ABORTION IS MURDER

ABORTION IS MURDER

In the beginning, God created mankind, body and soul, male and female, in his image (Gen. 1:26-28; Matt. 10:28). God made mankind for the purpose of mirroring him. In light of creation, the image of God in man is meant to be displayed physically in a physical world.

 Created in the image of God

Body and soul exist in unity and they make up human nature. Natures do not act on their own; rather, persons act through their natures. This is not to say persons can be separated from their natures. They cannot be separated from their natures; persons are the acting subjects. Natures do not subsist in themselves, but in persons.

Human persons act in and through their natures, their souls and bodies, simultaneously to make up a human being in unity. One cannot act through his soul without also acting through his body unless the soul has been separated from the body, meaning that the body is dead. In other words, the soul is the incorporeal substance and the body is the corporeal substance, and these make up a single substance, a capacity known as the human nature. If you have a human nature, you necessarily have a person; if you do not have a human nature, you necessarily do not have a person.

To summarize, the person is the acting subject, and they act in and through their nature. To have a human nature on earth, one needs a human body (regardless of how minimal) and a human soul. If the body is ensouled, the soul is embodied, and a human nature exists.

So, with these truths as a necessary foundation, we ask: Does Scripture teach that human embryos are human natures that subsist in persons? Two important pregnancies in God’s Word build a strong case: Jesus Christ in Mary’s womb and king David in his mother’s womb.

 Jesus Christ, a person from conception

For Christ to represent the human race, he had to come from Adam’s race (Gen. 3:15; John 1:1, 14; Heb. 2:14-17). Mary is treated as Jesus’s mother, not because she was a mere surrogate for the implanted embryo of Christ, but because it was her egg that was fertilized by God miraculously. The same process that you and I went through in embryonic stage onward to birth is the same process Jesus Christ went through. Yet, he was not conceived in iniquity like us because he was conceived sinless by his Father, the first person of the Trinity (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5).

Before Jesus was conceived in Mary, her cousin Elizabeth became pregnant with John the Baptist. John was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15, 41). An angel told Mary she would be pregnant by the Holy Spirit and that Elizabeth, her cousin, was already six months pregnant. Mary then hurried to see Elizabeth. Mary greeted her and John the Baptist jumped in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:26-41).

“And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord’” (Luke 1:42-45).

It had only been a few days or a few weeks since Mary had become pregnant. She was still very early in the first trimester, and it’s even possible that the embryo had not even attached to the uteran wall yet, a process that takes 6-10 days. Based on what Elizabeth said to Mary, Mary was already pregnant when she entered the room. Elizabeth referred to Mary’s embryo as tou kuriou—the Lord.

JOHN THE BAPTIST DID NOT LEAP OVER WHAT MARY’S “FETUS” WOULD BECOME; HE JUMPED FOR JOY OVER WHAT HER EMBRYO ALREADY WAS—GOD THE SON INCARNATE.”

John the Baptist, filled with the Spirit while in the womb, jumped for joy due to his Lord and Savior entering the room as a divine person united with a human embryo (the God-Man). Remember, natures do not subsist in themselves; they subsist in persons. God the Son had already united with his human nature at conception, for Elizabeth called him “the Lord.” God the Son did not unite with a mere “fetus” or a mere “clump of cells.” That would mean there are two incarnations, God the Son Clump of Cells and God the Son Incarnate, which adds a heretical “nature” to Christ in addition to his full humanity and full deity.

Clumps of cells do not need saviors for they do not and cannot sin; only persons are sinners and only persons sin. Therefore, God the Son united with a human nature, embryo (body) and soul, not an inhuman clump of cells. John the Baptist did not leap over what Mary’s “fetus” would become; he jumped for joy over what her embryo already was—God the Son incarnate.

Jesus Christ’s human nature subsisted in his divine Person from conception. David was also a person in his mother’s womb.

 King David, a person from conception

In Psalm 139:13-16, David wrote,

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance (golem); in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

The Hebrew word golem (translated “unformed substance”) used in verse 16 is probably the only direct reference to a human embryo in all of Scripture. Notice that neither God nor David treats David in the womb as a mere fetus—a clump of cells that may become human one day. David refers to himself in the womb as “Me” and “I” in verses 13, 14, and 15. Even as a human embryo being formed by God, David says he was being fearfully and wonderfully made. The fertilized egg (embryo), is being “fearfully and wonderfully made” as much as the full-term baby before birth. In the words of Voddie Baucham, the only differences between a baby in the womb and a baby outside the womb are age and location.

THE ONLY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BABY IN THE WOMB AND A BABY OUTSIDE THE WOMB ARE AGE AND LOCATION.”

Again, as referenced earlier, one only needs a body and soul on earth in order to be a human nature subsisting in a human person. David possessed a body and soul from conception onward, and he referred to himself as a person—an “I” or “me.” David, an adult human person wrote that passage and referred to himself in the womb as himself, not as something less than himself, as something less than a human person.

Furthermore, consider what David wrote in Psalm 51:3-6:

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”

David was conceived in iniquity. He refers to himself as “me.” Again, the reality is that clumps of cells did not sin, nor are they held accountable for sin. Human persons sin; human persons are sinners and are held accountable for sin. Jesus did not die for clumps of cells; he died for sinners, for human persons.

 Abortion is murder

For the reasons outlined above, we may conclude that human personhood—human life—begins at conception. This means that abortion is the murder of human persons.

Not only must Planned Parenthood be stopped, but all the murder of unborn human persons must also be stopped. Abortion must be abolished, for it is the great sin of the United States. The blood of 55,000,000 aborted/murdered human persons cry out for justice. May we spend our lives giving a voice to the voiceless until this slaughter of the innocent is abolished.

By Jared Moore

 

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A BIBLICAL CRITIQUE OF BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY’S SERMON ON ‘LOVE’

A BIBLICAL CRITIQUE OF BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY’S SERMON ON ‘LOVE’

David Robertson

Many have commented that Bishop Michael Curry’s exuberant sermon was such a powerful message and it should get people to reading the bible. Still others that even if it wasn’t spot on we should take the Philippians 1:18 attitude “What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached.” – But that is the key question – was Christ preached? Was the love of Christ preached?

IT WASN’T!

1) Firstly if it had been it would have been the first time that the preaching of Christ met with worldwide commendation! Everyone loved it – from the atheist Ed Miliband, to the LGBT activist Vicky Beeching. Liberal and Evangelical alike sang its praises. It was such a post-modern meaningless sermon that anyone could take any meaning they liked. Listen to what Jesus says: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets!” (Luke 6:26)

2) It was hypocritical. Bishop Curry was at a wedding that upheld the traditional Cranmer prayer book (and biblical) view of marriage as being between a man and a woman – and which expressly said so. Yet he does not believe that – and has been active in getting the reference to procreation and to man and woman removed from the prayer book in his church.

Incidentally his province is meant to be under the discipline of the whole Anglican Church, yet the Archbishop of Canterbury not only invited him but also enthusiastically endorsed him. Biblical Evangelicals within the Church of England have been well and truly shafted! It is important to grasp that Liberals like Curry use words in different ways – we need to ask what does he mean by Jesus, love and the cross. We may be hearing one thing when he is saying another.

