FAITH IS LIKE FIRE: Grace is the fuel

byGraceFaithBy faith, one is saved from eternal damnation. Faith is made possible by GOD’s sovereign grace.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

P6118781“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” – Galatians 3:11

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.” – Galatians 5:6

Faith saves us. Faith keeps us.

“Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:11

ffdsss“Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:” – 1 Timothy 1:19

“Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear:” – Romans 11:20

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22

0ef15155001b80a30d778b207449795dWorks are just the byproduct of faith, not the fuel. If Faith were a fire, the warmth, the light, and the dirty soot would be our works (our righteousness is as filthy rags), but the fuel would be GOD’s grace.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” – Titus 3:5

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”  – John 1:17

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:2

“But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” – Romans 5:15

Faith-without-works-is-deadAs activity from a human body shows that the spirit of life still remains inside a human being, even so spiritual actions or activity or works are proof that our faith is true saving faith and that the Spirit of GOD lives within us. As we abide by faith in Christ, He produces fruit or works in our lives.

We cannot abandon faith and abide outside of Christ and hope to remain alive, anymore than a branch can abide outside of a tree’s vines and roots and hope to still remain alive. Our faith is GOD’s gift to us, and it is fueled by His grace. We must approach GOD with love and fear, knowing that without faith and our lamps filled with His Spirit, we will be like the foolish virgins of Christ’s parable in the end – shut out of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” – James 2:26

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” – John 15:4

faith is the fire grace is the fuelGOD keeps the fire burning, not us. It behooves us to kneel before Him prostrate in thanksgiving for His great grace if you are child of GOD today, because if you fail to abide in Him and your faith dies, it is impossible to renew such faith. We are solely dependent upon our GOD’s grace, not living in fear of “losing our salvation”, but in faith that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him as Hebrews 11 states.

FaithSome in Arminius’ camps believe in “repeated regeneration”. In other words, they believe if you fail to maintain works (i.e. works salvation) or if you shipwreck your faith that you are given multiple opportunities to renew it. The Bible teaches that works have nothing to do with keeping one’s salvation. The Bible also teaches that once the fire of faith has died on the altar of a man’s life as the grace of GOD is removed, then you are eternally apostate and hopeless. Do not look to Arminius or any other man’s additions to Scripture for your beliefs on salvation. Look to Scripture alone.

“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” – John 15:6

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6

"Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning"

“Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning. Keep me burning till the break of day.”

Faith saves and that faith is made possible by GOD’s grace. We do not deserve His grace. “Saving faith” perseveres and it does show forth fruits meet for repentance. Our works are but the byproduct of our faith. He chooses to whom He will give grace and thus empowers “saving faith”, which means some will sail to Heaven’s shores, others will shipwreck their faith, while others will never get into the ship. Ultimately, the latter two did not have “saving faith” and were not of “the elect” or “saved”, even if they started out in faith. Only GOD has a right to give us faith that perseveres through His grace.

“Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God” – Romans 15:15

“But He gives more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6

“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy.” – Romans 9:13-16

gfdddfgSome followers of Calvin believe that this verse teaches that GOD damns some and limits his atonement to just those who receive His truth in faith, but that doctrine is not taught anywhere in Scripture. The Scriptures are abundantly clear that the ark of Christ’s salvation is open to everyone until the door of His grace shuts out those who waited too late to receive His gift of salvation. Does GOD choose to share a different measure of grace with certain people in His sovereignty? Yes.

for-by-grace-you-have-been-saved-through-faithDoes that mean He restricts some from coming to Himself? No. His atoning death on the cross is not limited to just an elite group of people. He died for all men, and He also gives all men a free will and choice in the matter.

Does GOD choose to dispense grace based upon something He sees in a man?  How does this work? The Bible doesn’t go into a detailed explanation on this subject, so you can either disobediently add to Scripture as Calvin and Arminius did or you can trust the Father to explain it to you in heaven someday. Beware of those who are more into teaching catechisms and spouting syllogisms and rationalism than they are into quoting Scripture. Adding to Scripture in order to reveal the “secret things” of GOD is not intellectual but extremely foolish.

“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” – Deuteronomy 29:29

010511_whatiseternallifeDoes GOD tell us to choose or does He force salvation upon us as an abusive spouse? GOD does tell us to choose many times in Scripture, and His character is not that of an abusive spouse, but a loving Groom. Are we depraved? Yes. How can we then choose Him? Why do some choose Him and some reject Him? How does this work? Why does GOD choose some and not others? Arminius’ followers may say it is because we choose GOD and He in His foreknowledge then gives us grace. Calvinists would say that it is because GOD selects men in His Sovereignty alone and damns the rest to hell.

asdfdddAgain, the Scriptures do not explain the mechanics of grace to us. Some run around “giddy as a school girl” with what they think is their perfect understanding of these truths, denouncing other believers who disagree with them. Many of these type of people are more into traditions, catechisms, divisions and debates than they are into sharing the Gospel and Christian unity.

In truth, our human minds cannot comprehend such matters, and those who say they know how or why GOD shows grace to some and not to others are like Calvin and Arminius who foolishly argue and attempt to show others answers on a matter that GOD will take ages to show to us.

secret thingsThey do not prove how intellectual they are, but rather the opposite. We can’t understand His sovereign grace in this life, but He will take ages to show to us how rich His grace truly is in the next life.

“That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” – Ephesians 2:7-8

DECEIVED: The girl who knew too little

anonymousA college girl refused to attend a social event with a certain popular boy. Satan had worn the face and body of this popular boy and so he was very angry that this girl turned him down. Therefore, he donned a mask and kidnapped the girl and showed her the tools of his torturous plans and convinced her that there would be horrors to come.

nuns - abortionThen Satan exited and later returned without the mask as the girl’s hero, rescuing her from the clutches of her perceived kidnapper. The media celebrated the “young man” and his rescue of this college girl. The college girl not only attended a social event with this young man, but also joined him in fighting against various social ills and finally married him.

manhattanThis grieved her father who didn’t trust the “young man”, but she was convinced that she was doing the “right thing” and forsook the advice of her father. Satan then destroyed the girl and took her to hell with him. The father wept.

The moral of the story?

  • human traffickingGirl = American Christians
  • Masked Boy = Jesuits
  • Unmasked Boy Hero = Catholics
  • The father = The Father in heaven

This has been transpiring for some time and will continue, and sadly most Christians don’t see it.

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United we stand? Shouldn’t we be careful with whom we unite since Paul the apostle, John the apostle, Jude the apostle, and Peter the apostle, and Jesus Christ all spoke out against the dangers of wolves among the sheep?

The only difference between the eternal destinies of those who trust the Catholic Church and those who trust the Church of Satan is that the Catholic Church is more blasphemous and deceptive, because they attach the name of Jesus to their path to hell. Those who hold hands with false teachers who preach another Gospel have failed to read Galatians 1 where Paul said “let them be damned [or anathema]” who preach “another gospel” of works. Uniting with false teachers just because they also believe that GOD is not dead is ludicrous. What will be next? Uniting with those who teach that the gods are not dead? At what point will people realize that GOD makes the rules on who is damned through His Word and that uniting together with “the damned” or heretics to fight atheists, abortion, or human trafficking or other evils is absurd.

Mohler Recovery

T-R-A-I-T-O-R … signer of the Manhattan Declaration and traitor to Jesus Christ, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention Al Mohler betrayed the martyrs who spilled their blood in defense of the Gospel against the wolves of Rome. May the Creator bestow upon Mohler a heart of repentance or a judgment that befits his crime, preferably the former.

The Roman Catholic Church was the one who banned the Bible and threatened anyone who sought to read it for themselves with cruel and despicable judgments, but now they try to claim they are the ones who gave the Bible to the world – hypocrites. The Romans changed their doctrine every few years as seen in the timeline and article at this link. Yet, preachers who have massive followings among evangelicals are holding hands with them now, including some high-ranking Baptists.

The "gospel" of the Manhattan Declaration is a united "gospel" shared by the Roman Catholic Church and popular "Protestant" leaders such as Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is not the "gospel" but "another gospel" of which Paul the apostle spoke, which he said is one of damnation ("anathema") in Galatians 1. Ironically, many of the social ills that the Catholics are uniting with Protestants to "fight" are actually ills produced by the covert military operatives of the Vatican known as the Jesuits. Could it be that some of these popular "Protestant" leaders are covert Jesuit agents as well (as the Jesuit Oath speaks of such infiltration)?

The “gospel” of the Manhattan Declaration is a united “gospel” shared by the Roman Catholic Church and popular “Protestant” leaders such as Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Convention. This is not the “gospel” but “another gospel” of which Paul the apostle spoke, which he said is one of damnation (“anathema”) in Galatians 1. Ironically, many of the social ills that the Catholics are uniting with Protestants to “fight” are actually ills produced by the covert military operatives of the Vatican known as the Jesuits. Could it be that some of these popular “Protestant” leaders are covert Jesuit agents as well (as the Jesuit Oath speaks of such infiltration)?

The Manhattan Declaration was a cornerstone document of this betrayal of Jesus Christ in which its Protestant signers, such as President of the Southern Baptist Convention Al Mohler, assert that they are not of a political group but are together with Roman Catholics in following their “Christ” and their “gospel”. In this way, they have betrayed Jesus Christ and have made the Father weep.

Frank Turk attended a Catholic university (SBU) and claims to be a “New Calvinist” while blogging on “First Things” which is a Catholic website founded by Richard John Neuhaus, a Roman Catholic priest and Catholic media commentator.

Yet Turk, as seen in the article at this link, refused to sign the Manhattan Declaration due to its ecumenical nature, but Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, was more than willing to sign it. I think we’ve just reached a new level of perversity in American Christianity.

DEAD MUSIC: The sound of lifeless ritualism

Some equate tradition with intellectualism, when in fact the opposite is true. Those who do things, because they've always done them are those who fail to think for themselves.

Some equate tradition with intellectualism, when in fact the opposite is true. Those who do things, because they’ve always done them are those who fail to think for themselves.

In the past, I have spoken of the evils of orgiastic, hedonistic rock music, but today I would like to speak of the dangers of emulating the dead, ritualistic music of pagan tradition and lifeless intellectualism. Such music plagues some Protestants today in even fundamental circles.

I also would like to point out the importance of using only Biblical words in Christian music.

Has Christianity become centered upon the aesthetics of music and musical personalities, instead of the Scriptures? Why is it that a person can compromise with a group of anti-Christ religious rulers like those wicked men in Vatican City under the guise of the arts and “high culture” and still be honored by and invited by those claiming to be Christians to lead their music? Could it be because they are also guilty of many of the same grievances against Yahweh?

The subject matter and the communication means used in the arts must be pleasing to GOD. Exalting false religions or basking in their traditions or art forms is not acceptable.

The subject and the mode of the arts must please Jesus Christ. Christians should never emulate the dead, ritualistic traditions of paganism, but should rather show forth a “new song” in the arts. Requiems, masses, and Marian art from the damning Catholic religion are an example of pagan art forms. Yahweh had three thousand Israelis executed in Exodus 32 after they employed a golden calf from the Baal religion for a feast day for Yahweh.

A great example of this truth is how lapdogs of Rome in art and musical circles have doors opened to them by fundamentalists who rightly decry the ecumenicism of Billy Graham and Jack Van Impe, but who in the arts have a different standard as they exalt ecumenical and Catholic art forms and allow celebrities of such religious persuasion to influence their youth through art, drama, music, and literature, all under the guise of intellectualism (much like the Higher Criticism movement also used intellectualism to decry the reliability of the Scriptures). Intellectualism, “high culture”, tradition, or other excuses are never acceptable reasons to violate the commandments of the Almighty regarding separation between the holy and the profane.

A difference must be made between the religious and the secular. Heretics must be completely marked out and avoided in all things as Paul specified. Whereas, the lost world does not need to be avoided as long as what they are doing doesn’t violate GOD’s commands. My own children understand this concept. We must be careful what we exalt in the area of the religious and in what we offer in the name of the Most High Creator. The Creator doesn’t want us to take the works of darkness and “redeem them” for His use. He wants us to put away the “unclean” things of the old man and the world’s system and be separate from them. He wants us to embrace the pure, the new man, and pattern ourselves after the image of Himself.

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” – 2 Corinthians 6:16-17

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The ecumenical Getty duo rocks for Jesus, while those who listen to their rock music are proudly “cleaning up” their music for their traditional, ritualistic, dead congregations. Is this not blatant hypocrisy? Throw out the rock, but also stop listening and emulating it yourself (whether or not you “cleaned it up”) and stop exalting ecumenical groups to your youth.

Some speak boldly against ecumenical heretics such as James Dobson or Rick Warren, but allow musicians like Craig Courtney and the Gettys or organizations like Sovereign Grace and the Gospel Coalition to influence their youth toward a more ecumenical path.

Is this not blatant hypocrisy?

Has Scripture changed or have the leaders in Christianity changed? Has Rome changed or has the view of today’s Christians changed toward Rome who once burned babies and children alive, skinned fathers alive in front of their wives, and crushed women inside of Iron Maidens among other gruesome tortures they conducted under their Council of Trent doctrines (doctrines that still remain unchanged today)?

cross-monstranceCraig Courtney is a great example of a musician who is exalted among Christians whose music is ritualistic, dead and contains lyrics that are not Biblical.

The latest song by Craig Courtney may be his least Roman-inspired song, compared to others listed below, but even it brings to mind a vision of crucifixes and Catholic liturgy as it exalts the cross in place of the Christ.

“The cross before you to lead,
The cross behind you to defend,
The cross below you to uphold,
The cross beside you to befriend,
crucifixThe cross above you to inspire,
The cross within you to consume,
The cross surround you with its power,
Enfold your life, your soul, your all.

The cross each morning when you rise,
The cross each evening while you sleep,
images (6)The cross to see before your eyes,
The cross upon your lips to speak,
The cross be all that you would hear,
The cross be all that you believe,
The cross be with you in this life,
The cross be with you when you leave.
The cross before you,
The cross within you,
The cross be all you need.”

dracula - crucifixThis latest mysterious song by Craig Courtney sounds like something taken from a Dracula movie with its ominous line “the cross behind me to defend”. Its line “the cross within me to consume” smacks of the Catholic Eucharist. The line “the cross beside you to befriend” sounds a bit of a stretch. Why would the cross be our friend? The cross represents the pain and suffering we have to bear. Furthermore, it almost seems as if he stole a song from a Christian writer who had actually written about Jesus and then replaced the name “Jesus” with the word “cross”. In other words, Craig Courtney replaces Jesus with the cross as the object of adoration all throughout this song.

dracula-crucifixIs this actually sung by Christians today? Just watch as a Baptist choir sings this song in the video at this link.

Really? Wow! In spite of its awful tune, its totally non-Biblical lyrics, and its generally, … well, typical boring Courtney sound, there are actually people in Christendom who sing this song and swoon over this composer and others like him who prostrate themselves at the feet of those dark lords of Rome for financial gain or whatever reasoning they use to prostitute their talents out to the Vatican.

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Notice the warrior symbol IHS of the Jesuits in the cross found in the video of the Baptist choir from Fredricksburg Baptist Church. More than likely, the people in that congregation do not even realize they are displaying the symbols of the Jesuits as they sing a song by a Roman lapdog.

Why would a Baptist congregation sing this music? I can only think that they’ve been emulating their favorite mega-ministry, radio station, or perhaps their favorite fundamentalist university whose sponsors and leaders have included men from the Freemasons, Knights Templar, Ku Klux Klan, Notre Dame affiliates, and other cloaked Romans.

I can’t imagine them choosing this song for its tune, arrangement, or words. Should they be choosing music based upon what others do? Should we determine how trustworthy a ministry is by its size or its tenure or its high-end, slick appearance or its financial assets? Or is Scripture alone the measure of its integrity?

And beware of some of these ministries parading as “conservative” or “fundamentalist” who are the ones introducing much of the Catholic mindset to Christians, their congregations, and ministries.

One of Craig Courtney’s most popular arrangements is that of the song “Here I am, Lord”, a song written by Dan Schutte. Who is Dan Schutte? Schutte is a Jesuit as Wikipedia explains in its biographical sketch as seen in the following excerpt, and he is specifically part of the new strategy of Vatican II which is to absorb the Protestants through false charismatic unity, ecumenicism, and rock, ritualistic, new age, and other popular musical styles.

“He was one of the founding members of the St. Louis Jesuits who popularized a contemporary style of church music set to sacred texts sung in English as a result of the liturgical reforms initiated by Vatican II.”

ihs - jesuitsAre their some ministries that are too important and tenured to receive a rebuke? When they are rebuked, do they act like so many Jesuit priests – proud, wrathful, authoritarian, and vengeful? Or do they take such rebuke humbly as Paul said for the Philippians to do? Should Christians, like those in the Baptist choir video linked above, be emulating their favorite ministries as though they always make the right choice? Or should they think for themselves? So many Christians today do not think for themselves and fail to use Scripture alone to work out their own salvation and sanctification with fear and trembling.

formal dead musicI believe the dead, ritualistic musical sound of certain composers is a reflection of their belief system. They have a dead, traditional Protestant religion filled with rituals, instead of a vibrant, Spirit-filled, Christian relationship with Jesus Christ, and it shows in their music. There are few things that don’t show up in a person’s music. Music is a reflection of their soul and spirit, and the lyrics of such dead, boring ritualistic music is a confirmation that their beliefs are Roman-inspired instead of Christ-inspired.

Some musicians confuse boring ritual music with well-crafted music of great learning. They aren’t the same.

I also realize that when there are so many of Rome’s religious rock bands singing music dubbed as “Christian” with lyrics that sound more like the morality teachings of Harry Potter or John Lennon or Ghandi, a song with lyrics that mention anything that sounds Biblical must be a welcome relief to some since people’s expectations of “things acceptable to GOD” have plummeted so very low these days. However, music written for the Savior must reflect Scriptural Truth, not man’s wisdom or Catholic theology.

eucharis10092012tAnd what about the line “the cross be all that you believe” or that last line “the cross be all you need”?  This is heretical if not also blasphemous. To take the sun cross of Baal upon which Jesus was crucified and to idolize it and adore it in the place of Jesus Christ is just unthinkable by any stretch of a Christian’s imagination, yet fundamentalist Christians sing this song in their congregations. It’s a pagan symbol which was used to crucify Jesus Christ according to Scripture and also used to kill other followers of Christ as well. So much was this pagan implement of Rome and ancient Babylonian Baal worship used to kill those dear to the Father in heaven that early believers saw it as an emblem of suffering. I understand why the Romans love the crucifix, but why would any Christian exalt and coddle such a symbol of pagan Rome and Babylon that caused so much suffering to believers?

Do some conservative musicians exalt Craig Courtney to their congregations and ministry followers? Yes.

What does that tell you about how traditional people are and how many don’t even think through the lyrics they’re singing as long as the music sounds morbid and slow enough? Or should we even consider the possibility that some may actually be thinking through the lyrics of this song in conservative Christian circles and STILL sing it?

popeDo people really sellout Jesus today for an excruciatingly boring tune such as “The Cross”? Meanwhile, study the rich text of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and its splendid accompanying composition, and then compare it to Courtney’s “The Cross”, and one can only wonder why the former sits unused while the latter is embraced. Is it the drinking water that is contaminated? What is wrong here, people? Perhaps it is the one-man shows in pulpits today and boy bands which have replaced the reading of Scripture in congregations today that has brought about such a leader-dependent, easily duped, tradition-based, ritualistic generation of people who call themselves “Christians”.

DIGITAL CAMERAWho are these pastors today in Baptist and conservative congregations who lift up allies of Rome such as Keith and Kristyn Getty and Craig Courtney? Could it be the same wolfish men of Rome who were known to infiltrate congregations as early as the time of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth as I read in one history book?

Is that why our conservative Christian seminaries and universities are crawling with men who can tell you what “really happened” during what they describe as the “myths” of the Crusades, Inquisitions, and other massacres of Christ’s martyrs and who play down the number of people who were killed in such holocausts?  Can we really just throw away our history books or Christian books like ‘Foxes’ Book of Martyrs’ or ‘Martyrs’ Mirror” or “The Trail of Blood” and trust these men to tell us the “truth”?

Keith and Kristyn Getty singing a concert in honor of the Catholic Saint Patrick of Ireland.

Keith and Kristyn Getty singing a concert in honor of the Catholic Saint Patrick of Ireland.

Or can we really hope that the next generation will somehow know the truth of what Rome did to the martyrs?

How can the next generation know the truth when those who are now being “appointed” into pulpits are not even being told by their seminaries and universities? And are those who have captured our seminaries and universities, and who are filling heads with revised, white-washed Roman Catholic views of history helping to appoint pastors for local congregations? And since when do universities, conventions and seminaries “appoint” pastors and have sway over such decisions? Does not Scripture teach that the job of the laity is to elect pastors in communion with other faithful local pastors?

pied_piper2It seems the music leads the way for people to follow Satan. No wonder a story like that of the Pied Piper was written.

Typically, what I’ve seen happen with Christian individuals and congregations is that their music mimics the pagans, then their bodies mimic its lifestyle and culture, and finally their minds fall into apostasy. In some rare cases, worldly wisdom and intellectualism lead the way, and as the mind grows dark, then the body follows.

Either way, the music usually reflects such worship of the intellect and traditional human wisdom. In both cases, the music can convey the lusts of the body or the pride of the mind in its sound.

Craig Courtney, friend of the Vatican

Craig Courtney, friend of the Vatican

In some cases, music has departed from gorgeous hymns sung with fervor by Spirit-filled choirs to dead, dry ritualistic theological garbage laboriously chanted by our people like so many friars or monks, while in many cases, the youth flee the congregations of Jesus Christ to join the world and their wild rocking music of the enchanters and charmers in order to escape dry, dead traditions. Or worse yet (and more realistically and prominently), the adults and youth bring the wild rocking music of the enchanters and charmers into the congregation.

The dead ritualistic music reflects a religion of traditions and intellectualism.

The wild music of enchantment and charming reflects the orgiastic hedonism of debauched paganism.

Both types of music reflect a language and culture that falls outside of Scripture.

inquisition crossObviously, those who sing the song “The Cross” by Craig Courtney have forgotten what the cross meant to early believers. Believers gloried in their suffering, but they did not cherish such suffering. Hebrews 12 says that Jesus endured the cross and despised its shame. Paul gloried in his sufferings rather than in his successes and in this context, he stated that he gloried in the cross (not in the symbol but in the honor of suffering for Christ). The symbol of the sun cross (“+” and “x”) was pre-Christian and part of the sun worship of Babylonian Baal worship.  Romans were historically known to sacrifice criminals to the gods on their venerated sun crosses as seen in articles such as the article at this link.

Harlot RomeWhen persecution swells throughout the United States in ways that make the German Holocaust look like a picnic, perhaps then the believers will begin to realize that Jesus is the one to be adored, not the cross of suffering. They have forgotten the suffering of the cross and this is why they can idolize and adore it in this present hour by singing songs by lapdogs of the Romans, the same Romans who helped to inflict suffering upon Christians for millennia.

Not only is Craig Courtney idolizing the cross instead of Jesus, he gives idolatrous worship to “Mary”, goddess to Catholics everywhere who they call “mother of heaven” and compare to a “dove” in their doctrinal statements.

This is the cover illustration for one of the books written bv Christina Rossetti, sodomite and Catholic poet, whose lyrics on Marian worship were chosen by Craig Courtney for a song composition by Courtney

This is the cover illustration for one of the books written bv Christina Rossetti, sodomite and Catholic poet, whose lyrics on Marian worship were chosen by Craig Courtney for a song composition by Courtney

Of all the lyrics available in the Western Hemisphere, Craig Courtney chose the lyrics of the dead, mystical, lesbian Catholic poet, Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), so he could add some dark, haunting music to the words of her goddess lyrics. Listen as the Catholic director in the video at this link explains how Jesus looked up to Mary, just as Mary looked up to Jesus. What blasphemy!

Such a sad and hopeless religion. I’m thankful that GOD saved my grandparents out of this dead religion with its dead, anti-Christ music.You can also see a Presbyterian church sell out to Rome as they sing this song of worship to Mary in the video at this link.

mary dove worshipHere are the lyrics of this idolatrous song titled “Herself a Rose” which not only deifies Mary and personifies her as a Dove and Jesus as a Rose, but which also references the venerated “Sun” of Catholicism, who is a false and different Christ than the “Son” of the Most High who true believers worship.

“Herself a rose, who bore the Rose, She bore the Rose and felt its thorn.
All loveliness newborn Took on her bosom its repose,
And slept and woke there nightPoussin-Dove&Virgin and morn.
Lily herself, she bore the one Fair Lily, Sweeter, whiter, far Than she or others are:
The Sun of Righteousness her Son, She was His morning star.
She gracious, He essential Grace, He was the fountain, she the rill:
Her goodness to fulfill And gladness, with proportioned pace
He led her steps through good and icatholic-orderll.
Christ’s mirror she of grace and love of beauty and of life and death:
By hope and love and faith Transfigured to His Likeness,
“Dove, Spouse, Sister, Mother,” Jesus saith.

Wow! “Herself a ‘Rose’ who bore the Rose”? “Her goodness to fulfill”? “She was His morning star”? Those who know Marian worship in the Catholic religion will immediately recognize the doctrine whereby they associate Mary with the deified Dove in their theology.

vatican high massAnother Courtney song is called “Sanctus“. Courtney was commissioned by the papal leadership to write it for a special High Mass at the Vatican. No man can serve two masters for he must love the one and hate the other. Is Courtney sold out to Jesus Christ? No. Courtney is sold-out to Rome, and is a a traitor to Jesus Christ and his martyrs who died at the hands of Rome. I have no desire to sing the songs of a sellout, especially when his lyrics are anti-Christ and his musical sound reminds me of a Roman chant which in my opinion is akin to a dripping faucet. We must remember as a follower of the Christ that Scripture, not musical pleasure, comes first, because that’s the price of His cross.

Great Is Thy FaithfulnessShould we not encourage those who use their talents to exalt the name of Jesus Christ in song? For example, listen to these beautiful arrangements of hymns heard in the videos at this link and this link and this link and this link?

Why do we feel a need to sing slow, morbid, dry dirges that exalt Mary, the cross, Vatican Requiem and Mass art forms, or dead ritualistic anthems? Why not sing exuberant, uplifting Christ-glorifying, Spirit-filled songs of Praise to the Lamb, the Messiah?

associationWhen a composer is still alive or his influence is at least still potent, his beliefs and doctrine can also steer people into the dark paths of heresy. May we never be guilty of making a choice with our music which can potentially serve as a path to heresy for a weaker brother.

Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice. We should as well.

Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice. We should as well.

I have to almost chuckle aloud at what one minister of music told me many years ago when I was in high school. I had asked to be excused from singing a John Denver song in our “Christian” school choir. The minister of music said he would excuse me, but that if we followed this principle of association, we would have to get rid of almost all of our music. What?

This minister of music obviously had a very small repertoire of music if all he could find were country songs by new age musicians like John Denver.

Don’t get me wrong – I do understand that the principle of association can be taken to an extreme. After all, the Psalmist David wrote music and he had committed adultery; however, he repented. I am not saying we have to use music by only those who are morally blameless, because nobody is without sin. I am not even saying that we have to stay away from music that was written by composers or authors who are dead and whose author no longer has influence; however, what I am saying is why would we want to promote certain individuals who are selling out or why would we want to be guilty of making a choice with our music which could potentially serve as a path to heresy for a weaker brother? Why wouldn’t we want to find the songs with the holiest styles, the best tunes, the most Scriptural lyrics, the best authors and composers and associations, and the most spiritually effective emotions and thought to them? Why would we not want the best? Any musician worth his salt could find barrels of good music. For one, the hymn book is filled with a great number of such songs that are becoming extinct and that are no longer even remembered.

“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks.” – Hebrews 11:4

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The price of a sellout never really matters in the end.

Why would we even want to use music by a sellout? That’s the better question.

It reminds me of a conversation I once saw among people debating over “levels of separation” and whether the Bible forbid this level or that level.  My question to those debating the subject was “Why would you want to even hang around those type of people even if you could prove from Scripture it was ‘okay’?”  I have no desire to hang around or support men who disobey Scripture or preach heresy or who use their influence to promote heretics or heresy.

prostrate-to-popeWe must encourage those who are using their talents for the Savior and we must speak out against those who are willing to lay their talents at the feet of heretics, wolves, and Rome’s bidding, because one day we will stand before the Awesome Lamb and Judge of Mankind, alongside those millions of saints who died by the hand of Rome.

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” – James 4:4

DISOBEDIENT: Ann Voskamp, Beth Moore and Sarah Young

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Ann Voskamp’s “Not-So-Holy” Experience?

Disturbed by the false teaching and mushy-gushy, ‘feel good’ theology of Beth Moore, Sarah Young, and Ann Voskamp’s “Not-So-Holy Experience”?

Here’s a really great answer to their teaching without getting to deeply into the false doctrines that they are spreading such as their practice of panentheism, Catholic lectio divina, charismatic additions to Scripture and viewing our holy relationship with the  Almighty Creator in a disturbingly sexual manner (reminiscent of the charismatic rock music that came out of the Vatican II strategic councils on ecumenicism and that devoured most Christian congregations in America).

This verse says it all. After all, Scripture is to be our source of all Truth and not some ladies’ experiences.

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” – 1 Timothy 2:11-14

lectio divinaIn the final analysis, what you have are disobedient ladies making lots of money at the expense of the Gospel, and the weight of their words that now fill their coffers with riches will one day be what drags them to the bottom of the eternal abyss.

In many ways, they are representative of many American Christian women whose eyes are more fastened upon a nice house or car or material good than the Truth of the Living Almighty Creator. Their husbands seek to pacify their materialistic desires rather than reproving them. And so in the end, the national and personal debt implode or the parents forsake their children to make another dollar and buy another “thing”.   At the last, the children and the generations to come suffer. Thus, we have the same scenario that Adam and Eve experienced.

Eve was deceived by Satan and wanted things.  Adam pacified her. Their children are now paying the price.

TRUTH: Love’s Guide

Love speaks TruthPaul, Jude, John, Peter, and other apostles were able to earnestly and assertively debate false teachers, because they were knowledgeable of the Scriptures and were imbued by the Holy Spirit. They were commanded by GOD to debate and expose them.

Love speaks Truth5Most don’t realize that we are commanded to do the same, However, many authors and theologians today feel they would be insensitive, intolerant, or unloving if they spoke the Truth as the Apostles did.  In other words, they presume to know better than the Apostles.

Why?

Is there any inspiration, infallibility, or reliability in men’s quotes or books? Do men’s opinions really matter as they are promoted behind pulpits, mics, pens, and video cameras across this land? Aren’t all the men and women you know imperfect?

Truth gives Love direction.

Truth gives Love direction.

“Yes”, all the people I know are imperfect and “no”, their opinions are not inspired, inerrant, or infallible. On the other hand, the Holy Bible’s words are completely inerrant, infallible, and inspired by GOD, and so it behooves us to know the Word and to allow the Spirit to lead us into all Truth rather than depending upon emotions, or the latest trends, attitudes or theological quotes for our direction. Love is not a human emotion, but it is an actual choice and quality of a person as described by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 13. Love does not determine Truth, but rather Truth determines Love. Love is not subjective and dependent upon how humans define Love, but rather Love depends solely upon Truth for its direction just as a blind person depends upon a walking cane, dog, or another person for guidance. If we rely upon our own senses or thoughts for how to Love, we will soon find ourselves to be blind leaders of the blind who all fall into the ditch together, and perhaps an Abyss, if we’re not being led by Truth.

Most pastors and people who claim to be nominally ‘Christian’ today seem incapable of knowing Truth, defending it, or exposing those who pervert it. Why? I believe they are being led by emotions, peer pressure, and traditions instead of Truth – namely, the Truth of GOD’s Word. Christ stated to those who opposed Him that it was due to their lack of two essential aspects of the Christian life that they were theologically errant: knowledge of Scripture and empowerment by the Spirit.

Love speaks Truth6Did GOD command you to read your favorite minister’s or ministry’s thoughts or to read devotional stories from your favorite pastors or Christian authors?

Did He say to read the latest Christian magazines or novels or pop authors? Did He command you to be involved in ALL of the activities at your local congregation? Is that one of His imperatives?

images (23)Did He command us to be silent in the face of false teachers and apostate teaching? Or did He tell us to be endearing to false teachers or brethren?

Did He command us to mindlessly conform to others at our congregation like so many clones and to “just get along”? Or did He tell us to be conformed to the image of His Son by being transformed by His Word and Spirit?

disguised liesDid He tell us to never sacrifice Truth for the sake of a false “Unity”? Did He say that we show we love Him by keeping His commandments?

Did He command pastors to give nice priestly lectures from the pulpit or did He say to proclaim the Word from the pulpit continuously, both in season and out of season?

faithful-are-the-woundsDid the Word of the Almighty Father say to simply encourage and be kind to others or did He say to rebuke and correct error and false doctrine, and to publicly expose and mark those who are propagating such error? Is love a mushy, sentimental feeling? Or an avoidance of confrontation or conflict?

Or is it rather an obedience to Christ’s commands which include rebuking others, striving or contending with others in defense of Truth, standing against traditions of men and doing right even when nobody else does?

Love speaks Truth2Speaking the Truth may offend, but Truth is part of showing Love.

“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” – Jude 1:3

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” – 1 Peter 3:15

 

“‘Hear a word of Jehovah, sons of Israel, For a strife is to Jehovah with inhabitants of the land, For there is no truth, nor kindness, Nor knowledge of God, in the land,'” – Hosea 4:1

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“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” – Matthew 22:29

“And I call upon you, brethren, to mark those who are causing the divisions and the stumbling-blocks, contrary to the teaching that you did learn, and turn you away from them” – Romans 16:17

Truth doesn't walk a different path than Love, but rather is the Guide of Love.

Truth doesn’t walk a different path than Love, but rather is the Guide of Love.

What of those who say that you are not loving if you speak out against sin, heresy, and false teachers?

Let’s listen to the Father Himself address this question through His Words that He delivered to His Servant and Apostle John.

“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the anti-christ. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.” – 2 John 1:6-11

PRIEST: Which one?

ConstantineWhat religion’s priest:

  1. Is called “Father”?
  2. Sprinkles the babies?
  3. Uses holy water on the congregation?
  4. Is celibate?
  5. Reveres Sunday as a holy day?
  6. Celebrates the sun’s waxing at Winter Solstice around December 25th?
  7. baal3Celebrates the Spring Equinox at Easter?

The answer is the religion of Mithraism.

WHAT RELIGION DID YOU THINK I MEANT?

How many people today are serving Satan when they think they are serving GOD?  Is the question really whether we have given our lives as a living sacrifice upon “the altar”? Or is the proper question “to which altar have we offered our lives, knowingly or unknowingly? Mithra

Mithraism was the Mystery religion of ancient Persian sun worship, a variant religion of the original Satanic Babylonian religion of Nimrod Baal worship which inspired numerous variant religions in places such as Rome, Greece, the Maya, China, India, and throughout the world. 

Read more: http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/mom/mom08.htm

nimrod and semi-aramisSacred-texts.com has a massive collection of history and resources from almost every religion and denomination in the world. A great repository of religious references that you may wish to bookmark.

Trust the Bible alone and the Spirit’s voice, not a pastor or author or professor. Read for yourself what history tells us about the Babylonian religion of Baal worship, and look around to see how today’s “church” is nothing but an imitation of it.

Follow Jesus Christ and His Word alone, not denominations or men in pulpits, and let the Spirit teach you.ishtar star

GRACE: Not a lot of syrup

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“Thou art the man”

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“You have abandoned the commandments of the LORD”

Is holiness a “four-letter word” among Christians today? Is that due to grace or Satanic deception?

True grace produces holy living. False grace produces fleshly living perversely defended as “true” grace.

We need to show more grace today, and grace isn’t just a syrupy, mushy ‘feel good’ word that people with no spine say just before they give their congregation a virtual group hug.

Nathan showed grace to David. He said “THOU art the man!”. Afterward, David repented and begged GOD not to remove His Holy Spirit and finished his days with honor. True grace! Nathan’s tough, direct, and bold words made a difference eternally!

Elijah showed grace to Ahab. He said “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the LORD and followed after Baal.” After this, Elijah was able to slay hundreds of prophets of Baal which helped to preserve the nation of Israel from destruction. True grace!

download (4)Jesus showed grace to the religious leaders of his day. He said: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves … You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?”

images (18)Because of his words, we see how angry GOD is with the religious crowd who like to justify their sins and still look spiritual to those around them, and who try to obey only what is written instead of applying what is written to ALL of their life and culture via the Spirit’s voice. It’s truly grace to have GOD show us that we need more than compliance with the written word alone, but also love for Him, so that we listen to His Spirit and apply the principle of what He has written to all of the many things in all of our lives and culture, whether we eat or drink or whatsoever we do … not clinging to “liberty” but casting ourselves at His feet and giving every doubtful matter over to Him regardless of the cost. I realize this message may not be popular with many today, but these are not my original thoughts. I’m just sharing what GOD has already told us in His Word. Therefore, whether we like it or not doesn’t even matter. We’ll still be judged by His Words someday, so we may as well know what we’ll be facing at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and sooner rather than later. 

“What then? shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? let it never be!” – Romans 6:15

LORD’S DAY: What is it?

images (2)What does the Bible say regarding the “LORD’s Day”?

There’s only one reference to the “LORD’s Day” in all of Scripture and it has no reference to a particular day of the week.

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” – Revelation 1:10

download (2)Historically, Israel always had their day of rest and assembly on Saturday. Jesus followed the same custom as seen in Luke 4. Nowhere in Scripture are we told any different.  So where did this Sunday observance originate?

Constantine began a day of rest in honor of the sun god in A.D. 321 and a few years later, the state religion of Roman Catholicism, which Costantine had founded and of which he was the leader with his title “head of the church”, followed suit in their Council of Laodicea where they adopted the practice by pretending to stand against Judaizers in condemning the Saturday Sabbath and embracing the Sunday “Lord’s Day”. Traditionally, Romans were enemies of the Jews and of the Christian believers, all of whom observed the Saturday Sabbath as the “Lord’s Day”. Roman Catholics changed the LORD’s Day and the Sabbath to Sunday as seen in the Council of Laodicea and also as seen in the following comments below from their own theologians. Scripture in the Greek text uses the word “sabbaton” or sabbath in reference to the Resurrection of Christ. Translators changed this to “first day of the week” as can be seen in the article at this link.

“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” - Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, NJ ‘News’ on March 18, 1903.

image002“Protestants … accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that … in observing Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the Church, the pope.” – Our Sunday Visitor, February 5th, 1950.

“Of course these two old quotations are exactly correct. The Catholic Church designated Sunday as the day for corporate worship and gets full credit – or blame – for the change.” - ‘This Rock’, The Magazine of Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization, p.8, June 1997

dayQ. Have you any other proofs that they(Protestants) are not guided by the Scripture?
A. Yes; so many, that we cannot admit more than a mere specimen into this small work. They reject much that is clearly contained in Scripture, and profess more that is nowhere discoverable in that Divine Book.
Q. Give some examples of both?
A. They should, if the Scripture were their only rule, wash the feet of one another, according to the command of Christ, in the 13th chap. of St. John; —they should keep, not the Sunday, but the Saturday, according to the commandment, “Remember thou keep holy the SABBATH-day;” for this commandment has not, in Scripture, been changed or abrogated”
- Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 101 Imprimatuer

scrollQ. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; —she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” – Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 174

whochangedthesabbathQ. In what manner can we show a Protestant, that he speaks unreasonably against fasts and abstinences?
A. Ask him why he keeps Sunday, and not Saturday, as his day of rest, since he is unwilling either to fast or to abstain. If he reply, that the Scripture orders him to keep the Sunday, but says nothing as to fasting and abstinence, tell him the Scripture speaks of Saturday or the Sabbath, but gives no command anywhere regarding Sunday or the first day of the week. If, then he neglects Saturday as a day of rest and holiness, and substitutes Sunday in its place, and this merely because such was the usage of the ancient Church, should he not, if he wishes to act consistently, observe fasting and abstinence, because the ancient Church so ordained?” - Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 181

ThisLordsDay.031Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
- Rev. Peter Geiermann C.SS.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50

Q. Must not a sensible Protestant doubt seriously, when he finds that even the Bible is not followed as a rule by his co-religionists?
A. Surely, when he sees them baptize infants, abrogate the Jewish Sabbath, and observe Sunday for which [pg. 7] there is no Scriptural authority; when he finds them neglect to wash one another’s feet, which is expressly commanded, and eat blood and things strangled, which are expressly prohibited in Scripture. He must doubt, if he think at all. …
Q. Should not the Protestant doubt when he finds that he himself holds tradition as a guide?
A. Yes, if he would but reflect that he has nothing but Catholic Tradition for keeping the Sunday holy”.
Controversial Catechism by Stephen Keenan, New Edition, revised by Rev. George Cormack, published in London by Burns & Oates, Limited – New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1896, pages 6, 7.

“The Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day. The Council of Trent (Sess. VI, can. xix) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians.” - The Catholic Encyclopedia, Commandments of God, Volume IV, © 1908 by Robert Appleton Company, Online Edition © 1999 by Kevin Knight, Nihil Obstat – Remy Lafort, Censor Imprimatur – +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York, page 153.

”The [Roman Catholic] Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant.” - The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, p. 4.

“All of us believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Church outside the Bible.” - The Catholic Virginian, “To Tell You The Truth,” Vol. 22, No. 49 (Oct. 3, 1947).

“… you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” - The Faith of Our Fathers, by James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, 88th edition, page 89. Originally published in 1876, republished and Copyright 1980 by TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., pages 72-73.

‘Deny the authority of the Church and you have no adequate or reasonable explanation or justification for the substitution of Sunday for Saturday in the Third – Protestant Fourth – Commandment of God… The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” – Catholic Record, September 1, 1923.

“But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it is inconsistent; but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible. That observance remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away – like a boy running away from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.” - The Faith of Millions

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. “The Day of the Lord” (dies Dominica) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power. The day of resurrection, the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, came on the first day of the week. So this would be the new Sabbath. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” - Sentinel, Pastor’s page, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995

“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” - Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.

“The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.” - Monsignor Louis Segur, ‘Plain Talk about the Protestantism of Today’, p. 213.

What Important Question Does the Papacy Ask Protestants?
Protestants have repeatedly asked the papacy, “How could you dare to change God’s law?” But the question posed to Protestants by the Catholic church is even more penetrating. Here it is officially: “”You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! but by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou shalt keep holy the seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead? This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.”” - Library of Christian Doctrine: Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath-Day? (London: Burns and Oates, Ltd.), pp. 3, 4.

“There is but one church on the face of the earth which has the power, or claims power, to make laws binding on the conscience, binding before God, binding under penalty of hell-fire. For instance, the institution of Sunday. What right has any other church to keep this day? You answer by virtue of the third commandment (the papacy did away with the 2nd regarding the worship of graven images, and called the 4th the 3rd), which says ‘Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.’ But Sunday is not the Sabbath. Any schoolboy knows that Sunday is the first day of the week. I have repeatedly offered one thousand dollars to anyone who will prove by the Bible alone that Sunday is the day we are bound to keep, and no one has called for the money. It was the holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday, the seventh day, to Sunday, the first day of the week.” - T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture delivered in 1893.

”Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” – C. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, in answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath, November 11, 1895.

“Tradition, not Scripture, is the rock on which the church of Jesus Christ is built.” - Adrien Nampon, Catholic Doctrine as Defined by the Council of Trent, p. 157

“The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine law”. The pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts a vicegerent of God upon earth” - Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. Papa, II, Vol. VI, p. 29.

“The leader of the Catholic church is defined by the faith as the Vicar of Jesus Christ (and is accepted as such by believers). The Pope is considered the man on earth who “takes the place” of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.” - John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, p. 3, 1994

“…pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun”, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages.(29) This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshipped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true “sun”.” - John Paul II, Dies Domini, 27. The day of Christ-Light, 1998 

“The Sun was a foremost god with heathen-dom…The sun has worshippers at this hour in Persia and other lands…. There is, in truth, something royal, kingly about the sun, making it a fit emblem of Jesus, the Sun of Justice. Hence the church in these countries would seem to have said, to ‘Keep that old pagan name [Sunday]. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified.’ And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.” - William Gildea, Doctor of Divinity, The Catholic World, March, 1894, p. 809

“The retention of the old pagan name of Dies Solis, for Sunday is, in a great measure, owing to the union of pagan and Christian sentiment with which the first day of the week was recommended by Constantine to his subjects – pagan and Christian alike – as the ‘venerable’ day of the sun.” - Arthur P. Stanley, History of the Eastern Church, p. 184

“When St. Paul repudiated the works of the law, he was not thinking of the Ten Commandments, which are as unchangeable as God Himself is, which God could not change and still remain the infinitely holy God.”  – Our Sunday Visitor, Oct. 7, I951.

“Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holydays?
Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.” - Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine (1833 approbation), p.58 (Same statement in Manual of Christian Doctrine, ed. by Daniel Ferris [1916 ed.], p.67)

“Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the NEW LAW, that he himself has explicitly substituted sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as holy days. The church chose sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.” - Vincent J. Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast-Day Occupations, Washington, DC, Catholic University of America Press, Studies in Sacred Theology, No. 70.,1943, p. 2.

“If we consulted the Bible only, we should still have to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is, Saturday, with the Jews, instead of Sunday; …” - A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies, by Rev. John Laux M.A., Benzinger Brothers, 1936 edition, Part 1.

“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and… can be defended only on Catholic principles…. From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” - Catholic Press, Aug. 25, 1900

“The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, ‘Keep holy the Sabbath Day.’ The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church.” - Canon Cafferata, The Catechism Explained, p. 89.

”Reason and sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible.” - John Cardinal Gibbons, The Catholic Mirror, December 23, 1893.

 

WHAT DO THE BAPTISTS SAY?

“There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will however be readily said, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week, with all its duties, privileges and sanctions. Earnestly desiring information on this subject, which I have studied for many years, I ask, where can the record of such a transaction be found: Not in the New Testament – absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” - Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’ [Dr. Edward Thurston Hiscox (1814–1901) was a distinguished Baptist theologian and author whose Standard Manual for Baptist Churches (published in 1890) and New Directory for Baptist Churches (published in 1894) were considered two of the foundational works of the modern Baptist church].

“To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false [Jewish traditional] glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this question. Nor yet did the inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel, founding churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject. Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-god, then adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.” - Dr. E. T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Minister’s Convention, in ‘New York Examiner,’ November 16, 1893

“We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government.” - “Baptist Church Manual,” Art. 12.

“There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance.” - WILLIAM OWEN CARVER, “The Lord’s Day in Our Day,” page 49 [William Owen Carver (1868–1954) was a denominational stalwart and longtime professor of Missions and Comparative Religion at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For more than four decades he educated the denomination’s ministers and missionaries. Carver was considered one of the brightest minds in the growing denomination, a distinction evidenced by a seminary building, denominational library, and Baptist school of social work that continue to carry his name. He was a prolific writer, managing editor of the SBC academic journal Review & Expositor, and the first president of the Southern Baptist Historical Society].

“There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.” – Harold Lindsell (editor), Christianity Today, Nov. 5, 1976

Be sure to read the article at this link to learn more about Biblical Sabbaths.  Also, to learn more about the Biblical significance of the “Day of the LORD” which comes at the end of history, and possibly in the SEVENTH MILLENNIUM of history, read the article at this link.

SABBATHS: Do they matter?

vaticanDangerous and devious deceptions are abundant these days. If you look one direction, you see a lie, and if you look in the opposite direction, you will see a lie. All around you, lies are flowing freer than water. Am I talking about our President? Our Congress? Other elected officials?

I am talking about those who profess to be Christians. Many are wolves among the sheep. Others are sheep who stand to benefit by acting like a wolf. Some are just ignorantly parroting a lie to those around them. What is a Sabbath? Does it even matter? Isn’t this something that Judaizers, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hebraic Roots movements, and others emphasize? We will deal with some of these groups later in this article.

SabbathScripture tells us the definition of “sabbath” or “shabbath” as it describes the first one that took place.

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” – Gen 2:2

tgisIn the Hebrew lexicon, you will find that the word “shabbath” means “rest” or “cease“. Throughout Scripture, GOD created Sabbaths for His people which included the Seventh-Day Sabbath and many other Biblical feast Sabbaths. For example, around the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were multiple Sabbaths taking place due to the Feast of Unleavened Bread and its Sabbaths landing around the time of the normal weekly Sabbath on the seventh day.  Therefore, when you read about Sabbaths surrounding that time period in Scripture, you must keep this in mind. To learn more about how this concept actually impacted the timing of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, be sure to read the article at this link.

remembersabbathSabbaths are where the term “holy day” originated. In turn, the word “holy day” became associated with other pagan religious day observances and known eventually as “holidays”. All of this said, most people’s view of holidays or Sabbaths is ignorant at best and Satanic at worst. Few understand what the concept of a Sabbath is supposed to denote. GOD, in His wisdom, knew that we needed rest. He also wanted to place certain days above other days. For example, He created Sabbath days and festivals that would be physically representative of the work of the Messiah on Earth. To see how certain days were symbols of the Messiah’s work, be sure to read the article at this link.

former-feastsFurthermore, Jesus observed the seventh-day Sabbath as Luke, the physician and disciple of Jesus, pointed out in His Gospel (Luke 4:16) using the words “as his custom was”. Israel had observed the seventh-day Sabbath from the time they were formed into a nation as they departed from Egypt in the Exodus. In fact, it was as they were departing Egypt that they were given their next festival Sabbaths known as Passover Day and the Feast of Unleavened Bread as seen in Exodus chapter 12.  At the time of the Exodus, three significant additions were handed to Israel that would set a pattern for things to come involving the Messiah.

latter-feastsFirst, Feast Sabbaths were set up for GOD’s people. Second, a seventh-day Sabbath was set up for GOD’s people. Third, holy convocations or holy assemblies of GOD’s people were set up to land on both Feast Sabbaths and the seventh-day weekly Sabbath which set the pattern for Jesus and the early Christians who met once per week on the Sabbath. I was a pastor’s son and I was taught from the time I was a child that Sun Day was the “LORD’s Day”. In fact, I didn’t realize that history and Scripture had an entirely different story. I was taught that we should attend an assembly of believers, or “holy convocation” as Scripture calls it, every Sunday. In fact, I was taught I needed to also attend additional services during the week as well, although Scripture gave no commands or precedence for all the services and activities in which we were involved.

images-5As a child, I was also taught that Sabbaths such as Christ’s Mass and Easter were Biblical. I had no idea that they were the Sabbaths of Baal witchcraft and had been syncretically renamed by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great in a very crafty method by which they gave Christian names and meanings to the pagan Roman religion of Baal and its implements and players and united the Roman Empire’s pagans and Christians into one big religion known as Roman Catholicism.  The way that I learned about the Sabbath being the day that Jesus rose from the dead, was from simply studying the Scripture one day. I came across the original Greek text for “first day of the week” in the New Testament and found it really said “sabbath” and not “first day of the week”.  That discovery made me search deeper.To learn more about my discoveries, be sure to read the article at this link.

feasts-comingsI also had been given a book years earlier by a young man saved out of Catholicism that helped me begin my journey into ancient history and Scripture to understand the ancient history of pagan Baal Sabbaths and how Rome had changed almost everything to isolate and persecute the Jews and Christian believers, while also promoting Baal worship under the guise of Christianity. Many of the so-called holidays today are not Biblical but Babylonian Baal worship which has been adopted by Roman Catholics and then held as a tradition by Protestants in violation of Scripture. To read more about these facts, be sure to read the article at this link. In Foxes’ Book of Martyrs, we read of those who died because they were unwilling to celebrate these pagan holidays.

The-Lord-Of-The-SabbathNot only did Protestants take away many pagan traditions of Rome as addressed in the two previous links I shared, but they also adopted the Sunday “sabbath” of Rome and refrained from adopting the Biblical Sabbath that Rome had discarded during the Council of Laodicea. Under the guise of persecuting Judaizers, the Roman Catholic council of Laodicea condemned the Biblical Sabbath and set up the Baal Sabbath of Sunday in its stead as what they called the “Lord’s Day”. In verity, the “lord” of whom they spoke was the pope and the Biblical believers and Jews were who were being persecuted and not the “Judaizers” as they implied in their council. Furthermore, there were four popes set up around the time of Constantine:

  • Miltiades (A.D. 311-314)
  • Silvester I (A.D. 313-335)
  • Mark (A.D. 336)
  • Julius I (A.D. 337-352) 

false_prophetEcumenical councils (which are condemned by Scripture) took place during the reigns of these popes and other popes (or bishops of Rome). These false teachers are the ones cited by false teachers today as being the “church fathers”.  Scripture tells a different story. In Ephesians 2, we are told that the prophets and apostles were the “rocks” upon which His Christian people, the Temple of Christ, was built with Jesus being the chief Cornerstone of His people. The “church fathers” of Rome and their councils are extra-Biblical traditions and are to be treated as such. One of those traditions started by Rome was the setting forth of Sunday as the “LORD’s Day” as seen in the encyclopedia article at this link and this day was changed under the authority of Pope Mark in A.D. 363 during the Council of Laodicea.  The Sabbath day in Christianity has evolved due to Rome’s directives and not Scripture as can be seen in the encyclopedia article at this link.

007.jpg.opt750x750o0,0s750x750Also, the Roman Catholic theologians state themselves that Sunday was a Roman creation and not Scriptural. They use this fact to convince Protestants that if they have accepted the Pope’s authority in the matter of Sunday’s replacement of the true Sabbath that they should also recognize the Pope is able to change GOD’s laws in other matters too. Such teaching is heretical, but most Protestants today still observe Sunday even though the Bible never condemns the Saturday holy convocation and Sabbath, and the Bible also never promotes Sunday as a “new holy convocation” or “Sabbath”. In fact, as shown in clear detail in an article to which I directed you earlier in this presentation, the Greek word “sabbaton” is used in reference to the Resurrection Day of Jesus Christ. Let’s see what the Roman Catholic theologians and even the Baptists and Scripture have to say about how Sunday became “the LORD’s Day” as seen in the article at this link.

whochangedthesabbathI have not included much material in this article on the Scriptural and historical understanding of Sabbaths, but instead I have sought to provide you links to other articles which present a very clear, detailed description of the Scriptural basis and use of Sabbaths. After visiting each of the links, you should be able to understand why I no longer agree with family, friends, and beloved Christians regarding the Sabbaths and how they are to be used and when they are to be kept. All of this said, I believe Christians can assemble together any day of the week that they so desire, and I also condemn those who would require you keep Biblical Feasts or Sabbaths for salvation or other such legalistic practices as the early Judaizers did. Romans 14:1-12 is very clear on not being dogmatic on holy days or Sabbaths, and we are not to become the judge of another man’s conscience.

download (1)At the same time, we are to render history and Scripture accurately, so that we are not seen as completely ignorant by those who know the history of the Sabbaths and so that we can be a worthy ambassador of our Savior Jesus Christ. We are also to show our allegiance to GOD and His commands, not to Rome, their affections for the sun, their papal system, and their usurpation of Scripture. I highly doubt that a call for early believers to obey the pope instead of GOD was what Paul meant in Romans 14 when he said not to be dogmatic, considering the papal system wasn’t even in place at that time. While GOD oftentimes chooses the foolish to accomplish His purposes on earth, we must realize that He does not want us to remain foolish. Today, we are being decimated by Satan due to our lack of knowledge, which reminds me of this verse.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” – Hosea 4:6

While many Christians fought to keep the Ten Commandments on the walls of government buildings, their pastors were working hard to make the Ten Commandments no longer applicable to Christians.

While many Christians fought to keep the Ten Commandments on the walls of government buildings, their pastors were working hard to make the Ten Commandments no longer applicable to Christians.

Requiring works for salvation is evil. Not requiring works for sanctification is evil. We must find a balance. Christ demands faith for salvation, but obedience for sanctification. There’s a difference between not being “under the law” and not sinning that grace may abound which is forbidden. Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets, He told us, not to destroy them.

Also, keep in mind that the Devil is very clever. I believe he has created deceptive entities such as the Roman Catholic religion for himself in order to blaspheme GOD’s name. By having that version of the religion of Baal cloak itself under the guise of Christianity, he has carried out Inquisitions, Crusades, Holocausts, and bloody massacres in the name of Jesus Christ when the Bible teaches that Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world. While the men of Rome have accumulated great wealth, Jesus stated that the foxes had holes and the birds of the air had nests, but that He had nowhere to lay His own head.

bt47The Devil is also clever enough to create religions like the Hebraic Roots movement, the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who emulate Judaizers from the New Testament and whose history appears to have emanated straight from Rome as well as seen in this article and in this article and this article. Did you not know that the Roman Jesuits are told to pretend to be the enemy and to loudly decry the Vatican in order to accomplish their goal of world domination as shown in the article at this link?

By creating the Seventh Day Adventists, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Hebraic Roots movement, and Judaizers, and having them expose the Vatican’s evil, which even many mainstream Protestants and conservatives refuse to expose, including evil related to Sabbaths, these false religions have been used by Satan to gain a great following. Why? Because they use the truth on the Sabbaths to then spin a lie about the Gospel. Another reason, these groups flourish is because many Christian pastors failed to do their jobs as students of the Word and history in exposing Rome and her lies, and have failed to promote the Biblical view of Sabbaths which must be kept free of Roman influence. If Christian pastors told the truth about the Sabbaths, it would remove the engine that drives many of these false religions since these false teachers are using the Sabbath lies to discredit all the Truth that many Christian pastors are teaching.

sabbath day observanceSatan knows how to exploit chinks in our armor and he knows how to use knowledge of the Truth for his own gain, but that’s why true believers should know the Scriptures and know their history. I have attempted to list many articles in this article (and very little in this article) to explain how Rome has changed the purpose and timing of Sabbaths to ensure that the people of GOD are enjoying witch Sabbaths instead of the true Sabbaths of the Bible. Meanwhile, we must also know how to answer those who would use this knowledge of true and false Sabbaths to gain more of a following in their belief systems.

I will point you again to some very good resources and I will also list the top major reasons that Hebraic Roots, Seventh Day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses are false in their teaching.

SUN DAYFirst, the easier one to expose is Hebraic Roots who are a fairly mirror copy of the Judaizers in the Bible. Not much has changed since those days, except now we have Gentiles who are Judaizers too. Any religion that requires you to keep certain days, do certain sacraments, earn “means of grace” through various works, or who add anything to the Work of Christ are considered to be heretics and anathema according to GOD’s Word as delivered through the Apostle Paul’s writings in the Book of Galatians.

freemasonry-the-core-of-adventism-customizedSecond, the Seventh Day Adventists (SDAs) like to play as close to traditional Christianity as possible with a few very heretical exceptions. They believe Jesus is really Michael the archangel (just like the Jehovah’s Witnesses do) but at the same time they do not deny Christ’s Deity as explained in the article at this link. They also believe in the teachings of Ellen White and other false prophets. The apostle Paul states that the Jews were reserved by GOD to be the oracles of GOD.  Ellen White was not Jewish and her prophecy does not correlate with our understanding of Scripture as shown in her failed prophecies as shown in the article at this link. The Old Testament was clear that if a prophet made a prediction and it did not come true that such a prophet was false and was to be stoned. In other words, the test of a true prophet is that he doesn’t give false prophecies … EVER. His prophecies are ALWAYS true. Ellen White was also quoted as denying the Deity of Christ as shown in the article at this link. That article and others like it also explain the SDA religion believes that the wicked are annihilated and deny an eternal lake of fire. Those who follow such false teaching as that described above had best submit to Christ and His Word, lest they find themselves in that very lake of fire forever.

images (1)Finally, the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the Deity of Christ, claim that He is actually Michael the archangel, and believe in a works salvation. Hebrews chapters one and two refute both the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Seventh Day Adventists regarding their beliefs that Jesus is an angel. They have a number of other perverted beliefs as seen in this apologist article regarding the Messiah Jesus Christ and the Scriptures, but we will deal mainly with the one related to Christ’s Deity.

theos Christ

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I asked a Jehovah’s Witness to look at their own translation of the Bible regarding the following verses and I also offered to him a plethora of ancient manuscripts to do his own translation of the ancient Hebrew and Greek texts. I then asked him to go to the Septuagint Greek Old Testament that was translated before the time of Christ and read the words that were used for GOD in that translation, and compare those words to the names used for Jesus Christ in any Greek New Testament. Specifically, I referred to the two names of GOD “Kyrios” and “Theos“. He immediately lost interest in trying to propagate his false teachings to me. Why? Well, I’ll give you the same assignment, and then perhaps you’ll know ‘why’.

Read the following four verses in any translation, including the JW’s errant translation, and you will see what I mean.

  • Matthew 1:23
  • Isaiah 9:6
  • Titus 2:13
  • John 5:18

immanuel03The easy solution is the Blue Letter Bible (http://www.blueletterbible.org) with which you can click the Tools on each verse and look at the Hebrew or Greek for each word.  I have included links below as well for each of the oldest ancient manuscripts of the Bible. Some of these have only small portions of the Bible in them, because keep in mind that there are about 15,000 ancient manuscripts of the Bible which means that the Bible is the most easily authenticated and verified for accuracy of any ancient text or historical record in the world.

textHowever, the Masoretic Text in Hebrew and the Textus Receptus in Greek have very complete manuscripts and have less of the Vatican’s hands on them which is why the KJV which was translated from them was considered such a great translation by many (including the Jesuits evidently who planned numerous plots against King James at the time). While some go so extreme as to say it’s the only translation, I take the balanced view that it is probably a great translation, because of its source manuscripts. I do not know of any translation that doesn’t have some minor errors. That’s why I consult the original manuscripts on the “big questions”.  All of this said, I’ll list several manuscript links and list the Masoretic and Textus Receptus manuscript links at the end of the list for you to use in your translation of the above verses.

  1. Codex Amiatinus
  2. Codex Sinaiticus
  3. Codex Alexandrinusr
  4. Septuagint
  5. Masoretic text (Hebrew Old Testament)
  6. Textus Receptus (Hebrew Old Testament)
  7. Textus Receptus (Greek New Testament)

Jehovah-JesusWhen this Jehovah’s Witness attempted to sell me on Jesus being the same as Michael the archangel using Christophanies, I pointed out to him that Hebrews 1 and 2 teach Jesus was not an angel. I also pointed out that Jesus was man and GOD, and thus He had the unique ability to be seen by mankind, while the Father could not be seen by mankind. Therefore, when you see a plethora of Scriptures saying that GOD cannot be seen of mankind, and a plethora of Scriptures where GOD has been seen of mankind as shown in the article at his link, it’s not a contradiction. In fact, it’s just that much more proof that Jesus is GOD and that the Trinity exists. This explains the Christophanies, and it also explains how GOD can be seen at times (Jesus Christ), while at other times GOD cannot be seen by mankind (Father) according to Scripture. Jehovah’s Witnesses have no answers for these matters, except to say that Jesus is an angel which the first two chapters of the Book of Hebrews clearly and adamantly refutes. I also shared a link with this Jehovah’s Witness regarding how Scripture teaches that the Lake of Fire is forever, since JWs do not believe in an eternal lake of fire much like the Seventh Day Adventists.

Jehovah witnesses - freemasonsIn conclusion, we must know the truth regarding Biblical Sabbaths. Instead of siding with traditions of Protestants that they received from Roman Catholicism that give us pagan Sabbaths in the guise of Biblical Christianity, and instead of being lured by false teachers who share the true history of Rome’s pagan practices which Protestants have adopted in order to teach you a false gospel, we must reject both extremes and their heresies.  Instead, we must adopt the Biblical Sabbath and its many Sabbaths, not due to a legalistic requirement, but due to a love for Christ. We must shun pagan assimilation which teaches that it’s acceptable to take the unholy Sabbaths of Baal and use them for Jesus Christ.  In doing so, we shun tradition, pagan assimilation, and prevent false teachers such as the JWs, Adventists and their ilk from finding chinks in our armor.

We must learn the Truth in order to be set free of pagan traditions and in order to set others free of false teachers.

What did the martyrs have to say about pagan or Catholic holy days or festivals such as Christmas, Easter, Sunday, Good Friday, or Hallow-even?

Catholic holidays were a time when barbaric acts were carried out upon Christians.

“The first effects Mr. Lithgow felt of the determination of this bloody
tribunal was, a sentence to receive that night eleven different tortures, and if
he did not die in the execution of them, (which might be reasonably
expected from the maimed and disjointed condition he was in) he was, after
Easter holy-days, to be carried to Grenada, and there burnt to ashes.” – FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS (p. 150)

“James Austoo and his wife, of St. Allhallows, Barking, London, were sentenced for not believing in the presence. Richard Roth rejected the seven
sacraments, and was accused of comforting the heretics by the following letter written in his own blood, and intended to have been sent to his friends at Colchester:
“O dear Brethren and Sisters,
“How much reason have you to rejoice in God, that he hath given you such faith to overcome this blood-thirsty tyrant thus far! And no doubt he that hath begun that good work in you, will fulfil it unto the end. O dear hearts in Christ, what a crown of glory shall ye receive with Christ in the kingdom of God! O that it had been the good will of God that I had been ready to have gone with you; for I lie in my lord’s Little-ease by day, and in the night I lie in the Coal-house, apart from Ralph Allerton, or any other; and we look every day when we shall be condemned; for he said that I should be burned within ten days before Easter; but I lie still at the pool’s brink, and every man goeth in before me; but we abide patiently the Lord’s leisure, with many bonds, in fetters and stocks, by which we have received great joy of God. And now fare you well, dear brethren and sisters, in this world, but I trust to see you in the heavens face to face.” – FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS (p. 376, 377)

“In one of the commotions, the Eutychians determined to wreak their vengeance on Proterius, who fled to the church for sanctuary: but on Good Friday, A. D. 457, a large body of them rushed into the church, and barbarously murdered the prelate; after which they dragged the body through the streets, insulted it, cut it to pieces, burnt it, and scattered the ashes in the air.” – FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS (p. 80)

Do not American Protestants also participate today in the Feasts (holidays) and Spectacles (entertainment) of Catholicism and pagan Rome?

“At the fetes [FEASTS] and spectacles that were given at the public expense, the absence of the protestants was charged on them as a proof of their disloyalty; and in the midst of the cries of “Vive le Roi,” the discordant sounds of “A bas le Maire,” down with the mayor, were heard. M. Castletan was a protestant; he appeared in public with the prefect M. Ruland, a catholic, when potatoes were thrown at him, and the people declared that he ought to resign his office. The bigots of Nismes even succeeded in procuring an address to be presented to the king, stating that there ought to be in France but one God, one king, and one faith. In this they were imitated by the catholics of several towns.” – FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS (p. 495)

While pastors today refuse to preach against Easter and stand against Catholic holidays, the early martyrs were willing to die for Christ over such matters.

“Irenæus, bishop of Lyons, was born in Greece, and received both a polite and a christian education. It is generally supposed, that the account of the persecutions at Lyons was written by himself. He succeeded the martyr Pothinus as bishop of Lyons, and ruled his diocese with great propriety; he was a zealous opposer of heresies in general, and, about A. D. 187, he wrote a celebrated tract against heresy. Victor, the bishop of Rome, wanting to impose the keeping of Easter there, in preference to other places, it occasioned some disorders among the christians. In particular, Irenæus wrote him a synodical epistle, in the name of the Gallic churches. This zeal, in favour of christianity, pointed him out as an object of resentment to the emperor; and in A. D. 202, he was beheaded.” – FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS (p. 49)

The following historical account sounds like a conversation today, except instead of between Christians and Catholics, it’s now held between Christians and Protestants also … sadly.

“What is my sin, except that I conversed with some individuals, shewing them the errors of the church of Rome?” Then he requested me again, to say, that I believed as did that church, and said, grasping me firmly by the chin, “see how I will take you if you do not repent.” I begged him to appoint some one to shew me the truth, by way of discussion, but he would not, and continued expressing his own sentiment, that we are bound to hold fast to the church, even to such a length, that if she should even reject the gospel, we should reject it too.” – Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS STATES of the Catholic feast days:

“The trial of Jerom was brought on the third day after his accusation and witnesses were examined in support of the charge. The prisoner was prepared for his defence, which appears almost incredible, when we consider he had been three hundred and forty days shut up in loathsome prisons, deprived of daylight, and almost starved for want of common necessaries. But his spirit soared above these disadvantages, under which a man less animated would have sunk; nor was he more at a loss for quotations from the fathers and ancient authors than if he had been furnished with the finest library. The most bigoted of the assembly were unwilling he should be heard, knowing what effect eloquence is apt to have on the minds of the most prejudiced. At length, however, it was carried by the majority, that he should have liberty to proceed in his defence, which he began to such an exalted strain of moving elocution, that the heart of obdurate zeal was seen to melt, and the mind of superstition seemed to admit a ray of conviction. He made an admirable distinction between evidence as resting upon facts, and as supported by malice and calumny. He laid before the assembly the whole tenor of his life and conduct. He observed that the greatest and most holy men had been known to differ in points of speculation, with a view to distinguish truth, not to keep it concealed. He expressed a noble contempt of all his enemies, who would have induced him to retract the cause of virtue and truth. He entered upon a high encomium of Huss; and declared he was ready to follow him in the glorious track of martyrdom. He then touched upon the most defensible doctrines of Wickliffe; and concluded with observing that it was far from his intention to advance any thing against the state of the church of God; that it was only against the abuse of the clergy he complained; and that he could not help saying, it was certainly impious that the patrimony of the church, which was originally intended for the purpose of charity and universal benevolence, should be prostituted to the pride of the eye, in FEASTS, foppish vestments, and other reproaches to the name and profession of christianity.

CHAPTER VII.
The trial being over, Jerom received the same sentence that had been passed upon his martyred countryman. In consequence of this he was, in the usual style of popish affectation, delivered over to the civil power: but as he was a layman, he had not to undergo the ceremony of degradation. They had prepared a cap of paper painted with red devils, which being put upon his head, he said, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, when he suffered death for me a most miserable sinner, did wear a crown of thorns upon his head, and for His sake will I wear this cap.” Two days were allowed him in hopes that he would recant; in which time the cardinal of Florence used his utmost endeavours to bring him over. But they all proved ineffectual. Jerom was resolved to seal the doctrine with his blood; and he suffered death with the most distinguished magnanimity. In going to the place of execution he sung several hymns, and when he came to the spot, which was the same where Huss had been burnt, he knelt down, and prayed fervently. He embraced the stake with great cheerfulness, and when they went behind him to set fire to the fagots, he said, “Come here, and kindle it before my eyes; for if I had been afraid of it, I had not come to this place.” The fire being kindled, he sung a hymn, but was soon interrupted by the flames; and the last words he was heard to say these:–“This soul in flames I offer.”

Upon the observance of CandleMass in February, we read:

“In November, fifteen martyrs were imprisoned in Canterbury castle, of whom all were either burnt or famished. Among the latter were J. Clark, D. Chittenden, W. Foster of Stone, Alice Potkins, and J. Archer, of Cranbrooke, weaver. The two first of these had not received condemnation, but the others were sentenced to the fire. Foster, at his examination, observed upon the utility of carrying lighted candles about on Candlemas-day, that he might as well carry a pitch fork; and that a gibbet would have as good an effect as the cross.” – FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS (p. 363)

FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS shows clearly that Pagan and Catholic festivals were NOT redeemable for Christian use.

“Epipodius, being compassionated by the governor of Lyons, and exhorted to join in their festive pagan worship, replied, “Your pretended tenderness is actually cruelty; and the agreeable life you describe is replete with everlasting death Christ suffered for us, that our pleasures should be immortal, and hath prepared for his followers an eternity of bliss. The frame of man being composed of two parts, body and soul, the first, as mean and perishable, should be rendered subservient to the interests of the last. Your idolatrous FEASTS may gratify the mortal, but they injure the immortal part; that cannot therefore be enjoying life which destroys the most valuable moiety of your frame. Your pleasures lead to eternal death, and our pains to perpetual happiness.” Epipodius was severely beaten, and then put to the rack, upon which being stretched, his flesh was torn with iron hooks. Having borne his torments with incredible patience and unshaken fortitude, he was taken from the rack and beheaded.”

FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS explains that Catholic festivals were forbidden by those who left Rome. It is no secret what those festivals were.

“Zisca now began again to pay attention to the Reformation; he forbid all the prayers for the dead, images, sacerdotal vestments, fasts, and festivals … [he] was buried in the great Church of Czaslow, in Bohemia, where a monument is erected to his memory, with this inscription on it-“Here lies John Zisca, who, having defended his country against the encroachments of papal tyranny, rests in this hallowed place, in despite of the pope.”

History bears record that the Jews who believed in GOD during the time of the Old Testament anti-christ, Antiochus Epiphanes, were told to participate in pagan festivals and culture or face death. What did they do? They died to honor the Creator Yahweh.

“On the monthly celebration of the king’s birthday, the Jews were taken, under bitter constraint, to partake of the sacrifices; and when a festival of Dionysus was celebrated, they were compelled to wear wreaths of ivy and to walk in the procession in honor of Dionysus. At the suggestion of the people of Ptolemais a decree was issued to the neighboring Greek cities that they should adopt the same policy toward the Jews and make them partake of the sacrifices, and should kill those who did not choose to change over to Greek customs.” – 2 Maccabees 6

Today, believers in GOD do not have to be threatened. They willingly participate in pagan and Catholic holidays and culture .. to their eternal shame. Thus, we see the Gentile believers as they finish out the “time of the Gentiles” are doing far less righteously than the pre-Christ Jewish believers of the Old Testament who finished out the time of the Jews with martyrdom. I believe GOD is about to turn back to His Jewish people again with an outpouring of the Spirit … and no wonder. Gentile Christians have become no different than the lost souls around them, because they have patterned themselves after their unbelieving neighbors in violation of Romans 12:1-2, and they have assimilated the pagans and adopted the culture of unregenerate souls.

FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS shows us the Black Mass of the Occult during their Easter Week, which was continued by Catholic tradition using the name of Tenebres Mass (Black Mass), occurred on the Catholic holy day of “Good Friday”.

Since human sacrifice occurred regularly during Witch Sabbaths and especially at a Black Mass, it’s no surprise that they chose to historically celebrate Jesus on a cross (instead of the resurrection) for it was the Black Mass that Satan is most proud and devoted to adoring as seen in the Eucharist where the Catholic priest also claims to “re-sacrifice Christ”. Satan and his pagans love to see Jesus hanging on a cross and then buried as often as possible; thus, the Black Mass and its ritual of recreating the sacrifice of Jesus is performed not only on Good Friday but every Sun Day, where they symbolically sacrifice Jesus (in their minds) through their Mass. Look at the Occult headgear worn on Easter Week as shown in the article at this link of Catholic’s celebration of Easter Week. Then read the following from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: 

“LUDICROUS FORMS AND CEREMONIES | At the feast of Christmas,
the Roman catholics have exhibited in their churches a cradle, with an image of an infant in it, which is rocked with great seeming devotion; and on Good-Friday they have the figure of our Saviour on the cross, and then they perform the service which they call the Tenebres; having abundance of lighted candles, all of which they extinguish one by one, after which the body is taken down from the cross and put into a sepulchre, and men stand to watch it.
CRUEL MAXIMS | Papists hold that heretics may not be termed children and kindred; that no faith is to be kept with heretics; and that it is lawful to torture or kill them for the good of their souls.” – John Foxe 

Tenebres is Latin for “Darkness”.

FAMILIES: Back to basics

imagesAs go the fathers, so go the families. As go the families, so goes the nation.

An elderly contributor sent the following which I thought was a well-written poem, reminding us of an older, more Biblical era of family values in the United States before the powers of evil swept across the land.

The poem reminds us of how almost all children of that era respected and appreciated their parents and the wisdom, correction, and example that they showed forth.

22Today’s youth, even in Christian circles, rebel against Biblical and secular authority, standards of morality, and conservative Biblical doctrines, standards of holiness or ethics. No wonder – they’ve watched dad and mom. Today, parents divorce to fulfill their own sexual desires in spite of what it does to the children, and are oftentimes physically, sexually, or verbally abusive, lazy, rebellious toward authority, and poor examples in so many ways.

A few decades ago, women were depicted as feminine, modest ladies, instead of hookers or loud-mouth, butch-like femi-nazis.

A few decades ago, even Hollywood depicted women as feminine, modest ladies, instead of hookers or loud-mouth, butch-like femi-nazis. Men were depicted as professionally-dressed businessmen or hard-working laborers who provided and protected, instead of unkept, sloppy, girlish, gushing delicate crowd-pleasers who seem incapable of taking a stand, holding a job, keeping their eyes to themselves, or leading a family or nation.

People today are losing the heritage and even their knowledge of decency, manners, and doctrine that they once had. The arts serve as a great indicator of the spirit, culture and attitude of a nation and of Christ’s Body. As I look at the entertainment, music and dress of those who claim to be Christians today, I must admit that these indicators are indeed telling us where we are today, and it’s very troubling. Today’s culture, “Christian” or secular, reminds me of a passage of Scripture.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5

little-house-on-the-prairieOne can see how different things were just six decades ago compared to today by watching left-wing Hollywood’s old television shows from that era in how even they portrayed families in a more wholesome light. Today’s generation, who are more like children of anti-christ, see those days as “bad” and today’s era as “good” in their mentally and spiritually deranged, reprobate anti-GOD, anti-morality mindset.

That era, in which disciplined, well-behaved, clean-talking, sexually abstinent, mannerly, parent-loving, GOD-honoring children were commonplace, was made possible by parents who were themselves disciplined, well-behaved, clean-talking, sexually abstinent, mannerly, parent-loving, and GOD honoring. This is not an endorsement of these old Hollywood shows, many of which were gradually and incrementally pressing families to the “left” due to Hollywood’s left-wing agenda, but it is a matter of historical record because the families and towns in those shows reflected the times.

father knows bestIn that era, father “knew best”, because he wasn’t spending his spare moments downloading porn, sleeping with his secretary behind his wife’s back, or getting drunk and chasing girls with friends, but was disciplined, hard-working, kind, loving, and devoted to his wife and children, and selflessly sacrificial in his choices that affected his family. In that era, mother prided herself more in her family than her career, and found her pleasure in pouring all of her love and life into the children she had been given by reading Bible stories to them, training them to love GOD and their fellowman, and serving as an example herself. In that era, there’s a reason that the children showed respect for their parents and elders’ wisdom.

hayy vs timontySo much has changed since those days, and today’s generation no longer reflects that beautiful era. The “magic of Disney” (which promoted “magick” through their fairy tales, stories about witches, and more recently “good” wizards) isn’t quite so magical these days as we see how they are producing youth like Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus who are some of the most immoral role models in human history. Is this not a leap from the old era of American values? However, is Disney not reflecting the values and families of today’s culture and era?

Columbine massacre

Columbine massacre

Could anyone even imagine six decades ago that today children would kill children or that parents would abuse children or that couples would kill their own flesh and blood? Could anyone imagine back in those days that their Constitutional freedoms would be almost gone and that our nation would be in the spiritual, economic, and physical dilemma in which we find ourselves today?

images (12)When children kill children, they blame the guns instead of the people. In a nation where the Bible is banned from schools, they refuse to acknowledge the direct link between the Bible’s dismal from the education of the youth, and the incredible perversion, crime, hedonism, and economic turmoil that we’re seeing today. In fact, they are willingly ignorant, just as they are willingly ignorant of Creation and choose to believe in evolution in spite of how absurd it is to believe that everything came from nothing. In fact, schools have become cesspools. What’s the answer?

download (3)We must turn off the entertainment that has programmed us and turned us into reprobates concerning the truth, and return to GOD and His Word. Even if nobody else does, we must repent of our sin and realize that our family is where revival must start. We must return to the basics that made this nation great. GOD’s Word is the key to changing our community.

family-bible-study-reduced_edited-1Will this happen? We can make it happen in our own family. While I believe we are seeing the final prophecies regarding world events coming to fruition, I believe there is hope for individual families in America to return to GOD. At the same time, we must understand that all of the spiritual apostasy, hedonism, and evil that we see around us is not a surprise to GOD. It was prophesied long ago. Despite the cacophony of societal, government, and even church influences that are anti-Biblical these days, we can find forgiveness, hope, direction, and healing in our families and local communities through the Bible and the Holy Spirit. We must begin by turning off the constant spiritual sewage of Hollywood and the rock industry, and open our Bibles with our families and start family devotion habits once again in this land.

Today, the youth are being prepared for anti-christ by the school, movie, video game, and music culture.

Today, the youth are being prepared for anti-christ by the government schools, movie, video game, music culture, and even churches and Christian schools in many cases.

America today no longer resembles those families and towns seen in the black and white days of television (which was only a few decades ago), but instead resembles the formerly atheistic Soviet Union.

Bible teaching in all public schools in America is not only gone, but today children are taught witchcraft in public schools instead of the Bible through the Harry Potter series and other anti-christ books. In fact, the Hays Production Code which restricted and guided the morality in Hollywood has long been forgotten and scrapped, since Americans don’t seem to be outraged anymore over even the most perverse or demonic forms of entertainment.

dad-moms-on-cocaine-lindsay-lohanIn fact, many adore and emulate celebrities who are oftentimes openly promoting the occult, possessed by demons, drunk, doped, and immoral in the most perverse and anti-christ meaning of the word. Their marriages and families are resounding failures. Is it any wonder that the families throughout this nation who adore these celebrities have little success in their own families? We must ignore these celebrities and the majority who are destroying their own families and say like Joshua “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”. It’s not too late for your family.

images (10)I am thankful for this contributor whose poetic skills and love for GOD and family reminds me of that era only six decades ago, in which a nation still taught its youth the Bible in schools, prayed before meals, and held standards of morality high in schools – an era that has been swept away by the negligence of Americans who lived in the 1960s as well as all those still living today.  As they say, what goes around comes around. Let’s hope America repents soon, so that mercy can be shown by GOD instead of justice. 

Family-Watching-TVMay the LORD bless all those parents who rear children in such a way that they rise up to praise their parents, because such is the reward of those parents who truly love and train their children according to GOD’s Word, instead of according to the failed examples of celebrities, the insane advice of atheistic government schools, or the faulty, flawed wisdom of men. Instead of following the crowd of raucous, reprobate Americans who do whatever the atheist state tells them to do or who mimic those in Hollywood or who follow the examples of their own parents’ failed relationships, do you not desire to be different by taking your family and your local community back for GOD? The rewards are phenomenal. 

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” -Proverbs 31:28

images (4)May GOD bring revival on this nation that has gone far astray into the darkness and which now twists the most perverted crimes into matters of pride and elects mentally deranged individuals into places of leadership, while condemning good parents, pastors, and companies who show forth self-discipline, morals, love, kindness, and good deeds for their communities. We must purposefully block out the entertainment choices of today that drown out the voice of the Spirit and determine in our hearts that we will follow GOD with our family even if nobody else does and then work to make a difference in our community. This is how revival will occur – one family at a time. If our nation will be saved, it will start with your family and mine.

May more parents realize the Bible is the key to having a close loving family as this contributor so aptly conveys in the following folksy poem.

MY MOM AND DAD

fdfdRich? Not in wealth or fame,
No houses, land, or gold,
No silver spoon came in my mouth,
No hopes of these were told.

But greater far than all of these,
A richer gift I had,
My gracious God bestowed on me,
A precious mom and dad.

kids1

Oh, yes!  They had their ups and downs,
When I became their own,
And prob’ly thought how nice t’would be
When I was up and grown.

Yes, in our home were certain rules,
We knew were meant for us,
A mini-skirt or hippie hair
Never caused a fuss.

You see we knew that Mom and Dad stood firm,
There was no doubt.
A gentle hug and hickory switch
Could straighten us right out.

dadA “no” meant “no”, a “yes” meant “yes”,
A love for God, they had;
The Bible, prayer, and church were just
A part of Mom and Dad.

Rich – I have a priceless gift!

Thanks to my God above
For parents like my Mom and Dad,
That I so dearly love.

LENT: Where did it originate?

666 ash wedesday

Is Ash Wednesday in the Bible? Is Lent in the Bible? If not, then from what religion did these days emanate?

Read the article: The True Meaning of Lent

cross of pre-christian roots

The cross represented the wheel of the sun to the pagan, but to the Christian it was a symbol of suffering and pain. Hebrews 12 says Jesus endured the cross and despised the shame. He did not relish them. In Galatians 6, Paul gloried in the cross of suffering instead of his successes, and chose to list all of his times of persecution as his way of glorying. However, Paul did not cherish the cross as a pagan symbol. History, archaeology, and ancient drawings are plentiful in showing that the cross was being used in pagan occult practice long before Jesus Christ. Thus, even occult celebrities wear crosses.

HERETICS: Calling a spade

False teacher John Piper

False teacher John Piper who recently apologized to Rome and who proclaims baptismal salvation in his Catechisms as shown in an article linked below.

Ever heard of that old cliche “Calling a spade a spade”?

  1. Do you believe in adding to the Bible or taking away from it? Read the article at this link.
  2. Do you believe in salvation through baptism?  Read the article at this link.

If you do not believe in such things, then you should read the following article, because my assumption is that you will want to know who is doing both of these things. If you have no problem with adding to GOD’s word or diminishing it or preaching a false gospel of works such as baptismal salvation, then you need to read the above links and also examine those topics first. I realize that the following article is full of “hard sayings” that many will not “hear”, but the Truth must be told for those who will “hear” and “see”. Whether certain men have been our favorite radio pastor or author should make no difference as we read this article if our faith is in Jesus Christ and not in men. Much documentation is included in many of the articles linked at the end of this article. The apostles exposed by name those heretics who were causing division in the early Christian body and they avoided such men.

“Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”  – 1 Timothy 1:19-20 “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwells in us. This thou know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.”  – 2 Timothy 1:14-15

False teacher C.S. Lewis

False teacher and Anglican C.S. Lewis believed in heresies such as purgatory, prayers for the dead, and works and baptismal salvation.

“And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” – 2 Timothy 2:17-18 “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbids them that would, and casts them out of the church.”  – 3 John 1:9-10

False teacher Tim Keller

False teacher Tim Keller who defends evolution, baptismal salvation, mystic contemplative prayer, emergent church theology, and a plethora of other false teachings.

We have the apostles’ examples as shown above. 

We must do the same instead of avoiding criticism and loss of constituents and protecting our financial support for the “sake of the ministry” or we are no better than the Jesuits who pragmatically teach that “the end justifies the means”. Instead of forming our beliefs based upon whether or not we can rally enough people to our cause, we must base our theology upon the Word of GOD alone. If we refuse to name false teachers and avoid them, then we are disobeying Jesus Christ the Final Judge and are allowing a false Gospel to go out unchecked.If we abet those who err from the faith by defending them or by attempting to find some way of making excuses for their errant theology, then we have joined hand in hand with those wolves who would destroy the flock of GOD.

Platt and Mohler, signers of the Manhattan Declaration ... Mohler spoke at the Mormon's school, BYU, in violation of the apostles' explicit commands

Platt and Mohler, signers of the Manhattan Declaration that even Dr. John MacArthur, who has his own issues, exposes as a joint effort of false teachers as seen at this link. Also, Mohler spoke at the Mormon’s school, BYU, in violation of the apostle Paul’s and John’s explicit commands.

If we promote those who preach a false gospel then we will definitely be judged for this as well.  Those who add to or diminish from Scripture or who teach a false gospel or who promote other damning heresies are to be exposed publicly and their false teachings rebuked. Those who refuse to expose damning heresies and false teachers are usually rewarded in this life with a large “ministry” in Protestant, neo-evangelical, evangelical or even many fundamentalist circles today. Those who expose the dangerous teachings of false teachers are given little in this life.

Ravi Zacharias, signer of the dangerous Manhattan Declaration .... Ravi, friend of Billy Graham, is like the Anglican C.S. Lewis whose main 'ministry' tool is rationalism and the wisdom of men, which Paul forbids, but seldom uses the Scriptures in his messages.

Ravi Zacharias, signer of the dangerous Manhattan Declaration …. Ravi, friend of Billy Graham, is like the Anglican C.S. Lewis whose main ‘ministry’ tool is rationalism and the wisdom of men, which Paul forbids. Ravi seldom uses the Scriptures in his messages.

The “ministry opportunities” (i.e. fun in the sun) of those who expose false teachers are limited and their lives are plagued by persecution. Who then wants to speak out? The obvious answer is not very many, but that doesn’t change the commands of Scripture. Payday someday and those enjoying comfort in this life will have to “face the music” in the next life. My guess is that this article will not get rousing support by pastors across the country. If anything, these many shills who refuse to speak out to expose Satanic doctrines and false gospels will turn on me instead.  I am but a lowly blogger who follows the Spirit and the Word of our LORD.  They are the ones who should be saying these things and shepherding the flock. Why aren’t most of them speaking out? Many “wolves” were exposed at the signing of the Manhattan Declaration which is further discussed in one of the articles linked toward the end of this article. Even errant Dr. MacArthur, who has embraced “means of grace sanctification” and who believes that one can take the mark of the beast and still be saved“, sees the dangers of the Manhattan Declaration. MacArthur defines the dangers of this “declaration” in the article at this link. Why are so many of these “popular pastors” so errant? Why are they the only ones given the opportunity to speak for Protestant believers by CNN, Fox News, and other mainstream media?

