Majority Rules

Majority Rules

We have all experienced as children, whether it involved ourselves or another child, being left out of a decision. It might have been a game we wanted to play but all the rest of the kids wanted to play something else.

We see that as being fair because in life majority rules.

A Democracy describes that system where the majority rules but doesn’t a Republic also? the power in the republic lies in it’s elected officials and although they are less than the voters they are in the majority as having power.

This is why we are amazed today as it seems there is nothing that we want which will pass Congress and the Senate even though we have the majority in both places.

The record will show that about 50% of Senate Republicans vote with the Democrats at any given proposal.

Why is that? Money! Lobbyists, cronyism, lining one’s own pockets… So only about 50% or less of the Republicans represent us and that means we will lose every time unless we start to vote them out.

We don’t lose because of Democrats, we lose because of Republicans adding to whatever the Democrats want.

Thinking along those lines we do however have the power to vote them out. Unfortunately, most/many people are blinded by theatrics. Their representatives do some slight of hand, some fast talking and the people still vote for them not even realizing that they are not representing their views.

There is a conspiracy to take over America. I believe it goes as deep as Satan himself. Our system of voting is not only being destroyed by unconscious voters, it is being destroyed by strategic voters.

The Muslims are getting into this Country as fast as they can. Now, you can blame Obama for that (I do) You can blame both parties for that (I do also) but the bottom line is we have lost our power.

Muslims multiply 8 children to our one. How long will it take for them to grow up and vote?

At least 18 years? Think again. They started already.

What will they vote for? Shariah law. We will not be in charge of our own Country anymore.

All I can do is warn you. You need to scrutinize each person coming up for election. Check their records and if they have voted against you on important issues, fire them. Check the Tea Party Candidates.

This election will decide what happens to this Country. There will be no other chances.

Don’t vote for Carson just because he is black. We already did that with Obama. He may be personable but his background is not good. You can read how he hit his mother with a hammer and another child he hit in the head with a padlock and do not believe he is born again as he is a 7th day Adventist, a follower of Ellen G. White. Google it and you will see.

There are only two serious candidates and they are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Ted Cruz is a Christian and a highly intelligent leader. He has a proven track record of fighting against the evil in his own party. Donald Trump is a business giant and is well aware of how to make deals, how to grow an economy… A Cruz-Trump ticket would be in our best interests.

Please, verify what I have just said. Don’t discount it as just another Conservative who doesn’t want to help people. Not true. I serve in the Philippines as a Missionary. I believe in free education and Medical treatment and believe we would have more than enough to pay for it if we did not have corrupt politicians. We need to educate our people once again. Minorities should have education. The Government forced many of them into involuntary slavery dependent on the system. Strengthen our discipline system starting in the schools and let’s help these kids become the world’s best again.

It’s up to you. Start now. Pray, tell your friends. Let’s get out the RIGHT vote.

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Did Mary replace the Holy Spirit?


I just came across this long winded article about how Mary became the most powerful woman in the world.
Highly unlikely since she is mentioned so few times in the Bible. Of her it was referenced as, Matt. 28:1 “the other Mary, Mat_12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? Certainly not a tone that would cause others to worship her let alone treat her as their leader.
Here is Mary acknowledging God (not as her mother but as one of low estate) Luk 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luk 1:48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
She also said He was her Saviour.
Mary was a chosen vessel, chosen by God, to carry the only begotten Son of God to birth.

Yet, according to the convoluted reasoning of the catholic Church, Mary was the mother of God because Jesus is part of the God head. In that case, the Father would be her husband.

This belief system does not stem from Biblical sources, (You remember the Bible? The word of God.) Anyway, it stems from supposed miracles and appearances of Mary which is really funny because Jesus said, Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

So my question is, did Mary take over the Holy Spirit’s job? The answer is obvious, of course not.

Catholics believe that Mary is a co-redemptrix with Christ. That she is the go between her son and us. The problem with that is there is no written contract in the Bible that gave her that job.

They say she was a perpetual virgin and when you show them the truth: Mary had four other sons, Joseph, James, Jude, and Simon. Because of the virgin birth, Joseph was not the father of Jesus so these were the half brothers of Jesus. The last three mentioned are not to be confused with those who were disciples of Jesus by the same name. Here are some passages where the other sons of Mary by Joseph are mentioned (Matt. 12:46; 13:55; Mark 6:3; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Cor. 9:5; Gal. 1:19).
They would just rather believe their traditions (lies) than the truth. Even as the Bible commands: Col_2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. They choose to believe a lie.
Even if they witnessed actual miracles, there have been so called miracles throughout time. The Budhists have miracles yet they don’t follow Jesus even though Jesus said: Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

So, according to the Bible, Buddhists will not have eternal life with the Father because they do not go through Christ. There are so many more.

