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What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness and Self-Identity:
The two most common issues I encounter in healing damaged emotions are forgiveness and self-identity.

Forgiveness:
Rarely do people go through healing damaged emotions without having to forgive someone. It is critical that we have a right definition and understanding of what forgiveness is and isn’t. Forgiveness does not mean that an offense was okay. Please don’t let children who fight say, “I’m sorry.” And then respond, “That’s okay.” It’s not okay. Kids carry that idea of forgiveness into adulthood and end up refusing to forgive.

Teach kids to say, “I forgive you.” And when they’re adults they’ll be more ready to forgive an offense that no one recognizes as being okay.

Forgiveness means to face up to a wrong that was unjustly perpetrated and 1) release anger and resentment, 2) release any desire for revenge. Forgiveness does NOT (never did, never will) mean that an offense was okay. It means letting go. When we let go, we leave it in God’s hands. He promises to judge, either in this life or in the life to come (2 Thessalonians 1:6–9). When we forgive, we place judgment where it belongs: in God’s hands.

Unforgiveness actually puts us in a dangerous position: the judgment seat. That’s God’s seat, which is a bad place for any human to sit. The Bible tells us, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). Anyone forgiving another must ask, “Do I truly believe that God will deal with the wrong on my behalf so that I don’t have to, so that I can be free?”

Forgiveness is ironic because we do it more for ourselves than for the other person. That person is still guilty before God and subject to judgment, unless he or she repents. We forgive primarily because God forgave us and expects that we, in turn, forgive others. Forgiveness is one of the few things in the Christian life that we can do from a rather selfish motive! When we forgive someone, we set a prisoner free. Then we discover that we ourselves were that prisoner.

Unforgiveness is an emotional cancer that leads to bitterness and transmutes itself into all kinds of illnesses and disabilities, depending case-by-case on the vulnerabilities of the person. These illnesses are both psychological and physical. Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. We only hurt ourselves when we harbor unforgiveness.

Forgiveness also does not mean restoration. People often confuse the two. Restoration means to reinstate to a previous position or relation. People who have sinned are to be forgiven but not necessarily restored. In the context of healing damaged emotions this is important, because sometimes the perpetrator is related in some way, and the person wronged should in most cases not have to endure restored or normal interaction with that person.  Doing so can generate unnecessary pain, and for ABUSE VICTIMS, EVEN DANGER!!

Two other areas related to forgiveness are those involving God and ourselves. We don’t really “forgive” God as much as we release our anger against him—and a lot of people are mad at God. A lot of people are mad at themselves too. For them, release of self-condemnation brings freedom.

Self-Identity
When a person is emotionally traumatized, damaged, or neglected, it will affect their self-identity. This is particularly true when the problem has occurred repeatedly or over a long time. That person must receive—and feel—God’s cleansing, love, and restoring grace. That person also needs to go through the discipline of changing the way they perceive themselves. This is particularly done by personalizing Scripture—what God thinks of us.
In most cases, it is important to renounce and affirm. To renounce means to reject or repudiate something, especially by making a declaration of refusing to follow it. To affirm means to do the opposite by making a positive declaration of agreement. This is an effective practice to help a person who has had negative elements ground into their self-identity. Thus one would say, with conviction, “I renounce . . .” and in place of that which is renounced would refer to Scripture or a positive replacement, “I affirm . . .” This can, and usually should be done over and over. Why? Because a negative identity was pressed into the person’s mind over a long period.

Transforming that identity from negative to positive naturally takes time as well.
The process goes beyond cognitive understanding. It addresses deep-level identity, how a person perceives and feels about him or herself.

Another very helpful exercise is to go through Scripture verses that address how God sees us or relates to us—as opposed to how we may have been seeing ourselves or how others thoughtlessly or cruelly saw us. I encourage people to meditate on verses and ask themselves if they really believe them and identify with them or not. If they can’t identify with what a passage of Scripture says about them, they internalize and meditate on those verses until they can.

Here are a few verses:
Who I Am
John 1:12– I am a child of God
1 Corinthians 6:20 – I was bought at a price
2 Corinthians 5:17 – I am a new creation in Christ
Ephesians 1:4–5 – I am chosen and adopted as God’s child
Ephesians 1:13–14 – I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit
I Am Secure and Able
John 10:28 – No one can snatch me out of God’s hand
Romans 8:35 – Nothing can separate me from God’s love
Philippians 3:20 – I have citizenship in heaven
Philippians 4:13, 19 – I can do what needs doing, and God will meet my needs
Hebrews 13:5 – God will never leave me
I Have Value
John 10:11 – Jesus laid his life down for me
1 Corinthians 3:16 – I am God’s living temple
Ephesians 2:6 – I am seated in the heavenly realm
Ephesians 2:10 – I am God’s workmanship
Ephesians 3:12 – I may approach God with freedom and confidence
Copyright © 2017 Peter Lundell, used by permission.                                                                              http://www1.cbn.com/healing-damaged-emotions-part-2 

When women come out of abusive situations in a marriage, or even childhood, the children of that marriage often suffer profoundly.  Hate runs rampant  with the way these children are brought up, in a dysfunctional, very controlling home life.  Often the children of the abuser too, continues in the verbal or even physical abuse of the mother who was abused, and finds reason to, to hate each other.  Unless that child as an adult can forgive the perpetrator in most cases the father, and the mother, that perhaps had no other recourse but divorce, those hates will continue and fester for a lifetime.   These people are in danger of eternal damnation.  Forgiveness comes with a  price.  It coms with humility.  For a parent who has come out of abuse, and some 50 years later, still receives the verbal abuse of the children of that marriage, it is not safe for her or him, to be in those relationships.  Churches need to be careful what they impose on women especially who came out of abuse.  Sometimes, forgiveness needs to be done from a distance.   And if those children as grownups, can never say, “I’m sorry”, it is not meant to be.  And if those children as grownups, can never say, “I’m sorry”, it is not meant to be. And they will find themselves in danger of God’s final judgment. Rev. 3  Forgiveness without demanding a change of conduct John Hagee preached attached, is denying God. Period!

You, who think you are saved without righting a wrong and forgiving your own brother, or mother?  Doesn’t work that way. Righteousness the People God Can’t Save:                                      https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/righteousness-people-god-cant-save/

He That Hates:                                                                                                                                                  https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/he-that-hates-2/

Forgiveness And the Lord’s Prayer:                                                                                                              https://jeworthen.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/forgiveness-thelordsprayer/

 

 

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Slander, Libel, The Tongue No Man Can Tame

THEREFORE you are inexcusable, O man, whosoever you are who judges, for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself for you who judge do the same things. Romans 2:1 “In effect, says God judges one who judges another in the same manner in which he himself has judged, hence, “condemning himself.” Matt 7:1-2

BUT after your hardness and impenitent heart (speaks of a hardness toward God, with a refusal to repent) treasured up unto yourself, wrath, against the day of wrath and revelation of the Righteous Judgment of God.

We are in an age of Apostasy. We are in an age of uncouth, unmannered, uncivil, unschooled,
undisciplined, hypocrisy, unethical, lack of character, loud, boisterous, doers of self, disobedient, haters of God, unmannered, disrespectful, unteachable, me-ism generation of illiterate do-nothings! And THAT also includes much of our media, as well as those who hold office in our Government, as well as each and every “race baiter” whose time has past!

We, who voted for Trump, are really not the deplorables, for our existing culture is really what
is deplorable. Gossip, slander, and libel, is all that comes out of our everyday media. If we had
had this generation during WWII, we would have lost the war! There is no responsibility for
negative, hurtful, actions, yet those are the people who are bringing up a younger generation?
So, I ask, to what end? If you are unscrupulous, and cannot look yourself in the mirror and
see the error of your ways? I don’t care if you mouthed the sinner’s prayer 10 times, and say
I’m a Christian, your not going to Heaven. Of course most of the left wing Socialist media doesn’t even believe in God anyways. “Oh, Jesus loves me”, yes He does, but, He will not
excuse you.

