Is Germany a Christian Nation?

The following paragraph comes from this article…

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/26/martin-luthers-reformation-anniversary-stirs-germa/

“Many Germans embraced the newcomers, but others in the nation’s economically weak, culturally homogenous East feared the influx of Muslims would strike at the heart of the German identity. It was a paradox: Many feared a too-Christian attitude toward the stranger and the refugee could put into question Germany’s very identity as a Christian nation.”

 

The liberals at the Washington Times have come close to hitting the nail on the head for once.  The actual paradox is the term, “Christian nation”.

Might as well say a “saved lost person” or “a round square.”  Christianity and nations are not compatible, at least the Christianity of the New Testament.  We know that the Roman Catholic Church is not a New Testament Church and they have plenty of dealings with nations, aka “fornication” in Rev 17. But not any church that is following the commands of the New Testament.

There are rules in the New Testament that command our submission to government (Rom 13, 1 Pet 2) but nothing about what we are to do when WE are in government.  WHY? Because that is not the realm of Christians.  We would not be able to follow the commands of Christ and maintain a stable government in his name.  THAT is the paradox.

One time Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, got into a political discussion with Jesus Christ himself (We are to be “Christ”ians are we not???).  This is recorded in John 18.

Verse 36 says, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

We know the word, “NOW” is important because his kingdom will come in the future.  It did not come with the Protestant Reformation or the inauguration of old Trumpy.  Paul was so busy fighting with the powers that are way over the Donald’s head (Eph 6) that he had to remind his followers to not forget to pray “for them that are in authority.” (I Tim 2:2)  The prayer is not “that Christians would get involved in Politics through Capital Connections.” or that we would rebel against taxation without representation in order to set up a New Israel so that we could preach the Gospel….. blah, blah, blah…

This issue of immigration is a good litmus test for Christians to see if they are Bible Believing Christians or just “Patriots for ‘Murica” who happen to have some correct doctrine.  Here comes an illegal immigrant.  He is from a Muslim or a Communist country where the open witness of the Gospel is illegal and this law is strictly enforced.  A Christian wants that man to be saved just like God does.  Where will he have a better chance of getting saved?  America or Afghanistan or Libya?  Obviously, he has a better chance of getting saved or at least hearing the Gospel in America.  So to a Bible Believer, the choice is clear: let them come to America and open the borders.  There is no doubt, that is the Christian thing to do.

But open borders are a horrible idea for a nation, whose first job is to protect itself and it’s people.  According to the Preamble to the US Constitution, government’s job is to “form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

Let us go point by point:

“Form a more perfect union” – Letting in Muslims will destroy that.

“Establish Justice” – Muslims will destroy that.

“Insure domestic Tranquillity” – Muslims will definitely destroy that.

“Provide for the common defence” – Tough to do when you might be letting in the enemy.

“Promote the general Welfare” – Tough to do when you are letting in a foreign religion that has different views on general welfare.

“Secure the blessings of liberty” – Can’t let in a people that doesn’t believe in liberty.

So we see that letting in immigrants from the Middle East en masse would be a death blow to our nation.  But as a Christian, we ought to pray that more and more of them would come to this place where they have a far greater chance of getting saved.

The question of the day is this: are you a Bible Believer or an American?  Sometimes, you can’t be both and on the issue of immigration, you cannot be both.

I say, LET THEM IN AND PREACH TO THEM.

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Baruch Spinoza

I’ve been doing some reading on the 17th Century Atheistic (or pantheistic or agnostic…) Jewish-Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza.  This man became the first philosopher after the Reformation to openly state the principles of the modern “science” of Biblical Criticism.  Many writers and historians credit Spinoza as the founder of the “science” of Biblical Criticism.  He saw that the only argument against his philosophy were applicable if the Bible was true, so he anticipated the attack, and preemptively attacked first in his book, Theological-Political Treatise.

At first glance, that would seem to give fuel to the fire of antisemitism and that this damnable “science” is an invention of the Jews.  But as is usual with history, we must read between the lines.  If we do, we are able to discern the old Whore of Babylon doing what she has always done: attack the word of God.

