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!’ (God 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.

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Flag of Saudi Arabia

 

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Flag of Pakistani Army

 

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Peace flag of Fath Ali

 

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Lion and sun emblem of Persian Empire (Iran)

 

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Flag of Persian Army Corps general

 

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Modern jihadist flag

 

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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.

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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.

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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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A Stroke of Genius

Grace and peace, Saints.

You may have noticed that I have yet to make good on my New year’s resolution to be a better blogger this year. Believe me when I say I have every intention of writing more, podcasting more, and doing more videos for our You Tube channel this year. But, as the Good Lord would have it, I suffered a pretty bad stroke back in mid-January, and was in the hospital until this past Monday. I’m actually writing this from a rehab center outside of Munich.

By the grace of God I suffered none of the debilitating effects usually associated with a stroke as large as the one I suffered. In fact, though they never came right out and said it, the surprise of the neurologists who treated me and the nursing staff at my rapid recovery made it obvious that my recovery was considered no less than a miracle. In fact, the reason I’m in this rehab center is because when the neurological team at the hospital where I received treatment saw my CAT scan results, they were certain I would need a great deal of physical therapy to return to a normal life. I had suffered some brain damage, which resulted in a large amount of bleeding on my brain, and my brain was badly swollen. When the chief of the Neuro-Brain Clinic saw me, he said that my condition was not consistent with the brain scan he saw.

But, God was merciful, and, this past Monday, 19 days after I was admitted, I walked out of the hospital with my wife on my arm, and we caught the streetcar and the subway home, stopping for a pizza on the way, while my enemies, who were all over the hospital, the subway station, and the street outside the hospital, looked on in anger and amazement, glorifying God in the process. A few hours later, we celebrated one of my daughters’ sixteenth birthday. Don’t you dare tell me God ain’t good!

Jesus is Lord, and the devil is a liar!

The Still Man

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Grace and peace, Saints.

This year has not started off too well with regard to blogging, as I’m having a lot of trouble accessing the internet.  My browser just keeps on freezing and I get the spinning beach ball.  It seems to happen most whenever I try to log in to the blog.  I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m suspecting that it’s either some sort of virus, or my site has been hacked. Either way, it wouldn’t be the first time.

So, if you see I haven’t posted anything in a few days, that’s what’s going on.

TSM

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In 2016, Maybe Less Is Better

Grace and peace, Saints.

Going into this new year, many of us reflected on last year intent on doing better this time around. We did the same thing last year, when we looked back on 2014 and determined to do better in 2015. We set goals, we established priorities, we made lists, and we set boundaries and limitations on ourselves governing everything from food intake to home energy consumption. We determined to get more exercise, to be nicer to our neighbors, to spend more time with our families, and to get a hobby. We decided to finally write that book, plant that garden, build that shed, and fix those stairs. We decided to get more done.

But if you think about it, while getting more done is a good thing, sometimes the best thing you can do is less.  Sometimes it’s better to work less, to travel less, to worry less. To just stop and smell the roses.  Sometimes it’s best to think less about getting more, doing more, and being more, and concentrate on appreciating what you already have: relatively good health, “three hots and a cot,” and the freedom to come and go as you wish.

If you are fortunate to be one of the reported 5% of the world with spare change in their pocket, perhaps it would be a wake-up call to reflect on what that means and to try to imagine what it must be like to be in that 95% who has never known that kind of a blessing. Sometimes it is enough to appreciate having a roof over your head, clothes on your back, shoes on your feet, and food in the fridge.

Did you know that the simple act of brushing your teeth is a blessing? It is. If you brush regularly, it is likely that you are eating regularly. Consider how many people in the world don’t have to worry about brushing their teeth daily.

We all want to have a good life. We all would like to have a good-paying job that we love, a nice house, a new car, and a fat bank account. While nothing is wrong with any of those things, we should not lose sight of the most important thing: Freedom; for without it, none of the other things would be possible.

Some of the greatest privileges in the world are being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, raise your own children, live where you please, come and go as you like, and, most importantly, worship the God of your choice. Remember that. Cherish that. Appreciate that. And thank God for that.

This reminder was brought to you by the same Person who brought you air, water, and life: the Lord Jesus Christ. When was the last time you said, “Thank you, Jesus?”

If you don’t know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, consider doing so today. It will be the best decision you ever made.

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

The Still Man

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The Still Man Reads Luke 1 & 2

Grace and peace.

This Christmas, I read from the Book of Luke, Chapters 1 and 2, which tell of the events surrounding the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I did something like this also this past Resurrection Day, and because I enjoyed it, and, because many of you did also, I am doing it again, as a way of sharing my love for Jesus with you.

I hope you enjoy it and that it blesses you.

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

The Still Man

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It’s A BOY ! (My God!)

Grace and peace, Saints!

Today is Christmas, and I want to wish you all a safe, peaceful, and blessed day.

You may notice that I didn’t say “happy.” That is because not everyone will be happy today. Some will not be happy because they are not with family and friends. Others will not be happy because they weren’t able to buy presents for their children. Still others will not be happy because they or a loved one are in the hospital. And still others will not be happy because someone they love very much has passed on into the next world, and will not be here this year to spend Christmas with them. Some will not be happy because they are alone.

While you are enjoying Christmas with your family, please think on these people. They would like to be where you are today, but life happened to them, differently than it happened to you. Say a prayer for them. And while you’re at it, say a prayer for yourself, and thank God that it wasn’t you.

Putt, I’m sorry that Ronnie can’t be here this Christmas. And I’m sorry that I can’t be there for you and Stink. I love you both, and I’m thinking of you all.

Remember, Christmas is not about being happy. Life can be too difficult to keep up that charade. Christmas is about Jesus and Him crucified. If you’re a Christian, then you have a reason to celebrate. If you’re not, then you should really consider becoming one. If you’re not interested…well…enjoy the day off.

God bless you all, and have a safe, peaceful, and blessed day.

The Still Man

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The True Meaning of Christmas 2015

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Well, another Christmas is upon us, and, again, millions of people will be spending money they don’t have to buy presents they can’t afford for people who neither appreciate nor need them. The line between the haves and the have nots will become broader and bolder, and people everywhere will remember why they always hated Christmas. Arguably, no other time reminds people just how poor they really are like Christmastime.

I can remember when I first came back to Germany, after getting out of the military, back in December, 1998, about a month before Christmas and about a week before the birth of my middle daughter. My then girlfriend, who is now my wife, and I had gone to the shopping mall to “window shop.” The mall was teaming with cheery people and screaming children, and the smell of cookies, cakes, and pies, and other baked goods filled the air. I was more grateful about being reunited with my girlfriend than I was about the approaching Christmas season, because she and I had been separated for about six months prior to this. As we walked hand in hand, perusing all the beautifully decorated confectionaries and bakeries with all their cakes, chocolates, pies, and cookies on display for all to see, it suddenly dawned on me that as beautiful as all of this was, none of it was free. Everything these stores had to offer cost money. And if you didn’t have the money to buy any of these things, then you were out of luck.

That was my situation: my wife and I were flat broke. And the better the food smelled, the more beautiful and sparklier the decorations were, and the happier the people looked, the broker I felt. And the fact that my wife was with me did not help matters at all. In fact, it made things worse.

My wife used to be a very cheap date. She just didn’t ask for much. But one thing she has always loved is roasted walnuts. And the time my wife most loves roasted walnuts is during the Christmas season. Now, roasted walnuts are always available somewhere in Munich year-round, but during the Christmas season, roasted walnuts are prolific. Everywhere you turn, there is someone selling roasted walnuts. Everywhere you walk, there are bags of roasted walnuts somewhere on display. And every five minutes, you are bumping into someone eating roasted walnuts. At Christmastime, roasted walnuts are literally everywhere.

So you can probably appreciate my chagrin as we passed store after store, confectionary after confectionary, and nut stand after nut stand, while the smell of roasted walnuts wafted through the air. But the only thing I have in my pockets is lint. Again, my wife used to be a cheap date, and she would understand if I didn’t have the money to get her what she wanted. She well understood, however, that she was a cheap date. And she knew that as a woman, she deserved a lot more than I could offer her. So, when my wife wanted roasted walnuts, she got roasted walnuts.

That day, however, there was absolutely nothing I could do. I was flat broke. So broke, in fact, that I couldn’t even pay attention. So broke, that if it weren’t for the lint in my pockets, they would have been completely empty. So broke, that if I had passed one of those Santa Clauses on the street corner ringing his bell asking for donations, he might have had a problem. Yes, I was that broke. And that wan “That’s OK baby” smile on my wife’s face didn’t help matters at all.

All this came back to me a couple of weeks ago, when I went to the mall and saw all the beautiful decorations, nativity scenes, and all the candy and baked good vendors situated in the center of the mall thoroughfare. And again this week, as I watched a news story on “Christmas stress,” and the fact that most people are highly relieved when Christmas is over, with its hustle and bustle of shopping for presents, decorating the house, and sweating over a hot stove cooking dinner for dozens of family and friends, not to mention the traffic jams and crowded airports that characterize the Christmas travel season.

As I considered this, I realized that Satan was at the bottom of it. Who else, but Satan, that old serpent and the father of lies, would take Christmas–the greatest day in the history of the world–and twist it, pervert it, and profane it, by turning it into a day that poor people dread, “middle-class” people regret, and rich people profane. Satan hates Christmas, not because the name of Jesus is glorified that day, because you and I know that that is certainly not the case. Satan hates Christmas because Jesus was born that day. And Satan knows that if Jesus had not been born, then Jesus could not have died. And it was Jesus’ death and the shedding of His blood that set you and me free from the curse of sin. The Bible says:

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, [Jesus] also Himself likewise 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).”

Satan is a defeated foe. He has been conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ. You and I, as Christians, are also conquerors through the blood of Jesus. Satan has no power over us except that which has been granted him by the Lord Jesus.

Satan is not happy about this at all. Of all days, Satan hates Christmas more than any other day. He would like nothing more than to wipe that day from history and from memory forever. He cannot, however, so he ops for the next best thing: to profane Christmas: to twist it, to pervert it, and, above all, to commercialize it. Satan makes Christmas about everything but Jesus. Christmas is not about Jesus. Christmas is about money—spending money, that is.

If you’re going to put up a Christmas tree, unless you live in or near the forest, you have to buy a tree. Then, unless you have the lights and ornaments from the previous year, you have to buy those. Then you have to buy lights and ornaments for the house. Then you have to buy presents for family and friends. Then you have to buy a “Christmas goose” or a ham and other food for the Christmas dinner. And, if you’re going to have family over who live in another state (or states), you might need to buy extra blankets, pillows, or even an extra bed or mattresses. And we can’t have people sitting on ten-year-old couches, can we? KA-CHING!

You may even have to buy a plane or bus ticket for a family member who is unable to do so. And if you have children, you may have to buy a Christmas present or two or three for them to give to their classmates at school. Add to that the box of chocolates for the mailman, the teachers, your boss, etc. etc.

Christmas is only a day long, yet the reverberations from this day can and often do reach all the way until the next Christmas. As you can see, Christmas is not at all about Jesus. Christmas is about MONEY. If you have money, you celebrate Christmas. If you don’t have money, you dread Christmas. This should not be.

As Christians, we need to think about why we do what we do. Romans 12:2 says that we should not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We should not be celebrating Christmas the same way the world celebrates Christmas. We should not have a Christmas tree, we should not be spending a lot of money on presents, and we should not be telling our children that Santa Claus is coming to town. The only thing we should be on Christmas is thankful that Jesus Christ was born into the world to take away our sins. We should be grateful for our salvation.

Christmas is nowhere to be found in the Bible. The Apostle Paul said that one man believes one day to be more important than others, while another man believes all days are the same. He went on to say that every man should be “fully persuaded in his own mind.” In other words, it is not necessary for Christians to celebrate Christmas, as Jesus never mandated we celebrate the day of His birth. I believe the reason He didn’t do this is because He knew that men would legalize His birthday the way the Pharisees legalized the Sabbath. And Jesus is about liberty, not slavery.

Now, there is nothing wrong with celebrating the birth of our Savior, especially in the antichrist climate in which we now live. But Jesus did not command us to celebrate His birthday. In fact, the first-century Church didn’t celebrate Christmas.

Whose idea was it then, to celebrate Christmas? Did you know that Christmas stands for Christ Mass? And who celebrates the Mass? Why, the Roman Catholic church. And the Roman Catholic church is a pagan institution. Christmas is pagan.

Let me illustrate. Did you know that the practice of giving and receiving presents is Satan’s perversion of the story of the wise men of the East, who came to visit the family of our Savior (when he was about two years old) and gave presents to the young child Jesus? Listen to Scripture:

 

 “And when [the wise men] where come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11).

 

Did you see that? The wise men gave gifts unto Jesus. Why? Because they knew that Jesus is God Almighty in the flesh, and that He was born to take away the sins of the world. Why, then, do we give each other gifts? Did any of us die for the sins of mankind? No, we did not. Then we ought not to be giving each other gifts, should we? 

 

We don’t give Christmas gifts in our house. That’s for birthdays. 

 

Let me share something else with you: Did you know that putting up and decorating a Christmas tree is an ancient pagan custom? Hear what the Bible says:

 

“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

“They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

“They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jeremiah 10:3-5).

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You will note that the verse addresses the fact that the Christmas tree can neither speak nor move, and that one must not be afraid of it. This would be a very strange thing to say, unless you understand that, in those days, the Christmas tree was an idol. It represented Nimrod, the first king of ancient Babylon. Nimrod was called “The Oak,” because of his great stature and strength, and was symbolized by trees, among other things. Gold and silver are representative of the sun and the moon, and represent Nimrod and his wife, Semiramis. Nimrod and Semiramis were both deified as the Sun God and the Moon Goddess, respectively.

People would erect the tree in their homes, deck it with silver and gold, and make their petitions of it. If they wanted something, they would write their petition on a piece of paper and attach it to the tree. In come cases, they would fashion a model of the desired object and set it under the tree.

And get this: the star, which people set atop the Christmas tree, represents Semisramis, the wife of Nimrod, and the queen of ancient Babylon. The star is a symbol of Semiramis in her aspect as the ancient Phoenician fertility goddess, Ashtoreth. The ancient Jews, including King Solomon, worshipped Ashtoreth with a star. Listen to this:

 

“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).

 

Moloch is another name for Nimrod, and Remphan, according to the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language, is an “Egyptian goddess of the moon.” That would identify Remphan with Isis, who was also the Egyptian goddess of the moon. By now, you should know that Remphan is really Ashtoreth, who is really Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod.

Ashtoreth is the same goddess you see on the Starbucks logo with the star on her crown, only there she goes by a different name.

So, with the star on top of the Christmas tree, you have Nimrod and Semiramis, the first King and Queen of ancient Babylon, the worldwide center of paganism for thousands of years, in your living room.

1 Corinthians 10:19-20 of the Holy Bible says that behind every idol is a demon. Since the Christmas tree is really an idol, then once you set up a Christmas tree in your house, you are inviting a demon into your home. Now, is there any wonder that so many murders just happen to occur on Christmas in homes all over America every year? Remember Jon Benet Ramsey?

 

We don’t have a Christmas tree in our house: that’s for idolaters.

 

Finally, most people of European, and, especially German descent, know that Santa Claus or Sankt Nikolaus, is an old European folk character, which went house-to-house accompanied by a demon called Krampus (sometimes there were two such creatures), of which elves are merely a symbol. And everybody was scared of him.

 

We don’t recognize Satan Claus in our house: that’s for pagans.

 

See what Satan has done? He has completed perverted and distorted the true meaning of Christmas and turned it into something that only the rich and pagan can relate to. What a shame!

I said all that to say this: What people call Christmas is not really a celebration of the birth of our Savior. Christmas, as the world celebrates it, does not glorify God: it glorifies Satan. Satan hates Christmas, so he does his level best to destroy what should merely be a day of gratitude and joy that Jesus came into the world to take away our sins. Satan makes Christmas about everything but Jesus. Christmas is not about all the things that it has been associated with. Christmas is about Jesus Christ and His triumph over sin and Satan.

