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INTRODUCTION

There are two very important reasons why I felt compelled to write this series of posts, and I’d like to briefly share these reasons with you now before I go any further:

1) Since I am a former Catholic who is very aware of the teachings of the Catholic Church because I attended twelve years of Catholic school, attended Catechism classes, made my First Holy Communion, was Confirmed, and faithfully attended Mass not only every Sunday for many years, but also before school began for three years (as required by the school that I attended at the time),  and who came to the knowledge of who Jesus Christ truly is and what He actually accomplished for us by reading a Catholic New Testament Bible exactly like the one pictured above, I decided to write this series with the hope of reaching precious Catholics so that they can not only come to an understanding of who Jesus Christ truly is as His Word, the Bible, declares Him to be, but also so they can see by reading God’s Word that they can have complete forgiveness, lasting joy, true peace, and the assurance of salvation if they choose to believe God’s Word and place their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. Also, since many Catholics do not realize everything that the Catholic church actually teaches (as I once did not realize until after doing research and reading the CCC), I thought that it was extremely important to share this information to make Catholics aware of many things that are quite disturbing, as you will all soon become aware of as this series continues.

2) This series of posts is also being written with the intention of helping those of you who are born-again, Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ who have no idea of what the teachings of Catholicism are so that you can become aware of their teachings and be prepared to offer hope and assurance of salvation through Jesus Christ to Catholics based solely upon the truth that is recorded in God’s Word.

As we continue on in this series together comparing Scriptures in the Catholic New Testament to teachings found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we must keep these important thoughts in mind:

When it comes to our eternal destination — heaven or hell — we must be certain that we place our trust in solid truth and not in speculation or in the traditions of men. The Catholic church claims to be the “one true Church.” Therefore, it stands to reason that their teachings must line up with God’s Word and not contradict it since God does not change (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, Hebrews 13:8), and His Word stands firm forever. (Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter 1:24,25) If a contradiction is found it must be rejected because God’s Word is our plumb line by which we must measure (or test) the teachings of every religion to see if it lines up or not. If it is off in one point we can be certain that it will lead us further and further away from Biblical truth and lead us into spiritual deception.

This series will cover many different subjects ranging from what does the Catholic Church teach about the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, priests, the pope, sin, forgiveness of sins, salvation, prayer, and what must a Catholic believe in order to receive eternal life. Some of these teachings will shock even many Catholics when they learn what their church actually teaches!

Lord willing, I hope to share at least one post every month with you in this new series until I have covered all the most important teachings that need to be brought to your attention. The main goal that I have in writing this series is to present the Word of God to Catholics — and to every person — in order to point everyone to Jesus Christ, who is our only hope and ‘the only name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)

Dear Catholic, please take a minute now to pray, asking God to open your mind to the Scriptures and to reveal the truth to you –whatever that may be.

Because only God can reveal the truth to you, I will refrain from making any comments unless I find it completely necessary. Since God’s Word is truth I trust that He will not only give you eyes to see the truth, but also I trust that He will give you the courage to respond to His leading. However, each one of you will find yourself having to answer this question when you come to many points that I present to you in these posts after realizing that there are oftentimes extreme differences between what the Word of God says and what Catholicism teaches, and the question that you will have to answer is:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

Please keep in mind, as you are carefully reading all of the statements made from the following Catholic sources, that every time you see the word “church” spelled with a capital c they are referring to the Catholic church, since they believe that the “Catholic Church” alone is the “one true Church.”All of the information that I will be sharing with you I have obtained from the following sources:

1) CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (pictured above) – Imprimi Potest – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) – Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2) THE WORD OF GOD – THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR  IN TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION – SACRED HEART LEAGUE EDITION – IMPRIMATUR JOHN FRANCIS WHEALON, ARCHBISHOP OF HARTFORD, APRIL 15, 1971 SIGNED AND SEALED BY BISHOP JOSEPH B. BRUNINI, DIOCESE OF JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

3) Occasionally when I share a Scripture with you from the Sacred Heart League (SHL) Catholic New Testament and notice that it lacks depth and clarity, I will then follow it with the same verse but in the King James Version in order to give you a better understanding of what is being said, and so that you can see what is missing from the SHL translation.

4) Very briefly in this series, I will also be quoting from THE CATHOLIC DOUAY RHEIMS VERSION OF THE BIBLE – in which you will find the following statements:

“EXCERPT FROM ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF OUR HOLY FATHER BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE POPE LEO XIII ON THE STUDY OF HOLY SCRIPTURE:

“The God of all Providence, Who in the adorable designs of His love at first elevated the human race to the participation of the Divine nature, and afterwards delivered it from the universal guilt and ruin, restoring it to its primitive dignity, has in consequence bestowed upon man a splendid gift and safeguard–making known to him, by supernatural means, the hidden Mysteries of His divinity, His wisdom, and His mercy. For although in Divine revelations there are contained some things which are not beyond the reach of unassisted reason, and which are made the objects of such revelation in order “that all may come to know them with facility, certainty, and safety from error, yet not on this account can supernatural Revelation be said to be absolutely necessary; it is only necessary because God has ordained man to a supernatural end.” This supernatural revelation according to the belief of the universal Church, is contained both in unwritten Tradition, and in written Books, which are therefore called sacred and canonical because, “being written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, they have God for their author, and as such have been delivered to the Church.” (Page ix)

“Wherefore it must be recognised that the sacred writings are wrapt in a certain religious obscurity, and that no one can enter into their interior without a guide; God so disposing, as the Holy Fathers commonly teach, in order that men may investigate them with greater ardour and earnestness, and that what is attained with difficulty may sink more deeply into the mind and heart; and, most of all that they may understand that God has delivered the Holy Scriptures to the Church, and that in reading and making use of His Word, they must follow the Church as their guide and their teacher.  St. Irenaeus long since laid down, that where the charismata of God were, there the truth was to be learnt, and that Holy Scripture was safely interpreted by those who had the Apostolic succession.  His teaching, and that of other Holy Fathers, is taken up by the Council of the Vatican, which, in the renewing of the decree of Trent, declares its “mind” to be this–that “in things of faith and morals, belonging to the building up of Christian doctrine, that is to be considered the true sense of Holy Scripture which has been held and is held by our Holy Mother the Church whose place it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures; and therefore that it is permitted to no one to interpret Holy Scripture against such sense or also against the unanimous agreement  of the Fathers.” (Page xvii)

“Wherefore the first and dearest object of the Catholic commentator  should be to interpret those passages which have received an authentic interpretation either by the sacred writers themselves, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost (as in many places of the New Testament), or from the Church, under the assistance of the same Holy Spirit, whether by her solemn judgment or her ordinary and universal magisterium –to interpret those passages in that identical sense, and to prove, by all the resources of science that sound hermeneutical laws admit of no other interpretation. In the other passages, the analogy of faith should be followed, and Catholic doctrine, as authoritatively proposed by the Church, should be held as the supreme law; for seeing that the same God is the author both of the Sacred Books and of the doctrine committed to the Church, it is clearly impossible that any teaching can by legitimate means be extracted from the former, which shall in any respect be at variance with the latter. Hence it follows that all interpretation is foolish and false which either makes the sacred writers disagree one with another, or is opposed to the doctrine of the Church.” (Page xviii)

“For although the studies of non-Catholics, used with prudence, may sometimes be of use to the Catholic student, he should nevertheless, bear well in mind–as the Fathers also teach in numerous passages –that the sense of Holy Scripture can nowhere be found incorrupt outside of the Church, and cannot be expected to be found in writers who, being without the true faith, only gnaw the bark of the Sacred Scripture and never attain its pith.” (Page xix)

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INTRODUCTION TO PART 8

In Part 8 we will be covering pages 251-276 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC – pictured above), which addresses some of the teachings of the Catholic church regarding the Pope, as well as the Virgin Mary.

For those who are new to this blog, and for those who read this blog from time to time, I need to say, once again, that every time “the Church” is mentioned and capitalized, they are referring to the Catholic “Church,” since Catholicism claims to be the “one True Church.”

Let’s begin:

Part One – The Profession of Faith

Paragraph 4. Christ’s Faithful–Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

Para 881

The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the “rock” of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock. “The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of apostles united to its head.” (401 Lumen Gentium 22) This pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church’s very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the  Pope. (Emphasis is mine).

Para 882

The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, “is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.” (402 Lumen Gentium 23)

“For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.” (403 Lumen Gentium 22) (Emphasis is mine).

Para 891

The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful— who confirms his brethren in the faith–he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. …The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium,” above all in an Ecumenical Council. (418 Lumen Gentium 25; cf. Vatican Council 1: DS 3074) When the Church through its supreme Magisterium proposes a doctrine “for belief as being divinely revealed,” (419 DV 10) and as the teaching of Christ, the definitions “must be adhered to with the obedience of faith.” This infallibility extends as far as the deposit of divine Revelation itself. (421 Cf. LG 25) (Emphasis is mine).

Para 958

Communion with the dead “In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and ‘because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins’ she offers her suffrages for them.” (2 Maccabees 12:45) Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective. (Emphasis is mine).

[NOTE: The Book of 2 Maccabees is not a Book that was approved to be a part of the original Canon of Scripture because of how some things contradict Scripture and thus was not shown to be inspired by God. This book is where the Catholic church derives their teaching on purgatory and praying to and for the dead.]

Prayers for Those Killed in Battle

38 So Judas having gathered together his army, came into the city Odollam: and when the seventh day came, they purified themselves according to the custom, and kept the sabbath in the same place.

39 And the day following Judas came with his company, to take away the bodies of them that were slain, and to bury them with their kinsmen, in the sepulchres of their fathers.

40 And they found under the coats of the slain, some of the donaries of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbiddeth to the Jews: so that all plainly saw, that for this cause they were slain.

41 Then they all blessed the just judgment of the Lord, who had discovered the things that were hidden.

42 And so betaking themselves to prayers, they besought him, that the sin which had been committed might be forgotten. But the most valiant Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin, forasmuch as they saw before their eyes what had happened, because of the sins of those that were slain.

43 And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection.

44 (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,)

45 And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them.

46 It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:38-46) (DRV)

2 Maccabees has no basis for truth because it contradicts Scripture and God’s plan of salvation and the complete work that Jesus Christ accomplished for us through His sinless life, His once for all sacrifice on the cross, His death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead to show that God accepted His sacrifice as completely satisfying His wrath towards sin. There is no such place as purgatory or a second chance after death to receive forgiveness or to be loosed from sins. God’s Word is clear:

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

2 And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous of him:

3 Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth.

8 He was taken away from distress, and from judgment: who shall declare his generation? because he is cut off out of the land of the living: for the wickedness of my people have I struck him.

9 And he shall give the ungodly for his burial, and the rich for his death: because he hath done no iniquity, neither was there deceit in his mouth.

10 And the Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity: if he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see a longlived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand.

11 Because his soul hath laboured, he shall see and be filled: by his knowledge shall this my just servant justify many, and he shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore will I distribute to him very many, and he shall divide the spoils of the strong, because he hath delivered his soul unto death, and was reputed with the wicked: and he hath borne the sins of many, and hath prayed for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:1-12) (DRB)

“He shines with the brightness of God’s glory; he is the exact likeness of God’s own being, and sustains the universe with his powerful word. After he had made men clean from their sins, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.” (Hebrews 1:3) (SHLCNT)

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all  things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3) (KJV)

“Indeed, according to the Law, almost everything is made clean by blood; and sins are forgiven only if blood is poured out.” (Hebrews 9:22) (SHLCNT)

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22) (KJV)

“But whoever does not have them is shortsighted that he cannot see, and has forgotten that his past sins have been washed away.” (2 Peter 1:9)

“But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:9) (KJV)

Para 962

“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.” ([Pope] Paul VI, CPG 30) (Emphasis is mine.)


Para 966

“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:

In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death. (Emphasis is mine).

Para 968

“Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace. (Emphasis is mine).

Para 969

“The Motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation…Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.” (Emphasis is mine).

Para 970

“Mary’s function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power. But the Blessed Virgin’s salutary influence on men…flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, depends entirely on it, and draws all its power from it.” No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer; but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.

II. DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN

Para 971

“All generations will call me blessed” : “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship.” The Church rightly honors “the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of “Mother of God,” to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…This very special devotion…differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.” The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion to the Virgin Mary. (Emphasis is mine).

III. MARY-ESCHATOLOGICAL ICON OF THE CHURCH

Para 972

After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary. (Emphasis is mine).

[NOTE: In contrast, God’s Word has this to say in Hebrews 12:2

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and is now seated on the right side of God’s throne.” (SHLCNT) (Emphasis is mine).

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (KJV) (Emphasis is mine).

Back to the final portion of this post regarding Mary as taught in the Catechism Of The Catholic Church:

Para 974 The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body. (Emphasis is mine).

Para 975

“We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ.” ([Pope] Paul VI, CPG 15) (Emphasis is mine).

IN CLOSING

Regarding Peter:

Try as they may, Peter was not the “rock” on which the church was built upon as the Catholic church teaches. Rather it was the truth expressed in Peter’s declaration regarding Jesus Christ that was the rock on which the church was built upon:

“Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do men say the Son of Man is?” “Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.” “What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” “Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “Because this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. And so I tell you: you are a rock, Peter, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, which not even death will ever be able to overcome.” (Matthew 16:13-18) (SHLCNT)

 

SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE TO SHOW GOD IS OUR ROCK AND NOT PETER

(Note how all of the verses from the Catholic Douay Rheims Version (DRV) omit the word ‘rock.’ If you take time to look at how other versions translate these verses you will see that almost every other version uses the word rock).

1. “There is none holy as the Lord is: for there is no other beside thee, and there is none strong like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:2) (Douay Rheims Version (DRV) – Authorized Catholic Bible)

“There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither is there any rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:2) (King James Version) (KJV)

2. “The LORD is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is my helper and in him, will I put my trust. My protector and the horn of my salvation, and my support.” (Psalm 18:2) (DRV)

“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2)(KJV)

3. “For who is God but the LORD? Or who is God but our God?” (Psalm 18:31) (DRV)

“For who is God save the LORD? Or who is a rock save our God?” (Psalm 18:31) (KJV)

4. “Unto the end, a psalm for David, in an ecstasy. In thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded: deliver me in thy justice. Bow down thy ear to me: make haste to deliver me. Be thou unto me a God, a protector, and a house of refuge, to save me. For thou art my strength and my refuge; and for thy name’s sake thou wilt lead me, and nourish me.” (Psalm 31:1-3) (DRV)

“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” (Psalm 31:1-3)(KJV)

5. “For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea. And all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud, and in the sea: And did all eat the same spiritual food, And all drank the same spiritual drink; and they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4) (Sacred Heart League Catholic New Testament – SHLCNT)

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4) (KJV)

 


Regarding Mary:

The virgin Mary was chosen by God to bear His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly submitted to His Father’s will, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and entered our sin-filled world as God, wrapped in human flesh within Mary’s womb. For this reason Mary is indeed blessed among women. However, that is where her role ends. Therefore, to attribute to Mary many of the names, roles, and accomplishments that can only be rightly applied to Jesus Christ is unbiblical and robs Jesus of the glory that is due to Him and to Him alone.

In God’s Word, depending upon which Bible translation you’re reading from, Jesus is called the new Adam or the last Adam in 1 Corinthians 15:45. Although there is no Scriptural support whatsoever for the Catholic church to assign Mary with a similar title — the new Eve — they do so by interjecting into Scripture something that simply cannot be found anywhere, thus attributing to Mary honor and power that rightly only belongs to Jesus Christ.