3) It was unbiblical – The sermon cited 1 John 4:8 out of context. I know that he did not have time to do all of this, but there is no way that the little he did say is reflective of the letter he took it from. Just to mention a few things.

a) Sin – John sets the whole of the Cross-against the background of sin. Bishop Curry did not mention sin once. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1:8).

b) The Atonement – John tells us that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. That forgiveness for sins comes from that. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice (the propitiation, turning aside the just wrath of God against sin) for our sins, and not only ours but the sin of the whole world” (2:2). “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (3:16). “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (4:10). When Curry spoke of the cross, it spoke of it as sacrificial, as exemplary, not as THE atoning sacrifice. We too can be sacrificial and it is that sacrificial love that is redemptive and changes the world. Can you see what he is doing? He is turning the cross from being THE redemptive work, to it being an example of redemptive love that we can all show. He is teaching us that we can save ourselves and indeed save the world by just having the kind of love that Christ had and following his example. That is not the Gospel. It is the antithesis of the Gospel.

c) Obedience – Obedience was left out of the marriage vows. It was also left out of the sermon. Which given that it was a sermon about love and love is defined as obedience in his text is a big miss! “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (2:3). “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (2:5). But the Bishop said nothing about obeying the commands of God. Imagine if he had said this – “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (5:3). Do you think for a moment he would have had such a positive response?

d) Loving the World was commended, not condemned “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (2:15) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” (3:1). Bishop Curry made no distinction at all between Jesus and the world. So the world loved his message. If he had preached Christ, the world would have hated it. As it is the world loved his message, because it pushed all their buttons.

e) Beware False Teachers – Many antichrists have come (2:18) “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (3:7-8). “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world!” (1Jn 4:1)

False teaching, false spirits, the devil being at work. Again none of that was mentioned. The whole concept of evil and the devils work was not part of the picture at all. But our battle is not against flesh and blood. Nor against Donald Trump. It is against sin, self and Satan.

f) There is a great division between those who know God and those who don’t. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (4:8). Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (5:1). If you don’t know Jesus you are not born of God. And if you are not born of the God who is love, you cannot love in the way that John is speaking about.

Imagine if Bishop Curry had said to the young couple – “it’s great to see your love, but there is a greater love, and you really need to know that love. You need to know the God who is love. You need to trust and accept his atoning work of sacrifice. You need to show your love by obeying his commands (including being faithful to each other). You need to watch out for the evil in your own heart, and that from the devil. Always look to Christ “ But he didn’t (even though the Cranmer’s Anglican liturgy recognizes all those things); and he couldn’t because he does not believe that. He disobeys Gods word, denies his atoning sacrifice and does not teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

So what does the fact that so many good Christians and pastors accepted this as a ‘gospel sermon’ tell us?

It teaches us that the world has had a far deeper impact on our general thinking than we realize. We just seem to accept its premises.

It teaches us that we should not use the world’s methodology. I know that there are some who think that just because Jesus is mentioned and the bible quoted, this is a great thing, and even if he was not especially orthodox, we can use this as a kind of marketing tool. Whilst I agree that we should use every opportunity we can get – we should not justify or accept false teaching, just because it can be turned for good. It is very dangerous to say to our people that a sermon which gave a false view of the cross, a wrong view of salvation and was preached by a man who denies the Bible as the word of God, is somehow to be celebrated as something that points people to Jesus.

Which Jesus?

It teaches us that we need to be on our guard. The false teachers that Peter mentions were not people who were open in their heresy. They “secretly introduce destructive heresies”. Paul warned the Ephesian elders “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Acts 20:29-31).

The devil is subtle. Most churches gradually decline – they don’t usually make one big jump. We need to walk the straight line – never deviating one iota from the Word of God – whether to legalism on the one hand, or liberalism on the other.
We should not be surprised. Remember what Jesus said: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?(Matthew 7:15-16).

The lesson of the churches in Revelation is that even faithful churches with hard working people can be deceived.
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth!” [Rev 2:12-16]

A teacher who calls sexual immorality ‘love’ is following the teaching of Balaam, not Christ!

I would appeal to my fellow evangelicals, especially those who are in church leadership. Don’t be deceived. I know I can be deceived – I have been in the past and I pray that the Lord would deliver me from that in the future. And don’t let the flock which God has entrusted you with be deceived. Stick to the Word, discern the spirits, and be bold and courageous in standing up against those who come either as roaring lions or as angels of light – and preach to us another Gospel and a different Jesus.

Finally – I don’t believe that 2 billion people heard the Gospel in this sermon. The only people who heard the Gospel in it were Christians who already know the Gospel. Instead of rejoicing in the crumbs we get from heretics, we should be seeking to learn more of Christ ourselves and get out there and tell the world about the real Jesus – one person at a time!

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!

THEY CALLED HIM ANTICHRIST!

THEY CALLED HIM ANTICHRIST!

Quoted from the ‘Remnant of God’

ANTI:
• to stand in place of
• a subtle imposter
• wolf in sheep’s clothing
• not a violent opposer
• a gentle confuser

The Roman Catholic church committed ADULTERY in her relationship with the HUSBANDMAN Christ Jesus. She became ANTIChrist when she stepped against Him.

The Roman Catholic church has always ‘claimed’ to be walking “with” Christ. Just as Judas “kissed” Christ, so has Rome “kissed” His Truth. They “softly and gently” send their wolves forward wearing the clothing of a little lamb so as to gentle draw the masses away from Christ. They betray Christ as soft as the kiss of JUDAS!

Arnulf Bishop of Orleans (Roman Catholic)
“deplored the roman popes as “monsters of guilt” and declared in a council called by the King of France in 991ad that the pontiff, clad in purple and gold, was, “Antichrist, sitting in the temple of God, and showing himself as God” -Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian church, 8 vols., reprint of the 3d (1910)ed. (Grand Rapids Mich.: Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., n.d.)

Eberhard II, archbishop of Salzburg (Roman Catholic)
“stated at a synod of bishops held at Regensburg in 1240 (some scholars say 1241) that the people of his day were “accustomed” to calling the pope antichrist.” -LeRoy Edwin Froom, The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, 4 vols. (Wash DC: Review and Herald publishing assc, 1950-1954)

John Wycliffe
“When the western church was divided for about 40 years between two rival popes, one in Rome and the other in Avigon, France, each pope called the other pope antichrist – and John Wycliffe is reputed to have regarded them as both being right: “two halves of Antichrist, making up the perfect Man of Sin between them.” -Ibid

Martin Luther (Lutheran) 
“We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist…personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist.” (Aug. 18, 1520) Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 2., pg. 121 by Froom. (In response to a papal bull [official decree]): “I despise and attack it, as impious, false… It is Christ Himself who is condemned therein… I rejoice in having to bear such ills for the best of causes. Already I feel greater liberty in my heart; for at last I know that the pope is antichrist, and that his throne is that of Satan himself.” –D’Aubigné, b.6, ch. 9.

Cotton Mather (Congregational Theologian) 
“The oracles of God foretold the rising of an Antichrist in the Christian Church: and in the Pope of Rome, all the characteristics of that Antichrist are so marvelously answered that if any who read the Scriptures do not see it, there is a marvelous blindness upon them.” Taken from The Fall of Babylon by Cotton Mather in Froom’s book, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, pg. 113.

John Wesley (Methodist) 
Speaking of the Papacy he said, “He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers… He it is…that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped…claiming the highest power, and highest honour…claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.” Taken from Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms by John Wesley, pg. 110.

Ellen G. White: Seven Day Adventists
“This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of “the man of sin” foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan’s power–a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will.

Thomas Cranmer (Anglican) 
“Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” (Referring to prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.) Taken from Works by Cranmer, Vol. 1, pp. 6-7.

Roger Williams (First Baptist Pastor in America) 
He spoke of the Pope as “the pretended Vicar of Christ on earth, who sits as God over the Temple of God, exalting himself not only above all that is called God, but over the souls and consciences of all his vassals, yea over the Spirit of Christ, over the Holy Spirit, yea, and God himself…speaking against the God of heaven, thinking to change times and laws; but he is the son of perdition (II Thess. 2).” Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers by Froom, Vol. 3, pg. 52.

1689 London Baptist Confession
Chapter 26: Of the Church. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, order or government of the church, is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner; neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. ( Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11, 12; 2 Thessalonians 2:2-9 )

John Knox (Scotch Presbyterian) 
Knox wrote to abolish “that tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church” and that the pope should be recognized as “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks.” Taken from The Zurich Letters, pg. 199 by John Knox.

