CREATION DECLARES THE GLORY OF GOD!

CREATION DECLARES THE GLORY OF GOD!

The Morpho is a butterfly from South America that has some incredible design features. All butterflies have features that are impossible for evolutionists to explain, but the special blue color of the Morpho is extra special.

THERE IS NO BLUE COLOR!

The picture above you are looking at has blue in it but the butterfly does not. Researchers have found that this butterfly has no blue pigment on its wings. If you use a electron microscope and look at the wings of a Morpho you will notice thousands of rows of cones on every scale. These cones have ridges on them that are spaced 0.00022 mm apart. That is 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. These rows are so straight that the maximum distance they go out of line are 0.00002 mm. No machine humans have ever made have this type of accuracy!

If two people hold a rope and shake the end up and down you will notice some of the waves cancel each other out. The ridges on this butterfly do the same thing with light. The ridges are spaced exactly far enough apart to reflect the blue light but cancel out the other colors. Evolution has no way to create beautiful structures just for looks. These wings were created to show the handy work of God.

The metamorphosis and the complex surface of these wings would not be possible unless God designed the DNA. The DNA of a butterfly contains more information than any computer program ever written. Information always comes from an intelligent source, and cannot be produced by time and chance.

Evolution could never produce this incredible detail just for looks. Butterflies were created by our God, Creator, and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” [Rom 1:20]

Quoted from sixdays.org

THE BONDAGE OF THE WILL

THE BONDAGE OF THE WILL

“There are few books which written over 400 years ago are still applicable today; Martin Luther’s masterpiece, The Boncage of the Will, is one of those books. Anyone desiring to know more about the root of dissent between Luther and the Catholic Church must read this book.

In his treatise Luther systematically demolishes Erasmus’ arguments in favor of free-will. Luther brilliantly illustrates why the will is in total and complete bondage and enslavement to sin, and why free-will is a completely meaningless term. Luther argues that the only thing the will is free to do is to sin and rebel against God.

Luther shows that salvation is totally dependent on the grace of God and His sovereign Will. To say that even a small part of the human will can prepare itself to receive God’s grace is an utterly ludricous sentiment. Erasmus believes that a human being by a very small effort can earn God’s grace. Luther totally destroys this view and shows that to espouse such a view makes one worse than the Pelagians, who held that it took numerous great works to earn God’s grace”.
[by Seth Aaron Lowry]

“This book is as applicable today as it was when Luther first wrote this book. When so many Protestant Churches hold to a soteriological view more akin to that of Erasmus, it is absolutely vital that the truth of the Reformation be brought back into the spotlight. Read this book to gain a greater understanding of the major area of disagreement among the Reformers and the Catholic Church of the time, and also to understand that our salvation is not predicated on any meritorious work that we accomplish, but simply on the grace of God.

The denial of free will was the position of the Reformation. The Reformers had always been settled on this crucial issue. This was the “manifesto” of the Reformation. On this issue the Gospel, and Reformation Christianity, stands or falls. The selling of indulgences and other ecclesiastical abuses were not the central issues. They were the occasion for the Reformation, not the cause. Luther at the end of his rebuttal, in his book ‘Bondage of the Will’, praises Erasmus thus:

“I give you hearty praise and commendation on this further account—that you alone, in contrast with others, have attacked the real thing, that is, the essential issue. You have not wearied me with those extraneous issues about the Papacy, purgatory, indulgences and such like trifles. . . . You, and you alone, have seen the hinge on which all turns, and aimed for the vital spot” (319).

Erasmus had understood the issues clearly and went straight for the jugular. If Erasmus had succeeded in this debate against Luther, Roman Catholicism would have triumphed, and the Reformation lost. What Erasmus failed to do 500 years ago, he now succeeds magnificently among the supposed posterity of the Reformation, who are even now returning to Rome.

If there is ever going to be a reclaiming of the Gospel, if there is ever going to be a second Reformation, this essential issue—the bondage of the will—must once again be proclaimed and successfully defended. No lesser victory will do”.

