|Posted on June 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM|
The 7 types of evil spirits
Since this is the first article dealing with these 7 types of evil spirits, we will take time first to list them:
"1When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 2And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them" (Deuteronomy 7:1-2)
This is part of God's instructions to the people of Israel before they could take the Promised Land. This means that, in order for each one of us, and for the Church as a whole, to enter into our spiritual inheritance, we must be able to overtake 7 nations: the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. These nations, which were literal people in the past, now represent 7 "varieties" of evil spirits, which are the evil counterparts of the 7 Spirits of God (Revelation 3:1, Revelation 5:6, Zechariah 4:10).
When we look at the meaning of these nations' names, we can begin to infer the types of spirits they represent:
Spirit name Meaning of name Abbreviated explanation of effects
Hittites Sons of terror Subliminal torments, phobias, terror, depression, deceit
Girgashites Clay dwellers Focus on earthliness, unbelief in what cannot be seen
Amorites Mountain people; renowned Obsession with earthly fame and glory, domineering
Canaanites Lowlands people Addictions, perversions, exaggerated people-pleasing
Perizzites Belonging to a village Limited vision, laziness, low self-esteem
Hivites Villagers Vision limited to enjoying an earthly inheritance, hedonism
Jebusites Threshers Suppression of spiritual authority in fellow believers, legalism
"Hittite" means, "sons of terror"; the Hittites were descendants of Heth, whose name means "terror". The word "terror" refers to an extreme manifestation of fear, and is always related to an element of mystery. For example, you may be afraid of a live wire because you know that enough electricity is running through it so as to hurt you if you touch it; this, however, does not qualify as "terror". Terror is when you are walking down a dark alley at night and you don't know if someone is about to leap out from either side and attack you. Terror is when you have heard that a serial killer has been attacking in your neighborhood and you don't know if your house is his next target. Since terror is related to the unknown, it has to do with things that your mind cannot see. As we have seen in previous articles when studying the three components of the soul, the mind is the part of the soul that acts and reasons based on what it can see or perceive, whereas the heart is the part of the soul that hears, using the emotions as its "hearing antennas". Therefore, we can say that terror is more emotional than mental, and is based more on what your emotions hear than on what your mind can see.
Hittites, being spirits of terror, are stealth operators that attack the emotions and are the spirits behind nightmares and non-rational phobias such as claustrophobia, agoraphobia, exaggerated fear of dogs, and fear of being in the dark. As anyone who has suffered from a phobia can testify, terror produces a sense of deep emotional despair and torment, and causes a desire not to live anymore. Hittite spirits, therefore, are also behind suicides (this explains why terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Hamas -- God curse them -- drive their followers to commit suicide). My dear friend, if you are undergoing deep emotional despair, and suicidal thoughts are haunting you, you are being attacked by Hittite spirits. I don't know if this serves as a consolation to you, but, as we will see in a future article, prophets in Scripture were constantly attacked by Hittite spirits. A strong prophetic calling usually implies Hittite (i.e.- terrorist) attacks throughout your life, so, cheer up (this word applies to the U.S.). That battle with despair throughout your life is the result of a strong prophetic calling. God has a mighty calling for you; you have a strong prophetic purpose. Bear the brunt of the Hittite attack; be brave in Christ, and, with the passing of time, you will see the Hittite spirits fleeing from you in humiliating defeat, and your suffering and despair will serve as seed in the kingdom of God to produce mighty victories in the spirit realm that will bless and liberate the lives of many.
A person who suffers from deep emotional despair usually falls into states of deep depression and sadness. If you ever look into a person's eyes and perceive a sense of deep sadness and despair, you are looking into the eyes of a person under Hittite attack.
Since Hittite spirits prey on people's emotions, they like to stay in the dark and remain unseen to the mind, whispering speculations into the person's emotions. This means that people who have the nasty habit of spreading rumors and speculations are people who harbor Hittite spirits in their hearts.
