What If We Prayed Christ “Clear Through”?

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Editor’s Note: Do you pray Christ “clear through?” In this blog post, Steve Hall challenges us to pray the lordship of Jesus over everything we pray.

When I was about ten years old, my grandma told me that whenever I prayed, I should “pray clear through.”
This wasn’t just good advice then—it’s also good advice now. It seems we’re at a point in time when we ought to be praying “clear through.”

You’re probably already praying for many people and situations, but I’m going to suggest that through the end of this year, as many believers as possible unite in prayer for Christ’s lordship—his presence and rule—over every part of our lives, and over all other people, places, and situations the Holy Spirit gives us a burden to pray for.

It seems like almost everywhere I turn, there are needs and/or crises. I imagine you’re experiencing the same—frustration, sin, fear, violence, hopelessness, stress, pain, and disease abound. Mankind’s solutions are inadequate.

While we know that Christ is the only answer and hope, we don’t consistently place every person or situation into his hands. Why not?

For quite a few years, I’ve been studying who Christ is. He’s the Eternal God, Creator, and Sustainer of the Universe. He’s the Alpha and Omega, Radiance of God’s Glory, Savior of the World, Resurrection and the Life, King of kings, Lord of lords, and infinitely more.  As Peter says in Acts 10:36, “…Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all:)

In light of his limitless authority in Matthew 18:20, and many other places in the Bible, it seems like we, and the whole Church of 2016, must pray to the Lord Jesus Christ something like what Moses said to God in Exodus 33:18: “…shew me thy glory.

I believe the Father and the Spirit want the glory of Christ to be resoundingly revealed now to the Church and to the lost and dying on every inch of the earth.
Along these lines, please think with me:

• What will the Spirit do in the life of someone you know who has a dire need (cancer, addiction, marriage crisis, homelessness, loss of a loved one) if you continually prayed for Jesus Christ to be Lord of every part of their life?

• What will the Spirit do in the lives of your unsaved friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers if you continually prayed for Jesus to be Lord of every part of their lives?

• What will the Spirit do in your community if EVERY place you go in (or drive by or walk by) you begin praying for Jesus Christ to be Lord of every person who is associated with those places?

• What will the Spirit do in your church if every time you are involved with your church or ministry you pray that Jesus will be Lord of every person who is part of your church or ministry, including all the messages, worship times, Bible studies, feeding programs, meetings, etc.?
• What will the Spirit do if every time you hear or see anything about government officials (including the candidates for the U.S. presidency) that you pray for Jesus to be Lord of every part of their lives?

• What will the Spirit do if whenever you read or hear any news report or article (local, national or worldwide) you pray for Jesus to be Lord of every person involved? Just imagine how this could impact thousands or millions or even billions of people through the reigning King as he is sitting at the right hand of the Father!

I think if my grandma were writing this blog post, she might plead with us to “pray clear through” for Jesus Christ to be Lord of every person, place and situation because HE IS THE ONLY HOPE OF THE WORLD!

Ye Shall Receive Power, #14

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And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:” (Zechariah 4:2)

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:4)
Zechariah speaks of one lampstand and two olive trees. But Revelation 11:4 mentions two lampstands and two olive trees. Why?
The explanation may be thus: at the time of Zechariah, the Body of Christ, which is the second lampstand, had not been formed. There was only the one Lampstand—the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ means “the One anointed with oil.
Now we have the exalted Head, Christ, but also the Body of Christ, the Body of the One anointed with oil. There now are two lampstands, although the two are one, as we shall discuss later.
Who or what are the two olive trees? The two olive trees are the source of continual oil for the Lampstand (unlike the Lampstand of the Tabernacle of the Congregation which had to be refilled every twenty-four hours).
Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:14)
Elijah and Elisha appear to be the strongest representatives of the “two anointed ones.” Each of them employed the expression “as the Lord liveth before whom I stand.” No other person in the Bible used that expression.
We could not see Elijah when John the Baptist appeared, yet the spirit of Elijah rested on John. We will not see Elisha, the prophet of the double portion, when Christ and His Body minister. But the double portion will rest on them. More about these two later.
The number two represents a lawful witness. Under Old Testament law, two or more witnesses are required if the testimony is to be established in court.
Also, “two” symbolizes power. The Spirit’s anointing of the prophets of all ages provides the power for their testimony of the Person and Word of God.
Two large loaves made from wheat flour were waved during the celebration of the feast of Pentecost. These two loaves mark the completion of the wheat harvest, indicating that the greatest Pentecost of all will come at the end of the age.
Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves [the two witnesses] of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.” (Leviticus 23:17)
The two olive trees are the double portion of Pentecost, the power to bear witness of the God of the earth. They are the “greater works,” the powerful Pentecostal revival of the last days, the latter (harvest) rain.
The same Pentecostal power that rested on Joel abode on Peter. Therefore Peter cried, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.
This same Pentecostal power, now in unlimited fullness, will rest on the end-time remnant enabling them to bear witness to the whole earth of the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the meaning of the two olive trees. One olive tree for the former rain. Two olive trees for the latter rain (Joel 2:23).

To be continued #15…

Ye Shall Receive Power, #13

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And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, And behold a candlestick [lampstand] all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 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 4:1-6)
The two olive trees, and one of the lampstands of Revelation 11:4, are described in the fourth chapter of the Book of Zechariah.
Revelation 11:4, in conjunction with the preceding passage from Zechariah, signifies that just before Jesus returns, the true saints will be forced to abandon human efforts to save the world. We shall allow the Holy Spirit to use us as He will. He indeed shall use us. The Spirit is waiting for us to discover only He can perform the work of the Kingdom of God.
The significance of the olive trees and the lampstands (“candlesticksKJV) is that only the Spirit of God is able to build the Temple of God.
Notice (in Zechariah, Chapter Four) that there are two olive trees but only one lampstand.
The prophecies of Zechariah had directly to do with the return of the Jews from Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuild that which had been torn down by Nebuchadnezzar, particularly the Temple of Solomon. The efforts to restore Jerusalem are described in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
In addition to its application to the restoration of physical Jerusalem in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, the Book of Zechariah is strongly symbolic concerning Christ and His Kingdom.
We believe verses six through nine of Chapter Four of Zechariah have to do with the coming of the Lord and the completion of the Temple of God; with the accomplishment of the mystery of God, which is Christ in us:
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. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone [Christ] thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation [Christ—the Foundation of the Temple of God] of this house; his hands shall also finish it [complete the mystery of God, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory]; and thou shalt know the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.” (Zechariah 4:6-9)
Compare:
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:7)

To be continued #14…

Ye Shall Receive Power, #12

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Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” (Ephesians 2:2)
satan has convinced the churches that he is the God of the earth; but he is not. He is the God of the spirit of this age, of the world system. He is the spirit that directs the children of disobedience.
Our God is the God of the whole earth, praise His holy Name! He has given all the earth and its peoples to Christ and to whomever Christ desires to share them with.
God is preparing a Deliverer who will destroy the evil angels. The Deliverer is Christ—Head and Body.
Before the God of the earth utilizes Christ to deliver the earth from corruption, He will use His Christ (the Head working with and in the Body) as a final witness who will testify with powerful signs and wonders to all the peoples of the earth of the coming rule of God over the nations.
The two olive trees represent the double portion of the anointing of the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the prophets of all time, of every age. Of particular significance here is the Spirit who abode on Elijah and Elisha. The lives and ministries of Elijah and Elisha are symbolic of the two witnesses of Revelation, Chapter 11. Christ gave the former rain “moderately” under the old covenant (Joel 2:23). The rain increased in power at the time of the Book of Acts. But just before Jesus returns, the full flowing of “oil” will cause the Lampstands to burn with great brightness giving an earth-wide witness of the resurrection of Christ. There will be a continual, unlimited anointing on Christ’s witnesses in the last days.
The two lampstands represent Christ and His Body, as we understand the symbolism. Only Christ and His Body are the Lampstands of God. They are the only “lights” of the world. No prophet ever was referred to as “the light of the world.
Indeed, the prophets were lights shining in dark places as the Spirit of Christ spoke through them. But no saint of the Old Testament ever was termed “the light of the world.” However, the Scriptures refer to Jesus as “the light of the world” and to the saints as “the light of the world.” Only the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lampstand of God, the Light of the world; and His Body is being built up in Him and fashioned in His image.
John was not “that light,” but was sent to bear witness of “that light.” “That light” is in us, in the members of the Body of Christ.

To be continued #13

Rescue Your Prayer Life

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What does the doctrine of the Trinity have to do with the practice of prayer? Well, the Trinity is something that all Christians believe, but often find difficult to understand, much less explain. And prayer is something that all Christians do, but rarely practice with the consistency and delight they know they should. In the realms of Christian doctrine, the Trinity ranks among the most difficult. Among the disciplines of Christian living, prayer tops the list as most challenging.
But there’s another connection between prayer and Trinitarian theology that helps us better understand the doctrine of the Trinity and make progress in our prayer lives. The connection is in many passages, but most succinctly in Ephesians 2:18 where Paul says, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
This sentence is pregnant with significance for understanding who God is and how we can come to Him.

But first, some definitions: What do Christians mean when they talk about the Trinity? Essentially, three things. You might think of these as three strong pillars on which the doctrine of the Trinity rests.
First, we mean that there is only one God. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” (Deuteronomy 6:4).
Second, this one God exists in three distinct persons, or personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Third, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each fully, equally, and eternally God.
Deny one of those statements, and we get into trouble. If we deny the first and say that there are actually three gods, then we are tri-theists, rather than monotheists. More commonly, people say that there is one God who acts in three different modes, or manifests himself in three different ways, or wears three different hats: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit (much as I myself am a son, a husband, and a father).  But this idea (formally known as modalism), denies the second pillar, and dozens of texts, that affirm the distinct personalities of Father, Son, and Spirit. Others, especially among the cults, teach that the Son and/or the Spirit are somehow inferior to the Father, being less than fully, equally, and eternally God.
But Scripture leads us to affirm all three pillars. There is one God, who exists in three Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and these three are each fully, equally, and eternally God.

So, what does this have to do with prayer? Well, prayer is essentially talking with God. But communication with God requires access to his presence. Ephesians 2:18 shows us that our access to God involves all three Persons of the Trinity. 
We have “access…to the Father.” 
But that access to the Father is “through him” – Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who reconciles us to the Father (see Ephesians 2:11).
But notice further that our access to God is “in one spirit“. This means that our prayers are enabled and empowered by the Spirit.
So, when we pray we come to Father, through the Son, in the Spirit. Prayer is communion with the Three-in-One God.
Now, how can this rescue your prayer life?
Sometimes we hesitate to pray, because of unbelief. We’re not sure God really cares about our needs. But this is to forget that we’re praying to our Father, who already knows our needs and invites us to come to him as little children.
At other times, we wrongly think we’ve got to manufacture certain feelings or emotions in order to pray. But Paul says that we have access to God in the Spirit. The Spirit is the One who enlivens our hearts and enables us to pray.

All too often, we feel compelled to pray from a sense of duty. (Good Christians pray, therefore, if I want to be a good Christian, I should pray.) Or, we’re held back from prayer by a sense of guilt. (Only good Christians can really come to God. I haven’t been very good lately, so I’m not worthy enough for God to hear my prayers.) Worst of all, sometimes we can feel confident about prayer because we’ve been keeping our Christian noses clean!
But, don’t you see? This is self-reliance and legalism. This kind of thinking and praying, neglects the work of the Son in reconciling us to the Father. When we live and pray like this, we’re not coming through Jesus. We’re coming on the basis of our own merits. And there is no access to God that way. But when we remember that our access to God is through Christ alone, then we can come boldly to the throne of grace in the confidence that God will forgive our sins and hear our prayers, for Jesus’ sake.

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What Jesus Really Said about Poverty

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In Jesus, God came as a poor man, lived as a poor man, and died as a poor man. He is good news to the poor. As such, Jesus cared deeply about the impoverished.

Being What We Believe
What we do with our beliefs is as important to Jesus as what we believe. Jesus is about complete commitment to loving him and others. Jesus loves belief-filled actions, as his saying to a wealthy young man shows:
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Matthew 19:21; see 19:16–30). The man walks away sorrowful. Jesus then says his famous:
….Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23–24).
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Jesus’ disciples then ask, “….they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25–26). Jesus is not suggesting it is impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven, or be saved—He is saying it is only possible with God. For God to enter a person’s life they must be open to Him entering.
Many of us are just like the rich young man. Out of one side of our mouth we speak allegiance to Jesus, but out of the other side we’re speaking allegiance to the trappings of wealth. I know, because the rich young man asks the same questions I would ask. Look at the events that prompted Jesus to make his statement about the wealthy:
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” (Matthew 19:16–21).

Jesus is possibly frustrated and perhaps even offended: “Why are you asking me about who is good?” The man is asking the wrong question. He doesn’t ask how he can follow Jesus, or what it means to be a disciple—or what good thing he can do for the world on behalf of a good God. He asks, “What must I do so that I will have eternal life?” If we’re honest with ourselves, isn’t that the question many of us are asking God today? Jesus is unsatisfied with that question.
Eternal life (salvation) is God’s great gift, but it’s meant to be a gift that prompts action. It is meant to give us purpose.
When I was confronted with the reality of the story of the rich young man, I again asked another question that he asks: “Which commandments?” Jesus cites to the man all the relational Ten Commandments, and in doing so, basically implies, “All of them.” The man tells Jesus he has observed these and then asks, “What do I lack?” It is this question that gets to the root of the issue. Jesus tells the man that he lacks self-sacrifice for others—he lacks giving to the extent that it is painful to him. He lacks an ability to put aside his wealth for the sake of the gospel. Wealth is meant to bless others—plain and simple (see Genesis 12:1–3 for an example). It is not for hording, and it will—if not given up, when God prompts you—keep you from fully experiencing the blessings of God.

What Jesus Really Said about Poverty

by John Barry

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In Jesus, God came as a poor man, lived as a poor man, and died as a poor man. He is good news to the poor. As such, Jesus cared deeply about the impoverished.

Being What We Believe
What we do with our beliefs is as important to Jesus as what we believe. Jesus is about complete commitment to loving him and others. Jesus loves belief-filled actions, as his saying to a wealthy young man shows:
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Matthew 19:21; see 19:16–30). The man walks away sorrowful. Jesus then says his famous:
….Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23–24).

Jesus’ disciples then ask, “….they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25–26). Jesus is not suggesting it is impossible for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven, or be saved—He is saying it is only possible with God. For God to enter a person’s life they must be open to Him entering.
Many of us are just like the rich young man. Out of one side of our mouth we speak allegiance to Jesus, but out of the other side we’re speaking allegiance to the trappings of wealth. I know, because the rich young man asks the same questions I would ask. Look at the events that prompted Jesus to make his statement about the wealthy:
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” (Matthew 19:16–21).

Jesus is possibly frustrated and perhaps even offended: “Why are you asking me about who is good?” The man is asking the wrong question. He doesn’t ask how he can follow Jesus, or what it means to be a disciple—or what good thing he can do for the world on behalf of a good God. He asks, “What must I do so that I will have eternal life?” If we’re honest with ourselves, isn’t that the question many of us are asking God today? Jesus is unsatisfied with that question.
Eternal life (salvation) is God’s great gift, but it’s meant to be a gift that prompts action. It is meant to give us purpose.
When I was confronted with the reality of the story of the rich young man, I again asked another question that he asks: “Which commandments?” Jesus cites to the man all the relational Ten Commandments, and in doing so, basically implies, “All of them.” The man tells Jesus he has observed these and then asks, “What do I lack?” It is this question that gets to the root of the issue. Jesus tells the man that he lacks self-sacrifice for others—he lacks giving to the extent that it is painful to him. He lacks an ability to put aside his wealth for the sake of the gospel. Wealth is meant to bless others—plain and simple (see Genesis 12:1–3 for an example). It is not for hording, and it will—if not given up, when God prompts you—keep you from fully experiencing the blessings of God.

Gay Birds and Bees: Is Homosexuality Really Unnatural?

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by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Every philosophy contains its own inherent logical implications. For instance, Charles Darwin once suggested: “There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties” (1898). If such a philosophy were adopted by a society, how would that civilization seek to explain the behavior of its members? One way would be to study the behaviors of animals and reason that since humans are little more than “complex” animals, bestial behaviors could be justified and accounted for based solely on the assertion that animals in the natural world perform them.
Justification of heinously immoral behavior based on an observance of such in the animal kingdom has become fashionable. Barbara Burke said humans can potentially justify murdering their babies because animals (such as pigs and dogs) often murder their offspring (1974, 185:653). Randy Thornhill and Craig Palmer suggested that rape is an evolutionary by-product that can be explained based on behaviors in the animal kingdom (2000). The villainous Adolf Hilter justified his crimes in a 1933 speech in Nuremberg by comparing his atrocities to animal behavior. He stated: “Thus there results the subjection of a number of people under the will, often of only a few persons, a subjection based simply upon the right of the stronger, a right which, as we see in Nature, can be regarded as the sole conceivable right, because it is founded on reason” (see “The Einsatzgruppen Case,” 1998).
Following suit, the Oslo Natural History Museum recently opened the world’s first exhibit documenting cases of “homosexual” behavior in nature. The exhibit suggests that because animals such as penguins, parrots, beetles, whales, giraffes, and others display certain behaviors that could be construed as homosexual, then homosexuality among humans cannot be viewed as “unnatural.” One of the statements on the exhibit reads: “We may have opinions on a lot of things, but one thing is clear—homosexuality is found throughout the animal kingdom, it is not against nature” (Doyle, 2006).

In response to such thinking, several points need to be considered. Humans are not animals. There is no documented evidence verifying the false idea that humans evolved from lower organisms (see Harrub and Thompson, 2002). In fact, all observable evidence verifies that humans maintain a completely unique status in regard to their mental, emotional, and cognitive components (see “In the Image…,” 2001; Lyons and Thompson, 2002). To justify human behavior based on behavior observed in the animal world exhibits a grotesque ignorance of everything humans understand about morality. Ten percent of the diet of an adult Komodo dragon often consists of its cannibalizing young Komodo dragons. Would anyone be so irrationally disturbed as to suggest that because we see infant cannibalism in Komodo dragons it is a natural practice for humans that cannot be classified as “unnatural”? The ploy to justify homosexuality by suggesting that it is “natural” is little more than an attempt to cast aside all moral constraints and debase society to the point of mindless bestiality.
In truth, homosexuality is against nature, that is, the natural way that God designed humans to function. The inspired apostle Paul condemned homosexuality as a sin:
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:26-27, emp. added).
Homosexuality goes against human nature in at least two fundamental ways. First, on a basic physical, anatomical level, homosexuality disregards the natural use of the sexual organs of men and women. Humans were designed to be sexually compatible in order to reproduce and bear offspring (see Genesis 1:28). If homosexuality were a natural, genetic occurrence (which it is not—see Harrub and Miller, 2004), the genes responsible for it would quickly disappear due to the inability of same sex couples to reproduce. Second, God designed men and women to be capable of a relationship in marriage unlike any other human relationship. When a man and a woman are joined together, they become “one-flesh”, a biblical phrase that describes the epitome of intimacy and compatibility (Genesis 2:23). God specifically designed Eve, and all future women, to be perfect helpers suitable for Adam, and subsequent men, and, while it is true that sinful humans often fail to achieve the intimacy and oneness designed by God, it is not because of faulty design, but of people’s sinful decisions. God designed men and women to be naturally compatible both physically and emotionally.
If human behavior can be justified based on the idea that it mimics animal behavior, then why not abolish all laws, allow stronger humans to kill the weaker ones, allow mothers to eat their babies, allow men to murder sexual rivals, allow women to murder and cannibalize their lovers after intercourse, and simply chalk such a deplorable situation up to “nature”? The logical consequences of such a philosophical justification are as obvious as they are ridiculous. God created humans, so He knows what is in accordance with human nature, and He has clearly stated that homosexuality is aberrant, unnatural, sinful behavior.

REFERENCES
Burke, Barbara (1974), “Infanticide,” Science, 185:653.
Darwin, Francis (1898), The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (New York: D. Appleton).
Doyle, Alister (2006), Birds and Bees May Be Gay: Museum Exhibition, [On-line], URL: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061012/sc_nm/environment_homosexuality_ dc;_ylt=AhEiR4DtDaCUi1h7KCssWvms0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-.
“The Einsatzgruppen Case” (1998), [On-line], URL: http://www.einsatzgruppenarchives.com/mt/ndsir.html.
Harrub, Brad and Bert Thompson (2002), “Creationists Fight Back! A Review of U.S. News and World Report,”Reason & Revelation, 22[9]:65-71, September, [On-line], URL: http://apologeticspress.org/ApPubPage.aspx?pub=1&issue=533&article=466.
Harrub, Brad and Dave Miller (2004), “This is the Way God Made Me: A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the ‘Gay Gene,’” Reason & Revelation, 24[8]:73-79, August, [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2553.
“In the Image and Likeness of God” (2001), [On-line]: URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/pdfs/courses_pdf/hsc0203.pdf.
Lyons, Eric and Bert Thompson (2002), “In the Image and Likeness of God: Part 1,” Reason & Revelation, 22[3]:17-23, [On-line]: URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/123.
Thornhill, Randy and Craig T. Palmer (2000), A Natural History of Rape (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).

The Church Was Founded By Jesus And On Him

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The church of Christ is correctly called the church of Christ for several reasons. Such designation is not a denominational name nor the only exclusive name by which the Bible refers to the church. But because Christ founded the church and because he is the very foundation of the church it is very appropriately called the church of Christ.

THE CHURCH’S FOUNDER
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said to Simon Peter, “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” From this passage it is very obvious that Christ is the builder or founder of the New Testament church and that he calls this church His church. Any church founded by someone other than Christ is not Christ’s church. David, in the Old Testament, announced a great truth when he said, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1). In the New Testament we learn that the “house of God is the church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3:15). If the Lord did not build the house (church) those who did build it labored in vain. Jesus declared, “Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). No one should be a member of any spiritual household, religious plant, or church which man was responsible for starting. One should be a member of the church Christ established!

CHRIST THE FOUNDATION
Not only is Christ the founder of the church but He is also the foundation of the church. In that same statement to Simon Peter cited earlier Christ said, “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matt. 16:18). What was or is the rock on which the church of Christ is established? It is the bed-rock foundation fact that Peter had just acknowledged — namely, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. In Matthew 16:16 Peter said to Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.” Following this statement Jesus said that upon this rock he would build his church. The rock was not the apostle Peter or any other man; rather it was Christ and his divine relationship to God– the fact that he is God’s Son. The apostle Paul makes this abundantly clear when he states, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). Any church built on a name or some special religious doctrine or some form of church government is built on the wrong foundation and will not stand. The church our Lord established is built on Him – on the fact that He is God’s Son. That is why every person who becomes a member of the church must confess his faith in Christ as the Son of God (Acts 8:37). The church is said to be a spiritual house made up of lively or living stones. Before a person can be placed on Christ the foundation and made a stone in that house he must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (1 Peter 2:5-6).

FOUNDED IN JERUSALEM
The church Christ established and which is founded on Him was started in the city of Jerusalem on the first day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2). The prophets had long predicted the coming kingdom of the Messiah (Isaiah 2:2-4; Daniel 2:44). This kingdom was not a physical kingdom but a spiritual one (John 18:36) and was realized in the founding of the church by Christ.
After his resurrection Christ appeared to his apostles and said, “Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in my name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:46-47). Then in Acts 1:8, just before He ascended back to heaven, Christ said to the apostles, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Observe in this statement that Jesus said the apostles would receive power (power to preach the gospel in all its fullness, resulting in the coming of the kingdom or church) when the Holy Ghost came upon them. In Acts 2:1-4 we find the Holy Ghost coming upon the apostles and their being empowered to preach the gospel in the languages of the people gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost. As a result of the apostles’ preaching, people were pricked in their heart and asked what to do to be forgiven of their sins (Acts 2:37). They were instructed, “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” (Acts 2:38). “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). Thus, the kingdom or church of our Lord came with power (Mark 9:1). It was established in the city of Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. by Christ upon the bedrock foundation truth that He is the Son of God. On every occasion thereafter when people heard of Christ, believed in Him, repented of their sins, confessed Christ to be the Son of God, and were baptized for the remission of their sins, the Lord added them to his church. “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47).

A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE IN CHRIST’S CHURCH
It is a great privilege to be a member of the church Christ established and of which He is the foundation. By being a faithful member of that church one can have eternal life in heaven when his life here on earth is over. On the other hand, it is dangerous to be a member of any church not founded by Christ and not established on him. There is no promise of eternal salvation by being a member of a church devised and established by man! Why take a chance with your soul?

Why I left the Catholic Faith #2D

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A Testimonial #2D by Joseph C. Malone

Lord’s Supper Becomes Literal Body And Blood Of Jesus
Now let us briefly consider the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. The Council of Trent declared, “Whosoever shall deny that in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist are contained, truly, really and substantially, the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore, the entire Christ; but shall say that he is in it only as in a sign, or figure of virtue: let him be accursed.” From one of the Catholic Mission Books comes this: “Question: How and when are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?
Answer: This change is wrought by virtue of the words of consecration pronounced by the Priest during the Holy Mass.” Thus the Catholic Church teaches that the priest has the power to change the bread and wine into the very body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ; and then, permit us to add, the priest proceeds, along with his fellow-communicants, to eat the very Lord whom he professes to have thus brought into being. This absurd doctrine and practice was no doubt what prompted Crotus, the Jew, to say, “Christians eat their God.” The cannibal never eats the object of his superstition, but the Roman Catholic eats the object of his adoration.
Mr. Chiniquy, the ex priest, declares, “The world in its darkest age of paganism has never witnessed such a system of idolatry, so debasing, impious, ridiculous and diabolical in its consequences as the Church of Rome teaches in the dogma of transubstantiation. … It seems impossible that man can consent to worship a God whom the rats can eat….
In instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus took bread and said of it, “…take, eat; this is my body.” When our Lord made that statement, He was very much in the flesh of His body and the blood was coursing through His veins. Yet He used the present tense of the verb in declaring, “…this is my body.” Now this question: if the bread thus became the very body of Christ, what became of the One whose hand held that bread? Remember, He has but one body. Jesus also said, “I am the door…” (John 10:9) and “I am the true vine,…” (John 15:1) yet none of us have any difficulty understanding that Christ is not a literal door or vine. Why then should anyone have difficulty in understanding that Christ, in the body, said of a piece of bread, “…this is my body“; that He did not literally become that piece of bread?! Paul tells us, “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24). Notice, “…this do in remembrance of me. [Christ]”. Now can the bread be, at the one and the same time, the memorial and the thing memorialized? Paul tells us that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of “…the Lord’s death till he come.” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
Usually the Catholic will strive to justify his position by turning to the sixth chapter of John and reading, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. … For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” (John 6:53, 55). Where is the Lord’s Supper mentioned in that chapter? That was spoken before He instituted the Supper. To take a text from the context becomes a pretext. Continue to read the chapter and Jesus gives this meaning: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (verse 63).
In Deharbe’s Large Catechism, we read: “Have we to drink of the chalice, to receive the blood of Christ? No, for under the appearance of bread, we receive also the Blood of Christ, since we receive His living body.” Let the very words of Jesus refute that Catholic teaching, “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;” (Matthew 26:27). And then we read in Mark 14:23, “And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

Doctrine Of Celibacy
Let us view for a short while the Catholic doctrine of celibacy. The Council of Trent decreed: “Whoever shall say that the clergy constituted in sacred order, or regulars, who have solemnly professed chastity, may contract marriage and that the contract is valid: let him be accursed. . . . Whoever shall say that the marriage state is to be preferred to the state of virginity, or celibacy, and that it is not better and more blessed to retain virginity, or celibacy, than to be joined in marriage: let him be accursed.” The Catholic Church imposes celibacy on the pope, the cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops, the priests and the nuns. Yet God said, “…It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18). We read in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all….”
In the summer of 1946, a young lady who was a Catholic and who was preparing to become a nun attended the last service of a meeting in which I was preaching in Stratford, Oklahoma. Afterwards, she asked to talk with me. During our conversation, I pointed out that, if she became a nun as she planned, she was going to pervert the course that God would have her follow, and then I quoted this statement made by the apostle Paul, “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” (1 Timothy 5:14). I am happy to say that, after some two hours of our considering the Bible versus Catholicism, I had the very great pleasure of baptizing that young lady into Christ!

Concubinage In Catholicism
In the Moral Theology of Ligori, Volume 8, page 444, we read: “A bishop, however poor he may be, cannot appropriate to pecuniary fines, without license of the Apostolical See. But he ought to apply them to pious uses. Much less can he apply those fines to anything else but pious uses, which the Council of Trent has laid upon non-resident clergymen, or upon those clergymen who keep concubines.” Think of it! If a clergyman of the Catholic Church marries, he is excommunicated, but if he keeps a concubine, he merely is subject to a fine. Indeed it is a strong delusion that can ensnare people in a religion that teaches such!
It is no wonder that the St. Louis Republican of June 20th, 1887, printed a letter from Bishop Hogan of the Catholic Diocese of St. Joseph in which he gives a list of twenty-two priests received into his diocese the fifteen years prior to 1876 whom he was compelled to dismiss on account of immoralities. About the middle of the past century, Bishop Vandeveld, of Chicago, said of the conduct of priests in his diocese: “… they are all either notorious drunkards, or given to public or secret concubinage.” Finally, concerning this matter of forbidding to marry, listen to this language from the Bible: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3). If ever God in His Word points the finger of inspiration at a religious body and brands it an apostasy, He does in this instance. Which body?
That one which forbids to marry and commands to abstain from meats;
but with Catholicism, the Bible is a dead letter. No wonder……..

Pope Becomes Infallible In 1870
The Roman Catholic Church had considerable difficulty deciding that her pope is infallible, and the matter required much time. In fact, it was not until the Vatican Council in 1870 that the infallibility of the pope was adopted. Here is the result of that council’s vote on the matter: For 451, against 88. 62 would accept if modified, and 70 did not vote at all! On the basis of that, a fallible cardinal becomes infallible in the administration of his office when appointed pope. Who can believe such? And remember, this was adopted more than eighteen hundred years after Christ had given to the world His fixed, final and complete revelation of what constitutes acceptable service to Almighty God.

Images In The Catholic Church
The use of relics and images by the Roman Catholic Church is common knowledge. Suffice it to spend but a few moments on the matter. About 601, Gregory the Great condemned the use of images in the strongest terms. He very highly commended the Bishop of Marseilles for breaking the images to pieces. Yet at the Council of Trent, A.D. 1545, a decree was pronounced, and is authoritative today, to the effect that “images were to be retained and due honor and veneration to be given them as representing those whose likenesses those images bear.Thomas Aquinas said, “The same reverence is to be paid to the image of Christ, as to Christ himself.
Did you ever see a Catholic statue supposed to be a likeness of the adult Christ in which his hair was not shown as long dropping, perhaps, to the shoulders? The apostle Paul declares that even nature teaches that it is a shame for a man to have long hair (1 Corinthians 11:14). Do you think that Jesus would violate that declaration which He moved Paul to record? Did you ever see a statue of Jesus in which He was not portrayed as being beautiful in body? Yet Isaiah said of Him, “. . . when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2).

I have said the foregoing in order to point up this statement: no one knows how Jesus looked in the flesh and I submit to you that here is sufficient grounds for withholding such from man, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
hou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, …” (Exodus 20:4-5). It is no strange thing that the Catholic Church has entirely eliminated the wording of this second commandment of the Decalogue from its versions of the Catholic Baltimore Catechism, taught in all its parochial schools. The Bible becomes a dead letter to that religion which it condemns.
Life magazine, reporting the ceremonies in Ottawa, Canada, in June, 1947, at the Marian Congress, pointed out that a great procession of devout people knelt and kissed the foot of the giant statue of Mary “Until the paint wore off its toes.” Pictures in L’Europeo, an Italian newspaper, of April 5, 1947, shows that devout Catholics in Naples continue to crawl at full length on their stomachs before the images of their Madonnas and lick the ground with their tongues on their way to the statues. Some years ago, the New York Department of Health was compelled to put a stop to this practice among the Italian people in the Bronx, because it resulted in so many cases of tetanus. Such idolatry!

The Worship Of Mary The Goddess Of Heaven
Catholics pray to Mary, to their saints and here is a prayer, found in the Breviary for the 14th of September, addressed to the cross as if it were living: “O cross, more splendid than the stars, illustrious throughout the World, much beloved by men, more holy than all things, who alone was worthy to bear the treasure of the world, bearing sweet wood, sweet nails, a sweet burden, save this present multitude assembled this day in thy praise.
As for prayers to Mary, in a book published by the Excelsior Publishing House, New York, 1891, and which book is entitled Glories of Mary and which was approved by the Archbishop of New York, on page 84 we read, “Sinners receive pardon only through the intercession of Mary.” In the rosary, Catholics call on our Father some fourteen times and upon Mary some fifty-three times!!! The Bible teaches that “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” (Colossians 3:17).
Nowhere in God’s Word are we taught to pray unto anyone other than God, and nowhere in His Word are we taught to pray through anyone other than Christ, who said, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

Mother Of God
Catholics exalt Mary thus: “Thou art called the Mediatrix of all grace, the Refuge of afflicted hearts, the Advocate of desperate causes, the unfailing succor of all in need. It is through Thy maternal Heart that all benefits come to us. Filled with confidence in Thy Immaculate Heart which we venerate and love, we come to Thee with our pressing needs and many supplications….
The Catholic Church addresses Mary as the “Mother of God” even though the first four words in the Bible declare that it is not so. On occasion, Catholics pray “five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys”; and, at such a time, they pray the same prayers through five times in undelayed succession. But listen to Jesus, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7).
According to a recent issue of the Time magazine, next year on the occasion of the present pope’s fiftieth anniversary of entry into the priesthood, the Catholic Church is going to proclaim the ascension of Mary as a tenet of Catholicism! (This sermon was in November, 1948). And Catholics will accept it!
Thus Catholicism, like paganism, has her high priestess! Now listen to the Bible: “And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28).

