SINNER’S PRAYER: Will not save you

hell-01Burning forever – will that be you?

A friend of mine said it best: “The sinner’s prayer is not an incantation”. Some think it is. They think they pray the sinner’s prayer like a spell or incantation and then they have eternal life without any possibility of “losing it”.

I believe most Christians act worldly and carnal today, because they have been sold a lie – a lie straight from Satan of “once-saved-always-saved”. For entry into heaven, GOD requires NO works, but He does require faith in Jesus Christ not just initially when you commit your life to Christ in a sinner’s prayer, but ongoing faith – faith that continues unto the end and overcomes as the Bible phrases it. A “Sinner’s Prayer” is simply a prayer of commitment to Christ by which we ask the Spirit to indwell us in repentant faith, but it is only the beginning of a lifelong journey.

You cannot neglect your salvation as the Bible states. Faith is not obtained by works, but faith does work, and a great sign that your faith is intact is the works that are in your life. Even Calvin warned about soiling one’s conscience and making shipwreck of faith in no uncertain terms in his commentaries, yet the reason many follow Calvin instead of Christ is in hope that they can say an initial prayer and then do whatever they wish. Only the Elect will persevere and be saved. The Elect are those who maintain their faith in GOD until the end. When Jesus says that “His sheep” hear His voice and will never perish, He is speaking of His Elect – those who persevere. When He speaks of no man plucking them from His hand, He is talking of the Elect.

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” – Matthew 10:22

Lake of FireHell never slumbers.

There is no rest for the wicked. They stay in agony continually. Make sure you’re not one of them.

Faith believes and faith keeps believing. That’s the continuous nature of the Present tense of the Greek, so whenever you see promises to those who believe, just remember that those promises are for those who believe and continue to believe. The Perfect tense in Greek is for present actions that are complete.

When Jesus gave parables of foolish virgins, seed that was choked by thorns, or the servant who hid his talent, He is not talking in terms of the hypothetical. When Hebrews 6 states that those who turn from the faith are without hope of future repentance, it is not a warning to the unsaved or a hypothetical situation. The Greek in the Hebrew is very clear. Your pastor’s false assurance may lead you into the flames of eternal justice someday. We can be sure that we have believed in Christ by signs given by the apostle John in his first epistle, but that doesn’t mean that we no longer have to continue in belief.

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“The Death of Moses” by Tissot

Satan fought with Michael over the body of Moses according to the Book of Jude. Just think about the amazing riches and treasures and royal position that Moses forsook in order to follow GOD. Then think about what you are giving up and doing for Christ. Moses was saved the same way that we are today – by faith.

The apostle Paul makes this truth clear in his comparison between Abraham and believers today.

Jesus stated that we must abide in the Vine or we can expect to be cut down and burned in fire. You or your pastor can explain that away, but the Greek is absolutely clear again. Jesus is talking to those who were abiding in Him as being those cut down and burned in fire, and the picture is supported all throughout Scripture. Only those who want to feel they can spurn GOD’s grace without penalty would even look for a clause of “once-saved-always-saved” in Scripture. When you realize that GOD is just in damning all humans into the lake of fire forever including those who never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel, then you should realize how blessed you are if you have heard the Gospel and believed – blessed enough not to take your faith for granted. Your faith is provided by GOD’s grace. Do not spurn His grace.

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” – Hebrews 2:3

We are all saved by faith made possible by GOD’s grace. Without grace, you will have no faith. We must not spurn GOD’s grace today in our lives. We must continue in faith if we will see heaven and a reward.

Works can do nothing for us, but they are only a symptom of how our faith is doing. How is your faith today?

“For whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” – 1 John 5:4
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. … He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. … He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it. … And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” – Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26
“He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. … Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. … To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” – Revelation 3:5, 12, 21
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” – Revelation 21:7

CHANGE: How much?

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Two thousand years ago:

  • The occult Romans ruled the world.
  • The Pharisees exalted men, men’s rules, ignored the Word, and cared for their own agendas rather than GOD’s.
  • The Sadducees taught heresy, and lived like there was no resurrection.
  • The Believers were few, persecuted, shared the Gospel, and cared for each other.
  • Most committed evil, had bread, circuses, myths about earth’s origins, and killed their own.
  • Israel was in the land awaiting their Messiah.

In many ways, not much has changed.

JUST DO IT: How?

The congregation doesn't have to look this way. The Word of GOD is exciting and amazing to true believers. Stop entertaining the false brethren and obey Christ who said to Peter "Feed my sheep".

The congregation doesn’t have to look this way. The Word of GOD is exciting and amazing to true believers. Congregations must stop entertaining the false brethren and obey Christ who said to Peter “Feed my sheep”.

I recently was thinking through some childhood friends of mine who were reared by parents similar to mine in many ways, but my friends have gone in a totally different direction both theologically and practically. Ever wonder why?

Looking out at the vast range of those who call themselves by the name of “Christian”, we can see many major differences between such individuals – differences ranging from lifestyle choices and worldviews in how we approach life to how we get to heaven and how major sins are to be viewed.

Praying-ManHow can all of these many versions of the Gospel and different views be so different? And how can we know that we have the proper beliefs and that we are truly living for Christ? How many people care? Who really wants to read the Bible or live it? And what will that cost them eternally? Why don’t they care?

Most would probably love to have discernment, great habits in their lives, and lots of rewards including heaven in the next life. Most won’t have this. Most will burn including perhaps some reading this article. Others will be in heaven with little or no rewards including perhaps some reading this as well. Few will be in heaven with great reward. Very few. Why?

71588-kilauea-volcano-world-s-most-active-volcano-in-hawaii-erupts-photosThey know everything to do. They just don’t want to read the Bible or do right, because they have no passion for it. Why? They don’t see the consequences, because they lack the Spirit’s leading in their lives. Why? They don’t spend time with GOD. How do you do this? You read His Words. Then you pray back to Him. That’s called a conversation. If you don’t read His Word and pray to Him, you won’t have a passion for reading His Word. It’s the chicken and the egg thing. The more you do it, the more you’ll do it. It’s like many things in life.

volcano-3If you are one of those who doesn’t want to do it, then join the crowd in heaven who have very little reward for all eternity. If you don’t even have Christ within you, the hope of glory, then without the Holy Spirit indwelling you, you will burn in the lake of fire. Your first step is to repent, believe in Christ, and ask His Spirit to indwell you.

If you’ve done that, then make sure you don’t neglect your salvation as Scripture clearly says. What does it mean to neglect your salvation? The Bible talks about shipwrecking faith, neglecting your salvation, and continuing in faith until the end in order to be saved all throughout its pages if people read it instead of trusting a preacher, who oftentimes tells people what they want to hear in order to pick up his paycheck at the end of the month.

man watching TVIf you overcome by faith, then you will be saved as Revelation says. Some think they said a “sinner’s prayer” and they’re all set. After all, works can’t save, so they figure they don’t have to do a thing. That’s where faith is needed; in fact, that’s where faith is not only needed but is required for your salvation. Without faith, don’t expect to enter heaven. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of GOD. That’s what the Bible says. It’s the Book full of all the facts on heaven and hell.

0-my yoke is easyIf you don’t read it and you just trust your pastor who needs your satisfaction to keep making his paycheck, then you might be trusting the wrong person. Haven’t you ever wondered if he was telling the truth about how you need to run around and do all those activities for the church in order to be “spiritual” or whether GOD really does require you to give all your money to help pay the mortgage of a giant “church campus”?

Have you wondered if perhaps your weekly fellowship alone was sufficient since that is what GOD required all throughout the Bible or if your money wouldn’t be best spent on helping fellow Christians and in ministering to the lost instead? The Bible has answers on all these matters. You will be amazed at how much easier GOD’s way is compared to your local pastor and church’s ways in many matters of money and requirements. On the other hand, you may be amazed at how holy GOD requires you to be and how that also makes your life easier in certain regards as it frees you from sin. Have you ever had questions about politics, economics, and family issues? The Bible has answers.

22JOURNEYS1_SPAN-articleLargeYou should really read the Bible for yourself. It says that only through faith can we inherit salvation – faith that is trusting enough to obey.  No works involved. Just faith. But faith is needed not only initially when you pray a “sinner’s prayer” asking for the Spirit’s indwelling and forgiveness and restoration with your Creator, but also faith ongoing in your life. Is this perhaps why so many think they don’t need to read the Bible? Because some pastor told them “once-saved-always-saved”? That’s not what GOD says, and the continuous Present tense in Greek confirms what I’m saying.

GREEK TENSE - CONTINUOUSPreachers who say “once-saved-always-saved” and who preach an easy-believism often quote verses out of context and without conveying the Greek tense.  In other words, “if you believe and continue to believe”, you will be saved. It all makes sense why so many people act today like they’ve already gained heaven through a “sinner’s prayer” and can now live their lives without Bible reading or prayer. In fact, many live with books about witchcraft and such.

112408-most-active-volcanoes-in-the-world-2-of-10They are false brethren in many cases, but there are also those who may have faith but see no reason to continue in faith. Here’s a great one – salvation.  And here’s a great verse that ties together Bible reading with faith:

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17

Think about how many conspiracy theories have been found to be true, and how many have been found to be false. How do you know which is which? In a similar manner, how can you know if the pastor who says “once-saved-always-saved” is telling the truth or if I’m telling the Truth in saying that faith saves us, but that faith also keeps us? You need to know how to read and interpret the Bible yourself. Isn’t salvation too important for you to get wrong on Judgment Day?

435617How do we know we have proper beliefs and that we are truly living for Christ? There’s a simple way to know these things, but first we must determine who or what is our source of belief. In the case of Christians, the Bible has already told us who and what that should be. Jesus Christ said that His Spirit would lead us into all Truth, so He is the “Who” leading us into the Truth of which belief or practice is right. Jesus was also called “the Word” in the first chapter of John which showed how closely He was tied to His Word. Furthermore, we see that His Word is considered to be “the What”.  Jesus told false teachers that they were in error because they did not know the Power of GOD or the Word of GOD.  We see this theme throughout the Bible. The Bible also claims exclusive rights to these two for Truth.

praying-1bThe histories and traditions and rules of men outside these two sources are proclaimed by the Apostle Paul to be adding to Scripture. Making additions to Scripture is against GOD’s Word. Therefore, if anyone teaches you that the Bible is true, but leads you to “additional sources” to supplement Scripture, they are actually contradicting Scripture. “Let GOD be true and every man a liar” says the Bible. That includes all religious leaders, no matter how much they are admired.

