The Danger of “the LIE” #6

Avengers: Endgame

It may appear to be a stretch suggesting modern narrative of comic books and the super hero’s associated with them, have been used by Satan to transmit “the LIE” in our time. It is not a stretch, but a present and growing reality. 

The reason I am focusing on the genre of comic superhero narrative is that since the early 1950’s until the present influence of serial movies (since the early 2000’s), have communicated Satan and the fallen angel’s war against God.

This has been done, by telling and retelling the story of the Titanomachy, which is the story of how the Greek gods overcame there creators (and parents) the Titans, to then be the creators, saviors and protectors of humanity. The Titanomachy, is tied to the first rebellion against the LORD after the flood, with Nimrod leading and organized fallen religion of multiple gods, to propagate “the LIE”.

As the myth unfolds, we find Chronos as the head of the Titans. He created the gods, Zeus being one of them. When Chronos believed his children would rebel against them, he ate them; except Zeus who was hidden. After Zeus fooled Chronos, making him vomit up his children, the children united and overthrew their unstoppable father Chronos. This is merely and inversion of the truth of Satan and the fallen angels rebellion against YHWH.

Interestingly, the gods were immoral, capricious and at times sympathetic to humanity. The gods were angelic, but also very human, while at times throwing in a little animal and machine for good measure. The gods had a penchant, especially the male gods, at getting human woman pregnant, and bring demigod’s into the world, such as Nimrod, Heracles and Mithras. 

Why is this important, because since comic books moved beyond Batman, they have been retelling “The LIE”, in pop culture. The “LIE” that God is unnecessary and need be thrown off; with the lesser “gods” the heroes that will save us from God returning.

This has become vary apparent with the rise of the Marvel movies, both of which have retold the Titanomachy, with modern spin, for the world’s population. First let’s consider how the Marvel movies have presented “science falsely called”, pagan religion, the occult, and apostate Christianity.

  • Captain America” Perhaps one of the most well-know characters, he becomes a super soldier through chemical genetic mutation and occult powered genetic experiment. He gained super strength, endurance and near immortality (transhumanism). In the first Avengers movies he appears to believe in one God. By the last he does not, because of what he has seen.
  • Iron Man” This character becomes more and more powerful, as he designs high tech suits of armor that make him super. After he dies in the last avenger’s movie, he lives on in artificial intelligence, again transhumanism.
  • Doctor Strange and Scarlett Witch” Both use new age, and black magic in order to be super. In this spells are cast, engage in astral projection and other forbidden arts.
  • Thor” is literally seen as a god, because he is a god in Norse mythology. He the son of Odin and a savior figure, akin to Zeus. He had godlike powers, enough said.
  • Hulk” another altered human through occult power/science; transhumanism. Hulk is almost indestructible.
  • Black Panther” Gains his superhuman agility and strength from African occult power. Beyond that he wears a metal suit, which make him impervious to most attacks, and enhances his occult received powers. Once more a marriage of human ingenuity, and occult power.
  • Spiderman” Gained his power from altered DNA from being bitten by a radioactive spider. Super strength and spider like abilities. Like all these characters, their unfortunate accidents or literally being used as experiments, have opened them up to “evolve” into all a human can be… godlike.
  • Thanos” Is literally called the mad Titan. He had godlike qualities and intelligence. His followers call themselves the “children of Thanos” and they revere Him the savior of the universe, who must make the tough decisions, no one else can make. He literally decides who lives and dies and is coming to destroy the earth.

In the last Avengers movie with these very characters, Thanos (who is a restatement of Chronos), who is a perversion of Almighty God in Satan’s “LIE”, decides thinning out life by half is not enough. He decides that he will destroy all life and begin fresh, creating a universe “teaming with life”, grateful to him for creating them.

If his language seems sort of biblical, it is from a perverted aspect that is an inversion of God’s compassion in the Genesis 6 flood account. Remember that “the LIE”, which was pervasive in Nimrod’s first world religion, was a giant middle finger to the LORD. In this false system of religion and life, they would make a name from themselves and prove God could not destroy them with a flood ever again, by building a tower to heaven. In their view God was like Thanos or Chronos and they were fighting against YHWH’s tyranny.

Some may think it a waste of time to share this information. Consider a a couple of relevant points.

In the first place, life has been imitating art for a while now; most simply have not noticed. With that fact in place, consider that the Marvel Cinematic Universe begun in 2008, has had 22 films (which average 2 releases per year) and have made get this $22, 500, 000, 000 worldwide. That is $22.5 billion dollars. These films are being seen and their message is being heard, understood, and accepted.

Not only are there more films coming, but now on immoral Disney Plus, there are 3 released Marvel series shows, with more to come. In these new movies Loki, the literal Norse god of mischief is gender fluid (meaning he can appear as a man or woman), and Valkyrie (a woman) will become king of Asgard and marry a female queen.

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It is important to remember that Marvel is not the only movies publishing “the LIE” in this fashion. D.C. comic book movies have made 5.2 billion dollars, over the last 7 years—there story line is almost identical to the Marvel movies, with an even closer connection to the Titanomacy, in its characters.

Together, they present a cogent retelling of the portion of “the LIE” which aids Satan in preparing the world to accept the antichrist and fight with him against the real “alien invasion” the is Coming in the clouds.

Revelation 19:11-21 (NKJV) Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

As we can see, popular culture is Satan’s main channel of communicating “the LIE” to the world’s populace, and into the church. Since 1968 release of “2001: A space Odyssey”, continuing with Star Trek, Star Wars, Independence (1996) and the Marvel and D.C. superhero movies over the last 12 years, the world has been programmed to believe what ever they see.

But is it not just to proclaim the old gods at war with YHWH, it is also to create fear from above, in the form of asteroids and alien life. Mark well that popular new feeds on the internet are filled with stories of NASA releasing UFO findings, potential extinction level asteroid impacts and the lie of life being found somewhere else in the universe.

In Adam Wieshaupt’s well researched book “Use Your Illusion I: Aliens, UFO’s and the Occult”, we read of Wernher von Braun, famed Nazi scientist plucked up by the U.S., for the purpose of building weaponry and rockets. Over the years he revealed to those he worked with the plan of the world’s ruling class  (active in every nation): create threats to unify the world into the need for one government to save us all.

He revealed these threats in order… The Soviets, terrorism, “Nations of Concern, asteroids, and finally the lie of alien life. These “threats would be used to bring fear on the populace, who would not have a way to prove or debunk any of these threats. Von Braun went so far as to say there would be a fake alien invasion. If one would take inventory of the news cycle from the 1970’s till now they would discover this pattern.

