Religion the Seed of Satan

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed ….. Gen 3:15

God’s judgment on the serpent in the garden was that there would be “enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent’s seed.” We know what the seed of the woman is Jesus, but what is the seed of the serpent?

I believe the seed of the serpent is nothing less than the evil spirit of religion. Religion is a system designed to control you by focusing on traditions of man that ultimately lead you down a path of racism.

Religion is birthed out of the flesh nature. As such, when you are walking in the flesh and attempt to build ministry, you will do nothing more than add to the religious culture. This culture is the orderly arrangement or “kingdom of darkness.” Leaders should never build ministry or pioneer a movement without first walking in the Spirit.

If you walk in the spirit you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (self). Satan is all about self. Self is the flesh. The flesh is a mindset based on the sin nature. The father of the sin nature is Satan.

Jesus called Peter…Satan! In Matthew 16:23, Jesus tells us why He called Peter, Satan.

“Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man – Matthew 16:23 (ESV)

Peter was in pride and fear. He was not walking in the sprit, so he spoke out of the fleshly mindset. The flesh opposes the things of God and wants it done it’s way and it’s concerned only about self. Peter’s mind was not on the things of the Kingdom but rather on the things of the flesh.

Religious personnel and institutions are concerned about self. While they do many good things, they do not do the right things. Religion builds large temples and buildings but not people’s lives. Religion focuses on individual ministry (self) not the Kingdom of God.

In John chapter 8 Jesus told the Pharisees “You do the deeds of your father. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do…..”

Jesus contended and challenged the religious Pharisees as He taught. He was always addressing the religious spirit, the seed of the serpent. It was the religious spirit which ultimately conspired to put Jesus to death. Religion comes from Satan himself and is his seed.

Many today subscribe to the religious spirit. The religious spirit has hijacked that which we think is genuine and pure. Religious personnel came in to various movements (apostolic, prophetic, word of faith, etc) through the flesh. Many today are nothing more than religious personnel and institutions hiding behind buzzwords and false relationships with others.

The religious spirit appeals to the flesh. This strategy was used by the Pharisees with to control and trick Jesus.

Then the Pharisees left that place and made plans to trap Jesus in saying something wrong. They sent some of their own followers and some people from the group called Herodians. They said, “Teacher, we know that you are an honest man and that you teach the truth about God’s way. You are not afraid of what other people think about you, because you pay no attention to who they are – Matthew 22:15-16 (NCV)

This was nothing more than an attempt at flattery. Jesus was not deceived saying –

But knowing that these leaders were trying to trick him, Jesus said, “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me – Matthew 22:18

Except from Players, Haters and Manipulators © release fall 2015

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