So, if you are not where you would like to be financially this Christmas, don’t worry. If there are no Christmas presents, don’t worry. If you have not been invited to Christmas dinner with friends or family, don’t worry. If you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom to cuddle up in front of a Christmas fire, don’t worry. If you are in a tent in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, or any of the other trouble spots in the world, far away from family, don’t worry. If you don’t have a “Christmas tree,” don’t worry. If there is no snow where you live, don’t worry. If you are homeless and sleeping in a shelter, on the streets, in your car, or at a friend or relative’s house, don’t worry. If you are a police officer, an emergency room surgeon or staff, a nurse, a fireman, a pilot, a bus driver or taxi driver, or anyone else who can’t be at home because of your job or other responsibilities, don’t worry. And if you are just plain alone this Christmas, don’t you worry. Christmas is not about any of these things. Christmas is about one thing or should I say one Person: Jesus Christ.

The only thing that makes Christmas important is that Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was born in a manger in a little town called Bethlehem of Judea. Jesus Christ is God Almighty and was born into this world for one reason and one reason only: to die for the sins of the world, including yours and mine. If you think about it, the only people to whom Christmas really means any thing are Bible-believing Christians. If you are not saved, then you probably have no idea what Jesus did for you. And if you do know what Jesus did, but aren’t saved, then you probably couldn’t care less. You’re probably just happy you get a day off from work, right? But, if you think about it, even this is something you should thank the Lord Jesus for.

The best thing you can do for yourself this Christmas is to really get to know the Man for whom the day is named: You can talk to Jesus about anything. I talk to Jesus all the time, and I never worry that He is going to go and tell somebody what I told Him. That’s because, unlike our fake friends, Jesus really cares. Jesus is Holy. He never sinned in His whole life. But He was born into this sinful world just like you and I were, and He was tempted just like you and me. So He understands what you and I are going through.

Jesus wants to have a relationship with you today. But in order to have a relationship with Him, you have to come to Him with a true heart.

The Bible says, that if we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord shall not hear us (Ps. 88:7). Our sins are the only thing standing between Jesus and us. But if we accept what Jesus did for us, His death and the shedding of His blood on the cross for our sins, then Jesus will come into our hearts and be our Friend. The Bible says that Jesus sticks closer than any brother. Once you got Jesus for a Friend, you truly have a Friend.

If you are ready to make Jesus your Friend today, just close your eyes wherever you are, and talk to the Lord Jesus. This is called prayer. Say something like this:

“Lord Jesus, I understand now that Christmas is not about food and family gatherings, Christmas parties, presents, or a Christmas tree. I understand now that Christmas is not about being with friends, or cuddling up with a loved one in front of the fire. Christmas is about you and the sacrifice you made for me. I accept your sacrifice for my sins, Lord Jesus. Please come into my heart and be my Lord and my Savior. My friend.”

If you prayed that, or something like that, then you are now a Christian, and next Christmas, you will celebrate Christmas for the right reason and in the right way.

Thank you for joining me for this special Christmas 2015 edition of the Gospel Light and Truth Crusade. Find us on the web at www.GospelLightAndTruth.org. You can also visit our blog at www.TheStillMan.com. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and also our podcast on iTunes, soon to be on Spreaker and other podcast venues. For your convenience, you may download the podcast of this article below.

And, as always “Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

The Still Man

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He Said/She Said – December 17, 2015

“We’re standing here on the brink of a whole new world.”

Christiana Figueres, U.N. Climate Chief, in an interview with CNN’s Christianne Amanpour, on December 15, 2015, with regard to the “historic” agreement reached at the COP21 climate summit in Paris last week. The agreement called for the limiting of global warming to two degrees.

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Did Jesus Die For My Future Sins?

Grace and peace, Saints.

I recently received an email from one of our readers who had read our article on generational curses. I responded to her email, and she wrote me back later that day asking me a very interesting question. I want to share our correspondence with you drawing particular attention to the question she asked in her second email.

I must make it perfectly clear that we do not share anyone’s personal information with you. Though the situations are real, we use pseudonyms to protect the person’s identity. Because we are all looking for answers, we share this information in the hope that it will minister to others out there who may be going through the same thing.

 

[Begin letter]

Hi, its interesting to read your explanation as I notice there are generational curses resulting from my ancestors’ sins. I am [a] born again Christian and, lately, I have been lazy reading my Bible and praying. I also read some signs of generational curses one of which is chronic unemployment and broken relationships. I release this pattern in my life.

Also as a Chinese descent, my parents didn’t accept me as their daughter and I was almost aborted as a baby. Adoption was my mom’s option, but I was raised in this dysfunctional family. My mom suffered chronic illnesses before she died as she consulted paranormal fortune tellers and prayed to dead ancestors. Money was her idol as in my late father’s life. I don’t want to suffer the consequences of generational curses.

I think God directed me to your site as I asked Him how I can be delivered from curses. I’ve been unemployed for a long time, and when I would apply for jobs, my late dad would pronounce a curse on me so that I wouldn’t get the job. Is this spoken curse by God’s authority or by the spirit of limbo? It affects every relationship that I have had, and all contacts I have with other Christians. My mom used to say I would be divorced if I ever married and that even if I did manage to marry, I would not receive blessings from above. This is the word that she received from a fortune teller.

I need to know how to break these curses or generational curses. My siblings robbed me of my inheritance when my parents died. Thats another abuse. People in asia think women should carry burdens of aged parents and it’s normal to abuse daughters. I have God’s calling but I realise I can’t be effective as a Christian or receive God’s plans for me if I have to serve others.

[End letter]

 

This was my response:

Hello, Lilly.

You are correct when you say you cannot fulfill God’s calling on your life when you are in bondage to sin, as a generational curse is bondage. God can and will still use you, but for you to have the testimony God wants you to have, then you will have to break free of the generational curse that is holding you back.

Fortune telling is a form of witchcraft called divination, and praying to dead ancestors is another form of witchcraft called necromancy. It is also idolatry. Since your mom was guilty of these things, then you are bearing the burden of this activity. If you want to enjoy true freedom in Christ Jesus, then you will have to confess these sins to the Lord Jesus so that He may forgive them and set you free.

These curses that your mother and father spoke against you regarding marriage and employment were not spoken with God’s authority. God doesn’t curse people out of spite or hatred. God only curses us when we commit those sins that He hates because when we commit those sins against His prohibition, we are saying, in essence, that we hate Him (Exodus 20:5).

If the curses they pronounced are having an effect on you, it is only because you are under a curse already because of the sins of your parents. When we are in a right relationship with Jesus Christ, no curse, spell, hex, or incantation can have any effect upon us, because Jesus protects us.

What you need to do therefore, is to confess those sins that brought the curse upon you in the first place.  You must understand that although you may not have practiced witchcraft, because your mother did, God is punishing you for her sin. That is how a curse works. However, God tells us in Exodus 20:5 that He will curse a descendant with the same sin that the parent committed.  In other words, if a parent is guilty of witchcraft, God will punish the children of that parent with that sin. So the child will practice witchcraft just like the parent. Now it does not necessarily mean that the child will cast spells like the parent did, but she may smoke cigarettes, which is also witchcraft, according to the Bible. She may also merely be rebellious, and the Bible teaches that “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23).

I said all that to say this: to break free of this curse, you will have to confess your parent’s sins that you of AND your own sins, since you will also be guilty of committing the same TYPE of sin, if not the same sin per se. I hope you understand what I’m trying to say here. For you to do this, you will have to have a knowledge of what sins God hates, which can be difficult, because we are such a sinful society. You, however, should have no problem doing this, as I perceive in you a knowledge of spiritual things above the norm, and you have the requisite honesty that you will need to confess your sins to The Lord Jesus Christ. Just ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you those things that are sin, and He will reveal them to you.

Regarding your culture’s views on women, I understand how difficult that must be for you. But I am confident that with the Lord’s help you will overcome even this. You are not alone in this, Nancy. I perceive the hand of God on your life. The Lord Jesus has plans for you, sister, and nothing anyone says can alter His decree.

I will be praying for you, Nancy. Please keep me informed of your progress and do let me know if there is anything else that you need. I will help in any way The Lord directs me.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,
Tony

[End response]

 

Lilly wrote me back within the hour, saying that she will do what I suggested. But she expressed confusion as to why she should confess her parents’ sins and

Here is what she wrote:

Dear Still Man,

Thank you for [your] reply. I’m going to pray for God’s forgiveness on the part of my ancestors’ sins. However, I just want to know why if I’m born again I have to break off from the sins of my parents or ancestors? After all Jesus died for my past sins and future. Anyway, what I am trying to understand is why if we belong to Jesus when we accept Christ, some people still bear the ancestral curses. I’m sure my previous ancestors up to 10 generations had done evil in God’s eyes. None of them I knew.

Yours,
Lilly
Lilly’s question revealed a fundamental misconception regarding salvation. She asked how it is possible that some Christians are living under a generational curse if they have accepted Jesus as their Savior, as Jesus died for our past AND future sins. When I read this, I realized that many who have disagreed with my belief that Christians can be under a generational curse have believed the same thing, only they did not come right out and say so as Lilly did.

It is not true that Jesus died for our past and future sins. Jesus’ death remitted 1. Original Sin: that is the sin of Adam and Eve and 2. those sins that we committed before we got saved. For proof, let us go to the Holy Word of God. Let us first establish that because adam sinned, we all have sinned (Original Sin). The Bible says:

“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all mean, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Next, let us see that Jesus’ death cleansed us from Original Sin:

“For if by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

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

Now let us see that Jesus’ death also cleansed us from the sins that we committed before we got saved:

“God hath set forth [Jesus] to be a propitiation (substitute) 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).

As you can plainly see, Jesus death and the shedding of His blood redeemed us from our past sins: that is, the sins that we committed before we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

It is important to understand that though Jesus paid for all our sins with His blood, when it comes to our future sins and generational sins, that payment does not take effect automatically. In other words, in order for Jesus’ blood to be applied to our future sins and generational sins, we must confess those sins to God.

So, though Jesus died and shed His blood for all our sins—past, present, and future, all sins committed after our conversion, as well as generational sins, must be confessed in order for the blood of Jesus to be applied to them.
Let me prove this. The Bible teaches that in order for us to be saved, we have to 1. Believe on Jesus Christ: that is, that He died and shed His blood for our sins:

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 4:38).

“If thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).

And we see the manifestation of this with the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. The Holy Spirit told Philip to go up to an Ethiopian man who was returning to his land from worshipping at Jerusalem. A brief exchange led to Philip giving the man the gospel of Jesus Christ, whereafter the Ethiopian received Jesus Christ as his Savior. The Bible tells it thus:

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?”

“And Philip said, If thou believest [on the Lord Jesus] with all thine heart, thou mayest [be baptized]. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

“And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him” (Acts 8:36-38).

The entire event is recorded in the Book of the Acts 8:26-39. So the Bible makes it clear that in order to be saved one must only believe on the Lord Jesus and confess Him as Savior.

Now, in my experience, those who believe that all our sins are forgiven at conversion, including generational sins, do so because of a faulty interpretation of 1 John 1:9:

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

1 John 1:9 is an if/then statement, where the first action must be completed in order for the second action to take place. Therefore, if we confess our sins, then Jesus will forgive them. Conversely, if we do not confess our sins, then Jesus will not forgive them. Because 1 John 1:9 says that we must confess our sins in order for Jesus to forgive them—and we do not need to confess sins in order to be saved—then this verse cannot be talking about salvation, as one need only believe on the Lord Jesus to be saved.

If 1 John 1:9 is not talking about salvation, then what could it be talking about? I submit that the sins that need to be confessed in order to be forgiven are generational sins and the sins we commit after we are saved (future sins). We have already proven that, according to Romans 3:25, Jesus’ death on the cross obtained forgiveness for our past sins. So, because we will continue to sin until we receive our glorified bodies in the resurrection, we need some way to get forgiveness for those sins we commit after we get saved. This is what 1 John 1:9 is talking about. If we confess those sins we commit after our conversion, Jesus will forgive those sins. He has already paid the penalty for them on the cross at Calvary; all that is needed is for us to acknowledge and confess those sins to the Lord Jesus for His blood to be applied to them.

1 John 1:9 also covers generational sins. Generational sins are a special category of sin which God calls an abomination. Webster’s Dictionary defines an abomination as “something hateful and detestable.” An abominable sin, therefore, is a sin that God hates and detests. The Bible teaches that all disobedience is sin, but an abomination is something that God hates and detests so much that he will curse the descendants of anyone who is guilty of this type of sin. Examples of abominable sins can be found in chapters 8 and 9 of the book of Leviticus and include idolatry, murder, fornication, witchcraft, adultery, and homosexuality.

I believe that before Jesus paid the blood at Calvary, when God cursed a person’s descendants, that family line stayed cursed until someone came along who would repent of his family’s sins and ask forgiveness of God. Because God says in Exodus 34:7 that he would “by no means clear the guilty,” I believe that God would allow a curse to skip a generation because of that repentant individual. But even so, the curse would return upon the next generation. One reason I believe this is because of the aforementioned verse, Exodus 34:7:

“The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth…”

“Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”

Notice that unlike Exodus 20:5, where God says that He would punish a person’s descendants unto the third generation, this verse adds “unto..the fourth generation.” I believe the reason God says this is because he is willing to allow a curse to skip a generation because of the faithfulness of one person. I could give two examples of this, but I discuss this in greater detail in our podcast on generational curses.

If you truly want to be free, then you won’t have a problem confessing any sins, that’s for sure. I have known people to be so resistant to this teaching, that they refuse to confess any sins. Consequently, they continue to suffer the effects of their curses and become bitter and cynical, and constantly ask God why they continue to suffer when they are saved. Some, I would not be surprised if some have even left the faith for this reason. What a pity!

Confession of sin is important because we will continue to sin as long as we are in this sinful body. Sin is an obstacle in our way, blocking us from enjoying all the benefits of a right relationship with Jesus. Thankfully, God has provided us a way out by allowing us to confess our sins to Him and remove the obstacle blocking our path.

Do you now see that Jesus’ blood washed away our past sins, but for us to be forgiven our future sins, that is, those sins we commit after our conversion, we must confess them. 

This is one of the reasons Christians are suffering even though they are saved. They believe Jesus died for their future sins and don’t understand that 1 John 1:9 is telling them to confess their sins so that they can be forgiven. So, even if they are not under a generational curse, they are not confessing any sins and are, therefore, living in sin, which is just as bad as being under a curse. 

Can you now understand why the Christian Church is not as powerful as we ought to be? We are almost in as bad a shape as the unsaved. This ought not to be.

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

The Still Man

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Global Warming: A Doctrine of the Devil

Grace and peace, Saints.

This morning, one of my daughters remarked that this winter in Munich has been unseasonably warm.  She’s right: this is the warmest winter I have ever experienced in this city. Usually grey and cold this time of year, Munich has seen the sun shine practically every day since summer began.

I told my daughter that someone may be tampering with the weather, because the COP21 Climate Change summit was held last week in Paris, and it’s just possible that the string-pullers wanted to make sure that, while the world’s attention was on Paris, the actual weather supported the stated agenda of COP21.

This was a lot for my daughter to handle.  She doesn’t understand that the true state-of-the-art of technology is much more advanced than what we are led to believe.  That it may actually be possible to manipulate the weather was something she could not yet get her head around.  

When I explain things to my children, I try to make sure that whatever I’m saying can be backed up by the Bible.  It is very important to me that my children understand that the Bible is not a book only to be picked up on Sunday and disregarded the rest of the week.  The Bible is the breath of the Living God: it is the book of Life, and, as such, it is a roadmap through life, especially in these perilous times.  If we trust in the Word of God, we will neither be misled by the myriad deceptions running amuck in the world, nor troubled by the fear-mongers with their false doctrines and arguments of science, falsely so-called.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any biblical proof that the weather can be manipulated through technology.  What I could prove, though, is that Global Warming, according to the Bible, is a hoax.

So, I told my daughter that God promised Noah there would always be four seasons: a planting season (Spring), a hot season (Summer), a harvest season (Fall or Autumn), and a cold season (Winter).  If this is true, I said, then Global Warming (and the theory of a coming ice age, depicted in the movie, “The Day After,” for that matter) is a lie.  True to form, my daughter asked me where she could find that in the Bible.  I directed her to Genesis 8:22 where God says,

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

My Bible says that God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent.  When God says something, you can take it to the bank. Global Warming then, is a lie.

