Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gather Together, Come Out the Burning House

People are fools, thinking there is time to stumble around entranced with this or that vain desire.  There is no time--no time to waste on dangerous excursions of the soul.

But the delusion is so strong that the selfish dreamy are lost in dark (to God) fantasies, deep asleep, wandering around a house which is full ablaze, on fire with rafter beams crashing and the air quickly vanishing.

Yet, on they go, as if they had all eternity to eventually wake up and come to their purpose.

The Deceiver--the Liar has concocted pleasant philosophies and "mystical" doctrines which pretend that there IS plenty of time and that certainly no god would be so "cruel" as to actually call "game over" and mete out judgments--rewards and penalties . . . .

The Deceiver whispers, "do not worry so much; just enjoy yourself . . . if YOU are not (self)satisfied first, then you cannot be of use to anyone else . . . . "

"He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me scattereth." -- Mathew 12:30

We have but ONE WILL to apply in the things of our life.  He who walks in darkness allows the many desires of his heart to live and breath and scatter in all directions.  She who loves the world is driven by torments which constantly seek to be satisfied.

But he or she who loves GOD above all must deprive the many desires of the heart of their life--not give them breath or hands or legs to move and act.

While the house in on fire, there is but ONE thing to do.  And that is to ignore, deprive . . . all the dreams, the distractions, the desires . . . which only lead to further wanderings in the crashing, burning abode, so that you die there yet seeking . . . . But instead--IN PLACE--of this . . . you are to GATHER in to ONLY the Lord.  One purpose.  One "dream".  One desire . . . which displaces . . . all the others.  Otherwise, your life, your breath, your energy, your time . . . is SCATTERED . . . and it is impossible to find union with God.  Grace can find no place to enter.  His Light . . . finds no receptacle--nothing to hold Him, because the receiver is broken into fragments--SCATTERED, dissipated . . . in so many directions and vying longings and plans and schemes . . . such that God can find no GATHERED will in you to conform with.

Unless and until . . . you have truly, finally rejected ALL of the selfish longings of your heart EXCEPT the longing to be completely taken over by the Spirit of the Lord, then you are fooling yourself, and you are still only walking around, lost in dreams, remaining entrapped in a house that is a blazing, burning and collapsing conflagration about to destroy you.

Hence, the urgency!

And . . . why the world will hate you.

For the world thrives on people who have desires to be fulfilled.  Fortune is made by exploiting the sinful, fallen, LESSOR desires and dreams of people who try at all costs, to avoid following the divinely intended ONE AND ONLY priority desire:  to surrender to Jesus.

It's not "good for business", so-to-speak, when people awake to their awful, burning house condition, and then seek ONLY to be within the will of God.

So, the Deceiver rushes and quickly gives you all manner of distracting and enticing thoughts to keep you from recognizing the gravity of the situation.

Knowing your human weaknesses, he--the devil--is likely to bring you another person--a desirable creature to love . . . using powerful emotions and bodily cravings against you . . . and will place that creature/person right in your vision of God--right in the way, so that, suddenly . . . you are no longer desiring or thinking of God, but rather, now you desire the person in front of you.  If he can get you into a relationship with the person, all the better, for now the matter becomes intimately AND broadly complicated . . . introducing many new implications.

But do not be fooled.  You cannot love another creature or person MORE than God and still please Him.

You have become "scattered" now, if you do, in your affections and will.  Now you are trying to serve "two masters", which is not possible.  You will offend one or the other.

And now that you are not "for Him" . . . you are against Him.

Now you are still wandering the burning house, thinking to be staying in there for good reason, but only just further deluded and dreaming, as it continues to fall, flaming all around and on top you.

At the time of judgment, it can easily be imagined that you stand there and the Lord asks who it was that you loved and served in your life, and you answer that you loved and served God, but He says . . . "you SAID you did . . . you went through motions and external shows as if you did . . . BUT, in your heart, you loved and served another, not Me.  I never knew you, you never knew Me.  You loved your own pleasure and desires . . . in collaboration with another creature, and avoided Me, regardless of what you claimed, and so, depart from Me and go be with the fallen that you loved and served."

This thing is real . . . . And it is dire . . . . And this thing is serious . . . . This life . . . .

A test to see who or what it is that you truly desire . . . .

And He knows what is really in your heart no matter what sort of pretenses and shows for others that you attempt to offer as evidence.

So, you had better GATHER TOGETHER . . . ALL of your straying wills . . . . ALL of your competing dreams and desires and pleasures . . . . And abandon them ALL!  Except that one, single-minded, single-hearted . . . desire to please and obey GOD and be in HIS will.

Do not let the temptations and seductions and distractions of the world--as it is currently designed by the devil himself--to lure your many selfish wishes and desires in all directions, dissipating you, scattering you, weakening you . . . so that your love of God becomes tepid and dark and confused.

Rather, FOCUS all your intent and will and desire only on Him, to the exclusion of everyone and everything else, as COMMANDED in the FIRST commandment . . . and THEN, follow the second commandment to love others--but do not reverse these commandments and love others first, for if you do, then you will NEVER be able to love God as He intends that you do.  The other . . . will be in the way.

When you love God first, and His perfect love begins to find a place in you to abide, and you have left the burning house . . . and now rest in His peace . . . THEN you are able to love others properly, without seeking selfish benefit and personal gain, pleasure or status.  HE will then give what pleasure and joy He wills that you are to have in loving and being loved by others, AFTER you first love Him.

And beware.  He is not fooled when you say that you love Him first, but secretly in your heart you do things for selfish reasons though you disguise them and explain as being selfless . . . .

And there will be signs and effects surrounding you, to let you know you are on the right path, walking in the way of the Lord, for the world . . . will hate you.  And you will not be comfortable with the things of the world.  They will offend you and you will want no truck with them.  And He will begin to separate you out of the world, though you are still in it, but you will be thinking with a mind more like His, not the worldly fallen mind.  And your heart will crave purity and holiness and righteousness--HIS perfection and righteousness, as you increasingly recognize and healthily abhor . . . the UN-righteousness that is YOU and in you . . . of yourself . . . .

And though the world call you "extreme" . . . or "fanatical" . . . or "backwards" . . . or "crazy" . . . you see ever more clearly . . . that it is THE WORLD . . . which is "crazy" . . . and "extreme" and "fanatical" . . . in its hatred of the truth, light, life . . . THE WAY--Jesus Ha Mashiah!

The house is burning!  Collect and gather your self into ONE SUPREME DESIRE AND PURPOSE, to be with Him and Him alone, scattered no longer, for a house divided will not stand, but the whole thing will come crashing down and you in it, lost forever!

These are the hard truths . . . that are both at once exhilarating and (holy) terrifying, as it is meant to be, so that you shake your self out of the world's (the devil's) insidious (spiritual) lethargy.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” --Psalm 42:1
The angels rejoice in the presence of God . . . OVER YOU! . . . when you finally get to this point . . . !
Luke 15:10

Time is short . . . .

brother, thomas

Monday, February 27, 2012

Clarified . . . .

"I am in sympathy with the Orthodox--the long tradition, shown and explained in the Bible--in admiring and honoring the saints and missionaries through the ages into today . . . who have renounced position, wealth, comfort, all for the preaching and exemplifying of the Gospel. Of course, we do not worship men and women, and I only pray to God; but I warmly recognize and gain insight and light by observing and studying how GOD has worked through His people--His called and devoted servants in this fallen realm!"

Thanks Lee, yeah that's probably it and I can see why it could be taken like that the way I worded it.  In writing:   "Of course, we do not worship men and women, and I only pray to God" . . . I was using a sort of "royal we".... I was NOT saying ie., "we . . . real Christians . . . as opposed to the Orthodox" . . .

 I meant "we"--as in "Believers", whether Orthodox or not . . . do not worship men and women . . . when we are admiring and honoring saints etc.  The whole paragraph was actually an argument in support of the inclination of veneration of saints and holy people.  By writing "I only pray to God" . . . I was trying to emphasize the point further saying, in effect, that while people with the Spirit of God working through them can be honored and admired, of course I . . . or, "we" as Bible based Believers. . . do not pray to them, --should not. It's kind of funny . . . because I actually expected to get blowback from "fundamentalist" correctors . . . getting on me for being too sympathetc with ie., the Orthodox and Catholic views on this matter . . . heh . . . . :)

Anyway, thanks for finding that for me and I can see why it could be misunderstood the way I worded it without further clarification . . . .

