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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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.

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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 fronleichname, 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 fronleichname, 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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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).

 

Click here for Part Three.  

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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 – April 27, 2014

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“Public opinion has changed and recognizes that the distinction between alcoholic beverages and marijuana, there’s really no distinction.”

–Fomer Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in an NPR interview which aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, on Saturday April 26, 2014.

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What Is A Testimony, And Why Do I Need One? Part 1

Grace and peace, believers. 

Today we begin the first in a three-part discussion on the Christian testimony.

For many twenty-first century Christians, their testimony is arguably the least considered, the least understood, the least used, and the least appreciated aspect of their Christian experience.  This is most evidenced by the lack of testimonies given on Sunday.  Back when the Christian church was strong in America, especially the black churches, a portion of the Sunday service was always dedicated to sharing testimonies. Christians were so eager to give their testimony that, oftentimes, at least a half hour would be spent on that portion of the service alone.

Sadly, this is no longer the case.  Nowadays, folks can’t wait for the service to end so that they can go home and fire up the grill, watch the football game, or go fishing.  Most churches I have visited over the past five years won’t even hear testimonies.  And in the precious few churches where testimonies were encouraged, less than a handful of the brethren would even bother to give theirs.  Of the few that would, there was bound to be at least one who would take fifteen minutes or more to deliver a totally unedifying account of their workweek, featuring an encounter with an adversarial co-worker or neighbor whom they rebuked with “Get thee behind me Satan!  You not gon’ steal my VICK-TRAY!!!” [sigh].

I have heard only a handful of testimonies in the eight years since I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior, and only a couple were truly edifying or encouraging. Of the less than edifying testimonies, the most notable was an obvious case of plagiarism, as a woman appropriated the Apostle Paul’s account of having been taken up to the third heaven.  Only, whereas Paul saw things he wasn’t allowed to talk about, this lady was all too happy to tell what she saw: and none of if was biblical.  Another questionable testimony was given by one of my in-laws, a pastor, who says he has never gotten sick since he realized that it was his right as a Christian never to get sick again.  Never mind that the Bible gives ample evidence to refute this belief.

Genuine, edifying testimonies that edify and encourage the body of Christ, confirm the Word of God, and glorify the Lord Jesus are almost a thing of the past.  Many Christians don’t even have a testimony, while still others don’t even know what a testimony is. This is a tragedy, because our testimony is second only to the Word of God in terms of importance.  In fact, if everything else were taken away from us: our house, our job, our clothes, our car, and our Bible, the only thing we would have left would be our testimony. 

Without question, the Christian’s testimony is vitally Important.

The purpose of this teaching is to explain:

  1. What a testimony is
  2. What a testimony does
  3. Types of testimony and their significance
  4. Why so many Christians lack a testimony
  5. Why you need a testimony
  6. How you can get a testimony (or get it back)
  7. How to protect your testimony

WHAT A TESTIMONY IS

 

The Oxford English Dictionary defines testimony as 1. “Evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something” and 2. “A public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.”

The word testimony is derived from the Latin testis, which means “a witness.” In a court of law, a witness is someone who has seen and/or heard something pertaining to a particular event and is willing to testify, or give his account, of what he has seen or heard. The Christian’s testimony, also called his witness, is his personal account of what the Lord Jesus has done and is doing in His life.

WHAT A TESTIMONY DOES

 

A good testimony establishes the truth. 

In a court of law, the witness’s testimony helps to establish the truth, by validating the testimony of others who claim to have seen the same thing. Likewise, the Christian’s testimony also helps to establish the truth, by confirming the testimony of the Bible and of its Author, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that by two or three witnesses the truth of a matter shall be established (Deuteronomy 19:15). Though the Bible stands alone as the ultimate source of truth and, therefore, does not need our testimony, our testimony is still called upon to witness the truth of the Bible. Christians are called to be witnesses for Jesus Christ, who is “The Truth” (John 14:6). The Christian, therefore, who does not have a testimony, in effect, calls Jesus Christ a liar. 

 

A good testimony establishes our credibility. 

In a court of law, the witness’s testimony establishes his credibility as well as the credibility of the person(s) on whose behalf he testifies. If the witness’s testimony is credible, then one may believe the witness and, therefore, anyone for whom he testifies. Conversely, if the witness’s testimony is not credible, then he will not be believed, and the credibility of anyone for whom he testifies will ultimately be called into question. 

Likewise, our testimony establishes our credibility and that of the Person for whom we testify: the Lord Jesus Christ. If our testimony can be believed, then the testimony of Jesus Christ can also be believed. If, however, our testimony cannot be believed, then the credibility of the Lord Jesus will also be called into question.

The measure of our credibility is the Holy Bible. If Scripture does not validate our testimony, then our testimony should not be believed, and we should be rejected as a false witness for Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). God never lies. So, while our testimony may be rejected, Jesus should not be.

An example of a testimony that should be rejected is that of Angelica Zambrano, an Ecuadorian woman, who claims to have died and to have gone to Hell, where she met the Lord Jesus Christ. Because Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:31 makes it clear that He would not send anyone from Hell to testify of its existence, Angelica Zambrano should be rejected as a false prophet, and her testimony should be likewise rejected, because it contradicts the words of Jesus.

 

A good testimony confirms Scripture.

Our testimony should confirm the testimony of the Bible and validate its truth. The Christian’s testimony of change, for example, confirms 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.”

Our testimony of enduring various trials and persecution for our faith confirms numerous passages of Scripture that testify that persecution is part of the Christian experience. Jesus said:

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18).

Additionally, our testimony of perseverance in the face of persecution confirms 1 Corinthians 10:13,which says:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

 

A good testimony confirms the attributes of God.

God has many personal qualities, or attributes, which tell us something about His nature. A good testimony confirms what the Bible says about God’s personality.

The very fact that we even have a testimony proves one very important thing about God: that although He is Sovereign, God is not so aloof that He is out of touch with His creation. God condescends to our level so that He can relate to us:

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”

“And, being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).

One passage of Scripture that speaks to this is Hebrews 6:13,17:

“When God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He sware by himself…willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel.”

God did not have to swear anything to sinful man, for we lie, but God always tells the truth. God did this for us because He loves us, and He wants to prove it. This is extremely important, for much of the world believes that God is so far removed from his creation that he could not possibly be interested in the daily affairs of men.

The Christian who testifies that Jesus comforted him during a difficult time, confirms that Jesus is the “God of all Comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3) and “an ever present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). 

The Christian who testifies to having been forsaken by friends and family during a dark and lonely time can testify that Jesus “sticks closer than any brother” (Proverbs 18:24).  

And the Christian who has been forgiven much can testify that God is merciful (Exodus 37:6) and that “His mercy endureth forever” (Psalm 107:1).

 

A good testimony provides comfort.

Our testimony can also be a source of comfort to someone going through a difficult time.  Jesus allows us to go through trials for many reasons. Arguably, the most important reason is to enable us to testify of how Jesus brought us through a difficult time. In this way we may be able to console and comfort someone else who is going through similar trials, and thereby give him hope.

The Bible says,

“[Jesus] comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”

Scripture also says, 

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye should be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:3). 

It is comforting to know that God has placed a limit on what He will allow us to go through. The knowledge that God “will not put more on us that we can bear” will comfort us during times of trial.

 

A good testimony gives hope.

2 Timothy Chapter 3 presents a picture of the lawlessness that would characterize the last days. We are seeing the fruition of this prophecy today, as people are growing colder and more hateful towards one another. All love has seemingly gone out the world. Parents are murdering their children with unprecedented frequency, while children, hardened by years of humanistic public education, have turned against their parents.  Consequently, many parents have given up any hope of ever regaining authority over their children and many children have given up hope that they will ever have a caring and loving relationship with their parents. This hopelessness has caused many to become sullen, despondent, and cynical. 

Moreover, the present financial crisis has left many unemployed and even homeless, while the “lucky” ones are living paycheck to paycheck: their life savings depleted and their retirements put off indefinitely. With a global financial crisis inevitable, many look to the future with dread and apprehension. Substance abuse has increased dramatically as many seek to drown their sorrows in alcohol or self-medicate with drugs in a vain attempt to escape reality.           

The Bible says that the day would come when men’s hearts would fail them for fear of the things that are going to come upon the world. Men will become disillusioned with the things in which they have placed their hope. With the loss of hope, they will lose the will to live.

A person, who has lost hope, needs to know that there’s hope in Jesus Christ. He needs to know that God has promised to always provide for His children and those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior need not fear the future.  Many who name the name of Christ know what it is to be without hope and can testify to the power of a risen Savior to take away fear of the unknown and replace that fear with confidence, security, and joyful anticipation.

Hope is what keeps the Christian grounded:

 

“We have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:18-19).

A good testimony provides encouragement.

In Philippians 1:14, the Apostle Paul writes that the church at Philippi waxed bold after he had been thrown into prison. Prison didn’t quench the fire that was within Paul, and this encouraged and emboldened the brethren. Our testimony of perseverance in the face of manifold temptations may have the same affect on those who see us patiently endure.

Our testimony also encourages us when we are going through various trials. If you don’t have a testimony, you will lack hope and encouragement when hard pressed by the devil.  Jesus said that despite all the tribulation that would come our way, we should be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).  A Christian who doesn’t know this promise will lack encouragement, and will therefore lose hope when Satan comes against him.  A Christian with no hope is a Christian who is leaving in defeat. And a Christian who is living in defeat cannot be used of God.

 

A good testimony is a weapon in spiritual warfare.

In my experience, Satan will orchestrate events in the life of the faithful Christian for the express purpose of beguiling him to react in a way that is improper for a follower of Jesus Christ.  The Bible calls Satan the “accuser of the brethren,” who accuses us before the throne of God day and night (Revelation 12:10). If we are not careful, Satan can tempt us to react in a way that is not Christian, and he can then use this as an opportunity to accuse us before God.  

Satan’s ultimate goal in doing this is to steal our victory.  Satan knows that he has lost the battle for our souls, so he attempts to steal our victory by destroying our testimony of victory.  To do this, Satan influences people to say and do evil things to us for the express purpose of influencing us to react in a way that is not Christian.  We must be particularly vigilant, when things like these happen to us, not to react in a way that brings shame upon the cross of Christ.  

Not only can Satan use our improper reaction as an opportunity to accuse us before God and steal our victory, but he can also use our reaction as a way to turn others off to the Gospel message.  The Bible says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual powers of darkness.  People are not our enemies, Satan and his host are.  We must never forget that our enemies are lost and cannot discern their left hand from their right.   They need salvation.  If we react to their persecution in a way that is unloving or uncharitable, we may very well turn them completely off to the gospel message, and, thus, lose any opportunity to win them for Jesus.  

Moreover, we, as Christians are being watched 24/7.  You must understand that most people have no idea what Buddhists actually believe and practice, nor do they know what Hinduism, Mormonism, or most any other religion, actually believes and teaches. Yet, most everyone knows how Christians are supposed to act. They know all about Jesus commanding us to “turn the other cheek,” to love our enemies, and they are all too aware that we are admonished not to “return evil for evil.”  Whether we are justified or not, if we react inappropriately to persecution, we will be accused of being false Christians, and this may give God’s enemies an opportunity to blaspheme His name (2 Samuel 12:14).

We must, therefore, resist the temptation to return evil for evil.  Every time we resist the temptation to act improperly, we add another testimony of victory to our arsenal. And, with each testimony, we not only become stronger and more able to resist Satan’s machinations, but we glorify the Lord Jesus and bring honor to His worthy name. We also prove to ourselves and to the unsaved world that we indeed have the victory over Satan through Jesus Christ. We need only live that victory. 

 

A good testimony helps someone to make a decision

In a court case, the witness’s testimony, combined with the persuasiveness of counsel, helps the jury to reach a decision. Our testimony does the same thing. The Christian’s desire should ultimately be to see the unrepentant sinner brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Our hope is that our testimony, combined with the persuasiveness of the Holy Spirit, will bring the person to whom we witness under conviction. And, God willing, while under conviction, he will be moved to repent and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive his sins and become his Lord and Savior.  We want him to make a decision for Jesus Christ.  And, even if he doesn’t make a decision, we want him to at least have the information he needs to make an informed decision.  

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

 

Click here for Part II of this teaching.  God bless you.

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

The Still Man

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Christ Is Risen! Yes, He is Risen Indeed!

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Happy Resurrection Day, Saints!

Man, are we blessed in this country to be able to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Say whatever you will about America, but it is one of the few places in the world where we can say “Christ is Risen!” without fearing for our lives, and this reason alone is enough to call America blessed.

The same cannot be said for many countries. such as Communist Russia, where many have been martyred for their faith.  Still, persecution does not prevent the faithful Russian Christian from saying, “Christos voscres! Da, soversheno voscres!”

America, the 21st century Babylon, is becoming more and more like Communist Russia, and the name of Jesus Christ is becoming more an offense to the pagan masses.  There will come a day when we will not be allowed to utter the name of Jesus in public without consequences.

But thank God that day is not today!

So while we are lifting our hands in praise of the Lord Jesus and celebrating his resurrection, let us thank Him for making it possible for us to celebrate His resurrection openly one more year.

Happy Resurrection Day!

 

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Base Things of the World Hath God Chosen

Grace and peace, Saints.

