False Doctrines & Religions

Content will be on false doctrines in the church, and false religions.

Who’s Taken and Who’s Left?

Hear what Jesus says  happens at the end of this age and how the unjust are separated from the just —

Mat 13:47  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 
Mat 13:48  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 
Mat 13:49  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 
Mat 13:50  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

Which vessels were “left” in the boat? The “good” ones! The “bad” vessels were “cast away!” Jesus went on to say that this is how it will be at the end of the world. No pre-trib rapture, the “just” aren’t taken up and away, just the opposite, the “just” are LEFT while the “wicked” are “cast into a fiery furnace.”

Joh 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 
Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. [1]

Those who don’t abide (remain) in Christ are “cast forth” and gathered by angels (Angels are often called “men” in the bible) who “cast the unfruitful into the fire.” Notice which branches were “taken away” – the unfruitful ones.

Mat 13:27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? (darnel or false grain; a metaphor for false believers)
Mat 13:28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 
Mat 13:29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 
Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, (angels) Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 

Again, the “tares” or false believers are gathered up and bound in bundles to be burned, while the “wheat” or true believers are gathered into Jesus’s barn. Who gets gathered up FIRST? It’s the tares, not the wheat!

Mat 13:36  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 
Mat 13:37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 
Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 
Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world
Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 
Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear

In this passage Jesus spells it out plainly – the angels reap the final harvest gathering the unjust FIRST and casting them into the furnace. THEN the righteous shine forth in his father’s kingdom. No Pre-Trib rapture of the saints is evident in this or any of the aforementioned passages.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 
Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 
Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 

When are the “elect” gathered? IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION and not before!

1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Here Paul says that those saints still alive at Christ’s coming won’t be “caught up” (taken up) until AFTER the “dead in Christ” arise. This is a very strong passage which states plainly the order in which saints are taken up into the air and which also refutes a Pre-Trib Rapture. How can there be a Pre-Trib Rapture of living saints when ALL God’s saints, dead or alive are taken up TOGETHER at the same time???

I would like to see one bible verse or passage which clearly shows that SOME saints will be taken or caught up to meet the Lord in the air BEFORE the Tribulation period. Anyone who knows of such a verse, please write to me about it. And, I’m not talking about some allegorical interpretation involving the Jewish wedding ceremony by which some have concluded that there is a “catching up” of SOME saints who have proved themselves worthy to escape the Tribulation, while other, carnal believers are “left” behind to suffer through it. I’d love to see just one solid piece of evidence, one sure word of Scripture to back up such interpretations.

Why is this important you might ask? It’s very important to know everything you can about Christ’s Second Coming so that you can be ready to meet Him when He comes. Many I think, will be unprepared, having been lulled to sleep by false shepherds telling them that they will be RAPTURED out of the world BEFORE the Great Tribulation starts. Whoever believes those shepherds and doesn’t search out the Word of God for themselves is going to be DECEIVED thinking that they won’t have to endure that which is coming to “try the WHOLE EARTH” [Rev 3:10].

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 
1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 
1Pe 4:14  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 
1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 
1Pe 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 
1Pe 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 
1Th 3:3  That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto
1Th 3:4  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 
2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution
Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 

Who shall be SAVED? He that endureth to the END of this Age; who remains faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ while enduring persecution and tribulation.

I wonder how people can ignore the preponderance of scriptural evidence for a Pre-Wrath or Post Tribulation “catching up” of the saints and cling to a Pre-Trib Rapture. Could it be a matter of not wanting to suffer for Christ, of not wanting to bear the shame of the Cross, preferring to live in agreement with the world and in so doing, avoid persecution and tribulation? Truth is, there will be no escaping persecution and tribulation in this world if you’re a true follower of Jesus Christ, for to such we have been called!

June 19, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b47CJlE-ut0

Who’s a true and a false Christian, who’s deceived and how to know, taking Communion as a false believer.

As Sodom and Gormorrah

Jer 23:14  I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. [1-3]

Eze 13:22  Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life

Jer 28:15  Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie
Jer 28:16  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. 

Deu 13:4  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 
Deu 13:5  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. 

Who are the prophets today? Well, there are actual prophets but even ministers of the Gospel and any believer can prophesy the word of God. A prophet is someone who hears or sees what the will of God is and then speaks it forth. Every minister or pastor also speaks forth the words and will of God, at least they’re supposed to. Therefore, they too have been entrusted by God to faithfully speak forth His word and His will to the people. But, if they don’t speak forth God’s true word they are guilty of speaking LIES in God’s name and leading His people astray.

Dear people of God, isn’t that just what’s happening in many if not most of our churches right now? The ministers or priests and prophets alike are speaking forth LIES in God’s name when they tell people that it’s all right to go on sinning and committing all manner of FORNICATION, including living in perverted sexual relationships, because God is love and therefore He looks the other way! Not so! While it’s true that God is loving and merciful, He is also Holy and will not lower His standards of righteousness for anyone. If God did that, no one would be saved from their sin or from God’s wrath (anger and judgment of impenitent sinners). Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Churches are not only allowing sexual perversions in their midst but they’re saying that it’s holy in God’s sight. But they lie, for God’s word says that such unions and relationships are foul and disgusting in His sight calling such acts an Abomination. So when priests or ministers say it’s OK to live in these types of relationships contrary to what God says about them, aren’t these ministers speaking lies? Aren’t they guilty of “teaching rebellion against the Lord,” and “making the people to trust in lies?”

All such ministers “strengthen the hands” of the wicked by promising them life and peace which is contrary to what God says will happen to unrepentant sinners. In Progressive (ultra liberal) churches congregants are led to walk around the sanctuary “wishing” one another PEACE,” sometimes shaking hands and/or hugging. In such churches you hear the terms “love and peace” but never “sin, judgment, or holiness.” They teach a lopsided, soft-bellied, weak-minded God who hasn’t enough pluck to correct His wayward children. What utter poppycock. God is neither weak-minded nor lopsided and definitely WILL send correction to his children, but the impenitent and impudent sinners who flaunt their sin, are going to suffer His wrath unless of course they repent (turn from their sin to right living according to God’s word, not men’s ideas).

God will not be mocked! Whatever a man sows he will reap. Everyone will be rewarded according to his deeds; the righteous will inherit eternal life, the wicked eternal death – Gal 6:7  Do not deceive yourselves; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. 
Gal 6:8  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows in the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. 

You ministers are in serious trouble with the Lord if you teach men to rebel against God’s righteous commands. It’s a false sense of security and a false peace that you give them as you tell them their sin will never be punished. If they remain in their sin, “won’t return from their wickedness,” they will suffer the torments of Hellfire and you will too, for teaching them to rebel against God. Repent or else God will remove your lampstand – Rev 2:5  Remember, therefore, from where thou art fallen and repent and do the first works, or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy lampstand out of its place, except thou repent. 

The world is definitely going mad and so too are many of God’s ministers and prophets who claim to speak for God but who speak lies in His name. They have become as Sodom and Gomorrah in His sight.

June 9, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] Sodom = “burning” BDB Definition: 1) a Canaanite city, usually paired with Gomorrah, located in the area of the Dead Sea and the Jordan river; both cities destroyed by God in judgment
Strong’s: From an unused root meaning to scorch; burnt (that is, volcanic or bituminous) district; Sedom, a place near the Dead Sea: – Sodom.
[2] Gomorrah = “submersion” BDB Definition: 1) the twin-city in evil with Sodom, both destroyed in judgment by God with fire from heaven; 1a) of iniquity (figuratively)
Strong’s: From H6014; a (ruined) heap; Amorah, a place in Palestine: – Gomorrah.

 

What’s the Lie of 2 Thess. 2:11?

 

In the end times Jesus warned that that many would believe “a lie,” what was that lie? Could it be that the lie is “once saved always saved?” The way it works is that if you say a prayer inviting Jesus into your heart, no matter how you live after that, you’ll bypass God’s Judgment and go to heaven when you die. Could the ‘eternal security’ or ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine be the “lie” of which Jesus spoke?

I think it is, because there are more than 3 witnesses (scriptures) in the Bible which clearly state that if/when one forsakes (abandons) the Lord, He in turn will forsake that person. Here they are —

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

2Ch 24:20  And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you

1Ch 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever

Deu 31:16 – 18   And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 

Jdg 10:13 &14  Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 

Jdg 2:11 – 14  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 

If those verses aren’t enough to convince you, consider that in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent was tempting Adam and Eve, what did he promise them?

He promised them that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would not only gain knowledge of good and evil, but that they would NOT die as Yehovah had warned them —-

Gen 3:1 – 5  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil

Now compare that passage with the following New Testament passage —

2Th 2:2 & 3  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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; 

2Th 2:7 – 12  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

For the sake of those who don’t know who the Restrainer is, it’s Michael the Archangel. Right after Michael is ”taken out of the way” (stops holding back iniquity) that Wicked one will be revealed to the world. Also, notice that the “day of Christ” cannot be “at hand” (immanent!) UNTIL the Anti-Christ is revealed. Once the Anti-Christ is revealed to the world, THEN Christ’s coming is immanent, but not before.

What is the “strong delusion?” Feminine of G4108 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: – deceit, to deceive, delusion, error. [Strong’s] 2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion; 2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting; 2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

The LIE then has something to do with deceit, fraud (fraudulent teaching perhaps?), wrong opinion re morals or religion, error — AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS DEFINITION —- and “straying from orthodoxy and piety.

Dear reader, isn’t that exactly where the Church at large is today? Could you honestly say that it hasn’t STRAYED from orthodoxy and piety? Piety is the quality of being religious or reverent.

