Growing up

One of the reasons I became christian, was a woman in California named Anita Fuentes. I have long since spoken out against her as a false prophet, but I am reminded of the fact she did indeed “Open My Eyes”.
I was talking to another christian whom started their walk in Christ from a very different angle. The United Church of Christ. This person today rejects every thing about this superficial universalist dribble, for many of similar reasons I rejected Anita Fuentes….

We learned better and We grew up.

We started with these people because at the time we needed them. We really didnt know anything, we thought we did and was willing to learn more. As we learned to read the bible for ourselves, as we saw certain inconsistencies, as we learned, we also learned better.

I guarantee that this will happen to all of you. If it doesn’t happen, then you are not growing at all.

So what I think I’m saying is, even bad doctrine can be a stepping stone – but it’s only just that, a stepping stone.

With that in mind…

I was looking over my blog, and some things I wrote about years ago. I realized there’s some things I use to believe that, I don’t really disagree with anymore I just have a more advanced understanding of it now… So perhaps I should delete it right?

Well, I won’t. The reason is, just because I’ve learned better doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t. My own blog and my own word is not scripture – it’s evangelism… It’s me talking to the internet. I myself am no exception to this rule. Someone can always just be using me as a stepping stone, and one day grow up themselves.

The only thing that matters is, salvation is in Christ alone through faith alone. This fact is evident in scripture alone. If anyone says something different, they are just blatantly lieing to you. I have on my blog never said anything different, and I never will on that point.

 

Feet of Iron, Mixed with Clay 

Alot of people are familiar with King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in the book of Daniel… but it’s plain to see that many havn’t put its interpretation together or really allowed it to sink in….

Any time a person is looking for continuity of ideas. Any time we are debating ideals and searching for a middle ground. Any time a politician says “bipartisanship” or “reach across the aisle” or “come to center”…. We are seeing someone who might understand the symptoms of the battle, but it hasn’t really registered with them. 

All they want is unity, in a world where unity is impossible.

We are in the last kingdom of the earth right now. If you think about the reason for our lack of continuity, it comes from all of us being very self educated people. We are not a monarchy society, rather a democracy. There isn’t a single time in history that every nation across he globe was a democracy. This period is represented well by king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of kingdoms

….The feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay.And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage,but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. Daniel 2:41-43

Another one of Daniel’s prophecy talks about us being very self educated people… Though you may also be aware Jesus said the same thing.

Daniel 12:
But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

If you find yourself ever trying to agree with someone, or get them to agree with you – remember this has been prophesied. If you are thinking this lack of “Unity” will ultimately lead to destruction on a global scale… Well your absolutely right… That would be the point. Just as Daniel concluded with the kings vision…

And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” – Daniel 2: 44-45

As Christians, what do we do with this?

We ourselves are just as divided as Republicans and Democrats.

The only thing we can ever agree on is that we disagree. I think it’s best we only trust in what the bible says, nothing else man says or even says what the bible  says. That is the source of our only truth, in a chaotic world full of facts. 

Even on this conclusion, I know people will not understand what I’m saying or will profusely disagree. And so, Anyone who has an ear, let them hear me repeat myself. We have no unity, nor will we  until Jesus destroys all the kingdoms of the earth. It is inevitable one way or another. The very best you can do for yourself is pick the side of Jesus, or pick the side of the world. Anything in between these 2 extremes is chaos and confusion.  

Christian Anarchism

The kingdom of god is spiritual…. We have to be good people…. Both of these have a flaw – the very same flaw infact.

The kingdom of God is the people of God, doing our christian duty. You and me are the kingdom. It’s nothing more then a society in of itself. Not an otherworldly detached metaphor. Our duty is “The Great Commission”.

As scripture tells us also, we of ourselves can only sin continuously, any good work we do comes from the spirit. We in the kingdom of God are his vessels to the world, which is why we don’t really need a government or code of conduct to tell us what to do and how to act. We just allow the spirit to work through us, even against some or many of our own inner desires/instincts 😉

You may have noticed this is evident in the way a statist or legalists only feels comfortable in codes of conducts regulated by something other then themselves…. Like a government or even say a religion. They do not have enough faith in the spirit to work in themselves otherwise to remain even reasonably civilized. Even just the word ‘Anarchy’ scares them, from faith the size of a mustard seed. 

