ROAD LESS TAKEN: Made all the difference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wally Rogers offered me his card.

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

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

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

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

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, seated right

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The path to power runs through occult Rome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Play the man.  Anyone can play the fool.

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

SEPARATION: What does purity cost?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAGAN ASSIMILATION: Justified by ‘Answers in Genesis’?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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There’s a reason for Playboy “bunnies”.

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

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

What communion does Christ have with Belial?

What communion does Christ have with Belial?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENGLISH BIBLES: Who is burning them?

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

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

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

Proverbs has something to say about such aberrant behavior.

MIRACLE: Beauty out of muck

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Mankind’s good works are like manure to GOD.

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

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

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

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

That’s the power of Jesus Christ!

WHY SPEAK OUT: If a Truth is not popular?

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

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

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

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

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

Faith-without-works-is-deadThere must always be that lone voice crying out.   History shows once that voice is silenced, destruction often comes next to a nation. Truth must be spoken by “cross-bearers”, in season and out of season. The faithfulness of speaking out keeps the world and the false brethren accountable.

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

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

FALSE CHRIST TEST: Will you be fooled?

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

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

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

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

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

How persuasive will this False Christ be?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HALLOWEEN: Christian fun time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s ask some questions:

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

    Modern Samhein dinner

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

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

    Human sacrifice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eight witch sabbaths of ancient Babylon

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS: Baal worship?

The sacred Yggdrasil tree

The sacred Yggdrasil tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sinterklaas was another variation on the pagan companion of Krampus.

Sinterklaas was another variation on the pagan companion of Krampus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Demon Krampus and Saint Nicholas visit a Viennese home in 1896

Demon Krampus and Saint Nicholas visit a Viennese home in 1896

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Babylonian sacred magic tree of life charm

Babylonian sacred magic tree charm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARALYZED: Spiritually helpless?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GONE: In a blink

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

LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finally, the third thought concerns time.

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

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

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

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



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

DEATH: Did Adam eat plants?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEN: Rise up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DISPUTING: Time wasted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISCARIOT: Never forget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROCKIN’ MODERN HYMNS: In the name of GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What type of spirit is moving upon their souls?

What type of spirit is moving upon their souls?

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

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

TRIBULATION: Coming soon

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

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

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

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

Seven SealsSEVEN SEAL JUDGMENTS

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

Seven TrumpetsSEVEN TRUMPET JUDGMENTS

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

Seven Bowls of WrathSEVEN BOWL JUDGMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.”

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“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

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“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on
them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.”

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“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. – Revelation 19:1-3, 11-21

JOHN PIPER: Making peace with anti-christ?

John-Piper-January-19791-300x435As seen in the article at this link, John Piper is backpedaling to avoid offending Rome.  Is John Piper soft on Rome? Piper states:

“I think Rome and Protestantism are not yet ready – I don’t think the Reformation is over.”

Of course, that quote is nothing compared to what I’m about to share with you regarding the article at the above link, as well as many other articles and links regarding Piper’s beliefs [be sure to click on the various hyperlinks in this article to read even more articles].  While the Vatican popes may or may not be the Final Anti-Christ, they are definitely anti-Christ and this belief has been held for hundreds of years by the major Protestant Reformers.

Those who understand the incredible gulf between the Baal beliefs of Catholicism and the beliefs of Christians in the Bible are all too aware that John Piper must either be incredibly naive (which is doubtful) or a “Pied Piper” for the Catholic ecumenical movement that has been promoted since Vatican II by the Pope in an effort to lead everyone into the Roman fold of power.

I’m not the only one who sees the danger of Piper’s beliefs as can be seen in the article at this link, the article at this link, and also in the article at this link.  Piper obviously thinks that Rome, after five hundred years of the Reformation, has changed and is close to reform as seen in the article at this link. He must think that if a “better Pope” can make a few tweaks, then everything will be hunky-dory, eh?  Further, articles as seen at this link, show how far down the trail of false teaching that John Piper has really gone.  Those who are naive enough to think that the Vatican changed during the 1960s during Vatican II need to read the article at this link.

Pagan mother-child Baal worship from around the world.

Pagan mother-child Baal worship from around the world.

A few of the things that create a vast gulf between Biblical teaching and Catholic teaching include the following false teachings found in Baal worship but not in the Bible as seen at this site located at this link:

  • Mother of heaven goddess
  • Mother and Child worship
  • Baptismal Salvation
  • The Mass
  • VESTIAL VIRGINS AND NUNSThe Solar Wafer (Eucharist)
  • Purgatory
  • The Sovereign Pontiff
  • Prayers for the Dead
  • The Rosary
  • The Sign of the Cross
  • waferThe Confessional
  • Clothing and Crowning of Images
  • Priests, Monks, and Nuns
  • Relic Worship
  • Worship of the Sacred Heart
  • Extreme Unction
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Monks … of the Buddhist sect of Baal sun worship

John Piper is not only seen as being connected to a number of false teachers and lovers of Rome through his Desiring God website and conferences, and in fellowship with Rick Warren, N.T. Wright, and Doug Wilson of Federal Vision, but is now seen as someone who no longer considers the Vatican to be a bastion of heresy. After he called their beliefs on justification “heresy”, he recanted his statement and stated that it was not “heresy”, but only “error”.

After making this correction in the before-mentioned article, John Piper in such a context then said the following weak statement that appeared to favor an apology for the Gospel rather than a defense for it:

“I am thankful that God is willing to save us even when our grasp of the gospel may be partial or defective. None of us has a comprehensive or perfect grasp of it.”

ihs-all-seeing-eye-1616In saying this in the context of changing his statement from calling the Pope a heretic to simply calling him guilty of “error”, John Piper is showing grace to the Pope that the Apostle Paul never shows.

In fact, the Apostle Paul said in Galatians regarding those who change the gospel “Let them be accursed [damned]” and he also states that he wishes they were “cut off”. Piper-popeNot only did Piper change his statement from “heresy” to “error”, but his own restructured and reformed “Baptist” Catechism endorses salvation through Baptism and the LORD’s Supper as can be seen at this link.  Piper writes in his book “Future Grace”:

“When the Old Testament says that covenant-keeping is the condition for receiving God’s lovingkindness, that’s what it meant … all the covenants of God are conditional covenants of grace–both the old covenant and the new covenant. They offer all-sufficient future grace for those who keep the covenant.”

Piper and Rick Warren

Piper and Rick Warren

When Piper says “conversion”, he is speaking of “covenant-keeping”. Saying words that sound Biblical but defining them differently than the Bible is deceptive.

Piper uses the term “covenants” to sound more Presbyterian, but the term he should be using is “sacraments” since there’s not much difference between his “covenants” and Rome’s sacraments in how they’re used.

To validate this point, I refer to Piper’s “Baptist” Catechism, where we read:

Question 98: How do Baptism and the Lord’s Supper become effective means of salvation?

Answer: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper become effective means of salvation, not from any virtue in them or in him that administers them, but only by the blessing of Christ, and the working of his Spirit in those who by faith receive them.

Question 99: How do Baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ from the other ordinances of God?

Answer: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper differ from the other ordinances of God in that they were specially instituted by Christ to represent and apply to believers the benefits of the new covenant by visible and outward signs.”

piper popeBaptism and the Lord’s Supper are purely symbolic as can be seen in Scripture, but not according to the Vatican and not according to John Piper. While Paul the apostle in the Book of Galatians states that works are strictly off-limits as means of grace or means to salvation (and he uses the symbolic work of circumcision as an example of an unneeded implement for salvation), John Piper and the Catholic Church are convinced otherwise.

To prove this to be true, you can hear Piper himself stating in the video at this link that he believes circumcision and baptism correspond to each other (circumcision is ironically the very example that Paul used to show that nothing more is needed for salvation and if baptism is also a symbolic covenant then the same applies to it as well).

