What’s that odor it’s vomit

Times change quickly, as seemingly mindless people become entangled in contemporary societies meshed nets, which was defined in the previous discussion. By avoiding those nets, the nations only hope is to make straight the ways of our redeemer, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 40:3-5).

This is the twelfth successive discussion which began on, 01 January 17, with all of them in their own ways were designed to encourage the proclamation of the Christ message, repent, or you will likewise perish (Luke 13:3,5). With those few words rests the cure for individual and the nations collective problems.

To perish has multiple ramifications. Yes! Outside the saving grace of Jesus Christ, you can also perish. People, and nations can perish for lack of substantial resources for survival.

This is the situation Christendoms finds itself in, as God,  communicated his thoughts through an angel in John’s presence, who said, because you do nothing, I’ll vomit you from my mouth (Revelation 3:16). Not very pleasant, but neither is the American condition individually or collectively as a nation. Wake up, Christendom, or get suffocated in the putrid stink of God’s vomit.

Step outside and fire the cannon

Because it is a prayer to be used, by the committed, and the warrior disciples of the modern day Christ followers. Being a follower of Christ, is a lot more than wearing fine linens and fancy threads. While gathering in wood and concrete castles. Being, and doing something for Christ requires an understanding of the prayer model Christ taught.

But what did Jesus mean, when He said, “When you pray, say our Father, holy are you,” Matthew 6:9. In that this has been discussed, there is no need for repetition. Other than to say God, demands adoration from His followers. The eternal creator of everything that was, is, and will be is of Him. To review, read that discussion click, 04 January 2017, on the calendar. “A Mixed Package The Good Unfortunate and The Bad.”

Why would Christ want His followers to pray for His kingdom to be established. Because God, has given humanity what it desired. A kingdom without God in it. Consequently, the planet is under the management of humanity. And as such, it has, and will continue to experience  catastrophic events. Sadly, the worse ever known to humanity. Eventually, Christ will return. To establish His kingdom, or humanity will annihilate itself. See Matthew 24:22.

During this time line, or covenant that God has established with humanity for an unknown period. God is aloof, and uninvolved in the affairs of humanity.

The prayers of ‘give me’ and ‘do for me,’ fall upon the deaf ears of God. But Christ stated, God knows your needs, and will provide for them in accordance with His judgment. But not because people utter the words ‘give me’ and ‘do for me.’ See Matthew 6:8; Matthew 10:29-31.

Developed as part of the Christ model of prayer. A discussion occurred as to why innocent people encounter horrific encounters. Why evil tyrant’s inflict endless pain and suffering on humanity. Escaping the vengeance’s of God, discussed yesterday.

As always, God provides help. This help comes from the followers of Christ, who become disciples. Through confession and renunciation of sin. Partakers in communion as a source of spiritual rejuvenation, as we take the gospel of Christ to humanity. Two misconstrued teachings of Christ, confession and communion at His table. Designed for the battle weary friends of Christ, who understand, John 15:15, by moving on from servants to being the friends of Christ. Because they have come to understand, Matthew 10:32-42, which is no simple task and then put those truths into practice.

During the course of the discussion, it was suggested that heaven may be a rather sparse environment rather than densely populated as some might suspect. See Matthew 19:24. A truth beyond its generic statement which requires a certain growth in the ways of Christ.

It’s what’s between the lines of verses 9,10, and 11, of the Christ model for prayer. Yesterdays discussion dwelt with verse 12. With some reasoning, as to why things exist the way they do today. What Christ expects form His followers and a startling consequence for failure.

For 2016 the only Hope

“The whole story of that Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of,” Albert Gallatin, 1789.

Here is why Muslims should be denied our God given merits of the Bill of Rights. In this instance, the majority must work to deny Muslims the merits of our Bill of Rights. Because our government is inept and needs to be pressured to follow the recommendations of the nations first president.

Who said while in Ireland, “The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and prosecuted of all nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment,” George Washington, 1783.

Decency and propriety are concepts foreign to the Muslim psyche. Explained in a discussion for tomorrow titled, “Flight 253.”

Hope for a bright American future rests in understanding scriptural edicts and then putting them into practice.

First, I want to start with this, the Bible, meaning book from the Greek. Is not an open book to be understood by anyone who opens our book. Rather it’s a book that can be only understood by people who are in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And in the process can testify to the truths of 2 Corinthians 5:17. Which reads, “Therefore, if any person be in Christ, they are new creations; old things have been passed away; behold! All things are become new.”

Here then is the human dilemma that makes it impossible to understand our Bible or the Book of our scriptures. It’s hidden from them, intentionally by our Creator of this life and the new life found in Christ. Entirely two different experiences, laughed at, mocked and ridiculed, but nevertheless true and necessary!

What is to follow provides the only hope for a bright 2016 and beyond. Jesus understood this and its why He campaigned against the religious and civic leaders of his day. And why his disciples and apostles followed in his footsteps. As have countless thousands through out the centuries. It’s what makes these Christ words live today. “… take up the cross and follow me,” Mark 10:21. The front of that verse is complicated. For clarity read postings dated, 23 January 16, titled, “Bring on the Sword.”

