Halloween: Proof That America Is Evil

“America is great because she is good. When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” –Alexis de Tocqueville.

Grace and peace, Saints.

In five days, Americans will celebrate All Hallows Eve, commonly known as Halloween. Americans celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes, attending parties, and canvassing the neighborhood collecting candy. Halloween is probably the most popular of all American holidays, which is notable because, of the four most popular American holidays: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, Halloween is the only one that is not associated with God. This could be considered the greatest evidence of the depravity of Americans, and proves without a doubt that America is an evil nation. 

It should first be noted that of the four principle American holidays, only Halloween has no ostensible religious connection. Ostensible, I say, because though all four holidays are descended from pagan European festivals, all but Halloween are widely believed to be Christian in origin. Christmas, celebrated by many as the anniversary of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, is actually the celebration of the end of the winter solstice. Easter, believed by many to be a celebration of the day the Lord Jesus Christ was resurrected, is actually a reenactment of the pagan European spring fertility festival in honor of Eostre, the goddess of the dawn. And Thanksgiving, widely believed to have originated with the Pilgrims as a feast thanking God for bringing them through that brutal first winter, actually began in Europe as a pagan harvest festival. Only Halloween or Hallowed E’en (Hallowed Evening) makes no pretense to being a Christian holiday.

In that respect, one could say that Halloween is the more honest of the four holidays. But, though Halloween may not mock God by pretending to honor Him on the one hand, while paying homage to a pagan deity on the other, Halloween is still the most evil of all holidays, because the principle theme of Halloween is evil. A quick check of the Halloween costumes at your local Wal-Mart would quickly bear this out. Sure, one will find costumes of princes and princesses, super heroes, and cartoon characters; but they will be far outnumbered by monsters, vampires, witches, skeletons, ghosts, and zombies. 

Now, it would be bad enough if only adults would be guilty of wearing these evil costumes; but the sad reality is the vast majority of the vampires, witches, skeletons, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies walking the streets on Halloween night will in fact be children, most of whom don’t know any better. And their parents will be responsible for purchasing their costumes and allowing them to dress this way! It is said that a nation’s treatment of and attitude towards its children is the best gauge of the moral condition of that nation. That America’s parents allow their children to go out at night dressed up as monsters and other evil creatures and go house to house accepting candy from mostly strangers is proof that, it’s pretense to being a caring and nurturing nation notwithstanding, America actually hates its children.

Think about it: if a total stranger walked up to your son or daughter and offered him or her some candy, or if a total stranger invited your child to come to his or her house to get some candy, you would freak out! Yet, you have no problem sending your child to a neighbor’s house to get some candy that you didn’t purchase. Does that make any sense?

And Americans don’t just celebrate evil by dressing up in wicked costumes; they also celebrate death. Starting as early as September, Americans begin transforming their homes into virtual crime scenes: littering their lawns with dismembered corpses, buckets of blood, knives, and crime scene tape as they enact famous murders such as the Manson slayings, or scenes from their favorite horror movies like “Freddy’s Nightmares,” “Carrie,” and “Scream!” Others turn their own homes—the place where their family is supposed to feel warm and secure—into haunted houses, funeral parlors, and cemeteries. And well-meaning parents all over America will place a grinning, snaggle-toothed pumpkin on their front porch, as ignorant of the origin of this tradition as they are of the true origin of Halloween. 

You may find it interesting to know that Halloween is said to be the most important holiday on the Witchcraft calendar. Witches call it Samhain, and it is a most sacred holiday for them. For this reason, it was called Hallowed (Sacred) Evening or, in the Old English, Hallowed E’en, which was later shortened to Halloween. What I find most chilling about Halloween is that, on this night, witches are said to perform a blood sacrifice. That means that on Halloween, witches everywhere will kill a human being in order to consume his or her blood to gain power. According to John Todd, a witch who supposedly converted to Christianity, the blood sacrifice ritual is known in Witchcraft as the “Warrior on the Block” rite, and is performed by all high-level witches. You may also find it interesting to learn that the highly-regarded Masonic scholar, Manly P. Hall, himself a 33rd degree Freemason, wrote on page 47 of The Lost Keys of Freemasonry:

“When the Mason learns that the Warrior on the Block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands.”

In light of what you have just learned, it doesn’t take a genius to know that the “dynamo of living power” is human blood. Witches, therefore, when performing a blood sacrifice on Halloween, are doing so in to gain power from Satan. (This is interesting, because witches claim that Satan doesn’t exist.) So, while you are busy playing evil on Halloween, witches will be busy doing evil; and while you are busy spilling fake blood, witches will be busy spilling real blood.

Do you have any idea where the tradition of dressing up in frightening costumes comes from? It comes from the medieval belief that on Halloween night, the spirits of the dead and evil spirits roamed the streets in search of the living. On this night, people locked themselves in their houses and did not venture forth unless it was absolutely necessary. Those who of necessity had to go outdoors would dress up like a dead person or an evil spirit so that the dead and evil spirits would believe the person was one of them. The custom of placing a pumpkin on one’s front porch also came from medieval Europe. On Halloween night, the dreaded witchcraft order known as the Druids are said to have gone in procession from house to house demanding that families give them their virgin daughters to use in their blood sacrifice ritual. It is said that if a family gave their daughter up to the Druids, they were given a pumpkin to leave on their porch as a sign they had cooperated. If a family refused to relinquish their daughter, however, the master of the house was either driven mad or killed by demonic spirits. The term “Trick or Treat” derives from the custom of the Druids querying a family whether or not they had a virgin to give. If they wanted to give up their daughter, then the family responded with “treat,” and relinquished their daughter. If the family had no virgin daughter to offer, then they had to perform some trick to appease the Druids. If the trick was deemed unsatisfactory, the master of the house would meet with the same fate as the master of the family who refused to give up their daughter.

Do you now see how evil Halloween really is?

That many Christians celebrate Halloween along with the world is just one more piece of evidence that the Great Apostasy is in full swing. Now, the Bible says that the whole world lieth in wickedness, so it is no strange thing that the unsaved would celebrate death and violence. But, those of us who name the name of Christ should in no wise take part in the Halloween festivities. The Bible says Christians should do everything in the name of Jesus. Is it proper for us to celebrate evil and death in the name of Jesus, who is Life? 

And think of this: when we celebrate death, we actually celebrate Satan, who has the power of death. The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus, through His death, destroyed Satan:

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He [Jesus] also Himself took part of the same, that through death, He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death, were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15). 

Why, then, would Christians honor Satan, the Destroyer, by celebrating death, fear and bondage, when the Lord Jesus gave His life to free us from death, fear and bondage? 

This brings me to another point I wanted to make. In that Blacks are the descendants of slaves, a people who were all their lives subject to bondage, why on earth would Blacks celebrate evil by celebrating Halloween, a holiday that celebrates bondage? If you have a problem understanding why Blacks should not celebrate Halloween, consider slavery, America’s greatest evil. It was the fear of death that kept the African slaves in bondage. If the slaves had chosen death over slavery, there would have been no slave institution in America. True, every tree in the South would have had a slave hanging from it, but slavery as an institution would have collapsed overnight. Fear, then, kept slavery alive. Fear truly is bondage. Now, no one in their right mind would celebrate slavery. Why, then, do Blacks celebrate fear, which is slavery, by celebrating Halloween?

For blacks to celebrate Halloween is really a slap in the face of all those brave souls who labored and died to free the slaves from bondage. and, for the descendants of those slaves to celebrate bondage is actually a slap in the face of those African slaves. Yet, Halloween is as popular in the black community as in the rest of America. How can this be? 

Sadly, many Christians don’t believe Halloween is an evil holiday, and merely suggest that Christians find another way to celebrate it. Those who make this claim are either completely ignorant of its satanic origin (which is not surprising given the state of the Church), or are totally aware of what Halloween is and are trying to influence the body of Christ to merely accept it and to not denounce this demonic holiday for what it really is–evil. Either way, that more Christians do not speak out against Halloween and even celebrate it along with the world is the greatest proof that America’s moral condition is a lot worse than most of us would like to admit.

America’s love affair with Halloween is proof that America is no longer good. That is why America is no longer great.

TSM

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Okay, God Really Did Give Us Ten Commandments.

Last week, I wrote you concerning the Ten Commandments, saying that God didn’t give us just Ten Commandments, but eleven. My original intent in writing the article was to provoke you to take into consideration all the commandments of God, and not just the Ten. This is because so much attention is paid to the Ten Commandments, that we forget the other Commandments, especially those found in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Many of those Commandments concern God’s prohibition against witchcraft and other evils that He truly hates–activities that have become so imbedded in the fabric of our society that most of us don’t even know that they are actually sins. 

Cigarettes, for example, are actually a type of recreational drug, and recreational drugs are a form of witchcraft the Bible calls sorcery.  Sorcery is forbidden in Deuteronomy 18. You have probably never heard this, but it is absolutely true. If all of God’s Commandments were considered important, especially by the Church, cigarette addiction would be treated the same as drug and alcohol addiction, which are sins.

While writing the article, my focus shifted to the fact that so much attention is paid to idolatry in the form of worshipping statues, that we forget that God’s very first commandment was to worship no other gods before Him–including people and things. Consequently, we, as a society, have set up many gods before the Lord Jesus. To rectify this, we should begin by focusing more on the first, and most important commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). In so doing, not only would we be able to discern any false religion or doctrine on the landscape, but we would also be able to discern the false gods we set up in our own lives. 

We should then take a look at the rest of the law; for we would quickly see that not only society as a whole, but even many of us in the Church are breaking many of God’s laws, and we are paying the price for it.

True, God gave us the Ten Commandments; but He didn’t stop there. 

TSM 

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God Didn’t Give Us Ten Commandments

Grace and peace, Saints.

For years, I had wanted to teach my children the Ten Commandments. I know that we are under grace and not under the law, but I thought that if my children could understand how difficult it is to keep the law, then perhaps they would have a greater appreciation for grace and for the blood of the Lord Jesus.

I always thought that the best way for them to learn would be “by the numbers,” learning each commandment by the order it appears in Exodus Chapter 20 (i.e. Commandment 1: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me, Commandment 2: “Thou shalt not make unto thyself any graven images, etc.), and had tried several times to make this happen. But every time we would start, I found myself unable to do it consistently, and would go weeks, months, and years without ding it. Eventually, we just left off doing it altogether.

This troubled me slightly because, though I do forget things from time to time, rarely do I forget to do something to the extent it never gets done—especially in matters of faith. At some point, I will get it done. Not so with the Ten Commandments; we never got around to learning them, and I could not understand why.

By the grace of God, However, today I learned what hindered me for almost a decade from learning the Ten Commandments and teaching them to my children: it was the Lord Jesus Himself. And the reason is simple: there are no Ten Commandments!

Turn with me, if you will, to Exodus Chapter 20, and let us discuss what we know as the Ten Commandments. Commandments. Only instead of considering each imperative as a separate commandment, as is commonly done, let us consider each contextual whole; for, in so doing you will see that there are not really ten commandments, but eleven.

First, it is generally accepted by Protestant theologians that verse 5 deals with idolatry:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth.

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them…”

But if we consider the passage contextually, then we will see that verses three, four and five all deal collectively with idolatry.

Verse two defines idolatry as worshipping any god other than the Lord God:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

While verses four and five expand the definition of idolatry to 1. making statues and images, and 2. worshipping statues and images.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth.

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them…”

Verses 3-5, therefore contain three commandments rather than two:

1. Thou shalt not worship any gods besides God.
2. Thou shalt not make statues or anything else in the likeness of birds, humans, animals, or marine creatures.
3. Thou shalt not worship statues or anything else in the likeness of birds, humans, or marine creatures.

It continues:

4. “Thou shalt not take the name of thy Lord in vain (v. 7).
5. “Remember the Sabbath day (v. 8).
6. “Honor thy father and thy mother.” (v. 12).
7. “Thou shalt not kill (v. 13).
8. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (V. 14).
9. “Thou shalt not steal” (v. 15).
10. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (v. 16).
11. “Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s” (v. 17).

As you can clearly see, there are actually eleven commandments. And it was right there before your eyes all along. It’s true: the best place to hide something is right out in the open.

It is important to note that Protestant theologians have often pointed out that Roman Catholic Bibles omit Exodus 20:4 (Thou shalt make no graven images) and split Exodus 20:11 (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house), replacing verse 4 with the first part of verse 11 (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife), thus keeping the number of commandments at ten. But, as we have already seen, Exodus 20:2-11 actually contains eleven commandments, not just ten.

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself where the notion that there are only Ten Commandments came from? Well, I submit that Rome, the age-old enemy of The Word of God, is responsible; for statues; likenesses of things in heaven, things in earth, and things in the water under the earth; and false gods are in great abundance in the Roman Catholic Church, adorning the walls—inside and out—as well as the roof and grounds of every Roman Catholic edifice in the world, including the Vatican.

One oft-used tactic of Satan is to create a false argument that diverts our attention from what we should be looking at onto something that is really of little or no consequence. Concerning the “Ten Commandments,” By highlighting the prohibition against worshipping statues (Exodus 20:4-5) and making Mary worship the principle point of contention, Rome attempts to divert our attention from an even more egregious matter: the worship of false gods (Exodus 20:2). In the romish church, that false god is known as the Eucharist, the consecrated piece of bread Roman Catholics believe contains the body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This makes the Eucharist “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

Besides this, the priest is another Jesus in the Roman Catholic Church. The priest, according to Roman Catholic doctrine, holds many of the powers attributed to the Lord Jesus Christ, including the power to forgive sins. That makes the priest too, “another Jesus.” Priests even hold the title of alter Christus–literally “another Jesus” in Latin.

One can see therefore, why the Roman Catholic Church would want to minimize the importance of the First Commandment by diverting our attention to Mary worship. From priests, to the Eucharist, to the Pope himself, the Virgin Mary is far from the only idol in the romish church. We would know this, if we, as Protestants, would do something Rome doesn’t want us to do: believe the Bible as it is written; and the Bible makes no mention at all of the Ten Commandments.

Since God will not allow the Roman Catholic Church to destroy the Word of God, it has settled for changing the way you and I understand the Word of God. Are you going to let them get away with that?

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

 

 

 

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: The Assumption

Today, Roman Catholics celebrate a holiday known as “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” or simply, The Assumption. A Practical Catholic Dictionary describes the Assumption as:

“The taking into Heaven of the body of the Blessed Virgin Mary soon after her death. The word assumption comes from the Latin word assumere (to take up) and the body of the blessed Virgin Mary, who was free from original sin and so was not subject to death in the same way that creatures are, was taken into heaven and united to her soul. The Feast of the Assumption is August 15 and is a holyday of obligation in the United States. 

“Belief in Our Lady’s Assumption goes back to early Christian days. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption as a dogma of the Church. See dogma. A new Proper for the Mass for the day shows Mary in her bodily glory. The Introit begins, ‘A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.’ Apocalpse XII 1.'” (A Practical Catholic Dictionary, p. 29).

You may note that the Roman Catholic Church teaches the Virgin Mary was “free from original sin” and therefore not subject to death the way normal human beings are. This is the strongest evidence that the Virgin Mary and Mary, the mother of Jesus, are not the same person, as the Bible teaches that after Mary gave birth to the Lord Jesus, she went to Jerusalem to make a sin offering:

“And when the days of her [Mary’s] purification were accomplished, they brought Him [Jesus] to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord…And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” (Luke 2:22,24).

“Law of the Lord” is referring to Deuteronomy Chapter 12, where God commands that after a woman gives birth, after the days of her purifying, she should go to the priest with a lamb to be offered upon the altar as an atonement:

“And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:

And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her…” (Deuteronomy 12:6,8).

If Mary, the mother of Jesus, were sinless, then there would have been no need for her to make a sin offering for an atonement, as she would not have needed to atone for any sins. Clearly, then, Mary, the mother of our Lord, was born into sin like the rest of us: it was the Lord Jesus who was without sin. The Roman Catholic Virgin Mary, therefore, being without sin, could not be the mother of Jesus Christ, but another Mary.

It is interesting that the Roman Catholic church claims that belief in the Assumption “goes back to early Christian days,” because the Bible, the oldest surviving record of the beliefs and practices of the early Christian Church, does not mention the death of Mary, the mother of Jesus, let alone the Assumption.

That is not the only puzzlement with the doctrine of the Assumption. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself declared that “No man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man, which is in heaven” (John 3:13).

When the Lord Jesus said, “No man,” He was using the inclusive masculine: that is, “No man or woman. This is the same “no man” the Lord Jesus uses in John 14:6 when He said, “No man [or woman] cometh unto the Father but by me.” Jesus had not yet been crucified, resurrected, or ascended, when He said this, so it is clear that He was speaking about eternity past and eternity future. In other words, Jesus was saying that no one had or ever would descend from heaven or ascended into heaven, but Himself.

If the doctrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is true, therefore, then the Lord Jesus Christ is a liar. The Word of God says, “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Virgin Mary: The Androgynous Goddess?

Grace and peace, Saints.

For years, I wondered why statues and pictures portraying the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary often depict the goddess standing with her left leg slightly bent in a peculiar fashion. If it were just one instance, perhaps I would not have paid much attention to it. But, because I have seen many such instances, and because the Roman Catholic religion is modern day Mystery Babylon, I knew there was some occult meaning to it, though I knew not what.

Even Roman Catholics have attempted to explain this obvious curiosity. One website discussing the image of Guadalupe says “Our Lady of Guadalupe is shown in a position of dancing prayer, with her knee bent in movement.” But this doesn’t explain the numerous other instances that can be found.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe”

I pondered this over and over again for years, until one day I considered Boticelli’s famous painting, The Birth of Venus, which depicts the goddess standing in a seashell:

Venus, the goddess of the sea

Notice that the goddess stands with her knee bent and covering her private parts with her hair. The pagans have never been accused of being modest, as anyone who has been to Rome or to an art museum will tell you. So, that Boticelli depicted the goddess being both modest and immodest at the same time is really quite strange when you think about it. But one day I noticed that Venus’ hand is actually too low to be covering female genitalia. Knowing that nothing in the occult is pure happenstance, I meditated on this for months.

Then it hit me: Venus is really Semiramis, who goes by many different names, and for this reason was known as Myrianimus “The goddess of ten thousand names.” But, though Nimrod was not known by as many names as his famous wife, he, too, had not a few; and one of these names was Saturn, “The Hidden God.” Alexander Hislop in The Two Babylons says this regarding Saturn:

“We have now only to inquire what was the name by which Nimrod was known as the god of the Chaldean Mysteries.  That name . . . was Saturn.  Saturn and Mystery are both Chaldean words, and they are correlative terms.  As Mystery signifies the Hidden system, so Saturn signifies the Hidden god” (p. 17).

It is important to understand that when Nimrod was killed, Semiramis became the principle object of worship and was ultimately exalted above her husband/son. But the practitioners of the Mystery Religion continued to worship Nimrod and Semiramis simultaneously by creating an androgynous god, a goddess with male genitalia. In this manner, Semiramis would be worshipped ostensibly as the goddess, while Nimrod–Saturn, the Hidden God–would be worshipped occultly in the form of the male phallus, hidden beneath the goddess’ clothing, or, in the case of Venus, her hair.

In the Greek Mysteries, this androgynous god was known as Hermaphroditus, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, taken from the Greek hermaphroditos meaning a “person partaking of the attributes of both sexes.” As a proper name, Hermaphroditus was the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, who according to Ovid, was loved by the nymph Salmacis so ardently that she prayed for complete union with him and as a result they were united bodily, combining male and female characteristics.

Hermaphroditus is usually depicted with the face, breasts, and body characteristics of a woman, and the genitalia of a man. Note the position of the left leg in both of the following statues of Hermaphroditus.  WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES FOLLOW!!!

 

 

Statuetta di ermafrodito con Eros. Ermafrodito con in braccio Zeus, fronte, inv. S 370

Could it be merely a coincidence that in both of these status of Hermaphroditus the deity is standing with its leg bent in the same fashion as the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary?! Of these two statues, the most telling is the second, as it depicts Hermaphroditus holding the baby Eros, just like the Virgin Mary is often depicted holding the “Baby Jesus!!!”

Now, you may right this off as merely a coincidence, but, as I have said many times before, if there are too many coincidences, then it is no coincidence.

If you are a Roman Catholic, I challenge you to give a better explanation for why images of the Virgin Mary, such as that of Guadalupe, depict the goddess standing in such a curious position (and you gotta do better than “prayer dancing”). If you cannot, then I suggest you carefully ponder today’s revelations and ask yourself why you worship or, if you will, revere the Virgin Mary, when, in reality, it is Semiramis, the wife of the great rebel Nimrod, that you are worshipping. The Bible calls Semiramis the Virgin Queen of Babylon, the Lady of Kingdoms, and the Abomination of Desolation. If you really love the Lord Jesus Christ, then leave off worshipping this statue, for it is idolatry, and God hates idolatry!

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

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A Righteous Thing

Grace and peace, Saints.

Many of you are familiar with my testimony of persecution, which includes gang stalking and other forms of harassment. As I relate in God is in Control and other posts, sleep deprivation has been a major part of this harassment. This diabolical form of harassment has come in many different forms, and it is almost always perpetrated by my neighbors.

Now, imagine my reaction when I saw the above headline about a month or so ago on a newspaper vending machine near my apartment in Munich:

The headline reads: “New Nightmare Study: Five Million Bavarians Have Insomnia.” The article goes on to share these alarming statistics:

  • In 2017, only 22 percent of Bavarians say they sleep well, compared to 50 percent in 2010.
  • Since 2005, the number of workdays missed because of insomnia has risen to 77 percent!
  • Those who say they take sleep medication has risen from 13.5 to 17.3 percent.

The article goes on to say that insomnia is a major cause of many ailments such as depression and heart complications. It just so happens that depression is a major problem in Munich, evidenced by the fact that the number of psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists has increased dramatically over the last decade.

Now, if you are a Christian who is being persecuted like me, then you should be encouraged by this bit of news, because it proves you are doing something right. It also proves that God really does look out for His people. In his second epistle to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul encourages this persecuted church by telling them that their suffering is proof that they are doing well in the sight of God:

“We ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure:

“Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

Paul then goes on to assure the Thessalonians that God will exact vengeance of those who persecute them with the exact same persecution:

“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you.” (2 Thessalonians 1:4-6)

Recompense means “to pay in kind”: in other words, to do to someone exactly what they have done to you, whether it be good or bad. So, God will do to our enemies exactly what they do to us, exactly how they do it to us, and exactly as often as they do it to us. This is important, because God has commanded us not to recompense evil for evil. We are never to do to our enemies what they do to us, because God says that that is His job. He will avenge us. God wants us to keep our hands clean and our consciences spotless that we will be “harmless, blameless, the sons of God, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.”

You may be interested to know that the population of Bavaria, according to the 2011 census, is around 12.4 million. Since 1.6 million of those 12.4 million Bavarians live in Munich, then almost half of Bavaria suffers from insomnia and almost all of Munich suffers from insomnia. And note that this problem has been noted since 2005. Is it merely a coincidence that I got saved and starting evangelizing in Munich in 2005?

Now, you may be inclined to believe that this huge problem of insomnia in Munich and Bavaria and the sleep deprivation campaign waged against me are merely coincidental. But I’m here to tell you that God is not a God of coincidence. God is a God of purpose. And we know that “all things work together for good to those that love God; to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

Be encouraged and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

 

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To Everything There Is A Season

As one reader noted a few weeks ago (thank you, Ms. G), I haven’t posted anything since April. That is because, for about a month or so, I have been in transition.

After living in Germany for over twenty years, I have relocated to my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. I learned an awful lot about myself and the world during my stay in Munich, and I can say without any reservation that, if it were not for my time there, I would not be the person I am today. After all, it was in Munich that I found the Lord Jesus Christ!

Of course, as with any life change, this move was not without its challenges; and I had to make some great sacrifices. But I am assured that the Lord Jesus is with me and that I have His blessing. I can tell you that during this move, He has already done some great and marvelous things–things that even amazed my children! I would also like to publicly thank my sister, Denise, for helping make this move possible.

Please pray for me, Saints. St. Louis is known as the “Rome of the West.” Roman Catholics outnumber Protestants in this city probably 99 to 1, with Muslims bringing up the rear. With a ministry like mine, my children and I will have to endure much. I therefore covet your prayers for me and my family. In particular, please pray that my children will make a good transition and that I will be patient with them and receptive to their needs. Also pray that the love of Jesus will abound in my heart and that my ministry to the Roman Catholic people will bear fruit.

May the will of God be done.

Your servant,

Tony

 

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I Choose To Forgive

Grace and peace, Saints

This is part of my testimony and will give you an idea of the circumstances that characterize my ministry, and why I do what I do. Please listen with an open mind.

The Still Man

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541 H Street

Mary Surrat’s boarding house as it appeared in 1890.

541 H Street was the boarding house of Mary Surrat, one of the chief conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It was also the place where John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Lincoln; and John Surrat, Ms. Surrat’s son, frequently met with the other conspirators in the assassination plot. Mary Surrat was later tried, convicted, and hung for her role in Lincoln’s assassination. Nearly all of the conspirators, including Mary Surrat, were fervent Roman Catholics. (Rome’s Responsibility for the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, p. 53.)

Grace and peace, Saints.

Today marks the 152nd anniversary of the assassination of America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. I had planned to write an article and do a podcast commemorating this event, as I have done the past couple of years, but, regretfully, events conspired to prevent me from doing so.  For your edification, education, and encouragement, however, I pray that you will listen to the podcast I did commemorating this occasion of our great martyred President back in 2015. God bless you.

The Still Man

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Beast Watch: Pope Francis Once Again Admits That The Roman Catholic Church is Mystery Babylon

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane during his Oct. 31-Nov. 1 trip to Sweden. Credit: Edward Pentin/National Catholic Register.

“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” (Revelation 17:4).

Grace and peace, Saints.

Many of you may be aware that last October, Pope Francis went on an ecumenical journey to Sweden. During an in-flight press conference held aboard the papal jet, the pontiff fielded a variety of questions covering subjects from ecumenism to secularization. Responding to a question from a Swedish journalist regarding the possibility of women being allowed in the Catholic priesthood, Pope Francis made a cryptic, yet very revealing statement wherein he once again admitted that the Roman Catholic religion is, in fact, Mystery Babylon, the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis.

Click here for the full text of the press conference.

Following is the complete dialogue:

Journalist: “Good morning. The Sweden that hosted this important ecumenical encounter has a woman as head of it’s own Church. What do you think: is it realistic to think of women priests also in the Catholic Church in the coming decades? And if not, why are Catholic priests afraid of competition?”

Pope Francis: “Reading the history a bit in the area where we were, I saw that there was a queen who was widowed three times. And I said: but, this woman is strong, and they told me: Swedish women are very strong, very good. And because of this some Swedish man looks for a woman from another nationality…I don’t know if it’s true, but…on the ordination of women in the Catholic Church, the final word is clear, it was said by St. John Paul II and this remains. On competition, I don’t know…”

Journalist: “Never ever?”

Pope Francis: “If we read well the declaration made by St. John Paul II, it goes along this line, yes…But women can do so many things better than men, even in the dogmatic field. To clarify (to perhaps give some clarity, not to say only a reference to a document):

INTERJECTION. Now pay close attention, as the Pope reveals the true nature of Roman Catholicism: that rather than Christianity, Catholicism is really Mystery Babylon, the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis. The greatest emphasis, however, is on Semiramis.

Pope Francis: “In Catholic ecclesiology there are two dimensions to think about: the Petrine dimension (which is from the Apostle Peter and the Apostolic College, which is the pastoral activity of the bishops), as well as the Marian dimension (which is the feminine dimension of the Church); and this I have said more than [once]. I ask myself: who is most important in theology and in the mystic of the Church: the apostles or Mary on the day of Pentecost? It’s Mary! The Church is a woman! It’s “la Chiesa” (in Italian), not “il Chiesa.” It’s “la Chiesa”; and the Church is the spouse of Christ. It’s a spousal mystery.

“And in light of this mystery you will understand the reason for these two dimensions: the Petrine dimension, which is the bishops, and the Marian dimension, which is the maternity of the Church, but in the most profound sense. A Church doesn’t exist without this feminine dimension, because she herself is feminine.” [Boldface and brackets mine.]

