Is God’s word really pure?

“The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:5,6

If God isn’t powerful enough to keep at least one true translation of His word pure, then what kind of God is that?!
John says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
So if this is to be believed, that Jesus is the word, and also God, and looking at the verses below, which state that He changes not, then doesn’t that mean that His pure word also cannot change?
“For I am the LORD, I change not; …” Malachi 3:6
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

Saying that man, demonic powers etc can change God’s (true) word by whatever means, means that those things are more powerful than God, and we know that simply isn’t true.

Yes, man has changed God’s word through various different versions of the bible, and they have used corrupt (false) manuscripts as well.
But to say that God can’t even keep even one translation of the most powerful book in the history of mankind pure and exactly how He wants it, is to say that we do not have a reliable Bible to read, believe and obey.
If we do not have a reliable and true Bible to read, then what?!
If it has been changed, and there is no pure word of God, then we really have no reason to keep reading it and believing it and obeying it.
And for those people to continue to quote from these books that they say aren’t true doesn’t make sense to me.
If it has changed, or been changed, then it isn’t pure anymore and can’t be trusted or relied on.

These are just some of my thoughts on something I’ve seen on fb the last day or two. It is quite upsetting seeing these kinds of things happening in regards to God’s word.
I don’t know, maybe I’m over simplifying it by believing that those verses above are true. Maybe I’m missing something and am completely off the track.
It just seems to me that every other week there is a new thing happening to try to discredit the Bible, and we all know who is trying to do that. It doesn’t take a super spiritual or highly intelligent person to see that Satan is attacking God’s true word. It’s sad to see that people are succumbing to these doctrines of devils though.
It’s naive to think that he hasn’t already done damage in this area, and what I’m reading lately on fb just solidifies this for me. 😦

I say this not to bash anyone, or put anyone down, but to challenge the things they are learning through man, and not the Word of God. When we are too busy learning from man via youtube, fb, blogs, etc we can be easily swayed by these things.
“That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14

If we were to stick to God’s word, with the teaching of God’s Holy Spirit, then we really can’t go too far wrong. (And if we do, the Lord will show us and get us back on track if we are diligently seeking Him.)

 

Here are a couple of my previous posts about Bible versions.
Satan the great counterfeiter counterfeit bibles

Why I use the King Jame Bible

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Help the brethren.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:34-40

I used to attend a church that was heavy on overseas missions. I spoke to the pastor one day about how many they support here at home, and while there are a few, they are all either established church or those who have been from that particular church.
There really seemed to be no desire to plant churches outside of their, for want of a better term, comfort zone. (I don’t say this to be harsh, I’m trying to get to a point.)
The missionaries they support are, by all accounts, doing a great job, and I’m not trying to detract from what they are doing, because generally they do it really tough and have their work cut out for them.

My concern, after reading a couple of things the last few days, has turned to those who are inside the church. How many churches focus on evangelising/witnessing to the unsaved, and making programs for them, tracts for them, sending ‘love packages’ to them, soup kitchens etc, but what about those who are doing it tough within the Body of Christ? They seem to be forgotten.

These verses above are about Jesus’ brethren, not the unsaved. I think we tend to get so comfortable in our status quo that we forget there are those within the Body who are suffering and need help.
From what I’ve seen, it’s generally only when there has been a tragedy or dramatic event in a person’s life that the Church rallies together and prepares meals, helps them in their homes etc. But what about day to day living for those who are disadvantaged in the Body?? There are those who are poor/broke, depressed through circumstances, having trouble with their families etc etc, but they seem to be forgotten or ignored.

This leads me to the next verses after the ones above.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” 41-46

I’m not saying all this to ‘bash’ anyone, just to raise awareness that, while missionary programs are great, witnessing/feeding programs are great for the unsaved, we also need to remember that there are large numbers of our brethren that need help also.
It’s very convicting to me the next lot of verses, because I too have been guilty of not seeing the need within the Body of Christ. I don’t have much, but I would help how and when I could.

Should Christians read their stars?

In a word, NO! Let me tell you why, from an excerpt taken from page 16 of ‘Empires of The New Age’ by Paul deParrie and Mary Pride.

