Before we unravel the Hidden Serpent, I want to make a disclaimer. I believe in a God that Loves the sinner, but hates the sin. It’s as simple as that. God loves you, but He loves you too much to leave you in a sinful nature. Many have eloquently written and conducted media that is trending on social media. But my objective is to take the blind fold off of Christianity and uncover the Hidden Serpent.
In recent news, it came to all of our attention that during the 2014 Grammy Awards, Seattle based artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their song “ Same Love “ featuring Mary Lambert and Madonna (you can view the performance on YouTube:http://youtu.be/CUM6JKkcYH4). I personally did not watch the Grammys nor do I promote such awards out of personal conviction. But after reading news articles, in the middle of the performance, Queen Latifah takes the stage to officiate thirty same-sex marriages on national television. The entire world viewed the performance, but did not see the Hidden Serpent. Katy Perry performed “Dark Horse”, (http://youtu.be/HWfD_TXs4fE) and let’s just say, the non-Christian world is calling her performance demonic. The opening act shows Katy Perry coming out of a fortune tellers crystal ball and calling out spirits into the atmosphere. Mind you, this is from a artist that grew up in the church (Pentecostal) and knows the spiritual realm. We will save our discussion of her performance for a later time. For now, I want to unravel the hidden serpent we all witnessed within “Same Love.“
I want to break down Macklemore’s song “Same Love“, into four factors of biblical and moral contradiction. You will discover the Hidden Serpent within the content and the very core of demonic activity within the spirit of the song.
(Lyrics) When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay, ‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight. I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k, trippin’ ” Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she? Bunch of stereotypes all in my head. I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league” A preconceived idea of what it all meant. For those that liked the same sex. Had the characteristics.
There appears to be some confusion within the first line. “ I thought “ refers to an individual in the process of thinking of themselves as something they are not. Homosexuality is pictured as a genetic imprisonment of the human body. You are born that way, it’s within the makeup of your genes, embrace it. But if an individual is simply born that way, why all the confusion? Some are in denial and find themselves in a battle up to middle age. I ask, if they knew they were born this way, why would it take them years to figure out their genetics. Better yet, if it’s linked to our human makeup, why did God not make all of us that way? SIMPLY: We were designed in the image of God.
Have you ever heard of that term: The apple does not fall to far from the tree. ” My uncle was “ implies a curse from generation to generation. According to biblical truth, we were all dead in sin but now raised by grace.
(Ephesians 2:1-10 NLT) 1 “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Homosexuality is a choice of the human will, it’s not natural and/or an alternative lifestyle. ” Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k. “ It’s been a choice and even a “ preconceived “ idea. Think about it.
(Lyrics) The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision. And you can be cured with some treatment and religion. Man-made rewiring of a predisposition. Playing God, aw nah here we go. America the brave still fears what we don’t know. And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten. But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago. I don’t know.
The very fact that God saved us by Grace, is the core truth of free will on our part (Ephesians 2:1-10). When God created mankind, He designed free-will within the very nature of humanity. The implication of being allowed to make a decision. We can decide what to wear, what to eat, what and who to love. Love was not genetically programed into our makeup, Love is a choice. We didn’t choose God, God chose us. In fact, we are able to Love because He first Loved us (1 John 4:19). When society claims that homosexuality is genetically built within the human condition, it’s not what God intended. Remember, He created man and woman, Adam and Eve. Homosexuality is a choice of the human will, it’s not “ Predisposition “, and/or an alternative lifestyle. The writer states, “ And you can be cured with some treatment and religion. “ Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re wrong. Any form of treatment cannot save you, even Religion cannot save you. The only one that can save you is Jesus’ Christ.
(Luke 19:10 NLT) “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Macklemore, you’re lost and confused in this song. Jesus’ has come to rescue you. Yes, “God loves all his children“, and He has not “forgotten.“
(John 3:16 NLT) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.“
God loves you, but He hates your sin. How does God feel about same-sex marriage and homosexuality?
(Leviticus 18:22 NLT) 22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.“
Throughout the Old and New Testament, God calls homosexuality an abomination. The word abomination has a strong meaning. It literally means abhorrence and/or disgust to the point of illness in the stomach that will cause vomiting. Romans chapter one shows us the deep disguise God has towards humanity that chooses to live against what God created.
(Romans 1:24-27 NLT) 24 “So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.“
Many theologians believe this type of penalty could be the STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) It’s a curse towards humanity that become rebellious in their hearts. Furthermore, the bible clearly speaks of such individuals that practice homosexuality will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
(1 Corinthians 6:9,10 NLT) 9 “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.“
But there is a tremendous hope in verse eleven that is quickly overlooked:
(1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT) 11 “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.“
Macklemore, you may say, “we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago.“ Not only are you contradicting yourself by using the bible and even scripture in your lyrics, but authentic Christians do not paraphrase the Bible, we speak the truth of the Bible.
(Lyrics) And I can’t change. Even if I tried. Even if I wanted to. My love, She keeps me warm.
Stubbornness and rebellion is like the practice of witchcraft.
(1 Samuel 15:23 NLT) 23 “ Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
If you think you can’t change, you will never change. Is the power of self-will God has purposely designed in you. “And I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to.“ This is a stubborn and rebellious state of mind.