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"The Stargate Kit Aliens & Avatars Used-only $150!"

[Tarot "Ascension" card]


Running to and fro . . . gaining knowledge . . . .

And getting dumber and darker, where no light can enter because all the interior is filled with dirt.  Dirt?  Yes, because none of it has any eternal significance.  It may be interesting, fascinating even . . . but, in the end, nothing changes.  A PERSON does not change in their character by learning and applying "man"-made theories and exercises . . . .

I just briefly scanned some alt-news . . . and saw some kerfuffle between William Henry and David Wilcock.  David Wilcock, the ego-maniacal joke who claims to be the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce and the Sun god Ra . . . and also the "first white man" . . . .

So, I was led to a youtube excerpt of  William Henry on Randy Mauguns show and listened to a few seconds of Henry alarmedly reporting that . . . SHOCK! . . . David Wilcock has been caught in some sort of lie and, oh dear, what news!

Are you kidding me?  Anyone who EVER took one word of Wilcox OR William Henry seriously . . . for longer than it took to check it against The Word . . . well . . . is living in that dirt filled interior full of (spiritually) useless . . . so-called "knowledge".

Here is a blurb from Henry's website:  " . . . William Henry is your guide into the transformative power of art and symbols of human ascension. He has been documenting humanity’s awakening to its spiritual magnificence for over 20 years."

Yeah, Henry is just as self-deluded as Wilcox, but maybe, he seems to be saying, more honestly so . . . .

I've heard Henry before, back when I use to listen sometimes to Coast To Coast.  When I got Born Again and realized/experienced that only JESUS is "guide into transformative power" . . . I could no longer even stand to hear these fools' voices.  Grating.  Nearly every word is a blasphemy.

So, we've got the reincarnated sun god Ra . . . being lambasted by . . . a guy who is our "guide into the transformative art and symbols of human ascension" . . . AND . . . . . . wait for it . . . he has also been "documenting humanity's awakening to its spiritual magnificance for over 20 years." !!!!

Wow!  That's quite impressive . . . I must say . . . .

In its self important, misguided delusion!

Since when did "art and symbols" have the power to transform someone into "ascension"?  Oh, since William Henry, who specializes in the research and "interpretation" of ancient art and symbols . . . started making a business out of it, that's when!

Ego.  Cult of personality.  Notice how in each of these cases, the "teacher" proffers theories and explanations . . . always leading back to the teacher themselves for . . . ie., increased "enlightenment" . . . "ascension" . . . "transformation" . . . .

It's never Jesus.  Well, they will re-interpret and offer some new twist on some gnostic version of the "secret" teachings of Jesus . . . but this is where I usually get straightaway nauseous, when some self-seeking, self-loving, self-promoting glorified snake-oil huckster uses the name and teachings of Jesus to present some "new" angle, some "secret" . . . but NOW REVEALED (thanks to the huckster) esoteric method . . . to . . .
. . . wait for it . . . . . . . to . . . . . . wait for it . . . . . .

BECOME THE GODS THAT WE ARE INTENDED TO BE!

You see, this is the so-called "spiritual magnificence" Henry is alluding to.

But, I thank God every day . . . that I know . . . there isn't one SHRED of spiritual magnificence in me, EXCEPT what comes by GOD, bestowed through JESUS, imputed to me through His bloody sacrifice on the cross!

Wilcox is such an obvious joke and charlatan that I won't waste any more time on him . . . but Henry is interesting in that he is presenting himself as the honest alternative . . . and so I am just checking out his website for the first time to see if he's still coming from the horrific place I recalled him from the last time I happened to hear him on the radio . . . .

And yep . . . there it is . . . .

How about this:  "Awaken the Power Within.
Join William for a stimulating and creative journey into the rejuvenating powers of Tarot"

The "rejuvenating powers of Tarot"?  Rejuvenating Satanic powers I suppose . . . .

This message of "ascension" is Satanic.  By the way, Mormonism teaches the same thing as "the law of eternal progression", which is just another version "spiritual evolution."

It's all occult and warned strenuously against in the Bible.

I find both Henry and Wilcox and all the other new age guru wannabe's "TEACHINGS" filthy and dangerous.  Strong words, I know . . . but what else can it be?  It DIRECTLY opposes and contradicts the biblically recorded life and Gospel of Jesus Christ!  WE DO NOT WORK OUR WAY TO HEAVEN! . . . or "ascend" . . . or discover our "spiritual magnificence."

What we DO discover is that we are WRETCHES!  Every single one of us, dirty, rotten, sinful, prideful, lying bums!

We NEED a Saviour.  And it ain't David Wilcock, William Henry . . . or Joseph Smith!

Henry has the audacity to place a scripture passage at the top of his web site home page:  "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good (godly) way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."
- Jeremiah 6:16

Of course, Henry is the revealer and presenter of the "ancient paths", if you've ever heard his overall spiel.

But he leaves out some important following words:  "But they said, 'we will not walk therein.'"

And THIS is the problem . . . with all such false teachers and "prophets".   They invent their own "paths" or "reinvigorate" certain ancient paths . . . but WILL NOT submit to the Lord and the clear Word of His Gospel.  Oh, they will follow multiple and diverse ancient paths . . . and new paths . . . and art . . . and symbols . . . and tarot . . . and channelings . . . and "new revelations" . . . and esoteric practices . . . and occult techniques . . . . . . And, they will charge lots of money to continuously offer new and updated versions of these once "secret" methods . . . "now revealed" . . . for only $19.95! . . . or you can go to a seminar ($$) . . . and get the new "kits" and books and audios and dvd's ($$$) . . .

And PAY for the "privilege" of . . . learning and practicing . . . an UTTERLY anti-Christ philosophy and practice . . . .

I don't doubt that Henry is a nice guy--maybe even a "good guy" . . . does some nice things and is polite and might be pleasant over a cup of tea.  But the messages--the teachings . . . are foul . . . to the highest degree.

Who am I to say so?  That's just it . . . . I'm a nobody.  I have no successful books or dvd's . . . no name, no fame, no power . . . a struggling house painter with a minor blog . . . . AND YET EVEN I have seen and heard and felt IMMEDIATELY . . . the self-promoting, anti-Christ, Luciferian, anti-biblical garbage--YES GARBAGE!  DIRT!--spiritually USELESS pap that these charlatans gush forth.  It doesn't take a saint, or a biblical scholar; but even a child could discern it . . . that what these new age "ascension" hucksters are SELLING . . . is . . . ultimately wicked, useless, dangerous and blasphemous.

Another version of this tripe . . . is very big in the city where I live.  The Mormons eat it up, because it supports their basic beliefs and yearnings to WORK to perfection . . . to become little gods in their own right.

Again, all that usually happens is just that people go broke paying a couple of hucksters at the top of the program who have devised a slick mind-control cult designed to enrich and empower the "gurus" at the top, while all the suckers get drained and tossed aside.

It's called "IMPACT TRAINING".  It's like "Lifespring" . . . and similar to EST, and ECKENKAR which were big in the 70s and 80s . . . though most of these scams end up in lawsuits and IRS investigations.  Lifespring is now called The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness or Insight Transformational Seminars.

They, like Henry and Wilcock . . . use biblical language to soften people up . . . obfuscate . . . and like all anti-Christs . . . attempt to co-opt biblical verbiage and concepts, though always just perverting them.

Impact Training . . . demands gobs of money from the people who get involved and many also conscript their family members and friends . . . and it is not unusual for folks to start charging on their credit cards hundreds and even thousands of dollars . . . to supposedly "advance" to the next levels of "enlightenment."

Mind control and brainwashing techniques are prominent throughout the whole operation and most people who get involved come out damaged financially, psychologically and spiritually.

OH how sweet and clear and pure and UN-dangerous is the SIMPLE, FREE($) Gospel and Person of Jesus!  So, so much complication and work and study and practice and exercise and burden CAN BE SIMPLY AVOIDED by merely SUBMITTING the self to the Lordship and guidance of the Son of God!  You don't need training, seminars, books, dvd's, kits, courses, levels . . . .

You need Jesus . . . . !  And HIS ascension!

[Jesus' Ascension]

"Are you ready for the next step in your soul’s evolution? Wondering what you can do to create a greater change in your life and the lives of others? Discover the power of SOUL RISING.
William Henry’s SOUL RISING is an extraordinary seminar designed just for you . . . "

"Soul's evolution"?  Sounds like Mormonism's "law of eternal progression" . . . .

