Editorial 4/15/98

Christ on the Cross and Egyptians

The Age of Change

    The age in which we have entered marks the further transformation of earthly religious thinking. History records the simple changes that have taken place in society that have had profound implications of which few observers were cognizant at the time.

    One's outlook in religious things often reflects his world view rather than any real, provable principle. In recent weeks, violent storms have sent their hostile winds through portions of this country laying whole communities flat. Some churches were blown to the ground as well. The churches which end up a pile of sticks have professors who state it was the blessing of God, while in ancient times, those downed churches would be viewed as under the curse of God. When the temple at Jerusalem was being destroyed in 70 A.D., the chorus of Jewish voices could be heard saying, "God is with us." You sure could not have proven that to the Romans. To the Romans their gods were with them. The Romans would have considered the Jewish God a vain thing, and if all that destruction was called being with them, who needs a devil? After the storms which recently struck the South a little girl asked her mother, "Why did God send a wind and destroy our church?" The mother was quick to respond that God did not destroy their church, He saved their lives. It seems to some that if their enemy’s house is destroyed, it is an act of God, but if their own house is destroyed, it’s something else, perhaps even the devil, as if the devil can do things that God cannot stop. I think it is well for religious professors to take a reality check from time to time to see if they are thinking right. This is too seldom done.

    Religion changes from generation to generation and few men seem to take much notice of that change. In the earliest years of the Christian faith the church of Christ was quite different from what one sees today. The earliest Christians all observed the seventh-day Sabbath [Saturday]. All Christians remembered the Passover--not only as the symbol of their release from worldly bondage in Egypt--but also for the time of the resurrection of Jesus. No Christians observed the birthday of Jesus. This did not come in till many years later.

    The pressures of the society around early Christians over time began to transform Christianity. By the fourth century, A.D., the face of Christianity had significantly transformed itself. Even Emperor Constantine could comfortably fit within its ideas. Two great forces shaped and transformed the religion into a more palatable experience. While paganism looked as though it was on the wane, in reality, it was transforming itself into a serpent, which would well-nigh eat the insides of the church out, for it is written: "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out [persecute] the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws." Dan 7:25.

    Over the period of just a few generations professed believers cast off the Sabbath, as was mentioned in Scripture, in favor of Sunday which was the more generally accepted day of pagan worship. The day of the sun was received by many professed Christians as the new Sabbath. This was partly because of the pressures of the culture, which worshipped the sun, and partly because of their hatred of the Jews who were at that time being considered the murderers of Christ. Christians transferred the ownership of the Sabbath to the Jews and began to verbalize it as the "Jewish" Sabbath instead of the Sabbath of the Lord as was stated in Scripture.

    December 25th, the birthday of Mithra, was transformed to represent the birthday of Jesus and the church at the time of Constantine felt more willing to accept the pagan Easter celebration for the spring solstice, rather than the Passover to remember the resurrection of Jesus. For this cause, the thinking of the Christians in the early centuries began to transform into the God concepts of the pagans around them. In time, the religion called Christianity had become much like the old paganism. The names and faces had changed, but the thoughts of the heart were well-nigh identical. This brought peace to the empire and persecution ceased.

Priest

    As the Roman religion developed over the centuries, the "church" was responsible for millions of deaths of those who opposed it. Instead of Roman lions eating the professed believers, now there were Roman stakes which held those destined for cremation and all this was done in the name of Christ, rather than in the name of the pagan deities previously honored. Instead of Caesar witnessing the destruction of the innocent, it was the bishops and priests of Rome. It had been pagans who once caused the persecution of the faithful and now it was the reformed paganism which took up the sword against them and now called itself Christianity.

