Pornography, fornication, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, violence, racism, hatred, drunkenness, addiction…

The list of sins that Christians cherry pick as those most necessary to avoid goes on and on. Many Christians arrogantly stick out their chests and point self-righteous fingers at people who sin differently than they do. Yeshua our Messiah gave us a classic example of this type of self righteousness…

Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV)

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

What sins could you replace with those stated by the publican to make that you in the parable?

The fact is that sin is what makes our bodies ‘comfortable’ places for devils to live and thrive. People under the influence of demons isn’t always manifested as in the movie, “The Exorcist”.

Matthew 12:43-45 (NKJV)

43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

But notice it wasn’t the sins often vilified by Christians that made Babylon a DWELLING PLACE, HABITATION OR COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR DEMONS TO THRIVE…

Revelation 18:2-3 (NKJV)

And he cried [a]mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the [b]abundance of her luxury.

It was the spiritual fornication of the greed that had been accepted as part of the culture…capitalism on steroids. Capitalism isn’t a sin, but even eating in excess is though. Paul even said that greed equates to idolatry…

Colossians 3:5 (NKJV)

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

It wasn’t just the sins of lust that the Apostle Paul stated would be so prevalent in the last days…

2 Timothy 3:2-9 (ESV)

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 

Notice the first three mentioned were IDOLATRY, GREED, PRIDE and ARROGANCE!

However, the idolatry of worshiping ourselves, greed, pride and arrogance have become celebrated in our current culture and even accepted and justified by many people who claim to be Christians.

Think of the atrocities that happened and were justified in this great country in the name of progress and to maintain a ‘way of life’…

The Trail of Tears…

Vigilante violence, lynching and terrorism during The Reconstruction and Civil Rights Movement…

Gangs terrorizing their neighborhoods…

Think of how pride has become accepted…

Black Pride…

White Pride…

National Pride…

God has not permitted us to have pride, but rather be thankful, and it’s this level of pride and arrogance that has led to a culture that’s easily recognized as described in 2 Timothy 3:2-9.

A culture as described only exists through demonic influence.

The sins listed in Galatians chapter 5 are PRACTICED because

Galatians 5:19-21(ESV)

19 Now (A)the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, (B)divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that (C)those who do[b] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The key to making our bodies uncomfortable for demons and comfortable for God’s Holy Spirit is what is considered by too many Christians and weakness…

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

It’s our responsibility to get rid of everything that we allow to defile our bodies and spirits…

2 Corinthians 7:1-2 (NLT)

Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

How much pride, arrogance and greed have you accepted into your life?


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