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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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.

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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).

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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He Said/She Said – October 19, 2014

The Still Man

“The man, who knowingly and consistently rejects any truth, will come to reject all truths, and will eventually reject the Ultimate Truth.”

                     –The Still Man

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Band of Brothers?

Band of Brothers

Grace and peace, Saints.

Last year, publicist Jack Chick addressed the growing hostility toward biblical Christianity in the military. He cited the following examples given by the World News Service that exemplify the military’s growing apostasy:

  • An Army Reserve training brief on hate groups declares that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics are extremists as dangerous as al Qaeda.
  • A commander tells a chaplain to “stay in your lane” when he offers spiritual advice about the military’s exploding sexual assault problem. 
  • A superior tells an Air Force major to remove from his desk the Bible he had kept there for 23 years. 
  • An Army lieutenant colonel instructs his subordinates to recognize the “religious right in America” as a domestic hate group like the KKK and Neo-Nazis. 
  • An Army master sergeant with 25 years of service faces punishment for serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his promotion party. 
  • Christian prayers banned at veteran funeral services in Houston’s National Cemetery. 
  • Bibles temporarily banned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 
  • A Christian cross, banned from a military chapel in Afghanistan. 
  • A chaplain called into his supervisor’s office and chewed out for closing a prayer with the words “In Jesus’ name.” 

These are just a few of the examples cited in the article. As you can see, the situation is pretty grim. And I can tell you from personal experience that it’s a lot worse than that. 

I had forgotten about this issue, until the other day, when, while filing some old magazine articles, I came across the following leaflet I picked up from a U.S. Army installation last year:

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iWatch Army is a program that encourages soldiers and their families to be on the lookout for suspicious activity that may indicate terrorist activity. This is a good idea, especially when you consider what happened at Fort Hood a few years ago.

But, while reading the leaflet, I came across this (note the highlighted area):

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It is important to note that, according to this leaflet, iWatch Army asks soldiers “to report behavior and activities that are unusual or seem out of the ordinary,” and it lists examples of behaviors and activities to watch out for.  But notice that soldiers may also use iWatch to not only report suspicious behaviors, but behaviors and activities “that make you feel uncomfortable.”  Given the program is intended to heighten awareness of potential terrorist activity, where does discomfort fit in? Are activities that “make you feel uncomfortable” necessarily terrorist activities?  Think about this.

On any given day, the average person is faced with myriad situations that are uncomfortable: Sitting next to a person with a flatulence problem on the subway is uncomfortable, but not uncomfortable enough to be considered terrorism. 

Standing on the bus stop with a dog humping your leg is uncomfortable, but not enough to report as terrorist activity. 

Your phone bill might make you uncomfortable, but would you consider it terrorism? (Hmmm. Maybe that’s not the best example.) 

The point is that what is uncomfortable for one, may be very comfortable or even pleasurable to another. Comfort is subjective.  And what does comfort have to do with terrorism? Shouldn’t the litmus test of whether an activity is suspicious be the possibility that the activity could be terrorist related? Should activities that make us uncomfortable be considered terrorist activities? 

Whether they should or not is irrelevant.  The point is that under the USA Patriot Act, they can be. You see, before 911, Section 2331 of Title 18, United States Code, defined terrorism as “acts that attempt to affect the conduct of a government by assassination, or kidnapping.” 

After 911, however, Section 802(A) of the USA PATRIOT Act amended the definition to read: “Acts that: 

  • “involve acts dangerous to human life‚ 
  • “appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce, 
  • “influence the policy of a government‚ 
  • “affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.” 

Note that the USA Patriot Act not only modifies the original definition of terrorism (subsection 4), by adding “mass destruction,” but actually adds three new activities, one of which (subsection 2) is totally subjective in that it is based on an appearance, rather than an action, and neither specifies what actions would be considered terrorism, nor whom or what needs to feel intimidated or be coerced in order for the “appearance” to be considered terrorism! 

The second definition is boldfaced, because “activities that make you feel uncomfortable” fall under this. You must understand that under the current definition, Christianity, as a religion, and evangelization, as an activity, can now be considered terrorism. Unlike the prior definition of terrorism, which stipulated that activities had to be directed towards a government to be considered terrorism, the new definition does not make this distinction. This means that any individual, who feels intimidated or coerced in any way by someone else’s actions, however benign, can report that individual and his activities as terrorist. 

It must also be noted that intimidation is a feeling, and, as such, is totally subjective. What is intimidating to me may not be intimidating to you. 

The truth is that this vague subjective terminology has been included in the definition of terrorism expressly for the purpose of persecuting Christians and to discourage evangelization. And people are taking advantage of it. 

I have a personal testimony of this. A few years ago, I went back to college to finish my degree. One of my English professors was a woman who was raised Roman Catholic and hated Christianity, though she embraced every other religion. She even had Buddhist prayer flags hanging on her office door. 

Religion was a topic that she loved to talk about, and her literary analysis assignments always included a couple of essays or short stories with a religious theme. I always chose to analyze those types of stories, because it gave me an opportunity to hone my discernment skills, and to learn what all the “great” writers actually felt about the Lord Jesus. I would always break the pieces down to their skivvies, cutting through the twilight language that modernist writers are known for, and exposing the writers’ real motives, which were always anti-Christianity. 

This professor absolutely hated me for this: so much so, that on one of my papers, right beneath my grade, she “strongly advised” that I choose something other than a religious theme, for my next essay. I told her that I would stop choosing a religious theme, when she stopped offering a religious theme as a choice. At this, she went to the dean and told him that I intimidated her. Needless to say, I never earned better than a C from this professor. She even failed me once. 

But, returning to our subject, it is distressing to see that our military is becoming so godless. And it is becoming godless, as many in our military are into the occult.  In fact, the military is rife with witches.  In many military bookstores, both in the United States and in Europe, books on witchcraft and the occult outnumber Bibles 10 to 1.  Once, about five years ago, I happened upon a website that was exclusively for soldiers who are witches. I found out, through that website, that there are witches’ covens at many military installations, including Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Fort Lewis, Washington.   As a matter of fact, back in 2011, at Fort Carson, witches dedicated an $80,000 pagan worship temple.

This is important, because witches hate Christians. And, if there are soldiers who are witches serving in our military, then there are soldiers who hate Christians serving in our military.  These soldiers take an oath to protect our country and our Constitution “against all enemies foreign and domestic.” But, if they hate Christians, how can they protect Christians? They can’t, in fact.  And that should be a problem for you. 

As an aside, the oath of enlistment of the United States Army doesn’t specify who the enemy is. So, what if witches, when they take that oath, are thinking of Christians as the enemy, whether “foreign or domestic?” If that were the case, then they would be in keeping with their oath if (and when) they are deployed to America as a “peacekeeping” force, they regard all Christians as enemy combatants. What a scary thought. 

This ought to concern you, because, as we warned in our article, The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, our military no longer belongs to us, but to the United Nations.  That means that it will go and will do whatever the United Nations Security Council orders it to go and to do. If our military is anti-Christian, what do you think it is going to do when it is deployed to America as part of Step Four of Phase Three of the Roman Catholic Takeover of America? You should think about this very carefully. 

And the military is not only full of witches. Since the ban on homosexuals in the military was lifted, the military is now full of homosexuals. You may be aware that there is an historic enmity between homosexuals and Jesus Christ. Just ask Sodom and Gomorrah. If homosexuals hate Jesus, then it is a foregone conclusion that they hate Christians.

I’m not trying to cast any dispersion upon the United States military.  I’m just trying to get you to understand that the military is the policy enforcer for the United States government.  And, as the United States government has redefined terrorism, then the military, as the policy enforcer for the United States government, must also redefine terrorism.  If under this redefinition, Christian activities–both in and out of the military–could be considered terrorism, then, it stands to reason that, at some point, Christians–both in and out of the military–will be at odds with our military.  And this is what we need to remember.  

The podcast of this discussion is available at the iTunes Store for download to your favorite listening device.  Subscribe to The Gospel Light and Truth Crusade on iTunes today!  For your convenience, it is also available below.

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

The Still Man

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“Think How Good The Great Soldiers Are”

Grace and peace.

This post doesn’t have any religious significance, but I’m posting it anyway.

SSG Sal Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism during a firefight in eastern Afghanistan.  But it wasn’t his bravery that got my attention: it was his genuine humility.  Check out this video and you will see his obvious discomfort at being singled out and made a hero.  His last words are classic and always make a lump in my throat.  

What a humble, unpretentious guy.

The Still Man

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A Letter To Ms. “V”

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Grace and peace.

Earlier this year, a lady wrote me requesting prayer and deliverance.  A few days ago, she wrote me again a few days ago to update me on her situation and to ask me a question.  Both times she used the prayer request form, which is confidential, so I don’t have any contact information for her, and, thus, no way to get her an answer to her questions or to get her the help she urgently needs.  

Because she was clearly in distress and looking for answers, and in the hopes that perhaps I could minister to others who may be in the same predicament, I decided to do a podcast specifically for that purpose.  It is my hope that she is at least an occasional reader of the blog, because then the chances would be pretty good that she would find this post and the attached podcast (or the episode at the iTunes Store) and be met at the point of her need.

For the edification of the Body of Christ and to the end that we may minister unto someone else out there who needs it, I present her letters here in their entirety.  Ms. “V,” I know you asked me to keep this between you and me, and I did my level best to honor your request.  But because I have no other way to answer your questions and to get you the help that you requested, I chose to go this route.  As you can see, I didn’t use your name, so no one but you knows to whom these letters and this situation really belong.  Please prayerfully listen to the podcast, for I believe the answer to your problems is there. 

Following are the letters I received from Ms. “V.”

 

[First letter]

Good morning.

Please help me turn away from my sinful desires.   Please pray for me to turn away from psychics and occult stuff.

I have a hard life. My father is sick, I lost my job, stressed emotionally and psychologically.  Every time I meet someone and hope to start a relationship, the same thing happens: they go back to ex girlfriends/wives. I am never left with anyone.

I want to worship God. Why can I not continue on and always go back to bad habits? Please help me. Please pray for my salvation. Please remove this evil generational curse on me.

I have had a hard time. I do pray for deliverance/salvation, but the odd thing is the same thing happens. For example, if I meet someone (because I do want to get married and have a family) they almost immediately after me go back to ex-girlfriends/wives. I am left alone. I try to turn away from psychic stuff / occult every time I say I am turning away I get weak and go back: not like I really want to, but I just do.

Can you please help me and/or guide me onto the proper path? Can this be kept private between us?

Thanks so much.

 V.

[Second letter]

I hope this email finds you well. I want to commit and follow the path of the Lord. I have had severe struggles, and sometimes it is hard to remain focused.

I continue to pray to God for salvation. Unfortunately, my life has continued with struggles: I lost my father, which now I see God wanted me to take care of him: that is why I could not find work.  

Should I continue to pray for salvation until my praying skills become stronger? I am a believer in God and just need your guidance.

Thank you so much.

V.

This is as much as I have in the way of an article.  Normally, I write the article and then do the associated podcast when time permits.  This time, however, I felt compelled to do the podcast first, as I there were some things on my heart that I wanted to say to this dear soul, and I didn’t want to forget them.

When time permits (and when I feel up to it), I’ll transcribe the podcast and produce the blog article.  In the meantime, if you are so inclined, you may find the article at our podcast, The Gospel Light and Truth Hour.  Subscribe to us at the iTunes Store today!

For your convenience, it is also available below.

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

The Still Man

 

 

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Should A Christian Be Nice, Or Should A Christian Be Good?

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Grace and peace to the children of the day, and greetings to the denizens of the night.

Today, a deliveryman for DHS (the European equivalent of UPS) came to my door to deliver me a package (of Gospel tracts.  Woohoo!).  Before giving me my package, however, he asked me if I would take delivery of a package for someone else in my apartment building, who supposedly wasn’t at home.  This is nothing unusual, as neighbors have taken packages for me, in my absence, and I used to take packages for my neighbors.  I refused however, and after a subtle attempt to persuade me otherwise, the gentleman delivered my package and then attempted to solicit help from another neighbor.

