Category: Testimony

WHAT IF I STUMBLE?!

WHAT IF I STUMBLE?!

Rev. Kevin Airrington
April 2, 2017

Back in 1995, one of my favorite Christian groups, DC TALK recorded “WHAT IF I STUMBLE?” and although split up now they ARE STILL serving God through their music through the new group Newsboys and Toby Mac on his own.

When this song first came out I assumed that one of the original group- DC Talk was having a difficult time in their walk. But as the years rolled on I realized that they were not singing specifically about one of them but all of us. And, I for one cannot take it lightly.

The lyrics go like this:

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

What if I stumble
What if I fall?
What if I lose my step
And I make fools of us all?

Will the love continue
When my walk becomes a crawl?”

The Bible tells us that we are the called out. We are the Saints of God…we are the sons of God…we are a peculiar people! We are ambassadors for Christ’s.

2 Corinthians 5:20, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

What if I stumble? What if I stumble and make fools of all of you? What if you stumble and make fools of me and all the called out for Christ?

As ambassadors of Christ, we are examples of His. To be a Christian literally means to be Christ-like. What if I stumble and make a fool of Jesus? What if you stumble and make fool of Jesus? “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians…” I hate to admit juts how powerful that statement is! The sad truth is it is true.

I knew a guy named Tommy. He was from the Bronx, NY. He was an admitted atheist. One day he puts a video up on youtube and asks the questions, “What is the difference between me, an atheist and you so called Christians?” A Christian could not have done a better job…Tommy goes on:

I smoke…many Christians smoke…
I drink…many Christians drink…
I cuss and swear…many Christians cuss and swear…
I look at porn…many Christians look at porn…
I lie….many Christians lie…

“What is the difference between me, an atheist and you so called Christians?” “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians…who acknowledge Jesus with their lips…Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle”

WOW! What does an unbelieving world see when they look at you? What do they see when they look at me?

I had a lot of respect for Tommy. And I think he had a lot of respect for me too. No, I was not perfect, but he could see that I would not…could not comp[romise.

The song continues…

“Father please forgive me
For I cannot compose
The fear that lives within me
Or the rate at which it grows
Is this one for the people
Is this one for the Lord?”

Isaiah 27:5, “Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me

Take hold of the strength of Christ, so that He may make peace with you…it’s not too late.

“I hear You whispering my name
(You say)
My love for You will never change
(Never change)”

Jesus loves you and His love will never change. If we stumble we have an advocate with the Father. Our Testimony can be as powerful as the Word of God or as weak as a helpless turtle on his back. It’s up to us…

1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba [daddy], Father.

That’s good news. I don’t want to stumble…I don’t want to fall…I do not want to make fools of you all and I definitely do not want to make a fool of Jesus Christ. But if I do…I have an advocate with the Father, whereby I cry Abba!

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IF THE PREACHER WONT DO IT I WILL 

IF THE PREACHER WONT DO IT I WILL 

Rev. Kevin R. Airrington
January 30, 2017

Sin is sin and sin bites…u repentant sin will send you straight to Hell.  There is simple no such thing as a little boy saved

A little bit pregnant…get the point?  Either you love Jesus…you have been forgiven and you are on your way to Heaven or you are playing church…you continue in your sin and he’ll awaits you!

This is the truth my beloved.   They is no such thing as a white lie…there is no such thing as taking something that does not belong to you and saying you will pay them Tuesday…there is no such thing as I don’t hate them I just don’t care for them…and on and on.

Hell is real…unrepentant sinners will have everlasting life in this place of torment and suffering.

The devil is a liar and a deceiver…”yeah hath God said….” Did He?   Well hold on you …i don’t trust you…so ima checking.

This the Bible calls judgement is coming faster than we think…and if we don’t make haste boy will it all be a waste!

Satan fooled a naive woman…a woman of some wisdom for she lived on this earth some 100 years…he also fooled a man…a man too week…too focused on the physical beauty…the warmth of her body next to his clouded his mine…

But why?  Listen…Adam quite possibly was the smartest man to have ever lived.  I have given this a lot of thought…

First he came from God Almighty!

El Gibbor – THE MIGHTY GOD – Is a 9:6

El Haggdol – THE GREAT GOD – Deut 10:17

El Hannora – THE AWESOME GOD – Neh. 9:32

El Vegas – ONE GOD – Mal 2:10

El Olam – THE EVERLASTING GOD – Gen 21:33, Ps 90:1-3, 93:2, Isa 26:4

El De’Ot – THE GOD OF KNOWLEDGE – 1 Sam 2:3

Gen 1:17 & 2:7 ADAM WAS MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE! He formed him from the dust of the ground and then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils and he became a living soul.  THE NESHAMA CHAIYIM – THE BREATH OF THE SPIRIT LIVES.

God created Adam & Eve fully functioning young adults.  They were not tossed in the garden of Eden with their diapers on and a bag of seeds and given instructions they could not understand.

First day…they could:

1) communicate- complex language skills

2) name all the animals

3) no what sex was

4) Adam did not see God make Eve…but he trusted God.

So this man, Adam…who came straight from ELOHIM (Gen 1:1Gen 2:7).  Had a brain full of wisdom and knowledge…yet for a brief moment sex, lust and the beauty becomes his ELOHIM!  It becomes his idol.  It would not be for sometime later that GOD would write in a rock with his very own finger, “THOU SHALL NOT HAVE ANY OTHER gods BEFORE ME!”

The very first commandment!  As intelligent as Adam was…he was still able to destroy the very first commandment – even before it was written down.

There punishment?  God throws the man & the woman out of the garden of Eden…and send angels with flaming swords to keep them out!

Sin will keep you from Heaven.  SIN EATS AT YOU LIKE A MAGOT EATING STINKING ROTTING FLESH!

Sin does not care if you are the smartest man on the planet or the most beautiful. It will find you…it will do its work on you and ultimately sweetheart you WILL pay the ultimate price!

But all I did was smoke a ?.  Yes, that’s all you did.  All Adam did was choose the beauty of his drop dead gorgeous wife over God all MIGHTY.  All Adam did was blow his testimony in front of his wife…all the while a stinking snake in a clever disguise of deception and deceit laughed and carried on knowing that Adam was one step closer to hell.

Was it with it?  Thrown from paradise? WAS IT WORTH IT?  Well all I did was…all I said was…

Is it a sin to cause your brother to stumble?

1 Thess 5:22

Rom 14:1-23

Col 2:8

1 Pet 5:8

Ga 5:13

1 Cor 8:9,13

Matt 18:16

Mark 9:42

Luke 17:1-14

STOP IT!  STOP IT! STOP IT!

IF YOUR PREACHER WONT TELL YOU I WILL!

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That’s Him!

That’s Him!

Matthew 11:1-6

In Matthew 11 we find John the Baptist at the lowest moment of his life. He is in Herod’s prison and he has been there for some time. In fact, things go from worse to bad…er…bad to worse or something like that.  After about 16 months of being in jail, John was beheaded. As he sits in that dungeon, Satan has time to introduce doubt into the mind of John concerning the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Isn’t that just like the devil?  COmes at us when we are at our worse.  John begins to question whether or not Jesus is really the Messiah.   You don’t hear too many preachers teaching about this side of John the Baptist…Of course, John had not always doubted! There was a time early in the ministry of our Lord that John was well acquainted with just Who Jesus was, John 1:29; John 3:30.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

and

He must increase, but I must decrease

Now, there is a little question in His mind. So, John sends his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the messiah or not. Jesus responds by telling John’s disciples to go an tell John that Jesus is healing the sick, raising the dead and preaching the Gospel to sinners. In other words, Jesus is telling John, “I’m Him!