It is because of the model presented by Jesus himself, there can never be such a thing as A manmade “Christian Nation”. It is an oxymoron. You are either a christian, or you are with the world. Jesus alone is our only ruler, we can be servants to none other man made thinking. We needn’t look further then the Bible and the dictionary to discover that the rawest and most radical  expression of Christianity is inherently Anarchist.

an·ar·chism

ˈanərˌkizəm/noun belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion



The big three: Nabonidus, Belshazzar and Daniel

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Earlier this month we wrote about the significant kings of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. Here is a list of the articles in chronological order.

  • Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed Nineveh here.
  • The Kings of Babylon and Bible Historyhere.
  • Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon here.
  • Evil-merodach (562-560) graciously freed Jehoiachin here.
  • Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon here.

What about Belshazzar?

Belshazzar is called king several times in the Book of Daniel (5:1,9,30; 7:1; 8:1). He is referred to as the son of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 5:21-22. There may be many things we still do not know about the historical setting of Daniel, but we understand from Babylonian records that Nabonidus was the king of Babylon at this time (556–539 B.C.). How can it be said that Belshazzar is king, and how can Daniel be third in the kingdom (Daniel 5:7,16,29)?

Perhaps no book…

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The God of Separation and Division

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The other day I looked out my window and saw a lady on the street corner holding a sign that said, “Pray the rosary for world peace”. As I looked at her, I immediately thought of several scriptures that related to her sign. I decided to go talk with her and share with her what God’s Word says regarding the subject of God brining peace to the world.

For those who are unfamiliar with God’s Word, it might seem reasonable to assume that God wants the world to be in a state of continual peace; and that it would be a noble thing to labor for this cause through prayer. However, a careful look at the words of Jesus, and God’s dealings with man throughout the entire word of God, clearly show that God is interested in, and always working towards, bringing division and separation. As foreign as this concept…

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How to explain the Gospel to children

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The most important thing you can do for a child is to teach him or her the good news about how to be right with God, how to be forgiven of sin through the person and work of Christ.

Over the years, many have asked me, “How can I explain the gospel to children in terms they understand without toning down the hard demands of Christ? Must a child understand Jesus’s lordship to be saved?”

Certainly children are limited in their ability to understand spiritual truth, but so are adults.

Very few people intellectually understand all the gospel truth at the moment of salvation. Fortunately, the essential truths are basic enough that even a child can understand. Jesus Himself characterized saving faith as childlikeness (Mark 10:15). True belief is not a function of advanced intellect, sophisticated theological understanding, or complex doctrinal knowledge.

Children old enough to be saved can grasp…

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The Snowflake Downfall

So here I am like everyone else in the aftermath of the civil war that was the election. Like the end of every war, the victors are feeding off the tears and blood of the losers. and the losers are wagging in a few last stands before their inevitable demise.

But I want to look at the left a moment a bit critically. They are rather interesting,  especially if you understand something about psychology. They are displaying all the symptoms of  Cognitive Dissonance.

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Those on the left never engaged anyone outside of the left. They isolated themselves only with people who agree with them, and promoted with each other out of touch ideals about the world…. In their own minds, they assumed for so long that everyone obviously just agrees with them. So within their own circles, they created their own little reality that never went unchallenged by someone who disagrees… and indeed it often shows, just on facebook – they are not use to people disagreeing with them, they don’t even know how to comeback with anything other then insults, like children.

Now Trump wins the election. and look at the left riot, insult people, burn buildings, crying in streets. Shocked and stunned to learn that there is actually a lot of gay republicans out there saying ‘Democrats don’t represent me’…. They are confronted with the simple fact for the first time, in a long time, beyond any shadow of a doubt that their ideas… are all wrong.  :-O Their entire world view is just a popped bubble :-O

Everything were seeing with the left is what happens when a person faces Cognitive Dissonance.  Irrational angry behavior of people powerless to confront the truth even while looking at the face of it.

On this wide scale case of Cognitive Dissonance were seeing another trend within the Democratic party called ‘De-alignment’. (That is a very bad word in politics)… The party is a sinking ship. Conservative democrats are starting to re think their progressive leaders. Meanwhile the progressive leaders are growing even more insane then they ever were before. So what happens in De-Alignment is there’s a huge divide between the party leaders and the base. The more detached the leaders become, the more they shake off life long supporters.

Unfortunately with the Democratic party, this divide has actually been there a long time, it’s only become noticeable to many democrats once the bubble was popped. Unfortunately the party is not in position to realign – the leaders are too detached from everyday people and they are established in their positions for some time to come….

It will be a long time until we see the democratic party make a comeback. The only thing Republicans have to do is maintain the ability to be “the lesser of 2 evils”, speaking only to the peoples plain reason.