How The Catholic Church Gains Adherents
The Catholic Church gains her adherents through three principal channels:
(1) immigration those who come to our
shores are largely Catholic;
(2) the offspring of Catholics usually
educated in parochial schools;
(3) the offspring born to a Catholic and
non-Catholic union the Catholic Church requires
that children born to such a union be reared as
Catholics.
How can a man or woman find such attraction in one of the opposite sex as to be willing to consign their unborn children to such an apostasy?

Thus I have set forth why I left the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church disregards the Word of God and is not the church of the New Testament. I believe that I have established that in the light of truth. I thank God that I am a member of the church of Christ, which takes its stand upon the Bible.
Beloved, Jezebel with her idolatry is at work in the land. We see bowed forms before her in the press and on the screen. This is no time for weak-kneed Protestantism; this is a time for courageous, concerted action in behalf of truth. Cast out that evil influence, as was Jezebel of old! How? Exalt and spread the Bible’s influence. No one can embrace Catholicism without rejecting the Bible. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.
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Why I left the Roman Catholic Faith #2C

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A testimonial #2C by Joseph C. Malone

The Sacrament Of Penance
Let us now take a look at the Sacrament of Penance. According to this point of Catholic doctrine, which is everywhere embraced, acknowledged and studied by Catholics, when men sin they incur the wrath of God and when they repent and receive the Sacrament of Absolution, they are forgiven but not altogether! The Council of Trent sets forth: “If any man shall say that the whole penalty is always remitted by God, together with the guilt, and that the only satisfaction of penitents is faith whereby they embrace that Christ has made satisfaction for them: let him be accursed.” Thus the Catholic Church teaches that there are two punishments for sin, the eternal and the temporal. Now, by the Sacrament of Penance, the eternal punishment is remitted, but the temporal punishment remains due. Man must do something to appease the wrath of God regarding the temporal punishment. The priest determines what is sufficient to satisfy God in this matter. In Peter DensTheology, a long list of suggested works of satisfaction practiced in the Romanist Church are given: fasting, rising earlier, enduring cold, praying, reciting litanies, reading the penitential psalms, hearing masses, visiting churches, wearing sackcloth, making gift of food, clothes, money and so on. Let us see the gross offense to God‘s Word in this. First, it makes God’s forgiveness incomplete; but hear the Lord in the matter: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18).
Second, it makes Christ only a partial Savior the ministry of the priest is altogether essential; he must determine what more is necessary in order to satisfy God. But we read of Christ: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25). Get it, my friends! Christ is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him!
Finally, as already stated, it makes the priest an absolutely necessary mediator and in this we see the design of the Catholic Church to bind the people to herself through her system of priests and sacraments which they alone can administer. But hear the apostle Paul in this matter: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5). There is one mediator; that mediator is Jesus Christ and that eliminates the Catholic priest from God’s order.

Catholic Doctrine Of Purgatory
Let us now have a look at the Catholic doctrine of purgatory. The first council that mentions the subject of purgatory is the Council of Florence in A.D. 1438. It decreed, “If any true penitents shall depart this life in the love of God, before they have made satisfaction by worthy fruits of penance for faults of commission and omission, their souls are purified after death, by the pains of purgatory.” In the Douay Catechism, we read: “Whither go such as die in venial sin, or not having fully satisfied the punishment due to their mortal sin? The answer: To purgatory, till they have made full satisfaction for them, and then to heaven. What is purgatory? The answer: A place of punish-ment in the other life where souls suffer for a time, before they can go to heaven.
As to the nature of the punishment, Peter Dens states that it is two-fold: one of loss and one of sense. The punishment of loss is merely a delay of the beatific confession and the punishment of sense in purgatory is caused by material fire. Bellarmine maintains that the punishments of purgatory are more severe, grievous and bitter than the greatest punishments of this world.
Damien, along with others, teaches the inhabitants of purgatory pass rapidly and painfully in baths ranging from cool to tepid, from torrid to frigid, from freezing to boiling. Thurcal tells us that, among other things, the sufferers have to pass over a bridge studded with sharp nails with points upturned; the souls have to walk barefoot on this rough road and many ease their feet by using their hands; others roll with the whole body on the perforating nails until, at last, bloodily pierced, they complete their way over the painful course. Thus, in due course, they escape to heaven.
Such are some of the visions of purgatory depicted by some of the Romanist theological writers. Such tales are as silly as pagan mythology. In fact, Plato, Homer and Virgil taught the same doctrine. Protestants of today have so exposed these absurd notions that Roman Catholics are sometimes hesi-tant to acknowledge such a portrayal of purgatory. Yet the time was when the pope, the cardinals and their coworkers upheld such rigidly and to deny it was a mark of heresy. Their modern writers still maintain the punishment is extremely severe and is caused by material fire.

Where Is Purgatory?
As to where purgatory is, Catholic authors cannot decide. Gregory the Great thought it to be in the earth’s center and he considered the eruptions of Vesuvius and Etna as flames arising from it. Bellarmine thought purgatory between heaven and earth with the demons of the air. Damien with others concluded it might be in some flaming cavern or icy stream. The truth is, of course, that there is no such place. It is but the figment of Catholicism and is used to fatten her purse and bind the people to the ministry of her priests as we shall see in our consideration of indulgences, invented to release the sufferers from the imagined purgatory and transport them to paradise. Beloved, the Word of God (KJV) very plainly teaches that our eternal destiny is sealed at the time of our physical death. Paul declares, “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). We shall be judged by what we do in the body and James sets forth that “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26). Hence, when we die in the body our eternal judgment and destiny are sealed! This, of course, is absolutely fatal to the theory of purgatory, a supposed place of further cleansing.

A Great Gulf Fixed
Listen to Jesus, whose native home is the other world, as He gives us the account of the rich man and Lazarus. “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” (Luke 16:22-26). After death, there is a great gulf fixed between them which cannot be crossed, and mark it! that is before the final judgment, for later the rich man pleads that Lazarus might be sent to his father’s house in order to testify to his five brethren. Remember, too, the account reads, “the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,” That is the sequence. So, we see that after death there is a great gulf fixed that cannot be crossed. What purpose, then, can purgatory serve? It is not strange that Catholicism rejects the Bible; to accept the Bible would be to destroy Catholicism.

Indulgences The Key To Purgatory
As soon as the Catholic Church had invented purgatory, she devised means of affording a fictitious key, namely indulgences, to unlock the door of that fictitious prison called purgatory. The Catholic Church tells us that “an indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment of our sins, which the Church grants us outside the sacrament of penance. Can indulgences be made use of to the souls in purgatory? Yes, all indulgences which the Pope has indicated for that purpose.Pope Leo X stated, “We have thought proper to signify to you that the Bishop of Rome is able to grant to the faithful in Christ, indulgence either in this life or in purgatory out of the superabundant merits of Christ and his saints.” The bishop may grant indulgences in his diocese and the archbishop throughout the whole province, but the pope is the supreme dispenser of indulgences. An indulgence may be received by a man before he enters purgatory and so be happy. Or, an individual might operate retroactively in regard to certain works of alms, prayers and the like performed by someone for another.
For example, a Catholic with sympathy for his relatives in purgatory might obtain an indulgence in the form of commutation of their sentence in that fiery region, securing in such a case an indulgence of a certain number of days or years.
According to a Catholic book of devotion, this brief petition, “Sweet heart of Mary, save me!” gives three hundred days indulgence every time it is repeated. From the infallibly authorized Book of the Scapular, we take note that: To those who wear the scapular during life, Mary makes this promise; “I, their glorious mother, on the Saturday after death, will descend to purgatory and deliver those whom I shall find there, and take them up to the holy mountain of eternal life.” To visit a Carmelite church on Saturday procures eighty-seven years of indulgence and the remission of two-sevenths of all sins; to wear a blue scapular gives full indulgence, cancels all sins and gives a free ticket to paradise.

America Spends Ten Million In Indulgences
Indulgences have been used to prompt crusaders to rise up against those who have opposed Catholicism; they have been used to purchase the remission of sins and to deliver souls from purgatory.
Mr. Chiniquy, in chapter twenty-five of his book Fifty Years in Rome, states that more than ten million dollars are expended annually in North America to help souls out of purgatory. At the time of writing, he stated that masses were said in Canada at twenty-five cents each and in many parts of United States at one dollar each, and that it was, therefore, a common practice for the bishops in the United States to have masses said in Canada for the departed souls and thereby make seventy-five cents on each mass. For many years it was a common practice for the bishops of Canada to send to Paris to have masses said at five cents each by the poorer priests there, thus saving twenty cents on each mass they were paid to celebrate.

Luther Arises Against Indulgences
When Martin Luther was serving as a priest in Whittenberg, Germany, Johan Tetzel, a Dominican priest, came through that region selling indulgences and telling the people that if they would buy those indulgences and couple with them severe penance, they would have the remission of their sins.
That seems to be the incident that prompted Luther to put his ninety-five objections to the Catholic Church on the door of the church building and then defy the whole Catholic hierarchy, pope included, to debate the merit of his objections.
I might add that the money thus obtained by Tetzel was going to complete the building of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. There was no scruple about this business of selling indulgences. Tetzel went so far as to proclaim that he had saved more souls from hell by his indulgences than the apostle Peter had converted to Christianity by his preaching. If that is not making merchandise of religion, pray tell me, what is it? Coming to a knowledge of the truth and being honest with myself, I could not stay in the Catholic Church. That is why I left.

The Doctrine Of Extreme Unction
The Catholic Church practices what she terms “extreme unction.” She describes it thus; “Extreme unction is a sacrament in which by the anointing with holy oil and by the prayers of the priest, the sick receive the grace of God for the good of their souls, and often also their bodies. . . . It [extreme unction] in-creases sanctifying grace; it remits venial sins, and those mortal sins which a sick person repents of; it strengthens the soul in its sufferings and temptations; it often relieves the pains of sick persons, and sometimes restores him to health. . . . We should receive extreme unction when we are in danger of death from sickness.” This is a shining example of Catholic arrogance and presumption. Not only is there no mention whatever of such a practice in God’s Word, but for the first eleven hundred years of this Christian era there is no record of its ever being practiced among the people of earth. In the Converted Catholic Magazine of several months ago, there was an article, if I mistake not, having to do with the grave misgivings on the one hand or the fears on the other of Catholic youth engaged in World War II, who on the eve of actual combat reflected on the impossibility of Catholic chaplains being everywhere present to administer extreme unction. Protestant youth understand that there is one mediator, Jesus Christ, and that He is truly omnipresent and, hence, they are not concerned about the feigned mediation of one who, like themselves, has feet of clay.

Confessing Sins To Priests
Let me speak briefly of auricular confession and the arrogant contention that the priest can forgive sin. There is a curtained recess or box which is called the confessional in every Catholic Church. The penitent Catholic on bended knee there meets the seated Catholic priest and, as the priest questions, the penitent recites his various misdeeds since they last met. This is called “auricular” because it is made into the auris, or ear, of the priest. It is but one of not a few abominable practices introduced during the medieval period. In fact, learned Romanists do not deny that auricular confession became a practice of the Catholic Church at the council of Lateran, A.D. 1215. Pope (*not so) Innocent III, of the merciless Inquisition, was its founder. Catholics, generally, do not know that. Here is one reason why they do not: the Council of Trent declared, “Whoever shall say that the mode of secretly confessing to a priest alone, which the Catholic Church has always observed from the beginning and still observes, is foreign to the institution and command of Christ, and is a human invention; let him be accursed…
My friends, here is God’s way: first, for the alien sinner in Acts 2, with the believing Jews, “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
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.” (Acts 2:37-38). No command here to confess to any priest or any other man for the purpose of obtaining absolution.
Now concerning God’s way for those in the church: when Simon, after his baptism as recorded in Acts 8, had committed a grievous sin, Peter directed him as follows: “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” (Acts 8:21-23). Peter did not direct him to confess his sins to a priest in order to obtain absolution! James, in giving instructions to those in the church, said, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16). My friends, that states, “Confess your faults one to another.It does not say to a priest.

Corrupting Influences Of The Auricular Confession
Concerning another aspect of such a practice, Mr. Chiniquy, an ex-priest of good authority, says: “I have heard the confession of more than two hundred priests, and to say the truth, as God knows it, I must declare that only twenty-one had not to weep over the secret sins committed through the irresistibly corrupting influences of auricular confession. I am now more than seventy-seven years old, and in a short time I shall be in my grave. I shall have to give an account of what I now say. Well, it is in the presence of my Great Judge, with my tomb before my eyes, that I declare to the world that very few yes, very few priests escape from falling into the pit of the most horrible moral depravity the world has ever known, through the confession of females.”

Do Catholics Teach That Priests Can Forgive Sins?
Let us look, just for a moment, at this question, “Does the Catholic Church really teach that the priests can forgive sin?” In Deharbe’s Catechism, page 150, we read, “Question: Does the priest really forgive sins, or does he only declare them forgiven? Answer: The priest really and truly forgives sins through the power given him by Christ.” How is the little child, or ignorant adult, or the one educated in a Catholic school going to recognize how much the Scriptures are perverted in that statement? To forgive sins is God’s prerogative and He has never delegated it to any priest!He as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) Such blasphemy!
Call No Man Your Father
While speaking of the usurpation of that which belongs to God, let us consider the fact that the priest is called “Father.” Jesus said, “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:8-9). The usual Catholic quibble is, “You call your paternal parent ‘father’.” Yes, and Jesus speaks about the earthly parent (Matthew 15:1-9) in that manner, but here it plainly has a religious designation as the context shows.

To be continued in #2D….

Why I left the Roman Catholic Faith #2B

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Testimonial #2B by Joseph C. Malone

The Pope In Prophecy
Let us see now if you do not quickly recognize a certain prophetic description which we shall read from the Word of God: “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 opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Who is the man of sin, the son of perdition? He is the one who, as God, sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. If you were required to describe such an impostor, could you possibly do it more completely than is done by that apostate church herself in the description of her head?
But let us read from the Bible further beginning with the next verse: “Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:5-12)
You notice that Paul states there was something which restrained, at that time, the revelation of the man of sin, even though the “mystery of lawlessness” was already at work, but you will also note the restraining force would be taken out of the way.
Now let us turn to the thirteenth chapter of Revelation. There we read, “And I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. …And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. . . . Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. . . . Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads…
On the basis of these various verses from the chapter stated, and bearing in mind the apostle Paul’s description of “the man of sin” in the second chapter of 2 Thessalonians, let us consider a striking parallel as it is reflected in recorded history.

Out Of Paganism Grew The Papacy
The empire of pagan Rome, like unto a cruel beast, truly wore the name of blasphemy. It was called the Holy Roman Empire. Can an empire be holy which killed the saints and supported with all its strength a worship of force and idolatry? There is blasphemy! As long as pagan Rome was in the ascendancy, her crowned heads claimed divine powers. Sufficient proof of this is seen in the fact that every ecumenical council for the first six centuries was called by an emperor. The cruelty of pagan Rome shows that she derived her power from the dragon, the devil.
When the barbarian hordes swept down from the north in A.D. 476, the empire seemingly had a “deadly wound“. Babylon fell to rise no more. The Kingdom of the Medes and the Persians fell to rise no more. Apparently that would be the lot of Rome. But not so! The “deadly wound was healed” and “all the world marveled and followed the beast.” Paul declared that the “man of sin” would not be revealed until that which restrained was taken away.
History plainly shows that, as long as pagan Rome was in the ascendancy, papal Rome was held in check. In the fourth century, Emperor Constantine recognized his version of “Christianity” as the true religion; and, by his gifts to the church and at the point of the sword, he gave impetus to that movement which resulted in the ascendancy of papal Rome. As pagan Rome declined, papal Rome ascended. Out of the casket of pagan Rome emerges papal Rome! Thus the second beast makes his presence felt for, “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,…” (Revelation 13:12).
Let me say just here that all the pageantry and display and pomp and ostentation of the Roman Catholic Church as is evidenced in her ornately decorated altars, the flowing robes and richly embellished garments of her priests and the tapers and incense all of this constitutes but relics of pagan Rome and speaks convincingly, itself, of the origin of papal Rome. Yet the uninformed are taken in by such stuff, thinking that it is the mark of the true religion. How unlike the Christ who, in the midst of Roman pageantry, was born in a stable and placed in a manger and who, some two years before his death, said, “…The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
And how unlike Peter who said, “Silver and gold have I none” is that one who sits pompously in the midst of the vast wealth of the Vatican while without her walls the impoverished Italians beg for bread; and yet many of them continue to pay allegiance to that impostor who in no small degree is responsible for their sad plight. Thus the “strong delusion” works of which Paul spoke. Why cannot people see that, on the very face of it, such pageantry cannot be a part of the religion of our Lord Jesus Christ? We say with the apostle Paul, “I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

The Intolerance Of Catholicism
Further, this second beast is described thus: “and he had two horns like a lamb, and spake as a dragon.” How fitly that describes the Roman Catholic Church! Her outward appearance presents the meekness of a lamb, but her papal bulls and edicts disclose the voice of the dragon. “He doeth great wonders . . . and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by the means of those miracles which he had power to do. …” Or, as Paul states in describing the man of sin, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” The so-called “wonders” of the Catholic Church, such as those of the scapular, are sufficiently familiar to most of you to continue this striking parallel. “… And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: ….”
Romanism is intolerant when and where that church has the ascendancy. Consider the Inquisition; consider the slaughter of the Huguenots; and even consider decades ago the rank intolerance in Catholic dominated and benighted Spain as she struggled under Franco, the henchman of the pope in the 60’s. Also think, if you will, of the intolerance in Portugal and reflect upon the cruel suppression of the activity of other religious bodies in many South American countries particularly such countries as Argentina and the intolerance there had been brought to light time and time again by the protest of those religious bodies in the American press all those years ago.

Catholicism Seeks Political Supremacy
What had happened and is happening in other countries would happen here if the Catholic Church were in the ascendancy that is my firm conviction. By their fruits, you shall know them! All of this stems from the idea that the pope should govern the world. Do not be deceived, the Catholic Church still entertains that hope. Hear her own spokesman, Cardinal Gibbons in The Faith of Our Fathers, page 150: “For our part we have every confidence that ere long the clouds which now overshadow the civil throne of the Pope will be removed by the breath of a righteous God, and that his temporal power will be reestablished on a more permanent basis.” (This quotation is taken from the 83rd revised edition of the above book, published in 1917.) Further Paul tells us of “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). Jesus tells us that God’s Word is truth, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17). The Bible contains that Word and yet those in the bondage of Romanism permit themselves to be persuaded that “the Bible is a dead letter and cannot interpret itself.
“…And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Catholicism Opposes Separation Of Church And State
What has been said plainly shows that the Catholic Church bitterly opposes the separation of church and state. When Jesus said, “…Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21), He forever separated the church, on the one hand, from the state, on the other. That period of spiritual degeneration, so aptly called the “Dark Ages“, was the awful result of the merger of church and state.
Concerning this matter of the separation of church and state, one point which had been brought under very subtle attack was our public school set-up. As you perhaps know, some time ago the United States Supreme Court granted permission by a vote of five to four for parochial school children to be carried on public school buses. Later, Paul Connell, a lawyer in a school district in Pennsylvania, endeavored to force the local public school board to carry his daughter to a parochial school in a public school bus. The public school board refused.
The matter was taken to the county court which sustained the decision of the school board. It was taken in due course to the state supreme court which upheld the former decision. Ultimately it reached the United States Supreme Court which, by its action, gave support to the decision originally arrived at by the school board itself. But do you not see the pattern? First permission is received and then compulsion is striven for. Catholics will argue that they pay taxes and, therefore, they are entitled to the use of the public school buses. They are entitled to the use of the public school buses on the same basis that every other taxpayer is: that is, that their children might be carried to some public school. Everyone welcomes their use of the public school buses on that basis. But when any school and I mean any school teaches a peculiar religious dogma, it forfeits the right to state support and it thereby forfeits the right to the use of public school buses. Indeed so!

The Bible In The Public School
There are those, some of whom ought to know better, who are urging that the study of the Bible be introduced into the public schools. The public school is a state institution, being supported by public funds. To argue that the Bible be taught therein is to waive the principle laid down by our Lord Jesus Christ concerning the separation of church and state. To contend that the Bible should be taught in public schools is also to waive the First Amendment to the Federal Constitution. Further, let it be borne in mind that all people who pay taxes support the state schools and if all tax-paying religionists did not have a voice in the particular course proposed for study, could not the slighted taxpayers say with Henry, “Taxation without representation is tyranny!” If, on the other hand, all religionists did not have a voice in the course of study, tell me what kind of course would it be? Far better that there be no course than to have such a travesty. But the United States Supreme Court had ruled in this very matter and I have here the decision as reported in the United Press dispatch dated Tuesday, March 9, 1948: “Washington, March 8th The Supreme Court ruled Monday that religious teaching in public schools, even on a voluntary basis, is unconstitutional.” The eight to one decision was made in a case challenging the voluntary religious instruction system used in the Champaign, Illinois, public schools.
The majority opinion, written by Justice Hugo L. Black, was based on the separation of church and state as provided in the First Amendment to the Federal Constitution. Justice Stanley F. Reed was the lone dissenter. Black held that the First Amendment “has erected a wall between church and state which must be kept high and impregnable.” He added that the Champaign plan “falls squarely under the ban of the First Amendment.
It might not be amiss just here to read the language of some of our men of state concerning this very matter.

James G. Blaine Opposes Union Of Church And State
James G. Blaine presented this article in the House of Representatives as a Constitutional Amendment: “No state shall make any law representing an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; and no money raised by school taxation in any state for the support of public schools, or derived from any public fund thereof, nor any public lands devoted thereto, shall ever be under control of any religious sect; nor shall any money so raised, or land so devoted, be divided among religious sects or denominations.” It was stated by Senator Blaine, as a matter of history, on the 15th day of February, 1888, that the defeat of this amendment was brought about by the Jesuits. Who are the Jesuits? A former Catholic priest has referred to them as “that society of storm troopers and mischief-makers of the Roman Catholic Church.

President James A. Garfield’s Statement
President James A. Garfield said, “Next in importance to freedom and justice, is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. It would be unjust to our people, and dangerous to our institutions, to apply any portion of the revenue of the nation, or of the state to the support of sectarian schools. The separation of the church and state, in everything relating to taxation, should be absolute.

General Grant Sees Conflict
General U. S. Grant declared, “If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon, but it will be between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other. In this centennial year, the work of strengthening the foundation of the structure laid by our forefathers one hundred years ago, should be begun. Let us all labor for the security of free thought, free speech, free press, and pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and equal rights and privileges for all men, irrespective of nationality, color or religion. Encourage free schools, and resolve that not one dollar appropriated to them shall be applied to the support of any sectarian school; resolve that any child in the land may get a common school education, unmixed with atheistic, pagan or sectarian teachings; keep the church and state forever separate.

Abraham Lincoln Vs. The Catholic Church
Abraham Lincoln stated, “As long as God gives me a heart to feel, a brain to think, or a hand to execute my will, I will devote it against that power which has attempted to use the machinery of the courts to destroy the rights and character of an American citizen. But there is a thing which is very certain; it is, that if the American people could learn what I know of the fierce hatred of the generality of the priests of Rome against our institutions, our schools, our most sacred rights, and our so dearly bought liberties, they would drive them away, tomorrow, from among us, or would shoot them as traitors. . . . The history of the last thousand years tells us that wherever the Church of Rome is not a dagger to pierce the bosom of a free nation, she is a stone to her neck, and a ball to her feet, to paralyze her and prevent her advance in the ways of civilization, science, intelligence, happiness, and liberty. . . . I do not pretend to be a prophet. But though not a prophet, I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. And that dark cloud is coming from Rome. It is filled with tears of blood. It will rise and increase, till its flanks will be torn by a flash of lightening, followed by a fearful peal of thunder. Then a cyclone such as the world has never seen, will pass over this country, spreading ruin and desolation from north to south. After it is over, there will be long days of peace and prosperity; for popery, with its Jesuits and merciless Inquisition, will have been forever swept away from our country. Neither I nor you, but our children, will see those things.
The beloved Lincoln made the statement just given at the conclusion of the trial of Mr. Chiniquy, author of the book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome.
According to the book, America or Rome, Christ or the Pope by John L. Brandt, it was published in the various papers that Lincoln was born a Catholic, baptized by a priest and therefore was to be considered a renegade and an apostate. Although this was false, Mr. Chiniquy said to Lincoln at the time, “That report is your sentence of death.
The book further records that Lincoln’s murder was planned in the home of Mrs. Surratt, a Roman Catholic. Booth, the murderer, was a Roman Catholic. Mr. Lloyd, who had the carbine that Booth wanted for “protection,” was a Roman Catholic. Dr. Mudd, who set Booth‘s fractured leg, was a Roman Catholic.
Garrett, in whose barn Booth tried to hide, was a Roman Catholic. The death of Lincoln was announced by Roman Catholics several hours before it occurred at St. Joseph, Minnesota, forty miles from a railroad and eighty miles from the nearest telegraph station. This fact is established in history.
After being apprehended, Booth said, “I can never repent. God made me the instrument of his punishment.
Prominent government officials said, “We have not the least doubt but that the Jesuits were at the bottom of the great iniquity.Mr. Chiniquy, Colonel Edwin A. Sherman and General Harris, friends of Lincoln, investigated the matter and unequivocally affirmed that Rome was the instigator of Lincoln’s assassination.

The Bulwark Of Democracy
I realize that I have dwelt at considerable length on this matter of the separation of church and state but I consider it most vital and I am persuaded that the great principle involved is, in this great nation of ours, being subjected to constant and insidious attack. As for our public schools, I salute them as the bulwark of democracy. The Catholic Church charges that our public schools are Godless and inept. I answer, by their fruits you shall know them. Contrast the United States, the land of freedom and great achievement, with her public school system and high literacy standard with those countries burdened with Catholic education: benighted Spain and Portugal, backward Ireland, prostrate Italy, debauched France and the groping countries of South America. There you have sufficient answer! If we would maintain democracy as we know it, let us maintain our public school system as it is!

Catholic Holy Water
Now let us proceed with our consideration of Romanist doctrine and thus continue to establish the disregard for God’s Word as reflected therein, and thereby further set forth why I left the Catholic Church. The introduction of “Holy Water” could easily have been the first departure from simple New Testament teaching. Where, pray tell me, do you read in the gospel of Christ of Holy Water? Peter tells us that God has given to us all things that pertain to life and Godliness (2 Peter 1:3), but God has not given to us anything that pertains to Holy Water. Therefore Holy Water is no part of life or Godliness. Furthermore, let it be constantly borne in mind that, as already established, the revelation of God as it concerns our duty to Him is fixed, final and complete. As Jude would say, it has been “…once delivered unto the saints.” Hence, beloved, to teach or practice something not authorized therein is to fall under the indictment pronounced by John in these words: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.…” (2 John 9). So a little Holy Water becomes a violation of a great principle.

The Latin Mass
And then there is the Latin Mass. Wherever you go upon the earth in this country, Canada, England, France, Germany, the countries of South America or Africa or Asia the mass is said in Latin, a dead language. Yet the apostle Paul declared, “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?
For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.
I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” (1 Corinthians 14:14-19).
Let the Roman Catholic Church contend that the world-wide Latin mass is a mark of her universality and a sign of her cohesion; the truth remains that it is a flat violation of the teaching of the apostle Paul which has just been given. Thus, again, the Catholic Church disregards the Word of God.

To be continued in #2C…

Why I left the Roman Catholic Faith #2

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Testimonial #2 by Joseph C. Malone

Catholics Disregard The Word Of God
I left the Roman Catholic Church because of its disregard for the Word of God. Should any be inclined to take issue with that statement relative to the attitude of the Catholic Church, let me remind you that the Catholic Church maintains that “the Bible is a dead letter and unable to interpret itself.” Yet in the Bible, whether Catholic or not, we read, “The word of God is living and powerful [quick and active], and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). That is Heaven’s pronouncement in regard to the matter. Further the Catholic Church asserts, “We do not in anywise presuppose that the books of the New Testament are inspired, but, rather, they are only genuine, authentic documents written by honest men.” John, one of the writers of the New Testament, wrote, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:…” (Revelation 14:13). That is either an inspired statement or John was dishonest and, in either case, the Catholic Church would be in error.
Paul, another one of the writers of the New Testament, wrote, “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 14:37). The attitude of the Catholic Church is the attitude of Diotrephes, “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.” (3 John 9- 10).
The Bible becomes a “dead letter” to those whose doctrine it condemns; but, in the words of Paul, here is the attitude toward the Bible of those who respect heaven’s way. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Catholics Claim That New Testament Is Uninspired
Not only does the Catholic Church contend that the Bible is a “dead letter” and the New Testament is uninspired, but it maintains that the apostles appointed a “divine, infallible apostolate” to direct us. That is essentially the way the Catholic Church endeavors to make room in the realm of religion for papal edicts and the decrees of the Romanist councils. But consider this: “For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” (Hebrews 2:2-3). Those who heard the word were the ones to confirm it, and that is in keeping with the following statement of Peter, “Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
This was said in regard to one “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” (Acts 1:21, 22, 25). Can this so-called “divine, infallible apostolate” qualify? And after the word has been spoken and confirmed, what purpose could such an office serve?

God’s Directions Fixed And Not Flexible
I submit to you that the means of direction from earth to heaven is thereby fixed, complete and final. Listen to the apostle Paul, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-12). Thus we are caused to better understand why the same apostle declared, “And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.” (1 Corinthians 4:6).
In keeping with that statement is this declaration of John’s with its awful consequence, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John :9). In closing the Book of God, John said in the last chapter, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. ” (Revelation 22:18-19).
That statement, as already shown, is consonant with the tenor of the whole New Testament. Hence, this very vital conclusion is sustained: the Word has been spoken and confirmed; it is fixed, complete and final; and there is, therefore, absolutely no place or purpose in God’s design for a so-called “divine, infallible apostolate.” Please remember this conclusion. It is essential to a proper understanding of what we shall say henceforth. The weight of that conclusion, as it is readily arrived at in the Scriptures, might well account for why the Catholic Church contends that the Bible is a “dead letter“. Now, perhaps it can be better understood why the Council of Trent in its twenty-fifth session decreed that a council under the pope should draw up and publish an index of books which were to be prohibited in the church. Among these is the Bible, which is said to have been the first prohibited in the Council of Toloso. In the fourth of the ten rules concerning prohibited books as set forth in the Council of Trent, license to read the Bible is put under control of bishops and inquisitors. He that presumes to “read without such license cannot receive absolution of sins.“.

Word Of God Injurious To Roman Catholic Church
Recently, I had a conversation with a young lady who had been a government engineer and a Catholic. She is now employed in a vital capacity with the American Bible Society, a non-profit organization which has as its purpose the distribution of Bibles and Testaments. Last year, that institution in the pursuit of its noble course distributed throughout the world some twelve million Bibles and twenty-nine million New Testaments, and remember, without cost to the recipients.
Several months ago that young lady went to confession. While there, the priest asked her where she was working. She told him that she was working for the American Bible Society. He said, “You’ll have to stop that.” She inquired why adding that she thought it was wonderful to spread God’s Word. His answer was that such furthers Protestantism. If the distribution of Bibles and Testaments free from anything other than the Word of God furthers Protestantism, what can you say for Catholicism? Could there be any stronger indictment of the Catholic Church as a man-made religious organization than that? Incidentally, you might be interested to know that I baptized that young lady into Christ.

Reared As A Catholic
My father was a Catholic and was largely educated by the monks. My mother, who survives him, was not and is not, a Catholic. However, she permitted him to rear us children as Catholics. We attended a parochial school in the beginning of our formal education. We went to confession, took communion, attended mass and studied the Catechism. But my mother encouraged our study of the Bible and I recall quite well that often she gave us Bibles as presents and the text would be King James version. For where I am today, I owe much to her through the grace of God.

Doctrine Of Depravity Of Infants Causes Discontent
If memory serves me rightly, the first thing that caused me to suspect the fallacy of the Catholic Church and, consequently, the beginning of the “why” I left that apostate body is this reading which I found in the Bible: “ “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14). Though but a youth who was otherwise little informed in the Scriptures, I could not reconcile Catholic doctrine of little children being born depraved with the statement of Jesus to the effect that the kingdom of heaven is of such as little children. I have grown some since then and now let me expound the matter a little further.
In the Bible we read, “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” (Acts 8:36-37). When the eunuch asked to be baptized, Philip, by the inspiration of God, laid down a provision to be met: “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.” Whereupon the eunuch confessed his faith in Christ and was baptized.
Now this question: can a baby do that? In Hebrews 11:6 we read, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” He that comes to God must believe that God is. Can a baby qualify?
Now we can readily understand this verse: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:” (Acts 2:41). Who were baptized? They that gladly received his word. Well, that eliminates babies, does it not? Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16). That word and is a coordinating conjunction. It connects words, phrases or clauses of equal importance. Therefore, belief is just as essential to your salvation as is baptism and baptism is just as essential to your salvation as is belief. It is a case of two plus two equals four. It takes everything on the left-hand side of the equation sign to equal that which is on the right-hand side.

Therefore, we are not saved by faith only; neither are we saved by baptism only. We are saved by faith plus baptism and that eliminates babies.
Someone may yet ask, “Well, what of babies? What if they die without being baptized?” My friends, you cannot be s-a-v-e-d until you are l-o-s-t; a baby is s-a-f-e. Remember, Jesus said, “. . .for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14). This is when one reaches an age at which he or she can understand the gospel of Christ as it concerns the primary steps of obedience: faith, repentance, confession and baptism.