If you have ears to hear, then you know that Pope Francis has made some extremely revealing admissions here.

First, it is important to first understand that if the Roman Catholic Church were truly the Bride of Christ, then there would be no mystery, as the bride and groom would already be identified. That there remains a “spousal mystery” is the first clue that the Roman Catholic Church is not the Bride of Christ and Jesus Christ is not the groom of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Pope’s emphasis on the Petrine and Marian dimensions being peculiar to Roman Catholicism is also very important. In biblical Christianity, there are no Petrine or Marian hemispheres, as “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11). If there were two dimensions to biblical Christianity, then they would have to be the Mosaic Dimension, which is salvation by works, and the Christian Dimension, which is salvation through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ:

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17)).

Regarding the Church, there is no spousal mystery. Jesus is the groom and the Church is his bride. There are two great mysteries in the Bible:

  1. the mystery of godliness.
  2. the mystery of iniquity.

The mystery of godliness, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has already been revealed through Scripture and is therefore no longer a mystery:

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

The mystery to which Pope Francis alludes, therefore, can only be the Mystery of Iniquity, which just happens to be a spousal mystery. The Bible calls this mystery Mystery Babylon:

“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:

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…” (Revelation 17:5).

When Pope Francis calls Catholicism a “spousal mystery,” he is admitting that Roman Catholicism is Mystery Babylon, which is the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis. The Petrine and Marian dimensions of Catholic theology are therefore emblematic of the deified couple: St. Peter is a symbol for Nimrod, and the Virgin Mary is a symbol for Semiramis.

It is important to understand that Pope Francis’ use of the words mystery and mystic is a signal that he is speaking in occult or symbolic language. Mystery Babylon uses symbols to conceal the fact that its principle objects of worship are Nimrod and Semiramis. There are two types of symbols: esoteric and exoteric. An esoteric symbol is closer to the truth, while an exoteric symbol is farther from the truth. The Pope has already provided us with the two esoteric symbols for Nimrod and Semiramis in the Petrine and Marian dimensions of Catholic ecclesiology. Any cryptic references the Pope makes to people or things are merely symbolic references to the deified couple.

When the Pope therefore says “in light of this mystery you will understand….the two dimensions,” what he is really saying is “Once you understand that Roman Catholicism is Mystery Babylon, then you will know that everything in Roman Catholicism—from the dead Jesus, to the cross, to the Virgin Mary, to the seven sacraments—is symbolic of Nimrod and Semiramis, and you will have the key to deciphering all my cryptic references, including and especially my reference to the Roman Catholic Church as a ‘spousal mystery.’”

Pope Francis said that he has mentioned the feminine aspect of the Roman Catholic Church in the past, and one such incident may be a homily he gave in 2013, wherein Pope Francis described the Catholic Church as “a widow in search of her spouse,” an obvious reference to the Egyptian legend of Isis and Osiris, who are none other than Nimrod and Semiramis.

Pope Francis’ remarks also proves that the Virgin Mary is not the biblical Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Roman Catholic Church claims its popes are the spiritual descendants of the Apostles. Yet, the Pope claims that the Virgin Mary is the most important person in Catholic theology. The problem with this statement is that according to the Bible, Jesus’ mother Mary was present with the Apostles and the other disciples of the Lord Jesus, in the days from our Lord’s crucifixion up to Pentecost, but she played no major role. Peter was the one who was prominent:

“These [the Apostles] all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples…” (Acts 1:14).

In fact, the Bible records that on the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter preached a sermon that resulted in three thousand people being converted:

“And when the day of Pentecost was come…Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem…hearken unto my words…” (Acts 2:14).

Peter then went on to preach Jesus to the crowd, ending with:

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

What was the result of Peter’s preaching?

“Then they gladly received his word and were baptized: and that same day were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

Jesus’ mother Mary is not even mentioned in connection with Pentecost, yet Pope Francis claims that Mary was the most important person on that day!

Why is all this important? You may ask. I’ll tell you. The Roman Catholic Church bills itself as the “mother of all churches,” and claims that it’s popes are the spiritual descendants of the Apostles and that the Apostle Peter was the first pope. This, they believe, gives the Catholic Church the divine right to rule all other churches, including the true Christian Church, and makes the Pope the spiritual head of all churches, including the Christian Church. But, by Pope Francis’ own words, Mary is the most important person in Catholic theology, even more important than the Apostle Peter. If I were a sincere Roman Catholic, I would find this problematic, because, in case you hadn’t noticed, the Virgin Mary is a statue.

Why does the Catholic Church exalt the Virgin Mary above the Apostle Peter, if they consider Peter the first pope? Because, by Pope Francis’ own words, the Catholic Church could not exist without the Virgin Mary. Pope Francis tells us:

“[T]he Marian dimension…is the maternity of the Church, but in the most profound sense. A Church doesn’t exist without this feminine dimension, because she herself is feminine.”

Here, the Pope is again using symbolic language; so, if you interpret “Marian dimension” as the Virgin Mary and “most profound” as esoteric, then you will understand that Pope Francis is telling us that the Catholic Church could not exist without the Virgin Mary because, in it’s most profound (esoteric) sense, the Virgin Mary is Semiramis.

The Pope is saying that the Marian (Semiramis) dimension is more important than the Petrine (Nimrod) dimension, because the Church is Semiramis and Semiramis is the Church. This is why the Roman Catholic Church calls itself “Mother Church.” The Catholic Church is Semiramis, who was worshipped as Cebele, the Goddess Mother and wife of Nimrod. The preeminence of Semiramis over Nimrod is depicted in the Egyptian Mysteries of Isis and Osiris, where we read that “Osiris or Horus, is the doctrine, while Isis is the Church.”

Only when one considers Roman Catholicism from the perspective of the ancient mysteries and understands that the Roman Catholic St. Peter and the Virgin Mary are really esoteric symbols for Nimrod and Semiramis, can one understand why the Catholic Church claims their popes are descended from St. Peter and the Apostles, when the popes are not and have never been anything like the Apostle Peter and the Apostles. The Roman Catholic popes are really reincarnations of Nimrod, while the Virgin Mary is really Semiramis.

Pope Francis once again proves that Roman Catholicism is not Christianity, but “Mystery Babylon The Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth” (Revelation 17:5).

“He who hath an ear, let him hear.”

 

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

 

 

 

 

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: Are Jews and Muslims Christians?

Grace and peace, Saints.

In our last article, we discussed the fact that the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Movement is gaining momentum with every passing day. In the article, we showed you an advertisement for a concert here in Munich featuring a symbol composed of a cross, a six-pointed star, and a crescent moon. The symbol, as well as the music, was dedicated to “The One God.”

In the article, we explained that contrary to popular belief, the cross is not the symbol for Bible-based Christianity, but for Roman Catholicism, as the cross was used by Constantine The Great, founder of the Roman Catholic Church, as a symbol for the pagan sun god, which Constantine worshipped as Sol Invictus. The six-pointed star, the so-called Star of David, is widely regarded as the symbol for Judaism, but the Bible states that those Jews who fell into apostasy used a star to represent Nimrod, whom they worshipped as Moloch and Rempham; and Semiramis, whom they worshipped as Chiun (See Amos 5:26 and Acts 7:43). The crescent moon has come to be known as the primary symbol for Islam, but the crescent moon (as well as the full moon) is also a symbol for many goddesses, including the Egyptian Isis, the Phoenician goddess Ashtoreth, the Roman goddess Diana, The goddess Diana of the Ephesians (Turkey), and the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary.

We further explained that Mystery Babylon, as the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis is known in the Bible (Revelation 17:5), uses symbols to represent the deified couple, and that among these symbols are the cross, star, and moon. The Bible calls Mystery Bible the “mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” Roman Catholicism uses all three symbols: the cross, the moon, and the six-pointed star, and bills itself the “mother of all churches.”

By these associations we hoped to illustrate that Roman Catholicism is in fact, Mystery Babylon, and the symbol formed by the amalgamation of the symbols for Roman Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism is proof positive that the three religions are united in their worship of the One God, which is none other than The Image of the Beast (Revelation 13): the goddess Semiramis, which the Bible calls The Abomination of Desolation.

Today I will provide proof that this is not conjecture. A Practical Catholic Dictionary gives this definition of “The Heathen”:

“Those who are not Christians, Jews, or Mohammedans [Muslims]. Under Christians are included both Catholics and non-Catholics. Christians, Jews, and Mohammedans worship the One God and so cannot be called heathen” (p. 109). [Brackets and boldface mine]

Here is the original:

Definition of “Heathen” from A Practical Catholic Dictionary, p. 109.

Can you believe that? The Roman Catholic Church considers Muslims and Jews Christians! Because Roman Catholics don’t consider Bible-believing Christians to be Christians, but calls us Protestants and heretics, then what Rome is really saying is that Muslims and Jews are also Roman Catholics! I’m not surprised by this, as I have been saying this for years, and even wrote about it in articles such as House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus and The Roman Catholic Church, Zionism, Stars, and Seashells. But this time, it’s not me saying it: Rome is saying it herself.

The problem, of course, is that neither Muslims nor Jews worship the Lord Jesus Christ, who Roman Catholics claim to worship. If Roman Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism worship the One God–whom Catholics claim is Jesus–yet Muslims and Jews do not worship the Lord Jesus–who Catholics claim to worship–then, for Catholics, Muslims, and Jews to have One God in common, it could only mean that the One God of Roman Catholicism is not the Lord Jesus Christ. Who then, is the One God? Answer: the only “god” that Roman Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism have in common: Semiramis, known in Catholicism as the Virgin Mary, in Islam as Mother Mary, and in Judaism as Miriam. It is no coincidence, therefore, that Roman Catholics and Muslims share a joint shrine at Ephesus, Turkey; and that the Dome of the Rock, Islam’s second holiest shrine, stands where the Jewish temple once stood.

The One God of Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism is The Woman, Semiramis, who was worshipped in Mesopotamia as Ishtar “The Woman,” in Rome as Domina or Despoina “The Lady” (The Two Babylons, p. 103), and mentioned in the Bible as the “Virgin Queen of Babylon” (Isaiah 47:1), the “Lady of Kingdoms” (Isaiah 47:5), and the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 44:17-19). Could it be merely a coincidence that the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary is known in every country in the world as Our Lady and the Queen of Heaven?  If there are too many coincidences, there are no coincidences.

If you are a Bible-believing Christian, you should be very encouraged to know that as terrible as all this sounds, it is actually a fulfillment of biblical prophecy, as the Bible tells us that “all the world shall worship him [the Pope]” (Revelation 13:8). Before the Lord Jesus opened my eyes, I used to wonder how Muslims, known for their fanatical devotion to Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, or the Jews, who pride themselves as being the chosen of God and the children of Abraham, would ever rally around the Pope.  I don’t wonder anymore. The Virgin Mary, the “One God,” is the key.

The One World Church is not coming; it’s already here.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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And The Ecumenical Movement Keeps Rolling Along

Grace and peace, Saints.

The move towards a one world church seems to be picking up steam, as can be clearly seen in advertisements I’ve been seeing around Munich.

This is an advertisement for a concert featuring music from “Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” The Christianity referred to in this advertisement is not Bible-based Christianity, as true Christians would never fellowship in a religious capacity with Muslims and Jews, as both Islam and Judaism reject Jesus as the Savior of the world. Islam both rejects the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, claiming that “Allah had no son,” and denies His deity by reducing Him to a minor prophet. Judaism also rejects the Lord Jesus by refusing to acknowledge the New Testament, and denies His deity by rejecting Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. For Christians to fellowship in a religious capacity with Jews and Muslims, therefore, is to be “unequally yoked” (2 Corinthians 14:6). The cross, then, must represent Roman Catholicism, a pagan religion that also rejects Jesus, though it pays Him lip service. Catholicism claims to be Christian, but, in reality, it worships “another Jesus” (a dead Jesus still nailed to a cross), and has “another spirit and another gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:4). Since Pope John Paul II, Roman Catholicism has attempted to unite with Islam and Judaism through the Ecumenical Movement.

In order for Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam to worship “The One God,” then all three religions would have to have this one god in common. But, how is this possible, when all three religions worship different gods? My premise is that Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam do all worship the same god, but that god is not the God of the Bible, whose name is Jesus Christ. The One God which Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam all have in common is the goddess, Semiramis. This can be proved by examining the symbols in the advertisement.

Let us begin with the symbol of the cross with the tree wrapped around it. Suspended from a branch of the tree is an apple with a bite taken out of it. This is an obvious reference to the sin of Adam and Eve. The Bible tells us that Eve, the first woman, was deceived by Satan into eating the fruit which God had forbidden her and her husband to eat. The Roman Catholic Church has long taught that the forbidden fruit was an apple, though the Bible doesn’t specify what the fruit was. The apple is therefore an exoteric symbol for Eve, The Woman. The fact that the tree is wrapped around the cross and not the other symbols is a sign that the apple and the cross are meant to be symbolically interpreted together. And this we shall do.

Now, the cross is thought by many to be the symbol for Christianity, but the Holy Bible never mentions the early Christian Church symbolizing their faith with a cross. In point of fact, the cross is historically a symbol for the Sun God, Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14). The Roman Emperor Constantine The Great worshipped Tammuz as Sol Invictus (The Unconquerable Sun), which he symbolized with an equal-armed cross. The Romans used crucifixion both as a means of execution and as a way to sacrifice victims to Tammuz. Emperor Constantine founded the Roman Catholic Church in 330 A.D., when he issued the Edict of Milan, a decree of tolerance towards Christians. Constantine then announced that he had become a Christian and declared Christianity as the state religion. But Constantine’s version of Christianity was actually an unholy mixture of the pagan worship of Tammuz with a smidgen of Christianity thrown in for good measure. Because the cross is a symbol for Tammuz or Nimrod, then the apple, rather than a symbol for Eve, is really a symbol for Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod. Semiramis was also known as the The Lady (Isaiah 47:5).

The crescent moon symbol has come to be associated with Islam, but you may find it interesting that the moon is also a symbol for the Egyptian goddess Isis, the Scandinavian goddess Frigga, the Phoenician goddess Ashtoreth, the Greek goddess Diana, and the Roman Catholic idol known as the Virgin Mary.

The six-pointed star is usually associated with modern Judaism, but it is also found in the Holy Bible as the symbol of a pagan god and goddess:

“But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves” (Amos 5:26).

“Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god, Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them” (Acts 7:43).

The six-pointed star is also used in Roman Catholicism as a symbol for the Virgin Mary, which is known in Catholicism as the Star of the Sea.

 

Note lastly that the cross and the six-pointed star are interlaced and surmounted by a half moon, effectively forming a new symbol. Since the purpose of this union is to glorify “The One God,” then this symbol, rather than representing three separate religions, actually symbolizes one single religion, which incorporates Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam. The problem, however, is that Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam do not worship the same god; or do they?

Islam has the moon and the star, but the cross is not found. Modern Judaism has the star, but the moon and the cross are not (normally) found. Only Roman Catholicism uses the moon, the star, and the cross. I submit therefore, that the religion symbolized by the amalgamation of the moon, the cross, and the star is Roman Catholicism, which worships a goddess known as the Virgin Mary, and calls itself the “mother of all churches.” The worship of the goddess is known as Mystery Babylon, which the Bible calls the “mother of harlots and abominations of the earth” (Revelation 17:5).

The “One God” then, that this concert seeks to glorify is actually the One Goddess, Semiramis, known in Catholicism as the Virgin Mary, in Islam as Mother Mary, and in Judaism as Mother Mary and Miriam (in Kabbalistic Judaism, God the Mother). The Bible, however, calls this idol the Abomination of Desolation.

There are two symbols I almost forgot to include, which also happen to be symbols for the Virgin Mary. The first is the dove at the upper left. The Roman Catholic Church claims the dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit, but the dove is also a symbol of Semiramis, who was also known as Columbia or The Dove. Notice also the flowers on the right side of the symbol. I’m no florist, but they appear to be roses and possibly carnations. The Catholic Church  uses both as symbols for the Virgin Mary.

Let us take a look at yet another advertisement.

The caption above “We Are The World” says “An Inclusive Gospel Choir,” and below the globe is stated, “A Community project of people with and without handicaps and asylum-seekers.” While a Gospel choir that includes the handicapped is a good idea, as the Gospel is for them too, you must understand that this event is taking place in Munich, a very Roman Catholic city in the very very Roman Catholic state of Bavaria, Germany. This choir, therefore, is most likely composed primarily of Roman Catholics (further proof of this is the fact that the event is taking place in a Catholic church). For those of you who didn’t know, the Jesus of Catholicism is not the Jesus of the Bible, most evident by the fact that the Jesus of Catholicism is still hanging on a cross. Catholicism, therefore, has “another Jesus, another spirit and another gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4).

Note also that besides the handicapped, this choir includes asylum seekers. Having lived in Munich for almost twenty years, I can tell you that, arguably, the overwhelming majority of asylum seekers here are Muslims. In that true gospel music glorifies Jesus Christ, and Muslims do not glorify the Lord Jesus, then the music that this choir sings cannot be the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but, again, “another gospel.” If this choir does not glorify Jesus Christ, then, what is its purpose? Answer: to promote an “inclusive”: that is, ecumenical, gospel: the gospel of the One World Church.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: Penance Denies The Atonement

Grace and peace, Saints. 

Today is Day Seven of the Forty-Day Roman Catholic celebration of Lent, and, as promised, we continue with our essay “What Is Lent?”

According to A Practical Catholic Dictionary, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, ushers in the Lenten celebration “in the spirit of penance.” Penance, according to the Dictionary, is “good works” required by the priest to whom the faithful Roman Catholic confesses his sins. The purpose of Lent, therefore, is for the Roman Catholic to do good works as part of his Catholic contract to redeem himself from sin.

If you believe it a stretch to say that the Roman Catholic is trying to redeem himself from sin through good works, consider that the Bible says that “the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7), and “we have redemption through His [Jesus’] blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14). The Bible also tells us that after Jesus made “one sacrifice forever” he sat down on the right hand of God the Father (Hebrews 10:12). The Bible’s mention of Jesus sitting down is symbolic of the fact that there was no more work to be done. Jesus’ death and the shedding of His blood fully atoned for our sins.  “It is finished,” Jesus said.

You may find it interesting that the word Atonement cannot be found in A Practical Catholic Dictionary. There is a simple reason for this: Roman Catholicism does not recognize the Atonement. If you think this is again a stretch, consider that the Roman Catholic Jesus is still hanging on the cross. Understand that by leaving Jesus on the cross, Catholicism says that Jesus’ sacrifice is not yet complete. He is still making sacrifice for sin. “It is not finished,” Catholicism says. Catholicism does not believe that Jesus hung on the cross; Catholicism believes Jesus is still hanging on the cross. If you think this is yet another stretch, consider this Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary, attributed to Pope Pius XII: Click here for source of prayer.

O kind and good Mother, 
whose own soul was pierced by the sword of sorrow, 
look upon us while, 
in our sickness, 
we arraign ourselves beside you 
on the Calvary where your Jesus hangs.

Dowered with the high grace of suffering, 
and hopeful of fulfilling in our own flesh 
what is wanting in our sharing of Christ’s passion, 
on behalf of his Mystical Body, the Church, 
we consecrate to you ourselves and our pain. 
We pray that you will lay them 
on that Altar of the Cross to which Jesus is affixed. 
May they be little victims of propitiation for our salvation, 
for the salvation of all peoples.

O Mother of Sorrows, 
accept this consecration. 
Strengthen our hopeful hearts, 
that as partakers of Christ’s sufferings 
we may also share in his comfort now and for evermore.

Amen.

Note that the prayer says, “Calvary, where your Jesus HANGS” instead of “HUNG”; and “the Cross to which Jesus IS affixed,” instead of “WAS affixed.” Roman Catholicism believes Jesus is still hanging on a lonely cross at Calvary.

But, why do they do this? You may ask. It’s simple: if Jesus’ sacrifice is not complete, and he is still hanging on the cross, then the Roman Catholic has to complete the act of atonement through his own effort. “Where?” you may ask, did you get that?” Well, consider that A Practical Catholic Dictionary says that Jesus, “by His suffering and death, made infinite satisfaction for the sins of men.” It doesn’t say that the blood of Jesus atoned for sins. To make atonement is to satisfy completely. To use the word atonement would be to say that the work of redemption is over. But, by merely saying that Jesus’ sacrifice made “infinite (never-ending, eternal) satisfaction,” and leaving Jesus on the cross, the Roman Catholic Church implies that the work of redemption has not been completed. And, by requiring Roman Catholics to make partial satisfaction for sins through penance, the Roman Catholic Church says that Jesus’ death on the cross and the shedding of his blood wasn’t good enough. The Roman Catholic must do something himself to complete the work of redemption.

It is important at this point to mention that the Roman Catholic Council of Trent curses anyone who believes that justification comes through faith in the blood of Jesus alone and that one needn’t expend any effort on his own.

Proof that the Roman Catholic believes he must redeem himself can be found in the above prayer. Note that the prayer asks that the body of the Roman Catholic, along with his suffering, be accepted as “little victims of propitiation for our salvation.” Propitiation literally means satisfaction for sins. Colossians 1:14 and Romans 3:25 say that Jesus Christ was our propitiation, meaning His death and the shedding of His blood satisfied both our sin debt and God’s wrath. His death paid the penalty for sins, according to Romans 5:23, which says, “The wages of sin is death”; and the shedding of His blood washed away our sins according to Hebrews 9:22, which says “without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

This is the reason Roman Catholicism teaches that Jesus’ suffering, made “infinite” satisfaction for sins, rather than that His death and the shedding of His blood made atonement for the sins of mankind. It enables the romish church to teach that, through suffering, which may include flagellating himself with a whip, putting sharp instruments in his shoes to inflict pain, or kneeling in prayer upon some instrument designed to inflict pain, the Roman Catholic seeks to become a “little victim of propitiation” (sacrifice) to the end that he might save himself.

The final proof (at least for today) that suffering through penance is one way the Roman Catholic hopes to make atonement for his sins can again be found in Pope Pius XII’s poem. The second stanza says,

Dowered with the high grace of suffering, 
and hopeful of fulfilling in our own flesh 
what is wanting in our sharing of Christ’s passion, 
on behalf of his Mystical Body, the Church, 
we consecrate to you ourselves and our pain.

Notice that the poem calls suffering “the high grace.” This is a reference to the Sacrament of Penance, one of the seven “channels of grace” by which the Roman Catholic hopes to earn the right to go to heaven. Note also that through suffering the Roman Catholic is “hopeful of fulfilling in [his] own flesh what is wanting [lacking] in [his] sharing of Christ’s passion.” If you consider that Catholicism teaches that it was through Jesus’ suffering that he made “infinite satisfaction” for sins, then “fulfilling in [his] own flesh” means that the Roman Catholic, through penance, hopes to fulfill, through his personal suffering, the unfinished work of atonement. This prayer is talking about penance.

If the Roman Catholic must partially satisfy his sins through penance, then the work of Jesus on the cross was a failure. This is, by the way, exactly what Pope Francis said:

 “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakes of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: Can the Virgin Mary Save You?

“Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Grace and peace, Saints.

Bible-believing Protestant Christians are aware that the Roman Catholic Church exalts the Virgin Mary into the place of  the Lord Jesus Christ and even above Him. One way they do this is by calling the Virgin Mary the Mediatrix (contrary to 1 Timothy 2:5), and by calling the Virgin Mary co-Redeemer with the Lord Jesus (contrary to Colossians 1:14, Romans 3:25, Revelation 5:9). They also do this by giving the Virgin Mary titles which belong only to Jesus Christ, such as Guadalupe, which means The Virgin Who Crushed The Serpent (an obvious reference to Genesis 3:15).

Allow me to give you yet another example. A couple of weeks ago, I went on an errand to a local hospital where I have been treated several times. On the ground floor is a chapel that I have passed many times in the past, without ever noticing anything out of the ordinary.

This day, however, I noticed something I had never noticed before:

On the other side of the door was the German translation:

Here we see yet another title bestowed upon the Virgin Mary: that of Salvation of the Sick. This is further proof that the Virgin Mary is not the biblical Mary, the mother of Jesus, but another Mary; for nowhere in my Bible is Mary, the mother of Jesus, credited with having healed even one sick person, let alone being said to have the power to heal all the sick. As with the image of “Our Lady of Guadalupe,” the message of the title “Salvation of the Sick” is that the Virgin Mary can not only “make you whole,” but that the Virgin Mary can also save you.

My Bible says that only the name of Jesus heals, not the name of Mary (Acts 3:1-16). My Bible also tells me that there is salvation in none other but Jesus Christ:

“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

If only Jesus Christ heals and saves, why does the Roman Catholic Church call the Virgin Mary Salvation of the sick? Your guess is as good as mine.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

 

 

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: What Is Lent?

Grace and peace.

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Roman Catholic celebration of Lent. A Practical Catholic Dictionary defines Lent as:

“The period of forty days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday during which by prayer and fasting the Church makes itself ready for the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord. Lent is the second part of the Cycle of Easter and follows Septuagesima. The time of Lent is six and a half weeks, but the Sundays are not counted so that the period is considered forty days.

“After Our Lord had been baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan, He fasted forty days and nights in the desert. Here He was tempted three times by the devil and resisted him. In Lent the faithful follow the example of Our Lord in fighting against the devil through prayer and fasting. (A Practical Catholic Dictionary, p. 134.)

This is a rather confusing definition in that it is first said that during Lent, Roman Catholics make themselves ready for the Easter holiday by praying and fasting, then we are told that the faithful Roman Catholic prays and fasts in order to follow the example of the Lord Jesus when He resisted Satan in the wilderness. It must be emphasized that the celebration of Lent is not found in the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible do we find the first-century Christians preparing themselves for Easter by celebrating Lent.

To get a deeper meaning of Lent, I looked up Ash Wednesday, mentioned in the definition of Lent, which can be found on page 29 of A Practical Catholic Dictionary. This is what it says:

“The Wednesday on which Lent begins. On this day ashes are blessed and placed on the foreheads of the priests and the people. The ashes are made by burning the palms blessed on Palm Sunday almost a year before. The priest says in Latin, while he places the ashes on the foreheads of the people: ‘Remember, man, that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.’ Ash Wednesday, which reminds man of his short stay in this world, ushers in Lent in the spirit of penance” (A Practical Catholic Dictionary, p. 29).

 

If Ash Wednesday “ushers in Lent in the spirit of penance,” then in order to find out what the spirit of Lent is, it is necessary to find out what penance is. A Practical Catholic Dictionary defines penance as:

 

“Prayers or good works required of the penitent by the priest who has heard his confession. This penance satisfies in part for the sins confessed. See satisfaction for sin” (p. 170).

 

This definition is problematic for several reasons, which we will not get into now, but, God willing, we will talk about it in depth in Part Two of this essay. For now, let us go to A Practical Catholic Dictionary’s definition of “satisfaction for sins,” which is incredibly revealing of the true nature of Lent. Satisfaction for sin can be found on page 196, and is defined as:

 

“Making up to God for sins committed against Him. The penitent satisfies in part for his sins when he says his Penance after Confession. Jesus Christ Himself, by His suffering and death, made infinite satisfaction for the sins of men. This is called vicarious satisfaction.”

 

Again we read that penance “satisfies in part for sins. If Ash Wednesday “ushers in Lent in the spirit of penitence” and penance “satisfies in part” for sins, then the implication is the purpose of Lent is not to prepare for the Easter celebration, to identify with the Lord Jesus, or to resist sin and temptation. If we can believe A Practical Catholic Dictionary (and we certainly should believe it), then the true purpose of Lent is to perform some sort of penance, through “good works” and prayer in order to make partial satisfaction for sins.

The observance of Lent, therefore, says that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross wasn’t good enough to pay for our sins. This is blasphemy.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

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Remembering Waco: Day One

Today marks the 24th anniversary of Day One of the United States federal government’s raid on the Mount Carmel Center and church owned by David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. On February 28, 1993, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms stormed the Branch Davidian ranch attempting to serve a warrant to David Koresh on suspicion of stockpiling illegal weapons. A gunfight ensued, which resulted in the deaths of four four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians.

