What the heck is a “Religious Liberty Task Force”?

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. It’s purpose is to ensure that the Justice Department is prioritizing the rights of religious people and groups in its policies and legal battles by enforcing his “religious liberty” memo issued last October.

I’m visualizing black clad commandos rappelling from Black Hawk helicopters into Planned Parenthood clinics.  Ok, so that is probably not how it will go down, but like all politics this is just smoke and mirrors covering a hidden agenda. You’re probably thinking “Hey, I want religious liberty”, but ask yourself this, whose religion and at what cost? This is Jeff Sessions’ “religious liberty” memo which means his belief and his religion are the focus. The Attorney General’s job is to protect all liberties and stay out of religion.  Remember the separation of church and state? Continue reading “What the heck is a “Religious Liberty Task Force”?”

Saint Patrick’s Day and the driving away of the serpents from Ireland

Patrick with Dagon hat
Patrick with Dagon hat

The story goes that serpents attacked Patrick during a 40 day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.  So, he chased all the serpents of Ireland into the sea with his staff. Of course, all evidence suggests that there were no literal snakes in Ireland long before Patrick arrived in 432AD.  This is a weak attempt to connect Patrick with Moses and Aaron’s battle against Pharaoh’s magi in Exo 7:8-13. Many sources interpret this as a metaphor regarding Patrick driving paganism out of Ireland. But let’s consider, what did Patrick really do?

What did Patrick really do?

“Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish.” History.com.

Patrick didn’t drive out paganism but meshed it with Christianity. Just as Pope Gregory I later instructed in 601AD and the Catholic Church has done since it’s inception.  For more on the history of “St. Patrick” go here.

Adaptation and Accommodation

“From the beginning the Catholic Church had proved itself adaptable and flexible in its dealings with heathens.” “There was division within the Church over the issue of how far missionaries should compromise with pagan customs in order to win converts; the Jesuits led the movement for accommodation and adaptation. Citing the early Christian and medieval practices of …Gregory I, the Jesuits struggled to win over the rest of the Church.” Early Jesuit Missionaries: A Suggestion for Further Study by PETER DUIGNAN

Jesus refers to the Pharisees as those who look good on the outside but within are full of lies, wickedness and deceit. Just as the Catholic Church since its inception has incorporated paganism into its doctrine while purporting to serve God. They look good on the outside but within are full of the dead, both physically and spiritually.

Matt 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within you are full of deceit and wickedness.
Matt 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Jesus also refers to the Pharisees as serpents and vipers.

Matt 23:29-33 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! … You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Papal Serpent building
Look closely… Pope walks across the stage in serpent building

Patrick is credited with driving the serpents out of Ireland when in fact he brought them in!

Santa Claus is coming to town so hide your children

Pedo-Santa
Santa Claus or pedophile?

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1934 and is the third most popular Christmas song of all time.  Jolly old Saint Nick or Santa Claus was an Orthodox Catholic Priest in the 3rd century and due to his habit of secret gift giving he became the patron saint of children among other things.  When you consider that the Catholic Church is the most pedophilic organization to ever exist, the words to this song are downright scary.  How would you feel if a pedophile was saying these things to your child?

Santa Claus is Coming to town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list
And checking it twice
Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

 

Christmas Violates Commands of God

Christmas, December 25th, is celebrated as the day Jesus was born.  How did this come to be?  Is this celebration a violation of God’s Commands?

Scholars have filled many books with arguments as to when Jesus was born.  Nowhere in Scripture is any significance given to a person’s date of birth.  It was not until the third century that the festival of Christmas was heard of.  It did not gain observers until well into the fourth century.  The first recorded “Christian” Christmas celebration on December 25th was in Rome in 336AD.  However, by this time, most other religions in the empire were already celebrating the birth of their gods on December 25th.  They had been doing so for centuries.

The Real Origins of Christmas

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Respect the Authority of God

A government or president that keeps the Commandments, statutes and Laws of God deserves respect.   They would have authority with God. Corrupt governments and leaders propped up by wealth, weapons and power do not deserve respect.  They 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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What is idolatry?

What exactly is idolatry?  This probably seems like an odd question.  In scripture, the subject of idolatry is one of the most covered topics.  The question, however, is not whether God commands against idolatry, which He most assuredly does, but what is it?  The argument has been made that when praying to an image or a statue, it is not idolatry as long as it’s done in reverence to the person or “saint” the image represents, and as long as you do it in the worship of and love for God.

