His Elect Will Hear

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Predestination is true, “Freewill” is the worship of ‘Self’, Daily cross, Death to self, Christmas is Pagan, God doesn’t love everyone

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 do apologize for the poor sound quality of this specific video. They aren’t all like this, but it seemed the “Statement of Faith” was a worthy post!)

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Posted on January 23rd 2015 in Uncategorized

Predestination

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predestinationPredestination: Its definition, its purpose and the reason it is necessary
Predestination is true because we find it in the Bible. Does it matter what it means? Does it have several meanings?
Certainly it matters and no it does not have several meanings. Does it really matter what saved means – or faith or
prayer or any other word in scripture? Can we just apply any word, any way we please?
That would be like saying that up can be down, sweet is bitter, black is white. good can be evil right is wrong.
People who say that they believe in predestination but yet at the same time they say that they believe man has, “free
will” must redefine the word predestinate as it is defined in the orginal text. In order to believe predestination and free
will at the same time, one must be so unstable as to call good, evil – black, white – up is down – right is wrong. It is
“idiocy” to believe such a thing, yet this is what the majority of the preachers of the world are saying. They have
interpreted the word predestination according to their own opinion and they are “idiotes”.
II Peter 1:2 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Prophecy here is the word propheteia, which means “inspired” words spoken by an inspired preacher who is called of God. The word, private, in this text is the word, “idiotes”, from which we get our word idiot. The word idiotes means “unlearned”. The word “idea” comes from the word idiotes. Man has his own “idea” or opinion when he redefines a word of scripture, especially a word with all the depth of predestination. Such a man is an “idiot” and he is unlearned.
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.
Every word in this verse has an exact meaning. We will address all these words in the future but for the present we will look at the word “predestinate”. Before we do this, there is purpose why God must predestinate himself a family. The reason that God must predestinate a family is that all men are dead in sin. They are all depraved, totally, and completely without any light, truth, ability, or “will” to make themselves alive. They cannot bring about their own spiritual birth by their will.
Romans 3:10,11 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (vs 11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”
Psalms 39:5 “…. every man at his best state is altogether vanity.”
Isa 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth (uwr – wake up from the dead) up himself to take hold of thee: … “
Man has no ability or good in himself to be willing to come alive in Christ. Job said that all men drink iniquity like water (Job 15:16). It is by the will of God and not man that he is caused to come alive in Christ.
Job 14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of unclean? Not one.”
Proverbs 20:9 “Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” (vs 12) “The hearing (shama -obedient) ear and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.”
James says concerning the new birth: James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, …” The word “will” in this verse is the word boulema, meaning purpose. When man is dead in sin he has no righteous purpose in himself.
John tells us by whose will we receive new birth. John 1:13 “Which were born (spiritually) not of blood, nor of the “will” of the flesh, nor of the “will” of man, but of God. Man does not determine whether he will be “born again” and becomes a son of God. Those who believe they can “accept Christ” by their own, so called, “free will”, this is one verse that I cannot see how they justify in their minds. The word “will” in this verse is the word “thelema” and it means determination. Man does not “determine” his
salvation (which is the new birth) by his own will.
The Bible does not teach “Accept Christ as your personal saviour” in order to be saved. Paul says that the physical
man is sensual and he cannot “accept Christ”.
I Corinthians 2:14 “the natural (psuchikos – physical, sensual man) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The word “receiveth” in this verse (I Cor. 2:14) is the Greek word “dechomai”. The word dech is the word ten, from which we get the word decade (ten years) and the word Decalogue (ten words/ten commandments). This word receiveth means to reach out willingly with the ten fingers (a figurative word of speech) and “accept” an offer that has been made. If a man could make the decision to “accept’ Christ by some righteous ability that was in him, then he could take credit for the beginning of his salvation.
Philippians 1:6 ” … He that hath “begun” (God the Father) a good work in you will preform it until the day of Jesus
Christ.”
Philippians 2:13 “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
You say, “Jim, are you saying that all these preachers who preach about accepting Christ as a personal saviour are not telling the truth?” THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I AM SAYING. They are deceived and deceivers. They are lying, whether they are intentionally doing it or not.
You say, “What about the sinners prayer?” Doesn’t the Bible say, (Rom. 10:13) “For whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved.” The “so called” sinners prayer is not the method of salvation. The next verse tells
the method of salvation. (vs 14) “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?” When the Philippian jailer came to Paul and Silas (Acts 16:30), he asked the question that has puzzled the mind of man from the beginning of time. “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? ” Paul did not take him down the “romans road” and say, “Do you know you are a sinner?” “Would you like to ‘git’ saved? Just repeat this prayer after me and really mean it in your heart.” This is one of the most idiotic statements. I’ve never heard a man sincerely seeking the Lord say, “I’m going to pray this prayer, but I’m not going to mean it.” Paul answered the Philippian jailer with no frills of salvation. He gave him no unnecessary word. His answer was straight and point blank, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
How men that call themselves preachers can muddy up such a simple answer is beyond me. Now, Paul did not say, “Believe that a man named Jesus once was alive on the earth and he claimed to be God in the flesh.” Where preachers have deserted truth is their failure to discern what the phrase “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” means. “Believe” means to have faith in someone in opposition of trusting all others, including ones own self. Believe is the verb form of the noun, faith. Let me give you these two Greek words from the original text. First let’s go over this word, “believe”, before covering the word “faith”.
Believe – pisteuo – entrust or commit to entrust, to have faith, put in trust with
Some will say, how do you “put trust in someone or something?” First of all, you must quit believing yourself or anyone else. Don’t trust a man and most of all don’t trust yourself (your sinners prayer or your “accept Christ” gospel). Believing God is believing him in opposition to believing self. It is having something in you that opposes self or “crucifies” self. That is called “born again”. When Jesus told Nicodemas, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7) the word “again” is the Greek word: Anothen – from above, from the first, anew, from the beginning, the top … (II Thess. 2:13) “God hath “from the beginning” chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth.) “Again” or Anothen comes from the word ano, meaning upward or on the top, above, high, or up. The primary root of the word is anti, meaning “in opposition to”, instead, contrast, or substitution.
Here it is!
The opposition to self in “believing” Christ is new birth or “born again”. When man opposes himself and trusts another, it is because he cannot trust his own ability to “accept Christ” or pray the sinners prayer for salvation. He must be born with a birth from above, which is Christ in us (Col. 1:27) that opposes this outer man, which is “self”. Self must die and man has no ability to bring about his own physical birth, much less a spiritual birth. Before conception in a womb occurs, the future being that is about to be conceived by its parents does not say, “I accept you as my parents”. How can he or she “accept” his parents, he (she) does not exist yet? This sounds ridiculous, I realize, yet that is what a man is saying when he says, “I am dead in sin, and have no life in me and I am not a spiritual being yet I have enough life, light, will or being to will myself into spiritual existence”. That would be like a man saying, “I died once and I willed myself to come alive from the dead”. Man does not make himself alive in new birth. The word “guicken” is the Greek word zoopoieo, meaning to “make alive”. The root words are: Zoon – (we see live animals in a zoo) alive thing, animal and Poieo – make or do (Therefore, quicken means “to make alive”.) God quickens (makes alive), man does not.
John 5:21 “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth (Zoopoieo) them; even so the Son (Jesus)
quickeneth (Zoopoieo) whom he will” (“will” is the word etheleo – to determine, desire, be disposed, please)
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh profiteth nothing (It is not the will of the flesh -
John 1:13)
Ephesians 2:1 and vs 5 “And you hath he quickened (zoopoieo – make alive/born again) who were dead – (vs 5) -
when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (zoopoieo) us together with Christ.
This “Believing” that is in us – which opposes self and believes Jesus Christ in (opposition to all others) is the new birth. It is called being born again with a birth in us that opposes this flesh daily (self denial/daily cross). This “quickening” or coming alive has nothing to do with the will of man or “accepting Christ”. This is the great lie of the apostasy that is in full force in the world today.
Salvation is death to “self will”. Believe is the verb (pisteuo), faith is the noun (pistis)
The definition of faith in the text of scripture: Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for … … “
There is only one faith (Eph. 4:5 – one Lord, “one faith”, one baptism …). There is not a faith for salvation then another faith that is like a “magic bubble” that gets what self wants. Faith dies to self and opposes self (in new birth). Faith equals substance. Regardless of what preachers say, “substance” does not mean money, houses, cars, things and stuff. Faith believes God for what he wants in our lives in opposition to what we want (self, things, position, fortune, fame etc.)
By defining the word “substance” (Heb. 11:1) we find that opposition (anti) in us that we cannot do ourselves.
Substance – hupostasis – a setting under (support), assurance, confidence, confident, person
From two words: hupo – under of place (beneath) or with verbs (the agency or means through) underneath, below, inferior position
or condition (under or through). Stao or histemi – to stand (transitive or intransitive/the act or state of being) abide, appoint, continue, establish, hold up, set up
From stao we get the following:
stasis – a standing (the act) position (existence) uprising, controversy
stauros – the Greek word for cross a stake or a post (as set upright) a pole or cross (as an instrument of capitol
punishment) self denial, atonement
stauroo – the word crucify or impale on a cross, extingguish, subdue passion or subdue selfishness
stereos – stiff, solid, stable, steadfast, strong, sure
Faith is crucifying our self and continuing (through/hupo) daily, standing (stasis) upright (histemi/stao). Faith is continuing through (hupo), undergoing the daily cross, crucifying self and dying daily. When a man opposes himself he takes sides with God against himself. Since man is unable to die to the flesh and deny self (he is dead in sin – he does not seek after God), God must arrange the lives of his elect. God prepares the “good ground” (fertile ground -our hearts) ahead of time. Then he arrainges for his elect to hear the preaching of the truth (riding down the road in a car – talking to a friend etc.). He sends the seed (sperma -masculine gender) which is the word (Christ made flesh -John 1:14) of God. The seed is the most powerful, potent seed that has ever existed. It hits the fertile ground (ourhearts of flesh) that God has prepared before the foundation of the world. It is impossible for the fertile seed to be sewn in fertile ground (with all the necessary planting, oxygen, and necessary husbandry (I Col. 3:9)) by the farmer/the Father and not have life spring forth.
I Corinthians 3:9 – Ye are Gods husbandry
(“husband” is the word georgion – farm, cultivatable – from ge meaning soil or ground, and ergon meaning toil, work
or labour. From georgos meaning “earthworker or farmer” – The word husband means farmer or tiller of the earth.)
It is the farmer or the husband of the crop that planted the seed. The Rabbis said that the male genital was the plow and the woman’s genital was called the garden or the furrow where the husband (farmer) planted the seed. If the womb was open, then the ground or womb was fruitful or fertile. A family was a kingdom. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were God’s family or kingdom. Jacobs name was changed to Israel. Kingdom of God was an old ancient name for Israel. Israel was God’s family. It is not by choice that a man is conceived and birthed into a family. It is by the will of the father. The field is plowed by the husband or farmer and the seed (sperma) is planted into good ground. It is an utter impossibility to plant good seed (the word/sperma of God) into fertile ground by the husband (father/farmer) and not bring forth life. It is impossible for you to say truth (word/seep) to the elect, regardless of how you say it, and them not come alive. Quit worrying about whether he put the seed in the ground with the right hand or the left or if he did it gentle enough.
The word father in the Hebrew is the word Ab and it means “to decide or desire”. It is by the will of the father (husband/farmer) that a child is born. It is by the will of the farmer that a crop is planted and nourished in the good ground. The child has no more will to be birthed than corn has the desire to grow on the stalk. The child is caused to be willing to obey the father after he is born, but he has no part in his conception, coming into being or birth. When the father plants the seed (by arrangement of events) into good (fertile) ground, the miracle of conception happens and it is impossible for the child who is coming into being to choose to be or not to be conceived or birthed. The child who is not in existence, yet, cannot say, “I do not choose for my fathers sperm to fertilize my mothers egg, even though they are not my father and my mother (yet) and I have not yet come into existence.”