Spinoza was educated by former Jesuit, Franciscus van den Enden.  We must note here that “former” is a loose term when connected to the Society of Jesus.  Often times (and time and space do not permit examples here) Jesuits found it convenient to openly throw off the public profession of Jesuitism, only to keep it on behind closed doors.

Interestingly enough, when asked about God, Albert Einstein replied that, “I believe in Spinoza’s God.”  Whatever specifics he may have had in mind, Einstein explicitly states his categorical rejection of the King James Bible.  We are reminded of Proverbs 13:13: “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed.”

Conspiracy Theories

In Bible Believing circles, conspiracy theories are a hot topic.

We all know Christians who have gone off the deep end and moved into the wilderness to “get off the grid” but have done nothing for the Lord in the last 20 years.  Obviously, there is a danger in going overboard on Conspiracy theories.

Nevertheless, there is SOME profit in understanding that our understanding of the last 100 years of history makes more sense when viewed through the lens of what would commonly be referred to as “Conspiracy theories.”

One of the theories that this blog has taken a tough stand against, is the idea that Bible Believers should get involved in politics in order to try and “save ‘Merica”.  Many big shot pastors and evangelists are going around this country and acting like the Bible teaches that we should try and change the direction of this country through sending Bible school graduates to DC to try and make a difference.

If one understands the truth about this country, no one would ever teach that this country CAN be saved.  “The wicked shall be cast into hell and all the nations that forget God.”  The common illustration is a man trying to bail water out of the Titanic.  Evangelists will teach that we should at least try to save the Titanic.  This illustration is faulty because if ‘Merica is the Titanic, it is not in the process of sinking.  It is at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.  Who would bail water at that point?  Maybe that’s a bad question because you might be able to find an evangelist that IS that stupid…

The way to prove that this country is sunk is 9/11.  If this country is so crooked that it would purposely stage a terror attack in order to force in the Patriot Act and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, then that country is not worth any effort trying to save it.

Our nation’s history is riddled with conspiracy theories that turned out to be true:

  1. Kuwaiti girl’s testimony that got us into the first Gulf War.
  2. Watergate.
  3. Gulf of Tonkin incident that got us into the Vietnam War.
  4. MK-ULTRA’s mind control techniques.
  5. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
  6. The government’s advance knowledge of the sinking of the Lusitania to start WWI.
  7. The government’s advance knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor to start WWI.

That is how our government works.  The ship has sunk.

I said all that to introduce the idea that all Bible Believer’s believe in some Conspiracies.  

People will argue all day about the exact definition of a Bible Believer.  But one condition that is almost without debate is that no Bible Believer believes in the Theory of Evolution.  Some proponents of the Skip Theory (no gappers) think that the Gap Fact is a compromise, but even the most extreme believer in the Gap believes that Darwinian Evolution is a fact.

Bible Believers are forced to admit that there is a CONSPIRACY and that all the scientists of the world are working together under the auspices of the Devil in order to teach kids that men descend from monkeys.  This conspiracy’s ultimate goal (or the purveyors of this conspiracy’s goal) is to teach men that all existence is an accident and that nothing exists after death.  There is no soul because souls don’t fit into the evolutionary paradigm.  In their most open dialogue, the high priests of the religion of evolution will teach that since death is as natural as life, then there may come a time when killing men by the millions is as expedient as killing the wolves in Yellowstone or the Tasmanian Tigers.  This will culminate in the religion of the Antichrist and the deaths of so many that the Antichrist will make Hitler, Stalin, and Mao look like little kiddies.

All Bible Believers accept this conspiracy.

Another conspiracy that a Bible Believer holds to, is the conspiracy about modern Bible versions.   How in the world, modern scholars have duped the world into thinking that the Alexandrian-text type that represents less that 5% of available manuscripts represents the God honoured originals can only be labelled as a conspiracy.