Woman-Praying-With-BibleWhat is this simple method for knowing that our beliefs and practices are correct as opposed to masses of others claiming to be Christians today? In order to live and believe the Truth, we must first be able to read the Truth, then interpret the Truth properly, and apply the Truth. Then and only then can we properly live and believe the Truth. The difference between myself and my childhood friends dawned on me today. Our fathers made the difference. My father devoted himself to the Bible and the leading of the Spirit. Their father was more about “good sermons”. I see this truth a lot in most denominations including fundamentalists who sometimes are the worst for emphasizing what they call “preaching”.

argumentIn reality, the term “preaching” in the Bible is the term for sharing GOD’s Word. With urban and rural traditions, many have come to think of preaching as someone talking about the Bible (i.e. ‘sermon’) or someone shouting from a podium in their cathedral or on a street corner. However, publishing, sharing, and proclaiming is the true meaning of the word “preaching” and “preaching” is nothing unless it is a sharing of Scripture. After all, even Satanic priests could “preach” in that sense of the word (i.e. yelling, lecturing, etc). Telling funny stories or telling people to live “good” or telling people to pray and read the Bible is nice, but that’s really not the preaching that will help people grow strong roots.

man prayingPreaching and teaching are to be centered upon this one method of reading, interpreting, meditating in the Spirit, and applying the Bible to everyday life and belief systems.  I watched my father do this day after day. He wasn’t just someone who told funny stories or who gave illustrations from the newspaper or who shared other entertaining thoughts or who lectured a dry lesson of moralism.  My father loved the Word. Today, I love the Word. My childhood’s friends love ‘sermons’, books, and ‘messages’ and enjoy keeping up with the latest popular preachers. Their father was the same, although in his day, books, messages, and sermons were more conservative. Today, his children are more liberal, but that’s because they were rooted in the wrong source – so-called “Christian” pastor’s, author’s, and other men’s thoughts rather than GOD’s thoughts.

hebrewI am so thankful for the heritage that I’ve been given by my father and both my grandfathers who all loved to read the Bible, study it for interpretation, meditate upon it, make application of it, and then form their lives and their beliefs based upon their final conclusions with the aid of the Spirit.  Those who follow the “spirit” without the Word are unable to do what the Bible says and “test the spirits”; thus, they may be following a crafty demon instead of the Holy Spirit. Those who follow the “Word” without the Spirit are unable to understand what GOD says in His Word. Look at false teachers who have not the Spirit. They may know the Bible like Jesuits, Mormons, and cult leaders, but they do not have proper beliefs or practices and may therefore even kill people thinking they are obeying the Bible. That’s why the Spirit and the Word are needed. One is the Message. The other is the Interpreter of the Message who indwells in all who give their lives to Christ in repentant faith.

fat_manFew read the Bible. Fewer interpret the Bible properly. Even fewer apply the Bible properly. Rare souls actually live out the Bible properly. Most church-goers do none of these.

A Christian high school teacher recently asked his students how many had read the Gospels. Only one in eight had read the Gospels. Are not the Gospels the very core of Christianity? The teacher exclaimed that he understood why Christian school teens are leaving Christianity. I believe those young adults are a reflection of their parents, and this was in a strict fundamentalist school that was strong on Bible memory, yet it appears these high school students seldom if ever read the Bible of their own accord and expect the school to tell them what to think and what the Bible says (much like the papacy did to people).

Most congregants want their pastor to entertain them, but pastors who give them what they want instead of what they need are very foolish.

Most congregants want their pastor to entertain them, but pastors who give them what they want instead of what they need are very foolish.

Most congregations operate the same way. The pastor does not read or teach the Bible in most congregations, but gives his thoughts on a couple of verses from the Bible instead for most of the hour or in many cases during whatever time is left after the music of the enchanters is finished. The pastor does not teach his congregation how to interpret, to research the Scriptures, to use rules of interpretation or to dig into the original Greek and Hebrew from whence their translation was derived. Instead, they expect their congregation to trust whatever they say. In this way, the churches in America have begun to reflect the Romanists. I genuinely wonder how many pastors could teach their congregations the rules of interpretation and language and how to apply them to Scripture studies if they were asked to do so.

"What does it all mean?"  Is this how your congregation feels as they slumber to the sound of the reading of the Bible? Try applying it. They might hate you, but they might just wake up.

“What does it all mean?” Is this how your congregation feels as they slumber to the sound of the reading of the Bible? Try applying it. They might hate you, but they might just wake up.

Most pastors in America do not apply the Scripture to daily living, cultural choices, lifestyle, or to how they conduct “church” which has become a social club in most towns.

I’m convinced by my observations that few pastors apply Scripture to daily living, and one reason is because they don’t know the Scriptures. Their congregants don’t either, since most expect the pastor to do this for them. The Bible teaches that we all should know how to study the Bible. We can’t blame the pastors. By the way, most godly pastors on this planet who do teach and apply Scriptures are underpaid, overworked, and are treated like a “stress ball” and “pin cushion” by their congregants. That’s why most pastors prefer to just fulfill their congregants’ desires instead. However, keep in mind that there’s a Payday Someday.

childIf congregations did read the Bible, interpret it, and apply it, then would it not be easier for congregants to live the Bible in front of a lost and dying world whose vast majority will burn with eternal fire (while being ignored by most churches today in America)? Yet, I also wonder how many in America’s churches think their intellectual belief in Jesus will get them into heaven.  I wonder how many have actually prayed to Jesus Christ and committed their lives to Him, asking for the Holy Spirit to indwell them?  I even wonder how many pastors have done this? The devils believe there is one GOD and tremble. Saving belief or true faith is willingness to give one’s life to GOD, to repent and carry their cross and follow Him. How many today are doing so? Have you ever prayed to Jesus in repentance and told Him that you want Him to take your life as His own and indwell you with His Spirit? If not, you are without salvation. Salvation is only through giving our lives to Christ.  Is it possible that many in congregations do not care about learning the Scriptures and applying them to their lives, simply because they are not true believers, but are only going through the traditions they have learned with only an intellectual acknowledgement of Jesus Christ’s Truth?

china-house-church2Imagine your congregations reading several chapters every week in their congregational meeting, followed by interpretation, and then application. Let me show you an illustration of what this all means. I will read, interpret, and apply two verses from the Scriptures for you below. This is from a Bible study I did with my family which we conduct on Sunday evenings together where we usually cover around three chapters every week (according to my family’s estimates when I asked them).  Let me first share a photo of the first of these two verses found in Deuteronomy 18 along with the original Hebrew language and each of the key Hebrew words to the right of the passage as seen at the Blue Letter Bible (www.blueletterbible.org) website.

Deuteronomy 18-10Now using the rules of interpretation which I have clearly outlined in the article at this link, I have rendered the interpretation (not “MY” interpretation but what I believe is “THE” interpretation) of this verse below. Does that mean how I render the passage’s interpretation is always right? No, but I am not trying to tell you what “I think about it”, but instead I am showing you exactly what the passage says and means based upon the Hebrew word definitions given to us at each of the links to the Strong’s IDs for each key Hebrew word. Also in RED, I have given to you several applications of the interpretation below. Here’s what is being said.

When Israel comes into the Promised Land, they are not to learn of the way of the pagans there. Not one of the Israelites were to be:

  • One who passes their children through fire (much like abortion today)
  • A diviner (one who uses demonic insight such as a fortune-teller, fortune-cookies, astrologer, palm reader, zodiac/signs, crystal-ball-reader, psychic, tarot card reader, Ouija board reader, divining rod user, or other objects to foretell or inform others of things through spiritism)
  • A conjurer (such as a rain dancer, magician of black magick like the men of Egypt who cast their rods on the ground and turned them into snakes or like the False Prophet will do in the end of time or like shamans and witch-doctors do through their sorcery (false medicine), false healing, or even Satanic televangelists do today).
  • A “serpent” (could mean a demoniac since the Hebrew word “nachash” means serpent and this word is associated with demons or spirits or “pythons” as some historically have called demons; it could also mean one who hisses like serpents such as hypnotists or who writhes like serpents such as mediums who are possessed and serve as channels or mediums to demons; it could also mean one who “observes diligently” since this Hebrew word is translated as such throughout the Old Testament and this is a characteristic of a snake; in fact, one of the best possibilities is a hypnotist since this Hebrew word is for “snake” and also since it is used elsewhere in Scripture as “observes diligently”, because it is the serpent who charms it victims by slowly hypnotizing them first; as you can tell, the word has some ambiguity and it is interesting that the translators of the Bible tend to translate it “enchanters” which is a word rooted in the Latin which connotes an altered form of singing – as opposed to “chanters”; the writhing of the serpent can be construed to be likened unto certain forms of dancing and the hissing can also be interpreted as sounding like certain forms of singing; spell-casting is another possible interpretation of the word “enchanter” that they chose since this word is akin to “incantations” and “enchantments” which appear to be an altered state of mind and music differing from cantillations by cantors which is proper singing identified with the Biblical music of Israeli and Gentile Christian worship songs)
  • A Witch which was one identified with worship of demons or idols which were rooted in ancient Baal or Bel worship (Satanism aka paganism); the definition in the Lexicon also described this person as being given to enchantments or magical songs

Now let’s take a look at the second verse.

