Reformation or Re-Branding?

October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther published his 95-theses document challenging doctrines of the Catholic church.  The importance placed on the practice of selling indulgences, the false security it gave to those who purchased them and the true destination of the collected money offended Luther.

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

Martin Luther’s 2nd These states “This word (“repent”) cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy.”  These 35 states “They who teach that contrition is not necessary on the part of those who intend to buy souls out of purgatory or to buy confessional privileges, preach unchristian doctrine.”

Luther greatly missed the mark by not denying the existence of purgatory or the ability of the church to sell indulgences.  He was just alarmed that “Indulgence Preachers” were selling indulgences as a catch-all for anyone and any sin even if there was no remorse or contriteness.  In addition, more importance was placed on selling indulgences than teaching the Catholic church’s interpretation of the Word of God.  Luther’s These 53 states “They are the enemies of Christ and the pope who forbid altogether the preaching of the Word of God in some churches in order that indulgences may be preached in others.”

Martin Luther points to the true purpose of indulgences, funding the building of St. Peters Basilica in Rome.  His 86th These states “Again, ‘Why does not the pope, whose wealth is today greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build this one basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?’”

Basilica of St. Peter – Built with Funds Raised from Indulgences

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Return to ME

God speaks in mental pictures. If you consider the relationship between a man and a woman as a similitude of the relationship between God and His people, you can understand how He feels when His woman gives her good stuff to another.  In many different places God makes mention of Israel as His wife and He is as her husband.

In Ezekiel, chapter 23, Israel – the northern kingdom of Samaria is spoken of as Ahola and her sister Judah is as Aholibah.  First Ahola commited whoredoms with the Assyrians and she defiled herself with idols.  Hence; idolatry is equated as committing adultery against God.  When Aholibah /Judah saw this, she did more in her whoredoms than her sister.

Both of these sisters committed whoredoms in that they turned away from their husband and doted after other gods.  For this reason, their God gave them over to their lovers and their ways.  For this reason, they have been oppressed and given over to all manner of suffering.  But if they return to Him, He has promised to take them back.

They say, if a man put away his wife and she go from him and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, says the Lord.

Lift up your eyes unto the high places, and see where you have not been lain with.  In the ways you have sat for them as the Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your whoredoms and with your wickedness.

 

American Woman, by Lenny Kravitz

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“God is Not the God of the Dead”

Halloween and the Days of the Dead

Halloween (“Holy Eve”), All Soul’s Day, All Saint’s Day and the Day of the Dead will be here shortly. But what are the roots of these special Days of the Dead? When we trace them all the way back to their origin, we find they came from ancient Egypt when the people were caused to worship and make sacrifices to their dead Pharaoh. The name translated ‘Egypt’ in the Bible is actually ‘Mitzraim’ which was one of the sons of Noah’s son, Ham. The name means “oppression.”

The Evolution of Halloween and the Day of the Dead – Exposing the Roots

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Madness of Mind – Another Mass Shooting

When you are in tribulation…

Jesus said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with …the cares of this life, and so that day come upon you in unawareness. For as a snare it will come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Adam.” In Matthew 24:21 he says the end time will be a time of Tribulation not seen since the beginning of the world unto this time nor ever shall be again.

In the Book of Deuteronomy 4:29-31, Moses says when you see these things happening, “If from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come upon you, even in the latter days, if you turn to the LORD your God and will be obedient to His voice; (For the LORD your God is a merciful God;) He will not forsake you, neither destroy you, nor forget the Covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”

Tribulation by Charlie Daniels

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Respect the Authority of God

If a government or president keeps the Commandments, statutes and Laws of God then they deserve respect because they have authority with God. Corrupt governments and leaders propped up by wealth, weapons and power do not deserve respect and only achieve it through fear and threat.  Knowing this, these powers enlist false teachers to convince you that you should submit to authority and that failure to do so will result in tragedy and social unrest. The fact is, corrupt governments and leaders are the cause.

Pat Robertson recently stated the following regarding the shootings in Las Vegas:

“Violence in the streets, ladies and gentlemen. Why is it happening? The fact that we have disrespect for authority; there is profound disrespect for our president, all across this nation they say terrible things about him. It’s in the news, it’s in other places. There is disrespect now for our national anthem, disrespect for our veterans, disrespect for the institutions of our government, disrespect for the court system. All the way up and down the line, disrespect.”

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One Nation Under God

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

The “Valley of Achor”

“There is an accursed thing in the midst of you… You will not be able to stand against your enemies until you take away that accursed thing that is in your midst.” Joshua 7:11-13

What could He be talking about?

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A Time for Everything

Stars Turning

“To every thing there is a set time,

and a time to every purpose under heaven:” (Eccl 3:1)

Ever since the foundation of the world, there has been a set time for everything in the heavens.  This is fairly common knowledge, as there are apps that can show you what the sky looked like on any given date.  Just like the Moon, planets, & stars follow a certain path in the sky and never deviate from it regardless of the year of their appearance, the same is done on Earth by those of God.

“A time to be born & a time to die…

…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which has been planted;” (Eccl 3:2)

The Prophets of God have always come at a certain time, and that time has always been the perfect time of their appearance on the stage of history.  When they have proclaimed God’s Word, they have both planted the Good Seed in the minds of those who hear & plucked up the false grains grown from bad seed. (see Matt 13)  Those announcing the Righteous Message of God do so at the perfect time and then leave when their time is done.

Likewise, the celestial bodies in the sky appear at their proper time and afterward disappear.  Recently there have been some amazing shows in the skies, or heavens, involving the Sun, Moon, & Stars because they were set in motion long ago to appear now.  The same is being done on Earth, for now is the time!

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Heavenly Perspective

Many believe that Jesus physically resurrected after he was crucified. However, the Apostle Phillip says, “Those who say that the master/teacher first died and then rose up are in error, for he first arose and then died. If someone does not first attain to the resurrection, wouldn’t that person die? As God lives, that one would be dead already.” The Gospel of Phillip verse 15

Paul writes in his Epistle to the Ephesians, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened/awakened us together with Christ (by grace/purpose you are saved); and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in/with Christ Jesus;” Ephesians 2:4-6

John wrote in Revelation, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and first begotten of the dead.” Rev 1:5

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