Pulling Down Strongholds – The King Josiah Project

King Josiah Destroying the Idols of Baal. Gustave Dore

Announcing the formation of

The KING JOSIAH PROJECT
 of Abiding Truth Ministries

Breaking Down the High Places: II Kings 23 and II Corinthians 10

Deut 5:7 “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME!!”

Deut 7:5  “This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God…”

2 Kings 23  “Then [after many generations of disobedience to God] King Josiah went up to the house of the LORD and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him and he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.  THE KING STOOD BY THE PILLAR AND MADE A COVENANT BEFORE THE LORD, TO WALK AFTER THE LORD, AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS TESTIMONIES AND HIS STATUTES WITH ALL HIS HEART AND ALL HIS SOUL, TO CARRY OUT THE WORDS OF THIS COVENANT THAT WERE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK. And all the people entered into the covenant.

Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest…to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. He did away with the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah and in the surrounding area of Jerusalem, also those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and to the moon and to the constellations and to all the host of heaven. He brought out the Asherah from the house of the LORD outside Jerusalem to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and ground it to dust, and threw its dust on the graves of the common people.

HE ALSO BROKE DOWN THE HOUSES OF THE SODOMITES WHICH WERE IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, where the women were weaving hangings for the Asherah. Then he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba…

HE ALSO DEFILED TOPHETH, WHICH IS IN THE VALLEY OF THE SON OF HINNOM, THAT NO MAN MIGHT MAKE HIS SON OR HIS DAUGHTER PASS THROUGH THE FIRE FOR MOLECH. He did away with the horses which the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entrance of the house of the LORD…and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. The altars which were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, the king broke down; and he smashed them there and threw their dust into the brook Kidron.

THE HIGH PLACES WHICH WERE BEFORE JERUSALEM, WHICH WERE ON THE RIGHT OF THE MOUNT OF DESTRUCTION WHICH SOLOMON THE KING OF ISRAEL HAD BUILT FOR ASHTORETH THE ABOMINATION OF THE SIDONIANS, AND FOR CHEMOSH THE ABOMINATION OF MOAB, AND FOR MILCOM THE ABOMINATION OF THE SONS OF AMMON, THE KING DEFILED. HE BROKE IN PIECES THE SACRED PILLARS AND CUT DOWN THE ASHERIM AND FILLED THEIR PLACES WITH HUMAN BONES.   Furthermore, the altar that was at Bethel and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down. Then he demolished its stones, ground them to dust, and burned the Asherah….Josiah also removed all the houses of the high places which were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made provoking the LORD; and he did to them just as he had done in Bethel….

MOREOVER, JOSIAH REMOVED THE MEDIUMS AND THE SPIRITISTS AND THE TERAPHIM AND THE IDOLS AND ALL THE ABOMINATIONS THAT WERE SEEN IN THE LAND OF JUDAH AND IN JERUSALEM, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.

BEFORE JOSHIA THERE WAS NO KING LIKE HIM WHO TURNED TO THE LORD WITH ALL HIS HEART AND WITH ALL HIS SOUL AND WITH ALL HIS MIGHT, ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW OF MOSES; NOR DID ANY LIKE HIM ARISE AFTER HIM.”  II Kings 23

Josiah was the most righteous of all the Hebrew Kings because he did not compromise with the world.  He honored the command that there be no other gods accommodated among the people of God and he took action to eliminate idolatry from the land.

In the New Testament we were given the same command but advised that in Christ our weapons to achieve His requirement are spiritual, not physical:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete” (II Corinthians 10:3-6).

There is nothing new under the sun.  Just as in Josiah’s time our government officials today embrace false gods and promote through religious pluralism the blasphemy that pagan deities are equal with God, the “sodomites” have brought the worship of sexual perversion into the very house of God, and human babies are being sacrificed to the modern Molech of abortion.

The Josiah Project is dedicated to breaking down the high places, idols and altars in American culture through the clear articulation of Jesus Christ as the only Savior and His Word, the Bible, as the only standard of truth.  It is a radical vision to restore to America through revival it’s identity as the City on a Hill, established to advance the Kingdom of God.  And to cast down through apologetics and doctrine the panoply of false gods and heretical teachers who have set themselves up in our culture as rivals to the only King of Kings. We have set for ourselves the humanly impossible goal of restoring to our government an unequivocal acknowledgment of the Bible as the law above our law and the foundation beneath our constitution, knowing that with God, all things are possible.

We will preach the Masculine Christianity that empowered the Apostles in the early church and our Founding Fathers in the early days of our nation, and which emboldened all of the missionary movements of Christian history. (http://www.scottlively.net/2012/09/09/masculine-Christianity/)

We will state the plain truth without concern for its political implications and trust God for the results.

WE WILL TAKE DIRECT NON-VIOLENT ACTION AGAINST THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS OF DARKNESS AND EVIL IN OUR SOCIETY WITHOUT COMPROMISE OR TIMIDITY.

We will not be swayed from our mission by either the insults of our “enemies” or the fear-driven counsel of our “allies.”

This is the King Josiah Project.  May God empower us to accomplish spiritually in America what Josiah accomplished physically in Judea and Israel.

Announcing the first official action of the King Josiah Project:

The Reading of a Spiritual Indictment of President Barack Obama for his Open Embrace of Homosexuality in the Official Policy of His Administration.

September 15, 2012 at Lafayette Park, across from the White House, Washington DC, 10AM to Noon.

I will be among a diverse group of pastors and Christian activists from around the nation who will be gathering to Pray, Protest and Preach against the homosexual agenda of this administration.  My part in this event will be the reading of the indictment.

This indictment is NOT a political statement.  I do not support any of the candidates who are running for president.  This is NOT a call to violence of any sort.  I thoroughly repudiate any such actions or incitements to such actions.  This is purely a SPIRITUAL WITNESS against the choice of our president to reject God’s truth, and a VINDICATION of God for bringing judgment upon America.

You are invited and encouraged to attend, and also to donate in support of the King Josiah Project at http://www.defendthefamily.com/help/donate.php.  Unless otherwise designated, all online donations in September will be dedicated to this project.

Email me at sdllaw@gmail.com for more information.

In Jesus,

Pastor Scott Lively

 

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