Philosophy and Other Musings

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davidthinkerMusing means ‘to think’. If you place the Greek alpha-privitive in front: amuse, it means “no thinking”. Moving along…

I read a quote yesterday by Marcus Aurelius:

Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but…will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

Except that, that wasn’t written by Marcus Aurelius. As things on the internet so often go, it was a mistranslation of his *actual* quote, which was:

Now departure from the world of men is nothing to fear, if gods exist: because they would not involve you in any harm. If they do not exist, or if they have no care for humankind, then what is life to me in a world devoid of gods, or devoid of providence? But they do exist, and they do care for humankind: and they have put it absolutely in man’s power to avoid falling into the true kinds of harm.”

This led into study of the ‘Atheist’s Wager’, which, in a wordy, pedantic, scientific-classifying kind of way, said the same thing. (Such deep and esoteric thinkers, these atheists!) *end sarcasm here*

Aristotle says, ‘Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom.’

And, ‘Happiness is the meaning of and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.’

Plato referred to God as the ‘nous’.

Interestingly, our Bible study group has been studying this word in depth. Nous- it means the intellect. Look in your Strong’s concordance and find how many times it is referenced. It is used for ‘mind’ and ‘understanding’.

These men were philosophers. The word is Greek for ‘love of wisdom’. But not God’s wisdom, rather for the wisdom of man.

The Scripture describes them thusly, ‘Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ 2 Tim 3:7

Even in the case of ‘nous’, it is not human intellect or understanding, rather Luke 24:45 tells us Who it originates with:

“Then opened He their understanding (nous),that they might understand the Scriptures.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 “But we (the elect) have the mind (nous) of Christ.’

1 Corinthians 2:5 tells us, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 3:19 ‘For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.’

1 Corinthians 1:25 ‘Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.’

 

I’ve been told before- B.L.U.F (Bottom Line Up Front). I’m getting there!

 

Let’s deal with this impotent god of these philos-sophos.

 

Epicurus wrote a lofty statement that posed the age-old question, ‘Why does God allow evil?’

 

You foolish, brute beasts!

 

Isaiah 45:7 ‘I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.’

 

These philos-sophos have not the mind of Christ. No matter the depth, the width, the height of the wisdom of man- they know not the depth of God. It has pleased the Creator to leave the wise men in darkness, and to send strong delusion to the masses to go after the pied-piper, goddess Sofia.

 

As Paris Reidhead once preached in his scathing sermon, ‘Ten Shekels and A Shirt’: ‘All of a sudden, God reigns in Heaven for the happiness of man.’ (https://youtu.be/x28SNNWPTxM)

Quick! Someone tweet this to Aurelius!

Isaiah 46:10 ‘Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’

To Aristotle, you know the truth now, don’t ya, bruh? No doubt begging for that sip of water across a chasm FIXED. I say to you:

‘The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.’ Prov. 9:10

To those of you serving this impotent god, who is wringing his hands, trying to get you to ‘accept’ him, waiting for you to pray to activate his deity, I say you are going after the gods of Rome, of Greece, of Persia, and of Babylon. The Beast. And you have been given over to that belief.

There is no “Beast” coming. It is here. And those not ekklectos (called out), have already received its mark. They do the will of their father, the Devil.

Revelation 13:3 “And all the world wondered (marveled,admired) after the beast.”

This beast says, “Fulfill self, (g)od wants you happy, unity, coexist, DO WHAT THOU WILT.”

And all the world….wondered….. after the beast.

The God of Scripture? O, let Him show you:

Deut 32:29 “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand.”

Ecclesiastes 3:14 “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.”

1 Thes 3:3 “That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.”

James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”

1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

2 Corinthians 1:5 “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”

Galatians 6:17 “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

Luke 6:22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”

1 Peter 4:14 “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

You will be hated. You will be lonely. You will suffer. You will look like a moron.

And you, little clay pot, don’t get an opinion.

 

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An Anatomy of Santa Clause

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santalovesrichkidsYesterday, I was recounting the day I learned that Santa Clause was, in fact, not real. Perhaps some of you will relate with the emotion I experienced.

I was around 11. A schoolmate mocked me for referencing my excitement at Santa’s soon visit. I was completely puzzled. What in the world were they talking about?! Surely there must be a…..mistake!

I immediately questioned my mother that evening, absolutely certain she would confirm my suspicions that my schoolmate must have just been a naughty, deprived young man.

In response, she asked, “What do you want to believe?”

My confidence began to wane, “The truth.”

She begrudgingly agreed. Not with me, but with my schoolmate. Santa Clause was her, she was Santa- there. was. no. Santa.

I remember the feeling that I had been gutted, entirely. As if a loved one had died. At once, I questioned my whole childhood. Every Christmas Eve I laid in bed, listening for the clickety-click of reindeer paws on my roof. I was eager to run down and look at the crumbs left behind from freshly-baked cookies we’d left for Santa’s enjoyment. My mom would always go downstairs ahead of my brothers and I to “check and make sure” Santa had come, which only bolstered the excitement in those very early-morning hours.

Now what did I have to look forward to?!

I also remember staring up in the night sky, imagining the very same stars looking down on a baby Jesus, asleep in the manger many, many years prior. I tried to imagine what the cold must have felt like to his tender little skin. What the scratchiness of the hay would have felt like. My imagination spurred on by the numerous nativity scenes we’ve all become quite accustomed to. Of course, I’ve now learned these nativity scenes are not the nativity depiction of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus but of Nimrod, Isis, and Tammuz; not the Son of God, but the sun god.

On this note, I’m no longer saddened that Santa isn’t real, nor am I sad that my Savior hates Christ-mass. I love the Truth. I have received the love of the Truth, a gift from my Father in Heaven.

I would like to pass along information your way: the tale of Woden, who is widely anticipated to be sojourning around the world this very evening.

From an article regarding ‘Christmas and its Songs”:

“Meanwhile, far to the north of Rome, Celtic and Teutonic tribes had developed gods and rituals of their own to assure protection and assistance in the new year. Woden (Odin in Scandinavian countries) (the father of the gods/the sun god), a giant fellow who wore a floppy, wide-brimmed hat and rode an incredibly swift, eight-legged horse, was their chief god. Warlike, but very wise, Woden fought against the giants in the earth that were constantly seeking to destroy his people.”

