Blood Sucking Leeches
[Or Unholy Alliances]
by Richard St.James
... a Message from the Messenger
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Christian … these are little foxes that can spoil your vine. Do you
want to please God and stand for Jesus Christ? This message reveals
the pit falls and provides the principles to having the fruit of the
Holy Spirit. The illustration given is that of George Washington,
our nation’s first president, and his disastrous “run-in” with
• Ye Are The Branches
• We Are His Branches
• A Godly King Weakened By Leeches
• The Big Bloodletting
• The Biggest Warning!
• The Big Lesson To Be Learned In II Corinthians 6!
• The Big Leeches Of Our Day!
Blood Sucking Leeches [Or Unholy Alliances]
A thought I had several years ago came to me that I was about to
witness another oddity in my life. [For those of you who know me,
this does not surprise you.] And odd though it may be, it seems ...
the oddities are always ... something BIG! Case in point, thirty
miles from the black earth farming community of Beason is Decatur,
Illinois. It is known as The Soy City ... and it is the largest
agricultural processing center in the world. The largest means the
biggest! It was through God's grace and mercy, and by His provision
to me, that I had received a reward for all my labor for coming to
Illinois in 1994.
I had truly sampled the inside of, and seen the
inner workings, of two of the largest grain processing giants of the
world, the A.E. Staley Company, and the Archer Daniels Midland
Company. It is ADM that is known as The Super Market To The World!
And after that, for two years, as The Lord God had it, I enjoyed the
privilege of working for the largest [the biggest!] construction and
mining equipment manufacturer in the world. I had the responsibility
over 4 million square feet of the facilities
ventilation, waste water process, and energy management] for the
Decatur Caterpillar plant. It had been exciting ... and NO
! I did
not deserve such a privilege. It was The Lord my God that was good
Ready to go? The oddity arrives. As God would have it, my "stay"
Caterpillar was lining out just as the LARGEST
the world was being fabbed before my very eyes! It was a BIG
... BIG TRUCK
! "How big was this thing?"
you say. Well, let me tell
you. It was so BIG
that it would sink through the surface
of any of our conventional asphalt state highways. It was so BIG
that it weighed over 600,000 pounds empty. When it was fully loaded,
it weighed nearly 1.3 million pounds! That TRUCK
surely was an
Years ago, now nearly twenty-five years, I was a sailor in the
United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Guess what? Another
oddity! As God would have it, my stay on board the U.S.S Enterprise
was at a time when this nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was THE
... I mean THE BIGGEST
warship in the world. This bird farm
was so massive, and so BIG
, that it was a floating city for over
6,000 men, and boasted an airport 4 1/2 acres in size as a home for
100 aircraft. Furthermore, it had great power! Its eight nuclear
reactors could pump out over 200,000-horse power!
I am not done yet! I still have more to say, and to lay bare the
thing of all! Are you ready? I have witnessed the greatest
work of all ... in all the earth ... and of all time. I witnessed it
twenty-five years ago, and I am still witnessing it to this very
day. Here we go! It is the "SO GREAT SALVATION"
of Jesus Christ,
SON OF GOD
, of Hebrews 2. It is THE BIGGEST SALVATION
God. He saves the BIGGEST
of sinners ... EVEN ME
that can ever be seen by man ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH
faith. AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he
loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together
with Christ, [by grace are ye saved;]."
[Ephesians 2:4-5] For
... is THE BIGGEST LOVE
. I have witnessed it! I have
tasted ... THE LORD IS GRACIOUS! "If so be ye have tasted that the
Lord is gracious."
[I Peter 2:3] I have been greatly blessed.
in these forty-eight years that I have been on the earth, seen so
much. I have visited the eastern shores of the Continent of Africa.
I have been to Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, too. I have
labored in the giant oil fields of the northern most reaches of the
state of all these United States, ALASKA
. I am enjoying the
greatest gift ... THE BIGGEST GIFT
... that any man could have
TO TRUE BIBLE SALVATION
, and that is ... a Bible-believing wife ...
whose price is far above rubies! "Who can find a virtuous woman? For
her price is far above rubies."
[Proverbs 31:10] Amen!
Truly I have enjoyed this witness of THE BIGGEST
revealed both in nature [Romans 1:20] and in THE BIBLE
I am referring to is THE AUTHORIZED VERSION of THE HOLY BIBLE
[or any edition of it]. It is commonly known as the King
James Bible. I have long since never doubted a word of it, nor
desired to correct any word found in it, even if it singed me good
in judgment, and even in my times of deep distress and
discouragement when I may have in my heart foolishly charged God
with wrong doing.
