Remember, Satan can twist Scripture. So can all the legions of demons who serve him. You can be looking right at the Word of God and think you’ve detected a meaning that isn’t there, if your heart is more attuned to evil than it is to the truth.
What Kaylee Muthart did to herself was tragic beyond belief, and I feel tremendous compassion and sympathy for her. But I’m not going to pretend she didn’t do it to herself, and I’m not going to gloss over how and why it happened.
Murthart, who declares herself a lifelong Christian, responded to teenage stress by doing drugs – first marijuana, then ecstasy and meth. During one of her meth trips, the enemy was able to sow such deception and confusion that Muthart actually interpreted the Bible’s call for her to make a perfect sacrifice to the Lord as meaning she should gouge her own eyes out.
And she did:
Tragic though it is, she’s right. She’s better off blind and reconciled to God than seeing clearly and continuing to do drugs. It’s an awfully high price to pay to learn that lesson, but that’s what happens when you mess with forces this lethal.
This is why I always urge people not to use mind-altering substances of any kind, including alcohol – a position that gets me labeled an extremist. (One guy even called me “cultist” over it.)
You are constantly under spiritual attack. You have demonic enemies who are always on the lookout for an opportunity to lead you to self-destruction. The only defense against this is a sober mind and spiritual discernment under the authority of Jesus Christ.
When you are under the influence of any mind-altering substance, you are compromised in your ability to distinguish truth from lies, right from wrong and even reality from imagination.
When you’re sober, you might have a fleeting thought that’s completely irrational, but in your sobriety you instantly recognize it as such, so you reject the thought and never even consider acting on it. The more you compromise your judgment with mind-altering chemicals, the more vulnerable you are to notions, images and suggestions you would never act on when sober.
The enemy knows this. The enemy also knows your issues, weaknesses, fears and insecurities – the ones that are always at work in your subconscious, influencing how you think even when you don’t realize it.
Every person is different, and has different spiritual vulnerabilities. I don’t know enough about Kaylee Muthart to know the roots of hers. But I do know that if you take strong enough drugs, the enemy will manipulate you in your compromised judgment by offering suggestions that play on every spiritual psychosis that was already at work in your subconscious.
The white bird along the dark path she saw, along with the man asking for a key, were not just random hallucinations. They were demonically generated specifically to appeal to her and the way she thinks, at a time when she would completely lack the judgment to critically assess what she was seeing and what was being suggested to her.
She did what they told her to do, and she believed what they told her the Bible meant, because she was high as a kite and completely divorced from the ability to understand and respond to what she was reading.
It sounds cliche to say that drugs are a tool of the devil, but that’s exactly – and literally – what they are. The enemy wants to put suggestions into your head that would lead to your destruction. He needs your judgment muddied so you’re open to these suggestions.
Whether you’re having a beer, smoking a joint or shooting meth, you’re doing his work for him. Why would you go down that road – even a little, even in “moderation” – knowing what the enemy’s intentions for you are?
Surely, you wouldn’t gouge your own eyes out. Or would you? Kaylee Muthart didn’t think she would either. Until she did. Now she’s blind for life, and she did it to herself.
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