The Bible speaks about the Devil coming as an angel of light just to fool the masses. Did you think he had horns and screams obscenities? He will look like a beautiful woman in a garden or an angel figure in the sky.

Yet Catholics put themselves together with other religions to try to reinforce their beliefs.

Joining with Muslims and using their accursed book, combined with their accursed tradition they show themselves truly as they are. Here is a quote: “Muslims as well as Christians consider her to be holy above all women, and her name “Maryam” appears more often in the Koran than “Mary” does in the Bible. In the New Testament Mary speaks only four times, beginning with the Annunciation, when, according to Luke’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel appears to her and says she will bear “the Son of the Most High.” Mary answers, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord.” Her only extended speech, also in Luke, is the lyrical Magnificat, uttered in early pregnancy: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
When you use evil to support your claims, you are evil yourself.
From the Bible: Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
Act 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Paul would not allow the testimony of this possessed girl to mar his testimony even that she was truthful.

Did you notice, Mary only spoke a couple of times and said little? No where will you see the term “Mother of God” in the Bible. If Mary is the mother of god than her mother was the grandmother of god and exponentially backward speaking, Adam and Eve would have created God. Such foolishness people believe and won’t change because their parents believed and it is a family thing. These people, if they do not leave their false god and family will suffer hell for all eternity.

This author says, “Her life is picked up from hearsay.” He said don’t expect us to know these things. Why not? We know more about Mary Magdalene than your “mother of god?”

The author quotes,” Because so little is known of Mary from Scripture, “you can project on her whatever cultural values you have,” says Amy-Jill Levine, a professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University.”

So , just as you have created god in your own image, you can also do the same with Mary. This is a Catholic holy kit. You can get your holy water from the sink and pretend Mary is curing all your ills.

These people have literally replaced God the father, son and Holy Spirit with Mary which is blasphemy.

The author’s own words–Mary has many faces. In Haiti she’s Ezili Dantò—the Black Madonna. A fierce mother figure as well as a goddess, Ezili has been a revered Vodou spirit since the Haitian Revolution. Here dancers prepare for a midnight ceremony in her honor.

So they bring voodoo into Catholicism. It’s true, we all have heard of Santaria.

I cannot continue as this is too long and the lies and deceptions of this article seem to go on and on. Let me close with this:

A young boy in the Deir al Adra monastery reaches up to touch a painted image of Mary. In the Koran, Maryam (Mary) is the holiest woman mentioned. “So the Virgin Mary is not at all strange to Muslims,” says Roten. “In fact, wherever there is a connection between Christians and Muslims—or any two groups that know and love her—there is a common value in the covenant mother.”

Imagine comparing the devil religion to your own? If Mary was in a Muslim territory she would be abused, possibly raped and if she claimed to be a virgin and had a child, beheaded.

Believe what you want but read the bible and find the truth.

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Nine Years in Payatas — Wanna Help?

1It’s been over nine years since I got off the plane in Manila as my family and I planned to serve God here for the rest of our lives.

My two daughters, Laura then four years old and her six month old little sister, Linda, had no concern at all as they willingly followed their parents in child like faith, into the ministry. This would be the same as their parents did following God.

1Our plan from the beginning was to win souls through every available means and to deal mainly with the children who were not yet doubters of the power of God when we obey.

It’s been working slowly as we bring them in, teach them about salvation, teach them academics so their grades will improve giving them the opportunity to receive a good job for their work. We teach them English and we have a music program where we have taught them how to read music and through the help of good friends have supplied them with violins, guitars, a keyboard, recorders, ukeleles and we are prayerful to start a wind section.

All this is giving them confidence in everything. No longer is their dream to become the driver of the garbage truck but now they look to professional jobs believing they can achieve all things through Christ.

We monitor their education by recording their grades and encouraging better ones which they do get. We visit their homes and schools. We enroll those who do not attend. We buy them uniforms and school supplies and have a feeding program for them.1

We have one graduating college this year. One next year, Many are starting college. Our 20 year plan is working.