The Popes are false teachers.

The Popes are false teachers of the highest rank with an entire religion of Baal cloaked in a Biblical veneer.

“Pastor” is a word that is equivalent to “shepherd”. What does a shepherd do? A shepherd cares for the sheep and their physical needs which Jesus showed forth by example.  He feeds the sheep as Jesus commanded Peter to do three times. However, this is where many pastors end their ministry, but a shepherd will watch out for wolves and robbers as well. The shepherd also spots dangers such as rocky precipices and thorny ways and will steer his sheep to safety.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.” – John 10:1 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” – Matthew 7:15

False teacher N.T. Wright

False teacher N.T. Wright, who thinks the Protestants got justification wrong and Rome got it right. On a more satirical note, my daughter pointed out that if the false teacher N.T. Wright were to add an “O” in the middle of his first two initials, that it would make a perfect statement about his character.

“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” – Act 20:29

Is your pastor a shepherd who feeds you the Word, cares for your financial and physical burdens, leads you by example, guides you away from dangerous snares, and protects you from false teachers who, like wolves and robbers, seek to steal or kill you? Or is he instead a funny man, public relations man, a “spin doctor”, a politician, or a lecturer? Is he out to protect the flock or entertain them? To keep the lambs assigned to him informed of wolves and thieves or to keep his own wallet padded?  We have the apostles’ commands as seen in the Bible passages listed below.  Defend the Gospel and GOD’s Word from man-made systems and alterations that pervert them. Both Paul and Jude were adamantly opposed to false teachers who divided the Body of Christ by their errant teachings. Today, people are so reprobate that they believe those who point out heresy are the “dividers”, instead of realizing that those who teach heresy are the dividers, troublemakers, and disturbers of Christianity unity. Reprobate thinking is the new norm for American Christians especially. Jude, in the following verse, makes it clear that GOD’s Word was given to us once for all time. The word for “once” is the Greek “hapax” and means one time only forever and never needs repetition as the Lexicon clearly states. It is the same word used regarding man dying only once after which he will face the judgment and also it the same word used for Jesus’ death on the cross which gives the cross finality as a once-for-all sacrifice for sins that never needs to be repeated (a fact which Catholics ignore as they heretically and blasphemously repeat and repeat the sacrifice of Christ during their wafer ceremony in their dark pagan Masses to their eternal shame).

Don Wildmon, signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration which was refuted by Dr. John MacArthur

Don Wildmon, signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” – Jude 1:3

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” – Romans 1:18

Most of the mega-ministry leaders that you see today touted as the popular leaders of evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity are actually more interested in defending their way of life than the Gospel of Christ.

False teacher Rick Warren

False teacher Rick Warren whose many heresies are quite extensive including the damnable heresy that “we all worship the same god”

You might see them on a cruise or a missions trip to Hawaii or a ministry stop in Dolly-world or devouring the food at a buffet in a high-end restaurant with the dollars sent to their ministry by their followers who wish to repay them for speaking only of Scripture and allowing people to interpret their words in whatever way they wish, instead of applying Scripture and exposing false teachers, error, and false works of darkness.

The Gospel Coalition proclaims in their Confessional Statement that baptism is a means of grace in violation of Galatians which proclaims that those who teach such a false gospel, even if it is an angel, are to be anathema or damned.  Gospel Coalition Council Members include C.J. Mahaney, D. A. Carson, Erwin Lutzer, John Piper, Ray Ortlund, Tim Keller, Voddie Baucham, and Mark Dever.

The Gospel Coalition proclaims in their Confessional Statement that baptism is a means of grace in violation of Galatians which proclaims that those who teach such a false gospel, even if it is an angel, are to be anathema or damned. A few Gospel Coalition Council Members are pictured here including C.J. Mahaney, D. A. Carson, Erwin Lutzer, John Piper, Ray Ortlund, Tim Keller, Voddie Baucham, and Mark Dever. One would hope these men wouldn’t subscribe to the Gospel Coalition’s heretical Confessional Statement but what are the chances?

Avoid visiting or being around false teachers in any way. Do not visit their churches or ministries in order to have “interfaith dialogue” or “influence them”.   Pragmatic thinking is what got King Saul (with his sacrifice) and Aaron (with his golden calf) in trouble when they decided to do things pragmatically rather than by the Book. 

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” – Romans 16:17 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” – Ephesians 5:11 Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” – 2 John 1:9-11

False teacher Doug Wilson

False teacher Doug Wilson who perverts the doctrine of justification by faith with his Federal Vision heresy

The Pope and Catholicism, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Freemasons, other cults and religions, and even certain heretical Protestants teach a false gospel today. Many of them teach that salvation is through baptism. Such damnable heresy is refuted in the article at this link.. Those ministers who refuse to name these religions and specific false teachers, as the apostles did, or who refuse to defend the Word and the Gospel from those who alter them, and who shirk from spiritual battle are unqualified to be in the ministry of Christ. Many are the ministries who protect their financial interests by avoiding their duty to expose false teaching, and they exponentially increase their sins by resisting their duties in the name of “showing grace” to others. This reprobate thinking has become the norm in American Christianity.

False teacher Billy Graham Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f68IgZruyNI

False teacher Billy Graham has damning heresies of which he is guilty as you will see in this Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f68IgZruyNI

Many years ago, I remember one gentleman in a ministry saying that he considered the exposing of the unfruitful works of darkness to be likened unto “Crusading” and that the ministry for which he was a public relations representative didn’t subscribe to such thinking. It’s sad, because this man and many, many more like Him are guilty of disobeying Jesus Christ, who they profess is their LORD and Master.  Obeying the commands of GOD is not “Crusading” but rather “obeying”.

Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen who promotes the Word of Faith cult and other heresies

This particular obese man was in a comfortable position where he could laze around, eat out at fancy restaurants, lie to workers in order to get them to work for less money, and take trips to Hawaii (most corporations refuse to reimburse such waste as expenditures), and all in the name of “ministry activities”. The truth is that this man is not that rare.  Many ministries are simply havens for those who don’t wish to work, and love to play, eat, and play politics.

False teacher Martin Luther who taught salvation by the sacraments.

False teacher Martin Luther who taught salvation by the sacraments.

Few wish to speak out in defense of the Gospel or suffer stigmatization, isolation, threats, ridicule, or persecution for exposing the works of darkness and the lies of false teachers. Some of the false gospels and false teachers that are prevalent today are addressed in articles like the following which we have published in order to protect the sheep. Acquaint yourself with the principles of Scripture and be sure you can spot error and expose those who are promoting error.

  1. CATHOLICISM: Their post-VII beliefs compared to Scripture
  2. CHARISMATIC: Change agent for ‘one global religion’
  3. CLEVER ROME: Ever evolving and ecumenicizing
  4. EL AND BEL: The two most ancient religions
  5. EVOLUTION AND THE BEANSTALK: The tale keeps growing
  6. FALSE CHRIST TEST: Will you be fooled?
  7. FORBIDDEN: Additions to Scripture
  8. GOSPEL COALITION: Dark ministers of light?
  9. HERE I STAND: With Christ or Rome?
  10. IDOLATRY: Their gods are clay
  11. I DID IT MY WAY: How does Satan present himself?
  12. IN THIRTY PHOTOS: Do Catholics pray to Mary?
  13. ISCARIOT: Never forget
  14. It just might be false teaching, if …
  15. JEWS: GOD and the Popes
  16. JOHN PIPER: Soft on Rome?
  17. LORDSHIP SALVATION: Is it Biblical?
  18. MYSTERIES: The secret things belong to GOD
  19. PIETY’S DISGUISE: The mask of witches bold
  20. POPE: Crush hard work, liberty, but exalt global ruler
  21. PROUD LEADERS: Made possible by blind followers
  22. QUOTING HERETICS: Tim Keller and his friends
  23. TEN HELPS: When dealing with heretics
  24. THE GOSPEL: According to Ellerslie
  25. VATICAN: Hurling 100 damnations toward non-Catholics
  26. WOLVES: The enemy is among us
Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson, promoter of heretics and signer of the dangerously heretical Manhattan Declaration

Many false teachers are shown in the above article links and in the photo captions in this article. Billy Graham is one of the most deceptive false teachers who ever lived as can be seen in the video at this link. Right behind him is Dr. James Dobson who is exposed in many articles for his assistance to false teachers such as the article at this link and the article at this link. Dr. Dobson treats Catholics as “brothers in Christ” despite the enormous number of false teachings and the false gospel promoted by the Vatican.

Jonathan Falwell, son of Jerry Falwell and signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration

Jonathan Falwell, son of Jerry Falwell and signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration

One time, after I heard Dr. Dobson mention on the airwaves that a Jewish Rabbi was a “brother”, I confronted the founder of an international radio ministry for allowing Dr. Dobson to air such a message to the Body of Christ.  The founder of this large ministry simply ignored me and later treated me in a most cruel manner. Even Jerry Falwell, as shown in the article at this link, and other fundamentalist leaders have recommended or compromised with false teachers rather than exposing them.

John Calvin

This doesn’t apply to all Presbyterians, but there are those Presbyterians who believe in baptismal salvation. Many, who defend Calvin’s stance on this topic, invent a multitude of theological constructs from a “means of grace” argument (which is just as bad) to quoting Calvin out of context in order to somehow prove that he “did not” teach baptismal salvation, but though Calvin sounds contradictory on this doctrine (if you were to listen to them), it is but Calvin’s incredibly confused and over-complicated teaching of Christ’s simple gospel of faith that they perceive. In very fact, Calvin taught baptismal salvation as Wikipedia concludes and also as is shown clearly in the article at this link. Whether Calvin did or didn’t teach baptismal salvation shouldn’t really matter anyway, right? Do we get our beliefs from GOD or men?

I am concerned that soon the ship of nominal Christendom will be completely guided by spiritual pirates if pastors do not speak out.  The writing is already on the wall as can be seen in the article at this link. I believe there’s a very good reason that so many people are beginning to return to the “Reformers’ theology”.  For in fact, the Reformers were a half-way house between Catholicism and Biblical Truth.  The very name “Reformers” pertained to their desire to reform the Catholic religious system, a system built upon almost complete Baal worship with a little veneer of Biblical truth swabbed across its surface. Why reform a false religion?  Why protest a false religion as the Protestants did? Why not just denounce that cursed institute of Baal and its sacrilege in adjoining the name of Christ to their pagan rituals? Many Reformers believed in salvation by the sacraments and they confused the grace of GOD. Many adopted “means of grace” theology which indirectly subscribes salvation through grace obtained through works, while other Reformers believed in salvation obtained directly through works.

Erwin Lutzer, signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration and also Council Member for the heretical Gospel Coalition.

Erwin Lutzer, signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration and also Council Member for the heretical Gospel Coalition.

Either way, works were introduced to effect salvation, whether indirectly through complex syllogisms and crafty argumentation as many Presbyterians today attempt to do or whether by simple direct works salvation. Thus, with so many returning from a simple “salvation by grace through faith” theology as Scripture teaches to a very complex or outright construct of works salvation which takes Protestants back into the bondage of Rome, we are seeing a backward trend into the Dark Ages.

Chuck Swindoll, signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration that Dr. John MacArthur refused to sign; Swindoll quotes and promotes heretical men.

Chuck Swindoll, signer of the heretical Manhattan Declaration; Swindoll quotes and promotes heretical men.

Furthermore, Calvinism is a good example, although there are many other examples that could be named, of those who would add man-made systems to the Word of GOD.  Where GOD is silent, we should also be silent. We should not presume to understand His secret things, His mysteries or His mind. We should never add fabricated details to His Words. Many have added to GOD’s Word through their eschatology as well. We must never add new meaning or thought to the Words of GOD.

My grandfather started one of the largest church's in America using sound doctrine. He also ordained Jack Van Impe into the ministry.  Thereafter, Van Impe left sound doctrine and began to court the Vatican as shown in the article at this link on Van Impe's official website.

My grandfather started one of the largest church’s in America using sound doctrine. He also ordained Jack Van Impe into the ministry. Thereafter, Van Impe left sound doctrine and made false prophetic predictions as shown at this link and began to court the Vatican as shown in the article at this link on Van Impe’s official website.

Divide and conquer – is that not a classical military strategy? Has Calvinism been a means for Satan to divide the Body of Christ? As a footnote, John Calvin attended College de Montaigu, the same theological college as Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Catholic intelligence and military order known as the Jesuits.  The Jesuits were founded to destroy non-Catholics via the strategic Counter-Reformation war on Protestants and they headed the Inquisitions against anyone who refused to bow to the Roman Catholic empire. History also reveals that Calvin also put to death those who disagreed with him as well. This being said, I realize that there are Presbyterians who would disagree with baptismal salvation and who would disagree with Calvin’s killing of dissenters; yet even these Presbyterians would still call themselves Calvinists without any shame for the cruelty that Calvin showed other believers. Why not call themselves Christians instead of Calvinists? Why emulate a man who was errant? Or are they indeed converts of Calvin and not Christ?

Catholic Knight Hearst ordered his team to “puff Graham” by using Hearst’s massive news and media network to transform the preacher from a simple yet dynamic Christian minister into a national pro-god, anti-communist celebrity (God in America/Frontline) as shown in the article at this link.

Catholic Knight Hearst ordered his team to “puff Graham” by using Hearst’s massive news and media network to transform the preacher from a simple yet dynamic Christian minister into a national pro-god, anti-communist celebrity (God in America/Frontline) as shown in the article at this link.

It was Catholic Knight of Malta William Randolph Hearst who told his giant media conglomerate to put Billy Graham “on the map” as seen in the article at this link.  It was Billy Graham who led Protestants toward a more ecumenical relationship with the Vatican and who led Protestants to emphasize the “end justifies the means” (a Jesuit philosophy). Graham displayed this philosophy openly in his “evangelism” films where he used bikini-clad girls at church volleyball socials, rock music, testimonies of Hollywood celebrity “Christians”, and the same fleshly, godless conduct that the Bible forbids. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world“. Jesus, on the other hand, stated that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. We also saw what happened repeatedly in Scripture to those who used pragmatic or deceptive or unrighteous practices to accomplish ministry purposes. Most were killed or punished severely by GOD.

Coincidentally, Life magazine, which was published by Time magazine's founder, the Catholic Knight of Malta Henry Luce,  also promoted Billy Graham extensively.

Coincidentally, Life magazine, which was published by Time magazine’s founder, the Catholic Knight of Malta Henry Luce, also promoted Billy Graham extensively.

I suspect that discernment is not the problem with most church goers today, but rather true salvation. I also wonder if many church goers and Christian school and university graduates are converts of men rather than the Holy Spirit. How else can you explain the majority of believers in America who say they believe the Bible is GOD’s Word, and then only a third believe it should be taken literally?  Why else do people defend their favorite evangelist or pastor, even if they stand against the Bible’s teaching? Was Graham, who proclaims a false, damning gospel in the video above, ever really a Christian? Was he a Jesuit soldier? Jesuit soldiers are trained from youth to be infiltrators and dissemblers as shown in the Jesuit oath at this link which exhorts Rome’s secret soldiers to use shadow warfare and masks. Are many of these other men also the same? Or are these men just part of the “falling away” that the Bible said would take place before the very end of time? Why are so many of these pulpit men that the media has “puffed” into larger-than-life status seemingly joining into more sacramental, false teaching like Rome? Why are they signing agreements with Rome?  I don’t think we will probably know in this life for sure. The list of those being regaled as some type of larger-than-life spiritual heroes by today’s masses of Christians who chase the latest person who represents morals and dogma that “sound good” is quite extensive. Didn’t the Satanic Freemason Albert Pike have a book called “Morals and Dogma”? Having morals and dogma is not the definition of a Christian. Men of Rome wearing black lead our nation into sins such as sodomy, abortion, and anti-motherhood, only to have other men of Rome wearing white come out with guns blazing in a way that inspires the masses of nominal Christians who lack discernment and who are completely ignorant of the history of Rome and the doctrines of Scripture. One of the most dangerous things in the world today is an outspoken, eloquent, morally courageous individual who speaks out against the ills of the world, while leading people into a false gospel. The list of people today who I could list in this article are enormous. So many false teachers exist and I have such a small amount of time to expose them all. Today, we are plagued with these types of individuals on every horizon of political and spiritual leadership.

Sean Hannity attended a Catholic seminary and is heavily connected with the Vatican. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannity After Alan Colmes, the stereotyped "liberal Jew", left his show, he continued as just "Hannity". His first interview was with Newt Gingrich, Baptist, who recently became a Catholic.

Sean Hannity attended a Catholic seminary and is heavily connected with the Vatican. After Alan Colmes, the stereotyped “liberal Jew”, left his show, he continued as just “Hannity”. His first interview was with Newt Gingrich, Baptist, who recently became a Catholic.

Beyond the realm of heretics and false teachers and clergy, there are individuals wearing business suits who are ready to lead people into hell with a false gospel via moral crusades through their power in the media, Hollywood, or other venues. Those of this ilk who are most dangerous are the ones who sound the most moral and convincing. These crusaders, such as Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, or lesser known media personalities like stay-at-home-mom champion and popular blogger Matt Walsh, are fighting for the important morals of the day while leading the masses into the arms of Rome.

Bill O 'Reilly: graduated from a Catholic High School and a Catholic college and is known for asking Jesuits to join his program to discuss the news. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_O%27Reilly_(commentator)

Bill O ‘Reilly: graduated from a Catholic High School and a Catholic college and is known for asking Jesuits to join his program to discuss the news.

While Sean or Bill appear to be at conflict with the Vatican at times, ultimately they are pointing people to Catholicism and its traditions and beliefs. They are a good example of how Rome owns both sides, so that in the end, they are cheered by both sides.   Have Christians lost their voice? Do they really need to be represented by Catholics now? Do they believe that they are allowed to sit on their backside and let those who teach a false gospel lead the fight for morality in our land and define the rules of engagement? Do Christians really need Catholic Fox News, owned by Knight of St. Gregory Rupert Murdoch, to be their voice now? Is the real answer to our nation’s problems found in whose media empire is bigger? Or is it in how repentant the nation is? Matt Walsh rings out a message of support for many of the conservative homeschool and stay-at-home moms who naively stumble along behind him waving their banner of support for him. Why would Christian moms support this guy? Is it because they feel they can’t think for themselves or speak out on their own? Do they really need this blogger to represent their views, in spite of the fact that he is directing people into the arms of Catholicism and ultimately into the lake of fire?

Matt Walsh, Roman shill and supposed supporter of conservative moms, who promotes Catholicism and the Jesuits. In the Jesuits' world, the end justifies the means even if that means they have to appear conservative to the conservatives. Matt is sporting Rome's Pax Romana symbol as a tattoo (the peace of Rome).

Matt Walsh, Roman shill and supposed supporter of conservative moms, who promotes Catholicism and the Jesuits. In the Jesuits’ world, the end justifies the means even if that means they have to appear conservative to the conservatives. Matt is sporting Rome’s Pax Romana symbol as a tattoo (the peace of Rome).

Matt recently stated his support of the new and first-ever Jesuit Pope, an article that he continues to sport on his site as seen at this link, in spite of the fact that the Jesuit Pope stands for sympathy for sodomites and all sorts of damning practices and doctrines of Rome, and may possibly be one of the most occult Popes in history. Matt Walsh, is a great example of a what a dissembler is. One who has read the Jesuit oath knows that being a dissembler is a huge part of their job.

Life magazine, even today, continues to be an instrument of the Vatican, much like many other media conglomerates founded by Vatican Knights such as Fox News and Century 21 Fox, owned by billionaire Knight of St. Gregory Rupert Murdock.

Life magazine, even today, continues to be an instrument of the Vatican, much like many other media conglomerates founded by Vatican Knights such as Fox News and Twentieth Century Fox, owned by billionaire Knight of St. Gregory Rupert Murdock. In this photo, we see the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis, the ultimate heretic.

It’s not our job to judge the salvation of these men, but it is our job to judge false teaching by the words of Scripture and to mark those who are teaching damning doctrines that will send me to hell.  In fact, the Bible so clearly teaches we should. We must stand with our own families by GOD’s Word even when it seems that all of the radio-television pastors, mega-church pastors, and other “celebrity” pastors are teaching heresy and false gospels. “As in the day of Noah” … isn’t that what the Bible said about the end times? Only eight souls were saved.  Do you remember Jesus’ words?

“… Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth? – Luke 18:8 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3

False teacher John Wesley believed that the sacraments were a "means to grace".

False teacher John Wesley believed that the sacraments were a “means to grace”.

The Bible is GOD’s Word and it says let GOD be true and every man a liar.  Paul said that even if an angel taught another gospel to let them be damned or accursed or “anathema”.  If we believe what a man teaches us, because he’s popular among evangelicals or fundamentalists, even when it contradicts the Scriptures, then we are guilty of man-worship. Christendom isn’t just a body of people who talk about Jesus, but it is the Body of Christ who refuse to believe in a false gospel that damns souls to hell forever and who instead believe in the Truth of the Word of GOD. They have a relationship with Jesus Christ. True believers will want to warn others of false gospels. The fact that so few are teaching a true gospel and are refusing to warn others of the false teachers and counterfeit gospels that are popular today is a warning sign that the Body of Christ may be far, far smaller than you might suspect.

narrow-way“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” – Matthew 7:13-15

False teacher Mark Driscoll sports a "Jesus is my Homeboy" T-shirt which Madonna also sports. His teaching includes additions to Scripture through prophecy, preaching that some have described as both R-rated and X-rated, a blasphemous mouth toward the things of GOD, and is unqualified as a minister per Paul's letters to Timothy.

False teacher Mark Driscoll sports a “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirt which Madonna also sports. His teaching includes additions to Scripture through prophecy, preaching that some have described as both R-rated and X-rated, a blasphemous mouth toward the things of GOD, and is unqualified as a minister per Paul’s letters of qualifications to Timothy.  This link leads you to an article that tells more. This link gives great insight as well on Driscoll.

JESUS: Coming again soon?

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Let’s think critically. How many people have told us the LORD is coming again? How many of them were wrong?  So far, all of them have been wrong. Is there a reason these self-invented prophet’s predictions are wrong, time and again?  Jesus said:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” – Matthew 24:36

Plagues_of_RevelationWhile nobody knows the actual day when the LORD will return, isn’t it a profitable way for con men to sell books and fund radio-television broadcasts by creating dates of “the end”? Absolutely! In fact, the temptation to make money through alleged knowledge of the end might be the very reason the world’s most renowned prophetic book, the Book of Revelation states the following.

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”  – Revelation 22:18-19

We know these people with their predictions of a particular day are complete con men, but didn’t the Bible speak of “signs of the times”?  It did.

“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”  – Matthew 24:3

Harold Camping, a false prophet whose setting of dates for "the end" backfired again and again.

Harold Camping, a false prophet whose setting of dates for “the end” backfired again and again.

Are people getting very skeptical now of the return of Jesus Christ with all of these false prophets running around making money off their alleged knowledge of the return of Jesus Christ? I think that’s an understatement.  Ironically, that was also predicted in the Bible as well.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water” – 2 Peter 3:3-5

armageddon_valleyIn the past, there were possible “rapture scenarios” and the circumstances seemed right many times throughout the past two thousand years.  So why are date-setters wrong?  Jesus answered that question already. Nobody knows the day.

How is today’s world events different than the past two thousand years?  Why are there so many falling into the temptation of attempting to predict the LORD’s return?  I believe because most people who know the Bible are aware of the significance of one important truth that makes modern times different than all other eras.

MegiddofIsrael is in the land.

Israel also took over Jerusalem. As this article and this article explain, Israel being in the land is of major significance. In fact, those two articles show great proof that there is a GOD and exemplify hard core evidence for the Bible’s validity, as well as how close we are to the end. Another interesting article to read regarding how close we may truly be to the end is the article at this link.

Furthermore, the Bible predicts that after Israel is in the land that they will be reigned over by their Messiah.  And look at the following fulfilled prophecies that show we are very, very close to the end. Israel is the centerpiece to the end times. The scene is slowly being set.

  1. The East Gate in Jerusalem was to be sealed until the end, according to Biblical prophecy. The facts show us that due to dead bodies being near that gate (making people unclean), the East Gate was sealed and still is.
  2. Jews would be dispersed from Israel. They were in A.D. 70.
  3. Jews will be despised and scattered throughout the world. This explains the strange, illogical nature of anti-Semitic behavior worldwide.
  4. Jews will be gathered together again in her land after many years.  They are.
  5. The shekel would be restored (Ezekiel 45) according to prophecy. This recently happened. I now own one of these.
  6. Jerusalem would become the Jewish capitol again.  This happened recently in history.
  7. israel-born-in-one-day1Isaiah 66:8 says that Israel would be born instantly (i.e. May 14, 1948).
  8. Isaiah 41:8 states that this desert land of Israel would become a land of pools and springs again. For almost 2000 years, Israel lay barren and dry, but now her deserts are full of pools and springs.
  9. Ezekiel 36:35 and Amos 9:14 – Israel would become a civilization again from a wasteland with vineyards and fruit of the vine and gardens. After being a wasteland of malaria-infestation and dry, arid desert, Israel has orchards, vineyards, beautiful gardens, and cities, and is a huge producer of produce and products. You would find it difficult to even uncover any other time in history where a lush beautiful land sprung up out of a desert like has happened in Israel the past several decades.
  10. Natural disasters, pestilences, and disease will increase. The past 5-10 years have seen a massive multiplied increase of these.
  11. Wars and rumors of wars would be birth pangs – Israel became a nation after two world wars.
  12. Increased lawlessness, perilous times, unholy, brutal, not lovers of good, etc – our world has become this way in an enormous way since 1960.
  13. Massive apostasy and spiritual delusion – people don’t tolerate sound doctrine – look around – apostasy is among even the “conservative” ranks who chase sacrament theology, “means of grace” theology, and other Judaic “gospels”.
  14. In the last days, doctrines of devils will forbid to marry and forbid people to eat meat (I Tim. 4) – look around.
  15. World peace and one world system would be the focus of the end time but would be a front to further the cause of world domination and unity of a one world order – look around. Men will be looking to man’s leadership instead of GOD – especially to one man to bring world peace (get ready for this – it’s only a matter of time now). When people want protection rather than freedom, it makes sense that they will look to one man to protect them and bring them peace in spite of the “mark” given out. We can already see this type of technology and this culture and climate of thought.
  16. 666 2The mark of the beast and its technology was predicted as a mark – today, smart phones use marks to buy items at stores. This would not have been possible a couple of decades ago. The concept of national IDs is now very real. The “war on terrorism” has become an excuse for all of this to be introduced. The technology of the whole world watching the two witnesses of Revelation 11 is also available. The whole world can now watch the two witnesses.
  17. Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others will war with Israel? What is the likeliness of this happening presently? Look around. Right now, we are all looking at these nations and wondering what will happen next.
  18. Rome has incredible power, money, and covert intelligence forces and power, and the Pope is kissed on the hand by most world leaders including America’s. He is also a man of peace. Could he be a player in the end times as the popes now pray to Allah and the most recent one was praying in Arabic? Daniel prophesied that the fourth and final kingdom of the world would be the kingdom after Greece, which we now know as the Roman Empire. Daniel states this several times very clearly – Daniel chapters 2, 7, and 9. In chapter 9, we also see that the people who destroyed the sanctuary (which happened in A.D. 70 by the Romans) would be the people of a “prince” that will come (a Roman emperor). In my opinion, the clarity that the final kingdom is Roman with a Roman emperor is far clearer than even other Scriptural teachings such as tithing or church attendance.
  19. A dried Euphrates was prophesied which would allow the far east to move across the Euphrates. Recently, the Ataturk Dam was constructed on the Euphrates River. Syria and Iraq claimed to be suffering severe water shortages from its building since it lowered the water amount. The drying of the Euphrates is now possible.
  20. An earthquake will split the Mount of Olives and water would flow from under Jerusalem toward the Dead Sea. A Syro-African rift is right below the Mount of Olives.
  21. Many scholars believe that Revelation 11 predicts a temple being built (third temple) again on the Temple Mount. Today, a Temple Institute is prepared to build the third temple and have all the furniture, priests, and other temple implements in place and are ready to roll at a moment’s notice.
  22. GOD will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people according to Zechariah chapter twelve verse three.  Look at the news.

CHRISTMAS SONGS: That aren’t Christmas songs

Jingle_BellsDid you know that Jingle Bells is not actually a Christmas song, but a Thanksgiving song as explained in the encyclopedia article at this link?

Did you know that Sleigh Ride was never written for Christmas as this encyclopedia article states? Did you know that the term “birthday party” was later changed by some musicians to “Christmas party” to make it sound more Christmas, but even today people still sing “birthday party” and consider the song to be a winter seasonal selection for any event as explained about the composer’s intent in this article? The lyrics were written by a Jewish man named Mitchell Parish (Michael Hyman Pashelinsky) who is buried today in the Jewish Beth David cemetery.

over the riverOver the River and Through the Woods is another song stolen by Christmas observers, but it was actually a Thanksgiving song as well as can be seen in this encyclopedia article.

Let It Snow and The Little Drummer Boy are two examples of songs that do not reference Christmas, but have been adopted by Christmas adherents.  The former song is a winter seasonal song and the latter is a song that references the birth of Jesus. A multitude of other songs have also been adopted by Roman Catholics to use for their Christ Mass (or Christmas) celebration.  These songs are not Christmas compositions at all, but are are actually songs of Christ’s birth (or nativity songs) such as these well-known hymns:

  1. 2853Angels from the Realms of Glory
  2. Angels We Have Heard on High
  3. Away in a Manger
  4. The First Nowell
  5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  6. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  7. Joy to the World
  8. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  9. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  10. O Holy Night
  11. Once in Royal David’s City
  12. Silent Night
  13. What Child Is This?
  14. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  15. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
  16. Handel’s Messiah

2000With all of the above songs removed from the list of supposed “traditional Christmas favorites”, one realizes that there are actually very few traditional Christmas songs. Of the songs that have been claimed as Christmas songs, most were stolen from other celebrations and of the handful of songs that remain as true Christmas carols, most were written in the past century. There’s a reason for this fact.

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Also, even the list of nativity hymns above have been questioned by some critical thinkers as seen in the article at this link. While I may not agree with all the conclusions of the individual in that article, it does set one’s mind to wondering how discerning we are when it comes to examining hymns’ lyrics in comparison with Scripture and whether we are singing songs just because “we’ve always sung them”.

Did you know that Christmas wasn’t even celebrated in England for some time? When the English people were near almost certain slaughter by a sneaky Charles I who, married to a Catholic queen, was intent on attempting to covertly bring Catholic armies from the surrounding countries to massacre the English people who were Protestants, the courageous Oliver Cromwell took his place in the annals of historical legend. Cromwell defeated Charles I and took power from that wicked despot, saving the greater part of the English lives of the realm, while banning all pagan, Catholic rituals including the riotous festival known as the twelve days of Christmas as can be read in the article at this link.  The Bible didn’t approve pagan practices being renamed with Christian names by the Catholic religion (or the majority of Protestants in the twenty-first century) as seen in the article at this link. It is also a known fact that when the vindictive Catholic king Charles II replaced Cromwell’s leadership that he immediately returned England to the practice of Christmas and had Cromwell’s body exhumed and beheaded in violent but senseless retribution.

The Inquisitions ... another creation from the creators of Christmas

The Inquisitions … another creation from the creators of Christmas

Also, the early American colonists, who had fled the Old World of Roman-dominated Inquisitions and forced Catholic conversions, were thrilled to find the New World of America where they could worship the GOD of the Bible without any pagan additions.  One pagan, Catholic tradition that they banned was Christmas, and that’s why for the greater part of the nation’s existence Christmas and Easter were banned due to their pagan origins and Catholic associations (until millions of Catholic immigrants arrived in America during the mid-1800s and began the celebration of their Christ Mass in America toward the end of that century – not to mention their extravagant promotion of Christ Mass through their Hollywood, California media conglomerates for those who know the history and control that they exerted in that city from its very inception and throughout that state as seen in articles like this one and this one and this one).

Demon Krampus and Santa Nicholas

Demon Krampus and St Nicholas

Christ Mass was known historically as a time when cruel Romans would kill Christians or when Catholic Romans persecuted Jewish people or when pagan tribes warned their children that the demon Krampus would come to get all “bad” children on Christmas Eve (and in the Catholic version, the demon is accompanied by Sinterklaas or Saint Nicholas) as can be read in the article at this link. The occult English writer Charles Dickens (known for ghosts, seances and hypnotism) and the bigot Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) who both crafted cruel stereotypes like “Scrooge” and “Grinch” to describe anyone who held beliefs like our founding fathers (who avoided Christmas), were perfect examples of the old intolerant Roman era.

firstThe early Americans, free of old Roman Inquisitions and intolerance, chose to avoid Christmas and instead create their own festival day – a Thanksgiving Day which they shared with the Indians who were of another ethnicity, religion, and culture … a display of true Biblical love … and now you know the truth of the matter.

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Love freely, share from your plenty, and may GOD’s grace be rich to you and yours.

BIBLICAL CONNECTION (all articles by category)

SALVATION AND THE GOSPEL

  1. ETERNALLY SAVED: Most won’t be … will you be?
  2. CHRISTIANITY: What is it?
  3. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Name them one by one
  4. HELL: What is it? Did Jesus suffer it?
  5. JUDGMENT DAY: One excuse you can’t use
  6. VERDICT: Winners, losers, and fools

BIBLE STUDY AND CONGREGATIONAL PRACTICE

  1. BIBLE WORKOUT
  2. DEATH: Did Adam eat plants?
  3. DIFFERENCES: How to resolve?
  4. DISPUTING: Time wasted
  5. EARLY CHRISTIANS: Purpose-driven but not greedy
  6. FREE MP3 BIBLE: Reaching the world in our lifetime?
  7. HEROES OF THE FAITH: Ups and downs
  8. IGNORANCE: Burning non-KJV Bibles?
  9. NEW TESTAMENT MODEL: Learning from the early believers
  10. ROLES DEFINED: Elders, Deacons, and Others
  11. SOCIAL NETWORK: The greatest on earth
  12. STEWARDS: Wise or foolish?
  13. THE BIBLE: Have you read all of it?

FALSE TEACHERS

  1. CATHOLICISM: Their post-VII beliefs compared to Scripture
  2. CHARISMATIC: Change agent for ‘one global religion’
  3. CLEVER ROME: Ever evolving and ecumenicizing
  4. EL AND BEL: The two most ancient religions
  5. EVOLUTION AND THE BEANSTALK: The tale keeps growing
  6. FALSE CHRIST TEST: Will you be fooled?
  7. FORBIDDEN: Additions to Scripture
  8. GRACE COALITION: Dark ministers of light?
  9. HERE I STAND: With Christ or Rome?
  10. IDOLATRY: Their gods are clay
  11. I DID IT MY WAY: How does Satan present himself?
  12. IN THIRTY PHOTOS: Do Catholics pray to Mary?
  13. ISCARIOT: Never forget
  14. It just might be false teaching, if …
  15. JEWS: GOD and the Popes
  16. JOHN PIPER: Soft on Rome?
  17. LORDSHIP SALVATION: Is it Biblical?
  18. MYSTERIES: The secret things belong to GOD
  19. PIETY’S DISGUISE: The mask of witches bold
  20. POPE: Crush hard work, liberty, but exalt global ruler
  21. PROUD LEADERS: Made possible by blind followers
  22. QUOTING HERETICS: Tim Keller and his friends
  23. TEN HELPS: When dealing with heretics
  24. THE GOSPEL: According to Ellerslie
  25. VATICAN: Hurling 100 damnations toward non-Catholics
  26. WOLVES: The enemy is among us

SET APART FOR CHRIST, AVOIDING PAGAN IMITATION

  1. CHRISTIAN ACTORS: “Saving grace” or “saving face”
  2. CHRISTMAS: Baal worship?
  3. CHRISTMAS SONGS: That aren’t Christmas songs
  4. DESPISED: For Jesus Christ
  5. DYING WORDS: Worthless prayers and practices
  6. HALLOWEEN: Christian fun time?
  7. GRACE: Given to some, denied to others
  8. HOBBY LOBBY: President Green in bed with Rome
  9. It’s One Thing …
  10. JESUS: When was He born?
  11. CHRISTIAN ETHICS: Two ways to do anything you wanna?
  12. LORD’S SUPPER: Memorial Meal Now, Celebration Meal Soon?
  13. LUCIFER: Can you solve the million dollar mystery?
  14. MODESTY: Guidelines for Classy Dames
  15. MODESTY: True Beauty!
  16. MUSIC STYLES: Communicating in the Spirit Realm
  17. PAGAN ASSIMILATION: Justified by ‘Answers in Genesis’?
  18. PREVENTION OR CURE: Avoiding spiritual train wrecks
  19. ROAD LESS TAKEN: Made all the difference
  20. ROCKIN’ MODERN HYMNS: In the name of GOD
  21. SCHIZO: Secular and sacred separation?
  22. SEPARATION: What does purity cost?
  23. TEBOW: Betrayal, sacrilege, and man worship
  24. THE MASTER’S HAND: Amazing grace still changes lives
  25. The Modern Christian
  26. WINE: Drink for your stomach’s sake?
  27. WITCH SABBATHS: Protestants and Catholics find commonality
  28. WORSHIP: According to GOD’s Word

PROPHECY

  1. BELGIAN MP: Prophetic implications?
  2. BIBLICAL MODEL: Sudden Judgment, then Redemption
  3. DANIEL 11: An important prophetic chapter
  4. ENDGAME: Prophetic “Day of the LORD” coming soon?
  5. MESSIAH MARK: The technology is ready
  6. MODERN ISRAEL: Scriptural prediction proven true
  7. OBAMA AGREES WITH ISRAEL: Sign of the Times?
  8. OLD OR NEW: The Beasts may change, but the people don’t
  9. PROPHETIC TIDBITS: Links of interest
  10. REVELATION: A Simple Outline
  11. SATAN: Is he building “cover stories”?
  12. TRIBULATION: Coming soon
  13. TWO DAYS THEORY: A glimpse into the end of time?
  14. Will Israel be the World’s First ‘No Cash’ State?

WORLDVIEW

  1. FIDDLING: As America’s heritage burns
  2. GENERATION “W”: Much given, much required
  3. GONE: In a blink
  4. HURRICANE SANDY: Tip of the iceberg?
  5. LIFE: A reality game
  6. LIFE ENDS SOON: Tired of the race?
  7. LOVE SHOWS
  8. MEN: Rise up
  9. MIRACLE: Beauty out of muck
  10. OUR GENERATION: A long way from home
  11. PARALYZED: Spiritually helpless?
  12. PERFECT PARENTING: Thoughts from a friend
  13. PREGNANT: Hero or villain?
  14. SILENCE: Worthless salt?
  15. WARRIORS: No pain, no gain
  16. WHY SPEAK OUT: If a Truth is not popular?

Articles by category and in alphabetical order

Last updated March 18, 2014

BIBLICAL CONNECTION (all articles by category)

SALVATION AND THE GOSPEL

  1. ETERNALLY SAVED: Most won’t be … will you be?
  2. CHRISTIANITY: What is it?
  3. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Name them one by one
  4. HELL: What is it? Did Jesus suffer it?
  5. JUDGMENT DAY: One excuse you can’t use
  6. VERDICT: Winners, losers, and fools

BIBLE STUDY AND CONGREGATIONAL PRACTICE

  1. BIBLE WORKOUT
  2. DEATH: Did Adam eat plants?
  3. DIFFERENCES: How to resolve?
  4. DISPUTING: Time wasted
  5. EARLY CHRISTIANS: Purpose-driven but not greedy
  6. FREE MP3 BIBLE: Reaching the world in our lifetime?
  7. HEROES OF THE FAITH: Ups and downs
  8. IGNORANCE: Burning non-KJV Bibles?
  9. NEW TESTAMENT MODEL: Learning from the early believers
  10. ROLES DEFINED: Elders, Deacons, and Others
  11. SOCIAL NETWORK: The greatest on earth
  12. STEWARDS: Wise or foolish?
  13. THE BIBLE: Have you read all of it?

FALSE TEACHERS

  1. CATHOLICISM: Their post-VII beliefs compared to Scripture
  2. CHARISMATIC: Change agent for ‘one global religion’
  3. CLEVER ROME: Ever evolving and ecumenicizing
  4. EL AND BEL: The two most ancient religions
  5. EVOLUTION AND THE BEANSTALK: The tale keeps growing
  6. FALSE CHRIST TEST: Will you be fooled?
  7. FORBIDDEN: Additions to Scripture
  8. GRACE COALITION: Dark ministers of light?
  9. HERE I STAND: With Christ or Rome?
  10. HERETICS: Calling a spade
  11. IDOLATRY: Their gods are clay
  12. I DID IT MY WAY: How does Satan present himself?
  13. IN THIRTY PHOTOS: Do Catholics pray to Mary?
  14. ISCARIOT: Never forget
  15. It just might be false teaching, if …
  16. JEWS: GOD and the Popes
  17. JOHN PIPER: Soft on Rome?
  18. LORDSHIP SALVATION: Is it Biblical?
  19. MYSTERIES: The secret things belong to GOD
  20. PIETY’S DISGUISE: The mask of witches bold
  21. POPE: Crush hard work, liberty, but exalt global ruler
  22. PROUD LEADERS: Made possible by blind followers
  23. QUOTING HERETICS: Tim Keller and his friends
  24. TEN HELPS: When dealing with heretics
  25. THE GOSPEL: According to Ellerslie
  26. VATICAN: Hurling 100 damnations toward non-Catholics
  27. WOLVES: The enemy is among us

SET APART FOR CHRIST, AVOIDING PAGAN IMITATION

  1. CHRISTIAN ACTORS: “Saving grace” or “saving face”
  2. CHRISTMAS: Baal worship?
  3. CHRISTMAS SONGS: That aren’t Christmas songs
  4. DESPISED: For Jesus Christ
  5. DYING WORDS: Worthless prayers and practices
  6. HALLOWEEN: Christian fun time?
  7. GRACE: Given to some, denied to others
  8. HOBBY LOBBY: President Green in bed with Rome
  9. It’s One Thing …
  10. JESUS: When was He born?
  11. LENT: Where did it originate?
  12. CHRISTIAN ETHICS: Two ways to do anything you wanna?
  13. LORD’S SUPPER: Memorial Meal Now, Celebration Meal Soon?
  14. LUCIFER: Can you solve the million dollar mystery?
  15. MODESTY: Guidelines for Classy Dames
  16. MODESTY: True Beauty!
  17. MUSIC STYLES: Communicating in the Spirit Realm
  18. PAGAN ASSIMILATION: Justified by ‘Answers in Genesis’?
  19. PREVENTION OR CURE: Avoiding spiritual train wrecks
  20. ROAD LESS TAKEN: Made all the difference
  21. ROCKIN’ MODERN HYMNS: In the name of GOD
  22. SCHIZO: Secular and sacred separation?
  23. SEPARATION: What does purity cost?
  24. TEBOW: Betrayal, sacrilege, and man worship
  25. THE MASTER’S HAND: Amazing grace still changes lives
  26. The Modern Christian
  27. WINE: Drink for your stomach’s sake?
  28. WITCH SABBATHS: Protestants and Catholics find commonality
  29. WORSHIP: According to GOD’s Word

PROPHECY

  1. BELGIAN MP: Prophetic implications?
  2. BIBLICAL MODEL: Sudden Judgment, then Redemption
  3. DANIEL 11: An important prophetic chapter
  4. ENDGAME: Prophetic “Day of the LORD” coming soon?
  5. JESUS: Coming again soon?
  6. MESSIAH MARK: The technology is ready
  7. MODERN ISRAEL: Scriptural prediction proven true
  8. OBAMA AGREES WITH ISRAEL: Sign of the Times?
  9. OLD OR NEW: The Beasts may change, but the people don’t
  10. PROPHETIC TIDBITS: Links of interest
  11. REVELATION: A Simple Outline
  12. SATAN: Is he building “cover stories”?
  13. TRIBULATION: Coming soon
  14. TWO DAYS THEORY: A glimpse into the end of time?
  15. Will Israel be the World’s First ‘No Cash’ State?