But if you ARE "wondering what you can do to create a greater change in you life" . . . how about REPENT and SURRENDER to Jesus?!

No, I do not suggest that you get the "kit" "used by aliens and avatar's" to "transform into a light being and open a gateway to the stars," as Henry offers on his site for only $150.00!

I will say that I have understanding and some sympathy for those who do get drawn into such nonsense during a desperate seeking phase of life.  It happens.  I've been down a few odd roads myself and have known the delusion first hand.  It can be seductive and powerful, these shining lights of the devil . . . .

But once the scales have fallen from your eyes, how clear things become!  And it is holy natural and called for to warn others and oppose these fruitless and dangerous "paths".  So much trouble, money lost and wasted time can be avoided if one just never takes the bait.  Plus, more importantly, serious psychological and spiritual damage is done as these false and deceptive "teachings" are supernaturally designed to poison the seeker's perception and comprehension of SIMPLE biblical truth!  Here is where the wickedness lies....

William Henry complaining about David Wilcock's veracity?  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, lol!  Yeah, Henry, you're right on this at least, "it's not a good scenario" when "people are intentionally misleading people" . . . .

Though, forgive me if I'm just a little dubious . . . that you've discovered "the Kit" that "Mary Magdalene, Jesus and their gnostic crew reassembled" to open a stargate with . . . .

with love and concern for seeking souls,
 brother, thomas
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"fair use" mentions . . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kf_uytHxHA
http://williamhenry.net/nashville2012.html

http://forum.rickross.com/read.php?4,15925

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Many Miniature Lives and Deaths, O Mercy!

[*note to Kyril re Orthodox comment at end of this post]
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I saw it as crystalline clear as a cold plains day when you can see for miles . . . .

There is a moment, immediately upon awaking . . . before the worries and thoughts of the day start pouring in . . . where you have a choice how you are going to approach the day.  Another day is here with many of the same things involved in it--perhaps shower, breakfast, chores, business, home life, interactions with others, just like the day before . . . .

An open space . . . precedes all this to follow, in your mind, your heart.  Then, a moment later, your habitual attitude towards it all starts to gear up.  Frustration, worry, resentments--all the attached thoughts you habitually maintain return and there is the tendency to proceed . . . same as always . . . maybe depressed, angry . . . a spirit of complaint and niggling, your old, tired friend who you keep, jumps on your back and off you go . . . to repeat the same response to the various events and routines to follow . . . .

But it need not be.

In the first micro-moment . . . before it all rushes in--the habitual negative attitude--YOU CAN CHOOSE to reject . . . and then replace with gratitude for all the good things and provision that IS there to be found.  Usually, not much changes from day to day as far as the external routines that go on.  But your ATTITUDE you CAN change . . . and are commanded to change.

In John 16:33, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” 

Do you have faith or not?  Do you believe or not . . . that He overcame the world?  If you do, then BE OF GOOD CHEER!

As a believer . . . you are bound to "have tribulation."  The phrase in Greek "be of good cheer" is "tharseo" which means to exercise courage, to be bold and confident.  So, He is saying we are to make an active, courageous, bold EFFORT in our attitude . . . and not just allow, passively, that tendency to acquiesce to the EGO'S habit of glomming onto a negative response to the daily routines . . . .

Let's say there are 20 years of your life Saved or even 20 years of being reasonably self aware and as an earnest seeker.  Within that time we have about 7300 little lives and deaths.  Every day is like a little life which begins anew . . . things happen . . . and then comes the night, sleep . . . and that little death.

So many opportunities . . . .

Every day is like a miniature version of one life.  In that very first waking moment, before you habitually take on the same old suit . . . and end up reacting . . .  the same old ways--you can STOP, refuse the old suit and try something different; start the little life (the day) with a clean attempt to focus solely on the Lord's purpose and assume a mode of being . . . as if HE were starting the day, in and through you--NOT the old, worn out, tedious, trite . . . ego with it's baggage--it's suitcase full of remembered sleights, scores to settle, hurts to mull upon . . . .

Put that dirty old thing away!  And start fresh and clean, determined to try something different!

For, once you awaken to the new day, the new life of the day . . . and immediately allow all the old habits and patterns to charge up, then THEY drive the day, enslave you, and cover you with old rot . . . so that a tired, dirty participant in the world's meaningless diversions . . . falls into bed . . . with little hope, no glory, no joy or peace, but just the same old walking, talking garbage . . . which spreads no light, no love, no spirit, but only mucked about in the darkness of another rote, uninspired day . . . .

What a way to die . . . .

WHEREAS, the opportunity is there to change course--tack into a fresh, living new wind!  One day is like a little life, with its birth . . . its works . . . and then falling to death, to sleep.

We only have ONE life to live, to get it right, to find and live for God . . . . But, mercifully, He has given us many hundreds and thousands of miniature versions of life and death--to exercise, to practice, to start again, to re-appraise and alter course--the DAYS and nights of our life, where each one can be taken as a new version, a re-do of the ONE sacred, actual life and death.

Here is the chance, again and again . . . to NOT take on the old suit and suitcase, every morning, but awaken . . . AWARE of the meaning and profundity of LIFE and of the day to be . . . and then, at the end of the day (at the end of the little life) . . . to look back, learn, repent and determine to do better.  And mercifully, sleep will come . . . and then, another life, another day, another chance!

The key . . . is in rushing to awareness . . . being CONSCIOUS and intentional straightaway . . . by thinking immediately about Jesus first thing and thus becoming aligned with His Spirit--before the old suit and baggage starts foisting itself on and in to you.  And there is a CHOICE--a sacred FREE WILL CHOICE . . . to either focus on HIM or be passive, acquiescent to the habitual mode of the living dead . . . .

When you look at Him first thing . . . it is like becoming a magnifying glass which aligns with the sun/Son. . . and then HIS power and light and radiation . . . becomes focused and intensified in and on you and starts to burn away all the rot and decaying matter (rot and decay being the memories and ideas you cling on to which once were relevant and part of life but now are dead, yet you keep them as the old suit and suitcase and put them on every day, even as they stink and rot off your living soul!) and just by looking at Him and hearing Him, using His Name . . . the clinging dead parts of yourself . . . begin to dissolve, fade away, burn off, by His radiating love and light . . . and the purifying process is underway.

NOW when you reach the end of the day, you've got something to be thankful for . . . because, rather than dragging your old, habitual self around and participating in the congregation of zombies--of the living dead, NOW you have allowed some measure of the Lord to operate more overtly in the world, through you--His light shining on all who cross your path, whatever small the measure . . . .

Again, I think of all the things people train themselves to do and be . . . and yet this one, simple thing goes untried, day after day.

You see, just like the athlete or academic . . . trains and develops skills for a particular profession, EVERY person can make some effort and train . . . themselves . . . so that EVERY MORNING, first thing, upon awakening, before the zombie suit starts animating and puts itself in and on and all through you--YOU can instead rush STRAIGHT to God, to the Lord in thought and intention and . . . consciously . . . determine that at the very least, you will try to approach the day with HIS spirit dominating and leading; not the old, reactionary self with all its attached thoughts and prideful baggage.

Same thing at night, at the time of the little death.  There is a moment to connect, to face the Lord and repent, BUT WITH GOOD CHEER, determined . . . boldly . . . courageously . . . to acknowledge the (spiritual) mistakes of the day and thank Him for His grace and mercy . . . . Relieved and eager . . . that another day/life is coming, in the morning, to try again.  Not, of course, because you are counting on your works to save you, but that you have the opportunity to align with the Son and show Him your love and devotion to His glory . . . yet again!
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Kyril . . . I can't seem to find what writing of mine you are referring to.  But no, I did not  intend to imply that the Orthodox worship saints.  Maybe I worded something unclearly.  Because I do appreciate the difference between veneration and worship.  Same with icons.  I studied Icons and Orthodox history and doctrine with a scholar on the subject for nearly a year (circa 1995-96) and it was then I learned the position and explanation of the Orthodox re that subject.  Do you mind pointing out where you think I implied that Orthodox worship saints?  I am curious to see it as I am always interested in writing with precise clarity (as much as possible) and expressing better.  I generally try to be very careful with the language I use, though sometimes I know things are still misunderstood and I fail at conveying the intended precision.  Anyway, thanks for comment and the links . . . . and rest assured I understand and even respect the distinction :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

HIgh Stakes

Huh . . . interesting...Ron Paul and Romney are secretly in cahoots.... Paul is the attack dog who knee-caps any conservative threat...to Romney.  He hammered Bachman . . . piled on Gingrich (though Gingrich isn't really a conservative, though compared to Romney, yeah he is . . . and now Santorum.  It's been evident in the debates--Paul never goes after Romney.  The likely deal . . . is that if Mitt gets the Repub nomination he has likely promised Ron that Rand Paul, Ron's son can be V.P. or some other high position.

