The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 12:25-26 (NKJV Strong’s) “…Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?”
The reason why I’m using this text is because in many of our houses of worship, sexual immorality is ever present. And we shouldn’t fool ourselves. When the catholics have been hit with sexual immorality lawsuits, which threatens, not only their existence, but their claim to morality, it’s clear that you have to look at the root of their organization.
The whole purpose of the protestant movement was to destroy the strangle hold of the monopoly of Biblical doctrine.
Martin Luther, John Wycliff, and William Tyndale, among so many other courageous persons, were responsible for the systematical dissolution of the rule of catholicism on the lives of people.
The best way to accomplish this was to make a duly English translated copy of the Bible from Hebrew and Greek, available to each person as opposed to depending upon a “priest” to give the “homily.”
God be praised.
For many of our readers, we’re aware that catholics read our blogs, and may object. You’re entitled to object, but do some due diligence and do a side by side comparison of doctrines.
Many will argue that they’re just as Christian as any other Christian denomination. Just do a simple doctrinal comparison between catholicism and other protestant denominations and you will see a conclusively stark contrast.
My point is that it’s not just a “catholic thing.”
In ALMOST every denomination and non denominations, there’s elements of QUESTIONABLE man made doctrines intertwined in the truth of the Scriptures.
Usually, it’s a dead giveaway that deception is the intent.
Even worse, is that we turn a blind eye to certain practices occurring in our houses of worship that we know is against true Biblical teaching.
And in many policy protocols, denominational teaching should absolutely mirror Biblical teaching, but in practice, some will either come up with a form of godliness in their policies, or make crude exceptions.
Such is the case here.
In catholic schools, it’s certain that SOME OF the people they employ are people that practice lawlessness in violation of true Biblical teachings. We generally turn a blind eye to avoid lawsuits that would follow should organizations come to their senses.
Even in Black Baptist churches, and other places where Blacks worship, pastors, deacons, worship leaders, music ministers, and others engage in Secret Sexual Sins while performing their duties.
In particular, hiring homosexual music ministers, choir masters, and organists.
For decades, we’ve ignored holiness in all that we do just to have “gifted,” talented singers, musicians, choir masters, and organists.
But to have them perform in houses of worship, we intentionally disobey the holy commandment of the Lord.
We dare disrespect the Lord than to disrespect the practitioners of all vile sexual sins.
We dare honor man more than we ought to honor God.
We make exceptions, sweep their sins under a carpet instead of commanding them to repent, and get their sins washed away forever by the blood, demanding that they live holy lives in obedience to the Scriptures.
Because employment doesn’t last forever.
But dying in your sins is forever.
While the firing of a catholic teacher that practices the vile sin of homosexuality is truly commendable, if a tree is rotten at the core, bad fruit will continue to manifest.
It’s incumbent upon all that call on the name of the Lord to “…depart from iniquity…”
We can’t have iniquity in the house of worship and righteousness present at the same time. Just like you never see the dominance of the moon dominate the dominance of the sun.
The Bible says that the moon rules the night in the book of Genesis, but even the moon is dependent upon the sun because the moon reflects the dominate light of the sun. The moon is powerless to emit any light of its own.
Light is never dominated by darkness.
Such much be the same with our houses of worship.
Righteousness cannot live with unrighteousness (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
We know that a lawsuit may follow, but for now, it’s an example to all that name the name of Christ.
It’s time to put out of our houses of worship those that refuse to repent, and put out those that insist on the practice of lawlessness while pretending to be a practitioner of righteousness. It’s not to say that this catholic teacher that practices the vile sin of homosexuality was pretending, but sadly, we know of a lot of “gay christians.”
You can’t be gay and be a Christian.
You’re one or the other. Not both. Just like you can’t be an adulterer Christian. A thief Christian. A lying Christian. A fornicating Christian, etcetera.
Now we don’t know if this catholic teacher was offered a chance to repent and conform to their non tolerance of homosexual policy.
But as far as protestant denominations are concerned, the heart of the Father is to offer repentance from dead works, and faith towards the Lord. If people refuse to repent, they could no longer openly, or covertly practice sin and be employed in a house of worship.
