“Stripper Pole” “Asherah Pole” (Same Difference)

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Articles, Religion
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Dueteronomy 12 1-3: “These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.”

It’s amazing the things that are revealed to you as you continue to read the Bible over and over again. What didn’t make sense to you the previous years may stand out like a sore thumb does the next year.

As I was reading His word today God showed me something that was occurring in Biblical time that was often a particular style of evil, worship that He completely detested that is as often is the case still going on today and is even in many respects tolerated and participated in by many of today’s “Christians” who just as they have on many issues been tricked into believing in a lie.

One of the idolatrous religions that God repeatedly stated in the Bible was anything associated with the goddess “Asherah” and her “Asherah poles”.

According to many published references Asherah was a pagan goddess of fertility which is a cleverly evil way to say that she was worshiped as a “sex goddess” and God repeatedly warned the Israelites to “cut down the poles” and “destroy the shrines” to Asherah anytime that they encountered them as they entered “the land that He promised them”.

As I was reading Deuteronomy today God instantly showed me the modern-day version of this pagan worship ritual and it was an activity that I participated heavily in before my wholeheartedly giving my life to Christ.

As my imagination took me back to what the old Biblical days were referencing God instantly had a thought of an “Asherah pole” on my mind and then he fast forwarded today to today’s version of the “Asherah pole” which is the “stripper pole”.

Now many of us would loath to say that this is so but God is the one that showed me this today as I was not expecting it as I read my word for today and munched on my lunch of chicken, sweet potato fries, and a salad but just as He always seems to do God took what was me getting through today’s reading so that I could finish lunch and get back to work and gave me something much more to munch on and think about.

As I pondered what God had showed me I started to wonder as so many people will when they read this as to why I had never thought of this before and why hadn’t I put together the correlation between this historical, pagan, worship practice and today’s version of it “stripping”.

God plainly spoke to my heart that there isn’t much difference between an Asherah pole and a stripper pole for they both symbolize, idolize, and worship sex as a non-living god and just as it is with any other forms of idolization far too many men, women, children, Christians, etc., have been insidiously been led to believe that this form of entertainment has nothing to do with “anything else” but “stripping” when the truth is that the devil often dresses up old things that will distract people from the truth, that can lead them astray and makes them look “new” to today’s society thus many people to include “Christians” often participate in it not seeing what the harm is.

We even have the merits of this activity being taught in our schools today as “exercise” on various college campuses (in more liberal states even in high school), it is also urged upon women desperate for attention from their “significant other’s” as a way to spice up their sexual lives, it is also cunningly passed off to our women must as it is being proliferated into our educational system to many women as a way to get into better shape and thus so many people are unwittingly participating in a time-honored, evil ritual that can just as any other activity that is not God-driven lead to spiritual decay and eventually spiritual and even physical death.

Now if it seems that I am “tripping about stripping” please know that one thing that you must know is that when God put this on my heart today I was painfully disturbed because I myself have actively participated into leading people into this sinful behavior by taking them to strip clubs or renting/or helping people to rent strippers on numerous occasions.

Yet the biggest pain that hit my heart today was the knowledge that I once led women that I should’ve been leading onto the path of righteousness as a Godly man like I am today into sin because I myself was a stripper and I better than so many others can attest to the powerful, hypnotic, erotic, and seductive pull that this lifestyle represents. That’s right my friends, your boy “Big Black” was once a stripper”.

However, have no fear as my despair only lasted for a moment as my loving God quickly reminded me that He had long since forgotten about my former life and that as a I continue to become a more mature Christian He would continue to unlock things that He no longer remembers as sin in my life from my memory to help me discern and teach discernment to others on what God word says on any given subject.

How great is our God? Awesome isn’t he? His mercy endures forever and I praise Him for this revelations that no doubt will help someone who is participating or thinking of participating in this activity to know what the truth is behind it and that it is a spiritual death trap that is waiting to be sprung to the unwary.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t speak on the many who like I “stripped” because they needed the money or because their life choices led them down this road or to those that simply do it for the “fun” of it that God loves you, always has, always will yet He desires more for you than you currently have in your participation in this industry.

For those that participate because you were forced into it He wants to grant you the freedom that He is.

For those that participate and enjoy it because you feel lonely know that He is the only source that can fill that hole in your heart that no matter how many times you come to “the club” never seems to get filled.

For those that are stuck in the industry because of drugs or other addictions know that He can free you from these and any other things that bind and keeps your heart from His mercy and love.

And lastly, for those in His family that have the mindset that “nothing is wrong with this activity” God wants you to know that your assessment is foolish and that He purposely chose to speak on this through His servant on this issue because He knows that I’ve been both a participate and an enjoyer of it and if you pray and ask Him about the merits of this issue He will if you’ll heed His words show you your folly.

