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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.
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 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!