It’s incumbent upon church employers to ensure that a non tolerant of practicing sexual lawlessness policy is articulated and maintained. And that a very deliberate vetting of prospectus employees take place.
Some will argue that it’s discriminatory.
The Bible tells us that a “little leaven leavens the whole lump.”
Just like when the acting defense secretary had to resign because years ago, he was involved in a violent domestic dispute.
Just like Judge Kavanaugh.
Vetting is very important and the houses of worship need to do the same.
You could read the article from USA Today here
In an amazing turn of events, Kim Davis, the Rowan County Kentucky Clerk met with the pope for 10 minutes. For those that do not know who Kim Davis is. She defied the homosexuals that were looking for a marriage license. She denied them and a couple of heterosexual couples.
The Supreme Court allowed the 6th Circuit court decision to stand and she was order to jail in contempt of court for not issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals. We still contend the fact that there was no law passed by Congress that gives homosexuals the right to marry because there is no amendment or clause that specifically address marriage, whether heterosexual or homosexual. The 10th Amendment was made to address laws made by the states.
We also contend that the 14th Amendment, “Equal Protection” clause was about giving blacks rights. And thus, the Civil Rights amendments was birth for this purpose. Kentucky has no laws stating that a clerk MUST give homosexuals marriage certificates. Kentucky doesn’t have any laws giving homosexuals the right to marry. Hence, Kim Davis’ civil Christian disobedience to a law that doesn’t exist was the right call.
Homosexuality and homosexual marriage is not the law of the land. Therefore, how can you be disobedient to a law that doesn’t exist?
How can she be in contempt of court to a law that doesn’t exist?
Contempt of a federal judge?
Judges, presidents, governors, mayors, and county executives cannot make laws.
Last we’ve checked, Congress and the Kentucky legislature (not judges or presidents, or governors) never wrote a law. The only legal body authorized to write and pass laws is Congress and the states. Veto power is held only by the governor in the states and the president of the United States. Kim Davis was freed and the FRC along with governor Mike Huckabee, a 2016 presidential candidate, celebrated outside the place where she was incarcerated.
Since then, she has allowed the issuance of marriage certificates to homosexuals but without her name.
The certificates are issued as “pursuant to federal court order.”
She has since changed her political party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. But in another twist of events, she met with the pope.
There is no question in my mind that this meeting with the pope smells.
Here is the reason.
Preponderance of evidence. The Family Research Council led by Tony Perkins is not afraid to be inclusive of catholics to achieve a common goal. I believe that it’s part of a system of numbers and unity. There is no question that FRC has been leading the charge against tyranny in the United States, watching our freedoms slip away is a clear and present danger to the United States, but a much bigger threat than this has vicious spiritual ramifications.
There is no possibility of the Body of Christ coming together with clear doctrinal differences. We are so fragmented that the devil is laughing at our divisiveness.
Jesus said it clearly that a house divided against itself cannot stand (see Matthew 12:25).
You see, it is not about people but the people involved in the system.
There are beautiful catholics as well as there are beautiful protestants but when you honor the denomination above the Lord, that’s where the problem is. There are just as much hideous stuff that goes on in the protestant churches. Trouble is abiding also in non denominational churches with questionable doctrine (prosperity gospel and so forth).
However, we must never unite in compromise. The purity of the Bible and the common correct interpretation of Scripture is what we should fight for before we fight for causes that threaten a nation. The world sees several denominations made by man. As confusing as it looks, this is not the true Body of Christ. Doctrine has hacked up the Body where our body pieces are all over the place like a car bomb explosion.
That’s why Jesus shared about wheat and tares. Tares looks so close like wheat that the only time it becomes distinguishable is when you uproot them.
It is not uncommon for catholics to meet with protestants. But we should never meet to suppress the truth of the Scriptures. Neither should there be a meeting where hypocritical living is evident. You can’t demand that the world get born again if you are not born again yourself.
This is something that many leaders in catholicism is pressing for. For protestants to stop protesting the wrongly divided doctrine held by the system of catholicism. Therefore, it is uncommon for believers in the Lord Jesus to mix it up with a denomination (catholicism) holding questionable doctrine.