4. The Hidden Serpent
(Lyrics) If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me. Have you read the YouTube comments lately? “Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily. We become so numb to what we’re saying. A culture founded from oppression.Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em. Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board. A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it. Gay is synonymous with the lesser. It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion. Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment. The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins. It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference! Live on and be yourself.
When I was at church they taught me something else. If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed. That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned. When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless. Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen. I might not be the same, but that’s not important. No freedom till we’re equal, d*** right I support it. We press play, don’t press pause. Progress, march on with the veil over our eyes. We turn our back on the cause. Till the day that my uncles can be united by law. When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart. A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are. And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all. But it’s a d*** good place to start. No law is gonna change us. We have to change us. Whatever God you believe in. We come from the same one. Strip away the fear. Underneath it’s all the same love. About time that we raised up… sex. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is patient. Love is kind (not crying on Sundays).
The song continues with a spirit of confusion “If I was gay.“ If is a possibility. You are or you’re not, it’s your decision. “Live on and be yourself.“ This is one of the greatest deceptions given to mankind. Birthed in the Garden of Eden, the serpent himself conned humanity with this same exact concept.
(Genesis 3:1-5 NLT) 1 “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” 4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
One of the most spoken scriptures in the bible is easily overlooked of the profound depth of understanding. The Hidden Serpent was conceived from the beginning of time. Questioning the very existence of God and Spiritual Authority. Our current generation has been poisoned by such satanic practices. Live and be yourself, but we do not belong to ourselves. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we do not belong to ourselves. We are bought at the high price of Jesus’ crucifixion.
When I was at church they taught me something else. If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed. That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned… Whatever God you believe in. We come from the same one.
You can read between the lines of the satanic belief that was birthed in the Garden. Satan proposed an alternative belief contrary to what God instructed mankind. “Do not eat“, and the serpent said “eat and you will become like God.“ You see, God does not hate the person but He hates the sin. Some Christian liberals will disagree and aggressively state their own opinion. But it’s very clear that the hidden serpent is contradicting himself by saying that God is hateful and that is not anointed. Furthermore, he is saying that the holy scriptures are poisoned. To believe whatever you want to believe and to not worry, we come from the same Father. Water plays a great significance within the word of God. The Word of God is like water that purifies the soul.
(Ephesians 5:25,26 NLT) 25 “He gave up his life for her (The Church) 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.“
Jesus’ is the Living Water and whoever will drink of His goodness, will never thirst again.
(John 4:13,14 NLT) 13 “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
(Revelation 22:17 NLT) 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
Even before creation, water played a role of existence. (Genesis 1:2 NLT) 2 “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.“
Let me pause here and ask, why would Macklemore make such a huge statement within the lyrics that may seem insignificant to the the human ear? “That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned.“ That holy water he speaks of is Jesus’ Christ. Don’t you realize what satan is attempting to do? Satan will use the very words of God and bring confusion and contradiction. He did it in the Garden (Genesis 3), he did it to Jesus’ in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) and he will attempt to deceive you today.
“Whatever God you believe in. We come from the same one. “ Here is the serpent again. Eat of the forbidden fruit and you will become your own God. Whatever and whoever you believe in, we all come from the same family tree. In essence, it’s all irrelevant and truth does not exist. Moral relativism is birthed and just to know it all began in the Garden of Eden.
“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is patient. Love is kind (not crying on Sundays).“ Macklemore continues to contradict himself by using a quotation of the Bible. It was not to far into the song that he uttered these words, “But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago.“ You are certainly paraphrasing a portion of what was written in the word of God (1 Corinthians 13:4). Satan will always attempt to reverse what God is saying. Yes, God loves you the way you are, but He loves you too much to let you remain in a lifestyle of sin and condemnation. 1 Corinthians 13:4 is taking out of context and focus of the scripture. God is Love, but he hates your sin. Satan and his followers want you to believe that it’s all good and to embrace it. It will get worse and it already has. Homosexuality is a “ normal ” lifestyle and the anti-god regime will brainwash you by using such pop-culture tactics.
As the hidden serpent continues to contradict himself, he will also play reverse-psychology. The first command God gives to humanity is to be fruitful and multiply. (Genesis 1:28) 28 “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.“
If God commanded humanity to bear fruit and multiply, how can same-sex couples fulfill that commandment? Biologically it’s impossible. Sure, culture will think of a deceiving clever alternative in regards to same-sex couples, but that’s not what God intended. Satan will take the words of God and reverse the commandment. You can see a constant pattern within the Bible and up to this point.
I leave you with this final thought.
(Isaiah 5:20 NLT) 20 “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark.“
A generation that considers evil as good and good as evil. A generation that is confused and contradicting their message. It’s time to confront evil with God; good does not do it anymore. In today’s culture, evil is considered good, but God has greater power to conquer the hidden serpent.
As a preacher of the gospel and Associate Pastor of one of the most unchurched cities in America (Grace City Church Seattle); I have seen various individuals set free from the bondage of the Hidden Serpent. I have prayed and counseled many that are confused with their gender and psychological being. God has shown me how this spirit works and operates to destroy the human soul. I’ve witnessed a young adult that was set free from this deception and now has a healthy godly relationship with the opposite sex. If you are reading this and are struggling within yourself, by the Grace of God, there is Power in the name of Jesus. By the authority of the word of God and the powerful name of Jesus, be set FREE!
“But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25 NLT)
Can you see The Hidden Serpent?