“Do What Thou Wilt” is a manifesto of rebellion against God. Real happiness comes from surrendering our will to Him.
In today’s program we’re going to expose another dangerous New Age lie. A very controversial figure of the 20th. century resurrected this ancient lie and elaborated a theoretical construct which has served American witchcraft to justify its methods and very existence. Further, New Age channels and the Illuminati movement have also latched on to this credo of disobedience to God and that focuses only on their desire. Let’s get started!
“Do what thou wilt”
Behind every New Age teaching ultimately lies one foundational principle: “Do what thou wilt.” Every person is encouraged to seek their own path, fulfill their own desires, and give full expression to their own will. Actually the word ‘will’ is seldom used today – instead New Age teachers talk about ‘intention’. Let’s first of all investigate the spiritual and historical roots of this New Age principle so that we can more clearly understand the deception at play here.
Even though “Do what thou wilt” seems like a very contemporary concept, its roots go back to the rebellion in heaven. Satan rebelled against God’s law and government, choosing instead to follow his own will and apply his own law. As a result, Satan and his followers were cast out of heaven.
More recently, Aleister Crowley, the renowned Satanist of the 20th. century, published a book called “The Book of the Law”. In this book he develops the concept of the law of Thelema which states: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.” What is this really saying? According to Crowley there is only one law, that of the will. Yes he talks about love, but love is subjected to the will and not the other way around. In other words will rules over love and not love over will. “Do what thou wilt” is a manifesto for disobedience to God.
Aleister Crowley freely admitted in fact flaunted that he was only a channel for the Thelema books. He travelled to Egypt with his wife and while he was there he ‘received’ the books from a supernatural entity named Aiwass. Aiwass dictated the Book of the Law that became the text for a pseudo-religion called Thelema, the greek word for will. In the book Crowley announces the start of the Age of Horus and that its followers should live by the principle of “Do what thou wilt” and manifest their will through the practice of magic.
First of all, is it any surprise that Crowley received this channeled information in Egypt, the home of the infamous Mystery Schools of the black arts? Secondly, is it any surprise that the supernatural entity who transmitted the book to Aleister was talking about the Age of Horus, an ancient Egyptian pagan god? (As a side note, in our next program on the New Age we’ll demonstrate that those supernatural entities are demons). Thirdly, is it any surprise also that the whole concept is associated with magic or witchcraft?
“Do what thou wilt” commands the unleashing of the individual will in the quest for self-fulfillment with no regard to other authority. The Bible says that rebellion is as witchcraft, the human will that refuses to submit to Godly authority. As if we needed any evidence, Aleister Crowley’s motto subsequently became a basic tenet in many secret societies. It’s one of the official foundations of the practice of wicca witchcraft in the US, it appears in their basic manifesto.
During the 1960’s counterrevolution, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and other cultural icons overtly promoted this concept in their music. In fact Aleister Crowley appeared on the cover of one of the Beatles’ music albums as well as one of Michael Jackson’s. More recent pop stars are rumored to have been heavily influenced by Crowley’s law and magical teachings, all of them coming to tragic deaths. Today the Illuminati movement has resurrected Crowley’s law. Jay-Z for example produced a line of clothing with that “Do what thou wilt” printed on it.
Something else is happening today which is just as scary. New Agers all over the world, that breed of spiritual seekers who shun religion for a more “evolved” form of spirituality, are receiving this same channeled message from a variety of so-called spiritual guides. Esther Hick’s Abraham is one of the primary ones but there are many others. “Do as thou wilt” is being rendered as “The only thing that matters is that it feels good”. “If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it”. “As long as it feels good to you, move forward with it”.
Hundreds of thousands of people if not millions of people across the world are being influenced by these channeled messages that come from the dark side, masquerading as angels of light. “Do what thou wilt” is a dark law that comes straight from the kingdom of darkness. Its only purpose is to make you sin by disregarding God’s law and seeking after your individual and often selfish desires.
It is a subterfuge to say that as long as no one is harmed, there’s nothing wrong with doing what our will dictates. You’ll be interested to learn that we can trace this concept of “it’s okay as long as we’re not harming anyone” all the way back to the Roman Empire with the Latin maxim “ primum non nocere” or “primum nil nocere”. Interesting how all paths lead back to Rome! The reality is, there’s a law that governs heaven and earth, and that’s God’s law. Two consenting adults may very well engage in practices that on the surface seem to hurt no one other than their body temples. But because they go against the will of God they’re transgressing divine law and there will be a price to pay.
God is the Creator, the King of Heaven and of Earth, the Supreme Ruler of the entire universe. God is a being of perfect love, and in His Kingdom will is subjected to love. Heaven is the seat of His government, and His government is based on His law. The Bible teaches us that God’s law is an expression of His character: loving, holy and righteous. God’s law is contained in the Ten Commandments, which are eternally binding. God’s commandments were already in place in Heaven when Lucifer rebelled against them and became Satan, God’s adversary. And God’s commandments will remain throughout all eternity as the code of conduct for all heavenly beings.
How do we know that the Ten Commandments will still be in force throughout eternity? In Chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation the Angel of the Seventh Trumpet sounds his trumpet, “and there were great voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever’. That’s in Revelation 11:15. Shortly after that in verse 19 we read: “And the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament; and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earquake, and great hail.”
This is the exact description of the day of the second coming of Jesus Christ which also appears in other places in the Book of Revelation and in other books of the Bible. This is the same law that God Himself spoke to the children of Israel amid thunderings and lightnings on Mount Sinai. He Himself wrote this law with His own finger upon the tables of stone that Moses brought down from the mount. Don’t be fooled into believing that God has set aside something that He personally communicated. He Himself delivered His law orally so that the children of Israel would know that it came directly from Him. He engraved it with His own finger on tablets of stone to illustrate their permanence.
