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.

The Sounds of Silence

The following is excerpted from the book Before the Final Trump by D. D. Edwards.


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.”

Sir Robert Anderson

Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain—

Still remains…..Within the sounds of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone; Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more . . .

Postmodern Briefing

The Renaissance, followed by the Enlightenment advanced the concept of man’s dependence on himself and the “impossibility” of the supernatural (i.e. God is dead, man is god, and miracles are not possible). While all of this began in Europe, through the centuries it trickled into America. By the Twentieth century and the advent of two world wars, the trickle became a torrent!

Postmodernism is a philosophical movement that is rooted in modernism but proclaims the bankruptcy of certain aspects of modern thought. . . . it denies the modernist belief that there is an objective truth . . . that can be discovered using reason.”[1]

The postmodern bomb has fractured the very foundation of the entrenched, traditional Judeo-Christian values most Americans hold.

David Hume had a profound impact on Immanuel Kant and Kant had a profound influence on others. Hume influenced Kant in such a way as to turn him to skepticism.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) . . . awakened from his dogmatic slumbers by David Hume, . . . to agnosticism. . . . argued that God is unknowable (even by revelation). . . . He insisted . . . that we cannot know reality in itself (the noumenal realm) but only what appears to us (the phenomenal). Thus . . . science is possible . . . but metaphysics[2] is not possible. Further, Kant bifurcated the observable realm of fact and the realm of value. This dichotomy has been disastrous for biblical studies . . . [leading] to a denial of the . . . existence, of factual and historical record in Scripture and a stress on the moral and religious dimensions that have dominated liberal theology (italics mine).[3]

Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley’s career was sizzling and he was drafted into the Army, giving him fodder for yet another movie. And forty years ago, most people in America listened, at least occasionally for “The Master’s Voice” and still subscribed to a Judeo-Christian belief system. For the most part, people believed in the God who created all things.

Just over twenty-five years ago, there was still trace evidence of these foundational beliefs. Indeed, on October 4, 1982, under the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, in a Joint Resolution, both the United States Senate and House of Representatives declared 1983-The Year of the Bible. In part, they affirmed:

Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national “Year of the Bible” in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures (italics mine).[1]

Interesting verbiage in light of today’s culture, is it not? Congress proclaiming they recognized the formative influence of the Bible and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures; what a difference twenty-five years makes.

Destructive Disconnect

The Congressional Proclamation made in the Reagan era could never happen today and that probably surprises no one in this severely politically correct, handicapped world. A recent Barna Group reveals a scary reality. In a research report on worldviews, Barna posits that, “91% of all born again adults and 93% of Protestants do not possess a biblical worldview.”[1] From a different angle, that means only 9% of so-called born again believers and just 7% of Protestants possess a biblical worldview.

This information prompted Barna to do an assessment of American Pastors. Here are the results of that research:

Based on interviews with 601 Senior Pastors nationwide, representing a random cross-section of Protestant churches, Barna reports that only half of the country’s Protestant pastors – 51% – have a biblical worldview[2]. . . . [Of] the Southern Baptists’ . . . (71%) had . . . a biblical worldview . . . 57% of the pastors of [other] Baptist churches . . . had a biblical worldview, as did 51% of non-denominational Protestant pastors, 44% of pastors of charismatic or Pentecostal churches, 35% of pastors of black churches, and 28% of those leading mainline congregations [i.e. Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, etc.].[3]

This is more a result, than a symptom. Yet again, it illuminates the results of the intense postmodern pressure spewing brackish water into our society, which is soaking it up like a sponge.

A Deconstructed World

The point here is that America is all but saturated by a postmodern/deconstructed worldview. Postmodernism and deconstructionism are two sides to the same coin. A fairly long word, deconstructionism, but chiefly it is “a form of hermeneutics, of interpreting a text.”[1] However, deconstructionism has big arms and embraces many philosophical “isms.” It “embraces conventionalism . . . all meaning is relative . . . [it embraces] perspectivalism . . . all truth is . . . [based on] one’s perspective . . . [it embraces] semantic progressivism . . . a text can always be deconstructed.[2] It embraces even more, but these will suffice to affirm these “isms” are why effective apologetics are critical today.