On the ATF’s failure to serve the warrant to Koresh, the FBI took the lead, initiating a 51-day siege which ended on April 19, 1993 after the FBI and ATF, aided by British and U.S. Military Intelligence, INTERPOL, DELTA Force, and other agencies and entities used tanks, machine guns, CS gas, and other military tactics against the Davidians, attempting to drive them out of Mount Carmel. A huge fire erupted which consumed Mount Carmel, and, the next day, the center was completely destroyed. 76 men, women, and children perished that day, dead from flame, CS gas, and automatic weapons fire. Some of the bodies were severely mutilated and their injuries were consistent with having been run over by an armored vehicle.

The ATF and FBI maintain to this day that they never fired a shot.

The Still Man

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: Who Is The Morning Star, Jesus or the Virgin Mary?

Grace and peace, Saints.

Page 135 of A Practical Catholic Dictionary defines a litany as “A prayer of devotion consisting of short invocations followed by responses.” It goes on to say, “In the invocations, Our Lord, Our Lady, or the saints are called upon for help.”

Directly beneath “Litany” the dictionary gives the following definition for “Litany of the Blessed Virgin”:

“Prayer of devotion to Our Lady, See Litany. In this litany Our Lady is given some very lovely titles, such as: Mirror of Justice, Seat of Wisdom, Cause of Our Joy, Mystical Rose, Tower of David, Tower of Ivory, House of God, Morning Star, Queen of angels…”

Each of these titles is similar to a title of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is problematic; but, the title Morning Star is especially troubling, because the Bible says that Jesus is the Morning Star:

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Revelation 22:16).

Now, some may argue that “morning star” is different than “bright and morning star,” but this is just semantics. Jesus Christ is the Morning Star, not the Virgin Mary. But why should we be surprised that the Roman Catholic Church would steal honor from the Lord Jesus and bestow it upon their Virgin Mary, when they call the same idol Co-Redeemer with the Lord Jesus and the Mediatrix?

The fact that none of the titles attributed to the Virgin Mary are found in the Bible is further proof that the Virgin Mary is not the biblical Mary, the mother of Jesus, but another Mary. This should not surprise you, because the Bible says that there is “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:3). If there is another Jesus, then there has to be another Mary. And there certainly is.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

P.S. You may find it interesting to learn that Satan also calls himself the Morning Star.

The Still Man

 

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What Roman Catholics Really Believe: Was Jesus The First Catholic Priest?

Grace and peace, Saints.

Roman Catholics are very adamant that Jesus Christ instituted the Roman Catholic Church when He told the Apostle Peter “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Never mind that Jesus Christ was referring to Himself, as He is the Rock. Simon Peter wasn’t the rock Jesus was talking about, as Simon means “sand,” and Peter means “a small stone.” So, while Peter was integral to the early church, the Lord Jesus would never build a church on him, as sand and pebbles could never be a sure foundation for any building, let alone the Church of God. It is also important to note that moments after making this statement, Jesus called Peter Satan. This fact, however, has never stopped the romish church from declaring that Jesus instituted the Catholic Church and made Peter the first Pope.

But, the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t stop There. Rome even goes so far as to call the Lord Jesus a Catholic priest. On page 113 of A Practical Catholic Dictionary, under “Holy Thursday,” the dictionary says this:

“Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist both as a sacrament and a sacrifice. As a sacrament He gave His apostles His own body and blood in Holy Communion. As a sacrifice He said the first Mass. He was preparing His Apostles for the priesthood when He said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

One has to really marvel at this, because, in that only Catholic priests say Mass, with this statement, the Catholic Church is actually implying that Jesus was the first Catholic priest! Now, it is one thing to claim that Jesus instituted the Catholic Church. It is another thing to claim that the Pope of Rome is the substitute for Jesus Christ and call him Holy Father, a name reserved for God the Father (John 17:11). But, implying that Jesus was a Catholic priest is going way too far. If you think about it though, this is not a stretch for a church that considers its head, the Pope of Rome, Jesus on earth, and gives its priests powers which belong only to God. If the Catholic Church can call its priests Alter Christus (another Jesus), then why wouldn’t it call Jesus a Catholic priest?

Protestants, do you still think that Roman Catholicism is Christianity? Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

P.S.: Think about this: In that Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and the Pope is the highest priest in the romish church, then, isn’t the Catholic Church really calling Jesus the first Pope? Food for thought. 

Be encouraged, and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Veneration And Adoration Are Worship

Grace and peace, Saints.

Yesterday, a Roman Catholic posted an interesting response to our article entitled “An Unexpected Meeting With Ganesh.” I believe his comment echoes the sentiments of many Catholics, including many you may know–so I decided to share our dialogue with you for the edification of Christians and the benefit of Catholics. Below is his comment followed by my response.

 

[Begin Comment]

“I think you are mistaken about Catholics. First – a word about crucifixes. A crucifix is NOT cursed NOR is it a sign of a curse. During Jesus’ incarnation, the punishment of death by crucifixion was CONSIDERED to be accursed. Notice the use of the past tense. Jesus has redeemed us ALL from any and all curse of the Law. Nothing which was formerly held to be a curse can stand. Furthermore, the very fact that Jesus expiated all human sins and curses – has even further removed any possible curse from ancient use of the torture of crucifixion. You must also consider the fact that a crucifix is considered holy by us Catholics – it is a sign of Jesus suffering for all humanity. It’s powerful a way of honoring Jesus’ sacrifice which saved us all and a way to compassionate with him. The Crucifixion was the means by which he saved the world and a crucifix is a powerful tool against he enemy since it is a clear sign of Jesus’ victory. We all talk about the victory of the cross, where Jesus conquered the world and defeated the Enemy. Well crucifixes represent that victory and well as the process of redemption.”

I don’t know where you get the idea that Catholics worship Mary. It is clear that they do not. I find it unhealthy that Protestants are constantly labeling and judging other Christians and their beliefs and activities. The Catholics formed the first church and from our first pope to the present, Catholicism has had uninterrupted leadership and maintained apostolic tradition for 2,000 years. We do not worship the Virgin Mary – we VENERATE her and recognize her great spiritual importance. She plays a role in our lives and in our faiths. It should not be too hard to understand this, but I have never met a Protestant who COULD understand the veneration that Catholic express towards Mary. No matter how often you explain to Protestants that Latria=Worship and Hyperdulia & Dulla, are differing forms of VENERATION which we offer to the saints and to Mary the mother of Jesus. – Protestants always choose to collapse everything into one concept – worship.

You sound like you can’t handle being married to a non-white woman, that you are undermining your wife as a mother in front of her daughters. You are robbing your daughters of a very precious treasure- that of respect and intimacy with their own mother. You are destroying their sense of wellness about being mixed children.

This is why Catholics should never marry Protestants – they steal great treasure from us and cover our lives with disapprobation, censure, self-denial and rejection. No Protestant can ever be a good husband or wife to a true Catholic.

[End Comment]

 

[Begin Response]

Thanks for your comment, VaniNY. Indeed, Jesus has redeemed all those who are trusting in His blood from the “curse of the Law”; but Roman Catholics are still living under the Law, because you are not trusting in the blood of Jesus for redemption from sin. That means that the blood of Jesus is not applied to your sins. According to the Bible, a Christian is someone who is trusting in the blood of Jesus Christ alone for redemption from sin (Romans 3:25, Ephesians 2:8-9); the Roman Catholic Council of Trent, however, places anyone who believes that faith in the blood of Jesus alone is sufficient for salvation under a perpetual anathema; that is, a curse:

“If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification, and that it is not in any way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will [good works], let him be anathema.” Council of Trent, Sixth Session, Canon 9. (The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, p. 43.)

This is contrary to the Bible, which says: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Moreover, the Bible says that our works will not get us into heaven:

“For by grace are ye saved; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of god: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Council of Trent also decreed that anyone who believes he is justified by faith in the blood of Jesus alone is a heretic (which means he is worthy of death):

“It must not be said that sins are forgiven to anyone who boasts of his confidence and certainty of the remission of his sins, resting on that alone, though among heretics [Protestants] and schismatics this vain and ungodly confidence may be…

 
“Moreover, it must not be maintained, that they who are truly justified must needs, without any doubt whatever, convince themselves that they are justified…and that absolution and justification are effected by this faith alone.” Council of Trent, Sixth Session, Chapter 9 “Against The Vain Confidence of Heretics”, (The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, p. 35.)

The Bible, however says that we ought to have confidence in our justification:

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in Him…” (1 John 5:13-14).

This is the difference between a Protestant (Bible-Believing Christian) and a Catholic. Protestants follow the Bible as the sole rule and guide of our faith. Catholics, however, have several sources, including tradition. The Council of Trent decreed: “If anyone…knowingly and deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, let him be anathema.” (Fourth Session)

Jesus, however, said that through tradition men make the Word of God “of none effect.”

This is why Catholics don’t see the crucifix as a cursed thing, when the Bible says that Jesus hanging on the cross is a cursed thing. This is how Catholics can justify idolatry, by calling the worship of a statue “veneration.” This is how Catholics can call the Virgin Mary Co-Redeemer with Jesus Christ, when she didn’t shed a drop of blood for mankind. Dulia, hyerdulia and Latria are merely ways for Catholicism to justify Mary worship and Eucharist “adoration.”

This brings up an interesting point–more interesting than Mary “veneration.” By your own words, latria is worship. Why then do Catholics argue that they do not worship the Eucharist (the consecrated wafer used during the Mass) but adore it, when the Council of Trent says the Eucharist should be given the worship of latria?:

“There is, therefore, no room for doubt that all the faithful of Christ may, in accordance with a custom always received in the Catholic Church, give to this most holy sacrament [the Euchrist] in veneration the worship of latria, which is due to the true God. For we believe that in it the same God is present of whom the eternal Father, when introducing Him into the world says: And let all the angels of God adore Him…” (Council of Trent, Thirteenth Session Chapter Five, p. 76.)

With this statement, the Catholic Church is actually calling both veneration and adoration forms of worship; and they should, for that is exactly what they are. Note also that Eucharist worship is not done in obedience to the Bible, but “in accordance with a custom always received in the Catholic Church.” A custom, as you know, is a tradition. So, while Catholics may argue that they don’t worship the Virgin Mary, but “venerate” it, and don’t worship the Eucharist, but “adore” it, your own church says otherwise.

To the contrary, I can very well handle being married to a non-white woman, given that I am a non-white man. For the record, I am a Black American, while my wife is a Black African. Our children are, therefore, of mixed nationality, but not of mixed race.

Lastly, you spoke a great truth when you said that “Catholics should never marry Protestants,” but you are incorrect when you say that Protestants “steal great treasure from you and cover your lives with disapprobation, censure, self-denial and rejection.” It is your own Catholic church that steals many great treasures from you, chief of which is the Truth of Jesus Christ and the Free Gift of Eternal Salvation that could be yours. It also steals the holy treasure of marriage from your priests and nuns (1 Timothy 3:1-3) resulting in their great frustration and the hurt of many innocent girls and boys. Your comment that “No Protestant can ever be a good husband or wife to a true Catholic” should also be re-worded to say that no good Catholic can ever be a good husband or wife to a true Protestant, because your own Council of Constance (1414-1418) decreed:

“A Catholic wife is not obliged to any duty to her heretical (Protestant) husband, because by the husband’s heresy she is freed from her duty. In like manner, a Catholic husband is freed from all duty to his wife, is she be a heretic.”

You see, it is your own Catholic Church that is the enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ and all godly institutions, including marriage. Open your Bible and read it, if you dare, “and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

[End Response]

 

Saints, please pray for the dear Roman Catholics. Dear Roman Catholics, please “Come out of her and be ye separate.”

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Canada’s Residential Schools

Grace and peace, Saints.

Have you ever heard of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools? I hadn’t, until recently.  I invite you to please watch the following video in its entirety. If you have a heart, it will break.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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What Do Roman Catholics Really Believe?

Grace and peace, saints.

Today we begin a series which asks the question, “What Do Roman Catholics Really Believe?” I was moved to do this series by something I saw while reading through A Practical Catholic Dictionary, a book written for “Catholic and non-Catholic readers who want a dictionary of Catholic words that is neither too technical nor too specialized for ordinary needs.”

 

I bought the book in order to better understand the Catholic faith, which claims to be Christian, but has many beliefs, traditions and terminology that are neither found in the Bible, nor held or used in the Protestant (Christian) Church.

On page 96, the dictionary gives the following definition for fortunetelling:

“Attempting to tell what is going to happen in the future by the reading of the lines on the palms of the hands, looking into a crystal ball, or any such superstitious means. Fortunetelling is forbidden by the first commandment of God, because it gives to a creature (the fortuneteller) the power which belongs to God alone.” [p. 96; parentheses in original, boldface mine.]

As I read this, I was struck by the fact that this simple, but, true statement confirms that the very foundations on which the Roman Catholic Church rests ought to be forbidden also, because they “give to creatures [created things] the power which belongs to God alone.” The foundations of the Roman Catholic Church are its priests, its popes, and the Virgin Mary; and all of these have been given powers and attributes which belong only to God.

The Roman Catholic priest, for example, has the authority to hear confessions (when a Catholic confesses his sins) and is believed to have the power to grant “absolution” or forgiveness of sins. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Pope is known as the Vicar or Substitute of Christ and holds the title of Holy Father, a title of God the Father. And, the Virgin Mary, a statue which Catholics believe is the mother of Jesus Christ, holds the title of Mediatrix and is believed to be Co-Redeemer with the Lord Jesus.

I was instantly led to share this information with you, because I occasionally receive comments from Roman Catholics and professed Christians alike who feel I should devote more energy to finding ways to unite Roman Catholics and Protestants rather than revealing the true nature and intent of the Roman Catholic Church, an activity which they find divisive. 

But the Lord Jesus, through the Apostle Paul, said that we should not be “unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). Jesus also said that we should “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). We should, therefore, not seek to fellowship with those who do not share our faith; for, to do so, is to be unequally yoked (unbalanced) and unfruitful. Jesus said that any tree that didn’t bear fruit would be cast into the fire. We should also remember that the Lord Jesus gave us the Great Commission, commanding us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to the unsaved. 

Each of us needs to determine for himself if Roman Catholicism is true Christianity, because if it is not, then to fellowship with Roman Catholics is to be unequally yoked. We should therefore examine what Roman Catholics believe and practice because, if what they believe and practice conforms to what the Bible says Christians ought to believe and practice, then, we should by all means embrace Catholics as brethren. But, if what Roman Catholics believe and practice does not conform to what the Bible says Christians ought to believe and practice, then, rather than seek fellowship with them, we ought to obey the Lord Jesus and evangelize them and pray for their salvation.

To help us determine what Catholics believe, therefore, we will examine A Practical Catholic Dictionary and see if it lines up with the Bible.  Many Roman Catholics say that the only difference between them and Protestants is that the Roman Catholic Church has “a different worship tradition.” If their worship traditions are contrary to the Bible, however, then it means that their worship traditions are not only different, but unbiblical. And unbiblical is not Christian.

A Practical Catholic Dictionary has the nihil obstat and imprimatur (in effect, the seal of approval) of the Roman Catholic Church, which certifies that the book has been examined and determined to contain “nothing opposed to [Roman Catholic] faith and morals.” We can be assured, therefore, that what it says the Roman Catholic Church believes is what the Roman Catholic Church says it believes. 

It should be added that because a great deal of Roman Catholic doctrine comes from tradition, much of which is oral, it would be impossible for us as non-Catholics to learn everything a Roman Catholic knows and believes.  But, that is not our aim. To make an informed decision, it should be enough for us to examine that which is readily available.  If necessary, I may also use other sources which may or may not be approved by the Catholic Church.

We pray this series will be of benefit to both Christians and non-Christians.

Your servant,

The Still Man

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Gratitude: The Key To A Victorious Christian Life

Grace and peace, saints.

A couple of weeks ago, my children and I were walking to the animal shelter, when I noticed that my son was wearing a rain jacket with a sweatshirt underneath instead of his winter coat. It was extremely cold this day, and I was perturbed with him, because we had discussed this before.

“I don’t like to wear my coat because it’s too warm,” he said, “I’d rather wear my rainjacket.”

“Which would you rather be on a cold day,” I said, “Too warm or too cold?”

He got the message, but I could tell he was a little upset. My son is almost fifteen; and as he is becoming more independent and mature, he is asserting himself more. One way he tries to assert himself is by dressing the way he likes, even if it doesn’t always make sense. I get that, but I also know that not everyone who wears a rain jacket on a cold winter day does so to assert his independence. Some do so because they have no other choice. I was such a person. Growing up, I didn’t always have a coat for the winter: in fact, most winters, all I had was a light jacket. All my life, all I ever wanted was a nice, warm coat.

God heard me, and I have not passed a winter without a coat in more than forty years. God has also blessed me to be able to provide a decent life for my children, and they have never known a winter without coats, a summer without shorts, or a house without heating or cooling. These are truly blessings, but sometimes we fail to recognize those blessings.

I am finding that one of the hardest lessons to teach a child is gratitude. It’s difficult for a person to appreciate something he’s never gone without. This is especially true of children. If a child has never been hungry, it’s difficult for him to appreciate being full. If he’s never been cold, it’s hard for him to appreciate being warm. And if he’s never been homeless, how should he appreciate having a roof over his head?

 

Gratitude is important to our prayer life

I’ve been talking to my children a lot lately about gratitude because gratitude is crucial to a Christian’s prayer life. When God blesses us, we ought to thank Him. In fact, we ought to be thanking Him every day we wake up. We ought to thank Him every morning we didn’t wake up dead. We ought to thank Him every morning we didn’t go to the hospital in the middle of the night. And, if it’s as cold where you live as it is where I live, you ought to be thanking the Lord Jesus every night you go to sleep in a warm bed and wake up to a warm home, because, I assure you, not everybody is.

Philippians 4:6 says that we should take our petitions to God in prayer but that we should do so with thanksgiving. That means that we ought not to just be asking God to do things for us, but we also should be thanking Him for what He has already done—especially feeding us, clothing us, putting a roof over our head, and protecting us. But, unfortunately, this is not the case.

 

Ingratitude and Blacks

By the way, if there were ever an ungrateful generation, it is the present generation; and if there were ever an ungrateful people, it is Black people—my people. Somebody is not going to like this, but it’s the plain truth. Black Americans are the descendants of slaves, a people who could not even own property, as they were themselves property. Now, tell me who, in their right mind, ever thought the day would come when Blacks would not only be free, but would own homes, found corporations, make important contributions to science, become doctors, lawyers, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, and be professional athletes making hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Who would hath fathomed that a Black man would one day become President of the United States?

With all God has allowed Blacks to do, achieve, and, most importantly, have, you would think that we would be the most grateful, appreciative, and God-fearing people on the planet. Yet, Blacks are generally some of the most ungrateful, unappreciative, and God-hating people in the universe. We spend so much time talking about how far we still have to go, that we don’t appreciate how far we’ve come. We are always complaining and are rarely thankful. I know someone, for example, whom God has tremendously blessed. Yet, he is the unhappiest person I know. He has a job, a home, a car, a family, and is in relatively good health. Yet, all he does is complain about all the missed opportunities he’s had in life. He has lost all perspective. He’s forgotten his history to the extent that he no longer knows who he is and where he came from. He doesn’t realize that were it not for the hand of God on his life, he would not be getting paid for the work he does, let alone actually enjoying the fruits of his labor.

This guy never thanks God for anything. The other day, for example, he was extolling the virtues of the new coat he just bought, telling me how warm it is and how much he liked the large hood it has. As he was pointing out all it’s cool features, I said, “Well, as cold as it is this winter, praise God for blessing you with such a nice coat!” He reacted as though I hadn’t even mentioned God, and told me that as much as he liked the coat, he wished it were longer. Tragically, this man, rarely, if ever, gives God any praise for blessing him so much. He is ungrateful; and the worst part is that he claims to be be Christian.

If a Christian is going to be anything, he should first be grateful. Gratitude is important because, without gratitude, not only is it impossible for us to see and appreciate what God is doing for us, but it is impossible for us to recognize what He isn’t doing for everyone else. If we can’t see that God isn’t blessing everyone the same, then not only can’t we see and appreciate our own blessings, but we can’t appreciate the plight of those who are less fortunate than we are. And if we can’t appreciate their plight, then how can we pray for them? And if we can’t pray for them, then what kind of Christians are we after all?

 

Satan influences children to be ungrateful

This is how Satan is trying to influence my children. He makes sure that there is no one they can compare themselves with so that they can put their life in perspective. There are homeless people in Munich, for example, but I have never seen any homeless children. I have also never seen any children in my children’s school who look like they could use help. While this can be seen as a blessing, it can actually work like a curse, because since everyone seems to be doing so well, my children are unable to see how well they are actually doing. For example, there are kiosks in my children’s schools that sell food, and the other children are always buying snacks from those kiosks. I could tell my children sometimes felt odd because they took a sack lunch, while it seemed to them that many of the other children always had money to buy lunch. Sometimes children would even offer to buy them lunch.

For a time, this was having an effect on my children, because it was obvious that they felt poor compared to the other children. One of my daughters would often “forget” to take her lunch and ask my wife for money to buy lunch at school. Another daughter would always hound me to pay the materialgeld (money the schools ask for to defray the cost of paper, books, and other things) quicker, because all the other children would pay the money as soon as the teacher asked for it, whereas I would put it off for a couple of months or pay in installments. I perceived that my children were ashamed of being poor, because I experienced similar feelings as a child as well.

I had to explain to my children that poverty is nothing to be ashamed of, and that while they didn’t have money to buy lunch or snacks, they ate breakfast every morning and had at least a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and something to drink for lunch. And, while they may not have been able to hand in the materialgeld the day their teachers asked for it, they were able to hand it to them ultimately. With time they came to understand that the true blessing was just to be able to eat every day.

It is important that my children be grateful, because we live in Munich, one of the most idolatrous cities in the world. Satan knows that my children well understand that idolatry is an abomination to God, and because they know this, then it is highly unlikely that he could ever convince them to worship an idol, confess their sins to a priest, or consider the Pope of Rome to be Jesus Christ on earth. What he can do, however, is get them to be ungrateful. If everyone seems to be doing better than they are, and if every little boy and girl has five bucks in their pocket and an expensive cell phone (that’s another article), then it can be difficult for my children to see and appreciate how God is truly blessing them.

 

Ingratitude kills joy

Ingratitude is a trick of the enemy, and will kill a Christian’s victory and steal his joy quicker than most anything else. If Satan can’t get you to praise him, he will settle for you not praising God. And if you are not praising God, it is because you are ungrateful.

 

Ingratitude affects stewardship

In the parable of the talents, Jesus told of a man who went to a far country, leaving each one of his servants a sum of  money: some little, some a little more, and some more than that. When he returned, the man found that those to whom he had given some had invested their money and received interest thereon, which they presented to their employer. The worker to whom he had given little, however, had merely buried his money, and had received no interest to show to his master. He had not been a good steward. Through this parable, Jesus taught that if one does well with just a few things, God will bless him with many things; but if a man do poorly with a few things, God will take away the little that he has. It’s impossible to be a good steward if you are not grateful for that which God has entrusted to your care, but are always wishing you had more or better.

 

Ingratitude leads to covetousness

Ingratitude almost always leads to covetousness; because if you are dissatisfied with what God has blessed you, you will begin to covet something “better.” And covetousness almost always leads to envy. And envy inevitably leads to hate. The covetous person usually ends up hating both himself and anyone he feels is doing better than he is. And it all starts with ingratitude. See how this can get terminal in a hurry?

The key to avoiding all this drama, then, is gratitude. We need to learn to appreciate what God has done for us—and not just the big things, but also the little things (like the cup of hot chocolate I’m enjoying as I write this). So, be grateful!

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1Thessalonians 5:18.)

Be encouraged, and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Are There Crypto-Catholics In Your Family?

Grace and peace to those who love Jesus sincerely, and greetings to the enemies of the cross of Christ.

When I was a boy, living in a two-family flat on the west side of St. Louis, Missouri, my family used to pray at the dinner table before meals.

On most days, my mother, together with my siblings and I, ate upstairs, where we lived; but, on weekends and holidays, we would eat downstairs with my grandparents. When we ate upstairs, my siblings and I would say, “Jesus wept,” before we ate. We had no idea why we did this, or what it meant, but we always recited this phrase before we ate. We knew we were praying, but we had no idea why we were praying or why we said, “Jesus wept.”

When we ate downstairs with my grandparents, we still prayed before we ate, but something else was added to the ritual. First, my grandfather would “say grace,” at which time he would utter some words which I gathered were from the Bible. Then, my grandmother would follow with something I cannot fully recall except that it ended with the words, “I can’t understand it.” Next went my mother (I don’t remember at all what she would say), and, lastly, us children. As when we ate upstairs, my brothers and sisters would still say “Jesus wept,” but I would say another prayer that for years I remembered as “Bless the Lord for these I guess which you are about to receive from our bounty, Christ the Lord, Amen.” Many years later, I would learn that the words to the prayer are actually, “Bless us, O Lord, for these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ the Lord, Amen.”

My grandmother rarely missed a Sunday in church, and she used to read her Bible almost every night. She also had a very large Bible sitting on the coffee table in her living room.  Because my mother was a very profane woman who seemed to hate anything (and anyone) religious, there was never any doubt in my mind that it was my grandmother who taught us those prayers. I therefore always believed my grandmother was a devout Christian. And, because we always prayed at mealtime, went to church occasionally, and sometimes read that Bible in the living room, I felt that with the possible exception of my mother, we were an average Christian family.

When I got saved, in September 2005, however, I realized that we really weren’t Christians. This actually came as no surprise to me, as, by this time, I had seen and met people who professed to be Christian, and I noticed that I behaved nothing like those people. But, even though I knew my mother and her children (especially me) were not Christians, I never doubted that my grandmother was anything but a devout Christian woman. Years later, however, I would not be so sure.

 

Doubts

One day, years into my Christian walk, I was wondering why it was that no one had ever told me what the Lord Jesus had done for me on the cross at Calvary. “Surely my grandmother must have told me something,” I thought, “But I was probably too heathen to listen to her.” I told myself this for years, but the more I thought about it, the more I became convinced that my grandmother had never given me the gospel. In fact, I don’t remember her ever mentioning the name of Jesus. In my opinion, a Christian who doesn’t share the Gospel with anyone—especially his own family—is not really a Christian, because the Lord Jesus commanded us to go out into the world and share the Gospel with every living soul. Because she never did this, I began to wonder if my grandmother really were saved.

It was hard for me to accept this as a possibility at first. My grandmother was everything to me. My grandmother was the only person who really cared about me; and treated me as though I were her very own son, while my own mother treated me like I wasn’t even a member of her family.

When I sung my first solo in the high school spring festival, it was my grandmother, not my mother, who came to see me (a fact made even more significant when I later learned that she was very ill at the time). When I went into the military, the first phone call I made from basic training was to my grandmother, not my mother. And it was my grandmother who kept my first paycheck from the first job I ever had. My grandmother was the one ray of sunshine in an otherwise dark and gloomy existence.

Before I got saved, I took great pleasure in the fact that the little exposure I had to “Christianity” was due to my grandmother. I enjoyed reading that big Bible that sat on her living room coffee table, and I enjoyed going to church with her on Sunday and sometimes to a restaurant afterwards. When I would go out on Friday and Saturday nights as a teenager, it gave me great comfort to go downstairs and visit with my grandmother before leaving the house and see her sitting in her recliner with her reading glasses resting on her nose, a Bible in her lap, and Larry King on the television. My grandmother provided the only stability I knew.

It was difficult therefore, considering all she did for me and meant to me, to think that my grandmother may not have had the Blessed Assurance I always thought she had; and that perhaps now, rather than enjoying the eternal rest promised to those who have made the Lord Jesus their Savior, she may be in everlasting torment with “no rest, day or night” (Revelation 14:11).

It is not only because my grandmother never shared the Gospel with me, or mentioned the name of Jesus that I feel she may not have been saved. There were other indicators, some of which would only be obvious to Christians.