Deuteronomy 18-11Not one of the Israelites were to learn the ways of the heathen and be:

  • A Charmer (this Hebrew word “Chabar” is defined as someone who through entrainment unites a confederacy and in this context is one who leads a group into a united league with the spirit world such as a séance leader or a shaman known for thousands of years as being identified with their spirit drumming such as the modern rocker who as Mickey Hart, the famous rock drummer, wrote in his book “Drumming at the Edge of Magic” described as a body of people who in his concerts who became entrained or united together by the power of the spirits as his drums beat – he also describes how the drums could be used to either bring about either fellowship or possession with the spirit world; Joseph Campbell, the famous occult leader, also taught similar beliefs in which he explained how the spirit drummers could communicate with the spirit world and use their drums to travel into the world of the spirit world; entrainment or unity of such a group spell or chain is seen in spirit drumming circles and in séances where the spirits unite into a chain using the people in the group as a confederacy).
  • A requester of spirits (one who asks spirits for insight through prayer or ritual or other means such as a medium or spirit guru or yogi)
  • A Wizard (one who has Satanic wisdom into the ways of the spirit world, whether it be the rituals, chants, mantras, implements, or other occult spells, spell-casting, or occult knowledge; also, one who may have insight into knowledge through such spirits much like modern occult masters, grandmasters or psychics who have clairvoyance or have been used to supposedly see an enemies’ war strategies or the perpetrator of a crime or other supernatural events or knowledge; a “wise man” or “Wise-ard” or wizard in matters of carnal knowledge, occult lore, or spirit powers and “visions”)
  • A Necromancer or one who requests the “dead” for a conversation such as the host of an occult television show “Crossing Over”; one who communicates with the “dead” upon behalf of others; through the rule of context and the insight given by passages such as Saul’s visit to the witch of Endor, one sees a witch that seemed surprised to see Samuel appear; this may have been because GOD actually let Samuel appear instead of a demon impersonating “Samuel” which may have been what she was used to seeing (i.e. demons shape-shifting to appear like a dead loved one)

How do you access the Blue Letter Bible site to look up each of these Strong’s IDs yourself for each word? Here’s some direction.

Bible Study ToolsI like to use a large video screen to show those I teach the words in the original language and their definition when I come across a more difficult passage, so they can see for themselves what the Bible says in the original language as well as what it means by definition which is the first rule of interpretation. Here’s an example:

DefinitionIn addition to this definition, you can find an even more thorough definition below this one as seen below.

Definition - further drilldownAlso, while these tools from the Blue Letter Bible are convenient and therefore great to share with you for your Bible Study, it is always wise to read several different Lexicons and Bible Dictionaries, especially the older ones.  I also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Hebrew and Greek alphabets as seen on Wikipedia at this link and this link.  I teach my own children these alphabets and how to pronounce them, so they can view the original language and verify what each letter is saying in the original manuscripts. Many tools exist on the internet, YouTube, and Bible Study websites including the Blue Letter Bible site for learning to pronounce the original Hebrew and Greek words. It’s also very much worth your time to watch Chris Pinto’s well-researched documentaries at this link and this link on the importance of using translations that originate from the Masoretic Hebrew Text (Old Testament) and that originate from the Textus Receptus (New Testament) due to the occult Romanists who introduced fraudulent manuscripts and forgeries in the past couple of centuries which they claimed were ancient. Chris Pinto’s documentaries can be found on his website at this link along with many other documentaries on the intrigue of Rome. His research complements much of my own. The translation that I have chosen for this exercise is the Young’s Literal Translation, because it translates some words better than the King James Translation. By definition of “translation”, any translation isn’t going to be a complete replica of the original language, because certain Hebrew and Greek words do not exist in some languages, and therefore substitute words describing the concept or message of the Hebrew and Greek words must be used. In this way, the message of what GOD is saying is still communicated if the translation is accurate.  In fact, written language is only a system of symbols which represent concepts or messages. Thus, the key is to convey the message within a translation and not to use the same exact word since that word may not be available in the target language.

I also used the Rule of Usage which is the second rule of interpretation. As you can see below, it helps to know where a particular Hebrew or Greek word was used throughout the Bible and to see how it was used in each of those verses.

UsageAlso, one who reads throughout the entire Bible and is familiar with it contents is able to have a great understanding of context and can compare a verse with others in their head. For those who may not be as advanced in their understanding of the Scriptures, the Blue Letter Bible also has a “Cross Reference” tab which can be used to see other passages related to the verse they are reading in order to establish context. Other Bible study tools and even study Bibles have similar cross-reference aids.

Rules of Interpretation HelpsPrecedent, unity, and inference are three other rules of interpretation that are also aided by a knowledge of the rest of Scripture and its context to determine if there is a precedent by which this word has been used or translated a certain way before, to see if this adheres to the unity of the rest of Scriptural truth, and if a word has been used in a certain way before, then by inference one can feel comfortable using it in such a way in the verse which they are studying.

A knowledge of logic, syllogisms, and history are also useful to ensure one is not making completely illogical determinations or developing interpretations that completely contradict other passages. History allows us to understand the context in which a book or passage was written. In fact, the Bible contains a great deal of history right within its own covers and that history is an infallible, inspired, and excellent source for historical assumptions to be made. I would love to someday to create an article or even a YouTube video in which I can step you through all the various research that I do in order to arrive at my interpretations above, but for now, we will conclude this article with the simple helps given above. Sometimes “too much” can confuse and frustrate those who are struggling as it is in their Biblical studies.

In conclusion, using the rules of context, usage, definition, logic, history, precedence, unity, and inference to determine interpretation is very important instead of standing unprepared in front of a congregation without any idea of what the Bible is truly saying and sharing what’s “on your heart” or what “you think”. Even worse is the Bible teacher or pastor who must ask his class what “they think”.  On the other hand, a pastor or teacher who allows different men to give a reading, interpretation, and application of a passage while coaching them behind the scenes throughout the week would be a great way of the pastor mentoring more men and would fulfill the caring nature of a true under-shepherd of GOD.

Keep in mind that much of application and also even some of interpretation is made possible by the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit who indwells true believers is essential to being true to GOD’s Word and being able to apply it to our everyday lives.  In fact, I have found that He tends to apply Scripture to my life during my daily routines if I’m listening to His direction and to His working on my conscience. If we do not come to the same conclusions on interpretation or application, it is usually because one of us is not hearing the Spirit’s voice although it could be that we’re seeing two different complementary thoughts as well. Or it could be because we’re both off-base with our studying habits or we are both lacking the Spirit’s filling. Also, as men following Christ, we can learn from each other and from the older Christian men among us especially. Women are told in the pastoral epistles to learn from each other as well with the elder women taking the lead.

In closing, one of the greatest ways to teach the Scriptural applications that you flesh out of the Bible is to live the applications out in front of your congregants and children daily. Sometimes a ‘show and tell’ on the spot is helpful. For example, if you read about the Biblical mandate to care for widows who need financial care, you may apply it by starting a fund for widows (instead of a fund for sports teams) in your congregation. You may want to start with the wives of pastors and ministry workers. I recently had an older Southern Baptist pastor’s wife telling me of her concerns. She had called the Southern Baptist office and had asked what would happen if her husband passed away. She was told that they might help her out with her utility bills. I could tell this lady was weary from years in the ministry and from working full-time herself to ensure they could survive financially. Also, I noticed the pastor’s wife didn’t feel comfortable asking the congregation this question. I understand. I was a pastor’s son and I worked in the ministry myself many years ago before I realized that GOD doesn’t require us to depend upon self-centered, fleshly individuals for a full-time salary.  Wouldn’t it be great if this lady could ask her congregation to care for her? Wouldn’t it be great if her congregation not only took care of her but also all the other widows who might need help if they had exhausted all other means of survival and could just not work any longer? The Bible teaches that congregations are required to not only take care of widows, but also orphans and other helpless congregants. This is called application not only in the abstract, but in the concrete living of a people.  Furthermore, in the above two verses, I could have continued my application by pointing to the dangers of Harry Potter who promotes witchcraft, the television show “Charmed” that promotes “charming”, the book and movie by C.S. Lewis “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” that exalts wizards doing incantations for the “good” side, the television show “Psyche”, movies like “The Craft”, or Tolkien’s trilogy “Lord of the Rings” that promotes a “good” wizard and concepts such as the gods creating the world, pantheism, and more. Such applications may anger some of the congregants, but it also may awaken them from their daydreaming or playing on their iPhones. It may also rid your congregation of false brethren who can hinder the congregation from being united and in one accord with the Holy Spirit. Remember that the Apostle Paul said the congregation should have no fellowship with darkness. Congregations were only for the people of GOD.  Never were unbelievers yoked together with the fellowship of believers for “evangelism” or “seeker-friendly” activities.

I hope this article has been a help to you as you read, interpret, and apply GOD’s Word to your life, so that you may then live your lives as written epistles before men and show forth your good works in glory to GOD.

THE BIG IF: Owning or blaming?

personal_responsibility_areaHave you ever blamed others because you couldn’t find your glasses only to find them on top of your head or searched for your phone only to find it tucked in your pocket or wondered what the smell was in the room that someone must be creating only to find out that you had stepped into something in the yard? It’s easy to see what we think are other people’s problems. Remember Adam in the Garden of Eden? He blamed Eve. What did Eve do? She blamed the Serpent. That’s sinful human nature at work.

Owning itAs Christians, we must be responsible and own our sin and its consequences in our economy or society, instead of blaming Obama or lost people. Christians almost unanimously assimilate paganism in some form instead of living holy. Almost all American Christians focus on Christian leaders instead of the Word, and live arrogantly toward GOD. They deny their sin and justify it.

GOD says He won’t hear our prayers if we regard sin in our hearts, so the first step is to humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways; then GOD can hear our prayers and forgive our sins and heal our lives and our land.

IF … IF … “MY PEOPLE” …

THE LAW: Still necessary?

Law-ScrollHas the Law been abolished? Is the Spirit the new Law? Has Grace replaced condemnation? These are actually simple yet difficult questions to answer.

If one has the Holy Spirit, one will be led into the Truth. What is the Truth? Isn’t that the question that Pilate asked Christ? Yet, Jesus stated “Thy Word is Truth” when praying in the Garden of Gethsemane one chapter earlier. Thus, the Word of GOD can answer all of our questions listed above.