Researchers Chris Pinto, David Daniels of Chick Publications, and Steven Avery are beginning to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Codex Siniaticus (Aleph) is a 19th Century forgery stolen by Tischendorf and lyingly presented as written in the 4th Century.  We now are forced to admit that modern scholarship is as corrupt on Bible manuscripts as it is on Evolution.  To believe contrary to the modern paradigm is to be a conspiracy theorist.  It shouldn’t bother a Bible Believer at all.

So knowing that all Bible Believers believe in some form of Conspiracy Theory, we shouldn’t be so averse to the idea that 9/11 was an inside job and that the devil rules the world through the Pope and the Pope through the Jesuits and the UN all the way down to the great puppets Obama and ole’ Trump.  We shouldn’t reject ideas like Geocentricity out of hand, but we should ask ourselves the only question that really matters, “What saith the Scripture?”

This should make you want to stay out of politics and science and move closer to the Lord Jesus Christ in desiring and praying for his soon return.

 

Erasmus of Rotterdam

http://keystothebible.net/special-studies/1970s-king-james-bible-conference/

 

Here is a link to Bro. Bob Alexander’s website.  Specifically this link points to a series of mp3s that have to do with the topic of the King James Bible Controversy.

 

Obviously, I recommend the audio of Dr. Peter Ruckman.  But I also heartily recommend that you give a listen to the audio by BV Barlett about Erasmus of Rotterdam.

 

I fully believe that, along with the King James Translators, Erasmus is the fulfillment of Matt 23:34:

“Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:”

After listening, I think you will agree.

Visitation Notes for Dealing with Jews

Jews

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

  1. Isaiah 49:5,6 – Servant can’t be Israel, it’s the Messiah.
    1. Therefore, the “servant” in Isaiah isn’t always Israel. (also 20:3, 22:20, 37:35)
  2. Why can’t Isaiah 53 be the nation of Israel?
    1. Vs 3 – Nations hid from Israel? When?
    2. Vs 7 – Israel didn’t open mouth?
      1. Yes, they did. Ex “Trial of God”
    3. Vs 8 – Cut off out of the land of the living?
      1. Many nations have ceased, but Israel still exists.
    4. Vs 9 – No violence?
      1. King David hotel bombing, wars of Israel…
    5. No deceit in mouth?
      1. Hebrew calendar manipulated so Christ not born at year 4000.

Ps 22 – Prophecy of Crucifixion.

  • Can’t be David. Vs 14, 16, 18.

Dan 9:20-27 – 69 weeks (483 years) started in Neh 2

  • Artaxerxes started his reign in 473 BC.
  • His 20th year would be 453 BC.
  • 453-483=30 AD
  • The Messiah (9:25) had to come around the time of Jesus Christ. (30 AD)
  • Doesn’t allow for the Messiah in 2015 AD or later…

New Jerusalem Road

  1. All Have Sinned – Ecc 7:20, 2 Chron 6:36, Jer 17:9
  2. Consequences For Sin – Is 59:2, 64:6, Eze 18:4, Ps 9:17
  3. Shedding Of Blood For Atonement – Lev 17:11, Is 53
  4. Resurrection – Ps 16:10 (David saw corruption)
  5. You Must Trust Him – Ps 2:10,11
  6. You Must Trust Him Now – Is 55:1-6

A Famous Patrick Henry Quote

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”
~ Patrick Henry ~             

 

Saw this quote for a God and Country rally at an independent King James only Baptist Church.  Guess what?  Ole’ Patty was wrong.  

 

You can mine quotes from anywhere to prove anything and it means nothing if it is not backed up by facts.  

 

Fact: the legally binding, government endorsed Treaty of Tripoli says in Article 11:

 

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;”

 

Ole’ Patty was wrong again.

 

King James Bible Believers need to get their facts straight and realize that no rally for “God and Country” will amount to anything in the Lord’s eyes.

 

Go to DC and see for yourself.  This country was founded by Masons.

