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Friday, March 23 2012
Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal
The political and military meaning of "conservative" is to maintain and defend an established order. The word "patriotism" itself means conservative because it literally means to be faithful to the founders.
Amazingly, considering how much of a liberal (the political and military meaning of "liberal" is to oppose and break down an established order, although liberals often use the term "progressive" for their destructive, downward-spiral ideas) rebel (by literal definition, conservatives don't cause revolutions, liberals do) Satan has chosen to become, he was once a very patriotic (to God the Father and the Kingdom of God) and conservative defender of the faith ("Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so"):
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
But Satan decided that he was going to "liberate" himself from God's Law - to do anything that he pleased and call that "law." The result was chaos, violence (i.e. violation of true law), every imaginable perversion - and destruction.
"28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with Violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
What caused Satan to become a liberal? Vanity ("I will exalt my throne above the stars of God") and arrogance ("I will be like the most High").
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
From Gospel To Satan's Spell
Satan's rebellion in heaven failed. The "pretty boy" (see Who's Hiding On Your Wall? and Sending Away The Escapades Goat) was cast to Earth where he then sought to rekindle his rebellion by "liberating" the first humans from obeying God. Adam and Eve were created, by definition, as conservatives - law-abiding citizens in the established order. But they, like Satan, became "liberals" when they decided that their lusts and covetousness were all of the "law" that they wanted i.e. it's "legal" because we say that it is.
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
"Satan's liberation movement" against God's Law (and the Salvation that is coming to those who obey God, not rebel against Him) has continued right from the Garden in Eden to the present day. When a new child of God is conceived (by means of the Holy Spirit, which makes conversion, spiritual conception, possible), Satan is right there, either to devour the infant before it can be born (Satan loves spiritual abortion as much as he loves physical abortion), or to pervert the development so that it becomes a dead-end child of the Devil rather than an Eternal Life child of God. The apostle Paul experienced it constantly with those that he taught:
"11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:2-4 KJV)
There are many false "gospels" in the world, but there's only one true Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see The Strait Gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Fact Finder: What does "gospel" actually mean"
This Day In History, March 23
1324: German emperor Louis IV was excommunicated by Pope John XXII (see Emperors and Popes).
1534: Pope Clement declared that the marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon was still in effect. The marriage was ended in Britain the year before, and Henry had then married Anne Boleyn. To accommodate his repeated marriages and divorces, Henry eventually created the Church of England with himself as the head.
1657: France and England formed an alliance against Spain.
1801: Russian Czar Paul I was assassinated.
1808: Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph took the throne of Spain.
1849: After the Austrians had been victorious at Novara, Charles Albert of Sardinia abdicated in favor of Victor Emmanuel II.
1877: John Doyle Lee, a Mormon fanatic, was executed by firing squad for masterminding the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in which 127 Arkansas Methodists bound for California were killed by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians.
1918: The immense German artillery gun, "Big Bertha," shelled Paris from a distance of 75 miles / 120 kilometers.
1919: Mussolini founded his Fascist Party.
1925: Tennessee banned the teaching of evolution in public schools in the state. Teacher John Scopes ignored the ban and was later tried in what became known as "The Scopes Monkey Trial" (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1933: The German Reichstag (Parliament) passed an "enabling law" that gave Hitler and the Nazi Party the sweeping dictatorial powers they had been seeking (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1966: Archbishop of Canterbury Arthur Michael Ramsey met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Rome - the first meeting between the heads of the two churches in 400 years.
1983: Dr. Barney Clark, a retired dentist, died 112 days after being the first human to receive a mechanical heart.
2001: The Russian space station Mir was brought down out of orbit after 15 years. It burned up in re-entry and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.