Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Church Marries the Beast

We've spoke before about most of today's church being apostate or having turned away from the truth of the Gospel (2 TH 2:3). The church indeed has joined the rest of GOD's enemies and is just another part of Babylon. Babylon consists of Political or governing authorities, financial or the rich men of the earth that oppress us, and military forces. Joining these is the religious component, the woman or whore who rides the beast. The apostate church has married the beast and it's definitely a match made in hell (REV 13:4)!

Now you might be asking yourself how we can make such a claim. If you read your Bible and follow what is going on in your church you should be able to see what we're going to tell you plainly, but then again, if you were reading your Bible and paying attention to what is going on you'd have already left the apostate church! The church quickly went astray as detailed by the Apostle Paul, attempting to earn their salvation through legal requirements like circumcision and diet (GAL 3). From there they joined with the world and tried to build a kingdom here on earth under the Catholic Church. During the many centuries which the Catholic Church claimed to be Christ's representatives there were always true men and women of GOD who wouldn't conform to the world dominated by the apostate Catholic Church and often paid for it with their lives. After the reformation started by Martin Luther began a new phase of apostasy, the denomination. In the days of Paul there was a church at Thessalonica, a church at Ephesus, in Rome, etc. The churches in these cities, even though they were known by their physical location, thought of themselves as the body of Christ, not as different denominations. One GOD, one Savior, one Holy Spirit, one doctrine. Anything else was of the spirit of the antichrist. After the reformation there were now different groups of people claiming to belong to Christ in the same city, but not meeting in His Name! Fast forward to today and there over 40,000 different denominations claiming to be Christians, but they meet not as the body of Christ, but as Lutherans or Catholics or Baptists, etc. Leaving aside all the false doctrines which were not corrected, but were perpetuated by the church dividing itself up like this, the biggest problem is that whether 2 or 3, or a thousand come together, they don't do this in Christ's Name but in their denomination's name (MAT 18:20)! As our LORD said a house divided cannot stand (MAT 12, MAR 3, LUK 11), and the many bodies indeed have not stood on the solid ground of scripture but have degenerated into worshipping man made traditions and not the GOD of the Holy Bible (MAT 15, MAR 7).

Above is a brief history of the church’s apostasy, it isn’t meant to be all inclusive or in great detail, let’s now move to the most common paths of error which have most directly led to the church’s being conformed to or married to the beast systems of this world. At the root of the apostasy, as always, is greed, or a way for the greedy to indulge their greed and still appear to be righteous, at least to themselves. From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (MAT 5, LUK 7) to today’s perverted gospel which turns His precious teachings on their ear is the path to apostasy. We go from Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven to accursed are the poor because they don’t have any outward signs of GOD’s approval. From blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth to blessed are they with the mightiest armies for they shall kill and conquer to gain the earth (for Christ, of course). From blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of GOD to blessed are they that strike in preemptive fashion to destroy our perceived enemies. Those of you who deny this have you not nodded your head in approval when the pastor of your church calls upon the congregation to pray for “our” soldiers? Jesus Christ is known as the Prince of Peace to His true followers, but the apostate “Christians” that have advocated and cheered on the murderous wars of aggression of the American Empire have turned Christ’s peaceful gospel into a mockery among the non-believers in the world.

Many of the apostates’ glory in the verses “Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” The apostate’s idea of persecution is not being able to put up a nativity scene at the city hall, or not being able to turn the local schools into another way to spread their false doctrine. Or, if people who are outside the church are not forced into adhering to Biblical commands, then the apostates’ feel persecuted, ignoring the words of the apostle Paul who said what have I to do with them (1 CO 5:12-13)? Just as they pay someone to teach them the gospel on Sundays, instead of studying the Word as they are commanded (2 TI 2:15), they want to hire a President who will enforce their ideas of Christianity on all, even those who reject Christ. Instead of going out house to house teaching the Gospel to those who don’t know it (MAT 10:6-14, MAR 6:10-11 LUK 9:4-5), again, as they are commanded to, they want to set up a worldly system to enforce their false doctrine.