“Divination

   Astrology, the teaching that the stars in the sky guide our lives, is the most popular form of divination in the West. It is the gateway by which many enter the pagan religion. Like all other techniques for predicting the future, astrology puts Nature in control and dispenses with the sovereignty of God.

Divination is completely amoral. The stars never guide you to make righteous choices, or even hint that righteousness exists. The pervert and the upright all receive their readings on an equal basis.
The Bible prohibits astrology, absolutely and completely. In fact, part of the reason for God’s judgment of Babel was the tower built “unto the heavens”.

In ancient times, the future was divined by sheep livers and chicken entrails. The Babylonians devoted thousands of volumes to the “science” of liver divination. To them, these copious observations constituted the pinnacle of science. The number of followers of these practices today — at least in the West — in negligible. Tea-leaf diviners and palm readers, once so popular, are also now on the wane. Instead, the curious and serious both seem to favor Tarot cards and I Ching.

Paul deParrie is a former occult practitioner with a wide knowledge of classical paganism.”

Divination is described as being –

“1. The act of divining; a foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means. The ancient heathen philosophers divided divination into two kinds, natural and artificial. Natural divination was supposed to be effected by a kind of inspiration or divine afflatus; artificial divination was effected by certain rites, experiments or observations, as by sacrifices, cakes, flour, wine, observation of entrails, flight of birds, lots, verses, omens, position of the stars, etc.

2. Conjectural presage; prediction.”
It’s basically trying to tell a person’s future by various means. No person (astrologer, medium, psychic) or thing (nature, entrails, tea leaves etc) has the ability to know the future. Only God knows the future because He is the only one who knows all.
Believing that God has made these things to be used for divination is also wrong, because He hasn’t. We are to rely on God and God only to direct our steps, not tell us what’s going to happen in our future.

It is similar to getting prophecies from sources that aren’t of God.
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by **soothsaying:” Acts 16:16

**Soothsaying: Strong’s # G3132 – “μαντεύομαι manteúomai, mant-yoo’-om-ahee; from a derivative of G3105 (meaning a prophet, as supposed to rave through inspiration); to divine, i.e. utter spells (under pretense of foretelling:—by soothsaying. – to act as a seer, deliver an oracle, prophesy, divine.”

If you are a professing Christian, and consult ‘the stars’ to divine your future, you are going against the written word of God and you need to repent – understand what you are doing is sin against God, seek His forgiveness and stop. You are messing with the occult by doing it and it’s very serious. The Bible actually calls it an abomination.
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, **or that useth divination**, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12
Just because it’s in the Old Testament it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t still feel the same way about it!

Please, I urge you to stop because you are dabbling in the occult.

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Fairies and Superheroes – Consistent with the Bible?

Did you know? Superheroes subliminally promote evolution.
Think about it – most of these superheroes have come from some sort of mutation, which has given them superpowers.
Evolutionists believe that mutations cause beneficial changes when in fact mutations can cause serious issues.
We are allowing them to idolise superheroes which underhandedly promote evolution, yet we are also teachingpics.jpg them that the Bible teaches that God created the world and all in it.
Is it any wonder that children, when they are old enough, leave the church, and or faith, because they have been brought up with two incompatible worldviews and see the hypocrisy in it all?
On one hand we are teaching them that fairies (witchcraft/magic) is perfectly acceptable, but we are also telling them that the Bible says magic/witchcraft is of Satan.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:23
(Could allowing our children to believe in fairies and magic be causing a rebellious spirit within them?)
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that ***they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God***.” Galatians 5:19-21
I’m going to step out on a limb here and say that celebrating things like Christmas/Easter/Halloween etc could be the same. On the one hand we are teaching them that it’s ok to take part in worldly (and sometimes evil) celebrations, yet the Bible says not to be like the heathen and not to celebrate pagan holy days.
Can we not see the damage we are doing to our children by not being consistent in our worldviews??!
We simply cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in the Bible, it just doesn’t work that way.
I know many may not agree with this, and I’m not saying any of this to “bash” anyone, but I’m simply trying to get people to see that sometimes we aren’t aware of what we are doing, because some things are so ingrained in our lives that we don’t realise what we are doing. We get taught these things as children so we don’t see anything wrong with it, therefore we continue to pass these things on down the generations without batting an eyelid, without realising what is happening. But there should come a point when we question all we have learned and see if what we are teaching our children is in accordance with God’s word.
If this has struck a chord with you, take it to the Lord in prayer, seek His wisdom and council about it and ask for Him to show you HIS truth.
Remember, His ways are not our ways and we sometimes don’t realise that we are doing things our way rather than His way.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:7-9
I am including this link for information about fairies and why we shouldn’t allow our children to believe in them. I’m not promoting the whole website, just the information in this link.
Fairies, gnomes, elves and more.

