Man’s ways, or God’s ways?

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We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).

When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty. (from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.)

The irony, or perhaps hypocrisy, of people exposing the pagan origin of festivals, traditions and celebrations of Halloween, yet promote Christmas.
 
Lets bag out Halloween because we know it stems from paganism and witchcraft, but lets ignore the fact that we know that Christmas and Easter (and Valentine’s Day etc) are based on ancient pagan festivals and traditions also. The only difference being that they have been Christianised by the RCC. Oh wait, so has Halloween!
 
I was just reading someone’s blog who does a great job showing scripturally how Halloween goes against everything the Bible stands for, yet this same person is promoting Christmas products like they are going out of style.
Most “Christian” holydays/holidays stem from paganism which was then ‘stolen’ by the RCC and turned into “Christian” celebrations.
 
Why is it that we know that these celebrations are rooted in paganism but we just brush that aside and celebrate them anyway?
At my former church some ladies were having a conversation about the origins of Christmas. One lady said that she kind of knew that it was pagan in origin, to which I told her that yes it was, but that didn’t bother her, she was going to do it anyway.
 
It’s like me saying that I’m going to carve an image of Jesus into my forearm with a knife in order to worship Him and start conversations about Him to evangelise.
I know in the OT they used to do it for the dead, and that it was forbidden by God, but I’ve decided I’m going to do it anyway, because I’m not doing it for the dead, I’m doing it for Jesus. I’m doing it to glorify Him.
It might seem a bit extreme, but if it gets conversations going, and if it gets people talking about God, then it’s a good thing, because I’m doing it with good motivations, right? God knows my heart and that I’m only doing it to bring glory to Him, right?
Wrong!
I would be directly going against His word by doing it how *I* wanted to do it, not the way He has told me to do it.
It’s like Cain’s offering to God – it wasn’t what God instructed, and he suffered the consequences.
The ‘Golden Calf’ was “a feast to the LORD”, their way of worshiping God, but because it wasn’t what God instructed, they suffered the consequences.
We are not to worship God in the same ways as the heathens.
“Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
 
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” Deuteronomy 12:30-32
 
The way I personally see it is thus, if we call one ‘Christianised’ pagan holy day an abomination to God, we must call them all. We cannot pick and choose which ones we want to partake in.
They basically all stem from paganism so we either speak out and forsake all of them, or we back off speaking about some and just celebrate them all. We cannot be double minded or sit on the fence.
This might be an extreme view to some, but I think it’s valid. Either we are for paganism and traditions of man, or we are for God and His ways.
“And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:24-26

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What do you want for your children?

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Do you tell your children they can be anything they want when they grow up? Do you give them unrealistic expectations to live up to for when they get older?
Do you tell them that they can do whatever they want?
If you do, then you could be setting them up for a life dedicated to themselves and their desires, not the will of God for their lives.

There is only one true hope for our children and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;” 1 Timothy 1:1
So by bringing your children up to be in the will of God is the safest bet you could ever have.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This (below) was posted by someone on facebook so I thought I’d repost it here.

“Debi Ann Whitehouse Young
Instead of telling children they can be anything they want to be, (which sounds so encouraging, but it is not true,) let’s tell them they can be anything God wants them to be. THAT IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH! There can only be one President of the United States, one first place winner, and only one person at a time can fill a position on a team. For a Christian, all dreams should be based on biblical truth. God created each one of us ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE–He has a plan in mind for our lives. He knows best how to make His plans happen, and He knows the perfect timing for the success of that plan. There are many adults today who are disappointed with the way their lives have turned out because they dreamed dreams based on unrealistic expectations. I wonder how many of them were given unrealistic encouragement. Each of IS unique, and each of us has a unique part in God’s plan. There can only be one YOU. No one else can beat you out of that position. No one else can do it better. No one but YOU can stop you from being what God wants you to be! Each one of us can accomplish that! If we base our dreams on biblical teachings, work at what we ourselves can do to make them a reality, trust God to bring about His good pleasure, not get our eyes off the fact that whatever happens–God is ALWAYS in control, we will be more able to live a peaceful and happy life. I want that for my children and my grandchildren. I believe in their ability to be and do what God has called them to do.”

Pharmakeia – Drugs in the Bible.

‘pharmakeia’ ‘drugs1‘ Strong’s # G5331 – “medication (“pharmacy”) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative)”
‘pharmakeus’ ” Strong’s # G5332 – “a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner that is (by extension) a magician”
 
Link to detailed description of pharmakeia.
Link to detailed description of pharmakeus.
 
“Drugs.
Drug abuse is another precious inheritance the West has received from our enlightened friends, the Hindus. The older among us might recall how the fad really took hold when the Beatles came back from visiting an Indian guru and began to promote drug use as a religious act. Until that time, there had been very little drug abuse in America and other Western nations.
The Rig Veda, a Hindu scripture, presented drug-taking as the greatest spiritual experience ever. One particular drug, soma, was called “the soul and centre of sacrifice.”
 
All the virtues of soma are bound up with the ecstatic experience brought on by its ingestion …. The revelation of a full and beatific existence, in communion with the gods, continued to haunt Indian spirituality long after the disappearance of the original drink. Hence the attempt was made to attain such and existence by the help of other means: asceticism or orgiastic excesses, meditation, the techniques of Yoga, mystical devotion.
 
The quest for a “high” that now destroys the lives of millions of youngsters in every Western nation started right here.”
  Page 96 Ancient Empires of the New Age by Paul DeParrie and Mary Pride.
As you can see, drugs were used in Hinduism to obtain a ‘high’ in order to have spiritual experiences. They believed that by ingesting the drugs they could communicate with their gods and have a religious or spiritual experience (which is based on feelings).
Think of the indigenous tribes that also use drugs to commune with their gods. They ingest potions that put them in a trance like state and they receive ‘messages’ from their ancestors or gods, but really they are communicating with the demonic realm. Their experiences are not based on biblical truth and they are not communicating with God.
Of course, the Bible speaks against such things because the only way to commune with God is through Jesus Christ. He is all that is needed to be able to speak to God, and one can only do this if they have been born again.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

We also need to remember that biblical meditation is not emptying our minds but filling them with the word of God; and our feelings, or experiences, should not dictate our relationship with God. Just because a person has a “spiritual experience” that has heightened their senses or ‘feels’ really good, it doesn’t mean it is a godly experience.
If you are a professing Christian who takes drugs, for any reason (to get ‘high’, to have a spiritual experience, recreationally etc), I urge you to carefully and prayerfully consider the verses below, combined with the information above, and repent.
I also believe that anti-depressants (and other prescribed mind altering medication) can possibly fall under this context because they alter the chemical make up of the brain. There are many natural ways and means to help with depression rather than relying on synthetic drugs.
Things like diet and herbal remedies can help with many issues such as depression, if it is a chemical imbalance. And lets not forget that it can also be a spiritual oppression by the enemy, which means that no amount of drugs can cure it. It could also just be a carnal reaction to a situation, or situations, and prayer and faith can help with this, and also if it is demonic oppression.
“Idolatry, witchcraft*, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” Galatians 5:20
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries*, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:21
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries* were all nations deceived.” Revelation 18:23
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers*, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
All of these verses are related to drugs in one way or another. (See asterixes and refer to definitions above.)

*I don’t know why, but I just can’t get the spacing between paragraphs right. WP won’t allow me to add spaces between them, so please try to imagine the spaces are there.

Father Christ mass.

“The word “Christmas” comes from two old words: Christes maesse. It means, “the Mass of Christ.” This comes from the Catholic Mass, the practice where the priest re-offers the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross during the time of Communion.” … Continue reading