Atheistic, postmodern-deconstructionism is the sea-water spray shorting out the engine of our Representative Republic and the Church. Textual interpretation for America’s founding documents, as well as the Bible is often the focal point of the postmodernism’s attack. As to the latter:

The Bible is seen as a text that is used to take power over people’s lives . . . a power play over the weak. . . . [French philosopher] Michael Foucault . . . called any pursuit of truth a “will to knowledge that arbitrarily establishes its own ‘truth.’” . . . [that] is then imposed on others. . . . the problem with this idea is . . . it lacks self-awareness and self-consistency. . . . if Foucault really believed that . . . then how could he communicate such ideas without using words and attempting to persuade us as well? . . . if he really believed his own philosophy, why didn’t he remain silent?[3]

In other words, Foucault’s argument is self-defeating, and runs contrary to the law of Non-Contradiction. Why?—because he is conveying his idea using statements consisting of words, therefore it is the case his own text “is being used to take power over people’s lives!

[1] Geisler, BECA, 192.

[2] Ibid., 192,193.   Geisler BECA

[3] Ravi Zacharias and others, Beyond Opinion, Ravi Zacharias, ed. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007), 6-7.

[1] George Barna, Think Like Jesus (Brentwood, TN: Integrity Publishers, 2003), 23.

[2] See Appendix A for specifics and definitions of this survey.

[3] Ibid., Barna, TLJ

[1] William J. Federer, America’s God and Country, Encyclopedia of Quotations (N/A: Fame Publishing Inc., 1996), 709, 710.

[1] Bowman and Boa, 162.      

[2] Metaphysics is the study of the nature of being and beings, existence, of time and space, and causality

[3] Geisler, 1999. Beware of philosophy: a warning to biblical scholars. Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, 5.

End Times Brief IV


Clock-Angel Trump

Judgments & Resurrections

All judgment belongs to Jesus Christ. He will judge justly and in line with the perfect holiness of the one true God. He alone has been given the right to judge, both those under His atoning grace and those who have rejected Him as the Messiah (John 5:22-30).

There is not one judgment for all, but three successive groups of judgments. These are:

  • The judgment at the rapture
  • Judgments of the nations at Christ’s second coming
  • Judgments after the Christ’s reign in the millennial kingdom

The First JudgmDryBonesent

The bema judgment is the judgment of the saints of the Church, the Church age believers; the Bride of Christ. I would reiterate that this only applies to those who died during the Church age and those living when the rapture occurs.

From the Greek we discover that bema was a raised seat where a judge was seated as he adjudicated cases before him. The word can “also be used in connection with the platform on which the umpire or referee sat during the Olympic or the Isthmian games at Corinth. . . . It is also where the winners received their crowns or rewards.” [i]

So the Bema seat judgment has nothing to do with whether someone is going to heaven or hell, but it is about the rewards or crowns a believer in Christ will receive. The crown or lack of crowns depends on a Christian’s works for Christ (not salvation). Jesus looks at what our heart attitude was when we did these works. Were we trying to glorify Jesus or glorify ourselves (2 Cor. 5:10)?

The bema seat judgment on Christians is really threefold and discerns:

  • “the extent our lives and ministry follow the Word of God”
  • “the extent we have been faithful stewards of all that He has entrusted to us”
  • “our motives”[ii]

The Second Judgment Group

After Christ’s victory at His Second Advent over the nations in the battle of Armageddon three judgments occur.

First is the judgment of the Gentiles following the tribulation (Joel 3: 1-2; Matt. 25:31-46). This is the judgment of the Gentiles that still alive at the end of the tribulation. Those that now believe in Jesus Christ will go into the Millennial Kingdom.

“Jesus will judge those Gentiles who lived through the tribulation. They will be judged based on their rejection or acceptance of Jesus as their Saviour. The righteous will go into the millennial kingdom[1], but the unrighteous will be cast into hell.