The center of the apostate’s world is their church, the building, not the body. They gather there on Sundays, sometimes on Wednesdays too, but not on the Sabbath, the last day of the week, not the first, e.g. GOD rested on the seventh day, (from dusk Friday to dusk Saturday, for GOD sees the end of days and start of days at sunset e.g. Lev 23:32 It shall be to you a sabbath of rest, and you shall humble your souls. In the ninth of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall keep your Sabbath) as commanded to; you may argue whether we are still to observe the Sabbath or not (we believe we are, see EXO 31:16, LEV 16:31, but if you insist on placing GOD’s 10 Commandments in public buildings then you ought to at least obey them. They call there buildings the House of GOD, even though GOD has clearly said He doesn’t dwell in houses built by human hands any longer (ACT 7:48-9). The church building has become an idol to the apostates, they decorate them with all kinds of graven images and festoon them with American flags and build fancy altars to bow before and for their paid leaders to stand behind giving them an air of superiority before their congregations (EXO 20:4-6). Even though they claim their church buildings are the House of GOD, this doesn’t stop some of them from fleecing their congregations of money with false teachings on tithing and from peddling their books and tapes in their buildings (JOH 2:14-17). It seems when it comes to money all scripture has to take a back seat. For most of today’s “Christians” their church building has become an idol to them. They revere the building and the rest of their man made traditions more than the Word of GOD. They pay lip service to the Almighty and bow down and worship at their altars, the pastors stand behind them and the gullible believe everything they hear without reading their Bibles to see if it is true. Read Mat 15:2-9 to hear from Jesus’ mouth how today’s religious hypocrites have gone astray, just as the children of Israel did 2,000 years ago:
Mat 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
Mat 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Mat 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
Mat 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
Mat 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Mat 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Except two thousand years ago, the people Jesus’ spoke to believed He was a demon, or from the devil, nowadays the “church” claims to believe in Jesus, but acts just like the unbelieving majority of the children of Israel. Perhaps that’s why the vast majority of today’s “Christians” believe that the apostate Jews in Israel today are GOD’s chosen people, instead of a condemned people, abiding in disbelief and storing up the wrath of GOD against themselves.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Today’s “church” has conformed to the world (ROM 12:2) and rejected the true Gospel (MAR 7:9) and in so doing they have acted like the foolish virgins Christ spoke of (MAT 25:1-13). They’ve tried to buy their salvation in tithes (ACT 8:20), they’ve stored up wealth in their bank accounts and 401k’s (MAT 6:19-21), they don’t have a love of the truth (2 TH 2:10-12), but have ears that only want to hear lies that perpetuate their delusions of raptures and once saved always saved and many other Biblically unsupported fantasies (2 TI 4:3). They gather in their idolatrous church buildings (EXO 20:4-5, ACT 17:29-30) and revel in their own glory (LUK 18:9-14): look at me I’m so holy and righteous; I am not like those that don’t go to church every Sunday. I give ten percent of everything to the Church, I sing in the choir, I know all the hymns, I voted for the guy who said he was against abortion and gay marriage, I prayed for our troops, our president, etc. Without a shred of humility they believe they are a blessing to GOD, convinced of their salvation and preeminence with GOD they pray for others to become like they are. Christ spoke of these hypocrites often in His teachings, but because of the strong delusion (2 TH 2:11) they are under they don’t get it:

By turning the Gospel of Christ into meaningless fables (to themselves anyways), by storing up their treasures on earth instead of in Heaven as commanded, by building up the kingdoms of the devil in participating in politics and military adventures they are no longer seeking the Kingdom of Heaven, but instead have married the beast systems of the evil one. In so doing they have endangered their salvation. I pray to the Almighty GOD that these apostates humble themselves and seek the true Kingdom before it’s too late. Seek the LORD while He can still be found and break from your conformity to the world; today is the day to repent and divorce yourselves from the beast and prepare yourselves to be the bride of Christ as you are intended to be.

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jas 4:4 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.
Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Comments? Questions?

Monday, May 25, 2009

What are we to do?

In this current age we live in, full of apostasy and worldly wickedness, it must be a question that many of the righteous (imparted through Christ, not self or by works Rom 3:10, 5:19.) are asking in prayer. Some may have asked a pastor or an elder in their church and most likely you’ve been led astray.