You say, “Jim, this sounds stupid”. That is exactly what I am saying about “accept Christ”. When a dead sinner is not alive he cannot choose to be birthed into God’s family (kingdom) or to reject him since new birth is of God (James 1:18 – ” Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”). He does not exist (spiritually) yet. Dead men cannot make “living” or life decisions. Seed that is planted by the husband/farmer must die in order for life to come from it.
I Corinthians 15:36 “That which thou sowest is not quickened (zoopoieo – made alive), except it die.
John 12:24 “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it adideth alone: but
if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Therefore faith (death to self) does not begin in our lives until God puts it into our hearts. Faith is the substance (continual dying daily) and it believes God and opposes self. Faith is not a one time thing. Faith increases and grows (II Peter 1:5, Luke 17:5-10) until the day we go to be with God. Faith believes God and obeys him. Faith opposes self (the flesh) and is disobedient to self. Faith denies (aparneomai – utterly contradicts – Luke 9:23) self and takes up the cross daily in order to obey God.
Romans 10:17 “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. This word “hear” is the word: akouo – to understand and obey
The New Testament word for “obey” is the word hupakouo. It comes from hupo, meaning under and akouo, meaning to hear under as a subordinate – “to hear is to obey”. Faith comes about by the scourage or the rod. The Old Testament Hebrew word for “hear, hearken,” and “obey”, is the same word: shama – to hear intelligently, attention, intelligence, consent, be content (with God’s decision for our life), “be obedient” understand or witness (which is the word martus in the Greek – martus comes from martyr). Faith is to martyr oneself by proclaiming truth. Faith is to martyr oneself by the daily cross in order that we obey God. Predestination is conforming and obeying God. Death to self is faith that we are predestined unto. Faith is death to self (death to the flesh by the daily cross) so that the new birth (born again – in opposition to the flesh) shall take over (instead of or in place of the old man). Since mans only desire is to fulfill the flesh and he is unable to by his total sinful nature (Romans 3:10-12, Psalms 39:5) to make himself alive (zoopoieo – quicken) God had to choose himself a family and birth them, otherwise, he would never have a family. He chooses us, births us according to his will, then when we come to the realization that we are his we must obey him (which is faith). Like faith, the gospel and truth, predestination is about obedience. He causes this obedience by the scourge, chastisement or the rod. This obedience (accountability/responsibility) is what predestination is all about. The “scourge” causes us to do what he has “predestined” us unto. It causes us to do what we cannot bring ourselves to do.
“Predestination” is about obedience to the word of God and living inside the “border or boundaries” which he hath set down for us.
This leads us into the word “predestinate” (not a general opinion, but rather an exact definition).
Romans 8:29,30 – “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. (vs,30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Predestinate is the Greek word, pro’orizo. Pro’orizo means to prebound or predetermine boundary lines in advance.
Pro’orizo is a construction of the prefix pro (our prefix :pre”, meaning before) and the Greek word, “‘orizo – to bound or to mark out a boundary, to appoint, decree, specify, declare, determine, limit, ordain. The small mark ‘ before the word, ” ‘orizo is called a diacritical mark. It has an “h” sound, a breathing or breathy sound “hugh”. The word ‘orizo is written “horizo” and pronounced “horidzo” ( the “z” is pronounced “dz” in the Greek). This word looks similar to our word “horizon”. That is because it is exactly our word “horizon”. The horizon was a familiar boundary line to the Jewish mind. It was the division or boundary of light (day) and darkness (night). Matt 5:14 Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world.” Light is equated with Truth throughout scripture. Paul said, “Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord, walk as children of light. – have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness” (Eph. 5:8,11). Again, Paul said, “Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers – what communion hath light with darkness?” (II Cor. 6:14). Unbelievers are equated as living in darkness, therefore believers are equated with light – light is always equivalent to Truth. We are commanded to walk in the light.
I John 1:5-7 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (vs 6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (vs 7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” We are commanded to do the Truth (the light is Truth).
John 3:21 “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in
God.
We have been predetermined for the boundary of truth, or light. God has pre-truthed his family to walk righteously and conform to Christ’s image (eikon – representation). God has pre-horizoned his family before the foundation of the world. God has conceived and birthed his family by his own will.
James 1:18 “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
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.
John 5:21 “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth (zoopoieo – make alive) them: even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.”
Quickened means to make alive – God begats us as his children and makes us alive in his family. After we come alive (by the will of God), he requires obedience to the light (Truth) inside the boundary (‘orizo) of light. Truth is something we “do”. It is not mere assent (John 3:21). Righteousness is what a man does – not merely a moral state or disposition.
John 3:7,10 “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that “doeth” righteousness is righteous, even as he is
righteous. (vs 10) “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever “doeth not”
righteousness is not of God — “
Birth is into a family or Kingdom. You see, in the ancient world a family was called a kingdom. In fact, the Kingdom of God was God’s family. Kingdom of God was an old ancient term for Israel. You say, “Jim, how can Israel be a family?” Israel was nothing but a family. God made a covenant with Abraham and his seed (children). This is a family.
Genesis 17:7 “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy see after thee.
God continued this covenant with Abraham’s “2nd” born son Isaac (this is a family) Genesis 17:21 – my covenant will