Benware makes the point that “the internal, spiritual condition of Gentiles is revealed externally by the way in which they treated Israel during the great tribulation (cf. Rev. 12:13-16).   This is valid proof of their righteousness because of the terrible persecution that Israel will endure during the second half of the tribulation.”[iii]

Second comes the judgment of Jews that are still living at the end of the tribulation. After Armageddon the Lord will regather Israel and judge them; determining the saved, from the unsaved Jew. Like the Gentiles, the righteous will be allowed to live in the millennial kingdom and the sinful will be cast into hell.

The saved of Israel will experience the fullness of the covenantal commitments God made to Israel. They will enter the Millennial Kingdom in their existing physical bodies.

Thirdly is the judgment of the Old Testament and tribulation believers whom are martyred during the tribulation. These would be believers, like Abraham, Joshua, Daniel, and all who, by faith believed God.

Throughout all millennium it was necessary that man believed by faith (cf. Daniel 12:2-3; Matt. 16:27; Rev. 20:4-6). Like the Church age saints this judgment is a rewards judgment.

The Final Judgment Grouping

These last judgments are after the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ—prior to the beginning of the Eternal Kingdom.

The first judgment is the ultimate judgment of Satan and his demon army—the fallen angels (Rev. 20:10) for their rebellion. While Satan’s fate has been sealed since before the foundations of the cosmos and consummated by the cross and resurrection it is now they are forever banished to the lake of fire which is hell (1 Cor. 6:3; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7).

The second judgment in this group is the judgment of the fallen creation. This is the destruction and the passing away of the heavens and the earth (cf. 2 Peter 3:10; Matt. 24:35; Rev. 20:11). Like a cancer sin has embedded itself in the entire cosmos; so all of the universe is replaced.

The final judgment is the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). “All unsaved people from every age will be resurrected at this time and will stand before the Lord Jesus to be judged (cf. John 5:22, 26-29). These individuals are referred to as ‘the dead’ in contrast to believers, who are called the ‘dead in Christ.’”[iv]

Two books are referenced. The Book of Life which contains only the named of the saved. However the book of works, are not to jog Christ’s memory, but rather prove that all who are judged are guilty and to determine the severity of their punishment.

A Closing Note

All of these people over all millennia, whether saints or damned are conscious from the instant they die. The soul of each person saved or lost, lives on after death. For the believer it is eventually reunited with its glorified body. What happens to those who are lost is not evident in scriptures.

How do we know this is the case? In Luke 16 the Bible gives us the account of the rich man and Lazarus. This is not a parabolic story, for parables are general in nature and do not name real people.

19 There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.[f] The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers[g]—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”

You will live forever–it’s a matter of where and with whom.

This is The End

Notes & Footnotes

[1] The “saved” Gentiles will enter the millennial kingdom in their physical bodies and will repopulate the earth.

[i] Benware., 323.

[ii] Ibid., 324.

[iii] Ibid., 327.

[iv] Ibid., 329.


It’s the End Time

Footnotes & End Notes:

[1] The term rapture, while not found in the Bible, comes from the Latin rapturo, a transliteration of the Greek word meaning “to be snatched up” or “caught up.”

[2] “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.”

[i] Chafer, 364.

[ii] Renald Showers, Maranatha Our Lord Come! (Bellmawr, NJ: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1995), 12V

End Times Brief III


Clock-Angel Trump



The Time of the Gentiles & The Church

Dr. Chafer asserts the time of the Gentiles began with the Babylonian captivity. He argues that we cannot “ignore the overwhelming evidence in the Scriptures that the Church is not in Daniel’s 483 years or in any period of the Old Testament history. . . . no New Testament Scriptures necessitates the placing of the Church in that period . . . [which] is declared to be for the final judgments of God upon a God- and Christ-rejecting world. (emphasis mine).”[i] The Church began at Pentecost.

Some commentators posit that the age of the Gentiles was paused when the intercalary age started and will resume when the Church is taken out of the world. Others believe the Gentile age and the Church age run together like train tracks. When the Church is removed from earth, the age of the Gentiles will continue on until Christ second advent.

In Revelation 20 we read:

4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 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 (4-6).

The Rapture

There are multiple hypotheses on the rapture[1] and when it occurs. Some believe it occurs at the end of the tribulation, some are mid-tribulationists, and some, like myself, are pre-tribulationists.