I like a lot of what Paul says . . . but I don't like this sort of thing, not when the stakes are so high.  Yeah, yeah, I know . . . it's all a lot of theater--the fix is in . . . regardless how it goes . . . but I've always had a bit of interest in the political scene, oddly.  Probably something genetic.  My gramps was a Senator, friends with Reagan . . . and others on my dad's side have been involved here and there in politics.  It was my major in college, though with an international emphasis as I realized in the late 80s that it was all headed to global governance. 

My wife and I have gotten a kick to find that Isaac is quite keenly interested in the political drama.  He loves to watch the debates and looks up stuff on you tube . . . heh . . . . Which is just kinda cute and funny, if you knew Isaac.  Ie., his other interests are Japanese pop-rock bands... Japanese anything . . . Anime . . . video games . . . .

Ahh . .  . but the coolest thing . . . is how much he has gotten into Christian topics.  We are quite often talking about God and the bible . . . related to current events and pop culture . . . and Isaac is around a lot--pretty much home bound because he doesn't drive and has no job . . . so he joins in our discussions or just listens.

But lately . . . he has come to love a couple of cable Christian t.v. programs.  His current favorites are Wretched with Christian apologist Todd Friel . . . and Heart Of The Matter which features Shawn McCraney who speaks on, to and about Mormonism and people coming out of Mormonism.  It's a great program, locally produced.  Shawn also has bible study group--not exactly a church, but a gathering each week at the Univ. of Utah campus . . . on Sundays and we are planning to take Isaac and check it out; and also maybe go to one of the tapings of the t.v. show . . . .

Anyway, its all just good!  Isaac really getting the Spirit and learning . . . from his own interest and motivation about biblical principles and history . . . .

Sometimes . . . when the days are especially . . . grueling . . . I tell myself and my wife . . . that whatever else is going on . . . happening or not happening . . . there is nothing greater than that Isaac is getting ahold of the truth . . . getting the prompting of the Spirit . . . starting to transform . . . learning about God and biblical truth and history.  I've always thought . . . and whatever failings I've had along the way . . . that no matter what, my primary responsibility as a father is to try and inculcate an interest and desire and drive to know God--to seek truth . . . to find the truth and Spiritual purpose of this life.  God first.  Everything else can find it's place after that . . . as He designs . . . .

I've just always been slightly astounded . . . how much time and talk and money and effort people--ie., parents . . . put into guiding their children to . . . get "good jobs" . . . or . . . a "career" . . . or to excel in some sport or hobby . . . . Hours . . . days . . . weeks . . . months . . . years . . . of thought and action . . . are spent in pursuit of establishing "a place in society" . . . or to get "security."

And yes, that is important, of course.  But compared to the time and energy spent on finding God--the ETERNAL purpose of this life . . . often gets short shrift in comparison.  People spend hours and hours learning some expertise . . . a language . . . a certain skill . . . but never think to learn God's Word . . . or develop Godly skills . . . matter of character that will have importance AFTER this life!

So myopic . . . .

So short sighted . . . .

So lacking in seriousness, where the soul is at stake.  Talk about where "the stakes are so high"!

But the problem is . . . that the parents themselves have never taken the Spiritual purpose seriously themselves, so they have nothing to teach from.  You can't teach what you don't know your self.

God bless
t

http://www.wretchedradio.com/
http://hotm.tv/

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

All Is In Shambles, except.....

Sure is a lot goin' on . . . .

I find it none too ironic--in fact, not ironic at all, but typical . . . that while many have said that Mitt Romney ought not have his religion become a negative topic, being irrelevant to the political race . . . suddenly Santorum's religion IS ok to smear and target.

And guess where the leaks are coming from--this anti-Catholic smear campaign?  From Romney's camp.  Trust me, there is a strong anti-Catholic vitriol that runs through a lot of L.D.S. culture.  I remember it when I was young and growing up around "the church" (the Mormon church.)  I was taught by some of my Mormon family and church leaders . . . that the Catholic religion was the "whore of Babylon". . . though not just Catholics by the way were mocked.   An uncle of mine referred to Born Again Christians derisively. . . as "Still Born Christians" . . . .

Now, whether the Catholic church is or is not the "whore of Babylon" is not my point . . . .

I'm just saying I have found the negative, dishonest, sneaky, two-faced leaks by Romney's "super PACS" (which are mostly run by old Romney staffers) against the other candidates . . . to be . . . telling . . . of his character . . . .

There was good evidence from reliable sources (I trust, like Mark Levine author of "Ameritopia") that the leaks that took out Herman Cain . . . came NOT from the democrats . . . but from Romney's "opposition research" investigators, and then "leaked" to the liberal media.

Same with the multi-million dollar smear campaign against Gingrich which contained a myriad of half-truths and outright lies.

I am no fan of Gingrich . . . or Cain for that matter . . . but simply found the desperation and underhanded campaigning by Romney's camp destructive and distasteful, to say the least, where the stakes are so high in the effort to unseat the American wreaking ball--Obama, before the velvet glove comes off the iron fist.

Now that Santorum is climbing in the ranks . . . (who I have supported most all along out of the original pack of candidates) . . . suddenly . . . attacking someone's religion IS ok.  It is Romney's camp that are leaking to the ravenous left-wing media the so-called "controversial" comments by Santorum about, ie., Satan wanting to attack America, or that the Protestant church is in bad shape . . . .

[Actually, I happen to agree with both those statements . . . . ]

But anyway, point is . . . what type of person would want to HELP give the communist, anti-American, anti-Christian, pro-Obama media "investigative reports" which HELP to attack religion, Christianity, conservationism, biblical teachings, America etc?

There is plenty to disagree with between the candidates on policy without JOINING the enemies of America, freedom, Jesus, the Bible.  Yet, there's Mitt  . . . and his super PACS . . . pouring millions into sleazy ads full of lies and underhandedly attacking other conservatives and Christians, while the God-hating Left squeal with glee over their good fortune to have a help-mate in Mitt . . . as they join hands to undermine traditional values.

What is the big knock on Mitt?  Why is it said that he can't "gain traction" . . . and doesn't seem to be "exciting the base" of the conservative wing of the Republican Party?

What is the form of this reticence . . . regarding Mitt overall, coming from both left and right?

That he is a flip flopper.  That he has no core.  That he says whatever he thinks the crowd wants to hear to whom he is speaking.  That he is a phony.  That his new found "conservatism" rings hollow.  People--the conservative base, ie., Tea Party types . . . simply don't trust him!

Well, I never said that peoples' religion shouldn't be looked at and made an issue in this campaign . . . .

So, I'm saying this.  The L.D.S. church has changed its position on CORE, FUNDAMENTAL doctrines, like polygamy and blacks holding the priesthood . . . "flip flopped" on those and many other issues over the years, so I am not surprised that Mitt is a little . . . er, LACKING . . . in absolute convictions.

Mormonism is a relativistic religion.  They actually teach that what a current, "living prophet" has to say about a doctrine or policy TRUMPS all previous scripture and all previous "prophets" and that even if there is contradiction with the Bible, the "living prophet" has final say.

"Official Church Doctrine" . . . is WHATEVER . . . the current "living prophet" says it is.

Joseph Smith and Brigham Young (and other "prophets and apostles") taught that polygamy was ESSENTIAL to the "restored Gospel" . . . and REQUIRED for entrance to the Celestial Kingdom . . . BUT NOW . . . L.D.S. claim to abhor the practice and malign fundamentalist Mormon groups like Warren Jeffs' . . . as being "kooky" . . . "sick" . . . and "NOT real Mormonism".

Brigham Young, as "prophet" said that blacks would "NEVER" get the "priesthood".  Yet, in 1978, with increasing pressure from civil rights groups and the government . . .Pres. Spencer Kimball got a "revelation" . . . and VOILA! . . . now they can.  Revelation . . . "truth" . . . is . . . RELATIVE . . . .  You can "flip flop" if the ends justifies the means . . . .

Clearly, this is a religion of MAN, not God, Who is unchanging and not an "author of confusion."