I heard tv preacher Jack Graham preach on this, and took notes way back in 2016. James 2:14-19 “If a brother or sister be naked, destitute and you don’t help them, are you saved and going to Christ? No, he said, hell! Works does not get you to Heaven but our DEEDS. Vs 1:18 James.
He did it all! By grace you are saved, not works. Titus 3:5 Also not by works. THIS has split
Churches, ie Paul vs James. BUT, they are not debating. Paul fights legalism; its his battle cry,
as the great reformer. James says your saved by grace, but, anything AFTER does not go. He
is looking at the sanctifying side of I Corinthians 3:5. Examine your faith. Saving faith is laboring. Can faith without showing faith get you to Heaven after your saved? No! There is
no fruit. No evidence. Everything we do, has to be to the Glory of Christ himself, and the
BLOOD Jesus shed at the Cross. Else, it makes him a lunatic, and all for nothing! Do you
witness? What is He doing in your life? Do you help the poor? Do you go where you can
minister? Then it is dead works. It is our DEEDS which get us to Heaven.

I know someone as a nurse in a public school. THAT she says is her ministry? No, it is dead works. For she is not allowed to witness Jesus, nor does she know how to pray with someone the Sinner’s Prayer. Thus, it is dead works, for there is NO FRUIT. Instead this woman’s mouth sounds like a backstabber of those around her.  Where is the sanctification? Where is the Cross? When You clothe the naked, welcome a stranger you’ve done it unto me…a loving Father, a living Faith! James 2:19, 20,26 You can’t be saved on Sunday and in the world Monday.

Evangelist Ron Carpenter preached on slander, and he had really got hit and had no choice but to go to court.  It happens to us Christians too.  For the devil walks to and fro seeking whom he can devour.  Ron’s book has some excellent instruction.  And by the way, you don’t befriend a person who slanders or is verbally abusive.  For like Jezebel, they will pull you in and you won’t even see it coming.

The Necessity of An Enemy:                                                                                                                           https://www.amazon.com/Necessity-Enemy-Battle-Face-Opportunity-ebook/dp/B004Y89PJQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&coliid=IWEQAEL7OUS85&colid=2TBP5BONYYDRV&qid=&sr=

 

 

 

 

LEGAL TERMINOLOGY:
**Written defamation is called “libel,” and spoken defamation is called “slander.”. Defamation is not a crime, but it is a “tort” (a civil wrong, rather than a criminal wrong). A person who has been defamed can sue the person who did the defaming.

Defamation law tries to balance competing interests: On the one hand, people should not ruin others’ lives by telling lies about them; but on the other hand, people should be able to speak freely without fear of litigation over every insult, disagreement, or mistake. Political and social disagreement is important in a free society, and we obviously don’t all share the same opinions or beliefs. For instance, political opponents often reach opposite conclusions from the same facts, and editorial cartoonists often exaggerate facts to make their point. Defamation law aims to strike a balance between allowing the distribution of information, ideas, and opinions, and protecting people from having lies told about them. It’s a complicated area of law. Many in the media now as well as late night tv, are in serious danger of defamation, legally!

“A BIBLICAL EXPOSITION OF WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN AND GOSSIP, SLANDER AND THE USE OF THE TONGUE
The greatest truth a believer can ever grasp is this: when he got saved, he died to his sinful past, and the rest of his life is to be spent pursuing Christlikeness. Paul put it this way: “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me” (Ga.2:20). At the believer’s salvation experience he was awakened to the fact that he is a grievous sinner against God that deserves eternal damnation, but that because Christ loved him and died for him, he has escaped God’s wrath and now possesses eternal life. A proper understanding of Christ’s love for the believer will transform and control his life (2 Co. 5:14-15). It is a motivating truth that drives the believer to put off the old lifestyle with its sin, and to be remade into the image of Christ.

One of the sins that God wants us to put off is the sin of slander. Slander is serious sin. It is very hard for 21st century Americans to accept this. We live in the midst of so much slander that we have trouble even recognizing it as sin. Our conscience is seared. We have so quenched the Spirit in this area that we have trouble feeling His conviction when we slander. Our political campaigns are filled with slander. Our most popular magazines are slanderous rags. We frequently listen to it on television, on the radio, or on the internet. It is commonplace on the job. It is a way of life in America. But Paul lists it as one of the sins that obviously calls for the eternal wrath of God (Ro. 1:30). David prayed that a slanderer would not be in the millennial reign of Christ (Ps. 140:11). David vows to God that as a righteous judge he would destroy all slanderers (Ps. 101:5). One reason God brought judgment against Israel in Jeremiah’s day was “every neighbor will walk with slanderers” (Je. 9:4). Slander proceeds out of an evil heart and defiles a man (Mt. 15:19-20). Slander breaks our fellowship with God so that He will not hear our prayers (Ps. 15:3). It grieves the Holy Spirit and blocks spiritual growth (Ep. 4:31; 1 Pe. 2:1). Slander is one of the characteristics of the church people who in perilous times “have a form of godliness, but have denied its power” (2 Ti. 3:1-5). Again, Paul tells us that we must avoid such men as these (2 Ti. 3:5). He feared he would find such behavior in Corinth (2 Co. 12:20) and warned them to examine themselves to see if they were even saved (2 Co. 13:5). If American Christians could really see the truth of what slander is, we would cry out with Isaiah, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips!” (Is. 6:5).

The Greek word for slander is blasphemeo. It means ‘to speak evil of.’ Sometimes is it used of speaking evil of God, and is translated ‘to blaspheme.’ When it is used of speaking evil of men, it refers to slander. Slander is the speaking of defamatory statements injurious to the reputation or well-being of another (American Heritage Dictionary). Contrary to what most might think, just because a statement contains the truth does not mean it is not slanderous. The truth can be slander when it is uttered out of evil motives. Love is to be the guiding principle behind all of our speech, both with believers (Ep. 4:15) and unbelievers (2 Ti. 2:13) The test, then, for slander is three-fold: is it true? Is it necessary for this person to know? Is it kind? If it fails any one of these tests, it is sin.

Slander takes many forms. It is the giving of an evil report about your fellow employee to the boss (Pr. 30:10). It is taking about others behind their backs (Ps. 50:20). It is the relaying of defamatory information about someone to others (Pr. 10:18). It is the making fun of others, either behind their backs (Ps. 35:15) or to their faces (Mt. 27:39). It is the prideful remark that demeans those who are “below” us in social standing (Ja. 2:7). Sometimes believers slander other believers whose practice in Christian liberty or convictions are different from their own (1 Co. 10:30). Tattling—the telling of a tale in order to get others in trouble—is slander (Jude 9).

WHY PEOPLE SLANDER
Slander comes from an evil heart (Mt. 15:19-20). It is motivated ultimately by pride (Pr. 30; 1 Ti. 6:3). Secondary motivations include false doctrine(s) which actually intensify it (1 Ti. 6:4). That’s why ‘churches’ that do not preach Bible truth are not loving assemblies; instead they are filled with slander (2 Ti. 3:1-5). People are sometimes motivated to slander for money (2 Sa. 16:3-4; 19:27-30) or in jealousy to destroy another’s career (Is. 32:7). Sometimes an individual is motivated by pure meanness to destroy another’s friendship (Pr. 16:28). That type of individual cannot be trusted with a secret (Pr. 20:19), and believers should not associate with them. Sometimes people slander just because they have too much leisure (1 Ti. 5:13). A good job and a busy schedule helps one keep his nose in his own business. No Christian should ever meddle in other people’s affairs (2 Th. 3:6-14;1 Pe. 4:15). Unsaved people slander believers because they will not participate in their sins (1Pe. 4:4). They will make up slanderous stories as an excuse for not seeking the Lord (2 Pe. 2:2; Ro. 3:8), or regrettably, use the failures of believers to excuse their wickedness (1 Ti. 6:1; Ti. 2:5).

HOW TO AVOID UTTERING SLANDER
Believers must not slander (Co. 3:8). Preachers need to teach God’s people to “speak evil of no man” (Ti. 3:2). Instead, we need to honor “all men” (1 Pe. 2:17). That would include our leaders in government (Ro. 13:7; 1 Pe. 2:17) our employer (1 Ti. 6:1) our wives (1 Pe. 3:7) our parents (Ep. 6:2) the pastor (1 Ti. 5:17) as well as all of our brothers and sisters in Christ (Ro. 12:10). When others fail, do not promote their failure; the loving response is to cover their sin (1 Pe. 4:8; Pr. 17:9). Go alone to your sinning brother and seek to correct him (Mt. 18:15-18). If he repents, forget about it. If he refuses, then others must become involved (Mt. 18:16-17). Take one or two spiritual leaders with you to seek his restoration (Ga. 6:1; Mt. 18:17). If that does not produce repentance, only then must it become a church wide issue (Mt. 18:17). Keep secrets in love (Pr. 11:13). “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:39).