That said, there are defining differences between the rapture models that the believer should be aware of. We always need to attempt to interpret scripture as accurately as possible.

It needs to be understood that the since “rapture,” is the removal of the Church from the world only for believers of in the Church age. In other words, it is for those who have died during the Church age and those who are still alive. This occurs before the tribulation begins.

The Post-Tribulation Rapture Hypothesis

Classic post-tribulationists believe the rapture follows the tribulation and believers go up to meet Christ and return immediately with Him at the Second Coming. This scenario seems implausible and one must distort the scriptures to arrive at this conclusion.

Their reasoning is that because the Church has always had to endure persecution it has always been in the tribulation. There are several variations of post-tribulation, but we cannot cover all of them in this piece.

One argument against the post-trib hypothesis is there must be an interval for judgments at “the judgment seat of Christ,” bema in the Greek. This is the judgment of the deeds of the saints and the distribution of rewards (more on this later). Following that judgment is the marriage supper of the Lamb. Both are antecedent to the Christ’s returning to earth with His saints at the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:7-9).

The Mid-Tribulation Rapture Hypothesis

The mid-tribulationists basic reasoning maintains that the Church is raptured after the first 1260 days, but does not go through the Great Tribulation which they view as the real tribulation. Its adherents do affirm that the rapture and second advent are two separate events. Nonetheless dialectically there is no compelling texts that support this assertion.

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Hypothesis

As Revelation 20 above tells us the first is at the end of the tribulation (v5). This first resurrection is for the martyred tribulation believers—those who came to Christ during the tribulation.

Nevertheless the instant, divine, removal of the Church, God’s people, has no parallel anywhere else in the Bible. It should be noted that the rapture is imminent. What that means is that it can happen at any moment. From a prophetic or apocalyptic viewpoint there is nothing else that must happen.

From the Latin origin of the word, something imminent “is always hanging overhead, is constantly ready to befall or overtake a person, is always close at hand.”[ii]

There is strong warrant for the imminence of the rapture in the New Testament scriptures. Let’s look at the flow of events that were required beginning with Christ’s death and leading to Christ coming for His Church found in John 14:1-3.[2]

  • First Jesus crucifixion and death
  • Jesus literal, bodily resurrection
  • Jesus ascension into heaven
  • Jesus proclaimed he would come again to take us back with Him to “His Father’s house”
  • He made these promises to His followers; the Church—not to the world

(See also Titus 2:13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Cor. 1:7; 15:51-53).

The key passage for the rapture is found in 1 Thss. 4:13-18:

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 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. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

To be Continued One More Time–It’s the End Time

Footnotes & End Notes:

[1] The term rapture, while not found in the Bible, comes from the Latin rapturo, a transliteration of the Greek word meaning “to be snatched up” or “caught up.”

[2] “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.”

[i] Chafer, 364.

[ii] Renald Showers, Maranatha Our Lord Come! (Bellmawr, NJ: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1995), 127.

Why the Christian Church Must Not Desert Israel

There are a number of pragmatic reasons why America should not abandon our support of Israel. Many of these have to do with our national security and keeping the Middle East stable.

The Church however, should not be driven by pragmatism, politics, or Israel’s right to exist. Unfortunately American Churches of a liberal bent are, in fact, supporting Israel’s enemies with their feel good social missional programs that drive divestment campaigns against Israel. As unwittingly as that support may be it is, in fact, not a valid excuse.

Secular Realities

These churches have bought into the specious argument that a Palestinian state actually exists; it doesn’t!  They also advance the specious argument that Israel is an apartheid state “occupying” Palestine and trying to kill off Palestinians, so-called.

This argument is sent packing by Israel’s own enemies over 35 years ago. Way back in March of 1977, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) executive committee member Zahir Muhsein declared the truth in an interview:

The Palestinian people does [sic] not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people (emphasis mine).

So we see that over 30 years ago one of Israel’s staunchest enemies, the PLO, admits there is no such thing as a Palestinian people. So then it follows that there can be no Palestinian state!

In our day Israel is under extreme threat of annihilation and daily must bear-up under rocket attacks blasted across its borders and homicide bombings within her perimeters. Not to mention the nuclear threat from Iran and WMD’s from various quarters in the lands surrounding Israel. This onslaught is all driven from the Muslim idealogs.

