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August 9, 2007

Is Baal worship going on in USA and we don’t even know it?

From the Pulpit

I recently returned from a gathering of thousands of Christians in Nashville, Tenn., in which, among other things, corporate prayer was made to “pull down the strongholds” of Baal worship in the USA.

That may shock some of you as it did me. Baal worship is something I associated only with Old Testament Bible days.

As we study the operation of the spirit of Baal in the Bible, one can see the fruit of its operation in the USA. Let’s take a look.

Baal is translated owner, master, ruler, or lord. He wants to control mankind if possible. Interestingly, God Himself calls Himself Baal Perizim — God of the breakthrough.

Baal was chief of the Canaanite gods. As such he tries to counterfeit the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is said that Baal was the son of a god called el. To Christians this is a false god. Interestingly, one of the names for our God is El Shaddai. Supposedly Baal was killed at one point in time and raised from the dead. Isn’t that interesting? He is the son of el who was killed and raised from the dead. Remind you of Jesus? That’s the Baal counterfeit.

One of the meanings of Baal is husband. He deals with marriage and covenant. In the Bible, God’s children are considered married to God. In the Old Testament, Israel is called the wife of God (Hosea 2: 2, 8). In the New Testament Christians are called the bride of Christ, Jesus being the bridegroom. Baal seeks to get God’s children to spiritually divorce themselves from God and enter in covenant with, that is, “marry” him. He want us to pull away from God to bow down to him.

I wonder if this covenant-breaking spirit could be the spirit behind divorce in the USA? Today more than half of the marriages, Christians included, end in divorce.

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