So here it is, why the Book is a closed book. “And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehends it not,” John 1:5. Later Jesus in conversation, Jesus asked, “Why do you not understand my speech? Then answering himself said, “Even because you can not hear my word,” John 8:43. And then adding in verse 45, “And because I tell you the truth you can’t believe Me.” Which takes us right back to John 1:5. Which dates back to an ancient prophecy, which declared. Therefore they could not believe because Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts. Lest they should see with their eyes. Lest they understand with their hearts and turn, so that I could heal them.” (Texts John 12:39-40).

So, the job is up to us to help those around us understand. And absent the government because the government is the problem. And it starts with shutting down that machine of evil, the Muslim community. Because since 9/11, the American skies have darkened because the great deceiver Satan has used Islam to destroy God’s tool, America, to brighten the world. And 2016, is following its predecessor 2015 to be darker. And will continue to darken, unless we step up with the cross and take on this Muslim menace.

Hope made brighter done the Christ way. There is a valuable resource out there waiting to be stirred up into action. They are referred to as church drop outs. They are folks who have become church drop outs because of a do nothing church. Recruit them! Help them to regain their hearing with understanding hearts. Ask them to join you, as we together sweep the landscape clean the Christ way.

Y things r not like they use 2 b

Indeed, this is all about understanding why things are not like they use to be. And from that understanding, will come a perspective that just might enrich you with a spiritual awareness of the world we live in today.

It had its beginning centuries ago and resulted in the ordination into the apostolic apostleship. To be ordained an apostle required that one was an eye witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And once confirmed an apostle, they were endowed by God with special powers.

We discover these truths starting with the Acts of the Church. Where this account is given to us. “Beginning from the baptism of John to that same day when he was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”

And they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed named Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, “You, O Lord, who knows the hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they cast their votes, and their votes fell upon Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (scriptural texts:Acts 1:22-26).

The scriptures expand apostleship beyond the account given to us from the aforementioned texts. With Paul giving witness, as follows. But the requirement is the same, “Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?” (scriptural text:1 Corinthians 9:1).

Paul goes onto to provide unequivocal testimony for his own apostleship and that of others. “And that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. And that, he was seen by over five hundred brethren at once; …. Including James then by all of the apostles. Then last of all, He was seen by me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who is not worthy to be called an apostle because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. But I labored more abundantly then all the others. Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (scriptural text:1 Corinthians 15:5-10.

And then Paul concludes, “Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs, and wonders and mighty deeds,” 2 Corinthians 12:12.

And as one reads the New Testament those signs, wonders and mighty deeds are self evident. Abilities as gifts given by God to those called apostles, who had witnessed the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But not self evident today because there are no recorded apostolic succession given to those beyond the apostles of the very early church. And when they died, so did signs, wonders and mighty deeds. Because spiritual gifts, just are not transferable.

I write about this because there is a lot of confusion because sincere believers in Christ crave those powers of the apostles. And become deluded into thinking that our scriptures are irrelevant because they cannot exercise those same apostolic signs, wonders and mighty deeds.

In truth, most of the Old Testament and New Testament are not applicable beyond the first century into our church age. There exceptions, of course, and they are as follows. John was told to write about the things that he had seen, things which are and things which shall be hereafter. (scriptural text:Revelation 1:19). What John saw, was a failed church that he took to task in chapters two and three. His scolding of the things which are were interfaced with what has been given to us and contained in the scriptures of the New Testament. Modern day relevancy to repent and be saved. Coupled with our responsibility to continue to preach the gospel in preparation for His kingdom on earth until the end of this age. And then, the things to follow hereafter which is about scriptural prophecy.

One final expression, to God be the glory. Because signs, wonders and mighty deeds do occur! But not because of any human claiming such abilities, because they themselves have become deluded into thinking they are something they are not. Those apostolic wonders occur because of the one who sits in the heavens declared the following. “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do (clergy included), for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not you, therefore, like unto them, for your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask him.” (scriptural text:Matthew 6:7-8).

And in conclusion if you get this, then you are well on your way of not only being aware of your spiritual surroundings but applying them to yourself and to a modern world. Which is, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep his commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil. (scriptural texts: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

Jesus as an illustrative artist

During the course of history, covenants or arrangements between God and humanity are established. Jesus the teacher, story teller, and illustrative artist left us many to observe.

One was shown by Mary Magdalen’s sole act of contrition during Holy Week. An act by Mary that preempted what Christ expected after his execution. For which he said, henceforth, wherever the gospel is shared honor Mary. (cf Matthew 26:13).

Another is the art of prayer. One of the most misunderstood arrangements between Christ and his followers during this covenant period. As an introduction, prayer is a state of mind. It is a thought process of visionary worship. It might well be different for each person. Starting with the first line, we are taught. When you pray, say, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed is your name, “Matthew 6:9. This is said in recognition of the originator of life. It takes us back in time to the beginning when there was nothing but water, Genesis 1:2. God said, “Let there be light,” Genesis 1:3, and so on. God wants his people to praise him for the majesty of his creation.

The crown jewel of God’s creation was the giving of life to our species. Something unusual and wonderful happened. God allowed for choice. We know that choice had a disastrous result. Since then the history of humanity has been on a downward spiral. It culminated with the Jewish and Roman execution of Jesus. And it continues, to this very day. With the promise of scriptures telling us that it will get worse. (cf Matthew 24:7).

