What is Idolatry? Idolatry is reverencing a person or thing, an idol. Read this article to find out more. Idolatry can take on many forms, like the common statues to the lesser recognized Christmas Tree spoken of in Jeremiah 101Jeremiah 10:3-8 “For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest… they deck it with silver and gold… the stock (tree) is a doctrine of vanities”.
Home of the Brave, Land of the Free
Before America was, there was Scotland, still part of the United Kingdom of Britain, Scotland and Ireland. These are the brethren of the founding fathers of America, referred to in America’s Declaration of Independence. They claim the Apostle Andrew as their Patron Saint, as they say, he was sent to them first by Christ. Today, November 30, a feast day in his honor is celebrated in Scotland.
The nations of America, the United Kingdom and Northwestern Europe including Belgium, Holland, France, Norway, Sweden and Denmark became the wealthiest nations on earth in the very short time of the last two centuries. Since AD 1800 they have acquired more than three-fourths of all the wealth and resources of the earth.
Most people probably wouldn’t associate a Christmas Tree with idolatry. But God’s Word commands against this ancient custom of vanity and idolatry.
100 years ago, on November 11, 1918, World War I finally came to an end. Armistice Day, later changed to Veterans Day in the US, is a day of remembrance for the veterans of War. The consequences of World War I included the deaths of 16 million people, consisting of both soldiers and civilians. A lesser talked about consequence of World War I and war, in general, is “Shell Shock”, today it is known more commonly as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
The words devil, satan, and demons are found throughout God’s Word. All these names conjure up vivid images of a red creature with horns and a tail. However, the translation of these words will paint a much clearer picture of the entities addressed.
This November, Americans will celebrate the National Holiday and tradition of Thanksgiving. Getting a couple of days off work to spend with family is, of course, wonderful. But just because a tradition has wholesome intents and even includes a prayer to God, doesn’t mean that it is in line with God. He may even hate it!
“Pope” Francis is up to the church’s old tricks. Deflect and distract. Every day for the month of October, he has asked “the faithful” to pray the rosary and to pray to Michael the Archangel. What are they praying for? In response to the ever-expanding abuse scandal, Francis has asked them to pray “to repel the attacks of the Devil who wants to divide the Church.” During a morning mass in September, Francis addressed exactly what these attacks against the church were.
“In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.” Francis
Ancient Doctrines on the Resurrection
The Resurrection from the dead is the concept of coming back to life after death. It is a doctrine of the dead!
Many ancient cultures including Egypt and Babylon obsess over the dead and their funerary practices! They sacrifice to the dead, commune with and seek to for protection and favors. Their practices include veneration to and worship of the dead. With repetitious prayers, they cry out to and petition the dead thinking they’ll be heard. Some even cut and paint themselves in remembrance of the dead. Their gods must be out to lunch or asleep because they never respond!
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The Apostles Creed is recited across many of the “Christian” religions. This creed is a “statement of faith” often used as part of baptismal ceremonies. In the previous article on this subject, we showed that the apostles themselves would not even know the Apostles Creed. It was fabricated three hundred years after Jesus and the Apostles under the influence of Babylonian, Greek, and Roman worship practices. These practices are contrary to God’s Word.
Let’s look more closely at this creed and at what Jesus and the Apostles themselves had to say. To begin, what exactly is the creed?