Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jesus Preaching on "Prosperity"

I believe in the prosperity gospel as presented by Jesus.

Matthew 6:
 6.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
 7.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
 8.  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

 9.  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
 10.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
 11.  Give us this day our daily bread.
 12.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
 13.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 14.  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
 15.  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
 16.  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
 17.  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
 18.  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

 19.  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
 20.  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
 21.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 22.  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
 23.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!  (Get the context of these verses)
 24.  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 25.  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
 26.  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
 27.  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
 28.  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
 29.  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 30.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 31.  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
 32.  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
 33.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -(not riches, but food and raiment-your needs)
 34.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

33.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

IS seeking God to supply your hunger for fancier cars, bigger houses or opulence exhibited by televangelists what Jesus is saying we should do?  NO!

24.  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 25.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
 26.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Denying oneself...taking up the cross: equates to death to self rule.  To follow Jesus, one must give up their right to rule themselves, and submit to the rulership of Jesus as lord over their lives.  If you are the captain of your own ship, the master of your own are deceiving yourself, and are lost.

Mark 10: 
23.  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
 24.  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
 25.  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
 26.  And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
 27.  And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (wealth isn't sinful.)
 28.  Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
 29.  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
 30.  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Timothy warns against following those who  teach otherwise...

1 Tim.6:
 5.  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
 6.  But godliness with contentment is great gain.
 7.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
 8.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
 9.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
 10.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
 11.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
 12.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4).The obedience to that gospel is first, our own death to self-repentance.  Anything less than submission to the word of God- Jesus - is not true repentance.

Do you worship stuff, or religious tradition?  Do you worship a doctrine that doesn't reflect the true teachings of Jesus?  Do you read your bible enough to know the difference?  Please check out the teachings on the power point presentations pages and the tracts page. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

What's Wrong with The Harbinger's "Ancient Mystery"?

by Berit ~ Updated June 9, 2012
The following ad for The Harbinger is an interesting summary of the book:
"Is it possible...
• That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future?
• That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?
• That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America?
• That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?
"Before its destruction as a nation, ancient Israel received nine harbingers, prophetic omens of warning. The same nine harbingers are now manifesting in America.... 'Hidden in an ancient biblical prophecy from Isaiah, the mysteries revealed in The Harbinger are so precise that they foretold recent American events down to the exact days. ... IT'S REAL."[1]
But it's not true! Rabbi Cahn's devotion to mysterious signs should be a warning to us. The video below illustrates his subtle blend of truth and mysticism. Remember, the Zohar is the esoteric foundation for the occult Kabbalah. Read more here
The next link adds additional insights:
Things You Should Know About The Zohar: "The Zohar is a collection of commentaries on the Torah, intended to guide people who have already achieved high spiritual degrees to the root (origin) of their souls. The Zohar contains all the spiritual states that people experience as their souls evolve. At the end of the process, the souls achieve what Kabbalah refers to as 'the end of correction,' the highest level of spiritual wholeness. those with spiritual attainment, i.e. Kabbalists, The Zohar is a practical guide to inner actions that one performs in order to discover deeper, higher states of perception and sensation."