Sprinkling For Baptism
Before we pass from the consideration of this subject, let me say that the Catholic Church ordered sprinkling or pouring of water upon one’s head as baptism about A.D. 1311. Thirteen centuries after God’s order was given to the world the practice of sprinkling for baptism was commanded by the Catholic Church and every religious body under heaven which practices such is merely aping the Romanist church. Here is God’s definition of baptism: “Buried with him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him . . .” (Colossians 2:12).

Seeking For The Truth
As my conviction mounted that the Catholic Church was in error, I began to grope for the truth elsewhere. I eliminated certain churches from consideration on the basis that their names seemed, even then to me, to be foreign to the Scriptures and to the church which I was persuaded that Christ had established. It was on such a basis that I eliminated the Baptist and the Methodist churches. Since then I have found there is overwhelming justification for maintaining there is something in a name. How can one read in the Bible that God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah and Jacob’s name to Israel and named Jesus and John before their births and yet contend that the names by which the church is called in the New Testament have no significance! I have learned of other disparities in the religious bodies mentioned as time has passed, but I still maintain that the name being wrong is, in itself, sufficient error.

Attends The Church Of Christ
One Sunday afternoon in September, 1928, as I was sketching at the Dallas zoo, three young ladies approached. One of them lived in my neighborhood and we had attended the same high school. She introduced the others, who proved to be her sisters, to me. Toward the close of a none too lengthy conversation, one of the sisters invited me to Bible school and church. I inquired, “Where?” She named a church of Christ meeting in south Dallas. I attended the following Sunday. Truth compels me to say that I was not very much impressed with the Bible class and its study seemed to make no lasting impression, but I was very much impressed with the young lady that may, or may not, account for the lack of impression otherwise. Anyway, several times thereafter I attended the worship there with her, but the preacher’s sermons, to me, seemed to carry little force and less clarity and conviction. In due course, the young lady suggested that we begin to read the Bible together. It was agreed and we began the study of the New Testament.
Then in the spring of 1929, while in the home of a certain young man, I listened to a radio sermon which he had seemingly flipped to just in order to employ my time while he took care of some household chore. The sermon was a plain exposition of the Scriptures with frequent reference thereto and it was master-fully delivered. The young man remained away until the entire sermon had been preached and congregational singing in the form of an invitational hymn had been sung. Then I learned that I had been listening to the broadcast of the regular Sunday morning worship of the Pearl and Bryan Streets Church of Christ in Dallas with preaching being done by C. M. Pullias.
That was a pioneering venture in religious broadcasting in Dallas or, perhaps, elsewhere for that matter. The fruits of it in magnitude only eternity itself will disclose. My own experience impresses on me its possibilities for others. I am an advocate not only of the pulpit, for which there is not and can never be a substitute, but also of the press and radio and various new and usable means of visualization which are now being introduced for the promulgation of the gospel. The casual way in which I became a part of the audience of that radio sermon might suggest to many that it was strictly a matter of chance; I do not share that view. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8). I was seeking the truth; I had no personal axe to grind religiously and, by this time, I had little interest in attempting to exonerate the religious views of others. In short, I wanted to know what God would have me to do. I believe implicitly in the providence of God; and I, for one, am quite persuaded that the instance of which I now speak is an example of it, for which I give thanks to the Father of lights.

Baptized Into Christ
After hearing that sermon, I suggested to the young lady that we attend the services of the church of Christ at Pearl and Bryan Streets in Dallas. She was agreeable. We attended. The truth I learned in our Bible study together was augmented and clarified frequently by what I learned from the pulpit there. That young lady, to whom I owe so much, was formerly Miss Glendelle Myers, but for the past eighteen years she has been Mrs. Joe Malone. Coming to a knowledge of the truth and recognizing my responsibility before God, I was baptized into Christ on April 22, 1934, by C. M. Pullias, to whom I owe a profound debt, at Pearl and Bryan, where a congregation meets which I shall ever hold in grateful remembrance.

Catholic Error Why “I” Left
One’s conversion is, in its nature, a personal matter and to it we have given some attention; but when I am called upon to speak with regard to “Why I Left The Catholic Church“, the motives which prompted my conversion are brought into focus; and those motives, which constitute the “why” with me, far transcend mere personal experience and localized circumstance. Broad principles of truth are unalterably opposed by the Catholic Church. When I expose the error of the Catholic Church and show the danger therein, I am setting forth why I left the Romanist Church. Others are welcome to whatever seems plausible to them, but Catholic error is the “why” with me. Hence, let us examine that error in the light of Truth as it is reflected in the Bible; and as we do, let it be borne in mind that thus I am continuing to establish why I left the Catholic Church.

Catholics Claim The Church Is Authority
When I speak of examining the church in the light of the Word, the Catholic Church will immediately contend that the church is authority for the Word and not the Word for the church. Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48). Let those contend that the Catholic Church is authority who will, but, as for me, I am going to accept that authority by which I shall be judged in the last day: the Word of the Lord. Remember that He said, “…All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Jesus said of those whose religion is based on the tradition of men, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” A bit later in the same connection, “…he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 15:8-9

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Did The Catholics Give Us The Bible?
Again, the Catholic Church relative to the Bible is prone to say, “If you accept the Bible, you must accept us for the Bible has been preserved by us and has come to you through us.” My friends, the Lord is responsible for the preservation of His Word as He said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13:31). Should it even be granted that the Catholic Church were the agency through which the Word was preserved for a season, what would it signify? Further, should one be ready to concede that the Bible was handed to us, in a sense by the Catholic Church, does it follow that we must believe in the Catholic Church in order to accept the Bible? If I must repossess the newspaper from the mouth of my neighbor’s dog, does it follow that I must believe in my neighbor’s dog in order to accept what I read in the paper? Those who accept the Bible and the Bible alone plainly show that they reject all else.

Exposed Error Called “Interpretation
Also, the Catholic Church is very prone to say (and she has a host of allies in this matter) that the force of any scriptural argument which is brought to bear upon her fallacy is “merely your interpretation“. That reminds me of that classic poem about an owl critic. He proceeded to criticize an owl over the open door of a barber shop while the barber went on shaving. The critic pointed out that the fellow that stuffed that owl should have considered a live one. He said it was hunched over unnaturally, the expression on its face was all wrong, its claws were out of shape and so on and on. Finally, the owl with some to-do, left its perch and flew out the open door. Thus some will profess the Bible to believe and yet deny the very thing they see, and, we might add, others will read the Bible with their father’s spectacles upon their heads and see the thing just like their father said.
The Catholic Church would have the people think that they cannot understand the Scriptures and that they must rely upon the priest for the proper “interpretation“. Thus millions of people are kept in the bondage of ignorance and are coached to say, “That’s just your interpretation” when some passage from the Bible is brought to consideration in opposition to Catholic error. Here is the point: let the Bible speak for itself and when you see it in the Book believe it for what it says. Paul said of Timothy, “…from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15). If a child can understand it, can’t you?
Further, if you say that you cannot understand it, you are charging God with requiring of you more than you are able to perform, for we read, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). We urge you to follow the example of the Bereans: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11).
Now it is greatly to be hoped that we are ready to consider Catholicism in the light of God’s Word and in doing so, we will understand why I left it.

The Origin Of Catholicism: One-Man Rule
Hardly had the second century begun until certain people thought they saw the wisdom of setting one man over an entire congregation and designating that man as priest. All Christians are priests, for Peter plainly states that such compose a “…a royal priesthood…” (1 Peter 2:5-9), but, as to the oversight of an entire congregation of people, let us see what the scriptures say. In 1 Timothy 5:17 we read, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” The elders then are to rule in the church. We might add they rule, “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:3). What is the extent of their rule? In Acts 14:23, we learn that elders were ordained in every church. Thus we are caused to know that there is to be a plurality of elders in each individual congregation. Since the elders rule jointly in every local congregation, it is evident that no one man is to appropriate all such authority unto himself. Furthermore, you do not read in the New Testament of any man, or set of men, having more authority under heaven in the church of the living God than do the elders in the church. That means that, in the matter of organization, there can be nothing larger than the local congregation with the oversight under a plurality of elders.

The Origin Of Bishop, Arch-Bishop,
Cardinal And Pope
More time passes, and the same people thought it prudent to bring many local congregations in a given district under one head and so the bishop was introduced. The name “bishop” is synonymous with elder in the Scriptures and, as for the office given to the one so designated by the Catholic Church, there is absolutely no grounds in the Bible. With the passing of additional time, it was thought to be a part of wisdom to bring all the districts in a state or province under one head and so the archbishop was introduced. Both name and office are unscriptural and anti-scriptural. Then in the course of time it was thought wise to bring all the states or provinces in a continent under one head, and so the cardinal was introduced. Both name and office are unscriptural and anti-scriptural. With the passing of further time in fact, in A.D. 606 old emperor Phocus, who was himself a murderer and an adulterer, appointed Boniface III as the first pope.
Should anyone be inclined to call that in question, being mindful as I am that Romanism proposes a certain lineage from the time of Peter, I think this one argument is enough to settle the matter: for the first six centuries there was no ecumenical council called but what was called by an emperor never by a pope! The decisions of those councils were considered authoritative and nowhere in them was there the slightest or barest allusion to a pope. Why not? If there had been such, quite obviously there would have been acknowledgment of the same.

Why Peter Could Not Be A Pop
Now we have reached a vital juncture in our consideration. A pope has been appointed. The pope is supposed to be the successor of Peter; and yet, is it not strange that Peter in neither of his epistles recognized the eminence of that office? Rather he referred to himself as a servant, as an apostle, as a fellow-elder. Further, is it not strange as recorded in Acts 8, when it was desired to have men sent from Jerusalem to Samaria that they might lay hands on certain ones, that Peter and John were sent? Have you ever heard of a pope being sent anywhere? Can you, in the greatest stretch of your imagination, conceive of the present pope being sent on a mission by anyone? Does then Peter, being sent to Samaria, indicate the preeminence which is ordinarily attached to the office of pope?
Something more: in the council held in Jerusalem as recorded in the fifteenth chapter of Acts, was it not James, if any one at all, who presided? Was it not James who handed down the finality of the decision? Did not Paul say, “For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.” Does not Paul in the Galatian letter tell of withstanding Peter to his face, because he stood condemned? Peter associated with the Gentiles in Antioch before the coming of the Jewish brethren, but when they came, Peter withdrew himself from the Gentiles. Paul condemned Peter because he would have Gentiles live as did the Jews. Does that indicate the preeminence of Peter? You have heard it said that the Catholic Church never changes. Peter had a wife, as shown in Matthew 8:14. The Catholic Church would have you think he was the first pope. Can his successor take a wife? Peter being right, the Catholic Church is wrong. He was certainly not in harmony with it.

Too Many Popes
Let us consider just for a moment this matter of papal lineage. Did you know that, after the papacy was introduced, there was a period of seventy years in which there was no pope at all? Did you know that for another period of fifty years there were two lines of popes? Did you know that at one time there were three popes? They were Benedict XIII, Gregory XII, the French pope, and John XXIII, the Italian pope. Where does all this leave papal lineage and infallibility?

The Pope: Ruler Of The World
When the pope is declared to be the pope, on his head is placed a three-tiered tiara, or triple crown, which means, according to Romanism, that he is the father of kings and princes, ruler of the world and vicar of Jesus Christ. The Prompta Bibliotheca, an official Roman Catholic almanac published by the press of Propaganda Fide in Rome, in its article under the heading of “Papa” states: “The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but, as it were, God, and the Vicar of Christ. The Pope is of such lofty dignity that, properly speaking, he has not been established in any rank of dignity, but rather has been placed upon the very summit of all ranks of dignities. He is likewise the Divine Monarch and Supreme Emperor, the King of Kings. The Pope is of so great authority that he can modify, explain or interpret even divine law.” Pope Gregory said, “The Pope is the representative of God on earth; he should then govern the world. To him alone pertain infallibility and universality; all men are submitted to his laws, and he can only be judged by God; he ought to wear imperial ornaments; people and kings should kiss his feet; Christians are irrevocably submitted to his orders; they should murder their princes, fathers and children, if he command it; no council can be declared universal without the orders of the Pope; no book can be received as canonical without his authority; finally, no good or evil exists but in what he has condemned or approved.” Now, my friends, I ask: “Is there, or has there ever been, in all professed Christendom, a parallel to the foregoing in arrogancy and presumption?

To be continued in #2B….

Why I left the Roman Catholic Faith

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Why I Left The Catholic Church
Testimonial #1 by David Riggs
Find the true church in your own home town
Following are my notes on a sermon that I preached shortly after I was converted from the Catholic Church back in 1962. It was the first sermon that I preached.

Introduction:
In this lesson I want to state some of the reasons I left the Catholic Church. I do not wish to state any of the personal experiences I had as result of leaving. I will mention, though, that I came from a large, devout Catholic family of twelve children. I attended Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. At the time of my intense Scriptural study, I had two brothers who were enrolled in Catholic seminaries studying to be priests. I also want to state I did not leave the Catholic Church because of some evil that I had done or that was done to me. I left the Catholic Church because I came to believe that it was contrary to the Bible. This I will endeavor to show in this study.

The First Reason I Left Is Because The Catholics Do Not Have The Right Attitude Toward The Truth.
To illustrate what I mean by this, I will explain the difference in the two sides. Those with the right attitude toward the truth are always willing to test what they teach with others. They invite those of opposite views to work together for truth and unity. They appreciate when those who differ with them point out where they think they are wrong. They have everything thoroughly tested, studying arguments both for and against, looking at both sides of the question.
Those with the wrong attitude toward the truth are not willing to test what they teach in fair and open discussion, privately or publicly. They do not invite others to point out where they think they are wrong, and do not appreciate when others try to do so. They won’t allow their members to hear both sides of an issue, and especially they don’t want them to examine opposing arguments.
Hopefully, one can now understand what I mean when I said the Catholics do not have the right attitude toward the truth. Catholics are not allowed, and especially are not encouraged to hear both sides regarding truth and error. They are not to read books which differ from their doctrine. Thus, they are encouraged by the clergy to be closed minded to anything which differs from Catholicism. We ask, “Why don’t Catholic officials encourage their members to examine opposing Scriptural teaching?” False teachers have learned that when truth and error are examined side by side, some begin to see the truth. False teachers are afraid of being exposed and of losing their members.

The Next Reason I Left Is Because The (*King James) Bible Only Is The All Sufficient Guide To Salvation, But The Catholic Church Teaches That It Is Not.
The Catholic Catechism For Adults on page 52 says, “Can you learn to save your soul just by reading the Bible? No, because certain things in the Bible can be misunderstood, and because the Bible does not have everything God taught.” Notice that the first part of their answer to “Can you learn to save your soul just by reading the Bible?” is, “No…” However, their own translations of the Bible teaches the opposite. All Scriptural quotations that I will be giving are from Catholic translations. 2 Tim. 3:15-17 says, “And because from thy infancy thou hast known the holy scriptures, which can instruct thee to salvation, by faith which is Christ Jesus. All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, that the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.” Thus, the apostle Paul by the inspiration of God, says to Timothy “thou hast known the holy scriptures, which can instruct thee to salvation” and make you “perfect, furnished to every good work.
Rom. 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and to the Greek.” James 1:21 says, “…With meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” Consequently, the word contained in the Bible is able to save our souls.
The next part of the answer in the Catechism to the question, “Can you learn to save your soul just by the Bible?” is, “No, because certain things in the Bible can be misunderstood…” They are implying that the Bible cannot be understood. John A. O’Brien, the Catholic author of the book, “The Faith of Millions,” is much more expressive when he says on page 152, “The Bible is not a clear and intelligible guide to all…” The book, “The Faith of Millions” was given to me before my conversion by my older brother Norman who was at the time a student at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana.
The apostle Paul said we can understand what he wrote. “If yet, you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you: how that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in few words; as you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.” (Eph. 3:2-4). Paul said the mystery had been made know to him by the revelation of God. He then showed that he was writing it e.g., “as I have written above in few words” (in the chapters prior to this) and “as you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.” In other words, when we read what he wrote, we can understand what he understood. Paul also said , “For we write nothing to you that you do not read and understand” (2 Cor. 1:13) and “Therefore do not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17). Thus, the inspired writers taught that we most certainly can understand the Scriptures.
The last part of the answer given in the Catechism to the question, “Can you learn to save your soul just by reading the Bible?” was “No...because the Bible does not have everything God taught.The Faith of Millions, on pages 153-154 says, “The Bible does not contain all the teaching of the Christian religion, nor does it formulate all the duties of its members.” The Scriptures contain everything that is necessary to equip the man of God for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). There is not a solitary good work that the Christian can do which is not provided in the Scriptures. The Scriptural proof they give for the Bible not containing everything God taught, is John 20:30. It says, “Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.” (See Catechism For Adults, p. 10).
In John 20:30, John simply said that Jesus did many other signs (miracles) which he did record. Notice, though, what John says in the next verse, “…But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” Thus, the apostle clearly shows that he wrote sufficient things to produce the faith which brings life in the name of Jesus. Life in the name of Jesus refers to eternal life and it is obtained by belief in the things written by the inspired writers.
We freely admit that the Scriptures do not contain everything Jesus did. John said, “There are, however, many other things that Jesus did; but if every one of these would be written, not even the world itself, I think, could hold the books that would have to be written.” (John 21:25). Although we do not have everything Jesus did, we do have every necessary thing. We have enough to give us life in His name.
Catholic officials follow up their claim (that we cannot understand the Bible) by stating that one can get the true meaning only from the Catholic Church. The Catechism For Adults on page 10 says, “How can you get the true meaning of the Bible?
You can get it only from God’s official interpreter, the “Catholic Church.” The Catholics have no passages which mention an official interpreter and, thus, they try to support their claim through human logic and reasoning. Anytime men do such, it amounts to nothing more than human philosophy rather than Scriptural proof. The Bible says, “Let God be true, but every man a liar…” (Rom. 3:4). It also warns, “See to it that no one deceives you by philosophy and vain deceit, according to human traditions, according to the elements of the world and not according to Christ.” (Col. 2:8).
The doctrine of the “infallible interpreter” implies that God did not make Himself clear. It implies that God gave us a revelation that still needs revealing. Did God fail in His attempt to give man a revelation? Do the Catholic officials want us to believe they can express God’s will more clearly than God Himself? We believe that God made the mind of man and is fully capable of addressing man in words which man can understand.

The Third Reason I Left Is Because Christ Did Not Make His Church Infallible As The Catholic Church Teaches.
The Catholic writers try to teach that the church could never go into error and is preserved from error. The Catechism For Adults on page 56 says, “Why can’t the Catholic Church ever teach error? Because Jesus promised to be always with His Church to protect it from error.” The book, “My Catholic Faith” which is based heavily on materials from the Baltimore Catechism, was given to me by my father not long after I was converted. I think his intentions were that somehow it would cause me to return to the Catholic Church. It says on page 144, “Jesus Christ promised to preserve the Church from error.” On page 145, it says, “Jesus Christ commanded all men to listen to and obey the Church, under pain of damnation. If His Church can teach error then He is responsible for the error, by commanding all to obey.” On page 54 the Catechism For Adults says, “Does everyone have to obey the Catholic Church? Yes, because she alone has the authority of Jesus to rule and to teach.” It is easy to see that Catholics have the authority in the wrong place. The authority is not in the body, but in the Head (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18). The ruling is not in the kingdom, but in the King (Heb. 7:1-2; Rev. 1:5-6). The authority is in not in the church, but in Christ (Matt. 28:18; 1 Pet. 3:22). The church is not the Savior, but simply the body of the saved (Acts 2:47; Eph. 5:22-24).
There are many passages in the New Testament which reveal that the church would not be preserved from error. Acts 20:17, 28-30; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Thess. 2:3-11. We see from these passages that there was to come a great falling away from the truth. In Acts chapter twenty we learn that perverse things would come from the bishops of the church. Peter (the 1st pope?) said (2 Pet. 2) that false teachers would arise among you (working from within) and there would be many who would follow them. Paul tell us (2 Thess. 2) that the apostasy was already underway, “for the mystery of iniquity is already at work…” (Verse 7). It started in Paul’s day and was to continue until the second coming of Christ. He added, “…Whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of his mouth and will destroy with the brightness of his coming.” (Verse 8).
We cannot harmonize that which the inspired apostles said (there shall arise false teachers among you) with that which the Catholic writers say (shall be preserved from error). Furthermore, we call your attention to the fact that the characteristics of the departing group are identical with those of the Catholic Church. Everyone knows that the Catholic Church has forbidden its people to eat meat on Friday and at the present it forbids some from marriage. Also, the only way for the wicked one to last from Paul’s day to the second coming of Christ is to have a continual succession. It could not be some wicked person of the past because he will not be here for the Lord to slay when He comes. Furthermore, it could not be ones in the future because their iniquity would not have started in Paul’s day. It must, therefore, be a continual succession from the beginning until now. The Catholic Church is the only group which perfectly fits the apostles’ description of the great apostasy.
The seven short epistles to seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation reveal the relationship the church sustains to Christ (See Rev. chapters 2 and 3; see especially 2:1-5, 12-14, 18-20; 3:1-3, 14-15). Those verses plainly reveal that when a church continues in Christ’s word, it keeps its identity as His church, but when it fails to abide in His word, it is not longer regarded as His church. Also, they reveal that Christ did not establish His church as one that could never fall into error, because some of those churches went into error. Someone might say that the passages in Revelation referred to the various parishes or congregations rather than the whole church.
The Lord does not have a rule for one congregation which is not equally applicable to all. If one church is rejected for embracing error, all others who likewise embrace error are rejected. The early churches had to earnestly contend for the faith, and to continually be on guard against error arising from within. The doctrine of an “infallible church” causes the Catholic Church to fail in this. The Catholic Church is a church which neither recognizes nor corrects its errors.

A Fourth Reason I Left Was Because Christ Did Not Make Peter A Pope.
In the books of men, the following titles are commonly used with reference to a man: “Pope,” “Holy Father“, “Vicar of Christ“, “Sovereign Pontiff“. All of these are titles that rightly belong only to the Lord Jesus Christ and to God the Father. There is not a single instance in the Scriptures where any of the above titles are applied to a man. The term, “Holy Father” is used only once in the entire Bible, and it is used by Jesus in addressing God the Father. (John 17:11). Among the above titles is the bold assertion that the Pope is the “Vicar of Christ“. A “vicar” is “One serving as a substitute or agent; one authorized to perform the functions of another in higher office.” (Webster). When one searches the Bible from cover to cover, he finds only one passage which gives an indication of a vicar of Christ or God. It is 2 Thess. 2:3-4 and is worded as follows: “Let no one deceive you in any way, for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he were God.
Some religionists today advocate that man is saved by faith only. However, there is only one passage in the entire Bible that has the words “faith” and “only” together and it says, “not by faith only” (James 2:24). The Catholics today speak of the Pope as vicar, taking the place of God (Christ Himself is God, Matt. 1:23; John 1:1), yet there is only one passage in the entire Bible which speaks of a man doing such and it calls him “the man of sin“.
James Cardinal Gibbons, a Catholic Archbishop said, “Jesus our Lord, founded but one Church, which He was pleased to build on Peter. Therefore, any church that does not recognize Peter as its foundation stone is not the Church of Christ, and therefore cannot stand, for it is not the work of God.” (The Faith of Our Fathers, p. 82). The apostle Paul said, “For other foundation no one can lay, but that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 3:11). There is no other foundation but Christ! Therefore, any church which does not recognize Christ alone as the foundation stone cannot be the church of Christ.
Catholic writers often speak of “the primacy of Peter” and “the primacy of the Pope.” However, Col. 1:18, speaking of Christ, says, “And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy…” Thus, with reference to the authority in the church, the Lord Jesus Christ holds the primacy in all things. This leaves nothing for the Pope!
Catholics claim that the Pope is the visible head of the church. The Catholic book Answer Wisely, by Martin J. Scott says on p. 49, “The pope, therefore, as vicar of Christ, is the visible head of Christ’s kingdom on earth, the Church, of which Christ Himself is the invisible head.” The book Father Smith Instructs Jackson, by John F. Noll and Lester J. Fallon, on page 42 says, “According to the will of Christ, all its members profess the same faith, have the same worship and Sacraments, and are united under the one and same visible head, the Pope.
Catholic officials always use the word “visible” no doubt thinking that it removes the thought of the Pope standing in opposition to the headship of Christ, and removes the apparent problem of having a church with two heads. Nonetheless, the Scriptures nowhere teach the idea of a visible and invisible head. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt. 28:18; Emp. mine D.R.). Luke 17:20-21 says, “And on being asked by the Pharisees, ‘When is the kingdom of God coming?’ he answered and said to them, The kingdom of God comes unawares. Neither will they say, ‘Behold, here it is,’ or ‘Behold, there it is.’ For behold the kingdom of God is within you.” The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom and therefore needs only a spiritual head or king.
Eph. 5:23-25 shows that Christ is the only head of the church. “Let wives be subject to their husbands as to the Lord; because a husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the Church, being himself savior of the body. But just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.” Consequently, the wife is subject to her husband as the church is to Christ. Just as the wife is subject to only one head–her husband, the church is subject to only one head–Christ. Just as the husband does not send a substitute to rule over his wife, Christ does not authorize a substitute to rule over His bride, the church!
Catholics often use the expression, “One fold and one shepherd” to sustain the doctrine of the papacy. (See Catechism For Adults, p. 59). They teach that the “one shepherd” is the Pope and the “one fold” represents the Catholic Church. Hear what Jesus said about it: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep…I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, even as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold. Them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14-16). Jesus is that one good shepherd. If one can understand that one and one equals two, he can understand this. If one is subject to Christ as the one shepherd–that’s one. If one is subject to the Pope as the one Shepherd–that’s two!
The church is often compared to the human body in the Scriptures. The members of the church are represented as the various parts of the body. Christ is always said to be the head. (See 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:15-16). Our question is: “What part of the body is the Pope?” Also, “How does one get the idea of a sub-head into the body?
One of the greatest arguments against the primacy of Peter is the fact that the apostles had an argument among themselves as to which of them should be the greatest. Luke 22:24-26 says, “Now there arose a dispute among them, which of them was reputed to be the greatest. But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and they who exercise authority over them are called Benefactors. But not so with you. On the contrary, let him who is greatest among you become as the youngest, and him who is chief as the servant’“. The very fact that the apostles had an argument among themselves shows they did not understand that Peter was to be prince. Also, the occasion of the argument was the night of the betrayal–the last night of the Lord’s earthly ministry–and yet the apostles still did not understand that Christ had given Peter a position of primacy. The Lord settled the argument, not by stating that He had already made Peter head, but by declaring that the Gentiles have their heads, “But not so with you“. Thus, Jesus very plainly taught that no one would occupy any such place as a Benefactor (or Pope) to exercise authority over the others.

Conclusion:
There are other reasons why I left the Catholic Church. I have simple tried to list some of the ones that made the greatest impression on me at the time of my conversion. I hope and pray that these things will be of some benefit to those who are making an honest inquiry regarding truth. I beseech and invite all my Catholic friends and relatives to examine these things in the light of God’s holy Word. May God be with you in your endeavors to serve Him.

Ye Shall Receive Power, #11

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“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven [not toward the spirit Paradise but toward the sky] as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven [that is, into the sky].” (Acts 1:9-11)
Compare:
“And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Revelation 11:11-12)
As we understand it, the resurrection and ascension of the “two witnesses” (Revelation 11:11-12) is the first resurrection from the dead, and the ascension of the saints (witnesses) of all ages to meet Jesus at His return in the clouds of the heaven. We shall rise to meet the Lord “in the air,” not in the spirit Paradise. This is an event in the physical realm for which our spiritual training is preparing us.
The world is in darkness today. But God has promised an end-time revival that will be greater in authority, power, and glory than any revival of the past. Truly, Christ has kept the good wine until now.
In the present hour we are ministering to one another, building the “Lampstand,” the Body of Christ. One day soon the double portion of oil will be added to the Lampstand. We shall go forth during a period of great confusion and disturbance in the world to preach the soon coming of the Lord Jesus.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks [lampstands] standing before the God of the earth.” (Revelation 11:4)
Why the God of the earth ? Why not the God of Heaven?
It is because the purpose of this revival is to announce to the peoples of the earth that the Kingdom of God is coming to the earth.
The earth is the Lord’s. For hundreds of years the Christian churches have announced that the purpose of redemption is to bring the saved to live in Heaven for eternity. This is neither scriptural nor reasonable.
Why would God create us on the earth if our eternal home is Heaven?
Heaven is for the angels. The earth is for mankind. God created both Heaven and the earth and He knows the end from the beginning.
Some of the angels left Heaven, their original place of responsibility, and invaded the earth. God has ordained they will be judged by people—the people whom they have caused anguish and terror. Such is the justice of God Almighty.
Today mankind is being seduced by the cunning, lusts, violence, and rebellion of fallen angels. Even the Lord’s people find it very difficult to control themselves in such a demonic environment. They trust that the Lord will remove them from the earth so they can find peace in the spirit realm, in Paradise.
To be continued #12

Are Children Born With Sin?

by  Moisés Pinedo

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Have you ever seen the face of a newborn child, touched the soft skin of his rose-colored cheeks, and sensed his innocence when looking into his beautiful eyes? In stark contrast, Catholic teaching alleges that “small infants are sinful!” The Catechism of the Catholic Church declares:
Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called (1994, 1250, emp. added).
The Bible teaches that children do not bear the sin of their parents (Exodus 32:32-33; Deuteronomy 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chronicles 25:4; Jeremiah 31:30; Ezekiel 18:20). However, Catholics are quick to point out that David declared: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5). To understand this passage, we must keep in mind that the subject of Psalm 51 is David’s sin, not original sin. Consider the nouns and possessives David used to indicate that the sin which he was talking about was the sin he committed: “Blot out my transgressions” (vs. 1); “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” (vs. 2); “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” (vs. 3); “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,…” (vs. 4); etc. There is not even the slightest allusion to some kind of original sin in the psalmist’s supplication. In fact, it was from his own sin and transgression that the psalmist desired to be freed.
Why did he refer to the moment in which he was formed in the womb of his mother? The psalmist could have been using hyperbole (cf. Psalm 58:3; Colley, 2004), or emphasizing the condition in which his mother conceived him. In the latter case, although he was born without sin, he was born into a world that was covered, plagued, and influenced by sin.
Consider also that the psalmist made these pleas for forgiveness as an adult. He used present-tense verbs to plead for forgiveness: “Have mercy upon me…blot out my transgressions” (vs. 1); “Wash me thoroughly…cleanse me from my sin (vs. 2); “I acknowledge my transgressions” (vs. 3); “Purge me with hyssop…wash me” (vs. 7); “Make me to hear joy and gladness” (vs. 8); “Hide thy face from my sins…blot out all mine iniquities” (vs. 9); “Create in me a clean heart…renew a right spirit within me” (vs. 10).
David’s pleas for forgiveness were due to a sin (or sins) that he committed long after his birth. The psalmist himself made this fact clear in a parallel passage, where he prayed: “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:…” (Psalm 25:7, emp. added). If Psalm 51 is a plea to be freed from original sin, how do Catholics explain that God anointed, blessed, and used David while he bore the sin of the first man?
Additionally, the psalmist declared that he was “shapen” and “conceived” in iniquity (51:5). This is not a reference to birth (as Catholicism claims), but to conception. To be consistent with the Catholic idea that Psalm 51 supports the dogma of original sin, we must conclude that original sin is transmitted at the moment of conception. If that is the case, the Catholic Church will have to rework its theology concerning baptism to include a way to “baptize” children before birth to save them from “the power of darkness” (Cathecism…, 1994, 1250).
To arrive at a correct interpretation of Psalm 51, we also must consider other biblical passages where similar expressions are used. For example, Isaiah declared: “…The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.” (49:1). In Jeremiah 1:5, God told His prophet: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” If by the expression, “I was shapen in iniquity” (Psalm 51:5), David alluded to the original sin he bore, how do Catholics explain Isaiah and Jeremiah’s declarations of sanctity from the womb? Were these two prophets born without the contamination of original sin? According to Catholicism, only Jesus and Mary were born in a completely holy condition.
These passages cannot be reconciled with the Catholic dogma of original sin (see Colley, 2004).

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What about Romans 5:12, where the apostle Paul wrote that “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”? Does this verse teach that we bear Adam’s sin? No. As we observed in another article (cf. Pinedo, 2009), this verse teaches that death—the consequence of sin—spread to all men, not because Adam sinned, but because “all have sinned:” (5:12; cf. Romans 3:23). Of course, this “all” cannot refer only to Adam. Nothing in the Bible teaches, indicates, or implies that children are born with sin.

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Paul indicated that where there is no law, there is no sin (Romans 3:20; cf. John 15:22). And the apostle John declared that “…sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). If infants cannot know the Law of God or understand it, they cannot commit lawlessness.
Jesus Himself said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14, emp. added). Paul declared that none who are unclean can enter into the kingdom of heaven (Ephesians 5:5). Jesus added: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, emp. added). If children come to the world with a “fallen human nature and tainted by original sin” (to use the words of the Catechism), why would men have to become as little children, who are also “contaminated” with sin?
The Bible is clear: sin is not inherited. No baby has ever been born bearing the guilt of Adam’s sin. No one bears the responsibility for Adam’s sin but Adam himself.

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REFERENCES
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994), (Mahwah, NY: Paulist Press).
Colley, Caleb (2004), “Did David Authorize Infant Baptism?,” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2626.
Pinedo, Moisés (2009), “Was Mary Sinless?,” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/240062.

3 Things NOT to Say When Someone is Suffering

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If we are affected by someone’s suffering, we will remember it, which is one of the great gifts that we give to each other.
A young man’s father died, and his local church, as we would expect, loved him well—invitations to dinner, a high priority on everyone’s prayer list, and warm e-mails, texts, and cards. After a week or two, the generous care began to taper off, also as we would expect. The few people who still asked the young man how he was doing stood out to him as unusually caring.
A year later, on the anniversary of the father’s death, a friend from the church called and left a message: “I remember that your father died on this day last year. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you and prayed for you. I prayed that there will be times today when the memories you have of him bless you.”
The young man was stunned. He was changed. He was comforted and encouraged, and he committed to keep others on his heart long term.
God’s premiere self-description is “The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,(Ex 34:6). This means that both our pain and our prayers affect him, and he has us on his heart. He takes our burden on himself and remembers us. As we imitate our Father, we want to feel the burdens of others too.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)
So we call, e-mail, track down the suffering at church. We have them on our heart, and we want them to know it.
Say something. Do something. Remember. That is the basic idea.

