Technology and the Bible

Anyone who knows me knows that I like science and science fiction. Maybe it’s the draw of the utopian societies or maybe it’s the technology. I don’t know why but I have always been drawn to sci-fi. I love reading and watching videos about our most recent achievements in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and technology.

I am also a Christian. I love Jesus with all of my heart and long for the day when I will dwell forever with

Privative technology

the Master. But how do these two parts of my being mesh? Or do they? Some believe that we should live as simply as possible to the point that they abstain from using any technology developed beyond a certain point. Personally I disagree with this. If you are going to take that perspective then you need to abandon ALL technology including primitive tools such as flint knives and cut animal hides as clothing.

We think of technology from our modern perspective. Computers are considered tech but butter knives and spoons aren’t. But actually any tool from a simple stone picked up as a hammer is a form of technology. And we see these tools used throughout the Bible both for good and for evil.

So how should a Christian deal with technology? There are as many answers as there are people answering. Everyone has an opinion and since this is my blog, I’ll give you mine. Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion.

I’m sure that by now you have guessed that I like technology, but it is actually a pretty complex issue. I’m going to bypass any tech that is used for or was created for war or evil. I’m also going to skip simple tools and basic electric devices such as toasters and gas ranges. Although without these our lives would be vastly different.

So let’s look at some of the tech we have available today and some of what the future holds.

Computers are probably the first thing many people will think of when you talk about technology. Without computers there would not be any modern, advanced technology. Computers are really nothing new. Manual computing devices have been around long before electricity was a common tool. At around 1620 an English minister invented the slide rule. With this device he was able to perform complex mathematical calculations very quickly. A device called The Antikythera mechanism was discovered around 1900 and it dated back to before the time of Jesus! But the oldest computer that I could find was the abacus. This device, still used by many Chinese, was may have been used by the Babylonians as early as 2400BC!

5MB compared to 32GB

While these aren’t what we would call computers today, they certainly were the beginnings. Modern electronic computers were developed in the 1950’s and since then have progressed dramatically. The picture on the left is an IBM 5 MB hard drive. They didn’t sell them but would lease them for $28,000 per month. The picture on the right are two 32 GB drives purchased for $12 apiece.  

We’ve all seen the pictures of the first Apple computer – made with a WOOD frame! This is the same company that now makes the iPad and smart watches.

Well, that was a great history lesson, but what about its relation to Christianity? No technology, in and of itself, is inherently evil except that it was thought of and invented by fallen man. I’m including even nuclear bombs. The bombs can’t think. They don’t know that they are about to wipe out an entire city. Those who decide to deploy those devices are the ones who may or may not be evil, not the bombs. A screwdriver isn’t evil even if an evil person uses it to stab someone.

I use my computer to write and post blogs. I have a wonderful program called e-Sword that has a ton of Bible translations in many languages. Most of are familiar with Blue Letter Bible phone apps. I’m 66 years old and went to collage without computers. I wrote term papers and did research by hand in an actual library with paper books. I had to show up in class to get credit and hand in paper test sheets. It wasn’t hard because it was all I knew. Of course my “friends” in sci-fi novels had computers and online classes, but I’ve never had a problem separating reality from fiction.

I had planned on putting in several paragraphs here about robots. Not industrial machines that build cars but humanoid robots or androids. I just watched a documentary on YouTube about Gemma Chan had an android made in her image that was so convincing that it fooled reporters who were interviewing the robot. They actually thought they were talking to Gemma not a chat-bot. It was eye-opening. So I’m going to hold off on giving you my opinion of androids. Since this isn’t the 24 century and not all androids are like Data I’m not sure what I think. I hadn’t realized that out androids were at that level yet. Sophia may have been granted honorary citizenship in Saudi Arabia but you would never mistake it for a living person. Yet the Gemma robot did just that. I have to process that for awhile before I decide what I think about it.

The images below are all androids (human-like robots)

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The Faces of hunger

Have you ever been hungry? I’m not talking about missing a meal every now and then and I’m not talking about planned fasts. Have you ever been unable to provide a meal when you wanted?

Worse than this, have you even been in the position that you could not provide a meal for your children? No money, no hope and no resources?

What do you do when your child tells you that they are hungry and you literally have nothing to give them? When you don’t even have a place to live? Or a safe place to sleep.

I’m calling this post the faces of hunger but I could call it the faces of homelessness. The pictures I’m posting are all Americans. They may be in your city or town. These children and single moms didn’t ask for this. They don’t want to be living on the street. The fortunate ones have a car as their home, but that’s not good enough.

You see, I’ve been there myself. I know what it’s like to have to tell your children that there’s nothing to eat. I know what it’s like to see your wife crying in frustration and despair. I know what it’s like to have to beg. It’s not a pleasant experience.

Yes, some people choose this way of life. These are not the people I’m talking about. How about the single parents whose partners are gone? How about the parents who have mental issues? Maybe they made some bad choices in the past and now they are living with the consequences. We all have made poor choices from time to time. Some worse than others.

How about the families that just aren’t making enough money? They have to choose between rent, utilities and food.

Looking at this picture you have to ask how anyone can live like this? No one should ever have to and these are the lucky ones. They have a roof!

It is estimated that there are over 209 million adults in America. Can you imagine if half of these people were to give just one dollar to help this situation? ONE DOLLAR. That would be nearly $105,000,000 toward the hunger crisis in America.

There are programs that can help. The government has welfare programs and churches have shelters and

feeding programs. But what about you? Are you a Christian? A follower of Jesus? Remember, Jesus took compassion on the crowd and fed them because they missed one meal! How can we not feel compassion for these who live beside us? The Pharisees asked Jesus who they should consider their neighbors. We have literal neighbors who are hungry and we do nothing to ease the pain. How can we, as Christians, just sit and let them go hungry?

There are places where you can donate food, money and your time. Donating you time is vital. Food banks and shelters need volunteer help so they can stretch their food dollars to feed more families. Every dollar they pay toward wages is money not going to food. Homeless shelters also need your help, physically and financially. Look up places near you. I know they are there. We often ignore these facilities until we need them, but they are there. I’m going to list a few but these are by no means the only ones. Do your own research. Some of these are Christian organizations and some are secular. There are also local shelters and foodbanks that you can find with a quick internet search. Your church may also have a benevolence fund or organizations that they sponsor and/or support.