Thoughts on DC

 

Just got back from my expedition to DC.  I truly wondered if something about the trip would rekindle my patriotism.  It did not.  I used to have patriotism.  I have had little to none since I started reading the Bible over a decade ago.  My patriotic fire has completely gone out and the only way to start it burning again would be for me to set the Bible aside, something I will never do, Lord willing.  

 

Patriotism isn’t inherently wrong or sinful.  But when you have God’s standards of righteousness and holiness and you live in a country where people openly and PROUDLY flaunt their disobedience and you still have patriotic fervor, then something is amiss.  That kind of patriotism is as wrong for the Christian as patriotism in Republican France or Soviet Russia.  

 

But, I thought that maybe I would see for myself that this is more a Christian nation than I had thought in my studies.  But now mine eyes have seen.  The nation’s capital could not be a less Christian place.  

 

This country is not on a slippery slope away from God.  It has completely left him out.  You see this clearly demonstrated by the architecture of the nation’s capital.  And, although the average American has been God fearing in a general sense, the leaders have never been.  If these “Founding Babies” (as I call them) had feared God, they would not have built so many statues to pagan gods and godessess.  Now we live in a day and age when the average American is not God fearing.  So, the leaders and the average citizen has not the “fear of God before their eyes.” (Rom 3:18)  

 

In reference to the architecture, there is one good way to illustrate the architecture of DC.  If the city were to be buried, as is, and then dug up in 2000 years,  the archaeologists would come to a unanimous conclusion:  America was as pagan a nation as Athens and Rome.  There are statues galore and none of Christ.  This is an undeniable fact.  Had this country been a “Christian nation” at it’s founding, then it’s leaders would have made sure someone understood this.  But, there it is, in unmuteable stone: no God, no Bible, no Jesus Christ and plenty of pagan statues.

 

The “Founding Babies” undoubtably were Freemasons who absolutely rejected the Bible commands against idols and idolatry.  It is beyond comprehension how a Bible Believer could walk through those areas and think that God had any part in the place.  Over 200 years ago the desire of Christian men, including Baptists, and elite Freemasons lined up.  The average Christian in America gave his consent to the creation of a secular government by those religiously tolerant Freemasons.  That is history.  The great myth is to call those Founders, “Christians.” They were clearly not in any sense of the term.  

 

As much as I am thankful for the freedoms that we enjoy in this country, there is no reason to alter the historical record in order to justify an unbiblical patriotism and anti-biblical desire to push young Christians to get involved in the political process.  The vast majority of Independent Baptist preachers, evangelists, and leaders have rejected the Biblical injunction to stay in the battle and not entangle “himself with the affairs of this life.”  II Tim 2:4

Notes for Hebrew Roots Movement for your Visitation Bible

Hebrew Roots

Phil 3:1-8 – Why combine NT Christianity with “dung”?

Acts 15 vs 1,2 – Is the law part of salvation?  Answered in chapter.

vs 4,5 – How to stay saved?  Answered in chapter.

vs 7-10 – Peter: don’t put yoke of law on believers.

vs 19-20 – Nothing like Hebrew Roots doctrine.

vs 24 – No one ever told to go back to Hebrew Roots.

Matt 23:8 – Don’t be called “Rabbi”.

Phil 2:9-11 – The KJB says the English spelling of the Hebrew word ישוע  is “Jesus”.

  • The King James Bible is our final authority.

Ps 83:18 – The KJB says the the English spelling of the Hebrew word יהוה  is “Jehovah”.  

  • Never Yahweh.  That is a pagan deity.

Col 2:10-23 – Sabbaths, Jewish feast days are gone.

Deut 16:16 – HRM doesn’t really celebrate Feasts.  They must be kept in Jerusalem.

I Tim 4:3-6 – No dietary laws in NT.

Galatians:  Whole book devoted to HRM.

1:6,7 – HRM is perverting the Gospel.

1:13,14 – Jewish religion clearly differentiated from NT Christianity.

2:3-5 – Paul wouldn’t circumcise Titus.  Law keepers put us back into bondage.

2:9 – Paul’s teachings endorsed by original apostles.