I can say as the prophet of God said ... "O LORD,
thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I,
and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.
For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because
the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision,
daily. Then I said, I will not mention of him, nor speak any more in
his name. But his word was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in
my bones, and I was weary with forebearing, and I could not stay."
I simply have in child-likeness believed THE BOOK
... no matter how hard things got ... for it has BURNED
in my heart
for these last twenty-five years. I have by GRACE
not gotten off
course either ... for He has held me to Himself. God is faithful,
and I [literally] have taken God at His word concerning I Peter 1:5.
"Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready
to be revealed in the last time."
And while I have seen the Lord
hold me to Himself, I have with sadness watched as many people,
churches, Bible colleges and even our nation, are slowly slipping
... degree by degree ... away from THE GOD of THE BIBLE
. Why has
this happened? Could it be, that we can, through unholy alliances,
lose something that we never intended to give up? Are these little
foxes ... really these unholy alliances?
1. What are these little foxes ... that can spoil the vine?
2. And just what is this vine?
"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our
vines have tender grapes."
[Song of Solomon 2:15].
I. Ye Are The Branches
In John 15:1, Jesus Christ said this of Himself, "I am the true
, and in verse 5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
without me ye can do nothing."
When you by faith believed on the
Lord Jesus Christ, you received Him into your heart. At that moment
you were "quickened"
... BORN AGAIN
[John 3:3] YOU
of God. "But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his
The Holy Ghost was sent into you. "And because ye
are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into hearts, crying,
[Galatians 4:6]. You became engrafted into
as a branch. And being a branch, you were brought into a tender [or
abiding] relationship with God.
II. We Are His Branches ... II Corinthians 6:14-20
1. Not To Be Unequally Yoked
You are set apart from the world to be yoked with God, The Father,
through The Son. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
2. No Concord or Agreement With The Devil [or his
"And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God
We are his purchased possessions. It is for this reason
the Bible says: "for ye are the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto
you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord
III. A Godly King Weakened By Leeches...
1. Jehoshaphat Joining Affinity
"Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined
affinity with Ahab."
[II Chronicles 18:1] Beware Christian of the
dangers of "riches and honor"
in your journey.
"If riches increase,
set not your heart on them."
[Psalm 62:7b] Both riches and honor can
be a prelude to a horrible end. Possessing great riches, or money,
is one thing, but wanting riches, or money, is quite another.
The Spirit of God warn you. "But they that will be rich fall into
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money
is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they erred
from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
[I Timothy 6:9-10]
In our text: "Joined affinity"
Jehoshaphat had to loose his salt to conform to Ahab, and to Ahab's
ways, which is the World's system. Should we, as Christians, line
out with this world, and fit in? God forbid! Remember what the
Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1-2. "I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a
living sacrafice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and
in your spirit, which are God's."
2. Jehoshaphat Going Down!
"And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria."
Chronicles 18:2a] Let me say this first, this was positively the wrong
place for a godly king like Jehosphaphat to be. Ahab's Samaria was a
hellish center of mystery Babylon religion.
[Turn to: 1 Kings
16:30-33 to see this.] "And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the
sight of the LORD above all that were before him. And it came to
pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of
Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter
of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and
worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of
Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab
did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the
kings of Israel that were before him."
To Jehoshaphat, going down to
Samaria really didn't seem too far to go. This brings to mind these
words from a song. "Sin brings you farther than you ever wanted to
Oh, my, the dear price that some of us are paying ... to buy
into the philosophy of this old world. Going down is almost always a
process ... of slowly ... degree by degree ... slipping down from
where you used to be. I have heard it said, that you could place a
frog in a big kettle of water sitting over a hot fire to the frog's
He is so happy, just swimming and enjoying life,
though, imperceptibly, degree by degree, the water comes to a boil.
That frog dies ... for he never knew it was for his life ... for a
horrible end. Jehoshaphat was running blind, and was fooled. [See
3. Jehoshaphat Persuaded!
"And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the
people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to
Ramothgilead. And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of
Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead?"