The Church today has been incorporated into the world’s wicked ways as fully as anyone not claiming membership; it’s practically another branch of government! Today’s Church is a cheerleader for the violent foreign policy and business practices of the United States. Never asking is this right? Is this of GOD? Is it right that the United States has killed between 3 to 5 MILLION PEOPLE directly in wars based on lies since the 1960s? 3 to 5 MILLION PEOPLE that never caused any harm to this country or its citizens until this country invaded and occupied those countries. Millions more have died from U.S. sponsored covert military actions across the globe. I’ve been to many churches; I’ve never heard that brought up. These numbers are staggering, almost incomprehensible, and should be likened to the Holocaust which we hear about constantly. Every American should be deeply ashamed and demand an end to the death and destruction. Churches should be removing the flag, the symbol of this world-wide carnage, from their buildings and totally divesting themselves from all relationships with the government and concentrate on their mission, which is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, house by house, peaceably, not at the end of a gun barrel. The sermons in every Church should be denouncing the criminal and cruel policies of the government, but, again I haven’t heard that. I have heard “pray for our troops and for our president”, but never for the victims of the troops and the president.

I’ve heard pastors speaking as if they were financial advisors for their congregations. I’ve heard many sermons based on false doctrine about tithing. I’ve heard wild pie-in-the-sky apostate babble about how GOD wants us all to be rich when Jesus has clearly told us the opposite (Mat 19:23-4, Mar 10:25, Luk 6:24, Luk 16, 1 Tim 6:9, Jas 5:1). I’ve seen pastors and musical entertainers wearing $10,000 suits and bragging about their personal planes, cars and mansions. Some of the “servants of God” staying in hotel suites which run as much as ½ the yearly salary of the working poor. I have seen these frauds perpetrated as GOD’s blessing, when in reality it’s nothing but a pyramid scheme that the desperately poor or those that desperately want to be rich will fall for. I’ve heard the plain and true Gospel changed from Blessed are the poor in Spirit (Mat 5:3) … to Blessed are the rich in material wealth.

The economic system of the United States has always relied upon cheap or unpaid labor from either slavery, or legal or illegal immigrants to maximize profit for the corporation. This system is referred to as Capitalism. As time went by and labor in this country and most of the industrialized world were guaranteed better working conditions and pay the leaders of the corporations took to exporting their factories to countries where they could still get away with paying a fraction of the wages they would have to pay here. Over time the corporations and the rich who own them have subverted most of the rights of the people of this country by bribing the politicians who make the laws into a very uneven playing field. Most citizens of this country live paycheck to paycheck, beg, borrowing, and some even stealing to get by, never able to save and all the while the rich have gotten steadily richer. Today 90% of the wealth of the country is owned by 1% of the population! How did this happen? It’s complicated of course, but one way is the politicians go to Washington and make laws favorable to the rich and then after they leave they go to work for the companies that they gave favors to. It’s become a revolving door of politicians to corporations to government and back and forth and the rich get richer and the rest of us struggle to survive. It is legalized fraud and extortion and it gets worse day by day. I would expect the Church to be appalled by this obviously criminal behavior and to take a stand against it. But today’s Church instead of railing against this legalized criminality wants to get in on the action and they don’t mind twisting and perverting the Word of GOD to do it! The government has given them tax exempt status in exchange for the Church’s compliance with the provisions of the 501c3 non-profit organization. The Church’s silence is bought with their tax free filthy lucre, and in what they call the “sanctuary” most churches have the American flag flying, symbolizing the blood of millions of innocents whose deaths have made the rich richer inside of their military-industrial-congressional complex; And made murderers of the armed forces because they don’t stand up to clearly illegal and immoral orders to kill an enemy that does no harm, but merely has the misfortune to be a citizen of a country that sits on top of resources that the rich want to steal. The United States has become the most evil of empires that will fight wars to preserve or increase the profits of the corporate giants and the rich who own them. Again, I have never heard a sermon that took on this type of immoral behavior, but, I’ve heard dozens of sermons on giving money to the Church.

The modern day Church, nearly completely conformed to this world, has become another political action committee, like the Oil giants or the Insurance racket, trading votes and complicity for power, prestige and government largesse. In return the politicians pay lip service to the cherished goals of the Church such as ending abortion and banning homosexual marriages.