WHAT NOT TO SAY

Yet the call to say something does not mean that everything we say is good and helpful. It’s important to know what not to say. Sometimes we may be tempted to respond to someone’s suffering with thoughtless platitudes. Here are three offenders:

1) Do not say: “It could be worse.”
Believe it or not, that is only the first half of a hideous comment, for example: “It could be worse—imagine if you broke both legs.”
We have some odd ways of cheering each other up.
The comment is accurate—everything could be worse. We suffer and then, along with the suffering, have a comforter who says it could be worse.
Such a comment is utterly thoughtless. God himself would never say or sanction it. God does not compare our present suffering to anyone else’s or to worst-case scenarios. Ever. If we hear friends do this in their own suffering, it does not give us the right to chime in. Instead, it might be a time to warn them.
Yes, your suffering might not seem as severe as _______, but God doesn’t compare your sufferings to others.
If we make such comparisons, we might be tempted not to speak of the suffering from our hearts to the Lord because we would consider it whining, which it certainly is not.
So even though things could be worse, that is never an appropriate thing to say to others or to let others say about their situation. God is not dismissive of our hardships, and neither should we be.
2) Do not say: “What is God teaching you through this?” Or, “God will work this together for good.
Those platitudes are biblical in that God does teach us in our suffering, and he is working all things together for good (Rom. 8:28). We agree with C. S. Lewis when he writes that pain is God’s megaphone to arouse a deaf world. But these kinds of comments have hurt so many people; let’s agree that we will never say them.
Consider a few of the possible problems with this and other poorly timed misuses of biblical passages:
Such responses circumvent compassion. Will you have compassion if someone is being “taught a lesson”? Not likely.
Such responses tend to be condescending, as in, “I wonder when you will finally get it.
Such responses suggest that suffering is a solvable riddle. God has something specific in mind, and we have to guess what it is. Welcome to a cosmic game of Twenty Questions, and we’d better get the right answer soon; otherwise, the suffering will continue.
Such responses suggest that we have done something to unleash the suffering.
Such responses undercut God’s call to all suffering people: “Trust me.”

In our attempts to help, we can over-interpret suffering. We search for clues to God’s ways, as if suffering were a scavenger hunt. Get to the end, with the right answers, and God will take away the pain. Meanwhile, the quest for answers is misguided from the start and will end badly. Suffering is not an intellectual matter that needs answers; it is highly personal: Can I trust him? Does he hear? Suffering is a relational matter, and it is a time to speak honestly to the Lord and remember that the fullest revelation he gives of himself is through Jesus Christ, the suffering servant. Only when we look to Jesus can we know that God’s love and our suffering can coexist.
3) Do not say: “If you need anything, please call me, anytime.
This heads in a better direction; it is not quite a platitude. However, this common and kind comment reveals that we do not really know the person. Sufferers usually don’t know what they want or need, and they won’t call you. The comment is the equivalent of, “I’ve said something nice, now see ya later.” It gives no real thought to the sufferer’s needs and circumstances, and the suffering person knows it.
Instead we could ask, “What can I do to help?
Or (better) we could consider what needs to be done and do it.
Wise friends buy more dog food, do the dishes, drop off a meal, cut the grass, babysit the kids, clean the house, give a ride to small group, drop off a note of encouragement and then another and another, help sort out medical bills, and so on.
Any such acts of love and service make life easier for the suffering person. And a meal is never just a meal; maid service is never merely a timesaver for those served. These acts say to the sufferer, “I remember you”; “I think about you often”; “You are not forgotten”; “You are on my heart”; “I love you.” The time we give to creative strategizing is the power behind such acts. It is unmistakable love that mimics the strategic planning of the triune God’s rescue mission. He planned and acted even before we knew our real needs.
The oddity of our clumsy and sometimes hurtful attempts to help is this: we have clear ideas from what has helped us in our suffering, but we do not adopt it when seeking to love others. We do not always speak to others in the way we would like to be spoken to.

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Taken from Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love, by Edward T. Welch. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Il 60187, www.crossway.org.

Were The Nice Attacks A False Flag Or A Lone Nut?

By Brandon Turbeville

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The recent truck attack in Nice, France was, from the outset, exploited by national governments and reported in a schizophrenic manner that, on one hand, declared the attacker a “weird” loner acting completely on his own by virtue of his many psychological problems while, on the other hand, a terrorist attack aimed at the allegedly democratic institutions of France and the Western world. Among the reports surrounding the attack, many alternative media outlets are suggesting that the attack was yet another false flag engineered or at least facilitated by Western intelligence agencies for the purposes of propaganda, psychic driving, and the establishment of the “new normal” of constant terror and fear.

So which is it?

Is the Nice attack a false flag, a terror attack, or the work of a lone nut in the midst of a psychotic break? At this point, there is not enough evidence to declare a position either way. However, there are some interesting points surrounding the attack that could signal a possible false flag and/or government sponsored terror attack. Because the mainstream outlets refuse to acknowledge the possibility of such an attack, it is incumbent upon us to mention and discuss them at least briefly so that all possibilities are on the table.

Is It A Terror Attack Or A Lone Nut?

While mainstream media outlets and law enforcement agencies are claiming that the attacker, 31-year-old delivery driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was not known to have any “direct” terror connections and thus an act of a psychologically damaged and depressed man, world leaders are nonetheless condemning the attack as an “act of terror” and are using the attack to justify a greater erosion of what is left of civil liberties and extension of declarations of a state of emergency.

The Telegraph describes Bouhlel by writing:
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Neighbours described him as a “very weird loner” and father of three who had recently become estranged from his wife and had become depressed following the breakdown of his marriage.

A woman living in the same shabby apartment block as Bouhel today told how he “seemed very weird”.  She told The Telegraph: “He lived alone. He said very little to anyone and wasn’t very polite. He wouldn’t hold the door open for you.”

Still, the news agency writes that Bouhel “had no known links with terrorism and was not under surveillance.”
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if these accounts are to be believed and Bouhel did not commit an act of terror but an act of random violence, that is not stopping French Ministers and other world leaders from taking advantage of the attack to drum up support for more militarism within their own borders and for the “war on terror.”

Consider again, The Telegraph report which writes,

New Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain must redouble its efforts to defeat “brutal” terrorist “murderers” after the “horrifying” attack, as she called a meeting of senior officials in the Government’s emergency Cobra committee.

As the United Nations issued a statement calling the latest “cowardly and barbaric”, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted: “The city of Nice has been hit by terrorism on the day of our national holiday. Immense pain, the country is in mourning. The French will face it.”
President Francois Hollande meanwhile spoke of a “monstrosity”, and said soldiers would be deployed to support gendarmes and police, particularly at the country’s borders.

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Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: “We are at war with terrorists who want to strike us at any cost and who are extremely violent.”

I.D. Left In Truck

Another interesting aspect of the Nice attack was the fact that the attacker’s “identity papers” were found in the truck after he was killed. While finding documents of identification are not necessarily in and of themselves something that points to a false flag having taken place, we must bear in mind the alarming levels of coincidences where mass shooters, terrorists, suicide bombers, and other attackers often leave passports, I.D.’s and other identifying documents in conspicuous places to be found by investigators and media organizations. Thus, we have to ask, is it a prerequisite to have passports and related I.D. papers present or in full view before committing a terrorist attack, or is it merely a way of allowing the attacker and thus the patsy organization/bogeyman to be identified immediately for greater propaganda effect?

Known To Police Prior To Attacks

Like virtually all of the other terrorists in Europe and the United States, Bouhlel was known to police prior to the attacks. However, unlike prior perpetrators, Bouhlel was not known for terrorist related activity but for “petty crimes” including domestic violence and “using weapons” as well as “road rage.” Although we are unaware of the specifics of Bouhlel’s charges, it is interesting that “using weapons” would be considered “petty,” especially in France where simply owning a weapon is crime enough. As Yahoo! News Australia reported:

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While he had several run-ins with the law previously, Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Nice resident born in Tunisia, was not on a watch list of French intelligence services as a suspected militant.

He was convicted for the first time in March this year, French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said.

“There was an altercation between him and another driver and he hurled a wooden pallet at the man,” Urvoas said.

As it was his first conviction, Bouhlel was given a suspended sentence and had to contact police once a week, which he did.

Tunisian security sources told Reuters Bouhlel had last visited his hometown of Msaken four years ago.

He was married with three children, but had marital problems, the Tunisian sources said.

He was not known by the Tunisian authorities to hold radical views, and had held a French residence permit for the past 10 years without obtaining French nationality, Tunisian sources said.
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The Telegraph also gives further information in regards to the profile of Bouhlel as a potential terrorist. According to The Telegraph as well as a number of other mainstream media reports, Bouhlel was not even a practicing Muslim, having visited the Mosque only beginning in April and having been an otherwise “normal” 31 year old in France. The Telegraph reports:

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The Bastille Day killer described by Isil as a “soldier of Islam” regularly used dating sites to pick up male and female lovers, it was claimed on Sunday night.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s mobile phone records suggest he used dating websites and dabbled with drugs and drink, French media reported.

The handset was picked up by police officers after they shot him dead last Thursday in a lorry that he had used to kill 84 people on the Promenade des Anglais, in the French city of Nice.

According to officers, the phone is proving more important to the investigation than the seven suspects currently in custody for their links to the terrorist.

The killer is said to have sent a chilling text message demanding weapons minutes before the seafront massacre.

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Bouhlel’s phone is said to be full of messages, videos and photographs, including ones of men and women he had recently slept with.

“The testimony which investigators are relying on most is that of the mobile phone,” reported the BFM TV news channel, basing their report on evidence leaked to them.

Two hundred officers are now working exclusively on inquiries related to data found on the phone. Bouhlel loved sending selfie photos to people, and would record all of his relationships with other people, however brief.

He visited gyms and salsa bars regularly, and would also visit websites “showing pictures of executions”, said BFM TV.

“The busy sex life of a man who had recently discovered a religious faith is shown by the data on the device,” BFM added.

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A psychiatrist who saw him in 2004 told L’Express that Bouhlel had come to him because of behavioural problems and that he diagnosed him as suffering from ”the beginnings of psychosis.”

The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the attacker “appears to have become radicalised very quickly” as one neighbour of his estranged wife added: “Mohamed only started visiting a mosque in April.”
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Was Bouhlel truly a disturbed individual who had a psychotic break brought on by the circumstances of his life? Or was he recruited by an intelligence agency at the Mosque, seeing a mentally ill potential patsy for another false flag event? Unfortunately, with Bouhlel dead, we will never know the answer to this question.

More Than One Participant

One important question to ask, however, is that, if Bouhlel was merely a lone nut acting as a result of a psychotic break, why did he have accomplices? A lone nut is not likely to have a network of assistance in a terror attack if he is, indeed, a lone nut. Again, The Telegraph:

According to officers, the phone is proving more important to the investigation than the seven suspects currently in custody for their links to the terrorist.

The killer is said to have sent a chilling text message demanding weapons minutes before the seafront massacre.

Suspects range from two Albanians suspected of supplying a pistol to Bouhlel, and others whose phone numbers appeared on the phone.

Another man, 37, arrested in Nice on Sunday is suspected of supplying arms to the killer after reportedly receiving messages saying: “Bring more weapons, bring five of them to C.”

The message is said to have been sent 18 minutes before he ploughed a 19-tonne lorry into holiday crowds, killing 84 people.

More than 200 investigators were urgently working to determine the significance of ‘C’ and whether the killer had accomplices or links with a terrorist network.

Seven people including a woman were in custody on Sunday night after the arrests earlier in the day of an Albanian couple suspected of aiding Bouhlel, described by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) as one its “soldiers”.

He sent a flurry of texts shortly before the attack. Another one, saying “I’ve got the material”, was sent to one of the men in custody, whose identities have not been made public.

Bouhlel fired a 7.65mm automatic handgun at police before they shot him dead on Thursday night. Other weapons found in the lorry turned out to be fakes or replicas.
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If so many other weapons turned out to be fakes, who would act as an accomplice in a terror attack, why would they provide Bouhlel with fake weapons? Why would a terrorist or a lone nut for that matter load a truck full of fake weapons before committing his attack? The first explanation that comes to mind for this would be that he was the target of a sting operation where he was told he was actually shipping weapons to a terrorist organization but where intelligence agencies did not want Bouhlel or the organization to actually receive them. There are still more interesting notes about Bouhlel.

The Telegraph writes,

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Investigators examining Bouhlel’s phone records found evidence that he was in contact with known Islamic radicals. However, an intelligence source cautioned: “That could just be a coincidence, given the neighbourhood where he lived. Everyone knows everyone there. He seems to have known people who knew Omar Diaby (a known local Islamist believed to be linked with the Al Nusra group close to Al Qaeda).”

Relatives have reportedly claimed Bouhlel, in the days before the attack, persuaded friends to smuggle £84,000 in cash back to his family in their hometown of Msaken, Tunisia. His brother Jaber also said he had not seen his brother for several years and the money had come as a complete surprise.
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Having connections to “known Islamic radicals” and having recently come into a sizeable amount of cash inexplicably and suddenly (we are assuming he did not convince them to smuggle their own cash), we must again wonder about Bouhlel’s social networks and the networks which may have provided him with this cash and assistance. Was it the DGSE? Was it the CIA? Or was it something else?

Drills All Across France In The Months Leading Up To Attack In Nice

One hallmark of the false flag operation is the running of drills shortly before or during the actual attack. Many times, these drills will involve the actual sequence of events that takes place during the real life attack. These drills have been present on large-scale false flags such as 9/11 as well as smaller scale attacks like the Aurora shooting.

For instance, as Webster Tarpley documents in his book 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made In USA, at least 46 drills were underway in the months leading up to 9/11 and on the morning of the attack. These 46 drills were all directly related to the events which took place on 9/11 in some way or other.[1] Likewise, the 7/7 bombings in London were running drills of exactly the same scenario that was occurring at exactly the same times and locations.

Although one reason may take precedence over the other depending on the nature and purpose of the operation drills are used by false flag operators for at least two reasons. One such purpose is the creation of intentional confusion if the drill is taking place during the actual attack. The other, more effective aspect, however, is using the drill as a cloak to plan the attack or even “go live” when it comes time to launch the event. Even more so, it gives the individuals who are involved in the planning of the event an element of cover, especially with the military/intelligence agency’s tight chain of command structure and need-to-know basis. If a loyal military officer or intelligence agent stumbles upon the planning of the attack, that individual can always be told that what he has witnessed is nothing more than the planning of a training exercise. This deniability continues all the way through to the actual “going live” of the drill. After the completion of the false flag attack, Coincidence Theory is used to explain away the tragic results.[1]

While no drills appear to have been taking place during the Nice attack, drills had been taking place all across France in the lead-up to it.

In early April of this year, French emergency services staged a “mock terror attack” ahead of Euro 2016 after the Paris and Brussels attacks and ahead of the Nice attack. The Daily Mail described the drills by writing:
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Officials in France have staged a mock terrorist attack as the country prepares to host the European Championship this summer – and these pictures show what would happen if there is use of chemical weapons.

More than 2,000 people from the French emergency services took part in a fake chemical attack designed to give them the best possible training should the tournament by targeted.
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Again, in late April 2016, French security forces undertook a drill that involved a simulated terrorist attack on the steps of the Cannes Film Festival. Deadline.com provided a summary of the drills. It reported:

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French police used the steps of the Cannes Film Festival’s famed Palais on Thursday as the focal point of a security exercise that included a simulated terrorist attack. The planned event went down less than a month before the French Riviera town hosts the 69th edition of the festival.

France has been on high alert since the attacks in Paris in November killed 130, and the Brussels attacks attacks last month. The country is also playing host to soccer’s European Championship this summer. The fest runs May 11-22, while Euro 2016 runs June 10-July 10 in Saint-Denis, Lens, Lyon, Lille, Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Marseille and Cannes neighbor Nice.

In the terror simulation Thursday, attackers scaled the Palais steps with police in pursuit attempting to secure the area and eliminate the threat (see footage below courtesy of AFP; click through to YouTube). Reuters reported that 200 volunteers took part in the exercise, which occurred right at the epicenter of Cannes’ glitzy and A-list-plus red carpets that go along with films’ world premiere screenings inside.
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In early June, terror drills were conducted in Lyon, France where a terrorist attack and mass shooter were simulated. The Telegraph describes the drills:

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French special forces swooped on Lyon in a mock terror training exercise ahead of the official start of Euro 2016.

The drill included a bomb attack followed by armed gunmen at the city’s fan zone where supporters will gather to watch matches live on a big screen.

Emergency responders took part in a mock terror training exercise as travelling fans were warned that tournament venues are potential targets for terrorist attacks.

Fears over fan zones have heightened in recent days after the Foreign Office warned Britons planning to travel that they must be “vigilant at all times”.
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These drills did not take place in Nice nor did they simulate an individual driving a truck through a crowd but they are worthy of note and contextualization nonetheless. Whether these drills were preparation for a false flag attack, legitimate preparation by security forces who are unaware at the lower levels that their superiors are actually involved in the funding and spread of terrorism and jihadism across the globe or even whether they were mere attempts at acclimation for the general public is up for debate.

Cui Bono? and Conclusion

Regardless of who is actually responsible for the attack in Nice, the fact is that Western governments, the French government in particular, are seizing upon it as an excuse to continue their own jihad against civil liberties. If anyone gained from Nice, it is not the perpetrator but the government of France who has now extended its state of emergency and will no doubt continue to clamp down on the rights of French citizens. NATO, too, is set to gain from a recently invigorated French resolve to “fight terror over there” so they can avoid continuing to “fight it over here.” Of course, at the end of the day, there is not enough evidence to declare that the Nice attacks were false flags or, for that matter, that they were not. At this point, one explanation is as likely to be accurate as the other. Whatever the case, there is little doubt that the situation for the French people is about to get worse.
1] Tarpley, Webster Griffin.
9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made In USA 5th Edition. Progressive Press. 2011.

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A God Like That

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

If a hundred atheists, agnostics, or unbelievers were asked why they do not believe in God, they might give a hundred different reasons. Certainly, no single reason has emerged as the quintessential answer for unbelief. The problem of evil, pain, and suffering would rank at the top of the list, as well as the claim that “religion” is unscientific.
There is, however, another primary reason that many people give for not believing in the God of the Bible. They say that they would believe in a god if he acted different than the one in the Bible, but they simply “cannot” believe in a god that would act like the one discussed in the “holy book.” An excellent example of this argument comes from an article written by Ronald Defenbaugh. In it, he chronicled his life, pointing out specific times when his unbelief was confirmed by a particular action or idea taught by a “religious” individual or institution. In a paragraph detailing his early years of raising a family, he stated:
One evening, a friend about the same age as us rode home with us from one of our children’s sporting events. This was the first time I realized I may have a real problem with believing. She was a good friend of my spouse’s, a member of our Church and very religious. I don’t remember how the subject came up but salvation was our subject of conversation. She stated that even though my father had been an honest, caring person who did nothing but good, he would not receive salvation. He could only go to Heaven if he accepted Christ as his Savior. I remember thinking that I wanted no part of a deity that sent my father to Hell under those circumstances. Why would a baby, or my father, or even me be sent to Hell just because we didn’t accept Christ as our Savior? What about the Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists? Again, what about me? This started me thinking that I probably was without belief. Or at least I didn’t understand it. It didn’t fit my logic (2003).
While his reference to God sending a baby to hell is without any biblical support, his understanding of the teaching of the concept that the God of the Bible will send to hell all individuals who have reached the age of accountability (the level of mental maturity at which a person is capable of understanding the concept of his or her own sin) and who have not accepted Jesus Christ, is absolutely accurate (John 8:24). Understanding this precept very clearly, he stated that he “wanted no part of a deity” like that. It is almost as if he is implying that if the God of the Bible were a little different, or if He better “fit” Defenbaugh’s own ideas, then he might be willing to believe in such a God.
Let’s analyze this position. Those who “cannot” believe in a God like the one in the Bible, conveniently accept as true all the characteristics of God that make Him look like a heartless tyrant. For instance, they accept that the God of the Bible is a deity Who has ordered executions of “immoral” nations that do not worship Him. They also accept that the God of the Bible will confine certain individuals to eternal destruction due to the “wrong” decisions of those individuals. (The word wrong is in quotation marks because the actions the Bible labels as wrong and the actions accepted as wrong by many unbelievers often are quite different.) After flipping through the Bible and compiling a list of all the things that they think a true god should not do, they then declare that they cannot believe in a god that would do such things.
In doing this, they neglect to accept the other characteristics of the God of the Bible that would make acceptable His actions and decisions. For instance, 1 John 3:20 states that God “knoweth all things.” There is not an unbeliever alive who would claim to know everything. Could it be that the things known by the God of the Bible, which are unknown to the skeptic, might just be the very things that could sufficiently explain God’s actions? Isaiah 55:8-9 states: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” If the skeptic accepts from the Bible the ideas about God with which he disagrees, is he not equally obligated to accept the statements about God that explain the depth of God’s character? If the thoughts of God and the ways of God are far above all the ways of man, could it be that, in the great cosmic scheme of things, an all-knowing God might have some plans of which the skeptic is not fully informed?
To postulate a capricious God Who confines people to eternal destruction simply because those people do not “dot a few i’s” or “cross a few t’s” seems an easy straw man to destroy. Yet, when the “rest of the story” is told, the picture becomes much clearer. The fuller portrait of the God of the Bible is of a deity Who is all knowing (1 John 3:20) everlastingly righteous (Psalm 119:142), loving (John 3:16), compassionate and merciful (James 5:11), anxious for all men to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), and willing to give them numerous opportunities to do so (Acts 17:26-27).
The later portion of Defenbaugh’s article reveals the true essence of rejecting the God of the Bible. Defenbaugh commented that atheism “means no belief—no belief at all, godly, ungodly or otherwise. No Satan, Hell, Heaven, God, Jesus, Angel, Holy Ghost, no nothing. I am free of all constraints. The only person I have to answer to is Man—each man.” Once again, Defenbaugh hit the nail on the head when it came to his concept of the God of the Bible. God demands certain things from His human creation. But since Defenbaugh does not want to comply with those things, he has chosen instead to disbelieve, so that he can be “free of all constraints.” Yes, it truly is easy to answer “each man” since all human opinion carries equal weight. But “God is not a man(Numbers 23:19), and “…the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:25). In reality, after the Bible’s entire picture of God is allowed to shine through, in all its glory, no other god could measure up to “a God like that.

REFERENCES
Defenbaugh, Ronald (2003), “Why I Couldn’t Deconvert,” [On-line], URL: http://www.secweb.org/asset.asp?AssetID=263

CITY COUNCIL MEETING IN PENSACOLA FLORIDA OPENS WITH INVOCATION FROM SATANIC TEMPLE PRIEST

Citing “religious freedom” and acceptance, David Suhor began the invocation; but not without hundreds of protesters. Traditionally the city council meeting in Pensacola Florida starts with Christian prayer, but because the city council was afraid of litigation issues, they bent their knees to satan that day.

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by Geoffrey Grider July 18, 2016
A CITY COUNCIL MEETING IN PENSACOLA FLORIDA OPENED WITH A SATANIC INVOCATION ON THURSDAY, JULY 14TH, 2016.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.John 8:44 (KJV)

America’s days are numbered, and the increasing trend of satanic practice within the US will bring the death of America.

Citing “religious freedom” and acceptance, David Suhor began the invocation; but not without hundreds of protesters. Traditionally the city council meeting starts with Christian prayer, but because the city council was afraid of litigation issues, they bent their knees to satan that day.
SATANIC PRAYER OPENS CITY COUNCIL MEETING IN PENSACOLA FLORIDA:

David Suhor’s mission is to end invocations at public meetings. While Christians get pushed out, “acceptance” leaders are being brought in, and with that comes the deviation from true Christianity.

The truth is Christianity is under fire, and not many Christians are aware of the reality of where America is heading. With churches preaching only love and personal wealth not righteousness, many Christians within America will forsake their faith through their first trial. David Suhor is also in a legal battle to have the twenty-five-foot cross removed from the Bayview Park in Pensacola.

City Council President Mr. Charles Bare stated, “If you deviate away from what I feel is proper invocation speech, I will have you removed from the chamber” showing that the city council was just afraid of a legal issue. source

Tolerance, Diversity, and Division

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Dave Miller, Ph.D.

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One of the “big myths” of society that surely will go down in history as a significant contributor to the moral decline of America is the incessant clamor by liberals for “tolerance” and “diversity.” They insist that those who oppose same-sex marriage are “intolerant” and lack basic human “compassion.” They maintain that “diversity” and “tolerance” (code words for acceptance of homosexuality) are healthy for society, and that those who oppose homosexuality are merely “demonizing people for political advantage” and “perpetuating division” (Obama, 2004).
satan is slick. He uses “devices,” “wiles,” and “snares” (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:26) to distort people’s thinking. He is a shrewd master of advancing his agenda by disguising the immoral with a righteous veneer. If people give in to emotional impulse, rather than thinking rationally, logically, and biblically, they will swallow the propaganda and embrace satan’s ploys.
The fallacy of such “reasoning” is made apparent when placed in syllogistic form:
1. Everyone should be compassionate, tolerant, and accepting of diversity;
2. Homosexuality is one form of diversity;
3. Therefore, homosexuality should be accepted/approved; to fail to do so is intolerant and divisive.
Few would disagree with the first premise. The Bible clearly teaches that God loves every person, and He requires Christians to do the same. However, toleration cannot and must not extend to any practice, action, or behavior that is evil, immoral, and sinful, i.e., out of harmony with God’s will.
Using the above line of reasoning, the tolerance/diversity umbrella ought logically to apply to pedophilia, necrophilia, incest, bestiality, and every other aberrant sexual behavior. Similarly, the same principle ought to apply to murder, stealing, drug dealing, and every other illegal action. Are we simply to cancel all laws in the United States that govern human behavior—on the guise that to enforce them is “intolerant”? Are we to open the doors of all the prisons in the country and free the criminals—on the grounds that to fail to do so is to “perpetuate division”? By such foolish thinking, placing anyone in prison constitutes a lack of “compassion.”
The tolerance/diversity viewpoint is completely nonsensical. If applied consistently and thoroughly, it would lead to social anarchy, rampant lawlessness, and the destruction of society. Opposing homosexuality, abortion, and a host of other social and moral evils is not incompatible with compassion and tolerance. One can oppose and punish murder while still maintaining compassion for the murderer. The overarching, governing principle is the recognition of and submission to the absolute standard of morality given to the human race by the God of the Bible—the God who is love (1 John 4:16). Those who reject that standard, thereby elevating their own fleshly appetites above the transcendent Creator, one day will face the consequences: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48). Those who consider themselves more tolerant and compassionate than God need a healthy dose of humility to alter their skewed perspective:
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (Isaiah 66:1-2, emp. added).

REFERENCES
Obama, Barack (2004), “Obama on Marriage,” Windy City Times, November 2, [On-line], URL: >http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=4018<

Ye Shall Receive Power, #10

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And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Revelation 11:1)
Those who are worshiping God at the Altar of Incense are the saints who have pressed past the Lampstand, which typifies Pentecost, and have arrived at the Altar of Incense. The Altar of Incense is the place in Christ where we praise God fervently in every situation; where our life, into which Christ has been pounded as in a mortar, is being poured out in holy worship and service to God.
The Altar of Incense stood in front of the Ark of the Covenant. The holy Veil separated the two pieces of furniture. The Ark of the Covenant represents “that which is perfect,” that is, the coming of Christ to us in His fullness. In that hour we will know as we are known because Christ and the Father will be making Their abode with us (John 14:23). There will be no more need for the partial, fragmented manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
We think the saints have been undergoing the judgment of God, the Divine measurement of their lives, over the past thirty years, and that the judgment is continuing as the “Lampstand” (the Body of Christ) is being perfected (Revelation 11:4; Luke 13:32).
We must not lose the vision or become discouraged. God has promised to us the “greater works“—the going forth of the Gospel in the fullness of power to every human being on the earth. An “open door” has been set before us. Let us press in to the full realization of all God has promised.
As soon as God has cleansed us of what is unacceptable to Himself, and has totally reconciled us to Himself, He will pour out on us the double portion of power and glory so we can bear witness of the atoning death, triumphant resurrection, keeping power, and soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Revelation 11:3)
Here is the worldwide corporate ministry of the Body of Christ during the first half of Daniel’s seventieth week, as we understand it. The “sackcloth” typifies the repentance that must be proclaimed during the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and also the humility, the lack of religious finery and pomp, that will characterize the saints who bear the latter-rain testimony.
Just before Jesus returns the saints will go forth, two by two in some instances, as in the days when Jesus was on earth. The Lord’s witnesses will go to every nation, every city, every village under the heaven. They will heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead, and preach the Gospel message: “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!
The witnesses will preach with great power throughout the first half of the “week.” Then God will allow the testimony to be silenced. But at the end of the week the saints, God’s witnesses of all ages, will be raised from the dead and will “ascend up to heaven in a cloud.” It is our point of view that this does not mean they will ascend into Paradise, as in the erroneous teaching of the “rapture,” but rather that they will be caught up into the clouds, into the heaven immediately above us.
To be continued #11

Ye Shall Receive Power, #9

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For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: and lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.” (2 Corinthians 12:20,21)
The Lord cannot entrust to an unjudged people the authority and power that are to be given to the “two witnesses.” As we look about us in the church world of today, we realize the giving of such authority and power would only increase the self-glorifying, lying, stealing, and foolishness that are prevalent among believers. The Divine power would be used as the means of exalting the sinful flesh of ambitious men and woman.
The true saints will be brought to repentance and cleansing by the Spirit of God in preparation for the latter-rain revival—the bringing of the Good News of the soon coming of the Kingdom of God.
In the days to come, all the ends of the earth will hear of the Kingdom. God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. After this will come the great tribulation, the sifting of the believers until only the pure of heart remain, and the perfecting of the Bride of the Lamb. Then the Lord will call up His eternal witnesses, the living and the dead, to Himself, and the wrath of God will fall on the world.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Revelation 11:1)
Measuring, as mentioned in the Scriptures, is symbolic of judgment.
The sanctuary of God is to be judged, the Altar of Incense and those who are worshiping there.
The court outside the sanctuary, representing the nations, the inheritance of Christ and the saints, does not experience Divine assessment at this time but will when the Lord comes.
The eternal Temple of God, the Church, the Body of Christ, is measured against the standard. The standard is Christ, not the standard of men. It is the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
We are examined concerning the fleshly lusts, the worldliness, the covetousness, the religious pride and self-will, the disobedience to the Father, that are in us. A determination is made of the extent to which we are in union with Christ and are obedient to the Father’s will.
All three areas of the Church are being judged. Those who have been born again, symbolized by the Table of Showbread, are being tested. Those who have been born again and also baptized with the Holy Spirit (the golden Lampstand of the sanctuary) are being tested.
But the emphasis of judgment is on those who have been born again, baptized with the Holy Spirit, and are pouring out their lives in selfless praise and consecration, as portrayed by the Altar of Incense. They are singled out for careful, precise judgment because they are the firstfruits to God from the peoples of the earth.
To be continued #10

Victor Hafichuk’s Testimony Two

The Lord revealed to me that Jack was not saved, contrary to his claims. He gave us three choices: one, change our minds; two, believe what we believe if we will but keep it to ourselves; or three, leave. I knew I could not deny what the Lord had done, nor could I contain myself in sharing, and so we knew our only choice was to go.

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I threw away or burned all books and spent hours each day in the Scriptures.
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In receiving the Holy Spirit, we received, not immediately, but in the days to come, the gifts of the Spirit…tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, miracles, healing, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, visions, dreams, and the discerning of spirits.
I began to realize something. When Catholic, I was taught that we were the true church of God, and that our doctrines and beliefs were the right ones. Then I was converted. Jesus Christ had taken over my life through the revelation of Scripture and the ministry of someone not Catholic. My life was transformed, much changed for the better. I knew the Catholic Church had not been right.
Then, when baptized in the Holy Spirit, I discovered that there had been more, though evangelicals had told me I had all that there was to be had, just like the Catholics before them. The evangelicals had not been right.
Now I was hearing from some that there was yet a third level of experience in the Lord. I was not about to allow anyone to delay me on this one if it was available. I set out to enter rest, or to be perfected or sanctified, as some would call it. However, that would not happen for many years.
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The Lord – “I am hurting! I am hurting!
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In the months to come, the Lord exposed us to, and separated us from, all formal and organized religion, churches, and denominations. (Mark now, this was not a reaction out of hurt or bitterness at all, which some have understandably, but erroneously, presumed.) I threw away or burned all books and spent hours each day in the Scriptures for the next two to three years.
The Lord teaching me, I soon discovered that what was taught and practiced in the churches, evangelical included, and what was taught in the Scriptures, were quite different in many crucial points. (I do not use the word, “crucial” loosely.) It was a struggle, a battle with unbelief. Doubts assailed me; people criticized me and we were quite alone, for many years. It was hard, but good. In all that time, the Lord provided everything we ever needed in every way.
In March of 1976, just over a year after receiving the Spirit, the Lord spoke to me in an old, abandoned, log cabin and said, “I am hurting! I am hurting!” I could feel the chill of His pain go through me. Using objects as symbols, He told me His people were perishing because they were believing lies, practicing false religion, keeping heathen customs, that they were in darkness and ignorance, without knowledge. He told me to come out of all formal and nominal religious systems, where His people and all others were perishing, and to leave it all behind as I would leave behind my own dung. He brought us out.