Yet I can not help but to think if only we had the resources of places that do not appreciate their Christian heritage like Harvard. It was a one time training ground for ministers and now I believe it has become a training ground for atheists.

What if we had the $5 Million dollars to build our Compound ? One which would contain three leve3ls of schooling. One that had a auditorium for our musicians and a Church to hold a couple of thousand. We have three Pastors in this little Church and we could be having three Sunday Services. At 2000 attendance each, that would be 6000 people hearing the word on Sunday.1

With an outdoor exhibition area we could have evangelistic musical concerts and preaching inviting hundreds each time to hear the word of God in word and song.

I see the places like Iglesia and Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons, all building huge buildings while the real Church of Jesus Christ slowly moves along. How do they build in poor places where the people have barely enough to eat? The outsiders do it. They are dedicated to reaching out to the poor and so, the true Church seems only interested in them selves. Other philanthropists usually center on the Churches who are huge already.

Whatever I write is worthless if it is not the will of God but perhaps I write because God wants to encourage giving. Perhaps it is time to looking at places like Payatas and help to make them work better.

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Are you angry at the truth?

imagine we are both little kids and I come rushing over and tell you that I just found out, there is no Santa Claus?
What do you think the scene would be as I explained that I saw Mom and Pop placing the toys under the tree?paste
The five stages of loss are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

So you would tell me you don’t believe it, it can not be. What? Was there a worldwide conspiracy to trick kids into believing in Santa? What purpose would it solve? Besides, you personally saw Santa riding his sled in the sky. Or was that just a movie?
Then you might argue with me, telling me that you will not be my friend anymore.paste
Then you will bargain. You might say well, there is still a Santa but because you were bad, your parents had to buy your toys.
Then you would mope as you started to figure all these things out for yourself. The little slip ups and indicators that told you I was right.
Finally, you accept it.
Now you might say why on earth would I tell you something like that and your questioning is right but when you are friends with someone, you tell them everything.
I remember visiting my father in the bank (He was head of security) He was speaking to a woman he knew and she had her granddaughter with her. I had my daughter. The lady turned to my daughter and asked something like, “Are you looking forward to Santa’s visit”? In which my daughter replied, “There is no Santa, daddy buys my presents”. Well, the lady turned blue and whisked her granddaughter away while giving us a look as to say, What kind of demon daughter do you have?

The truth has that kind of effect on people. I never told her that there was a Santa because I did not want her to think I was lying about God.

Let’s face it, we tell our children about Santa, the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy and God. One by one they are discovered so what will the conclusion on God be?paste

When I was aa boy I was baptized Protestant as my Pop was. When school time came I was baptized Catholic as my mom was and it was the best school. Neither parents went to Church.

If the public schools were better, I might have been of the Reformed faith but I adopted Catholicism.

As the years went by someone told me that the Catholic Church was all wrong. He said you don’t go to heaven by being good. He said, Jesus is not in those wafers and Mary was the mother of Jesus the man, not the God part.

I went through the five stages. I first denied what he had told me. Then I was angry at him , I started bargaining with him by many what if’s and how then and so on.I became depressed. My family is Catholic. How can I possibly, no longer believe? But then came acceptance. I accepted the fact that God became a man and paid the price for my sin on the cross. With acceptance came one more step, proving that what I believe is true.

So I studied the Bible for myself and learned so much such as God said, he who searches for me with all his heart will find me. That was quite a difference from an hour on Sunday and out the door.paste

There are so many religions so there has to be a way to find the right belief system. All can not be right especially when they contradict each other. How do we know there is a God? It is something that we know instinctively and by looking at the wonders of creation we have physical proof of a creator. We then have the Bible written by many authors at different times in different places yet all 66 books of the Bible, agree. We have over 2000 prophecies that have been fulfilled. We have the Prophets and we have Jesus.

Jesus said, “Joh_14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ” That eliminates so many who do not believe in Jesus as the son of God who was God.

I could go on but the closest thing to Christianity is Catholicism but it is so far off it fails also. Mary is not the mother of God nor a co redemptrix. We can not pray to her or “Saints”. Saints are all believers not those who a pope said were saints. That goes on and on.

So don’t get mad when I reveal the truth and if you want to believe what you believe, go right ahead. My way gets you eternal life. Yours gets you the opposite.

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Success, what is it really?

