Satan launched an all out campaign to undermine the fear of the Lord. How? I'm glad you asked.
The key is to undermine the truth that God is the Creator. When you get rid of the truth that there is a Creator then you have undermined that fact that there is "divine design." When you undermine divine design then the truth that everyone is created with a purpose is attacked. When purpose is destroyed then accountability is torpedoed. Accountability means the responsibilty to answer for your choices. When you destroy the concept of everyone giving an account for their life before an eternal God, then you have dismantled the fear of God. Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10 teach us that the fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom.
There is lots of talk in the body of Christ today saying there is no need for fear because fear drives you away and does not draw you near. That's not totally true. There are two kinds of fear. Matthew 25 and Luke 19 Jesus illustrates the kind of fear that drives a wedge between the servant and his master. You remember the parable. Three servants were given some money. Two invested and recieved a return while one servant hid their talent out of fear. That kind of fear that provoked inaction and missed the mark actually contributed to the seperation between the master and his servant. (The introduction was inspired as I listend to Bill Johnson teach on "Dealing with Sexual Sin in the Church.")
There is another kind of fear based on reverence, love, respect and awe. Its the kind of fear that is found in a healthy relationship with a parent or a spouse. It is a recognition of the consequences possible through trust being violated. This kind of fear actually facilitates intimacy and draws us near.
Campaigns are a series of battles. Here are a few battles I'd like to highlight to illustrate the effects of Satan's strategy with the hope that it will inspire you to engage in God's divine plan for your life. Let's start with Satan's attack on accountability. I like to think of it as account-ability or as, do you have the ability to count?
If you are wondering if I was using a word play you are correct. Do you have the ability to make a difference? You can if you are honest and can count numerically. This is how you can introduce accountability (a count ability).
The Scopes Monkey trial was a highly publicized attack on divine design in America in the 1920s. Remember, if there is no Creator there is no divine design for people's lives, without design there is no purpose and with no purpose there is no accountability; that is, responsibility for your actions.
The concept of family was attacked on many fronts. God is the Creator of the institution of marriage which creates families with the Church being the overseer of this institution in the last 2000+ years. It wasn't until the mid 19th century that we see civil government in America beginning to take on a greater role in issuing "marriage licenses." Divorce has skyrocketed since then for a variety of reasons but one of the contributing factors was that civil government stepped into an area it has no business in. It crossed a boundary. But, without divine design, that's no problem.
Next we see abortion introduced to deal with the consequences of sex outside of the institution of marriage. Another attack on divine design undermining the role of families.
Then we see the continued rise of lawlessness which changes the meaning of words and absolutes. Words are made up to justify sinful behavior. For example, the term homophobia was first introduced in an article in 1969. Now there is a whole new vocabulary developed to justify a lifestyle that ultimately hurts people. The greatly increased sicknesses that result from violating divine design increase pain, sufferinng and ultimately shorten peoples lifespans. However, if we undermine truth we can introduce a new math to change numbers to say what we want.
In 1998 President Clinton in attempting to coverup an inappropriate sexual relationship made famous "it depends on what the meaning of the word is, is!" Now transparency means coverup, truth means a lie, affordable means expensive, etc.... Why to illustrate the lawlessness it has led to the place where the Washington State Supreme Court determined in 2007 that it was legal for political candidates to lie click here.
Now there is a Common Core curriculum that is being introduced to our education system by those who attack divine design. Its math is goofy and contributes to undermining absolutes. It becomes a useful tool in the hands of politicians more driven by personal benefit and ideology than truth.
Let me illustrate why "account-ability" is so important. I like to think of it as, do you have the ability to count. You see if you can change the definition of words or what numbers mean. You can make things say whatever you want. You can create any lie you want and if you say it long enough people begin to believe the lie (click here to see the long term media strategy used to promote the homosexual agenda. It's now being used by others such as pedophiles seeking to justify behavior that deviates from divine design). If we can introduce that numbers can mean whatever we want...... well then we don't have to be accountable. For example:
In an a December 4th article published by Fox news titled "Iran enrichment capacity expanded dramatically on Obama's watch" the Secretary of State tried to put the blame for the current situation in the hands of the previous administration. It was truly a bush league kind of maneuver common in politics today. The article goes on to describe how facts are getting in they way.
"Yet a Fox News review of reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and analyses prepared by leading research institutions -- including the Arms Control Association, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Federation of American Scientists -- shows that the vast majority of Iran's enrichment capability came online during the Obama administration."
How did that happen? The scientist still had the ABILITY to COUNT. Numbers are numbers, they don't lie unless you can change what they mean. Using statistics they were able to determine that: "Roughly 74 percent of the centrifuges Iran now has on hand were installed since the Obama-Biden team assumed office." Hence the political rhetoric was not true but it did support their administration's agenda and will.
Let me be clear, I have great respect for the office of President. My intent is not to disparage the president in any way. My intent is to highlight truth and Satan's long term strategy he is using in today's culture wars. Ultimately this is a conflict of kingdoms. It is the kingdom of God verses the kingdom of this world overseen by the adversary of our souls.
God has chosen to limit himself by working through a people who have a freewill. He won't if we won't, He can if we can. Satan has to function the same way; through people! Hence this culture war is manifested through people and who communicate and act upon their ideas right or wrong. Like the scripture says, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7).
Understand this, Satan hates what God loves. God loves people and therefore Satan hates people and will do all he can to hurt the ones that God loves. Divorce, abortion, promiscuous lifestyles all lead to situations that hurt people. Hurt people seek solace in a variety of ways, alcohol, drugs, more sex, etc. that all hurts more people and reduces life spans. These things are called sin. Sin means to miss the mark. God's hates sin (not people) because sin hurts the people He loves and died for because He wants to have an eternal relationship with them. In His mind, the sooner the better because God designed the universe. He understands how the eternal laws work and is happy to share them with all who listen so we can be blessed now; not just in the by and by. God came to give life and to give it more abundantly (John 10:10).
You see God did create man with a divine design. Every single person has a purpose and has value. We need to walk in truth in order to fulfill our designed destiny. Consider God's awesome plans for your life. This is the truth.
Psalm 139:14-17 - I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! NKJV
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
I hope to enlist you in these culture wars. Will you be a warrior for truth?
John 8:32 - And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." NKJV