Though Canada has recently shown some political support for Israel, for the most no one else stands with Israel. Even America’s support for her is vexed.

The Obama Administration’s supposed support to Israel is fractious at best. They labor to tie Israel’s hands politically, diplomatically, and militarily. While on the other hand the politicos play unwitting chumps to Israel’s Muslim and “Palestinian” enemies, supplying them with money and weapons that can be used against Israel.

Transcendent Realities

The reasons for the Church to stand with Israel are not political or even philosophical. Indeed Christian Evangelicals to a great degree do support Israel. The reasons come not from the world, but from Christian doctrine, from the Holy Bible. This must at all times be the standard for Christians and for the Church.

The Abrahamic Covenant is foundational to the truths of the Bible. Abram was called out of Chaldea by God. God makes a unilateral, unconditional covenant with Abram:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who [curses] you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12: 1-3)

The focus here is in verse 3, “I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

While the covenant is in a essence for all mankind, Israel is the tacit referent in this prophetic proclamation.

In the phrase “I will curse,” the word curse is ’ārar in the Hebrew. “There are five other Hebrew verbs with the same general meaning.”[i] However this more specifically means to bind with a spell, hem in with obstacles, or render powerless.

In one sense the meaning is self-evident. But with global sympathy largely on the side of her Arab enemies and Russia and China supporting the Muslim nations to varying degrees how is it that they are “rendered powerless”?

Firstly God will not allow Israel to be annihilated—ever (cf. Deuteronomy 33: 29). Secondly I think it can be argued that those who “curse Israel”; who seek to wound her will be “bound with the spell” of not seeing the truth of God (2 Corinthians 4: 3), and “hemmed in with obstacles” that block the truth from their minds, and “rendered powerless,” to act in anyway other than they have been programmed.

The Church of Christ must remain faithful to Christ and to His Word notwithstanding any other fuzzy-warm-feel-good social program that is antithetical to Him.

[i] Baker and Carpenter, The Complete Word Study Dictionary (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), 100.

A Wolf in the Fold~The Decline of the Church.

There is a wolf in the fold in Christian Church community; right here in Charlotte.  His name is Steven Furtick, his trap is called Elevation Church. A synonym for “elevation” is promotion. What is being promoted and elevated is Steven Furtick, certainly not God.

You will find no button on their website named What we Believe, or Doctrinal Statement with doctrines and beliefs based on the Bible. No, no, evidently that is verboten. What you find is a link to The Code. (What is this, the Marines or the Mafia?)

At the recent Elevation “revival” called Code Orange (he likes that word “code” doesn’t he?).  T. D. Jakes was one of the key speakers. However Jake’s theology is also problematic.

He does not believe in essential Christian doctrines like the Trinity. Also salvation is not by faith alone in Jesus Christ—but baptism is added as being salvific for Jakes.

A recent quote from Jakes is singularly telling:

I believe in one God who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe these three have distinct and separate functions—so separate that each has individual attributes, yet are one. I do not believe in three Gods (emphasis added).

This is what is called Modalism. God puts on different hats, so to speak. He has his Father hat, his Spirit hat, and his Son hat. In his introduction of Jakes at Code Orange, Furtick gushed:

Any preacher, who has anything to say, rips off Bishop T. D. Jakes.

Hmmm—if Furtick has something to say this would apply to him, right? And I guess Jakes is the source of all doctrine and theology for the past 4,000 years, yes? I realize that is not what Furtick meant, but it is a wild, irresponsible statement from a wild, irresponsible, pretentious person.

While Elevation doesn’t have any ICTHUS (the Christian fish symbol ) displayed anywhere on their website, they do have fish bones! If you click on the New tab and then the fish bones icon button (lower right) you will hear audio and see this:

We eat the fish and leave the bones.

They then explain that means, and read this carefully—it is loaded for bear—

We will always maintain a posture of learning. We seek to learn from everyone and incorporate a variety of influences into our methodology.

Read it again!

We eat the fish and leave the bones.”