What does the Bible say? Romans says the Law is incapable of saving us and it is incapable of helping us obey GOD.

Then is the Law still relevant? Yes, because it is both a schoolteacher and it is a mirror.

torah_thumbThe Word as a schoolteacher, as the Apostle Paul pointed out in Romans, schools us in right and wrong. It exposes the evil works of darkness and is a great tool in showing the lost that they need GOD. It also helps us understand the background of many of the New Testament concepts. Those who understand the Law are much better capable of understanding and teaching to others the words of Christ and the apostles, whether it be references of it that they quote in their Gospels and Letters or whether it be prophetic events, the New Testament Christian congregational model, or the concepts of faith and grace mentioned throughout many of the letters of Paul the Apostle.

The Word as a mirror, as Romans 3:20 points out, shows us what type of person we are (exceedingly sinful as the Apostle James also points out regarding GOD’s Word in his epistle).

“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20

mirrorThe mirror allows us to see how much we need a Savior and also how great GOD’s grace is to us for sending a Savior as the Apostle Paul clearly states in the first several chapters of Romans.

Can the Law still reveal to us how wrong we are and how much we need a Savior? Yes, it can as Ray Comfort points out in his famous message “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and in his soul-winning approach as he uses the Law to reveal to people how exceedingly sinful they are and how they need a Savior. The Apostle Paul clearly supports this use of the Law throughout his letter to the Romans. Without the Law, we would have not known our sin. Knowing our sin, we can now see our need for the Savior.

law-of-mosesDoes the Law still school us in right and wrong? Yes, it does. Adultery is still wrong. Lying is still wrong. Cheating is still wrong. And the list could continue.

Can the Law offer us the power we need to obey the Law? No.

Can keeping the Law save us? No.

Right-and-wrong-300x300Romans 3 clearly shows that none of us have gone without sin, and James 2 clearly states that if we commit one sin, then we are guilty of all. Therefore, the Law condemns us instead of saving us. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a schoolteacher in showing us “true north” when it comes to right and wrong. Paul uses this exact picture in Romans of the schoolteacher. Therefore, while being schooled in the Law that GOD gave us allows us to know very general boundaries of right and wrong, just as our conscience that GOD gave us also allows us to see right and wrong, we cannot find the power we need to please GOD in sanctification and we cannot obey the Law perfectly to gain salvation.

July-4-Paid-in-FullThus, the Law has value in helping us to know our sinfulness and the need of a Savior, but it can’t save.

The Law has value in helping us to know a general standard of right from wrong, but it can’t provide all the specifics of what is right and wrong or empower us to do right.

Only the Holy Spirit can help us know the detailed things that are right from wrong and only by walking in the Spirit can we avoid violating GOD’s commands or laws.

Are we expected to obey the Mosaic Law? Not for salvation, and like our conscience or the general revelation of GOD’s creation, it’s boundaries are too general for sanctification (although it does school us in the basic boundaries of slain_lambright and wrong). It is not comprehensive enough. On the other hand, the Spirit is.

Also, parts of the Law were already fulfilled such as the sacrificial system since Jesus Christ is our sacrificial, vicarious Lamb. Why then did the early apostles and Jerusalem congregation rightly exhort the Gentile Christians to abstain from meat offered to idols, from things bloody, from things strangled, and from fornication? Because these dietary laws were still expected to be obeyed, as well as GOD’s moral law. Does this mean that GOD expects all of His dietary laws to be obeyed?

peter-visionThe vision of Peter of the unclean meat is an answer in part to that question in which Peter was commanded to eat unclean meat. Also, the other answer to that question is the fact that only three dietary laws were expected of the Gentiles (i.e. meat offered to idols, bloody meat, strangled meat).

Today, science has helped many to see why certain meat is actually less healthy than others. Whereas unclean meat may have been less nutritious than clean meat, meat that is bloody is deadly. Thus, we can see the reason that the Gentile believers were still told by the apostles not to eat bloody meat even during the first days of the early Christian period due to the life-threatening dangers associated with it.

raw-pork-940x626When we see the wisdom of GOD’s laws regarding physical objects such as bloody meat as confirmed by scientific examinations today, it helps us understand that anything that GOD sets off-limits for us in the spiritual or physical realm are only for our good, and not to keep something valuable away from us as Satan would like for us to think. In other words, when we see the scientific dangers of bloody meat being eaten, we should realize that the dangers we cannot see in “meat offered to idols” and other spiritual matters are just as real.

Note that Paul’s discussion on meat offered to idols in I Corinthians 8 and Romans 14 has been twisted by most theologians today to mean that we can eat meat offered to idols (i.e. participate in things associated with paganism as long they are not inherently wrong). Paul did not say this.

Romans14_19If you search the internet for articles or photos on I Corinthians 8, you will find lots on the subject of legalism, but not much of anything on the subject of respecting another person’s conscience. It appears today’s believers totally missed Paul’s point in their haste to use liberty as license, white-wash themselves and condemn anyone trying to live holy. The strongest of brethren can barely survive the tongue-thrashing of the false brethren and false pastors in churches today, much less the weaker brethren or new converts.

Romans 14----They want their sin and anyone who speaks out is a legalist. This is the message they have extracted from Paul’s teachings in I Corinthians 8 and Romans 14 in error, and if a new convert or someone with a very sinful past is offended by some association of theirs, the false brethren, who are the majority today, will tell these brethren for whom Christ died to hit the road after they’ve given these brethren a good lashing of words (filled with false doctrine). In reality, a “legalist” is one who attempts to do good works for salvation, not sanctification. The false brethren say that anyone doing good works is a legalist. What did Jesus say?

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 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 5:16-20

Romans 14--Wow! When you read the above passage, Jesus doesn’t sound anything like most pastors and church-goers today. That’s because many of today’s pastors and church-goers are false, fakes, and frauds who follow tradition and carnal desire, not Scripture. They serve a false Christ crafted into the image of their own lusts.

The apostles and congregations at Jerusalem told the Gentile Christians that they were not to eat meat offered to idols which confirms that Paul was not saying this as seen in Acts 15 and Acts 21.  What Paul said was that those who were stronger should not enjoy things which might cause another weaker brother to fall. For example, if bell-bottom pants or wire-rimmed glasses in the 70s were associated with the hippie movement and the Beatles, you were not to wear such things even if they weren’t inherently wrong. Why? Because someone who was weaker in the faith might be offended. This was all part of Christian love.

I cor 8-9It was about the 70s time period, in fact, that many pastors twisted I Corinthians 8 and Romans 14 to say that you can enjoy things associated with evil as long as you did it away from “weaker brothers”. Paul didn’t say this. Then, pastors swapped things associated with evil for things that were evil such as immodest dress and rock music (the music of enchanters and charmers that Scripture associates with witchcraft in Deuteronomy 18 and condemns to the same death as necromancers, witches, warlocks, fortune tellers, psychics, and such under the theocratic government in which GOD ruled Israel). Paul condemned such evil practices of accepting pagan assimilation and he condemned the practice of accepting even things associated with such paganism.

Then, pastors began to allow such things to be enjoyed publicly and encouraged the “weaker brothers” to allow their “stronger brothers” to have their “liberty” and to more or less “look away” in the name of “grace”. This was blatant disrespect for the brethren who were following Christ in holiness and this was utter disobedience of Paul’s words.

I cor 8Furthermore, the forms of evil degenerated to levels as low as the acts of sodomy and the reading of  books of witchcraft which became a new matter of “meat offered to idols”. Alas, the pastors then began to bring the evil of indecent covering of nakedness, transgender dress, and the music of the enchanters and charmers into the congregation and continued to do more and more evil in the name of GOD, including justifying many adulterers and adulteresses. This was utter sacrilege.

At the last, it was no longer strong brethren avoiding any association of evil in order to avoid any offense to a weaker brother’s conscience. Instead, it became evil, disobedient, heretical brethren committing the most lewd and vile abominations right in their congregational gatherings and these twisted, evil pastors who have taken over most pulpits in America began telling anyone with a conscience who objected to their wicked stance to “find another congregation” if they didn’t like their new levels of wickedness. This is obviously repugnant in the sight of GOD and a direct violation of all that Paul taught.

“That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” – Acts 15:29
“As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.” – Acts 21:25

I cor 8-13Did GOD’s morals change after Christ’s redemptive work? Absolutely not! Or as Paul the apostle would say “GOD forbid” that we violate His laws which are His loving way of helping us have a more abundant life in Him.

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” – Romans 3:31
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? … What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” – Romans 6:1, 2, 15
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” – Romans 7:7
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.” – 1 Corinthians 6:15
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.” – Galatians 2:17

dove_torahIn fact, the apostle Paul or other apostles reiterated in the New Testament much of the moral law that was found in the Old Testament and even some of the other parts of the Law such as the dietary ones mentioned above. Also, it appears that even some of the financial practices of the Old Testament were still in effect as we see the Apostle Paul exhorting people to give according to how GOD had prospered people and mentioned a storehouse in I Corinthians 16.

In actuality, this storehouse greatly resembled the economic system used by the Jewish nation when you see the early believers in Acts 5 and 6 selling their properties and creating this central bank as it were for the financial assistance of believers and the ministry of GOD (just as the Israeli temple had been used by GOD in the Old Testament for the same type of storehouse for the people in need and the care-taking of His work and those who performed His work). While the purpose of the ministry, which the money funded, may have slightly changed, since Christians are a royal priesthood of believers which the Levites symbolized, the purpose of the money for the financial care-taking of GOD’s people appeared to stay pretty much the same except deacons replaced the Levites in this financial ministry. Elders replaced the Levites in the spiritual side of ministry.

paid-in-full-stampThe first few verses of Romans 12 reiterated how pagan assimilation was just as evil as it had been in the Old Testament. Many other New Testament books reiterate the same as well as many of the commands that had been given regarding a plethora of other laws including the Sabbath weekly assembly as seen in Hebrews 10:25 and we see this example in the Book of Acts.