Jos 1:8 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.
The dictionary describes success as:” the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

As Christians, we already know what our aim or purpose in this life is and that is to please pasteGod. We were made for that purpose. The idea is not to focus on ourselves but to focus on what pleases God.
God has different designs for each one of us. Some will tell you that God wants you all to be rich or famous.
Yet this is not true.
The Bible says: “1Sa_2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. “

We are also told that the poor shall be with us always and—“1Co_10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”

In other words, we need to seek to build up others.

This by the way, is a principle of God. As we do unto others, God will do unto us.

Some people might say, “why would God make someone poor” the answer is simple, so they will look up and see him. Also, so they are without an excuse. The rich unbeliever will complain in that day that God should have made him poor so he would be forced to look up. The poor man will say he should have been rich so he would realize that it was God blessing him.

So confused are most of the world’s people. They are rushing to get rich or given in to be poor.

The truth is, success is reaching that aim or purpose. As we seek to do God’s will He will give us the success we need.

Will all be rich or famous. No. That is not the definition of success. As a matter of fact, there are many who have become both rich and famous but in God’s eyes they never attained success.

The sixth richest man in the world killed himself by a bullet to the head. So many stories about unhappy rich people. With wealth comes a great deal of responsibility to one’s own family, friends and the rest of the world.

God gave David the “desires of HIS heart” in other words, God put His own desires on David’s heart. Now David wanted what God wanted.

You can be dirt poor and happy and blessed. You can also be rich and happy and blessed.paste

As long as your aim in both cases is to please God and do His will.

Just remember the real formula for success is pleasing God. Not yourself. It is so much better if your pleasure comes from God.

In the meantime, don’t look at the poor as failures in life but as one design that God has created. Be careful, they may be far superior to you.

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A Message To the Churches, it’s Leaders and it’s Members



Please believe me when I say, I write this with all humility. I believe it comes from a heart inspired by God. The message is to make both Pastors and members aware of the problems that are in the Church and perhaps you have become so used to them that you no longer notice.

Here is why so many Churches are failing:

LATENESS                paste

1- I am in the Philippines but this could be anywhere. It’s a syndrome called “Filipino Time” and in essence, it justifies perpetual lateness as it is really part of the culture. In America you might call it, “Fashionably Late.”

I call it what it is and that’s SIN! Look, if you get hit by a car and have to go to the hospital and show up for Church late, that is forgivable but if you come late because your kids slowed you down, you had to wash your clothes, the traffic was bad… I’m going to stop there. I live ½ hour from Church and I am always an hour early. I do that to anticipate traffic, breakdowns… You get the idea.
You know it’s funny. If you were going on a vacation, everyone would be up and at it it hours early in their excitement. There is usually, no excuse for being late.
By the way, when you are late you show lack of respect to your fellow Church members, your Pastor and to God Himself, the most important one of all.
How about if you were going to meet the President? Would you be on time?
What especially irks me is when people walk in late, the Pastor is speaking and they are waving to their friends and talking like they were rock stars. Come in, sit down and shut up!


2- People who come when they feel like it. If your Church is like mine, you have promised to support it in various ways but one of those way is with your presence.
This is a rule that you come whenever the doors are open:Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Pastors, look at those who come Sunday morning. Do they also come Sunday night and Wednesday night and for special meetings of the Church? If they don’t, give them a warning and if it continues, throw them out. They are worthless. The Holy Spirit convicts us of these things so if they are refusing let them join the JW’s. I kid not.
Listen to what Jesus said:

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Pastor, you are not to build the Church. You are to Shepherd the Church. Jesus will build it and your job is to throw the ones that continue to be a bad influence on others, OUT!

3- DOOR KNOCKING              paste

SO many Churches have problems getting their members to go door knocking. First let me say, door knocking never builds a Church. It builds discipline. Last week we had 64 doorknockers (which is most of our small Church) People usually do not visit because of them. They see our sign or hear about us or find us on the Internet or many other ways that God leads them to us but He won’t lead them from door knocking or we can claim that our efforts built the Church. Remember—Christ builds His own Church. Besides, I don’t want a Church that I can build. It’s like saying my nine year old will build our house. Let Jesus build it. He knows what He is doing.
By the way, if most of your Church is not door knocking, throw them out and start a new one. Yes, I know, I am too tough but, most of our Church goes door knocking and we have a very happy Church so how bad could it be?
Ask your members this question: If I give you a thousand bucks will you go door knocking with us this week? If the answer is yes, throw them out. They just told you they won’t do it for Christ but for money they will.