Now, to the casual observer, my actions may have appeared unneighborly, and even somewhat hostile.  But, under the circumstances, believe me: they were totally necessary.

You see, I left off accepting packages for my neighbors (and allowing them to accept them for me) about a year ago, because, as I’ve related in my testimonies Chronology of Joy and God is in Control, my neighbors are active participants in the persecution of my family and me.  It is nothing for my neighbors to graciously accept delivery of a package addressed to me, or even hold the door open for me to go through, when I have a handful of groceries.  Yet, these same neighbors have no qualms about doing something reprehensible to me or my children.

Now, for someone unfamiliar with spiritual warfare, this type of behavior from an enemy may seem inconsistent and even confusing.  But those of us who are involved in kingdom work know that this type of behavior from an enemy is entirely consistent.  

You see, the Bible says that the wicked are wise to do evil, but ignorant to do good.  If they were able (and willing) to do good, then it would be difficult (or at least hard) for them to do wickedly.  However, many seem quite content to do evil.  Therefore, to do good is not only something they can’t do, it is something they likely are unwilling to do. In that they are unable to do good, but want to appear good, then they have to settle for the nearest alternative: they have to be nice.

Nice is not good; and, though the two often look identical on the surface, they are not. The difference between nice and good is motive.  It is the reason we want to do a thing that differentiates being nice from being good.  

To help an elderly person with his groceries, for example, is a nice thing to do.  It can also be a good thing to do.  What distinguishes the two is whether the person rendering the help does it for himself, or does it for the elderly person.  Doing something for selfish motives (to look good in front of others, to make a particular person think you are good, to feel good about yourself, etc.) is being nice.  Doing something because the person actually needs it, however, (and when it may even inconvenience you) is being good.  

Certainly, for the recipient of the action–the elderly person, for example–whether a person does something to be nice or to be good is inconsequential, because he’s getting the help that he needed.  Besides, we oftentimes cannot see the motive, even if we were so inclined.  Still, as Christians, we ought to consider the motive.  We ought to have at least an idea whether someone is being good or is being nice, even if we stand to benefit from the action.

We also ought to consider our own motives for doing a thing.  When we do something for someone, we ought to consider whether we are doing it to be good, or to be nice.  This goes especially for our enemies.  Jesus never told us to be nice to our enemies: Jesus told us to to be good to our enemies:

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

I don’t see the word nice anywhere in that statement.

Loving our enemies doesn’t mean that we always have to do what would be convenient for them–like accepting their packages.  Loving our enemies means being concerned for their welfare: especially the welfare of their eternal soul.  And it means that we never do anything to hurt, harm or inconvenience them.

The stereotypical Christian is always smiling, going out of his way to help everyone (often when they don’t even need it), and telling everyone to “have a blessed day.”  He is nice. Thought this may look good, it is not right.  As a matter of fact, it could be dangerous. The enemy is counting on us to be nice.  He is counting on us caring more for appearances than for what is good, right, and just.  He is counting on us to be nice.  When you are being nice, you are more concerned with what you appear to be than what you really are, and, in so doing, you are giving up ground to Satan: ground that he will exploit.

Let me illustrate this for you, as I return to the story of the DHL deliveryman.

As I said earlier, I used to accept delivery of my neighbors’ packages, and they would do the same for me.  Yet, being enemies, they were, and are, also active participants in my family’s persecution.  One of the things they love to do is occasionally ring our doorbell.  Sometimes, it is a workman saying that he is painting an apartment upstairs or something and doesn’t have a key.  Once or twice it has been a neighbor with a child, saying that the child rang our doorbell by mistake.  At times, it has been the person who brings the weekly free paper or another solicitor, who wants us to let him into the building.  There has even been no one there at all.  But, most often, it has been the DHL deliveryman, saying that he has a package that he wants me to accept for a neighbor who isn’t at home.

Now, there was a time when this was happening more frequently than is common, and I suspected that it was intentional.  It was during this time that the doorbell rang one Saturday morning, at about 7 a.m.  When I went to the door, a DHL deliveryman, a woman, actually, asked if I would take a package for my next-door neighbor.  Because of the hour, I refused, and when I did so, the woman got angry, and said, “Why not?  They always take packages for you.”  When she said this, the light bulb went on in my mind.  You see, they were counting on me being nice, but rather than appreciate me being nice (and why should they, since the whole scenario was contrived?), they were using my niceness against me.

Proof that this was, in fact, the case, is that this same DHL deliveryman/woman once asked my wife to accept a package for a neighbor who lives in another stairwell of the apartment building.  To be nice, my wife accepted.

I learned a very important lesson that day.  And I’ve taught it to my children.  As Christians, we are not supposed to be nice.  We are supposed to be good.  We are supposed to emulate our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, and Jesus was not a nice man:  Jesus was a Good Man.  

Beating people with a whip (unless they ask you to: yeah, there are people like that…) and throwing their money on the ground is not nice.  Calling people snakes and hypocrites is not nice.  Commanding fig trees to dry up and wither away is not nice.  Yet, Jesus did all these things, because He is Good.  Clearly, then, what is nice is not always good, and what is good is not always nice.  We would do well to remember this.

Enemies are always going to be there. Where there is life, there will be enmity (Genesis 3:14).  We therefore have to manage our enemies, just like we manage all the other issues of life.  And Jesus told us exactly how to manage our enemies: we have to love them, bless them, pray for them, and, do good to them.  If we can’t do it for their sake, we can at least do it for Jesus’ sake.

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

The Still Man

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God Hears You!

Grace and peace to the hands and feet of the Lord, and greetings to those who have yet to become the body of Christ (but I’m prayin’ for ya!)

I get several prayer requests a month, and, believe me, I pray for each and every one of you who has asked me to pray for you (probably a lot more than you thought).  But rarely does anyone let me know if or how Jesus has answered his or her prayers.  Now, if Jesus has not answered your prayer yet, don’t get discouraged.  Jesus answers our prayers if and when He chooses, and quite often, we do not receive an answer to our prayers as quickly or in the manner we would have liked.  But there is one thing you can be sure of: if we asked, He heard.  

Now, if we are not saved, then Jesus is not under any obligation to answer our prayers.  If we are saved, however, He is, because Jesus is a Man of His Word, and He has promised to answer our prayers if we:

  1. “ask anything in His name” (John 14:14),
  2. “ask anything according to His will” (1 John 5:14),
  3. “obey His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22), and
  4. do not “regard iniquity in our hearts” (Ps. 66:18). 

I can assure you that all of the above apply to me.  

Now, does that mean that I don’t sin?  Of course not.  We all sin.  Even the great Apostle Paul sinned.  But God examines the reins of the heart, and He knows that my will is to do His will.  So, when I do sin, I confess it as soon as possible, and I do everything in my power to avoid sin.  And those sins that God hates: that is, those sins that can be found in Leviticus 18 and 19 and Exodus 18, I just don’t do.  That means, of course, that life for me is a struggle, as it is for all of us who desperately want to please the Lord Jesus.  But it is a struggle that is well worth it, especially when you are praying for people.

I remember when I was a young unsaved heathen of a man.  There was this beautiful Christian woman, whom I was trying desperately to seduce.  But she wasn’t having any of it.  She would always tell me that though she liked me a lot, she could not get involved with me, because she “had too many people to pray for.”  At that time, I had no idea what she was talking about.  But I do now.  

When you are praying for people, you have to keep yourself together, as much for those for whom you are praying, as for yourself.  As the Apostle Paul says, we have to keep our bodies under, and bring them under submission. 

I said all that to say this: Not only do I receive your prayers, but I pray for you.  And not only do I pray for you, but I pray for you with confidence.  I know that God hears my prayers, because I do my level best to keep myself in a right relationship with Him.  Ask Satan.

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside.  It shall not cleave to me” (Psalm 101:3).

If you have asked me to pray for you, and God has answered your prayers, I would be very happy if you would let me know, so that I can give the glory to Him to Whom it belongs.

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

The Still Man

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Climate Change and the Socialist Agenda

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Grace and peace, Saints.

By now, most of us know that one purpose for the media is to divert our attention away from what is really important onto something less significant.  You may recall, for example, that last fall, while the media were covering Eric Snowden and the whole NSA spying fiasco, Pope Francis, in a Vatican ceremony the media conveniently failed to mention, dedicated the world to the Virgin Mary.

Well, while the media have been covering the battle against ISIS, on September 23, 2014, the United Nations sponsored the 2014 Climate Summit in New York.  Invited were heavy-hitters and chief muckety-mucks from government, industry, finance, and even entertainment (actor Leonardo DiCaprio was also invited to speak).

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CNN covered the event, but not in great detail.  So, I went to the Summit webpage at the United Nations website, to get more information.  The website includes the full texts of the statements delivered by all the representatives of the various countries in attendance.  I must tell you that I was very alarmed when I read them; for it was clear after I had read a few that Climate Change is not at all about climate change.  Climate Change is about redistribution of wealth–socialism.

I will let the words of a few of the delegates speak for themselves, but before I do, I simply must begin with this statement by the President of the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, H.E. Sam Kahama Kutesa:

“There is no longer scientific argument about the fact that the planet is heating up.”

One cannot help but notice that Mr. Kutesa doesn’t say that there is irrefutable scientific proof that the planet is heating up.  He merely says that there is no longer scientific argument over the issue.  This simply means that all scientific opposition against global warming has been silenced.  In that the majority of the scientific community are not God-fearing people, and are, by all appearances, intolerant of the biblical worldview, then it is not difficult to imagine how this was accomplished.

We continue with the statements of some of the summit attendees.  Please pay particular attention to the areas in boldface.

“We have the capacity to start and strengthen a true and beneficial process which will irrigate, as it were, through adaptation and mitigation activities, the field of economic and technological innovation where it is possible to cultivate two interconnected objectives: combating poverty and easing the effects of climate change.”

– Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican City Secretary of State

“Combatting poverty,” or words to that effect, was a recurring theme in virtually all the statements I read.  In fact, climate change actually took a back seat to the fight against poverty.  As I read, I quickly realized that climate change is merely an excuse to institute laws and regulations the goal of which will be to socialize governments all over the world.

None of the statements I read made this clearer than that of President Evo Morales Ayma of Bolivia (a Socialist country).  Pay close attention to what he says:

“The Earth and its ecosystems are our home and we are convinced that, in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.”

A “just balance” is merely code for redistribution of wealth:  Socialism.

“We consider that mitigation of and adaptation to climate change are contingent upon different sociocultural contexts, taking particular account of indigenous peoples and local communities and their traditional knowledge systems and practices, including their holistic view of community and environment, as a major means of adapting to climate change.”

The indigenous people in just about every country in the world were agrarian societies who lived very close to the land and used primitive methods of farming and agriculture.  They were also very superstitious and were into witchcraft and folk magic.  What is being suggested here is the dumbing down of civilization, and the reduction of the average person into little more than an illiterate, superstitious serf.  On an economic level, this probably entails the implementation of austerity measures, such as we have seen recently in Greece.

“Sustainable development involves a change in the order of priorities from the generation of material wealth to the satisfaction of human needs in harmony with nature. The excessive orientation towards profit neither respects Mother Earth nor takes into account human needs. The continuation of this unequal system will lead to further inequality.”

“Generation of material wealth” is code for capitalism, while “satisfaction of human needs” refers to the basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter, and security.  “In harmony with nature” implies that capitalism goes against nature, and that man’s primary preoccupation should be merely with eating, sleeping, working, security, and sexual gratification.  

Notice the term “order of priorities.”  The word “order” is not needed here because it is not a reordering of priorities that is being suggested, but a shift in priorities.  The “generation of material wealth” is to be replaced by the “satisfaction of human needs.”  The word order is code for the New World Order: a socialist state that will supplant the current world order, which is based on capitalism.  

