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Is The Protestant Reformation Being Undone?

*Posted by BEYOND TODAY MAGAZINE. This is a very important piece! jw

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 by Peter Eddington
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Has a major split ever occurred in your congregation or church denomination? It’s a sad fact of life that church splits have been common throughout the 2,000 years since Jesus founded His Church.

Five centuries ago the dominant branch of the traditional Christian religion, the Roman Catholic Church, faced a serious schism as one of its priests and theologians, the now-famous Martin Luther, came to reject several teachings and practices of the church. Among the disputes, Luther strongly took issue with the Catholic view on indulgences and that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money.

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, which tradition claims was affixed to the door of the castle church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517 (though the story is a matter of dispute). The Theses launched what would become known as the Protestant Reformation. Luther was later excommunicated, his Theses rejected by Pope Leo X in 1520. This split in Christianity was the second major breakup after the Orthodox split of the 11th century.

Could unity actually end up being something quite dangerous? Is it possible that at some point in the future, only one official religion will be allowed and others banned?
Now, 500 years on, serious questions remain about the effectiveness of Martin Luther’s reforms and whether or not they will hold.  Is the Protestant Reformation being undone? Could the 500-year split be reversed, reuniting Catholics and Protestants. As this huge anniversary is being commemorated, an underlying current is quietly sweeping through the Lutheran Church as the Catholic Church in Rome gathers increasing support that could eventually see Luther’s dreams undone.

Lutherans and Catholics receiving communion
As we study the modern relationship between Catholics and Lutherans, we can’t help but notice a softening of the barrier that drove these two faiths apart starting in 1517. The wedge that initially divided them is gradually being pulled out. Is the Reformation losing its identity?
On July 5, 2017, in Wittenburg, Germany—the same town where Martin Luther openly attacked church practice and teaching 500 years ago, setting in motion the Protestant Reformation—the World Communion of Reformed Churches (representing 80 million believers) agreed to the Joint Declara-tion on the Doctrine of Justification, previously agreed to in 1999 by Catholics and Lutherans, and by Methodists in 2006.

“Together with great joy, today’s formal act brings new challenges and responsibilities in our pursuit of fidelity to the Gospel and unity in truth,” said Pope Francis in a written statement read out for him. “May it mark a new stage of fellowship and cooperation in the service of justice and peace in our human family” (Anli Serfontein, “Pope Francis Hails Declaration Signed at Reformed Churches Gathering in Germany,” Ecumenical News, July 5, 2017).
The message was read aloud to some 800 dignitaries, representing some of the largest Christian churches, who had gathered in Wittenberg for the event. Cardinal Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told the assembled delegates that the agreement has opened “a new era of trust between the churches—a time for healing and reconciliation and rediscovering how much we share” (ibid.).
This is the latest in several such moves. On Jan. 15, 2016, a group of Finnish Lutherans were offered Holy Communion by Catholic priests at a mass held in St. Peter’s Basilica following a meeting with Pope Francis. Lutheran bishop Samuel Salm said of the Communion, “I myself accepted it.” He added that “this was not a coincidence” (“Lutherans Receive Communion at Vatican After Meeting With Pope: Report,” LifeSiteNews.com, Jan. 21, 2016).
In a Dec. 12, 2015, interview with the National Catholic Register, Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church said, “I think it’s typical for Pope Francis to open doors, and now we, as churches, have the duty to find ways to fill this open door with more of a life of ecumenism of unity” —the term ecumenism used for efforts to unify the world’s churches (“Revolution: Rome Lutheran Pastor Says Pope Francis ‘Opened Door’ to Intercommunion,” LifeSiteNews.com, Dec. 16, 2015, emphasis added throughout).
It seems that the Roman Catholic Church is quietly working to bring back its estranged children with an aggressive push towards ecumenism—seeking to negate 500 years of separation. Where are such developments heading? Calling on Catholics and Lutherans worldwide
In October 2016, Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Yunan, president of the Lutheran World Federation, signed a joint declaration for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at
the Lutheran Cathedral of Lund, in Sweden.

It said in part: “With this Joint Statement, we express joyful gratitude to God for this moment of common prayer in the Cathedral of Lund, as we begin the year commemorating the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. Fifty years of sustained and fruitful ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans have helped us to overcome many differences, and have deepened our mutual understanding and trust …
“We commit ourselves to further growth in communion rooted in Baptism, as we seek to remove the remaining obstacles that hinder us from attaining full unity … We long for this wound in the Body of Christ to be healed. This is the goal of our ecumenical endeavours …”
This joint statement concluded with: “We call upon all Lutheran and Catholic parishes and communities to be bold and creative, joyful and hopeful in their commitment to continue the great journey ahead of us. Rather than conflicts of the past, God’s gift of unity among us shall guide cooperation and deepen our solidarity. By drawing close in faith to Christ, by praying together, by listening to one another, by living Christ’s love in our relationships, we, Catholics and Lutherans, open ourselves to the power of the Triune God.”

So what is going on? What is transpiring before our very eyes? Is the Reformation about to be undone? Most importantly, is the Roman Catholic Church perhaps even on the verge of fulfilling a scenario warned about in the Bible almost 2,000 years ago? The World Lutheran Foundation reported the following words about the historic meeting that resulted in this joint statement:
“The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church jointly held an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Lund, Sweden. Locally co-hosted by the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm, the event highlighted the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans and the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017.”  As we can see, the Oct. 31, 2017, commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is going to reverberate around the world with major religious implications! Ecumenism is alive and well, and the Roman Church has a plan in mind—with an end goal.

Roman history leads to major prophetic implications. What are the prophetic implications surrounding the ecumenism we see between Catholics and Protestants? While unity and ecumenism look good on the surface, could this actually end up being something quite dangerous with unforeseen consequences? Is it possible that at some point in the future, only one official religion will be allowed and others banned?  In the prophecy Jesus gave on the Mount of Olives in the days before He was crucified (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21), the first major trend He warned about when foretelling the signs that would precede His return was a counterfeit Christianity (Matthew 24:4-5 Matthew 24:4-54 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.   American King James Version×). Almost from the start, deceivers began trying to influence and infiltrate the New Testament Church.  Before long, still in the first century, several variant forms of Christianity took root—one staying faithful to the pure truth of the Bible and Christ’s teachings, and others blending the Bible with other beliefs and philosophies. This blending is called syncretism, and many of the popular pagan Roman beliefs that were added to Christianity actually originated with ancient Babylonian religions.
Very soon, within a few decades of Jesus founding His Church, the trends He had warned about began to come to pass. By the 50s A.D. the apostle Paul warned that false teachers were already proclaiming “another Jesus” and “a different gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:4 2 Corinthians 11:4For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.

American King James Version×; Galatians 1:6 Galatians 1:6I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ to another gospel:
American King James Version×). Late in the first century some had gone so far as to reject the apostle John and were putting true Christians out of the Church (3 John 9).
A new church arises and gains power.Early on, then, Christianity underwent drastic changes. The visible church became quite different from what was originally established by Jesus and His apostles. Historian Jesse Hurlbut calls this period “the age of shadows.” As he describes it, “For fifty years after St. Paul’s life a curtain hangs over the church, through which we strive vainly to look; and when at last it rises, about 120 A.D. with the writings of the earliest church fathers, we find a church in many aspects very different from that in the days of St. Peter and St. Paul” ( The Story of the Christian Church, 1970, p. 33).

In the fourth century, the Roman Emperor Constantine decided to make Christianity the official state religion to further unify and strengthen his empire. But to do this, he used his power to bring different factions together that taught a variety of concepts—many of them foreign to Jesus’ teachings. The end result was official recognition of various beliefs that were similar in many ways to the popular pagan Roman sun worship.
For example, by this time the visible majority church had adopted as its weekly day of worship the first day of the week, Sunday, honored as the day of the unconquered sun, in place of the biblical Sabbath, the seventh day of the week (from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday). Similarly, the Roman celebration of the birthday of the sun, Dec. 25, was relabeled as the supposed birthday of the Son of God and became one of the world’s most popular holidays—Christmas!
Constantine’s state-sponsored church further evolved and grew in power and became known as the Roman Catholic Church—“catholic” from the Latin word catholicus, meaning universal or general . It was to be the universal religion of the Roman Empire.
At times the bishop of Rome, or pope, has had such great political as well as religious authority that he could enthrone and depose emperors. The church controlled the state! Because of this intimate relationship between church and state, for several centuries the empire was called the Holy Roman Empire.

And so, what we see happening as the church gained power and allied itself with the state is the combined church-state persecution of other Christians— especially those who held most closely to Jesus’ original teachings. Those not part of the Roman Church became intensely tyrannized during that time.  The Roman Catholic Church also adopted a governmental structure that was strikingly similar to that of the old Roman Empire. That is why historians have remarked on the Roman Catholic Church being a mirror image of the Roman Empire (we will examine this “mirror image” more in a moment).  But, as we noted at the beginning, 500 years ago a major disruption occurred in the Roman Catholic Church when Martin Luther gave his Ninety-five Theses in 1517.  Will this division, this wound, be healed, as called for in the 2016 joint declaration?

Let’s go to the source. What does Bible prophecy tell us?  To understand the future we must understand the past  Is a mandated, one-world religion on the horizon? Does Scripture give us the answer? Will all peoples one day have to show allegiance to a future church-state empire patterned after Constantine’s?  Since the fall of the Roman Empire more than 15 centuries ago, European leaders have made a number of attempts to resurrect it. Justinian, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Charles V, Napoleon, and Hitler along with Mussolini all tried to unite Europe as a revived Roman Empire. All succeeded to varying degrees for a time. But there will be yet another attempt.  History shows us that out of the Roman Empire came the ruling power of the Roman Catholic Church. The empire itself is described in the book of Revelation as a “beast.” And side by side with the Beast in chapter 13, the church allied with the Beast is described as “the image of the beast”—a mirror image or something that strongly resembles the original.
History also shows that this church took over the former administrative governance structure and regions of the empire. “By the fourth century, the church followed the example of the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine organized the church into dioceses along the pattern of the Roman regional districts. (The word diocese was a secular term that referred to the larger administrative units of the Roman Empire.) Later, Pope Gregory shaped the ministry of the entire church after Roman law” (Frank Viola and George Barna, Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, 2008, p. 119).

