Lessons from the Disciples

The Galatian Church

Introduction

Paul was a special case, as it were, among the disciples and apostles.

Image result for the apostle paulAs he was a shooting star in Judaism Paul was even more of a stellar standout as a disciple of Christ. Formerly a staunch persecutor of those “belonging to the Way,”[1] his perspective, his dedication, and his devotion as a disciple was richer due to his formal training as a rabbi.

Nevertheless it was due to that training  that God had found the need to smack Paul upside the head with the proverbial two-by-four. Christ Himself proclaimed that Paul was “a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel (Acts 9: 15).”

With Paul’s rabbinical training and being a “Jew among Jews” it might seem logical that he should be the Apostle to the Jews. However that was not God’s plan. Whether from a point of retributive justice or a sense of divine humor, or both, God saw fit to send Paul to primarily make disciples of those dogs, the Gentiles.

Image result for the galatiansThe church at Galatia was besieged by legalism apparently brought in by “false brothers.”

When you flip a coin it comes up either heads or tails; the coin of legalism always comes up legalism, or its counterpoint traditionalism. The specific legalistic issue here was to make the Gentile Christians submit to circumcision.

This was the tradition from the Law—this was the Law . . . for Jews. Circumcision was only a sign, now that Messiah had fulfilled the law circumcision was not needed, necessary, or desired.

Tradition

Wrong-headed, non-biblical traditions instituted of men are always problematic. It is faith in God’s Word that justifies us and it is by faith we are to walk. We read that even Peter fell back into traditionalism and had cause to be reprimanded for it by Paul.

Image result for the galatiansActually in Peter’s case it was worse than mere traditionalism, it was returning to the old covenant under the law thereby negating the work of Christ and the New Covenant. Circumcision may not be the issue with us as disciples today, nevertheless there is empirical evidence that we still tend to embrace ill-gotten traditions better left alone.

In my book Before the Final Trump, I chronicle the tradition seemingly inherent in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) from its inception of reinterpreted the Great Commission as meaning evangelism and missions—it is neither.

The SBC report entitled, “The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report and Recommendations to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando” posited:

“the Southern Baptist Convention came into being in 1845 in order to mobilize the energies of the Southern Baptist churches for missions and evangelism . . . . And yet there are signs that the Great Commission commitment is diminishing among us” (italics mine).[2]

There is only one verb phrase in the Great Commission which is defined in Matthew 28:19 and that is make disciples. All other “action modifiers” are participles, i.e. go, teaching, observe, etcetera.

Christ became a curse for us to redeem us. As Christians we should know we are not justified (saved) by the law.

Paul explains it best, “‘The righteous shall live by faith.’ But the law is not of faith, rather ‘The one who does them shall live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree . . . .’”[3]

Living by faith for many of us is not as easy as it sounds. In my own life I have trouble getting out of God’s way—heck I have trouble getting out of my way! As demonstrated above, traditions complicate the problem even farther.

Regardless whether we were raised in the church or never set foot in one until we put our trust in Jesus Christ, traditions play a part in the theology we embrace.

That is not to say, all tradition is bad. However good tradition is rooted solidly in Scripture. If it is not it should be jettisoned from the church and our theology.

Unfortunately tradition gets in the way of, or masks sound Bible interpretation. Sound Bible interpretation should always, always take precedent over tradition or even teaching.

We must know how to interpret the Bible as nearly as possible for ourselves and not rely solely on our pastors and teachers. Yet statistics show this is a huge problem in the Church today.

The Barna Group, a Christian-based research company that does extensive analysis on the trends within and without the Church. They primarily look at the cultures impact on the Christian faith.

They posted this year-end study in 2010, entitled “Six Megathemes Emerge from Barna Group Research in 2010.” The main points are instructive in themselves:

  1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
  2. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented.
  3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.
  4. Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating.
  5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church.
  6. The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible.[4]

Additionally it is the case that 91% of professing Christians do not even hold a Christian worldview—clearly something is very wrong.

Bible Interpretation

There are a few basics to understanding what the Bible is saying.

Firstly, recognize that when you read anything, anything at all, from your checkbook, to novel, a manual, or the Bible you are interpreting what it means, whether you are aware you are doing it or not. That might seem self-evident to most of us.