[Quoted from – ‘Martin Luther on Free-Will’ from The Highway]

MOTHER’S DAY – THE PAGAN CONNECTION

MOTHER’S DAY – THE PAGAN CONNECTION

Compiled by Michael Jeshurun

It is the “second largest U.S. consumer spending holiday” according to the National Retail Federation. Estimates suggest that Americans will spend more than $14 billion this year at restaurants, on clothing, jewelry and flowers. And like so many other American commercial traditions, its roots can be traced back to ancient times. Predictably, the holiday we call “Mother’s Day” has Pagan origins.

The Pagans called her by many names. She was known as Aphrodite, Cybele, or Sybyl, Diana, Electra, Europa, Isis, Venus, Semiramis, Ashtoreth and Astarte, — Ishtar Feast days honoring the mother goddesses were known from antiquity. The fact that Americans only began doing so for a little over 100 years facilitates the cognitive divorce between the hoary practice of the ancients and contemporary Americans, many of whom claim to practice the Christian faith.

600 years before Christ, the ancient Greek Pagans honored Rhea, wife of Cronus (or Saturn-Satan if you prefer) who was worshipped as the mother of the gods and goddesses. Likewise, in Pagan Rome, there was a similar festival dedicated to the worship of Juno, called “Matronalia.”

In England, “Mothering Sunday” began to be observed in the 13th century, honoring their mothers with Simnel cakes or “Mothering Day” cakes. This practice is tied to the heathen practice of women baking cakes to the “Queen of Heaven.”

This celebration was adopted by the Roman Catholic “Mother” Church. This is the same Roman church which absorbed the Pagan practices dedicated to celebrating goddess worship (Easter) and the heathen celebration of Saturnalia, renamed Christmas.

There is little doubt in this authors mind that most professing Christians will say that Mother’s Day has nothing to do with the Pagan practices of the ancient world. Despite the fact that the origins of this holiday are well known, most Christians simply cover their ears and refuse to acknowledge the truth.

After all, the American observance of Mother’s Day first began in 1907 and was made a national celebration by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. What’s wrong with paying tribute our (their) mothers? The Bible says “honor thy father and thy mother” doesn’t it? Such legalistic sophistry ignores that fact that no such day of honor was recognized by early Christians nor even mentioned in the Bible. Be it Christmas, Easter or Mother’s Day, you CANNOT take something that was started and observed by the Pagans and ‘Christianize’ it!

To take that which is an outright and obvious abomination to God (and ALL Pagan festivals, celebrations and observances ARE an abomination to Him) and use it in His service is presumptuous, a species of self-will, laying us open to the charge of “WHO hath required this at your hand?” [Isaiah 1:12]; and for us to ask God’s blessing upon the same is only seeking to make Him of OUR MIND. Let us not forget the solemn warning pointed by the death of Uzzah, when the Lord God made a breach in Israel because they “sought Him not after the DUE ORDER” [1Chronicles 15:13). We must keep closely to God’s “DUE ORDER” if we are to have His approbation in anything we use to glorify Him!

He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me! [Matthew 10:37]

It is no coincidence that the annual Rites of Spring Pagan Celebration in New England, began during Mother’s Day weekend in May of 1979, near Boston where Julia Ward Howe, held the first organized Mother’s Day meetings of America. A similar event was held last year, Mothers Day weekend in Berkeley, California. In Brighton – United Kingdom, and elsewhere, there were comparable celebrations dedicated to the Mother goddess.

Think about it, as other holidays having roots in Pagan sun worship, Mothers Day is always held on the day named in honor of the Sun.

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil!” [Exodus 23:2] WHO is it that celebrates “Mother’s Day”? Why the whole heathen world who know not Christ! If you’re a Christian you need to know that these ‘customs of the people are vain’ [Jer 10:3] Dare to differ! You want to be nice to your mother and make her feel special . . . then do it many times during the year and not just on ONE PARTICULAR DAY . . . especially a day that has pagan implications and is observed and commemorated by the ungodly!