Sometimes this padre refers to Jesus as an illustrative artist. Christ the artist provided many illustrative lessons. One no greater than his conflict with religion and government. That lesson has many applications. For this discussion, the lesson is the over bearing, and all powerful forces of evil. Represented by religion, and government who have one end in mind. When they encounter people who place the priorities of Christ ahead of theirs. It is death! Not always a physical death but sometimes. But certainly a social, and economic death, if one practices the Christ examples from the start of his ministry through Holy Week. And then, the period after his resurrection to his ascension. That is the message for Christendom today, also. And aptly illustrated with the culminating suffering Christ on the cross. (cf Revelation 12:11). That expectation is pretty clear in light of Mark 8:34. When Jesus called the people unto himself, along with his disciples. Saying, “Whosoever will come after me, let them deny themselves, and take up the cross and follow me.”

Some can not understand how the government can be the enemy of Christ. After all it is visible for the seeing, that what government advocates, is the opposite of what Christ advocated and demands of his followers.

But not religion, especially the Christian religion some would argue. It is difficult for some to understand how Christianity could be considered the enemy of Christ. Simply put because someone steals ones identity, that does not make them you. They are just frauds pretending to be someone they are not. Therefore, just because a religion steals the name of Christ, and says we are Christians. That in itself, does not make the people associated with that church, the followers of Christ.

It is best understood in this manner. Their are thousands of people who represent Christ as he intended to be represented. As a reader of this discussion, you may well be one of them.

But those who struggle to represent the Christ of Holy Week, are over whelmed by the millions who only use the name Christian, but do not represent or practice the Christ purpose. The enlightened Christ followers will see the government as the enemy of the cause and purpose of Christ. With untold number of Christian church’s aligned with the government. Just like the Jews of the Jewish temples were aligned with the Roman government in the time of Christ. Therefore, as then, and now, in our day to many Christians in the church must be seen as aligned with the government. Making those churches and the government as impediments to the cause of Christ.

Christ followers, understanding what they are up against, and how it all started. Raising their voices to God proclaiming, “Our father in heaven, holy you are.” Knowing things will get worse. Christ taught, “Thy kingdom come,” Matthew 6:10. The followers of Christ are on a mission. Preparing the way for his kingdom with a lot of history between verses 9-13. All contained in what many know as the Lord’s prayer.

Discerning the vision

Some two centuries ago a man named Jesus graced the earths surface. During his short existence he established by example what he expected from his followers. Because Mark is the shortest of the traditional gospels, (there are other gospels, see John 21:25) readers can get a feel for Christ’s expectations for us by reading that gospel. In short, from that gospel, Christ opposed religion, government, and the world of commerce. All because they served the interest of the few and not the many. Which of course is the problem we encounter today. The revolutionary tactics of Christ led those forces to eventually execute Christ. Christ also taught that his followers could expect the same experience. Suggesting that the practice of Christianity is dangerous. Dangerous for the practitioners but more dangerous for the oppressors of Christianity.

Readers should see the world of commerce as enemies of the cause of Christ. Because its influence is enormous, creating great disparities in social, and economic equality. The presence of the world of commerce must be viewed as being in opposition to the teachings of Christ. Commerce is a presence that is obvious and necessary. It is the duty of Christians to reform commerce so that social and economic equality is experienced by the people of our communities and the nation as a whole. In so doing, commerce would be brought into conformity with Christian thought.

Here are some thoughts about commerce from The Gospel of Thomas. In verse 63, Jesus said, There was a rich man who was very wealthy. He said, I shall invest my money so I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouses (plural) with produce. Then I shall lack nothing. This is what he was thinking in his heart, but that very night he died. Whoever has ears let him hear.

Moving on to verse sixty four, Jesus said, A person was receiving guests. When he prepared the dinner he sent his servant to invite the guests. The servant went to the first and said, My master invites you. That person said, some merchants owe me money. They are coming tonight. I must give them instructions. Please excuse me from the dinner.

The servant went to another and said, my master invites you. He said to the servant, I have bought a house and I’ve been called away for a day. I have no time.

The servant went to another and said, my master invites you. He said to the servant. My friend is to be married, and I’m to arrange for the banquet. I can’t come. Please excuse me from the dinner.

He went to another and said, my master invites you. He said to the servant. I have bought an estate, and I’m going to collect rent. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me.

The servant returned to the master. Those you have invited to dinner have asked to be excused. The master said to the servant. Go out into the streets and invite whomever you find for the dinner. Buyers and merchants will not enter the places (plural) of my father.

What is the lesson Jesus would have us understand from this parable from the Gospel of Thomas? It’s a message that is no different from the lessons from the Gospel of Mark. The world of business and commerce seems to be a world not favored by the revolutionary founder of the Christian movement. Perhaps because the world of business and commerce refuses to apply Christian principles of social and economic justice to their enterprises. It would appear that Christ expects his followers to work to bring about social and economic justice to the world of business and commerce. Recent postings have addressed Christ’s expectations. Which would apply to issues of unfairness within the world of business and commerce. Along with changes the community of Christians should advocate in order to bring about social and economic justice.

