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August 12, 2011Posted by on
I’ve been working pretty hard at this movie and I have to say, it has not come easy. The research, the challenge of reading the doctrines of demons, the spiritual attacks, it’s all there. But God has definitely pulled me through. The latest bump, my Digi 003+ rack, which to most people is just technical jargon, crashed. It’s basically my audio interface which allows me to create music, do my voice overs, etc in my preferred audio editing software of Pro Tools. Without this, I can’t get to several of the voice over files and music that I’ve been working on for the film. So in the meantime, I decided to put together a short trailer from the material I do have. It’s definitely not much, but it’s to show that I am actually working on it, and it is coming along despite the roadblocks.
A special thank you to Chris White and Douglas Hamp who are featured in the film. Not only did they take the time to contribute, but they have been instrumental in the support, inspiration, and faith for me to know that the information I am presenting is not some crazy conspiracy theory or wishful thinking, but in fact biblically sound and truthful in the world we live in today. Chris told me in Branson that the bible is as far as I need to go to find answers and the more research I do, the more true this statement has become. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart! Praise the Lord.
August 11, 2011Posted by on
“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
This passage really has become the Christian calling cry to the world. Whether a believer in God or not, whether an atheist, agnostic, Hindu or Buddhist, the reality is the same. We are in a spiritual war. Every actions taken by us is a direct result of our own choice to manifest something whether of God or of this world. Because of this truth, it is becoming increasingly important to pray and to strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus never lied to anyone while walking this earth. One of the biggest differences between Jesus and all other faiths, or lack thereof, is the notion of secrecy.
“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” JOHN 18:20 (emphasis added)
There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances in the Koran, taqiyya and kitman. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
Secrecy is a trademark in buddhism. It’s otherwise known as sacred knowledge, secret mantra, etc. Buddha taught things to his disciples that he did not to the masses.
Similar to buddhism, Hinduism also has secret rituals, mantras, and knowledge held by the teachers, yogi’s, etc. This is knowledge only available to those who will diligently follow the traditions and rituals as taught.
The secret wisdom of the universe can be obtained through meditation etc. It’s basically a westernized repackaged version of hinduism and buddhism. Normally, the understanding of the secret knowledge promoted by the New Age movement is predicated on the idea that we must tap into the universal mind, or sometimes referred to as “Christ consciousness.” This is where secret wisdom is gained, and the connection between a given person and the universe is revealed.
The word means “secret knowledge” Many esoteric groups and philosophies can go under this category. Freemasons, Skull and Bones, Illuminati, etc. The whole point of “Secret” societies is just that; secrecy. Knowledge that is held by a select few, but are not allowed for any other, uninitiated members.
Mormonism, Jehovas Witness, and one can even say the Roman Catholic Church and it’s papacy, all have the idea of secret knowledge being held at the top, while the rest of the congregation must work their way up to attain it, or to be part of the inner members privileged to have that knowledge.
Atheism and Agnosticism
Knowledge can only be attained by the use of science and thus, truth is only known from those who have expertise in their field. It must also be verified and approved by qualified peers who also have an elite education. Knowledge can only be attained through careful examination and the proper use of the scientific method. This again, is the idea that knowledge is only available for the privy and well educated and can only be attained by reason, logic and rationality. But in some sense it’s worse because if you happen to disagree with science, you are considered uneducated and lacking knowledge or understanding.
Secrecy is part of the first lie ever told…
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened…” Genesis 3:15 (emphasis added)
Although this is a very short and generalized list, I believe the point is made. Jesus never told a lie in His earthly life, and so why don’t we listen to His words, His teachings, and His way? Why don’t we follow Him with the conviction, passion, and enthusiasm that we have for any other earthly activity?