 

Grandma’s Popish Proclivities

For one, most of the things my grandmother did with respect to religion seemed to be based more on tradition than on the Bible. It was never explained to us, for example, why we prayed before meals, and we never learned why we said “Jesus wept.” Though we had some idea who Jesus was, we had no idea why He wept, or, indeed, what it meant to weep. It was not until I got saved and started to read the Bible for myself that I learned that “Jesus wept” is from the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of John, and is actually the shortest verse in the Bible.

When I got saved, I learned that with respect to prayers before meals, the Bible only teaches that Christians should thank God in prayer for our food, as the Bible teaches that the food we eat is “sanctified by the Word of God and prayer (1 Timothy 4:1-5). The Bible also says that we should give thanks for everything (including our  food) in the name of the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 5:20).

The primary purpose of praying before meals is to thank God for providing us food for our nourishment. So, to pray at mealtime without giving thanks to God is unbiblical (and ungrateful) and to do any more than this may be nice, but it is not necessary. No one ever thanked God at our dinner table, and we never prayed in the name of Jesus: curious behavior for a Christian family.

Another thing that always puzzled me about my grandmother was that she never told us anything about her religion. She never explained, for example, what Communion was, and why at church during the communion ceremony the congregation would place a small, thin wafer of bread on their tongues and drank a tiny glass of wine. She also never explained why I could never “take” communion with her and the rest of the church. I assumed that I was too young to drink the wine, but I didn’t understand why I couldn’t at least eat the little piece of bread. Whenever I would reach for the elements when they were handed to me, my grandmother would shoot me this look that seemed to say, “I’ll break your neck if you touch them.” But she would never explain why it was forbidden for me to take part. Because I was excluded from this ceremony without any explanation at all, I never felt a part of my grandmother’s church and actually came to resent it and. Christianity. My grandmother also never explained why her church always celebrated Communion on the first Sunday of the month.

It was not until I got saved that I learned the Lord Jesus commanded believers to eat the Lord’s supper in remembrance of His sacrifice, and that the first century Christians ate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday in honor of the day Jesus rose from the dead. Because the Lord’s Supper memorializes Jesus’ death, and Sunday is the day Jesus rose, then, when we eat the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, we honor both Jesus’ death and resurrection.

It is also worth noting that my grandmother never told us anything about Roman Catholicism. This is extremely important, because the Roman Catholic Church has been the sworn enemy of the Christian Church since the Protestant Reformation, the sixteenth-century movement which saw the true followers of Jesus Christ break from the Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Council of Trent (1545-1563) condemned Martin Luther, the movement’s founder, and all Bible-believing Christians, whom they call heretics, to death. The decrees of the Council of Trent have never been repealed and are still in effect today.

Because we lived in St. Louis, Missouri, which has one of the largest Roman Catholic populations in the United States, and is home to the largest basilica west of the Mississippi (St. Louis is so Catholic that it is even known as the “Rome of the West”), it is almost incredible that my grandmother never taught us about the Reformation and the historic enmity between Romanism and Protestantism. If my grandmother were really a Christian, then why did she never tell us these things?

The key to that question lies in the fact that the prayer my grandmother taught me that began “Bless us, O Lord” can be found on page 42 of A Practical Catholic Dictionary. It is a Roman Catholic prayer. I believe the reason my grandmother taught us a Roman Catholic prayer, had religious practices that were based more on tradition than on the Bible, attended a church that “took” Communion rather than ate the Lord’s Supper, and never mentioned the name of Jesus was because she was not really a Christian. She was what I call a Crypto-Catholic. And the reason we as children never knew the things Christians should know or did the things Christians should do is because we were not really Christians, but were what I call Christolics.

A Crypto-Catholic is a Roman Catholic who hides his Catholic identity from those non-Catholics with whom he lives, works, and associates in order that wherever he is, he may always work in the interests of the Catholic Church unsuspected by his family, friends, and associates. Roman Catholic doctrine permits and even encourages Catholics to be Crypto-Catholics. Former Roman Catholic priest, Charles Chiniquy wrote, “The theologians of Rome have assured us that we may, and even that we must, conceal our faith” (Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, p. 77).

A Christolic is a person who has been raised or greatly influenced by a Crypto-Catholic, masquerading as a Christian, to the extent that his theology is essentially Roman Catholic, even though he has never been baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, or received formal instruction in Roman Catholic doctrine. Examples would be the children of a Crypto-Catholic parent or grandparent, or the congregation of a Crypto-Catholic pastor, masquerading as a Protestant.

Before I continue, it must be understood that there is no godly reason for a person to conceal his religion from anyone, especially when his life is not in danger. And, because the Roman Catholic Church has always been the implacable enemy of the Protestant Church, then the obvious reason for the Crypto-Catholic to conceal his religion is that he may better work in the interests of the Catholic Church undetected.

History bears record that the influence of a Crypto-Catholic is always ultimately malevolent. We will discuss this in Part Two of this essay.

Now, it could be argued that my grandmother was a Christolic, but there have been some very significant things that have occurred in my life with respect to my grandmother that simply cannot be explained other than from the perspective of her being a Crypto-Catholic. One of those things concerned my late father.

 

What’s up Dad…Er…I mean, Dude?

From as early as I can remember, I never called my father Daddy, Dad, Pop, or anything like that, but by his given name. This was a terrible thing when you think about it, made worse by the fact that no one seemed to care or to even notice.

There was no conceivable reason why this should have happened. My father was not a bum or a deadbeat dad. He owned a successful business, and he was well respected in the community. He was also not an absentee dad. My parents lived together until they divorced when I was around five years old, and thereafter my father was always in the picture. I knew where he lived, and would visit him whenever I wanted.

If you consider the influence most grandparents have on their families—for good or for ill—then you will understand that it is impossible that such a thing could have happened without my grandmother’s involvement on some level. Young women tend to do foolish things, but grandmothers have the power to correct much of that. And because my grandmother wielded tremendous influence on our family (we lived with her and called her Mama, while calling my mother “Mother”), if she had been so inclined, she could have nipped this shameful practice in the bud. Besides, as a “Christian” woman, she certainly must have known that the Bible teaches a child should honor his mother and father, and that a child dishonors his father when he calls him by his given name. There’s no two ways about it: she was either directly responsible for this travesty, or she acquiesced to it.

This practice of calling my father by his given name may even have been rooted in religious bias. I don’t believe my father ever discussed religion with me before he got saved; so I’m not sure what religious denomination his family was, though I’m relatively sure they were Protestant. They may even have been Pentecostal, because my father’s mother, my Grandmother Ernestine, would sometimes hold church service or choir rehearsal at her house. The way those people sang was nothing like I was used to hearing at my grandmother’s Baptist church; for, whereas the services at Grandmother Ernestine’s house were lively and joyous, those at my grandmother’s church were dull, lifeless, and monotone. Later, during my teenage years, I would visit a Pentecostal church called Lively Stone with my cousin and hear the same kind of joyous praise and worship I had witnessed at Grandmother Ernestine’s house. The only good memories I have regarding religion from my childhood are those visits to Grandmother Ernestine’s.

If my father’s family were Pentecostal, then it is possible that my grandmother may have had some difficulty with them for this reason; for she could be very hard on those who didn’t share her religious beliefs. I can remember, for example, having quarreled with her once as a young man because she remarked that if a person did not belong to the Church of Christ, they were going to hell, because the Church of Christ was “God’s church.”

 

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sin

There was another incident involving my grandmother that has always been difficult for me to understand, and that for me can only be satisfactorily explained from the perspective of her being a Crypto-Catholic. One day when I was probably about twelve or thirteen years old, I was lying on the living room floor watching television, when my grandmother walks in and throws a book on the floor in front of me. The title of the book was “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex, But Was Afraid To Ask.”

I was afraid to even open the book, as sex had always been a taboo subject in my house, even though sexual sin runs in my family. Not one time, to my recollection, did anyone ever discuss sex with us children. No one ever told me about the birds and the bees, no one ever told me where babies come from, and no one ever asked me if I knew anything about sex. No one ever told me whether I should or should not have been having sex, no one ever explained the conditions under which I should or should not be having sex, and no one ever asked me if I was having sex. Most importantly, no one ever explained to me God’s mind on sex, or whether He even had an opinion on the subject. Consequently, the little I did know about sex was what I had learned from watching T.V. and had gotten off the school playground. This, combined with the deafening silence on the subject at home, left me pretty much believing sex was dirty, sinful, and something that God didn’t really want people doing, but that they did anyway.

Now, instead of giving me that book, my grandmother could have called my father or my grandfather and charged one of them with this delicate task. But that never happened. My grandmother gave me the book, and I read the book. So, I first learned about sex from a book written by an unsaved grown up for unsaved grown ups. This was not a good thing, because, to my recollection, the author did not approach the subject from a biblical perspective, placing sex within the context of marriage. The Bible calls sex outside of marriage fornication, which is a sin God really hates. Without this very important perspective, a book on sex is tantamount to a primer on fornication; and, because my grandmother gave me that book without first telling me God’s mind on sex, she was basically condoning fornication and encouraging the moral destruction of her grandson, which did, in fact, happen.

You must understand that I am not trying to tarnish the memory of my grandmother or imply that she was evil. I’m just saying that sometimes her actions were inconsistent with the person she purported to be, and these inconsistencies ultimately had a detrimental spiritual effect on her grandchildren—especially me.

In my experience, when a person behaves in a manner inconsistent with the person they present themselves to be, either they are not really the person they present themselves to be, or they are being influenced by someone or something to behave in a manner inconsistent with the person they really are. When those inconsistencies are of a spiritual nature, then a satanic influence is at work. I think both things may have been true in my grandmother’s case. I think my grandmother may not have been the person I always thought she was, and I think there was a satanic influence in her life that was the cause of her inconsistent behavior. As far as I’m concerned, that satanic influence was Roman Catholicism.

Stay tuned for Part Two of this essay.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Christmas Blues? Philippians 4:6

Grace and peace.

This morning, my three-year-old daughter woke me up around 3:00 a.m. asking for milk. So, after getting her some milk, changing her diaper, and making sure she was all comfy, I laid back down and tried to go back to sleep. But, for the life of me, I couldn’t. All kinds of thoughts started entering my mind: ideas for an article, things I have to get done, and, of course, problems.

It was the problems that really kept me from going back to sleep; and, the more I tried not to think about them, the more I thought about them. By this time, it wasn’t so much that I couldn’t go back to sleep that bothered me, but the fact that with all my thinking, I couldn’t solve one single problem. I hate to waste time; and there’s nothing that wastes time more than worrying about problems you can’t solve. I was in the mud. Then it hit me: Philippians 4:6:

Be careful for nothing, but in every thing through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God; and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.”

Let’s take a closer look at this verse:
1. Be careful for nothing. (Don’t worry about anything…)

2. But…(instead…)

3. Through prayer and supplication (Pray…)

4. With thanksgiving (Thanking God for everything, including your
problems…)

5. Let your request be made known unto God. (Tell God about it.)

6. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. (God will give you peace in the midst of these problems, and you will not be able to understand how that happened.

This is important because, as humans, we are going to worry. We worry about things because we feel out of control. God understands this. He is telling us that rather than worry about those things that are out of our control, we are to instead take those things to Him, because they are well within His control.

The Lord Jesus said without Him we can do nothing. So, it is fruitless for us to worry, because worrying won’t change our situation for better or worse. But the Bible also says we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). When we have problems, therefore, we need to take those problems to the Lord Jesus, because though we are powerless, He has all power. Though we are weak, He is strong.

Jesus said that we should come to him in prayer with our problems, thanking Him for whatever we are going through, because if it is happening to us, then He allowed it to happen to us; and, if He allowed it to happen to us, then it is ultimately for our good; and we should thank Him for that.

Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good for those of us who love God and are the called according to His purpose. Did you hear that? Everything—but everything—that you and I are going through serves God’s purpose for our life, even though we can’t always see it. I don’t know about you, but that is good news to me. The Lord Jesus said that if we do this thing, then he will give us His peace: peace of heart and peace of mind—total peace.

So, this Christmas, when you start to worry about things you can’t control, take a minute and remember Philippians 4:6, and God will give you peace.

Be encouraged and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Missionary Organizations and the Counter Reformation

Grace and peace, saints

A couple of days ago, I was checking out missionary organizations online, curious to see what mission fields are considered priority right now.

One organization I checked out was SIM, an “international interdenominational mission” headquartered in South Carolina. Established in 1893, the acronym originally stood for Soudan (Sudan) Interior Mission, and, in 2015, the organization claimed to have had more than 2000 missionaries serving in over 65 countries on 6 continents.

On SIM’s website, under the menu tab, “Where Can I Serve?” was a page that broke the world down into three geographical areas: Africa and Europe, The Americas, and Asia Pacific. Under Europe and Africa, I was mildly surprised to see that the only European country listed was France. Germany, where I live and serve, did not appear; and all the other countries under this heading were African nations.

Because Europe is Roman Catholic, and because I am an evangelist here in Germany, where Roman Catholicism is very strong (Pope Benedict XVI is German), I had to know why France made the list, but not Germany. I therefore read SIM’s country and ministry profile for France. Following is their description of the religious situation there:

“France is one of the countries where the Reformation started. The Roman Catholic Church has played a predominant role in French society and mentalities in the past. Anti-religious sentiments have developed in France since the 1970’s and in 1999, those who labeled themselves as French evangelicals were labeled a “sect” by a government commission. There are 36,550 cities, towns, and villages in France, and 35,000 of them do not have an Evangelical church.

“Meanwhile Islam has seen strong growth. For each evangelical Christian in France, there are ten practicing Muslims. France has developed the reputation as a “missionary graveyard.” It is one of the least evangelized countries in the world—only 0.4% of the country are Evangelical Christian. It is both essential and urgent that everything be put into place so that the Gospel is preached with strength and vigor.”

A closer contextual examination of these statements will reveal a serious flaw in SIM’s evangelical focus. First, it is important to understand that Roman Catholicism is not Christianity, but a pagan system of idolatry that centers on the worship of an idol called the Virgin Mary and a piece of bread called the Eucharist that Roman Catholics believe is Jesus Christ Himself. It should also be understood that the highest authority in The Roman Catholic Church is not the Lord Jesus Christ, but a man called the Pope, who is considered God on earth.

1. “France is one of the countries were the Reformation started.”

The problem with this statement is that many Christians have no idea what the Reformation was, and are thus unaware of the importance of this movement and its effect on Europe and the world. Such a cursory treatment of the subject is therefore totally ineffective for helping perspective missionaries to understand the urgent need of evangelism in France.

The Reformation was the movement that began in 1517, when the courageous Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther, nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church at Wittenberg, Germany. Because Luther protested against the many excesses and abuses of power of the Roman Catholic Church, Luther and his followers were called Protestants, and the movement that emerged from his bold act became known as the Protestant Reformation. The Middle Ages, the time in Europe’s history when the Reformation began, was also known as the Dark Ages, so called because the Roman Catholic Church had nearly completely extinguished the light of the Gospel.

The Catholic Church claims that its pope is God on earth and that its priests also hold the place of God. This belief is the source of the Catholic Church’s tremendous power and is the reason it can set up and depose kings and queens at its leisure. During the Dark Ages, the only Bibles that were allowed by the Church were in Latin, which most people couldn’t understand. The laity were also forbidden to read the Bible, and it was forbidden to translate the Bible into the language of the common people. Because Luther and the early reformers preached the Gospel from the Bible, and taught that Jesus did away with earthly priests and is, in fact, the High Priest of the New Covenant, the Reformation threatened the power of the Vatican. Moreover, Luther, Tyndale, and other reformers translated the Bible into English, German, and other languages, and with Gutenberg’s movable type, which also came out of the Reformation, for the first time in history, the Bible became widely available to the common people in their own language, and anyone who wanted to know the truth (and was willing to risk his life to learn it), could know it.

With the truth of the Gospel for the first time available to the common man, Rome’s power over the people through fear, ignorance, and superstition was really threatened. In retaliation, Rome launched the Counter-Reformation, a movement to destroy Christianity and the Word of God. One way the Catholic Church is attempting to do this is by infiltrating the true Christian Church with Roman Catholic doctrine and by supplanting Reformation Bibles with thousands of corrupted Catholic-influenced Bibles which alter the true Word of God. Led by the Society of Jesus, a ruthless organization sworn to destroy Christianity and bring the world under the iron fist of the Papacy, the Counter Reformation is in full swing today and has nearly come to fruition.

 

2. “The Roman Catholic Church has played a predominant role in French society and mentalities…”

This is a gross understatement. The Roman Catholic Church played much more than merely a predominant role in French society. The Roman Catholic Church ordered all of French society. The Roman Catholic Church was all-present, all pervasive, and all-encompassing in the life of all of Europe. Priests took an active role in government, and with few exceptions, all European monarchs were totally subservient to the Roman Catholic pope, who had the power to depose any ruler at his leisure. If a king or queen would not recognize his authority, the pope would merely order all Roman Catholics to disregard the king’s authority, and the monarch’s reign was effectively ended. Several kings were, in fact, excommunicated and deposed by popes.

Through the Confessional, where Catholics confess their sins to a priest in order to have them “absolved,” the priests were privy to even the most intimate details of all Catholic marriages and used their influence to manage the minutest aspects of Catholic families. This practice continues today and through it, the priests wield the same power and influence over Catholics’ lives today.

“…In the past.”

The statement that the Roman Catholic Church has only wielded its influence in France “in the past,” is also very misleading, as it implies that Rome wields no influence in France at the present time. But, just as the Roman Catholic Church was all-present, all-pervasive, and all-encompassing in Europe during the Dark Ages, so is the Roman Catholic Church all-present, all-pervasive and all-encompassing in the 21st Century. Even today, if you drive down the highway in any country in Europe—especially in Germany and France—you will immediately notice that the largest and tallest building in all the little villages dotting the landscape will be a Catholic church. In Munich, Germany, for example, the city’s most famous landmark, the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) often appears in many logos, while the official logo for the city of Munich is a Dominican monk.
3. Anti-religious sentiments have developed in France since the 1970’s and in 1999, those who labeled themselves as French evangelicals were labeled a “sect” by a government commission.

This statement is so misleading that it almost borders on a lie. There is no anti-religious sentiment in France, as the French are nothing if not religious. Anti-religious sentiment SIM is talking about is really anti-Protestant hatred.

It must be understood that the Roman Catholic Council of Trent (1545-1563) condemned all Protestants as heretics and placed them under one hundred twenty-five curses. Under Tridentine doctrine, heretics deserve to die and it is no crime to kill a heretic. As a result of this doctrine, Protestants have been persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church in France, Europe, and the world over for over a thousand years, and this persecution is indelibly recorded in French history. For example, when the Catholic Church succeeded in persuading King Louis XIV of France to revoke the Edict of Nantz, a decree granting religious tolerance to French Protestants, the Roman Catholics in France subsequently went on a killing spree, ultimately murdering over 200,000 Protestants.

The majority of popes have been French, and most of the murderous Crusades were led by French kings, including the Waldensian/Albigensian Crusade of 1208 against the Waldenses, a French Protestant people named for their leader, Peter Waldo. Led by Simon DeMontfort, this crusade so obliterated the Waldenses that it was said of DeMontfort that he “not only destroyed a people, but a literature.”
4. “Meanwhile Islam has seen strong growth. For each evangelical Christian in France, there are ten practicing Muslims. France has developed the reputation as a “missionary graveyard.”

Given that France is a Roman Catholic country—and the Roman Catholic Church wields a lot of power today—then no matter how much Islam grows, it will never overtake Roman Catholicism, even with the huge influx of Muslims into the country in recent decades. For every Muslim in France, therefore, there are probably one thousand practicing Catholics.

It should also be noted that many Muslim immigrants are really baptized Catholics: a fact that the media rarely covers. This is especially true of immigrants from former French colonial possessions such as Morocco and Lebanon. While not all such Muslims are practicing Catholics, it is true that many Muslims attend Roman Catholic mass. For example, one Sunday evening a couple of years ago, my family and I were strolling along the pedestrian shopping area at Marienplatz, here in Munich, when, on a whim, I opened the door of the Catholic Church of St. Michael and gazed in. The very moment I opened the door, an apparently Turkish family walked out, and a woman in the family was wearing the black garb commonly associated with Islam. If I were not already aware that some Muslims are actually practicing Catholics, I would have been very surprised.

Roman Catholics and Muslims actually have a lot in common. In Turkey, for example, Roman Catholics and Muslims have a joint shrine called the House of Mother Mary, believed by both Roman Catholics and Muslims to have been the final abode of the Virgin Mary. Thousands of Muslims make the pilgrimage to the city of Ephesus in Turkey every year to visit the shrine.

So, while Islam may be gaining influence in France, Islam is no threat to Roman Catholicism, as Roman Catholicism and Islam have always been able to coexist. The greatest challenge to Christian evangelism in France, therefore, is not Islam, but Roman Catholicism.

Bottom line: The growing influence of Islam notwithstanding, France will always be Roman Catholic. The historic enmity between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism is the real reason France is a missionary graveyard, as the Council of Trent condemns all Bible-believing Christians as heretics, and Trent is the basis of the Roman Catechism, which every Roman Catholic must learn and follow. Roman Catholics therefore fear and hate the gospel message.

Given all this, it is very troubling that SIM does not consider evangelizing Roman Catholics a mission priority for France.

SIM’s reticence to evangelize Roman Catholics is not restricted to France. Of Australia’s over 24 million inhabitants (according to the November 2015 census), the majority are Roman Catholic (Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, Vol. I Micropedia, p. 712 “Australia.”). Yet, SIM chooses to focus its evangelism efforts on the 1.3 million foreign students:

”With more than 25 percent of university students (total 1.3 million enrolled) coming from overseas, Australia has the highest concentration of international students in the world. A notable trend is that foreign students are proving more responsive to the gospel than Australians. Praise God for this open door.”

In that the vast majority of Australians are Roman Catholics, SIM’s decision to target foreign students, who make up only 4% of the total population, is tragic at best. SIM also neglects the indigenous population, the Aboriginals, most of whom are baptized Roman Catholics.

But it gets worse. Under “The State Religion” we read:

Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus: More than 1.4 million Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus live in Australia. Pray for churches and Christians to overcome fears and prejudice and share the gospel effectively.”

If the majority of Australians are Roman Catholic, and Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus constitute less than 4% of the population, then, clearly “The State Religion” is Roman Catholicism. Again, SIM ignores the clear evidence that their evangelism efforts ought to be directed towards Roman Catholics and expends their energy on a small minority of the population, who are no more lost than the majority of Australians.

But if you think SIM missed the mark with France and Australia, look how SIM describes the ministry needs of the United States:

“The United States is a nation of immigrants with a great diversity of ethnic origins. Her history and vast space create a spirit of individualism and independence in her people. Though its modern history begins with Christians seeking religious freedom, and despite several outstanding seasons of spiritual awakening in the past, the nation has nevertheless become highly materialistic and consumer-oriented.” [boldface mine.]

This is absolutely incredible. The problem with America is not materialism or consumerism. As in France, Australia, and most every other country in the world, the problem with America is Roman Catholicism.

The majority of America’s immigrants have historically been from Roman Catholic countries, and, like, France, though recent years have seen a marked increase in Muslim immigration, Roman Catholicism is and will always be the largest and most influential religion in America. It should be noted that the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D. C., has been billed as “A Church For National Purposes.” In layman’s terms, this means a national church. If the national Church is Roman Catholic, then the national religion is Roman Catholicism. The Capital, seat of the national government, looks like a replica of the Vatican replete with an obelisk out front. You may also find it interesting that the Roman Catholic Church dedicated America to the “Immaculate Heart of Mary” in 1947, and, since then, the United States, like all Roman Catholic countries, even has its own patron saint called Our Lady of America. America is Roman Catholic.

If SIM were truly a Christian organization, then they would recognize the need for Roman Catholics to be evangelized in America. But SIM is not Christian, it is Roman Catholic. This can be proven by looking at SIM’s ministry profile for Canada:

“Canada has a long and rich heritage as a missionary-sending country, and it is the historical base for the original Sudan Interior Mission. The church in Canada has sent thousands of missionaries around the world over many years. This effort has declined in recent decades, corresponding to a weakening regard for global mission overall.”

“[Canada’s] diversity has a spiritual expression as well, and a multiplicity of spiritual beliefs and values is growing. Christianity remains prominent, despite a frequent bias against the church and Christian values in the public forum.”

It must be emphasized that Canada is a thoroughly Roman Catholic country that was originally settled by French Roman Catholic immigrants. Canada was originally known as New France, and the official language of the province of Quebec is French. When SIM says Christian, therefore, what it actually means is Roman Catholic. In that one of SIM’s original three founders was a Canadian, and the organization was originally headquartered in Canada, then it’s a safe bet that SIM was not founded to spread Christianity; that is Protestantism, but Roman Catholicism.

In that SIM is a Roman Catholic missionary organization that sends missionaries to countries that are already Roman Catholic, then the logical conclusion is that SIM’s goal is to counter the efforts of Protestant missionaries in those countries and ensure the dominance of Roman Catholicism. Since SIM has sent thousands of missionaries around the world, it is probably responsible for the growth of Roman Catholicism in Africa, Asia, and the Third World. The decline in SIM’s missionary efforts in many areas is likely, therefore, not due to “a weakening regard for global mission,” but because SIM has seen the fruit of its efforts in those areas to the extent that it can now shift its focus to its own back yard.

Further proof of SIM’s Roman Catholic roots can be seen in its affiliations. SIM is an associate member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International (FBAI). In 2002, at the Southern Baptist Convention, the sponsors of the Today’s New International Version (TNIV), a Bible version that uses “inclusive (gender neutral) language”, in response to critics that the translation was inaccurate, stated that their translation guidelines met FBAI standards. In response, the Forum stated that it does not “approve, endorse, or support” any particular Bible translation. If the FBAI doesn’t endorse any particular Bible version, then it endorses all Bible versions (except, of course, the King James).

Again, the goal of the Counter Reformation is to destroy Protestant Christianity and Reformation Bibles, including the Authorized Version (KJV). One way they are doing this in the English-speaking world is by attempting to destroy Christians’ faith in the King James Bible through promoting Roman Catholic Church-approved Bibles, like the NIV and TNIV, which are based on corrupt manuscripts. The TNIV was even advertised in Playboy Magazine.

In 1989, SIM merged with The International Christian Fellowship (ICF). Founded in 1990, the ICF bills itself as an “evangelical association of churches from [the] Neo-charismatic movement.” You may know that the Charismatic Movement originated in the Roman Catholic Church.

SIM’s history, mission focus, and affiliation, in my view, reveal it to be a Roman Catholic missionary organization which, while donning an “evangelical” guise, is actually part of the Counter-Reformation, promoting the interests of the Papacy through the promotion of Roman Catholic influenced Bible versions in its “missionary” efforts.

Because many Christians support missions and missionaries, we need to be aware of organizations like SIM and examine the origin, doctrine, and affiliations of those organizations we support to ensure we are not unwittingly aiding Rome and the Counter-Reformation.

Be encouraged, and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Beast Watch: Pope Francis Celebrates The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Grace and peace, saints.

Today, Pope Francis, the False Prophet of Revelation 13, celebrated the Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Vatican in Rome. Guadalupe is the Aztec title of the Virgin Mary and literally means “the woman who crushed the serpent.” Guadalupe is said to be the patron saint of Latin America.

If you understand Spanish, then you will hear Pope Francis say that Mary was “the first disciple of Jesus.” Catholic Online says “She was the first evangelizer and the first disciple of her own Son, Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ. She gave the first Gospel testimony to her cousin, Elizabeth, without words.”

This, of course, is not biblical, of course, as nowhere in the Bible are we told that Jesus’ mother became a disciple during our Lord’s lifetime. In fact, when Jesus’ mother Mary came to visit him at the house of one disciple, requesting to see Him, Jesus said, “Who is my mother? or my brethren? And, after looking about the room at his disciples, added, “Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mark 3:32-35). Because Jesus did not see his mother at that time, the obvious implication is that Jesus’ mother was not yet a believer. Mary could not, therefore, have been Jesus’ first disciple.

