The Jezebel spirit has been making its mark on our airwaves—and in our movie theaters—long enough. Television and film producers have made billions of dollars selling sex on the small screen and the big screen but intercession over the entertainment industry is starting to bear fruit.
Before we go further, let me clarify how the Jezebel spirit is working. I go into greater detail about this in my book, The Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel, but let Revelation 2:20 open your eyes to what the Jezebel spirit is and what are its motives: "But I have a few things against you," Jesus told the church at Thyatira, "You permit that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols."
Jezebel is a seducing spirit. This spirit has been working overtime in our media for decades, with wardrobe malfunctions, illicit homosexual sex scenes on shows like How to Get Away With Murder, and the ever-popular and scandalous Scandal. But intercessors have been coming against the perversion in the entertainment industry and it's working.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is fining WDBJ Television $325,000 for broadcasting graphic and sexually explicit material during the station's evening newscast. Keep in mind that this never would have happened if people like you hadn't lifted their voices.
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Indeed, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau investigated viewer complaints that WDBJ aired a news report that included graphic sexual images taken from an adult film website in the report. This enforcement action would be the highest fine the Commission has ever taken for a single indecent broadcast on one station.
"Our action here sends a clear signal that there are severe consequences for TV stations that air sexually explicit images when children are likely to be watching," says Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.
Glory to God!
Here's the backstory: The FCC investigation found that station staff obtained a sexually explicit video clip from an adult film website and broadcast those explicit images in the news report that aired at about 6 p.m. on July 12, 2012. That, of course, violated federal laws prohibiting the broadcast of indecent programming.
That's just one recent example of viewers rejecting Jezebelic content. Earlier this week, I wrote about how Sex Box, which featured real-life couples having sex for a national television audience, was cancelled. In the show, participants entered a soundproof box on stage, had sex and then discussed their "intimacy issues" with a panel of so-called experts, including a minister! WE tv, which hosted the show, called it a "groundbreaking, unprecedented and life-changing way for couples in crisis to heal their sexual and emotional issues." Prayer broke through. Meanwhile, Bayer pulled a sexually inappropriate Lotrimin ad less than 24 hours after the Americans cried out.
Although there's still plenty of work to do—and still plenty of intercession to make—these and other victories are evidence that the combination of prayer and action work. Of course, some people still don't get it. Jezebel has already blinded them. WDBJ, for example, is at a loss for why the FCC would fine it $325,000.
"We are surprised and disappointed that the FCC has decided to propose to fine WDBJ7 for a fleeting image on the very edge of some television screens during a news broadcast," said WDBJ7 President Jeffrey Marks. "The story had gone through a review before it aired. Inclusion of the image was purely unintentional. The picture in question was small and outside the viewing area of the video-editing screen."
Likely story. Let's keep praying—and keep lifting our voices.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual Awakening; Mornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still, Small Voice of God; The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.