4 -Cell Phones Talking               paste

If I see someone using a cell phone during service I will send them home. If I see people talking when I am preaching I will embarrass them in front of the entire Church. I don’t mind crying babies but disrespectful adults I have no use for.
Here is the logic. I am the man that God chose to head this Church (Don’t question it, I don’t know why either but the Bible says that God uses the foolish things to confound the wise) Anyway, if I am giving the message that God gives me and you are talking, you miss the message. Not only that but the person you are speaking with misses the message and perhaps some people around you miss the message because of you, they could not hear. The solution, I tell you once in front of the Church and yes, I hope you are embarrassed you just interrupted the word of God. Think I am wrong? Check your Bible: 1Ti 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

If you want to act like children I am going to treat you like one. If you accept the rebuke and learn, you will do fine.

5-Boring Sermons and Boring Prayer meetings        paste

It’s true. Sermons and prayer meetings can get boring if you do them the wrong way. I always said, the Bible is a thick book. Don’t try to preach it all in one sermon.
There is a normal condition in our lives called an attention span. It’s not the same for all people. Some have long ones and some short. I like to keep my sermons under thirty minutes. I incorporate a moral that the people can use to uplift their lives and to follow God more closely. However, there are preachers who preach up to three hours. Even Paul almost caused a kid to be killed from his long preaching. Not everyone can take it. You are better giving them solid scripture to enhance their learning than three hours to enhance their sleeping. If you want your Church to grow, don’t bore people by giving them flowery words or Greek and Hebrew or showing them how smart you are.

I know Pastors who spend eight hours preparing sermons. However they are presenting their word, not Gods. I pray, ask God to give me the message, sit down and write what He says and it’s done. Bible studies, we open the Bible and go through it word by word. I ask questions, I make associations and I explain how all scripture is like a mirror reflecting back on us to rebuke or to correct or to gain knowledge.

I have two prayer meetings per week and a full Church. This is how it works. Wednesday and Sunday evening service consists of 40 minutes of Bible study and then prayer.

We all sit together and we go around the room praising God, telling our problems or seeking prayer for something. My rule is no long praying. You can do that at home. If you feel led to pray, pray what is on your mind. Too many times I was bored to tears while someone went “er, ah, eh,” trying to think of how much more they could pray to impress the people. We pray for the most important thing or a few requests and then the next one goes. If they don’t wish to pray they tap the next person on the shoulder to pray. It works fantastic. We are lifted up by genuine prayer and I know God is happy with us.
Your prayer meeting does not have to be boring. By the way, whoever does not attend prayer meeting, throw them out!

I don’t want to sound like a bad guy. Come and ask the members what they think of me. I love them very much and they love me back. In all humility, this is the best church I was ever in before in my life and my members will say the same thing.

Again, not by anything I did. I only followed God’s instructions. If you are happy with partial attendance, people on the cell when you are preaching, not showing up or coming late, talking during service, then you like me, have found your nirvana!

Let me add this. Don’t be so aloof. You need to have the respect of the Church but you also   need to have fun with the Church. pasteOne of the things that I say (yeah, I know, I say a lot) is if you are not having fun, get out! The house of God is a family. You discipline, you love, you teach and you play. Make sure the Church enjoys being the Church.

God Bless you all and if I hurt anyone’s feelings.


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Do you believe in God?