Many will say that protestants and catholics need to come together. Many will say that I am being divisive.
I beg to differ because of extreme doctrinal differences.
We must remember that Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, and others vehemently protested catholicism’s monopoly on the Bible.
Many Christians tend to forget that these men were brutally persecuted for their stand against a system that held many people in bondage to an institution.
Note well Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
If you are looking at major doctrinal differences, just look in three places.
- We do not pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Matthew 6:6-7 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
A “vain repetition or (a proverbial stammerer)” is defined as to “repeat the same things over and over, to use many idle words, to babble, prate.” In other words, you use words over and over again as an act of religiosity with no real purpose. It is a form of godliness that denies God’s power. Such prayers as “Hail Mary, full of grace….” Well John 1:14 says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is “full of grace and truth…” not Mary.
John 16:23-24 says “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
No where in the Scriptures were we instructed by the Lord Jesus to pray to Mary.
2. We do not pray to “patron saints.”
From a good source, it is defined as “A patron saint or a patron hallow is a saint who in Roman Catholicism is regarded as the tutelary (familiar) spirit or heavenly advocate of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family or person. Supposedly, patron saints, having already transcended to the metaphysical, are able to intercede effectively for the needs of their special charges.”
John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 16:23-24 says “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Hebrews 7:25 says “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Romans 8:34 says “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
1 Timothy 2:5 says “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,”
1 John 2:1-2 says “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
So ONLY Jesus is The Way, The Intercessor, The Mediator, The Advocate.
Therefore, no where in the Scriptures were we instructed by the Lord Jesus to pray to patron saints.
3. The pope is not the head of the church, Jesus is.
Ephesians 1:20-23 says “…which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Colossians 1:15-20 says “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
The pope may be the head of catholicism, but he is not the Head of the Church.
Therefore, no where in the Scriptures are we instructed that we have another head other than Christ.
It is true that when one is called to the ministry, they represent the ministry of Jesus Christ according to Ephesians 4:11, but as believers, we serve in this capacity as well according to 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.
These Scriptures that were quoted is the work of William Tyndale, John Wycliffe and other heroes when they translated the Bible into english from the Latin Vulgate, Greek & Hebrew, and other sources. We have our own copies of what the Word of God says as opposed to taking it for granted the catholic priests were giving their own versions of misinterpreted Scriptures and self conjured religious sayings, lacking Biblical harmony.
So having said this, why would Kim Davis sit with the pope? I honestly believe that it was a set up. I could be wrong about how and who is behind this, but it doesn’t look right and it isn’t right and we know it.
I do not agree with it one bit. Some will ask the question, “What’s the harm?”
The harm is looking to man for help instead of God.
Psalm 121 says
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills —
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
So should catholics and protestant stay apart or unify?
With clear doctrinal differences, there is no question about it. Until the system of catholicism is renounced, and these, and other major doctrinal differences are dealt with, it is best to be loyal to God and His uncompromising Word as opposed to being loyal to a system that is against the Scriptures.
The article regarding Kim Davis meeting the pope could be read here.
Some of you will remember the blog that I wrote of an open letter rebuke to Kenneth Copeland, regarding Kenneth Copeland and the Catholic pope uniting under the false guise of Christian unity.
It’s more than doctrinal issues.
It’s heresy vs the truth.
Deception comes in all forms and Catholicism is another gospel that Paul declared to be cursed along with the messenger.
Since that meeting, James Robison, Kenneth Copeland and other evangelicals met with the pope, along with Tony Palmer.
This is stunning news about the motorcycle death of Tony Palmer.
Some will declare that God derailed this ecumenical move of joining the catholics together with the charismatics.
I will say that it doesn’t derail it. I will say that this death is very significant. To read into something without full knowledge of the intent is dangerous. Joining with catholicism is dangerous. Joining with almost any group that has questionable material is dangerous. Walking in deliberate error is dangerous. Walking in the truth and speaking the truth in love is safe.
It is important to remain focused on one thing and one thing only.