The problem with all of these practices is their convictions based on human pride. Pride is something we all have and we all protect. It is an earthly, natural thing that resides in us all. Giving up our pride for the sake of the Gospel and to follow Jesus Christ is absurd to the non-believer. Yet the difference is that there is no secret with what we as Christians believe. There is no initiation, or sacred ritual or practice one must go through to be saved. Sure there are things we do like baptism to declare our faith in a public setting. And as far as attaining secret universal knowledge and understanding, I believe that knowing Jesus personally allows one to have much deeper appreciation, wisdom, and understanding of the world than any other relationship we can have. But I can say that without a sense of pride or elitism because truly it is not my knowledge of understanding, but God’s. As a Christian, I can honestly say, “God will reveal to me what He wants revealed to me.” And if I have a question about something in particular and He never gives a clear answer, then my conclusion has to be that it’s not important for God to reveal to me at this time.
The spiritual battle is found in this tug-of-war between our own human pride and the love that emanates from God the Father and Jesus Christ. When we do things out of our own love, we expect something in return. When we love others by our own love, we expect love in return. When we love God by our own love, we expect God to love us back. But it just doesn’t seem to work that way. When we are able to become vessels of God’s love, then our lives become self evident of His love. We become Godly in that our actions, our thoughts, and out deeds all begin to reflect God’s will. This can only come by faith. But the good news, is that all it takes is faith. It doesn’t require intellectual, rational, reasoning or rituals, traditions, saying, seances, study, science, or any other extra curricular activity.
I by no means have attained this perfect Godly life and it’s my belief that no one in the history of man kind has. Of course with the exception of Jesus himself. But I have to believe that all other forms of faith, religions, and spirituality that stem from the supernatural, must be laced with deceptive spirits because they all have characteristics of secrecy in them. Thus, Ephesians 6:12 becomes all the more relevant for our battle is truly not against flesh and blood. It is not against other people, tribes, nations, or colors. It is not against the world elite, political leaders, world bankers and those who seek to enslave humanity. It is not against other animals (unless of course we create a race of super apes). But it is against principalities and powers, the cosmic forces of which are unseen to us, but are perhaps more real than reality itself. So make sure you put on the FULL armor of God so that we will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
July 27, 2011Posted by on
After a great night of fellowship and discussions, I was not ready for the last day of the conference. It was too much fun. The next morning, I got up and went straight to Rob Skiba’s talk on Mt.Hermon/Roswell connection. The talk was about much than just his title. It was on the supernatural manifesting here on earth. As LA Marzulli often says, “the UFO phenomenon is real, burgeoning, and not going away.” Rob’s talk was a compelling one because he really showed how understanding the Nephilim and reading and referencing books which are quoted in the bible such as the book of Enoch and the book of Jasher helps bring the bible to life. He made a really good point about the psuedopigraphical books like Enoch. He stated that just as many apologists today use Josephus as some sort of proof text to confirm the existence of Jesus, so can we use the book of Enoch and Jasher as ways to verify and understand the biblical account better. They are not inspired cannon, but perhaps a guideline, a book to help understand the bible in the times at hand. The Mt.Herman/Roswell connection is rather simple. According to Enoch, the Bene-Ha-Elohim or the Sons of God we see in Job and Genesis 6 descended down to earth on Mt.Hermon. It’s coordinates are 33.33 degrees longitude by 33.33 latitude. Well interestingly, the Roswell crash in 1947 land in the exact same coordinates but on the other side of the globe. Rob then showed a video he had put together of a montage of official news reports on UFO’s in the main stream media. I was moved close to tears and definitely had goosebumps because of the imagery and the bible versus that confirmed the deception at hand. Rob came back on stage in tears obviously shaken up and stated, “This is serious guys…this is real.”
I missed the Noah Hutchings talk and instead decided to go watch Chris White baptize a guy named Mark whom I had met the night before. Mark was a guy who had just come to the Lord and it was very cool to come support a guy I’ve known for two days and be a part of his baptism. Chris didn’t budge as he just got in the water in his jeans and shirt to do what symbolizes the death of the old self and being born again in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Praise God.
