You go to a “concert” or a “praise and worship” conference, show, performance, or even a simple church service. The anticipation is incredible. The musicians and singers that are on the list are the hottest performers ever. You raise your hands and shout like you are in the greatest worldly stadiums in the world.
But for some reason, you come away feeling “funky.”
There is a spiritual and soul connection when it comes to music.
But it is not the music.
Some of the greatest songs are so powerful that you can’t deny that it came from the presence of the Lord but something else came with that music that took the righteous effect of the power of God away.
The right kind of music and holy musician and singer can take you into the presence of the Lord.
The wrong hearted preacher, musician, or singer can take you to their bedroom where they committed sexual immorality a few hours ago.
The Contaminated Rebellious Vessel
You see, God’s power passes through vessels.
Jesus said in Mark 5:30,
“And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes.”
We all know that the clothes of Jesus carried power because the vessel that wore the clothes carried the power. I know that I am probably getting ahead of myself but a clean, sanctified vessel is the prerequisite for the flow of the Holy Spirit power.
Not emotional hype and talented musicians.
Do not misunderstand me. There are “anointed” vessels but there are also demonically anointed vessels of perversion that lurk in the open to prey on the unsuspecting, gullible, undisciplined child of God to keep them in their carnality.
Notice Mark 6:56.
“Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.”
The power of God does abide in persons. We see this in the case of Jesus.
But an opposing power dwells in people that “perform” in our churches.
At night, before church, darkness makes its move upon countless “vessels.”
At night, the church plays the harlot with the prince of darkness and his demons. All sorts of lewdness and sexual immorality takes place before the people that come to church show up to assume leadership positions, music instruments, and other “church” functions.
Sometimes, when you walk into a church, the atmosphere is thick with dark spirits but we cannot understand why.
When a person comes in with a bad attitude, it is a good indication that something took place. A transaction that stained the heart. Sin. And we wonder why when people come to church one week, they seem fine, but next week, they keep their distance. These same persons that claim to be free of sexual sins speak evil of your walk in the Lord.
Some of them, you never hear from them ever again.
Until we see that many of those in leadership and in music have sinned before God. The one thing that perversion fears is discovery. As long as the mask is on and the prophets fail to discern and detect sin in the house, it appears that they are safe.
Exposure of Secret Sexual Sins is man’s greatest fear.
We fill the house when a “prophet” shows up to tell us how financially blessed we are but the cobwebs are heavy in places where a real prophet shows up and calls people’s sins out in the open. You do not have to worry about this happening because the majority of these “prophets” were never called and couldn’t prophesy the Word to themselves to save their own lives.
You can prophesy about someone else’s marriage but you haven’t had sex with your spouse in 9 months, but you had sex with yourself or you are a lesbian or bisexual yourself. Or worse. You molest young boys, you are a catamite, a NT TEMPLE PROSTITUTE, or you rape young girls in the basement of the church even while service is going on.
God doesn’t expose you just to embarrass you, although you will be when He has to expose your sin. But the church cannot act like the world and the hand of God is heavy upon those that abuse righteousness. The cleansing of the temple by the hand of the Lord today will make the scourging and overthrow of the temple money exchangers of Jesus look like a very lenient, merciful act.
He does it because people that are bent on bringing sin in His house is like putting dirty feet on a coffee table. It’s like walking in mud and you track the mud through the house that has white carpet. It’s like sticking your hand in raw sewage and you raise your hands to God in praise as if you haven’t sinned.
But we need light in this hour. To expose the smallest flaw in the light of His countenance so that we can be right before God.
But these same people say a quick prayer of repentance, thinking that they are straight with the Lord. Their fake repentance seemed to work because the service was very powerful, except that they already planned to sin again after service is over. Thus, the repentance was a failed and flawed attempt to appear “right.”
“Straighten Up And Fly Right” by Robbie Williams/Nat King Cole is a great title and many preachers have preached the title of this song but the church will not straighten up.
The spiritual funk that is in many churches has resulted in outright rebellion of leadership in the church against God. And the people in the pews have picked up the scent of rebellion and follow in the lifestyles of the sinful and rebellious.
Do these contaminated vessel pray to demon power? They do not have to. The sexual sins that they are involved in releases enough darkness that all they have to do is start playing, preaching or singing and the venom is released.
The emotional impact is so powerful, it makes preaching the Word easy but it make receiving truth difficult. There is a difference. When you are emotionally charged, you are not really paying attention to the truth of the Word. You are paying attention to the way you feel. The emotions get “spiritual” but it is a false spiritual because there is no real intention to hear the truth of the Word and conform to the image of Jesus.
Have you ever wondered why musicians leave when the Word goes forth?