Penance is not scriptural.

I was just doing a quick word search on the term ‘penance’ and was totally shocked by what I read.
I was going to do a quick post on facebook, but after reading what I did, I just know that it can’t be a quick post on verse comparisons and a quick definition comparison.
I have taken this information from a Catholic website and will endeavour to use the Bible to refute and prove that these Catholic rituals are unscriptural, wrong, and will not get a person into heaven.

“Penance
Penance – Penitence or repentance, a virtue disposing a sinner to hatred of his own sin because it is an offence against God and prompting him to a firm purpose of amendment.

Sacrament of Penance – A sacrament of the New Law instituted by Christ in which the absolution of a priest, acting as judge, sins committed after Baptism are forgiven to a person who confesses them with sorrow and a purpose of amendment.

(Definitions from A Catholic Dictionary, 1951)”

First of all, they are correct in saying that the born again Christian should hate their own sin. If there is a love of sin there will be no conviction, or ignoring of conviction, and no desire to confess and repent. That’s about where the correct information stops.
Absolution of a priest is unbiblical. There is only one person who can forgive sins, and that is Jesus. There is only one person who Christians are to pray to as mediator and that is Jesus.
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, Mark 2:10
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5

“Church Teaching on the Sacrament of Penance:

     “Hence the Council of Trent declares: For those who fall into sin after Baptism the Sacrament of Penance is as necessary to salvation as is Baptism for those who have not been already baptised.” Catechism of Council of Trent, Sacrament of Penance
     “The faithful must be fully aware that sin and its eternal punishment are remitted by the Sacrament of Penance if one makes proper use of it; (1)however the entire temporal punishment is very seldom taken away. This must be removed either by satisfactory works in this life or by the fire of Purgatory after death” Encyclical On Preparation for the Holy Year by Pope Benedict XIV, 1749
     “Q: Why is a penance imposed in confession?
A: A penance is imposed because, after sacramental absolution which remits sin and its eternal punishment, there generally remains a temporal punishment to be undergone, either in this world or in Purgatory.” Catechism of St. Pius X, The Sacrament of Penance
     (2)“Q: Is it a sin to transgress a Precept of the Church?
A: Knowingly to transgress a Precept of the Church in grave matter is a mortal sin
Q: Name the Precepts of the Church.
A: The Precepts of the Church are:
1. To hear Mass* on all Sundays and on Holy days of obligation. (Not in the Bible.)penance
2. To fast during Lent, on Ember Days and appointed Vigils, and not to eat meat on forbidden days. (Fasting is for spiritual strength, not for certain days/rituals.)
3. To confess our sins at least once a year, and to receive Holy Communion at Easter each one in his own parish. (Christians are to confess when convicted of sin, whether that be weekly, daily or hourly.)
4. To contribute to the support of the Church, according to local custom.
5. Not to solemnize marriage at forbidden times, that is, from the first Sunday in Advent until the Epiphany, and from the first day of Lent until Low Sunday” Catechism of Pius X, The Precepts of the Church” (Say what?)

1. The entire punishment is taken away.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Note that it doesn’t say God will forgive our sins but then we have to do ‘works’ to make up for it after He has forgiven us. Purgatory is not in the Bible.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
Jesus did it all on the cross, therefore we cannot contribute to our salvation nor make-up for our sins.
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30

2.
Jesus did not die on the cross because sinners sin against the Church, Jesus died because we sin against a holy and just God!
“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:” Psalm 51:4
(Exodus 10:16; Joshua 7:20; Judges 10:10 etc.)
All of the “precepts” of the “Church” mentioned here have nothing to do with God. They are all about the rules and regulations of the Catholic church, they seem to have forgotten God. It all sounds like an overbearing, controlling person (religion) who wants allegiance from his followers, not obedience to the Bible. I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but none of this is in the Bible – it’s all rules and regulations made up by man, not God.