After having lunch with a brother named Craig, who would later get baptized by Russ Dizdar, and a sister named Devin, I went to Andrew Hoffman’s talk on Eugenics. Andrew’s presentation was exceptional. He went through the history and demonstrated how the ideologies of Eugenics publicly acknowledged in the early part of the 20th century has not changed, but is being done under different names or propaganda now like genetic research. One interesting point that was personal to me was the idea that Japan was funded by the Rockafellers in the early 20th century to do their eugenics program. As a second generation Japanese American with no knowledge of my ancestry beyond my grandparents and no knowledge of my family history, it got me thinking and wondering if my bloodline had anything to do with this Eugenics program that was done in Japan. Nevertheless, Andrew’s ability to tie these things to what is happening today with our food, and the injustice we see in suppressing well meaning humble farms was astonishing. It was also quite disturbing to see how medicine and vaccines is also a part of the agenda. A good point he brought up was that Bill Gates is a proponent of vaccines around the world when a quarter of his money would feed much of Africa.
The final talk I attended was with Russ Dizdar on the topic of Dark Rituals, Dark Powers. This was quite dark. But in reality, what I came out with was an andeniable fire for Christ. Russ is quite the believer. We believers do not go seeking demons to destroy. Russ does. He deliberately confronts these dark powers and uses the power of Christ to defeat them. I could only imagine how powerful my home church would be if we had leaders such as Russ Dizdar. A great point he made, which I had heard him say before, was that our pulpits usually consist of 40-60 seconds of prayer per service while satanic covens all across the world spend at least two hours in their rituals. The point is, where are the prayer warriors? Where are the brothers and sisters in Christ who are bold and strong willing to confront these dark entities? Who prays against Bohemian grove or the Bilderbergers meetings? We wrestle not against flesh and blood and Russ certainly walks in this truth. All in all, it was a great way to end the conference, but little did I know that the conference would continue all the way until I got home to Orange County.
After the Russ Dizdar talk, I met up with Douglas Hamp and a couple other fellows and decided to go eat dinner. When we walked into the resturant, we saw Rob Skiba and his party. Well, being good people, Rob invited our party to join his. This turned out to be one extraordinary dinner. I had Rob Skiba in front of me, and Douglas Hamp to my right. For those that don’t know, Doug wrote a book called Corrupting the Image: Angels, Aliens and the Antichrist. I believe I have a link to the right so definitely check that out. The conversations were so amazing. I recall eating food, but I have no recollection of how it tasted or how if it was any good because I was fixated on the various topics we were discussing. It was truly a blessing to be around such amazing company. I would list the things we talked about, but it would take too long!
Later that evening after dinner, I went down tot he pool where I watched brother Craig get baptized by Russ Dizdar. This was a small fellowship between many of the speakers at the conference. Dr.Future, Tom Bionic, Russ Dizdar, Rob Skiba, not to mention all the other brothers and sisters who we had met at the conference. It was an amazing time of fellowship for certain.
The conference did not end there. The next morning, I had arranged having brunch with Doug when he called and told me that Chris Pinto will be joining us. Now Chris was the only guy who I had not had a chance to meet at the conference. I went to his talk on the hidden faith of our founding fathers, and have seen his films, but had never met him before. Once again, this was no ordinary meal. Douglas Hamp to my right, and Chris Pinto in front of me. Now Chris Pinto is a very well educated man. He has a wealth of knowledge and has done some tremendous research. I was blwon away at how much he knew. His main contention is that the church, or the body of Christ, has been tainted by late 19th century teachings such as the rapture, and the 70th week of Daniel. He has some very compelling arguments and goes back to the early church fathers for the kind of perspective he believes we should open ourselves up to. Very compelling, very interesting.
After brunch, we took a shuttle to the airport. The bus ride consisted of a couple sisters we had met, along with Doug, Chris Pinto, and Andrew Hoffman and his wife. So we joked again, “the conference continues!” because really it was. We began to talk about mystery school teachings and how it all ties into the vatican and the Roman Catholic Church. Once again, I had very little to contribute to the conversation because I was in listening mode. Once we got to the airport, we continued the conversation until we got to Denver, of which where we were all going.
When we arrived at Denver International, we decided that we would go check out the murals supposedly funded by the Free Masons. After going through the train and getting to the baggage claim area, we found the infamous murals, a conspiracy theorists dream. We stood in front of them and wondered why someone would put these images here in the airport. Chris Pinto looked at some of the symbolism and explained to us what he thought they meant. But there were more questions than answeres. Nevertheless, the basic undertone was obvious. A new age philosophy, and through it world peace, and the restoration of nature. Either way, it was a wonderful way to end the conference which began in Branson with fellowship at Denver. After some hanging out, Doug and I had to hit the flight back to Orange County.