    Man’s religion has imbedded in it the curse of Babel. The tower in the city which was built in ancient times represented the hopes of men to create a safe and unified society. It represented the hope of the nations for a single power to rule the earth. Men wanted all of their causes of hostility to be removed. For all of this the tower was destined to be aborted before its final bricks could be placed. The nations were scattered in confusion and, once again, we see the harbinger of these events today. All men want peace and some point to the Roman church as a reason why the Christian faith must be removed in that it killed so many people. Few suspect that the religion which the Roman church personified is the very religion now being seen worthy to replace it, albeit the name and the ordinances are changed. A religion of force from any front is the same. It is a religion of man. If God were the God of force, all men would have been forced long before this.

    Why is it that men must always seek to control the lives of other men? Why must they use religion as a reason for this? Yet, surely, these things occur regularly. In this present day it is happening again. Religion is again transforming itself to adjust to the pressures of modern society and once again to force the worship of all the earth. The true God today is as unknown as one of the gods in Athens which was called the UNKNOWN GOD. Men flock to their churches worshipping they know not what. The forms in their religion are the forms placed by men who sought to harmonize the culture by bringing together the forces of paganism and the forces of Christianity. Modern religion each year takes on a more curious mixture of Judaism, paganism and Christianity. The religious world truly embodies the workings of Babel in that all men are in confusion and that confusion seems just about normal to them. Each one saying, come over here; join the true church. Another voice saying, no, over here, you will find Christ here and still others saying all are of God, let’s be one happy family and forget the differences. Few men consider that none of these options are godly ones. Jesus warned of these voices when He said, "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not....For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:23 & 27.

     The forces that now wage war in the earth are spiritual forces. The truth comes as lightning and the eyes of the beholder are opened to the true realities of the time. Earthly powers now follow men. Their religious gurus and ministers talk about the past and their hopes for the future. They trust in their organizations, their dogma and they seek after their personal interests. They want peace at any cost, even the cost of their freedom and their religious ideas become shaped accordingly. The true God is a God of war. He rides upon a white horse having a sword in His mouth and His eyes being red as fire. His righteousness does not look like the righteousness that men have concocted. While He is gentle and loves His enemies, those who delight in corruption will not escape His wrath. They get to sleep with their satanic lover and this lover has a host of torments to administer.

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ALL THE WORLD UNITES

    The forces of this new age are once again at work. A new tower is once more being constructed. The United Nations and United Religions are seeking to bring about a compromise as was once done in Rome and, at this date, this has been largely successful. These powers seek to transform even further and bring to pass not just the old paganism, but paganism transformed into the modern order of things.

     From the Global Neighborhood, a Report of the Commission on Global Governance, we can read:

"The more that people accept the logic of growing interdependence of human society, the more ready they will be to seek opportunities to overcome destructive notions of 'otherness' and 'separateness', and to find ways to work together."

     These "destructive notions" are the very commands of God. The Scriptures say: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." 2 Cor. 6:17.

    Again, as in ages past, the nations are asked not to separate, but to be amalgamated. This change can be seen in the many and varied ecumenical forces now made popular. Great evangelists are secreting away the doctrinal beliefs that might be offensive to the carnal heart. Religious leaders everywhere are asking their congregations to keep literature away from their various meetings which might cause division. A happy time is the goal. This amalgamation can also be seen in the great encouragement of religious and national mixtures which give place to a mix of conflicting ideas and a lack of Biblical focus. Once again, the face of confrontation raises its head against those who will stand for truth rather than convenience. The modern order of things is only the old religion of Babel. While it looks desirable to many on the outside, it is fraught with dire forebodings. It is the religion without a cross.

    Millions this past week celebrated Easter. They say it has something to do with the crucifixion of Jesus. It surely does. It has to do with that other criminal on the cross along side of Christ who said, "If you be the Christ save yourself and us." Luke 23:39. The thief who said this thing represents modern religion and especially modern professed Christianity. "If you be the Christ get us off this cross." The world will worship anyone who will remove the cross from them. They will worship anyone who will take away the stake of sacrifice. Men want a protector such as the United Nations or some other apparently benevolent dictator. The multitudes who went to their sunrise services little imagined they were that man. They were the one reviling Christ rather than the one who said, "Remember me when you come to your kingdom." Some readers might be offended that I should so judge, but it is I who needs to be convinced of this generation's goodness. When religious people starve to death the inhabitants of other nations or bomb them to dust I am not convinced they are any different than the others before them. Do not preach to me regarding your great motivations, show me your works. You in this age have been showing me your works and that is how I know what your motivations are. This new age of men want to crucify the real Christ, but they are happy to accept a false one if He will save them from their foes.