What follows is a depiction of the Celtic “Saturnalia” (meaning plenty):

“Life was hard in the severe northern climate. Plans had to be laid carefully at the onset of the long winter to make certain that there would be enough food to last until spring. If herds were large, they had to be thinned, because they would eat too much precious stored food. Stock-slaughtering and meat-curing time offered an opportunity to invite neighbors in for a feast, to thank the gods for the past year, and to pray for another revolution of the wheel of the seasons.

The menace of the cruelly cold, long nights as well as that of the giants who might rush from the bowels of the earth at any moment and overwhelm the people demanded strong protective measures. In addition to the aid of the gods, the northmen relied heavily on magic symbols and charms. Even more than the Romans, they depended upon evergreens to shield them against their enemies. Holly, pine, bay, spruce, laurel, ivy, fir- the aid of every conceivable bush and tree of lasting green was invoked. Celtic priests, the Druids, attributed miraculous healing powers to mistletoe and included it in their sacred rituals. The light and heat of fire was also considered helpful magic. Bonfires of large logs burned during the new year observance were the forebears of the Yule log of today.”

Fast forward, same article, we get more details about Santa Clause/Woden:

“While the festival of Christmas was being developed by the church at Rome, a priest named Nicholas was serving churches in Asia Minor. As a young man, he was consecrated Archbishop of Myra, an important seacoast town. Not much is known of his life, but he was greatly venerated throughout the land and exerted a strong influence on the entire Byzantine branch of Christendom. Soon after his death on December 6, 326, he became known as Saint Nicholas. Officially, he was made patron saint of the Russian Orthodox Church, and unofficially, of all seamen, travelers, and children.

Many legends grew up about Saint Nicholas’ generosity and unselfishness. He was particularly the benefactor of poor and humble people. His many gifts were always given secretly, in the dead of night, so that the recipients would never know who gave them.

When the tribes of the north were converted to ‘Christianity’ (Romans Catholicism, which is not Christianity but a continuation of the mystery religions at Babylon), legends of Nicholas mingled with those of Woden, the Teutonic god. The resulting figure became the Saint Nicholas who rides a white horse through central and northern Europe on December 6th and quizzes children to see if they have behaved properly during the past year. Eventually the same personality crossed the Atlantic to become the American Santa Claus.”

Continuing on our journey, I include this portion from a “Christmas Unwrapped” article from the History Channel, which explains how this Saint Nick came to go down the chimney, among other areas of interest:

“On December 6th, Saint Nicholas Day, good children woke to gifts from the kindly saint. Bad children sulked away with nothing. ..This quaint custom caught the imagination of Clement Clarke Moore, a well-healed Episcopal minister in New York City. In 1822, Moore wrote a poem for his children about a good natured saint who came down through the chimney on Christmas Eve. “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;” Moore dreamed up Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer along with Santa’s entrance through the chimney. But, at first he was embarrassed by the poem. He worried it was too frivolous for a man of the church.” Clement Moore was minister who should be on the other side, the side of the Puritans who were rabidly anti-Christmas, but here he was promoting it, though he lamented only that he was promoting a secular Christmas, rather than what Rome had developed. In fact, at first, he kept his authorship a secret. “Moore soon owned up to the poem when it became clear that every child in America was scanning the horizon for reindeer on Christmas Eve.”

The beloved Rudolph was nothing more than a fanciful way for merchandisers to make money off of gullible parents:

“In 1939, Robert May a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store dashed off a promotional children’s book to lure Christmas shoppers into the store. “This physical, shall I say disability, turns out to be an asset because it’s a foggy Christmas Eve and this light on the nose enables poor old stumbling Santa Clause to get through. So you have this handicap, sort of child figure, helping the benighted parental figure make Christmas possible.” (Alan Dunded) Rudolph brought Christmas full circle. It was now the children who really made Christmas possible. Only they understood the meaning of this enchanted day. From Washington Irving to Montgomery Ward a battle for Christmas had been fought and won by kids.”

We go on to find out the very look of Santa was dreamed up by an 1863 cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, Thomas Nast:

“Nast’s Santa was rounder and jollier than his austere Catholic cousin. He looked, in fact, like a man of his times, a man who would fit right in with the rotund bewhiskered robber barons of the late nineteenth century. But Santa was a robber baron in reverse. “Instead of taking from the less fortunate, he gave to the less fortunate. He gave to people regardless of whether they’d done something or not, in other words, he gave to children. Instead of gathering together wealth, he gets rid of wealth and he does it yearly. (Penne L. Restad)

“So Santa Clause played a very important role for both parents and children. He took presents out of the realm of commerce. If the image of Santa could sell merchandise, retailers soon figured out that a real life Santa would boast sales even further. Santa has been showing up at department stores since the mid-1800’s and since then, nothing has loomed larger to a child at Christmas than this annual pilgrimage.”

“You want to talk to Santa Clause, where do you go? You go to the shopping mall. Now this is strange for a saint to be living pretty much full time in a department store. It doesn’t bother Americans, because we are after all a capitalistic society. It makes perfect sense for us to have our national saint in a department store. That’s commercial sense for us. Dollars and sense.” (Alan Dundes)

So, that, ladies and gents, is where our long-adored (worshiped) Santa Clause comes from. As with everything: right out of worship of the sun god. Some cultures called him Baal, some Zeus, some Jupiter, some Hercules. Christians, on the contrary, as with all feasts and traditions of the heathens, should have no part.

Now, rush along—-don’t your children have a lap to sit in?

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Posted on December 24th 2015 in Uncategorized

Bad Dreams, Anubis, and Saturnalia

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saturnaliaBad dreams, Anubis, and Saturnalia.

One of these is not like the other; One of these things doesn’t belong….(dooo dooo doooo)

I digress….

I had a bad dream last night. Something awful happened to someone near to me and, as frequently happens in dreams becoming too intense, I woke up; a concoction of ache, grief, relief, and thankfulness churning in my gut.