I establish with Isaac, –Isaac gives the birthright to his “2nd” born son Jacob (even through deception – Gen. 25:29-34, Gen. 27:1-29). Then God confirms that Jacob (of the “family” of Abraham) will continue to be God’s family. Then, in Jacob this family becomes a nation or kingdom – In this “family” of Abraham, God changes Jacob’s name to “Israel” causing this family to become a kingdom (or nation).
Genesis 32:28 “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: For as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”
Genesis 35:10 “And God said unto him, thy name is Jacob: Thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: And he called his name Israel.
“Lord” was the title of the head of a family just as it was the title for the head of a kingdom. Jacob (or Israel) had 12 sons (a family). They became the “Kingdom of God” with God’s chosen king coming from Judah the fourth son of Jacob (of the family or Kingdom of God). God’s people are birthed by his will into his family (kingdom). Just as any righteous father requires obedience (remember, faith cometh by hearing, hearing means to obey) in his household, so God sets a prearranged boarder/boundary (pro’orizo) by which he requires his people to walk. Every responsible father sets rules and laws for those to walk in his family. We are not saved by works of self righteousness or ritual. We are saved by God working in us.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Faith dies to self and comes aliive in God’s kingdom (Israel). Yes we are spiritual Jews (Rom. 2:28-29). We are the spiritual temple (I Cor. 3:16) – we offer daily acceptable sacrifices (Luke 9:23, Rom. 12:1) we are priests of God (I Peter 2:5,9) we are God’s house (Heb. 3:16). The Holy of Holies was called the house of God where God dwelt (built a house) between the cherubim – Now our hearts (not the ark of the covenant) are sprinkled by the blood of Christ (I Peter 1:2, Heb. 10:22). We are circumcised with a spiritual circumcision (Col. 2:11). Circumcision was for cleanliness in sexual reproduction for future generation of a family. It was “the” requirement for all who entered this family (kingdom). The male genital had to be circumcised in order to keep the commandment of God in order that the future “healthy” generations would be produced in this family/kingdom. As mentioned above, the Hebrew word for father is Ab. It means to decide or desire. We are God’s family and he has determined exactly who his children and family will be and their obedience in his kingdom, as well. We as the predestined elect are the spiritual kingdom, the Israel (to prevail) of God.
Galatians 6:15,16 ” For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (vs 16) And as many as walk according to this rule (kanon – standard scripture, “boundary”), peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
God has predestinated his family to live in his word or boundary. A father determines that his children will live in the borders, which are his rules, as the head of the family. The boundary is the word of the father.
Romans 9:6,7 ” …. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: (vs 7) Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. (Isaac was raised from the dead – this is the resurrection.)
Isaac was raised from the dead loins of his father and the dead womb of his mother (Rom. 4:19,20). Abraham was
100 years old, Sarah was ninety. They could not have a son – BUT THEY DID !!!
Romans 11:7 “Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded … “
What does all this spiritual family/kingdom of Israel have to do with predestination? It has everything to do with it. Let me tell you. The Septuagint was the first translation of scripture. It is one of our most reliable translations. Septuagint means “seventy”. Old Testament into Greek language. Since the Greek had many roots and customs from the ancient Hebrew world, the Septuagint is said to be one of the most reliable (if not the most reliable) translations word for word. In the book of Joshua, God preset the borders and boundaries of Israel (the kingdom/family). The nation (kingdom/family) would occupy certain borders. When the word border was translated from Hebrew to the Greek, the seventy translators understood the most common word for border (gebul). This “border” of Israel, they translated to the word – ‘ORIZO
Yes, the border of Israel was prearranged. The law was received by Moses, from God on Mount Sinai n the South Sinai Peninsula fifty days into the desert after the first passover in Egypt (when I see the blood on the doorposts I will pass over you). The first Pentecost was at Mount Sinai. Pentecost was fifty days after passover. Moses received the prearranged law (Truth/light) by which Israel would be required to live (in the kingdom /family) when they reached the ‘orizo (border/horizon) where the truth would come forth from Mount Zion (where the temple sits in Jerusalem). Zion means “sunny” or where the sun shines (inside the horizon/’orizo). Israel was predestined (pro’orizo) to conform to the Word (the Word was made flesh John 1:14) of God. As spiritual Jews, the predestined elect are predestinated to be conformed (summorphos – shaped in fellowship of Christ’s sufferings) to the image (eikon – representation) of his Son (Jesus, the Word and the authority of God). No, this is not salvation by works. It is God working in his children whom he has begotten by his own will in his family/kingdom. God’s kingdom (Israel) is called the Kingdom of Light.
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The Dead Die, Too

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graveshovelA blood relative died a couple of nights ago. Notice I did not say “family” member, because I trust God’s Word when it tells me my family are those that do the will of my Father in Heaven. That the “members” are my fellow members of Christ’s body. This relative was not my “family”. I have been away from my blood relatives for a long while, but felt the call from them to alert me to the death demanded a reply. I wanted to include my remnant brethren on this letter.

To All,

My letter is long. Please don’t allow it to meet you with anger or resentment on my part, but I would that you would bear with me a little while.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak: A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.”

The acuteness of the above verses sting, penetrate, yea; mold me as I write this letter. In a few short days, you will all likely hear these words spoken over Great-Grandma as you huddle together in this, your time of weeping and consoling.

Of course, as you know, 2 nights ago, Great-Grandma died. The Lord, which giveth and taketh away (Job 1:21), and whom has determined the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), determined she would return to dust. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

As a culture, we expect that the elderly shall pass away. Indeed, the mourning at a funeral, while somber, while sobering, lasts but for a short while and quickly life returns to normal with hustle, bustle, and distraction. Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

Ecclesiastes 1:11 says, “There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”

In other words, life (as we know it) goes on.

But let me remind all of a sobering reality:

It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2

Hebrews 9:27 says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

We will all die. Lay it to your heart today.

Now, this preacher man that stands before you all will offer you the Scripture above from Ecclesiastes, will pepper in “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…”, some lovely imagery of the jasper, onyx, and pearl gates of a gold-streeted abode in the sky; indeed, in His house are many mansions! You will, no doubt, receive an altar invitation to the basics of the milquetoast- interpreted gospel of John 3:16 with the resounding “You don’t want to go to that old, filthy, nasty, rotten, stinking Hell, do ya? Now accept Christ today and you can go to Heaven.” Yes, the “God loves everyone” “Joel Osteen” spirit is alive and thriving. And of course, you will hear how she is amongst heavenly harpists. “Look, daddy, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!”

I wish to appeal to the elect!

No doubt, many of you are aware that we have undergone a huge life transformation. Many of you likely know basics and many of you don’t care.

For 8 years, (my husband) and I attended a local church here that kept us busy. I was involved in every ministry they offered, quick to volunteer, and swallowing kool-aid by the gallons.

We thought being patriotic, political, spirit-filled Christians was Truth. We thought that all those that said they were “Christians” were actually our brethren, even Catholics and Mormons. And we didn’t even flinch when our pastor invited a Mormon to publically pray for our gathering, nor when he invited a Roman Catholic priest to represent the “Christian” viewpoint on stage, yoking up with a Muslim, that we may be enlightened towards oneness. We thought John 3:16 was an open-invitation to the entire world and all one must do is accept Christ, trust Him for your salvation today, altar call, immersion in water, grape juice, crackers, Merry Christmas! (sun god worship), Happy Easter! (fertility goddess worship)

Oh, how deceived we were! For the aforementioned “jesus” is a different jesus, warned against in Scriptures, which we were too Biblically illiterate to recognize when he was paraded in our face. You know, you’ve all seen him- it’s the blond hippy jesus portrayed in every picture we’ve ever seen of “jesus”. We were serving the (g)od of humanism, as is every pew warmer and unregenerate heathen in every whitened sepulcher in this literal God-forsaken town, state, country, world.

Humanism and what the world sees as “Christianity” agree that the end of all being is the happiness of man.

Truth, Scripture, the elect of God, dictates that the end of all being is the glory of God.

There is a difference.

Once the scales began falling from our eyes and we began addressing the utter hypocrisy of our church, we were asked to leave. Of course, Scripture warns there would be a time where people would not endure sound doctrine, but would heap to themselves teachers that tickle their itching ears, and through good words and fair speech deceive them. Romans 16:18 “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so.” Indeed, they do.

This to say, the self-appointed preacher teacher who will stand before you is not bringing you Truth that will bear the fruits of repentance, nor will he be anything but “nice” and lie through his serpantile teeth that Great-Grandma sits upon the clouds.

How can they hear if no one tells them?