You may recall that in our last post I recounted that I met a particular young man on the plane to Hawaii whom I knew was, in reality, one of Satan’s light workers. This young man seemed to be extremely intelligent: as a matter of fact, he seemed to glory in his intelligence; for he spoke at great length on various subjects from aerodynamics to quantum physics.

It is important at this point to add that there was no apparent reason for him to do this, as I know very little about physics, and even told him so. Yet this didn’t stop him from talking. He just went on and on and on. And I couldn’t stop him. Now, Satan did not just send this man to me so that he could show me how smart he was. There was a definite goal to this charade. But, for the life of me, I couldn’t imagine what it could be.

The only thing I could come up with was that Satan hoped to make me feel less intelligent by sending someone to me of seemingly higher intelligence. But, he could never do this. Whatever intelligence I have is the work of God, not me, and if anyone should get the glory, it is the Lord Jesus; for without Him I could do nothing.

I am reminded how Jesus’ persecutors, hearing him teaching the people, marveled, saying, “How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” (John 7:15). In other words, they were astonished that Jesus spoke so intelligently, having no formal education.

Jesus answered them:

“My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me” (John 7:16).

These people were and are woefully ignorant of the power of God. If God could make Balaam’s donkey speak, it is a light thing for Him to endue even the most common folk with wisdom and knowledge. This is why the Apostle James says,

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

I also couldn’t help noticing, that for all his seemed knowledge and intelligence, this young man could not believe in the existence of an all-powerful Creator-God.   For all his erudition, he simply could not come to terms with the notion that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but should have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He could not believe in the notion of faith. He even said that he was not capable of faith, even though I gave him several examples that he made faith-based decisions every single day, not to mention the fact that at that very moment, he was flying in a metal container 20,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean: an act that required a great deal of faith.

Again, I could not help but remember how the Bible says that God bestows knowledge on the very lowest of men, while blinding the eyes of the high and mighty:

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

“For ye see your calling brethren how that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are:

“That no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:25-28).

God exalts the lowly and humble and debased the proud, to the end that when we stand before Him, we shall know that we are nothing and have nothing wherein we may glory.  

So if you feel that you are not as intelligent as you would like to be, no biggie.  Just ask God to give you wisdom.  You may not end up knowing quantum physics, but you will know everything that you need to know.  And that’s more than can be said of some of the “smartest” people I know.

I bless the name of Jesus Christ.

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

The Still Man

 

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The Art of Noise

Well, I finally made it to St. Louis, and, I must say, it was a very eventful trip.  My Hawaiian odyssey was short, but I can now check Hawaii off my list of places to see.  To tell you the truth, it wasn’t as interesting as I thought it would be.  Waikiki is just hotels on top of hotels and stores on top of stores.  In fact, unless you really like the beach, surfing, or spending money, there’s just not a whole lot to do.  That’s just my opinion, and I did only spend three days there, so I won’t argue with you if your experience was different.

The highlight of my trip was a visit to the Pearl Harbor Memorial at Pearl Harbor, where the “date that will live in infamy” happened on December 7, 1941.  Again, I was somewhat disappointed.  I was even a little angry when I considered the fantastic loss of life that occurred there that day, supposedly because someone failed to take seriously the attack planes that appeared on the radar, saying, “Don’t worry about it.”  It’s a good thing, I suppose, that the men who died that day have been memorialized, but, to me, it has turned into a house of merchandise, as several tours are offered ranging in price from free to 65 dollars a head and higher.  As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I got to say about that.”

I regret that on my last day there, I found out that one of the tours offered by several companies included a visit to the Mormon Temple.  I didn’t even know that Hawaii had a Mormon Temple.  But I should have, shouldn’t I?  When I found out, I had to decide if I wanted to hang around another day just to see the Temple, or leave.  I decided to leave.  Hawaii is just to doggone expensive.

One thing that I just have to mention right now.  I was in Hawaii for three days in early April.  And the place was full of tourists.  Granted, it’s Hawaii.  But who goes to Hawaii in April (besides me)? If you know anything about Hawaii, maybe you could answer that question for me.  Considering what I saw most of these tourists doing, I’m not surprised at all.  They were light workers.  

Don’t believe me?  Well, as I relate in the article, God is in Control, noise plays a special role in my persecution.  Wherever I go, whenever I go, the noise goes up considerably once I get there.  My apartment in Munich is assaulted by noise continually.  There are three stairwells in my building, but only mine has some sort of construction going on all the time: at least three days out of practically every week.  When a hammer is not being used, a jack hammer is the weapon of choice.  Now, I spent the first eight years of my military career as a combat engineer, so I know something about tools.  Moreover, my father was a contractor and my grandfather was a mechanic.  You can therefore believe me when I say that I am used to being around all kinds of tools, both manual and power.  So, I can say with a degree of certainty that very seldom will a jackhammer be used inside a residential building unless the floors are made of concrete and the concrete needs to be broken up for some reason.  And, if a jackhammer is used, it will definitely not be used more that a couple of times.  Believe me when I say that there have been days when a jackhammer has been used in the apartments above ours several days in a row.

Now, knowing this, imagine my reaction when I checked into my hotel room and saw the following notice on the desk beside my bed:

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Did you get that?  Now what kind of “unforeseen circumstances” besides serious hail, multiple lightning strikes on the same area of roof, or Santa Claus landing on the roof after a couple of visits to Denny’s, would make it necessary to make an emergency repair requiring three weeks of jackhammering from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.?  I can assure you that none of these things happened.  Also consider that my hotel room was on the 10th floor.  The Courtyard Marriott hotel has fourteen floors, and each floor has at least thirty rooms.  That means that at least 120 rooms from the tenth to the fourteenth would be affected.  Assuming every room from the 10th to the 14th received the same notice, where on earth would all these people go when, as I said earlier, the place was packed with tourists?  Do you see how implausible this is?

As I related a couple of days ago, and in other posts on this subject, operant conditioning is used against me 24 hours a day.  The goal of operant conditioning is to affect behavior by manipulating one’s environment.  Because noise is used against me so often, I believe it was hoped that I would see this notice and relocate to another room.  But I stayed right there.  As it turned out, whatever noise there was was barely audible.  Go figure.

Incidentally, this hotel was suggested to me by a gentleman, whom I met on the flight over from California.  The enemy had conveniently left a seat open next to him, and I played along, knowing that this was already planned in advance.  He pretended to be asleep for the first three hours of the flight, and, once he awoke, immediately sparked a conversation with the statement, “Are you a very religious person?”  Somewhere along the line, I gave him the gospel.  I spoke loudly enough so that anyone in my immediate vicinity would hear it, because, though I knew this man didn’t really want to hear it, I was hoping against hope that someone else did.  Once we arrived in Hawaii, the man, who said he was a Marine, suggested we stay at the Courtyard Marriott.  I told him that I already had a reservation elsewhere, but he insisted that the Marriott was the better deal.  Oddly enough (or not, depending on your life) even the cab driver agreed with him.  Because it was 20 dollars less than the hotel where I had the reservation, I acquiesced.  But I knew something was afoot.  It only remained to wait and see what it was.

Same stuff, different day ‘s all.

The Still Man

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Mind Control, The Truman Story, and Us

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Grace and peace, Saints. 

In my last post, I explained that I would chronicle some of the strange occurrences that have taken place on this trip.  I’m going to give you the sanitized version, because if I were to give you the whole story, you would definitely not believe me. 

A few months ago, I wrote how everywhere I go, Satan’s light workers manipulate my environment, in an attempt to manipulate me by controlling my reactions.  This is known as operant conditioning, pioneered by Ivan Pavlov and further refined by behaviorist B.F. Skinner.  Skinner believed that people are going to be manipulated anyway, so he said, “I just want them to be manipulated effectively.”  Operant conditioning is a form of mind control.

The movie, “The Truman Story” is a perfect example of mind control.  In the movie, the title character, played by actor Jim Carey, has been under surveillance his entire life unbeknownst to him.  His whole life is really a soap opera.  Hidden cameras chronicle his every move, and everyone in his life is, in reality, an actor portraying a role.  His mother is not really his mother.  His wife is not really his wife.  And his best friend is not really his best friend.  His neighbors are actors, his boss is an actor, and absolutely everyone he meets on the street is an actor.  His entire world is a fantasy.  In fact, the entire town where he lives is actually a movie set. 

Truman is fascinated by the sea, but he is afraid to go sailing, because when he was a small boy, his “father” was lost at sea during an “episode” of Truman’s life.  Since that time, Truman has been afraid of the water.  The drowning at sea was a planned event to insure that Truman would develop a fear of sailing, and not attempt to leave the seafront community where he lived.   If Truman had ever managed to leave the village, then he would have discovered that it was, in actuality, a movie set.  This is being done to each and every one of us on some level. 

Whenever Truman would get close to the truth, his “best friend” steers him away from it.  If anyone tries to tell Truman the truth, as one young woman, who starts to care for him tries to do, that person is immediately apprehended and removed from Truman’s life.  In fact, if events in Truman’s life had not been so meticulously managed and had been allowed to play out naturally, the young woman who tried to tell Truman the truth about his life would, in all likelihood, have become his wife.  But the producer of the show, seeing Truman taking a liking to her, had another woman supposedly hurt her ankle and literally fall into Truman’s lap.  This woman became his wife.  How many of us found our spouses under the same circumstances?  Does this, in some way, explain the blur that led to your nuptials?

This has happened to us and to almost everyone we know.  Many of our lives have been deliberately and meticulously controlled at least as early as grade school.  People have been placed in our lives to manipulate events in our lives to bring about a desired result, and have intentionally derailed many of our futures.  That is why many of us, no matter how hard we try, just cannot seem to reach our full potential.  There seems to be an invisible wall that is so wide we can’t get around it, so low we can’t get under it, and so high, we can’t get over it. 

I believe, and have seen evidence to support this, that Satan has placed people in the schools in order to identify children who are highly intelligent and natural born leaders.  Once identified, it will then be determined if such a child can be used for Satan’s agenda.  If he can be, then he is called “exceptional” and “gifted” and it is suggested that he attend a school where his gifts can be properly developed.  Teachers and administrators cater to his every whim, and all the students love and admire him.  If he cannot be, then his life will be managed in such a way as to insure that he will never reach his full potential.  He will be treated differently, possibly even cruelly by teachers and administrators, and students will be placed in the school to harass the child and to persuade other students to treat him like a pariah.  Many children so treated have ended up in a life of crime.  God willing, I will one day give a testimony of something that happened in my children’s school to substantiate what I am saying here. 

In reality, Truman was an allegory for the common man. Our reality is being manipulated in order to achieve a specific result, and ultimately, to keep us from ever coming to a knowledge of the truth.  I believe, and have stated many times, that Satan is compelled by God to tell us the truth.  Jesus said the truth is not in Satan, and the Bible teaches us that no lie is of the truth.  Satan, then, never tells the whole truth, but will tell some truth to make his lie more palatable.  He will tell the truth, but he will tell it slant.  

Hollywood is Satan’s way of telling us what is really going on, but one has to have the discernment of the Holy Spirit in order to see it.  Through The Truman Story, Satan was telling us that our realities are being manipulated and that virtually nothing that we think is real really is real.

This is especially true of Christians.  Truman was really an allegory for all Christians, and this is evident by the ‘X’ or cross, behind Truman’s head in the photo above.  We know that the cross is a symbol for Christians.  We are being told, in a subtle way, that we are being spied upon, surveilled, studied: however you want to term it, we Christians are being watched most intently by the enemy.  And our realities are being shaped in such a way as to beguile those of little discernment into thinking that everything is OK, and that our old enemy, the Roman Catholic church, is really our friend, when, in reality, Rome is still plotting our destruction.  If you haven’t already, you had better read The Roman Catholic Takeover of America.  The time is almost here.  

Of several clever hints that what I am saying is exactly the case, is the following photo of Christoff, played by Ed Harris:

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If you try, it would not be difficult to see that Cristoff’s collar is remarkably similar to that of a Roman Catholic priest.  Wouldn’t you say?  In fact, his whole demeanor, speech, and philosophy are very “priestly.”  This is no accident.  Add to this the fact that his right hand is clearly displaying a Cult of Mary hand sign, and you will see the message that is being conveyed here.

Those who realize what is really going on are demonized and made to look crazy or paranoid so that others will not listen to him.  We saw this in the Truman show as, every time he would get close to the truth, his friend would convince him that he spent too much time thinking and needed to relax. 

If, for instance, the enemy wants a person to become a sociopath, he can place people around the person to ensure that virtually every contact that person has with people is a bad experience.  Many people who have been so manipulated have ended up recluses. I believe Satan does this to people who have figured out how the world really works and he wants to make sure that this person doesn’t influence others.  

This same technique has been used to create anyone from social activists to sociopaths.  Want to create a racist?  Then place people of the target race in this person’s life from childhood into adulthood that will make sure that every contact the child has with this race will be bad.  Then put other people in the child’s life: parents, relatives, teachers, etc. who will reinforce the opinion of the target race that is being developed in the child.  Then groom that person for success and influence so that he influences other people to think as he does. 

Have you ever noticed that some of the most successful and most popular people today are some of the most despicable people you will ever meet—people of questionable morals and character, while some of the most interesting, insightful, and moral people are labeled by the media and others as crazy or strange?  This is no accident.  Satan wants his people to influence the status quo to bring about the type of society conducive to his ends.  He doesn’t want people listening to those whose eyes have been opened and from whom one could actually learn a thing or two. 