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Our circumstances were in His full control, in every detail.
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Eight years later, in 1984, He gave me to query Him on what He had told me. I asked, “Lord, why are You hurting?
He answered, “Because My people are suffering.
I asked, “Why are they suffering?
Because they don’t obey me,” He replied.
I asked, “Why don’t they obey You?
He said, “Because they choose their own ways.
Why do they choose their own ways?” I asked.
Because they lack knowledge,” He answered.
Why do they lack knowledge?” I asked.
He replied, “Because nobody is willing to give his life that they might have that knowledge.
I was silent for a time.
Years before, I recognized that many sought for the Lord to be their friend, asking Him for things, praying to Him when they needed something. But what about being His friend? Did He not desire those who would be His friend? Abraham was known as a friend of God. I wanted that. So I asked the Lord, “Lord, would I be your friend if I was not willing to lay down my life so that people would have that knowledge?” There was no reply, but the question to me was quite rhetorical. I knew the answer.
Only minutes before that question and answer session, a great peace had come over me, and by inspiration, I said, “Lord, this is the kind of life I would like to have: one in which I am free to come and go, and in which You do with me as You please, taking care of all my needs and concerns while You use me for Your purposes, and to address Your concerns.” In that very moment, He said, “You’ve got it.” In other words, “Agreed.”

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
Sixteen years later, an angel visited me to strengthen me, and a consecration in obedience came, in trying circumstances. It was the final battle, to the death. One can only serve the Lord with the sentence of death upon himself. That is the victory; that is the rest. In the seventeenth year, the covenant between the Lord and me began to take effect more fully.

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Let all fear and repent.
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In all those years, the Lord was the Schoolmaster, the Bible was the textbook, and the world was the classroom. He brought many people into our lives, to deal with us, to teach us, and to bring us to that place of rest in Him. It has been a life of waters, fires, blood, tears, chastenings, yea, scourgings, sorrow, anguish, defeats and lessons.
The Lord has not only forgiven sins, but also dealt with the sin nature, which is very religious, self-righteous, stubborn, unbelieving, proud, ignorant, arrogant and selfish. How merciful is God, and how faithful! Indeed, He IS love, and He IS good. He also reigns over everything. This I know. Many are the times He has revealed to me that our circumstances were in His full control, in every detail. Oh, thank You, Lord Jesus, thank You! He is Lord Hafichuk,
I do declare to you today, that the Lord has chosen me from among men, to teach, to speak forth the truth to all those Whom He has ordained to hear, whether for good or for evil. I do walk with Him in His Present Coming today and do confess that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh. This is the day of the Lord. It is a great and terrible day, great for the righteous and terrible for the wicked. Let all fear and repent. The Lord has come to reconcile all things to Himself.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Yashuah HaMashiach Adonai (Hebrew), Yahweh, the One and Only One Who is God and Who created all things for Himself! And as He has one walk with Him, so I have one to walk with me, Paul Benjamin Cohen, a Jew both in the flesh and spirit, to whom I was sent to deliver, by the Word of the Lord, in 1979 at Kibbutz Revivim, HaNegev, Israel. Together we walk before the Lord of Heaven and earth and speak that which He gives us to speak for the sakes of all those to whom He sends us.
Blessed are those who are not offended in us.
Victor Nicholas Hafichuk,
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Victor Hafichuk’s Testimony

I was the firstborn in a Ukrainian Catholic family. Here is my first recollection of being made aware of the existence of God and another world: My parents and I were driving home from town one evening as the sun was setting. I was about 4 years old. The sun had cast a glow on some clouds on the horizon, which gave them a special effect as that of a glowing celestial abode.

My mother pointed to that beautiful scene and said (in Ukrainian), “Look son, that’s Heaven over there. God, the angels and the saints are all singing and rejoicing!” That event was quite stirring to me. I knew I wanted to be there, and I don’t know if my mother told me I would have to die (in physical terms) to go to Heaven, or I instinctively knew I would have to do so to get there, but I knew I had to die. I knew I would have to lose or let go of everything in this world to have that immense privilege of being with God. It was a bittersweet experience, thrilling, yet deeply sad. Unknown to me, I would come to know the reality of it while living in this life.
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“God, if You are willing to show Yourself, please, please do!”
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The next time I recall having an “encounter” with God was when I was about 11 or 12. One thing after another was going wrong. I was exasperated. One day I was splitting wood under a tree and as I brought down the axe, I pulled a branch with it down onto my head, which shocked me. It seemed as though the heavens were falling in on me. I cried out to God in desperation, fearful and broken. From then on, a peace came and there were no more such incidents for a while.
When I was nearly 25, I had a skiing “accident.” I was off work for three and a half months and in physiotherapy for much longer. During that time, a search began within me for more meaning to life. Questions arose, such as, “Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a God? Will He talk to me? What does He want from me?” I began to seek out various causes, philosophies, religions, and I began to read the Bible.
By a peculiar set of circumstances, I was hired by another company and sent to a city hundreds of miles away from where I was living. I was separated from family, friends, and familiar surroundings. It was a quiet job, with plenty of time to think, meditate, read the Bible, and search after God.
During that period in 1972, I began to pray, crying out to God saying, “God, if You are there, if I can talk to You, if You are willing to show Yourself, please, please do.” Night after night, I would kneel by my bed and cry out to God in quiet desperation. That emptiness within and dissatisfaction for the things of this world were growing more intense until I felt that unless God answered, I had no reason to go on living.
That year of 1972, I decided to fast for three days and three nights, without food or water. It was around that time that I had a dream of the Lord Jesus Christ, something I knew by the term, “Second Coming.” I saw His face. It was a face like no other…perfect in beauty, love, power, wisdom, knowledge, and peace. His face was plainly, distinctly Jewish, yet it was universal. A man walked with Him on His left, and that man’s face too was distinctly Jewish, though not universal. He was full of reverence, thankfulness and joy, all because of the One with Whom he walked, and Whom he worshiped. Both the Lord Jesus and the man with Him had neat beards, short hair, and royal or priestlperspiration.As I witnessed these two persons, I was condemned, not by the Lord or that man with Him, but by my own corruption and religious doctrine. As a Catholic, I was taught that if I died with a mortal sin on my soul, I would go to Hell and burn with horrible pain forever and ever, or, if the Lord came and I was in mortal sin, I would suffer the same consequence. The Lord was acknowledging very few people as He came by the whole world, which stood very still, watching and wondering. He did not acknowledge me, and I knew He could not. I feared I was rejected and damned for all eternity. When I woke up, my clothing was wet with perspiration.
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I began to believe Jesus Christ was the Answer for me and all mankind.
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Greatly troubled, and not knowing what to do, a week or two later I had a second dream from God, in which I was informed that I needed spiritual food. I set out to try to change my life, to rid myself of my sins, to make myself pleasing and acceptable to the Lord. I soon began to realize the impossibility of such an undertaking on my part. I despaired and nearly quit trying altogether, when I had a third dream which was an encouragement to go on. Symbolically, the dream told me I was almost “there.”
(To read about these three dreams in greater detail, click on this link.)

THE FEAST OF PASSOVER
Some time later, the Lord sent an elderly man, George Lynn, to testify to me, and to teach me from the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. He was quite knowledgeable in the Bible. For some days, learning that I was Catholic, he was trying to tell me of how corrupt the Roman Catholic Church was. He related some of the gross and indecent sins prevalent in her. However, all he succeeded in doing was to make me angry.
Given wisdom by God, he steered away from criticizing my church and, instead, delved into Scripture, and spoke of the Lord and His love and sacrifice for me, and how I needed to receive and submit to Jesus Christ as Lord of my life. He made it clear that there was nothing I could do to save myself, that I needed the Almighty and Only Savior to do the job. He shared hundreds of Scripture verses with me, several hours each day. I particularly recall many verses from the epistles of the apostle Paul, such as:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV).
And: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV).
And: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV).

To encourage me to believe the veracity and authority of Scripture, George shared with me (along with other passages) the words that the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy saying:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV).
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I had a joy I had never known, peace, fulfilment, direction, and purpose.
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There were many verses, but the ones that stand out to me the most, and seemed to be the clinchers for me, were:
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 thine 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” (Romans 10:8-11 KJV).
After seven evenings, each with several hours of instruction, I began to believe that Jesus Christ was the Answer for me and all mankind. I knew I was not right with God, was not able to make myself right with Him, but wanted so much to be right with Him, and here was George telling me exactly how it was possible, and the only way possible.
Somewhat bashfully, I got down on my knees and George with me. I was surprised that I did not know how to pray. What should I say? Then George counseled me to speak simply and honestly to God as one I respected but with whom I could express myself without formality. I confessed myself a helpless sinner and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive me for my sins and to take over my life, which I confessed I could not manage or change on my own. (He knew I had tried to change, and failed miserably.) I did not feel, hear or see anything special or unusual. A little disappointed, yet somehow at peace, I went home.

In the days to follow, changes occurred in me over which I had no control and for which I could take no credit whatsoever. The vices and bad habits I had tried and failed to overcome were removed from me. I found myself with new desires, a joy I had never known, peace, fulfilment, direction, and purpose. I had life for the first time. The Bible became a new Book to me. I had read it once through before this momentous occasion in my life and understood nothing. Now I was full of interest in, and enthusiasm for, its contents. This Book was alive and infinite in meaning. God was real!
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“You know what, Victor?” my sister declared, “I don’t like the ‘new you.’”
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Let me be quite candid here, so that you may appreciate what kind of change occurred in my life at that time. As a Catholic, I had been an altar boy, president of the youth club and soloist in the choir. I went to catechism, confirmation, confession, communion, and even attended a minor seminary for one year. I did it all. At the same time, I was a great fool, liar, thief, cheat, fraud, pervert, coward, traitor, hypocrite, fornicator, adulterer, masturbator, blasphemer, idolater, drunk, glutton, smoker, and more.
I constantly went to confession, and continually sinned. I did not do so cynically, but with guilt, helplessness, frustration, and fear. I was smiles, jokes and laughs on the outside, but troubled within. For example, since puberty, I had masturbated, and when the time came that I earnestly tried to quit, I found myself a slave to it, unable to stop. I now perceive the great harm that it did, but I wonder if those who taught me, who have never come to know Jesus Christ and salvation, can tell what it did to them.
While I have confessed some things, there are sins I do not dare confess because they are so despicable that I do not want to foul minds with the thought of them. I would be committing another sin by divulging those. I only want to say to all that there can be hope, no matter how vile your sins. I have learned that we are all capable of the worst, every last one of us. There was hope and salvation for me. After all, Jesus paid the price for every sin.
When the Lord delivered me of my sins, and took over my life, turning it right side up, there came a division between me and my family, friends and associates. The Catholic parish priest and all Catholics condemned what had happened to me. My family went black. My sister threw me out of her house, and they all shunned me.
While a Catholic, I was all those things I mentioned above, several of which were known to many, yet nobody in the family or the Catholic Church had a problem with me. Truly, I was one of them, but the moment I confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, and was delivered of those vile sins, vices and habits, I was shunned by my family and condemned as an ignorant dupe of some “Bible students.
My sister kicked me out, because I had tried to reach those I loved, telling them I had found life. I so desired to share with them that which I found. I was surprised that they found a problem with my deliverance. “You know what, Victor?” my sister declared, “I don’t like the ‘new you.‘” I lost all that I had, but quite willing to have it so for that fulfillment in the Lord Who consumed me.
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I began telling people that I needed to go back to the Catholic Church.
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As long as I was Catholic, my sins were not an issue, but when my sins were cleaned up, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, outside of the Catholic influence, suddenly I was as a leper to them. Why weren’t they thankful?
A few months after having experienced repentance and deliverance from my sins, I was reading a book by a John O’Brien, I believe, called “The Faith of Millions.” This book was a defense of the Catholic Church and its doctrines. I was moved by it, and intellectually persuaded that indeed, the Roman Catholic Church was the one, true church, and her doctrines true and legitimate. I began telling the people of the Alliance Church where I was attending that I needed to go back to the Catholic Church. They were quite disturbed by the prospect.
During those days, just before I was going to go forward one Sunday in church and announce that I was returning to “my church,” I was struck ill. My landlord and his wife found me uncustomarily at home, in bed, in my basement suite, feverish and bringing up green bile. They took me to the hospital, late at night, having contacted my young medical doctor who met us there.
My doctor, Lorne Rabuka, did not know what was wrong, but there was an older doctor who happened to be walking by, and saw me on the gurney. He came over, gave me a press in the lower abdomen that nearly sent me through the ceiling, and said, “I think you will find that he has acute appendicitis. We need to get him into the operating room immediately.” This was around midnight. By two o’clock in the morning, they were operating. I was told later that I was a matter of a few hours, if not minutes, from dying of a burst appendix.
Now I was off work, in the hospital and later convalescing at home for a few days. I did not have the Alliance pastor visit me at the hospital. Instead, I had the Catholic priest do so, which disturbed my Alliance friends, but they did not argue or criticize. All they did was pray, though I did not know of their prayers till later. I had many questions to ask of the Catholic priest, but I found his knowledge of the Bible quite limited, and his opinions of the Bible not credible, though I found him to be amiable, unobtrusive, and yet persuasive.

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By the time I reached the book of Hebrews, I was stunned.
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George Lynn also happened to be back in town that week. He visited with me for a few hours and we argued about Catholic doctrines. He had been upset while I was not, and with my intellectual arguments for Catholic doctrine, which I learned from “The Faith of Millions,” he was stumped. I was not angry with him this time, and, at the end of our visit, I asked that we pray together. He consented, and later confessed that he had been humbled in that he was not the one to have suggested we pray. He went away, crestfallen, knowing I was happy and determined to go back to the Catholic Church, fully persuaded of its authenticity and authority.
However, all was not done yet. Until I had gotten ill, I had been reading through the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, a few chapters each day, and at this point I was beginning the epistle of Paul to the Romans. In that week, having plenty of uninterrupted time, which was quite unusual for me, I read all of Paul’s epistles in one “sitting,” so to speak.
By the time I reached the book of Hebrews, I was stunned. God had opened my eyes; He had reached me to the heart. He unveiled to me the truth of that which Paul was preaching. Though I had been persuaded otherwise by intellectual argument, I realized that what Paul was teaching was the very opposite of what the Catholic Church was teaching and practicing. The contrast was so stark to me. It was as though a bright and holy light shone onto the pages of Scripture and into my heart.
Truly, I could say without exaggeration that the difference between what the Catholic Church was practicing and teaching, and what the apostle Paul was teaching in his epistles, was as black and white. I knew that the Catholic Church and the Bible were diametrically opposed to each other in both letter and spirit. God had been merciful to me in my delusion and affliction. Paul had not laid down his life in vain nearly two thousand years ago, at least, not in my case. I was delivered of the power of deceptive doctrine and religion by his ministry in the Lord. As it is written:
Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.” (Psalms 17:4 KJV).
Experiencing the great deliverance and excitement after a lifetime of death, and attributing this change to the knowledge of God and of the Scriptures, I decided to go to Bible school. I thought that if the Bible could make such a difference in my life, I wanted to know it as much as possible. I finally decided upon a fledgling Southern Baptist Bible school, called the “Christian Training Center,” in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, ninety miles away from Prince Albert, the city of my spiritual conversion. It was operated by Henry Blackaby and associate pastors.

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They seemed to be quite satisfied, confident that they had the truth.
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I had other reasons for going to Bible school. I wanted to share this new life with others with the help of the Scriptures. Mistakenly, I thought that a Bible school was the place to go to accomplish that. A third reason that seemed to propel me in that direction was that I was continually hearing a still, small voice indicating to me that I was not “there” yet.
Though I could not deny the wonderful change that had taken place in me, I still felt like I was falling short of God’s will. Whenever I would confide this dilemma to the pastors and other evangelicals, they would advise me that it was Satan trying to cause me to doubt my salvation. Nevertheless, I could not shake that voice.
To my chagrin, I came to realize that in this Bible school, I studied church history, homiletics (the art of preaching), Sunday School, church administration, choir directing, evangelism, denominational history, Greek, but very little of the Bible. Nevertheless, during that time, God was dealing with me. I came into conflict on some issues in the church, because I was finding a discrepancy between what they were practicing and teaching, and what I was finding in the Scriptures.
I also recall having another painful dilemma. I would walk into the tiny library, with no more than maybe two thousand books at best. One of those was “Strong’s Systematic Theology,” a large, thick book in fine print, filled with doctrine and discourse. I thought, “How in the world will I ever have enough time to wade through this one book alone, much less all these other books, and much less all the theological books in this world? Do I not need to search all things out to conclude what is right and true? Is Calvin right? Is Luther right? Are any of these men right in all that they teach? If so, which man or men? Where shall I go? Whom can I truly trust?
This consideration was very perplexing to me. The pastor could not help me, and nobody else seemed to mind too much. They seemed to be quite satisfied with the direction and schooling they were getting there, apparently confident that they had the truth.

It was a new world. The Bible came alive in a way I had never known.
I recall just after that time of perplexity, entering into a period of a few months of soul-searching and conviction of subtle sins, like being critical of others. During that time, I was experiencing somewhat the same kind of spiritual ordeal I had undergone before my conversion, only this time it was on another level.

THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
I met my future wife there, and twenty-one months after my conversion, which was at age twenty-seven, we were married. One month later, the evening of January 1, 1975, about nine-thirty in the evening, Marilyn and I asked for and received the Holy Spirit, an experience our evangelical church and circles condemned as “pentecostalism,” as of the devil.  We could not go to sleep until 7 am. It was a new world.
The Bible came alive in a way I had never known. All night, the Lord was taking us throughout the Scriptures, revealing many things to us. The Lord made Himself known to us in a way we had never experienced till then. It was very exciting.
We could not help but speak what we had experienced. We were not received at all in the Bible school or churches. The Baptist pastor, Jack Connor, told us that we should be very careful to believe something if it was contrary to the counsel and understanding of the church. I suddenly replied, with realization, “You are no different than the Catholic Church. They told me the very same thing when I was converted!
The Lord revealed to me that Jack was not saved, contrary to his claims. He gave us three choices: one, change our minds; two, believe what we believe if we will but keep it to ourselves; or three, leave. I knew I could not deny what the Lord had done, nor could I contain myself in sharing, and so we knew our only choice was to go.
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PART TWO NEXT TIME

THE CHURCH OF LAODICEA: METHODIST CHURCH ELECTS THEIR FIRST OPENLY LESBIAN BISHOP

The United Methodist Church is deeply divided over LGBT rights. Church law says same-gender relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching.” But several regional districts are openly defying the prohibition by appointing gay clergy and allowing same-sex weddings in churches. Some instances have led to trials under the church legal system.

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by Geoffrey Grider July 16, 2016

THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF THE METHODIST CHURCH HAS ELECTED AN OPENLY GAY BISHOP DESPITE THE DENOMINATION’S BAN ON SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.1 Timothy 2:12 (KJV)

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:Romans 1:26 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: How far will the wheels come off the bus in the end times? All the way off. Not only does the Bible not allow for female pastors, it also does not allow for gay “christians” either. So the stone-cold and spiritually dead Methodist church just got a little stonier and a little colder with their election of a lesbian bishop. You are looking at the church Jesus said in Revelation 3 would be the last church before the time of the Rapture.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.

The United Methodist Church is deeply divided over LGBT rights. Church law says same-gender relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching.” But several regional districts are openly defying the prohibition by appointing gay clergy and allowing same-sex weddings in churches. Some instances have led to trials under the church legal system.

Oliveto’s election could draw complaints that will prompt a review under church law.

THE REV. KAREN OLIVETO, SENIOR PASTOR OF GLIDE MEMORIAL CHURCH IN SAN FRANCISCO, HAS BEEN ELECTED AS THE FIRST OPENLY LESBIAN UNITED METHODIST BISHOP BY DELEGATES AT THE WESTERN JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE.
Oliveto, 58, was elected July 15 at the jurisdiction’s quadrennial meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was elected on the 17th ballot with 88 votes after the Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank and the Rev. Walter “Skip” Strickland withdrew from the election. The Rev. Frank Wulf, another openly gay candidate, had withdrawn earlier.

“I THINK AT THIS MOMENT I HAVE A GLIMPSE OF THE REALM OF GOD. I WANT TO THANK THE CANDIDATES WHO I HAVE JOURNEYED WITH THESE PAST FEW DAYS, FOR THE GRACE WITH WHICH WE WALKED WITH EACH OTHER. AND KNOW I STAND BEFORE YOU BECAUSE OF THE WORK AND PRAYERS OF SO MANY, ESPECIALLY THOSE SAINTS WHO YEARNED TO LIVE FOR THIS DAY, WHO BLAZED A TRAIL WHERE THERE WAS NONE, WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US, AND YET WHOSE SHOULDERS I STAND ON,” OLIVETO SAID AFTER HER ELECTION.

She especially thanked the delegates of the Western Jurisdiction “who dared to live into this Kairos moment. Today we took a step closer to embody beloved community and while we may be moving there, we are not there yet. We are moving on to perfection,” Oliveto said.

She said as along as people “walk by our churches and wonder” if they belong, because of race, sexuality orientation, ethnicity, social class or immigration status, then “we have work to do.”

“Are we able? Yes. Amen,” Oliveto said.

BISHOP MELVIN TALBERT, RETIRED FROM THE WESTERN JURISDICTION, SAID HE WASN’T SURE HE WOULD EVER LIVE TO SEE THE DAY WHEN THE CHURCH WOULD ELECT AN OPENLY GAY BISHOP.
This means our church — at least part of our church — has finally come to the realization that there is no longer any place for exclusion. We are all children of God regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or abilities. We would be blessed to invite all God’s people to their rightful place at the table.

In a statement issued following Oliveto’s election, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, said, “This election raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and unity.”

Ough clarified that the Council of Bishops does not have constitutional authority to intervene in the election, but “is monitoring this situation very closely.
He acknowledged that some in the church will view this election as a violation of church law and a significant step toward a split, while others will consider it a milestone toward being a more inclusive church.

Our differences are real and cannot be glossed over, but they are also reconcilable,” Ough said. “We are confident God is with us, especially in uncharted times and places.

The Book of Discipline, the church’s lawbook, bans self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from ordination, but many gay clergy came out before General Conference 2016. Several annual conferences in 2016 passed resolutions not to conform with any church laws seen to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

On the heels of Oliveto’s election, members of the South Central Jurisdiction voted late on July 15 to ask the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision regarding same-sex church leaders.

THERE WAS SOME IMMEDIATE NEGATIVE REACTION TO OLIVETO’S ELECTION.
The Rev. Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, an evangelical United Methodist organization that upholds the church’s current stance on homosexuality issues, said the election and other actions by annual conference this summer ignored the Council of Bishops’ proposal for a commission to examine all church law dealing with human sexuality. Renfroe said that proposal called for a “pause for prayer to step back from attempts at legislative solutions and to intentionally seek God’s will for the future.

Instead, these conferences have moved ahead with legislative enactments pledging non-conformity with the Book of Discipline, culminating in the election of a practicing homosexual as bishop,” said Renfroe. “If the Western Jurisdiction wanted to push the church to the brink of schism, they could not have found a more certain way of doing so.

But the reaction at the Western Jurisdiction was a celebration.

WE JUST BLEW THE SOCKS OFF THE DENOMINATION,” SAID LYNN MAGNUSON, LAITY FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CONFERENCE.

Wesley Hingano said, “It is a beautiful day.” His father, the Rev. Sisofina Hingano, was also a candidate for bishop. When Hingano withdrew his name from the ballot, he said he was doing it so people like his son could walk through the doors to freedom in the church.

I want to see gay and lesbian people walk freely,” he said.

The social media messages in the last few days have been full of fear, said the Rev. Jeremy Smith, minister of Discipleship at First United Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon.

All I have heard today are messages full of hope. I have two girls under the age of 4 and I am excited they will grow up in (a) United Methodist Church that tells them whatever they are, they can follow God’s call at every level of our beloved church,” Smith said.

Lonnie Brooks, Alaska Conference, said the election of Oliveto was the Western Jurisdiction declaring its independence from The United Methodist Church.

A lot of folks will look at it and think that is what they intend. What they haven’t given much thought to is that this will also cause a split in the West. We have some of the strongest red states here,” Brooks said, sounding a note of caution.

The Rev. William Lawrence — former president of the Judicial Council, the church’s top court — said before Oliveto was elected that if an openly gay person were elected bishop, anyone in the denomination could file a complaint. Some evidence, such as a wedding license, would be needed to merit processing of the complaint, he added.

The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, vice president of Good News, said the Western and Northeastern Juridiction’s actions “effectively renouncing their connection to the rest of global United Methodism” mean that  evangelicals and traditionalists within the church will be conferring in the next few days to agree upon responses to what he called “this grave breach of unity.

IF OUR COVENANT IS NO LONGER IN FORCE, WE WILL BE FORCED TO LIVE INTO A NEW REALITY IN OUR DENOMINATION,” HE SAID.

Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial United Methodist organization that advocates for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) “celebrates with great joy the election of the first openly lesbian bishop in The United Methodist Church.

This is an historic moment in the movement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) persons for spiritual and civil equality both in the church and the public square,the group said in a statement.

GOD’S JUDGMENT FALLS ON APOSTATE ‘TOGETHER 2016’ EVENT UNITING CATHOLICS AND EVANGELICALS

U.S. Park Police were forced to shut down the ecumenical event ‘Together 2016‘ after the influx of emergency medical situations related to the heat. Funny thing about that. I live in Florida where it gets crazy hot during the summer months. Millions of people come to visit here from areas of the world that don’t have such intense heat, yet, you see very little cases of heat stroke and heat-related illnesses on the beaches and streets here.

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by Geoffrey Grider July 17, 2016
A MASSIVE LAODICEAN RALLY TITLED ‘TOGETHER 2016’ WAS SHUT DOWN SATURDAY AFTER 400 PEOPLE HAD TO BE TREATED FOR HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

The ecumenical religious eventTogether 2016’ brought together over 40 faith leaders and recording artists and was organized by Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a Twin-Cities based nonprofit organization that focuses on student-led prayer and outreach efforts. The free event was expected to draw thousands and go until 9 p.m. Saturday, but the U.S. Park Police were forced to shut it down after the influx of emergency medical situations.

Funny thing about that. I live in Florida where it gets crazy hot during the summer months. Millions of people come to visit here from areas of the world that don’t have such intense heat, yet, you see very little cases of heat stroke and heat-related illnesses on the beaches and streets here. So to have hundreds and hundreds of heat stroke cases in a single event like what happened at ‘Together 2016‘ is very unusual to say the least. Perhaps The One that controls things like heat and the weather took issue with the apostate, heretical nature of this event which was designed to lure Bible-deficient Christians into the Catholic church.

The usual suspects included heretics like, Hillsong United, Kirk Franklin, Lou Engle, Tony Evans as well as videotaped messages of support from the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. Apostate Christianity has for many years now been being led right back into the darkness of the Vatican Whore by people like Kenneth Copeland and others.

The Bible does not prophesy any type of great movement of the Holy Spirit in the end times, in fact, it says the exact opposite. Jesus Himself says in Revelation that the last church on earth in the days before the Rapture will be a lukewarm, spiritually dead corporation focused only on material blessings like wealth, power and influence. He goes on to say that it will be so bad that He will be pushed outside and knocking on the door to be let back in.

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.Revelation 3:14-20 (KJV)

The folk over at Pulpit & Pen noted the following:

THE EVENT WAS REPLETE WITH APPEALS TO A FALSE JESUS, OFFERED BY THE BIGGEST NAMES IN EVANGELICAL CHRISTENDOM, AND THOROUGHLY VOID OF A PRESENTATION OF THE AUTHENTIC GOSPEL OF JESUS. IT WAS A FESTIVAL OF APOSTASY. THANKFULLY, WE HAVE THE NAMES OF THOSE WILLING TO FOREGO OBEDIENCE TO SCRIPTURE. THEY SHOULD, INDEED, BE MARKED AS “TOGETHER” … UNITED IN THE ECUMENICAL APOSTASY THEY PROMOTE. SOURCE

These are the last days, the end times, and it will only get worse from here on in. Don’t waste your precious remaining time hooked up in false revivals led by heretics and apostates. Instead, click here to order yourself a box of street preacher approved and tests NTEB GOSPEL TRACTS and go out into the “highway and byways” and invite people to get saved.

The Anatomy of a False

by Geoffrey Grider
Saturday, July 9, 2016 6:25

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This are article examines three critical aspects of a false flag event and then applies what is known, and typical of a false flag event to the murder of five Dallas police officers earlier in the week. By the way, the above picture strongly suggests that there is a lot more to the official narrative than the public is being told.

The three areas of concern are:

Rehearsal of certain aspects of the event by either First Responser, LEO, or both.
If the false flag event consists of an assassination(s), the narrative includes acting alone, the “discovery” of a diary or a mainfesto which states the murderous intentions of the “patsy”, and the labeling of the so-called perpetrator as being insane so the act can be referred to as a random act of insane violence so the subject of a conspiracy never enters the discussion by the media and the authorities investigating the crime.
Disguise the purpose of the event.

Rehearsal for the Event
History is replete for rehearsal of a false flag event. In some cases, the event flows from the drill/rehearsal. This practice make s a great deal of sense, because complex agendas need rehearsal in order to produce the desired effect, which is always the opposite of the truth.

The following events represents a history of major false flag attack in which there were drills preceding the attack. This list is not exhaustive and it not intended to be. Rather, it shows a distinctive pattern in which the event was preceded by a drill closely associated with the nature of the false-flag event

Oklahoma City
9/11
The Estonia Catastrophe
The Oslo Shooting
London Subway Bombing
Virginia Tech Shooting
Taft Union High School Drill gone live
Boston Marathon Bombing
In the case of the Dallas shooting, we see the same type of drill preparation only a few days prior to the murdering of five Dallas police officers

According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth an active shooter drill took place in Argyle Texas just 41 miles north of Dallas on June 29 2016

FROM CBS DFW: “The sights and sounds are scary, but not dangerous. Members of law enforcement, along with fire and EMS personnel conducted an active shooter exercise at a North Texas high school on Wednesday.

Emergency vehicles could be seen responding with lights and sirens at Argyle High School. Local hospitals also participated in the disaster drill.

The event includes realistic scenarios that have actors playing victims and officers using fake gun rounds.

The sights and sounds are scary, but not dangerous. Members of law enforcement, along with fire and EMS personnel conducted an active shooter exercise at a North Texas high school on Wednesday.

Emergency vehicles could be seen responding with lights and sirens at Argyle High School. Local hospitals also participated in the disaster drill.

The event includes realistic scenarios that have actors playing victims and officers using fake gun rounds.

Argyle ISD Police Chief Paul Cairney said officials are taking every consideration and realize a shooting event can happen in a small town. “We’ve been thinking about that. But one of the things that we need to make sure that we do, if something were to happen, is we need to have the whole response coordinated and coordinated well, because we don’t want to have anymore people that are hurt,” he said.

The Dallas event definitely fits the profile of so many other false flag events with regard to a preceding drills which comes close mimicking the actual event.

If this were the only similarity to so many false flag events, one could argue that this is just a tragic coincidence. However, the evidence trail which strongly suggest that this fits previous false flag events, almost perfectly.

There is no question that the rehearsal aspect of a false flag event was satisfied in this case.

When the False Flag Involves Assassination, the Following Characteristics are Present

When direct assassinations are involved we see the following narrative:

Lone gunman with no second shooter in order to avoid allegations of a conspiracy.
A discovered diary or manifesto declaring the intentions of the lone gunman. In each of the following cases, the perpetrator (i.e. patsy) had a diary/manifesto stating their murderous intentions and the target of the hostility.
JFK assassination
RFK assassination
Martin Luther King
In 9/11, the discovery of Mohamed Atta’s passport was miraculously found, despite the fact that neither of the two planes had their black boxes found. But the government found Atta’s passport. Swamp land in Florida anyone? The found passport served the purpose of a diary with stated terrorist intentions, for placing the blame on Muslim terrorists, to cover up the fact that this was a false flag event.
In regard to the most recent terror event, the shooter has been identified and he has, you guessed, a manifesto with stated intentions to go along with a discovered document on military strategy tactics. In regard to the most recent terror event, the shooter has been identified and he has, you guessed, a manifesto with stated intentions to go along with a discovered document on military strategy tactics.
Micah Xavier Johnson went on a shooting rampage against Dallas police, officials said Friday.

From the official
narrative from the LA Times:

Investigators have discovered bomb-making materials, rifles and a “personal journal of combat tactics” in the home of the black former Army reservist who is identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a Dallas-area resident, was a “loner” with no criminal history who “wanted to kill white people” and “especially white officers,” said police, who are still investigating whether he acted alone in perpetrating the deadliest day for law enforcement since the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001.

Please note that Johnson was not a man of many means. Where did he get the money to acquire such a vast amount of military hardware?  This is strongly reminiscent of the Aurora Batman Shooting for the exact same reason

The Purpose of the False Flag Event

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I have been writing this for years, the following order will be followed to take world into a third world war in which the goal is to cull the population  by 90%. The people don’t want war, they have to be convinced by false flag events. The following three steps are now in play and will culminate in World War III

The creation of domestic false flag terror events (e.g. the Dallas police shootings designed to start a race war), in which the government, for the good of the people, must step in  and declare martial law.
The elimination of all political and religious dissent under the martial law. This means gun confiscations and roundups (e.g. rehearsed by Jade Helm.
When goals one and two occur, World War III will commence and the New World Order will complete its mission of the elimination of all national sovereignty.
We are are present in stage one moving quickly toward stage two.

This is the anatomy of a false flag event.

Man’s Soul Leaving His Body Captured via Photographs

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On Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Saul Vazquez was sitting in his truck on Highway 15 near Stanton, Kentucky when an unidentified man was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on the Bert T Combs Mountain Parkway.