2:11-16 – Paul right, Peter wrong.  Peter couldn’t live law.  Why make Gentiles try?

2:18 – Jewish religion destroyed.  Why try and rebuild it?  We’re dead to it.

3:1-3 – Can’t start with faith and end with works.

3:10-14 – Can’t really live law.  Especially without temple.  Christ redeemed us from law.

4:9,10 – Jewish religion is weak, beggardly.

Notes for Charismatics for your visitation Bible

Charismatics

I Cor 12:13 – All Christians have Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I Cor 12:29,30 – Not all speak in tongues

Acts 2:2 – Initial evidence of the Holy Spirit is a rushing wind.

  • They aren’t praying for the Baptism.
  • This is the 12 of 1:16.  Not the 120 of 1:15.  This is for the 12 apostles only.

Acts 2:4-11 – These are known tongues.  Not gibberish.

Mark 16:17,18 – Acts 2 is partial fulfillment of this prophecy.

I Cor 1:22 – Signs are given to Jews.

Ex 4:1-9 – Jews are given signs so they would believe.  This is never promised to the Gentiles.

John 4:43-48 – Jews need to see signs.

II Cor 12:12 – Paul given signs to prove apostleship.  PAST TENSE.

Ps 74:9 – Prophecy that signs would cease.

Acts 1:21-26 – Qualifications for apostleship. (Paul is the exception)

II Cor 11:13-15 – False Apostles.

Rev 2:2 – Lying Apostles.

II Thess 2:9 – Antichrist will have signs.  How are signs proof of God’s blessing?

Acts 2:1-11 – These are unknown to speaker and known to hearers.  Sign to Jews.

Acts 10:45,46 – Same.

Acts 19:1-7 – Same.

I Cor 14:22 – What happened in Acts was a sign to unbelieving Jews.  These are not “unknown”.

I Cor 14 – These are unknown to hearers.  That’s why KJ translators added “unknown”.

Rules for unknown tongues: One at a time – vs 27

2 or 3 at most – vs 27

Interpretation required – vs 28

Don’t lose physical control – vs 32

No women – vs 34

Healing

Matt 8:16,17 – Partial fulfillment during Christ’s earthly ministry.

Phil 3:21 – Fully fulfilled when believer’s get new bodies at Rapture.

Ps 103:1-3 – Promise to Jew at the end of the Tribulation.

James 5:14-16 – Promise to Jews.  No Christians healed 100% by this.  

I Tim 5:23 – Paul no longer healing.  Recommends medicine.

II Tim 4:20 – The gift from the Gospels, Acts is gone.

II Tim 4:11 – Paul kept Luke with him.

Col 4:14 – Luke was a doctor.  

I Cor 12:9 – Luke has gift of healing.  That’s what we call “doctors”.  But none are 100% like in Acts.

Mark 6:5,6 – No faith on part of the sick.  It’s not necessary in real healing.

Luke 5:18-25 – Forgiveness more important than healing.

Are churches Businesses? My critique.

This article has become quite popular.  I have edited it for clarity. 8/16/17

 

Critique of this article…

https://tonymorganlive.com/2015/06/21/church-business/

 

There is no doubt that the 21st century church is taking many cues from its business counterparts. It is a growing influence that has developed over decades. The 1960s saw the dawn of the Church Growth movement bringing the use of research to church planning. We were already in Laodicea by 1960s.  The worst apostasy of the church age (Rev 3).  The megachurch movement then brought greater resources, larger staffs, and intricate marketing campaigns among many other business-esque elements. In time, many churches began hiring Administrative and Executive Pastors in place of Associate Pastors. Today, business experience is nearly as valuable as a seminary degree within church staffing.Valuable to whom? God? Or to your pragmatic approach to church building?