WHAT IS NOT SLANDER
It is not slander to report criminal activity to the authorities. It is a loving thing to stop the thief, the murderer, the extortioner, the pervert. Neither is it slander to point out doctrinal error (e.g. the entire book of Galatians) or false teachers (Mt. 16:6; 1 Ti. 1:20). Love desires to protect potential victims and seeks the sinner’s salvation and repentance. Love deals with sin.

RESPONDING TO SLANDER IN A CHRISTLIKE MANNER
Perhaps a few words should be said about how the believer should respond when he is slandered. Paul says that he tried to conciliate others (1 Co. 4:13). That means he sought to overcome the distrust and animosity. He didn’t take it personally. Believers should know that slander from the unsaved is evidence of their Christlikeness and is a source of great blessing (1 Pe. 4:14). Furthermore, they need to understand that Christ allowed the slander to come into their life for a righteous reason (1 Pe. 4:19). In these situations, keeping a good testimony is essential (1 Pe. 3:14-18; 4:14-19). Whether it be in the home (Ti. 2:3-5), or at work (1 Ti. 6:1), or even in some righteous deed (Ro. 14:16), the believer must be careful of his testimony. And when we suffer for doing what is right, the believer should not be ashamed, but rather glorify God in it (1 Pe. 4:16). If the slander threatens to wreck our lives, we must not fear because we know that Christ is Lord, and has allowed these circumstances to develop for His glory (1 Pe. 3:14-15). We should use the occasion to gently and respectfully witness for Him (1 Pe. 3:15). It is just this gentle forbearance that God will use to bring others to Himself in salvation (1 Pe. 3:18).
For the believer, slander is part of the old life. He must put it off completely so that he can put on the new man, which is like Christ. Let us mourn in repentance with Paul that we ever slandered (1 Ti. 1:13). Let us confess our sins that Christ may faithfully wash us clean with His blood (1 Jn. 1:7,9). And if our brother holds it against us for what we have said, we need to make it right with him before the next church service so that our God will receive our worship (Mt. 5:23-24). Let us rejoice that God could ever use sinners like us, whose mouths’ were venomous like a snake’s (Ro. 3:13-14). And let us call upon Him whose grace is sufficient to give us grace to help us have slander-free mouths that speak from a heart of love (2 Co. 12:9; Heb. 4:16).” Quoted Text From: https://libertybaptistmonroewi.wordpress.com/slander/slander/

Remember, we especially, as Christians, are in a War! The devil is seeking whom to devour. You need to understand what power the Cross gives you, and the authority to bind the devil out
of your life. We need to understand scriptures, educate ourselves, and ACT as an image of God
Almighty!

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done.
* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. * We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
* We have abused power and called it politics. * We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
* We have institutionalized bribery and called it sweets of office. * We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. Even elected officials!
* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Now pulling statues of our history down!
Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!” With the LORD’S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be called “ONE NATION UNDER GOD.”

Synopsis of Arab Wars

How Western Civilization could be changed in a heartbeat.  The errors of Germany, Switzerland, UK,  Netherlands, and their misguided Socialist views, that could put and end to ALL of Western Civilization as we know it.  Europe’s Stupid Wars!  A warning, it better not happen in America!

The War started in the 7th Century
and lasted through the 17th Century.

Many will contend it never stopped;
the Facts below are Historically correct.

That is why many of us Choke
when we hear someone say we will defeat
or contain these Islamic Terrorists in a few Years,
or even “30 Years” as has been stated by Leon Panetta.

If the latest batch of Murders,
Beheadings,
and Killing of Innocent Christians has at all shocked you,
it is time for you to read this Compilation
of Historical Facts about the Intense Hatred
that Muslims have for ANY and ALL who are “NOT” Muslims!

WE ARE THE STUPID

In 732 A.D.,
the Muslim Army,
which was moving on Paris,
was Defeated and turned back at Tours, France,
by Charles Martell.

In 1571 A.D.,
the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians
and Austrians as they tried to cross the
Mediterranean to Attack Southern Europe
in the Battle of Lepanto.

In 1683 A.D.,
the Turkish Muslim Army,
Attacking Eastern Europe,
was finally Defeated in the Battle of Vienna
by German and Polish Christian Armies.

This Nonsense has been going on for 1,400 years!
The SAD thing is that more than half of all Politicians
do not even know any of this.

Early 1900’s it was Winston Churchill that finally put an end to the Ottoman Empire invading UK and Europe!

If these Battles had not been Won,
we would most likely be speaking Arabic.
And Christianity could be Non-existent.
Judaism certainly would NOT exist!

Reality check:
A lot of Americans have become so Insulated
from Reality that they Imagine America
can Suffer defeat without any Inconvenience to themselves.

Think back:
The following events are true historical facts.
It has been many years since 1968,
but History keeps repeating itself.

1. In 1968,
Robert Kennedy was Shot
and Killed by a Muslim Male.

2. In 1972,
at the Munich Olympics,
Israeli Athletes were Kidnapped
and Massacred by Muslim Males.

3. In 1972,
a Pan Am 747 was Hijacked
and eventually Diverted to Cairo
where a Fuse was lit on Final Approach.
Shortly after Landing,
it was Blown up by Muslim Males.

4. In 1973,
a Pan Am 707 was Destroyed in Rome
With 33 People Killed,
when it was Attacked with Grenades by Muslim Males.

5. In 1979,
the United States Embassy in Iran
was taken over by Muslim Males.

6. During the 1980’s,
a number of Americans were Kidnapped
in Lebanon by Muslim Males.

7. In 1983,
the United States Marine Barracks
in Beirut was Blown up by Muslim Males.

8. In 1985,
the Cruise Ship Achille-Lauro was Hijacked,
and a 70-year-old American Passenger
was Murdered
and thrown Overboard in his Wheelchair by Muslim Males.

9. In 1985,
TWA Flight 847 was Hijacked at Athens,
and a United States Navy Diver,
who was trying to Rescue Passengers –
was murdered by Muslim Males.

10. In 1988,
Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim Males.

11. In 1993,
the World Trade Center was Bombed
for the First Time by Muslim Males.

12. In 1998,
the United States Embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania were Bombed by Muslim Males.

13. On 09/11/01,
FOUR Airliners were Hijacked.
Two of the Planes were used as Missiles
to take down the World Trade Centers.
One Plane Crashed into the United States Pentagon,
and the other Plane was Diverted
and Crashed by the Passengers.
Thousands of People were Killed by Muslim Males.

14. In 2002,
the United States fought a War
in Afghanistan against Muslim Males.

15. In 2002,
reporter Daniel Pearl was Kidnapped and Beheaded by
you guessed it – a Muslim Male.
(Plus two other American Journalists
who had just recently been Beheaded.)

16. In 2013,
the Boston Marathon Bombing
resulted in Four Innocent People,
including a Child,
being Killed
and 264 other People injured by Muslim Males.

NO,
I really do not see a pattern here to Justify Profiling.
Do YOU?
So, to ensure we Americans never Offend Anyone
– particularly Fanatics intent on Killing US
– Airport Security Screeners will NO longer
be allowed to Profile certain People.

So,
ask yourself:
“Just how Stupid are we?!?!”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Empire

Have Americans completely lost their Minds
or just their
“Power of Reason?”