How can you all begin to understand the difference between the god sold at funerals, weddings, and Sunday morning dens of vipers and the One True God of Scripture? Those among you who are reticent to “believe” in God, I understand. The Truth is being made a mockery of and conversions are false. You and I both see the hypocrisy of those that label themselves as “Not of This World” and yet everything about them screams, “I Am of This World!” They’re liars, they’re deceivers, and they’re not even ashamed about it!

Proverbs 30:20 “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.”

There is Truth, according to Scripture, and its fruits are obedience, death to self, daily cross, rejection by family and friends (the ones we don’t see coming), and tribulation.

There is the god of Humanism, and its fruits are worldly success and achievement, financial gain, looks, endless indulgence and sensuality, success, popularity, and notoriety.

Man…when you put it that way, huh?

I’m not going to appeal to you the way these wolves in the churches do. I’m not going to ask you to sow your seed gift today. I’m not going to offer you a prayer shawl and some holy water. I’m not going to ask you to “accept” Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” What fools who say the “natural man” can “accept Christ”! It is given of God both to will and to do of His good pleasure! Philippians 2:13

You see, we don’t pray a “Sinner’s Prayer” and get into Heaven. It’s not found in the Bible. We don’t “get baptized” at 3 or 34, and get into Heaven. We don’t “do good” (fill in the blanks: pay your taxes, don’t cheat on your spouse, don’t steal, give to the homeless guy on the street, etc) and get into Heaven.

Nope, you have zero say in it, just as Great-Grandma didn’t.

God does not love everybody and He does not choose everybody unto everlasting life (For many are called and few are chosen. Matthew 22:14) (Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated. Romans 9:13)

Don’t like it? Romans 9:20 “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?”

Again, I’m not here to practice trickery and encourage you to “receive” Christ. I’m here for the elect. The Scriptures say His sheep will know His voice. And those not chosen from before the foundations of the earth to be conformed to the image of His Son: without anger, without resentment, without animosity, I dust my feet off, knowing you will receive in yourselves the recompense you are due.

I wanted to address the hypocrisy of the preacher man. I wanted to appeal to His elect sheep. And I wanted to explain that I believe it when the Scriptures say in Luke 9:60, “Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God”, which is why we will not be attending the “funeral” full of lies and hypocrisy and those pretending to dote upon the things of God out of political correctness, for I disdain Constantine’s “Edict of Toleration”.

I love you all and will not be “nice”, seeking to deceive you with fair words and good speeches. But I will be kind enough to bring you Truth in the midst of this present darkness.

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Posted on January 12th 2015 in Uncategorized

The Sin of Feminism

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(Love this Picture I found!)

As a large family, we are always subject to stares and comments. (Didn’t yo momma tell you not to stare?!) We get the predictable, “You know how that happens, don’t you?” and “You’re just like the Duggars!” and “Are they all yours?!”; “You must be good Catholics!” or “You must be Mormon.”; “Are you done?” Then they will often go on to explain how they have 1 or 2 and can’t handle what they’ve got, wondering how in the world we manage.

We get people of a variety of ages who do a double-take, and you can often see their heads bobbing as they count our brood. Small children yell excitedly about our children. And, on occasion, we will receive disapproving looks from elderly women as they rush to push their cart ahead of us at the grocery store. But, on the other side of it, and more often than not, we are the recipients of kind, encouraging words by people who value the blessing, the work, the love that comes from having all these little ones.

The other night while out to dinner, we had several elderly couples approach us to compliment our children, their behavior, and to share fond memories of their own large brood or of their large sibling groups while growing up. I realized in that moment that they don’t approach us to share how much money they earned over the course of their lives, how many cars they own, what zip code they live in, how much material wealth they have accumulated over many years of working. In that moment they share the only thing they’ve come to realize ever really mattered- family. Are the majority of these people remnant? Likely not. But the Comforter that is here has written into their hearts the value of family and they are able to recall funny details and wonderful, intimate moments of raising their own large broods and you can almost see these stories, these memories playing out in the reflection of their sweet, wrinkled eyes as a movie reel. They have come to this place in their lives where they acknowledge with peace and tenderness the only things that were of any significance on this earth, while everything else has been but chaff in the wind.

Our culture of young professionals who are closing up their wombs to open careers and material wealth have been sold that this is the way to measure success and happiness. Women fail to see the gift of functioning ovaries that hold within them the very seeds of life, and in turn, silence them with pills that have eradicated the ability to conceive naturally outside of the glare of a doctor’s head-lamp and a turkey baster. Life is not created between two loving people, joined as one flesh, but rather in the cold encasement of a petri dish. The hidden miracle of the division of cells that results in the future birth of a baby is relegated to counting those which have divided enough to be considered worthy of insertion and the rest to be discarded.

Then when they get these lab-created babies, they complain about how hard it is to have kids, send them off to public schools, fill their time with sports and media, dress their daughters like harlots, and their sons in shirts that say, “Moms, lock up your daughters.” And then bitterly complain over margaritas  about how hard they have it.

The lie has been sold that we are to hate that which is good and embrace that which is evil.

I came across an article that highlighted the evils of feminism and wanted to share it with you guys. It is eye-opening and a glaring representation of our culture.

“It was 1969. Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp. They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising-group,” a typical communist exercise, something practiced in Maoist China.  We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a Litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church. But now it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:

“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears.  Was I on planet earth?  Who were these people?

 “By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.

They proceeded with a long discussion on how to advance these goals by establishing The National Organization of Women.  It was clear they desired nothing less than the utter deconstruction of Western society. The upshot was that the only way to do this was “to invade every American institution.  Every one must be permeated with ‘The Revolution’”: The media, the educational system, universities, high schools, K-12, school boards, etc.; then, the judiciary, the legislatures, the executive branches and even the library system.”

“I dismissed it as academic-lounge air-castle-building.  I continued with my new life in New York while my sister became famous publishing her books, featured on the cover of “Time Magazine.” “Time” called her “the Karl Marx of the Women’s Movement.”  This was because her book laid out a course in Marxism 101 for women.  Her thesis: The family is a den of slavery with the man as the Bourgeoisie and the woman and children as the Proletariat.  The only hope for women’s “liberation” (communism’s favorite word for leading minions into inextricable slavery; “liberation,” and much like “collective” – please run from it, run for your life) was this new “Women’s Movement.”  Her books captivated the academic classes and soon “Women’s Studies” courses were installed in colleges in a steady wave across the nation with Kate Millett books as required reading.

Imagine this: a girl of seventeen or eighteen at the kitchen table with Mom studying the syllabus for her first year of college and there’s a class called “Women’s Studies.” “Hmmm, this could be interesting,” says Mom. “Maybe you could get something out of this.”

Seems innocuous to her.  How could she suspect this is a class in which her innocent daughter will be taught that her father is a villain?  Her mother is a fool who allowed a man to enslave her into barbaric practices like monogamy and family life and motherhood, which is a waste of her talents.  She mustn’t follow in her mother’s footsteps. That would be submitting to life as a mindless drone for some domineering man, the oppressor, who has mesmerized her with tricks like romantic love.  Never be lured into this chicanery, she will be taught.  Although men are no damned good, she should use them for her own orgasmic gratification; sleep with as many men as possible in order to keep herself unattached and free. There’s hardly a seventeen-year-old girl without a grudge from high school against a Jimmy or Jason who broke her heart.  Boys are learning, too, and they can be careless during high school, that torment of courting dances for both sexes.

By the time Women’s Studies professors finish with your daughter, she will be a shell of the innocent girl you knew, who’s soon convinced that although she should be flopping down with every boy she fancies, she should not, by any means, get pregnant.  And so, as a practitioner of promiscuity, she becomes a wizard of prevention techniques, especially abortion.

The goal of Women’s Liberation is to wear each female down to losing all empathy for boys, men or babies. The tenderest aspects of her soul are roughened into a rock pile of cynicism, where she will think nothing of murdering her baby in the warm protective nest of her little-girl womb.  She will be taught that she, in order to free herself, must become an outlaw. This is only reasonable because all Western law, since Magna Carta and even before, is a concoction of the evil white man whose true purpose is to press her into slavery.

Be an outlaw! Rebel! Be defiant!  (Think Madonna, Lady Gaga, Lois Lerner, Elizabeth Warren.) “All women are prostitutes,” she will be told.  You’re either really smart and use sex by being promiscuous for your own pleasures and development as a full free human being “just like men” or you can be a professional prostitute, a viable business for women, which is “empowering” or you can be duped like your mother and prostitute yourself to one man exclusively whereby you fall under the heavy thumb of “the oppressor.”  All wives are just “one-man whores.”