The Pope and Piper have doctrine that runs along the lines of Baal worship which promoted works salvation through wafers and baptism as can be seen in historical books on Babylonian religious practice. Sacraments

In the article at this link, Rick Hogaboam, who claims to be more into “Pentecostal Sacrementalism” tells how he agrees with Piper on the Baptismal salvation of believers., and then Mr. Hogaboam quotes from Dr. Piper’s sermon to prove that Piper teaches salvation by covenantal Baptism. The problem is Paul the Apostle disagrees, since he taught that no covenants are required for salvation.

How much proof do you need?

TWO HERESIES: N.T. Wright’s “New Perspective on Paul” and Doug Wright’s “Federal Vision” … John Piper supports these heretics.

On his site “Desiring God”, John Piper continually hops from one side of the justification issue to the other. It’s dizzying to read after him, because one moment he says that works are not needed and the next moment, he implies that they are needed through covenant-keeping of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Where does he stand? I’ve read enough of his writing to say that I don’t think he wants us to know. He claims to be the son of a fundamentalist.  Well, I have news for John Piper.  Being a fundamentalist or an evangelical won’t get you to heaven.

Only the true gospel of Christ has the power to save, not a legalistic gospel.  Piper admits that he is also charismatic in the video at this link.

To learn more about the dangers of the Charismatic movement, be sure to visit the article at this link.  While Piper claims to be a Calvinist, even that aspect of Piper’s beliefs are shaky as seen in the video at this link. Piper supports heretics on YouTube as can be seen in the video at this link (in response to whether the heretical Doug Wilson and heretical N.T. Wright preach another gospel):

“No. That’s easy. Doug Wilson doesn’t preach another Gospel. O.K., I don’t think N.T. Wright preaches a false Gospel either; I think N.T. Wright preaches a very confusing Gospel.”

PopeBenedictXVI-PiperEven errant Dr. MacArthur, who has embraced “means of grace sanctification” and who believes that one can take the mark of the beast and still be saved“, has a different view of N.T. Wright’s “gospel” as can be seen in the article at this link where he makes no qualms about the fact that he sees N.T. Wright’s teachings as false teaching.

Beyond theological heresy, Piper’s morals seem to be in question as well and his unwillingness to comply with the apostle Paul’s requirements of elders seems to have gone unheeded by him as seen in this Christianity Today article at this link.  According to John Piper, it appears that he sees the day that Protestants and Romanism will sit on the edge of the waters of ecumenicism swinging their feet together and singing “Kum-Ba-Yah”.

When one of the most popular evangelical and fundamentalist preachers is John Piper whose doctrine is Charismatic, ecumenical, and full of Roman sacraments, then we have undoubted confirmation that the great “falling away” is upon us.

“You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” – Galatians 3:1-3

In closing, why are we naming John Piper?

Question: Did the apostles mark false teachers by name?

Answer: Yes, they did.

  • Hymenaeus and Alexander – 1 Timothy 1:19-20
  • Phygellus and Hermogenes – 2 Timothy 1:14-15
  • Hymenaeus and Philetus – 2 Timothy 2:17-18
  • Diotrephes – 3 John 1:9-10

Question: Who in the Bible told us to mark and shun heretics?

Answer: GOD did using the Apostle Paul as His oracle!

“Now I urge you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” – Romans 16:17 (Greek word ‘skopeō’ means “mark”; Greek word ‘ekklinō’ means “shun”)

Question: Where else is the idea of separation mentioned in the Bible (as in separating from false teachers like John Piper)?

Answer: GOD in His Holy Word used the Apostle John as His orator to state:

“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” – 2 John 1:10-11

Question: Whose job is it to defend the Faith? Pastors? Deacons? Authors? Radio ministries? Television ministries?

Answer: Yes, it is all of their duty, but it is also the duty of literally every believer to defend the faith from false teachers.

“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” – Jude 1:3 (Greek word ‘epagōnizomai’ means “contend, contest, grapple, argue”)

Question: How important is heresy?

Answer: “Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:9

Question: What are some verses that explain why baptismal salvation is heresy?

Answer: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” – 1 Corinthians 1:17 “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” – Acts 10:47 “I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius” – 1Cr 1:14 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Many other answers to this question can be found in the article at this link. To those who were trying to add circumcision and other outward actions and works to the simple gospel of faith that Paul preached, GOD used the Apostle Paul to say:

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be ANATHEMA. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be ANATHEMA.” – Galatians 1:6-9 (Greek word “anathema” means “without hope of being redeemed, doomed to destruction”)

Stand strong today for GOD. Others are counting on you.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Name them one by one

Count Your Many BlessingsWith the Spirit within, clothes without, and food to eat, we are more than blessed.  Take for example the video at this link.  In this video, you can see the sense of entitlement that these atheists have in believing that before they are cast into the flames of damnation that they are entitled to hear the Gospel first.  Hearing the Gospel is a blessing and a privilege.  If you have heard the Gospel, then you are blessed, but GOD was not required to let you hear the Gospel.  Knowing the story of Jesus Christ and redemption is not another right or entitlement that this generation can demand of GOD.  Salvation is far more important than food or clothing.  Those who feel sorry for the temporal starving or naked should realize how much more important are the eternal spiritual needs of these people. However, we should do our best to meet the temporal need in order to share the Gospel and meet the other more important need.

Unbelievers who speak of their lack of faith in GOD, because He sends people to hell who never heard the Gospel, are ignorant of two things.

1) GOD has a right to condemn all of us, so they should be thankful they have heard.
2) They are the reason that more people aren’t hearing the Gospel.

Count Your Many Blessings2I am very thankful that the Gospel was shared with me and that as a result, I have repented of my sins, trusted Jesus with my entire life, and have received the Spirit of GOD’s indwelling.  I believe men have a difficult time accepting the fact that GOD sends people to the flames of eternal punishment, because they have a difficult time accepting how wicked they really are.  Even the most moral person deserves eternal torment in the lake of fire.  I am probably considered by some to be moral, because I have been a faithful spouse, a proponent for truth, and stayed away from all of those “awful sins” as a youth.  However, I know my own thought life.  I have had thoughts of lust and hate.  I have told lies in the past and deceived.  I have been self-centered and thoughtless.  I have listened to blasphemous music that combined “rock n’ roll” music with words about my Savior.   I have no doubt that I have committed far more sins than these, and that there are probably many which I don’t even realize I have committed.  I believe men don’t even realize how much of what they do every day is sin and egregious to GOD. Their lives make Him weep and stir Him to wrath.  In justice, He must judge.  Therefore, we all deserve whatever we get in this life.   Do we deserve all the problems, the wars, the nervous disorders, the loss of loved ones, the torture, the abuse, and the disappointments in this life?  Absolutely.  We also deserve the painful torture of eternal fire.

Count Your Many Blessings3We do not need to spend time writing books for atheists on subjects such as “Why Does GOD Allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?” or other such endeavors in which we attempt to explain why there are wars, abortions, suffering, famines, cruelty, and evil in the world.  We know why there’s evil in the world.  Mankind.  We are the problem.  Atheists complain against GOD for the starvation of children in Africa, but then they vote to kill babies in America. We brought the curse on this planet.  We are the reason that animals must be eaten now, and yet organizations like P.E.T.A. want to justify themselves by denying protein to others.  Our fallen bodies now need protein, and they sweat, and get sick.  Would P.E.T.A. members kill fire ants, blood-sucking mosquitoes, pit vipers or other creatures that found their way into their beds at night?  Did these P.E.T.A members create such creatures? No, but they would swiftly destroy them without thinking.  Yet, they tell fellow humans to not kill animals which can be used to survive on this planet.  Is not their sin the very reason that these creepy, crawly, poisonous creatures are dangerous now?  Is not their sin the reason that animals must die?  GOD created all things perfect.