Capitalism, by the way, originated in the United States, and was a direct product of the Protestant Reformation.  That ought to give you a clue as to who is really pushing the climate change agenda.

This last statement by President Ayma brings it home: 

“Climate Change is by its nature a phenomenon that deserves our special attention, dynamism, and dedication. Accordingly, it is for my government a privilege to be engaged in the negotiation of a new global climate agreement, since this process gives humanity the opportunity to build a fair climate regime, ensuring the reduction of disparities in the quality of life of all people, and to protect the climate system for present and future generations.”

Notice again that the issue of climate change has been completely subordinated to “building a fair [economic and social] climate” and “reducing [economic and social] disparities.”  Socialism is the real goal of climate change.

This statement by President Ayma shows how expensive this “fair climate” agenda is going to get: 

“There is an urgent need to have a clear commitment of Developed country Parties to provide at least USD70 billion per year by 2016 rising to USD100 billion per year by 2020 as “a floor for accounting,” and leading to further increased commitments on the provision of financial support for the post-2020 period.”

When you consider that the current U.S. deficit is over 17 trillion dollars, then you will understand why spending this much money to provide “a floor for accounting” is ludicrous.  If I understand correctly, this money goes into a general fund, to be redistributed to the poorer countries.  This statement by Angolan Vice President Manuel Domingos Vicente would seem to support this:

“In our country, we have in recent years witnessed the advance of desertification and drought…triggering an emergency program by the government.  We believe that we need to be compensated with bilateral and multilateral funding to improve our outcomes and development projections.  

“Protecting Tropical Forests…and financing programs that allow to compensate for the lack of funds to offset the efforts of African countries, as well as assessing the benefits of preserving ecosystems is vitally important.”

So over 70 billion dollars a year, from all the countries that are parties to the Kyoto Accords, will go over to poorer countries, such as those aforementioned in Africa, to “compensate” them for their efforts and fund their development programs.  The American people, primarily the taxpayers, will never see a dime of that money, yet they are the ones footing the bill.  And, as if 100 billion dollars a year weren’t bad enough, they are talking about increasing the amount after 2020!  

I believe this program directly targets the United States of America, and is designed to bankrupt us completely and totally decimate whatever remains of the “middle class.”  Socialist rhetoric may sound good on the surface: a fair, equitable solution to the world’s economic woes, a level playing field for all, the answer to crime, the elimination of poverty, the world’s wealth and resources no more concentrated in the hands of a select few.  Everyone will be guaranteed a job, and there will be a chicken in every pot.  

Sounds good doesn’t it?  What they don’t tell you, however, is that Socialism will not level the playing field by bringing everyone up to the level of the developed nations, like the United States, but by bringing everyone down to the level of a third-world country, like Cuba and many in Africa.  Socialism will enable one to survive, but not to thrive.   And under Socialism there is never enough of anything.  

Socialism is part of the Hegelian Dialectic.  Capitalism is the thesis, and is seen as undesirable because it (supposedly) favors the rich at the expense of the poor.  Communism is the antithesis, and is unfavorable for obvious reasons.  Socialism is offered as the synthesis: the perfect melding of both systems.  The greedy and ambitious are held in check (so they say) while the lazy, unproductive, and unmotivated are taken care of by the state whether they like it or not, whether they deserve to be or not.

But what is most unsettling about the whole climate change and “global warming” agenda is that it is a hoax.  And not only is it a hoax, but it calls the God of the Bible a liar.  In the book of Genesis, Chapter 8, after Noah and his family come out of the Ark, God makes them a very important promise:

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). 

Did you get that?  God said that as long as there is a planet earth, there will always be four seasons:  There will always be Spring, there will always be Summer, there will always be Fall, and there will always be Winter.  Forever!  

If the Bible is true, therefore, then Global Warming, or the belief that the planet will continue to heat up until the polar ice completely melts, the earth is scorched so badly that plants cannot grow and there is a global drought, the seas overrun with the water from the melted polar icecaps until there is flooding on an unprecedented scale, and all the rest of these projected catastrophes, are pure science fiction.  It ain’t happening!  

Now, if the world believed the Word of God, the Bible, then they couldn’t be taken for a ride by the snake-oil salesmen in the U.N.  They would know that Global Warming is a sham and that those scientists that preach the climate change gospel are charlatans.  But because most of the world has turned its back on God, He has given them up to a “reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28): to do (and believe) things that are not convenient.  God is letting them follow the god of their choosing.  

So, be on the lookout for what will happen in June 2015, when the next climate change summit convenes in Paris; for it is there that they mean to (formerly) pen a comprehensive global agreement that will institute the changes they plan to implement.  In my mind, that at least means that austerity measures will be implemented on a global scale. And by the statements of some of the speakers at this year’s Summit, they plan to bring considerable pressure to bear upon the world’s governments to agree in advance.   God help us when they do.

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

The Still Man

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He Said/She Said – September 29, 2014

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“One man, who speaks and lives the Truth, is more dangerous than 10,000 men, who speak and live a lie.”

                     –The Still Man

 

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That All Men May Know His Work

Grace and peace, Saints.

Ever notice that the sun doesn’t shine through the clouds?  The most it can do is shine around the edges of the cloud, if you know what I mean.  But it can’t–or at least doesn’t– shine through the clouds.  This is strange when you consider that if you stand in the midst of a cloud (in the mountains early in the morning, when the clouds are hanging really low, or in an airplane 20,000 feet above the ground) what looks really thick from the ground is really nothing more than a fog or a wisp of smoke.  Yet, the sun, the most powerful force (besides God) in the galaxy, cannot shine through a cloud.

Now, I bet that if you asked a meteorologist to explain this phenomena, he would give you a really scientific explanation.  And it would sound good.  But did you know that the real answer to this question is not scientific at all, but biblical?  Listen to this:

“With clouds [God] covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt” (Job 36:32).

So, if I understand my Bible correctly, the sun doesn’t shine through the clouds because God has commanded it not to.  And since Jesus Christ is God Almighty (Revelation 1:8), and since “without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3), then it is Jesus who commands the light not to pass through the clouds.  Wow.  

We come up with laws to explain everything, when, in reality, Jesus makes it happen “by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3).

“What manner of Man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him!” (Matthew 8:27).

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

The Still Man

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New Podcast

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed the podcast to our article, Withering on the Vine.  It is available at the iTunes Store and as an mp3 download on the article itself.  We pray that you will be blessed by this teaching.

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

The Still Man

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New Podcast

Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed the podcast to our article, A Gorilla in a Suit, which details a remarkable encounter I had with a Muslim gentleman, during one of my evangelism efforts.  You will want to listen to this podcast.

It is available at the iTunes Store for download to your favorite listening device.  Subscribe to our podcast today!  For your convenience, it also available as an attachment to the article.

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

The Still Man

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Pop-Locking in Church?

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Grace and peace, Saints.

If you had seen this image anywhere else, would you have believed that the scene it depicts had taken place in a church?  Well, according to the Facebook post that accompanied the video from which I got this image, it did.  And believe me when I tell you that the only thing that even remotely hinted that this event was church related was the occasional “Yes Lord” and “Hallelujah” shouted from the enthralled congregation.

Click here to watch the video.  Afterwards, please meditate on this affair and ask yourself how this glorifies the Lord Jesus.  

You know, I read sometime last year that church attendance is going up, and I wondered how this was possible if the world has drifted so far away from the Lord Jesus.  

This is how.  The Church refused to go out int the world, so we’ve brought the world into the church.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

The Still Man

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Two Marys – Part 2

Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed Part 2 of the audio portion of the article Two Marys.   As you may know, Two Marys was my response to a letter I received from a Roman Catholic lady who attempted to convince me that the worship of the Virgin Mary is not idolatry.  If you are a Roman Catholic who would like to know what the Bible has to say about Mary worship, then you will want to listen to this podcast.  Christians would also benefit from this discussion, as many of you have no idea what Roman Catholics really believe and practice, and you should.

The podcast may not yet appear at the iTunes Store, so, for your convenience, we have provided it below.

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

The Still Man

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404 Errors

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Some of you no doubt have found that, since sometime last week, you got a 404 “Page Not Found” error when you clicked on a page link, typed the page URL into your browser, or tried to load a bookmarked page from this website.  The reason for this is that I changed the permalink structure for how a page is archived and its URL displayed.  

For example, the permalink structure for this post is http://www.thestillman.com/stillmanfiles/2014/08/page-errors, where 2014 is the year and 08 is for the month of August.  This is the default WordPress setting, and is best used by newspapers or bloggers that publish multiple posts daily, as it makes it a lot easier to find a particular article.

For someone like me, however, who blogs sporadically, this type of structure is not the best way to go.  In my case, the best alternative would be to merely use the blog post title.  Using this structure, the permalink for this post would be http://www.thestillman.com/stillmanfiles/page-errors.  As you can see, it is a lot cleaner and a lot more intuitive.  

So, I changed the permalink structure, forgetting, however, that all links to blog pages as well as any bookmarked pages a reader would have would be looking for the year/month permalink structure, and, not finding it, return a 404 “Page Not Found” error.  And this is exactly what happened.  

I hadn’t noticed the results of my gaff until today, and I immediately fixed the problem by going back to the original year/month permalink format, as amateurish as it looks.  Using the default permalink structure, by the way, is one of the top seven mistakes that beginning bloggers make. (It is also probably one of the top five mistakes that more experienced bloggers stop making.)

I have been blogging for three and a half years, but have yet to learn the finer points of blogging, being more concerned, as I am, with content. Little by little, however, I am learning a thing or two, even if I am lacking somewhat on the applications side of the house.

This object lesson in humility was brought to you by your resident expert on the same, The Still Man.

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

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Ecumenism And Babylon 5

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Last night, while washing the dishes, I was listening to (and partly watching) an episode of Babylon 5.  Forgive me for not noting the episode name, number, or season, but judging from the fact that Michael O’Hare played Commander Sinclair, who was only commander for the first season (he was later replaced by Bruce Boxleitner), and the subject matter of the episode, it may very well have been the pilot episode, “The Gathering.”  At the end of the episode, Commander Sinclair holds a meeting with a delegation representing all of earth’s religions.

I apologize to our readers for the video quality, but we have been having problems with reception lately.  I also apologize for the fact that the video is in German.  I will briefly summarize the verbal exchanges.

–First person: “Well, Mr. Garibaldi?”

–Second person: “Don’t be impatient.  It’ll only last a couple of minutes.”

–Third person: “And what kind of demonstration can we expect?”

–Fourth person: “I have no idea, that’s what we were trying to guess.  In any case, it has something to do with the main religions of the earth.”

–Fifth and sixth persons: (I could not make it out.)

–Seventh person: “Are you sure we’re in the right place?”

–Eighth person: “That’s it, I’m leaving.”

–Second person: “We’re supposed to wait right here for Commander Sinclair, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

(Commander Sinclair enters)

Commander Sinclair: “Everything’s prepared, please follow me.”

(Commander Sinclair introduces each member of the delegation, rendering the customary salute of their religion): 

“This is Mr. Harris, he is an Atheist.

“Father Chrisanti [sp?], a Catholic (?).”

“Mr. Harikara, a Zen Buddhist.”

“Mr. Rashiyd, a Muslim.”

“Mr. Rosenthal, an Orthodox Jew.”

“(Name indiscernable), of the Sioux tribe.”

“Father Papapolous, a Greek monk.”

“Hogikiko, of the Ebo tribe”

“Makuriak, an Eskimo.”

“Savaba, of the Ebelo tribe.”

“(Name indiscernible), a Bhanto.”

“Mrs. Chung, a Taoist.”

“Mr. Blacksmith, an Aborigine.”

“Mrs. Yamamoto, a Shintoist.”

“Ms. Maigo, a Mao-be.”

“(Name indiscernible) a Hindu…”  

Notice that there doesn’t appear to be a Christian in the delegation.  One may think that Commander Sinclair himself may have been a Christian.  However, because earlier in the program, he attends a religious ceremony wherein he participates in a “rebirth” ritual and even eats something of religious significance, then it is clear that he was not a Christian.