As the writer of the Award Winning story
“Forrest Gump”
so aptly put it,
“Stupid is as Stupid does.”  AND History ALWAYS repeats itself!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_wars_in_Europe
1
Rise (1299–1453)
1.1
Byzantine Empire
1.2
Bulgarian Empire
1.3
Serbian Empire
2
Growth (1453–1683)
2.1
Wars in Albania
2.2
Conquest of Bosnia
2.3
Croatia
2.4
Conquest of central parts of Hungarian Kingdom
2.5
Conquest of Serbia and the Vojvodina rebellion
2.6
1463–1503: Wars with Venice
2.7
1462–1483: Wallachian and Moldavian campaigns
2.8
1526–1566: Conquest of the Kingdom of Hungary
2.9
1522–1573: Rhodes, Malta and the Holy League
2.10
1570–1571: Conquest of Cyprus
2.11
1593–1669: Austria, Venice and Wallachia
2.12
1620–1621: Poland-Lithuania
2.13
1657–1683 Conclusion of Wars with Habsburgs
2.14
1672–1676: Poland-Lithuania
2.15
1683–1699: Great Turkish War – Loss of Hungary and the Morea
3
Stagnation (1699–1828)
3.1
18th century
3.2
19th century
4
Ottoman decline (1828–1908)
5
Dissolution (1908–22)
5.1
Italo-Turkish War
5.2
Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising
5.3
1912–13: Balkan Wars
5.4
World War I

Gold Or Sounding Brass?

Satan comes to steal, and destroy. If He IS the son of God, then the Holy Spirit, (the Comforter He left us before He ascended) will be there. He roars like a lion. He was real with Job, and transforms himself as an angel of light. If you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, speak in tongues, know the gifts of the spirit in Acts, you have no power! Satan doesn’t care if you have a Bible, as long as you don’t read it! If you are in a church, with false doctrines, and there are no healings, miracles, lives changed from sin and redemption, and you have all the answers, yet, know nothing! You are in dead works! If you are in a rock concert church, maybe have salvations, because of Sounding
Brass, be careful in these end days, that God doesn’t spew you out of His mouth. Revelation 3:15-16 “I know thy works, I would rather ye be cold or hot, for if you are lukewarm, I will spew thee out of my mouth!” What does that mean? It is devine retribution. Your salvation, is for nothing, and you will be cast into hell.

Look at Saul, on that road to Tarsus in Acts 9:1-9, a slave trader and a murderer, and he heard the voice of Jesus, “Why do you persecute me?” As he fell to the ground, in the power of the Holy Ghost, asking “who are you Lord?” The Holy Ghost power is overwhelming when it Is received, AND wonderful! He cleanses, He works through us, He convicts us of all we can
do with his power. When Saul got up he was blinded and fasted for 3 days, and 3 nights. But, Saul became Apostle Paul, the greatest evangelist that ever was. Paul who served time in jail, whose bones ached, worse than mine as he aged with arthritis. But, the Holy Ghost power he received that day, was for us all!

Jesus said, in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive POWER (miracle-working power), after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth.” (This “power” is inherent in the Holy Spirit, and solely in His Domain. It doesn’t mean witnessing to souls, but, rather to one giving one’s all in every capacity for Christ, even to the laying down of one’s life. Without the
Baptism with the Holy Spirit, one cannot really know Jesus as one should.)
Expositor’s Study Bible  –    Play:

The Lack of the Holy Spirit Leaves a Vacuum in the Churches

“Something is missing! Something has been lost. Our Bibles tell us of a vibrant, thrilling, sensational salvation. There is a discrepancy somewhere…
This article will be a challenge to the honest seeker. It is not intended to promote a doctrine so much as an experience. Let the reader dismiss the testimonies of others, the claims of modern religions and find the staggering truth that so-called salvation today has little or nothing in common with the true Bible meaning of this all-important word.
It is the purpose of this article to illustrate the inevitable association of the “manifestation of the Spirit” with salvation, and to point out the human error of claiming to be “saved” while remaining outside the definition this word carries in the Bible.
Here is an illustration. To be a good apple is not to be an orange; to be a football fan is not necessarily to be a footballer. Similarly, to be a believer in the Bible, the story of the Cross or of Jesus Christ is not necessarily to be “saved”. This fact is amply illustrated in the Bible.
God is Omnipotent!

What was the God of the Old Testament like? What did He do? Well, we are certainly wealthy in Old Testament descriptions. God was kind, loving, and God was fierce, jealous and punishing. God was in the garden with Adam and in the flood with Noah. God created and planned; God spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; He appeared in various supernatural ways for varying reasons. He was a pillar of fire to the Israelites and a burning bush to Moses, and in a hundred ways God revealed Himself to mankind. God was active and challenging, ever ready to demonstrate His omnipotence. God honoured Elijah’s prayer with fire from heaven. God refused to deviate from His own prophetic plan. He inhabited the tabernacle and the temple – miraculously. God promised to inhabit you and many others. Did He? Will He? Does He? God offers scriptural, prophesied proof of the receiving of His Spirit. This is Bible salvation.
The kingdom is the realm, Jesus Christ is Head of the kingdom, and He is King of the Church, and the Head of the Body. Jesus told His disciples: Pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth…” (MATTHEW 6:10). He gave Peter (and his associates) the keys of the kingdom of heaven. This is the Gospel.

Paul wrote: “For the kingdom of God is… righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (ROMANS 14:17). To Nicodemus, Jesus gave the warning: “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (JOHN 3:5). Indeed, our Lord emphasised that one could not even see the kingdom.

The Common Salvation
The Kingdom, the Body, and the Church are synonymous terms, just as with “salvation”, or to be “born-again”, “born of the Spirit”, “born from above”, “regenerated”, “quickened”, or “sealed”. The Bible Christians were “indwelt” or inhabited by the Spirit of God. It was an obvious teaching that the salvation offered would be “common” to all as with Israel; all were to drink the “same spiritual drink” (1 CORINTHIANS 10:4).
Imagine now as millions recite the prayer for the Kingdom of God to come on earth, while at the same time they reject the very way and only way God’s Kingdom (Realm) can come. To Nicodemus it meant entry by baptism and the Spirit, and this despite his knowledge in Israel.
Again, after the warning that one must discern (see) the Lord’s Body lest one should “eat and drink unworthily”. Paul reminds the Corinthians that it is by “one Spirit are we all baptized into one body… and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-13).
Note too, the means of entry, the gifts and manifestation of God’s power. Note the discrepancy in the modern Churches.

In short, the Gospel (Good News) of the Kingdom was an invitation to a personal experience of God’s Spirit that would usher the repentant into a saved relationship with God.
The fundamental difference made between the “believer” and the “receiver” should be obvious. This vital difference is illustrated, but let us note that the Spirit of God is also offered in various terminology. The New Testament tells of the Holy Ghost. Paul writes also of the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ and the Spirit of God. Jesus declared that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him. John the Baptist saw “the Spirit of God” descending like a dove upon Jesus. Paul writes of “the eternal Spirit”, and assures the Ephesians that there is but “one Spirit”.
These and other terms are used at random throughout the Old and New Testaments. The point we make here is that there is one Spirit, and this despite the teaching of some that the Spirit of Christ is received at conversion, and the Holy Spirit is received as the “Pentecostal additive”. This teaching is unsound and might well leave the seeker unsaved!

The Promise of the Spirit
Jesus said: “If any man thirst (i.e. seek salvation), let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me (a believer, but not yet a receiver), as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should (Greek: ‘mello’ = would) receive, for the Holy Ghost (Spirit) was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)” (JOHN 7:37-39).
This Scripture alone is a direct challenge to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ to ensure that they receive the Holy Spirit. But you might say: “I am sure the Lord has been with me in times of trial and stress.” Yes, this may well be true, but Jesus said: “…he (the Spirit) dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (JOHN 14:17).
Let us now note the interchangeable terms used for the salvation experience.
John the Baptist said: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:… he (Jesus) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (MATTHEW 3:11).
Jesus said to His disciples: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (ACTS 1:8). This event is described in Chapter 2 of the Acts of the Apostles, where they were filled with the Holy Ghost. These terms are obviously synonymous.
Another enlightening scripture is found in EPHESIANS 1, where Paul declares: “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted after ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed (saved) with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest (assurance) of our inheritance(salvation) until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (EPHESIANS 1:12-14).

Be Not Beguiled!
Paul said: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit… or another gospel…” (2 CORINTHIANS 11:3-4).
Some have argued that the Ethiopian (ACTS 8) gives no record of receiving the Holy Ghost. We venture to say that this Philip of the Samaria revival would have left the eunuch in no doubt about the Holy Spirit if he explained (as he did) the Scripture first. Indeed Paul recognised only one Gospel, declaring: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (GALATIANS 1:8).
One thing is sure, that is that there is only one Gospel. An honest approach to the Bible definition of the Gospel will solve this anomaly once and for all.