Orthodoxy is (from Greek ὀρθοδοξία orthodoxía “right opinion”) is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means “conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.” [1]

  1. Adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion.
  2. Adhering to the Christian faith as expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds. [2] 

Orthodoxy is the belief in the standards of accepted and true doctrines taught in the Bible. That which is orthodox agrees with Biblical teaching and the interpretation of the Christian Church. [3]

Over several decades I’ve seen the Church “stray” from the “reverence” of God and His Word, and from the sound doctrines of the faith, which have been taught and accepted for many centuries. What has brought this about is the “mystery of iniquity” which has been “at work” since the Fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden. Just what is the “mystery of iniquity?” For those who haven’t studied the Bible, it is the “condition of being without law, because of being ignorant of it, or violating it; it is “contempt and violation of law, also wickedness.” [Thayer’s Greek Def.] From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. [Strong’s]

The Church has strayed from orthodoxy by adopting ‘new’ doctrines (beliefs) and practices unsupported by Scripture and not preaching against ‘sin’ anymore in their services. At the same time, churches show little to no ‘reverence’ for God as they thumb their noses at God’s precious Law – His Torah or teachings in both Old and New Testaments. I’ve seen congregants in many churches treat the holy things of God ‘lightly’ which shows irreverence towards them! Real believers show ‘respect’ for God, His true ministers, and for His Word (all of it!). True believers don’t treat the holy things of God lightly but “tremble” at His words and show respect for His Presence in and among them. Yahweh has left many churches because of their stubborn refusal to heed His commands and correction – 

Pro 1:23 – 36  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 

Now, I will put it all together for you. The “lie” being told believers in these last days, is akin to the lie Satan told Eve in the Garden – that they can disobey God’s law and not die (eternally) as a result! Since the Fall, men are born having a natural bent towards “going their own way” falsely believing that they can live independently from God and not suffer negative consequences for it. Yahweh God makes it very clear throughout the bible, that disobedience to His commands carries penalties, even everlasting death. Men who don’t see this are blinded by their lust.

1Co 6:9 -10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God

The following passage describes those who in the blindness of their lusts ARE DECEIVED into thinking that they SHALL HAVE PEACE despite “walking according to the “IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS” —-

Deu 29:19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 

Notice what the LORD says will happen to him who does this —

Deu 29:20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 

Compare with Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:24 – 27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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. 

Notice in the first verse the word “lie” is pertaining to “changing the truth of God” or exchanging that truth for a lie — “changed, change, or changing” From G3326 and G236; to exchange: – change. Also, “to make different” [Strong’s] “truth” 1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth [Thayer’s Def.]

Dear reader, isn’t that what many churches are doing today, changing and or exchanging God’s truth for men’s opinions, even adopting the doctrines of devils??

1Ti 4:1 & 2 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; 

In case you were wondering, a conscience seared with a hot iron (or cauterized) is no longer sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction or influence, and is therefore no longer able to distinguish between good and evil – opposite from what Satan promised Adam and Eve in the Garden!!

See what a LIAR Satan is? He promised Adam and Eve that if they partook of his forbidden knowledge they would know both good and evil like God did. That word “know” is “yada” which has a broad variety of applications, one of which is to be able to DISTINGUISH between one thing and another!  [Brown-Driver-Briggs Heb. Def.’s] I suggest you look the term up for yourself and get used to doing that, so you can “rightly divide” (interpret) the Word of God.

Satan LIED big time to Adam and Eve when he tempted them in the Garden of Eden. Satan actually told them two lies, the first being that if they partook of the forbidden knowledge or fruit, they wouldn’t die. The second lie was that not only would they not die, but they would be like God, able to distinguish for themselves (without God’s input) what’s good from what’s evil – (Gen. 3:5).

But you see, when men stray from God’s instructions and persist in going their own way, they eventually become insensitive to God’s voice so they can no longer hear Him. Their consciences become “seared” (cauterized) or hardened so they cannot respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and are lost. This can even happen to a born again believer who “falls away” —

Luk 8:11 – 14  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 

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

Far too many in the church today treat God and His Word “lightly” and in some cases, with disdain. They do this by “changing” or exchanging God’s words with lies, and by making themselves the ultimate authority on what’s right and what’s wrong. In essense ungodly men end up worshiping themselves (the creature) instead of the Creator – Rom 1:25.

Many have made or are making the fatal choice to “go their own way,” thus rejecting God’s instructions, commands, and laws. They’ve been deceived by their own lusts and by Satan into believing that they don’t need God or His law, that they can go it alone and be just fine.

Dear reader I strongly urge you to take stock of your life in light of God’s holy Word to see if your words and actions line up with its precepts or not. If not, the time to change that is now, not tomorrow, for tomorrow may be too late –  Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee….

Don’t be fooled by Satan, or blinded by your own lusts, the Day of the Lord’s wrath will come! Don’t wait until that day to repent of your rebellion against God’s law, for it will be too late then – Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. There comes a time when the opportunity for repentance runs out – Luk 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 

False dependence on Church privileges –

In the eyes of Him who “seeth not as man seeth,” who readeth the heart and weigheth actions in the balances of the sanctuary, the worker of iniquity is not only the man who disregards religion and commits open wickedness; but also he who, if he avoid certain sins, avoids them not because he fears God or is constrained by Christ’s love, and who, if motives were analyzed, would be found to have regard to the good opinion of the world, rather than to the will and the glory of Him who called him into being.

You must search your hearts. You must see whether God be first in your hearts; whether your great fear be the fear of offending Him—your great desire, the desire of pleasing Him; whether “old things have passed away,” and “new things”—new tendencies, new upon outward privileges. “The kingdom of God is within you.”

I do not depreciate the means of grace. The “workers of iniquity” may be those who delight in sermons and never miss a sacrament.” “There are multitudes who will go a long way towards heaven and then stop short. They will give up everything but one thing for Christ, and therefore are they near heaven; but they keep that one, and therefore must they be excluded at the last. Almost believers upon earth, they are almost guests at the marriage-supper above.

I would that this might warn you; that this might startle you. If there are any of you who are resting on outward duties and privileges, and have not given your hearts to the Lord, oh! do not shrink from self-examination; be not afraid to know the worst. The “Master of the house” hath not yet “risen up and shut to the door.” You may still secure for yourselves admission at the last. (H. Melvill, B. D. ) [The Biblical Illustrator]

Sobering words, I know, but necessary in light of the times we’re living in. I pray you won’t ignore or treat lightly these warnings in God’s Word but will hear them and be saved from His wrath when He comes to judge the whole earth. Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (The meaning here is, that, as Christians are clothed with the garments of righteousness, they should not lay them aside, so that their spiritual nakedness should be seen. – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible) Heb 10:26&27  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

The “lie” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 11, is that a person can keep on sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth (God’s Word) and still go to heaven – the eternal security, once saved always saved (false) doctrine! It’s akin to the “lie” Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden, “You shall not die.” Don’t fall for it!

May the FEAR OF GOD return to the Church before the Day of His Wrath comes.

©  April 20, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodoxy

[2] https://www.thefreedictionary.com/orthodox

[3] https://carm.org/dictionary-orthodoxy

Good teachings on the Falling Away — 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAslQqrWpfM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kX8O8OAcJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bulg4mCHLEs

http://fgcp.org/content/how-identify-false-church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2eztrXGLtQ

Are Christians supposed to be grabbing their crotches?  

Who’s truly saved and who’s not, the reality of Heaven & Hell; Sermons by John MacArthur —-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b47CJlE-ut0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztj_jyOPTVg

 

What’s An Abomination Anyway?

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 

‘abomination’ = a foul thing, a detestable thing,1a) of idols and things pertaining to idolatry [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

‘filthiness of her fornication’ [Thayer’s Greek Def.] = impurity, illicit sexual intercourse, 1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. 1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18 1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mar_10:11-12 2) metaphorically the worship of idols, 2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols (as in taking of the wafer or ‘host’ of communion in the Catholic church?) Is the communion wafer or host in any way connected to worship of Molech [1] or other false god? A golden cup” = [Thayer Definition] 1) a cup, a drinking vessel 2) metaphorically one’s lot or experience, whether joyous or adverse, divine appointments, whether favourable or unfavourable, are likened to a cup which God presents one to drink: so of prosperity and adversity. 

Jer 51:7  Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, ‘cup’ = often figuratively a lot (as if a potion); also some unclean bird, probably an owl (perhaps from the cup like cavity of its eye): – cup, (small) owl. [Strong’s Concordance] One’s ‘lot’ in life means one’s fate, what one has been handed.

The significance for Roman Catholics today in participating each week in the purely pagan ritual of celebrating the Eucharist of cannibalism offered to demons, has its own special significance. Whether you want to know it or not, Catholics are paying homage to the supreme demonic deities of the Catholic Church, the real gods hidden behind the facades of false worship.” [2] 

God told me very clearly one time after I had communion at a local Catholic shrine, that He didn’t want me doing that, for it was “an Abomination to Him!” In obedience to His Voice, I haven’t partaken of communion since that day God spoke so clearly to me. I wonder why it is that so many Christians don’t seem to have heard this pronouncement. At any rate, it’s clear that this ‘woman’ (a woman in Scripture used in this context is always referring to a church or a religious body) is full of ‘abominations, filthiness, fornication, idolatry and more. Is not the Catholic church rife with these abominations? She is also the same church that persecuted the saints, being “drunken with their blood” – Rev. 17:6 The Catholic church has persecuted and murdered more ‘saints’ than any other entity in all of world history [3].

1Ki 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

Jdg 19:22  Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (‘know’ = to know a person carnally in this instance)
Jdg 19:23  And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. 
Jdg 19:24  Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. 

‘sons of Belial’ = notice how God calls those who do this ‘vile’ acts are ‘sons of Belial’ – meaning the demonic spirit behind the acts, the demon who moves people to do them, is none other than Belial himself!
‘Belial’ = worthlessness, base, wicked
‘wickedly’ = bad, evil, injurious, displeasing, broken to pieces
‘know’ = in this instance means to know a person ‘carnally’ (or sexually)
‘vile’ = profane and immoral acts, disgraceful [Brown-Driver-Briggs Dictionary]
‘folly’ = same as vile.