So That’s the Democrats….

 

Spiritual Touerettes Syndrome

Sometimes in my thoughts I think of a sentence about god… and in my inner monologue something like this happens. “Jesus is NOT my king”…. Written out, this could not sound more blasphemous, however the word ‘Not’ is in bold and italic for a reason…. I didn’t think that…. I was thinking ‘Jesus is my king’…. It’s kind of like the word ‘not’ is a separate entity that chimed into my inner monologue at just the right time to change the sentence….  It doesn’t even have the same voice as the rest of the sentence. This dysfunction happens to me alot – Even in prayer this sort of spasm happens while im talking to god himself. yet it only seems to happen when i’m thinking of spiritual things or praying… I was eventually so frustrated with it I prayed about it..

I told god: I don’t know why this happens, it’s like Touerettes lord. It doesnt feel like me,  it doesnt even sound like me. do not hold this against me because these things are not what im saying to you. I have no desire to be against you, though I know it sounds like it when these spasms in my mind and prayers are everything against you.. even better please make it stop. If it is a demon then please banish it, remove it please…

So then I fell asleep to the bible on audio book and had a dream:

I was at beautiful white sandy beach, there were no waves and the water was beautiful but eerily clear/calm like glass. I was drinking a margarita out of a coconut when a man came from behind me. This is what he told me:

Everyone has this Touerettes, god knows it isnt you nor does he hold it against you, nor is it a demon as you suppose – rather it is yourself but not really, its your flesh that rejects God. That voice that happens to you is the sin inside of you.This same voice you have observed also causes you to do other sins your not even aware of. It will be taken away someday, though I know it causes you grief, it cant be taken from you just now – but it is good you despise it, so does god – and its why all need Jesus.

so then I woke up and my audio bible was still playing and came to the book of Romans at just about what seems like an appropriate message :

“Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” – Romans 7:17 – 25

So what I get out of all this experience is, even Paul had this internal psycho dynamics of; “my will vs my sin that’s within” in regards to Christianity. We are wretched and wicked creatures – rotten to our very core. our flesh and blood is inherently evil in more ways then just lust (which is usually when its most apparent).  Even when we are saved, we are only made perfect via technicality – only marginally are we bettering ourselves by carrying some of the holy spirit. Truely the good fruit we produce  is not from us its from the spirit inside us. We ourselves can only sin and wrestle with ourselves as we keep sinning. In a way, we are like broken robots disfunctioning with our hardware. Our minds are short circuiting continuously against our flesh and blood. I myself cant wait for the day God fixes my spiritual touerettes short circuiting among other things 🙂  though I have a feeling I know atleast generally when that day will be 🙂

Maybe I sound crazy at this point. maybe I sound like a prophet…. nonetheless this is what happened to me, and so it is recorded.

Understanding Paganism, From a Former Pagan

Since my conversion to Christianity it’s very noticeable Christians don’t understand a thing about Paganism. Normally this is very noticeable when we’re talking about the old testament… they have a pretty shallow view of the pagans mentioned in scripture, though scripture itself has a lot of depth in what Paganism is.

1. The concept of ‘God’s’

To start the entire concept of ‘god’ is different. It’s very agnostic actually. Pagans don’t worship gods the same way a christian worships God…. In every pagan culture they are seen as higher spirits. They are basically like people with different jobs at different companies that just so happens to be spirits. When a pagan prays/worships these gods it’s in the same way a Catholic friend of mine described how catholics pray/worship Mary. It’s about intercession, not so much about ‘devotion’… in every pagan culture there is one creator God, this God is ussually the oldest God in any given pagan culture – some christian apologetics even believe he is the very same God of Abraham… However, to pagans he is… too high… too powerful to be reached so theres no point in praying to him. The logic of Paganism isn’t too unlike catholicism again in this sense, they think they must intercieve to the saints so that the saints may negotiate with the ‘Most high God’ on their behalf… What is different from catholicism is the gods don’t have to negotiate with this God, things are within their jurisdiction or they can negotiate with other gods outside there jurisdiction. The consensus view is that the ‘Most high God’ just created everything, whilst sits around in the background somewhere not doing anything or talking to anyone… so just don’t bother with him at all.

2. Idol worship.

In my experience there’s 2 types of pagans. Materialist, and Humanist. Materialist view idols as a physical representation of a diety, they rely on physical objects for a lot of things. The Humanist tends to look down on idol worshippers for them it’s about knowledge and hidden mysteries… though selling idols to the Materialist is a means of control… Think of it as the white collar guy controlling the blue collar guy. In scripture this is represented well just about every time a pagan king erects a statue of either a god or himself and demands the people to pray to it.