What Did Joel Mean?
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh…” (ACTS 2:16-17).
What was Joel speaking of? He spoke of the pouring out of God’s Spirit in the “latter days”. Joel declared of God: “And ye shall know (by this) that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God… and whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered (saved)”(JOEL 2:27-32).
The crowd at this first Pentecostal outpouring was amazed. Peter explained what was happening. This, he declared, was that which was promised: “…the promise of the Holy Ghost… which ye now see and hear” (ACTS 2:33).
What Does the Bible Mean when it states Tongues Shall Cease?
Often we endeavour to bring a prophecy to fulfilment before time. We criticise the Jehovah’s Witnesses for claiming that Christ has already returned simply because a number of Scriptures promise His return. It is true, as the Word declares: “…whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away” (1 CORINTHIANS 13:8).
The apostle Paul had just reminded the Church of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The professing church strenuously denies that the word of knowledge has vanished, but meanwhile stoutly affirms that tongues have ceased.

“That Which is Perfect”
To read on in this chapter is to keep the verse within the context: “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 CORINTHIANS 13:10).
Critics of speaking in tongues have offered every conceivable identification of the coming of “that which is perfect” but to read on further is to find a ready-made solution: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face…” (Verse 12). If our appreciation, experience and representation of Christ is a “face-to-face” one now, why need He return? A truly Spirit-filled Christian will admit that our faith is as yet insignificant compared with the revelation that will come with the second advent of Jesus Christ. This is confirmed in the second half of this same verse: “…now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”.

God’s Gift Immutable
We cannot wrest these Scriptures from their context. God has left the Church with the gifts of His Spirit, and so shall it be until Christ returns.
Paul’s reference to “putting away childish things” (Verse 11) could hardly refer to tongues. In fact, this was not so. His reference here was to their lack of understanding of spiritual gifts within the Church. Their zeal for the exercise of God’s Spirit had allowed disorder within their meetings. Paul’s exhortation was to bring order back. He continues then to identify tongues within the Church.

“Be Not Children”
The concluding remarks made by Paul should have some meaning for those who attack tongues. He says: “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues” (1 CORINTHIANS 14:38-39). This comes as rather conclusive when the whole matter is introduced by the same writer with the injunction: “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (1 CORINTHIANS 12:1).
Right in the middle of this message to the Corinthians concerning the gifts operating within the Church, Paul adds: “Brethren, be not children in understanding … but in understanding be men” (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20).
To oppose tongues is to oppose the positive manifestation of God’s Spirit within the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ – what, then, is our attitude towards His Body?
What is It?  SPEAKING IN TONGUES is not just the God-given sign which confirms our believing as we receive the Holy Spirit (MARK 16:17); and it is not only a sign to the unbelievers who hear the gift of tongues in the church and recognise the presence of God in the manifestation. These signs (Greek: ‘semelon’; ‘semaphore’ = signs) authenticate the Gospel being preached where the signs occur (MARK 16:20). More importantly, after the initial confirmation of our Holy Spirit baptism, our continuing ability to speak in tongues provides us with a valuable prayer-language. In fact, as we pray in tongues (“praying in the Spirit”, as Paul calls it) it is the Holy Spirit Himself who is speaking through us. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (our weaknesses): for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (ROMANS 8:26).
No wonder Paul could say: “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all” (1 CORINTHIANS 14:18).”

Yes, and I do too. Thank you Jesus, for planting me in a Holy Ghost tongue speaking charismatic church in 1984. Saved by Jimmy Swaggart, in August 1982 on tv, in FL
after my Dad died, a 2 year old toddler, and a 3rd and last divorce. I didn’t know what
this man had on tv, I only knew I was at the end of my rope, and I wanted all that he
had. I wanted not only salvation, but this power, Holy Ghost tongue speaking power of God
almighty! Without which , your church is dead works. Helping out in neighborhoods, may
be nice, but, it is dead works. Jesus wants lives changed, He wants healings, He wants
wheelchairs thrown out, He wants signs and wonders and miracles. Below, are some
videos, some teachings. Play them. For I pray for Holy Ghost FIRE to sweep America
as it has in Africa. I pray for an awakening like Azuza St, in the early 1900’s. I pray
for America and tent revivals, like the old days, and laying of hands, and drugs gone
forever, Gay lives changed, without blasphemy of letting people drink a beer in a church,
or dancing to rock music in church. POWER…GOD SEND POWER AND GIVE US THE
HOLY GHOST ACROSS THIS LAND…..HE IS THE ONLY DELIVERER. NOT TAX
PAYER MONEY FOR OPIOD CRISIS, BUT HOLY GHOST POWER, AND POWER TO
KNOCK THE DRUG DEALERS OUT OF OUR STATES. God I cry before you, and before
the Rapture, and before you take this woman home. AWAKEN OUR CHURCHES AND
AMERICA!

From:
https://www.cai.org/bible-studies/lack-holy-spirit

Denying the Holy Spirit –Jimmy Swaggart
https://youtu.be/nCnQ6uDB1SY

The Power of the Holy Spirit – Gabrielle Swaggart
https://youtu.be/JsaH370mffo

Healings, Salvations, Millions saved and healed – Bonke & Kalenda
https://youtu.be/MVd97AP_m6A

Why We Need the Holy Spirit – Benny Hinn
https://youtu.be/Dls3OBuMx60

The Power and Annointing of the Holy Spirit – Benny Hinn
https://youtu.be/vz7o21hyo2Y

America’s Sin Nature

When I was growing up in the late 40’s and 50’s, we did not have this explosion of sexual escapades and “anything goes”. Our mothers were like neighborhood watchdogs, and it gave us a healthy, safe upbringing. We went to church on Sundays, and believe it or not,
a young Billie Graham was on our “mainstream” now “fake” news stations. We had prayer in school! We were overachievers. It was relevant we got good marks in school, and most in my class of ’57, went on to make a difference, one went to Annapolis, another worked in NYC for the Port Authority, one worked for the Defense Dept., another served his country, career Special Forces. So I ask television producers now, and Hollywood, what on earth kind of Satanic garbage do you think your promoting?  For God turned Lot’s wife in Genesis to a pillar of salt, when they were leaving Sodom and Gomorrah, and she looked back in lust. I’ll leave it to other pastors whether or not all your fires in CA is God’s judgment.

Movies and tv sitcoms are all sex, lewd language (even for small children), loud, boisterous,
without manners, ethics, character, and for the most part occult. There is nothing else you
need to do, for it seems the FCC does nothing to clean up. No one reads a book anymore,
no one sits at a dinner table, and actually talks TO a person, instead yelling AT them. There’s
absolutely no morals whatsoever. Whatever happened to “CONSCIENCE?” (I’ll get back
to that.)  Add to that turn off your cell phones, for family.

From Billy Graham’s site:

“ARE ALL SINS THE SAME IN GOD’S EYES?”
“It is always difficult and dangerous to attempt to list sins according to their degree of seriousness. In one sense, all sins are equal in that they all separate us from God. The Bible’s statement, “For the wages of sin is death …” (Romans 6:23), applies to all sin, whether in thought, word, or deed.

At the same time, it seems obvious that some sins are worse than others in both motivation and effects, and should be judged accordingly. Stealing a loaf of bread is vastly different than exterminating a million people. Sins may also differ at their root.
Theologians have sought for centuries to determine what the essence of sin is. Some have chosen sensuality, others selfishness, and still others pride or unbelief. In the Old Testament, God applied different penalties to different sins, suggesting variations in the seriousness of some sins. A thief paid restitution; an occult practitioner was cut off from Israel; one who committed adultery or a homosexual act or cursed his parents was put to death (see Exodus, chapter 22 and Leviticus, chapter 20).

In the New Testament Jesus said it would be more bearable on the day of judgment for Sodom than for Capernaum because of Capernaum’s unbelief and refusal to repent after witnessing His miracles (Matthew 11:23-24). The sins of Sodom were identified in Ezekiel 16:21 as arrogance, gluttony, indifference to the poor and needy, haughtiness, and “detestable things.”
When Jesus spoke of his second coming and judgment, he warned that among those deserving punishment some would “be beaten with many blows” and others “with few blows” (Luke 12:47-48). He also reserved His most fierce denunciations for the pride and unbelief of the religious leaders, not the sexually immoral (Matthew 23:13-36).