If Global Warming is a lie, then the world is spending billions of dollars for nothing.  Everyone is crying about the global hunger problem, when it could be solved overnight by taking the money that is being wasted in “green” research, technology, and programs (and paying the salaries of those involved in those endeavors) and applying it to the hunger problem.  It could be used, for instance, to subsidize farmers, and help them stave off losses experienced during times of drought, flood, freeze, blight, plague, etc. This would keep the cost of food production down and the benefit would trickle down to the consumer the same way farmers’ losses (which translate to higher food prices) trickle down to the consumer. Moreover, because many plants and factories have to be refitted to comply with new “green” environmental regulations, the cost of food production increases to pay for these modifications, and food prices have to be increased accordingly. By raising the price of food, you make it that much harder for many to survive.

And don’t forget the poorer countries, many of which are bound by the Kyoto accords to implement the same green technology the richer countries have to implement.  These countries are already broke, so whose going to pay for this?  We are: the United States and other western countries.  The problem is that the U.S. is already trillions of dollars in the hole.  We can’t handle such a financial obligation.  Nevertheless, that is exactly what’s coming.  COP21, I’m sure, has seen to that.  Global Warming, then, besides being used as a tool for the redistribution of wealth, or socialism, will be used to bankrupt the United States and other countries. Goodbye middle class.  Hello slavery.

It gets much deeper than this.  But even this cursory view of the effect the Global Warming hoax is having on the economy ought to convince you that while we are killing ourselves supposedly to save the environment, we are destroying the global economy and starving millions of people to death.  What good is the planet without people to inhabit it? Global Warming, then, is a means of population control. 

Now you know that there are some pretty smart people who have already figured all of this out and more. That they are still going forward with the Climate Control agenda, therefore, means that they know exactly what they are doing. That should worry you, because many of the people you voted for have signed onto the Climate Control agenda. Don’t you just love how your tax dollars are being spent?

Global Warming is not only bad, it is satanic.  And why wouldn’t it be, when it is contrary to the Word of God?

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

The Still Man

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Was The San Bernardino Shooting A Set-Up?

Grace and peace, Saints.

Saints, the media’s coverage of the San Bernardino shooting left more questions in my mind than it answered.  It bothered me so much, in fact, that I had to do a video on it and share my insights with you. There are no astounding revelations here, but it should make you question what the media told us.  Because when you really look at it, everything just does not compute.

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Dead Priests Tell No Truths

Grace and peace, Saints. 

If a church is made up of people, and people “are human and have failings,” why does the Roman Catholic church call itself infallible (perfect)? If Roman Catholic priests “are human and have failings,” why do people confess their sins to them? If God is the only One who can forgive sins, shouldn’t we be confessing our sins to Him only?

Could one truth-telling priest have made a deadly mistake?

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Strange Bedfellows: Buddhism and Roman Catholicism

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A few days ago, I returned home from a week’s hospital stay for a light stroke I suffered the Saturday before last. A couple of days before I was released, I went to the hospital coffee room to write and to get out of my room for a while. For a hospital coffee room, especially in a ward supposedly full of stroke patients, who need peace and quiet to make a good recovery, it was as crowded and noisy as Starbucks on a Saturday night. This, however, is very common in my experience. After about a half hour, the crowd had dwindled to a group of women seated at a corner table by the window. I decided to go witness to these women.

As I approached them, I gathered that this may have been a family, as there was a young girl, probably about sixteen or seventeen years old, a women in her twenties, and an older woman of middle age. The teenager wore pajamas, so I gathered she was a patient in the hospital.

I walked up to the women, and, after giving the greeting of the day, asked them if they were Roman Catholics. When all three answered that they were not, I asked them what religion they were. The women replied that they had no religion, while the young girl said that she was a Buddhist. 

Now, I’ve been living in Munich since 1998, and I can tell you that if there is one thing that every single person has in this town, it is a religion. Munich is about two-thirds Roman Catholic and one-third Muslim. And Roman Catholics and Muslims are nothing if not religious. In Munich religion is everything. 

Notwithstanding, I told the ladies that it was great that they had no religion, because I could then tell them about Jesus, who, I told them, was coming soon. At that, the young girl interjected, saying that she was a Buddhist, and that there was no Jesus. I told her that whether she believed in Jesus or not, He was coming, and she should get ready for that. I added that as a young person, it was always a good practice to listen to as many varying opinions as you can. The worst that can happen, I said, was that she would walk away more confident in what she believed than before. She insisted that she didn’t want to know what anyone else believed, so, before she could further protest, I handed each of the ladies a gospel tract, thanked them for their time, and went back to my seat.

From my chair, however, I asked the young lady what Buddhism taught. At this question, her attitude completely changed, and she rather enthusiastically began to explain to me what Buddhists believe. The gist of her explanation was that Buddhists believe they are on a journey towards perfection, and that this journey involved being reincarnated into this world and, in the course of successive lifetimes, balancing one’s karma, or evil deeds (what Christians call sin), with good deeds. When one’s good deeds outweigh one’s evil deeds, she said, the individual reaches a state of perfection called Nirvana. I asked the girl how long it took for the average Buddhist to balance out his karma, and she said that no one knows. I next asked her when the Buddhist would know he had reached Nirvana, and when she said she didn’t know that either, I asked her what constitutes a good deed. She replied that there was no rule for what is good and that “it depends on the person.”

Amazed, I told her that according to Buddhism, the murder of over six million Jews under Hitler could be considered a good thing, because Hitler personally thought that by killing the Jews, he was doing a good thing.* The countenances of all three women dropped perceptively at this revelation (especially that of the mother), as they no doubt realized that this was absolutely true.

I then asked her how one could know what bad is, if one doesn’t even know what good is? In other words, how does one know how to counterbalance one’s evil deeds with good deeds, when there is no standard for good and evil? Visibly perturbed at this point, the young lady said that she was recuperating from a stroke and didn’t feel like talking anymore.

This was one of the most enlightening encounters I have ever had in my evangelistic travels. And It made my whole hospital stay totally worth the time. This girl, without even knowing it, strengthened my confidence in the Bible. She made me realize how blessed we are that the Lord Jesus Christ has paid the price for sin at Calvary, and that there is nothing that the Christian need do to overcome sin except trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Think about it. The Buddhist is taught, through the doctrine of reincarnation, that he is on a perpetual wheel of life, being constantly recycled into this sinful world for the purpose of working off his evil karma (what Christians call sin) by doing good deeds. Only, if this girl can be believed, there is no standard for what constitutes good and, conversely, what constitutes evil. Good and evil, therefore, for the Buddhist, are subjective, and “depend on the person.” The problem with this is that though the Buddhist can determine for himself what is good and what is evil, he cannot determine for himself when he has done enough good to have compensated for all the evil he has done. Without an objective standard for what is good and what is evil, the Buddhist will continue to be recycled into this evil world, but will be no more moral in the next life than he was in the previous. The wheel of life, therefore, is actually a perpetual wheel of death.

When I thought about it, I realized that Buddhism is a great deal like Roman Catholicism, which also stresses good deeds (which the Bible calls works). Though Roman Catholicism professes to acknowledge Jesus’ death and resurrection for the sins of mankind, what Roman Catholics practice suggests that Jesus’ death and the shedding of His blood on the cross at Calvary was not enough for one to obtain complete forgiveness of sins. 

Former Roman Catholic, Monica Farrell, in the book, From Rome to Christ, writes:

“I knew the Lord Jesus died on Calvary, and had He not died nobody could get to heaven. What I did not know was that because He died anybody could go to heaven.

We were told that the death of Christ opened the gate to heaven, but that you had to work your own way in…” (“From Rome to Christ,” p. 24).

To “work his way in,” the Roman Catholic, like the Buddhist, must perform good works. Unfortunately, like the Buddhist, a Roman Catholic can never know when he has done enough good deeds. 

A few years back, while witnessing to a Roman Catholic, I asked her if she was confident that she would go to heaven if she were to die at that moment. She told me that she didn’t know if she would, because she didn’t know if she had been “good enough.” The fact is that the Roman Catholic is taught that he can never be good enough. Purgatory, therefore, is inevitable.

Additionally, the Roman Catholic is taught that in order to receive the grace of God, he must do it by keeping what they call the “seven sacraments,” or the “seven channels of grace.”

The seven sacraments are:

1. The Sacrament of Baptism (which happens when the Roman Catholic is a baby).

2. The Sacrament of Penance (confession, where the Roman Catholic confesses his sins to a priest).

3. The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (the “unbloody” sacrifice of the Mass, where Roman Catholics eat a wafer they believe contains the body, blood, soul, and divinity of the Lord Jesus).

4.The Sacrament of Confirmation (when the Roman Catholic is made a citizen of Rome).

5. The Sacrament of Matrimony.

6. The Sacrament of Holy Orders (reserved for priests, nuns, and monks)

7. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (formerly called Extreme Unction, given when the Roman Catholic is on his deathbed).

If he doesn’t receive enough grace through the sacraments, the Roman Catholic is taught that he will have to get the rest in Purgatory. Purgatory is a mythical place of torment, where the Roman Catholic goes to have his sins burned off. Once his sins are purged, he is taught, he may enter into heaven: or so he thinks.

Now get this: the Roman Catholic is taught that he can only receive God’s grace through keeping all seven sacraments. If he misses one, then he will have to go to Purgatory. But here is the kicker: the average Roman Catholic cannot receive the sacrament of holy orders, as it is reserved for the clergy. And, because of the un-Scriptural doctrine of celibacy, priests, nuns, and monks cannot receive the sacrament of matrimony. Furthermore, even if, by some miracle, the Roman Catholic receives all the sacraments, he is still taught that he is sinful and can therefore never be “good enough.” All Catholics, therefore, have to go to Purgatory.

And like the Buddhist, who doesn’t know how long he will be on the Ferris wheel of reincarnation, the Roman Catholic has no idea how long he will be in Purgatory. According to former Jesuit priest Alberto Rivera, there are popes that have been in Purgatory for over a thousand years, and priests are still saying prayers for their souls. 

The fact that Buddhists determine for themselves what is good and what is evil also made me realize that Buddhism is a satanic religion. In the garden of Eden, Satan told Eve that if she ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then she “would be as gods, knowing good and evil.” In other words, Eve would be able to determine for herself what was good and what was evil. In saying this, Satan actually told a half truth (which is the only kind of “truth” he is capable of telling).

You see, only God knows what is good and what is evil, because, as sinful humans, we could never make that determination. The Bible says that “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). We could never determine for ourselves what is good, because we are inherently evil. It takes someone inherently good to determine what is good, and God only is good. To try to determine for ourselves what is good, therefore, is to attempt to usurp the authority of God. We could never be as God, however, because we are created beings, while God is the Creator. Satan knows this, which is why instead of saying that Adam and Eve would be as God (big G), he said that they would be “as gods” (little G). Slick, ain’t he?

Which brings me to another point. Because Buddhism teaches that man can perfect himself: that is, solve the problem of sin without going through Jesus, then Buddhism essentially exalts man into the place of God: man becomes his own Savior. Roman Catholicism, if you think about it, does the same thing. With it’s mass, emphasis on good works, and unbiblical Purgatory, Roman Catholicism declares the sacrifice of Jesus to be of none effect. The Roman Catholic must therefore save himself. This is the false promise of Satan to Eve.

I don’t like getting sick. And I certainly don’t like going to the hospital. But, on this occasion, I’m glad I was in the hospital on Friday, November 13th, 2015. (?)

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

The Still Man

*”As for the Jews, I am just carrying on with the same policy the Catholic Church has adopted for fifteen hundred years…and perhaps I am doing Christianity a great service.” –The Nazi Persecution of the Churches, by J.S. Conway, p. 25, 26, 162.

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The Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Gun Control Agenda

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 Grace and peace, Saints.

You may be interested to know that the Parliament of the World’s Religions is meeting this Thursday October 15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Their first meeting was in 1893 in Chicago, and their last meeting was 2009 in Melbourne Australia.  The Parliament’s website says that they are part of the Global Interfaith Movement, which you and I know is merely code for the One World Church.  Since the Bible says that the one world religion will be headed by the Antichrist, and the Antichrist is Pope Benedict XVI, then we know who is behind the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

It’s interesting that the Parliament is convening roughly three weeks after Pope Francis pushed his interfaith agenda while addressing the joint session of the U.S. Congress. The Pope also addressed gun control, which, ironically (or not), is also on the Parliament’s agenda.  The Parliament has a program entitled “Faiths Against Hate,” which campaigns to “transform fear and anger into peace, love, and interreligious harmony.”  It should be noted, however, that while they claim to be concerned with hate speech and attacks on religious minorities, they also mention the fact that:

  • The number of armed militias [in the U.S.] have doubled (TIME)

  • 2.5 million more Americans bought guns for the first time in 2011 (FBI)

It would seem, therefore, that the Parliament of the World’s Religions is not just interested in promoting interfaith fellowship and harmony.  Like so many other groups these days, they are also interested in Americans’ Constitutional right “to keep and bear arms.”

I remind you of Pope Francis’ words during his speech to Congress:

“[Interfaith] cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery…”

He said this after saying “We must be mindful of every type of fundamentalism” and “We must combat every form of polarization.”  Since both fundamentalism and polarization were veiled references to biblical Christianity, then one of the “new global forms of slavery” is doubtless Christianity.  

It is important to note that Bible-believing Christians–many aware that the Second Amendment exists not only to enable law-abiding citizens to defend themselves from criminals, but also for all Americans to defend themselves, should the need arise, against a tyrannical (read fanatical) government–are some of the staunchest supporters of the right “to keep and bear arms.”  Pope’s Francis’ words, therefore (and the Parliament) should be considered in the context of The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, since disarmament is a major step in the takeover.

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

The Still Man

P.S. You may want to read the bios of the women who will be speaking at the “Inaugural Women’s Assembly,” which includes at least three avowed goddess worshippers and a Wiccan priestess.  One of the women, a professor of philosophy and religion, who teaches courses on the “Eleusian Mysteries” (Babylon), says she is “interested in promoting dialogue between Goddess people and God people” (actual quote).  

So you see, in order for Christians to have a “dialogue” with these people, we would have t0 be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers.  They know we would never do this, of course, and for this reason we are considered a threat to global peace and harmony.

–TSM

 

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The Incredible Truth About the Mark of the Beast

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have just completed what will probably be the most important video we have ever done.  It concerns the truth about the biblical Mark of the Beast and it is guaranteed to blow your mind.  By the time you are done watching this video, you will wonder why you never saw yourself what has always been sitting right before your eyes.

Saints, watch this video and please, share it with everyone you know, especially your friends and loved ones.  The Mark of the Beast will be offered very soon as the cure for the global economic crisis that is looming on the horizon.  But the Bible teaches that everyone who takes the Mark will be doomed to eternal flames.

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

The Still Man

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My Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Visit

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Well, the Roman Catholic pope came to the United States amid much fanfare, pomp, and gaiety. The American press hailed it as possibly the greatest moment in our country’s history. I, however, believe it to be the most tragic moment in America’s history: the moment when America gave a hero’s welcome to one of the greatest enemies of freedom in the history of the world.

CNN dedicated much airtime to the coverage of the pope’s visit, and I couldn’t help but notice that they did everything they could to differentiate their coverage of the pope from their coverage of any other world leader.

I’ve talked to my children at length about why CNN dedicates so much airtime to covering the Roman Catholic pope. As I told them, the Roman Catholic church believes that it’s pope is the substitute for Jesus Christ on earth and that he is actually God on earth. Now, if you love God, then everything that God says and does will interest you. Therefore, if you believe that the pope is God in the flesh, then everything the pope says and does will interest you.

CNN has always had an intense interest in all things popish. On one of CNN’s promotional commercials, Christianne Amanpour even addresses Pope Francis as “Holy Father!” Now, a non-Roman Catholic does not have to address the pope as Holy Father, as it is a spiritual title. Only one who acknowledges him as his spiritual authority would address Pope Francis or any pope as Holy Father. A true Bible-believing Christian certainly would not address Pope Francis as Holy Father, because it is a blasphemous title. Holy Father is reserved for God the Father ALONE. The title of Holy Father occurs only once in the entire Bible: Chapter 17 verse 11 of the Gospel of John. In this verse, Jesus is praying to God the Father on the behalf of the Christian church. Listen to what He says:

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be as one, as we are.”

