What is Evil Foundation?
The term is used to describe the background from which every person is born. There are certain peculiarities in families, negative or good, which are inherited by every one born into such families. These traits may have been established many generations before he or she was born. Ignorance of this foundation has been the bane of the Christians, all over the world.
Scope. The scope of this evil foundation is wide. In this chapter we shall try to examine the main areas of evil foundation.
Polygamous Evil Foundation.
The practice of polygamy is one major area of establishing an evil foundation. For us in Nigeria, polygamy does not require any definition. It a state of a man having more than one wife. Although polygamy was practiced in the Old Testament dispensation, God never endorsed it. In Hebrews 8:7 -9, we find as follows: –
“For f the first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, he says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the
Acts 17:30 is important and it says
“Truly the time of ignorance God overlooked, but now command al men every where to repent”
Two instance further establish this point.
– The Case of Abraham and Hagar:
Hagar was Sarah’s handmaid. Sarah gave her to Abraham and she conceived. When Sarah and Hagar could no longer agree, Hagar flec1into the wilderness, Gen. 16: 7.8. Although she had conceived for Abraham, God did not recognize her as Abraham’s wife, but as Sarah’s maid. Even after the birth of Ishmael, God speaking to Abraham, referred to Hagar as “thy bondswoman” Gen2l: 12-13.
– The Command of God issued to the Kings of Israel This is found in Deut 17: 17 which says
‘Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver arid gold for himself
In view of this commandment, what a sad example of self-pleasing was exhibited by such kings as David. Solomon, etc, and what far- reaching results! The sin in polygamy left its indelible marks upon them, II Sam. 12:9-12; Neh.13:26.
The practice endorsed by our Lord Jesus Christ is monogamy. Read Matt. 19: 4, 5,8.
“And he answered and said to them, “have you not read that he who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall became one flesh ‘?He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
In Matthew 5, two phrases occurred six times revealing Christ as the Great Prophet, greater than the men of old dispensation. “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, “But I say unto you..” Repeatedly Christ employed these phrases to establish the fact that he came to reveal the more perfect will of God. By precept and practice, the men of old time had suffered polygamy but from the beginning it was not so.
Polygamy is a harbinger of evil consequences such as the thriving of witchcraft, strife and contention, wrangling, loveless relationships, curses and covenants. Bewitchment is rampant in polygamous home.
Our fore-parents, out of ignorance, worshipped idols, ancestral spirit demonic entities in rivers; elemental spirits in trees, rocks; animals of various descriptions; moon, sun or stars; heavenly beings like the queen of heaven or the like the queen of heaven or the like. In doing this, our forefathers contravened the commandments, precepts and judgement of God. The Bible is clear on this, anyone that worshipped any other god other than the Lord God Almighty, whether deliberately or not, at curses and evil covenants. Any person that comes from families involved in these despicable things, needs deliverance.
The scriptures condemn idolatry in very strong terms. Deut. 27:15 says
“Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image. an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and set it up in secret”.
See its prohibition in Exodus 20:4,23; 34:17; Lev. 19:4; Duet. 4: 15- 19, 23; Isa. 44:9; Hosea 13:2. I Corin. 10: 14 warns to flee from idolatry which is distasteful to God. Involvement in idolatry attracts curses from God as well as bondage from the devil and its hosts.
This is one of the oldest evil associations into which man had often been lured over the centuries. Ezekiel 8:7-12 says:
“So he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. Then he said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door. And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there. So I went in and saw, and there every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls. And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had-a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his Idols? For they say, “The Lord does not see us, the Lord had forsaken the land.”
This is a reference to the activities of Witchcraft. They operate in darkness and hidden places. Nahum 3:14 says:
“Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln.
Witchcraft is well-entrenched in families and its purpose is to destroy. It is highly secretive and dangerous. Unless God opens your spiritual eyes you may not be able to say who is a member. Witches and wizards form a part of the household wickedness, engaging in all sorts of attacks against people. They attack one’s destiny, cause retrogression and failure, they oppress people, cause sickness and death, etc. They are willing tools in the hands of the devil. Witches and wizards exist in most families, and form a negatively important aspect of evil foundation in peoples’ lives.
