Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament epistle of the apostle Paul to the churches in Galatia. More specifically, today’s reading is found in the first fourteen verses of the third chapter. When the apostle Paul opens up and being this particular passage of Scripture he does so with a very peculiar statement directed toward the churches in Galatia. If you begin reading the third chapter of the epistle which the apostle Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia you will notice that he asks them a very pointed and powerful question. Beginning with the first verse of this chapter we find the following words written by the apostle Paul unto the churches which were in the region of Galatia: “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently Seth forth, crucified among you” (Galatians 3:1). What marks this first question so incredibly interesting and peculiar is not only the language the apostle Paul uses, but also the subsequent questions the apostle Paul proceeds to ask these churches. In the second verse of this third chapter we find the apostle Paul asking this question: “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians 3:2). IN the third verse of this same chapter we find the apostle Paul asking the following question: “Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3). IN the fourth verse of this chapter we find an additional question which the apostle Paul writes unto these churches which were in Galatia: “Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain?” (Galatians 3:$). IN the fifth verse of this chapter we find the final question the apostle Paul asks these churches which were in the region of Galatian: “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh. Miracles among you, doeth. He it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith” (Galatians 3:5). With these series of question the apostle Paul seeks to confront a mindset that had crept into the churches which were in the region of Galatia.
I am convinced that in order to truly understand that which the apostle Paul was writing unto the churches which were in the region of Galatia, it is absolutely necessary that we first direct our attention to the fifteenth chapter of the Old Testament book, of First Samuel. In this Old Testament we find the account of the first king of Israel—Saul the Benjamite—who was given very specific instruction from the mouth of Samual according to the word of the Lord. Consider if you will I will first begin with the first nine verses of the fifteenth chapter in order to set the context for what I truly believe is the heart of what needs to be presented in order to understand the words of the apostle Paul. Beginning with the first verse of the fifteenth chapter we find and read the following words: “Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over His people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both. Man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley. And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lets I destroy you with them: for ye shewed kindness to all the chi9ldren of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt. So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comes to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people soared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the failings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly” (! Samuel 15:1-9).
When reading the account of Saul king of Israel it is necessary that we recognize and understand that he was anointed by the prophet Samuel—not only to serve before the Lord as king of Israel, but also carry out the word of the Lord which was spoken by the mouth of Samuel. As he who was anointed by Samuel the prophet of the Lord as king of Israel Saul was to fully and wholeheartedly carry out and obey the command and word of the Lord without question or hesitation. As you read the words which Samuel wrote in this particular passage of Scripture you will find that one of the mandates Saul was given after being anointed king of Israel was to utterly destroy an ancient foe and adversary which laid wait for the children of Israel when they came up out of the land of Egypt. The Lord emphatically declares through the mouth of the prophet Samuel that He remembered that which the Amalekites did unto the children of Israel when they came up out of the land of Egypt, and the time had come for the score to once and for all to be settled. The Lord had anointed Saul as king of Israel in order that he might carry out His purpose, plan and will in utterly destroying an ancient foe and adversary which had been permitted to remain in existence for far too long. Consider how many years and how many centuries had passed since the children had come up out of the land of Egypt, and how the time of the judges of Israel had come to an end. Throughout the forty years which the children of Israel journeyed and wandered through the wilderness, through the campaign which Joshua led the children of Israel on within the land of Canaan, as well as through the days and times of the judges of Israel this ancient adversary and foe had been permitted by the Lord to remain in existence within and upon the earth. During the days of Saul the prophet and king of Israel, however, the time had come for this ancient foe and adversary to once and for all be eradicated from the earth. The Lord had determined that this foe and adversary had remained in existence upon the earth for far too long, and as a result, he proclaimed a word of the Lord through the prophet Samuel unto Saul king of Israel that the time for the eradication of this enemy had finally.