In my dream, I carefully wrought out every Scripture verse I could regarding the Christian’s inherited gift of life after death.

I bowed my head and thanked the Lord for His waking me, for His promises of life eternal, for the health of those near me. In the saturation of the darkness, I contemplated those of the world who do not inherit the same. 1 Peter 2 says He has called His elect out of darkness into light. What of the many, the multitudes, preordained unto condemnation?(Jude 1:4) To what do they cling when the shrill, clanging cymbals of raucous hedonism begin to silence themselves at the end of the day? At the end of their earthly lives? When they confront the inevitable questions, fears, anxieties related to a life devoted to self in the saturation of the darkness, to whom do they bow? I think of Elijah’s mockery of the priests of Baal, and how these gods, that are not gods at all, will not ever answer the cries of their disciples:

1 Kings 18:27 “Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, orperadventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.”

I realized I have the hope of eternal life, granted through the unmerited grace and election of the God. Knowing the Scripture saith that Babylon is the mother of idolatry, I realize we can look right back to the Chaldees, a land located in the southern part of what is known as Iraq today, to find the hope of the vessels of wrath katartizo (made) for destruction.

In Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, we read:

“In the Papal legends it is taught that St. Michael the Archangel has committed to him the balance of God’s justice, and that in the two opposite scales of that balance the merits and the demerits of the departed are put, that they may be fairly weighed, the one over against the other, and that as the scale turns to the favourable or unfavourable side, they may be justified or condemned, as the case may be.

Now, the Chaldean doctrine of justification, as we get light on it from the monuments of Egypt, is symbolized in precisely the same way, except that in the land of Ham the scales of justice were committed to the charge of the god Anubis instead of St. Michael the Archangel, and that the good deeds and the bad seem to have been weighed separately, and the distinct record made of each, so that when both were summed up and the balance struck, judgement was pronounced accordingly.

The following is an account which (is given) of one of these judgement scenes, previous to the admission of the dead to paradise: “Cerberus is present as the guardian of the gates, near where the scales of justice are erected; and Anubis, the director of the weight, having placed a vase representing the good actions of the deceased in one scale, and the figure or emblem of truth in the other, proceeds to ascertain his claims for admission. If, one being weighed, he is found wanting, he is rejected, and Osiris, the judge of the dead, inclining his sceptre, in token of condemnation, pronounces judgment upon him, and condemns his soul to return to earth under the form of a pig or some unclean animal…But if, when the SUM of his deeds are recorded by Thoth (who stands by to mark the results of the different weighings of Anubis), his virtues so far PREDOMINATE, as to entitle him to admission to the mansions of the blessed, Horus, taking in his hand the tablet of Thoth, introduces him to the presence of Osiris, who, in his palace, attended by Isis and Nepthys, sits on his throne in the midst of the waters, from which rises the lotus, bearing upon its expanded flowers the four Genii (demons) of Amenti.

The same mode of symbolizing the justification by works had evidently been in use in Babylon itself; and, therefore, there was great force in the Divine handwriting on the wall, when the doom of Belshazzar went forth: “Tekel,” “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.””

So, the (false) hope the world clings to? That their good deeds outweigh their bad. How many people do we read or hear say, “I’m a good person”?

Now, we come to the feast of Saturnalia- a riotous carnival of debauchery, drunkenness, and sex. Its name means ‘plenty,’ and originated from the banqueting that would occur as pagan peoples would slaughter their animals so as to not have to feed them for the winter months. New rituals began to be added such as slaves would rule over their masters for the few days of the feast, making commands and otherwise demeaning them the way they had been all year. They would go from being an adult-centric society to a child-centric one, which is where the origins of the child-centric focus of Christ-mass came from. Kind of like “opposite game” on a larger, more debaucherous scale.

The History channel did a “History of Christmas” show and shared that this same pattern of the Saturnalia was witnessed in early England:

“If you went to England around Christmas time, anytime before say 1800, you’d probably feel ill at ease; you wouldn’t think it was Christmas at all. What would you think it was? Maybe Mardi Gras, maybe New Years Eve, maybe Halloween, because Christmas in old-time England was really a carnival.,, The houses of London were littered with brawling drunken villagers and couples engaged in the most unholy activities. And each Christmas a beggar, or student was temporarily put in charge, after being crowned the ‘Lord of Misrule.’ The rest of the peasantry also got their once a year chance to grab power from the ruling classes. “They would go around to the houses of the rich, they would bang on the doors and demand entry, and once they were let in, the lord of the manor had to give them the best stuff that he had, he had to give them his best food, he had to give them is best beer, his best of everything. But if he didn’t, they would threaten or actually perform a trick. One surviving Christmas song says if you don’t give us what we want, then down will come butler, bowl and all. Some historians think that it performed the role of a safety valve. You might say that a wealthy man could make up for an entire year of small or large injustices to the poor, by giving a generous Christmas handout just once in the year.,,”

And here again we see the ‘Anubis good deeds/bad deeds’ played out. The rich were able to neutralize their bad deeds by giving a generous gift to the peasantry.

Isaiah 64:6 says “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” The word used for filthy rages literally means “menstrual cloths.”

Romans 7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

Psalm 53:3 “Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

A couple of many verses where we are reminded that we are altogether unclean up against a righteous God. I believe it to be true that people who don’t believe in predestination don’t realize just how filthy their hearts are.

And, say….the Saturnalia is upon us. The Christ-mass is ancient Baal and Grove worship. The Sons of God should have no part.

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Posted on December 19th 2015 in Uncategorized

Christmas is a System- Not a Day

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Give Them The Old Razzle Dazzle

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I’m here, I’m here!

We’ve had some precious changes in our household, so I’ve been away! As time allows, I will post.

Moving along…

I was having a conversation recently about some of the most commonly recognized accouterments of Christ-mass, one of those being the reason for Christ-mass lights on houses.