Thus the church became a mirror image of the original—the Roman church copied the Roman Empire. As noted historian Will Durant observed in his monumental work The Story of Civilization: “Christianity … grew by the absorption of pagan faith and ritual; it became a triumphant Church by inheriting the organizing patterns and genius of Rome …
“The Roman gift was above all a vast framework of government, which, as secular authority failed, became the structure of ecclesiastical rule. Soon the bishops, rather than the Roman prefects, would be the source of order and the seat of power in the cities; the metropolitans, or archbishops, would support, if not supplant, the provincial governors; and the synod of bishops would succeed the provincial assembly.   “The Roman Church followed in the footsteps of the Roman state; it conquered the provinces, beautified the capital, and established discipline and unity from frontier to frontier. Rome died in giving birth to the Church; the Church matured by inheriting and accepting the responsibilities of Rome” (1944, Vol. 5, Caesar and Christ, pp. 575, 618-619).

A coming church-state combined power. Bible prophecy shows we will see yet another end-time attempt at a great church-state solution to humankind’s problems—but one which will be relatively short-lived.  The apostle John in a divinely revealed vision described what he saw, the imagery symbolizing an end-time church-state power: “And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast [a final end-time global superpower] which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon [the devil] gave him his power, his throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:1-2 Revelation 13:1-21 And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
American King James Version×).
What do we see right away from these two verses?
• This Beast is blasphemous—not of God.
• This Beast acts like a wild animal, not with human kindness— like a wild leopard, bear or lion.
• This Beast receives its power from the devil (and the devil is even worshipped—Revelation 13:4 Revelation 13:4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? who is able to make war with him?
American King James Version×).
Who is like the Beast?
We know that this future empire is a governmental system of major proportions because it’s supported by a powerful military: “So they worshiped the dragon [the devil] who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?’” (Revelation 13:4 Revelation 13:4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? who is able to make war with him?
American King James Version×).
How long will this blasphemous Beast rule in its full power? “And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months” (Revelation 13:5 Revelation 13:5And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to continue forty and two months.
American King James Version×). So, for 3½ years this Beast will be the dominant power over much of our planet. (This also appears to be a dual prophecy, with lengthy dominance by this power during the Middle Ages as a precursor to the end-time fulfillment.)
And then some very disturbing prophetic words are written for us to contemplate: “It was granted to him [the Beast] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Revelation 13:7 Revelation 13:7And it was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

American King James Version×). What we see here are the true people of God, those who believe differently from the established religion, being persecuted for their biblical beliefs!
It will become the “law” to obey this dragon-appointed Beast. In fact, Revelation points out that everyone will worship the Beast except those who have been written into the Book of Life of Jesus Christ: “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8 Revelation 13:8And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
American King James Version×).
What do we see in summary from these six verses?
• This Beast will have the world’s most powerful military forces.
• This Beast is given power and authority to rule for 3½ years.
• This Beast savagely persecutes the true saints of God.
• This Beast forces everyone to submit and obey.
The religious partner with the Beast
And now the apostle John gives us a window into the religious power, the great church, behind the governmental Beast: “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed” (Revelation 13:11-12 Revelation 13:11-1211 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. 12 And he excercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
American King James Version×).
The message proclaimed by this second beast (which is a mirror image of the first Beast, Revelation 13:15 Revelation 13:15And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
American King James Version×), is once again from the dragon—the devil himself—and all of humanity is required to worship likewise. This is a great revival of the Roman Church, partnering with the first Beast into a global church-state empire! Revelation 19 also calls the leader of this second beast—this Roman church—the False Prophet.
Note that this is a very convincing religious system. Humanity will be deceived. Will you also be led astray?

This second beast performs amazing, compelling miracles that are sure to bring multitudes on board! “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived” (Revelation 13:13-14 Revelation 13:13-1413 And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
American King James Version×).
The first Beast uses its military power and governmental authority to enforce a global religion on humanity: “He [the first beast] was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast [the second beast, the Roman church], that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Revelation 13:15 Revelation 13:15And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
American King James Version×). See, this is a matter of life or death!
And then the apostle John talks about the infamous “mark of the Beast”: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name … Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Revelation 13:16-18 Revelation 13:16-1816 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.
American King James Version×).
What do we see in summary from these eight verses? It’s quite sobering:
• The first Beast is joined by a second, religious beast, also called the False Prophet.
• This second beast also speaks like the devil.
• This second beast is a mirror image of the first and forces everyone to worship the first beast.
• This second beast performs convincing miracles that will deceive all of humanity—except the true saints of God.
• The first and second Beasts unite in a church-state power that will enforce a global religion in areas under its control.
• The penalty for those who do not submit to this religion will be death.
Yes, this religion will be enforced. Other faiths and beliefs will be outlawed—including the true Church of God and its biblically held beliefs. Remember, those holding true biblical beliefs were systematically persecuted and exterminated by emperors such as Constantine in the early centuries after Jesus’ resurrection, as well as later when church and state were again combined.
Definitely an end-time scenario
Some students of Bible prophecy will claim that these events have already been completely fulfilled or that they are just allegories. But no, Revelation 17 shows these events happening just prior to the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings. Jesus will return to save humanity from imminent, total destruction (Matthew 24:21-22 Matthew 24:21-2221 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
American King James Version×).

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb [Jesus Christ], and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him [the true saints] are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:12-14 Revelation 17:12-1412 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength to the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
American King James Version×).
The words clearly show that this joining together of 10 “kings” (leaders of nations or groups of nations) who give their sovereignty to a single individual (who is also called “the Beast”) is yet future, part of the world-changing geopolitical events to take place just before Jesus Christ’s return.
Prophecy shows us that for a short time a single global religion will be enforced on humanity in the time of the end by the Beast. This Beast will be a combined church-state system that has its roots in the old Holy Roman Empire.
It’s not a coincidence that the Roman Catholic Church is working on bringing back its departed children with an aggressive push towards ecumenism designed to negate 500 years of estrangement that began with Martin Luther. Yes, the Protestant Reformation that split the world’s Christianity will eventually end in some kind of reunification. Bible prophecy says so!
What about you? Love the truth!
There is a great warning for you and me in these prophecies. The Bible warns in many other places of this great apostasy of the end time. There is coming a huge end-time appeal to deceive the vast majority of humanity.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians of Thessalonika, speaking about the return of Jesus Christ to the earth, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3 2 Thessalonians 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
American King James Version×). He then proceeds to explain this “falling away” in greater detail, Paul talking here about “the man of sin.”
This end-time “man of sin” is going to style himself as greater than God, pretending or even claiming to be God— and people will believe him. Why? “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 2 Thessalonians 2:9-119 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
American King James Version×).
Revelation 19:20 Revelation 19:20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

American King James Version×describes this powerful religious leader as the False Prophet, working with the political leader called the Beast. Daniel 7 even says that the pompous religious figure in union with state power “persecutes the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law” (Daniel 7:25 Daniel 7:25And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
American King James Version×). That’s exactly what Roman Emperor Constantine did, and what church leaders have done ever since!
The end-time deception will be both powerful and great! Knowing that his rule over earth is nearing its end, Satan the devil will mount an end-time appeal to deceive people—even the people of God, who will fall prey if they do not love the truth. So you and I are warned! Keep the commandments. Love the truth.
You and I must stay pure in a society that mixes truth and error—that encourages religious syncretism. How easy it is to be sucked in at different levels by persuasive arguments and soon even persuasive miracles that appeal to our human nature. Don’t believe the lie. Love the truth!
Don’t believe the lie. Love the truth!    -end-

No, don’t believe the lies.  Remember too, Jesus was a Jew, Rabbi.  Jerusalem then at his crucifixion was under Roman rule and Caesar as well. When Rome fell, the Catholic church began. The very ones who killed our Lord.  Jesus never intended a new religion.  But, under the Jewish Tabernacle.  Then after Paul’s travels, the original Jewish Church with the disciples and those calling themselves Christians, following Jesus, split.  The Catholic Church always blamed the Jews for Jesus death, too, which totally turned them away from us Christians.  It has only been through all our Evangelicals and now Christian Tv , and CUFI, that the Jews finally realize that we Christians love them, and love Israel.  So, yes, don’t believe the lies, Love the truth!  Amen

 

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Unanswered, Does Not God Hear Me?

 

Unanswered

Unanswered, does your prayer remain,                                                                                                   Though oft with tears you plead?                                                                                                                 And watch and wait and wonder if                                                                                                           God does not care or heed?                                                                                                           Unanswered? Well, perhaps, dear heart,                                                                                                   You may have asked amiss;                                                                                                                            Is it God’s glory that you seek,                                                                                                                     Or selfish avarice?

