The Mystery Of Iniquity
Over the past few months I have realized that the mystery of iniquity is at work. It has always been– but right now, it is operating with full force. And because of that, I have decided that my posts will be more focused on topics like this. If there is ever a time when mankind needs to be more vigilant, it is now. With the events going on around the world, we have to be more discerning, more sensitive, and more prayerful.
In the present times, there are so many lies masquerading as truth and many fall victims because they aren’t conversant with the Truth. It is only when the truth is known that a lie can be identified– just as you can’t tell if something is fake except you know what the original looks like.
A lie can only be if the truth exists. If there is no truth, then there can’t be a lie because a lie must contradict the truth. In order to understand the mystery of iniquity better, I guess it would be wise to go back to the beginning where it first began: The Garden of Eden.
Please take your time to read this so you can understand the point.
The First Lie Man Bought
Back in the Garden of Eden where Man resided, he was in charge of all. Of course he was put in charge by God. God had instructed him to eat of all trees in the garden apart from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gen 2:16-17 says:
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”Gen 2:16-17
Now, this was an instruction with an explanation. You see, God didn’t just tell Adam not to eat from that particular tree, He also explained why but overall, it was left for man to decide. Unfortunately, we see the serpent twist the narrative in the following chapter.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”Gen 3:1-5
In other words, the serpent was saying: why depend on God when you can be like him?
Now we see a contradiction. God’s reason was that they would surely die. The serpent not only says the exact opposite but also gives another narrative as to why God didn’t want them to eat of it.
Now, man had two narratives to choose from. What did they choose? Gen 3:6-7
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.Gen 3:6-7
Because the information the serpent gave to Eve was enticing, she desired it and wanting to be like God, ate of the tree, and also gave her husband to eat. Immediately that was done, their eyes really opened, they realized they were naked and they sewed fig leaves as coverings for themselves.
Of course, there was a consequence for their action: Fear, pain, suffering, and death. Man who had everything provided for him now had to till the ground in order to survive. Eve, had to go through severe pains in childbearing and her husband became her ruler (Gen 3:16-19). That day, they seized to become immortal — that was the death God was referring to.
The plan for them was to live forever but they soiled their innocence with the knowledge that was attached to death. And though it seemed enticing when it was introduced by the serpent, the end was definitely a dread. They wanted to become like God and sold their immortality in exchange.
With this, we can see that not all wisdom or knowledge is of God. It is not everything that God wants us to know or partake in and the reason is that not every knowledge works for our good– even when it looks or seems enticing, even when it seems to be working. The end is usually not palatable.
A perfect example of this is selling one’s soul. People are offered wealth, fame, and power in exchange for their souls. It sounds appealing, doesn’t it? But what they do not understand is the misery, slavery, regret, and death attached to it. It’s only a matter of time that they start to realize it– and then, it is almost impossible to get out. But thank God for Jesus Christ who paid the price and restored us.
How the Mystery of Iniquity Operates Today
The mystery of iniquity pretty much operates in the same pattern as it did in the beginning. Ultimately, it changes the narrative of the truth– most times slightly and subtly and other times, clearly. The narrative it offers is usually enticing and appealing but the end is far from it.
In the world:
Justice is being raped on a daily basis and that’s because the world is under Satan. There are those who discredit the truth in favor of a lie in order to get power, position, money, and fame. Even still, God’s word is contradicted. I wouldn’t want this write up to be terribly long so I’d just pick one subject which is contraception.
One of the purposes of man on earth is to be fruitful and multiply ( Gen 1:28, Gen 9:7). Yet, it is God who decides the number of kids he gives to who and when. That’s why you see that for some people, it takes years before they have any and some have theirs immediately.
There are several examples in the Bible. Sarah had only one son at 90. Rebekkah had twins 20 years after marriage. Leah had 7, while Racheal had only 2 kids. Even Mary the mother of Jesus had a minimum of 6 children (Matthew 13:55-56).
But what does the world tell us? We are too many and the population must be reduced to 500,000,000 (the first commandment of the Georgia Guidestones). So what is one of the solutions? Contraception through the use of contraceptives. If you didn’t know, contraception means against conception or contrary to conception.
Does that sound familiar? The garden of eden?
Again, it is not all knowledge is of God. Any knowledge that seeks to contend with God is not of him. Any knowledge that negates his instructions isn’t of Him. In other words, He will not give you the wisdom that contradicts his command.