[II Chron. 18, vs.2b]
Who you hang around with ... is who you will become like. If you
leave off ... or trade off, your "inner"
principles given to you by
God's Holy Spirit, just so you can get along with the crowd, or just
so you can marry that worldly person ... you will do it to your own
eternal hurt ... and to the hurt of all those around you. Just think
of all the children hurt by all these unholy alliances.
around you! If you place yourself deliberately in the place of
temptation ... you are setting yourself up for a Great Fall.
Jehoshaphat "went down"
to Samaria, and he looked all round and
about this strange city in the company of his newly found friend. [Some friend!] He was ready to give away the store. Why? Why? Why?
will tell WHY! Jehoshaphat left off from FLYING BY THE INSTRUMENTS
[BY THE OLD BLACK BOOK
!] and was GOING BY THE SEAT OF THE PANTS
!] Ahab persuaded, ever so sweetly, and ever so
craftily, and implored FOR
his dear brother to
up in an
ecumenical crusade against a common enemy! It sounded good, but wait
4. Jehoshaphat Becoming One With Ahab!
"And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people;
and we will be with thee in the war."
Sounds like an alliance to me.
Sounds a lot like a marriage to me! In I Corinthians 6:9-20, Paul is
dealing with a church [as if it was CARNAL
] concerning their need to
stay pure, and to: "Flee fornication."
"Know ye not that
your bodies are members of Christ?"
Now compare this scripture with
that of II Corinthians 6:14-16. Agreements! Concords! Yokes! ... are
all analogous to LINKING
!, to HITCHING UP
Fornicating! "What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot
is one body? for two saith he, shall be one flesh."
IV. The Big Bloodletting ...
Unholy Alliances are like Blood-Sucking Leeches. The will take the
life out of you. They are after the blood! LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD
Leviticus 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I
have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your
souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
Vs 14. "For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the
life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall
eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is
the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off."
Deuteronomy 12:23 "Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the
blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh."
In a book called: GEORGE WASHINGTON
, by Douglas Southall Freeman,
Volume 7, page 620,621; we find this peculiar account of the death
of George Washington, The United States Of America's first
December 14, 1799
"At that darkest of hours, long before the dawn of a mid-December
day, Washington suffered a severe ague. [A flue-like condition]
Sometime between 2 and 3 o' clock he woke, Martha and told her he
was ill. She noticed that he breathed with difficulty and scarcely
could speak. Her impulse was to go at once for a servant, but
fearful lest she contract another of her dangerous colds, the
General would not allow her to get up in the chilled room.
the long night watch that followed, the intensity of Martha's
anxiety must have matched the General's physical suffering. With the
sunrise, which was after 7 o'clock, the housemaid Caroline came as
usual to make the morning fire. Martha directed her at once to call
Tobias Lear and, at Washington's request, a summons also was sent to
overseer Rawlins at Union Farm to come and bleed him,"
"bloodletting" was common practice right up to the 1930's by well
meaning physicians] "since it would be some time before the Doctor
could arrive. Lear dressed quickly and hurried to the bedchamber.
Martha was up and told him of the General's seizure. His breathing
still was labored and his words almost unintelligible. Lear
dispatched his own servant in all haste with a note for Doctor Craik.
This done, he: returned to the bedside and saw there was no change.
Washington tried to take some of the mixture of molasses, vinegar
and butter that was offered him in the hope it might relieve his
throat, but he could not swallow any of it. Each effort to do so
brought on a spasm and it seemed almost as if he would suffocate.
Soon after daybreak Rawlins arrived, and as the overseer tremulously
began his unhappy task, Washington said, "Don't be afraid."
should have been afraid!] "Then the incision was made, the General
observed, "The orifice is not large enough," though the blood flowed
[They were taking his blood! Life is in the Blood!]
"In her apprehension, Martha feared the procedure might be harmful
to the General rather than helpful,"
[She was right!] "and at her
earnest request, Lear moved to stop the bleeding, but Washington
gestured otherwise and as he could speak, said "More."
Jehoshaphat who had THE BOOK
to warn him!] "Shortly, out of respect
to Martha's continuing concern, the measure was stopped after about
half a pint was taken. Still there was no change. Lear then, gently
as he could applied sal volatile externally to the throat. As his
fingers touched the affected area, Washington remarked, " 'Tis very
sore." A soft cloth soaked in the solution then was wrapped around
his neck, and his feet were bathed in warm water.
It was past 8
o'clock and still there was no change. About this time Washington
said he would like to get up. His clothes were brought and he was
dressed, probably by his body servant, Christopher, who had come in
the early morning to wait on his master, and remained to attend him
throughout the day and evening.