The Harbinger has accomplished what most churches choose to ignore: It has alerted America to the Biblical consequences of rejecting God and His guidelines. By linking an Old Testament warning to a coming judgment on America, it rightfully challenges us to trust God, to know His Word and to follow His way! Near the end of this book, author Jonathan Cahn shares a sobering reminder. Here his fictional "prophet" gives Nouriel, the main character, a good lesson on the nature of evil:
"And who is evil?"
"Those who kill, who deceive, who steal, those who hurt and abuse others."...
"And what about you, Nouriel? Do you fit into any of those categories?"
"No," he replied, "you wouldn't. But remember, 'All the ways of a man are right in his own eyes.' It's from the Book of Proverbs. That's human nature.... Beware of the good Nazi."
"The good Nazi? And what's that supposed to mean?"
"The Nazis sent millions to their deaths out of pure hatred and evil....And yet do you think most of them saw themselves as evil?"
"And why not?... Because they compared themselves and measured themselves by the standards they themselves create....You can never judge yourself by your own standards and your own righteousness, but only in light of His righteousness." [pp.228-229]
That part is true. So what can be wrong with a book that alerts us to evil and calls America back to God?
In spite of my appreciation for the awakening effects of The Harbinger, we have serious reasons for concern:
  • Its main theme focuses on a single prophecy (ignoring all others) as the heart of an ancient mystery and the key to America's coming judgment.
  • It redefines and misuses the Biblical word "vow."
  • The "prophet" blends truth with dreams, mysticism and a false conclusion
Let's look at each point through the filter of the Bible.
The Ancient Prophecy
Most of us remember September 11, 2001 -- "a day of destruction" in America. The two hijacked planes that crashed into the Twin Towers had unhindered access, since our usually alert air defense system had apparently assigned its pilots elsewhere on that particular morning.
The next day, September 12, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle gave a verbal response to the terrorist attacks. "We will rebuild…" he told the anxious crowd. He continued,
"I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to us all at times like this: 'The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig [or sycamore] trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.'" [Isaiah 9:10] [p.117]
Perhaps Mr. Daschle actually searched the Bible for a short encouraging Scripture that would bring hope to his listeners. Perhaps he didn't notice the Biblical context for that particular verse. In any case, his chosen words were heard across America, and few questioned the message.
But to Jonathan Cahn and his fictional "prophet" those were dangerous words.
That mysterious "prophet" guides the story through numerous providential encounters with his inquiring pupil, Nouriel. Using nine ancient "seals" with hidden symbolic messages, he gradually leads Nouriel toward an ominous conclusion: that the Old Testament prophecy in Isaiah 9:10-11 links America's fate to the destruction of ancient Israel. He suggests that the troubles on Wall Street, our sinking economy, and the 9-11 destruction of the Twin Towers are all rooted in these ancient words:
"The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild ..." Isaiah 9:10
The Vow
Cahn based his message on the dubious theory that Daschle's words "we will rebuild" were a prideful vow. But is that true?
No, it's not! Yet, when we read those words in the context of the entire prophecy, that conclusion may seem plausible to some:
"Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
'The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars."
Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him,

And spur his enemies on, the Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth."
Isaiah 9:9-12
The Israelites who heard Isaiah's words still had time to repent, yet they chose to honor their pagan idols rather than our sovereign God. But there is no indication that they made a vow to that effect. They would face His judgment -- but not for making a foolish vow. Their actual sins were pride, rebellion [against God], and idolatry. Stubborn and willful, they refused to repent.
