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Age of Deceit Video Project #2

This video is on Satanic Origin of Secret Societies.

SECRET SOCIETIES

There are men disseminated into the fabric of society who come together in an underground, secret network. They work together believing that they are making a positive impact on humanity. But there is the heart of the deception. The real purpose for these groups is to help carry out the plan of Lucifer to destroy mankind. Secret societies are the ultimate pillar of deceit using the very thing Satan wants to destroy to carry out his agenda.

THE VOICE OF KENT HOVIND

I know that someone like Kent Hovind is controversial in many ways. I’m not going to sit here and go through where I do and where I don’t agree with Hovind on various topics. However, his portion of knowledge and assertions on the Masonic Order and it’s origin in my opinion is spot on. He is currently incarcerated on multiple federal counts but I believe he is in some ways stronger in his faith than most of us would like to believe. How many of us would stick to a viewpoint in favor of God even if it meant it contradicts law? Of course the bible does tell us to “”Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Mar 12:17, but either way, Hovind, however controversial, still stood his ground and was willing to go to prison to stand up for what he believed in.

PERSONAL STUFF

This video is the proof that God was in my life working in me before I ever even thought about seeking truth or more specifically, Jesus. After picking up the guitar at age 11, I practiced everyday wanting to become a rock star. But as I went from band to band not getting the right combination of people committed enough to live out the dream, I decided to record tunes just for fun in my own time. I pitched several tracks to various publishing opportunities, but nothing ever panned out. I understand now, why they never did. This track you hear is one of those tracks that I recorded back in college. It’s amazing that just 6 years after leaving college, this track is used to show God’s word in light of some of the darkest stuff out there. Music I wrote and recorded as a means to show my own talent is not used to glorify the one God who was behind the music all along.

 

 

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The Christian Life and National Day of Prayer

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!

Amen!

Desensitized America: Humor

Our culture is saturated by media.  In particular, death, pain, suffering and other destructive behavior are being glorified in media as being no big deal. There seems to be one particular genre in which this ideology has become extremely prominent; humor.  We all have a different sense of humor. But I believe that main stream media through movies, television programs, and other facets have shaped our perception of what is funny. There are literally thousands of  examples but the first one I want to show is the now iconic scene from Indiana Jones: The Lost Ark.

To be honest, I thought this scene was pretty funny the first time I saw it. But stepping back, I wondered if anyone prior to the 20th century would have found humor in that scene in the way we do today.

But as innocent as Indiana Jones shooting a swordsman is on the silver screen, we have to remember that this was some 25 years ago. Humor has evolved. What many people in America today find funny is in the suffering and torturing of others. The mentality of “it’s funny as long it’s not me” is very true in our society. Today, we literally live in what I consider, a Jackass nation. I am not going to post any clips of this show or the movies here, but to those who do not know about Jackass, let me enlighten you. Jackass is basically a bunch of guys running around pulling pranks and putting themselves in dangerous and disgusting situations on purpose to provoke laughter. Without going into detail of some of the grueling and disturbing pranks and stunts performed, I will use a couple examples from the DVD that launched the Jackass crew to MTV stardom called CKY2 K which I recall watching a year or so prior to the show airing on MTV.

One of the fellows, whose name is Bam, set up a handful of fireworks in his fathers van. His father who had to leave for work at 5 in the morning got in his van and to his surprise, was treated to a firework show. He panicked and quickly got out of the car to escape the life threatening situation to find his son Bam and his friends not only filming the whole thing, but laughing hysterically. Another prank that was done to Bam’s father was when Bam and his friends stormed into the restroom where Bams father was taking care of business. They slapped him, hit him, ran around like lunatics yelling, screaming and laughing hysterically. I will say that these pranks were relatively innocent compared to what was to come. The pranks became more and more devious and disturbing, while their stunts became more life threatening and dangerous. America at this point was already on a downward spiral of morality and ethics, especially when it came to humor, but I believe the advent of shows like Jackass was an acceleration of that process.