Christ in us the hope of the world.

Turtle along boy this is not 4 U

Many people argue that they see the cup half full, as opposed to half empty. Other slogans like, draw outside of the box, or why be normal. When in reality, most people when it really counts, see the cup half empty. Staying well inside the box, hoping to shrink its dimensions. Acting like a turtle retreating inside its shell because being inside creates an atmosphere of comfort. Defined as being normal. That other stuff puts you outside of the shell and at risk. So, in the end, most condemn the boldness of those who say,”why be normal.” Because they put themselves, and “us” at risk.

All because some have difficulty seeing the Gospels of Mary and Thomas as having the same credibility as the other Gospels. And I respond by, asking why not? Because it is written, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the people of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Why limit yourself to what King James canonized as authoritative and inerrant scriptures?

Arguing for the stability of civilization, people must draw or live within the box. Voicing such opinions seeing it any other way is abnormal and counter productive.

One of the my favorite notions for such arguments is that God put certain people in place for determining how one should look at the contents in the glass. Clearly directing these gifted ones to determine the extent of freedom only within the box. And their determination, of normality is their God given gift. Why limit yourself to what King James canonized as the authoritative and inerrant scriptures? Because his collection of sixty six books constituting the Bible have determined the churches belief system thus confining the church within the perimeter of a controlling box.

All of which this padre considers nonsense. Because it limits imagination and creativity. Mandating the acceptance of a predetermined society by selected power brokers.

It is argued by some that the Bible in itself is of questionable authority. They point to the fact that we do not have in our possession the original text. What we have is one translation after another provided to us by ordinary people. Although these people were considered distinguished scholars and translators.

People with personal agendas. And people connected to power, who also had their reasons for wanting particular translations to favor particular reasoning. When it comes to reasoning, power always wins. Especially when the outcome is of great importance to the power structure or ruling class.

When King James of England, commissioned the Bible to be translated from its “original languages” into English. It was not from the “original languages” of the Hebrew and Greek. By the time of 1611, enough manipulations had taken place favored by the ruling powers; that the Bible was already suspect of being reliable.

Biblical historians report that King James brought together impressive scholars with the very best of interpretative and translation skills. Four hundred years later the task was finally accomplished. Giving the world the Kings James version of God’s dealings with humanity with its accompanying decrees. Excluding much that was written and said about God, and how God expressed himself through Old and New Testaments periods. Leaving no consideration for what is recorded in the Gospels of Mary, Thomas and books like Enoch and many other writings.

Knowing what we all know about human character. Skeptics point that it is not possible that the world has a pure translation from the original languages in the King James Bible.

Some might wonder just what does that means for the body of believers who make up the Church of Jesus Christ? With many being firm believers, in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Who only see the connections between Old and New Testaments. It means the fulfillment of some intriguing occurrences in history. Events able to occur despite any power plays caused by manipulations of biblical texts down through the centuries. And with enough authority to silence the critics and skeptics concerning the authenticity of the Bible.

The founding of the Jewish state in 1948. That singular event resulted in the fulfillment of two Biblical prophecies. It is written in Jeremiah 23:3, “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries to which I have driven them, and will bring them back again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.” Then in Isaiah 41:18, this text appears, “I will open the rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” This is often referred to as the “flowering of Israel.” From the barren and dry lands of the desert, Israel was able to produce a world class economy. This from lands inhabited by Arabs, who could not produce a sustainable economy let alone a world class economy.

Even beyond that though, is the personal life transforming experiences which led to many conversions to Christ. While some might argue, that religious experiences are based on emotional experiences at the the time of the occurrence. And that such religious experiences, have no sustainable proof. To that we say, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17. The believers faith is predicated upon, “… the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes …,” Romans 1:16. For Jesus himself declared, “… your faith has saved you; go in peace. Then God pronounces this benediction upon believers as his final words to believers, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen, Revelation 22:21.

All this despite power grabs and manipulative interpretations that might have occurred as a result of 400 hundred years of translation. But the prophecies of Jeremiah 23:3 and Isaiah 41:18, fulfilled in our lifetime. Equally important are the converted believers in Christ, who make up the body of Christ. All this should serve as powerful indicators for the believability of the Bible.

The point being that the King James version of God’s voice is a marvelous gift to humanity. But for ones own spiritual growth, much remains to be read and practiced from Mary’ and Thomas’ Gospels and many other documents overlooked. Because some argue they were not canonized by men, who determined the authenticity of God’s voice to humanity. Who perhaps did not want to empower women. Certainly a historical quest of Christianity has been to keep woman in their rightful place, in the home, and absent professional careers. Thus robing the world of gifted women to advance the cause of Christ. One thing that is learned from Mary’s gospel is that she kept the disciples together after Christ was crucified.

When it comes to your spiritual growth, the glass must be half full. Put ones self in a position to think and act outside of the box. To do so, you can not be normal. At least not by the standards of Christ. So, in the end, we mimic the Christ example and not that of the turtle.

There is much more to the authenticity and believability of the Bible then this posting covered. John had this to say about the matter. “And there are also many other things Jesus did, when if they were written one by one, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written,” John 21:25.

He who testifies to these things says, surely, I come quickly, Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen, Revelation 22:20-21.