     When a man knows the truth and knows the true God, he will forsake family, friends and even his own life to maintain it and obey it. He will go to the cross rather than sacrifice the principle of truth. Jesus, Himself said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Mt. 10:34-39. This is the Christ that United Religions and the United Nations want to do away with. This is the Christ they want to impale once again. Today’s false religion may profess the same high morals but turn to the sword rather than the cross if all else fails.

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    The United Nations has announced a global ethic. Again, in the report of the Commission on Global Governance we can read:

"Respect for life and its corollary, non-violence, are vital to the well-being of any neighbourhood. Violence against persons negates the inherent dignity of all human beings. And its widespread use in diverse situations undermines humanity's claim to be civilized. Recent history is replete with instances of conflict and oppression in which human life has been treated with the utmost contempt and callousness. Extensive carnage, sometimes genocidal in intent and scale, has occurred in several parts of the world."

    As with all pagan societies in all time there were great pronouncements of moral ideals, but very little knowledge as to how they were to be carried out. The United Nations, along with its American counterpart, are masters of the language of human rights and dignity. Carrying those beliefs out is rare when any real work is required. The case in point is Iraq. While the new society speaks of respect for life and non-violence and it decries the oppression of callused and unfeeling people, it totally disregards those high statements when it comes to its own actions against dissidents. While the Catholics burned those who would not cooperate, the U.N. and its affiliates starve them to death. It is debatable whether burning is preferred over starvation but, either way, the effects are the same.

    The great altruistic goals of the new global religion are again stated:

"Respect for life and its corollary, non-violence, are vital to the well-being of any neighbourhood. Violence against persons negates the inherent dignity of all human beings. And its widespread use in diverse situations undermines humanity's claim to be civilized. Recent history is replete with instances of conflict and oppression in which human life has been treated with the utmost contempt and callousness. Extensive carnage, sometimes genocidal in intent and scale, has occurred in several parts of the world."

     I think anyone with eyes open would have to see the hypocrisy of this statement in the light of the tragedy near Waco concerning the Branch Davidians who were all incinerated. One may well say that the U.N. wants to stop these things, but, if it did, it would have. The U.S. is a major player in United Nations affairs. It is a signatory of all of these words of pretense, but, when reality comes home, the nations prove their barbarian nature. A religion without a cross is pagan regardless of its theoretical belief system and regardless of the names it places upon its images. Call a false god Ra, Eastre, Mithra, Jehovah, Yahweh or Jesus and it is still a false god. When someone calls another man by my name it will not make that other man me.

    Again, the Commission went on to say:

"We believe that all human beings are born equal in their right to human dignity and are entitled to certain basic liberties: to define and express their own identity, to choose their form of worship, to earn a livelihood, to be free from persecution and oppression, to receive information. Basic liberties also include free speech, a free press, and the right to vote. Without these, the world becomes a battleground of warring individuals and groups, each seeking to protect its interests or to impose its authority on others."

     Jesus was heard speaking to the people one day in which He said, "So practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice." Mt. 23:3.

"The threat to liberty in any part of the global neighbourhood needs to be seen as a threat to the entire neighbourhood. Action against attempts to violate the right to liberty is a common responsibility.

"Tolerance is indispensable for peaceful relations in any society. When it is transmuted into the more active attribute of mutual respect, the quality of relationships is distinctly raised. Mutual respect therefore offers a basis for making a plural society--which is what the global neighbourhood is--not only stable but one that values and is enriched by its diversity."