Here are some of the other titles and claims the Catholic church has given Mary over the years:

Mary – The new Ark of the Covenant – The Catholic church tries to justify giving her this title by saying that just as the original Ark of the Covenant held the manna from heaven, Mary held within her womb the bread of life that came down from heaven. As true as that might sound at first, one look at this picture and you will realize that some are placing Mary upon the Ark of the Covenant where God’s Word says His presence resided:

“Thence will I give orders, and will speak to thee over the propitiatory, and from the midst of the two cherubims, which shall be upon the ark of the testimony, all things which I will command the children of Israel by thee.”  (Exodus 25:22) (DRV)

“And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.” (KJV)

The above monstrance is located at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the city of Chicago.

Continuing on:

The Immaculate Conception – The Catholic church claims that she was conceived without sin and that she remained sinless throughout her whole life. (CCC Para 493) During one alleged apparition of the virgin Mary, the being who claimed to be Mary told Bernadette Soubirous that she was “the Immaculate Conception.” In 1854, four years prior to this alleged apparition, Mary was declared by the Catholic church to be the Immaculate Conception. Scripture clearly teaches that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:10-12, 21-25)

Only Jesus Christ remained sinless His entire life:

“Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great high priest who has gone into the very presence of God–Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our high priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy with our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a high priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) (SHLCNT)

“He committed no sin; no one ever heard a lie come from his lips.” (1 Peter 2:22) (SHLCNT)

The Assumption – As previously stated above, in Para 966 and 974 of the Catechism of the Catholic church, the Catholic church teaches that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven, thus paralleling the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Once again, there is nowhere in Scripture that even hints at the possibility of this being true. Therefore, this only further shows how the Catholic church is seemingly creating teachings in order to place Mary on nearly the same level as Jesus Christ Himself.

Queen of Heaven – The Catholic church calls Mary the Queen of Heaven.

There is only one Book in the Bible where the Queen of Heaven is mentioned and it is in no way talking about Mary of the Bible:

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to offer libations to strange gods, and to provoke me to anger.  Do they provoke me to anger, saith the Lord? Is it not themselves, to the confusion of their contenance?” (Jeremiah 7:18,19) (DRV)

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD; do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?” (Jeremiah 7:18,19) (KJV)

Then all the men that knew that their wives sacrificed to other gods: and all the women of whom there stood by a great multitude, and all the people of them that dwelt in the land of Egypt in Phatures, answered Jeremias, saying:

As for the word which thou hast spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken to thee: But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and our princes in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil.

But since we left off to offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword, and by famine. And if we offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and pour out drink offerings to her: did we make cakes to worship her, to pour out drink offerings to her, without our husbands? And Jeremias spoke to all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying:

Was it not the sacrifice that you offered in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and Sour fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, which the Lord hath remembered, and hath it not entered into his heart? So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed: therefore your land is become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day. 

Because you have sacrificed to idols, and have sinned against the Lord: and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have not walked in his law, and in his commandments, and in his testimonies: therefore are these evils come upon you, as at this day. And Jeremias said to all the people, and to all the women: Hear ye the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell in the land of Egypt: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, saying: You and your wives have spoken with your mouth, and fulfilled with your hands, saying: Let us perform our vows which we have made, to offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her: you have fulfilled your vows, and have performed them indeed. Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord: that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Juda, in the land of Egypt, saying:

The Lord God liveth. Behold I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Juda that are in the land of Egypt, shall be consumed, by the sword, and by famine, till there be an end of them. And a few men that shall flee from the sword, shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Juda: and all the remnant of Juda that are gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose word shall stand, mine, or theirs. And this shall be a sign to you, saith the Lord, that I will punish you in this place: that you may know that my words shall be accomplished indeed against you for evil.” (Jeremiah 44:15-29)(DRV)

“Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,

The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind? So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.

Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day. Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying. We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, than my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt saying,

The LORD God liveth. Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs.”(Jeremiah 44:15-29) (KJV)

Continuing on with the titles that the Catholic church has given to Mary:

Co-Redemptrix – The Catholic church claims that Mary suffered along with Jesus Christ when He was on the cross, and therefore she should be given the title of “co-redemptrix.

Jesus Christ alone is our Redeemer:

“But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the Son of a human mother, and lived under the Jewish Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God’s sons.” (Galatians 4:4,5) (SHLCNT)

“And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.” (Revelation 5:9) (SHLCNT)

Mediatrix – The Catholic church has given Mary the titles of Mediatrix and Mediatrix of all Graces. (CCC Para 969)

However, God’s Word says:

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus…” (1 Timothy 2:5)

Advocate – The Catholic church calls Mary our “Advocate.”(CCC Para 969)

Nowhere in Scripture can you find any verse to substantiate this claim. God’s Word, however, says:

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1) (KJV)

The Sacred Heart League Catholic New Testament rightly says:

“I write you this, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin. we have Jesus Christ, the righteous, who pleads for us with the Father.” (1 John 2:1)

Many other Scriptures show us that it is Jesus Christ who intercedes/pleads for us:

“He did not even keep back his own Son, but offered him for us all! He gave us his Son–will he not also freely give us all things? Who will accuse God’s chosen people? God himself declares them not guilty! Can anyone, then, condemn them? Christ Jesus is the one who died, or rather, who was raised to life and is at the right side of God. He pleads with God for us.” (Romans 8:32-34) (SHLCNT)

“But Jesus lives on forever, and his work as priest does not pass on to someone else. And so he is able, not and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them.” (Hebrews 7:24,25) (SHLCNT)

“For Christ did not go into a holy place made by men, a copy of the real one. He went into heaven itself, where he now appears on our behalf in the presence of God.” (Hebrews 9:24) (SHLCNT)

Also in John 14:16 Jesus Christ tells us the following regarding the Holy Spirit –not Mary:

“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, to stay with you forever.”

In other Scriptures, such as John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7 we are told that the Holy Spirit is our Advocate. In some Bible translations the Holy Spirit is referred to in the above verses as our Helper,Comforter, or Counselor, but Mary is never mentioned in any verse in any translation to indicate to us that we are to turn to her for help, comfort, or counsel. Yet, sadly, these, and many other prayers are presented to precious Catholics to pray to Mary:

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us,  holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.”

“Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.”


The Bible substantiates the fact that Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus Christ and that she remained a virgin until after Jesus was born (Matthew 1:18-25). However, there is no Biblical support for Mary remaining a virgin as the Catholic church teaches. Speaking of Joseph, Scripture clearly says:

“And he knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS.” (SHLCNT) (Emphasis is mine).

Scripture teaches that Mary had other children after Jesus was born: (See Matthew 12:46-50, Matthew 13:53-57, Mark 3:31-35, Mark 6:1-3, John 2:12, John 7:1-5, Acts 1:14, 1 Corinthians 9:5, Galatians 1:19)

Mary of the Bible was obedient, courageous, and humble; she would never have elevated herself to such positions as the Catholic church has done with her in so many ways that detract from Jesus Christ and contradict the Biblical gospel and all that Jesus Christ alone accomplished for us.

Dear Catholic, or whatever you may be: Please test everything that you were taught — and are continuing to be taught — against the truth of God’s Word so that you will know what’s really true. If what you are being taught cannot be found in Scripture or if it contradicts Scripture in any way, you can be certain that it is not true. Therefore it is either based on the traditions and philosophies of men, or it may very well be rooted in mysticism or the occult. Lord willing, in some upcoming posts in this series, as well as individual posts, I will be sharing evidence with you to show you that many teachings of the Catholic church are indeed rooted in mysticism.

Thank you very much for stopping by today.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“In this way you disregard the word of God with the teaching you pass on to others. And there are many other things like this that you do.” (Mark 7:13) (SHLCNT)

“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition which ye hath delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13) (KJV)

“The people there were more open-minded than the people in Thessalonica. They listened to the message with great eagerness, and every day they studied the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was really true.” (Acts 17:11) (SHLCNT)

“Put all things to the test: keep what is good, and avoid every kind of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22) (SHLCNT)

“The Spirit says clearly that some men will abandon the faith in later times; they will obey lying spirits and follow the teachings of demons.”(1 Timothy 4:1) (SHLCNT)

“False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive, untrue doctrines, and deny the Master who redeemed them, and so bring upon themselves sudden destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1) (SHLCNT)

“As the Scriptures say: “There is no one who is righteous, no one who understands, or who seeks for God. All men have turned away from God; they have all gone wrong; no one does what is good, not even one. But now God’s way of putting men right with himself has been revealed, and it has nothing to do with law. The Law and the prophets gave their witness to it: God puts men right through their faith in Jesus Christ. God does this to all who believe in Christ, because there is no difference at all: all men have sinned and are far away from God’s saving presence. But by the free gift of God’s grace they are all put right with him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. God offered him so that by his death he should become the means by which men’s sins are forgiven, through their faith in him.” (Romans 3:10-12, 21-25) (SHLCNT)

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:10-12, 21-25) (KJV)

“I am the LORD, this is my name: I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to graven things.” (Isaiah 42:8) (DRV)

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,  neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8) (KJV)

“See to it, then, that no one makes a captive of you with the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by men, and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ.”(Colossians 2:8) (SHLCNT)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) (KJV)

 

RELATED VIDEOS


FORMER CATHOLIC DOMINICAN PRIEST OF 22 YEARS, RICHARD BENNETT:

(NOTE: For those of you who haven’t heard, according to the information on his site, Berean Beacon, Richard Bennett died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 21, 2019 after being in great physical suffering for the last few years).

 

 

UPDATE:

Lord willing, possibly later this month, or otherwise in November, we will look at the next portion in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in light of Scriptures found in the Catholic New Testament. Also, Lord willing, I will be writing a post in which every verse of Scripture that mentions the virgin Mary will be shared in order to show you just how many teachings about Mary are not based on Scripture at all. Every post that I write I do so out of my desire to help you realize the importance of testing everything that you hear, read, and see against the infallible truth of God’s Word so that you will not be deceived. I personally learned the importance of discernment and testing everything in light of Scripture by being deceived a few times during the almost forty years since I became a Christian.

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Above quick capture taken from video below.

Although this video of Conrad McIntire’s encouraging testimony brings this summer series to an end, I pray that it will inspire you to lovingly reach out to every Jehovah’s Witness (and Mormon) who will come to your door. After all, if you were held captive by lies, even though you truly believed you were in “the truth,” wouldn’t you want someone to care enough to try and show you the real truth? And that Truth is a Person –Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:9-13)

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:4-7)

“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19,20)

“Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” (John 5:39,40)

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44)

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless” I will come to you.” (John 14:13-18)

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

There are many who hold to different views concerning the timing of the coming of the Lord and His wrath being poured out upon the earth. We are to be diligent and study God’s Word for ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit of God to teach us what God’s Word says. There are many Christians being led astray these days by some well respected teachers of God’s Word simply because they fail to test what is being said by these teachers against the truth of God’s Word to see if what is being said it true or not, as we are shown to do in Acts 17:11. Many are adding to the text what is clearly not there and therefore are leading a countless number of Christians to embrace what comes out of paganism and is completely rooted in the world of the occult. (An in depth post on that coming at some point –Lord willing).

Many seem to think that the Book of Revelation is too hard to understand because there are so many symbols in it and therefore they avoid reading and studying it. However, if one takes the time to really study it one will see that many of the symbols are identified. I certainly don’t claim to understand the entire book of Revelation, but I will simply say that I am one of many who is watching for the return of Jesus Christ, and not looking for the anti-Christ.

Sadly, many pastors and teachers today avoid teaching from it because it is considered by some to be”too controversial.” However, it is a book that comes with blessings as well as curses; blessings to those who read the words of this prophecy, who hear it, and who take to heart what is written in it (Revelation 1:3), and curses, which include the plagues described within this book, will come upon those who add to or take words away from this book of prophecy, and God will also take away their share in the tree of life and in the holy city, the New Jerusalem. (Revelation 22:18,19 See also Deuteronomy 4:2)

I pray that, when time allows, you will prayerfully read the Book of Revelation or listen to God’s Word in the video below and allow His Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to you so that you will not be led astray by those who present some faulty interpretations of the Book of Revelation based on a mythological, New Age world view instead of from a Biblical perspective in which we simply allow Scripture to interpret Scripture.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory (See update further below).

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:13-17)

 

“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” (Revelation 16:1,2)

 

UPDATE:

The home of my precious Mom and wonderful Dad was sold on Thursday. The closing date is set for October 2nd. My family and I will have a lot to do this month in order to make sure that we have everything out that needs to be removed before the closing date. Therefore, it will be at least another month before I am able to go back to writing in depth posts as I once did.

Many Christians are unaware of how they are giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils when they fail to test the teachings of professing Christian teachers they sit under against the truth of God’s Word. In failing to do so, many are being led into New Age/ New Spirituality practices that are rooted in occultism, and they are being led away from the Biblical Jesus and the Biblical gospel. This is happening through Spiritual Formation classes that present Christians with practices such as Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, Silent Prayer, meditation stations, so-called “holy yoga” classes, and so much more!

The Human Potential Movement (another term for the New Age Movement) is another way in which many Christians are being deceived and are departing from the true faith; the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. (Jude 3) In many businesses, seminars are being presented to their employees with techniques that they are told will relieve stress and help them to become more productive. However, this movement presents mind altering techniques and tells a person to look within themselves where they will realize that everything they need to achieve success can be found. Therefore, there is no need for God because ultimately you are God. There is no concept of sin and therefore no need for a Savior from sin.

In the following presentation, well respected Christian author and speaker, the late Dave Hunt, warns us about many of these doctrines of demons and emphasizes the importance of getting back to Biblical Christianity. He urges Christians to learn to think for themselves. He also has this to say, which many of us who have been part of an abusive church can sadly relate to:

“I think that some pastors don’t want their people to think. They ought to be able to tell you what to do.  That’s one of the problems. There’s a form of guruism in the church of Jesus Christ today, and to follow a guru you check your mind at the door, and they literally do your thinking for you. “Sun Myung Moon said, “I am their mind.” You have got to learn to think for yourself, because you have individual, moral accountability.”

When time allows, I hope that you will prayerfully consider listening to his very important and Biblically based message. As always, please be sure to test every teaching you listen to against Scripture –even what Dave Hunt says. (Acts 17:11)

 

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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As we begin this series of posts, I would like to start out by sharing some Scriptures with you in order to lay a solid foundation based on the truth of God’s Word before we start looking into some of the serious concerns that one should have when it comes to these supposed apparitions of the Virgin Mary. We will also be using  our critical thinking skills based  on what we can learn from what God says in His Word in order to help us learn to discern truth from error, which is a must in these days of rapidly growing spiritual deception!

Let’s begin:

We know from many passages of Scripture that the level of spiritual deception in the end times will be extremely powerful. Jesus Christ, Himself, strongly warned about spiritual deception and mentions it first among the many signs that will point to His soon return. He also made it very clear that these lying signs and wonders could deceive the very elect –if it were possible:

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:1-4)

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:23-27)

God also strongly warns us in His Word that we must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11) and how we are to:

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

It is also made abundantly clear to us in John 3:19-21 that those without Jesus Christ love the darkness because of their sin and are not willing to come into the light, and in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 we read that many will perish because they will not choose to receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. These are the ones to whom God will send strong delusion to because they chose not to believe the truth; their desire will be to continue on in their unrighteous ways:

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come  into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil. For everyone who practices evil hates the light, and does not come into the light, lest his works be reproved. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may me manifested that they are wrought in God.”(John 3:19-21)

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12)

One can only speculate at this time as to what all of these lying signs and wonders will actually be. However, if you will please just take the time to read this series — in its entirety — I believe and pray that after you pray for discernment and read and listen to the information that I will be sharing with you (concerning how the messages given by these apparitions contradict the very Word of God and instead reflect the many false messages of unity proclaimed by those involved in the New Age Movement), you will then come to realize that these supposed apparitions of the Virgin Mary are instead cunningly deceptive plans devised by Satan himself to mislead and deceive many who will choose to reject Biblical truth and refuse to test things against Scripture. I truly believe (along with some other Christians) that these apparitions are presently playing  — and will indeed continue to play — a huge part in end times spiritual deception! However, my opinion doesn’t matter. Let’s look at some of the facts. Just think of the many who have already been lured into New Age Contemplative Spirituality through Spiritual Formation classes and Contemplative Prayer by reading books by authors such as Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, Margaret Feinstein, Ruth Haley Barton, Mindy Caliguire, Richard Foster, Richard Rohr, Rick Warren, Gary Thomas, Henry Blackaby, (and many others), because they have been encouraged to have “experiences with God” instead of seeking to know God in a very real and personal way by reading and studying His living, life-giving, unchanging Word –the Bible! Or think of the many who have involved themselves in Eastern meditation practices by joining so-called Christian yoga classes that, sadly, are being offered at many churches these days!