___Annie Woodworth___

 

And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

Why is it that God does not give to us the very first time we ask Him, the things that we ask of Him?  The answer is plain: God would do more for us, and better for us than to merely give us that thing.  He would do us the far greater good of training us into persistent faith.  The things that we get by our other forms of effort than payer to God, do not always become  ours the first time we make an effort to get them; for our own good, God compels us to be persistent in our effort, and just so God does not always give us what we ask in prayer the first time we pray.  Just as He would train us to be strong men and women along the other lines of effort, so also He would train to be and make us to be strong men and women of prayer by compelling us to pray hard for the best things.  He compels us to “Pray through,”

___R.A. Torrey___

 

It is good, I find, to persevere in attempts to pray,  If I cannot pray with perseverance or continue long in my addresses to the Divine Being, I have found that the more I do in secret prayer the more I have delight to do, and have enjoyed more of the spirit of prayer; and frequently I have found the contrary, when by journeying or otherwise, I have been deprived of retirement,.

___David Brainerd___

 

If we are to be in the “Holy Spirit” when we pray, and praise Him ALWAYS, when we pray, and ALWAYS give HIM all the glory.  In doing so, then why are our prayers not granted?  Prayers must be activated by faith.  And remember you cannot say the Lord’s Prayer and ever once say “I”. It is not MY will but THINE. The Bible contains so many specific and explicit directions regarding prayer, as well as promises.

 

Do we have a critical spirit?  Do we sometimes feel the Holy Spirit is not with us or in church, when others’ feel His presence?  Ephesians 8:11 tells how He gifts His church.  And He gave some, Apostles, some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors. One of the purpose of the “gifts” of the spirit is for the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the Ministry, for edifying of the Body of Christ. Eph 4:12   vs. 14 That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.  Which is why a prophet has to be ordained by God, and through your church, elders and Pastors.  You cannot just blatantly yell something out disrupting a service, if it does not flow with the spirit of God.  Else false prophets can be allowed to blare out that which is not only a distraction to the service, not the real word of God and HIS will.   For what you tolerate you cannot change.  Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his OWN eyes, but, the Lord weighs by the “spirit”!  Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.  Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Some are Satan’s greatest weapon’s.  Which is why a church has to have discipline during a service.

Vs 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Wherefore if they harbor hates, are discontent, always finding fault, always, I, my , me… They are not of God but, self.

 

God is never unreasonable or irrational.  He is also never illogical.  And if God gave every individual every answer to every prayer that might pop into his head, the world would be filled almost immediately with anarchy, chaos, and confusion.  He also will never grant a prayer if it would hurt another person, or stir up more strife. It is HIS timetable not ours.  That is why too, as I have written on this blog, on enemies, we are always to pray for them, and pray blessings on them and forgive them.  Those things get us out of our hates, doldrums, and self.  Then it is lifted from us and the burden lies with the enemy.  Sounds simple, but, it’s hard, but it works.  And you’ll feel your spirit lighten.  In other words let go and let God.  How I’ve learned through the years…and sometimes, through a lot of reprimand. For I took correction.

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

You cannot say the Lord’s Prayer and ever one say “I”;

You cannot pray the Lord’s Prayer and ever once say “my”;

Nor can you pray the Lord’s Pray and not pray for one another,

For when you ask for daily bread you must include your brother;

For “others” are included in each and every plea,

From beginning to the end of it, it does not every once say”me.”

___Author Unknown__

 

CAN I SAY THE LORD’S PRAYER?

I cannot say, “our,” if I live in a watertight spiritual compartment; if I think a special place in         heaven is reserved for my denomination.

I cannot say, “Father,” if I do not demonstrate the relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say, “Which art in Heaven, “If I am so occupied with earth that I am not laying up treasure over there.

I cannot say, “Hallowed be thy name”, if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.

I cannot say, “Thy will be done,” if I am questioning, resentful, or disobedient to His will for me.

I cannot say, “Give us this day our daily bread,” if I am living on past experiences.

I cannot say, “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” if I harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say, “lead us not into temptation,” if I deliberately place myself or remain in a position where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say, “Deliver us from evil,” if I am not prepared to fight it in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say, “Thine is the Kingdom,” if I don’t give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say, Thine is the…glory,,” If I am seeking glory for myself.

I cannot say, “Forever,” if my horizons are bond of things of time.

I cannot say, “Amen, “ if I do not also add, “Cost what it may,” for to say this prayer honestly…will cost everything,

___Brother W.M. Gass__   (Acts29)

 

I HAD NO TIME

The day slipped by and time was spent.                                                                                                     And all the good things that I meant                                                                                                         To do were let undone because                                                                                                                    I had no time to stop and pause,                                                                                                                  But rushed about, went here and there,                                                                                                  Did this and that, was everywhere. I had no time to kneel and pray.                                                    I had no time to meditate.                                                                                                                              On worthwhile things, no time to wait                                                                                                Upon the Lord and hear Him say;                                                                                                               “Well done, my child,” at close of day.                                                                                                       And so I wonder, after all,                                                                                                                     When life is o’er and I hear the call                                                                                                               To meet my Savior in the sky,                                                                                                                       Where saints live and never die,                                                                                                                  If I will find one soul I’ve won                                                                                                                       To Christ by some small deed I’ve done,                                                                                                 Or will I hang my had and whine,                                                                                                              “Forgive me, Lord, I had no time”?

—Mrs. Herbert Bell—

 

HIS FACE

Oh, Father God, as I pray and seek your face,                                                                                    How wonderful thou art and how I yearn for you everlasting grace,                                                    We have so much to be thankful for in this great land of ours,                                                              And yet, we’re never satisfied, for our hunger is not yours,                                                              For you desire us to be longing  for your word,                                                                                    When the things of the world take our time and lure,                                                                            The false piety we need to rid, to come back to the Cross,                                                                    And seek your face in humility too, lest we stay forever lost.

—J E Worthen 2002—

 

***”Waiting” implies a time of conquering, controlling, disciplining the restless spirit, quieting ourselves, being silent with a holy, spiritual silence, and just being in His presence. “Be still and know that I am God,” is a quote from God to David found in Psalms 46:10  Stop, be quiet, wait in His presence and upon God, not mere daydreaming, but total concentration and quietness.” Ps 119:148

**Excerpts from JSM old prayer manual

 

Race, Hate, Then And Now

 

First I cannot believe what has happened to my America..I am heartsick. I saw the video on Fox, and David Duke’s bunch was threatening too. He is as evil as any Commie on the left. So is the KKK. And I’ll tell you one thing,..all those Duke nationalists, wearing Crosses, on their backs? You think Hate gets you to Heaven? They are all going to hell.

I’m sick of all this race in America. Now David Duke is Tweeting Trump to defend him? Evil is evil Hate is hate whether its ISIS, David Duke and the KKK, or Maxine Waters, sharpton, and the Black left caucus, or the Black Panthers packing; PERIOD! I have a Black Grandson, and I love my him at 24. I have Black friends, on here; and at church. I’m sick of this in my America.

God help America with all that is going on.  All this hate, Lord, help us all in America HEAL.  60 years I’ve seen hate. At 18 right on the steps of West High School before I graduated.  One of our graduate Black students came back to school on leave in his Air Force uniform, to visit the football coaches.  I was going down the stairs, and I said , “Hi, how are you..” And some little short twit of a freshman called me a “N—–” lover. I was 18..shy, not outspoken as now.  I don’t think I ever told anyone, even my mother. But, I’ll tell you one thing, at 78 years old, I will NEVER forget the look that came over his face and I hope he made it to Heaven.  Such discrimination in the Services then too. Now? It is WORSE than back then.  We have as Trump says, groups on BOTH SIDES.   The Soros side and Obama side is becoming violent.

It is NOT THE ANSWER.  In the 60’s married with 3 babies, I watched JFK, the debates with Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr…(All on YouTube)…I voted for Kennedy then. He was pro life , a catholic, and other than his womanizing, was a good man. I would have marched with Dr. king.  Yes, I was political back then too, learning..Now, the democratic party doesn’t stand for anything, except tearing this country apart.  GOD HEAR OUR PRAYERS AND HELP THIS PRESIDENT HEAL THIS COUNTRY.  “IF MY PEOPLE”…WELL, YOUR PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT. SAW ON FB my unsaved Black grandson, now is playing around with Black Lives Matter.  God, I come against this, in Jesus name.  He needs salvation, not Soros’ Commie group.  THINE Will be done, with John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the Black caucus in Washington.  Help them see the TRUTH. And let me tell the media something too, all your screaming to be heard, interrupting others is NOT having a debate. A proper real intellectual debate was like Vidal and Buckly, Jr. They had intellect and could put someone down with words the other person didn’t even know the definition of.

60 years and all you hear from the Black Caucus is race race race. Then I shared the piece on White slaves from Britain, Ireland, and Scotland brought here way before Black slaves. Yes we are ALL children of God. My God is a God of love. This is not my America. Lord heal this nation in Jesus name. Let us show love, mercy, and grace. GOD BLESS AMERICA. MELT OUR HEARTS LORD. As the President said, “We all bleed the same color blood.”

I think back to my younger years, in my early teens when I discovered Ella.  Lord, God, I pray my Ella Fitzgerald is singing away in Heaven, and made it.  How I loved that lady, and had the privilege of seeing her perform 7 times.  The last time at the Americana in NYC. In 1973, I saw Duke Ellington, at a small dinner place, now closed in NH.  He died some 4 years later.  He came over at intermission and kissed my right hand as a gentleman. The chords he played, his arrangements.  He was a genius in jazz. I fell in love with all these jazz singers and musicians at only 13, and ended 8 years of classical piano.  I never saw color.  I only heard “sound!”  I don’t to this day understand all this hate. I listened as a young girl to Billie Holliday singing “Strange Fruit”, “Black men hanging on a poplar tree, strange fruit”..and all the pain resonating from her voice.  In my early teens I knew.