John Calvin (Presbyterian) 
“Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt… I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” Taken from Institutes by John Calvin.

THE HUMAN BODY – GOD’S AMAZING MASTERPIECE

THE HUMAN BODY – GOD’S AMAZING MASTERPIECE

KNOW YE THAT THE LORD HE IS GOD: IT IS HE THAT HATH MADE US, AND NOT WE OURSELVES! [PSALM 100:3]

The human body is a marvelous machine that is fearfully and wonderfully made. King David declared this in Psalm 139:14. “I will praise Thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Some amazing facts about the human body :

There is over 10 billion cells in your body. These cells are very complex structures that make up our brain, bones, muscles, skin, eyes, blood and many other organs. Take the human eye for instance, it is just one four-thousandth of the adults weight and yet gives us 80% of the information that we need. The eye contains 130 million rod-shaped cells that detect light intensity and transmit visual impulses to the brain via some one million nerve fibers while nearly six million cone-shaped cells do the same job, but respond specifically to color variation. The eyes can handle 500,000 messages simultaneously.

Next, there is the heart in the human body. It is not much bigger than a clenched fist and weighs 10-11 ounces. It beats automatically about 100,000 times a day and over 2,500 million times in the average life span. The heart pumps blood through the body’s 80,000 miles of blood vessels at a rate which means that every day the blood cells travel an accumulated distance of 168 million miles, equivalent to 6,720 times the earth’s circumference. Speaking of the blood, a single drop contains 250 million separate blood cells. Truly, the Bible is correct about the life of man is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11,14).

Our brain contains a hundred billion neurons. Over an eighty year life time the human brain processes ten terabytes of data. Somewhere between 10,000 and 100,000 inputs from other neurons will converge on each individual brain cell.

The ear is so marvelous that when an air wave moves one millionth of a second across the eardrum, that movement is immediately translated into intelligible sounds by processes involving 30,000 nerve endings in an area a fraction of an inch long.

Speaking of both the ear and the eye, Proverbs 20:12 says, “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made both of them.”

And again – “Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD?” [Ex 4:11]

IS THE PENTECOSTAL BLABBERING GIBBERISH INDEED SPEAKING ‘MYSTERIES’ TO GOD?

IS THE PENTECOSTAL BLABBERING GIBBERISH INDEED SPEAKING ‘MYSTERIES’ TO GOD?

LETTER TO A DEAR SISTER EXPOSING THE TONGUES MOVEMENT

Thank you for writing dear Sister. Even genuine Christians have a few things to unlearn as they grow in their Christian experience. Many Christians in their initial years are deluded into thinking that they are born-again because they said a little prayer and accepted Jesus as their savior. But by and by the Spirit teaches them from the word that THEY did not choose the Lord Jesus, but HE chose them and saved them.

Similarly many get regenerated in a ‘tongue-speaking’ Church or are led into one and learn the art of speaking in tongues mostly because of the peer pressure present there, only to realize later that this whole tongue speaking thing is NEITHER SCRIPTURAL NOR THE LEGITIMATE GIFT mentioned in the Bible.

I was one of them. I mastered the art of speaking in tongues and for a time parroted the same lines of gibberish ignorantly for some time. But the Lord is faithful who has promised that the “the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect Day”. [Prov 4:18] In other words the Spirit of the Lord will not permit his children to remain in error for long.

Not only this. But almost all the churches which I attended who spoke in these tongues also claimed that even the other gifts of the Spirit – like prophecy and healing were STILL OPERATING. And this is what opened my eyes to the fact that this whole Pentecostal thing was a DECEPTION OF THE ENEMY.

In my seven years as a Pentecostal minister I have neither seen a genuine healing performed either by me or any other dude who claimed to have ‘THE GIFT’. The only healings that were accounted for were some internal ailment which was not visible to any. It was all –“Oh I couldn’t hear properly until now, but now since the pastor prayed over me I can hear clearly” Hallelujah! Or “I have this excruciating pain on my left side, but even as the pastor was praying over me it is gone” Hallelujah.

I never saw the dumb speak, or a crooked leg made straight, let alone the dead raised!

I also noticed that many of the sick were told to come back regularly for many ‘healing sessions’, in order to be healed. But both the Lord and the Apostles when THEY healed, healed them with a word THEN AND THERE! “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, RAISE THE DEAD” was the commission! [Matt 10:8]. So it is obvious that the Tongue movement is a FAKE! A COUNTERFEIT! A DELUSION OF THE DEVIL!

Speaking in tongues is NOT “FOR TODAY.” In the early days of Christianity, speaking in tongues was truly a gift from the Holy Spirit but it was meant only for those first century Christians. Speaking in tongues refers to the supernatural ability for a speaker to speak in his own language, but yet, to have those words that he speaks come out in languages that the speaker’s audience can understand.

In other words, if the apostle Peter was speaking to a group of people from China, he could speak in the Hebrew or Greek language that he knew, but yet the audience would hear those exact same words in the Chinese language.

Acts 2:7-8 “Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in OUR OWN LANGUAGE in which we were born?
Acts 2:11 “We hear them speaking in OUR OWN TONGUES the wonderful works of God.”

So speaking in tongues was for those very early times when the speaker could not understand his audience and his audience could not understand the speaker. So in the very early days of Christianity, when the early Christians traveled to foreign lands and the people there could not understand the words that they spoke, the Holy Spirit gave those early Christians the ability to be understood by all those that heard them. Without this ability for their words to come out in a foreign language, there would have been little chance of spreading the Word of God. So the main purpose of speaking in tongues in those early days WAS FOR SHARING AND SPREADING THE WORD OF GOD WITH FOREIGNERS.

Linguists and grammarians who have extensively studied the Pentecostal tongues have found it lacking the rules of grammar, syntax and diction. It is just nonsense and gibberish!

Oh but doesn’t Paul say that – “Though I speak with the tongues of men and OF ANGELS, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” [1Cor 13:1].

Paul’s appeal to “angels” is a form of “HYPERBOLE” (an exaggeration for emphasis’ sake) that is designed to ACCENTUATE HIS ARGUMENT. Consider a similar use of this figurative expression in the apostle’s letter to the Galatians. He wrote: “But though we, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema” [Gal. 1:8]. The apostle is not suggesting that an angel actually is likely to proclaim a different gospel; the point is one of emphasis. EVEN IF an angel were to preach a different gospel, there would be no validity in it, and he would fall victim to divine wrath.

So similarly, in 1 Corinthians 13:1, Paul is not indicating that some Christians speak an “angelic” (ecstatic) language. Rather, he is merely saying that even if one could ascend to a new height, and communicate on the level of angels, if he did not exercise love by speaking in an understandable fashion, he still would be nothing but a distracting noise. The apostle’s argument does not hint of a mysterious, unintelligible utterance; in fact, it reflects JUST THE OPPOSITE.

Come now, where is the need for me to praise God in the tongue of angels? Am I trying to impress God with my mastery of other tongues, even angelic? Or is it just some stupidity that is MINISTERING TO MY PRIDE amongst other Pentecostals?

But what about this verse where Paul states – “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” [1Cor 14:2]

If you read this verse in the King James Version of the Bible you will notice that the word ‘unknown’ is placed in italics and that is because it is not there in the original. In the Greek text, the word “UNKNOWN” (Greek: “agnostos”) does not appear in this verse at all and does not have a “Strong’s” number attached to it, because the word “unknown” does not appear anywhere in Ch. 14.

Also in the Greek text, the word “God” does not appear in this verse, but the Greek word used is “theos”, meaning a deity, or some uncertain god (See: Strong’s # G2316). The lack of a definite article (“the”) in Verse 2 means that Paul states; They speak to a deity — to some (small “g”) god — not to “THE” God (Of Abraham). Get it?

