CHRISTIANITY: According to me?

If you’ve ever grown squash plants, you may know vividly what happens when squash bugs bore into the root and kill it. Squash plants are only as good as their roots, and that’s why it is important for farmers to know what rots the roots and what nourishes the roots of plants.  Or eventually the squash bugs will be around to help finish off the rotten root, because “it’s what they do”.

Is it possible that what is rotting America’s roots today is a new version of Christianity? A version according to us rather than GOD?

I recently heard a rant on social media. This person claimed to be a “Christian” and spent time explaining (in their words): “what Christianity “means to me“.

This individual on social media defined Christianity as being about:

  1. Having a “heart for GOD”; they explained one’s actions are unrelated to one’s heart
  2. Having “love” (defined by what love “means to them”)
  3. Not “judging” and to them “that’s not what Christianity is” as you must “love” them and let them do what they think is right without any rebuke

At least that’s what “Christianity” meant “to them”.  Didn’t GOD say to rebuke and exhort?  Didn’t apostle Paul say to judge each other, except when doubtful matters were involved? Didn’t Jesus define love as “if you love me, keep my commandments?”  Doesn’t having a “heart for GOD” mean our heart is not separate from our actions? Does GOD matter anymore? Does what He say have anything to do with what “we think” today?

The response to this anti-Biblical self-fabricated version of “Christianity” according to this individual? Over fifteen thousand people raved and “LIKED” the comments spoken which were devoid and contradictory to Scripture!  How many today know Scripture? Most of the arguments were highly reminiscent of the old justifications that we heard in the 1970s as to why “rock n’ roll” is acceptable to GOD – only today that argumentation is being used for everything from transsexualism and sodomy to murder (abortion) to divorce to witchcraft being viewed as entertainment (Harry Potter) and the most profane of sins. But the core arguments and philosophy began in the 1970s as people began to justify their “Christian rock”.

And today, people praise this type of “feel good” rhetoric. And this teaching emanates straight from the Satanic Bible that preaches “‘do what thou wilt’ shall be the whole of the law“.  In essence, the majority of American Christians today have espoused the basic tenets of Satanism philosophically, and their culture and lifestyle looks like it came straight out of Baal worship.

Jesus warned that if you don’t take His cross you can’t be His disciple.  Yet, perhaps the vast majority of American Christians don’t care what Jesus said, because that isn’t “what it means to them”.

So let me translate what was said in that social media rant that I saw:

  1. Live evil and follow the Satanic Bible as long as you love Jesus “in your heart”.
  2. Christian love is doing whatever you want, as long as you give lip service to Jesus.
  3. Rebuking and exhorting those in sin is “judging” and that’s very bad.
  4. The apostle Paul got it wrong in I Corinthians 6:2 teaching us to judge each other.
  5. Jesus was confused when He stated that by their fruits you will know them.
  6. “Judge not” in Matthew 7 can be twisted to whatever warped desires we have.

That social media rant revealed in great part what is rotting America’s roots. In three bullet points, it was clear that:

  1. Fathers have failed their families by not grounding them in the Word.
  2. “What it means to me” has become the average church goers’ “source of truth”.
  3. Christians today don’t know the Bible very well, if at all.

Today, people want to have sex with any person and any thing that they desire.  They want to participate in the most bizarre orgies or Satanic practices and still be “Christian”. One Christian rocker said they have gotten past “the fear of GOD”. At least that’s what it “meant to me” he could add.   Proverbs chapter 1 says the “fear of GOD is the beginning of wisdom”.  So who do you believe? This Christian rocker? Or the Bible? Most seem to side with the Christian rocker. It has become a circus in American “Christianity” better titled “Church-i-anity”.

Today, Jesus and GOD have been crafted into idols – false gods that do not resemble the Jesus of the Bible.  Is this why so many CINOs (Christians-in-name-only) flash the Satanic salute, listen to Satanic music, watch Satanic entertainment, and live in fornication, while calling themselves a follower of “Christ”?

I am reminded of Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer who said she would never change her blindness because the first face she is going to see is the face of Jesus.  She probably penned more hymns than any other hymn writer in history and wrote some of the greatest and most sung hymns of the past two centuries. She stated:

“Sometimes I need to reject the music proposed for my songs because the musicians misunderstand that the Fanny Crosby who once wrote for the people in the saloons has merely changed the lyrics. Oh my no. The church must never sing it’s songs to the melodies of the world.” – Fanny Crosby

Today’s “Christianity” is not a reflection of Scripture, but like the false Christs that so many have sculpted into their own image today, Christianity has become whatever it “means to me” rather than what it means to GOD. Why? They are simply clueless about what GOD in the Bible says about it, and no wonder – after all, the time they should have spent reading the Bible is most likely being spent listening to rock ‘n’ roll at home and in churches, because the Bible verses condemning enchanters really don’t apply anymore – at least, that’s “what it means to some”.  In reality, most congregations prefer their “Christian” witch doctors and shamans, who call themselves “pastors” and “worship leaders” rather than the Holy Word of GOD.  In fact to most in American churches, “grace” and “love” and “holiness” is “whatever it means to you”.  “What it means to them” is that the Bible got it wrong when it said that all Scripture was given to us for doctrine, so if you want to toss out the Old Testament or even parts of the New Testament, then feel free if that’s “what it means to you”.

Perhaps that is why two veteran “Christian” film directors, who once created hard-hitting spiritual films, are now creating a new movie with hundreds of immodestly clad young college girls running rampantly through it as the central theme of it.  After all, when Jesus said to not lust after a woman, that’s only for the men evidently – the women couldn’t possibly be guilty contributors by pulling off half their clothes – and we know these Christian film directors couldn’t possibly have a lustful bone in their body – not in the modern era where “Christian” men are too DE-sensitized from internet porn to notice a girl wearing short-shorts in public.

We can soon expect that girls running semi-nude with surf boards through “Christian films” will become the norm.  Wait a minute! It already is. Remember “Soul Surfer”? Oh, and there’s a long tradition before that of such revelry, beginning with Billy Graham’s so-called “evangelistic films” in the 1960s.  After all, they were “evangelistic” and we all know that as long as you’re doing a ministry, you can do whatever else you wanna do, right? Indeed, those 1960s Graham films must be acceptable to GOD as long as they were doing evangelism in the process of filming beautiful girls in bikinis playing volleyball and talking about Jesus, correct? At least, that was what “evangelism” meant to Billy Graham, and he couldn’t possibly be wrong, could he?  Billy Graham is the father, in many ways, of “cesspool Christianity” with all of its heavy metal rockers, bikini girls, tattoos, filthy entertainment, and justifications of evil in the name of Christ which pervades almost every Christian university today and many churches.

If someone has good looks, lots of money, and flaunts their body and power, most church goers “LIKE” whatever they say on social media, regardless of how ghastly it is spiritually. Therefore, it is no wonder that church goers are now all about being “LIKED”, so they also focus on their body, gaining popularity and power and money, getting their bodies to look good enough to flaunt them, and then do whatever feels good, no matter how raunchy – because in their mind, the Old Testament morals and judgments of GOD are all ancient history, and “grace” is all about being able to do whatever you want so that “grace may abound” (the very thing that Paul the apostle vehemently condemned).

And woe to the poor soul who speaks out against this modern cabal of Satanic iniquity being practiced by most church goers.  Any such preacher will be labeled “judge”, “extremist”, “fanatic”, “right-winger”, “hater”, and treated to about every sort of gossip, mockery, verbal abuse, mental anguish, threats, and persecution imaginable. In some ways, righteous pastors have more to fear from the retaliations of those church goers who want to live like Satan all week and still be told on Sunday that all is well.  And most of these church goers want “payback” on any pastor, who they call a “judger”, condemning their sinful lifestyles.  Thus, it makes sense that when a righteous pastor falls into sin, these evil church goers just about have a celebration rather than grieving.  No wonder so many pastors are either falling silent, dropping out of the ministry, or joining in this new ghastly debacle being labeled as “Christianity” – or better phrased “Christianity according to American church goers”.  If you live outside of America, do not learn her church goers’ ways. Judgment is coming!

Humans are good at lying to themselves.  If they want to rock ‘n’ roll, they do it.  If they want to drink booze, they do it. If they want to divorce their spouse, they do it. If they want to view porn, they do it.  If they want to celebrate a holiday, they do it. If they want to hang out with semi-nude girls in the name of “ministry”, they do it. And most today don’t admit they’re wrong, but instead justify their sins and rant with names like “haters” or “judges”against those who righteously rebuke them for their defilement of the temple of Christ – if, indeed, they are a temple of the Holy Spirit.  And that’s very questionable for most church goers when you examine how rotten the fruit is.

Many church goers today lie to the world through their social media and say righteous judgment is wrong, false “love” is good, and all those “do-right Nazis” are the problem in the world, because they’re “judging me”.  This is this vast majority of church goers in America who claim to be followers of “Christianity”.  While works do not save us, they do show whether we’ve been truly saved. Is it possible that America is merely religious and not followers of Christ? Is America filled with “‘Christians’ who aren’t Christians” who worship a “‘Jesus’ who isn’t Jesus”?

What did Jesus say? He rebuked the sinful religious crowd in the Sermon on the Mount about their lust, self-centered lifestyles, and self-justifications. He stated in that famous message:

“”Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:16-20

America has changed so drastically since the 1960s. The following quotes from a diverse group of philosophically different people sheds a bit of light on why America has changed so drastically.

“The secret of America’s genius is not in her halls of Government or even in the Senate, but in her homes and churches. America is great because she is good, and when she is no longer good she will no longer be great.” – United States Senator Henry F. Ashurst of Arizona

“The family is the basic cell of government: it is where we are trained to believe that we are human beings or that we are chattel, it is where we are trained to see the sex and race divisions and become callous to injustice even if it is done to ourselves, to accept as biological a full system of authoritarian government.” – Gloria Steinem, speech, July 1981

“Family is what grounds you.” – Angelina Jolie, interview, Jun. 13, 2001

“The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.” – Marianne E. Neifert, Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide

“The family is the basis of society. As the family is, so is the society, and it is human beings who make a family-not the quantity of them, but the quality of them.” ― Ashley Montagu

Families have changed, and schools, churches, and governments are all composed of the building block of families. Families are no longer led by fathers in studying the Word of GOD in the home.

There are two types of evil doers: 1) those who do evil and repent (and we should embrace and restore these individuals), and 2) those who do evil and justify it as “righteous” (this is the most prevalent form of evil in Christianity today).

I can tell you more than one story of pastors who had affairs and repented.  My heart goes out with compassion upon such a person and we should embrace and restore the penitent sinner, realizing it may be us next, instead of isolating, shunning, and gossiping about them like serpents of the Dragon.

I can also tell you of massive statistics of unrepentant Baptists who have affairs and divorce their spouse without repentance while claiming to be good Christians. There’s also those who assimilate and emulate the world in every way, embrace the culture of Baal in music, dress, holidays, entertainment and such, and who even in their churches live by Satanic philosophies such as “the end justifies the means” or “sin that grace may abound” and refuse to repent. We are not told to embrace and restore unrepentant brothers in gross sin, but rather to shun them according to 1 Corinthians 5, not “according to me”.

And then there are the Pharisees who sit in their pews and judge others every Sunday, but based on their own criteria of what, in their opinion, is acceptable to themselves and to GOD, rather than what is acceptable to GOD based upon the Bible. Ironically, this sort of person usually has little compassion on people falling into sin. They are white-washed sepulchers with zero compassion, love, mercy, or grace, while hypocritically participating in sins that their church and pastor endorse such as assimilation of the culture, absorption of its pagan entertainment, and refusal to get involved in unbelievers’ lives outside of their own cliques and “church clubs”. Why? They don’t think it’s sin.  And they will answer to GOD for their refusal to admit and repent of their sins of assimilation and hard-hearted self-righteousness. Repentant prostitutes and rapists will walk into heaven before those who inhabit a church pew on Sunday, thinking that filling that seat is their duty to GOD, while refusing to repent of their assimilation and justification of sins.

“… Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.” – Matthew 21:31-32

“Christianity Today” is the best way to describe what is in most congregations in America, and it’s not true Biblical Christianity.  Let me illustrate for you what I mean. Which of the below are Christians and which are non-Christians and which are Satanists? You may be very surprised to learn who is who.  Then again, you may not. Not much surprises me anymore as well in American “Christianity”.

Christianity - What it Means to Americans

Much worse could be posted as photos, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable posting such raunchy photos.  Just know that almost everyone above consider themselves to be Christians.

What does the unchanging GOD say in His Word on assimilating the heathen?

“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.” – Deuteronomy 18:9

“Thus says the LORD: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles …” – Jeremiah 10:2

Of course, today’s modern “Christians” have become so “wise” (in their own eyes) that they have learned how “unimportant” the Old Testament is to GOD and believers and how much GOD has supposedly “changed” from the Old Testament, so let me quote the New Testament:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8

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

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” – 1 John 2:15

I can see why most false teachers just want music thumping in their church for most of the service.  Opening a Bible and reading it could really contradict everything that’s taking place in their modern “Christian” temple.

The deluded writer of “The Reluctant Skeptic” recently expressed the new mindset of many in churches who call themselves “Christians”.  He stated:

“I remember many other cases where someone “discovered” that certain logos, movies, books, and brands are special satanic ploys to mystically possess the population into Satan worship. Everyone was freaked out and spent time breaking curses, burning books, or destroying clothes with magical logos. We often take note from the Old Testament, where people worshiped idols of stone, and assume Satanism is still so “item-oriented.” But in this new dispensation God has revealed a Christianity that is no longer “item-focused” but “heart-focused.” While we usually realize that “goodness” is not about sacred items and temples, but we still think “badness” is contained within little curses and trinkets.”

His words sound convincing, but they don’t match what the Bible says.  Since he mistakenly dropped the Old Testament into the metaphorical ‘trash can’, composed of thirty-nine books given to us by the inspiration of GOD which soundly condemn witchcraft in all of its forms, movies, books, and brands, let me point him to the New Testament. Why? Lest this deluded writer feel justified and “righteous in his own eyes” as he mocks those who “freak out” and destroy such books and materials  (unless he also spurns the New Testament too because it’s not what it “means to him”).  Here’s what the New Testament says. The setting?  Directly after a demon-possessed man wreaked havoc, we read of this reaction by the believers in Acts chapter 19:

“Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.” – Acts 19:19-20

Sounds like the New Testament Christians still “freaked out” and “burned books”.

But who can tell, the “reluctant skeptic” may not be who he represents himself to be. That’s why Christians must not just accept everything they read or hear without checking it against the Bible.  Jesus said to not judge by human standards, but by the Word in Matthew 7.  That’s the famous passage from which people love to quote “judge not”.  In reality, Matthew 7 was saying to judge righteously using the unchanging Word of GOD as your measurement stick, and not man’s constantly changing “wisdom” to judge others – human wisdom that is often based upon a “what it means to me” mentality.  One local leader in the medical industry, who claims to be “Christian” and who is celebrated as a “great guy” by many Christians, called a young teen believer “snobbish” for sharing his faith. Jesus commanded us to share our faith. Who do you believe? Jesus or this “Christian leader”?

We have two groups of people in America who attend churches and embrace a false version of “Christianity”.

One group are the Pharisees with zero compassion, white collared shirts, extending no mercy, grace, or love to the lost, and priding themselves in their own “righteousness” which is not righteousness, but a list of traditions and rituals that they are prescribed by their pastor or priest to follow in order to be “holier than thou”.  No wonder their children can’t befriend anyone but those in their tiny cliques and show no compassion to those lost people who need the Gospel.  They can’t even show kindness and friendship to their own fellow church members, they’re so cliquish.

Furthermore, I have noticed over the years that many of the youth who claim to be “holier than thou” are just as pagan in their lifestyles as their youthful “Christian” counterparts who they speak of as being “less holy”, but it’s just their list of assimilation is more accepted by their “pastors”.  Also, I noticed these “holier than thou” youth are very exclusive in ignoring the lost youth and anyone except those on their list of “good people”.  They stick to their fifty friends or so on social networking who also follow their pastor’s list.  They have their own sports teams, activities, choirs, and more with absolutely zero interaction with the lost world, and not just the youth – their parents too.  They can’t even say ‘hello’ to each other in their congregations, much less to those outside of them.  They are self-absorbed and stick to their tiny group of friends, instead of breaking their comfort zone and being friendly to those without their group of friends.  Within their little clan, they peak out at any others in the congregation or even in their community with suspicion and view everyone else beyond their ten friends at their Christian school or church as either “worldly” or “heathen”.  How will they ever win a lost person to Christ?

The other group of people are the trolls who claim to be “Christian” as they live as Satanic, Baal-ridden, worldly, demonic, sexually active, self-centered, and fill their minds with as much pagan culture as possible, even in their churches, while asking GOD to bless all the filth in their lives and they want their pastors to proclaim it all as “Christian”.

I recently saw “Christian” parents who raised a boy who acted like a demon-on-wheel, and they were saying “we don’t know what happened”, yet they babied, bailed out, pampered, and spoiled the child to no end.  I could tell in just the one short interview that they were “practicing parenting” according to a strange version of Christianity that seemed “right to them” rather than according to the Book of Proverbs and the Bible which teaches us to train, love, spend time, nurture, and teach discipline and the Word to our children, including how to avoid assimilation of the lost world, while still showing love, friendliness, and compassion to the world.

Most people who claim to be Christians are the very core problem in America – the cause of the rot at the root of the nation.  II Chronicles 7:14 stated that “if MY people” repented, then the land would be healed.  It didn’t say if the pagans would repent. Jesus also stated in Matthew 5 as well what happens to a people who refuse to be salt and light in a lost and pagan world.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13

Today, those claiming Christ are more angry at those warning them of judgment and rebuking them sharply, as the apostle Paul commanded we do, than they are at those who are killing babies and committing crimes against nature. Persecution is coming!  When salt is no longer salty, it is tossed into the street … and that’s when the trampling begins.

Those claiming to be GOD’s people must repent! Or they can expect the trampling … and very soon.

 

SEX: In marriage?

married not marred

“Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.” – Proverbs 30:18-19

When the average adolescent thinks of ‘sex’, they think of pleasure, fun, or what type of ‘orientation’ they prefer as if it is a new type of cookie or snack to enjoy, thanks to the sexual revolution in the 1960s, the CIA’s Arpanet (internet), and Hollywood’s constant barrage of immorality being fed to them through media channels filled with instant gratification.

No wonder about half of all marriages end in divorce with 8.8 years being the average length of an American marriage.  This doesn’t count all the new ‘lifestyles’ and ‘orientations’ that have decided marriage isn’t needed anymore except for tax breaks and benefits.

There’s a reason that America has become like this.

The idea of marriage has been replaced with ‘free sex’, but I really don’t think most people grasp what that term ‘free sex’ means.  Let me explain.