Feeding America

Meals For Good

The Hunger Project

Feed The Children

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Prayer – WHY?

Prayer is effective

Why should I bother to pray? Why should you bother to pray? As the title of this blog says, prayer is effective.  It works. But first let’s back up a bit and ask another question. What is prayer? Before we can be convinced that prayer works we need to know what prayer is and how to pray. Maybe I should have done this blog before the series on The Lord’s Prayer but we can catch up.

So, what is prayer? The dictionary lists prayer as a noun and defines it as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” Asking for help or thanking Him for His help are certainly two aspects of prayer that the Bible tells us to practice. But prayer is so much more than this.

God is our Father and we should talk to Him as we would our earthly fathers. I told this to someone many years ago and very quickly was told that his earthly father wasn’t someone that anyone would want to talk to. I know, some of us don’t have a good relationship with our earthly fathers for various reasons. I was actually in that same position myself so I understand. But our Heavenly Father is GOOD! We need to talk to Him frequently just as we would talk to any loved one. Cultivate the habit of prayer. One way to do this is to realize that every thought, word and deed is in His view. God sees and knows all about us, so why not address all of our thoughts toward Him? (This is also a good way to help keep your thoughts from straying into area they should not stray.) Live a life of prayer! 1Thessalonians 5:16 says, “pray without ceasing.” I believe this can be done as we begin to understand that through the Holy Spirit God lives in us and He knows what we think and feel.

He also understands. Jesus was born an infant, became a toddler, a teenager and a young adult just like all of us. He lived with peer pressure, changing hormones and adolescence. Yes, Jesus is (was) God, but He was also fully man. And Jesus prayed! In fact, He prayer a lot. Jesus believed that prayer worked and He modeled that belief for us.

One thing that Jesus made very clear was that prayer was not like rubbing a magic lamp to get whatever you wanted. He said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it.” (John 15:7 GNB) Notice that He said “if you remain in me AND MY WORDS REMAIN IN YOU…” Living a life of prayer as I described above will help us to keep His words in us. We cannot expect that Jesus will make us millionaires and help us to live a life of frivolous debauchery. While some believers are blessed with finances it is their gifting to finance the kingdom work. They live a life of prayer and it shows. (Here I need to say that not all who call themselves Christians are actually true believers. They live a material life seeking money and fame and they use Jesus name in vain. “By their fruits you will know them”.)

Remaining in Jesus words isn’t that hard. Spend time reading the Bible and praying. Your efforts will be rewarded. If you are sincere Jesus will guide your readings, give you insight and understanding. So talk to the Father today. You don’t need fancy words or formats any more than you would need to talk to your earthly dad. God WANTS to hear from you and you NEED to talk to Him.

I will continue this study on prayer but don’t wait for that. So start praying and reading the Bible now. Most people find that as they spend more time talking to God that they will find more meaning and richness in the Word. God speaks to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit will certainly direct you to the readings you need.

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The Lord’s Prayer (vs 13)

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (vs 13)

We just prayed that we would have our sins forgiven and now we are asking that we be guarded from falling again into sin. This is not saying that God tempts us but rather that God protects us from allowing Satan to be let loose upon us.  David once prayed, “Keep me safe, also, from willful sins; don’t let them rule over me.”  (Psalms 19:13 GNB)

Later in Matthew, Jesus said, “the spirit is will but the flesh is weak” and that we should continue to pray that we do not fall into temptation. (26:41) I want to note that it is not a sin to be tempted. Jesus was tempted. Everyone is tempted. The devil wants us to sin and stray so that our witness will be weakened and so that we will not be effective for God’s kingdom. The issue is when we give in to that temptation. You’ve heard the expression, “Just say no”? So when Satan sends temptation our way, just say no!

Deliver us from evil is often translated as deliver us from the evil one. Both are possible interpretations of the Greek text and the meaning is almost the same. Yes, deliver us from evil. However, delivering us from the evil one (Satan) will be delivering us from evil in general. The devil is real and he is constantly trying to get us to fall. As believers, we have the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to resist these temptations. James 4:7 says that we are to “resist the devil” then he will flee from us. Why? Because it is through the Holy Spirit that we are able to resist and the devil cannot stand up to God’s Spirit.

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Where Are We In Prophecy?

The United States has been around for well over 200 years. On the surface it looks likely that we will be around for another 200, or more. However, when you scratch that surface you will see many flaws and cracks that make you wonder.

This used to bother me. I like this country. I am blessed to have been born here. I study other cultures and would like to visit some other countries sometime, but I can’t picture myself living anywhere but the good old USA.

I am also a Christian who is looking forward to the soon return of Christ. So I have to ask myself how the US plays a part in the End Times events. Or does the US play a part?  Let’s look to see what the Bible says.

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, let your face be turned against Gog, of the land of Magog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and be a prophet against him, And say, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: And turning you round, I will put hooks in your mouth and make you come out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them in full war-dress, a great force with breastplate and body-cover, all of them armed with swords: Persia, Cush, and Put with them; all of them with body-cover and metal head-dress: Gomer and all her forces; the people of Togarmah in the inmost parts of the north, with all his forces: a great number of peoples with you. Be ready, make yourself ready, you and all the forces who are with you, and be ready for my orders. After a long time you will get your orders: in the last years you will come into the land which has been given back from the sword, which has been got together out of a great number of peoples, on the mountains of Israel which have ever been a waste: but it has been taken out from the peoples and they will be living, all of them, without fear of danger. And you will go up, you will come like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your forces, and a great number of peoples with you. (Ezekiel 38:1-9 BBE)

There are a lot of countries and rulers named in this prophecy yet I don’t see the US listed anywhere. Many of the countries named are unfamiliar to us today but they are all in the east and Middle East. We’re looking at Turkey, Russia, Iraq and Iran, for the most part. Remember that everything about last days prophecy centers around Israel and Jerusalem in particular.

