Excerpt taken from "Good Ole Rotten Apples", pages 6-9
Copyright © 2014 by Judy Frankamp. Reproduced by permission.
The story centers around the third chapter of Genesis, where God made it very clear to Adam and Eve that they could eat of the fruit of the many trees in the Garden, but there was one tree that He said to stay clear of. The fruit on the tree looked good, inviting, and luscious, but if eaten, it would turn rotten to the core. God called it the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Even in my Sunday school days I had heard about the story of the snake in the tree infecting the good apples.
Little did I know, from a little child on, that God was lovingly teaching me about real evil spirits. But to me it was just another Sunday school lesson.
As I grew older and more into "religion," this personification of evil became a red cartoon character, with a pitchfork and horns, that children and adults would dress up like on Halloween. Never did I ever hear a sermon on Sunday morning about real demonic spirits from the Bible, and what they have done and can do to someone, without them even knowing it.
The pastors just kind of skipped over those verses. I guess they thought those lessons were only from Bible days, or just not important, or they didn't fully understand them and didn't want to tackle them.
As I grew older and perceived to be much wiser, I just knew that, if by some rare chance, demonic spirits still exist at all, they could only be in voodoo witch doctors in Africa somewhere. Never could they ever come near me or my family.
NOTE: Let me stop right here and say that this story is in no way, shape, or form to glorify Satan, but instead to expose Satan and his devils, and to make innocent, vulnerable, deceived, religious people, like I once was, aware of who Satan and his devils are and what they can and are doing behind the scenes.
I didn't know that real demonic spirits existed. Mark 5:8-9; Luke 10:18-20, and Colossians 1:13 show that they are real and are evil. In 1 Peter 5:8, demonic spirits roam about through the earth seeking whom they can destroy.
Matthew 10:1 shows that they are unclean. Matthew 8:29-32, Mark 5:1-13; Luke 11:24-26 show that they are spirit beings without bodies that can inhabit a body. 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 13:12-15; 1 Corinthians 10:20 show they spread false doctrine, have power to work miracles, and they encourage idolatry which is the worship of many false gods. Matthew 12:21-30 shows that demonic spirits are under the command of Satan. John 10:10 shows that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
The demonic world wants to destroy every living, breathing person on the face of this earth simply because they are made in the image of God. One would have to have his head buried in the sand to miss the sheer existence of demonic spirits. They have started wars, attacked the home, the family, education, governments, churches; murdered millions of unborn babies in the mother's womb; interfered with human sexuality and the marriage relationship.
All anyone has to do is just open up any newspaper or listen to any news on T.V. and you will see how demonic spirits work behind the scenes. And then someone might say, "Well, that person just comes from the other side of the tracks. It will never happen in my family."
If that's so, then how can it be explained when a child that comes from a good, loving, church-going family, that gets good grades, very well liked in school, takes a rope, and strangles himself. Or they get drunk at a party, and on their way home have a fatal accident, and kill themselves and a family. You hear about an honor student, good in athletics, who doesn't think twice about blowing someone's brains out.
Sometime in their lives they unknowingly or willingly chose to open up a very small door to an evil spirit, which is addressed in this book. Then they are capable of even the extreme of what demonic spirits are capable of making a person do, such as a man in Florida who literally chewed the face off another person. A psychologist would refer to this as losing all sense of reality or someone might say he just went off the deep end.
So demonic influence can come in many different ways and levels, many times without people ever knowing how dangerous it is to open that first door. And I am not saying to look for devils behind every bush, but I am saying that we just need to be aware there is a spiritual battle for our souls and we need to know how to deal with them.
Satan wants all people, from all sides of the tracks, to be sick, deceived, drunk, drugged, destroyed, and dead. We need to realize that Satan's tactics are nothing new. He is still doing his dirty work. The Word of God says in 1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
And of course this devilish spirit doesn't come with a big, flashing sign that reads: "I want you broke, busted, and deceived, or sitting on your blessed assurance in your nice, comfy, cozy, church." No the Bible describes Satan as being transformed into an angel of light. (See 2 Corinthians 11:14.) And what person doesn't grow up believing that all angelic beings are from heaven? I know I did.
There are so many good, caring, people, that have very innocently taken the bite of the sin-laden forbidden fruit and some don't even know it. My heart goes out to these precious people with a compassion that is indescribable.
You will see, as you read this book, sometimes the same message is repeated, but in a different setting in the next chapter. Maybe that's why the Lord has so many good parables and key doctrinal words and verses repeated in the Word of God. Sometimes I had to hear and read the same message over again in the next chapter before it finally started to make sense.
So now, as it says in Isaiah 1:18: "Come now, and let us reason together…" as I share with you what God placed in my heart many years ago.
The title of the book is, what else, but what the serpent fed Adam and Eve, and what Satan is spoon-feeding the world every day, described in Isaiah 5:20, that evil is good and good is evil, that forbidden fruit those… "Good-ole rotten apples!"