“For every action, there is an equal (in size) and opposite (in direction) reaction.”  – Isaac Newton

Remember Newton’s third law of motion?  Think in terms of this scientific principle when it comes to sex.  If you decide to have sex (action), you are accepting the real fact that for all that great pleasure, you will have great responsibility (reaction).

married withNo wonder the Bible states that sex is for only those who have entered the covenant of marriage. Why? Because marriage requires commitment, and when the responsibility comes, some may be tempted to play the ‘deadbeat’ role instead.  Marrying a spouse should not be seen by any young man or woman as ‘fun’, but as ‘honorable’.  Why so?  They are taking on more responsibility for another person.  When they then decide to have sex (and the accompanying responsibility), this is honorable as well.  Why?  They are showing their willingness to take on any even greater level of responsibility.

Is that how most teens in America think today? No.  And this is why people divorce.  And this is the purpose of my article – to let young people know what they should expect from a Biblical perspective – the blessings and fulfillment of being honorable enough to take on more responsibility.  Sometimes, couples have life-changing events such as disease or accidents and no pleasure (sex) is involved – just responsibility; therefore, we must set this as the expectation for prospective couples if they are to have a proper view of marriage. Expectations are being set by public schools, Hollywood and the internet which are teaching that no responsibility is required. Also, many have resorted to what the Bible phrases as spilling their seed on the ground as seen in Genesis 38 in the life of Onan whom GOD killed. In this passage in Genesis, we see that Onan’s purpose was to avoid the responsibility (or ‘the duty’ as the Scripture states it) that he had to his brother’s wife (a duty which would ensure that this widow had children to care for her in her old age and which probably meant more responsibility for him as he would need to help her care for the children). Instead, Onan enjoyed the sexuality of his brother’s wife (which was his duty), but not the responsibility to her (which was also his duty to her) by allowing such sex to result in procreation.

“Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.” But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his. So whenever he went in to his brother’s wife he would waste the semen on the ground, so as not to give offspring to his brother.” – Genesis 38:8-9

Marriage is a picture of Jesus Christ and His Bride, and such behavior is incompatible with this image of our relationship with GOD.  Furthermore, much of the self-gratifying habits in people’s lives is accompanied by lust and often begins long before marriage, which in turn gives the youth the idea that pleasure is the purpose of sex.  While sex has pleasure (and responsibility), pleasure is not the Biblical purpose of sex.   Sadly, in the modern American culture, women have similar behavior. Some justify such self-erotic behavior, because they say the Bible doesn’t really say anything is wrong with it, but in doing so, they actually show their ignorance of what marriage is all about.  GOD promises judgment upon those who engage in sex outside of the form and structure which He has given to us.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and the adulterous.” – Hebrews 13:4

Marriage was defined by GOD in Genesis 2.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

Sex is only to be had in marriage, not with one’s self, not with others, but only with their spouse. I remember after marriage that something changed as we became ‘one flesh’.  It was almost like we had the same mind at times and it was quite dramatic.  Also, when you offend your spouse, you are offending yourself, because you have become one flesh.  Those who invent perverted sexual lifestyles are marring the beautiful picture of Christ and His Bride as seen in marriage.  Those who practice abuse or other evil within their marriages or who attempt to redefine marriage using perversion are also marring the beauty of this Biblical model of our relationship with the Messiah. Those who are self-absorbed and practice sexuality on their own are also marring the beauty of GOD’s image of marriage as being Jesus wed with His Bride, the People of GOD. Marriage is about being married together, not marred together.

Marriage is not only a picture of Christ, but also as Hebrews 13 said previously in this article, marriage is all about honor – a willingness to take on responsibility for another and to place their lives in your care. This is honorable.

“Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.” – Ecclesiastes 9:9-10

Marriage is also about procreation.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” – Genesis 1:27-28

The Birth Control Project gives the history of how birth control was an invention of grisly, Nazi-like people such as Margaret Sanger, who touted Hitler’s thoughts on procreation and sterilization, influenced America in not just abortion, the ‘morning after pill’, or other obviously evil practices, but also in the practice of standard birth control pills which seek to stop life before it is allowed to even conceive.  Such a view of sex again is that the action of sex should not be met with the equal and opposite reaction of responsibility.  This again plays to man’s sense of self-gratification, a concept that is very much the opposite of the model of Christ.  Could you imagine Jesus and his Bride not wanting to bring forth many children to the Father through the Seed of the Gospel? And in this way, most who profess Jesus’ name do not really think through the model of Christ or the Biblical worldview of procreation as they practice contraception (which means ‘against conception’), which is a way, like Onan, of avoiding the responsibility that comes with sex.  What many do not realize are the enormous number of ‘female problems’ that occur as a result of the use of contraception or tubal ligation. While this article is not meant to tackle this difficult subject, just know that ‘Big Pharma’ may not want you to know how their contraception drugs can affect your fertility and they have many voices preaching their viewpoint, so be sure to read after the testimonies and voices of those who care. Also, I have read the testimonies of many, many ladies who suffer today from tubal ligation.  However, these are difficult choices you must make and I would encourage you as you make your choices to look at the Biblical model of marriage as a picture of Christ and His Bride, as well as the Biblical view of Onan who attempted to separate sex from responsibility.

GOD does tell spouses to be sure to not defraud the other spouse in a relationship in 1 Corinthians 7 where He makes it clear that sex is something in which married couples should be doing regularly in order to not bring temptation to the other spouse.

“The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” – 1 Corinthians 7:3-5

However, does the Bible ever promise us a ‘great sex life’? No -especially if cancer or accidents or other things happen. Does GOD ever say that we should expect marriage to be about sex? No. It’s about love.  It’s about the other person’s needs.  Even the idea of not ‘defrauding’ another spouse in bed is about their needs. Let’s hear what the Bible says.

“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.” – Proverbs 12:4

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” – Proverbs 18:22

“House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.” – Proverbs 19:14

” An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” – Proverbs 31:10

While separation is sometimes necessary in order to protect the life of a spouse from abuse or disease, divorce is considered to be against the will of GOD as seen in the below Scriptures.

“And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”” – Mark 10:11-12

“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”” – Matthew 19:3-12

“Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.” – Luke 16:18

“To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.” – 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

While the apostle Paul states that a wife who separates from her husband should remain unmarried or reconcile to her husband, he does allow for a widow or widower whose spouse has died to remarry, although he adds the caveat that he thinks they are better off if they stay single as himself.

“For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” – 1 Corinthians 7:7-9

Therefore, we conclude that all sex, whether self-gratification, perversion, adultery, and Jesus even named ‘lust’, which falls outside of marriage is against the laws of GOD, and is an abomination to GOD.  We also see that those who attempt to enjoy the sexuality of another within the legalities of his duties, such as Onan, but attempt to avoid the responsibility of such sexuality is not pleasing to GOD (GOD killed Onan).

My sole purpose for getting up this morning and writing this article was to ensure that the unmarried, especially the Christian youth, understand that sex is about love and responsibility for another as Christ loves His Bride, not one’s self-absorbed pleasures.

My brother-in-law led many to Jesus Christ before he suddenly came down with a life-changing illness. I have seen my sister stand beside her husband. I have watched her assist him as he has suffered for over seven years with a life-threatening disease that may soon claim his life. This is love.

I never knew my grandfather when he was a playboy and a mafioso-like, devilish rebel against GOD.  I only saw him as the loving father, godly pastor, and fervent believer that he became after the Holy Spirit transformed his life. However, I am told that my grandmother put up with his evil ways for years, while staying faithful to him and to GOD.  The result was what Paul implied in 1 Corinthians 7.  Though you can bet she wasn’t in that marriage for the pleasure, she won him to Jesus Christ through her faithfulness and had the extraordinary pleasure and fulfillment of seeing him become a loving husband and father as a result.  This is love.

I have seen my father care for my mother as she endured surgeries, had difficulty walking and doing everyday biological functions. Few on this planet live in such a selfless, loving way, and many will just exit when the times get tough. But that’s what marriage really is – an opportunity to love.

GOD has clearly stated that He will judge those who use the sexuality of marriage for their self-absorbed purposes.

We hope this Biblical worldview will allow the reader to have realistic expectations and will assist them in not just avoiding divorce, but thriving in their marriages as they realize that marriage gives them an opportunity to love another believer in the Messiah and to live out a model of Christ’s love for us.

Love is all about others, not one’s own self.  And we can love another only because GOD first loved us.

REFORMED: Sign of the end?

  • Does Reformed theology’s popularity indicate we’re ‘close to the end’?
  • Where does the Reformed movement trace its origins?
  • Was Calvin a ‘converso’ infiltrator? Did he go to school with Ignatius?
  • Is the time of the Gentiles coming to an end as more move into Rome’s bed?
  • Why were popular reformed movements today like Sovereign Grace Ministries started originally as ‘People of Destiny International’ and ‘Covenant Life Church‘ by Roman Catholics, Larry Tomczak and C.J. Mahaney?

Why do Calvin’s core Reformed doctrines and beliefs, his assistance of the Inquisition, his beheading of other Jesus followers, his Jew hatred and works salvation (sacramentum) all resemble the Catholic religious system of Rome? Was Calvin ‘renouncing’ or ‘reforming’ the Catholic Church? Was ‘reforming’ the Catholic Church the right thing to do?  … READ MORE

THE AMERICAS: Deleted?

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Let’s review a few of the following thoughts together.    Obama, Rouhani, and Putin seem to be working together as explained later. Chatter has increased about massive mega-earthquakes across America at a level never before heard. ‘Atlantis’ is said to not be a past city, but a future continent as stated in the video at this link and documented in the video at this link. And then there’s a massive economic tsunami being predicted by high-level globalist leaders.

What if all of these reports have something in common?

If some of the best and brightest who are moral and well-meaning in the intelligence, military and local law enforcement communities just believe whatever their superiors, news feeds, and ‘intelligence’ data tell them, won’t the populace as well? Who will see ‘it’ coming? How deeply in trouble are Americans?

This lack of perception – this darkness is exacerbated by a deep abiding fear in the guts of the few who see what is happening – a fear that makes them afraid to speak out, paranoid, frozen, which can leave them almost feeling desperate and hopeless. Furthermore, the threats, dirty tricks, whispering campaigns, blackmail, mass surveillance, and technological manipulation are being employed to shut down the last few voices who are speaking out.  Not everything is as it seems.

How many of the ‘moral’ have been a huge help to the Enemy without even knowing it … but I digress.

I have heard numerous leaders voicing their fear of what might be taking place in America very soon. People with ties to intelligence are warning of what this year might be like.  World leaders are making very troubling comments and placing alerts to others. Something monumental must be happening and very soon.

images4Remember that conversation between Obama and Putin that showed how chummy they are? It took place just before the last election.  Well, Obama recently called Putin and we are told he didn’t even mention Putin’s aggressive actions toward our military on the call. So what’s up?

Well, first here’s another thought.  If Obama is chummy with Putin in private, but acts like his nemesis in public, then what might be Obama’s relationship with Iran’s President Rouhani?  Some are saying his deal with Iran was one of the most radical deals in history.  It basically guaranteed not only the massacre of Israel, but also the eventual possibility of Iran using nuclear weapons against America.  And then there’s not just Iran and Putin, is there?  There’s also ‘the Kims’ leading North Korea. What would happen if these men all united with Obama? What could happen if the great Jihad is near? What if someone pushed a ‘red button’ and played ‘martyr’? Or what if several someones did this?  I caution you to look behind the mask. Several of the covert agents of Rome are also sounding the warning [UPDATE: On the morning that I posted this article, one of Rome’s valuable infiltrators published a similar article to mine that same day with similar warnings, but it’s expected that she would do so for credibility purposes; for once the madness begins, they want it to look like they were the ones warning people].

If Obama has been painted to be radical as a President in such a way that the world could believe that he would be capable of assisting the Muslims in an ‘inside job’, then it just might make a believable story if ‘something happened’ to America. After all, most people are flabbergasted with how Obama has stayed in power, while constantly vetoing the will of the people, and many Americans are afraid of what he might do next.  What if in addition to a ‘police state’ and another Nazi Germany, Obama has worse things in mind? And not really Obama, but the Global Roman Occult who are his Puppet Masters.  They continue to infuriate Putin using their puppet Obama. Or could it all be a stage play and all of these world leaders could be the Occult’s players? Even if you don’t want to participate in this grisly tale, much of the world is going to soon be facing times darker than have ever been seen in world history according to prophecy especially after Seal Four. What is Seal Four?

I have heard all types of theories on America’s place in prophecy. Many admit that they don’t really know. I fear that this is the real truth about America’s place in the near future and in the worst possible way. Is it possible that ‘America the Beautiful’ may soon become ‘America the Deleted’?

One theory is that America is one of the ‘young lions’ of Tarshish seen in Ezekiel 38.

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” – Ezekiel 38:13

Tarshish’s location is debatable, first of all. Some put Tarshish as far away as Britain. Some towards Yemen where most think Sheba and Dedan are located. The name Tarshish in the Old Testament is Hebrew and sounds much like the Greek name Tarsus in the New Testament, so some place Tarshish at the location of Tarsus, located left of modern-day Syria, towards the bottom of modern-day Turkey. This location for Tarshish is halfway between Britain and Yemen. Most theories agree Tarshish is somewhere along the coasts of the Mediterranean. Sheba and Dedan are also thought to be coastal countries around Saudi Arabia. All of this said, I have reviewed the Scriptures on ‘young lions’, and this term is used as a reference to ‘nations who are taking a spoil of other nations’, and this makes the most sense. Several passages seem to be a cryptic reference to either Ninevah or Bashan (modern-day Syria) or Rome as well (one passage seems connected to Israel’s destruction by Rome’s hand).

Overall, its interpretation is a bit shrouded and uncertain. In other words, the idea of it being America is quite imaginative at best. Here are the Scriptures for you to peruse as well on ‘young lions’.

Again, there is no real mention of America, Canada, South America, or Australia in prophecy. Another theory is that perhaps America is part of Rome, and one of the ‘iron legs’ found in Daniel the prophet’s vision in Daniel chapter 2.  That might be a bit of a ‘stretch’ (pun intended), but it may also be the only option left.  Or is it?

Another recent theory is that of America being ‘Babylon the Great’ in Revelation 17 and 18, but that theory is difficult to prove.  For example, Babylon the Great is a city (or ‘polis’ as the Greek says), has a golden cup in her hand, is drunk with the blood of martyrs and saints, and sits on seven hills (John the Apostle knew that everyone knew Rome was the ‘city on seven hills’ and Rome has historically been called ‘Babylon’).  Even if you assign the ‘golden cup’ some sort of meaning, pretend that the ‘city’ is metaphorical, attempt to prove that somehow the seven hills are the seven mountain ranges of North and South America (which is a bit sketchy), there is still one thing you will lack.   The one thing lacking is the blood of the martyrs flowing in America. Since a Roman emperor is to be the final False Messiah, then it would behoove Rome to ensure the blood of the saints are flowing in America. Could this be why Rome chose Obama as their puppet in the White House?  Now, Revelation 18 says regarding Babylon the Great “for in one hour is thy judgment come”.  So technically, the ‘one hour’ judgement of the Great Whore  (i.e. the real Babylon the Great) takes place toward the very end of the seven year period, not the beginning, but perhaps the False Messiah doesn’t have too many options when he’s attempting to create a ‘cover story’ and a replacement for Rome’s destruction.

Therefore, while this theory of America being ‘Babylon the Great’ is beneficial to the final Roman Messiah in his quest for the worship of the world, it means that if you accept this theory, you must accept the fact that Christian blood will soon flow in America and that America will no longer be found (which is another description of Babylon the Great). We’ve been told and shown in videos for years now of hundreds of ‘camps’ in America, of guillotines being shipped, of refrigerated trucks being used by FEMA, and numerous other morbid, grisly preparations. What’s their purpose? And why are we told in the Bible that in the last days there will be those who are beheaded for Christ?  And why is the guillotine the chosen form of execution by the evil powers of the Occult Romans?

A Knights Templar who believes in ‘Lucifer’, as he stated to me personally, told me that the guillotine is a form of execution by which the organs can be salvaged and frozen for later use.  In the article at this link, you will read about a legal question in which a driver wonders if he can continue using his truck for food transportation after FEMA had used his truck for transporting dead bodies.  It’s also said that hundreds and hundreds of refrigerated trucks were used by FEMA for the September 11, 2001 event.  If you remember Hitler’s evil experiments during the Holocaust, he was already finding ways to use the body parts of his victims. It appears that Nazi Germany may have well been the pilot program, and that the evil Roman Occult leadership is ready to conduct the real program … in the United States.

Even if you don’t accept this theory of America being ‘Babylon the Great’ (and I have very real problems with it, and believe Rome is the real ‘Babylon the Great’), you must admit that it’s the best route for the final Roman anti-Christ, since it would allow America, instead of Rome, to look like ‘Babylon the Great’, and allow the final False Messiah to look like the world savior.  After all the true Messiah and Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, is seen coming into His Kingdom right after the destruction of Babylon the Great. Thus, I can see Rome licking their lips at this theory even as I write it.  So whether Rome is trying to make America look like Babylon the Great or whether America is Babylon the Great, either way you will notice that things do not look good for America when it comes to America’s future place in prophecy based upon this theory.  And I’ve noticed that many are pushing forward this belief on the internet.  What if that’s because the Romans have decided they have found their proxy for themselves – a ‘Babylon the Great’ or ‘Atlantis’ to take their own place in Revelation? It is said that covert agents of Rome centuries ago were already using a coded name for America – that of ‘Atlantis’. Why?

Is this why these global Roman Occult’s many giant corporations have been outsourcing all of their work in the past couple of decades? Is this why the Romans want so many of America’s troops over in the Middle East, so they can use them after the continents of the Americas are gone? Is that why almost all manufacturing and other goods have been moved to other countries? Have they known all along that ‘Atlantis’ was never a past civilization under water, but a future one? Is that why they made veiled references toward the United States as ‘Atlantis’ even centuries ago? You would be amazed to read some of the potential evidence on this piece, but ‘Atlantis’ is not the central focus of this article.

Theologians for many, many years have pondered the place of North America, South America, and Australia in prophecy.  What if there is none, because they don’t exist?

This past week, I was pondering this age-old question on America’s place, and my mind happened to think upon the fourth seal of Revelation chapter 6 about the same time.  So I started to do the math … literally … in a spreadsheet.  So this is only a theory, but first we need to understand Seal Four, and how it might connect to certain events presently.

I have the nagging feeling that Obama’s ‘Muslim’ appearance seems to be a ‘cover story’.  After all, he was a fund raiser for the  Catholic Church – one of his only jobs before taking the role of President.  And then there are other connections he has had with Rome such as the Jesuits in his intelligence cabinet, and his purported job with the CIA front, Business International.  That doesn’t sound like a Muslim, but instead an Occult Roman, especially when you know that a Knight of Malta, awarded by the Vatican, is the one who setup the CIA with a group of Catholics and former Nazis such as Reinhard Gehlen and his intelligence team known as the Gehlen Orb.

