are called to follow Christ and NOT mortal men. We are called to study His word for ourselves, to seek truth as one seeks treasure. May God’s people seek Him with the whole heart.

  7. 2hisglory2 says:

    Reblogged this on Fingerprints and commented:
    This article although long is definitely worth reading.

  8. L. Davis says:

    Thank you for this post. I am so glad for the witness. It confirms what the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart just last week. God has delivered me from this evil; lust of the flesh; Sometimes the tempter will come to tempt us with that which God has delivered us from, to get us to pollute the temple, and thus bind us even worse than when we first were. He’s trying to bring down the strong in The Lord where they leave any doors open or to get them to open the doors to him. It takes our permission, will, for him to have any lee way. To whom we yield our members to obey, them we are the servants of. The Holy Spirit showed me the connection between sexual immorality and witchcraft. You are so right!

    You are correct that most believers don’t see the occult ties. When God was dealing with my heart, he quoted a verse, “keep yourselves from idols”. I knew then that sexual immorality is iniquity of greater degree then sin. I began to study. I studied about the Ashera poles, and Alister Crowley’s wickedness in sex magic, and how it has overtaken our culture. How I came to study this was through reading of the scripture about Baal Peor one day. I wanted to know who this idol was then and how it is worshipped today (since there is nothing new under the sun). Belphegor is it’s known name today, as well as Beltane, if I recall correctly.

    Thus, I discovered all that you spoke of here. I began to see how satan has gotten some “Churches” to set up dance poles at their locations, “for exercise”. He showed me how yoga is connected to all of this as well, and now churches are offering yoga too. Satan is succeeding in getting believers to curse themselves. God guided me, so that I may see how not to entangle myself in the snare of the enemy.

    Personally, God showed me that when we continue to sin despite his grace, we are loving that sin more than him, and we can lie to ourselves about it, but God knows the heart. It is always best to come to him and deal with it. Do not do as Adam and Eve did in running to hide from God and trying to cover themselves. It’s insufficient. We have an obligation to Christ and our own souls, as well to those of our households, to resist the devil by the power of the Holy Ghost, and he will flee.

    God showed me that I can walk in victory daily. We can and must overcome this world, SELF, and the devil. Faith in the power of God to keep us is that victory that overcomes the world. Sexual immorality is of the spirit of antichrist I have come to understand. Antichrist will rule the world through witchcrafts, and as you pointed out pornography is a form of occult worship. The fear of The Lord is clean; that is what I ask for as well as the for the love for God to be increased in my heart above everything, that I may keep myself from idols.

  9. Jeri says:

    How I rejoiced as I read this testimony, and want to thank the young woman who hosts this site for her unwavering devotion to truth.I stumbled onto this site ( at first I thought quite by accident) I began praying for her, and the Spirit of the Lord began to reveal her heart to me… that she is one that is determined to walk in the center of the road totally dedicated to Christ Jesus the Lord, He also revealed to me that she will have a strong influence and voice in these Latter days which we are in. so I was not at all surprised that she had been greatly influenced by the Late David Wilkerson, who I believe was a true servant of Jesus Christ, He stayed center. and was never taken in by all the foolishness that has definitely been a curse to the Church,. Many ministers and even pastors have fallen prey to the sin of pornography and some other sexual sins. and have considered it OK, They who bear the vessels of the Lord must be Clean. The old Testament Temple had a laver for those who handled the things of the Lord to Wash.. We today are washed by the water of the Word and the Blood of Jesus. I just want to encourage The Last Hiker to continue to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and stay devoted to the truth of Gods Word, Great will be the Blessing upon the Lives of those who follow Him,,, without compromise.

    • Jeri, thank you so much for your prayers. They mean so much to me. Also thank you for your kind words, they are too kind. But my heart is so much to stay in the center of the road and to know the heart of The Lord. God bless you!

  10. Hannah says:

    The devil is very subtle…The T.V. is on no-stop in my house. I’m not watching it except for Family Feud before bedtime! There doesn’t even have to be anything outright unglodly on it (although Seinfeld and many secular movies have foul language and messages “of the world”. The enemy will keep a family member glued to it all day on the weekends -it’s not always the content but the practice–anything that keeps us away from hearing from God. Anything that takes our attention away from developing relationships.
    The T.V. is a snare. If I had my way I would throw it out.
    Iphone comes next.
    The computer-blogs can also be an addiction for those Christians who say they don’t have any idols.