The ride home was bumpy, but we made it. This weekend were some of the best times of my life and something I will never forget. The fellowship was almost greater than the amazing talks from all the great presenters at the conference. I pray for the safety and security of all who were there, and I pray for all the people I met and hope that we will cross paths once again. God Bless.
July 19, 2011Posted by on
I rarely leave my bubble here in Orange County California. But this weekend, I’m taking a trek down to Branson Missouri for the Future Congress. I am extremely excited to meet and fellowship with like minded people. This is like the ultimate place to be this summer for the so called “crazy” Christians. No longer do I have to get weird looks and comments regarding the topics of discussion, but instead a whole weekend of praising God and diving into the core of many issues that I am fascinated by.
I am going to attempt to take lots of pictures and possibly conduct some unofficial interviews. I am also going to try to post every night from the conference so those who can’t make it can get an inside look at what’s going on. It all kind of depends because there are events scheduled until midnight. So sleep might not be part of the agenda this weekend but I am ok with that.
I still have not decided which workshops to attend. Do I go listen to Dr. Future, Sharon Gilbert, Chris Putnam, David Hitt, Ray Gano, Chris Pinto or go check out G Edward Griffin being interview by Derek Gilbert of PID Radio? Then we get to sit through G Edward Griffin and then after that Chuck Missler! That’s just day one! I am totally geeked for this event! It’s going to be amazing.
Check out Future Congress to get more info on it.
INTERVIEW WITH DOUGLAS HAMP
Last week I had the priviledge to interview Douglas Hamp for my film project, Age of Deceit. Doug is a pastor, teacher, author, and researcher who has a MA in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His latest book Corrupting the Image: Angels, Aliens and the Antichrist Revealed is sure to be a hit. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but Doug did allude to several sections in the book during our interview. I will post the full interview in due time, but for now I want to keep the footage exclusive until my film is done.
It was a very cool interview and we spoke about a lot of issue regarding UFO’s, Aliens, the New World Order and Doug’s perspective on the antichrist being someone from within the secret societies, more specifically, Free Masonry. The concept is not out of line since this person will most likely be of a bloodline of which they consider sacred, and will have the means to the technology, resources, and the status to be able to carry out 2 Thessalonians 2:4
“He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”
The conversation also went into the line of genetics and how he believes, like myself and other folks like Russ Dizdar, that there was a genetic mutation of sorts which occured in the fall of man. The interesting thing that he brought up was that the Y chromosome is what is passed down from the male line, and since Jesus Christ did not have a human Y chromosome, but that of God’s, it is more proof that He really was who He said He was, even in terms of genetics! Again, it was a very interesting two hour conversation and I will definitely post the entirety of the interview in due time.
Visit Douglas Hamps Website for more information on his books and research!
AGE OF DECEIT FILM UPDATE
The film is coming along but it’s definitely taking on a life of it’s own. The more I learn, the more I want to put in the movie. At some point I am going to have to limit the information that I can provide. I think most of the information is stuff that a lot of people know, at least the folks in the Revelations Radio Network circle. But I am trying to put it all into a consice film which can be seen around two hours. At this point, this thing is going to be like 30 hours and basically recount every piece of history that I can conjure up regarding the New World Order and all the various aspects of it.
The most recent information that I’ve come across which has intrigued me is the information about the Synagogue of Satan. It is based on a passage in Revelation 3:9
“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”
There is book with the same title written by Andrew Carrington Hitchcock, who traces it back to the year 740 and shows how psuedo Jews are actually behind the New World Order and how it’s tied into the Khazar myth and the Ashkenazi Jews. However, I am not thoroughly convinced that this is the case as of yet. I think there is something to it, but to pigeonhole it and call it a “Jew World Order” I believe is a stretch. However, the ties with the origin of Kabballah in the 15th century in regards to Free Masonry, as well as the documented historical facts about the Rothschilds and their origin is pretty interesting and worth doing more research on. For now, I am going to focus on the stuff I am pretty sure is accurate information which is basically looking at Theosophy, New Age, occult and esoteric writings of the 19th and 20th century and tie it back to the Ancient Mystery School Teachings as the root of the “sacred promise” given to the inner members of the New World Order, and how it is the same thing as the Alien Gospel, as well as Transhumanism. The punch line of course is to show that Jesus Christ is the ultimate anwer to all of this mess. God Bless and see you in Branson!