Okay, so here’s the math, and I’ll even add pictures to this page, so you can see the numbers for yourself.  The fourth seal of Revelation is found early in the Book of Revelation in chapter 6.  It states that one quarter of the world’s population will be killed.  That’s a lot of people, so I did the math.  Based upon census reports that were taken mainly from around 2010 to 2015, we find the world’s population to be about 7.4 billion.  One quarter of the people would be 1.85 billion people.  If you were to delete the following countries from the globe, you would still fall short of removing 1.85 billion people.

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Australia
  5. Iceland
  6. Greenland
  7. Japan
  8. Indonesia
  9. Singapore
  10. Korea
  11. South America and other oceanic countries and islands:
    • Argentina
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Ecuador
    • Falkland Islands
    • French Guiana
    • Guyana
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • S. Georgia and S. Sandwich Islands (UK)
    • Suriname
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
    • Papau New Guinea
    • New Zealand
    • Madagascar

As you will notice above, this means deleting half the globe, or more specifically the countries which really aren’t a part of the ‘Old World’ and which really aren’t mentioned in the Bible in its prophecies.  Furthermore, you could add the following countries found in Ezekiel 38 and 39 whose armies are decimated by GOD, and you still wouldn’t reach 25% of the world’s population.

  1. Russia
  2. Ukraine
  3. Turkey
  4. Georgia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Iran
  7. Bahrain
  8. Qatar
  9. Libya
  10. Sudan

I realize that a quarter of the world’s population in the fourth seal of Revelation 6’s prophecy is to be killed by death, plagues, beasts of the earth, and hunger, but if you read Daniel 11, verses 36 through 45, you will see the lands that the anti-Christ appears to overthrow.  They include most of the Middle Eastern countries, Egypt, parts of Africa, the North, and the East.  They must also include the Roman Empire or modern-day Europe, since the Roman empire is the empire that comes after the Grecian kingdom found in Daniel 2, 7, and 8, and with chapter 9 practically saying the future prince or Anti-Christ will come from Rome.  We feel confident that is why Europe is not mentioned in Daniel 11, since the Roman Beast will be the predator on the other nations.  If Europe, Africa, Egypt, the North, and the East of the Old World are still around, from where’s the missing 25% of the world’s population going to be extracted? After all, 25% of the world population is a lot of people even from starvation, beasts of the earth, and plagues.

And that’s why the thought dawned on me as to why America might not be mentioned in prophecy. Therefore, could it be that a nuclear holocaust either directly on the land (a ball of fire) or by simulating earthquakes or by setting them off as charges underwater (creating massive tsunamis) could wipe out the Americas; then, after that many people are killed from the globe (if the Americas are deleted), a shortage of food occurs due to the global repercussions (i.e. famine due to radiation, darkened skies, freezing temperatures, etc) of such an event taking place, people are eaten by wild beasts as starvation ensues and animals seek food, and plagues from the radiation of the nuclear holocaust begin to descend upon those left in the Old World?

What would happen to America if the Yellowstone National Park or the Snake River Volcano were to erupt as some authors warn us, in the article at this link and in other similar articles? They say the United States could be completely buried by the eruption.  What if one terrorist dropped a suitcase nuke on that area? The dangers today are real, my reader.  Have you read our ‘Most Important Article’ at the top of this page?

Does not Seal Four mention that war will be a reason for death, along with the other causes of wild beasts, plagues, and starvation? After all if Obama, Putin, and Iranian dictator Hassan Rouhani decide to delete America, we may then see Russia and Iran being smitten by GOD during the Battle of Ezekiel along with several other Islamic countries as they attempt to take over Israel according to Ezekiel 38 and 39.  I’m sure the False Messiah would love to take credit for what happens to Russia, Iran, and these other Islamic states, especially if they have just deleted America.  The False Messiah would love to steal the glory of GOD, since it is GOD who will fight the Battle of Ezekiel, protecting Israel and annihilating Russia, Iran, and the other states mentioned.

Could Putin’s new nuclear-capable submarines be the tool used by the Roman Occult to ‘delete America’? If Rome has worked so hard at making Obama look ‘Muslim’, he could be their ‘Muslim Messiah’.  After all, Muslims have been awaiting their own Mahdi Messiah for centuries now.  Could Rome create their Messiah in the form of Obama and then have him play the ‘ultimate martyr’ by pushing the ‘red button’ along with Putin and Rouhani to end America’s existence after massacring much of the population, while giving the Muslims their ‘Messiah’? If Rome has been building Obama to be their nemesis so they can seize the opportunity for glory as the savior and messiah to mankind, then this would play right into their hand. What if they decided to bring to pass that passage in Revelation 6 where one quarter of the world’s population die in order to set themselves up as the Messiah? What if they decide to make America their proxy as ‘Babylon the Great’ by massacring millions of Christians (remember they must make America look ‘drunk with the blood of the saints’) and then burning her with fire (i.e. the red button) and making her no more to be found?

What if a nuclear missile campaign aimed at America, Canada, Mexico, and South America were to occur in such a way that these continents were covered in water eternally? Would this not leave the Biblical world of ancient times (the Old World of the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia) intact for the final events of world prophecy to unfold?  Could such a nuclear holocaust also further melt the polar caps a bit more and leave these countries permanently buried beneath the sea (i.e. no more to be found)?

I hate the thought that Obama or the global Occult of Rome would do something like this, but the possibility did cross my mind. I am not a big fan of this theory since I am living in America, but I can not think through Scripture based upon what I like or don’t like.  After all, this scenario would definitely play into the plans of Rome, while explaining the fourth seal of Revelation.  And Rome is not a big fan of American Catholics who they consider to be too ‘liberal’.   If America and Canada and South America and Australia, and many of the island countries impacted by the side effects (i.e. tsunamis) from such a blast, were covered with water, we would still not reach 25% of the world’s population.  If the Battle of Ezekiel also took place in close proximity to such an event and all of those nations were deleted from the map, then as we said before, it still wouldn’t reach 25% of the world’s population. And then the Roman False Messiah could take charge, and bring ‘hope and change’ (where have we heard that before?).  He could pretend the Battle of Ezekiel was really the Battle of Armageddon.  He could pretend that Obama or whoever was behind such an ignominious event was really the Anti-Christ.  He could pretend that America was Babylon the Great (instead of Rome). And he could pretend to be the Messiah who says in Ezekiel 37 that He will make a covenant of peace with Israel and that He will set His tabernacle in the midst of them. This might explain why many believe the False Messiah will build Israel’s temple for them (as he attempts to look like the Messiah).  Daniel chapter 9 also confirms that Anti-Christ will strengthen a covenant with Israel and other nations for peace for seven years. And I really believe the world would follow him, completely deluded.

I hate to admit it, but this sounds like a real scenario.  I hope it’s not, and it is only just a theory, but below is the math.  Only GOD knows for sure.  When transvestites are overrunning our states, and one man who turned himself into a woman now wants to turn himself into a dragon, I must admit that America sounds an awful lot like Sodom and Gomorrah.

If Rome is set upon bringing this scenario upon America and pretending America is ‘Babylon the Great’, then we can expect massive executions of Christians and the continents on this side of the globe to be deleted.

We must pray for America and sow the seed of the Gospel while there is still time.  Is it possible that those ‘wise virgins’ found ‘worthy’ to escape the coming nightmare (using Bible terminology) will be raptured, leaving the ‘foolish virgins’ or unfaithful Christians to face the massive executions that might be coming? If so, let’s hope we’re found ‘worthy’ to escape this holocaust.

If so, I would expect the following scenario could possibly take place theoretically speaking.  The ‘wise virgins’ or faithful believers might be raptured, the ‘foolish virgins’ or unfaithful believers might then be executed (separating the tares from the wheat with a scythe),  and then the judgment or ‘deletion’ would occur of all the sex perverts, ‘Hogwarts’ witches, GOD-haters, producers of the majority of the world’s porn, Hollywood, and an anti-Christ populace that have murdered over 50 million babies and who have removed GOD from public and corporate life. This is a very sobering and realistic theory. Is this why Rome appears to have been corrupting America for the past century like a farmer fattening its pig for the slaughter? Only GOD knows what the future holds.  Our job is to be faithful, and to pray, work for the Messiah, and wait upon the LORD to renew our strength.  We are told in the Book of Revelation that no matter how horrific it gets down here on this planet that most of Earth’s citizens will remain unrepentant, clinging to their lying theories of ‘evolution’ as an insane person clinging to a security blanket in hope that by placing ‘millions’, ‘billions’, and even ‘trillions’ of years into their theory that it will make it more believable, and thereby extinguish the truth that they will have to face their Creator on Judgment Day. After all, allowing Christ to pay for their sins is too humbling for them – first to admit they are sinners, second to admit that their daily lifestyle is exceedingly sinful, and third to admit they can’t do it on their own and they need the Messiah Jesus’ help.

Blessings and grace to you and your family.  I leave you with the photo of the mathematics I did, as well as a precious verse. Also, be sure to read our Most Important Article, because you will want to be ready when everything takes place.

“Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off? Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” – Job 4:7-8

Current World

Possible Future World

World Populations - Old vs New

The nations highlighted in purple are the nations that we suggest are the probable nations of the Battle of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38 and 39).  If all nations in the left column were deleted, that’s 24.4% of the world’s population (i.e. possible 4th Seal of Revelation chapter 6?).

ISRAEL: Watershed moment?

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“And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a token sign which shall be spoken against.” – Luke 2:34

Notice that Simeon prophesied that Jesus is set for:

  • The fall of many in Israel (A.D. 70)
  • The rising of many in Israel (began in A.D. 1948)

Regarding the fall of Israel, Jesus pleaded with Israel to repent, but as seen in Matthew 23, He finally proclaimed to them:

“That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth”

The response of the Israeli Jews is seen three chapters later in Chapter 27:

“Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”

Jesus is also set for the rising of Israel.  In 1948, we saw only the tip of the iceberg.  The actual rising of Israel is still yet to be seen.  Jesus will descend from heaven at the Battle of Armageddon as seen in Revelation 19, and every eye will see Him as stated in Revelation 1, and the enemies of Israel will literally quake before Him as stated in Revelation 6.

I believe Jesus has been empowering Israel, as stated in Zechariah 14 through 16, during the 1948 initial battle, and the other wars since then such as the wars of 1967, 1973, and more.  He is still fighting beside them through all the attacks that continue.  Furthermore, in Jeremiah 23, the Bible states that GOD is not happy with those world leaders who refuse to protect His sheep, whether the people of Israel or those Gentiles who have been grafted into these Messianic prophecies. He is going to bring His sheep back into the fold of Israel and give them shepherds who will protect them.

“Woe be unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD lives, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD lives, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.”

Israel is the safest place in the world for the Jews currently.  Anti-Jewish violence is on the rise as America is no longer being a Light and a hindrance to anti-Christian and anti-Jewish violence around the world. Why does Satan, that old Dragon, and his children hate Jews so insanely? The Jews who gave us the Messiah and Jews were chosen as the oracles of GOD as Paul mentions.  Revelation 12 explains the great hate and violence that the Dragon perpetuates against the Jewish people. Messianic Gentiles around the world must look out for the Jews who are in their country, because violence is on the rise toward those who are Jews.

In past years, the Messianic Gentiles provided a haven for the Jews during time of pogroms and holocausts.  Many of these Messianic Gentiles such as Corrie Ten Boom were treated just as violently and severely as the Jews they protected.  I am sure GOD has a special reward for their bravery and loving kindness.

Also, it may be very soon that the Jews in Israel are allowed the opportunity to return the favor that the ‘righteous Gentiles’ bestowed upon them, because the world is becoming more and more like the olden days in which pagan Rome, both the imperial and religious empires, was bent upon paganism and hedonism, and intolerant of all who follow the Bible. This will be Israel’s ‘watershed moment’. Will the Israeli Jews return the favor to those righteous evangelical Messianic Gentiles who have supported their tiny nation with immense financial gifts and who have spoken out upon their behalf for decades? Or will they allow them to be murdered and crucified and beheaded by their enemies?

Keep in mind that many true evangelical Gentile followers of the Messiah Jesus, such as the Baptists and Waldensians whose martyrdom and beliefs historically date back to the time of the apostles, were also put to death side-by-side with the Jews during the Inquisitions, Crusades, pogroms, and holocausts for refusing to bow to Imperial Rome or the Unholy Roman religious empire.

Today, it appears the days of covert operations, Crusades, and holy wars are back as a Jesuit Pope, a communist U.S. President, shadowy intelligence organizations, and the world leadership led by Occult Rome in their many covert conferences around the world, are marching toward one world domination.  Soon you can expect the Bill of Rights to be tossed and the murder, mayhem, and Inquisitions to follow.

Israel has an opportunity as the metaphorical walls and cage doors are being closed by the Occult leaders of this present world system upon anyone who believes in the truth of the Bible. Will they run missions of mercy to Christian evangelical believers as they ran recently in Yemen and Syria to their own Jewish people? In some cases, the Jews didn’t want to go to Israel, while Christians who hold beliefs in the same Bible would welcome a home in Israel.

Will Israel make the right choice? Or will they placate the sexual deviants, the U.S. Democrats, anti-Semitic European Catholic nations, the atheists and hedonists, and the very nations who seek their own country’s destruction? Will they placate the communists and Nazis who may attempt to politically influence Israel to not rescue such helpless Bible-believers? I say Israel shouldn’t apologize for being Jewish. They shouldn’t apologize for having a nation. They shouldn’t give up one square foot for a so-called ‘Palestinian State’ or any other such nonsense.  Every time they give up a square foot of land, it is turned into a launching pad for Islamic terrorism.  Israel should never have given away the Sinai Peninsula or other lands of theirs which were taken and used by the Muslims against them. Instead, they should hold on to every piece of land and if an enemy attacks them, they should do what they did in the Six Day War and confiscate their land. Why? This is just, and it also will allow them to accumulate more land for the persecuted evangelical Christians who may need to shelter alongside them, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the coming days as the world grows far darker than it has been for many centuries.

With the barbaric, bloody Roman Empire rising back into power, will Israel allow them to be metaphorically ‘tossed to the lions’ as in ancient days? Or on the other hand, will they welcome these Gentile believers in the Jewish Messiah Jesus who may soon need refuge? Will they welcome persecuted evangelical Gentiles who have generously poured tourism dollars, investments, and ministry monies into their country and cause? Will they show generosity to them as readily as they have shown tolerance to those who want their own ‘pride parades’ and special rights who visit them from America, and who scorn the Torah and its beliefs? Will they be as gracious to the evangelicals as they have to their Muslim enemies who daily invade and stab them? If the rapture occurs very soon, the evangelical Christians may not need Israel’s assistance, but the question still remains. Will they be willing to help these people who have been a help to them?  They just may be willing. At least, one can hope.

Israel has shown themselves to be a ‘moral army’ as they call themselves, filled with mercy to their enemies.  Have they learned to love, live humbly and show mercy as the ancient prophets commanded in these last days? This may be their watershed moment. So far, I have been impressed by what I have seen in recent days as Israel does what no other nation is doing – following the words of their own Messiah Jesus to show love to those who wrongfully abuse them, whether or not they acknowledge Jesus.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; ‘I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? ‘When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? ‘Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: ‘for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; ‘I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:31-46

I am reminded of Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery as he tested his brothers to see if they had learned their lessons.  They had, and Joseph revealed himself to them.  The Bible says that Jesus will soon reveal Himself to the Jews as their veritable Messiah. Ezekiel 39 and Zechariah 12-14 both seem to indicate, as does Romans 11, that soon Israel will have the Spirit poured upon them and recognize their Messiah.  Let’s pray this is very soon for their sake and for the sake of Messianic Gentiles as well. We can only hope their eyes are opened soon as the violence and rhetoric of hate is escalated by those who desire to purge the world of anyone who believes in the teachings of the Torah and Holy Scripture.

As Paul the apostle desired in Romans 10, so we desire as well.

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”

HE AROSE: First Fruits or Easter?

The-TombShould the resurrection of Jesus be celebrated this year on March 27th? or on April 24th? or on April 26th? or every day?

Did Jesus rise from the dead on Easter Sunday? or did He rise from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits? And when should we celebrate it? On Easter Sunday (March 27)? or on the Feast of First Fruits (April 24)? or should we celebrate it three days and nights after the Feast of the Passover (April 26)?

Some say that Resurrection Day is their favorite holy day.  Since he wrote the majority of the New Testament, which holy day was Paul the apostle’s favorite?

“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.” – Romans 14:5-6

Does this mean that Paul the apostle would have encouraged Christians three hundred years later to follow the leadership of Constantine I, who considered himself to be the Head of the Church vicariously in Jesus’ place, and who dedicated a day of worship to the sun in 321 A.D. (Sunday) and who led Christians to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on the day of the fertility goddess and Babylonian deity, Ishtar (Easter)?  I have heard some ‘cowboy scholars’ who attempt to wrestle the German word ‘Oestre’ to the ground and pretend it was an old Germanic word for “resurrection”, but their lack of historical backing and the machinations and little hoola-skirt dances around semantics are not convincing when the width, height, and breadth of history weigh heavily in the other direction with mountains of evidence heaped in favor of both the etymology of the word ‘Easter’ being a derivative descended from Ishtar and the facts on syncretism practiced by Constantine and the Romans; in other words, they combined all things Baal and Bible, including the holy days.  I need not spend much time on addressing these self-proclaimed ‘experts’ since most are either virulent Catholics, tradition-worshiping Protestants (‘protesting’ Catholics), or some other sect who embraces the pagan witch Sabbath of ‘Easter’ out of blindness and who use it for the worship of Jesus Christ. This is utter sacrilege, as the Bible itself repeatedly teaches in both Testaments. There is no fellowship between Christ and Baal.

Therefore, when we see the Pope ringing bells, lighting incense on fire, and making a Roman show at Easter time, we have the opportunity to join the Romans and their version of Christianity – a blend that is metaphorically far more potent than marijuana as it uses about 75% Baal practice and doctrine and about 25% Bible practice and doctrine.  Judaism actually does a bit better with a religious blend of about 75% Bible practice and doctrine and only about 25% Baal practice and doctrine. Soon, when prophecy is fulfilled, that will change to 100% Bible as the Jews finally accept their own Messiah of whom their prophets prophesied for thousands of years.

As Paul the apostle stated in Romans 11, it’s much easier to graft the natural Jewish olive branch back into the Messianic faith than to graft a wild Gentile olive branch into the Messianic faith. More and more we see even Baptists mimicking Rome with the pagan, idolatrous Baal practices which are addressed with far more documentation and in great length throughout this website. They engage in the charismatic healing powers akin to shamans, the music of the voodoo witch doctors, the literature and entertainment that exalts the occult, the culture and many of the beliefs of the Roman occult, and the lifestyle of pagans. The Baptists are considered some of the oldest Christians in the world, along with the Waldensians.  They are considered to have existed since the time of the apostles outside of the fake, occult Christianity of Rome. Yet, today they are not much different. Few who claim Christ are. How many are still ‘watching’ or even aware of these matters?

It appears the time of the Gentiles is coming to an end.