Roman Catholic tradition also holds that the Virgin Mary was Jesus’ greatest disciple. This too is unbiblical, because nowhere in Paul’s letter to the Romans was Mary’s name mentioned among the long list of names in his  salutation (Romans 16:1-15). Moreover, Paul says that when he went to Jerusalem to visit the Apostles, James; Peter and John “seemed to be pillars” (Galatians 2:9); but he didn’t even mention Mary.

The fact is that Roman Catholicism actually exalts the Virgin Mary above the Lord Jesus, and this is especially true of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In order to understand the tremendous significance of this, we strongly suggest that you click here.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

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What Are You Prepared To Lose?

Grace and peace, saints.

Many of you may remember the movie, “The Untouchables,” starring Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery, and Anthony Garcia. Lightly based on historical characters and events, the movie centers on the activities of Treasury agent Elliot Ness (Costner) and his crusade to bring down the notorious gangster, Al Capone (DeNiro) and put an end to his reign of crime in Prohibition-era Chicago during a time that has come to be known as the “Roaring 20’s.”

One of the things I most enjoyed about the movie was the interaction between Ness and Malone (Connery), a tough, hard-nosed Irish-American veteran beat cop, who was Ness’ first recruit onto his crime-fighting squad. Before committing himself to Ness’ cause, Malone asks him what he is prepared to do to get Capone. When Ness replies that he is prepared to do “everything within the law,” Malone says, “And then, what are you prepared to do?” Giving Ness a graphic, but sobering depiction of the “Chicago way” of dealing with an enemy, Malone explains that if Ness is going to take on Capone, he had better be prepared to go all the way, because Capone and his cronies would not stop until either he or Ness was dead.

Satisfied of both his and Ness’ commitment to the cause, Malone takes Ness and the rest of the group to the post office across the street from police headquarters. Stopping in front of the building, Ness asks Malone why they had come there.

“Liquor raid,” answers Malone.

“Here?” Ness remarks incredulously.

“Mr. Ness,” says Malone, “Everybody knows where the booze is. The problem isn’t finding it, the problem is who wants to cross Capone.”

The men then enter the building and proceed to a nondescript door. Looking intently at Ness, Malone says, “If you walk through this door now, you’re walking into a world of trouble, and there’s no turning back. Do you understand?” “Yes, I do,” answers Ness, undaunted. And thus begins the war on crime.

You and I, as Christians, have a lot in common with Elliot Ness. We, too, are soldiers of righteousness involved in a very dirty war the magnitude of which we did not fully appreciate until long after we had laced up our boots, strapped on our sword, cinched down our helmet, and stepped onto the battlefield. Unlike Ness, however, most of us didn’t have the benefit of a seasoned and wise veteran soldier to prepare us for what we were going to face when we took on this fight. No one taught us “the Jesus Way” of spiritual warfare.

But the Lord Jesus has nonetheless called us to battle. There is a job to be done, and we have been chosen to do it. And just like in the Untouchables, we Christians all know where the “stuff” is. The problem is not finding the enemy’s operation (because he operates everywhere): the problem is who wants to take on Satan.

What then, do we who have taken up the cross of Christ do when we are already in the fight, but have realized that the task is greater than we are?

1. We must always remember that this is a spiritual war.

The Bible says,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after (according to) the flesh; because the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3)

“Mighty through God” means that we do not war in our own strength, but by the power and authority of God Almighty. And as God is a spirit (John 4:24), so are our weapons spiritual. Of all the battle gear mentioned in Ephesians 6, only one is offensive; and that is the “sword of the Spirit [the Bible], which is the Word of God.” We must also remember that our war is not with people. Our focus must never be, therefore, on people, as they are merely pawns in the game. The Christian has bigger fish to fry. The Bible says,

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

2. We must fight on God’s terms, not on Satan’s.

I can tell you from personal experience that Satan is constantly trying to get the Christian to fight on his terms and to forget the guidelines God has given us. One way he accomplishes this is to try to get us to make this battle personal. When we make the battle personal, we bring our own personal feelings into the fight, and, before we know it, we are doing the same things the enemy does. This is not good. The Bible says that we should not “recompense evil for evil” (Romans 12:17). We cannot, therefore, allow ourselves to be beguiled into using Satan’s tactics against him. That is one of his favorite devices. If Satan succeeds in getting us to fight like him, then it is just a matter of time before we go over to “the dark side.”

3. We must remember that the fight is God’s and not ours.

The battle is not ours to win or lose. The battle belongs to the Lord Jesus, and He won it on the cross at Calvary when He said, “It is finished.” All we have to do to win this war is stay in prayer, stay faithful, stay obedient to God’s Word, and stay in the fight.

4. We must not fear

“In God have I placed my trust; I will not be afraid what man shall do unto me.” (Psalm 56:11)

Humans are taught nothing but fear from our earliest years, and most of that instruction has come to us via the media. If you haven’t noticed by now, the media is all about teaching us how to be afraid. Babies are not born afraid of the dark: why then, are so many children afraid of the dark? Where did they learn that? Answer: TV. Babies are not born afraid of insects, and most parents don’t teach their children (directly) to be afraid of insects. Why then, are so many children afraid of spiders? Answer: TV. Babies are not afraid of animals. (If you’ve ever seen a toddler walk up to a big, ferocious dog to try to pet it, then you know this is true.) Why, then, are so many children afraid of dogs? Answer: TV. And babies are not born afraid of imaginary creatures like monsters, gremlins and leprechauns, and most parents don’t directly teach such fears to their children. Where, then, did children learn to be afraid of “monsters under the bed?” Uh-huh, Teee Veee.

And besides those fears, all of us have been programmed from early childhood to fear death (Consider the cartoons “Bambi,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Lion King”). It is the fear of death that remains strongest with us when we graduate to adulthood. It is understandable, therefore that we would be fearful, because all that we have ever learned is fear. Jesus understands this. Jesus knew that fear would be Satan’s greatest weapon against Christians, and it is for this reason that He preached on fear. He knows that the fear programming has been so well inculcated into our subconscious that most of us need supernatural help to overcome it.

5. We must be strong, and of a good courage.

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law…turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:7)

 

6. We must ask ourselves, “What are you prepared to lose?”

Malone asked Ness what he was prepared to do, which was a fitting question, as the movie portrayed Ness as a very clean, moral and upright man involved in the very dirty business of cleaning up crime in Chicago, arguably one of the most crime-infested and corrupt cities in America’s history.

Malone knew that if Ness were serious about bringing down Capone, then at some point he would have to cross the line between “good” and “bad,” because Capone lived and moved on the south side of that line. To get to Capone, Ness would have to be prepared to do anything, including fighting as dirty as Capone. And he would not have the luxury of time to reckon out the moral details.

Christians, however, are not called to do everything in our power (including break the law) to win this war. We are instead asked to do everything in God’s power to win. Rather than ask “What are you prepared to do?” then, the question every Christian should ask himself is “What are you prepared to lose?”

While the fear of taking action immobilizes most people, it is the fear of loss that keeps Christians from springing into action. It is the fear of losing friends, family, wives, husbands, jobs, prestige, reputation, and even our very lives that causes inertia in most of us and keeps us from doing what we know needs to be done. The Lord Jesus knew full well how difficult it would be for many of us to not only make a decision for Him, but to live fearlessly for the Gospel after we did. This is why he said that whoever is afraid to lose husbands, wives and siblings for His sake is not worthy of Him.

Jesus set the example of what our attitude should be towards our unsaved family and friends when, while in the house of one disciple, it was told Him that his mother and siblings (who were not yet believers) were waiting outside to see Him. Jesus said, “Who is my mother and my brethren?” And, looking round about upon those who sat with Him, He said, “Behold my mother and my brethren. For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” (Mark 3:32-35).

We should not fear the loss of those dearest to us, because to do so would be to care more for their friendship than for their souls. And if we are so afraid of losing them that we won’t give them the Gospel of eternal life, do we really love them?

The Apostle Paul knew plenty about loss. Paul lost everything he had for the Gospel of Jesus Christ; but he didn’t mourn the loss of those things, counting his relationship with the Lord Jesus far more valuable:

“Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss [I‚am willing to lose everything] for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

These are very strong words from the Apostle; for dung is excrement—solid human or animal waste—and Paul compares the things he has lost for the Gospel to dung. To say what Paul said in today’s English would be to say something along the lines of: “Those things I have lost don’t mean $@#!to me compared to what I have gained in Christ Jesus.” Amen, and amen!

We would all do well to adopt this attitude, because one way Satan loves to frighten the Christian into inertia is by constantly reminding him of what he could lose by witnessing to the unsaved or by standing for God’s righteousness and holiness by taking a stand against false doctrine and heresy in the church.

When we put what we could lose before the Truth, we put what we want before what God wants, our will before His will; and, in so doing, we disregard God’s admonition for us to “Love not the world, nor the things that are in this world” (1 John 2:18). God doesn’t want us to covet the things that the world covets, because the world’s priorities are inconsistent with God’s priorities and are earthy, sensual and ephemeral. Worldly cares are a snare to the Christian soldier, and his love of worldly things and his unwillingness to lose them will keep him from getting busy for the Lord.

The loss of our lives is probably what most Christians fear; and, again, the media plays a great role in that. It is a good thing, for example, that those of us in the West can follow on the Internet what is happening to the Persecuted Church in parts of the world that are most hostile to the Gospel. I have read very few, if any, news stories that focused on the victims’ testimonies before they were martyred. In my view, unless the media covers a martyr’s testimony, the Lord Jesus isn’t fully glorified. For this reason I believe that many stories of martyrdom are deliberately crafted more for their “shock and horror” value than for their ability to give hope to the body of Christ. And a martyr’s death should always give hope to and encourage the living.

Jesus was full away that the Church would be faced with this type of fear, which is why He said,

“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:13)

This important teaching is not often preached in today’s weak, politically correct “Church,” because it is considered too gloom and doom. (That ought to give you some idea who is responsible for keeping this teaching out of the pulpit.) If your pastor isn’t teaching this, don’t blame him; blame yourself. You should ask him why he hasn’t taught it and insist that he does.

While I don’t believe all Christians are called to lose everything, history is clear that some are. We would do well, therefore, to prepare our hearts for such a possibility and ask ourselves today if we are willing to suffer the loss of all things, including our lives, for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So, what are you prepared to lose?

Be encouraged and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

 

 

 

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Confess Your Sins! (Video)

Grace and peace, saints.

A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a video on the way to a picturesque little ski town named Garmisch-Partenkirchen near the Austrian border. Occasionally, I will make the one and a half hour train ride from Munich to this little town and pass out Gospel tracts and/or preach a message on the train.

This was the first live video I had done since 2013, and the first since I experienced back-to-back strokes in November 2015 and in January of this year.  Don’t you tell me God ain’t good! I just whipped out my camera and went for it, so don’t expect anything fancy.

Your servant,

TSM

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Beast Watch: Pope Francis Pays Homage To The Statue of the Immaculate Conception

Grace and peace, saints.

Today I watched the live streaming of Pope Francis, the False Prophet of Revelation 13, paying homage to the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome. As usual, the pontiff was thronged by Roman faithful crying “Papa!” and people vying to touch him or give him something.

As I watched the proceedings, three things stood out for me. The first thing was the same thing that always stands out for me when I watch the Pope interact with his votaries: the absolute lack of love and compassion in the man. Sure, he smiles; and yes, he does shake hands, kiss babies, and bless people. But you can never see any genuine feeling on Pope Francis’ face as he interacts with those people who throng to see him–especially the sick and disabled. The only thing more noticeable than that is the fact that no one seems to notice.

The second thing that stood out for me was that in watching the people adoring, idolizing, and fawning over this man, it was painfully obvious that were Jesus to show up at the same venue as the Pope, Roman Catholics would probably give the latter a lot more attention than they would our Savior. You may argue this, but the Lord Jesus Himself said that a man cannot serve two masters, as he will love one and hate the other. If they love the Pope this much, what could they possibly feel for the genuine article?

The third thing that stood out for me was the fact that there were sick and physically and mentally disabled people lining the street at the front of the crowd, obviously placed there intentionally in order that the Pope would be able to see, touch, and speak to any or all of them without obstruction.  This is probably done every time the Pope speaks, because I have seen this done before. As I watched this, I couldn’t help but contemplate the fact that the Pope of Rome claims to be the Vicar, or Substitute for Jesus Christ, yet he healed not one of those mentally disabled people waiting to see him. Some of them spoke something in his ear, but rather then answer, he just flashed a placating smile and walked away. I wondered if any of them asked the Pope to heal them, but I will never get the answer to that one.

When Jesus walked this earth, He healed everyone who asked Him for healing, bar none. And they asked Him all the time. Yet, the man who claims to be Christ’s Vicar on earth has publicly healed no one to date. Why is this?

As I considered this, it occurred to me that this may be the reason that Pope Francis will perform “wonders” in the not-too-distant future. If you think about it, most everyone on earth regardless of their religion believes that Pope Francis is really God on earth even though the man has never performed any miracles to prove this outlandish claim. When Jesus walked the earth, the people required of Him a sign–a miracle to prove that He was really the Son of God. Pope Francis claims to be the Substitute for Jesus Christ and to even hold the keys of heaven, but not one person to my knowledge has ever asked him to perform any miracles to back up that claim.

Now, if most everyone already believes the Pope is God without one shred of proof, then there should be no need for him to do anything extraordinary to prove himself. But the Bible says the False Prophet will, in fact, perform many miracles, including making fire come down from heaven. Why perform miracles if everyone already believes you are God? The answer is obviously because everyone doesn’t believe Pope Francis is God. Bible-believing Protestant Christians certainly don’t believe this, and it is for this reason persecution is on the near horizon for the body of Christ. The miracles, therefore will not be for the sake of the Roman faithful, but for those who doubt, possibly as a result of our witness. 

Pope Francis will perform miracles in order to counter the claims of true Christians that he really is The False Prophet and not God on earth. It will also be his final effort to deceive those Christians who are undecided about joining his One World Church: those “Christians” whose names are not written in the Book. And it will work marvelously.

Just something to think about. Good day!

TSM

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I Was A Good Soldier

Grace and peace, Saints.

The Waco tragedy has been on my subconscious since I saw the documentary, “Waco Rules of Engagement” earlier this year. It tears me apart when I think that American soldiers and law enforcement personnel were responsible for the deaths of 76 unarmed civilians–many of whom were women, children and babies–with the full sanction of the President and the American government. And to think I used to wear the uniform.

One of the hardest things for me to come to terms with regarding the Waco Massacre is the fact that during the siege, which took place from February 28 to April 13 of 1993, I was a soldier stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado (a comparatively short distance from Waco, Texas), and I knew nothing about what was going on down there.
 
I can tell you right now that I don’t remember hearing anything at all about the government’s un-Constitutional military raid on the Branch Davidian church. I don’t remember seeing anything on the news at all regarding Waco. I cannot recall anyone with whom I associated discussing Waco. I have no memory of any of my co-workers talking about Waco. And I can’t recollect hearing any of my family members mentioning Waco. In short, my world was totally unaffected by Waco; which is odd, when you consider the fact that Waco established a precedent that should concern all freedom-loving Americans.

I must admit that as a soldier, I was pretty ignorant about what was going on with the rest of the world. My whole universe was my job, my family, and my hobbies. I didn’t know what the non-military segment of the population was doing, and I didn’t care (I say this to my shame). I was a good soldier.

In my opinion, most soldiers–especially in the enlisted ranks–don’t really appreciate the rights guaranteed Americans under the Constitution, because soldiers don’t enjoy many of those rights. Once he raises his right hand and takes the oath of enlistment, the soldier’s rights under the Constitution are effectively supplanted by privileges, and this affects his worldview.

I can tell you from personal experience that the words freedom, liberty, rights, patriotism, and Constitution are rarely, if ever, used in the military (I certainly never heard them when I served on active duty). And if they are now, I’d be willing to bet that they don’t mean the same thing for the soldier that they mean for the civilian.

For this reason, I believe that many, if not most soldiers are out of touch with what it really means to be an American. For them, the ultimate American is one who has served in the military. The statements of many active duty and retired soldiers on Facebook would quickly bear this out. If you have never served, they believe, then you don’t know what it really means to be an American.

Because of this mentality, the average soldier—especially in today’s military—is largely unaffected by what the average citizen faces. He is unaffected, for example, by the fact that Americans’ rights are being trampled upon, because the average soldier has never truly appreciated those rights himself. If he did, he probably wouldn’t have become a soldier.

I would argue, therefore, that a good soldier makes a poor American, because, in my experience, the qualities that make a good soldier are the very qualities that make a poor American.

A good soldier must out of necessity be either ignorant, indifferent or apathetic. He must be ignorant of or indifferent to the real reason he is being ordered to do this or that or go here or there; for if he knew the real reason he was being ordered to do this or that or go here or there, then he might question the propriety of doing this or that and going here or there. A good soldier must be ignorant of or indifferent to the problems faced by ordinary Americans and he can never be encouraged to keep his finger on the pulse of America, because to do so might effect his “judgment.” A good soldier must be ignorant of or indifferent to what is going on with his fellow Americans outside the gates of the military installation and how what they are going through relates to the Constitution and to his sworn duty in relation to the Constitution, because, if he knew those things, then he might identify more with what the folks outside the gate were doing than what he was doing; and that might affect his ability to perform his duty.

A good American, on the other hand, is anything but ignorant and indifferent. A good American always questions the propriety of his actions and ensures that whatever he is doing or being asked to do is in keeping with the values and principles upon which the Constitution is based, and he always makes sure that his actions fall on the same azimuth as his moral compass.  A good American cares about what is happening to his neighbor–American or not–and is concerned when his fellow creatures are being treated in a manner that is inconsistent with the ideals upon which this country was founded.

A good soldier can ill afford to believe in, let alone stand for, the uniquely American principles of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, because what he may be asked to do may run contrary to those principles and could very well involve depriving someone of the very liberties guaranteed in the Constitution–the document he is sworn “to support and defend.”

A good American however, knows that America was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life and, most importantly, liberty. A good American values and covets his freedom above all else (except God), because all else (including the right to worship the God of his choice) depends on it; and he knows that when he stands up for the freedom of others—especially the defenseless—he is really standing up for his own freedom.

A good soldier can ill afford to have a conscience, and he doesn’t ask whether a command is right or wrong, moral or immoral; for, if he did, he may have a problem following that command.  A good American, on the other hand, must not only have a conscience, but he must also listen to it, follow it, and be guided by it. He is keenly aware that, as he must be ever watchful of those who would infringe upon the rights he so highly prizes, so must he always be careful not to infringe upon the rights of others.

A good American and a good soldier are incongruent as they do not serve the same master. This creates a problem, because, as the Lord Jesus said, a servant cannot serve two masters; for he will invariably love one and hate the other.

From February 23 to April 13, 1993, I was too busy being a good soldier to be a good American. I was too busy being a good soldier to know or even care that the government was trampling on the rights of the Branch Davidians—and, in fact, trampling on the very lives of those peace-loving people. I was too busy being a good soldier to care that those American citizens were guilty of no crime. And I was too busy being a good soldier to realize that I, my wife, and my children could just as easily have been among the seventy-six men, women and children who were mowed down by machine guns, suffocated by poisonous gas, crushed beneath muddy tank treads, and ultimately incinerated to ashes.  That could have been me, and that could have been you.

You must understand that contrary to the media’s portrayal of them, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians were a church: and churches (as well as the life and liberty of all American citizens) are supposed to be protected under the Constitution, not murdered by the government contrary to the Constitution.

Researcher Bill Cooper, in a speech he gave at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 1993 said, ”If enough of us [American citizens] had just been standing there [outside Mount Carmel during the Waco siege] THOSE PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE DEAD.” Unfortunately, I was not standing there, and, tragically, those people are dead. Ultimately, therefore, I am as guilty of the deaths of the Branch Davidians as was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and then Commander-and-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, President Bill Clinton.

I declare right now, before God and man, that I will never again be guilty of being a good soldier. I prefer to be a good Christian.

In closing, I would like to ask anyone who cares about what happened on April 13, 1993 to consider marking that date to remember the men, women, and especially children who were murdered that day.

Good night, and God bless you.

TSM

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Grace and peace, Saints!

I have installed a plugin called Subscribe to Comments Reloaded that makes it possible for you to subscribe to the comments to any article on this blog, as well as receive a notification whenever someone posts a reply to a comment you leave. As I wrote a couple of days ago, some of the articles contain some very interesting and informative comments that it would behoove you to follow.

Your servant,

TSM

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It Pays To Read The Comments

Grace and peace to my fellow witnesses (excluding Jehovah’s Witnesses), and greetings to the unsaved (including Jehovah’s Witnesses).

I am doubtless one of the worst bloggers in the history of blogging. They say that ideally bloggers should post something every day and at the very least once a week. Many of you know that I have tried many times to do that and have even gotten pretty close a couple of times. But, I likely will never make it.

This ministry involves much more than me just sitting down and writing articles. We dedicate many hours to research–both secular and biblical. We spend a lot of time in prayer because of the many prayer requests this ministry receives. And, because we take great care to answer all questions you pose to us, we spend as lot of time answering your emails and answering the comments you post on our articles.  And we still have a wife and kids, a dog (OK, two mice), personal responsibilities, and missionary activities. This doesn’t leave us much time for writing articles.

And folks, when I say “we,” I mean the editorial we, which means me.

Because we are talking about spiritual matters that involve the spiritual growth and development of believers; define doctrine; clear up doubts; define and refute heresy; contend for the faith; and bring some to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, I am careful to ensure that my responses are as thoughtful, thorough, and accurate as possible. This means I invest a great deal of time and energy responding to your comments.

Consequently, many of my responses are basically mini articles and contain much information that is not in the articles themselves, either because to include the information would make the article prohibitively long, I didn’t think of or know the information at the writing of the article, or I simply forgot to include it. You can, therefore, learn a lot of information by reading the comments. Some have found that in reading the comments, their own questions were answered before they even asked them, while others have found a discussion on a topic they didn’t even know existed. Quite often, the date of the responses and the length and depth of the content would reveal that I am actually responding to comments much more frequently than I am writing articles.

From time to time, someone will post a comment that requires such a lengthy response that I have elected to answer the comment by way of an article. On several occasions, however, I have been so busy that I have not always had time to do it. At my daughter’s suggestion, therefore, I am considering converting many of the comments into articles. I hope to do this by the start of the new year, God willing. In the meantime, you may consider checking out the comments from time to time.

I believe it is possible to subscribe to a blog’s comments, but I don’t if that is true or how it can be done. If it can be done and I find out how, I will share that information with you.

TSM

 

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Confess Your Sins!

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Grace and peace, brothers and sisters.

Unconfessed sin is the number one problem faced by many Christians today, and is what gives Satan free reign over many of our lives. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of confession in the life of the Christian. Confession of sins is what keeps us in a right relationship with the Lord Jesus.

The Bible says that if we say that we have no sin in our lives, we are only deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8); but it goes on to say,

“If we confess our sins, He [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (v. 9).

You may be surprised to learn that many who name the name of Christ have never even heard this verse; and of those who have, very few have ever paid attention to the preceding verse, which gives the context of the passage. There is good reason for this. Satan has deceived many Christians into believing that when they got saved, the blood of Jesus immediately washed away all their sins, past and future. But this is not true. While it is true that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:10), what most people fail to realize is that only Original Sin (the sin of Adam and Eve) and the sins we committed before we were saved are washed away when we accept the Lord Jesus as our Saviour:

“God hath set forth [Jesus] to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans 3:25).

All sins (including generational sin) committed after our conversion have to be confessed for the blood of Jesus to be applied to them. The reason for this is simple: when we don’t confess our sins to God, we are in effect saying to Him that we are not sorry that we sinned against Him. The Bible says that “godly sorrow leadeth to repentance.” In other words, if we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, then we will repent of our sin and ask His forgiveness. And, if we don’t ask for His forgiveness, then we are not truly sorry and have not repented.

1 John 1:9 makes it clear that if we do confess our sins, the Lord Jesus will forgive our sins. On the other hand, the Bible also makes it clear that if we willfully sin after we are saved, then the blood of Jesus will not apply to those sins:

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

No true Christian willfully sins. So, in that Paul wrote this letter to Christians believers, it stands to reason that what is meant here is that if we sin and do not ask for forgiveness, then we are willfully sinning, and the blood of Jesus will not be applied to those sins.

This is extremely important. Many, if not most, Christians are not confessing their sins as they should; and are suffering unnecessarily in their walk, believing their suffering to be part of God’s will for their lives. This is especially true with Christians who are suffering from mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder (yes, many Christians do suffer from mental illness). This, however, is not true. These people are suffering not because it is the will of God, but because they have forgotten that God has called us to righteousness. We are to be holy as God is Holy, and we cannot do that if we are living in sin. If we are not confessing our sins, then we are living in sin.

When we confess our sins (again, to God, not to men), the Lord Jesus forgives them and wipes the slate clean and returns us to the pristine state we were in when we first got saved. But, did you know that when we don’t confess our sins, we are living in sin (willfully sinning) and are thus in open rebellion against God? Our sins accumulate over the years until we are basically in the same condition we were in before we got saved. We are no longer washed, but are filthy. In that state, we become the enemy of God, who cannot come anywhere near sin. And when God retreats from us, the devil advances.

This is why so many Christians today are suffering unnecessarily and are living in defeat instead of enjoying the victory that Jesus purchased for them at Calvary. Many have intimated to me that they cannot feel the presence of God in their lives anymore: they can’t pray, they can’t read their Bibles, and they have lost all joy. There is good reason for this: they are living in sin.

You must understand that when we do not confess our sins, we are no longer living under grace, but under the law. The Bible teaches that the law is death, because no man can keep the law. If we are living according to the law, but cannot keep it, then we are giving Satan authority over our lives. We become his “legal and lawful prey.” The only way to revoke that authority is to confess those sins that gave the devil access. Then Jesus will go to bat for us.

The purpose of 1 John 1:8,9 is to remind us that we must confess our sins so that we are not guilty of willful sinning. This is proven two verses later, as the Apostle John says, “

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate [lawyer] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

The Beloved Apostle is giving us hope that when we do fall prey to sin, we should know that if we repent and confess those sins, the Lord Jesus will defend us before the Father from the accusations of Satan, the accuser of the brethren. And Jesus always wins his cases.

So, brothers and sisters, repent, confess your sins, and get back into a right relationship with God.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

Be encouraged and look up; for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Till Mother Church Do Us Part

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Grace and peace, to the Saints of God, and greetings to those who have yet to make a decision for the Lord Jesus.

The media has always portrayed the Roman Catholic Church as a stark advocate of marriage, family, and family values. Roman Catholics have always maintained that it is because of its belief in the sanctity of marriage that the Catholic Church has historically denied Catholics the right to divorce.

In support of this claim, the case of King Henry VIII of Great Britain is often cited. It is said that the Protestant Reformation got started in England because the Catholic Church refused to grant a divorce to King Henry from his wife Catherine in order for him to marry Ann Boleyn.

But while it ostensibly upholds and defends marriage, the Catholic Church’s own doctrine actually destroys marriage. You may find it interesting to learn that the Catholic Church not only permits, but actually encourages a Catholic husband or wife not to perform their marital duties if he or she is married to a Protestant, or heretic, as Christians are referred to by Catholics.

The Roman Catholic Council of Constance (1414-1418), the same council that burned the Bohemian Reformer John Huss at the stake in 1415, decreed:

“A Catholic wife is not obliged to any duty to her heretical husband, because by the husband’s heresy she is freed from her duty. In like manner, a Catholic husband is freed from all duty to his wife, if she be a heretic. Nevertheless, they cannot marry with others, because the bond of matrimony is not dissolved.

“A husband cannot be forced to cohabit with his wife, if she is fallen into heresy, even though she is reconciled: nor is he bound to maintain her, because her dowry is confiscated by heresy: and as she is stripped of her dowry by her own fault, the husband is not obliged to maintain an unendowed wife.”

Moreover, Pope Gregory IX said, “A Catholic wife is not obliged to perform the marriage contract with a heretical husband.”

And Zanchinus Ugolinus, author of a highly regarded Roman Catholic work on heresy, wrote:

“Yea, the very bond of matrimony with [a heretic] is dissolved. For if one departs from the orthodox faith, and falls into heresy, his [Catholic] wife is not obliged to cohabit with him, but may seek to be separated from him by the judgment of the church: such separation from the bed being as reasonable on account of spiritual fornication, as for carnal.” [brackets mine.]