WORLDVIEW

    1. FIDDLING: As America’s heritage burns
    2. GENERATION “W”: Much given, much required
    3. GONE: In a blink
    4. HURRICANE SANDY: Tip of the iceberg?
    5. LIFE: A reality game
    6. LIFE ENDS SOON: Tired of the race?
    7. LOVE SHOWS
    8. MEN: Rise up
    9. MIRACLE: Beauty out of muck
    10. OUR GENERATION: A long way from home
    11. PARALYZED: Spiritually helpless?
    12. PERFECT PARENTING: Thoughts from a friend
    13. PREGNANT: Hero or villain?
    14. RICH HERITAGE: Forgotten and forsaken
    15. SILENCE: Worthless salt?
    16. WARRIORS: No pain, no gain
    17. WHY SPEAK OUT: If a Truth is not popular?

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BIBLICAL CONNECTION (all articles in alphabetical order)

  1. BELGIAN MP: Prophetic implications?
  2. BIBLE WORKOUT
  3. BIBLICAL MODEL: Sudden Judgment, then Redemption
  4. CATHOLICISM: Their post-VII beliefs compared to Scripture
  5. CHARISMATIC: Change agent for ‘one global religion’
  6. CHRISTIAN ACTORS: “Saving grace” or “saving face”
  7. CHRISTIAN ETHICS: Two ways to do anything you wanna?
  8. CHRISTIANITY: What is it?
  9. CHRISTMAS: Baal worship?
  10. CHRISTMAS SONGS: That aren’t Christmas songs
  11. CLEVER ROME: Ever evolving and ecumenicizing
  12. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Name them one by one
  13. DANIEL 11: An important prophetic chapter
  14. DEATH: Did Adam eat plants?
  15. DESPISED: For Jesus Christ
  16. DIFFERENCES: How to resolve?
  17. DISPUTING: Time wasted
  18. DYING WORDS: Worthless prayers and practices
  19. EARLY CHRISTIANS: Purpose-driven but not greedy
  20. EL AND BEL: The two most ancient religions
  21. ENDGAME: Prophetic “Day of the LORD” coming soon?
  22. ETERNALLY SAVED: Most won’t be … will you be?
  23. EVOLUTION AND THE BEANSTALK: The tale keeps growing
  24. FALSE CHRIST TEST: Will you be fooled?
  25. FIDDLING: As America’s heritage burns
  26. FORBIDDEN: Additions to Scripture
  27. FREE MP3 BIBLE: Reaching the world in our lifetime?
  28. GENERATION “W”: Much given, much required
  29. GONE: In a blink
  30. GRACE COALITION: Dark ministers of light?
  31. GRACE: Given to some, denied to others
  32. HALLOWEEN: Christian fun time?
  33. HELL: What is it? Did Jesus suffer it?
  34. HERE I STAND: With Christ or Rome?
  35. HERETICS: Calling a spade
  36. HEROES OF THE FAITH: Ups and downs
  37. HOBBY LOBBY: President Green in bed with Rome
  38. HURRICANE SANDY: Tip of the iceberg?
  39. I DID IT MY WAY: How does Satan present himself?
  40. IDOLATRY: Their gods are clay
  41. IGNORANCE: Burning non-KJV Bibles?
  42. IN THIRTY PHOTOS: Do Catholics pray to Mary?
  43. ISCARIOT: Never forget
  44. It just might be false teaching, if …
  45. It’s One Thing …
  46. JESUS: Coming again soon?
  47. JESUS: When was He born?
  48. JEWS: GOD and the Popes
  49. JOHN PIPER: Soft on Rome?
  50. JUDGMENT DAY: One excuse you can’t use
  51. LENT: Where did it originate?
  52. LIFE: A reality game
  53. LIFE ENDS SOON: Tired of the race?
  54. LORDSHIP SALVATION: Is it Biblical?
  55. LORD’S SUPPER: Memorial Meal Now, Celebration Meal Soon?
  56. LOVE SHOWS
  57. LUCIFER: Can you solve the million dollar mystery?
  58. MEN: Rise up
  59. MESSIAH MARK: The technology is ready
  60. MIRACLE: Beauty out of muck
  61. MODERN ISRAEL: Scriptural prediction proven true
  62. MODESTY: Guidelines for Classy Dames
  63. MODESTY: True Beauty!
  64. MUSIC STYLES: Communicating in the Spirit Realm
  65. MYSTERIES: The secret things belong to GOD
  66. NEW TESTAMENT MODEL: Learning from the early believers
  67. OBAMA AGREES WITH ISRAEL: Sign of the Times?
  68. OLD OR NEW: The Beasts may change, but the people don’t
  69. OUR GENERATION: A long way from home
  70. QUOTING HERETICS: Tim Keller and his friends
  71. PAGAN ASSIMILATION: Justified by ‘Answers in Genesis’?
  72. PARALYZED: Spiritually helpless?
  73. PERFECT PARENTING: Thoughts from a friend
  74. PIETY’S DISGUISE: The mask of witches bold
  75. POPE: Crush hard work, liberty, but exalt global ruler
  76. PREGNANT: Hero or villain?
  77. PREVENTION OR CURE: Avoiding spiritual train wrecks
  78. PROPHETIC TIDBITS: Links of interest
  79. PROUD LEADERS: Made possible by blind followers
  80. REVELATION: A Simple Outline
  81. RICH HERITAGE: Forgotten and forsaken
  82. ROAD LESS TAKEN: Made all the difference
  83. ROCKIN’ MODERN HYMNS: In the name of GOD
  84. ROLES DEFINED: Elders, Deacons, and Others
  85. SATAN: Is he building “cover stories”?
  86. SCHIZO: Secular and sacred separation?
  87. SEPARATION: What does purity cost?
  88. SILENCE: Worthless salt?
  89. SOCIAL NETWORK: The greatest on earth
  90. SPURGEON: Did he celebrate Christmas?
  91. SPURGEON: War with leprous error!
  92. STEWARDS: Wise or foolish?
  93. TEBOW: Betrayal, sacrilege, and man worship
  94. TEN HELPS: When dealing with heretics
  95. THE BIBLE: Have you read all of it?
  96. THE GOSPEL: According to Ellerslie
  97. THE MASTER’S HAND: Amazing grace still changes lives
  98. The Modern Christian
  99. TRIBULATION: Coming soon
  100. TWO DAYS THEORY: A glimpse into the end of time?
  101. VATICAN: Hurling 100 damnations toward non-Catholics
  102. VERDICT: Winners, losers, and fools
  103. WARRIORS: No pain, no gain
  104. WHY SPEAK OUT: If a Truth is not popular?
  105. Will Israel be the World’s First ‘No Cash’ State?
  106. WINE: Drink for your stomach’s sake?
  107. WITCH SABBATHS: Protestants and Catholics find commonality
  108. WOLVES: The enemy is among us
  109. WORSHIP: According to GOD’s Word

ROAD LESS TAKEN: Made all the difference

temptationMost of my friends do not even know what tests or allurements I have faced in the past (such as those mentioned in this article).  I prefer it that way. My own parents know little of the temptation that was offered to me during parts of my life. Only GOD needs to know what crosses we bear.  That being said, I believe that the experiences I have to share may be helpful to others who may be facing similar tests in their life; thus, I hope that by sharing such experiences with you through this anonymous blog that it will be an encouragement to your life.

imagesIf you have ever spoken out for Truth, you will understand how challenging it can be. Who doesn’t want to be loved instead of ridiculed? Who really sets out in life to be despised or ostracized? Do you really think that Jesus wanted to be hated by mankind?

“Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”  – Isaiah 53:1-3

images (1)From this passage, we learn that Jesus wasn’t considered the grandest celebrity on earth, but quite the opposite.  Keep in mind that He was the One who created all of us, including those who are considered famous or beautiful. He asked “who has believed our message?”.  Can you imagine how it feels to be that isolated? He was despised.  He was forsaken.  Are you? It was humans like us who treated the King of the universe in such a manner, and I have no doubt that if He returned to earth and walked among us again, He would get the same treatment, and probably from most of those who are considered “very strict Christians” as well as the more liberal or moderate Christians and pagans alike. In a way, the Pharisees probably were the more conservative followers of GOD in their day, and even they had strayed horribly into doing things out of tradition or because their rabbis had told them so, instead of being taught and filled by the Spirit and led by the Word.

temptation (1)If you speak out for Truth, keep in mind that you will immediately receive a mark by everyone as being either a bigot, a right-winger, a preacher man, all of the above, or worse.

You will be told that you are not loving enough, your speech lacks grace, your logic is faulty, you are too judgmental, or you need to improve your serve.  The temptation is to just be quiet and stop speaking out against sin and false doctrine, and to instead conform to those around you. Is that what the early Christians did? Is that what the prophets and apostles did?

FruitSpiritLogo-adjThe Truth is that all of us need to improve our serve. None of us are loving enough.  All of us lack perfect grace in our speech.  All of our logic is faulty from time to time.  All of us can be judgmental. The truth is that most of those who say this will at the same time refuse to speak out for Truth themselves.  They can tell you how to do it, but they themselves won’t even lift a finger to speak out. Most of them are participating in false doctrine or pagan practices. The fruits of the Spirit are more than just love.  There’s also faithfulness, self-control, obedience to Christ’s commands, and the willingness to speak the Truth even if nobody wants it.

red carpetWhen I was a kid, the first section of the paper that my brother would grab would be the sports page.  For me, it was always the entertainment section.  I would study those who were successful and analyze their patterns of success. When I was a teenager, I made a list of goals. Movies, music, radio, and other artsy career endeavors were the lion’s share of the list.  While working on my Masters degree, instead of completing a ten minute documentary for my graduate degree in television production as required, I requested permission to produce a movie on a futuristic CIA plot.

Crew-silhouetteI was granted permission based upon previous work I had done (which had been over and above standard requirements) and for which I had received high marks. I wrote most of the initial script in the spring semester of 1995. I shot the script over the summer and fall semesters of the same year in addition to working full-time to put myself through grad school and in addition to having asked the University Provost for special permission to take more semester hours than allowed (which I was granted). I set up location shoots at an international airport, a downtown award-winning luxury hotel, an apartment complex, and a number of other sites in my spare time.

image323My movie was pretty much my social life, but I loved every part of it, including loading equipment into my car, as mundane as that might seem to some. That’s just how much I loved the craft.  I had some very close friends who were willing to sacrifice and volunteer their time to assist me in my ambitious grad project. In fact, I had about forty-five actors and around fifteen production staff who volunteered time to assist me, some of whom had worked on award-winning motion pictures.

Hand-clappingI had a well-known media personality from a Washington, D.C. media group call me in my dorm room wanting a preview copy of my movie (which I wasn’t able to give him due to last minute editing still taking place). I had funded the movie with my own money and recovered all expenses through sales of the movie after it was produced (although I did not market it to a broad audience because I didn’t want to be known for a student production). I started editing in January of 1996, during which time I was also composing and producing the music for the movie.  I spent a lot of nights without much or any sleep preparing the movie for the April debut. One night I still remember leaving the editing suite and heading straight to work in the morning after having not slept.

FrameI make no claims that my production was a five star top-of-the-line movie since it was only a student project, but I will say that I was blessed at the end of the premiere showing to receive a standing ovation from the generous audience members.  The Dean of Fine Arts, who was in the audience, came over to me and gave me his personal business card and told me to let him know if he could help me in my endeavors. Also, I was told that the movie was so popular that they wanted to have an additional showing in another building on campus. I consented.

aim highWhen I set out of grad school, my desire was to be a musician and a motion picture director, but I wanted to only do so if I could maintain my conscience.  I didn’t care about the fame.  My main desire was to influence people for Jesus Christ, and I absolutely loved the arts with all of my heart.  I had more acquaintances than I could even count and had accumulated some pretty amazing contacts in the arts world at the time. It was really astounding how many people I had met who were either in the film industry or who were tied into national media or some other powerful position, and it was also pretty phenomenal how I met each of them. It was like so many opportunities were just falling into my lap.

Wally Rogers

Wally Rogers offered me his card.

Around that time, the founder of the world’s largest (and allegedly first) commercial print modeling agency in New York City handed me his personal card and told me to visit his office in New York City. I was asked by a “mover and shaker” from New York City with whom I am still socially connected to write a motion picture script for him after he had received a copy of my grad project (the before-mentioned motion picture).  He also offered to introduce me to his friends at Fox News in NYC for television opportunities.  Also, as a young man in my late 20s, I was asked by a local talent agent if I would serve as a judge for their upcoming Star Search talent competition.

PaparazziI had received a schedule of programs and classes in the mail from UCLA and was very close to going off to their summer Producer’s program, but realized there were no “holy” choices for the internship portion of the program.  I also walked away from the offer to become a speech teacher for a high-dollar liberal university. There have been other offers that I have refused due to conscience and GOD’s Spirit guiding me past those pitfalls.  I have even walked away from “ministries” in order to maintain conscience. If I wasn’t going to give my conscience away for millions of dollars, then why would I be foolish enough to give it away for a salary that was below the poverty level? Why any average pastor would give away their conscience for the low salary they’re paid is beyond my comprehension.

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Very connected, talent agent from NYC, currently residing in West Hollywood.

Do I have regrets about any of the above decisions?  Absolutely not. You will seldom find someone who regrets making the right choice, but the world is filled with those who regret making the wrong one.  As a “twenty-something”, I had made connections with various men of power including a gentleman from Sparrow Records in Nashville who had worked with Steve Green and Steven Curtis Chapman (men who mimic pagan rock music in GOD’s name). I couldn’t sing rock music in the name of GOD. In Atlanta, I met a talent scout who had worked with Madonna and an enormous number of other celebrities (not exactly spiritual, eh?). We talked “shop” about the television industry, and he made offers to me, but I did not accept any of his offers.  Eventually, I was able to share the Gospel with him.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, seated right

In the years during my student movie, I had also met a professional make-up artist who had volunteered to help me with my student production. She had worked with UCLA and with popular Hollywood shows. Her Jewish husband did taxes for Stephen Spielberg, and she offered to introduce me to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks animation. It would have been a pleasure to meet Mr. Katzenberg, but at the time I was young and feeling very vulnerable to temptation so I never accepted this offer. I believe I made the right choice for that time in my life. After working with her, I was able to sit down and share the Gospel with her for quite some time.

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There were many more people and opportunities, but instead of talking endlessly of the opportunities and different personalities, suffice it to say that I knew at that time in my life that the world was definitely before me. I just had to reach out and grab it. It’s almost like Satan was standing with his hand outstretched saying “All of this do I offer you IF …”.

The real irony is that many young people today who claim to know Jesus would think that “jesus” was opening all those doors for them to enjoy power, money, and fame, but for the “gospel’s sake”, … of course.

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Zachary Levi, actor
Zachary performs abominations on-camera in order to maintain his job. He also works as an ambassador for Operation Smile, a charitable medical organization founded and run by Jesuit and Catholic-educated William P. Magee, Jr.

In their own minds, the end justifies the means, even though GOD forbids such a philosophy and strongly warns against disobedience and depravity being used to “further His cause”.  How often have you heard people who claim His name who make their living as a celebrity by either showing skin, cursing, or some other vice, yet they talk of how “God” has really “opened the doors for them”.  This generation of American “believers” are increasingly reprobate in their discernment between good and evil.  While some rare souls may come to Christ after they have already made their money and fame, and may be able to get some work on a few projects here and there, most of Hollywood, the music business, the modeling industry, and other brokers of fame and wealth are exceedingly virulent against anyone claiming the name of Christ and will usually push them to the fringe or completely out as can be seen in the lives of Kirk Cameron and Chuck Norris who now work mainly on independent movies, even with their outstanding resumes and abilities.

Even self-avowed “believers” who attempt to please the unbelieving producers and power brokers by swearing, speaking in favor of sin, or by displaying adulterous or similar depraved behavior onstage or onscreen in order to get “the gig” such as actors Zachary Levi and Adam Baldwin (if they are truly Christians and not Catholic or other false ‘believers’ … even these individuals who work so hard to please the world instead of pleasing GOD) are still pushed extremely hard against their comfort limits if they expect to keep their job and avoid being black-balled by producers. Then again, perhaps many of these types of “believers” are false brethren and pagan pleasure is within their comfort limits.

i have decidedEven greater are the numbers of those who go beyond just compromising their beliefs or morals and who eventually join in occult or diabolical activity as they continue in the industry (as can be seen in the likes of certain former Disney-stars-gone-wild and others).

In fact, those who hit superstar status in this life have learned one of life’s dirty secrets. The path to power runs through Rome and her occult masters and lords.  Even in this way, I had connections to Rome since my family was saved out of Catholicism and my grandmother had studied to be a nun, because your family blood is important to certain men and I’m not talking about just your local priests either, because those men are not the truly powerful connections.  At least, not like the Bishops, Cardinals, and Knights.

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The path to power runs through occult Rome.

Specifically, I am speaking of men I knew who were Vatican Knights of a variety of orders and occult in nature – an easy way to the path of power. Did you really think that talent was all that was needed to move to the top of the pyramid?

Could I have taken the risk and plunged into the Hollywood arena with good intentions to “stay strong”? Sure, but there was great risk in doing so, especially as a young man in my 20s at the time.  I spoke with Dr. John Ankerberg about my desires and he told me to talk with Ted Baehr, who founded the Movieguide and the Christian Film & Television Commission. Mr. Baehr counseled me to be very wary of working with those in Hollywood who are not followers of Christ. He seemed to not be telling me everything, but he told me enough that I felt the right decision was to avoid the Hollywood scene. After expending much time in research into the occult nature of much of the Hollywood networks, I believe what Ted perhaps may have “not been telling me” was how incredibly occult the entire industry and its many players truly were. Looking back, I realize that even Ted Baehr had made compromises in his “Christian” movie and television social network as seen in his many ecumenical connections. How easy it is for all of us to disobey Christ when we want to follow our dreams instead of following Christ’s example in bearing our cross of suffering.

I still remember telling a friend of mine in first grade outside the door of our public school classroom that my favorite song was “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”.  In a sense, that song reflects my heart’s desire for my life.

“The world behind me.
The cross before me.
No turning back.”

images (2)I knew what it would take to get to the top – an enormous amount of capital (which I didn’t have) … or a piece at a time of my conscience either in procuring such funding or in working for the established industry. Of even those men who are Christians and wealthy enough to fund a motion picture that is clean, there aren’t a lot of them who are willing to fund the movie of a young rookie producer just out of college.  As I began to slowly make decisions to follow conscience for Jesus Christ, I also began to turn down each and every one of these opportunities.  Why?   I saw “little” sins were needed in order to accomplish a variety of things on the way to human “glory”.  In order to obey Jesus Christ, His Word and His Holy Spirit, I could not gain glory in this life, but instead I had to appear foolish to those around me.  Without any real capital, I couldn’t enjoy working in the fields of writing, composition, music, and movies where my talents were best suited and for which I had studied, but had to work alongside the “slaves of Egypt” as Moses chose to do as well. He had walked away from far greater riches than me, and he had to endure far greater humility and testing than me. Instead of the royal palaces, he had chosen the desert wasteland. He is a great example to us all. Jesus is an even greater one.

CelebrityAs the years passed, I had finally walked away from all of my earthly dreams and ambitions, not because I wanted to do so, but because it was the way to keep my conscience clean. Years later, I told my wife that I was content doing all of my dreams in heaven forever, because I was very doubtful I would ever see them come to fruition in this life.

images (3)Does it ever bother me?  Of course, it has. That’s the whole point of bearing a cross for Jesus Christ, isn’t it? Every time we suffer through an unbearable employment position instead of getting to do our “dream job”, we are bearing His cross.  Every time we suffer through ridicule, false accusations and loneliness for following our conscience, we are bearing His cross.  Every time we walk away from temporal pleasure in order to obey Him, we are bearing our cross.

“Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.”  – Matthew 19:27-30

all-that-glittersMen, who are far better than me, have turned down opportunities like those mentioned above and even greater temporal pleasure and material gain.  I stand humbled alongside men of much greater character, stature, and ability than me who have chosen Jesus Christ instead of the temporal, unsatisfying “fool’s gold” that Satan offers in exchange for one tiny piece of your conscience at a time.  Once you have turned down great temptations such as those associated with the music, movie, or modeling industries, then it makes little sense to fear people regarding your beliefs on everyday Christian living, music, dress, pagan holidays, Biblical doctrine or other lesser temptations.  It doesn’t mean you are free from temptation. Also, the little “temptations” can lead you back to the larger ones. However, if you refuse to become rich, famous, immoral, and immersed in earthly pleasures galore, it does make sense that you will not be as likely to whine around and justify your pagan lifestyle or doctrinal additions to Scripture.  The only people who do such things are those who are unwilling to think beyond what their parents or clergy told them to think and who are “following” Jesus Christ only because it doesn’t inconvenience them too much.  Many of these type of people are just totally blind to such sins in their life and they lack discernment.

what_are_you_willing_to_sacrifice_xlargeI’m sure many of my friends relegated me to the status of a “stick in the mud” as I grew more conscientious.  I also found that the more I gave over to GOD, it seemed He showed me even more light so that I could see even greater abominations in my life. I had heard once from a friend that the Bible has a principle of “receding light”.  In other words, if you obey GOD in what you know He wants you to do, then He will reveal even more to you. If you don’t obey Him in the basic things, He will not only stop revealing more to you, but will allow you to sink deeper into darkness.  From my reading of Scripture and from having seen this happen in my life, I would say my friend had a great point.  The thing about darkness though is that most people want to stay in theirs.  Your light makes them uncomfortable.  It’s not a way to “win friends and influence people” (to borrow the old Dale Carnegie slogan).

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  – Matthew 16:25

pictureA quick look at the articles in this blog will tell you quickly that the purpose of my writing is not to win a popularity contest. In many ways, I sound like a fool compared to the popular voices of contemporary society.

You will see articles on modesty.  Who really wants to hear about that subject, right? Almost everybody I know is immodest if you compare them to Biblical standards.

You will see articles on pagan holidays and the sacrilegious practice of re-purposing Baal practices and culture for GOD.  Who wants to hear that?  Almost all my friends want to celebrate pagan holidays and even do it in GOD’s name.

rock2You will see articles explaining the dangers of rock music.  Almost everybody today listens to rock music. You will also see articles on “modern hymns” and other attempts to push rock music into the homes and local congregations of believers. Who wants to hear such a message today?  Almost all families and congregations have embraced the sensual, shamanic sounds of paganism in their musical selections.  Even some of the world’s old “sex symbol” singers from the 40s, 50s, and even 60s and 70s, sound less sensual than most “christian” singers today.

You will see articles on my blog about temperance (which used to be a law in America during the Prohibition era).  Almost everybody drinks alcohol today.

The Vatican errantly approves Harry Potter's witchcraft.  Who will speak out?

The Vatican errantly approves Harry Potter’s witchcraft, but what do you expect from such a pagan religious system as the Roman system which is one of the oldest religions in the world that combine the occult beliefs of Baal with the Christian beliefs of the Bible? Who will speak out against such sacrilege?

You will see articles against the occult. Almost everyone watches occult shows, listens to occult music, and reads occult literature (i.e. Charmed, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc).

You will see articles pointing out false teachers (a practice which the Bible commands us to do).  Most people I know think that’s “unloving” and “mean” to do.

When I have tried to speak to friends about false teachers, I have been told that I’m not very gracious in my speech.  I’m sure I can always improve.  However, I have found that ultimately, the real reason people say you “lack love” or your presentation isn’t “gracious enough” is because you’ve named one of their pet sins or false doctrines.  For this, they will hate you.  They do not want to hear what you have to say.  Instead of discussing Scripture with you, they quote their favorite false teachers or other man-made literature.

The further you travel the “narrow road” mentioned by Jesus Christ, the more you will find your dreams are falling by the wayside and the more despised you will become and the more you will suffer loss.  At least, that’s what I’ve found in my life.

“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  – 2 Timothy 3:12

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”  – Luke 14:27

Philippians-3-7Didn’t Jesus tell us to “count the cost” of discipleship?

At the end of the day, what will really matter?  Material reward now or material reward eternally? Comfort now or comfort eternally? The smile of GOD now or fame and the fickle applause of men? Pleasure now or pleasure forever more? What is the road less taken?

“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” – Luke 13:24

plank_in_eyeMost seek to release their own consciences from guilt by saying that it is you who are not very loving.  It is you who are too strict. It is you who are too judgmental.  It is you who has the problem.  They seek to pull the splinter out of your eye, because you don’t say things as graciously as they think you should or because you make some error in how you present the message, but while we can always be improving our “serve”, the truth is that they ultimately hate your message. They have beams coming out of their own eyes. They may make you feel like a fool for following Christ and for turning down the very things your flesh craves, but keep in mind that only what’s done for Christ will last.  What does GOD think of those who claim His name but then take His name in vain in order to make a dollar?  What does He think of those who show some skin or flirt with sin in order to enjoy their craft or fulfill their pleasures and desires in this life?

“We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.” – 1 Corinthians 4:10-13

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Do not stop speaking out.  While you may stop speaking to a certain audience and in a sense “shake the dust off of your feet” as a testimony against them, you must find a new audience and continue to speak out for Jesus Christ and live the life He requires as a model.

Take courage, my fellow disciples of Jesus Christ.  Be rare.  We will suffer, but there is an eternity of glory that awaits us.  It’s so easy to feel like a fool for turning down the desires and pleasures of this life.

“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours”  – 1 Corinthians 3:18-21

Play the man.  Anyone can play the fool.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
- Robert Frost, poet

SEPARATION: What does purity cost?

ProgressiveChristianityPicI have three questions for Christians today as to why they no longer speak out against pagan assimilation and false teaching, and I will follow the three questions with four-hundred and sixty answers. I promise to make my answers very simple to read.

  1. Why are most Christian pastors afraid to expose sin, mark and avoid false teachers, and rebuke those who live like pagans?  Why do they imitate the world and its culture, whether it be the adoption and use of the unbeliever’s music, dress, holidays, speech, activities, traditions, or mindset?
  2. Why do many hesitate to speak out against Catholicism, false grace, false worship, false prophets, or false gospels like that taught by Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, the Gospel Coalition, John Piper, Tim Keller, or Sovereign Grace Ministries?
  3. Why do they prefer the comfort of sitting in a cathedral office or in front of a television, instead of evangelizing the lost?

VAdO4b“If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.”   – John 15:18-21

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:27

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.” – Deuteronomy 18:9

20-Holiness-to-the-LORDAaron, the high priest in the Old Testament, was required to wear a gold plate above his head which said “HOLINESS TO THE LORD“. Why? Holiness meant “set apart”.  The priests were expected to be clean, blameless, and set apart from all the other tribes around them.  In a real way, they were an example of the future “royal priesthood of believers”. GOD speaks of holiness or being “set apart” from the pagan practices and the worldly culture and traditions of non-believers repeatedly throughout the entire Bible.

A pagan-looking rock band that claims to be "christian".  What "christ" do they serve?

A pagan-looking rock band that claims to be “christian”. What “christ” do they serve?

GOD hated anything that smacked of being “worldly”.  His people were not allowed to take anything from Baal practices and re-use for Him. Today, a false Christ is crafted by false brethren to conform to their own wish list. This is called idolatry. GOD even wanted His people to separate from other disobedient believers in I Corinthians 5:11. 

Today, little emphasis is placed upon this concept in ministries and congregations. Why? Below are your answers regarding why many today refuse to be holy or “set apart” or separate.  

nail in handPurity requires total obedience, even if that means our opportunities for money, pleasure, or popularity are removed from our life. It means we separate from the unholy practices of the world and from those individuals that GOD says we must avoid.   It requires our total obedience even if it means being mocked, humiliated, or denied our basic needs.  In summary, purity costs your everything.  Jesus’ nail-scarred hand speaks of His ultimate sacrifice for the sake of love, purity, and separation from evil. Are we above His example? His nail-scarred hand is a reminder of the cost of obedience to the Father.

Below, in fact, are four-hundred and fifty-nine answers to the above three questions … and just think, we will be judged by the same standard as these people on Judgment Day. 