Count Your Many Blessings5The fallen creation groans under the burden of the curse of sin.  Our sin is the reason that Jesus died for us. Jesus didn’t have to die for us. If He had remained in heaven, all of us would have perished under the weight of our sins. Justice would have been served as we ALL burned forever. The fact that Jesus died for us is mercy and grace – it is not something He owed us, but only His Love. Therefore, if we don’t deserve His gift of salvation, then we also don’t deserve to hear of His gift – unless a fellow human shows compassion and shares the Gospel with us. How compassionate are we who have become His children? How will atheists ever show compassion in sharing a message that they claim to not even believe?

We are the reason that our pets sometimes die.  We are the reason that our family and friends sometimes die.  We all are the reason.  We are sinners.  We are given a choice to follow GOD, but most refuse.  Only Jesus can redeem us, but even that Truth is not a right, but a privilege.  Romans 2 says conscience testifies against us that we are doing wrong, but we still do it.  Romans 1:20 says Creation proves there is a Creator, yet people still ignore the Creator, and so people are without excuse on Judgment Day.

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”   – Romans 8:19-23

Count Your Many Blessings4Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, because of the just pain and curse on our lives, we should count our blessings, and determine in our hearts that we will be a blessing to others and their lives.

“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

Count Your Many Blessings6– “Count Your Blessings”

Music: Edwin O. Excell

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., in Songs for Young Peo­ple, by Ed­win Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: 1897).

In the video mentioned earlier in this article, you will see a final argument made by a pitiful atheist who was seeking to justify his own iniquitous life.   Ray Comfort gives the atheist $100, because he is unable to answer the atheist’s question or perhaps more likely because he knows that this atheist would never agree with the explanation. The Bible says the chief priests took the money provided by Judas’ betrayal and purchased a field in Matthew 27. The atheist quotes Acts 1:18 stating that Judas purchased the field, and not the chief priests in hopes of creating a contradiction.

The atheist has not the Spirit of GOD, but he studies the Bible.  Why?  I believe it is to justify himself, but all of that work to justify himself is useless.  GOD sees his heart.

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

judas iscariotThis atheist will still find himself eternally damned without the redemption that Jesus can provide. The verse in Acts 1 that the atheist references in the video says:

“Now this man [Judas] purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”

However, if the priests couldn’t legally accept the money that Judas gave them under the Law and they couldn’t add it to the temple treasury, then how do you think these greedy men could have still benefited from the money?  Remember how Jesus scolded such men for robbing widows? The chief priests had only one option in order to circumvent the law.  They had to invest the money, and make the purchase in the name of the donor (in this case in the name of Judas). Thus, the field was “bought” by Judas.

Judas probably felt justified when he first betrayed Jesus.  I’m sure he doesn’t now.   This atheist most likely felt justified, not because he had the true answers, but because Ray couldn’t answer him immediately.   Ray was caught without an answer {which is rare}, but I believe that GOD may have even been in this situation.  It probably challenged Ray, who loves the Bible, to dig deeper into the Word, and it allowed the atheist to walk away feeling justified and to sink deeper into his depravity.

john 3-16GOD knows hearts and He has His purposes. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh. Why? GOD knows hearts.

Jesus said things that were difficult to understand (purposefully) which resulted in some of his disciples no longer following Him. Why? As GOD, Jesus knew their hearts.

GOD is trying our hearts. He wants only those who love and trust Him in heaven forever. The rest will be damned justly for their depravity. That’s why he doesn’t give chapters and verses on every thing we debate today from music to theology. There’s a reason Jesus said that certain men with whom He was discussing theology had erred not knowing the Scriptures or the power of GOD. We need the Spirit, as well as the Bible. Those who reject Him will be unable to fully understand the Scriptures and they will be less likely to seek out the historical background of a Biblical passage, but will instead only read enough to justify themselves.  Without the Spirit, they are truly hopeless and helpless.

If you have heard the good Word of GOD and its message of redemption, and if you have the Holy Spirit, count your many blessings today.   Let’s also be a blessing to those around us who have never heard redemption’s story.  Many will walk away mistakenly feeling justified, but some will believe.

MODERN ISRAEL: Scriptural prediction proven true

Present Day Israel

Present Day Israel

We live in the time of the end.  Israel has bloomed and gone from a desert wasteland to a thriving nation within the last sixty years miraculously as Ezekiel 36:30-38 below stated would happen.  Unlike today’s modern heretical “prophets” or “apostles”, the prophets of Scripture were held to the standard of GOD.  If what they prophesied didn’t come true, they were to be killed according to GOD’s Law.  Every single prophecy of the Bible has been fulfilled perfectly.  Examples can be seen at sites like the article and video at this link.  That’s quite a track record.  In 1948, the Jews returned to the land of Israel after almost two thousand years.  In doing so, they fulfilled the following prophecies of the Bible.  

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Relief from the Arch of Titus in Rome depicting a menorah and other objects looted from the Temple of Jerusalem carried in a Roman triumph. After General Titus destroyed the Temple and conquered Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the Jews were dispersed throughout the world (called the Diaspora or Dispersion).

Ezekiel 11:14-20
“And the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

584259685Ezekiel 20:30-40
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers and go whoring after their detestable things? When you present your gifts and offer up your children in fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you. “What is in your mind shall never happen–the thought, ‘Let us be like the nations, like the tribes of the countries, and worship wood and stone.’ “As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out I will be king over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the Lord GOD. I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will purge out the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against me. I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD. “As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord GOD: Go serve every one of you his idols, now and hereafter, if you will not listen to me; but my holy name you shall no more profane with your gifts and your idols. “For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, declares the Lord GOD, there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land. There I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred offerings.”

historical-migration-of-the-jewish-diaspora-u4585Ezekiel 22:15-16 
“I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” 

Ezekiel 28:25-35 
“Thus says the Lord GOD: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God.”

JewishDiasporaColor2000Ezekiel 34:4-30 
“The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. “Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them. “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet? “Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken. “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord GOD.”

ppt_bible_evidence_proph_stonerEzekiel 36:19-24
I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries. In accordance with their ways and their deeds I judged them. But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came. “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.

Millenial viewEzekiel 36:30-38
I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it. “Thus says the Lord GOD: This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: to increase their people like a flock. Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

Israel is bornEzekiel 37:12-28
“Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.” The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backsliding in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

Israel is born2Ezekiel 39:27-28
“When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” 

Israel is born3Zechariah 7:13-20 
“Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate. Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbor. But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”

Israel is born4Joel 2:16-21
“Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and make not your heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'” Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people. The LORD answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations. “I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things. “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things!”

Israel is born5Hosea 6:1-3
“Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”

Israel is born6Jeremiah 23:7-9 
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.” Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and because of his holy words.”

Israel is born7Jeremiah 30:1-11
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it.” These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “Thus says the LORD: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace. Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale? Alas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it. “And it shall come to pass in that day, declares the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off your neck, and I will burst your bonds, and foreigners shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them. “Then fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the LORD, nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with you to save you, declares the LORD; I will make a full end of all the nations among whom I scattered you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”

Israel is born9Jeremiah 32:37-41
“Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”

Israel is born8Amos 9:14-15 
“I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.”

Israel is born10Zechariah 2:10-13 
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.” Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”

EzekielsIsraeliSatelliteMapmInMillenniumIf you want to see how Israel is going to look after the time of the Gentiles has ended and when GOD rules and reigns over them for a thousand years, the following passage gives the details of her future borders.  I have no doubt that Israel’s enemies who surround her, as well as the GOD-haters, atheists, and “far left” will not be too pleased to learn that not only will Israel own the “West Bank”, the “Gaza Strip”, and all of Jerusalem, but far more property than just those areas.