Cahn's "prophet" would disagree. He believed that all who repeated those three words were guilty of making a prideful vow -- including President Obama and the news media. This dialogue between the "prophet" and his pupil illustrates the deception:
"...the prophecy was proclaimed on the day after 9/11. Here the nation vowed the vow to emerge stronger than before. Seven years later the vow would be undone."
"With the collapse of the economy."
"Yes.... And what event, more than any other, would bring about that collapse?"
"The fall of Lehman Brothers."...
"So the economic collapse was triggered on the seventh anniversary of the proclaiming of the ancient vow."
"Just as in ancient times the same vow would ultimately lead to the collapse of ancient Israel."
"A very dangerous vow." [pp.179-181]
Keep in mind, this supposed vow is the main foundation for Rabbi Cahn's argument. So to check his theory, I opened our large 1905 Webster's Dictionary and found this definition:
"Vow (noun): A solemn promise made to God... by which one consecrates or devotes himself... wholly or in part to some act, service or condition."
"Vow (verb): To give, consecrate or dedicate to God (or some other deity) by a solemn promise. 'When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.' Ecc 5:4-5." (More here)
In other words, the actual Old Testament "vow" was far more than a simple statement of good or bad intentions. Failing to fulfill what was promised to God would bring serious consequences. That's why God warns His people to avoid rash or foolish vows (Judges 11:30). But I doubt that the political and media leaders of our increasingly secular nation were making any solemn promise to God when they repeated those three Old Testament words.
Twisting Reality through Dreams and Mysticism
Like God's true prophet Elijah, Cahn's "prophet" not only speaks mysterious truths supposedly from God, he also has power to transport himself in miraculous but timely ways. Does that make him more credible? Or would such fictional "miracles" conflict with God's guidance? After all, the Bible tells us that,
" prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." 2 Peter 1:19-21
"I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied..." Jeremiah 23:21
"...the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak... that prophet shall die." Deuteronomy 18:18
In Chapter 19, titled "The Mystery Ground," the "prophet" continues his lessons using the mysterious "seals" to enlighten Nouriel. As usual, the two men just "happened to" find each other in New York, near Wall Street. But this time, Nouriel has been prepared for their meeting through his own "dream." And, somehow, the "prophet" knows the content of that dream:
"The Temple of Jerusalem was the house of God's glory," said the prophet....
"I saw it!" I said, my voice rising in pitch....That's what it was in the dream-the dedication of the Temple. I had a dream, and it began with Solomon leading a gathering of multitudes at the Temple....
"Yes. The prayers of King Solomon were prophetic.... The Temple Mount was the nation's ground of dedication."
"I saw it all in my dream.... And after the dedication, the sky turned dark and something like a storm was coming." (pp. 197-198]
Notice that Solomon is presented as a good and faithful king. The fact that he would soon marry pagan wives and accept their occult gods was ignored. Perhaps Cahn's fictional prophet was unaware of the words God spoke through the less famous prophet Ahijah:
"Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon...because they have forsaken Me, and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the people of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes... as did his father David." 1 Kings 11:28-33
At the end of Solomon's reign, only two of the twelve tribes would be ruled by his son, Rehoboam. "And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days." (1 Kings 14:30) Once again, the main reason for God's punishment was rampant idolatry, faithlessness and corruption.
But let's bypass that inconvenient part of history and continue with the dialogue:
Nouriel: "[George Washington] was there in the the dedication of the Temple....
Prophet: "He was placing his hand on a Bible," said the prophet, "to swear. ...He was taking the oath of the presidency. It was the inauguration, April 30, 1789 [in New York], the beginning of America as a constituted nation....
Nouriel "The inauguration of George Washington on the Temple Mount?"
Prophet: "In your dream the two events were joined together-Israel's dedication and America's inauguration." [p.200]