In 2002, the Jackass series moved to the silver screen and their first major motion picture was produced. I am sure from the Hollywood perspective, this was a great idea because it was relatively inexpensive to make, yet it was tremendously popular to the impressionable youth of America. I remember as a freshman in college going to see the movie the day it came out with all of my roommates and buddies on the swim team, which was basically a college fraternity. The theaters were packed and as I looked around, I remember seeing a majority of the audience being teenagers to mid twenties. As the movie began, there were several pranks that were the typical Jackass style. But since each stunk or prank lasts no more than a couple minutes, the movie which ran nearly two hours was packed full of content that continued to push the envelope.

I recall being somewhat “into it” at the beginning of the film to see what kinds of crazy stunts they had done for the movie. But as the film progressed, I became increasingly uncomfortable and annoyed. Keep in mind that I was a freshman in college, and not yet a believer in Christ. I was as rebellious as the fellows on the screen, but some of the stunts were too much for even me to bare. The most disturbing part of the entire experience that haunts me to this day, is not any prank or stunt pulled in the movie. It was the forced laughter of hysterical proportions that the audience continued to spew out as the scenes got worse and worse.

This was no innocent chuckle. It was down right sinister. I remember seeing my roommate forcing his laughter so hard, that his veins were popping out of his neck and forehead. The laughter was fake, forced, loud and disturbing. It was almost as if they were purposely laughing simply to deal with the disgusting content. I recall missing a good portion of the movie because my attention was on the reaction of the people rather than the movie itself. There were some who had negative reactions. I remember seeing a couple of girls covering their eyes, and remember this is not a horror film in the traditional sense. I had a roommate vomit. I saw others just get up and walk out. Yet, the majority of the audience was in hysterical laughter of a sinister and evil nature.

Again, there is no need to post any footage of this movie or the shows because of its disturbing nature. But I believe movies and shows such as these are responsible for the continuing down turn of our culture on a moral, ethical, and social level. Flip through the television and you will see 90% of the content being what I consider un-Godly and sinful. Walk into a Blockbuster and you will find that 90% of the movies on the shelves promote immorality, death, lust, or some other outright sinful act. The problem is more than simply depicting the sin, it is the reveling of it. It is not being depicted to show its problems, but rather, it is glorified making it “normal” or “cool” for the masses. The ideology that stems from this kind of content is that this behavior is the norm and something is wrong with you if you don’t revel in sin like the rest of them.

Another example that glorifies death with the use of humor is the Darwin Awards. The Darwin Awards is a website that has been around for some years now. The header caption on the website says this, “A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises Honoring Those Who Improve the Species…by accidentally removing themselves from it.” The basic idea of the website is to hand out awards every year to the funniest accidental deaths. This is another example of how we are being indoctrinated to think death is funny in some way. I am sure that the family and friends of those who passed away and are glorified on this website do not think its funny. Yet, every year, the website gets over 65 million hits and has over 150,000 newsletter subscribers. This is a deliberate degrading of the importance and sacredness of life. It is reducing life to something that is insignificant and unimportant and it makes me sad to see so many people supporting and following this website.

I was recently having a conversation with a co-worker who was talking about some of the issues she was having with her children and how they thought that she was “falling behind the times.” I believe this is an illusion. The concept that people are “moving forward” to me is a deception. This is particularly true in the human rights movement supporting the Gay and Lesbian community. Now that’s a whole different topic that I won’t get into here, but the fact is what our children perceive as “progress” is nothing more than the continuing of the break down of moral, ethical and social standards of humanity. At the end of the day, what is being promoted through main stream entertainment is that there is no God, that we are all free to make our own decisions, and that we are perfect the way we are. In other words, we are our own gods. I think I’ve heard this one before:

““For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”-GENESIS 1:3

Humor has been used as a tool or veil to corrupt our minds. There is nothing inherently wrong with humor. But like anything, used in the wrong context and the results are disastrous. I am not against progress in technology, in culture, in society. But I am against progress just for the sake of progress without a purpose. What I see and hear in the world around me is the perception of progress for good, but I believe we all need to take a step back and really look at what we are indoctrinating the minds of ourselves and our children with. Compare it to the teachings of Jesus Christ and look at the pros and cons and then move forward with the best suitable action. Come Lord Jesus.

“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”

PSALM 1:1-6