I want you to know that there are times when I can sympathize with John. Surely, we all entertain doubts every now and then. If it were possible, I would like to go to John this and have him take a little trip with me.  If I could, I would take John to some places and show him some things about Jesus. When I had done that I can almost hear John saying now, “That’s Him! That’s Him!“. Well, I can’t take John to those places, but you and I can go.  If you are willing, come with me, I want to take you on a little trip and show you some truths about Jesus that should leave us all saying, “That’s Him!

  1. THAT’S HIM IN CREATION

(Let’s go back To The Beginning)

Jesus quoted from Genesis probably more than any other book of the Bible.

  1. His Presence In Creation – (Genesis 1:1)
  2. His Power In Creation – (Colossians 1:16; John 1:10)
  3. His Purpose In Creation – (Genesis 1:26)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. THAT’S HIM IN THE CRADLE

(Let’s go Back To BethlehemLuke 2:1-10)

  1. The Mystery Of His Birth – (John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:5-8)
  2. The Ministry Of His Birth – (Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28)
  3. The Majesty Of His Birth – (Philippians 2:5-8)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manger

III. THAT’S HIM IN CONTROL

(Let’s travel to the worst moments in human history)

  1. He Controls Disaster – (John 6:15-21)
  2. He Controls Difficulties – (Ill. Bread – John 6:5-14; Fire – Daniel 3; Lions – Daniel 6)
  3. He Controls Disease – (Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:18 – Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the diseased, the crippled. No disease had the power to stand in the way of His power.)
  4. He Controls Death – (He raised Jairus’ daughter – Luke 8:41-56; He raised the widow’s son – Luke 7:11-16; He raised Lazarus – John 11:43-44) (Ill. He still holds the power over death – John 11:25-26; Revelation 1:18.)
  5. That’s Him In Creation
  6. That’s Him In The Manger

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. THAT’S HIM ON THE CROSS

(Let’s go to war)

  1. His Pain – (Ill. Isaiah 53:4-7; Ill. All He suffered for us!)
  2. His Payment – (I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 1:5)
  3. His Promise – (Romans 5:6-8; 1 John 2:2; Romabs 10:13; John 6:37)
  4. That’s Him In Creation
  5. That’s Him In The Manager

III. That’s Him In Control

  1. That’s Him On The Cross
  2. THAT’S HIM WEARING THE CROWN

(Ok…get back on the bus and let’s head over to the The Best Day)

  1. His Resurrection – (Matthew 28:1-6; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25)
  2. His Return – (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  3. His Reign – (Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Revelation 19:16)

That’s Him!  We have traveled from Manger to Cross, to resurrection and now to glory.  Jesus is everything that the saint or the sinner needs. That’s Him!  Like John and like Thomas (we have not talked about him…but we all know who Thomas is)…we all have a doubt…but Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be.

Them Thomas thrust his hhand in Jesus’ side…and place his finger in His scared hand, he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”, John 20:28

Peter answering Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”   … Peter says,  “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Matthew 16:16

Phillip said, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God!” Acts  8:37

His enemies declared Him to be God…not a god, but GOD, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.John 10:33

Isaiah (Old testament Prophet), “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.“, Isaiah 9:6

King David claimed Jesus is Lord, “He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,” Matthew 22:43

The Apostle Paul, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:Colossians 1:15

Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58

Why is this important?  Because God gave Himself the same title when speaking to Moses, “I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.Exodus 3:14

Jesus, and perhaps the most compelling, said, “ I and my Father are one.John 10:30

1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

John 1:1, 1:14,  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.“, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

THAT’S HIM!

If you are not saved, let me just point out this fact: That’s Him! If you are saved, but need God’s help in your life today, let me remind you: That’s Him!  Whatever you need, wherever you are in your walk of life, all you need to know today is this: That’s Him!

It all comes down to this: If you need as Savior, That’s Him. If you need a friend, that’s Him. If you have a need that must be met: that’s Him. If you need forgiveness, that’s Him. If you want to miss Hell and go to Heaven, that’s Him. Whatever you need: that’s Him!

Jesus is the Living God!  That’s Him and He has the power to save to the uttermost!  (Hebrews 7:25) That’s Him!

Final Conclusion: Who did God the Father say Jesus was? “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8 THAT’S HIM!

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YOU STUPID MOTHER F******* CHRISTIANS!!!

YOU STUPID MOTHER F******* CHRISTIANS!!!

I have had it! I cannot keep silent no longer.

Rev. Kevin Airrington
July 22,2015
There is way too much cursing on television these days.

I remember when George Jefferson saying H-E-L-L in the 70?s was a big, huge deal. Watch prime time television and you will see times have certainly changed. I’ve seen folks cursing on television (the real curse words) and pray right after! *Whew*  That is a comment from godsygirl.com.  She is right, I have heard EVERY WORD.  F…S…and the one that makes my blood boil GD!  Praying right after is great but let me ask you this, “Why in God’s name would you invite garbage into your living room that you would not do via your television?”  It’s just a question.  🙂

The problem is we have become desensitized to sin.  Now, I am a big boy and the rule at the Airrington house is, “NO RATED R MOVIES!”  Have I watched rated R movies…well of course I have.  But, I have also walked out of a theater, wasting the 60 bucks on tickets, popcorn etc.  I have heard Christians and pretenders say, “I just ignore it.” I’m sorry how can you ignore a bunch of F BOMBS and people taking MY LORDS NAME IN VAIN!!!!  or “It don’t really bother me that much!”  This one is very revealing.  This “Christian”, probably a PRETENDER uses profanity on a regular bases.  I guarantee it.

I have a very dear brother…and I say that with all sincerity.  He is a dear brother.  Before we go to movies together…I check with Focus On The Families Online Movie Review Guide: PLUGGED IN.  My brother is in the category of, “I just ignore the bad language.”  I have known him for about 20 years and I have never heard him swear.  Together we try and pick movies with little swearing (almost IMPOSSIBLE)

Although, I don’t think he knew he was doing this at the time but my cousin Rob Rossi paid me a compliment awhile back. First you have to understand we are different. We love each other…we get along (most days)…but we are different. We have different values, we raise our families different…not wrong just different. I am what some might call a man of God and he is what some might call a man of Busch Beer. smile emoticon

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One day Rob says, “Cuz…” That’s what he calls me when he has something real special to say to me. smile emoticon “Cuz…I see a lot of Christians they do this and they do that and they swear like I do but you don’t and that impresses me.” Now, if my cousin says he is impressed you better listen up because he don’t hand out the compliments often. This doesn’t mean he is a bad guy…he just don’t compliment often. And in spite of what some people may call a flaw in his character…I think he is a pretty nice guy…

My first thought was to use an old Billy Graham line in a 20/20 interview years ago with Barbara Walters…He said, “I am no better, I just repent daily.” And I do, believe me. But that almost sounds a like, “I am better than you.”

I too notice a lot people who claim to be Christians…make no issue of letting the profanity fly. I am not talking about your slip here and there (Although this is questionable as well)…but they swear like it is a part of their vocabulary. What? Christian you are not in control of your mouth? Then who is? The Bible warns us not to be under the control of anything, except the Holy Ghost.

The Bible is clear…swearing is a sin.

The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18). It is furthermore described as imaginations of the unrenewed heart (Genesis 6:5; 8:21), defiling (Proverbs 30:12; Isaiah 59:3), disgraceful (Proverbs 14:34), and unrighteous (1 John 5:17), among other things.

Jesus specifically taught that what comes out of a man’s mouth is evidence of what is in his heart. Luke 6:45

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

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Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” John MacArthur has written of this verse, “The word for ‘corrupt’ refers to that which is foul or rotten, such as spoiled fruit or putrid meat. Foul language of any sort should never pass a Christian’s lips, because it is totally out of character with his new life in Christ.”