True Christians are reborn when we accept the Lord Jesus’s sacrifice and the shedding of His blood on Calvary as sufficient atonement for our sins.  To participate in a religious ritual wherein the participant is said to be reborn, is to deny Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. (Freemasons, by the way, who consider themselves Christians, should particularly reflect on this, since the ritual for the Master Mason’s degree involves a rebirth.)  

Notice the beautiful score playing in the background?  It is the type of music that elicits hope and optimism for the future.  The New Age has always stated that the world would be a better place if it weren’t for the Christians and their dogmatic views and exclusivity.  Some New Agers, like Benjamin Creme, have even gone so far as to say that if people (especially Christians) do not accept their New Age spiritual guru, Maitreya, they will simply be eradicated from the face of the earth.  That was the message of Babylon 5.

I found it interesting that the commander’s first mate, Michael Garibaldi, who also participated in the ritual, would not eat the food that was offered to him.  Garibaldi even claimed that he did not believe in God in episode 15 of Season 5 of the series.  Click here to read Garibaldi’s quote).  It now makes perfect sense that the first representative of the religious delegation was an atheist.

You must understand that while the goal of ecumenism may seem merely to get all religions to “go along to get along,” it is much more than that.  The end game of ecumenism is to absorb and ultimately eliminate Christianity altogether, by encouraging Christians to relinquish their mandate to sanctify themselves and join all the other religions at the table of fellowship.

Did you know that seven of the cast members of Babylon 5 have died, some under mysterious circumstances?  Counting guest appearances, the number is said to be as high as twenty-four.  Coincidence?

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

The Still Man

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New Podcast

Grace and peace, Saints.

Last year we wrote an article revealing the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary to be none other than Semiramis, the wife of the great rebel, Nimrod.  For thousands of years, Semiramis has been worshipped all over the world under many different names, including Diana, Minerva, Ashtoreth, Isis, Shing Moo, Parvati, and Melitta or Melissa. The Roman Catholics worship Semiramis as Mary, which is from the Latin word mari or mare, which means “sea.” The Virgin Mary is referred to as “The Star of the Sea.”

In response to the article, entitled “The Virgin Mary: The Star of the Sea,” a Roman Catholic lady wrote me a very enlightening letter attempting to bring me to “a more perfect understanding of the Virgin Mary.” However, the qualities and significance which she attributed to the Virgin Mary were so un-biblical, that it was clear to me that we were talking about two different Marys.

We therefore wrote “Two Marys,” addressing her more salient points, and proving that the Virgin Mary cannot be Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus.  The first in a two part series on that article is now (or will be in a few hours) available at the iTunes Store.

If you are a Roman Catholic, you may be interested to know what the Bible says about Mary, the mother of Jesus, opposed to what you have been taught or have come to believe about the Virgin Mary.  It will become quickly clear to any thinking person that the Virgin Mary cannot be the mother of Jesus, our Savior.  Christians may be interested to find that what Roman Catholics actually believe about the Virgin Mary is light years away from what the Bible teaches about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. 

We must understand that the Lord Jesus condemns the worship of idols (Exodus 20:3-5). And the Roman Catholic Virgin Mary is an idol. Make no mistake about that.  

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

The Still Man

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What Is A Testimony, and Why Do I Need One? Part 3

Grace and peace to the heirs of promise.  

We continue with the reasons many Christians lack a testimony. 

WHY MANY CHRISTIANS DON’T HAVE A TESTIMONY

1. SIN

This is the primary reason. The Bible says, 

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm 66:18). 

If we are living in sin, then God will not hear our prayers. And if God will not hear our prayers, then God will not answer our prayers. If God will not answer our prayers, then we cannot receive help from Him and cannot therefore testify that God is “an ever-present Help in time of trouble.”

A good example of this is King Saul. When King Saul sinned and rebelled against God, God withdrew from him and would no longer answer his prayers. When we sin unrepentantly, God will also withdraw from us.

-With regard to our testimony of persecution, again, God allows us to pass through trials and tribulations because our life is a picture of Jesus’ life. As Jesus suffered persecution, so we must also suffer persecution. However, in that Paul said that because of persecution, we will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, then it stands to reason that if we are not suffering persecution, it is because we are not counted worthy of the kingdom of God. It means we are not walking worthy of the cross of Christ.

If we are not counted worthy to suffer on the Lord’s behalf, then we will not have a testimony of overcoming trials for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

2. GENERATIONAL CURSE

Many Christians don’t have a testimony because they are in bondage to sin through a generational curse.   A generational curse is a curse that God places on a person’s descendants when that person is guilty of committing a sin that is so offensive to God, that He considers it an abomination.  An abomination is something that God really hates. The Bible teaches that all unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17).  However, there are hierarchies of sin.  At the low end are sins that God just winks at.  At the high end is the unpardonable sin.  And, in the middle, are abominations, sins that God absolutely hates.  Only the unpardonable sin will not be forgiven.  All other sins will be forgiven.  HOWEVER…Abominations, in that God specifically hates these sins, must be confessed outright by name, in order to receive forgiveness for them.  

It is important to understand that God hates abominable sins so much that before Jesus paid the blood at Calvary, God destroyed those who were guilty of those sins.  God wiped the Canaanites off the face of the earth because of the sins that they were guilty of (Deuteronomy 18), which sins included witchcraft, child sacrifice, and pornography.  God obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah and also all the cities of the plain (except Zoar) because they practiced the sin of homosexuality.  

Under the Old Testament law, people who were accused of committing abominations were stoned.  But since Jesus paid the blood, we are now living in a period of mercy.  God no longer automatically destroys those guilty of committing abominations.  But, because God said that He would “by no means clear the guilty,” those who are cursed with the sins of their forefathers will be punished in this life.  

1 Timothy 5:24 says this:  

“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment, and some men they follow after.”

This means that, though God will no longer destroy those who are guilty of abominations, they have already been judged and been found guilty.  Therefore they will be punished in this life, rather than only at the Judgment.  Generational sins fall into this category.  This is the reason why those who are under a generational curse have such terrible problems.  These sins are particular grievous to God.  Therefore, unlike other sins, which are forgiven when one accepts the Lord Jesus as his Savior, generational sin–abominable sins–must be confessed outright.  Some sins that fall into this category are idolatry (which is the number one sin), homosexuality, witchcraft, and pornography.

Because abominations are sins that are particularly loathsome to God, and, therefore, must be confessed outright by name, a person can be saved and still be under a generational curse.  It is important to understand that salvation and deliverance are not the same thing.  Salvation is deliverance from original and personal sin (Romans 5:12, Romans 3:25), while deliverance means being set free from a generational curse (1 John 1:9).  Many believe that when they got saved, all their sins were forgiven, and thus, a generational curse should have no affect on them.  They fail to realize that, because of the seriousness of generational sin, it must be confessed outright in order for a person to be delivered.  

A Christian living under a generational curse will eventually have his testimony destroyed by Satan, if he does not confess the sin that brought about the curse to the Lord Jesus and have it forgiven.  A person will know what sins he needs to confess, because the Word of God teaches that those under a generational curse will be cursed with the sins of their forefathers.  

 

3. THANKLESSNESS

Because many Christians are living in sin, they aren’t experiencing the victory over sin and temptation that they should. This has caused them to be unthankful, because the more the Lord Jesus delivers you from something, the more grateful you will be.  Conversely, if Jesus hasn’t done anything in your life (because you haven’t asked Him to), you will not be very grateful to Him. Lack of gratitude is the manifestation of 2 Timothy 3:2, wherein the Apostle Paul says that men in the last days would be “unthankful.”

4. UNEQUALLY YOKED

The Bible says, 

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 14:6).

In today’s feel-good climate of “oneness” and world harmony, Christians have been swept up in a “cumbaya” moment.  The Roman Catholic Charismatic Movement has thoroughly infiltrated the Protestant church and essentially reduced it to little more than one of the many orders of the Roman Catholic church. Protestant churches are becoming more Catholic with each passing day, as many pastors wear the collar of a Roman Catholic priest and many churches celebrate Roman Catholic holidays such as Lent.

God hates idolatry, and the Roman Catholic church is an idolatrous institution. Christians, therefore, who align themselves with Rome, become the enemies of God (James 4:4). And an enemy of God has no testimony.

There are also many Christians who are members of secret societies such as the Freemasons. Freemasonry and Christianity are irreconcilable, as the God of Freemasonry is, in fact, the great Rebel, Nimrod, and the the patron saint of Freemasonry is a demon called Baphomet—a pagan deity. A person, who has taken any of the many blood oaths Freemasons are required to take, has yoked himself to Baphomet, and has brought not only aa world of spiritual darkness upon himself and his family, but also a generational curse upon his descendants.

5. WORDLINESS

Though we live in the world, we are not of the world, and cannot, therefore, do as the world does.  We can’t talk as the world talks, we can’t dress as the world dresses, and we can’t behave as the world behaves.  God has called us to sanctification.  We must, therefore, separate ourselves from the world. Unfortunately, most pastors no longer preach sanctification, and many in the Christian community see separation from the world as divisive and exclusive.

If we ally ourselves with the world with all it’s fleshy lusts and desires, the Holy Spirit will depart from us. When we lose the Holy Spirit we lose not only the ability to discern good and evil, but we also lose the ability to reason. With the loss of reason we become easily prone to the deceptiveness of sin. One who is living in sin is living in defeat, and one who is living in defeat has no testimony. This truth is not restricted to lay Christians, as many, if not most, pastors are also living in the world. Consequently, whole churches have been compromised and have become unfruitful and altogether useless to God.

6. IGNORANCE OF THE WORD OF GOD AND OF GOD’S PROMISES

Many Christians don’t have a testimony because they don’t know the Word of God.  God has made many promises to the body of Christ and, because God is faithful, he will always delivers on His promises:

 

“All the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are yea, and in Him, Amen, to the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

 

The Christian who doesn’t know the Bible, however, will not know God’s promises, and will be consequently unaware when God delivers on those promises. He will therefore, be unable to testify that God is “faithful and true” (Revelation 3:14). A major purpose of the Christian’s testimony is to confirm this truth.

 

WHY YOU NEED A TESTIMONY

The Bible declares that the testimony of two or three witnesses will establish the truth. Jesus Christ testified that He is The Truth (John 14:6).  Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John says that the Holy Ghost testifies to the truth.  The Christian is called to be that third witness to the truth: that Jesus Christ:

 

“Was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

 

As Christians, we are useless without a testimony.  As Jesus used parables to communicate the Gospel to simple people in a language they could understand, so our testimony communicates the Good News of the Gospel to people in a language they can understand.  

Many are hurting in these days of apostasy.  People need real, tangible examples that God is Sovereign and can reach out and touch people’s lives in a real and tangible way. The body of Christ desperately needs the strength, encouragement, and hope that a good testimony gives.

 

HOW YOU CAN GET A TESTIMONY (or get it back)

Everyone who has been washed by the blood of Jesus has at least a conversion testimony. In that the Bible says that everyone who is born again in Christ Jesus is a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), a person without a testimony of change in his life probably isn’t saved. Someone in this situation needs to first hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, if he chooses, to make a decision for Christ.

The saved person, who is not living the victory, has had his testimony compromised. And a compromised testimony is useless. To reclaim his victory, he must get his testimony back. To do this, he must:

 

1. Repent

If you are a true believer, and have no testimony, it is highly likely that you have backslidden. And if you have backslidden, then you have given up ground to the devil. This ground must be reclaimed for you to live a victorious Christian life, and the first step to reclaim lost ground is to repent of your sins and confess those sins to the Lord Jesus.

The Bible says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17). Healing begins when we are truly sorry for our sin. We must realize that we have sinned against a Holy God who ransomed His very life to redeem us. Our lack of faithfulness must hurt us as much as it hurts God.  

The Bible says, “Godly sorrow worketh repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10), and repentance is necessary to restore our relationship with the Lord Jesus.