Here are some more Scriptures that I would like you to please keep in mind as you read through the first installment of this three, or possibly four part, series:

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”                       (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jeremiah 14:14)

“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

For those of you who may be Catholic, please know that I am not out to attack what you may hold dear to your heart if you indeed hold the Virgin Mary in a place of honor much higher that you should. It is out of love and concern for all of you that I am sharing all of this information with you to warn you so that you will not be deceived by these alluring apparitions and the messages that come from this entity that claims to be the Virgin Mary, and to urge you to look to Jesus Christ alone for truth, forgiveness, and salvation!

Let’s begin now by looking at some of the messages given during these apparitions from around the world. If you will take the time to pray for discernment and test these messages in light of Scripture, you will see how this being who claims to be the Virgin Mary does not reflect the humble Virgin Mary that we see revealed in God’s Word who always pointed to her virgin born Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, and not to herself. This being who claims to be the Virgin Mary also makes requests for chapels to be built in her honor!

Please also note the emphasis on “penance” and the need to “make sacrifices” that is stressed in these messages given to the visionaries, thus rendering Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross as being insufficient to pay the debt of our sins in full, when God’s Word clearly shows us otherwise!

Apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531

A widely known series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary are the ones that allegedly took place in 1531 in Guadalupe, Mexico when it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego and requested that a chapel be built in her honor.

“For I am your merciful Mother,” she said, “to you and to all mankind who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. Therefore, go to the dwelling of the Bishop in Mexico City and say that the Virgin Mary sent you to make known to him her great desire.”

The Bishop was very hesitant to believe Juan Diego and requested that this Lady give him some sign. Juan Diego was told by the Lady that she would grant his request the next morning. However, Juan Diego was unable to return the next morning because his uncle became very ill. Two days later as he was on his way to the church to request for a priest to come to his dying uncle, he was stopped by the Lady, who said to him, “It is well, littlest and dearest of my sons, but now listen to me. Do not let anything afflict you and be not afraid of illness or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Are you not in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need? Do not fear for your uncle for he is not going to die. Be assured…he is already well.” Juan Diego was exceedingly happy to hear her reassuring words, and then asked her for the sign that he was to bring to the Bishop. He was told to climb to the top of the hill where he would find many flowers in bloom, and he was to cut them and bring them to her. He was surprised to find many flowers blooming on the stony ground. Returning to the Lady with the flowers held within his cloak, the Lady rearranged them and sent him on his way to the Bishop, telling Juan Diego that this would be the sign for the Bishop that would convince him to fulfill her request. When Juan Diego was in the presence of the Bishop he opened his cloak, and the flowers gently tumbled to the floor, and the Bishop was awestruck as he saw an amazingly colorful image of the Lady, just as Juan Diego had described her, imprinted on his cloak. “Earlier that same day, December 12th, she had also appeared to Juan’s uncle, Juan Bernardino and restored him to health as she had told Juan Diego.” “Both had been among the first of the natives to be baptized into the true faith several years before.” (Source – YouTube video – The story of the five apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego)

The “true faith” that is being referred to here, is the Catholic faith, not Biblical Christianity.

Even though it seems that the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that appeared on Juan Diego’s cloak/tilma made from cactus fiber came about in a miraculous way, and the colors have somehow been preserved from fading, and the cloak/tilma was protected from damage and deterioration  over hundreds of years from being exposed to the smoke of burning candles, and it was not damaged when bombs were planted under the image in some flowers in 1921, we cannot come to the conclusion that this image was a miracle from God since God’s Word clearly condemns images of any kind: Exodus 20:4 Deuteronomy 4:16, 5:8,

We must also keep in mind the warnings in Scripture about false miracles and lying signs and wonders in the last days. (Matthew 7:23, 2 Thessaalonians 2:8,9, Revelation 13:13,14)

The details concerning this image, although intriguing, (reflections of what appears to be that of Juan Diego and other people that were discovered in the eyes of the image, and other details that lead people to wrongly believe that Mary is the Queen of heaven), add to the evidence that this is not a miracle sent from God, but rather a counterfeit miracle that, once again, points people away from Jesus Christ, and to Mary. These apparitions of a woman who claims to be the Virgin Mary, is not the Virgin Mary revealed in Scripture, as you will soon come to realize –if you will choose to test these supposed miraculous details against Scripture.

What I found to be most disturbing is the fact that this image of the Virgin Mary is given credit for the conversion of eight to nine million of the pagan Aztec Indians into the Catholic faith, who had previously sacrificed thousands of their people to their pagan gods, when it is the gospel and faith in Jesus Christ alone that brings one to true salvation!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16,17)

In this trailer from a documentary movie based upon these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Guadalupe, the focus is on “unity,” which has been promoted among religions for quite some time now. It is said that this image brought about “the unity of different peoples and different cultures” and it is also proclaimed as “an image that would unite a continent.” This documentary is narrated by John Caviezel, who states,”The Virgin of Guadalupe is not just a bridge between heaven and earth, but also a bridge between different cultures, it is her love that unites us.”

In the video further below, it is wrongly stated that the Virgin Mary is the woman spoken of in Revelation Chapter 12 who is clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Catholicism also teaches that the Virgin Mary is the woman in Genesis 3:15 who crushes the serpent’s head. In Part 3 of MY TESTIMONY: FROM FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO PEACE AND ASSURANCE – HOW GOD REVEALED THE TRUTH TO ME AS I WAS READING A CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE, (that you can read HERE), I shared with you how the Latin Vulgate mistranslated Genesis 3:15 using the word ipsa (she) instead of ipse, he, referring to Jesus Christ, and therefore the Catholic church claims that it is the woman who crushes the serpent’s head, and that the woman is Mary.You can hear a detailed teaching on this, and more, in the following video:

 

Former Catholic, Timothy Kauffman, author of Mary Mary Quite Contrary, a book that addressed the apparitions of Mary, made an excellent point in a video (that I will be sharing with you in Part 2 of this series), by stating — and this is not an exact quote —  that since the Catholic church teaches Mary was sinless, she should not have experienced pain when she was giving birth to Jesus because pain during childbirth is a consequence of sin. And since the woman in Revelation cries out in  pain, it cannot be Mary, or it would not be consistent with Catholic doctrine. He also points  out the fact that this woman who claims to be Mary in these apparitions oftentimes proclaims herself to be the woman in Revelation. Later in the video he makes this statement:

  “What it all come down to is that…we have the Word of God, and we compare it against what the popes teach, and what the apparitions teach. Both can’t be right; either the apparitions and the pope are right, or the Word of God is right.”


Apparitions of the Virgin Mary at LaSalette, France 1846

Here are some of the messages given during the apparitions at LaSalette (which took place in September of 1846) that I quick captured for you from the video further below. You will also be able to see them  — along with many other messages given during these apparitions — if you choose to watch the video when time allows:

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There is nowhere in the Bible that mentions there will be a “future Reign of Mary.” You will, however, find that God’s Word tells us that there will be a literal thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on this earth. (Revelation 20:1-4 and Isaiah 65:24,25)

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In this message notice how it is Mary who is shown to have power to hold back the arm of her Son, Jesus Christ, from striking out because of the rebellion of mankind:

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Here is the video:

Apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858

Next to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 (which I have already written about in great detail), probably the next most widely known apparitions of the Virgin Mary are the ones that allegedly took place in Lourdes, France. It is said that the Virgin Mary appeared to fourteen year old Bernadette a total of twenty-eight times. In many of these appearances it is said that the Virgin Mary remained silent.

Below are some of the messages given to Bernadette during these alleged apparitions. You will find the following messages, and more, in the video above.

8th Apparition February 24, 1858:

“Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Kiss the ground as an act of penance for sinners!”

9th Apparition February 25, 1858:

Bernadette: She told me to go, drink of the spring… I only found a little muddy water. At the fourth attempt I was able to drink. She also made me eat the bitter herbs that were found near the spring, and then the vision left and went away.” In front of the crowd that was asking, “Do you think that she is mad doing things like that?” she replied, “It is for sinners.”

10th Apparition February 27, 1858:

800 people were present. The Apparition was silent. Bernadette drank the water from the spring and carried out her usual acts of penance.

11th Apparition February 28, 1858:

Over 1000 people were present at the ecstasy. Bernadette prayed, kissed the ground and moved on her knees as a sign of penance. She was then taken to the house of Judge Ribes who threatened to put her in prison.

13th Apparition March 2, 1858:

The Lady asked her: “Go, tell the priests to come her in procession and to build a chapel here.” Bernadette spoke of this to Fr. Peyramale, the Parish Priest of Lourdes. He only wanted to know one thing: the Lady’s name. He demanded another test; to see a wild rose bush flower at the Grotto in the middle of winter.

14th Apparition March 3, 1858:

Bernadette arrived at the Grotto, but the vision did not appear. After school, she heard the inner invitation of the Lady. She went to the Grotto and asked her again for her name. The response was a smile. The Parish Priest told her again: “If the Lady really wishes that a chapel be built, then she must tell us her name and make the rose bush bloom at the Grotto.”

16th Apparition March 25, 1858:

The vision finally revealed her name, but the wild rose bush, on which she stood during the Apparitions, did not bloom. Bernadette recounted; “She lifted up her eyes to heaven, joined her hands as though in prayer, that were held out and open towards the ground and said to me: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The young visionary left and, running all the way, repeated continuously the words that she did not understand. These words troubled the brave Parish Priest. Bernadette was ignorant of the fact that this theological expression was assigned to the Blessed Virgin. Four years earlier, in 1854, Pope Pius IX declared this a truth of the Catholic faith (a dogma).

For those of you who are unaware of what this teaching of the Catholic Church is concerning the Immaculate Conception, it is not one that focuses on the virginity of Mary regarding the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, but rather it teaches that Mary did not inherit original sin as all of us did. They also teach that she never once committed sin of any kind her whole life long. Here is what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

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Para 490   To become the Mother of the Savior, Mary “was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role.” The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as “full of grace.” In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.

Para 491   Through the centuries the church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception. That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by the virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.

Para 492   The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son.” The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love.”  

Para 493  The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia) and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature.” By the grace of God Mary remained free from every personal sin her whole life long.

To say that Mary was sinless is to go beyond what Scripture says when it declares in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In Romans 5:12 God’s Word also says that “just as sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned.” To present a teaching that says Mary never sinned her entire life is also adding to the text what simply is not there, and God’s Word warns against doing such things! (1 Corinthians 4:6)If any teaching cannot be found in Scripture, or if the teaching conflicts with Scripture, it is to be rejected! God’s Word is to be held in higher regard than any teaching of any church  –no matter what!

In the book of Revelation God gives this warning:

“I warn everyone who hears the words if the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18,19)

Clearly, God’s Word is not to be tampered with!

In the eyes of precious Catholics the teaching of the Immaculate Conception also places Mary on the same level as Jesus Christ, who, as Scripture clearly shows us, did remain sinless His whole life long even though He was temped in all ways as we are:

“But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him, or known him.” (1 John 3:5)

He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:22)

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet was without sin. Let us then approach the of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Once again, for those of you who are Catholic, I must ask you the  question that God strongly impressed upon my mind in 1980 when I began to read the little Catholic New Testament and saw how the many teachings of Catholicism totally oppose what God’s Word has to say:

“Are you going to believe the Word of God, or the word of man?”

God’s Word gives us this warning in Colossians 2:8:

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

In 2 Peter 3:15-18 we are also told:

“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the errors of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”


 In the video below you will see the following quotes taken from messages supposedly given during apparitions of the Virgin Mary. If this was truly Mary she would not be claiming to have the attribute of God’s omnipresence, or telling people to consecrate themselves to her heart.

“I’m always next to all those who pray and pray with maternal anxiety and concern.” (8:47 min. mark)

“I am always present in your midst.” (@ 7:16 min. mark).

“I am always next to all those who pray and pray with maternal desire and instinct.” (@8:52 min. mark).

“I’m always next to all those who pray and pray with maternal anxiety and concern.”(@8:56 min. mark)

“Consecration to My Heart is the vaccine that as loving Mother, I give you to  keep epidemics of atheism that infects so many of  My children, taking them to the death of true spirit.” (@9:07 min. mark)

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At the 9:07 minute mark in the video above you will also see the following:

Once again, the above message is one of many examples that show how precious Catholics are taught that they cannot come directly to Jesus, but must come through the Virgin Mary.


In the video below you will hear the following:

“…a bleeding wound appeared on the right hand of the statue of Our Lady in the chapel. Sister’s guardian angel told her the flowing of blood is significant for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins.” (5:55 minute mark)

“According to Sister Sasagawa, the Blessed Virgin wants to gather compassionate souls who can please God by their sufferings.” (7:28 minute mark)

Agnes Sasagawa: “He [God] loves us so deeply. He is trying to save us from the chastisements through Our Lady’s messages.” (7:59 minute mark)


 If you listen to the video below, you will come to realize by what this priest says, that the Catholic church clearly teaches that Mary is the dispenser of all graces. In doing so they are, once again, causing many dear Catholics to turn to Mary instead of coming to God through Jesus Christ alone as God’s Word clearly reveals we are to do. (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) You will also see that they attribute to Mary what only should rightly be the accomplishments of Jesus Christ in the role of our redemption:

“…she gave supernatural life to us at the foot of the cross by acquiring with her Son the graces of our redemption. And her role as mother did not cease after her ascension into heaven but she continues to dispense graces to souls here on earth –all graces. And for this reason we call her ‘The Mediatrix of All Graces.’ So today we invoke her under this title and we ask her to give her all the graces that we need to become the saints that God wants us to be.” (00:58-1:40 minute mark),

In the quick captures below, which are illustrations from the Baltimore Catechism, you will see that it is Mary who is identified as the Dispenser of All Graces:

Here are two videos on this topic from a Biblical perspective. I added many more for you on this topic and others, further below under Related Videos:


In the video below you will hear the following:

“So in today’s gospel where we have Our Lady standing at the foot of the cross…this is from St. John’s gospel…this prophecy of the sword of sorrow comes to fulfillment. The sword of sorrow that will pierce the soul of Our Lady is driven  through her soul at the foot of the cross. And thus she becomes the Co-redemptrix with the Redeemer and the mother of the human race. So as she brought forth our Lord at Bethlehem with no pain,  so now she brings forth the members of His mystical body in great pain… she gives birth, supernatural life to us poor sinners at the foot of the cross. And we too are called to share in this passion, in this work of redemption….we ask to be incorporated into this mystery of redemption, not in the objective redemption that Our Lady took part in,  that is, opening the gates of heaven with her Son, acquiring the graces of redemption, but we’re called to share in the subjective redemption, that is in the distribution of those graces by our prayers, by our sacrifices as Our Lady did, uniting  those with Christ on the cross we can become co-redeemers ourself,  collaborators in the redemption of others, calling down graces, the graces of the redemption, upon souls who are in need…” (00:53-2:41)

While it is true that Mary indeed experienced deep sorrow as she looked upon her Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, as He suffered in agony during the six long hours that He hung on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world and the full wrath of God that was intended for us because of our sins, to say that she participated in the work of redemption is completely unbiblical! Nothing can be added — or needs to be added — to the sufferings of Jesus Christ that led to His death which satisfied God’s demand for justice.