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God!” [James 4:4]

 

OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS IN THE CHRISTIAN WALK

OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS IN THE CHRISTIAN WALK

“When God closes a door, look for a window!” Have you ever heard that before? Someone probably said it to you when you failed to get that perfect job you applied for. Maybe someone spouted it off after you failed to make the team or when that university rejected your application. Whatever the case all of us have had doors close on our hopes and dreams.

So what do we do when that happens? We immediately look for a window!

For what it’s worth-I think looking for a window is a dumb idea.

I’m not convinced God replaces doors with windows. I think a better approach to a closed door is to just keep checking the door. Think about it. The only time you should be jumping through a window is if your house is on fire. In fact, when people are seen climbing through windows it usually means they have been locked out or they’re trying to break in. Climbing through windows usually means someone is in trouble or someone is trying to cause trouble. God knows this. That’s why when he closes a door he usually locks the windows as well. It’s not because he’s mean or wants to frustrate us. He simply closes doors so that he can get our attention.

So, the next time God closes a door in your life, don’t be so quick to look for a window to jump through. I’d suggest you take some time to pause and reflect on why God closed the door in the first place. Maybe he wants to teach you patience or instill in you the discipline of perseverance. He could be protecting you from a bad decision or showing you what it means to fully trust him. Whatever the case, closed doors are God’s way of getting our attention. Read that again. Read it slowly. Let it sink in: God, the creator of the universe, will close doors in your life in order to get your attention. You know what that means? It means God cares about you. It means that God is not distant. It means he wants you to know him personally. So forget about looking for a window and just listen.

In the end, closed doors help us hear the voice of God in our life. Closed doors are God’s way of reminding us that he loves us. It’s his way of correcting our perspective on life and helping us see that what he offers is way more fulfilling than anything this world offers.

So next time God closes a door, instead of looking for a window, listen for what God wants to say to you. When you hear him, check the door again. You might find it open, if not He will open another door for you!

(copied from the Web)

A REMINDER ON THIS SO CALLED ‘EARTH-DAY’

A REMINDER ON THIS SO CALLED ‘EARTH-DAY’

C.H. Spurgeon

“The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof!” [Psalm 24:1]

And therefore it is also the believer’s. The real fullness of the earth belongs to the Christian. “The meek shall inherit the earth.”
“The world, and they that dwell there in. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.” [Psalms 24:1-2.]

So, child of God, you are in your Father’s house even while you are down here on earth. Still, that question in the next verse is very suggestive. Albeit that the earth is the Lord’s, yet we do not want to stop in it for ever.

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?” [Psalms 24:3]
This is the portion of the Lord’s people to ascend the hill of the Zion that is above, to enter the New Jerusalem, and to stand in the immediate presence of God. But who shall ever be able to do that?

“He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully; he shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the blood of his salvation.” [Psalms 24:4-5]

The man who will go to heaven is the clean man, the man who has been washed from his sins in the blood of the Lamb; and he is clean just where he was most likely to be foul, he has “clean hands.” Grace has enabled him to touch the things of the world without receiving a stain from them, and to touch holy things without defiling them. This expression — “clean hands “ — refers to his outward life; but he is also clean inside, for he has “a pure heart.”

If a man were clean as to his actions, but not clean as to his motives, he would not be fit to enter heaven, but the man described here is a true man. He has not followed after vanity, neither has he uttered a lie, but he has followed the truth, and he has spoken the truth. He is the man whom God will bless, but he has no righteousness of his own, so we read that “he shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” So he needed to be saved, and he needed a righteousness better than his own, and THIS God will give him.

Thank you Lord Jesus!

HOW DOES A CHRISTIAN GROW IN GRACE?

HOW DOES A CHRISTIAN GROW IN GRACE?

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“When a minister asked a simple countryside woman what was her concept of “growing in grace,” she replied, “A Christian’s growth in grace is like the growth of a cow’s tail.” Puzzled at her reply, he asked for an explanation. Whereupon she said, “The more a cow’s tail grows, the nearer it comes to the ground; and the more a Christian grows in grace, the more does he take his place in the dust before God.” Ah, she had been taught from above something with which many an eminent theologian and commentator is unacquainted.