The enemy uses mind control to accomplish many ends.  In my case, it is used to try to control where I go, what I do, and how I act.  In your case, it is being used to keep you from listening to people like me

Our lives are being manipulated.

Now, I said all that to build the context in which I am going to recount many of the things that have happened on this trip.  Without me giving you this short primer on mind control, which takes many forms, you would not have been able to digest what I am going to tell you.  Believe me, most of us have had our realities completely shaped by the puppet masters so that we will close our minds to anything that does not fit into our worldview: a worldview, by the way, that did not develop naturally, but was deliberately shaped and molded by the puppet masters of Mystery Babylon.

Gooday! 

The Still Man

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More Spiritual Wickedness in High Places

Grace and peace, Saints. 

As many of you may know, I originally started this blog subsequent to learning that I was under surveillance by the forces of darkness, which have been attacking me and my family for years.  

I believe this is largely due to my evangelism work among Roman Catholics and Muslims and because we preach the pure, undiluted, hard-core Gospel of Jesus Christ, which Gospel Satan hates.  We reveal Satan’s schemes and expose his machinations, and enable anyone who is willing to not only be set free from bondage, but to wage an effective warfare against Satan and the forces of darkness with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  

Because Satan constantly exposes me to his light workers, I take the opportunity to evangelize them also.  And, because the attacks upon me are so relentless, my spirit tells me that some of these poor souls may have even been reached with the Gospel.  Whether this is the case, I cannot say for sure, but my spirit tells me that there is some truth to this.  I at least hope there is.

Psychological warfare operations (commonly known as mind control) plays a major role in the attacks upon me, as well as extremely low frequency electromagnetic or directed energy weapons used against my body.  Because these weapons are known to be used by the United States military, this can only mean that the U.S. government is somehow involved in the attacks upon me.  As I have related previously, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Senate both have paid a visit to my website.   Last week, I was staying in a military hotel on Ramstein Air Force Base.  When I tried to access this blog using one the hotel’s courtesy computers, a security banner identified my website as a “hate/violence” website and prevented me from logging on:

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This is not unusual, given that this ministry involves revealing the true nature of Roman Catholicism as well as the Roman Catholic plan to take over the United States of America and the world.  In that the United States government is controlled by the Roman Catholic church, and there are Roman Catholics in the United States military, then it is not unreasonable to conclude that the Romish elements of the United States military would be hostile to my ministry. 

Many of you are aware that the attacks against me have, wittingly or unwittingly, involved my wife, who was born and raised a Roman Catholic.  Only the love that I have for my wife and children and the grace of our Lord Jesus, to whom I owe my love, unwavering obedience, and allegiance, have thus far saved my family from utter destruction.   All praise, honor, and glory be to God, who giveth us the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord. 

After the St. Louis Circuit Court returned my children to my wife in August 2009, after I had taken them from Germany to the U.S. for their safety in February 2008, I remained in the U.S., while my wife and children returned to Munich, Germany.  At this point, you should know that my wife is not German, but black African: born and raised in Angola and the Congo.  My children are black and look black, and are not altogether indiscernible from the average black American child.  You can imagine, therefore, how three black American children, who look like three black American children, and talk like three black American children among themselves, although they do speak fluent German, must appear in Munich, where black American children, who are not of mixed race, are a rarity, if they exist at all outside my family.

The significance of this last testimony involving my wife and family is that since April 2012, following an urgent plea from my son to come to Germany, I have been living on two continents: maintaining a residence in the United States, while residing in Germany.  I had been planning since my arrival here to go back to America and tie up any loose ends before returning to Germany.  But certain factors made me reluctant to totally commit to living in Germany.  A recent addition to the family this year made it further necessary for me to postpone my trip a few months.

I had planned to leave when the baby reached three months of age, and if she were healthy and had no physical or medical issues.  I would then go to America to close out that chapter of my life, and subsequently return to Germany to resume my activities as a full-time missionary, leaving the rest in the hands of the Lord Jesus.  With this intent, I left Munich Wednesday April 2, 2014 en route to Ramstein Air Force Base, where I hoped to get a space available flight to the United States.  

This is where it gets interesting.

This is not the peak travel season, so space available, commonly called Space A, flights are usually not very difficult to get.  Space available means that if any seats on a military aircraft are left after all official travelers have been seated, then those seats will be released to travelers based on select criteria.  It is also used to fill empty space on cargo aircraft.  Space available travel is available to active duty military, military retirees, and others in select groups.  I left Munich at approximately 7:30 a.m. April 2, and arrived at Ramstein Air Base five and a half hours later.  There was no flight out that day, so I got a room at the hotel and hoped that I would get a flight out the next day.  I didn’t, however, so I had to wait until Friday, April 4.  

Now I showed up bright and early for that flight and it looked like I would be flying out.  But it was announced that all seats were filled before they got to me.  So, back to the hotel room I went.  When I didn’t make it out on any of the several flights that Saturday, I became suspicious.  So I went to my facebook feed to look for the 24hr. historical data of Ramstein Passenger Terminal.  Many Air Mobility Command (AMC) Passenger Terminals post historical data as well as 72 hr. projected flight schedules.  I subscribe to Ramstein’s facebook feed as well as several others.  The 24hr. historical data lists what flights went out, how many seats were released and how many were filled, the lowest category (out of six categories) that was chosen and the sign up date of the person in that category, and the number of people who competed for a seat and the lowest category person who competed. 

The 24hr. historical data is the best way of determining how close a person who was not selected was to being selected.  One does this by comparing his category and sign up date with the lowest category and sign up date that was selected.

Now a person can sign up for as many destinations as he chooses, and his name will be automatically considered for every flight he signs up for.  Since I was trying to go stateside, then I was eligible for any flight and would be considered for every flight.  In that most flights on a given day have a different departure time, it is important to show up plenty of time before the “roll call” for a particular flight to make sure that passenger service personnel know that you want to be considered for that flight.  They will then mark you as present, and, at roll call, your name will appear with the names of everyone else marked present for the flight, on a big screen monitor along with your category, sign up date, and number in line. 

Category VI, the last category, is retired personnel.  If all Category VI personnel who signed up for a flight are selected, it means that there were plenty of seats.  I showed up an hour early before the roll call for the flight to McGuire Air Force Base, NJ, on April 4 and was marked as present.  I am Category VI and had a sign up date of February 20, 2014.  I was not selected for the flight. 

Here is the historical data for that flight.  This information was posted to facebook, so it is unclassified.

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You will note that out of 10 seats released, only 9 were used, and the lowest category selected was CAT VI with a sign up date of April 3, 2014: only the day before the flight, and several weeks later than my signup date.  I should have been selected for the flight. 

On Sunday April 6, I went to the Ramstein Passenger Terminal to find out why I wasn’t selected for that flight when there were enough seats.  I was told that someone “accidentally” put me in the system as desiring to go to Kuwait.  So I wasn’t even considered for the McGuire flight or any other flight going Stateside.  What makes this mistake dubious, however, was that my signup sheet clearly shows that I wanted to go Stateside.

I ultimately left Ramstein AFB on April 7, five days after I arrived, on a flight to Travis Air Force Base, CA.  And I almost didn’t make that flight either.  Because of what had happened with the McGuire flight, I signed up for the Travis flight, believing that hardly anyone wanted to go to the West Coast as it is easier to get connecting flights from the East Coast.  I arrived very early, as usual, and marked myself present for the flight to Travis.  My name appeared on the monitor this time, but I was still expecting the worse.  During the roll call for this flight, an announcement came over the PA system that due to the large number of seats released, everyone who signed up for the flight would be selected.  I immediately went to the passenger service counter to verify this.  The sergeant in charge told me “there is no way you heard that.”  

So I went back to my seat, but, sure I had heard correctly, I went back to the counter and asked how many seats were released, and what my number was.  One person said that I was number ten of the retirees, so my chances looked good, while another said, “I’m not liking your chances.” Just then, the announcement came over the PA for me to go to passenger control.  I had been selected. 

In the past, I was never very diligent in things like checking the list and making sure my data was correct, looking for mistakes or discrepancies in destinations, or referencing the historical data, because I trusted the system, which, before the last five years or so, had always worked very well.  Ordinarily, AMC personnel are incredibly efficient.

Right now, I’m in Hawaii.  When I signed up for the flight going from Travis AFB to Joint Air Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, it seemed there was going to be plenty of seats.  There were 73 seats available, I had a signup date almost two months old, and who is going to Hawaii in April with Spring Break just about over and summer vacation still a couple of months away?  Well, you can guess what happened.  When I arrived at the passenger terminal at 5:45 a.m., it was teaming with people. 

Again, there was a role call, again, my name appeared, and again, I wasn’t selected.  The service agent announced that all the seats were filled, and the last person selected was right before me.  In that this person was CAT VI, with a signup date of 24 February—four days later than mine—I went to ask about this.  As I glanced up at the monitor, I noticed that my signup date had been changed from 20 February to 26 February!  I told the service agent about this, and he told me it was too late, that there had been plenty of time to have had it changed before then.  Again the plane left without me. 

When I inquired how this error was made, the lady at the passenger counter told me that someone forgot to change the date from 26 February to 20 February.  I asked her how that was possible when, as the date was entered for the first time only the day before, nothing needed to be changed.  It was entered incorrectly to begin with.  All I got was an apology.

Today, I went to Travis Passenger Terminal’s facebook page to look at the historical data for yesterday.  The first flight to Hawaii is the one I would have been on. 

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As you can see, of the 73 seats released, only 71 were used.  They list 71 people as having competed for the seats, and that the lowest was Category VI with a signup date of 17 February.  Again, I’m Category VI, and my signup date was 20 February.

It is totally possible that these were all honest mistakes.  But, in view of what I do, and the fact that there is a spiritual war going on, I say again: the military consists of people; and people have agendas: some good, some bad.  If you consider this in light of the Roman Catholic Takeover of America, then it makes plenty of sense. 

The purpose of my writing this is not to sling mud at our military, as there are some fine men and women there.  I’m merely telling what is really happening to me.  I have definitely been targeted by the forces of darkness, many of whom are in our military.  This is a fact.  Can I prove it?  No.  Does that mean it’s not happening?  Definitely not.  What may be considered proof of this, is the fact that two days after I left Ramstein, seats to the U.S. seemed to have became plentiful again:

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Now, many of you may find what I am saying hard to believe, but others of you know that I speak the truth: maybe because it’s also happening to you, or maybe because you are making it happen to someone yourself.

Because so many spiritually interesting things have been occurring on this trip, I am going to chronicle the whole thing: day-by-day, play-by-play.  I’m already way behind, because a lot has happened.  But I’ll do my best to catch up. 

By the way, there was an upside to me not making that flight on April 4th.  When I should have been flying out, the weather in St. Louis was terrible: thunderstorms and tornadoes.  It was the same on the East Coast:

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But instead, of thunderstorms, this is what I saw from my hotel window this morning:

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Again, what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good.  God knew I needed a break.

Please pray for me.

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

The Still Man

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Be Encouraged

Grace and peace, Saints.

If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted anything lately, suffice it to say that Satan has been very busy.  This should come as no surprise to you by now, if you have kept up with this blog for any length of time.  One thing that I can tell you is that it is absolutely amazing what Satan can do with the unrepentant sinner and how he can affect the life of the repentant sinner through that unrepentant sinner.  We are truly, TRULY in a war.

Saints, if you are going through anything in your personal lives because of your Christian witness, don’t give up the fight.  Satan will win many battles, but he will lose the war.  We have already won the victory.  We only have to claim it.

If you’ve been knocked down, get back up, dust yourself off, and keep on keeping on.  And keep on trusting in Jesus.

I have been working on a very important teaching for some time now, and, God willing, I will be posting it later today.

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

The Still Man

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Barack Obama and the Church of Constantine

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Grace and peace to the fruitful trees of the Lord, and greetings to the withering branches of the world.

People have been speculating for years about the religious orientation of our President, Barack Obama.  The President’s father is said to have been a Muslim, and, because many believe that as the nationality of a child is based on that of the father rather than that of the mother, Barack Obama is considered by many to be a Muslim.

As Christians, we are admonished by the Apostle Paul to watch in all things.  But we must also be careful not to get involved in arguments that are not edifying or fruitful.  The goal of any discussion in which we become involved should be:

1.     To come to a knowledge of the Truth, that God may be glorified in Christ Jesus, who is the Truth.

 2.     To bring someone to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 3.     To separate Truth from error.

 4.     To edify the Body of Christ.

The question of whether President Obama is a Muslim does not necessarily accomplish any of these objectives.  So Christians should avoid discussions of this nature.

Moreover, the Bible commands us to honor and respect those in government, especially our leaders, for “The powers that be are of God.”  Regardless of his religion, we should still render due reverence to our President and Commander and Chief.

HOWEVER…(“And there’s always a however in life…”–Frank O. Pinion), President Obama claims to be a Christian, and, at one time, he even attended a “Christian” church.  In that we are commanded to judge the fruit that a tree produces, it is not disrespectful or irreverent to examine this claim of the President’s through the lens of the Holy Spirit.

We are in a war, Saints, and the Bible teaches us that we war not against flesh and blood, but against “spiritual wickedness in high places.”  The office of President of the United States is one of the highest places in the world.  And we would do well to remember this.

Below is a hand from a monumental statue of the Roman Emperor Constantine, located at the Museo Capitolino in Rome.  It is commonly referred to as the Hand or Finger of Constantine. 