It doesn’t look like the US is mentioned. Does that mean that we are going to be gone? Or ineffective? Maybe yes to either of these questions. It could also be that because of the distance that we aren’t major players. If America exists when this all goes down we will be contributors in some way, I’m sure, but remember, it revolves around Jerusalem!

I believe that Jesus’ return is going to be during my lifetime and I’m sixty-six years old. So, yes, I think it will be soon. (This is my opinion, not prophecy.) There are many ways that the US can become ineffective very quickly. I see several of these things happening now.  World Net Daily had an article that I liked that pointed to one way that we could cut ourselves out of the picture. Here we can see the falling into chaos that George Orwell predicted in his book 1984.  This is a disturbing picture of what we see happening in America now. Glen Beck co-wrote a series of books based on the UN’s Agenda 21.

Do I think any of this will happen really soon? I’m sorry to say that I do believe that something will happen soon. I don’t know, maybe what I’ve talked about above or maybe something very different. That are two things that I do know.

First, God has everything under control. He knew what was going to happen before the creation of the world. He laid out the plan of redemption on Genesis chapter 3. Whatever takes place in the US or anywhere else in the world, it is His plan.

Secondly, I know that no matter what, I have a place reserved for me in His Kingdom. Whether that place is in Heaven or on a new earth, the reservation is there. Thank-you Jesus!

Time is getting short and things may seem like they are falling apart. A lot of people are fretting, worrying and even flipping out over the events that are taking place in Washington. And I suspect that it’s only going to get a lot worse.

We are not promised deliverance out of the tribulation, but we are promised that Jesus will be with us through whatever we go through. Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? When threatened with being thrown into the furnace what was their response? “If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 WEB)

They were firm in their commitment to not worship the idol and they believed God would rescue them. But even if God choose not to rescue them, they still would not bow down! This is the mindset that we need as we go into these years of trials and tribulation. No, it won’t be easy, but Jesus will be with us. Will He save us like he did these three? Maybe not, but we cannot bow to the political and false religious idols no matter what.  Our reservation is waiting and we shouldn’t do anything that would jeopardize that.

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Baal (Molech) worship in the 21st Century

I posted this on Facebook eight years ago. In light of the outrage some liberal news editors are showing, I wanted to post it again. Date tag is also the link to my original Facebook post.

Originally posted on January 23, 2010 at 7:12 AM

 

 

This is a long article (or series of articles) that has been collected and put together by 21 st Century Christian Ministries to show that the present trend toward abortion in the US and abroad is really nothing new. This is not to lessen the significance of this trend. It is, as it always has been, deplorable. Baal worship is still very much alive and Satan’s aim is to keep it alive. Satan is especially pleased when he can get people who name the name of Christ to bow to this demonic alter.

My purpose in putting together this piece is to cause Christians to take stock of their beliefs, review the scriptures and make informed, Spirit led decisions about voting, conscience and “politically correct” thinking. As usual, the devil places his lies and deception very subtly and in a truthful sounding, often-scientific manner. We cannot allow ourselves to be fooled by this. While I believe we are called to act in the physical realm to combat these evils, we must know “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

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Modern-day liberals – or “progressives” as they more discreetly prefer – labor under an awkward misconception; namely, that there is anything remotely “progressive” about the fundamental canons of their blind, secular-humanist faith. In fact, today’s liberalism is largely a sanitized retread of an antiquated mythology – one that significantly predates the only truly progressive movement: biblical Christianity.

While visiting the Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va., I heard a troubling, albeit thought-provoking, sermon. Pastor John Mabray addressed the ancient Canaanite practice of Baal worship and, though he didn’t reveal it by name, connected the dots to its present-day progeny: liberalism. Baal, the half-bull, half-man god of fertility, was the focal point of pagan idolatry in Semitic Israel until God revealed His monotheistic nature to Judaism’s forebears.

In his sermon, Pastor Mabray illustrated that, although they’ve now assumed a more contemporary flair, the fundamentals of Baal worship remain alive and well today. The principal pillars of Baalism were child sacrifice, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual) and pantheism (worship of creation over the Creator).

Ritualistic Baal worship, in sum, looked a little like this: Adults would gather around the altar of Baal. Infants would then be burned alive as a sacrificial offering to the deity. Amid horrific screams and the stench of charred human flesh, congregants – men and women alike – would engage in bisexual orgies. The ritual of convenience was intended to produce economic prosperity by prompting Baal to bring rain for the fertility of ” mother earth .”

The natural consequences of such behavior – pregnancy and childbirth – and the associated financial burdens of “unplanned parenthood” were easily offset. One could either choose to engage in homosexual conduct or – with child sacrifice available on demand – could simply take part in another fertility ceremony to “terminate” the unwanted child.

Modern liberalism deviates very little from its ancient predecessor. While its macabre rituals have been sanitized with flowery and euphemistic terms of art, its core tenets and practices remain eerily similar. The worship of “fertility” has been replaced with worship of “reproductive freedom” or “choice.” Child sacrifice via burnt offering has been updated, ever so slightly, to become child sacrifice by way of abortion. The ritualistic promotion, practice and celebration of both heterosexual and homosexual immorality and promiscuity have been carefully whitewashed – yet wholeheartedly embraced – by the cults of radical feminism, militant “gay rights” and “comprehensive sex education.” And, the pantheistic worship of “mother earth” has been substituted – in name only – for radical environmentalism.

But it’s not just self-styled “progressives” or secular humanists that have adopted the fundamental pillars of Baalism. In these postmodern times, we’ve also been graced, regrettably, by the advent of counter-biblical “emergent Christianity” or “sham-Christianity,” as I prefer to call it.

This is merely liberalism all dolled up and gratuitously stamped “Christian.” It’s a way for left-wing ideologues to have their “religion” cake and eat it too. Under the guise of “social justice,” its adherents often support – or at least rationalize – the same pro-homosexual, pro-abortion and radical environmental policies pushed by the modern-day Baal worshiper.

Though the “Christian left” represent what is arguably a negligible minority within larger Christianity, the liberal media have, nonetheless, embraced their cause and seized upon their popularity among elites as evidence that the so-called Christianity is, somehow, “catching up with the times.”

