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DECEIVED

THIS IS HOW IT HOW IT HAPPENS: Nobody knows doctrine…nobody rightly divides the Word…everybody is to concerned that they be right, yet rarelt a”

Titus 2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

1 Timothy 4:13-16, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Matthew 24

V.3 – “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

V.4, 5 – “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man DECEIVE you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall DECEIVE MANY.”

V.11 – “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall DECEIVE MANY.”

V.24 – “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT.

Mark 13

V.5 – “And Jesus answering them began to say, TAKE HEED lest any man DECEIVE YOU:”

V.6 – “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall DECEIVE MANY.”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-6

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

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Is the Septuagint Accurate?


The Septuagint – Psalm 1

The Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint is not the inspired, infallible, inerrant, preserved word of God. It has errors and is inaccurate. It should not be used as a source.

Hebrew Cannot Be Preserved in Greek

We do have God’s preserved word today. The Bible tells us that God would preserve his word. If you cannot trust that what can you trust?  God’s word is inerrant and preserved. If it is not, then there is no reason or hope to study it.

Psalms 12:6-7 says, ” The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Psalms 119:89 says, “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. ”

Isaiah 40:8 tells us, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Matthew 5:18 says, ” For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

If we do not have the preserved word of God today, then Jesus was wrong.

Matthew 24:35, ” Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

If Jesus was wrong about what he said, then the word cannot be trusted.

1 Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

Deuteronomy 8:3 we are told “…that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

How can we live by every word if we do not have the preserved word of God? The Hebrew of the Old Testament cannot be preserved in another language. Psalm 119, for example, has twenty-two sections of eight verses that begin with a word that starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The first begins with Aleph, the next Beth, the third uses Gimel, then Daleth, and so on. No other language shows this relationship and the information is not seen in a translation.  Another issue to note is that the meaning of words used in prophecy can have multiple meanings. The meaning will not necessarily be known until the prophecy is fulfilled. When the words are translated into another language, the translators may use words that do not contain all the Hebrew meanings and may add some not in the original words. God’s word in Hebrew cannot be perfectly translated into Greek.

Ethiopia Is Not Cush

Genesis 2:10-14 describes four rivers at the Garden of Eden; the Hiddekel which is the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Pison and the Gihon. The Gihon went around the land of Cush.  

Cush 7 Ethiopia?  The two are not the same.

The Septuagint in Genesis 2:13 says, “And the name of the second river is Geon, this it is which encircles the whole land of Ethiopia.”

The Septuagint with Apocrypha - TGS International
The Septuagint with Apocrypha

The Greek says Aethiopia. The land cannot be Ethiopia. If it were Ethiopia then that would mean when Moses wrote this down, the river would have to flow around Ethiopia, cross the Great Rift Valley, cross over the Blue Nile, flow northward along the Nile without joining it, cross the Sinai Peninsula, cross the Arabian Peninsula and meet up with the Euphrates in Iraq at the north end of the Persian Gulf. It would have to go uphill and downhill. It would have to cross other bodies of water. It would have to flow farther than the Nile which is more than 4,000 miles long. Such a theory is not well thought out. It is just plain and simply wrong. So is the Septuagint when is uses Aethiopia instead of Cush.

Methuselah Did Not Survive the Flood

Genesis 5:26-31 records,

“And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son:

 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.

And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.”

According to the Bible Methuselah lived 782 years after Lamech was born and 600 years after Noah was born. Genesis 7:6 lets us know Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came. Methuselah was not on the ark. He died within a year of the flood.

What does the Septuagint say?  “And Mathusala lived a hundred and sixty and seven years, and begot Lamech. And Mathusala lived after his begetting Lamech eight hundred and two years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Mathusala which he lived, were nine hundred and sixty and nine years, and he died. And Lamech lived a hundred and eighty and eight years and begot a son. And he called his name Noe, saying, this one will cause us to cease from our works, and from the toils of our hands, and from the earth, which the Lord God has cursed. And Lamech lived after his begetting Noe, five hundred and sixty and five years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and fifty-three years, and he died.”

The Septuagint has Methuselah living 802 years after Lamech was born and Lamech having a son Noah at 188. That means that that Methuselah lived 614 years after Noah was born. The flood came in the 600th year of Noah’s life. Eight people survived. Methuselah if he was alive, was not one of them. He died shortly before or during the flood. The numbers in the Septuagint have Methuselah living 14 years after the flood.

The Septuagint has a different length of years in Genesis chapter five for the time between the father and son for Adam to Seth, Seth to Enos, Enos to Cainan, Cainan to Mahalalel, Mahalalel to Jared, Enoch to Methuselah, Methuselah to Lamech and Lamech to Noah. The time each one of these patriarchs lived after their son was born is also different between the Septuagint and the Bible. The Septuagint is wrong about Methuselah’s length of life after Lamech. It disagrees with itself. Therefore, we know it is wrong about the rest of the years. The Hebrew is correct.  The Greek is wrong.

Judith Has Nebuchadnezzar as King of Nineveh

If the Septuagint were correct the Book of Judith would not have been translated with it.

Judith 1:7 refers to “Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, who reigned in Ninive the great city,” Nabuchodonosor is thought to be another name for Nebuchadnezzar the son of Nabopolassar who was king of Babylon and destroyed Nineveh.

Judith 4:1-2 says, “Now the children of Israel, that dwelt in Judea, heard all that Holofernes the chief captain of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians had done to the nations, and after what manner he had spoiled all their temples, and brought them to naught.

Therefore, they were exceedingly afraid of him, and were troubled for Jerusalem, and for the temple of the Lord their God:” This refers to the time when Nebuchadnezzar ruled Babylon shortly before the first temple was destroyed. This lets us know the Nabuchodonosor of Judith is the Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Judith is wrong because Nebuchadnezzar was not king of Assyria. Judith is wrong because he did not rule from the Nineveh which had been destroyed but instead Babylon.

Bel and the Dragon Claims Daniel Was in the Lion’s Den Seven Days

Bel and the Dragon is found in the extended book of Daniel in chapter 14. Verses 30-42 of this book claims, “So they came to the king, and said, deliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house. Now when the king saw that they pressed him sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them: Who cast him into the lions’ den: where he was six days. And in the den, there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two carcasses, and two sheep: which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel. Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbacuc, who had made pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the reapers. But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions’ den.

And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do I know where the den is. Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den. And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee. And Daniel said, thou hast remembered me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee. So, Daniel arose, and did eat and the angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately.

Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting. Then cried the king with a loud voice, saying, Great art Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside thee. And he drew him out and cast those that were the cause of his destruction into the den: and they were devoured in a moment before his face.”

What does the Bible say in Daniel 6:16-23?

“Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.”

” Daniel was in only one night. Bel and The Dragon incorrectly has him being released on the seventh day. The Bible says the den was sealed. Bel and Dragon wrongfully has Habbacuc feeding Daniel. The Septuagint is wrong and should have never included this.

Alms Do not Wash Away Sin

Tobit 12:9 says, “For alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life:” See the English Translation of the Greek Septuagint Bible.

On the other hand Ephesians 2:8 makes it clear, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Romans 4:3 explains that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

Abraham was justified by faith and not by works. Works did not save people before Jesus died on the cross for our sins and they do not save you now.