In Ex 20 (the Ten Commandments) God commands against worshiping “graven images or any likeness” stating,

“You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them” Exodus 20:5

God is so adamant about this that it takes three verses to cover this one commandment.  He refers to the idolaters as “them that hate Me.”

images of idolatry
Do any of these men hate God?

Webster defines idolatry as “the worship of a physical object as a god.”  This is a very simple and concise definition, but it does not cover the full scope.  What about the worship of God through a physical object?  Does God appreciate your worship even if it comes through a statue or a painting or a “holy” wall or a big black box?  As long as you are worshiping God why does it matter how you do it?

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Does Science disprove God?

The Goldilocks Zone

Perfect organization does not come out of chaos, all breakthroughs in science show greater and greater organization.  At first they may seem random and chaotic, but the more we learn the more organized and perfect they become.  Unlike things created by man which upon closer inspection reveal greater imperfections, science does the opposite.

Is there a God? Really?

Our universe is fine-tuned for life, what some call the Goldilocks zone (not too cold, not too hot, but just right).  Life wouldn’t be possible if any one of a number of fundamental physical constants were altered, even a hair. If a proton were just one percent heavier, it would decay into a neutron, and atoms would fly apart. If the weak force were slightly stronger than it is, or weaker than it is, higher elements necessary for life would have never been created in the cores of stars. And so on.  The odds against all of these constants being precisely what they need to be are trillions to one against.

Going further, to have the Goldilocks zone exist to support life is nothing short of miraculous, but for that life to contemplate its own existence, to even ask the question “Is there a God?” has odds in the trillions of trillions of trillions to one against.   Continue reading “Does Science disprove God?”

What exactly about “Good Friday” is Good?

The Friday before “Easter” is celebrated in religious tradition as the day when Y’hoshua (Jesus) was crucified and placed in the tomb.  The day is called “Good Friday”.  It is difficult to imagine what sort of mindset would identify the day Y’hoshua was murdered as “Good.”  Some claim that the term “Good” simply means “pious” or “holy” but again, what is holy or pious about the day the “Son of God” was murdered?  Do you think that God considers the day his Son was killed to be Good?

Roman Catholic doctrine considers Jesus to be God incarnate.  It is even more absurd to think that men not only killed God but celebrate the deed.  What kind of god can be killed by his own creation?  Consider what happened to those who sought to kill God at the Tower of Babel.

"Good Friday"
The Murder of Y’hoshua – Good or Evil?

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The Mark of the Beast?

In 1936 the US government started issuing Social Security cards based on the Social Security Act enacted in 1935 by Franklin Roosevelt.  However, Roosevelt, often accused of being a Socialist, was not the first to conceive of this system.  This Act was based on a German system put into place way back in 1889.  The German system provided contributory retirement benefits and disability benefits as well. Participation was mandatory and contributions were taken from the employee and the employer.  This system also established a mandatory numbering and tracking system which would later be used by the Nazi’s in WWII.  Is this the foundation for the Mark of the Beast?

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The Firmament

The Firmament is spoken of in the beginning.
It is to come at the end,
so that the first becomes the last
and the last first.
It contains the Lights of Heaven.
The Greater, the Lesser and the Stars also.
Its purpose is to separate darkness from Light,
for darkness can not have with Light.

The spiritual works of the marvelous Firmament are purified with salt. They are spirits of knowledge, truth and righteousness in the Holy of Holies, forms of the living angels, forms of the light giving spirits. -DSS 4Q405 19

“Moreover the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun, and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of His people, and heals the stroke of their wound.” – Isaiah 30:26

“And after six days Jesus takes Peter, James and John… and  bringht them up into an high mountain apart, and was  transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the Sun…” – Matthew 17:1-2

Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it  is day: the night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” – John 9:4-5

“And there shall be signs in the Sun and in the Moon and in the Stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them because of fear and because of seeing those things which are coming on the earth: and then shall they see the Son of Adam coming in the clouds with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near!” – Luke 21:25-28

Jesus was the light of the world, the Sun, the light of day, and he spoke of a night that was coming. Who then are the lights by night, the Moon and the Stars? And what will they do to the wicked shepherds, the wicked hirelings in the vineyard of the LORD, and the thieves in the Temple?