Frequently preachers and genuine men of God speak again5t cults and occultism. Many people are not able to define them nor d0 they understand why involvement In them by Our forefather’ constitutes an evil foundation This brings us to the question of what occultism means. Briefly, occultism is participation or involvement in any way with fortune telling, magic practices spiritism or false religions, cults and teachings. The term “occult” means that which is hidden or secret. The scriptures warn that there would be a great increase in occult activities in the last days. 1 Timothy 4: 1 says
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits, and doctrines of demons”
As forecast, there are now hundreds of cults and occultic religions world. People are being drawn into these groups to their hurt.
All forms of occultic involvement are disobedience to the scriptures. The scriptures forbid them. Deut. 18: 9-12 says
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you”.
The scriptures condemn all forms of occultism as sorcery and warn that”… those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God”. Gal 5:20. and “shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone ”Rev 21:8.
Involvement whether innocently or not, attracts the wrath of God. Our parents may have been involved, thus attracting curses OP1 find themselves by the mere fact of their being born into certain families suffering physical, mental, psychic and oppression because of parental involvement. ‘This is a serious evil foundation which must be dealt with.
There are many other sources from where eop1e j problems namely:
(i) Families where there have been bunters In those days hunting was very hazardous and consequently hunters were involved in occultism, particularly the power of invocation.
(ii) Evil Family Names People bear names, which give glory to demonic spirits, idols, animals, markets, in animate objects and consequently the devil. What is the meaning of your name?
(iii) Traditional Chieftaincy Title People who are born into traditional title families have much evil foundation to contend with. There Is a lot of occultism involved in traditional titles, fetish and misplaced loyalties: The Bible is quite emphatic when it says that you cannot serve mammon and God at the same time.
Many Ignorant Christians argue that once a person has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour evil foundation disappears. This is not so because, from experience during deliverance ministration, very many Christians even of many years standing, manifest which is a strong evidence that they were still being affected by their past. Every Christian, in my informed opinion, needs cleansing from the effects of evil foundation. There need for understanding on the part of every well meaning Chris1 Many precious Christian lives have been destroyed, hindered, xetar4ed and manipulated by these evil consequences arising from the effects of evil foundation. Many destiny have been changed or damaged. When Prophet Hosea said in Hosea 4:6 that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”, he knew what he was saying. Many people are destroyed through ignorance, ignorance widely defined.
Before looking in-depth at some of the common elements of evil foundation, a peep at the Bible will help u.s. Psalm 11:3 says, if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”. Psalm 82:5 says “They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable. With all the goodwill in the world if the root is faulty the stem or branches cannot be whole. If the foundation of a house is not solid it will collapse. Luke 6:48-49 confirms this when it says:
“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great”.
We thank God that every day our spiritual understanding is being expanded and this helps to checkmate the assaults of the enemy against man.
Dealing With Evil Foundation
Every one of us comes out of evil foundation. We are born into them s a result of which we come under attack from the enemy. They provide a legal ground for all sorts of satanic attacks. These attacks can plague one throughout life unless one’s spiritual eyes are open and one seeks cleansing. Every Christian requires some degree of cleansing or the other, no matter how long he or she has been a Christian, even a born again Christian requires cleansing.
They are many ignorant Christians who argue that once in Christ, old things have passed away, everything has become new. They quote 2 Corinthians 5: 17, which says
“Therefore f anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”
Yes, the moment you give your life to Christ and you are born again, your life takes on a new meaning but I say to you that your foundation, which is basically there, is not removed. It is because of the lack of understanding of this significant fact that many Christians pass through a lot of difficulties. Ignorance is truly a disease. You must rise and deal with your evil foundation otherwise your suffering or disability will continue. Let m a testimony to enable you see the evil effects of polygamy.
Testimony 1 ; A man struggled to travel to London, failed many Limes. Eventually; he made it, got a visa, traveled by air but was deported from the airport.
– he decided to travel by sea but returned to base after so much difficulties on the way.
– he decided to get married. Two weeks to the wedding, his fiancee called him to say that she was no longer interested in the marriage. She said she had a premonition that she would die If she married him.
– This man in desperation went to a praying church and during the process of serious prayers, a word of knowledge came- “These is a m here whose life has been fragmented. He should pray to pickup the pieces of his life, so that the Holy Spirit in glue them together”.
– This man was asked to pray the following prayer point
“I pick up the pieces of my life and glue them together in Jesus’ name.”
– As he prayed seriously, he saw a vision of eight women, his father’s wives. Each of them began to return to him the different parts of his body, which they were holding.