Keys to Overwhelming the Spirit of Perversion

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Shawn Akers

The spirit of perversion is not only present but is running rampant in our society today. Anywhere one looks, and not shockingly even in factions of the church, it’s not difficult to spot this dangerous and destructive spirit.

It is destroying not only today’s youth—our precious GenZers and young adults—but is also infecting seasoned pastors and ministry leaders who are supposed to be steering the younger generation away it. Billboards, grocery store aisles, movie theaters—you name it, that’s where you’ll find the spirit of perversion.

So, how do we protect young eyes from being blinded by this demonic entity? Charisma News’ James Lasher has a few provoking thoughts about keeping the nuclear family bound together and “Overwhelming the Spirit of Perversion,” which happens to be the title of an article he wrote in the October edition of “Charisma” magazine.

“Throughout history, we see perversion, and it’s a specific word that conjures up certain images or feelings to people,” Lasher says. “I hate to use this guy as an example, and may he rest in peace, but when you think of a pervert, a lot of times what comes to people’s minds is Pee-wee Herman.

“Nowadays, Pee-wee Herman kind of fits that perve mentality or creep because of his actions in the past,” he says. “But it’s so much deeper than that. When you think of perversion, it’s an altering, and in many cases from the spiritual aspect of things, it is a corrupting of God’s intent—God’s design, God’s creation—and that’s really, when you see the news, that’s what I feel guided by the Lord to be like, this is what I want you to write for this column because people need to see it.

“You need to understand,” Lasher says. “Here is the surface level of what the media is giving you, which really is less than the tip of the iceberg. The rest of it is under the surface that the Lord wants all of us right now to see, to understand and to continue The Great Commission on the knowledge and wisdom of what is occurring in the world around us right now.”

Herman, whose real name was Paul Reubens, was arrested for lewd behavior back in the 1980s, which ruined his Hollywood career. But fast forward a few decades, and today, not only is that type of behavior accepted and celebrated in the streets by events like Pride Month, but it has become the norm in our society and it is targeting our children today.

Herman, or Reubens, still has 2 million followers on his X account today. He passed away only a couple of months ago on July 30 at age 71.

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“Sadly, you are right,” Lasher says. “[Pee-wee Herman] started out just fine. He might not have been everybody’s cup of tea, but like our generation we grew up with “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” on TV, and it was just a man having fun and talking to kids and his lessons were not there; there were no ideologies being pushed. It was just good ol’ silly fun.

“… But today, Satan has our children and as, I would probably argue because he has a lot of targets, children are at the forefront,” he exclaims. “They are going after children with this sexual perversion.”

Lasher also writes daily articles for, and his writing inspiration comes from a special place.

“The thing that guides me for every article that comes across my desk or goes out from my computer that I attach my name to is prayer and asking to be led by the Holy Spirit,” Lasher tells Charisma News’ John Matarazzo. “That is the No. 1 thing that I do, especially for these new Charisma Magazine Online columns.

“What does the world need to hear from God today, not from James Lasher because for myself, don’t take my advice,” he says. “It’s like, ‘Lord, what do You want me to put on paper?’ even though now everything is digital. But ‘What words do You want me to put down? Guide my words.’ Being in the media, we see the news 24/7; what’s going on, what are the happenings good and bad. … So much of what is taking place in these different spheres is spiritual in its origin, in its roots.

“That doesn’t mean every person who might be committing evil in the world is a demon-possessed, Satan in the flesh kind of person necessarily,” Lasher says. “But the guidance is from the Holy Spirit.”

For more of this video and more thoughts from James Lasher on today’s spirit of perversion, please click here.

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Shawn A. Akers is the online editor at Charisma Media.

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