  1. JESUS: Crucified, Jerusalem, A.D. 33
  2. PHILIP: Stoned to death, Phrygia, A.D. 54
  3. BARNABAS: Burned to death, Cyprus, A.D. 64
  4. PETER: Crucified, Rome, A.D. 69
  5. PAUL: Beheaded, Rome, A.D. 69
  6. ANDREW: Crucified, Achaia, A.D. 70
  7. MATTHEW: Beheaded, Ethiopia, A.D. 70
  8. LUKE: Hanged, Greece, A.D. 93
  9. THOMAS: Speared to death, Calamino, A.D. 70
  10. MARK: Dragged to death, Alexandria, A.D. 64
  11. JAMES (THE LESS): Clubbed to death, Jerusalem, A.D. 63
  12. JOHN: Exiled, Isle of Patmos, A.D. 63
  13. Thomas Hitton, clergyman of Martham, Norfolk was burned 23 February 1530 at Maidstone, Kent
  14. Thomas Benet, teacher, of Exeter, Devon was burned 15 January 1531 at Exeter, Devon
  15. Thomas Bilney, clergyman of Taken at Norwich, Norfolk was burned 19 August 1531 at Norwich, Norfolk
  16. Richard Bayfield, Former chamberlain of Taken at Mark Lane, London was burned 4 December 1531 at Smithfield, London
  17. John Tewkesbury, leatherseller, of St Michael-le-Querne Parish, Paternoster Row, London was burned December 1531 at Smithfield, London
  18. James Bainham, lawyer, of Middle Temple, London was burned 30 April 1532 at Smithfield, London
  19. John Bent, , of Urchfont, Wiltshire was burned in or before April 1532 at Devizes, Wiltshire
  20. … Trapnel, , of was burned in or before April 1532 at Bradford, Wiltshire
  21. Thomas Harding, ‘aged father’, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire was his brains were dashed out with a billet of wood while he was being burned at the stake, May 1532 at Chesham, Buckinghamshire
  22. John Frith, clergyman – canon at Cardinal College, Oxford, of Taken after he had been preaching at Bow Lane, London was burned 4 July 1533 at Smithfield, London
  23. Andrew Hewet, apprentice to a tailor, of Watling Street, London (born inFeversham, Kent) was burned 4 July 1533 at Smithfield, London
  24. Ten Dutchmen counted for Anabaptists, , of was 1535 at ‘sundry places of the realm’
  25. Robert Pakington, mercer, of Cheapside, London was murdered 13 November 1536 at Cheapside, London
  26. William Cowbridge of Wantage, Berkshire was burnt after – probably shortly after – 22 July 1538 at Oxford, Oxfordshire
  27. John Lambert, clergyman and teacher of Greek and Latin, of The Stocks – a market for meat and fish in the City of London was burnt 22 November 1538 at Smithfield, London
  28. … Puttedew, , of Suffolk was burnt in or before 1538 at Suffolk
  29. William Leiton or Leyton, of Eye Priory, Eye, Suffolk was burnt in or before 1538 at Norwich, Norfolk
  30. N. Peke, , of Earlstonham, Suffolk was burnt in or before 1538 at Ipswich, Suffolk
  31. William Collins, lawyer and gentleman, of London was burnt 7 July 1540 at Smithfield, London orSouthwark
  32. Robert Barnes, of Cambridge (until 1528) was burnt 30 July 1540 at Smithfield, London
  33. Thomas Gerrard (or Gerard, Garret or Garrard), clergyman – rector of All Hallows Honey Lane, of All Hallows Honey Lane Parish, London was burnt 30 July 1540 at Smithfield, London
  34. William Jerome, clergyman – vicar of St Dunstan’s, Stepney, of Stepney, London was burnt 30 July 1540 at Smithfield, London
  35. Valentine Freese and his wife, , of was burnt 1540 at York, Yorkshire
  36. Richard Mekins, ‘a child that passed not the age of fifteen years’, of was burnt 30 July 1541 at
  37. Richard Spenser, ‘a … Priest … who leaving his papistry, had married a wife, and became a player in interludes’, of was Burnt about 1541/2 at Salisbury, Wiltshire
  38. John Ramsey, player in interludes, of was Burnt about 1541/2 at Salisbury, Wiltshire
  39. , , of was at
  40. John Rogers, clergyman – preacher, biblical translator, lecturer at St. Paul’s Cathedral, of City of London was burned 4 February 1555 at Smithfield, London
  41. Lawrence Saunders, clergyman – preacher, Rector of All Hallows Bread Street, London, of City of London was burned 8 February 1555 at Coventry, Warwickshire
  42. John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester andWorcester under Edward VI, of Gloucester andWorcester was burned 9 February 1555 at Gloucester,Gloucestershire
  43. Rowland Taylor, clergyman – Rector ofHadleigh, Suffolk, of Hadleigh, Suffolk was burned 9 February 1555 at Aldham Common, NrHadleigh, Suffolk
  44. Rawlins White, fisherman, of Cardiff,Glamorgan was burnt March 1555 at Cardiff, Glamorgan
  45. Thomas Tomkins, weaver, of Shoreditch, London was burnt 16 March 1555 at Smithfield, London
  46. Thomas Causton, gentleman, of Horndon on the Hill orThundersby, Essex was burnt 26 March 1555 at Rayleigh, Essex
  47. Thomas Higbed, gentleman, of Horndon on the Hill orThundersby, Essex was burnt 26 March 1555 at Horndon-on-the-Hill,Essex
  48. William Hunter, apprentice, of Coleman StreetParish, London was burnt 27 March 1555 (or 26 according to Foxe) at Brentwood, Essex
  49. Stephen Knight, barber, of was burnt 28 March 1555 at Maldon, Essex
  50. William Pigot (or Pygot), butcher, of was burnt 28 March 1555 at Braintree, Essex
  51. William Dighel, , of was burnt 28 March 1555 at Banbury, Oxfordshire
  52. John Laurence (or Lawrence), clergyman of Sudbury, Suffolk [34], of was burnt 29 March 1555 at Colchester, Essex
  53. Robert Ferrar, Bishop of St David’s under Edward VI, of St David’s, Pembrokeshire was burnt 30 March 1555 at Carmarthen,Carmarthenshire
  54. George Marsh, clergyman – curate toLaurence Saunders and minister at Dean, Lancashire, of Dean, Lancashire was burnt 24 April 1555 at Boughton, Cheshire
  55. William Flower, surgeon and teacher, of Lambeth, London was burnt 24 April 1555 at Westminster
  56. John Cardmaker, clergyman -prebendary ofWells Cathedral, of Wells, Somerset was burnt 30 May 1555 at Smithfield, London
  57. John Warne[n 4], upholsterer, of Walbrook, London was burnt 30 May 1555 at Smithfield, London
  58. Thomas Haukes (or Hawkes), gentleman, of Essex was burnt 10 June 1555 at Coggeshall, Essex
  59. Thomas Watts (or Wattes), linen draper, of Billericay, Essex was burnt 10 June 1555 at Chelmsford, Essex
  60. John Ardeley (or Ardite), husbandman, of Wigborough, Essex was burnt 30 May 1555 (or ‘about 10 June’, according to Foxe) at Rayleigh, Essex
  61. John Simson, husbandman, of Wigborough, Essex was burnt 30 May 1555 (or ‘about 10 June’, according to Foxe) at Rochford, Essex
  62. Nicholas Chamberlain (or Chamberlaine), weaver, of Coggeshall,Essex was burnt 14 June 1555 at Colchester, Essex
  63. William Bamford (or Butler)[n 5], weaver, of Coggeshall,Essex was burnt 15 June 1555 at Harwich, Essex
  64. Thomas Ormond (or Osmande)[n 6], fuller, of Coggeshall,Essex was burnt 15 June 1555 at Manningtree, Essex
  65. John Bradford, clergyman – prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral, of City of London was burnt 1 July 1555 at Smithfield, London
  66. John Leaf (or Jhon Least), apprentice tallow chandler, of Christ Church Greyfriars, London (born inKirkby Moorside, Yorkshire was burnt 1 July 1555 at Smithfield, London
  67. The Canterbury Martyrs, , of was at
  68. John Bland (or Blande), clergyman – vicar ofRolvenden, Kent, of Rolvenden, Kent was burnt 12 July 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  69. Nicholas Shetterden (or Shitterdun), , of was burnt 12 July 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  70. John Frankesh, clergyman – parson ofAdisham, Kent, of Adisham, Kent was burnt 12 July 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  71. Humphrey Middleton, , of Ashford, Kent was burnt 12 July 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  72. Nicholas Hall, bricklayer, of Dartford, Kent was burnt 19 July 1555 at Rochester, Kent
  73. Christopher Wade, linen-weaver, of Dartford, Kent was burnt July 1555 at Dartford, Kent
  74. Margaret Polley (or Margery)[n 8], widow, of Pepeling, Calais[50] was burnt 17 July 1555 at Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  75. Dirick Carver (also spelt Deryk, also known as Dirick Harman), beer-brewer, of Brighthelmstone(now Brighton), Sussex was burnt 22 July 1555, at Lewes, East Sussex
  76. John Launder, husbandman, of Godstone, Surrey was burnt 23 July 1555 at Stenning, West Sussex
  77. Thomas Euerson (or Iueson, Iverson or Iveson), carpenter, of Godstone, Surrey was burnt (day unknown) July 1555 at Chichester, West Sussex
  78. Richard Hook (or Hooke)[54] [55], lame man [33], of was burnt unknown date in July 1555 at Chichester, West Sussex
  79. James Abbess, shoemaker, of Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk was burnt 2 August 1555 at Thetford, Norfolk (or Bury, according to Foxe)
  80. John Denley, gentleman, of Maidstone, Kent was burnt 8 August 1555 at Uxbridge, Middlesex
  81. Robert Smith, clerk at the college inWindsor, Berkshire and painter, of Windsor, Berkshire was burnt 8 August 1555 at Uxbridge, Middlesex
  82. William Coker, , of was burned 23 August 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  83. William Hopper, , of Cranbrook, Kent[48] was burned 23 August 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  84. Henry Laurence, , of was burned 23 August 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  85. Richard Collier (or Colliar), , of was burned 23 August 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  86. Richard Wright, , of Ashford, Kent[48] was burned 23 August 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  87. William Stere, , of Ashford, Kent[48] was burned 23 August 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  88. Elizabeth Warne (or Warren)[n 9], widow of John Warne, upholsterer, of Walbrook, London was burnt 23 August 1555 at Stratford-atte-Bow, London
  89. Roger Hues (alias Curryer) (or Corier), , of St Mary’s,Taunton, Somerset was burnt 24 August 1555 at Taunton, Somerset
  90. George Tankerfield, cook, of London (born inYork) was burnt 26 August 1555 at St Albans
  91. Patrick Pakingham (or Packingham, Pachingham or Pattenham), , of was burnt 28 August 1555 at Uxbridge, Middlesex
  92. John Newman, pewterer, of Maidstone, Kent was burnt 31 August 1555 at Saffron Walden, Essex
  93. Robert Samuel (or Samuell), clergyman – minister atBarfold, Suffolk, of Barfold, Suffolk was burnt 31 August 1555 at Thetford, Norfolk
  94. Stephen Harwood, brewer, of Ware, Hertfordshire was burnt 30 August 1555 at Straford in Essex
  95. Thomas Fust (or Fusse), hosier,, of was August 1555 at In the environs of London or Ware
  96. William Hale (or Hailes), , of Thorpe, Essex, was late August 1555 at In the environs of Barnet, London
  97. William Allen, labourer, of Somerton, Norfolk was burnt early September 1555 at Walsingham, Norfolk
  98. Roger Coe (or Coo or Cooe), shearman, of Melford, Suffolk was burnt date unknown September 1555 at Yoxford, Suffolk
  99. Thomas Cob, butcher, of Haverhill, Suffolk was burnt date unknown September 1555 at Thetford, Norfolk
  100. George Catmer (or Painter), , of Hythe, Kent was burnt about 6 September 1555, according to Foxe (or 12 July 1555) at Canterbury, Kent
  101. Robert Streater (or Streter), , of Hythe, Kent was burnt about 6 September 1555, according to Foxe (or 12 July 1555) at Canterbury, Kent
  102. Anthony Burward, , of Calete (possibly Calais) [68] was burnt about 6 September 1555, according to Foxe (or 12 July 1555) at Canterbury, Kent
  103. George Brodbridge (or Bradbridge), , of Bromfield, Kent was burnt about 6 September 1555, according to Foxe (or 12 July 1555) at Canterbury, Kent
  104. James Tutty (or Tuttey), , of Brenchley, Kent was burnt about 6 September 1555, according to Foxe (or 12 July 1555) at Canterbury, Kent
  105. Robert Glover (or Glouer), gentleman, of Mancetter, Warwickshire was burnt 14 September 1555 at Coventry, Warwickshire
  106. Cornelius Bongey (or Bungey), capper, of was burnt 20 September 1555 at Coventry, Warwickshire
  107. Thomas Hayward (or Heywarde), , of was burnt mid September 1555 at Lichfield, Staffordshire
  108. John Goreway, , of Holy Trinity Parish, Coventry, Warwickshire [71] was burnt mid September 1555 at Lichfield, Staffordshire
  109. William Wolsey, constable, one of the Wisbech Martyrs,, of was burnt 16 October 1555 at Cathedral Green, Ely, Cambridgeshire
  110. Robert Pygot (or Pigot), painter, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire was burnt 16 October 1555 at Cathedral Green, Ely, Cambridgeshire
  111. Hugh Latimer (or Latymer), clergyman – chaplain to King Edward VI, of Baxterley, Warwickshire [73] was burnt 16 October 1555 at outside Balliol College, Oxford
  112. Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London under Edward VI, of Fulham Palace was burnt 16 October 1555 at outside Balliol College, Oxford
  113. John Webbe (or Web), gentleman, of was burnt 30 November 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  114. George Roper, , of was burnt 30 November 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  115. Gregory Parke (or Paynter), , of was burnt 30 November 1555 at Canterbury, Kent
  116. John Philpot, clergyman – Archdeacon of Winchester, of Winchester, Hampshire was burnt 18 December 1555 at Smithfield, London
  117. Thomas Whittle (or Whitwell), clergyman of Essex was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  118. Bartlett Green (or Bartholomew Green), gentleman and lawyer, of Temple, London – born inBasinghall, London was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  119. Thomas Brown, , of St Bride’s parish, Fleet Street, London – born inHiston, Cambridgeshire was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  120. John Tudson, artificer, of St Mary Botolphparish, London – born in Ipswich, Suffolk was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  121. John Went (or Winter or Hunt), artificer, of Langham, Essex was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  122. Isobella Forster (or Annis Foster), wife of John Foster, cutler, of St Bride’s parish, Fleet Street, London – Born inGreystoke, Cumberland was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  123. Joan Lushford (or Jone Lashforde) (or Warne), maid, of Little Allhallowsparish, Thames Street, London was burnt 27 January 1556 at Smithfield, London
  124. John Lomas (or Jhon Lowmas), , of Tenterden, Kent was burnt 31 January 1556 at Wincheap, Canterbury
  125. Annes Snoth (or Annis Snod), widow, of Smarden, Kent was burnt 31 January 1556 at Wincheap, Canterbury
  126. Anne Wright (or Albright) alias Champnes, , of was burnt 31 January 1556 at Wincheap,Canterbury
  127. Joan Sole (or Jone Soale), wife, of Horton, Kent was burnt 31 January 1556 at Wincheap, Canterbury
  128. Joan Catmer, ‘wife (as it should seem) of George Catmer’, burnt in 1555, of Hythe, Kent was burnt 31 January 1556 at Wincheap, Canterbury
  129. Agnes Potten, wife of Robert Potten, of Ipswich, Suffolk was burnt 19 February 1556 at Ipswich, Cornhill
  130. Joan Trunchfield, wife of Michael Trunchfield, a shoemaker, of Ipswich, Suffolk was burnt 19 February 1556 at Ipswich, Cornhill
  131. Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, of Lambeth Palace was burnt 21 March 1556 at outside Balliol College, Oxford
  132. John Maundrel, husbandman, of Beckhampton, Wiltshire – brought up inRowde, Wiltshire was burnt 24 March 1556 at outside Salisbury, Wiltshire
  133. William Coberly, tailor, of Wiltshire was burnt 24 March 1556 at outside Salisbury, Wiltshire
  134. John Spicer (or Spencer), freemason or bricklayer, of Winston, Suffolk[82] was burnt 24 March 1556 at outside Salisbury, Wiltshire
  135. John Harpole, , of St Nicholas Parish,Rochester, Kent was burnt 1 April 1556 at Rochester, Kent
  136. Joan Beach, widow, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent was burnt 1 April 1556 at Rochester, Kent
  137. John Hullier (or Hulliarde), clergyman – curate ofBabraham, Cambridgeshire, of Babraham, Cambridgeshire was burnt 16 April 1556 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
  138. William Tyms (or Timmes), clergyman – curate ofHockley, Essex, of Hockley, Essex was burnt 24 April 1556 at Smithfield, London
  139. Robert Drake, clergyman – minister or parson ofThundersley, Essex, of Thundersley, Essex was burnt 24 April 1556 at Smithfield, London
  140. Richard Spurge, shearman, of Bocking, Essex was burnt 24 April 1556 at Smithfield, London
  141. Thomas Spurge, fuller, of Bocking, Essex was burnt 24 April 1556 at Smithfield, London
  142. George Ambrose, fuller, of Bocking, Essex was burnt 24 April 1555 at Smithfield, London
  143. John Cavel (or Cauell), weaver, of Bocking, Essex was burnt 24 April 1556 at Smithfield, London
  144. Christopher Lister, husbandman, of Dagenham, Essex was burnt 28 April 1556 at Colchester, Essex
  145. John Mace, apothecary, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 28 April 1556 at Colchester, Essex
  146. John Spencer, weaver, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 28 April 1556 at Colchester, Essex
  147. Simon Joyne, sawyer, of was burnt 28 April 1556 at Colchester, Essex
  148. Richard Nicol, weaver, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 28 April 1556 at Colchester, Essex
  149. John Hamond, tanner, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 28 April 1556 at Colchester, Essex
  150. Hugh Laverock (or Lauarocke), painter, (a lame man), of Barking, Essex was burnt 15 May 1556 at Stratford in Essex
  151. John Apprice (or Aprice), blind man, of was burnt 15 May 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow orStratford in Essex
  152. Thomas Drowry, blind boy, of was burnt about 15 May 1556 at Gloucester, Gloucestershire
  153. Thomas Croker, bricklayer, of was burnt about 15 May 1556 at Gloucester, Gloucestershire
  154. Katherine Hut, widow, of Bocking, Essex was burnt 16 May 1556 at Smithfield, London
  155. Elizabeth Thackvel, maid, of Great Burstead, Essex was burnt 16 May 1556 at Smithfield, London
  156. Joan (or Jone) Horns, maid, of Billericay, Essex was burnt 16 May 1556 at Smithfield, London
  157. Thomas Spicer, labourer, of Winston, Suffolk was burnt 21 May 1556 at Beccles, Suffolk
  158. John Deny (or Denny) (possibly a female Joan or Jone), , of Beccles, Suffolk was burnt 21 May 1556 at Beccles, Suffolk
  159. Edmund Poole, , of Beccles, Suffolk was burnt 21 May 1556 at Beccles, Suffolk
  160. Thomas Harland, carpenter, of Woodmancote, Sussex was burnt 6 June 1556 at Lewes, Sussex
  161. John Oswald (or Oseward), husbandman, of Woodmancote, Sussex was burnt 6 June 1556 at Lewes, Sussex
  162. Thomas Reed, , of Ardingly, Sussex was burnt about 6 June 1556 at Lewes, Sussex
  163. Thomas Avington (or Euington), turner, of Ardingly, Sussex was burnt about 6 June 1556 at Lewes, Sussex
  164. Adam Forster (or Foster), husbandman, of Mendlesham, Suffolk was burnt 17 June 1556 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  165. Robert Lawson, linen weaver, of was burnt 17 June 1556 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  166. Thomas Wood/…’Whod’, clergyman – pastor, of was burnt about 20 June 1556 at Lewes, Sussex
  167. Thomas Milles, , of Hellingly, Sussex was burnt about 20 June 1556 at Lewes, Sussex
  168. Thomas Moor, servant and husbandman, of was burnt 26 June 1556 at Leicester, Leicestershire
  169. The Stratford Martyrs, 11 men and 2 women., , of was at
  170. Henry Adlington/Addlinton, sawyer, of Grinstead, Sussex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  171. Lawrence/Laurence Parnam, smith, of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  172. Henry Wye, brewer, of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  173. William Hallywell/Holywell, smith, of Waltham Holy Cross, Essex, was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  174. Thomas Bowyer/Bowier, weaver, of Great Dunmow, Essex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  175. George Searle, tailor, of White Notley, Essex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  176. Edmond Hurst, labourer, of St James’s parish, Colchester was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  177. Lyon/Lion Cawch, merchant/broker, of City of London was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  178. Ralph Jackson, serving-man, of Chipping Ongar, Essex, was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  179. John Derifall/Dorifall, labourer, of Rettendon, Essex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  180. John Routh/Roth, labourer, of Wickes, Essex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  181. Elizabeth Pepper, wife of Thomas Pepper, weaver, of St James’s parish, Colchester was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  182. Agnes George, wife of Richard George, husbandman, of West Barefold, Essex was burnt about 27 June 1556 at Stratford-Atte-Bow
  183. Roger Bernard, labourer, of Framsden, Suffolk was burnt 30 June 1556 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  184. Julian Palmer, schoolmaster, of Reading, Berkshire was burnt about 15 July 1556 at ‘The Sand-pits’, NrNewbury, Berkshire
  185. John Guin/Jhon Gwin, shoemaker [33], of was burnt about 15 July 1556 at ‘The Sand-pits’, NrNewbury, Berkshire
  186. Thomas Askin/Askue, , of was burnt about 15 July 1556 at ‘The Sand-pits’, NrNewbury, Berkshire
  187. The Guernsey Martyrs – (Three women and one unborn male foetus), , of was at
  188. Catherine Cauches (sometimes spelt Katherine Cawches), , of St Peter Port,Guernsey,Channel Islands was burnt 18 July 1556 at St Peter Port, Guernsey,Channel Islands
  189. Perotine Massey (pregnant with male foetus), , of St Peter Port,Guernsey,Channel Islands was burnt 18 July 1556 at St Peter Port, Guernsey,Channel Islands
  190. Guillemine Gilbert, , of St Peter Port,Guernsey,Channel Islands was burnt 18 July 1556 at St Peter Port, Guernsey,Channel Islands
  191. Thomas Dungate (or Dougate), , of East Grinstead, Sussex was burnt 18 July 1556 at Grinstead, Sussex
  192. John Forman (or Foreman), , of East Grinstead, Sussex was burnt 18 July 1556 at Grinstead, Sussex
  193. Anne Tree (or Try), , of East Grinstead, Sussex was burnt 18 July 1556 at Grinstead, Sussex
  194. Joan Waste, blind woman, of All Hallows’, Derby, Derbyshire was burnt 1 August 1556 at Derby, Derbyshire
  195. Edward Sharp, possibly a glover[33], of was burnt early September 1556 at Bristol, Gloucestershire/Somerset
  196. Rose Pencell, , of was burnt 17 October 1555 at Bristol
  197. William Shapton, weaver, of was burnt 17 October 1555 at Bristol
  198. John Kurde, shoemaker, of Syresham, Northamptonshire was burnt October 1556 or 20 September 1557 at Northampton,Northamptonshire
  199. John Noyes, shoemaker, of Laxfield, Suffolk was burnt 22 September 1556 or 1557 at
  200. Thomas Ravensdale, , of was burnt 24 September 1556 at Mayfield, Sussex
  201. John Hart, , of was burnt 24 September 1556 at Mayfield, Sussex
  202. Unknown man, shoemaker, of was burnt 24 September 1556 at Mayfield, Sussex
  203. Unknown man, currier, of was burnt 24 September 1556 at Mayfield, Sussex
  204. Nicholas Holden, weaver, of Withyham, Sussex was burnt 24 September 1556 at Mayfield, Sussex
  205. Unknown man, carpenter, of was burnt 25 September 1556 at Bristol, Gloucestershire/Somerset
  206. John Horn, , of was burnt late September 1556 at Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
  207. John Phillpott, , of Tenterden, Kent was burnt 16 January 1557 at Wye, Ashford, Kent
  208. Thomas Stephens, , of Biddenden, Kent was burnt 16 January 1557 at Wye, Ashford, Kent
  209. Stephen Kempe, , of Norgate, Kent was burnt 15 January 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  210. William Waterer, , of Biddenden, Kent was burnt 15 January 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  211. William Prowting, , of Thornham, Kent was burnt 15 January 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  212. William Lowick, , of Cranbrooke, Kent was burnt 15 January 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  213. Thomas Hudson, , of Selling, Kent was burnt 15 January 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  214. William Hay, , of Hythe, Kent was burnt 15 January 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  215. Nicholas Final, , of Tenterden, Kent was burnt 16 January 1557 at Ashford, Kent
  216. Matthew Bradbridge, , of Tenterden, Kent was burnt 16 January 1557 at Ashford, Kent
  217. William Carman (or Carmen) (brother of Thomas Carman burned 19 May 1558), , of was burnt day and month unknown 1557 at
  218. Thomas Loseby, , of was burnt 12 April 1557 at Smithfield, London
  219. Henry Ramsey, , of was burnt 12 April 1557 at Smithfield, London
  220. Thomas Thyrtell/Sturtle, , of was burnt 12 April 1557 at Smithfield, London
  221. Margaret Hyde, , of was burnt 12 April 1557 at Smithfield, London
  222. Agnes Stanley/Stanlye, , of was burnt 12 April 1557 at Smithfield, London
  223. Richard Sharpe, weaver, of was burnt 7 May 1557 at Cotham, Bristol
  224. Thomas Hale, shoemaker, of was burnt 7 May 1557 at Cotham, Bristol
  225. Stephen Gratwick (or Steuen Grathwick), , of Brighthelmstone(now Brighton), Sussex was burnt at end of May 1557 at St. George’s Fields,Southwark, Surrey
  226. William Morant, , of was burnt at end of May 1557 at St. George’s Fields,Southwark, Surrey
  227. Thomas [33] King, , of was burnt at end of May 1557 at St. George’s Fields,Southwark, Surrey
  228. Joan/Jone Bradbridge, , of Staplehurst, Kent was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  229. Walter Appleby, , of Maidstone, Kent was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  230. Petronil Appleby, wife of Walter Appleby, of Maidstone, Kent was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  231. Edmund Allin/Allen, miller, of Maplehurst Mill,Frittenden, Kent was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  232. Katherine Allin/Allen, Wife of Edmund Allin/Allen, miller, of Maplehurst Mill,Frittenden, Kent was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  233. Joan/Jone Manning, , of Maidstone, Kent was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  234. Elizabeth (surname possibly ‘Lewis’), blind maid, of was burnt 18 June 1557 at Maidstone, Kent
  235. John Fishcock/Jhon Fiscoke, , of was burnt 19 or 21 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  236. Nicholas White, , of was burnt 19 or 21 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  237. Nicholas Pardue/Perdue, , of was burnt 19 or 21 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  238. Barbara Final, , of was burnt 19 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  239. Bradbridge’s Widow (Bradbridge’s Wife), , of was burnt 19 or 22 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  240. Mistress Wilson (also referred to as ‘Wilson’s Wife’), , of was burnt 19 or 22 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  241. Alice Benden, possibly also referred to as ‘Benson’s Wife’, , of was burnt 19 or 22 June 1557 at Canterbury, Kent
  242. Richard Woodman, iron-maker, of Warbleton, Sussex was burnt 22 or 23 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  243. George Stevens/Steuens, , of Warbleton, Sussex was burnt about 22 or 25 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  244. William Mainard, , of Mayfield, Sussex was burnt about 22 or 25 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  245. Alexander Hosman, servant of William Mainard, of Mayfield, Sussex was burnt about 22 or 25 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  246. Thomasina Wood, maidservant of William Mainard, of Mayfield, Sussex was burnt about 22 or 26 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  247. Marcery/Margery/Margaret Morris (or Morice), , of Heathfield, Sussex was burnt about 22 or 26 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  248. James Morris (or Morice) – son of Marcery, , of Heathfield, Sussex was burnt about 22 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  249. Denis Burcis (or Burgis), , of Buxted, Sussex was burnt about 22 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  250. Ann Ashdown/Ashdon (also referred to as ‘Ashdon’s Wife’), , of Rotherfield, Sussex was burnt about 22 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  251. Mary Groves/Gloue’s (also referred to as ‘Gloue’s Wife’), , of Lewes, Sussex was burnt about 22 June 1557 at Lewes, Sussex
  252. Simon Miller (or Milner), , of Lynn, Norfolk was burnt 13 July 1557 at Norwich, Norfolk
  253. Elizabeth Cooper, wife of a pewterer, of St Andrew’s Parish, Norwich, Norfolk was burnt 13 July 1557 at Norwich, Norfolk
  254. George Egles/Eagles, , of was hung, drawn & quartered, August 1557 at Chelmsford, Essex
  255. The Colchester Martyrs, , of was at
  256. William Bongeor, glazier, of St Nicholas Parish,Colchester, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  257. William Purchase (or Purcas), fuller, of Bocking, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  258. Thomas Benhote (or Benold), tallow-chandler, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  259. Agnes Silverside (or Smith), widow, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  260. Helen (or Ellen) Ewring, wife of John Ewring, miller, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  261. Elizabeth Folk, ‘young maiden’ and servant, of Colchester, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  262. William Munt (or Mount), , of Much Bentley, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  263. Alice Munt (or Mount), wife of William Munt (or Mount), of Much Bentley, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  264. Rose Allen, spinster, daughter of Alice Mount, of Much Bentley, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  265. John Johnson (or Aliker), labourer, of Thorpe, Essex was burnt 2 August 1557 at Colchester, Essex
  266. Richard Crashfield, , of Wymondham, Norfolk was burnt 5 August 1557 at Norwich, Norfolk
  267. Father Fruier, , of was burnt August 1557 at Rochester, Kent
  268. Robert Stevenson, , of was burnt August 1557 at Rochester, Kent
  269. Sister of George Eagles, , of was burnt August 1557 at Rochester, Kent
  270. Unknown Woman, , of was burnt August 1557 at Rochester, Kent
  271. Thomas Benion, weaver, of was burnt 27 August 1557 at Bristol
  272. Joyce Lewis, gentlewoman, of Mancetter, Warwickshire was burnt September 1557 at Lichfield, Staffordshire
  273. Ralph Allerton/Rafe Glaiton, , of Much Bentley, Essex was burnt 17 September 1557 at Islington
  274. James Austoo/Auscoo, , of was burnt 17 September 1557 at Islington
  275. Margery Austoo/Auscoo, , of was burnt 17 September 1557 at Islington
  276. Richard Roth/Rooth, , of was burnt 17 September 1557 at Islington
  277. Agnes Bongeor/An Banger (also known as Bowmer’s Wife), wife of Richard Bongeor -(similar name but different d.date), , of was burnt 17 September (or unknown date July) at Chichester, Essex
  278. Margaret Thurston/Widow Thurston-similar name but different d.date), , of was burnt 17 September (or unknown date July) at Chichester, Essex
  279. Cicely Ormes, wife of Edmund Ormes, worsted-weaver, of St Edmund’s Parish, Norwich, Norfolk was burnt 23 September 1557 at Norwich, Norfolk
  280. Thomas Spurdance, one of Queen Mary’s servants, of was burnt November 1557 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  281. John Halingdale/Hallingdale/Hollingday, carpenter[33], of was burnt, 18 November/or day unknown October 1557, at Smithfield, London
  282. William Sparrow, , of was burnt, 18 November/or day unknown October 1557 at Smithfield, London
  283. Richard Gibson, gentleman[33], of was burnt, 18 November/or day unknown October 1557 at Smithfield, London
  284. John Rough/Jhon Roughe, clergyman – minister at London/Islington, Middlesex, of London/Islington, Middlesex was burnt 22 December 1557 at Smithfield, London
  285. Margaret Maring/Mering, , of was burnt 22 December 1557 at Smithfield, London
  286. … Lawton, , of was burnt March 1558 at Huntingdon,Huntingdonshire
  287. Cuthbert Symson/Symion, clergyman – deacon of the church in London/Islington, Middlesex, of London/Islington, Middlesex was died 28 March 1558 at Smithfield, London
  288. Hugh Foxe, hosier[33], of was died 28 March 1558 at Smithfield, London
  289. John Devinish/Jhon Denneshe, wool winder[33], of was died 28 March 1558 at Smithfield, London
  290. William Nichol, , of was burnt 9 April 1558 at SM9515Haverfordwest/Hwlffordd, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro
  291. William Seaman/Symon, husbandman, of Mendlesham, Suffolk was burnt 19 May 1558 at Norwich, Norfolk
  292. Thomas Hudson, Glover, of Aylsham, Norfolk was burnt 19 May 1558 at Norwich, Norfolk
  293. Thomas Carman (brother of William Carman burnt unknown month 1557), , of was burnt 19 May 1558 at Norwich, Norfolk
  294. William Harris, , of was burnt 26 May 1558 at Colchester
  295. Richard Day, , of was burnt 26 May 1558 at Colchester, Essex
  296. Christian George (female), , of was burnt 26 May 1558 at Colchester, Essex
  297. ‘The Islington Martyrs’[137], , of was at
  298. Henry Pond (or Houde), , of was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  299. Reinald Eastland (or Launder), , of was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  300. Robert Southain/Southam, , of was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  301. Matthew Ricarby/Ricarbie, , of was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  302. John Floyd/Flood, , of was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  303. John Holiday/Hollyday, , of was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  304. Roger Holland, merchant tailor, of London (taken in or near St John’s Wood) was burnt 27 June 1558 at Smithfield, London
  305. Sir Richard Yeoman/Yeman, clergyman – curate ofHadleigh, Suffolk, of Hadleigh, Suffolk was burnt 10 July 1558 at Norwich, Norfolk
  306. Robert Mills, , of was burnt on 14 July 1558 at Brentford, Middlesex
  307. Stephen Cotton, , of was burnt 14 July 1558 at Brentford, Middlesex
  308. Robert Dynes, , of was burnt 14 July 1558 at Brentford, Middlesex
  309. Stephen Wight/Wreight, , of was burnt 14 July 1558 at Brentford, Middlesex
  310. John Slade, , of was burnt 14 July 1558 at Brentford, Middlesex
  311. William Pikes (or Pikas/Peckes), tanner, of was burnt 14 July 1558 at Brentford, Middlesex
  312. John Cooke, sawyer, of was burnt about 25 July 1558 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  313. Robert Milles, or Plummer, shearman, of was burnt about 25 July 1558 at Bury St Edmunds
  314. Alexander Lane, wheelwright, of was burnt about 25 July 1558 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  315. James Ashley, bachelor, of was burnt about 25 July 1558 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  316. Thomas Benbrike/Benbridge, gentleman, of was burnt unknown day in July 1558 at Winchester, Hampshire
  317. Richard Snell, , of Bedale, Yorkshire was burnt 9 September 1558 at Richmond, Yorkshire
  318. Alexander Gooch (or Geche) (or Gouch), weaver of shredding-coverlets, of Woodbridge, Suffolk or Melton, Suffolk was burnt 4 November 1558 at Ipswich Cornhill
  319. Alice Driver, wife of a husbandman, of Grundisburgh, Suffolk was burnt 4 November 1558 at Ipswich Cornhill
  320. Philip Humphrey/Philip Humfrey, , of was burnt November 1558 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  321. John David/Jhon Dauy, , of was burnt November 1558 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  322. Henry David/H.Dauy,(brother of John David), , of was burnt November 1558 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
  323. Agnes Prest, , of Launceston, Cornwall was burnt 15 August 1557 at Southernhay, Exeter, Devon,
  324. John Corneford, , of Wrotham, Kent was burnt 15 November 1558 at Canterbury, Kent
  325. Christopher Brown, , of Maidstone, Kent was burnt 15 November 1558 at Canterbury
  326. John Herst, , of Ashford, Kent was burnt 15 November 1558 at Canterbury, Kent
  327. Alice Snoth, , of was burnt 15 November 1558 at Canterbury, Kent
  328. Katherine Knight/Tynley, an aged woman, of was burnt 15 November 1558 at Canterbury
  329. Christopher, a Dutchman, , of Antwerp, Flanders was 1531 at died in prison atWestminster
  330. John Porter, tailor, of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire and St Sepulchre’s, London was 1542 at Newgate Prison, London
  331. John Alcock (or Awcock), shearman, of Hadleigh, Suffolk was 2 April 1555 at Newgate Prison, London
  332. William Minge, clergyman, died 2 July 1555 at Maidstone Prison, Kent
  333. John Aleworth, , of was July 1555 at Reading Prison, Berkshire
  334. … Tingle, , of was September 1555 at Newgate Prison, London
  335. George Kyng (or King), , of was September 1555 at sickened in Lollard’s Tower
  336. Jhon Lesse, , of was September 1555 at Newgate Prison, London
  337. John Wade, , of was September 1555 at sickened in Lollard’s Tower
  338. William Androwes (or Andrew), carpenter, of Horsley, Essex was September 1555 at Newgate Prison, London
  339. James Gore, , of was 7 December 1555 at Colchester prison, Essex
  340. William Wiseman, clothworker, of was 13 December 1555, at Lowlar’s Tower/Lollard’s Tower, Lambeth Palace, London
  341. Margaret Eliot (or Ellis), maid, of Billericay, Essex was May 1556 at Newgate Prison, London
  342. William Sleeke (or Slech), , of was 31 May 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  343. William Adheral, minister, of was 24 June 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  344. John Clemente, wheelwright, of was 26 June 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  345. Thomas Parret, , of was 27 June 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  346. Martyne Hunte, , of was 29 June 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  347. John Morris (or Norice), , of was 29 June 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  348. John Careless, weaver, of Coventry, Warwickshire was 1 July 1556 at ‘King’s Bench’ Southwark, Surrey
  349. William Dangerfield, his wife Joan and their infant child, , of was at sickened in prison
  350. Three people, , of was October 1556 at Chichester Castle, Sussex (or Canterbury Castle, Kent, according to Knox)
  351. John Clark, , of was in or after November 1556 at Canterbury Castle, Kent
  352. Dunston Chittenden, , of was in or after November 1556 at Canterbury Castle, Kent
  353. William Foster, , of Stone, Kent was in or after November 1556 at Canterbury Castle, Kent
  354. Alice Potkins, , of Staplehurst, Kent was in or after November 1556 at Canterbury Castle, Kent
  355. John Archer, , of Cranbrooke, Kent was in or after November 1556 at Canterbury Castle
  356. John Thurston, , of taken at Much Bentley, Essex was May 1557 at Colchester Castle, Essex
  357. N. Ambrose, , of was about June 1557 (according to Foxe), or July 1557 (according to Farr) at Maidstone Prison, Kent
  358. John Dale, weaver, of Hadleigh, Suffolk was at Bury St Edmunds Prison
  359. Matthew Withers (or Wythers), , of was June 1558 at Newgate Prison, London
  360. Thomas Tyler, , of was June 1558 at Newgate Prison, London
  361. Anne Bolton (burnt at Ipswich), , of was at
  362. John Fortune (or Cutler) (of Hintlesham, Suffolk, blacksmith, either burnt or died in prison) [147], , of was at
  363. John Warner of Bourne[93], , of was at
  364. Thomas Athoth, he may have died in prison
  365. John Ashedon of Catsfield[93][149], , of was at
  366. Posthumous proceedings[edit], , of was at
  367. William Tracy of Toddington, Gloucestershire, ‘worshipful esquire’, exhumed and burnt, 1532 [150], , of was at
  368. John Tooley, poulterer, exhumed and burnt, 4 June 1555 [151], , of was at
  369. James Trevisam, died 3 July 1555 and summoned posthumously to appear before the bishop[152], , of was at
  370. Catherine, wife of Peter Martyr Vermigli, exhumed 1556, Cambridge[153], , of was at
  371. Martin Bucer, Professor of Divinity, burnt 6 February 1557, Cambridge[153][154], , of was at
  372. Paul Fagius, Lecturer in Hebrew, burnt 6 February 1557, Cambridge[153][154], , of was at
  373. Joan Seaman, early 1558, refused burial at Mendlesham[132], , of was at
  374. John Glover, gentleman, ‘about the latter end of Queen Mary’, ordered to be exhumed[69], , of was at
  375. William Glover, September 1558, refused burial at Wem, Shropshire[69], , of was at
  376. Edward Burton, 15 January 1559, refused burial at Shrewsbury[69], , of was at
  377. Other Martyrs included:
  378. Anne Askew
  379. Richard Atkins
  380. James Bainham
  381. Jan de Bakker
  382. Robert Barnes (martyr)
  383. Richard Bayfield
  384. Maria and Ursula van Beckum
  385. Thomas Benet (martyr)
  386. Thomas Bilney
  387. George Blaurock
  388. Anne du Bourg
  389. John Bradford
  390. Canterbury Martyrs
  391. Dirick Carver
  392. Adolf Clarenbach
  393. Colchester Martyrs
  394. Thomas Cranmer
  395. Adam Damlip
  396. Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes
  397. Robert Ferrar
  398. Henry Filmer
  399. Hermann van Flekwyk
  400. Peter Fliesteden
  401. William Flower (martyr)
  402. John Forman (Protestant martyr)
  403. Thomas Forret
  404. John Frith
  405. Robert Glover (martyr)
  406. Alexander Gooch and Alice Driver
  407. Bartholomew Green (martyr)
  408. John Greenwood (divine)
  409. Guernsey Martyrs
  410. Ludwig Haetzer
  411. Patrick Hamilton (martyr)
  412. Thomas Hawkes
  413. Thomas Hitton
  414. John Hooper
  415. John Hullier
  416. William Hunter (Protestant martyr)
  417. Ipswich Martyrs
  418. Kerby (Ipswich martyr)
  419. Stephen Knight (martyr)
  420. Pierre de la Place
  421. John Lambert (Protestant martyr)
  422. John Lascelles
  423. Hugh Latimer
  424. John Lawrence (martyr)
  425. Felix Manz
  426. List of Protestant martyrs of the English Reformation
  427. George Marsh (martyr)
  428. Walter Milne
  429. Oxford Martyrs
  430. Jacob Palaeologus
  431. Aonio Paleario
  432. Anthony Pearson (martyr)
  433. John Penry
  434. Perth Martyrs
  435. John Philpot
  436. William Pikes
  437. Margaret Polley
  438. Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield
  439. Agnes Prest
  440. William Pygot
  441. Nicholas Ridley (martyr)
  442. Jean-François Roberval
  443. John Rogers (Bible editor and martyr)
  444. Robert Samuel
  445. Michael Sattler
  446. Laurence Saunders
  447. Leonhard Schiemer
  448. Francesco della Sega
  449. Stratford Martyrs
  450. Rowland Taylor
  451. Robert Testwood
  452. Thomas Tomkins (martyr)
  453. William Tyndale
  454. Christopher Wade
  455. Joan Waste
  456. Dirk Willems
  457. Windsor Martyrs
  458. George Wishart
  459. Richard Woodman (martyr)

PAGAN ASSIMILATION: Justified by ‘Answers in Genesis’?

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Christians and fun seem to go hand in hand today. For the greater part of the past two thousand years, Christians and suffering or death went hand-in-hand. What changed? Christ or His followers?

I must admit I am more aware than ever why the masses of people who claim to follow Christ seem so confused about the basics of Christianity such as cross-bearing, idolatry, refraining from pagan practices, obeying GOD always, and refusing to disobey Him if it “makes sense to them” or the “end justifies the means”.  

Have you wondered why persecution appears to erupt every few generations?  Western believers, who have seen less persecution in recent years, say they love the LORD with their lips, but they assimilate the pagans with their lives. What will it take for them to begin emulating Jesus Christ instead of pagans?

In light of a recent article (found at this link) by Answers in Genesis, a ministry I usually admire for their research, knowledge, and doctrinal purity, one must ask why almost every large ministry or famous “pastor” seems to become weak in their research, historical knowledge, and Biblical practices as the suffering with Christ and the pain of obeying Him becomes heavier to bear. 

large_40612In fact, only several years ago did I awaken to certain truths.  Why? Not because of pastors, Christian educational institutes, and ministries – they refused to speak out on these matters. GOD used a senior in high school in Charleston, South Carolina. Didn’t Jesus use a young boy to feed thousands in the Bible? The young man handed me a very old book on the subject of ancient religions and history. I was amazed. GOD was able to “feed” my mind using the faithfulness of just a boy who had been saved out of Catholicism. After reading through that book, I dug into my ancient history and Scripture. Again, I was amazed.  Why didn’t people teach me these things who claim to be Christian leaders? If they have ever attempted to evangelize atheists, pagans, or anyone intellectual outside of their sphere of religious belief, wouldn’t they have stumbled upon these historical truths? It’s amazing how people will appear ignorant or show forth weak research when the facts just might inconvenience their money purse, lifestyle, or relationships. 

cultureI have heard Christian missionaries say the same basic thing that I have read in books by secular sociologists – specifically, that culture is an outgrowth of religious belief.  In one city, you may have a plethora of sub-cultures.  For example, you may have a university campus with a culture that reflects atheism and across the street a seminary campus may exist with a culture that reflects Christian beliefs.  I remember reading in the dictionary that the words “cult”, “philosophy”, and “religion” all shared the same definition, namely “a system of beliefs”.  The difference was that a religion is a system of beliefs involving a deity, a philosophy is a system of beliefs in which a deity is absent, and a cult is a system of belief in which the adherents’ beliefs are outside of traditional norms.  What are some of the elements of culture which reflect a person’s system of beliefs? Language, science, food, art, music, holidays, clothing, societal norms, gender roles, social structure and functions are a few of the areas through which our everyday living or culture is influenced by our beliefs.  For example, a Muslim may refuse to eat pork, while a Christian may have no such dietary restriction.  A Jew may refuse to marry a person who is not physically Jewish, while a Christian may refuse to marry someone who is not spiritually Christian. Are Christians allowed to assimilate pagans in their culture?  What does the Bible say?

zeus_and_peter_statuesThe GOD, who breathed out the very message of the Bible, forbids taking pagan practices such as shamanic music, risque dress, and other modern American culture, and adopting them as “Christian”. Christians are not allowed to take age-old cultural holidays of pagans and use them for Him either such as Easter or Halloween or Christmas. The theme of being set apart from the world and avoiding pagan practices is all throughout the Bible. Yet, so many ministries not only avoid speaking out on these matters, but instead seek to justify them and even do them in GOD’s name. Many ministries and issues could be named as fitting this category. The article I mentioned before by Answers in Genesis is just one example of this truth.  They know their history, but choose to maintain a moderate stand on this issue. There are many other ministries who are far worse theologically.  Their ministry is very credible, very theologically sound, and very exceptional in their research and conclusions with the exception of this issue of pagan assimilation.  Thus, I have chosen their ministry, because they should know better than to assimilate paganism.  To whom much is given, much will be required.

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Acts 12:4 says “Easter” in the English translation, but the Greek says “passover”.

 I was amazed by the incredibly inept historical research that was done by “Bodie” in an attempt to justify the unjustifiable. Why would he spend time trying to show that Jesus might have been born in December, but then concede he doesn’t know in the end?

Is he not aware of the hordes and hordes of historical documents stating that December the 25th was celebrated in honor of Tammuz (i.e. Tammuz is even mentioned in Scripture), and later after the confusion of languages at Babel, the names became varied (i.e. Mithras, etc).

Click to ENLARGE. A "tree" being placed before GOD started in the Garden of Eden.

Click to ENLARGE. A “tree” being placed before GOD started in the Garden of Eden.

“Bodie” attempts to use the calendar of Judaism and some other Catholic arguments to suggest the possibility that Christ could have been born on December 25th.  But wait!!  He doesn’t even prove it. Instead, he finally concedes that we can’t know the date for sure. However, even after conceding this truth, “Bodie” doesn’t seem to understand what December 25th really is.  Does he not know his ancient, Medieval, or even modern history or at least the practices of pagans today?

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There’s a reason for Playboy “bunnies”.

Still he tries to say that he doesn’t “worship a ‘pagan’ holiday or any holiday”.  If that were the case, then he and the staff at Answers in Genesis would chunk the 25th of December from their lives to avoid any possible “stumbling-block” or association with paganism and move onward.  However, that would cause waves, would it not, for the larger portion of their donors?

Isn’t it so much easier for the budget and for maintaining popular status quo to justify the 25th of December, and simply continue to “fit in” with family, friends, and the pagan world who might not be understanding?  To read an excellent article about the birthday of Jesus, refer to this link.

What communion does Christ have with Belial?

What communion does Christ have with Belial?

His ignorance of the LORD’s Supper is also quite remarkable. Does he not realize that Jesus did not cast Passover into the waste basket, but actually re-established its meaning to be about Himself?  Passover took place in the spring. That’s what Jesus was celebrating in the upper room on the Passover Eve before He was crucified.  Why then does Bodie ask “do Christians refuse to take communion if it falls on a pagan holiday like Halloween?” Halloween takes place in October. Passover does not.  I might also ask “Bodie” (if that’s his real name) the following question.

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Sun worship, astrology, Baal sabbaths, and pagan symbolism all shown in one diagram known by pagans as the Wheel of the Year which charts their beloved sun’s course through the sky. Each major holiday is thirteen weeks apart, creating both a cross for the major witch celebrations and an “X” for the minor witch celebrations (or a wheel with eight spokes).

Why do Halloween and Christmas and Easter all happen to land on three of the eight witch sabbaths established by, not only witches worldwide today, and not only by witches for the past several thousands of years, but also by their mother religion, the ancient Baal worship of the sun. These eight sabbaths are divided into four cross units of thirteen weeks, marking the solstices, equinoxes, and other milestones of the sun’s path. Is this some great coincidence that has been practiced without fail for thousands of years by witches globally?  We know not the birthday of Jesus, but we definitely know the ancient “Wheel of the Year” and its Satanic meanings.  Has “Bodie” not heard of the pagan zodiac or astrology or divination or the religion of Baal?  How does he hope to understand the enormous number of references to Baal throughout the Bible?

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America’s false christ …shaped into their own image.

If he does understand these matters, then why would he want to coincide with these sabbaths which are celebrated by witches around the world without fail each year, a practice they have done for thousands of years? Is it to avoid standing alone in the break room at work or to avoid ridicule in the local congregation? Have local congregations stooped this low?  Yes.  In other words, Christians now no longer suffer for Christ, but they actually ridicule those who are willing to obey GOD. Is this love? How much love should “believers” show? How much do you think you’d get if you ban Christmas?

b226330154Re-purposing pagan festivals for GOD’s use or your own use is evil, not according to me, but according to GOD.  Does it matter which day you do things? Absolutely, if by doing so you are aligning with the patterns of this world, and in particular witches. How are Protestants any different than Catholics if they are recycling paganism for their own practice, and adopting pagan holidays for their own pleasure?

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As a way of justifying his conclusions, “Bodie” states “what should be of greater concern to Christians is the extent to which we have adopted some of the pagan practices during Christmas-time” and  then “Bodie” goes on to talk about not emphasizing Santa and other things more than the birth of Christ.  What?!  I thought the birth of Christ was up for grabs according to “Bodie”?  Why emphasize His birth on a pagan witch festival day at which time witches today still celebrate their sun god, emphasizing plenty of evil things, as they have for thousands of years? And why is “Bodie” concerned about using pagan implements on a pagan day? Why celebrate the day at all?

Escape_from_paganism_evangelizing_catholicsAnd why did Catholics choose to worship Jesus’ birth on this day, you may ask? Because they were mixing together the holy and the profane in order to satisfy the masses in Rome.  In other words, they were doing what a lot of “good Christian” ministries are doing today – satisfying the masses by mixing the holy with the evil. While Rome didn’t need a Reformation, but an entirely new religion based upon the Bible, the American Christians actually do need a Reformation, one that only GOD’s Spirit can give them. The “Bodie” sermon is similar to many sermons given from many pulpits in this hedonistic land called America, a land which once stood pure in its beliefs and practices, and where its Puritan founders once banned Christmas and Easter due to their pagan associations.

rstDoes “Bodie” know more than the Puritans? Some say the Puritan farmers knew more than our professors, and I have read that they valued their books more than other earthly possessions when they were choosing what they should bring over on the ship to the “New World”.

Bodie ends his sermon with stating how celebrating redemption is worth celebrating and weakly attempts to tie it back to Jesus’ birth, but wait! Didn’t Jesus tell us to remember His death at Passover time (not His birth)? That is His redemption, and yes it is worth celebrating … just not on pagan witch sabbaths to fit in with the pagan world, but instead on the day that Jesus celebrated His Supper each spring.

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.” – Deuteronomy 18:9

salvationtractI might ask “Bodie” why not celebrate the LORD’s birth on a day in the summer if it’s not an idol in his life? If not, why not? Or better yet, since “Bodie” and “Answers in Genesis” seem to find good reasons to land all of their celebrations of Christ on witch sabbaths (just like the pagan Romans who first created Catholicism and its holidays and practices by mixing the holy religion of the Bible with the evil religion of Baal), why not find good reasons to celebrate the original festivals of the Bible which served as excellent physical interactive lessons of the important spiritual New Testament truths of Scripture?  Would their kind, loving, understanding, devout and holy donors, family, congregations, and friends be okay with that?

It-doesn't-make-senseThere are five types of Christians today.  Those who:

  1. Sin and repent.
  2. Sin and make excuses and repent.
  3. Sin and make excuses and therefore do not repent.
  4. Sin, but call their sin by the name of “good”, and who define good as “evil”.
  5. Sin, but call their sin by the name of “good”, and furthermore do the evil in the name of GOD.

978In my opinion, this latter category is the most wicked of all in which people, who are reprobate concerning their evil, go the extra step to commit sacrilege and blasphemy by doing such evil in GOD’s name. A great example of this final category is the rock industry promoted by many in the name of Christ or perverts who claim to be Christian perverts.  Another example is the recent appearance of Ken Ham of “Answers in Genesis” on Fox News quoting John 3:16 as seen at this link.  This far right, conservative fundamentalist Christian is a man who I normally respect very highly for his “answers in Genesis”.  However, he is now seen in the previous interview firmly endorsing a witch sabbath in Christ’s name just like the Roman Catholic empire has done, and his answers don’t seem to be emanating from Genesis or the Bible at all.  The philosophy being presented by Ham, whether purposeful or not, says “it doesn’t really matter how you share the Gospel as long as you share it“.  This not only is an encouragement of the Catholic sacrilege and blasphemy of Jesus’ name by associating His pure name with a witch sun sabbath of Baal  and it is not only a slap in the face to the forefathers of this country, the Pilgrims, Puritans, Baptists, and others who fought so hard against its practice and whose laws banned it from the early half of American life, but it also exemplifies the “moral” theology, probabilism, and casuistry of the Jesuits, those Inquisitors of the Dark Ages known for their Satanic philosophy “the end justifies the means“.

4334The number of savage deeds done with that motto range from the skinning alive of human beings during the Inquisitions to the Crusades where Roman knights would massacre Jews and Muslims for sport in the holy land to the Holocaust where Jews were gassed to the burning at the stake of those who translated the Bible into English.

Today, one can look at every aspect of the majority of Christian culture and see this motto being practiced.  To them, if a witch sabbath can be used for celebrating Jesus’ birth, then you can also use the witch sabbath to share the Gospel, even if it is a mockery of GOD, Scripture, and all their Protestant forefathers who banned Catholic holidays stolen from paganism, like Christmas and Easter, for the first two hundred years of American history.

stats - foxI find some very interesting stats in Ken Ham’s interview with Catholic Fox News. First, Ken Ham said that the atheists are a very small minority in the population.  Second, Fox News shared a Rasmussen Reports poll which stated that 67% of those surveyed believed that Christmas should be about Jesus, compared to 17% of those who believed that Christmas should be about Santa.

157846_f496Why is this important?  It shows the same trend in our culture that I have seen for some time.  It’s not for lack of so-called “Christians” that the American republic has lost its Bill of Rights, its economy, and is headed toward very dark days.  In my estimate, the reason they have lost their blessings is because they continue to tout Jesus’ name, but do the most evil deeds and justify them.  In fact, oftentimes they do them in GOD’s name.  Some of the greatest atrocities in history have been committed in Jesus’ name for “good reasons”.  Does that mean GOD approves? Absolutely not!  What if you can throw in a verse of Scripture on a national venue?  The Word of GOD is clear.  The end never justifies the means, regardless of how “great” the “good end” might be.

bs1_1Some of the sluttiest, most outrageous, occult-promoting rock stars in the world today are those who claim to have grown up as “Christians”.  The same can be said of many of the so-called “Christian” actors, models, and other celebrities who oftentimes act more wicked than their non-Christian peers.  We also see how many politicians claim to “love Jesus”, yet they promote Marxism, communism, fascism, corporate greed, the CIA, and more.  We see them claim Jesus’ name, then lie, shred our Constitutional rights, and commit all sorts of evil, while disobeying Jesus and His Word in the process.  Isn’t it easy for mankind to justify why they are taking a certain political stand, cursing and drinking with the co-workers at the workplace, violating GOD’s laws for a job in the artsy community of movies, art, comedy, television, or music, or going along with a congregation or the financial backers of a ministry?  Isn’t it easy to pretend that the reason is for the “advancement” of GOD’s kingdom or to win over the lost or some other noble cause? We love to live pragmatically instead of by faith.

Throughout the world, we see Christians and pagans alike who understand that the Mass of Christ is really a refurbished witch sabbath.  The laws of England and America banned the practice when Protestants were in power. Only in recent years have Protestants turned back to the theological practices of Rome like a dog returned to its vomit.  As the author of this Rense.com article states:

“It was not until 350 AD that the Bishop of Rome, Julius 1, chose December 25th as the observance of Christmas. This was obviously influenced by the ancient Romans year end festivities to honor Saturn, their harvest god and Mithras, the god of light. The Roman feast of Saturnalia was a seven-day festival in honor of the deity Saturn. It began on December 17. Saturnalia was considered a fun and festive time for the Romans. As Christianity spread, the Church became alarmed by the continuing practice among its flock of indulging in customs such as this Saturnalian feast. If you can’t beat ‘em …join ‘em. Slowly but surely, the pagan ritual of using greenery to decorate homes, moved from being prohibited as idolatry to becoming an accepted custom of the festivities. Another tradition at the Saturnalia, involved exchanging candles, clay dolls, and other small gifts.”

"To obey is better than sacrifice" is what Samuel told King Saul after he "did it his way" with an "end justifies the means" mentality

“To obey is better than sacrifice” is what Samuel told King Saul after he “did it his way” with an “end justifies the means” mentality

Most who know their history are aware of these facts.  Sadly, many Christians don’t know history or at least they pretend not to know it (since they might have to get rid of their materialistic, self-centered traditions of frivolity and pagan assimilation or be shunned by others who assimilate paganism).

Do not sing “GOD bless America” or pray for revival if you plan to live out the philosophy “I did it my way“.  Do you really expect GOD to bless your country or community or bring revival or protect a nation that lives by that philosophy?  If you sin, then repent.  Don’t exacerbate your evil further by redefining it or by doing it sacrilegiously “for GOD”.

Personally, I believe Americans deserve Obama and their other leaders, their economic mess, their crime rate, and whatever else that GOD sends their way. They have chosen the path of King Saul who thought he knew better than GOD. He chose a wrong means in order to achieve a “good end“.  He rebelled and stubbornly committed his sins in GOD’s name and justified his evil by all the “good” he was supposedly doing for Israel.  As a result, the Holy Spirit left him and an evil spirit began to trouble him.  What happened to this individual can also happen to a nation.

ENGLISH BIBLES: Who is burning them?

Pastor burns BiblesHas anyone read the article at this link about the pastor who was burning Bibles on Halloween?  It used to be the Vatican who burned good English translations of the Bible. Now it’s fanatics, claiming to be Protestant, who do it.

While I understand that many Bible translations are perversions, and that much of the music that he was burning was probably not fit for my pets to hear, and that many of the book authors in that article are heretics at best, not ALL Bible translations are perverted, and the KJV is not the only one that’s good. Furthermore, any textual criticism they have of the NASB, the NKJV, or the ESV could also be said of the KJV.

ProverbsThat’s why I teach my family how to check out everything in the original manuscripts using tools, techniques, and language skills such as those seen in the article at this link that pastors should be teaching their congregation instead of acting like fanatics. Sadly, most of these so-called pastors don’t even know how to translate the originals that they seem to be so adamant are mistranslated. In fact, I’d go so far as to conjecture that 99% of those in the “KJV only” movement are incapable of translating a chapter of Greek or Hebrew.  If they did understand linguistics, they would understand why the “KJV” is a great translation, but not the only one.

Proverbs has something to say about such aberrant behavior.

MIRACLE: Beauty out of muck

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Mankind’s good works are like manure to GOD.

My tomato plant is still giving tomatoes this late in the season, which is probably because of a lot of fertilizer of the natural kind (i.e. manure) was used around it … which reminds me of a spiritual lesson.

Most plants of both the marine and land variety are known to take the waste product of sea creatures and land creatures and convert it into oxygen and beautiful food. Aquatic ecosystems or water gardens thrive off of this principle of plants converting the feces of fish and other marine life into beautiful oxygen and food.

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GOD can make something beautiful out of the muck that we give to Him.