1 Peter 3:10 says, “For He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”

This bears repeating in case you went to sleep on me. The Bible speaks loud and clear on the issue of cussing. The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7, Joshua 1:18). We can conclude that from the Biblical definition of sin, our overview of cursing and Scripture’s many expressions on the use of our tongue is without question a sin to curse. As Christians, we are expected to rest on the promises of God, “cleansing ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). Cursing is contrary to resting on God’s promises for it is a failure to follow the Lord’s greatest commandments–to love God and to love people (Matthew 22:37-40). When we curse an individual, we do not love people; and when we curse God, we do not love Him. And if you tale the Lord MY GOD’s Name in vain…that is using His name as a curse word. Holy S., GD, Jesus Christ (as a cuss word)…this is very serious!!!

Now, this is gonna sting. I believe if you are not in control of your tongue, then you probably are not saved. Jesus gives us two examples of how to determine if someone is a Christian. I believe He means for us to know the difference. He said you will know them by their love and you will know them by their fruits. How can you show love to someone when you curse them or God? And how can you have good fruit if your are producing what John McArthur calls spoiled fruit or putrid meat.

I do not cuss because it does not please my Lord. Not because I repent daily…who cares…I mean not who cares because I do repent daily…but I don’t swear because I know that it does not PLEASE JESUS. Nowhere do we have a record of Jesus swearing. Are we not Christians? Doesn’t that mean to be Christlike?

So, Kevin, I have trouble with my tongue am I going to Hell. Well, maybe, however, we are all guilty of breaking the law. All 10 commandments. You say, “I never committed adultery.” Jesus said if you look at a woman with lust you have committed adultery. Well I never murdered. 1 John 3:15, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” We have all lied, stolen, etc.

We are all guilty of breaking the law. Thankfully, God became a man nd he dwelt among us and then died on a tree and on the third day rose again…God forgives us of our sins through the redemption found only in Jesus Christ (John 3:16). He is just to forgive sins if we confess them. If you have trouble with your tongue…repent! Get right with God. Ask the Holy Ghost to be in control of your mouth. What a terrible example…an ambassador of Christ you are spewing swear words!

Listen you cannot convinced me heaven is your home if you cannot control your tongue…so listen up!!! Please…I am trying to warn you not judge you.

Be sure and Like and share if this message touched you. Also, if you Love Jesus…tell someone about Him today.

P.S. Many of you know me…and understand how at times I use shock value to get my post read. This is only because I feel it is important. I apologize if it was offensive to anyone.

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AM I A CHRISTIAN?

AM I A CHRISTIAN?

If I am not what can I do?

If you claim to walk in Christ a great way to test this is before you do anything, ask if it glorifies Jesus.

If the answer is no and you do it anyway…i am not your judge but i would say u are probably not saved.

People often make decisions with their flesh. Cover yourself in Jesus…REPENT and turn from your sin and you will begin to see wonderful things.

Romans 6:21, “But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.”

Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

Jeremiah 12:13, “They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing. They will bear the shame of their harvest because of the LORD’s fierce anger.”

Romans 1:32, “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Romans 6:16, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

Galatians 6:8, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

The Bible is clear…for a time our sin seems pleasurable but the end leads to death! Over and over New and Old Testament God is clear…our sin leads to our death.

Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life!
Please study this out for yourself: http://biblehub.com/romans/6-21.htm

Our sin blinds us to the truth!

Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

James 4:17
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Finally friends to those that say, “I want my cake and eat it too!” or “I will do this sin and when I get everything I think I want I will repent.”

The Bible speaks to that too…

Hebrews 10:26, Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.

Numbers 15:30
“‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or foreigner, blasphemes the LORD and must be cut off from the people of Israel.

Hebrews 6:6 tells us that we DISGRACE JESUS. is that really what we want to do? DISGRACE JESUS!

Worse for them in the end

2 Peter 2:20
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.

Come on…find true repentance…turn away from your sin…get right with God…you just may be running out of time my friend.

Revelation 2:21-23
I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

GOD’s warning to the unrepentant heart:

Revelation 2:5, “Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.”

Dear God…please have mercy on me. Please search my heart…show me my error…show me any sin that I may not have repented…help me to reconcile with those I have wronged. Create in me a clean heart O God. LORD show me how to love…show me how to walk in your will. Please don’t turn your face from me…I’m so sorry LORD for all my transgressions… HELP ME GOD…HELP ME to see Jesus. I love you. Amen”

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JUDGING AMY

JUDGING AMY


Jesus said, “you will know they are my disciples if they have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Likewise Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16)

Jesus in both is telling how what the PROOF of our salvation is. Believing or knowledge is not enough for salvation.

Matthew 7. This chapter is one of the most misquoted in the Bible. Have you ever heard these words, “Don’t judge me?”

If you live on this planet you have heard those words. They will tell you that it is in the Bible.

We live in a world that increasingly strives to (supposedly) promote the idea of tolerance, but actually becomes intolerant of Christian absolutes as it does so. Whether it involves religion, behavior, or human sexuality, there is a growing anti-Christian sentiment in America and other Western nations. Ultimately, built into this “tolerance” is the concept that truth is determined by each individual, not by God. This has led many people to conclude that making judgments on anyone (especially coming from Christians) is wrong because the Bible says ””judge not”” (Matthew 7:1). Interestingly enough, those who reject the notion of God or the credibility of the Bible often attempt to use God’s Word (e.g., by quoting verses out of context) to excuse their actions when they are presented with the gospel and the plight of sinners for rejecting it.

Scripture makes it very clear that there is one supreme Judge of all—the Lord God—and that He alone has the authority to determine right and wrong motives and behaviors.

Many Old Testament passages attest to the truth of God as Judge:

 

  • “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11)
  • “He shall judge the world in righteousness, and he shall administer judgments for the people in uprightness.” (Psalm 9:8)
  • “Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God himself is Judge. Selah” (Psalm 50:6)
  • “For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)
  • Then there are other passages such as, ““For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.”” (John 5:22)


This passage any many others demonstrate that the Bible makes it clear that one day JESUS will rightly judge all humanity based on each individual’s faith or rejection of the Son of God.

For a world filled with people who believe in moral relativism—and for many professing Christians who practice morality in an attempt to earn righteousness—this day will be filled with fear and trepidation. The Judge of the universe has made a judgment about salvation, echoed by the Apostle Peter in Acts 4:12: “”Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”” There will be no time to debate whether the judgment is right or wrong because the ultimate Judge has decreed His justice through the Son.

When a Christian lovingly and graciously presents the gospel to unbelievers, a judgment is made regarding their standing with God. The Bible clearly declares that all men are sinners, have fallen short of the glory of God, and are in need of redemption from their sins (Romans 3:23). This judgment is not made from the opinion of the Christian who is presenting the gospel but rather by what the Bible clearly declares.

The claim that Christians are not to judge is often made when dealing with issues such as abortion, adultery, those living in unmarried sin, fornication, homosexual behavior, and same-sex marriage.

When a Christian says, for example, that homosexual behavior is a sin and that same-sex marriage is wrong, he or she is often met with objections like the following:

 

  • “Who are you to judge two people who love each other?”
  • “Who do you think you are, telling someone who they can and cannot love? You’re a sinner, too!”
  • “Someone’s private life is none of your business. Don’t judge them.”


This is where they feebly quote Matthew 7:1. Again they will not have clue where that verse is, let alone what it is found in God’s Word. The verse is totally taken from the context to which it was intended in order to support their sin.

There are several problems that I would not call minor with that sort of logic.

Let’s have a look at Matthew 7:1 in its context shall we?

“1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

I love God’s Word.

Now that we have read Matthew 7:1 in it’s entire God intended context we can draw some important conclusions:

Christ warns believers against making judgments in a hypocritical or condemning manor. Where do we see this type of judging in scripture? That’s right, During the ministry of Jesus He judged the pharisees.