June 16, 2011Posted by on
After a lot of prayer, I decided to embark on a little journey to put together a documantary film. The information I’ve been learning over the past year has been overwhelming and I feel this will serve as a form of therapy for me personally to organize the information and let it all out to “get it off my chest” so to speak. But in doing so, my hope and prayer is that someone will come to know the Lord through the project. The goal is quite simple. Save a soul. If it get’s one person to turn to the Word, then mission accomplished. I’ve personally never experienced bringing someone to the Lord, but I feel like this is Him using me to do just that. I ask for your prayers as I go through the process since like many who have come before doing this type of thing, the information can be really dark, depressing, and straight up evil.
The premise of the film is to really show what Chris White alludes to in Aquarius: Age of Evil and David Icke Debunked. That is to show how the New World Order that all the truthers are pointing to is only the framework that is going to be destroyed and that what replaces it is going to be the REAL New World Order. Of course this is a really short synopsis of all the things I get into, but
I was speaking to a gentlemen today who was pointing me to what is called The Book of Urantia. Here is a direct quote from him. “The Urantia Book is the 5th epochal revelation to mankind, Jesus’ life and teachings were the 4th. ” After some discussion, he claimed how this book does not de-deity Jesus as so many other new age teachings seems to do, but rather explains how Jesus was one of many deity figures. He explained, “The ub (Urantia Book) does not de-deify Christ in any way as the Son of God-it does state that Jesus is one of many Sons of God that exist in the universe.” To that my response was that saying that Jesus is one of many is very much denying that Jesus is the UNIQUE Son of God.
The conversation got even more interesting when I began to explain to him why the Bible is the only book that is 100% on it’s prophecies so far, and how the incredible accuracy of writing about future events before they occur should be a testament to the validity of the Word. I pointed him to the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation which shows how the bible writes about a world government or a one world system. Upon doing so, he refered back to the Book of Urantia stating, “the ub does elude to eventually there being one govt, one language, one race etc. As society continues to evolve and at some point being administered by what is referred to as a ‘planetary prince’ sent from the local universe administrators- very heavy stuff indeed…” I almost gasped. “…a ‘planetary prince’ sent from the local universe administrators…” Could this be the prince of the power of the air that Ephesians 2 refers to? To me it was just another case of a new age writings deceiving those seeking spiritual truth. I find it astonishing that all of these new age ideas speak about the same thing but have different names. It’s almost becoming predictable.
It’s conversations like this that really fires me up. I don’t get to talk to too many folks about this topic so any time I do, I feel validated about my faith in Jesus and what my purpose is in Christ. Anyone who wants to start a conversation, please feel free to email me and I would love to bounce ideas and information to see if there might be some things that could be presented in the movie. God Bless!
June 1, 2011Posted by on
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” EPHESIANS 6:11
This video is the first of several to come. They will all be similar in nature, short 3-5 minute blurps on various topics relating the world to the Word
Almost every layer of society has dark spiritual infiltration. This may sound like a sweeping generalization but in fact, this has been true since the days of Adam and Eve who allowed the legal right for Satan to reign on earth. The only difference is, today we have technology; clear, fast, and precise forms of communication capitalized and controlled ultimately by money and by private entities who own that money. So with economics being at the top of the list for things that influence and control society, there is no doubt that this is the place Satan has done most of his work. The ripple effect that this creates throughout every facet of our world is evident in the various layers of our social and behavioral existence.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” MARK 6:34
I was very weary of putting this video out since it is on the heavy side. After starting my research on transhumanism to create my next video, I felt led to take a peek at several other topics concerning the agenda for the future of humanity. I began to see more clearly how vast the influence of the devil’s schemes are in this world. On one end, the corruption is through and through in that sin is the root cause of all of humanities short comings. But on the other hand, we can analyze the world of art, entertainment, economics, politics, spirituality and more to expose these schemes and to spread the Gospels as the ultimate solution to defeat them.