Some of you may be aware, but I went on to explain to my enquirer that waaaaaay back to Babylon (even into ancient Sumeria), the concern about the cold of winter and its effects on crops and growing food was very real. In fact, the fertility of earth and the subsequent urge to appease the sun god each year is entirely what motivated ancient civilizations. Each year they would go through certain rituals and feasts in hopes that they could appease a potentially angry sun god and would eagerly await his re-birth after the winter solstice. This timing was recognized by the Big Dipper, referred to as the “wheel of the year”. Pagan peoples believed the Big Dipper/Wheel of the Year was turned regularly by the mediatrix queen of heaven, referenced in Jeremiah 7 (and now prayed to in Roman Catholic churches the world over also known as Mary). The wheel of the year (the yule) was the inspiration for another infamous symbol- the swastika. We even see the “svasitka” in ancient Buddhism. It was a symbol for the changing of the seasons, rather than for what we now associate it with. One way these civilizations sought to “make the best of it”, was to host large bonfires, in hopes that it would warm the earth so they could grow food.

Fast forward many, many years later, we drive along roads, streets, and drives to the colorful, twinkling parade of miniature “bonfires” affixed to roofs and eaves all around.

My next, somewhat rhetorical, question was: “How many people know that they are simply participating in an ancient ritual to warm the earth for crops by putting up those lights?”

I suspected aloud that they would mumble something to the effect of, “I don’t do it for that reason. They look pretty.”

My audible suspicions continued: They likely wouldn’t care. They likely would dismiss both the interesting historical facts presented as well as the ramifications of a Christian’s participation in pagan rituals and liturgy, just as they do each year when warned against the keeping of the feast of Mithras.

This conversation with myself continued to play out as I imagined the biggest excuse given for the disregard of God’s warnings in Deuteronomy 12:30, as well as other places, besides that they haven’t personally felt “convicted” about it (a common retort I hear), is that their churches and pastors do it, which gives them a sense of comfort and rugged justification.

As with so many topics, people cling to what’s comfortable, to tradition, to experience, to emotion- and they will not hear. I hear in my head Proverbs 20:12: ‘The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.” ‘Hearing’ in Hebrew is “shama”, in Greek it is “akouo”. Both mean to hear and obey. It is God who gives us the ability to obey, and not we ourselves.

Moving along, I began to consider the trickery, the circus act, the sorcery that modern churches and pastors have become.

Circus act. Huh.

Just like the Romans always said, “Bread and circus.” If you give the people food and entertainment, they’ll eat out of your hand. You’re at zero risk for one of them even lifting their eyes to look around. And then a song began playing in my head. One that I hadn’t heard in ages- since my days of movie watching. But it seemed relevant. So I went on to play it for my guest and will leave it for you here now.

In light of 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (mythous- myths)”, you will find it summarizes the apostate church today quite well.

“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” – C.H. Spurgeon

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Posted on December 11th 2015 in Uncategorized

Don’t Be Stupid, Know Your Cupid (Valentine’s Day)

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Like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New Year’s and other holidays of this world, St. Valentine’s Day is another attempt to “whitewash” perverted customs and observances of pagan gods and idols by “Christianizing” them.As innocent and harmless as St. Valentine’s Day may appear, its traditions and customs originate from two of the most sexually perverted pagan festivals of ancient history: Lupercalia and the feast day of Juno Februata.

Celebrated on February 15, Lupercalia (known as the “festival of sexual license”) was held by the ancient Romans in honor of Lupercus, god of fertility and husbandry, protector of herds and crops, and a mighty hunter—especially of wolves. The Romans believed that Lupercus would protect Rome from roving bands of wolves, which devoured livestock and people.

Assisted by Vestal Virgins, the Luperci (male priests) conducted purification rites by sacrificing goats and a dog in the Lupercal cave on Palatine Hill, where the Romans believed the twins Romulus and Remus had been sheltered and nursed by a she-wolf before they eventually founded Rome. Clothed in loincloths made from sacrificed goats and smeared in their blood, the Luperci would run about Rome, striking women with februa, thongs made from skins of the sacrificed goats. The Luperci believed that the floggings purified women and guaranteed their fertility and ease of childbirth. February derives from februa or “means of purification.”To the Romans, February was also sacred to Juno Februata, the goddess of febris (“fever”) of love, and of women and marriage. On February 14, billets (small pieces of paper, each of which had the name of a teen-aged girl written on it) were put into a container. Teen-aged boys would then choose one billet at random. The boy and the girl whose name was drawn would become a “couple,” joining in erotic games at feasts and parties celebrated throughout Rome. After the festival, they would remain sexual partners for the rest of the year. This custom was observed in the Roman Empire for centuries.

(Juno, or to spell it the Latin way, Iuno, is the Roman Great Goddess, the Queen of the Gods, Sky-Goddess, Protectress of Women, Mother of Mars, Wife of Jupiter(Zeus in the Greek), She of the many epithets and a long long history of worship in Rome. She was one of the Capitoline Triad, with Jupiter and Minerva, Who were considered the three main Deities of Rome; She was widely worshipped among the Latins, and Her cult was also important among the Etruscans, who called Her Uni or Cupra. She was an especial protectress of women in marriage and childbirth, and many of Her epithets relate to that aspect, but She could also have a more civic or martial character as protectress of the Roman people. Juno’s name may derive from an Indo-European root with connotations of vitality and youth, and if so would suggest that Her aspect as Birth-Goddess is one of Her oldest. Alternatively, Her name may come from the Etruscan Uni, which means “She Who Gives”, and which would refer to Her capacity as a benevolent Goddess of abundance who answers the prayers of those in need. As each man was believed to have a protective guardian spirit called a genius, so each woman had one called a juno. These guardian spirits (in the plural, junones) may have originally been the ghosts of the ancestors who were believed to watch over and protect their descendents. They were usually represented as snakes (probably relating to the chthonic or underworld aspect of the Dead), and were given offerings on the individual’s birthday at the household altar.
The first days of each Roman month, the calends, were sacred to Juno, as was the entire month of June, which is still named for Her. Five cities in Latium (the region of the Latin tribe) also named a month for Her: Aricia, on the Via Appia; Lanuvium, where She was worshipped as Juno Sospita (“Juno the Saviouress”), Praeneste (modern Palestrina), Tibur (modern Tivoli, the resort town of Rome), and Laurentum, located between Lavinium and Ostia on the coast. And as Juno is the Roman Goddess of Marriage, it is no coincidence that June is still considered the proper month for weddings.
Like Jupiter (Zeus in the Greek), Juno was believed to have the ability to throw thunderbolts. –(Thaliatook.com, obscure goddess online directory)
In 313 A.D. Roman Emperor Constantine the Great legalized ‘Christianity’ and ended Rome’s persecution of ‘Christians’. In 380 A.D. ‘Christianity’ is made the OFFICIAL state religion of the Roman Empire. These actions not only enabled the teachings of ‘Christianity’ to spread unhindered within the empire, it encouraged non-Christians to convert to the once-persecuted religion.The pagans, however, who adopted ‘Christianity’ as their religion did not entirely abandon the traditions and practices they held before their “conversion.” One of these traditions brought into the church was the fertility celebration known as the Lupercalia:
“Yet the vestiges of superstition were not absolutely obliterated, and the festival of the Lupercalia, whose origin had preceded the foundation of Rome, was still celebrated under the reign of Anthemius.” (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbons, Chapter 36, Part 3)Western Roman Emperor Anthemius ruled the empire from 467 to 472 A.D. Mr. Gibbons goes on to state:“After the conversion of the Imperial city (Rome), the Christians still continued, in the month of February, the annual celebration of the Lupercalia; to which they ascribed a secret and mysterious influence on the genial powers of the animal and vegetable world. “