Many people who misquote “”judge not”” from Matthew 7:1 fail to notice the command to judge in Matthew 7:5, when it says, “” then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.””

Jesus emphasizes that we must judge ourselves first before we make a judgement on others. The point Jesus emphasizes here is to judge yourself first before you make judgments about others. (Also, notice the discernment and judgment required in Matthew 7:15–16, 20.)

In the broader context, Jesus is telling believers to be discerning when it comes to false teaching and false prophets because they “look” Christian, but their goal is to lead the flock astray (Matthew 7:15–20; Luke 6:43–45).

I have heard claims from the pulpit in my 25+ years of salvation to not make judgments on other people. We need to be tolerant and accepting of our fellow man. I have heard TV preachers such as Joel Osteen, Billy Graham and others claim that there will be Muslims, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and even ATHEISTS in Heaven. Claiming that these are just many paths to the same god.

I SUBMIT TO YOU MY FRIEND…This makes me sick. This kind of thinking has crept in to the minds of believers all across this globe. Jesus said that He was the way! (John 14:6)

If there were no judgment…

All the prisons would be empty and thieves, serial killers, drug dealers, rapists, and murderers would be loose in your neighborhood.

You could not discipline your children and teach them not to steal, lie, do drugs, or give in to peer pressure.

School could not be mandated (by parents or govt) but if children did attend, they could not be evaluated as to their progress. Everyone should graduate regardless of their advance. Students could not be graded or disciplined.

You could not judge any false doctrine and would have to allow it to be taught from your church’s pulpit (“discerning” is the same thing as “judging”).

You should leave your children with anyone who said was qualified to be a baby-sitter. You should not bother to check his/her background. Later, you should not be upset if this baby-sitter turned out to be a child-molester, because “thou shalt not judge.”

You should marry anyone that asked. You shouldn’t worry about his/her character or beliefs. What if he beats you up? What if she runs around on you? You shouldn’t get so mad because “thou shalt not judge.”

Hopefully you can see the folly of such silly doctrine by now. The devil has been successful to push the church further and further into a corner, while everyone else comes out of the closet with their sins. Most often, those who tell you “not to judge” them do so because they are either hiding something or want to continue doing it without reaping negative effects for it. In the campuses where we have been, students say that we shouldn’t judge (form an opinion of) fornicators, drunkards, liars, homosexuals, or the like. However, they fail to realize that sin harms them and their neighbors. A caring, loving Christian will judge all situations according to the Word of God and call sinners to repentance.

The church has become intimidated by the opinions of the world as they scream, “You religious bigots, hatemongers, and intolerant people (which are judgments in themselves), do not judge me!” However, God clearly commands us to judge so we won’t be deceived. Why would the command to judge be so vehemently attacked in society? Obviously, if the church stops judging and using our common sense, we will no longer be able to distinguish good from evil, we will buy into the politically correct idea of moral relativism (what’s good for you may not be good for me), and we will bow down to the devil’s wishes to deceive us, our family, and our friends.

Even more disturbing is to see church leadership saying, “do not judge.” Many pastors lead their sheep astray and keep them under their manipulative control by telling them that they have a “critical spirit,” they are “prideful,” or “judgemental,” while all they are trying to do is to discern the truth. If you find yourself in such a church, FLEE for your (spiritual) life!

How Are We to Judge?

1. We are to judge righteously. Jesus commands in John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

Judge by the Word of God and Its principles, not by someone’s skin color, whether they are tall or short (inherited physical traits), etc.

2. We are to judge without hypocrisy. “And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?” (Romans 2:3)

Judge yourself first to see if you are guilty of that sin. Live what you preach. Only after you get your life cleaned up by turning from your sins and receiving pardon through repentance and faith in Jesus (i.e. you get saved) you can go and help others to be saved too.

If you are among the crowd that calls for tolerance or you beg for mercy by chanting “judge not” out of it’s God intended Biblical context you are not using sound thinking my friend. Calling for tolerance is impossible because as Christians, we are called to judge righteously, and judging between right and wrong is something we do every single day. This should be part of biblical discernment in every believer’s thinking. But it is God’s Word that makes the judgement on what is moral and what is truth, it is not my opinion or your opinion or our theories.

Is there a clear purpose for judging error in a biblical manor?

The church is to be built on the foundation of Christ and the authority of His Word. Is this a fair statement? I know that there is at least one of you that will disagree with me so I came with help.

Ephesians 2:20, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

This means that believers should examine their own lives regularly. It is also clear that we should examine the lives of of other Christians in a loving manor.

Galatians 6:1 is helpful here:

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

We are indeed called to challenge Christian brothers and sisters who are in error or commit sin.

To do this, believers must be bold for Christ, but they also have to be humble, loving, and kind. I would encourage you to keep these things in mind as you strive daily to maintain unity in the truth of Christ (John 17:20–26).

One final thought. It would seem that everything time I publish a new article it is met with harsh criticism. Where men will create straw man arguments. Meaning, You misrepresented someone’s argument to make it easier to attack.

I will ALWAYS support what I am stating with scripture. I am human and I may not hit this goal 100%.

The scariest thing is the Bible says that men will call evil good and good evil.

Isaiah 5
“20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

Be careful my friend. Judge others with love and meekness. Be prepared to be judge by the same standard you have judged others.

What’s interesting is in Matthew 7:1…the most quoted and the most misquoted verse in the Bible whereby these tolerance seekers and mercy seekers hang their entire theory on…this same chapter is where we get the Fruits of the Spirit. Doesn’t it take judgment to see the fruit in a person’s life? This same chapter we have Jesus calling people dogs and pigs. Isn’t that judging?

Yes, we do have the right and the authority to judge the behavior of others as long as we honor and obey His Word in doing so. That Jesus is the only one who can judge is speaking to judging whether someone is or is not saved. Neither you nor I nor anyone else who ever draws a breath (except Jesus) has the authority to say whether another has or has not been saved. Only Jesus can make that judgment since only He can give Salvation. Nor may we who discern poor behavior based on His Word think of ourselves as “better than” the one whose behavior we judge as poor.

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

This is another counterfeiting of the Scriptures many have tried to use to shame us for what we do in his name. “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone” is not speaking to judging. Let me explain.

Using the KJV, in John 8:1 – 11 scribes and Pharisees had caught a woman in the act of adultery (the woman commonly referred to as the prostitute) and told Jesus who was teaching in the temple that the Mosaic Law required she be stoned to death. Trying to make an opportunity of this to trick Jesus that they might accuse Him, they, with stones in hand, asked Jesus what He says about the Law. After Jesus tried to ignore their repeated questioning, He told them “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” One by one each man dropped his stone and walked away.

Jesus was not arguing with the judgment. Nor was Jesus arguing the law nor the woman’s guilt. Jesus was arguing with our right to execute the woman. Once all the men had dropped their stones Jesus confronted the woman and asked her if any of the men were still there to condemn her. When she answered “No man, Lord”, Jesus told her that neither did He – He forgave her of her sin. He did not excuse the sin of adultery/prostitution, he forgave her of it. All behavior and thought that is sinful before forgiveness is still sinful after forgiveness. Not only was Jesus not afraid to call a sin a sin, He was not afraid to call a sinner a sinner. He even reminded her of the sin of adultery/prostitution by telling her “Go and sin no more.”

The point of this as applicable to this article? Jesus did not argue the act of judging the chosen behavior of the adulteress/prostitute.

And, as a FEW examples of His desire for us to judge,

1 Corinthians 6:2-3, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

Proverbs 3:21,”My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:”

John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

Jeremiah 22:3, “Thus saith the Lord; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.”

Philippines 1:10, “That ye may approve [judge] things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”

Philippians 1:7,“Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all [judge you], because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.”