Note: The mystical "seals", the hidden messages, and the supernatural knowledge of this strange "prophet" remind me of the mysterious Jewish Kabbalah. Ponder these two quotes from The Harbinger:
"Then I made a trip to Brooklyn. That's where my friend was, an Orthodox Jewish man who ran a little bookstore, in back of which was a study, a library of all sorts of mystical Hebrew writings. That was his passion -- finding meaning in mystical Hebrew literature. I figured he'd be the right one." [p.240]

"So tell me what it says?'
'Blessed of God is the son of God's light, the declarer.'
'Who told you it said that?'
'A friend... a friend who specializes in mystical Hebrew writings.'" [p.242]
These "mystical Hebrew writings" are human elaborations and mystical interpretation of God's Word!
You may want to watch this video by Jonathan Cahn [ignore the preceding ad]: "The Zo­har Speaks: Gulgatah: The Cosmic Skull: The Rabbinic Mysteries V.
"I found it in the mystical writings, Jewish writing of the Zohar.... The Zohar speaks, the rabbis are writing.... They say it all will come... from a sacred thing, a sacred place is where all the mercy of God is stored.... From the Gulgatah comes the redemption of the universe [instead of His redemption of true believers.]" [Rabbi Zohar 128:d] ....the Gulgatah drips dew and fills the world and the dead will awaken as the dew comes forth. The light of the ancient one..."
Such mysticism is supposedly communicated through the Kabalistic Zohar that spread after the Babylonian exile. Keep in mind, not all Jews embraced this philosophy. Like today's Masonic doctrines, this teaching was often reserved for the elite. The next two links provide additional warnings:
Kabbalah: "'Kabbalah' is a doctrine of esoteric knowledge concerning God and the universe, asserted to have come down as a revelation to the Sages from a remote past, and preserved only by a privileged few. Kabbalah is considered part of the Jewish Oral Law. It is the traditional mystical understanding of the Torah. Kabbalah stresses the reasons and understanding of the commandments, and the cause of events described in the Torah....
"Early forms of Jewish mysticism at first consisted only of empirical lore....In the medieval era it greatly developed with the appearance of the mystical text.... It became the object of the systematic study of the elect....
"Most forms of Kabbalah teach that every letter, word, number, and accent of scripture contains a hidden sense.... Since the late 19th century, with the emergence of the 'Jewish Studies' approach, the Kabbalah has also been studied as a highly rational system of understanding the world, rather than a mystical one."
The New Kabbalah: "The New Kabbalah is a philosophy and Jewish theology grounded in the union between traditional Jewish mysticism and modern rational thought. ...the New Kabbalah seeks to uncover and further develop the philosophical and psychological significance of Kabbalistic symbols and ideas. In addition, the New Kabbalah is enriched by comparative studies and dialog between Jewish mysticism and other religious and philosophical traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Platonism, and Gnosticism.
"The New Kabbalah is born out of the conviction that the theosophical system of Luria and his followers promotes an open economy of thought, dialog and criticism while at the same time providing a coherent and comprehensive account of the world and humanity's role within it that is intellectually, morally and spiritually vital for us today." []
A Closer look at Washington's Faith and Fears?
In his inauguration address, Washington said,
"No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.... It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes." [p.200]
The man chosen to administer the oath was the Grand Master of Masons in New York. At least a dozen other masons participated, including George Washington himself. You may want to check some of these (outside) links [here, here and here] for a small glimpse of the spiritual warfare involved in the roots of our nation. They illustrate this disturbing synthesis of Biblical truth and occult mysticism.
Six months after his inauguration, President Washington issued his grateful Thanksgiving Proclamation. It began with this statement:
"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.... Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be..."
What was Washington's relationship to this lofty and somewhat impersonal God? According to Wikipedia (and my own web searches), his pastor affirmed that he often came to church. He showed respect for all religions but rarely discussed his own faith. And his titles for God sound more Masonic than Biblical, but that may be more of cultural than a spiritual issue .
Yet, as Washington became more aware of the links between American masons and the radical agenda within European freemasonry, his concern grew. He wrote the following two letters to a German immigrant:
[Mount Vernon, September 25, 1798] "Sir: Many apologies are due to you…for not thanking you, at an earlier period, for the book [Proofs of a Conspiracy, by John Robison] you had the goodness to send me." "I have heard much of the nefarious, and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati, but never saw the book until you were pleased to send it to me. … I believe notwithstanding, that none of the [Masonic] Lodges in this Country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the Society of the Illuminati."
[Second letter] "…It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. ...I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country, had, as Societies, endeavored to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first [the Illuminati], or the pernicious principles of the latter [the Jacobins]...."[3]
So did our first president eventually become a Christian? I don't know, but I would like to believe he did. Like ancient King Solomon, he had great wisdom, but only God knows his true faith.[4]
Truth and Tribulation
Rabbi Cahn calls his message "The Ancient Mystery that holds the secret of America's future," but it's no mystery to those who are familiar with God's warnings through Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and other Old Testament prophets.
Their words and insights demonstrate God's concern for His wayward people and His loving forgiveness when we humbly repent and return. We would be foolish to ignore them, and wise to heed them.
We have posted a list of warnings and prophecies on these three pages: God's Warnings for our Times, Fulfilled Prophecies and Prophets who mislead their flock. Even though Rabbi Cahn only mentions one such warning, there are countless others. Many are far more explicit and appropriate for our times than Isaiah 9:10. Here are two examples:
Old Testament: " shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.... that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. ... The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated.... The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow...
"But if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God... all these curses will come upon you.... The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.... The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust....
"The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies.... A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor.... The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him...."
Deuteronomy 28:1-47
New Testament: "...all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition....Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. ...God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:11-13
Notice the encouraging end of the last Scripture. Yes, we will face hard times. Remember, trials and persecution have pursued God's faithful followers through the ages. But in the midst of darkness, His light shines all the more brightly.
Through the years, most Christians in America have enjoyed relatively easy lives: no starvation, no violent hatred, no fear of torturous assaults and the deadly persecution that continues to pursue God's people in other parts of the world. But worldly comforts tend to feed spiritual complacency, and few of us have had much teaching in the school of "joyful endurance."
So let's get on with our training in Him. Let's make sure His Word is "hidden" in our hearts. Let's "put on the whole armor of God." And let's build the habit of thanking and praising our wonderful Lord through every day! Then He will truly "hide us in His tabernacle" and fill our hearts with His peace.
"Thou art my hiding place;
Thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance."
Psalm 32:7