In A.D. 494, Pope Gelasius renamed the festival of Juno Februata as the “Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary.” The date of its observance was later changed from February 14 to February 2, then changed back to the 14. It is also known as Candlemas, the Presentation of the Lord, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.After Constantine had made the Roman church’s brand of Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire (A.D. 325), church leaders wanted to do away with the pagan festivals of the people. Lupercalia was high on their list. But the Roman citizens thought otherwise.

It was not until A.D. 496 that the church at Rome was able to do anything about Lupercalia. Powerless to get rid of it, Pope Gelasius instead changed it from February 15 to the 14th and called it St. Valentine’s Day. It was named after one of that church’s saints, who, in A.D. 270, was executed by the emperor for his beliefs.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in early martyrologies under the date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city…Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing is further known.” Several biographies of different men named Valentine were merged into one “official” St. Valentine.

Nimrod

But who was the original Valentine? What does the name Valentine mean?Valentine comes from the Latin Valentinus, which derives from valens—“to be strong, powerful, mighty.” The Bible describes a man with a similar title: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord” (Genesis 10:8-9) He was said to have hunted with bow and arrow.

Cupid

As mentioned, the Romans celebrated Lupercalia to honor the hunter god Lupercus. To the Greeks, from whom the Romans had copied most of their mythology, Lupercus was known as Pan, the god of light. The Phoenicians worshipped the same deity as Baal, the sun god. Baal was one of many names or titles for Nimrod, a mighty hunter, especially of wolves. He was also the founder and first lord of Babel (Genesis 10:10-12). Defying God, Nimrod was the originator of the Babylonian Mystery Religion, whose mythologies have been copied by the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans and a multitude of other ancient peoples. Under different names or titles—Pan, Lupercus, Saturn, Osiris—Nimrod is the strong man and hunter-warrior god of the ancients.But what does the heart symbol have to do with a day honoring Nimrod/Valentine?

The title Baal means “lord” or “master,” and is mentioned throughout the Bible as the god of pagans. God warned His people not to worship or even tolerate the ways of Baal (Nimrod). In ancient Chaldean (the language of the Babylonians), bal, which is similar to Baal, meant, “heart.” This is where the Valentine heart symbol originated.

Now notice the name Cupid. It comes from the Latin verb cupere, meaning “to desire.” Cupid was the son of Venus, Roman goddess of beauty and love. Also known as Eros in ancient Greece, he was the son of Aphrodite. According to myth, he was responsible for impregnating numerous goddesses and mortals. Cupid was a child-like archer (remember, Nimrod was a skilled archer). Mythology describes Cupid as having both a cruel and happy personality. He would use his invisible arrows, tipped with gold, to strike unsuspecting men and women, causing them to fall madly in love. He did not do this for their benefit, but to drive them crazy with intense passion, to make their lives miserable, and to laugh at the results.Many of the gods of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Assyrians and others were modeled after one man—Nimrod.  So, there you have it.  Like most other unholy things, Valentine’s Day goes back to Babylon and paganism.

Deuteronomy 12:30 ‘Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.’

Jeremiah 10:12 ‘ Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen.’

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-Thanks to Christmasispagan.com for this post!!
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Posted on February 12th 2015 in Uncategorized

Deny Christ

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Deny and confess. What do these mean?

Deny and confess are complete opposite in meaning. The common Greek word “deny” in the New Testament is the word ‘Arneomai’ meaning ‘to contradict’. ‘Deny Christ’ doesn’t just mean merely to say you don’t believe Jesus was Christ. It does not mean to think or say that Jesus did not exist. Deny Christ means to contradict His Word. You can deny Christ while you are saying that Jesus is God and that He was born of a virgin, that He was raised from the dead. Denying Christ is simply ‘to contradict’ the words that He spoke which would be more than just His actual words in the four gospels. Since Jesus is God and the Bible is inspired by God, all one has to do to deny Christ is to contradict the words written in the Bible by saying that, “God doesn’t mean what He says in the verses of Scripture.”

Deny means “to contradict” and confess (homologeo-of the same word) means “to agree with”. Preachers in the world today are denying (contradicting) Christ. Most of the so-called conservatives (meaning “to preserve established traditions or oppose change”) are not what they say they are. They claim to believe in the inerrant Word of God. When a true believer begins to confront these “conservatives” withe certain verses, they begin to speak contrary to the Word of God, contradicting what the Bible actually says.

When you bring up the verse: Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 

The first comments are, “Well that don’t mean what it says.” or “That don’t mean what it sounds like it says.” I have had conservatives after I have quoted this verse look disdainfully at me and with disgust in their voice say to me, “You mean to tell me you believe in predestination?”

I’ve had others say to me upon simply reading a predestination verse, comment to me on the reading (without my expanding on the verse), “That’s your opinion.”