 

 “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face, then I will hear them, and heal their land.”

 

2. Confess

Jesus will forgive any sin, but we must confess it. There are many who believe that when Jesus died on the cross, all our sins were immediately forgiven. If this were true, however, then the Bible would be a lie: for the Bible says:

 

If we confess our sins, [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

 

The act of confession is important, because it not only forces us to acknowledge who we are—sinners, but it also forces us to acknowledge who Jesus Christ is—our Savior.

At this point it is important to stress that confession to Jesus is what is meant here, not confession to a sinful man.

3. Renew

After we have confessed our sins and obtained forgiveness, we must, as Jesus says in Revelation 2:5, “do the first works.” This means we must go back to square one and become again as babes in Christ. We must renew our covenant with God. We must get back into the Word of God, fast, pray, and seek to do that which is right in God’s sight. We must hate sin and avoid it at any and all costs.

4. Sanctify

We must then sanctify ourselves. Sanctification is the act of separating oneself from the world and setting oneself apart unto the Lord. This entails avoiding people and activities that glorify sin and do not glorify the Lord Jesus. And we must be careful to avoid fellowship with those who hate our God.

Important to the process of sanctification is the act of separating ourselves from those who wantonly sin.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR TESTIMONY

There is a song by the rap group, Wu Tang Klan, entitled “Protect Ya Neck.”  When I was in the world, I thought that was a cool title for a song. Though the spiritual significance of that title escaped me at that time, I realized that it was very practical advice in an increasingly violent world.

A few years after I was saved, I again reflected on that title and realized that “protect your neck” is not only sound worldly advice, but very sound spiritual advice. As Christians, we must protect our necks—we must protect our testimony.

The Bible says,

 

“Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). 

 

The heart is extremely important. It is the most important organ in the human body. Without it, we would die. During medieval times, knights wore a suit of armor to protect themselves from injury in battle. They would also often wear a shirt made of interwoven chain links called a coat of male. The purpose of both the suit of armor and the coat of male was to protect the knight’s vital organs from injury by sword or knife penetration. Today, police officers and soldiers alike wear a protective vest made out of Kevlar for the same purpose. The knight’s armor, the coat of male, and the protective vest all serve to protect the wearer’s vital organs, the most important of which is the heart.

The Bible says that though we walk like ordinary men, we don’t go to war like ordinary men (2 Corinthians 10:3). Our warfare is spiritual, not carnal. The heart we need to protect, then, is not our physical heart, but our spiritual heart. The Bible says that the issues of life spring from the heart. The Christian’s spiritual heart is his moral center and the place from whence his discernment springs. When we decide either to do or not to do a thing, it is from this moral center—the heart—that we decide.

Because the heart is so important to the life of the Christian, Satan will attack it every chance he gets. We must therefore make sure that at all times we have on our spiritual armor.

Satan attacks our heart through the senses, using the same lures he has used for millennia: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). In that Satan comes at us through the senses, then we have to purpose within ourselves to harden these spiritual ports of entry. Since Satan most often tempts us to sin through the eyes, then we have to be especially vigilant to control what we see. Ironically, King David provides the best advice on how to avoid being tempted through the eyes:

 

“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me” (Psalm 101:3). 

 

The best way to avoid being tempted to sin through the eyes is to avoid seeing the thing that would cause us to sin in the first place. This is especially true with sex. The so-called “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” a document falsely attributed to the Jews, calls for every child in the world to have seen every conceivable sex act by the time he is thirteen years old. The Hollywood Motion Picture and Television industry is without a doubt Satan’s preferred method of accomplishing this. Most of the movies and television shows that come out of Hollywood depict sex in some form: even if it’s merely innuendo.

About a year ago, for example, I was watching an episode of a television situation comedy featuring two single and financially disadvantaged women who work as waitresses. At one point in the episode, one of the costars simulates a sex act using an action figure and a stuffed animal. The whole thing lasted about 30-45 seconds, during which time the simulated sex became increasingly graphic, and at least two sexual positions were depicted. The fact that this happened on a “prime time” television show, at a time when children often watch television with their parents, demonstrates the depravity of Hollywood.

Sexual suggestion can even be seen on some children’s cartoons and television shows, especially those made by Disney. On some Disney programs, some of the children wear shockingly revealing clothing. One of the first places I saw little girls wearing dresses that stop well above the middle of the thigh was a Disney program centered on two best friends who share a passion for dance. Another Disney show, featuring a middle school for exceptional students, presented the same motif.

While one purpose of this imagery would appear to be to influence girls to dress in this fashion, it may also serve to entice adult men into pedophilia. This is not a stretch, as Disney has been on the front lines of the pedophilic agenda for decades. In fact, Disney even admitted that they made the title character from the cartoon movie, Pocahontas, “sexier” to appeal to adult fathers who may be viewing the cartoon with their children!

Knowing, therefore, that Hollywood does have an agenda, it would be best to avoid television altogether. For many of us, however, this is neither possible nor desirable. So, we owe it to ourselves as obedient Christians to at least do our level best to avoid programming that is likely to have sex in some form. This includes most reality TV shows, as the characters in some of these shows are often depicted engaging in sexual activity, albeit sometimes blurred out. The female characters in many of these programs also wear very little or very revealing clothing. And most all of these programs feature the use of explicit and/or sexually suggestive speech.

In fact, most reality TV programs in some way glorify sin.  So, the Christian who views this type of programming is condoning sin.

The way to protect oneself from all sins of the flesh is to avoid situations where it is possible that one could see something that he doesn’t need to see. Christians should avoid watching television programs that contain sexually suggestive imagery and language. They should also avoid television programs such as Grey’s Anatomy, which has depicted characters engaging in sexual activity.

Pornography is arguably the most poignant example of the lust of the eyes. According to the Bible, pornography is seeing the nakedness of anyone except your spouse and your own young children. Pornography is the first sin the Bible mentions after The Flood, when Ham saw his father Noah naked in bed (Genesis 10:22). The lure of pornography is potent and practically irresistible. In fact, pornography is so powerful, that the person enthralled by it completely loses the ability to reason. And when a person loses the ability to reason, he also loses his ability to resist temptation. King David is probably the Bible’s greatest example of this.

Pornography is an abomination in God’s sight, and the person guilty of pornography will incur a generational curse. Pornography has destroyed many a Christian’s testimony.

Christians who live in countries where commercials feature pornographic imagery have to be especially vigilant. In Germany, for example, 1-900-SEXX commercials are very popular and are shown regularly after 10:00 p.m. (2200 hrs.). Some of these commercials can be disturbingly graphic. Unsupervised, a child who is allowed to watch television during these hours could be lured into the pornographic lifestyle.

Christians must also avoid places were people dress indecently or indiscreetly. For me, the beach would be such a place. Women’s bikinis today are an absolute scandal. String bikinis, once almost exclusively worn by women of ill repute, have become socially acceptable. The Bible says that the heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). There is no way that a normal man can resist the lure of a near-naked woman—no matter how “holy” he believes himself to be. The man who considers himself immune to such temptation is setting himself up for failure. Many a pastor has seen his testimony destroyed because he underestimated the power of the flesh and the deceptiveness of sin.

Sin is, in fact, deceptive:

 

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).

 

Don’t be deceived!

By now, you should understand how vitally important our testimony is. You should now understand that a Christian without a testimony is hobbled in this life. A Christian without a testimony is impotent—thoroughly sprayed and neutered. If you don’t have a testimony, you must get one—today.

If you do have a testimony, then you ought to feel compelled to give it. If Jesus has done anything for you, you ought to let somebody know it. That is one reason Jesus did whatever He did for you: He wants you to tell somebody. So why don’t you? There are many ways to give your testimony. You don’t necessarily have to give it in church. You could start a blog, as I have done. You can witness to someone at your job, witness to a neighbor, or even witness to a family member. In the process, you can give your testimony. However you do it, just do it. You’ll be glad you did. So will the Lord Jesus.  

This teaching is available for free at the iTunes Store for playback on your favorite listening device.  Subscribe to our podcast today.  For your convenience, it is also provided below.

 

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

The Still Man

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New Podcast Episode

Grace and peace, Saints.

The podcast to Part 2 of our series, What Is A Testimony, And Why Do I Need One? is available for download at the iTunes Store.  Subscribe to our podcast today!  A download link to the mp3 file is also available on the article.

We pray that this teaching blesses your hearts!

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

The Still Man

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What Is A Testimony, And Why Do I Need One? Part 1.5

Grace and peace, Saints.

Part 1.5 of our series on the Christian testimony is available for download at the iTunes Store.  Subscribe to our podcast today!

For your convenience, it is also provided below.

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

The Still Man

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A God Whom His Fathers Knew Not

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Grace and peace, brethren.

Today, in the German state of Bavaria, is a public holiday, the name of which is fronleichnam, which is the German equivalent of Corpus Christi day.  When I was a child, I used to see that day on the calendar all the time, but I had not idea what it meant.  You may be interested to know that, besides being a city in Texas, Corpus Christi is a very important Roman Catholic holiday.  But more than this, the celebration of Corpus Christi is actually a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Corpus Christi is Latin for “body of Christ.”  The website, timeanddate.com, says this about Corpus Christi:

“Corpus Christi (fronleichnam) falls on a Thursday 60 days after Easter Sunday.  The day honors the Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper), which is important in the Catholic church.  Corpus Christi is a public holiday in some parts of Germany and is marked by parades for the blessed sacrament [Eucharist] (in form of bread or wafers).”

So, according to this website, Corpus Christi is a holiday honoring the Eucharist, which is the consecrated wafer used in the Roman Catholic mass.  Note that the word Eucharist is capitalized, as one would do for a deity.  This is important, because, according to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence, the Eucharist contains the actual body, blood, and divinity of Jesus Christ.  This is why Roman Catholics actually worship the Eucharist as Jesus Christ, as this screenshot from a Roman Catholic website clearly demonstrates:

It should be added that this particular Catholic church calls itself a “Eucharistic Community.”  It is a safe bet, therefore, that its worship activities center around the Eucharist.  Though they refer to adoration as “the simple act of…spending some time with Jesus,” it must be noted that, according to this website, “Eucharistic Adoration” falls under “Liturgy.”  Wikipedia defines liturgy as “the customary public worship done by a specific religious group, according to its particular traditions.”  Adoration, then, is worship. 

In that the Eucharist is what is being adored, it is clear that “spending time with Jesus” actually means worshipping the Eucharist.  This makes total sense, if one believes that the Eucharist contains the body, blood, and divinity of Jesus Christ.  For if one considers the Eucharist Jesus, then one can worship the Eucharist.  In that Roman Catholics celebrate several days in the life of Jesus Christ (such as His birth, resurrection, ascension into heaven, etc.),  it only makes sense that there would be a day to honor the Eucharist, since Roman Catholics consider it Jesus. 

It must be noted that, according to Wikipedia, liturgical worship is “based on traditions.”  That means it is not based on the Bible.  Eucharistic worship, then, is not Scriptural, meaning that Jesus never ordained it.  (Of course, every born-again, Bible-believing Christian already knows this.)  Jesus addressed such traditions in the Bible, when He said that the Pharisees substituted their traditions for doctrine, and, in so doing, made the Word of God of none effect.

In that the Eucharist, or the wafer that Roman Catholics believe is Jesus, is not Scriptural, it would qualify as “another Jesus”:

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

Why is this important?  Because the Antichrist will worship this “Jesus.”  Recall this verse from the book of Daniel concerning the Antichrist:

“In his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things” (Daniel 11:38).

If you’ve read our article, The Identity of the Antichrist, then you know that the God of forces is none other than Nimrod, the first king of ancient Babylon.  The goddess of forces is Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, whom the Roman Catholic church calls the Virgin Mary and the Bible calls the Abomination of Desolation.  I believed that the phrase “a god whom his fathers knew not” also referred to the Abomination of Desolation, and I believed that when the Bible says that this god would be honored with gold, silver, and precious things, it was referring to the precious metals that adorn this idol. 