    • Amen, I totally agree. We can give up a dirty idol for a more “acceptable” replacement/addiction. May The Lord continually prune our hearts and reveal to is the things we need to fix.

  11. tracey says:

    Hi just read your wonderful post! I have a question for your regarding today’s contemporary AmericanChrisitianity. My family and I have been attending and very liberal church after leaving a legalistic Baptist church after many years. I am a sexual abuse survivor from a family who allowed my brother to engage in pornographic magazines from the time he was 14. I was the recipient of his inflamed passions (my mom said “well at least he likes girls” ) as an adult i confronted them about this – of course they do not want to deal, denial etc… of course today i have issues with intimacy >>anyway this new church non-denom alcohol , cigar smoking, pastor has tatoos, women dress in my opinion to revealing for church low cut cleavage barring dresses etc. my point is something does not sit with me about it. Pastor is kind of a Mars Hill style preacher (Mark Driscoll) but not as crude as M.D. IMO) By the way the church is on its way to being a megachurch soon. I don’t want to criticize if these people are truly of the Lord but cant get over my feeling.. Pastor is young mid thirties very charismatic, but something just not sit well with me. I guess I just want to know your opinion of these things based on Scripture. I also struggle with how to deal with what happened to me as a child and denial from my parents. I know first hand the dangers of pornography and the lasting affects. When I see women in our church dressing sensually week after week and people getting sleeve tattoos that are in leadership i find it disturbing because that it what the world does and in my opinion sensual. But then am I being too critical and judgmental? I know i am all over the map and probably sound like I am ranting but this is the first time I have ever publicly spoken about this much less responded to a blog post. This just really spoke to my heart. Forgive me for sounding disjointed but my fingers cant type fast enough what is in my heart. Thanks for listening.

    • Hi Tracy, Thank you for taking the time to share this with me. I am so sorry for what you went through in childhood. I am sorry for how your family dealt with it. I have been praying for you. As far as your church goes, I think that feeling that you have is discernment. It isn’t being judgmental. In your gut you know that something is just not right there. In fact, I think it reminds you of the same type of dysfunction in your home.

      It is the sin of permissiveness. Which to an average person seems to look a lot like love and grace, but it really isn’t. Permissiveness is almost as bad as hate. It is total indifference, uncaring, apathetic laziness.

      Your pastor, just like your family is letting people dabble in things that will not only potentially destroy their own walks with God, but it will destroy their families and their brothers in sisters in Christ. Now I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit; I believe that the Lord moves in His people–but when I hear of a Charismatic church that is lacking holiness, then I know that the Spirit of God is not moving, but maybe even “another” spirit. Because the Spirit of God first moves in His people to convict them of sin (John 16:8-9). He makes them HOLY. Not legalistic and snobby. But He writes His laws on the tablets of our hearts (Hebrews 10:16). He works in them to will and to do according to His good purpose (Phil. 1:13).

      Many charismatic churches today are NOT holy, but sensual. In fact the people do not go to church at these churches to hear the word of God, or turn from sin. But they rather enjoy a sensual experience–intense worship, humor, encouragement, some type of Holy Spirit high. But that appeals to the flesh, it doesn’t prune the flesh.

      What I would recommend for you do to is get some REAL preaching into your heart. It will give you clarity. You won’t feel confused anymore if this is right or wrong. Please, please watch some David Wilkerson sermons on YouTube. He is an amazingly loving preacher, who had a heart to reach the lost, and to help those who were in bondage to sin be free. He was filled with God’s Spirit. He cared, and often cried for the people who were playing games and flirting with sin. You wouldn’t let children play games with a grenade? Why would a preacher let his congregation play games with things that would bring them destruction, without clear warning and tears.

      I am so sorry that the people in your life have not protected you. You deserve better. I hope to talk to you again. God bless you.

  12. Paul Fishman says:

    The Bible says in I Timothy 5:22 Do NOT lay hands suddenly on no one, neither be partakers of other person’s sin. Keep yourself pure. This means beware of false ministers or miracle workers that are quick to do miracles and impart spirits of Kundalini or Fornication for example. Know the person and their doctrine first BEFORE letting them pray for you.

  13. Vicki P. Nesom says:

    Well spoken!! Right on the money! Interesting you did not correlate the Asherah poles with steeples, as that is the origin of church steeples.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I was reading the Bible in 2 Chron. about asherah poles and after doing a google search i found your post. Great info. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Paul Fishman says:

    I know that the scriptures said to abstain from lust and pornography because it is very uncomfortable and tormenting. Purity and abstinence is so calming and peaceful in the presence of the Lord. Our bodies and minds heal when we stay in Christ and holiness and avoid the jazzy upright double bass of lust and the idol of pornography.