This is what it means to deny or contradict Christ. Deny Christ does not mean to say Jesus, as the Christ, doesn’t exist. Deny means to contradict His words, even if at the same time, you are proclaiming the inerrancy of Scripture calling yourself a conservative.

Romans 8:29 means exactly what it says. Has God planned for certain ones to go to Heaven and others to be damned eternally with no hope of salvation? The Bible says so in Ephesians 1:4,5,11 (According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”), Romans 9:22-24 (What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?), 2 Peter 2:12 (But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed), Jude 1:4 (For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation), Proverbs 16:4 (The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil), Job 21:30 (That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction), 1 Samuel 2:6 (The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.)

These verses are true! One may not fully understand them, but in order to be a believer we must confess (homologeo- agree with them) These verses mean what they say. To say otherwise is to deny Christ.

Preachers in America do not like to believe that we have to suffer for the cause of righteousness and Truth. Jesus, Paul, Peter, and other Biblical writers tell us that this is a requirement to every believer. Jesus said, “If the world persecutes and hates me, they will persecute and hate you.” John 15:18-20. Did they hate Jesus? They (The Pharisees) certainly did. They killed Him because of His words (Matt 23) If we confess (agree with) Christ, we will agree with (confess) these words. We will speak the Truth with such plainness (2 Corinthians 3:12) that men will hate us and desire to kill us (John 16:2). It was not the heathen unbelievers that hated Jesus. It was the “conservative, Bible-believing” Pharisees who killed Jesus. I have heard preachers make such comments as, “We can’t suffer in the 20th century America because this is a Christian nation.” They contradict Christ. (John 16:33 “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.) God said I change not. (Malachi 3:6)

Malachi 3:6 “ For I am the Lord, I change not.” (Change-shama-transmute or duplicate) God does not mutate His Word or have two meanings. America, nor it’s preachers, are not Christians. Christians are like Christ; they tell Truth and are persecuted for it. Preachers in America use all the right terminology, but they do not define the words, read their Bible, and explain exactly what it means (from the original Greek words and culture of the 1st century). If preachers told people that they must deny self, take up a cross daily, die to the flesh, and live for righteousness, they will begin to suffer. But how are people going to take up their cross and deny self when they don’t know what it means?

Let me expand on this word ‘deny’, which means ‘to contradict’. The Greek word ‘Arneomai’ (contradict) has a particular Greek construction. Deny (Arneomai) comes from the word ereo meaning ‘a pouring forth to speak or say’. Placing the a- (alpha) (the 1st letter of the Greek alphabet) in front of a word as a negative particle (called the alpha primitive) negates the word giving it an opposite meaning. Placing the alpha (a-) as a prefix before the word ereo negates the meaning. It translates in the Greek arneomai or deny. Therefore, deny (arneomai) means no pouring forth or no speaking or saying words of our own. To deny self means to spare or crucify ones own words, by speaking the words of another. Solomon put it this way, ‘He that hath knowledge spareth his words.’ (Proverbs 17:27) (This word spareth is the word chasak meaning to restrain, refrain, refuse, or hold back.) To deny self is to refuse one’s own words. It is to cease agreeing with one’s own self by speaking and agreeing with God. Remember that confess is homologeo, meaning to be of the same word or “to agree with”. To deny self is to cease speaking one’s own opinion.

Confess and deny are complete opposites. If we confess Christ as we find in Romans 10:9, we will confess or agree with our mouths and say the words (from Scripture) that Jesus said. We will deny self and cease to say our own words or opinion. To confess with our mouth and believe in our heart means to say the words of God that He has written in our hearts. Matthew 12:34 “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Paul says that God has written His Word on the fleshy tables of our hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3) The Bible says, as the Jews believed, that the mouth had to match the heart. When we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts, we cease our own words, denying self (contradicting self). We agree (confess) with Jesus, with our mouths, and say the words He said. John said that whoever denies (contradicts) Christ is antichrist. 1 John 2:22 “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” If a man does not agree (confess) with Christ saying the things He said to others, then he is antichrist contradicting (denying) the Word of God. The word anti- in the Greek is the same as the word in English. Anti- means “in opposition to or in place of”. When preachers contradict (deny) God’s Word by saying certain verses don’t mean what they say, then they are antichrist and they place themselves in Jesus’ position. They are in opposition to and “in the stead of” Christ. All a man has to do to be antichrist is merely to say, “We don’t have to deny self, take our cross daily, suffer for righteousness sake, and go through persecution- that was 2,000 years ago. He doesn’t mean that today in America.” A man who says words such as these, denies Christ and he is antichrist regardless of who he is and how righteous he may appear outwardly. When Paul said, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9,10) He was saying, “You have to say with your mouth the same words Jesus said with His mouth.” You must say the Truth God has written in our hearts. The mouth speaks with the heart. His word is written in the fleshy tables of the heart of all His elect family. One who is unwilling to say the words that Christ said is unwilling to say truth and suffer for it. That person is antichrist and denies Christ.

In order to confess (agree with) Christ, God must put a hunger for the Word of God in the heart of all believers. A true believer will have some desire to read God’s Word. A man with no hunger for Truth is no believer.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Physical beings hunger for food. If one is a spiritual being, there must be hunger for spiritual food (the Word of God). Without confessing (agreeing with) the words of Jesus, with your mouth (by saying Truth and suffering for it), there is no salvation.

Confess Christ does not mean what men have imagined with their opinion. They have constructed a new doctrine when they say that confess Christ  means to say with the mouth, “I believe in Jesus.” That is called lip service.

Matthew 15:7-9 “Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart (understanding) is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines (didaskalis-instruction, learning) the commandments of men.”

Man has made up his own instruction when he reinvents a doctrine (instruction) that is not found in the Bible. Confess does not mean to call up a TV “religious” hotline and say, “I want to confess Jesus as my personal savior.” That is no where in Scripture. To confess Christ is to say the words of Scripture that Jesus said and that is inspired by God.

The world (and, more primarily, professing Christians) will crucify us daily when we do this. -Graceandtruth.net

 

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What Is A Demon?

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Time for class. Today: Demonology 101.