The Catholic church has been in the process of petitioning popes — past and present — for quite some time now, desiring to have Mary declared as Co-redemptrix with Jesus Christ:

Mary on the cross with Christ – Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome – source – David Clouds video, entitled ‘Catholicism, Past And Present‘ (see below under Related Videos)

This is why it is so very important for everyone to be born again by the Spirit of God (not through baptism, as taught in Catholicism) so that when we read and study God’s Word we can then come to know the truth by the power of His Holy Spirit, and be able to discern truth from error as soon as we hear something! No matter what is proclaimed through the teachings of the Catholic Church, if it  is not in God’s Word and if it conflicts or contradicts God’s Word even in the slightest way, it is not true!

Here is some of what God’s Word says that points to Jesus Christ and to Him alone as bringing about our salvation:

He [Jesus Christ] came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:11-13) (Insertion added)

 “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:7-9)

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)

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:25-31) 

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23,24)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(Romans 5:1)

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:6-9)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:1-11)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9,10)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thessalonians 5:9)

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:22-25)

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18) 

“For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7 )

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13)

In the following videos you will hear many attempts made by Catholic clergy and leaders in the Catholic church to justify their reasons for petitioning the pope to have the Virgin Mary proclaimed as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate –titles that should in no way be given to Mary, for Jesus Christ alone is our Redeemer, our Mediator, and our Advocate with the Father, and before Jesus ascended into heaven He made it known that the Holy Spirit would come and be our Advocate (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:13,14, 1 Peter 1:18-21, 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1, John 14:16,17, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7)!

These are also titles that the entity in many of the apparitions is requesting to be proclaimed by the pope as *dogmas of the Catholic church, *(dogma – a truth that must be divinely revealed, and it must be infallibly defined by the Catholic church as something that has been divinely revealed, and it must be believed as true by all who claim to be Catholic). I will be sharing more detailed information with you in Part 2 to give evidence to the fact that this being who claims to be the Virgin Mary is making requests to have the pope grant her these titles, and that when he does, true peace will come to the world for a time!

Blessed Virgin Mary: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate

Dr. Miravalle, Professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University at  Steubenville for over 35 years. He may have a lot of credentials, but does everything he says line up with Scripture? Or is he simply trying to insert into Scripture what simply is not there?

In the following video, clergy from many nations and from many churches, including an Anglican church, gather together to present a proposal to declare Mary as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of All Graces, and Advocate of the people of God.  Nowhere in Scripture do we see any evidence to support giving Mary such titles which, regardless of what anyone says, truly would and does detract from what only Jesus Christ accomplished for us through His propitiatory sacrifice on the cross, His death, and His glorious resurrection from the dead!


Here are some quotes from previous popes and Catholic leaders concerning the Virgin Mary:

“Who can worthily thank thee and adequately praise thee, O Blessed Virgin, who by thy fiat has saved a lost world.” ~Saint Augustine

“Sinners receive pardon by the intercession of Mary alone.” ~Saint John Chrysostom

“All those who seek Mary’s protection will be saved for all eternity.” ~Pope Benedict XV

“For God has committed to Mary the treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is his will, that we obtain everything through Mary.” ~Pope Pius IX, Ubi Primum, 1849

“The Church…been accustomed to have recourse to that most ready intercessor, her Mother Mary…For as Saint Irenaeus says, she “has become the cause of salvation for the whole human race.” ~Pope Paul VI Christi Matri

“In every miracle we must recognize the mediation of Mary, through whom, according to God’s will, every grace and blessing comes to us.” ~Pope Benedict XV

“O Mary, the guardian of our peace and the dispensatrix of heavenly graces.” ~Pope Leo XIII, Supremi Apostolatus, 1883


Many of the visionaries who see these alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary exhibit unusual spiritual and physical manifestations, many which can be observed in the world of the occult: translike states, levitation, ecstatic falls into sculpture-like positions in which four doctors could not move them, no response when being pricked with pins, having flashlights being directed into their eyes, not being burned when a match was held momentarily against their hand, “walking forward and backwards over rocky terrain with heads tilted back and eyes looking heavenward” as they were drawn to the presence that called them inwardly to the spot where the apparitions took place; all manifestations that defy natural law. Another common occurrence in many of these apparitions is the appearance of an angel to the visionaries announcing that the Virgin Mary would soon be appearing to them, just like what happened at Fatima. In the video below you will discover what took place at Garabandal, Spain in 1961-1965 when the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to four young girls over 2,000 times and gave them the following messages, and many more, which do not reflect the truth that can be found in the Biblical gospel that shows Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to pay the debt for our sins in full; no more sacrifices are needed!

“You must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, you must lead good lives. If you do not, a chastisement will befall you! The cup is already filling up. If you do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon you.”

You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of  St. Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.”

At the 3:23 minute mark, it is stated:

“On July 1962 a significant phenomenon took place between Conchita and the Archangel Michael. This miracle was prophesized two weeks in advance. Conchita received a visible communion host on her tongue from the Archangel, witnessed by hundreds of people. This miracle was chosen to call our attention to the reality of the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.”

While the Catholic church does teach that the bread and the wine literally becomes the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ during the Sacrifice of the Mass (CCC Para 1374), many Christians gave their lives and were burned at the stake rather than to accept that as being true. They knew that to accept this teaching would mean they would not only have to deny the sufficiency of Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice, but also they would have to reject the truth revealed in God’s Word that clearly says the following:

“Such a high priest meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart for sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” (Hebrews 7:26,27)

“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one, he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:11,12)

 

Visionary, Conchita Gonzalez, says the following beginning at the 5:29 minute mark:

“Our Lady did not come just for the people in the village of Garabandal, but rather, she came for the whole world; for all of mankind.”(Again, a message that reveals this entity is attempting to reach everyone –no matter what their religion may be).

 

Garabandal predicts four supernatural events will take place, and the date they are to happen will be revealed to Conchita eight days in advance:

  • 1) A celestial worldwide warning

  • 2) The great miracle – the sick will be cured and unbelievers will be converted

  • 3) a permanent visible sign will appear and remain until the end of time; a sign that can be photographed and televised but cannot be touched

  • 4) A chastisement

Near the end of this video, the narrator, Ricardo Montalban, has the following to say, which again shows that the messages given during these apparitions are attempting to bring about unity because they are not intended just for Catholics, but to reach and to influence all the people in the world, (as you will see in Part 2 of this series).

“She [the Virgin Mary] clearly wanted all of us to know that we are all her children.”


There has been talk for quite some time now of a “New Pentecost” by many Catholic leaders, and it has also been said that the Virgin Mary will be the one to bring this about:

In the video below you will hear Dr. Miravalle say the following starting at the 6:05  minute mark:

“Well now, we need a new Pentecost. How are we going to get a new Pentecost? We’re going to get a New Pentecost by doing proper tribute to the Mother. By proclaiming the truth about the Mother. By giving the Mother a dogmatic crown… Conceive it this way if you’re a visual person. Think of…a dove entrapped in the Immaculate Heart. Think of our Blessed Mother’s heart and think of a cage in the heart. And think of a dove entrapped in the heart. Now of course the Holy Spirit is divine…of course the Holy Spirit can do what He wants, but in the order of providence…in the order how God has arranged it, the Holy Spirit will not descend until the mother is recognized. So in other words, when the Mother is recognized in the proclamation of the dogma…when she is solemnly pronounced as the Spiritual Mother of all Peoples, then and only then, the Holy Spirit  will be freed to mediate through her in bringing the graces of redemption and a new redemption to humanity. To bring the grace of a new Pentecost to humanity.”

“Saint Maximilian, again, is so one in this thought.  He says, “The Holy Spirit is the source of all graces. Mary is the instrument of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit acts only through the Immaculata…” So, she is the Mediatrix of each and every grace of the H S. That means when you get the dogma, and my friends, it’s not if, it’s when…when the Holy Father makes a proclamation of the dogma…when that takes place, when the Mother is acknowledged, the Holy Spirit, the cage will be opened, the Holy Spirit,  the dove will fly out of the Immaculate heart of Mary and historic graces will come upon a church, the world, in need of these graces by the day.”

As I was continuing my research for this post by listening to many different videos over the past month, I discovered the following video awaiting me yesterday on my YouTube channel among the list of recommended videos for me to watch. Dr. Miravalle opens the video by saying the following:

“You and I must start tapping the supernatural power of our guardian angels.”

Whether you listened to all of what Dr. Miravalle had to say or not, the title of the above video alone should raise some red flags concerning the reliability of Dr. Miravalle’s teachings!


It is my prayer that many of you are now coming to realize by the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as by the evidence in this information that I have shared with you so far, that the Virgin Mary is truly being exalted to a position that is nearly — if not completely — equal with Jesus Christ, God in the flesh by the Roman Catholic Church by giving her titles, and petitioning for titles, that rob Jesus Christ of all the glory that is due to Him alone!

Many of these apparitions have been approved by the Catholic Church because the messages do not conflict with Catholic doctrine. However, if the Catholic church were to test these messages solely against Scripture and not by their “Tradition” that they declare must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments and reverence as Scripture is (CCC Para 80,81,82,95),  most of the messages would fail to line up with God’s Word, and instead they would completely contradict it!

The Virgin Mary as revealed in Scripture would never seek for such power, position, and authority that is being expressed in these messages given during these apparitions! There is only one who would, and he has been striving to do so — and to be worshiped — since the beginning of time –Satan! (Isaiah 14:12-15) (Matthew 4:8-11)

(TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2)

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”                       (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high placesWherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

“And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”

“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye hath delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:7,9,13)

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8)

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Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

It is with sadness that I am writing this post to share with you that I have now left the church that I had been attending for over five years.

I remember the first day that I attended that church and how deeply I appreciated the pastor’s expository preaching! So much so, that tears welled up within my eyes as I heard God’s Word finally being preached the way God intends His Word to be preached: in truth, verse by verse, in context, and without the text being manipulated to say something other than what God intends for it to say to us! I even went up to the pastor after the service and told him how much I appreciated his preaching, and eventually told him how I had recently left a church (HBCRM) after attending there for over 14 1/2 years because God’s Word was being twisted and taken out of context by the pastor in order to manipulate our thinking and to try to make it say something that the pastor was trying to get us to accept in some way, and I also told him that I left because of many compromises that my former pastor had made.

I met so many wonderful people at my now former church, and made some friends, as well. I will miss them all, especially M who I recently met at the women’s luncheon, and J who sat in front of me during the services.

Some of you may be wondering what happened that caused me to leave, so briefly, and respectfully, I will tell you:

Last year my pastor came up to me and asked me how I was doing, which is something he does with everyone quite frequently because of the kind and caring person that he is. He also asked me if I was still writing poems on my blog, and I proceeded to tell him how the direction had somewhat changed concerning what I am writing, and that presently I was writing a series out of my desire to reach Catholics with the Biblical gospel. I also told him that next year (Lord willing) I am going to be writing about Calvinism to warn those who read my blog of the importance of knowing God’s Word because of how the teachings of Reformed Theology/Calvinism distort the character and nature of God and even the gospel itself! I then asked him if he could recommend something for me to read to help me as I prepare to write about it. I was almost certain that he would agree with me regarding the valid concerns that I have about Calvinism/Reformed Theology, but I was stunned by his reply as he proceeded to tell me that “salvation is a mystery” and how “God’s ways are past finding out.” He then had me open my Bible to Romans 11:33, which he also did, and then he read it out loud as I followed along in my Bible:

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”

I was speechless and devastated by what he had just said to me, and quickly became aware of the fact that my jaw began to drop out of shock and I had to make a conscious effort to pull it back up in order to close my mouth! There were simply no words that came to mind to say to him at that moment –I was stunned, and filled with concern, as well!

He also shared with me how the church that he had grown up in split because of Calvinism, and that many people were hateful in the way they treated one another. He told me near the end of our conversation that he would send me some information on Calvinism, (but I never received anything).

I came away from our conversation with the impression that he was afraid of a split taking place at ‘our’ church, and that it may possibly be the reason why he seems reluctant to speak out against it. It seemed to me like he was trying to push Calvinism to the very back of his mind so that he would never had to deal with it at all. At least that’s what I initially thought.

The next major thing that happened to raise the level of my concern was something that my friend discovered when she took part in the women’s Bible study last year:

My friend, who  attended my former church for the past two years (she left two months ago), told me that John MacArthur’s study guides were being used in the women’s Bible study classes that she was attending. Knowing that John MacArthur is one of the most prominent preachers/teachers of Reformed Theology, and to hear that his books were now in our church was a very troubling truth to discover! She expressed her concerns about that to ‘our pastor’ and was told basically the same thing that I was told, and he tried to assure her that Calvinism was not being taught and that no seeds were being planted as she had suggested to him out of her valid concerns.

Then, just a few weeks ago, I received a call from ‘my pastor’ in which he stated that he was calling to let me know that my friend was no longer going to be attending ‘our church.’ I could be wrong, but I had the feeling that this call was more about finding out what I already knew about my friend leaving, and if she had influenced me to also leave in any way, and maybe he also wanted to find out how much I really knew about Calvinism. The statements that he made to me during our conversation seemed to confirm that, and I proceeded to tell him that I was considering leaving too, but that as I listened carefully as he preached through the book of Romans I did not hear him say anything that would indicate that he was trying to present the teachings of Calvinism to us. He told me to trust him and that he was not trying to bring Calvinism into the church. He tried to assure me by telling me that he has never been to any of John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conferences, and that he is not part of the Gospel Coalition. However, the one thing that I have learned from all that I have already been through with pastors, my former husband, and with a few friends, is the fact that the only one we are to put our trust in is the Lord, and no one else! That thought remained unspoken, and I soon learned that I was right in not trusting him, as nice of a person as he may seem to be.

At one point in our conversation that lasted for more than an hour and twenty minutes, I posed this question to him:

“Since you are now preaching through the book of Colossians, may I humbly ask you to prayerfully consider addressing Calvinism when you get  to Colossians 2:8? Then I would feel more assured.”(Assured that he was not trying to bring Calvinism into the church).

I then proceeded to read the verse to him…

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ,”

…and then waited for his response. At first he seemed to consider it, but then quickly changed his mind saying that in all of the years that he has been a pastor at the church he has not had a problem with it. He also pointed out the fact that there were some Calvinists who were presently attending out church, which was something that I was already aware of.

At one point he mentioned that “there are no seeds being planted,” obviously referring to what my friend had previously said to him. At that point I cautiously and humbly  brought to his attention what I credit God for putting in my mind at that very moment, which was this:

“But if John MacArthur’s  books are being used as study guides, some people may think that you are  in agreement with all that John MacArthur teaches, and they may get involved in Calvinism as a result.”

He seemed to give pause at what I said at that point. He also said that he would try to keep a closer watch on the books that were being used, but that he tries to give freedom to the teachers in what they choose for the Bible studies. I gently tried to remind him of how Scripture warns about false teachings in the last days and how Satan comes to destroy.

At around this point I also brought up how after receiving an email about the upcoming women’s Bible studies I did a search on the authors of the books that were going to be used as the study guides and found information that indicated that both authors may very well be Calvinists, since one was a part of John MacArthur’s church at one point. Since I was sitting at my computer when he called I was able to access the quick captures that I had taken of the information and read some of it to him.

Here is what I discovered. Consider this information as a warning, dear reader, so that you can beware of these authors: Jen Wilkin and Elizabeth George.

From the beliefs of Jen Wilkin that you will find stated below, note how she emphasizes “His children” when she says the following:

“For His glory and because of His love for His children, God initiated a plan of redemption, which He fully accomplished on their behalf. God the Father sent Jesus the Son, fully God and fully man, to die on the cross as a substitutionary  sacrifice for the sins of His children. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, suffered death on the cross, was buried, and then rose again from the dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. Jesus fully paid for the redemption of God’s children, and by God’s grace, we respond with repentance and faith.”