“Summary

There is no doubt that penance in general must be practiced by all Catholics as much as possible if we are to make up for our earthly offenses and attain Heaven. This has been a basic practice of the Catholic Church since Christ founded it.

As for the Sacrament of Penance, for those that sin after Baptism, it is our lifeline to Heaven. Since in some cases it is difficult to know whether we are truly in the state of grace, the Sacrament of Penance should be utilized very frequently (i.e. monthly or even more frequently)!”

Works (or trying to making up for sins) do not get anyone to heaven. Only Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, and faith in that sacrifice, will get a person into heaven.
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].” Hebrews 10:10
“For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” Romans 6:10
*Mass is unscriptural because it sacrifices Jesus again and again all the time. He only died once for sin. He is not still dead hanging on the cross either. Jesus is alive and cannot be killed nor sacrificed again.“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13
You may know you have eternal life (grace) by what Jesus did on the cross. If you are in doubt of this, you are doubting what Jesus did on the cross. If your Jesus didn’t do it all on the cross, you are believing in the wrong Jesus.
Jesus did not “found” the Catholic church. The true Church is the body of Christ.
The lifeline to heaven is Jesus, and Jesus only. No rituals, rosaries, penance, works etc will get a person into heaven.

If this is you, and you have been led to read this, I pray that you will truly seek Jesus while you still have time. He is waiting for you to come to him in godly sorrow and repentance.

 

Sleight of hand – in the church.

“13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 
14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight* of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:
 
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:13-16
Have a look at verse 14 in particular. We heard this verse in the car today and it really stuck out to me with what it says, so I thought I’d do a bit of a word study on it.
*Sleight – Strong’s #2940 – artifice, fraud.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary – sleight – “1. An artful trick; sly artifice; a trictrickk or feat so dexterously performed that the manner of performance escapes observation; as sleight of hand.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary – “ARTIFICE, noun [Latin artificium, from ars, art, and facio, to make.] 1. Stratagem; an artful or ingenious device, in a good or bad sense. In a bad sense, it corresponds with trick, or fraud.”
As you can see here, artifice means a (deliberate) strategy to dupe someone.
This all suggests to me that these men in verse 14 have practiced and perfected trickery and deceit in order to deliberately deceive people.
It’s kind of like an illusionist who does the most amazing tricks, but that’s all they are, tricks. The good, successful illusionist has practised and perfected his craft so that nobody can tell what he’s doing.
The people who watch are tricked into believing it is magic, amazing and astounding. They are meant to dazzle and amaze people, but in reality it’s nothing more than careful planning and props that fool people.
So don’t be fooled. Satan has set people up in churches, on facebook, in blogs, in friends, in publishing Bible versions, in music, movies etc to deliberately deceive and divert people away from God’s saving truths.
Those who love truth will seek it, but those who don’t will be swayed by anything and anyone.
This is why we need to warn others, so that they will not be the ones who are tricked. Too many people are putting their trust in the wrong people, in the wolves in sheep’s clothing, and they need to be warned.

“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:22,23

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

 

 

Playing cards – a tool for divination.

I know this may seem a little “out there” or far fetched to many of you, but as I was replying to a comment on this (I shared this on facebook and was replying to someone’s comment), a memory came back to me.
It was when I was a young girl and my grandpa (who by the way was a Druid, which I found out after he died) used to do this ‘game’  where he would draw 4 cards and depending on how they turned up (either upside down or not) and what number it was, was the meaning of the draw. It was a form if divination. For example, the ace of spades pointing towards you meant a death, or the same card pointing away from you meant pregnancy or birth. Or if the 9 of hearts was drawn it meant, if I recall correctly, love or marriage. Think of tarot cards, which are a tool for divination, or telling the future, which is of course an abomination to God.