Anyway, this is not a gratuitous criticism.  I just don't trust Romney.  He basically implemented Obamacare which is blatantly anti-constitutional and hardly conservative.  He use to be "pro choice" when it was convenient.  Now, it's convenient to be "pro life".  Opportunism on display, just like the religious doctrines he holds most dear.  He fights dirty and pretends he is not responsible for it.  I'd take him over the current wreaking ball, but that ain't sayin' much . . . .

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Meanwhile . . . in other leaks . . . word has it that Iran has likely issued the execution order for Pastor Youcef and it's just a matter of time when it might be carried out . . . could be any minute or day . . . .

Yet, where is the media coverage on this?  Oh, a peep here and there, but where are our feckless political "leaders" fighting for the life of an innocent man, a Christian about to be murdered for his faith?

Oh, they're talking about condoms and being appalled that a Catholic mentions the devil in a talk at a Catholic college 4 years ago . . . .

And throwing blues-rock parties with Mick Jagger at the White House . . . .

Some are offended at Santorum saying that American Protestantism is in shambles . . . . I say everything is in shambles . . . . American Protestantism . . . Catholicism . . . Mormonism . . . . AMERICA ITSELF . . . all in shambles . . . .

One thing, however, is NOT in shambles.  The divine mission of Jesus Christ and His love for all, whether THEY are in shambles or not.  And they are.  But HE'S not!

And one day . . . like a thief in the night . . . while the mess is carrying on . . . He returns to set all back to rights.  AND . . . God imputes/accredits the perfect righteousness of Jesus to the believing sinner, even as the sinner yet sins.  "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” --1 Cor. 1:30-32

Can you hear that enough?  Not me.  I relish it!  I love it!  I thrill to it!  Tell me more!

Every day I dive straight into the hope and hovering glory that awaits and even now shines on this shamble of a life!  Can't get enough reading, hearing and speaking about it!  There is nothing else of consequence at this point in time.  Everything pales . . . .

What good is a presidency . . . a country . . . a world . . . WITHOUT GOD in it?  What good is a LIFE without God in it?  None.  All is a shambles, a wreck, a disaster, without the saving mission of Christ and the purpose of God!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Thank you, :) I needed that :)!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Good News, No Matter What . . . .

We have our struggles . . . here in the West, the persecution is (for now) mostly in the form of social stigmatization . . . aggressive legal and political assaults on the people of faith . . . . Or, those we experience interpersonally, where family, friends, co-workers misunderstand our zeal and allegiance to the unseen conviction . . . where calumnies, gossip, and sometimes outright subversions against us--because of our Christian stand--meet us in the social square . . . .

Meanwhile, in other lands, right now . . . with greatly increasing ferocity, Christians are being physically attacked, put out from their homes, imprisoned, murdered and executed.  Even a recent issue of Newsweek magazine  recognizes the upsurge.

The article begins, ""From one end of the Muslim world to the other, Christians are being murdered for their faith."

I heard this morning that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani--the Christian convert Pastor facing execution in Iran--is back on the chopping block, after a brief respite, his lawyers having just contacted Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) saying that his death sentence could happen any minute, any day now as Iran responds to the recent sanctions put on it by the West.

Here is an excerpt from Sekulow's site:

"We have just received word from our contacts on the ground in Iran of an extremely dangerous turn of events for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. There is an increased likelihood that the Iranian regime will execute Pastor Youcef for his faith.
Pastor Youcef’s case had been stalled due to increased international pressure and the Iranian court’s request that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, decide Pastor Youcef’s fate. Now, because Pastor Youcef has continually refused to give into the regime’s demands that he renounce his Christian faith, the likelihood that the Iranian regime will execute him increases by the day."
 http://aclj.org/iran/pastor-youcef-life-imminent-danger

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I got a strong impression today, hearing the news on Youcef, that if the execution goes through . . . it will operate as an important "marker" . . .  inaugurating the beginning to the end times persecution . . . in earnest.

Regardless of this particular case, great suffering is underway for Christians worldwide as Evil Spirit seems to be rapaciously targeting Believers, like a lion hungry for flesh eager to devour . . . and we who have our less overt challenges . . .  remember these martyrs in their awful moment, praying now daily that they remain strong knowing that a glorious reward awaits those faithful to the end . . . .

As hard as life has gotten to be lately, in some respects, I constantly remind myself how much harder it COULD be, and I regularly think of and pray for those who are being so sorely tried and tested.

But also knowing . . . Christianity thrives and purifies itself through suffering--the more it is oppressed and cut down, the holy blood of the prophets and martyrs springs ever more sprouts of the faithful!  It fails more in times of ease and opulence, but surges and grows and strengthens when beaten and weak!  

" . . . but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong."  --1 Cor. 1:27

And another thing I know.

No matter how lost you might be, or have been . . . .  No matter what sins and weaknesses still plague you . . . .  No matter that you make mistakes, fall, fail, stumble . . . .

Once the Lord has set His sights on you . . . and the power of grace begins to find you . . . and keep you, no matter how you continue to fall short . . . and even if you are lost, wandering . . . and following strange and false doctrines . . . stuck in bad and foolish habits . . . . HE WILL NOT LET YOU GO.  Sooner or later . . . He will find you and bring you back!  You will not get away.  

No matter how misguided, confused, weak, sinful, blind, deaf . . . you are and insist on being--YOU WILL NOT DEFEAT HIM, praise God! :)

You are His Own . . . and He will find you wherever you have gotten to . . . and He will bring you back, absolutely!

This is good news, no matter what . . . . !

 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Unpardonable Sin Of Works

The *insidiousness of works-based religion . . . is that as soon as you manage to follow the rules and laws of the religion . . . pride creeps in . . . and you begin thinking you are a "good person." [*insidiousness: subtle and cumulative harmfulness; the quality of being designed to entrap.]

Whereas, the Christian knows that we are not ever a "good person" because of our works, our efforts.  But the follower of the religion of "good works" subtly and cumulatively becomes prideful, which is abhorrent to God and to grace.

"For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world."  --1 John 2:16.

A person becomes poor through their own works and rich through divine works.  So a person must love the works of God and despise their own.

"I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet . . . "  (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409.)

It takes an uncanny--and I dare say, a devilish kind of pride to boast one's self above Jesus and the Apostles.  Yet, there it is.  I wonder what sort of spirit might possess a person to follow such a man?  Certainly not a spirit of humility.  But one who sought to challenge God, indeed to fancy the destiny of becoming a god oneself!  

The great test of life--and, as God loves you, He will present you with it time and time again--is to see whether you love your self, or another creature (which is but a hidden form of self love), or to love the world--the "pride of life" . . . MORE than you love God.

Humility seems to be like lightning.  For as lightning strikes terrible blows and afterwards none of it can be found, so humility dissolves all evil and is the enemy of all sin and makes a man look upon himself as nothing. 

Most who fall . . . do so . . . because they love someone or something more than God.  They console themselves that it cannot be wrong because "love" is involved, yet the devil is very adept and devious in his means to bring temptations to a person which at once seem to satisfy the longings of the deepest part of their soul.  Next comes justifying and explaining away when we then "fall for some one" or some thing which takes us away from God and the self seeking mind is clever in convincing itself that it is God's will, "meant to be", or was determined in some "pre-existence."

But it is never God's will that a person should love a creature or thing of the world more than Himself.

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful . . . conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  --2 Timothy 3:1-7

Meanwhile, for those who have found the Lord/been found by the Lord . . . what joy and clarity arrives, as you continue to forsake the temptations of pride and the lessor, worldly love which falls for anything short of God, as the transforming power and care of Jesus . . . step by step . . . works on and through you--not YOU doing works to boast of, but recognizing that HE alone starts to change you, so that, increasingly . . . you crave true holiness--not vain and silly trappings, such as "not drinking coffee" . . . .

And while you are certainly not perfect . . . over time you able to look back on your old self . . . and see that you have left where you were, through grace, not works, and regardless of how slow or how fast . . . there is no mistaking that He is moving in your life, on your character, in your heart, cleaning out your mind, maybe slowly BUT SURELY! . . . and you will be finding that--even without any church, or "authority" demanding and expecting you to follow such and such "rules and laws"--you increasingly and simply WANT TO . . . and a holy hunger and thirst for righteousness possesses you so that you can hardly get enough . . . of Him--of reading about, listening about, thinking about, praying about . . . HIM.

You are not trying to please a church or other men or a woman . . . .

You only want to please GOD!  And you realize how precious this yearning is, which He has placed on you--which is LOVE OF GOD--the greatest blessing . . . and so, become protective and leery of any thing or any one . . . who would seek to lure you away from that.

