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The Truth about Halloween: Christians Beware

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 28, 2011

There are many versions of halloween. This is one of them.

Do some major Deliverance on yourself for ever celebrating halloween. Burn any left over halloween stuff in your home. Don’t even open your doors to pass out “tracts”. If you do, then you are celebrating this unholy day.

No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Christian, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church.

Halloween has never been a Christian holiday, and it has no place in the life of a born again Believer in JESUS CHRIST. In fact, it is an abomination to God, and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism and the occult; and its modern expression is no better.

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

Celtic New Year

October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil’s birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.

DRUIDS

The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.

DIVINATION

Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.

SACRIFICES

These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death – Samhain (pronounced Sah win). Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.

8th CENTURY

In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.

THE MIDDLE AGES

In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic – like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.

CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.

All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That’s where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.

MODERN HALLOWEEN

Now let’s look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn’t the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don’t comply.

You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.

At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans!

You say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

How this must Grieve the Lord!

Scriptural References:

Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 44:23; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; 7:25-26; James 1:27; II Corinthians 6:14; I Corinthians 10:19-23; I Thessalonians 5:21-23; Philippians 4:8.

The following was taken from the PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL on October 24, 1994 in the children’s section called “Chalk Talk”:

Vocabulary – Costume (Kas toom): The style of dress, including accessories, of a certain country, period or profession.

Druid (droo id): A member of a Celtic religious order in ancient Britain, Ireland and France.

Halloween (Halo ween): The evening of Oct. 31, which is followed by All Saints’ Day.

Samhain (Sa man): The demonic god of death worshipped by the Druids.

Q. When and where did the customs that eventually evolved into Halloween begin?

A. Three hundred years before JESUS was born; among a group of people called the Celtics who lived throughout the British Isles, Scandinavia and western Europe.

Q. Who started it?

A. A secret society of priests and pagans called the Druids, who served the demonic god of death — Samhain.

Q. How did the custom begin?

A. Each year on Oct. 31, the Druids celebrated the eve of the Celtic new year with the Festival of Samhain.

Q. What did the Druid priests do during the festival?

A. They would go from house to house demanding all sorts of foods to offer to Samhain. If the village people would not give them the foods, they would speak a curse over the home. History claims then that someone in the family would die within a year. This was the origin of “trick or treat.”

Q. Where did the Jack-O-Lantern come from?

A. When the Druids were going house to house seeking food for Samhain, they would carry a large turnip that had been hollowed out. A face was usually carved on one side and a candle was placed inside to provide light as they walked from house to house. The Druids believed a SPIRIT inhabited the turnips and helped the Druids carry out their spells. The name of the SPIRIT eventually became JOCK.

Q. How did pumpkins come to be used and where did the name Jack-O-Lantern come from?

A. When the practice came to America in the 18th and 19th centuries, turnips weren’t that prominent, so the pumpkin was substituted. JOCK became Jack, who lives in the lantern or Jack-O-Lantern.

Q. Where did the name Halloween come from?

A. During the ninth century, the pope declared Nov. 1 be called All Saints’ Day and would be set aside to honor all the martyred saints of the Catholic church. Oct. 31 became the eve of All Saints’ Day. The Mass said on All Saints’ Day was the Allhallowmas. Over the years, the evening before All Saints’ Day became known as All Hallow’s Eve, All Hallowed Eve, All Hallow E’en and finally Halloween.

Q. Where did the tradition of dressing in costumes come from?

A. In Ireland, during the festival of Samhain, children would dress like IMPS and fairies to lead the ghosts and goblins out of town after the Feast of Samhain. In England, after All Saints’ Day was created, children would dress in each other’s clothes and go door-to-door begging for soul cakes.

Here is a letter that can be sent to “Letters to the Editor”. It is 200 words long.

“HALLOWEEN, TRICK OR TREAT?

You can call a duck a horse, cow, cat, etc., but it is still a duck. You can call what you do a “fall festival”, “alleluia party”, etc., but you are still observing halloween, even if you dress up as bible characters. Halloween is the highest satanic holy day of the year.

On October 31st, the high priest of all witch covens are required to make a human sacrifice. God condemns witches and everything to do with them. The head of the first satanic church said, “a witch is a witch”, when referring to black and white witchcraft. All their power comes from the devil.

People think it’s funny to scare people to “death”. II TIMOTHY 1:7 says, “For God has not given to us the spirit of fear…”. So guess who is scaring you?

Tell your children the truth about halloween. Revelation 21:8 says liars won’t make it to heaven. Then, parents, you will be doing your job as the high priest of the family like you are suppose to be. If you open your doors to pass out tracts, you are still observing halloween. Why don’t you pass them out another time?

Stop being worldly, Christians.”

The following article came from THE CLARION-LEDGER of Jackson, Mississippi on July 13, 1996:

“CHURCH’S HELL HOUSE GOING NATIONWIDE WITH HOW-TO KITS

Arvada, Colo. — A controversial Halloween spectacle called Hell House, dramatizing real-life horrors from abortion to teen suicide, is being marketed nationwide.

The Abundant Christian Life Center, which produced last year’s Hell House, is SELLING how-to kits to CHURCHES around the country for $149. For another $15, the CHURCHES also can get the compact disk of Hell House’s awful sounds.

The CHURCH has spent about $10,000 marketing and producing the kits.

‘God allowed this to happen for His glory and honor,’ said the Rev. Keenan Roberts, youth pastor and the writer-director of Hell House. ‘And we needed to cultivate it and share something with such a radical impact. We want to shake other cities like we did Denver.’

More than 5,000 people saw Hell House during the five nights it was staged last October. At $5 a head, the CHURCH took in $25,000 last year and made a $17,000 profit.

Supporters say the gory dramatization, which included a ‘funeral’ for a person who died of AIDS, a simulated abortion, and hell, was necessary to reach a sinful world.

But others call Hell House nothing more than a MONEYMAKING SCHEME that preaches hatred and intolerance.”

The following booklet came from Pat Holliday, Miracle Outreach Ministries, 9252 San Jose Blvd #2804, Jacksonville, Florida 32257

Spirit of Halloween

“For Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,” 1 Sam. 15:23,

WITCHCRAFT – SATANISM

Witches are for Halloween or for superstitious primitives in seventeenth century Salem. That seems to be the “modern” outlook sophisticated skepticism and a knowing smile when it comes to witchcraft.

And yet Time’s recent cover story would indicate that witchcraft is not a thing of the past. Satan is not dead. Young people by the thousands are probing seriously the mysteries of “the other side,” from seances to Satan worship. Leading universities report over-enrolled courses on witchcraft . . . occult book sales have doubled in three years . . . most American high schools have their campus “witches and warlocks” . . . And occasionally the headlines shatter our complacency with the terror of Manson-style violence.

Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States. This issue is becoming debatable inside of Christian circles because of the rise of the occult in America.

Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.

Children are in costumes and masks with Halloween pumpkins of ‘Jack O’ Lanterns’ name for (Will Wisps) an ancient symbol of a damned soul, too long considered harmless fun, and innocent pranks.

Halloween is celebrated masquerading as Church fund-raising bazaars decorated with black cats and witches; skeletons, scarecrows, haunted houses, bats, vampires and dummies in coffins. It should not be integrated with the holiness of the scared house of God. It’s wicked and brings curses, (Deut. 11-36, 28.)

Some see it as evil and will have nothing to do with the celebration; others as harmless fun partake fully: costume parties, Halloween decorations and ‘trick-or-treat. Still others try to find a “middle” approach, allowing trick-or-treat and masquerades, but as “Bible characters” instead of demonic and occult figures.

Some Churches are now seeing the influence of its fruit. One cannot deny the occult-metaphysical nature of Halloween is not in line with the Christian in character. Despite this clear contrast, Christians defend their complicity in the holiday asserting their “liberty” in Christ from the bondages of “legalism,” declaring it is only innocent fun! God never gave us liberty to engage ourselves in evil!

“Learn not the way of the heathen . . . for the customs of the people are vain,” (Jeremiah 10:2-3).

“And what concord hath Christ with Belial or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,” (II Corinthians 6:15-17).

THE SPIRIT WORLD

The Bible clearly teaches that there is both a natural, material world as well as an invisible and spiritual world. The domain of physical human beings is the physical world, whereas the “heavenlies” are people or occupied by spirit beings. Among these spirit beings there are two classes, the good and the evil.

In the Scriptures, both holy and unholy spirit beings are designated as angels (Revelation 12:7). Unusually the unholy angels are referred to as demons, translated in the King James Version as devils.

They are called seraphim, cherubim, angels, principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, (Ephesians 6:12), thrones, dominions (Colossians 1:16), fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4), spirits in prison (I Peter 3:18-20), demons, seducing spirits (I Timothy 4:1).

There are an “innumerable company of angels”, (Hebrews 12:22). They are referred to as “mighty angels” but they are not almighty (2 Thessalonians 1:7). One angel destroyed 185,000 of the Assyrian army in a night (2 Kings 19:35),. One angel rolled away the stone from the tomb of Jesus and one angel will bind Satan and cast him into the “bottomless pit”. They are glorious beings according to Luke 9:26 and they seem to posses great knowledge but they are not omniscient — all know. The angels are “all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister (serve) for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:13-14). They are also responsible for ‘taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8).