Now that I think of it, it could be one of the things that drew me into the occult when I got older. (I was involved in witchcraft or wicca, which is supposedly white magic, which is still magic and therefore still an abomination to God. I was also into horoscopes, psychics, tarot cards etc.) There could very well have been a spirit attached to him doing the divination of them which ‘attached’ itself to me. If you don’t think there is such a thing, then you need to read Acts 16:16: “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:”

So in saying all this, please read this quote below prayerfully and with an open mind to realising that playing cards could go against God’s word and be a sin. If you are convicted through this post, please don’t ignore it. It is something you will have to repent of and stop doing, because it has a spiritual, for want of a better word, attachment.
If playing cards were originally created to be used for divination, do you really want them in your home? (See verses below.)cardss.jpg

“Hidden Meanings of Playing Cards

Don’t take those playing cards for granted. Take a break from blackjack and baccarat and learn a bit of playing cards’ history below.
Playing Cards, the Suits and the Four Elements

As you know, a single deck is divided into four suits: spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds. These four suits are known as swords, cups, wands and pentacles. They correspond to the four elements: fire, water, air and earth. These have hidden meanings that some people believe in.

Here are the correspondences of the playing cards’ suits:

Spades Swords Fire Hearts Cups Water Clubs Wands Air Diamonds Pentacles Earth

Meanings of the Suits and Elements

The four elements were believed to be the creator of the universe. Everything was said to have come from the activities of the elements. Fire came first, and then water, air and finally earth.
The four elements were connected to the “humors” by the ancients. These humors have meanings related to the human personality.

*Fire / Swords / Spades symbolize willpower, courage, strength and other masculine qualities.
*Water / Cups / Hearts stand for love, emotions, imagination and the subconscious. These are feminine qualities.
*Air / Wands / Clubs represent mind, speech and words. These are neutral qualities.
*Earth / Pentacles / Diamonds signify wealth and matter.

The face cards also carry the traits of their elements. Court cards of the fire element signify men and women of action; those of water are sensitive and benevolent people and so on.

Numbers on the Playing Cards
Even numbers have meanings ascribed to them.

Number One or Ace represents beginnings, fresh ideas, new ventures, etc.
Number Two is duality, love and partnership.
Numbers Three is the number of fate and “karma” and the planet Saturn.
Number Four is completion and the material world, of wisdom and of Jupiter.
Number Five is said to be the number of man (half of ten, number of the universe) and Mars.
Number Six is a number of the divine and the Sun.
Number Seven is the number of love and Venus.
Number Eight is the number of intellect. Eight is also double the number four, meaning the positive and negative qualities of the four elements. Mercury rules this number.
Number Nine is the number of the soul and the Moon.
Number Ten is the number of the whole world, of Earth.
When a card’s number is combined with its suit, it takes on a unique meaning used in divination. Divination is the art of obtaining answers from some method such as drawing from playing cards.

Conclusion
This is a brief survey of the mystical significance of playing cards that some people believe in. While it is not useful for gambling, it is good to know the history and origin of the playing cards we now use and enjoy.” [end quote]

Just because these verses are in the Old Testament it doesn’t mean that God has changed how He feels about them. They are still an abomination to Him.
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times,or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.” Deuteronomy 8:9-11

“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” Deuteronomy 7:26

 

Are you yoking yourself with unbelievers? (You may be and not realise it.)

“Be ye not *unequally yoked* together with unbelievers*: for what fellowship* hath righteousness with unrighteousness*? and what communion* hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14yoked
In my Bible this is the first verse under the heading “Paul’s Appeal for Separation from Unbelievers”.
There are several key words that I can see that really stick out to me.I will go into detail in order as they appear in the verse.
     1 – unequally yoked – Strong’s #2086 – to yoke up differently, to associate discordantly, unequally yoke together with.
Think of it like this, you get two professional sports players, one who plays golf and the other who plays chess. Do you think they will both be able to play the other person’s sport equally? No, they won’t because they are specialised in their own sport. If you try to pair them up to play together it just won’t work.
Or if you try to pair up an accountant with a gym instructor, or a mechanic and a marine biologist. They just won’t work.
The same goes for (spiritually) born again Christians and unbelievers, which I will go into next.
     2 – unbelievers – Strong’s #571 – disbelieving, ie without Christian faith, a heathen, untrustworthy person, they that believe not, faithless, infidel..
From the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary – An incredulous person; one who does not believe.  An infidel; one who discredits revelation, or the mission, character and doctrines of Christ.
This is an important one because many who profess to be Christians really aren’t.
There are different forms of ‘unbelievers’, be they a professing Christian who denies the true Jesus Christ by false teaching/false doctrine/false gospel, or someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus at all. The ones who profess Christ yet deny him through false doctrine and a false gospel are the ones to be on the lookout for.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17,18
      3 – fellowship – Strong’s # 3352 – participation. If we are a born again Christian we should not be partaking in the same things as unbelievers do. Think of it in the sporting context. When a team is playing a sport, say football, they are all playing for a common goal and with the same rules. Christians do not have the same goals nor the same (for want of a better term) rules as those who are not saved.
Yes, Jesus associated with sinners but He did not participate in their sins in order to be like them to be approachable or for those people to be able to relate to Him.