He loves you today!

He desires a more intimate relationship with you and wants to open your eyes to the hidden evil that lurks around you that is trying to destroy you because of a “lack of knowledge”.

Seek Him today on this issue and any other that comes before your eyes or your mind and He will in due season give you a truthful, complete answer.

Be blessed today and I leave you with a Holy kiss from a brother who loves you in the admonition of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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Comments
  1. zanspence says:

    Thanks. It’s a gift when God shows a person the ancient spirits behind a modern concept. The popularity of pole lessons as form of cardio and strength training is also a new problem. Subtly the pole has become desensitized and of something to embrace as different, liberating and fun. Calisthenics worked for years. It’s a trick from the enemy. We ought be doing as you mentioned which is seeing those in sexual workforce(strippers, prostitutes, porn stars) as broken vessels that God wants to heal just like he did with all Christians and not embracing open doors like this that will lead to sexual immorality.

  2. VirtuousbyHim says:

    WOW!!! I was having this very conversation just last week. And this evening as I was reading Micah 5 I ran across this Ashera pole. Coincidence? I think NOT!!! Thanks for the info, I’m looking forward to what the Lord wants me to know and do with this to help others about this popular deception. May the the Lord continue to bless you and yours.

  3. Rob says:

    This was a great word. It open my eyes to a lot of things.

  4. rachel says:

    I was a stripper and although i’m not stripping at a club and have turned my life around i’m having trouble getting rid of my pole that i work on at home. Is it really demonic because I’ve heard there is a debate on origins. If a woman was to dance in the privacy of her own home for her spouse I don’t see anything wrong with it but i know most people do including my ex-boyfriend who isn’t a christian.

  5. rachel says:

    and dancing alone does make me feel pretty and good about myself and i love the exercise. i’m not alluring anyone. i do wonder though…thinking spriually ….i’ve battled fertility issues for years i don’t think this pole would worsen it and bring curses

    • I’m not one to judge anyone dear sister on whether or not what is right for you or your husband should do or not do. This was just something that God put into my spirit as he walked me down the path to teach me how and what the “pole” represents and it could be that it is for my life and my life only yet I write what He places on my heart in the hope that He may speak to others through me fully realizing that they in their walk may view or see it entirely different according to how they are led by the Spirit. I pray that you continue to seek God on this and get with some strong, women of God that can speak to you only with the knowlege that a woman of God can with you concerning this issue. Be blessed and thank you for the comment as it provoked some more thought.

  6. nicky says:

    Thank you so much. I was reading and studying 1kings and i ran across asherah pole and the spirit led me to your page. My sis who is coming down from vegas for Christmas is currently dancing at the age 29 and is getting more and more involved in this life. When i first did the dancing thing i walked in to get a job and my big sis, that is in vegas, was on stage.That was when i found out my true reason of being there.It was all in God’s plan.I got out of this life and shes still in it. God has bn using me to get through to her for years and since i read your article it opened my eyes to realize that God wants me to deal with my sister when she gets back to Dallas from vegas. This message that you shared really helped me.I thank God for vessels like you. Please pray for me to just have strength,wisdom, knowledge and courage to be tactful and to allow the Holy Spirit to intercede…And God bless you and may he keep you in his Holy will so that you may be a blessing to others…join me on my facebook:Nicole Reed.

    • Have prayed! Thank you and as someone who is a former stripper himself I know how tough it is and if it were not for a sister who prayed for me for over twenty years who knows where I would be so I believe that God is in your “wheelhouse” (guiding your ship) on this so keep strong and I pray that God gives you all that you need to include the patience to deal with your sister on this issue. Be blessed! Ron

      Also, there are alot of Nicole Reed’s on FB so it may be easier to find me: I’m “Ron D. Garrett” of Madison, AL or you should be able to find it somewhere on here on my profile maybe.

  7. Kristina Marie says:

    Thank you for sharing. I was a stripper in this demonic industry and thank you Father He kept me and pulled me out. What a Deliverer He is !!!!!!!! I had learned about the pole previously and thats the only thing I missed about stripping. But thank God he is working on me. Alot of my friends do it for exercise it does keep you in shape but the spiritual death…..my my my. I would rather gain 50 pounds than worship that false god which is the devil himself. I also just read this in judges 3:7. Keep sharing brother .

  8. MaryAnn Silva says:

    I read you insert on the familiarity of the 2 poles and how they coincide. I continue to read my bible daily and as the spirit direct and guides me i will ponder or question something and have the need to research . as you quoted ” Hosea 4:6 (ESV)
    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
    And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.
    I pray with and for you in your continued ministry in growth and discernment to help those blinded by todays modern rush of economy and popularity. God Bless Brother.

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