“…be even more diligent to make your call and election sure.” 2 Peter 1:10
Tony Palmer was not a catholic but an anglican bishop but something pulled on him to establish christian unity. Unfortunately, he turned towards the pope and the rest is history. For centuries, the system of catholicism has robbed many good people from walking in the true grace of God. As Paul said, “For by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”
Catholicism demands works for salvation, preaches purgatory, baptizes infants into the Christian faith by sprinkling, prays to statues, honors Mary the mother of Jesus as the Queen of heaven and mediator to God the Father, and a host of many other questionable, and blatant errors of Scripture.
Catholicism has yet to address and denounce these doctrines in order to be considered as followers of Christ.
Until then, it’s important that we vehemently protest.
The works of Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and John Wycliffe, and others sounded the alarm to stand against the error embedded in Catholicism to deceive the people into believing that they must worship the church.
While the catholics will deny some or all of this, all you need to do is look closely over the centuries to see the differences between catholicism and protestantism. Ask yourselves about what these differences are and conclude that the differences are unmistakable and undeniable.
Nonetheless, Tony Palmer’s death is a blow to Kenneth Copeland and other ecumenical evangelicals.
The question should definitely be asked “Will this hinder the intent of “unity?”
In my view, there is no question that his death will spurn them on to complete the work.
Given the information about the history of catholicism and protestantism, I wouldn’t dare to continue to move away from the hope of the gospel just because we want a little unity with allegiance to questionable and blatant error. The conflict of truth and error is a real game because it has eternal implications. If man chooses the wrong over the right, it will cost him. To choose error over truth demands a complete suppression of the truth.
Tony Palmer’s death is significant. We pray for his family.
We must not enter into hyper emotionalism. Meaning that we dare not declare that a person is in heaven just because people die a tragic death.
Repentance and faith in Christ alone is the only way to get into the heavenly kingdom of the Son of His love.
Faith in any other institution is a sure ticket to eternal condemnation.
Let’s pay attention to walking in the truth of God’s Word and seek to be on the same page with God and the rightly divided Word of truth. The Holy Spirit knows how to unify the Body of Christ with people of “Like precious faith.”
But the Holy Spirit of truth will not unify the Body apart from the truth in the Word of God.
Below is the link to the Charisma article concerning Tony Palmer’s untimely death.
As promised, Kenneth Copeland and other evangelicals met with the pope.
Jude 4 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 is in full swing.
After all of the warnings and admonitions, it is a sad day.
The falling away, or defection from truth is happening before our eyes.
All for one goal.
To be unified in the Body of Christ.
Commonly called “ecumenism.
It’s defined as “worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches
b : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation.”
How can the spirit of error agree with the Spirit of truth?
Is it possible to table error just to meet the needs of the poor, the outcast, and down trodden?
Humanity needs truth as well as humanitarian assistance BUT error cannot override truth. To suppress the truth to meet a humanitarian need is like giving people sustenance while walking them through the door to hell.
The error in catholicism is as plain as day, yet, regardless of the blatant error, they forge ahead to bring many together under one umbrella. The devil can be proud of his work to deceive the masses.
What is there to say?
We that name the name of Christ must depart from iniquity. We must hold the line and stay steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Is meeting with the pope a sin? Is joining in a meeting of evangelical leaders with the pope a sin?
To answer this question, you have to go back into the history of catholicism.
You have to read the history of the works of Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, and William Tyndale.
Why was their work necessary?
When you answer this question, then you have to come to some conclusion that something is not right.
When you see that there is a clear doctrinal difference, there is no question that catholicism is a religion that was designed to deceive the masses.
Couple this with evangelical beliefs and charismatic beliefs, and you can see that this is a concoction of epic proportions.
Catholicism must renounce many of its questionable heretical doctrines. To assume that they have done so has yet to be seen, let alone be unquestionably confirmed.
But we all know that such a renunciation of catholicism is not going to happen.
From here on out, we must hold fast to the confession of our faith without wavering. We must remain true to the Word of God. We must never deny the Lord Jesus.
People of God, when a defection of this magnitude is before us, the only thing left to do is to stand in the truth. Confront the false doctrine of our day takes courage, faith, and strength because those that are in agreement with them will have no seat to sit in when the music stops.
