Run For Your Soul!
(Flirting with the Devil Revisited)
Robert Wurtz II
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
Our passage is a reference back to the Old Testament where God commanded Israel to enter the Promised Land and commence throwing down all the altars and idols, even driving out the Cananites from the land. We read this sobering passage, “And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” (Leviticus 18:25) God is saying that these people were as vomit. They were as that thing that would enter your belly to kill you, but as a natural God-given response your system heaves out the deadly contents before it has a chance to do the job. The land had vomited the people out for their evil, but according to Judges 2:1-20 the people of God refused to utterly throw down the alters and drive out this people. Instead they began to fellowship with them.
Samson used a phrase in Judges 14:18 that comes front and center; … “If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.” (Judges 14:18) The story is common so we will not visit it in detail, but Samson had given a riddle to the Philistines and his wife was privy to it. She told the Philistines the secret and Samson expressed this betrayal as the Philistines “plowing with his heifer.” The problem is that Samson should not have been plowing with her himself! Why? Because God warned the people of God over and over not to become romantically involved with the Philistines because they will draw the people of God to their false idols and gods. He had been “unequally yoked” with this woman and it was he in fact that was “plowing with the wrong heifer”. But Samson loved to yoke up with such figures as her and he will eventually give in to Delilah that will ultimately divulge not the secret of his riddle, but the secret of his power.
The Bosom of a Stranger
The longer I live the more I believe that every child should memorize the book of Proverbs. It is loaded with practical wisdom. If a young man or woman would simply heed the advice, they would save themselves untold pain and suffering. Samson could have used Proverbs, for sure. Consider this passage:
My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.
(Proverbs 5:1-5 NKJV)
The Delilah’s of the world have one thing in common: they hunt for the precious life of the unsuspecting. They use their eyes to flirt, their words to flatter, and their bodies to seduce. The result? Unimagined and unforeseen destruction. I don’t typically quote the paraphrase version of the Bible, but listen to the next verses from Proverbs 5 in the CEV:
My son, listen to me and do everything I say. Stay away from a bad woman! Don’t even go near the door of her house. You will lose your self-respect and end up in debt to some cruel person for the rest of your life. Strangers will get your money and everything else you have worked for. (Proverbs 5:7-10 CEV)
This is the Bible in street language. The Delilah’s of this world will rob you of your hard earned reputation for being a good man (or woman). Nobody recovers from scandal unscathed. The only real solution is prevention. However, Sampson could have stopped when he was laying in this woman’s lap over and over again. Let’s not kid ourselves. He liked to lay his head in her lap, gazing into her eyes as would a babe it’s mother. she was real good at mothering him… right into the hands of the Philistines. God’s solution? Drink water from your own cistern. That is to say, if your going to lay your head down, make sure its in the lap of a God-fearing wife and not a stranger. That’s the most vulnerable position a man can be in and it had best be in the lap of one who can be trusted. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
An Invitation to Satan
Satan does not pass up invitations. If you flirt with him, he say “yes” every single time. He doesn’t discriminate, he wants to “plow” with every soul he possibly can.
We communicate our intentions by who and what we identify ourselves with. Birds of a feather flock together. My late grandmother used to say, “Tell me who your friends are… and I’ll tell you who you are.” If you hang around people that tend to fornicate and adulterate you will soon fornicate and adulterate.
People who are identifying themselves a certain way to communicate their intentions. Who is a fool? People telegraph their intentions by the way they carry themselves. If they are flirting, seducing and flattering they are walking in the path of destruction. Don’t make excuses for them. Because if you do, you will make excuses for yourself when you do the very same things. solution/ Avoid them.
Symptoms of Destruction
The question most people ask about these type things is, “what’s wrong with it?” What’s wrong with Samson fooling around with a Philistine? What’s wrong with a little flirting now and then? What’s wrong with Delilah dressing seductively and flattering with her honey filled lips? She may have said, “You people are just jealous of me! You wish you were as attractive as I am!” That’s and age-old cover for whoredom. You can’t market yourself like a prostitute and then pretend your innocent. It’s too late, Delilah. We blew your cover. The cat is already out of the bag.
What’s wrong with a little risque or suggestive? Nothing at all if you want to identify with sinners. When a person carries themselves seductively they might as well have a sign on them, “open for business.” Everybody knows it and it is foolery to go along with their pretensions. We know what your doing! But what did Paul say? What communion hath light with darkness? Some people seem to almost get a high off of flirting with sin. They bring all manor of compromise into their lives and then have the nerve to blame God when their lives are destroyed and their family is demon possessed. The devil knows where he is welcome; all he has to do is look at you and see what you are identifying yourself with. It’s too late to play dumb once your life is ruined.
Run For Your Soul
We live in a time like unto Sodom and Gomorrah. People will fragrantly identify themselves with Satan and darkness and then wipe their mouth as if they have done nothing wrong. They are only fooling themselves. The devil knows when he is welcome some place. The devil can take a hint. His song is as the old tune goes, “Just give me some kind of sign girl (boy)…” and he’ll come a running. It’s too late once the enemy gets a foothold in your mind and he wins you over to his cause. By the time you start justifying all these things you are already under his delusion. If you are involved in these things, flee even now! Run for your soul! Not as Lot’s wife who turned back to see one last time, but turn and run while there is still hope and you are still reachable.