Growth in grace is a GROWTH DOWNWARD: it is the forming of a lower estimate of ourselves; it is a DEEPENING REALIZATION OF OUR NOTHINGNESS; it is a heartfelt recognition that we are NOT WORTHY of the least of God’s mercies”. [A.W. Pink]

“I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I ABHOR MYSELF, and repent in dust and ashes”! [Job 42:5,6]

“The more true light a man hath, the more cause of self-abasement will he find in himself”. (Thomas Manton)

Consider the Apostle Paul’s progress in humility – Christ increasing and self decreasing.

Writing to the Corinthians in 55AD he said – “For I AM THE LEAST OF THE APOSTLES, who am NOT FIT TO BE CALLED AN APOSTLE, because I persecuted the church of God”. [1Cor 15:9]

Writing to the Ephesians in 61AD he wrote – “Unto me, who am LESS THAN THE LEAST OF ALL SAINTS, is this grace given . .” [Eph 3:8]

And toward the end of his life in 66AD, writing to Timothy he said – “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I AM (not was) CHIEF”! [1Tim 1:15]

As you consider the above, you see that we come face to face with the phenomenon which is frequently seen in the great leaders and saints of the past. It is that the older they grow, the more acute is their own sense of sin and of weakness in themselves. Or as Spurgeon put it “He whose garments are the whitest will best perceive the spots upon them!” They see that what they once thought to be natural strengths are really weaknesses that emanate from the unredeemed (and unredeemable) FALLEN FLESH.

So if this (an increasing sense of the corruption of your old flesh nature) is beginning to happen to you, you are growing as a Christian. It has been well said that “He who knows himself best esteems himself least.”

Thomas Guthrie perfectly pictured Paul’s progression when he wrote…

The Christian is like the ripening corn; the riper he grows, the more lowly bends his head.

DO YOU MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD?

DO YOU MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD?

Saturation with the Scriptures is the Secret to Satisfaction of our Souls

The Puritan writer Thomas Brooks offers an excellent description of Biblical meditation…

Remember that it is not hasty reading—but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey (cp Ps 19:10-note; Ps 119:103-note)—but her abiding for a time on the flower which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most—who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.”

Meditation is CHEWING. Meditation is aptly depicted by the cow’s process of mastication (chewing). God has so constructed bovines to bring up previously digested food for additional grinding to enable optimal assimilation of the “cud.” Meditation is pondering and reviewing various thoughts (especially the thoughts/words of God) by mulling them over in one’s mind and heart (our “control center” so to speak – see Pr 4:23-note).

Meditation is the processing of God’s food for our soul (real “soul food!) One might call it “divine thought digestion.” “Chewing” upon a divine thought, deliberately and diligently, a process which (enabled by the Spirit our “Sanctifier”) provides the vital link between theory and action, between God’s Word on paper and God’s Word in our life. What mastication is to the physical life of the cow, meditation is to the spiritual life of those created in the image of God.

C H Spurgeon asks a good question…

“Have you a spiritual taste, dear Hearer? It is one thing to hear the Word. It is another thing to taste it. Hearing the Word is often blessed, but tasting it is a more inward and spiritual thing—it is the enjoyment of the Truth in the innermost parts of our being! Oh, that we were all as fond of the Word as were the old mystics who chewed the cud of meditation till they were fattened upon the Word of the Lord and their souls grew strong in the Divine Love! I am sure of this—the more you know of God’s Word, the more you will love it!”—The True Sayings of God – #3144

Meditation is ANALYZING. Literally analyzing describes the art of taking an intentional, lengthy look at a given object as the jeweler does when he puts his eyepiece on to examine the character and qualities of a flawless diamond. Indeed, “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” (Ps 12:6-note) Meditation on the living and active (energetic) Word (Heb 4:12-note) is like gazing at a prism, which breaks a single beam of sunlight into many component colors. As we take time to steadily focus on the “diamond” of God’s Word, the Spirit illumines the Son’s light in His many and variegated “colors and hues.”