The works of Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, and William Tyndale has been trampled upon and we can safely say that the whore of Babylon is ready to swallow everything in her path. Her bed of fornication has enlarged itself.
If you want to go with them, I cannot stop you, and neither can the Lord.
But one thing is certain.
On judgment day, tares will be separated from the wheat. Goats from the sheep. The righteous from the unrighteous.
Below is the link of the full story.
Let us weep between the porch and the altar.
The ritual of Catholicism in ordaining bishops is all in some of the Christian churches. African American ministers are linking themselves to catholicism in unprecedented fashion. The pope, according to Catholicism, is the link or connection to Peter. Hence, connected to the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note this definition from Wikipedia of the word pope…
“The pope (from Latin: papa; from Greek: πάππας (pappas), a child’s word for father) is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle.”
The error of deeming Peter as the head of the catholic church came about as a clear misinterpretation of these verses of Scripture.
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?
14 So they said, Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
15 He said to them, But who do you say that I am?
16 Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
The difference in usage of the Greek word for “Peter” and the word “rock,” is the place where the battle for catholicism occurred.
Peter is the Greek Word…
g4074. πετροσ Petros; apparently a primary word; a (piece of) rock (larger than 3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle: — Peter, rock. Compare 2786.
AV (162)- Peter 161, stone 1; Peter =”a rock or a stone”
one of the twelve disciples of Jesus
The rock is not Peter. The rock is the statement Peter made about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hence, this definition of rock….
g4073. πετρα petra; feminine of the same as 4074; a (mass of) rock (literally or figuratively): — rock.
AV (16)- rock 16;
a rock, cliff or ledge a projecting rock, crag, rocky ground a rock, a large stone metaph. a man like a rock, by reason of his firmness and strength of soul
Now, some of you will say that Jesus is the Rock, and it is true (see 1 Corinthians 10:1-4), but what is to be built?
How does one become a part of the church? By believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. When a person repent of their sins, and when a person sincerely declares that Jesus is Lord, the Holy Spirit would “wash and regenerate, and renew” people.
Just wanted to throw that in for good measure.
In watching a documentary about the Vatican, the show zeroed in on the ordination of bishops. The documentary revealed why they laid prostrate on the floor.
When the Vatican was built, it is alleged to be the place where the bones of Peter would be found. As the catholic bishops would prepare to be ordained, they would lay prostrate on the floor facing the altar where the pope would be seated.
Underneath the floor where the candidates laid would be the alleged bones of Peter.
Then why would Protestant Christians do the same thing? Well EXMinistries uncovered the reason. It’s a Masonic Death ritual. Deceptively, these bishops that are ordained apart from catholicism accepts the version of catholicism defined as humility as well as to be connected to Peter. Thus, Apostolic succession.
How stupid is this?
Now we were also told that this laying on the floor is for humility purposes, which catholicism also points out.
The connection is clear, that they would somehow be connected to the first pope of catholicism. In other words, over 2000 years of church leadership would come upon them to lead the church into the future.
No cloth would be laid over them. No bishop or anyone would lay on top of them.
Afterwards, the candidates would rise and one by one, they would have hands laid upon them by the pope as he prayed over them. Then the candidates would have hands laid upon them by the cardinals and other bishops. The candidates would receive their mitre, shepherd’s staff, and be led in a recessional to serve.
EXMinistries revealed a very powerful word regarding the origin of the mitre that it is connected to the worship of Dagon, the fish god. You know. That funny looking hat that someone on FB said looked like a french fry box from Burger King.
Some of you will recall the time when the Ark of the Covenant was removed because of Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were perverting the temple. This perversion was heard throughout all of Israel. They would demand sexual favors from women and they would fatten their father with the offerings people would bring.
Incidentally, according to J. B. Jackson’s book on “Proper Names,” and other Hebrew lexicons, the name Hopni means “pugilist” and the name Phinehas means “mouth of a serpent.”
It appears that by these definitions, these guys were a tag team of sexual predators. It appears that Hophni was a rapist. In other words, he would force himself on women when they came to give an offering. Phinehas was a “smooth talker.”