Another popular culture means of undermining YHWH as Creator is the Jurassic Park franchise which have unfolded over the last 30 years, and have taken in over $5 billion in only 6 movies. These influential films have made evolution a possibility, through false science, in an attempt to undermine God’s creation of all things.

Most of the world’s people are influenced by the falsehood of “the LIE“, without question. Having Lucifer’s inversion of God’s truth droning on in every medium of life is overwhelming to anyone who has not received a love of “the TRUTH“.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We are in the midst of the great deception leading to the final the great apostacy. The only pathway for Christians to avoid being fooled is…

  1. To be thankful for the Creator and serve Him through Jesus Christ (Romans 1:18-31)
  2. Receive and hold to a love for the knowledge of the truth.  (II Thessalonians 2:9-12)
  3. Love not the world or anything in the world, refusing to trust anything that does not line up with God’s word (II Timothy 3:15-17; I John 2:15-17)
  4. Finally, be “being” filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-19

Remember these deceptions are so great as to deceive the elect, if possible. Do not be fooled… STAY CLOSE TO JESUS and refuse to give into “the LIE” (Matthew 24).

 

 

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The Danger of “the LIE” #5

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Romans 1:24-25 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

As we consider the repetition necessary for a lie to be believable, we must understand how “the LIE”, and its subsequent wickedness has been transmitted repeatedly, from the time of Babel.

It is clear that Satan’s deception was birthed in the Garden of Eden, where he to suggested to Eve, that God was not what He presented Himself to be. It was not until after the flood that we see, “the LIE” in a world culture and religious form, as it is still presented today. We find in humanity’s rebellion at Babel, that Satan reframed “the LIE” to lay hold of the mind and heart of humanity.

We discover in Genesis 11, that under the leadership of Nimrod, humanity defied God’s command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1-6). They gathered in one place (Babel) and decided they would build a tower so high, that no flood would overwhelm it. In their intention, we can see how Satan had led them to believe (in error) God would break His promise never to flood the earth again.

In the LORD confusing the languages, we see humanity spread out over the known world, with Nimrod’s false religion of multiple gods (with the fallen angelic watchers), would lead the fight against the malicious and distant Creator, who only wanted to oppress man with His commands.

Because of the confusion of the language, people groups would name these false gods after their own language. Interestingly, if one researches well enough pagan world religions, they will find that although names of gods would change, their character remained similar, nation to nation and people to people. In almost every pantheon the native people worshiped lesser gods, who were considered reachable and active in humanity; where the Creator is distant and only interested in oppressing humanity.

In almost every pantheon there is a similar narrative where the lesser gods, sought to free humanity from the tyranny of the Creator, or provide where He selfishly withheld. In all of them we see the contempt of the kings and rulers against almighty God in Psalm 2.

A little disciplined research will reveal that the multiplicity of gods in the Egyptian, Hindu, Canaanite, Native American, Norse, Celtic, Greek and Roman pantheons, are often interchangeable. Satan has been very effective in using this “LIE” to turn humanity against the LORD.

 Psalms 2:1-3 (NKJV) ​ Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

Since Babel, “THE LIE” has been repeated to the world’s population, but there has been little unity among them because of national and language barriers, until a man conquered much of the civilized world by the time of his death in 332 B.C. That man was Alexander the Great.

The importance of his conquest is that Greek became the language of trade for most of the world. People were again connected through learning a common language. In this state, people began to see how their regional or national gods were just like those of their enemies.

Once more “the LIE” began to gain influence. With the advent of the Roman empire, which took control of and expanded upon Alexander’s territory and influence (as far north as the Celtic and Norse pantheons, and as far east as China and India’s multiplicities of deities), we begin to see a synchronization of “the LIE”. This was unchecked until the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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From the time of the Lord’s death and resurrection, until the rise of the Roman Catholic Church, we see humanity awaken to “the Truth” of the Messiah. Even in Rome, by 325 AD, we see the gods and “the LIE” surrounding them losing effect and influence.

Sadly, with the corruption of the church of Jesus Christ, in the rise of Roman Catholicism, we see the old god’s gaining ground through apostate Christianity, where idol worship returned, with Christian names. The image above is that of the Catholic saints in a setting eerily similar to that of the Greek gods above.

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With the reformation, we see a resurgence of truth, until the rise of masonic thought with Sir Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis”, which gave rise to Masonic influence, through syncretism of religions. Sadly this masonic movement found its footing in more than a few of the founders of the United States, who were devotees of Sir Francis Bacon and believed America to be the fulfillment of the New Atlantis. The image to the right is that of “The Apotheosis of George Washington”, where he sits in the seat of Zeus/Jupiter, while he is surrounded by the Roman versions of the Greek gods. This picture is in the dome of the capital building in Washington D.C.

The LIE” flourished in the elite political class of America unnoticed, while evangelical Christianity grew in the populace alongside of it. In this environment, “the Lie” was seen in the syncretism of spiritism, Native America spirit worship, the rise of the occult and the growing influence of the Roman Catholic Church, in the later part of the 1800’s even up to our current time.

One need only to read Revelation 18 and see the concerning similarities between the end times economic and governmental Babylon and history and current state of America.

Revelation 18:1-8 (NKJV) After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

Revelation 18:9-18 (NKJV) “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

It makes Christians in America emotionally agitated to suggest that the nation in which we live, could be anything other than  benevolent at heart. Although the weight of historical evidence and the cultural perversion that has grown unchecked is weighty evidence, I admit, that I too am grieved by the implications of what I have written. Despite my desire to hold on to what I was taught, we must for the sake of truth, throw off nostalgic views and refuse to make the mistake Israel made.

They believed themselves special, as a nation, no matter what they did. Although this is true of the remnant, it is not true of all born in Israel (read Romans 9, 10, 11). In fact, the same warning the Lord gave to them ought to cause true followers of Jesus Christ to pray for repentance in His church in America.

Ezekiel 16:48-50 (NKJV) “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done. Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.

It is important we investigate one more cultural phenomenon, which is effectively reframing Satan’s “LIE” in our current time. In the last days, there needs to be a cogent mechanism to transmit the great deception against the the LORD. That method is superhero comic book films.

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The Danger of “the LIE” (#4)

Romans 1:24-25 (NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

As we have been investigating “the LIE” over the past few postings, we understand its completely contrary position to “the TRUTH” of God, as given to us in the scripture. The “father of lies” has been busy throughout the history of mankind, attempting to convince mankind that the LORD is capricious, unloving and unkind; that God is hindering man from realizing his potential.

In this unrighteous deception, Lucifer is the hero (not the villain) and freedom to speak one’s own truth (relativity) and live according to that truth, is the pinnacle of life. Essentially, “the LIE” convinces man to live under the illusion we can be our own sovereign.