“And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”

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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

By:  Rev. Kevin R. Airrington

Follow up— Answering my Critiques

Please email me any questions or comments you have about this or any other Biblical or question about any essay on this site.   If you wish for your quest

This essay is a resource for Christian families who are looking for answers about Halloween. But I know before I even publish this that I will take heat for even bringing up the subject of Christians celebrating Halloween.  Let me say up front that my goal is to lift up Jesus in everything I say and do.  I stand for truth. I stand for Jesus, and I am not ashamed.

INTRODUCTION

Image result for jackolanternsSeveral years ago I reposted two very good articles about Halloween on my Ministry Website: www.airrington.com. Go to my site and search for Halloween. I did not write these articles, but I thought they answered some questions about Halloween.  They are very good articles but what I should have done is take the time to write my own article and inject my personal beliefs, detailed history and what the Bible has to say on the matter.

Should you and I as Christians be involved in the celebration of Halloween?

Finding the answer to that question has been an interesting journey in itself.   I have my own reasons and Biblical reasons  to say the least of these — Joshua 24:2, 15, And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  This in it of itself should be enough.  The sad thing is, God is clear in His Word about a good many things…yet it seems that many tend to ignore them.  They tend to make God in his or her own image instead of the way around.  Many will not read this article because it is too long and we just can’t be bothered, besides I just don’t believe that stuff is our excuse.  “My pastor says Halloween is okay to celebrate.”  Your Pastor is just a man and he is wrong about this!  That’s a pretty bold statement, I agree, but perhaps after you read this essay you will change your mind.  I hope you do…for the love of God, and if Christ’s death means any to you…I hope you do!

As I searched the Internet to get opinions, thinking I would find many God fearing Churches shout, “CHRISTIANS DO NOT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN”…what I found instead of God’s saints defending the Gospel of Truth was churches glorifying Halloween as some sort of Christian Holiday; perhaps as important or more important than Christmas or Easter.  Shocking! First I found a site that said, “10 Reasons why Christians should NOT celebrate Halloween.”  Then the very next one in the search was, “7 reasons why Christians SHOULD celebrates Halloween.”  Ay ya yay!  No wonder Christians are confused about almost every subject.  One site said, “We should not worry about spirits, ghosts, and satanic symbolism with Halloween we should worry about drunk drivers and other social issues.”  Are you serious?  Yes, those things are important…again, may I… ay ya yay!  The Bible I read and perhaps yours is different than mine says,For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

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Is there anything Godly about this?

I have heard a lot of ‘TALK’ about Halloween being a Christian Holiday…just look at the thousands of people on Facebook, Youth Pastors and Pastors alike all justifying this holiday as some sort of I don’t know what…some sort of Christian All Saint’s Day.

Let’s see about all this Christian Holiday business.

The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early “Christian” church, a day set aside for remembrance of the martyrs.   The word Halloween comes from the term “All Hallows Eve” which occurred on October 31st, at the end of the summer in Northwestern Europe.  “All Saints Day,” Or “All Hallows Day” was the next day, November 1st.  Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day.   “All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”

As near as I could find out; the earliest origins of Halloween can be traced back to about the time of Jesus Christ.  These origins were primarily from an ancient Ireland and Scotland.  On October 31st, the Celtics celebrated the end of summer.  During this important time of the year for herders they would move their animals into barns and pens in order to prepare for and ride out the long winter months ahead.   Also, this was the time that the farmers harvested their crops.   This annual changing of the seasons and the “lifestyle” was celebrated by a festival called Samhain – pronounced ‘sow-ane’.   Few Christians have heard this term.  Samhain is still celebrated today as an ancient pagan festival of the dead by witches all over the world.  In some of the earliest Irish literature sources you will find mentioning’s of Samhain.  Many important events surround Samhain…they either take place on Samhain or around this time period.

Samhain is one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals: Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh make up the other three.  Samhain along with Beltane, bonfires were lit and rituals began.   These bonfires as well as the ashes are said to have protective and cleansing powers.  And that’s not all.  They also performed many rituals that involved the bonfires.  Samhain, like Beltane is seen as a time when spirits could easily make entrance into our world.  The aos sí – pronounced ‘ees shee’ and the older form aes sídhe – pronounced ‘ays sheeth-uh’, it is usually spelled Sìth but you would pronounce it the same.  (Star Wars – Remember the Sìth – Star Wars is the most occultic movie of all time.)…is a supernatural race that some believe is the remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits.  They are said to be ancestors, the spirits of nature or gods & goddesses and they walk among the living.

They also believe that the aos sí needed to be propitiated or appeased in order to ensure that their livestock survived the winter.  So, if you make the deity happy they will protect your livestock.  The souls of the dead were welcomed into their homes and the dead kin would also have a place of honor set for them at the table for them.  “Guising” is part of the festival.  This involved people going door to door in a disguise and reciting verses in exchange for food or coins.  (trick or treat).  Costumes were used to disguise themselves from the aos sí (the spirits).

Divination, which involved nuts and apples were a big part of the festival.  Divination is a systematic method by which the individual attempts to gain an answer to a question or a situation in their lives by way of an occultic process or ritual.   They may gain this knowledge through reading signs, events or through contact with a supernatural agency.

The Roman Catholic Church changed the dates of All Saints Day from 1 November to 2 November (they are good at changing dates— look at Christmas.  The Jews also monkey with dates…changing the Jewish calendar so that Jesus would not line up as the Messiah but a favorite Rabbi would, see my article called, “THE JEWISH CALENDAR”) and it later became ‘All Soul’s Day’.  Overtime Samhain and All Saints’/All Souls’ Day merged to help create what we now celebrate as Halloween.   Towards the end of the 20th century, Celtic neopagens and Wiccans have observed Samhain or something very similar based on it.  Make no mistake this IS a RELIGEOUS HOLIDAY but NOT a CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY.    Samhain is celebrated all over the world…and at different times of the year.  The name may change as well, but it is the same RELIGEOUS HOLIDAY.

Samhain, like Beltane was a time when the doorway to the underworld was opened to the this world.  This allowed the SPIRITS OF THE DEAD to come into our world.  The way I read this Samhain is basically a FESTIVAL FOR THE DEAD.  The Boyhood Deeds of Fionn says that the sidhe (fairy mounds or portals to the Otherworld) “were always open at Samhain”.

“According to the Dindsenchas and Annals of the Four Masters, which were written by Christian monks, Samhain in ancient Ireland was associated with the god Crom Cruach. The texts claim that King Tigernmas (Tighearnmhas) made offerings to Crom Cruach each Samhain, sacrificing a first-born child by smashing their head against a stone idol of the god.”  THAT’S WICKED…hey lets go trick or treating!

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How can this glorify God?

Ronald Hutton ((1996) Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford, Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-288045-4) he writes: “When imitating malignant (it will destroy you as opposed to benign which is just a pain) spirits it was a very short step from guising to playing pranks”.   In other words, imitating evil spirits is about the same thing as dressing up in costumes and going door to door or playing pranks.   Playing pranks at Samhain is recorded in the Scottish Highlands as far back as 1736 and was also common in Ireland, which led to Samhain being nicknamed “Mischief Night” in some parts.  I think Mischief Night could accurately describe todays modern Halloween.   Many teenagers and young adults…play all kinds of pranks…toilet papering a tree…throwing eggs at a house…putting dog poop in a paper bag and setting it on fire so the unsuspecting victim stomps it out on their porch gets poop in their slippers and more.

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Harvest Party at Church. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE!