Jesus says several times in the Gospel of John that He and the Father are one. That is why Jesus has almost every title that God the Father has: Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, Savior, Lord, etc. Etc. The title of Holy Father is the one title which Jesus Christ does not claim for Himself. In John 10:39 Jesus says, “My Father…is greater than all.” Though Jesus and the Father are one, Jesus places God the Father above Himself. The title of Holy Father places God the Father at the head of all righteousness. For the Pope of Rome to allow himself to be called Holy Father is to blaspheme the name of God the Father.

One could simply address Pope Francis as Pope Francis just as one may address a president named Smith as President Smith, a king named Jones as King Jones, or a judge named Johnson as Judge Johnson, though they may have other titles. When one therefore, calls Pope Francis Holy Father, he is doing more than acknowledging the pope’s position; he is acknowledging him as his spiritual leader. Christianne Amanpour represents CNN and is one of their highest-regarded journalists. When Amanpour addresses Pope Francis as Holy Father, therefore, she is not just speaking for herself; she is speaking for CNN.  It should therefore be no surprise that they would dedicate a great deal of time covering Pope Francis.

The only religion in the world that does not have a human leader is the true Christian Church. The Roman Catholic church has its pope, Buddhism has the Dalai Lama, Islam has its imams, Hinduism has its gurus, Jehovah’s Witnesses have their presidents, Mormonism has its prophets, and on and on it goes. The only religion that has no human head is Bible-based Christianity. Our head is God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

Now, if you watch CNN, you will notice that though they do occasionally cover the major doings of some religious leaders, they never cover any other religious leader like they do the Pope of Rome. This makes sense if CNN not only believes that the Pope is God, but that he is the spiritual leader of every other religion on earth. CNN wouldn’t so brazenly publish this belief if they didn’t know that all other religions (except true Christianity) believe the same thing. They are promoting Pope Francis as the greatest spiritual leader on earth.

So when Pope Francis, the greatest religious leader on earth came to America, CNN went to great lengths to do more for him than they have done for any other world leader that has ever come to the U.S. CNN, as well as virtually every other news outlet, always covers when a world leader first sets foot on U.S. soil, and is right there when the leader lands at a U.S. Airport or military base. However, to distinguish Pope Francis from every other world leader and to give him the ultimate star treatment, CNN did something that to my knowledge they have never done for any other world leader. CNN actually announced that Pope Francis had entered U.S. Airspace!

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That was truly a first. 

On September 24, 2015, Pope Francis made history by addressing a joint session of Congress. The significance of the United States Congress allowing the Pope of Rome to address them was not lost on me. For you must understand that for Roman Catholics, the voice of the Pope is the voice of God. Pope Francis, therefore, didn’t fly all the way to the United States and appear before Congress in the nation’s capital just to give us his opinion. As the Pope of the Holy See, the Pope was putting the full weight of the Vatican, the most powerful organization in the history of the world, behind whatever issue he was speaking on. And he spoke on several issues.

We published on our YouTube channel, The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade, the Fox News coverage of Pope Francis’ address. In the description box I listed a number of quotes the Pope made relative to the issues he addressed that I thought were rather revelatory and that held particularly ominous portent for the future.

Francis begins by implying that biblical Christianity (also referred to as “fundamentalism”) is the source of friction and discord in the world and a hindrance to global unity:

12:00 – “We must be mindful of every type of fundamentalism.”

 13:40 – “We must combat every form of polarization.”

 Then he makes a reference to the ecumenical agenda:

15:00 – “We must move together as one in solidarity.”

16:57 – “We must pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.”

Francis then implies that all religions need to work together to combat Christian fundamentalism. After pointing out that all religions have contributed to making America great, Francis says:

 “[Interfaith] cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery…” 

Because this statement was still in the context of fighting fundamentalism and polarization, he is implying that Christianity is a form of slavery that must be eliminated.

He then implies that new legislation and social programs need to be put in place to aid in this battle:

“…which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.” 

Don’t overlook the fact that Pope Francis is addressing the United States Congress, the highest legislative body in the United States. So when he speaks of new policies to combat Christian fundamentalism, Pope Francis is urging the Congress to enact laws to curtail the activities of Christian fundamentalists. In that our main activities are evangelization through preaching and witnessing, then Francis is suggesting that laws be enacted to stop those activities.

But there’s more.  Preaching and witnessing are protected under the First Article and Amendment to the United States Constitution: it is protected speech.  In order to curtail protected speech, the First Amendment would have to be eliminated or drastically altered.  We ought to be on the lookout for this.  Moreover, since the authority for our activities is the Bible, then you can also look forward to seeing legislation that will further demonize and even outlaw the Bible.

Francis then goes on to imply that the ultimate goal of the political process is to build a a New World Order, free of the prejudices of fundamentalism (Christianity):

18:11 – “Politics is instead an expression of our compelling need to live as one in order to build, as one, the greatest common good…”

The “greatest common good” also called “the greater good” is a code word for democracy, which is a code word for the New World Order. You must understand that a democracy is not the same as a republic. The United States was founded a republic. In a republic, the rights of individuals takes precedence over the rights of the whole. In other words, the belief was that if you take care of the needs of every individual, then by extension, you will meet the needs of everyone. The individual was the most important factor. In a democracy, however, the needs of the whole–the majority–supersede the needs of the individual. In a democracy, individuals are only needed to support the state. It is from democracy that we get the term “human resource.” The individual is only seen as a resource, a commodity, which needs to be managed like every other resource: to be planted, harvested, consumed, and discarded. Webster’s Dictionary says that a democracy is the last step before communism. In short, a pure democracy is socialism.

It is from democracy that we get the terms minority and majority with respect to society. Blacks are considered minority, not because they are fewer than whites, but because in a democracy, the needs of blacks are secondary to the needs of whites, who are considered the majority. So, even in a city like Washington, D.C., where the majority of its inhabitants are blacks, they are still considered the minority.

Christians will not be welcome in the New World Order because the New World Order, like the Tower of Babel, will attempt to exalt itself above all that is called God.

Now let’s get back to Pope Francis’ address.  This is where it gets scary. Francis then defines the New World Order:

“…a community that sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life.” 

You must understand who is speaking and what he is saying. If you substitute “eliminates” for “sacrifices” and “whoever doesn’t fit into our utopian society” for “particular interests,” then it is clear that Pope Francis is suggesting that Christians and all who will not bow down to the Roman Catholic pope and his idol will not be allowed to share in the benefits of the New World Order utopia they are trying to build. They will be eliminated. This is a literal fulfillment of biblical prophecy!

But it doesn’t stop there. Francis then turns his attention to the global disarmament agenda:

“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply money. It is our duty to confront and stop the arms trade.”

In most parts of the world, weapons ownership by private individuals has been severely curtailed. Only in America is gun ownership a legal right rather than a privilege. So, Francis was really voicing his desire to eventually ban gun ownership in America as well as the world. We can look for him to reiterate this sentiment when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly, during his visit to New York. It is through the United Nations that Pope Francis will eventually decide the gun issue in America. Disarmament is Step Four of Phase Three of the Roman Catholic Takeover of America.

In her book, “Ravening Wolves,” Christian evangelist Monica Farrell gives the blueprint for the Roman Catholic takeover of a nation, which she observed when the Nazis (who were the political and military cell of the Roman Catholic church) took over the former Yugoslavia. The phases of the Roman Catholic takeover are as follows:

  1. A crusade of prayer, claiming a country for the Virgin Mary
  2. Formal dedication by the Roman Catholic church of that country to the Virgin Mary.
  3. A Holy Warfare to possess that country.

Phase Three occurs in five steps:

  1. Secession: The Roman Catholics declare an independent state within the formal country. This is what happened in the United States and which preceded the Civil War. The Roman Catholic South, supported by the Vatican, seceded from the mostly Protestant Union and declared war upon it by firing upon Fort Sumter. It also occurred in Yugoslavia, according to Farrell, when the Roman Catholics seceded from that country and formed the Independent State of Croatia.
  1. The formation of a Roman Catholic army supported by other Roman Catholic armies. The current manifestation of this is the United Nations Security Council. Most, if not all, of the member nations in the Security Council are Roman Catholic or Roman Catholic friendly, including the United States. This is why most units in the United States army wear the blue U.N. beret and our army fights in wars that have nothing to do with defending the United States. Our army now belongs to the United Nations, which is headed by the Vatican. It goes where and does what the Pope says it goes and does.
  1. The government, which is by this time almost entirely composed of Roman Catholics, publishes a notice that only Roman Catholics may serve in government. This is about to happen in the United States. Our government has an “unusually high Catholic representation,” and virtually every candidate for President in 2016 is a Roman Catholic. Vice President Joe Biden is a Roman Catholic, and Barak Obama is a secret Roman Catholic.
  1. CONFISCATION OF ALL WEAPONS. This was the purpose for the University of Texas shooting; Columbine; Virginia Tech; Sandy Hook; Oslo, Norway; the shootings on military bases around the country and overseas, and every other mass shooting that has occurred in the United States. The Vatican wants to demonize weapons so that there will be a global outcry to ban weapons in the United States. This is in preparation for Step Five which is…
  1. The Inquisition. In Croatia, the Roman Catholic USTACHI (Catholic Action), led by priest, nuns, and monks, swept through that nation and horribly massacred the Bosnian Serbs, who are Eastern Orthodox. Interestingly, they did nothing to the Croatian Muslims. In fact, in the Independent State of Croatia, all religions were outlawed EXCEPT ROMAN CATHOLICISM AND ISLAM. This will happen in the United States.

You must understand that Pope Francis is not the friend of the United States. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Roman Catholic church, and that is no small matter. The Jesuit Order was specially commissioned by the Council of Trent to destroy the Protestant Reformation and Christianity. Though it was a pope who instituted the Jesuit order, the Society of Jesus, as the Jesuits are formally called, became a danger to all constituted authority in the world, including the Catholic Church. They have been thrown out of virtually every country in the world, except the United States, which gave them a safe haven from which to operate. They were finally disbanded by Pope Clement X, but they resurfaced again and have been tirelessly working ever since to complete their goal.

The warm welcome Pope Francis received by the American people showed just how far down the road to apostasy we really are. America, the former Protestant nation, welcomed the Roman Catholic pope with open arms. We will soon regret that move.

I will have more to say on the Pope’s visit and it’s implications for America in the coming days, God willing.

Click here to read more about the Roman Catholic Takeover of America.

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

The Still Man

 

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Is Anybody Still Out There?

Grace and peace, Saints!

I am so excited and happy to be writing to you again after a rather long hiatus from writing. I cannot say why I have not written anything of substance in such a long time, though there’s no doubt that to a certain extent my spiritual battles have played some role in this. Whatever the reason, the end result is that I have not been writing as often as I should. And the bad part is that just as when you write constantly you get so used to writing that you cannot see yourself not writing, when you write infrequently you get so used to not writing that you cannot see yourself writing anymore.

That is what has happened to me. Even writing this was work for me, and I had to make myself sit down and do it. This is deadly for a writer. And, though I am a preacher first and foremost, I am still a writer. You would not believe how many articles I just shelved and never wrote. The “Incoming” folder of my Evernote account has more than a hundred drafts articles and pieces of research in it, just waiting on me to take action. How terrible!

This is a terrible dilemma for a writer, but for a preacher and teacher, this is more than terrible–it is disobedience! The Lord Jesus has commanded us through the Apostle Paul to make full proof of our ministries: that is, we must use our God-given talents and resources to the fullest extent possible to fulfill the Great Commission.

I have not done that. I haven’t even come close.

I ask therefore brothers and sisters, that you pray for me that I would break through this Satan-Induced slump that I have been in for almost two years. The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade must go on!

I apologize to my brothers and sisters for not remaining faithful.  I’m sorry I have not consistently kept you educated, edified, and encouraged.  If there are any of you still out there who have faithfully waited for me to get over this hump, I am happy to tell you that I have finally turned the corner, and I thank you for sticking by me.

Carolyn and Tom M., you have not failed to drop me a line or an encouraging word every now and again.  I thank you for your fellowship.  Sean, thank you for hanging in there too.  Pastor Owak, thank you for your fellowship as well as Evangelist Babu.  If this ministry has helped you, would you be so kind as to drop me a line and let me know?  I’d like to get to know you.

I have taken the first step in breaking through this slump by writing this to you, because I did not want to write this to you. But I just had to get my fingers moving as well as my spirit. Experts say that bloggers should blog every day. Can I do that? I doubt it. But I can write at least once a week, can’t I?  Pray that I will. I have a lot to say.

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

The Still Man

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We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook

Grace and peace, Saints.

We are again sharing with our readers the expose on the Sandy Hook massacre entitled, “We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook,” a video which presents a very compelling case that Sandy Hook may have been a completely staged media event.

YouTube had originally disabled the video because of a copyright infringement claim made by the HONR Network, a group that claims to represent the interests of the families of the alleged victims of Sandy Hook.  I filed a counter claim against the HONR Network, because they were neither the copyright owners of the video nor an authorized agent thereof.  Today, YouTube again made the video available on our ministry’s YouTube channel.

Because the alleged victims of Sandy Hook were children, many get upset when anyone suggests that the alleged shooting may, in fact, never have happened.  This is understandable.  Americans, in general, seek to protect society’s most helpless and vulnerable members, and rightly take offense when children are abused or mistreated in any way. 

It must, however, be understood that things in America right now are not what they should be.  A foreign and hostile government is in the process of destroying America–the last bastion of Protestant Christianity in the world–and everything this country originally stood for.  The Roman Catholic Takeover of America is in Stage Four of Phase Three.  Phase Three is “A Holy Warfare,” while Step Four is the complete disarmament of the American people.  Sandy Hook may very well have been a part of this plan.

The Bible teaches that it is folly to pass judgment on a matter before hearing all the facts (Proverbs 18:13).  Therefore, please withhold judgment until you have seen the video.  View it and weigh it in the balance of your heart.  And then decide.

I should add that Step Five of Phase Three of the Roman Catholic Takeover of America is The Inquisition.  If you know anything about the Roman Catholic Inquisition, then you know that the future is not looking too bright for America.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

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

The Still Man

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The Book of Mormon: Another Testimony of “Another Jesus”

Grace and peace.

A couple of days ago, I was going through some of my books, compiling a bibliography for a book that I am working on, when I came across the Book of Mormon.  I had not looked at this book in at least five years, so I decided to just peruse its pages.  On the very first page, I came across this:

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As any Christian with even a smidgen of discernment knows, Mormonism is not a denomination of Christianity and, in fact, is not Christian at all.  Mormonism is a mystery religion: that is, its source is not Jerusalem, but ancient Babylon.  It’s “Jesus,” therefore, is not Jesus the Christ, but Jesus the Antichrist–another Jesus.  Proof of this is the Cult of Mary hand sign that “Jesus” is displaying with his right hand.

Now, we know from the Bible that every person on earth as well as every religion on earth will worship the Antichrist as well as Satan.  And, as I have alluded to before in articles such as House of the Virgin Mary, the common denominator that will be used to unite these religions will not only be their worship of the Antichrist, but their veneration of the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary.

The Bible teaches that the Roman Catholic church is “the Mother of Harlots and abominations of the earth” (Revelation 17:5).  This means that the Roman Catholic church is the modern representative of Babylon on this earth and the fount from which every ungodly religion, organization, belief, dogma, and philosophy springs.  If this is true of Mormonism, then we should be able to find some commonalities between Mormonism and Roman Catholicism.

We have already seen one of those commonalities: the Cult of Mary hand sign.  This means that Mormonism also revers the goddess called the Virgin Mary.  But there are other similarities.

We know, for example, that though it purports to worship Jesus Christ and revere His Word, the Roman Catholic church, in reality, worships the Virgin Mary and places their tradition on par with the Holy Bible: for the fourth session of the Roman Catholic Council of Trent (1546) decreed:

“[The Roman Catholic church] receives and venerates with a feeling of piety and reverence all the books of the Old and New Testaments…

“[A]lso the traditions, whether they relate to faith or to morals, as having been dictated either orally by Christ or by the Holy Ghost, and preserved in the Catholic Church.” (“Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent,” by Rev. H.J. Schroeder.)

As a great many, if not most, of the traditions of the Roman Catholic church come from the writings of the so-called Church Fathers, then this decree, in effect, places the words of men on an equal footing to the Words of God–the Holy Bible.  To place human traditions on par with the very words of God is to actually exalt the words of men over the Word of God. 