The chief of the fallen angels is an archangel who has at least forty names given in Scripture. Some are proper names, others are descriptive. For example, in Revelation 12:10 he is called the “accuser of the brethren”. He is called “that old Serpent”, (Revelation 20:2), indicating his guile, Lucifer, “Son of the Morning”, (Isaiah 14:12), his title when he fell. Devil means “accuser or slanderer”, and it is of Greek origin (Revelation 12:9). Satan means “adversary or resister”, and is of Hebrew origin; “Apollon”, means “destroyer”, the term ” Dragon”. speaks of his power. He is also called “Prince of devils.” (Matthew 9:34), “Prince of this world”, (John 12:31), “Belial”, is implied to be his title in II Corinthians 6:15. In II Kings 1: 2, 6, 16, he is referred to as “Beelzebub”, implying a prince of demons. As Dr. Lewis S. Chafer says, “In power, prominence and importance, Satan appears in the Bible second only to the Trinity.”

Two of his most powerful names are:

” The prince of the power of the air”, (Ephesians 2:2) and ” the god of this world”, (age) (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Satan’s origin is shrouded in mystery. There are two passages of Scripture to explain his origin. Ezekiel 28:11-19 and Isaiah 14:12-17.

Dr. Chafer points out the “Demon influence, like their activity, is prompted by two motives: both to hinder the purpose of God for humanity, and to extend the authority of Satan. They therefore, at the command of their king, willingly cooperate in all his God-dishonoring undertakings. This influence is exercised both to mislead the unsaved and to wage an increasing war against the believer,” (Eph. 6:12).

Derek Prince writes, “Today, by divine providence, the veils of convention and carnality are once again being drawn aside, and the church of Jesus Christ is being confronted by the same manifest opposition of demon power that confronted the church of the New Testament. In these circumstances, the church must once again explore the resources of authority and power made available to her through the truth of the Scripture, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and the Name and the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Bible warns: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” (I Peter 5:8).

He is after you, your family and your children!

THE BATTLE TODAY

No one can dabble in the occult and come away unshackled. It is not harmless games and fun. Occult involvement whether done innocently or not, is disobedience to God’s Word. When people ignore God’s warning and enter a forbidden realm, they witness spiritual phenomenons. The Devil does have supernatural power. However, everything he does for people, he requires payment. The result of occult involvement causes oppression, depression, confusion, delusion, and physical ailments of all sorts. We are warned not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices in (II Corinthians 2:11).

Playing with the occult has become very attractive to Americans. Every where you go, you will witness occult activity. It is blatant. Psychic and astrologers are using 900 numbers. Occult themes are being worked into many television programs. Talk shows are featuring astrologers, divinatory, clairvoyants, scientologists, Satanists, witches, psychics, crystal gazers, dream analysis, yoga, reincarnations, hypnotists, fortune-tellers, spiritualists, parapsychologists, numerologists and New Agers. Even Disney World is deeply involved in the promotion of the occult.

“Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an Antichrist. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds,” 2 John 7.

Michael Harper writes these encouraging words: “These wicked beings can suggest evil, but cannot coerce the will of another creature. They may spread snares and device to ruin the children of God, but cannot compel any other being to comply with their designs, nor can they employ God’s creation other than as He decrees. They have never been able to defeat God, and actually God uses them as instruments to correct the erring Saints. See Luke 22:31-32; I Corinthians 5:5; I Timothy 1:20.

Someone has remarked that Satan is like a monkey wrench which the Lord uses to tighten up loose nuts! Be of good cheer, saints of God! Satan is severely limited and all his bluster and bluff about “all power” is sham. Our God is still on the throne and He rules! Hallelujah! Remember you choose to participate with the wiles of the devil. You are also called to educate your children concerning his games. “Success for the Christian will depend in a large measure on recognizing the work of the devil and knowing how to defeat and expel him from every situation…” says Michael Harper.

ALL HALLOWS EVE

Halloween or ALL HALLOWS’ EVE, was originally a festival of fire for the dead and the powers of darkness. It is the evening of 31 October, the night before the Christian festival of Hallows’ or ALL SAINTS DAY.

All Hallows’ Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in the 7th century. Its date was changed from May 13 to November 1 in the following century, probably to make it coincide with and Christianize a pagan festival of the dead. All Souls’ Day in the Roman Catholic calendar is November 2. It is marked by prayers for the souls of the dead.

Before the coming of Christianity, the pagan Celts in northern Europe held two great fire festivals each year, Beltane on the eve of May 1 and Samhain on the eve of November 1 to mark the beginning of summer and winter. These dates have no connection with the equinoxes or solstices, or with sowing and reaping, but seem to date from very early times when Celtic society depended heavily on cattle for subsistence. Samhain marked the beginning of winter and was the time when the cattle were brought in from pasture to spend the winter under cover. It was also the beginning of a new year. Because the Celtic day started at sunset, and ran to the following sunset. The festival began on the eve of November 1.

Bonfires on high hills were a blatant feature of The Old Halloween rites, though in England they have been gradually transferred to November 5 to mark the arrest of Guy Fawkes. In the 1860’s a traveler in Scotland counted 30 fires on the hilltops between Dunkeld and Aberfeldy, each with a circle of people dancing round. Down to the end of the 19th century, fires blazed on the hills in Lancashire on the eve of All Hallows. In north Wales every family built a bond fire and each person threw into the ashes a white stone which he had previously marked. Prayers were said round the fire and next morning if a stone was missing, it was thought that its owner would die before he saw another Halloween. The same belief existed in the Scottish Highlands and many forms of fortune telling were a traditional feature of Halloween – probably because it was the Celtic New Year’s Day and so a suitable time for predicting the events of the coming years.

In Aberdeenshire and Buchan in the 19th century, boys collecting fuel for the bonfire would ask for ‘peat’ to burn the witches. When the fire was lit, the boys danced round it shouting “Fire! Fire! Burn the witches.” When the fire died down, the ashes were scattered and when the last spark had gone out, the cry went up into the ominous darkness. “The devil takes the hindmost” and they all ran for their lives. In Wales ‘the cropped black sow’ would take the hindmost.

All Hallows’ Eve was a night when the dead stalked the countryside. Offerings of food and drink were put out for the ghosts. They passed by to the west always, the direction of the dying sun at sunset.

The fairies could also be seen moving from one fairy hill to another with the music of bells and elf horns. They were sometimes identified with the dead.

Darker and colder creatures still roamed through the night on Halloween – demons and hobgoblins, witches who straddled broomsticks or shank bones, flew in the sieve or eggshells, or rode on coal-black horses. The fires helped to keep them off and at Balmoral in Queen Victoria’s time the effigy of a hideous old witch was ceremoniously burned on a bonfire at Halloween.

The guisers went from house to house, singing and dancing. Their bloodcurdling masks and grotesque costumes may have been meant to keep evil at bay or, more likely, were some visible representations of the ghosts and goblins that lurked in the night. The masks have now been transferred to the children who, in the United States, visit the neighbors for the food-offerings which once belonged to the dead – or play tricks akin to the legendary destructiveness of witches and imps abroad on this night.

“When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abomination of those nations,” (Deut. 18-9).

MASKS

A very popular Halloween custom is the wearing of masks, (false faces) such as, witches masks, devil masks, cat masks, bat masks, monster masks, and the list goes on. People hide behind all sorts of ‘masks.’ Some hide behind ‘hats’ and still others, including many of today’s youth, and others, hides behind dark sunglasses.

From earliest times, people all over the world have worn masks for all sorts of reasons . . . droughts, epidemics, or other disasters. They hoped that the demons who had brought the disaster would see the mask and think they were demons, too, and be frightened off. In imaginative primitive societies, a mask was more than a means of changing one’s appearance; it was a link with the world of the spirits, a channel by which men could tap the forces of the supernatural. The wearing of a mask was believed to change a man’s identity and personalities, for the assumed appearance was believed to affect the wearer’s inner nature and to assimilate it to that of the being represented by the mask.

During the middle ages, witches often put on masks or smeared their faces with soot and paint. People of nobility attending a witch’s Sabbath would always arrive ‘masked.’

Masks can be divided into two categories, the religious and the profane. Masks are worn by the dancers in the religious ceremonies of West African Tribes. The theater of ancient Greece is an example of the secular use of the mask. The use of the masks enabled actors to double and triple the number of parts they could play during any one performance.

Protection against supernatural dangers is a function of masks worn in certain ritual situations, such as at funerals. This is done ‘in order to avoid recognition by the souls of the dead.’ Masks are sometimes worn by ‘warriors’ to symbolize a superior power by identifying themselves with this force. While there are civilizations where the mask plays an important role in ritual activities, there are regions of the world where the wearing of a mask is unknown.

Masks are worn in some initiation ceremonies of certain organizations. The wearer of the mask partakes of the power of the divinity or spirit which the mask symbolizes. Thus, the wearer of the mask is believed to be elevated above the common mass of the uninitiated.