And, in the Greek text, the word “spirit” has a lower-case “s” referring to man’s own, natural, human spirit, NOT to God’s Holy Spirit.

Notice the first word of this verse (v. 2) is “FOR“; and this word “For” ties together the thoughts expressed in Verse 1, with these thoughts expressed, here, in Verse 2.

An uninterpreted language-tongue and an unintelligible gibberish-tongue can NOT speak to either mankind or the Living God in heaven, but they can only speak mysteriously to non-existent, imagined gods (deities). It should be borne in mind that for thousands of years BEFORE the events recorded in The Book Of Acts, Chapter 2 (where the Apostles spoke in many different known languages as a manifestation of the authentic Tongues-Gift), the pagans had always chattered, jabbered and babbled ecstatic unintelligible gibberish, a counterfeit form of tongues, as a central feature of their heathenistic mystery religions. The pagans who excelled as speakers of counterfeit ecstatic gibberish-tongues were almost always women and were much admired, holding coveted high-priestess positions.

The Corinthian Christian believers all were former pagans who had practiced the heathenistic mystery religions (and who had been counterfeit ecstatic tongue-talkers of greater or lesser repute), causing the entire Corinthian Christian church-group to be engaged in clamoring after (what they perceived as) the best, showiest, most admired spiritual gift… authentic, interpreted, language-Tongues… from God.

Verse 3 begins with the word “BUT“; and is the exact opposite of

Verse 2; saying, by clearly understood grammatical language one actually can communicate with mankind effectively. An interpretation of a valid tongues-utterance would also be understandable, like prophecy.

Verse 2 is actually quite a strong criticism of attempts to relate to God through an uninterpreted or uninterpretable utterance when the God-intended purpose of the authentic tongues-gift is to speak to mankind and not to God! Throughout First Corinthians, Chapter 14, the emphasis is always on knowledge and understanding, so that it is quite a “Leap-Of-Faith” to imagine any effectual communication with God through the corruption of a process (the valid tongues-gift) only intended by God to edify other humans.

In First Peter 4:10, authentic Christian believers are informed that, whichever single spiritual gift each individual has received from God, they are to employ it in serving mankind in ways that effectively promote the fulfillment of the Church’s “Great Commission”.

1 Peter 4:10 – “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”

Now get this dear Sister, Charismatic Pentecostals are so desperate to find justification for their uninterpreted tongue that they have seized-upon 1 Corinthians 14:2, as a highly spurious proof of communication with God, for they CLAIM God gave Charismatic Pentecostals uninterpreted gibberish with which to jabber humanly unintelligible prayers and devotions.

But that erroneous Charismatic Pentecostal view does not fulfill Romans 8:26-27, because the Holy Spirit is NOT involved; here, men speak from their OWN, natural, human spirit. This is why Charismatic Pentecostals express belief in the so-called “Full Gospel” doctrine (the “Four-Square-Gospel”). They claim ALL the Gifts of the Spirit in order to justify focusing on the Tongues-Gift; yet, 1 Corinthians 12:28-29 militates so very earnestly against this particular teaching which is at the core of Full “Four-Square” Gospel theology.

But God already knows your thoughts, feelings and motivations; God does not need for you to utter an audible sound for you to be able to praise His Holy Name. (And, incidentally God is already highly exalted, even without your praise!)

Neither grammatical language nor ungrammatical babbling are required to communicate with God. Effective fervent prayer CAN be accomplished in silence, and much spiritual noise can be made without using either your tongue or your mouth.
“Religious” or devotional actions are NOT evidence of a true possessor of Salvation, doctrine and attitudes ARE. Wrong doctrines will never produce right actions; so, while your “Walk” and “Talk” are somewhat important, your doctrine (your beliefs) are most important! Scripturally truthful doctrine (God’s OWN Doctrine) IS “The Faith”. (See: 1 Tim 4:1-16)

All that to say, according to Paul, an Uninterpreted (counterfeit) Tongue can never speak to mankind but only to some unknown god or deity (the pagan gods, in former times) other than The God Of Abraham, for no one (not even The God Of Heaven) understands. Your OWN, natural, human spirit selfishly babbles gibberish that Paul likens to mysteries from the pagan mystery religions which engage in unintelligible ecstatic chattering and jabbering.

But let me close here by mentioning THE MOST DANGEROUS THING about this ‘Tongues’ thing – almost all in the ‘tongues movement’ are taught that speaking in tongues is A CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT ONE IS A CHRISTIAN. And the devil has used this to his great advantage. So you have Roman Catholics, Russian Orthodox, Cultists of the most frightening heresies, Demases and Jezebels from the Assemblies of God all uniting together in ‘Worship’. “Oh HE SPEAKS IN TONGUES TOO, THEN HE MUST BE MY BROTHER”.

If you run into someone who is a ‘tongue speaking’ ‘Christian’ who claims to be born again then TELL HIM THE TRUTH ABOUT IT! If you don’t know how to preach against it or deal with it, give him a book that exposes it. There are many. But don’t just grin and bear it.

If he is a true child of God the Spirit will show him the error of it and bring him out of the Pentecostal heresy. For heresy it is, and one that must be repented of!

Love
Michael Jeshurun

The Christian’s Music

The Christian’s Music

Michael Jeshurun

On a Forum some time ago a Sister in Christ asked me as to what constitutes true worship. She wrote – “I know that many only worship with Psalms, but the scriptures say “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs – making worship in your heart to the Lord.” My husband and I usually worship the Lord with some of Gadsby’s Hymns, though I am unable to sing. It would be interesting to see what others believe is True Worship.

Pasted below is the answer the Lord led me to write –

Dear Sister,

The question which you have raised is indeed an important one for the Christian. If you had asked me this question in your living room over a cup of tea, my answer would have been plain and simple and straight to the point. This is because you are already for the most part established on what God’s will is for the Christian with regards to music. I praise God for that.

But since you have raised this question on a ‘Forum’ the answer cannot be given in a word, for there are many who visit a forum who have no idea what Christian music is and whether God is concerned as to the kind of music we listen to and sing in His honour.

So please bear with me if I go a little bit into detail and mention things in this post that may not even be relevant to you. But trust me, it will be relevant to many and be a blessing to many more.

First we must begin by correcting a few false notions which exist in the mind of many Christians regarding music. One of them is that “All the music is neutral only the words matter.” In fact the entire ‘Contemporary Christian Music’ (CCM) is built on this one massively deceptive pillar!

The other lie that is prevalent among many so called Christians today is that–”the Bible gives no instructions on the type of music for a Christian to listen to. It’s all a matter of preference and culture.

As we shall see, this is not true. Let their be no doubt. . .
Music is not neutral. Has never been neutral. Nor ever will be neutral!

Do you remember that when king Saul was troubled by an evil spirit, they did not go around looking for a doctor or a soothsayer but a musician! And the scripture records – “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him”. [1sam 16:23] Saul’s men knew the power of music. They knew music had inherent powers! They knew music wasn’t neutral!

Ask any composer who is asked to compose music for a play or a movie. The music is not the same for a happy scene as it is for a sad one. Because music has an effect on both the mind, (emotions) and the body.

One more fact to bear in mind while discussing Christian music is that the purpose of Christian music was NEVER meant to evangelize the lost! Many contemporary ‘Christian’ musicians and compromised ‘Churches’ which allow Christian Rock and Christian Rap music in their assemblies justify it by saying that they are doing it to ‘reach the lost’ who come to their services.

God’s only method of reaching the lost is the preaching of the Word of God. Not aping the world and using their music! ‘For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”! [1Cor 1:21]

How to discern music?

Many sincere Christians when it comes to music usually ask –“What about such and such a group or such and such a singer, can we listen to him or use their songs to worship the Lord”?

The best way to answer that question is to give them guidelines as to what godly music is in the first place and let them make the judgment. As the scripture admonishes – “test all things, and hold fast to that which is good”! [1Thes 5;21] Does the Bible give us any indication to the type of music we should sing? Did the Lord God who made heaven and earth, who created music and sound, who put so much emphasis on music in His Word forget to tell us what is Christian music?