2. From The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament , Volume 2:
"(nãdar) make a vow. (neder), vow, votive offering. Our root connotes the act of verbally consecrating (devoting to the service) of God, i.e. vowing to perform (Gen 28:2Off.), to make an offering (Lev 27), or to abstain from something (Ps 132:2ff.)....
(qalal), be bound or joined to or in" (cf. 'ësär/'issãr "bond," Num 30:2... shãba' "make a statement or a promise" (with an oath invoking God and pledging something valuable)....The verb occurs thirty-one times.
(nëder) Vow, votive offering. ...This noun represents either the result of nãdar, i.e. a vow, or the thing offered to fulfill a vow. ... The noun occurs fifty-nine times.
"A closer description occurs in Num 30:3 where to nãdar a nëder is to swear to God with an oath (hishshaba' she bü'â, cf. Ps 132:2) and to bind one's self with what proceeds from one's mouth. A néder is something promised to God verbally (Num 30:4 [H 5]). If one so promises he is obliged to fulfill [or do] his promise (Deut 23:22)."
(Edited by R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr, and Bruce K. Waltke, Moody Press, 1980, pp.1308-1309)
3. "Writings of Washington, Vol. 36: *To REVEREND G. W. SNYDER." From The Foundation Forum: The Real Story of the Founders and the Illuminati, Part 2. You can read these letters on the "American Memory" section of the Library of Congress website.
4. You may want to look up the following references to Washington's faith.
Sprague, Rev. Wm. B.. Annals of the American Pulpit. Vol. v. p. 394.
Neill, Rev. E.D. (1885-01-02). "article reprinted from Episcopal Recorder" (PDF)] NY Times, p.3.
Novak, Michael and Jana Novak, Washington's God: Religion, Liberty and the Father of Our Country, p. 97, Basic Books, 2007.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Judge may grant house arrest to Pa. monsignor

26 minutes ago

Convicted Phila. Priest May Get House Arrest

PHILADELPHIA — A judge might release a convicted Roman Catholic monsignor to await sentencing if the Vatican will agree not to harbor him if he flees the United States for Rome.

Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official convicted in the cover-up of child sex-abuse complaints.

Lynn was convicted of felony child endangerment and is set for sentencing Aug. 13. He faces about 3-1/2 to seven years in prison. His lawyers insist he is not a flight risk. But prosecutors say at least 35 priests have fled during criminal cases, most apparently before trial.

Lynn has agreed to surrender his passport, and to waive extradition if he flees. But the judge first wants proof the Vatican will honor the waiver.

Lynn remained jailed Tuesday, pending a July 5 court date.

Read 50 years in the Church of Rome by ex-priest Charles Chiniquy
The US has good reason to believe the Vatican would be willing to hide him and the other has a habit of doing that.- Fred

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sharron Kay King- Award Winning Gospel Singer

This is my son's mother-in-law.  The link to her site is here.
Go check out her music and testimony...and tell her Fred sentcha!

I think you can see more of her vids here!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WND EXCLUSIVE- Obama attorneys argue he's not Dem nominee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorneys arguing on behalf of Barack Obama’s re-election plans today urged a Florida judge to decide that Obama is not yet the Democratic nominee for president and ignore evidence challenging his eligibility.

The arguments were raised by attorney Mark Herron on behalf of Obama in a hearing before Judge Terry Lewis in Florida, who is best known for presiding over the 2000 Bush v. Gore election dispute.

Lewis is credited with making crucial rulings in the contested 2000 presidential election when ultimately a Florida recount was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court, and George W. Bush was declared the winner.
Attorney Larry Klayman filed the challenge to Obama’s eligibility for the ballot on behalf of Michael Voeltz, who identifies himself in the complaint as “a registered member of the Democratic Party, voter, and taxpayer in Broward County.”

Attorneys representing Obama at the hearing, which was livestreamed by WND, argued that the Florida presidential preference primary, which listed Obama as the only Democrat nominee, didn’t make him the party’s nominee for president.
Herron argued the Florida process affirms only that Obama is the choice in the state’s presidential preference primary but is not necessarily the party’s nominee for president.