PAGANISM OCCULT

History traces to the ancient religion of the Druid, a religion so evil that Rome forbad its practice. The American Peoples Encyclopedia explains, “The origin of Halloween customs antedate Christianity. The Druids (members of pagan orders in Britain, Ireland and Gual) Festival of Samhain. It was a night of ghosts and faeries, in which bonfires were built and futures were foretold and witches rode through the sky.”

Superstitions linking cats with reincarnation made them special objects of notice on Halloween. Numerous legends surrounded the holiday, but two significant things supposedly occurred on that night:

First, it was believed that the dead would rise out of their graves and wander the countryside, trying to return to the homes where they formerly lived. Frightened villagers tried to appease these wandering spirits by offering them gifts of fruits and nuts. If not placated villagers, feared that the spirits would kill their flocks or destroy their property. This the origin of our present day Trick-or-treat! In a custom born out of superstition, and pagan superstition at that!

Also, it’s a blasphemous perversion of the Christian belief in the Resurrection, in a glorified, immortal body. In Druidism, the dead are raised as horrifying creatures of the night, hideous monsters, decaying skeletons, vampires, etc., they received not glorified bodies but grotesque ones; not immortal bodies but inhuman ones.

Second, Samhain was the supreme night of Demonic jubilation. This was a celebration of the beginning of ‘Winter and Darkness,’ as day light grew noticeably shorter, and night lengthier. The hoards of hell would roam the earth in a wild celebration of darkness and death, all in honor of Samhain! The poor mortal forced to travel on such a night! The only thing the superstitious people knew to do to protect themselves on such an occasion was to masquerade as one of the demonic hoard, and hopefully blend in unnoticed among them! This is the origin of Halloween masquerading as devils, imps, orgies, and other demonic creatures.

STATEMENT WITCHES IN MODERN TIME

Bats . . . Brooms . . . Witches . . . Ghouls . . . Ghosts . . . Goblins . . .

. Skeletons . . . Jack o’ Lanterns . . . every type of gory, ugly thing that can be imagined and people dressed as creatures of the world of the dead or the unknown world of hobgoblins and devils.

The modern sophisticate, who does not realistically face the evil and danger surrounding this time of year, may say, “Witches are for Halloween. It is a time for children to visit the neighborhood to get candy and apples. There is no harm in celebrating Halloween with its witches and devils.” To some, ‘witches’ are figments of the imaginations of the superstitious seventeenth century Salem primitives.

If witches are for Halloween – a thing of the past, then why are so many young people and older ones alike being swept into the grips of Satan by ‘dabbling’ in those things which relate to him? 5

Anyone informed about witchcraft would tell you that there are certain rituals and spells that can only be cast on Halloween night. That is the night when the “veil” believed to separate the living from the dead is thought to be the thinnest and futures are easier and more accurately foretold by diviners.

Those who oppose Christ are known to organize on Halloween to observe Satanic rituals, to cast spells, to oppose churches and families, to perform sacrilegious acts, and to even offer blood sacrifices to Satan. Last year, newscasters in numerous cities warned their viewers to guard their animals on Halloween nights.

Dogs and cats are thought to be the most often sacrificed animals on Halloween. In rural communities it is not uncommon for farmers to awake to find the mutilated remains of their farm animals (cows, calves, chickens, even horses) that were ritualistically slaughtered in Satanic sacrifices. The practices that accompany such rites are almost too revolting to believe-the drinking of animal (or human) blood and urine, the digestion of entrails and orgiastic rituals, substance abuse becoming more frighteningly common across the U. S., as is human sacrifice.

Paulus Grillandus said of the practice of witchcraft: “Those witches who have solemnly devoted themselves to the Devil’s service, worship him in a particular manner with ceremonial sacrifices, which they offer to the Devil, imitating in all respects the worship of Almighty God, with vestments, lights, and other ritual observance, so that they worship and praise him, just as we worship the true God.”

THE HALLOWEEN WITCH

If you thought Halloween was a time for cornstalks, pumpkins, apples, and apple cider – a time for children dressed in cute costumes of witches, goblins, ghosts or devils to knock at you door call “trick or treat,” you had better wise up. There is more to Halloween . . . much more! Halloween is not children’s play. It is an abomination in the eyes of God!

The Halloween Witch is a strange-looking female in black cloak and peaked hat riding a broomstick along with her symbolic cat. Her name is derived from the Saxon word wica, which means “wise one.”

Artists of the Middle Ages often showed witches preparing to fly off to one of their Sabbaths. It was believed that angels and devils were supposed to be able to fly, so it was easy to believe that witches, too, could fly. The broomstick, originally made from a stalk of the broom plant with a bunch of leaves at the head, was said to be used by poor witches who went on foot. The broom or pole was used to vault over brooks, streams or thorny patches. Due to its use as an indoor cleaning tool, the broom became the symbol of women. Before setting out for a Sabbath, witches would rub ‘Sacred’ ointment called ‘unguent’ into their pores. One ingredient in the ointment confused the mind. Another speeded up the witch’s pulse. Still, another numbed the feet. This gave them a feeling of flying. If they had been fasting, the ointment seemed to make them feel even giddier. Bat blood was another ingredient in that ointment. In England, during initiation ceremonies, new witches were sometimes blindfolded, smeared with the unguent, then placed on a broom.

The pealing of church bells was believed to be a defense against aerial witches. In the Slav countries people used to fire muskets at the clouds, screaming as they did so, “Curse, curse Herodius, thy mother is a heathen damned of God,” while others laid scythes and bill hooks on the ground, edge upward, to assure that the witches would not have a safe landing.

The black of a witch’s cloak reminds us that Halloween is a “festival of the dead.”

TRADITIONS OF WITCHES

Trick and Treat is the fun time of many unsuspecting children and adults, but the “trick” is really on the one who is playing right into the trap of the devil. Halloween is a day of celebration for the devil and his worshipers.

The cauldrons are boiling; potions are brewing; the yule logs are blazing; the forces of Satan are in their height in rituals and ceremonies. The powers of the demonic world are loosed and they are running around crazily seeking bodies to enter.

Real witches held high revels on All Hallows’ Eve and this was one of the ways in which they preserved pagan customs. The witches of Aberdeen in 1596 said that they had danced round the market cross at midnight on Halloween and also round an old grey stone at the foot of the hill at Craigleuch, the Devil himself playing music before them.

MODERN WITCHES HAVE KEPT UP THE TRADITION

In 1963, for instance, a journalist watched the Halloween festivities of a coven of witches at St. Albans. The high priestess, naked except for a string of beads and watched by the other 12 members of the coven, drew a circle on the ground with the point of her magic knife. A candle burned in each quarter of the circle, with a fifth candle on an altar in the middle. The reporter did not reveal the details of the ceremony but he did record a remark of the high priestess. “We are not anti-Christian, she said, we just have other means of spiritual satisfaction. It’s hard to describe that satisfaction.” 12

WITCH GIVES INSIGHT TO MODERN RITUALS

Rev. Irene A. Park, gives insight to modern rituals. Secret ceremonials, rituals, obligations and covenants are being kept by cultists and Satanists on particular days and nights. Multitudes are gathering in worship, prayer, and sacrifices to the god of the world, Lucifer.

Family spirits gather like a family reunion or holiday celebration in the natural or earthly realm; only these are the demon spirits of the departed dead that gather for rituals and sacrifice, (not ghosts but devils). Some of the demon spirits gather for rituals and sacrifice, some of the demon spirits present at the celebration come from embodied living clans or tribal members, (demons who lived in these people while they were alive).

These are the ones that are vying for the powers. Some come just to celebrate the traditional gathering and festivity’s.

Sometimes the assignments that the demon spirits receive bring about rebellion in the supernatural Satanic realm. The spirits want to continue to control the area they are in, whether body, nation, society, system or whatever control they received for their obedience to Satan. They do not want to be dislodged. They like to continue to embody members of the same family; they prefer humans but will settle for animals.

Millions of people are vying for power, supernatural powers of evil to work curses, hexes, spells, power to manipulate, controlling power over lesser forces of darkness and power to control this present world system!

A reformed witch once told me that vying for power meant that a supernatural battle ensues between the other covens. Whosoever demonstrated the greatest power won the control of certain areas, such as seas, cities, etc. Satan would give the witch a part of all illegal finances collected in her area. For instance, Laura Cabot has political control over Salem, Massachusetts and maybe over the entire state. Recently when Jeff Fendhold visited her occult book store, within thirty seconds the policemen were on the scene driving police cars with the symbols of a flying witch on the side. Then the Attorney General of that state called Jeff saying that he was wanted by the law for “harassing witches!”

Christians had better wake up and begin old time prayer meetings for this nation!

Dr. Parks writes, “Many of the people are saturated in demonology with demonic spirits and are already in control of government establishments, militaries, religious organizations, financial systems, educational institutions, etc. These spirits are superior and receive their origin in Satan and are under the powers of the familiar spirits (spirit guides) that work divination and will only impart power to those totally yielded to obedience and in every obligation required by Lucifer.

Witches, druids, wizards, magicians, sorcerers, pagans of every breed are in high mass, tribe and clan leaders are calling a reunion in the supernatural realm. These are Sabbaths to the worshipers of Satan, “people in the occult,” and they take these days very seriously.