Ezekiel 47
“Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Thus says the Lord GOD: “This is the boundary by which you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions. And you shall divide equally what I swore to give to your fathers. This land shall fall to you as your inheritance. “This shall be the boundary of the land: On the north side, from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, and on to Zedad, Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between Damascus and Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. So the boundary shall run from the sea to Hazar-enan, which is on the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north. This shall be the north side. “On the east side, the boundary shall run between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between Gilead and the land of Israel; to the eastern sea and as far as Tamar. This shall be the east side. “On the south side, it shall run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along the Brook of Egypt to the Great Sea. This shall be the south side. “On the west side, the Great Sea shall be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This shall be the west side. “So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel. You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord GOD.”

THE BIBLE: Have you read all of it?

I AM A CHRISTIANIf you have never read through the entire Bible, how can you truly understand each book, chapter, and verse as they relate to the whole context of Scripture?

Will you simply trust your pastor to tell you the truth or to teach you properly?  What if he is wrong?  Is it really his responsibility to work out your salvation for you? Or do you need to work out your salvation with fear and trembling as Philippians 2:12 tells us to do?  Do you need to feed yourself with the “milk” of the Word, and then eventually the “meat” of the Word? Or do you need to be treated like you are in a spiritual coma?

BELIEVER'S ASSEMBLY

If you desire to know the Word of GOD, I have just the thing for you and it is totally free.  You can use MP3s or a YouTube channel or an online Bible or your own Bible for reading through the Word of GOD in one year according to your own needs and tech savvy.  You can find all of these materials at the article at this link.

I have taken the time to build out a schedule for those of you who use the “Faith Comes By Hearing” audio Bible at the previously mentioned link. I placed all the MP3 recording times into a spreadsheet and found that if you listen to 100 minutes each week, you will complete the entire Bible in a year.  This equates to twenty minutes each day (Monday through Friday).  I suggest you also read your Bible as you listen to the MP3s.

drive timeAnother option is to listen to the Bible using these MP3s for ten minutes each day on the way to and from work.  You can them complete the remaining 50 minutes on Sunday evening with family and friends where you can study it with them as well. This allows for more meditation on the Word with only ten minutes to digest per day and time on the weekend to study the rest with others.

china20house20church202005An option for local congregational meetings is to listen to 50 minutes during their weekly service each week, while following along in their Bibles.  They can cover the entire Bible in two years with this method.

I hope this helps you draw closer to the LORD and to learn about the great love letter that GOD has shared with us, His creatures.

STEWARDS: Wise or foolish?

Forever and ever, people will be tormented by fire without Christ ... who will tell them?

Forever and ever, people will be tormented by fire without Christ … who will tell them?

I would like to illustrate to you how church goers and those claiming Christ may appear to non-Christians who view their websites or their activities. I would like to do so through a series of photos; however, I would like to first share with you what is truly driving me to share these photos today.

The Bible says we will all give an account of what we have done with the life He has given to us one day at the judgment.  How wisely have we used the time and money He has given to us as individuals, as local congregations, and as the Body of Christ throughout the world?

If you have repented of your sins, believed on the LORD Jesus Christ, asked Him for His Holy Spirit, and recognized Him as your owner and master, then you have become GOD’s child.  What a blessing to go to heaven and to be a child of the Creator of the universe!

… but what about all those who haven’t even heard? Who will tell them?

“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  – Mark 16:15

Churches love to spend their time and money on the needful priorities?

Churches love to spend their time and money on the needful priorities?

One of the last things that Jesus told His disciples was the above message (known as the Great Commission) before He ascended to be with His Father. Jesus spent a large part of His ministry warning people about the flames of torment.

“And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”   – Matthew 5:29

So if the flames of future torment of those without Jesus Christ is really that awful, then how will they hear unless GOD’s people tell them?

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a herald?” – Romans 10:14

Most pastors stay busy keeping the members happy to keep their job, so that the mortgage can be paid.

Most pastors stay busy with keeping their members happy in order to retain their job, so that the mortgage can continue to be paid and the banks made rich.

Jesus sent all of His disciples as heralds throughout the world to share the Gospel with those who have never heard.

Some of the tools that can be used for evangelistic outreaches to the community are hospitals, community centers, malls, educational institutes (like colleges and English reading classes), thrift stores and rescue missions, radio and television broadcasts, books, comics, tract ministries, bookstores, street-preaching, children’s clubs, door-to-door evangelism, movies, plays, theatrical auditoriums, theaters, orphanages, homes for the abused, city-wide rallies, evangelism campaigns, tent-meetings, camps (for families, teens, and children), flea markets, car shows, state fairs, hotels and motels, the internet, business men luncheons, business men outreaches like the Gideons International Bible distribution ministry, Bible studies at work and school, and much more.     The United States used to have a plethora of these type of activities such as the YMCA, the YWCA, the Sunday School, the Salvation Army, and colleges like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.  Many of these have gone secular or wayward.   Today, American Christians still have Vacation Bible School, Children’s Evangelism Fellowship, some radio ministries, and other outreaches, but many have gone astray and are no longer teaching the Truth, but seeking after money.  In fact, most churches in America are now teaching morals and good works, and seeking for “market share” (aka money) instead of teaching the gospel of Christ and the need for repentance.  Other congregations are just social clubs that spend all their time paying the mortgage and finding reasons to exist.  If believers met in homes or in free or very inexpensive facilities such as some of their outreach buildings mentioned above (i.e. theaters, community centers, etc), instead of wasting money on massive mortgages for cathedrals, just think of how many more of the above-listed outreaches could be supported to further the Gospel.

Approximately 150,000 human beings will die today and go to their eternal home.  Jesus said that few find the narrow road that leads to eternal life.   Many of these people will be unprepared for eternity and will enter torturous flames forever and ever.  Meanwhile, those who profess Christ in the world today find excuses to have fun, maintain their clique, continue their cliches and traditions, and justify their waste of GOD’s valuable resources of time and money in the categories of “fellowship” or an indirect “testimony to the lost”, but will never reach their entire county for Christ with the Gospel (which is easily done with the time, money, and resources available to them, especially those in America).

The majority of churches spend their time and money ensuring their mortgage is paid, so why not build a bigger cathedral?

The majority of churches spend their time and money ensuring their mortgage is paid, so why not build a bigger cathedral?

Twelve men turned the world upside down with no technology, scarce resources, and a handful of disciples.  Why can’t an entire congregation of people at least reach their own county?

Excuses, blindness, and self-justification abound, but when viewing their lives as a body, one must question whether those who call themselves GOD’s people really care.  Do they feel spiritual for having visited their cathedral three times each week and for having fulfilled their pastor’s and fellow member’s expectations or for having followed the prescriptions of their favorite ministry?  Do they know what Jesus truly wanted them to do?  Do they know the Word of GOD?  If so, are they practicing it?

First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas spent $130 million on their mega-cathedral and campus.  How many children could have been won to Christ through free scholarships to Christian schools with $130 million?

First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas spent $130 million on their mega-cathedral and campus. How many children could have been won to Christ through free scholarships to Christian schools with $130 million?

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.”   – Revelation 3:15-19

The "members only" basketball team also is another priority item for the time and money of members.

The “members only” basketball team also is another priority item for the time and money of members.

So what are the people who claim to be GOD’s children and heralds doing today to reach the lost?   Let’s take a look.  I have a few satirical photos and comments throughout this article and below. Most have been pulled directly from church websites. Many, many more could be published.

Why are the youth being taught today by their pastors that instead of teen soul-winning, they need white water rapids, lake time, rock concerts, fun, fun, fun, and more carnal fun?  What does this teach them about Christianity?  Are they teaching the youth that Christianity is about serving others, sharing Christ with others, and caring for brethren and the lost?  Or through their activities and emphasis are they saying that Christianity is about having fun and being entertained?

Cookouts and picnics are a vital part of church "growth"?

Cookouts and picnics are a vital part of church “growth”?