What exactly are these “demons” or “devils” as they are referred to in the King James Bible? Put away your flashlights and EMF meters. No need to call Ghostbusters. All you Charismatics out there, binding and loosing demons- take another glance. ‘Binding and Loosing’ was a common term amongst the Hebrews meaning “To declare guilty or innocent.” I’d like to present for your researching pleasure a fascinating consideration not taught in today’s whitened sepulchers.

 

Daimonian comes from the root “daio”, meaning “to distribute fortunes.” This word “daimonion” is our word “demon”. Jesus says that “demons” are “self”. We need to pay attention when reading whose talking and whose saying what. There is a controversy about “demons” because you had two views about what demons were: Jesus’ view and the world’s view.

 

The world said everything was due to demons. They called their gods by the title of ‘demon’. They said when a person was sick, that it was a god that moved into them (inhabited their body) and made them sick. Their gods were Hercules, Venus, Adonis, Tammuz, Jupiter, Zeus, Ceres, Cybil, Ates (meaning tree) etc. according to the different city-states. These were the “demons” of the old world. The Jews called them “Demons” and the Arabs called them “Geniis”. Genii comes from the word “gene”, and our “genes” are our make-up, our ancestry. It is is ancestry worship, which is the same as a totem poll. We also get the word “Genius” from this. Genius is what the Romans called ‘Geniis’. The Romans viewed them as guardians. The Greeks thought of them as guardian angels. The Celts called them fairies. They believed there were good fairies and bad fairies, just as the Jews thought there were good demons and bad demons, and the Arabs thought there were good geniis and bad geniis. Trolls were bad fairies that lived under bridges and devoured people. Pixies were evil fairies that were sometimes monsters. If you believe in “demons”, then you have to also believe in Geniis, Genius, guardian angels, and fairies. Geniis give you wishes. The Jews called them Demons and the Arabs called them Geniis, but all distributed fortunes, some bad and some good.

 

How many wishes do you get from a genii/fairy? Three. 1 John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world, 1. the lust of the flesh, and 2. the lust of the eyes, and 3. the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” When Eve looked at the tree, she saw that the fruit was 1. pleasant to taste, 2. pleasant to the eyes, and 3. would make her wise. Eve got her 3 wishes. Everything that you can think of that is sin falls under one of these three headings.

 

Jesus said that either you had just a sickness (not that a demon/genii inhabited you) or that you were full of self. It was said that the man in Luke 8 was possessed with devils. The phrase “possessed with devils” is only one word in the Greek and the word is “daimonizomai” And it is a form of “daimonion” and it means literally “to be insane.” The next logical question is: what is this daimonion then that was driven into the swine? Jesus said it was “self”. Jesus is on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. He goes into a land that was not in Israel. This man couldn’t have been an Israelite because he owned all these swine, pigs, that were unclean to an Israelite. He lives amongst the tombs and he’s cutting himself all over, acting crazy. Jesus asks him, “Ti (an interogative: to interrogate someone) soi (plural) ononoma (authority) estin?” (It literally translates “What is this authority that you are fellowshipping with?” And the man answers, “Legion. (feminine plural)” (I’m talking to my dead ancestors, which explains why he was in the graveyard.) He got his answer from the culture. He literally tells Jesus he is full of 3,000-6,000 (which was the amount of a Roman legion of soldiers) feminine demons. He believed he was communing with his ancestors. They even deified Noah as an ancestor (which became the fish god (Dagon: dag was the Hebrew word for fish) of the Babylonians. Freea (sp?) meaning fish, where we get the word Friday from, which is why they eat fish on Fridays, it’s fish god worship!). In Mark 1 Jesus rebukes a man with an unclean spirit (pneumati, Greek for breath) by rebuking “auto” which means ‘self’ (auto-mobile, self-mobile, etc.). The same is said in Matthew 8:32 to the insane man amongst the tombs, Jesus rebukes “auto” “self”. The man pleads that Jesus wouldn’t send away what he thought were his ancestors, so asks that he send them into the swine. The same thing happened to the swine that happens with any person totally obsessed with self: death. The Bible then says that after this the man was in his right mind “sophroneo” meaning ‘sane’, previously was naked but was now sitting clothed, listening to instruction. Jeremiah 31:18 tells us listening to instruction means you’re repentant.

 

He believed he was keeping familiar spirits (owb, Hebrew: meaning bottle, or a goat’s stomach, they would use to store their juices) near him. Interestingly, when the original translators of the Septuagint translated the word now translated in English as “familiar spirits” or “demons”, they actually used the word “engastromuthos” meaning “a myth within the stomach of the goat.” These amazing scholars knew there was no so thing as demons, they knew it was a myth in the stomach. Where do Genies live? In bottles! Where did they deliver vampires to? Bottles!

 

Also, interestingly, look up “lycanthrope: werewolf” it literally means moonstruck. Bram Stoker didn’t come up with the idea of the moon turning someone into a werewolf, it comes from cultural traditions and beliefs from the ancient world! In Matthew 17:15, the man cries out that his son is a lunatick. Lunatick comes from the word ‘lunar’ and ‘lunar’ is the word ‘moon’. He’s literally saying that his son is “moonstruck.” Did Jesus believe he was struck by the moon? No, again, look at whose talking and the culture they were in. Even pagans believed demons were gods. Acts 17 speaks of these “daimonion”. Verse 16 says the city of Mars Hill was wholly given to idolatry. They say, “What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods.” “Strange gods”- “diamonion”.

 

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” “Thing” in this verse is neuter gender. Remember when the man said he had “Legion” in him, he used a feminine plural. The verse ends with, “because many daimonion were entered into him.” The initial part of that verse (when the man is speaking) uses the feminine gender but the verse ending (when the Bible is speaking) switches to a neuter gender. If it’s neuter, it means it’s not male and it’s not female: they don’t really exist. The point is, whenever the Bible speaks about demons, it’s a neuter gender- it’s a “thing”. But considering, Jeremiah 17:9, the heart is deceitful above all things, then even if demons were real, the heart would be more wicked than those. There is nothing as wicked as a man’s heart.

 

So, if demons are ‘self’, how then do we cast out “self”?