But Alexander Hislop, in The Two Babylons, adds something interesting to this dialogue:

 “The host, or consecrated wafer, is the great god of the Romish Church. That host is enshrined in a box adorned with gold and silver and precious stones. And thus it is manifest that ‘a god’ whom even the Pope’s pagan ‘fathers knew not,’ he at this day honors in the very way that the terms of the predication imply that he would” (Hislop, 255).

The consecrated wafer, or Eucharist, is the flat piece of bread that Roman Catholics eat and believe to be the body, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.  The box, in which the Eucharist is enshrined, is called a ciborium.

The Catholic Dictionary, defines a ciborium as

 “A chalice-like vessel used to contain the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist)… The material should be gold or silver (base metals are sometimes allowed), but the interior of the cup must be always lined with gold… While containing the Sacred Species it should be covered with small white veil of silk or cloth of gold. In Eastern Churches…the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in gold or silver boxes covered with silk and suspended from the altar-canopy in accordance with ancient custom.” (Parentheses mine).

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This above photo of the ciborium (at left) accompanied by a chalice and other instruments, perfectly describes how the god whom the Antichrist’s fathers knew not would be honored with “gold and silver and precious stones.” For it is adorned with “Genuine jade, mother of pearl and rhodocrosite stones.”  It sells for $4800.

Moreover, the monstrance, a sunburst usually made of gold, and used to house the Eucharist for “adoration” (worship), solemn processions, and other occasions, is also made of gold and silver, and adorned with precious stones, as one can see from the image below:

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So the Roman Catholic church has ordained a special day in which they honor a piece of bread, which Roman Catholics believe is really Jesus.  In so doing, they blaspheme the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

In Corpus Christi Day, or fronleichnam, the celebration of the Eucharist, the Roman Catholic church honors “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4), a god whom the Antichrist’s fathers knew not.  This is a literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy.  

The audio version of this discussion is available on iTunes for playback on your favorite listening device.  For your convenience, it is also available below.

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

The Still Man

 

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He Said/She Said – June 16, 2014

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!

From the 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific.”

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Another Jesus, Another Spirit, Another Gospel

Grace and peace to my fellow strangers and pilgrims.

A very strange thing happened to me this weekend while visiting my in-laws.
This weekend, my family and I went to visit my wife’s cousin, a pastor, in a small Bavarian village here in Germany, who has been brow-beating us for years for not coming to see him more.  Well, we finally made it to his house, and, I must say, I enjoyed the visit very, very much.

My cousin-in-law is a most garrulous and big-hearted man, and he really has a heart for people and hospitality.  I have never eaten so well in all my life!  My wife’s family is from Angola/Congo, and both the Angolan and the Congolese are known for their hospitality (though I would have to give the slightest edge to the Congolese).

About an hour after my family and I arrived, my wife’s cousin received a visit from a member of his church. The man, let’s call him Pietro, said that he had been saved for about four years, and credits my wife’s cousin for leading him to Jesus. Well, about ten minutes after he arrived, he begins to talk about how, back in March, he had led my father-in-law to accept Jesus as his Savior, when my father-in-law was then visiting us from Angola. I thought this very strange, because my father-in-law is a proud Roman Catholic, and each time I attempted to convince him that as a Roman Catholic he is on a collision course with the Lake of Fire, he rejected the notion immediately.

Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m not implying that it was impossible for this man to do what I could not. What I am saying is that Pietro claimed to have merely given my father-in-law the Gospel, and that he accepted it outright. Now, perhaps such a thing is possible if the Roman Catholic has, at some point earlier, heard the Gospel and has been under conviction since that time. But experience has taught me that because the Roman Catholic thinks he is already a Christian, he will reject any argument that his religion is not the path to Salvation, and will, in all likelihood, reject anyone who gives him the Gospel message, because he thinks he is already saved. That Pietro did not, in fact, lead my father-in-law to Christ, is borne out by the fact that my father-in-law’s account of their meeting, which my wife recounted to me about an hour ago, was quite different from Pietro’s. If my wife’s version is accurate, then my father-in-law found Pietro’s efforts merely amusing, to put it charitably.

So, here I was listening to this man telling me how God “downloaded” (his words exactly) all this information about my father-in-law to him and how he used this information to bring my father-in-law to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, when suddenly Pietro exclaimed, “I feel like preaching.” “Then, preach on!” I responded. And this, he proceeded to do.

As he rambled, it was clear that Pietro thought himself a prophet of God, and he inevitably told me that God had a word for me. Take note of what this “prophet” told me. He told me that, though he could see I was saved, it was not enough to just be saved: I had to “do something” with the gift that God had given me. I merely listened, saying nothing about my ministry and evangelization activities. He then invited me to pray with him that God would use me in a way that he never has before. Because prayer is a good thing, I consented, but not before praying silently to myself for the Lord to protect me from any demonic activity. Joining us in prayer was my cousin-in-law, and before long, the two men were on their knees in the center of the living room. I had been seated across from them on the sofa, and I soon rose and got on my knees in front of the sofa. The only other two people in the room were Pietro’s wife and another lady from their church congregation, the latter seated on a love seat to the right of me and the former seated to my left on another chair.

The tempo of the prayer began to pick up, and Pietro was working himself into a frenzy, his voice rising almost to a shout, when suddenly my cousin-in-law starts to pray in what many believe to be tongues. Now, at this, I became someone agitated. I am violently allergic to tongues, which do not edify anyone but the utterer, because they cannot be interpreted. And I start to wonder why I had consented to this foolishness in the first place. I nevertheless played along, hoping that at some point, it would end, and I could eat at last, as my wife had just brought me a hot plate of food, which was supposed to have been taken as a polite cue to end the madness, but, instead, was totally ignored.

About ten minutes into his fiery oration, I start to notice that Pietro is using some alarming terminology in his prayer. He starts saying things like breaking strongholds, delivering from bondage, “Free him,” “Loose him,” and things of that nature. It was then that I realized that this was some sort of deliverance session. This man was trying to cast a demon from me!

When I realized what was going on, I rose to my feet, only to find that Pietro had already risen to his. So, while my eyes were closed and I was on my knees, Pietro had risen to his feet and was, effectively, praying over me. I started for the door, but, unsure of my cousin-in-law’s role in this, and not wanting to offend him, I turned back and decided to, in as charitable a manner as I could muster, reject the spirit of this prayer. And I do this, praying aloud to the Lord Jesus, and reaffirming Him as Lord, and rejecting any notion that I need deliverance from any thing, and rebuking the spirit that had taken over the proceedings. As I spoke, according to my wife, who had remained at the rear of the room after bringing me the plate of food, both my cousin-in-law and Pietro fell completely silent, except for an occasional “Amen.” Satan bowed the knee to Jesus.

When he had regained his composure, Pietro ended the prayer, and immediately denied that he was trying to cast out any demon from me, saying that he was merely praying for me to be filled with the Spirit. Because I didn’t want to argue with him, and because I was hungry, I didn’t argue with him, but noted in my spirit that this is not what he said we were praying for. He merely had to ask that I be filled with the Spirit, if that is what he really wanted to do, avoiding a long, tedious, and pointless dissertation. What this man did not know, was that I was filled with the Spirit when I rejected his activity, and that it was the Spirit, respecting my host, that kept me from rebuking this man more severely than I did, because I certainly wanted to.

Visibly slightly perturbed by what had just transpired, Pietro tells me that God’s word to me was that I need to humble myself more.  Because humility is a good thing, I received his words cheerfully, and that was that.

Now, after dinner, he continued to talk, and even to sing. I tolerated the singing because I don’t know that many songs and I could always stand to learn a few more. I even sang along with him. But after about 45 minutes, it was clear that my wife was completely sick of him. Later, his wife and my cousin-in-law made up some little fliers inviting people to his church, which they said they wanted to pass out at a small volksfest (block party) that was going on in town that night. My wife suggested that I bring some gospel tracts to distribute at the fest. I just happened to have a number of gospel tracts in my pocket which I had brought for just such an occasion as this, so off we went to the fest.

The fest was teaming with people when we got there, and I wasted no time passing out tracts to people. Following my lead, my cousin-in-law started to pass out his invitations. About ten minutes later, he asks if he can have some tracts, and I give him some, noticing that he placed an invitation inside each tract he handed out. Later, I told him that I could send him some tracts if he wants, and he refuses, saying that he doesn’t even know what they are all about. I wondered, therefore, why he would place an invitation for his church inside a gospel tract not knowing the message they contain.

Then I remembered that about two years ago, a man in my wife’s church invited me to go “evangelizing” with him. I was soon to find out that the man’s idea of evangelizing was, as was my cousin-in-law’s, passing out invitations to come to his church. Not two weeks after this event, the man left the church, and has never returned. It is said that he joined another church, because his former church offered him no opportunity for advancement. But my spirit tells me that he was told to leave that church, because he had accomplished there the mission for which he was sent.

I believe what is happening here is that Satan is trying to get me to endorse one of his false churches, by somehow associating that church with my evangelization ministry. Another proof of this is that my wife’s uncle, who is a pastor of a small congregation in Belgium, has asked me on at least two occasions to what church I send people after evangelizing them. Each time I have told him that it is not my job to endorse any church, as what church a person attends is largely up to him and the Holy Spirit. My job is to preach the gospel, not endorse churches. Ironically, he once asked me to send him some tracts, but, tragically, I was to find out that instead of passing them out, he used them as a Bible study tool, asking his congregants to look up the Bible verses and commit them to memory.

Back to my cousin-in-law. The next day, which was this past Sunday, my family and I visited my cousin-in-law’s church, and as soon as I entered the sanctuary, I noticed the following very disturbing object on the wall:

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Friends, that is a dead jesus on that wall.  And a dead jesus is an emblem of the Roman Catholic church.  What is missing is the cross, which would make this object a crucifix, making it painfully clear what spirit is actually moving in this church congregation.  With or without the cross, however, a dead jesus is an abomination in the eyes of God, because those who crucify Jesus again and again by leaving Him on the cross, “crucify the son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).

I will tell you right now, that no church that has a dead Jesus hanging on the wall has any power, nor any victory, for the Holy Spirit will not step foot into that church.  I don’t care how much noise they make, how much they clap, how much they hoop and holler, and how many times they say the name of Jesus.  If Jesus is dead in your church, then Jesus is dead in your heart.

And the church service proved it.  I looked intently into the faces of many, and it was obvious that they were just going through the motions, especially the young ones.

And there was something else.  If you look at the second photo above, in the foreground, you will see a young German woman holding a baby.  That is the wife of the man I’ve been talking about.  Now, if you are a man, examine this photo closely and try to imagine if this lady were standing in the row in front of you, while you were sitting down. Honestly ask yourself if you would not be at least the slightest bit distracted.  If you are a woman, ask yourself if you would want this woman standing in front of your husband dressed this way.  In case you cannot imagine this, bookmark this page, because she directed the children’s choir and stood in front of the entire congregation with her back towards the viewer.  I taped the choir, because my cousin-in-law’s two daughters sang also.  On the closeups, I had to go to great lengths not to capture any “colorful” footage, but on the zoom out, it is still evident.

There were at least two other women in the congregation who wore similarly tight pants and the effect was the same.  When I pointed this out to my wife, her response was that a saved man has no business looking.  I told her that a preacher was a man before he got saved, and doesn’t stop being a man because he is saved.  Many preachers have had their testimony destroyed because of some woman in the congregation.  And oftentimes it started with a look that was precipitated by some tight worldly pants that have no place in the house of God.  

My wife used to dress like this in church also, and when I would tell her she should not dress this way, she would get angry and say that I was old fashioned.  Eventually, I just stopped going to church with her.  Occasionally she will still dress this way, but she will wear a long shirt or a shawl that drapes down over her backside.

One more thing: at the close of the church service, a man got up and sang a song.  As he held up his hand, I could not help but notice that his fingers formed the familiar Cult of Mary hand sign.  