WHEN PROPHETS AND KINGS ALIGN! WHEN PROPHETS AND KINGS ALIGN TO CARRY OUT THE WORD OF THE LORD! WHEN PROPHETS AND KINGS ALIGN TO ERADICATE ANCIENT FOES! There is another passage found in the Old Testament which speaks to and describes this reality, and is found in the Old Testament book of First Kings. If you read the nineteenth chapter of this Old Testament book you will find Elijah the prophet fleeing and running for his life from the murderous threat of Jezebel queen of Israel. You will recall in the previous chapter within this book that Elijah summoned all the children of Israel to the top of mount Carmel in order that there might be a showdown between Baal and Yahweh. IN the eighteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Kings we find the prophet Elijah calling all the prophets of Baal to meet him atop mount Carmel in a showdown that would determine which god was the true God of the children and people of Israel. You will recall that both the prophets of Baal and the prophet Elijah prepared an altar with a sacrifice upon the altar. You will recall that the prophets of Baal spent a considerable amount of time crying out in futility unto the god Baal to answer by fire and consume the sacrifice and offering upon the altar. In a desperate attempt the prophets of Baal cried out all night for Baal to answer by fire and consume the sacrifice on the altar with fire from heaven, but the fire never came. When it came time for Elijah to call upon the name of the Lord to send fire from heaven upon the altar and sacrifice, he didn’t immediately begin calling on the name of the Lord for the fire to come down from heaven, for he first called for the sacrifice and altar to be covered with water, and so much so that it filled the trench around the altar. You will recall that as soon as Elijah began calling on the name of the Lord He answered with fire from heaven, and not only consumed the sacrifice, but also licked up and consumed all the water, and everything that was upon and around the altar. On that very same occasion, Elijah called for the annihilation of the prophets of Baal and demanded that they not escape. Before the chapter was even over, Elijah prayed not once, but seven times for rain to come from heaven, and on the seventh time his servant saw a cloud the sound of a man’s hand rising from the horizon. What’s more, is that when Elijah knew the rain was coming he girt up his loins and outran Ahab’s chariot in light of the storm that was about to come.
After having called down fire from heaven, after asking the Lord for rain to fall from heaven, and after outrunning Ahab’s chariot, Elijah received a murderous threat from Jezebel queen of Israel. When Elijah heard the murderous threats of Jezebel toward and concerning his life he immediately arose and went for his life and came to Beer-Sheba where he left his servant. After leaving his servant in Beer-Sheba Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree and requested for himself that he might die. It’s worth noting that the Lord would not allow Elijah to remain in this place of discouragement, helplessness, hopelessness, and self-pity, but sent and angel to provide him with food and drink to make the journey to the mountain of God in the wilderness. The angel of the Lord came unto Elijah a second time and directed him to eat and drink, and after eating and drinking Elijah arose and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. When Elijah arrived at Horeb he came unto a cave and lodged there, and behold, there at the cave the word of the Lord came unto him asking him what he was doing there. When Elijah responded unto the Lord the Lord instructed him to arise from the place he was and stand upon the mount before the Lord. There upon the mount the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there came an earthquake, but the Lord was in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there came a still small voice, and it was in the still small voice where Elijah found and heard the Lord of hosts. It is after encountering the still small voice the Lord spoke something very specific unto Elijah that would dramatically shape and alter the course of events in the coming days, weeks, months and years. Consider if you will the words which the Lord spoke unto the prophet Elijah beginning with verse fifteen: “And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to new king over Syria: and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him” (1 Kings 19:15-18).