 

In Matthew 12, there’s a man possessed with devils (daimonizomai). The Pharisses are accusing Him of casting out demons by Beezlebub. He asks, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out?” because the Pharisees were the evil ones. Verse 28 says, “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” Luke’s account of the same story in 11:20 says it thus, “But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.” “Finger of God” “The Kingdom of God is come unto you (into our hearts)  “Cast out devils by the Spirit of God.” The Spirit of God is Truth. The Word of God is Truth (John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.) If Jesus casts out “self” by His Word, the Truth, and the Holy Spirit is Truth, He is casting out “self” by writing His Truth upon our hearts (Hebrews 8:10 and 2 Corinthians 3:3. Deuteronomy 9:10 shows this was originally done with His finger.) He kept the tables of stone referenced in Deut 9 inside the ark of the covenant. The ark of the covenant was sprinkled and now our hearts are sprinkled (Hebrews 10:22). He writes upon fleshy tables of our heart with His finger. Now, if He casts out “self”, then the Kingdom of God is come unto you. But He must first cast out “self” or bind the strong man. This is the lifelong battle between the inner man and the outer man. The outer man is self and has a lot of “distributing fortunes” within him: pride, striving, jealously, hatred, wants his own way. It’s all self. In fact, all sin is self. I is “ego” in the Greek. “I” is sin. Self is driven out through fire, trials, and Truth. This is how the Kingdom of God is come. Kingdom of God was a given term for Israel (we are spiritual Israel.)

 

So, Matthew 12:29 says “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.”

 

Who lived in our strong man before Jesus set the Kingdom of God in our hearts?

 

We did! Full of “self”! Our problems are “self”. Why else would Jesus say, If any man will come after me, let him deny him’self’ and follow me. He didn’t say, Let him deny his demons.

 

Bind “dio”: meaning forbid. God forbids us from ruling this house (our bodies). Christ is the King in us and He demands that He rule, because we are not going to keep ruling. He will not allow us to be crazy over the things of the world: cars, houses, stuff. He is the inner man. He must spoil our goods and bind (forbid)our strong man “self”.

 

We are told in the latter times, there would be seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Seducing is the Greek word “planos” meaning imposter, misleader, deceiver. Only imposters masquerading as ministers of righteousness can seduce men by this devil’s doctrine. The devil’s doctrine started in the Garden of Eden. The Serpent preached it to Eve beguiling her. He did not come breathing fire and smoke saying that God was not God. He just said that God didn’t mean what He said. She could have all that the world had to offer. There are two Greek words for devil- one we’ve discussed “daimonion” and the other is “diabolos” meaning slanderer or false accuser (Satan accused God of lying about eating of the tree). It is a construct of two words: dia– meaning the channel of an act, through, or thereby and ballo– to throw, cast out, strike, or throw down. When we fast forward to Matthew 4, we see the devil tell Jesus that if He is the Son of God, He should “cast thyself down.” Diabolos- to cast down! When a man listens to the devil’s instructions, the devil becomes his god. The word God or god is the following in the Greek and Hebrew: Hebrew: elohiym meaning judge or magistrate and Greek: theos meaning judge or magistrate. The title God (or god) is the office of judge executing a particular law. The god (God) you serve is the one whose law you follow.

 

Fast forward a bit further in the 4th chapter of Matthew, and we see the devil take Jesus up to an exceeding high mountain, promising Jesus all the things in the world if only He will fall down and worship him. Here we see the second construct of devil- daimonion: to distribute fortunes!

 

Wow! Chew. On. That.

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They Went Out From Us

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Over the last year, we have experienced the pain of rejection, the humiliation of tale-bearing, and the sting of betrayal more times than I’d care to remember. All of my very dear friends (you know who you are ;))who have graciously warned me against naively embracing just anyone have sadly been proven accurate, again, more times than I’d care to remember! There seems to be an inherent risk to running a blog that invites tares to come along and then they will turn and rend you as soon as you look away. (Matthew 7:6 “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”) Anybody who runs a blog on any subject has no doubt experienced this, but even more so, blogs dedicated to the pursuit of Truth. Every person has a pet doctrine that they will rip you to shreds over and they don’t care one iota if they are right- they simply want to defend their opinion.

I find comfort in the Lord’s Scriptural warnings that this is how we know whether we be found in the Faith.

1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

1 Corinthians 11:19 “For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.”

Luke 6:22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”

Harsh, but necessary reminders of being adopted into God’s family: rejection, betrayal–Daily Cross.

Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

To my brethren, I am sorry for the wounds, the scourging, that others bring into our lives, but we are indeed blessed.

Acts 14:22 “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

I am blessed for the endurance and perseverance of the saints. Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” My brethren, we are all on a journey of sanctification, of learning what is the good and perfect will of God. He promises us in John 6:39 “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” I rest in that.

Psalm 55:

Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

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Posted on January 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

His Elect Will Hear

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Predestination is true, “Freewill” is the worship of ‘Self’ (John 1:13 “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Romans 9:16 “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”, Daily cross (Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”, Death to self (1 Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”), Christmas is Pagan (Baal and Grove worship of the Old Testament), God doesn’t love everyone (Romans 5:5 “the love (agape 2 John 1:6 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.) of God is shed abroad in our hearts.” Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Hebrews 12:8 “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” He does not put His commandments (His law) on every person’s hearts. Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated. Jacob (Israel) was given the Law of God, Esau was not. If one is elect, we are given his law as spiritual Israel.)

Great summary of Truth! Everyone wants to know (rightfully) about Jim Brown of Grace and Truth Ministries, so here is a great place to start your research! He includes his email address, mailing address, and phone number for any that would like to contact him about specific questions @ www.graceandtruth.net. He has been very approachable and more than willing to communicate, graciously giving of his time without restraint. You all know by now that finding true, remnant believers who speak Truth has become quite a famine (Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”) I do believe he has demonstrated he is our brother and we have been all the more blessed for him. We love the Lord and we love His elect sheep!

(I’ve updated this post to include his newest Statement of Faith explanation. it is a series he’s been doing and we’re up to 20 or so videos. This is Part 1.)

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Posted on January 23rd 2015 in Uncategorized