Nonetheless a man who has been pastoring for thirty years said this to me, “your problem is you interpret what the Bible says; I just read it.”[5]

Based on some of his theology he wrote about, he definitely needed to start interpreting, and correctly. So do all of us.

Secondly it is important to recognize that the meaning of a text is the meaning poured into it by the writer, not meaning the reader pulls out of it (or read into it).

To do that you must pay attention to the context. Not merely the literary context, but the historical and cultural context. In other words who was the author’s original audience?

For example in the old earth-young earth debate those on the old earth side will use the phrase pulled from scripture that “a thousand years are as a day.” The earliest rendition of this found in Psalms 90, about 1410 B.C. penned by Moses who also wrote all the Pentateuch.[6]

The creation account in Genesis predates Moses by over two thousand year. So the elements in the creation story and beyond had to be given to Moses by God. Genesis tells us the cosmos was created in six days and God rested on the seventh day.

So how would the people of that time period have conceived of a thousand years being equivalent to a day? Indeed the verse in Psalm 90:4[7] is making a comparison illustrating the eternality of God over man’s finiteness. Also it is talking about God’s perception of a thousand years, not man’s!Image result for sir robert anderson

I close with this quote from Sir Robert Anderson :

The cross has shut up man to grace or judgment. . . . Every effort to recover themselves is but a denial of their doom, and a denial too of the grace of God, which stoops to bring them blessing where they are and as they are.

[1] Acts 9:2 ESV

[2] The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report and Recommendations to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida (2010), 4.

[3] Galatians 3: 11-13 ESV

[4] The Barna Group, December 13, 2010.

[5] D. D. Edwards, Before the Final Trump, (Nashville: Crossbooks Publishing, 2011), 137.

[6] The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

[7] For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.

The Church; the Final Transition

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Where is the Church today in the flow of Scripture and the flow of history?  Is the Church in her final transition? If so, what does that mean?

The passing of age-to-age; epoch-to-epoch is marked by unequaled,   transformational events. These are “the divine method of action as major dispensational changes have been wrought—such changes [that] inaugurate and necessitate a whole new order and relationship between God and man.”[ii]

Recall that God took seven days to create the cosmos. There were seven features to the Noahic Covenant, seven attributes to the Abrahamic Covenant, seven features to the Palestinian (Land) Covenant, seven features to the Davidic covenant.

The last three of these covenants secure God’s eternal, unconditional promised “blessing for Israel through all time and eternity.”[iii]

“Seven stupendous age-transforming events [which] serve as a cleavage between the Mosaic age of law to “the present age of grace.”[iv] Nothing could be the same after them.

  1. The death of Christ
  2. The resurrection of Christ
  3. The ascension of Christ
  4. The advent of the Spirit at Pentecost
  5. The revelation of a new divine age and purpose (birth of the Church)
  6. The Jews and Gentiles equal entities of divine grace
  7. The dispersion of Israel over the earth.

There are also seven titanic, transcendent world-transforming prosecutions which progress through, and separate the intercalary age[v] or age of grace, and bring the age of the Gentiles to a final horrific end. These are:

  1. Christ’s taking the Church home to himself
  2. Seven years of tribulation
  3. The glorious jesusonwhitehorsereturn of Christ as Conqueror, Judge, and King
  4. The judgment of Israel
  5. Israel established in the Promised Land and the new covenant
  6. The judgement of the nations
  7. Satan bound during the 1,000 years of the Millennial Kingdom

There are yet another group of seven. These mark the transition between the Millennial Kingdom and eternity:

  1. Satan released from the abyss for the final battle
  2. The final rebellion of the nations with Satan leading
  3. The passing away of the old heaven and earth
  4. The Great White Throne judgment of the nations
  5. Creation of the New Heaven and a New Earth
  6. The descent of the New Jerusalem from heaven
  7. Christ’s surrenders his role as corporeal (earthly) intercessor

History is at an end.

Christ surrenders His intercessory earthly rule and is inaugurated into His eternal role as King of kings and Lord of lords—the Alpha and Omega.


[i] This article is excerpted from Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Systematic Theology, Vols. 7 &8, “The Eternal Kingdom of Christ Incarnate” (Grand Rapids; Kregel Publications/Dallas Theological Seminary).