"Girgashite" means, "clay dweller", which refers to "dwelling on earthliness". This type of spirit promotes a focus on earthly, temporal, things, and produces a disdain for things that are "spiritual" and eternal, thereby denying the truth of the following passage:(
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Notice how the verse above does the opposite of the Girgashite spirit. It recognizes the temporality of our earthly tabernacle and sets its sights on things that are eternal in the heavens. The verse before 2 Corinthians 5:1 reveals an interesting trait of the Girgashite spirit:
"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Girgashites (i.e.- people infected with this type of spirit) tend to focus on things that are visible. The Greek word translated as "seen" in the passage above is blepo, which means, "to discern mentally, to understand, to set the mind's thoughts on a thing, to consider". Girgashites are very analytical people who base their life's decisions on the pros and cons that their minds are able to perceive. For example, when they have to decide between two job opportunities, they consider factors such as salary, distance from home, opportunities for promotion, dental plans, and work schedule. When a believer allows Girgashite spirits to take root in his or her heart, he or she rarely considers whether God wants him or her to take the job with the lower salary, longer working hours, and no life insurance. God always has a higher plan in mind. He might want you to take the less appealing job because He wants to use you in a mighty way to influence the lives of the people at that job. God might be looking ahead and warning you that satan is trying to entice you to the other job because he wants to lure you away from your calling in Christ through a job that looks good at the beginning but will slowly envelop you and eat you up alive.
Non-Girgashite believers are not easily distracted by what their minds can see, but, instead, focus on what God wants for their lives. When choosing between two jobs, the non-Girgashite believer goes to God in prayer and asks Him, "Lord, which job do you want me to take? Which one is in your will?". God might respond that He wants the believer to take the lower-salary job, the higher-salary job, or neither! Non-Girgashite believers are focused on the things that can't be seen, i.e.- the things that can't be discerned with the natural mind, and, at times, they might make decisions that sound completely illogical and nonsensical to fellow believers and family members who are Girgashite in their hearts:
"12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
As the passage above shows, the non-Girgashite does not rely on human wisdom, preferring to depend on the voice of the Holy Spirit (v13). The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit, because they sound foolish to him (v14); this is why God eventually stops talking to Girgashite believers, because, every time He does, they simply brush off His words as nonsense and proceed to do their own will, based on what their natural mind perceives. If you prefer to rely on the voice of the Spirit instead of relying on your natural mind, you will begin to act according to the mind of Christ (v16), and you will be able to perceive things that others don't. You will perceive real dangers where others don't see them. You will begin to see spiritual doors that others don't see, and, according to verse 15, no one will have authority to "judge" you. In other words, when you begin to operate in the Spirit, you stand above the jurisdiction of anyone's criticism, so don't worry about what your brothers and sisters at church are saying about you. Don't worry about what your wife, kids, brothers, or sisters are saying. You do what God has called you to do. As long as you are sure in your spirit that you are doing God's will, just obey Him and let the chips fall where they may.
Grunting versus groaning
As 2 Corinthians 5:2-4, quoted above, shows, we are called to "groan" to be clothed in God's eternity. "Groaning" is produced by a soul that deeply desires and yearns for something without which it feels incomplete. This means that our souls should feel incomplete in our temporality, deeply longing and fervently striving towards being enveloped in God's eternity. Groaners have set their hopes on a higher vision, on a higher calling.
As we saw in the previous section, people dominated by Girgashite spirits are like pigs violently running down a steep incline, on their way to drowning in the sea. Girgashites are not groaners. They have relinquished living for a higher vision, deciding in their hearts that they can be complete in their temporality. This turns them into greedy pigs that grunt all day, devouring everything in sight in order to prove to themselves that temporary things can really make them complete. But, since it is completely impossible for a human being to find completeness in temporary things, the Girgashite's devouring becomes an ever increasing hunger that will never be satisfied
"Amorite" means, "mountain people; renowned". Since mountains refer to tall and impressive land masses that dominate over valleys, we can infer that the Amorite spirit is a spirit of self-exaltation. The word for Amorite in Hebrew comes from another Hebrew word, amar, which means, "to utter, to say"; this implies that people with Amorite spirits are people who want their name uttered or mentioned. Amorites are fame-seekers, seekers of human glory and greatness. Practically all dictators in history are Amorites. People like Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Adolph Hitler, and Joseph Stalin, who like to dominate and control others, who love to see pictures of themselves plastered all over entire cities and countries, and who love to see their subjects revere and worship them, are men whose hearts are possessed by Amorite spirits.
Just as mountains tend to dominate over the landscape they are in, Amorites are people who like to dominate and rule over others. They tend to establish an imposing and seemingly immovable presence.