The more grace a person has, the more the devil attacks them.  But a person should not on that account stop being guided by grace, because the harder the battle, the greater will be the person's 
crown . . . . 

You gain virtue from every vice that you conquer.  And you will receive a greater reward from the vice that troubles you most--if you conquer it.

Good works are nothing.  Dictators of countries do some good works even though they oppress and harass the people.
Mafia "Dons" . . . do good works as they sometimes feed the poor, pay their bills, build a school, as do the drug cartel bosses--the same ones who also murder, steal, prostitute and corrupt.
Even criminals sometimes pay tithings, help old ladies cross the street, and give presents to their wives and children.

There is little clearer in the Bible, than that we CANNOT work our way into heaven . . . but only by His grace are we saved.

You would have to change the Bible or come up with a new one in order to promote any other message.

Nor can a person love the world or another creature MORE than the Creator and what His Word says, and still expect to be saved; otherwise there is no point, no truth in His Word.

Again, you would have to either change the Word, or devise a different version . . . to justify your disobedience.

And how serious must that be!

Well, the Bible tells us--WARNS us:

"For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."  --Rev. 22:18-19

But, many people simply cannot control themselves--cannot submit to the truth.  Joseph Smith was so full of himself, his desire for power, gold and women . . . that he devised a whole new set of books and doctrines, added to the Bible, to justify his pride of life longings . . . .

Of course, he is not the only one.  Many others have done the same and continue to today with all manner of novel, self-sustaining, self-seeking philosophies and doctrines.

It is not unusual for a seeker to fall into the trap of these various snares, while they are yet full of selfish pride and self seeking.  But if they love THE TRUTH--which is GOD, WHO IS JESUS CHRIST--MORE than His creatures or things . . . then, at last they will forsake all such deceptions and temptations . . . and will find themselves safely on the way to REAL salvation . . . and eternal life.

Woe to the man who gives his heart and desire and energy to the things of this world and on their account gives up and loses the things that are of Heaven and last forever!

It is a lie . . . from the pit of Hell . . . to suggest that the things of the world and Heaven are the same and congruous.  [congruous:  Corresponding in character or kind; appropriate or harmonious.]

It is no friend and no true religion . . . which says that pursuing the world . . . is "harmonious" . . . with pursuing Heaven.  A person cannot serve two masters.  The devil's church says you can have both, here and now.  But Jesus said:

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." -John 15:18,19

Beware.  The only unpardonable sin . . . is to reject Jesus as Savior.

Any person or church who says that Jesus' death and sacrifice IS NOT ENOUGH . . . but that you must also WORK your way into salvation . . . is promoting . . . the unpardonable sin!

This . . . is why . . . I am spending a little time on it . . . .

It's no small matter . . . .

God bless and protect you,
brother, thomas

[italicized words from Brother Giles, a friend of St. Francis']
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxtxrQ3L0HQ&feature=related

A list of lies from ol' Shawn McCraney  . . . who is doing a brave and important work here in "zion"....And if you are a Mormon and don't dare to watch this, then you show you choose to remain ignorant and cannot be considered at the very least a SEEKER after truth . . . .

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nice People, Bad Doctrine

I know lots of nice, good people . . . who are liberals--left wing collectivist in their social and political doctrine.
Even some socialists and communists who are alright chaps on a personal level.

But their doctrine is destroying my country and, I dare say, the world--their beliefs about economy, family, morality, prosperity . . . nice people, bad doctrine.

Also, I know Sikhs, Hare Krishna's, Catholics, Muslims, new agers . . . Mormons who are nice, "good" people, relatively speaking . . . .

My discussion is related to their doctrines--beliefs . . . and, in this case, how it is NOT Christian--Biblical.

Why bother?  Well, I have to wonder what this world--and my own spiritual situation would be like, if no one had contended for the faith.  What if no one through the centuries bothered to preserve and promulgate the Gospel which Jesus taught, and you could say, died for?  What if only false doctrines, false Christs were all that were available because no one bothered to contend, to expound, to clarify . . . many who became martyrs, sacrificed their wealth, health, lives . . . in order to pass on the authentic teachings of Jesus?

I thank God that men and women through the ages have lived and "fought" to preserve and express the story of God working on and through His people . . . and those alive and preaching and teaching and sharing TODAY who have helped me (and my wife) SO MUCH to learn the truth from the lies and the Enemy's DELIBERATE obfuscations . . . .

Also, as I've mentioned before, I have loved ones . . . and know of plenty of others . . . who SUFFER because of the false, mis-leading doctrines of Mormonism.  Serial adulteries, depression, broken families, kids on drugs and stealing . . . the guilt, the burden, the impossible expectations, the demands of "the church" . . . are sad to witness . . . and . . . did I mention the depression? . . . yes, depression and escape through pills, affairs, money, status . . . which seems more than ever to be at an all time high and running rampant through more than a few families I know . . . dear ones I love and care for . . . .

And all for a con!  And not just a con, but an outright offensive and blasphemous one at that, using the Lord's name to hide what is actually just a mish-mash of one MANS (not God's) megalomaniacal, power hungry, imagination combined with Freemasonry, witchcraft and blatant Luciferian concepts and doctrine!

It's because the people are so nice and hard working and well intentioned (for the most part) that some are being led to witness and rescue such folk from a religion of lies and oppression.

And indeed, there is something going on in the broader Body of Christ, where a whole new crop of born again Christians are being called to confront and witness to the L.D.S.  I feel some of that impetus, being in the midst of "Zion" and knowing so many who are caught in the deception.

The L.D.S. church has seen its growth  fall off drastically and an explosion of "apostasy" ever since the Internet--since it became easier for members to look up the facts and real history of their church when challenged whereas before they use to be able to remain ignorant and just shrug off the so-called "attacks" as being simply "anti-Mormon" bigotry.

"The church", which is extremely wealthy and politically powerful for its size, is currently investing LOTS of money now trying to deal with the problem of information and the true history and quotes of previous leaders and "prophets", including buying up "positioning" on Google, so that when people try to investigate, they are swarmed with Google results bought and paid for by "the church" which try to explain away the MANY contradictions and embarrassing facts about the early church, Joseph Smith, polygamy, racism in the church, views on women etc.

Also, it might be interesting to know that the L.D.S. church since its founding has desired to control, not only the United States (politically and theologically), but the whole world!  Mormons like Karl Rove (G.W. Bush's right hand man) . . . Harry Reid (leading Democratic Senator) . . . Brent Scowcroft (of Kissinger and Assoc.) and of course John Huntsman and Mitt Romney . . . surround the seat of power and have for years, and they are highly represented in the CIA, FBI and NSA . . . . Mormons believe that one day the "Constitution will hang by a thread" . . . and that a Mormon will step in and save it . . . and eventually set up "the gospel" to take over the whole world.  I was taught that myself in priesthood class (along with things like the curse on black people and that people were wealthy in this life because they were so "righteous" in the "pre-existence".

But, anyway . . . did you know that in the Washington D.C. L.D.S. temple . . . there is a whole floor, totally locked up and sealed off . . . which is an exact replica of the Oval Office?  It is just waiting for when Mormons finally take control of the government, as Joseph Smith himself once attempted (and had to be satisfied with being crowned "king of the world.")

Sorry, but I HAVE studied "the books" on Mormonism . . . was a convert myself . . . at age 15 . . . was a "priest" in "the church" . . . taught Sunday school . . . and prepared to go on a Mission.  I was months away from leaving for an L.D.S mission . . . at age19 . . . when I came across the teachings of Joseph Smith and realized . . . that what he was teaching . . . was not right, not biblical--and struck me even as practically Luciferian in its implications (the idea that God sort of "lied" to Adam and Eve . . . tricked them into falling for His plan that Satan made them "fall" so that they could get physical bodies--physical bodies, according to Mormon Doctrine, being NECESSARY and required to get into Heaven.)

I am not saying that Mormons are "bad people" any more than all of us . . . who the Bible says all sin and fall short . . . . 

I AM saying that Mormonism is BAD DOCTRINE . . . and dangerous . . . and offensive to the Biblical view, a slap to the face of Jesus, saying His death was not enough; it took Joseph Smith to establish "the true gospel."

Did you know that it use to be a part of the Mormon Temple rites to curse America?

Did you know that Smith set up a secret political organization called "The Council Of Fifty" which was tasked with setting up a political kingdom to rule the earth . . . and which some believe is still secretly in operation today?