While watching paramedics and concerned bystanders who were seen standing around the man, the truck driver who stuck in traffic captured a photo of the incident and noticed something unusual about it.

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Image credit Saul Vazquez.

He was shocked to discover what appears to be a ghostly shadow of human-like figure floating above the victim’s body.

Saul Vazquez posted the photo on Facebook and wrote: I took this picture just few minutes ago from the cab of my truck it was an accident between Campton and Stanton on the service road just off of the mountain parkway, zoom in and pay attention to the shadow just off the top of the state trooper hat.

According to Lex18 the appearance of the eerie shadow has sparked a lot of conversation on social media and thousands of people claim the victim’s soul can be seen leaving his body.

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Image credit Saul Vazquez.

It is possibly the greatest question never to be answered: What happens to us after we die? For those who believe in an afterlife, this image might just held to confirm their suspicions.

Thanks http://ufosightingshotspot.blogspot.com/

Check out more contributions by Jeffery Pritchett ranging from UFO to Bigfoot to Paranormal to Prophecy

Twelve Points On Attitude

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Posted on July 14, 2016 by my friend and brother in Christ

1. It is your attitude at the beginning of a task more than anything else that will determine your success or failure.
2. It is your attitude towards life that will determine life’s attitude towards you. Despite many people’s belief to the contrary, life plays no favorites.
3. You control your attitude. If you are negative it is because you have decided to be negative and not because of other people or circumstances.
4. Act as if you have a good attitude. Remember actions trigger feelings just as feelings trigger actions.
5. Before a person can achieve the kind of results he wants, he must first become that person. He must then think, walk, talk, act and conduct himself in all of his affairs, as would the person he wishes to become.
6. Treat everybody as the most important person in the world.
7. Attitudes are based on assumptions. In order to change attitudes one must first change one’s assumptions.
8. Develop the attitude that there are more reasons why you should succeed than reasons why you should fail.
9. When you are faced with a problem, adopt the attitude that you can and will solve it.
10. We become what we think about. Control your thoughts and you will control your life.
11. Radiate the attitude of confidence, of well being, of a person who knows where he is going. You will then find good things happening to you right away.
12. In order to develop a good attitude, take charge first thing in the morning. Do you say, “Good morning, Lord” or “Good Lord, morning”?

Read these twelve points every day for the next thirty days
and see how your life changes.
ATTITUDES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN FACTS
I Googled the word “Attitude” this is what I got:
at·ti·tude (ˈadəˌt(y)o͞od/)
noun
a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.

Even in the Bible we find some many good ways to be, all are awesome and make our days better, but the following tells us just what things to be mindful of; face it, the days now and ahead aren’t that beautiful, but rather evil.

Phil 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Eph 5:16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ye Shall Receive Power, #8

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For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
The climax of the coming of Christ will occur as He appears in glory with and in His saints—we appearing with Him as an integral part of His glory. Then the world will see and understand the Father loves the Church, the Body of Christ, as He loves Christ Himself. The world will understand also God has sent Christ and that He has given the Glory of God to the Church, which is the Body, the fullness of Christ.
In the sense we have just described, there is but one coming of Christ: first, the exalted Head; then, the forming of Christ in people and the filling of them with the Spirit of the resurrection; finally, the full manifestation of the Head and the Body in glory at the last trumpet.
Christ alone is Lord, the only begotten Son of God. Jesus is not merely one element of a many-membered Christ. Christ remains the Lord, the Bridegroom. The Church is the Bride—the branches growing out from the one true Vine who is the Lord Jesus Christ. In all things Christ remains central (Ephesians 1:10).
A study of the Prophets of Israel may indicate they do not make a point of two separate comings of Christ, except for the passage in Micah we have just examined.
Perhaps we should make clear at this point that we firmly believe in the two generally accepted comings of Christ, once to make an atonement for our sins and at the end of the Church Age to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth. This should be kept in mind lest someone should be confused as we emphasize the reality of Christ being formed in His Body during the present age.
We Christians are an inseparable part of the glorious Presence of Christ. Our role is to participate in the ministry of Christ to all people whom God claims as His own, especially the nation of Israel. The Gospel of the Kingdom is for the Jews first. It is the children’s bread.
It is our understanding that the seventieth week of Daniel is divided in half. The first half is the time of the latter-rain revival, the “two witnesses,” the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom to every person on the earth.
The second half of the seventieth week is the period of apostasy, of lawlessness, during which the testimony of the saints will be overcome, making way for the full revelation of Antichrist. At this time God’s saints will be persecuted fiercely by Antichrist, by the world, and by “Christians” who believe themselves to be God’s people but who actually are the “synagogue of Satan“.
As soon as the Body of Christ is commissioned to prophesy to the nations in the fullness of the latter-rain power, as portrayed by the angel’s word to John (Revelation 10:11), the members of the Body will be visited with Divine judgment. As soon as Moses was commissioned to prophesy to Pharaoh of God’s will, the Lord met him and sought to slay him because his son had not been circumcised (Exodus 4:24,25).
To be continued #9

Who is Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush Is the Daughter of Aleister Crowley

(Before It’s News)

[ZurichTimes] Barbara Bush is the Daughter of Aleister Crowley, the self-proclaimed most Evilest Man in the World. Yes the Black Magicians have been running this charade called Demoncracy from behind the scenes for several generations now headquartered in Washington DC, but being run defacto from Texas and Maine where the Bushes family homes are.

And we just now coming to realize that Daddy Bush has been the real behind the scenes and in front of the scenes Presidents ever since the assassination of JFK in Dallas and just like Magick that same city is now back in the news.

The Texas gang has run the show ever since with LBJ then Ford then Carter as the cloned older version of JFK then tried again with another assassination on Reagan, but it was unsuccessful and therefore he was allowed to live in return for keeping quiet and letting Daddy Bush run the show. Besides his mental and physical condition after the attempt was kept serious so he would not return to full
capacity.

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And the fun continued with his protege and partner in crime the Clintons who ran it with them for a few years and then another stolen election from Gore to get Junior “Arbusto” Bush into Power.

He ran the show under Daddy’s direction for another two terms and then passed on the stooge baton to Obama the impostor President who again ran the country into the ground for another two terms and then at the end of this story is where we are now in the present future in July 2016. About to elect another Clinton or a Questionable Trump whose VP selection choices are making everyone suspicious about his motives and affiliations.

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Next comes the great Reset2016.com event where and when all things will be Reset Together in Washington DC on 7 16 16 and the 16 Days of July will begin and the Nation will be offered up for another Ritual Sacrifice to the False Demon Gods of the Misguided.

How the Dallas Shootings Serve the Elite’s Race Wars and Police State Agenda

BY VC ON JULY 12, 2016 VIGILANT REPORTS

A “lone sniper” killed 5 police officers while injuring 11 others amidst a protest against police killings. This violent event occurred at a strategic time and perfectly serves the elite’s race war agenda. Was Micah Johnson a patsy of the elite?

The violent deaths of two Black men at the hand of police has prompted, once again, nationwide protest against police killings, especially within the Black community. The fact that the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were recorded on film only accentuated the outrage throughout the U.S. as viewers witnessed the graphic and sickening sight of murder. The videos also prevented police from providing an “official”, whitewashed account of the events.

These deaths ignited yet another national debate around the use of lethal force by police in situations devoid of immediate danger. Once again, Americans were faced with the fact that law enforcement has violated its own motto “to serve and protect” by killing citizens who could and should have been handled in a controlled and professional manner.

The resulting debate on the role and responsibilities of law enforcement was, however, quickly replaced by something more in tune with the elite’s agenda: Fear and racial division. Indeed, less than 48 hours after the police killings and at the height of national protest, a Black gunman shot and killed 5 police officers while injuring 11 others during a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas. The killer was later identified as Micah Johnson, a military veteran who “wanted to kill white people”. The powers that be could not have asked for a better event to change the narrative, polarize the population, accentuate racial division and justify more police oppression.

So was Micah Johnson a patsy programmed to carry out this elite-friendly operation? Difficult to say for sure. However, a look at the killer’s story provides important insight as his strange path is indeed symptomatic of a programmed slave.

MICAH JOHNSON – PROGRAMMED IN THE MILITARY?

Friends and family members reported a drastic change in Micah Johnson’s personality after his military service.

Johnson lived in Mesquite, Texas with his mother in a middle-class suburban home.  His friends described him as “sweet-hearted joker” who was involved in his community and worked with special-needs children. In 2009, Johnson enrolled in the military.

When he graduated in 2009 he joined the Amy Reserve serving in the 420th Engineer Brigade based at Seagoville, Texas where he became a carpentry and masonry specialist.

He underwent basic weapons training but was described by one fellow serviceman as a “terrible shot”.

In November 2013 Johnson was deployed to Bagram air base in Afghanistan. His job would have involved him in construction work on the base and there was no record of him being in a combat role, although there were photographs of him in military vehicles.
– The Telegraph, Dallas shooting: Who was Micah Johnson? Everything we know about the attacker.

It was during his stint in the military that Johnson took a turn for the worse. According to several acquaintances, Johnson returned from Afghanistan a changed person

“When he returned home in July 2014 friends said Johnson had changed, seeming withdrawn and to have lost the Christian faith instilled in him by his church-going mother.”
– Ibid.

“Johnson changed, she said. He was quieter, more reclusive and withdrawn, and would talk about the horrors of war. Before his tour, he was sweet and quiet, and would help other kids in the community, a neighbourhood she described as mixed, where people of all races and religions live.”
– CBC News, Dallas sniper ‘was not the same’ after time in Afghanistan, next-door neighbour says

“Micah Johnson went from being an extrovert to a “hermit”, Delphine Johnson told The Blaze website.

The military was not what Micah thought it would be,” she said. “He was very disappointed.”
– BBC, Micah Johnson: Dallas killer ‘changed’ by military experience

Johnson was sent home from the military after he was accused of sexual harassment by a female who told superiors he needed “mental help”. He may have joined the military a “sweet and quiet” person, but Johnson returned to American angry and unstable.

What happened during his stay in the military? Could his drastic change be attributed to post-traumatic stress disorder (although he was “specialized in carpentry and masonry” and was assigned to building duties)?

Could he have been subjected to MK-ULTRA programming during his military career? It’s impossible to know. One thing is certain: Military bases are a prime location for Delta programming – the mind-control program to train killers.
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DELTA is known as “killer” programming and was originally developed for training special agents or elite soldiers (i.e. Delta Force, First Earth Battalion, Mossad, etc.) in covert operations. Optimal adrenal output and controlled aggression is evident. Subjects are devoid of fear and very systematic in carrying out their assignment. Self-destruct or suicide instructions are layered in at this level.

Military bases are isolated, highly secured and packed with the necessary equipment to train and program a Delta alter. However, subjecting a victim to drugs and trauma in order to breakdown the core persona and to create an alter than can be triggered at will can lead to mental instability.

When Johnson was sent home for “sexual harassment” (which is usually dealt with using counseling in the military), he sought involvement with Black power groups. But his background barred him from joining.

Ken Moore of the Collective Black People’s Movement (CBPM) said that he was asked to look into Johnson by an unidentified black activist group. When he discovered the Army veteran was discharged for sexual harassment, he labelled him “unfit for recruitment.”

Malik Shabazz, former chair of the New Black Panther Party, told The Daily Beast that the background check system described by Moore effectively blacklisted Johnson from membership in black nationalist and black liberation groups across the country.

“Once you’re blacklisted by the alert that we put out, that’s a wrap,” Moore told The Daily Beast.
– The Daily Beast, Dallas Cop-Killer Micah Johnson Was Blacklisted by Black-Power Groups as ‘Unstable’

In the wake of the Dallas shootings, strange facts about Johnson have surfaced in the media. First, as it is often the case in false flag operations, conflicting and contradictory information was reported by the news. Early information described a “team of coordinated snipers” carrying out killings from buildings. Law enforcement later claimed that a lone gunman carried out all of the killingdied

Law enforcement originally suspected two shooters were present at the attack, but Chief David Brown said that Johnson, who was an Army reservist, had studied “shoot and scoot” tactics, where he would change locations quickly after firing off a series of rounds.

On Friday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described Johnson as “a mobile shooter” who had written manifestos on how to “shoot and move”.
– The Independent, Dallas shooter Micah Johnson wrote cryptic message in his own blood on wall before he died      

Some observers wondered how one man could have killed so many armed officers, when coordinated attacks from multiple snipers appears to be a more plausible strategy.

No matter what the case may be, after the death of Micah Johnson, more strange facts surfaced about him, many of which point towards his being a patsy.

Police are trying to decipher the meaning of a cryptic message left by the suspect in the Dallas shooting amid reports that he was planing an additional attack on a much larger scale.

During two hours of negotiations with officers in, he taunted authorities, laughing at them and at one point asking how many officers he had shot, according to the city’s police chief.

Johnson insisted on speaking with a black negotiator and wrote in blood on the wall of a parking garage where police cornered and later killed him, David Brown told CNN’s State Of The Union.
– The Independent, Dallas shooter Micah Johnson wrote cryptic message in his own blood on wall before he died

In short, many facts point towards him being programmed to carry out a strategically timed action to advance the elite’s agenda. What would the elite gain from such a horrific event? The advantages are manifold.

MILITARIZATION OF POLICE AND POLICE STATE TACTICS

Micah Johnson was killed by a police robot equipped with a bomb. This unprecedented method of neutralizing a threat has raised ethical questions, as it is indeed one of the first cases of police killing an individual using a robotic device. Was there a better event to introduce this new killing method?

On a larger scale, these type of events justify the militarization of police as a whole, complete with military grade equipment and guerrilla tactics. As more crimes involve military tactics, the police will be justified to use a military-style response. The concepts of domestic terrorism and martial law are becoming an integral part of law enforcement vocabulary.

The Dallas shootings also justified a more immediate action, in the use of military grade force by police against protesters.

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RACE WAR

The most profound effect of the Dallas shootings is related to an important agenda in America: Racial division and the instigation of race wars. There are currently leaders in both Black and White communities who are working towards the provocation of a race war. Coincidentally or not, profound and explosive division within the population is exactly what the elite is looking for. “Divide and conquer” is the oldest strategy in the book of those in power and it remains the most effective one. A population united against a police state is bad for the elite. A population divided against itself around issues that do not concern the elite is great for the elite.

IN CONCLUSION

The Dallas shootings were carried out by a man who was “institutionalized” by the military system. His story and actions are symptomatic of an MK Delta slave, programmed to carry out strategic killings on behalf of the elite and to take the ultimate fall for it.

We may never know the full story, but the truth remains the same. The attack attributed to Micah Johnson is perfectly in line with the elite’s goals: It has justified more police state action while swiftly advancing an even more brutal component of the agenda: Race wars.

Giant Beast Man Update – Is There Finally Proof of Giants?

Back in January I was contacted concerning the possibility that there was a “giant beast man” buried on their property (read that post here). They told me that they’d been in contact with other people concerning the matter, and then suddenly all contact just stopped. Emails weren’t returned and the blog seemed to be abandoned.

Is there finally hard evidence of giants as mentioned in Genesis?
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I’d forgotten all about it until early this morning when I received an email telling me that they’d followed through with the dig, and may have DNA evidence. I’m sharing this with you now, and I’m going to say the same thing I said before: I’m still skeptical, but I want to see how this plays out because I’m definitely curious, and hopeful that it turns out to be real.
You can find the latest update, which includes a few new pics, on their blog (click here). I’m subscribed to the blog, and I’ll make sure to send updates as they come in. This could turn out to be an exciting few weeks if what they say is true.
Click here to read their blog.

Black Dallas Shooter Was ‘Upset’ With BLM…Why?

By Brother Nathanael Kapner July 10, 2016

DEAR DIARY, THE NEWS about the Dallas shooting left me much troubled.
A peaceful march to protest perceived police violence against blacks organized by a black Baptist pastor turned into a nightmare.
Five police ended up being killed by a black sniper who was a veteran of America’s Afghanistan war.
What caught my eye was that the sniper Micah X Johnson told the cops when cornered in the El Centro College Garage that he was “upset” with Black Lives Matter.
Why was he upset? Dallas PD doesn’t have an answer.
This was never explained by the Jew-owned press and no one thought of pursuing this question: What was Johnson’s gripe against Black Lives Matter?
While the international Black Lives Matter movement is cast as a “virtuous” group fighting “injustice” against blacks, it has a suspicious origin since it was launched by three black leftist radical feminist lesbians in 2013.
With ties to George Soros’ ACORN Lobby, the founders (with apparent money and media enabling) exploited the acquittal of George Zimmerman’s in the Trayvon Martin case so as to bring their Marxist “racial rage” into the public eye.
As the group took wings using a Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, they soon adopted the phrase “Hands Up–Don’t Shoot!” as its trademark slogan of the false Ferguson narrative built from the media-driven proven lies of Dorian Johnson–star witness in the Brown incident. Michael Brown never surrendered with his hands up.
A myriad of communist groups spurred the growth of Black Lives Matter, all under the advocacy of the Jewish-run Southern Poverty Law Center.

THE QUESTION arises: is Black Lives Matter a cover group to funnel money and arms to street gangs and militant blacks?
And aren’t these gangs touting themselves as “revolutionaries” and “freedom fighters?”
Sounds to me that Jewish communists (the same who put Obama in the White House) might get for themselves with the cover movement “Black Lives Matter” a repeat of the Bolshevik Revolution so as to create a whole new Jew World Order.
A clue to it all is to find out who’s funding Black Lives Matter and associated black race-baiting causes. (I smell “Jew” all the way.)
First of all, as of last January the leftist Jewish billionaire George Soros gave $34 million in seed money to Black Lives Matter affiliated groups in furtherance of his agenda to overturn a Christian-informed society.
Second, the leftist group, Democracy Alliance (DA)—launched by George Soros in 2006—met in DC last November with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement to discuss funding for its burgeoning ‘protest’ movement.
Billionaire Jewish donors including Tom Steyer and Paul Egerman, DA’s treasurer, were on the list to attend the DA meeting.
Third, Democracy Alliance head, Phillip Gara LaMarche, (a typical Gentile shill for the Jews) has worked for George Soros and the ACLU, both militantly active in subverting a Christian-informed society.

WHICH BRINGS ME to the sniper Micah X Johnson’s gripe with Black Lives Matter.
Was he upset because the #BLM flash mob he was expecting didn’t show up at the sound of his rants on Twitter and Facebook to start a race riot?
Well, he certainly will be assured by demons in hell that fellow demons on earth (Jews) are about to create racially-impelled chaos throughout the United States bolstered by Obama and reinforced by Clinton.
It’s no secret that Clinton has placed herself squarely in the arms of “black” interests and (no kidding) a huge black-voter endorsement.
Oh, Hillary’s jumping right on the Black Lives Matter’s ‘anti-white cop’ bandwagon!
And so dear diary, sad to say, the unraveling of America has only just begun.

3 Boggling Facts In Hillary Email Cover-Up/Dallas Shooting

By Jon Rappoport

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Arch-Globalist Hillary Clinton’s no-prosecution, the recent exit of Britain from the EU which torpedoed the unchecked advance of Globalism, the current Presidential campaign which features a candidate (formerly two candidates) attacking Globalism as no major candidate ever has before—all this suddenly fades from public consciousness in the specter of the Dallas shootings—the racial conflict that has been decades in the making—made in America, by Globalists, for the express purpose of Divide and Conquer.

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Here are the top three actions of the past few days that conspired to free her, while actually revealing how culpable she is, to anyone with a few working brain cells:

One: Just by chance, US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, the highest law-enforcement official in the land, runs into Bill Clinton at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. They talk in secret, as the FBI is wrapping up its email-scandal probe and is preparing to present its findings. This Lynch-Clinton meeting assures one and all that the fix is in. “Hillary’s guilty, but we’re going to find her innocent.

Two: In an unprecedented move, FBI Director Comey holds a global press conference. He runs down a massive list of Hillary’s actions, leaving no doubt she is guilty of gross negligence in her handling of classified materials. But then he does an abrupt turn and recommends no prosecution, because the Bureau found no evidence she intended to do harm.

Comey knows, and ensuing press reports emphasize, that intent is not the legal issue. The Federal Penal Code (Title 18, section 793f) makes that clear. Gross negligence is sufficient for prosecution, conviction, and a sentence of up to ten years in prison.

Furthermore, why is an FBI Director making his recommendation in public, before the world? His job is simply to turn over the evidence to his boss, Attorney General Lynch, who will decide whether prosecution is the next step. But since, a day earlier, Lynch inexplicably said she would blindly follow the FBI’s recommendation—thereby abdicating her duty as Attorney General—Comey is suddenly doing her job and occupying her position. He is, for the moment, the US Attorney General.

As any fool can see.

Comey is also an appellate judge, because he is interpreting Title 18 of the Federal Penal Code—and interpreting it falsely.

As any fool can see.

Three: Comey then appears before the Congress for a grilling. Are we to assume he expected to get off easily? Of course not. He knew he would be raked over the coals, and in the process he would reveal more clearly how Hillary had violated the law. Comey would continue to assert there was no need for prosecution, while showing the world that prosecution was exactly the proper path. And that’s what happened, during Comey’s conversation with Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Four main facts emerged out of Comey’s mouth:

1. When Hillary said she didn’t use her personal server to send or receive emails marked “classified,” she lied.
When Hillary said she didn’t send classified material, she lied.
2. When Hillary said she used only one device that was connected to her personal server, she lied. She used four.
3. When Hillary said she returned all work-related emails from her personal storage to the State Department, she lied. She didn’t return thousands of emails.
4. Comey admits all this under questioning. He further concedes that lies of this nature would normally be used to mount a prosecution.

Not only that, these lies would be used to form a circumstantial case for intent, the very issue on which Comey found Hillary “innocent.”

Could Comey, Loretta Lynch, and Obama have figured out a worse way to exonerate Hillary? It’s hard to imagine.

More likely, Obama and Lynch decided to put the egg on Comey’s face. He would have to take one for the team.

Comey, in turn, decided that if he was going to be the fall-guy, he would, in the process, lay out the details showing how guilty Hillary was. After all, his own people, his own FBI investigators, had assembled an air-tight case against Hillary. Comey knew they would boil with rage when he exonerated her. So he threw a bone to his team. In effect, he said to them: “I have to recommend no prosecution, but I’ll expose some of what you discovered.

The question now is, will one or more of Comey’s FBI investigators leak further devastating facts, revealing Hillary’s guilt, to the press?

By chance, this whole travesty of justice was suddenly overshadowed by the events in Dallas, where snipers shot 12 police officers and killed five.

Arch-Globalist Hillary Clinton’s no-prosecution, the recent exit of Britain from the EU which torpedoed the unchecked advance of Globalism, the current Presidential campaign which features a candidate (formerly two candidates) attacking Globalism as no major candidate ever has before—all this suddenly fades from public consciousness in the specter of the Dallas shootings—the racial conflict that has been decades in the making—made in America, by Globalists, for the express purpose of Divide and Conquer.

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Unconstitutional And Dangerous: The Government “Watch List” Plan

By Tenth Amendment Center

“Here’s the short version. Whatever power you give politicians and bureaucrats to use against other people will eventually be used by future politicians and bureaucrats against you.” – Michael Boldin, Tenth Amendment Center
Unconstitutional And Dangerous: The Government “Watch List” Plan

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Is The CIA Manipulating The Weather?

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By Derrick Broze

In a recent speech, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency discussed the controversial topic of geoengineering, leading some activists to ask whether the agency is actively and deliberately modifying the weather.

In late June, John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting about threats to global security. Director Brennan mentioned a number of threats to stability before discussing the science of geoengineering. Brennan said the technologies “potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change.”

According to a 2013 congressional report:

The term ‘geoengineering’ describes this array of technologies that aim, through large-scale and deliberate modifications of the Earth’s energy balance, to reduce temperatures and counteract anthropogenic climate change. Most of these technologies are at the conceptual and research stages, and their effectiveness at reducing global temperatures has yet to be proven. Moreover, very few studies have been published that document the cost, environmental effects, socio-political impacts, and legal implications of geoengineering. If geoengineering technologies were to be deployed, they are expected to have the potential to cause significant transboundary effects.

In general, geoengineering technologies are categorized as either a carbon dioxide removal (CDR) method or a solar radiation management (SRM) (or albedo-modification)method. CDR methods address the warming effects of greenhouse gases by removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. CDR methods include ocean fertilization, and carbon capture and sequestration. SRM methods address climate change by increasing the reflectivity of the Earth’s atmosphere or surface.
Aerosol injection and space-based reflectors are examples of SRM methods. SRM methods do not remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, but can be deployed faster with relatively immediate global cooling results compared to CDR methods.

Director Brennan specifically mentions a type of SRM known as stratospheric aerosol injection, or SAI. As Brennan notes, SAI is “a method of seeding the stratosphere with particles that can help reflect the sun’s heat, in much the same way that volcanic eruptions do.

Brennan goes on to claim that an SAI geoengineering program could limit global temperature increases, a claim that has been disputed in several studies. For example, Activist Post recently reported on a new analysis released by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The FMI is the government agency responsible for reporting weather data and forecasts in Finland. The Institute’s study, “Modelling radiative and climate effects of aerosols: from Anthropogenic emissions to geoengineering,” examined the potential for SRM to combat climate change.

The study specifically looked at two types of SRM. The first involved marine aerosol concentrations use to increase clouds, while the second looked at increasing the amount of sulphur concentrated in the stratosphere. The researchers stated that their key objectives were to “investigate the potential of aerosols to cool the climate at the global scale, and identify the possible limits in the effectiveness of the Solar Radiation Management techniques as well as the risks related to these techniques.

The researchers found that the geoengineering techniques which were studied do in fact have the potential to cool the climate and slow down warming. “However, the cooling effect has limitations,” the team writes. “The cooling effect attributable to aerosols would be rather small due to the geographical change in tropospheric aerosol emissions or change in energy production studied here when compared to the warming due to the increased greenhouse gas emissions,” the paper states.

In other words, the effort, money, and time it would take to invest and create geoengineering methods would likely do very little to actually limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers even state that, based on their models, if the world replaced coal with nuclear power for energy production it would lead to a “temporal cooling effect,” but after several years “the warming effect from simultaneously increased GHG emission would exceed the cooling effect.” Also, the cooling that does result from an increase in aerosols is “often achieved at the cost of air quality” which could “lead to an increase in premature mortality.

In February 2015, an international committee of scientists released a report stating that geo-engineering techniques are not a viable alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat the effects of climate change. The committee report called for further research and understanding of various geoengineering techniques, including carbon dioxide removal schemes and solar-radiation management before implementation.

The scientists found that SRM techniques are likely to present “serious known and possible unknown environmental, social, and political risks, including the possibility of being deployed unilaterally.” The report was sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. intelligence community, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, if geoengineering programs were started and then suddenly halted, the planet could see an immediate rise in temperatures, particularly over land. The study, titled, “The Impact of Abrupt Suspension of Solar Radiation Management,” seems to indicate that once geoengineering begins, the programs cannot be suspended without causing the very problem the engineering was intended to solve.

Conspiracy Fact or Theory?

The idea that aerosols could be sprayed from planes is eerily reminiscent of various conspiracies involving the government using weather control technology to manipulate world events. This is what is derogatorily called the “Chemtrails Conspiracy.” Essentially, some believe geoengineering is actively taking place in our skies, and the “contrails” are actually geoengineering programs covertly being carried out. The “chemtrails” label comes from the portion of the crowd that believes these programs are delivering dangerous chemical additives to the food, water, soil, and humans below for nefarious purposes.

Despite the knee-jerk dismissal from many casual researchers, the theories might be grounded in reality. In February 2015, while speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, Professor Alan Robock discussed the possibility that the CIA is using the weather as a weapon of war. Robock has done research for the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) in the past.

Robock stated he was phoned by two men claiming to be from the CIA, asking whether or not it was possible for hostile governments to use geoengineering against the United States.

Professor Robock’s fears of the government using the weather as a weapon are not completely unfounded. In a 1996 document entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather by 2025”  the U.S. Air Force discusses a number of proposals for using the weather as a weapon. The Environmental Modification Treaty was signed by the United States and other nations to halt global weather modification.

But the government did not simply research these ideas, they actually implemented them. During the Vietnam War the US government operated covert weather modification programs under Operation Popeye. The government does not only experiment with technology in foreign countries, they like to try it at home as well. In 2012 it was revealed that the US Army sprayed toxic chemicals
over the skies of St. Louis without informing the public.

Whether or not Professor Robock’s theory is correct remains to be seen; but for now, Director Brennan’s speech makes it perfectly clear that America’s favorite spy agency is interested in manipulating the weather on a global scale. Whether it’s happening already or will be in the near future, the thought of the CIA (or any agency of government) using the weather as a weapon of war should make it clear that the U.S. government is not operating with reason or concern for the people.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Ye Shall Receive Power, #7

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“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
We understand beyond all doubt that Christ was born of a virgin, ministered on the earth, was crucified for our sins, rose in triumph over death, and ascended into a cloud in full view of many witnesses.
We understand also, beyond all doubt, that Christ will come again in precisely the same manner in which He departed, and in full view of many witnesses. We do not believe in any secret coming of the Lord to “catch away His Bride to Heaven.
There are two comings of Christ described in Micah 5:1-4: one to the manger in Bethlehem, the other to the world as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Or, we may take the point of view that there is only one coming of the Lord. Jesus came two thousand years ago. His coming continues as people are born again and He enters their personalities. Finally He will be revealed from Heaven with His saints and holy angels for all the world to behold.
The exalted Head of Christ, He whose “goings forth have been from of old,” came in the flesh two thousand years ago. Then He ascended into Heaven, there to make intercession for us in the Presence of the Father. We know Christ is at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. We know also He is with us to the end of the age and that He has been born in us and is abiding in us.
In the meantime, Christ has sent another Member of the Godhead to us—the Holy Spirit. The body and blood of the crucified and risen Christ are being fed to us through the Holy Spirit. Christ is being formed in us.
Each member of the Body of Christ reveals in himself or herself the death and resurrection of the Lord. We do more than merely tell other people that Christ died and rose again, we demonstrate that eternal truth in our personality (II Corinthians 4:10,11).
Because Christ lives, we live. As He is, so are we in the world.
Therefore every Christian in whom Christ is abiding is a continuation of Christ’s coming. Prophetic “time” is waiting to resume, as far as the nation of Israel is concerned. In fact, all Israel will be delivered from ungodliness when “the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25).
The resurrection Life of Christ is in us. We are His Body. We are His fullness (Ephesians 1:23).
As Christ is coming to fullness in us, and we are keeping His Word and revealing in our personalities the power of His coming, He will be able to enter us in an even greater measure, bringing the Father with Him. The fullness of this experience will take place, as we understand it, during the seventieth week—coming to a climax at the end of the week as the Lord Jesus descends from Heaven in full view of the whole world (Revelation 1:7).
During the first half of the seventieth week Christ will come to us as the latter rain (Hosea 6:3). All the miracles set forth in the entire Scriptures, plus many never before witnessed on the earth, will be unleashed through the saints as the end-time preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom is carried forth.
To be continued #8

Ye Shall Receive Power, #6

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Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.” (Micah 5:3)
Why would the approximately two thousand years of the era of the Christian Church be viewed as an interval of time not recorded by the prophetic clock? It is because the major purpose of the Christian Era has been the creation of the Body of Christ, the fullness of Christ. As soon as the Body of Christ has been created, the ministry of Christ spoken of by the Prophets of Israel will proceed according to the oracles.
It is as though the death and resurrection of Christ is being spread out over the two thousand year period as each member of the Body of Christ reveals in himself or herself the death and resurrection of Christ (Philippians 3:10).
As soon as the entire Body of Christ has been brought “to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” the Father and Christ will make Their eternal abode in the members of the Body (John 14:23). Then the Head and the Body, acting in the fullness of the Holy Spirit of God, will fulfill the words of the Hebrew prophets concerning the ministry of Christ.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)
The above passage refers to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem of Judaea.
What will happen then, according to the Prophet Micah (verse 3)?
Therefore will he” [Christ]
Give them up” [the Israelites].
Until the time she which travaileth” [the Christian Church—Galatians 4:19; Revelation, Chapter 12].
Hath brought forth” [Christ in the Body of Christ].
Then the remnant of his brothers shall return unto the children of Israel” [the Christian saints will assist in the reconciliation of the Jewish remnant to Christ during the seventieth week].
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: . . . .” (Daniel 9:27)
As we understand it, the above “week” during which the covenant is confirmed to God’s elect will take place just prior to the Lord’s return to earth.
Notice that after the remnant of Christ’s brothers return to the children of Israel, the Kingdom of God is brought forth:
And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he [Christ] be great unto the ends of the earth.” (Micah 5:4)
Paul reveals that deliverance will come to Israel as Christ works through the members of His Body:
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:26)
That the Christian saints are Zion (“Sion“) is shown in Hebrews 12:22:
But ye (Christians) are come to mount Sion, . . . .
Mount Zion is the Church of Christ:
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, . . . .” (Hebrews 12:23).
The “mystery” of the Christian Era is Christ being formed in us (Colossians 1:27). As soon as the Body of Christ has been formed to God’s standard, the mystery of God “should be finished” (Revelation 10:7), and there will be delay no longer. The ministry of Christ, of the Servant of the Lord, will continue as prophesied (Isaiah 42:1).
To be continued #7

3 Paralyzing Theological Mindsets

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There is no way a professional athlete could be successful if she was convinced that her team was destined to lose. There is no way a soldier in the army could be successful if he was convinced the enemy was going to triumph. Yet many Christians labor under a similar mindset, convinced that the world will only get worse before Jesus returns, convinced that Satan will win the coming battles before the coming of the Lord.

Not only is that attitude unhealthy and self-defeating. It is also unbiblical.

Allow me, then, to confront three paralyzing theological mindsets.

The first mindset sees every spiritual and moral setback as evidence that we are living in the final apostasy prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24. There He said, “And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:10-12).