[ii] Ibid., 350.

[iii] Ibid.,

[iv] Ibid.

[v] Church age

Does Man Have Freewill or Are We Predestined?

FreeWl-PrDstI want to state at the start that the Bible is clear that all religions do not lead to God or heaven. Jesus declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

Of course a person can choose not to believe the Bible is true and the Word of God and that Jesus died for their sins. That is a person’s “freewill” decision.

Clearly man has the ability to choose and to reject.  Nonetheless that does not mean a man’s will can countermand God’s Sovereign will.

What God Knows

Does God know what will happen before it happens?  If so, is that because He can see into the future or does God control events?  Or is it both . . . or neither?

What God Did

Intriguing questions to be sure, so necessarily a good starting point is to examine God’s Word as did the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11)[i].

Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Mt. 25:34).

You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. . . . If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. (John 15:16-19).

For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,

As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”

although His works were finished from the foundation of the world (Hebrews 4:2-3).

[Jesus who was] delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of [d]godless men and put Him to death (Acts 2: 23).

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For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur (Acts 4: 27-28).

Repent therefore and be converted, for the blotting out of your sins, so that times of refreshing may come from [the] presence of the Lord, and he may send Jesus Christ, who was foreordained for you, . . . (Acts 3:19-20; Darby).

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. . . . (Romans 8:29-30).

To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. (1 Peter 1:1-2)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, . . . (1 Peter 1:1-3).

. . . but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God . . . (1 Peter 1:19-21).

. . . we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory . . . (1 Cor. 2:7).

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved (Eph. 1:4-6).

In Him [Christ] also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, . . . (Eph. 1:11).

All who dwell on the earth will worship Him [Christ], everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain (Rev. 13:8).

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come (Rev. 17:8-9).

There are many more verses throughout the Gospels the Epistles which speak of “the elect” of God.  So what the Bible clearly teaches is God has predestined those who would trust Christ for their salvation in this life and eternity.

Why Are Some Men Lost

Why are some men saved and why other men lost?  The reason “according to Augustine is that God predestined some men to eternal life . . . they do so on God’s choice—not their own.”[ii]

God could have chosen to save no one.  Thus the salvation of even one person is due to the mystery of God’s sovereign grace.  This is the doctrine of double predestination.

Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways . . . For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen (11:33-36).

But what of man’s will?  Is man then just an automaton?  Empirically that is not the case because many, many reject Christ’s free salvific gift.

I believe it is the case that man’s freewill is not mutually exclusive of predestination.  “God’s predestination does not mean that we cannot make free will choices.  God predestines in and through our choices because God is all-knowing and all-powerful.  He knows what we will do because he knows all things.  He cannot not know all things.  So, whatever you choose to do out of your own free volition is known.  But his knowing doesn’t mean you don’t freely choose.”[iii]

The human mind is finite and God’s mind is infinite so it is no wonder there is much in the Bible that is a mystery to us.  Nevertheless it is critical to accept the plain meaning and truth of God’s Word and not allegorize it or twist it to mean something its author did not.

“Mysteries are forced upon us by the facts of God’s Word; we are not inventing them ourselves. Since His written revelation teaches concepts that appear to be mutually exclusive, we must realize that with God both truths are friends, not enemies. In God’s higher rationality, things that we think must be either-or can in reality be both-and [emphasis mine].”[iv]


[i] All Scripture taken from the NASB version unless noted.
[ii] Erwin Lutzer, The Doctrines That Divide (Grandrapids: Kregel Publications, 1998), 158.
[iii] Matt Slick, “If Predestination Is True, Then How Can There Be Free Will?” Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM);  https://carm.org/if-predestination-true-then-how-can-there-be-free-will
[iv] Ken Boa, “Divine Sovereignty vs. Human Responsibility,” Bible.org: https://bible.org/article/divine-sovereignty-vs-human-responsibility

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Jesus’ Inside the Park Homer

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When we speak of the key elements of the Gospel account what are we signifying? I mean what are the essentials?

Do we believe that Christ’s death on the cross was salvific for all mankind? After all, did not Jesus proclaim “Teltelestai;”. . .  “It is finished”?