Trick-or-Treating came from the custom of going door-to-door collecting food, coins and fuel for bonfires and/or offerings to the aos sí for the Samhain festival.  Trick-or-Treating also has roots in collecting ‘Soul Cakes.’  This is an English practice where given out to Soulers (mostly children and the poor) who would go door-to-door on Halloween singing and saying prayers for the dead (Idolatry, more on this later).   These small round cakes were eaten and they would represent a soul being freed from purgatory.  Traditionally the Soul Cakes with glasses of wine were set out on All Hallows’ Eve as an offering for the dead.  This ritual of children going door –to-door begging for Soul Cakes on All Saints Day was known as ‘SOULING’.

In 1891, the Reverend M.P. Holmes from Tattenhall, Chesire discovered the song from a little girl at the local school (Gregory, E. David (2010). The Late Victorian Folklore Revival. Scarecrow Press. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-8108-6988-2.).    In the 1950s the soul-cake song was still being collected in England.

The 1891 song contained the following lyrics:

A soul! a soul! a soul-cake!
Please good Missis, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul
Three for Him who made us all.

In 1963, Peter, Paul and Mary, an American Folk Group recorded their version of the song and entitled it: ‘A Soalin’:

Soul, soul, a soul cake!
I pray thee, good missus, a soul cake!
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him what made us all!
Soul cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul, and three for Him who made us all.

American Hallowe’en composer Kristen Lawrence found two historical tunes associated with soul cakes, she was struck that the beginning notes were the same as the mediaeval plainchant Dies Irae, “Day of Judgment.”  The lyrics call for the people to repent and pray for the dead (Idolatry, more on this later). (British rock musician Sting recorded a song called “Soul Cake”.  You can listen to the song on his 2009 album, “If on a Winter’s Night”.   What am I saying; this is the 21st Century, head over to You Tube!  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu8H5rA9HuA).  It’s a snappy little tune with a nice beat…and my head was surely a bobbin’, however, the chorus will send chills down your spine!  His version seems to be an adaption of Peter, Paul & Mary; however, his refers to Christmas rather than All Saints’ Day or All Souls’ Day. “A Soul Cake, a soul cake…anything to make us merry.  We’ll hope you will be kind…And we’ll come no more a-soulin’…till Christmas time next year.”

That…”a soul cake a soul cake a soul cake…” chant makes me uneasy.  Like some sort of Satanic chant.  I think I will pause and pray right now…to be honest…all of this has made me uneasy and it is scaring the hell out of me!

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your outrageous love for us.  Thank you for your Word…and your knowledge.  Lord as we explore the dark side of a holiday that drips in demonic activity I pray for Your protection and your comfort.   Oh God!  I am feeling very uneasy right now.  Like someone or something is watching me and they are not pleased with what I am writing…I rebuke these demonic spirits in the name of Jesus…you are the most high God…protect me and shower me with your love.  I pray that all those that read this are blessed and educated Lord.  That they will see the truth and they will follow your law.  Thank you Jesus.”

I’m am sorry, I had to do that…I am not simply filling words up on a page…I really am feeling scared and uneasy.

One thing that comes to mind at this point is that the Scripture firmly teaches that we are not to pray to anyone but the Father, The Son and the Holy Ghost.  Catholic doctrine teaches us to pray to the Saints.  Catholicism teaches it is okay to pray to Saints and other creatures.  I firmly believe that praying to anyone other than God is IDOLATRY.  I have no problem with Christians in Heaven hearing what is said on earth.  Many Christians seem to deny this fact, however, this is clearly taught in revelation 5:8-14.  Just because people in Heaven can hear the prayers on earth does not mean we can pray to them.  They can only hear the prayers and praises of God and this is only granted by God, let’s not give the Saints any powers that they do not have.

“The Roman Catholic Church prefers to say that it possible for the Saints in heaven hear every prayer of every creature all the time; otherwise, it would not be possible to pray to Mary legitimately.  The standard Protestant objection is that praying to the saints implies a type of omniscience on the hearers’ part. Their argument based on what we do not know, not what we do know.

There is no biblical teaching at all that states we are to pray to those who once were alive on earth and are now in heaven.  Biblically, prayer is always offered to God, and is a form of worship.  Further, prayer is not the same thing as talking to someone face-to-face.  Prayer is a humble petition to the Lord and not to a friend who’s in the same room with you or on the other end of the phone — or in heaven.  Prayer is offered to God, never to any created thing.  To do so is to offer worship that should only be directed to God, which is idolatry.”

The Bible teaches us to pray to God in Jesus name: 1 Pet 1:17, Eph 3:14.

By participating on Halloween you are breaking the very first commandment, Exodus 20:4, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Certainly, anyone that prays to dead people is an Idolatress! REPENT — Acts 3:19!

Pumpkins & Jack-o’lanterns —

A traditional Irish turnip Jack-o’-lantern from the early 20th century.
Photographed at the Museum of Country Life, Ireland

One of the traditions for guisers or pranksters was to hollow out turnips or mangel wursels (beets or other root vegetable).   Once hollowed out they would place a candle in them to act as lanterns.  Quite often they were carved with grotesque and frightening faces to represent spirits or goblins.  They were also used to protect themselves from harmful spirits.  Interesting, an evil spirit to protect you from and evil spirit…no thank you…I think I will rely on my Holy Spirit.   They were common during Somerset or Punkie Night.  Punkie Night is an English custom practices on the last Thursday of October.

Children marched around with a jack o’lantern and sang a song which goes:

It’s Punkie Night tonight
It’s Punkie Night tonight
Adam and Eve would not believe
It’s Punkie Night tonight

There are some variants of this old rhyme which also include these lines:

“Give me a candle, give me a light If you don’t, you’ll get a fright”

or alternatively:  “Give me a candle give me light If you haven’t a candle, a penny’s all right”

As Cooper and Sullivan (Cooper, Q. & Sullivan, (1994). Maypoles, Martyrs and Mayhem. London: Bloomsbury books.) explain, this relates to the tradition where children would beg for candles on this night, and threaten people who refused to give them anything.

Morrell (Morrell, Patricia; Peter Clark (Illustrator) (1977). Festivals and Customs. London: Pan Piccolo Books) explains how, in earlier times, farmers would put a traditional “Punkie” on their gates to ward off evil spirits at this time of year.

The Jack o’lantern comes from an Irish folklore about a man Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree.   Once the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross on the trunk, preventing the devil from climbing down.  The devil made a deal with jack (he is good at that) not to allow Jack into hell after jack died and all he had to do was remove the cross from the tree.  After Jack dies, he couldn’t go to hell and he couldn’t go to Heaven.   Poor Jack was forced to wonder around the earth with a single candle to light his way.  The candle was placed in a turnip to keep it burning longer.   In the 1800s the Irish began to immigrate to America they changed from the turnip to the pumpkin.  Along with these traditions they brought with them the black cat which is considered to be reincarnated spirits who had prophetic abilities.

Halloween is an occasion when the ancient gods (actually demons) are worshiped with human sacrifice.  The origins are not of Christian origins (notice the word “Christian” in quotes at the beginning of this essay?)  …the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals, demon incantations, worship of the dead, superstition and early Catholic traditions.

Many have claimed the “Christian” roots of Halloween.  I guess that all depends.  It depends if you count Catholics as Christians.  Now let me be perfectly clear.  Do I think Catholics are going to Heaven? No, absolutely not.  The Catholic Church is nothing but a cult that dabbles in blatant Idolatry, Sorcery, Islamism and Saint Worship.    However, there will be Christians that attended mass that do make Heaven, but it will not be because of their religion it will be in spite of it!  It will be because of Jesus!

Snap-Apple Night, painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833.
It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832.

The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:

There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards could Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She’d missed the snap-apple turning.

On the Festival of Hallow Eve.