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It is possible that it was unintentional, but under the circumstances, it may very well not have been.  So at the end of the day, Rome was at the bottom of the whole thing, as if I didn’t already know that.  

I’m not going to say what I believe all this means.  If you are of any discernment, you already know.  One thing’s for sure: Satan is a liar.

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

The Still Man

 

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FYI

Grace and peace, Saints.

I will post part 3 of our discussion on the Christian testimony tomorrow, God willing.  It is basically finished, but I want to add something to it that only occurred to me today and I don’t have the energy to work on it.

God bless you.

The Still Man

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Persecution and Soul Ties

Grace and peace, Saints.

While writing this, the Spirit took over, meaning there is someone for whom the result is intended.  If, therefore, I seem to have diverged somewhat, from the original sense, forgive me.

I have returned from my trip to St. Louis, completing my relocation to Germany.  As many of you know, I am somewhat of a reluctant missionary to Germany.  Why wife, who is from Congo/Angola, and I have been married for fifteen years, but we have never lived in America as a family.  My wife simply does not want to live in America.  Fortunately, this has resulted in the furtherance of the Gospel here in Munich, which is doubtless the way God had intended (Read Romans 8:28).

This ministry was started under similar circumstances.  My original intent for starting this blog was to relate my experiences of being persecuted by gang stalking/mind control activities which I ultimately attribute to the Roman Catholic church.  My Roman Catholic and Muslim neighbors, both in St. Louis and here in Munich, were and have been active participants in that persecution.  Victims of this kind of persecution are under surveillance 24 hours a day, which means that your daily routine is basically a matter of public record, and any plans you make are known by others well in advance of their execution.

So it was with my arrival in St. Louis and my plans to relocate permanently to Munich.  Though the entire neighborhood was involved in my harassment in St. Louis, there were three men, who went to extraordinary steps to let me know it.  I won’t go into the specifics, because it is frankly very sad how Satan has destroyed these men.

You must understand that many of the people that have been contracted to harass me and others like me have ceded complete control of their will and morality to these people.  In other words, they are merely puppets–marionettes, if you will–who can be moved any which way at the will of the puppetmaster.  Most, if not all, of these people have been destroyed emotionally, psychologically, in many cases financially, and morally, which means spiritually, and a destroyed person is very easy to manipulate.

I have seen grown men behave in ways that would disgrace any sane, sober, mature individual.  These men, unfortunately, have had their moral centers compromised, and are, thus, merely clay in the hands of an evil potter.  They will do what they are told to do, when they are told to do it, and precisely in the manner they are told to do it.  Believe that.  I can therefore testify along with Charles Chiniquy, Dr. Alberto Rivera, and others to the fact that there are many Roman Catholics and Muslims who will do literally anything their leaders command them to do.  This is the plain truth.

So, here I am, packing my things and cleaning the house, when my doorbell rings.  When I open it, there stands one of the three with the most innocent and saintly of countenances.  I mean, if the two of us were standing next to a broken storefront window and he had a brick in his hand, I would be the one going to jail.  So, I ask him what he wants, and he asks me if he could use my garage, “because I have two cars.” Can you imagine?

Now, this man had actually avoided a personal meeting with me for six years, but, upon learning that I would be leaving permanently, he could not help himself.  He simply had to invent some reason to come to my home, and there was no better reason he could come up with, because there was actually no good reason for him to do so.

Now, to show you how Satan works, at one point, there was a woman, an enemy, masquerading as a sister in Christ, with whom I spoke and corresponded when this ministry was in its infancy.  This woman would frequently mention a next-door neighbor who, she said, would act very strangely, and who she claimed was harassing her.  Now, I knew in my spirit that the purpose for her doing this was to get me to focus on this neighbor who came to my house, for he was the most active of the three.  But, because I didn’t want her to suspect that I was onto her, I didn’t let her know this.  What I did was tell her the truth.  And that truth was that Satan uses a person for one purpose, unbeknownst to him, while actually harboring a secret agenda that is intended to destroy both he and the other person.

You see, while the woman wanted me to focus on the neighbor for one reason, Satan had something else in mind.  Satan actually wanted me to focus on my neighbor for the purpose of creating a soul tie.  A soul tie is a spiritual connection between two people that is only rivaled by the spiritual connection between a man and a woman in holy matrimony and that spiritual connection that exists between a man and God Almighty through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, there are good soul ties and there are bad soul ties.  The soul tie created by the sexual union of a man and a woman outside of marriage is a bad soul tie, a devastating soul tie.  Jesus told us that a man and a woman who come together become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).  If that coming together is within the sanctity of marriage, then that union is holy, because God has ordained marriage.  But if that union is not within the context of marriage, then the flesh that the man and the woman become is defiled.  They have become a whore (1 Corinthians 6:16).

When a man and a woman have sex, there is an exchange of things: physical things, biological things, chemical things, and emotional things, among them.  This we know.  What most of us don’t know and appreciate, however, is that there is also an exchange of SPIRITUAL THINGS.  Now, there are two types of spiritual things: the divine and the demonic.  Divine things are ordained of God, while demonic things are ordained by Satan and condemned by God.  Marriage is ordained by God, therefore if a married couple has sex, then the spiritual exchange is divine.  Fornication, however: that is, sex outside of marriage, is condemned by God.  Therefore, if an unmarried couple has sex, then the spiritual things they are exchanging are not ordained by God.  Their spiritual exchange is, therefore, by definition, DEMONIC.

Have you ever noticed that even after a person is no longer with another with whom he or she has carried on a long term sexual relationship, the person will retain certain characteristics of the other person?  He will often say certain things the other person said, like certain things the other person liked, and behave somewhat like the other person.  We normally think that this happens because they were together for awhile.  We think it is natural.  But, if this were the case, then why don’t we talk and act like our teachers?  Throughout our lives we spend more time, on average, with our teachers than we spend with anyone else, including our parents.   Yet, the vast majority of us don’t retain any of our teachers’ characteristics.  Why?  It is because we have not established a spiritual connection with our teachers.  There is no soul tie.

There are also good soul ties.  The soul tie between very good friends, for instance, is a good soul tie.  The Bible speaks of the friend you love “as much as your own soul” (Deuteronomy 13:6).  The Bible also teaches that when David first met Jonathan, the son of King Saul, that “the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:1).  The spiritual connection established by a married man and woman is also a healthy, in fact, holy soul tie, because God Himself is in the middle.

There is yet another type of harmful soul tie, and that is one that is created when a person becomes obsessed with another person.  An example of this can be found again in 1 Samuel 18, where we find that King Saul had become so obsessed with David, that at times he could think of nothing else but killing him.  His obsession with David eventually led King Saul to pursue the young man for years.  

Soul ties of this nature can cause a person to become a voyeur or peeping-Tom, or, worse, a stalker.  In just about every detective movie I have seen where the detective had to conduct extensive surveillance on someone, it was inevitable that he would become obsessed with his subject.  People who have indulged in this kind of behavior have become obsessed to the point of doing something reprehensible, like stalking, rape, and even murder.  

This actually happens.  Last night, I read the testimony of a Christian pastor who Jesus delivered from homosexuality.  The man testified of having been raped by a man who had a homosexual obsession with his father, who was also a pastor.  He said that the man raped him, because he knew he couldn’t have his father and was jealous of his mother.

Things like this happen because obsessive soul ties are caused by demonic activity.  We read in 1 Samuel 18 that Saul’s deadly obsession with David was actually caused by an evil spirit (v. 10).  With time, the unnatural affinity of spying morphs into an obsession.  The Bible teaches that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8).  The person who obsesses over another will over time lose his grip with reality and will eventually become mentally unstable.  And an unstable person cannot discern between good and evil.

Moreover, the person, who engages in spying will begin to despise his own existence. Jesus said:

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).

The person who spies on another will almost certainly come to hate his own life.  Proof of this is a comment one of my neighbors, who has been spying on my family for more than a decade and whom my wife actually caught spying on her, made some years ago:

“You are in shape, I am in shape, your wife is in shape, but my wife? Yuk!”

Translation: “You have a beautiful wife and I have an ugly wife.”

Now what self-respecting man would make such a comment about his own wife?  After all, he married her, so what does that say about him?  

Indeed, the person who spies on another will come to hate his own life, and, with it, his wife, his children, his house, his job, and, eventually himself.  Why?  Well, for one, the grass is always greener on the other side, they say.  But more than this, it is because the person obsessed with another will inevitably begin to covet what that person has: be it his wife, his car, his house, his kids, or whatever.  Satan will make sure of it.  This is because, besides the Tenth Commandment prohibition against coveting, Colossians 3:5 teaches that covetousness is idolatry, and idolatry will earn you a generational curse (Exodus 20:3-5, 34-7).  When you are under a curse, you are living in sin.  When you are living in sin, you are a slave to sin.  And when you are a slave to sin, Satan is your master.

The obsessed person, then, who begins to covet, commits idolatry and is hit with a double-wammy:  he has become the enemy of God and a pawn of the devil.  

When you spy on a person, you develop an obsessive soul tie with that person.  And Satan will use that soul tie to destroy you.  Remember that Jesus said Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).  So, if Satan is in your life, you can bet that it is for that purpose.  By creating a soul tie with another, a person invites Satan into his life, and through that soul tie, Satan 1. steals that person’s joy and his discernment, 2. kills his satisfaction with his own life, 3. ultimately destroys that person’s soul in Hell.  So the peeping Tom is miserable in this life and in the next.  What a pity!

So, to return to my neighbor in St. Louis, knowing what Satan was up to, I completely ignored him, no matter what he did, though, for years, he went to great lengths to become the object of my attention.  And I do the same here in Munich.  Several individuals have taken their turn trying to get me to focus on them and their actions.  But, instead, I keep my eyes on Jesus.  Rather than take their actions personally, I just pray for my neighbors.

And that’s the key.  We must pray for our enemies, not become obsessed with them.  We are to resist the temptation to wish harm on them or to expend mental energy on them reciprocating their hatred towards us.  Jesus told us that we are to love our enemies and to bless those who hate us and to do good to those who spitefully use us.  That includes our persecutors.   The Bible teaches that we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, and one of his most successful devices is to get men to hate each other and forget all about him.  We must remember that we, as Christians, “wrestle not against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:11).  Our neighbor is not our enemy, even if we are his.  Satan is our enemy, and we are to resist him with all of our being.  In so doing, we avoid becoming obsessed with a neighbor, and, consequently, Satan cannot create a dangerous soul tie between us and that person.  

Satan can and will, however, use a neighbor’s obsession with us to bring him further under bondage, which is an even greater incentive to pray for him. 

I love my wife and family, and I love the life I live in Christ Jesus.  Even with everything that has happened to me and will happen, I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone, though I might consider trading with Jay-Z for a day…

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On second thought, maybe not.

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

The Still Man

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He Said/She Said – May 17, 2014

Alani: “Why are your ears so long and pointy?”

Tuvok: “Vulcans’ ears have so developed over thousands of years of evolution.”

Alani: “Do you hear any better?”

Tuvok: “No.”

–Conversation between an alien child named Alani and Science Officer Tuvok.  Star Trek Voyager, Episode 38, “Innocence,” 1996.

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The Still Man’s Wayback Machine – May 1, 2014

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman and the Wayback Machine

Grace and peace, Saints.

Here is what we wrote about this week last year (it was a very slow week):

Deceitful Workers: Eddie Murphy

Many consider Eddie Murphy the greatest black comedian ever: even better than Richard Prior.  He is called a ground breaker, and is credited with paving the way for other black comedians, like Arsenio Hall and Martin Lawrence.  What few understand, however, is that Eddie Murphy was and is part of the occult agenda to destroy biblical morality in the United States.  Read about it.

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

The Still Man

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Question: Why Does America Hate Abraham Lincoln?

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Have you ever noticed that of all the American personalities, famous and infamous, that have been spoofed in the media, President Abraham Lincoln has been abused probably more than any other?  Have you ever wondered why?  