Like clockwork, as soon as a new, heretical teaching begins to spread, or as soon as a Christian denomination denies a fundamental doctrine, or as soon as a prominent leader falls, believers begin to say, “This is it! This is the falling away Jesus spoke of! This is the last great apostasy!”

This kind of thinking results in an attitude of resignation, of throwing in the towel, of getting into the bunker mentality where we hunker down among the faithful few until Jesus comes and rescues us. There is nothing biblical about that way of thinking.

Even if we agree that Matthew 24:10-12 applies to the end of the age (rather than to the time before the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.; some would argue it applies to both periods of time), what makes us so sure that the current defection we are witnessing is that defection?
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BILL O’REILLY SHARED PHOTOS OF BARACK OBAMA IN TRADITIONAL ISLAMIC DRESS ON HIS PROGRAM WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLAIMING THEY WERE FROM HIS HALF-BROTHER MALIK’S WEDDING. The Fox News host said it was ‘very difficult’ to verify the exact location of the photographs – a similar set of which were first released back in 2004 by Malik and previously published on DailyMail.com – but claimed they were taken in Maryland in the early 1990s. ‘According to his half-sister, Barack Obama attended his half-brother’s wedding in the early 1990s. Malik Obama was a Muslim,’ said O’Reilly.

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

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BILL O’REILLY SHARED PHOTOS OF BARACK OBAMA IN TRADITIONAL ISLAMIC DRESS ON HIS PROGRAM WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLAIMING THEY WERE FROM HIS HALF-BROTHER MALIK’S WEDDING.

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The Fox News host said it was ‘very difficult’ to verify the exact location of the photographs – a similar set of which were first released back in 2004 by Malik and previously published on DailyMail.com – but claimed they were taken in Maryland in the early 1990s.

‘According to his half-sister, Barack Obama attended his half-brother’s wedding in the early 1990s. Malik Obama was a Muslim,’ said O’Reilly.

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The Factor has obtained pictures allegedly from that wedding, which we believe was held in Maryland.’ Malik was married in 1981 for the first time and President Obama was his best man at that ceremony. He now has multiple wives.

O’REILLY USED THE PHOTOS IN A MONOLOGUE ALLEGING THE PRESIDENT’S ‘DEEP EMOTIONAL TIES TO ISLAM’ HAVE STOPPED HIM EFFECTIVELY COMBATING ISIS WHILE ALSO SAYING HE BELIEVES THE PHOTOS PROVE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT A ‘DEVOUT CHRISTIAN.’
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He did this while attacking President Obama hours after he revealed he would not be withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, saying: ‘President Obama, as we all know, will not even use the words Islamic terrorism.

Again today when telling the nation that America will maintain eight-thousand troops in Afghanistan, the president did not accurately describe the situation there, putting forth that it was more about politics than Islamic terror.

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O’REILLY CLAIMS THE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAILURE TO IDENTIFY THE TERRORIST THREAT FACING AMERICA HAS ALLOWED ISIS TO RUN AMOK IN THE MIDDLE EAST, A MISTAKE HE CLAIMS THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF WILL NOT ACKNOWLEDGE.

‘There is no question the Obama administration’s greatest failure is allowing the Islamic terror group ISIS to run wild, murdering thousands of innocent people all over the world, including many Muslims,’ said O’Reilly.

‘Mr. Obama has never, never acknowledged that mistake, nor does he define the ISIS threat accurately.

‘That group is killing innocent people in order to impose a radical version of Islam on the world. The jihad is solely based on theology, perverted as it may be.’

Obama’s refusal to use the phrase ‘Islamic terrorism’, preferring instead to say ‘militants’ or simply ‘terrorists’ has long been a sore spot for his Republican detractors, including Donald Trump. source

Clinton’s Lies Will Die

By Brother Nathanael Kapner July 7, 2016

WHEN AMERICA WAS NOT under the rule of Jews, a Hillary Clinton would have gotten no further than employed as an hourly wage clerk at the local five-and-dime.
But times have morphed into Jewmerica’s culture of deceit, the politics of lying is commonplace, and rank mediocrities who act as puppets for Jews can park their arses on a swivel chair all the way into the Oval Office at the White House.
And although FBI Director James Comey told Congress that Clinton lied about her emails when testifying under Congressional oath, pressing “perjury” charges is a problematic task and could take months to pursue.
And besides, a prosecutor required to prove “intent to deceive” as an element of perjury will give Hillary and her Jewish enablers—like George Soros, JB Pritzker, and Haim Saban—plenty of wiggle room in a trial court to crawl out of the charge…especially with the Star of David parked on Capitol Hill.
It wouldn’t be the first time Hillary set up a scheme to conceal in order to bypass customary channels of public information, official business, and justice.

HERE’S WHAT FBI DIRECTOR James Comey had to say at today’s hearing:
Gowdy: Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her emails either sent or received. Was that true?
Comey: That’s not true.
Gowdy: Clinton said, ‘I did not send classified email to anyone on my email. There is no classified material.’ Was that true?
Comey: There was classified material emailed.
Gowdy: Clinton said she used just one device. Was that true?
Comey: She used multiple devices during the four years of her term as Secretary of State.
Gowdy: Clinton said, ‘All work-related emails were returned to the State Department.’ Was that true?
Comey: No. We found work-related emails, thousands, that were not returned. View View Entire Story (Mobile View) Here.

THAT’S ENOUGH EVIDENCE to toss any candidate into the trash bin of political stalking…or used to be, in better times, (pre-Jewish rule), when merely the scandal alone would have killed Hillary’s chances.
But Clinton is so prized by Jews—who control the entire electoral system—though drawn out of a sewer, Hillary’s Jewish enablers will douse her with eau de cologne so she smells like the queen of the prom while the sewage seeps from her skin.
And the queen may soon be king, and her partner in crimes and misdemeanors, Bill, may soon be queen.
Cross-dressing is now the fashion and every White House closet will soon nestle even more Jews. Even the mothballs, turned rancid, will be marked “Kosher.”
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Khazaria—the Myth of Anti-Semitism Exposed at Last!!

Here is the dictionary definition of MYTH:
Etymology: New Latin mýthus, from Late Latin mýthos, from Greek muthos.
A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. An unfounded or false notion. A person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence. Idle fancy, fable, fiction.
Here is the dictionary definition of ANTI-SEMITISM:
1. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
2. Discrimination against Jews.
In this Biblical, historical, and factual exposé, we will give the reasons for the existence of Old Khazaria . . . and New Khazaria!!

The most cruel hoax in history!!
The most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated” are the words used to describe this “Jewish” hoax or myth by a Khazar author named Arthur Koestler:
This was written before the full extent of the holocaust was known, but that does not alter the fact that the large majority of surviving Jews in the world is of Eastern European—and thus perhaps mainly of Khazar—origin. If so, this would mean that their ancestors came not from the Jordan but from the Volga, not from Canaan but from the Caucasus, once believed to be the cradle of the Aryan race; and that genetically they are more closely related to the Hun, Uigur and Magyar tribes than to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Should this turn out to be the case, then the term “anti-Semitism” would become void of meaning, based on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims. The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated. (Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 17).

The Khazars adopted the religion of the Samaritans or fake Jews around 740 A.D. By that time, this religion became know as Judaism.

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Old Khazaria.

Old Khazaria existed from about 500 AD to about 1000 AD.
Old Khazaria adopted the religion of the Samaritans, now called Judaism, around 740 AD.
Khazaria was reborn on May 14, 1948.

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New Khazaria

Of course the eminent author Mr. Koestler blames HISTORY for perpetuating this hoax or lie, but JOSHUA (Jesus) said that satan the devil is the father of lies:
When he (satan) speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44).
New Khazaria would not exist today except for this imaginary Holocaust which served to win them sympathy throughout the world.

Holocaust comes from the Latin Vulgate Version!!
The word HOLOCAUST comes from the Latin Vulgate and appears 359 times. In the English Bible, the word is translated BURNT OFFERING or sacrifice by fire:
And Noah built an altar unto JEHOVAH: and taking of all cattle and fowls that were clean, offered holocausts (Lat. holocausta) upon the altar.” (Genesis 8:20, Latin Vulgate Version).
Here is the famous story of JEHOVAH commanding Abraham to offer up his son Isaac (a type of Christ) as a burnt offering:
Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw behind his back a ram, amongst the briers, sticking fast by the horns, which he took and offered for a holocaust (Lat. holocaustum) instead of his son.” (Genesis 22:13, Latin Vulgate Version).
In order to have a JEWISH Holocaust you MUST have Jews….No Jews . . . no Jewish Holocaust….It is not rocket science to figure that out….The real Jews disappeared from history when their task of bringing the Messiah into the world was fulfilled.
There was no Holocaust of the Khazars either because satan does not cast out satan or get rid of his own people. Joshua the Messiah said:
“And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?” (Mark 3:23).
According to the World Almanac and Book of Facts, there were about 15,000,000 “Jews” in the world in 1934. According to the same source, there were just about the same number in 1946.

World Almanac and Book of Facts for 1934
Religious Population of the
World
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Sect No. Amer.

So. Amer. Europe

Asia Africa Oceania

Total
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Jews 4,000,000
100,000 10,000,000
1,000,000 500,000
30,000 15,630,000
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These figures are available in the World Almanac found in many colleges and the Library of Congress. According to the Khazars, the “Holocaust” took place from 1939 to 1945.
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World Almanac and Book of Facts for 1946
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Religious Population of the World
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Sect No. Amer.

So. Amer. Europe

Asia Africa Oceania

Total
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Jews 4,971,261
226,958 9,372,666
572,930 542,869
26,954 15,753,638
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This 6 million perishing in this mythic “Holocaust” with no diminution of numbers is as great a miracle as Moses opening up the Red Sea or Joshua (Joshua 10:12) causing the sun and moon to stand still.

The reason for the existence of Old Khazaria
In one of the greatest of the great prophecies of the Bible, JEHOVAH gives the entire history of the human race in advance from about 500 B.C., to the end of time.
JEHOVAH presented this history in advance in the form of a terrifying statue or image that appeared to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in a nightmare . . . which the king promptly forgot when he awoke.
None of his astrologers or “wise men” could be of any help to him in interpreting the dream because they were all charlatans and fakes.
Daniel the Jewish prophet, who was a captive in Babylon, came to the rescue and told the king his forgotten dream . . . and its interpretation:
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.” (Daniel 2:37-40).
Notice that the 4 empires follow one another in SUCCESSION and there is no gap or break between them.

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4 world empires of Daniel chapter 2.

The king of Babylon had a dream in which he saw all of world history from his day to the end of time.
Daniel the prophet interpreted the dream as a colossal statue composed of 4 different metals, representing 4 successive world empires.
The legs of iron represented the divided Roman Empire.

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4 metals statue of Daniel chapter 2.

The Rock that destroys the image represents Christ at His Second Coming.
The 4 metals correspond to the 4 empires which the king saw in his dream. The Rock symbolizes Christ, who will destroy all earthly empires at His Second Coming.
Even before the time of Constantine, there were several Roman Emperors who lived in several cities besides Rome. The division started in earnest with Constantine.
(Statue of Constantine in York, England.)
Constantine was a British GIANT who conquered the entire Roman Empire.
His iron legions trod down the entire Empire from Britain to Persia.
In 324, he decided to build a new capital in the East at Byzantium, and leave Old Rome to the Papal dynasty.

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Colossal head of Constantine in Rome.

After he became sole master of the Roman Empire, Constantine began building a new capital at a Greek city called Byzantium.

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Today the city is called Istanbul.

Constantinople—the New Rome—soon became a rival to Old Rome in splendor and riches.
Eastern Emperors often ruled Rome from this new upstart city.

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Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire.

Naturally, Old Rome was not about to give pride of place to this new upstart so the rivalry and competition began almost immediately.
Beginning about 400 A.D., and lasting until 1453, Old Rome sent one conqueror after another to destroy Constantinople. These 10 would-be conquerors of Constantinople by no means exhaust the list:
Huns Persians Arabs Magyars Pechenegs
Khazars Mongols Normans Franks Turks
All of these 10 nations or tribe served many false gods or idols, but they were united in their determination to destroy the Eastern Roman Empire.
Only one of them adopted a false religion named “Judaism” and that tribe was called Khazars….The Khazars were actually a branch of the dreaded Huns who invaded from the Far East around 430 A.D.
The Eastern Emperors were masters of the Roman art of divide and conquer….They often played one enemy against another, and Emperor Heraclius (610-641), bought the Khazar king off with an offer of marriage into the royal family:
This decision did not, however, mean that the Emperor intended to leave Constantinople and its defenders to look after themselves. On the contrary, Patriarch Sergius and the Patrician Bonus, to whom he jointly entrusted the city’s defence, found themselves deluged with orders, instructions, advice and messages of encouragement. These last were posted publicly in the streets and had an immediate effect, firing the whole population with determination and enthusiasm for the struggle ahead. Heraclius himself meanwhile turned his attention to one of the principal Hunnish tribes of the Caucasus, the Khazars, intercepting them as they returned from a raiding expedition in Azerbaijan and dazzling their Khagan, Ziebil, by the splendour of his court, which he maintained even when on campaign, and by the richness of his presents. In the course of one of their several conversations, he showed the Khagan a picture of his daughter Epiphania and promised him her hand in marriage. Ziebil, enchanted by the picture and flattered beyond measure both by the treatment he was receiving and by the prospect of himself’ joining the imperial family, offered Heraclius 40,000 of his best men in return. (Fortunately for Epiphania, he was dead by the end of the year; the poor girl was thus spared the grim fate to which her father had unhesitatingly consigned her). (Norwich, Byzantium: The Early Centuries, p. 294).
Until the year 760 A.D., the Khazars were idolaters and shamans, who worshipped many false gods. In that year, King Bulan, decided to adopt the religion of Talmudic Judaism. His so-called “conversion” accompanied by dreams and visions almost mirrored that of the false prophet named Mohammed.

King Bulan was the first Khazar to adopt Judaism!!
By this time, the religion of the Samaritans was called Judaism.
King Bulan was the first of his pagan tribe to adopt the religion of Judaism. At that time, everybody had to be the same religion as their king, so every member of his shamanistic tribe was now a JEW:
Joseph’s narrative starts with a eulogy of his ancestor, King Bulan, a great conqueror and a wise man who “drove out the sorcerers and idolators from his land“. Subsequently an angel appeared to King Bulan in his dreams, exhorting him to worship the only true God, and promising that in exchange He would “bless and multiply Bulan’s offspring, and deliver his enemies into his hands, and make his kingdom last to the end of the world.” This, of course, is inspired by the story of the Covenant in Genesis; and it implies that the Khazars too claimed the status of a Chosen Race, who made their own Covenant with the Lord, even though they were not descended from Abraham’s seed. (Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 66).
Even the so-called rabbis from Baghdad, who converted the king, were not real Jews but Samaritans who supplanted the real Jews after the final destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 135 A.D.

The Russians forced the Khazars to abandon Khazaria
These pagan Khazars would not join the Orthodox Church and cease fighting vainly against Constantinople, so the emerging Russian Orthodox state put an end to Old Khazaria.
Constantinople had an aggressive missionary spirit and the conversion of Russia was the most far-sighted event in their 1000 year turbulent history.
Russia at that time was a small principality centered around the city of Kiev in present day Ukraine.

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Saint Vladimir (958-1015).

Saint Vladimir is known as the “baptizer” of Russia because his conversion led to the conversion of that GREAT nation to Orthodox Christianity.
Henceforth Khazaria was caught in a vise between Russia and Constantinople.

After Russia’s conversion to Orthodoxy, the clergy rallied that GREAT nation to throw off the Khazar and Mongol yokes:
A crushing blow was dealt to the Khazar Empire by Svyatoslav, Grand Duke of Kiev (ruled 962-972), the son of Prince Igor and Igor’s wife Olga. His life was one of war and conquest. The Rus’ian Primary Chronicle recorded that, as part of his childhood upbringing, Svyatoslav was tutored by Asmund and instructed in military tactics by the voievoda (military commander) Svynel’d. Medieval accounts described him as a “valiant” and “strong” leader who “undertook many campaigns.” (Brook, The Jews of Khazaria, p.193).
The Khazars were forced out of their base in the Caucasus and most of them migrated to Eastern Europe. That alone counts for the presence of “Jews” in Eastern Europe and Germany.
It’s now easy to see why the vengeful Khazars a.k.a. “Jews” were behind the Russian Revolution and Communism.

A 12th century Khazar state in the Mideast!
Incredible as it may seems, the Khazars tried to establish a “Jewish” state in the Mideast in order to prepare for the Messiah:
Another bit of semi-legendary, semi-historical folklore connected with the Khazars survived into modern times, and so fascinated Benjamin Disraeli that he used it as material for a historical romance: The Wondrous Tale of Alroy. In the twelfth century there arose in Khazaria a Messianic movement, a rudimentary attempt at a Jewish crusade, aimed at the conquest of Palestine by force of arms. The initiator of the movement was a Khazar Jew, one Solomon ben Duji (or Ruhi or Roy), aided by his son Menahem and a Palestinian scribe. They wrote letters to all the Jews, near and far, in all the lands around them…. They said that the time had come in which God would gather Israel, His people from all lands to Jerusalem, the holy city, and that Solomon Ben Duji was Elijah, and his son the Messiah. (Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, p. 136).
Arthur Koestler’s book is a fascinating true history of the origin of the Khazars in the Caucasus.

The real reason for the creation of New Khazaria
In one of the greatest of the great prophecies of the Bible, St. Paul said that the man of sin or Antichrist must be revealed FIRST before the end of the world would come:
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 . . . so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (II Thess 2:3).
ALL of the Reformers applied that prophecy to the PAPAL DYNASTY.
Martin Luther said:
Oh Christ, my Lord, look down upon us and bring upon us the day of judgment, and destroy the brood of Satan at Rome. There sits the Man, of whom the Apostle Paul wrote that he would oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God — the Man of Sin, the son of perdition . . . What is the Temple of God? Is it stones and wood? Did not Paul say, The Temple of God is holy, which Temple ye are? To sit — what is it but to reign, to teach and to judge. Who from the beginning of the church has dared to call himself master of the whole church but the Pope alone. None of the saints, none of the heretics ever uttered so horrible a word of pride.” (Luther’s Works, Vol. 2. p. 281).
This prophetic teaching (historicist) was playing havoc with the Latin Church. Millions were escaping and obeying the Lord’s command to “come out of her” (Rev. 18:4).
Jesuit general Ignatius LIEola commissioned one of his Jesuits named Francisco Ribera (1537-1591) to write an opposing view. He wrote a 500 page commentary on the Book of Revelation. The main premise of his commentary was that:
1. Antichrist was one man . . . not a dynasty. 
2. He would be an atheist or infidel.
3. He would not be revealed until 7 years before the end of time.
4. He would sit in a rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem and make a covenant with the Jews.
5. He would call himself God etc., etc.
6. The Christians were hindering his appearance but they would be “caught up” or raptured to Heaven before his appearance— the “Left Behind” madness!!
This became the official Latin position on Antichrist. This new idea (futurism) very conveniently shifted the focus from the Papacy to some fanciful individual way off in the distant future. John Nelson Darby became its main proponent in the English speaking world.
The Khazars very conveniently played a major role in fulfilling this “prophecy.” They claimed to be “Jews,” and a few fanatics actually wanted to conquer Palestine by force and make it a homeland for the Khazars a.k.a. “Jews.”
There was one problem however. The Turks occupied Palestine and they were not about to give up that land to Khazars. World War I saw the defeat of the Turks and the opening of Palestine for Khazar immigration.

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General Allenby (1861-1936).

The stage was set for the rebirth of Khazaria on December 11, 1917, when British Druid general Allenby conquered Palestine from the Turks.
Most Khazars had no interest in Palestine so it took another world war to get them to emigrate there.

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General Allenby entering Jerusalem.

With the British conquest of Palestine, the door was now open for Khazar emigration. Unfortunately for the Jesuits, most Khazars, even though they called themselves “Jews,” had no interest in leaving Europe and moving to Palestine. It took World War II and a 6 million hoax to get them to finally settle there.
Millions of people perished in World War II. The nation that suffered the most was Russia, with the loss of 27 million people. Serbs lost millions in concentration camps but you never hear anything about their suffering.
We should not overlook the fact that Khazaria is also a Pentagon military base aimed at Russia and pro-Russian countries.
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Vital Links
The Thirteenth Tribe
The Hoax of the 20th Century by Arthur R. Butz
Left Behind by the Jesuits
The Israel of God
The Synagogue of Satan
Gog and Magog
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References
Brook, Kevin Alan. The Jews of Khazaria. Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, New Jersey, 1999.
Butz, Arthur R. The Hoax of the Twentieth Century. Arthur R. Butz. Institute for Historical Review, Torrence, California, 1977.
Dunlop, D.M. The History of the Jewish Khazars. Schocken Books, New York, 1967.
Koestler, Arthur, The Thirteenth Tribe. The Khazar Empire and Its Heritage. Random House, New York, 1976.
Luther, Saint Martin. Luther’s Works. (Jaroslav Pelikan editor). Concordia Publishing Co. St. Louis, MO, 1972 Edition.
Norwich, John Julius. Byzantium:The Early Centuries. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1997.

Ye Shall Receive Power, #5

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I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:6,7)
Compare:
“Therefore they that were scattered abroad [the church at Jerusalem] went every where preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4)
We know John was an apostle of Christ. As such he would serve to perfect and unify the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11,12). John has accomplished this through his Gospel and his Epistles.
But now John is being given another ministry, a ministry to the peoples of the earth (compare Genesis 22:18). He is being charged to “prophesy“; not to the members of the Body of Christ but “before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (Revelation 10:11).
The charge to bear this prophetic witness to the world is now at hand for the Body of Christ. The great earth-wide preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God “for a witness to all nations” is commencing now (Matthew 24:14).
The witness to all nations is the necessary forerunner of the coming of Christ. It is the “Elijah and Elisha” anointing, the portion and the double portion, the former and latter rain. Here is the spiritual fulfillment of the two wave loaves of the feast of Pentecost (Leviticus 23:17), the two lampstands, the two olive trees.
In 1948 the Spirit of prophecy came upon the churches of our acquaintance. The “latter rain” was prophesied. It was declared that God would perform wonderful works, that powerful miracles would be wrought while at the same time the fires of judgment would burn on the earth.
These events that were prophesied mark the preparation for the sounding of the last trumpet, the period that will conclude with Christ’s return to earth (Revelation 10:7-11:15). It is the seventieth week of Daniel, the week that has been delayed while the Body of Christ is being formed.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people . . . . (Daniel 9:24)
The above announcement was made by Gabriel.
Then Gabriel proceeded to divide the seventy weeks into sixty-nine weeks plus a separate one-week period:
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto Christ the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” (Daniel 9:25)
And then the seventieth week:
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
It appears when Christ was crucified (“Christ be cut off“—Daniel 9:26), the prophetic clock stopped ticking so to speak. But it will commence ticking again during the “week” that transpires just prior to the coming of Christ from Heaven at the end of the age.
To be continued #6

3 Phrases about the Bible that Should Make You Very Suspicious

When someone claims to know what Jesus or Paul or any other biblical author “really” meant. I’ve got to admit, it takes a lot of guts to make a claim like this. By saying you know what Jesus “really” meant you’re saying that all the scholars, church historians, pastors, and Christians throughout all of church history have missed the true meaning of Jesus’ words. I mean, sure, there have been many theological mistakes throughout church history. But now, after thousands of years, you’ve finally figured out what Jesus really meant? If that’s the case then Jesus’ words must have been pretty unclear.

When someone claims to know what Jesus or Paul or any other biblical author would have said if they were alive today. Again, another bold, audacious claim. God chose to close the canon of Scripture at a very particular time and place in history. There were very particular cultural practices and ideas in place when God closed the canon of Scripture. If he wanted to, God could have continued to cause men and women to write Scripture. But he didn’t. When you claim to know what Jesus would have said regarding homosexuality or gender roles or politics or church, you are walking on very dangerous ground. You are treading where only heretics dare to tread. Jesus and Paul and Luke and Jude and James and every other Biblical author said what they said and no more.

When someone claims that the Church has gotten an issue completely wrong. Yes, there have been many mistakes made by church leaders throughout church history. But to claim that the Church as a whole has gotten an issue completely wrong for the last 2,000 years? Wow, very, very bold claim. To claim that Christians, who are indwelt and led by the Spirit of God, have collectively swung and missed for the past 2,000 years is a very strong claim indeed. And doesn’t it strike you as a bit odd that only now God is starting to make up for his mistake? That now, after 2,000 years, we are the generation who has finally gotten things right?

My generation is infatuated with the new and immediate. We love the newest gadgets and newest movies and newest theological ideas. We would be wise, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis, to let the fresh winds of church history blow through our musty brains.

I’m about 95% sure that at least one person who reads this post will remind me of the fact that many Christians owned slaves. In response I would say two things. First, it is my educated guess that many men and women throughout church history who have defended sinful practices were not born again. This is the case when it comes to the Crusades, slavery, the Spanish Inquisition, and many other sad events. These events and practices were promoted by those who embraced cultural Christianity, not true Christianity.

But this is not always the case. Jonathan Edwards, who was born again, owned slaves. Many churches clearly embraced racist attitudes and practices for many years. What are we supposed to do in these cases? We acknowledge that Christians and churches get it wrong sometimes. This isn’t a contradiction of what I said earlier. Churches can get particular issues wrong. This is why we must always be testing our beliefs against the clear revelation of Scripture (King James Only) and the collective wisdom of the last 2,000 years, as opposed to the last 200 years.
We would be wise to test our modern ideas of sexuality, politics, gender roles, and every other issue against church history as a whole. As I look out over the battles being fought in churches I find it remarkable how closely many of the battles resemble the fight for democracy in the United States. This probably isn’t a good thing. Our battles must always be fought on the basis of God’s Word, not current ideas. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not in any way suggesting that slavery or racism or sexism is okay. But our definitions of what is right and wrong must be shaped by God’s Word (King James Only) and nothing else.
If we don’t we don’t test our ideas against God’s Word and church history, we are in danger of letting our theology be shaped by current events and ideas rather than the clear, unshakable Word of God.

5 Exciting Ways Jesus is with You Always

by John D. Barry

If Jesus seems distant to you, you are not alone. For many, Jesus is abstract. He is like that piece of modern art you just don’t get and have trouble relating to. But this is not the Jesus in the gospels nor of early church tradition. Jesus is right here, right now—and that idea will renew your life.

1. Jesus is indeed fully human and fully God—that changes everything.
In the moment when God becomes flesh, God is with us in a more profound way than ever before. Jesus took on the form of a person in order to forever bond the spiritual and physical—to bridge the gap sin had created.
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)
This changes everything, right here, right now. If God is with us, then what can stand in opposition (ref Romans 8:37–39)? God is dwelling among us:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
(John 1:14)
The word translated as “dwelt among us” has the connotation of “setting up His tent.” Jesus becomes a refugee; right here on earth. Jesus built a tent; His tent is flesh.
So often we profess Jesus as Lord, as God, but we forget h
His humanness in the process. It was His humanity that allowed for Jesus to be our suffering servant (Isaiah 53:10–12) and it is His humanity that allows for Him to directly relate to us (Hebrews 2:10–18).
This is why the early church fathers so adamantly opposed a belief known as Docetism—the idea that Jesus was not a real person but instead only spirit (or God). Yet, today, we often act like Jesus is somehow far away—that He is only spirit. Let’s reclaim Him as a servant too—as God and human among us.
2. Jesus is seen in the faces of the hurting and oppressed.
Near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He proclaims h
His purposes by quoting the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(Luke 4:18–19)
I see the face of Jesus crying out to me in the faces of my hurting friends—like those I know living in poverty in Bihar, India. He cries out the same cry that he did then: “freedom—physical and spiritual freedom. Work alongside me to bring renewal.” This is profoundly seen when Jesus explains to His disciples that at the end of all things the following will happen: “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:37–40)
Jesus tells us, when we serve the hurting, we serve Him: We see Him. I have held the hands of the hurting Jesus mentions and heard them cry out prayers to God for redemption. I have felt their pain. I have seen Jesus stand alongside them in their anguish, but I have also felt the burden of the great needs of our generation in the process. Jesus is among the hurting and the oppressed. The question is will we also be?
3. Jesus is sitting beside you—and can be in you—through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus sitting beside you, in conversation—it’s a wonderful picture and one that a dear friend tells of often. I long to feel that close to Jesus. To picture Him there, talking with me. And this is precisely what Jesus wants. This is the type of relationship He envisions through the Holy Spirit in It is through the Holy Spirit that renewal is brought to our lives. And it is the Holy Spirit that guides the process of bringing renewal to the world.
4. Jesus is there when we break bread together in his name.
After his resurrection, Jesus shows up on a road, walking with two disciples. At first, they don’t recognize him (Luke 24:20). The disciples tell Jesus of all the events that have occurred with the crucifixion and the subsequent account of His resurrection. But despite Jesus’ words about the necessity of His death, according to “the Prophets,” they still don’t recognize him (Luke 24:25–26). They hear, but do not yet believe. But then this happens: “And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
(Luke 24:30–32)
It is in the meal, that the disciples see Him, as He is. Their hearts may have burned, but this is when their eyes are opened. Hospitality, blessing, a focus on Jesus’ sacrificial act—this is how we see Him.

5. Jesus is in the movement to bring the gospel to the unreached.
Jesus, as a person and as our God, is not merely an idea. We must take action. Jesus wants to offer physical healing to our generation—to our earth—and we have the blessing of being able to be part of it. But the poverty of our world runs beyond what can be seen; it is also spiritual.
I have seen with my own eyes the desperate need for the good news of Jesus in unreached places, like Bihar, India. I also know the facts—that only 0.3% of the Church’s resources are allocated to areas where the Church is not. The idea of Jesus among us, in us—right here, right now—is also an urgent cry to stand up, lift up, and take action. To bring the gospel where it is not accessible.
Matthew’s Gospel records that after Jesus’ resurrection, he met his eleven remaining apostles and said to them: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Matthew 28:18–20)
Let us be the generation that brings God with us to every nation, to the end of the earth. Let us live as if Jesus is sitting beside us, right here in it all—because He is. He is right here. What will you do with that?

Ye Shall Receive Power, #4

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For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)
Jesus’ own ministry is total. It is not a special gift or partial ministry. The ministry of the Body of Christ also is total, not fragmented. Every member of the Body is an integral part of the Light of the world, the Bride of the Lamb, the Temple of God.
We are not implying that the need for gifts and ministries is past. Rather, it is our point of view that during the current and future latter-rain witness, the gifts and ministries will be poured on the waiting saints in unprecedented abundance.
Our emphasis is, however, that the Body of Christ is being brought to maturity in order to accomplish the several parts of God’s eternal purpose in Christ, and that one of the first parts will be the great end-time testimony of the coming of the Kingdom of God as symbolized by the “two witnesses” of Revelation, Chapter 11. The end-time, latter-rain testimony of the saints is a total ministry to the peoples and nations and tongues and kings of the whole earth.
Each member of the Body of Christ is to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God in order that he or she may be a Divinely empowered witness to all persons everywhere.
Speaking of the Servant of the Lord, who is Christ—Head and Body, the Spirit announces:
Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” (Isaiah 43:10)
Notice, in the above passage, that God’s witnesses, His corporate Servant, “know and believe” God. It is the people who know their God who will “be strong and do exploits” in the last days (Daniel 11:32).
Notice also the singular, and then the plural. The Servant (singular) whom God has chosen is made up of many witnesses (plural). The Servant, who Is Christ—Head and Body, consists of many witnesses.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
We can see that the witness always is of the Lord Himself, especially of His atoning death and triumphant resurrection (“the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow“—I Peter 1:11). “Witnesses unto me“! This is why the saints must come to know God Himself; why the Lord spends so many years teaching us while we are anxious to go out and “do something.
The prophet of God, God’s witness, always must stand in the Presence of God and proclaim God—His Person, His glory, His will, His ways, His purposes in the earth.
The ministry of the anointed witness is part of the external, corporate ministry of the Body of Christ in which every member of God’s elect shares.
Unlike the purpose of the several gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit, which is to build up the Body of Christ itself, the purpose of the corporate, external witness of the Body is to awaken the peoples of the earth to the Presence and will of God.
To be continued #5

Major Prophetic Signs That Have Already Passed

Prophecy not only foretells the manner and object of Christ’s coming, but presents tokens by which men are to know when it is near. Said Jesus: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Luke 21:25. “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13:24-26.
The revelator thus describes the first of the signs to precede the second advent: R
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;Revelation 6:12.

The Great Earthquake

These signs were witnessed before the opening of the nineteenth century. In fulfillment of this prophecy there occurred, in the year 1755, the most terrible earthquake that has ever been recorded. Though commonly known as the earthquake of Lisbon, it extended to the greater part of Europe, Africa, and America. It was felt in Greenland, in the West Indies, in the island of Madeira, in Norway and Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland. It pervaded an extent of not less than four million square miles. In Africa the shock was almost as severe as in Europe. A great part of Algiers was destroyed; and a short distance from Morocco, a village containing eight or ten thousand inhabitants was swallowed up. A vast wave swept over the coast of Spain and Africa engulfing cities and causing great destruction.
It was in Spain and Portugal that the shock manifested its extreme violence. At Cadiz the inflowing wave was said to be sixty feet high. Mountains, “some of the largest in Portugal, were impetuously shaken, as it were, from their very foundations, and some of them opened at their summits, which were split and rent in a wonderful manner, huge masses of them being thrown down into the adjacent valleys. Flames are related to have issued from these mountains.” — Sir Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, page 495.
At Lisbon “a sound of thunder was heard underground, and immediately afterwards a violent shock threw down the greater part of that city. In the course of about six minutes sixty thousand persons perished. The sea first retired, and laid the bar dry; it then rolled in, rising fifty feet or more above its ordinary level.” “Among other extraordinary events related to have occurred at Lisbon during the catastrophe, was the subsidence of a new quay, built entirely of marble, at an immense expense. A great concourse of people had collected there for safety, as a spot where they might be beyond the reach of falling ruins; but suddenly the quay sank down with all the people on it, and not one of the dead bodies ever floated to the surface.” — Ibid., page 495. “The shock” of the earthquake “was instantly followed by the fall of every church and convent, almost all the large public buildings, and more than one fourth of the houses. In about two hours after the shock, fires broke out in different quarters, and raged with such violence for the space of nearly three days, that the city was completely desolated. The earthquake happened on a holyday, when the churches and convents were full of people, very few of whom escaped.” — Encyclopedia Americana, art. “Lisbon,” note (ed. 1831). “The terror of the people was beyond description. Nobody wept; it was beyond tears. They ran hither and thither, delirious with horror and astonishment, beating their faces and breasts, crying, ‘Misericordia! the world’s at an end!’ Mothers forgot their children, and ran about loaded with crucifixed images. Unfortunately, many ran to the churches for protection; but in vain was the sacrament exposed; in vain did the poor creatures embrace the altars; images, priests, and people were buried in one common ruin.” It has been estimated that ninety thousand persons lost their lives on that fatal day.