  16. Anonymous says:

    brilliant … eye-opener in the right direction at least

  17. Paul Fishman says:

    May I also add that the transgender and drag queen issue is about satan corrupting the image of God creating us distinctly male and female in His image. Confusion resulting in the prescence of RuPaul and Drag Queens IF you hang around them. It makes it hard to live and believe the truth if you get mixed up in this confusion. Avoid it Completly!

  18. Patrice says:

    Thank you for writing this. I needed to read this. May God continue to bless you and keep you, and may He continue to guide your hands as you relay His truth to the masses. Amen.

  19. Lacey says:

    The women weeping for Tammuz is the same as the American church today celebrating Easter! Asherahs poles were erected to honor Asherah also known as Asarte, or Ishtar/Ishtar. Passover is what the Lord tells the children of God to celebrate. Not Easter/ Ishtar. Easter ham is for Tammuz for he was killed by a wild boar , the 40 days of lent was in honor of Tammuz, there is no where in scripture regarding to celebrate Jesus Christ lord and savior with egg laying bunnies but where you find egg laying bunnies is Nimrod the wicked ruler in Babylon- was married to samuraimus, he died and was chopped into pieces they tried finding every part and so therefore erected poles, obelisks in honor of his phallice , her diety was an egg laying bunny you see this ALL through history, they would sacrifice babies during their “sunrise service” and dip the fertile eggs of the bunny in the sacrificed blood, all this for Easter! Nothing Godly about this. So there’s more then just sexual immorality when you read the scriptures of the people weeping for Tammuz, worshiping the sun gods of the east (asheroth, Astarte, Ishtar/Easter (in english)… God is equally grieved and angered by the people amongst the so called churches worshipping Easter still. This is sun god worship so is worshipping on “sun” day. Which was never the lords commanded day of rest but it was constintines and the popes. You find in history as well that the day the lord has always said was to remember him and rest was always the sabbath , every culture knew this, then the pope declared a change to worship on sunday (of course for its all sun god worship) so there’s a little more to the scriptures you’ve selected than discussed. The modern day church is full of detestable idolatrous things he’s spoken against through out the entire word of God! Man made holidays dedicated to the gods of this world and sun worship sunday… Goes against all of the word of God.

    • I appreciate your comment and I agree with the connection between Ishtar and Easter-there are many commonalities. I do not however think the Lord is displeased with people going to church on Sundays because the early church did meet with each other on the first day of the week, and Paul said, “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” Romans 14:5. It is fine if you choose to worship on the true Sabbath, but that doesn’t mean it is a sin to worship on the first day of the week. Because it isn’t. We should worship God everyday! And many churches have midweek services too, that is okay!!! Even if that day is Thorsday or Wodensday. I am guessing you are a Seventh Day Adventist? Are you aware that this is a legalistic denomination? You MUST study Galatians and Romans– and not just go by your church traditions and “prophesies” by Ellen White!!!Regardless, most Christians celebrate the Resurrection, and have NO CLUE about Ishtar/Easter. I wish they did! I wish they would celebrate the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread, etc. (NOT out of legalism, but because they are rich symbolically!!!). Even celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus is fine!!! It is not wrong!!!! It would just be better to do that based on the timing of Passover instead of the timing of the pagans. Ezekiel 8 goes to great lengths to describe what upset the Lord in his temple–it was the idolatry in the hearts of the people. It was hidden sin. The thing is, these priests KNEW these images were an abomination. It wasn’t just cute bunny decorations, that no one knew were pagan.

  20. reesecrane says:

    Great stuff. We need to hang sometime. I’m a Christian Counselor in PA. Also a set free past 35 year porn/sex addict. You are exactly right about the severity of this sin. Most who have fallen under its spell hate it but not enough. Then there are the lost who can’t equate this biblically but I am counseling strongly my clients against this and calling out their adultery in their marriages because of it. I’m not safe but I am good. 🙂

  21. hanzoftexas says:

    The Lord was showing me this in the scriptures and i looked up if anyone else had this revelation. Amazing that this very subject is not spoken to this degree in the churches. I pray for our family in Christ Jesus name for deliverance from the high places!

  22. Evil spirits attached to pornography:
    Lust, rape, incest, hatefulness, dissention and anger.
    Remove it and BURN it.