Al Sharpton, Obama, Jesse Jackson, John Conyers, and all the Black caucus in Washington. Are you happy?  For 8 years, I saw all your hatred of us White people.  Even Obama, in your own words from your own book, talking about your grandmother. You mocked us, belittled us, made your sarcastic remarks, threw everything, in our faces including your loathing of Christianity.  You jammed Communism down our throats, God, you even sent the Statue of Winston Churchill back to Britain.  But little did you know, (or ignored) that in all your bowing to Arab leaders who never respected you, all your taking of Soros money for your left organizations, that there was in fact White slavery here in America way before any Black slavery.  You never wanted known?  To what end? Obliterate history, all the wrongs, pull down the statutes and change history. You want Black rule instead of being equal.  To what end?   White Supremacy, or Black Supremacy, what is the difference in race hate?  Someone ALWAYS will get hurt.

White Cargo, White Slaves in America, before Black:

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/the-forgotten-history-of-britains-white-slaves-in-america/

You never preached love, not once, until this week after Charlotte, VA. Do you not bear any responsibility?  In your 8 years of Presidency, Chicago got worse, more murders thanks to your friend Rahm Emanuel, Mayor do nothing. All the hate, all the blame game.  Well, guess what? We the people who voted for this President you hate, are fighting back.  We see and know the truths of all your community organizing.  God once young, that sounded good. But, we are not nor ever will be a Communist nation. We get it.  And if our Republicans don’t step up to the plate and back President Trump, we will make darn sure they are voted out for someone who will get something done.

And your friend and Hillary’s George Soros, is to me the most evil man in all of history.  A Jew who is Godless, a Communist, who helped Hitler and Nazi party kill other Jews? Tell me Obama how low does one have to stoop?  (Real name Schwartz).  I know one thing. One day, he will stand on that Great White Judgment Seat of God Almighty, as you all.  And be judged, and cast into the pit of hell for ever and ever.  THAT is a consolation.  God loves us all who are sinners, but this man long crossed over the line, and like Esau in the Bible, who was the only one God said, HIM do I hate in the whole Bible, I know that I know that I know, God hates this man Soros.  So you see, one day soon, he will meet his match.  God help all of you. And THAT is your legacy!

Unforgiveness:  https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/unforgiveness/

US HATE GROUPS

Ku Klux Klan. Neo Nazi’s, White Nationalists, Racist Skinheads, New Confederate, Black Separatist, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, General hates..

Then you have all the all the left groups mostly paid by Soros. Center for American Progress, Media-access for 527’s, Media Fund, Media matters, (all our cable fake news), CREW digging up dirt, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington &Ethics…(You have to be kidding). Hollywood Organizations, American Votes…ie concerts, media.  Vast Funding, along with Soros’ Open Society and Democracy Alliance.  Social Tech. Movement, Move on.org. All Communist –Socialists.  Want a One World Order, want UN control, and no more Constitution. In other words out to destroy America and every darned thing we stood for including FREEDOM!

And if “that” wasn’t bad enough, look at who these top exec’s are married to on our “fake” left wing news stations.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one says it all!

A professor Benjamin Ginsberg, from John Hopkins, said this: “Civil Service rules have to be changed (to Progressives) they used and weakened parties to control elections, as civil service can destroy by not being able to fire.”

This is when the name calling and tagging take place.  Do you realize that Iceland now has eradicated Down Syndrom, through abortion?  I mean my God, that’s like Hitler did killing Jews. That’s what Margaret Sanger did, trying to eradicate the Black race, which is why all her planned Parenthood offices where in or near poor Black neighborhoods.  Blackgenocide.com  From a  Black preacher in New Jersey,  I had a friend Arlene I’d known for years.  How I admired her, She and her husband had 2 Down Syndrome girls.  Watched her like a general when she had A back sprain in bed. Bible , phone book…all next to her if she needed.  She loved her girls. And I thank God for Sarah Palin too.  It is murder.  I don’t care what you call it. God calls it murder. Are we God? Well, Hitler thought he was too, until he like a coward took a gun to his head before our troops moved in. Now…another group. And before I start, I’m a follower of Geert Wilders from the Netherlands.  And Germany never learned their lesson.  I’m German. part English.  How ashamed I was a child in the 40’s of being German. All because of a madman named Adolf Hitler. I got over it. And my maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Schneider, so Praise God, I might have Jewish royalty in my blood.  Jesus was a Jew!

Regarding Charlotte Va, here is an excerpt from Ben Stein from the American Spectator: Whose Side is He On?

BY: BEN STEIN
Good for him for taking the hard way out and defending the constitution.

Now for a few words about the Confederate statues contretemps in various states.

  1. I wonder how many of the counter-protesters at the Charlottesville event even had any idea who Robert E. Lee was. He was a major hero of the Mexican-American War. He fought for the Confederacy against the Union, but at the time he did it, it was not illegal. Slavery was — while 100 percent evil — completely protected by law as of 1861. When Lee went to work to defend his native Virginia, he was not violating any law.

In fact, at no time did the Supreme Court rule that secession was unconstitutional. To the contrary, when the Supreme Court moved towards declaring secession lawful, President Lincoln, in violation of every lawful principle, threatened to have Roger Taney, the Chief Justice, arrested and jailed. He had already used federal troops to arrest much of the Maryland state legislature to keep Maryland from seceding. Again, this was an unequivocal violation of the Constitution. And when a court ordered the legislators released under habeas corpus, Lincoln simply ignored the order.

When the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox Court House in the spring of 1865, some officers of Lee’s Army suggested an ongoing guerrilla campaign against the Union. Lee absolutely vetoed the idea, saying that enough blood had been shed and that it was time to bind up the wounds of war.

This photo of Trump, when he was a Democrat..he’d won an award..he’s racist?

Now comes Islam…and I have so much on this blog on Islam, from the loins of Abraham and his handmaiden (slave) Hagar…Ishmael.  And from Ishmael up to Esau, and Mohamad.

Rise of Islam and Groups: http://www.billionbibles.org/sharia/america-muslim-brotherhood.html

Muslim Brotherhood Muslim Brotherhood in America
Muslim Brotherhood UK Muslim Brotherhood Europe
Hitler Islam Muslims in Germany

 

Muslim Brotherhood In America

Muslim Brotherhood in America has reached penetration phase 3 (see Spread of Islam).

Like the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe and UK, the Muslim Brotherhood in America operates front groups among which its leaders, most of them US-educated, rotate to avoid detection, litigation and/or prosecution.

The first Muslim Brotherhood organization in America was the Muslim Students Association (MSA), founded in the early 1960s at the University of Illinois. MSA spread quickly across American college campus and spawned Muslim professional groups when their leaders graduated and entered professional life. The founders of most Muslim Brotherhood groups in America can be traced back to the MSA.

Other prominent Muslim Brotherhood groups in America include the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose chapters across America conduct the ground game, including by threatening or bringing lawsuits to towns, companies and individuals; the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), which is an umbrella political group through which the Muslim Brotherhood lobbies and influences American lawmakers and government agencies (see Islamization of America); the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which is the funnel through which Saudi oil money is used to build mosques and Islamic schools across America; and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The most notorious Muslim Brotherhood front group in the United States was the Texas-based and deceptively-named Holy Land Foundation (HLF), formerly the largest Muslim charity in America. In late 2008, HLF and its officers were convicted of financing Hamasand sentenced for up to 65 years in prison.

The alphabet soup below is a partial list of the Muslim Brotherhood front organizations and affiliates in America. The major ones are in bold-face. Those on the prosecutor’s list ofunindicted co-conspirators of HLF to be prosecuted next are highlighted:

•  American Muslim Council (AMC)
•  American Trust Publications (ATP)
•  Americans for Constructive Engagement (AMCE)
•  Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE)
•  Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS)
•  Audio-Visual Center (AVC)
•  Baitul Mal, Inc. (BMI)
•  Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
•  Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)
•  Foundation for International Development (FID)
•  Holy Land Foundation (HLF) 
•  Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)
•  Islamic Book Service (IBS)
•  Islamic Centers Division (ICD)
•  Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
•  Islamic Education Department (IED)
•  Islamic Free Market Institute (IFMI)
•  Islamic Housing Cooperative (IHC)
•  Islamic Information Center (IIC).
•  Islamic Medical Association (IMA)
•  Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
•  Islamic Teaching Center (ITC)
•  International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT)
•  Malaysian Islamic Study Group (MISG)
•  Mercy International Association (MIA)
•  Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)
•  Muslim American Society (MAS)
•  Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA)
•  Muslim Businessmen Association (MBA)
•  Muslim Communities Association (MCA)
•  Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
•  Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
•  Muslim Student Association (MSA)
•  Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)
•  Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA)
•  North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)
•  Occupied Land Fund (OLF)
•  United Association for Studies and Research (UASR)
•  U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)

Related:  How to Stop Islam and refute “Islamophobia

A good question.  How do we stop All the hate groups in America?  God help us. Here is an article by Billie Graham Association.  What do we as conservative Christians do?  PRAY…BUT STAY INVOLVED!   He said;  “If we ever needed guidance, if we ever needed stability, if we ever needed strength, if we ever needed faith, if we ever needed integrity, if we ever needed righteousness, if we ever needed a Heaven-sent revival, it is at the present hour.

We need a revival of Christian faith, of Christian experience, of God-consciousness. God has said, “If My people … seek My face” (2 Chronicles 7:14). If we will rediscover that He is holy, righteous, real, absolute and personal, and that He is a God of love and mercy, then this reality will be transferred to the world and revival can come.