With this decree, the Roman Catholic church denies the will of the Lord Jesus Christ who, with regard to marriage, said:

“What therefore God hath joined together, let no man [or church] put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:9). [Brackets mine.]

And Roman Catholicism not only comes between a man and wife, but also between parents and their children, as Ugolinus adds:

“The very children, brothers, and sisters, ought to forsake them (Protestants).”

This is further evidence that the Roman Catholic church are the modern-day Pharisees, who taught the children of Israel that they were not obliged to respect their parents. Jesus told them:

 

“Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and Whosoever curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, it is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoevr thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition…” (Mark 7:10-13).

Now, if the Catholic Church advises the children of a Protestant parent to disown that parent, then, it must follow that parents of Protestant children are permitted to do the same. “Mother Church” even severs the natural bond of love and affection between a mother and her children! And it adds that a Catholic should forsake his Protestant brother or sister, thus completely destroying the family.

An obedient Roman Catholic, therefore, cannot love anyone unconditionally. If the husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, or even child of a Roman Catholic is a Bible-believing Christian, then the Catholic is not bound to love, honor, obey, respect, or keep faith with him or her in any way, shape or form. Is this not a manifestation of the lack of “natural affection” which the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:3 said would characterize the last days?

And, since the Council of Constance was a very important general, or ecumenical council, and the Roman Catholic church considers itself infallible, meaning it does not make mistakes, then this decree regarding the relationship of a Catholic to a Protestant is still in full effect today and will never be repealed.

Let me say that I offer this information not to cast any dispersion on Roman Catholics in general, but only to offer further evidence to Protestant Christians that the Roman Catholic church has always been and will always be the implacable enemy of Protestant Christianity, and their history and doctrines prove it. While this information may not reflect the personal beliefs of some Catholics, it nevertheless happens to be a doctrine of the Catholic church, which means that any good Catholic will be called upon at some point to obey this decree and will consider it his duty to hold to this doctrine if he wants to be obedient. He may do so neither openly nor consistently, but, make no mistake: at some point, he will do so.

The faithful Christian needs to be aware of this doctrine and allow it to inform his relationship with Roman Catholics, remembering always that the Lord Jesus commanded us to love our enemies.

This information may help explain some things that may be going on in your personal life that seem to be inexplicable from any other perspective. If, for instance, you are a Christian, such as I, who is married to a Roman Catholic, and your spouse does not do what a spouse is supposed to do and/or your children do not behave as your children should behave, and are disobedient, disrespectful, or unloving, it may very well be that they are doing so out of obedience to Roman Catholic church doctrine. The same may be true if you are a Bible-believing child of a Roman Catholic parent(s) who behave(s) in the same manner.

Remember, the Catholic wife or husband is under no obligation to keep their marital vows or perform their marital duties if the husband or wife is a Bible-believing Christian. And, by the same token, Catholic children do not have to honor or obey their Protestant parents.

Catholics fervently maintain that Jesus Christ Himself established the Roman Catholic  church, yet Romanism disobeys the Lord Jesus.

“Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition…” (Mark 7:13).

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

—TSM

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The Protestant, Volume 1

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We have added a new resource to our bibliography, a book entitled The Protestant.

Written in 1837 by William McGavin, a Scottish Christian merchant, the Protestant is a compilation of a series of essays written by McGavin and published weekly in a Glasgow newspaper for four years beginning in the summer of 1818.

The essays “embrace the principle areas of controversy between the Church of Rome and the Reformed (Protestant)” Church, and are remarkable for their demonstration of McGavin’s knowledge both of Scripture and of the history of the Roman Catholic institution, as well as for the author’s adroit presentation of the true character of the Romish church as revealed in papal bulls, the writings of the Roman “church fathers,” and doctrine derived from the decrees of various Roman Catholic ecumenical councils, such as Trent and Constance.

These essays were penned only three hundred years after the Reformation and contain a wealth of information unknown to most Christians, including Church history, the history and persecution of various Christian groups such as the Waldenses and the Culdees, and papal decrees and the decrees of Roman Catholic councils calling for the extirpation of Protestants.

The information in this book will enhance the Christian’s knowledge of the institution that calls itself the “Mother of all churches” and will reveal that Rome has never changed and is still the implacable enemy not only of the Christian Church and all Christians, but of truth and freedom.

The Protestant is very hard to find, but the information in it is vital for all serious Christians.  I have therefore digitized my personal copy and made it available for download here. Please forgive me if the quality is not as good as it probably could have been.

TSM

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The Blessing of Sleeping Late

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Sunday morning, while everyone was still in bed, I took advantage of that time to have a cup of tea and spend a little time in reflection. But, as usual, when it was just getting good, in walks my son with his little sister, who decided she needed to go potty right at that moment, which she did.

Afterwards, I was cleaning up after her, when one of my daughters walks in and says “Good Morning,” adding that she had actually awakened a couple of hours earlier, but had decided to lie in bed a while longer.

“Well, praise God for the blessing of being able to sleep late,” I said. 

“Really,” answered my daughter, misunderstanding my meaning, “Because if it wasn’t for the Lord, I might not have been able to get out of bed at all this morning.” 

“True,” I added, “But that’s not what I meant. What I meant was that if it were not for Abraham Lincoln and men like him, we, as Blacks, would never be able to lie in bed until this hour of the morning. You know what I mean?”

“Yes, I do,” she answered, shaking her head as this reality dawned on her. “We would be working in the fields picking cotton.”

“There you go,” I said, happy that she understood this very important fact. Then, I quickly changed the subject in order to spare my children the sermon that was welling up inside me. I could tell they appreciated it.

I constantly remind my children that as Blacks we ought to appreciate every single freedom we have, because without the sacrifices of some brave and noble men and women—white men and women, by the way—who bought our freedoms with their own blood, Blacks would not even be considered human beings right now, let alone citizens of the great American republic.

It grieves me that many, if not most Blacks prefer to concentrate their energies on “how far we still need to go” and do not appreciate how unbelievably far we’ve come: and where we are, in fact, because there are still, many many people who, if they had their way, would ensure that Blacks would never enjoy the rights–rights, not privileges–guaranteed all Americans by the Constitution for the United States of America, the greatest document ever penned by the hand of man: the only document, in fact, that ever set man free.

Because my children and I are not only Black Americans, but Protestant Black Americans, living in Munich, a very Roman Catholic city in the very Roman Catholic state of Bavaria, Germany, I make it a point to always emphasize that we must, at all times, remember three very important things: who we are, what we are, and where we are. These three things are crucial if we are to stay grounded, stay saved, and stay grateful.

  1. Who we are: Black Americans, the descendants of slaves. 

A slave in the United States was the absolute lowest form of existence, because a slave was not considered a person, but was the legal and lawful property of his master. Because of this status, slaves were routinely beaten, frequently killed, and always mistreated. And very few people cared. Even animals received better treatment than slaves. Horse thieves were shot or hung, but slave murderers were ignored.

Slavery was a perpetual condition, meaning that a slave’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would also be slaves. And because slavery was also a permanent condition, a slave never stopped being a slave. He was born a slave, he lived a slave, and he died a slave. And if, by some miracle, a slave was either freed by his master or was bought and subsequently freed, he walked on egg shells, because there was always the very real danger he could be made a slave again, as it was believed that Blacks were only suited to be slaves.

The point I’m trying to make is that given the fact that Blacks don’t wield any real power in this world, and the further fact that there is an almost universal hatred of them, there is no reason that Blacks could not again be enslaved. I don’t think most Blacks fully appreciate this truth.

I believe that if Blacks in America were polled and asked if they thought slavery could be reinstituted, the overwhelming majority would answer that they did not believe it could happen. But, if you really think about it, not only is it possible now, but it has always been possible. 

You may find it interesting to know that when the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed, the Confederate states in the South wouldn’t recognize It. Even though they had lost the war, the Confederate states were still reluctant to obey the federal government on the issue of the Negro’s right to freedom. They even passed the Black Codes, laws that effectively reduced Blacks to slaves in all but name. It eventually took the government of the United States to take military action to force the South recognize the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments (the so-called Reconstruction Amendments). In fact, in order for the state of Georgia to be allowed to enter the Union, it had to first ratify the Fifteenth Amendment, which it had refused to do. The Rebels continued to rebel. 

I believe that were it not for the fact that most people on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line were just plain tired of war and bloodshed, there would probably have been another civil war, because the South was still very determined not to recognize Blacks as legitimate human beings entitled to the same rights as whites.

I don’t think most Blacks appreciate that the slave mindset is still held by many today, and just how close we are to a second civil war in this country right now. And I don’t think they realize that if that were to happen, the outcome of the second civil war would be far different than the first. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and many of those in the federal government were against slavery. Even after the death of Lincoln, there were still enough opponents to slavery in the government that when the South refused to honor the Constitution with regard to the rights of Blacks, the federal government took action and declared martial law in the South, appointing military officers as governors, mayors, and other government officials as part of Radical Reconstruction, until men who would honor the Constitution and obey the federal government could be found.

Today the situation is very different than it was back in those days. With the exception of the Kennedy Administration, most administrations, including the present (notwithstanding our Black president), have not been very sympathetic to Blacks. And because of the media’s coverage of Blacks, which always depicts them as being dissatisfied, disgruntled, pampered, lazy, proud, and combative, there is very little sympathy on the part of the international community for the plight of Blacks. I believe, in fact, that is the reason Barack Obama was chosen to be President and would be in office at the present time, when all these things are going on in the United States with respect to Blacks. If anyone should question if racism is a problem in the United States, they would quickly be reminded that President Obama is Black. The string pullers are light years ahead of the rest of us.

  1. What we are: Christians. ———————–>Would you like to know more?

A Christian is a repentant sinner who has accepted the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and the shedding of His blood for the remission of sins. He is trusting in that blood for his salvation, and patiently awaits the return of the Lord Jesus and the Resurrection. 

My identity as a Christian is important to me because, at one time, it was believed that Blacks could not be saved because they didn’t have souls. It was even forbidden in some areas to evangelize Blacks. But, thanks to the boundless mercy and breathless grace of God, some slaves heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the liberty that is in Christ resonated with them. They made the Lord Jesus their Savior, and, though their bodies were still bound, their souls were freed! Being a descendant of slaves—people who were given very few options—the fact that I have the freedom to worship the God of my choice is very dear to me, and I try to impress the importance of freedom of worship upon my children.

This holds even more importance for me because my wife is a Black African. There is an incredible difference between me and my wife’s family and friends with regard to issues concerning freedom and liberty. I have never, for example, heard my wife use the word freedom, or show, express, or profess gratitude for the freedoms she enjoys. I believe there are two reasons for this:

  1. My wife and her people have never known slavery as an historical institution, as Blacks in America do.

Sure, they know poverty; sure, they know deprivation; and sure, they know hunger. But, they have never known slavery of the American variety and the stigma attached to being a descendant of slaves. Having always been “free,” they have no frame of reference and, thus, do not and cannot know the inestimable value of freedom, and, therefore, have no real appreciation for the ability to do something as simple as oversleeping.

  1. My wife is a Roman Catholic.

You may ask what my wife being Roman Catholic has to do with why she does not appreciate freedom and is not grateful for the liberties she enjoys. To understand that, you must first understand that, as a religion, Roman Catholicism exercises absolute control over its votaries’ spiritual, psychological, and intellectual lives. Their doctrine and dogma demands that Catholics are not to think critically, exercise discernment, or use personal judgment on matters of faith. In Roman Catholicism, the priest has the authority of God. A good Catholic, therefore, is not one who faithfully attends mass or confession, gives to charity, or reads his bible. A good Catholic is one who does exactly what his priests tell him to do. Period. Though they are given a great deal of leeway these days, Catholics are never to question their priests or “Mother Church.”

A faithful Roman Catholic knows nothing of true freedom, especially freedom of conscience, because he has never had it. If you are not free to question the actions or commands of your superiors or the doctrine of the church, if you are not free to believe what you will, if you are not free to exercise your free will, and if you are not free to worship the God of your choosing in the way you feel led, then you are not truly free.

So, though my wife and I both have black skin, and are both descendants of Africans (she is an African), only I am the descendant of an African slave. I am very conscious of the fact that less than a hundred and fifty years ago, Blacks in America did not even enjoy the simple freedom to come and go as they pleased—a freedom that we so often take for granted today. I’m always grateful and thanking the Lord Jesus for this freedom.

My identity as a Christian is also important because most Blacks know little more of their history than the fact that our ancestors were brought to America from Africa as slaves. I, for example, know that around six hundred years ago, a Black African stepped off a boat that brought him from his land to the New World, and that African was made a slave. That African man was the first in a line that led to my father, the late Pastor Warren Keeton. I know little else about my ancestry. I don’t know what that African man looked like. I don’t know what country he came from. I don’t know what language he spoke. And I don’t know what he did for a living back in Africa. All I know is one thing: he was a slave.

It would be nice to know what facial and body characteristics I inherited from that man. It would be nice to know what talents and abilities I share with that man. But I will never know those things in this life, because my history was stolen. But it is nice to know that I have a spiritual history and that the Bible records it.

I was blown away when I saw the significance of Blacks in biblical history. I was amazed to discover that Moses’ wife was Black. I was astounded to find out that it was a Black man (Moses’ father-in-law) that helped Moses transform the Hebrews after the Exodus out of Egypt from a ragtag gaggle into an organized fighting machine that spread terror in the hearts of the Canaanites. I was flabbergasted when I read in the Scripture of Truth that the first non-Jewish person to bless and worship God was a Black Man. And I was speechless to discover that one of Jesus’ disciples was a Black man (I bet you didn’t know that there were black Jews during the time of Jesus?) I was encouraged when I discovered that contrary to secular history, Blacks were not ignorant savages before Catholic missionaries “evangelized” them. In fact, it was those missionaries who paganized them. I was happy to discover from the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts chapter 8 that unlike the European converts to Christianity, the Ethiopian eunuch already worshipped God, whom he probably called Jehovah.

There is a great deal Black Americans can learn of their true identity from the Bible, which is why Satan does not want Blacks reading the Bible at all; and, in fact, is on a mission to turn Blacks away from the Bible and The Lord Jesus.

  1. Where we are: The World.

The Word of God teaches that “the whole world lieth in wickedness,” and that we, as Christians, are merely strangers and pilgrims here. The Bible also says that we should neither love the world nor the things that are in this world, because anyone who loves the world is not of God. In short, we are aliens on this planet and are not to get too comfortable during our stay here even though it is the only existence we have ever known. We literally have one foot on earth and the other foot in Heaven.

Moreover, as Black Protestant Americans, my children and I have an even greater reason to remember where we are, as we live in Munich, Germany, an extremely Roman Catholic city in a very Roman Catholic country on an essentially Roman Catholic continent. This is especially significant, because, besides my children, there are very few—if, in fact, there are any other—Black American children here. There are many other Negro children in Munich—mostly Africans, but the majority are Roman Catholics and Muslims. And, of the very few that are not Roman Catholics or Muslims, most are either Eastern Orthodox (essentially Roman Catholic), identify as “evangelicals” (nominal Protestants who have been heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism), or are either Jehovah’s Witnesses, “renewed” charismatics, or belong to a religious cult of personality (such as the followers of deceased African religious leader Simon Kimbangu, known as Kimbangistas). So, if perchance there are other Black American children here, they are very likely either Roman Catholics or heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism.

By now, you can probably appreciate why I feel it is important for a Black American to know who he is, what he is, and where he is, so that he can keep everything in its proper perspective and know what he ought to be thanking the Lord Jesus for. This is important here, but no less true where you are.

It is true that blacks have always had and continue to have their share of injustice, inhumanity and cruel treatment; the historical record is too well known to deny this. But we should not let that fact blind us of the fact that we have also made incredible progress. If we spend too much time thinking about “how far we have yet to go,” we cannot truly appreciate how far we’ve come.

And, lest we forget, we did not do it alone: we had a lot of help from the Lord Jesus Christ, who, through the Apostle Paul admonishes us to:

“Be content with such things as ye have” (Hebrews 13:5).

“Having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:8).

The message is clear:

  • Be satisfied with just having a roof over your head; many don’t.
  • Be happy you have a change of clothes and decent shoes on your feet; many don’t.
  • Be grateful if you have beans and rice on the table; many don’t.
  • Be beside yourself with glee when you can eat what you want from time to time and not just what you can afford; many can’t.
  • Be grateful you can come and go when you please and where you want. (You’d be surprised how many can’t.)
  • Appreciate the blessing of being able to sleep in every now and then; many can’t.

If you think about it, then, these are truly blessings!

Thank you for putting up with my ravings today.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Racism and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America

Demonstrators march in New York, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, during the Justice for All rally and march. In the past three weeks, grand juries have decided not to indict officers in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The decisions have unleashed demonstrations and questions about police conduct and whether local prosecutors are the best choice for investigating police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

 

Grace and peace, Saints,

This morning I awoke around 3:30 .A.M. And could not go back to sleep. This is nothing new, but, today was different. Today, I couldn’t go back to sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about a letter someone wrote me concerning our article, Does God Hate Blacks?

It is incredible how deceived my people are, and it grieves me that after all we’ve been through, after all the deceptions we’ve survived, and in spite of being used for so long to foment rebellion, sow discord, and spread hatred many–and I dare say most–Black people still cannot see the forest for the trees. They still can’t see that racism is being used not only to destroy Blacks, but also whites as well.

Racism is a tool of the devil. And, just as racism was used in the nineteenth century to divide the United States over the issue of slavery, an issue that eventually ignited the most bloody conflict in the History of the United States and caused the death of one of the bravest and noblest men who ever lived—Abraham Lincoln—so racism is being used in the twenty-first century to once again divide our nation over the problem of racial inequality and the unjust treatment of Blacks by the “Justice” System.

You know, racism, slavery, the Civil War, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln have much in common, and that is no coincidence. They all share one common denominator: Rome.

Charles Chiniquy, in the book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome writes that the U.S. Civil War was actually instigated by the Roman Catholic Church. According to Chiniquy, a close personal friend and confidant of Lincoln, the President was well aware of the role Rome played in starting that conflict, and he quoted Lincoln as saying:

“This war would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the [Roman Catholic] Jesuits. We owe it to Popery (Roman Catholicism) that we now see our land reddened with the blood of her noblest sons.

Though there were great differences between the North and the South on the question of slavery, neither Jeff Davis nor any one of the leading men of the Confederacy would have dared to attack the North, had they not relied on the promises of the Jesuits, that, under the mask of Democracy, the money and the arms of the Roman Catholics, even the arms of France, were at their disposal, if they were to attack us.

I pity the priests, the bishops, and the monks of Rome in the United States, when the people realize that they are, in great part, responsible for the tears and the blood shed in this war; the later the more terrible the retribution will be. I conceal what I know, on that subject, from the knowledge of the nation; for if the people knew the whole truth, this war would turn into a religious war…” (p. 498-499). [Brackets and parentheses mine.]

As a former Roman Catholic priest, Chiniquy well knew that racism is an integral part of the Roman Catholic belief system, and he held that this was ultimately what motivated Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, a devout Roman Catholic, in handing down the infamous Dred Scott decision, to write, “The Negro has no rights that the white man is bound to recognize.”

You may also find it interesting to learn that Mary Surrat, another devout Roman Catholic, who was tried, found guilty, and ultimately hanged for being one of the chief conspirators in the murder of Abraham Lincoln, and in whose house the Roman Catholic priests and other engineers of Lincoln’s murder met, slept, ate, and planned that assassination, said, “The death of Lincoln was no better than the death of any nigger in the army.”

Chiniquy went on to explain how the Roman Catholic Church went to great lengths to ensure that it’s involvement both in the Civil War and in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were kept out of the press and out of the history books. That is why many of us never learned any of this in high school, which is incredible, when you think about it.

And, lest you be further deceived into believing this is purely a white vs. black thing, you should know that many blacks have also taken part in this scheme. In fact, without the help of many blacks of all ranks, stations, education levels, and income brackets, Rome would not be able to implement its racial agenda nearly as efficiently. You may recall, for example, our article entitled the Occult Hand signs and the Cult of Mary, where I explain a certain hand sign in use by Mary worshippers of all flavors, and provide ample photos of many Blacks: famous, infamous, and relatively unknown, flashing the Marian Signal: from President Barack Obama and the First Lady to Muhammad Ali.

Moreover, in an article entitled Trayvon Martin and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America, I show you Rachel Jeanteel, Trayvon Martin’s alleged girlfriend, (as well as George Zimmermann) flashing the Cult of Mary hand sign during Zimmermann’s trial, and I explain that the whole Trayvon Martin affair was just another Jesuit plot to further divide America over the issue of racism.

So, folks, don’t fall for the lie. This is not about White vs. Black; this is about Rome vs. Freedom. And the ultimate goal is to destroy the American republic and eventually enslave all of humanity—not just Blacks.

In order for Rome to rule, America must fall. And for America to fall, it must remain fractured and divided; and racism has proven to be the most potent weapon of fraction and division ever devised.

Read more about the Roman Catholic Takeover of America here.

 

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

 

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Lord, In Whom Can We Trust?

Grace and peace, Saints.

Today I was on YouTube looking for the lyrics and melody to an old Negro Spiritual entitled “Changed My Name” to add to my repertoire.

Because I went to church only occasionally before I got saved in September, 2005, I never knew many Christian hymns or spirituals. So, when my children and I started having church at home, in 2013, and wanted to have praise and worship, we found that we didn’t know any praise and worship songs. Then, I remembered a couple of songs from “Vacation Bible School” which I attended one summer when I was about ten years old. One of the songs I remembered was “Onward Christians Soldiers.” I couldn’t remember all the lyrics to the song, so I googled “Christian hymns” and one of the sites that came up was hymnal.net, which has the lyrics (and sometimes the accompanying music) to many Christian hymns and spirituals. They had the lyrics and the melody to the song, and it took us about a month to learn it.  Now we know about 15 songs, which is not very many, but is way better than just one.

When I want to learn a new hymn, I’ll occasionally go to a site like hymnal.net and look for something. If I find a song I like, but the melody isn’t available, I’ll often go to YouTube and search for the song there. Sometimes only the lyrics and melody will be available, while, at other times, a person, group or choir will perform it.

Yesterday, it occurred to me that we know only a couple of Negro spirituals, so I went to a site I had visited years ago called negrospirituals.com ,where years ago I found the lyrics to “Oh Freedom!”  There I found a song called “Changed Mah Name” that I really liked. Here are the lyrics:

I tol’ Jesus it would be all right
 if He changed my name,

Jesus tol’ me I would have to live humble
 if He changed mah name,

Jesus tol’ me that the world would be ‘gainst me 
if He changed mah name,

But I tol’ Jesus it would be all right 
if He changed mah name.

I believe this song is based on Revelation 2:17 where the Lord Jesus, through the Apostle John says that one day He would give all victorious believers a white stone with a new name on it:

“To Him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

I like that.

While searching YouTube for a video of someone performing the song, I happened across this video of a renowned Gospel singer singing “Changed Mah Name” at a church celebration. I don’t know why, but I was rather surprised to see this lady flash the Cult of Mary hand sign a couple of times in as many minutes.

I had never heard of Irma Gwynn before today, and so I don’t have enough background information to venture a comment as to her religious beliefs. But I do know the Cult of Mary.

I also couldn’t help but notice that during her testimony, Ms. Gwynn used the words “Lord” and “God,” but did not once mention the name of Jesus Christ.  I would have wondered why had I not seen her flashing the Cult of Mary hand sign.

As she continued, the smile I originally had on my face in response to her opening words slowly vanished, and I realized that she was not going to give the Lord Jesus the glory He so richly deserves by specifically saying His name. Then, again, why would she?

I have noticed that many Gospel singers seldom use the name of Jesus, but often substitute the words “Lord,” “God” and “Christ,” which I guess we are to assume mean the Lord Jesus Christ. You want to know why our churches are so jacked up? This is why: many of our leaders belong to the cult of Mary.

Warning from the Lord…

TSM

 

 

 

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Pop Smoke And Keep It Moving!

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Grace and peace to my fellowservants who have the testimony of Jesus, and greetings to the servants of the Infernal One.

As Christians, how we react to—or rather, that we not react to, but resist, peer pressure—is vitally important. As a Christian preacher living, working, and raising my children in a very un-Godly place, resisting peer pressure is of paramount importance, and I have spent considerable time and energy trying as best I can to teach my children why they should and how they must resist peer pressure.

A few days ago, while talking with my children on this subject, I used Romans 12:2 as an example of how we should resist peer pressure.

“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).

The root word of conform, I explained, is form, which means to shape. When we conform to the world, we are allowing ourselves to be shaped by the world. In order to shape something, you have to be able to some degree to hold onto it and handle it. It follows, therefore, that if we make ourselves impossible to hold, then we make ourselves impossible to shape.

The easiest way to keep something from holding and handling you is to keep moving. In boxing, when an opponent finds he cannot stop your assault, or, when he is too slow to keep up with you, he will either run from you or try to hold onto you to slow you down and keep you from moving.

This is no less true in spiritual things. If Satan sees that you are staying busy for the Lord  and he can’t stop you, then he will try everything in his power to slow you down and keep you from moving. He will first try to grasp you; and, if he manages to grasp you, then he will try to hold you. If he manages to hold you, then he will try to mold (conform) you. And once he forms you, you lose the will (and power) to resist.

The best way to keep from conforming, therefore, is to keep it moving, and to not slow down for anyone or anything. That way, Satan can’t grab you and hold onto you. And if he can’t hold you, then he can’t mold you.

My way of staying busy for the Lord and keeping it moving is by witnessing, whether it be by passing out Gospel tracts, teaching the Word, giving my testimony, writing edifying pieces for this blog, or working on or doing research for the book I hope to soon publish. Witnessing is a good way to keep it moving.

But not everyone can witness, has the boldness to witness, or is able to witness, especially at school or work. How do these “keep it moving?” The answer is by being careful where they focus their attention. The same way Satan tries to grab us and hold onto us to keep us from moving, he also tries to grab and hold our attention to keep it off the things of God. He is constantly dangling carrots (sin) before our eyes to get us to focus on them, because he knows that where the eyes go, the mind will follow.

The key, then, is not to focus on the carrot. We should certainly see the carrot (for we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices), but we should not fixate on the carrot, become obsessed with the carrot, or go bonkers over the carrot. When we see it, our antenna should go up, and we should be aware that Satan is up to no good. But after saying, “Get thee behind me Satan!” we should take our attention off the carrot, pop smoke (military vernacular for get out of Dodge), and keep it moving.

And, let us not forget that one sure-fire way Satan throws a cockroach in the cake mix is through a spouse, one or all of our children, a friend or family member, or a troublesome co-worker or boss. These can hold you and slow you down too if you let them. Like everything else in our lives, they have to be managed if we are to keep it moving.

If we do this thing, then we will never stand still long enough for Satan to get his hands on us, let alone go to work on us.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

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Witness to Jasenovac’s Hell

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have added another resource to our bibliography, a book entitled Witness to Jasenovac’s Hell.

Written by a survivor of the Jasenovac concentration camp in Yugoslavia during WWII, this book provides a horrifying glimpse into the torture, murder, deprivation, starvation, and psychological trauma which were a daily part of life at Jasenovac, the third-largest concentration camp in Europe.  When it was apparent that the Nazis were going to lose the war, and the Allies were approaching, the Roman Catholic Croatian Ushtashi who ran Jasenovac began murdering all the prisoners, to try to erase all evidence and witnesses to their crimes.

This book is one of the few first-hand accounts of the atrocities that occurred at Jasenovac, written by a survivor who escaped the camp at sixteen years of age.  It is amazing that given it’s historical significance, only a couple of copies of this book are available at Amazon and they cost over six-hundred dollars. It is not available at all through Abe’s Books. I was blessed to find a copy at a university library here in Munich and spent the next two weeks digitizing it. It is my goal to help keep this important historical resource available, and to awaken Christians to what is going to happen to the body of Christ in the very near future when the Roman Catholic Takeover of America is complete.