The Mormon's war on America is fairly well described here, which some might find interesting in light of the current presidential campaign . . . and may give pause . . . .


http://www.mormonzeitgeist.com/node/317

Also, this site is well done and covers a good portion of the many lies and fallacies of L.D.S. doctrine.

http://20truths.info/mormon/lying.html

And yes, regarding "baptism for the dead" . . . which is a big part of the "laws and ordinances" required to get into (Celestial) Heaven . . . . They have big, high-tech outfitted caves cut into the granite up in the canyons above Salt Lake . . . where they store and retrieve as much genealogical information as possible . . . as it is "the church's" goal to baptize EVERYONE who has ever lived ultimately . . . whether they like it or not.

The Jewish people have complained repeatedly about this offensive act, but the Mormons keep doing it anyway . . . .
It is very possible that one of your relatives, long gone, whether they were a happy Christian or not or whatever . . . has had their name submitted for "temple work" . . . and some Mormon has been baptized for them into the L.D.S. church.  You see, Mormons believe that even after you die, you still have a chance to be "saved" by being a member of "the church" . . . but you must be water baptized to be saved . . . so, someone here on earth, a "worthy" member . . . can get vicariously baptized for you . .  and then, in spirit prison . . . you will have the opportunity to either accept or reject the baptism . . . . .

At least that is what they have taught at times in the past, but their doctrine is constantly changing with the times, so I wouldn't be surprised if they've altered this a bit, though I don't think so . . . .

And yet, we know from the Bible, we worship a God Who is unchanging . . . and NOT an author of confusion .........

God bless and I seriously mean this effort in LOVE AND CONCERN~!

(good grief, get outta that cult of lies already!)

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[In the pre-1990 Mormon Endowment Ceremony Mormon Temple Patrons (men and women) had to "meet the Lord through the veil on the five points of fellowship". They had to embrace a Mormon high priest (playing the part of God) behind a white veil. This ended in 1990, after many young female Patrons complained to Church leaders that the old male Mormon high priests were getting "too frisky" with them during the Five Points of Fellowship part of the Endowment Ceremony.]




The Masonic Five Points of Fellowship

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Bible Says "Love All Religions" ... not....

Well . . . thanks for writing and sharing.  There are several errors in your comment (see below) however I intend to address them further later . .  . and I do appreciate the opportunity to expound ...Meanwhile,  of course I have been basing my writing on the actual doctrines  of the church (ie., The Articles of Faith written by Joseph Smith) and quoting the church's "living prophets" . . . who ought to be important sources, and I would imagine are "faithful followers who study the books", don't you think? The "pure Gospel of Jesus Christ" is indeed perfect, which is why Mormon "gospel" is so odious and needs to be addressed . . . . 
 
As far the "the people" . . . I too know many very nice and well intentioned and "good" Mormons... my grandmother was one . . . which is another reason why CHRISTIANS feel the need to help them see what they have made oaths and covenants to, which is NOT the "pure Gospel of Jesus Christ" . . . and is a sham concocted by a clever and charismatic con artist.  They live under bondage to false doctrine and again, it is the duty of believers to address such things, though it can often lead to persecution . . . and misunderstanding . . . . 
 
As far as what I "preach" . . . . I have NEVER "preached" that we should "love all religions".  That is a ridiculous statement and makes me wonder if you really are a bible believer.  The bible is filled with warnings, harangues, rants, prohibitions AGAINST false religions.  It is a silly thing to suggest that any Christian would or should "preach" loving all religions . . . . And I don't single out the L.D.S. faith all the time.  Just last weak I wrote about the "Purpose Driven" and "prosperity" churches and pastors who are dangerous as well.  I've written on new age, politics, Hinduism, occultism and a many other topics consistently. One reason I intend to write more on the false L.D.S. cult . .  is because it is in the news more than ever and will continue to be . . . and they are trying to slick up their image to fool Christians into believing they are Christian too, which they are not, in the biblical sense.  
 
It is a different Jesus and a different God they teach BASED ON THEIR DOCTRINES and what their so-called "prophets" have taught. Also, someone I love and care about dearly has been bafoozled by them and I worry for their soul and there is a chance they might read my blog and learn some of the REAL history of that church which is hidden and NOT encouraged to be studied "in the books." I also believe that some Mormons IN SPITE of their false doctrine and mis-leading "prophets" do follow Jesus in their hearts . . . . 
 
The L.D.S. church started it, by attacking Christians and bible believers from the beginning and even in their temple rituals.  Their church is a lie, regardless of the nice and "amazing" people caught in it.  Is it really true you are not "L.D.S."?  I don't believe you, prove it.  If not, I apologize.  But if you are, you should know that lying is not part of biblical doctrine. But I do thank you for writing because it gives me more opportunity to stay on this subject . . . . 

Anonymous said...
Interesting how you base your posts off of the words of people, instead of the actual doctorine and beliefs of the faithful followers who STUDY the books. The PEOPLE are not perfect by any means, past or present, but the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ is. I wish you would practice what you preach, and that is to love ALL religions. Not singling out the LDS faith all the time. They are by no means Satanic. They are following Jesus Christ just like you are. I'm not even LDS, but I know a lot of them are amazing people with true living testimonies of Jesus Christ. ------------------------------------------------------- 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Keepin' An Eye On Things . . . .

Pin pointing in time when certain forseen events are to happen . . . is almost always a tricky matter.  When they are perceived, caught in a kind of vision, they seem imminent . . . so there is a tendency to expect them sooner rather than later.  For instance, when I wrote quite specific and (now) accurate descriptions of what would happen along the border of Mexico and the U.S. in my song "Violence In The Suburbs" . . . where I warned and described of the "heads all rolling around"--the decapitation motif now the calling card of the violent illegal cartels . . . it was 1989.  Illegal immigration and the anti-U.S. cartels weren't even much of a topic or concern, let alone the specifics related thereto like its Marxist component and the decapitation angle . . . . But now, someone hearing that song would assume I just wrote it describing the current situation . . . .

There is good reason in not knowing exact dates and times . . . nor should we be seeking them, as it is a distraction to the sacred present--where we can become lost in speculations of the "future" . . . missing the supreme purpose of staying in and with the Spirit . . . in the present . . . . However, obviously, we are to yet be aware of seasons and general times . . . for plenty of "signs" have been given in the Word to note and watch . . . and we are led to be cautious and watchful . . . knowing that some have "been destroyed" for lack of knowledge . . . while commanded to be "wise as serpents" . . . .

I have never been too insistent on a specific time frame regarding some of the developments I've predicted here, five to eight years ago, though had thought at times we might be on the brink, as it certainly has looked and felt like that for a while now . . . . Perhaps it goes like this:  The "Constitutional crisis" . . . I wrote about . . . is what is developing now, as many are saying, where the president is consistently, blatantly these days flaunting the Constitution--ignoring it, with things like the recess appointments and the attack on First Amendment freedom of religion (coercing people of conscience to abrogate their religious beliefs related to abortion/contraception etc.) . . . .
The "riots" . . . which I said would be "game over" time--in that martial law would likely follow and "restrictions on movement", and pretty much "the capper" on the way things--seem to be intended for this spring and summer, leading into the elections.  And while in a sort of "pre-echo" manner there already has been a "panel" type "supra" government established (the "super congress" set up over the "debt ceiling" issue) . . . one can envision a scenario . . . such as . . . there is so much chaos and civil unrest . . . that the elections are (finally) canceled and an interim "governing panel" is put in place--a kind of "politburo" . . . to rule over the state of emergency . . . . And, where I wrote of there being "t" attacks during the left wing regime, followed by a hard right turn to police state rule . . . this also happens during all this . . . only it is Barry who takes the "hard right" action/martial control . . . . ?

Also, this would jive with what I have expected (since 1995) to be the crux of "2012" . . . which is that it is the year of "the end"--the general "end" of the old order and the official beginning of the "new order" . . . .

So, all in all . . . we might be at that time of  . . . . "Constitutional crisis . . . panel government . . . riots . . . terror attacks . . . police state . . . the end of things (in a big way) as we have known them . . . . " Too, there ought be, if it follows as such, "show trials" thrown in there somewhere for good measure . . . .

Something I wrote on 12-12-06 . . . :  "One of the final stages of takeover is the upstepped direct attacks on churches, signs and symbols of Christianity, but with the co-opting and promoting of ’sanctioned’ politically correct churches. Individual believers will increasingly find themselves without a place to go…fearful of speaking out…isolated…targeted…."