Lincoln was the President during arguably the most turbulent time in the history of this country.  And he managed to both hold the Union together and end slavery, eventually making the supreme sacrifice for his efforts.  You would think that he would be held as highly in esteem as Ghandi or the Dhali Lama.  

Yet, no other President has been more abused and belittled in the media.  

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Even the notorious villain and mass murderer, Adolf Hitler, enjoys more respect than Lincoln.  

Why does this happen, and why do we stand for it?

The Still Man

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What Is A Testimony, And Why Do I Need One? Part 2

Grace and peace, Saints.

Part 2 of our discussion on the Christian testimony deals with the types of testimony.

Opinions may vary on the types of testimony, but, in my experience, there are essentially four: the conversion testimony, the testimony of Christian experience, the testimony of victory or spiritual warfare testimony, and the testimony of persecution. Though they all share certain elements, each is unique and serves an important purpose.

The Conversion Testimony

This is arguably the most important type of testimony, as it best demonstrates the changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The conversion testimony is an account of the circumstances under which the Christian came into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and how that knowledge saved his life.  

An important feature of this testimony is a general description of the unrepentant sinner before his conversion, and often includes his behavior, his speech, his actions and beliefs, and his worldview.  The conversion testimony underscores the lost condition of the unrepentant sinner and contrasts that person with the “new man” who has been washed by the blood of Jesus:

 

“Ye have put off the old man with his deeds,

“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him” (Colossians 3:9-10).

 

 The purpose of the conversion testimony is to confirm 2 Corinthians 5:17, which speaks of the New Birth:

 

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold: all things are become new.”

 

God can change anybody, no matter who they are or what they have done. This is important, because some people have come to believe that their sins are so bad that God would never forgive them.

Once, for example, I witnessed to a lady who had had an abortion as a young girl. She wanted to come to Jesus, but she felt so terrible for having murdered her innocent child, that she felt totally unworthy of being saved. She couldn’t even bring herself to come before the presence of the Lord Jesus, let alone fall at His feet and ask forgiveness.  There are many Christian women who have been through this same thing and can testify that Jesus will forgive all sin: no matter how terrible; for the Bible says,

 

 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

 

 There is no sin so terrible that God will not forgive it, save the unpardonable sin, which no true lover of Jesus Christ can or will commit. With forgiveness comes peace, as our conscience will no longer be under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. This type of peace can only come through salvation.

The conversion testimony also helps to confirm our identity as Christians: something that is terribly important in this present age of apostasy. Jesus warned us in Matthew Chapter 24 that the last days would be characterized by widespread deception, especially in the Christian community. This prophecy has been fulfilled as no other time in history has seen so many false prophets and false ministries dotting the Christian landscape as has the present.

If one listens closely, one may discern that many false prophets have a dubious conversion testimony. This is because they are really not trusting in the blood of Jesus for their salvation, and therefore have no real testimony of change. Again, Angelica Zambrano’s testimony readily comes to mind. Zambrano testifies that shortly after her conversion, she became disillusioned with Christianity, because none of her friends were Christians. She therefore abandoned the faith and returned to her old ways, which were sinful, by her own admission. It was only after spending years in this wicked lifestyle that Zambrano had her encounter with “Jesus” in Hell, after having never really experienced a change in her life.

It is this message of change: the transformative power of the Gospel, that people really need to hear. Many, for instance, mistakenly believe that they must first “get themselves together”: that is, try to change themselves, before they can come to the Lord Jesus. But because they have tried so hard and so often to change and have failed, they have come to believe they can never change. Consequently, they never make a decision for Jesus Christ. Others, such as those who are into astrology, believe that a person can never change, because each person’s personality is immutable and is determined by under what astrological sign he was born.

What these people really need is our testimony of the changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many who name the name of Christ who were once murderers, child molesters, extortionists, kidnappers, witches, idolaters, Satanists, homosexuals, drug dealers, drug addicts, alcoholics, the list goes on and on. All have been radically transformed by the blood of Jesus and can testify to the power of a Risen Savior to change anyone. As the saying goes, “Know Jesus, know change: no Jesus, no change.”

 

Testimony Of Christian Experience (TCE)

The testimony of Christian experience generally applies to our Christian walk after salvation.  When we stand up in church and testify to what Jesus has done for us and what He has brought us through, we are giving this type of testimony. The TCE demonstrates the operation of God in the life of the average Christian and demonstrates the keeping power of Jesus and His ability to empower the Christian to meet life’s daily challenges with the power of the Holy Ghost.  

Most of us are familiar with this type of testimony. Sadly, it is seldom correctly used, if at all. Most often, it is either overused until it is no longer relevant, or misused altogether. This is unfortunate, as the TCE not only has the potential to move an unsaved person to repentance, but to encourage and edify the body of Christ.

When a church service, for example, is dry and lifeless, a moving testimony can ignite the service and get the Spirit moving in the congregation. When there is a spirit of ingratitude in a church service, one merely testifying of how God woke him up in the morning and caused the sun to shine on his face may be enough to make everyone realize just how blessed they are just to have been able to put one foot in front of the other and walk into church.

The TCE is often underrated, as many feel that it is only for older people and those who are going through a hard time.  They feel that if everything is fine in their lives, then they need not testify.  But as we have just seen, this is incorrect.

 

Testimony of Victory or Spiritual Warfare Testimony

Our testimony can also be a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.  As the “accuser of the brethren,” Satan knows he has lost the battle for our souls. So he tries to get us to sin by throwing various temptations at us designed to accomplish several things. One of those things is to get us to react in a way that is not Christian. If Satan succeeds, he then tries to make us believe that if we were really saved, we would not have sinned against the Lord.  He tells us that we are the same person we always were and that we haven’t changed and will never change.

If we don’t know the Word of God, we can be deceived into believing this lie.  But if we are aware of the Apostle Paul’s testimony in Romans Chapter 7, then we know that at times Paul was unable to do the things he wanted, while he did things he didn’t want to do. But Paul didn’t let this destroy his testimony. He knew that although his spirit had been cleansed of the filth of sin, as long as he lived in a body born in sin and shaped in iniquity, he would be unable to stop sinning altogether.

Another thing Satan hopes to accomplish is to discourage us, steal our joy, and rob us of the victory we have in Christ Jesus. Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), and, as such, God has given him a certain amount of authority over this world and over our lives. As God allowed Satan to touch all that Job had, so can He also allow Satan to touch our jobs, our finances, our marriages, our relationships with family and friends, and even our health. And as Satan hoped that by taking all that Job had he would cause Job to blaspheme God, so does Satan hope to do the same with us. He hopes that while we are in a vulnerable and spiritually weakened state, he can tempt us to lose confidence in our salvation—perhaps even to the point of renouncing God.

When we testify to having passed through these trials and having emerged with our faith intact, we glorify the Lord Jesus and confirm the truth of the Bible, which says that Jesus is able to keep us from falling (Jude 1:24).

 

Testimony of Persecution

This type of testimony is rare in Western churches. In fact, I’ve never even heard anyone give such a testimony. But I’m sure that Christians who live in countries openly hostile to the Gospel hear this testimony quite frequently, as Christians in these countries are often regularly persecuted and martyred for their faith.

The Apostle Paul testifies several times of persecution in his epistles to the church at Corinth. An examination of these testimonies reveals the circumstances under which we should give our testimony of persecution and our purpose for giving it.

Paul’s testimony of 1 Corinthians 4, proves that the Apostles suffered persecution so that men would not believe them to be anything other than ordinary men:

 

“And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 

 

He then delivers the following testimony: 

 

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong: ye are honorable, but we are despised.

 “Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place. 

 

It is clear that Paul does not give this testimony to complain about his suffering, but, rather, to underscore that those who are in positions of authority often suffer more intense persecution than the average Christian. Likewise, when pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and others on the front lines in this spiritual warfare give their testimony, they should do so not to attempt to prove themselves above others, but to demonstrate that God does not regard mens’ persons. Those who receive a special commission of God often suffer proportionally.

What Paul says next confirms Matthew 5:44, wherein Jesus tells us to bless them who persecute us. His testimony is an excellent example of what the Christian attitude ought to be in the face of persecution:

 

“Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things until this day.” 

 

In 2 Corinthians 4:5-10, Paul’s testimony demonstrates that the Apostles suffered persecution so that through their weakness, the power of God may be seen in them, and that it might be clear that it was God doing the work, and not them:

 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

 

Paul then goes on to demonstrate that though we are persecuted, we are not completely destroyed:

 

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed,

 “We are perplexed, but not in despair,

 “Persecuted, but not forsaken,

 “Cast down, but not destroyed.”

 

Paul next explains that our persecution is a picture of Jesus’ suffering: 

 

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our body.

“For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”

 

Jesus said, “The servant is not greater than his master.” As Jesus suffered, so shall we suffer.

Lastly, in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27, Paul testifies to being persecuted, because some doubted his apostleship. This is important in the present day, as we see many in the Church doubting the calling of many genuine, sincere, and effective servants of Christ. Many believe, for instance, that if one is truly called of God, then he should always be prosperous, healthy, and enjoying all the trappings of “success.” They falsely believe that because we worship an All-Powerful God, our material lives should reflect it, and they doubt the authenticity of those Christians who are scratching out a living, or are frequently ill, believing them to be living outside the will of God. Again, a relative of mine, who is a pastor, believes that a true Christian has “the right in Christ never to be sick.”

But we know from the Bible that the pastor, Timothy, was often ill (1 Timothy 5:23) as were others in the Church. Epaphroditus was deathly ill because he worked so hard to care for the church (Philippians 2:26). And Paul himself suffered a physical ailment which he believed was sent of Satan but allowed by God (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

It is also believed that if one is walking in the will of God, he should enjoy favor with those outside the church.  But Paul says just the opposite: 

 

“Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

“Thrice I was beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep:

“In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren.

“In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness…” 

 

Clearly, there is a great dichotomy between Paul’s definition of the Christian life and that of many preachers today.

It is also popularly held that Christians should enjoy favor with those in political power, and this seems to be the case with Billy Graham, T.D. Jakes, Joel Olsteen, Creflo Dollar, and others.  Few, however, if any, of these people are Godly.

The Bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with God.  A true God-fearing man, who speaks the truth, will not enjoy popularity with many in power.  The Bible says that there is spiritual wickedness “in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).  That means that many in the seats of government neither worship nor respect the Lord Jesus Christ.  

John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod because he dared speak against Herod for marrying his brother’s wife.  Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, sought the life of Elisha, the prophet, because he spoke out and took action against idolatry.

Like these, Paul had his share of problems with those in political power, and testified to the same:

 

“In Damascus, the governor under Aretas, the king, kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

“And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.” 

 

It is interesting that Paul would list persecution as one of his qualifications for being an apostle. In fact, one could argue that Paul believed it to be his chief qualification. You may recall that in Philippians 3:10, Paul said that to know Jesus is to know “the fellowship of His sufferings.”

Paul’s second epistle to the Thessalonians reinforces this. In Chapter 1 (vv. 4-5) he writes this: 

 

“[W]e ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

 

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

 

It is clear that Paul believes persecution for the faith to be the greatest evidence of our faithfulness to Jesus. It stands to reason, therefore, that a person who calls himself a Christian, but has not suffered persecution for the faith, is not truly living a holy and sanctified life. When you say yes to Jesus, you say no to the world and all the lusts that are of the world. And the moment you say no to the world, the world will turn against you. I’m a witness. 

It is important to note that Paul says only after a Christian has suffered for the faith can he be counted worthy to enter heaven. This ought to give those Christians out there who are enjoying favor with those outside the church reason to pause.

There is not one man of God in the Bible who did not suffer persecution to some degree. Happily, Jesus said that those who suffer persecution for His name’s sake are most blessed:

 

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and separate you from their company, and reproach you, and cast our your name as evil for the Son of man’s sake:

“Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy; for behold: great is your reward in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets” (Matthew 6:22).

 

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

The Still Man

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