This is a hard post to write and will be a hard post to read. If you have a weak stomach or really don't want to know what's going on in the world, I suggest you go no further. But recent events in the USA have prompted me to explain what most pastors in this country will not.
So here goes...
Who is Baal?
Baal, also known as the sun god or the storm god, is the name of the supreme male deity worshiped by ancient Phoenicians and Canaanites. The word baal means “lord”; the plural is baalim. In general, Baal was a fertility god who was believed to enable the earth to produce crops and people to produce children.
Sun worship has taken many forms throughout world history and there have been many "sun gods" in various cultures. We know from Scripture that behind these Pagan idols and so-called gods are demons. Therefore, when people worship them, they are not just bowing to a statue as one might think, but they are bowing and giving their allegiance to a demon, a fallen angel, and in some cases (as in the "sun" god) even Satan himself. It is my belief that lurking behind most of the ancient sun gods was Lucifer himself. After all, he likes to think of himself as the supreme god, and he loves to be worshiped. That desire for worship will culminate in the Tribulation when he marches into the Jewish temple in Jerusalem and proclaims himself to be god.
How did ancient people (including the Israelites) worship Baal?
Many pastors and preachers today either don't know or don't want to tell you is the true nature of Baal Worship. These things are spoken about in church I guess. This is basically what occurred during a Baal worship ceremony. Adults would gather around the Altar of Baal and a sacrifice would be burned in the fire. Was the sacrifice a lamb or bull as you might expect? No, it was a baby. This child would either be burned (alive) in a fire or the child would be set into the metal arms of Baal, which had been heated into a searing temperature.
It gets worse.
With the baby's ear-piercing screams and the smell of burnt flesh surround them, the people would then engage in an orgy with each other, including both homosexual and heterosexual sex with multiple partners.
Of course this type of behavior would lead to unwanted pregnancies, which provided the babies needed for future sacrifices. The purpose of this ritual? So Baal would bless them with prosperity and good crops and more babies for the next year.
Now you can see why God commanded His people to never engage in the worship of these idols.
And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? Ezekiel 16:20-21
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. Psalm 106:37-38
And they burned their sons and their daughters as offerings and used divination and omens and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah only. 2 Kings 17:17-18
Wow, well thank God this type of thing doesn't happen today, you might say. Whew!
I would argue that it does. I will admit to living in a "Christian" bubble as my husband puts it. I don't engage much with the world or the things of the world. However, I do hear of things happening around me. I'm in no way naive to what our culture is up to. You have only to turn on the TV to see some of it. I'm talking about rampant immorality. It's bad enough people are having sex before marriage and living together, but I'm also talking about things far worse than that. You think orgies don't happen today? Think again. You think there aren't "Swinger" clubs out there where people swap spouses? Think again. How about "Hook up" clubs where you can make a date to have sex with a stranger. Or homosexual parties and bath houses.....etc.
Then what happens to those unwanted pregnancies that are produced from such wickedness? Yup, you guessed it, they are sacrificed on the altar of lust, greed, and selfishness. Abortion.
The excuses of most mothers who murder their unborn children?
- I don't have time to care for a child
- I don't want a child right now
- I can't afford a child
- I don't love the father and don't want to be tied to him
- My career is just starting to take off
- I have plans for my life that don't include children.
One and a half BILLION babies have been butchered in the world since 1980. In the US since Roe vs Wade, 61 million. And now New York has passed a bill that would allow mothers to murder their own children right up to the point of birth.
My husband was right when he said what is to stop them from extending the time to 1 month after birth... or 2 or 6 months? When does a 'Woman's right to choose" end?
Satan must be laughing himself crazy over this incredible evil he has perpetrated on mankind. Only this time, he has sugarcoated it with terms like "free love" and "women's right to choose" which sound so nice, don't they?
Baal worship is alive and well in the world today. God help us all.