The white collar pagan says: The little people are too stupid to understand higher things, but their easily controlled via some form of propaganda… aka a statue.

The blue collar pagan says: the king is so great to build this statue for us so we may be able to get rid of our unwanted babies and maybe molech will give me prosperity in return.

So there’s nuance in regard to idol worship… It means different things to different types of pagans. In scripture, very often, you can see the dynamics at play very well between the rulers and the peasants. Alot of Paganism is indeed about control, but it depends on which perspective the character in scripture is coming from.

The king, you may notice never bows to the statue… he actually is the physical  God on earth. By his point of view, by giving the peasants the statue, he’s making political allies with the other god…. It’s kind of like when the government sends a gift to another country, or puts their embassy in another country or arranges a special trade agreement. They are showing friendship and sharing resources… in molech case, the king is sharing the unwanted babies of his country as a trade agreement. This way the king can use molech to fight off his enemies in times of war.

3. Paganism is cruel

Just with the first 2 things mentioned, I gather you didn’t think before just how cruel Paganism actually is. Its particularly cruel when it is a theocracy. It gets even crueler considering how apathetic pagans are to other people. Everything and everyone in pagan cultures is just a tool to be used for someone else’s advantage. Even love itself is ment to be a means to gain from someone else.

This isn’t just a primitive concept our modern societies have long since left behind. We still do these thing all the time everyday across the globe. What Paganism is… It’s the human sinful condition.

Something I think that’s very interesting about Revelation is towards the end an angel crys out – “Fallen, Fallen is that great city Babylon”. It describes babylon as a present tense society even though the scripture is talking about the end times… even though babylon was long gone already, even at the time revelation was written…. We very much still exist in a Babylonian society even to this day – the world hasn’t changed at all, even under christendom.

4. Magic

Magic is the fun part of Paganism… but it’s a broad subject. The very computer your reading this on is by pagan definition “Magic”…. It’s a bit more mundane then a christian might expect…. which… Don’t get me started on our modern society being Babylon again, because it is…

Magic is anything people can use to create something. Whether a hammer, Electricity, spiritual energies, winking, translating the bible… so basically it’s everything people do. Spell casting specifically is viewed as simply using spiritual energies to transmit information towards a desired goal. The modern pagan view is we do this all the time when we post a Facebook status – and indeed, it’s entirely the same concept…. however the bible doesn’t talk about spell casting, not even once is it mentioned.

My christian brothers, scripture talks about “witchcraft”. This is an important difference. Because witch craft isn’t a pagan concept parsè it’s a jewish one. It’s the jewish view on how pagans manipulate and control each other.

Alot of Christians have it their minds spell casting and witch craft are the same thing. There is a reason, but it’s not from scrilture, rather from old catholic inquistors propaganda looking for protestants reading the Bible. Over time this belief witchcraft and spell casting blended together. But it’s origin is from the pagan Catholic Church calling people reading the Bible “pagan manipulators”… that’s the ethomolgy that’s distorted our view on scripture…. so you tell me if theses verses make a bit of a different sense now that you know this… in your mind replace the word “witchcraft” with “control and manipulation of other people” :

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

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1 Samuel 15:23

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

2 Kings 9:22

And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

Micah 5:12

And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

Nahum 3:4

Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Galatians 5:20

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

5. Paganism is convoluted 

In some ways I think it’s a good idea for Christians to study paganism and the concepts therein. At the same time I know full well there is a lot of junk a person would have to sift through before getting to anything worthwhile… There is a lot of abstract concepts, many of which have convoluted foundations… It’s ‘wisdom’ is like a house of cards in many ways. However, of one thing I am sure of, our enemies are well versed in these concepts, and so should we.

Truely I tell you when I said “modern society is babylon”, I really ment it on personal experience from a life of studying Babylonian ideals and just watching the world at work around me. It’s a bit like coming out of the matrix once a person is aware of this… knowing everything you thought you knew is a lie… A rabbit hole I don’t think most Christians are really ready for. If most people knew just how much engulfed we are, and just how much we continuously reject God…. even in a so called “Christian Nation”.

The good news is because Paganism is so convoluted, like a house of cards, it falls very easily. After that terrible day christ will reign. And so, it amounts to nothing to study such things. You would only be fighting temporary battles of an army that’s already lost the war. 😉 our purpose as christians is simply to be here, do our work and wait for our bosses return.

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