We can see that God considers acts of sodomy to be ‘vile’ and ‘wicked,’ and that the demonic influence or demon spirit behind all such acts, be it sodomy or any other sexual perversion, is the principality Belial. 

Leviticus 18:22 – “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 20:13  – “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND AGAINST GAYS OR LESBIANS, ETC!! I include this verse only to show how seriously offensive this behavior was (and is) to God who gave the Law to Moses, and although we live in an age of Grace, there are still penalties for sin. Continuous illness and other troubles often plague habitual sinners, even Christians suffer in this way due to non-repentance of various sins. In addition, after the second resurrection of the unrighteous dead, Judgment will be meted to those who never repented of their sinning and never turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness (Rev 21:7  & 28). The ‘putting to death’ of those who committed certain sins under the old covenant was done to keep the rest of the congregation from becoming corrupted. “The purity of God’s people in the Promised Land was vitally important, as was the continuance of bloodlines (one of which would lead to the Messiah). That is why God demanded the death penalty for those who engaged in homosexual intercourse.” [4] God wanted a HOLY people to call His own, and He hasn’t changed His mind about that – all who are called by His Name, are to be holy, as He is holy – Lev 20:26  You are to be holy to Me, for I, Adonai, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, so that you would be Mine. [TLV]  1Th 4:7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. The application for today’s Christian communities, is that within their gates, sin is to be disciplined and eradicated, not accepted as normal! 1Co 5:13  But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves

God takes sin seriously! Homosexuals are not doing right in His eyes, neither are Lesbians – Rom 1:26  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….

Should we as Christians allow ourselves to be swayed by public opinion and the laws of the state that say there’s nothing wrong with Sodomy and other perverse sexual acts, when our Lord and Savior said otherwise? Are we to obey man’s law and thumb our noses at God’s law? 

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Gal 1:10  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. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Simply put: If you’re a friend of the world then you cannot be a friend of God or of Christ. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Church at Corinth – 1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

Definition of reprove = confute, admonish: – convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove. Definition of rebuke = express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions, bring correction, scold. fellowship = From G4862 and G2841; to share in company with, that is, co-participate in: – communicate (have fellowship) with, be partaker of.

Did you get that? Christians are not only to not eat and have fellowship with fornicators, covetous, idolaters, etc., in the Church, but we are to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong in a ‘spirit of meekness’ – Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. God’s desires the full restoration of every soul! 2 Pet 3:9. Instead, what’s happening in most of our churches these days is that all manner of uncleanness is welcomed and accepted as being normal. Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

“judgment” = condemnation of wrong, the sentence of a judge, the punishment with which one is sentenced
“death” = the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell
‘have pleasure’ = From G4862 and G2106; to think well of in common, that is, assent to, feel gratified with: – allow, assent, be pleased, have pleasure.

Isn’t that exactly what most Christian churches are doing these days – allowing and assenting to (agreeing with) behavior which Christ condemns in His Word?

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. *Note that any words you see in the Bible that are in gray italics were added by translators and were not in the original manuscripts.

unclean = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean. [Strong’s Concordance Def.]

It’s plain as day that believers in Christ, who Paul was addressing in these passages, are to get away from everything that’s unclean and unholy. God calls the act of Sodomy an “unclean, vile, foul, detestable, idolatrous ABOMINATION! In fact, anything that is worshiped other than the true God, is Idolatry according to the Bible, God’s Word. I guess that would include the holy communion ‘wafer’ which Catholics worship (adore) in the Catholic Mass. No, that tiny wafer is not Christ anymore than a plaster statue of Mary is really Mary. Those bowing down to the Eucharist in adoration are adoring a piece of bread that’s supposed to be the literal flesh of Christ via Transubstantiation [5], which is an Abomination! Sadly, many Catholics don’t read their bibles or have a personal relationship with God but unquestioningly believe whatever their priest tells them. Dear Catholic, if you’re reading this, please read a non-Catholic version of the bible and pray for understanding and for revelation. In the bible you’ll see that no man on earth has greater authority than God, even though the Pope makes such a claim [6] and ONLY God has the power to forgive men’s sins! 

Those who speak out against the LGBT and Rainbow movements are called “haters.” I know some will read this article and accuse me of not being compassionate or loving but which is more loving, telling someone the truth so that their soul may be saved, or keeping quiet so it ends up in Hell? Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them. ⇐ Paul was telling Christians not to be partakers with those who commit these sins, and those listed in the following verse. 

Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

“Same sex sins are listed along with other sins such as fornication, idolatry, covetousness and drunkenness. Same sex sins are dishonoring, repugnant sins but they are still forgivable. Surely, we have all been covetous at some point in our life, but that does not mean we are automatically going to hell. Scripture is not talking about a single event or many acts of sin, but an ongoing pattern of sin. God is talking about those who never come to Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit turn from their sin. We cannot do this on our own. We are totally dependent on God to stop.

1 Timothy 1:10. Same sex sins are not an acceptable, alternative lifestyle either. It is sin. Here is another passage.

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers . . . (NASB) 1 Timothy 1:8-11

It is clear that homosexuality is not the result of biological heredity. It is sin. God did not make these men and women homosexuals from birth. At its root, homosexuality flows out of the sinful nature of the individual given to it. It is a result of a rejection of God at some point in life. [7]

Not only is homosexuality NOT just another sin, it serves in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as the primary symbol of end-stage rebellion against God triggering the outpouring of His wrath.  Moreover, the challenge to Biblical orthodoxy represented by an increasingly militant pro-homosexual culture serves as a key litmus test for whether believers will stand with God or the Antichrist in the last days.

It is incumbent upon remnant believers to warn the church against the heresy of “gay theology” and to boldly and forcefully advocate for the Biblical worldview on sexuality and the one-flesh paradigm. [8]

Therefore, let’s not allow ourselves to be swayed by men’s opinions. More importantly, let’s not allow ourselves to betray the One who gave His life for us so that we could be FREED not only from our sins, but from enslavement to the opinions of men that go against God’s heart, teachings, and laws. Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Our “liberty” is not the same liberty the world talks about, which is nothing more than license to sin in every way possible! 

Dear reader, if you or someone you know is in bondage to sin THERE IS HOPE in Jesus Christ who alone can deliver you. All you need do is turn to Him in repentance with Faith, believing that He can set you free from any sin. Ask Him to save you, and He will do it. Rom 10:9  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. Testimonies of ex-homosexuals and lesbians [12].

So, fellow believer, let’s walk in the LIBERTY given to us by Christ by which we’ve been set free from the world and its opinions to follow “every word of God” whereby we have LIFE! – Mat 4:4 ….It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  

May we be BOLD in our witness, and faithfully REPROVE the “works of darkness” until Shiloh (an epithet of the Messiah) comes again! Amen.

 

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.biblelight.net/verita.htm

[2] http://humansarefree.com/2014/10/the-catholic-liturgy-is-satanic-ritual.html

[3] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/homosexuality-death-penalty.html

[5] https://www.gotquestions.org/transubstantiation.html

[6] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[7] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-studies/topical-bible-studies/the-bible-on-same-sex-relations/

[8] http://www.scottlively.net/2014/12/26/the-forgotten-last-days-warning-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible/

This link adds more in depth material from historical and biblical references about a sin which will bring God’s judgment.

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgKpLEzZl_w

America is modern day SODOM. Bibles are being rewritten to remove language which criticizes certain life-styles.

[10] http://www.hope-of-israel.org/homochristian.html

[11] http://www.hope-of-israel.org/homotruth.htm

[12] https://www.charismanews.com/us/76484-definitive-proof-jesus-can-set-you-free-from-homosexuality

 

 

 

 

GOING ON TO MATURITY IN CHRIST

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; (G5047) not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 

Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. “perfection” = completeness, of full age (mature)

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting (G2677) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: G2677 καταρτισμός katartismos kat-ar-tis-mos’; From G2675; complete furnishing (objectively): – perfecting.

Eph 4:13 – 15 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (G5046) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may preent every man perfect (G5046) in Christ Jesus: 

G5046 τέλειος teleios tel’-i-os; From G5056; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with G3588) completeness: – of full age, man, perfect.

What we see in each of these verses is that God’s will for the saints to leave the principles of the faith delineated in Heb. 6:1 & 2, and “GO ON TO PERFECTION” or “COMPLETENESS” ie., come to a “full age” or maturity in the faith. God never intended for His church to remain at the “beginning” or in other words, to remain at the baby stage of faith, but intends for newborns to grow up. So it is in the natural – parents teach their children easy things in the beginning but as the child grows they start teaching it harder concepts as the child is able to comprehend them. So it is in the spiritual —

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Those that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts. 

Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 

Some prefer the comfort and ease of babyhood status and resist growing up spiritually speaking, so that they don’t have to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. What they don’t understand is that while remaining infantile seems easier, there are rewards and advantages to being entrusted with responsibility, and disadvantages to being a baby.

Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat

Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil

From these verses, we see one advantage of being of “full age” is that such are able to “discern both good and evil” or between good and evil. That’s a huge advantage when you consider how vital it is to be able to discern between those two opposite polarities; it can mean the difference between life and death in many instances. And how does one get there? By “reason of use” = G1838 ἕξις hexis hex’-is; From G2192; habit, that is, (by implication) practice: – use. Thus, those of full age acquire discernment through habitually exercising their senses = G145 αἰσθητήριον aisthētērion ahee-sthay-tay’-ree-on; From a derivative of G143; properly an organ of perception, that is, (figuratively) judgment: – senses

They do this by remaining in God’s Word [Jn 15:7], which means they stay with it and spend lots of time not just reading, but studying it. And more than that, they DO what it says! By actually doing what the Word says one’s spiritual senses (perception and judgment or discernment) are increased with each obedience! 2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 

from glory to glory — from one degree of glory to another. As Moses’ face caught a reflection of God’s glory from being in His presence, so believers are changed into His image by beholding Him. – Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary (Public Domain)

By reason of use – Who, by constant hearing, believing, praying, and obedience, use all the graces of God’s Spirit; and, in the faithful use of them, find every one improved, so that they daily grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. – Adam Clark’s Commentary on the Bible (Public Domain)

The disadvantage of those ingesting only “milk” is that they’re “unskillful” in the Word which means they haven’t yet developed their spiritual senses to the point where they can differentiate between good and evil.