She is to be heartless in this.  No sentimental stuff about courting. No empathy for either boy or baby.  She has a life to live and no one is to get in her way.  And if the boy or man doesn’t “get it” then no sex for him; “making love” becomes “having sex.” “I’m not ‘having sex’ with any jerk who doesn’t believe I can kill his son or daughter at my whim.  He has no say in it because it’s my body!” (Strange logic as who has ever heard of a body with two heads, two hearts, four arms, four feet?)

There’s no end to the absurdities your young girl will be convinced to swallow.  “I plan to leap from guy to guy as much as I please and no one can stop me because I’m liberated!”  In other words, these people will turn your daughter into a slut with my sister’s books as instruction manuals. (“Slut is a good word. Be proud of it!”)  She’ll be telling you, “I’m probably never getting married and if I do it will be after I’ve established my career,” which nowadays often means never. “I’ll keep my own name and I don’t really want kids.  They’re such a bother and only get in the way.”  They’ll tell her, “Don’t let any guy degrade you by allowing him to open doors for you. To be called ‘a lady’ is an insult. Chivalry is a means of ownership.”

Thus, the females, who are fundamentally the arbiters of society go on to harden their young men with such pillow-talk in the same way they’ve been hardened because, “Wow, man, I’ve gotta get laid and she won’t do it if I don’t agree to let her kill the kid if she gets knocked-up!” Oppressed? Woman has always had power. Consider the eternal paradigm: only after Eve convinced Adam to eat the fruit did mankind fall. I.e., man does anything to make woman happy, even if it’s in defiance of God. There’s power for ya! Without a decent womankind, mankind is lost. As Mae West said, “When women go wrong men go right after them!”

“I insist that woman always has been the arbiter of society and when those women at Lila Karp’s table in Greenwich Village set their minds to destroying the American Family by talking young women into being outlaws, perpetrators of infanticide, and haters of Western law, men and marriage, they accomplished just what they intended.  Their desire — and I witnessed it at subsequent meetings till I got pretty sick of their unbridled hate — was to tear American society apart along with the family and the “Patriarchal Slave-Master,” the American husband.”

“We’re all so busy congratulating each other because Ronald Reagan “won the Cold War without firing a shot” entirely missing the bare truth which is that Mao, with his Little Red Book and the Soviets, won the Cold War without firing a shot by taking over our women, our young and the minds of everyone tutored by Noam Chomsky and the textbooks of Howard Zinn. Christina Hoff Sommers says, “Moms and dads, be afraid for your sons. There’s a ‘war on men’ that started a long time ago in gender studies classes and in women’s advocacy groups eager to believe that men are toxic… Many ‘educated women’ in the U.S. have drunk from the gender feminist Kool Aid.  Girls at Yale, Haverford and Swarthmore see themselves as oppressed.  This is madness.”

The author closes with:

“So much grace, femininity and beauty lost.

So many ruined lives.”

I second that.

(http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/mallorymillett/marxist-feminisms-ruined-lives/)

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Posted on December 6th 2014 in Uncategorized

Why We Don’t “Do” Thanksgiving

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The day is upon us. Many have heard us out about why we no longer participate in any holidays or birthdays, but go on to ask, “But you do Thanksgiving, right?”

No.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, it is yet another day of Ancient Fertility Rights worship.

Here are a couple of interesting tidbits we’ve come across over the years:

“The pagans in Rome celebrated their thanksgiving in early October. The holiday was dedicated to the goddess of the harvest, Ceres, and the holiday was called Cerelia. The Catholic church took over the pagan holiday and it became well established in England, where some of the pagan customs and rituals for this day were observed long after the Roman Empire had disappeared. In England the “Harvest Home” has been observed continuously for centuries.

In our own hemisphere, among the Aztecs of Mexico, the harvest took on a grimmer aspect. Each year a young girl, a representation of Xilonen, The goddess of the new corn, was beheaded. The Pawnees also sacrificed a girl. In a more temperate mood, the Cherokees of the American Southeast danced the Green Corn Dance and began the new year at harvest’s end.

No wonder Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves felt right at home with the Pilgrim Fathers on that day in 1621!! Obviously, the idea for this “first Thanksgiving” did not just “pop” into the mind of Governor Bradford as most people believe! On the contrary Thanksgiving, in the guise of the pagan harvest festivals, can be traced right back to ancient Babylon and the worship of Semiramis!”

SYMBOLS OF THANKSGIVING

OR

SYMBOLS OF THE FRUITFUL GODDESS AND HER

FERTILITYRITES

 

Cornucopias- In Greek Mythology, the horn of Amalthea (the name of the goat who suckled Zeus) became known as the cornucopia or horn of plenty. ISIS (the Egyptian faithful wife, mother, and goddess) was identified with Hathor, the HORNED COW Goddess. Horns are still used in pagan festivals today.

Harvest Queen- A name given to Ceres the Roman goddess of agriculture and crops or to a young woman chosen from among the reapers to whom was given a post of honor at the harvest home. Also the 1948 edition of The Universal World Reference Encyclopedia tells us, “Demeter, the Greek version of the Egyptian goddess Isis and Roman version of Ceres, is one of the principle Grecian deities, the great mother goddess, the nourishing and fertilizing principles of nature.”

Corn- represents Ceres, the corn goddess (agriculture and crops) or Xilonen- goddess of the new corn.

Poppies- Ceres corresponds with Isis of the Egyptians and Demeter of the Greeks. She is represented with a garland of ears of grain on her head, holding in one hand a lighted torch and in the other a poppy, which was sacred to her.

Piglet (Sow)- Demeter was presented with a cow and a sow as well as honey, poppies, corn and fruit indicating thanksgiving for a land of plenty.

 

When we considered Luke 16:15 “….for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God,” we realized that if the world esteems any day, it is an abomination to God. We are exhorted in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 

2 Kings 17:15 describes His people emulating the heathen nations surrounding them and gives us a scathing example of what true Christians ought not to do, “…and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.”

 

Deuteronomy gives several admonishments to not inquire after the ways of the heathens.

 

Amos 5:21 “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.”

 

Mark 7:13 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”

 

Many justify it (Luke 16:15 Ye are they which justify yourselves before men) by saying it is a time for family to gather together. Matthew 12:50 says “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Further, Luke 14:26 says, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

 

1 Corinthians 10:21 says “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” And yet, is this not exactly what many are doing? Sitting round about, unequally yoked, professing Christians with devils?

 

It is, indeed, no light thing to dabble with the  written Word of God. He is not concerned with your emotional comfort or carnal desires. He wants, He demands, He deserves our obedience. His standards were the same when Israel played the harlot and were, in turn, given a writ of divorcement. Are we any different? Has God softened His stance on our touching not the unclean thing (2 Cor 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”)

 

Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not.” Sums that up.

 

Consider today, your profession of faith before an Holy God. Are we ‘thankful’? Yes, absolutely. My God is mighty and gracious. Do we assimilate and participate in heathen traditions to show our “thanks”? I say, It is a foul stench to the Lord.

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Posted on November 27th 2014 in Uncategorized

The Pagan Origins of Father’s Day

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A wee bit late, but pertinent nevertheless!

Father’s Day was originally a pagan holiday, the Great Sky-Father’s Day. Part of the week of celebrations leading up to the summer solstice, the day was give over to celebrating the Sky-Father’s providing for his human children with his rich gifts of sun and rain. Gifts of sacrificial goats and sheep (recognizable by the festive ribbons bound about their necks) were supplemented with prayers for his continued guidance in the human journey towards spiritual adulthood.

The precise transition to the Father’s Day we know today is lost in the mists of time, but it seems that several generations of Christian priests gradually attempted to neutralize the pagan rituals by focusing on the literal steps of the ceremonies, rather than their spirutual meanings. The passing of celebratory garlands from sons to fathers was retained, and reemphasized as the central act of the Great Sky-Father’s celebration, rather than the sacrifices and prayers. As part of this reinterpretation, the practice of tying ribbons was moved from the animals to the fathers, and appears to be recognizably the origin of the custom of giving ties on Father’s Day.

-Thanks to laboratorium.net for this informative piece!

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Posted on June 16th 2014 in Uncategorized

The Pagan Origins of Mother’s Day

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deceivedShould Christians Celebrate Mother’s Day?

 

It is the “second largest U.S. consumer spending holiday” according to the National Retail Federation. Estimates suggest that Americans will spend more than $14 billion this year at restaurants, on clothing, jewelry and flowers. And like so many other American commercial traditions, its roots can be traced back to ancient times. Predictably, the holiday we call “Mother’s Day” has Pagan origins. 