My next video is already done but I think I am going to make a few tweaks on it in the next week. My goal is to put one video out every week for as long as I feel led to do so. This whole process has been in many ways, a culmination of the things God has given and shown me in life. It’s evident to me that God was working in all the things that happened before I became a believer. These videos aren’t super high quality or high production. I’m just a guy who loves doing this kind of thing. And what better way to do it than to tell about Jesus?
The question I want these videos to provoke in people’s minds is, what is your source? Is it God or the world. Those of us who have accepted Jesus into our lives have the Holy Spirit within us influencing our hearts and our minds with every decision we make. It’s a privilege and a gift to live and breath everyday. I believe it is important to express the teachings of Jesus Christ in every way imaginable while we are here, alive on earth. How can someone who defies logic, reason, nature, and seemingly time by foretelling future events be anyone else than God in human flesh? He wouldn’t be God if he was unable to do these things. Jesus taught us, so I believe it is important for us to teach the world by living the Word the best we can.
“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” MARK 6:34
May 10, 2011Posted by on
A couple days ago, No Where to Run with Chris White posted an interview with a guy named Victor about his life and how he came to know Christ. It was a very moving and powerful testimony that all should hear. It will be encouraging for the believer, and thought provoking for the skeptic. I was walking through COSCO running some errands when I came across the part of the interview where Victor talks about his encounter with an injured truck driver. Needless to say, I think the fellow shoppers thought I was crazy because the tears started to stream down my face as I was immobilized in front of the dog food crying my eyes out for a good 5 minutes.
After listening to the podcast, I received an email/newsletter from Chris White that you can subscribe to through his website. In it, he mentioned how he would want to make Victor’s story into a short video but that he might not have the time to do so. I had the day off yesterday so I immediately contacted him and let him know that I can put something together.
Instead of putting the entire interview up which lasts a little over an hour, I decided to take a portion of his story that moved me the most and attach visual elements to it and put some music under it. Here is the video posted on Chris’ youtube page:
May 5, 2011Posted by on
It’s not an easy thing to be a “Christian” in the world today. The skepticism, doubt, intellectual and scientific objection and at times, downright hatred towards any religious affiliation, especially Christianity, can easily lead to us running into the arms of our own circle of friends, family, and church who agree with us at large avoiding the outside world who beckons an explanation within the boundaries of their own standards for what is rightfully one’s own faith. Often times, Christians in general are accused of having the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality towards the world. In my experience, the majority who do the finger pointing are merely doing just that; pointing fingers. They seldom offer any rational explanation or a reputable alternative other than their own worldview which may or may not have any weight to begin with and is often associated with the agenda to discredit Christianity and religion in general. Other times their claims and arguments against Christianity tend to be misunderstanding the basic principles of faith, misinformation or out right lies. In this scientific culture, ravaged by intellect, logic, the need for empirical evidence to deem anything as fact, and dare I say a borderline fascist form of scholarship, what does it mean to be a Christian and how do we cope with this opposition?
Most people regardless of faith still consider America to be at large a Christian nation. But the word “Christian” has become very obscure. It’s often synonymous with a political position, ethical and moral choke holds, and other traditions and rituals that categorize itself as being a religion or worse yet, a cult. We’re allegedly the cause of wars, suffering, hatred, division and anything negative associated with humanity. We are the exclusivists (I think I just made up a word) who don’t accept any scholastic, scientific, and intellectual discoveries which directly contradict our worldview. But if we are to be honest, the church is not free from its own faults. The church at large has not done a great job in addressing various topics such as homosexuality, paranormal, supernatural, etc. Although there seems to be a movement of Christians heading in this direction, the focus at large seems to be in the condemning of others, that is to say going on the defense, rather than showing God’s will through our lives. This is not to say that we Christians should not partake in apologetic inquiry, but rather pointing out the retaliating nature of debates and arguments with a non-believing world seem futile.