The church holds the key. It is within our grasp. Will we rise to the challenge? Will we dare pay the price? The supply of Heaven is adequate for the demands of our spiritually starved world. Will we fail to offer that supply?”   God your people are crying out to you against all this hate.  Differences we can handle…but, hates?  I hope and pray everyone who reads this, learns, and understands we have to keep our history. THAT is how we learn never to repeat the same mistakes.  I pray for my President and that you Lord give him wisdom and strength, for what lies ahead.  He did not CAUSE this in office for only 6 mos.  He inherited this mess.  YOU Lord chose this man to serve you and lead us.  I bind you Satan out of our White House, with all your imps, minions, and evil doers be bound in the name of Jesus by the blood on the CROSS.  Be gone out of our American policies, and out of our House, Senate, and White House.  Lord God RAISE your President up to do things YOUR way giving YOU the glory Lord, in every deed.   Wake those in the House and Senate up, whether Democrat or Republican.  I glory in your presence Lord, for I am nothing only your vessel and I give you all the glory.  Thank you Jesus, and  I pray you convict all the unsaved to come to the Cross.  I love my Lord, and I love America, where my Revolutionary ancestor served as Major with his 4 sons.  Thank you Jesus.  Please all who read be blessed and use restraint and wisdom.

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/my-tribute-to-artistry/

In other words, I WANT AMERICA BACK IN UNITY…LOVE…PATRIOTISM, as we are all equal, under the blood of our Creator who made us in HIS image. God help us, do not desert us, answer our prayers. End the hate!

 

George Soros as a young Nazi (Real name Scwartz)

 

Postscript:  Add another group. The American Communist Party as those arrested in Charlotsville VA were a part of. Who also is involved with Black lives Matter.  Soros you did your job well.  Such evil.     http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/08/949832-people-arrested-vandalizing-confederate-statue-one-shocking-thing-common/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America

I came across this article that appeared in Freedom Outpost by Janet Levy.  I wonder how many of you knew about this?  There is so much racism out there by the left wing media and politicians, that I thought it important to repost, because in fact they were NOT the first slaves, Whites were!

JANET LEVY — JULY 31, 2017

“Slavery in America, typically associated with blacks from Africa, was an enterprise that began with the shipping of more than 300,000 white Britons to the colonies. This little-known history is fascinatingly recounted in White Cargo (New York University Press, 2007). Drawing on letters, diaries, ship manifests, court documents, and government archives, authors Don Jordan and Michael Walsh detail how thousands of whites endured the hardships of tobacco farming and lived and died in bondage in the New World.

Following the cultivation in 1613 of an acceptable tobacco crop in Virginia, the need for labor accelerated. Slavery was viewed as the cheapest and most expedient way of providing the necessary work force. Due to harsh working conditions, beatings, starvation, and disease, survival rates for slaves rarely exceeded two years. Thus, the high level of demand was sustained by a continuous flow of white slaves from England, Ireland, and Scotland from 1618 to 1775, who were imported to serve America’s colonial masters.

These white slaves in the New World consisted of street children plucked from London’s back alleys, prostitutes, and impoverished migrants searching for a brighter future and willing to sign up for indentured servitude. Convicts were also persuaded to avoid long sentences and executions on their home soil by enslavement in the British colonies. The much maligned Irish, viewed as savages worthy of ethnic cleansing and despised for their rejection of Protestantism, also made up a portion of America’s first slave population, as did Quakers, Cavaliers, Puritans, Jesuits, and others.

Around 1618 at the start of their colonial slave trade, the English began by seizing and shipping to Virginia impoverished children, even toddlers, from London slums. Some impoverished parents sought a better life for their offspring and agreed to send them, but most often, the children were sent despite their own protests and those of their families. At the time, the London authorities represented their actions as an act of charity, a chance for a poor youth to apprentice in America, learn a trade, and avoid starvation at home. Tragically, once these unfortunate youngsters arrived, 50% of them were dead within a year after being sold to farmers to work the fields.

A few months after the first shipment of children, the first African slaves were shipped to Virginia. Interestingly, no American market existed for African slaves until late in the 17th century. Until then, black slave traders typically took their cargo to Bermuda. England’s poor were the colonies’ preferred source of slave labor, even though Europeans were more likely than Africans to die an early death in the fields. Slave owners had a greater interest in keeping African slaves alive because they represented a more significant investment. Black slaves received better treatment than Europeans on plantations, as they were viewed as valuable, lifelong property rather than indentured servants with a specific term of service.

These indentured servants represented the next wave of laborers. They were promised land after a period of servitude, but most worked unpaid for up to15 years with few ever owning any land. Mortality rates were high. Of the 1,200 who arrived in 1619, more than two thirds perished in the first year from disease, working to death, or Indian raid killings. In Maryland, out of 5,000 indentured servants who entered the colony between 1670 and 1680, 1,250 died in bondage, 1,300 gained their right to freedom, and only 241 ever became landowners.

Early in the 17th century, the headright system, a land allocation program to attract new colonists, began in Jamestown, Virginia as an attempt to solve labor shortages. The program provided acreage to heads of households that funded travel to the colony for destitute individuals to work the land. It led to the sharp growth of indentured servitude and slavery because the more slaves imported by a colonist, the larger the tracts of land received. Promises of prosperity and land were used to lure the poor, who were typically enslaved for three to 15 years. All the while, agents profited handsomely by augmenting their land holdings. Corruption was rampant in the headright system and included double-counting of individual slaves, land allocations for servants who were dead upon arrival, and per head fees given for those kidnapped off English streets.

Purveyors of slaves often worked in teams of spirits, captains, and office-keepers to kidnap people from English ports for sale in the American labor market. Spirits lured or kidnapped potential servants and arranged for their transport with ship captains. Office-keepers maintained a base to run the operation. They would entertain their prey and get them to sign papers until an awaiting ship became available. Spirits and their accomplices were occasionally put on trial, but court records show that they got off easily and that the practice was tolerated because it was so profitable.

The indentured servant system of people who voluntarily mortgaged their freedom evolved into slavery. England essentially dumped its unwanted in the American colonies, where they were treated no better than livestock. Servants were regularly battered, whipped, and humiliated. Disease was rampant, food was in short supply, and working and living conditions were grim. War with local native Indian tribes was common. Severe punishment made escape unrealistic. Initially, running away was considered a capital crime, with clemency granted in exchange for an agreement to increase the period of servitude.

In the 1640s, the transportation of the Irish began. Britain’s goal was to obliterate Ireland’s Catholics to make room for English planters. Catholics who refused to attend a Protestant church could be fined. If they were unable to pay, they could be sold as slaves. Following the end of the English Civil Wars in 1651, English military and political leader Oliver Cromwell focused his attention on Ireland, where the people had allied with the defeated royalists during the conflict. Famine was created by the intentional destruction of food stocks. Those implicated in the rebellion had their land confiscated and were sold into slavery. Anyone refusing to relocate was threatened with death, including children.

Scots were also subjected to transportation to the British colonies for religious differences, as England imposed Anglican disciplines on the Church of Scotland as well. The English army was deployed to break up illegal church assemblies and imprison or deport religious protesters.

Cruelty to servants was rampant. Beatings were common, and the perpetrators, buttressed by juries made up of fellow landowners, were rarely punished for abuse or even murder. In time, efforts were made to improve the lot of servants. Legislation in 1662 provided for a “competent diet, clothing and lodging” and disciplinary measures not to “exceed the bounds of moderation.” Servants were granted the right to complain, but the cruelty continued.

Infanticide by unmarried women was common, as they could be severely punished for “fornication.” The mother faced a whipping, fines, and extra years added to her servitude. Her offspring faced time in bondage as well. If the mother was the victim of a rape by the master, he faced a fine and the loss of a servant but wasn’t subjected to whipping.

Several uprisings in the American colonies awakened slave owners to problems, exposing their vulnerability within the caste-like master-servant social system they had created. In 1676, Nathaniel Bacon, an aristocrat from England who became a Virginia colonist, instigated an insurrection, referred to as Bacon’s Rebellion, that changed the course of white slavery.

Prior to Bacon’s Rebellion, much discontentment existed among servants over seemingly empty promises of land following their periods of indenture. When they were finally freed of their obligations, many found that they couldn’t afford the required land surveying fees and the exorbitant poll taxes.

In 1675, when war broke out with some of the native tribes, Bacon joined the side of the warring settlers and offered freedom to every slave and servant who deserted his master and joined Bacon in battle. Hundreds enthusiastically joined him in the insurgency. When Bacon died suddenly, his supporters fled or surrendered; some were recaptured, put in chains, and beaten or hanged. However, because of the revolt, whites gained rights. Whippings were forbidden without a formal judicial order.

By the early 1770s, the convict trade was big business, more profitable than the black slave trade because criminals were cheap. They could be sold for one third the price of indentured servants. England’s jails were being emptied into America on a significant scale. Additionally, merchants who traded in convicts from England and Ireland received a subsidy for every miscreant transported to America. Up to a third of incoming convicts died from dysentery, smallpox, typhoid, and freezing temperatures. Upon arrival, they were advertised for sale, inspected, and taken away in chains by new masters.

Following the Revolutionary War, the British continued to ship convict labor as “indentured servants” to America. During that time, seven ships filled with prisoners made the journey, and two successfully landed. In 1789, convict importation was legally banned across the U.S. America would no longer be the dumping ground for British criminals. It took another 30 years before the indentured servant trade ended completely.

A well written and well researched historical narrative, White Cargo, does an excellent job of elucidating a forgotten part of our colonial past by telling the story of thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage before African slaves were transported to the New World. ” end

Books:

White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America                                              https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=white+cargo+the+forgotten+history+of+britains+white+slaves+in+america&sprefix=White+Cargo%2Cstripbooks%2C166&crid=D0SUY7K67OV9

Christian Slaves Muslim Masters                                                                                                     https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Slaves-Muslim-Masters-Mediterranean/dp/1403945519/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=FT34W9FM2R343VJE6G0F

 

America the Ungovernable Swamp

 

 

Along with many of my fellow Americans, those I touch base with on social media, Twitter, Facebook, news, we the people who voted for this President are absolutely without a doubt,  fed up.  If the shoe fits, WEAR IT Republican Senators!  That includes you Rand Paul, you Susan Collins, you Mitch McConnell.  SHAME on you!  We get a Republican President who not only knows HOW to work, but, at 70 years old,  has put you all to shame.  What is the matter with you?  You’ve had 8 years.  You sat there doing nothing except complaining, and lining up in your worthless establishment demeanor, whereby, you sound most of the time like the Socialist Establishment left.  You’ve been joined at the hip so long, you don’t  know the difference, and WHO THE HECK IS PAYING YOUR SALARY!  We the people have made you rich, getting NOTHING in return.