The Mormon Church does this exact same thing with its Book of Mormon, which it bills as “another testament of Jesus Christ.”  Notice below that the Book of Mormon is purported to be “comparable to the Bible” and that Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS Church, is quoted to have said that by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon, “a man would get nearer to God…than by any other book.”  Mormonism, therefore, places its holy book–written by Joseph Smith, a man–over and above the Holy Bible: the same thing the Roman Catholic church does.

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There are many other similarities between the Mormon and Catholic religions, some of which we cover in our discussion of the Roman Catholic Charismatic Movement. I strongly suggest that you read it and consider it.

In these deceptive last days, many religions claim to have the truth.  But those who know their God know that the real Truth can only be found in the True Church of Jesus Christ, which cannot be found in any temple, church, dojo, hall, cathedral, lodge, or any other building made with hands, but in the hearts of those who love Him.

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

The Still Man

P.S. I had never before considered the link between Mormonism and goddess worship, but I will ponder this and devote further research to it, if God wills. –TSM

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Election 2016 and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America

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Roman Catholic “Patriotic Flag”

Grace and peace, Saints.

Many of you are aware that the Roman Catholic Takeover of a country involves three phases:

1. A crusade of prayer, claiming a country for the Virgin Mary,

2. Dedication or consecration of that country to the Virgin Mary,

3. A Holy Warfare to claim that country for the Virgin Mary.

Phase Three, A Holy Warfare, occurs in five steps:

1. Secession: (The formation of an independent Roman Catholic state)

2. The formation of a Roman Catholic army to pound the populace into submission

3. A governmental decree that only Roman Catholics may serve in government

4. Confiscation of all weapons

5. The Inquisition

As we discuss in The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, the plan to take over the United States for Rome has almost reached fruition.  Steps one and two have already been accomplished (Washington D.C. is in Maryland–MARY LAND–and the U.N. Security Council has every army in the world, including our own, at its beck and call), while steps three and four are progressing steadily.

2016 is set to be a monumental year in Catholic government, as the following video will show.  As Stephen Schneck says, “All three of the major branches of our government have extraordinarily high Catholic representation.”

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

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Munich Occult Symoblism – New Photos

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Grace and peace.

We have added new photos to our montage of Munich’s Occult Symbolism.  You want to see these.

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

The Still Man

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A Letter To Jack (Epilogue)

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Last week, we received an answer to our last letter to Chick Publications regarding occult symbolism we discovered in some of their gospel tracts.  Again, it was from Karen Rockney, Jack Chick’s secretary.  Here it is:

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So there you have it.  The official position of Chick Publications on the matter of occult imagery in their gospel tracts is that Jack Chick was responsible for only one of those tracts, and that the inclusion of the occult hand signs in their gospel tracts was not intentional.

Here is my response:

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Those of us who care about the purity of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these perverse last days should be encouraged by this development: not only because Chick Publications has promised to correct this issue, but because Chick Publications, now that they know we are paying attention, will be careful what they print from now on.

They realize that many of us in the body of Christ are awakening from our blissful slumber.  They realize that, in this climate of apostasy, they can ill afford many incidents that cast doubt on the faithfulness of their ministry.  Let’s pray that others will also take notice.

Saints, let this be our wakeup call. Let us take seriously the Bible’s commandment for Christians to “watch in all things.” Let us become the Watchmen we are supposed to be, for the glory of God and of His Christ.

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

The Still Man

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Mother’s Day Woes

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Grace and peace, Saints.

On Mother’s Day, I received an email from a very despondent mom, whose plans for that day were ruined when her daughter became ill. I sometimes get emails from Christians whose trials may be causing them to experience a crisis of faith or doubt the goodness of God. But this was the first time someone admitted that her trials are causing her to actually hate God.

Hate is a word that people don’t normally throw around as lightly as we do the word love. When someone says they hate something or someone, that is usually exactly what they mean. So when Gretchen said she was beginning to hate God, that really got my attention.

Here is her email:

“Hello, Still Man. I found your website when I did an internet search on curses.
Today is Mother’s Day, as well as my 18th Wedding Anniversary. My husband, daughter, and I had very special plans for celebrating two such special occasions today. I was SO excited and happy. I had been listening to a series of sermons by Andrew Wommack, that were recommended to me, and I was feeling so peaceful and happy, and growing so much spiritually.

“Then yesterday my daughter became sick, so all our special plans had to be cancelled. I had prayed and pleaded the blood of Jesus that she, would be protected from getting sick, and that we would all have a wonderful time today.

“This sort of thing happens EVERY TIME we have special plans. Either one of the three of us gets sick (usually my daughter), or something else will happen to ruin our plans. I am sick of ALWAYS being disappointed.

“Every time I start getting closer to God and Jesus, very disappointing things happen. I am starting to hate God. He doesn’t answer my prayers, and I really don’t think that He wants me or my family to be happy. I have already renounced my sins, and become born again.
Regarding Catholicism, I have Catholic friends and family who glide through life on a perpetual cloud of happiness.

“All I asked for was for 1 DAY OUT OF THE YEAR not to turn out to be a disappointment,  but apparently that’s too much to ask.

—Gretchen” [CAPS in the original, boldface mine]

This was my response:

Hello, Gretchen.

I understand how tough this must be for you.  And I can understand the temptation to blame God for your troubles.  But you shouldn’t hate the Lord Jesus or believe He doesn’t want you to be happy.  The Bible says that God wants you to have an abundant life, not a life of misery.

Understand that the Christian life, though a wonderful existence, is not all fun and games. Jesus Himself said that it is given to us who are saved not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).  I can testify that this is a gospel truth.  Suffering is part of the Christian experience.

The Apostle Paul loved the Lord with all his heart and soul and couldn’t wait to die so that he could be with the Lord.  And Paul suffered more than all the Apostles, losing everything he had just to follow Jesus.  Did Paul complain?  Not hardly:

“I count all but loss (I’m 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 (the things he lost) but dung (poo-poo) that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). [Parentheses and boldface mine.]

Those are pretty strong words from the Apostle.  But he meant business.  Suffering is part of the Christian walk.  In fact, Paul goes on to say that to know Jesus is to know “the fellowship of His sufferings” (3:10). Only when you have suffered for Jesus’ sake do you truly come to know the Lord, because He is going to take you through the fire to perfect you.  And perfection is had through suffering.

Even Jesus suffered.  And the Bible says that Jesus “learned obedience through the things that He suffered.”  This is exactly what happens to us when we suffer. God doesn’t let us suffer because He gets a kick out of it.  God allows us to suffer for our good and for His glory.

I believe this may be part of what you are going through.  Note that you said every time you start getting close to Jesus, “very disappointing things happen.”  This happens to all of us.  In Jesus’ parable of the sower, He describes the seed that fell among stones as the person who gladly receives the Gospel, and rejoices.  But as soon as troubles come, he becomes weary, and Jesus becomes an offense to him (Matthew 13:20-21).

Don’t let this be you.  Don’t confuse the Christian life with what many have made it out to be: all fun and joy and no tribulation. This is not biblical.  Remember, Job was a righteous man in all his ways, who hated sin. Yet, God allowed Job to suffer.  God allowed Satan to kill Job’s children, bankrupt him, and destroy his health.  Satan was sure that when he was finished with Job, he would “curse God to His face.”  Yet, the Bible says, “In all this, Job sinned not with his lips.”  Job said, “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

The Bible says that our trials are no different than what the average person goes though (1 Corinthians 10:13).  The difference, however, is that Jesus is with the Christian every step of the way.  He won’t allow us to suffer more than we are able, but “will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that we will be able to bear it.”  That’s why you don’t hear about true, Bible-believing Christians committing suicide.  God either stops our trials before they break us, or strengthens us so that we can handle them.

You shouldn’t worry about your Roman Catholic friends and relatives who are “gliding through life”, as you put it, as not everything is what it appears to be.  Besides, the Apostle Paul says that we err when we “measure ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves among ourselves” (2 Corinthians 10:12).  We shouldn’t be looking at the person to our right and left and comparing what we are going through to what they are going through (or not).  Keep your eyes on Jesus. Whatever you are going through, has nothing to do with them and vice versa.

It may very well be possible that you may be placing too much value on everything being just right, just perfect, on that special day.  You may instead consider putting less emphasis on the day and more on the person.  For example, Mother’s Day is a day to honor mothers for the special sacrifices they make every day to take care of their families. I get that.  But, at the end of the day, isn’t it more important that mommy is around to hear her husband and children say “Happy Mother’s Day?”  

Believe me when I tell you that there are many daughters out there who are very sad on Mother’s Day, because mom is no longer alive to receive her daughter’s love and appreciation.  If your daughter or anyone else gets sick, and you are unable to do what you had planned, just switch to Plan B.  (You should always have a Plan B.) And plan B should be a very scaled-down version of Plan A. Something that maybe doesn’t even require you to leave the house.  Just stay home and watch some videos like “Mommy Dearest, “Throw Momma From the Train,” or “Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot!”  LOL.

If you are a Christian, then Jesus is allowing this to happen to you.  And if He is allowing it to happen to you, then He has a reason.  It could be that the Lord Jesus feels you are putting too much importance on “special occasions.”  The Apostle Paul said, “One man esteemeth one day above another, another esteemeth every day alike.  Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).  What Paul meant by this is that, at the end of the day, these days were not ordained of God, but by men, and they are not as important as we make them out to be.  It is like the Pharisees, who put so much importance on what you couldn’t do on the Sabbath, that just about everything was a violation of it.  Jesus told them that the Sabbath was made to serve man, and not man to serve the Sabbath.

One last thing:  Satan is very aware of the importance you place on days like Mother’s Day and your wedding anniversary. You can count on him, therefore, to do all he can to derail those days for you.  The way you thwart him is to not put so much emphasis on those days. That way, he can’t spoil it for you.  All Christians have enemies, and many, if not most, of those enemies are witches.  A witch will watch you, study you, and learn you.  A witch will know when you have a birthday coming, or an anniversary, or a family outing, etc., and when that day approaches, will go into action, casting a spell on you, someone in your family, or someone else with whom you have to do.  They will either try to make you sick, be in a bad mood, or argue with someone, in an effort to ruin that day for you.  This happens to me all–and I do mean ALL–the time.  So I know what I’m talking about.

Whenever a birthday is coming in my family, for example, I take it in stride, placing more value on the fact that whosever’s birthday it is lived to see it, than I do on all the trappings. There is always a cake (even a burnt one that I made) and, if possible, at least one present and a party.  But it is not always under the best of circumstances.

On my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday, for example, my wife and I were at odds, so she didn’t attend the party.  On another daughter’s birthday, a month later, we were still at odds, so I didn’t attend the party.  Did it stop anything?  No sir.  Would it have been more fun if everyone had been there and getting along?  Of course.  But you must understand that we are in a war, and in a war, nothing is sacred; even birthday parties.  At my son’s birthday party, my wife and I were still not speaking, but we both were at the party.  And because we respected one another and dealt with one another amiably, everyone had a great time.  The next day, my wife and I reconciled (briefly).  (My wife is a Roman Catholic and has many many spiritual problems.  So we are almost always at odds.) My children understand very well the spiritual warfare that is raging, and they always have a good time, under the circumstances.  We have learned to lower our expectations, and we have redefined what makes a day special and what makes it fun.

In closing, I would like to say that I do not believe this is a curse at work.  What I believe is that you may be placing too much importance on special days, and, in so doing, you are serving those days rather than letting those days serve you.

One last last thing.  Don’t hate the Lord Jesus, and don’t feel He doesn’t want you and your family to be happy.  I can tell you, as someone who has had things happen to him that my daughter says could make a bestseller, that the Lord Jesus loves you very very much.  Just ask Him what His purpose is for all that is happening to you.  If you are sincere, He will answer.  And He will tell you what to do.

And please, please repent of hating the Lord.  It could be a whole lot worse than a spoiled Mothers Day. You should be thankful it isn’t.
Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Tony

 

I appreciated this lady’s sincerity, and I’m sure the Lord Jesus does too. Now, someone reading this probably thinks it is the epitome of evil to hate God because of something He allows us to go through. But, in my heart, I believe this lady is not alone. My spirit tells me that it is probably very common for someone who names the name of Christ to hate Him, when the going gets tough.

Doubtless, all of us know something about God. But I would argue that very few of us actually know God. Because, once you know Him, it is impossible to hate Him; for to know God is to love Him. To hate God would be to hate goodness. To hate God would be to hate truthfulness. To hate God would be to hate honesty. To hate God would be to hate love. In short, to hate God would be to hate everything that is good in the world; for every good thing comes from God, the Father of Lights (James 1:17).

I don’t believe, therefore, that Gretchen really hates God, because I don’t believe she really knows Him. And the first clue that she doesn’t really know Him is that she doesn’t mention His name once. God has a name, and that name is Jesus Christ. If she knew God, then she would have no problem naming the name of Jesus.

The second clue that she doesn’t know God is that she says He doesn’t answer her prayers. If this is true, and God hasn’t answered any of her prayers, then it may be because He hasn’t heard them. Jesus said that anything we ask in His name He will do (John 14:13-14). Again, she doesn’t mention the name of Jesus once in her email, so one has to wonder if when she prays, she does so in the name of Jesus.

It may also be possible that Gretchen is not saved. Note that she never said that she was saved, but that she has “renounced [her] sins and been born again.”  Not everyone who says they are born again means that they are saved.

Christianity is not the only religion in the world whose adherents claim to be born again. Freemasons, for example, are “reborn” during the ritual of the third degree, and some Freemasons, will tell you that that they have been born again.  Freemasons are not Christians.

It is not enough to simply claim to be born again. One must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and confess Him as Lord and Savior. The Bible says,

“If thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou wilt be saved.

“For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).

I don’t like to question anyone’s salvation, but, in these last days, when deception is at an all time high, one must, because there are many who have been deceived into believing they are saved, when, in fact, they are not. I was one such person. We must believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that He died on the cross at Calvary and shed His blood for our sins, in order to be saved. Then, we must confess Jesus to the world.

When we confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are showing what we believe in our heart: that He is Lord of all. If you are not trusting in the shed blood of Jesus for your salvation, then you are not saved. And if you cannot say with certainty that you are going to Heaven, then you are not saved.

Renouncing our sins is also not enough.  We must confess our sins if we want forgiveness for them. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Renouncing our sins is a good start, but we must confess our sins if we want the Lord Jesus to forgive them. Sin in our lives is the number one reason God doesn’t hear our prayers. The Bible says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord shall not hear me” (Psalm 66:18).

The Bible says that we all sin. But, as Christians, we must confess those sins right away to the Lord Jesus (not to any man) if we want forgiveness. Unconfessed sin creates a wall between God and us—a barrier—through which prayers cannot pass. If we want to get a prayer through to God, then we must make sure that we are in a right relationship with Him. And one way to make sure that we are in a right relationship with God is to make sure that when we sin, we confess those sins to the Lord Jesus as quickly as possible.

The Bible says that we must examine ourselves and determine whether we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). When we feel that God is not answering our prayers, we need to first ask ourselves if we are in a right standing with Him. And if we are living in sin, then we are not.

We also need to make sure that when we pray for anything, that we want for God’s will to be done first. The Bible says:

“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us:

“And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we desired of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

God’s will is perfect. And everything that He allows in our lives serves a purpose, even if we can’t see it. Even Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, ended His prayer with “But not my will, but thine, be done.” Gretchen said that she prayed and pleaded the blood of Jesus that her daughter would not get sick and that everyone would have a great time. But, because she was so disappointed when things didn’t go the way she planned, I wonder if she prayed for Jesus’ will to be done. Scripture says that if we want God to hear our prayers, then we must pray according to His will.

The Bible also says that we receive that which we ask of the Lord if we “keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). God’s commandments can be found in both the Old and New Testaments, and it behooves us, as Christians, to find out what the Lord Jesus wants and expects from us and to do it. If we don’t know what God’s commandments are, then we can’t keep them. If we can’t keep God’s commandments, then we cannot do those things that are pleasing in His sight. We will, therefore, not receive the things we ask of Him.

The third clue that Gretchen doesn’t really know God is that she believes He doesn’t want her to be happy. God wants us all to be happy. The Word of God commands us to rejoice, and to rejoice again (Philippians 4:4).  The Bible says that God will not withhold any good thing from those of us who seek the Lord (Psalm 34:10). And happiness is a good thing. But it is important for us to understand that God’s version of happiness is a lot different from ours.