"19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matthew 17:19-20)
When the Lord talks about us removing mountains, He was not simply talking about "big problems", as most preachers teach. He was talking about the uprooting of spiritual powers in high places. Instead of focusing our faith on getting things from God, our faith is to focus on the tearing down of principalities and powers that get in the way of God's kingdom being established on Earth. We are soldiers in a battle to take back the Earth for God, and, as soldiers, we are not here to please ourselves but to execute the orders of our Commander-In-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ. This "taking back of the Earth" from the Amorites that dominate it is not to be done through human means, but through the activation of faith that is apparently small in comparison to these spirits, but which has the dynamite potential to overtake them, because our faith is a seed with kingdom potential in it. You and I, my brother and sister, have the potential to establish God's kingdom on Earth. All believers have the capability to tear down Amorite spirits from the heavens.
"What say you, oh king"?
As we said above, the Hebrew word for Amorite comes from another Hebrew word meaning, "to say, to utter". Besides referring to the Amorites' zest for publicity, for hearing their name uttered and revered by others, this also implies that Amorites love to "say", and have people "obey". The word "Amorite" could literally be translated as "sayer". They long to be like ancient Roman emperors who simply give out orders and have people moving heaven and earth to get those orders fulfilled. In other words, Amorites love to be "kings".
In the first article of this series (under the section "The 7 types of evil spirits"), we listed the 7 types of evil spirits, which appear in Deuteronomy 7:1; they are the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. When doing a computer search of the Old Testament verses that contain either of these 7 names in Hebrew along with the Hebrew word for king, melek, interesting results appear:
# of Verses Verses referring specifically to...
23 Amorite kings
2 Amorite and Canaanite kings
3 Canaanite kings
3 Hittite kings
1 Kings of all 7 nations except for the Girgashites
Notice how this verse count is dominated by the Amorites, confirming the fact that the Holy Spirit relates the Amorite spirits with earthly kings that try to get in the way of His Kingship. Amorites see God as their competition. Since they want subjects who obey anything they say, Amorites resent subjects who disobey their commands because they claim to have heard the voice of God giving them a different command:
"17But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. 18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:17-20)
As we saw in our previous article, the Jebusites in the Body of Christ want to prevent God's people from speaking. They prefer spiritually lame believers who have no spiritual authority and who will never dare to question the "rulings" decreed by authorities. Jebusites, therefore, become the Amorite's "right-hand men". Jebusites are the police, the enforcers of the Amorite king's laws. A clear example of this appears in the following passage:
"19The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. 20Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. 21Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. 22And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? 23Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?" (John 18:19-23)
"Canaanite" means, "lowlands people". Since the word "land" is related to the concept of "earth" or "ground", the "lowlands" refer to low earthly passions. Canaanite spirits are the spirits behind addictions and sexual perversions. This is why Sodom and Gomorrah are portrayed in Scriptures as Canaanite cities:
"19And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha." (Genesis 10:19)
"12Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly" (Genesis 13:12-13)
The spirits of homosexuality and lesbianism, along with all other sexual perversions, are Canaanite spirits. These spirits operate through people's emotions and make a concerted effort to shut off the person's mind, since the mind is the part of the soul most related to making judgments; the conscience resides in the mind, and the mind is the one designed to store God's laws and apply them with wisdom to make judgments:
"13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:13-16)
"15Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." (Romans 2:15-16)
People who fall into alcoholism (which is a Canaanite spirit) generally start drinking through someone or something convincing them that heavy drinking is "normal" and being done by everyone else. Once the person's judgment against heavy drinking has been "shut off", the person starts to drink, and, soon, the alcohol shuts off all sober judgment and inhibition, and the person goes into a strong and public display of emotions. Canaanite spirits are spirits of carnal excess and dissolution:
"15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:15-18)
As we saw in a previous article, the mind is right-handed and truth-oriented, while the emotions are left-handed and grace-oriented. Canaanite spirits, therefore, are left-handed spirits that emphasize freedom and grace, downplaying truth and judgment, just as Hittite spirits do. In our previous article on the Hittites, we saw that Hittites are distorters of prophetic emotions; they drive people to suicide and despair by portraying a prophetic vision that is not truth-based; Hittites are the spirits that drive terrorists to commit suicide attacks and to shed their lives for false causes; wherever Hittites invade, a sense of chaos, purposelessness, and emptiness soon sets in. If the Hittites are distorters of prophetic emotions, what type of emotions do the Canaanites distort? It is important to know the answer to this question in order to prevent these types of spirits from entering our lives, and to drive them out if they already entered.