The second part of verse 30 tells that “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” Obviously that means Jesus’ body died, but was that all?

Let’s consider this more closely.

The cross was a horrendous way to die—it was designed to be. Consider that while Jesus was on the cross; as bad as the torturous pain and anguish were, especially with the torture of having to try to pull yourself up to breath and then sliding back down the coarse surface of the beam—there was something much, much, much worse going on.

That was the Father’s Wrath. Jesus was suffering ultimate torment for each person’s sin that ever lived or ever will live. He was suffering the Father turning his back on Jesus until this terrible task was completed; until every sin was “paid in full” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; NASB).

Though Jesus’ dying was a necessary condition for our atonement, his death in itself was not sufficient to cover our sins. The Catholic Church’s crucifix still has Christ hanging on the cross. Jesus has not even been buried!

Although it was a necessary condition that Jesus dies for every man who ever lived or whoever will live, it was not a sufficient condition for the salvation of all men.

In other words, though Jesus death was necessary for you to be saved. Nevertheless it was not sufficient to save you until you make the choice[i] to fully trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Thus when Jesus cried out it is finished he declared that our sins had been paid for. Our debt was paid in full! Think of it like a gift card. However you cannot obtain the free gift until you redeem the card.

But is that the full package? No, there’s more.

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The narratives in the Gospels tell us Christ is risen. In Matthew’s account we read,

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you (vv 5-7).

John gives us the first promise of the resurrection of Christ’s Church:

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3).

Although Jesus’ death provided a way of salvation for mankind, death had not been conquered. Jesus’ resurrection, however, conquered death. Because death could not keep Jesus in the grave, the grave also cannot ultimately hold those who have trusted in Christ alone as Savor and Lord (John 14:6).

It is the case then that the Bible also promises that because Christ was resurrected, we too will be resurrected to be with Him. When Jesus Christ returns for His Church scriptures proclaim we will be taken up to be with Jesus in our glorified bodies.

 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (1 Cor. 15:53-55).  See also Acts 2:24; Romans 5:10, 21; 1 Cor. 15:54-55; Heb. 2:14.

Paul is actually quoting from the Old Testament passage in Isaiah 12:8 where it state that God “will swallow up death for all time.”

In Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica he again affirms this:

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; see also 1 Tim. 6:13-15).

This makes it very clear that those that have died and those who still are alive when Christ takes His Church home will be resurrected (or raptured), because Jesus Christ was first resurrected. This is The Blessed Hope (Titus 2:11-14).

If that is not enough Christ tells us in Revelation 20:6

Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

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As Christians we celebrate the advent of God coming to dwell with man at Christmas. Our second High Holy Day is what most people call Easter.[ii] I prefer Resurrection Day; the day Jesus rose bodily from the grave.

Good Friday is the day Christ was crucified and is celebrated by some churches.

“That greatest of all events, really, in the life of our Lord, the culminating event, the triumphant finale to His life on earth is probably the most neglected event in the life of Christ.”[iii]

Jesus alluded to his ascending back to the Father right after his resurrection. When Mary recognized Jesus at the tomb “Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God (Jn 20:17).’”

The actual event is recorded by Mark and also by Dr. Luke:

 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19).” “And He [Jesus] led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven (Luke 24:50-51).”

The Ascension marked the conclusion of Jesus’ earthly work. When Jesus departed he opened the door for the Holy Spirit. The Spirit couldn’t fully come until Jesus left. Furthermore “the ascension really is an incredibly important event, the culminating reality of His entire life and ministry. . . . He is the one and the only one who having accomplished our redemption was received back into heaven.  This is the final divine affirmation, stamp of approval on His ministry.”[iv]

AscendedWhen Jesus ascended to heaven His divine attributes and glory were restored fully. He was no longer confined to His corporeal nature or limitations; Christ was again fully glorified.

In his High Priestly Prayer in John 17:4-5 Jesus prayed “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.  Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

The Base Ball Analogy

The earth is our Home Base. Satan threw Jesus a curve (he thought) which he smacked hard off the wall, but it was not an over-the-wall homer.

When Jesus died on the cross, Satan’s team thought they had won. But Jesus was just rounding first base.