Christians will one day give an account of what they have done with the time, money, and “talents” that GOD has given to them.  How will these photos below look on Judgment Day?  Will these activities seem so important then as people are chained and cast into flames as human firebrands?

For a more in-depth look into other non-Biblical practices today that differ from the early believers, be sure to visit the article at this link.

Chili cook-offs and talent shows are an important use of time in this church's estimation.

Chili cook-offs and talent shows are an important use of time in this church’s estimation.

You will learn how the Scripture taught that we are never to invite the lost into our congregations.  If we want to have “fun times”, it is essential they are created for the lost in order to share the Gospel with them in a detailed and ongoing manner in order to disciple them and love them to Christ (not to get them interested in visiting our congregational meetings where Paul stated that they should not be involved).  Fun times, however, are not for “members only” and GOD’s money is not to be used for such frivolity, unless it is Mission-focused.  A ten-minute devotional at a sports game for lost community members (instead of ‘members only’) is great, but it must contain the plan of salvation.  Even then, many of the lost don’t even understand “five steps to heaven” and need far more extensive discipleship training.  That’s why there must be more robust educational programs created to teach the lost (as the Great Commission of Christ commands us to do).

Are they attending their favorite sports event as a church group in order to get the creative juices flowing, so they can plan how they will reach our city for Christ?

Are they attending their favorite sports event as a church group in order to get the creative juices flowing, so they can plan how they will reach their city for Christ?

Many of the things done in the name of “ministering to the lost” is focused primarily on members and is more about fun and very little discipleship of the lost takes place.  If fun times are to be had, they should be had on personal time, instead of using GOD’s valuable time and money to entertain ourselves at the exclusion of the lost and dying world.  Also, entertainment and fun are not the wisest way to win the lost.  The apostles didn’t share Christ by offering circuses and bread.  They wanted the people who truly were interested in learning more about the Gospel.

People drop like flies into the flames of hell, but that's depressing.  Let's have youth group fun for members only!

People drop like flies into the flames of hell, but that’s depressing. Let’s have youth group fun for members only!

One great way is to offer free private education at the school and college level to those without Christ where the Gospel can be taught in a more developed manner (instead of wasting the money on frivolities and mortgages).  Imagine what would happen if more ministries got rid of their huge mortgages, busy church activity schedules, sports leagues, entertainment and fun events, and focused instead on winning those who are falling into the flames of hell faster than we can tell them the Gospel.

Enjoying the same lascivious rock music as the world is only the beginning.  It can now become the centerpiece for the American church.

Enjoying the same lascivious rock music as the world is only the beginning. It can now become the centerpiece for the American church.

Imagine if they sold their huge cathedrals and met in houses or rented low-cost facilities with no fun times for members, but instead formed creative outlets in their city for sharing the Gospel or free private educational institutes (where they could also meet on the weekends in place of their expensive cathedrals) or pay their congregational leaders to devote themselves to going two-by-two as the apostles did to share the Gospel throughout their city (instead of paying a pastor and staff to run in circles keeping members pacified with activities).  A hundred years ago, the people of GOD had very wise ideas of how to win the lost.

A church book club is essential in reaching those who are destined for a torturous eternity.  In fact, why not bring the book club into the church and Sunday school services?   It's much more fun to hear someone talk about "biblical" and moral things than study the Bible, am I right?

A book club is a great way to meet lost people and share the Gospel with them, right?   Oh, that’s not what this photo is showing.  No, no, no!  This is a church book club for the members.  After all, teaching the Bible would be a bit convicting, and reading books in Sunday School and church is far more enjoyable, am I right?  After all, what does the Bible have to do with meeting with other believers? Can’t you just read what some other men think about the Bible?  Or better yet, can’t you just read a completely entertaining allegory and try to find some moral thoughts from it?

The Y.W.C.A and Y.M.C.A were created as community centers where Christianity could be promoted to young people.  Colleges were created such as Harvard and Princeton by clergy where young people could be told of redemption.  The Sunday School was created as a way to teach reading, and simultaneously the Bible, to children. The Salvation Army was created to share with the poor and win them to Christ.  The entire culture of America was about winning the lost in those days.  Today, most of these establishments are no longer anchored to Jesus Christ, but are drifting in a sea of relativism.  A few, like the Gideons who distribute Bibles around the world, still remain.  Most of the educational institutes, who still teach the Bible, teach a heretical version of it, and fail to share the Gospel with the students or basic doctrine, or do so in a very academic manner instead of inviting the youth into a relationship with Christ.

We must be wiser and more frugal in our use of what GOD has given us in time and money, because one day we must give account of our stewardship.  We must begin to once again reach out to those who have never heard the Gospel around us or they will be forever lost.

This church finds a boat club to be an essential part of their spiritual goals.

This church finds a boat club to be an essential part of their spiritual goals.

When I first saw this on a church website, I thought the "C" in "Change" was an opening parenthesis which would make it read"Drink Coffee.  Hang[e] the world!"  Sadly, that's about right these days ... drink coffee and let the world hang.

When I first saw this on a church website, I thought the “C” in “Change” was an opening parenthesis which would make it read”Drink Coffee. Hang[e] the world!” Sadly, that’s about right these days … drink coffee and let the world eternally hang by their necks.

One wonders what "seeds" and "spirit" are being emphasized to children in churches today.  Sunday School used to be about a walkthrough of the entire Bible.

One wonders what “seeds” and “spirit” are being emphasized to children in churches today. Sunday School used to be about a walkthrough of the entire Bible.

In the spirit of making every dollar and minute count as 150,000 people die each day (most burning in flames), the cathedral and big screen is essential.

In the spirit of making every dollar and minute count as tens of thousands of people fall into hell each day, the cathedral and big screen are essential. Plus, they can be used to show trips and church activity events (or announce more of the same).

The church carnival is an essential part of raising money for the church mortgage.

The church carnival is an essential part of raising money for the church mortgage.

A place to buy coffee, merchandise, and music is important to ensure the mortgage gets paid.  Did anyone else think about the Messiah with a whip cord in a temple?

A place to buy coffee, merchandise, and music is important to ensure the mortgage gets paid. Did this photo remind you of the Messiah with a whip cord in a temple also?

The family needing groceries next door must wait.  We have to make sure our church looks like Disneyland, right?

The family needing groceries next door must wait. They’re just “lazy bums” anyway. We must “pay our tithe” to make sure our church looks like Disneyland, right?

Big events and give-aways keep the members coming back for more.  How else will the mortgage get paid or how else will the pastor keep his position as chief entertainer and activities planner?

Big events and give-aways keep the members coming back for more. How else will the pastor keep his position as chief entertainer and activities planner if the funds aren’t generated for the mortgage?

Entertainment is essential.  Prayer services?  Not so much.

Entertainment is essential. Prayer services? Not so much.

We must have a good testimony and a multi-million building is just the thing to shine in the community, right?  All those other ideas such as building community centers where the Gospel can be shared, full-time street witnessing teams, mail-out campaigns of Gospel literature and resources, and such can wait.   Now, we have to plan how many other ways, we can spend millions of dollars to please the members, so that we can get more millions of dollars to please the members some more (oh, and also make sure the staff and "ministers" all get a fat paycheck too).

We must have a good testimony and what better way than to buy a multi-million dollar building?  Won’t that help you shine bright to the community, and especially the poor inner city families who need basic medical and nutritional assistance? All those other ideas such as building community centers where the Gospel can be shared, full-time street witnessing teams, mail-out campaigns of Gospel literature and resources, and such can wait. Now, we have to plan how many other ways, we can spend millions of dollars to please the members, so that we can get more millions of dollars to please the members some more (oh, and also make sure the staff and “ministers” all get a fat paycheck too). Oh, and that exotic fountain out front has to be maintained (oh well, we can cut back the budget for helping the needy, deserted widows in the congregation – oh, that’s right – that budget never did exist).