Doesn’t that remind you of our Savior? He takes our lives full of sin, conditional love, bitterness, anger, lust, wicked desires, and useless “good works” (i.e. our works are more like animal waste), and He can turn us into something beautiful that produces fruit and love for so many other hurting hearts on the planet.

That’s the power of Jesus Christ!

WHY SPEAK OUT: If a Truth is not popular?

43The reason I speak out on unpopular topics that are important to holiness or being “set apart” from paganism is not for money or popularity … as you can imagine.

Many pastors’ salaries are effectively “hush money”. Who then will expose sin and speak Truth? Even those who speak out boldly will eventually be silenced when they are ostracized or suffer. Christ, His apostles, and prophets were hated, ignored, mocked and plagued with rumors too for speaking the unpopular Truths of their day.

truthThere must always be that lone voice crying out.   History shows once that voice is silenced, destruction often comes next to a nation. Truth must be spoken by “cross-bearers”, in season and out of season. The faithfulness of speaking out keeps the world and the false brethren accountable.

Again we ask “Why speak out?”.  Speak out for your children and your children’s children and for that tiny remnant who cares and might be changed. Speak out for it is your duty as a faithful disciple of Christ who is required to take up their cross of suffering and follow in the footsteps of He who endured far greater affliction for speaking out.

“Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” – Proverbs 9:9

FALSE CHRIST TEST: Will you be fooled?

falsereligionI know of a person who works for a news network that is owned by a Vatican Knight. She also writes for an online magazine that was founded by a man who was more influential in attempting to unite Protestants and Catholics than any other man on the planet.  What if this person were to tell you that she had recently become a “Jesus follower”?  

2What if she were to tell you that she came to Jesus through the intellectual wisdom taught by a false teacher who claims to be ‘Presbyterian” but teaches a false “means of grace” salvation, theistic evolution, a new age mysticism, ‘contemplative prayer’, and other dangerous teachings of the emergent “church” (all of which mesh perfectly with Vatican theology)?  What if she stated that her whole viewpoint had changed?

KellerWould it make her testimony more believable if she said she was once an agnostic or atheist?  Or that she was intellectually changed in her position to believe in GOD by the amazing intellectual prowess of this false teacher in “evangelical Christianity”?  Or would the clincher be when she said she was filled with indescribable joy when the “veil was lifted” and that she had finally been “caught” by the “Hound of Heaven” (a name presumably used by her to describe GOD, although most unbelieving Jewish rabbis would probably gasp at this description of the Creator)? 

thI foresee the day that an entire world will easily be persuaded to believe in such a “testimony” as being true.  In fact, I can foresee the day that the world will welcome the False Christ, a man who persuades men that he is “GOD” as he sits in the temple of GOD through the intellectual wisdom of this world and sheer genius, instead of through the foolishness of preaching the simple Gospel and the convicting power of the Spirit.

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He will have the world so persuaded that he is “GOD” that they will take his mark of identification in their foreheads or right forearms and will celebrate the deaths of “mean, Bible-thumping” Christians who do not embrace him and his mark.  The world will consider these people “mean” for not condoning each and every sin of those around them regardless of how perverted or criminal, and “Bible-thumpers” because they look to the Bible instead of man-made wisdom for their beliefs. The False Christ will not demand repentance, but only worship.  The many false teachers, like a plague upon the world, will hail him as the long-awaited Messiah.  In reality, they will be worshiping Satan.

How persuasive will this False Christ be?

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”  – Matthew 24:24

Heaven-And-HellWhy would GOD allow someone to persuade men with such a strong delusion?  I believe GOD is aware that they prefer ungodliness over repentance.  They love tradition more than GOD’s commandments as found in His Holy Word.  They love sin more than the Savior. They love the benefits of heaven but refuse to bear their cross for Christ.  Thus, they believe in whatever the Bible says so they can have heaven, but they refuse to give Him their life.  They’ll even admit there’s a GOD and that His name is Jesus, but they don’t want to obey GOD.  Instead, they desire to only benefit from Him (i.e. heaven), while crafting Him into their own image.  In the end, they serve a false christ who can’t save them from hell.  GOD uses tests and tricky false teachers to sift them.  What does the Bible say about such a scenario?

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 666And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”  – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

314“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians 1:8-12

Vicar of ChristWe must be sure that our eyes are centered upon Jesus Christ and our doctrine comes from Him, and not from men and their worldly wisdom.  We must ensure we have entered into His family through repentance and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and not through intellectualism and a general “belief in GOD” alone.

“You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.”  – James 2:19

right-and-wrong-decisions-4-525x279Be sure that the Holy Spirit has done a work in your heart instead of human intellectualism.  Salvation is more than just turning from agnosticism.
mormon-firstvisionSalvation involves repentance, the Holy Spirit’s convicting work through the Word of GOD, and His indwelling.  Why does GOD today allow false teachers to look so much like the Truth, while sending people into the darkened fires of eternity?  I believe it’s because they don’t want GOD, but only heaven as I stated previously. As seen in the article at this link, I believe GOD allows vague teaching around music and other areas, so that men may feel justified to do what they really want to do and drift into the darkness of sin and its delusions … so that such people may then be darkened in their mind and believe in clever false teachers who sound genuine. When we see stormy circumstances in our lives and other tests that come our way, we must realize that GOD is separating the chaff from the wheat.  I believe GOD wants those who love Him in heaven, not those who love heaven alone.

wolf-in-sheeps-skin“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  – Luke 13:24

“And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.” As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.”  – John 6:65-66

malm-moroni-I believe we are very close to the day that the strong delusion will be poured upon all men.  A very good test of how easily persuaded people can be is to take the questions in dark red font at the beginning of this article and compare these questions to the article at this link written by a member of the Fox News network who also writes for Christianity Today.  She claims to have left agnosticism in order to “follow Christ” after Jesus “appeared to her”.

When the apostles in Acts 1 were looking for a replacement for Iscariot, they chose someone who had seen Jesus and could witness His resurrection. As an apostle, Paul proved his qualifications in I Corinthians 9:1 by stating that he had seen the resurrected Christ.  In I Corinthians 15, Paul further states that of all those who had seen Jesus Christ that he was the very last one.  However, according to Kirsten Powers, she is now the last one to have seen Jesus if you are to believe her statement.  Is this true?  Be sure to read the article at this link regarding the charismatic movement before trusting her statement.

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896Are we to believe everyone who claims a vision from GOD?  Also, is there anything in her testimony of repentance mentioned? Is there anything of the Spirit’s indwelling mentioned? Also, was her conversion an intellectual conversion or a spiritual conversion?  Does she exalt a man and intellectualism in the post or does she give glory to the simple gospel and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit? Finally, is the man that she exalts in her intellectual conversion known as a false teacher as seen in the article at this link?

falseWhen you’re done with reading the articles at the links in the paragraphs above, think through how difficult it is today to see through the testimonies of those who claim to “follow Jesus” today, especially when they are so infatuated with false teachers, false worship, false gospels, and false grace.  While I’m not the judge of anyone’s heart, I can judge what they say and compare it to Scripture.  I am also commanded by the same Word to warn the flock of false teachers, and when I see that a false teacher is being exalted in an article like the one above, I must follow the Word’s commands.

3Finally, did the article convince you that the false teacher, Tim Keller, was a “good christian”?  How easy will it be for the world to be fooled?  I wouldn’t doubt that most people on this planet would fall before the False Christ even now and worship him, especially if he “saves the world” from a pseudo-anti-christ and a possible manufactured economic collapse or some other great crisis in the world.

5I am not as concerned about the atheists, agnostics, communists, and fascists today as I am about false ‘christians’ with their false teachers, false grace, false worship, false gospels, and false piety.  They commit their sensual acts of sin through their ears, eyes, hands, and other practices all week long, and then go to their churches and do them in the name of GOD.

Which is the greater abomination? Performing evil or performing it in GOD’s name?

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As we can see in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, the latter is far more dangerous to true believers, and far more persuasive and damning to those who they lead into the flames of eternal anguish.  Has today’s false version of Christianity not prepared the world to open their arms to the False Christ and False Prophet if they were to step on to the world stage today?

HALLOWEEN: Christian fun time?

samhain3Do American Christians really celebrate Satan’s black sabbath?  As an American Christian myself, I can say “yes” to that question … sadly.

One of the most Satanic philosophies on this planet is that “the end justifies the means” or “it’s okay to do wrong in order to do right”.  The Spirit of GOD departed from King Saul when he walked that path. The nefarious Jesuits were well-known for following this Satanic philosophy.  GOD has shown His grave displeasure with such thinking throughout Scripture.  In light of GOD’s strict requirements in this area, one must realize that we can never violate His commands in Scripture in order to “spread the Gospel” or “engage the community” or “have a good time”.

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Baal, god of Babylon … worshiped as numerous of other gods throughout the world by other names which is no surprise in light of the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel and the resulting dispersion throughout the world.

Another great displeasure of GOD is to see people take Baal practices and “clean them up” or worse yet add His Holy Name to them.  GOD has killed people in the Bible for committing this sin.  We see Aaron using the implements of Baal worship for “godly” purposes in the wilderness of Sinai.  He took a golden calf and called it Yahweh.  What did GOD do?  He had three thousand of them killed.  GOD gave specific commands throughout the Torah or the Law of GOD that His people should refrain from taking up the Baal practices when they entered the land of Canaan.  GOD took great care to ensure that His name, His people and their lives were totally separated from paganism. Those who failed to listen for whatever “good reasons” they had rationalized in their crafty minds for “cleaning up” sinful Baal practices for their own use had to pay the price when the wrath of GOD consumed them.

Jesus stated to His disciples that you can’t take an old wineskin and use it for new wine, and you can’t patch old clothes with a new cloth patch or both will be destroyed.  Jesus wasn’t giving them advice as a seamstress.  He was instead giving them spiritual truth as He often did through parables.  He was reinforcing the Old Testament principle that you can’t take the old pagan practices, implements, or culture, and then just re-purpose them for your use.

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.” – Deuteronomy 18:9

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In fact, that is how the Roman Catholic religion was created.  They took Roman sun worship,which was a product of ancient Baal worship, and they simply stamped the names of various Bible characters over the top of names of their gods and re-purposed Baal worship in GOD’s name by adding a few niceties from the Bible.  Such is the case with Halloween, a pagan sacred day at which time humans were sacrificed to their gods by Druid priests as described by Julius Caesar and Didorus Siculus as seen in the article at this link.

Neopagans honoring the dead as part of a modern continuation of the ancient Samhain ritual.

Neopagans honoring the dead as part of a modern continuation of the ancient Samhain ritual.

Such human sacrifice still takes place today as seen in the video at this link.

The rock group Black Sabbath took their name from the sabbaths of witches.  When it comes to the eight witch sabbaths of Baal sun worship (each spaced 6.5 weeks apart around the circle of the sun to form a solar wheel / cross with the major holidays spaced thirteen weeks apart), these Satanic sabbaths originate from the Baal worship of Nimrod, the world’s oldest religion.  As seen in the article at this link and this link,these Satanic holy days are still practiced, in their purity by some and in a secular or “christianized” version by others.  Can one truly “christianize” something so evil?

Let’s ask some questions:

  1. If someone tells you the more recent Medieval “meaning” behind certain “holy days” like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter which the pagan Catholics recycled, does
    Modern Samhein dinner

    Modern Samhein dinner

    that erase the ancient historical meaning of these Satanic witch sabbaths? Especially when pagans still celebrate them today as their holy days (i.e. holidays)?  Today, many modern resources, such as encyclopedias, lean toward the Catholic understanding of such days and link Easter and Passover (which is a mixture of Baal and Bible practices) or do other such inexcusable mental gymnastics in order to appease the Vatican or what they see as the main branch of Christianity. In reality, the Vatican is a pagan religious system teaching Baal worship with true Christianity added to it (much like new wine to an old wine bottle or a new cloth patch to old clothes).

  2. Wasn’t Halloween originally called Samhain as seen in the article at this link?  Just as Christ Mass was originally called Saturnalia as seen in the article at this link?  Just as Easter was originally called Eostre and Ostara as seen in the article at this link? Isn’t pagan Samhain worship still practiced today as seen in this video?
  3. How important was Saturnalia to the life of Roman heathenism?  Did the pope’s waving of a wand over the holiday render it holy? Or do we today see the same pagan holidays taking place?  What did pagan Roman culture look like?
  4. If these days originated with Baal worship, is it okay with GOD if we participate if they have been “cleaned up” and their implements given new “meanings”? For example, 57224197-3some Medieval and even modern writers have attached new meanings and even spiritual stories to things such as the Christmas tree, the Easter bunny, the twelve days of Christmas, and so forth.  In reality, the practice of cutting trees and decorating them was first practiced by Baal worshipers in ancient times. One must step back to the origins of such things instead of pacifying themselves with convenient explanations written by medieval monks or others who would re-purpose the practices of Baal for their own use.
  5. Does it really matter what we think when GOD has made it clear that He has killed people for participating in “cleaned-up” old pagan practices?
  6. What is the main theme of Halloween?  Is it not as the article at this link describes 5it?  Do we feel the need to somehow blend into the pagan world around us or satiate the appetites of those “church members” who desire to do so by offering substitute fall celebrations?  Why not instead return to the true Biblical holidays such as Passover, Purim, and the Feast of Dedication which serve as show-n-tell lessons that teach Scriptural truth?
  7. If it’s okay to recycle holidays and the pagan bloody rituals involved in them such as
    Human sacrifice

    Human sacrifice

    the painting of eggs (read its history), then why not recycle other pagan practices like rock music or Ouija boards or add GOD’s name to them? Then again, hasn’t that happened with music and sodomy and other practices already? And what about doing the same with Ouija boards or smut or abortion? Well, that might just be next for this generation who doesn’t fear GOD since they already enjoy Harry Potter, occult movies, occult music, and other occult practices from the temples of Baal. After all, it is said that Easter eggs were purportedly colored red with the blood of aborted babies.  The pope then adopted the practice, but instead of babies’ blood, they were colored red with paint and he directed that they would now symbolize the “blood of Christ”.  Anyone who knows Scripture will understand what GOD has done to those

    The wicker burning man was employed to kill people on Halloween night.

    The wicker burning man was employed to kill people on Halloween night.

    who commit such blasphemies in His name. Such evil cannot be “cleaned-up”.  Did you know that most pagan holidays mentioned above oftentimes included human sacrifice?  How can anyone justify the “cleaning up” of such days for human consumption.  it’s like taking “Hitler’s Day” and re-purposing it as “Jesus Day”.  That would be sacrilege of the highest order.

  8. Why was it wrong for the forefathers of this country (i.e Pilgrims, Puritans, Baptists,
    Brutal murders were committed in the name of Satanic Baal worship on Halloween.  What Christian in their right mind would celebrate this day just so their children can have candy and fun?

    Brutal murders were committed in the name of Satanic Baal worship on Halloween. What Christian in their right mind would celebrate this day just so their children can have candy and fun?

    etc) who banned the holidays as did England at one time? If they were not just dopes, then what has changed? Or is it this nation that has changed and its Christian people and leaders?

  9. Do you know what a “wheel of the sun” or “wheel of the year” is or how old it is?
  10. Do you understand pagan Baal worship and what was involved?
  11. Is ignorance an excuse? How about those who go to hell who never heard the Gospel? Can they plead ignorance?
  12. Is your testimony in celebrating
    Satanic sabbaths or Black sabbaths are still celebrated today in the form of Christ-Mass, Easter, Halloween, Lammass, CandleMass, Beltane, Midsummer's Day, and Mabon.

    Satanic sabbaths or black sabbaths are still celebrated today in the form of Christ-Mass, Easter, Halloween, Lammass, CandleMass, Beltane, Midsummer’s Day, and Mabon.

    pagan holidays going to send an atheist or pagan to hell who knows these things and sees you as a hypocrite?

  13. Shouldn’t we know more about history than pagans and atheists?
  14. Do you know how important such things as pagan’s holidays were to them?
  15. If you know, then aren’t you responsible for what you do with that knowledge now that you’ve read it here?
  16. Do you care? Or do you feel you can recycle any pagan practices you wish in violation of GOD’s code?
  17. If He killed people before for their syncretic mixing of pagan practice with His name, could He do it again? On a massive scale? Like a national scale?
Eight witch sabbaths of ancient Babylon

Eight witch sabbaths of ancient Babylon

I could share a video from an actual witch that I saw, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for children, so instead here is a video explaining Halloween and its evil, Satanic meaning. History Channel also has this video series on Halloween including Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Keep in mind that this Satanic holiday is still celebrated by witches around the world as their holiday, while at the same time people who claim to be Christians are also emulating them in honor of the gods of candy and fun and in violation of GOD’s Holy Will.

samhain_night_by_nightt_angell-d4bag3pAlso, please realize that much of the hedonism in which most American “Christians” participate today from pagan dress to pagan holidays to pagan music to pagan entertainment were first begun by witches and pagan Baal worshipers and are still today practiced by the same.  Most American “Christians” are a mockery of the name of Jesus Christ.  American Christians who participate in pagan cultural practices must repent or they will soon see the wrath of GOD poured upon them.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”  – Galatians 6:7

CHRISTMAS: Baal worship?

The sacred Yggdrasil tree

The sacred Yggdrasil tree

Foolish is the one who enters into research with conclusions before they have uncovered the facts. Far more foolish is the one who refuses to research and “prove all things” before doing them. Also, too many today offend GOD in their desire to avoid offending others.

I have written on the subject of the pagan “holy days” (i.e. holidays) as celebrated by many around the world including four of the eight pagan witch sabbaths or holidays known as Yule or Christmas, Ostara or Easter, Litha or Midsummer’s Day, and Samhain or Halloween. These holidays are some of the better known of the eight Baal sabbaths which occur on the quarterly and cross-quarterly milestones of the earth’s rotation around the sun.  A full list of the eight witch sabbaths can be seen here and here.

The Wheel of the Sun or Wheel of the Year from the ancient witchcraft practices of Baal worship

The Wheel of the Sun or Wheel of the Year from the ancient witchcraft practices of Baal worship … many of these holy days are now revered by even Baptist ministers and oftentimes even in the name of GOD.

These sun-worshiping pagans performed hateful, barbaric and murderous acts oftentimes during these major “holy days” positioned evenly around the solar year and the sun’s patterns.  Of course, it is no mystery that those Christians who left the Roman Catholic religion abhorred the holy day known as Christ Mass or Christmas as seen in the article at this link. In fact, one of the reasons that some historians have attempted to paint the Puritans as being “anti-fun” is possibly due to their stance against Christmas as seen in the article at this link. However, before you buy into the lies about the Puritans, be sure that you understand their reasoning.  Their knowledge of history and Biblical practice was far superior to most who call themselves Protestant Christians today.  They had learned of the Catholic Crusades and had seen firsthand the bloody nature of Rome with their Inquisitions still taking place in Europe at that time.  The early American colonists had also seen the similarities between Catholic Rome and pagan Rome.  Both the Puritans of England and the early American colonists fought against the holidays of Catholicism, because they saw that the Roman religion was the same old pagan Rome with a clerical robe added, and their holidays were the same old pagan holidays with “Christian names and meaning” added to them in order to white-wash them.

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations.” – Deuteronomy 18:9

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Ancient sun worship included much of what is now called paganism. Most non-Biblical religions today originated from paganism. Catholicism is also a derivative of Baal worship.

Obelisks, pyramids, crosses, and other symbolic edifices were all part of the pre-Christian era of pagan Babylonian religious expression found in the Roman empire.  You can see my articles on such subjects at this link, this link, this link, this link, this link, this link, this link, this link, and this link. You can also watch the video at this link to see a modern-day version of the demon Krampus.  Krampus was one of the entities from which the American Santa Klaus tradition sprung as seen in one of the previous links. Even with all of those articles I have written, my research outweighs my time to write out all that I have learned.  Therefore, it’s always nice to point you to other individuals’ articles that mirror my own research to save myself the time of writing out further information.

Photo of a Christmas card with holly and ivy - the association of holly with winter celebrations almost certainly pre-dates Christianity - Druids wore holly wreaths on their heads.

Photo of a Christmas card with holly and ivy – the association of holly with winter celebrations almost certainly pre-dates Christianity – Druids wore holly wreaths on their heads.

Such is the case with the Christmas article at this link.  I wanted to feature this excellent historical article written by Lawrence Kelemen, who is an exemplary researcher, a true intellectual, an international lecturer, and an author.

As an avid researcher (and especially having researched the subject of Christmas myself quite thoroughly), I am impressed with the efforts of Lawrence Kelemen to not only build out a thoroughly researched, extremely accurate history of Christmas, but also with his ability to publish his findings in such a concise, comprehensive, yet simple manner.

An 1886 depiction of the long-bearded Germanic god Odin by Georg von Rosen.  This Satanic-looking wizard looks like modern-day Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.  Odin was more like a wizard than a saint.

An 1886 depiction of the long-bearded Germanic god Odin by Georg von Rosen. This Satanic-looking wizard looks like modern-day Gandalf of Lord of the Rings. Odin was a false god, not a saint (i.e. Saint Nicholas).

Although Kelemen is an unbeliever, I do appreciate his love for history and his knowledge of the same.  His article is also significant in keeping history alive and the public informed of the true history of the holiday of Christmas, so that mankind has a cultural context by which to better live with respect toward other human beings.  I also share his passion for exposing these sham “holy days” (i.e. holidays) for what they truly are – pagan, Babylonian, Baal sun worship and practice.

Putting on my critique hat, let me say that I agree wholeheartedly with the very thorough research that Kelemen has done on almost everything, but I would disagree with two of Kelemen’s comments in that article, namely the underlined, bold portion seen in these two statements:

  1. Nicholas was among the most senior bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE and created the New Testament. The text they produced portrayed Jews as “the children of the devil who sentenced Jesus to death.
  2. Christmas celebrates the birth of the Christian god who came to rescue mankind from the “curse of the Torah.” It is a 24-hour declaration that Judaism is no longer valid.
Odin's "The Wild Hunt" (as it was called) is pictured here.  Odin continued to hunt in Swedish folklore as shown in this Illustration by August Malmström (the horse was later replaced by reindeer).

Odin’s “The Wild Hunt” (as it was called) is pictured here. Odin continued to hunt in Swedish folklore as shown in this Illustration by August Malmström (the horse was later replaced by reindeer).

What is wrong with Mr. Kelemen’s remarks in the above two points?  First, the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE didn’t determine what letters and historical accounts of the disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ were or were not inspired of GOD as can be seen in this article, this article, this article, this article, and this article.  The Council especially didn’t “create the New Testament”.

Second, the New Testament says we are all children of the devil until we place our faith in Jesus the Christ.  That’s not directly aimed solely at any ethnicity.  The Old Testament had Gentiles placed into the outer court of the Temple, and only the Jews were allowed into the inner court of the Temple; whereas, the New Testament allows all men to come to Jesus the Messiah for salvation.  The New Testament teaches that GOD has no respect of persons, and that salvation is for the Jew and Gentile equally.  If someone were out to argue, they could say the Old Testament was actually more ethnic; however, even in the Old Testament, you can see the grace of GOD in allowing Gentiles like Rahab the harlot, Bathsheba the Hittite (presumably since her husband was a Hittite), Ruth the Moabite, Zipporah the Midianite, and Asenath the Egyptian to experience GOD’s grace.

Sinterklaas was another variation on the pagan companion of Krampus.

Sinterklaas was another variation on the pagan companion of Krampus.

Furthermore, the New Testament never stated that Jews “sentenced Jesus to death”.  It actually states that Pilate, a pagan Roman, is the one who did this.  No wonder the Roman Catholic leaders love to point their dirty fingers at the Jews in blame.  I say “dirty fingers”, because they are just as wicked as the rest of humanity as seen in their many Inquisitions, Crusades, and barbaric acts.  At the same time, the Jews are not exempt from all blame in the crucifixion of Jesus, because they plotted against Him.  However, the New Testament actually states that Jesus died for all men (and thus because of all men), so the Bible clearly places the blame for Jesus’ sacrificial death upon all men.  Furthermore, nobody took Jesus’ life, because He willingly gave it for our sins as an act of Love.  Meanwhile, the blame for the sentencing of Jesus is placed squarely upon the Romans. The New Testament never treats any particular ethnic group with hatred.  In fact, it was Jesus who said we should love GOD and love our neighbor as ourselves.  Only the Roman “Church” has ever implied such things about Jews, and they are far more Roman and Baal-centered pagans than they are “Christians”.

Painting of Twelfth Night - this art is a reference to the pagan twelve days of Saturnalia or Christ Mass in which the Lord of Misrule is persecuted and oftentimes killed as part of the Saturnalia or Yule or Christ Mass activities.

Painting of Twelfth Night – this art is a reference to the pagan twelve days of Saturnalia or Christ Mass in which the Lord of Misrule is persecuted and oftentimes killed as part of the Saturnalia or Yule or Christ Mass activities.

Many, many Christian martyrs have been massacred at the hand of Rome who donned a clerical robe.  After donning their religious cloak, they never relinquished their Roman dagger or changed from the bloodthirsty empire that it has always been since the time that their Senate murdered Julius Caesar in cold blood.

If anything, the New Testament shows great love toward the Jews and in Revelation 12, the Beast is said to persecute the Jewish people (implied by the metaphorical picture of the woman with the sun, moon, and 12 stars which resembles Joseph’s dream of Israel’s family).  The Beast is shown to be the Devil in that same chapter, so how could Mr. Kelemen make the remarks he made when the Bible shows that the Devil will persecute “the woman” (which appears to be Israelites and Jews), because “she” gave birth to the Messiah (i.e. Jesus).

The Golden Bough, on page 736, states that "the ancient fire" festival of the winter solstice appears to survive- in the Yule log custom.

The Golden Bough, on page 736, states that “the ancient fire” festival of the winter solstice appears to survive- in the Yule log custom.

The Beast is actually more associated with the Roman empire and its emperor (not the Jews) as can be seen in Daniel chapters 2, 7, and 9 (and especially in Daniel 9:26-27), as well as in Revelation chapters 13 and 17 which speak also of a Beastly Dragon with ten horns (a clear reference to the passages in Daniel). Revelation chapter 19 shows Jesus coming down at the Battle of Armageddon (which is also foretold in the Tanakh or Old Testament by Jewish prophets) to protect His ethnic people (the Jews) from the Gentile armies.

The Norns, who supposedly ruled the fate of gods and men - these Norns named Urðr Verðandi and Skuld beneath the world tree.  This sketch is called  Yggdrasil by Ludwig Burger in 1882

The Norns, who supposedly ruled the fate of gods and men – these Norns named Urðr Verðandi and Skuld beneath the world tree. This sketch is called Yggdrasil by Ludwig Burger in 1882

Third, Mr. Kelemen states how the holiday of Christmas was actually a pagan festival, but then he turns around and says “Christmas celebrates the birth of the Christian god”.  Jesus never claimed to be a “Christian god”.  In fact, the word “Christian” wasn’t even invented until after His ascension to heaven.  Jesus always claimed to be the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the very GOD that Mr. Kelemen claims to worship. Futhermore, he has thoroughly proven that Christmas is actually a Catholic rendering of a pagan festival AND that Jesus was undoubtedly not born around Christmastime, so why does he confuse the matter by trying to say that it’s also the celebration of a ‘Christian god’? 

Fourth, Mr. Kelemen states that Jesus came to “rescue mankind from the ‘curse of the Torah'”.  Once again, such comments make me wonder if Mr. Kelemen has even read the New Testament.  Jesus clearly stated His feelings about the Torah.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  – Matthew 5:17-20

Yggdrasil or the world tree is an immense tree that is considered very holy by pagans still today.

Yggdrasil or the world tree is an immense tree that is considered very holy by pagans still today.

If one continues to read that chapter in Matthew, they will find that Jesus’ interpretation of the Law was even stricter than the Pharisees.  He not only found adultery to be offensive against GOD’s Law, but also lusting after women (i.e. porn).  He not only found murder to be a sin, but also hate.  What was Jesus’ point as He preached that famous Sermon on the Mount?  He was advocating that the Law should be upheld, but at an even higher level. He was advocating an even stricter keeping of the Law, but He was also stating that He was going to keep the Law perfectly in order to fulfill it.  Why?  He was offering His services to us.  Even though He lived a perfect life in fulfilling the Law, Jesus was willing to vicariously become “the cursed one” as designated by the Law upon our behalf, instead of having us become cursed due to our failure to keep the Law.

Demon Krampus and Saint Nicholas visit a Viennese home in 1896

Demon Krampus and Saint Nicholas visit a Viennese home in 1896

Jesus knew that not even the Pharisees could truly keep the Law in every point.  He was offering His perfect life that fulfilled the Law in every point as the Ultimate Sacrificial Lamb, because He knew that none of us were capable of keeping the Law perfectly.  The Law was not a “curse” as Kelemen attempted to accuse the New Testament of saying.  Our sins bring the curse, and the New Testament is very clear about the curse of sin and its result in death, and it is adamant about the need for the Law as a way of showing us how sinful we truly are. Mr. Kelermen has evidently read the following verse:

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree”  – Galatians 3:13

Father Christmas was associated with a goat in this Folk tale depiction.

Father Christmas was associated with a goat in this Folk tale depiction.

What Mr. Kelermen fails to grasp is that this verse is referencing a verse just prior to this which says:

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”  – Galatians 3:10

Thus, Mr. Kelermen attempts to paint Jesus as saving us from the “cursed Law” rather than the “curse of the Law”.  In other words, those who failed to abide by the Law of GOD were cursed.  The Law was not the “cursed”, but rather those who failed to keep it.

greatestcommandment-300x225Those who advocate replacing GOD’s moral Law with “grace” do not understand the Scriptures.  GOD is advocating that we accept His grace in repentant faith so that 1) His sacrificial life as the Lamb of GOD can appease the Father for us due to our own imperfections, and 2) we can better keep His moral law through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit (of whom even King David spoke).

golden-ruleJesus didn’t come to save us from the “curse of the Torah”, but instead to fulfill the Torah with His own life and to help us also fulfill the moral laws of the Torah such as loving GOD with all of our heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves.  Jesus also was not pleased with the Jewish leaders, because they were not keeping the spirit of the Law, but only the letter.  They weren’t showing love to GOD and others, but instead they were trying to find ways to look like they were keeping the Law outwardly, while inwardly they were not keeping the Law.  In truth, Jesus was more of an advocate of the Law than these Jewish officials.  Furthermore, He also kept it perfectly.  The Torah was never considered cursed by Jesus or any of the apostles.  Instead, Jesus allowed Himself to become a curse for us by taking our sins upon Himself just like the prophet Isaiah predicted in chapter 53 of the Book of Isaiah.   If Mr. Kelemen does not believe me, then he can see these things in the Bible Himself below.

Lamb of GOD“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. … And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”  – Isaiah 53:5-6, 9

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”   – Hebrews 12:14

tablets2Jesus isn’t saying that living holy by the Law is bad, but rather that He is willing to be our Holiness since He sees that we are but dust who are incapable of fulfilling the Law in every point (which is what GOD requires of all who would enter into heaven).  Jesus wants to pay our debt of sin, since we are incapable of perfectly keeping it as He did.  Instead of condemning us, He comes alongside of us to help us fulfill the Law through His payment.

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”  – James 2:10

Nicholas was known as "Lord of the Sea".  A key ring with the image of Nikolaos of Myra as patron of the sailors is shown in this photo.

Rome’s gods were many. Nicholas was known as “Lord of the Sea”. This key ring displays Nikolaos of Myra as patron of the sailors.

All of this said, and despite these two flaws in Mr. Kelermen’s writing, I highly advocate that you read his very concise and thorough history of Christmas and consider the factual truth that Christmas is pagan and of Baal origin. Consider that the Creator GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would never advocate mixing Baal worship with the worship of Himself.  He abhorred such mixed worship and He killed men for doing it. He warned Israel away from any Baal practices. Therefore, be mindful that the adherents of Judaism and the Jehovah’s witnesses who stand against Christmas, because of its Roman, Baal-like festival of paganism and sun worship, are more historically accurate than most Protestants who continue the traditions they learned from the Romans who they protested during the Protestant Reformation (a protest that seems to be non-existent these days).

calfI am not Protestant or Reformed, because I do not think Rome is Christian at all, and if I do not, then why should I protest a completely pagan religious system and especially why should I attempt to reform it? The Roman bureaucrats are mostly Baal worshipers, not Christians.  They are not in need of revival, reformation, or a protest.  They are in need of the beliefs that Jesus taught in His Holy Word in both Testaments just like any other pagans from Rome would need.  The Roman counterfeit religion is not Christianity but a Baal religion that much mirrors their explanation of the demon Krampus from whom part of the Santa Klaus narrative is taken.  The Roman religious system says Krampus comes with his chains to bind Satan, but as any historian can tell you, Krampus was himself a demon and his chains served a more sinister purpose.  In like manner, the Roman Catholic system promises their adherents that their chains of religious control are for their good and for the binding of Satan, but in reality, they are Satan’s minions serving a far more eternally damning purpose.

This billboard reflects how low American Christians have dropped in their knowledge of history and Biblical purity.  Ironically, the author of this billboard may very well have an "ex" in Texas, since Christian divorce rates are at an all time high.  Christ belongs in our hearts, but he does not belong in the Catholic Mass of Yule known as "Christ Mass".  That is sacrilege.

This billboard reflects how low American Christians have dropped in their knowledge of history and Biblical purity. Ironically, the author of this billboard may very well have an “ex” in Texas, since Christian divorce rates are at an all time high. Christ belongs in our hearts, but he does not belong in the Catholic Mass of Yule known as “Christ Mass”. That is sacrilege.

The Baptists, who are probably the most conservative denomination in faith and practice, have especially emulated Baal worship in these last days before Christ’s return. Their divorce rate exceeds the divorce rate of all other Christian denominations. They are outspoken in their emulation of paganism and its culture and practices.  They drink like a fish, curse like a sailor, rock like the Satanic shaman drummers of old, dress like savages, commit diverse and perverse forms of fornication, twist the Gospel into a damning heresy, adopt pagan holidays just like the Catholics (who they once denounced), embrace ecumenical relations, fill their minds with all forms of witchcraft, sexual perversion, and blasphemy as entertainment, and refuse to fulfill the Mission they so loudly discuss in Sunday School class, while justifying all of their ungodly deeds and even do them in the name of GOD. GOD warned Israel to not emulate the heathen or learn their ways or they would be cursed and destroyed. As I watch American Christians emulate the heathen and practice their ways, I must ask “why do they think they’re exempt from the same curse and destruction?”.

0Those of Judaism and Jehovah’s Witnesses belief systems must realize that while they may hope to work their way into heaven through good works, they will never have enough works to enter heaven as the verse from James chapter 2 states above. Thus, they need to either keep the Law perfectly without exception (not one ‘white lie’ or lustful thought or loss of temper) or they must accept the payment of Jesus Christ for their sins through repentant trust in His ability to save them. They must stop denouncing Jesus as less than GOD and realize that Jesus was not “the Christian god” as Mr. Kelermen states, but rather He was who He said He was when He said the following:

“I and my Father are one.”  – John 10:30

emmanuelThe Creator came to earth to save us almost two thousand years ago.  He did not come down at Christ-Mass time or any other pagan witch Sabbath.  He was born as “the mighty GOD’ just as one of the names given to Him implies. He was called “Emmanuel” which meant “GOD with us“.  He was also the “everlasting Father”.

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  – Matthew 1:23

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” – Isaiah 9:6-7

“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”  – Revelation 21:6

“Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works …. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”  – John 14:10, 20

“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”  – John 8:58

MolechFlameChristians today should stop celebrating the tradition known as Christ-Mass, not only because it is associated with the persecution of Jews as Kelemen points out, but because it most importantly violates GOD’s Law and offends Yahweh, the Most El-Shaddai, the father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob … the Almighty Holy GOD who will not accept our mixed pagan-Biblical hodge-podge Protestant traditions taken from the Roman Catholic religious system which is infested with Baal paganism.

Babylonian sacred magic tree of life charm

Babylonian sacred magic tree charm

As stated in the article at this link, “during the ancient Roman Saturnalia, human-shaped delicacies were consumed and jovial singing was performed in the streets, which makes it a ‘precursor of modern gingerbread man’ and caroling. The ancient Roman Saturnalia was integrated into Christianity in the 4th century, as a means to mass convert the pagan Roman citizens.

And in the article at this link, we read a confirmation of what Lawrence Kelemen stated regarding the Nazi-like nature of Christ Mass or its precursor Saturnalia as it tells of a true Christian (pre-Catholic era) who died for his faith by the hand of the pagan Roman empire.  As the article states:

Here is an image of a fresco from Babylon of the original sacred (Yule Mass) tree, complete with the tree topper.

Here is an image of a fresco from Babylon of the original sacred (Yule Mass) tree, complete with the tree topper.

“In The Golden BoughJ.G. Frazer interpreted an incident from the Acts of Saint Dasius, an early martyrological text, as indicative of human sacrifice in connection with the Saturnalia. Dasius was a Christian soldier who refused to play the part of the King of the Saturnalia when it was allotted to him, and for his refusal was killed. From this anecdote, Frazer surmises that the King of the Saturnalia was originally a scapegoat victim who was killed as a human sacrifice to Saturn at the end of his festival.”

The Druid's Holly King is similar to Odin, Thor, and other gods associated with the Yule season.

The Druid’s Holly King is similar to Odin, Thor, and other gods associated with the Yule season as seen at this link.

I believe most celebrate Christmas due to one of the following reasons:

  1. They don’t know ancient history (this was myself years ago) which precedes any Medieval or Renaissance history. Furthermore, these pagan Baal sabbaths are still celebrated by witches and pagans today.
  2. They think they know history due to inaccurate Christian school textbooks, uninformed pastors, or uneducated Christian authors who create “meaning” for things based upon old wives’ tales or who recycle Vatican-invented or Reformer-invented tales to justify them
  3. They know its history but think Christians can do whatever they want due to “grace”
  4. They know its history but are ignorant that GOD hates the mixing of Baal practices and holidays with Christian practices and holidays
  5. They lack discernment due to being more carnally-minded
  6. They don’t have the Holy Spirit
  7. They know better but love presents and worship the god of materialism
  8. They know better but worship the god of frivolity
  9. They know better but worship the god of tradition
St. Nicholas and Black Peter, the catholicized characters of Christ Mass, taken from the Holly King and Demon Krampus ... and known in America as Santa Claus and his Elf.

St. Nicholas and Black Peter, the catholicized characters of Christ Mass, taken from the god Odin (Holly King) and Demon Krampus … in America, known as Santa Claus and his Elf.

Knowing that we will be judged according to knowledge, which of the above do you think will be more accountable on Judgment Day?  Now that you have read this article, which of the above are you?  Did your accountability just increase right now?  Did you know that the Bible teaches that to whom much is given, much more will be required?  Did you know that if you are the pastor of a congregation or an evangelist or the leader at a Christian camp or university or school that you will be even more accountable for your knowledge and practice on Judgment Day than the “average Christian”?  What if you do the right thing and your “Likes” on social networking decrease from the thousands to just a handful due to your stand (and they probably will) – will you worship the god of popularity?

American Christians are full of idolatry.  Those who claim the name of Jesus Christ must repent of such pagan Gentile practices and holidays, and turn to Jesus Christ who desires that His children live in obedience to the writings of His prophets and apostles and who despises those who seek to mingle with the ways of Baal!

To read Mr. Kelemen’s excellent research on the pagan origin of Christmas, be sure to read the article at this link.

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Odin wearing red with a beard looks like Santa. Why? According to Alexander Hislop, author of ‘Two Babylons‘, most of the gods of the ancient world were variations on the relationship between Nimrod (aka Baal), his son Tammuz, and the golden-haired Ishtar or Semi-Aramis (aka Baalti). Due to the scattering at Babylon and the confusion of languages, all these gods were just variations on the Baal theme. A Wikipedia article on ‘Thor” seems to confirm this truth. It states: “In Norse mythology, largely recorded in Iceland from traditional material stemming from Scandinavia, numerous tales and information about Thor are provided. In these sources, Thor bears at least fourteen names, is the husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif, is the lover of the jötunn Járnsaxa, and is generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded … The same sources list Thor as the son of the god Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn, and by way of Odin, Thor has numerous brothers … Tacitus refers to the god Odin as “Mercury”, Thor as “Hercules”, and the god Týr as “Mars”, … In his Annals, Tacitus again refers to the veneration of “Hercules” by the Germanic peoples; he records a wood beyond the river Weser (in what is now northwestern Germany) as dedicated to him. In Germanic areas occupied by the Roman Empire, coins and votive objects dating from the 2nd and 3rd century AD have been found with Latin inscriptions referring to “Hercules”, and so in reality, with varying levels of likelihood, refer to Thor by way of interpretatio romana.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor

PARALYZED: Spiritually helpless?

1Imagine that you are a black ops commander with the capabilities to take out a small army with only physical fighting skills, your elite “grey matter”, and basic household items at your disposal. Imagine that you are enjoying an evening with your family and friends when suddenly through the door comes barging a disrespectful young gang wielding knives.  Your first thought is to take them out with the firearm in your coat pocket or just finish them off one-by-one and toss them out the door.

2Instead, you are suddenly gripped by a feeling of helplessness.  You feel tired, .. dreadfully tired, and lifeless.  Half of your body feels numb, and you begin to realize that you are having a stroke.  You can’t seem to move.  You watch as the gang members begin to  hurt those you love. You feel guilt for being unable to move fast enough.  You begin to wonder what you could possibly do differently to help.  Your energy seems to have disappeared and your body is limp.  You …. are … so … tired.   You …. are …. so … paralyzed.  You see their leader has placed a live explosive package in the room and is leaving. Your mouth can’t seem to open.  You want to warn the others, but your voice won’t make a sound.

OverloadThis is how I feel many times.  I am a Christian.  I am a follower of Jesus alone and His Word alone.  Thus, I have such amazing hope to share with others.  However, it seems that I am helpless at times to communicate the urgency of our present time and of the Mission to those without Jesus Christ.  In fact, I can’t seem to communicate this urgency to those who call themselves Christians.  I look around and people today seem to be totally unaware of what is happening prophetically … or even how close death is to all of us.

5They seem to be so content with believing doctrines that will send them and others to hell. They seem to be so unaware of how dangerous such damnable heresies are.  They smirk or attack those who rebuke them.  They seem so blissfully ignorant of how much time they are wasting in their life with the trivial.  If your house is burning down around you, would you laugh and fill your mind with amusements and pleasure, especially of the sinful variety.

watching-tv1Jesus died for our sins.  Which sin for which Jesus died is acceptable for us to enjoy as we watch a movie or a television show or listen to a song?  In fact, why are we so obsessed with entertainment or leisure or having a good time of ‘fellowship’ with each other when the world is at one of the most critical times in history prophetically?  Especially when America seems to be at the brink of spiritual collapse?

6Many nations are dependent upon America for support during times of persecution and for reaching the world with the Gospel.  How many believers around you seem to care that such doors may soon end?  How many are still focused on their own fun and leisure?  Isn’t it a lot like having a stroke on the floor and seeing all these events taking place, but being completely helpless and unable to communicate to those non-believers around you that they need to repent?  Does it seem like they’re asleep?
Time_WastersDo you feel paralyzed too wanting to communicate to believers that the Mission is more important than ever as you see the storm clouds gathered around the world, while watching them frivolously waste their time on cruises, sports events, ruinous pleasures, and non-essentials that they enjoy, but you can’t get them to join you for a soul-winning outing or a special evangelistic rally in town?

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What’s even worse?  How about the fact that we can’t seem to get ourselves out to win souls as much as we should?  Do you ever feel like you are so … very … tired.  You can’t seem to get the bills paid before they mount again.  You can’t seem to find enough time in your day.  Yet, the lost all around us need our attention.  Our mission to share the Gospel has never been more important.

PrayerChangesThingsIf you feel the same way, please join me in prayer for the people of GOD on this planet. Pray with me that the Spirit will awaken us, so that the Mission can be more feverishly accomplished and soon.  Also, pray for your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and other non-believers who need to hear the Gospel as the events of prophecy are erupting all around the planet.

Prayer changes things. Pray for the Holy Spirit to awaken you and those believers around you.  Pray that He will energize you for His Mission, and assist you in how you spend your time.  Without the Spirit of GOD, we are like the sleeping dead.  Jesus told us at the end of the Gospel narrative what to do – go into all the world and share His redemptive story, but it is in the first chapter of Acts that he tells us how to do this.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  – Acts 1:8

GONE: In a blink

  • Have you ever heard someone say “it seemed like yesterday”?
  • Have you ever heard how victims of theft will say “it all happened so fast”?
  • Have you ever heard a busy person say “wow, where did the time go”?