Christians should begin to pray for their families, church leaders, and cover the children with the blood of Jesus and the protection of God during these days. There is no question that human sacrifices are occurring. Bind the powers of darkness and lose the power of God according Matt. 18:18. (There are more than two million children missing every year. Many too young to run away. At least 7,000 are found dead every year).

Dr. Parks says, “The highest Sabbath mass is the eve of October 31. This a time of proclaiming powers for control and leadership in the Satanic realm world systems. There are blood sacrifices offered up to the god of Baal worship, the sun god Ra, and to the goddess of fertility Diana.

Christians should begin their defensive spiritual warfare weeks before Halloween. Witches begin their preparation on the 18th day of October.

“On the 18th day of October, faithful followers of evils spirits gather for 13 days before the eve of Halloween of Sabbath. During this time they offer sacrifices (human or animal) to the god of the spirit world, Satan. These sacrifices are to obtain spiritual power. All the followers must give a blood sacrifice; some give their own blood, others offer an animal’s blood, the more power they want, the greater the sacrifice.

“There is every conceivable type of orgy happening from the 18th until 31st October. Disembodied spirits loosed from the bodies of animals are being vied for by spiritualists, witches, druids, wizards and Satan worshipers. All of the corrupt evil wickedness and vile filth one could imagine is happening. Something is happening in the open, but most of the spiritual activity is well guarded from every corner of the earth at the command of the Lord Druid. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:1, 11.

HOW TO BECOME BORN AGAIN

Accept God’s Word that He loves you and wants to give you an abundant life.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16.) “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10.)

1. Accept God’s word: that you are a sinner; and this separates you from God: that you must truly repent or “turn away” from sin. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord . . . ” (Rom. 6:23.) “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8.)

2. Accept that Jesus Christ is our only contact with God. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:5).

3. Receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord by your personal invitation. “But as many as received Him to them gave he the power to become the sons of God,” (John 1:12). “Behold I stand at the door and knock; If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into Him . . . ” Christ speaking (Revelation 3:20.)

Do you feel Jesus moving in your heart right now? This is how He knocks. Jesus wants in!

Will you receive Christ right now? You can be saved in seconds! Open the door and Pray:

Dear Father, I’m a lost sinner. I repent. Please forgive me and come into my heart and save me. Thank You for saving my soul! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you are backslidden, say the same prayer. The Lord loves you and will forgive you.

Obedience is the practical acceptance of the authority and will of God, including both the inward glad submission and the outward expressing of actions, reactions, words and thoughts.

Disobedience is evidence of rebellion and distrust in God, preference to self will and the lack of surrender to and desire for the will of God in all things. God expects obedience (Deut. 11:26-28). To choose Christ is to choose obedience, (John 14:15, 21). To become disobedient is to sin or rebel against God’s expectation and rights ( I Sam. 15:22,23)

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known,” (Deut. 11:26-28).

Sources: Pat Holliday, Ph.D., Solitary Satanist, 9252 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida, 32257. Systematic Theology, Vol. 2, Lewis S. Chafer, copyright 1947 by Dallas Seminary, Dallas TX, pg. 33. Expelling Demons, Derek Prince Publ., Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., 33302, Explaining Spiritual Warfare, Ed Roebert, Sovereign World, P.O. Box 17, Chichester, W. Sussex PO206YB, Nuprint Ltd, Station Rd. Harpenden, Herts AL 5 4SE. Roberta Blankenship, Escape from Witchcraft, Zondervan Books, Grand Rapids, Mi., 49505,Richard, Cavendish Editor, Man Myth & Magic, An illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural, All Hallows’ Eve, p. 67, Raith Word Publications, P. O. Box 496, Arabi, La., 70032; Irene A. Parks, Seven Pagan High Masses & Halloween, Tampa, Fla., & The Witch That Switched, Halloween and Satanism, Phil Phillips and Joan Hake Robie Starbust Pub. P. O. Box 4123, Lancaster, Penn. 17604.

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Phony Religious Freedom in China

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 28, 2011

By Chuck Colson

The exhibit is titled “A Lamp to My Feet, A Light to My Path.” Sponsored by the government of China, it’s meant to educate Americans about the history of the spread of Christianity in China from the Tang Dynasty onward.

The irony, of course, is that the same government that is urging us to join in celebrating the spread of Christianity over the centuries is brutally repressing Christians today. China Aid, an organization that exposes the persecution of Christians in China, says the exhibit is “a government propaganda ploy” intended to deflect attention from reports of growing religious persecution in China.”

None of this comes as a surprise to my great friend, Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia. In his new book, Prisoner of Conscience, about his human rights work around the world, Frank describes his trips to China, where human rights violations are among the worst in the world. How does he know? He’s seen it with his own eyes.

Frank and his friend, Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, flew to Beijing just prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. The plan was to dine with half a dozen human rights lawyers and underground house church pastors.

But when the Chinese government got wind of this, they started arresting the Congressmen’s dinner companions. In the end, only one dissident showed up-and he was arrested the next morning.

So much for religious freedom. When Frank and Chris publicly complained, the Chinese government told them to keep their noses out of China’s internal affairs.

Wolf and Smith also met with Ambassador Li Zhaoxing, and asked him to release people “who’d committed the ‘crimes’ of promoting democracy, religious freedom, and labor rights,” Wolf writes. It didn’t happen.

The two were especially concerned with Pastor Zhang Rongliang, who had been tortured with electric shock, and whose family relied on donations from fellow Christians to survive.

Protestants are not the only victims. “At the time of our visit,” Wolf writes, “every one of the approximately thirty-five underground bishops of the Catholic Church was either in jail, under house arrest, under strict surveillance, or in hiding.”

China’s leaders were attempting to brush all this under the rug as the world’s eyes turned to the Olympic Games. Frank Wolf was one of the few people who refused to let them get away with it. Which is why he’s not welcome in China today.

So if you happen to see those Chinese Bibles on display, know it for what it is: a propaganda ploy. Because those who worship the God of the Bible are being arrested, imprisoned, and persecuted.

Pray for them and agitate on their behalf with the Chinese Embassy-and with the State Department and your elected representatives! As Frank will tell you, and as I know from my many years in the White House, life gets better for dissidents when Westerners advocate on their behalf.

I also urge you to pick up a copy of Prisoner of Conscience, by Frank Wolf. You can order one at our book store at BreakPoint.org.

You will learn more about the congressman who makes a habit of dropping in on some of the most dangerous countries on earth, and how you can help him fight global injustice.

Courtesy of http://www.christianpost.com/news/phony-religious-freedom-in-china-59715/

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Church Faces Increasing Hostility in Sudan

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 27, 2011

 

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Emboldened by government calls for a Sudan based on Islamic law since the secession of South Sudan, Muslims long opposed to a church near Khartoum have attacked Christians trying to finish constructing their building, sources said. 

 

The Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) congregation in Omdurman West, across the Nile River from Khartoum, has continued to meet for Sunday worship in a building without a roof in spite of opposition from area Muslims and local authorities, the sources told Compass. Claiming that Christianity was no longer an accepted religion in the country, Muslims in the Hay al Sawra, Block 29 area of Omdurman West on Aug. 5 attacked SCOC members who were constructing the church building, the sources said. 

 

“We do not want any presence of churches in our area,” shouted members of the mob as they threw stones at the Christians, the sources said.  

 

Muslims in the north, where an estimated 1 million Christians still live following the secession of South Sudan on July 9, fear the potential influence of the church, they said.  

 

“They want to reduce or restrict the number of churches, so that they can put more pressure on believers,” said a church leader on condition of anonymity.

 

 The SCOC has been trying to erect a church building on the site since it obtained the land in 1997, but both government officials and area Muslim residents have used delay tactics to prevent it, according to a Christian who lives in the area. The SCOC in that area of Omdurman is still trying to get permission from the Islamic government in Khartoum to construct the new church building, Christian sources in Khartoum said.

 

 Muslims and local “popular committees” – responsible for issuing residence certificates necessary for obtaining citizenship or an ID card, with authority to strike down proposals for erecting church buildings – assert that no church is necessary because there are no Christians there. But there are many Christians living in the area, sources said.

 

The government-appointed members of the popular committees tend to consist of radical Muslims who monitor Christian activities in neighborhoods so they can report them to security authorities, Christian sources told Compass. Previously, area Christians were upset to learn that the popular committees had divided another piece of land they hoped to obtain into two lots – one designated for a mosque, and the other for a Muslim school, sources said.

 

“We have already raised our objection over the way we are being treated in regards to obtaining permission to build this church,” said a church leader who wished to remain unnamed.

 

The church had filed a complaint with the Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments, which last month informed the SCOC that officials will investigate the matter, though they gave no time frame.

 

Meantime, the congregation finds that rain or whirling dust makes worship difficult, members said.

 

“I think we have much experience in how difficult it is to obtain permission for new church buildings in this country,” said a Christian leader who requested anonymity.

 

All religious groups must obtain permits from the Ministry of Guidance and Social Endowments, the state ministry of construction and planning and the local planning office before constructing new houses of worship, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2010 International Religious Freedom Report.