Comatose America means death

The world owes the English speaking people an expression of immense gratitude. Because the speakers of English gave the world the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world! Those that follow me will not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12.

Not walking in darkness has applications for individuals and the community of nations. The most important application is the life transforming experience of 2 Corinthians 5:17. Which unequivocally announces, a person in Christ is a new creation. With new aspirations having been freed from the chains of the past. Which in the past perpetuated, evils darkness, over the goodness of the light. With that newness of life the English speaking people took the gospel to the world community as one very important application. Another application is that the English speaking people offered the world the premier political system known to humanity, as democracy.

In our modern world the English speaking people of the world are turning away from the fundamental precepts that Christ emphasized as important. Namely our Judea-Christian heritage. Which taught, “… the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. And with serious consequences for individuals and the world community. For the pits of hell have unleashed a renewed and now unprecedented evil. Which is known to the world, as Islam. Its evil influence is being experienced around the world. Including the worlds English speaking nations. Ever since Pope Emeritus Benedict quoted a 14th. century Christian Emperor, attributing this statement to him. “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached,” Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel 11 Paleolgas.

Ever since Benedict exposed the emperor’s comment. I have been rehearsing the emperor’s statement in my mind. And have concluded three things. First and foremost, Emperor Manuel 11 Paleolgas was correct in his assessment of Islam. Pope Emeritus Benedict did Christendom a great disservice with his apology to Muslims. For Muhammad himself said in his farewell address in March 632, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘there is no god but Allah.'” That pretty much says it all and accounts for Muslim violence around the world. It is not a matter of if, but when will Muslims emerge from their mosques to slaughter the innocent in the United States. As they freely do in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and through out Europe, including Great Britain. One of the worlds great English speaking peoples. Who are on the verge of destruction due to a ever growing Muslim presences. Lastly, the body of believers, who are the church, must rise up and expose Muslims for what they represent. A threat to our Judea-Christian heritage as represented through our dependence upon our triune God, the republic and culture. That God Almighty gave to the United States of America.

Because the English speaking people seem to be content to alter, and ignore God’s precepts. It seems from prophecy that the English speaking nations are going to get a severe dose of punishment. With the primary beneficiaries being the United States and Great Britain. With Israel also feeling the repercussions because the United States, and Great Britain have been Israels security blanket. And world events seem to suggest that Muslims just might be the people to inflict that punishment.

Time to gear up, O sons and daughters of thunder. Not to preserve America as she is, but to return her to what she was.

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Could it be that life in the Kingdom of God might have fewer occupants than expected

A vast contrast is very distinguishable between the movement Jesus Christ organized and today’s modern church. Should one travel the various roads of many communities. There you will be able to find many beautiful looking church structures. These churches in order to operate must comply with certain federal, state, and local ordinances. Parishioners come from all walks of life. Many politicians and government officials can also be found in attendance. All of this is in stark contrast to the experiences of Christ and his disciples.

This then is a posting of what it means to embrace the cause of Christ. Of course, it will be in opposition to the above paragraph. The mutual acceptance between church and state officials is what has crippled the Christian movement. The state is and always has been about control of religious institutions for its own purpose. While the the church should be about making sure that the government governs according to Christ like principles. The two are at opposite ends of the poll when it comes to purposes. They can not be in harmony with each other; ever! Which what we see today between church, and state.

Most people know that Christ was executed because of his opposition to both the civil and religious leaders. Christ said in Matthew 10:24-25, “The disciple is not above his master nor the servant his lord. It is not enough that the disciple is like his master and the servant his lord. If they have called the master (Jesus) of the house (church) Beelzebub (meaning an evil deity was in possession of Jesus, Matthew 12:24) how much more shall they call them of his household (body of believers)?” (emphasis this writer)

The following represents some of what Christ told his followers to expect from both the civil and religious authorities and even family. While he was preparing his followers for what to expect during his lifetime, it is equally applicable today. We gain that hint from, Matthew 10:22. Which reads, “You shall be hated by all men for my names sake, but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” Jesus was sending his disciples into communities that would be hostile to what they were doing. Telling them, “Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they scourge you in their synagogues. You shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the gentiles,” Matthew 10:17-18. Christ often used fables to illustrate his instructions. In this instant he compared them to sheep encountering wolves, and provide an antidote for survival, in Matthew 10:16, be as, “Wise as snakes and harmless as doves.” This is an easy allegory to understand. It’s easy to picture what would happen when two such creatures encounter each other. This parallels what followers of Christ could expect from the religious and civil authorities when in opposition to their corruption. But when push comes to shove, and Christians really press the religious and civil authorities to do what is right. Then even family may turn and side with the religious and civil authorities, 21-22. But perseverance has it rewards as Matthew notes in verses 20, the spirit of God will assist, and those who endure to the end shall be saved, verse 22.

What does that say about those, who might be be Christians, but are aligned with the religious and civil authorities? Perhaps they are the goats referenced in a recent discussion, yesterday. Who if you recall were banished to everlasting punishment, Matthew 25:32-33 and 45-46. Compare that with the tale of the camel and the eye of the needle in Matthew 19:23-24. Such passages seem to suggest that life in the Kingdom of God might have fewer occupants than expected. Rich most likely does not refer to monetary wealth. But rather a reference, to the setting aside of ones Christian responsibility.