Known, unconfessed sins and the willful disregard of the authority of God and His Word. The perfection of their gifts and talents easily masks their deep involvement with the sexual demons. This insures that they live in deception and this same deception envelopes their minds and their listeners and people can’t get free because they are under the spell of witchcraft.
Saul, the first king of Israel was told that…
“Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”
When a person refuses to come out from their sin, they are in rebellion and the conjuring up of their demons surrounds them as they play, preach, or sing.
In Romans 8:5, Paul gives is the reason.
When a preacher, musician, singer gets up to “perform,” if they are not completely sold out to the Lord,“…those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh…”
“Because the carnal mind is enmity (hostile) against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
So if their minds are set on the things of the flesh, when they play, demonic spirits that rule them begin to come upon those who are unsuspecting. Emotions has a way of opening the reasoning to the degree that deception is easy. That’s why if the pastor, the musician, and the singers are not holy and disciplined, witchcraft can come in the atmosphere and perversion will be transferred to the people.
It’s called transference of spirits.
So if a person is engaging in sexual immorality, the music played, even though it sounds “holy,” the life is not holy.
When you wash a cup on the outside, the inside remains dirty, if it is not washed. And that’s exactly what we are dealing with. People come to church clean on the outside but contaminated with deception, deceit, and demonic perversion on the inside. And when we allow them to “perform” and preach, everyone drinks of that cup and everyone, if they are not watching their own lives, they can get contaminated.
You see, with musicians and singers, there has to be connection in order for music to sound right. Sex is the same way. That’s why when there is sexual immorality in the church, the connection is so strong that you sometimes cannot tell if sexual immorality is going on in the church until someone comes back pregnant, or they do not come back at all because the sin was so great and the conviction was too much to bear.
Or they show up anyway as if nothing happened and the sin continues until the church is in a full blown orgy of epic proportions.
And even as there is singing unto the Lord, sexual thoughts can take place in the minds of saints. And physical connections are sought to fulfill the tri-part being of man. That’s why it is important that where there is an expenditure there must be replenishment. You must understand that when you are ministering, you are releasing all that is within you to the service. After the expenditure, you are at your most vulnerable state.
It is there that you must get back in the presence of the Lord for you.
The anointing upon your life is not for you. It is for the people. The anointing or the well of water, springing into everlasting life is your own personal well that you drink in personal fellowship with the Lord.
In other words, you need to be ministered to. We expend so much that we do not know how to receive for ourselves. Learn to receive for yourself.
You need the Word of God and prayer for you because the enemy is looking for one moment of weakness and it is when you have expended spirit, soul, and body to minister to others.
It is at that moment where the devil also fills your mind because you are least on guard. He amplifies failures, flaws, mistakes. And if your mind is not on guard, the deceptive trick of the enemy is to get you to use the greatest pick me up in the mental and natural.
Sex. And of the illicit nature.
So, the next time you leave a “praise and worship” concert or when you leave you own church, and it felt like the presence of God was there, just wait a week or two to see if a lasting, eternal affect took place, or if sexual immorality just added another layer to the stronghold of demonic oppression.
Is the deliverance sticking or was it just a fake exercise exercised by known demonic activity. Did people get saved or did they recite a prayer, only to return to the world? Did people really sensed the presence of the Lord or was it the presence of demons that just made you “feel” good?
One of the gauges for change that I’ve noticed when I hear the Word was that it ministered to me in a known area where I intentionally resisted the Lord and the resistance no longer abides. I surrender to the anointing that came with the Word of God and the music carried the anointing to where surrender to the will of God is easy.
Then after several days, I watch myself to see if the change was real or was I fooling myself. Music carries an anointing from the Holy Spirit when the vessel is sanctified for the Master’s use. But music alone will not get the job done.
It takes a commitment to seek the face of God and stay in His presence. To wait for a feeling only invites the emotions a seat upon the throne to drive you in different directions. The Word of God must remain the anchor of your life so that regardless of where your emotions are, you stay grounded and settled.
How do we get the witchcraft out of the praise and worship?
Constantly preach holiness and proactively live in holiness. Be in hot pursuit of the living God and offer your gift to the Lord for His holy service. Consecrate yourself through prayer and fasting. Cut the connection of performance away from your repertoire and look to be a vessel of service unto the exclusive use of the Lord.
Your gift is not yours. It was given to you by God and it is irrevocable (see Romans 11:29). But it can be suspended when you fall into sin. Never mix the world with the Word. Never mix the anointing of the Holy Spirit with devils. Never cross God.
Until these things come as far as divine consecration and dedication unto the Lord, you are a witch on an organ. A magician in the pulpit. A singer influenced by devils.