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law (Psalm 119:18).

Meditation is ACTION. Someone has described it: “Making words into thoughts and thoughts into actions.” It is mental planning ahead with definite action in mind for accomplishing a job. Andrew Murray describes it: “Holding the Word of God in your heart until it has affected every phase of your life… this is meditation.”

Now tie these three thoughts together: chewing, analyzing and action. Reflect on each of them now before reading any further. Give God time for divine polishing in His secret place in order to more effectually reproduce His glory and beauty in public.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou SHALT MEDITATE therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” [Joshua 1:8]

[Quoted from Precept Austin.org]

HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR OR IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!

HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR OR
IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!

“If the shoe fits…wear it!”

This proverb has been around for a long time. Originally, it was “if the cap fits”, and probably referred to the fool’s cap or dunce cap. You can probably pick up on the connotation.

Eventually it was changed over to “If the shoe fits” in reference to Cinderella. The moral? If something pertains to you…accept it!

We think this is a fairly modern term, however; it is as old as the book of Revelation. Jesus used it on several different occasions as He taught the people of His day. Howbeit, He did communicate it in a phrase they could better understand like in Mark 4:9 “And He said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus made this statement eight times in the book of Revelation. I believe He was trying to get His point across—“If the shoe fits, wear it.”

The apostle Paul wrote seven letters to seven different churches while Jesus had the apostle John write one letter to seven different churches. In most of the comments to the seven churches the Lord included an admonition, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” Now after almost 2000 years when WE read these warnings and exhortations the Scripture speaks to OUR hearts and asks us the very same question, “Do YOU have ears to hear? Does the shoe fit YOU?”

These are the times when we must according to 2 Corinthians 13:5 “examine ourselves”… and see if the said warning or exhortation applies to US. If it does then we need to repent accordingly. The Jesus we serve is just, merciful and forgiving that He even gave Jezebel in the church of Thyatira a chance to repent.

Through the years, I’ve sat through sermons that pierced my soul and all the while I was thinking, “Man, I wish old brother John was in this service to hear this message because he could really benefit from everything that’s being said here today.” I failed to realize that the shoe being preached was my exact size and it would fit me perfect. I would leave that meeting wondering why I was not maturing and drawing closer to God–not comprehending that I had left a perfect pair of spiritual shoes on the altar. Had I stopped and considered that Jesus was speaking to me through His Word, I would have had ears to hear and realized that the shoe fit—put it on and allowed it to help me walk worthy on the vocation wherewith I am called.

Nonetheless, it’s foolish of us to think that everyone that hears the Word of God is going to believe in, adhere to and rely on what it is saying. The proof is in the parable of the sower who sows his seed on four different types of ground and observes four different results. The seed is the Word of God and it was the same seed sown but sown on diverse types of ground. Even the good ground that received the Word produced dissimilar amounts of fruit from the same seed, which was the Word of God. Therefore, it is safe to say that some thought the shoe of the Word fit them better than others did. Could it be that the ones that produced thirty fold recognized only their need for the shoe? Could it be the ones that produced sixty fold may have actually spiritually tried it on to see if it fit? On the other hand, could it be the ones that were walking in the one-hundred-fold ministry were walking around in Word of God shoes because they fit and they had ears to hear what was being said?

The Bible says the Word of God is like a two-edge sword, sometimes It cuts off ungodly and undesirable attributes and characteristics that hurts our body, soul and spirit, but it may be Jesus saying, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear or If the shoe fits, wear it.”