Easily missed in “the LIE” is that our desired freedom comes through throwing off God’s rule and command, as described in Psalm 2 “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed (His Messiah), saying “Let us break Their bonds and cast Their cords from us”. 

Simply put,the LIEenslaves man, in an attempt to achieve personal sovereignty. In this enslavement, man, bound by their sin nature grows increasingly perverse apart from God. When man exchanges the truth for the lie, turning to worshipping and serving the creature rather than the Creator, they begin to resemble the behavior of the false gods they have been worshiping.

One way we can see “the LIE” becoming the truth in our age is how pervasive sexual immorality has become, especially LGBTQ. Remembering that the fallen went after strange flesh (meaning angels copulated with human woman), it should be no surprise they taught men, to believe that sex was for pleasure, and love was relative to what made one feel good at the time.

In our day pop culture has been spreading this product of the LIE, in far reaching ways, as well as repeatedly retelling the war between the false gods and the LORD. Why? Because the more a lie is repeated, the more believable it is. Let’s take a look at how America sport is being used to advance the LIE.

 COMING OUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF SINGLING OUT CHRISTIANS

 Perhaps one of the more foolish questions Christians get asked and we for our part answer just as foolishly is “If I am gay does that mean I am going to hell?”

The reason it is a foolish question is that any person, who continually practices sin (of any sort) falls under the judgment of God (I John 3:4-9). I have instructed my children if asked such a question to respond that unrepentant sexual immorality brings the judgment of God, as well as any unrepentant sin.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NKJV) Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Given our topic it is important we understand the forecast of a nation that exchanges the truth of God for the lie.

Romans 1:24-27 (NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

 In this passage we see the in any society, where “the LIE” has become majority opinion, LGBTQ behavior becomes pervasive and insidious. This is not to say that other sin does not abundantly corrupt the populace. Reading Romans 1:28-32 reveals that sin abounds period, but LGBTQ signifies a debased mind, because it is literally that which kills off humanity, not being natural, and able to bring about offspring.

America has exceeded any nation in the history of the world in this area and now we see corporations, politicians, entertainment conglomerates and sports business promoting “the LIE” and in righteousness looking to suppress the truth.

Just the other day, NFL player Carl Nassib made headlines. Not for a mega contract or any on the field activity, but because he revealed that he has chosen to identify as gay man.

Truth be told, Carl Nassib has achieved a certain level of success in football. Though not a super star, he was rewarded by the Las Vegas Raiders with a three-year $25 million dollar contract in 2020.

His announcement was met with praise from his team, the NFL and former NFL players and even the president.

The Las Vegas Raiders tweeted “Proud of you”.

NFL Commissioner Rodger Godell declared “The NFL family is proud of Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” Goodell also stated “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will no longer be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the best of luck this coming season.

Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms commented that Nassib’s declaration was “Incredibly courageous”.  Chris Simms partner Mike Florio, in anticipating backlash in the locker room from “religious” players, declared “Religion has no place in an NFL locker room”.

Jim Irsay the owner of the Indianapolis Colts commented “I commend Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib for his courage and world leadership“.

President Biden called Nassib and inspiring athlete and “Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today,”

Here we see the reality of those who exchange the truth of God for the lie and call good evil and evil good.

It is a fair question to ask what is so courageous about announcing you are a sodomite? The answer is nothing. The word to describe Nassib’s revelation is not courageous, but “reprobate” and of a “debased” mind.

In contrast, it is quite chilling to consider the comments of Mike Florio. In watching most of the video of his conversation with Chris Simms, players with faith, in his viewpoint, are the problem.

In a further dive down the rabbit hole of calling evil good and good evil the NFL has released a video on TV and online that unequivocally embraces the LGBTQ community, stating that football is gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, beautiful and other descriptors. You can watch the video here.

It is quite clear the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball to a lesser degree have chosen to lead the fight for social and cultural change, even if it infringes upon the personal consciences and God given choices of others.

Across professional sports pressure to accept LGBT (redefinition of humanity made in God’s image), get vaccinated (science falsely so called), and bow to Black Lives Matters anti-God agenda are praised when complied with. Those who would dare question are shamed and run out of the sport. Sadly college sports are just as corrupt and engineered with this abominable agenda.

It can be clearly seen that “the LIE” is being repeated, over and over again in popular culture in America and it has changed the perception millions of people, who now see the truth of God’s word as antiquated, bigoted and to be outlawed. Sadly, in far too many churches, the truth is being exchanged for “the LIE”.

Once more let us remember “the LIE” with is supporting wicked thinking and immoral behavior, is being told over and over through entities thought to be innocuous and even good. During LGBT pride month, both Disney and Nickelodeon, supposedly networks for children, rans programming applauding LGBT in many different ways. Perhaps the most egregious, was a Disney special where Kermit the Frog has a discussion with  drag queen, about the goodness of being LGBT.

In my next post we will investigate how “the LIE” has been transmitted, both in religious and cultural form, with all its anti-God behavior, from the time of Babel.

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The Danger of “THE LIE” (#3)

Romans 1:24-25 (NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

As we have discovered “The LIE” of Satan purports that the one true God is not benevolent or loving, but stingy and domineering. In this falsehood the LORD is holding humanity back from realizing its potential. In “the LIE” Lucifer, who is Satan (the Devil), the accuser of the brethren, is the hero, who reveals to man how to unlock their divine potential.

In the Last posting we began to look at 5 movements Satan has used to effectively communicate “THE LIE”, for thousands of years.

  1. False Religion
  2. Apostate (or false Christianity)
  3. False Science
  4. Popular Culture
  5. “The Delusion”

In the last post we covered the first two. Today we will look at the last three. If you have not read Part I or Part II please click the following links to read them…

The Danger of “THE LIE” (#1) | Return, Revive, Repair, Restore (4rs4thechurch.com)

The Danger of “THE LIE” (#2) | Return, Revive, Repair, Restore (4rs4thechurch.com)

FALSE SCIENCE (KNOWLEDGE APART FROM GOD’S TRUTH)

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (NKJV) O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV) O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

You’ll notice I have included the King James translation for this passage. I have done this with good reason. When looking into the Greek word for “science” we find the word gnōsis. This word can mean garden variety knowledge or the so-called knowledge the heretical first century Gnostics claimed they had (which was demonic and not from God). The word can also mean science, or knowledge coming from studying the natural world, which God created for His glory and our benefit.  

In the Greek language context dictates the type of knowledge being spoken of. Timothy is to avoid profane and idle (vain) babblings and contradictions (oppositions) of what is falsely called knowledge.  We understand that even in Timothy’s time, false science, or knowledge of the natural world that contradicted God as Creator and contradicted the order and uniqueness of His creation, was abundant and voiced consistently.