 

 The Pagans called her by many names. She was known as Aphrodite, Cybele, or Sybyl, Diana, Electra, Europa, Isis, Venus, Semiramis, Ashtoreth and Astarte, — Ishtar Feast days honoring the mother goddesses  were known from antiquity. The fact that Americans only began doing so for a little over 100 years facilitates the cognitive divorce between the hoary practice of the ancients and contemporary Americans, many of whom claim to practice the Christian faith.

 

600 years before Christ, the ancient Greek Pagans honored Rhea, wife of Cronus (or Saturn-Satan if you prefer) who was worshipped as the mother of the gods and goddesses. Likewise, in Pagan Rome, there was a similar festival dedicated to the worship of Juno, called “Matronalia.”

 

In England, “Mothering Sunday” began to be observed in the 13th century, honoring their mothers with Simnel cakes or “Mothering Day” cakes. This practice is tied to the heathen practice of women baking cakes to the “Queen of Heaven.” 

 

This celebration was adopted by the Roman Catholic “Mother” Church. This is the same Roman church which absorbed the Pagan practices dedicated to celebrating goddess worship (Easter) and the heathen celebration of Saturnalia, renamed Christmas.

 

There is little doubt in this authors mind that most professing Christians will say that Mother’s Day has nothing to do with the Pagan practices of the ancient world. Despite the fact that the origins of this holiday are well known, most Christians simply cover their ears and refuse to acknowledge the truth.

 

After all, the American observance of Mother’s Day first began in 1907 and was made a national celebration by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. What’s wrong with paying tribute our their mothers? The Bible says “honor thy father and thy mother” doesn’t it? Such legalistic sophistry ignores that fact that no such day of honor was recognized by early Christians nor even mentioned in the Bible.

 

Matthew 10:37:

 

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

 

 

It is no coincidence that the annual Rites of Spring Pagan Celebration in New England, began during Mother’s Day weekend in May of 1979, near Boston where Julia Ward Howe, held the first organized Mother’s Day meetings of America.  A similar event was held last year, Mothers Day weekend in Berkeley, California.  In Brighton – United Kingdom, and elsewhere, there were comparable celebrations dedicated to the Mother goddess.

 

As other holidays having roots in Pagan sun worship, Mothers Day is always held on the day named in honor of the Sun. Mom Note: <It should also be noted that we get the saying “Mother Earth” from this same goddess worship!>

 

It is a sad fact that most professing believers will refuse to hear or consider the truth contained herein. They will complain that their “Christian” values are under attack in this nation, and yet will observe Pagan inspired celebrations which were foisted upon them by the same nation that works to their destruction. They reject the knowledge of God and his feast days and embrace the practices of the heathen. If God’s people forget his law, is it also not right that he should forget them?

 

Hosea 4:6:

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Article reposted from beaconoftruth.com

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Posted on May 9th 2014 in Uncategorized

Yet Another Reason to Homeschool

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rottencoreI came across this article on ‘Thought You Should Know’ and found the information contained therein very interesting. It is discussing the state of our public school system and how it came to be. I thought my readers would enjoy the read!

Of course, when we consider the Lord’s command in Proverbs, Deuteronomy, and Ephesians that parents raise up their children in the way they should go, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and we consider the venomous cesspool that is our public school system (as described in this article and further exacerbated by the effects of Kinseyism), Christians must exercise their legal right to not participate and home-school their babies. I think of Luke 17:1 “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” Sure, this could be stated to those in leadership in our schools, but the responsibility and ownership lies with parents, with whom were entrusted these precious gifts, and woe to the parent who takes lightly his/her responsibility to protect from offences, or worse, to participate in the offence by subjecting them to the school system.

And please don’t suggest a fair alternative is a ‘Christian’ school. Now, you’re taking your babies out of a godless environment and putting them in an environment of spiritual deception that will only work to sear their little conscience. And those children aren’t any better behaved. We’ve watch children from the local “Christian” school playing vampire games. If the root is evil, the whole will be evil. “Christian” or public: Pick your poison.

A Christian’s responsibility is solely to the promotion and preservation of the Truth, particularly when said Christian will one day stand before an Holy God and give account for how well he did so in favor of the saving of his children’s souls.

The Public School Nightmare:

Why fix a system designed to destroy individual thought?

by John Taylor Gatto
(all rights reserved)


I want you to consider the frightening possibility that we are spending far too much money on schooling, not too little. I want you to consider that we have too many people employed in interfering with the way children grow up — and that all this money and all these people, all the time we take out of children’s lives and away from their homes and families and neighborhoods and private explorations — gets in the way of education.

That seems radical, I know. Surely in modern technological society it is the quantity of schooling and the amount of money you spend on it that buys value. And yet last year in St. Louis, I heard a vice-president of IBM tell an audience of people assembled to redesign the process of teacher certification that in his opinion this country became computer-literate by self-teaching, not through any action of schools. He said 45 million people were comfortable with computers who had learned through dozens of non-systematic strategies, none of them very formal; if schools had pre-empted the right to teach computer use we would be in a horrible mess right now instead of leading the world in this literacy. Now think about Sweden, a beautiful, healthy, prosperous and up-to-date country with a spectacular reputation for quality in everything it produces. It makes sense to think their schools must have something to do with that.

Then what do you make of the fact that you can’t go to school in Sweden until you are 7 years old? The reason the unsentimental Swedes have wiped out what would be first and seconds grades here is that they don’t want to pay the large social bill that quickly comes due when boys and girls are ripped away from their best teachers at home too early.

It just isn’t worth the price, say the Swedes, to provide jobs for teachers and therapists if the result is sick, incomplete kids who can’t be put back together again very easily. The entire Swedish school sequence isn’t 12 years, either — it’s nine. Less schooling, not more. The direct savings of such a step in the US would be $75-100 billion, a lot of unforeclosed home mortgages, a lot of time freed up with which to seek an education.

Who was it that decided to force your attention onto Japan instead of Sweden? Japan with its long school year and state compulsion, instead of Sweden with its short school year, short school sequence, and free choice where your kid is schooled? Who decided you should know about Japan and not Hong Kong, an Asian neighbor with a short school year that outperforms Japan across the board in math and science? Whose interests are served by hiding that from you?

One of the principal reasons we got into the mess we’re in is that we allowed schooling to become a very profitable monopoly, guaranteed its customers by the police power of the state. Systematic schooling attracts increased investment only when it does poorly, and since there are no penalties at all for such performance, the temptation not to do well is overwhelming. That’s because school staffs, both line and management, are involved in a guild system; in that ancient form of association no single member is allowed to outperform any other member, is allowed to advertise or is allowed to introduce new technology or improvise without the advance consent of the guild. Violation of these precepts is severely sanctioned — as Marva Collins, Jaime Escalante and a large number of once-brilliant teachers found out.

The guild reality cannot be broken without returning primary decision-making to parents, letting them buy what they want to buy in schooling, and encouraging the entrepreneurial reality that existed until 1852. That is why I urge any business to think twice before entering a cooperative relationship with the schools we currently have. Cooperating with these places will only make them worse.

The structure of American schooling, 20th century style, began in 1806 when Napoleon’s amateur soldiers beat the professional soldiers of Prussia at the battle of Jena. When your business is selling soldiers, losing a battle like that is serious. Almost immediately afterwards a German philosopher named Fichte delivered his famous “Address to the German Nation” which became one of the most influential documents in modern history. In effect he told the Prussian people that the party was over, that the nation would have to shape up through a new Utopian institution of forced schooling in which everyone would learn to take orders.

So the world got compulsion schooling at the end of a state bayonet for the first time in human history; modern forced schooling started in Prussia in 1819 with a clear vision of what centralized schools could deliver:

Obedient soldiers to the army; Obedient workers to the mines; Well subordinated civil servants to government; Well subordinated clerks to industry Citizens who thought alike about major issues.

Schools should create an artificial national consensus on matters that had been worked out in advance by leading German families and the head of institutions. Schools should create unity among all the German states, eventually unifying them into Greater Prussia.

Prussian industry boomed from the beginning. She was successful in warfare and her reputation in international affairs was very high. Twenty-six years after this form of schooling began, the King of Prussia was invited to North America to determine the boundary between the United States and Canada. Thirty-three years after that fateful invention of the central school institution, as the behest of Horace Mann and many other leading citizens, we borrowed the style of Prussian schooling as our own.

You need to know this because over the first 50 years of our school institution Prussian purpose — which was to create a form of state socialism — gradually forced out traditional American purpose, which in most minds was to prepare the individual to be self-reliant.