The thousands raised for the missions trip to Hawaii didn't go to the missionary after all.  Instead, it allowed the youth group to take an exotic trip to Hawaii! Woo hoo! First, they must help build them a cathedral like Americans have, share some Bible truths, take some photos for Facebook while doing such "alms", and then off to the beach for some swimming. Woo hoo!

The thousands raised for the missions trip to Hawaii didn’t go to the missionary after all. Instead, it allowed the youth group to take an exotic trip to Hawaii! The missionary really didn’t need it as much as the youth anyway, right? First, they must help build a cathedral for these natives like the Americans have, so they can stop meeting in homes and maintain a mortgage too. Then the missions team must share some Bible truths, take some photos for Facebook while doing such “alms”, and then off to the beach for some swimming. Woo hoo!

ETERNALLY SAVED: Most won’t be … will you be?

One day, everyone will know everything you have done in secret.

Are we speaking of the NSA? Or the Cabal?

The Lake of Fire is real.

The Lake of Fire is real.

No. And there is no room for error. According to the Holy Writings respected by most of the major religions, can one disobey a single commandment? Or how many disobeyed commandments makes you ‘guilty’ on Judgment Day?  

Can most religion be boiled down to two main religions on this planet – one of Allah Bel Zebub and another one of Adonai El Yahweh – as mentioned in the articles at this link and this link? Or is that just a lot of fiction?

Is all religion just a way to make a dollar or to control people?

If you disobey your conscience one time or the Law of GOD one time, is that enough to send you to hell? Is that even possible for a human to always obey their conscience and GOD’s Law every second of every day of every year of their lives? 

The Holy Writings demand obedience of the non-corrupt, civil commands of government, such as the speed limit ordinances. Furthermore, the writings respected by Jews, Christians, and Muslims state that you cannot turn aside from one sentence of GOD’s Law? Don’t believe me? 

Muslims agree that the Torah is from the GOD of Abraham and it says:

“According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you.” – Deuteronomy 17:11

Christians agree that the New Testament is from the GOD of Abraham and it says:

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

Jews agree that the Tanakh is from the GOD of Moses and it says:

“Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left,” – Joshua 23:6

“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:7

All of the above writings are from the Holy Writings revered by most major religions on the planet.

If you have lusted, the Holy Writings says that is adultery of the heart.  If you have lied, that is bearing false witness.  If you have hated, that is murder of the heart.  If you have ever wanted something that wasn’t yours, including your fellow man’s wife or daughter or big screen TV or car (or your fellow woman’s husband or son), then you have coveted.  If you have taken something that wasn’t yours, including a pen or the download of “free software” or “free music”, then you have stolen.  If you have disobeyed moral civil laws, such as the speed limit sign, which the Writings of the Creator GOD say are to be obeyed, then you have violated GOD’s Laws.  This is only half of the Ten Commandments and already I have some inkling of a thought that if you think you’re going to heaven on your good works that you’re in big trouble.

What if you think you’re going to heaven, but you end up in the lake of fire forever?

  • Does your rabbi, pastor, priest, cleric, clergy, shaman, or ‘holy man’ really live this standard of law – keeping themselves completely obedient to the Law every single day of their life? Could they pass this test of not violating one sentence? Do they have the Words of Life? If not, who does? Can they grant you salvation? Are they the Final Judge? Who is?
  • Does attendance of one’s religious gathering or having grown up in a devout family help you?
  • Do baptism, retreats, pilgrimages, or other works serve as ‘means of grace’ to assist one’s salvation?
  • If baptism is an act of obedience after one receives salvation, then why are so many young people in Christian colleges and schools calling themselves “Christians” when we have not seen any of them being baptized? Are they all ‘hell-bound’?
  • Do they feel that a general belief in GOD is the same thing as repentant faith whereby one gives the ownership of their lives over to GOD and asks for His Holy Spirit to indwell them?  Do people have an intellectual belief or a life belief?  A creed or a relationship? What’s the difference?
  • How much money would you pay to keep yourself from being shoved into a fiery furnace forever?
  • How would it feel to be in a flaming furnace where the pain never ends?
  • Is your soul eternal? Does the pain of the lake of fire ever end?
  • Would you spend millions or just a few bucks to avoid it?
  • Would you be willing to read one article for free to learn more? Keep reading.
  • With all the false religions in the world, can we really know the way of salvation?
  • Will you be able to use excuses on Judgment Day?
  • Is this fair? Who decides ‘fair’?
Jesus is the Way and His way is narrow.

Jesus is the Way and His way is narrow.

“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.   – Matthew 7:14

“Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”  – Luke 13:23-24

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”  – Matthew 7:19-23

Did you know that every single thing that you have ever done will be known to all?

“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” – 1 Timothy 5:24

“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” – Luke 8:17

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One day everyone will know what you did in secret.

Did you know that your works will be judged, but that all will be “short of payment” on Judgment Day?  Even those who have had Jesus Christ “pay their way” will be allowed to enter heaven, but they will still be judged for rewards.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”  – Romans 14:10-12

  • Is it works by which we are saved?
  • Is it faith by which we are saved?
  • Is it confusing?
  • Does the Holy Book of GOD answer these questions?
  • What is salvation?  The term is used so frequently that it oftentimes loses its meaning.
  • What does the Holy Book of GOD say?  Isn’t it the handbook for the path to salvation?
  • What does hell look like?
  • What’s the lake of fire?  To learn more about this question, be sure to visit the article at this link.  
  • If people are really burning eternally, and the Bible indicates that its most of the human race who are burning, then shouldn’t we be concerned that we’re not in that number of people who are screaming?  

images (4)Humans will make preparations for life insurance which will never benefit themselves personally, but only their family, while at the same time making no preparations for “eternal life insurance”.   Humans spend an enormous part of their lives working for earthly things, but oftentimes no time to work for heavenly reward.  Humans hunger after earthly food, but fail to thirst for righteousness or knowledge of GOD or the Truth about their eternal soul.  Humans stay so busy on this planet trying to stay alive that they fail to realize they won’t live forever and they fail to prepare for that ultimate statistic known as death that eventually will be the end of all of us without some divine intervention.

How many do you know who are living forever?

A.W. Tozer said:

“It is my opinion that tens of thousands of people, if not millions, have been brought into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved [from damnation in hell].”

D. James Kennedy said:

“The vast majority of people who are members of churches in America today are not Christians. I say that without the slightest contradiction. I base it on empirical evidence of twenty-four years of examining thousands of people.”

Have you heard the saying “Not everybody talking about heaven is going there“?

Does GOD have the right to burn so many people in hell forever?

Judgement-Seat-of-Christ-Sermon-Title-570x428To answer this question, let me ask you if you have the right to kill a sand gnat, a fire ant, a hornet, a viper, or any other creature on this planet?  Did you create them?  No?  Did GOD create you? Does He have a right to do with you as He wishes?   Is GOD loving?  Well, can you tolerate having a viper in your bed at night?  Can you tolerate having fire ants in your baby’s playroom?  Can tolerate having a car full of sand gnats that bite you?  Your tolerance for these would be based upon a shallow desire to protect yourself from pain or death.  GOD cannot tolerate sin and He must judge it or else He is no longer just.  Without GOD, the universe could even cease to exist.   GOD must be GOD.  He must maintain His integrity as Judge of the universe.  You don’t necessarily have to be free of sand gnats, but do you not swipe them in intolerance?

images (1)Do not people who preach that animals should not be eaten, such as P.E.T.A. and other animal rights advocates, show their own hypocrisy when they kill vipers, sand gnats, hornets, fire ants, or other creatures that may pose danger, pain, or distress to their lives?  Yet, GOD has come to the earth in the Person of Jesus Christ, knowing that we would beat Him, mock Him, laugh at him in ridicule, scourge Him, reject Him, and crucify Him between two criminals after He lived a perfect life before us.  He then entered hell for us.  Why?  To ensure we never have to enter hell, and to purchase our salvation from the eternal flames of the Lake of Fire.

firecup copyWhat is our reaction?  Are we to judge GOD for sending men to hell who justly deserve the flames of eternal fire when He suffered death and hell for us as an Eternal Being? Or should we humbly acknowledge our wicked condition as sinners and plea to Him for forgiveness and pray for His Spirit to enter and indwell us?  Do people even care enough about their eternal future to read the below article?