     And so it goes. We need not mention Libya, Iran, Korea and other "rogue" states, which are pressured for not wanting to put their chains on and play the international game of chess. The U.N. charter engenders respect, but only for those who do what they are told. This principle reveals the lack of a cross. This practice shows the principle of Satan (adversary) which rules the new order of things. They say, but they do not do what they say. And so it is written: "For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than anyone else? Do not even the publicans so?"

THE NEW AND IMPROVED JESUS

    Jesus believed in loving one’s enemies, but that does not apply to the new, improved version of Christ. The New Order kind of love blows the spit out of its enemies. It is still the same old "love your friends and hate your enemies" that the world has always known. This is all that the world and its religions can deliver on. These days the Christian ministry will send its young men off to a "desert storm" and then welcome them back with yellow ribbons after they have made ash out of their victims. This is not the religion of Christ and those who do or support those things have never known Him.

    During the time of Christ the world was expecting a Messiah. They wanted a man who would relieve them of their oppressive circumstances and provide food for all. This is exactly the Messiah men today are looking for. Some hope for a Messiah to come to the earth and give them relief, while others expect a Messiah to come in the heavens and bring them relief. The doctrines differ but the Messiah is the same one.

    So, what is the end of the game? We have in all segments of society the push to unite society and religion. The story is that this will finally bring peace to all men. But how is it that men can unite society by forcing those who trust in the Bible to give up their trust in the Scriptures which might be offensive to homosexuals, abortionists and warriors and to give up their evangelistic efforts? It seems to me that it would only bring peace to those who are spiritually dead.

    One may be certain, that true to form, all men or women who steadfastly refuse to take this mark of the beast will be slated for extinction. There is no place in the new order of things for those who refuse to bow the knee to the forces of Babel. Men have not changed. It is their profession that reaches into the heavens while their works come forth from the smoke of hell.

     The reader may wonder why we would report on secular government expecting religious principles from it. Why is it we expect the United Nations to have the virtues of Christ? The reason we report on these issues is that the United Nations is not merely secular government. It embodies the new world religion. When true religion is sacrificed on pagan altars, it must be exposed for what it is. There has never been a time when secular rulers were so quick to teach religion in the form of moral values. What they do not reveal is the hypocrisy of their morality. What must be exposed is the true nature of the event and where the directors of this event intend on leading us all.

The war has commenced!

"And I saw, issuing from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet, three foul spirits like frogs; for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty." Rev 16:13-14.

     Woe unto you America. I have given you liberty but you have made chains for yourselves and your people. I have given you love, but you have returned to me hatred and mocking. I have given you peace and you have made war, for while I have kept war from your shores you have exported it to the nations. I have given you riches and you have used your riches to enslave the poor. Because you have not heard me but have followed after your idols of power and glory, I will take from you the freedoms you have loved. I will bring war to your shores, and I will kindle a fire in the midst of you. I will take from you your glory and bring you into the dust.

     Thus says the Lord God, I AM and there is no other and I will bring you down to the pit so that you will be no more, for you have set yourself up magnifying yourself even to the prince of the host. You have taken away the sacrifice and placed in its stead the abomination that makes the nations desolate. You have gathered a host against me but you will be as though you have never been. You have set yourself up as God before the nations. You have devised a fierce countenance and you have understood mysterious and dark sayings seeking to destroy the mighty and holy people. Craft has prospered in your hand and by peace you have destroyed many. You have stood up against me but I shall destroy you without hand. I shall sit in judgment and take away your dominion to consume and to destroy it unto the end. The kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the most high.

     Woe unto you America, for you have polluted your altars with the pollutions of your adulteries. Your fornication has reached unto the heavens. Because you have become a nation of violence, with violence I will cast you down. While you speak peace and prosperity you lie. Your prophets say peace, peace when there is no peace. You have fornicators who lead you and false prophets who prophecy salvation to you but salvation is far from you. I will bring you and your princes to their end for while they have lied, you have loved to have it so.

 


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