Not hardly. Thank God — He has given us instructions for our music.

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making MELODY in your heart to the Lord”.  [Ephesians 5:18-19]

Let us start with a word of reproof to those who use Rock or Rap music to ‘worship’ the Lord.

We need to understand that Music is composed of three main components; melody, harmony and rhythm. If these ingredients are not present, then it’s not music, but noise. Though there is a lot of harmony and some rhythm in Rock and Rap music, there is hardly any melody. Because of that, rock is unlike any other music. In other music, the melody is the main component, but in rock – the rhythm or the beat literally takes over the music.

Perhaps the most important defining quality of rock and roll is the BEAT, . . . Rock and roll is different from other music primarily because of the BEAT.” (Charles Brown, The Art of Rock and Roll, p. 42)

And it is that BEAT that the FLESH loves!

When secular rock-star, Michael Jackson was asked why he did the filthly-sexual, hand gestures on stage, he replied:

“It’s the music that COMPELS me to do it. You don’t think about it, it just happens. I’M A SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM.” (The Evening Star, February 11, 1993, p. A10)

So ask yourself, can one use Rock or Rap music to worship the Lord?

Here is a quote from Rock star David Bowie (sodomite) – “Rock has always been THE DEVILS MUSIC . . . . I believe rock and roll is dangerous . . . . I feel we are only heralding something EVEN DARKER THAN OURSELVES.” (Rolling Stone, Feb. 12, 1976)

Some country Gospel songs were written and sung in the right spirit. But sadly not all.  Much discernment is needed in determining whether a particular country gospel is Christian.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN WORSHIP

There are those who would forbid all musical instruments in worship. But I would have to disagree. Because the Scripture does not forbid it!

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.etc Psalms 150:3-5

With all the many references to musical instruments, there is one instrument that is NEVER mentioned! The DRUM! Why is that? The drum was a very common instrument in Egypt and the lands around Israel. And yet the DRUM is NEVER mentioned in a King James Bible.

Did the Lord just forget to include the DRUM or is there another reason?

Is it because — drums are associated with voodoo, shamanism, paganism and magic rituals?

“[Drums] represents the beat of the heart and is played to summon up magic powers.” (Miranda Bruce-Mitford, The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols, DK Publishing, 1996 p.80)

“The shaman was the original ‘long hair’, the first rock star draped in leather, dancing POSSESSED to a rhythm banged out on A DRUM.” (Danny Sugerman, Appetite for Destruction, p. 208)

In Siberia, in northern Asia, drums are used in shamanic rituals to heal people. It is believed that the shaman can communicate with the spirit world THROUGH DRUMMING. (Louise Tythacott, Musical Instruments, Thomas Learning, 1995, p. 37)

“Pagan dances and rituals are always accompanied by the incessant BEAT of DRUMS. Rhythm plays a major role in these demonic activities.” (Hart, Lowell Satan’s Music Exposed, Salem Kirban Inc., 1980 p.71)

The DRUM has always been associated with the paganism and the devil. In fact, a little more than a hundred years ago, drums were forbidden (exy th for the military) in America!

“The arrival of African slaves has had one of the strongest influences on North American music. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, millions of African people were taken as slaves to the U.S. to work on plantations in the South. They brought many of their own traditions with them but were forbidden to play their DRUMS.” (Louise Tythacott, Musical Instruments, Thomas Learning, 1995, p.19)

Do you know why New Orleans is the voodoo capital of the U.S, and also the birthplace of jazz? Because drumming was forbidden in the U.S. – except in New Orleans!

When the first blacks from Africa were converted to Christianity they knew the power and evil influence of DRUMS. And the converted blacks strictly forbid the use of drums! They referred to the drums as “the Devil’s drum”. (Martha Bayles, Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music, p. 138)

One simple guideline for Christian music is NO DRUMS!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT — NOT THE FLESH!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHAZIE THE MELODY — NOT THE BEAT!

So much then for a general statement on music, and now to particularize:

 CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST — NOT MAN

Now, you would think this point is unnecessary for CHRISTian music. After all, CHRISTian means “a follower, believer of Jesus Christ”. And if it is truly Christian music, it should testify, praise and sing about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The PURPOSE of Christian music is to PRAISE the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to THY NAME, O thou most High. Psalm 9:2

Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we SING and praise THY POWER. Psalm 21:13

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my SONG will I praise HIM. Psalm 28:7

Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. Psalm 33:2-3

When someone truly gets saved, God puts a NEW song in their mouth. And that song is “PRAISE unto our God” — the result of salvation is — praise unto our GOD! And it’s not something we work up, or “fake”, or just do — but it’s something God “puts”! Christian music is “praise unto our GOD“.

He hath PUT a NEW SONG in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Praise 40:1-3

Sadly, much of what goes by the name CHRISTian Music today is NOT CHRISTian. It does NOT testify, praise or sing about the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, a great deal of it does not even mention the Lord Jesus Christ. Much of today’s Christian Music goes out it’s way to avoid the name of Jesus Christ – or any Christian content whatsoever.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS FOR THE LORD — NOT THE WORLD.

A Christian’s music is sung to the Lord. It is not for the world.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart TO THE LORD; Ephesians 5:19

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts TO THE LORD. Colossians 3:16

Sing praises TO THE LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. Psalm 9:11

Isaiah 12:2 sums it up wonderfully, “. . .for the LORD JEHOVAH is . . . MY SONG . . .”:

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and MY SONG; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

The ONLY way Christian Music can appeal to the world is make it UN-Christianwhich is exactly what CCM does. Most CCM artists “remove” or “redefine” the Lord Jesus Christ. They replace the Lord Jesus Christ with the pronouns; “he”, “him”, “you”, “I”, et. al. They also “redefine” the Lord Jesus Christ as a “politically-correct” “tolerant”, “lovey-dovey”, non-judgemental, “partying”, “hip-hop”, “rapping-rocker” that appeals to the world. Songs such as, dc Talk’s “Jesus Freak”, Messiah Prophet Band’s, “Master of the Metal”, et al. clearly describe “another Jesus” than the Jesus Christ of the Bible. In 2 Cor. 11:4, the apostle Paul warns of “another Jesus”.

Just as the lost world is not interested in a “Bible-believing” church that preaches the word of God, the world is not interested in music that openly praises the Lord. The lost world is NOT going to praise the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible is CLEAR — “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God”!

After Babylon captured the children of Israel, Babylon requested Israel to sing, but Israel refused to sing “the Lord’s song in a strange land”. Notice, it is “the Lord’s song” — NOT the world’s song or even Israel’s song.

How shall we sing the LORD’S SONG in a strange land? Psalms 137:1-4

CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS A NEW SONG — NOT AN OLD SONG

Just before I got saved, I loved rock ‘n’ roll. Nothing – but nothing, was more important to me than rock music!. I played rock guitar – day and night! I did not have a dream or goal besides rock music. And when I got saved in November 1986, at 19 years old, I had NO intention to stop listening and playing rock music. But something changed. . .

I didn’t know it then — but “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become NEW” and that included my music!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become NEW. 2 Corinthians 5:17

I didn’t change intentionally — but within a few months, the ONLY music I wanted to listen to and play was real Christian Music. Music that praised my Lord and Savior! My desire and love for rock music was replaced by a NEW SONG — even PRAISE unto our God!