The Law cannot save, but those who are saved obey the Spirit and the Spirit will not lead anyone to disobey the moral laws of GOD. In fact, the Spirit will take us beyond just the general laws of GOD to a higher and better way of obeying even more specific details that only He can reveal regarding good and evil. GOD still forbids that pastors promote the gravest of abominations today in the name of grace while trampling GOD’s Law and His commandments. Those who know the Word and have the Spirit realize the portions of the Law that were abolished by Christ’s work on earth. They also understand that the Law and the Holy Spirit do not contradict each other regarding GOD’s character and expectations. Is this not what Jesus and Paul meant by stating that they were not out to destroy the Law? Yes, we are still to avoid fornication and other sins that the Law as a schoolmaster taught us were evil. GOD gives us grace to avoid fornication, not grace to enjoy fornication as so many seem to have misunderstood.

When Paul says we are not under the Law but under grace, he is definitely not giving a license to sin, but rather the opposite. He is taking the loophole away from men who would call themselves disciples but act like the Pharisees. The Pharisees didn’t violate the exact letters of the Mosaic Law, but they did sin against the spirit of the Law (and in a sense, they sinned against the Spirit of the Law). They wouldn’t commit adultery, but they would lust.  In other words, they would not obey the Spirit of the Law, but only what was written down in the Law. In this way, Jesus sought to establish the Law in a much more perfect way.  His Sacrifice was more supreme than the sacrificial systems. His law of love and golden rule were a fulfillment of the handful of rules found in the Law. His approach to the Law was indeed perfect and completely synchronized with the intent of the Law and not against the Law (as so many today are teaching). He paid for the penalties of our sin, not so we could accumulate masses of sins, but so we could have grace to obey GOD’s commands and not sin.

walking in the SpiritPaul was showing that by walking in the Spirit, we have a better Law dwelling within us Who can show us what is right and wrong in spirit, and not just in letter; in specific day-to-day events and decisions, not just in general boundaries.

Therefore, grace and liberty were never about freedom from the Law, but grace was given so we can more perfectly obey GOD’s moral law and the higher Spirit of the Law. Grace was about Jesus obeying the Law perfectly for us, because that was something impossible for us to do. Why? Jesus hated sin and could not have fellowship with us unless He did this.

Jesus wanted to set us free, because Sin made us the Law’s slave. Grace and liberty freed us from that slavery, so that we could truly obey the laws and commands of GOD.

In other words, if you signed a contract to pay back a million dollars under Old Testament law as a poor, struggling farmer but couldn’t keep your contract, then you would become a servant (i.e. slave) to that person for a period of time to pay back your debt (unlike the modern American system of debt that lets people defraud others through bankruptcy law).

Just as that physical scenario played out, if you as a spiritual creature decide to not accept Jesus’ payment for our sins, but instead attempt to pay GOD back by trying the impossible task of keeping the Law for salvation and failing, then you would be a slave of the Law and the penalty would be death. This word picture is clearly painted throughout the New Testament.

S985The Apostle Paul is saying that you no longer have to be a slave to the Law, because Christ has paid the debt of the Law. Instead, since Jesus paid our price of redemption, we are bond-slaves or servants of Jesus Christ, so that we can serve Him out of a heart of love and not begrudgingly. We are expected to obey the Spirit of the Law, knowing that we are His brothers, children of the Father, and will one day reign as Kings someday with Him.

In other words, by living as His slave for this life, He promises to make us Kings in the next life.  That’s a great deal!  I hope you see how even the laws of the Old Testament regarding debt and slavery are actually beautiful pictures of Jesus’ redemptive story through this article, as well as how blessed we are to be His slaves instead of slaves of the Law which would mean eternal death one day for us. I trust that you have a better understanding of the phrase “not under the Law”.

Multiple other illustrations could be used outside of the Israeli slavery system for debtors such as the stories of Egyptian slavery, of Ruth’s kinsman redeemer Boaz, or of Hagar and Sarah as the Apostle Paul used for illustration. The Old and New Testaments work beautifully together in physical and spiritual mirrors of exquisite Truth. Those who despise the Law or the Old Testament are foolish in their darkened minds.

Now we obey the Spirit of the Law and not just the letter of the Law by walking in the Spirit who gives us liberty and grace to obey GOD’s law. Liberty and grace have never been about giving us permission to sin. Instead, all of the Law and the Prophets and the Grace of GOD and the Liberty found in Jesus Christ are all pointing us to Christ who is our Master and Owner. We are expected to obey Him willingly by His Spirit’s power, Who is indeed our highest and best Law and Who will never contradict the spiritual and moral guidelines of His written Law.

DREAM POWER: Spiritually Physical, Physically Spiritual

Dreams, aspirations, recognition, goals, pleasures and ambitions are such powerful motivating forces for us.

Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to accomplish all that you should do in life? Is it through the power of positive thinking? Is it by “naming it and claiming it”? Is it something that is even possible to accomplish? If so, what’s the secret?

The following truths may be some of the most important insight you have ever received from the Scriptures.

Jesus taught in parables which were earthly stories with heavenly meaning. We also see a connection between the physical and spiritual in a particular battle in which the Israelites would win as long as Moses arms were lifted upward. We see this connection between the spiritual and physical in the subject of faith. Hebrews 11 shows how faith resulted in physical manifestations within the lives of those who believed in GOD. Some take Hebrews 11 and James 2 which both show how a soul filled with faith results in physical change, and they try to create a doctrine of works salvation. However, not only does the Apostle Paul refute such damning heresies in his letters to the Galatians and his letters to the Romans, but we also see the same in Paul’s epistles to Titus and the believers in Ephesus. Furthermore, Jesus shows this connection between the physical and the spiritual in John 3 when he teaches Nicodemus that those born of the Spirit are to be likened to the way wind cannot be seen, but it’s effects can be seen.  In other words, the spiritual realm impacts the physical realm.

“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I am come for your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make your understand what shall befall your people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” – Daniel 10:12-14

Again, we see here the spiritual and the physical interacting as a messenger from GOD was withstood by the prince of Persia for twenty-one days and then we see who appears to be a chief angel of Israel, Michael, coming to help him. Finally, the messenger was able to deliver the message. In this we see the truth of the Bible coming alive as seen in the following passage which explains that even though humans in our lives seem to be the “problem” sometimes in this struggle called life, they are not the problem:

“Because we wrestle not against blood and flesh [i.e. humans], but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, and we wrestle against spiritual evil in heavenly places; because of this take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to resist in days of evil, and having done all things — to stand.” – Ephesians 6:12-13

We are wrestling against the spiritual realm, and it appears in the physical realm. In other words, win in the spiritual realm successfully and you will find the physical realm becomes a place of exciting and great possibilities. Why am I establishing this Truth?

Because this is one of the most important truths you may ever learn. Within the spiritual realm, the real work is being done, and that work affects your job, your family, your life, your dreams, aspirations, recognition, goals, pleasures and ambitions.

Even the occult and their Hermetic doctrines teach “as above, so below”.  Many of the occult symbols seem to imply this philosophy whether it be the symbol of a pyramid overlaid with an upside-down pyramid or other symbols that seem to be overlaid in reverse as each other, almost as if they are shadows or reflections of the right-side-up symbol. In other words, it appears that Satanists understand these truths of the spiritual impacting the physical perhaps better than some Christians.  That’s why it’s important to know the Bible. It has the answers for life and when you realize how powerful these truths are, it can completely change your life.

Prayer is quite possibly one of the most powerful but least used weapons in the toolbox that Ephesians 6 recommends to succeed in the spiritual realm.

For example, when you see Balaam in Numbers 22, 23, and 24, he is unable to cast a curse upon Israel because the Israelites are pleasing to GOD. In Numbers 25, 2 Peter 2, Jude, and Revelation 2, we see that Balaam later taught the king of Moab (Balak) to use his pagan women to entice the Israelite men into fornication and into the sin of eating things offered to idols. In other words, by getting a people to sin, they can be cursed and are no longer under GOD’s protection and blessing.

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known.” – Deuteronomy 11:26-28

“Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” – Proverbs 14:34

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

We see this truth in many other passages as well. We see that prayer is hindered by sin and that a curse is placed upon one’s life by living in sin. However, prayers of repentance and prayers for deliverance from sin will be heard by GOD. This is an important truth, and in this truth is a key to unlocking your life into the beautiful prosperous success that GOD wants you to have. Another truth is that of meditating in GOD’s Word day and night. We must also pray for our goals in light of GOD’s will for our lives.

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Your Word. … Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You. … I will delight myself in Your Statutes: I will not forget Your Word.” – Psalm 119:9, 11, 16

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” – Psalm 66:18

“And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:13-14

“You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.” – James 4:3

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” – Mark 11:23

“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make thy way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.” – Joshua 1:8

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And 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.” – Psalm 1:2-3

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” – Luke 22:42

We look at Joseph and Daniel in the Bible who accomplished so much.  Both served as top advisers to world-renowned emperors of vast, massive empires.  We see their power and achievement in this life. We look at Job who achieved great things in the end of his life. However, we must not look past the previous severe trials and temptations of all three of these men and many others in the Bible who prospered.  Job was told by his wife to curse GOD. He did not. He was attacked by his friends, but refused to become bitter against GOD. He refused to allow his eyes to look upon a maiden due to a covenant with his eyes. Joseph resisted the temptation of his boss’ wife and was framed for doing right. He resisted bitterness against Potiphar or against his brothers. He maintained an excellent spirit and great work ethic. Daniel had an excellent attitude and spirit, and his work ethic was also above reproach. Both Joseph and Daniel were proclaimed by leaders in the empires which they helped govern to both have the Spirit of GOD within them. They were obviously walking in the Spirit. Daniel was a man of great prayer as he prayed three times each day. He also lived a very strict lifestyle in obedience to GOD’s laws which some today would call “rigid” as he refused wine and meat offered to idols. GOD blessed His life immensely. Keep in mind that not everyone in the Bible had immense blessings in this life right away or at all in a material sense. Job was not blessed right away, but rather at the end of his life. Job, Daniel and Joseph both endured great trials first. Isaiah is said by historical legend to have been sawn in half by King Manasseh. Many other martyrs could also be placed in this category. In these cases, the people had to submit to GOD’s will even when it meant “bad things would happen”. In fact, martyrs are precious in GOD’s sight. GOD chooses what is best for us in this life.  Some day martyrs. Others become rulers and materially blessed.  GOD makes those choices for everyone on this planet.  However, which is better? Great reward in this life or great reward eternally? Either way, it is important to know that you will probably have little reward now or eternally unless you practice some basic Biblical truths in your life, while recognizing that GOD ultimately can grant you grace or resist you.