"Perizzite" means, "belonging to a village". Villages have a connotation of "smallness". People who grow up in villages are exposed to very limited opportunities for growth; educational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities are scarce. If not careful, people who grow up in villages can develop a very limited vision of life. Dreams are easily spawned in an environment that stimulates people with options and opportunities; since these are limited in a village, villagers are very likely not to dream of great things, and the few who do, dream of making it out of the village in order to succeed in the big cities. Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" song, therefore, would be an example of an "anti-Perizzite" song:
Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today_I want to be a part of it, New York, New York_These vagabond shoes are longing to stray_Right through the very heart of it, New York, New York__I wanna wake up in the city that doesn’t sleep_And find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap__These little town blues are melting away_I’ll make a brand new start of it in old New York_If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere_It’s up to you, New York, New York
Since villages impart a sense of "smallness", villagers tend to see themselves as small and insignificant people who are a small part of a small and insignificant community. People trapped by the Perizzite spirit, therefore, see themselves as people with little potential whose only task in life is to live a quiet biological existence and to stay out of the way of the people who are "really" important in this world. Perizzites not only believe in their own smallness, but also believe in the smallness of the "villagers" around them, including their children. The Perizzite spirit, therefore, can lead to many generations of spiritual stagnation. Since stagnation always leads to poverty (in the material and in the spiritual realm), Perizzite spirits tend to produce many generations of spiritual (and even literal) poverty.
"Hivite" means, "villagers". If you already read the previous article in this series on the Perizzites, you will remember that "Perizzite" means "belonging to a village", which is very similar to the meaning of "Hivite". This implies that many of the things we said about the Perizzites also apply to Hivites. As we said with the Perizzites, villages have a connotation of "limited vision", implying that Hivites also have a limited vision of life. What makes them different from the Perizzites, however, is the way in which people under the influence of Hivite spirits limit their life.
The word "Hivite" is derived in Hebrew from the word chavvah, which means "life" or "living". In fact, chavvah is the original version of the name "Eve". This is why the Lord declares the following in Genesis:
"And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." (Genesis 3:20)
Since the word "Hivite" is related to the concept of "life" in Hebrew, we can infer that the Hivites' vision of life is not one of limitation, poverty, and self-deprecation, as is the case with the Perizzites. On the contrary, Hivites love to "live it up". Another interesting aspect can be derived from the only other appearance of the name "Eve" in the Old Testament:
"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD." (Genesis 4:1)
The name "Cain" means, "possession"; this is why Eve said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord". The name "Cain", therefore, refers to possessing an inheritance handed down by someone else. From this, we can infer in the Spirit that Hivites are people who have acquired some type of inheritance that allows them the "freedom" to live "la vida loca". This is why the Hivite spirit is so prevalent in the sons and daughters of wealthy millionaires. Obviously, this does not mean that all descendants of millionaires are Hivites, but, it does mean that, if they are not careful, they can easily fall under the influence of Hivite spirits.
We must now ask ourselves the following: what does all of the above have to do with being a "villager"? The answer is simple if you observe Hivites carefully. Because of all the abundance and grace that surrounds them, they limit the vision of their lives to merely enjoying the wealth and fame built up by their parents (or even themselves). Hivites turn into people with few ambitions in life; all they want to do is to travel around the world and have a "good time". Some of you might be noticing that the Hivite spirit is, therefore, very common in people who have retired. Such people are prone to believe that they have nothing else to do in life but relax and enjoy the wealth they have accumulated during their lives:
"13And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 14And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:13-21)
Notice how verses 13 and 14 above speak of "inheritance" and "possessing", which are related to what we said above about Cain and Eve, and is therefore related to the Hivite spirit. Notice also that the rich man in the parable was not a lazy man:
"30I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 33Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man." (Proverbs 24:30-34)
The rich man of Luke 12:16-21 was a hard-working man who took advantage of the fertile ground that he owned. He was a Girgashite workaholic motivated by "covetousness" or "greed", who longed to accumulate enough wealth so as to go into Hivite retirement where he could "eat, drink, and be merry" (Luke 12:19). Notice how the Lord Jesus ends the parable by declaring, in verse 21, that whosoever stores up treasure for himself is not rich in the eyes of God. This reveals another trait that is common to Hivites: they are self-centered people who only think about themselves. Hivites deceive themselves into thinking that the abundant grace that surrounds them is proof that the universe exists to serve them, instead of the other way around.