The Dark Day

Twenty-five years later appeared the next sign mentioned in the prophecy — the darkening of the sun and moon. What rendered this more striking was the fact that the time of its fulfillment had been definitely pointed out. In the Saviour’s conversation with His disciples upon Olivet, after describing the long period of trial for the church, — the 1260 years of persecution, concerning which He had promised that the tribulation should be shortened, — He thus mentioned certain events to precede His coming, and fixed the time when the first of these should be witnessed: “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.Mark 13:24. The 1260 days, or years, terminated in 1798. A quarter of a century earlier, persecution had almost wholly ceased. Following this persecution, according to the words of Christ, the sun was to be darkened. On the 19th of May, 1780, this prophecy was fulfilled.
Almost, if not altogether alone, as the most mysterious and as yet unexplained phenomenon of its kind, . . . stands the dark day of May 19, 1780, — a most unaccountable darkening of the whole visible heavens and atmosphere in New England.” — R. M. Devens, Our First Century, page 89.

An eyewitness living in Massachusetts describes the event as follows: “In the morning the sun rose clear, but was soon overcast. The clouds became lowery, and from them, black and ominous, as they soon appeared, lightning flashed, thunder rolled, and a little rain fell. Toward nine o’clock, the clouds became thinner, and assumed a brassy or coppery appearance, and earth, rocks, trees, buildings, water, and persons were changed by this strange, unearthly light. A few minutes later, a heavy black cloud spread over the entire sky except a narrow rim at the horizon, and it was as dark as it usually is at nine o’clock on a summer evening. . . .
“Fear, anxiety, and awe gradually filled the minds of the people. Women stood at the door, looking out upon the dark landscape; men returned from their labor in the fields; the carpenter left his tools, the blacksmith his forge, the tradesman his counter. Schools were dismissed, and tremblingly the children fled homeward. Travelers put up at the nearest farmhouse. ‘What is coming?’ queried every lip and heart. It seemed as if a hurricane was about to dash across the land, or as if it was the day of the consummation of all things.
“Candles were used; and hearth fires shone as brightly as on a moonless evening in autumn. . . . Fowls retired to their roosts and went to sleep, cattle gathered at the pasture bars and lowed, frogs peeped, birds sang their evening songs, and bats flew about. But the human knew that night had not come. . . .
“Dr. Nathanael Whittaker, pastor of the Tabernacle church in Salem, held religious services in the meeting-house, and preached a sermon in which he maintained that the darkness was supernatural. Congregations came together in many other places. The texts for the extemporaneous sermons were invariably those that seemed to indicate that the darkness was consonant with Scriptural prophecy. . . . The darkness was most dense shortly after eleven o’clock.” — The Essex Antiquarian, April, 1899, vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 53, 54. “In most parts of the country it was so great in the daytime, that the people could not tell the hour by either watch or clock, nor dine, nor manage their domestic business, without the light of candles. . . .
“The extent of this darkness was extraordinary. It was observed as far east as Falmouth. To the westward it reached to the farthest part of Connecticut, and to Albany. To the southward, it was observed along the seacoasts; and to the north as far as the American settlements extend.” — William Gordon, History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the U.S.A., vol. 3, p. 57.
The intense darkness of the day was succeeded, an hour or two before evening, by a partially clear sky, and the sun appeared, though it was still obscured by the black, heavy mist. “After sundown, the clouds came again overhead, and it grew dark very fast.” “Nor was the darkness of the night less uncommon and terrifying than that of the day; notwithstanding there was almost a full moon, no object was discernible but by the help of some artificial light, which, when seen from the neighboring houses and other places at a distance, appeared through a kind of Egyptian darkness which seemed almost impervious to the rays.” — Isaiah Thomas, Massachusetts Spy; or, American Oracle of Liberty, vol. 10, No. 472 (May 25, 1780). Said an eyewitness of the scene: “I could not help conceiving at the time, that if every luminous body in the universe had been shrouded in impenetrable shades, or struck out of existence, the darkness could not have been more complete.” — Letter by Dr. Samuel Tenney, of Exeter, New Hampshire, December, 1785 (in Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 1792, 1st series, vol. 1, p. 97). Though at nine o’clock that night the moon rose to the full, “it had not the least effect to dispel the deathlike shadows.” After midnight the darkness disappeared, and the moon, when first visible, had the appearance of blood.
May 19, 1780, stands in history as “The Dark Day.” Since the time of Moses no period of darkness of equal density, extent, and duration, has ever been recorded. The description of this event, as given by eyewitnesses, is but an echo of the words of the Lord, recorded by the prophet Joel, twenty-five hundred years previous to their fulfillment:The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.” Joel 2:31

Stars Fall From Heaven

In 1833, the last of the signs appeared which were promised by the Saviour as tokens of His second advent. Said Jesus: “…the stars shall fall from heaven.Matthew 24:29. And John in the Revelation declared, as he beheld in vision the scenes that should herald the day of God: “The stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.Revelation 6:13. This prophecy received a striking and impressive fulfillment in the great meteoric shower of November 13, 1833. That was the most extensive and wonderful display of falling stars which has ever been recorded; “the whole firmament, over all the United States, being then, for hours, in fiery commotion! No celestial phenomenon has ever occurred in this country, since its first settlement, which was viewed with such intense admiration by one class in the community, or with so much dread and alarm by another.” “Its sublimity and awful beauty still linger in many minds. . . . Never did rain fall much thicker than the meteors fell toward the earth; east, west, north, and south, it was the same. In a word, the whole heavens seemed in motion. . . . The display, as described in Professor Silliman’s Journal, was seen all over North America. . . . From two o’clock until broad daylight, the sky being perfectly serene and cloudless, an incessant play of dazzlingly brilliant luminosities was kept up in the whole heavens.” — R. M. Devens, American Progress; or, The Great Events of the Greatest Century, ch. 28, pars. 1-5.
No language, indeed, can come up to the splendor of that magnificent display; . . . no one who did not witness it can form an adequate conception of its glory. It seemed as if the whole starry heavens had congregated at one point near the zenith, and were simultaneously shooting forth, with the velocity of lightning, to every part of the horizon; and yet they were not exhausted–thousands swiftly followed in the tracks of thousands, as if created for the occasion.” — F. Reed, in the Christian Advocate and Journal, Dec. 13, 1833. “A more correct picture of a fig tree casting its figs when blown by a mighty wind, it was not possible to behold.” — “The Old Countryman,” in Portland Evening Advertiser, Nov. 26, 1833.
In the New York Journal of Commerce of November 14, 1833, appeared a long article regarding this wonderful phenomenon, containing this statement: “No philosopher or scholar has told or recorded an event, I suppose, like that of yesterday morning. A prophet eighteen hundred years ago foretold it exactly, if we will be at the trouble of understanding stars falling to mean falling stars, . . . in the only sense in which it is possible to be literally true.
Thus was displayed the last of those signs of His coming, concerning which Jesus bade His disciples: “When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.Matthew 24:33. After these signs, John beheld, as the great event next impending, the heavens departing as a scroll, while the earth quaked, mountains and islands removed out of their places, and the wicked in terror sought to flee from the presence of the Son of man. Revelation 6:12-17.
Many who witnessed the falling of the stars, looked upon it as a herald of the coming judgment, “an awful type, a sure forerunner, a merciful sign, of that great and dreadful day.” — “The Old Countryman,” in Portland Evening Advertiser, Nov. 26, 1833. Thus the attention of the people was directed to the fulfillment of prophecy, and many were led to give heed to the warning of the second advent.

Fall of the Ottoman Empire

In the year 1840 another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy excited widespread interest. Two years before, Josiah Litch, one of the leading ministers preaching the second advent, published an exposition of Revelation 9, predicting the fall of the Ottoman Empire. According to his calculations, this power was to be overthrown “in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;” and only a few days previous to its accomplishment he wrote: “Allowing the first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days, commenced at the close of the first period, it will end on the 11th of August, 1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. And this, I believe, will be found to be the case.” — Josiah Litch, in Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, Aug. 1, 1840.
At the very time specified, Turkey, through her ambassadors, accepted the protection of the allied powers of Europe, and thus placed herself under the control of Christian nations.

Ye Shall Receive Power, #3

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“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:12)
First we must understand the difference between the internal ministry of the Body of Christ and the external ministry of the Body of Christ.
The purpose of the internal gifts and ministries of the Body of Christ is to build up the Body itself. The Holy Spirit has given to the members of the Body a diversity of gifts to enable the Body to build itself up in love, finally arriving at the fullness of the stature of Christ.
The gifts and ministries are partial, fragmented manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Therefore the members of the Body are dependent on one another for their mutual growth in the Lord.
In addition to the fragmented, partial, internal working of the Spirit of God in the members of the Body of Christ there is also a total, corporate ministry of the Body.
Many of us may be familiar with the internal gifts and ministries of the Church. They are set forth in Romans, Chapter 12; First Corinthians, Chapters 12 and 14; and Ephesians, Chapter Four.
Let us think for a moment about the external, corporate ministry of the Body of Christ.
God is bringing the Body of Christ to unity and maturity in order to accomplish several major objectives. These objectives may be thought of as the external ministry or functioning or purpose of the Body.
A spiritual light for the nations of the earth (Rev 21:24).
An unblemished bride, a complement, for God’s Son (Ephesians 5:27).
An eternal temple for God Himself, built according to His precise specifications in Christ (Ephesians 2:22).
Righteous rulers who will govern wisely and well the nations of the earth (Rev 5:10).
Judges who will judge the conduct of men and angels (Rev 20:4).
A vehicle through which God can destroy the devil and all his works (Rom 16:20).
The means by which the Father will become All in all in Christ throughout His universe (Ephesians 1:23).
The means by which the Father will sum up and center the heavens and the earth in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:10).
The Body of God’s eternal Servant who will plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, You are My people (Isaiah 51:16).
We believe the first, external, corporate ministry of the Body of Christ will be the earth-wide witness to all God’s people, and to the entire world, of the soon return of Christ to the earth; of the establishing of the Kingdom of God on the earth; and of the approaching terror of the Day of Divine wrath.
Every member of God’s elect, of the Body of Christ, of the warlike remnant being drawn out from the churches in the present hour, is an integral part of the end-time witness.
Up to now we have been accustomed to being given a “piece” of ministry, as it were, for the perfecting of the Body itself. There are those who, in this fragmented distribution, serve as prophets in the internal working of the Body. They build up the body with their gifts.
But when we come to the external, corporate ministry of the Body of Christ, we are not given a fragment of the witness. It is not given to one saint to be the light of the world; to another to be the Bride of the Lamb; to another to be the Temple of God.
To be continued #4

CHRISTIANMINGLE.COM FORCED BY LGBT LAWSUIT TO ALLOW GAY AND LESBIAN DATING PROFILES ON THEIR SITE

ChristianMingle.com, billed as the largest online community for Christian singles, required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man. The lead plaintiffs, two gay men who tried using it, claimed that the limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law.

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THE OWNER OF ONLINE DATING SITE CHRISTIANMINGLE.COM HAS AGREED TO LET GAY AND LESBIAN USERS SEARCH FOR SAME-SEX MATCHES UNDER A JUDGE-APPROVED SETTLEMENT OF DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Question: so why would 2 gay men even want to have a profile on a CHRISTIAN dating site? Answer: they wouldn’t. So why did they sue? For the same reason why the Christian bakers were forced to make gay wedding cakes. The LGBT Agenda is about crushing the opposition and forcing a New World Order agenda on you. Please note that you will NEVER see the LGBT suing a Muslim bakery, a Muslim online dating site or anything else connected with Islam. Don’t you think it’s time YOU woke up?

Two gay men filed class-actions claims against Spark Networks Inc. in California courts in 2013 alleging that Christianmingle.com and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating services excluded users looking to meet singles of the same sex.

ChristianMingle.com, billed as the largest online community for Christian singles, required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man. The lead plaintiffs, two gay men who tried using it, claimed that the limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law.

Known as the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the state law requires “business establishments” to offer “full and equal accommodations” to people regardless of their sexual orientation.

UNDER THE AGREEMENT, THE GATEWAY HOMEPAGES NOW ASK JUST WHETHER A USER IS A “MAN” OR A “WOMAN.” SPARK NETWORKS AGREED THAT WITHIN TWO YEARS, IT WOULD ADJUST OTHER SEARCHING AND PROFILE FEATURES TO GIVE GAY AND LESBIAN SINGLES A MORE TAILORED EXPERIENCE.

The terms approved by a state judge on Monday also apply to other Spark sites— including CatholicMingle.com, AdventistSinglesConnection.com and BlackSingles.com— that had operated in the same way.

Spark Networks also owns the popular online Jewish matchmaker JDate.com, which wasn’t part of the litigation.

SPARK NETWORKS AGREED TO PAY EACH PLAINTIFF $9,000 EACH AND $450,000 IN ATTORNEYS’ FEES TO THE TWO MEN’S LAWYERS.

The company didn’t admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement, which was earlier reported by the Daily Journal legal newspaper.

“I am gratified that we were able to work with Spark to help ensure that people can fully participate in all the diverse market places that make our country so special, regardless of their sexual orientation,” one of the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys, Vineet Dubey of Custodio & Dubey LLP, said in a statement.

A representative of Spark Networks said the company was “pleased to resolve this litigation.”
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Beyond Sunday: A Mystery Man

Sunday, May 31, 2015

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     Focus Verse
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” (Genesis 14:18)

Classic Commentary

During Abram’s sojourn in Canaan, this priest and king met and treated him with hospitality (Genesis 14:18-20). Much mystery appears to hang about this distinguished personage. Various theories have been advanced concerning him. Some assert that he was God Almighty. This is not so, for he was “…the priest of the most high God.” (Genesis 14:18). Others assert that he was Jesus Christ. This is not so, for he was “made like unto the Son of God;” (Hebrews 7:3). It is asserted in the Scriptures that he was a man (Hebrews 7:14). If you will reflect that the Scriptures deal with him in his official capacity, the difficulties and mysteries surrounding him will immediately vanish. Let us take a closer view. The history of the world, from the Biblical standpoint, naturally divides itself into three different periods, which for want of better terms I will designate,
the Patriarchal dispensation,
the Jewish dispensation,
the Christian dispensation.
Each dispensation is characterized by a priesthood peculiarly its own. There was no regular priestly line from the transgression to the giving of the law of Moses. In a general way, it may be asserted that every man was his own priest (Genesis 4:1-4, Genesis 12:7-8, Genesis 15:8-18, Genesis 26:19-25, Genesis 31:43-55, Genesis 35:1-15, Genesis 46:1). During this age Melchizedek appeared. He was king of Salem and priest of the most high God. We know nothing of his duties or prerogatives as priest or king. We know that he did not belong to any special priestly order. His priestly office was independent of all other men. In the priestly office he was without father and without mother and without descent. No record was kept of his installation as priest, his official acts, or his death; hence, so far as the record is concerned, he was without beginning of days or end of life.

At the inauguration of the second dispensation an entire family was set apart to the priestly office, and the priestly office remained in that family and was transmitted from father to son and from generation to generation to the death of Christ (Exodus 29:1, Exodus 29:29; Numbers 17, Numbers 18:1-7; Hebrews 7:11, Hebrews 7:23-28).
David predicted that a priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4). This is repeatedly affirmed by the author of Hebrews. The priesthood of the Christian dispensation is after the order of Melchizedek, and not after the order of Aaron. Jesus became a priest when he entered heaven by his own blood (Hebrews 8:1-4, Hebrews 10:11-12). His priesthood is independent. He had no predecessor, and he will have no successor. He will remain in heaven and officiate as priest until the work of redemption is done.
(Adapted from Ashley S. Johnson’s Condensed Biblical Encyclopedia, Melchizedek)

A Thought to Keep

Consider how carefully God has revealed Himself throughout the history of His grace. Nothing has or will happen by accident.

Massive New Study Suggests Pesticide the Cause of Microcephaly — NOT Zika Virus

By Justin Gardner
July 2, 2016

A new scientific study carried out by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is casting doubt on the assumed connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly. The study was prompted by the fact that no similar epidemics of microcephaly are being found in other countries hit hard by the Zika virus.

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published the preliminary results of a large study of pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika. Of the nearly 12,000 pregnant women with clinical symptoms of Zika infections until March 28, no cases of microcephaly were reported as of May 2. At the same time, four cases of Zika and microcephaly were reported for women who were symptomless for Zika infections and therefore not included in the study itself.
The four cases are consistent with the expected normal background rate of microcephaly–2 in 10,000. Also, there have been almost 50 microcephaly cases in Colombia up to April 28 with no connection to the Zika virus.

The mathematical analysis demonstrates that there are at least 60,000 Zika-infected pregnancies in Colombia, yet the near absence of microcephaly calls for a renewed investigation into the cause of this birth defect.

Four days after the NECSI study was reported by media, five new cases of microcephaly with Zika infections were found prior to June 18. However, this is still consistent with the random co-occurrence of each of the separate conditions.

Reports out of Colombia over the next few weeks will provide much more evidence on whether there is a causal connection between Zika virus and microcephaly. If there is a link, the number of microcephaly cases should rise dramatically.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have already concluded that Zika is a cause of microcephaly. However, the NEJM acknowledges that no experimental evidence exists yet to support that conclusion. Also, “no flavivirus has ever been shown definitively to cause birth defects in humans, and no reports of adverse pregnancy or birth outcomes were noted during previous outbreaks of Zika virus disease in the Pacific Islands.”

In keeping with the spirit of scientific inquiry, all avenues should remain open in determining the cause of the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil. Evidence could build for the Zika virus link, but scientists are insisting that the insecticide pyriproxyfen should also be explored as a possible cause.

In February we reported that doctors in Brazil and Argentina sounded the alarm over pyriproxyfen, which is used for mosquito control by targeting the larval stage. This chemical was sprayed in the areas most affected by microcephaly, but more significantly, was added to drinking water in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

The doctors’ report was widely lambasted in the corporate media, but that has not diminished the possibility of a link between pyriproxyfen and microcephaly. The NECSI, which published the new study on Colombia, has provided a comprehensive review of the facts leading to this hypothesis.

Pyriproxyfen acts as a larvicide by interfering with the development of mosquito larvae. It may unintentionally do the same in humans. Its structure mimics the role of juvenile hormone, which has been shown to correspond in mammals to a number of molecules including retinoic acid, a metabolite of vitamin A, with which it has cross-reactivity. The application of retinoic acid during development has been shown to cause microcephaly. Methoprene, another juvenile hormone analog that was approved as an insecticide based upon tests performed in the 1970s, has also been shown to bind to the mammalian retinoid X receptor, and to cause developmental disorders in mammals. Isotretinoin is another example of a retinoid causing microcephaly in human babies via maternal exposure and activation of the retinoid X receptor in developing fetuses.

Pyriproxyfen had never been applied to drinking water on such a scale as it was in Brazil, which began the application in 2014–just before the outbreak of microcephaly. Combined with the fact that other countries with Zika outbreaks are not seeing cases of microcephaly beyond the normal rates of co-occurrence, there is certainly cause for suspicion.

The increase in developmental brain abnormalities following a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia—widely cited by corporate media as proof against the pesticide-microcephaly link—was not a valid comparison due to the much smaller population and relatively few cases. Even the New England Journal of Medicine acknowledged that the French Polynesia case does not provide compelling evidence of Zika being the cause.

Adding another layer of suspicion is the fact that Sumitomo, the Monsanto-linked manufacturer of pyriproxyfen, claimed there is no evidence for developmental toxicity in their product, when in fact a review of their own data found this claim to be false.

Philippe Grandjean, a neurodevelopmental toxicologist affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health, discovered “an animal test shows possible link to teratogenic effects and smaller skull.” Sumitomo failed to mention their own tests showing “low brain mass and arhinencephaly—incomplete formation of the anterior cerebral hemispheres—in rat pups.”

Few pesticides have been properly tested for developmental neurotoxicity,” said Grandjean. “This is unfortunate as pesticides are suspected of causing a silent pandemic of neurotoxicity. In this case the absence of proper toxicological data confuses the search for causes of the reported surge in microcephaly.
While politicians and corporate media continue to ignore the possibility that an insecticide may be causing the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil, continued application of the chemical may be aggravating the problem.

The chemical approach to addressing problems such as mosquitoes is standard procedure for centralized, corporate-backed governments, as it rakes in profits for chemical manufacturers such as Suminoto, which in turn line the pockets of politicians who pushed for the measure.

Viable alternatives are lost in the push for more chemicals. The World Health Organization describes how fish that eat mosquito larvae are an effective part of an integrated biological control program. When El Salvador began putting larvivorous fish in water storage containers, dengue vanished along with the mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

In Guatemala, researchers developed a highly effective mosquito trap called an ovillanta. The device is nothing more than 20-inch cut tire pieces hung in a certain fashion with a pheromone-laden non-toxic solution poured into the bottom, and a piece of floating wood or paper where female mosquitoes are drawn to lay their eggs. Use of the traps prevented new cases of dengue during the entire length of the study.

It is also worth noting that environmental degradation and poverty play a part in mosquito-borne outbreaks such as Zika.

Dino Martins, a Kenyan entomologist, said that “the explosion of mosquitoes in urban areas, which is driving the Zika crisis” is caused by “a lack of natural diversity that would otherwise keep mosquito populations under control, and the proliferation of waste and lack of disposal in some areas which provide artificial habitat for breeding mosquitoes.

Ye Shall Receive Power #2

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Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” (Isaiah 66:8)
God will do a quick work in the last days. A nation, the Body of Christ, the “holy nation”, will be born “at once.” This climactic work of God will suddenly bring to harvest, to maturity, that which has been in preparation from the time of Abraham—particularly over the past two thousand years.
The mystery of God is Christ in us, as we have stated. The creating of God in people is a mystery. It is contained in a scroll that is sealed.
The sealed book is the heart of mankind, the history of mankind, and the Scriptures. All these are one. All portray the mystery of God, the eternal plan of God. The eternal plan of God is to create a Kingdom, a Kingdom which is Christ formed and expressed in human beings. When the seventh angel is about to sound, the mystery of God will be finished, or accomplished.
Then John was directed to prophesy once again to the peoples of the earth.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10:11)
The prophets of Israel, in several instances, spoke of a “latter-rain” outpouring of God’s Spirit that will herald the closing of the present age and the dawning of the Day of the Lord.
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.” (Zechariah 10:1)
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23)
The “former rain” of God’s Holy Spirit is described in the Book of Acts. In the days just prior to the return of Christ there will fall the “latter rain” of the Spirit of God (James 5:7).
The former rain empowered the spreading of the Gospel witness, the testimony concerning the soon coming of the Kingdom of God, to the ends of the earth. The latter rain also will result in the testimony of the Kingdom of God going forth to the ends of the earth.
It is our point of view that when the Spirit spoke to John, “Thou must prophesy again,” the Spirit was referring to the latter rain that was announced by the prophets of Israel. The latter rain is the “again” prophecy.
The end-time, latter-rain witness of the Kingdom of God will be prophetic in nature. The members of God’s elect will become a part of the great Light of the world, the Body of Christ, the Lampstand of God.
To be continued #3

Ye Shall Receive Power #2

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Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” (Isaiah 66:8)
God will do a quick work in the last days. A nation, the Body of Christ, the “holy nation”, will be born “at once.” This climactic work of God will suddenly bring to harvest, to maturity, that which has been in preparation from the time of Abraham—particularly over the past two thousand years.
The mystery of God is Christ in us, as we have stated. The creating of God in people is a mystery. It is contained in a scroll that is sealed.
The sealed book is the heart of mankind, the history of mankind, and the Scriptures. All these are one. All portray the mystery of God, the eternal plan of God. The eternal plan of God is to create a Kingdom, a Kingdom which is Christ formed and expressed in human beings. When the seventh angel is about to sound, the mystery of God will be finished, or accomplished.
Then John was directed to prophesy once again to the peoples of the earth.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10:11)
The prophets of Israel, in several instances, spoke of a “latter-rain” outpouring of God’s Spirit that will herald the closing of the present age and the dawning of the Day of the Lord.
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.” (Zechariah 10:1)
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23)
The “former rain” of God’s Holy Spirit is described in the Book of Acts. In the days just prior to the return of Christ there will fall the “latter rain” of the Spirit of God (James 5:7).
The former rain empowered the spreading of the Gospel witness, the testimony concerning the soon coming of the Kingdom of God, to the ends of the earth. The latter rain also will result in the testimony of the Kingdom of God going forth to the ends of the earth.
It is our point of view that when the Spirit spoke to John, “Thou must prophesy again,” the Spirit was referring to the latter rain that was announced by the prophets of Israel. The latter rain is the “again” prophecy.
The end-time, latter-rain witness of the Kingdom of God will be prophetic in nature. The members of God’s elect will become a part of the great Light of the world, the Body of Christ, the Lampstand of God.
To be continued #3

Reconsidering Jesus

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Chris Heinz | June 28, 2016

Editor’s Note: In his Christ Talk, Chris Heinz realized his view of Jesus was way too small. Chris explains his process, in this blog post, of his growing awareness of the majesty of Jesus.

I first realized my perspective of Jesus was WAY TOO SMALL when I was exposed to a much larger view of Christ.

At first it came as an imposition:

“You want me to reconsider my view of Jesus? Don’t you know I’ve been following him for 30 years already? I don’t need to rethink Jesus.”

Then I made excuses:

“I believe the basics, that’s enough. I don’t have time for this. You’re just talking semantics.”

Then I got mad:

“Who are you to challenge my view of Christ? I’ve been leading people for years! Are you saying I’ve been doing it wrong? My walk with Jesus is MY business!”

But finally I gave in because saying I had the King of kings all figured out was pretty prideful. I barely have my wife figured out. Who was I fooling?

In the end it was a matter of humility—admitting I didn’t know Jesus in the ways I could know him. I realized there was MUCH MORE of Christ to know. I just had to enter the process. So I did.

I’d like to make three points about this process.

Who Do You Say I Am?

In Mark 8:29, Jesus asked his disciples, “...But whom say ye that I am?…”
It’s a watershed moment because after spending a couple of years with the disciples, Jesus wanted to discover if they realized who he really is—the Messiah, God incarnate.

But I don’t think this is just a historical question at a particular moment in the past.

I think it’s a question to CONSIDER OFTEN. In other words, ‘Who do you say I am?’ is a question Jesus keeps asking us. If we’re wise and humble in heart, we’ll let Jesus ask it, and we’ll be honest with our answer.

Point #1: If you want to keep growing in Christ, then let Jesus keep asking, ‘Who do you say I am?’

The Mouth Reflects the Heart

Now pay attention to this. Jesus asked, “…But whom say ye that I am?…” He wanted them to SAY the answer. Elsewhere, Jesus said, “…for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
(Luke 6:45). That is, you end up saying what your heart is thinking about. Your mouth reflects your heart.

So get this: HOW you answer the question reveals WHAT your heart thinks of Jesus. We can’t exactly “read” our own hearts about Jesus; we can’t see our thoughts on an X-ray. But in a way we can glimpse what our hearts “say” about Christ by the words that come out of our mouths. The mouth reflects the heart.

Point #2: What you say about Jesus reflects what your heart thinks about Him.

Do Something

So what does your heart say about Jesus? If you find yourself dissatisfied with the answer, if you know Jesus some but want to know him more, if your pursuit of Christ pales in comparison to the way you pursue everything else, then here’s some advice: DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Go after a larger view of Christ so you can see him for ALL he is. Pursue Jesus in a way that matches who he is—the King of kings, Lord of lords, Supreme ruler of all. You may have to hand over your pride, stop making excuses, re-order some priorities. But it’ll be worth it. HE is worth it!

Point #3: If you’re not satisfied with your current connection with Jesus, do something about it.

Although I resisted this process in the beginning, I’m exceedingly grateful for it now. I’m seeing much more of Christ, and as a result, I’m knowing much more of Christ. He is drawing me closer to his heart and showing me more of who he really is. I’m praying the same for you.

Ye Shall Receive Power

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The sounding of the seventh trumpet, the last trumpet, is described in the tenth and eleventh chapters of the Book of Revelation.
The seventh trumpet announces the closing of the present age and the completion of the mystery of God. The mystery of God is Christ in us, the forming of the Body of Christ, the eternal Temple of God.
The first resurrection from the dead, the resurrection of God’s eternal witnesses, His kings and priests, the judges and rulers of the ages to come, will take place at the time of the seventh, or last, trumpet.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:52)
The preparatory events that accompany the sounding of the seventh trumpet commence in Revelation 10:1 while the climactic sounding is found in 11:15. The beginning of the sounding:
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:7)
The climax of the sounding:
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)

The Apostle John was commanded to eat the “little book”:
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” (Revelation 10:8)
These are the days when we are commanded to eat the Word of God, particularly the Word being given in the present hour.
It is necessary we continue to study and meditate in the Holy Scriptures. The study of the Scriptures is a most important aspect of the Christian discipleship.
But in order to bear witness of God we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit until the Word of God is written in our bones, our flesh, our will, our imaginations. The Holy Spirit is creating us the living Word.
It is a little scroll because the work that God will do in the last days will not be “big” or pretentious in the sight of man. Today great men and great buildings are exalted. The exaltation of people and buildings is past for the true saints of God. We are not to despise the day of “small things.”
For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:10)
To Be Continued #2

The Difference Between Strength And Courage

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Strength-So

It takes strength to be firm.
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to stand guard.
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain.
It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in.
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain.
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide feelings.
It takes courage to show them.

It takes strength to endure abuse.
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone.
It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love.
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive.
It takes Jesus to live.
Jn 1:4 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

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“Does God hate?

“If God is love, how can He hate?
The universalists repeatedly say things like, “God loves us all so much that He will save us all”; or “He hates the sin, but loves the sinner”; or “God is love, and will not send anyone to hell.”

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Universalists teach that God is so full of love, that He simply cannot send anyone to eternal hell fire. It is against His infinite love. They want God to forgive all, even those who openly reject Him and die cursing God.

I must admit, it is nice to think of God’s love being so infinitely great that all will ultimately be saved. Hell is a terrible place and I don’t want anyone to go there. But it does not matter what I think. It matters what the Bible says.

“God is love” (1 John 4:8), but God also punishes the sinner and hates all who do iniquity. God is not one sided. He is not simply an infinitely loving God. He is also infinitely just. He must deal with sin. He must punish the sinner.

In the truth of God’s word, we find that the Lord has provided one way by which we may be saved. That single way is through Jesus’ sacrifice. For all who trust in Him, salvation will come. But to those who turn away, God’s wrath abides upon them: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).

Does God hate anyone?

The answer is yes.
Psalm 5:5, “The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,
Psalm 11:5, “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Leviticus. 20:23, “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.”
Prov. 6:16-19, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Hosea 9:15, “All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.”

Are these verses hard to read? Do they make you feel uncomfortable? They should. God hates sin. But, He does not punish sin. He punishes the sinner. Sin cannot be tied up and thrown into a fire. It cannot be put in a box or glued to a stick. It is rebellion. It is rebellion in the heart. It is breaking God’s Law. Sin occurs inside the heart and mind of people. Therefore, God must punish the sinner. Why? Because He is both Holy and Just and the person who sins offends God. God’s Holy and Just character will not allow Him to ignore this offense. Why?….

God’s Law is Perfect

When God said, “Let there be light,” it happened. When He commanded that the oceans be, they came into existence. God’s word is powerful. What He says is never futile, empty, or without power.

The Law is a reflection of God’s character. It is pure and perfect. It is powerful. The Ten Commandments reflect God’s holiness and justice. These commandments are not without punishments. A law without consequences is only an empty slogan.

To sin is to break God’s Law and offend His character. To sin means to challenge His character and authority. It means you go against His word. But God is not a liar. His word is true. He has said He will punish the lawbreaker.

But, praise be to God, that while we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us (Rom. 5:6). There is no way we can appease God. That is why God became one of us (John 1:1,14; Heb. 2:17), to take our place and become sin on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). Therefore, people have two options:

Trust Jesus, God in flesh, as your saviour and put your faith in the sacrifice that He made on the cross and in nothing you do.
Reject the cross and let the penalty of the Law fall upon you.
Either God pays, or you do — forever. Which will it be?

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,” (Hebrews 10:26). If there is no sacrifice available for you, then God’s wrath abides upon you because He hates sin and your sin is not removed (John 3:36). Trust Jesus alone or the wrath of God will abide upon you forever.

Conclusion

The sobering fact is that God is so holy and righteous that He hates the sinner (Psalm 5:5; Lev. 20:23; Prov. 6:16-19; Hos. 9:15).
Some say that we should say that God only hates the sin but loves the sinner. But, the above scriptures speak contrary to that. But it is also true that He is love (1 John 4:8).

It is better to accept the love of God found in Jesus than to reject it and suffer His wrath.

I BEG you!

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