Being a “SERVANT” of the people who elected you means you give your constituents what they voted you in office for. Here we have a workaholic President that has an agenda, that is filled with vision, jobs, building America and our defense, infrastructure, and you all grandstand on tv with your mumbo jumbo worthless promises, and you let our President down. You let the people who voted for you down!  You had all these years to get it together, and you still can’t step up to the plate.  Then we have to listen to all Schumer’s threats and see Pelosi panting at the gate hardly able to control herself, waiting for this next election.  Well got news for all you salivating lefties out there, YOU WILL NOT get in…BUT hopefully our GOP obstructionists will be replaced, and that includes  John McCain, even if through health, but for the grace of God.  You, who cozy up to Soros?  We don’t need you.

I feel so sorry for my President.  First he has to listen to all the left wing fake media and all this Russia business.  Does anyone on CNN understand with YOUR ideology we’d be ending up like Venezuela?  Which is just what Soros and the Shadow government and all these groups want.  Reason you all hate President Donald J Trump is he is a self made billionaire.  He  didn’t  marry into it like John McCain.  Nor did he take Saudi money like Hillary’s foundation. He isn’t establishment, like all of you, and the Bush’s either, going back to the Roosevelts. big Inherited money, depending on PACS.  No, he earned it, by knowing how to make a deal, and, now to talk to the average workers like those in construction and hard hats.  So while the left media, and the left Senate and House all cut him down, and his family, we the people have to sit back and see all his vision and promises he wants for us, and our country, be ursurped by a bunch of lazy Republicans, who are just as much obstructionists, as our Socialist, Commies.  What a way to run a country!!

God, I’ve been so upset, today, as most of America, as I stayed glued to Fox.  At 78, its now 3am and I’ve been unable to sleep.  I used to love politics…been an avid political astute gal since my 20’s. My parents were Republicans, and as a child of WWII, I remember vaguely one of my hero’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and then General Dwight D. Eisenhower.  A tough man, who got elected President to get us through the Cold War.  Now? All you liberal media fools want to put us back in it.  All this Russia garbage.  So what if the President met and even had lunch with Putin.  Didn’t Reagan have Gorbachev at the White House?  Not only that Stalin helped the US and Brits in WWII against Hitler, and JFK met with Khrushchev.  Why don’t you young liberal fools read history.  Oh, you want to be “famous”.  Worthless is a better word. I see my America going down the proverbial tubes.  Speaking of Reagan, didn’t he deal with not only Gorbachev and Russia, but WORK WITH not AGAINST the dems and Tip O’Neil then Speaker.  Two Irishmen, on different sides of the isle, who became Friends and respected each other.  Get this Republicans in Washington, President Trump didn’t need this.  A billionaire?  God chose him and put this in his heart, because of his vision, and because he loves this country….more than you all!!!

This is no way to govern a Republic. And Senator Schumer, you may think your cute with all your remarks, playing up to your crooked base, with your crooked Obama/Soros shadow socialist/commie government, just wanting to detract, obstruct, and waylay this Presidents agenda. But,  guess what you just may go down defeated to.  We the people  are fed up.  We were fed up with Obama and his Communist/Muslim agenda…we are fed up with all of you. (Not the color of his skin!  We got it.  No one is going to blindside we the people anymore. The gravy train has ended!!!

All this, and now I come on my knees and cry out.  “IF MY PEOPLE SHALL CALL OUT MY NAME AND HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND REPENT, TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR  SINS, AND HEAL THEIR LAND.”  II Chronicles 7:14

Lord I cry out to you to convict these obstructionist Republicans serving this nation in Washingon, DC. OPEN their eyes Lord, Open their ears, that they may hear the anguish, of the American people, that I’m afraid will revolt, if they do not  come to their senses soon. We have YOUR CHOSEN MAN, in this WHITE HOUSE, Donald J. Trump, whose heart you Lord, hear and know, whose being prayed on continually with the leading evangelists,  from every mega church in America, and on Christian tv.  Raise these men and women up to LEAD, walk and not faint…to carry on the jobs they were elected to do for this, YOUR  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LORD.  GIVE THEM BOLDNESS TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.  FOR ONE DAY, WHETHER THEY KNOW IT OR NOT, EVERY KNEE SHALL  BOW BEFORE YOU.  EVERYONE WILL BE JUDGED AFTER THAT LAST BREATH, ON THAT JUDGMENT SEAT OF GOD ALMIGHTY, JESUS CHRIST! THE MESSIAH. NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES. IF God be FOR PRESIDENT DONALD  J TRUMP, NO MAN CAN PUT UNDER!

THIS God has been the one chance we were given to make America not only great but proud again. She needs to be fixed, and you all need to be a willing vessel not only to this President but to God Almighty.  We control this Presidency, the House and Senate,  and you have MADE A MOCKERY OF ALL THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.  REPENT….MAKE AMENDS AND WORK …IS THIS WHAT THE FOUNDING  FATHERS DIED FOR?   IT SURE WAS NOT WHAT MY REVOLUTIONARY ANCESTOR, MAJOR EZEKIEL WORTHEN DIED FOR.  YOU HAVE BROUGHT SHAME, INSTEAD OF GLORY TO THIS CONGRESS.  BRASS INSTEAD OF GOLD!

IF YOU TURN AWAY FROM WHAT GOD WANTS THROUGH THIS PRESIDENT? IT WILL BE TOO LATE, AND THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON AND END TIME PROPHESIES, WILL START.  EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE.  EVERYTHING..FROM MID EAST, NO KOREA, RUSSIA, GERMANY AND EU…OUT OF THE EU, WILL RISE THE 10 HORNS…AND ANTICHRIST.  AND WHEN THE RAPTURE COMES BEFORE THE TRIBULATION, 7 YEARS,  ALL YOU LEFTIE COMMIES, SOCIALISTS  WILL BE HAPPY.  CAUSE MY PRESIDENT LOVES GOD AND IS SAVED AND ALONG WITH EVERY CHRISTIAN, HE WILL GO IN THE RAPTURE.  AND YOU WILL ALL BE LEFT TO RAVAGE YOURSELVES, AND YOUR SOULS, TO HELL .. MY WORD!

POSTSCRIPT:

To Rand Paul and Tea Party holdouts; who argue about “true conservatism”.  So what are you going to do with all us elderly and disabled.  Those with “existing” Conditions?   Same question to you young gung ho conservatives and Christians.  Ie “Repeal”?  So let me tell you a story.

My paternal grandmother lost my grandfather Worthen in the 1918 flu epidemic.  She had 3 children, my dad and his two sisters.  There was NO Medicaid, Medicare, or even Social Security back then.  They were poorer than poor. So my grandmother put my father in an orphanage.  They don’t even have orphanages in America anymore.  My Dad was only 13, and it hurt him until he died in 1982.  Back then you got help from family and maybe if you were lucky a church.  1918 was not a very rich  society back then.  My grandmother eventually worked in the textile factory in Manchester, NH.  You know, even in the 50’s we had manufacturing.  We have none now in NH.  My maternal grandfather worked in a shoe factory, after coming here in 1903 from Germany.  My mother would walk 15 miles a day at lunch time taking him his hot lunch pail over to the millyard, and back to school.  Life was hard then. Children had chores to do, not like todays spoiled rotten selfie youth.

So we all put into Social Security, as I too, started working at 15 ½ years old, after school. My dad too, beat all odds, worked his way through the University of NH to become an Electronic’s Engineer. Had a booth on electronic sound in 1939 the year I was born.  By 1948 it was my father, Worthen Labs that brought in the 1st Television, beamed in from  WBZ tv in Boston in New Hampshire.  My photo at 8 years old was in the Manchester Union Leader.  He was a visionary.  He saw somehow what “could be”  JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP.  HOWEVER, you in Congress cannot take away Medicare  and Medicaid, when we all pay into it out of Social Security, and like it or not, you would REGRESS AMERICA BACKWARD, LIKE A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY, AND AS IT WAS IN MY GRANDMOTHER’S DAY. IN THE EARLY 1900’S.  You can cut back.. But most on Medicaid now are the Muslim influx, especially in Dearborn MI.  Dearborn is like  Beirut right in America.  Men with 4 wives, 20 kids…all on Welfare.  Not to mention Sharia law, little girls getting mutilated.  Women abused. Why don’t you outlaw Sharia, and mutilation?

Then, here’s another of my battles.  GOVERNMENT KILLING SENIORS.  Allowing smoking in Government Funded Senior apartments.  I’m in one subsidized by Rural and  Housing Development, even though last Dec. 2016, a new FEDERAL LAW from HUD (Dr. Ben Carson) was signed and published. (Dept. of Housing & Urban Dev, 24 CFR  Parts 965 and 966,  {Docket No FR 5597-F-03} RIN 2577-AC97 Whereby, Public Housing in ALL states from Dec. 27, 2016, had 16 months to be smoke free in every  Subsidized senior and other apartment complex across America.  I would hope that It covered Rural & Housing which is USDA who does nothing!   NH  also has a state  Law Title XII Public safety and Welfare, Indoor Smoking Act, Section 155: 64. No Smoking in public Government Housing. I have had cancer twice from 2nd hand  Smoke. My late friend and I across my porch had breast cancer surgery within 3 weeks Of each other.  Another woman had a double mastectomy and the landlord put Another smoker across her porch.  She is dying and since had open heart surgery.  I see death all around me from 2nd hand smoke.  DO SOMETHING WASHINGTON!  GET RURAL TO STEP UP  TO THE PLATE. I HAVE FOUGHT THIS BATTLE FOR nearly 11 years!  I’m 78.  AND WHILE YOUR AT IT GET RURAL AND HOUSING TO TAKE ADDED SALT AND SUGAR OUT OF PROCESSED FOODS.  Europe has. What is wrong with America?