Once You Know the Septuagint is Not the Word of God You Will Understand the Differences are Errors in the Septuagint

# Reference What the Septuagint Says What the Bible Says
1 Genesis 2:13 Ethiopia Cush
2 Genesis 2:15 delight Eden
3 Genesis 3:8 afternoon cool of the day
4 Genesis 4:26 he hoped to call on the name of the Lord God then men began to call upon the name of Lord
5 Genesis 5:3 Adam was 230 years old when Seth was born The Bible says 130 years.
6 Genesis 5:4 700 years 800 years
7 Genesis 5:6 205 years 105 years
8 Genesis 5:7 707 years 807 years
9 Genesis 5:9 190 years 90 years
10 Genesis 5:10 715 years 815 years
11 Genesis 5:12 170 years 70 years
12 Genesis 5:13 740 years 840 years
13 Genesis 5:15 165 years 65 years
14 Genesis 5:16 730 years 830 years
15 Genesis 5:21 165 years 65 years
16 Genesis 5:22 200 years 300 years
17 Genesis 5:25 167 years 187 years
18 Genesis 5:26 802 years 782 years
19 Genesis 5:28 188 years 182 years
20 Genesis 5:30 565 years 595 years
21 Genesis 5:31 753 years 777 years
22 Genesis 6:7-8 cattle beasts
23 Genesis 6:14-15 square wood gopher wood
24 Genesis 7:11 the flood came in the twenty seventh day of the second month of Noah’s life the flood came in the seventeenth day of the second month of Noah’s life
25 Genesis 8:3 twenty seventh day seventeenth day
26 Genesis 10:2 adds a son named Elisa to of Japeth’s children
27 Genesis 10:10 Babylon Babel
28 Genesis 10:22 adds a son named Cainan to Shem’s children
29 Genesis 10:24 adds a son between Arphaxad and Selah named Cainan
30 Genesis 10:32 Gentiles nations
31 Genesis 11:12 135 years 35 years
32 Genesis 11:12 Arphaxad had a son named Cainan Arphaxad had a son named Selah
33 Genesis 11:13 400 years 403 years
34 Genesis 11:13 Adds 130 years to the chronology with Cainan having a son named Seth instead of Arphaxad being the father of Selah
35 Genesis 11:14 130 years 30 years
36 Genesis 11:15 330 years 403 years
37 Genesis 11:16 134 years 34 years
38 Genesis 11:17 270 years 430 years
39 Genesis 11:18 130 years 30 years
40 Genesis 11:20 232 years 32 years
41 Genesis 11:22 130 years 30 years
42 Genesis 11:24 179 years 29 years
43 Genesis 11:25 125 years 119 years
44 Genesis 12:20 Lot was with Abraham in Egypt The Bible does not say that
45 Genesis 13:12 Lot pitched his tent in Sodom Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom
46 Genesis 14:5 Omits the Zuzim in Ham Includes Zuzim in Ham
47 Genesis 14:6 Adds a reference to the turpentine tree
48 Genesis 14:7 They cut in pieces all the princes of Amalec They smote all the country of the Amalekites
49 Genesis 14:11 cavalry goods
50 Genesis 14:14 nephew brother
51 Genesis 14:16 cavalry goods
52 Genesis 14:16 nephew brother
53 Genesis 15:2 Adds that Eliezer was the son of Masek Abraham’s home-born female slave
54 Genesis 15:11 Abraham sat down by them (sacrifices or the birds) Abraham drove away the birds
55 Genesis 15:21 Adds the Evites
56 Genesis 17:14 Adds on the eighth day
57 Genesis 17:20 Ishmael would have 12 nations Ishmael would have 12 princes
58 Genesis 20:14 Adds a thousand pieces of silver
59 Genesis 21:22 Adds Ochozath his friend
60 Genesis 21:32 Adds Ochozath his friend
61 Genesis 22:2 high land the land of Moriah
62 Genesis 22:13 a plant of Sabec a thicket
63 Genesis 22:21 Syrians Aram
64 Genesis 23:15 didrachms shekels
65 Genesis 23:16 didrachms shekels
66 Genesis 23:17 double cave Machpelah [Machpelah means double or portion but is cannot be shown whether this applies to the field, the cave or something else.]
67 Genesis 23:19 double cave cave of the field of Machpelah
68 Genesis 24:21 drachm half a shekel weight
69 Genesis 24:55 And her brethren and her mother said, Let the virgin remain with us about ten days, and after that she shall depart. And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. Brethren is plural. Brother is singular. About ten days is different than at least ten days.
70 Genesis 25:9 double cave cave of Machpelah
71 Genesis 26:14 many tilled lands great store of servants
72 Genesis 27:43 Adds into Mesopotamia
73 Genesis 28:2 Mesopotamia Padanaram
74 Genesis 28:5 Mesopotamia Padanaram
75 Genesis 28:19 Ulam-luz Luz
76 Genesis 29:1 went to the land of the east to Laban, the son of Bathuel the Syrian, and the brother of Rebecca, mother of Jacob and Esau came into the land of the people of the east
77 Genesis 30:14 barley-harvest wheat harvest
78 Genesis 30:14 apples of mandrakes mandrakes
79 Genesis 30:35 grey brown
80 Genesis 30:37 storax tree and walnut and plane-tree green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree
81 Genesis 30:39 Adds ash-colored
82 Genesis 30:40 speckled and variegated ringstraked and brown
83 Genesis 31:8 white ringstraked
84 Genesis 31:10 speckled and variegated and spotted with ash-coloured spots ringstraked, speckled, and grisled
85 Genesis 31:12 speckled and variegated and spotted with ash-coloured spots ringstraked, speckled, and grisled
86 Genesis 31:18 Mesopotamia Padanaram
87 Genesis 31:41 thou didst falsely rate my wages for ten lambs thou hast changed my wages ten times
88 Genesis 31:42 yesterday yesternight
89 Genesis 33:18 Mesopotamia of Syria Padanaram
90 Genesis 33:19 lambs pieces of money
91 Genesis 35:4 turpentine tree oak tree
92 Genesis 35:9 Mesopotamia of Syria Padanaram
93 Genesis 35:21 Omits this phrase and brings the first part of verse 22 into verse 21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar
94 Genesis 35:26 Mesopotamia of Syria Padanaram
95 Genesis 36:21 Rison Dishon
96 Genesis 36:23 Golam Alvan
97 Genesis 36:24 Ana who found Jamin in the wilderness Anah that found the mules in the wilderness
98 Genesis 36:28 Rison Dishan
99 Genesis 36:30 Rison Dishan
100 Genesis 36:35 Getthaim Avith
101 Genesis 36:39 Arad the son of Barad Hadar
102 Genesis 36:39 Phogor Pau
103 Genesis 36:40 Gola Alvah
104 Genesis 36:43 Zaphoin Iram
105 Genesis 37:28 gold money (silver)
106 Genesis 38:14 gates of Aenan open place
107 Genesis 38:21 Aenan by the way-side openly by the way side
108 Genesis 39:1 officer of Pharaoh eunuch of Pharaoh
109 Genesis 40:2 eunuchs officers
110 Genesis 43:11 gum and honey, and frankincense, and stacte, and turpentine, and walnuts a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds
111 Genesis 45:10 Gesem of Arabia Goshen
112 Genesis 45:22 gold money (silver)
113 Genesis 45:23 mules female donkeys
114 Genesis 45:23 bread corn and bread
115 Genesis 46:13 Asum Job
116 Genesis 46:15 Mesopotamia of Syria Padanaram
117 Genesis 46:16 Angis Haggi
118 Genesis 46:16 Aedis Eri
119 Genesis 46:17 Jeul Isui
120 Genesis 46:20 adds “And there were sons born to Manasses, which the Syrian concubine bore to him, even Machir And Machir begot Galaad And the sons of Ephraim, the brother of Manasses; Sutalaam, and Taam And the sons of Sutalaam; Edom”
121 Genesis 46:21 deletes “Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard as sons of Benjamin and gives Gera, and Noeman, and Anchis, and Ros, and Mamphim to his sons Belah” and adds “And Gera begot Arad”
122 Genesis 46:22 eighteen fourteen
123 Genesis 46:27 nine two
124 Genesis 46:27 seventy-five seventy
125 Genesis 46:34 Gesem of Arabia Goshen
126 Genesis 47:12 corn bread
127 Genesis 47:13 corn bread
128 Genesis 48:7 Mesopotamia of Syria Padanaram
129 Genesis 48:8 as I drew night to the horse-course of Chabratha of the land [of Chanaan], so as to come to Ephratha when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath
130 Genesis 48:22 And I give to thee Sicima, a select portion above thy brethren Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren
131 Genesis 49:6 in their passion they houghed a bull in their selfwill they digged down a wall
132 Genesis 49:14 Issachar has desired that which is good; resting between the inheritances Issachar is a strong [donkey] couching down between two burdens
133 Genesis 49:15 husbandman a servant unto tribute
134 Genesis 49:21 Nephthalim is a spreading stem, bestowing beauty on its fruit Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words
135 Genesis 49:22 Joseph is a son increased; my dearly loved son is increased; my youngest son, turn to me Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall
136 Genesis 49:24 he that strengthened Israel from the God of thy father thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel
137 Genesis 49:27 gives food divide the spoil
138 Genesis 49:30 double cave cave that is in the field of Machpelah
139 Genesis 50:13 double cave cave of the field of Machpelah
140 Exodus 1:5 seventy-five seventy
141 Exodus 6:20 132 137
142 Exodus 13:18 and in the fifth generation the children of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt
143 Exodus 14:21 south wind east wind
144 Exodus 14:25 axle-trees of their chariots were bound the LORD took off the Egyptians’ chariot wheels
145 Exodus 15:27 stems of palm trees palm trees
146 Exodus 22:18 sorcerers witch
147 Exodus 30:13 didrachm shekel
148 Exodus 30:13 oboli gerah