The Jews were only blinded in part until the time of the Gentiles ends, according to Paul’s writings in that chapter. We know that a ‘falling away’ was prophesied to take place by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 and that he wrote in his letter to Timothy that in the last days people would not endure sound doctrine.  We see all of these things  happening today. We see the Jews are back in their land as the Bible predicted. I believe the time of the Gentiles is at the very close as even many conservative Bible-believing groups begin to head back under the skirts of pagan Rome and it’s Baal beliefs.  I believe the pouring out of the Spirit upon the Jews is very close, as well as their final seven years as prophesied by Daniel which were put on pause the year of the crucifixion (approximately A.D. 31 Passover). Now, I believe that prophetic clock is about to tick once again.

Therefore, since Easter is a mix of pagan worship and Bible worship, and Christians are not allowed to mix pagan and Biblical practices, we must conclude that Easter is not an acceptable time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Whether you celebrate the resurrection on the Feast of First Fruits (April 24 this year of 2016) or three days and three nights after the Feast of the Passover (April 26 this year of 2016) or every single day, this is your choice to make as Paul said in the Biblical quote above.  Paul was addressing the Biblical feast days and Sabbaths in light of the Messiah’s first coming, especially with the Gentiles added to the mix. Much of the New Testament is simply an explanation of the Old Testament in light of the Messiah’s first coming.  That’s the best way to understand the New Testament.  That was the context for those verses on some seeing one day as holy and another person seeing another day as holy. Let each be at peace with their conscience on these matters.  What Paul was not saying is that we can adopt pagan witch Sabbaths and mix Biblical and Baal worship.  I believe this is a reprobate interpretation of Scripture and a twisting of this passage to fit into the Roman system as it continues to become popular once again even in America as the Gentiles fall away, resist sound doctrine, and as their time comes to an end.  Paul was addressing a difference in opinion over which Biblical feasts were to be celebrated, not which pagan feasts were to be mixed into Biblical feasts.  I believe Paul, a student of Gamaliel and bond-servant of Jesus Christ, would have some very direct words for those today who are following this practice.

Thankfully, a remnant of believers will follow the Scriptures and remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not on a pagan witch Sabbath with the sounds of witch doctor’s drumming and the adoption of pagan culture and Roman beliefs, but on the week that Jesus died approximately 1,985 years ago with the simple hymns and early Christian beliefs still intact in spite of Roman usurpation of the Scriptures.  A remnant is still waiting and watching for His return, and like the wise virgins in Jesus’ parable, their watching is soon going to pay off.  May you be one of those counted worthy to escape the coming nightmare.

Grace to you.

 

THE END begins

in the final days by walter k priceYou may have heard the phrase ‘now the end begins’, but it’s exceedingly doubtful that you have heard it in the context of what I’m about to share. I could provide literally pages of predictions about the ‘end times’ that apply to today, but many could be pushed aside as having been prevalent centuries ago as well.  However, there are certain matters that show that we’re in an unprecedented time period which the Christians of the two past millennia have never experienced until this era, and these matters are chillingly irreversible.

Never before could this be said, but let me explain to you ‘why’.  Israel was foretold to become a nation again by the Bible and 1948 is a fulfillment of this. Many Bible teachers proclaim this.  However, I would like to share several things that are little taught by prophecy teachers, but extremely relevant to what is happening right now.

The_Vision_of_The_Valley_of_The_Dry_BonesIn Ezekiel 37, we read that the dry bones of the valley will be resurrected and turned into one nation under one leader, and that GOD would rule over them forever.  Today, Israel has been resurrected and they are one nation and with one leader.  How close are we to GOD ruling over them forever? What few mention is that Ezekiel is told to prophesy TWICE to the bones.  What happens the first time? The bones come from all over and join together to form an exceeding great force of people.  That’s where we are today, but I believe many miss that second prophesy of Ezekiel.  What is the second prophesy?

In the second phase of Ezekiel prophesying to the dry bones, these bones are filled with the Spirit of GOD.  Where have I seen this thought of Israel receiving the Spirit of GOD?  In Zechariah 12:10 right after GOD destroys the nations that come against Israel. What nations? The ones listed in Ezekiel 38 who right at this very hour are encircling Israel and threatening them.

And where else have I read of GOD putting His Spirit into Israel?  Ezekiel 39:29 right after GOD destroys these certain nations that come against Israel.  Many place this battle shortly before the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy as found in the very last few verses of Daniel chapter 9.

Where else have I heard of GOD pouring out His Spirit upon Israel?  Romans 11:26 also speaks of a future time in which GOD will turn away ungodliness from Israel.  Other prophecies could be quoted.  Zechariah’s prophecies give the best timeline though.

1874 MapIn Zechariah chapters 12 through 14, we read of how Israel would become a nation again – how that Judah is first (1948) and then Jerusalem (1967).  Israel fought in 1948 to remain in the land she has just been given (Psalm 83), and Jerusalem was inhabited again by Israel (1967) just as those verses prophesied and in that order.  All these things have happened.

And then in Zechariah 12:10, we read of a spectacular battle that appears to be in the very near future.  In this battle (described in great detail in Ezekiel 38-39), these Middle Eastern and Northern nations come against Israel, and after He makes it very clear that He is the One who destroyed these enemies, creating a spectacle for the world to see, He pours out His Spirit upon the Israelis.

This is the second phase of the prophesies of Ezekiel to the dry bones.  It hasn’t happened. Several other things take place after the pouring out of the Spirit upon Israel including a revival in their land where idolatry and abominations are ended.  Imagine what Obama and the United Nations will think of this with all of their ‘political correctness’ and idolatrous world religion talk?  This revival in Israel is followed by further attacks upon Israel by the world and finally the Battle of Armageddon in those three chapters.  This is a great timeline in Zechariah 12 through 14, and it shows also that we are living just prior to when these Ezekiel 38 and 39 attacks will take place against Israel – and ironically, the same nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 are the same ones creeping around Israel at this present hour. Then after GOD annihilates Israel’s enemies for her in a way that is clear for the world to see, GOD’s Spirit is then poured out upon them and He is their GOD forever.  Yes, He is their GOD even during the horrific events and judgments that follow when 144,000 Jews (12,000 from each tribe) are sealed by Him in Revelation 7 to protect them from His exceedingly horrific judgments that He will execute against the inhabitants of earth.

The first prophecy in Ezekiel 37 has the bones coming together.  The second has the Spirit coming within them.Therefore, we appear to be living presently between these two phases of dry bone prophesies. That’s exciting!

Law-ScrollLet’s take a look at another timeline.  In Matthew 24, Jesus describes the end times for his disciples.  Jesus states that many will represent themselves as ‘Christ’.  One example is the papacy who claim to be the Vicar of Christ (i.e. ‘Vicar’ means ‘substitute’). Others have also made this claim. Then Jesus describes the ‘beginning of sorrows’ or what some might call ‘the beginning of the end’.  The word ‘sorrows’ is the word for birth pains as in the labor of a woman.  This reminds you of the wording back in Isaiah 66 where we see the labor of a woman is shown and then ‘children are born’ and the question is asked:

“Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”

israel-born-in-one-day1Israel was born in one day back in 1948 just as this passage states. In fact, the nations and kingdoms rising against each other, also mentioned in this Matthew 24 passage, were almost the very stimulant for Israel becoming a nation.  Is this not ironic?

As you think of Jesus’ words describing what He describes as ‘birth pains’ preceding these final world events and later when He gives the parable of a fig tree budding, keep this passage in Isaiah 66 about the budding of Israel in mind. The ‘birth pains’ that Jesus describes include international wars, famine, earthquakes, and epidemics of disease. He also describes martyrdom of the saints and an increase in false teaching.

Each of these events have been seen in unprecedented proportions in these last days – last days that the apostles appear to have placed as beginning right about the time of Pentecost in the Book of Acts about fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection if you read Peter’s words in Acts 2 in relation to Joel’s prophecy of the last days.  When the last two millennia are compared to all of the past six millennia, these ‘birth pains’ are quite intense.  When you compare the past century with the preceding two millennia, you will note a remarkable increase in these types of activities that Jesus’ mentioned – there have been almost as many this past century as the two millennia prior.  Also, when you compare this past decade with the past century, these activities such as earthquakes, famine, epidemics, hurricanes, martyrdom, and false teachings have so drastically increased that just this past decade and a half alone have seen about the same as the prior century.  This is indeed remarkable and a sign of a very, very heavy ‘travail’ in the works as we prepare for the end times.  I have written another article on this website giving the statistics which show all of these astounding matters.

Israel is born10If the last days were around Pentecost and Israel is now in the land which is the first phase of Ezekiel’s prophecy, then what else is remarkable?  The rest of Jesus’ words in Matthew 24 are exceedingly poignant.

Not only does Jesus perfectly describe our present era as a time when the love of many will wax cold and when the Gospel will be preached into all the world, but He then in verses 15 through 20 continues the timeline of end time events with a description of the revealing of the man of sin, the false Roman Messiah, who some call anti-Christ.

Then from verses 21 through 31, we are told about the awful horrific time known as the ‘great tribulation’ and the appearance of Jesus in the heavens to war against the nations at the Battle of Armageddon.

holy-spirits-outpouringIn other words, somewhere after the waxing cold of believers and the Gospel being preached to all the world, and somewhere before the next verses telling of the revealing of anti-Christ is where we presently are in history in Matthew 24.  Now these are not the exceedingly poignant words that we mentioned earlier, but we’re getting there.

It’s in verse 32 that Jesus seems to pause after having given His disciples this concise summary of end time events from their ‘birth pains’ all the way to the Battle of Armageddon.  Here He appears to bring Israel back into the focus as He explains a parable of a fig tree.  Throughout Scripture, we see a fig tree oftentimes represents the nation of Israel while an olive tree typically represents the Messianic faith of Israel. Examples of this precedent for Israel’s nation being compared to fig trees exist in Judges 9:10, Song of Solomon 2:13, Jeremiah 8:13, Hosea 9:10, Joel 1:7, Matthew 21:19, and Luke 13:6.

After Jesus summarizes these end time events, He then shares an interesting parable which should make any believer rejoice and bring chilling fear to any unbeliever in our present era.  And this is why I quote His exact words from verse 32 to verse 36:

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near at the door. Truly I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knows no one, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

Just as a fig tree puts forth its leaves with tender branches, you know summer is nigh, Jesus states.  The budding of Israel took place in 1948. Israel has been putting forth their new leaves.  We can assume then that ‘all these things’ such as the ‘abomination of desolation’ and the ‘Battle of Armageddon’ mentioned in the synopsis prior to verse 32 are ‘near at the door’.  In fact, Jesus makes very clear just how ‘near at the door’ the end is in relation to the budding of this fig tree.  He says that ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled’.

Israel is born7Today, fewer and fewer people are alive from the generation when Israel became a nation.  Jesus also makes it clear that His Words are true and that we need not doubt them.  In other words, Jesus is adamant that ‘this generation shall not pass’ until ‘all these things’ are fulfilled.  Keep in mind that ‘all these things’ includes every part of Jesus’ synopsis including the Battle of Armageddon.  He also clarifies that He’s not giving us a ‘day or an hour’, but He is giving us a really big hint – a hint that His disciples asked Him to give them at the beginning of this chapter.

Some state that this parable can be a reference that Israel will not pass away as a nation before these events take place, but I highly doubt this interpretation, though I do not say it is impossible. Why? The context of Jesus’ words – the budding of the fig tree appears to be the major sign that ‘all these things’ are at the door.  Jesus’ words emphasize the nearness of these events and He is giving an answer to His disciples who were asking for timing.   There is a connection between the budding of the fig tree and the final world events.  Remember the words of Ezekiel 37.  I highly doubt that Jesus was making a random statement that Israel would never perish as a nation until He returns at the Battle of Armageddon.  I think Jesus was dropping a really big hint.  In other words, when you see the ‘fig tree’ budding, you can bet you’re standing at the door of the end of all these things, and that the very generation who saw the fig tree bud will still be alive to see ‘all these things’ including the Battle of Armageddon.  I realize that other interpretations can be made of this passage, but more and more after decades of study, I believe this is the more likely interpretation.

Let’s look at another interesting succinct timeline found in 2 Thessalonians 2.   In this chapter, we are told that the ‘restraining’ must be removed from the midst of the earth before the final Roman messianic man of sin can be revealed.  We are also told that the second coming of Jesus can’t take place until the man of sin is revealed.  Therefore, we see a possible rapture followed by the anti-Christ being worshiped, followed by the coming of Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon when every eye will see Him (as Revelation 1 puts it).

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Present Day Israel

Paul made it clear in Romans 11:25 that the ‘fullness of the Gentiles’ would eventually come and that the blindness of Israel was ‘temporary’ or ‘in part’.  He also makes the case for why if Gentiles could be grafted into the Messianic faith or ‘olive tree’, then it’s even easier for Israel to be grafted back into their own Messianic faith in the future when the time of the Gentiles is full.  We also read in 2 Thessalonians 2 that there will be a ‘falling away’ in the end times.  If the Gentiles are fading and Israel is coming back into the focus, then this makes sense.  Also, remember Daniel chapter 9’s timeline of 490 years.  We see the ‘pause button’ was pushed at year 483 back at the crucifixion of the Messiah when the Jews didn’t believe, but there are seven years left to the work GOD is doing in the Jews; therefore, anyone who teaches ‘replacement theology’ or that Christians took the place of Israel in GOD’s covenant with them, they are extremely poor theologians.  However, sadly there are many of these today in an era when the ‘falling away’ seems to be occurring at an alarming rate.

Did not Jesus say in Matthew 24 that the love of many would wax cold? Did not Paul the apostle write in 2 Thessalonians 2 that this was an event that would take place and that then the ‘man of sin’ would be revealed after the ‘restraining’ was removed?  If the ‘restraining’ being removed is the Holy Spirit and He is the Seal of Redemption to those of us who have trusted Him, then I would assume that those who are ‘watching’ will be taken with the Spirit from this planet … followed by the showing of the ‘man of sin’ … followed by the great tribulation … followed by the return of Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon.

Wedding2It matters not what your theological teachers have taught.  The Bible is very clear in how it has presented the truth of what is to happen in various Books of the Bible, and it has given us a very clear outline of these end times with very clear signs that we’re there.  Based upon the timing that the Bible gives us, I believe we are living …

  • Between the two phases of Ezekiel’s prophesying to the dry bones seen in Ezekiel 37
  • Between the preaching of the Gospel to the whole world and the revealing of the ‘man of sin’ in Matthew 24
  • Just prior to the ‘Restraining’ being removed to allow Anti-Christ to appear as seen in 2 Thessalonians 2
  • Just prior to when mid-east and northern nations attack Israel and the Israelis then have the Spirit poured upon them as seen in Ezekiel 37 and 38, as well as in Zechariah 12 through 14.
  • After the budding of Israel when her leaves have been put forth at summertime, standing ‘near at the door’ of all these things that Jesus preached would take place, including the Battle of Armageddon
  • Just prior to the call of the Groom in Song of Solomon 2 who called to His Bride standing in the secret places of the cliff and the cleft of the rocks to ‘come away’ at summertime
  • Just prior to the final words of Matthew 24 which say that ‘one will be taken and the other left’ which Jesus followed with the parable of the wise virgins who were watching for the Groom in Matthew 25 when the Groom came suddenly, leaving behind the foolish virgins who lacked sufficient filling of “Oil” to suffer through the events coming upon the world

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Remember Jesus’ words to the seven congregations of GOD in Revelation 3 where He promised to keep one congregation from the time of testing coming upon the world, while warning another congregation that unless they repented, He would come upon them as a thief in the night? Remember the five foolish virgins, though not harlots, were left behind?  Remember Jesus’ words?

“Watch therefore: for you know not when the Master of the house comes, at evening, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly, He finds you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

Remember Paul the apostle’s words as well?

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36

SORROW: Surviving?

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Sorrowful? Rejected? Fearful? Abused? Humiliated? Forlorn? Hopeless?

There’s a difference between sorrow and discouragement; hopelessness and sadness; self-pity and grieving.  Sometimes the line is hard to find, and other times, we may know the line, but that doesn’t make dealing with grief any easier.

Are we just surviving or thriving? Do we believe that GOD is out for our destruction or instruction?

Ever feel despised, rejected, sorrowful, or feel like grieving inwardly because of the tests you have faced alone? I know of someone who stood for what was right only to be rejected. He was demonized, the victim of false accusations and testimony, humiliated and framed. He was different than all of his friends and family in a unique kind of way. He was falsely judged by others. He was treated this way more from the religious people than even the non-religious. Those who claimed to be the most pious of GOD’s followers treated Him worse than those who didn’t claim to believe in GOD.  Many people didn’t give Him the benefit of the doubt, but just believed what backbiting tongues said.  He was deserted by His closest friends.

His name was Jesus. He endured all these things and he understands our grief.

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” – Isaiah 53:3

Jesus was so sorrowful and grieving to such a point that he was described with the title of “man of sorrows” and “acquainted with grief”.    Jesus was perfectly sinless, but He had to live in a world of sinners. He probably felt so different, alone, and sad to be away from His perfect, loving Father.  He had to face evil every day.  He had multiple reasons to grieve beyond even persecution and probably far beyond what we can imagine.

Yet, we see Jesus going to His Father in prayer alone many times.  Even in His last hours before His crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane, we see Him praying alone to His Father.

“Is any among you enduring trouble or suffering hardship or evil? let him pray …” – James 5:13a

Sometimes we fellowship in Christ’s sufferings and it helps us understand Him better.  Sometimes we suffer, so that we can understand others better. Sometimes we suffer problems and sorrow because of our own foolishness.  Jesus never did, but He did have to suffer the shame, separation and rejection of bearing our sins, and by doing so, He felt forsaken and separated on the cross from His Father for the first time ever as though He was the guilty one when in fact we were.  He was hung in nakedness and shame and rejected by all men as a condemned criminal (which He was not).

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” – Matthew 27:46

Yet Jesus prayed to His Father to forgive these people whose sin had separated Him from His Father. Instead of revenge or drinking alcohol or using illegal or prescription drugs or even committing suicide to cope with sorrow, Jesus was thinking of others … forgiving them … showing love to the other criminal who wanted to be with Him in His kingdom.   We need to do the same.  Instead of pitying ourselves or condemning ourselves or trying to escape our consciences through substance abuse, suicide, entertainment, or other means, we should be like Jesus and continue thinking of others. This is very hard, but it’s important to do.  The wrong type of sorrow can lead one to both physical death and defeat, and even spiritual destruction. There’s a difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.

“For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

And it’s okay to cry.  Jesus wept when His friend Lazarus had died.  Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane not only for the needs of others but for His own grieving heart.  Jesus cried out to His Father in sorrow on the cross.  Sometimes, we need to cry out, pray, and show love and forgiveness to others in order to cope, instead of hiding from others or curling into the fetal position under our covers.  Instead of escaping our sorrow, we need to confront it with tears.  We need to understand that we are not alone in this world, geographically or in time.