“The fundamental principle for which we are here contending is plainly expressed again by Christ in Mark 13:37, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” That exhortation to the apostles is addressed directly to THE SAINTS IN ALL GENERATIONS AND PLACES. As Owen well said, “The Scriptures speak to every age, every church, every person, not less than to those to whom they were first directed. This shows us how we should be affected in reading the Word: we should read it as a letter written by the Lord of grace from Heaven, to us by name. “If there be any books in the New Testament particularly restricted, it is the “pastoral epistles,” yet the exhortation found in 2 Timothy 2:19, is generalized: “Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Those who are so fond of restricting God’s Word would say that “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (verse 3) is addressed to the minister of the Gospel, and pertains not to the rank and file of believers. But Ephesians 6:10-17, shows (by necessary implication) that it applies to all the saints, for the militant figure is again used, and used there without limitation. The Bullinger school insist that James and Peter—who gave warning of those who in the last time should walk after their own ungodly lusts—wrote to Jewish believers only; but Jude (addressed to all the sanctified) declares they “told you” (verse 18).

“You have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord” (Hebrews 12:5). That exhortation is taken from Proverbs 3:11, so that here is further evidence that the precepts of the Old Testament (like its promises) are not restricted unto those who were under the Mosaic economy, but apply with equal directness and force to those under the new covenant. Observe well the tense of the verb “which speaks”: though written a thousand years previously, Paul did not say “which has spoken”—the Scriptures are a living Word through which their Author speaks today.

Note too “which speaks unto you”—New Testament saints: all that is contained in the book of Proverbs is as truly and as much the Father’s instruction to Christians as the contents of the Pauline epistles. Throughout that book God addresses us individually as “My son” (2:1; 3:1; 4:1; 5:1). That exhortation is as urgently needed by believers now as by any who lived in former ages. Though children of God, we are still children of Adam—willful, proud, independent, requiring to be disciplined, to be under the Father’s rod, to bear it meekly, and to be exercised thereby in our hearts and consciences.” – A.W. Pink

Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin or compromise, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless FEW! ABSURD!

ALL preaching challenging those gathered to forsake a particular sin or compromise and follow after righteousness is done with the admonition – “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear or If the shoe fits, wear it”!

[compiled from sources on the web]

HOW YOU ARE PORTRAYED DEPENDS ON WHO IS WRITING YOUR STORY

HOW YOU ARE PORTRAYED DEPENDS ON WHO IS WRITING YOUR STORY

Michael Jeshurun

CURRENT NEWS . . . .

A biker is passing the zoo when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his bike, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.

A New York Times reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I saw a man do in my whole life.” The biker replies, “Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.”

The reporter says, “Well, I’m a journalist from the New York Times, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page… so, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?”

The biker replies, “I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.”
The following morning the biker buys The New York Times to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

“U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH.”

MORAL – Now as a true child of God you may be ridiculed, maligned and spoken evil of in this present evil world! But your day to be vindicated is coming!

“And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?” [1Kings 18:17]

“It is no unusual thing for God’s upright ministers to be spoken of as troublers of peoples and nations. Faithful Amos was charged​ with conspiring against Jeroboam the second, and told that the land was not able to bear all his words (Amos 7:10). The Saviour Himself was accused of “stirring up the people” (Luke 23:5). It was said of Paul and Silas at Philippi that they did “exceedingly trouble the city” (Acts 16:20), and when at Thessalonica they were spoken of as having “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).

There is therefore no higher testimony to their fidelity than for the servants of God to evoke the rancor and hostility of the reprobate. One of the most scathing condemnations that could be pronounced on men is contained in those terrible words of our Lord to His unbelieving brethren: “The world cannot hate you: but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil” (John 7:7). But who would not rather receive all the charges which the Ahabs can heap upon us than incur that sentence from the lips of Christ!

It is the duty of God’s servants to warn men of their danger, to point out that the way of rebellion against God leads to certain destruction and to call upon them to throw down the weapons of their revolt and flee from the wrath to come. It is their duty to teach men that they must turn from their idols and serve the living God, otherwise they will eternally perish. It is their duty to rebuke wickedness wherever it be found and to declare that the wages of sin is death. This will not make for their popularity, for it will condemn and irritate the wicked, and such plain speaking will seriously annoy them.