Washington was helped to a chair by
the fire, where he sat for almost two hours, without relief. Martha,
meanwhile, remembering Doctor Craik's suggestion that in event of
serious illness at Mount Vernon, Dr. Gustavus Richard Brown of Port
Tobaco should be called, asked Lear to send for him. The groom Cyrus
was dispatched at once on the urgent mission.
It was then about 9
o'clock. Shortly afterward, Doctor Craik alighted at the door and
hurried to his beloved friend's bedside. As soon as he ascertained
the nature of the affliction, which he diagnosed as "inflammatory
quinsy," the Doctor put a blister of cantharides"
[SPANISH FLIES ...
THE LEECH EFFECT AGAIN!] "on the throat in the hope of drawing the
inflammation to the surface. A second bleeding then was done."
No! They are taking life out of him ... which is in the blood!]
"Washington was able to inhale from a steaming kettle of vinegar and
water, but could not gargle. When he leaned back to let the mixture
of sage tea and vinegar run down his throat, he again almost
In a short time, and not until his Doctor bled him
again a third time, George Washington died. They had taken over a
pint and half of life-sustaining blood ... out of a sick man! Did he
die early? I believe he died early based on the principle that the
"life of the flesh is in the blood."
Instead of helping George
Washington, they were killing him. Even more curious is that George
Washington, himself, thought this procedure was for his good. He was
V. The Biggest Warning!...
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are
written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
[I Corinthians 10:11] The practical application then for the
blood-bought New Testament believer in Jesus Christ in the Church
Age is to learn from the witness of The Holy Ghost's BOOK
a godly king ... Jehoshaphat, and his joining infinity for the wrong
relationships, whether they be the wrong people, or the wrong
causes, or for the wrong activities to be involved in.
At all times,
we need to remember that our tender relationship with THE SON OF GOD
... is like the branches are to "the Vine", and our ability to
produce good fruit depends on our maintaining our first love with
, and the Savior, and the LORD, ...
"He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much
fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
We cannot have a divided
mind concerning our loyalty, and our love for God. He wants us
simply lock, stock and barrel ... to produce THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY
The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit is:
Therefore, we cannot afford these UNHOLY ALLIANCES!
tolerate those BLOOD-SUCKINGS LEECHES
that weaken our relationship
as the branches to THE VINE
, or we will not produce the fruit of
! We will be fruitless ... in terms of all measurements, and
for all eternity!
Unholy Alliances [Or Blood-Sucking Leeches] will:
1. Grieve The Holy Spirit. "And grieve not holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
2. Quench The Holy Spirit. "Quench not the Spirit"
VI. The Big Lesson To Be Learned in II Corinthians 6
Lesson A. Three Have No’s...
1. Vs.14 Have no unequal yoke with unbelievers.
2. Vs.15 Have no concord with The Devil, or no part with an infidel.
3. Vs.16 Have no agreement with false churches or religions.
Lesson B. Three Actions...
1. Vs.17 Come Out!
2. Vs.17 Separate!
3. Vs.17 Touch Not!
Lesson C. Two Rewards
1. Vs.17 God will receive you!
2. Vs.18 And be a Father to you.
VII. The Big Leeches Of Our Day!
Big Leech No.1
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to marry
an unbeliever. [Someone ... who is not "born again"
... nor all out for Jesus Christ!]
Big Leech No.2
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to listen
to the wrong music. Music, itself, is not neutral, it speaks a
language. Satan infiltrated most of the churches of the land with
so-called Christian music. It is nothing more than pure rock, or
country & western ... it is the world's stuff!
Big Leech No.3
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to sit in
front of the television ... to get our entertainment. An inordinate
amount of imbibing here involves the destruction the temple of the
believer with impurities. Even so-called clean programming is not
harmless. Precious time is lost that will never be recovered ... and
life is too short. Stay busy for God in his work.
Big Leech No.4
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to
fellowship, congregate and associate with the merely religious [or
unregenerate] in any of their assemblies. That
would be disastrous for the true Bible-believer. You would give up what
is precious to the Lord.
Big Leech No.5
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to wear
the attire or clothing that blurs or destroys the distinction that
God made between the male and the female.
Big Leech No.6
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to wear
the attire or clothing that is immodest.
Big Leech No.7
... an Unholy Alliance ... is if we choose to make
our goal: the material prosperity, money and popularity offered by
I John 2:15-17
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For
all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
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