The issue the secular world has with Christians is often limited to a sweeping generalization of the behavior of certain individuals who labeled themselves “Christian”. Heretical teaching is real, false teachers are abound, and un-biblical and unsound representation of the word of God is undoubtedly out there and has been throughout the ages. But this by no means proves or disproves the deity of Jesus Christ and the authority of the written Word. Behavior does not verify belief. However, it is apparent that our behavior does affect the perception of God to the unbelieving world. As non-sequitur as that first argument is, it is still our responsibility as believers to conduct ourselves in a certain manner to portray God into the world and re-present the truth to the best of our ability.
I remember growing up seeing people picketing on the street corner with signs that said, “You’re going to Hell unless you believe in Jesus!” This was a tremendous turn off and one of many reason why I thought Christians were nuts growing up. Although I’ve come to believe that statement, I would never hold up a sign and tell someone that they are going to hell since I understand that God is the judge, not me. These methods can be seen as pointing the finger back at the non-believing world instead of focusing on the calling and purpose set before us in Christ. I am certainly guilty. As someone who grew up without any faith or religion, and being somewhat a competitive person, I often times feel good when debating with a non-believer and logically break down their arguments or claims. But the feeling is short lived and I often times repent and think about how the point is not to win an argument, the point is to share the gospel so that the message of Jesus Christ can be relayed clear and concise. If we can focus on this, all of the attempts to discredit or outright bring down Christianity becomes mute. If we as Christians truly believe that the bible is the Word of God and that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, then we really don’t have to stress over the opposing world. I’ve heard how the bible is like a lion; it doesn’t need defending, just simply let loose. Hebrews 4:12 comes to mind:
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”-HEBREWS 4:12
As an AV and sound engineer for a church, I get to sit through a lot of services and events. A couple weeks ago, I was assigned to a Jr high service. In it, the Jr high pastor had a message that was so simple yet very profound. It was basically that there are actually five gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the fifth gospel being YOU! Our lives are meant to be a representation of the gospel. But this can only be done through our own decision to do so, and a willingness to let God’s will be done. Another good friend and pastor once made an analogy that each one of our lives is like the individual square mirror on a disco ball reflecting God’s light into the room (world). The better we polish the mirror, the better we reflect the light.
“You are the light of the world.” -MATTHEW 5:14
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
So as we come together on this national day of prayer, let us remember and take a moment to pray for our government, our media, education, business, military, family, and the church. For me personally, as a Christian who has a fascination with conspiracy theory, paranormal, supernatural and other topics that aren’t found in a typical Christian, it’s easy for me to point the finger and call out the obvious darkness and the problems that is present in the sectors of society I mentioned above. But today, I am humbled and need to remind myself that God has gifted me with a tremendously awesome life. I think it’s important to expose the darkness, but sometimes, we just need to pray.
Government – Pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.
Media – Pray on behalf of the actors, musicians, and athletes our young people seek to emulate. Ask the Lord to strengthen and embolden any Christians in these fields. But more importantly, pray for those who are willingly portraying and influencing our society away from truth, integrity, and morality, that they may have conviction and awareness of their influence and power.
Education – Pray for our young people. Bless them and pray for the teachers and leaders to provide a morally sound and wholesome environment.
Business – Pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace. Pray for God’s will to be working through our daily tasks and assignments. Pray that our executives, business leaders, and corporations to conduct themselves honorably and honestly.
Military – Pray for the troops who serve each day at the bases, around the world, and here within our borders. Pray for their families. Pray for the Lord’s protection of these brave men and women. Pray also for those who have lost a loved one in battle. Ask that God’s comfort would be upon them in a special way. Pray that our media’s accounts of US Military actions are relayed fairly and impartially. Pray for divine protection and guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military chaplains and loved ones at home.
Family – Pray for loving homes that model the virtues such as sacrifice, patience, and unconditional love to a watching world. Pray for the family to be preserved as God intended. Pray for those whose families are broken. Pray for those who feel alone and hopeless since the truth is that we are all adopted children of our heavenly Father.
Church – Pray for unity and boldness in proclaiming God’s Word!