Now, I may be wrong, but to me it was a clear indication that she was presenting the teaching of Limited Atonement which says that Jesus Christ did not die for the sins of the whole world, but only for those whom God chose to save before the foundations of the world, referred to as “the elect” by those who teach Calvinism. (More on that when, Lord willing, I do an extensive review of John Calvin’s teachings compared to Scripture, as soon as I finish the series that I am presently doing concerning the topic of Catholicism.).

Concerning Elizabeth George, as you can see from the information below…

“She was also a Logos Bible Institute instructor and a Bible study lecturer and curriculum development team member at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California.” 

That happens to be the church that John MacArthur is the pastor of. Enough said, IMHO.

 


At one point in our conversation I told him that I had some videos that I wanted to share with him concerning how Calvinism distorts the character and nature of God and the gospel itself, if he would be willing to listen to them, when time allowed. He told me that he would listen to the clips if I would send them to him, which I was thankful to hear him say.

Much more was said, but that is all that is necessary to allow you to see pretty much what was said during our conversation. Emails were exchanged in the days ahead, and I did send the video teachings to him by Pastor Tom Stegall. They were the same ones that I previously shared with all of you in my previous post, which is the series entitled, ‘Confronting Calvinism.’ 

The deciding factor that caused me to finally leave without hesitation came about as I did research on the association of churches that my former church belongs to. Upon coming across the information that I believe God led me to find, and some information that another friend had shared with me, I not only discovered the association’s clear involvement with Calvinism, but also I came across two articles that were written by the person who leads worship at what is now my former church. In the articles he spoke highly of John Piper and other prominent pastors and teachers of Reformed Theology. I then wrote what will probably be my last email to my former pastor to let him know that as much as I appreciated his expository preaching, and how kind and caring of a person that he is to all who attend there, and as much as I love all of the people that I met during the five years that I attended there, I would not be returning. I then proceeded to tell him about some of the information that I had discovered, and ended my email by saying the following:

“I have made my decision after much prayer and research, so there is really no need to discuss this any further. I am taking a stand for Biblical truth by leaving because I completely reject and oppose the teachings of Calvinism because they are unbiblical and damaging to the character of the God whom I serve and the very gospel itself. I just pray that one day you will come to realize the serious problems with Reformed Theology/Calvinism and see the need to warn those whom God has entrusted to your care, and trust God with the results. Since there are people who attend (name of church) who are Calvinists, as wonderful as they may be, it is only a matter of time before problems arise.”

You will continue to be in my prayers, (name of pastor). I am very sorry that it had to come to this.”

So, dear reader of this blog from time to time, now maybe you can understand that even though I started out with an urgency to write about Catholicism in order to reach Catholics with Biblical truth, why I found myself equally concerned about the teachings of Calvinism; its teachings are just as damaging to the gospel as Catholicism is, and it was God’s way of preparing me for this time in my life. I may have started out with the desire to warn you of the importance of testing its teachings against Scripture, but because of all of the videos that I have listened to on the subject, and because of testing its teachings against God’s Word myself, all of my studying  has served to help me stand firm on the Rock of my salvation, never realizing that one day Calvinism would affect me in such a deep and personal way!

In hindsight, I now can see why God kept bringing Calvinism to my attention in many small ways, even before I knew what it was! The first incident happened back in around the year 2010. A friend from my previously former church of 14 1/2 years came to me and tearfully said, “What if I’m not one of the elect?” I had no idea what she meant, but that pleading, tear-stained question stayed with me even after I tried to help assure her of her salvation by sharing Scriptures with her and asking her some questions.

The second thing that occurred  was finding the teachings of Reformed Theology that was presented on a website by using the acrostic, TULIP. It didn’t take long for me to  realize that these teachings did not line up with Scripture!  (Please consider watching the videos that I added below).

Then, after writing about leaving my previous church in January of 2012, someone contacted me through my blog and asked me if I was “reformed.” Once again, I was puzzled by another question, not knowing what she meant because I had never been asked that question before. I assumed that she was referring to the Reformation, so I answered her email by saying, “Yes, I believe we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.” Even though I had a strong feeling that I didn’t give her the answer she was expecting, I answered honestly and proceeded to hit the ‘send’ button as I slightly cringed.

Now I realize that God used those puzzling moments in my life in order to motivate me to begin researching Calvinism so that I would be prepared for this time in my life when I would need to know what Reformed Theology actually teaches, and how it distorts the character and nature of God, the Word of God, and the gospel itself!

I pray that God will somehow open the eyes of my former pastor so that he finally comes to see the damaging effects that Calvinism has on the gospel and the extreme importance of warning the people that he will one day stand before God and give an account for how he taught them according to God’s Word.

That makes four churches that I have now left because of errors (the Catholic church) or because of pastors drifting away from Biblical truth, or making compromises with Biblical truth in some way.

So maybe now you can understand one of the reasons why I have not been writing as much lately, and that is because I have been dealing with this issue and seeking God concerning what I should do about it, and hoping  and praying that God would somehow use me to warn my former pastor of the dangers of Reformed Theology/Calvinism. But who am I to tell a pastor what he should do, and what God’s Word clearly says? I am just someone who seeks to follow Jesus Christ, and earnestly contend for the faith, someone who does not follow any man’s teachings.

I am not a divisive person either. I am someone who simply refuses to compromise or to remain silent. Why? Because I have learned from others who have become very dear to me,  how destructive  the teachings of Calvinism can be to the beliefs and convictions of those Christians who once lovingly reached out to others with the good news of the Biblical gospel which clearly states that Jesus Christ died for ALL who will CHOOSE to place their trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ’s ‘once for all’ sacrifice.

Salvation is available to ALL who are willing to come to Him and to believe the true Biblical gospel that declares Jesus Christ, who was and is God in the flesh, willingly came to this earth to live the perfect sinless life that we are incapable of living, to die in our place as our substitute for all of our sins – no matter how horrendous they may be – and that He was buried and gloriously arose from the dead on the third day to show that His sacrifice was accepted by God the Father to satisfy the wrath that He has towards all mankind because of our sin and rebellion, and I will continue to earnestly contend for the faith by defending that truth in a respectful, but firm manner –no matter what!

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

“This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, (and for this we labor and strive) that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teachings you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” (Romans 16:17,18)

“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” (Jude 1:17-19)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

“Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)



Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Although I realize the title of these videos may offend some Calvinists who may see them, that is certainly not my intention. I am sharing them because the truth presented in these videos is powerful because it is based upon the truth of God’s Word. Please prayerfully consider listening to his teachings when time allows, and be sure to test everything that he says against Scripture as we are shown to do in Acts 17:11, as well as the teachings of everyone you listen to who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ and a preacher or teacher of God’s Word.

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“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

Welcome to another post in the Category of posts that I have entitled, ‘False Teacher Friday – Learning The Importance of Being a Berean.’ Lord willing, once every month or so, I will be presenting you with information that you need to be aware of concerning certain popular Christian teachers or pastors, and information concerning some teachers or pastors that are not so well known. Their teachings will be misleading at the least, and heretical at the worst. If embraced, some of these teachings will lead you to a wrong understanding of Scripture, and others will lead you away from Biblical truth and the true Jesus Christ and into the world of mysticism and the occult.

Some of the teachers that I will be writing about will not be completely false, which is why their false teachings often go unnoticed, and this is what makes them so extremely dangerous. Their teachings can be over 97% Biblical truth, but if just that little bit of error is overlooked because we are not testing what they say in light of Scripture as God’s Word shows us we need to be doing (Acts 17:11), then slowly we will be led astray because we have placed our trust in man, instead of in God and the truth of His Word.

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One day we will all stand before God, and each of us will be responsible for what we choose to believe as truth. If we clearly refuse to test the teachings of those we listen to in light of Scripture and ignore the many warnings that God has given us about false teachers and how some of them would arise from among us and we end up being led astray, then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Some of these pastors and teachers that I will be writing about may be at the very top of your ‘Favorite List,’ but if you truly love Jesus and the truth of His Word, then you will be willing to hear the truth as hard as it may be for you to hear it at first. I am probably going to lose some followers to this blog because of what I may be writing in the months ahead, but as a Christian who loves God and His Word and who desires to please God and not man, and as a Christian who desires to expose error and wake Christians up to the extreme importance of being followers of Jesus Christ and not being a follower of any man (or woman) and their ministry, I must speak out and not remain silent. All I ask is that you would please pray for discernment, read and listen to all the information that I will be sharing with you, and examine the Scriptures to see if what these pastors and teachers say is true or not. The decision you make next will be entirely up to you. But you can never say, “No one cared enough to warn me.”

Now for today’s False Teacher alert: (Updated Saturday, 2:45 P.M. 2/27/16).

LEARNING TO DISCERN TRUTH FROM ERROR

A VERY STRONG WARNING CONCERNING JOHN HAGEE, SENIOR PASTOR OF CORNERSTONE CHURCH IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS

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One of the clearest ways to determine if someone is a false teacher or not is to look very carefully at what they teach concerning who Jesus Christ is. Do they deny His deity? Do they say that He was just a good man, a great teacher, or that He was a prophet? Or do they teach that He was God wrapped in human flesh who came to this earth to live the perfect, sinless life that we could never live so that He could become the perfect sacrifice for our sins, and that He came to give His life as a ransom for all men?

Those of us who are truly  born-again Christians believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that every word is God-breathed.  Therefore, we need to be certain that we test the teachings of every pastor and teacher against Gods’ Word to see if what is being said is true. (Acts 17:11)

Let’s take a close look at God’s Word to see what it has to say about who Jesus is, and what His purpose was in coming to this earth:

Jesus is God in the flesh:

 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-14)

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6-11)

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:12-20)

Jesus claimed to be God and many realized what He was saying.

“And again He entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and He preached the word unto them. And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, “Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, “Thy sins be forgiven thee;” or to say, “Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?” But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, “Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:1-12)

“Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute Him. In His defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:14-18)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”       (John 8:51-59)

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone Me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” (John 10:27-33)

Why did Jesus come?

“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mathew 20:28)

 “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3,4)

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:15-17)

“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrews 9:24-26)

Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared Me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when He said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said He, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:5-10)

“And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

Jesus was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God:

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto Him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) NOTE: Please consider reading the following article by Ron Rhodes in which he gives a good Biblical explanation regarding Jesus becoming sin for us, because many have completely distorted this verse and teach that Jesus actually became sin. If that were true then Jesus would not have been the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. He bore our sins (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4-6) but He did not become sin itself. –  HOW WAS JESUS “MADE” SIN

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.” (1 Peter 2:22)

“And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.” (1 John 3:5)

Sadly, I must admit that many years ago, because of my deep interest in Bible prophecy, I used to listen to John Hagee, who is the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in  because of his strong emphasis on end time events and Bible prophecy. However, upon discovering that the Christian movie that I had rented for my children to watch, that his ministry, along with another Christian ministry had produced had swears in it, I shut it off and returned the movie and requested a refund after giving them my explanation. I then decided that since his ministry chose to compromise by imitating the world instead of honoring God with their message by reflecting His Holiness with what they presented in their movie, that I would no longer listen to him. I had no idea what he actually taught about Jesus until years later when I came across this video! You will hear John Hagee — in his own words  — say some of the following shocking things:

“In Defense of Israel will shake Christian theology. It Scripturally proves that the Jewish people as a whole did not reject Jesus as Messiah.”

“It will also prove that Jesus did not come to earth to be the Messiah.”

“Since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah, how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?”

 

In Luke 19:41-44, Jesus wept over Jerusalem, God’s chosen people, knowing the destruction that would come upon them:

“And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

In Matthew 23:37 Jesus said the following:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”

Another totally heretical teaching that John Hagee presents (that I forgot to include when I published this post two minutes before midnight last night, but came to my mind as my head hit my pillow at around 1:00 A.M. this morning), is that he says there is no need to preach salvation to the Jewish people because they already have a relationship with God, and that their salvation comes through the Old Covenant. Some of his actual words are as follows:

“I’m not trying to convert the Jewish people to the Christian faith.”

“In fact, trying to convert Jews is a waste of time.”

Here is the article that I first discovered on Facebook in January 2016 that revealed some of John Hagee’s heretical teachings to me:

SORRY PASTOR HAGEE, BUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE NEED JESUS FOR SALVATION TOO

Here are some of the things that John Hagee has said. I quick captured these quotes from an article entitled, JOHN HAGEE AND DUAL COVENANT THEOLOGY – TELLING THE JEWS THEY DON’T NEED JESUS that was posted on Now The End Begins. These quotes can be found in John Hagee’s book, In Defense of Israel.

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According to the following information that I found on Facebook John Hagee has actually been teaching this for at least a few years now:

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John Hagee constantly writes about why Christians should support Israel, and yet for him to say “trying to convert Jews is a waste of time” is to withhold eternal life from them and condemns them to hell for all eternity!

Today, more than ever before, we must be certain to test everything that every pastor and teacher says in light of Scripture –regardless of how Biblically solid they may have been in the past! I hope you are beginning to see the importance of doing so, because many pastors and teachers today who were once trusted to preach God’s Word for so many years without compromise have shocked many of us as we have watched them give in to unholy alliances with those who are false teachers, and begin teaching many things that are totally unscriptural!

 

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“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when  men 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. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17-4:1-4)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7: 13-15)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:1-12)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:3-9)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”              (Ephesians 6:10-12)

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:6-8)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”                  (1 John 4:1)

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoid profane [and] vain babblings, and oppositions of science, falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:20,21)

“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6)

“But evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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 UPDATE:

My part-time job (that I truly enjoy) which began with me working just three days a week, has now become a job in which I will need to work four days a week. This means that my free time will be even more limited because of other responsibilities that I also have, which unfortunately means that my posts will not be as frequent as they have been, as well.

Lord willing, I will be using much of the little free time that I still have left to search through Scriptures, to continue doing research for upcoming posts, as well as praying for God’s wisdom concerning what I will (Lord willing) be presenting to you later on this year.

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Leonard  Sweet, the importance of testing the teachings of Christian leaders in light of Scripture, mysticism in the church, as well as the lack of spiritual discernment among many Christians today will all be focused on in this post. However, please allow me to begin this post by laying out the trail that led to Leonard Sweet, and made me clearly see the need to write this post:

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God’s Word declares that Satan comes as an angel of light, so is it any wonder that so many are being deceived by popular mystical teachings that are being presented to Christians these days claiming to draw them closer to God and to experience Him on this side of heaven? After all, those of us who are Christians long for the day when we will see Him face to face, so why not experience being in His presence and hearing Him speak to us now? If you have been led to believe that by listening to someone’s teaching, it is unbiblical and dangerous! When we begin to seek after having experiences with God and lose sight of the fact that God gave us His Word so that we might come to know Him, and how His Word warns us time and time again about false teachers and doctrines of demons, then we allow ourselves to become easily deceived by the many so-called Christian leaders who are promoting mysticism these days. Things such as Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, and silent prayer, are strongly being promoted by Christian leaders such as Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Tim Keller, Mindy Caliguire, and many others. They may attempt to cloak these practices with somewhat Christian terminology, but don’t be fooled; they are still unbiblical eastern practices that have their roots in Buddhism and Hinduism and will lead you away from Biblical Christianity and into spiritual deception and the occult.

Praying for spiritual discernment, knowing God’s Word well, testing things in light of Scripture, and searching for information on things that are presented to you that cause you to have uneasy feelings, are key to protecting yourself from being deceived spiritually. I highly recommend Lighthouse Trails, Herescope, Deception In The Church, as well as Apprising Ministries, but I still urge you to continue to test everything you read and listen to against the truth of God’s Word since, sadly, so many Christians are drifting from Biblical truth these days!

Let’s start out with a few examples so you can see how deceptive the language can be at times: To make a long story short, last month (June 2015) I decided to search Rick Warren’s Saddle Back Church’s website to see if he had anything to say concerning the legalization of same sex marriage that was voted into law on Friday, June 26, 2015, but when I found nothing on that topic I decided to check out the classes that they are offering. Below you will see a few examples of what I found:

Even though I cannot say with certainty that the term strengthening postures that they use in the following description of this ‘Stretch and Strengthen’ class is actually yoga, that term certainly sent up a big red flag and set off alarm bells in my spirit!