God’s law instructs us on the proper behavior towards Him as God – that’s the first table of the law. The second table of the law instructs us on the proper behavior towards His other children. 1 John 5:2-3 tells us: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” King David said in Psalms 40:8: “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 119 is a long psalm that is all about the law of God. Let me read you verses 97 – 105:
“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.”
You see, when we walk in the Lord’s commandments our way is sure, He blesses and protects us. King David’s point in the Psalm is that as we walk in God’s ways we gain great wisdom that sets us above our enemies. On the contrary, those who violate God’s precepts step outside His boundary of protection. “The angel of the Lord encamps round about those that fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7) Those that fear the Lord are those who keep His commandments as we read in Proverbs 12:13-14: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
What do you need to take away from this? You do not make the law, nor Aleister Crowley, nor the wicca witches, nor Esther Hicks channeling her spiritual guides. God alone makes the law; He is the Supreme Authority in the entire universe. If following your desires and establishing your will lead you into breaking God’s law, you’re walking on treacherous ground. For there will be a day of reckoning, and whether you believe it or not doesn’t change that fact.
Desire and Sin
Obviously not every desire is bad. We all have many positive desires in the course of our daily lives. But when our desires have free rein and the only dictate of our conscience is self-satisfaction or self-fulfillment, that desire can lead us astray.
In James 1 we learn that there’s a direct connection between desire and sin: “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him. … But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”
Why does James say “and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death”? The Bible says that “sin is the transgression of the law”, that’s found in 1 John 3:4. The Bible also tells us that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Therefore, the unbridled appetite of our senses ultimately leads to death.
I’d like us to quickly review some Bible stories where men and women of God fell because they allowed their desires to lead them into disobedience.
In the Book of Genesis Chapter 3 we read: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (verses 6 – 8).
Eve was led astray by the persuasive serpent who convinced her that it was good to disobey. As a result, Eve and her husband ended up trying to hide their shame from God. Sin brings not only death, it also brings shame.
Samson was a Nazirite, chosen by God from the womb to help deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. Samson was attracted to Philistine women, from the very people he was ordained to destroy. After a short marriage to another Philistine woman Samson became involved with Delilah. Because he sought to please men rather than God, Samson revealed to Delilah the secret of his strength. She betrayed him, and Samson died as a result, although he did take down over 3000 philistines with him.
King Saul is another example of disobedience as a result of trying to please men rather than God. His disobedience caused Saul to lose his anointing and ultimately his throne, which God gave to David.
One day King David was on his balcony, and he saw a beautiful woman bathing in the garden. Her name was Bathsheba and she was the wife of one of King David’s men of war named Uriah. David fell madly in love with her and arranged for her husband Uriah to be killed on the battlefield, a man who was outstandingly faithful to David. So David sinned by adultery and murder. He repented of his sins and the Lord forgave David, but nevertheless David’s first child with Bathsheba died. So David disobeyed God because he allowed his infatuation with Bathsheba to overrule his love for God and Uriah.
How can we overrule unbridled desire?
The Bible is full of godly counsel on how to overcome the flesh, because God recognizes that the flesh and the spirit are constantly at war. If we desire to make it to Heaven it’s critically important that we defeat the strongman of the flesh. So much so that Jesus spoke these very radical words: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:29)
God wants us to triumph over temptation and selfish desires. This is a very hard thing to do! And if we continuously indulge our selfish desires we will never develop the righteous, holy character that God wants us to develop. He wants us to be holy because He is holy – this is first stated in Leviticus 20:26 and then repeated in 1 Peter 1:13-16: “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” The goal of our walk on this earth is to restore a holy character within us so that we may be fit to become a citizen of heaven.
Let’s allow the apostle Paul to make the case for walking in the spirit instead of in the flesh. In 2 Timothy 2:22 he wrote to his mentee Timothy: “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Paul also wrote this very beautiful passage in Galatians 5: 13, 16-25: “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. … I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
The Israelites in the times of Moses were walking in disobedience and Moses said to them: “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today—every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes”. God is the Supreme Lawmaker, and His law is the standard by which we will be judged during the Last Judgment. But our God is every bit as loving as He is just. He gave us power to overcome the strongman of the flesh and to resist the temptations of the ruler of this world. Jesus was victorious over Satan’s temptations through the Word of God: He told the devil: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
If you ask the Lord, He will give you the will to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 15)
Seeking after the things of this world is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. This ship is sinking – why would you want to have any part or portion in it? Especially when the end of time is so near? Jesus asked his disciples: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37) There is no desire of anything in this world worth giving up heaven for.
But desire is a good thing when our desires are aligned with God’s desires. He desires to give us eternal riches in glory, that we should walk on streets of gold, that we should drink the water of life and eat from the tree of life, that we should live in the city where there is no night because the glory of God and the Lamb light up the city. Don’t trade your salvation for a bowl of lentils like Essau did and miss out on the whole reason why we’re even walking on this wretched planet to begin with. Keep your eyes on the eternal prize, and you’ll be more than a conqueror through Him who loved you. (Romans 8:37)
God’s Vision for Your Life
God wants to give good things to His children, exceedingly abundantly above and beyond anything you can ask or imagine. It is not God’s will to limit you, but rather to develop you into the fullness of the vision that He has for you. He is the potter shaping the clay, and He holds a vision for you that is so much higher than any vision your own human mind can conceive! If you yield to His will and you surrender yourself and your whole life to Him, He’ll surprise and delight you with the wonderful things He’ll do for you now and in the life to come. The Bible says “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness, and everything else will be added unto you”. (Matthew 6:33)
Let’s end on this beautiful passage in Proverbs 3:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”