However, remember that whether our sins are relatively small or great, they will place us in hell apart from God’s grace. The good news is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and the sins of the whole world at the Cross. If we will repent and turn to Jesus, in faith, our sins will be forgiven, and we will receive the gift of eternal life.”

https://billygraham.org/answer/are-all-sins-the-same-in-gods-eyes/
Franklin Graham too, spoke at Trump rally: “America’s Sins Have Paralyzed It” THIS was
Before all the uproar and resignations both in Hollywood and Washington, DC.
Bill Clinton’s disgraceful Presidency with all his rapes and sexual escapades
have outweighed any legacy he could have left. And Hillary for her “enabling”
and never taking responsibility for her own actions. Staying with a man who was
a disgrace to the office of White House, and President. I divorced my philanderer
in 1969. And I worked as a single mom with 3 children, only to go in the workplace
and be hit on just like today’s little minions all crying. Yet THEY stayed in their
jobs for fame, or recognition, while I took the predators on. And no laws back then.
A married man harasses you at work? QUIT! Simple..Or turn him in.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/franklin-graham-prays-at-trump-rally-americas-sins-have-paralyzed-it-196568/

“Our heavenly Father, You have blessed our country more than any nation on Earth and we acknowledge that apart from you we have no hope. We come tonight as a troubled nation. We are broken spiritually. We are divided politically. We are divided racially,” Graham asserted. “And we are adrift morally, following the whatever direction the wind of popular culture blows with no regard for Your Word or the consequences of our disobedience. We ask tonight for your help.”
Graham continued by stating that “There are some people in the United States that are looking to “divide” and “preach hate. And Father, it is my prayer that you will just shut their mouths like you shut the mouths of the lions years ago,” Graham said. Our sins have paralyzed us. As a country, we seem to have forgotten right from wrong. You warned us in Your holy word, the Bible, that a day would come when the truth would become a lie and lies would become truth. And we see this happening before our eyes today. Our sins have paralyzed us. As a country, we seem to have forgotten right from wrong,” Graham stated. “You warned us in Your holy word, the Bible, that a day would come when the truth would become a lie and lies would become truth. And we see this happening before our eyes today. “The psalmist, David, the great king of Israel, said that You were his shepherd. Father, we need a shepherd. I pray that You would be the shepherd of our nation, the shepherd that leads us to green pastures and still waters for Your namesake,” he prayed. “You are the God who restores our souls. Even though we walk through the ‘valley of the shadow of death,’ we fear no evil for You are with us and Your rod and your staff, they comfort us, the Bible tells us.”

Sin is still SIN. America’s sins, and all the left, with their ‘politically correct jargon, it only has
one outcome, being cast into Hell for eternity. Your sinful Presidential legacies are certainly going to get you to Heaven, neither in your politically correct stance, nor is your Socialist-Communist view, (that in itself will lead you to hell). We are now like Babylon (in Southern
Iraq) a land filled with sin. Jeremiah 51:5. II Chronicles 25:4 Was put to death for his own sins.
Job 10:14 If I sin, you “mark” me. Job couldn’t repent. A man of God, who had pride. God
allowed Satan to test him and put him through all these trials and problems. He lost all his
money, 7 children to death, had a plague and sores all over him, friends who were backstabbers,
and he just didn’t get it. Once he did, and repented, God restored all to him again. Ps. 32:11
“Blessed is he whose sins are covered.” Covered by the blood shed at Calvary. I Peter 2;24 “He bore our Sins. Ezekiel 18:4 “Sins shall die”. Sins NEED to die. They need to be acknowledged
that they ARE sins, and repented of, for THAT and ONLY that is redemption. Else God lets you
go, with your own sinful choices, but, unless you repent, you will go to hell. The wages of sin
is death! While Christ offers eternal life. Without repentance, there is no redemption.

Scriptures: Adultery: Proverbs 6:32, Romans 6:15, I John 3:9, Matt 5:28, II Peter 2:4

Conscience: by John Hagee
https://youtu.be/aAYw8gi6cSM

Article:  America VS Sodom & Gomorrah                                                                                                      https://freedomoutpost.com/america-vs-sodom-gomorrah-whats-difference/  

Postscript:  The article above touches on the feminist movement and Betty Friedan, as well as Hugh Heffner.  Yes, he especially, during the height of his “Playboy” career during the 60’s was every man’s dream.  All these “bunnies” serving drinks at Playboy Clubs all over America, where anything went.  Al Franken, and Harvey Weinstein would have been in “bunny heaven”..where young gorgeous gals, were “playthings”.  Morality went out the window! So did God!

So, let me go one step further, back into early movies from Hollywood. Most, when Metro Golden Mayer, and other studios were big, we had some phenomenal Biblical movies made, and a lot with Charlton Heston.  But, for the most part even the old black and white movies, with James Cagney, Humphry Bogart, were not only violent, but some of the most abusive towards women I can remember.  I can remember, now clear as can be, Doris Day getting belted around by James Cagney in “Love Me Or Leave Me”, the story of 30’s singer Ruth Etting. Women were always getting slapped or punched.  It was this macho atmosphere that it was ok, that I was married in 1961, to the man who would abuse me and cheat on me. Because society said it was OK.  His ego said I was “property”.  When he smashed my head against the car one night in front of cop, he yelled, ” She’s my wife, I can do what I want!”! And I never forgot.

While the jokes of comedians like Sid Caesar, Milton Berl, Red Skelton, and Danny Thomas, were clean, no swearing, and actually REALLY funny. Some of the slapstick such as the “3 Stooges” were  really violent and not appropriate.  And I for one never thought they were funny, only abusive.  Then there was the “master” comedian, Jackie Gleason.  And I liked him, except one line, “Alice, one of these days, POW right in the kisser!”  Totally UNACCEPTABLE!!                                                                                                                                                                                                         So, slowly, through the last 40-50 years, women’s skirts have got shorter, necklines down to the waist. Hollywood shows just about everything, nothing left to the imagination, with everything exposed, hanging out.  Gay pride has taken “hold”, as “normal” and we have women who have taken over the macho role of a man, both in the home and workplace.  While men, now do not even know how they are supposed to act, as most have been cut down so much and emasculated, they have no idea who they are.  So before Washington and the news media go abuzz on fixing this.  Let me say this, Bill Clinton with all his women didn’t do anything my ex didn’t do, except “his” got in the front pages of newspapers. When my ex died in 2011, unsaved, (he was too macho for Jesus, until fear in the last minute), and my daughter couldn’t lead him in the Salvation prayer. He never saw anything wrong in what he did.  He bore no responsibility whatsoever.  When my oldest son was a little boy, my mother bought him a “Ken” doll for Christmas.  Well, he screamed at my mother, “What are you trying to do, make the kid a sissy?”  THAT is how he was brought up.  THAT was our culture.  And I’ll tell you this, “ladies and gentlemen”, neither Freidan or Heffner did a thing, except breakdown the values of home. No wonder there are so many gangs, drugs, and murders.  No fathers, head of house!