Because of this all continuing to take shape just as I expected, I have more recently been focusing on the internal, soul-based preparations that can be done--should be done--to better weather the storms, as we know that, while prudent, all material preparations have the respectable possibility . . . to become fruitless and irrelevant . . . for instance . . . if there IS martial law and "hoarders" . . . are targeted . . . by law, and by the lawless . . . .

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Only 2 Approaches: 1 Works, 1 Doesn't

There are only two approaches to God.  There is only one way to actually reach Him.

One approach includes a wide variety of methods and techniques.  Whether Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist, Zen-Buddhist, Wiccan, New Age, Hindu, Mormon, Sikh, Shaman, Jew, Confucian, Shintoist, Jain, Baha'i, and every other . . . attempt to reach God or "Paradise" . . . relies on the either total or partial WORKS of the aspirant/seeker.

The other approach . . . is by God's grace alone.

Similar to Islam, Mormon doctrine teaches that you are saved by grace through faith AFTER you have done all that you can do.

"To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath Allah promised forgiveness and a great reward," (Surah 5:9). 

"We believe that through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved, BY OBEDIENCE TO THE LAWS AND ORDINANCES OF THE GOSPEL."  (L.D.S. Article of Faith 1:3)

From the L.D.S. magazine "New Era" . . . we read, "To gain eternal life, we need both grace and works . . . .  Besides repentance, our works also include receiving ordinances, keeping covenants, and serving others. While these works are necessary for salvation, they aren’t sufficient."
http://www.lds.org/new-era/2005/03/tough-topics-are-you-saved-by-grace-or-works?lang=eng

I can tell you from a life of experience around and among Mormons that many, if not most, of them are seriously burdened with guilt and insecurity concerning their salvation.  OR, they are full of pride.  Neither one of these conditions is desirable or natural to the true Christian life.

It is a sad thing to observe how they try so hard "to be good" . . . burdened by the hundreds, if not thousands (there are reportedly over 4 thousand "laws and ordinances", all told, for the would be "perfect" Mormon to follow, if they could) of "laws and ordinances" expected of the "good" Latter Day Saint, and it is no (marvelous work and) wonder that Utah is a leading state in the statistics of suicide and anti-depressant usage.  ["The rate of suicide among females in Utah for females between the ages of 15-44 is four times the national average . . . . For the past four decades now, Utah has ranked in the top ten for numbers of suicides in the nation." reports the U.S. gov. CDC.
http://www.lifeafter.org/mormonsuicide.asp 

http://www.ntn24.com/news/news/utah-leads-us-suicidal-thoughts-study

On the other hand, there are those (in "the church") who believe they follow most, if not all, of the "laws and ordinances" . . . and so . . . are just a few wives away  (in the hereafter) from BEING GODS with their own planets to rule!  You can imagine--and I have witnessed first hand--the incredible self pride of such individuals who . . . consider themselves nearly on par with Jesus and God the Father, where it's only a matter of little more time and a few more "good works" and they will be Deity's equal!

But, for most, they realize they are nowhere near following all the "laws and ordinances" . . . and so, must worry whether they will be with their families in one of the heavens (there are three degrees of glory in Mormonism) . . . or, they are to be excluded.

The bible believing Christian however, is FREE of such impossible demands, which are but a gilded form of slavery to man (to Joseph Smith).


We read and believe as it is written that Jesus came to "end the law of righteousness to every one that believeth."--Romans 10:4.  Jesus railed on the scribes and Pharisees who burdened the people with laws and works because they did not recognize that He was the FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW.--Matt. 5:17.


Mormons usually have a canned, knee-jerk response to this charge--when you point out to them that biblical teaching CLEARLY states that "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."--Eph. 2:8-9.

They will say something like, "oh, so once you are 'saved' now you can do anything you want?"

Anyone who says this simply shows that they do not have a personal, real relationship with Christ.  For when you finally, truly find Jesus (when He finds you, actually)--it naturally follows that you WANT to keep His commandments, to please Him.  And not through YOUR own works and ability do you start to change, but HE begins the transformation process upon you.

Usually, but not always, slowly . . . but surely . . . your old self begins to fall away, through HIS grace and power, and NOT by your own works, lest you should end up boasting . . . or, worse yet, imagining yourself potentially righteous enough, through your own ability . . . to become a god, just like Him!

He or she who has found the ONE WAY TO GOD--that unique and merciful approach, which differs from ALL of the other religions on the planet--realizes profoundly . . . that there is nothing good . . . in the corrupt, fallen self and that there is NOTHING we can do to reach God or paradise EXCEPT that we "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ . . . and be saved."--Acts 16:30-3.

It may be that God leaves a thorn in your flesh

What does Mormon doctrine have in common with every false religion and teaching in the world?

That through your own works, you can achieve salvation.

What sets apart biblical Christianity--the Way of The Master from EVERY other "approach" to God?  The revelation of His saving grace.  There is only ONE approach to God and Paradise which is guaranteed to succeed!  By faith in Jesus Christ, the person, alone.  Not works, not by "being good", not through rituals, secret handshakes, ceremonies, laws, covenants, ordinances, ascetic practices, meditation, yoga, having multiple wives, magic masonic underwear, a living "prophet", tithing, works for the dead . . . .


No.  The GOOD NEWS and FREEDOM is found in the person Jesus, His graceful mission.

If you believe, like all the other religions do, that you must also WORK your way to Heaven, then you call Jesus a liar.

Are you comfortable calling Jesus a liar?  Can you be a Christian and call Jesus a liar?

When Jesus said, "It is finished," . . . apparently, according to Mormon doctrine . . . it wasn't quite . . . just yet . . . finished.  So, either Jesus was a liar or a fool?

Perhaps there is more to be found . . . to do . . . in Joseph Smith's re-translation and ADDITION to the bible--the one where he wrote himself into Holy Scripture.  Yeah, you see, God wasn't able to preserve His Word, so Joseph Smith re-wrote a better version of Genesis and included a prophecy depicting himself as a "seer" named "Joseph" . . . who would come to restore the Gospel . . . .
http://www.lds.org/scriptures/jst/jst-gen/50?lang=eng

One thing Joe Smith was not--and that was . . . lacking in chutzpah!

Anyway, it is clear to anyone with even a half-way clear and honest head . . . that the whole Mormon story and teaching is a mess and a con and NOT Christian.  

Though, this ought not be considered a demeaning charge--at least the "NOT Christian" part . . . as early Mormon "prophets" and other prominent church leaders actually did not mind being DISTINGUISHED from "Christianity", typified by a comment from President/Prophet Taylor: "What does the Christian world know about God? Nothing...Why so far as the things of God are concerned, they are the veriest fools; they know neither God nor the things of God." (John Taylor, JI) 13:225)

Or, "Believers in the doctrines of modern Christendom will reap damnation to their souls (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.177)

 Or, "Both Catholics and Protestants are nothing less than the "whore of Babylon" whom the lord denounces by the mouth of John the Revelator as having corrupted all the earth by their fornications and wickedness." (Pratt, The Seer, p.255)

It is not surprising that any compassionate student of the bible might seek to expose Mormon doctrine for the burdensome and enslaving concoction it is, similar to the other onerous WORKS-BASED religions and doctrines throughout the fallen world . . . .


Praise God, as your eyes have opened and the scales fallen away!

b,t


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Brigham Young proudly wearing his Masonic pin, below the necktie there..:


Fun quotes from Prophet Brigham:


"Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266). Also, "The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269).

"...no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 289).

"What man or woman on earth, what spirit in the spirit-world can say truthfully that I ever gave a wrong word of counsel, or a word of advice that could not be sanctioned by the heavens? The success which has attended me in my presidency is owing to the blessings and mercy of the Almighty . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 12, p. 127).

"Some of you may ask, 'Is there a single ordinance to be dispensed with? Is there one of the commandments that God has enjoined upon the people, that he will excuse them from obeying?' Not one, no matter how trifling or small in our own estimation. No matter if we esteem them non-essential, or least or last of all the commandments of the house of God, we are under obligation to observe them." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 339).

"The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action.  He partook of flesh and blood --  was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers."  (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).  Note:  the late Bruce McConkie who was a member of the First Council of the Seventy stated "There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events..." (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 742).

"You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother.  Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings.  This was not to be, and the Lord put a  mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290).

"Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner!  When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him.  He helped to make and organize this world.  He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days!  about whom holy men have written and spoken -- He is our Father, and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do.  Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 50)






 

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