Suggesting that Christians need to be wise as a snake and innocent as a dove. Which in itself is no guarantee for success. In order to exemplify this Herod, head of the civil government had John the Baptist arrested. Herod had heard of the influence of Jesus upon the people within his political domain. He was afraid of Jesus because he thought John the Baptist was Jesus, who had risen from the dead. He wanted to execute John the Baptist but he was afraid because of his popularity, Matthew 14:1-5.

That is what Christ expects from his Church. Condemn what is wrong and work to correct the wrong. The church is not a building but rather the body of believers.

These postings should be read as strategies to be employed by Christians as they create a revolutionary Christian movement. Two strategies can be learned from this event. Gain the favor of the citizenry as did Jesus. This always alarms the civil authorities. It serves as a power base for successful activism. The second lesson is that it illustrates what being wise as snake and as harmless as doves means. It spared John the Baptist from being executed by Herod.

John the Baptist infuriated people close to Herod. He condemned an intimate relationship between Herod and his brothers wife. In the end through trickery, John the Baptist was beheaded, verses 6-11. This teaches that all bets are off when one is in the service of Christ. Treachery is always present. Sometimes it comes from sources least expected.

Embracing the purpose of Christ can be very dangerous. Jesus said that in some instances people would be arrested. Then forced to face trial in their civil courts. Jesus also said that family members would give up brothers and sisters to religious and civil authorities. Christ said children would turn their parents over to the authorities. As a result of this some of these parents would face death. Read carefully Matthew 10:16-25. Then decide if the average person attending church is representative of this kind of Christianity. Christians can make a difference for the cause of Christ. It’s hard work and sometimes dangerous.

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Jesus on Christendom

If you identify yourself as a Christian, it is possible that you will find yourself sentenced to everlasting punishment, But if you are righteous, to eternal life. Jesus said it not me. This is how he put it, “When the Son of Man shall come in all his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.” Then,” Then, “those shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal,” Matthew 25:31,46.

In the life of a Christian, a lot of living will have taken place between verses 31-46. A time will come when Jesus will gather all nations before himself. One of the first items of business will be for Christ to separate his followers into two groups. Some of us will be recognized as “sheep” while others as “goats.” The “sheep” will be to his right with the “goats” to his left. To those on his right, Jesus will inform them that they are the blessed of His Father. And they are to inherit the kingdom, prepared for them since the foundation of the world.

This is what they did to merit that recognition. When Jesus was hungry, they fed him. Providing him with food to eat and beverage to drink. It did not matter if Jesus was a stranger because they provided shelter and clothing. Even when sick he received their company. The same occurred when Jesus was in prison.

Then those fortunate enough to be the “sheep” on his right will react from puzzlement. Never recalling any personal life encounters with Christ. Standing before Jesus rhetorical questions will be asked.

Jesus will reply, “Verily I say to you, insomuch as you did it for some other person, you did it unto me,” Matthew 25:40.

We then discover some very harsh reactions by Jesus to those recognized as “goats.” “Depart from me, you are cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” This judgment was issued because their duty to other people was just the opposite of that of the “sheep.”

We as Christians have a dual responsibility. As members of his church, we have the responsibility to care for one another as illustrated by Christ. But it extends itself, to those outside of the church. Because it is one of the most effective ways of introducing the saving gospel to those outside of Christ. It is one of the lessons learned from the ministry of Jesus. It’s what caused him to be loved by the ordinary people of his time.

Verse forty one is somewhat of a puzzle. For there we find Christ, shuttling off Christians to the everlasting fires. A place reserved for the devil and his angels. Should we take that judgment by Christ in a literal sense? This padre thinks not. For these reasons, first other scriptures do not support the notion of believers having experienced saving grace of Christ; ever encountering such an experience. That leaves us with this conclusion. Christ was an artist at using vivid illustrations to hammer home a matter of great importance to him. So, verse forty one, should be understood from that perspective. The aforementioned responsibility we have to each other and those outside of the life transforming grace of Christ.

Lets do it

An astonishing event took place centuries ago, and then, centuries later was made available for us. It goes like this, the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world was cast into the earth. But the dragon was not alone because it was said that his angels were cast out with him. And with great wrath because relatively speaking, he new his time was short. (Revelation 12:9,12)

Just think of all the time people spend trying to sort out world affairs. With one verse the cause and purpose of world affairs is made understandable. In summary, the cause Satan, and his purpose is to deceive the whole world. How? Stay toned.

Everything has a beginning, so when did the great dragons explosion and earths woes begin? We don’t know, because the history of the supernatural is segmented. But for this particular historical time line, sometime between the birth and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

From those events, the great dragon intensified his assault on the inhabitants of earth. Because Jesus provides the only solution for troubling world affairs. And his weapon of choice “deception” because not many believe the cause and effect to be so simple. Humanity is now engaged in a deadly struggle that is manifesting itself in many ways. A struggle few know much about because it all sounds like a fairy tale with its assortments of causes and effects.

In that we are engaged in a war with that “old serpent called the Devil and Satan” against our Lord and his church. It means that the cause of Christ and his church is best defended by by knowing what its up against. Which requires the necessity of knowing something strategically valuable about the “great dragon.”