The Septuagint Changes Names From the Hebrew

1 Genesis 2:10 Edem Eden
2 Genesis 4:16 Edem Eden
3 Genesis 4:18 Gaidad Irad
4 Genesis 4:22 Thobel Tubalcain
5 Genesis 10:4 Rhodians Dodanim
6 Genesis 10:8 Nebrod Nimrod
7 Genesis 10:12 Dase Resen
8 Genesis 14:5 Ommaeans in the city Save Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim
9 Genesis 23:2 Arboc Kirjatharba
10 Genesis 41:45 Psonthomphanech Zaphnathpaaneah

The Septuagint Is Not God’s Word

God said he would preserve his word which cannot be done in Greek. The Septuagint has outright errors in it. It has many other differences in it from the Masoretic text. Once we know the Septuagint is not God’s Word, we will understand the differences are a result of errors in the Greek which are many.  By itself there is no way of knowing when it is correct or when it is wrong. It cannot be used as God’s Word.

I trust only the King James Bible.  Proven…over 400 years.  No other work can make that claim.  The 1611 Edition was translated by 54 men of God using 5,309 Greek Manuscripts which virtually all agreed. Today we have over 5,800 Manuscripts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls…all line up word for word with the King James Bible.

God’s Word is PERFECT, INNERRANT, INSPIRED, INFALLIBLE and PRESERVED!  If it is not the King James, then I need to get to work and find it.  Because God says that such a Bible exists today…for me.  Every word, every verse, ever chapter, every book, ever promise is mine!


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Is the Fish a “Christian” symbol?


Better Google: ‘Egyptian fish god” and perhaps STOP using it.

Are crosses Christian symbols?

(1.) 97.9% of the time the people wearing a cross are NOT a Christian.

(2.) The cross was NEVER intended to be a religious symbol.

(3.) If you Dad or your son got the electric chair would you wear an electric chair around your neck to remember them?

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(4.) The cross is a symbol that predates Christ. The symbol is associated with Tammuz from the Babylonian Religion. (Babylonian Mystery Religion, p. 51) or Babylon Religion by David W. Daniels.

From Babylon, the cross spread to other nations and was associated with paganism long before Jesus’ crucifixion in A.D. 31

(5.) a. It was a shameful instrument of death (Hebrews 12:2).
b. While the apostles preached “the cross [stauros]” as part of the history of Christ’s ministry for our sakes (1 Corinthians 1:17-18), it was not something they idolized

(6.) What does the Bible teach about wearing any religious symbol?

Under the Old Covenant that God made with ancient Israel, God instructed them to wear reminders of their faith upon their hands (Deuteronomy 6:8; 11:18). In fulfillment of this command, phylacteries, small leather boxes containing scriptural passages, were traditionally worn by Jewish men during their morning weekday prayers. However, many did this to “appear” religious to those around them. (Matthew 23:5)

(7.) During His New Testament ministry, Jesus taught His followers to display their spirituality through their actions and deeds (Matthew 5:16). Under the New Covenant, ushered in by Christ, God’s laws are to be written on our hearts—that is, in our minds (Hebrews 8:10; 10:16).

Wearing a gold cross does not make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you are car.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the cross and how this pagan symbol entered Christianity, read chapters 6 and 7 of Ralph Woodrow’s book, Babylon Mystery Religion. These two chapters are respectively titled “Is the Cross a Christian Symbol?” and “Constantine and the Cross.”

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1. Babylon Mystery Religion
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* I have no way of knowing if the persons depicted in the attached photos are saved or not. The point is wearing a cross does not make you saved. The bigger the cross does not make you more saved any more than wearing more than one cross. Christians need to be careful about the symbols the idolize and glorify.

The NKJV has a satanic symbol as it’s logo! That is an essay for another day.

St. Christopher Talisman. For Protection?


Beware of talisman and symbols. St. Christopher cannot protect you any more than my grandfather can…and they are both dead! Jesus is alive…you want a symbol? Look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith!

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Does the Church have the power and authority to forgive your sins?

“There is no offense, however serious, that Church cannot forgive.”, Catholic Catechism, Pg. 256, #982

“By Christ’s will, the Church posseses the power to forgive sins of the baptized…”, Pg. 257, #986

“Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?”, Mark 2:7

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”, Ephesians 4:32

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”, Hebrews 4:16

This verse LOUDLY proclaims that forgiveness of sins comes from God’s throne, not the Church…

“Indeed bishops who are their successors, and priests, the bishops’ collaborators, continue to exercise this ministry. Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”, Pg. 255, #1461

“The Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.” , Pg. 255, #979

The psalmist went straight to God:

“I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”, Psalm 32:5

“Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.”, Psalm 25:18

And also in Psalm 51.

God never called us to go through a church for forgiveness.

Psalm 86:5, Colossians 3:13

Why then would the Catholic Church INSIST that forgiveness of sins is ONLY available through her?

“Were there no forgiveness of sins in the Church, there would be no hope of life to come or eternal liberation. Let us thank God who has given his Church such a gift.”, Pg. 256, #983

The Bible I read teaches is to look to Jesus for our salvation and forgiveness…the Catholic Church once again is in conflict with your Bible!

You are in bondage to the Catholic Church if you call yourself Catholic…whether you think so or not!

The BIBLE or the Catholic Church…which side will you choose?

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WAKE UP!!!!

Image may contain: sky, plant, tree and outdoorEVERY SINGLE DAY IN AMERICA 11 CHURCHES CLOSE FOREVER!!!!

Christian Colleges and Christian Universities are closing too!

This is long…you won’t care. You will laugh and mock me and say, “I’m on a highway to Hell and its gonna be fun because that’s where all my friends are.”

The RAPTURE of the CHURCH — it is said to be the GREATEST EVEN THAT THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN IS COMING SOON!

I believe that if we do not get our acts together the rapture may come with a bang and end with a fizzle. “Narrow is the gate and few find the way.” We have a lot to talk about. Don’t just sit there and assume your salvation is secure.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12

The time is near and the scariest part is this…

Jesus said, “… Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8

Jesus asks when He returns will there be anything for Him to return too…sin will abound and the love of many shall wax cold.

Jesus also Prophesied that the there would be a great falling away. 11 CHURCHES CLOSING EVERY SINGLE DAY IN AMERICA! Christian colleges and Christian Universities closing.