Capture Daniel Plan Fitness - Stretch and Strengthen - breathing in God's goodness, breathing out negativity and toxicity

I realize that some Christians enroll their children in Karate classes, and I may be stepping on some toes by using this Karate class as an example, but there is much more to Karate than just learning how to defend yourself and learning how to become more disciplined. When my brother enrolled in a Karate class they told everyone in his class to bring in a candle so that they could focus their attention on the flame, which is a New Age meditation technique.

If you’d like to read the detailed testimony of what caused a woman to walk away from a championship career in the Martial Arts, please click HERE.  

Capture Daniel Plan Sports - Karate - Shotokan

The description for the following Stretch and Strengthen class gives the clearest indication that New Age/New Spirituality practices are most certainly being incorporated in many of Saddleback’s fitness classes. Terms such as “breathing techniques” and “guided relaxation” are used in the descriptions of these classes, which are the same techniques used in  New Age/New Spirituality classes that use similar terms such as “breathing techniques” and “guided imagery” to lead people into altered states of consciousness. And, once again, notice that the term “stretching and strengthening postures, is used:

Capture Daniel Plan Fitness - Stretch and Strengthen - strengthening postures, breathing techniques, guided relaxation - Sarah KeatingUPDATE: Because of a suggestion that was expressed in a comment from a helpful and thoughtful reader of this blog encouraging me on in my continued search for answers, I decided to set aside my main focus of searching for more information on Leonard Sweet. Instead, I decided to first search Facebook and Twitter to see if Lisa Odette, (the instructor of one of the Stretch and Strengthen classes) was on there. One thing led to another, and here is the information that I found on her that definitely gives enough evidence to clearly indicate and to now say with certainty that the classes offered by Saddleback with Lisa Odette as the instructor,  are indeed Yoga classes, no matter how they may try to disguise the language!

Capture Lisa Odette Saddleback studied Yoga - Holy yoga (no such thing)

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Capture Lisa Odette - Saddleback instructor for Stretch and Strengthen classes - Twitter with link to her website

Capture Lisa Odette - Sola Face and Body - Link found on her Twitter page

 Now I’d like to share some examples with you of how people are failing to test things in light of Scripture and therefore end up getting involved with those who are heavily into spiritual mysticism and unbiblical teachings. This is not meant to be an attack on the character of the people whom I will be speaking about, and I am not judging anyone in regards to their salvation. I am simply sharing this information with you just to, once again, point out the extreme importance for us to always test things that others say and do in light of Scripture, and how we should never promote anyone or anything without first deeply looking into their beliefs.  Also, I wanted to use this as an example to show why we are never to take anyone’s word on a matter or an endorsement of someone; we must always think for ourselves and do our own research to see if a person’s teaching lines up with God’s Word.

On with my examples:

In April of 2015 while I was on Facebook looking at what my friends had posted and ‘liked,’ I happened to see that a friend from my former church  (Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows) had clicked like on this post by Meredith Andrews. I decided not to quick capture the portion that included a picture of her two adorable boys:

Capture Meredith Andrews comment about being at a women's conference

Being the detective at heart that I am, I decided to check out her page to see what conference she took part in and discovered that it was ‘Fresh Grounded Faith.’ While I was on her page I saw the link to her website, and here is what else I discovered that will begin to make my point:

As you can see, Meredith took part in this women’s event along with Ann Voscamp:

Capture Meredith Andrews and Ann Voskamp - Fresh Grounded Faith Conference

If you have never heard of Ann Voscamp before, she is the author of the best selling Christian book, ‘One Thousand Gifts.’ In case you are not aware of the concerns that many Christians have with her book, I encourage you to continue reading the article below that I quick captured in part for you from Lighthouse Trails Research. If you decide to continue reading it, you will soon come to realize that she promotes unbiblical mysticism, as well as intimacy with God that is far from being Biblical. (For those of you who have requested that I post book reviews, you can consider this the first one).

Capture Ann Voscamp - One Thousand Gifts promotes mysticism and an unbiblical view of intimacy with GodTo continue reading, please click HERE
Capture Meredith Andrews - Picture with Ann VoscampMeredith Andrews (on the left) Ann Voscamp (on the right)

Capture Meredith Andrews retweeting Ann Voscamp's tweetA bond seems to be developing between Meredith and Ann V. because of the conferences they have been involved in together, so, in her enthusiasm and support of Ann V., Meredith retweets many of her tweets, thus endorsing Ann Voscamp in the eyes of the many who follow Meredith and love her beautiful, powerful voice that sings out praises to our God. But sometimes friendship has a way of blinding us to error, and can be deadly to us and to the many we influence in our lives. I would rather believe that Meredith is not aware of the unbiblical nature of Ann V.’s book, than to believe that she has read it and is in complete agreement with everything that’s in her book.

I also became very concerned when I happened to see that Meredith sent out these tweets dated Aug. 6th and Sept. 5th of 2014 promoting the ‘Holy Ghost‘ movie :

Capture Meredith Andrews promoting Holy Ghost movie

Capture Meredith Andrews promotes Holy Ghost movieNot only did she promote this movie with her tweets, but also she was considered to be one of this movie’s Thunderous Supporters:

Capture Meredith Andrews - Thunderous Supporter of Holy Ghost Movie(SOURCE) 

If you have not heard about the Holy Ghost Movie that came out in the Fall of 2014, it was totally unscripted. Those involved in producing this documentary film claim that it was “directed and led by the Holy Spirit.” (They prayed, asking the Holy Spirit to lead them to whomever they were supposed to talk to).  They talked and prayed with many people during this documentary. However, as you will hear from the information that is shared in the following set of videos reviewing this movie, after they tested what was  said and done in this documentary against Scripture, it was clear that the Biblical gospel was not preached, the Holy Spirit that was presented to these people was not the Holy Spirit, and the Jesus that they spoke of when talking with these people was not the true Jesus Christ as revealed in God’s Word. But first, here’s the trailer for the movie:

What these people unknowingly were presented with, was a mystical, new age form of prayer, as well as new age Reiki energy healing. The focus was on experiencing the “Holy Spirit,” but what they actually experienced were unbiblical occultic manifestations, as you will soon see and hear in these reviews. This is why it’s so very important for all of us as Christians to do our own research and never take anyone’s recommendation on what to see or read, etc. First we must always test the teachings of everyone in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11) so that we will not be deceived.

 

 

The release date for Holy Ghost Part  2 will be October 20th 2015, and is called Holy Ghost Reborn:

Capture Holy Ghost Reborn release date Oct 20th 2015

The following video trailer for this movie was just published on YouTube on July 14th 2015:

 

Here’s a Dove Family Friendly Movie Review of Holy Ghost Reborn:

Capture Holy Ghost Movie - Synopsis and review - Dove Family Friendly Movie ReviewSOURCE

The cast of this documentary should raise your level of concern. I haven’t had time to research all of them yet, but I highlighted the ones who I am already aware of and concerned about:

Capture Info on Holy Ghost Reborn movie - Starring Bill Johnson, etc.

If you aren’t aware of who the people are that I highlighted in the ‘quick capture’ above, here’s some information on them which I pray will open your eyes as to why you should be concerned. Please pray for discernment before you watch, and test what is said in light of Scripture:

Kim Walker Smith of Jesus CultureBethel Church, Redding CA:

 

Bill Johnson, Pastor of Bethel Church:

 

 

Banning Liebscher Director of Jesus Culture:

 

Now I will finally share with you how this trail ultimately led me to Leonard Sweet who I have been aware of since 2008:

Once again, simply using Meredith as an example to show you how all of us as Christians must deeply delve into the beliefs and teachings of everyone we choose to get involved with for our own sake, as well as for those we may have an influence on concerning who we associate with and endorse, I’d like to bring this to your attention:

Besides being a singer and song writer, Meredith Andrews is also a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, and takes part in many Worship Leader Conferences. I came across this information on the National Worship Leader Conference:

Capture National Worship Leader Conference - picture of some of the speakers As you can see from the picture above, Leonard Sweet, who is a Christian author, ordained Methodist minister, and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University, is also one of speakers at this conference. If you’re  wondering why I’m drawing attention to the fact that Meredith Andrews is taking part in this Conference with Leonard Sweet, please read the following quotes from his book, entitled, ‘Quantum Spirituality.’ I think you will then begin to realize why:

“A surprisingly central feature of all the world’s religions is the language of light in communicating the divine and symbolizing the union of the human with the divine: Muhammed’s light-filled cave, Moses’ burning bush, Paul’s blinding light, Fox’s “inner light,” Krishna’s Lord of Light, Bohme’s light-filled cobbler shop, Plotinus’ fire experiences, Bodhisattvis with the flow of Kundalini’s fire erupting from their fontanelles, and so on. Light is the common thread that ties together near-death experiences as they occur in various cultures.” (Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality page 146)

“So far the church has refused to dip its toe into post-modern culture. A quantum spirituality challenges the church to bear its past and to dare its future by sticking its big TOE into the time and place of the present…Then, and only then, will the church not appear to be in a time capsule, sealed against new developments. Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of ‘world-making’ faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the meaning of these words, some of the last words poet/activist/contemplative/ bridge between East and West Thomas Merton uttered: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality page 10)

“Fourth, New Light embodiment means to be ‘in connection’ and ‘information’ with other faiths. To be in-formation means to know each others songs almost as well as one knows them oneself, and to enlarge the community to include those whose conceptions of God differ from ours in form. To be in connection means to be able to sing, not only selected stanzas, but all the verses” … “One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna. A globalization of evangelism ‘in connection’ with others, and a globally ‘in-formed’ gospel, is capable of talking across the fence with Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim –people from other so-called ‘new’ religious traditions (‘new’ only to us)–without assumption of superiority and power.” (Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality pages 129-130) (SOURCE) DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH – LEONARD SWEET QUOTES – SANDY SIMPSON

Once again, I am hoping that Meredith just doesn’t have any idea what Leonard Sweet’s beliefs are, which is why it is so very important for us as Christians to do research on those we are considering getting involved with or getting our teachings from so that we will not be led astray, and so that we will not cause anyone else to be led astray by who we choose to get involved with, and what or who we promote.

Hopefully after you are aware of the rest of the information that I will now be sharing with you concerning Leonard Sweet, you will then find the thought of her taking part in this conference with him very troubling, like I do:

Leonard Sweet has been a guest speaker at many churches and Christian Conferences, which gives him credibility in the eyes of many Christians. But it leaves many other Christians wondering as to why there is such a lack of discernment among Christians today that they could be totally unaware of the fact that Leonard Sweet not only endorses many New Age teachers, but also many of his teachings are rooted in New Age/New Spirituality teachings. Consider THIS article that I recently found in the Lighthouse Trails Research Newsletter dated April 7, 2008:

Concerning ‘small groups,’ Leonard Sweet had this to say in his book ‘Quantum Spirituality.’

“The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people “in-phase” with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another.” SOURCE

While I was doing more research on Leonard Sweet, I came across an 8 min. 29 second podcast of one of his messages on his website, entitled Vultures:

Reflecting on a book that he read entitled, ‘The Vultures of Africa‘ by Peter Mundy, he said:

“It’s sort of how everything is so interconnected. At least when I read it this is the thing that just came through.”

Concerning the Pope’s Encyclical, “Our Common Home,” he said:

“I like that so much…because the, the planet. This planet is our common home. Not just care for creation. It’s our common home. And we exist together on this. And we all have to learn to live together, not just humans got to live together. We got to learn to live together with all of…all of creation.”

“And we also have to understand that Jesus died…the redemption story is a story of redemption for all creation. Remember that, that covenant that God made with Noah?It was made with all creation. And that, that continues the redemption of that covenant, and the fulfillment of that covenant that takes place at Calvary is a redemption for all creation.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

From the 2 min 44second mark – 2:49 second mark, he says the following:

“Jesus didn’t just die to save souls; He died to save seals, as well as souls.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

Yes, Romans 8:21 and Colossians 1:20-22 does say:

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

And how:

God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”

However, if you come to understand all the teachings of Leonard Sweet, (as well as Brian McLaren, as you will see by the information below) you will realize he means much more than that.

At the very end of his message that focuses on “how connected everything is,” beginning at the 7:49 minute mark, he says: 

“It is our common home. We have to learn to live together. We have to learn to to give thanks and be good stewards…good trustees…of all that God has given us.”

“Praise be to God, for God’s unspeakable gifts. And the greatest gift, besides Jesus, this gift of the creation, that Jesus came to save. Len Sweet, here.” (SOURCE) (Emphasis in red is mine).

In the New Age/New Spirituality view of things, the focus begins on how everything is connected. The focus is on oneness and “oneness with everyone and everything.” The emphasis on oneness continues to grow until the final stages which leads a person to not only believe they can be one with God,” and that God is in each and every one of us,” but also these teachings attempt to lead a person to “believe in their own divinity.”

When time allows, please watch the videos that I posted for you below by Christian author and speaker, Warren B Smith who was once deeply involved in the New Age Movement, but now he speaks and writes on the subject to warn Christians of the many ways that these New Age teachings are now permeating many churches today. He also shares information on these new age concepts, as well as information on Leonard Sweet, Rick Warren, and many others in his presentation.

How is it that Christians are unaware of the New Age teachings of  Leonard Sweet and some other prominent Christian leaders and writers of today? Is it possible that since some Christians today lack spiritual discernment because they fail to test the teachings of popular Christian teachers in light of Scripture and that they are also unaware of what the teachings of the New Age Movement are, that they have simply blended these New Age teachings into Christianity without realizing it and have embraced unity in a way that Jesus never intended for us as Christians to do?

Wayne Shepherd, the announcer for James MacDonald’s ‘Walk In The Word’ program, did an interview with Leonard Sweet about his book, Nudge:

 

Here are some Leonard Sweet quotes ‘quick captured‘ from an excerpt taken from Tamara Hartzell’s excellent online book: “Reimagining” God: Turning the Light Off to Look for “Truth” in the Corner of a Dark Round Room”  

Capture The Energymatter Jesus - Article on Herescope BlogHERESCOPE (SOURCE) <–CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING

 

Here’s some important information concerning Leonard Sweet and his book NUDGE that I found on Lighthouse Trails Research and ‘quick captured’ for you:

Capture Nudge - Information I found on Lighthouse Trails(SOURCE)

On Tuesday, July 22, 2015, I happened to see the following tweet by Pulpit And Pen concerning what he had seen on Leonard Sweet’s website. I saw it as  perfect timing to be on Twitter at just the right moment, because the information that I found at the link he shared became quite helpful to continue on with my research for this post, as you will soon see:

 

Seeing his tweet made me realize that I should have taken more time investigating Leonard Sweet’s website the day that I found his podcast. So I clicked on the link and this is what I discovered:

Capture Leonard Sweet - SpiritVenture Ministries - 'sacred spaces'(SOURCE)

The term “sacred spaces” leaped out at me, because I learned  many years ago that the word sacred is used quite frequently when ‘Contemplative Prayer‘ is involved. But in my determination to try and finish this post I simply ‘quick captured‘ the above information and ended up completely missing what I would have seen if I had only taken one more minute to scroll down just a little further! When I saw some of the replies to Pulpit and Pen’s tweet, I went back to that page, and this is what I realized what they were all wondering about –and rightly so!!

Capture Leonard Sweet SpiritVentures - Advance Conversation Partners - Mark Driscoll, Brian MacLaren, Erwin McManus and moreSeeing the name Brian McLaren on that list was a huge red flag! (In a minute I’ll explain why, for those of you who aren’t aware of who he is). So was seeing Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, and…Mark Driscoll! The only other person on that list that I was aware of is Margaret Feinberg. She is often a guest on Moody Radio’s ‘Midday Connection.’ (More on Moody Radio and Midday Connection in an upcoming post later on this year –Lord willing). And, by seeing Margaret Feinberg as well as the previously mentioned names, it led me to one highly probable conclusion on what they all seem to have in common which links them all together –Spiritual Formation, mysticism, Contemplative Prayer, Emerging/Emergent Church; these are all unbiblical forms of prayer and spirituality that are leading many Christians astray!