In Prussia the purpose of the Volksshule, which educated 92 percent of the children, was not intellectual development at all, but socialization in obedience and subordination. Thinking was left to the Real Schulen, in which 8 percent of the kids participated. But for the great mass, intellectual development was regarded with managerial horror, as something that caused armies to lose battles.

Prussia concocted a method based on complex fragmentations to ensure that its school products would fit the grand social design. Some of this method involved dividing whole ideas into school subjects, each further divisible, some of it involved short periods punctuated by a horn so that self-motivation in study would be muted by ceaseless interruptions.

There were many more techniques of training, but all were built around the premise that isolation from first-hand information, and fragmentation of the abstract information presented by teachers, would result in obedient and subordinate graduates, properly respectful of arbitrary orders. “Lesser” men would be unable to interfere with policy makers because, while they could still complain, they could not manage sustained or comprehensive thought. Well-schooled children cannot think critically, cannot argue effectively.

One of the most interesting by-products of Prussian schooling turned out to be the two most devastating wars of modern history. Erich Maria Ramarque, in his classic “All Quiet on the Western Front” tells us that the First World War was caused by the tricks of schoolmasters, and the famous Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said that the Second World War was the inevitable product of good schooling.

It’s important to underline that Bonhoeffer meant that literally, not metaphorically — schooling after the Prussian fashion removes the ability of the mind to think for itself. It teaches people to wait for a teacher to tell them what to do and if what they have done is good or bad. Prussian teaching paralyses the moral will as well as the intellect. It’s true that sometimes well-schooled students sound smart, because they memorize many opinions of great thinkers, but they actually are badly damaged because their own ability to think is left rudimentary and undeveloped. We got from the United States to Prussia and back because a small number of very passionate ideological leaders visited Prussia in the first half of the 19th century, and fell in love with the order, obedience and efficiency of its system and relentlessly proselytized for a translation of Prussian vision onto these shores.

If Prussia’s ultimate goal was the unification of Germany, our major goal, so these men thought, was the unification of hordes of immigrant Catholics into a national consensus based on a northern European cultural model. To do that children would have to be removed from their parents and from inappropriate cultural influence. In this fashion, compulsion schooling, a bad idea that had been around at least since Plato’s “Republic”, a bad idea that New England had tried to enforce in 1650 without any success, was finally rammed through the Massachusetts legislature in 1852. It was, of course, the famous “Know-Nothing” legislature that passed this law, a legislature that was the leading edge of a famous secret society which flourished at that time known as “The Order of the Star Spangled Banner,” whose password was the simple sentence, “I know nothing” — hence the popular label attached to the secret society’s political arm, “The American Party.” Over the next 50 years state after state followed suit, ending schools of choice and ceding the field to a new government monopoly.

There was one powerful exception to this — the children who could afford to be privately educated. It’s important to note that the underlying premise of Prussian schooling is that the government is the true parent of children — the State is sovereign over the family. At the most extreme pole of this notion is the idea that biological parents are really the enemies of their own children, not to be trusted. How did a Prussian system of dumbing children down take hold in American schools?

Thousands and thousands of young men from prominent American families journeyed to Prussia and other parts of Germany during the 19th century and brought home the Ph. D. degree to a nation in which such a credential was unknown. These men pre-empted the top positions in the academic world, in corporate research, and in government, to the point where opportunity was almost closed to those who had not studied in Germany, or who were not the direct disciples of a German PhD, as John Dewey was the disciple of G. Stanley Hall at Johns Hopkins. Virtually every single one of the founders of American schooling had made the pilgrimage to Germany, and many of these men wrote widely circulated reports praising the Teutonic methods. Horace Mann’s famous “7th Report” of 1844, still available in large libraries, was perhaps the most important of these.

By 1889, a little more than 100 years ago, the crop was ready for harvest. It that year the US Commissioner of Education, William Torrey Harris, assured a railroad magnate, Collis Huntington, that American schools were “scientifically designed” to prevent “over-education” from happening. The average American would be content with his humble role in life, said the commissioner, because he would not be tempted to think about any other role. My guess is that Harris meant he would not be able to think about any other role. In 1896 the famous John Dewey, then at the University of Chicago, said that independent, self-reliant people were a counter-productive anachronism in the collective society of the future. In modern society, said Dewey, people would be defined by their associations — not by their own individual accomplishments.

It such a world people who read too well or too early are dangerous because they become privately empowered, they know too much, and know how to find out what they don’t know by themselves, without consulting experts. Dewey said the great mistake of traditional pedagogy was to make reading and writing constitute the bulk of early schoolwork. He advocated that the phonics method of teaching reading be abandoned and replaced by the whole word method, not because the latter was more efficient (he admitted that it was less efficient) but because independent thinkers were produced by hard books, thinkers who cannot be socialized very easily. By socialization Dewey meant a program of social objectives administered by the best social thinkers in government.

This was a giant step on the road to state socialism, the form pioneered in Prussia, and it is a vision radically disconnected with the American past, its historic hopes and dreams. Dewey’s former professor and close friend, G. Stanley Hall, said this at about the same time, “Reading should no longer be a fetish. Little attention should be paid to reading.” Hall was one of the three men most responsible for building a gigantic administrative infrastructure over the classroom. How enormous that structure really became can only be understood by comparisons: New York State, for instance, employs more school administrators than all of the European Economic Community nations combined.

Once you think that the control of conduct is what schools are about, the word “reform” takes on a very particular meaning. It means making adjustments to the machine so that young subjects will not twist and turn so, while their minds and bodies are being scientifically controlled. Helping kids to use their minds better is beside the point. Bertrand Russell once observed that American schooling was among the most radical experiments in human history, that America was deliberately denying its children the tools of critical thinking. When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.

There is no evidence that this has been a State purpose since the start of compulsion schooling. When Frederich Froebel, the inventor of kindergarten in 19th century Germany, fashioned his idea he did not have a “garden for children” in mind, but a metaphor of teachers as gardeners and children as the vegetables. Kindergarten was created to be a way to break the influence of mothers on their children. I note with interest the growth of daycare in the US and the repeated urgings to extend school downward to include 4-year-olds.

The movement toward state socialism is not some historical curiosity but a powerful dynamic force in the world around us. It is fighting for its life against those forces which would, through vouchers or tax credits, deprive it of financial lifeblood, and it has countered this thrust with a demand for even more control over children’s lives, and even more money to pay for the extended school day and year that this control requires.

A movement as visibly destructive to individuality, family and community as government-system schooling has been might be expected to collapse in the face of its dismal record, coupled with an increasingly aggressive shake down of the taxpayer, but this has not happened. The explanation is largely found in the transformation of schooling from a simple service to families and towns to an enormous, centralized corporate enterprise.

While this development has had a markedly adverse effect on people and on our democratic traditions, it has made schooling the single largest employer in the United States, and the largest grantor of contracts next to the Defense Department. Both of these low-visibility phenomena provide monopoly schooling with powerful political friends, publicists, advocates and other useful allies. This is a large part of the explanation why no amount of failure ever changes things in schools, or changes them for very long. School people are in a position to outlast any storm and to keep short-attention-span public scrutiny thoroughly confused.

An overview of the short history of this institution reveals a pattern marked by intervals of public outrage, followed by enlargement of the monopoly in every case.

After nearly 30 years spent inside a number of public schools, some considered good, some bad, I feel certain that management cannot clean its own house. It relentlessly marginalizes all significant change. There are no incentives for the “owners” of the structure to reform it, nor can there be without outside competition.

What is needed for several decades is the kind of wildly-swinging free market we had at the beginning of our national history. It cannot be overemphasized that no body of theory exists to accurately define the way children learn, or which learning is of most worth. By pretending the existence of such we have cut ourselves off from the information and innovation that only a real market can provide. Fortunately our national situation has been so favorable, so dominant through most of our history, that the margin of error afforded has been vast.

But the future is not so clear. Violence, narcotic addictions, divorce, alcoholism, loneliness…all these are but tangible measures of a poverty in education. Surely schools, as the institutions monopolizing the daytimes of childhood, can be called to account for this. In a democracy the final judges cannot be experts, but only the people.

Trust the people, give them choices, and the school nightmare will vanish in a generation.

Original Article Can Be Found At: http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/Educate/public_school_nightmare.htm

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Posted on March 17th 2014 in Uncategorized

Buddy Christ

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behappyWhat A Friend We Have In Jesus.

The title of a popular song, but why are so many content to allow it to utterly characterize their walk of faith? Without repentance, without a complete denial of self, without a life devoted to following in Truth, no matter the cost, what good is ‘Buddy Christ’? To make you feel better about yourself? To rid the guilt tracing the wrinkles of your face? To call on when you need a fix?