Because emergent Christianity fails the authenticity test whenever subjected to even the most perfunctory biblical scrutiny, I suspect it will eventually go – for the most part – the way of the pet rock or the Macarena. But this does not absolve leaders within the evangelical community from a duty to call leaders of this counter-biblical revolution on their heresy. It’s not a matter of right versus left; it’s a matter of right versus wrong – of biblical versus non-biblical.

Nonetheless, the aforementioned pillars of postmodern Baalism – abortion, sexual relativism and radical environmentalism – will almost certainly make rapid headway over the next four to eight years, with or without help from the Christian left. The gods of liberalism have a new high priest in Barack Obama, and enjoy many devout followers in the Democratic-controlled Congress, liberal media and halls of academia.

Both Obama’s social agenda and that of the 111th Congress are rife with unfettered pro-abortion, freedom-chilling, pro-homosexual and power-grabbing environmentalist objectives. The same kind of “hope, action and change,” I suppose, that was swallowed up by the Baalist Canaanites of old.

So, today’s liberalism is really just a very old book with a shiny new cover. A philosophy rooted in ancient pagan traditions, of which there is naught to be proud.

There’s “nothing new under the sun,” indeed.

-Adapted from Today’s Baal Worshippers by Matt Barber WND
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The 12th century rabbi Rashi, commenting on Jeremiah 7:31 stated:

Tophet is Moloch, which was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.

A rabbinical tradition attributed to the Yalkout of Rabbi Simeon, says that the idol was hollow and was divided into seven compartments, in one of which they put flour, in the second turtle-doves, in the third a ewe, in the fourth a ram, in the fifth a calf, in the sixth an ox, and in the seventh a child, which were all burned together by heating the statue inside. (Moses Margoliouth, A pilgrimage to the land of my fathers 1850)

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Our enemy in fighting abortion is not the abortionist , the courts or those who are advocating for abortion rights. Our enemy is the one who was a murderer from the beginning – Satan and the spiritual forces under his command.

Throughout history, certain pagan cultures have sacrificed human infants to demons as a part of a complicated ritual in return for favors asked of them.

Few of those involved in abortion today are consciously engaging in child sacrifice, although that is precisely what abortion is – the sacrifice of a human life for the convenience or needs of others. In that respect, it is no less barbaric than the human sacrifice practiced to ensure, for example, a successful harvest. But beyond this, there is a spiritual, satanically inspired dimension that gives frightening realism to abortion’s identification with literal child sacrifice.

The Bible supports this idea as often we see a particular action viewed by God as something of a more overtly occultic nature. Rebellion is called witchcraft; immorality is likened to idolatry; hatred is a kin to murder – thus abortion is child sacrifice.

The Origins of Child Sacrifice

To discover the origins of child sacrifice we can examine a key passage of scripture. Genesis 19 gives the account of Lot and his daughters, some of the early ancestors of mankind: “And Lot went up from Zoar and stayed in the mountains and his two daughters with him.” Then the first born said to the younger, “Our father is old and there is not a man on earth to come into us after the manner of the earth.”

Now it so happens that there were men available just a few miles away geographically. But they meant something different. The “earth” is throughout scripture a symbol of a fallen unregenerate realm. James tells us that there is a wisdom from above that is “pure and peaceable,” but that there is a wisdom from below which is “earthly, natural and demonic” (James 3:15,17). In the same way that many modern feminists want men purely on their own terms, Lot’s daughters wanted a man in this “manner of the earth.”

“So they made their father drink wine that night and laid with him” (Genesis 19:29-38). This was a gross act of rebellion against both their father and God. As a result both daughters had children. The oldest daughter’s son was named Moab. His descendents, the Moabites, ultimately became an idolatrous nation that was one of the primary enemies of God’s people – Israel.

The youngest daughter’s son – Ben Ammi – became the father of the sons of Ammon. 1 Kings 11:7 calls Molech “the detestable idol of the Ammonites.” The name Molech in Hebrew means: “to ascend the throne” or, in other words, to usurp God’s authority. Leviticus 20:2 tells us that Molech worship involved the sacrifice of one’s offspring. While the Ammonites primarily sacrificed post-natal children, it is no coincidence that it is the Ammonites that God condemns in the book of Amos for a particular form of bloodthirstiness:

“For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon, and for four, will I not revoke its punishment, because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to enlarge their borders” (Amos 1:13).

To “enlarge one’s borders” is a biblical metaphor applied not just to land, but also to extend the boundaries of acceptable human conduct. How common this is still today as we hear cries of – “It’s my choice” and – “Keep your religion out of my life.”

Baal and Molech Worship

“And they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech” (Jeremiah 32:35).

“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons as offering to Baal” (Jeremiah 19:5).

Here the Bible implies what modern archaeologists and anthropologists have recently discovered: that Molech and Baal represent the same pagan god. The wife of Baal is Asherah and the wife of Molech is Ashteroth. Asherah and Ashteroth represent the same fertility goddess. This demon was known to the Greeks as Aphrodite; to the Egyptians as Isis; and to the Phoenicians as Tanet.

The ancient city of Carthage was the capital of the Phoenician empire. Their civilization was advanced culturally and highly educated. But recent archaeological expeditions have revealed its most notable feature – the high incidence of child sacrifice. Archaeological relics have been uncovered, such as the altars on which children were sacrificed and stone markers, which marked the burial place of the remains. Stone carvings on the markers depict children who were sacrificed. Clay jars were used to hold the remains. Entire burial grounds full of these slaughtered children have been uncovered.

As barbaric as this sounds, we must remember that this is precisely what we do through abortion. With one obvious exception – today we don’t honor or bury the children we kill .

Archaeologists have established that the primary deity that the children were sacrificed to was the goddess Tanet, the name being a regional representation of the more universal Ashteroth.

The typical rationalist would attribute these rites to superstition and would suggest that science and intellectual advancement would cause this type of unfortunate behavior to lessen and finally cease. But archaeologists have discovered that over Carthage’s history, the incident of child sacrifice, even in the face of considerable intellectual advances, actually increased until it suddenly stopped.