Fanny Crosby is the greatest hymn writer that ever lived, writing over 9,000 songs! Before Fanny got saved, at 45 years old, she wrote many secular songs. But after she got saved — things were different. . . Here’s what Fanny said about mixing Christian and worldly music:

“Sometimes I need to reject the music proposed for my songs because the musicians misunderstand that the Fanny Crosby who once wrote for the people in the saloons has merely changed the lyrics. Oh my no. The church must never sing it’s songs to the melodies of the world.” (Danny Castle, video “What’s Wrong with Christian Rock”)

And do you know why Fanny Crosby said that — because Fanny got saved! And God “hath put a NEW SONG in my mouth, even PRAISE unto our God” inside the NEW Fanny Crosby! Fanny Crosby wrote over 9,000 songs to the Lord! Fanny used over 200 different pen names because she wanted to make sure God got the glory and not her.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC’S MESSAGE SHOULD BE CLEAR — NOT VAGUE OR DECEPTIVE

The Bible says in 1 Cor 14:15:

I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the UNDERSTANDING also. 1 Cor. 14:15

The message in Christian music should be clear, not vague, or unclear. Christian music should praise the Lord and — the listener should clearly understand the message.

The apostle Paul didn’t try to “trick” anybody, he wanted to make sure he was understood:

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great PLAINNESS of speech: 2 Cor. 3:12

And my speech and my preaching was NOT with ENTICING words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1 Cor. 2:4

Paul warns against “enticing words”, such as CCM does:

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with ENTICING words. Colossians 2:4

Martin Luther, the German Reformer, also avoided any worldly influence and wanted the message clear:

“But I would like to avoid any new words or the language used at court. In order to be understood by the people, only the simplest and the most common words should be used for singing; at the same time, however, they should be pure and apt; and further, the sense should be CLEAR and as close as possible to the psalm.” (Martin Luther, “To George Spalatin,” Letters II, p. 69)

Look how clear these songs praise the Lord. And literally thousands of examples could be given:

“Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine” by Fanny Crosby
“My Jesus I Love Thee” by Adoniram Gordon

“Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus” by Anna Russell
“Victory in Jesus” by E.M. Bartlett
“Jesus Is All the World to Me” by Will Thompson
“Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know” by Lela Long

 CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD EMPHASIS THE MESSAGE — NOT THE MUSIC, NOR THE MUSICIAN

Christian music should give ALL the attention and praise to the Lord — and NONE to the music, or the musician, or the singer. The Lord should get ALL the praise, ALL the glory, and ALL the honor. Spiritually speaking, the Christian musician should be heard but not seen — the Christian musician should be hidden in Christ.

Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:2

Christian musicians today are so caught up with their “music” and just the “right-sound” that the message takes a backseat. A lot of Christian music (especially with the “canned” accompaniment tapes) is a “performance” rather than a message. When that happens, the “performance” completely destroys the message by pointing all the attention to self or the music. Consequently, the musician “robs” the Lord of any praise and from a Christian perspective, it’s fruitless.

Sadly, many musicians (and not just limited to CCM) are like the chief rulers that the Lord Jesus addressed in John 12:

For they loved the PRAISE OF MEN more than the praise of God. John 12:43

Much of Christian music today is more entertainment than ministry. A lot of Christian musicians (and not limited to CCM or Christian Rock) are far more interested in impressing their audience and “flaunting” their musical talent than ministering to the Lord. You can not sing to “please men” and sing unto the Lord. It’s one or the other.

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should NOT be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Christian music is not entertainment. Christian music is spiritual “food”. Real Christian music admonishes [reprove mildly], while praising the Lord.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and ADMONISHING one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your HEARTS to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Christian music is from the heart, not just the voice. Beautiful voices are a “dime a dozen”. But beautiful hearts are “more priceless than gold”. I can’t remember the times I’ve watched a Christian musician, flaunt, pomp, articulate, get every note and vibrato perfect — and yet God was nowhere around. And yet, I’ve seen several times, when the singer may not hit the right notes — and yet God was all over them — and it showed!

A church we once attended had a man, named “J.C.” Brown. “J.C.”, by the world’s standards “wasn’t all there” — but “J.C.” and the Lord “was all there”. When “J.C.” would sing, he didn’t know all the words, he wasn’t musically “in tune” — but he was spiritually “in tune” with the Lord. And when “J.C.” sang, hearts were moved, tears would flow and you knew God was there. Why? “J.C.” was “in tune” with the Lord.

Christian music is not entertainment, not a talent show, not a performance or a concert — but a SERIOUS ministry to the Lord.

Augustine once stated:

“When I am moved by the voice of him that sings more than the words sung, I confess to have sinned”. (Oliver Strunk, Source Reading in Music History, Vol. I, p. 74)

 CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — NOT CONCERT HALLS, NIGHT CLUBS.

God’s place of worship and fellowship is the local church.

Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the CONGREGATION of saints. Psalm 149:1

I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the CONGREGATION will I praise thee. Psalm 22:22

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the CHURCH will I sing praise unto thee. Hebrew 2:12

While I realize there are exceptions, the primary place for Christian music, (excluding tapes, CD’s and other recordings) is the church. CCM’ers justify their performing in worldly concert halls, auditoriums, et. al. as “trying to reach the lost“. Of course, at the same time they charge $15 – $20, rarely mention Jesus Christ and never, never, never — mention hell, judgement, sin or enough “salvation doctrine” to get anyone saved!.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD FEED THE SPIRIT — NOT THE FLESH

The Christian life is a spiritual life.

A Christian is born-again of the Spirit.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:6-7

A Christian is to walk in the Spirit:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

God is a Spirit — and you “MUST worship him in spirit”.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

And a Christian’s music should be spiritual — not carnal.

I will sing with the SPIRIT, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1 Cor 14:15

ROCK MUSIC AND CCM IS FLESHLY MUSIC!

 LASTLYAND MOST IMPORTANTLY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SHOULD BE RICH IN THE WORD AND DOCTRINE.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the lord. Colossians 3:16

This is one reason why many older saints stick to the Psalms in their singing. Because when you are singing the Psalms you cannot be singing anything else other than the Word.

But even the other hymns and spiritual songs which we sing should be judged by how rich in the word and scriptural they are and how doctrinally right they are. Not all the hymns in the Hymn book (whether Baptist or Presbyterian) were written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Some of them are obviously erroneous and while others are not easily discernable to the simple. So it behooves the Christian to examine every hymn and spiritual song in the light of God’s word before he lifts his voice to sing them.

 Let me close with a good rule of the thumb for determining if the Christian music we use is biblical:

(1) Can I hum the tune after hearing it?

(2) Can I understand the words?

(3) Do the words conform to sound biblical doctrine and truth?

(4) Do the words, and the tune, honor the Lord rather than pander to the flesh and the physical?

(5) Does the song emphasize grace, salvation, eternity, etc.? (6) Does it simply sound like a “love song” that has a romantic tinge to it, rather than proper spiritual love?

(7) Is the song loud and blaring in order to bring on an emotional response?

(8) Is it a mantra with empty repetition (Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God)?

(9) Can both old and young understand the song and be equally touched by it?

I trust the above was of some help in discerning what constitutes TRUE WORSHIP.

Love

Mike!

[Much of the above is taken from Jeff Godwin’s ‘Bible Guidelines for Christian Music’]

Barbara Bush daughter of Aleister Crowley

Barbara Bush daughter of Aleister Crowley

“The earth is given into the hand of the wicked!” [Job 9:24]

The Bush family are by far, the greatest example of a successful American crime family. No other American family can claim the kind of success that the Bush family has, over the past century. We must give credit, where credit is due. Right??

Samuel Bush was a very successful businessman. He was Skull & Bones I believe. He was instrumental in organizing the military industrial complex, with the Harriman family, and the Remmington gun & ammo company. Together, they conspired to orchestrate WWI, and made many billions of dollars in 1917 money. That would make them trillionaires by today’s standards, which they in fact are.