Aren’t we seniors Dr. Senator Rand Paul going to be allowed to live our elder years in dignity?  You take a portion of our income out of Social Security, rob the fund it goes into, now you want to take away those with low incomes Food Stamps, and Medicaid that pays Medicare Part B for low income elderly who don’t even live on $1,000 a month.  You want to regress us back to 1918 when my grandfather died in the flu epidemic.  And don’t tell me about insurance companies.  I worked for 3 along the way,  and I’ll tell you they are a racket.   STRAIGHTEN INSURANCE COMPANIES OUT!

Another gripe?  A call for better mental health,  for more psychiatrists, as my youngest son died in 1999, who was bi-polar and a suicide.  We need BETTER MENTAL HEALTH AS GOV. CHRIS SUNUNU has been agonizing over with all the opioid Crisis in NH.   We need shrinks that don’t play footsies in the family court system, but that actually try to help these families. As FINALLY after all these years, the State of NH DCYF and all their crooked graft came to light and they had to fire and clean house. Thank  you Chris.  For when my son blew himself up with 6 sticks of stolen dynamite, and I wrote my first  book trying to shed light all that was wrong, it was then, Governor Jeanne Shaheen, who wrote me a formed letter and my book and my  Complaints went in file 13.  She has never impressed me.  She did nothing then  and she  does nothing now as a us Senator! It’s all about money…money…money.

I hope I brought to light other reasons, concerning Medicaid, Medicare. But Unless a miracle happens, I will no doubt be long home with my Lord, before it all goes anywhere.  Whereas, none of you care one iota!     My word.

Lord, I leave these issues all in your hands.  Amen.  Thank you Lord I’m 78, and wish you take me. This is not my country I grew up in, when we had jobs, manufacturing, vision, character, ethics, and prayer in schools.  My generation were over-achievers, not selfie narcisstic takers.  We were taught respect, ethics, to build CHARACTER, MANNERS, young women to act like “ladies” not whores, and men to step up to the plate and work, not live off their girlfriends Medicaid. I can say or do no more. Please pray, and maybe pass this around…Blessings to all who will listen and  really “gets ” this.  God Bless this President, and God Bless America and SAVE her Lord!

My dad and aunts around 1918

My grandmother Worthen in textile mill, Manchester NH

My Dad E. F. Worthen 1939 NY World’s Fair

1948 First Tv in State of New Hampshire..Worthen Lab

            

Unforgiveness

 

I listened this past month in my church on May 21st to a guest speaker, a Pastor, whose testimony just riveted me.  This young man had been stabbed 37 times by an attacker who broke into his home.  I cannot even fathom that kind of pain, and what he endured then, and later recuperating.  Thank you Pastor Kevin Ramsby for such a powerful testimony.

We see nowadays, violence all around us, in ISIS attacks.  I don’t understand that kind of hate.  I never will.  I’ve seen hates in families, including my own and what I came out of in 1969 from an abusive marriage.  Hate kills, hate destroys, hate robs you of peace, hate will eat you up in illnesses, in stress, and all the while the devil keeps lying to you over and over.  You can reference C. S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters” on Amazon. Scewtape being the devil, telling his friend Wormword, how to lie to us Christians.

“Hate,” Kevin said, “is learned behavior.”  When I see what is going on even today,  once again in Paris, all the London attacks, Christians too being persecuted and beheaded all over the world and another attack in the Philippians, the attacks in Cairo on Coptic Christians, and those beautiful churches being destroyed, I know that God isn’t happy.  I know we are near the end time prophesies. For as I heard on Perry Stone the other night on TBN, his guest a doctor and a man who with a severe heart surgery, was transported to Heaven lying on the operating table.  He saw his sister he never knew existed, died as a child, he saw the Throne of God in bright sapphire blue stone…and most of all he saw the horses…all the horses being trained. You say trained? Yes, trained for the next and last war, Armageddon.  The riders though were not there yet…for they are you and I who will be caught up in the Rapture.  Glory.  Thank you Jesus for I know the time is near.  For all the evil in this world, there is so much to look forward to. For all the Muslims that hate, there are thousands upon thousands getting saved.  And there are also many Jews too finally accepting Jesus as their Messiah, and getting saved in Israel, according to Rabbi Schneider on Daystar.  So much is happening it is mindboggling.

I see friends, acquaintances, with grown children, who won’t bother with them.  Have Facebook friends, that are aging as I am now at 78, very despondent that they cannot get through to their children.  One, friend, has her husband in a nursing home, and she is at times just so despondent and besides herself.  I’m not alone.

The Bible is full of stories.  Joseph in Genesis whose brothers tried to kill him, then settled on selling him in Egypt.  He was his father’s favorite…Joseph and his coats.  Then follows the story while he was in Egypt.  Working for Pharaoh, Pharaoh’s wife came on to Joseph, and lied, putting him in prison.  He had everything against him.  But when the famine hit, his brothers came to Egypt to ask for help, and they didn’t even recognize him as by then, Pharaoh found out the truth, and raised Joseph up.  Then he requested that his brothers bring his father down to Egypt, before he made a decision.  Everyone knows how it ended, forgiving them and reuniting with his father.

We can remember David…Ah…King David, the apple of God’s eye.  But David was a sinner, and committed adultery with Bathsheba, having her husband Uriah killed in war.  The result was God took that first child she bore.  2 Samuel 16:23. Then look at Cain and Able.  Could Cain run from God when he killed his brother Able?  He hid in all the fields…the brush…but God followed him…”Cain..where are you?”  What we see is generational curses at times, which include power and control, and dictate, our behavior.  Which is why Jesus said in Luke:27-28,

“But I say unto you which hear” (refers to the fact that many refuse to hear), “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you” (begins the most revolutionary lifestyle in the history of man; no religion in the world can remotely compare with this; for instance, compare this with the religion of Islam).

28 “Bless them who curse you” (speak well of), “and pray for them which despitefully use you 29. And unto him who smites you on the one cheek offer also the other “(meant to serve as a principle and not to be taken literally; for example; the Lord, Himself, did not offer Himself to be stricken again John 18:22-23, rebuked the one who struck Him; the principle is that one should not seek retaliation) “and him who takes away your cloak forbid not to take your coat also” )if one demands his rights too loudly, the loss could even be greater.)

  1. Give to every man who asks of you; and of him who takes away your goods ask them
  2. not again.” (Portrays unselfishness, which ought to characterize every Believer.) Parenthesis, Expositors Study Bible.

To follow God, as Kevin said in his book, is “Forgetting what is behind.” Instead you choose a position that puts our opponent ….the past….behind us.  Instead of being led by THEM, he says, it is choosing to LEAD memories instead of being led BY them. Didn’t Apostle Paul keep telling us to press towards the mark?  That mark, is Jesus, the kingdom, perfection in HIM. The writings of Paul Bunyan, uneducated, with so much insight to the Kingdom, when he wrote Pilgrims Progress.  Moses, too, forgave and served, never wanting any glory….always telling the Lord he was not worthy.. Hosea too, forgave his spouse when she betrayed him.

Mark 11:25-26  “And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  (Implying that the above promises will not be honored, if we harbor unforgiveness, as forgiveness is from the Lord. On our part is predicated on us forgiving others. Unforgiveness breaks down relationships, which destroys the whole program of God; which means your sins will NOT be forgiven by God.)  Parenthesis, Expositors Study Bible.

Consensus?  if you do not forgive those who offended you,  God the Father will not forgive you.  We will all stand on that judgment seat one day!    

Colossians says in 1:14-15 “In Whom we have redemption through HIS BLOOD Even the forgiveness of sins.”   

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”  

 I tell younger women now to be careful who you fall in love with.  Make sure that man you fell head over heels with  is ordained by God to be your life’s partner.  Men, the same… I saw my ex before I married him, and his violence when it erupted.  I should have known better, but I didn’t.

As for forgiving those who persecute us, as ISIS? Now that’s a hard one I’m working on.  It is very hard.  I can’t imagine these young men being brought up with all this hate since a young child.  No education, learning how to shoot, use a knife to kill.  What an awful existence.  But we here in America who have schools, laws, churches, diversity, and freedoms, should not have homegrown terrorists, either.   However, I don’t really think God expects us to not hold Muslims accountable. Enoch in the Bible was an Arab too, descended from Ishmael, mean, warring, hateful, called the  “hairy one”, and the only one in the Bible God said, “Him do I hate.”  I’m not going to fear the Lord chastising me for rebuking and chastising all these terrorists, who are killing Christians, maiming young little 3 and 5 year old girls, brutally right here in the US,  cutting them with genital abuse.  Nor the honor killings either.  It is brutal..and these people have infiltrated our public schools proselytizing Christians. So I know God does not approve. In other words forgiving terrorists who kill is up to God to judge. (I feel).  They are the extreme, but when we have hates and odds against our family members, neighbors, friends, we are to forgive…period.