LIFE

This reminds me of three things.  The first is death.  Death is like a thief that will rob everyone of us of our existence on this planet, so it’s important to live wisely and thoughtfully.

Like so many fireworks, life flashes past, and suddenly you’re immortal.

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Like a ship, life rolls through storms, and as the fog clears, eternity is seen.

imagesLike laser tag, one runs busily through the game, trying to win, but when the buzzer sounds and the lights come on, we realize life, like a dream, was fleeting and temporary. Now the real life begins.

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Only what is done for Jesus lasts with this short time. What we do now determines every moment of every day of our forever … rank, status, joy, pleasure.

GatesofHeavenThe second thing of which I’m reminded when I hear a burglary victim say “it all happened so fast” are the words of Jesus when he spoke of the ultimate “be prepared” scenario – His return.

“But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” – Luke 12:39-40

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Finally, the third thought concerns time.

Our time is robbed by the trivial, and suddenly we’re out-of-time. There could be a number of “good things” we do which rob us of time, whether it be fun, nice causes, hobbies, entertainment, marriage-to-your-job, and more.

home_theater01.54142045_largeHow do we think of GOD’s work on earth?  Are we energized by the thought of His work and His Word? Do we anticipate the end of business or school or tasks, because we can’t wait to start sharing Christ or spending time with Him in prayer?  With the same passion as a person who reads a love letter or who rides a roller coaster? With as much of a thrill to our inner being as those who sinfully enjoy a Harry Potter book that promotes witchcraft or watch a movie that glorifies fornication?

maverick_airtime1Only the Mission of the Gospel and obedience to Jesus in living holy lives will matter someday.  All our other activities are time-wasters unless they support the one focus of GOD’s kingdom. The more we are Spirit-filled, the more passion, joy, and excitement we will experience from doing His work on earth.

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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  – Matthew 6:33



DSC_001“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  -Hebrews 12:1-2 

DEATH: Did Adam eat plants?

strawbsDid Adam and Eve eat plants before “the Fall”? Since death came by sin, then were plants killed for food?

To some, I realize this question is similar to did “the Fall” take place in the Fall (i.e. Autumn), but I assure you that this is not a trivial question.  Read this verse:

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” – 1 Corinthians 15:21

plants talkWhen man sinned, the curse from his sin affected more than just him as can be seen in the video at this link. Something to ponder when we sin.

In order to eat meat or plants, some would suggest that they must die. Remember that plants can also eat, talk, listen, smell, feel, and communicate as you can see in the video at this link. In fact, the video at this link shows how they may even wage war as predators, while living in harmony with each other as communities. Today, plants die due to the curse of sin. Humorously speaking, think of all the heartless vegetarians who wage war on plants.  Why?  Just because they can’t hear what plants have to say about what they feel, and thus they have no empathy for the plants.

plant senseThe same crowd from P.E.T.A. and other vegan organizations are as little concerned about life on this planet as Hitler. How do I know this?  How many of them are for abortion?  Many other examples of their hypocrisy abound, such as if pit vipers, fire ants, or flies were to enter their lovely abode, guess what they would do to them?  If they have chosen to kill some creatures, but fight for the cause of other creatures, is this not hypocrisy?  If they kill plants, is this not also hypocrisy?

Adam and Eve ate food in the Garden of Eden, whether they actually needed it or not, because GOD allowed them to eat of every tree of the Garden except the tree that had forbidden fruit; yet, at the same time, there was no death.  How is this possible?  I did not know the answer to this question, but I continued to believe until the LORD allowed me to see the answer to this question and many other questions I’ve had over the years.  Many “alleged discrepancies” in the Bible are nothing more than a lack of education regarding the Bible.  Once enough time is spent understanding the Bible, we usually find the answers.  Sure it takes work, but GOD has stated that those who study His word are workmen. I do not believe we can totally understand how everything works and must accept GOD’s Word by faith in those rare cases, especially regarding His mysteries; however, I believe there are usually answers to most questions we ask. I prayed and asked for GOD to help me understand this question and and I believe that I have the answer to this question asked above now.

I do not believe any plants died in the Garden of Eden.  My belief is that the fruit or product which the plants produced, was eaten, but the plant continued to flourish.  As the article at this link says “Keep mature fruits picked to encourage further production“.  In a sense the picking of fruit is a form of pruning which increases the growth of the plants as seen in this article and this article.  Think of how earthworms can be dissected, but then they heal back and continue flourishing, which is similar to the hair or nails on humans.  In other words, nothing is killed.  The fruit was designed to be removed as a way of furthering the reproduction of more plants. Feeding humans was another benefit.   Furthermore, I trust GOD will explain to us the full picture when we get to heaven someday.

beautiful-fruit-wallpaper_1024x768_36898Keep in mind that GOD told Abraham to kill Isaac, his only son.  Abraham may not have understood that command. GOD is calling seekers to Himself who trust Him, not scorners.  Therefore, at times, it seems that He gives men enough evidence to believe, but also the opportunity to either doubt or to have faith.  Such times allow us to show how much we trust GOD. Our reaction can make us skeptics or seekers.

MEN: Rise up

traditional quartet - rescue the perishing

In the old America, fathers looked a lot like these men. They were faithful to their spouses in purity of life and mind, as well as in deed. They faithfully led their family in Bible time and prayer in the home, showing the children how to say their prayers at night. They led the family to a local congregation each week, and volunteered time and money to assist the work of Christ on earth. They took care of their neighbor and showed maturity in watching out for others more than themselves. All of this was done in addition to their regular job which they faithfully worked.

If you want to know why America is so corrupt, look to the fathers, husbands, and men of the nation.  Their leadership (or lack thereof) is what drives forth the spiritual character of a nation.  When they become corrupt, it shows in the family, in the congregation, in the schools, in the government, in general society, and in the nation.  When they wink at sin instead of running it out of town, sin begins to gain a foothold in a town.  When they participate in the sins, the town becomes corrupt.  When they allow wickedness to take place in their families, their congregations, their schools, their government, and in general society such as the theaters, concerts, and other aspects of life, then the byproduct (some might say ‘punishment’) is a corrupt government, crime, economic turmoil, and hardships.

That’s when the “blame game” starts.  Men love to blame the rich, a certain political party, their local minister, the school principal, or their own wife for all the failures, but they should be looking in the mirror and pointing that finger right at themselves.  The divorce and adultery rate is astounding for this nation and the people claiming to be religious are just as bad.  In fact, the Baptists are some of the worse, and their doctrine is one of the most pure.  What does this tell us?  It’s about having more than the proper creed.  We must live what we believe, and we must show love to all those around us, starting with GOD.

Today, fathers and husbands and men look like these fellows.  Fornication seems to be rampant in the hearts of American fathers whose eyes wander daily and oftentimes such impurity shows up in their marriages.   They are more concerned about "looking cool" and fitting into society than they are about being salt and light to be change agents in their society.  They blame others for all of the ills of society, while avoiding responsibility.  They find prayer and Bible devotions with the family to be unneeded in light of the great spiritual wisdom they get from the self-help guru at their local congregation (when they attend) or off the television or radio.  Watching the world's entertainment is a priority over family devotions.   They look to their wives to lead the family spiritually and blame her or others if things don't go well.

Today, fathers and husbands and men look like these fellows. Fornication seems to be rampant in the hearts of American fathers whose eyes wander daily and oftentimes such impurity shows up in their marriages. They are more concerned about “looking cool” and fitting into society than they are about being change agents in their society as salt and light. They blame others for all of the ills of society, while avoiding responsibility. They want to have fun, and be “girl magnets” and “superstars”. They find prayer and Bible devotions with the family to be unneeded in light of the great spiritual wisdom they get from the self-help guru at their local franchise church, and that’s if they attend at all. Their local franchise is usually more like a rock concert with a few nice thoughts added than a message of repentance and exhortation. Watching the world’s entertainment is a priority over family devotions. They act like little boys, and look to their wives to put them in their places and to lead the family spiritually, and they blame her or others if things don’t go well.

In a nutshell, we need men across this nation to turn to Jesus Christ in repentance and allow the Spirit of GOD to possess and fill them, so they can be the fathers and husbands and men that GOD desires them to be.  GOD established men to be responsible leaders who watch out for all those around them.

“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”  – 1 Corinthians 11:3

Men, we must stop pointing our fingers at those above and around us.  We must start looking in the mirror each morning and pointing the finger at ourselves, and let revival start with us.

DISPUTING: Time wasted

argumentNever waste time debating. On one hand, there are researchers who seek truth, while on the other hand, there are also scorners looking for a fight. It’s our job to discern which a person is, and then walk away from scorners. We can have pleasurable dialogue with seekers.

“A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understands. – Proverbs 14:6

“It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.” – Proverbs 20:3

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers”   – Romans 1:29

Do all things without grumbling or disputing”  – Phillipians 2:14

arguingThe winner of a debate is not necessarily the person who is right, but usually the person who is the more intellectual and persuasive.  Thus, debate quickly becomes less about Truth and more about ego.  We must refrain from tempting our own ego into sin.

teachingIf someone wants to learn Truth, they will pick up a book and read, so instead of spending hours in debate, instead spend the time wisely educating others who want to learn by writing out your ideas in a book, voicing your thoughts in a video, or building them out in curriculum for those who seek Truth rather than those who seek a debate through which their ego can be fed.

When it comes to arguing with others, resist the urge.  Education is a much better alternative.

TWO DAYS THEORY: A glimpse into the end of time?

“Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” – Hosea 6:1-2

hoseasrevSome theologians wonder if the above passage is comparing “two days” to “two thousand years” and “the third day” to a final thousand year millennium reign of Jesus Christ.  To read the details of such a theory, be sure to read the article at this link.

hoseasrev-correctIf such a theory were true, then we must do Biblical math using Biblical years (360 day years as opposed to the Roman sun calendar of 365.25 days).  We must also map the “two thousand years” from the time of the “tearing” of Israel in A.D. 70 (“hath torn”) to two thousand Biblical years later or the year 2041 A.D. (“heal us”).  If this final “third day” referred to the millennium reign of Jesus Christ, then that means 2041 A.D. would be the time of healing and would begin after the seven years of Daniel’s prophecy were fulfilled.  If the Millennium Reign started in 2041 A.D., then that would place the start of the seven years of Daniel’s prophecy (which includes the horrific time known as the Tribulation) around 2034 A.D.    As you can see from the two charts shown above, many people have used 32 A.D. as the start point for this theory and then concluded that 2003 would be 1,971.3 Biblical years later.  They are correct that 1,971.3 Biblical years are to be used instead of two thousand Roman years, but in my estimate, they are incorrect with their start and finish dates.  I believe the “tearing” of Israel took place in A.D. 70.   Thus, the end date moves to 2041 A.D.

LionLambI wouldn’t start announcing dates if I were you, because we know the Day of the LORD (explained in great detail in the article at this link) will come upon the world as a thief in the night.  Jesus said that nobody knows the time of His coming, except the Father in heaven.  Therefore, this theorizing is only speculative, but it’s also very interesting in light of the fact that the above verses in Hosea were never fulfilled as a two day revival of Israel (“after two days He will revive us”) in any of the history that I have ever read. Thus, even though it’s possible it’s two literal days in the future, it may perhaps be a symbolic view of two thousand years of the “times of the Gentiles” and the spiritual “kingdom of GOD” within men’s hearts as part of the New Covenant of Christ to all men, which is then followed by the ethnic Jews living for a thousand years in the sight of their Messiah as He reigns over a physical kingdom on earth as part of the Old Covenant to Abraham.   Many Old Testament prophets have predicted that the Messiah would reign over his people for a thousand years, and if the “third day” mentioned in the Hosea passage above is that thousand year reign, then the earthly, physical reign of Jesus Christ may be just around the corner.

ISCARIOT: Never forget

SC Ancient Freemason Handbook1If some “top leader” in fundamentalism or evangelicalism tells you that Freemasons are harmless and not of the Satanic occult system, then you will know they are liars. If they include such men in their boards, memberships and leadership, you may cry out against such devilry. You may dissent for the sake of Jesus Christ!  Remember that Iscariot was a devil, but he was one of “the twelve apostles of Jesus”.

100_1916I have spoken with Freemasons and their wives over the years in town in great detail about their beliefs. I know what they believe.  They believe in Satanic doctrines, they study occult black arts in order to complete steps for their Masonic goals, and the men with whom I spoke were influential in their circles. Sharing the Gospel with these men is what Christian leaders should be doing, instead of including them on their boards, in their church membership, and in leadership positions of Christian institutes. Such behavior is traitorous to Jesus Christ. I have prayed for Freemasons and talked in great depth, been out to eat on more than one occasion, and discussed their beliefs. I have shown GOD’s love to a certain Knight whose dad has been one of the most influential men in our entire county (one of the adjacent cities is named after his family). Those who bring such men into their Christian organizations should be shamed and removed from leadership. Speak out, because for all you know such men in our midst who bring these Satanic Freemasons into our assemblies and into our leadership are themselves undercover Satanic wolves in sheep’s clothing (no matter how “high up” and “untouchable” in a movement they are and no matter how “conservative” they appear).  Remember Iscariot.  May we never forget.

A 2000 updated SBC report seen at this link states that U.S. membership [in the Masons] is claimed at about three million, with about five million worldwide. The official magazine of Masonry in the U.S. is titled New Age. Some church denominations are also led by avowed Masons. For example, a 1991 survey by the Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board found that 14% of SBC pastors and 18% of SBC deacon board chairs are Masons. It is also estimated that SBC members comprise 37% of total U.S. lodge membership. The report also found that over 1,000 SBC pastors are Masons. As this link explains, Freemasons are a very secret and occult pagan society of men.

folded-hands-with robeWhen I see men of occult association (associations about which many of their followers are clueless) start large movements and ministries which they use to purvey themselves as “authorities” on spiritual matters and “devout” with hands clasped in prayer-like stance and the highest of ethics and standards outwardly, I have become discouraged. I especially have grown weary when I see them eventually lead these souls into all the evils that they once denounced by gradually changing their beliefs through false intellectualism and clever justifications, whether it be related to wine, modesty, music, doctrine, and more. It appears they have done this generation after generation.  You see ministries, institutes of higher learning, entire denominations, and even nations turned into hell through such tactics, and it seems like a dreadful, heart-breaking triumph for Satan …

Separating-the-Wheat-from-Chaff… BUT THEN, I realize that I need not despair, because GOD is using even these wolves for His amazing purposes, and I must praise the LORD for His mighty wisdom! He is but testing men’s hearts, and showing us there is chaff among the wheat which He must root out using even these men who think they are shrewd and clever. He is testing the hearts of those men who we may have once admired or who were once our friends to see if they will follow these leaders.  He is testing all such people who call themselves “Christians” after his name to see if they follow their peers and turn their backs upon Him, His Truth, and His followers.

UnmaskingHypocrite“Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” – Matthew 3:12

“And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.”  – Matthew 25:33

sheep-and-goats“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” – Zechariah 13:9

“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.” – Luke 10:21

I-Never-Knew-You.001“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6

“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

hypocriteAnd he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”  – Psalm 1:1-6

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One day, the actors will have their masks removed, and those who followed them instead of Jesus Christ will be ashamed they followed a man, a movement, a denomination, or their peers instead of the Christ who died for them.

ROCKIN’ MODERN HYMNS: In the name of GOD

51-YJrP1ZcLI remember calling a minister of music in Charleston on the phone to learn what type of music he allowed for his congregation. Every time I asked for the style, he would use a Christian marketing term like “eclectic blend”, “praise and worship”, and so forth.  I kept asking if it was more like the style of jazz or soft rock, but he would never answer.  I gathered that he was ashamed to admit that he was truly using jazz or soft rock for his congregation, but that was a different era only fifteen years ago.

Today’s musicians, on the other hand, are far more bold. They are aggressive and in your face about their love for rockin’ music in the name of GOD.  They will admit that they use jazz and rock for their congregation (style names derived from terms that originally were slang for the act of fornication). It’s amazing how far the people of GOD in the United States have come … and it shows in everything from their continual decrease in membership to statistics regarding how many pastors struggle with internet porn addiction. It also shows in our national health as America crumbles from within as the lights of professing believers are waning and slowly being extinguished. Yet, to hear many of them speak, they are “right with GOD” and thankful for “grace” (whatever that means to them these days).

mqdefaultIt’s amazing how often Christians will lie to themselves if they have a clever justification to help them, such as a moral-sounding marketing name provided for the crass, sensual products being sold these days by non-Christian companies to the believers (or false converts) who desire them.  The products may include “christian” movies with swear words and filth or it may just be the music of the devil wed to Christian words.

Olivia Newton-John, a sex symbol from 1970s soft rock fame, who sounds much like Kristyn Getty today.

Olivia Newton-John, a sex symbol from 1970s soft rock fame, who sounds much like Kristyn Getty today.

Back in the 1970s, such music was called “christian rock”, but that didn’t go so well, because people knew that rock music was the devil’s music. In the 1980s, the term “contemporary christian music” was used and it worked effectively enough to sell millions of records.  Then came the “praise and worship” marketing phrase, followed by a plethora of other gushy descriptions of music that offered a more morally appealing way of describing music composed mostly of soft and pop rock with some ambiguous lyrics which could mean anything from “love for one’s significant other” to “love for GOD”.   Most sounded like the former due to the groans uttered as the song was sung, although some had more respectable lyrics accompanying the breathy, torch-like voices and occasional groans or sensual communication of the voice.  Then harder and harder genres of rock were pushed forward into congregations. Today? Most people these days seem to care less about what they do in GOD’s name with the exception of the more conservative congregations, but that is changing with the latest strategic marketing ploy.

1324547392_amgrantToday, “modern hymns” is the new strategic marketing buzzword, and it appears it was coined specifically for the fundamentalist and conservative evangelical crowd.  This crowd once banned all Amy Grant music from their congregations and schools in days past, but today they openly embrace Kristyn Getty, a lady who groans in the microphone like Amy Grant or Olivia Newton-John and who even styles a similar look to Amy Grant.  Back in the day, no one in conservative circles were allowed to “clean up” the songs of such individuals and use them as choir numbers, because they could send a message to the vulnerable youth that such artists were acceptable. Also, it was difficult for the minister of music to explain how he learned about the tune in the first place.  Songs by dead people were acceptable, because they could no longer have an influence upon the youth.

SteveGreen2Today, this same crowd who cried “foul” against Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, and Steve Green are now using the songs of the Gettys, Sovereign Grace, and other similar artists in their congregational choirs as well as in their sound recordings.  It’s amazing to see how many of those who once wrote books or gave seminars against rock and religious rock music have rushed to create their own “modern hymns”, hoping to also benefit financially from this new popular genre.  This craze of “modern hymns” seems to have a larger audience than historic hymns.  In fact, traditional hymns were oftentimes penned by hymn writers who endured severe trials for Jesus or who gave their lives in martyrdom in later years. Yet this generation is a generation who knows so much better than older, conservative generations, because we have been enlightened beyond the pale, and now realize how unneeded and unrefined former generations of conservatives were who disallowed Amy Grant songs; therefore, en masse, it appears the conservative movement is now ready to embrace Kristyn Getty songs and other “modern hymn” composers as though their music affords some type of special grace.

hqdefault (3)What changed?  Many say that they feel the words of these “modern hymns” are superior in their Scriptural content and text. Others say that they really don’t have to “clean up” some of the songs, but we all know that’s not true.  The truth is that Steve Green probably had better theology, Christian evangelism fervor, and lyrical content than both the Getty duo or the charismatic, ecumenical Sovereign Grace ministries (who coincidentally was founded by Catholics and have a lot of morality issues in their leadership these days and lots of complaints from disillusioned members due to such matters not being disciplined).  That’s not an endorsement of Steve Green since he also resorted to using soft rock, but it is an honest assessment of his music against much of the “modern hymn” singers today.

Worship-teamWhat an excellent example of how marketing can deceptively sway the masses (if it weren’t so tragic and pitiful). Of course, the new conservatives will never admit that they have been deceived. Instead, they credit their changes to the new awareness they have for showing “grace”.  A new “grace” that seems to have increased the divorce rate of those professing believers into figures that compete with the lost world that they are supposedly trying to convert (with Baptists having the highest divorce rate of any Protestant denomination and ironically they’re some of the biggest fans of all the new modern church music today).

mqdefault (1)This generation hates to hear music that sounds like the royal courts of heaven, but instead they adore music that sounds like a nightclub or a brothel house or sex symbol Olivia Newton-John from the 1970s (which describes most of the “modern hymns” today which are not modern at all).  Today most church-goers are no longer interested in how their music is affecting others.  They have little interest in discussing or even listening to others discuss topics concerning avoiding “strange fire” (most don’t even know the story in the Old Testament regarding “strange fire”).  What they do in GOD’s name is based upon what they think and little to do with what GOD requires.

In my opinion, this generation is worse than any previous generations in history.  If cleaned-up “modern hymns” lead the youth across a bridge to more rockin’ music or to charismatic, ecumenical organizations, they will not think anything more of it.  If their pop and hard rock music offends GOD as they perform the sounds of Satan and sensuality in GOD’s name, they could care less.  

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I don’t know of any generation in the entire breadth of history that played the music of the devil in their congregations, and the practice is not isolated but widespread through almost every church.  Those who say that Martin Luther played “bar tunes” are uneducated at best.  Furthermore, the tunes in the bars of Europe and even pagan courts sounded glorious like the angels singing compared to the crass, sensual fare being produced in churches today.  The subject of music is discussed in much detail in the article at this link; however, it doesn’t just stop with music.  There are literally a multitude of other vices being performed in the name of GOD today besides sensual music.  Music is just the more indicative of a person’s attitude toward GOD and an easy way to perceive the pride, greed, self-love, and rebellion of a person.  These attitudes are oftentimes justified as “godliness” under the guise that they’re just living a life of “grace”.

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GOD gives grace to avoid sin, not grace to run back into the world and entangle ourselves in its sensual pleasures again.  How many of this new generation of church attendees touting the name of Christ are even believers? They like to say you can’t judge a tree by its fruit, because they say such talk is legalism, but what does Jesus say?

“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance”  – Matthew 3:8

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  – Matthew 7:18-21

hqdefaultI say that this generation of church attendees, who claim to know Christ, have forgotten Who He is, His demands, and His character.  GOD killed people in Scripture for sacrilege such as wedding together evil with His Holy Name. When Jesus saves us, He doesn’t just save us from hell, but He also saves us from sin. This generation is not content with merely jumping back into the world from which they supposedly were redeemed, but they also want you to join in their escapades or they will quarantine you, ignore you, and treat you as though you have the plague.  This generation reminds me of the generation of Jesus’ day. Jesus predicted that they would pay the price for their rebellion through the infamous massacres of A.D. 70 and the Dispersion.  Jesus described them this way:

third day“They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.”  – Luke 7:32

If those touting His name so high are truly converted, why are they so upset when you refuse to endorse their favorite music or why do they grow rebellious when you speak to them about such matters? Why do they love to wallow in the filth of the world still? Why do they ignore you and isolate you and refuse to show love to you if you fail to leave your conscience at the door?

hqdefault (2)“For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”  – 2 Peter 2:20-22

Colton-Dixon-Never-GoneIt matters little if their favorite ministry and its staff approves their actions. It matters little if their pastor throws them the bone of “eternal security” if they say a sinner’s prayer.  It matters only what GOD says, and He says that, while works are futile, repentant faith that shows forth fruit will allow us to see the kingdom of GOD.  False conversions, false grace, and empty faith will not.

Yet when confronted with their sacrilege, blasphemy, and lifestyle that is patterned completely after the unregenerate world around them, they have the most clever and intellectual justifications of their sin, as well as self-righteous, scathing condemnations for those who fail to step into line and agree with them.

What type of spirit is moving upon their souls?

What type of spirit is moving upon their souls?

The wrath of GOD is brimming to the top. Sodom and Noah’s era are examples of what GOD will tolerate. Will He hold back His wrath from this generation much longer?

I believe it’s about to rain on our world.

TRIBULATION: Coming soon

Evolutionists who seek to create trans-human creatures should keep in mind the special creatures that GOD will use to punish all those who reject GOD someday.  Their most frightening trans-human will not compare to the creatures GOD will unleash in the tribulation period.

Evolutionists who seek to create trans-human creatures should keep in mind the special creatures that GOD will use to punish all those who reject GOD someday. Their most frightening imagined trans-human will not compare to the creatures GOD will unleash in the tribulation period. I say “imagined” trans-humans since evolutionists continue to fail to produce one in their quest to create their own so-called “proof” – “proof” they could sneak and bury in the ground and pretend to “discover” since their fossil record “proof” and other “proofs” are an all-time fail status right now, much like many of their first “proofs” (i.e. Piltdown Man) that were all found to be frauds. Is it not fitting that GOD will use strange-looking creatures to punish them someday?

Many people are aware that we appear closer to “the end” and to the “final seven years of Daniel” than in any time in history. Therefore, I wanted to remind us all of the judgments and horrific pain that will be inflicted by GOD upon mankind for their evil. Notice how the judgments are almost like a fireworks display in that they seem to get worse and worse and then climax at the end with the worst judgments. At the same time, note that these judgments are listed as they appear in the Bible, but they may not necessarily take place in that order and may actually even overlap with one another.  This upcoming time in history is not a pleasant time and this provides an overview of the major judgments that take place during these seven years.  The Bible says:

“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”  – Matthew 24:22

Seven SealsSEVEN SEAL JUDGMENTS

  • First Seal
    • White horse
      • Conqueror with bow and crown
  • Second Seal
    • Red horse
      • With great sword
  • Third Seal
    • Black horse
      • With scales
      • Voice speaks regarding the cost of food
  • Fourth Seal
    • Pale horse
      • Death sits upon him (Hades follows him)
      • Power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
  • The_Guillotine_by_robin97531Fifth Seal
    • Souls of martyrs
      • White robes
  • Sixth Seal
    • Great earthquake
      • Darkness
  • Seventh Seal
    • Seven angels
      • Seven trumpets

Seven TrumpetsSEVEN TRUMPET JUDGMENTS

  • First trumpet
    • Upon the first trumpet sound, hail and fire, mixed with blood, is thrown to the Earth burning up a third of the trees on the planet, and all green grass.
  • Second trumpet
    • By the second trumpet sounding, it cues something like a great burning mountain that plunges into the sea and wipes out a third of all sea life and ships. A third of the oceans will become blood. (Revelation 8:8-9)
  • ArmageddonThird trumpet
    • By the sound of the third trumpet, a great star called Wormwood falls to the Earth poisoning a third of the planet’s freshwater sources, such as rivers and springs. Men will die from drinking its bitter taste. (Revelation 8:10-11)
  • Fourth trumpet
    • Following the sounding of the fourth trumpet, a third of the light that shines from the Sun, moon and stars became dark from these celestial bodies being “struck”. This catastrophe caused complete darkness for a third of a day, during the day, even through night hours.(Revelation 8:12)
  • Fifth trumpet
    • The fifth trumpet sound is the “first Woe” of three. Before this trumpet sounds, an angel appears, flying in mid-heaven, and warns, “Woe, woe, woe, to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”
    • locustsThe fifth trumpet prompts a personified star to fall from heaven. The star is given the key to the bottomless pit. After opening it, the smoke that rises out, darkens the air and blocks the sunlight. Then from out of the smoke, the Locusts were unleashed. They were scorpion tailed warhorses, having a man’s face with lion’s teeth. Their hair was long like that of a woman’s and flew with locust-like wings. They were crowned with golden crowns and protected with iron-like breastplates. They were commanded by their king, Abaddon, to torment any man who does not have the seal of God on their forehead, by using their scorpion-like tails. It was also made clear to them that they must not kill anyone during their five-month mission of torment. (Revelation 9:1-12)
  • su4f7aec79Sixth trumpet
    • Five months after the fifth trumpet blast, the sixth one sounds. This is the “Second woe”, where four angels are released from their binds to the “great river Euphrates”. They command a brute force of 200 million mounted troops whose horses dissipate plague from out of their mouths, most notably: fire, smoke, and brimstone. The mounted horsemen wore breastplates with the color of fire, hyacinth, and brimstone. The horses had a lion’s head and their tails were like a serpent, even with a snake head. They are responsible for the deaths of a third of mankind who are stricken by the plague that emanated from these armies. (Revelation 9:13-21)
  • marriagesupper21Seventh trumpet
    • The sound of the seventh trumpet signals the “Third woe”. This is the final trumpet sound and the final woe. Loud voices in heaven proclaim Christ as ruler forever and ever under the “Kingdom of our Lord”. Thanks is given to God, the Almighty and praise for the wrath that came, the dead who were judged, and the bond-servants rewarded. The temple of God in heaven then opened and the Ark of the covenant appeared in His temple. Then lightning and peals of thunder occurred followed by an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Seven Bowls of WrathSEVEN BOWL JUDGMENTS

First Bowl
When the first bowl is poured out, foul and painful sores come upon those bearing the mark of the beast and those who worshiped the image of the beast.

Second Bowl
When the second bowl is poured out, the seas and the oceans become blood as of a dead man, forcing everything in the sea to die.

Third Bowl
When the third bowl is poured out, the rivers and the remaining sources of water turn to blood. The angels then begin praising God’s holy judgments.

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They killed Christians and spilled their blood. GOD will return the favor with a “blood spill” which will ruin their water as it turns to blood like in Egypt long ago. It is fitting that they have blood to drink, since the occult seems to enjoy that anyway and since they were so “bloodthirsty” for Christian’s blood.

Fourth Bowl
When the fourth bowl is poured out, the sun causes a major heatwave to scorch the planet. The incorrigible wicked refuse to repent while they blaspheme the name of God.

Fifth Bowl
When the fifth bowl is poured out, a thick darkness overwhelms the kingdom of the beast. The wicked continue to stubbornly defame the name of God while refusing to repent and glorify God

Beach lovers joking about being sun-worshipers will not be joking when the sun is turned up so hot that men are literally scorched.

Beach lovers joking about being sun-worshipers will not be joking when the sun is turned up so hot that men are literally scorched.

Sixth Bowl
When the sixth bowl is poured out, the great river Euphrates dries up so that the kings of the east might cross to be prepared to battle. Three unclean spirits with the appearance of frogs come out of the mouths of the beast and the false prophet. These demonic like spirits work Satanic miracles to gather the nations of the world to battle against the forces of good during the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus warns those still alive during the Tribulation that his coming will come like a thief in the night, urging his followers to stay alert.

Ice rocks (giant hailstones) weighing around 100 pounds will cause unimaginable damage and death.  Some ice rocks have been found weighing around seven pounds.  Just imagine what an entire sky full of one-hundred-pounders could do.

Ice rocks (giant hailstones) weighing around 100 pounds will cause unimaginable damage and death. Some ice rocks have been found weighing around seven pounds. Just imagine what an entire sky full of one-hundred-pounders could do.

Seventh Bowl
When the seventh bowl is poured out, a global earthquake causes the cities of the world to collapse. Every mountain and island are removed from their foundations. Giant hailstones weighing nearly 100 pounds plummet onto the planet. The plagues were so severe that the wicked’s hatred against God intensifies while the incorrigible continue to curse God.


BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON / JUDGMENT OF “BABYLON THE GREAT WHORE”

images“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”  Revelation 16:16-21

52831“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…and it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”  – Zechariah 12:8

“Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” – Zechariah 14:3

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And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.”

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“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

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“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on
them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.”

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“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. – Revelation 19:1-3, 11-21

JOHN PIPER: Making peace with anti-christ?

John-Piper-January-19791-300x435As seen in the article at this link, John Piper is backpedaling to avoid offending Rome.  Is John Piper soft on Rome? Piper states:

“I think Rome and Protestantism are not yet ready – I don’t think the Reformation is over.”

Of course, that quote is nothing compared to what I’m about to share with you regarding the article at the above link, as well as many other articles and links regarding Piper’s beliefs [be sure to click on the various hyperlinks in this article to read even more articles].  While the Vatican popes may or may not be the Final Anti-Christ, they are definitely anti-Christ and this belief has been held for hundreds of years by the major Protestant Reformers.

Those who understand the incredible gulf between the Baal beliefs of Catholicism and the beliefs of Christians in the Bible are all too aware that John Piper must either be incredibly naive (which is doubtful) or a “Pied Piper” for the Catholic ecumenical movement that has been promoted since Vatican II by the Pope in an effort to lead everyone into the Roman fold of power.

I’m not the only one who sees the danger of Piper’s beliefs as can be seen in the article at this link, the article at this link, and also in the article at this link.  Piper obviously thinks that Rome, after five hundred years of the Reformation, has changed and is close to reform as seen in the article at this link. He must think that if a “better Pope” can make a few tweaks, then everything will be hunky-dory, eh?  Further, articles as seen at this link, show how far down the trail of false teaching that John Piper has really gone.  Those who are naive enough to think that the Vatican changed during the 1960s during Vatican II need to read the article at this link.

Pagan mother-child Baal worship from around the world.

Pagan mother-child Baal worship from around the world.

A few of the things that create a vast gulf between Biblical teaching and Catholic teaching include the following false teachings found in Baal worship but not in the Bible as seen at this site located at this link:

  • Mother of heaven goddess
  • Mother and Child worship
  • Baptismal Salvation
  • The Mass
  • VESTIAL VIRGINS AND NUNSThe Solar Wafer (Eucharist)
  • Purgatory
  • The Sovereign Pontiff
  • Prayers for the Dead
  • The Rosary
  • The Sign of the Cross
  • waferThe Confessional
  • Clothing and Crowning of Images
  • Priests, Monks, and Nuns
  • Relic Worship
  • Worship of the Sacred Heart
  • Extreme Unction
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Monks … of the Buddhist sect of Baal sun worship

John Piper is not only seen as being connected to a number of false teachers and lovers of Rome through his Desiring God website and conferences, and in fellowship with Rick Warren, N.T. Wright, and Doug Wilson of Federal Vision, but is now seen as someone who no longer considers the Vatican to be a bastion of heresy. After he called their beliefs on justification “heresy”, he recanted his statement and stated that it was not “heresy”, but only “error”.

After making this correction in the before-mentioned article, John Piper in such a context then said the following weak statement that appeared to favor an apology for the Gospel rather than a defense for it:

“I am thankful that God is willing to save us even when our grasp of the gospel may be partial or defective. None of us has a comprehensive or perfect grasp of it.”

ihs-all-seeing-eye-1616In saying this in the context of changing his statement from calling the Pope a heretic to simply calling him guilty of “error”, John Piper is showing grace to the Pope that the Apostle Paul never shows.

In fact, the Apostle Paul said in Galatians regarding those who change the gospel “Let them be accursed [damned]” and he also states that he wishes they were “cut off”. Piper-popeNot only did Piper change his statement from “heresy” to “error”, but his own restructured and reformed “Baptist” Catechism endorses salvation through Baptism and the LORD’s Supper as can be seen at this link.  Piper writes in his book “Future Grace”:

“When the Old Testament says that covenant-keeping is the condition for receiving God’s lovingkindness, that’s what it meant … all the covenants of God are conditional covenants of grace–both the old covenant and the new covenant. They offer all-sufficient future grace for those who keep the covenant.”

Piper and Rick Warren

Piper and Rick Warren

When Piper says “conversion”, he is speaking of “covenant-keeping”. Saying words that sound Biblical but defining them differently than the Bible is deceptive.

Piper uses the term “covenants” to sound more Presbyterian, but the term he should be using is “sacraments” since there’s not much difference between his “covenants” and Rome’s sacraments in how they’re used.

To validate this point, I refer to Piper’s “Baptist” Catechism, where we read:

Question 98: How do Baptism and the Lord’s Supper become effective means of salvation?

Answer: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper become effective means of salvation, not from any virtue in them or in him that administers them, but only by the blessing of Christ, and the working of his Spirit in those who by faith receive them.

Question 99: How do Baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ from the other ordinances of God?

Answer: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ from the other ordinances of God in that they were specially instituted by Christ to represent and apply to believers the benefits of the new covenant by visible and outward signs.”

piper popeBaptism and the Lord’s Supper are purely symbolic as can be seen in Scripture, but not according to the Vatican and not according to John Piper. While Paul the apostle in the Book of Galatians states that works are strictly off-limits as means of grace or means to salvation (and he uses the symbolic work of circumcision as an example of an unneeded implement for salvation), John Piper and the Catholic Church are convinced otherwise.

To prove this to be true, you can hear Piper himself stating in the video at this link that he believes circumcision and baptism correspond to each other (circumcision is ironically the very example that Paul used to show that nothing more is needed for salvation and if baptism is also a symbolic covenant then the same applies to it as well).

The Pope and Piper have doctrine that runs along the lines of Baal worship which promoted works salvation through wafers and baptism as can be seen in historical books on Babylonian religious practice. Sacraments

In the article at this link, Rick Hogaboam, who claims to be more into “Pentecostal Sacrementalism” tells how he agrees with Piper on the Baptismal salvation of believers., and then Mr. Hogaboam quotes from Dr. Piper’s sermon to prove that Piper teaches salvation by covenantal Baptism. The problem is Paul the Apostle disagrees, since he taught that no covenants are required for salvation.

How much proof do you need?

TWO HERESIES: N.T. Wright’s “New Perspective on Paul” and Doug Wright’s “Federal Vision” … John Piper supports these heretics.

On his site “Desiring God”, John Piper continually hops from one side of the justification issue to the other. It’s dizzying to read after him, because one moment he says that works are not needed and the next moment, he implies that they are needed through covenant-keeping of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Where does he stand? I’ve read enough of his writing to say that I don’t think he wants us to know. He claims to be the son of a fundamentalist.  Well, I have news for John Piper.  Being a fundamentalist or an evangelical won’t get you to heaven.

Only the true gospel of Christ has the power to save, not a legalistic gospel.  Piper admits that he is also charismatic in the video at this link.

To learn more about the dangers of the Charismatic movement, be sure to visit the article at this link.  While Piper claims to be a Calvinist, even that aspect of Piper’s beliefs are shaky as seen in the video at this link. Piper supports heretics on YouTube as can be seen in the video at this link (in response to whether the heretical Doug Wilson and heretical N.T. Wright preach another gospel):

“No. That’s easy. Doug Wilson doesn’t preach another Gospel. O.K., I don’t think N.T. Wright preaches a false Gospel either; I think N.T. Wright preaches a very confusing Gospel.”

PopeBenedictXVI-PiperEven errant Dr. MacArthur, who has embraced “means of grace sanctification” and who believes that one can take the mark of the beast and still be saved“, has a different view of N.T. Wright’s “gospel” as can be seen in the article at this link where he makes no qualms about the fact that he sees N.T. Wright’s teachings as false teaching.

Beyond theological heresy, Piper’s morals seem to be in question as well and his unwillingness to comply with the apostle Paul’s requirements of elders seems to have gone unheeded by him as seen in this Christianity Today article at this link.  According to John Piper, it appears that he sees the day that Protestants and Romanism will sit on the edge of the waters of ecumenicism swinging their feet together and singing “Kum-Ba-Yah”.

When one of the most popular evangelical and fundamentalist preachers is John Piper whose doctrine is Charismatic, ecumenical, and full of Roman sacraments, then we have undoubted confirmation that the great “falling away” is upon us.

“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” – Galatians 3:1-3

In closing, why are we naming John Piper?

Question: Did the apostles mark false teachers by name?

Answer: Yes, they did.

  • Hymenaeus and Alexander – 1 Timothy 1:19-20
  • Phygellus and Hermogenes – 2 Timothy 1:14-15
  • Hymenaeus and Philetus – 2 Timothy 2:17-18
  • Diotrephes – 3 John 1:9-10

Question: Who in the Bible told us to mark and shun heretics?

Answer: GOD did using the Apostle Paul as His oracle!

“Now I urge you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” – Romans 16:17 (Greek word ‘skopeō’ means “mark”; Greek word ‘ekklinō’ means “shun”)

Question: Where else is the idea of separation mentioned in the Bible (as in separating from false teachers like John Piper)?

Answer: GOD in His Holy Word used the Apostle John as His orator to state:

“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” – 2 John 1:10-11

Question: Whose job is it to defend the Faith? Pastors? Deacons? Authors? Radio ministries? Television ministries?

Answer: Yes, it is all of their duty, but it is also the duty of literally every believer to defend the faith from false teachers.

“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” – Jude 1:3 (Greek word ‘epagōnizomai’ means “contend, contest, grapple, argue”)

Question: How important is heresy?

Answer: “Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:9

Question: What are some verses that explain why baptismal salvation is heresy?

Answer: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” – 1 Corinthians 1:17 “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” – Acts 10:47 “I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius” – 1Cr 1:14 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Many other answers to this question can be found in the article at this link. To those who were trying to add circumcision and other outward actions and works to the simple gospel of faith that Paul preached, GOD used the Apostle Paul to say:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be ANATHEMA. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be ANATHEMA.” – Galatians 1:6-9 (Greek word “anathema” means “without hope of being redeemed, doomed to destruction”)

Stand strong today for GOD. Others are counting on you.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Name them one by one

Count Your Many BlessingsWith the Spirit within, clothes without, and food to eat, we are more than blessed.  Take for example the video at this link.  In this video, you can see the sense of entitlement that these atheists have in believing that before they are cast into the flames of damnation that they are entitled to hear the Gospel first.  Hearing the Gospel is a blessing and a privilege.  If you have heard the Gospel, then you are blessed, but GOD was not required to let you hear the Gospel.  Knowing the story of Jesus Christ and redemption is not another right or entitlement that this generation can demand of GOD.  Salvation is far more important than food or clothing.  Those who feel sorry for the temporal starving or naked should realize how much more important are the eternal spiritual needs of these people. However, we should do our best to meet the temporal need in order to share the Gospel and meet the other more important need.

Unbelievers who speak of their lack of faith in GOD, because He sends people to hell who never heard the Gospel, are ignorant of two things.

1) GOD has a right to condemn all of us, so they should be thankful they have heard.
2) They are the reason that more people aren’t hearing the Gospel.

Count Your Many Blessings2I am very thankful that the Gospel was shared with me and that as a result, I have repented of my sins, trusted Jesus with my entire life, and have received the Spirit of GOD’s indwelling.  I believe men have a difficult time accepting the fact that GOD sends people to the flames of eternal punishment, because they have a difficult time accepting how wicked they really are.  Even the most moral person deserves eternal torment in the lake of fire.  I am probably considered by some to be moral, because I have been a faithful spouse, a proponent for truth, and stayed away from all of those “awful sins” as a youth.  However, I know my own thought life.  I have had thoughts of lust and hate.  I have told lies in the past and deceived.  I have been self-centered and thoughtless.  I have listened to blasphemous music that combined “rock n’ roll” music with words about my Savior.   I have no doubt that I have committed far more sins than these, and that there are probably many which I don’t even realize I have committed.  I believe men don’t even realize how much of what they do every day is sin and egregious to GOD. Their lives make Him weep and stir Him to wrath.  In justice, He must judge.  Therefore, we all deserve whatever we get in this life.   Do we deserve all the problems, the wars, the nervous disorders, the loss of loved ones, the torture, the abuse, and the disappointments in this life?  Absolutely.  We also deserve the painful torture of eternal fire.

Count Your Many Blessings3We do not need to spend time writing books for atheists on subjects such as “Why Does GOD Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?” or other such endeavors in which we attempt to explain why there are wars, abortions, suffering, famines, cruelty, and evil in the world.  We know why there’s evil in the world.  Mankind.  We are the problem.  Atheists complain against GOD for the starvation of children in Africa, but then they vote to kill babies in America. We brought the curse on this planet.  We are the reason that animals must be eaten now, and yet organizations like P.E.T.A. want to justify themselves by denying protein to others.  Our fallen bodies now need protein, and they sweat, and get sick.  Would P.E.T.A. members kill fire ants, blood-sucking mosquitoes, pit vipers or other creatures that found their way into their beds at night?  Did these P.E.T.A members create such creatures? No, but they would swiftly destroy them without thinking.  Yet, they tell fellow humans to not kill animals which can be used to survive on this planet.  Is not their sin the very reason that these creepy, crawly, poisonous creatures are dangerous now?  Is not their sin the reason that animals must die?  GOD created all things perfect.

Count Your Many Blessings5The fallen creation groans under the burden of the curse of sin.  Our sin is the reason that Jesus died for us. Jesus didn’t have to die for us. If He had remained in heaven, all of us would have perished under the weight of our sins. Justice would have been served as we ALL burned forever. The fact that Jesus died for us is mercy and grace – it is not something He owed us, but only His Love. Therefore, if we don’t deserve His gift of salvation, then we also don’t deserve to hear of His gift – unless a fellow human shows compassion and shares the Gospel with us. How compassionate are we who have become His children? How will atheists ever show compassion in sharing a message that they claim to not even believe?