Samuel’s son Prescott was another very successful business man. He began as an amazing tire salesman, then by marrying into the Walker family, he became a banker with Brown Brothers – Harriman. Sound familiar?? BBH, along with another Zionist banking cartel, known as Kuhn Loeb & Company, conspired to orchestrate WWII, and the Nazi takeover of Europe. In fact, Prescott Bush, and his close Skull & Bones buddy, Averill Harriman, had a bank in Manhattan, N.Y., which had it’s assetts seized by J. Edgar Hoover, and the FBI, under the “Trading With The Enemies Act”. That happened not once, but twice, to the Union Banking Corporation of New York City. A documented fact, which is undeniable.

Prescott’s son, George H.W. Bush is also a very successful businessman, politician, and CIA agent. Most people don’t know that G.H.W. Bush was in fact a CIA agent as early as the late 40’s, or very early 50’s. Nobody is 100% sure when he became an agent, but we do know for sure it was before 1953. We now know that he was directly involved, and responsible for the orchestrated assassination of JFK, and RFK. That too is a documented fact, which somehow has managed to avoid major exposure. We know as a fact that Prescott Bush groomed Richard M. Nixon for his political career, and was expected to have G.H.W. Bush on the 1968 Republican ticket as Nixon’s Vice Presidential running mate, but Nixon knowing what Bush did to JFK because he was in Dallas that day, chose Agnew as his running mate because he knew Bush would assassinate him in order to be President without being elected.

When Nixon refused to go along with the plan, Bush, and his CIA cohorts, conspired to destroy Nixon’s political career in the Watergate scandal, which worked brilliantly. Bob Woodward himself was a CIA stooge, from the Office Of Naval Intelligence. All the while, Nixon, the ass, and evil scum that he was, was busy escalating the war in Vietnam by invading, and carpet bombing Cambodia. Remember??

At this same time, G.H.W. Bush’s son George W. Bush was supposed to be in the Texas military reserves. He was assigned to a unit known as the “Champagne Unit”. They were the brave soldiers that patrolled the skies of Texas, looking for Vietnamese invaders. The problem is that G.W. Bush never completed his service as a reserve pilot, and went AWOL from a base in Louisiana, and was never seen again at any military base. Nobody has ever come forward and claimed to have ever even seen G. W. Bush at any military base in Louisiana, but he claims he graduated from there. BTW, it’s a Federal Offense to go AWOL, especially at a time of war.

George H.W. Bush had many different business’, all of which were quite successful, for rather mysterious reasons. Zapata Oil, Zapata Offshore, Dressor Industries, and a bunch of others are all very suspicious. His business ties in Columbia are interesting to say the least, not to mention his friends in Panama, and other Central American nations. One of H.W.’s closest CIA buddies, a piece of garbage known as Allen Dulles, was a prominent attorney for United Fruit Co., and had strong business interests in Central America. Together, Bush and Dulles assassinated a president, orchestrated a CIA war in Vietnam, and used the military to import drugs into the US. Let’s not forget they had a huge Nazi mind control program going on at this same time where they were using LSD, and rock musicians to experiment on the American, British, Canadian, and other nations civilians without their knowledge or consent. The program was, and still is known as Operation MK-Ultra, which was in fact a Nazi mind control program that was brought to America under Operation Paperclip.

Many of us are familiar with George W. Bush, and his criminal activities involving the conspiratorial orchestration of 9-11 with the Mossad of Israel, and British agents as well. These criminals have targeted the American people, and America as a sovereign, independent nation, which it isn’t, and probably never really was, especially after the establishment of central banking in America. Particularly the Federal Reserve Bank, which is an illegal private bank, and was created by a man named Paul Warburg, who was a Satanic Hebrew Zionist, and an agent of the Rothschild family of Bavaria, along with the Oppenheimer, and Schiff families as well. Schiff went on to fund the Bolshevik Revolution of Russia, which murdered tens of millions of Orthodox Jews, and paved the way for Marxist Communism, and a convenient enemy of America. Of course, many of us know Oppenheimer went on to help mastermind the creation of the first atomic weapons that were to be used against innocent civilians under the guise of war, but was actually another Nazi experiment that was being employed against innocent civilians. America is in fact a Zionist nation, and America has been controlled by Satanic Ashkenazi Hebrew Zionists for more than the past century, at least. Great Britain, much longer than that, thanks to the Rothschild family. They bring war, misery, and human suffering wherever they set foot, or have business interests.

Jeb Bush is a British agent. His entire family are elite blood lines of Europe, or Great Britain. They definitely have very strong ties in Scotland, especially with the Gammell family. Bill Gammell is, or was G.H.W. Bush’s very close friend. The purpose of the Bush family is to behave like a parasite. Sucking the blood and life force from it’s host. The Bush family have done an extraordinary job at sucking the blood of the American people, as well as the monetary life force of this nation, by creating fake terror attacks, and fake wars, just to make profits, and exhaust the monetary system to the point of weakness, if not collapse.

I truly feel sorry for any American that is naive enough to vote for a criminal, who is a direct descendent of a long line of criminals. A true “Crime Family”, and Satanic to boot. Anyone who has investigated Skull & Bones of Yale University knows that they do in fact act out Satanic death rituals, as well as Satanic sex rituals. We know that Barbara Bush is probably the most Satanic of them all, by default, because Barbara Bush is the daughter of Pauline Pierce. Pauline Pierce was impregnated by the world famous Satanist Aleister Crowley, of Great Britain. That explains a lot. Now we can see why war, death, and misery is so vital to the Bush family. It’s literally a religious sacrament to them to see blood spill in the name of Satan. Jeb Bush is absolutely no different than anyone else in his family. Anyone that thinks otherwise is dangerously naive.

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EASTER ‘SUNRISE SERVICE’ AND ITS PAGAN ORIGINS

EASTER ‘SUNRISE SERVICE’ AND ITS PAGAN ORIGINS

Have you ever been to a sunrise service? The darkest tribes of the darkest nations on the darkest continents have not shown more ignorance, superstition, or idolatry. But when so-called Christians gather in the chilly dawn to sing hymns while facing the rising sun, there is a new standard set for pagan perversion of God’s religion, regardless of the modern clothes they might be wearing and the modern automobiles they drove to the event. Where in the world did this obvious custom of sun worship originate?

Did the apostles face the rising sun and sing hymns? There is no record of it in the Bible. There are three strong Bible reasons against sunrise services. First, the great and terrible God has already very plainly condemned sunrise services connected to His religion (Ezek 8:15-18). Second, He also condemned any other form of worship of the heavenly bodies (II Kgs 23:5). Third, Jesus did not rise on Easter Sunday morning; He rose the night before at the end of His prophesied three days and three nights. When the women arrived at His tomb in the dark of the morning, He was already long gone.

The New Book of Knowledge (1978) declares, “The custom of a sunrise service on Easter Sunday can be traced to ancient spring festivals that celebrated the rising sun.”

What do we find when entering into Roman Catholicism’s “borrowing” of paganism? John Gill states, “Popish festivals were observed very early, long before the Pope of some arrived to the height of his ambition. The feast of Easter was kept in the second century, as the controversy between Anicetus and Polycarp, and between Victor and the Asiatic churches, shews.” (John Gill, Sermon 57: A Dissertation on the Rise and Progress of Popery, page 17; Ages Ultimate Library, 2004). We find their continued alliance with breaking the regulative principle, and the replacement of true worship, with worshipping that which is unholy. They institute unscriptural burdens such as Lent, fast days, sacred rites that control their kingdom with superstitions and false religion guised in the cloak of “authority” and hide the truth from people to damn them for all eternity. One such deception is their introduction of the “Christian festival of Easter.”

Look around and you will see the world-wide acceptance of the chocolate bunny and hardboiled egg. It is harmless, right?

What does one find when looking at the celebration of Easter? The term “Easter” is certainly not Christian, and is of Chalcedonian origin. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people at Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use today. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar – the devil or Satan.

Worship of the devil in this way was introduced to the English people through the Druids who worshipped the devil through nature.