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men” (it must be the God kind of forgiveness) “their trespasses “(large sins), “your Heavenly Father will also forgive you“(forgiveness rests totally on the Atoning Work of Christ; it is an act of sheer Grace): “But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (We must forgive others if we expect it in return.) WHEREBY Pastor John Hagee said, To forgive without expecting a change in conduct is expecting Jesus to CONDONE your behavior! When your pray after abusing your wife/mother, when you pray it hits the net (like a tennis court) and falls to the ground…UNANSWERED! Oh, Lord if only people got this! Amen…

Churches, need to preach the  Bible, gold, not brass.  The Holy Spirit, not artificial smoke on a stage with Praise and worship of the world, flesh.  Go back to Tozer, Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis.  I pray now too for all those who have unforgiveness in their hearts, and ask you Lord Jesus to set your captives free.  Thank you Lord, for all you do in In our lives.   Blessings.

A FIGHT TO FORGIVE, by Pastor Kevin Ramsby

 

 

Love Thy Enemy?:

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/love-thy-enemy/

 

My Beloved Enemy:

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/my-beloved-enemy/

 

Forgiveness-The Lords Prayer:

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/forgiveness-thelordsprayer/

Living With Pain

I am going to touch on the subject of suffering  and living in pain, that is not mentioned much, if at all in churches today.  I was brought up as a young child, in a Congregational church, and the salvation message was never preached.  Then after my Dad died in FL in 1982, another divorce (the last) and a 3 year old, I went down on my knees and asked Jesus in my heart.  By the time I got back home to NH in 1982, and probate in 2 states, God put me in a Charismatic church in 1984, where I had been blessed beyond compare for 15 years or more, with miracles, teachings, signs and wonders, and the most awesome move of God, I could ever imagine.  I was so hungry, and couldn’t get enough of Gods Holy word.

Someone said to me once not too long ago how I wrecked my life having gone through divorces, deaths, pain.  But, I have this to say to this person. When I got saved in 1982, I FOUND MY LIFE.  MY LIFE BEGAN AGAIN ALL NEW!  Those in my past? GOD removed.  Even to some related by marriages, or phony friends I had then.  The Christian friends God put in my life, from 1984 when God put me at my old Faith Christian Center, with the huge letters over the door, “Enter His Courts With Praise”, were a miraculous gift from God.  The same people STILL in my life, now 35 years later.  Without them in my life, my prayer warriors, my friends, my brothers and sisters, who I have prayed with, laughed, cried with, have ALWAYS been there all these years.  Unlike those of the “world” who are your “fair weather” friends, who only love you when it benefits, them, or backstab you, or always bring up the past, which is under the blood.  No, I FOUND MY LIFE…I died in Christ Jesus, and he made me anew, so that I can share with you, the reader, as a witness, how much HE loves you. As Saul on the road to Tarsus, a murderer, a slave trader, when he went down on the road, from the awesome blinding light of Jesus, he died.  When he came up again, he was a changed man, to be Apostle Paul, the greatest evangelist who ever lived. Acts. As C.S. Lewis said, too, we have to die before we “die”. For, I am nothing, He and HE ALONE gives me life, so that I can have what comes out of me, rivers of flowing waters.  Thank you Jesus, for all you have done for me.

My childhood life, my first 18 years, were too, joyous, and my mother and father, gave me such a blessed childhood.  My church, then had never taught the salvation message. My childhood was a joyous happy one.  Then came young womanhood, and marriages that never should have happened, as I picked the wrong men in my life young.  I suffered the death of my first baby at 3 mos., and my last son in 1999, who was bi-polar and a suicide.  Those were the years of deceits, beatings, threats, and hates, because I went away from my upbringing, and was a backslider, not following my Lord.  They were my hardship years of divorces.  But, my Jesus never forsook me.  He was always there, just waiting for me to come down on my knees, and ask Him to forgive me.  I gave up my worldly life, back in 1982, to give my life over to my Jesus, for I knew that only HE could lead me.  My life BEGAN that day, when I died before I died, on my knees, after my Dad just died, in FL  Thank you Lord Jesus, for your love for me, for your hand on my life, for all you have done.  Amen.

Yes, I have known pain. Do I believe in healing? Yes, emphatically…YES!  However, I do not believe God heals everyone.   As Apostle Paul who asked  Jesus, “why don’t you heal me Lord,” and Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient.”

When my 19 year old son died, so horrifically, suffering with bi-polar as his father, he blew himself up with 6 sticks of stolen dynamite.  How I grieved for him.  I ended up crying for weeks so convulsively that I brought on a mini stroke. I did not call 911, and I do not advise doing what I did, but I was so heartbroken, I didn’t care.  I couldn’t help him, couldn’t get other agencies, doctors to help him, I was so devastated.  When I ever heard the police steps coming up my stairs to tell me they found his body, I let out a curdling scream.  But, one thing? I was then grounded in Christ, and knowing my BJ was saved at 11 on 8/2/91, I never once asked, why? I knew why.  He was sick and needed help he didn’t get. There is nothing worse than a parents pain in losing a child. Nothing!

I am always learning, studying, seeking, in the word.  The Wierrsbe’s book, “Comforting the Bereaved”, and a chapter on Suicide, helped me tremendously. So did reading the word, and also C. S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity”. In it he wrote a chapter I have blogged here, “How does God Judge Us”.  The link is on here below, and it is a very interesting analysis on our psyche, and how God created us in all of our infirmities too.  Some like my son, through Chromosome 18, Bi-polar, others born with deafness, blind, or carry a gene that will lead to an illness later on in life. Parents have had to deal with this since eternity.  I had a friend for years, a woman, Arlene, who had 3 children, but two girls of the 3 were born with down syndrome.  Periodically, through the years, I would run into Arlene, and when the oldest was in her 40’s she was by then bad off and in a wheel chair.  Arlene? She had more faith than any woman I ever saw.  Once way back I visited her, and she had a sprained back, bedridden, like a top Lieutenant , had agencies there to take care of her girls, cook, (and for her husband), a Bible on her bed next to her and the phone book and a couple of Christian books.  Arlene NEVER wavered.  All these years I have thought of her repeatedly, and God would have me pray for her.  We never know young, what we will have one day to endure.  And I heard today on Faith, Hebrews 11.  By Faith…Moses..by Faith..Noah built that ark…on and on….FAITH!

https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/how-does-god-judge-us/

When I was at the charismatic church God put me in 1984, it was the time of an unbelievable move of God carried over from the 70’s into the 90’s.  We had so many guest evangelists, and a church of over 4,000 at times.  I was thrown down by the move of the Holy Spirit on that church carpet so many times…shaking in Holy Ghost power of the Lord dealing with me, sometimes healing. I was so hungry for Jesus.  After one camp meeting, I was so drunk in the spirit of Christ, that I was shaking all the way home, (sometimes with the spirit of laughter-joy) and we were at church in lines until 1 AM.   I remember having God translate me out of body in my sleep that night.  I looked down to see the bed and room. I heard the whirring of the rushing Holy Spirit, like the wind Elijah experienced after his battle with Jezebel.  I saw Benny Hinn, back then in Massachusetts 3 nights in a row.  When he prayed with a coliseum of 25,000 born again Christians in the place, and when he said hush, you could hear a pin drop and there was a cloud over the ceiling in that place the Holy Spirit was so thick. All these tongue speaking praying Christians.  What glory!  Heaven is going to be filled with music and the Holy Ghost; if you can’t take the supernatural here? You won’t make it there.

But, my back in all those prayer lines and all my degenerative discs, and 40 years of sprains, and osteoporosis, pain, even being paralyzed and hospitalized, God never healed my back.  He healed me home alone of my mini stroke, of asthma, with the most horrific allergies, and hay fever as a child.  He healed me too of cancer not once but twice; an ovarian tumor 22 ctm. and stage 1 breast cancer from 2nd hand smoke.  Healed!  Eye surgeries, including a detached retina, healed.  My back? Spine? As Jesus told Paul, “My grace is sufficient.”  And that is what I have settled on.

I’ve even had a pastor way back, tell me I didn’t have enough faith. Oh yes I do!  But I know God wants me humble.  He is using me, in my old age, but, he does’t want me “puffed up” with pride, but, giving HIM ALL THE GLORY! (Proverbs, boast not thyself, but let another do it.) And that I do continually.  I am nothing but a vessel.  I only give you the reader, what God gives me.  So recently I have watched John Ankerburg, Joni Erickson Tada, and Michael Easley.  I cried.  Who am I to complain, when this beautiful young woman, a quadraplegic totally crippled, dependent, yet a light of Jesus.  So I thank you Lord, for keeping me going. Please play these videos..read the Biblical verses.  If you are suffering, you are not alone.  God loves you..You are earning many crowns, our mansions lie ahead.

Joni on Ankerburg: 
https://youtu.be/C-jR-GcsBAc

https://youtu.be/0iqXkIkXXLg

https://youtu.be/OzK6SKl4rMw

https://youtu.be/4D0-flbhhOo

James 1:2-4 Grace, Mercy, and Peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by GRACE are you saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8  For we have ALL sinned and come short of the Glory of God, etc.

Romans 8:18-28 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us…….Because the creature (Creation) itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the Children of God.

So be blessed and do not give up your faith,  One day down…one day closer to Heaven…..Thank you Jesus.  We don’t understand Gods ways, and whys..but, that is what FAITH is..the unseen.  God Bless you all in need.  I do hope this helps.  Who am I to ever complain, when there are so many in far worse situations.  If God can use them?  He can use you and I, for we have no excuse….We are to glorify Jesus no matter what state we find ourselves..One day closer to Heaven.  Blessings…

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“If your not suffering, your not witnessing JESUS!” With this, that God poured out in me, has been such joy…unspeakable joy”.  

(Artistis interpretation of Heaven as it will appear over Jerusalem, one day soon….from an “old” Evangelist magazine from the 80’s.)