We are the reason that our pets sometimes die.  We are the reason that our family and friends sometimes die.  We all are the reason.  We are sinners.  We are given a choice to follow GOD, but most refuse.  Only Jesus can redeem us, but even that Truth is not a right, but a privilege.  Romans 2 says conscience testifies against us that we are doing wrong, but we still do it.  Romans 1:20 says Creation proves there is a Creator, yet people still ignore the Creator, and so people are without excuse on Judgment Day.

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”   – Romans 8:19-23

Count Your Many Blessings4Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, because of the just pain and curse on our lives, we should count our blessings, and determine in our hearts that we will be a blessing to others and their lives.

“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

Count Your Many Blessings6- “Count Your Blessings”

Music: Edwin O. Excell

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., in Songs for Young Peo­ple, by Ed­win Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: 1897).

In the video mentioned earlier in this article, you will see a final argument made by a pitiful atheist who was seeking to justify his own iniquitous life.   Ray Comfort gives the atheist $100, because he is unable to answer the atheist’s question or perhaps more likely because he knows that this atheist would never agree with the explanation. The Bible says the chief priests took the money provided by Judas’ betrayal and purchased a field in Matthew 27. The atheist quotes Acts 1:18 stating that Judas purchased the field, and not the chief priests in hopes of creating a contradiction.

The atheist has not the Spirit of GOD, but he studies the Bible.  Why?  I believe it is to justify himself, but all of that work to justify himself is useless.  GOD sees his heart.

“A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understands.”   – Proverbs 14:6

judas iscariotThis atheist will still find himself eternally damned without the redemption that Jesus can provide. The verse in Acts 1 that the atheist references in the video says:

“Now this man [Judas] purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”

However, if the priests couldn’t legally accept the money that Judas gave them under the Law and they couldn’t add it to the temple treasury, then how do you think these greedy men could have still benefited from the money?  Remember how Jesus scolded such men for robbing widows? The chief priests had only one option in order to circumvent the law.  They had to invest the money, and make the purchase in the name of the donor (in this case in the name of Judas). Thus, the field was “bought” by Judas.

Judas probably felt justified when he first betrayed Jesus.  I’m sure he doesn’t now.   This atheist most likely felt justified, not because he had the true answers, but because Ray couldn’t answer him immediately.   Ray was caught without an answer {which is rare}, but I believe that GOD may have even been in this situation.  It probably challenged Ray, who loves the Bible, to dig deeper into the Word, and it allowed the atheist to walk away feeling justified and to sink deeper into his depravity.

john 3-16GOD knows hearts and He has His purposes. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh. Why? GOD knows hearts.

Jesus said things that were difficult to understand (purposefully) which resulted in some of his disciples no longer following Him. Why? As GOD, Jesus knew their hearts.

GOD is trying our hearts. He wants only those who love and trust Him in heaven forever. The rest will be damned justly for their depravity. That’s why he doesn’t give chapters and verses on every thing we debate today from music to theology. There’s a reason Jesus said that certain men with whom He was discussing theology had erred not knowing the Scriptures or the power of GOD. We need the Spirit, as well as the Bible. Those who reject Him will be unable to fully understand the Scriptures and they will be less likely to seek out the historical background of a Biblical passage, but will instead only read enough to justify themselves.  Without the Spirit, they are truly hopeless and helpless.

If you have heard the good Word of GOD and its message of redemption, and if you have the Holy Spirit, count your many blessings today.   Let’s also be a blessing to those around us who have never heard redemption’s story.  Many will walk away mistakenly feeling justified, but some will believe.

MODERN ISRAEL: Scriptural prediction proven true

Present Day Israel

Present Day Israel

We live in the time of the end.  Israel has bloomed and gone from a desert wasteland to a thriving nation within the last sixty years miraculously as Ezekiel 36:30-38 below stated would happen.  Unlike today’s modern heretical “prophets” or “apostles”, the prophets of Scripture were held to the standard of GOD.  If what they prophesied didn’t come true, they were to be killed according to GOD’s Law.  Every single prophecy of the Bible has been fulfilled perfectly.  Examples can be seen at sites like the article and video at this link.  That’s quite a track record.  In 1948, the Jews returned to the land of Israel after almost two thousand years.  In doing so, they fulfilled the following prophecies of the Bible.  

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Relief from the Arch of Titus in Rome depicting a menorah and other objects looted from the Temple of Jerusalem carried in a Roman triumph. After General Titus destroyed the Temple and conquered Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the Jews were dispersed throughout the world (called the Diaspora or Dispersion).

Ezekiel 11:14-20
“And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

584259685Ezekiel 20:30-40
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers and go whoring after their detestable things? When you present your gifts and offer up your children in fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you. “What is in your mind shall never happen–the thought, ‘Let us be like the nations, like the tribes of the countries, and worship wood and stone.’ “As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out I will be king over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the Lord GOD. I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will purge out the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against me. I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD. “As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord GOD: Go serve every one of you his idols, now and hereafter, if you will not listen to me; but my holy name you shall no more profane with your gifts and your idols. “For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, declares the Lord GOD, there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land. There I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred offerings.”

historical-migration-of-the-jewish-diaspora-u4585Ezekiel 22:15-16 
“I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” 

Ezekiel 28:25-35 
“Thus says the Lord GOD: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.”

JewishDiasporaColor2000Ezekiel 34:4-30 
“The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them. “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet? “Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken. “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord GOD.”

ppt_bible_evidence_proph_stonerEzekiel 36:19-24
I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.

Millenial viewEzekiel 36:30-38
I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it. “Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

Israel is bornEzekiel 37:12-28
“Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.” The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him'; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backsliding in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

Israel is born2Ezekiel 39:27-28
“When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” 

Israel is born3Zechariah 7:13-20 
“Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate. Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbor. But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”

Israel is born4Joel 2:16-21
“Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'” Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. The LORD answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations. “I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things. “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things!”

Israel is born5Hosea 6:1-3
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Israel is born6Jeremiah 23:7-9 
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.” Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and because of his holy words.”

Israel is born7Jeremiah 30:1-11
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it.” These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “Thus says the LORD: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace. Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale? Alas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it. “And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. “Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”

Israel is born9Jeremiah 32:37-41
“Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”

Israel is born8Amos 9:14-15 
“I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.”

Israel is born10Zechariah 2:10-13 
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.” Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”

EzekielsIsraeliSatelliteMapmInMillenniumIf you want to see how Israel is going to look after the time of the Gentiles has ended and when GOD rules and reigns over them for a thousand years, the following passage gives the details of her future borders.  I have no doubt that Israel’s enemies who surround her, as well as the GOD-haters, atheists, and “far left” will not be too pleased to learn that not only will Israel own the “West Bank”, the “Gaza Strip”, and all of Jerusalem, but far more property than just those areas.

Ezekiel 47
“Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Thus says the Lord GOD: “This is the boundary by which you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions. And you shall divide equally what I swore to give to your fathers. This land shall fall to you as your inheritance. “This shall be the boundary of the land: On the north side, from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, and on to Zedad, Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. So the boundary shall run from the sea to Hazar-enan, which is on the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This shall be the north side. “On the east side, the boundary shall run between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; to the eastern sea and as far as Tamar. This shall be the east side. “On the south side, it shall run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea. This shall be the south side. “On the west side, the Great Sea shall be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This shall be the west side. “So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel. You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord GOD.”

THE BIBLE: Have you read all of it?

I AM A CHRISTIANIf you have never read through the entire Bible, how can you truly understand each book, chapter, and verse as they relate to the whole context of Scripture?

Will you simply trust your pastor to tell you the truth or to teach you properly?  What if he is wrong?  Is it really his responsibility to work out your salvation for you? Or do you need to work out your salvation with fear and trembling as Philippians 2:12 tells us to do?  Do you need to feed yourself with the “milk” of the Word, and then eventually the “meat” of the Word? Or do you need to be treated like you are in a spiritual coma?

BELIEVER'S ASSEMBLY

If you desire to know the Word of GOD, I have just the thing for you and it is totally free.  You can use MP3s or a YouTube channel or an online Bible or your own Bible for reading through the Word of GOD in one year according to your own needs and tech savvy.  You can find all of these materials at the article at this link.

I have taken the time to build out a schedule for those of you who use the “Faith Comes By Hearing” audio Bible at the previously mentioned link. I placed all the MP3 recording times into a spreadsheet and found that if you listen to 100 minutes each week, you will complete the entire Bible in a year.  This equates to twenty minutes each day (Monday through Friday).  I suggest you also read your Bible as you listen to the MP3s.

drive timeAnother option is to listen to the Bible using these MP3s for ten minutes each day on the way to and from work.  You can them complete the remaining 50 minutes on Sunday evening with family and friends where you can study it with them as well. This allows for more meditation on the Word with only ten minutes to digest per day and time on the weekend to study the rest with others.

china20house20church202005An option for local congregational meetings is to listen to 50 minutes during their weekly service each week, while following along in their Bibles.  They can cover the entire Bible in two years with this method.

I hope this helps you draw closer to the LORD and to learn about the great love letter that GOD has shared with us, His creatures.

STEWARDS: Wise or foolish?

Forever and ever, people will be tormented by fire without Christ ... who will tell them?

Forever and ever, people will be tormented by fire without Christ … who will tell them?

I would like to illustrate to you how church goers and those claiming Christ may appear to non-Christians who view their websites or their activities. I would like to do so through a series of photos; however, I would like to first share with you what is truly driving me to share these photos today.

The Bible says we will all give an account of what we have done with the life He has given to us one day at the judgment.  How wisely have we used the time and money He has given to us as individuals, as local congregations, and as the Body of Christ throughout the world?

If you have repented of your sins, believed on the LORD Jesus Christ, asked Him for His Holy Spirit, and recognized Him as your owner and master, then you have become GOD’s child.  What a blessing to go to heaven and to be a child of the Creator of the universe!

… but what about all those who haven’t even heard? Who will tell them?

“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  – Mark 16:15

Churches love to spend their time and money on the needful priorities?

Churches love to spend their time and money on the needful priorities?

One of the last things that Jesus told His disciples was the above message (known as the Great Commission) before He ascended to be with His Father. Jesus spent a large part of His ministry warning people about the flames of torment.

“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”   – Matthew 5:29

So if the flames of future torment of those without Jesus Christ is really that awful, then how will they hear unless GOD’s people tell them?

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a herald?” – Romans 10:14

Most pastors stay busy keeping the members happy to keep their job, so that the mortgage can be paid.

Most pastors stay busy with keeping their members happy in order to retain their job, so that the mortgage can continue to be paid and the banks made rich.

Jesus sent all of His disciples as heralds throughout the world to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

Some of the tools that can be used for evangelistic outreaches to the community are hospitals, community centers, malls, educational institutes (like colleges and English reading classes), thrift stores and rescue missions, radio and television broadcasts, books, comics, tract ministries, bookstores, street-preaching, children’s clubs, door-to-door evangelism, movies, plays, theatrical auditoriums, theaters, orphanages, homes for the abused, city-wide rallies, evangelism campaigns, tent-meetings, camps (for families, teens, and children), flea markets, car shows, state fairs, hotels and motels, the internet, business men luncheons, business men outreaches like the Gideons International Bible distribution ministry, Bible studies at work and school, and much more.     The United States used to have a plethora of these type of activities such as the YMCA, the YWCA, the Sunday School, the Salvation Army, and colleges like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.  Many of these have gone secular or wayward.   Today, American Christians still have Vacation Bible School, Children’s Evangelism Fellowship, some radio ministries, and other outreaches, but many have gone astray and are no longer teaching the Truth, but seeking after money.  In fact, most churches in America are now teaching morals and good works, and seeking for “market share” (aka money) instead of teaching the gospel of Christ and the need for repentance.  Other congregations are just social clubs that spend all their time paying the mortgage and finding reasons to exist.  If believers met in homes or in free or very inexpensive facilities such as some of their outreach buildings mentioned above (i.e. theaters, community centers, etc), instead of wasting money on massive mortgages for cathedrals, just think of how many more of the above-listed outreaches could be supported to further the Gospel.

Approximately 150,000 human beings will die today and go to their eternal home.  Jesus said that few find the narrow road that leads to eternal life.   Many of these people will be unprepared for eternity and will enter torturous flames forever and ever.  Meanwhile, those who profess Christ in the world today find excuses to have fun, maintain their clique, continue their cliches and traditions, and justify their waste of GOD’s valuable resources of time and money in the categories of “fellowship” or an indirect “testimony to the lost”, but will never reach their entire county for Christ with the Gospel (which is easily done with the time, money, and resources available to them, especially those in America).

The majority of churches spend their time and money ensuring their mortgage is paid, so why not build a bigger cathedral?

The majority of churches spend their time and money ensuring their mortgage is paid, so why not build a bigger cathedral?

Twelve men turned the world upside down with no technology, scarce resources, and a handful of disciples.  Why can’t an entire congregation of people at least reach their own county?

Excuses, blindness, and self-justification abound, but when viewing their lives as a body, one must question whether those who call themselves GOD’s people really care.  Do they feel spiritual for having visited their cathedral three times each week and for having fulfilled their pastor’s and fellow member’s expectations or for having followed the prescriptions of their favorite ministry?  Do they know what Jesus truly wanted them to do?  Do they know the Word of GOD?  If so, are they practicing it?

First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas spent $130 million on their mega-cathedral and campus.  How many children could have been won to Christ through free scholarships to Christian schools with $130 million?

First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas spent $130 million on their mega-cathedral and campus. How many children could have been won to Christ through free scholarships to Christian schools with $130 million?

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”   – Revelation 3:15-19

The "members only" basketball team also is another priority item for the time and money of members.

The “members only” basketball team also is another priority item for the time and money of members.

So what are the people who claim to be GOD’s children and heralds doing today to reach the lost?   Let’s take a look.  I have a few satirical photos and comments throughout this article and below. Most have been pulled directly from church websites. Many, many more could be published.

Why are the youth being taught today by their pastors that instead of teen soul-winning, they need white water rapids, lake time, rock concerts, fun, fun, fun, and more carnal fun?  What does this teach them about Christianity?  Are they teaching the youth that Christianity is about serving others, sharing Christ with others, and caring for brethren and the lost?  Or through their activities and emphasis are they saying that Christianity is about having fun and being entertained?

Cookouts and picnics are a vital part of church "growth"?

Cookouts and picnics are a vital part of church “growth”?

Christians will one day give an account of what they have done with the time, money, and “talents” that GOD has given to them.  How will these photos below look on Judgment Day?  Will these activities seem so important then as people are chained and cast into flames as human firebrands?

For a more in-depth look into other non-Biblical practices today that differ from the early believers, be sure to visit the article at this link.

Chili cook-offs and talent shows are an important use of time in this church's estimation.

Chili cook-offs and talent shows are an important use of time in this church’s estimation.

You will learn how the Scripture taught that we are never to invite the lost into our congregations.  If we want to have “fun times”, it is essential they are created for the lost in order to share the Gospel with them in a detailed and ongoing manner in order to disciple them and love them to Christ (not to get them interested in visiting our congregational meetings where Paul stated that they should not be involved).  Fun times, however, are not for “members only” and GOD’s money is not to be used for such frivolity, unless it is Mission-focused.  A ten-minute devotional at a sports game for lost community members (instead of ‘members only’) is great, but it must contain the plan of salvation.  Even then, many of the lost don’t even understand “five steps to heaven” and need far more extensive discipleship training.  That’s why there must be more robust educational programs created to teach the lost (as the Great Commission of Christ commands us to do).

Are they attending their favorite sports event as a church group in order to get the creative juices flowing, so they can plan how they will reach our city for Christ?

Are they attending their favorite sports event as a church group in order to get the creative juices flowing, so they can plan how they will reach their city for Christ?

Many of the things done in the name of “ministering to the lost” is focused primarily on members and is more about fun and very little discipleship of the lost takes place.  If fun times are to be had, they should be had on personal time, instead of using GOD’s valuable time and money to entertain ourselves at the exclusion of the lost and dying world.  Also, entertainment and fun are not the wisest way to win the lost.  The apostles didn’t share Christ by offering circuses and bread.  They wanted the people who truly were interested in learning more about the Gospel.

People drop like flies into the flames of hell, but that's depressing.  Let's have youth group fun for members only!

People drop like flies into the flames of hell, but that’s depressing. Let’s have youth group fun for members only!

One great way is to offer free private education at the school and college level to those without Christ where the Gospel can be taught in a more developed manner (instead of wasting the money on frivolities and mortgages).  Imagine what would happen if more ministries got rid of their huge mortgages, busy church activity schedules, sports leagues, entertainment and fun events, and focused instead on winning those who are falling into the flames of hell faster than we can tell them the Gospel.

Enjoying the same lascivious rock music as the world is only the beginning.  It can now become the centerpiece for the American church.

Enjoying the same lascivious rock music as the world is only the beginning. It can now become the centerpiece for the American church.

Imagine if they sold their huge cathedrals and met in houses or rented low-cost facilities with no fun times for members, but instead formed creative outlets in their city for sharing the Gospel or free private educational institutes (where they could also meet on the weekends in place of their expensive cathedrals) or pay their congregational leaders to devote themselves to going two-by-two as the apostles did to share the Gospel throughout their city (instead of paying a pastor and staff to run in circles keeping members pacified with activities).  A hundred years ago, the people of GOD had very wise ideas of how to win the lost.

A church book club is essential in reaching those who are destined for a torturous eternity.  In fact, why not bring the book club into the church and Sunday school services?   It's much more fun to hear someone talk about "biblical" and moral things than study the Bible, am I right?

A book club is a great way to meet lost people and share the Gospel with them, right?   Oh, that’s not what this photo is showing.  No, no, no!  This is a church book club for the members.  After all, teaching the Bible would be a bit convicting, and reading books in Sunday School and church is far more enjoyable, am I right?  After all, what does the Bible have to do with meeting with other believers? Can’t you just read what some other men think about the Bible?  Or better yet, can’t you just read a completely entertaining allegory and try to find some moral thoughts from it?

The Y.W.C.A and Y.M.C.A were created as community centers where Christianity could be promoted to young people.  Colleges were created such as Harvard and Princeton by clergy where young people could be told of redemption.  The Sunday School was created as a way to teach reading, and simultaneously the Bible, to children. The Salvation Army was created to share with the poor and win them to Christ.  The entire culture of America was about winning the lost in those days.  Today, most of these establishments are no longer anchored to Jesus Christ, but are drifting in a sea of relativism.  A few, like the Gideons who distribute Bibles around the world, still remain.  Most of the educational institutes, who still teach the Bible, teach a heretical version of it, and fail to share the Gospel with the students or basic doctrine, or do so in a very academic manner instead of inviting the youth into a relationship with Christ.

We must be wiser and more frugal in our use of what GOD has given us in time and money, because one day we must give account of our stewardship.  We must begin to once again reach out to those who have never heard the Gospel around us or they will be forever lost.

This church finds a boat club to be an essential part of their spiritual goals.

This church finds a boat club to be an essential part of their spiritual goals.

When I first saw this on a church website, I thought the "C" in "Change" was an opening parenthesis which would make it read"Drink Coffee.  Hang[e] the world!"  Sadly, that's about right these days ... drink coffee and let the world hang.

When I first saw this on a church website, I thought the “C” in “Change” was an opening parenthesis which would make it read”Drink Coffee. Hang[e] the world!” Sadly, that’s about right these days … drink coffee and let the world eternally hang by their necks.

One wonders what "seeds" and "spirit" are being emphasized to children in churches today.  Sunday School used to be about a walkthrough of the entire Bible.

One wonders what “seeds” and “spirit” are being emphasized to children in churches today. Sunday School used to be about a walkthrough of the entire Bible.

In the spirit of making every dollar and minute count as 150,000 people die each day (most burning in flames), the cathedral and big screen is essential.

In the spirit of making every dollar and minute count as tens of thousands of people fall into hell each day, the cathedral and big screen are essential. Plus, they can be used to show trips and church activity events (or announce more of the same).

The church carnival is an essential part of raising money for the church mortgage.

The church carnival is an essential part of raising money for the church mortgage.

A place to buy coffee, merchandise, and music is important to ensure the mortgage gets paid.  Did anyone else think about the Messiah with a whip cord in a temple?

A place to buy coffee, merchandise, and music is important to ensure the mortgage gets paid. Did this photo remind you of the Messiah with a whip cord in a temple also?

The family needing groceries next door must wait.  We have to make sure our church looks like Disneyland, right?

The family needing groceries next door must wait. They’re just “lazy bums” anyway. We must “pay our tithe” to make sure our church looks like Disneyland, right?

Big events and give-aways keep the members coming back for more.  How else will the mortgage get paid or how else will the pastor keep his position as chief entertainer and activities planner?

Big events and give-aways keep the members coming back for more. How else will the pastor keep his position as chief entertainer and activities planner if the funds aren’t generated for the mortgage?

Entertainment is essential.  Prayer services?  Not so much.

Entertainment is essential. Prayer services? Not so much.

We must have a good testimony and a multi-million building is just the thing to shine in the community, right?  All those other ideas such as building community centers where the Gospel can be shared, full-time street witnessing teams, mail-out campaigns of Gospel literature and resources, and such can wait.   Now, we have to plan how many other ways, we can spend millions of dollars to please the members, so that we can get more millions of dollars to please the members some more (oh, and also make sure the staff and "ministers" all get a fat paycheck too).

We must have a good testimony and what better way than to buy a multi-million dollar building?  Won’t that help you shine bright to the community, and especially the poor inner city families who need basic medical and nutritional assistance? All those other ideas such as building community centers where the Gospel can be shared, full-time street witnessing teams, mail-out campaigns of Gospel literature and resources, and such can wait. Now, we have to plan how many other ways, we can spend millions of dollars to please the members, so that we can get more millions of dollars to please the members some more (oh, and also make sure the staff and “ministers” all get a fat paycheck too). Oh, and that exotic fountain out front has to be maintained (oh well, we can cut back the budget for helping the needy, deserted widows in the congregation – oh, that’s right – that budget never did exist).

The thousands raised for the missions trip to Hawaii didn't go to the missionary after all.  Instead, it allowed the youth group to take an exotic trip to Hawaii! Woo hoo! First, they must help build them a cathedral like Americans have, share some Bible truths, take some photos for Facebook while doing such "alms", and then off to the beach for some swimming. Woo hoo!

The thousands raised for the missions trip to Hawaii didn’t go to the missionary after all. Instead, it allowed the youth group to take an exotic trip to Hawaii! The missionary really didn’t need it as much as the youth anyway, right? First, they must help build a cathedral for these natives like the Americans have, so they can stop meeting in homes and maintain a mortgage too. Then the missions team must share some Bible truths, take some photos for Facebook while doing such “alms”, and then off to the beach for some swimming. Woo hoo!

ETERNALLY SAVED: Most won’t be … will you be?

One day, everyone will know everything you have done in secret.

“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” – James 2:10

The Lake of Fire is real.

The Lake of Fire is real.

If you have lusted, Jesus said that is adultery of the heart.  If you have lied, that is bearing false witness.  If you have hated, Jesus said that is murder of the heart.  If you have ever wanted something that wasn’t yours, including your fellow man’s wife or daughter or big screen TV or car (or your fellow woman’s husband or son), then you have coveted.  If you have taken something that wasn’t yours, including a pen or the download of “free software” or “free music”, then you have stolen.  This is only half of the Ten Commandments and already I have some inkling of a thought that if you think you’re going to heaven on your good works that you’re in big trouble.

A.W. Tozer said:

“It is my opinion that tens of thousands of people, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved.”

D. James Kennedy said:

“The vast majority of people who are members of churches in America today are not Christians. I say that without the slightest contradiction. I base it on empirical evidence of twenty-four years of examining thousands of people.”

Have you heard the saying “Not everybody talking about heaven is going there“?

What if you think you’re going to heaven, but you end up in the lake of fire?

  • Does church attendance or having grown up in a devout family help you?
  • Does tithing, baptism or other works assist one’s salvation?
  • If baptism is an act of obedience after one receives salvation, then why are so many young people in Christian colleges and schools calling themselves “Christians” when we have not seen any of them being baptized?
  • Do they feel that a general belief in Christ is the same thing as repentant faith whereby one gives the ownership of their lives over to Jesus and asks for the Holy Spirit to indwell them?  Do people have a belief or a belief?  A creed or a relationship?
  • How much money would you pay to keep yourself from being shoved into a furnace?
  • How about a flaming furnace where the pain of burning never ends”?
  • Is your soul eternal in the next life, so that the pain of the lake of fire never ends?
  • Would you spend millions or just a few bucks to avoid it?
  • What if it were totally free to find out?
  • Would you be willing to read one article such as this one to learn more?
  • With all the false religions in the world, can we really know the way of salvation?
  • Or can most religion be boiled down to two main religions on this planet as mentioned in the articles at this link and this link?
  • Will you be able to use excuses on Judgment Day?
Jesus is the Way and His way is narrow.

Jesus is the Way and His way is narrow.

“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.   – Matthew 7:14

“Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  – Luke 13:23-24

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”  – Matthew 7:19-23

Did you know that every single thing that you have ever done will be known to all?

“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” – 1 Timothy 5:24

“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” – Luke 8:17

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One day everyone will know what you did in secret.

Did you know that your works will be judged, but that all will be “short of payment” on Judgment Day?  Even those who have had Jesus Christ “pay their way” will be allowed to enter heaven, but they will still be judged for rewards.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”  – Romans 14:10-12

  • Is it works by which we are saved?
  • Is it faith by which we are saved?
  • Is it confusing?
  • What is the “will of My Father” which Jesus mentioned in the previous Bible verses?
  • Does the Bible answer these questions?
  • What is salvation?  The term is used so frequently that it oftentimes loses its meaning.
  • What does the Bible say?  Isn’t it the handbook for the path to salvation?
  • What does hell look like?
  • What’s the lake of fire?  To learn more about this question, be sure to visit the article at this link.  
  • If people are really burning eternally, and the Bible indicates that its most of the human race who are burning, then shouldn’t we be concerned that we’re not in that number of people who are screaming?  

images (4)Humans will make preparations for life insurance which will never benefit themselves personally, but only their family, while at the same time making no preparations for “eternal life insurance”.   Humans spend an enormous part of their lives working for earthly things, but oftentimes no time to work for heavenly reward.  Humans hunger after earthly food, but fail to thirst for righteousness or knowledge of GOD or the Truth about their eternal soul.  Humans stay so busy on this planet trying to stay alive that they fail to realize they won’t live forever and they fail to prepare for that ultimate statistic known as death that eventually will be the end of all of us without some divine intervention.

How many do you know who are living forever?

Does GOD have the right to burn so many people in hell forever?

Judgement-Seat-of-Christ-Sermon-Title-570x428To answer this question, let me ask you if you have the right to kill a sand gnat, a fire ant, a hornet, a viper, or any other creature on this planet?  Did you create them?  No?  Did GOD create you? Does He have a right to do with you as He wishes?   Is GOD loving?  Well, can you tolerate having a viper in your bed at night?  Can you tolerate having fire ants in your baby’s playroom?  Can tolerate having a car full of sand gnats that bite you?  Your tolerance for these would be based upon a shallow desire to protect yourself from pain or death.  GOD cannot tolerate sin and He must judge it or else He is no longer just.  Without GOD, the universe could even cease to exist.   GOD must be GOD.  He must maintain His integrity as Judge of the universe.  You don’t necessarily have to be free of sand gnats, but do you not swipe them in intolerance?

images (1)Do not people who preach that animals should not be eaten, such as P.E.T.A. and other animal rights advocates, show their own hypocrisy when they kill vipers, sand gnats, hornets, fire ants, or other creatures that may pose danger, pain, or distress to their lives?  Yet, GOD has come to the earth in the Person of Jesus Christ, knowing that we would beat Him, mock Him, laugh at him in ridicule, scourge Him, reject Him, and crucify Him between two criminals after He lived a perfect life before us.  He then entered hell for us.  Why?  To ensure we never have to enter hell, and to purchase our salvation from the eternal flames of the Lake of Fire.

firecup copyWhat is our reaction?  Are we to judge GOD for sending men to hell who justly deserve the flames of eternal fire when He suffered death and hell for us as an Eternal Being? Or should we humbly acknowledge our wicked condition as sinners and plea to Him for forgiveness and pray for His Spirit to enter and indwell us?  Do people even care enough about their eternal future to read the below article?

  • Why does GOD have to judge sin?
  • Doesn’t that mean that He had no choice but to send men to a fiery torment eternally?
  • Why did GOD create people when He knew many would spend an eternity in the lake of fire?
  • Was it because He wanted someone to love and by whom to be loved?
  • Why didn’t He create robots if He wanted someone to love?
  • Can robots really reciprocate love?
  • Why does love have to hurt so much?
  • Why did it cost Jesus so very much in ways we can’t even imagine?
  • Couldn’t GOD have found a better way to save us from damnation?

images (2)Although you may not have all your questions answered in this life, I have attempted to clearly outline below the most important aspects of salvation. In short, salvation is given to all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, who came down to earth to die as a substitution and sacrifice for the sins of all who believe.  Their beliefs are based upon the Word of GOD, not men or angels.  They place their faith in the true Jesus of the Bible and not another god, because only through the name of Jesus (not Allah or Buddha or some other name) is salvation obtained.  Jesus was exclusive.  They do not trust baptism or other works as additions to Jesus’ finished work, but instead trust wholly upon Jesus Christ.  Finally, they ask for the Holy Spirit to indwell them and receive the Holy Spirit by Whom they are sealed and saved.  This constitutes salvation.  You will see in the following article that repentance, faith, and the Holy Spirit are all necessary for salvation, and that “means of grace” and other “works salvation” teachings are false gospels taught by legalists or false teachers which result in false brethren. 

imagesSalvation truly is simple, but I am spending more time on this subject due to the many false teachers who have created their own false gospels and false teachings resulting in many false brethren.  Some of these false teachers would even sing “In Christ Alone” while teaching a gospel of works through various means of grace such as baptism.  Thus, people must be aware that deception abounds.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”   – Matthew 7:13-15

CrowdsCheeringOne must take a moment to ponder the destiny of human beings from a bird’s eye perspective.

1. EVERYONE DIES AND WILL SPEND ETERNITY SOMEWHERE: Billions of people on this planet exist and they are dying every day.  Death is the ultimate statistic in that it affects every one of us. Where are all of these people going?

hell_forever_and_ever2. EVERYONE IS A SINNER DESTINED FOR ETERNAL FIRE: The Bible says that Adam was the first human and that he and his wife Eve failed to obey GOD in their first home, the Garden of Eden.  Therefore, their sin was the first and the result was eternal damnation.  Who else is a sinner?   All humans are sinners.

“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”   – Romans 3:9-12

“… But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”  – Galatians 3:22 

images (5)3. EXCEPTIONS EXIST – NOT ALL GO TO HELL: If you read the above Scriptures, you realize that everyone is going to hell.  Wow!  Isn’t that depressing?  Well, not really, because there are some exceptions and those exceptions are the difference between an eternal existence in the fires of the lake of fire and an existence in the beauty of heaven. What are the exceptions?

GodsChildrenEXCEPTION #1:  Children go to heaven. If it is due to their lack of understanding of salvation, then is it possible that some mentally retarded people may also qualify?  GOD is the judge, but I think this is very likely. Where do we read about this exception?  David sinned with Bathsheba in committing adultery, and GOD graciously allowed his child to die and go to heaven (I say graciously, because think about what happened spiritually with all of David’s other children).

School-childrenWe read about this in II Samuel.

“And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”  – 2 Samuel 12:22-23

“But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  – Mark 10:14

images (6)EXCEPTION # 2:  After Adam, the first man created by GOD, fell into sin, GOD formulated a plan by which He would redeem or purchase those who were willing to be bought from the “spiritual slave market of Satan”, metaphorically-speaking.  He would descend, in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, to the earth as a baby, live a perfect life, so that by His perfect life, He might die and redeem all of those who believe upon Him. He did this by taking our sin upon Himself in a spiritual sense, and playing the “sacrificial lamb” by becoming a spiritual “serpent” for us.  Do you remember in the Old Testament when the people of Israel were judged by serpents that GOD sent to bite them for their sin?  What was the cure to avoid dying?  A brass serpent was raised upon a pole and all who looked upon that pole, believing GOD’s Word, would be healed (i.e. “look and live”).

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”   – Numbers 21:9

MosesAndTheBrassSerpentThe same applies today in a more spiritual way.  Those who look to Jesus Christ’s death on the cross by which He took our sins upon Himself, and who also believe GOD’s promise that He can save them from hell, are saved.

“And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s [Adam's] sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s [Adam's] trespass, death reigned through that one man [Adam], much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. … For as by the one man’s [Adam's] disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s [Jesus'] obedience the many will be made righteous.”   – Romans 5:16-17, 19

images (7)“Belief in Christ” in modern times doesn’t seem to be what it was in Biblical times though.  Today, grace is more about freedom to sin, instead of freedom from sin.  Today, grace is more about “giving a break” to false teachers or disobedient believers in cases when congregational discipline should be exercised.   Why is this?  Today’s “belief” or “faith” lacks repentance, today’s “grace” doesn’t seem to match with Truth, and today’s “believers” oftentimes lack the Holy Spirit.  Today’s “belief” or “faith” also mandates that “believers” must do some special sacrament or keep some special covenant gesture in order to receive GOD’s grace.  Such teaching is called “means of grace” theology by which a person can do some deed like baptism or the LORD’s Supper in order to “show belief” or to “receive grace”.   Is it possible to go to heaven without repentance or the Holy Spirit?  Are people truly required to offer some merit of their own in order to receive GOD’s grace or to show they believe?

lonelyTrue believers …

  1. Have repented of their sins and acknowledge Jesus as the owner of their life
  2. Believe in Jesus Christ alone and His work of redemption based upon His Word
  3. Believe exclusively in Jesus as described in the Bible and not a false christ
  4. Do not use baptism or other works as merits or means to grace for salvation
  5. Have prayed for the Holy Spirit to indwell and fill them, and He is now within

disco1SALVATION IS BY FAITH, BUT NOT UNREPENTANT FAITH

FAITH is more than mere words.  Repentance is required.  I will use the Scripture to prove this in the paragraphs that follow.

Salvation’s “root” is repentant belief which is nourished by the “soil” of the Word of GOD, “showered” by the Holy Spirit, and its “fruit” is works. This horticultural word picture is not my idea, but a concept that Jesus and the apostles used.

True faith works as evidence and substance that the faith is true; however, true faith is not gained by works.  Faith is a gift from GOD.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”    – Romans 6:23

” … so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”   – Ephesians 2:7-10

got-faith_t_-_Copy2The above passage from Ephesians chapter two is so very rich in knowledge.  What do we learn from this passage?

  • In verse seven, we are shown that we will never understand how GOD’s mysterious grace works in this life (though Calvin and Arminius tried unsuccessfully).
  • Salvation is by faith given to us as a gift by the grace of GOD.
  • True faith is manifest by good works.

200_14Faith is manifest through works.

Faith is not purchased by works.

Men’s works show that they have believed and makes them do things that they otherwise would never have done. In other words, Samson never would have pulled down pillars upon the enemies of GOD, extinguishing his own life in the process, unless he firmly believed that GOD would reward him for a life spent for GOD.

faithThis example is the essence of faith. It’s EVIDENCE that someone truly DOES BELIEVE, because his life shows it. It is not just words. This is why we must “count the cost” as Jesus said.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. … But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. … By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”   – Hebrews 11:1-2, 6, 24-26

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– “lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’  – Luke 14:27-30

Christians are slaves to Christ in this life, so that one day they may reign as kings with Him.

Christians are slaves to Christ in this life, so that one day they may reign as kings with Him.

In other words, Jesus is saying that we must be prepared to believe on Him with full knowledge that cross-bearing is required and persecution is inevitable.  Salvation is not a glib prayer by which you inherit eternal life.  A true prayer of salvation is a commitment to Jesus Christ, acknowledging that He owns you.  We can call this concept “ownership salvation”.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. – 1 Corinthians 7:23

True believers fall, but they get up again.  False believers stay down and justify it.

True believers fall, but they get up again. False believers stay down and justify it.

True believers may fall into sin, but they get up and keep going.  They do not begin to justify their sins or try to legislate their sins as societal norms.  Have you looked at the statistics of adultery in “churches” today?  How about those who attempt to justify porn as a “GOD-given outlet for release”?   And how about all of those so-called “brethren” who are trying to install pastors in their congregations who commit sexual crimes against nature? There’s a reason that false brethren are mentioned in Scripture.

_origin_Faktu-banka-3Where do we read that salvation is by repentance and by faith (or belief)?  Here are the Scriptures:

“… But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” – Hebrews 10:39

“But what says it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. … So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:8-13, 17

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” – Acts 16:31

“… Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” – Acts 17:12

“… For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16

“… Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” – Romans 3:27

“… Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” – Romans 3:28

“… Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” – Romans 3:30

“… But to him that works not, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5

“… Comes this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.” – Romans 4:9

” …repent ye, and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:15

” …And they went out, and preached that men should repent.” – Mark 6:12

“… I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:32

“… I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3

“… Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19

“… And the times of this ignorance God did not acknowledge; but now commands all men every where to repent:” – Acts 17:30

“… Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Acts 20:21

“… For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17

“… Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” – Romans 3:25

“… Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1

“… By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:2

” … For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of:” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” – Hebrews 6:1

“… The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

“… Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone; …” – Romans 9:32

“… Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16

“… Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” – Galatians 3:6

THE WORD OF GOD

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The Bible is the most published Book on planet Earth.  It is quoted by all major religions and has more historical authenticity than any other book with over 15,000 manuscripts with which to verify its authenticity and accuracy, more than any other book, historical work, or religious work on this planet.  The Word of GOD states that it was communicated by the very breath of GOD using holy men of GOD as its oracles or mediums of communication.  All other religious books claim to be from angels or men.  The Bible (its original manuscript) claims to be one hundred percent Truth, unfailing in its prophecies, and completely free of error.  In spite of thousands of copies being created of the original manuscripts, a comparison of these many copies show forth amazing accuracy for having so many manuscripts transcribed by various translators over thousands of years.

images (11)The Word of GOD is so important that Jesus is shown as being at one with His Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”   – John 1:1-3

The Word of GOD is a key part of salvation.

“… For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.”  – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:17

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:13-14

“Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God”  – 1 Peter 1:23

“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”  – 1 John 2:14

“For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.”   – 1 Thessalonians 1:8

“But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior” – Titus 1:3

“And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore stray into error [Greek word "planaō"], because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?”  – Mark 12:24 

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do stray into error [Greek word "planaō"], not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”   – Matthew 22:29

In these Scripture verses we have just read, we see that proper belief or faith takes both the Word of GOD and the power found in the Spirit of GOD in order to avoid error.

THE INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT

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We are to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit’s indwelling.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:13

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

“These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” – Jude 1:19

“By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”  – 1 John 4:13

Circumcision of the flesh was the seal of Abraham's faith that he completed in obedience after salvation.   Circumcision of the heart is the seal of the Christian which the Holy Spirit performs.

Circumcision of the flesh was the seal of Abraham’s faith that he completed in obedience after salvation. Circumcision of the heart is the seal of the Christian which the Holy Spirit performs.

Romans 4 explains that GOD used circumcision as a seal in His covenant to Abraham.  In the New Testament, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (not water) is the seal of believers in Christ.

“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” – Ephesians 1:13

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30

He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also given unto us his holy Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 4:8

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. – Acts 2:33

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. – 1 Thessalonians 1:5

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. – Acts 4:31

“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” – Gal 5:18

“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”  – Romans 8:16

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  – Ephesians 4:3-6

“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”   – Ephesians 2:18-22

holy-spirt-lgThe Holy Spirit is the One who indwells us and leads us into all Truth.

“Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans 8:8-11

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”  – I Corinthians 3:16-17

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.”  – 1 Corinthians 12:11-14

“These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” – 1 John 2:26-27

dove_fireJesus had promised the Comforter or Holy Spirit to those who believe.

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” – John 16:7-14

JESUS ALONE

14153No other name or god can be used as a “path to Jesus”.  There are not many ways to Jesus, but only a narrow way as mentioned elsewhere in this article.  The names of various gods are not variations of Christ throughout history (i.e. reincarnation) or different persons of His Being.  He is exclusive.  He is defined by His Word and that definition defers not only from Allah, Buddha, or other gods, but it also defers from many of the false christs that are being preached by false teachers in Catholic, Protestant, and other mainline “churches”.  Thus, we must go to the Word of GOD alone to learn of the true Jesus Christ.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was despised by you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  – Acts 4:10-12

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours” – I Corinthians 1:2

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. – Act 2:38

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” – Exodus 34:14

“And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”  – Exodus 23:13

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 19:5

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” – Philippians 2:10

“In my Father’s house are many dwellings. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:2-6

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.” – Acts 9:27

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”  – Acts 8:12

“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”  –  1 John 3:23-24

NOT OF SACRAMENTS, COVENANTS, WORKS OR “MEANS OF GRACE”

water-baptismIs baptism a covenant or sacrament that must be kept to obtain special “grace” or to “receive salvation”?  First, one must question such a statement from the standpoint of logic.  Wouldn’t one have already believed before they had a desire to please GOD through baptism?  Could they really time their Spirit-empowered change of heart and belief to coincide with the moment they stepped into a baptismal pool?  That being said, what does the Scripture say about such covenant requirements or sacraments?  Well, sacraments should be tossed aside, because while covenants are mentioned in Scripture, sacraments are not even a Biblical concept. They are a Roman concept, apparently emanating from Rome and eventually adopted by the Roman Catholic religion.

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The term “sacrament” comes from the Latin “sacramentum” which was a Roman oath to the gods as can be seen in the article at this link.  Believers are not required to fulfill any oaths to the gods or to the Biblical GOD for their salvation.  Only faith in Christ is required.  Regarding covenants, the Old Testament covenants were GOD’s promises to the Jewish people.  The only covenant in the entire New Testament is the one that Jesus mentioned known as the new covenant of His blood which was His promise of salvation to all those who trust in Him (and His shedding of His blood for sins, His perfect life, and His death).

scalpel052809Weren’t covenant requirements debated during the time of the early believers who were fighting over the need for circumcision as a covenant requirement?

“Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.”  – Romans 3:30

“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love.”  – Galatians 5:6

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith– just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.”  – Galatians 3:1-7

“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what says the scripture?  Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”   – Galatians 4:28-31

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”  – Titus 3:4-8

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. – Romans 3:28

images (14)Some confuse the baptism of the Spirit, sometimes mentioned as just “baptism” with the baptism of water, which is also sometimes mentioned as “baptism”.  This is why the rules of context and usage in interpretation are of primary importance, because there are those who would lead you into “legalism” or salvation through sacraments, covenants, or other good works.

“I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 1:8

“I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” – John 1:33

“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”  – 1 Corinthians 1:17

“I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius” – 1 Corinthians 1:14

images (15)In fact, believers were seen to receive the Holy Spirit of GOD before they were even baptized.  Paul’s conversion appears to be an example of this truth, as well as the following passage:

“While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.”   – Acts 10:44-48

die to selfSo what is the point of baptism?  It’s an act of obedience to the Scriptures by which we show that our life is no longer our own.  We have died to our own ambitions and desires and, being owned by GOD and bought by Jesus’ precious sacrifice, we are now living for His desires and our life is now His, so that we may obtain a resurrection like unto His resurrection.  It is a public display that we agree to deny ourselves our own desires and suffer for Christ (die daily) for the hope of resurrection someday.   As some clergy accurately state at baptismal assemblies:  “Buried into His death.  Raised unto His resurrection”.

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”   – Romans 6:3-6

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. – Galatians 2:20-21

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”  – Matthew 16:25-27

In I Corinthians 15, Paul spends the chapter explaining how central and important the doctrine of Christ’s resurrection is to the hope of Christianity and as the reward for our “dying daily”.  He makes references to the connections between baptism as a symbolic act by which a believer publicly shows himself to be “dying” to himself (or his own dreams and pleasure) in order to obtain a resurrection like unto Christ’s.

“Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” – I Corinthians 15:29-31

images (13)Those who teach that your faith in Christ needs “something more” such as baptism or further obedience are considered “legalists” by Scripture (although the actual term “legalist” isn’t found in Scripture, and only the concept is).  These are those who think they will obtain salvation by some work in addition to the work of Christ on the cross.  However, the term “legalist” does not apply to those who believe that Christians should show forth works fit for repentance. That is the modern and incorrect usage of the term.  The Bible clearly states that we should show forth works fit for salvation.  After all, true faith is not obtained by works, but it does show forth works fit for repentance.

“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance” – Matthew 3:8

“But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and through