No automatic alt text available.And for those of you that were hoping to skip the tribulation…I’m sorry you and I will have a front row seat! (READ YOUR BIBLE 1 Thessalonian 4, Matthew 24, Daniel 6,7 and 9 and Revelation 7)…We do not get to skip the Tribulation! The wrath of God??? That one is up to you!!!

And if you think that things are hard now…Just read

Jeremiah 12:5, “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”

Jerimiah says, “If the foot soldiers wore you out…what are you going to do when the horses come?”

There will be sin on every corner…you will be constantly tempted..walk down any street and pornography and sin will abound. How are you going to endure to the end?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13

Christian…you only need to make it to the Day of Christ (Not to be confused with the Day of the Lord.). Can you do it?

Philippians 2:2-5, ” Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Image may contain: sky and outdoorPhilippians 1:6-7 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, 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.”

v.10 “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.”

v. 11 “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”

v.20-24 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

2 Corinthians 2:16, “To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

This world is showing signs of the coming age. It’s time brothers and sisters…it’s time to finally get your donkey off the couch and fulfill the great commission! Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8

Jesus’ final command as He ascended into the clouds returning to the right hand of the Father says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

Look at the attached photos…as one church closes after another…today 11 churches close…tomorrow another 11…I see why Jesus proclaimed, “Will I find FAITH on the earth when I return?”!!!!!!!!!!

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WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?

Rev. Kevin Airrington
February 10, 2018

The most fascinating, almost haunting thing for me that Jesus ever said is this: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) I have literally lost sleep thinking about this verse.

“The Son of man” is what Jesus called Himself on earth. The phrase literally means “Dude”. So, in essence, He is saying, “When this Dude comes…”

Absolutely awesome, Jesus, gotta love Him!

If He is omnipotent and omniscient, and He is, then why would He ask a question like that? It’s almost like the feeling is that it’s going to get so bad on earth before His return that He asks this question of whether or not there’ll even be faith left on the earth at His return to warn us. Warn us of the Hell we will need to put us with and warn us of how easy it is for us to backslide and to always…ALWAYS stay in check.

Jesus asks, “Won’t God answer His own elect who cry to Him daily?” (if you are a Christian you are His elect) prayer…Christians must more than ever pray! Pray without ceasing. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In Matthew 24:12, where Jesus was speaking about the time just before His return, He said, “And because iniquity (sin) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Boundless iniquity and a growing lack of love throughout the earth.

Then in II Thessalonians 2:3 Paul said about the second coming of the Lord, “that day shall not come except there come a falling away first.”

A falling away from faith in God throughout the earth. Maybe you haven’t fallen away or you live in a community where faith is still vibrant. But on a national and international scale, faith in God has declined dramatically in the last century or so, especially throughout the nations of the Western world.

My goodness, you would think the writers of the Bible got on Google and read today’s newspaper!

The Bible says the Antichrist will have “scattered the power of the holy people” (Daniel 12:7), just before the return of Jesus.

Maybe that’s why Jesus asked that question, “When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” It’s going to be the toughest time in the history of the world for the people of faith.

Will Jesus find faith on earth? The answer seems to be yes. However, weeping and gnashing of teeth…wide is the gate that leads to destruction…for many, He will not find faith. This is a fallen world….just watch the news!

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!” Again, watch the news…wow!

God help us all to hold on to our crowns and to keep the faith unto the end, whatever that will be for each of us.

May God bless you and yours.

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Keeping the Sabbath

Rev. Kevin R Airrington
October 22, 2010

The 4th commandment tells us to keep the Sabbath Holy.  All through scripture we see this command.  Many Christians who love God, sort of hang their hat on this commandment.  And, there is nothing wrong with this, in fact, God bless them.  Jesus said if we love Him we would keep His commandments.  Although, He probably was not just speaking about the 10 commandments found in Exodus.   (John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”)  Christians that try and truly “keep the Sabbath” as we understand it, are really saying, “I LOVE YOU JESUS.”  Who can argue with that?

No Sabbath Day holder would ever disagree with the following statement, “The primary purpose of the Sabbath is for us to rest from our worldly labors and to seek God.”  As an avid student of the Creation account and the Bible in general, I can assure that God was not tired after is creation work was complete.   *God set aside a special time for His people.  We will discuss the last sentence in more depth later.  God blessed the Sabbath and sanctified it or set it aside for a holy purpose.  We are commanded to set aside time for a holy purpose.

In this essay, I would like to discuss why I chose to not go to church on Saturday and I do not honor some of the traditions surrounding the Sabbath.

  • *The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.
    1. Mark 2:23-28 “… The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
    2. Isaiah 58:13-14 The Sabbath was intended to be a delight, not a burden. The focus of the Sabbath should be on what we can do and not what we cannot do. (More on this later)  The Sabbath is a time we put down our own desires and spend time with God.
  • When is the Sabbath?
    1. Leviticus 23:32, “It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” This scripture is clear that on the 9th day of the month from evening to evening we should celebrate our Sabbath.   Is this every Saturday?  According to this passage it may not even be on Saturday to begin with.
    2. Saturday in Hebrew is Shabbat, which means rest.
      1. Except for the Sabbath day, the individual days of the week have no names, just numbers.
    3. When God created the heaven and the earth, there were no calendars. Thus, no way to tell us when the first day of the week was.  Perhaps He may have begun on a Wednesday and ended the following Monday.
    4. It is only from our tradition that we assume that God started His creation process on Sunday and ended on Friday.
    5. Rabbi Yose ben Halafta (Died in 160AD) changed the Jewish calendar. So even the Jewish calendar cannot be relied upon.
    6. Exodus 20:8-11 “remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.” “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO NOT LET THE “DAY” BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE “INTENT”.  Don’t let the “day” become more important than the “intent”.

From Scripture there is no way we can tell when the Sabbath was.   Even from outside evidence all we know is in the Hebrew it means “rest” not specifically what day of the week it is.    We cannot simply compare it to our weekly calendar and say, “well, we are not complying”.