To us, happiness is getting everything we want. To God, happiness is getting everything He wants. And what God wants for us is not always exactly what we would want for ourselves. Just because something seems good to us, doesn’t mean that it’s good for us. And even something that is good for us may not be good for us all the time. The Bible says that there is a season for everything. What may not be right for us today may be right for us tomorrow. Only God know when the time is right.

I believe this is the root of Gretchen’s problem. She has unrealistic expectations of what happiness is—unrealistic, that is, in the Christian sense. The Apostle Paul said that we should be content with such things as we have, and that we should not grumble or complain about our lives. If God will not withhold any good thing from us, then, if we are in a right relationship with Him, we are exactly where He wants us. To be in a right relationship with God should be every Christian’s desire, and, ultimately, that is what should make us happy, even when everything else in our lives seems to be going wrong.

Knowing that you are in a right standing with the Lord Jesus can often be the only silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud. When everything else seems to be going wrong: when you are forsaken by your friends and family, when your husband or wife has turned their back on you, when your children are misbehaving, when things are not right at work, when your money is acting funny, when you just keep on getting sick, and when it seems that no one cares whether you live or die, it is knowing that God Almighty is watching over you and allowing these things to happen to you, but will not put more on you than you can bear, that helps you to get through each and every day.

True happiness, then, is being dead center in the will of God, and knowing that regardless of how things are going, the Captain of our Salvation and the Author and Finisher of our faith is at the helm. And He will guide us into a safe haven.

The Bible says, “All things work together for good to those who love God and who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Note that the passage says all things work together for good. All means all. That means even the bad things that happen to us serve a purpose, working together with the good things to fulfill God’s purpose in us. And the Lord Jesus has promised us that ultimately things will work out for our good. That means we can’t lose!

Don’t let Satan steal your joy. Sanctify yourself and avoid sin and those who sin. Don’t give a witch power over you.  “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

In closing, we shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations of the Christian life; for when we do, we set ourselves up for disappointment. The Christian life is not all fun and games. Job said it best when he said, “Shall we [only] receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10). Jesus is God Almighty, yet the Bible says that Jesus was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” Life was not all fun and games for our Lord either.

Truly, the servant is no greater than his Master.

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“Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame; and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:2-3).

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

The Still Man

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A Reply From Jack (well, almost)

Grace and peace, Saints.

As you may recall, back in February of this year, we wrote Christian publisher and cartoonist, Jack Chick, concerning occult images we discovered in his gospel tracts. 

We first wrote about this subject back in 2012, in the article, Man, You Don’t Know Jack! after discovering a Cult of Mary hand sign in the gospel tract, Why Is Mary Crying?  At that time, I considered writing Jack Chick about this, but thought better of it, for several reasons, not the least of which was the fact that at that time, I had only found the hand sign in that one particular tract.

But when I later discovered that same hand sign in two other Chick tracts, namely The Choice and The Storyteller, I decided that it was time to write Jack Chick and find out what was going on.  So, I did, in a letter which you can read here.

Well, shortly thereafter, I received a letter from Jack’s secretary, which you can read below:

 

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As you can see, Ms. Rockney denies that the occult images were placed in the tracts intentionally, and even attempts to explain them away by saying that “sometimes a picture is just a picture.”

Well, here is one of the images in question.  I’ll let you decide if it is “just a picture.”

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I have responded to Ms. Rockney’s letter, answering some of her claims in turn.  You can read my response here.

Saints, pray for discernment.  Chick Publications is probably one of the largest, best known, and most trusted Christian publishers of gospel literature out there.  And if they are controlled by the forces of darkness, then it will manifest in some way.  So, I admonish you to take a good hard look at Chick Publications.  I already have.

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

The Still Man

 

 

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The Truth About President Abraham Lincoln

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Grace and peace, Saints.

How many of you know that tomorrow, April 14, 2015 is the anniversary of the assassination of the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln?  If you didn’t know, don’t feel bad: you had a lot of help not knowing.  The same people who killed him are the same people who own the media and the educational establishment.  So it’s no wonder many of us didn’t know.

Satan hates Abraham Lincoln because he opposed and successfully defeated his plans to take over the United States and destroy forever it’s Constitution and the hard-fought liberties Americans hold so dearly.  Lincoln also passed the Emancipation Proclamation and pushed through the legislation that led to the passing of the 13th Article and Amendment to the Constitution, forever breaking the chains and fetters of the slaves and making them free.  And it cost him his life.

Most blacks pay no tribute at all to President Lincoln.  His birthday and the anniversary of his assassination come and go without many of us even noticing.  This is a shame, especially in light of what he did for the Negro.  If anyone should remember Honest Abe Lincoln, it should be blacks.

It would enough of a tragedy if everyone had forgotten Lincoln.  But a greater tragedy–nay a crime, has been perpetrated by some who choose to remember him; for in remembering him they dishonor him, even making him look like a buffoon.

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Is this right?  I submit that it is not.  Abraham Lincoln should be revered by all Americans as hero, and, at one time, he was.  He should be revered as the man who held the Union together, and the man who made it possible for blacks to share in many of the blessings of this great country.   Alas, this is not the case.  Lincoln as been maligned in the media, in the history books, and in a speech made by a man hailed as one of the greatest black Americans in the history of the Republic.  How could we stand by and let this happen?

All the blame shouldn’t be heaped upon Americans, however.  An alien government actually shares in the blame, the same alien government that was responsible for Lincoln’s death.  And you probably didn’t even know they were involved.

On the 130th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination, I pay tribute to him by narrating an excerpt from Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, a very important book that reveals who was behind President Lincoln’s assassination.  The book’s author, former Roman Catholic priest, Charles Chiniquy, shares some particulars about Lincoln and the circumstances of his death that you likely never learned in school or anywhere else.

The discussion is available at the iTunes store at our podcast The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade.  Subscribe to our podcast today!  It is also available for download below.

It is my hope that by the end of the podcast, you will have a renewed respect for the man, Abraham Lincoln, and that his noble sacrifice on behalf of the great country that was America and especially for the Negro, will not be forgotten.

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

The Still Man

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Resurrection Day 2015: Christ is Risen Indeed!

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Grace and peace, Saints!

Resurrection Day 2015 is upon us, and what a great day it is indeed!  I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful to be alive today and to be able to say “Thank You” to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacrifice He made on the Cross at Calvary for you and me.  

Saints, if you are in the West, then you probably take for granted the awesome blessing it is to be able to say “Jesus is Risen!” without fearing for your lives.  Those in other parts of the world are not so fortunate.

I want to apologize to my persecuted brothers and sisters in countries that are hostile to Jesus Christ and the gospel.  I made a podcast for today and my persecuted brethren didn’t even enter my mind until now as I write this.  We should never forget our persecuted brethren all over the world living in places where they commemorate Christ’s Resurrection at great peril.  Let us pause and take a moment to say a prayer for the Persecuted Church.

“Lord Jesus I would like to pray for your persecuted children all over the world who commemorate your resurrection at great risk.  I pray, Lord Jesus, that it be your will to give them rest today from their persecutors.  

“I pray that you will give them the opportunity to fellowship with one another and remember that great sacrifice you made for us at Calvary by the shedding of your precious blood, without coming into any harm.  In any case, Lord Jesus, let them be of a good courage and preserve their good testimony.  

In this, as in all things, let your will be done.

“It is in the name of Jesus that I pray.  Amen.”

As you celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, be sure to think of the persecuted church and pray constantly for their safety today.  The enemy knows better than many of us how important this day is for the Body of Christ.

Another thing: do not get into senseless arguments over the subject of Easter vs. Resurrection Day.  In the final analysis, the important thing is that Jesus rose: for if He had not risen, you and I would be “most miserable.”

Our special Resurrection Day 2015 podcast is available for those of you who have subscribed to our podcast.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, why don’t you do it today?!

If you listen in, you get to hear me read the entire story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection from the Gospel of John!

For those who haven’t yet subscribed, it is available for download below.

Have a blessed and safe Resurrection Day!

The Still Man

 

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The Shocking Testimony of Sister Charlotte

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Back in 2013, we posted the testimony of former Roman Catholic nun, Charlotte Wells (a pseudonym), who spent 22 years in a cloistered convent hidden away from public scrutiny. Ms. Wells’ testified to regular physical abuse and torture, psychological trauma, rape, and even murder perpetrated by priests and nuns alike upon the young girls in the cloistered convent where she lived.  Wells also said that babies were frequently born from liaisons between priests and nuns, and that these babies were murdered after birth and buried in tunnels located beneath the convent.

When I first heard Wells’ testimony, I was not only shocked, I was amazed.  This is because ever since I was a child, I have never seen nuns portrayed in the media as anything other than happy, encouraging, and moral people.  I remember, for instance, a television series I used to watch as a child starring actress Sally Field called “The Flying Nun.”

I can also remember watching the movie, “The Singing Nun,” and singing the catchy tune “Dominique,” made famous by the movie.  

And just about everyone remembers the happy nuns in the movie, “Sister Act,” starring actress Whoopie Goldberg.

All these movies portrayed nuns as happy, jovial, upbeat, albeit sometimes a little nerdy or quirky.  So imagine my horror and surprise to learn that many of those saintly old nuns may not be very saintly after all, and that many of the younger nuns may be harboring a secret dread that they never belie in public.  Of course, Charlotte Wells’ testimony concerns the cloistered convents, but who’s to say that something isn’t also awry with the “open orders?”

I posted Ms. Wells’ testimony at the Gospel Light and Truth Crusade’s YouTube channel over a year ago, and it has garnered well over 20,000 views and dozens of comments. Though many believe or at least sympathize with Ms. Well’s testimony, the majority of Roman Catholics who have commented believe her testimony is a fabrication and that she was never a Roman Catholic nun to begin with.

Sister Charlotte’s testimony is not the first of its kind, nor is it the most notorious.  The book, The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk, published over a century ago, presents a similar depiction of convent life.  Again, most Roman Catholics reject these testimonies and categorically deny that such things go on in Roman Catholic convents.

Former Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, Dr. Alberto Rivera, however, would disagree.  In the “Alberto” series of Crusader Comic tracts, published by Chick Publications, Rivera testified that in the early 20th Century, in several regions in Spain, in Italy, and in other parts of the world, several convents were found to have tunnels connecting them with monasteries, and that in these tunnels were discovered graves containing the corpses of babies.  This resulted in the government going into some of the convents and what they discovered caused them to close the convents down.  In Spain, the people in one town burned a convent to the ground.  This also happened in Mexico.

Rivera said that the vow of chastity Roman Catholic priests and nuns are obliged to take is a constant source of frustration.  He added that while in the confessional box, he heard the confessions of many nuns and priests who admitted to being lesbians and homosexuals, respectively.

Other aspects of Ms. Wells’ testimony can be corroborated by other former Roman Catholics, including former Roman Catholic priest, Charles Chiniquy, author of the book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome; and former Roman Catholic turned Christian evangelist, Monica Farrell, author of the books, Ravening Wolves and From Rome to Christ.

For the edification of the Body of Christ and to provoke further reflection on these matters, especially by sincere Roman Catholics, I have produced another version of the testimony of Charlotte Wells, this time including my own commentary.  In it, I include quotations from Dr. Rivera, Evangelist Farrell, and Pastor Chiniquy that confirm the various claims Ms. Wells makes in her testimony.

Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24:24 that the hallmark of the last days would be deception so complete, so insidious, and so convincing that it would fool all but the very elect: that is, true Bible-believing Christians. Roman Catholicism is the mother of deceptions. Many sincere Roman Catholics have been deceived into believing that the church of Rome is the true Church of Jesus Christ, and that by blindly following the commands of the priests and bishops of Rome, the Roman Catholic devotee is more certain of doing the will of God “than by obedience to Jesus Christ, should He appear in person.”

By this effort, we hope to convince the sincere Roman Catholic that this is a lie: one of many propagated by the church of Rome.

I hope to one day post a written transcript of Charlotte Wells’ testimony at the Gospel Light and Truth Crusade website.  In the meantime, I present the entire testimony of former Roman Catholic nun, Charlotte Wells, along with my commentary.  I pray that you will listen to it with an open mind.

The testimony of Charlotte Wells, with commentary, is available at the iTunes Store.  If you haven’t subscribed to our podcast, do it today!  For your convenience, you can also listen to it below.

 

A somewhat condensed version of my commentary follows, addressing some of the more controversial points of Ms. Wells’ testimony.

BEGIN COMMENTARY

Confession

Charlotte talks about the importance, at seven years of age, of making “a good confession,” holding nothing back and telling everything. 

Monica Farrell, in From Rome to Christ, on p. 23, says:

“Seven years of age is a most important time in the life of a Roman Catholic. Seven years is the age of reason. Roman Catholics believe that from then upwards a child is capable of going to hell; hence the necessity for children of seven years to make their confession. 

Charles Chiniquy, on p. 10 of “50 Years,” says about Confession: 

“No words can express to those who have never had any experience in the matter, the consternation, anxiety and shame of a poor Romish child, when he hears, for the first time, his priest saying from the pulpit, in grave and solemn tone,

“This week, you will send your children to confession. Fathers and mothers, if, though your fault, or his ownm, your child is guilty of a bad confession—if he conceals his sins and commences lying to the priest, who holds the place of God Himself, this sin is often irreparable.” 

On p. 20, Chiniquy says, 

“By the confession, the priests poison the springs of life in our children.” 

On p. 19, Chiniquy quoted one speaker at a meeting held in Canada on the subject of the scandalous lives of the RC priests there, who said: 

“The reign of the priest is the reign of ignorance, of corruption, and of the most barefaced immorality, under the mask of the most refined hypocrisy. The reign of the priest is the death of our schools; it is the degradation of our wives, the prostitution of our daughters; it is the reign of tyranny—the loss of liberty.” 

Charlotte also said that the RCC “gets its material from the Confession.”

This agrees with this statement of Chiniquy, who, on p. 20 writes: 

“By means of the confessional the priest is more the master of the hearts of our wives than ourselves.  The husband belongs no more to his wife as her guide through the dark and difficult paths of life: it is the priest!  In a word, it is the priest who is the real husband of our wives! It is he who has the possession of their respect and of their hearts to a degree to which no one of us need ever aspire!  

“In the confessional, a girl’s thoughts are polluted, her tongue is polluted, her heart is polluted–yes, and for ever polluted!  The confessional is a place where one gets accustomed to hear, and repeat without a scruple, things which would cause even a prostitute to blush!  

“Why are Roman Catholic nations inferior to nations belonging to Protestantism? Only in the confessional can the solution of that problem be found. And why are Roman Catholic nations degraded in proportion to their submission to the priest? It is because the oftener that individuals composing those nations go to confession, the more rapidly they sink in the scale of intelligence and morality.”

 

Lying

Charlotte says, “A Roman Catholic can lie to you and doesn’t have to confess it, because he is doing it to protect his faith.” 

Chiniquy, on p. 77, quotes one of the Roman Catholic “church fathers” St. Alphonsus Ligouri as saying: 

“Notwithstanding, indeed although it is not lawful to lie, or to feign what is not, nevertheless it is lawful to dissemble what is, or to cover the truth with words, or other ambiguous and doubtful signs for a just cause, and when there is not a necessity of confessing. It is the common opinion.” (Moral Theology, t.ii. , lib. 999. Cap. Iii. P. 116.)

 Regarding lying to defend Rome’s errant doctrines, Monica Farrell says this on p. 11: 

“One more incident happened in that school, which greatly influenced my future life. As a result of Marjory’s (her Protestant schoolmate) truthfulness, I was led to see the wrong in telling lies, and I made a promise to God that I would never tell another lie if only He would help me. From then on I refused to tell lies for anybody or anything.

“The first result of this decision was that I found it impossible to defend the Church of Rome against attacks of Protestants, and only now did I realize how freely I had been having recourse to lie to defend “Mother Church.” 

On p. 78, Chiniquy says this: 

“When you are not asked concerning the faith, not only is it lawful, but often more conducive to the glory of God and utility of your neighbor to cover the faith than to confess it; for example, if concealed among heretics you may accomplish a greater amount of good; or if, from the confession of the faith more of evil would follow…” (Moral Theology, t.99. p. 817, n. 14.)