We must remember historically that “science falsely so called” was proclaimed and published in the elite ruling class and trickled down to the masses. This false science was first put forth through the vain and demonic religions, who’s satanic leaders were mocking God, as they opposed the natural order.

Even in the time of the O.T. law, we see commands for the Israelites, such not mingling the seed of different kinds of animals (cross species breeding), which was an abomination to God (Leviticus 19:19).

Why was this necessary? Because from the time of the “sons of god” (fallen angelic entities) who “came into the daughters of men and bore children, in Genesis 6 , and even after the flood, the wicked took their “secret knowledge” to mingle the seed of different animals species. This was “science falsely so called”.

In creating what they believe to be new species, they were undermining the unique status of each animal under God and repeating and pushing the error of those “angels that left their first estate” “going after strange flesh” and are now awaiting judgment (II Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6).

Over time this “science falsely so called” advanced to what we know as evolution, which attempts to undermine God as the Creator that formed and fashioned each area of His creation, specifically and uniquely; especially man made in His image. What was taught in cross breeding, has now seen a resurgence in our age in the transhumanistic movement, which already crosses human DNA and animal, and seeks to attain immortality by marrying man with machine and artificial intelligence.

This is seen as “the next step in our evolution“, toward immortality, where men can throw off YHWH. What sinful hubris, as we followers of Christ know “He who sits in the heavens laughs and will hold them in derision” (Psalm 2).

Science falsely so called” ruminates with vain babblings about the earth being billions and billions of years old. How do scientists arrive at these dates? Through carbon 14-dating and the like, which uses radio-active isotopes, which are highly unstable and unreliable, to date things they find in the ground. Again all in an attempt to disprove the Creator through “The LIE“.

In the movement of false science, we see a push to make extra terrestrials the evolutionary beginning of humanity. Make no mistake, there will be some kind of alien reveal, at some point, to push humanity toward the antichrist. One may ask why? Because to falsely proclaim God is not the Creator, leads to the break down of not only belief in His natural law, but also His moral law.

We see this with the marriage of false psychology and biology, which promotes LGBTQ as a fact of human existence. This “science falsely so called”, is directly opposed to the beauty of the counterpart nature of male and female and redefines the meaning of love to be lust—these lies make sex about personal preference and pleasure, rather than bringing godly offspring into the world for the glory of our Creator and Savior.

In all of these areas we can see the vain babblings and contradictions, which oppose the truth about God and man made in His image. Through popular culture (as the mechanism), these lies are spread as fact and anyone who would hold up even a commonsense perspective are shouted down and canceled out. One need only look at the whole covid-19 mask, vaccine, lockdown, social distancing “protective measures” based on “science falsely so called” to see this new reality.

Once more, good is called evil and evil good—and men are exchanging the truth for “the Lie”.

POPULAR CULTURE

When we consider popular culture as the mechanism of transmission for “the LIE”, we must understand that this mechanism has changed from age to age. In more ancient times popular culture was disseminated by word of mouth and through the religion of the people and story telling and drama (as a form of entertainment).

After the advent of the printing press, popular culture exploded, but was defined by those who had enough money and power to influence what was written and put forth. One must consider that at one time the word of God and its truth, was a large portion of European popular culture and influence around the time of and for a few hundred years after the reformation.

For those of us living in the last 50 years we must understand the explosion of popular culture, its global connectivity and the access even the most economically challenged peoples of the world have to it. Even before the advent of the internet, consider the global influence of Michael Jackson or Michael Jordon, around the world. These men, could have commanded anything they wanted and got it, merely because they were popular for entertainment and sports.

Consider how sexual immorality has been used throughout the ages to undermine God’s people (Israel and the Church) and open channels for “the LIE” to grow deeper roots in our common humanity.

Consider the degradation of American culture into sex obsessed immorality. 

Many forget that the first transgender person most Americans was one if its most popular comedians, Milton Berle. Since he first cross dressed on the very first black and white Televisions, we have experience incremental intentional encroachments upon the morality of this nation.

I can remember the first nudity on the Big three networks (L.A. Law), the second occurrence only a few years later (N.Y. P.D. Blue). Around that time we also had the first popular show with gay lead and supporting characters (Will and Grace) and the casual sexual relationships of Friends. All of these encroachments occurred in the 1990’s like domino’s falling at specific times during that decade.

The popular music of that time through rap, grunge, alternative and metal, reiterated these immoralities on a scale never seen before. Is it any wonder that after the horror of 911, when the nation paused for a moment and thought “Is God trying to say something to us?”, that the “sexual freedom” of “the LIE, has advanced to where today the NFL and Disney are overtly supporting LGBT?

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This ought not to surprise us because Satan is the “prince of the power of the air”. Today through the human shackles of wireless phones, “the LIE” of Satan is accessible to all, through the air. As Christians we need to repent of thinking technology an innocuous thing for good or evil. It was not created by God’s fiat, so we need to be careful, for it was designed by and for the world system, over which Satan sits as master.

We must be careful not to be connected to the world through its devices and popular culture. In the final post of this blog series we will see how popular culture is pushing “the LIE” of LGBT and the old gods against the LORD.

1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

 THE DELUSION

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The last reason “the LIE” is so effective, especially as we approach the hour of Christ’s return, is that God Himself will send strong delusion to many so they actually believe “the LIE”. The word send, means God is sending them off or away into strong delusion. This means, that because they did not receive a love for the knowledge of the truth, He sends those who once called themselves Christians, away into full delusion.

It is important to understand that the word “love” in this passage is agapē, which describes God’s character of love towards sinners. The word literally means to give a love feast.  A love feast is seen in one completely humbling themselves in obedience to another, as an act of continual devotion, for the sake of love. Our Lord Jesus exemplified this in His cross and resurrection and it is how the follower of Christ serves Jesus through obedience and reverence to His word.

Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV) ​ Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

This is not the American Christian mindset of a devotional life of a certain time frame, where I put my bible or devotional material away and live the rest of my day, my way. Receiving a love for the knowledge of the truth, is to hide God’s word in your heart. Receiving a love of the truth is to take heed according to His word and wait on the Holy Spirit to lead you in it; and develop Christ’s character in you, through its use.

As the scriptures reveal in Hebrews 5:14 the one who loves the truth grows to maturity in their faith, by having their senses exercised in the word of God to discern both good and evil.

The reason “the LIE” grows among those who call themselves Christians is that in crisis they believe and give into the “the LIE” or “lies” of the devil, rather than holding to God’s promises and commands from His word. When this occurs consistently, a person becomes a Christian in name only and is at risk of the LORD sending them off into the delusion of “the LIE”.

This is what Romans 1:28 describes as God turning a person over to a reprobate or debased mind.