In this day we live in a system so evil and so perverted, we are fed lies from birth, and most people will not countenance the truth about the country they live in. The truth is too painful and the reality too much to bear. Instead they create an alternative reality, they go to apostate churches on Sundays that make them feel good about themselves and their country in exchange for their tithes, and they hear about how good America is from the corporate controlled media and they believe in the lies and do not love, or seek out the truth (2Th 2:1-12). Often times they hear that America is GOD’s shining beacon on a hill and that our founding fathers set out to make a Christian country and that if it weren’t for the liberals, the homosexuals and abortionists and the ACLU it would be, and GOD would spare us from further Katrina-type punishments.

Brethren, when you are ready to receive the truth, shortly thereafter you’ll wonder what you can do about it. What can one person do? Pray, our war is not against the people who benefit or are the victims of the crimes before mentioned, but against the enemy that is behind the evil.

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Pray and inform others of the truth, don’t hold it inside, don’t be afraid, you already know those that love the world and not GOD’s Word are not going to respond kindly when you show them the error of their ways. In fact the Gospel of Christ will do just what He said it will do, it will tear churches apart and families:

Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Mat 10:37 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.

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

You that love your apostate churches more than Him, you are not worthy; you that are ashamed to preach the true Gospel are not worthy. And those of us that won’t preach the Gospel, without compromise to our own families, according to Jesus’ own Words are not worthy of Him. Harsh words, but they are meant to show us plainly that if we receive the Gospel we can’t water it down to not offend some, we can’t twist it to justify our greed and selfishness. We can’t change it to suit others, it is what it is and it cannot be changed, nor should it be, because the Gospel is perfect and need not be changed, it is meant to change us!

So what do we do? We know that most of the Church has fallen away, it is evident in the fruit they bear, or the lack there of. We know that the country is firmly in the grip of Satan and his minions, the politicians that look out for their rich masters, the apostate Church that has conformed to the world and the military ready to do the bidding of the rich. Notice that we’re speaking of a corrupt government, an apostate church and a military component in much the same way as the book of Revelation does. In Chapter 13 the Bible speaks of the beast, and a beast system and that all that buy or sell will have to take the mark of the beast. It also says that through false signs and wonders those that are deceived will worship the beast. But, there a few, 144,000 who will not worship the beast, they won’t be deceived as the rest are, they don’t partake in the apostate church, or in the beast system and they’ll be spared GOD’s wrath. In Chapter 18 we are told to come out of Babylon so that we are not partakers with her of her sins and of the plagues she’ll receive in judgment. But what exactly is Babylon? Some believe it’s the revived Roman Empire headed by the anti-Christ, some believe its Russia, some believe it’s America! Careful reading of the scriptures leads us to believe it’s the whole system that is set up to oppress GOD’s people. In other words Babylon symbolizes the enemies of GOD, which in the end includes all the governments of the kingdoms under Satan’s control, and the Church which has lost its love for Jesus Christ and left Him for the love of the world, and the military and even Para-military forces of the evil kingdoms. An evil system that ensnares its victims with promises of wealth and salvation and rapture away from the wrath of GOD. The groundwork has been laid, the false doctrines are in nearly every church and the path is laid for the false messiahs and prophets to lead the people of GOD to their eternal damnation. There is no hope to reform the system, or that GOD may send a deliverer as many thought Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush were, in the end these were just more tools of Satan and helped to put us where we are now. We cannot take back America or the world for Christ; we can, and are commanded to come out of her:

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This is the answer to our question “what are we to do”? We’ll come out of this evil system; we’ll not partake in the wars and endless schemes to deprive peoples and nations of that which rightfully belongs to them. We’ll band together and live as the first Christians did, joining our families and belongings together and sharing and caring and praying together. Living by Christ’s commandments we’ll leave the wickedness behind and be as self sustaining as possible. Producing our own food and clothes and whatever else is needed. The few dealings we’ll have to do with the world is preach the true Gospel to it, sowing good seed and bearing good fruit away from the entanglements of this world. Of course we can’t leave the world entirely, but if you believe we are called to come out of, rather than try to change the corrupt Babylonian world system through worldly ways than we need to gather together as soon as possible. We’ll preach the Gospel as Christ first commanded His disciples to do, house to house, church by church and as the Holy Spirit enables the hearers of the Gospel our ranks will grow and we’ll live in righteousness and peace and joy as GOD allows and we’ll be found ready when our Savior comes for us!

Pray on it,

A disciple of Christ