  • Why does GOD have to judge sin?
  • Doesn’t that mean that He had no choice but to send men to a fiery torment eternally?
  • Why did GOD create people when He knew many would spend an eternity in the lake of fire?
  • Was it because He wanted someone to love and by whom to be loved?
  • Why didn’t He create robots if He wanted someone to love?
  • Can robots really reciprocate love?
  • Why does love have to hurt so much?
  • Why did it cost Jesus so very much in ways we can’t even imagine?
  • Couldn’t GOD have found a better way to save us from damnation?

images (2)Although you may not have all your questions answered in this life, I have attempted to clearly outline below the most important aspects of salvation. In short, salvation is given to all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the Creator of the universe, who came down to earth to die as a substitution and sacrifice for the sins of all who believe.  Their beliefs are based upon the Word of GOD, not men or angels.  They place their faith in the true Jesus of the Bible and not another god, because only through the name of Jesus (not Allah or Buddha or some other name) is salvation obtained.  Jesus was exclusive.  They do not trust baptism or other works as additions to Jesus’ finished work, but instead trust wholly upon Jesus Christ.  Finally, they ask for the Holy Spirit to indwell them and receive the Holy Spirit by Whom they are sealed and saved.  This constitutes salvation.  You will see in the following article that repentance, faith, and the Holy Spirit are all necessary for salvation, and that “means of grace” and other “works salvation” teachings are false gospels taught by legalists or false teachers which result in false brethren. 

imagesSalvation truly is simple, but I am spending more time on this subject due to the many false teachers who have created their own false gospels and false teachings resulting in many false brethren.  Some of these false teachers would even sing “In Christ Alone” while teaching a gospel of works through various means of grace such as baptism.  Thus, people must be aware that deception abounds.

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

CrowdsCheeringOne must take a moment to ponder the destiny of human beings from a bird’s eye perspective.

1. EVERYONE DIES AND WILL SPEND ETERNITY SOMEWHERE: Billions of people on this planet exist and they are dying every day.  Death is the ultimate statistic in that it affects every one of us. Where are all of these people going?

hell_forever_and_ever2. EVERYONE IS A SINNER DESTINED FOR ETERNAL FIRE: The Bible says that Adam was the first human and that he and his wife Eve failed to obey GOD in their first home, the Garden of Eden.  Therefore, their sin was the first and the result was eternal damnation.  Who else is a sinner?   All humans are sinners.

“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”   – Romans 3:9-12

“… But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”  – Galatians 3:22 

images (5)3. EXCEPTIONS EXIST – NOT ALL GO TO HELL: If you read the above Scriptures, you realize that everyone is going to hell.  Wow!  Isn’t that depressing?  Well, not really, because there are some exceptions and those exceptions are the difference between an eternal existence in the fires of the lake of fire and an existence in the beauty of heaven. What are the exceptions?

GodsChildrenEXCEPTION #1:  Children go to heaven. If it is due to their lack of understanding of salvation, then is it possible that some mentally retarded people may also qualify?  GOD is the judge, but I think this is very likely. Where do we read about this exception?  David sinned with Bathsheba in committing adultery, and GOD graciously allowed his child to die and go to heaven (I say graciously, because think about what happened spiritually with all of David’s other children).

School-childrenWe read about this in II Samuel.

“And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”  – 2 Samuel 12:22-23

“But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  – Mark 10:14

images (6)EXCEPTION # 2:  After Adam, the first man created by GOD, fell into sin, GOD formulated a plan by which He would redeem or purchase those who were willing to be bought from the “spiritual slave market of Satan”, metaphorically-speaking.  He would descend, in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, to the earth as a baby, live a perfect life, so that by His perfect life, He might die and redeem all of those who believe upon Him. He did this by taking our sin upon Himself in a spiritual sense, and playing the “sacrificial lamb” by becoming a spiritual “serpent” for us.  Do you remember in the Old Testament when the people of Israel were judged by serpents that GOD sent to bite them for their sin?  What was the cure to avoid dying?  A brass serpent was raised upon a pole and all who looked upon that pole, believing GOD’s Word, would be healed (i.e. “look and live”).

“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”   – Numbers 21:9

MosesAndTheBrassSerpentThe same applies today in a more spiritual way.  Those who look to Jesus Christ’s death on the cross by which He took our sins upon Himself, and who also believe GOD’s promise that He can save them from hell, are saved.

“And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s [Adam’s] sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s [Adam’s] trespass, death reigned through that one man [Adam], much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. … For as by the one man’s [Adam’s] disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s [Jesus’] obedience the many will be made righteous.”   – Romans 5:16-17, 19

images (7)“Belief in Christ” in modern times doesn’t seem to be what it was in Biblical times though.  Today, grace is more about freedom to sin, instead of freedom from sin.  Today, grace is more about “giving a break” to false teachers or disobedient believers in cases when congregational discipline should be exercised.   Why is this?  Today’s “belief” or “faith” lacks repentance, today’s “grace” doesn’t seem to match with Truth, and today’s “believers” oftentimes lack the Holy Spirit.  Today’s “belief” or “faith” also mandates that “believers” must do some special sacrament or keep some special covenant gesture in order to receive GOD’s grace.  Such teaching is called “means of grace” theology by which a person can do some deed like baptism or the LORD’s Supper in order to “show belief” or to “receive grace”.   Is it possible to go to heaven without repentance or the Holy Spirit?  Are people truly required to offer some merit of their own in order to receive GOD’s grace or to show they believe?

lonelyTrue believers …

  1. Have repented of their sins and acknowledge Jesus as the owner of their life
  2. Believe in Jesus Christ alone and His work of redemption based upon His Word
  3. Believe exclusively in Jesus as described in the Bible and not a false christ
  4. Do not use baptism or other works as merits or means to grace for salvation
  5. Have prayed for the Holy Spirit to indwell and fill them, and He is now within

disco1SALVATION IS BY FAITH, BUT NOT UNREPENTANT FAITH

FAITH is more than mere words.  Repentance is required.  I will use the Scripture to prove this in the paragraphs that follow.

Salvation’s “root” is repentant belief which is nourished by the “soil” of the Word of GOD, “showered” by the Holy Spirit, and its “fruit” is works. This horticultural word picture is not my idea, but a concept that Jesus and the apostles used.

True faith works as evidence and substance that the faith is true; however, true faith is not gained by works.  Faith is a gift from GOD.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”    – Romans 6:23

” … so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”   – Ephesians 2:7-10

got-faith_t_-_Copy2The above passage from Ephesians chapter two is so very rich in knowledge.  What do we learn from this passage?

  • In verse seven, we are shown that we will never understand how GOD’s mysterious grace works in this life (though Calvin and Arminius tried unsuccessfully).
  • Salvation is by faith given to us as a gift by the grace of GOD.
  • True faith is manifest by good works.

200_14Faith is manifest through works.

Faith is not purchased by works.

Men’s works show that they have believed and makes them do things that they otherwise would never have done. In other words, Samson never would have pulled down pillars upon the enemies of GOD, extinguishing his own life in the process, unless he firmly believed that GOD would reward him for a life spent for GOD.

faithThis example is the essence of faith. It’s EVIDENCE that someone truly DOES BELIEVE, because his life shows it. It is not just words. This is why we must “count the cost” as Jesus said.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. … But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. … By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”   – Hebrews 11:1-2, 6, 24-26

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it– “lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, “saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’  – Luke 14:27-30

Christians are slaves to Christ in this life, so that one day they may reign as kings with Him.