A video recording of the hearing will be available for viewing online at WND

“This language clearly indicates the winner of the president preference primary, not the nominee of the party,” he said.

But the judge noted that the party wrote to Florida’s secretary of state a letter indicating Obama’s name was the only one submitted, and he thought the state’s electors were bound to vote for him.

“Wasn’t there a letter [that said] this is the only candidate whose name will appear?” Lewis asked.
Obama’s attorneys said such a decision “has not been triggered yet.”

Klayman argued that according to state law, when only one name is submitted, that person automatically becomes the nominee, even if the national Democratic Party nominating convention has not been held.
No decision was announced immediately. The judge said he would review the law, but he had pointed questions for both sides.

When Klayman noted the Founding Fathers established the natural-born citizen requirement because they wanted to avoid foreign influence on a president from a non-citizen parent, Lewis countered by posing a hypothetical situation in which a candidate’s two U.S.-citizen parents later emigrate to Israel.

Klayman said the Founding Fathers’ attempt to avoid a conflict of interest in the Oval Office did not include every possible scenario.

The judge asked whether the Democratic Party, as a private group, had a right to choose a nominee, even if that person was ineligible.

Lewis questioned a citation by Obama’s attorneys of a Florida law that suggests when only one person is on the ballot, that person becomes the nominee. He told the attorneys he would review the details of the law.
The arguments by Obama’s attorneys reflected their request that the judge simply dismiss the case because they claim a sitting president chosen by his party at multiple levels is not yet officially the nominee.
Klayman accused the Obama attorneys of playing a “shell game” and trying to put off the issue, as numerous courts did in 2008 until the election was over and Obama was inaugurated.

The judge could remove Obama’s name from the November ballot in Florida, a crucial swing state, should he determine that the Constitution’s requirement that a president be a “natural born citizen” can be applied at the primary level.

Is Obama constitutionally eligible to serve? Here’s WND’s complete archive of news reports on the issue

Klayman told WND that during a hearing last month on discovery issues in the case, Lewis noted that the plaintiff’s brief cited U.S. Supreme Court case Minor v. Happersett from 1875 defining “natural born citizen” as the offspring of two citizens of the nation, while the Obama campaign’s arguments provided no citations.
Defining the term is critical. Such a step has not been reached in any of the more than 100 legal cases that have been brought over Obama’s eligibility.

The U.S. Constitution’s “natural born citizen” requirement is not imposed on other federal officials. The writings of the Founders indicate the requirement was meant to ensure that no person who had divided loyalties would serve as commander in chief.

Klayman has argued that since Obama, by his own admission, was not born to two citizen parents, he is not a “natural born citizen” and, therefore, is ineligible to be a candidate on the state’s election ballot.
Florida’s election statutes provide broad protections for voters to ensure that the integrity of the election system is beyond reproach. One of the laws allows voters to challenge the nomination of a candidate who is not eligible for the office he is seeking.

WND earlier reported on the case, which raises some of the same issues that have been raised in other state ballot challenges. Specifically it alleges:
On or about April 2011, only after years into his presidency, and under media and political pressure, Barack Hussein Obama published on the Internet an electronic version of a purported birth certificate alleging his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961, to American citizen mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Kenyan British subject father, Barack Obama Senior.
There is credible evidence indicating that this electronically produced birth certificate is entirely fraudulent or otherwise altered. No physical, paper copy of the actual long form birth certificate has been produced in order to definitively establish Barack Hussein Obama’s birth within the United States.

The action follows by weeks the release of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation into Obama’s eligibility. The investigation by professional law enforcement officers working on a volunteer basis for Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse found probable cause that Obama’s birth certificate was forged and fraudulently presented as a genuine document.

The plaintiff has submitted affidavits from Arpaio and others to support the claim.

The complaint explains that even if Obama was born within the United States, he is still not a “natural-born citizen” as required by the U.S. Constitution. That’s because his father was born in the British Colony of Kenya on June 18, 1936, making him a  British subject, according to the British Nationality Act of 1948.
A case filing explains: “No physical, paper copy of defendant Obama’s birth certificate has been presented to establish his eligibility. … Defendant Obama has electronically produced a copy of what he purports to be his ‘birth certificate.’ Nevertheless, there is evidence to suggest that the electronically produced birth certificate is entirely fraudulent or otherwise altered.”