In Christianity today, we see several changes in the narrative and as unfortunately, it is spearheaded by those who ought to know. Persecutions are a must in Christianity (Acts 14:22b, 2 Timothy 3:12) somehow the narrative changed to prosperity– a life of enjoyment and riches here on earth. So what we have are converts looking for what they can get instead of salvation and when they can’t get the life that has been promised, they either leave and/or embrace other sources. Why? Because they’ve believed a different instruction.
The Bible tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:43-45) but what do we see? Vengeance. Prayer for enemies to fall and die. Where and when were we instructed to do this? Nowhere! Instead we were instructed to love.
However, I should quickly add that love doesn’t mean compromising God’s standards. It means telling the truth even when it hurts. If something is wrong, it is wrong. Love doesn’t mean supporting people in wrongdoing because it makes them happy– as a matter of fact that is hatred.
Jesus instructed us to give in secret (Matt 6:1-4) but what do many believers do? Announce to the world through different platforms. We are told to pray quietly ( see Matt 6: 5-8) instead people shout into microphones through loudspeakers and if they aren’t in halls, they scream ever so loudly just so they can be heard. That is gross disobedience.
Again, the Bible tells us that giving must be done willingly (whatsoever we decide to give see 2 Corinthians 9:7-8) but what do we have? Exploitation. Emotional blackmail. People giving in exchange for miracles and expectations when all that is required is simple obedience to his instructions. Many believers do and say things that Jesus never did or taught.
Then we wonder why there seems to be no power. All we see is a form of godliness but no power and many are hardly concerned because for the most part, they aren’t even aware that something is wrong. They have heard tales about Jesus but haven’t taken the time to verify. Did he actually say the things they hear people preach? Are these the examples he set?
We see the example set by Jesus in Matthew 4. When Satan offered a contradictory narrative, Jesus always responded with the correct narrative and that was what made Satan leave.
The problem with a lot of people is that they undermine how cunning and daring the devil is. This is a being that was created in perfection yet chose to become evil as a result of pride ( Isaiah 14:12-14). Not only that but he was also able to deceive one-third of the angels! Do you know what that means? If God had 3 million angels, the devil took a million! This being still wasn’t even afraid to tempt Jesus! My point is if he could tempt heavenly beings, who are you O mortal to go untempted?
This why I keep emphasizing the need to know Jesus for one’s self. Stop working with other people’s definitions, experiences, and interpretations. Do not uphold dreams and revelations above the set standard. He can never contradict his word and the only way to know what he has to say, is to study his word for yourself. Remember, in other to detect a lie you must know the truth.
John 8:32 says: You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free. There is power in the truth. It has the ability to liberate.
Contrary to what many say, there is only one way. There are no several ways to the truth because if there were, there would be several contradictory versions of the truth, and that in turn would mean that the truth will cease to exist.
Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ( John 14:6). Note he didn’t say he is one of the ways or a way– He is the way!
Now am I saying there is no heaven for those in other religions? Nope. They have been promised their heavens by those who they follow. But the way to the heaven the Bible refers to is by Christ Jesus!
There are set rules and standards that must be obeyed in order to enter. In fact, it is not even all the people that refer to him as Lord that will enter. Why? Because despite the fact that they acknowledge him, everything they do is contrary to his commandments. (Matthew 25:31-46).
That’s why he said in Luke 13:24-26
24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.Luke 13:24-26
So we can see that it takes more than just the title (Christian) to qualify. It requires obedience and that’s why we are told to make every effort.
He knows it is going to be tough and that’s why he is ever ready to help as long as we make the effort. Matthew 7: 13-14 says
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.Matthew 7:13-14
In the world today, there are so many contrasting views. Things that we should be ashamed of are being glorified and celebrated. The Scripture above is a clear indication that popularity doesn’t always mean it is right.
We need to always remember that our choices have consequences. Freedom should not be misused. If it were, we would allow babies to chug up everything they find down their throats. If that were the case, drug addicts, alcoholics, and such would be living their best lives without regrets. It’s deeper than that. There are lots of examples, you name them.
We can’t choose contradictory views and then blame God for the consequences attached to them– that is narcissism at its best. So when next you think about why there’s so much evil in the world, remember that it all has to do with the choices that have been made.
Look around you. Test everything. It is your job to detect the lie but how can you do it if you do not know the truth?
In the end, the narrative one chooses makes a great impact in one’s life — for the best or worse. Choose wisely!
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