The most frightening thing about the Snap-Apple painting (never mind the eerie resemblance to the drink we call SNAPPLE —which I think there is more there than meets the eye.)…it looks EXACTLY like a Church sponsored HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVE PARTY…maybe trunk r treat or Harvest Party! Games, dancing, bobbing for apples, singing, eating…candy and more.  I mistakenly took my children to our church’s trunk or treat.  First, in the church fellowship hall… it look just like the Snap-Apple painting.  They had women dressing as men, men dressing as women…witches, goblins, etc.   They were putting fake tattoos on the kids; tattoos of pumpkins, witches, black cats, goblins, ghosts, etc.   PLEASE CHURCH WAKE UP…WE ARE THE SAINTS OF GOD AND WE ARE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!!!!

The origins of Halloween are Celtic in tradition and have to do with observing the end of summer sacrifices to gods in Druidic tradition. In what is now Britain and France, it was the beginning of the Celtic year, and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves. The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. Believe it or not, most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to these old pagan rites and superstitions.

Before we move on I think it is important that we have a look at how Wicca, the official religion of witchcraft, has to say about Halloween.

Perhaps they viewed the day as a simple fun and innocent neighborhood activity?

I don’t know if I should be shocked or I should have seen this coming.   Halloween is a real, sacred day for those who follow Wicca. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits being released is current, along with the worship of Samhain (the lord of death) – both are promoted as something to embrace on that day.   I am convinced that those who believe and practice witchcraft, that Halloween represents a tremendous opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world.  If you are not convinced of this, please take a trip with me to Ashland, Oregon, just north of the California border on Halloween night.  The streets will literally be filled with Wiccan…demonic activity.

SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN

An old proverb says, “When you sup with the devil, use a long spoon.” Presumably, NO genuine Christian would want to sup with the devil at all and yet many may be doing so in ignorance.

Halloween is celebrated by millions of people as a fun time for kids, putting on costumes, and going door-to-door to get candy. But it is also known as a time of witches, ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. On one hand, some see Halloween as a harmless time of fun and on the other, a ghastly and demonically inspired night to be avoided.

As Christians, there is a lot of debate on whether or not we should participate in Halloween. Is it alright to go trick-or-treating? Can we dress our kids up in costumes on that day? If we do any of this, are we celebrating an evil holiday?

My son, Joshua is just six years old told me, “daddy all the people that think Halloween is a Christian Holiday is lying it is actually a devil holiday.”  Now how in the world did my six year old figure this out and YOU HAVEN’T?

My daughter Rosebud, my 11 year old daughter has an answer for those that believe that Halloween is a Christian Holiday, “Well that just explains it all!  Kids dressing up with blood all over them, pitchforks and tails with triangles on them (obviously her observation of a devil), ghosts and goblins and witches…I don’t even get that.  Yeah, it’s a Christian Holiday.”

To be honest, on the surface it is clear that Halloween is a satanic holiday…and should scare the bezeebers out of us forcing us to recite the Scripture, “greater is He that is within me than He that is in the world.”  Let alone the history which we have just uncovered…if you really are a Christian as you claim to be…you should have a very uneasy feeling in your spirit…you should be scared as hell.

A few points about Hallowen:

  • October 31st has long been known as “The Festival of the Dead.” The Celtic tribes and their priests the Druids celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death.
  • Witches celebrate Halloween as the “Feast of Samhain,” the first feast of the witchcraft year. Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time when witches attempt to communicate with the dead through various forms of divination.  Christians should not be involved with occultic practice or divination. Note God’s command against divination in Deuteronomy 18.
  • Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited by the ghosts of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to scare the spirits on their way. They would also leave food and other treats at their door to appease the spirits so they would not destroy their homes or crops but instead move on down the road. Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by carving a scary face into a pumpkin.
  • In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes eating an apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible (Genesis 3), eating a piece of fruit brought sin and death into the world. In witchcraft, eating an apple is symbolic of bringing life. The practice of bobbing for apples brings together two pagan traditions: divination and the fertility ritual.
  • Schools are removing any religious significance from Christmas (often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Isn’t it ironic that most public schools still celebrate Halloween even though it has occultic origins?
  • Participating in Halloween gives sanction to a holiday that promotes witches, divination, haunted houses, and other occultic practices.

Source: These bullet points were barrowed from Probe Ministries in Richardson, Texas. (http://www.fillthevoid.org/Occult/TenReasonsChristiansShouldNotCelebrateHalloween.htm)

Some of you are not interested in what the Bible commands, however, you have stuck with me thus far, we know with certainty that we as Christians, as Saints of God, as Ambassadors of Christ that we are forbidden to become involved with the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

As a minister of the Gospel and being saved for over 25 years I have seen the devastating effect on lives when this commandment is broken.  Remember, God’s promise of protection for ourselves and that of our children is for those that are in His will and that promise may no longer hold true if we allow our children to celebrate this dark religious holiday.  Rebellion is the same as witchcraft the Bible tells us.  Ever wonder why children raised in an environment where Halloween is celebrated are in rebellion!  It is difficult enough to raise our children in a Godly manner in this day than to purposely expose them to Satan and the realm of darkness.

Satan and his demons have created a maze of ‘alternate religions’ to keep as many people deceived and confused as possible.  A brief study of history will show that Satan as introduced one false belief system after another.  He knows that our love for God and our God given desire to serve Him can easily be short circuited by these false religions.  He has told one lie after another: “all roads lead to God”.  Some uneducated Christians or Christians who refuse to hear the truth believe this lie.  All roads do not lead to God.  There is one God, the Creator of all.  Jesus is the ONLY Road to God and without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation.

It is clear, and all Christians need to know this, the devil wants to deceive us and keep us from discovering the truth.  Can we agree on that much today?  I am writing this for Christians, my brothers and my sisters.  The Church and Christians make one compromise after another.  Where in God’s Word and it is just a question, where does it say we must compromise with the world and become tolerant of other religions and sin?  Show me and I will never again preach the Gospel.  If that is so, then I am wrong…wrong about everything I know to be true of God.

You might say, Brother Kevin…my kids dress up as Barbie, Mickey Mouse or Pirates.  I always go with them, so that they are safe.  We never carve scary faces on pumpkins.  We have so much fun decorating our yard as a cemetery.  First, let me ask you mom, dad…what happens when you take your children tout Guising in their Barbie Costume and their Pirate Costume (arrggg!!!) and they see other children dressed as demons, ghosts, hookers, witches and an assortment of other occultic creatures?   What do you say to them?  WAIT!  Don’t answer me too quick.  Think…think…I know it hurts…but think!  You are building a foundation with your children and right now you have a moment.  What will you say?  What can you possible say that will not mold them and how they think about the occult?

If you say, “It’s okay Sarah; it’s all fun…just fun.”  You have just taught your child that it is OK to emulate evil and THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL REMEMBER.  1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from the APPEARANCE of EVIL.”  How about this one mom, “Oh honey, just ignore them…they are not Christians and they do not know any better.”  Congratulations mom, you have now just taught your child to not care about the lost and the dying…the ones that need Jesus.  Great parenting.  “Who is this guy, talking to us like this…it’s none of his business and he needs to use some tact.”    Who am I?  I am a dad; a grandfather, a husband, a Pastor…and I love you enough to tell you the hard truth…tact?  If you have not been watching the news, Jesus could return any minute!  Do you know how many people died from cancer last year alone?  We don’t have time…we need to share the truth in love and sometimes the truth hurts.

And speaking of truth, there is no response that you could share with your children that would erase the representation of evil and the occult on Halloween…you will dull their ability to determine what is evil and dark and what is pure and light.