We have discovered that Satan, who is the “great deceiver” has a core of fallen angels with him. And just what is it that this band of fallen angels have in mind for us, where you and I live?

Most likely, as the “great deceiver,” with his group of loyalist. Cunning deception which will manifest itself in confusion. Showing itself in the manifestation of doubt. Forging convincing ideologies of not being able to distinguish between the believable and unbelievable. That is the aforementioned, how. Designed to make Jesus Christ irrelevant as the solution for troubled world affairs. And why the “great dragon” and its cohorts must focus their attention upon the church as the primary agent of unbelievability.

The “great dragon” with forced residency upon the earth had to pick a new fight with God. So in due time, he began persecuting the woman who gave birth to the male child, Revelation 12:13. This was foretold in Matthew 24:9, “Then shall they deliver you (Jesus) to be afflicted, and they shall kill you; and you shall be hated of all nations for my name sake.” Verse 8, “All these things shall be the beginning of sorrows.”

The “great dragon” and its fallen band of angels have not lost sight of their conquest which is still to persecute Christ. Because Christ lives beyond his resurrection through his church; therefore, the conquest must be to destroy the church.

Because here’s what is at stake, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,” Matthew 24:14. With Christ followers announcing the necessity of repentance. Along with acceptance of Christ, as the Father’s sacrificial lamb for individual sin. But it has been a costly process through out the ages, and will most likely remain so before the end comes. Because the archangel Michael issued this profound announcement, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death,” Revelation 12:11.

Because the persecuted woman is the witnessing church, along with her offspring the converted to Christ through out the centuries. This connection is derived from the expression of Revelation 12:13. “… when the dragon saw that he was cast into the earth. He persecuted the woman …” Also note, … “Woe unto the inhabitants of the earth …, verse 12.

Hopefully, fellow believers in Christ have learned something of strategic importance concerning the “great dragon” the persecutor of the church of Jesus Christ. With deception being his primary trademark for weakening the faith of believers which is the only way the “great dragon” and his fallen angelic cast can penetrate the church. A weakened church is a weakened world. Get strong for Christ and the church will get stronger one convert at a time.

Two laws of self preservation which one prevails

A fowler spread his nets and tied his tame pigeons to them. Then he retired to a distance and waited for something to happen. In due course some wild pigeons came up and got entangled in the mesh.

When the man hurried to the spot and began to lay hands on them, they reproached the tame birds for not giving warning when they saw their kindred walking into a trap. ‘In our position,’ the others replied, ‘it is more important to avoid giving offense to our masters than to earn the gratitude of our kindred.’

In the same way, slaves are not to be blamed, if in their anxiety to earn their masters goodwill, they fail in affection towards their own relatives. (source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-The law of Self Preservation)

Here’s a Pauline exhortation. And what concord has Christ with Belial (meaning worthless one)? Or what part do they that believe have with infidels? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? (Belial represents the darker side of the human condition).

And what agreement has the temple of of God with Idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore, come out from among them, and be separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty, 2 Corinthians 6:15-18.

As temples of the living God, our kindred is the fellowship of believers, through Christ. What does it really mean? For some it means this, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimonies; and they loved not their lives unto the death,” Revelation 12:11.

And for others it means this, “They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone, “Daniel 5:4. The ‘they’ in verse 4 are the ‘Belials’ of Daniels day. But such is the sad history, for much of Christendom today.

In the end, its all about self preservation. and the latter will not get the job done but the former will. So if America is ever going to flourish again, then Christendom is going to have to offend those who want to be our masters and thus earn the gratitude of our kindred. Through the arts taught in Revelation 12:11. Because there are ‘fowlers’ who are spreading their nets to destroy Christendom and thus America. And the fowlest of those fowlers is the Muslim community. So get in touch, and learn the necessary survival skills through the ‘contact us tab associated with the navigation link.

Qualifications 4 the job

Some themes live on forever. It just a matter of believing in the accomplishment of the theme. One such theme was defined by Studs Terkel who said, “ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things.”

Perhaps at no time during modern times, has the United States been more in need of ordinary Christians preforming extraordinary things. The gamut of choices are like the ripe fruit dangling from the branches of trees. Which piece of fruit to pick first, so it is with the the unparalleled challenges facing the nation. IF the nation, and therefore the world, is going to survive. The church of Jesus Christ must step up, big time, and exercise the work of Christ.

Challenges like the rotten fruit of Islam allowed to dangle from the branches of American freedom and prosperity. Now threatening the United States and the entire world community. A completely unabated diseased fruit sure to doom the United States. As it has done across the globe, and in particular, the once great nation of Great Britain. A nation being suffocated by the toxic effects of accommodating the Muslim agenda. This is the same goal they have in mind for the United States.

More than one reason exist for such statements. But for now, this will have to suffice. Great Britain, and the United States have been Israels greatest protectors from the Muslim world. By conquering both nations, the slaughter of the Jews for Muslims is a foregone accomplishment. And for the spiritual, and political savvy, of the nation. Having Barack Hussein Obama in the *Peoples House* known as the White House. That for Muslims has become a giant leap forward in the accomplishment of their goal.