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The Hand of Constantine also appears in advertising:

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Emperor Constantine is considered by many as the greatest of the Roman Caesars.  He is also the founder of the Roman Catholic church. 

Back when Christianity was in its infancy, the Roman Caesars ruthlessly persecuted the primitive Church.  Christians were slaughtered in the Roman circus called the Coliseum in a variety of cruel, barbaric means.  They were crucified, burned at the stake, covered with animal skins and torn to pieces by wild animals, fed to the lions, forced to fight for their lives against professional gladiators, and, in other ways, tortured and martyred.

But something unforeseen happened: the more that Christians were persecuted, the stronger they became.  For every Christian that perished, “one hundred sprang up to take his place.”  It is said that the Christians literally “turned the world upside down” with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Emperor Constantine knew that his power was based on the fear and respect of the people, as, in those days, Caesars were thought to be gods.  The Christians, in rejecting the Roman system of idolatry, were defying the might of Caesar.  Constantine had a dilemma.

Then Satan gave Constantine a brilliant idea.  Constantine declared that he was a Christian, after having seen a vision of a cross in the sky.  The problem, however, was that he hadn’t seen the Christian cross.  The cross he claimed to have seen is said to have looked like this one:

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This is what is known as the Chi Rho, and it is an emblem of the Roman Catholic church. 

Because Constantine continued to worship the sun, which he called “Sol Invictus” (the Unconquerable Sun), it is doubtful that he truly ever accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior.  But, no matter: after Constantine’s “conversion,” he proclaimed that Christianity was now the official religion of the Roman Empire.  Constantine’s version of Christianity was not biblical, however.  It was Roman Catholicism: an unholy blend of paganism and pantheism with a smidgeon of Christianity to give it “a form of righteousness.”

Constantine’s religion lives on today.  In fact, largely due to the favor it receives in the media, Roman Catholicism is more popular today than the religion it claims to be, as is it’s head, the Roman Catholic pope, who is more loved in the world than the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom he pays lip service.

The Bible says that one day very soon, all the world will worship the Roman Catholic pope.  That especially includes heads of state, which should come as no surprise to us, as former President, George W. Bush said that when he looked into Pope John Paul II’s eyes, he saw “God.”

Before we continue, here is the Hand of Constantine again from another angle: 

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Note the way the thumb is held.  Now note the way the President points in this series of photographs.  As you will see, he is not pointing in the manner most people point: with the thumb folded over the middle finger, but with his thumb somewhat extended—like the Finger of Constantine.

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Coincidence?  You be the judge.

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

The Still Man

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Pope Francis Concecrates the World to the Virgin Mary

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Grace and peace, Saints.

You may recall that in our series, The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, we explain that according to Monica Farrell in Ravening Wolves, the Roman Catholic takeover of a nation happens in three phases:

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

2.  Dedication of the country to the Virgin Mary

3.  A holy warfare to possess that country.

We reveal, in this series, that phases 1 and 2 actually happened in the United States:

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Step 3, a holy warfare, or Catholic crusade, is in the making.

The stated goal of the Roman Catholic church is for Roman Catholicism to be the universal religion of the world.  Catholic means “universal,” and, historically, the Roman Catholic popes have declared themselves the final authorities both in the secular and spiritual realms.  If the Bible can be believed (and it can), Rome will succeed in taking over the world, and the Roman Catholic pope will become the universal monarch of the world. 

If the Roman Catholic Takeover of the World will follow the same template as the Roman Catholic takeover of a country, then it follows that there should be a crusade of prayer to dedicate the world to the Virgin Mary, followed by formal dedication of the world to the Virgin Mary, and, lastly, a holy warfare to possess the world.

In Part One of The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, I present a prayer wherein the Roman Catholics worldwide were urged to pray daily for the world to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  I also presented the above prayer card, which called for the same to happen in the United States and also a prayer that was read at the dedication of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., which dedicated the United States to the Virgin Mary.  While both prayers dedicating the United States to the Virgin Mary bear the imprimatur of the Roman Catholic church and are, thus, authentic, the authenticity of the prayer dedicating the world to the Virgin Mary cannot be proved.  If, however, the prayer is authentic, then Step One of the Roman Catholic conquest of the world has already been accomplished, and the next step is a formal dedication of the world to the Virgin Mary.

Imagine, therefore, my reaction when I read today in an article in the Catholic Herald, dated August 22, 2013, that Pope Francis, the False Prophet of Chapter 13 of the Book of the Revelation, was planning to consecrate the world to the “Immaculate Heart of Mary” on October 13 of last year. [Click image for full story.]

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Realizing the import of this, I immediately set out to confirm whether or not it had happened.  According to the National Catholic Register, it did: [Click image for full story.]

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If this story is authentic, and there is no reason to believe that it isn’t, then the Roman Catholic church has really dedicated the world to the Virgin Mary. 

In that official dedication to the Virgin Mary is followed by “a holy warfare,” then a global Crusade to possess the earth for the Virgin Mary is imminent.  The Bible calls this crusade The Great Tribulation.  And the fact that the False Prophet himself, Pope Francis, performed the dedication, means that we are closer to the end than many of us even dared to believe.

The goal of a Catholic Crusade is the forced conversion of all non-Catholics to Roman Catholicism and the elimination of all who will not convert.  In case you doubt this, read the article from the National Catholic Register very carefully.  Under “Consecrations Must Continue,” you will read:

“But those present [at the consecration] were eager to stress that the consecration doesn’t end there if the world is to be converted.” [Brackets mine.]

These people are not playing games.

It is interesting to note that this was not covered in the mainstream media, which, at that time, were busy covering the congressional budget/debt crisis, Obamacare, and the latest reports of the NSA spying on our closest allies.  Again, the media were successful in diverting our attention away from what is really important.  Now we know why the media made such a big deal about Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance, when any thinking person knows that this has likely been going on for decades. 

By the way, I find Snowden’s name very interesting.  In light of the what we have just discovered, it is highly likely that the whole NSA debacle was a diversion: a “snow job,” if you will.  And if it was, then Snowden’s name is a slap in our collective faces.

Additionally, note that though mainstream media didn’t cover the event, the article states that the consecration was televised all over the world at specific “Marian” (Roman Catholic) sites.  Though most American’s knew nothing of this, the Roman Catholics knew full well what had happened.  You should think about this very carefully.

Monica Farrell said that when Rome dedicated Australia to the Virgin Mary, most people, including many Christians, took it as a big joke.  The same thing was probably true of Yugoslavia and Rwanda: and we all know what happened in those countries.  Will you write it off as a joke too?

We warned you that this was coming, and now you see that it isn’t a fairy tale.  What you do with this information is your business.  We’ve done our part in bringing it to you.  If you haven’t read our series, The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, we suggest very strongly that you do so.  Then read Ravening Wolves, which you can download here.  You will then understand how serious this is.

The Still Man

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Deceitful Workers: Matthew McConaughey: A Form of Righteousness?

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Grace and peace, Saints.

The web is abuzz today behind Matthew McConaughey’s plug for “God” during his Oscar acceptance speech last night.  Many are lauding McConaughey for having the “courage” to mention God at a venue representing an industry notorious for it’s lack of reverence for God and the Lord Jesus Christ:

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It’s amazing that so many people could be fooled into believing that McConaughey is really a God-fearing man, just because he gives thanks to “god.” 

God means many things to many people.  Oprah Winfrey, for example, says that to her, God is “a force.”  “Jesus Christ,” said she, “Is not “The Way,” but rather, “He came to show us the way.”  Former president, George W. Bush, when asked during an interview what he saw when he looked into Pope John Paul II’s eyes, said simply, “God.”

God means different things to different people.

Who is God, then, to Matthew McConaughey?  Well, McConaughey’s God is himself.  Don’t believe me?  Well listen to what he says:

“In the words of the late Charlie Laughton…‘When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend — and that friend is you.’”

Did you get that?  McConaughey is saying that God is you.  So when McConaughey gives thanks to God he is actually giving thanks to himself.  He’s patting himself on the back. Whitney Houston did the same thing when she sung The Greatest Love of All.

McConaughey further proves this when he relates that the hero to whom he has aspired all his life to be is himself.  The “someone to chase” he mentions is Matthew McConaughey.  Now, if he were a true Christian, McConaughey would have said that he aspired to be like the Lord Jesus Christ, as this is the ultimate role model for the Christian.  Instead, he brazenly declares that he himself is the model to which he aspires.  McConaughey is his own god.

Self godhood is a premier motif of New Age Christianity.  Incidentally, in the movie “Contact,” McConaughey plays a New Age spiritual guru to the President of the United States.  Christian, you say?  Uh–huh.

McConaughey’s Oscar speech is a literal fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers… unthankful, unholy…heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

“Having a form of righteousness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

McConaughey’s version of Heaven is yet further evidence that he is no Christian, as he relates in his speech that his late father is probably in heaven with a big pot of gumbo, sipping a Miller Light and dancing.  My Bible does not say that beer or gumbo will be allowed in Heaven, and McConaughey’s reference is blasphemous, to say the least.

I couldn’t help but notice that McConaughey several times cleverly flashes the Cult of Mary handsign, signalling his allegiance to the goddess:

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Same stuff, different day.

Matthew McConaughey is no different than any of the other unholy denizens of the cesspool that is Tensiltown.

Below is the video of Matthew McConaughey’s landmark praise of “god” speech.  Enjoy.

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

The Still Man

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The Coming Great Holocaust and the Roman Catholic Takeover of America

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Grace and peace.  In our series, The Roman Catholic Takeover of America, based on information taken from the book, “Ravening Wolves,” by Monica Farrell, we explain how the Roman Catholic church is currently in Phase Three of its takeover of the United States of America. 

Phase Three, “A Holy Warfare,” involves four steps:

1.  The formation of an independent exclusively Roman Catholic state (Washington DC or “New Columbia”).

2. The formation of an exclusively Roman Catholic army (The UN “peacekeeping” forces, which includes our own military).

3.  A declaration that only Roman Catholics may serve in government (This congress saw the admission of more Roman Catholics than at any time in our nation’s history: two-thirds of our Supreme Court are Roman Catholic, our President is a closet Roman Catholic, and our Vice-President and Secretary of State as well as other key officials are all Roman Catholic.  Immigration reform is also part of the plan.).

4. CONFISCATION OF ALL WEAPONS (Columbine, Virginia Tech, Trayvon Martin, and Sandy Hook were all planned and designed to bring about this end). 

The gospel tract “Holocaust,” available from Chick Publications, explains how WWII was actually a Roman Catholic Inquisition, and, in annihilating the Jews, Hitler was merely carrying out Vatican policy.  [Click image for track.]

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The same will happen in the United States as part of the Roman Catholic Takeover of America.  After step four is accomplished, the Roman Catholic church will launch it’s final Holocaust to rid America and the world of all remaining “heretics” (Bible-believing Christians), Jews, Blacks, Eastern Orthodox, Patriots, and everyone else who won’t bow down to the Roman Catholic pope and his star goddess, The Virgin Mary, whom the Bible calls the Abomination of Desolation.  

If you are noticing that the U.S. government seems to be growing increasingly antagonistic towards the Constitution and our freedoms, this is the reason.  The Roman Catholic church hates our Constitution and is working feverishly to destroy it and our nation.  Another Vatican Holocaust is in the making.

Folks, resist the urge to say that this is just more fear-mongering and close-mindedness by another Bible-thumping Christian.  You must understand that the Jesuit-run Roman Catholic church is not only the enemy of Protestant Christianity, BUT OF ALL FREEDOMS.  In “Ravening Wolves,” Monica Farrell quotes a high-ranking Roman Catholic source stating the Roman Catholic church’s belief that NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN ROMAN CATHOLIC.  If Hitler had been successful, everyone reading this would either be Roman Catholic or dead.  If you are a Bible-believing Christian, or simply care about the freedom to decide what you want to wear today, YOU MUST DO SOMETHING.
 
“Holocaust” is currently out of print, but it is available from Chick Publications by custom order.  If your church got together with the goal of getting this tract out to warn the people, the cost would be extremely reasonable.  Depending on your situation, even individual Christians can custom order it.  If, however, you are unwilling or unable to do that, you would be doing your part if you would at least share this post on Facebook and get the word out. 

Believe me, there will be no fence-sitters when the Roman Catholic church takes over.  You will be given two choices: worship the pope and the Virgin Mary or die.  Whether you make a decision now or later, you will make a decision.  Take a stand for freedom–now. 

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

The Still Man

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He Said/She Said – February 17, 2014

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“The whole problem with this Hollande scandal is that he is not married.  Had he been married, this affair would never have been revealed.  

In France, having a mistress is not considered cheating.  We are not a puritanical country.  France is Catholic.  We accept sin and forgiveness.”

-French novelist, Jean-Marie Rouart, as quoted in a New York Times Op-Ed article dated February 15, 2014, concerning a scandal involving French President Francois Hollande and a purported mistress.

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Stay Tuned

Grace and peace, Saints.

I had planned to put out a teaching and the accompanying podcast this past Monday, but as you can see, that hasn’t happened.  Our newborn has been throwing our sleep cycles way off, as you can probably imagine.  So, I haven’t finished it yet.  The teaching actually turned out to be more involved than I imagined.  I couldn’t believe how much the Spirit gave me to share with the body of Christ on this subject!  One thing I can assure you is that it will be well worth the wait for those interested.  