Do you believe in God?
I think most people instinctively believe in God.
Rom 1:20  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:
So it seems that God says there is enough evidence of Him to prove who He is.
Where did you first hear about God?
I heard Him in a small voice in my heart when I can first remember. He told me what was good and what was not. I knew Him and loved Him.
However I was baptized in a Reformed Church. As a child I did not know that the Bible says:
Mar_16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Baptism is only the confirmation that you believed but as a baby who can’t believe, it is ridiculous and of no consequence to be baptized.
Then I was put in the Catholic Church and was baptized again which again meant nothing because as a child I could not grasp salvation.
I was told that Jesus came to us in the form of a host that was produced by some Company and sold to the Church.
Jesus said He would come in the form of the Holy Spirit.
And so I believed what the catholic Church taught and also because mom was a catholic. She was a catholic because her dad was one and so on and so on.
I wondered about different religions, Mormons and JW’s and others but were told they were all cults. How could I be sure that I wasn’t in a cult?
One thing I did notice was that they all said they believed in the bible so I found out which bible was the right one (there are many forgeries but God said He would preserve His word) and then I would study it.
As I did I noticed so many things that I was taught in the Catholic Church was not in that Bible.
No Purgatory.
They said I had to pay for my sins there until I was allowed into heaven, yet the Bible said:1Jn_4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Propitiation, He paid for our sins.
They say we should pray on rosaries.
Here is a quote from the origin of the beads fromEWTN a Catholic web site:
“The origins of the rosary are “sketchy” at best. The use of “prayer beads” and the repeated recitation of prayers to aid in meditation stem from the earliest days of the Church and has roots in pre-Christian times.”
What they just said was they were used before Christians. They were used by Pagans. Also, they were known as “worry beads” to the Greeks to keep them focused on the beads instead of their problems.
All these things were in direct oposition to our loving God who said He would never leave us or forsake us. Your choice, beads or Christ, cookies who are supposed to be Christ or Christ Himself?
Confession, repetitious pray, relics (pieces of hair, dead fingers…) incense all developed from the Pagans.
Catholicism was the result of King Constantine declaring his Kingdom Christian and all the pagans marched into the Church with their beads and statues and relics and what you see today is a result of that.
The commandments say no graven images, especially pieces of someones fingers.
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How God sees the Poor

From the beginning of the Bible, the poor are mentioned. Over two hundred times the word poor is used. Is God unaware of this seemingly tragic situation?

Exo 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.

Sure He is. As you can see in this verse that He talks about the poor of HIS people. He speaks about lending to them and not to charge them interest.

With all this, couldn’t God just bless them and make them rich or is being poor part of the plan of God?

1Sa 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

What? God maketh the poor? Yes, for his own purposes. Paul said in Corinthians that God made some poor and some rich. He made the rich to bless the poor so in turn the rich would be blessed.

We have all heard it is better to give than to receive. So it is better to be the giver , knowing you have it to give, than to be the receiver.

God blesses the poor with gifts from the rich and the rich get blessed by the giving.

It’s a simple concept.

I taught one day on how that God brought the foreign army against Israel. They encompassed the land. Then God gave Israel the power to turn them back.

God brought the Army to Israel. Why? My only thoughts are so that Israel will show faith and see the glory of God.

As for Justice

Exo 23:6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

What this means is do not try to subvert the poor man’s cause because he is poor.

I can’t stop thinking of those who are fighting against raising the minimum wage. Even “Christians” who protest that the minimum wage is not to be a livable wage.

What should it be? A dying wage? Should a person who works hard all week not be able to buy food or pay for the rent?

Surely, these people do not realize that their Father in heaven beholds them daily.

Pro 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

It is time to be used of the Lord. To give to His work. To help the poor and needy. As many have all the luxuries they are able to amass, how much effort goes in to taking care of the poor as the Lord commanded.

My conscious is clear. Is yours?

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Why do Baptists Argue?

Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

So they are all praying for divine guidance and they got it. Here is a team that was hand picked by the Holy Spirit: Barnabas and Saul! Who could ask for a better endorsement?

Then it happened, Paul said let’s go back and visit the places we to which we had formerly gone.

Act 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
Act 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

Surely, this was easy to figure out. After all, the Holy Spirit called them to do this. Surely they will ask Him what to do.

No, but what actually happened was this:Act 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
Act 15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

Right or wrong if the contention was sharp, it was not a “good argument. Perhaps the Holy Spirit wanted them to separate at this point but even so, it could have been done in a nice way. They could have discussed it and each said to the other, we did much good together but I feel the Spirit leading me in a different direction. John Mark may not be to your liking but the Spirit has given him another opportunity to serve and I will train him. Then they would part as friends.

Surely the good that John Mark became and the work that Paul completed would be a testimony to the fact that parting was the will of God.

Some might argue (as so many like to do that) that Paul was commended by the brethren and subsequently must be the chosen one. One might counter argue that Paul was the lead man and most favored and that is the reason for the approval.

The point of all that is nowhere is it written who was right and who was wrong.

So I think any argument on it would just be to boost ones own approval of their self. An argument like that would /could never be won and so the argument was started only for one person to demonstrate their great power of reasoning/intellect/insight…on and on.

To jump on someone the minute you think they are wrong is the Baptist way. Notice, I did not say the right way.

Oh yes, if someone says Jesus did not die on the cross or did not resurrect, it’s on. No doubt about that but whether or not woman can wear pants or my song is better than your song??? Come on now, there must be a better way.