Take a moment and note that Romanism or Druidism for that matter, would not openly say “they are worshipping the devil.” Of course they would deny it. However, the Scripture is exceedingly clear that any doctrine not brought to men through the Triune Godhead, and the Savior Jesus Christ, is a doctrine of demons and therefore, a worshipping of the devil. This certainly applies not only to the contemporary church when it introduces destructive heresies, or twists Paul’s words to their own destruction, as Peters states, but also applies to false religious ideas that pull people away from the one true Savior and only God Jesus Christ. One cannot introduce false religion without partaking of demonic influences and devil worship in that light.

As a result of Druidic worship, and influences that have penetrated into Romanism, contemporary Christendom of almost every flavor still has those influences lingering today in their worship, and their Sunday morning bulletins around the time of Easter. The Druids would worship in lighting a fire in the center circle and each worshipper putting in a “bit of oat-cake in a shepherd’s bonnet; they all sit down, and draw blindfold a piece from the bonnet. One piece has been previously blackened, and whoever gets that piece has to jump through the fire in the centre of the circle, and pay a forfeit.

This is, in fact, a part of the ancient worship of Baal, and the person on whom the lot fell was previously burnt as a sacrifice.” Scripture deems this “walking through the fire” or “fire sacrifice.” God condemns the practice of making children walk through the fire in Leviticus 18:21, “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.”

Easter, then, traces back through Astarte who was also worshipped in ancient times, and that from the name Astarte, whose name in Nineveh was Ishtar, the religious workings during the month of March and April, as now practiced in most of Christendom, are called by the name of Easter. In ancient times the pagans called this time of the year Easter-monath.

Even Socrates, the ancient philosopher, describes the different ways in which Easter was observed in different countries in his time during the fifth century. He states, “Thus much already laid down may seem a sufficient treatise to prove that the celebration of the feast of Easter began everywhere more of custom than by any commandment either of Christ or any Apostle.” (Hist. Ecclesiast.) Even Socrates, the philosopher of the 5th Century (not the pagan 5th century BC philosopher) knew Easter was not a Christian doctrine.

[Quoted from excerpts taken from the web]

IN THE BEGINNING GOD! NOT A NEBULOUS CLOUD OF GASES!

IN THE BEGINNING GOD! NOT A NEBULOUS CLOUD OF GASES!

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

Well did our Master say, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But IF YE BELIEVE NOT HIS WRITINGS, HOW SHALL YE BELIEVE MY WORDS?” [John 5:46,47]

And again, “Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, IF THEY HEAR NOT MOSES and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” [Luke 16:29-31]

The verses above clearly state that when a man DOUBTS THE WRITINGS OF MOSES (Genesis ) he will evidently also deny the Words of our Lord!

“IN THE BEGINNING, GOD,” NOT CHAOS, NOT SOME NEBULOUS CLOUD OF GASES, BUT “IN THE BEGINNING GOD, CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH!” – the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the right Book declares – ” In the beginning, GOD created the Heavens and the Earth.” Now either you believe THAT, (i.e. what God’s Book says), or you’re going to take what some LIAR like Stephen Hawking or Pope Francis says!

In fact here are some quotes from Stephen Hawking

“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”

“The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws,” Hawking stated. In an interview published in THE GUARDIAN, Hawking regarded the concept of heaven as a myth, believing that there is “no heaven or afterlife” and that such a notion was a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

“We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”

“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.” – Stephen Hawking.

Now here’s what God says –
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” [Genesis 1:1]

THIS IS THE PREMISE AND PREFACE AND FOUNDATION OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE! In the BEGINNING, first of all, what? GOD, there’s God! And God did what? He created the Heaven and the Earth! So if you don’t believe in either one, then you’re off the beam. There’s a God, and He created the Heaven and the Earth! And this is the BASIC foundation: If you don’t believe THIS, you can’t believe ANYTHING!

BECAUSE WHEN YOU DOUBT ONE WORD IN THE BIBLE, YOU’LL SOON DOUBT THE WHOLE BIBLE! Why? Just like it happens in a court of law with the testimony of a witness, when one thing he’s said is proven to be a lie, what do they do with his ENTIRE TESTIMONY?–They throw the whole thing out, including the true things he said, because they can’t believe it and every word will be in doubt. If he lied about one thing, maybe he lied about another? And that’s the way it is with the Bible. If you can’t believe EVERY WORD OF IT, then you can’t believe every word of it, then you can’t believe ANY OF IT!

JESUS SAID, “HAD YE BELIEVED MOSES, YE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED ME… But IF YE BELIEVE NOT his writings, how shall ye believe My Words?” (Jn.5:46,47) Now, what’s the first of Moses’ writings, upon which all five books are based? GENESIS! “In the BEGINNING….” all about creation, the history of Israel and the beginning of God’s dealings with man.

EVOLUTION!–THAT WAS THE DEVIL’S GREATEST LIE and greatest manufacture and most clever piece of teaching, evolution! As ridiculous and idiotic as anything you could possibly study, because it has NO FOUNDATION IN FACT whatsoever; there’s no evidence for it, no discovery yet has been made to prove it! As one of its top exponents, Margaret Mead, the famous contemporary anthropologist wrote in her own introduction to her textbook on anthropology: “We as honest scientists must confess that science has yet to discover one single iota (tiny speck) of concrete evidence to prove the evolutionary theory!”

AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOD’S GREATEST CREDENTIALS ARE, THE GENUINE PROOF OF HIS AUTHORITY? HIS CREATION!! His glorious creation is a constant testimony of the existence of a divine Designer and Creator, as Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (His Creation), even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse!” And that’s why the world wants to reject creation and say it’s all just a meaningless, chaotic evolution: Because if the world and its inhabitants are God’s creation, then they’re His property–and if they’re His property, then He’s got the right to be Boss–and they don’t want God to be Boss!

Therefore “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,” in their education. (Rom.1:28) “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS!” (Rom.1:21,22) They got so smart they could do without God and the Bible, and so they became what?–FOOLS! Absolute fools, who “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. … Who changed the truth of God into a LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator!” (Rom.1:23,25)

So Why? WHY DID THE DEVIL AND MAN COOK UP THIS RIDICULOUS, IDIOTIC SCHEME OF EVOLUTION? To try to get rid of God! To try get rid of God and the knowledge of God, “as they did not like to retain God in their education.” And since they threw God out, and they threw Creation out, and they threw the Bible out, they had to cook up something new! As Prof. L.T. More of the University of Cincinnati confessed, “Our faith in the idea of evolution depends upon our reluctance to accept the antagonistic doctrine of special creation.” They didn’t want the truth anymore, so they had to figure out some big lie! And that’s why they cooked up Evolution!

And it is no surprise that the Anti Christ Pope Francis along with atheist’s like Mr. Hawking is spewing out the same old blasphemy in our day! The Pope says, “When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.” In other words, according to this false Christ, Evolution and the Big Bang theory are compatible with the Bible and the Christian’s religious belief!

A blind leader of the blind who will lead his followers into the ditch! [Matt 15:14]

If you are a Roman Catholic reading this, don’t hoodwink yourself into thinking that you are at least not as bad as Atheist’s like Stephen Hawking. Truth be told, you as a Catholic are in a much worse state than an atheist, for “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death!” [Prov 14:12] And I am here to tell you as an ex-Roman Catholic that the wafer-Jesus you bow before is not the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who rose from the dead! Roman Catholicism is a master counterfeit! The Highway to Hell if you will!

And it’s about time you saw the Catholic Church for what it really is – The Mother of Harlots (Rev 17:5) and COME OUT OF HER while there is still hope! For God has clearly warned what will become of the Roman Catholic Church and those who trust in her, and all those who fornicate with her – i.e the compromised Protestant ‘Churches’!

“Her plagues shall come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and SHE SHALL BE UTTERLY BURNED WITH FIRE: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” [Rev 18:4-8]

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“Not unto US, O LORD, not unto US, but unto THY NAME give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake!” [Psalm 115:1]

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