 

Earlier this month, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir again asserted that the government has decided that Sudan will have a strictly Islamic identity. Al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in Darfur, made the statement to leaders of his party in Khartoum on Oct. 12.

 

Last December, one month before South Sudan’s vote for independence, Al-Bashir declared that if the south seceded as expected, Sudan would amend its constitution to make sharia (Islamic law) the only source of law and Arabic the official language.

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British Man Demoted by Employer for Religious Opinions on Facebook

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 25, 2011

The BBC reports that Adrian Smith, a housing worker in Manchester, England, is taking legal action against his employer, Trafford Housing Trust (THT), after he was demoted and had his pay cut by 40%.

The reason for the demotion was because Smith made comments on his Facebook page saying that marriage is for a man and woman. He also listed his employer on Facebook as many people do. Apparently the THT does not agree with his religious views and claims that he had been disciplined for breaching its code of conduct.

Smith is being supported in his legal action by The Christian Institute, a national charity that defends the religious liberty of Christians. He is claiming interference with his rights to free speech and religious liberty and breach of contract, the institute said.

Smith, a father of two, was commenting on a news article concerning gay marriage in churches when he wrote, “The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women. If the state wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex then that is up to the state; but the state shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience”.

A THT spokeswoman said: “At the end of 2010, we updated our Code of Conduct for Employees … some three months after this new code was issued, Mr. Smith, without our authority or knowledge and on a Facebook page that identified him as a manager at Trafford Housing Trust, made comments that were found … to be in breach of the company’s code of conduct and other policies.”

Smith’s solicitor, Tom Ellis of Aughton Ainsworth law firm, said: “It is an extreme and massive overreaction by the trust that a man can lose his job over what I imagine most people would find are not extreme views. They weren’t intended to be offensive and are an opinion over which he has suffered a huge pay cut.”

Courtesy of http://www.christianlawjournal.com/culture/religious-freedom-news/british-man-demoted-employer-religious-opinions-facebook

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School tells Bible club not to advertise … anywhere

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 25, 2011

By Drew Zahn

A school superintendant in Oklahoma faces a lawsuit today for not only forbidding a community-led Christian club from placing fliers in the elementary school, but also for allegedly telling the Kids for Christ program not to advertise in the community either, lest it “stir up trouble.”

The Owasso Kids for Christ club has been conducting voluntary, before-school Bible studies and a variety of family activities for students and parents at the Northeast Elementary School in Owasso, Okla., since November of last year.

But in April, when the club requested permission to distribute a take-home flier for students and parents advertising a Christian martial arts event, the flier’s phrase “Reaching the world for Christ!” caught the attention of District Superintendant Dr. Clark Ogilvie.

Despite the fact that the school allows various community groups – such as the Girl Scouts, the Young Rembrandts and the chamber of commerce – to distribute literature, post fliers, have tables at an annual open house event and even use the public address system for making announcements about community events, Ogilvie denied Kids for Christ access to all these forms of advertisement.

School officials cited a district policy manual governing outside adverstisments that states, “No literature will be distributed that contains primarily religious, objectionable, or political overtones.”

According to court documents, Ogilvie further explained that such restrictions were necessary to keep “bad clubs” like the Ku Klux Klan out of the school.

Furthermore, a lawsuit currently filed in U.S. District Court alleges, though Kids for Christ has already received permission to host a series of events at the school in the upcoming academic year, Ogilvie actively discouraged the group from publicizing its activities in the community – even through advertisements in local newspapers or signs posted on telephone poles – because he believed such publicity would “stir up trouble.”

The district’s attorney also sent a letter to Kids for Christ, further explaining why the group could no longer use the bulletin board, literature table and PA announcement system afforded to other community groups:

“The allowing of such activities to impressionable elementary students during the regular school day and while school is in session would certainly raise the issue as to endorsement of religion,” the attorney wrote. “In fact, it is difficult to see how an elementary student could discern that [Kids for Christ] is not endorsed by the school district when such activities on behalf of [Kids for Christ] would be occurring by the school district to a captive elementary student audience.”

Τhe Kids for Christ club, however, which is regularly attended by 60 or more students at its weekly meetings, is now suing the school district with the help of attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, seeking only the same access that other community groups receive.

“A Christian organization should not be targeted for discrimination when it is simply seeking to publicize its voluntary meetings just like other community groups do,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Matt Sharp. “The district would have people believe that the Constitution requires a religious organization to be singled out in this manner when, in reality, the Constitution strictly prohibits this type of discrimination. The courts have repeatedly upheld this.”

According to court documents, Kids for Christ as has already reseved space and obtained the necessary permission to hold a series of three parent-student activities at the school during the coming year, but the group is nonetheless being denied the opportunity to promote the events.

Sharp pointed out the district, for example, approved a flier from the YMCA that even declared its mission: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

“Just as it rightly allowed the YMCA’s flier, the district must allow the ‘Kids for Christ’ club’s fliers and other activity announcements,” Sharp explained. “The district is very clearly wrong in its view of the First Amendment.”

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Liberty University Petitions U.S. Supreme Court To Review ObamaCare Lawsuit

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 10, 2011

Washington, DC – Liberty University and two private individuals filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting the High Court to review the case from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “ObamaCare”). The case is Liberty University v. Geithner, and the parties are represented by Liberty Counsel. This case is the only one that challenges both the individual and the employer health insurance mandates.

On September 8, a divided court ruled that the mandate is a “tax,” and the federal Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) prohibits the court from ruling on the merits until the “tax” is paid and a refund sought by the taxpayer. Thus, the case could not be brought until the mandate becomes effective in 2014. Every court which has considered this question has found that the mandate is a “penalty,” not a tax, and the AIA does not apply. Even the federal government argued that the AIA does not apply and that the statutory intent clearly indicated that the AIA was inapplicable.

Fourth Circuit Judge Wynn noted that he would uphold ObamaCare under the Taxing and Spending Clause. Of the 14 judges who have ruled on this law from various courts, Wynn is the first one to rely on the Taxing and Spending Clause. Every other judge rejected this argument. Judge Davis said he would uphold the law under the Commerce Clause. He said Congress could force people to buy products, such as health insurance or food.

It is almost certain that the High Court will accept one or more cases involving ObamaCare. It is likely the Court will accept the Florida case that has 26 states, because there the individual mandate was struck down. It is also likely the Court will accept the Liberty University case, because the issue of the AIA must be decided before the Court reaches the merits and it has the only challenge to the employer mandate. Either way, a ruling is expected before the end of June 2012.

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, who presented oral argument in the case, said: “This challenge to ObamaCare is entering the final phase, and its ultimate fate will be decided at the U.S. Supreme Court. This novel and unprecedented law has caused confusion among the courts and has stymied the economy, because employers will not hire when the future of healthcare costs remains uncertain. ObamaCare is an unprecedented expansion of the federal government’s power to micromanage personal choices. Its end will be welcomed by many.”

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God’s Great Cry to Every Generation: TURN! Because Everybody Plays the Fool

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 6, 2011

By Tim Rowe

One of the most amazing messages in the entire Bible that is constantly coming from the heart of God is for both the believer and the unbeliever to TURN. God is always crying out to turn away from the world, turn away from idols, turn away from sin, turn away from self, turn away from any path that God has not ordained and set for your life and turn to Him. TURN! TURN BACK TO ME! I, GOD ALMIGHTY, AM WAITING WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN FOR YOU TO TURN AND RUN TO ME!

The truth of turning is the essence of the good news that Christianity proclaims as there is only One Way, One Truth, One Life and you must turn to it and turn away from the worthless religions, philosophies, and ideas of the world.

Acts 14:15 (NIV): Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to TURN from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.

The Apostle Paul preached for people to turn from their worthless idols to the living God. The truth of “turning” is an intricate part of the gospel as it is the beginning action necessary in believing the gospel and keeping the heart turned to God is necessary for the continual service of God in the gospel. We too should proclaim, “Friends why do you keep turning to everything but God. Isn’t it time you turn?”

Acts 25:13-18 (NIV); About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and TURN THEM from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

This is the gospel that we have been commissioned by God and His Son Jesus Christ and sent into the world to proclaim and as we preach this Gospel and it is believed a great turning takes place. People’s eyes are opened and they turn from darkness to light. They turn from the power of Satan unto God. Before all turning, there is an opening of the eyes to see; the eyes are no longer blinded by the devil, the god of this world, but the power of the gospel opens people’s eyes and hearts to turn. What an awesome turning it is! When we turn to God, we are turning from darkness to light. When we turn to God we are turning from the power of Satan to God. Satan does not want you turn. His schemes are designed to get people to turn their back on God and keep turned toward his objects of delight. The Devil uses deception so you don’t think you have to turn.

Leonard Ravenhill in Why Revival Tarries: An unprecedented tidal wave of commandment-breaking, God defying, soul destroying iniquity sweeps the ocean of human affairs. Never before have men in the masses sold their souls to the devil as such bargain prices. “There is none…that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee” (Isaiah 64:7). What hell-borned mesmerism hold them? How does the spell bind? Why don’t they wake and stir themselves.

They need to wake up and quit playing the fool and TURN.