The resurrection was second base, but Jesus wasn’t done yet. He hung around for forty days, putting the final touches on the foundation of what would be His Church. He was driving for third base.

Then Jesus ascended back into heaven; to the Father. That was third base, but Jesus didn’t stop at third, he rounded third driving for Home Base. That will be the “New Heaven and a New Earth (Rev. 21:1).baseball


[i] Theologically it is, in fact, the Holy Spirit that calls and draws each person to Christ. There is nothing, nothing, we can do on our own to reach God.

[ii] The word “Easter” most probably comes from the pagan name Ishtar, the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven.

[iii] John MacArthur, “What the Ascension Accomplished,” https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-411/what-the-ascension-accomplished

[iv] Ibid.

Who is Mystery Babylon?

mystery-babylonThe Catholic Church has been founded in heretical doctrine since its establishment.

It has distorted biblical truths by adding, subtracting, or changing what the Word of God actually declares. This article is about the Jesuit Order of the Catholic Church.

What follows is an excerpt from a blog article I ran across in on a website called European Institute of Protestant Studies. I have been studying theology and apologetics for forty years but the extreme occultic nature of this shocked me.

It is every bit as occultic as the Masonic Lodge or The Church of the Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. and it is almost as maliciously evil as Islam.

Now to be clear what follows is from the Jesuit Order.

It is called the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction. There are two versions, but they vary little.

The first is the Oath is also quoted by Charles Didier in his book Subterranean Rome (New York, 1843), translated from the French original. Dr. Alberto Rivera, who escaped from the Jesuit Order in 1967, confirms that the induction ceremony and the text.

The second is the Jesuit Oath recorded in the Journals of the 62nd Congress, 3rd Session, of the United States Congressional Record (House Calendar No. 397, Report No. 1523, 15 February, 1913, pp. 3215-3216).

As they are quite lengthy I will not quote them in their entirety. For the complete ritual go here or here.

Tocropped-calcuttajesuitslogo set this up “when a Jesuit of the minor rank is to be elevated to command, he is conducted into the Chapel of the Convent of the Order, where there are only three others present, the principal or Superior standing in front of the altar.”

On either side stands a monk, one of whom holds a banner of yellow and white, which are the Papal colors, and the other a black banner with a dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with the word INRI, and below them the words IUSTUM, NECAR, REGES, IMPIOUS. The meaning of which is: It is just to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers.

Upon the floor is a red cross at which the postulant or candidate kneels. The Superior hands him a small black crucifix, which he takes in his left hand and presses to his heart, and the Superior at the same time presents to him a dagger, which he grasps by the blade and holds the point against his heart, the Superior still holding it by the hilt, and thus addresses the postulant:”

The Superior priest begins the ritual with a lengthy hortatorial oath beginning thus:

My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to trust no man.jesuit-logo

It goes on to posit that the postulant is to pretend he is in agreement with whatever religion, sect, or denomination is mixing with at the time—he is after all a spy. He is to obtain “their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits.”

As with Islam’s taqiyya, lying to gain an advantage, so too the Jesuit is do what is necessary, even going so far as to denounce vehemently the Catholic Church and the Pope to gain the upper hand.

The Superior continues with:

You have been taught to insidiously plant the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and incite them to deeds of blood, involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the blessings of peace.

All of this is to the end that the apostate Catholic Church “might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means.”

It goes on of more of the same and echoes strongly what has been already stated. The postulant then must assert his loyalty . . . to Christ? No no, he must to be all things to all men, for the Pope’s sake, whose servants we are unto death.”

Not for Christ who died for all, but for a man, a little minded, power hungry man with the title of Pope.

When the Superior concludes the postulate or candidate gives an affirming response which begins thusly:

I, ______ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus . . .

Notice Jesus Christ is not mentioned in any of this! The Society of Jesus clearly has nothing to do Jesus, but this satanic society of the Jesuit Catholics.

Now comes the horrendous declaration of death.

The postulant further promises to wage war “secretly or openly against all heretics.” Heretics are defined as anybody not a Catholic.

He is to do this upon direction and “exterminate them from the face of the whole earth” and killing them regardless of

 . . . age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race.

This is perhaps where Islam took some of their sick dogmas from.

This closes out with a Q & A between the Superior and the Postulate. This you can look this up for yourself if interested here.