Here’s some information from seven years ago that I ‘quick captured’ for you from Lighthouse Trails which ties many of the ‘Advance Conversation Partners’ together, and gives evidence to their Contemplative Spirituality connections. As you can see, Mark Batterson, Erwin McManus, Margaret Feinberg, Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, and Sally Morgenthaler — some of the very same people who are involved in Leonard Sweet’s ADVANCE —  are all considered to be ‘Contemplative.’

Capture Contemplative Christians and Contemplative Conferences - Lighthouse Trails(SOURCE) CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTIANS AND CONTEMPLATIVE CONFERENCES

In the following video you will hear Margaret Feinberg say:

“God often uses the repetitive nature of  events and themes in daily life to get our attention. I call these moments, ‘Sacred Echoes.” 

Notice how she also uses the word sacred:

 

In the video below, Margaret F. expounds on what she means by “Sacred Echo” by saying the following:

“What is a sacred echo? It is the persistent voice of God in your life.”

“And in my own life, while I want to hear the whispers of God, what I am discovering is that when I listen for the sacred echoes — when I listen for the repetitive nature of God’s voice in my life — then I walk more fully, and more confidently into all that He has for me.”

 

When you hear Christian leaders and speakers say things like that it should truly concern you, because it’s leading people away from the belief in the sufficiency of Scripture. Yes, Margaret F. does say in many of her videos that ‘what we hear must line up with what God’s Word says,‘ but the emphasis is no longer completely on hearing God speak to us through His written Word. Instead, people are now  encouraged to learn how to hear God speak by not only Margaret F., but also by Christian teachers such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and many others. It then makes God’s Word appear to be outdated, and some will end up opening themselves up to doctrines of demons and demonic spirits through participating in these occultic practices and will end up being deceived spiritually. Never lose sight of the fact that we have the very words of God Himself recorded in sixty-six books of the Bible written by many different authors, but completely inspired by the Holy Spirit:

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20,21)

 

Lord willing, if time allows I’ll do research on the people that I am not familiar with to see if they are also involved with promoting Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, etc., and I will update this post so that I can share my findings with you.

As promised, here’s some information on Brian McLaren:

This concerns his ‘EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE’ conference, as well as his book of the same title, which will show you just how far from Biblical truth his beliefs really are!

Seven years ago I heard Eric Barger share the shocking things that he witnessed take place during Brian McLaren’s ‘Everthing Must Change’ Conference. Eric Barger goes into greater detail concerning what happened at this conference in the video below than you will read in the information I quick captured for you further down. When time allows, please listen. Keep in mind that Brian McLaren is a frequent speaker at Willowcreek Church in Barrington, Illinois, as well as a speaker at many other Christian churches, universities, and conferences. After you hear some of the things that took place at this conference, you will come to realize just how great the need is for discernment, and how important it is to study and truly know God’s Word so that we will not be deceived by teachers such as Brian McLaren! Please pray for him, as well as the many who are  involved in this Emergent Church movement, that they would come to the knowledge of the truth and stop compromising and twisting what God declares to be right and wrong in His Word.

As you can see from the  quick capture below, Brian McLaren clearly said that:

“…salvation is actually us saving the planet, and when Jesus used the phrase “the world,” He was referring to the earth and not the lost souls living on it.” 

“…he recommended that while we were there (my note: at the front of the conference area) we also stick our hands into the tub of dirt that had been provided to fully sense “what needed to be saved.” 

That ties in with what Leonard Sweet says — concerning his quotes that I shared with you earlier — in which he declared:

“The redemption story is a story of redemption for all creation.”

Jesus didn’t just die to save souls. He died to save seals as well as souls.”

“…and the greatest gift, besides Jesus, this gift of the creation, that Jesus came to save.”

Capture Eric Barger attended Brian McLaren's Everything Must Change conference - B M said salvation is us saving the planet(SOURCE)

More of the teachings of Brian McLaren:

 

In the following Playlist you will hear a three part message in which Brian McLaren will  use Deconstructionism in an attempt to justify changing Christianity into something entirely different. Notice how Brian McLaren begins by saying how everything changes over time and uses maps as an example. He sets people up to accept his idea about how the landscape is changing and maps need to change and be updated because “they don’t reflect reality any more.” He then uses that concept to try and lead people to accept how Christianity must also change to adapt to a changing culture. Listen very  carefully to all that he says, pray for discernment, and test what He says in light of Scripture. (In this Playlist I also added ‘A Critique of Brian McLaren’s ‘A New Kind of Christianity,’ as well as the  video that I posted earlier concerning what occurred at Brian McLaren’s  ‘Everything Must Change’ Conference).

 

Here’s a good article I found on the subject:

THE SECOND GREAT EVANGELICAL MELTDOWN – THE FALSE PICTURE – UNMASKING “POSTMODERNISM” – BY RICHARD NATHAN, M.A.

Now I’ll continue on with other things that I found during my times of research for this post:

The same day that I was looking at the conferences that Meredith Andrews was involved with, I also discovered that she will be singing at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church on Aug 13, 2015:

Capture Meredith Andrews Saddleback Church Aug, 13th 2015

If you read the description of the following video on YouTube, you will soon realize that August 13th won’t be Meredith’s first appearance at Saddleback. This video clearly shows that she started singing at Rick Warren’s church way back as early as June 28th, 2009 during their services:

If you are among the few who are still unaware of the concerns that many Christians have with Rick Warren, these videos will fill you in on most of what you need to know:

 

 

 

In my research I also found out that one of Meredith’s songs (The Gospel Changes Everything) was featured in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s the ‘Son of God‘ movie. She also took part in ‘The Bible: Son of God Tour‘ which started out at Saddleback Church and traveled to 17 cities from March 20th-April  13th of 2014:

“The two-hour live event, a joint partnership between Word Entertainment and Lightworkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey), brings the feature film, “Son of God” and epic mini-series The Bible” to life in sight and sound with award-winning artists…” (SOURCE)

If you happen to be wondering what the problem is with Meredith becoming involved with the “Son of God” tour, please consider reading one of my previous posts, entitled:  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOUR PASTOR IS ONE OF THE MANY WHO IS PROMOTING A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES

7/31/15 IMPORTANT UPDATE: This morning while I was on Facebook I happened to see the following post that reveals the Premier Sponsors for the National Worship Leader Conference which featured Leonard Sweet was Greg Laurie and Harvest America. As you can see in the yellow highlighted area that I added to Mark Jeffries’ post, James Macdonald/Harvest Bible Chapel’s Vertical Church Band also appeared at this conference that took place at the Cathedral Of Faith in San Jose, CA on July 28-30, 2015:

Capture National Worship Leader Conference with Leonard Sweet, Vertical Church Band, sponsored by Greg Laurie and Harvest America

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

I hope that you are now beginning to see how very important it is to test the teachings of everyone you listen to in light of Scripture, as well as the need to pray for discernment and to be aware of the spiritually deceptive practices that are leading so many Christians astray.

Sadly, as many of us now realize, we live at a time where not all of us can trust our pastors or other Christian leaders because of the direction that many of them seem to be going in. Some pastors no longer believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, many are compromising with Biblical truth, some are embracing heretics, some are promoting Contemplative, mystical experiences, and there have even been some Christians very recently who have brought complete shame to the name of Jesus Christ by their lives or by denying their faith completely.

While there is still hope and forgiveness if they repent and turn to Jesus Christ with all of their hearts, as Christians we must learn that the only one who we must truly place our trust in is Jesus Christ Himself; we cannot rely on any man or ministry to learn truth. God’s Holy Spirit will be faithful to reveal the truth to us as we dig deeply into His Word to study it so that we can rightly divide the Word of truth for ourselves.

When time allows, please consider visiting  LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH WEBSITE , as well as HERESCOPE, as well as the other websites that I posted the links to below, so that you can  become aware of the many false teachings and false teachers that are popular today so that you will not be led astray by them. And, as always, make sure that you test everything against the truth of God’s Word. (Acts 17:11)

NOTE: A special thank you to those of you who take the time to make a comment. Whether it’s to encourage or to share helpful information, or even if it’s a comment that expresses your disagreement with what I write, or possibly even a comment that is negative or harsh in some way. All of you motivate me to dig deeper, and I end up finding even more information that I would never have found if it wasn’t for those of you who cause me to search deeper for one reason or another.

For this post, I want to personally thank Cindy Lopez for offering advice on what I could do to find more information on the instructor of the Stretch and Strengthen classes being offered at Saddleback in order to possibly verify if the classes offered at Saddleback are Yoga classes as they appear to be. I was trying to finish up this post by just focusing on finding and adding more information on Leonard Sweet, and wasn’t even intending to search for any further information concerning the classes. However, because of Cindy, I decided to continue on with my search on  the instructors of these classes which led me to find, and already post, enough information that I believe will clearly put an end to any doubts that anyone might have –the information that I found concerning the instructor of some of these classes gives enough evidence to demonstrate that the Stretch and Strengthen classes are indeed Yoga classes!

Lord willing, I will be addressing the dangers of Yoga in an upcoming post, since it seems that there are many Christians and other people who are not aware of the dangers of it, but I have other posts that I need to write first. Until then, if you are not aware of the dangers of Yoga, when time allows, please watch the video below in which Ray Yungen shares a lot of information on the dangers of Yoga.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

FURTHER READING:

SANDY SIMPSON – DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH – LEONARD SWEET QUOTES

LINK TO ARTICLE FOUND ON ‘DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH’ WEBSITE – ARTICLE POSTED ON ‘HERESCOPE’ – ‘THE “ENERGYMATTER JESUS” AN EXCERPT FROM TAMARA HARTZELL’S ONLINE BOOK, ENTITLED – “REIMAGINING” GOD: TURNING THE LIGHT OFF TO LOOK FOR “TRUTH” IN THE CORNER OF A DARK ROUND ROOM – THE NEW GOSPEL TAUGHT BY LEONARD SWEET

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH NEWSLETTER – RICK WARREN’S SMALL GROUP CONFERENCE SPEAKER SAYS SMALL GROUPS LEAD TO “CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS”

KEN SILVA – APPRISING MINISTRIES – GIVING LEONARD SWEET A NUDGE

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – RICK WARREN AND LEONARD SWEET RIDING THE “TIDES OF CHANGE”

BY GRACE ALONE – PASTOR BOB DEWAAY – BOOK REVIEW ON ANN VOSCAMP’S ‘ONE THOUSAND GIFTS’

POINTING TO CHRIST – THE DANGEROUS TEACHINGS OF JESUS CULTURE

 

RELATED VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and Jen Johnson are the Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church in Redding California. Brian is the son of Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church. Jen is also the song writer for Bethel music:

 

Here are some videos to help you become aware of the many ways that these New Age forms of mysticism are entering many churches today. Please watch when time allows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT THESE WEBSITES WHERE YOU CAN READ MANY ARTICLES TO KEEP YOU INFORMED ON WHAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF (These are my favorite websites).

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH

HERESCOPE

ROGER OAKLAND – UNDERSTAND THE TIMES

WARREN B SMITH – FROM THE NEW AGE TO AMAZING GRACE

DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH

Lord willing, here are some of the books that I will be doing reviews on, and I also highly recommend them to you as books to read in order to become  informed concerning how New Age mysticism is coming into many churches these  days. Please send me your requests on what other books you would like to see reviews on.

 

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UPDATED 7/25/15 8:50 p.m. Added more information on Brian McLaren.

UPDATED 7/24/15 5:55 p.m. Added information that gives enough evidence to say with certainty that the Stretch and Strengthen classes offered at Saddleback Church is indeed Yoga.

UPDATED 7/24/15 9:56 a.m. Added more information concerning Leonard Sweet and his ‘Everything Must Change’ conference and what Eric Barger personally heard him say.

UPDATED: 7/23/15 10:53 p.m. Added more information concerning Leonard Sweet’s ‘ADVANCE,’  as well as information on some of the speakers participating with it, such as Brian McLaren and Margaret Feinberg.

UPDATED MONDAY 7/20/15 9:43 a.m. Added videos concerning Leonard Sweet and his unbiblical teachings.

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 In the video above, Roma Downey, who is known mostly for her role that she played as an angel named Monica in the series, ‘TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL’ which ran from September of 1994 until April of 2003, sent out a message to church leaders concerning the series that she and her husband, Mark Burnett produced, entitled, ‘A. D . The Bible Continues,’ which premiered on Easter Sunday 2015 on NBC.  She excitedly informs church leaders that,

“A. D. tells the epic story of the birth of the church…” “It stars the Holy Spirit. And it’s exciting that all the stories from Acts — Chapters 1 through 10 — are included in season 1.”

Here is more of her video message:

“We can’t wait to bring this beloved book of the Bible to life on prime time network television What a fantastic opportunity for your church to be a part of the national conversation and to go deeper with some of the resources provided by OUTREACH. So be sure to pick up the official A. D. church kit, and the official study and guide book…” “And as you make plans for a 12 week campaign in tandem with the series, please allow this trailer to inspire you and to give you vision on how you can use this in your church.”

Sounds pretty exciting, right? And, as Christians we should be excited to think that the book of Acts will be presented on prime time television so that many who have never even read the Bible can see the amazing things that happened after the Holy Spirit filled the apostles with boldness to preach the gospel fearlessly! What a contrast to how they had been hiding in fear behind locked doors as John 20:19 reveals to us!

All these pastors are excited about ‘A. D. The Bible Continues,’ as you can see from their tweets and endorsements below:

 

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Soon after I found out about this new series, I came across THIS ARTICLE by Stand Up For The Truth, which is entitled, ‘A. D. WILL YOUR CHURCH BE BUYING THE ROMA DOWNEY SERMON KIT?’ I knew that my new pastor was not promoting ‘A. D. Bible Continues,’ and I was truly hoping that my former pastor, James MacDonald, of Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows was not one of the many who were endorsing these programs. But sadly, as you can see from what I soon discovered, he was also highly endorsing them:

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Right now some of you are probably asking,

“So, what’s the problem?”

Well, to answer those of you who may have that question, I am presenting you with a lot of information to make you all realize, once again, the extreme importance of praying for discernment and the need for us always to test not only the things that people say and do who claim to speak for God against the truth of His Word, but also the importance of testing what we read and hear against the truth of God’s Word. We can’t just accept something wholeheartedly based on the fact that our pastor, or a certain teacher who might be highly respected by many, may be promoting something or someone.

Above is a two part video presentation of the article that I originally saw posted on LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH which was written by Gregory Reid, entitled: CONFUSED BY AN ANGEL: THE DILEMMA OF ROMA DOWNEY’S NEW AGE BELIEFS, Here is just a little of what you will discover about Roma Downey if you watch the video or read the article:

1) Roma Downey is a devout Roman Catholic who prays to Mary.

2)Roma Downey graduated from USM, University of Santa Monica, which is a New Age Metaphysical school.

3)Roma Downey endorsed a New Age book, entitled, ‘Loyalty to Your Soul.’ Here are two excerpts from the book:

“When people speak of spirituality, they simply mean awareness of the sacred reality of the Divine Essence within and beyond all creation. (Page 8 quoting favorably a New Age “spiritual teacher”)

“You begin to recognize others as Divine Beings, and the situations and circumstances in life as learning devices.” (Page 31)

I encourage you to watch the two part video series above or read the article at the link above so that you can learn many even more alarming things concerning Roma Downey. I also ask you to please pray for Roma, as well as for her husband, Mark Burnett, that they might both come to the knowledge of true Biblical Christianity and who Jesus Christ truly is as God’s Word reveals Him to be.

I am saddened and shocked to see the lack of Biblical discernment among prominent pastors and teachers these days! I realize that many pastors are overloaded with responsibilities, but that is no excuse for them to endorse something without testing it against the truth of God’s Word.