Witness to Jasenovac’s Hell is a fitting companion to Monica Farrell’s account of the massacre of the Serbs in Ravening Wolves, also found in the Bibliography.

I strongly urge you to download and read this important historical resource.  And please pray with me for the Persecuted Church as well as prepare your own hearts for what will soon be coming for all who name the name of Jesus.

TSM

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That They Should Kill One Another

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“There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act.”

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on May 23, 2013, during a press conference following the brutal daylight slaying of British soldier, Lee Rigby, by two Muslims.

“Muslims kill more Muslims than anyone else.”

–Usama Hasan, Sr. Researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, during a CNN interview on May 24, 2013, regarding the murder of British soldier, Lee Rigby.

 

By now, many of you know about the man who opened fire on partygoers at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, Saturday night, killing 50 and wounding 53. He has since been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida, a devout Muslim of Afghan parentage.

This will no doubt fuel the anti-gun rhetoric in the United States and many believe it will also serve as an impetus for more anti-gun legislation. Critics of Islam are calling for the government to quell the influx of immigrants to our shores, and supporters of Donald Trump are hoping that this will cause many to see that he was right in his stated belief that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States.

What is for sure is that Islam is once again on the radar. It had popped up on the radar last week upon the death of Muhammad Ali, as CNN, during its coverage of the influential boxer, was careful to mention that the Islamic holy week of Ramadan was beginning. But, all the contradictory media propaganda notwithstanding, anyone who was deceived into believing that Islam is a religion of peace was violently awakened to the unfortunate reality that Islam is anything but peaceful.

On the heels of this latest episode of Islamic violence, many Americans are asking themselves why Islam is such a violent religion, and why the adherents of a religion that purports to be peaceful, not only kill others, but also kill each other.

As an evangelist, I have often witnessed to Muslims, both in the United States and here in Germany, and I have occasionally asked Muslims why Islam is such a violent religion. Of those who will admit that Muslims do, in fact, kill non-Muslims, most will offer various reasons for this, usually having something to do with someone offending their religion, their prophet, or their holy book, the Qur’an.  One Muslim gentleman even told me that the reason Muslims kill is owing to a misinterpretation of what their prophet, Muhammad said. Most, Muslims, however, will not admit that their holy book not only condones, but commands the killing of non-Muslims, or infidels. Of course, in that Muslims promote Islam as a religion of peace, any explanation they offer for why Muslims kill falls way short of the mark.

But, while Muslims may be able to explain–albeit insufficiently–why Muslims kill non-Muslims, there is one very perplexing phenomenon that no Muslim to date has been able to explain: why Muslims kill each other; because Muslims do kill each other–frequently. As a religion, Islam is distinguished in this regard. One statistic holds that (as of 2007) over 11,000,000 Muslims had been killed worldwide and that 90% of those deaths were the result of Muslims killing other Muslims. This is a startling statistic for a religion that claims to be a religion of peace.

The situation is so bad that even Muslims are asking the question, “Why do Muslims kill other Muslims?

For his part, vocal Muslim cleric and Islamic apologist, Dr. Zakir Naik, blamed “division within Islam,” the media, and anti-Islamic rhetoric for Muslims killing other Muslims. But this does absolutely nothing to truly explain why Muslims kill other Muslims.

 Let me illustrate for you by way of example how perplexing this question is even for the most devout Muslim.

A few months ago, I was walking through the main thoroughfare of the Munich main train station, when I spotted two African men talking together.  Knowing that the majority of Africans in Munich are from Muslim countries, I decided I would witness to these men, as I had gospel tracts in my pocket targeting Roman Catholics and Muslims.  I approached the young men and, greeting them in English, asked them if they were Muslims.  When they affirmed that they were, I pulled out the German version of the Chick tract, “Allah Had No Son,” and handed it to them.  They didn’t seem to speak German well enough to understand the tract, so I told them to please hold onto it, until such time as their German was good enough to enable them to comprehend the tract and its message.  

One of the men spoke enough English to hold a decent conversation, so I decided to give this man the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I first asked him where his religion taught he would go when he died.  When he answered “Paradise,” I told him that his religion would not get him into Paradise, because Islam does not solve the problem of sin. I then asked him if it were not true that Islam teaches that Muslims should kill infidels (non-Muslims).  He agreed that this was true, but added that he did not believe that this was the right thing to do.  I then asked him if he were a good Muslim, and, when he replied that he was, I asked him why he disobeyed his prophet Muhammad, who wrote Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an, which commands Muslims to kill non-Muslims.  He said that not all Muslims believe that the Qur’an is right about this teaching.  I asked him if he obeyed the prophet Muhammad, and he answered that he did, adding that if anyone “touched” the prophet Muhammad or the Qur’an, he would kill them.  He then went on to say that the men at Charlie Hebdo were wrong for what they did, and that had he been there, he would have killed them himself.

Charlie Hebdo, as most of you know, is a satirical magazine based in Paris, France. In January 2015, Islamic terrorists murdered four employees of the magazine, including the editor, supposedly for satirizing their prophet Muhammad. Religion is a personal and highly charged subject, especially for Muslims. One should not mock another’s religion, even if it is protected speech in some countries. That said, the taking of a human life for any reason, according to the Bible, is a sin, which makes it wrong. So, while I don’t agree with what Charlie Hebdo did, I also don’t agree with how these men chose to express their discontent. As the saying goes, “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

“Allah must be a bloody god,” I said, “if he commands the murder of anyone.” At that, the man quickly changed the subject by saying that he had never seen a Muslim become a Christian, though he had seen Christians become Muslims.  I told him that the only reason he had not seen any Muslims become Christians was because he lived in a Muslim-dominated country, and Muslim-dominated countries are notorious for persecuting and killing Muslims who convert to Christianity.  I told him that I know of Muslims who have become Christians.

Returning to the subject, I asked the man if he were being obedient to Islam’s holy book by not killing non-believers.  It was then that he said that he, too, would kill non-believers. This, I felt was the truth of the matter. I then asked him why, if Islam is a religion of peace, it commands Muslims to kill others, and permits Muslims to kill other Muslims.  “How does one know,” I asked, “who is right and who is wrong, when both sides are shouting, ‘Allah U Akhbar!’ (Allah is great!)?” “Yes, that is a problem,” he said, not attempting to explain this phenomenon.

Again attempting to change the subject, he repeated that he had never seen a Muslim become a Christian, though he had seen Christians become Muslims.  I then told him that the Bible explains why Muslims kill other Muslims. “The Bible prophecies about Islam,” I told him, “and even prophesies that Muslims would not only be known for killing others, but for killing one another also”

Suddenly, he yelled to one of his companions, who was now heading for the train, and abruptly left. “God bless you,” I said, again urging him to read the tract I had given him.  I then headed for my own train.

While this man at least tried to justify the killing of non-Muslims, he did not even attempt to explain why Muslims kill other Muslims. The reason is simple: If a good Muslim obeys the Qur’an and follows the teachings of their prophet, Muhammad, who did not command Muslims to kill their brethren, then why do Muslims still kill other Muslims?

I have asked Muslims why, if Islam is a religion of peace, their holy book not only allows, but encourages Muslims to kill non-Muslims. And I have been given many different answers: someone has insulted their religion, offended their prophet, or mistreated or disrespected their holy book. One even attributed this violence to some Muslims having misinterpreted what Muhammad wrote. But, like the Muslim at the train station, not one Muslim whom I have asked has been able to explain why Muslims kill other Muslims.

I once watched a YouTube video of one battle of the civil war in Egypt apparently taken by a rebel fighter, that well illustrated this perplexing phenomenon.  Each time a soldier fired his weapon, he shouted “Allah U Akhbar!” and opposition soldiers could be heard shouting the same thing as they returned fire.  In the “Comments” section, Shias and Sunnis took turns offending one another, using some of the most appalling and hate-filled speech I have ever heard.

How can this be?  How can two individuals share the same religious heritage, believe in the same god, hold to the same religious tenants, profess to love and obey their religion’s prophet, and obey their holy book, yet hate each other with such an intense hatred?  What is for sure is that the god of the Qur’an is not the God of the Bible; for the Bible states that God is not the author of confusion, and this inexplicable hatred between Muslims is extremely confusing—confusing, that is, to those who do not know the Bible.

Did you know that the Bible prophesies about Islam? It’s true. And not only does the Bible prophesy about Islam; it also prophesies that Muslims would wage war against others, and that Muslims would kill other Muslims. Turn with me to the Book of the Revelation chapter 6.  Many of you will be familiar with this chapter, which speaks about what are commonly called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Our concern is with the second horse, which is red.

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (Revelation 6:4).

There are varying opinions as to what this rider and the red horse symbolize. Jack Chick, in volume 16 of his Crusader series of comic tracts, writes that the rider of the red horse symbolizes Communism, while the red horse symbolizes war.

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Former Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, in a sermon dedicated to this subject, focused on the red horse, believing that the color red symbolized government, as many governments, including the Nazi and Communist governments, have used the color red.  And false prophet, Tim LaHaye, in Revelation Revealed, a commentary on the Book of the Revelation, also believes the red horse to be a symbol for war.

Though all of these interpretations contain some truth, they all effectively miss the mark, not only because they place too much emphasis on the horse, but because they either completely overlook or misinterpret the symbolism of the rider. A correct interpretation, which can only come from the Holy Spirit, would reveal the mystery that is Islam. It would behoove us, therefore, to listen to what the Spirit has to say about this. We will use the perfect, inerrant Word of the Living God, the King James Version, to unravel this mystery.

Now, I believe that much of the misunderstanding regarding the rider of the red horse is due to the New International Version’s (NIV) faulty translation of the passage. The NIV renders Revelation 6:4 thus:

“When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.  Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other.  To him was given a large sword.”

Because the NIV interprets the passage differently than the King James, much of the prophetic meaning of the passage has been lost, leaving the passage subject to misinterpretation. The result is that three crucial details have been missed that are crucial to an understanding of the identity of the rider of the red horse.

First, while the KJV says the rider of the red horse is given the power “that they should kill one another,” the NIV says he is given the power “to make men slay each other.” This misinterpretation has caused most to believe that the rider of the red horse has been given the power to cause the inhabitants of the earth to kill one another. This has led to the incorrect belief that the rider of the red horse simply means war.

Second, the faulty interpretation that the inhabitants of the earth are the “men [who will] slay each other has led to a second faulty interpretation: that the rider of the red horse represents some system that will cause the inhabitants of the earth to kill one another. Jack Chick, as we have seen, believes the rider is a symbol for Communism.  Communist regimes have killed hundreds of millions of their own citizens in the countries where they have come to power. But Communist regimes are not known for causing those citizens themselves to kill one another.

Third, the faulty interpretation that the rider of the red horse represents some system that will cause men to kill each other, has led to the faulty interpretation that the red horse represents war. But this, I believe is complicating the overt symbolism of the color red.  The color red symbolizes blood.  The red horse, therefore, symbolizes bloodshed.

Fourth, The NIV says that the rider of the red horse is given a “large” sword, while the King James says that he is given a great sword. While this may not seem very important, it is actually a very important detail. It may even be the most important detail in the passage. Bear this in mind.

Before we reveal the prophetic significance of Revelation 6:4, let us take one more look at this passage as rendered in the King James Bible:

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (Revelation 6:4).

First, we are told that the rider of the red horse is given power “to take peace from the earth.” Many interpret this passage to mean war, but, while war is the best known way to take away peace, it is not the most common way. Peace is more than just the absence of war. Peace is the absence of strife. Peace is the absence of contention.  Peace is the absence of vengeance. And peace is the absence of hatred. War may be the most effective way to take away peace, but it is not the only way. The incident in the Orlando gay bar brings this home.

Second, we are told that the rider of the red horse is given power that “they” should kill one another, but we are not told who “they” are.  Again, because the NIV says that the rider is given the power “to make men slay each other,” theologians have incorrectly interpreted this to mean that it is the inhabitants of the earth that would kill each other.  The King James, however, says that the rider is given power that “they” should kill one another. Bear in mind that we are not told in the passage who “they” are, and, since no one else is mentioned in the passage, we can only conclude that “they” refers to the rider. Therefore, in that the rider is a symbol—that much is clear—then we know that the rider symbolizes a group of people—a nation, who will take peace from the earth. This is an important detail.

Because every society to some degree has been guilty of killing its own people, then this must mean that this people is especially distinguished by this behavior. Bear this in mind.

Third, the symbolism of the sword is highly significant for several reasons:

1. The rider receives it from God, meaning whatever the sword represents was given of God.

2. That the sword is given to a people means it is not merely a symbol for war, but a symbol for this people. It is an emblem, so to speak. We may therefore call these people the “people of the sword.”

3. Because the sword is symbolic of a people, then the Apostle John’s description of the sword as “great” (as opposed to the NIV’s use of the word “large”) is also symbolic.

To summarize Revelation 6:4, the rider of the red horse is symbolic of a warlike people, who are known not only for waging war against and killing others, but also waging war against and killing each another. The sword has historically been a symbol for this people, and they are great (both in number and in power and influence) and their greatness was given to them by God. I submit that there is only one people on the face of the earth who fit this description marvelously: The Muslims.

“[They shall] take peace from the earth…”

The Muslims are a warlike people who have conquered most of the world by waging war in the name of Islam. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the Muslims have been waging an unconventional war of jihad (Islamic holy war) against their enemies, mostly Jews and Christians, using terrorism.

We should also remember that war is not the only way to take peace from the earth.  Muslims have been known to stab and behead people in public, throw acid in the faces of Muslims and non-Muslims alike (such as in the case of Umar Mulinde, a Ugandan pastor and former Muslim who was attacked in 2011 after a church service).

“They should kill one another…”

Shias and Sunnis, the two major branches of Islam, have been warring against each other for more than a thousand years. Various minority Islamic sects have also been persecuted and killed by both majority branches.

Sharia (Islamic law) is another way that Muslims kill one another. In the countries where sharia dominates, Muslims have been imprisoned, tortured, and put to death for a variety of things considered crimes under sharia law, such as converting to Christianity, adultery, homosexuality, criticizing Islam, and other things. Sharia law even condones the murder of a woman for refusing to marry the man her parents have arranged for her. It is called an “honor killing.”

“[They were] given a great sword.”

A large curved sword, called a scimitar, has traditionally been the symbol of Islam.

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Ottoman scimitar

The scimitar appears in Arab and Muslim art and folklore:

 

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Boulanger’s “Tale of 1001 Nights” (note the red fez worn by the boy in the foreground).

 

Many Islamic nations and organizations have used a scimitar as their emblem.

Flag of Saudi Arabia

Flag of Saudi Arabia

 

Flag of Paki

Flag of Pakistani Army

 

Peace flag of Fath Ali

Peace flag of Fath Ali

 

Lion and sun emblem of Persian Empire

Lion and sun emblem of Persian Empire (Iran)

 

Flag of Persian Army Corps general

Flag of Persian Army Corps general

 

Modern jihadist flag

Modern jihadist flag

 

Seal of Muslim Brotherhood

Seal of Muslim Brotherhood

During the Second World War, there was a Muslim Division of the Nazi SS called the 13th Waffen SS Gebirgsjaeger or “mountain fighters,” which was composed primarily of Muslim Croats. They were also called the handschar (German for scimitar), because of their unit insignia, which featured a scimitar.

13th Waffen SS insignia

13th Waffen SS insignia

Below are the 13 SS Waffen Division’s patches. Note the scimitar on the collar patch at the upper left. The Gebirgsjaegers wore the patch in place of the SS runes worn by the German SS soldiers.

13th Waffen SS Brigade patches

13th Waffen SS Brigade patches

The red and white shields were worn on the sleeves. The color red corresponds to the color of the horse and is no coincidence.

“He was given a GREAT sword.” [Emphasis mine.]

Again, the use of the word, “great” is not arbitrary; it is symbolic. The symbolism of God giving this people a “great” sword not only means that God made them great, but that God called them great (think “given” name). If God called this people great, then the Bible should record this.

And it does. In the entire Bible, there are only two nations that God specifically said He would make “great,” and those nations sprung from two sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael.

Speaking of Isaac, God told Abraham:

“I will make of thee a great nation” (Genesis 12:2).

“My covenant will I establish with Isaac…” (Genesis 17:21).

Speaking of Ishmael, twice God said He would make him great:

“As for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly (make him great in number); twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation (great in power and influence) (Genesis 17:20)

“Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation” (Genesis 21:18)

The children of Isaac, as we know, are the Jews, and the children of Ishmael are the Arab nations—the Muslims. Of these two nations, the Muslims marvelously fulfill the criteria of Revelation 6:4. There is another very important factor to consider: Muslims are not of any particular race or culture. In fact, Muslims are distinguished by their religion, and that religion is Islam.

The rider of the red horse, therefore, is Islam.

As for the symbolism of the red horse, the color red is one of five colors long associated with Islam: red, black, white, yellow, and green. The fez hat, an Islamic headdress, is red.

Muslim fez

Muslim fez

The fez is believed to be named for a city in Morocco where at one time, it was exclusively made. It’s red color is significant: In 980 A.D., the Moslems, under Mohammed,  attacked the city of Fez and massacred over 50,000 Christians there. As the streets ran red, Mohammed’s soldiers reportedly dipped their fezzes, formerly white, in the blood of the slaughtered Christians and wore them as a testament to their god, Allah.

Given Islam’s bloody history, I submit that the red horse is symbolic of this history.

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The hat of a Shriner (a degree of Freemasonry based on Islam) is a fez emblazoned with a scimitar. Coincidence?

Fez of a Shriner

Fez of a Shriner

The uniform of the 13th Waffen Division included a red fez.

13 Waffen SS soldiers wearing fezzes

13 Waffen SS soldiers wearing fezzes

Now, the next time you ask yourself why Islam is so violent and why Muslims kill not only non-Muslims but other Muslims as well, don’t be perplexed. It is prophetic.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Vatican May Apologize for Persecution of Christians

The Vatican may soon issue a formal apology for the Roman Catholic church’s historical persecution of Bible-believing Protestant Christians. During a recent homily, Pope Francis, the False Prophet of Revelation 13, said,

“Jesus, before the Passion, prayed for the unity of Christians, so that they might be one—as He and the Father are one—that the world might believe. But within the Church there are those who “sow weeds,” who divide and destroy the community with their wagging tongues.”

“The unity of the Christian community,” he said, “is a witness: a witness to the fact that the Father has sent the Son. But achieving unity is very difficult.”

He then went on to say this:

“We have to seek forgiveness for our history, for having waged war against our Christian brothers,—divisions which continue even today.”

“Those who sow weeds,” I believe, refers to those Protestants who know the truth; those Protestants who know that all cumbaya rhetoric aside, the Roman Catholic church and its Pope always have been and always will be the irreconcilable enemy of Protestant Christianity.

Jack Chick, in volume 16 of the Crusader Series, entitled “The Four Horsemen,” says that according to former Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera, the Vatican is planning to one day formally apologize for the Holocaust. Perhaps this is a lead up to that event. The Roman Catholic church has always been the bitter enemy of both the Christian Church and Israel and has sworn to destroy both—and it will pull out all the stops during the Great Tribulation towards this end.

You must understand that the Roman Catholic Council of Trent declared Martin Luther and all Bible-believing Christians heretics and placed them under one hundred twenty-five curses. Beginning with Vatican II, the Roman Catholic church ostensibly left off the incendiary rhetoric and began to call Christians “separated brethren.” But the reality is that the Vatican has never repealed the decrees of the Council of Trent and follows them to this very day. Bible-believing Christians are still considered heretics who deserve to die.

Charles Chiniquy, in the book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, speaking on the hatred the Roman Catholic church holds towards Christians writes:

“The Roman Catholics [feel that they] have not only the right, but it is their duty to kill heretics” (p. 78). [brackets mine.]

He then goes on to quote the Roman Catholic church father, “Saint” Alphonsus Liguori to have written:

“Though heretics must not be tolerated because they deserve it, we must bear with them till, by a second admonition, they may be brought back to the faith of the Church. But those who, after a second admonition, remain obstinate in their errors must not only be excommunicated, but they must be delivered to the secular powers to be exterminated.”  [Emphasis mine.]

Think about that and consider what the United States government did to the Branch Davidian church, in 1993, during the siege at Waco, Texas, when it burned those men, women, and children alive. Think about that and consider what the Philadelphia police department did to the Move Group, in 1985, when it burned those men, women, and children alive. It is important to understand that both those groups had religious beliefs that were very un-Catholic.

The Roman Catholic church feigns friendship for the time being in order to beguile Christians to go along with its One World agenda. Their reason for courting Christians, according to Ligouri, is to bring them “back to the faith of the Church.” They want to unite the Roman Catholics and Protestants in the Vatican’s One World Church. But, once they achieve their ends, the mask will come off and the poor Christians who fell for the deception will see Rome’s true colors. History will repeat itself.  Don’t be deceived!

“Christian brothers” could also mean the Eastern Orthodox Church, which Rome has too persecuted, but the Pope’s use of the term “wagging tongues” and that he says they cause division makes me believe he is talking about Protestant preachers who preach against Rome.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

 

 

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Two Fingers In The Air!

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This photo depicts First Lady Michelle Obama at a Times Square event with members of the United States Olympic team passing a basketball. My question is how she manages to pass a basketball with those two fingers sticking up like that without trying. Then again, who said she wasn’t trying?

As many of you may know, the two finger salute, or papal salute, is used by romanists as a sign of their allegiance to the pope and by popes as a token of their claim of supreme spiritual and temporal (worldly) authority.  

We have seen Mrs. Obama throw up the Cult of Mary hand sign so often that we have no doubt of her romish leanings, but I couldn’t resist adding this photo to the mix.

TSM

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Corpus Christi Day/Fronleichnam: Worshipping The Creature More Than The Creator

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Thursday May 26, 2016, here in Bavaria and in other German states, a holiday called fronleichnam will be celebrated. Fronleichnam is the German equivalent of what is called Corpus Christi Day in America.  Corpus Christi Day is a Roman Catholic holiday honoring the Eucharist, the consecrated bread used in the Roman Catholic Mass.

TimeAndDate.com says this about Corpus Christi Day:

“Corpus Christi is a Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist. It is also known as the Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ, as well as the Day of Wreaths.”

The “Holy Eucharist” is the round, flat, consecrated bread–the wafer–that Roman Catholics eat during the celebration of the Mass. Corpus Christi Day, therefore, is a Roman Catholic holiday or holy day which honors a piece of bread.

The Augsburger Allgemeine, a German newspaper, in the May 24, 2016 edition, has this to say about fronleichnam:

“Fronleichnam wird in der Kirche auch ‘Hochfest des Leibes und Blutes Christi’ genannt. Das Fest knüpft an Gründonnerstag an und setzt die Menschwerdung von Gottes Sohn fort. Der Name leitet sich aus dem mittelhochdeutschen vrône lîcham – „des Herren Leib” – ab.

“Das Fest selbst entstand, nachdem die Augustinernonne Juliana von Lüttich im Jahr 1209 eine Vision hatte. Christus offenbarte ihr eine Mondscheibe, auf der ein dunkler Fleck zu sehen war. Die Mondscheibe sollte das Kirchenjahr darstellen und der Fleck symbolisierte ein fehlendes Fest zu Ehren des Abendmahls.

“Das Bistum Lüttich führte daraufhin das Fest im Jahr 1246 ein. 1264 wurde es von Papst Urban IV zum allgemeinen kirchlichen Fest erklärt.”

Translation:

“In the [Roman Catholic] Church, Corpus Christi Day is also called the ‘High Feast of the body and blood of Christ.’ The Festival falls on Maundy Thursday and celebrates the incarnation of God’s son. The name is derived from the middle high German vrône lîcham, which means ‘the Lord’s Body.’

“The festival itself was created after the Augustinian nun Juliana of Liège had a vision in 1209. Christ revealed to her a moon dial on which could be seen a dark spot. The moon dial represented the liturgical year and the spot symbolized a missing feast in honour of the Lord’s Supper.

“The Roman Catholic Diocese of Liège then introduced the feast in 1246. In 1264 it was declared a General Church feast by Pope Urban IV.”

Note that Corpus Christi Day is not based on the Bible, but was inspired by the alleged vision of a Roman Catholic nun. That means the early Christian Church did not celebrate Corpus Christi Day or anything like it. The Bible does not record the Lord Jesus commanding His Church to establish a holiday honoring the bread used in the Lord’s Supper. The reason for this, I believe, is simple: the bread is merely symbolic.

At the Lord’s Supper, the night before Jesus was crucified, Jesus broke the bread and gave it to His disciples, saying, “This is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). “This do” refers to the breaking, sharing, and eating of the bread, which is recorded in Mark 14:22,23:

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

“And He took the cup, and when He has given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it.”

Jesus said “This do in remembrance of me.” This means that in the breaking and sharing of bread we are to remember Him. It is an imperative: that is, a commandment. And the early Christians, obeying this commandment, continued to remember Jesus through the breaking of bread every Sunday, the first day of the week:

“On the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread…” (Acts 20:7).

“And [the disciples of Jesus] continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

“And [the disciples of Jesus], continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart (Acts 2:46).

It is through the breaking of bread (the Lord’s Supper) that true Christians are to honor the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice, not by celebrating a holiday in honor of that bread. Corpus Christi Day then, or fromleichnam, is unscriptural.

But, there is something else you should think about. More than being merely unscriptural, Corpus Christi Day is actually blasphemous. Jesus said that through breaking the bread we symbolize the giving of His body “which was broken for us.” The breaking of bread, then, symbolizes His crucifixion. If we do not break the bread, then, we effectively deny the death of Jesus. And by denying Jesus’ death, we also deny His resurrection; for in order to be resurrected, Jesus had to first die. Because the Eucharist is a perfectly round intact piece of bread, it actually denies the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But there is still more. The Roman Catholic Church has not only established a holy day in honor of a piece of bread, but it actually worships that piece of bread as Jesus Christ Himself. The Roman Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence (also not biblical) declares that the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ are actually present (hence the term Real Presence) in the Eucharist:

“First of all, the holy council teaches and openly and plainly professes that after the consecration (blessing) of bread and wine, Our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is truly, really and substantially contained in the august sacrament of the Holy Eucharist…”

“This has always been the belief of the Church of God, that immediately after the consecration the true body and the true blood of Our Lord, together with His soul and divinity exist under the form of bread and wine…” –Council of Trent, Thirteenth Session, October 11, 1551.

Many of you Christians who count Roman Catholics as your brothers and sisters in Christ may be asking yourselves why we should even care that Roman Catholics have set aside a day honoring a piece of bread and, in fact, worship that bread as Jesus Christ. Allow me to illuminate you by quoting from the Roman Catholic Council of Trent on which the Roman catechism is based and is the basis for much of the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church:

“If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign or figure, let him be anathema” (Canon 1).

“If anyone says that in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship of latria…let him be anathema” (Canon 6). (Latria is the highest form of worship and is only supposed to be given to God).

“Let him be anathema,” as many of you know, means “Let him be accursed.” When the Roman Catholic church curses someone, it is, in effect, a death sentence. And, because the Council of Trent was instituted primarily to condemn Martin Luther and all Protestants, then the “him” that is being cursed is the Bible-believing Christian–me, and, hopefully, you.

Roman Catholics profess to be Christians, and many say that the only difference between Catholics and Protestants is that they have “a different worship tradition.” DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT! If you were paying attention, then you know that the Roman Catholic church holds the Bible-believing Christian in very little esteem, to put it charitably, especially if you don’t agree with their doctrines concerning the Eucharist. Roman Catholics are very serious about the Eucharist and it is considered the most important of the seven sacraments (the sacraments are the “channels of grace” by which the Roman Catholic strives to merit the grace of God). They really believe that Jesus Christ is present in the communion wafer, and, in fact, call it Jesus.

The worship of the Eucharist is yet another form of idolatry practiced by the Roman Catholic church. Roman Catholics attempting to justify their worship of the Eucharist will say that they don’t actually worship it, but merely “adore” it. But, you must understand that adoration is a type of worship. And, as the previous quote from the Roman Catholic Council of Trent affirmed, the Roman Catholic must give the Eucharist the highest form of worship: that of latria. This makes the Eucharist an idol–a false god. The First Commandment is that we should worship God only, and, according to my Bible, that is Jesus Christ, who right now sits in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus Christ, contrary to Roman Catholic doctrine, cannot be compelled to leave Heaven at the whim of some priest and enter into a piece of bread.