The severity of this truth can not be understated. Consider that even in evangelical churches and fellowships founded on holiness, we find debates over accepting homosexual attendees, members, and clergy. Consider that even in those fellowships not walking over the cliffs of LGBT madness, there is little to no discipline or correction for those cohabitating or being sexually immoral—for those missing fellowship repeatedly—for those who do not believe foundational Christian doctrine.

Ask yourself this question “Do I truly have a love for the truth?

Next time, we will investigate how far and influential “the LIE” has become by things many Christians regularly view.

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The Danger of “THE LIE” (#2)

Romans 1:24-25 (NKJV) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Satan, as we discovered in our last post, has been perpetrating “the LIE” since the Garden of Eden. As we come closer and closer to the unfolding of the very end of days, prior to Christ’s return, we understand “the LIE” will become more pervasive and convincing.

*to read Part one of this series click here THE LIE #1

In summary, “the LIE”, purports that the one true God, is not benevolent or loving, but stingy and domineering; He is holding humanity back from realizing its potential. In “the LIE” Lucifer, the Devil and the accuser of the brethren, is the hero, who through his cohorts, reveals to man how to unlock their divine potential.

To write that, makes me ill, because it is a complete inversion of the truth of God’s word. It is for this reason we read in Romans 1:24-25 that after men fall into unthankful foolishness and lust, they “exchange the truth of God for the lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator”.

One would think that we would have a head start on seeing “the LIE” for what it is, being that man bears the image of God. Although that is true, we must regard that our being born with Adam’s nature, not only mars the effectiveness of God’s personal stamp of Himself in our humanity, but it also means our lives begin quite contrary to God.

Romans 8:6-8 (NKJV) For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Every man and woman born into this world, except the Lord Jesus Christ (born of a virgin), has come into the world carnally minded. Romans 5:10 reveals this means that we are born enemies of God. The carnally minded are in search of their own wants, propagation, and protection. Essentially, we are led by desire and lust even, rather than God being born spiritually dead.

As those who are now alive in Christ, by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit and having received salvation through repentance and faith in Christ’s completed work in His cross and resurrection, we can see how the carnally minded seek to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. We can even admit that if it had not been for the Holy Spirit and His word, we would be fooled by this suppression of the truth in unrighteousness. The suppression of “the TRUTH” is by Satan’s age-old lie.

HOW SATAN SPREADS “THE LIE”

As I have considered “the LIE” and how Satan uses it to get humanity to look toward his false messiah, I believe there are four areas where he has attempted to suppress the truth. The fifth area deals with something God Himself does.

  1. False Religion
  2. Apostate (or false Christianity)
  3. False Science
  4. Popular Culture
  5. “The Delusion”

FALSE RELIGION

We need only to read Romans 1:24-25 to understand that man fell away from the worship of God rapidly after the fall. By the time we get to 6 we find that the incursion of fallen angels “the sons of God” by copulating with human woman, created all kinds of havoc. Beyond the demented and abominable offspring, men who have already turned from dependence on the LORD, began in earnest to worship the fallen angels as gods.

The narrative, which would be picked up again in Babel, by the world’s first antichrist figure in Nimrod, would pit a multiplicity of gods in conflict with the LORD God Almighty, in the minds of humanity. Men would hold the Creator in contempt, as against them, and worship and serve the creatures, who were lying to them under Satan’s dominion. Interestingly this narrative continues to this day across the scope of paganism, with its animistic roots.

Christian and Missionary Alliance theologian and missionary to Native America tribes in North America described this in his excellent book “strange gods”. Baily described Native America spirit worship as those who acknowledge the one Creator, across all tribes, but see Him as hating humanity and abandoning them. Because of this abandonment, they were left to serve the whims and wishes of the lesser strange gods, who at least could be bargained with.

Interestingly, to study the Greek and Roman pantheon of gods, or that of the Hindu (India) and ancient Egypt, or that of the gods of Nordic paganism, or those of the Canaanite culture in the middle east, one would find they are the same strange gods by different names.

This is not a broad brush, my friends but a time-tested delivery system, that Satan has used to proclaim his “LIE” that salvation should not be looked for in the Creator, but in those He created. As sick as this “LIE” is, it is also repeated through false Christianity, which has been around from the early days of the church of Jesus Christ.

FALSE AND APOSTATE CHRISTIANITY

For many in our time, seeing the unholy union of paganism and Christianity in Catholicism is a constant reminder of Apostate Christianity, or falling way from the faith once delivered to the saints. Although Roman Catholicism is, at least in my opinion the head of the end times apostate faith, world over, we must regard that Satan was using the false systems of Roman Catholicism from the earliest assaults on the true faith.

*If you would like a deeper dive into Roman Catholicism and its apostate system please click this link to read a good overview of their false faith My Children, ESCAPE from Babylon! #4 [Rome/America? Part 1] | Return, Revive, Repair, Restore (4rs4thechurch.com)

The first incursion of “THE LIE” against the faith once delivered to the saints is found in Acts 8:9-24. In this passage we find a powerful sorcerer named Simon. He believes the gospel account, continues with the disciples and was baptized. The only problem was that he was unrepentant and when the opportunity came for him to have power over people again, he attempted to purchase the gift of the Spirit. This Simon is none other than Simon Mangus, who led the early heresy of Gnosticism.

Gnosticism attempted to marry the faith with parts of the occult and can be seen today in new age, wicca and yes sometimes Charismatic Christianity. Throughout the New Testament we are warned about apostasy and false faith. In Revelation 2 we hear of the Nicolaitans. These false Christians began an order of priests and said because we have grace sinning was not a big deal, so long as your priest forgave you. These Nicolaitans believed we had no responsibility to the word of God, but had to obey the priest, who was the only one who could understand spiritual things.

We see these forms of false faith arise in Jehovah’s Witness, Islam, Mormonism and the emergent church movement.

The Devil spreads “the LIE” through other forms of false Christianity, such as prosperity gospel, charismaniac Christianity, which takes the Holy Spirit beyond the boundaries of God’s word and seeks to erase other boundaries in place for order in Christ’s church.

Apostate/False Christianity seeks to divide over divisive issues… once saved always saved, the timing of the rapture, which Bible version one uses, the cessation of the sign gifts or abuse of the sign gifts, Calvinism vs. Arminianism and hundreds of others. Apostate Christianity seeks to highlight distinctive doctrine for the purpose of claiming elite status.

It is my belief that apostate Christianity based in America has done more to advance “the LIE” than even pagan religion in the last 100 years. I believe II Thessalonians 2:9-12 agrees with this belief. It is for this reason we must test the spirits, whether they be of Christ, founded in His word (appropriately divided) and tested.