When asked by Judge Lewis, Klayman confirmed he could add to the complaint details of the evidence Obama was not born in the U.S.

Obama’s attorneys told the judge that other courts have decided that courts should not make such decisions and the process is better handled by Congress. They said state courts especially are not suited to making a decision on the eligibility of Obama.

“They are precluded from judging the qualifications of candidates for president of the United States,” the Obama attorneys said.

But Klayman pleaded with the judge to decide the issue, because a determination made after the election could negate Florida’s vote.

“Florida has a special duty not just on behalf of the citizens of Florida but on behalf of the United States,” he said.

Klayman referred to a recent Obama order to underscore the significance of the Founders’ desire that the president not have divided loyalties or “not even a hint of foreign influence.”

“Just a few days ago, he issued an executive order … which in effect allows illegal alien students who came into this country … to remain in this country. … The president’s own father was in fact here on a student visa and ultimately was deported because that visa expired.”

Klayman reiterated the Supreme Court’s Minor v. Happersett definition of “natural born citizen” as a person born in the country of two citizen parents.

“The point is this, your honor,” said Klayman. “The president is not like everybody else. If that was the case the framers would have said ‘citizens’ [can be president.]”

He accused Obama’s attorneys of trying to “push the issue down the road” until the legal process would fail due to lack of time.

“It’s a shell game,” Klayman said. ” … Neither the Florida Constitution nor the federal Constitution … would ever sanction what they are saying.”

What upsets "Biblical Christianity" is that The Republicans are not leading the charge to protect the constitution! -Fred

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Worship and Praise are NOT the Same Thing.

Worship- 1st Usage According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Genesis 22
 1.  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
 2.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
 3.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
 4.  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
 5.  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
 6.  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
 7.  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
 8.  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Strong's Ref. # 7812
Romanized  shachah- Pronounced shaw-khaw'
a primitive root; to depress, i.e. prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God):
KJV--bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship.

Praise- 1st Usage According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Genesis 29:
30.  And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
 31.  And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
 32.  And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
 33.  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
 34.  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
 35.  And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

Strong's Ref. # 3034

Romanized  yadah- Pronounced yaw-daw'
a primitive root; used only as denominative from HSN3027; literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively, to bemoan (by wringing the hands):
KJV--cast (out), (make) confess(-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank(-ful, -s, -sgiving).

In other words- to lift up.  Most scriptures I looked at concerning praise were directly related to singing, and/or playing on musical instruments. 

Worship equals pressing yourself down in the presence of the Lord, while praise is lifting Him up with words, song, dance, music, etc.

Many praise leaders are called worship leaders, but they aren’t necessarily even worshipping for themselves. 

Psm 22: 3.  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Isaiah 29: 13.  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Praise without worship!

It is possible to praise God and have His presence come to receive the praise He is due, and still not be obedient to His word, and therefore not be in worship.  His presence does not always equate to His approval.  He promised to be with Israel, and He was! Until He wasn’t.  His promises are yea, and amen, but His promises are also almost always  conditional upon obedience.  This is not salvation by works, but repentance/baptism/receiving the Holy Ghost are not considered a works of righteousness, scripturally.

Titus 3: 5.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (Read Acts 2:38)

He will yet save Israel, but the current people known as Israel are not obedient to His word.  Many are professing atheists.  At His return, Israel will recognize Him and repent- then they will receive salvation. 

Zechariah 12:
9.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
 10.  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

Zechariah 13: 6.  And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

God’s promise to Israel is faithful.  God’s promise to the church is faithful.  But not all of Israel were considered Israel, just as not all of the church are really in the church.

Romans 9:
6.  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
27.  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Romans 10:
8.  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
 9.  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 10.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
 11.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
 12.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
 13.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This is where most preachers stop.  Just believe and call on his name…but the scripture doesn’t stop there.