What we read in the nineteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Kings is quite astounding and remarkable, for within it we find Elijah instructed to anoint—not only a king of the nation of Syria, but also a king over the nation of Israel, as well as a prophet who would arise in Elijah’s stead. It’s worth noting and understanding this direct connection between the anointing of the king and the anointing of the prophet, for through the word of the Lord which was revealed unto the prophet Elijah we seem to understand the tremendous link and connection between he who was anointed to a place of authority and dominion, and he who was anointed to a place of submission to the Lord. WHEN THE WORD OF THE LORD AND THE SWORD OF THE KING ENACT THE WILL OF GOD UPON THE EARTH! When I read the words which are found in this particular chapter within the nineteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Kings, as well as what we find in the fifteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Samuel we find this concept of the word of the Lord and the sword of the king working together in the earth in order to exact the will, the purpose and the plan of the Lord During the days of Elijah and Jehu the word of the Lord and the sword of the king worked together to bring about the destruction of Jezebel queen of Israel once and for all. What makes the account of Saul so tremendously tragic is that during that time the word of the Lord was to work in direct connection and conjunction with the sword of the king in order that an ancient adversary and foe might be destroyed and eradicated from the earth, yet Saul not only chose to spare Agag king of Israel, but also chose to spare the best of the flock, the best of the cattle, and the like. During the days of Saul king of Israel there was a call for the word of the Lord and the sword of the king to work in direct tandem in the earth in order to utterly destroy an ancient foe that had remained in existence upon the earth for far too long. Saul was anointed as king over Israel in order to lead His people in battle against their enemies and adversaries, and yet what we find in the account of Saul king of Israel is anything but this reality being manifested. What we find in the life of Saul is a man who refused to obey the word of the Lord, who refused to utterly destroy that which the Lord instructed him to destroy, and one who was fearful and intimidated when in battle against the Philistines. Saul was anointed as the first king of Israel, and his sword was to work in direct harmony with the word of the Lord which proceeded forth from the mount of Samuel, and yet Saul chose a life of of rebellion and disobedience to the word and will of the Lord.
When we come to the second half of the fifteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Samuel we find the direct result of Saul’s disobedience to the word and will of the Lord as was spoken from the mouth of Samuel. Beginning with verse ten of the fifteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Samuel we find the word of the Lord coming unto Samuel with a powerful rebuke and indictment toward and against Saul king of Israel. Beginning with the tenth verse of this chapter we read and find the following words: “Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Belssed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. And Samuel said, What meanteth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel? And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? And Saul said unto Samuel, heya, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal” (1 Samuel 15:10-21).
If you take the time to read the text that is found in the fifteenth chapter of the Old Testament book of First Samuel you will find that Saul was given a specific set of instructions from the mouth of Samuel according to the word of the Lord. It’s important to recognize and understand that Saul did gather together the men of Israel to carry out the word and command of the Lord, but in the process of doing so he spared Agag king of Israel, as well as the best of the cattle, the best of the flock, and the best of the things which should have been destroyed. Saul was instructed by the Lord to carry out the word and work of the Lord in the earth, for Saul was the direct representative of the Lord upon the earth to carry out His work among the nations. Saul was anointed as king of Israel according to the word of the Lord in order that he might lead the children of Israel into battle against their enemies and adversaries. On this particular occasion, it was not a present foe and a present adversary Saul was instructed to take up the sword against, but an ancient foe and adversary who had been too long upon the earth. On this particular occasion Saul was instructed by the word of the Lord through the mouth of Samuel to utterly destroy Amalek from the earth, and to spare absolutely nothing upon the earth. Scripture records how Saul did in fact enact the sword upon the women, the children, and the men of Amalek, but he spared their king—perhaps as a trophy or prize of some sort. What’s more, and is if this weren’t enough, Saul also spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, as well as the chief of those things which the Lord instructed him to destroy. On top of this, when Samuel came to Saul in Gilgal, Saul actually believed the misguided notion that he had indeed and had in fact carried out the word and will of the Lord within the earth. As you continue reading this particular passage of Scripture you will quickly discover that even partial obedience to the will, the word, and the work of the Lord is disobedience and rebellion. Oh, I can’t help but wonder how many men and women are priding themselves on partial obedience before the Lord, and yet their partial obedience is regarded as disobedience and rebellion before the Lord. How many men and women among us in the house of the Lord are priding themselves and boasting of their partial obedience to the word and will of the Lord, and yet the Lord not only sees through their partial obedience, but also proclaims and declares their partial obedience as rebellion against the Lord.
