“You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.”
“We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”
1 John 5:19
An “off-the-grid” lifestyle is living disconnected from basic utilities (such as electric, water supply, etc.) It has essentially become a significant movement as many seek a life separated from what is perceived as intrusion. These new homes are autonomous; they provide an alternative to a “life plugged into society” and choosing to be detached from the popular culture.
From what I’ve read, it seems like it is very similar to what the Old Order Amish and Conservative Mennonites have done for centuries. It seems to be more than “survivalism” and many off-grid people believe they are experiencing a deeper standard of living by being independent.
The Bible teaches that there is a world system that has us enmeshed. The system is everywhere you see injustice, disease, bondage, wars and pain. It seems to have a very comprehensive presence of organized wickedness, and it is quite pervasive–it is seen everywhere.
There is a way however, of disconnecting yourself from this spiritual grid. But there seems to be a consistent pressure on us as Christians to stay connected to this world system. Those who desire to live off-grid face a degree of scorn and “rolling-of-the-eyes.” This should be anticipated. Humans have a tremendous desire for conformity.
The evil found in this world can be intense. In Bible narrative we see judgement brought on organized societies for their hatred of godliness and godly people. Satan’s dark fantasy is to control and determine the destiny of all that he can. The world as we know it, “is under the control of the evil one.“ The future antichrist will centralize darkness so it does the will of his father, the devil.
The Apostle John had a crisp and clear vision of the spiritual landscape in an extraordinary way. Many times he speaks clearly. And at other times John uses symbols and coded information to reveal what is coming. His writings, especially 1 John and Revelation are embedded with the truths that he saw.
“Don’t love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. “
1 John 2:15, CEV
“Off-the-grid” living may have many advantages and appeal, on a physical plane. (Each of pay a ‘princely’ sum to the electric and water companies.) But unplugging yourself from this world’s system takes the help of the Holy Spirit. May the Father guide you in this.
People were eating, drinking, and getting married right up to the day that the flood came and Noah went into the big boat. They didn’t know anything was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man appears.
Matt. 24:38-39, CEV