Well, need we say any more?
We have the same kind of predators in the church. Serial rapists and smooth talking pastors.
Phinehas was so smooth that he would talk his way into the hearts of women. At the time that the Ark of the Covenant was taken, the wife of Phinehas gave birth. She named him Ichabod.
Are you getting the picture?
Phinehas was an adulterer and had illegal sex with other women while his wife was pregnant.
Also, they were called “sons of Belial.” Belial means of satan, wickedness, and perversion.
Now here is what I wanted to really get to.
The Philistines were the ones that took the Ark of the Covenant. The Philistines were descendants of Ham-Mizraim (see Genesis 10:13-14). So the god of Dagon was worshipped by descendants of Ham.
So when you see the mitre, and it’s references to the worship of the fish god, Dagon, the connection to black folk pursuing pageantry by way of the liturgical exercise of catholicism is clear and unmistakeable. What’s worse is that the connection to the Philistines is a definite chase after idol worship. The very thing that the Lord abhorred when the land spewed out the Canaanites.
Not many people are prepared for this but before the Israelites occupied the land of Canaan, the sons of Ham occupied the land. When the Lord overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, it was the descendants of Ham, black folk, that were in Sodom and Gomorrah at the time it was destroyed for the sin of homosexual perversion.
There is no question that homosexuality were in other places but these two cities were singled out because Israel was about to occupy the land.
Now, before you think I am writing this to agree with catholicism’s liturgical procedures as opposed to what we are seeing in Protestant Christian camps, there is no Scriptural precedence that demands that we do this.
The simple laying on of hands, absent of pageantry, is all that is required.
In Matthew chapter 10, the Lord gave His disciples power to cast out devils, raise the dead, and heal the sick. To preach that the kingdom of God is near. No mitre were passed to them. No pageantry. No ceremony. Just go, and get busy. No guest preachers. No offerings. No ordination certificates. No religiosity. No pomp and circumstance. No holding of the ankles. No laying on the back and backsides of candidates.
We see none of this stuff or hot mess in many churches all over the world. Except in places where simplicity and Biblical precedence is the rule.
How is it that we love complexity over simplicity?
Jesus commissioning His disciples wasn’t done inside a church, synagogue, or other religious place of worship. Jesus didn’t rent out the town hall, or a space in the temple to do a “powerful” service. This is a real ordination service of Jesus for His disciples.
It was done outside. In front of the birds and other animals.
When the 70 disciples were commission, the same thing took place. No fanfare.
Just, here is the power. Get to work. When the 70 returned, the rejoiced that they had power over the devil. Sort of like what we do today, except when we shout at demons, it’s within the safe confines of our churches during intercessory prayer, called spiritual warfare.
We do not see Jesus shouting at the top of His lungs, commanding demon power. In fact, when people came, they were possessed and He cast them out. My, how we are afraid of demons these days in the streets. When they come, we cross the street. So much for commanding devils in the name of Jesus.
When Paul and Barnabas was at the church in Antioch, they heard the Holy Spirit speak. They fasted, ministered to the Lord, and then hands were laid on them, and they went to establish the churches throughout Asia Minor.
Folks, we have missed it and we now have relegated the work of the ministry to show and tell. Look, see who I am. Ministers without power. All title, but no Holy Spirit power. We have made the work of the ministry a joke and we are the laughing stock of the world. We are not winning the world to Christ. We are winning their favor. As long as we do not live and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, the world will remain safe and lost in their sin.
When we think about challenging their sins, they remind us of ours.
When we live in sin on the level of the world, they dare you to tell them about salvation. They quickly point out that we need to be saved more than they do. They are right. For a stricter judgment is upon us.
We are hypocrites and they know it. What’s sadder is that we are not willing to admit that we play the hypocrite very well. We are willing to wear our mask proudly and sneer our nose at God in complete defiance.
However, thank God that the whole church is not a bunch of hypocrites. There are people and places in the Body of Christ where Genuine Believers live the Word.
Let’s be thankful that there are 7000 that never bowed its knee to Baal.