1 John 4:1-3 (NKJV) ​ Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

To avoid being fooled it is important that we hold fast to the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3), which is contained in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42) and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also paramount that we exist in fellowship with those who do not hold to the same distinctive doctrine we may. We must hold fast to Christ together.

In our next post we will continue to examine the remaining three ways Satan has impressed his “LIE over the conscience of the world.

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The Danger of “THE LIE” (#1)

Why We Should All Be Skeptics | HuffPost

We are warned in the word of God that Satan is a liar and truth is not in Him.

In rebuking religious Jews in Jerusalem, our Lord declared…

John 8:44 (NKJV) You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Sadly, the truth of Satan’s character as a “liar” and the “father of lies”, has been understated over the last many decades, at least in the church in America. It is true that it is an error to find the Devil (or a demon) as the cause behind every Christian trouble; but it is equally an error to understand and miss the pervasiveness of his role and that of his demonic administration of the world system, in the last days.

As we know, Satan is the “father of lies”, let us consider two passages of scripture, which give label to his greatest deception.

Romans 1:18-25 (NKJV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

You will notice the contrasting phrase “who exchanged the truth of God for the lie”. It is most interesting that the word “the” makes that which follows it an unofficial title. It therefore revels the battle between God and His word and Satan and his lies.

We must understand that “the lie” is not referring to all the lies of the enemy as individual and separate from one another, but as a singular entity made of up purposeful, pragmatic chosen lies. These lies form a singular lie, which Satan has been using with great effect against humanity and often the church.

When considering “THE LIE”, we understand it was used from the Garden until now and will be through the return of Jesus; for the purpose of keeping the world at odds with “the truth of God”. Another New Testament passage reveals the reach of “THE LIE” beyond the Garden of Eden, until Christ’s return.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV) The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

II Thessalonians 2:1-12 reveals the conditions present at the time of the rise of antichrist and as such reveals a “the falling away” in verse 3. This falling away does not refer to those outside the kingdom of God, but those who appear at one time to be in; as the Greek word apostasia is what “the falling away” is translated from. The word is used in other places in the New Testament refering to those who were in the Kingdom but are in danger of falling away (see Hebrews 6:4-6).

In the quoted passage above “the falling away” comes to those who do not receive a love of “the truth”. God sends a delusion that they would believe “The LIE”, because they were already walking in unbelief.

Do we not see this “falling away” before us, even now, where denominations and individuals who once professed the faith once delivered to the saints, are choosing to believe gnostic garbage concerning Jesus and adding to or subtracting from the word of God. In the last days “The LIE” is super fueled by the supernatural and satanic deceptions, with the rise of antichrists paving the way before the last antichrist is revealed (Matthew 24:23-26)

The same “LIE” the Devil whispered to Eve in the Garden is the core of “THE LIE” even today. Let us take a look.

Genesis 3:1-5 (NKJV) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Interestingly “THE LIE” begins with the error that God is not loving or benevolent, withholding  and limiting our potential, because He wants to keep us subject to Him. “THE LIE” continues with Satan injecting himself as humanity’s liberator from God; through obedience to Lucifer man can be fully realized apart from Almighty God. Note the Devil did not attempt to erase the knowledge of God, but to make them unthankful for who God is as creator, Sustainer and Savior.

THE LIE” the Devil created used(s) sets humanity on a search to attain what Satan Himself can never lay hold of… Divinity. Read the accounts of the fall of Satan in Isaiah 14:12-15, especially verse 14 where Lucifer declares “I will be like the Most High”. For an angel, being like God is an impossibility, as well as for a human, but “THE LIE” besmirches this one truth”: Man was made in the image of God.

Though we will never attain divinity or eternality (by ourselves), which God alone possesses, more than any other creation, we bare the moral, spiritual and physical image of the one true God.

“THE LIE” tempts us to choose to be unthankful towards God and believe He is holding us back and subjecting us to unnecessary rules. This lines up with what we previously read in Romans 1:18-25.

Even in the early stages of humanity, after the flood we see Satan’s “LIE” taking firm root. In Genesis 9:1-10, the LORD declared He would never flood the earth again and gave a sign of His faithfulness to that promise—He commanded they were to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. As we will see, “THE LIE” was used to twist humanity from believing in God’s goodness again, and therefore reject His rulership.

Genesis 11:1-4 (NKJV) ​ Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

In this verse we can clearly see that humanity had at least obeyed be “fruitful and multiply“, but they rejected “and fill the earth”. In fact, they were trying to stick together and not fill the earth. Why? Because they did not believe in God’s mercy or trust His word, that He would never again flood the earth. We know this because they were building a tower to heaven. Yes, it was to worship fallen angels, but it was a giant middle finger, that if God flooded the earth, they would stand against Him.

We see “THE LIE” challenging God’s goodness, love, mercy and character of Truth and Faithfulness, with cynicism, unbelief, and unthankfulness. After we see humanity’s one language confused and the people scattered, we see the “THE LIE” coalescing over millennia and called out by God in Psalm 2, where He reveals who will destroy “THE LIE”.

Psalms 2 (NKJV)Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed
(Messiah), saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'”

Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

Psalm 2 truly transcends all time, as it reveals Christ’s pre-incarnation relationship to the Father, His will to make Himself of no reputation and His return to bring God’s wrath and Kingdom forever. He will destroy the “LIE”, but until then we must be aware of how “THE LIE” works for the purpose of guarding ourselves and revealing its flaws in the light of “THE TRUTH OF GOD”.

Next time we will examine more closely why “THE LIE” has influence in all humanity, discussing our born in iniquity and how the best lies stay close enough to the truth to be believable and are repeated so much that they are unquestioned.

 

 

 

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Losing Sight of Jesus; How to Avoid Sinking (Matthew 14:22-33)

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Matthew 14:22-33 (NKJV) Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me! “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

 In America we sing the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. Often the song is song, like being with an old familiar friend. One they have not seen in a while. There are smiles and some tears, but the fact that we sing it at all, reveals how we often forget, that Christ is with us amid the trials of life. The song is a reminder to Christians who are struggling through difficulties which cloud their faith in Christ.

O soul are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and freer!

Perhaps if this hymn had been written, at the time of Matthew 14, Peter would not have sunk, although I believe he most likely would have still.

God’s word reveals repeatedly the human potential of even the most faithful, turning away from Jesus Christ our Lord, when trials come; even those who walked with Him for three and half years.

We need look no further than Revelation 2:2-5, to the Ephesian Church, only 50 years after Christ died and rose from the dead, to observe a good fellowship of saints, who had turned away from Jesus, without knowing it. The word of God declares.

Why do even the most passionate Christians, tend to look away from Jesus Christ, in critical moments of temptation and trial, to their own detriment?