Christians are slaves to Christ in this life, so that one day they may reign as kings with Him.

In other words, Jesus is saying that we must be prepared to believe on Him with full knowledge that cross-bearing is required and persecution is inevitable.  Salvation is not a glib prayer by which you inherit eternal life.  A true prayer of salvation is a commitment to Jesus Christ, acknowledging that He owns you.  We can call this concept “ownership salvation”.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. – 1 Corinthians 7:23

True believers fall, but they get up again.  False believers stay down and justify it.

True believers fall, but they get up again. False believers stay down and justify it.

True believers may fall into sin, but they get up and keep going.  They do not begin to justify their sins or try to legislate their sins as societal norms.  Have you looked at the statistics of adultery in “churches” today?  How about those who attempt to justify porn as a “GOD-given outlet for release”?   And how about all of those so-called “brethren” who are trying to install pastors in their congregations who commit sexual crimes against nature? There’s a reason that false brethren are mentioned in Scripture.

_origin_Faktu-banka-3Where do we read that salvation is by repentance and by faith (or belief)?  Here are the Scriptures:

“… But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” – Hebrews 10:39

“But what says it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. … So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:8-13, 17

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1

“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” – Acts 16:31

“… Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” – Acts 17:12

“… For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16

“… Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” – Romans 3:27

“… Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” – Romans 3:28

“… Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.” – Romans 3:30

“… But to him that works not, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5

“… Comes this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.” – Romans 4:9

” …repent ye, and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:15

” …And they went out, and preached that men should repent.” – Mark 6:12

“… I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:32

“… I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3

“… Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19

“… And the times of this ignorance God did not acknowledge; but now commands all men every where to repent:” – Acts 17:30

“… Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Acts 20:21

“… For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17

“… Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” – Romans 3:25

“… Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 5:1

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

” … For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of:” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” – Hebrews 6:1

“… The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

“… Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone; …” – Romans 9:32

“… Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16

“… Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” – Galatians 3:6

THE WORD OF GOD

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The Bible is the most published Book on planet Earth.  It is quoted by all major religions and has more historical authenticity than any other book with over 15,000 manuscripts with which to verify its authenticity and accuracy, more than any other book, historical work, or religious work on this planet.  The Word of GOD states that it was communicated by the very breath of GOD using holy men of GOD as its oracles or mediums of communication.  All other religious books claim to be from angels or men.  The Bible (its original manuscript) claims to be one hundred percent Truth, unfailing in its prophecies, and completely free of error.  In spite of thousands of copies being created of the original manuscripts, a comparison of these many copies show forth amazing accuracy for having so many manuscripts transcribed by various translators over thousands of years.

images (11)The Word of GOD is so important that Jesus is shown as being at one with His Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”   – John 1:1-3

The Word of GOD is a key part of salvation.

“… For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.”  – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:17

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:13-14

“Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God”  – 1 Peter 1:23

“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”  – 1 John 2:14

“For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.”   – 1 Thessalonians 1:8

“But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior” – Titus 1:3

“And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore stray into error [Greek word “planaō”], because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?”  – Mark 12:24 

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do stray into error [Greek word “planaō”], not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”   – Matthew 22:29

In these Scripture verses we have just read, we see that proper belief or faith takes both the Word of GOD and the power found in the Spirit of GOD in order to avoid error.

THE INDWELLING OF THE SPIRIT

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We are to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit’s indwelling.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:13

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

“These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.” – Jude 1:19

“By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”  – 1 John 4:13

Circumcision of the flesh was the seal of Abraham's faith that he completed in obedience after salvation.   Circumcision of the heart is the seal of the Christian which the Holy Spirit performs.

Circumcision of the flesh was the seal of Abraham’s faith that he completed in obedience after salvation. Circumcision of the heart is the seal of the Christian which the Holy Spirit performs.

Romans 4 explains that GOD used circumcision as a seal in His covenant to Abraham.  In the New Testament, the baptism of the Holy Spirit (not water) is the seal of believers in Christ.

“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” – Ephesians 1:13

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30

He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also given unto us his holy Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 4:8

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. – Acts 2:33

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. – 1 Thessalonians 1:5

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. – Acts 4:31

“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” – Gal 5:18

“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”  – Romans 8:16

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  – Ephesians 4:3-6

“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”   – Ephesians 2:18-22

holy-spirt-lgThe Holy Spirit is the One who indwells us and leads us into all Truth.

“Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans 8:8-11

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”  – I Corinthians 3:16-17

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

“All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.”  – 1 Corinthians 12:11-14

“These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” – 1 John 2:26-27

dove_fireJesus had promised the Comforter or Holy Spirit to those who believe.

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” – John 16:7-14

JESUS ALONE

14153No other name or god can be used as a “path to Jesus”.  There are not many ways to Jesus, but only a narrow way as mentioned elsewhere in this article.  The names of various gods are not variations of Christ throughout history (i.e. reincarnation) or different persons of His Being.  He is exclusive.  He is defined by His Word and that definition defers not only from Allah, Buddha, or other gods, but it also defers from many of the false christs that are being preached by false teachers in Catholic, Protestant, and other mainline “churches”.  Thus, we must go to the Word of GOD alone to learn of the true Jesus Christ.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was despised by you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  – Acts 4:10-12

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours” – I Corinthians 1:2

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. – Act 2:38

“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” – Exodus 34:14

“And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”  – Exodus 23:13

“When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 19:5

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” – Philippians 2:10

“In my Father’s house are many dwellings. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:2-6

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.” – Acts 9:27

“But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”  – Acts 8:12

“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”  –  1 John 3:23-24

NOT OF SACRAMENTS, COVENANTS, WORKS OR “MEANS OF GRACE”

water-baptismIs baptism a covenant or sacrament that must be kept to obtain special “grace” or to “receive salvation”?  First, one must question such a statement from the standpoint of logic.  Wouldn’t one have already believed before they had a desire to please GOD through baptism?  Could they really time their Spirit-empowered change of heart and belief to coincide with the moment they stepped into a baptismal pool?  That being said, what does the Scripture say about such covenant requirements or sacraments?  Well, sacraments should be tossed aside, because while covenants are mentioned in Scripture, sacraments are not even a Biblical concept. They are a Roman concept, apparently emanating from Rome and eventually adopted by the Roman Catholic religion.

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The term “sacrament” comes from the Latin “sacramentum” which was a Roman oath to the gods as can be seen in the article at this link.  Believers are not required to fulfill any oaths to the gods or to the Biblical GOD for their salvation.  Only faith in Christ is required.  Regarding covenants, the Old Testament covenants were GOD’s promises to the Jewish people.  The only covenant in the entire New Testament is the one that Jesus mentioned known as the new covenant of His blood which was His promise of salvation to all those who trust in Him (and His shedding of His blood for sins, His perfect life, and His death).

scalpel052809Weren’t covenant requirements debated during the time of the early believers who were fighting over the need for circumcision as a covenant requirement?

“Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.”  – Romans 3:30

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

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith– just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.”  – Galatians 3:1-7

“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what says the scripture?  Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”   – Galatians 4:28-31

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”  – Titus 3:4-8

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. – Romans 3:28

images (14)Some confuse the baptism of the Spirit, sometimes mentioned as just “baptism” with the baptism of water, which is also sometimes mentioned as “baptism”.  This is why the rules of context and usage in interpretation are of primary importance, because there are those who would lead you into “legalism” or salvation through sacraments, covenants, or other good works.

“I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 1:8

“I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” – John 1:33

“For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”  – 1 Corinthians 1:17

“I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius” – 1 Corinthians 1:14