Please pray for me, Saints, because this is an important subject that those of the household of faith need to seriously consider, and I would like to get it out to you by Sunday latest.

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

The Still Man

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“So What Did You Dream Last Night?”

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Grace and peace to the children of promise and to all those who have bought the lie.

Here at The Still Man, we always admonish parents to keep the lines of communication open with their children at all times. We should always be talking to them and, most importantly, listening to them: feeling them out for signs of things that may be going on in their lives that they may be reluctant to tell us about or that they may not even know about or may be unable or unwilling to understand.  In so doing, we enable ourselves to read between the lines and to see things that on the surface may appear insignificant, but may actually be a sign of a potential spiritual problem.

I have learned this lesson only in the last five or six years, after God alerted me to what Satan was doing to my family.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t that diligent with my first three children, as I was an unrepentant sinner for most of their lives, and thought that all a father had to do was bring home the bacon and scratch his private parts.  Thank God for the blood!

Satan is always hard at work looking for a doorway into our children’s lives that he can use to bring them under bondage. If your child is saved, Satan knows that he has lost the battle for that child’s soul.  But he may still try to discourage the child and, if possible, to destroy his hope. Satan is subtle, clever, and very crafty, and he has many weapons in his arsenal by which he can come in under the radar of even the most diligent parent.

One way Satan accomplishes this is through our children’s dreams. There are many theories abroad as to the purpose of dreams.  Some believe that dreams are a way that we process things that have happened during the day. Others believe that dreams are a window into the subconscious, and that it is through dreams that one’s fears and hopes are revealed.  But I have come to understand that for the Christian–especially the Christian child–dreams are a spiritual battleground: for it is through dreams that Satan attacks our children, trying to instill doubt, fear, and uncertainty in their minds, in an attempt to derail their faith. Satan knows that in their sleep, children are particularly vulnerable to spiritual attack. It has therefore become my custom to discuss my children’s dreams with them to try and discern if Satan is attacking their dreams and, if so, what he is trying to accomplish. 

I have found that the best time to talk to my children about their dreams is at the dinner table, when they are usually very chatty.  It was actually my son who begun the tradition of recounting dreams at the dinner table.  One day the family had just sat down to eat dinner.  Immediately after saying grace, every head swung around and every eye but mine was glued to the television set.  Not a word was spoken for about five minutes. During the three years that my family and I were separated, my children had grown accustomed to watching television while eating, as my wife has had this habit for many years.  Now, I was faced with the sobering reality that the television set was like another member of the family: a surrogate father, who, during my absence, kept my children company and held everyone mesmerized with his captivating stories.

Grieved in my spirit, I grabbed the remote and shut off the television.  I then explained that dinnertime should not only be a time to eat, but also a time for the family to sit together and talk and reconnect after having spent the better part of the day separated.  There was about two minutes of silence while my wife and children tried to process what had just happened and figure out what to do next. Suddenly, my son, who loathes uncomfortable silences, looks at me and says, “So what did you dream last night?” So I told him. 

What happened next was a first for our family: for each person in turn began to share not only what he had dreamed the night before, but any dreams that were especially troubling, puzzling, or interesting.  It turned out they all had some pretty interesting dreams over the past few years that they simply had never thought to share with one another.

I learned a lot from those dreams.  I learned, for instance, that, like me, they all had had dreams that ended with them falling from a very high place and waking just before hitting the ground. I learned that my son remembers even the most minute details of his dreams and retains those memories indefinitely, while my wife rarely remembers her dreams.  I also realized that I was in a lot of my children’s dreams.  For my part, I realized that it had been a long while since I last dreamed of my deceased father and brother. 

It turned out that I learned more about my children from listening to their dreams than I had learned from any formal conversation with them to date.

Let me give you a practical example of the value of dreams and their role in spiritual warfare.  When my wife and I were separated, I lived in the U.S. while she and the children lived in Germany.  Now, Munich is a Roman Catholic city in a Roman Catholic country, and my wife is also a Roman Catholic, although she attends a “Protestant” church.  So, to try and keep my children grounded in the truth, I would read the Bible with them over the telephone at least once a week, and I would try to give them a test over what we had read about once a month. It didn’t always work out, but we did our best to stay in the Word.  

For years, there has been a concerted effort on the part of Satan to destroy my family, and one of the ways he has tried to do this is by attempting to destroy my children’s faith. During one of our Bible studies, I discerned by her questions that my middle daughter was beginning to have doubts.  Upon close examination, I realized that this was due in part to the teaching she was receiving in her ethics class.

You may find it interesting to know that, at least in Munich, children are required to take classes in either Religion or Ethics.  I never let my children take the religion classes for fear they were in Roman Catholicism, and nothing is more dangerous for an immature Christian child than instruction in Roman Catholicism: a religion that claims that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, yet subordinates Him to an idol of stone and to a mere man.  I would therefore, let my children take Ethics, which I thought would be a safe alternative.  I was to find out later, however, that my daughter’s ethics classes are almost like a course in comparative theology, as they often discuss the cultural and ethical practices of other religions, especially Islam.  In fact, my children know more about Islam than I do.

This was reinforced by the fact that at the time, my daughter’s three best “friends” were  German, Chinese, and Turkish: that is, Roman Catholic, Buddhist, and Muslim.  Theirs was the perfect ecumenical friendship, and I don’t think this was a coincidence.  I came to realize that quite often the conversations between my daughter and her friends took on a religious flavor.  I also noticed that her friends and other children in my daughter’s class were extremely versed in Christian doctrine, and would often tell her that Roman Catholicism was Christianity and that Muslims worship the same God as do the Christians.  Satan was going to work on her faith.

The effect of this influence was that my daughter ended up having a dream in which Satan told her that she was not going to heaven.  All religions except true Christianity are works based, and, at least in the case of Roman Catholicism and Islam, have a myriad of rules and practices governing everything from prayer to diet and dress.  I believe that in my daughter’s eyes, the other religions made Christianity, which is grounded not in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, look inferior and sorely lacking in works. 

I realized that Satan was trying to plant seeds of doubt in my daughter’s mind. I anguished over how I could reassure my daughter that she was still saved, even though she had doubts. For days, I prayed for discernment from the Lord as to how best to proceed. Then God showed me a passage in the Bible that I was able to give my daughter to restore her hope.  It is 2 Timothy 2:13:

“If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”

With this passage, I was able to get my daughter to see that it was alright to have doubts, especially for a child, because Satan is going to work overtime for the express purpose of destroying the Christian child’s faith, because he can’t have her soul.  I reminded my daughter how Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and I told her that if Satan could try to deceive God, then it’s a forgone conclusion that he will do the same to us.  I showed her that 1 John 5:13 says that the Christian [child] already has eternal life, meaning that her name is already written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  And I reassured her that Jesus always keeps His promises.  Her salvation is guaranteed.  I especially taught her from Exodus 34:6 that although God is powerful, and terrible, He is merciful before He is anything else.  He understands our doubts, and will forgive them.

I can’t tell you how happy she was that I shared this good news with her.  She was so relieved!  The best part is that she learned something about Jesus that she didn’t fully understand before.  She learned that He is merciful and that He extends this mercy to us every single day.  Jesus understands.

We have kept up the tradition of discussing our dreams at the dinner table.  But, thankfully I haven’t had to deal with any major theological issues since that scare of three years past.  I have also noticed that my children’s dreams are a lot quieter now, for lack of a better term.  This may be due to the fact that during our bedtime prayers, we have made it a practice to pray that Jesus will keep Satan out of our dreams that we may have peaceful dreams, free of Satan’s devices. 

I no longer turn the television off before dinner.  I just put the news on, which instantly turns our attention onto each other: that is, unless there is a news item that I think we should all see and discuss.  Switching on the news has become the unofficial cue for my son’s favorite dinnertime question: “So, what did you dream last night?”

The free audio version of this discussion is available at the iTunes Store at our podcast, These Last Days.  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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Feigning Themselves To Be Just Men

Grace and peace.

So far, I have not made good on my promise to be a better blogger this year, but there is a reason for that: with the new year came a new edition to our family.  So, as you can imagine, I have been very busy changing diapers, giving baths, and brushing up on my baby talk.  I was surprised how quickly my wife and I have been able to get back into the swing of things, given that it has been quite a few years since there was a baby in the house.  They say that muscles have memory, so I guess our baby muscles have memory also.  Okay, maybe I need to exercise my comic muscles a bit more before I try anymore baby jokes.

The forces of darkness were not impressed with our little bundle of joy, however, and, even in the hospital, Satan’s “light workers” were busy little bees.  The most memorable incident occurred on the last day of my wife’s hospital stay.  I had gone down to register my child with the county clerk, as they maintain an office in the hospital.  After asking me a few questions, the representative, a pleasant middle-aged woman of apparent Arab parentage, input the information I provided into the system, and asked me to look over the paperwork, to ensure that my child’s information was correct.  The lady made it a point to ask me to look the data over very carefully, as this was the information that would be going into the records.  As I looked over the data, I noticed that she had entered my religion as “RC,” which means Roman Catholic.  When I pointed this out to her, the lady replied that when she had asked my religion, I responded that I was a Christian, and that she thought Christian meant Roman Catholic.  I told her that there is a difference, but, for convenience sake, she could just enter “EV” or Evengelical. 

Now, to the average person, this may not seem worthy of pen and ink.  But if you have followed this blog for any length of time, then you know that there are very few things that happen in my life that are not spiritually significant.  And this thing was certainly one of those things.  Allow me to explain.

When the lady asked my religion, I told her that I was a Christian, to which she added, “And your wife is an Evangelical, right?”  Now, for those of you who do not know, my wife was born and raised a Roman Catholic, and, though she attends an “Evangelical” church, she has never renounced her Roman Catholic faith.  This has presented several challenges in our marriage that you may read about here and here.  Moreover, my wife pays taxes to the Roman Catholic church as do all Roman Catholics.  So, as far as the German government and the Roman Catholic church are concerned, my wife is a Roman Catholic. 

As you may know, the term “Evangelical” refers to Bible-believing Christians, who are trusting in the blood of Jesus Christ for their salvation.  The genesis of this term is grounded in the Protestant Reformation, the movement that was ignited when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of All-Saints church at Wittenburg.  The Vatican Council of Trent, which pronounced more than a hundred curses upon the reformers, initiated the Counter-Reformation, and Bible-believing Christians became known as Protestants, because they protested against the religion of Rome, and heretics, because they did not believe in what Rome considers the “One True Church.”  Vatican II supposedly ushered in a new feel-good era of brotherhood between Rome and the Christian Church, and, instead of heretics and Protestants, Rome referred to Christians as “separated brethren” and Evangelicals. 

The Roman Catholic church uses the term Evangelical to distinguish Roman Catholics from Bible-believing Christians.  To understand why, it is important to first understand that the Roman Catholic church believes that it is true Christianity and has always proclaimed that there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic faith.  Last year, the Jesuit Pope Frances reaffirmed this long-standing doctrine when he said,

“There is no path in life, there is no forgiveness, there is no reconciliation outside mother Church.”

In other words, any and all who do not affirm the Roman Catholic pope as the final authority on earth in all matters pertaining to faith, are considered heretics and infidels.  Therefore, all feel-good rhetoric notwithstanding, Rome still believes that Christians are heretics.  And the penalty for heresy is death.  Understand that. 

What is the importance of this?  Well, I’ll tell you.  We are ostensibly in the “feel-good” stage when Roman Catholics and “Evangelicals” are both supposed to be Christians.  Proof of this is that, until now, when I have stated that I was a Christian, either that was what was written, or I was asked if I were a Roman Catholic or Evangelical.  Never before have I stated that I was a Christian and it was understood that I meant Roman Catholic.  So, when this lady understood “Christian” to mean “Roman Catholic,” she was making it clear to me that, at least in her mind, Christian meant Roman Catholic.  In other words, her words confirmed that as far as the Roman Catholic church is concerned, there is still no salvation outside “Mother Church.”

Now, I truly do not believe that this incident was merely a coincidence, as experience has taught me that coincidences are a rarity in my life.  Therefore, there was a definite purpose to this charade.  That she emphasized that I should examine the document very carefully tells me that she wanted me to catch her error, so that she could feign ignorance as to the difference between Roman Catholic and Christian, precipitating further dialog on that subject.  My views on Roman Catholicism, particularly my expose on the Roman Catholic Takeover of America, have not gone over well with many Roman Catholics, as you can probably guess.  And, on more than one occasion, someone has made a comment for the express purpose of getting me to say something derogatory about the Roman Catholic faith and even Islam.

Last year, for example, I was in the hospital for almost a week for a throat infection.  I could not help but notice that when they put me in a room with three beds, they put me in the center bed rather than on the far side of the room.  I’ve been in the hospital quite a few times in my life, and I can tell you that it is common practice to fill a room from the far side to the front.  This enables a patient to be brought in from surgery without having to disturb the other patients.  So, when they put me in the center bed, I already knew something was afoot.  It only remained for me to wait and see what was going to happen next. 

Well, to make a long story short, I ended up in a room with two men who appeared to be homosexuals.  One of them came in later the first day, and said that he had some kind of problem that required surgery, but left the third day without any surgery.  This man was placed on my right.  The other man came in the second day and the following morning went in for surgery for a problem with his left ear.  He was placed on my left.  Now pay close attention.  When the second man came up from “surgery,” he was apparently sleeping, and his head and left ear were bandaged.  I could not help but notice that there was blood on his right hand, as though he had been touching his left ear, which supposedly underwent surgery. 