Even more frightening is the thought that many pastors who are endorsing these programs fail to see the problems with what is being presented in these programs!  They have the responsibility to ‘earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints,’ (Jude 3) and to ‘keep watch over themselves and all the flock of God of which the Holy Spirit has made them overseers.’ (Acts 20:28) As teachers they are even more accountable to God! (James 3:1)

Thankfully there are many godly pastors and teachers and other Christians who do see the serious problems in these programs!   Here are some of their reviews of ‘A. D. The Bible Continues.’

The following ones were written by researcher and writer, Avery Foley:

FIRST EPISODE  – THE TOMB IS OPEN – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

SECOND EPISODE – THE BODY IS GONE – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

THIRD EPISODE – THE SPIRIT ARRIVES – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

FOURTH EPISODE – THE WRATH – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

FIFTH EPISODE – THE FIRST MARTYR – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

SIXTH EPISODE – THE PERSECUTION – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

SEVENTH EPISODE – THE VISIT – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

EIGHTH EPISODE ‘ROAD TO DAMASCUS – KEN HAM _ ANSWERS IN GENESIS

NINTH EPISODE – SAUL’S RETURN-KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

TENTH EPISODE – BROTHERS IN ARMS – KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

ELEVENTH EPISODE – RISE UP’ KEN HAM – ANSWERS IN GENESIS

 

A REVIEW WRITTEN BY SUNNY SHELL, who writes on – ‘ABANDONED TO CHRIST’

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PODCAST- PASTOR RANDY WHITE ON ‘STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH’  – AN EXCELLENT DISCUSSION CONCERNING ‘A. D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES’

WHERE IS OUR DISCERNMENT

I saw the need to write this post to, once again, stress the importance for all of us who are Christians to follow Jesus Christ alone. We as Christians must think for ourselves and not accept anyone’s endorsement of another pastor or teacher, or a program, book, movie, etc., without checking everything out for ourselves first and praying for discernment as we test everything in light of Scripture.

What a person believes will have a strong influence on what they write and produce. Yes, we much leave room for artistic license, but if you take the time to read all the reviews and articles, and watch the videos that I posted below for you, you will come to the realization, along with many other Christians, that Roma Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett, are presenting another Jesus and another gospel; a Jesus and a gospel that easily appeals to all religious faiths –except for true Biblical Christianity in many respects.

As Christians, we can, however, watch programs like these and use them as opportunities to not only become Bereans by testing the content against the truth of God’s Word to see if what is being said is true (Acts 17:11), but also we can use them as opportunities to  begin conversations with other people who are watching these programs. Whether they are unbelievers, or Christians who have not come to realize the importance of reading and studying God’s Word on a regular basis and therefore lack the discernment necessary to know truth from error, we can simply begin by asking people if they watch these programs, and, if they do, we can ask them to share their thoughts with us about them. Then, if we discover that they truly enjoyed these programs and they don’t express any concerns about what important things were  missing, and what was added that caused them to be concerned, then we will know that we need to pray for God to give us wisdom on how to respond to their comments. With humility and gentleness we can then begin by pointing out some of the truths and amazing things that are in Scripture that we noticed were missing from what was portrayed in each episode, as well as the problematic things that were added that could lead people away from having a true understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what the good news of the gospel is, as well.

I hope you are learning — along with me — the importance of not only thinking for yourself and searching things out, but also the extreme importance of testing everything against the truth of God’s Word so that you will never be deceived.

Thank you for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”    (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned.” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and days with tears.”                    (Acts 20:25-31)

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13,14)

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men 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. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 3:16 – 4:1-4)

RELATED ARTICLES

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘SON OF GOD’ IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT THE SON OF GOD – SUNNY SHELL

FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE: WOMEN OF FAITH PARTNERS WITH NEW AGE ADVOCATE ROMA DOWNEY – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: “AWAKENING AMERICA ALLIANCE” BRINGS SBC PRESIDENT RONNIE FLOYD TOGETHER WITH NEW AGE ROMA DOWNEY- LIGHHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH

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(UPDATED 2:03 p.m. Monday 1/19/15)

INTRODUCTION

Do you have a favorite pastor or teacher who you have listened to for years? Do you trust him or her so completely that you would never even consider the possibility that they would ever say something unbiblical? Do you presently examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said by the pastors and teachers you listen to is true? (Acts 17:11) How would you respond to another Christian if they told you that your favorite pastor or teacher is actually teaching something unbiblical? Would you completely reject what they had to say? Or would you listen and examine the evidence? Most importantly, would you test what they were documented as having said in light of Scripture? Or would you simply reject the evidence and the warnings given to you along with the Scriptures, and continue to believe your favorite pastor or teacher would never say or do anything wrong?

God’s Word is filled with warnings about spiritual deception and false teachers, and it is quick to point out that ‘even from our own number men would arise and distort the truth.’ (Acts 20:30) Why then do so many Christians refuse to listen to those of us who warn them about certain pastors and teachers who are presenting unbiblical messages? Have many simply become mere followers of men (and women) and their ministries instead of solely being followers of Jesus Christ?

As I began writing the following poem, I had in mind those of us who ‘earnestly contend for the faith’ (Jude 3) by lovingly trying to warn other Christians about what certain pastors and teachers have said and done, and in the process of doing so we also share Scriptures in order to expose their errors with truth, and yet as hard as we pray and try to speak the truth in love, oftentimes our warnings go unheeded, and we only end up being labeled as “haters.”

A prime example of someone referring to those of us who speak out as “haters” would be Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in North Carolina, as seen in the video below. (It’s interesting to note that as of 11:25a.m. today, it has been viewed 191,046 times with 876 ‘likes’ and 1,475 ‘dislikes.’ It looks like those who are discerning …I mean…it looks like ‘haters’ outnumber those who liked what Steven Furtick had to say). 

For those of you who do not yet know who Steven Furtick is, please watch his ‘Hey Haters’ video below,  (which I must admit is a high quality video in which he did a very good job at presenting his thoughts in) and keep these questions in mind as you watch: Does his behavior and words reflect that of a godly pastor/elder as seen in Scripture? Does his words line up with Scripture? Can you imagine the apostle Paul giving the people of his time this message? Is Steven Furtick’s message Biblically sound, or is he simply trying to be hip and cool and ‘culturally relevant,’ and in doing so, is he leading many to believe things that are not true? 

Just in case the above video gets taken down in the future, here’s a screenshot of Steven Furtick from the video, along with almost all of what he said:

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“Hey haters. I hate to break this to you, but…your day…is done. See, we’re done with the way you sling shame and blame in the face of anyone who doesn’t  say what you say, and, see what you see, read what you read, think what you think, and do what you do, how you do what you do. But it’s not about you. We’re sick and tired of your pervasive propensity to pick a fight and hide the light. Nitpicking every single pixel of God’s brilliant picture seeing only your side, in only black and white. So scared to death of different, shaking your fist in the face of change.

You’re full of opinions, but you’re low on the Spirit. ‘Cuz the Spirit is love, the Spirit is peace,  the Spirit is kindness. And the only kind of words you ever seem to speak bring death to the hearer and leave weakness in their way.

You look like a toddler. Drawing lines in the sand, talking about how you’re “defending the truth” and “taking a stand.” But for all your hating and pontificating  and stances and games…there’s no change. Fall back! It’s a new day! Cuz we’re not looking for approval from you who give no respect and never neglect the chance to complain. Are you going to criticize? Or create? Waste your time casting stones, breaking bones, belittling everyone you consider opposed? Are you going to exchange your hate, trade the pain of the same? Embrace a new way to change the world! Honor’s time has come, and a new light has dawned to still the tongue of the cynic and pierce the heart of the skeptic.  This generation is waiting to restore the hope of a nation.”

The real message of ‘Hey Haters’ in the words of Steven Furtick:

“We’ve got too much to do. Too many people to reach. Too much that God wants to do through us. Too much that we need to be known for.”

“To waste even one more nanosecond hating on other churches and pastors and being known for what we stand against.”

“That’s the real message of Hey Haters. Even if it’s ironic.”  SOURCE

Many find what Steven Furtick had to say in this video very troubing:

 

Some today who wear the title of ‘pastor,’ and thus the name of Christ, as well, sadly do not live up to the qualifications of an elder as presented in Scripture. Here is just one of many Scriptures to keep in mind as we continue on in this post:

“An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless — not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:6-9)

Many of you will remember how we grieved as the controversy broke concerning two pastors who used church funds to buy their way onto the New York Times Best Sellers List; Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, as well as Mark Driscoll, former pastor of Mars Hill Church, which is now officially closed.

Mark Driscoll was accused of plagiarism, as well! You can read about that in an article entitled, On The Allegations of Plagiarism Against Mark Driscoll, which was written by Warren Throckmorton of Patheos, HERE.

Many of us also remember the following shocking video of the—> September 2013 brutal public excommunication of three elders at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, in which James MacDonald introduced the video of the elders speaking by saying in part:

“We believe that the Bible that the authority of the church is vested in the elders. And that when the elders speak collectively, in agreement, they speak for God to our church.“(Emphasis in red is mine).

A few months ago, James MacDonald publicly admitted that shortly after the video was played back in September 2013 he realized they were wrong for going about church discipline in that manner, and asked for forgiveness. (Here is an article on that story which was posted by Christianity Today on September 15, 2014, entitled, James MacDonald Asks Forgiveness for Unbiblical Discipline). Although it was commendable that he came forward and asked for forgiveness, can you see the danger and confusion that can come from first declaring that the elders “speak for God,” and then to admit that soon after his claim he realized they were wrong? Something is clearly wrong here! I will not judge his heart or his motive, because I have failed many a time, as well. We all have. However, we are talking about pastors who are even more accountable to God and who are supposed to be above reproach! He may have apologized, but, sadly, the damage has already been done to the reputation of these men.  

The behavior of Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble, and James MacDonald — just to name a few — is totally unbecoming of men who bear the name of Christ! And meanwhile an unbelieving world is watching, and many are being given more and more good reasons to justify their mistrust of pastors, and the name of Christ is dragged through the mud again and again!

No. It’s not men like these that we hate. It’s their behavior and their attitude! It’s sorrow for the many who are being led astray, and it’s for the love of Jesus Christ and for the gospel that we cry out and write about these things in order to bring attention to what is taking place, and to stress the importance to fellow believers to be followers of Jesus Christ alone, and not to be followers of a man (or woman) and their ministry! We cry out in prayer for godly sorrow to fill the hearts of pastors who seemed to have forgotten how to seek God for His wisdom, because they think that every idea in their head comes from God, when, at times, it’s obviously only the desires of their sinful hearts. How else could you explain a ‘pastor’ being able to justify his decision to use an exorbitant amount of money from his church funds to make sure his book gets on the New York Times Best Seller’s List? Or how a ‘pastor’ who was given a t.v. studio could decide to give that t.v. studio to Trinity Broadcasting Network when they are known for their many false teachers?

How can you explain a ‘pastor’ like Perry Noble who tells those in attendance at his Christmas Eve service to “Say Yes to Jesus,” when the message they heard that night was informing them that the Ten Commandments are simply just suggestions or promises? (Churchwatch Central wrote an article entitled, ‘Prophet Perry Noble’s Credibility Under Fire,’ and you can read it HERE). And even more concerning is the fact that Perry Noble told everyone that night that ‘it was God who put it on his heart to preach that message.’ How could unbelievers who attended that night have known that they were sinners in need of a Savior if they were not informed that the Ten Commandments are the laws of God given to us to show us what sin is (Romans 3:20) and to make us realize just how incapable we are to keep the law? They never came to realize just how good the ‘good news’ of the gospel really is; that Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life that we could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice by taking upon Himself the full wrath that God intended for us because of our sins, and that He died in our place and arose for our justification! (Romans 4:25)

The sad truth is that some pastors and teachers today seemed to have lost their first love and have forgotten to seek God for His wisdom, and therefore oftentimes when they claim to speak messages from God, they are simply doing and saying what seems right in their own eyes.

For those of us who earnestly contend for the faith and expose false teachers, and are branded as ‘haters’ for doing so, we need to remember that we stand with great men of God such as the apostle Paul, who confronted those in error and called false teachers out publicly, and by name. (See Galatians 2:11-14, 1 Timothy 1:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:17,18, and 2 Timothy 4:14,15 for examples).

God’s Word makes it clear that those who choose to follow Jesus would be hated and persecuted because of Him, (2 Timothy 3:12, Matthew 5:10, Luke 6:22, John 15:18, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:12-14), so, as long as our intentions are right, and our motives are pure, let us press on and continue to speak the truth, but in love. Above all, let’s continue to pray that those who are in leadership positions will be held accountable for the wrong they have done, and that they would either repent or be removed from their positions for the sake of the gospel, as well as to protect more people from being led astray.

I’d now like to share some encouraging news with you that I read in an article posted by ‘discern.org,’ entitled,‘President of South Carolina Baptist Convention Calls For Perry Noble and NewSpring To Correct Problematic Positions And Statements,’ which you can read HERE.

Pride can prevent a pastor or teacher from going in front of their congregation and admitting they were wrong, but God’s Word says that “pride comes before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) God’s Word also says that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”(1 Peter 5:5b)

Personally I believe that many of us who are Christians and have been labeled as ‘haters,’ ‘Pharisees,’ ‘consumer Christians,’ ‘divisive,’hindering unity,’ etc., would deeply respect and extend grace to any pastor or teacher who would truly repent before God and show it publicly by humbling themselves and expressing godly sorrow and deep regret for the things they have said and done, and make things right, where necessary. I know that God would be well pleased, which is all that should matter if you live to glorify God and not self.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.” (Jude 1:3-4a)

“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:27-31)

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. For in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11,12)

“The arrogant cannot stand in Your presence; you hate all who do wrong.” (Psalm 5:5)

“For he flatters himself in his own eyes too much to hate and detect his sin.” (Psalm 36:2)

“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26)

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in your name drive out demons, and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will life you up.” (James 4:7-10)

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trials you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (1 Peter 4:12-19)

“To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:1-9a)

 

CALL ME A HATER

 

Call me a hater if you think you must

But in God alone will I place my trust

I will not trust in, or be led by, vision casting men

Who claim to hear from God, yet ignore their guilt of sin

Some preach in ways that contradict the very words of God

And their people are so mesmerized, that down the path of destruction

do they trod

They think their favorite pastor is above doing or saying something wrong

And they blindly choose to follow, as their Pied Piper leads them with a

tantalizing, deceptive song

Yes, call me a hater, but it’s not these men I hate

It’s their craftiness and rebellious ways, and the thought of what could be their

fate

I hate the fact that they don’t seem to have an all consuming love

For the gospel, and a Holy God, whom they will one day give an account to, who

is watching from above

I hate the thought of hundreds, continually being led astray

Because they fail to be Bereans, they are deceived by much of what these men

will say

I hate when men distort God’s Word, and claim their message was from the

Lord

Truly this is something blasphemous, and something to be abhorred

I hate that men who claim to be of God, have lost sight of what they were called

to do

To be shepherds and protectors of God’s flock, to expose deception, and to

teach what’s true

Instead they are yoking with the very ones who prevent true unity

Those who teach false doctrine bring division, only the truth of God’s Word can

set men free

I hate when men who say they walk with God, claim to seek God to know His

perfect will

And then announce their vision casting plan based on worldly methods and

their own desires, in which they seek to fulfill

Call me a hater, but I am a Berean through and through

I have learned to discern, through the truth of God’s Word, and I pray the same

for you

Jesus said, ‘Woe to those who men speak well of,’ and ‘Blessed are those who

suffer for the sake of His name’

I’d rather be hated for speaking the truth, than to be praised by men and stand

before Jesus with regret and shame

Call me a hater, say I’m divisive, and destroying unity, but there’s one thing you

can never say

That I failed to give you warnings, please know for you I will never cease to pray

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Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

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