Sometimes the wicked set snares for us, falsely accuse us, and throw stones.  I’ve found the religious crowd or worldly Christians are far, far worse.  Jesus spent almost half of His ministry fending off the religious rulers.  Think of Him the next time church members, your in-laws, or others begin to seek your hurt or when they grind their teeth into your already troubled heart.  His apostles, His prophets, and His judges have all been there. And not just in times of persecution such as Elijah who felt very low and alone or when Joseph was framed or when Job was tested, but also in times of punishment by GOD such as when David lost His firstborn and saw his son Absalom killed.  Or when Samson walked behind a grinding stone with his eyes put out.

Sometimes, life is like sitting in a rainstorm with a two-ton truck stuck in a ditch with no cellphone, no tow truck, and a long night (or several nights) ahead of you. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean.

Are you a child or teen whose parents are always fighting or divorcing? Are you ridiculed at school for trying to follow Christ? Are you despised for loving the Bible instead of Harry Potter? Are you humiliated by your friends simply because you find more pleasure in the Creator who gave His life for you than the trashy talk and lifestyle at school?

Are you a spouse who feels neglected, alone, always the ‘giver’ in the relationship, and in a dead-end, horrible marriage?

Life is like a covert intelligence agent who can’t talk to anyone about his troubles, except GOD, and He can’t point His finger back to anyone or even act as though He’s working for anyone.  He’s alone.  And if he is working for the cause of righteousness, he can’t pity himself or lick his wounds.  He has to move forward and ignore the lies, the danger, the enemies on every side, and stay focused and committed to doing the right thing, knowing that GOD is on his side.

It’s easy to despair. Or blame others. Or blame yourself. It’s easy to quit.  It’s even easier to quit when you put yourself out on a limb, and those who you think will be there to support you most are the very ones who let you down the most.

However, while we may sorrow, as Christians we should never despair, pity ourselves, give up on life, or escape using mindlessness or sinful vices.  This will only lead to more issues and despair.

Instead, we must pray, pray, pray, and read the Bible. I have found the Psalms to be a great blessing to me when I’ve walked through great sorrow, fear, and anxiety of the soul.  We must find ourselves in the presence of GOD again where there is peace, joy, and companionship.  We must reach out and forgive and love others, and show them the redemption found in Jesus Christ, and none of this is easy. It’s even more difficult when we have to show love to fakes in our congregations or community who pretend to be the most pious, but who in reality are unloving, unhelpful, condemnatory, or ungracious when we need them most. When you hear the platitudes of people acting pious, but who you know will never pay for your auto repair bill when you need it most, we can become cynical. Avoid this trap. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and press on, because WE ARE NOT ALONE.  He is always longing to spend time with us.

Perhaps your son was just diagnosed with cancer and your world is shattering.  You can cry, and feel sorrowful, and pray, and read the Psalms, and then start doing it all over again. And even when those in your congregation are uncaring, Jesus cares.

Perhaps you were saved out of a life of sin and were excited about the work of GOD, but then found yourself bitter at the hypocrisy around you and falling back into sin again.  We can’t blame others, but don’t despair.  Talk to Jesus.  He loves you.

Perhaps you started out soul-winning and reading the Bible as a teenager, and now you are in the corporate world, completely away from GOD and perhaps even divorced and living in fornication with others.  Don’t continue.  Talk to Jesus and turn from your present course.

Perhaps you are a missionary and your wife has left you and everyone in your supporting congregations are making ugly rumors about you that aren’t true to justify their own sinful, evil lifestyles and choices.  Look to Jesus.  He’s not condemning you, and He’s the judge.  He’s the same Person who saw the wicked hearts of the religious crowd and even some of His own disciples who began to question whether a handicapped person was being punished for their sins.  He’s also the same One who healed the handicapped person.  He loves you.

Perhaps you set out in life begging GOD to use you, longing to have a ministry to as many people on the planet as possible – perhaps millions or even billions – and not for self-aggrandizement, but just out of solid love and compassion and kindness for others.   Instead, now you sit behind bars for a stupid mistake. Don’t lose hope.  Talk to Jesus. Jesus is the same One who saw the repentant heart of an adulteress woman, and turned away those hypocrites who were there to exercise ‘justice’ on her.  He’s the One who also was perfect Himself, but chose not to condemn her but rather He forgave her.

Perhaps your spouse was just killed in an accident.  Look to Jesus.  He can carry you through as He did a friend of mine who went through this very thing.

Perhaps you have now lost your house, your wife, your children, and all your possessions to a fire, and have given up on life.  Perhaps you’ve turned to alcohol for an escape.  Talk to Jesus. Cry for a bit. Read the Word.  Get on course.

Perhaps you turned down a career in the entertainment world to avoid a sinful way of making a living, but now you have been jobless for a year after doing all you could to find a job and those in your congregation are not helping you with your bills or encouraging you or taking you to supper or loving on you. Instead, they’re the ones who are gossiping about you and throwing ‘stones’ at you.  They’re the ones assuming the worst instead of the best.  It’s a test.  Don’t despair. Look to Christ. Many have been there before. Remember what Jesus said?  He said we should take no thought for tomorrow for our heavenly Father sees even the sparrow fall, so we know He watches our every test.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Life is a Test of our love for GOD.  Jesus said that many who are first in this life will be last in the next life. He also said that many who are last in this life will be first in the next life.  Therefore, if you are walking close to GOD and you still feel like last place, then rejoice!  Many have been where you now are with those problems that seem so rare to your life, so unusual and unique to you, but remember that Jesus knows your every anxiety, fear, and despairing thought.  Look to Jesus.  He will never fail you.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

When you are on-track with GOD, and you know you are doing everything you can, you can sleep in peace, knowing that GOD is in control.  Even if you face overwhelming challenges and reasons to fear and doubt, you do not have to do so.  You can look to Jesus instead.  And when a tsunami is facing you or an earthquake is splitting all around you with mile-deep chasms, you can rest in Him.  Because He loves you.

“… God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” – Psalm 46

GOD wants us to thrive, not just survive. He is not out for our destruction, but our instruction. Why? So we may be able to avoid eternal destruction in some cases, and so that we may learn more of the lessons He has for us in life in other cases.  May His grace, peace, love, mercy, forgiveness, and kindness be yours today as you look to Him.

FREE: Prophetic Charts

For my own families’ Bible study, I have created a couple of prophetic charts to assist as we study what I consider to be events that are very likely to take place very shortly.  I will give you a brief understanding of each chart in the caption. To view each chart a bit bigger, just hold your computer keyboard’s CTRL button and use the scroll wheel on your mouse to make the photo bigger.  When you’re done making the photo larger, simply reset the screen back to normal size by holding the CTRL button and clicking on the zero key on your keyboard.  Enjoy!

Bible - Categories

I have categorized both the Old and New Testaments based upon what I perceive to be the main categorical topic within each Book of the Bible. That doesn’t mean that each Book does not contain other topics. However, I do find it interesting how both the Old and New Testaments seem to have the same type of categorizations.  The Old Testament is more prophetic and historical, while the New Testament is more about Wisdom related to how the Messianic people of Faith are to live after Jesus the Messiah came the first time, and how His first coming relates to the Law and the Prophets found in the Old Testament.  The prophecies of the New Testament are primarily related to the events around Jesus’ Second Coming.

The following chart shows how the prophetic signs and judgments of GOD within the Book of Revelation would look in a spreadsheet.  I have a personal theory that the Book of Revelation seems almost like a hybrid of a website and a spreadsheet in how it’s arranged as if GOD was showing that He knew these inventions involving hyperlinks and cellular data would exist in the future.  I could be wrong, but I have built out what the spreadsheet might appear to be.  Hyperlinks could be added to certain events in the spreadsheet to take you to a drilled-down detailed description of things.  For example, the False Messiah could be hyperlinked to Revelation Chapter 13.  Israel could be hyperlinked to Revelation Chapter 12. The Seventh Seal could be hyperlinked to the First Trumpet Judgment. And so forth.

Prophetic Judgments

The Battle of Armageddon at the bottom of this spreadsheet could be followed by the Millennial Reign of Jesus the Messiah upon this earth for a thousand years.  After these thousand years, the old earth and heavens melt with a fervent heat, and the judgment of the wicked begins from the Books and the Book of Life.  The Books appear to be the Book of Works which is appropriate since most without Jesus think they are ‘pretty good people’.  Sadly, they will see they were really filled with innumerable evil works and if they did not live perfect and their name is not found in the Book of Life, they will be damned.  And Hell will be tossed into the Lake of Fire along with Satan, the False Messiah, and the False Prophet.  It will be a dreadful day; however, after this the New Jerusalem, the New Heaven, and the New Earth will be unveiled for those of us who by faith have given our lives to Jesus the Messiah and thus have our names written in the Book of Life.  Be sure you have your name there!  Give your life to Jesus if you have not already!  Words and intellectual belief won’t save you.  We must believe in Jesus by giving our lives to Him and allowing His Spirit to indwell us.  Blessings and grace!

Finally, I have a theory that the Prophetic Books of the Old Testament were fulfilled primarily in chronological order.  I realize there may be a few verses here or there that may not follow this theory, but I believe the overall larger part of the Old Testament Prophets do seem to follow this logic.  I also checked with my father who studied at three different Bible colleges including Moody Bible Institute during the late 50s and early 60s and who pastored for over forty years and he agreed with me.  Therefore, the following chart shows what I theoretically think may be the passages of the Bible that have not been fulfilled yet.  When you see “(completed)” to the side of an Old Testament Book of the Prophets, it’s my way of noting that most of its prophecies have been fulfilled already.  This chart may be helpful for those who desire to review these ‘unfulfilled’ passages as they ‘Watch’ and ready themselves for the Messiah’s soon appearing!

Future Prophecies

ELECT: A President not a pastor?

How many times have you heard the comment: “We’re electing a President not a pastor”.

This is a dichotomous view that is heavily prevalent now among many believers. Their belief is that our personal life is separate from our public life.  I had a conversation with Josh Duggar a few years ago at the last election.  He was pulling at the time for Rick Santorum, a known Knight of Malta and RINO.  Yet, this philosophy that our public life and our personal life never intersect has impacted not only the political views of families like the Duggar family, but also people in my own congregation. It’s widespread. Is this Biblical? If a candidate lies to his wife, will he lie to you about his political promises?  Many other examples can be used.

Another popular view is that of pragmatism – a philosophy which the Jesuits who supervised the Inquisitions stated succinctly as ‘the end justifies the means’.  In other words, we should vote for whoever has the best chance of winning, even if the candidate is a ‘snake in the grass’.

Finally, to add to these two prevalent anti-Scriptural views, a final commentary on many believers today is that they are incredibly unlearned on what is happening and who is running.  I recently commented that Rand Paul was the only candidate to stand for all of our Bill of Rights to someone and they didn’t seem to know this – in fact, they seem surprised.  Yet, even a novice at current events should be able to ‘google’ for these basic facts and the records of the candidates running this year.

So why are American Christians completely anti-Biblical now in their belief systems and in their knowledge of government and what is happening in their country? And if they don’t even know the basic beliefs of candidates, can we expect them to analyze weightier matters of the Bible such as whether love and justice are more important than more minor issues (by the way, Jesus said this – not me)?  In other words, are life, liberty, truth, and love more important than fighting every war in the Middle East or economics or other less important issues?

I believe American Christian men are responsible.  I believe they are no longer aware of what the Bible teaches, because they don’t read and study it – in their homes or in their congregations. They prefer ‘good books’, videos, blogs, forums, and topical discussions and lectures.  I believe they are no longer aware of what our laws and Bill of Rights teach or what our candidates believe, because they are no longer actively studying these either.  They are irresponsible.  They sit on their couch and watch the tube or sit and view the internet.  They want Fox News to feed their minds (and Fox News, the fake conservative outlet, is the last media source they should be viewing but that’s not the major thing, because they would see this if they were studying the issues). We need a generation of Christian men who are following Scripture, not just talking about it.  They need to spend less time on the internet and watching their smart phone and big screen, and more time involved in life.  Otherwise, our congregations and our nation will be gone and they won’t even notice.

ROMANS 14: Four relationship rules

If Christians followed Paul the apostle’s commands, much of the relationship problems within the Body of Christ, including their homes, friendships, and congregation, would be solved.

First, let me make it absolutely clear that in Romans 14, the overall subject is not GOD’s explicit commands or essential doctrines, but rather doubtful matters of conscience and discernment.  This perspective is essential to Romans 14.  Therefore, having said this, Romans 14 gives us four basic commands:

1) Don’t judge another brother on doubtful matters.
2) Don’t be offensive to another’s conscience over doubtful matters.
3) Don’t argue over doubtful matters.
4) Don’t do anything that you believe is a doubtful matter

We are not to do anything we believe is doubtful, because to doubt in one’s conscience will result in your condemnation, because whatever is not of faith is sinful for us to do.

The following issues might be considered by some to be matters that could create doubtful disputes:

  • Appearances or dress that assimilates paganism
  • Music that assimilates paganism
  • Biblical version arguments by unlearned men
  • Holidays that GOD doesn’t command us to observe
  • Holy things that are associated with unholy things
  • Moderate alcoholic consumption in social settings
  • Other such matters

Our response on matters that are doubtful should be to never participate unless we can prove that Scripture allows us to participate.  Even then, we are to never offend others by embracing what they may still see as ‘doubtful’ or wrong.  Also, we should never argue and never judge or shun others who disagree but instead embrace other believers with loving-kindness, humility and grace into our fellowship.  I realize that 1 Corinthians 5 and other such passages command us to refrain from fellowship with others on certain matters that are not doubtful.

I realize that the four Biblical principles listed above are probably not being practiced by ninety-five percent of American congregations who prefer to retain their liberty to follow their preferences regarding embracing certain holidays, dress, music, dietary liberties, associations, and appearance regardless of who it offends. However, that’s why America is in such danger at this hour.  Be thankful if you are a believer in another country who does not have such problems of evil, rebellion, and spiritual immaturity in your congregation, but please pray for the American Christians who refuse to repent – they have almost lost their nation and many still think that voting for the ‘right’ politician will prevent judgment from continuing in their land.  Pray that Americans see the real problem is the greed, divisiveness, selfishness, and offensive behavior displayed within their own congregational walls, their own homes, and in their community. We need to look out for those who are weak.  We need to love each other and respect each others’ consciences. We need revival in America and throughout the world!  May we follow Paul’s exhortations in our congregations to find GOD’s blessings once again!

 

RAPTURE: If, when, or not?

‘Ready or not, here I come?

Will most church attendees even see it coming? What an event to miss.  Why are there foolish virgins missing ‘the event’ in Jesus’ parable?  Are we given a timeline or timing? Study this chart in the below picture carefully and hear my initial thoughts.

  1. Feast of Pentecost (summer) – the Rapture?
  2. Feast of Trumpets (1st fall feast) – Ezekiel 38-39 Battle Call?
  3. Day of Atonement (2nd fall feast, 10 days later) – Israel turns to the Messiah?
  4. Feast of Tabernacles (3rd fall feast, 5 days later) – future temple built? Anti-Christ covenant of 7 years?
  5. Middle of final 7 years – covenant broken and abomination of desolation
  6. Feast of Trumpets (1st fall feast – seven years later) – Jesus descends and every eye sees Him with His saints? angels gather remaining elect?
  7. Day of Atonement – Jesus pleads with the nations? destroys the wicked?
  8. Feast of Tabernacles – Jesus IS the Temple upon earth for 1000 years?
  9. After 1000 years (Revelation 20) – The old heavens and earth melt with a fervent heat; Jesus judges the lost, casts hell, the false messiah, the false prophet, Satan, and all those whose name are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life due to their unbelief into the lake of fire that burns forever; the new heavens, new earth, and new Jerusalem are now unveiled and inhabited by the Lamb of GOD, Jesus the Messiah, forever and ever with His saints – Hallelujah!

Prophetic Timeline

Could this be the timing of what happens in the future in relation to the Feasts of Israel in the Bible? Keep in mind that the Feast of Pentecost takes place June 12th of this year (although I am definitely not setting dates which is foolish). The Feast of Pentecost is calculated by counting (‘costing’) from the first Sabbath after the Passover for fifty (‘Pente’) days – thus, ‘Pente’-‘cost’.  Those who follow the Roman state religion of Catholicism (which many ‘Protesting Catholics’ or Protestants also follow) will date all of their holy days according to pagan Easter (Ostarte or Astarte) rather than Biblical Passover (a date actually stated in Scripture as the 14th day of the first Hebrew month, leaving no room for Roman doctrine). Therefore, keep this in mind when you go to look for ‘Pentecost 2016’, since the Roman State religion of Catholicism (Bel worship in guise of El worship) dominates much of the internet date-setting for this day.

While the above possible timing is theoretical, it may be of interest to those who understand the potential relationship between the fall festivals of Israel in the Bible and the second return of Jesus, especially the fact that both the tabernacle and the temple were completed and dedicated around the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles (24th of Kislev).

Jesus gave His disciples signs of His coming in three different parallel chapters of the Gospels, namely Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.  GOD knew that the world would be overtaken by the return of Jesus much like a man being surprised in the middle of the night by a thief.

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:4

fat_manThe wording “thief in the night” is associated with the wicked whenever the second physical return of Jesus to earth is mentioned.  This second coming is expected to take place at the end of the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy.  However, there will be nobody in the media saying “here’s the beginning of the seven year period”.  My guess is that most won’t even know they’re in the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy.

Whereas, the ‘thief in the night’ warning is for the unbelievers, the wording to believers is always ‘watch’.  I believe believers should ‘watch’ for the rapture, while the unbelievers will be overtaken by the second physical return of Jesus.

How close are we to the rapture of believers in the likely event that it takes place? How close is the physical coming of Jesus Christ to earth to judge unbelievers? And how soon will the ‘mark of the beast’, known as the number of the Anti-Christ’s name, take place? Could the ‘mark’ be preceded by the collapse of the world economy?  Is not an economic ‘mark’ sensible from a banking standpoint as QR codes and UPC codes are the norm, and border security and terrorism is all the rage today? Are not biometric IDs now available in the form of tattoos as shown in other articles on this website? Many professing ‘believers’ act today if it’s no big deal to take the ‘mark’.  What does GOD say in the Bible?

“And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.” – Revelation 14:11

What could be the timing of these events? Could they be as close as this coming year?

Amir - TribulationsAmir Tsarfati, a major in the Israeli Defense Forces connected to Israeli intelligence and a Christian evangelist, warned in a New Year’s message that this year would be a year of tribulation.   Pastor Jack Hibbs, a well-known pastor in California, also is connected to high-level leaders in the American government.  He also warned at the start of this year that this year would be a year of tribulations.  They were not saying it would be the tribulation period, but simply a year of tribulations.  In other words, they must know something they’re not telling us.  That should give you something to ponder.  And then there’s this quote from an article at this link by ex-BIS chief economist William White.

The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight [economic] downturns is essentially all used up.