To clarify, this man: 

  1. was situated on my LEFT, and
  2. had surgery on his LEFT ear, BUT
  3. his RIGHT hand had blood on it, AS IF
  4. he had been touching the wounded LEFT ear, EVEN THOUGH
  5. he was asleep, AND ALTHOUGH
  6. he had just been brought up from the recovery room, AS IF
  7. he had just had surgery.

Do you get the point?  The whole thing was a charade!  But what was the point of it?  Well, that night we were watching TV, as the guy on the other side of me insisted on watching a show that (coincidentally) had something to do with the purported crimes of the Roman Catholic church.  This precipitated, of course, a conversation on religion.  Since I understood what was going on, I played along.  I was surprised, however, when Big Chief Wounded Ear made mention of Islam and said that all Muslims were fanatics.  Now I understood right away that he had hoped that I would make a negative comment about Islam, so I told him that Muslims were not the only ones who were fanatics, and left it at that. 

Consider that Luke 20:20 tells us that the scribes and chief priests sent spies out to watch Jesus, who “should feign themselves just men.” Strong’s Concordance says that just, in this context, means “innocent” or “holy.”  In other words, these men pretended to merely want to converse with Jesus when their purpose was to trap Him in His words so that they could accuse Him.  Jesus told us that we could look for Satan’s people to do the same thing to us as they did to Him, as “the servant is not greater than his Master.”  There is indeed nothing new under the sun.

We are in a war, Saints.

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He Said/She Said – January 18, 2014

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“To have that receipt that says I made a legal purchase [of marijuana] in my lifetime, I’d rather have that than see the third coming of God.” 

-Danny Conners, marijuana smoker, while waiting in line on January 1, 2014 to legally purchase marijuana in Denver, Colorado.  On that date, Colorado legalized the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

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How To Watch Television and Still Glorify the Lord Jesus

How To Watch Television and Still Glorify the Lord Jesus

Grace and peace, Saints.

You would be amazed at some of the things that Jesus has shown me.  I know I am.  In 2011, I asked Jesus to do one specific thing for me: to show me how to make the Bible real in my life.  I asked Him to show me how to apply specific teachings, verses, and passages in the Bible to my everyday life so that the Bible would become a living, breathing, reality to me, not just a Book to be picked up on Sunday and forgotten the rest of the week.  I wanted Him to take the mystery out of the Bible.

God heard, and God did.  He answered my prayer.  I have since found that things you and I wouldn’t normally spend much time thinking about actually confirm things that are written of in the Bible and are often prophetic. 

Let me give you a practical example of the importance of this.  I don’t much like television.  During my four-year separation from my wife, I lived in St. Louis, Missouri, while she lived here in Munich, Germany.  Our children, who were 10, 9, and 6 at the time, lived with me for the first year and a half of that separation.  Because I wanted to raise my children without the negative influences of television, we owned no television set.  So the only time we would see television is when we visited someone or if there was a television at a McDonalds or something.  After the children went back to their mother, I continued this practice.  On those occasions I did want to watch television, I would watch one of my favorite television shows from the old days on YouTube.  When I wanted to hear the news, I would turn on the radio, read my news feed on the internet, or go down to Schnucks supermarket, where there was a television that was always tuned to CNN. There I would have a donut and coffee and catch up on the news. 

When my wife and I reconciled back in March 2012, I had to get used to television all over again, because my wife loves television.  She has also trained my children to love television.  Because the media are not God-fearing people, the programs that the media create do not glorify the Lord Jesus.  They glorify Satan and they glorify sin.  So you can imagine the challenge this presents.   But God showed me how to take what the children see on television and use it to expose Satan’s lies. 

Yesterday, for instance, we were watching Cosmo and Wanda (the German title), the cartoon featuring Timmy Turner, and his two fairy friends.  At one point in an episode, there just happened to be two wooden boards and three nails lying on the floor.  One board was longer than the other.  It suddenly occurred to me that Jesus was nailed to a cross constructed of two boards, one longer than the other, and He was fastened to that cross with three nails: one each for his wrists, and one to hold his feet.  Because my children have grown quite accustomed to me doing this, and in fact, catch a lot of things themselves, when I paused the program and asked them what they thought those things represented they understood immediately, and answered correctly.  In fact, only one of them missed the significance of those symbols.  Hey, two out of three ain’t bad. 

A couple of days ago, The Chronicles of Narnia was on television.  Now, I have avoided watching this program before and forbade my children to watch it, because I know that the movie is based on a book written by C.S. Lewis, who many believe was a Christian, but who was really into the occult.  Occultism in movies is bad enough, but so-called Christian occultism, or Gnosticism, is much worse.  A child exposed to Gnostic teachings who is not firmly grounded in the faith could be led astray.  Many have been. 

In that schoolteachers are exposing our children to occultism through movies and books, I decided that I would watch it together with them and show them not only how Satan is using those movies to beguile children into the occult, but also how he makes his deceptions enticing with very realistic special effects like talking dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures brought convincingly to life.  Having been a science fiction and horror movie buff for many years, I know full well the lure of these movies.  I also know that because there is no graphic violence or overt sex or anti-Christ imagery in these movies, a clever teacher can beguile an unwitting child into believing that nothing is wrong with them, and that the parent that objects to them is too “puritanical” and strict.

Many of our children’s teachers are pagans and witches who present themselves as open-minded and easy-going while portraying Christian parents as religious prigs, fanatics, doomsday preachers, Bible-thumpers, homophobes, or anything else they feel threatened by.  If they can get our children to trust them instead of us, they have won the battle.

With this is mind, my children and I watched the program together, and afterwards we discussed it in light of the Bible.  The children understood immediately that Atlan, the lion king, was a metaphor for Jesus Christ.  Of course, there was more symbolism there.  As a matter of fact, the entire adventure was a sort of occult initiation.  But I didn’t discuss this with them.  It sufficed for them to know that Jesus is not in the movie making business, so if we are going to watch television, we had better be on the lookout for the lie Satan is going to try to sell us, because that is always his end game.

I would be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy the movie.  Like I said, I grew up on this stuff.  That is why I have to be very careful what I watch and what I let my children watch.  Though I’m too stable and grounded in the truth to be misled, I know that this kind of movie is really anti-Christ.  Therefore, I ought not to watch it, nor let my children watch it. 

The sequel to The Chronicles followed the original, but I told my children that we would not be watching that.  They were very understanding and decided to go into their room and play.  And that was that.

The Still Man

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A New Year’s Resolution (Promise)

Grace, mercy, and peace to the saints, “Live long and prosper” to the pagans, and a “Happy New Year” to all.

I don’t like to make New Year’s resolutions, because if I do, it must, of necessity, follow that I will neither do what I resolve to do, nor complete those resolutions I manage to begin.  Therefore, instead of making a resolution, this year I have made a decision: I have decided to become a real blogger: that is, to blog more frequently. 

I want to do this, not only because blogging is supposed to be a frequent activity (which is why blogging is not for everyone, including me), but also because I must do so if I want this ministry to be effective.  Often I will read a passage of Scripture and instantly a teaching will come to mind, while at other times I will come across something from a secular source that validates Scripture or illustrates a particular teaching in the Bible.  I want to share these things with the body of Christ, but because producing a teaching usually involves hours of research and writing, which entails time and energy that I just don’t have, I will file it for later use.  Consequently, I have several teachings that I have been developing off and on for quite some time, while others are ideas that have been sitting in an Evernote notebook for literally months, waiting for me to develop them.  In short, much of what I want to write hasn’t yet been written.  Moreover, being an English major and an editor by nature, I usually obsess over anything I write before and even after I post it. 

This behavior, as you can probably guess, is diametrically opposed to blogging. 

This is not a good thing; for we have come to realize that this blog is important to many individual Christians as well as a vital ministry for several bourgeoning churches in the U.S. and especially overseas, where there is a dearth in the land for the pure undefiled Word of God and for sound Bible doctrine and sound Bible teaching.  So it is important that we continue to enable the workers in the vineyard to reap the harvest and the pastors to feed their flocks.  We want to ensure that we are constantly getting information out to the body of Christ and getting you to think, because that is what we must do to overcome Satan’s myriad deceptions in these last days. 

In order to do this, I am going to start posting more of my thoughts to the blog, which will not all be fully developed teachings, but instead the raw material on which a teaching can be based.  When I see something that I think would edify the body of Christ, rather than trying to develop a teaching out of that thought, I will merely post the Scripture reference (or a secular reference or example with an accompanying Scripture reference) followed by a brief commentary demonstrating its importance to the body of Christ.  When God lays something on my heart that deserves a more thoughtful and involved exposition, I will present it in a fully developed teaching.

In this manner, we hope to enable our readers to conduct their own research and develop a teaching that they can use for their own edification or for their personal ministries.  We feel this will also help us to fulfill another purpose of this ministry: encouragement.  You may have noticed that it has been over two years since we posted any devotions.  We would like to revive this activity as we have gotten many positive responses to them.  The time saved from the other activities may help us to do this.

We also hope to launch a website this year, where the more popular and edifying articles from this blog can be found for quick reference.  We will also link it to the podcast, the YouTube channel, and other resources.  We will continue the blog, as we have found it to be indispensable for getting our thoughts out to you as well as for getting your feedback. We are considering discontinuing the other two blogs, as we have not posted anything to them in quite some time.  We may solicit input from our readers to keep those blogs going.  If we do, we will let you know.

I will also do my best not to pay as much attention to the finer points of writing as is my custom.  The grammar, therefore, may not be the best.  The spelling may be a tad off.  And my reasoning may seem somewhat circuitous.  But I resolve…er…promise…to do my best to get the information out to you. 

As always, we covet your prayers for this ministry.

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

The Still Man

 

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2014 and the Cult of Mary

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Grace and peace, Saints.

The above photo was posted on New Year’s Eve to Facebook by MasterCard.  Don’t these gestures all look very peculiar? Doesn’t the hand in the center seem to be displaying what looks remarkably like a Nazi salute? Didn’t Adolph Hitler use this same salute? Wasn’t Adolph Hitler a faithful Roman Catholic? Don’t the gestures displayed by the two hands in the left foreground and background resemble the Cult of Mary hand signs that we discussed in our article on the same? Isn’t the Cult of Mary linked to the Roman Catholic church?

Doesn’t one hand appear to be holding an invisible cup? Isn’t the Great Whore, called Mystery Babylon in the Book of the Revelation Chapter 17, said to be holding a “golden cup” in her hand? Isn’t the Great Whore the Roman Catholic church?

What is MasterCard trying to tell us about the year 2014?

Remember, Mystery Babylon communicates through symbols.  Nothing they do is arbitrary.

Think!

The Still Man

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A New Year’s Message

Grace and peace, Saints.

Every December 31st, we look forward to the coming new year with great anticipation, optimism, and hope.  The New Year holds the promise of a fresh start and a new beginning.  The New Year symbolizes a chance to make amends, to right wrongs, and to thank those whom we neglected to thank.  It’s an opportunity to start things we haven’t started, and to finish thing we have.  It’s an opportunity to stop procrastinating and to become proactive rather than reactive.  It’s a chance to become doers instead of merely watchers of them who do.  This year you may even get up the nerve to ask that pretty girl at the library out on a date.

The New Year is a chance to become better people: a chance to become better husbands, better wives, better parents, and better neighbors.  

Most importantly, the New Year means another opportunity for us Christians to “make full proof” of our ministry: to win more souls for Jesus Christ.  It’s a chance to preach more sermons, to pass out more gospel tracts, to finally witness to our lost family, friends, and neighbors.  And it’s a chance to finally share the gospel with a boss or coworker who desperately needs to hear it.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to start a ministry of your own, but you have no idea what your calling is or what would be the best way to use your talents and abilities for the glory of Jesus Christ.  Well, the New Year presents the perfect opportunity for you to go for it.  Don’t wait for that “still small voice” to tell you what God wants you to do.  Find something to do, and do it.  Get busy for the Lord.  Maybe later that voice will say, “Ataboy!” 

The New Year means a time to readjust, redefine, reevaluate, reaffirm, and reorder goals and priorities.  If, for example, in 2013, Satan hindered you from reaching you’re goal of 100 podcasts by year’s end, you merely reaffirm that goal for 2014.  If your goal last year was to witness to at least one person a week, but you managed to witness only a couple of times the whole year, no worries!  Simply set a new goal.  You may even want to reduce your target to something a little more do-able.  The important thing is to set a goal and to shoot for it.  Even if you don’t make it, the confidence and knowledge you gain will be invaluable.  You will also learn the value of setting goals and priorities.  There’s just no way to lose.  As the old saying goes, if you aim for the stars, you just might hit the moon!

The New Year is also an opportunity for us to rededicate ourselves to the Lord.  Perhaps last year we weren’t walking with Jesus as closely as we could have.  Perhaps the cares of this world became too much for us and we veered somewhat off course.  Perhaps our hearts became hardened by the deceptiveness of sin.  Whatever the reason, the New Year means an opportunity for us to get back on track, to repent, to confess, and to show the Lord Jesus that we mean business.

So as we dust the old year off our boots and step into the fresh clean powder of the New Year, let us endeavor to make it the best one yet.  Let us redouble our efforts to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Still Man

 

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Gospel Tracts: Preaching Without Preaching

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Grace and peace, Saints.