"Jebusite" means "thresher", which refers to the agricultural activity of beating grain out of the husk. This was usually done through animals such as oxen who were used to tread on the grain that was laid out over a "threshing-floor". From this we can infer that Jebusite spirits, being "threshers", are spirits that tread or "stomp" on other people. People whose hearts are "infected" by Jebusite spirits tend to be people who do not hesitate to put down and humiliate others. By stomping on people, Jebusites make a concerted effort to prevent them from growing taller. They like to make people feel small, and deliberately put them down any time they see these "small" people trying to establish their authority. Jebusites believe that certain people are inherently inferior, without a right to manifest any kind of authority. According to Jebusites, "small" people should just shut up and concede, because they are nobodies who will never amount to much. As some of you might already be thinking, the spirit of racism is a Jebusite spirit. Jebusites are enforcers of social castes.
Unfortunately, the Church is currently swarmed by Jebusites. In the past, these Jebusites took the form of legalistic believers who preached a "gospel" of "Pharisaic" rules and regulations, where believers were taught to abide by and obey these regulations, without being told of their potential in Christ. Passages in Isaiah chapters 7 through 10 indicate that God had prophesied thousands of years ago that this legalistic spirit (represented by Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel) would be defeated and be replaced by a gospel more focused on our grace in Christ (represented by the king of Assyria). Isaiah chapters 9 and 10 show, however, that the "king of Assyria" would outstay his welcome, and that this gospel that was more "grace-aware" would degenerate into a "gospel" without justice and judgment, a "gospel" where iniquity was tolerated, and where mercy without truth would be the normal practice (God willing, we will study these passages in Isaiah in greater detail in a future article). Since this grace-aware gospel deviated from God's nature, it acted like an antibiotic that partially kills the virus, but leaves enough of it so that it can mutate and become a strain of the virus more resistant to antibiotics than before. This is precisely what happened to the Jebusite spirit.
The Jebusite spirit is still swarming the Church, like a bad fly infestation, but not in its previous "legalistic" strain. It now takes a subtler, less conspicuous form. The Jebusite spirit now preaches a "gospel" where the Body of Christ is divided into two main castes, "ministers", and "laymen". The "ministers" are the full-time pastors and their "church staff". The "laymen" are the "regular" church-going folk who do not hold a major position in the church "hierarchy". These so-called "ministers" become the spiritual gurus of the Church, and they are there to assist the less spiritually-inclined "laymen" who don't have the time or capability to hear directly from God, and, who, therefore, are spiritually ignorant in comparison to the "ministers". A relationship of dependency is thereby established between these two spiritual castes, where the laymen surrender their spiritual authority to the ministers. Since the ministers are the only ones who can be relied on to really hear from God, everything the pastor says or does becomes the law of the land, and any layman who dares to question the teachings or the orders of the pastor (or any of his ordained staff) is automatically reprimanded and stomped on. "How dare anyone question the spiritual wisdom of the pastor?", the Jebusites say, adding,
"Haven't you read Romans chapter 13? You are supposed to submit to authority; just obey, and you will be showered with the spiritual blessings provided by the authorities established by God. Rebel, and the covering of spiritual blessings will be taken away from you, and you will suffer the dire consequences of your disobedience."
Since this is a more "lenient" strain of the Jebusite virus than the one in the past, today's "ministers" give their "laymen" more freedoms. Young people can listen to satanic-style Heavy Metal music, as long as the lyrics are remotely "Christian". Young ladies can wear those provocative jeans and those tight tops that are so "in vogue", as long as their private parts are not "exposed", and as long as they continue to attend youth services. Choir singers can spend their entire life obsessed with their business dealings, without spending time to hear God's voice in their hearts, as long as they show up for all the choir practices and hit the notes correctly. Deacons can spread nasty rumors about other brothers and sisters, as long as they have perfect attendance in all of their deacon activities. The co-pastor and his family can watch TV programs with explicit messages promoting fornication and adultery, as long as they do not watch full-blown pornography, and as long as he fulfills all of his co-pastoral responsibilities at church. All of this is allowed, but watch out if anyone dares to question the pastor's vision. That would be a sin!!! "Just submit yourself and receive your blessings from your minister", is the battle cry of the modern-day Jebusite.