When it comes to timing, let’s address the basics first before we get into too much detail – let’s address some basic signs and then the subject of the rapture.  Then we’ll sink our teeth into some more interesting matters.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

22JOURNEYS1_SPAN-articleLargeWe are told natural disasters will escalate at the end of time.  Read the article at this link, and decide if you think we’re there.  A great number of other fulfilled prophecies regarding the end times are shown throughout this blog and on our partner political site, but the article at this link has a good deal of signs listed that have been fulfilled.

The fact that the Jewish people are in the land of Israel fulfills a massive number of prophecies.  If you look at the article regarding the Temple Mount on our site, you’ll see potential signs of how very, very close we are.  One can see right now that Israel is surrounded by every nation mentioned in the battles of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and these nations are preparing for war against Israel.  Many prophetic teachers believe this battle will start off the time of the final seven years before the reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

So while we don’t know the timeline, the Bible has given us an indication of how close we may be.  Also, what about the timing? Is there a possible metaphorical connection between the fall festivals of Israel and the second physical return of Jesus descending to earth?  And what about the possible rapture theory? Wasn’t it proposed by an ecstatic woman or a Jesuit priest or in a variety of other ways such as the Scofield Bible? I must state that the final word is what the Bible says, not what ‘historical Christianity’ says, since much of it was Romanized by Baalist priests and continued by Protestant priests. Therefore, the Bible must be our sole guide – not history or tradition.  Now I must say that I admit that there is no clear evidence of a rapture of the saints before the final seven years. Or is there?

THE RAPTURE AND THE END OF THE TIME OF THE GENTILES

435617Why does it seem that all we see throughout the Book of Revelation on the earth during the final seven years are Jewish Christians such as those in Revelation 7, 12, and 14?  Gentile Christians are shown, but usually in heaven. Why?  Is not the last seven years known as Daniel’s final prophetic completion of the total 490 years related to the Jewish people coming into the kingdom of Messiah? Isn’t that the exact central focus of the 490 years in Daniel 9 which specifically says that they are pertaining to the Jews and their city of Jerusalem?  And don’t some scholars state that this is the time of Jacob’s trouble mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 30 of his prophetic book?

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” – Jeremiah 30:7

Isn’t that because the ‘time of the Gentiles’ is expected to end just before the time of the believing Jews begins again?

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” – Romans 11:25

So what is this ‘mystery’ of which Paul speaks throughout this chapter and passage? Is it not the fact that the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will ‘be come in’, and then the time of the Jews will continue where they left off at the year of Jesus’ crucifixion which was year “483” of Daniel’s prophecy in chapter 9 of his prophetic book regarding 490 years? Did not Daniel state that the 490 years would begin with the order to rebuild the temple? Was this not about 450 years before the birth of Christ? And would that not place the Jewish prophetic timeclock at year 483 when Jesus gave His life for our sins at the age of 33 years old?  This leaves 7 years of Jewish prophetic time yet to come.

If you visit the respected Christian Apologist site carm.org, it doesn’t take much of a stand on either side of whether there’s a rapture, but it does alert you that the two main passages for its defense are 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and I Corinthians 15; however, neither of these passages appear to be useful for a rapture event. Why?

Both passages speak of the dead rising and thus appear to be the same event

If these are the same event, then what’s the timing?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 states “the LORD Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout”.  If this is a ‘rapture verse’, then how can Christians be quietly taken out of the way  into heaven with shouting from Jesus taking place? Doesn’t this look far more like the seventh trumpet of Revelation with the voice of an archangel and a last trumpet sounding?  Does it not look more like the Battle of Armageddon in which Jesus will physically descend to earth? Do not most rapture teachers state that the rapture will take place quietly before the seven years of Daniel’s prophecies and long before Jesus physically descends from heaven at His second coming?

I hate to break it to the pre-tribulation rapture adherents, but 1 Thessalonians 4 has Jesus coming down. This disqualifies this passage as being a rapture passage.  Since this chapter is the same timing as I Corinthians 15, this probably disqualifies the passage in 1 Corinthians 15 as well as being a rapture proof text since both speak of the dead in Christ at this event.   However, I don’t think this kills the rapture theory. Or even the pre-tribulation rapture theory.

bible_blackAfter all, the entire “time of the Gentiles” is a mystery that Paul said was not revealed until his era – a time when the Holy Spirit came down upon believers during the Jewish festival of Pentecost (yes, Pentecost was a Jewish Biblical festival they were keeping). Therefore, precedent exists that GOD sometimes gives hints about the future without revealing all the details as we have seen in the Old Testament hints about the Gentiles being grafted into the Jewish faith of the Messianic promises, while keeping the ‘time of the Gentiles’ or the age between the 69th week and 70th week of Daniel a complete mystery which so far has lasted two thousand years.  That’s a lot of time to keep a mystery from the Old Testament prophets, but we see historically that it was a mystery GOD kept from them.

Thus, with precedence of only hints being given (i.e. no ‘hard evidence’) for this astounding mystery of gigantic proportions which we now know as the birth of the ‘called out’ congregation of GOD consisting of both Jews and non-Jews, we thus see the ‘rapture’ as being a viable theory and another extremely possible mystery that has lots of hints but no ‘hard evidence’. Revelation 3 also hints at Jesus rescuing the Sardis congregation (i.e. ‘rapture’), but not the Philadelphia congregation unless they repent. To the congregation of Sardis, Jesus states:

“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” – Revelation 3:3

As mentioned previously, the ‘thief in the night’ wording seems to always be connected with the physical return of Jesus at the end of the seven year period. Thus, it is interesting that to the congregation in Philadelphia, Jesus seems to promise to keep them from this final seven year period of astounding tests:

… Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trials, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” – Revelation 3:10

Law-ScrollFurthermore, Paul tells that at the end of the “time of the Gentiles”, we will see the time of the Jews returning and there is a prediction in both the Old and New Testaments that all of Israel will be saved in one day.

“Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. ” – Zechariah 3:8-9

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.” – Zechariah 8:6-8

“Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved” – Romans 9:27

“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. … For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” – Romans 11:5, 25-27

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I turn back the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 39:25-29

holy-spirits-outpouringIn this last passage, we see at the end of the battles of Ezekiel 38 and 39 that the Spirit is poured out upon the Jews.  This appears to be connected to the day when all of Israel is saved.

And then there’s the 144,000 Jewish Christians shown in Revelation chapter 7 who come from the twelve tribes of Israel. Where are these 144,000 Christian Jews today?  I believe this pouring out of the Spirit is where they emanate and I believe that the “time of the Gentiles” will already be over for several reasons.

Also, keep in mind that multiple times throughout the Old Testament prophecies and also in the New Testament such as in the passages from Romans 9 and 11 above, there is a mention of a remnant from Israel in the last days.  In Zechariah 14, for example, we read:

“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” – Zechariah 14:1-2

“But now I will not be unto the remnant of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.” – Zechariah 8:11-12

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” – Revelation 12:17

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” – Joel 2:32

“And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.” – Micah 4:7

“Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travails [as in child birth – metaphorically speaking] hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.” – Micah 5:3

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he delights in mercy.” – Micah 7:18

“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” – Zephaniah 3:13

“Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:” – Romans 9:27

Have you read 2 Thessalonians 2? Many teachers believe it is a reference to the Holy Spirit being removed from the earth.  Could this be when Christians are removed as well?  After all, the Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit is the believer’s seal of redemption.  Wouldn’t it be strange to have the ‘Seal’ removed, but not the believers?  I would find that strange indeed.  Thus, I believe it very well could be that believers are also removed at this time. 2 Thessalonians is also very clear with the timing.  The ‘restraining’ that restrains will be removed out of the way and then the Anti-Christ will be revealed.  It also states that the second coming of Jesus at His physical return to earth will come after the man of perdition or the Anti-Christ is revealed.  Hmmm.  In other words:

  1. Restraining that restrains is removed.
  2. Anti-Christ is revealed.
  3. Second coming takes place.

“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, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you 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:” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8

After walking through the Greek slowly word-by-word through the above two verses above highlighted with underlining and bold font, I rendered the following translation from the original Greek. In other words, I was checking to see if the Greek actually said the words in red above “he be taken out of the way” or if the translators were just adding the “he” for understanding which is standard translation procedures, and the answer was that they added the “he” to the sentence to help it make sense.  Knowing this, those two verses read like this:

“And now you perceive the restraining that he reveals in his time. For the mystery of the lawlessness already works; only this restrains now momentarily until out of the way becomes.”

In other words, this could mean that the restraining power of the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way (and many scholars do believe this to be true).  I would like to add one further note however. Since “he” is not in the original Greek, it reads “until out of the way becomes”.  This knowledge allows us to add another possible thought regarding this passage.  If the Holy Spirit is removed, could the Christians also be part of the restraining on earth?  Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5?  If the salt loses its savor, it is good for nothing, and this seems to indicate that Christians are a type of salt that help to preserve society.  With the Holy Spirit and Christians removed, it would make sense that there would no longer be any restraining for Satan and his false messiah and false prophet to do their dirty deeds and delude the people of earth.  Also again, would GOD really remove the Holy Spirit from His people and leave them without the ‘Seal’ of their redemption?

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In this above passage, I find one of the most convincing arguments for a rapture.  In many ways, I would imagine that if there is a “rapture”, then it would make sense that it would end what Paul the apostle called the “time of the Gentiles”.  Therefore, although there’s no hard evidence for a rapture, there is soft evidence (and not just in this passage alone). However, there’s no need to distort or warp passages like I Corinthians 15 or I Thessalonians 4:16-18 and turn them into ‘rapture’ passages when they’re obviously passages about the second physical return of Jesus to this earth at the end of the seven years.

Matthew 24 is also another passage about the second physical coming of Jesus that is typically used as a ‘rapture’ passage.  Although the entire chapter is fairly much speaking of the second physical return of Jesus, there is one spot in the chapter that could very well be an excellent indication of a rapture, but to my knowledge it has been overlooked by almost the entire community who believe in a ‘rapture’.  This ‘soft evidence’ is found in Matthew 24:38-39 which says:

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And [the unbelieving wicked] knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Notice it says that the coming of Jesus would be likened unto how the days of Noah were fairly normal with standard fare such as eating, drinking, marrying of people, and then suddenly like a flood the second physical return of Jesus will come.  So where’s the possible soft evidence for a ‘rapture’?  In the phrase “until the day that Noah entered the ark and [the unbelieving wicked] knew not until the flood came“. The flood will come suddenly to the surprise of the unbelieving wicked.

The entering of Noah into the ark did not come by surprise. Noah knew it was coming and was anticipating it.  The wicked didn’t even notice Noah entering the ark most likely since Noah and his family had probably come and gone from the ark many times.  In other words, Noah entered the ark while things were fairly normal and nobody really even noticed.  The sudden surprise came later. It wasn’t until the flood came suddenly that people were taken off-guard.

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Sacrifices to Molech of the Baal sun worship religion, similar to the human sacrifices that took place on the festival of Dionysia around 500 B.C. or in more recent times during Saturnalia (X-Mass).

Here we see Noah’s entry into the ark as a possible metaphor for the Body of Christ and the Holy Spirit being taken into ‘the ark’ of heaven while the world barely notices.  That explains why Jesus’ second return is going to take everyone off-guard.  They will all think they’re doing GOD a favor by surrounding Israel and punishing them, especially with the ‘replacement theology’ sweeping through many congregations which seeks to deny Israel’s Biblical place in the future plan of GOD.  Many, if not, most today who call themselves ‘Christians’ are so far out in spiritual ‘outer space’ that they really have no idea how lost they truly are as they float in massive layers of heresy spoken by men like Tim Keller, John Piper, C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and many other false teachers as shown in detailed, documented evidence on this website.

Almost all of those claiming to be ‘believers’ today are playing the music of demons in their congregations, practicing charismatic spiritualism like shamans, dressing like naked savages in their communities, seeking entertainment with filthy, occult, and pagan material, drinking like fish, cursing like sailors, piercing themselves and defacing their bodies like heathen primitive tribes, while all the time talking about how a ‘revival’ is sweeping America.  Most of these people are well-described in the congregation of Laodicea found in Revelation 3 which GOD states He will ‘vomit out of His mouth’ metaphorically speaking. Will they even notice that the true believers are gone?  It’s very doubtful. Remember the great falling away that is to precede the revealing of the Anti-Christ.  I believe we are living in that era.  The Greek word ‘apostasia’ for ‘falling away’ is rooted in the Greek word ‘apostasion’ that means ‘divorce’.

With the amazing amount of heresy being touted in even ‘conservative’ or ‘fundamental’ congregations today, I really don’t think most people will even notice that believers are missing.

Love speaks TruthThis make sense that after the believers are gone like Noah into the ark that nobody else notices them missing, and the world celebrates their False Messiah, their False Prophet, along with their false grace, false peace, false love, false worship, false godliness, false brethren, false version of Christianity, and false one world religion under the reign of Satan.  Then sudden tribulation will come upon them like labor upon a woman.  They will surround Israel and will quite possibly blame them for all of their problems. Then Jesus will appear in heaven with His saints.  I really don’t think the false believers in most congregations and the rest of the world will be expecting this to happen. The remainder of Matthew 24 even seems to preach this message. Since the False Messiah is indeed both ‘against’ and a ‘substitute’ for the true Christ, it would be no surprise if the world believes they are doing GOD a favor by rooting the Jews out of Israel, much like many Catholics for over a millennia acted as if they were doing GOD a favor by killing Jews and true Christians. Prepare for a possible similar type of world in the near future.

It will be like 1 Thessalonians 5 says – a surprise like a thief in the night to the unbelievers who just might be horrified that their ‘good works’ aren’t so righteous, their love, grace, and religion isn’t genuine, and that they only have a form of godliness, but are denying its true power.  However, the true believers will not be taken by surprise as 1 Thessalonians 5 also says, and if they are already taken away with the Holy Spirit, this makes perfect sense.  I believe II Thessalonians might possibly be the closest passage to giving us the exact order of what prerequisites and events need to occur and when.  The rapture, the Anti-Christ revealed, and then the surprise second coming of Jesus that the self-righteous world didn’t expect with all their false world peace and celebration of demonic activity in the name of piety.

POSSIBLE TIMINGS FOR THE RAPTURE AND END TIME EVENTS

Could the rapture take place at Pentecost or at least in the summer time?  Song of Solomon chapter 2 states:

“The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he stands behind our wall, he looks forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” – Solomon’s Song of Songs 2:8-14

armageddon_valleyNotice the Groom in this love song is speaking to His Bride from up behind the lattice of His windows.  He is not descending to His Bride. He is asking her to come up to where He is.  We are also told the timing – summer.

The rains in Israel continue through around the end of April.  In this passage, the rains are ended and the tender grapes on the vines give a good smell.  This speaks of summertime.  Also, the Bride seems to be hiding in the clefts of the Rock and in the secret places of the stairs.  It makes one wonder if she is facing persecution.  Multiple times throughout the prophets of the Old Testament and in the writings of the New Testament, the fig tree is used as a metaphor for Israel.  In this passage, we see the fig tree is putting forth her green figs.  This leads one to wonder if it is speaking of a young Israel sprouting forth, not yet ripe as they will be at the end of the seven year period, but still a new nation if this symbolism applies. Did you know that this summer, Pentecost will take place on June the 12th right after the rains of Israel are ended and at the start of summer?  I am not setting dates, but I am suggesting a theory of a possible Pentecost date either now or in the future … but this is only speculation.

In the article at this link the timing of when the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will be fulfilled is discussed more in-depth. We must be careful with the assumption that ‘the time of the Gentiles’ and the trampling of Jerusalem coincide; however, I believe it’s possible that ‘time of the Gentiles’ could simply be related to the mystery of the ‘called out’ Body of Christ and their era, and not necessarily parallel with the trampling of Jerusalem by Gentiles. Let’s look at two passages of Scripture:

” … and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24b

“But do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.”  Revelation 11:2

We have two elements here:  1) the ‘time of the Gentiles’ (which most surmise from Scripture to be the gap between the 483 years and the final 7 years of Daniel chapter 9’s 490 year prophecy), and 2) the treading of the Gentiles upon Jerusalem.  A quick glance at these passages would have someone placing the time of the Gentiles ending at the same time that Jerusalem is no longer trodden by Gentiles.  However, it could very well be that the time of the Gentiles may end a few years prior to the trampling of Jerusalem by the Gentiles being completed.  However, the reverse could not be true. Why?  Luke 21 denotes that the Gentiles will still be treading upon Jerusalem when the time of the Gentiles ends. Thus, the time of the Gentiles could end just prior to the final seven years of the Jews and Jerusalem restarting (from when they stopped at the Messiah’s crucifixion as the 483 years were completed).  And it also appears that while the ‘time of the Gentiles’ could end before the final seven years, on the other hand the treading of Jerusalem appears to end around halfway through those final seven years according to Revelation chapter 11.

The ‘time of the Gentiles’ appears to be a time when the ‘time of the Jews’ is not taking place. When is the ‘time of the Jews’?  Again, we point you to Daniel 9’s prophecy where we see that 490 years were prophesied concerning the Messiah’s tasks being completed for two important focuses: the Jews and Jerusalem. In fact, Daniel 9 is all about the Jews and Jerusalem and it is the main focus.  So we’re told by Daniel in that chapter that 490 years were appointed for them.  We perceive in this 490 year time-frame what appears to be three basic segments of time.  First, 49 years for the ordering of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its completion right at the end of their 70 year Babylonian exile.  Secondly, 434 years from the completion of Jerusalem to the time that Messiah is cut off (the crucifixion).  The sum of these first two equals 483 years. Third, a final 7 years that would wrap up the total 490 years.  A gap occurred between the 483 years and the final 7 years simply because Israel rejected their Messiah. This is why the 490 year timeline was put on pause.  But it wasn’t a surprise to GOD.  He had already hinted at this mystery in the Old Testament about turning to the Gentiles for a time, and about Israel being scattered among the nations for many years (the Diaspora).  So when will the final 7 years start again? When the ‘time of the Gentiles’ are fulfilled.

While some may differ, I have found myself with the opinion that the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will end (i.e. with the ‘rapture’) prior to the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy. With that in mind, let me give you my theory on some of the possible timing of the final years.

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Remember how Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives and afterward the angels told his disciples that Jesus would return the same way that they saw him go.  We are also told in another passage in Zechariah 14 that the Messiah (Jesus) would descend upon the Mount of Olives and split it in half as He returns for the Battle of Armageddon at His second coming.  In this way, Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives and He will descend someday upon the Mount of Olives.