 

Stealing

Charlotte says, “You can steal up to $40 without having to confess it.”

Chiniquy, again quoting Ligouri, says:

“If any one on an occasion should steal only a moderate sum either from one or more, not intending to acquire any notable sum, neither to injure his neighbor to a great extent y several thefts, he does not sin grievously, nor do these, taken together, constitute a detaining it, he can commit mortal sin.

“But even this mortal sin may be avoided, if either then he be unable to restore, or have the intention of making restitution immediately, of those things which he then received.” (Moral Theology, t.iii, p. 257, n. 533.) 

 

Sexual Sin

Charlotte says that the mother superior told her “it was no sin to give her body to the priest and bear his children,” just as it was no sin for Mary to bear God’s child. 

Chiniquy, on p.p. 70-71, quotes a book by Ligouri entitled The Nun Sanctified: 

“The principle and most efficacious means of practicing obedience due to superiors, and of rendering it meritorious before God, is to consider that in obeying them we obey God Himself, and that by despising their commands we despise the authority of our Divine Master.

“When, thus, a religious receives a precept from her prelate, superior or confessor, she should immediately execute it, not only to please them but principally to please God, whose will is made known to her by their command. In obeying their commandments, in obeying their directions, she is more certainly obeying the will of God than if an angel came down from heaven to manifest His will to her.

“Bear this always in your mind, that the obedience which you practice to your superior is paid to God. If, then, you receive a command from one who holds the place of God, you should observe it with the same diligence as if it came from God Himself…

“It may be added that there is more certainly of doing the will of God by obedience to our superior than by obedience to Jesus Christ, should He appear in person and give His commands.”

 

Purgatory

Charlotte said that through a nun’s suffering, her relatives would be released sooner from a “priest’s purgatory.”  It is the unbiblical fear doctrine of Purgatory that holds Roman Catholics in bondage.  Charlotte also said that in one November, the RCC made 22 million dollars saying masses for the dead. She also added, “take away Purgatory, and the RCC will starve to death.”

 Monica Farrell, on p. 6, says of Purgatory:

“The very best Rome can offer to a departed soul is Purgatory, and the torments of Purgatory are supposed to be as bad as hell. The only difference is that the soul in Purgatory eventually gets out of the flames and into heaven: but this may not be for hundreds of years, and in the meantime the only relief or comfort to the Roman Catholic is to have masses said for the repose of the soul of the loved ones.

“These masses cost money. There is a common saying among Romanists (Roman Catholics): “High money, high mass; low money, low mass; no money, no mass.”

Charles Chiniquy, on pp. 26-28, recounts the story of how after his father died, their priest shows up at their door demanding his mother pay money for masses to be said. When the young widow replied that all she had was a cow, the priest swiftly departed with it.

 

Murdered babies

Charlotte said that babies are born in the convent from sexual relations between priests and nuns, and that these babies are most often killed, most having been born premature and abnormal.

Alberto Rivera testified to this very thing in the Jack Chick comic tract, “Alberto.” Rivera said that as a young boy, after falling into a hole on the Catholic school grounds, he discovered a rolled up carpet containing the corpses of babies. Rivera said he later discovered that many convents and monasteries are connected by an underground tunnel, wherein is usually located a secret grave for burying babies born to nuns.

END COMMENTARY

 

The Roman Catholic church is not what it purports to be. The Bible calls it “the Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.”  Jesus Christ is calling those who truly want to do His will out of that system of darkness.

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

The Still Man

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The Healing Stream

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Grace and peace, Saints!

The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade is pleased to announce its new counseling ministry, The Healing Stream. We began this ministry to help those who have reached out to us for counseling and prayer, with thoughtful, Bible-based solutions.

It is no secret that people everywhere are hurting. It seems like Satan is throwing everything at us–including the kitchen sink–in an all-out effort to destroy our marriages, our families, our friendships, our peace, and even our lives. And this is exactly the case: he knows that his time is short.

Enter The Healing Stream. Many on the front lines know that I have been involved in serious spiritual warfare for the past ten years. And though it has been very difficult at times, it has not been in vain. I have paid my spiritual dues, so to speak, and the result is that my senses have been duly exercised, by reason of constant use, to discern good from evil. I have gained a level of understanding of spiritual things that allows me to bring the full force of the Holy Scriptures to bear upon many of life’s toughest challenges.

So please subscribe to The Healing Stream on iTunes (soon to be on Stitcher and other services), and see if doesn’t bless you.

The episode “A Letter to ‘V'”, is from our old podcast, These Last Days (now The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade).  It was this episode that was the impetus for The Healing Stream, so we have included it here.  It is very informative.  The official first episode of The Healing Stream is entitled “Relief From Witch Attack.” If it does not yet appear on iTunes, you can find the downloadable file at The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade website, by clicking here.

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

The Still Man

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Cult of Mary: New Photos

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have added a whopping thirty + photos to our running collection of goddess worshippers we call The Cult of Mary.  Some of the new luminaries in our montage may surprise you, while others, when you think about it, won’t surprise you at all.

When will we stop worshipping people?

The Still Man

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New Podcast

Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed the podcast to our article entitled, Band of Brothers.  It should be available soon at the iTunes Store.  It is also available for download on the article.

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

The Still Man

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Status Update

Grace and peace, Saints!

Please forgive me for not posting any new content, but I’m currently laid up with the flu, and haven’t been up to writing or podcasting. I’m slowly recovering, but I don’t plan on going back to work until next week. I just wanted to keep you in the loop.

God bless you all, and I’ll see you next week, God willing.

The Still Man

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A Letter To Jack

Grace and peace to those who have the blessed hope, and greetings to those who have no hope at all.

As you may recall, we wrote an article a couple of years ago entitled, Man You Don’t Know Jack! wherein we reveal the fact that a few of Jack Chick’s tracts depict characters clearly displaying Cult of Mary hand signs.

Occult hand sign in Chick tract, Why is Mary Crying?

Cult of Mary hand sign in Chick tract, Why is Mary Crying?

The above image was the first such image that I found with this occult imagery.  Because it was just the one tract, I decided not to write Jack concerning it, and opted to just write the article concerning this issue for the edification of the Body of Christ and to warn soul winners who use Chick tracts to carefully consider before using them in their evangelism efforts toward Roman Catholics.  

Unfortunately, however, to date, I have found three Chick tracts containing Cult of Mary occult imagery:

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Cult of Mary hand sign in Chick tract, “The Choice.”

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Cult of Mary hand sign in Chick tract, “The Storyteller.”

 

At this point, I believe it is safe to conclude that something is desperately wrong at Chick Publications.  

The most troubling aspect of this affair is that two of the three tracts containing these images target Roman Catholics and Muslims, and both Roman Catholics and Muslims revere “Mother Mary,” as the Roman Catholic “Virgin Mary” is called.  If these tracts are used to evangelize Roman Catholics and Muslims involved in the occult, it is possible that our witness to these people will prove fruitless, as they will doubtless believe that the true Christian Church is as steeped in occultism as are their religions.

For this reason, I was compelled to write Jack Chick a couple of days ago and bring this issue to his attention.  Below is an image of the letter that I wrote him.

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I have asked Jack to publicly address this issue, and explain how occult imagery made it into Chick gospel tracts.  It is my hope that he will do so, and that he will then take the appropriate measures to eradicate all occult imagery from Chick gospel tracts.  

Let me say, for the record, that my intention in bringing this issue to the fore is not to malign Chick Publications.  As one will read in my conversion testimony, a Chick gospel tract was instrumental in bringing me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  My purpose in doing this is to ensure that, by policing ourselves, we avoid giving the enemies of Christ the ammunition they need to further demonize the Christian Church and to blaspheme the worthy name of our Lord Jesus.  I also want to alert both Chick Publications and soul winners everywhere with a burden for Roman Catholics and Muslims that they should avoid using these particular tracts in their evangelism efforts, and that they should henceforth carefully examine each tract they use to ensure that there is no occult imagery in them.

In that Chick Publications is arguably the best known Christian Publication house in the world, then one would think that they are ordained of God to equip the saints for Kingdom work in these last days.  It is imperative, therefore, that we hold them accountable.

So let us pray that Jack Chick will acknowledge this grievous error and take the necessary actions to correct it; for judgment must begin at the house of God.

“For what have I to do to judge them also that are without?  do not ye judge them that are within?” (2 Corinthians 5:12).

Update: Click here for Chick Publications’ response to my letter.

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

The Still Man

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What Is The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade?

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Grace and peace, Saints.

For those of you who may be wondering what our ministry, The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade, is really all about, we have completed a podcast that explains it all:  how we started, why we started, our mission focus, and the inspiration for the name–it’s all in this podcast.

We also explain why we have twice changed the name of our podcast, so you will understand that we are not confused or anything.  

The podcast should be available at the iTunes Store by tomorrow, but, as usual, it is available for download below.

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

The Still Man.

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Charlie Hebdo And What It Really Means

 

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Grace and peace, Saints. 

We have completed a podcast on the significance of the Paris terrorist attacks of last week. If you are a Bible-believing Christian, then you must listen to this podcast; for this event has farther-reaching implications than you can possibly imagine.

I have uploaded the podcast to our media server, but it may not show up on iTunes until tomorrow. It is available, however, as a download below.  

The article: that is, the written version of the podcast, will be available in place of this infobrief as soon as possible, God willing. Please check back from time to time.

Prayerfully listen to this podcast and weigh it in the balance of your heart.  Dark days are a-coming.

The Still Man

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OOOPS!

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Grace and peace, Saints.

It was brought to my attention today that the last twenty-five minutes of our podcast entitled A God Whom His Fathers Knew Not was missing.  And that last twenty five minutes is a very important part of the program.  

So, we’ve fixed the problem, and the program is now available in its entirety.  If you are a Bible-believing Christian or a Roman Catholic who wants to know if his religious traditions are biblical, then may I highly suggest you download and listen to the program.  

It may be available as early as tomorrow morning at the iTunes Store for download and playback on your favorite audio device. It is also available for immediate download on the actual article when you click the link above.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced, and we thank you for your understanding.

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

The Still Man

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We’ve Moved!!!

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Grace and peace, Saints!

I pray everyone is having a blessed New Year.  

Next month, this blog will be four years old.  It’s hard to believe that what started out as me just wanting to find a way to glorify the Lord Jesus with my testimony and also hone my writing skills has turned into a ministry that has been so mightily used of God to edify the Body of Christ and to bring many others to a saving knowledge of Jesus.  Hallelujah!

In 2013, I founded an organization called The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade, loosely based on an organization founded by Christian evangelist, Monica Farrell, author of the book Ravening Wolves.  The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade consists of The Still Man blog; The Fifth Seal, a website that reports on Christian persecution; our YouTube channel; and two podcasts: The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade and The Fifth Seal.  Both podcasts can be found on iTunes and soon will be available on Stitcher and other podcast aggregates.

A few months ago, we started a website for the Gospel Light and Truth Crusade, and we have moved The Still Man blog over to this website, including all the content from the previous four years.  The website went live on January 1, 2015, but I made a lot of mistakes, and you probably noticed a few problems in the last couple of days when you tried to access this site.

The first mistake was that we did not inform you, our readers, of the transition.  Had we done so, it probably would not have been necessary for us to have made the second mistake, which was to try to redirect web traffic automatically from this website to the new one.  I had envisioned our readers coming to the website on January 1, and finding that it had relocated and had a brand new look to match the New Year.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  Man proposes, but God disposes.

Moreover, technical glitches made when I created this blog have made it difficult to update the links on the new website.  The result is that all the links in our articles still point to content from this blog, rather than point to the duplicate content on the new website.  

To make a long story short, we will have to leave this website up for a time until we get the new website running smoothly and problem-free.   We are looking at about three months to accomplish this.

Until then, be advised that after today there will be no new content posted on this website.  All new blog posts as well as any other new content will take place at the new website, which you can find here.

There’s something else.  This blog is actually located at www.thestillman.com/stillmanfiles.  I had a 301 redirect in place on the server, so that www.thestillman.com would automatically redirect to www.thestillman.com/stillmanfiles.  I have removed the redirect, so that www.thestillman.com no longer points to this blog, but to what will ultimately be a place where I will post samples of my writing, for those who wish to retain me as a copywriter and editor.  I also plan to put links there to my upcoming books.  

So, please update your bookmarks to reflect our new location at www.gospellightandtruthcrusade.org.

As you can see, we have been very busy. We are working feverishly to get the gospel message out to a lost and dying world while it is still day, for the night cometh wherein no man can work.

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

The Still Man

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The True Meaning of Christmas

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Well, another Christmas is upon us, and, again, millions of people will be spending money they don’t have to buy presents they can’t afford for people who neither appreciate nor need them. The line between the haves and the have nots will become broader and bolder, and children all over the world will remember why they always hated Christmas, as, arguably, no other time reminds people just how poor they really are like Christmastime.

I can remember when I first came to Germany (as a civilian) back in December 1998 about a month before Christmas and about a week before the birth of our first child. My wife and I had gone to the shopping mall to “window shop.” The mall was teeming with cheery people and screaming children and the smell of cookies, cakes, and pies, and other baked goods filled the air. I was more grateful about being reunited with my then girlfriend than I was about the approaching Christmas season, because she and I had been separated for about six months prior to this. As we walked hand in hand, perusing all the beautifully decorated confectionaries and stores and bakeries with all their cakes, chocolates, pies, cookies, on display for all to see, it suddenly dawned on me that as beautiful as all of this was, none of it was free. Everything these stores had to offer cost money. And if you didn’t have the money to buy any of these things, then you were out of luck.

That was my situation: my wife and I were flat broke. And the better the food smelled, the more beautiful and sparklier the decorations were, and the happier the people looked, the broker I felt. And the fact that my wife was with me did not help matters at all. In fact, it made things worse.

To her credit, my wife is a very cheap date. She just doesn’t ask for much. But one thing she loves is roasted walnuts. And the time my wife most loves roasted walnuts is during the Christmas season. Now, roasted walnuts are always available somewhere in Munich year-round, but during the Christmas season, roasted walnuts are prolific. Everywhere you turn, there is someone selling roasted walnuts. Everywhere you walk, there are bags of roasted walnuts somewhere on display. And every five minutes, you are bumping into someone eating roasted walnuts. AT Christmastime, roasted walnuts are literally everywhere.

So you can probably appreciate my chagrin as we passed store after store, confectionary after confectionary, and nut stand after nut stand, while the smell of roasted walnuts wafted through the air. But the only thing I have in my pockets is lint. My wife, as I said, is a cheap date, and she is understands that if I don’t have the money to get her what she wants, there is nothing I can do. But, like me, she also understands that she is a cheap date. And she knows that as a woman, she deserves a lot more than I offer her. So, when my wife wants roasted walnuts, she gets roasted walnuts.

This day, however, there was absolutely nothing I could do. I was flat broke. So broke, in fact, that I couldn’t even pay attention. So broke, that if it weren’t for the lint in my pockets, they would have been completely empty. So broke, that if I had passed one of those Santa Clauses on the street corner ringing his bell asking for donations, he might have had a problem. Yes, I was that broke. And that wan “That’s OK baby” smile on my wife’s face didn’t help matters at all.

All this came back to me a couple of weeks ago, when I went to the mall and saw all the beautiful decorations, nativity scenes, and all the candy and baked good vendors situated in the center of the mall thoroughfare. And again this week, as I watched a news story on “Christmas stress,” and the fact that most people are highly relieved when Christmas is over, with its hustle and bustle of shopping for presents, decorating the house, and sweating over a hot stove cooking dinner for dozens of family and friends, not to mention the traffic jams and crowded airports that characterize the Christmas travel season.

When I considered this, I realized that Satan was at the bottom of it. Who else, but Satan, that old serpent and the father of lies, would take Christmas—the greatest day in the history of the world—and twist it, pervert it, and profane it, by turning it into a day that poor people dread, “middle-class” people regret, and rich people profane. Satan hates Christmas, not because the name of Jesus is glorified that day, because you and I know that that is certainly not the case. Satan hates Christmas because Jesus was born that day. And if Jesus had not been born, then Jesus could not have died. And it was Jesus’ death and the shedding of His blood that set you and me free from the curse of sin. The Bible says:

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, [Jesus] also Himself likewise took part of the same; that though 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).”