What is the answer? Jesus Christ!  For the Bible is clear how men are to respect and love their wives, and visa versa.  There are some good ministries on Daystar and TBN on Christian marriage counseling,  Jimmy and Karen Evans are one.  And VP Pence is absolutely correct with respect to his wife and traveling with her!!  I have been single for 35 years, after a 3rd divorce, (last was bi-polar), so I do not qualify for marriage counseling.   But, I’ll say this, as a society, Washington, Hollywood, down through the states, you better be careful how you all handle this open epidemic that is rampant over the media.  Ladies on all these news stations? Start “acting” like ladies, and lower your skirts, and that includes Fox News now, and I don’t care WHAT the Murdock’s tell you.  Look professional, with suits not cocktail dresses at 10AM. Act like professional journalists and stand your ground, cause, fame and money isn’t worth it.  And stop writing all these “victim” books out there!  Sounds like “the devil made me do it!” Hogwash! If some macho gropes you, slap him, report him to Human Resources, as I did back in the early 70’s, BEFORE there were any laws.  Writing a book for all the world like Hillary did, only demeans you.  “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me!.” Philippians 4:10  Not half, not none, but ALL!  And one female journalist I think of, not naming, take off those 2″ false eyelashes. Your a supposed journalist not a show girl. ACT like it!  If you look like a whore, you get treated like a whore.  A Godly image demands respect, not testing the testosterone all around you in the workplace.  Set a standard. It isn’t all the men’s fault.  I wore all suits in an office working in my professional years.  Makeup? Yes, but, never like gals today.  My idols way back were Channel suits, Jacquie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn.  I liked style and admired the couture that covered you up in class.   Hollywood’s actresses (if you call them that) look like street walkers half nude on an award stage.  Is THAT how you see yourselves?  If so you have no self esteem dears, whatsoever!   As for men? If a woman says, NO? It is no, walk away! But I’m sick of all these “feminists” and their demands, when they can’t look in the mirror. And how I despise all these women $$$$ looking for a fast deal on innocent men. One young Black man I posted on Facebook, served 6 years in jail for a rape that was later proven trumped up!  NOT ALL these women, like from Allred are telling the truth.  You ruin lives of the innocent? GOD will allow it to backfire on you.  “We reap what we sow.”

Lord, I pray for our Pastors, and mega Pastors, on TV, in our local pulpits, to also repent and see the error of their ways in denominational, and and Southern Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, anything goes churches.  Sin is SIN!  Yesterday, in Jesus time, today and whatever is to come.  I pray for an AWAKENING, I pray for REVIVAL and for your Holy Spirit Lord to reach all of our land. And spread like the wildfires in CA…but YOU Lord.  CONVICT this nation back to YOU Lord, back to morals, back to character, ethics, and the CROSS, in Jesus name, I pray.  Cleanse this nation Lord, and I pray  for those who pray this sinner’s prayer of redemption. Amen.

Let there be no doubt our President Donald Trump is saved. GOD chose him!                                   https://youtu.be/Uk4c2uoOF3o

 

Martin Luther

The Reformation 500 year Anniversary

One cannot call himself a Christian, let alone born again, without knowing the miraculous work of Martin Luther. A Catholic. A monk, who could not find salvation. The Catholic church back in Luther’s time in the 1500’s kept all the gospels and Bible from the masses. Printing presses hadn’t fully begun, nor been invented. There was no  translations from the Hebew  and Greek, so that the Catholic Churches’ interpretations, with services in Latin, left something, to be still deeply desired.

During the times of the 1500’s, it also included Queen Elizabeth of England and her half sister
Mary Queen of Scots. Mary had been sent to France as a child, for her own safety to be brought
up. The other child at the time was young Francis, his mother Katherine, a Medici. By the time
both children had become teens, they fell in love and married. Francis was to become a young king. The intertwining period between Luther, and all the bloodshed throughout Europe, into Rome, was mind boggling. Elizabeth eventually, many, many years later, long after Francis’ early illness and death, had Mary captured and put in England’s tower for 20 years, upon which
she had her head chopped off. Those were the times that Luther, a German, was living in, under the cloud of the Roman Catholic Church and Vatican.

With the Catholic Church, then it was about money and control. Peasants would have to “buy”
themselves out of sin, to reach a “purgatory” that is nowhere even mentioned in the Bible. They
could get away with this, as all services were in Latin, and there were no Bibles. Of course then,
you also had the Borgia’s. Rodrigo Borgia B1431-D1503 with all his mistresses, and 4 children,
by one, became Pope Alexander VI. The mistresses then, continued in the Vatican. As Pope,
he legitimized his children, one through the ages whose name was known, was Lucrezia, the other Cesare. Thus was the world that Luther became a monk.

For 20 years young Martin Luther would be on his knees scrubbing the Abby floors, trying to
earn his salvation. In pain, and frustration, he would then finally comb through scriptures and
so painstakingly, would transcribe from the Greek and Latin. Finally one day, he found the
scriptures, and the Holy Spirit fell on him, as he got saved FREE, by grace. Then he left the
Church. The following is his story, from Beyond Today magazine. Thank you Jesus for this
man. Thank you Jesus, for his courage, for his perseverance, for his pain, for his brilliant mind,
insight, and most of all thank you for not letting his head get chopped off before YOUR work
was done God.  It was due to Luther, publishing the Bible, and breaking away from the Catholic Church to start the Lutheran Protestant Church.  He later married a woman who had been a nun, and they had 6 children. And what a legacy, he left this world.  Salvation free with grace!      (I might note here, that William Tyndale’s translation came after Luther, and in English, while Luther’s was German. As he was greatly influenced by Luther and also a Greek Erasmus. )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale

The Unfinished Reformation Posted on Sep 12, 2017 by Gary Petty
From: Beyond Today
https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-magazine/martin-luther-the-unfinished-reformation

“According to popular tradition, it was on Oct. 31, 1517, that a relatively unknown Catholic monk named Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the front door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Luther intended his work, written in Latin, to be read by priests and monks. The Ninety-five Theses concerned changes he felt were needed in the Catholic Church. Within a short time Luther’s Theses were translated into German, and a number of clergy and lay people began to agree with him.

Little did he know that this simple act would spark a revolution that would break the Catholic Church’s power over the spiritual life of Europe. Within a few years Western Christianity would split into competing branches. The world would never be the same. Medieval fear of hell and purgatory.  At the core of theological thought in the Middle Ages was the absolute terror of going to hell. Salvation was introduced to humanity through Jesus Christ, but pious people were plagued by the question of what would happen to them if in this life they weren’t totally cleansed from sin?

To die while still in “mortal sin” was terrifying. If a priest wasn’t present to perform the last rites a person could end up being eternally tormented by demons.  And then there was the problem of venial sin—sins not warranting eternal damnation but requiring punishment. To deal with this problem the medieval church became obsessed with the concept of purgatory.
Purgatory, the church taught, was where Christians would go after death. It wasn’t hell, where the eternally damned had no hope of escape, but it was a place of unthinkable anguish where the souls of Christians faced punishment and purification. You can imagine the anxiety experienced by pious medieval Catholics obsessed with thoughts of loved ones bound in a torturous existence waiting to be freed to join Jesus and the saints in heaven.
The Catholic Church taught there was something the living could do. In Luther’s day the Wittenberg church had numerous side altars where priests performed private mass. People paid for these sacraments as a means to lessen the time their loved ones had to spend in purgatory.  Other practices included the selling of “indulgences.” An indulgence was a promise by the church that when a person paid a sum of money to the church, he could reduce the amount of time a loved one spent in purgatory. A person could even buy an indulgence for himself—a kind of spiritual debit card.  Paying for masses and selling of indulgences had made the Roman Catholic Church extremely wealthy. One of the issues Luther attacked in his Theses was the sale of indulgences. The result was that the entire economy of the Catholic Church, the way the Vatican financed building projects and maintained military power, was under attack.

An unknown monk on a collision course with the pope.  In his earlier years Luther had no intention of joining the clergy, but a dramatic event changed the course of his life. As a young man he was almost struck by lightning. At the time, most people believed that lightning was caused by the devil or demons. The idea that he could suddenly die without receiving the sacrament of last rites was terrifying. In Luther’s mind his soul could be lost forever.
Luther joined a monastery where he took a vow of chastity and poverty, received a doctorate in theology and was ordained a priest. His days were filled with prayer, ceremonies, self-denial and religious studies. But he struggled with the concept of sin and how a person could be accepted by God. He was wracked with guilt, depression and a sense of self-loathing. He concluded that God would forgive only a sinner who was consumed with self-hatred.
In 1511 Luther traveled to Rome. It wasn’t long before the idealistic monk began to experience grave disappointment. He was shocked by how priests hurried through one mass so they could get paid for the next one. He grew disillusioned with the opulence and immorality he witnessed among the priesthood.