“But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.” – Psalm 75:7
“And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” – Daniel 2:21
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the basest of men.” – Daniel 4:17

“Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5

The Apostle Paul explained explained to New Testament believers that assimilation was forbidden in Romans 12:1,2 and that identification with pagan practices such as wine and meat offered to idols should be avoided in Romans 14:21. The Apostle further detailed his reasoning in Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 by stating that even though idols are nothing in the world and thus the meat untainted, one must not consume it if they have knowledge that it is identified with an idol, because of the association alone. He also explains how this could affect weaker brethren in Christ.

So many today have perverted these chapters today and have concluded that meat offered to idols is just fine with GOD (in other words, perfectly acceptable activities that are associated with evil are just fine). Paul does not teach such vile doctrines. He teaches the opposite.  Even if the meat is perfectly acceptable, because one has knowledge of association with evil, it must be avoided.  Furthermore, the apostles and the entire congregation of believers in Jerusalem made it extremely clear to the early New Testament Gentile believers that “meat offered to idols” was forbidden as seen in Acts 15:29 and 21:25 regardless of how that impacted the jobs and lives of the new Gentile believers.  After all, GOD must be preeminent in all things. No association with paganism was allowed.

If you have stayed with me this long, you are about to hear life-changing truths from the lives of Daniel, Job, Joseph, Jesus, and the Word which will allow you to see your dreams realized. Here they are:

  1. Repent, believe in Christ’s redemption and give Him your life for His Spirit’s indwelling
  2. Avoid sin and its curse in your life and live righteously to gain the blessings instead
  3. Walk in the Spirit by faith rooted in the Word
  4. Meditate day and night in the Bible
  5. Share the good news of salvation, sanctification, and the Bible with others
  6. Every decision, goal and action you have each day should be accompanied by prayer
  7. Your dreams, aspirations, recognition, goals, pleasures and ambitions must be GOD’s will and must be pure and eternal in nature – for example, any recognition desired should be eternal recognition given to you at the Judgment Seat of Christ someday).

If you compare the list that I have created above using major truths that I have spotted time and again throughout the Scriptures, you may notice that it almost mirrors the spiritual armor of Ephesians 6.  Quite honestly, I didn’t plan it that way. However, this just confirms that GOD has said first what needs to be said in all matters and that my words or any other human’s are really insignificant compared to His great truths in the Bible.

Epoxy - spiritual prayer and physical actionIn closing, prayer is one of the most overlooked keys to life and our success. You will also notice that Paul emphasizes this very thing at the end of his list of spiritual armor. Do you remember how epoxy adhesive works? There are two tubs of chemicals.  Separate from each other, neither tube of chemicals is successful or prosperous.  Think of one tube as your physically spiritual actions. Think of the other tube as your spiritually physical actions.  In other words, one is your earthly actions and the other your heavenly actions. When combined together, these two tubes can create an adhesive that is incredibly successful.  Even so, if you couple your physical actions with spiritual actions you will find everything is far more successful. This is where much power is to be found.

When you are making decisions about your spouse, job, school, vehicle, or mundane tasks, be sure as a believer in Christ to pray, thinking through Scripture while walking righteously in the Spirit as you use your life as a witness for Him, submitting all to His will. If you do so, you will find your life is truly blessed.  Grace to you!

PAGAN CULTURE: Redeemable?

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Is pagan culture redeemable?

Which of the following practices (which fit into Wikipedia’s definition of cultural practices) did GOD allow His believers to practice? Of which of them, could a person say the following?

“I know XYZ is pagan in origin, so I just redeem it and put Jesus first in it.”

  • XYZ = Psychics
  • XYZ = Seances
  • XYZ = Necromancy
  • XYZ = Reading of fortunes, palms, cards, crystal balls, and other divination
  • XYZ = Meat offered to idols (Acts 15:29 and 21:25)
  • XYZ = Bestiality
  • XYZ = Necrophilia
  • XYZ = Ouija boards
  • XYZ = Rock music
  • XYZ = Revealing dress
  • XYZ = Transgender dress
  • XYZ = Bloody meat
  • XYZ = Strangled meat
  • XYZ = Pagan idolatrous feast days
  • XYZ = Tarot cards
  • XYZ = Pornography
  • calfXYZ = Dancing seductively
  • XYZ = Books glorifying sin
  • XYZ – Pagan entertainment
  • XYZ = Sodomy
  • XYZ = Adultery
  • XYZ = Fornication
  • XYZ = Forbidding marriage
  • XYZ = Forbidding meats
  • XYZ = Feminism
  • XYZ – Transgender roles
  • XYZ = Evolution
  • XYZ = Fascism
  • XYZ = Communism
  • XYZ = Idols such as golden calves and decorated trees
  • XYZ = Profanity, obscenity, and vulgarity
The "Book of Incantations" of Satanic origin as seen celebrated in the movie based upon C.S. Lewis' book "Voyage of the Dawn Treader".

The “Book of Incantations” of Satanic origin as seen celebrated in the movie based upon C.S. Lewis’ book “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

When it comes to culture, so many have a hard time realizing that GOD will not allow us to adopt pagan ways or “redeem them” for Him. Others realize it, but choose selectively which pagan practices they will redeem based upon their traditions, social and religious circles, or personal preferences.

Those who feel they can adopt pagan practices and customs must walk over a plethora of Scriptural verses and Biblical stories to say that Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, would agree to adopting any pagan practices in His name.

Why then do so many today do so? I believe the answer is because they “wanna do” what they want to do. It may be for convenience, social reasons, tradition of parents, clergy and friend, or just for their own pleasure, but it really oftentimes comes down to putting themselves on a pedestal as a god unto themselves.

THE SEASON: Jesus is the reason?

Jesus is the Reason for the-Season2IF “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”, THEN:

1) Why does history record a Christian being martyred for this celebration?
2) Why was Tammuz born on December 25th and celebrated for Millennia?
3) Why was Tammuz’ birth directly linked to the birth of the Sun?
4) Why did sun worshipers for Millennia celebrate this Winter Solstice?
5) Why was this celebration part of the eight witch Sabbaths of the sun?
6) Wheel of the Year - CopyWhy was this celebration linked to human sacrifice for thousands of years?
7) Why do witches today STILL celebrate it?
8) Why are all the implements tied to ancient sun worship celebrations?
9) Why does history state that Catholic Romanists adopted it from the heathen?
10) Why does the Bible say not to imitate the heathen or adopt their ways?
11) Why did England legally ban Christmas once the Catholic Romanists were ousted?
12) Why did Catholic Romanists reinstate it once they took the government back again?

Tau, Tav, Tammuz, and Taurus represented by the "T" or "X" or + (cross) in ancient pre-Christ history.  CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

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Tau, Tav, Tammuz, and Taurus represented by the “T” or “X” or + (cross) in ancient pre-Christ history. CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE

13) Why did early Christian America ban it by law for hundreds of years?
14) Why did it revive once the Catholic population in America increased?
15 Why do the Catholic occult’s Hollywood films promote it so much?
16) Is it because Christians have forgotten their history?
17) Is it because Christians have forgotten GOD’s commands on assimilation?
18) Is it because this Satanic Sabbath is packaged in the name of GOD?
19) Why does the Bible speak of ancient heathen decorating trees in their homes?
20) Why does the Bible speak of the weeping for Tammuz among the heathen?
21) saturnusWhy do most theologians find Jesus’ actual birthday to be unknown?
22) Why do most theologians see winter as the least likely time for Jesus’ birth or for shepherds to be abiding in a field at night?
23) Why do the Druids connect directly to the holly and ivy? Where did Santa originate? Why did the Romanists rename their “gods” to be “saints”? Why is “Santa” a Roman word translated “saint”.
24) Why do tales of pagan gods Odin and Nicklaus (god of the sea) mirror Santa?
25) Why do tales of Odin’s flights through the sky mirror Santa?
26) Why do yule logs and the word “yule” tie directly to ancient heathenism?
27) Why does the practice of caroling tie back directly to ancient heathenism?
28) Why do the days of Christmas number twelve like Saturnalia?
29) Why did the Reformers and true Christians call the Pope “anti-Christ”?
30) If Catholic Romanists butchered Christians on Christmas, could they do it again?
31) Why does Catholic Bill O’Reilly use the term “War on Christmas” taken directly from the historical term describing the Protestant governments’ banning of Christmas by law?

Before I engage in activities that other Christians question, I like to prove whether I am able to participate as Scripture states.

AshTammuzBefore I tell my friend who is a Luciferian that I’m right and he’s wrong about Christmas’ origin, I like to know that I’m right. Before I share the Gospel with a witch whose history defers from most Catholic Romanists and Protestants, I like to let her know I agree with her and agree with her on the history of Christ Mass and explain that she’s right that Christians shouldn’t celebrate it.  Perhaps then she will listen to me share the Truth of GOD’s Word and the Gospel if I am speaking the Truth and acting credible.

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” – I Thessalonians 5:21

jeremiah10-2_halfSadly, many witches and Knights Templar know far more than most Christians today on history, because Christians have gotten lazy and are throwing away their heritage to watch a sports show or movie instead of studying. If someone is consistently sharing the Gospel to others, they will eventually have to prove all things not just for themselves but also to others. You had better know how to answer these questions.  I wonder how “Christmas Christians” explain these things while soul-winning? Are they soul-winning? What answers would you give to a witch if she asked you the following questions? Would you just make up some new “meanings” for all the questions as the Romanists did in Medieval times?