In a conversation recently, I heard a common retort to the Lord’s oft-repeated warnings as in 2 Timothy 3:1-5,-

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, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

A retort I’ve heard innumerable times, “Christ hung out with sinners.” Of all the recycled excuses I hear on a daily basis from professing believers and non-believers alike, this one is one the most grating, offensive, and gut-wrenching. In fact, the sensation to lurch and fall on my knees in the face of such overwhelming irreverence of an Holy God is powerful and hard to bear.

Do they even understand that my Christ, my Savior, is not some long-haired, dread-parading, hemp sandal-wearing, pot-smoking, vegetarian hippy, flashing the peace sign while singing a Lennon song under the banner of “A toke for everyone! And everyone for a toke!” “Strip away religious dogma!” “Why can’t we be friends?!” For crying out loud, people, your “messiah” is none other than Charles Manson!

In his sermon, “Ten Shekels and a Shirt”, Paris Reidhead made a series of powerful and indisputable statements. He said, “The philosophy of the day became humanism. And you could define humanism this way, humanism is a philosophical statement that declares the end of all being is the happiness of man. The reason for existence is man’s happiness. Now according to humanism, salvation is simply a matter of getting all the happiness you can out of life.

Well now the philosophy of the atmosphere is humanism; the chief end of being is the happiness of man. There’s another group of people that have taken umbrage with the liberals, this group are my people, the fundamentalists. They say, “We believe in the inspiration of the Bible! We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ! We believe in hell! We believe in heaven! We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ!” But remember the atmosphere is that of humanism. And humanism says the chief end of being is the happiness of man.

So it wasn’t long until we had this, that the fundamentalists knew each other because they said “We believe these things!” They were men for the most part that had met God. But you see it wasn’t long until having said “These are the things that establish us as fundamentalists!”, the second generation said “This is how we become a fundamentalist! Believe in the inspiration of the Bible! Believe in the deity of Christ! Believe in His death, burial, and resurrection! And thereby become a fundamentalist.” And so it wasn’t long until it got to our generation, where the whole plan of salvation was to give intellectual assent to a few statements of doctrine. And a person was considered a Christian because he could say “Ah hah” at four or five places that he was asked. If he knew where to say “Ah hah”, someone would pat him on the back, shake his hand, smile broadly, and say “Brother, you’re saved!” So it had gotten down to the place where salvation was nothing more than an assent to a scheme or a formula, and the end of this was that salvation was the happiness of man because humanism had penetrated. If you were to analyze fundamentalism in contrast to liberalism of a hundred years ago as it developed, for I am not pinpointing it in time, it would be like this:

The liberal says the end of religion is to make man happy while he’s alive, and the fundamentalist says the end of religion is to make man happy when he dies.

But again! The end of all of the religion it was proclaimed was the happiness of man. And whereas the liberal says, “By social change and political order we’re going to do away with slums, we’re going to do away with alcoholism and dope addiction and poverty. And we’re going to make HEAVEN ON EARTH! AND MAKE YOU HAPPY WHILE YOU’RE ALIVE! We don’t know anything about after that, but we want to be happy while you’re alive!”

And then the fundamentalists, along the line, are now tuning in on this same wavelength of humanism. Until we find it something like this:

“Accept Jesus so you can go to heaven! You don’t want to go to that old, filthy, nasty, burning hell when there is a beautiful heaven up there! Now come to Jesus so you can go to heaven!”

And the appeal could be as much to selfishness as a couple of men sitting in a coffee shop deciding they are going to rob a bank to get something for nothing!

I’m afraid that it’s become so subtle that it goes everywhere. What is it? In essence it’s this! That this philosophical postulate that the end of all being is the happiness of man, has been sort of covered over with evangelical terms and Biblical doctrine until God reigns in heaven for the happiness of man, Jesus Christ was incarnate for the happiness of man, all the angels exist for the happiness of man…, Everything is for the happiness of man! AND I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THIS IS UNCHRISTIAN!!! Isn’t man happy? Didn’t God intend to make man happy? Yes. But as a by-product and not a prime-product!

Do you see? Let me epitomize, let me summarize. Christianity says, “The end of all being is the glory of God.” Humanism says, “The end of all being is the happiness of man.”

WHY SHOULD A SINNER GIVE UP ALL HIS SINS? WHY SHOULD HE BE CHALLENGED TO DO IT? WHY SHOULD HE MAKE RESTITUTION WHEN HE’S COMING TO CHRIST? BECAUSE GOD DESERVES THE OBEDIENCE THAT HE DEMANDS!!!”

Christ did not come to befriend sinners in their sin, but to call man to repentance, to holiness, to self-denial, to take up their daily cross and forsake themselves! He did not “hang” with publicans and outlaws because they were the cool crowd, but to offer the sick the physician they needed. What sacrilege to claim anything less! I don’t want to serve a God that would be complacent in my filthiness. He commands that we be Holy because He is so!

Our purpose in any relationship, be it family or the cashier at the grocery store, is to bring glory to God by representing His Truth. Kicking back over a beer and bonding over the filth of this world is an utter waste of God’s time and He can get no glory out of that.

Luke 2:49 “…wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

My Savior is not ‘Buddy Christ’. He is real. He is mighty. He is faithful. Oh! That you would know the goodness of a very real, of a very Holy God!

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Hearts and Stars

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idolsAfter Jacob departed privily from Laban’s house in the 31st chapter of Genesis, we see Laban come to find out that some of his images, his idols to his gods, are missing. After pursuing the vast, fleeing crowd, Laban demands to know what they have done with his gods. Of course, we saw earlier that Rachel, Laban’s daughter, had stolen them in a revenge scenario against her father. Jacob, unaware of his wife’s thievery and quick to deny any wrong-doing, proclaims his disgust at the accusation and readily follows it up with a death sentence proclamation for whomever the idols are found with. We see a bit later, Rachel hides the idols under her person, thereby avoiding being caught and the subsequent death penalty.

I include this story to remind my readers that idols have been used for a very long time.  Fast forward to 2014, and it is imperative that you understand that symbology and idols are still used ubiquitously. How many of us are sitting on a little idol, much like Rachel? How many of us have these symbols all over our homes? Resting on a mantel, adorning your walls, bedecking the blankets that cover your sleeping children?

I have stated before that we became very serious about understanding everything we put in our home, the sayings we say as a culture, the traditions we keep, etc. Never wanting to be apathetic, hungry to find out that which pleases our God and that which offends Him. The different symbolism surrounding us at any given point seemed a worthy endeavor to explore.

Two of the most prominent examples of pagan symbols, or idols to Belial and the fertility goddess, are the heart and the star. In Alexander Hislop’s Tale of Two Babylons, he explains: “The “Heart” was one of the sacred symbols of Osiris when he was born again, and appeared as Harpocrates, or the infant divinity,  borne in the arms of his mother Isis.” You would know this “infant divinity” as the baby “Jesus” in “Mary’s” arms or “Cupid”, the chubby little angel baby with a bow and arrow.

The heart shape began it’s use in pagan fertility worship as a symbol of the female matrix, which explains its popularity for the highly sexualized holiday of Valentine’s Day.

The star shape, also known as a pentagram for it’s 5 sides, is used in witchcraft. We see on radioliberty.com (http://www.radioliberty.com/Symbolsandtheirmeaning.html): this explanation of stars:

For a 5-pointed star pointing up- “A standard symbol for witches, freemasons, and many other pagan or occult groups. To witches, it represent the four basic elements (wind, water, earth and fire) plus a pantheistic spiritual being such as Gaia or Mother Earth. The pentagram is also “used for protection. to banish energy, or to bring it to you, depending on how it’s drawn,” wrote a Wiccan visitor.”

For a 5-pointed star pointing down- “Used in occult rituals to direct forces or energies. Often represents satanism, the horned god or various expressions of contemporary occultism, especially when a goat-head is superimposed on the inverted pentagram.

The cultural symbolism surrounding us is quite the rabbit’s hole. We choose not to use either shape on anything in our life, which means kids’ clothes, toys, blankets, etc. We get eye rolls from every direction when we try to explain why. I expect that from the world but am disappointed when Christians scoff.  Aren’t we ever to be moving on toward perfection? To run the race set before us? Why would anyone knowingly want to hide a little idol on their person rather than bring it into the Light and destroy it? If the believers in Acts destroyed their things they previously used in pagan worship, why is it any different for any one of us?

Perhaps, like us, you will say you didn’t know and claim ignorance as your defense. Now you know.

I leave you with a portion of Scripture to consider: Deuteronomy 12: 2-4 “Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God.”

Deuteronomy 12: 29-31 “When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”

 

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Posted on February 20th 2014 in Uncategorized