To discern both good and evil – That is, in doctrine. They will appreciate and understand what is true; they will reject what is false. – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible (Public Domain)

So you see remaining a baby in Christ is a precarious position leaving one vulnerable to the devil’s deception and wiles as Eph. 4:14 points out. Since we’re living in the “last days” in which spiritual darkness covers the whole earth, it’s vital that believers have and use ALL the spiritual gifts and weapons that Christ has given His Church. It’s God’s will that His born again children be “overcomers” – Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Other ‘overcomer’ verses: Rev 2:11, 17 & 26; 3:5, 12 & 21; Rev 21:7.

1Jn 2:12 – 14  I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 

These four classes constituted the household or family of God; each class, in ascending gradation, seems to have had more light, experience, and holiness than the other.

  1. The τεκνια, beloved children, or infants, are those who are just born into the heavenly family.
  2. The παιδια, little children, are those who are able to walk and speak; they know their heavenly Father, and can call him by that name.
  3. The νεανισκοι, young men, are such as are grown up to man’s estate; these perform the most difficult part of the labor, and are called to fight the battles of the Lord.
  4. The πατερες, fathers, are those who are at the foundation of the spiritual family, and have known the whole economy of the work of God in themselves and in others. These have the largest stock of spiritual wisdom and religious experience. – Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Commentary (Public Domain)

Therefore beloved, let us no longer be CHILDREN, “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…” (Eph 4:14&15) Realize that the spiritual gifts are given to believers for their edification (building up) and other reasons —

1Co 1:4 – 17  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

1Co 12:1 – 7  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 

1Co 12:8 – 11 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 

A More Excellent Way

1Co 13:1 – 3  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

1Co 13:4 – 9  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

All true, and yet beloved of the LORD, that which is “perfect” has not yet appeared, and therefore, tongues, prophecies, words of wisdom and knowledge, discerning of spirits, and the working of miracles are still valid – they have not yet passed away! “That which is perfect” is referring to the time when believers will have attained to the “full stature of Christ” (Eph 4:11-13). Many believers misinterpret the above scriptures to mean that Jesus was himself the “perfect” which had come, therefore, the ‘gifts’ passed away after His earthly ministry was over. Those espousing this false doctrine referred to as Cessationism [1-2] can’t have read the entire New Testament, for every book in it after the four gospels clearly teach the gifts were in use after Christ. Peter, Paul, and the other apostles, practiced all of the spiritual gifts long after Christ arose. The gifts helped establish Christ’s church and there’s no scripture which states that any of the gifts died out in their time, in fact just the opposite. The book of Acts alone is filled with demonstrations of the Spirit in miraculous signs, healings, raising the dead, tongues, prophecies, casting out of evil spirits, and more. In addition, Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; Act 2:1 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Act 2:18  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy…. (See Joel 2:28 &29) Notice that it’s both God’s sons and daughters who will prophesy. Prophesy means to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office: – prophesy G4395 προφητεύω prophēteuō The gift of prophecy is mainly spoken in the Church assembly, 1Co 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 

Prophecy and Tongues

1Co 14:1 – 2  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 

1Co 14:3 – 5  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 

1Co 14:6 – 7  Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?  And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?  

1Co 14:8 – 12  For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?  So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 

1Co 14:13 – 19 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. 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. 

1Co 14:20 – 33 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God. Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak (G2980); but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.  1Co 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak (G2980) in the church. 

Re ‘women keeping silence in the churches’ – what isn’t apparent from just these couple of verses, is that Paul wasn’t forbidding women from PROPHESYING! How could he have meant that when in the following scriptures he clearly states that he allowed them to? 1Co 14:31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. No gender limitation there. 1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. Seems that Paul allowed women to ‘prophesy’ so long as their heads were veiled! The veil or head covering was to be worn as a sign of a wife’s subordination, or obedience, to her husband. Women in the New Testament era prophesied – Act 21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. Luk 2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel… To “prophesy” means to G4395 προφητεύω prophēteuō prof-ate-yoo’-o = to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office: – prophesy. The word “speak” which Paul used in 1 Co 14:34 & 35 is – A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words: – preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter. Compare G3004 = A primary verb; properly to “lay” forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean: – ask, bid, boast, call, describe, give out, name, put forth, say (-ing, on), shew, speak, tell, utter. [Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries] 

Is it not possible dear brethren, that Paul had some problem with women in the church speaking OUT OF TURN, shouting or calling out questions to their husbands (which Paul makes reference to in the very same passage vs. 35), and or they were giving EXTENDED and or RANDOM HARANGUES? Def. of “harangue” =

1) a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe. 2) a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering. 3) any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.

Please note the nature of the terms used: long, intense, attack, VEHEMENT, POMPOUS. Do any of these characterize a true prophetic word from God? Of course not. Women had to prophesy in the church assembly since prophesy needs to be “judged” by “others” in an assembly! (1 Cor 14:29) Paul’s correction in 1 Cor 14:34 & 5, likely had to do with a specific problem he was having with wives speaking out of turn, asking questions of their husbands in the church disrupting the main speaker, and even perhaps “scolding” their husbands there as well – see the def. of ‘harangue’ above. For a wife to ‘scold’ her husband is one way of “usurping authority” over him. A wife was to be in subjection to her husband according to the Torah which Paul was obviously upholding here and elsewhere, 1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. I realize this goes against the women’s liberation movement of modern times, but God’s principles don’t change with the tide of man’s opinions. It doesn’t mean a wife is a slave or can’t give her opinion but it means that she can’t wear the pants in the family! She isn’t allowed to ‘order’ her husband around like he was a puppy dog. If she scolds or berates him, she’s showing disrespect towards him, and that too is out of God’s divine order. God has an order to everything in heaven and on earth; we would be wise to find it out and follow it, or else suffer the negative consequences of not following it as we see in the fact that nearly half of all marriages end up in divorce. Too many women try to “rule” over their husbands when God told Eve that her husband would “rule” over her – Genesis 3:16. (Rule = dominion) Women, God always knows best and this is an a test of your trust in Him. Can God work through your husband even when you disagree with him? Can God provide for all your needs (emotional, physical, etc.) even when your husband appears to be working against you? Being under authority is meant to be a safeguard against deception, most of all from ourselves.  

The typical explanation that Paul was forbidding women from prophesying in the churches contradicts everything else written in the New Testament about it, as I’ve shown in this article. Besides, the LORD Himself prophesied that in the last days He would pour out His Spirit upon ALL flesh – “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Act 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy…. (See Joel 2:28 &29)

For those who don’t realize it, we are now living in the “last days” of this present age, for they began in the days of Christ, 1Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. Second witness – 1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you… There should be no doubt in your mind now that the “last days” (or times) began in the days of Christ and continue to the end of this current Age.  So, there’s no excuse, no reason, for the Church in our day to shun the precious gifts our Savior gave us for the purpose of equipping the saints to do the works which Christ ordained for them to do until He comes again. I believe that God’s gracious Spirit is grieved when his children shun His precious gifts given for their edification and maturation. Let us therefore no longer be like children tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine but let us grow up into the fullness of Christ – “unto a perfect man!”

As an aside, the term “man” in scripture is a general designation for both male and female, unless otherwise indicated. Thus, there’s no need to write, “he/she” as so many do in an effort to be politically correct. How arrogant are those who think that they can improve upon what God said! I figure that if the term “man” is good enough for God, it’s good enough for me.

 

Footnotes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessationism

[2] https://wesleygospel.com/2016/04/30/debunking-cessationism-a-cesspool-of-deformed-theology-john-boruff/   An excellent expose on this topic!

 

A DEN FOR DEMONS

 

Today my heart is breaking for the millions of Catholics and Catholic sympathizers in the world because they have been deceived by the Great Harlot, whose judgment draws near 2Pe 2:3. It’s breaking because I know what hell some of them are enduring for their religion and not for Christ, since Christ would never condone much of what their religion teaches. God’s heart is full of love for mankind; He is generous, kind, considerate, gentle as a dove, holy and just. He won’t tolerate murder and injustice forever; one day soon I hope, He’s going to judge and finally give the Great Harlot what she so richly deserves. The whorish church not established by Christ but by Satan will be burnt with fire for all the wickedness and filthiness of her fornication (her betrayal of Christ’s pure doctrine by mixing it with filthy pagan practices) – Rev 18:2 He cried out with a mighty voice, saying: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a den for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit and for every unclean bird and for every unclean and detestable beast. “unclean spirit” = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean [Strong’s Concordance]  In the Bible, a “whore” or “harlot” is any church which claims to follow Christ but in reality venerates false gods, idols, and incorporates pagan practices of all sorts into its worship. Revelation 18:3 refers to such as one who “fornicates” with the kings of the earth….

Rev 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her immorality. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich off the power of her self-indulgence.” (No other church has equaled the Catholic Church in immorality and riches)
Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins and receive her plagues! 
Rev 18:5 For her sins have piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes
Rev 18:6 Pay her back just as she has paid out, and give her back double for her deeds! In the cup she has mixed—mix a double dose for her! 
Rev 18:7 As she has exalted herself and indulged herself in luxury, so give her the same measure of torment and grief! For in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen—I am no widow; I shall never see grief.’ 
Rev 18:8 For this reason her plagues will arrive in a single day—death and grief and famine—and she shall be burned down with fire. For mighty is Adonai Elohim who judges her!”