Skip Moen in Spiritual Restoration: Ezekiel 33:11: “Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked TURN from his way and live. TURN BACK, TURN BACK from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’” Ecclesiastes makes it very clear that there is no real hope in work, in progeny, in legacy or society. The Second Law of Thermodynamics applies: it all goes down hill. How can I have hope? I have reason to hope because GOD LIVES! He is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living. When He comes to rescue He brings life with Him. Because He is alive, I can trust that He will make me alive. I don’t worship some past relic or ancient memory; I worship the here-and-now living God. God is right here and now alive…God voices our true condition-rotting away-and He proclaims our only solution, He lives! Do you realize because God lives everything else is possible? Do you not see that all that we are and all that we are meant to be is based on the living God? Put your hope there, and none else. Listen to Him, and nothing else… God wants restoration. God wants us to live! So God exhorts his sin-sick children to turn back. That is one of the most important themes in the whole Bible.

Romans set forth this desperate condition of men and women for a Savior which is rooted in the truth that they have turned away from God. In our generation, people are turning away from God at an alarming rate as society plunges into the darkness of godlessness and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.

Romans 3:10-18 (NIV): 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have TURNED AWAY, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.”18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

When we turn away from God and do not seek Him are lives become worthless and full of ruin, misery, bitterness, cursing, poison, deceit and destruction. We must turn God with a heart full of wondrous awe, love, respect, devotion and admiration.

The essence of the gospel is this message of turning. Repentance is a turning of the mind and thoughts away from the world and our former condition to God. The Gospel cries out day and night for people to “TURN!”

Acts 3:19 (NIV): 19 Repent, then, and TURN TO GOD, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

Times of refreshing in the beautiful healing presence of the Lord only come when we turn to God. God wipes out our sins because we have turned to God and the wonderful accomplishments of His Son who lived, died and was resurrected for us that we might be born again and live the life of our new creation.

One of the first words that began the ministry of Jesus Christ as he began to teach was the word “repent” which in its basic meaning means “to turn.”

Matthew 3:20 (God’s Word Translation): TURN to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near.

On the great day of Pentecost Peter’s message from the heart of God was to TURN.

Acts 2:37-40 (KJV): Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

To the universal cry of mankind “What shall we do?” God answers to TURN! Repent! Turn! Turn the entire thought, desires, purposes, dreams, and aspirations of your mind to God and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will absolutely be saved. Then as a born again believer continue to keep yourself turned to God and turned away from the wickedness of our generation.

God is always only a turn away.

Psalm 18:21 (NIV):

I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I have not done evil by TURNING from my God.

I Samuel 12:21-and do not turn aside to go after worthless (tohu) things which do not profit and do not deliver, for they are worthless (tohu).

Skip Moen in Spiritual Restoration: Tohu generally describes five related conditions. These are wasteland, desolation, lifelessness, futility and worthlessness. The common thread behind tohu seems to be a sphere that is alien to all life. It is ominous, chaotic, dark, destructive opposition to created order. Consequently it is filled with peril, menace and foreboding. It is the negation of God and His creation. If there ever was a word that described a place where life is sucked out of you, then tohu is the word…There is something about tohu that should send a shiver up your spine. In the Bible, tohu is contagious. Spend enough time around tohu and you will become infected…touch it often and you will feel its effect, sucking vitality out of you. Chase after its seductive ploys and you will find, perhaps too late, that you are among the walking dead. That’s Samuel’s point. Once you turn away from God, you turn away from life-no matter how attractive the prospects seem to be, the end is always tohu-waste, futility, desolation and death…The opposite of tohu is God, for God is order, fulfillment, satisfaction, well-being and life itself. So do a little tohu checkup. Are you turning aside to things that do not profit and do not deliver? Are your days directed at accumulating those things that have no future over the horizon of your life?…Tohu awaits all those who serve short-sighted ends. If your dreams and desires can be achieved this side of the grave, you might be infected already.

We become addicted to who or what we turn to in the course of life. Tohu awaits those who turn from God.

There is a crisis of turning in the spiritual leadership in the Body of Christ that is disturbing and alarming. The spiritual leaders of our churches are hemorrhaging profusely and falling away because they have allowed their hearts to be turned. According to John Maxwell, only one out of ten people entering the ministry will still be in at the age of 65. That’s a 90 percent dropout rate. Dr James Dobson estimates that there are 1500 ministers a month leaving the ministry. That is 18,000 a year. The rate of burnout and dropout is staggering. David Ravenhill in Surviving the Anointing says: “The Devil’s strategy is old and reliable. ‘Strike the shepherd and scatter the flock.”…God’s army of soldiers are “dying” at a faster rate than ever before.”

There is a devastating effect to the body of Christ and the witness of Christianity by these men and women of God falling by the wayside. Think about the children of Israel for a moment. When God called them to be a nation, he led over one million people out of Egypt and do you know how many made it to the Promised Land? Two!!! Just two men, Joshua and Caleb! The Israelites were surrounded by so many awesome wonders and supernatural works of God as the parting of the Red Sea, the pillar of fire and cloud to guide them night and day, the manna raining down from heaven and water flowing out of a rock. Yet only two people made it into the promise land. What was the problem? They turned. We need to take heed to this example as the hearts of Christian leaders have turned aside from God and turned unto idols. God is crying out, “Turn, Turn, Turn back to me and my loving arms.”

Even in Hosea God declares that the wretched condition of the spiritual man and the prophet among the children of God. Hosea 9:7: The prophet is a fool and the spiritual man is mad.” The spiritual leadership of Israel in the priests and prophets had turned away from God and were in desperate need to TURN back to Him.

The Bible is very clear on how quickly the heart can turn. It is full of examples of brilliant men and women and even angels with great callings and enormous potential for God that turned away from God in a short period of time and fell greatly into oblivion. Lucifer, Adam, Eve, Saul, Solomon, Judas, King Azariah and Demas are just to name a few.

Deuteronomy 9:11,12 (NIV): At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant. 12 Then the LORD told me, “Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have TURNED AWAY QUICKLY from what I commanded them and have made an idol for themselves.”

The children of Israel in less than 40 days turned away from God to worshipping idols.

Jeremiah 5:20-25: (NLT): “Make this announcement to Israel, and say this to Judah:
21 Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. 22 Have you no respect for me? Why don’t you tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set.
23 But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have TURNED AWAY and abandoned me. 24 They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’25 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

We rob ourselves of manifold blessings and enjoyment of life when we turn away and abandon God and fail to live in awe of Him. We must always have our spiritual radar on and be able to detect what direction we are turning.
We have all played the fool in life when it comes to God. To play the fool is to turn to anything, or anyone as first place in your life instead of God. The fool turns to anything but God. Saul came to this realization in his life too late and it cost him his kingdom and his life.

I Samuel 26:21-I have played the fool…I have erred exceedingly.

Saul played the fool and erred exceedingly with his life. Are we playing the fool with our life too? Look at the divine calling Saul had on his life as the first king of Israel and the wonderful potential he had if he would have stayed turned to God.

I Samuel 10:1,6,9-11,24 (NIV): Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? 6And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 9And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 10And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. 11And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 24And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.

Chronicles records the end result of Saul playing the fool with his life:

II Chronicles 10:13 (NIV): So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;
Saul turned to the witch of Endor for guidance from a devil spirit and turned to himself and his strength and his wisdom and turned to everything else in his kingship but God and it opened him up for spiritual attack that eventually took him out and all the wonderful potential he had to be a godly king.

We cannot allow ourselves to play the fool by being deceived to turn to other gods. Idolatry is very deceptive. Most of us have idols and never know we are serving other gods. Are we playing the fool in life?

Deuteronomy 11:16 (NLT): “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you TURN away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods.

From my new book on the heart hopefully to be released next year: “Most of Israel’s problems in their history with idolatry and turning away from God stem from their original failure to force these ungodly nations out of the Promised Land with all their false gods. It is a battle to keep the heart in the promised land of God’s will and aligned with God’s heart. It is a battle to keep the heart from becoming conformed to the pattern of this world. It is a battle to keep the relentless enemies of fear, worry, anxiety, disobedience, bitterness, unforgiveness and hatred from possessing territory in our heart. The enemy is always near the borders of our heart, subtly trying to gain entrance so he can establish a stronghold in the heart and exercise his devilish control and influence. We must be the constant border patrol of our heart and watch all the boundaries of our life so the enemy does not become an illegal occupant of our heart. We cannot passively allow the enemy to hang out and set up his tent in any part of the territory of our heart, for he is a master at turning our heart away from God. In order to enter the Promised Land and keep its borders secure, we must guard our heart with all diligence, protecting it from the schemes, strategies and plans of Satan’s kingdom devoting it wholeheartedly and passionately to God and His Word. Under the direction and guidance of God Almighty, our heart can set boundaries that will reflect His love, His grace, His mercy, His compassion and His peace and in this land we will fulfill God’s calling for our lives. We will not be betrayed by the boundaries coming forth from our heart and the map of our life will reflect the grace and glory of God.”

We cannot allow our turn away from Him to anything else. We must always be turned to His face, gazing in His eyes, looking at His presence and might and glory.

II Kings 17:15-By turning the eye to vanity, death to the ways of God enters the heart.