  23. This is so saddening…to me personally and to the Holy Spirit. And the part of a Josiah who does not bow down unto His god in complete rendition…is exactly the Josiah that many if not all those that fail in this struggle are still to this day. God have mercy.

  24. Anonymous says:

    True. God sees everything and uses people like you to tell the truth. Who have an ear must listen what the spirit says. J.R.

  25. Listen to hanswaldvogel sermons.com .The road is straight and narrow and only a few will enter. People have to realize that God is Holy .and wants you to be Holy also,to walk before Him perfect.

  26. Chaplin Russell bodell says:

    To whom it may concern my name is Chaplin Russell bodell I run a transition house for men and I read your article and I think I thought it was very very well put I would like to know do you have any kind of literature that I could use to teach and train these men in the area pornography and adultery and fornication and the lust of the eyes lust of the Flesh and the pride of life. Just another word the body of Christ has got to get serious about Sin we have to call it what it is we can’t pet the demons the I struggled with pornography adult magazines since I was 8 years old my father had these books under his bed and I found him and I’m struggle with it ever since not so much now it almost 70 years old but they’re strong holes that you have to break you can’t keep feeding send expected to this fall off like a weightlifter he practiced lifting weights you’re going to become strong on it the same with pronography.

    • Hello, thank you for sharing your story and thank you for the ministry that you do! I don’t have any materials for you, but you might want to check out this bible study by David Wilkerson about demonic strongholds. I just listened to it Sunday afternoon and I am sending it to a couple of people I know. It was so good. The title is a little misleading. It is called “Casting Out Unclean Spirits”

      God bless

  27. Hope Enos says:

    this was really good! thanks for your blog.

  28. Eric Holley says:

    Great article. This sin must be dealt with quickly and fully. God mentions it through out His word. He will give you power to resist. Ask Him for strength to overcome.

  29. EvenEzer says:

    Very helpful article.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Good read!!! Listen, people!!!!

  31. Virgil Roberts says:

    Yes indeed this is an excellent article but may I add that I’ve found that the place where we allow pornography to fester and reside in our lives can only be addressed by replacing it with the Word of God! When we look at pornography we desire all the wrong things the world has to offer and that’s why it’s so attractive and addictive but it bears no comparison to the Word of God which has the ability to gut the desire for pornography out of our innermost being to God’s Glory!
    James 1:21 (kjv)
    Bless You! PV

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot for this message, it opened my understanding.

    • Paul Fishman says:

      The Last Hiker says we are responsible before God with our actions even though pornography is addictive like alcohol and heroin. The Lord gives us the responsibility to trust in Him to break with the addictive love of satan.

  33. AZ says:

    No offense my sincere brother, but a good many Christians who view pornography already do very much detest it. The issue is not compromise; it’s willpower. most Christians hooked on pornography hate it before they look at it and while they look at it and they feel shameful after they look at it as well because they never wanted to look at it. like any drug addiction it is out of their control.

    So nothing that you have said addresses the real issue.

    • I respectfully disagree. While it does produce dopamine in the brain, I don’t believe it is out of our control.

      The Bible says that the Lord helps us in our temptations and will provide a way of escape, He also gives us the ability to repent. What you are saying is that there is no hope! It almost sounds as if you think that these men have tried, and failed, and God has failed them. I reject that. They have not destroyed their idols. Guess what, if they hated the porn so much why don’t they throw away their computers, smart phones and TV’s. If you want to compare it to drug use, fine. But people stop using drugs when they deny access. There is hope. And God wants to deliver people. I may have not in your mind addressed the real issue. I felt led to expose the demonic aspect of pornography as idol worship. That was my point. Idols need to be destroyed.

      • AZ says:

        Since you seem to have the answers maybe you could share them with me. Here’s what I’ve tried

        – accountability with other godly males including website software

        – reading God’s word daily including memorizing scripture

        – daily quiet time surrendering life to God and seeking his will in prayer and conversation

        – seminars, books, other edicational respurces

        – membership in the church body a men’s small group

        – membership in a small group of men battling with pornography

        – fasting

        – counseling from a Christian counselor

        – and through all of this, heartfelt repentance

        that’s a nearly 30 year journey my friend. and I do love the Lord my God with all of my heart and all of my soul and all of my being. again, I challenge you to think beyond preaching down at people and consider that you have not assessed the root cause, you don’t understand your audience, nor have you provided adequate answers. it’s called preaching to the choir.

        • So are you saying God is a liar?