All of this change has led some to resist any notion of business principles within church ministry. Bible believers who go by the Bible whether it lines up with “business principles” or not… It is not uncommon to hear a pastor argue that the church is not and should not be run like a business. I just can’t help but disagree. Given the words that Jesus spoke while on earth, there a few ways I’m convinced He does want our churches to be run more like good businesses:

Businesses stay focused on reaching new markets.
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” (Luke 4:43)

Jesus refused to stay in Capernaum because he was focused on reaching other people. Good businesses also seek ways to reach groups of people with whom they have not yet connected.

What opportunities does your church have to connect with new markets?On this point there is little disagreement.

Businesses hold employees accountable.
“A servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.” (Luke 12:47)

Too often, churches hesitate to fire employees out of a desire to practice grace. Our mission in the world is way too important to waste time and money on a problematic team member. Who defines “problematic”? There are lots of “problematic” people in the Bible, like Noah, Samuel, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Micaiah, and Nehemiah.  In fact most of the great people of the Bible would have been called “problematic” by the organizations around them. Sometimes the best way to show people grace is to carefully but honestly help them take a step beyond your organization. That is modern doublespeak.  Something the Lord is not interested in. If they are going against the Bible; show them.  If they refuse to be Biblical, fire them and don’t be “careful” about it.  God’s word is at stake and that is more important than any “organization”. 

How many lives will go unchanged because you have the wrong person on your team?  It makes it all about numbers.  Do you see what this author’s goals really are?  Doing what God wants you to do is all that matters.  The results are the Lord’s and they are not a result of you manipulating the situation.  That is the difference between a Biblical church and a business.  The ends justify the means in a business, not in a church.  

Businesses make plans before they commit to projects.
“For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” (Luke 14:28)

In a good business, your idea doesn’t get approval until you can show how it will work, why it will work, and how much it will cost. Too often, churches approve ideas without fully considering the ramifications.  Do you see the “gain is godliness” attitude?  This attitude would condemn most the great men of Scripture including Christ himself.  Christ spent his whole ministry condemning the religious leaders of his day.  That is how you get crucified, not accolades.  The author’s ideas condemn his own Saviour.

To what level of detail do your leaders plan ahead before they begin new projects?  Only question that matters: what does God say about it?  This author doesn’t give a flip about that.  He acts like a Jesuit.

Businesses stop things that aren’t yielding results.
“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away…” (John 15:2)

Healthy businesses take intentional steps to eliminate activities that do not contribute to a clear bottom line. That is why modern churches dumped the KJV, cross bearing, street preaching, and telling sinners that they are going to hell.  All things we are COMMANDED to preach.  That is where this mentality ends up: Laodicea, “gain is godliness”, and right back to your “mother” Rome…  Molding the message to the masses and God is on the outside looking in.  Many churches waste resources keeping nonperforming ministry programs on life support.  That’s not how God would look at it.  

Which of your ministry programs is not bearing real fruit?  What was the Lord’s fruit during his lifetime?  His disciples forsook him.  Same with Paul.  they were failures by today’s business standards.  The author would have dumped them because of their lack of fruit.  This proves that he is an idiot.  

Businesses are responsible for demonstrating a return to their investors.
“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” (Luke 12:48)

Unfortunately, many churches teach stewardship better than they practice it. I disagree that they teach it or practice it.  Good businesses understand that their money was provided by investors who expect to see something come of it. Church givers also want to see that their gifts are producing fruit. There are a lot of places they could be sowing their seed to further the Kingdom.

How would you feel if your church members received a quarterly report showing how you spent their money and the results it produced?  That’s your problem you are not looking at the Judgment Seat of Christ, you are looking for advancements down here.  When you do that you will get rewards down here, but NOT up here.  Your choice.  This author has made his choice.

So would Jesus want churches to operate more like businesses? Certainly not in every way. But I have a feeling that many church leaders could better live out the teachings of Jesus by becoming students of business operations.  That’s his problem, he is going by his “feeling”.  We walk by faith.  Our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and in his Book.  This author goes by pragmatism.  He thinks that “whatever works” is best.  Ultimately this is the philosophy of the Devil himself and not Christ.



What do you think? Should churches really be run more like businesses? Share your own thoughts in a comment below…