In Matthew 14:22-33, we will discover why trials come and who is in control in the middle of them—we will discover the reason Peter sunk and why we do as well, when walking in faith is difficult—we will also discover what in us pulls our vision from Jesus Christ.

WHO IS BEHIND ALL OUR STORMS

History and geography reveal that Israel is a diverse geographical land, especially the region of Galilee, where our Lord Jesus grew up and lived until, He began His ministry. The sea of Galilee is especially unique. Because of how it is positioned, winds rush over a plain towards the sea of Galilee, until falling violently over high cliffs on one side of this body of water. The result is like the violent thrashing if you would punch your fist into a medium sized oval basin filled with water.

Peter, James, Andrew, and John would have understood this since they fished Galilee their entire lives. Even violent storms would not have brought them to fear, as they could read the sky and would have never ventured out in such conditions, that could produce death on the water. Yet there they were in peril beyond their sufficiency and expertise.

Only a short time after Jesus commanded them to get into the boat and go to the other side, we read in verse 24But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.”

The Holy Spirit uses two very descriptive words “tossed” and “contrary” to reveal the very present danger they were in. in the first place the boat was “tossed” by the waves or was being tortured and punished, by wave after wave pounding the vessel. This vexed the disciples, even the fearless fishermen among them, which means they despaired even for their lives.

When you add to this condition, which produced waves as large as 15 to 20 feet in height, that the wind was “contrary” amplifies an already dangerous situation. The word “contrary” means the wind blowing into their faces, opposing their commanded direction. Imagine being in a first century fishing boat no more than 15 to 18 feet in length, where waves were overwhelming their vessel in the front of the boat and it seemed the wind was taunting them.

These were dire circumstances indeed, so who was ultimately behind these conditions? God Himself.

Let us remember that Jesus Christ the Lord, is God. In his incarnation He obeyed the Father perfectly. He did only what the Holy Spirit commanded Him to say or do.

OUR LORD IS BEHIND THE STORMS

When reading verse 22 we understand that “immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side”. Interestingly the word “immediately” means he wanted them in the middle of Galilee for a purpose, which was time sensitive. So great was this purpose Jesus “made” them get into the boat. This means that He forcefully and authoritatively commanded them.

This excursion across Galilee was either allowed or ordered specifically by God to reveal something about His Christ. The purpose of this set up is revealed in verse 33.

Matthew 14:33 (NKJV) Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

As in almost every miracle of Christ, God was revealing Him as the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy, to the disciples, so that they would believe Him to be the Son of God.

In addition, our passage, reveals Christ’s deity, and power over His creation and sovereignty over those who follow Him.

This was a lesson, the disciples forgot all to easily. In Matthew 8:23-27 and Mark 4:35-41, we find an earlier account of a “freak” Galilee storm, where the disciples were terrified, and our Lord was asleep in the boat. When they awoke Him, and “Don’t you care we are perishing” and “Lord, save us, we are perishing, Jesus calmly rebukes the wind and the waves with “Peace be still” and admonishes them for their lack of faith and abundance of unbelief.

The point is He still had control over the storms, whether caused by natural phenomenon, demonic personage or ordered by God himself. The disciples forgot this by the time Matthew 14:22-33 rolls around. And we forget easily, in our storms as well, if not careful.

Most Christians understand and agree, at least intellectually, that God is sovereign over His entire creation. Most would agree biblically that Christ is with us as our shepherd in our walk through the valley of the shadow of death, which is not only the time before our death, but from the moment we are born again and begin our walk on the narrow road.

The problem for us is that amid trials, where we wrestle not against flesh and blood, where what we are up against is far beyond our scope of control and ability to navigate or overcome; we tend to fall back into panic patterns, rather than walk in faith.

In the life of the believer, it does not matter if our trials are from the curse upon creation—or our Father allowing the free will choice of another opposed to our faith to come against us—or if God specifically ordains our uncomfortable circumstances for His purpose. What matters is that we remember His truth from Romans 8:28.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

When we are in the middle of storms against us, we must remember that Christ Jesus is with us in the middle of it, and the outcome will be for His glory and our benefit. Remember storms and trials are continual and consistent for those who follow Jesus Christ, because from the moment of salvation, we are in a world totally against the LORD and His Messiah; and our Father uses them for His glory and our sanctification.

Let us remember we walk daily in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23). Be sober brethren more violent storms are coming upon His saints worldwide, we must learn from Peter’s faith to walk on the storm sea and his fall. This we will do in the next teaching. Until then Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus!

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Another Step in the Direction of Abomination… May God Strengthen His Church!

This an abomination. We knew it would eventually come.

No nation with the reach of the United States, worldwide, has broached so many historically accepted moral boundaries held by most nations, as the United States has.

We are reminded of this again in an article in the Christian Post detailing President Joe Biden’s constitutional overreach, pushing the an unprecedented sanctioning of sexual immorality (you can read the article by clicking the link https://www.christianpost.com/voices/biden-forces-doctors-to-perform-sex-change-operations.html).  This new executive order forces medical providers to perform transgender reassignment surgeries if they received federal Health and Human Services dollars. The order as written means, those who object because of conscience or religions position, have no right to refuse; ad will be penalized for violations of this law.

This furthers reveals how the United States of American is the low bar leader of nations states in history, perhaps surpassing even Sodom.

Ezekiel 16:48-50 (NKJV) “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done. Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.

Consider that in June of 2012, under the Obama administration, Defense Secretary Leon Pantentta sanctioned homosexuality as normative for all America armed forces, by declaring June the military’s month of LGBT pride. In know of no nation in history to have even perpetrated such a moral low of moral destroying lunacy. As is often the case, this celebration within the U.S. military, was the testing ground of the nation-wide legal sanction of gay marriage by 2015 (Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644).

Let those of us who are Christian and conservative not pretend this is abominable movement is of Democratic origin only. Remember the advance of LGBTQ during both the Reagan and Bush 1 presidencies: both Republican. In Washington and Hollywood through advocacy during the AIDS epidemic, sympathy was created for those who were infected with AIDS (in the US), where the vast majority infected through were infected through homosexual contact. A historical search will reveal that President Reagan’s wife Nancy and Princess Diana, were used to change the narrative on the nature of homosexuality and distorting the nature of compassion and even love.

Consider that under President Bush 2, more LGBTQ people were employed in high-ranking positions in his administration than under even under President Obama.

Consider that even president Trump, who did attempt to cut taxpayer funding of transgender surgeries, did not attempt rescind June as LGBT pride month, and still received campaign funds and political support from donors who chose to LGBTQ and support the LGBTQ push.