A LIST FOR  “CHRISTMAS CHRISTIANS” TO EXPLAIN WHILE SOUL-WINNING

  1. Can you prove that Jesus was born on December 25th?
  2. Why was Tammuz born on December 25th?
  3. Why does history support witches who claim they own the day?
  4. What Bible verse allows you to “redeem” a Witch Sabbath for GOD?
  5. Sacrifices to Molech of the Baal sun worship religion, similar to the human sacrifices that took place on Saturnalia or X-Mass.

    Sacrifices to Molech of the Baal sun worship religion, similar to the human sacrifices that took place on Saturnalia or X-Mass.

    Which Bible verse allows you to attach Christ’s Name to heathen ways?

  6. What does the Bible say about imitating the way of the heathen?
  7. Can you explain why you can “redeem” the Catholic’s Mass of Christ (Christmas), but not their Sunday Mass?
  8. Can you explain why GOD killed 3000 people for “redeeming” Baal paganism for a “festival to Jehovah”?
  9. Would you adopt a Ouija board or the Circle of Fire ritual and just give them new “meaning”?
  10. Is there anything you can’t “redeem” for Him? Why the differences?
  11. Can you redeem idols for GOD as well?
  12. 140618-gnostic-crossWhat agreement has the temple of God with idols? Are you not His Temple?
  13. Is it okay to adopt heathen ways if you do good deeds on those days?
  14. Is it okay to celebrate traditions that disobey Scripture for sentiment?
  15. Is it okay to “keep the peace” at the cost of disobeying the Savior?
  16. Can you explain why ancient witches celebrated this day and still do?
  17. Can you explain why you can do the same in “Jesus’ name”?
  18. Can you explain why martyrs died for refusing to adopt pagan days but you are allowed to adopt pagan days and further aggravate the matter by blasphemously saying that the precious sinless Lamb of GOD, JESUS CHRIST, is the reason for the season”?

If you celebrate Christmas and have a conscience toward GOD, then wouldn’t it be righteous to at least complete answers to the above eighteen questions if you do truly care about what GOD thinks?  And if you are really just trying to make your life easier, then just admit it.

crossesAs a footnote, it should be noted that the four major Witch Sabbaths of Baal sun worship all land directly thirteen weeks apart from each other and form a sun cross “+” which directly correlates to the winter solstice, the summer solstice, the spring equinox, and the fall equinox.  Coincidence or expected if these days are sun worship Sabbaths?

The fact that these Witch Sabbaths form a cross is not surprising once you learn the history of the cross, a symbol which was around long before Christ.  Crucifixion on a cross was also a pagan Roman tradition used long before Christ. Is it any surprise the Catholic Romanists take such pleasure in it and especially with little idolatrous representations of Jesus still hanging on it?

bentcrossDid not Hebrews 12 state that Jesus despised the shame of the cross? The swastika is another example of a pre-Christ cross just like the standard cross. The cross is used for the Hebrew symbol “Tav” or the Greek symbol “Tau” from which we get our letter “T“.  It is believed to have been taken directly from TAMMUZ.  Ironically, today the Hebrews have a secular month called “TAMMUZ”.  The cross has been proven to be a pre-Christ symbol of pagan heathenism, and there are scores and scores and scores of crosses found by archaelogists and connected with heathen practices long before Jesus was born.

ffdddDid Catholic Romanists “redeem” the cross symbol or other heathen holidays?  If Jesus despised the shame of the cross, then why did Paul glory in it? To Paul, the cross was a sign of suffering to the early believers who gloried in their sufferings, but not in the pagan symbol of the cross. If you read the passage where Paul says this, you will see the context is his glorying in suffering rather than in his triumphs.

Almost all of Catholic belief was simply Baal sun worship belief taken from ancient heathenism and then merely re-labeled to represent “Christ” as the progenitor and representative of all the ancient Baal system. This is blasphemy and it is expected of anti-Christ Rome, but not professing believers.

The four minor Witch Sabbaths also land thirteen weeks apart and form an “X”.  Today, those who known occult symbols know that the “X” is used for many of their company logos, to represent themselves (i.e. “X-men”), and much more.

wheel-of-yearIf you combine the cross (+) and the X, you will form a symbol known as the “Wheel of the sun”.  This eight-spoked symbol of sun worship and the patterns of the sun are seen in the court surrounding the obelisk of Rome, a phallic symbol of Baal, standing directly in front of the Temple of Jupiter known today as St. Peter’s Basilica.  In fact, the statue of Peter found there is actually the statue of Zeus.  They renamed Zeus as Peter and still worship this pagan deity. They also renamed Saturnalia, a heathen twelve day festival of sport in which orgies and debauchery took place before the Lord of Misrule was sacrificed. History records the story of a Christian, before the time of Constantine and his Romanist Church, refusing to play the part of this mocked “Lord of Misrule” and being executed for his stand for Christ.

The-Mystic-and-Occult-Arts-Litzka-_-Walter-Gibson_1024x1024They are the “X”-men and the Double-“cross”ers of the world. Will you emulate them or the Messiah?

Will we be transformed into Jesus Christ’s image as Apostle Paul exhorted in Romans 12? Or will we be conformed to the blueprint or schematic of this present world?

The choice is ours. The Judgment is His.

HEAD DOWN: In the bad times

Christians are diverse.

  • imagesSome are grieving widows.
  • Some are singles longing to find their life-time mate.
  • Some are ridiculed at school.
  • Some are unemployed.
  • Some are overwhelmed with business and / or personal obligations.
  • Some are severely handicapped, blind, lame or have special needs for life.
  • sddSome are old and neglected.
  • Some are hated for their color, financial status, or physical limits.
  • Some are persecuted at work for Christ.
  • Some are persecuted at home for Christ.
  • Many are hated for their beliefs by family, friends, and acquaintances.
  • Some suffer from chronic pain.
  • Others struggle with depression, pride, bitterness, and tempting pleasures.
  • Many are holding on to hope.
  • Many are struggling to have faith.
  • Many wonder when they are going to see the reward for following Christ.
  • ffffffOthers do not see a way forward in life.
  • Many are tired from the journey.
  • Others feel despised, “smitten of GOD”, afflicted, sorrowful, grieving, and rejected of men and forsaken.

ALL WANT TO BE LOVED.

sffdaDon’t lose hope! ALL ARE LOVED with an everlasting love by a Savior who walked on earth and overcame the same trials as us and withstood the same temptations that we face in ways that we will never know until we get to heaven. Don’t give up to despair! Don’t give in to temptations. Let your head hang forward and let the weight of it metaphorically carry you through the last few laps of these few short years on earth. Keep your eyes on the glory set before you, the prize of the high calling of GOD in Christ Jesus!  When Jesus moves, the impossible becomes possible! We must not doubt His timing. He always knows best for us.

indexI remember many years ago in basketball practice that because we lost a game, we were required to run an extraordinary number of “suicides” (as the running exercise was called).  Some dropped out, one cursed the coach, another threw up, and the rest of us kept going. The only way I made it as one of the youngest members of the team was to put my head down and let the weight of it carry me forward. I’ve remembered that many times in life and I’ve metaphorically done that very thing many, many times.

Lazarus from the tombRemember, that you are not alone. As a great Christian friend of mine recently stated, “GOD seems to move in the eleventh hour”.  Jesus actually moved even later than that in the story of Lazarus, but it was so that He could glorify Himself and fulfill His Will through raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was not late to Lazarus’ household. He was right on time.

Peter sinkingYour disappointments are His appointments! He has not forgotten or forsaken you (and He will not). Keep your eyes focused on Jesus who endured far more evil than us and He did not deserve it! Don’t do as Peter who lost sight of Christ and began to sink into the waters of the Sea of Galilee. When discouragement comes, throw it out of your mind and focus on the Messiah! Imagine what it must be like for those who do not have Christ or may not even know of Him.  Imagine their loneliness, addictions, sorrow, pain, and suffering in life with no hope. In Christ, we have hope!

ggggWhen the valley is deep, when the problems seem insurmountable, when the mountain is steep, when the night seems dark ahead of you, when the river seems uncrossable, when the odds are impossible, and when the burdens of life seem far too heavy to carry another step, Jesus is able and completely in control. He plans the steps of His children.

File_PassionMovie_NailHandPayday is coming! Remember Who made these promises is sure, firm, and solid as a Rock! His Word is true! You can make it if you look to Jesus!! When you seem buried in the tomb of despair, remember that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End! He is the Creator of the Universe and He is a Brother to all those who place their lives in His hands in repentant faith.

And many of us in the Body of Christ will be glad to give you a tight metaphorical virtual hug, and pray with you if you just need a shoulder on which to lean, a friend to listen, or just a good cry. That’s what Family do for each other. If you share your prayer requests in the comments of the “About” section of this blog (do not give away too much information about yourself for security purposes), I will be glad to pray for them!

I am so, so very thankful for a Savior Who loves me and understands me, and listens to me, and for those members of His family Who are there for me when I need it most.

If you have never heard of my Savior Jesus Christ, I invite you to read the article located in the top tab of this blog entitled “Most Important Article”.

BIBLICAL ACCURACY: Does it matter?

starofbethlehemIn an era of utter ungodliness in which people do whatever they wish with GOD’s Word and create new versions that leave entire sections of verses missing or which paraphrase Scripture to make it “easier to understand” to the point that the original meaning is completely destroyed, is it important whether or not, we treat GOD’s Words as carefully as GOD has asked us to do?

In an age where musicians blurt out lyrics that are more concerned with rhyming than sound doctrine and conformity to the Scriptures, is it important whether our Christian song lyrics conform to the Bible’s exact meaning? Or can we sing whatever we want as Christians?

GOD has some very damning penalties for those who tamper with His Word.

“For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” – Revelation 22:18-19

For example, let’s take a song that is sure to infuriate some readers who worship at the feet of tradition instead of the feet of the Messiah. The song “The First Noel” is an excellent case in point (obviously many “contemporary Christian songs” are far, far worse). First, what does “Noel” mean? ‘Noel’ is a variant of ‘Nael’ from Latin ‘Natalis’ or “birth”.