If we are not careful where we are turning, death to the ways of God will enter our heart and destroy our relationship with God. The Devil steals, kills and destroys as set forth in John 10:10a and his main objective is to steal your time with God, kill your desire for God and destroy your relationship with God. He does this by getting us to turn.

But God is always whispering to our ears and hearts to turn and walk in His way.

Isaiah 30:18, 19, 21 (NIV): Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! 19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 21 Whether you TURN to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

God is always speaking and in order for us to accomplish His purpose for our life in our generation, we must hear his voice and turn around to see like the Apostle John did on the island of Patmos.

Revelation 1:9-18 (NIV): I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Moses also had his burning bush experience where God was speaking to Him and He had to turn and see.

Exodus 3:1-5 (ESV): 1Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3And Moses said, “I WILL TURN ASIDE TO SEE this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Moses had to turn aside to see to accomplish His calling as the man of God who would lead the children of Israel out of the land of bondage in Egypt.

Joshua also was instructed by God Himself how to fulfill his calling to lead the children of Israel into the promise land. An essential part of God’s instruction was not to turn away from Him and His Word.

Joshua 1:5-9 (NIV): No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; DO NOT TURN from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Prophets that were speaking for God continued to herald forth the message to TURN!

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NLT): 5 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and TURN THEIR HEARTS AWAY from the LORD. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 7 “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

Hosea 12:6: (KJV): Therefore TURN thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually.

God has also set forth in His Word the remedy for our nation. It is not in the Republican, Democratic or Tea Party. It is not in a politician or a social or political philosophy. It is when God’s people humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and TURN. Turning away from wicked things is an essential part of the formula for the healing of our land.

II Chronicles 7:14 (NIV): if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and TURN from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

We turn and run too much in our generation and in our churches.

David Ravenhill in Surviving the Anointing: Today we live in a society where the slightest little difficulty causes us to turn and run. We become so easily upset and discouraged, allowing self-pity to rob us of the opportunity of proving God in the situation. God is looking for men and women who believe His promises on overcoming the difficulties that face us. Jesus Christ had to overcome-overcome all the rejection, overcome all the pain, overcome all the sorrow, and sufferings along with the diabolical schemes of the devil himself. And yet nothing deterred him. He set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem and finish the course that God has set before Him. God is looking for overcomers that will follow the example of His Son.

Why would you ever want to turn to anything else but God? God needs us to stand in our calling as more than conquerors and keep
our faces turned like flint toward Him.

The fool thinks he is too wise to turn. The fool thinks he does not have to turn because he has everything. The arrogant fool is worshiped in our culture, but his ways end up in death and destruction.

Proverbs 26:12: Did you see a person who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Skip Moen in Spiritual Restoration: There are plenty of people who think themselves wise. They believe they have life in their grasp. They are the “go for it guys.” Solomon tells quite sternly that these people have less hope of true relationships than the fool and the fool was pretty far gone. Because he knows the first step toward disaster is self reliance and self-sufficiency. If my dream is be my own man (or woman), if I resonate with Frank’s tune, “I did it my way,” then I as surely worse off than a fool…The man who thinks he is own god is doomed…Amazingly our culture idolizes the arrogant…We all want to be famous, free and fortunate. We love the tabloids, the celebrities and the rich and famous. Why? Because we put the self-made man upon the pedestal. We worship at the feet of those whom we believe grabbed life by the horns. Who is the bigger fool: the one who believes he controls his own destiny or the one who worships the arrogant man?

To turn we must deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him.

Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If any one wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

Deny – What does Yeshua’s statement mean to you? Do you think of denial in terms of turning away from pointless affluence, seductive pleasures or immoral behavior? Do you think that Yeshua intended us to refuse our own selfish desires in order to submit to God’s higher purposes? Perhaps we gain a deeper understanding of the nature of denial when we apply this instruction to the specific arena of money. Jacques Ellul helps us see this connection when he says, “When God attacks this power [money] that has us in its grip because it has aroused our love, when he tears away a treasure to which we have become attached, he is attacking us. God’s deliverance in not a stroke of a magic wand which leaves us intact, the way we were. It is a rescue of part of ourselves. Consequently we may have the impression , the feeling, of being amputated, diminished. God who is delivering us from the shackles of this power, is also destroying its roots which have taken hold of us.” In other words, the act of denial is an invitation to let God amputate. It isn’t simply refusing to do something we really want to do. It is asking God to cut it out of our hearts.The Greek verb aparneomai means “to renounce, to disown.” Yeshua reminds us that renouncing other lovers is a requirement of following Him. This is no different than the requirement of the first commandment. YHWH has exclusive right to the love of His children and He will tolerate no rival, even if that rival has roots deep within our own personalities.

Why do we sell our soul to another lover other than God? Why do we let God have rivals in our hearts? Why do we turn back to those things that we were delivered from? This only leads to us putting the chains on again and going back to slavery. There is no true satisfaction in anything but God. I Peter aptly describes it as a dog returning to his vomit.

Galatians 4:7-9 (NIV): 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are TURNING BACK to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

If we turn back to those weak and miserable things instead of God we will be enslaved all over again.

Let’s look again at Solomon and the magnificent purpose that God had ordained for his life. He had far more wisdom, earthly riches and wealth than we will probably ever have.

II Chronicles 1:11-12: And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

Even with such wonderful wisdom and even after he had built the temple for God, God still had to give Solomon a warning not to turn.

II Chronicles 7:17-22 (NIV): And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments; 18Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel. 19But if ye TURN away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;20Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.21And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house? 22And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

Solomon did not heed the warning and turned.

I Kings 11:1-9 (NIV):
1But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: 2Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will TURN away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives TURNED away his heart. 4For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives TURNED away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. 9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was TURNED from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice.

This is one of the most heart-rending sections of Scripture and its warning on the turning of the heart that screams out to every believer and child of God. Solomon’s heart was turned and bent away from God by these strange women and they got him to not only worship some of the most detestable gods of pagan culture, but he also built altars to them and sacrificed to them. Even the great Solomon in all his wisdom turned and how great was that turning. Do not think that we could not turn either. I Corinthians warns us that if we think we stand, we should take heed lest we fall. We must always be on watch that our hearts do not turn.

Skip Moen in Spiritual Restoration: Solomon also made a house for Pharaoh’s daughter whom he had taken. This verb take is used in the Bible to describe capturing, buying and acquiring, vengeance, and seizing an animal. It describes the heart be swept away…it is much more aggressive and hostile than we would like to see between a husband and wife…Solomon discovers that he cannot resist the temptation to have her. Perhaps his addiction to women is beginning to grow. Certainly he has forgotten God’s command for household purity. He takes her with all her foreign idolatry…in Ezekiel the word describes the flashing of lightening. Solomon is mesmerized. He must have her regardless of cost. In the midst of God’s bounty, he takes something for himself. It is a terrible mistake. Solomon never recovered from his addiction. It grew and grew until its insatiable lust destroyed him. But it started with taking something God did not give. It started by turning away from God and allowing his wives and women to turn his heart to other Gods.”

As wise as Solomon was, he never learned the lesson of turning. It is interesting the word “fool” is used 73 times in the Bible, but well over half (41) of these usages of “fool” are in the book of Proverbs and 12 of the usages are in Ecclesiastes that were both penned by Solomon. Solomon ended up playing the fool in his life like Saul did because he did not turn back to God. Solomon even declared in Ecclesiastes 2:15, “As it happened to the fool, so it happened to me.” He never learned the prime lesson of a fool. A fool turns to everything, but God.

II Timothy 4:3-7 (NIV): For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will TURN their ears away from the truth and TURN aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Will turn away (654) (apostrepho from apo = away from, a marker of dissociation, implying a rupture from a former association and indicates separation, departure, cessation, reversal + strepho = turn quite around, twist, reverse, turn oneself about) means literally to turn back or away.

Will turn aside (1624) (ektrepo from ek = out + trope = a turning) means literally to turn out (of the course) and so to turn aside (so as to avoid being involved). To turn away from, to swerve, to shun, to avoid meeting or associating with one. To turn a person off the road.

It can literally mean to twist out. In secular Greek medical literature described a dislocated joint, one that is sprained or wrenched! This meaning gives one a picture of the minds and hearts of those who reject God’s Truth as ending up spiritually “dislocated”, knocked out of joint, a far worse state than a physical dislocation!
When we turn away from God and His truth our lives become dislocated and out of joint.

Luke 9:62 (NIV): Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

If we want to serve God we can’t look back or turn to the things of this world or our former ways. If we do, we are not fit to serve God.

God is jealous God. He wants all of you.

Joel 2:12, 13 (NLT): That is why the LORD says, “TURN TO ME NOW, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the LORD your God,for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.He is eager to relent and not punish.

The time is urgent. Time is fleeting and passes by swiftly. God is crying out: “Turn to me now while there is time. Give me your hearts. Don’t let them be swept away. Return to the Lord your God.”

The great prayer of the prophet Elijah is my prayer for the church:

I Kings 18:36-37 (NASB): 36 At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that You, O LORD, are God, and that You have TURNED their heart back again.”