And how did it stop? When God judged Carthage. Roman armies invaded and suddenly destroyed the entire civilization. The stark ruins of Carthage are a testimony that God is not mocked. We have to ask ourselves: How far are we from a judgment for our own abortion holocaust?

17th Century France

Another incident occurred some three hundred years ago in France. Seventeenth century France – while not as egalitarian – was still very much like western society today. There was substantial material wealth and a large leisure class obsessed with entertainment and sensual pursuits. There was great sophistication in the arts and a dramatic decline in morality. In the 18th century, the age’s philosopher would be Voltaire who provided the underpinning for the “Age of Reason.” Its philosophy was a reworking of the old idea that man doesn’t need God, but through his own efforts, now coupled with science, he can save himself.

The king was Louis XIV who had a painting done depicting himself as a god with lightning bolts clenched in his hand. This is the essence of secular humanism: man trying to be God. Like many of the aristocrats of his time Louis was sexually promiscuous. One of his mistresses, Madame de Montespan, was so highly favored of Louis that many considered her the unofficial queen of France.

During her reign a disturbing thing began to take place. Many male members of Louis’ court began dying for no discernible reason. In order to investigate what appeared to be murders, Louis employed a detective, Gabriel de La Reynie, the Lieutenant General of the police in Versaille. His inquiries led to a witch named la Voisin who provided the poisons that were responsible for the deaths. This investigation also uncovered a network of abortion services connected with satanic rituals. The following is the testimony of la Voisin’s daughter at the subsequent trial:

“At one of Madame de Montespan’s masses, I saw my mother bring an infant, obviously premature, and place it over a basin over which its throat was slit, and its blood drained into the chalice.”

Note that the child was premature, obviously the victim of abortion. Then the cup filled with the baby’s blood was lifted up to heaven and this invocation was given: “Hail Ashteroth and Asmodeus, Princes of friendship, I conjure you to accept the sacrifice of this child in return for the favors asked of you.”

Ashteroth was the goddess wife of Molech. Asmodeus is a transliteration of the Hebrew name for a demon that is normally associated with lust. Aborted children were being sacrificed in a satanic ritual designed to empower the practitioners.

One might ask: why aborted prenatal children? For one thing, it is easier to mistreat or abuse someone who doesn’t look just like us. This is the root of racial prejudice as well as the view that unborn children are somehow less human than us. Second, since the distinction from fetus to infant relative to their humanity is in fact meaningless, the sacrifice of a fetal child serves the same purpose as the sacrifice of a post-natal child or an adult.

Modern Feminism

Today we have given the demons of human sacrifice new names : “Career” -“Convenience” – “Money” – “Lust” – “Self.” But beyond this, we have come full circle; today’s rationalism has given way to a new feminist spirituality that honors these same demons actually calling them by their proper biblical and historical names. Is it just a coincidence that the hottest sub-movement within the feminist movement that began to emerge just after the Roe v. Wade decision is goddess worship? One of the primary deities that is being worshipped is Aphrodite – the goddess of child sacrifice.

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, is perhaps the best 20 th century example of the destructive power of spiritual deception. That she was wallowing in deception can be seen in a quote from a book written by an admirer: “She had tried to dispel depression by sex, travel, Rosicrucianism (a cult), numerology, now she tried a new panacea – astrology.” Sanger was a confirmed adulteress who consistently and publicly supported a “woman’s right to destroy.” She became deeply involved with Havelock Ellis, a modern day false prophet who advocated a variety of bizarre sex practices supposing them to be the keys to spiritual enlightenment and power. For Margaret Sanger and her militantly (even religiously) promiscuous lifestyle, abortion became a necessary backup for contraceptive failure.

A more recent example can be found in a newsletter published by the National Abortion Federation. It provides an account of the 1985 national convention. One of the speakers was Carter Heyward, an ordained Episcopal priest who has been active for many years in the feminist movement. This quote was taken from her address: “If women were in charge, abortion would be a sacrament, an occasion of deep and serious and sacred meaning.”

That an ordained leader of a church that supposedly represents Jesus to the world could describe child sacrifice as a sacrament or holy rite of the church without facing excommunication is a staggering illustration of the collective deception we are facing as a nation.

Several other examples are found in the December 1985 issue of Ms. magazine – the undisputed leader of feminist publications. This particular issue was completely dedicated to exploring the new emerging spirituality in modern feminism. Much space was given to Goddess worship or adulation of the various demons associated with child sacrifice (including Isis and Aphrodite). The central article in this issue of Ms. is filled with testimonies showing the gross deception that has already taken captive much of our nation – men and women alike.

“The feminist spirituality movement began to emerge in the mid-1970s and has become one of the largest sub-movements within feminism. It’s amorphous, blending in a surprisingly smooth amalgam radical feminism, pacifism, witchcraft, Eastern mysticism, goddess worship, animism, psychic healing, and a variety of practices normally associated with ‘fortune-telling.’ It exists nationwide and takes the form of large, daylong workshops, small meditation groups, and even covens that meet to work spells and do rituals under the full moon. But to the women in feminist spirituality, witchcraft had even a more fundamental meaning. It is a woman’s religion, vilified by patriarchal Christianity, and now, finally, reclaimed.”

This represents just the tip of the iceberg as we are witnessing an explosion of books, magazines, “how-to” manuals, artwork and the inevitable paraphernalia that accompanies the development of any organized religion. In one of the few instances where they both agree, both Ms. magazine and the Bible label these various permutations of spiritual deception as – “witchcraft.”

Battling Witchcraft

Biblically, witchcraft is linked to rebellion – specifically, rebellion against God’s authority. This can be heard in the feminist chant: “Not the church, not the state, women must decide our fate!” It is true that the state should have minimal say in deciding anyone’s fate – male or female. But the state’s intrusion into a woman’s fate in forbidding abortion is infinitesimally small compared to the abortionist’s decision that the unborn child’s fate should be death. But the Church, as God’s representative in the earth, should assist in deciding the fate of all those who desire to do God’s will. The only alternative is to “choose one’s own fate” or one’s own will. And this is rebellion – the foundation of all witchcraft.