     4 – unrighteousness – Strong’s #458 – violation of law, wickedness, illegality. It’s like a (non corrupt) police officer being best friends with a hard core criminal.

     5 – communion – Strong’s #2842 – partnership, participation, social intercourse.
Another word is fellowship. This ties in with #3.
From my understanding this can be applied to both those who are unsaved, and also the false teachers that are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
In the context of those who aren’t in the faith I think it’s pretty clear. But when we look at it in the context of false teachers it may not be quite so clear.
I think of it this way: I live in a town where there are only two denominations of churches, both of which are false, ie false Jesus which equals a false gospel, which equals false doctrines, therefore false teachings. I’ve been told I should just attend either one of them anyway because at least it’s fellowship and teaching. If I were to attend either of these denominations it would suggest that I agree with and accept their (false) teachings, which would mean that I would be unequally yoked with them. And as you can hopefully see, that is opposite of what the Bible teaches.
I don’t think people take these scriptures seriously enough.
Why do this when we are specifically told to stay away from friendship with people that are not in the faith and false teachers and false teachings?!
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
“If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:10,11
If we follow false teachers there are serious consequences, ie partaking, or participating in their evil deeds. And just one more quick note. Don’t you find it interesting that the book of Jude, a book about false teachers, false teachings and apostasy is the book immediately before the book Revelation?! Just think about that for a moment and let it sink in.

Male, female, both or none? Apparently you get to decide now.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” Mark 10:6

“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” Genesis 5:2

“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.” Genesis 6:19

The LGBT isn’t just a movement of choice and people’s rights, it is a clear, targeted attack on the very thing that God created. It is a spiritual war which is manifesting in the physical world.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

If there are any Christians out there who have fallen for the belief that there are no genders, that everyone has the right to be whatever gender they like, that homosexuality is a choice, then please, please read and commit to memory the verses above and believe them rather than the enemy’s lies.
Satan is corrupting mankind by attacking God’s creation and far too many Christians are falling for it. God clearly says that He created both male and female, not ‘no gender’ or ‘binary’ or whatever gender a person chooses to be at any particular time. God doesn’t make mistakes like creating a person with particular sex organs but really they are the opposite on the inside. They are not born in the wrong body. If this is something they truly believe, then something has influenced them to think that way, whether it be through sexual abuse, tv/media, demonic influences or myriad other things.

And please think logically about it! Don’t fall for all the hype and hyperbole surrounding this issue. The articles you read, the shows you watch and the facebook posts are designed to make you feel hateful and intolerant if you don’t believe the same as the world does. This is where you have to ask yourself who your master is, who are you trying to please; is it God or the world?!

It is Satan that is doing all this and if you believe that the LGBT movement is ok to God, then you have fallen for the lies of God’s enemy, Satan.
I urge you to repent and change your mind about what you believe and turn to God’s ways, which are in the Bible.
I say this not out of hatred, but out of concern for those who believe these lies.
Just because it’s cool to follow the crowd, or you don’t want to be seen as different and intolerant, and believe what the majority believe, it doesn’t mean it’s right. Which leads me to my next point ..

.. Without the Bible there is no right or wrong. Without the Bible people can be or do as they please because they are living to their own rules. This poses a huge problem in society because if everybody were to do this, all sorts of sick and twisted things would be completely normal and there wouldn’t be anybody to say otherwise, because after all, right and wrong would be subjective. (Look at Sodom and Gomorrah as an example.)
If us humans are left to make up our own rules individually without any morals to go by but their own, imagine the anarchy, wickedness and complete depravity that would ensue.
That’s why I made this picture, because a Christian does have a set of morals and values to stand by, and they are in God’s word.
Christians need to be getting their, for want of a better word, ‘instructions’ from the Bible, and we need to live them, because the world needs to see the Bible in action, because goodness knows they won’t pick one up and read it.