Well yea! Who wants to eat bones, but we’re not really talking about “eating” that is only the mind hook. Furtick is using fish flesh vs. bones, the Bible contrasts milk vs. solid food (1 Corinthians 3: 2; Hebrews 5: 12-13; NASB).

One might think what Furtick has craftily hewn (or not) is that the eating of the flesh is a good thing. But biblically “the flesh” is frequently indicative of worldly things, i.e. lust (1 Pet. 2: 11; 2 Pet. 2: 18, et. al). Bones can refer to structure and order, so is Elevation leaving the structure of doctrinal truth and systematic theology behind? Yes this is speculative on my part, but this muddy language is not by accident: more on that in a minute.

Maintaining a posture of learning is good right? But whose learning? The following phrase tells us—anybody’s and everyone’s learning. What Furtick is saying in his postmodern parlance of blurring the real meaning is that it does not matter–all ideas are equally valid.

What is a person’s credentials for being someone who is adding to this “soup pot of learning?” Do they know what they are talking about? What are their intentions? Valid questions that needs to be asked.

Someone gave me some sage advice once. They said “when someone is telling you to “open your mind” almost always they are getting ready dump some garbage into it.”

Going back to my comment about muddy language, David Wells in his excellent book, The Courage to be Protestant writes:

Language is sometimes opaque because of the intellectual complexities behind it. [On the other hand] Language sometimes is opaque because of the intellectual confusion behind it. And sometimes people pass off the latter as if it were the former (emphasis mine).[1]

Of course according to Steven Furtick all of this “criticism” qualifies me as one of his “haters,” so-called. Yes if you disagree with Furtick’s minions or multitude YOU are a HATER. We have homophobia, and Islamaphobia, I guess this is Elevationphobia–or is that Furticphobia? On the other hand Furtick’s hateful speech (video) seems to be okeedokee.

There is nothing new here, this is the same ploy the left uses in their politics. If they cannot refute your argument or even make a valid argument, they resort to ad hominem (personal) attacks. They call their opposition names, but more often than not, they use names, or accusations that, in actuality the accusers are guilty of themselves.

Here is a taste of Steven Furtick and his “theological” bent. Besides being “in your face” watch his eyes, they tell the real story.

Note that Furtick sets up a series of “straw men” arguments without any proof–just accusatory allegations. And as he states in this video, he clearly does not put much stock in the truth.

Furticks attitude and words seen and spoken (rapped) in his video is a sham. Again David Wells says it best:

This kind of empty obfuscation is what we hear all too often from the emergent church, though usually with the veneer of intellectual sophistication. In its place (and usually on the internet) we hear the confidence of those who have a sense of being on the edge of what-is-happening-now but who, for that very reason, are diffident, unsure, tentative, and, more often than not, simply confused.[2]

This Elevation, this so-called Church is heretical and apostate. It is a cult—Buyer Beware. If you’re still not convinced here are some further quotes from Steven Furtick. The most telling quote is:

If you know Jesus this church is NOT for you!

Other quotes:

We don’t teach from Books of the Bible because it gets in the way of evangelism.

We don’t offer different kinds of Bible studies because it gets in the way of evangelism.

We don’t teach doctrine because it gets in the way of evangelism.

If you want to be fed God’s word or have the Bible explained to you then you are a fat lazy Christian and you need to shut up and get to work or you need to leave this church because we ONLY do evangelism.

Telling people about the saving work of Jesus Christ is key, but it is not the end-all, be-all. Jesus himself told his followers, to “make disciples,” he never commanded us to make converts. It was never Christ’s plan to have shallow baby Christians that cannot defend their faith and mentor other believers.

Indeed, it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who rightly stated

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.

In the Bible, Babylon is not just a wicked city, it is also metaphorically the end time Apostate Church, the harlot sitting on the waters.

This is where much of the Church is going in these, the last days. As evidenced by Elevation it is all about marketing and emotion. Truth is a liability, indeed at the close of time John writes of the Harlot, the Apostate Church and proclaims:

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality. . . . Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality (Revelation 17: 1-5).

Unfortunately this is the slippery slope many mainline Protestant churches are on. Pray for our Church.

[1] David Wells, The Courage to be Protestant (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), 79.

[2] Ibid., 78.