  • In today’s modern society it is impossible to keep the Sabbath.
    1. I am sure that, “Sabbath Holders have run into this before and have their answer. Which is fine, but I cannot get away from what the scripture says.
    2. Exodus 20:10, “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:”
      1. If you use lights, gas, eat food or do anything that causes anyone else to work then you are not keeping the Sabbath.
      2. If your dog fetches your paper or your slippers you are not keeping the Sabbath.
  • There are other activities that the Bible tells us to refrain from in order to keep the Sabbath.
  • Going to Church…Worship on the Sabbath.
    1. Luke 4:16 is an example and Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves.
    2. We should go to church on the Sabbath and we need fellowship, uniting in worship and prayer.
    3. Today, it takes electricity to run the lights…causing people at the light company to work. If we flush the toilet then we cause the person at the water company to work.
  • What did Jesus do with the Sabbath day?
    1. While nowhere in scripture can we find an example of Jesus preaching on the 4th commandment, given He preached on the other 9, we do find examples example as in Luke 4:16 where Jesus entered into the Tabernacle on the Sabbath.
      1. This is different that “Keeping the Sabbath”. He did go to “Church”, showing us as in number 4 above that we need to be in church on the Sabbath.  Nothing more could or should be read into this.
      2. JESUS PREACHED ON ALL 10 OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS EXCEPT THE 4TH COMMANDMENT, THERE IS NO PREACHING ON THE SABBATH BY JESUS.
        1. Jesus was clear in His teaching of the Sabbath, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath!”  He also proclaimed that HE WAS LORD OF THE SABBATH.  Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5
        2. Isn’t someone who created something the owner of it?  Can’t they do whatsoever they please with it?  In this way, Jesus, being the Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:6), has every right to do whatever He pleases on the Sabbath, just as anyone of the disciples had when they were with Him.  That’s why Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath.  The word Lord denotes sovereign rights and ownership so who can tell Jesus what He can and what He cannot do on the Sabbath?  Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of the day because they were making the Sabbath something that no one could possibly
    2. Matthew 12:5-6, “Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?…” Jesus was saying that even though the priests violated the Sabbath it was okay because there was something more important than the Sabbath.  The temple and the sacrificial rites were more important.
      1. Jesus, however, is more important than the temple and its sacrifices. The logical conclusion is that he is also more important than the Sabbath. Even before his death and resurrection, he was more important than the Sabbath.
      2. Although Christianity tends to reject the temple and the rites…the principle is still the same…”Some things are more important than the Sabbath.
  • The Pharisees needed to worry more about Jesus (The Holy One) instead of a holy activity on a holy day.
  1. Jesus then summarized his argument about the Sabbath and about his own identity: “If you had known what these words mean, `I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (verses 7-8).
  2. Jesus is telling the Pharisees that love for humans is more important than sticking to worship rituals.
  3. The Sabbath was holy only because God had designated it so, and here was God himself telling them He was Lord of the Sabbath.
  • Then they tried to set Jesus up in (V9-11). Healing on the Sabbath was work that was for forbidden.  Jesus replied, “If your sheep fell in a hole would you not get him out?”  Meaning, sometimes we have to do things even if on the Sabbath.  If your child drank a bottle of bleach…would you take him to the emergency room on the Sabbath?
  • There are other examples of Jesus healing on the Sabbath in the Gospels.
    1. John 5:1-18 — The Gospel of John has some additional stories about Jesus’ Sabbath activities, and they reinforce the emphases we have already seen. On the Sabbath, Jesus healed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. And he told the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (verse 8). The Jews accused the man of breaking the Sabbath because he was carrying his mat.
      1. I think accusing a man of breaking the Sabbath by carrying his mat his mat is an example from God’s Word of how we can get carried away with (no pun intended) our keeping of the Sabbath.
    2. Jesus risked His life by His activities on the Sabbath.
      1. Jesus never broke the Sabbath, nor did he teach others to break the Sabbath. But neither did he teach against circumcision and sacrifices. He could point out administrative problems, and present himself as the Lord, but it was not yet time to publicly reject any particular law (see John 16:12-13). But the implications are there.  When John describes Jesus as working on the Sabbath, he does not feel compelled to explain that Christians cannot. When Luke says that people are freed on the Sabbath, he does not feel compelled to qualify what he said. Jesus’ example regarding the Sabbath is liberty, not rules.
      2. If Sabbath work actually dishonored God, then the Sabbath would have priority over humans in need and sheep in pits, since correct worship of God is more important than human lives and sheep. If absolute rest were essential to worship, then Sabbath-keepers should let houses burn down, since that would only be a monetary loss, and God’s honor is far more important than our material goods. This indicates that the command to rest on a specific day is a ceremonial matter rather than a moral one. God’s spiritual law does not have any exceptions.

Summary

The only time Paul mentions the Sabbath by name is when he exhorts us not to judge one another concerning the Sabbath days (Colossians 2:16-17).  Respectfully, asking if I keep the Sabbath or I conform to the Sabbath is the wrong question.  I wonder how Jesus would have responded to that?  His answer may have got Him stoned.

The Sabbath was made for man and not the other way around is perhaps the most profound statement in this whole discussion.  God created the Sabbath for man…and God healed on the Sabbath and partook in other activities on the Sabbath.   Jesus’ example regarding the Sabbath is liberty, not rules.  What a blessing the Sabbath is.

There is also no way we can determine the exact day or days (sometimes it is plural) of the Sabbath.  There was no calendar when the Sabbath was created by God.  Even the scriptures seem unclear; calling it day, days and the 9th of the month.  My thinking is the “day” is not so important as is the “intent”.

The Bible says that we are not to cause others to work, not even strangers on the Sabbath.  There is no one…not one who can “keep the Sabbath”.  If this is all there is to the Sabbath.  There has to be more to the intent than a day or whether we do some work.

We see from the Apostles, the early church and Jesus (God) that the Sabbath is going to Church.  We also see in the same breath this is for fellowship, worship and prayer…not forsaking the assembling of one another.

Finally, we have Jesus’ own actions concerning the Sabbath.  Jesus did not (and this is not meant to be a mockery) hide in his house from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.  He worked on the Sabbath and he went to Church on the Sabbath.  He even rebuked the Pharisees over the Sabbath telling them there were more important things like the Temple and people than the Sabbath.  Jesus is Lord over the Sabbath!

The Sabbath is very important to me as a Christian.  We need to just as the scriptures demand; keep the Sabbath Holy.   We need to set aside time for God.  Sundown to sundown…frankly, I don’t think this is enough.   The intent has got to be more important than the day.   I have joked with my Seventh-day Adventist friends saying, “I am a seven day Adventist” meaning, I try to keep every day holy.   However, I am like Paul; I am not judgmental on how anyone cho oses to honor the Sabbath.  If it is sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday…God bless them.  If they do this Wednesday…God bless them.  If it is Sunday morning in Church…God bless them.

I think we should be in worship and in church.  The point is we need to give God or time and that time needs to be holy and hollowed.  After all, He took the time to come down from Heaven, was beaten, tortured and murdered for us.  He deserves our worship; more worship than we can humanly give.   God wants more than our Saturdays.  He wants our Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays too!

Copyright © 2010 Kevin R. Airrington, Airrington Ministries

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FEAR


Revelation 3:17, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”

John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

FEAR? Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us we need to fear Satan…yet somehow we do. However, the Bible screams a message as loud as the Gospel itself…FEAR THE LORD THY GOD…yet somehow we don’t. This is the paradox. FDR said in his First Inaugural Address, “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”.”

The Psalmist said in Psalm 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” The Bible says a lot about fear or rather that we have nothing to fear.

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

you are a POWERFUL WOMAN…you are FULL OF LOVE and you are not afraid to share it…and you are of SOUND MIND.

Philippians 4:6-9 is your message today…and I know you know this.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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DO I OFFEND YOU?

Offensive. [uh-fen-siv] causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying.

 

Actually according to Webster there are 5 different meanings to the word Offensive.

 

I have no doubt offended people by my remarks. And…I probably will offend again.

 

In the world we live in, offending someone seems rather easy. We probably have all offended or hurt someone’s feelings, whether it was intentional or not.

 

I believe what the Bible says…”Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou BEATEST him with the rod, he shall not die.”

 

The PSV (Perverted Satanic Versions) change that word BEATEST to PUNISH. You just stabbed your brother with a screwdriver…no dessert for you Johnny! Really?

 

When do I BEAT my kids? Ask them! They will tell you:

 

1) If we lie!

2) If we hurt someone’s heart!

3) If we rebel!

 

We have a LARGE Paddle. We even named the paddle…her name is BIG BERTHA! If you break any of those words you will meat with BIG BERTHA’s wrath across your backside and I don’t mean maybe.

 

Why number 2? Because, we should be kind to people. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit.

 

However, is being kind the same as offending someone?

 

Is the belief that Christians should never offend anyone a biblical guideline?

 

This supposed guideline could be a result of ideas like the following:

 

1) We need to avoid offending our weaker brother.

 

2) We should not offend non-Christians because we might lose the opportunity to witness.

 

3)Paul stated that we should never offend anyone: “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed” (2 Corinthians 6:3).

 

After close examination, we will not only find the guideline of never offending anyone to be unbiblical, but we will also find the supposed biblical ideas used to support it are unbiblical. Taking Scripture out of context to support an idea can be very easy to do, and so we must carefully examine all ideas with Scripture.

 

If we are defending and living the truth of God’s Word, is it possible to always avoid offending a weaker brother or a non-Christian, and should that be our focus? This article explains why never offending anyone is not a biblical guideline.