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I was puffed up with pride, on the inside.

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As some of you may remember, several years back, when I was a new Christian, I was involved with a home church which morphed into a cult like group. It got worse after I left, so I’m extremely thankful that the Lord got me out of there when He did.
It started off as a bit of a small group with one woman teaching us about the Bible, and spiritual warfare and things like that. As the group grew and people came and went, we ended up with what we called the “core group” which was about 10 – 12 of us that were the regulars.
Time went on and the head honcho gave most of us titles, ie pastor, prophet etc. All of us in the group (aside from the leader) were brand new Christians**, some that she had met at a psychic expo. (She, the leader, would go these psychic expos in order to evangelise to people, because she was an ‘evangelist’ herself apparently.) To the mature, discerning Christian that would have sent up red flags, but being a new Christian, I didn’t know any better.
**“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” 1 Timothy 3:6 
New Christians should not be given these kinds of roles because they are not ready for them, and as you can see, can fall into the devil’s trap of being prideful.
So, time goes on and with our newfound ‘titles’ we kept going to the ‘church’ at their house. Strange things started to happen, first with one of her (the evangelist who was upgraded like a take away/take out meal, to an apostle) young children, then with some of the young adults in the group. Weird demonic manifestations would occur. There were all sorts of weird noises happening, black eyes, writhing around on the floor, biting etc etc.
We were told that we were in training for going around to churches, homes etc in order to do deliverance. We even travelled for 5 hour
s to a small country town because the ‘apostle’ said that we were probably going to be doing the same down there, trying to deliver people.

So, in order to not make this a huge long post, I’ll cut to the chase. I just wanted to give a bit of a background as to why this next thing happened to me.
As the title of this post suggests, I was puffed up with pride. I was so proud that finally I was a part of something, I felt like I belonged somewhere. This was partly due to the ‘apostle’ telling us this, that we were a family and that we needed to stick together and back each other up. We were to forsake our families because this was our real family. (Another red flag there.)
I finally felt as though I finally fitted in, because these people accepted me for who I was. And not only that, but we were actually doing something for others. We were doing our God given jobs in what we were doing in that group. Eventually we got t-shirts and jackets with our names and the name of the group on them. I think there were even bumper stickers as well. I used to walk around, prideful on the inside, that I was special, that nobody else knew how special I was because I was on a God given mission. I had a ‘title’, a ‘family’ and a jacket with my name on it. I felt special. I didn’t go around boasting about it though, it was more of an inner thing, like a special secret I had that others didn’t know about. I guess it’s kind of like that feeling when you find out juicy bit of gossip about someone that you are ‘privileged’ to know about. You feel spec
ial because nobody else knows, only you.

I think many times we can feel puffed up with pride because we have been made to feel as though we have been given a God given gift, title, role, job, mission etc. It can make us feel as though we are more important than others, so we will not give up our role, title etc because then we will just be back to who we were before, a plain ole mum, keeper of the home, cleaner, accountant, school teacher or whatever. We won’t (feel) be special anymore.
The world has taught us that we are something, that our roles define us, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16

We are defined by who we are in Christ – a child of the King, a child of the One who created the universe and all that’s in it. To me, that is far more special than any title or role people can give us. Knowing that the amazing, awe inspiring person who created all we see and know, the stars, the moons, water, beautiful flowers etc created us, and cares for us, is much more special than any name or title that someone can give us.

If this is you, I urge you to repent. Nothing will come from pride in who you are and what you do. In fact, the opposite will happen, you will fall, and the higher up you perceive yourself to be, the further you will fall.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19
If you are truly a child of God, you will sincerely seek the Lord and pray about this if you see this in yourself. Don’t be afraid to admit you were wrong, it’s what God wants you to do. There is no shame in admitting you were wrong. Pride will keep you from doing this, but you need to overcome this pride.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10
It’s time to humble yourself and see pride for what it truly is, sin against a holy and just God. God hates pride, and so should every born again believer.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 16:13-19