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas day.  For the second year, the Spirit led me to distribute gospel tracts in my neighborhood on Christmas Eve, so I picked up where I left off last year, leaving tracts in the mailboxes of apartments and private residences.  I routinely pass out gospel tracts on trains and subways, in doctors and dentist offices, or wherever the Spirit leads me, but this was only the second time I have gone house-to-house distributing gospel tracts here in Munich.

Saints, Jesus gave us a mandate to preach the gospel unto every creature (Mark 16:15), and we are duty-bound to obey.  Now, there are several ways to preach the gospel: and there would have to be, as not all of us are endued with the power, courage, or ability to preach a sermon.  Gospel tracts are a great way to preach the gospel to the lost without ever having to open your mouth. 

I like to leave tracts on subway cars and stations, which, in the morning, are usually very crowded with working class people, professionals, and students on their way to work or school.  Munchners, much like New Yorkers, are extremely suspicious of people who walk up to them out of the blue and try to strike up a conversation with them about any subject, let alone the disposition of their eternal soul.  So, it can be a challenge to find a natural way to get the gospel message to them.  That’s where gospel tracts come in.  For many, the only time they have to read is on their commute to work and back home: gospel tracts are a nice alternative to the morning paper.  I usually make my way from the front of the subway to the back or vice-versa handing out tracts at random while preaching a short gospel message.  If someone rejects a tract, I will either attempt to hand it to the person seated beside or across from them, or politely ask if I may place it on the seat beside them. 

Because of the historic enmity of Roman Catholicism and Islam to Christianity, a person demonstrating any interest in the gospel message may run the risk of being considered a heretic or an infidel by his family, friends, and relatives.  Leaving a tract on a seat beside someone is therefore not always the best option, as it makes it necessary for the person to make an effort to pick the tract up.  By handing the tract to a person, I give him the opportunity to appear to only want to be nice to me, and he can then take the opportunity to read the tract before discarding it.  For the same reason, I also like to distribute tracts on an empty or half empty subway car, so that an individual has to pick the tract up in order to sit down.  The person may then feign curiosity and read the tract before discarding it.  The important thing is that he has an opportunity to hear the gospel message.  And that’s what it’s all about. 

Gospel tracts are also a good way to get the gospel to people with whom you would normally not come into contact on a daily basis.  Munich is much like New York, London, or Japan, where the price of a house is so exorbitant, that most people can only afford to live in an apartment.  You will therefore often find people of various professions and economic brackets living in the same apartment building.  These are busy professionals, who can be difficult to pin down long enough to present them with the gospel message.  Many go from their house to their car and vice-versa, and don’t generally associate with their neighbors or with people outside of their circle of acquaintance.  Leaving gospel tracts in the mailboxes of these people is a harmless, non-intrusive means to present the gospel message to them.

The best thing about a gospel tract is that it’s a great way to get the gospel of Jesus Christ to someone who is not yet ready to hear it.  On many occasions, a person has accepted a gospel tract from me who had just laughed me to scorn for preaching the gospel to him.  Others have agreed to listen to what I have to say and elected to continue to believe what they want to believe.  Yet they accept a tract because, as one man put it, “You never know.”  These people, though they were not yet ready to accept the gospel, had sense enough to know that it is foolish to completely dismiss an opinion without having all the facts.  If they will not hear or accept our witness now, they may later when and if God puts them in a position where the gospel may be their only means of comfort or security.

Reactions to tracts vary drastically.  Some gladly receive them, while others reject them outright.  I once offered a gospel tract to a coworker, who quickly rejected it.  I told him that he didn’t know what he was missing and he said that he knew exactly what he was missing.  This person, as do many, knew something of the gospel and decided that he wanted no part of it.  It was his decision, of course, but he did decide; and that is exactly what we want people to do.  Some will accept a tract, read it through, and discard it afterwards, while others will first accept it, but immediately throw it away once they perceive that it contains the gospel message. One Muslim gentleman actually asked me for a tract, but, after reading a couple of pages, he tore it in half and then tore the halves into halves.  I noted, however, that rather than throw the pieces onto the floor, he carefully placed them into his backpack.

Of all the reactions I have experienced, the most memorable actually occurred this Christmas Eve.  Unable to enter a particular apartment building and noting that the mailboxes were inside the building rather than outside, I left a number of tracts lodged between the narrow space between the entrance door and the door jam.  As I was walking to the next apartment building, I heard a voice behind me and turned to see a woman walking behind me holding the tracts I had just left.  Speaking in German, the woman said that “they” didn’t want the tracts and offered them back to me.  I refused them, however, telling her that she could do with them as she pleased.  Happily, the second apartment building was open, and I went in and placed tracts in the mailboxes there.  I was surprised as I noticed the woman standing outside the building, pacing back and forth, while glaring at me through the glass door.  When I exited the building, she was still standing there, arms folded and with her back to me in disgust. 

As I reflected on this, I was reminded of how Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that they held the key of knowledge and would not go in themselves, but prevented those who wanted to go in from doing so.  There is indeed nothing new under the sun. 

Most who discard a tract will simply place it back on the seat or toss it on the floor or ground.  But, occasionally, someone will throw a tract into the garbage.  Only once have I retrieved a tract from the trash, and that was because the guy threw it there right in front of me.  Normally, my rule is to not retrieve a discarded tract, nor to receive a tract back from someone who first accepts it.  The Bible says that God’s Word will not return to Him void.  So, I believe that even if someone throws a tract away, if it is His will, God will make sure the tract gets into the hands of the person for whom it was intended.  I have a personal testimony of this.

The very first gospel tract I ever saw was the Chick tract, “This Was Your Life,” which I found one day when I was around sixteen or seventeen years old.  I had just gotten off the 90 Hampton bus at the intersection of Wabada and Goodfellow in St. Louis, about a block from my house, when I spotted the tract on the pavement, soaking wet from a hard rain.  I could see instantly that it was a comic tract, and being both curious and an avid comic lover, I picked up the tract and took it home.  After placing it on a newspaper and drying it in the oven, I read the tract from cover to cover, though I did not heed the gospel message it contained.  I would read the electronic version of that same tract again, some twenty-five years later, when, after having led a wicked life for many years and tired of sinning, I was ready to accept Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary.  Desperate, I sought out the tract on the internet and happily found it.

So I know first hand the power and effectiveness of gospel tracts, which is why I have made tract distribution a major part of my ministry.  I have even written a couple of tracts myself.  I know that if a discarded, rain-soaked gospel tract can change the life of a poor, seventeen-year-old boy decades later, then a gospel tract, whether found neat and crisp on a seat of a subway car, or pulled, crumpled and soiled, from the garbage, can change the life of someone today.  So, I don’t get discouraged when someone discards a tract.  The will of God will always be accomplished. 

Hatred for Christianity and peer pressure from the pagan majority to hate Christianity is so great these days that it takes a very courageous person to show any interest in the gospel message.  But people are hungry for the truth.  Many have tried to find joy and contentment in their religions, in their heroes, in their jobs, in their hobbies, in their spouses, in their friends, in their lifestyles, and in their creature comforts.  All have been left disappointed, empty, and feeling very, very betrayed.   There are many hurting people out there who are ready and willing to hear the gospel message.  They want to know if what they have heard about Jesus Christ is true.  They want to know if He really can bring them joy and peace in this world and eternal happiness in the next.  It is up to us to give them the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is up to us to give them the information they need to make the most important decision they will ever make. 

And that’s the key.  Without information, it is impossible to make an informed decision.  And without complete information, it is impossible to make a completely informed decision.  A person who has not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ does not have complete information.  So any decision a person makes without considering Jesus is not a completely informed decision. 

Decisions made without complete information have had catastrophic results.  The so-called War on Terror, for example, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of men and women and the maiming and disfiguration of hundreds more, all began with a decision based on incomplete information.  Similarly, more than 60 percent of the world population daily makes decisions that may have catastrophic results for their eternal souls based on incomplete information.  These people need to know that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, and that if they die without accepting His sacrifice, they will go to the Lake of Fire burning with fire and brimstone, where they will endure eternal suffering.  If, after hearing the gospel, they still reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation, then they do so with full knowledge of the consequences.  When they come before the Lord Jesus, they will be, as the Bible says, “without excuse.”  This is not our concern, however, as our job is simply to give them the information they need to make an informed decision.

I hope this puts it in perspective for you.  I hope you now understand how important our witness is.  I hope you now understand that the world is making catastrophic decisions because of incomplete information, and that these decisions have eternal consequences.  I hope this kindles or renews a fire in you to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gospel tracts are available from a number of ministries, such as Chick Publications and One Million Tracts.  If you decide to go with Chick, you may want to read this article first.

May God bless you.

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

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

The Still Man 

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It’s Christmas, So I’m Supposed To Be Happy…Right?

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Grace and peace, Saints.

Today is Christmas.  Millions of children will be bounding down the stairs or running into the living room to see what Mom and Dad, oh…er…Santa Claus bought…oops…brought them for Christmas.  Today the air will be filled with the sweet sound of cell phone ring tones, the boop and bop of Playstation II’s, the silent padding of fingers on smart phone touch screen displays, the barely audible, yet strangely irritating tapping of Nintendo DS controls, the aimless prating of “talking” dolls, the barking of dogs, the mewing of cats, the happy scurrying of rats, bells ringing, whistles blowing, children playing and fighting, parents arguing, in-laws criticizing, Uncle Arthur Lee bragging on how his son just got promoted to vice president of marketing, Uncle Percy bragging on how his son just got 15 full-rid scholarship offers: Aunt Eunice bragging on how her daughter got a marriage proposal from some senator (who is already married); Uncle Charles putting mistletoe over every woman or girl’s head so he can get a smooch; old, touchy-feely Uncle Chester pretending to be happy to see everybody so he can get a free feel, while his wife’s lethal gaze bores a hole in his neck from her corner on the far side of the room; cousin Constance explaining how her husband Sheldon is so busy managing his successful business that he couldn’t pull himself away from his work long enough to come over for Christmas dinner, when the truth is that he is spending Christmas with his mistress’s family pretending to be her fiancée, and let’s not even go into the bill for all this trouble…Aaahhh, Christmas!

Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time, but let’s face it: for many people, Christmas is not a joyful time at all.  It’s not even a happy time.  For many, Christmas is a time of sadness, loneliness, anger, depression, and profound emptiness.  One reason for this is that we have been programmed by the media to believe that Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, but all the things the media teaches us make Christmas a happy time are material things.  And material things cost money. 

Food costs money, but food at Christmas time costs lots of money.  Presents cost money, but Christmas presents cost lots of money.  Airplane tickets cost money, but airplane tickets at Christmastime cost lots of money.  Gas costs money, but gas at Christmastime costs lots of money.  Hotels rooms cost money, but hotel rooms at Christmastime cost lots of money.  Christmas decorations cost money.  Baby food and diapers for the trip cost money.  New dishes and silverware cost money.  That diamond ring you bought your girlfriend in your Christmas-romantic-comedy-induced psychosis cost a gang of money.  And so on and so forth und so weiter.  Money, money, money, money…MONEY!

It should come as no great surprise that those who get all our Christmas money are the same folks who make the movies, television shows, commercials, and music that program you to go out and spend all that money.  Don’t you wish you could send them the bill?

For many, Christmas is also a time to remember lost loved ones.  For these people, one of the happiest times was the last Christmas the whole family was together.  I am one of those people, and, for me, that Christmas happened in 1990.  Four of those who were present at that Christmas gathering no longer walk the earth, while another is at this very moment incarcerated, another is estranged, and yet another is intangible.  Every individual, imperfect, and unique one of those people mattered and does matter to me, so it is impossible for me not to think about them at this time.  Truly, I can understand the deep sadness many feel for this reason during Christmas.

Another reason many are not happy during Christmas is because, for them, it is a time of deep reflection.  When we see others looking so happy (if only on television), we wonder why we are not.  We wonder what is lacking in our lives that keep us from enjoying the same ostensive happiness everyone else enjoys.  We wonder why we are so sad, while everyone else seems so glad.  We have always had the awareness that we are not in a good place, but because most of the people we know are in the same place we are, it is easy to pretend that everything is OK.  But, there is something about Christmas that destroys all our illusions and pretentions.  Christmas is a time of stark reality. (Read Truth: John 14:16).

Another reason many are so sad during Christmas is because they are alone.  Again, we have been programmed by the media to believe that Christmas is a time to be with family, friends, or a loved one.  When we turn on the TV and see families gathered around the dinner table, or friends sharing a cup of hot cocoa in front of the fireplace, or lovers on the couch snuggled up under a blanket with a bowl of hot popcorn watching TV, and we look around us and see nothing but a gas-fired stove and Oscar, the mutt looking pitifully at us, or a Spartan hotel room, or a crowded homeless shelter, or a tent in the dry desert of Iraq or South Sudan or the cold, barren mountains of Afghanistan, we think there must be something wrong with us because, here it is Christmas and we are all alone and have no one to share it with.

Still another reason I imagine many are sad during Christmas is because they feel this might be their last Christmas.  For those lying in a hospital bed or at home with a terminal illness, I imagine it hurts to think that we may never see our loved ones faces around the dinner table at Christmas again.  We may never see our children open another Christmas present.  We may never say “Thanks Dad!” or “Thanks Mom!” and we may never again thank everyone for coming to Christmas dinner.