In “A God Whom His Fathers Knew Not,” we explain that Corpus Christi Day is a literal fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel found in Daniel 11:38. It is also an example of the idolatry that Paul speaks of in the first chapter of his epistle to the Romans:

“When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened.

“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image…

“…And worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:21-23,25).

On Corpus Christi Day, the Eucharist is paraded around some Roman Catholic towns and communities housed in what is called a monstrance. A monstrance looks like a sunburst and is supposed to represent the glory of God. The Eucharist, housed in a monstrance, is literally an “image of the uncorruptible God.”

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Roman Catholics have been deceived into believing that they are worshipping Jesus Christ when they “adore” the Eucharist. They need to know that they are, in fact, committing idolatry.

Christians who consider Roman Catholicism to be just another Christian denomination are also deceived, and they should be offended by the spectacle of Eucharist adoration and the idea that Jesus Christ resides in a piece of bread.

Christians should also be aware that during the Dark Ages, millions of Christians were burned at the stake under the Roman Catholic Inquisition, because they denied that Jesus Christ was “really present” in the Eucharist. If you believe the Bible, then you must also believe that history will certainly repeat itself.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

 

Note: The source for the quotations of the Council of Trent were taken from The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, translated and introduced by Reverend H.J. Schroeder, TAN Books, Charlotte, NC, ISBN: 978-0-89555-074-3.

 

 

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Black Helicopters Over Munich?

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Grace and peace, Saints.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard the sound of a helicopter flying somewhere near my house. By the sound of it, I could tell that it was flying very near to the ground and very close to my apartment building. Helicopters are not a novelty–especially if you live near a military base, or a civilian helipad. But, I don’t live near a military base or a civilian helipad; and, even if I did, helicopters are not supposed to fly that close to a residential area. As I listened, it seemed to be no more than about a couple hundred feet away and getting closer. When it sounded closest, I looked out the window, and saw a blackish-grey military-type helicopter with no markings cruise by my apartment building at about a hundred feet off the ground–about treetop level.

Now, I’m not a pilot, but I’m pretty sure that no aircraft–civilian or military–should be flying that low over a densely-populated urban area when there is no war or civil unrest . There were no military maneuvers going on in the area, to my knowledge, so there was really no reason for the helicopter to be there and for it to be flying so low in a residential area. What was even more notable was the fact that no one even seemed to notice or care that a military helicopter was cruising through their neighborhood–even the construction workers on the nearly completed two-story building right beneath the helicopter as it flew over. No big deal: just another day in paradise.

You probably would think that I would have been at least a little surprised by this event, but, I wasn’t. I’ve been hearing helicopters flying over or near my house for years, but I never got a look at one. I’m actually not the first person to see such a thing. Many Americans have reported seeing low-flying black helicopters over their neighborhoods for many years. The late researcher, William Cooper, on his shortwave radio show, “The Hour of the Time,” often talked about this, and had even seen them flying around his house in Eager, Arizona. I had never seen the helicopters for myself, but because of what I have been through, I believed the reports. Now I’ve seen one for myself, and can testify that the reports are true.

It is interesting about this is that all of the incidents of helicopter harassment that I have read about have been reported by Americans living in the United States.  I live in Munich, Germany.  This happened at around 10:30 A.M., and when I looked out the window, no one else was looking out of theirs and the few people I saw on the street didn’t even look up, not even the construction workers when the helicopter flew right over the building they were working on!

Common sense says that when something unusual happens and everyone acts as though it isn’t happening, they are probably in on the game. Under the circumstances, I am not surprised, as I’ve been aware of my neighbors’ involvement in my harassment for many years.

As you may be aware, the enemies of freedom and liberty of conscience have been harassing me and others like me for years. These people have been from virtually all walks of life, and have involved police officers, government officials, and military personnel, including pilots. Let me tell you about something that happened a few years ago.

Back in 2012, my children and I were visiting the United States. Being retired military, I am eligible to travel on military aircraft on a space-available basis. At Andrews Air Force Base, MD, we boarded a plane bound for Pope Air Force Base, NC. After we were seated, the pilot came and told me that he and the crew would be performing some type of “special maneuvers” as a training exercise. Now, I knew that it is against regulations to perform such maneuvers in non-tactical situations and with civilian personnel on board—especially children. But I didn’t protest, knowing what was going on, and confident that the Lord Jesus had foreseen this situation well in advance and would use for good what the devil meant for evil.

After takeoff, we climbed to cruising altitude, and after about fifteen or twenty minutes, the plane dropped abruptly a few hundred feet, before ascending to its former altitude. Then, it rapidly descended again, before repeating this maneuver several times in the next half hour. It was like flying on a roller coaster. And every time we descended, we were very low to the ground–so low that I thought we were preparing to land. This went on for about half an hour. During these maneuvers, I glanced around and noticed that most of the passengers seemed unfazed, while some were visibly uncomfortable. One man, for example, lay across from us on two seats pretending to be asleep, but he would stiffen like a board every time the plane began another rapid descent. One of the crew, seated next to me, had a wry smile plastered to his face. Strangely, not one passenger complained about this strange and highly unusual event.

It was obvious to me that the whole thing was planned in advance and was meant to terrify my children. By the grace of God, however, they were calm the entire trip. My daughters were asleep most of the time, but my son was awake and experienced the whole thing. Only back in Munich, almost a year later, did my son, then only ten years old, admit that he had been a little afraid that day. He was very relieved when I told him that under the circumstances, it was totally normal for him to be afraid. “It does not matter if you are afraid,” I told him, “what matters is what you do when you’re afraid. And you did very well!”

People have been asking why police officers, government officials, and even soldiers have been behaving very badly. It makes no sense that someone who has taken an oath to “protect and to serve” and to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic” would violate that oath and abdicate his sworn responsibilities in order to fulfill another obligation: no sense, that is, unless seen from the perspective of the Roman Catholic Takeover of America.

There may have been a good reason for the helicopter. And even if there was not, one would have been fabricated. But as far as I’m concerned, it was merely more proof that in this war, many of those whom we trust—even many men and women in uniform—have been compromised. Choose your heroes wisely.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

 

 

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Forgive Me

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Grace and peace.

Saints, when I wrote my first blog post back in February 2011, I had no idea that it would develop into a ministry. I didn’t have a plan. I neither knew what I wanted to say nor how I wanted to say it. I didn’t have any short- or long-term goals. And I didn’t know what I would do if everything failed. All I knew was that I wanted to serve the Lord Jesus in some way, and the only way I knew to serve Him, besides preaching, was to write and give my testimony.

I try to be honest and glorify the Lord Jesus in everything I do. And so it is with this blog. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I don’t claim to be a prophet, an apostle, or a pastor. And I’m not trying to be some spiritual guru. What I try to do is glorify Jesus Christ by giving you “sound Bible doctrine and sound Bible teaching,” and I do that by sticking to the inerrant Word of the Living God. If it’s not in the Bible, I don’t teach it as doctrine.

It has been said that the difference between your character and your reputation is that your reputation is what people think you are, while your character is what you really are. Since I have been saved, I have always tried to live as honestly as possibly in private as well as in public, and I have tried to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Sometimes that is hard to do, but it is something, we must do if we are going to glorify the Lord Jesus with our lives. Jesus Christ is the Truth, and, we, as His children, are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. If we live a lie, then we make Him a liar. And Jesus never lies.

Jesus did more than save me: he gave me a ministry. And, Jesus expects more from his ministers than He does from those who are to be ministered unto. While we are not expected to be perfect, Jesus expects us to set the example in all things pertaining to our Christian walk. I come before you to say that I have not done this.

Since about May of 2013 until about a couple of months ago, things had been pretty bad around the Keeton household.  Our little family has been through the ringer.  That’s really not surprising if you consider the things I write and preach about.  Our message has not been well-received by most.  Tribulations and trials are part and parcel of the Christian life, but how we handle those trials and tribulations that is important.  That’s why I admire Job so much.  Even after God took away his children, destroyed his health, bankrupted him, alienated his friends and family, and turned his wife against him, the Bible says, “In all this, did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10).

I wish the same could be said of me.  I must confess that at times—and especially in the last six months or so—I have not been faithful in all things. I have been known to curse, something I was guilty of before I got saved and had been delivered from. I have also been spiteful. I recently finished an historical novel in which one of the characters was a very spiteful man. While I was not nearly as spiteful as this character, it really made me look at myself and admit that I, too, at times, have been spiteful. I tried to justify it, but there was really no excuse for it. I wasn’t able to see what I was doing until I realized that I could identify to an extent with this spiteful character. I have also been proud, haughty, and arrogant. And though I speak the truth, I have not always done so “in love” as the Bible says we should.

But, above all this, I have been unfaithful. The Bible says that when we make a promise to God, we should “defer not to pay it” (Ecclesiastics 4:5). That means that when we promise the Lord that we would either do something or not do something, we should do what we promised God we would, and we should not do what we promised Him we would not. There is a particular thing I have done from time to time that I know the Lord Jesus would rather I would not. While not a grievous sin, I know in my heart that the Lord is not happy with it. I once promised the Lord that I would not do that particular thing again, but I did not keep my promise. Every time I do it, I confess it and ask the Lord Jesus to forgive me, but my conscience will give me no peace. The Bible teaches that whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). Whatever we do, we must be convinced that God is okay with it for our conscience’s sake. And, if not, then we must confess it and believe that in accordance with 1 John 1:9, Jesus has forgiven it. That way our conscience stays clean and we do not sin with our conscience.

Now, I know that when I confess my sins, Jesus forgives my sins. But I also believe that God holds those in ministry to a higher standard. This, I believe, is especially true for those of us involved in spiritual warfare.

I believe that Christians involved in spiritual warfare must be more vigilant than most, because spiritual warfare is not defensive, but offensive. In spiritual warfare, you are taking the fight to Satan’s doorstep (his strongholds), and, to do this effectively, you must do more than just have faith and live right; you have to be more diligent in every aspect of the Christian walk: You have to pray more. You have to be more obedient. You have to confess sins more often. You have to be more diligent in recognizing and avoiding sin. And you must strive to be more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. But, most importantly, you must have a clear conscience.

It is concerning this last reason that I am writing to you.

It is now Tuesday morning 2:30 A.M. Central European Time, which is Monday evening about 8:30 P.M. E.S.T. Before about an hour and a half ago, I did not have a clear conscience because, though I had confessed these things to the Lord Jesus and asked His forgiveness, I had not confessed them to you, the body of Christ. The Apostle James admonishes us to confess our faults one to another (James 5:16). I could not, in good conscience, continue to minister without confessing these faults to the brethren. And you are my brethren.

I ask, therefore, that you would please forgive me for my failings, and I also ask that you would pray for my physical and spiritual strength because the past four months have not been easy and it is not likely to get any easier. Please pray also that God would forgive me for anyone who was seeking the truth and got turned off because of my actions, or for anyone who trusted me and was disappointed. I pray that I have not discouraged anyone from investigating the Gospel for themselves and, if I have, I pray that the Lord Jesus would please forgive me. If I have hurt any one of you through a lack of compassion and love, or in any other way, please accept my apology.

I also ask that you please pray for my wife, because, I have come dangerously close to undoing all my prayers for her to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. And please pray for my children also. I covet your prayers.

Thank you, and God bless each and every single one of you.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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Remember President Abraham Lincoln

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Today is the anniversary of the murder of one of America’s greatest statesmen, presidents, abolitionists, fathers, husbands, and Christians, President Abraham Lincoln.  I owe a great debt of thanks to Mr. Lincoln, and, in my small way, I want to honor the man without whom I literally would not be where I am today, doing what I am today.  For, were it not for “Honest Abe” Lincoln, I would not be sitting in my chair, in my “study,” in my apartment (which is not even mine), writing this on my computer (which is mine), looking at my monitor (also mine) as I write this.  I would not own anything, not even the clothes on my back.  In fact, I would be owned by someone else and I would be considered little more than someone else’s property. My name would be of little consequence.  I would have no address of my own.  I would never know what it is to receive mail, and I wouldn’t know what it is to get paid for the work I did.  I wouldn’t be allowed to raise my own children, to go where I wanted, or to wear what I wanted.  I wouldn’t know how to read, wouldn’t know how to write, wouldn’t know how to format this essay.  The fact is that I would know little else other than what I needed to know in order to pick cotton, which ain’t much. In other words, I would be a slave.

President Abraham Lincoln lost his life because he believed that “all men are created equal” and are endowed with certain unalienable rights, among them being life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness. President Lincoln did something that few people do anymore: he walked the talk.  He lived what he believed knowing full well that it would cost him his life.  According to former Roman Catholic priest, Charles Chiniquy, whom Lincoln once defended when he was a young lawyer, when Chiniquy informed him that the Jesuits of Rome were conspiring to assassinate him, Lincoln said:

“You are not the first to warn me against the dangers of assassination. My ambassadors in Italy, France, and England, as well as Professor [Samuel] Morse, have many times warned me against the plots of the murderers which they have detected in those different countries. But I see no other safeguard against those murderers but to be always ready to die, as Christ advises it. As we must all dies sooner or later, it makes very little difference to me whether I die from a dagger plunged through the heart or from an inflammation of the lungs…”

“My dear Father Chiniquy…Has not He (God) taken me from my poor log cabin by the hand, as He did of Moses in the reeds of the Nile, to put me at the head of the greatest and the most blessed of modern nations, just as He put that prophet (Moses) at the head of the most blessed nation of ancient times? Has not God granted me a privilege which was not granted to any living man, when I broke the fetters of 4,000,000 of men (the slaves) and made them free? Has not our God given me the most glorious victories over our enemies?

“Now, I see the end of this terrible conflict, with the same joy of Moses, when at the end of his trying forty years in the wilderness; and I pray my God to grant me to see the days of peace, and untold prosperity, which will follow this cruel war, as Moses asked God to see the other side of the Jordan and enter into the Promised Land. But do you know that I hear in my soul, as the voice of God, giving me the rebuke which was given to Moses? (Though shalt not go over!)

“Yes! every time that my soul goes to God to ask the favour of seeing the other side of Jordan, and eating the fruits of that peace, after which I am longing with such an unspeakable desire, do you know that there is a still, but solemn voice, which tells me that I will see those things, only from a long distance, and that I will be among the dead, when the nation which God granted me to lead through those awful trials, will cross the Jordan, and dwell in that Land of Promise.” (Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, p. 50).

 

So much for the Jesuit lie that Lincoln was not a Christian, and so much for the Jesuit lie that Lincoln did not want to free the slaves.

Saints, I am not feeling to well today, and, for that reason I did not write the article and do the podcast I wanted to do to commemorate this great man. But I have provided a link to the podcast I did in 2014 on the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination.  I pray you will listen to it.  Even if you don’t, please think on Honest Abe today and tomorrow, especially if you’re Black.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

TSM

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But, At What Cost?

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“Thou shalt not take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous” (Deuteronomy 16:19).

Grace and peace, Saints.

Last month, I went to visit a friend whom I had not seen in almost two years. The last time I saw him, he had told me about a relative of his, who had stage three cancer, and was not expected to live much longer. Since then, I had been praying for the woman’s healing, and was quite pleased to learn that, in the meantime, she had made a complete recovery. I give all the glory to the Lord Jesus.

The conversation thereupon turned to the blessings of God, and, during the course of our conversation, my friend related that he had recently moved into a large house on the German economy the purchase of which was made possible by a sizable monetary gift from a widow whose car he had once repaired.

I was very happy for my friend, because, unlike in America, a house in Munich, one of the most expensive cities in the world, is almost impossible for the average person to purchase. Even a modest two-bedroom with a tiny garden could cost well over a million dollars. My friend only lives about a couple hours drive away from Munich, so I don’t think it is much different where he lives.

This gentleman happens to be one of the most pleasant and agreeable people I have ever known, so I was very pleased at his good fortune. Still, I was somewhat troubled, and I could not help but wonder, if I were in his stead, if I would have dared to give this generous lady the Gospel message. 

This is an important question, when you consider the fact that the region of Germany where we live–Bavaria–is very Roman Catholic.  All over are to be found statues of the Virgin Mary and altars with dead men hanging on them (which many suppose to be Jesus). It is very possible that the woman was Roman Catholic.  And if she was Roman Catholic, then it is very possible that her generosity was motivated by something other than a genuine desire to help my friend. It may have even cost her eternal soul.

Let me explain. The Roman Catholic church derives its catechism (body of beliefs and doctrine) from the Council of Trent which was convened in sessions from 1545 to 1563. The Council of Trent was instituted to counter the “errors of the Protestant Reformation” started by former Roman Catholic priest, Martin Luther. The Council of Trent condemned Luther and all Bible-believing Christians (including you and me), whom they called heretics, pronouncing upon them over 125 anathemas, or curses. These curses still stand today.

You may be interested to know that the Roman Catholic church declares it an anathema (curse) to believe that faith in Jesus’ death and the shedding of His blood alone is enough to save you:

“If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain grace of justification, and that it is not in any way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will, let him be anathema.” –Canon 9, Council of Trent, Sixth Session.

“Action of his own will” means “good works.” The Roman Catholic, therefore, is taught that he must earn his way into Heaven by his own good works. The Bible says our works are but “filthy rags.” Only faith in the blood Jesus shed on the cross at Calvary can wash away our sins:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

The Roman Catholic, however, is taught that it is anathema to believe that his good works will not get him into heaven:

“If anyone says that all works done before justification, in whatever manner they may be done, are truly sins, or merit the hatred of God; that the more earnestly one strives to dispose himself for grace, the more grievously he sins, let him be anathema.” –Canon 7, Council of Trent, Sixth Session.

The same Council of Trent also declared it anathema for one to be confident he is going to heaven:

“Moreover, it must not be maintained, that they who are truly justified must needs, without any doubt whatever, convince themselves that they are justified…and that absolution and justification are affected by this faith alone…so each one, when he considers himself and his own weakness and indisposition, may have fear and apprehension concerning his own grace, since no one can know with the certainty of faith, which cannot be subject to error, that he has obtained the grace of God.” –Council of Trent, sixth session, January 13, 1547.

By its own admission, then, the Roman Catholic church believes and teaches that Roman Catholics must always be in doubt about and have “fear and apprehension” concerning the future of their eternal souls.  And they do.

Evangelist Monica Farrell, a converted Roman Catholic, in the book, “From Rome to Christ,” writes that Roman Catholics live in a constant state of fear. On page 24, Farrell says that Catholics are taught that Jesus’ death opened the door to Heaven, but that you had to “work your own way in.” Because of this doctrine, the sincere Roman Catholic can never know if he has been “good enough” and is always striving, through good works, to merit the grace of God. For this reason, Roman Catholics have been known to be very generous.

That’s why I was concerned about my friend accepting the woman’s generous gift. If she was a Roman Catholic, it is highly possible that could have been trying to earn her way into Heaven. I doubt that my friend is a Christian; so, unless he is himself a Roman Catholic, it is highly unlikely that he would suspect that her action was motivated by the hope of eternal rewards. It would be a pity if this were the case.

Generosity is good, and the good works done by many sincere Roman Catholics doubtless benefit many. But if their good works are, in fact, efforts to “earn” their way into Heaven, then they are only deceiving themselves. Only faith in the shed blood of Jesus saves.

As a missionary and evangelist here in Munich, I witness to Roman Catholics quite frequently. I took all this as a sign from the Lord Jesus that I must never forget that, regardless of my circumstances, my first concern should always be for the souls of the lost Roman Catholics. I cannot allow gifts, promises, or personal gain deter me from telling them the truth.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

–TSM

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter is Not Resurrection Day

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Last week my son and I were waiting for the subway, when an advertisement for chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies appeared on the television monitor on the wall of the subway station. As we watched the advertisement, it dawned on me that I had never explained to my son the difference between Easter and Resurrection Day and why Easter eggs and bunnies have nothing at all to do with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

The modern-day Christian Church is extremely ignorant about the pagan origins of many of our holidays, traditions, and customs. Consequently, many Christians believe that Easter is the same as Resurrection Day. Not a few churches, for example, will host Easter egg hunts on the church grounds (weather permitting), and children will receive Easter baskets full of chocolate bunnies, eggs, and candy.  Many Christians believe that because Easter is mentioned in the Bible, it must be Christian. But this is not true. Easter is not the day our Lord Jesus rose from the dead, but is instead a pagan celebration in honor of the ancient Phoenician fertility goddess Ashtoreth, also called Ishtar and Easter.

In reality, Easter has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. In fact, Easter is mentioned only once in the Bible, in Chapter 12 of the book of the Acts, and it is not in connection with Jesus or the Christian Church:

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 

“And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

 “And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

 “And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people” (Acts 12:1-4).

To understand the Bible’s mention of Easter, it is important to first understand that it Easter is connected with King Herod and not the Christian church.  It is also important to understand that Herod was not a Christian. He even mocked Jesus when Pontius Pilate sent Jesus to him. Herod wasn’t even a believing Jew. He was a pagan: Jewish by birth, but Roman at heart. The Herods were always loyal to Rome. The Romans worshipped the goddess Diana (and many other gods and goddesses), and there is every reason to believe that Herod did also. Herod wanted to wait until Easter passed to kill Peter, because he worshipped the goddess Ishtar or Easter.

Easter has also been confused with the Passover, because the Roman Catholic church used to base the date of the Easter celebration on the Jewish Passover.  Christians make the mistake of believing that because the Bible says Herod had Peter arrested during the days of unleavened bread, which are the six days that precede the Passover, then Easter must be the same as the Passover. As a matter of fact, one of my Bibles, the 1990 Regency Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers, in the “read along translation,” says that Easter is the Passover. Additionally, the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (also from Thomas Nelson) says that Easter is the Passover.

How can this be? The Passover is celebrated on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. Jesus rose on Sunday, the first day of the week. They are not the same. Nowhere in the Bible is the word Easter substituted for Passover.  That is because Easter is a pagan fertility festival.  

Secular sources agree. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines Easter as “the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” yet it goes on to say that the word Easter is “derived from Eastre, the name of a goddess associated with spring.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged), says the word Easter comes from the “West Germanic name of a pagan spring festival.” Collier’s Encyclopedia says that the word Easter comes from Eostra a “goddess of dawn or spring” (p. 492). And the New Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, International Edition (1970), defines Easter as “a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April.”

For its part, the New Strong’s Concordance says that the word Easter is Chaldean, not Hebrew. Chaldean means Babylonian, and the Babylonians worshipped the goddess Beltis. Many historians agree that the paganism of Rome was handed down directly from Babylon. Easter is a pagan Roman holiday named for the goddess of sex. This goddess goes by many names; Easter is just one of them.

The Bible gives absolutely no evidence that the early Church celebrated the resurrection of Jesus with a holiday. In fact, according to the Bible, the only way the first century Church celebrated Jesus’ resurrection was by eating the Lord’s Supper.

At the Last Supper, the night before our Lord Jesus was to be crucified, He told His disciples that the bread symbolized His body, which was broken (crucified) for us, while the wine symbolized His blood, which was shed for us (Mark 13:22-24, 1 Corinthians 11:24-25). By eating the Lord’s Supper, then, we celebrate Jesus’ death. Jesus rose on Sunday, the first day of the week (Mark 16:9). When we eat the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, therefore, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The Sunday observance of the Lord’s Supper is therefore, the celebration of Jesus’ death AND resurrection. The early Church ate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday (Acts 2:42), and, therefore, celebrated Jesus’ death and resurrection every Sunday. Incredibly, the Encyclopedia Britannica, a secular publication, says that Sunday “came to be regarded as the weekly celebration of the Resurrection” (Vol. 4, Macropedia, p. 333 “EASTER”).

How, then, did the Christian Church come to identify the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with a pagan fertility festival? Well, the Roman Catholic church had everything to do with that. It was the Roman Catholic Council of Nicaea in 325 that established the Easter celebration as a church holiday. And what is even more revealing of the true nature of the Easter celebration is that the Nicene Council did not base the date for the Easter celebration on the day Jesus rose or even three days after He was crucified, but set it to fall “always the first Sunday after the full moon on or next after the vernal equinox, March 21” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, p. 716).  The current date of the Easter celebration is based on the moon!

This is especially significant when one considers that the Roman Catholic church was not established by Jesus Christ, but by the Roman Emperor Constantine. History records that Emperor Constantine worshipped the Sun God “Sol Invictus,” and the Romans in general worshipped Diana, the goddess of the moon. That the Roman Catholic church did not base the date of the Easter celebration on Jesus’ resurrection is the greatest evidence that Easter is not the day Jesus rose from the dead.

But there is more.  Not only was Diana the Roman goddess of the moon, but she was also the goddess of fertility and sexual love (Oxford Dictionary of English). This is where Easter eggs, the Easter rabbit, and chocolate enter the picture. They all have a pagan sexual connotation. The Encyclopedia Britannica, says this:

“Easter eggs…have been very prominent as a symbol of new life and resurrection. The hare, the symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, a symbol that was kept later in Europe, is not found in North America. Its place is taken by the Easter rabbit, the symbol of fertility and periodicity both human and lunar, accredited with laying eggs in nests prepared for it at Easter or with hiding them away for children to find” (Encyclopedia Britannica, Fifteenth Edition, Vol. 4 Macropedia, p. 333).

Chocolate has long been considered an aphrodisiac (a substance that heightens sexual urges). The word aphrodisiac is actually derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of fertility and sexual love. As one can plainly see, Easter is not about Jesus. Easter is about sex.

There is something else to consider. Because the Apostle Luke, the writer of the Book of the Acts, uses the word Easter so matter-of-factly and with no explanation whatsoever, it stands to reason that he, and perhaps all Christians at the time, were familiar with this pagan holiday. This is especially true, when one considers that many of the early church were former pagans.

In conclusion, one difference between Christians and the world should be that Christians don’t do anything without knowing why they do it. The basis for everything we do as a Church should be the Bible. If it’s not in the Bible, we shouldn’t be doing it. Easter, while on the surface, a day to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, is really a pagan fertility festival, and has nothing to do with Jesus. According to the Bible, the Church ought to be celebrating the Lord’s resurrection by eating the Lord’s Supper, and we should be doing that every single Sunday.

Now, I’m not saying that Christians shouldn’t celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.  All I’m saying is that the first century Church and Christians for long after celebrated Jesus’ resurrection every Sunday with the Lord’s Supper. The 21st century Church should do the same. My Bible says that Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Shouldn’t that be true of His Church also?

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

–TSM

 

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“Bone of My Bones”

Grace and peace, Saints.

A lady wrote me recently asking what she should do regarding choosing a minister to marry her and her longtime boyfriend.  She wondered whom she should choose to say the nuptials, because she and her boyfriend no longer believe in “man-made religions,” and, for this reason, they had no church and, therefore, no minister to marry them. 

As I considered this question, it dawned on me that Adam and Eve had no minister to marry them either.  Now, some would most likely argue that God was their minister, but I would disagree, because, according to the Bible, God uttered not one word to marry the two.  Eve didn’t say anything either.  As a matter of fact, the only one who did any talking was Adam:

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

“And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Did you see that?  God did not officiate at Adam and Eve’s wedding.  Adam did.  God, then, was the Witness [stomp, stomp, stomp].

And get this: Adam was the one who defined what marriage is and the terms of that marriage: to wit:

  1. Marriage is to be between a man and a woman. (Because God brought Adam a woman and not a man.)
  2. The woman and the man become one flesh (that is, they work together in concert, not each one doing his own thing).
  3. The man is to leave his father and mother (no living under your parents’ roof or in their garage, and the man’s parents are not to meddle in the affairs of the couple.
  4. The man should cleave–stick like glue–to his wife.  

Now, how many marriages would have been saved long ago if the couple (and the parents-in-law) would have adhered to these guidelines?

So, Adam married Eve, when he accepted her as “bone of his bone” and “flesh of his flesh.” He made her his other half. Besides making the both of them, God basically just hooked them up. Adam did all the rest. That ought to be preaching to you right about now.

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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