 

Some have pointed to 2 Corinthians 6:3 to justify the belief that we should never offend anyone. Paul wrote, “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.” In other words, Paul said he would not offend anybody in anything, right?

 

Well, the word translated “offense” is προσκοπήν (proskopen), and it refers to an obstacle, difficulty, or stumbling block (the same word is used in 1 Corinthians 10:32).   This is perfectly consistent with Paul’s earlier statement to the Corinthians, which warned about becoming a stumbling block to others (1 Corinthians 8:9).

 

When we read Scripture about not being a stumbling block to your weaker brother or about having the utmost integrity, we must be careful not to extrapolate unscriptural ideas. A closer look at Scripture reveals that if we follow and proclaim the truth of Scripture, we will inevitably offend people!

 

In Galatians 5:11, Paul stated that he was being persecuted for not preaching circumcision. Instead of preaching circumcision, he was preaching the Cross, which was an offense to those who still held to the law of circumcision. The Greek word translated “offense” in this verse is σκάνδαλον (skandalon), a noun referring to that which causes offense and arouses opposition.

 

Sadly, even today some people hold to laws rather than the saving knowledge of the Cross. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples. To accomplish that goal, we need to spread the word about Jesus, and we will inevitably run into people that are offended by this message (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23).

 

When Jesus spoke with the Pharisees, He was more concerned with the truth than their feelings. Jesus spoke the truth, which often aggravated the Pharisees because it conflicted with their beliefs. At one point, the disciples even came to Jesus and told Him the Pharisees were offended by what He had been saying (Matthew 15:12). Jesus answered that the Pharisees’ failure to see the truth right in front of them would be their downfall. Jesus continued to spread the truth, even when it offended people.

 

Jesus was big on the name calling too: “LIAR, PIG, DOG…”

 

I heard about a man that was offended and his feelings deeply hurt when his doctor gently told him that he had leukemia. Was it unloving of the doctor to announce this offensive news? Not at all! This was the most loving thing the oncologist could have done for my friend so that he would not only recognize what was wrong with him but he could also seek a cure. If the doctor remained silent because he was afraid of offending him, then this man would have died. In the same way, we must never remain silent for fear of offending the unbeliever when we have an opportunity to share the only truth that can save them from an eternity apart from God.

 

In all of these instances, the truth is what offended people. Paul taught in Ephesians 6:14 that a Christian’s foundation is the truth of God. Therefore, Christians will offend certain people if they are living by God’s truth.

 

As Christians, we need to have the utmost integrity in all areas and be careful not to be a stumbling block to a fellow Christian. We should make every effort to live at peace with others (Romans 12:18). This does not mean, however, we will never offend a fellow Christian if, for example, a rebuke is needed. Even though we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), we might still offend. We must live by the truth of God’s Word, and those people who are living contrary to the truth are often offended. Non-Christians may be offended as well. After all, the message of the gospel declares that they are sinners who need to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ. In a sense, we need to offend unbelievers in order to witness to them!

 

Although we cannot keep people from getting offended, we should make sure that it is the truth that offends rather than our attitude, actions, or approach. We must follow biblical principles in all areas. At times, offending is wrong, and at other times, it is necessary. As we spread the truth of God’s Word, we should do so in love, humility, and boldness, making sure we are living by the truth.

 

“We need to be less confrontational in our evangelism efforts. We need to avoid offending people. You catch more flies with honey that with vinegar, after all.”

 

I’ve heard this a thousand times and so have you. Sometimes, a fellow-believer expresses their fear of witnessing because they know that sharing the gospel will offend their family, friends and neighbors and they do not want to be the bad guy.   We look for ways to share the saving message of Christ without offending those with whom we share.

 

Take these words to heart: “THE GOSPEL IS OFFENSIVE. If you take the offense out of the gospel, you also remove the saving power of the gospel.”

 

Paul Said, “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” Galatians 5:11-12

 

I hate to have to do this here…but I know that I have not convinced every one that their PSB (PERVERTED SATANIC BIBLE) is NOT the Word of God. With that said, I must spend a moment to define v. 12, ” I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”

 

In the PSB, they change this statement to read (please cover your children’s eyes),

 

“I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.” NLT

 

“As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!” NIV

 

“I wish that the ones who are upsetting you would castrate themselves!” CEB

 

“I would that they that unsettle you would even go beyond circumcision.” ASV

 

” I wish that everyone who is upsetting you would not only get circumcised, but would cut off much more!” (CEV – Contemporary English Version)

 

“Why don’t these agitators, obsessive as they are about circumcision, go all the way and castrate themselves!” The Message

 

” I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!” NKJV

 

“I wish those troublemakers would castrate themselves.” NOG

 

” I wish the men who are trying to unsettle you would emasculate themselves.” NWT The New World Translation (Jehovah’s Witness Bible) has a footnote: “Or “castrate themselves; become eunuchs,” thus becoming disqualified from performing the very law they were endorsing.”*

 

*That is so stupid. Cut off your penis so you cannot be circumcised…really? That’s like saying cut off your head to prevent a cold or cut off your feet to prevent athlete’s foot! I’m sorry there is just no other way to put it…THAT’S STUPID!!!

 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? What is wrong with these people? Does this sound like a doctrine that Paul would teach? To mutilate yourself…to cut off your manhood? My God, what have we done? Lord, God help us to open up our eyes.

 

V.12 doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with castration or mutilating our manhood. Go back and read it again in the Bible…the KJV.

 

If you study this term, “To be cut off” it means to be removed our kicked out. “To be cut off from the land.” Paul is saying in v. 12, “Hey our message is the cross not these vain laws (like circumcision)…ok actually that’s v. 11. 🙂 But v.12 says, “listen if you are offended then leave you are cut off from us.”

 

Examples:

 

DRINKING OF BLOOD FORBIDDEN

 

Leviticus 7:27 “Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of

blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.”

 

Leviticus 17:10 “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.”

 

Leviticus 17:14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore

I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life

of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

 

If you drink blood you no longer liver here…you are cut off!

 

If you don’t believe that these PSB are dangerous…this man cut off his manhood in the name of religion…he believed his PSB!

 

http://www.answering-christianity.com/slice_off_penis.htm

 

This reminds me of a Catholic doctrine,

 

Catholics believe that God, who in their view by his divine nature cannot change, has united with changing human nature, and therefore with human pain. The “I” of the Second Person suffers and feels pain. He is one with pain through Jesus Christ. Thus Christ’s experience of pain (like all the human acts of Christ like sleeping, crying, speaking) whose subject is the divine Person is an infinite act. This is based on the classic dictum that the acts belong to the Person (actiones sunt suppositorum). It is the Person who acts: It is God who walks, God who talks, God who is killed, and God who is in pain. Thus a Christian who is united to Jesus Christ through pain is one with his infinite act of saving the world.

 

This also goes together with another dictum in theology: whatever is not united (to the Divine Person) is not saved. Thus, his intellect, his will, his feelings, are all united with the Person, and are all sanctified and redeemed, including pain. Pain is therefore a sanctified and redeeming human experience.

 

The only scripture that I can find that comes close to supporting this is 1 Corinthians 9:27. But the problem is not with the KJV…the problem is with the PSB.

 

King James, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

 

NIV, “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

 

NET, “Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”

 

GWT, “Rather, I toughen my body with punches and make it my slave so that I will not be disqualified after I have spread the Good News to others.”

 

KJV 2000, “But I roughly treat my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”

 

ASV, “but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.”

 

Douay-Rheims Bible (Catholic Bible), “But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.”

 

ESV, “but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.”

 

WNT, “but I hit hard and straight at my own body and lead it off into slavery, lest possibly, after I have been a herald to others, I should myself be rejected.”

 

WEB, “but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.”

 

NWT (JW Bible), “but I pummel my body and lead it as a slave, that, after I have preached to others, I myself should not become disapproved somehow.”