What’s puzzling to me is how anyone can believe that the Catholic faith/church is good, considering its gross doctrinal errors, pedophilia, and fornication. Strong delusion maybe? 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… Many have been taught since childhood to believe that the Catholic Church and its priesthood is “infallible,” but the evidence overwhelmingly refutes that devilish doctrine. While most have heard about priests molesting young boys, it isn’t commonly known that nuns have endured  unimaginable horrors at the hands of priests and other nuns, some of whose testimonies you’ll hear about in this article. It seems strange to me that people express concern for animals and the environment but never say much about human suffering. Are animals more important than human beings? Animal rights and environmental protection have become something of a cult these days. Where’s the empathy for those who have been and are still being molested by priests? Where’s the outrage? Could it be that we’re becoming  indifferent to the feelings and pain of others?

Blinded by the pomp and riches of Catholicism, many have been beguiled into believing the RCC is a holy institution and the one, true church which Christ began, when it was really started by a Roman Emperor named Constantine in 313 AD three centuries after the birth of Christ. Constantine envisioned Christianity as a religion that could unite the Roman Empire, which at that time was beginning to fragment and divide. While this may have seemed to be a positive development for the Christian church, the results were anything but positive. Just as Constantine refused to fully embrace the Christian faith, but continued many of his pagan beliefs and practices, so the Christian church that Constantine promoted was a mixture of true Christianity and Roman paganism. Constantine found that, with the Roman Empire being so vast, expansive, and diverse, not everyone would agree to forsake his or her religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. So, Constantine allowed, and even promoted, the “Christianization” of pagan beliefs. Completely pagan and utterly unbiblical beliefs were given new “Christian” identities. For examples of this watch the following video and go to https://www.gotquestions.org/origin-Catholic-church.html

Many have been deceived by Catholicism’s veneer of godliness and aren’t aware of its true nature. The Whore of Babylon is a pagan sun-worshiping cult whose roots go back to the ancient city of Babylon [see the last two links at the end of this article]. From the beginning, the RCC “fell away” from the faith taught by Jesus Christ by mixing it with pagan customs and beliefs, including fertility rituals and idol worship of pagan gods now called by various saint’s names, whose statues adorn Catholic church walls. The Catholic religion is not the “faith once delivered to us” [Jud 1:3] but is Babylonian paganism in disguise; hence her title, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” [Rev 17:5]. Yahweh God promises to punish this whore for all the blood she has shed – Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. During the Inquisition and Papal crusades millions of Bible believers were tortured to death by Catholic clergymen for what they considered to be heresy against the Catholic church. Read about it at http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/anti6.htm

As followers of Christ, we’re to Eph 5:11 Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth — 

1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people
1Co 5:10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow
Eph 5:5 Know for certain that no immoral, indecent, or greedy person—who is really an idol worshipper at heart—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. 
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience. 
Eph 5:7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 

The Ecumenical and Unity movements are not biblical! Christ followers are not to be joined to a harlot (unfaithful church), nor are they to ‘drink from the cup of devils’!

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 1Co 10:19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils

This great Whore shows no repentance or remorse for her fornication, mixing pagan practices with Christianity, making it a Syncretic religion. Nor has she repented of her blasphemies (claims of equality with God) and crimes against humanity.  Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought [Oxford Dictionaries]. Modern Judaism is itself a Syncretic religion having added pagan doctrines and practices from the Babylonian Talmud to the original Hebrew faith during their captivity in ancient Babylon from 607 to 537 BC. https://www.gotquestions.org/Babylonian-captivity-exile.html

While the Catholic Church puts on a good face, I for one am not convinced that the Pope and his subordinates are sincere about ending child abuse within their ranks. For the most part, the Catholic church has covered up her crimes, denied her victim’s claims and compensation for decades until recently and even then it was a drop in the bucket of what’s actually owed them. Forgive the lying abusive priests? Not until they confess, repent, and FORSAKE their wretchedness and not until the Catholic Church forsakes its non-biblical doctrine of CELIBACY for priests which prevents them from marrying, thus inviting sexual abuse and perversions like homosexuality and fornication among priests and nuns. How can a person defend the Catholic religion which abuses women and children and know Christ who said, Luk 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. To defend a religion, especially one that displays the character of a monstrous beast, makes one a party to and therefore guilty of its crimes [see Revelation 18:4]! Even so, there’s opportunity for the worst sinner to get saved from his sin through confession to God not to a human agent, 1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… and repentance (turning away from sin).

Much has been written down through the centuries on the Roman Catholic Church and its exploits in books and other historical writings. Everyone should do their own research on this subject even though it’s difficult to read the hellish testimonies of those who’ve been abused by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. Those who’ve lived comfy lives might not be able to identify with such abuse but those who have tasted of that bitter fruit certainly can. My personal recollection of Catholic priests and nuns is that some of them were down right mean at times. My first-grade teacher, a nun, once pulled my cheeks apart so hard tears ran down my face from the pain. She did that because I got caught talking out of turn in her class. One of my cheeks had been badly injured from a fall and though still bruised, that didn’t stop her. Another time she wacked my knuckles with her wooden ruler for poor penmanship and it was no gentle tap I assure you. I was left-handed which made it hard for me to write at a right-handed angle which comes naturally to right-handed people. There wasn’t much, if any, mercy, understanding, or kindness among most of the nuns who taught at my school. A woman I knew was being battered by her husband, and sought advice from her parish priests who told her that if she left him, she would “burn in hell.” She was so indoctrinated into Catholic dogma that taught the infallibility of priests, that she did what they told her to do, despite the damage being done to herself and to her children. Eventually God intervened and ended that awful marriage. No one, unless they experience it themselves, can imagine the pain and long-term impact of living under constant stress and fear.

Don’t be like the Ostrich who buries his head in the sand but take an honest look at the cruelty of Rome. Dare to read the true stories of nuns who have risked their lives to come out into the open about what they have suffered at the hands of priests and mother superiors inside convents. A particularly heartbreaking story is that of deceased nun Charlotte Keckler http://www.theymetjesus.com/documents/charlotte_eng_part_1/charlotte_eng_part_1.htm Hear it in her own words at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVYtwyCm9E If after hearing her testimony your heart isn’t breaking, something’s amiss with your thinking or with your heart. Turn to Christ immediately and confess your indifference, ask Him to give you a ‘new heart’ and take away your old heart of ‘stone’. Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. When we hear the testimonies of victims of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, may our hearts break and burn with the outrage our holy and just God YAHWEH feels when anyone, especially one of His own, is treated unjustly and cruelly. I’m certain that He weeps for every single one of them and will one day repay those who afflict them.

More testimonies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAT_BgtnBc&t=1041s  http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/barbara.htm  https://philologos.org/__eb-ttb/sect74.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLF1fbLhfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI0996Ny-SA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclnR63AeRY https://biblestudiesnz.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/the-image-of-the-beast/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SET THE CAPTIVES FREE! WHO ME?

The first thing I often hear when I try to expose the devil’s devices to another Christian is, “We shouldn’t be concentrating on demons!” I completely agree, but we have to talk about them if we want to learn how they operate and how to wage an effective warfare against them. Most Christians have been taught by their ministers that since Jesus did everything for them at the Cross, they don’t have to engage in spiritual warfare. Some even teach that demons leave automatically when a person receives Christ as their savior. If that was the case, why then did Jesus teach otherwise? Matthew 10:7-8, “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

So few engage in the Christian ministry of Deliverance, one has to ask, “Why is that?” In this article you should learn something about the long neglected ministry of deliverance, a ministry given by Christ to His Church which is as much needed today as it was two millennia ago. Contrary to popular opinion, the Spiritual Gifts given at Pentecost have NOT passed away, a belief called “Cessationism.” [1] Some content may seem strange to you if you’ve never been exposed to it before, but I pray you’ll stay with it to the end so you won’t miss anything.

IGNORANCE of the Believer’s authority and commission to cast out demons is the first hindrance to obtaining and ministering deliverance to those held in demonic bondage. Jesus’s disciples believed His words and wherever they went they healed people and “cast demons” out of them. Not once did His disciples pray to God the Father or to Christ, to cast them out. The disciples simply gave the command to the demons to come out, using the authority (power) which Jesus had given them.

If Jesus is to be our example, and the scriptures say He is, why then isn’t the Church doing what Jesus did during His earthly ministry? Why aren’t believers laying hands on people and healing them from diseases and freeing them from demonic bondage today? Why aren’t the ministers in churches teaching their flocks about spiritual warfare and deliverance from demons? I can surmise what a few of their reasons might be, among which is that deliverance can be noisy and sometimes messy, which might scare people away, but what about those being oppressed by demons? Should they just be told to seek out a psychiatrist (like many are) who’ll likely fill them with false hope and drugs? Jesus delivered people from all kinds of physical and spiritual disease, and He can still do that through His believers! Some years ago I was a member of a Christian woman’s group which worshiped, prayed and studied the Bible together in each other’s homes. On occasion, our small group was led by the Holy Spirit to cast out demons from one another, which is a great way to learn and to practice if there’s someone there supervising who hears accurately from the Holy Spirt and can get direction from Him on how to proceed, for each person needing ministry is different. In one deliverance session I actually felt a presence come out of the top of my head without making a sound, another time one cried with a loud shriek as it left [see Mark 9:18 & 26 below]. We were all born again believers! Contrary to what many have been told, deliverance is primarily for believers not unbelievers – Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 

Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 

Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation

This is why deliverance is mainly for the Christian who has the Holy Spirit living in his “house” (spirit). In the natural sense, when a person’s “house” is “empty” it means there’s no one there. The same holds true in the spiritual; when a person’s spirit is “empty” it means there’s nothing there to deter or prevent demonic spirits from entering or re-entering (after deliverance) if that person doesn’t get filled and stay filled with the Holy Spirit! Even a Christian may get re-infected with demons if he doesn’t stay filled with the Holy Spirit and lives in (doesn’t repent of) sin!

