Ashley Madison—Deceived

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By Patrick Allen

 

Come out of her!

With the overwhelming numbers of people involved in the Ashley Madison cheater website exposure, I can’t help but thank God for this hacking event. You may say “why would you want so many families and marriages to be destroyed?” To which I would reply, “They destroyed themselves by choosing this path.” Sin is finally being revealed on a large scale and I thank God that it is. Finally some healing can begin, right? Yes, through repentance!

Some may say, “Maybe I’ll start going to church”…but wait, even the church is involved. 37 million men and women, Christian and non-Christian, straight and gay—all involved in the sexual sin of adultery!

“What about people who used Ashley Madison to engage in gay affairs? The website’s users were worldwide, and there are 79 countries where homosexuality is illegal. In Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the punishment is death.”[1]

The devil is an expert in deception.

Jesus called the devil “the father of lies”[2] and rightly so. Additionally, the devil has been deceiving mankind since the beginning, what makes us think we are smarter than he. The devil twisted the Word of God in the Garden with Eve, he twisted them to Jesus in the wilderness, and he is still twisting them to this day, but now he is mass communicating.

Sadly, the devil is communicating in churches as well, with twisted doctrines that lead people away from the narrow, difficult path that Jesus told us about (Matthew 7:14).

I saw a show that said mermaids are real!

While we walk around thinking we are the smartest society ever to walk the Earth. I can’t help but think how much the devil is laughing at us and our deception. We are likely the most gullible society, if anything. If we can find it on the internet or if it’s on a semi-reputable television station then it must be true. How many people bought into the mermaid existence after the Discovery channel aired that show about mermaids being real? Later to find out that it was a complete hoax. Additionally, the History Channel aired a show that used Scripture to paint Jesus Christ as an alien visitor. Really!? Millions of people watched these shows and bought into this corruption. Just like the discretion guaranteed by Ashley Madison, corruptible. As it is written:

“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.”[3]

All is “Coming to Light.”

In addition to the Ashley Madison hack list, we also are seeing through the medical façade of Planned Parenthood and their black market of human infant body parts. Both of these should bring anyone who has read the Old Testament and the idol worship of the ancient Israelites, to cringe. From the golden calf sexual orgy worship, to worship of Ashtoreth (Ishtar)or known as a fertility goddess or “queen of heaven” to the women of Judah, to the Moloch worship where babies were burned alive on a statue thinking it would bring their families prosperity and wealth. These modern versions of worship of sex, convenience, and wealth are all self-worship and ultimately, idolatry. Yes, just as the idolatrous Israelites, who were God’s chosen people, even those who profess Christ as Lord, still worship themselves. This is evident by the large numbers of Christians who are caught up in adultery, fornicating, homosexuality, pornography, lying, stealing, alcoholism, scamming for wealth, and yes even getting abortions. As it is written:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”[4]

Stupid is, as stupid does…that’s what momma always says.

Forrest’s mom was one smart cookie! Many in the media are pointing out the lack of intelligence with some folks involved in the Ashley Madison scandal:

“Some people were idiotic enough to sign up using company and government work email addresses, making them especially easy to positively identify. Our quick review found 6,904 addresses linked to the Canadian and American governments, plus another 7,239 in the U.S. Army, 3,531 in the Navy, 1,114 Marines and 628 in the Air Force”[5]

I can’t help but call it what it is—SIN! It is direct evidence of our innate sin nature. If you are involved, it’s not too late. Repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!

The field is white for the harvest.

It should also be motivation for true followers of Christ to double, if triple our outreach into the community with the Gospel. Just like with the mass immigration of non-Christians into the US, this event should look like a HUGE open door for the kingdom to advance. True Disciples of Christ will view these events as God posturing people to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the first church in Jerusalem sat idle and scared, God brought forth Saul of Tarsus and through his persecution of the saints, the church scattered and begins sharing the good news and thus planting churches.

Now hiring Disciples

After Jesus showed His Disciples the crowds of the harassed and helpless, He told them what to do. He said:

“Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”[6]

We must be in fervent prayer for the Lord to deliver missionaries that are willing to go into the streets where ever they are and began showing the love of God through merciful acts and then sharing the good news of the kingdom of God, just as James wrote:

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.”[7]

People who are involved in these scandals may be contemplating suicide and that’s just what the devil wants. We have to stand for them and with them and help them through this storm by pointing them to our Savior, who pulled us through our own storms.

Let’s get to work…our mission is at hand…and our Commander has said “GO.”

Read Luke 6:46

What are you waiting for?


 

[1] http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/19/technology/ashley-madison-search/index.html

[2] John 8:44

[3]Luke 8:17English Standard Version (ESV)

[4] 1 Corinthians 6:9-10English Standard Version (ESV)

[5] http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/19/technology/ashley-madison-search/index.html

[6] Matthew 9:38English Standard Version (ESV)

[7] James 2:13 NIV

Patrick Allen is the Youth Pastor at Spotsylvania Baptist Church, he attends Liberty University working toward a B. S. of Religion. He’s married to the love of his life, Amy, and been married for over 10 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters: Madelyn Reese, 7; Ainslie Grace, 4 ; and Teagan Catherine, 2. Patrick is also a member of the Virginia Army National Guard (17 years of service). He’s a passionate believer in Jesus Christ and was also a fitness instructor. Connect with him on Twitter @PatrickAFT

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