The rotten fruit of Islam must be challenged and destroyed. And the Christian community can not expect the political community to be of any use. Many things are uncertain in this world, but the uselessness of the political community in this war of survival is unquestionable. For one reason, its the morality of the Christian community in and through Christ that makes the difference. It is the church that is blessed by God, and not the politicians of any nation. When the nation fails, its because the church has failed God.

To make things more complicated is the spiritual darkness of Christianity. As exemplified by Pope Francis gallop to the front on the world stage. Demonstrating empathy for the less fortunate. Tuning his back on the luxuries of the papal palace. Constantly apologizing for the errors of his church. While failing to call the his church to repentance and redemption through Jesus Christ. Nor does this global religious figure, who was given a world platform. Attempt to call sinners to repentance and redemption regardless of religious or non religious standing. While the gospel is referred to, it is not preached. A world community in the palm of his, and the Pope fails to explain John 3:16. Which reads, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. That whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The Pope always fails to preach the process of believing and not perishing. Which is clarified through Romans 10:9-10.

While the protestant movement unleashed by the courageous church reformer Martin Luther, is today to splintered by division. To be much of a force for the difficult task the church is responsible for during the temporary absence of Christ.

Perhaps the failure of these Christian movements has moved God to give up on Christianity as a world force in the preparation of his kingdom on earth. Which of course, is accomplished through the preaching of the gospel.

The United States for over two centuries has admirably been the moral backbone for the world community. But all that is changing as the nation drifts further, and further from God. Embracing the gospel of secularism as its god which is the perfect vehicle for spiritual, monetary, social and moral decadency. The decadency of today has become so common place. That in some instances, this decadency is considered to be relevant for a modern society. Resulting in many who are not troubled. Let alone shocked by what is occurring through out the United States. It has been said, that if a lie is told often enough, the liar believes the lie to be truth. So it is with decadency, if it is made a part of acceptable society long enough then it becomes believable as normal. All this manifests itself in deception which the Bible addresses constantly through out its many pages.

Jesus himself seemed to encourage people be aware of world events. Because failure to do so, could result in being gravely deceived, Matthew 24:4. As deception becomes indistinguishable from decadency, it becomes the light most identify with. Leading to a broad acceptance that all religious paths lead to spiritual enlightenment. Which caused Christ, to warn us against such announcements. When he said, “For many will come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many, Matthew 24:5. Which only leads to further decadency, sending the world into a spiritual, monetary, social and moral abyss. Where every person is their own god and their godliness is expressed through nation states. Over time the community of nations becomes ethically bankrupt where truth and decency is nonexistent. Where a code of ethics and morality exists, which is *might makes right.* Eventually this leads to constant world conditions, where wars and rumors of war are common place. That is what decadency is all about. Where life, liberty and prosperity are not valued, unless it is in the domain of the conqueror. Then the conquerors redefine the meaning of life, liberty, and prosperity to suit the taste of the conquer. Twice the United States has destroyed such attempts. Extending the richness of those fruits for the world to feast upon. But today is the United States up to saving the world community once again? I think not because the United States is on the path pure decadency itself, which is a frightening prospect.

Today we are beyond that particular Christ statement of war and rumors of war. Today the world is engaged in its third world war. Its just not as recognizable as such because it so very different for the first two world wars.

This is a war between the God of Abraham. His genealogy to David and David’s lineage to the very birth of Christ and beyond. Being engaged by that fallen angel Lucifer, the Devil. The originator and master of decadency. Engaging the community of nations in an eventual conflict for control of a world that lives outside of the influence of the God of Abraham and the deity of Jesus Christ.

Lucifer knows that humanity is most susceptible to deception which is the devils path to decadency. When decadency is clothed in the legitimacy of religion. Two religious forces having cloned themselves in the religious tapestry of religion. Through them the world is headed for unprecedented disasters.

Those religions are Islam and apostate Christianity. Making the task of the faithful in Christ much more difficult. Which calls for the faithful to believe, that in and through Christ. That we as *ordinary Christians* are capable of accomplishing the extra ordinary things for Christ.

As in the time of Christ, so it is today, people want signs. Jesus was sympathetic with there and our interest, Matthew 24:3.

The first sign indicated by Jesus was to watch out for deception, Matthew 24:3. Which has been briefly discussed above and manifests it self through decadency with its consequences. No doubt gaining its power through religion; as also noted by Christ, Matthew 24:4-5.

Other signs include food shortages caused by escalating fuel prices. Maybe a signal of God’s displeasure with world events. Especially the lack performance by his church to successfully confront world decadency. Bible students know that through out history God has used calamities to wake up his people. They have and can manifest themselves through wars, floods, droughts, earthquakes and catastrophic economic collapse. Which Matthew 24:7, sums up with one word *pestilences.* Today’s uncomfortable pestilence is not just a national dilemma but a global problem as well. With pestilence being defined as a fatal epidemic. Fueled by the rage of Islam and the apostasy of Christianity.

Governments must tell the people that things will get better. In order to avoid rioting in the streets which could over throw their governments. And maybe things will get better because the world has a history of overcoming such pestilences.

But if the world emerges from this pestilences, greater ones will follow. Because Jesus said, one of these pestilences will just be the beginning of sorrow, Matthew 24:8.