HOW TO TAKE AUTHORITY OVER EVIL
By Rev. Ted Pike
1 Jul 13
After God gave military victory to Joshua and his armies over the wicked Canaanites, He commanded them to do a dramatic, symbolic thing. (Joshua 10:24) The Hebrew leaders were to place their feet on the necks of the captive five kings of Canaan before executing them. This is a symbol for us today. Every Christian, in every age, is to become dominant by God’s power over sin in their own lives and to seek victory over evil in their society. A Christian is never to fear evil, let alone give it privileged exemption from criticism! If we choose to submit to His will, rather than the will of sin and self-protection, God will protect us and lead us to victory over sin.
Yet today, and for more than a century, gross evil has reigned over Christian leaders. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League has been the spear point of wickedness such as promotion of homosexuality and abortion, Christian-persecuting hate crimes laws and removal of Christian symbols from public places. One would think an organization so committed to subverting Christianity would draw nearly constant criticism from Christian activist groups and conservative organizations. Incredibly, this is not the case. Christians and conservatives are too afraid to be called “anti-Semitic.” No evangelical Christian leader to my knowledge has ever publicly exposed ADL or even called attention to its Jewish ethnic/religious agenda.
The apostle Peter, like many evangelical Christian leaders today, made a definite sacrificial choice to follow Jesus in the beginning. But he lacked courage and authority when suddenly confronted by the snarling face of evil. Peter overcame to become the fearless leader God intended. This transformation could also happen to cowering Christians today.
When Peter first encountered Jesus Christ, he dropped his fishing nets. He obeyed. He vowed that nothing could separate him from loyalty to his Messiah. Yet Peter’s instincts still ran toward safety. When Jesus told the disciples He must be crucified, Peter rebuked the Lord, saying such was unnecessary; Jesus could enjoy an earthly kingdom. When the Pharisees brought soldiers to Gethsemane at night to seize Jesus, Peter reflexively responded with similar bravado, cutting off the ear of the servant of the high priest.
Yet when Jesus was being led off to a horrific execution, suddenly all Peter’s boldness vanished. Along with the rest of the disciples, he fled naked into the night. Later, in the darkness a curious furtive Peter ventured into the courtyard outside where Jesus was being arraigned. Recognized as a disciple, he was so terrified he vainly tried to mask his identity. Cursing and denying any allegiance to Jesus, again he fled. Far from his foot being on its neck, evil had transformed this brash Christian into a sniveling coward.
Yet something profoundly transformational happened in Peter’s soul. The Holy Spirit enabled him to see himself truly for the first time. He was aghast at what he saw: a free will being still committed to protecting himself first. Scripture says Peter “wept bitterly.” He humbled himself lower before God than he had ever thought possible. His spirit was then raised in new life, just as Christ would soon be raised from the dead. Despite mental uncertainty in the days following the crucifixion, Peter was on a new course of spiritual development, headed toward the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem during the Feast of Pentecost. This was possible because Peter was now dead to himself and alive only to Christ. There was no barrier to the Holy Spirit who desired to fill Peter with power, wisdom and authority over evil.
The description of the disciples after Pentecost could not be more different than existed before Christ ascended into heaven. Jesus promised divine empowerment if they would stay in Jerusalem and wait for it. He said:
But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
According to Acts, we find the disciples perfectly obeying Jesus with hearts like Peter’s, totally given to God.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…Then when the day of Pentecost was fully come and they were all with one accord in one place suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of the rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 1:14, ch. 2)
In three Bible studies, I have explained the significance and purpose of the phenomenon of tongues in the early church. They existed primarily as a taunt and testimony against the unbelieving Jews of that day.
As the Holy Spirit fills Christians who are empty of self-will, power occurs— power which results in the disciples taking authority over the very Jewish powers of evil which only a few days earlier had them running for their lives. They were transformed into spiritual warriors who now put their feet on wickedness, both in their own hearts and from the Jewish leaders in their society.
Standing before these powerful leaders, Peter boldly explained the gospel. He wasted no time proclaiming what previously would have been unthinkable. He fearlessly told the Jewish crowd they were guilty of Jesus’ death and must repent. Peter accomplished the very thing Christian conservative leaders are terrified to do today: publicly accuse Jewish supremacists of sin and call for their repentance unto salvation.
The same boldness continues in the next chapter. After Peter and John heal a lame man, many Jews gather in amazement. Again, Peter boldly says what ADL and the Jewish Southern Poverty Law Center still maintain is virulently anti-Semitic. He says:
“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead…” (Acts 3:14-15)
As a result of his courage to speak the truth, thousands of Jews believed on Christ and received salvation. That is the real reason truth must be spoken today: for our salvation and the salvation of our hearers - including Jews.
The Pharisees interrogated the disciples, demanding to know by what authority they presumed to heal the lame man. Again, Peter does what ADL considers anti-Semitic today. He replied,
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (Acts 4:10)
In response to such incredible boldness even the Jewish leaders marveled at the transformation of the formerly fugitive, cringing disciples. Acts 13 says they were amazed at these unlearned and ignorant men. They marveled and knew “they had been with Jesus.”
This did not prevent the Pharisees from forbidding the disciples to evangelize. Yet Peter and John’s new authority from God continues. The necks of the Pharisees were clearly beneath their feet. Peter and John answered and said,
Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:19-20)
Tragically, many leaders of the Christian conservative right today know of the unceasing war ADL wages against Christianity and freedom, yet remain silent. Their silence over a century has empowered ADL and Babylon the Great, which is Jewish international control (see 'Babylon the Great' is Israel), to grow into a great and malevolent toxic tree which now spreads over the earth.
Most can’t place their feet on the neck of evil—in society or in their own hearts—because they never had the experience like Peter’s of going further down in death to self than they could have imagined – and then receiving the Holy Spirit’s power and courage.
How can truthtellers emerge whom God will respect and empower to hold back the darkness? The church must return to Christ’s requirement that we die to rebellious self-will. We must return to sound Christian teaching, abandoning the Calvinist heresy that once we pray a magical prayer accepting Jesus’ “wonderful plan for our lives” we cannot ever be lost. Instead, we must daily trust and obey God, speaking the whole truth as He leads. Second, every Christian should be a truthteller to educate the church and world concerning the threat to freedom and Christianity posed by ADL, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and pro-homosexual, pro-abortion Jewish activism.
Every Christian should also be made aware that Israel is Babylon the Great, continuation of the archetypal harlot of the Old Testament. In dozens of passages, God forbids a nation of Christ-rejecting Jews to occupy His Holy Land. Christians are commanded to flee spiritual Babylon, not embrace her.
For a leader to acquire the kind of spiritual confidence and authority that Peter obtained, he must go through a similar crisis of conscience. If he fully knows of Jewish supremacist control and ambition yet said nothing publicly, he must realize how massively wrong he has been in empowering it by his silence. The potential for evil of the "synagogue of Satan" is so great that Jesus prophesies that it, along with Anti-Christ, will someday destroy all Christians. (Rev. 6:10-11; 17:6) The leader who has failed to warn the people as soon as the enemy appears, as God in Ezekiel 33 commanded, is in jeopardy of losing his soul if he does not repent and abandon himself and his career to God’s care and boldly warn others publicly. Other Christian conservative leaders, seeing him do what has been thought impossible, may also repent of their cowardice and speak the truth about the Sanhedrin of our day, ADL and the anti-Christ state of Israel. It is possible the cowards of Christendom today may be as transformed as Peter. Nothing is impossible with God.
One thing is certain: Christian civilization will never produce leaders who are deliverers until we rediscover how to take authority over evil.