Beginning with the twenty-second verse of this particular passage we encounter Samuel’s response to Saul’s proclamation that he did in fact carry out the word and work of the Lord, and declared that the best of the flock, the best of the sheep, the best of the oxen were spared to sacrifice unto the Lord at Gilgal. Consider if you will the words which Samuel speaks unto Saul there at Gilgal—there at the place where he perceived himself to be offering a sacrifice that was pleasing and acceptable in the sight of the Lord. “And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king” (1 Samuel 15:22-23). Please don’t miss or lose sight of that which the prophet Samuel proclaims unto Saul there in Gilgal, for I am convinced that it serves as the backdrop and foundation for what we read in the epistle of the apostle Paul unto the Galatian churches. When speaking to Saul king of Israel Samuel first asks if the Lord has as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as He does in obeying His voice. I am utterly and completely convinced that this is a question we must all ask ourselves within and throughout the course of our lives, for Scripture makes it very clear that obedience is always better than sacrifice. In fact, Samuel goes on to declare unto Saul that obedience is better than sacrifices, and hearkening unto the voice and word of the Lord is better than the fat of rams. I am convinced that we as the people of God need to do a serious evaluation and re-evaluation of our obedience to the word and command of the Lord within and throughout our lives. Saul perceived himself as having obeyed the voice of the Lord and carrying out His word and work within the earth, and yet Samuel emphatically proclaimed and declared unto him something completely different than what he believed. If you continue reading this passage of Scripture you will find Samuel goes on to describe rebellion as witchcraft, and stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry. Oh dear brother, dear sister—please don’t miss or lose sight of what we read in this Old Testament passage, for it brings us face to face with that which we need to understand what we read in the epistle of Paul unto the churches of Galatia.
Within the account of Saul in this passage of Scripture we discover that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and that stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. In the account of Saul king of Israel we find his rebellion in the fact that he was instructed to utterly and completely destroy all of Amalek, and yet he chose to spare Agag king of Amalek, as well as the choicest of the flock, oxen, sheep, and the like. The witchcraft that is revealed within this passage of Scripture is found in refusing to utterly destroying that which the Lord has in fact instructed us to destroy. Witchcraft is found within our lives when we hear very clearly the word of the Lord instructing us to utterly destroy those things within our lives which have remained for far too long, and instead of utterly and completely destroying those things, we permit them to remain within our lives. I would dare say that we allow witchcraft to enter into our lives—not only when we rebel against the will, the word and the work of the Lord, but when we refuse to utterly destroy those things within our lives which we have been called to utterly destroy. This reality is expressed in the second chapter of this epistle to the churches in Galatia beginning with the sixteenth verse. Consider if you will the words which the apostle Paul writes unto these churches beginning with the sixteenth verse: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even as we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. FOR IF I BUILD AGAIN THE THINGS WHICH I DESTROYED, I MAKE MYSELF A TRANSGRESSOR. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:16-21). This reality is also further expressed in the sixth chapter of the epistle which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Romans. Consider if you will the words which the apostle Paul wrote unto the saints which were at Rome beginning with the third verse of the sixth chapter:
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:3-14).