 

See the pictures…this is what these kind of false teachings from the PSB…I am going to change that to PSV…they are not Bibles at all but rather versions.

 

Now, some American Catholics may say, “Oh that’s not true we do not practice beating ourselves.” Well that may be true in America…although I wouldn’t count on it. It is true in other parts of the world. A doctrine that their Pope supports. I will beat myself when I see the Pope doing it publicly…not really, but come on…how can he tell his people to do it and he does not!

 

The bottom line is…the Bible IS Offensive to unbelievers and PRETENDERS.

 

Look at 1 Corinthians 1:23-25:

 

 

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

 

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

 

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

 

The Jews stumble over the concept of a salvation that is not works-based. The Gentiles see the gospel as folly. But the preaching of Christ crucified is the power of God for salvation.

 

Peter joined the refrain in 1 Peter 2. In verse 4, he says, “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,”

 

Again, we have come to appoint where I must interrupt this article to clear something else up from the PBV.

 

If we read 1 Peter 2:4-7 in the Bible (KJV):

 

“4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

 

5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

 

7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner”

 

The Bible is CLEAR…JESUS IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE…A SURE FOUNDATION. Right?

 

Not according to the NIV (1984):

 

v. 7 ” Now to you who believer, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,”

 

Really? A Capstone? What is a CAPSTONE? It is the stone at the top of the pyramid.   take out a dollar bill and look at the back. The first question you should ask yourself is, “What the heck is an Egyptian Pyramid doing on the back of a United State’s Dollar Bill?” There is only one thing common to both. The occult. The NIV…your precious PSV…is saying that that “all seeing eye” or “Lucifer’s eye” on the back of your dollar bill is JESUS CHRIST!

 

Not on my watch…JESUS CHRIST IS THE PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE…A SURE FOUNDATION. These NEW WORLD ORDER SATANIC VERSIONS are ushering in the antichrist…they are setting him up to be JESUS!!! WAKE UP YE FOOLS!!!

 

Oh, I’m sorry, did I offend thee by calling ye a fool? I’m soor…maybe that word, ‘FOOL’ is too hard, after all the word ‘FOOL’ is used in the KJV 66 times, ‘FOOLS’ 49 times, ‘FOOLISH’ used 52 times, ‘FOOLISHLY’ appears 12 times, ‘FOOLISHNESS’ is used 20 times…so maybe you want an easier word like STUPID.

 

The pyramid… The Latin surrounding in English reads, “A New World Order Of The Ages.” The Roman numerals simply mean 1776.

 

The capstone not connected to the top of the pyramid means, “We ain’t even close to being finished with this.

 

They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor But, think about this: 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13 letters in “E Pluribus Unum”, 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle’s wing, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. And for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

 

IN GOD WE TRUST was added in 1957. E PLURIBUS UNUM – means “Out of Many One”. All nations will come together under one “God. NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM – It describes then a ture of the organization and means “A New Social Order’ or “A New World Order Of The Ages” or “New Deal”. ANNUIT COEPTIS – “He God Has Favored Our Undertakings.”

 

The BIG QUESTION — Which God?

 

There is a skull and bones on the back of US Dollar? Most of our Presidents belonged to a secret organization call The Skull & Bones Society. President George W Bush said, “Yeah, it’s so secret I can’t tell you about it.”

 

The Spiderweb on the back of the dollar bill is the WORLD WIDE WEB! Not kidding.

 

Is this a coincidence?

 

The trap has been set, are you the prey?

 

A web is what a spider uses to capture his prey. They use different strategies to catch prey: active hunting, waiting in ambush and making and using traps of silk. A web is used to bind people in debt. They are doing all of this through the Internet system by trying to get everybody in the net, and they are actually calling it the “WEB”.

 

Near the One in the upper left hand corner is an OWL or a SPIDER. An Owl is the symbol of Freemasonry while the spider represents Satanism. Either way it’s not good.

 

In the bottom left near the one you will see Shiva, the Hindu god known as “the Destroyer”…her hair is in the traditional bun. What the heck is she doing there?

 

These are not just some crazy conspiracies…on top of the capitol building in Washington DC…is the goddess Columbia. Thus the name of Washington City being changed to Washing, District of Columbia.

 

There is more but this is not the time nor the place…PLEASE do not be FOOLED. As Christian’s our ours need to be WIDE OPEN and that begins by throwing away your PSV and getting a KJV.

 

Jesus has been rejected by man, but he is chosen by God as the only hope for the salvation of the world. Verse 8 goes on to describe Jesus as a “stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” to those who refuse to believe and obey the gospel.

 

We preach an offensive message. It is not necessary that we be personally offensive in that proclamation. We can seek to be kind and loving in our manner. We don’t have to act like we are happy that people are going to hell. As much as is possible, we must let our message offend, not our manner.

 

But no matter how nice you try to be, the message will offend. And we cannot shy away from that. Our responsibility is to the truth of the gospel, not how people feel about us.

The gospel says some things that people do not want to hear.

 

The gospel tells human beings that we are sinners who are in rebellion against God. Tell people how good they are and they will love you for it. Give them therapy and feel-good fluff from the pulpit and you can fill an NBA coliseum and write bestsellers. Tell them that they are sinners separated from God by that sin and they will not appreciate you or your message. But you cannot preach the true gospel without confronting human sin.

 

The gospel tells us that our works will never be good enough. One of my children’s favorite books was “I Can Do It Myself.” I’d rather do a mediocre home-improvement project myself than pay someone to do it perfectly. I did it my way! But the gospel tells you that, in fact, you cannot do it yourself. No matter how many good works you do, how many acts of charity you perform, how many generous gifts you give, it will never be enough. There is no one righteous, not even one.

 

The gospel tells us that our religion is not enough. Paul told the Jews that their Judaism would not save them unless they accepted Jesus as the Messiah. He told the Gentiles that their gods were idolatrous and empty. Religion will never save. ”Christian” religions that do not proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ damn people to hell while making them feel good about themselves on the way.   Paul told the Romans (Romans 10:2) that the Jews had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Their religion may have been noble and sincere, but it did not save. Only Christ saves.

 

The gospel is not ascertained by human intellect and reason. Paul goes to great lengths in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2 to tell us that the truth of the gospel is “spiritually discerned”. That is why the intellectuals often reject the message of the cross. It is only as the Spirit of God reveals the truth of God that anyone can understand the gospel.

 

The gospel is exclusive. This is what our world hates. If we said that “this is our way” and allowed everyone else to find their own way, no one would care. We offend because we say that JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY. But Paul called those who preach other gospels “accursed” in Galatians and wished that they would be emasculated (Galatians 5:12) for preaching salvation through the law.

 

I am not advocating boorish behavior by Christians or just being insulting. I am making a simple point. Our message is offensive. Jesus promised it would be. Peter and Paul both experienced it. You cannot remove the offense of the gospel without removing the power of the gospel to save.

 

We cannot preach the full counsel of God without offending. The gospel brings people face to face with their sin and failure. Our goal should not be to tickle people’s ears and make them feel good. Our goal SHOULD BE to OFFEND and prepare the Saints, AND BRING THE PRETENDER AND THE SINNER TO REPENTANCE.

 

The gospel that saves is also the gospel that offends! If you are offended by this message…then GOOD!!! Maybe you will find Christ Jesus and make Him your Lord.

God Bless You.

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Answering My Critics – Halloween 2

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Thank you Patty Cake for sharing my article.   I also appreciate all the comments, both on Patty Cake’s page, my wall and personal emails and calls.   When I was asked to address some of the comments…I never thought I would be writing a Part II Follow-up to my Halloween essay.   But this is exactly what has happened.