  • The Bible says nothing of shepherds seeing a star.
  • The First Noel says the shepherds saw a star in the East giving great light.
  • shepherds-see-new-starThe Bible doesn’t say shepherds were laying in fields (Luke 2 says “abiding” which means in the Greek “living”) and does not say what season of the year Jesus was born, and most theologians believe Jesus was not born in winter.
  • The First Noel says that shepherds  were laying in fields on a cold’s winter night that was so deep.
  • The Bible doesn’t say the star shone both day and night.
  • The First Noel assumes that it continued both day and night.
  • The Bible says nothing about three wise men, but only three gifts.
  • The First Noel says “three wise men came from country far” and “then entered in those wise men three”.
  • The Bible says nothing about where in the East the wise men lived and it says nothing of the direction of the star from the East.
  • The First Noel says “the star drew nigh to the northwest”.

Deuteronomy_12-32Is it a light thing to change Scripture when we like a certain tune or find a certain song to be a “treasure” from the traditions of church history? The Bible has some very scathing remarks for those who take His Word lightly. For example, in both the Law and the Prophets of GOD and the Revelation of Jesus Christ, GOD adamantly states that we are never to tamper with His Holy Word. Therefore, we had best place Him and His Word above our own desires to hear or sing certain music; otherwise, we are guilty of idolatry and of tampering with GOD’s Word.

  • word-of-god-add-diminishYe shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2
  • “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” – Deuteronomy 12:32
  • “Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:” – Jeremiah 26:2

judgementdayThose who have the attitude of “we can tamper with GOD’s Word when it offends one of our songs” or who say “don’t tamper with our traditions or our songs” will one day stand before the Lamb Who will serve as Judge of all the universe and they will answer for their crimes against Him.

CHRISTMAS: The tale of two authors

Kirk Cameron - ChristmasI am republishing two great articles below which may explain why many Christians are no longer celebrating Christmas in spite of “Celebrity Christians” like Kirk Cameron who are promoting it and even making the over-the-top claim that Santa Claus is a “Defender of the Faith”.  Keep in mind that although Kirk Cameron once agreed with Ray Comfort that Catholics need salvation, more recently Kirk Cameron has started touring Catholic media and promoting their values.

Another more intriguing note is that Kirk Cameron was actually married in a Catholic Church after he was supposed “saved”.  Why did he join Ray Comfort to start? Was it to get credibility? Why is he joining Catholics now? Perhaps that is a research project for you. You may not even believe what you find.

Meanwhile, below you will find two very comprehensive articles on Christmas that explain why more and more Christians are not only getting rid of their Santa Claus decorations or even Christmas tree, but are walking away from the festival day entirely.

  1. Why Fewer Christians Are Celebrating Christmas**
  2. Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas

 **I do not know much about the author Heather Clark personally and I do not endorse all of the pastors she quotes, but I do endorse the history she shares in this article, because I know from my own research that the history she shares in this article is well-researched and well-written.

ROMANISM: Why study it?

popeOne of the main reasons that I developed an interest in occult and ecclesiastical Rome many years ago was because of prophecy. The Bible clearly names the Romans as the final empire (before Jesus Christ returns to set up His glorious Kingdom) in Daniel chapter 2, chapter 7, very clearly in chapter 9, and vaguely in chapter 11. However, some Christian organizations and educational institutes state in error that Rome’s empire ended in A.D. 476.

007.jpg.opt750x750o0,0s750x750My studies, as seen in both this blog and our partner blog, confirmed that the Roman Empire truly did NOT end in A.D. 476. Not only did the Unholy Roman Empire continue into the 19th century under guise of a religious-political hybrid, but their pagan Baal religion did as well under guise of Catholicism. Romans today probably have more power and technological capabilities to annihilate their opponents than anytime previously in history. Do not trust those who say the Roman Empire ended in A.D. 476. It did not. It continued until the present era as the Bible stated. Let GOD be true and every man a liar.

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

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

Another benefit of my research has been to help me see how many of our history books today have been revised and how much of modern Christianity still carries the remnants of Roman Catholic beliefs in their cathedral-building, day of holy convocation, holidays, treatment of widows and poor brethren, self-absorbed traditions and rituals, methods of ministry, inviting of pagans to be in their congregational times, mega-church mentality, charismatic and superstitious beliefs, ecumenicism and much more.

It also showed me how Roman Catholicism was but Baal worship re-labeled, and helped me see the history of Baal worship (Jezebel worship), Nicolaitanism, and Baalam worship in the Bible and the Book of Revelation and how it is still affecting us today.

falsereligionThe research has greatly changed my worldview both spiritually and physically in many ways. It has been well worth the research to find purity in theology and life, and to discover answers to questions in Scripture.

The correct Gospel is a matter of heaven or hell. Seeing the many tentacles of religious Rome and their covert Baal message is helpful in avoiding their many masked organizations preaching a works gospel.

stronnieKnowing the correct candidates to vote into office is a matter of freedom or tyranny. It helps to see which candidates are Knights and to also see why so many Democrats and RINOs are Knights who agree with each other, while the American people who just want to eat, live, and be free are perplexed as to why the people for whom they vote seem to be such lying phonies. It helps to see the agenda of secular Rome, who resides under the same pontiff as religious Rome, as well as their many spies, soldiers, and operations who purport the most heinous of governments and crimes so that they may corrupt, destroy and overcome the American Empire (and with it the world).

img-thingTruth, knowledge, wisdom, instruction, and understanding are all worthwhile things to pursue for a Christian as the Spirit of GOD used Solomon to tell us in Proverbs.

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

anonymousOnce upon a time, Satan had transformed himself to look like a popular boy and so he was very angry when a very beautiful college girl refused to attend a social event with him when he asked. 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 five 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) 
  • Liberius (A.D. 352-366)

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 Liberius 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 that 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 to 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 requiring the observance of all the holy days or Sabbaths, and we are not to become the judge of another man’s conscience who wishes to observe or not observe Biblical feasts and holy days. This has nothing to do with pagan assimilation, however, or the adopting of pagan days to celebrate GOD. Such pagan assimilation was despicable to GOD who strongly condemned the use of pagan rituals, feasts or practices for Himself.

download (1)Also, 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. Since we are Christ’s slave since He purchased those of us who trust in Him, there’s a difference between not being a slave to the Law and just plain not obeying His Law or commands – quite a difference. The Apostle Paul stated we are never to sin in order that grace may abound. Such behavior is forbidden. Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets, 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 which they share to gain men’s confidence and then spin a lie about the Gospel. Another reason, these groups flourish is because many Christian pastors failed to thoroughly study 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. It should also be pointed out that the weekly seventh-day Sabbath was around since the dawn of Creation long before the Law of Moses was given. Also, the pattern of the Sabbath is seen over and over throughout the Bible from GOD’s theocratic laws regarding the seventh year cessation of slaves from bondage and the cessation of debts to the seventh Millennium of human history possibly serving as a cessation or rest known as the Millennial Reign of Christ as seen in an entirely separate article on this site regarding the Day of the LORD and the LORD’s Day Sabbath (one of Christ’s titles is Lord of the Sabbath).

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 usually given little of material possessions in this life by the god of this world. However, their family sees their strong convictions and bold Christ-like example and they are given the wonderful fruits of the Spirit, many blessings both materially and spiritually and GOD’s blessed promise to never leave them or forsake them.

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. Also, Zacharias spoke at the Mormon’s school, BYU, in violation of the apostle Paul’s and John’s explicit commands.

The coveted “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 pastors who supposedly are all about the Bible are for the most part a lot of comfort-seekers who refuse to speak out to expose Satanic doctrines and false gospels and who, like serpents, would rather turn on me instead in order to maintain their little warm place on their little rock (aka as the church office).  

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? Why are they so adored by the masses?

“We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” – I John 4:6

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.  I will allow GOD to recompense him for his deeds accordingly.

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 construct of works salvation or an outright belief in 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 what is now 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 their strategic Counter-Reformation war 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 media networks to the 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? Or by that Mormon Glenn Beck whose religious leaders don the Masonic aprons of the Freemasons? And why not since the Freemasons Joseph Smith and Brigham Young founded them. These Satanic Freemasons are also linked to Rome since every Freemason is a Knights Templar as the old saying goes that has been repeated by more than one knightly author.

Do Christians 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 homeschoolers 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 authored on his site as seen at this link, in spite of the fact that the Jesuit Pope stands for a false gospel, 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 men to hell.  In fact, the Bible commands us to do so. 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?

signs

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. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  5. Joy to the World
  6. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  7. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  8. O Holy Night
  9. Once in Royal David’s City
  10. Silent Night
  11. What Child Is This?
  12. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  13. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
  14. Handel’s Messiah

2000Also, even some of the 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”.  “Joy to the World” is an example of a Biblically accurate hymn, but it is not even a song about Christmas but rather about the Second Return and Millennial Reign of Christ (i.e. “far as the curse is found”, etc) based upon Psalm 98.

With 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.

XIR38815Did 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.

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

“Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” – Jeremiah 20:9

Jeremiah was the weeping prophet, chosen by GOD to speak out to Israel, a “nation gone wild” during a time when they wanted false teachers to tell them what they wanted to hear. They despised Jeremiah and made him a “byword” (i.e. object of ridicule or joke). Jeremiah wanted to stop speaking out. He obviously didn’t enjoy having to speak out to a people who wanted their sin and false teachers. He would have preferred being popular, rich, and loved by the masses undoubtedly. In the end, however, Jeremiah was still standing tall. Israel was conquered and Jeremiah’s prophecies of their utter destruction and horrific end was fulfilled. They should have listened.

43Why would he or we speak out on unpopular topics that are important to holiness or being “set apart” from paganism? It is not for money or popularity … as you can imagine.

It was GOD’s Word burning within Him. To know GOD’s Word and to have His Spirit within is so important.

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.

Faith-without-works-is-deadThere 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
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  • 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 t