There was a staircase in Rome reported to be the very steps Jesus climbed to appear before Pontius Pilate. Luther wanted to help his grandfather spend less time in purgatory, so he paid an indulgence and climbed the steps on his knees, stopping on each step to kiss it and say a prayer. Later he would say that when he reached the top of the steps he wondered if anything in this ritual was true.  The monk, who thought the way to God was through self- hatred and rituals, was now plagued with doubts about the teachings of his church. And this led to his changed beliefs.  After his Theses, Luther, a prodigious writer, produced books that became popular, and Rome began to take notice. One that especially drew notice was titled The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, published in 1520. In this work Luther claimed that the papacy was antichrist.  The pope condemned Luther’s writings and commanded that his books be burned. Luther responded by publicly burning the pope’s decree. The next year Luther was called before the German emperor and at the Diet of Worms was condemned as a heretic. The unknown monk was now famous.

More revolutionary acts.  The outlaw monk fled to the Wartburg castle. It was here, between 1521 and 1522, that Luther translated the New Testament from Greek into German.
In our world of books and instant Internet access to information, it’s difficult to understand just how monumental it was for Luther to complete this translation. For more than a thousand years the Catholic Church had maintained ecclesiastical power by making sure the Bible was not translated into common languages. The study of the Bible was mainly reserved for monks and priests either in Latin or the original languages of Hebrew and Greek. Even the regular mass, the everyday worship service centered on the Eucharist or communion rite, was said in Latin. This meant that most people throughout Christendom didn’t even understand the words of the mass.  Through the relatively new technology of printing, Luther’s supporters published many copies of the New Testament. It was now possible for literate people throughout Germany to obtain a copy of the Scriptures in their own language.  The next year Luther did something else that shocked the Catholic world. In spite of his priestly vow of celibacy, Luther married. And he didn’t just marry a common local girl—he married a former nun!

Luther’s disagreement with the book of James.  Luther’s most lasting legacy is his teaching that justification, being made right before a righteous God, is through faith alone.
One passage that was foundational to his teaching is Romans 3:23-26 Romans 3:23-2623 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.

American King James Version×, where the apostle Paul writes: “… For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  Here Paul presents the good news that our sins are forgiven because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins as our substitute. Since no human works can earn God’s forgiveness, then we are justified when we have faith in God’s promise and embrace Christ’s sacrifice for us.  Luther concluded that to be justified, all one has to do is believe in Christ without any corresponding works. He pointed to Paul’s writings in Romans where God promised Abraham descendants in number like the stars in heaven even though Abraham and his wife Sarah were childless and beyond childbearing years. Luther noted that Paul quoted from a passage in Genesis stating, “And he [Abraham] believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6 Genesis 15:6And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.  American King James Version×; quoted in Romans 4:3 Romans 4:3For what said the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.  American King James Version×).
For Luther this was an open-and-shut case: Believe and you are justified. Once justified you are saved. Once you are saved, you remain saved without any influence of works—good or bad.
But Luther had a problem. The New Testament book of James teaches that more is needed for justification than mere belief. James, the half brother of Jesus Christ, wrote: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:17-20 James 2:17-2017 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yes, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

American King James Version. In his Preface to the Epistles of St. James and St. Jude, Luther claimed that the writer of James’ letter is “in direct opposition to St. Paul, and all the rest of the Bible, it ascribes justification to works …” ( Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings, John Dillenberger, ed., 1962, p. 35).  And that’s not all James penned that bothered Luther. James wrote: “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (James 2:21-24 James 2:21-2421 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

American King James Version×).  Luther saw Paul and James as incompatible. “Scripture alone” was one of Luther’s guiding principles, but now he struggled with Scripture when it didn’t meet his understanding. He ultimately branded the epistle of James “an epistle of straw” that he felt like “throwing … into the stove” and wrote that he doubted that it truly belonged in the Bible at all ( Luther’s Works, E.T. Bachmann, ed., 1960, vol. 35, p. 362, and vol. 34, p. 317).
Are Paul and James incompatible?  Luther believed that Paul and James were promoting two different and incompatible ways to be justified. But are they really?  The answer lies in the way both writers used the example of Abraham. Paul was writing to the church in Rome to explain how both Jews and gentiles can come into a relationship with God. Both are justified by God’s grace and faith in the work of Christ. Paul clearly teaches that no one can earn God’s favor because of their good works. Abraham was justified because he believed in God’s promises.
James, however, was dealing with a somewhat different problem. James was addressing the wrong idea that mere belief constitutes living faith. Remember, he wrote that Satan and the demons believe in God and fear His awesome power and glory. James made it clear that our faith must be much more than Satan’s belief! Faith involves completely trusting God, and trusting God is a motivation for obedience.

Think about James’ argument. Abraham believed God’s promise that his son Isaac would give him descendants. Then God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son. God’s promise and command for obedience seemed inconsistent to say the least.  What if Abraham would have said to God: “I believe your promise to give me descendants through Isaac, and since that can’t happen if I sacrifice him, I have decided to disobey you. But I still believe in your promise!”
James argued that if Abraham had refused to obey God, his belief would not have been real faith. If a person truly trusts God, then his actions will be rooted in that trust.  We can’t erase our own sins or impress God enough to earn salvation. We must also not fall into the trap of thinking that belief is all God requires. Faith must submit to God’s working in us. In this submission, real living faith produces works. Paul is correct in teaching that human beings can’t earn justification but must have faith in Christ. James is also correct in teaching that faith without works is dead—useless and empty because it doesn’t really change the person.
Moreover, Paul himself said that “the doers of the law will be justified” (Romans 2:13 Romans 2:13(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

American King James Version×)—that is, made right before God. We must understand that we receive initial justification from God whenever we repent, apart from any deeds of obedience (Romans 3:28 Romans 3:28Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  American King James Version×). But remaining justified before God is conditioned upon continuing to actively obey Him. There is no contradiction.
The revolution’s unforeseen results  It seems that after marrying, Luther thought he could finally settle down to pastoring and enjoying family life. But his break with Rome had other serious consequences.  More Protestants began to stand up to the Catholic Church. While most shared many of Luther’s biblical interpretations, they also disagreed on a number of important subjects. Issues like infant baptism, predestination, the state of the dead and free will would bring heated debate among the reformers as the movement spread across Europe and fractured into different groups.  The leading reformer would spend his last years not only defending himself against Rome, but attacking other Protestants with the same vigor he used against the Catholics.

The movement he started led to more than a century of unrest and conflict between Catholics and Protestants—and the deaths of millions from warfare, massacres, genocide, famine and disease, all perpetrated in the name of God.  The unfinished revolution
Martin Luther exposed the avarice, ritualistic enslavement of the common person, and some of the unbiblical dogmas of Catholicism. He stood up to a religious system that had misinterpreted and misused Scripture. It was an awakening that unleashed the Protestant Reformation.
But is the movement he inadvertently spawned that much better? Five centuries after Luther presented the Ninety-five Theses, it’s time for Protestants to examine if their teachings have degenerated into a watered-down and corrupted version of what the Bible actually teaches. Has the idea that belief is all that’s needed for salvation led many to use God’s grace as a license to sin?

How many times do Christians excuse living with a boyfriend or girlfriend out of wedlock, disregarding one of the Ten Commandments, or living a lifestyle like unbelievers with the simple argument, “I’m justified without works; I’m saved by grace; God loves me just the way I am”?  This way of thinking is nothing more than using God’s grace as a license to sin. It has serious consequences. Jesus gives this warning in the Sermon on the Mount:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23 Matthew 7:21-2321 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
American King James Version×).  Paul and James aren’t contradicting each other in their statements about faith and works. When combining the teachings of these inspired writers, we see that living faith is much more than simple belief. It is the complete and total surrender of the will and body, heart and mind, thoughts and works to the sovereignty of God and His power in us.

When a person surrenders his will to God, and in faith accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Master, then God will empower Him to do good works. And the person must do so, “striving against sin” (Hebrews 12:4 Hebrews 12:4You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.  American King James Version×), to continue in justification with God. If he sins, he must repent anew in trusting faith and genuine commitment.  Salvation is more than God’s forgiveness. Salvation is God’s work in human beings to create eternal children. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.  American King James Version×, “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” We participate in His work as we faithfully submit to His working in us.  The world desperately needs a spiritual awakening. We need to return to the Bible as the guiding Word of God. Pick up the book and prayerfully ask for God’s guidance. Let the spiritual revolution begin with you! “

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
https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-magazine/is-the-protestant-reformation-being-undone#.WgTHA_oYXcx.mailto

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