The very act of being a Baptist is by agreement that all Baptists serve God according to the individual conscience yet, there are those that will practice their debating skills at every juncture.

Let me also ask this. If you are bringing attention to a fault of a brother by trying to tell him about a position he has taken which you feel is wrong, do you drag that brother in front of Social Media to correct him or do you do it in a private message as it calls for in Matthew 18?

Why would you publicly debate your own brother so every one especially the non believer can witness it?

I am afraid we are all guilty of this.

Christianity is not about winning arguments. It is about winning souls and I am going to try harder to focus my attention on the latter.

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Who is Your Mentor?

Put on your thinking caps now and before you jump up and walk out the door, give what I am saying some thought. Although, after reading this you might say that you should not listen to me either so read on and make your own decisions.

This is what I propose.

Wow! That is a lot to handle now let me tell you why. These people are one way people. They tell you their ideas, thoughts, summaries and you have no recourse to return the dialog.
When is the last time you prayed with an author of a book you used to guide your life?
(If you answered God , you win otherwise – ehhhhh! No Good!)

When is the last time you questioned them, asked for Godly counseling, had them disciple or discipline you.

Why? They can’t do that.

No, if you want to argue with me, I only accept Biblical arguments.

Here is mine:
Eph 4:11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Let me put this simple. The Apostles were taught the doctrines of Christ by Christ and we were taught the doctrines of the Apostles. We were never taught the doctrines of Billy Graham who sent new converts to catholic priests or the doctrine of Martin Luther King Jr who did not believe in the physical resurrection of Christ.

I tried this in church the other day. I whispered a message in the ear of one of my members and they did the same to whoever was sitting next to them. By the time it was done, the message was completely different.

So, what is your point you may ask?

When we study the bible directly, we are not filling our heads with other peoples
thoughts. We only get the pure truth with no mistakes.

Here is an example from the Bible. This is prophecy:Rev 6:14 And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Today, because we know more, we understand that this is a result of nuclear bombs however to those who did not know, it was described as such:

Revelation 6:14
And the heaven departed as a scroll – The whole system of pagan and idolatrous worship, with all its spiritual, secular, and superstitious influence, was blasted, shrivelled up, and rendered null and void, as a parchment scroll when exposed to the action of a strong fire.
And every mountain – All the props, supports, and dependencies of the empire, whether regal allies, tributary kings, dependent colonies, or mercenary troops, were all moved out of their places, so as to stand no longer in the same relation to that empire, and its worship, support, and maintenance, as they formerly did.
And island – The heathen temples, with their precincts and enclosures, cut off from the common people, and into which none could come but the privileged, may be here represented by islands, for the same reasons.

So, a respected man such as Gill just misrepresented the Bible and misinterpreted this. Of course we can’t blame him for not knowing but can’t we blame him for not having the Spirit of God on that? He made all that up in his mind and now someone else puts it in their head and believes it.

Not true with having the Apostles and other Biblical writers teach you. When you get to the part you don’t understand you, like Daniel ask God to tell you. He might tell you or like when He said to Daniel, just write it down it is not for you to know at this time. Finished. No stories.

Okay, I get it now (you might say) but who do we listen to? Should we not have teachers and Pastors?

Of course you do. First pray and ask God to direct you to a good Church. Then listen carefully to him and also study your Bible. If he says something that doesn’t seem correct, go right to prayer and your Bible. Here is an example: He might tell you it never rained on the earth until after Noah neither was there snow. You might think that’s crazy but when you do the research, you find him to be correct. Now he might say on the 3rd day God created the light. It does not seem right so you do the research. You find that the light was created on the first day, you tell him and he does one of two things, he corrects himself to the congregation or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, find a new Church.

Believe me, if I was in the room with most of you I could convince you of many untruths (not that I would) but when you sit at that computer or TV you are accepting the words of someone like Martin or Billy who are respected by millions and may be feeding you lies. Even 99% truth with 1% lie will corrupt you.

By the way, if you read a book on how a Pastor built a multimillion dollar Church and you follow all his instructions, you still won’t build it. God deals with each person individually and how he guides you may not be the same way as someone else.

So, in the beginning I said you might not want to believe me either.
Unless I am your Pastor and we have a trusted relationship—DON’T. Prove my words and search the Bible. Just don’t ask some TV guy because he may be wrong.

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