Following this logic, think of the Holy Spirit.  He descended upon Pentecost.  Is it possible that He will ascend (taking the Bride of Christ with Him and ending the ‘time of the Gentiles’) on Pentecost as well?  What’s special about the Bible festivals? And how do they relate to prophecy?  Well, the first coming of Jesus was seen to be tied directly to the spring festivals of the Bible, so therefore it is possible that the fall festivals are related to the second coming of Jesus (since none of them appear to have been fulfilled by the first coming of Jesus). For example, the first coming of Jesus appears to have been related to Passover (the timing of Jesus’ death as the Passover Lamb), the Feast of First-Fruits (the timing of Jesus’ resurrection), and Pentecost (the timing of the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Body of Christ).  The basic fall festivals of the Bible are:

  • 7th month Tishri – 1st day: The Feast of the Trumpets
  • 7th month Tishri – 10th day: The Day of Atonement
  • 7th month Tishri – 15th day: The Feast of the Tabernacles
  • 9th month Kislev – 24th day: The Feast of Dedication

Trumpets were used for warning, war, and music in the Old Testament.  Could the battles of Ezekiel occur on the Feast of Trumpets? Could the appearing of Jesus take place on the Feast of Trumpets as the final seventh trumpet of the Book of Revelation is blown?  It’s possible, and I admit it is speculation, but it is intriguing indeed.

When you think of the return of Jesus physically to the earth, think of how compassionate He is.  As he lands on the Mount of Olives and splits it into two halves, creating a valley between the two sides, keep in mind what the Scriptures say.  Jesus does not appear eager to shed blood in the Battle of Armageddon … not until He has made a plea to the nations.

“A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 25:31

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” – Joel 3:2

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

These are only possible timings and others may have their own theories, but there does seem to be a lot of history and possibilities in these scenarios of the fall festivals being a fulfillment of Jesus’ second coming.

However, there have been so many false prophets setting dates for the rapture that it has become a joke.  I do not want to sound like an alarmist as many of these false prophets who make filthy money from their books and TV shows; however, we are close, children of the Holy Father.  We are very close. Most of those calling themselves ‘Christians’ today look more like the children of Satan.  Remember the ten virgins? Only five were ready for the Wedding of Jesus the Groom and His Bride the Body of Christians.  If we think of Jewish Weddings, they often had a period of betrothal that began with a prayer, a giving of a token of value, followed by a betrothal period.  Then upon the completion of the betrothal period, the Groom would wed the Bride and have the Wedding Feast.

Wedding2If we think of salvation as beginning with the prayer of faith, whether verbal or unspoken, followed by the giving of a token, the Seal of the Holy Spirit, followed by a ‘betrothal’ period called the ‘Erusin’ by Jewish customs, then we see a connection between traditional Israeli weddings and how Jesus interacts with His Bride.  Keep in mind that “Erusin” (betrothal) literally meant ‘sanctification’ and was a time for the Bride to become sanctified as She prepared to be more like what the Groom desired.  That is much like the life of the Body of Christ throughout the past two millennia.  Then following this betrothal or period of sanctification, we see the Groom takes his Bride under the Tent for the wedding where He weds her.  This is the point where the foolish virgins (which appear akin to our modern ‘bridesmaids’) were not ready.  Half of them missed out on the Wedding and the Wedding Feast.  Yet they were still ‘virgins’ and not ‘harlots’, so some have proposed that this means only the faithful believers will be taken in the rapture as seen in the contrasting statements that Jesus made to the congregations of Sardis and Philadelphia.  Whether this theory is correct, I think it behooves all believers to be watching, because is that not exactly what Jesus said for us to do?

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Imagine that all the genuine Christians were taken out of this world by a ‘rapture’ tomorrow.  Many of these true believers pursue holiness like the Messiah instead of this present world.  Many of these true believers still trust Jesus for salvation and not their own works.  So let’s be honest – true believers would probably not even be missed.

Most church-goers today attend out of tradition, trust their own works, assimilate the pagans around them, and would probably be thankful to no longer have to see Bible verses and spiritual comments on their Facebook or Twitter stream from true believers. They could then feel comfortable with their Harry Potter, Charmed, Priest, and other occult shows. They could enjoy their heretics who teach work salvation, false grace, and pagan assimilation without being pricked in their conscience.  They could act like a Baal worshiper in their music, dress, holidays, entertainment, and lifestyle without rebuke.  They could follow a false prophet like the Pope with the rest of the world into an era of false world peace, while worshiping a false messiah who pretends he is ‘GOD’, and he’ll probably look a lot like what most people would desire for their ‘god’ – someone who gives them whatever their flesh craves.   I think the world is ready for deception.   Even so come, LORD Jesus!

 

HUNGRY EYES: A cure?

watching-tv1Lust may be one of the greatest destroyers of America today.  Do you know why most people can’t seem to control themselves? What controls and changes can assist those who are addicted?  We hope to address such matters and help you learn more about this plague and what you can do to help.

You may know that the New Testament was written in Greek.  One interesting word in the Greek is that of “thelēma“.  It means “desire, pleasure, will”.   When this word in the Bible speaks of GOD’s will, it is also speaking of His pleasure.  That should be a reminder to us that our will (i.e. the choices we make) is also directly tied to our desires or pleasures. In other words, if we want to stop making the wrong choices, then we have to see our desires change, and that’s something that only the Spirit of GOD can do for us. Yet, He wants us to pray to Him for His help. How many hours have we spent in prayer for His help this week?

What is the effect of hungry eyes? One effect is lawlessness.  It was once illegal to commit adultery or have pre-marital sex; in fact, such offspring was called illegitimate. Today, far worse evils abound.

Legally today, temptation is everywhere, and the devil and the world around you are bent on throwing temptation everywhere you go, and your own flesh is weak even if your spirit is willing. Also, it goes without saying that the FCC and the government are not doing their job.  In fact, the rise of today’s technology doesn’t help.  How do we react when stats are saying that America is out-of-control? When conservatives are falling like flies to temptation and sometimes in the most perverse of forms?  We should expect such behavior when a culture is saturated with immoral images and hungry eyes everywhere.  Job, who is a great example to all of us and who the Bible calls a ‘perfect and upright man’ in his spiritual maturity and lawfulness, said:

“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” – Job 31:1

Could this be a major reason that Job was considered a perfect and upright man in his maturity?  Why have standards of modesty, morality, and decency plunged to such low cultural levels both in the walls of Christian homes and also in the congregational assemblies? And could this be why those outside of Christianity are also sliding even further into more and more perversion, lawlessness, anti-authoritarianism, and the celebration of rebellion? Is there a root reason why the salt is losing its preserving properties in society?

“But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” – Matthew 6:23

chainedIs America currently suffering from a fascination with lust in all of its forms?  And if so, is this changing how American’s think? Can sin really blind people to their own stupidity regarding the importance of lawfulness, finances, authority, and their own success and prosperity?

“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” – Deuteronomy 7:26

In this article, I hope to give you solutions to help you if you struggle with temptation, especially towards the end of this article under the section called The Cure.

THE CURSE

redbloodshoteyes“… having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are cursed children.” – 2 Peter 2:14

 

“Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.” – Psalms 119:37

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“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” – Matthew 5:27-30

sad wifeIs it possible that lust can take you into foreclosure, divorce, pre-marital sex, perversions, lawlessness, and many other cultural trends? Can it also rob your spouse of what she deserves?

“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.” – 1 Corinthians 7:3-4

hide-eyesViewing the above verses, we see a short list of what the Bible says about porn starting to form.

  1. Lusting after a woman is considered “adultery of the heart” by Jesus Christ
  2. Don’t allow it in your house whatsoever – protect your home.
  3. When we are outside of our home in situations we can’t control, we are to “turn away” our eyes from worthless things.
Adam and Eve knew they were naked even WITH clothing made of fig leaves. GOD had to make them coats of skins to ensure modesty.

Adam and Eve knew they were naked even WITH clothing made of fig leaves. GOD had to make them coats of skins to ensure modesty.

Also, in the article at this link, you will see that whether a man admits to lusting or not is irrelevant since the Bible is very clear that nakedness is a shame and therefore off-limits.  Even after a man recovers from his addiction to porn, how long does it take before his numbness to nakedness leaves and his sensitivity to nakedness returns?  Thankfully, many who come out of porn find themselves more sensitive again and restored in both mind and body from the curse of porn. This shows there is help and that porn addiction is not a ‘disorder’, but spiritual warfare of the mind.  Later, I will show how science in a Ted Talks episode reinforces this thinking regarding restoration.

Can lust blind people to what they are doing to themselves as an individual or a nation? Can it be a worse enemy than a foreign invader to a nation?  Is this why a gentleman in the intelligence community told me that he had the authority to deny the President access to confidential, classified documents many years ago, and that a memo had been intercepted by American intelligence from Russia to one of their agents which stated that they were looking to corrupt the morals and music of Americans?

Do you understand how porn destroys those who are used as actors in the porn industry? Many in the porn industry are known to commit suicide?  Human trafficking of various aged youth and adults victimize multitudes. Porn also destroys the viewers. This is why we should never view pornography. Porn is a destroyer.  If you are in it, don’t continue.

edDid you know that there is a price to pay for those men who continue in their pornography? Ted Talks had a very eye-opening program on this very topic as seen in the video at this link. Be sure to watch this video!!!  But the condition is reversible, so that’s the good news!!

THE CULTURE

Why have standards of decency plunged to such low cultural levels both in the walls of Christian homes and also in the congregational assemblies?

Why did music seem to suddenly change from classical and sacred music that built up the human soul and spirit as seen in many magazine music sales advertisements from the early 1900s to sensual rock music, including sexually perverse and even Satanic music in the mid-1900s? Is there a root reason why? Could it be that the men who are supposed to lead their homes and societies have become infested with pornography which sprang up just prior to the mid-1900s?

cynicalMen today are so numbed to nakedness and lustful dancing due to their porn habits (as proven in the earlier Ted Talks video) that it would be no surprise if they were to look at an attractive female with a skimpy outfit and say “She doesn’t make me lust” (while ignoring the Bible’s command about nudity, whether it makes one lust or not).  Is it any wonder it doesn’t make them lust when they’ve been secretly viewing far worse?

chartIt might surprise you how many Christian men and even leading pastors are regular secret viewers of pornography. The statistics support this statement.

The vast majority of men in America view porn each month and that includes many who claim Christ’s name. One website article indicates that not only are the majority of Christian men addicted to porn, but that that “9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls have been exposed to pornography before the age of 18; the average age of first exposure is about 11 years old. And that men are 543% more likely to look at porn than women.”.  What is going to happen to this generation if this trend is not reversed? Can you see how the FCC is one of the chief ways that this nation can be destroyed from within morally in a similar manner as the Federal Reserve can destroy this nation economically from within?

woman staring at screenKnowing this statistic on the porn viewing habits of men versus women, is it not telling when the article at this link states that “34% of readers of Today’s Christian Woman’s online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing Internet porn”. Keep in mind that these are probably the more conservative “soccer moms” of society too with such high stats.  In addition to these stats, the article reveals “seventy-five percent of pastors do not make themselves accountable to anyone for their Internet use.”

porn profitsAnother article writer states in his article that his own survey found the stats to be even higher than the previously mentioned article gives regarding the number of Christian men addicted to porn.

Another website states that some countries have banned porn, so why hasn’t America? Obscenity is not free speech.  Did you know that “the pornography industry has larger revenues than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. 2006 Worldwide Pornography Revenues ballooned to $97.06 billion” and that “every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography, 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography, and 372 internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines”?

porn profits2And the child porn industry continues to grow into a giant billion dollar industry.  A Senator in Georgia and her husband were killed when she started investigating this monstrous industry within the government.  I have a close friend who told me that most of the law enforcement officers within two counties of his office are in secret societies.  This doesn’t build trust. Have you ever wondered how certain government departments can track certain websites, but don’t seem capable of blocking them? Could they even be creating them? Is this not the ultimate form of racketeering and could not this be used for blackmail, extortion, and controlling high-ranking and even low-ranking officials in many of our government departments and offices? Could this allow the Occult who created much of our intelligence community to control our leadership and thereby our society? What can we do?  We can start by ensuring we aren’t viewing such sites ourselves, and then work to bring more accountability and discuss some of these matters in our local counties.

Meanwhile, babies continue to be aborted due to the irresponsibility of those having immoral relationships and attempting to absolve themselves of the responsibility of their actions. This is a pandemic! It is not an isolated situation. America is hemorrhaging.

984Should not the porn industry be blocked by the FCC? Isn’t that their entire job? Their whole purpose for existence? Mainstream America used to ban obscenity and pornography for the majority of the country’s history. Why is it suddenly protected free speech? And why does its perversions get worse each year as society mirrors what is being pushed down the Arpanet (the original internet created by occult intelligence officers). Meanwhile, Americans’ freedom is slipping away from them as they slowly resemble Nazi Germany or Communist Russia more than the American empire that feared GOD and sang about Him in their national anthem and fourth of July independence celebrations with songs like “GOD bless America”! Such songs have ceased … and no wonder.

sex_ed1I believe one of the fundamental reasons that America is slipping into such a state is because of the purposeful removal of the Bible and GOD from public schools and public life, and the addiction of many men, who GOD called to be our leaders, all across this nation to pornography. Without moral leadership from fathers, women have had to take the leadership many, many times across America.  The children will continue to be sexually promiscuous which will result in abortions, more and more radical types of sexual expressions, and moral depravity on every level. Why? Because fathers do have that much influence – so do mothers. No wonder families no longer want to hear about Creationism or the Bible or the Truth.

traffickingSo is this not an extremely important topic for Christians?

Do most pastors preach on this subject? This article isn’t to demonize them, because there are still some who do, but it is to ask the question – “why”? Are the Christians in your community outraged at what is being done to children’s minds by public school sex educators or the widespread availability of porn to them? Is your congregational allies working together to stop human trafficking, and to stop porn, obscenities and smut from being broadcast through television, internet, radio, movies, video games, and media?

Or is there a bigger fish to fry in your congregation? If so, I’m not sure what it might be. Yet, the pulpits and the leaders of many ministries are strangely silent.  Have you wondered how Christians who were the vast majority of Americans half a century ago have dwindled so quickly?

Typical American family in 1920.

Typical American family in 1920.

Have you wondered how Christians whose standards of morality and decency regarding clothing, music, drink, entertainment, and culture have suddenly dropped so fast and so low in such a short amount of time? And who is this new “god” who wants worship that results in most churches celebrating with a sensual concert each week in their meetings? And what has changed the discernment levels of these Christians (if Christians they be) to such a degree that they so quickly enjoy the pagan, sensual culture of the world without a hint of conscience or even a clue that they might be violating the voice of the Spirit in their lives? What has numbed the consciences of American and European Christians so deeply?

Is it possible that some of the pastors you allow to teach you on the radio or television or through books may also be hooked on porn? Is it possible that your pastor or deacons or husband or father is as well? Is this possibly why pastors discernment seems to lack today as they now have begun to embrace outright heresies more and more?

This pandemic of porn and the cultural change it has brought world-wide is so great that the article at this link tells of one boy who was arrested for porn addiction at the tender age of 13 years old. Did you know that the largest consumer group for internet pornography is children between 12 and 17?  If the FCC is supposed to be shutting off such materials to minors, then how is this happening? If they know of these websites enough to track this 13 year old, then why can’t they shut down the websites?  Why so much mass surveillance? The devil has men on this planet and they are working to further his cause, and will do anything to have their way on this planet.  Is it really all about ‘terrorism’?  Or is this a way to monitor the thoughts of people on the Arpanet (internet) and to socially engineer our society in a very methodical, tyrannical manner by providing ‘eye candy’ and then tracking those who view it?  Is this why certain conservative politicians do well for a while in making change, but eventually drop away? Why would anyone be able to justify smut sites being available to anyone, no matter what ‘justifications’ or ‘end justifies the means’ reasoning is used?  Is this not the reasoning that led to the Inquisitions, the confessional booths, and other ways of social engineering in the past? Keep this in mind before you click on a website. Perhaps it will deter you from making wrong choices.

 

THE CURE

prayer.1We need to shut down all these industries, make our government do their job and be more accountable to the people, and run such people from our land and block them.  However, the reality is that this war may take many years, so what do we do in the meantime?

I have committed myself to the LORD to ensure my eyes are fully dedicated to GOD and my wife.  Recently, I have decided to stop watching movies with my wife as much and dwelling more on being productive with my talents alongside her and listening more to audio Bible passages as I perform tasks around the house. It’s all about renewing or renovating our minds to be more like Christ.

It’s imperative to remove anything from our life that triggers thoughts or makes you stumble, regardless of how radical you have to be in making changes in your life if you really are committed to keeping your eyes pure. Obviously, there are times in life where you will just have to look away.   I have several godly men friends in my life that also overcame the lie of lust.  So there’s hope, my friend.

We all need mercy, grace, purity, and love, not lust, in our lives.  Nobody’s perfect. However, we must not remain in sin. We must confess our sins to GOD, forsake them, and commit ourselves to permanent change.  This takes perseverance.  We must persevere and focus on filling our senses with things of Christ and purity, instead of the world’s entertainment.

“He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13

Permanent change can come through putting on the LORD Jesus Christ and making no provision for our flesh to fulfill its lusts, as Paul the apostle phrased it. You should use every way possible to ‘make no provision’ for your flesh, but you must also be committed.

I recommend you spend hours in prayer when you commit yourself if you are truly serious about living victorious.  Christian friends, the audio Bible, sermons from godly men, constant intercession and prayer, and avoiding situations, movies, music, or cultural events, things, or places that could lead to temptation are all vital to your success.

What does the Bible say?

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12

 

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – Philippians 2:3

 

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1

 

SOLUTIONS TO HELP YOU

Instead of spending any more time talking about how we’ve collapsed as a national culture from the top offices all the way down to the common American, let’s instead focus on helping each other in spite of the culture.

Let’s now get down to some of the steps you can take to make no provision for your flesh. The first and foremost provision is not a “what” but a “who” – the LORD Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Answer.

The second provision is to FILTER ALL “VISUAL PORTALS” IN YOUR HOME whether they be internet, smart phones, tablets, television, movies, or otherwise. We will speak to how you can specifically filter them all throughout the rest of this article.

HAVE A “PASSWORD PROTECTOR” IN YOUR LIFE whether it be your spouse, best friend, family member or pastor. This person knows all the passwords for your “human controls”. You do not. Have only the least amount of devices needed, so you don’t have to always be getting them to enter their password.

WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING by noticing which clothes set off your urges” (i.e. too tight, too loose, etc). Also, wear appropriate clothing from an appearance standpoint for others’ sake.

DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE ALONE with temptation without accountability or “human controls”. This may mean moving computers to a central populated section of the house or even other more extreme measures. Be honest with those around you as to why you are taking such measures to control the internet, TV, etc (no need to get graphic but just in general terms). Do not take “no” for an answer if you are working with others in your household on this issue and let them know how important it is to you. Have the least amount of tech devices around you, not only for temptation sake, but also because most are time-wasters, money-wasters, and just one more obstacle to successful living. Most people will “get it” including kids. At the same time, be accommodating to your spouse or others when it comes to the aesthetics of the final look so that you don’t create an eyesore for the house.

TELEVISION AND MOVIE “CONTROLS”

Many years ago and only a few weeks after I was married, my wife and I decided that we would not have cable television. We only had video monitors by which we could watch movies. There are also ways to get television or movies streamed through computers and through the internet.  If you prefer to have no internet, there are DVD mail services, depending upon whether you are single or married or how much accountability you have in your life. For many, it may be better to have nothing.