          I am very sorry that you are still in bondage, and it must be very painful. But I don’t believe it is okay for you to give up. You need to keep repenting, keep destroying the access, and not just give up and say that you have no choice. You have minimized it in your head. What if it was murder or violence? Would you be content to say, “I can’t help it. I tried.”

          • AZ says:

            Who said I gave up? Im a believer. A sincere committed repentant believer. but I have not gained the victory over 30 years and I gave you a pretty robust list of everything I have committed myself to trying. this leads me to believe that your interpretation of Scripture is not accurate. The Word is true; but I am living proof that what you say works does not.

          • I am sorry, sir. I feel like either you are contradicting yourself or I am misunderstanding you. In a previous comment you say I don’t understand the struggle-that it takes willpower–but then you also say that it is something that you can’t control–an addiction–that you have no choice but to surrender to. How can it be both?

            You also say that you are repentant, but you also say that you have tried everything possible for 30 years and still have not gained victory. How are you repentant, but also sinning?

            I just don’t understand how you can be repentant and still practice indulging in pornography.

            Now, I get it, when people say they have repented, but they may occasionally fall into the sin (or stumble) here and there. That is not the same as continual indulgence in sin. That is human reality. We sin. We mess up sometimes. God forgives, washes, renews, and grants repentance.

            However, using the word addiction means that one setback is dangerous; it implies that it leads to a habit, a practice, that continues repeatedly over time. This isn’t the same thing as repentance.

            You say I don’t understand this struggle. But I am a sinner. I am not perfect. I mess up. I sin. I repent. I don’t continually practice sins that Galatians 5 says will keep us out of heaven if we continue in them.

            I am just saying, you may want to be careful concerning your salvation:

            “16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
            19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:16-21

            If you are still practicing a continual surrender to the flesh, you might not be saved. Walking in the Spirit, and baptism of the Spirit enable us to resist temptation for the most part. We can’t do it in the flesh (or with willpower). We have to do it in the Spirit.

            Hebrews 12:4 says, “You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”

            We think temptations are hard, but we don’t fight hard enough. I am not talking about willpower, I am talking about spiritual warfare. You say you fasted, and that can be a powerful spiritual exercise, but it can also be a work of the flesh based in willpower. You have most certainly opened a door for spiritual oppression.

            You need prayer. I will pray for you. I am not saying that to be condescending. I know by your tone you are very angry with me and this post. I am not calling you out personally. I have struggled with sins too. I get it. I have just seen the Lord do miracles in my life, and I truly believe He can and wants to do one for you. Don’t be discouraged or believe a lie from the devil, that this is just going to be the way you are. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. To save us here in this life, not just save us in the next.

            You are mad, saying that you are living proof that what I say does not work. I am sitting here scratching my head, wondering if Scripture has any other teaching that I may have missed???? You show me in the word, please…. where my interpretation of scripture is not accurate. I don’t want to be wrong. I just think you are in a war, sir. And you have let the enemy take too much ground in your life. You need to learn how to fight, NOT YOUR FLESH, but in the Spirit.

            Anyways, best wishes.

          • AZ says:

            “15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Rom 7:15-20.

            That, my friend, is the reality.

            That’s not me speaking. that’s the greatest Christian who ever lived and who wrote most of the new testament.

            The reality is that I have repented and I have made a full surrender of my entire life every nook and corner to the Lord Jesus Christ. and I am still addicted. nine out of 10 times when the addiction cycle sets I cave in. I don’t want to, but I do.

            That is the reality. And you can call it my reality even if it makes you feel better. but my reality is the reality of millions of other sincere repentant Christian men. We don’t live to indulge the flesh; it’s out of our control, much like heroin or any other neuropathological addiction/disease.

          • Okay, that verse is talking about what I was saying that we are all human and we stumble and there is a process of repentance. But you are taking that passage completely out of context to excuse the continual practice of viewing pornography. You say you cave 9 times out of 10. And you still say you are repentant. You say the reality of millions of other sincere repentant Christian men is to watch pornography 9 times out of 10 temptations. You are not repentant. You are in habitual sin.

            It may be your reality, and you may write it off like it is okay with Jesus because you feel like it is your heroin. And I am not your judge. But you will stand before the Lord one day, not me. And you may quote Romans 7, but you also have to reckon with the rest of the book of Romans, like the preceding passage which says:

            “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:1-7

            You WANT to be in chains my friend. You are wearing them like lovely bracelets.

            I think we should end the discussion here. There is no fruit in arguing.

            May you find God’s grace to not only forgive you for this besetting sin, but the power of the Spirit to transform you. ❤ I truly mean it.

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