Considering Proverbs 7:6-23

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,

In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

There are many “young men” and “little ones” in general who are seduced by the “strange woman.” Again, I want to be clear that I am not accusing any particular denomination or the true Christian church. Truth is not accusation nor slander. The ways of the “strange woman” are found in spirit throughout all of Christendom in churches large and small of all denominations including those found Online.

I was once a part of this church, and I did not know it. It was the teaching of another—zealous teaching full of passion for the Word of God, the Kingdom, and righteousness—that led me away from her. I know how seductive she is. I know how sleepy many Christians are, and many simply need to hear the truth. When I heard the truth, I did not hate it. I did not reject it. I was inspired to study the scriptures for myself to test what I was taught, and before long my life was given to Jesus as it should have been.

It is my heart’s desire to get as close to Jesus as He will allow and to help others do the same, even if I only reach one or two people. The separation of the faithful from the unfaithful has not yet come, so we cannot judge any Christian as false. However, there is a spirit within Christianity that is false, and I believe that many more will “come out of her.” So, to that end, I keep working.

I make mention of this in hopes of avoiding unnecessary despair, fear, or anger within my brethren. Though, I do think that if the things I write make some despair, fearful, or angry then maybe they need to hear what I am saying. Maybe people are so used to “women who sew pillows on the arms of God” that they are offended by a direct approach. There is enough soft Christian teaching out there. There is also enough overly harsh Christian teaching out there. I do strive to strike an acceptable balance.

The overly harsh and overly soft cause much offense for these “little ones” and both are tools of the “strange woman.”

She is subtle (crafty, keeper of secret knowledge). On one hand you have flattery that makes a person full of self-righteous indignation and fuels a heart of murder for sinners, and in so doing they murder themselves. On the other hand, you have flattery that causes a person to feel sufficient in themselves and comfortable in sin, thereby murdering themselves with their own sin.

She brings in bits and pieces from other religions and calls their practices acceptable paths towards enlightenment, power, life, and relationship with God.

She changes her methods depending on who she is talking to. Does not the “beast that rises up out of the sea” have “seven heads?” Each speak flattery to deceive the hearts of many—telling them just what they want to hear. “Her ways are movable. You cannot know them.” We could get lost in exploring all of their devices, which is why it is more productive to focus on the good teachings of Jesus.

However, there is a time for all things. Right now, my time is spent exposing the “strange woman” and bringing in the teachings of Jesus along the way.

The “strange woman” abuses the Word of God by misuse of scripture. She abuses the Word of God by misuse of the blood of Jesus—either by forgetting mercy or by condoning a sinful life. Both lead to accusations, slanders, murders, adulteries, and death.

Her “house” overly exalts mankind, especially those within ministry who are made rich by her—rich off the souls of men. She will come to her full one day, and many souls of men will be devoured by her. She operates in the night hours, just before the sun goes down—just before the coming of the false Christ and the darkness he brings to this earth.

She brings “peace offerings” of flattery with her words towards God, encouraging others to honor God with their mouths without considering their heart which is removed far from Him—and she moves them further away, even to their death. Her “vows” are in word only through recital of special prayers and all manner of legalism.

She does not encourage payment of vows as is fitting for a Christian. She does not encourage vows of service, “offering our body as a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable.” Her vows are superficial and deceptive, even accusatory towards those who are faithful.

Her “bed” is adultery and fornication, and she lures the “little ones” to their doom. She goes around, “winning souls” for her kingdom, claiming to win souls for the Kingdom of Heaven. Many are deceived by her, thinking they are “saved.” Though they think they live, they are dead. She takes advantage of the fact that the Bridegroom is away, encouraging others to be “drunken” and to “beat the maidservants and man servants.” When the Bridegroom returns, He will appoint their portion with the unbelievers. Just as He has said.

She is a snare that leads many to their death. However, we can take comfort in this: God has purposed all things, and all things are working together for the good of those who belong to Him.

We do not need to doubt our salvation or the love of Jesus towards us. If we have faith in Him, then His blood covers us. If we have truly received His grace, then His grace will cause us to grow in love towards Him and towards mankind in general. We will not abuse His blood or His Word wantonly, without regard, and without repentance. We will bring forth some fruit, and a little good fruit is pleasing to the Lord.

We must know the judgements of God so that we can be refined, not so that we can despair. There are a lot of scriptures that warn of unfaithfulness, but just as the law of old, these things must be said because they instruct us. The judgements of God must go out. However, judgement does not require a just sentence of death. Jesus loves mercy, and those who love Him sincerely will find mercy.

So, please do not despair. Do not doubt your salvation. Only learn and grow strong in the faith. Learn the ways of the “strange woman” and be mighty in Jesus so that you may stand with Him in that time of greatest deception.

We need to learn from her and come to Jesus more earnestly. Those who are taken in by her and remain with her do not belong to Jesus. They are the “seed of Satan” as Jesus spoke of in His parable of the wheat and the tares. The “strange woman” caters to the hearts of man—the hearts of those who love the things of Satan, and this is good. As Jesus said, “if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch.”

This is a blessing for the true children of God, and all the more as she comes into her fullness. Why? Those who are among us but not of us are fully carried away by her, and we who remain are “called, chosen, and faithful.”

However, many of us—like myself—could have easily been mistaken for the “strange woman.” Many of us could have been mistaken for tares among the wheat. Many of us could have been mistaken for goats, foolish virgins, and wedding guests without a wedding garment. That is why those who have “come out of her” are responsible for teaching the ways of Jesus and revealing the ways of the “strange woman” to others.

Many of our brethren are trapped by her, but we rest assured in the faithfulness of Jesus. He will call all of God’s children to Him and away from death. He will raise us up, both in heart during this present life as He frees us from the snares of the “strange woman” and eternally when He raises us from the dead and gathers us to Him.  The “strange woman” and the false Christ cannot bring life to anyone. They cannot raise any from the dead. They only have the power of death.

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