When we consider the word “witchcraft,” one Bible personality comes to mind – Jezebel. In 1 Kings 18:19, Elijah the prophet of God mentions Jezebel along with some of the deities we know about. He asks to see “the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.” Jezebel represents the corrupting influence of witchcraft.

Jesus spoke to the Church of Thyatira about another Jezebel: “But I have one thing against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess and she teaches and leads my bond servants astray so that they commit acts of immortality and eat things sacrificed to idols” (Revelation 2:20).

This admonition cuts to the heart of the Church in America. “One of the Religious Left’s premier organizations is the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights. RCAR is a hard-line supporter of federally funded abortions and the Freedom of Choice Act. RCAR represents groups of liberal Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Brethren, Moravians, Jews, Humanists, and Unitarians.”

Truly, the Church in America and much of the world has become the modern equivalent of the Church of Thyatira. Jezebel has been tolerated and even ordained.

God’s command is that we “repent of her deeds” and drive Jezebel out of the Church and from our nation. To help us understand the magnitude of the battle that this represents, the prophet Malachi announces that God will send the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord. 400 years later, Jesus connects John the Baptist with the ministry of Elijah.

The distinguishing feature of both Elijah and John’s lives was their boldness in confronting wickedness and their command to repent. Scripture calls this ministry “Preparing the Way of the Lord.” In the same way that Elijah confronted the wicked rulers of his time, in the same way that John prepared the way for the advent of Christ, so God’s man in the earth, the Church, will prepare the way for the ultimate return of the Lord.

There are many ways in which the Church has been called to “prepare the way” – the most notable being the Great Commission – to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. But just as Jezebel was Elijah’s greatest challenge, we too, must confront and defeat the forces of witchcraft that have manifested through abortion. And just as Elijah was almost defeated by Jezebel and John was killed by the witchcraft of Herod’s wife, we must also realize that this battle is a deadly one. There can be no victory without the radical commitment to fight witchcraft.

Spiritual Warfare

The spiritual pattern which has led us to America’s abortion holocaust is thus summarized: the demons gained a foothold in the earth through the incestuous acts of Lot’s daughters. Their descendents, the Ammonites, became possessed and worshipped this spirit (identified variously as Molech or Baal) through child sacrifice. The god-goddess pairs of Baal-Asherah and Molech-Ashteroth were worshipped throughout the ancient pagan world as a part of a widespread “Mother Earth” cult. In seventeenth-century France, the goddess resurfaced as Ashteroth. And finally, Ashteroth became Aphrodite and resurfaced in a new 20th century feminist spirituality. And its no coincidence that abortion – today’s form of child sacrifice – came right along with it.

It is important today to note the historic rationale of those who in ancient times offered up their own children to idols – which the sacrifice of blood rejuvenated and strengthened the deity to whom it was dedicated at the same time binding him to the offerer of the sacrifice. In other words, when they sacrificed their children to an idol, they became spiritual slaves to the demon it represented. Even more frightening was the effect upon the spirit – greater power was released through the outpouring of innocent blood.

This principle is borne out in scripture. In 2 Kings 3:26,27, one of the descendents of Lot’s daughters, the King of Moab, was about to face certain defeat at the hands of the Israelites. To prevent this from happening, he offered up his oldest son as a sacrifice. The fact that it was a burnt offering tells us that it was undoubtedly made to Baal, Molech or Ashteroth. What is sobering is that it worked: the Moabites defeated the Israelites.

The spiritual heritage of the Moabites and the Ammonites is passed down to our own day through abortion. Today the church is fighting against those same spiritual forces for the very survival of our nation. Without all out spiritual warfare, what are our chances of victory when the demons’ lust is being gorged on the blood of not just one, but 1.5 million children killed each year?

The land that God chose to bring His people into after their long captivity in Egypt was filled with nations that practiced child sacrifice. And what was his commandment to Israel? “When you cross over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then shall you drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. And destroy all their molten images and demolish all their high places” (Joshua 33:51,52).

This scripture provides a model for our response to child sacrifice in our era. The Old Testament is not just a collection of stories, but provides temporal examples of what we must accomplish in the spiritual realm. In the same way, for example, that the people of God, Israel, followed a man named Joshua into the Promised Land, so the Church, spiritual Israel, follows a man named Joshua, or Yeshua (Jesus), into the land of promise. Everything that the Israelites underwent has a direct New Covenant application. In this passage, God commands His people, past and present, to destroy all idolatry.

How do we accomplish this in light of the New Covenant? Should we, like the ancient Israel, begin to attack the individuals responsible for the idolatry? Of course not. “Our battle is not against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12).

In Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit had not yet been given in the way hat we experience Him today. Man had neither the anointing nor the authority to confront the demonic powers directly. In order to defeat the forces of wickedness, their was no recourse except to destroy the people through whom those forces acted.

But with the coming of Jesus, the whole scenario changed. For the first time we see a man directly confronting the spiritual forces of darkness. In Luke 11:20, Jesus even defines this as one of the primary signs that the kingdom of God has come into this world: “But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” At last God’s people could direct their efforts to the real problem: the spiritual realm. Instead of destroying his human adversaries, they could begin to love them and work for their salvation.

Jesus expects His Church to manifest the same authority and power as He did during His life on earth as a man. In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said: “All power and authority has been given to me in heaven and earth.” He commanded His disciples to go into the entire world wrenching it from the control of Satan and his forces.

In John 14:12, Jesus said: “He who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to the Father.” In Mark 16:17, He said: “And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons.”

In Luke 7:28, He makes a clear distinction between the realms of power of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, when He said that of all the Old Covenant prophets, there was none more powerful than John the Baptist, but that now, even the least Christian (this includes even you and me) is greater in power and authority than John.

Immediately after Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, they zealously began to obey God’s commandment. Often their obedience necessitated the obliteration of entire cities. In the same way, God wants us to be just as committed, just as ruthless as Joshua and his armies in destroying the forces of idolatry on the world. Only now, we are to direct our attention to the real enemy – the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.