There are variations of demonic manifestations but the Christian who knows his/her authority in Christ over “all the power of the enemy” doesn’t have to fear them. [Luk10:19]

Sometimes demons growl and howl as they “tear” (claw) their host’s soul when being expelled. Sometimes a person coughs, cries, sneezes or vomits when demons leave. I’ve even witnessed the vomiting of a “demon nest” during a deliverance session. The one I saw looked like a ball of slimy goo. Most believers have been misled by ministers who’ve told them that a believer can’t have a demon living inside them which simply isn’t true! Demons can live inside a believer’s body or soul, but not usually their spirit for that is where the Holy Spirit dwells. It’s like this; every human being has a physical body, a soul, and a spirit. Picture three circles or rings; the outer ring represents the body, the inner ring is the soul, and the innermost ring is the spirit. Because we are tripartite beings, demons can inhabit one or more of these areas but usually not the spirit of a believer because his spirit is indwelt and therefore protected by the Holy Spirit. Thus a believer can have demonic oppression and/or demonization but rarely possession, I say rarely because it’s not impossible. If a believer willfully continues in sin and “falls away” (defects) from the faith, thereby forfeiting the Holy Spirit and His protection, he could become possessed by demons I imagine. Heb 10:26-27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

Non-believers who haven’t the Holy Spirit indwelling them, can have demons inhabiting not only their bodies and souls, but also their spirits which is demon possession. That’s the difference between demon possession, oppression, and demonization. However, since each part is closely connected [Heb 4:12] if the soul is sick it can affect the body and spirit. When the body is ill, it can affect the soul and spirit, and so on. Our thoughts and emotions have widespread effects on bodily processes like metabolism, hormone release, and immune function.[2] This is why it’s so important to keep a close watch on our thoughts and beliefs as they affect every aspect of our lives – “Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” [2 Cor 10:5]

FEAR is another reason believers and ministers of the Gospel don’t want to deal with demons and/or spiritual warfare. Jesus spoke against fear, He even stated that the “fearful” won’t enter into His Kingdom! [Rev 21:8] Are you aware that there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible? The Fear of Man and Fear of rejection are very common stumbling blocks to one’s seeking deliverance, even though no one has a right to reject those who are “in Christ Jesus” since the Father has accepted them. [Eph 1:6] Many fear what fellow believers might think of them if they openly confess their sins and seek deliverance from demons. Therefore, many suffer in silence while demonic forces wreak havoc in their lives. Jesus told His disciples to “fear not him who can kill the body, but fear Him who can cast both body and soul into hell!” [Mt 10:28] “The fear of man is a snare (trap)…” [Prov 29:25]. Fear of reprisal from demons is another way demons keep believers from casting them out. I would wager a bet that the main reason believers fear demons and their power is that they don’t know their Authority in Jesus Christ. Jesus gives His Authority (power) to believers, which includes the power to heal and deliver men from every form of demonic oppression and possession. All may be delivered through the power of the Blood and the Name of Jesus Christ, but only if they truly want freedom from demonic bondage. God will NEVER violate a person’s free will; it is Satan the Devil who does that. The Devil is forceful and pushy and doesn’t care about your rights or your soul. Jesus came to “set men free” from the Devil’s power and cares deeply about the souls which He created and wants to see in heaven with Him. Satan on the other hand wants your soul in Hell with him because of his jealous hatred of God and all creation. He’s filled with hatred because he knows that he and one third of the angels who rebelled against Jehovah’s rightful rule of the Universe, are eternally damned [Rev 19:20 & 20:10]. Satan’s heart was “lifted up” with Pride which led to his downfall and subsequent judgment yet to be fulfilled [Ezek 28:17]. Another blockage or hindrance to deliverance ministry is pride —

PRIDE convinces believers and non-believers alike that they’re just fine even when they’re not, thus blinding them to their true condition. It requires humility to admit your weaknesses and sins, which is one reason I believe the scripture tells us to “confess our faults” to one another [Jms 5:16], which when practiced, keeps us humble. Yet when was the last time (if ever) you saw this confessing of faults to one another happening in your church? Our flesh nature revolts against that which causes us embarrassment; we don’t like humbling ourselves and acknowledging our inadequacies. Or the reverse may be true where we feel so inadequate that we don’t believe God would or ever could use us in this manner is a type of “inverted pride.” Pride hinders the operation of the Holy Spirit in church because none want to admit that they have weaknesses and sin in their lives. They may know about them, but keep them hidden if possible for fear of being exposed and judged by their fellows, which happens in churches that are poor in Christ’s love.

UNBELIEF Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. If believers hear the Word of God which says that they have the Authority of Christ to “do the works He did” and even “greater,” why don’t they believe it?  I think it’s due to a general lack of knowledge of God’s Word, “My people perish for a lack of knowledge” [Hosea4:6] “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” [Rms 10:17]. Ministers are failing the Body when they neglect to teach and preach the FULL Gospel, which includes demonology and deliverance. I’ve been accused of being “critical” of the Church but here’s what Paul taught members of the Church at Ephesus Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. To ‘reprove’ means to ‘to find fault with, correct, reprehend severely, chide, admonish. Doesn’t Jesus ‘reprove’ his unbelieving disciples in the following passages and commend a woman for believing in His willingness to heal her even though she wasn’t a child of Abraham? 

Mat 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 

Mar 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 

Mar 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter

Mar 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. [2]

Mar 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. 

Mar 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 

Mar 9:18  And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not

Mar 9:19  He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 

Mar 9:20  And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 

Mar 9:21  And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 

Mar 9:22  And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. 

Mar 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 

Mar 9:24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 

Mar 9:25  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 

Mar 9:26  And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 

Mar 9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. 

Mar 9:28  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 

Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. 

DISOBEDIENCE (sometimes rooted in stubbornness & pride) is the defiant refusal to obey what we know is God’s will. This isn’t about weaknesses of the flesh, which we all have, but about willfully obscuring the Light we’ve been shown. We neglect reading God’s Word because it exposes our sins of pride, rebellion, unbelief, fear, stubbornness, and inadequacy to keep it, apart from the agency of the Holy Spirit. We like to think that we can live a righteous life without His help, which is utterly impossible. We can always call upon the Holy Spirit within to help us do God’s will as that’s one of His functions. However, not everyone who says they belong to Christ really does. The Word states that if a person doesn’t have the Holy Spirit, he/she doesn’t belong to Christ [Rms 8:9]. God’s Holy Spirit prays on our behalf, convicts us of sin, comforts us, leads us into all righteousness, and empowers us for service or ministry. Holy Spirit works the works of God in and through us if we hear His voice and respond affirmatively.

LUSTS OF THE FLESH The “flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” [Gals 5:17] Within the Church lurks a hideous creature more tenacious than a hungry lion stalking its prey. Our inherited flesh natures from Adam can halt the ministry of Holy Spirit (and revivals) when we don’t understand that it’s been crucified with Christ so we no longer have to obey it in the power of its lusts [Rms 6:6 & 6:12]. Even when we do know it, living in a sinful world and frail bodies, we often find ourselves obeying the dictates of our fleshly lusts instead of heeding God’s Spirit. Thank God the Blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin when we confess and repent of it [1 Jn 1:9]. A quick example of fleshly lust is when members of Christ’s Body try to ‘lord it over’ other members. There’s far too much clamoring for high position in the Church and its temporary glory; members arguing and fighting among themselves as to who’s greatest among them and who deserves a seat of honor. It was no different in Jesus’s day. In one instance He sharply rebuked some of His disciples who were engaging in just such a debate, Mar 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? Mar 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 

The way of the world is to run over anyone or anything that gets in the way of what you want and decide is best. Jesus, who is our example in all matters of faith and life, taught his disciples (learners) that if they wanted to be “great” they would have to become “the servants of all.” [Mark 9:35 & 10:44] In other words, taking the lowest place is the way to true greatness and honor in His Kingdom, quite opposite from the way of the world. When we do that, it leaves room for God to raise us to a more prominent place [1 Peter 5:6, Luke 18:14, James 4:10]. When we follow Christ’s example and humble ourselves, we give no place for our flesh to become prideful. While our sin nature was put to death on the Cross with Christ, it needs reminding of that fact when it tries to resurrect itself from that position! We do that by declaring it defeated and nailed to Christ’s Cross, and ourselves “dead” to it. [Gals 5:24, Rms 6:11] This is easier said than done but one reason it seems difficult might be that we’re not recognizing the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit, and being filled with Him daily. “Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh” [Gal 5:16-18, Rms 13:14]. “They were filled with the Spirit daily…” The way of the Christian isn’t always easy, but Christ promises victory to those trusting in His finished work on the Cross, where the sin principle was put to death and defeated. All we have to do now is enforce what’s already been accomplished by Christ using the authority He gave us. That’s not easy either, and there’s spiritual warfare to be waged, but a lack of knowledge of these facts makes it more difficult for us to experience all that Christ achieved for us.