I do suggest that the men have someone who is the owner of your Password for your entertainment choices (i.e. “Password Protector”). There are even some services that offer help to people, but I believe close family is usually best. Some other ideas that you may or may not need to implement include:

  • Have a designated “mailbox courier” for the family (i.e. wife)
  • Single people may even want to have the DVDs mailed to a close godly friend who controls the account (to keep them from changing the address of the DVD mailings).

The key is “whatever it takes for my will to break, that’s what I’ll be willing to do” and knowing what level of “controls” will work for you.  That attitude is really the main and first step to overcoming and recovering from any addiction. In fact, many of the principles in this article can be used for other addictions.

RESEARCH MOVIES FIRST

Movies can be researched on the IMDB website to see what the Content Advisory says before viewing.

  • To see the Content Advisory for any movie on IMDB, be sure to search for the movie using the search engine at the top of their page, then scroll past the Cast members to the section titled “Storyline“. You will find a hyperlink saying “View content advisory“.  If you click it, it will usually have the details of any objectionable elements in a movie such as any objectionable words, acts, or sights that one may experience in that movie.

After all, which of the sins that Christ nailed to the cross should I view for entertainment?

TABLET, SMART PHONE, AND COMPUTER FILTERS

You can download software from Qustodio for android users or SafeEyes for Apple iPhone users for a small fee (and these products are worth the fee compared to any other services). For desktop computers, SafeEyes is also great or if you need a free choice, K9 Blue Coat Web Protection is great.  For a comparison of some top internet filters, you may visit the article at this link. Some internet filters allow you to get alerts if a user in your household is trying to access sites they shouldn’t and to view all the types of items that are being viewed by the users even if the users erase their internet browser history or reset their phone. I also encourage you to outlaw internet usage past bedtime hours using the time schedule feature. This protects you, your spouse, and your children from being tempted after everyone has gone to bed.

YOU NEED MORE THAN FILTERS

A friend of mine from a large ministry once stated that he has learned with his boys that there is no such thing as a ‘good filter’.  Keep in mind that there are ways around filters, so I have a couple more pieces of advice for you.

First, you will need someone who is the owner of your Password for you (i.e. “Password Protector”).

Second, after you have given yourself about a month to get used to the internet content filter and have its settings in a place where it blocks evil but doesn’t keep you from business needs on the internet, then you need to implement the next layer of protection.  I don’t know Mac computers, but I assume they have similar features.  I will therefore only speak to Microsoft computers.

For PC users:

  • Go to the Start menu, then the Control Panel
  • Go to the User Accounts and Family Safety section in Windows 7
  • Go to the User Accounts section, and you should see two accounts – one is an Administrator account and the other is a Guest user account.
  • Do not activate the Guest user account. Instead, create a new user account for the entire family and call it “Jenkins family” as an example.
  • Give it standard user access, but reserve Administrator access only for the Administrator’s account (your ‘Password Protector’).
  • This allows your ‘Password Protector’ the only Admin account and therefore the only opportunity to bypass filters.

There’s also a video on Microsoft at this link for you to view and other helpful directions for setting up a user account for those not familiar with setting up Windows User accounts.  Keep in mind that Windows 10 is more like Google Chrome – completely and utterly senseless in protecting your kids.  You can setup ‘protected’ profiles for your kids, and your kids can just go setup their own ‘unprotected’ profile.  It’s almost like these tech giants really want people to view inappropriate things.  However, even if you have Windows 10, I would encourage you to get Windows 7.  Yes, you will have to endure that fascist little Windows 10 icon that constantly barks at the bottom of your computer telling you to upgrade to Windows 10, but there are even articles online to help you get rid of that icon.

In this way, the “Password Protector” will own the Admin account and will need to add a password to their account.  All others will use the standard user account named “Jenkins family” and no password is needed unless desired.  The standard user account doesn’t allow you to make changes to the computer, which keeps the techie members of the family from bypassing the internet content filter, whether purposefully or accidentally. It also keeps those “would be hacker” members of the family from disabling the K9 software using hacker software or other adjustments to system files.

Also, the “Password Protector” can also add a second level of protection to their computer using the Parental Controls under their Admin User account at this point by using the viewing time schedule to block all late night slots.  This keeps the computer inaccessible from the family from bedtime to morning, thus ensuring an extra hurdle for any family member attempting to bypass the K9 filter at nighttime.

WIRELESS ROUTER PASSWORD

A great way to really cut out temptation, especially for those using mobile devices in your home, is to use your wireless router as another layer of protection.  Your ‘Password Protector’ can own the passcode for the wireless router and add a schedule to the main router for the whole house.  By doing so, nobody can use the router at nighttime or whenever you’ve scheduled the router to be ‘down’.  You can also ensure that smart phones are unable to access the router this way unless the ‘Password Protector’ enters it for them to download some educational or other apps to their phone. The router password can then be removed at that point. Why? Because there are numerous apps for mobile phones that can completely delete internet parental filters.

OTHER FORMS OF TEMPTATION

Regarding other forms of porn such as magazines or news stand items, we suggest that you be accountable for your time and to always take a family member with you when you know you are going out to places of temptation. This is not only good for temptation, but also good for bonding with other members of your family. This is what one pastor of mine in the past called the “magnetic’ principle.  Have a system by which you call your spouse (or roommate or ‘bestie’ for single folk) and let them know that you are leaving the office. If you have problem with renting videos (though not as prominent these days), cancel your card and tell them you’ve decided to spend more time in the Bible and less in video entertainment. Not only will this help you avoid future memberships, but it will give you an opportunity to shine your light of good works before men as Matthew 5 states. This is such an important way to show you are not perfect, but you are forgiven as a Christian. The world has seen enough hypocrites in religion and government who are supposedly ‘fighting’ such vices, but are themselves behind the scenes using an ‘end justifies the means’ mentality and living a life of hypocrisy. It’s easy for any of us to become this way if we start acting like we are doing things for a ‘good reason’.

Keeping yourself very, very busy with family, people, and things you need to accomplish in life such as fine arts, crafts, hobbies, side jobs, evangelism and ministry outreaches, and other great uses of time are also important.

In my opinion, one of the main causes that people commit sins of commission is because they are committing sins of omission. Sins of omission are failures to do something for GOD, while sins of commission are violations of GOD’s law. In other words, if we are busy doing what we know is right like evangelism, loving our neighbors by helping them out as needed, and being active in fine arts, crafts, and politics as salt and light in our community, then we will be less likely to have the time to sit around looking at things we shouldn’t be viewing.

Be very careful of any “recovery programs” where you have to tell your “dirty secrets”. Unlike Jesuits or other priests in confessional booths across the world (many of whom are child molesters and sex addicts themselves), we really don’t need to hear your dirty secrets in order to offer you solutions in this article, so think about that for a moment.  In a sense, the internet is a huge confessional booth for the Occult to use in all of their business of blackmailing, extorting, tracking, monitoring, and finding dirt on their enemies. While the NSA and other mass surveillance techniques are illegal, I have determined that I want to live my life in such a way that there will be nothing for them to find as I told my wife recently.  That doesn’t mean I’ve lived a perfect life or that those ‘occult or governmental confessors’ are doing the right thing.  It does mean that this new mindset is something that can challenge me and perhaps you as well.

“All have sinned and come short of GOD’s glory”, the Bible says. We all need forgiveness for various things we have done both in secret and publicly. Instead of asking for you to tell us the dirty things you have done or monitoring your lives (which would only dirty our own minds), we want to offer you helpful solutions for absolutely free.  We don’t want to hear your tales of temptation.  Take them to the Wonderful Counselor, the Perfect Sacrifice, and the only GOD who will be able to forgive you.  Most men in all walks of life, whether clergy, government, or counseling, are absolute hypocrites I have found.  Only Jesus is perfect. And just before the law was going to be carried out by officials to stone an adulterous woman (a law which He as GOD wrote), Jesus told them: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”  All the men walked away.  Jesus then told the adulterous woman some amazing news as the Perfect GOD and Man on earth:  “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”   Jesus was not about condemnation, but restoration.  Although there are times when condemnation is the only route, we must learn to be more about restoration and love in our congregations, and less about judgment. 

As a blog, we simply want to help, instead of making a buck, by providing real solutions that work that we have learned over the past decade and a half.

All we ask is that you share this article with other people, so that their families and lives might be blessed for the glory of GOD.  This is an article that every Christian should read. Donald Trump recently mentioned in a GOP debate that he wanted certain internet channels sealed off from the public that terrorists use in other countries.  If this can be done, then why aren’t we sealing off the smut displayed publicly emanating almost entirely from our country as well. This needs to happen. Obscenity is not freedom of speech.

Speaking of Donald Trump, he has made promises to three wives and has bragged about many other conquests in his own book, yet the media seem to love him to death. In many ways, he mirrors Bill Clinton.  Both are womanizers, liars, and Jesuit-trained. On the other hand, Josh Duggar had dirty thoughts and he is the topic of jokes and ridicule.  I’m not excusing his actions, but it does make one wonder about the double-standard.  In other words, the Bible says the world loves their own, but they hate those who follow Christ.  The world prefers a Donald Trump who brags of his indiscretions instead of a Josh Duggar who showed remorse after he was caught. Yes, he was caught, but he could have acted like Trump and joked away his sins. He didn’t.  This again is a sign of a nation in decline, when people exalt those who joke and brag on their sins, while showing judgment on those who act remorseful and guilty for them.  Josh Duggar is a good example of how looking at the wrong sites can lead you astray.  Don’t wait to repent after you’ve been caught. Let’s also show love to those who are caught and work to restore them instead of judging them.

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1

More activists, who exercise grace, mercy, love, and kindness, are needed to fight against the porn industry for the sake of those being victimized by it, both on the viewing side and the performing side.  Many on both sides want help, not judgment.  Less judgment. More solutions. More love.  And that takes a culture emanating from the life and words of Jesus Christ.  We need revival.  Please join me in praying for revival – first in our hearts, then in our families and friends, and finally in our communities both locally and globally.

“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”” – Galatians 5:14

I love you, friend, and I trust that you will find victory in your struggle on this planet to do the right thing.  It’s not easy, but it’s very fulfilling and brings great joy!

SALVATION: By incantation?

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".

GOD’s Word is loved and desired by true believers, but how many are ‘true’?

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.

 

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Congregations must stop entertaining false brethren and ‘feed the sheep’ as Jesus commanded Peter.

How 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 endured great trials first.  Many martyrs 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 die 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 reward neither now or later (in eternity) 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 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.  Romans 14 spoke specifically to doubtful matters as obviously the Law must be obeyed. In doubtful matters, Paul states in Romans 14 that we must 1) never do anything that offends another believer as a stumbling-block even if that means giving up our own wants, 2) never do anything if we have a doubt about it, 3) never judge others over doubtful matters but let GOD be their judge someday, and 4) never argue with others over doubtful matters.

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 this. He teaches the opposite.  Even if the meat is perfectly acceptable, because one has knowledge of association with evil, it can offend another believer and must be avoided.  Paul clearly states that he will not eat meat offered to idols and offend a soul for whom Jesus died by his own careless actions. 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).

As you obey the above list, you may also see your ‘dreams’ change from self-centered ones to GOD-glorifying ones.  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.

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.

Princeton UniversityUsing the same epoxy example, think of the Power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of GOD; these two working together can also accomplish amazing things. Prayer must work within the boundaries of GOD’s Word and within the will of GOD’s Spirit. Princeton University’s motto many years ago when they thrived as a school was ‘Dei Sub Numine Viget’ which translated from Latin to English means ‘Thrives under the Power of GOD’.  Princeton University’s motto can’t be found today on their website, and their thriving has ceased as they now tell old wives’ tales when it comes to the origins of mankind and the heavens and earth, while also telling failed economic theories and loading their student’s minds with lots of other incredibly subversive ideas. Their thriving has ceased, and today they just live off the reputation they once had.

When life has difficulties, whether great or small, I believe it is often an exercise for us in prayer.  Pray your way through the challenge and you will find that it helps you pray more frequently all through the day. 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 = Bel feast days such as Christmas or Easter
  • 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 supposedly “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.

In addition to the many articles that are on our website, 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 and 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.

Malachi Martin, confidante to four popes, professor in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, exorcist, and a former Jesuit himself until he requested release from his Jesuit vows, is world-renowned as an author. Malachi implicated the great majority of Jesuits and Romish priests as being demon-possessed in his book ‘Hostage to the Devil’, a book in which he describes how even many of the Romish exorcists were also demon-possessed.The Roman Jesuits were the masters of the Inquisition.  They led the chilling, horrendous torturing of believing Christian men and women as the Jesuits would slowly murder them by removing their skin while they were still living. Or roast them alive for hours. Or cut a hole in their stomachs and drop a rat inside of them, while placing a hot pan over the opening, thus forcing the rat to eat its way through their bodies. Or perform other twisted, demented, agonizing horrors upon those who had faith in Jesus. And these vile, sick, demonic, twisted Jesuits perfected their perverted Satanic art of inquisitions, torments, and executions over the centuries. They were masters at extracting the screams of Christian men and women with the most grotesque of evil means.

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 there some ministries that are too important and tenured to receive a rebuke? When they are rebuked, do they take such rebuke humbly as Paul said for the Philippians to do? Or do they act like so many Jesuit priests – proud, wrathful, authoritarian, vengeful, shunning you, and giving you the ‘cold shoulder’? Didn’t Jesus say to give the brethren ‘cold water’?  And not ‘cold shoulder’?

Should Christians, like those in the Baptist choir video linked above, be emulating their favorite ministries as though their favorite ‘ministries’ 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.

Many of the early and even popular religious rock bands today are Roman Catholic.   Thus, I realize with so many of Rome’s religious rock bands singing lyrics that sound more like the morality teachings of Harry Potter or John Lennon or Ghandi while being incorrectly dubbed as “Christian music”, that 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. If Courtney was using the ‘cross’ as a symbol of the Gospel, his theology is still rancid. Also, if Courtney was attempting to use the ‘cross’ as a symbol of the Gospel, he got his symbols confused.  Scripture uses the cross as a sign of suffering. Paul gloried in his sufferings rather than his triumphs.  The cross itself is a pagan symbol which predated Christ, because obviously it was used to crucify Jesus Christ according to Scripture and also it is said that it was 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 it should be obvious why 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’.

It is said that a young man named Alexander who was attempting to desert the army of Alexander the Great was brought before this mighty conqueror, and that Alexander the Great said “Son, change your name or change your conduct“.

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 certain 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”?  Can we allow them to ridicule books by intellectual giants like Samuel F.B. Morse or Alexander Hislop, whose bibliographies are overwhelmingly filled with ancient sources from rare European libraries that would make any modern book pale in comparison?  Can we allow them to continue to lie to people through their online magazines such as ‘The Christian Post’ or ‘Christianity Today’ whose leadership has supported the Baal worshipers of Roman Catholicism by adopting the Manhattan Declaration, numerous other heretical beliefs of Rome, and other ecumenical initiatives?  Can we accept the even more deceptive sources such as textbooks, magazines, and books that pretend to be ‘fundamentalist’ which gives people the appearance that they are ‘conservative’ when they are really sources from wolves in sheep’s clothing?

You may be surprised how many of the ‘founding fathers’ of the ‘fundamentalist’ movement were men involved in the secret societies of Rome.  Several of these laughably ‘revered’ men even were said to have prayed to the dead.  I heard with my own ears the once ‘revered’ Jack Hyles speak from a pulpit about how he would ‘pray to his mother’ at her tomb. He was not alone.  I have been told that a long-standing employee who had worked for a top fundamentalist organization for decades had inside information that included testimony that an even greater ‘giant’ of fundamentalism is said to have held seances with the dead, a practice of witchcraft condemned in the Bible as necromancy.  No wonder that particular ‘giant’ and his succeeding generations led people to sing requiems (prayers to the dead in the form of song) and masses, embrace Catholic art, and held hands with men of Rome in various forms such as Freemasons, KKK, Notre Dame sponsors, and Knights Templar. They also allowed young people from their organization to participate in ‘seminars’ at the home of a local dentist who would teach the youth a warped version of history akin to the “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion‘ and closely resembled anti-Jewish hate rhetoric. The dentist was also included on this particular so-called ‘fundamentalist’ organization’s list of preferred dentists for their employees’ medical program.

No wonder that when their publisher was called into question as to why they were promoting a Catholic perspective in their narrative of history and other publications that they refused to be held accountable, but ignored the rebukes and the calls for a retraction.  No wonder their current President ignored an employee who attempted to ask why their organization was sympathetic to Harry Potter in their publications. And when the alarm was sounded regarding heretics and books promoting witchcraft, their ‘fundamentalist’ followers continued to march after their ‘fundamentalist’ leaders without blinking as if they were completely blind … as if they had been trained through many decades of ‘authoritarian’, fascist leadership to accept whatever they were told as ‘truth’.

Are these ‘fundamentalists’ actual followers of the ‘fundamentals’ of the faith or are they just a cult-like movement who does what their leaders say to do unquestioning in their loyalty to their ‘leaders’? Why do they ignore such utter evil?  One must logically ask if these people are truly following the Word, both incarnate and written, or if they are instead just following a tradition. Could this be why many who have attended ‘fundamentalist’ organizations have been devastated by the gossip, Pharisee-like judgment, false piety, papal authoritarianism, and unloving actions of these so-called ‘fundamentalists’?

I have many friends who are very loving and devoted to the Messiah who are involved in the ‘fundamentalist’ circles, and not all of their organizations, congregations, and ministries are cult-like traditionalists. Thus, we must also distinguish between which shade of the movement is truly following the Messiah for the most part and which is not.  Certain branches of ‘fundamentalist’ leaders and people appear to only be following traditions and authoritarian clergy much like the Catholics while never questioning their leaders regardless if they promote witchcraft, ‘Christian’ fantasy, Catholic culture, authoritarianism, and many other non-Biblical concepts.  You will notice in this website that we advocate very high standards of holiness and doctrine.  This doesn’t make us ‘fundamentalists’ but followers of the Messiah.  You must distinguish between these two properly.  One is a movement.  The other is a relationship.

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.

Can we really hope that the next generation will somehow know the truth of what Rome did to the martyrs when so many trolls are in control of the pulpits, universities, schools, and textbooks of future generations of believers?   The Bible teaches that the congregants and the nearby elders are the ones who work together to ‘appoint pastors’, not some convention, university, or ‘ministry office’ that puts itself in ‘charge’ as an ‘authority’.

How can the next generation know the truth when those who are now being “appointed” into pulpits are not even being told by these so-called ‘educational’ seminaries and universities? And why are those who have captured our seminaries and universities in both ‘fundamentalist’ and ‘evangelical’ circles, while filling students’ 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 too deeply into the false doctrines that they are spreading such as their practice of pantheism, 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.

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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?

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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 ma