What ultimately happened to the Israelites? The book of Judges recounts their initial steps to apostasy. Instead of totally destroying and driving out the Canaanites, they began to enslave them. The result of their disobedience is seen in one of the most tragic passages of scripture: “They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord commanded them, but they mingled with the nations [the unbelieving heathen world] and they learned their practices and served their idols which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and daughters to devils” (Psalms 106:34-37; Judges 1:28).

Through abortion, we have followed precisely the same slippery slope to destruction. In fact, we are already there. Ezekiel 16:20 gives us even further evidence of our guilt today. “Moreover, you took you sons and daughters which you bore unto me and you sacrificed them to idols to be devoured.”

What does the Bible mean by “sons and daughter which you have bore unto me”? The Bible gives us the key. Exodus 13:2 says: “Sanctify unto Me every first born, the first offspring of every womb of the sons of Israel, both of man and beast. It belongs to me.” The firstborn was traditionally considered “born unto the Lord.”

History and archaeology has shown us that child sacrifice, as with the example of the King of Moab, centered on the first-born child. Is it simple irony or coincidence that the majority of children that will face the abortionist’s knife in this country are also first born – “set apart for the Lord”?

“You slaughtered my children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire. And besides all all your abominations and harlotries, you did not remember the days of your youth when you were naked and bare and squirming in your blood” (Ezekiel 16:21,22).

We would all do well – especially those who are pro-abortion – to remember that we were once naked, bare and dependent on others older than ourselves for the chance to live.

The Israelites chose for the site of their sacrificial rituals, a place called the Valley of the Son of Hinnom. This valley, which still goes by that name today, is just outside of Jerusalem. The Valley of the Son of Hinnom translates into Greek as “Gehenna” – which also the word for hell. It is significant to note that Jesus himself introduced and used this word – one that was fully recognized by the common people of His day as the name of a valley where child sacrifice took place. He used this word to describe the eternal habitation of Satan himself.

In light of this, Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:18 become a stirring cry to action for His church to fight abortion: “And upon this rock, I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Gates are not offensive weapons but defensive. The gates of hell are erected to protect Satan’s kingdom and to keep the Church out. Jesus’ use of the word Gehenna clearly substantiates that there is no greater manifestation of hell on earth than the sacrifice of children.

Today, walls – both spiritual and natural – have been erected to protect this so-called “right.” Jesus Christ has called and anointed us to tear down those walls and proclaim deliverance to the captives – to “rescue those who are being taken away to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11 TLB).

What will you do, as a child of God, to respond in obedience?

-Adapted from Massacre of Innocence by Eric Holmberg
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And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 18:21)

Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. (Leviticus 20:2-5)

And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. (2 Kings 23:10)

And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jeremiah 32:35)

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Bible Translations

I want to take a few minutes to talk about various translations of the Bible. There certainly seem to be a lot of them available. I have looked at a number of them and some of them are just plain scary.  On the other hand there are quite a few that I like; and by saying that I am saying that there are easy to read as well as being accurate and true to the original text. These are the two primary factors that I think a person should consider when looking for a study Bible.

Easy to read

We have all heard about the King James Version originally authorized by King James of England and printed in 1611 (400 years ago). Talk about not being easy to read! I’m not talking about the King James Version that many use today because that is not the King James Version of 1611! I doubt that 10 out of 100 Americans could read the original. Here’s an example:

11 Uerely, verely I say vnto thee, We speake that we doe know, and testifie that wee haue seene; and yee receiue not our witnesse.

12 If I haue tolde you earthly things, and ye beleeue not: how shall ye beleeue if I tell you of heauenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended vp to heauen, but hee that came downe from heauen, euen the Sonne of man which is in heauen.

Any guess where this is from? If you have been a believer for a while (like maybe a year or even less) you should recognize the verses. Here’s another one:

16¶ For God so loued þe world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.

This one you might get simple because it’s so well known. The King James Version used the language of 1611 and of course in 2011 we no longer speak or write that way.

To the left here you will see a picture from a printed version of the original King James Version. You might recognize is it as Genesis 1:1-3.

I’m not particularly trying to cut down the King James Version. I use it a lot in speaking and preaching because I can explain what is being said. It is a beautifully worded Bible and many people are used to that language as being the Bible. I like the King James Version. Of course I use the “revised version” that we are all used to seeing. The one where Paul said “Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:”(1 Corinthians 10:25)

What? What is that? I looked up the word shambles:

Shambles: (definition from the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary 2011)

1. a dirty or messy place <this room is a shambles—clean it up right now!>

Related Words chaos, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, disorganization, mess, muddle, muss; havoc, hell, mare’s nest, snake pit; clutter, jumble, litter, mishmash, welter

2. a state in which everything is out of order <the earthquake left the whole town in a shambles>

Synonyms chance-medley, confusion, disarrangement, disarray, dishevelment, disorder, disorderedness, disorderliness, disorganization, free-for-all, havoc, heck, hell, jumble, mare’s nest, mess, messiness, misorder, muddle, muss, shambles, snake pit, tumble, welter

I had to go to an unabridged version of the same dictionary to find the archaic version of shambles.

Unabridged Definition of SHAMBLES

1 archaic : a meat market

2 : slaughterhouse

3 a : a place of mass slaughter or bloodshed <the battlefield became a shambles> b : a scene or a state of great destruction : wreckage <the city was a shambles after the bombing> c (1) : a scene or a state of great disorder or confusion <an economy in shambles> (2) : great confusion : mess

Origin of SHAMBLES

Middle English shameles, plural of schamel vendor’s table, footstool, from Old English sceamol stool, from Latin scamillum, diminutive of scamnum stool, bench; perhaps akin to Sanskrit skambha pillar

First Known Use: 15th century

In fact, as Paul uses the word it is referring to the meat market that was attached to a pagan temple. This is made known from the context of the verse, but first you would need to know what shambles means.

There are a number of other examples of the English language having evolved over the centuries that I won’t go into. This makes the point.

The Bible was written for us to read and understand. Paul wrote to Timothy that “Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval. They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 GW)

If we are trying to study the Word and can’t understand what is written how can we benefit from that study? The believers in the city of Berea were commended for searching the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true. They hungered to understand and to grow in their faith. We need to so the same today.