RELIGIOUS SPIRITS in the Church are a common and major hindrance to every ministry of Holy Spirit; not easily detected for they appear to be righteous. People having religious spirits will think they’re better than everyone else –

Mat 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. Mat 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. [KJV]

Religious spirits can halt a move of God in a church, or in a revival because they go berserk whenever Holy Spirit begins doing something they think isn’t the way He should be doing things! In several churches I’ve attended, I’ve seen them in action as they protested to the head pastor about someone giving a prophecy in church, especially if it was a woman who gave it. Don’t you know that women are to remain silent in the Church because Paul said so?! Actually, Paul was addressing a local problem in a church where women were constantly interrupting the speaker asking questions of their husbands sitting on the other side of the temple, so they had to yell over to them. That created a lot of noise and confusion so that no one could hear what the speaker was saying, thus Paul told those women to keep quite. The way he wrote it sounds like a command for all women in all churches for all times, but how can that be when there are examples in the New Testament of female prophets who prophesied? Also men and women alike were filled with the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts which only says that “many of them spoke in tongues and prophesied” nothing there excludes women. What Paul appears to be doing in his injunction for the “woman to keep silent in the church” is to put an end to disorderly speaking. 1Co 14:39-40 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in orderSo unless they’re causing a ruckus and confusion, women should be allowed to give a prophecy, a word of knowledge and wisdom to the general assembly when inspired by Holy Spirit to do so. Some will argue that a woman shouldn’t preach when men are present, quoting 1Ti 2:12 But I suffer not (don’t allow) a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. Please note however, that this verse and passage is Paul giving his personal opinion on the matter; note the “I”. A verse very similar to it is Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 

I can imagine what those controlled by religious spirits would say if someone actually cast out a demon in the midst of a church gathering! Probably something like, “You can’t do that! Casting out demons was ONLY for Jesus’s day, it has passed away and the church doesn’t do that anymore!” Or worse, “You’re possessed with an EVIL SPIRIT!” Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Mat 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 

“What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? These Pharisees had already committed it. They had attributed the works of the Holy Spirit by whose power Jesus wrought his miracles (Mat_12:28) to the devil. That sin was without excuse and would not be forgiven in their age or in the coming one (Mat_12:32). People often ask if they can commit the unpardonable sin. This is the unpardonable sin. Probably some do who ridicule the manifest work of God’s Spirit in men’s lives and attribute the Spirit’s work to the devil.” [Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson]

But let’s not take the extreme opposite stance of being fearful to “try the spirits” which God also commands, 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 1Th 5:20 Despise not prophesyings. 1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. It’s easy to lean to one extreme or the other, so we all need the discernment which Holy Spirit gives.

A good example of a religious spirit in operation which I’ve personally experienced on more than one occasion, is ‘false doctrine’ directed at me. Two people having religious spirits told me that that anyone who prays or sings to the Holy Spirit is “Out of order and DENYING CHRIST!They were referring to the one time I asked the Holy Spirit to come and bless us our prayer time together (not out of order since one of His functions is to help us pray). They immediately rebuked me saying we can only pray to the Father since the Lord’s Prayer begins with the words, “Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name…” They concluded from this one verse that we are never to pray or talk to either the Holy Spirit or to Jesus, for that would be “out of the order” given in the Lord’s Prayer. If that’s true, then why did Stephen pray directly to Jesus to “receive his spirit” as he was being stoned to death? – Act 7:59-60 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. There are other examples in Scripture where holy men of God prayed to and made requests of the other two members of the Godhead, Jesus and Holy Spirit. 

What this religious duo didn’t take into account, is that if the Holy Spirit is EQUALLY GOD with Jesus and the Father, why can’t you pray to Him? Surely a two-way relationship requires that both parties speak to one another, at least once in a while. How can we have any kind of relationship with Jesus or Holy Spirit if we never talk with them? Now if the Holy Spirit is just a ‘force’ then I could see why it would be wrong to speak or pray to ‘it’ but that’s not how Holy Spirit is portrayed in the bible, in fact the pronoun “he” or “him” is always used when referring to the Holy Spirit. Religious spirits always make a BIG DEAL out of minor points of the Torah, while neglecting to keep major ones – Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Mat 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. How easily Jesus spotted them, and so can we once we know how they operate.

The Bible says precisely how a person denies Christ, and it isn’t by addressing the Holy Spirit. One denies Christ by “denying that He came in the flesh” (was born as a man) [1 Jn ], by denying His Resurrection [Lk 20:27], by being remiss in doing righteous works [Titus 1:16] by denying that one knows Him [Lk 22:34, Mt 26:34 ] denying that Christ has power to save [2 Tim 3:2-5] and by forbidding men to teach or preach in Jesus’s Name – [Act 4:17& 18] But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of JesusI’ve just given six scriptural ways to deny Christ. As far as I know, there’s nothing in the Bible that says it’s wrong to speak, sing, or pray to Jesus or Holy Spirit. If you find just two witnesses that say so, please let me know? As I’ve already stated, I don’t often address the Holy Spirit, but I do often speak, pray, and sing to Jesus who I sense thoroughly enjoys my doing so! Religious spirits are artful at making you feel guilty and condemned even for things the Bible doesn’t call ‘sin.’ Just remember, Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Religious spirits hate that last part worst of all because they can’t or don’t know how to “walk by the Spirit.” Their right standing with God depends entirely upon keeping a code of ethics and rules to be strictly interpreted and followed. Grace has little or no place in their theology.

For a list of demons that you might find in somebody who has a religious spirit, go to http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/religious_spirits.php

 

Footnotes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessationism_versus_Continuationism

[2] http://www.health.com/heart-disease/can-negative-thinking-make-you-sick

[3] for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs: as by “the children” are meant the Israelites, who were not only the children of Abraham by natural descent, but the children of God, to whom pertained the adoption, by virtue of the national covenant made with them; so by “the dogs”, are meant the Gentiles, who were reckoned as such by the Jews; and by the “bread”, which it was not fit and proper should be taken from the one for the present, and cast to the other, is designed the ministry of the Gospel; which is as bread, solid, substantial, wholesome, and nourishing; and the miraculous cures wrought on the bodies of men, which accompanied it: now it was not meet and convenient as yet, that these things should be taken away from the Jewish nation, until they had answered the ends for which they were designed, and the Jews should express their loathing and abhorrence of them: which when they did, they were taken away from them, and were ministered to the nations of the world, they contemptuously called dogs. – From John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

 

 

 

Sons of God vs. Sons of Satan

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 
1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. 

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 

Joh 8:44  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. 

Jesus was speaking here to Jewish scribes and the sect of the Pharisees who were questioning Him about His teachings and claims of divinity. Some of those Jews believed on Jesus after hearing Him speak that day. Read John 8:1-30.

There’s a teaching that the “seed” spoken of in Genesis and elsewhere, is the physical offspring from sexual union between Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden when he seduced her to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This teaching claims that Cain and his posterity were the physical offspring of Satan. [1] This “serpent seed” doctrine also claims that the descendants of Cain are the Jews. Others who’ve studied this topic have arrived at different conclusions. Cain and his descendants may have been wiped out by the great Flood, pestilence, disease, beasts, famine, or war. Maybe Yahweh didn’t think Cain’s line worth mentioning after Cain became the first murderer? Maybe God didn’t mention him or his descendants because He had chosen a DIFFERENT bloodline (that of Seth) to be the one through which Yeshua would be born into the world. Makes sense to me that Yahweh wouldn’t want the bloodline of a murderer to birth Yeshua (Jesus) Ha Mashiach (the Messiah).

Perhaps you did not notice that, besides Cain and Abel (who was murdered), Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth, and Noah’s line of descent came through Seth, not Cain. 1 Chronicles 1:1 states, “The descendants of Adam were Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.” 

Have a read of Genesis 5:3-32. 

Cain’s descendants are mentioned in Genesis 4:17-26 and also that Seth was born later to Adam and Eve, who fathered Enosh and all the way down to Noah. Perhaps confusion comes with thinking the Lamech mentioned in chapter 4, having Cain as his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.. is the same Lamech mentioned in chapter 5. However, THAT Lamech had Methusela as his father, whereas the Lamech of chapter 4 had Methushael as his father. 

I think that clears the misunderstanding up. There is no list of descendants from Cain after the flood. [2]

You can find the Serpent Seedline doctrine on the net, but always do your own investigation; search the Scriptures, comparing scripture with scripture. Pray and ask Yahweh to reveal the truth to you about everything.

The “children of the Devil” —

1) commit sin; their works are evil

2) are liars who don’t abide in the truth; there’s no righteousness or light in them

3) murder the righteous

The Sons of God —

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

Dear reader, are you seeing a pattern throughout these verses that the “sons of God” are those who have “received Christ as their Lord and Savior,” who “believe on His name,” “who believe that Jesus is the Christ,” and are “led by the Spirit?”

Characteristics of the sons of God —

1) they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of mankind

2) they receive Him as Lord and savior and are instantly “born of God” or “born from above”

3) they’re led by the Spirit of God

4) they “overcome” the world, the flesh, and the devil

Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

Conclusion —

It would appear that the Serpent Seedline teaching that Cain was the physical seed of Satan and Eve (Adam’s wife) is speculative or inconclusive if going by the books of the Bible that were accepted as inspired. The books not accepted as inspired, referred to as extra-biblical, contain some details on these topics not included in most of our bibles today, such as the Gospel of Phillip, book of Enoch, and the Zohar (the main source for the teachings of the Kabbalah) [1] which are Gnostic works not accepted by most Christians. 

 

FOOTNOTES:

[1] http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/foundations-serpent-seed-doctrine.html
[2] https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AwrBT7R9VdlZ.VoAaW5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyOTAxbDliBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM4BHZ0aWQDQjQ3MDdfMQRzZWMDc3I-?qid=20160120025000AAjnzLb&p=were%20the%20descendants%20of%20Cain%20wiped%20out%20in%20the%20great%20flood%3F

ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE SAVED?

Image result for pictures of a sick seagullOn this bright but breezy Sunday afternoon I was out walking when I saw a woman sitting on a granite block (of which there are many in New England) beneath some trees in a park. At first I walked on by but then I heard a ‘still small voice’ tell me to go back and hand her a tract. So I went back to where she sat and asked if I could give her something as I reached out to hand her a tract. She thanked me and asked if I was Born Again, to which I answered “Yes.” Are you? I asked. She answered in the affirmative adding that she was kind of in a bad place right now and didn’t like getting close to people. I didn’t ask why, maybe because I was in high spirits and didn’t care to hear anything negative. For some reason however, I listened to her pour out her story for the next forty minutes or so. She began by telling that she didn’t attend church anymore, and had a strict religious upbringing by an abusive father whom she more or less, despised. She further expressed she was tired of Christians who say that God ‘allows’ suffering and we just have to accept it without questioning. Then she said she had given up questioning God about things as she felt she hadn’t gotten any answers.