Charles Darwin
The Origin Of Species
by Means of Natural Selection
The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

There are few things that stir up controversy in the Bible than that of the ongoing debate on whether Christians should participate in Halloween.   Offhand I can think of only two other topics that stir the soul like Halloween…the question of origins (4.7 Billion Years or a mere 6,000.  The Big Bang…evolution or God did it over 6 days?  Dinosaurs went extinct 65 Million Years ago or they have always lived with man?  Were there dinosaurs on the ark?  Are there living dinosaurs today?) And Drinking (Is it permissible for a Christian to drink?  How about get drunk?  Does the Bible ever allow room for drinking?  What does the Bible say about social drinking and Bars & Taverns?  How do we reconcile Romans 14:21 and 1 Thessalonians 5:22)?

Many of you have asked these same questions.  Some of you “KNOW” the answer.  Not necessarily because you have read your Bible or researched for yourself…but because someone told you.   Perhaps a Pastor told you.  Someone you trust.   Remember, someone you trust can also be someone who is wrong.

How do you handle it when someone you trust gets it wrong?  First, they usually are not wrong about everything…if they are…I would find a new source.  Second, no one is right about everything…except me of course.  🙂

No matter how you feel about these three controversial subjects…they are your world view.  Your world view is affected by many things.  Rarely is it affected by our own personal prayer and research.

My goal when I wrote this article on Halloween was to provide a RESOURCE for those CHRISTIAN FAMILES looking for ANSWERS about HALLOWEEN and are STRUGGLING with the DECISION of whether or not it is right for their family.

I have read your comments and I appreciate all of you that have decided to weigh in and give your thoughts.    I think it is especially important for Christians to continue in open dialogue and discussion.  I do however want to address a couple of your comments.  Not to change your mind…because I am not good at that anyway.  J  But, rather try and get you to think about it a little bit.  Then with this information you can decide if Halloween is still right for you and your family.

Susan Pushmann, what bigger fish could we be frying than Christian’s addressing the very nature and source of evil in this world?  Halloween is a day that hell is opened up and demons walk among us.  Not in costumes —those are our children…but if you read my article or do the research on your own this is exactly what they are doing.  The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to avoid the APPEARANCE of evil.  Not just evil as that is obvious…but the appearance.  Halloween is more than “fun”…it is a satanic event plain and simple.  Now, your children may not participate in these rituals…but these rituals go on even today.  Satan is alive and well on Planet Earth…and he chooses Halloween as a very special day for him and his followers.   Halloween is the #2 holiday for Wiccans and the number one holiday for Satanists.  That’s not me saying that or some statistic…go ask them…as Christians we hold the birth and resurrection dear…they hold The Festival of the dead dear.

Anne Pushmann LeClair…you are right…MOST Christians are fine with Halloween.  Churches celebrate the event like good Irish Druids.    Sadly, this world is far from God and the church is asleep.  I studied the history of the Church in America.  It was not long ago that you would be kicked of church if you were known to be the town drunk…you would even be kicked out for swearing.  Today, I think we would have some pretty empty churches.  J  In today’s modern church we allow adulterers, wife beaters and homosexuals in our churches.   Now I just picked 3 because they seemed extreme to me when compared to drinking and swearing…I think sin is sin…

You said, “…don’t make everything out to be evil. These same Christians feel the bible is the ultimate authority.”  You are partly right here.  “These same Christians feel the Bible is the ultimate authority.”  The problem is this same group…while they believe this and they allow their lives to show it…they don’t read their Bible so they have no idea what it says.

I believe that there is much evil in the world…Halloween being one of them.  Why do I believe this?  Because God said it and I believe Him.   Here are a few examples:

Romans 12:2, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Matthew 24:9-13, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.  10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Ephesians 6:10-18 “10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12 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.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…” (You can read the rest)

1 John 4:8, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Romans 5:6 talks about the free gift of salvation brought about because of our many trespasses [Evil].

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned [committed evil] and come short of the glory of God.”

1 John 5:19, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”

The Bible says we live in the world but we are not of this world…it demands that even though we live in this world we should be separate from the [evil] things of this world.

2 Corinthians 6:17, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”

God says if we love the world or the things in this world [having fun with a Halloween] then we do not belong to him.

1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

God goes on to say that if we are a friend of the world we are in enmity with him (enmity is a very strong word for enemy).  He likens us to be adulteresses.  In other words, we are cheating on God by getting in bed with the world and in this case Halloween.

James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

It has always be interesting to me how people will take one scripture and attempt to support their whole doctrine with it.   The Bible has to be study as the whole…what is the message of God in the Bible concerning evil and Halloween?

I believe God is crystal clear…we are to have no part in it and if we do we are an enemy of his.  AN ENEMY OF GOD’s!!!!  Maybe that don’t mean anything to some…but to me…in no way shape or form do I want to be His enemy!

Since you used it as your analogy…lets discuss for a moment, “eating meat offered to idols”. Great job…most people have never even heard of this…a but let’s look at it a little closer to see if your analogy fits:

I don’t know if you were aware but this comes from the book of Leviticus chapter 17-18.  When the Jerusalem council met regarding what to require from the new Gentile believers, they basically summarized the requirements from Leviticus 17–18.  Leviticus 17 deals with the sanctity of blood and idolatry (offerings to demons) while Leviticus 18 focuses on forms of sexual immorality.

I don’t want to take this too far of the beaten path so we will look at primarily at chapter 17.    Leviticus 17:1-7 basically teaches that all clean animals must be brought as korbanot (offerings) and must be offered in the Sanctuary.     If anyone killed a clean animal and didn’t offer it to the Lord, he was guilty of bloodshed.  Sacrifices could not be made in the open fields or somewhere in the camp other than the Sanctuary.  These sacrifices were offered to goat-demons.  Since the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., no sacrifices to the Lord have been made because of this commandment.

Deuteronomy 12:13-16 re-emphasizes this commandment but gives permission to slaughter and eat clean meat in a manner similar to gazelle or deer whereas previously, the Israelites had to offer peace offerings when they wanted to eat meat.  From this point on, no matter where the Israelites lived they were permitted to eat meat whenever they wanted as long as they didn’t eat the blood.

You may be surprised to know that as Jews became believers in Jesus Christ, they still offered sacrifices at the Temple and made pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the feasts until it was destroyed in 70 A.D.  This was long after Christ’s death and resurrection.

Paul said some people had the knowledge that idols did not have any real existence in the world nor could they affect the meat which was sacrificed to them while others believed differently.   Paul suggested that believers should not eat meat sacrificed to idols so they won’t cause someone else with a weak conscience to stumble; however, this was not the primary reason to avoid meat sacrificed to idols.

Many Christians believe that believers are free to knowingly eat food sacrificed to idols when someone weaker in their faith is not around.  This could not be further from the truth.  Paul finally gives a better reason to avoid meat sacrificed to idols in 1 Corinthians 10.  In this chapter, Paul equates eating food sacrificed to idols to having fellowship with demons.  Clearly, we are not to eat at the table of demons.

If you don’t know whether or not your meat was offered to idols (demons), don’t ask.  Just eat it with thanksgiving to God.  If you hear your meat was offered to idols, don’t eat it.  Whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:27-31).

So Anne, I do see where you are going with this…but I think the problem is your complete understanding of the account.  A careful reading as we have done here of Leviticus 17 and supporting scripture (Deuteronomy 12:13-1 and 1 Cor. 10:27-31…Acts 21) that your interpretation is a little misguided.  But don’t fret at least you are aware of the passage…meaning you have read your Bible.  Very good.

I think the physician Luke sums this whole thing best, Acts 21:25, “As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.”  To get a complete understanding read the entire 21st chapter.

Indeed, the Master has spoken…His Authority is true.  Leviticus does not give tolerance to the celebration of Halloween…in fact just the opposite.

Most of this was from an article I posted a couple years ago.  God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Read the entire article at: http://airrington.com/?p=1799

 

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