Accuracy when compared to the original text

Matthew, John, Paul and the others did not write in English. The English language was not in existence in the first century. Jesus did not preach in English. So it is understood that the Bible has been translated – many times. The New Testament was written in street or Koine Greek. This was the Greek language commonly spoken and written in eastern Mediterranean countries in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was the language of the market place. The Bible writers knew Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek and maybe some of them even knew Latin, but they chose the common language so that their message would be understood by everyone. So we have to translate this into our language. That is what James did in the 1600’s. He used the Latin translation and Greek texts for the King James Version. And it’s fairly accurate.

There are some modern versions that are not so accurate. One in particular, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT), while touted as a translation is really more of a group’s interpretation. One example from this version will suffice. In the gospel of John most translations read “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) the NWT says “…and the word was a god” with the lower case. They did this to support their claim that Jesus was nothing more than the first of the created arch-angels.

We must be very careful in selecting a Bible translation. Look to see who was on the translation committee, why did they begin the project, what texts did they use and a number of other factors. The modern translations have access to the most recently discovered texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. We also have benefited from modern archeology and the discovery of and understanding of the ancient cultures.

The easiest way to find a good translation is to the talk to people you trust. Your pastor, Sunday School teacher and other Bible study leaders should be happy to help you.

What translation is best? I’m not even going to begin to answer that. I like a number of them.  The English Standard Version (ESV), God’s Word for the Nations (GW), The New American Standard Bible (NASB) and The New Living Translation (NLT) are just a few of the ones I use for study.  When I just sit down to read, as opposed to study, I often use Eugene Peterson’s The Message.  This is not a translation, but a paraphrase, so you need to be careful, but it puts the word in common language, just like it was originally meant to be read.

Of course, whatever translation you choose, it will not help one bit if you don’t read and study. There’s an old country gospel song called “Dust On The Bible” that talks about how deplorable it to have a Bible and never read it. How true.

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World Crisis – Can We Solve It?

Everyone will readily admit the world today is in serious trouble. There are many who are actually trying to fix some of the world’s ills. The problem is that most of the world’s leaders have no clue what is wrong. President Obama is doing his best; I’m sure, as is, PM’s Putin and Merkel. But until they discover what is actually wrong they cannot fix it.
The truth is, even if they knew the problem, they would be unable to end the crisis. Most Christians could tell the leaders that the problem is Sin. Not sins, or sinners, but Sin.
God created a perfect world, placed perfect man in that world and gave the man control over the world (Genesis 2.15). This man, Adam, was to tend and watch over all of creation (Genesis 1.27-28). As we all know, Adam messed up. Satan came along and lied to Adam and Adam gave away his responsibilities to the devil. Sin entered the world (Romans 5.12).
God, being the faithful, loving Father He is, then revealed His plan to redeem the lost world. But for now Sin is still here. We are all descendants of Adam and inheritors of Sin. Therefore we are all guilty (Romans 3.19). We act the way we do because we are slaves of Sin (Romans 7.25).
As was pointed out, we are all guilty. The penalty, or sentence, is death (Romans 6.23). Our faithful, loving Father however, has gifted us with a pardon. While we are indeed guilty, He offers us a gift: life (Romans 6.23)
When we accept this great gift, we are no longer bound by or slaves of Sin. Yes, we will from time to time commit sins, but it is no longer our desire to live in Sin.
But what about the world crisis? Well, this was also solved. God came to earth in the Person of Jesus. He paid a very high price, but He did, in fact, redeem the whole world (John 1.29). I know that sometimes it doesn’t seem like it when we read the daily headlines. Jesus has yet to return to collect His property. (That’s what redemption is. He bought back what Adam gave away – the world.) Be assured, He will return to collect what is His.
Presidents and prime ministers are powerless to solve the crisis. But that’s okay because Jesus already did.

God left Adam in charge of a perfect world and charged him with it’s upkeep. Jesus left Christians something to do also. We are to tend to this world. This is a much more challenging task, I think, but certainly a worthwhile task (Mark 16.15-20).  When Jesus returns, He will put everything back the way it was (Isaiah chapter 11).
Today’s world leaders should do what they can, for today. There might even be some good come from it. But Jesus already solved the crisis, and I’m putting my hope in Him.
If you’re tired of “politics as usual” and want something better, all you need to do is ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. He’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need help or have questions, look up an evangelical church or write to us. We will glad to help. Free of charge, of course, because Jesus already paid the price.

Christians in name only

WorldNetDaily commentator Dave Welch did a fantastic job on his article. (Link to article)

Many will insist that we all have the right to practice Christianity as our conscience dictates. Wrong. We have the privilege of living out a faith based on absolute truth as given to us by the Author and Finisher of that faith without error or omission in His written word. If we want to invent our own religion, we are “free” to do so, “free” to reap the consequences and “free” to call it anything we want – but Christianity.”

There are many who have exercised this right to invent their own religions. Unfortunately they often call it Christianity. We see this in their beliefs and actions. I am unqualified to judge a person’s heart. Only God can do that. I can see their behavior and I can read the Bible. When the Bible calls certain behaviors “sin” and even goes on to say that they are “detestable to God”, I have no choice but to assume that people who willingly and openly commit these sins are not actually Christians, no matter what they claim. They may be saved, they may have had a “born again” experience (John 3.3) and be going to heaven, but they are not followers of Christ. That is what the word Christian means, you know.

To call your self a Christian means that you have given yourself completely over to Him. Throughout the New Testament the writers make the call for an all or nothing commitment. To be a Christian, from their point of view, was to become wholly devoted. All of Jesus’ followers were total followers. They were not perfect. They made mistakes, but they were committed to Him. To be anything less is to make a mockery of the name Christian.

Jesus gave more than any one of us could ever give. He didn’t have to die. He was God in the flesh; perfect. He was the very Word of God become flesh. He died to take our place. He suffered more than we can ever imagine. His cry “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” speaks more than we can understand. Jesus was God in the flesh! God, being holy, cannot have any part in sin. Jesus took the sins of man on His shoulders as a substitute for us. Put it together and you begin to get a glimpse of what Jesus went through because of His love for you. Can you not at least give Him your complete devotion?

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