 

Satan is a defeated foe. He has been conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ. You and I, as Christians, are also conquerors through the blood of Jesus. Satan has no power over us except that which has been granted him by the Lord Jesus, and that for our perfection and His glorification. Satan is not happy about this at all. Of all days, Satan hates Christmas more than any other day. He would like nothing more than to wipe that day from history and from memory forever. He cannot, however, so he ops for the next best thing: to profane Christmas; to twist it, pervert it, and, above all, commercialize it. Christmas, for most, is not a day to celebrate the birth of our Savior, but a day to celebrate wealth. If you have money, you celebrate Christmas. If you don’t have money, you dread Christmas. This should not be.

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To illustrate how perverted Christmas has become, I ask you a question: Where did Christmas presents come from? Did you know that the practice of giving and receiving presents is Satan’s perversion of the story of the wise men of the East, who came to visit the family of our Savior and gave presents to the young child Jesus? Listen to Scripture:

 

“And when [the wise men] where come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

 

Did you see that? The wise men gave gifts unto Jesus. Why? Because they knew that Jesus is God Almighty in the flesh, and that He was born for one reason and one reason only: to die for the sins of the world. That’s why.

Why, then, do we give each other gifts? Did any of us die for the sins of mankind? No, we did not. Then we ought not to be giving each other gifts, should we?

We don’t give gifts to each other in our house. That’s for birthdays.

Let me ask you another question: Where did the custom of Christmas trees come from? Did you know that it is an ancient pagan custom? Hear what the Bible says:

 

“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

“They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

“They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good” (Jeremiah 10:3-5).

 

Of particular interest is verse 5, which addresses the fact that the Christmas tree cannot speak nor move, and that one must not be afraid of it. This would appear a very strange thing to say, unless you understand that, in those days, the Christmas tree was an idol. It represented Nimrod, who was called “The Oak” (because of his great stature and strength) and was symbolized by trees. Silver and gold are representative of the sun and the moon, which represent Nimrod and Semiramis, who were both deified as the Sun God and the Moon Goddess, respectively.

People would erect the tree in their homes, deck it with silver and gold, and make their petitions of it. If they wanted something, they would write their petition on a piece of paper and attach to the tree, or, in the case of material things, they would fashion a model of the desired object and set it under the tree.  

And get this: the star, which people set on top of the Christmas tree, represents Semisramis, in her aspect of the ancient Phoenician fertility goddess, Ashtoreth, who, according to the Bible, was symbolized with a star. Listen to this:

 

“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).

 

Moloch is another name for Nimrod, and Remphan is an “Egyptian goddess of the moon.” That would identify Remphan with Isis, who was also the Egyptian goddess of the moon. By now, you should know that Remphan is really Ashtoreth, who is really Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod.

We don’t have a Christmas tree in our house: that’s for idolaters.

And by now everybody knows that Santa Claus or Sankt Nikolaus, is an old European folk character, which went house-to-house accompanied by a demon called Krampus (sometimes there were two such creatures), of which elves are merely a symbol. And everybody was scared of him.

We don’t recognize Satan Claus in our house: that’s for pagans.

See what Satan has done? He has completed perverted and distorted the true meaning of Christmas and turned it into something that only the rich and pagan can relate to. What a shame!

I said all that to say this: What people call Christmas is not really a celebration of the birth of our Savior. Christmas, as the world celebrates it, does not glorify God: it glorifies Satan. Satan hates Christmas, so he does his level best to destroy what should merely be a day of gratitude and joy that Jesus came into the world to take away our sins.

So, If you are not where you would like to be financially this Christmas, don’t worry. If you have not been invited to Christmas dinner with friends or family, don’t worry. If you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom to cuddle up in front of a Christmas fire, don’t worry. If you are in a tent in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, or any of the other trouble spots in the world, far away from family, don’t worry. If you don’t have a “Christmas tree,” don’t worry. If there is no snow where you live, don’t worry. If you are just plain alone this Christmas, don’t you worry. Christmas is about none of these things.

Christmas is not about those who have; Christmas is about those who don’t have. Christmas isn’t about the rich; Christmas is about the poor. Christmas isn’t about those who have many friends; Christmas is about the friendless. Christmas isn’t about the ‘beautiful people”; Christmas is about the unlovely. Christmas is not about the popular; Christmas is about the unpopular.

Though Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, it was the poor, the unloved, the downtrodden, the outcast, the unpopular, the friendless, the lonely, and the unlovely that he most had in mind when He died. For if look at the people with whom Jesus most identified during His earthly ministry and whose houses He frequented, you will find these people. That’s why Satan most hates these people, and seeks most to destroy Christmas in their minds.

Remember: Christmas is not about you. Christmas is not about me. Christmas is not about your family. Christmas is not about my family. Christmas is not about Santa Claus, nor is it about Christmas trees and presents. Christmas is about one thing and one thing only: Jesus Christ.

Now, if you don’t know what Jesus did for you on the cross at Calvary, you cannot truly appreciate Christmas. Therefore I urge you to take a few minutes and learn something about the Man Jesus and what He did for you. Then, if the Spirit moves you to do so, consider making Jesus your personal Savior. Then you can celebrate the precious few Christmases we have left to honor the birth of our Savior and Lord.

Have a blessed, safe, and grateful Christmas!

The Still Man

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Buffalo’s Snow “Woes”: Is Somebody Angry?

LOCAL SNOWVEMBER AERIAL GEE

Grace and peace.

Buffalo, NY is digging out from under a ton of snow that was dumped on it and the rest of New York and much of the Northeastern United States earlier this week.  As I watched CNN’s coverage of the event, I could not help but ponder its significance in light of Scripture and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America.  For, you see, the RC T of A is supposed to culminate in a colossal “triumphal” Marian arch, which, it just happens, is scheduled to be built in Buffalo, NY.   I use the term marian, because the arch is to commemorate the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary over the former bastion of Protestant Christianity, the United States of America.

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You may read more about the Marian Shrine here.

Extreme weather events, like this one in New York, have become so commonplace that they go largely unnoticed by all but those who experience them.  But for those of us who know our God, the significance of such events is not lost on us.  We know that God is in total control.  So, when floods, drought, earthquakes, landslides, tornadoes, and severe snowfalls occur, we know that it is not “nature run amok,” but “God is angry at somebody.”  And that somebody is us.  God is angry that America is giving Him her back and embracing idols of stone.  

So, while we should feel sorry for those who are going through this and pray for them, we ought not miss the spiritual significance of this event.  God is angry.  And the residents of Buffalo should be on their knees praying to the Lord Jesus for forgiveness, not to the Virgin Mary, as most are likely doing.  

This is especially important given that they are not completely out of the woods yet, as a warm trend is predicted, and severe flooding may follow as a result of the melting snow.  

Read more about the Roman Catholic Takeover of America here.

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

The Still Man

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Was It Worth It?

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Grace and peace.

I haven’t said anything about the purported beheading of Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger and aid worker in Lebanon, by ISIS.  But when I learned he had converted to Islam, changing his hame to Abdul Rahman, I was somewhat saddened, because I know that, unless Kassig accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, he died in his sins.  And that is a shame.  I was, therefore, moved to write this.

Kassig’s parents are comforted by the fact their son died caring for the Syrian people he had grown to know and love.  But I am not comforted at all knowing that he, in all likelihood, died a Muslim, not knowing the Lord Jesus and accepting the great sacrifice our Savior made for him on the Cross at Calvary.  Instead, he died at the hands of one of his fellow Muslims.  What a tragedy!

Islam is growing in leaps and bounds in the United States, for those of you who didn’t know.  Just this past March, as a matter of fact, while visiting my oldest child in North Saint Louis, I noticed that there was a large mosque on the corner of her street.  I should have taken a picture of it, but I had left my camera at home.

I just found out that, according to Wikipedia, St. Louis “has one of the largest numbers of Mosques in a city in the Americas.”

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I never thought I would see a mosque in the neighborhood where my daughter lives.  It looked very strange, indeed.

Friends, Muslims are quick to say they worship the same God Christians worship, the only difference being that they call him Allah, while we call him God.  But this is not the truth.  The Christian God is named Jesus the Christ, and this same God has been demoted in the Islamic faith to the status of a mere human prophet.  Moreover, God the Father of the Christian faith sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, into the world to die and shed His blood for our sins.  Yet, the Allah of Islam is said by Muslims to have no son.

So, on the one hand, Muslims say (to Christians) they worship the same God we do, but on the other hand, they say that “Allah had no son.”  Therefore, the Muslim who says he worships the same God as Christians is either:

1. confused as to who our God really is

2. confused as to who his God really is

3: lying.  

Regardless of which scenario is the case, would you trust your eternal soul to the god of Islam, if its devotees fall into either of the above groups?  I hope your answer is no, because the god of Islam did not die for our sins.  He therefore, cannot offer you salvation from your sins.

If you have a friend or relative who is a Muslim, you should be concerned for their eternal soul, because, make no mistake about it: there will be no Muslims in Heaven, and we should all want our friends and relatives to go there.

Peter Kassig died doing what he believed in.  He no doubt knew and accepted the risks involved with his choice, and I respect that about the man.  But, if Kassig died a Muslim, then he is not resting in peace, even though he paid the uttermost farthing.  And that should trouble you as much as it troubles me.  

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

The Still Man

 

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Beware The Smoking Gum

Grace and peace, Saints.

It is no secret that Satan is after our kids, and that is why it is important that we, as Christian parents, keep our antenna up for the slightest hint of trouble.  Most of us are aware of the various methods Satan uses to gain an avenue into our children’s spiritual lives, and we take steps to protect our children from his influence through these mediums.  But we often fail to consider that something as innocent as candy–yes, candy–can be used as a weapon against our children.

Case in point:  Last year, I allowed my two youngest daughters to hang out at the mall with their two best friends.  Now, I would normally not have let them do this, because they are too young to go to the mall alone (I’m very old school).  But, I know my wife, and I know that, being unsaved, and not having the discernment that she should, she had, on occasion, allowed my children to do things that I would not.  Going to the mall is one of those things.

You may recall that my wife and I have only just gotten back together after being separated for over four years.  My children are saved, thank God, but they had been living with their unsaved mother for the last two and a half years without the benefit of godly counsel.  Now, Satan would have loved for me to have come in and put my foot down and become a “holy tyrant,” because he could use this to turn my children off to the Christian way of life and to Jesus Christ.  All too often, well-meaning Christian parents have been too heavy-handed in their attempts to sanctify their homes and insulate their children from satanic influence, only to drive them away from Jesus altogether. 

I decided, therefore, that, under the circumstances, it would be better to let them go, making sure to take the proper security precautions.  It would also be a great opportunity to see where my children were maturity-wise.

Well, they did go, and they did a stellar job, calling me when they got there, and remaining in the mall like I asked them to.  When it was time for them to come home, they called me, and my wife and I went to pick them up, and we all took the subway home.  On the way, there was an interesting development:  My daughter pulled out what appeared to be a pack of cigarettes.  A bolt of lightning passed through my body.  As it turned out, it was a pack of chewing gum made to look like a pack of cigarettes, and each stick of gum was in the shape of a cancer stick. 

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I asked God to give me the wisdom to explain to my children why this was not a good idea.  The Lord instructed me to handle it thus:  I asked my daughter if it is good for a person to smoke cigarettes.  When she replied that it was not, I asked her why.  She told me that it was bad for a person’s health, because a person could get cancer and die.  I then asked her if she believed that there is a war going on between Satan and Jesus Christ and between their followers.  She responded that there was indeed a war going on.  I told her that Satan hates all humanity and is trying to destroy us using every means at his disposal.  Substance abuse is one way that Satan is accomplishing this, and cigarette smoking is a form of substance abuse. 

I next asked if she ever noticed that people smoke an awful lot, and when she responded, yes, I asked her if she ever saw young people and children smoking.  She told me that many of the children in her class smoke.  My daughter is 15.

I then asked her if she knew how any of her classmates got started smoking, and she said that one of her classmates had told her that her own mother tried to get her to smoke.   As for the rest, she didn’t know how they got started.  I then held up the pack of candy cigarettes and asked her if she thought that this might be a way that a young person could get interested in smoking.  At that, her eyes got wide, and at the point of tears, she started apologizing profusely.  She felt that she should have known better.

I consoled her and told her that it was all right and that this was how Satan works.  He always takes something evil and makes it look completely harmless and innocent by turning it into a game, a toy, or, in this case, chewing gum.  I explained that candy cigarettes are a way to make cigarette smoking acceptable to children by tempting them with something less lethal.  The cigarettes almost look real, and a child who wants to look cool and adult and be accepted, can do so without any perceived ramifications.

At the same time, parents, who allow their children to have candy cigarettes, think that it’s only harmless chewing gum, completely unaware of the subtle suggestion that is working in their children’s minds.  

I explained that Satan does the same thing with guns.  Guns can kill you, and any thing that can kill you should be taken very seriously, not made into a toy.  Yet, this is exactly what happens.  Cigarettes, I told her, are, in a way, like guns.  They, too, can kill you.   They should, therefore, be taken very seriously and the user should be sober and aware of the consequences of misuse and abuse.  Guns and cigarettes are serious business and should be treated as such.  Making either into a toy or candy minimizes the lethal nature of both in the minds of children and adults. 

To further illustrate my point, I reminded my daughter how, often while we are together, I will point out a cigarette machine and tell her that if people were not buying cigarettes, it would not be cost effective for cigarette machines to be so ubiquitous.

But in Munich, cigarette machines can be found most everywhere (Munchners are notorious chain smokers).  That means that people are buying cigarettes.  And if people are buying cigarettes, then people are smoking cigarettes.  And if people are smoking cigarettes, then people are dying from cigarettes.

I have no doubt that for a significant number of those who smoke and have died from smoking, it all started with a pack of candy cigarettes.  How do I know?  Because my siblings and I used to buy them when we were children.  And my brothers and sisters all smoke.  By the grace of God, I never have.  But, as I told my daughter, both my grandparents and both my parents died of lung cancer.  Now if candy cigarettes were around when I was a child, it’s a safe bet they were also around when my parents and possibly even grandparents were children.  Only time will tell what the ultimate effect of those candy cigarettes will be on my brothers and sisters.  Harmless, right?  

Make no mistake: candy cigarettes were “assigned and designed” for one express purpose: to get children interested in smoking at a young age.  If you are having problems digesting this, or you think I’m some crazy “conspiracy theorist,” consider that on the side of the package, where the cancer warning label would normally be found on an actual pack of cigarettes, was this label:

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The label translates: “Blow into the gum stick and see how the magical smoke rises into the air!”  

Can you see that the idea is for children to try to look as though they are smoking an actual cigarette?  Is it not obvious that the idea here is to get children interested in smoking?  Trust me, this is not a good thing.

Lastly I asked my daughter whose idea it was to buy the candy cigarettes, and she told me that it was her friend.  Like my daughter, her friend was born and raised in Germany.   And many Germans start smoking openly around twelve or thirteen years of age.  Unlike my daughter, however, her friend doesn’t have me as a parent.  I don’t smoke and neither does my wife, so we aren’t part of the smoking culture, and, don’t, therefore, regard cigarette smoking as a cool thing.  So, no candy cigarettes allowed.

One thing this whole event taught me was that it is crucial that we have a good rapport with our children.  They must be able to trust us and our judgment.  We must not tell them that they must do what we tell them because they live in our house, but that they must do what we tell them because God says so and God knows what is best for them. 

We must also remember that even though the Bible says that children should obey their parents, It also says that as parents we should not provoke our children to anger (Colossians 3:21).  We must be careful how we react when they make a mistake, and they must be allowed to make mistakes without us always jumping down their throats.  And when we inevitably do jump down their throats, we must not hesitate to apologize to them and to let them know that what we did was inappropriate.  Children need to be treated like human beings with feelings and not property to be treated any way we choose.

In closing, it is important to add that, as parents, we need to also check out our children’s friends.  What happened with my daughter may very well have been an innocent mistake on the part of her friend.  But, then again, it could very well have been intentional.  Either way, I am not ignorant of Satan’s devices—and neither should you.

One more thing: If you are addicted to cigarettes, you could very well be under a generational curse, as addictions and substance abuse are a sure sign.  Find out how to get free here.  This teaching is available at the iTunes Store for playback on your smart phone, ipod, or other listening device.  Subscribe to our podcast today!  

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

The Still Man

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