There are probably a myriad other reasons many are sad during Christmas, and each one of those reasons is legitimate and real to someone.  It would therefore be folly to say that any reason for a person’s sadness during Christmastime is unwarranted.  I will say, however, that while the reason may be warranted, our rea-son-ing is often faulty.  You see, Christmas is not supposed to be a happy time; Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time.  Happiness and joy are not the same thing, though they are often used interchangeably. 

 We are usually happy when we get what we want, and sad (or at least disappointed) when we don’t.  If we get something we always wanted, we are happy.  Happy is contentment in the secular sense. 

The Christian is supposed to be joyful even when we don’t get what we want.  Why?  Because we know that Jesus Christ, who is God Almighty, is able to give us anything we want if He is so inclined.  Therefore, when we don’t get what we want when we want it, we know that 1.  He has something better for us, or 2. He hasn’t given us what we want yet, but will in the future, or 3.  He doesn’t think we need what we have asked Him for.  An All-Powerful God has assured the Christian that if we ask, He will give us anything we want (within reason) according to His will.  Therefore, when we don’t get what we want, when we want it, we know that if we are walking with Jesus like we ought to, regardless of our circumstances, the will of God is being accomplished in our lives.  And the Christian is most joyful when God’s will is being done in his life.  Joyful, then, is contentment in the Christian sense. 

For most people, the day which has come to be called Christmas is not the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus was born into the world for one reason and one reason only: to die for the sins of mankind.  All mankind is sinful, and every person who has ever lived needed Jesus to die on the cross for his sins; for it is only the death of Jesus that made it possible for us to escape the condemnation of Hell and judgment and be acceptable to come before the presence of a Holy God.  When Adam sinned, all mankind became separated from God and received a death sentenced.  Ancient man knew this very well, and it was for this reason that the wise men from the East traveled a great distance through many perils just to prostrate themselves at the feet of Jesus.  They were grateful for the sacrifice they knew He would make at Calvary.  It was a joyous occasion for them.

The same holds true for Christians today.  The Christian understands that the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  He knows that his only hope is in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He knows the value and importance of the Blood.  He knows that if Jesus Christ had not been born, then He could not have died.  And if Jesus Christ had not died, then all hope would be lost: we would be dead in our sins.  Christmas for the Christian is a time of joy and celebration.

The unrepentant sinner does not know this.  To him, Christmas is whatever the media says it is.  And the media says that Christmas is about presents, food, drinks, and family gatherings.  The media says that something is wrong if you’re alone on Christmas.  The media says that if you don’t put up a Christmas tree, and if it’s not snowing outside, then “it’s just not Christmas.”  Even movies that seem to expose the rampant consumerism associated with Christmas (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” readily come to mind) still convey the message that it must be snowing outside to be Christmas or that Christmas is about family gatherings.  The media makes it about the externals and not the internals.  No wonder so many people are miserable at Christmas.

If you are a person who is sad at Christmas for any reason other than the loss of a loved one or that Christmas is associated with a particularly traumatic event, you have good reason to be: you are still dead in your sins and on a collision course with Hell.  It’s just that simple.  Christmas is not about presents.  Christmas is not about food.  Christmas is not even about families.  Christmas is about Jesus.  If you have not made Jesus Christ your Savior, then you have nothing to be joyous about. 

If you are uncomfortable or sad during Christmas for any of the reason except death or trauma associated with the holiday or for any other reason out of your control, take it from me: you have been programmed to feel that way.  Satan does that so that a day which is supposed to be associated with the greatest day in the history of the world and should, therefore be a joyful occasion, is, to the contrary, associated with spending money you don’t have, slaving for hours over a hot stove, dredging up old hurts and tearing the scabs off healing wounds, lying, putting on airs, and being sad and embarrassed for being broke, poor, having no family, and/or being alone.  Satan has made it so that we can’t wait for Christmas to be over with, so we can stop being “happy,” or feeling like a loser for being sad.  This should not be.

If you are sad because it’s Christmas, ask yourself why.  If the reason is because you don’t know Jesus, the Person for whom that day is named, and, therefore, have no relationship with Him, and, therefore are lost and dead in your sins, and, therefore are on your way to Hell, and, therefore, have no hope, and, therefore, have no reason to be joyous, and, therefore, are sad, then why don’t you make Jesus your Savior today?  It takes less than a minute, and will be the best decision you ever made.  Then, God willing, next Christmas you will have cause to celebrate! (or not).

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

The Still Man

P.S. If depression or bipolar disorder is a recurrent problem for you, you may be under a generational curse.  Find out how you break free HERE.

 

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New Podcast

Grace and peace, Saints.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks, but my plate has been pretty full lately.  For the past few days we have been remastering the podcasts, because I noticed that there were quite a few incomplete downloads, probably owing to a combination of low bandwidth and the behemoth file sizes of the audio files themselves.  I had no idea they were that large.  So, I went back to the originals and remastered them, not only reducing their file size for easy downloading, but editing out a lot of the mistakes, noise, and superfluous material.  What remains I believe to be a great deal cleaner and more succinct (except perhaps the series on generational curses).

We have also produced a podcast to accompany our teaching on Intercessory Prayer, which we believe to be extremely edifying.  You can get it at the iTunes Store.  

We are working on a number of articles that we believe will be of particular interest to our readers and to the Body of Christ.  We will post them shortly, God willing.  Keep checking back with us.

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

The Still Man

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Ravening Wolves Part 5

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed the fifth and final part of our narration of the book, Ravening Wolves. It is available from the iTunes Store at our podcast These Last Days where you can download it for free for playback on your favorite listening device.  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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Ravening Wolves Part 4

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed part four of our narration of the book, Ravening Wolves.  It is available at our podcast These Last Days at the iTunes Store for playback on your favorite listening device.  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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Ravening Wolves Part 3

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed part three of our narration of the book, Ravening Wolves.  It is available at our podcast These Last Days at the iTunes Store for playback on your favorite listening device.  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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Ravening Wolves Part 2

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Grace and peace, Saints.

We have completed part two of our narration of the book, Ravening Wolves.  It is available at our podcast These Last Days at the iTunes Store for playback on your favorite listening device.  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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Ravening Wolves Part 1

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We have completed part one of our narration of the book, Ravening Wolves.  It is available at our podcast These Last Days at the iTunes Store for playback on your favorite listening device.  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 Podcasts

Grace and peace, Saints.

I am in the process of creating podcasts of the important book, Ravening Wolves, written by Christian evangelist, Monica Farrell, wherein I narrate the entire book from cover to cover.  Besides facilitating those who are hearing impaired or simply would prefer to listen to the book rather than read it, I also wanted to create a permanent audio record of this most important work to ensure it would not vanish when the last surviving copies of the book vanish.  It is a valuable historical resource and, as such, should be preserved for posterity.

The Still Man

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Book Review: The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, by Thomas Nelson

Recently, a Roman Catholic devotee left a comment in response to my YouTube video, The Roman Catholic Takeover of America Part 3, saying that praying to Mary and to dead saints is not wrong.  I replied that the practice of talking to the dead is called necromancy and is forbidden by God in Deuteronomy 18:11.  In praying to Mary, I said, Roman Catholics are practicing necromancy, which is witchcraft.

To get a deeper understanding of the word, I went to Strong’s Concordance of the Bible, but was surprised to discover that there was no citation number listed for necromancer:

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The version of Strong’s I used was The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (hereafter referred to as The New Strong’s), 1990 edition, published by Thomas Nelson.  In the Instructions To The Reader, the publishers have this to say regarding words with no numbers:

“If no number appears, the word may have been supplied by the translators to clarify the meaning, even though no specific Hebrew or Greek word was used to express it.  In other instances, more than one word in the original language was included in the English translations.”

The Bible I used is the 2003 Large Print King James Reference Bible, published by Thomas Nelson.  This Bible uses italics to signify words that did not appear in the original manuscripts and were added by the translators.  The word necromancer does not appear in italics, which means that it was in the original manuscripts and was not added by the translators.  Because The New Strong’s did not include citation numbers for this word, I gathered there was possibly more than one word used for this word in the original manuscripts.  

Because The New Strong’s was the first and only Bible concordance I had ever used, I wondered whether this was done in all versions.  So I went online to look for a version of Strong’s Concordance published before 1990 and not by Thomas Nelson.  I ultimately found a 1977 printing of the first edition of the original Strong’s Concordance of the Bible (hereafter referred to as Strong’s) published in 1894 by Abingdon Press.

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With regard to English words that appear as multiple words in the original languages, the publishers include this statement in their Directions and Explanations on page 4:
Phrases, groups or combinations of words (not printed as compounds in ordinary Bibles) will be found under each of their words separately.”
 

This was the case with necromancer, for which Strong’s lists two numbers: 1875 and 4191:

Original Strong's entry for necromancer. Original Strong’s entry for necromancer.
Strong’s number 4191 corresponds to the English root necro– and is the Hebrew word muwth (mooth), which means “dead.”  The English root –mancer (1875) is the Hebrew word darash (daw-rash’), which means “to ask.”  Necromancer literally means “a person who inquires of the dead.                                                                                                                    
I referenced the citation numbers in The New Strong’s and found the corresponding entries in the Hebrew Dictionary to be identical to those of the original Strong’s.  In that the original included citation numbers for all words, including compound words and phrases, it begs the question of why Thomas Nelson chose to discontinue this practice with The New Strong’s.  Moreover, Thomas Nelson claims that The New Strong’s “insures even greater completeness and accuracy than the original edition.”  But this claim is suspect at best considering that, at least in the case of necromancer, citation numbers that were present in the original Strong’s are missing in The New Strong’s. 
Thomas Nelson also claims that The New Strong’s “enables the reader to locate…every Hebrew or Greek word behind the English words.”  While this may be true in most cases, it is certainly not true in all; for the elimination of certain citations numbers makes some words extremely difficult to find for a person with no knowledge of the original languages.  I cannot read Hebrew, so if I had not gotten the citation numbers for necromancer from the original Strong’s, my research would have been stopped dead.  The New Strong’s, then, rather than en-able me, actually dis-abled me.  And, to add insult to injury, I had to purchase the original Strong’s to complete my research, thus incurring additional time and expense.                                                                                                                   
Under the circumstances, then, a more accurate phrase would be, “The New Strong’s enables the reader to locate almost every Hebrew or Greek word behind the English words.”
 
Citation numbers aren’t the only thing missing from The New Strong’s.  The first edition Strong’s includes a Comparative Concordance of the Authorized King James and the Revised Versions:
Original Strong's Title Page Original Strong’s Title Page

The New Strong’s omits the Comparative Concordance:

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Because the newer bible versions include words that are not found in the Received Text, the original manuscripts on which the King James Bible is based, Strong’s included the Comparative Concordance so that readers of the newer versions could use it.  But whereas Strong’s endeavored to keep the inspired words pure, by publishing the Comparative Concordance as a separate section, The New Strong’s cross-references words from the modern bible versions into the body of the main concordance right alongside words from the inspired text. 

Thomas Nelson provides this explanation in this statement from the Publisher’s Preface:

“Variant spellings of proper names from modern versions have been crossed-referenced into the body of the concordance.  This is done so that readers of these versions might be able to use Strong’s while searching for references to words that do not appear in the King James Version. 

Thus, the person who uses the Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, or the New American Standard Bible, for instance, and looks up the word Abronah—which appears in these versions—will be directed to Ebronah—the King James Version spelling.”

While this may not seem like much of an issue, it actually is.  The original Strong’s provided the Comparative Concordance for readers of the modern bible versions, while the main concordance was reserved for readers of the Authorized Version.  Many believe that the King James was translated from the inspired Received Text, while the modern versions were translated from the corrupted Alexandrian texts.  In cross-referencing words from the modern versions with those from the King James, The New Strong’s essentially mixes truth with error.

To its credit, The New Strong’s uses computerized typesetting, which makes looking up words easier, and they include several study helps, such as a topical index.  But, given a choice, I would prefer accuracy and completeness over ease of use and the additional helps.

Why did Thomas Nelson do this? you may ask. Thomas Nelson one of the oldest bible publishers in the world and publishes not only the King James, but 18 other versions as well, including the New King James Version and the Voice.  So it would be reasonable to assume that Thomas Nelson’s motive for modifying Strong’s Concordance was to ensure that it would be compatible with the other bible versions they publish. 

But there may  be something else to consider.  The Roman Catholic lady I discussed earlier explained that Roman Catholics don’t believe that praying to the dead is wrong, because the dead and living Catholics are all one body.  She added that Roman Catholics believe that prayer is merely a form of communication, and, that it is therefore no more wrong for a Roman Catholic to pray to a dead saint than it is for him to talk with a living person.  Is it possible that Thomas Nelson omitted the citation numbers for necromancer to avoid offending Roman Catholics?  It’s certainly worth considering.

This case is eerily reminiscent of that of Webster’s Dictionary, which we discuss in our article on bipolar disorder, the politically correct term for schizophrenia or manic depressive disorder.  In the article, we explain how Webster’s Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, omits the meanings of the roots schizo (split) and -phrenia (brain) from its definition of schizophrenia, while including the meanings of schaden and freude in its definition of schadenfreude.  Political correctness strikes again.

Ultimately, it is up to you: the individual truth-seeker, to decide whether The New Strong’s is better, stronger, and faster than the original Strong’s.  While it is certainly a valuable resource, The New Strong’s is neither more accurate nor more complete than it’s predecessor.

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

The Still Man

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