Christians in America must realize, if we are living in the beginning of the sorrows, the nation we live in is strikingly like Babylon from Revelation 17-18, in its political, economic, and synergistic religious culture, where politics of all parties declare “God Bless America”, in addition to most of the nation giving the LORD GOD Almighty the middle finger.

If the US is not Babylon, hardship, destruction, and judgement are coming from the LORD regardless. The only Living LORD and God will not neglect the cries of 60,000,000 barbarically murder children (abortion). He will not allow greed, neglect of the righteous civility and outright abomination to go unpunished. We Christians need to understand calamity and tribulation are coming to Christians in America.

2 Timothy 3:12-14 (NKJV) Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them…

 We will not be raptured away before we suffer like our brethren worldwide, from the birth of the Church in Acts 2. Jesus told us in Matthew 24, we would be persecuted and hated in every nation, before He comes for His Church.

Matthew 24:9-13 (NKJV) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Prepare brethren, to endure in the faith in America. For those in other nations under persecution, pray for the church in America, which is unprepared for the persecution rushing towards us now. The hatred against the church is unmasked, and almost unrestrained.

May we all be founded on the truth that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever—that He will never leave nor forsake His redeemed—that it is an honor to suffer for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and that to live is to live for Christ and His glory; to dies in Him inestimable gain.

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The Modern Christian Crucible: Covid-19

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1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

Christians are called to rejoice in the trials we face in life, regardless of severity or consistency, because they serve as a crucible of sorts, to purify and strengthen our faith. A crucible is the container by which gold is heated for the purpose of refining out the impurities and strengthening the metal.

Trials are a crucible for our faith. Perhaps more than one trial, the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, are a world-wide crucible for Christians; perhaps being used by our God and Father to purify and strengthen His church for the very last days.

  1. Having contact with several Christian ministers and laity from India, Pakistan, parts all over Africa and Southeastern Asia, I am acutely aware of how this weaponized disease has brought on a world-wide crucible for followers of Jesus Christ.
  2. In India, our brethren are being locked down once again as cases skyrocket in Delhi and other cities. Fear is rampant as well as confusion as to how to minister to the flock.
  3. In Canada, our brethren are being fined 5 times more for gathering to worship Christ, than those who violate bar policies. Pastor James Coates was arrested in February for holding services and others across Canada are being harassed by police during Gathering times.
  4. In Israel vaccines are mandatory, to refuse is to lose access to Israeli society. Christians who do not want to take the vaccine, will become second class citizens, with restricted access to shopping and other life essential elements.

In America, the pressure to get a vaccine is constant. Last night President Joe Biden, commanded all Americans get vaccinated during his congressional speech, although vaccines are not mandated.

In one of the most biased pieces of reporting I have seen, CNN’s Brianna Keilar discussed how white evangelicals (yes “white”), are driving a false narrative about vaccines, and are easily duped by their pastoral leaders to believe lies. It should be noted that almost every one of the “pastors” interviewed were of the unbiblical charismatic variety (Jessie Duplantis, Kenneth Copeland and Guillermo Maldonado).

In the United States, Christian’s have been in the cross hairs of those using Covid-19 to cease power and limit civil liberties of all Americans. Let us consider mask wearing for a moment. Let us disregard for moment that masks are ineffective at stopping the spread of any disease, let us move into the foolish.

Anthony Fauci recently declared that if a person is fully vaccinated, they can go outside with other fully vaccinated people, without a mask; but you need to wear one inside still. If vaccines are so effective, why can’t a vaccinated person cease mask wearing all together? The answer is simple, mask wearing represents a new human identity, based on slavery to the elite, informed. Consider it the New World Order of “Simon Says”.

Let us consider some facts, before we get to what our God and Father is working in us through these extraordinary times.

  1. Covid-19 is a genetically enhanced virus turned into a bioweapon by the governments of the world to continue population controls set up in United Nations Agenda 2020, 2021, 2030, and 2050.
  2. As far back as 2018 Bill Gates had been warning of a global pandemic. In 2019 Anthony Fauci warned about a corona virus pandemic, 8 months before the first recorded case in America and before the Wuhan outbreak by three months. How did he know?
  3. In October 2019, John Hopkins University, in conjunction with the Gates Foundation (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), ran a pandemic response disaster scenario, called Event/201, where 65,000,000 people die from a… you guessed it… a corona virus.
  4. In March 2019 Covid-19 was found in wastewater in Spain and in December 2019 it was found in Italy, long before Italy had its first cases.

Forgive me for sounding conspiratorial, but Covid-19 is being used to control the populations of the world. Covid-19 is a crucible for the church of Jesus Christ, because we are now being commanded to violate our faith for the “greater good”. This is not an American Christian issue, but one for the church world-wide.

This is also not a call to arms or revolt, for our God is using this to purify our faith.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

In light of this wonderful truth, let us honestly deal with the potential future of what has developed in the world with Covid-19.

Is it possible, that like Israel, other nations will mandate vaccines? Is it possible that those receiving the vaccine get a passport to “normal life” and those who do not are restricted in their access to the needs of life and economy? Does this sound like a precursor to the global economy of the Antichrist?

Revelation 13:16-17 (NKJV) He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Difficult as these times are and potentials are, they serve as the heat for the crucible of purifying our faith. The simple answer to what will we do? Is trust God!

Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV) Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When more calls for lockdowns arise and we are told we cannot gather in buildings together, we have more heat to purify our faith. There is never a reason to disobey our God and Father, especially when dealing with gathering together; in fact, to do so is willful sin.

Hebrews 10:25-31 (NKJV) not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The times we live are squarely in the latter part of the “beginnings of the sorrows”. Because of Covid-19, His children will be hated in every nation. There is much to fear from a human perspective, but alas, we are not those who fear or draw back. To live is Christ and do die is gain. We must continue the fellowship of the saints, even if it means abandoning our buildings and western ideas of the Church.

The time has come to really study the vibrancy of the early church in Acts 1-4 to see how they thrived and grew during existential threats all around them, while they met in secret and house to house.

To those who lead, the time is upon us, where we may have to travel daily to meet with ten or three or five, here and there, for the purpose of maintaining fellowship. May God use this Covid-19 crucible to purify our faith to that of the faith once delivered to the saints, as revealed in the word of God.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

It is important to remember that the early church faced threats to its practice of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When pressed with following the faith, or giving into the demands of men, they did not fight with human weapons, but obeyed God and took the consequences.

Acts 4:18-20 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Acts 5:28-29 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.

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Without REPENTANCE

In this teaching we examine the necessity of repentance in a person receiving salvation through Christ’s finished work. We also examine how neglecting to preach and lead others to true repentance, hampers a person walking in faith in Christ.

PART #1

PART #2

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Without REPENTANCE notes

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