Those who expose hypocrites, resist tyrants, oppose the wicked, are ever viewed by them as troublemakers. But as Christ declared, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:11, 12).”

[A.W. Pink – “The Life of Elijah”]

YOU MAY HAVE CELEBRATED AND OBSERVED THE PAGAN FESTIVAL OF EASTER BEFORE YOU WERE SAVED, BUT NOW AS A SAVED CHRISTIAN GOD COMMANDS YOU TO REPENT!

YOU MAY HAVE CELEBRATED AND OBSERVED THE PAGAN FESTIVAL OF EASTER BEFORE YOU WERE SAVED, BUT NOW AS A SAVED CHRISTIAN GOD COMMANDS YOU TO REPENT!

God does not want His church to take pagan days, and those pagan and popish rites and paraphernalia that go with them and adapt them to Christian use. He simply commands us to abolish them altogether from the face of the earth forever. YOU may not be offended by the Easter eggs and the Easter bunnies and the selection of a pagan day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, but GOD is offended! God commands us to get rid of the monuments and paraphernalia of paganism!

If your wife was promiscuous before you married her would you be offended if she had pictures of her old boyfriends on her dresser? Would it bother you if she celebrated the various anniversaries relating to her past relationships? Would you be offended if she kept and cherished the various rings, jewelry and mementos given to her by her old boyfriends? Of course you would be offended! The Lord God is infinitely more zealous of His honor than you are; He is a jealous God. Could Israel take festival days to Baal, Ashteroth, Dagon and Molech and alter them to make them pleasing to God? Of course not! The Bible makes very clear which kings of Judah pleased God the most. God is pleased when idols, their temples, their religious dress, earrings, sacred houses, sacred trees, poles, ornaments, rites, names and days are utterly cut off from the earth, never again to be restored.

God wants His bride to eliminate forever the monuments, the days, the paraphernalia and the mementos of idolatry. “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain” (Jer. 10:2-3). “Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods” (Deut. 12:31).

Christians must not only put away the monuments of past idolatry but also everything associated with present idolatry. Easter like Christmas is one of the most important holy day in Roman Catholicism. The term ‘Easter’ is not of Christian origin. It is another form of Astarte, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the queen of heaven. The festival of Pasch [Passover and the Feast of Unleavens] was a continuation of the Jewish [that is, God’s] feast….from this Pasch the pagan festival of ‘Easter’ was quite distinct and was introduced into the apostate Western religion, as part of the attempt to adapt pagan festivals to Christianity.” (W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, article: Easter, p.192)

The Roman Catholic Church hates the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Roman church uses human inventions, such as Christmas and Easter, to keep millions of people in darkness. The fact that millions of Bible-believing Protestants are observing a Roman Catholic holy day which has not been commanded anywhere in God’s Word reveals the sad state of modern Evangelicalism.

“We cannot conform, communicate, and symbolize with the idolatrous Papists, in the use of the same, without making ourselves idolaters by participation.” Our attitude should be that of the Protestant Reformer Bucer who said, “I would to God that every holy day whatsoever besides the Lord’s day were abolished. That zeal which brought them first in, was without all warrant of the Word, and merely followed corrupt reason, forsooth to drive out the holy days of the pagans, as one nail drives out another. Those holy days have been so tainted with superstitions that I wonder we tremble not at their very names.”

The common objection against the argument that pagan monuments must be abolished is that these things occurred so long ago as to be harmless to us. But this is totally untrue. Not only do we have the present idolatry of Romanism, but there is a revival going on at this very moment in Europe and North America of the old pagan European religions. The radical feminist movement is presently reviving the fertility goddesses and gods of the ancient Near East. God’s law-Word says to get rid of the monuments to idolatry. God’s law is not rendered null and void with the passage of time.

The ONLY day that God has authorized as a holy day is the Lord’s day. If the church wants to please Jesus Christ and honor Him, then it should do so by keeping His day and by setting an example to the outside world. When Christians make Easter or Christmas more special than the Lord’s Day, they disobey the teachings of Christ and dishonor His day!

[copied from sources on the web]