 14.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
 15.  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
 16.  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
 17.  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

There is an obedience to the gospel that most don’t even know about.  What obedience?  If the gospel is the good news, isn’t obedience just believing the good news?  

Remember Titus 3 5.  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 

If you're walking in rebellion to the word, your praise won’t save you.   All of Israel experienced God’s presence while walking in the desert 40 years, but all of that generation died in the wilderness, not obeying, not living by faith. Imagine- seeing the might works of God in your midst, and still being in rebellion!  Imagine, God saying that those who lived in the shadow of His might and watched miracle after miracle were disobedient by doubting Him and not believing His promises!  Imagine that today!  Now stop just imagining.  That is reality today.

Living by faith means walking in obedience, not hope alone.  Faith without works is dead.  Walking by faith is obeying the lord in the face of adversity and an unbelieving world.  Living in hope that believing will be good enough… well the devils believed in one God…and trembled.

James 2:
19.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
 20.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Praise is good and scriptural, but it is NOT the same as worship.  True worship will always bring you to praise.  Praise too often takes the place of worship in the believers life, and becomes a trap and a deception.  If you aren’t walking in obedience, your heart is far from Him, no matter how loud you sing, or how close He feels to you. 

Remember Israel.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What Does Love Look Like?

A Christian response to Christian bashing by gays who accuse the church of hateful gay bashing...and unfortunately it does happen...
Matthew 5:
28.  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

John 8
1.  Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
 2.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
 3.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
 4.  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
 5.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
 6.  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
 7.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
 8.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
 9.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
 10.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
 11.  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Love looks like Jesus.  Jesus is God.   God is love.

As the creator God...
John 1:
 1.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 2.  The same was in the beginning with God.
 3.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Hebrews 1:
 1.  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
 2.  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Jesus exhibited love... 
When approached by the scribes and pharisees in an attempt to find a reason to accuse him, after writing in the sand and in so doing dismisses the sinners condemning the sinner,  he didn't condemn the sinner...but he still condemned the sin, and commanded...sin no more.

What does that look like today, in our society?

If I saw a car traveling down a road with a blind curve and just beyond that curve a bridge was out...and I didn't warn the driver of the danger ahead, I would NOT be displaying love for that man.  If I just let him run on without concern for his well being, I am displaying a lack of love.

Today, the Christian world is seen as unloving for warning sinners to repent.  Thieves get it.  Murderers get it.  Adulterers get it.  Everyone wants Christians to preach love and acceptance, but Jesus did NOT accept the sin, and commanded to stop sinning.

Everyone sins, whether they want to admit it or not.
Acts 3: 19.  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord..

Romans 4: 7.  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
 8.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

1 Timothy 5: 24.  Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

The last scripture above shows the difference between the saved sinner and lost sinner.  The sinner who repents (even multiple times for the same sin) is the one whose sins are open beforehand,,,admitted and forsaken purposefully. The sinner who doesn't repent is the one whose sins follow after and meet them at the white throne judgment.  The first group is covered by the blood of Jesus, and the second group is not.

Hebrews 10: 14.  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

The non-church world doesn't get it, and some of the church world becomes arrogant and legalistic/pharisee minded, forgetting they are still sinners, saved by grace, but we become sanctified by obeying the word of God. We are sanctified by the blood/ water/ and Spirit: Heb.13:12/Eph 5:26/ Rom.15:16 by obeying the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ 1Cor.15:1-4.  We do that by following Acts 2:38 with our own death, burial and resurrection: 

Acts 2: 38.  Then Peter said unto them, Repent (death to self will), and be baptized (we are buried with Christ in baptism- Romans 6:6) every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (our resurrection power-Romans 8:11).
 39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (to those who repent, and are baptized in Jesus name, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost)
 40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

For the church to try being seeker friendly by being intimidated against speaking truth in to bypass the seekers.  Those who love the truth come to the light.  Everyone else just wants to be accepted in their lost state without being reminded they will burn forever for their lack of love for God and His word.

Love Must Warn The Sinner, Even It It Makes Them All Mad- Out Of Love!

2 Thesslonians 2:
10.  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
 11.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
 12.  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

We aren't trying to make you feel inferior to us, just trying to make you safe. If that offends you, stop paying attention to us, and stop hating us for trying to love you.


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