However the last command of the Superior is this:

Go ye, then, into all the world and take possession of all lands in the name of the Pope. He who will not accept him as the Vicar of Jesus and his Vice-regent on earth, let him be accursed and exterminated.

Adam and Eve bought into Satan’s “small lie” in the Garden and man and Creation was cursed. In the fullness of time God will redeem it all, but it will be bloody and painful for those who do not Do you know the True Christ.

The True Church of Christ awaits the Blessed Hope.

Simon & Garfunkel-Prophetic?

simon-and-garfunkel-sound-of-silence-live-playbuttonSimon & Garfunkel wrote and performed some great music.  One of the greatest was Simon’s song The Sounds of Silence, written in 1964.515ladnqpfl-_sx309_bo1204203200_

I referenced this song in my book Before the Final Trump where I chronicled this:

The hauntingly beautiful and popular folk song The Sounds of Silence seems to embodied the mind set of many that grew up in the 60’s.  Those of us that grew up in that era were influenced by its music to varying degrees.  It was the era of rock and folk groups with surrealistic names like the Beatles, the Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Cream and others.

Paul Simon himself reportedly described this song as, “as a societal view of the lack of communication.”[1]  That assessment is even more accurate in our milieu.

For all the “information” transmitted and available today little substantive truth is communicated.  The main stream media who should be relaying “truth” to us, but spin stories illuminating their radical left, elitist agenda.

Note the dark images painted by Simon.  The darkness is my old friend—not light.  His “vision” is a creeping vision and what was this vision planted in Simon’s brain?  In his dream he walks down cold, dark, damp, narrow streets.  A flashing neon light hurts his eyes, yet there is nothing . . . nothing but silence.

Nevertheless he is not alone—nor is there any silence.  Simon’s lyrics go on to tell us there is no warmth, but the hard, piercing coldness as from a foggy night.  Then our “protagonist” sees a mob of 10,000 people—all talking at once, but saying nothing—which, as it turns out, is okay because no one is listening anyway!

The Simon tells us it is going to get worse [italics added] for he then penned these words: “‘Fools’, said I, ‘You do not know silence like a cancer grows.  Hear my words that I might teach you . . . But my words, like silent raindrops fell And echoed In the wells of silence.’”

So the “silence” is not silence, rather a lack of hearing.  The antithesis of Simon’s sound of silence is given to us in the Bible, “a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. . . .” (Proverbs. 1:5).

The Echoes of Simon’s Silence

Simon really was quite prophetic, possibly in a different way than he imagined.  The mounting echoes of silence are found in the Church and in America.  It is emblematic of where we are today.  People don’t really want to hear or know the truth unless it corresponds to their presuppositions or viewpoint.


Take a listen–enjoy.

It was prophetic—though in a somewhat different way than Simon meant when he wrote it in 1964.

Caiaphas, the high priest of Israel over Jesus’ “trial” unknowingly prophesied of Jesus, “that it is expedient for you [the Jews] that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish” (John 11:50).

Of course it was beneficial for the world that Jesus conclude his mission and die sacrificially for the sins of the world. However that was not what Caiaphas meant.

Such was Simon’s prophetic song.


[1] Rich Kent, The Simon and Garfunkel Homepage, http://freespace.virgin.net/r.kent/.

How to be a Muslim-Brought to You by the D.O.E.

Ablin252520mo252520leading252520blind252520-252520false252520prophet_thumb25255b125255ds I just posited in my most recent CrossChek post “Islam is Satan’s magnum opus of false religions.”

The creeping political correctness of the past seventy years has softened up the American cultural values so that our guiding principles are being stood on their heads.

While the upper echelons of academia are virtually totally corrupted, I am somewhat dismayed at the extent K-12 is exposed.

Exemplar of this cultural vicissitudinous degradation is the Islamic propaganda being fed our children through the public school systems in the name of tolerance.

What are these teacher thinking??

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The Staunton VA work sheet is especially troubling. To become a Muslim one has only to recite the Shahada. This work sheet gets the student writing it in Arabic.

Can there be anyone on this planet who think “Islam is a religion of peace” after watching the news night, after night?  I guess so.

As Blaise Pascual wrote

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.