When we come to the third chapter of the epistle which Paul wrote unto the churches which were within the region of Galatia, he uses the same language that was used by Samuel when speaking unto Saul king of Israel. The apostle Paul asked the churches in Galatia who had bewitched them, that they should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was evidently set forth as being crucified among them. I would dare say this is directly linked and tied to that which the apostle Paul wrote in the eighteenth verse of the previous chapter, for the apostle Paul writes of building again those things which were once destroyed, and how by doing so we make ourselves a transgressor. I would dare say that we make ourselves a transgressor and allow ourselves to be given unto witchcraft when we not only refuse to utterly destroy that which the Lord has called and instructed us to destroy, but also when we choose to rebuild those things which we once destroyed. I am convinced that there are two different types of men and women within the body of Christ—those who are refusing to utterly destroy that which the Lord has instructed them to destroy, and those who are rebuilding that which they had once destroyed. The Galatians had allowed themselves to be pointed with a different gospel which was vastly different than that which the apostle Paul preached unto them when he journeyed through their region. There is not a doubt in my mind that the gospel which was preached unto them was a gospel of witchcraft—a gospel which brought them into the place of rebuilding those things which they once destroyed, as well as refusing to utterly destroy those things which they had already destroyed. In the second chapter the apostle Paul speaks of those false brethren who came in among them unaware, and how they came in privily to spy out their liberty which they had in Christ Jesus, in order that they might bring them unto bondage. These same false brethren are mentioned in the eleventh chapter of the second epistle which the apostle Paul wrote unto the saints which were at Corinth: “But such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
In the first chapter of the epistle to the churches in Galatia we find the apostle Paul marveling that they had so quickly and so soon turned from the true gospel concerning Jesus Christ unto a false gospel that was no gospel at all. In the second chapter the apostle Paul writes and speaks of those false brethren who were brought in unaware—those who came in privily to spy out their liberty they had in Christ Jesus, in order that they might be brought into bondage. In the third chapter the apostle Paul asks these foolish Galatians who did bewitch them that they should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was evidently set forth as crucified among them. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that which the apostle is setting forth within this passage of Scripture, for when the apostle Paul speaks of these churches being bewitched, he is speaking of another gospel that was preached among them which not only promoted their rebuilding those things which they once destroyed, but also refusing to destroy those things which the Lord had instructed them to destroy. Undoubtedly there might have been a false obedience present among these churches, as they were made transgressors—both because of that which they refused to destroy, and that which they had already destroyed, but chose to rebuild. In all reality, everything we read within this passage comes back to the reality and concept of our being crucified with Christ in order that it is no longer us who live, but Christ who lives in us. Everything we find and everything we read in this passage of Scripture comes down to our old man being crucified with Christ in order that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Oh dear brother, dear sister—if the gospel you are hearing, and if the ministry you are under does not promote and challenge you to be crucified with Christ in order that the old man might be destroyed, and that the old body of sin might be destroyed, get out and run for your life. We must recognize that those who are dead are freed from sin, and that so long as we choose to remain alive will we continue to allow sin to have dominion in our lives. The question I would leave you is whether or not you yourself have been bewitched into rebuilding those things which you have previously destroyed and/or refusing to destroy those things which you have been called to destroy. It is no coincidence the apostle Paul uses the word “destroy” in both the epistle to the Romans, as well as the epistle to the Galatians, for when it comes to our sinful nature, when it comes to our old man, there is, there has been, and there will always only be one option—complete and utter destruction. The question you must ask yourself is whether or not you are willing to utterly destroy those things in your life which have been permitted to remain for far too long now. Who has bewitched you that you would rebuild those things which you have previously destroyed? Who has bewitched you that you would refuse to destroy those things which you have been instructed to completely and utterly destroy? What are you choosing to keep alive within your life rather than allowing to be completely and totally destroyed? I can’t help but see countless operating tables in our churches rather than altars—operating tables where we are using everything we can to resuscitate and keep alive those things which we have been commanded and instructed to destroy rather altars where we put to death those things which we have been instructed to crucify, destroy and utterly eradicate. A GOSPEL OF WITCHCRAFT: RESUSCITATING AND DEFIBRILLATING THAT WHICH SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH! A GOSPEL OF WITCHCRAFT: KEEPING ON LIFE SUPPORT THAT WHICH WE SHOULD PULL THE PLUG AND LET DIE!