O Lord I pray that you turn the hearts of your saints, your church, your believers, your leaders back to you and away from all the deceitful lures of this world. I pray that our hearts turn and remain turned to you above all else. Let us not play the fool like Saul or Solomon by turning to idols and things that can never satisfy. I pray also for the world that you open their eyes that they may see the error of their ways and turn to you God, repent and receive and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and deliverer. My we seek you with all our hearts and turn away from anything that interferes with our relation with you. May we turn in great anticipation to you with all our heart, with all our strength, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our love and never forgetting the great truth of TURNING in the Bible. Let us never do evil by turning from our God.

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Iran Takes Note of Efforts to Save Pastor – Spreads Lies

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 5, 2011

It is clear that our efforts to put international media and political pressure on Iran to release Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani – who is facing execution for his faith – are having a tremendous impact.

The Iranian government has taken note of these efforts and has reacted by spreading lies about Pastor Youcef in an attempt to sway international attention from this horrific human rights abuse.

Over the last few days, we have reported that Iran’s semi-official news agency has spread false reports that pastor Youcef was never convicted of converting from Islam to Christianity, but that he had instead been charged with being a “Zionist” and committing “security crimes.” This is the worst possible charge that Iran could level at Pastor Youcef, and as one Iranian expert explained: “As soon as Iran’s regime is placed under international pressure because of its barbaric Middle Age laws, the regime looks for another reason to peddle” its execution sentence against Pastor Youcef.

Now, for the first time, the Iranian government has made a statement about Pastor Youcef, spreading blatant lies about his case. The official Iranian statement provides that “Iran has not issued any verdict on his case” and that “published news regarding the death penalty . . . are unsubstantiated.”

These are boldfaced lies being spread by the Iranian regime about Pastor Youcef because they have been caught in the act of attempting to execute a man for his faith, something that violates international and Iranian law and reportedly hasn’t happened in Iran for over 20 years.

We have the actual verdict from the Iranian supreme court (in original Farsi and translated into English by the Confederation of Iranian Students in Washington ), which provides undeniably that “Mr. Youcef Nadarkhani . . . is convicted of turning his back on Islam . . . .” The verdict further states, “During many sessions in court with the presence of his attorney and a judge, he has been sentenced to execution by hanging . . . .”

There is no question that Pastor Youcef has been convicted of apostasy and sentenced to death. It is crucial that Secretary of State Clinton – our top international diplomat – take the lead and that the United Nations (U.N.) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) end their silence on this issue and pressure Iran to spare Pastor Youcef’s life and release him unconditionally.

We can report from our contacts in Iran that, as of today, Pastor Youcef is still alive, but time is of the essence.

We know that the Iranian regime is taking note of our efforts, and now is the time to step up those efforts to keep this international pressure on Iran. You can help in this effort by joining the over 50,000 who have already signed the petition we are sending to Secretary of State Clinton and the U.N. to call on Iran for the immediate and unconditional release of Pastor Youcef.

Here is a Youtube link to the ACLJ Video: http://youtu.be/NKPQ7xuvK3Y

Courtesy of http://aclj.org/iran/iran-takes-note-efforts-save-pastor-spreads-lies

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Greek Evangelist Faces Prison Time for Proselytizing

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 4, 2011

A Christian evangelist in Greece has been sentenced to four months in prison and fined 840 euros for sharing the gospel.

According to international human rights attorney, Vassilios Tsirbas, Damavolitis Emmanuel, a Pentecostal Christian and the father of six children from age 30 to 11 years old, was charged with a violation of the Greek anti-proselytizing law. He was found guilty after a trial and sentenced to four months in prison. The prison term was held until the appeals court could hear the case and make a determination. The appeals court hearing was held today. 

According to Attorney Trisbas “this is a very sad day for freedom of religion in Greece. The court’s decision reinforces the belief that freedom of religion and freedom of speech do not exist in Greece for evangelical Christians.

“Today the court of appeals in Crete was convened and issued it’s ruling. Now, we must turn to the international courts to restore the fundamental freedoms that are guaranteed in Greece.”

According to Attorney Trisbas, “After many years Greece once more remembered the old days of it’s intolerance against churches other than the State Church, and came down hard on believers who thought they had the freedom to share their faith with their fellow citizens.

“The Court of Appeals of Rethymno, in Crete convicted Mr. Emmanuel and sentenced him to four months in prison and a fine of 840 Euros for allegedly proselytizing another man; convincing him to become a Pentecostal believer. The event, for which Mr. Emmanuel was convicted took place in a rural mountainous area of Crete, in 2006. This particular area is known for it’s resistance to the rule of law.”

At today’s hearing the prosecutor mocked the defendant for “having the peculiar enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,” and declared that the defendant was not allowed to sit in a coffee place sharing his faith with a friend.

Attorney Tsirbas is currently determining what is the next best step for his client. The case is now at a point where it can be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

The Greek Orthodox Church is country’s official church and is protected by the nation’s laws.

Emmanuel’s attorney said the ruling shows there is no freedom of religion or speech for Christians who do not belong to the state church.

The case may be heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Courtesy of http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/October/Greek-Evangelist-Faces-Prison-Time-for-Proselytizing-/

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Church Authority, Hiring Rights

Posted by faithandthelaw on October 2, 2011

One of the most important religious cases disputed in years, involving the separation of church and state, will soon come before the U.S. Supreme Court. The legal battle could change whether or not the federal government can dictate or interfere with church authority.

Arguments in the case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will be heard Oct. 5. The case centers on “ministerial exception,” which is a law that has been on the books for some 40 years.

This “exception” protects churches and other religious groups from discrimination claims against them including issues on hiring and firing employees.

The high profile legal dispute involves Cheryl Perich, a former fourth grade teacher at the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church School. Perich was fired for insubordination and disruptive conduct in 2005. The church congregation that same year approved her termination.

“Called teachers, like Perich, normally receive tenure and may be dismissed only for cause,” according to court records.

Forcing the church to retain Perich after she was fired would be an unconstitutional restriction on its right to choose its religious leaders, church leaders said in a statement.

One of the most important arguments that will come before the Supreme Court in the case is whether the government should be allowed to decide which duties are “religious,” and which are not.

Attorneys representing the church say Perich caused a scene at the school after taking several months off to address an illness involving a sleep disorder. She ended up threatening to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act while discussing her job responsibilities with the principal.

The school, citing concerns about her health, had asked Perich to voluntarily resign her call to be a teacher of religion, or minister under the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod laws. She refused and filed a complaint with the EEOC.

The EEOC and Perich then filed suit in federal district court alleging that the church had retaliated against Perich, which was in violation of the ADA.

In 2008, the district court decided against Perich, ruling that since she had been called as a commissioned minister, her firing was subject to the ministerial exception and thus was not within the court’s right to interfere.

Court records show that in 2010, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Perich was not covered by the ministerial exception because most of her duties were secular, and overturned the decision.

Now, a host of organizations are involved in the legalities of the case including the Becket Fund, the ACLU, the NAACP, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, human rights organizations, bishops and the federal government.

Douglas Laycock, the attorney on record representing the Lutheran Church, told The Christian Post that this legal battle is unprecedented and could impact every church in the nation.

“Lutheran churches put a heavy weight on teachers and religious education by requiring their teachers take theology courses and they also get a ministerial housing allowance,” Laycock told The Christian Post in a phone interview Friday.

He explained that the purpose of the ministerial exception is to protect the right of religious institutions to choose their own religious leaders.

“This case has the potential to change employment relations in virtually every religious institution in the nation.”

Experts say it is a legal battle that will start massive controversy and widespread social disruptions. Questions about non-clergy qualifications, the protections of equal employment laws even if they work at religious organizations that claim exemptions to those laws and government involvement in the church, are all sensitive discussions up for debate.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life analyzed the case stating the Supreme Court has never ruled on the 40-year-old legal doctrine, but judges in lower federal courts have used it to exempt religious organizations from anti-discrimination laws and other statutes that regulate how employers treat their workers.

“The big question for the Supreme Court is whether the ministerial exception rule applies to a teacher at a religious elementary school who teaches the full secular curriculum, but also teaches daily religion classes, is a commissioned minister, and regularly leads students in prayer and worship,” Laycock said.

The Supreme Court, which has three female justices, will have to find a common ground that “involve inherently religious questions,” and “if the matter is a theological dispute and belongs in the court system.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which submitted an opinion on the case, said in a statement they hope “the justices will narrowly interpret the ministerial exception.”

Pew researchers said in a statement that “Hosanna-Tabor case offers the justices an opportunity to mold and shape a doctrine that has existed in lower federal courts for 40 years. The lack of even one prior Supreme Court decision on the doctrine makes it difficult to predict how the court ultimately will rule, but the Hosanna-Tabor case has the potential to change the ministerial exception, perhaps quite significantly.”

The Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redford, Mich., operated a K-8 school founded on biblical principles. Teachers at the school are required to serve as Christian role models, and they are tasked with duties such as leading students in prayer, worship, and religious study, according to the school’s website.

The congregation eventually closed the church’s school in 2009.

Courtesy of http://www.christianpost.com/news/supreme-court-to-hear-case-on-church-authority-hiring-rights-56962/

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