After dropping those bombshells on me, she asserted that we couldn’t really know or understand God, or make any sense out of our experiences, so it was useless to try. I’m pretty sure that line of reasoning didn’t originate with her but came from someplace else, perhaps from an ancient belief system called Deism. [1] Deism is the belief that God is distant, unknowable, and impersonal; a god who doesn’t get involved in or intervene in human affairs. It means we’re basically on our own, left to fend for, and figure things out for ourselves. Could one call it Abandonment Theology? Another belief system that’s been around awhile is Existentialism, which basically asserts that man exists for his own sake, unencumbered by the restraints of religious dogma and demands of a righteous God because there is NO God. [2] In other words, ‘do- your- own- thing’ because there’s no purpose to life outside of pleasing yourself and fulfilling your desires. 

Make no mistake about it, these belief systems were inspired by ancient demonic SPIRITS who still roam the earth, seeking whom they may devour! [1 Pet 5:8] They’ll devour the lukewarm, the misinformed, the deceived, and those who love their lives in this world more than they love God. [Jn 12:25] They might be influencing your thoughts even though you don’t realize it. 

Further into our conversation the woman said that although she was ‘open to God,’ she wasn’t convinced that the New Testament scriptures were inspired of God since men wrote them fifty years after Christ’s death and resurrection. She reasoned that since she can’t remember what she said only yesterday, how could the disciples recall with any accuracy, what they’d heard and seen fifty, a hundred, or two-hundred years after the resurrection of Christ? This is a perfect example of how human intellect can get in the way of knowing God. So I asked her, “What would convince you that they’re inspired?” She replied, “Nothing on this earth!” Have to admit, I stood there in stunned disbelief at this supposed believer’s unbelief. There’s nothing quite as disturbing as a believer’s unbelief. Near the end of our brief encounter, I felt there wasn’t much more I could say to her because she really was not open to the Truth. Her final remark to me was, “You’re entitled to your opinion.” Wow that felt like an insult, since I had spent a good chunk of time listening to her and speaking God’s truth to her. I didn’t take offense realizing that she was just trying to defend her unbelief by labeling God’s Word as merely men’s opinions! To reinforce her stance, she added that everything we hear from anyone is just their opinion which you either believe or you don’t. She was wrong as the Holy Spirit still speaks through God’s servants [3]. People having her mindset can’t truly believe in ANYTHING, as it leaves them with NOTHING but a joyless, meaningless existence. How can one have joy who believes that life has no meaning and God is strict, distant, and uncaring, which she alluded to by saying how God allows suffering but does nothing about it. Truth is, God HAS done something about it. He sent His only begotten Son to die for men’s sins, bearing their griefs and sorrows [Isaiah 53]. But the truth can’t set you free if you don’t believe it.

Despite claims of being ‘open to God,’ her doubts about the reliability of His Word told a different story. It’s questionable how one so FULL OF DOUBT could be Born Again, but if true, she was definitely having difficulty in her relationship with the Lord. Believers have dry periods where they find it hard to sense God’s presence, pray, and worship. There are also times when doubts assail them but those moments should be short-lived. Persistent doubt and unbelief can lead to spiritual barrenness, drought, and spiritual death. When you have a vital personal relationship with God, you’re FULL OF THE JOY OF THE LORD. This woman had NO joy; her face was sullen and her eyes were dull. Believer’s faces SHINE from reflecting God’s glory [Exo 34:29]. The more I thought about these things, I began wondering if she had just pretended to be a believer in order to engage me in a debate. One tactic of the devil is to place people in your path who’ll speak disparaging words to try to discourage you in your faith, and or, plant doubts in your heart about God’s goodness. Isn’t that how the Devil tricked Eve into eating the Forbidden fruit?

The woman I met in the park certainly sounded more like a spokesman for the devil than for the Lord. The truth about God is that he’s NOT distant or uncaring. The fact is Jesus Christ HAS done something about all the evil and suffering in the world. He died for sinners so that “whosoever will” may come to Him in faith, and have eternal life [Jn 3:16]. The key is to be willing; God isn’t going to force or make anyone come to Him. We’re each given a choice as to whom we will serve, “Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…” [Bob Dylan lyrics to song, “Gotta Serve Somebody” 1979] Funny, I should think of Bob Dylan, who at the time he wrote that song, claimed to be a Born Again Christian, but later on defected from the faith! [4]

This encounter reminded me that not all who say they’re Born Again really are. Many sincerely think they are, but their words and actions don’t line up with the Truth. The proof is in the fruit, and we’re told to “try the spirits” as well [1 Jn 4:1]. A truly Born Again (born from above by the Spirit of God) person will bear the “fruit of the Spirit” in their lives which is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Meekness (humility) and Self-Control [Gals 5:22-23]. The woman I met in the park, displayed a good deal of intellectual pride (instead of trust), and stubborn resistance to all my efforts to share biblical truth with her. It’s also possible for one who has been Born Again, to FALL AWAY. This is where the woman could be headed in my estimation. “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance…” [Heb 6:4-6] In the end of days the Bible prophesies there will be a “great falling away” [2 Thes 2:3]. Doubting God’s Word and His goodness, is a treacherous, slippery slope that can lead you into Apostasy and spiritual death. As the woman and I walked out of the park together, she stopped to look at the river and spotted a seagull laying motionless in the mud at the river’s edge about twenty feet from us. Its wings were only half open, and it moved just its head. The woman commented that the gull was “dying.” She also pointed out some little fish that were swimming around in the water, but I saw none. At the moment I didn’t think much about it, but later the thought occurred to me that maybe the gull and absence of wildlife around it, could be prophetic signs of the woman’s spiritual condition. I had sensed a substantial amount of heaviness and gloominess about her which could be a sign of spiritual oppression. What’s certain is that her mixing of philosophy with Christian faith, and her over-intellectualizing is dangerous to the health of her faith and soul. Dear reader, WATCH your words and thoughts to be sure you’re not mixing your faith with the vain philosophies of men which can DESTROY your faith in God and the Bible! Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

When you’re born anew you begin a new life that’s joined to the spirit of God who’ll never leave you, and will guide you constantly if you let him. So, who’s it going to be? Who are you going to serve; yourself, the Devil, or God? It’s the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life so give it lots of thought, counting the cost. Yes, there IS a cost to being one of Christ’s disciples, so make no frivolous or shallow commitment to Him for He hates ‘lukewarmness.’ [Rev 3:16] He wants fully surrendered, zealous believers who’ll lavish their love and worship on Him, and are willing to lose their lives for His sake. [Mk 8:35] Despite the costs of following Jesus, the benefits FAR outweigh them! In the Bible are thousands of wonderful promises for those who faithfully love and serve Him. How do I know that God cares about human suffering? I know because I’ve spent lots of time getting to know Him through studying His Word and by praying and listening to Him. How do I know that His Word is trustworthy and reliable? I know because I have TESTED it. I have STOOD on God’s Word many times when I was all alone raising a severely disabled child, and it was ALL I HAD to get me through long, anxious nights. Plus, it is written, 2Ti 3:16 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. 

I’ve PROVEN God’s Word true by applying it over and over in various circumstances, and found it to be as SOLID as granite! Looking back, I can see how not always having human help available CAUSED me to lean hard on God and His Word, which made my faith STRONG. It wasn’t easy, but learning to trust His Word paid huge dividends for me in the short, and long run. Not that I never make mistakes, but they’re way less often and not catastrophic ones like they once were, due to having stored up so much of His Word in my heart. [Ps 119:11] You can do likewise and get the same good results, if you’re willing to trust and not give in to fear and doubt.

Just remember, not deciding to serve Jesus Christ IS a decision to serve yourself and the Devil. At the moment of physical death your eternal future is sealed, there’ll be no second chances. If you choose to serve Satan, you’ll eat the bitter fruit of death in hell with him and other unrepentant sinners. Why not serve Christ, while you still can, and live with Him forever?

 

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/deism.html Deists deny the Trinity, the inspiration of the Bible, the deity of Christ, miracles, and any supernatural act of redemption or salvation. Deism pictures God as uncaring and uninvolved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism  Deism (/ˈdiː.ɪzəm/ DEE-iz-əm  or /ˈdeɪ.ɪzəm/DAY-iz-əm; derived from Latin “deus” meaning “god“) is a philosophical position which posits that a god does not interfere directly with the world. It also rejects revelation as a source of religious knowledge and asserts that reasonand observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator of the universe.

[2] www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=existentialism  Existentialism in its purest form is any philosophy which states that existence precedes essence; that is to say, that there is no inherent purpose in life (though … http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_existentialism.html Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. It focuses on the question of human existence, and the feeling that there is no purpose or explanation at the core of existence. It holds that, as there is no God or any other transcendent force, the only way to counter this nothingness (and hence to find meaning in life) is by embracing existence.

[3] It’s disheartening so many believers are misinformed about the gifts of the Spirit which are just as valid and available to believers today as they were in the early Church period. The super-natural gifts given at Pentecost have NOT ceased, Cessationism is a lie, and a doctrine of Demons.

[4] http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/the-religions-of-bob-dylan.html

Any questions re this or any other post, you can email at the address provided under “Contact Me” on my Home Page. Also, if you’re sure you’ve been Born Again yet you really struggle with feeling God’s presence, can’t worship or pray, and have little or no joy or peace in your heart, maybe it’s time to seek counsel. I have no counseling degree, but I have the Holy Spirit. So if you want to contact me via email, I’ll consult with you to see if there’s something I can do to help you. I’ll make myself available to the extent that I can, short-term. May Yahweh bless you.