One that I have been hearing a lot and reading on Facebook lately…I even saw a Youth Pastor’s wife say, “It’s all for fun.”  Your children will come to accept that they can enjoy Halloween that it is all in fun.  Maybe they have dressed up as a witch or a demon…hey it’s all in fun.  How about let them read Goosebumps or how about your read them the latest Stephen King novel before bed…it’s all in fun.  Maybe your son comes home one day and announces he talked to his grandmother who passed away 6 months ago.  His buddy whipped out a Ouija board and grandma was right there…it’s all in fun.  Maybe your daughter comes home late from school…her beautiful blonde hair is died black…nails are black…lipstick is black.  She announces that she is a Wiccan and she is in touch with mother earth on a truly spiritual level…groovy man…hey, it’s all in fun.  Maybe one night you get a call from the local police…your son or daughter is in jail.   The police had arrested them because of occultic activity…murder…desecrating a body…child endangerment…OH MY WHAT DID THEY DO?  The skinned a 6 month old baby alive as a sacrifice to the druid god Aba Kulana (I made that name up)…hey it’s all in fun. Your children have heard you say all their life that evil doesn’t hurt anything…it’s all in fun…as long as you don’t mean it to be serious…

Now, you are thinking that I am going too far.  But every single example I have given is a true one.  Listen to me mom and dad!  When we do not give our children FIRM direction in these areas, the devil will have free access, access that you have allowed and it will confuse and mislead your children.  Our children are not saved because we are.  They must choose Jesus for themselves.  If we do not tell that that the supernatural realm doesn’t have to be taken seriously, then they will not take it seriously and they will not take JESUS serious!

My children will not celebrate or participate in Halloween because:

– I don’t want them to underestimate the devil

– I don’t want them to open up to demonic influence

– I don’t want them to stumble into an area of the occult unaware

– I want them to know that I take the Bible literally

– I want them to prefer the light of the Gospel to the darkness of the occult

– I want them to know that it is OK to stand apart from the world on these issues

– I want them to recognize easily what is evil and stand against it in the name of Jesus

I could list many other reasons, but would you listen?  My children do not go to Harvest Parties or trunk or treats, etc.  THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHURCH SPONSORED HARVEST PARTY AND SAMHAIN!

When my children were in public school, we sent a note to school that said, “Dear teacher, we are Christians and do not participate in any fashion with the pagan holiday of Halloween.  As Christians, it is not appropriate for our children.  Please provide an alternate activity for my child if you plan to have parties, carve or color pumpkins or other occultic creatures.

Thank you for your understanding.  If you have questions, please call me.  God bless you, Mr. Airrington.  555-555-1212.”

If I have not convinced you that participating in Halloween in ANY FORM is wrong for a Christian, then you really have not prayed or thought about it.  If you choose this day whom you will serve and ask God to help you and give you wisdom in this area, He will.

What should Christians do?  Many believe they need to have a Harvest Party or the like so that their children are not missing out on the “fun” the others are having.  Remember what I said, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHURCH SPONSORED HARVEST PARTY AND SAMHAIN!

My children have NEVER been trick or treating and they don’t miss it!  They don’t care.  Often times the holiday becomes part of the parent and the fun the parent has seeing Johnny dressed up like a cute little demon.  If you feel you need an alternative I will give you one…probably the only one.

Remember, when Jesus spoke with Peter about His church, he promised him that, “…the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Matthew 16:18 This is a very clear mandate from our King…we are to take hell by violence!  Some Christians believe we need to take a defensive posture and hide in a corner protected by our shield of faith…no way…Jesus is talking of about offensive action here.  We need to seize the day and attack Satan’s Kingdom.

This is what we do at the Airrington house:  Those little demons and Barbie’s are coming…you can turn off your porch lite…pray you are not the attack of a prankster…hide in the corner with your shield or you can take hell by violence!

Get a small zip lock baggy…put a few pieces of candy in it.  Maybe a pencil with a Bible Scripture, some Bible Stickers (kids love stickers) and go to www.chick.org and order some comic tracts.  You can search for Halloween or get any of them… My Favorite is, “Who’s your Daddy?” They are cheap…just 16¢ each.  Buy 1 or 100!   On the back there is room to write your church or stamp it in…or your website or anything…a message…or leave it blank.  Zip it all up in the baggy…any extra candy let your kids eat it or hide it and you eat it!

Then pour yourself a hot bowl of Chili…shred some Cheddar Cheese and onion it…butter up the corn bread and wait for the doorbell.  Go to the door for safety with your kids…but let them hand out the bags.  They will be excited they are spreading God’s Word.

The Bible says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” That is so true! We do need to know what the Word says. It is relevant to our present lives, not just our eternal! Many of us have wasted a lot of years and we are just finding out what God has to say about our lives.

My family does not celebrate Halloween.  We don’t even pretend that it’s good, or make believe that somehow it’s a Christian event.  Halloween has roots in witchcraft, the occult and human sacrifice plain and simple.   It is the devils attempt to get some glory.  I’m always saddened this time of year when I see the number of Christians and churches that dress Halloween up like a baby in a pumpkin suit and follow the world.  If it’s just for dress-up and candy, we can do that any day of the year.  As believers anything we see the masses flocking to, we should be very leery of.  In public schools for example Halloween is celebrated and lifted up, yet Jesus is not allowed.   Like any family decision I encourage you to seek the Lord.

Ask yourself these questions for any choice you’re facing:

  • Does this activity lift up the Name of Jesus?
  • Would I do this activity with Jesus standing next to me?
  • Is this activity training my children in the way they should go?

You do not need an ‘alternative’ or substitute.   Changing the name to Harvest Festival does not change what it is.  Remember, we are in a war.  Will you fight or shall we just make up alternatives to the worlds wickedness?  

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HALLOWEEN

What does the Bible say about Halloween?  Everything!  You will not find the word Halloween or any of its previous names.  But the Bible is very loud concerning the occult, witches and demons.

Here are a few scriptures…if you have made it this far please don’t fade away at the most important part…God’s Word.

Exodus 22:18, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

Deuteronomy 18:10-14, ” 9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer [communicating or praying to the dead].

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.

14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.”

1 Corinthians 10:20-21 “20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

Galatians 4:8-11 “8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.”

Romans 13:12a “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

God is definitely speaking negatively about occultic practices, spirits, witches and He condemns not only the practice but the people who chose to involve themselves in it.   King Saul found out and you and I have discovered this to be true, as Christians we are to have NOTHING to do with the occult.  Tarot Cards, praying to the dead (Idolatry), séances, lucky charms, talismans, demons, witches, mediums, etc.   These are all unbiblical and will harm our fellowship God.  They will open the Christian up to demonic oppression.  If you are having difficulty in your life…right now…this very second, reach in your pocket…what’s in your pocket?  What’s hanging around your neck?  A rabbit’s foot, a crucifix, St Christopher, a pentagram…get rid of it now and see if your circumstances don’t change.

Sadly, most Christians have heard this, read it in their Bible and ignore it.  One time I was talking with a Christian couple and I brought up this very subject.  Suddenly the man reached in his pocket and pulled a talisman…it was of one of the Catholic Patriarch Saints, I cannot remember which.   Everyone in the room starred at it…I finally broke the silence and said, “Where did you get that?”  He didn’t answer…he looked slowly in his wife’s direction.  His wife said almost very proudly, “I bought it for him.”  I said, “O, what did you do that for?”  She said, “I bought it for him when he had his heart surgery.”  I said, “what for?”  She said slowly as it began to dawn on her….”I ….I thought…it…would protect him!”  They told me that he had experienced one health problem after another since he started carrying that talisman.  I said, “Get rid of it.”  They said they would…but I have a feeling he still has it…he continues to have health issues.  Some unexplained by doctors.

THE FINAL WORD

The word “holiday” means “holy day.” But there is nothing holy about Halloween. The root word of Halloween is “hallow,” which means “holy, consecrated and set apart for service.” If this holiday is hallowed, whose service is it set apart for? The answer to that question is very easy-Lucifer’s!

As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries.

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