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SERIES 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 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)

 

(To read PART 1 click HERE).

(For PART 2 click HERE).

If you have already read PART 2 in this series, then you now realize that some of the teachings in Catholicism are rooted in mysticism. This fact will become even clearer as we continue going through more of the teachings in the Catechism of the Catholic church –especially one particular teaching that I am about to share with you in this particular post.

My prayer is that God, by His Holy Spirit, will open the eyes of many Catholics so that they will be able to see the serious problems in some of their teachings, and that they will begin seeking God in His Word — the Bible — for the truth.

In this installment we will cover a few more of the main teachings of Catholicism. You will find that many of their teachings line up completely with Scripture. However, you will soon discover that some of their teachings either conflict with Biblical truth, or that they shockingly and totally oppose Biblical truth.

Dear Catholic, just as I presented some serious concerns to you in  PART 1  in this series, I will also be doing the same thing for you in this post. Once again, there will be times when you will be brought to the point of having to make a choice and to answer this very important question:

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

All of the Scriptures that I will be sharing with you in this post, unless otherwise noted, will all be taken from the Sacred Heart League Catholic New Testament Bible.

With all of those things in mind, let’s begin:

 

CHAPTER 2

I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

“Moved by the grace of the Holy Spirit and drawn by the Father, we believe in Jesus and confess: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” On the rock of this faith confessed by St. Peter, Christ built his Church.” (CCC Para 424)

By reading the statement above it may almost appear as if the Catholic church has a Biblical view and is stating that Christ built His Church upon what Peter declared concerning Jesus being the Christ, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:15-19) However, as we continue to go through the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) you will see that the Catholic church claims that Jesus Christ built His church upon the apostle Peter, and that Peter was the “rock” that Jesus was referring to, and they also claim that by saying these things, Jesus declared Peter as the first pope:

“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. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven; what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-19)

Who better to share what God’s Word has to say about this passage of Scripture, than Richard Bennett, who was once a devout Catholic Dominican priest for 22 years, until he began to read the Bible and discovered the glorious good news of the true gospel:

I’d like to take a few moments now to share some Scriptures with you in order to help you see these things from a Biblical perspective before we move on:

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) (DRV)

“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) (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)

“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, Iet 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)

“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)

It is clear by these verses (at least in the King James Version) that God alone is the Rock! And, in fact, God’s Word clearly shows us that Jesus Christ — who was revealed to us as God in the flesh in the New Testament — is our Rock:

 “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) (SHLCNT)

For more verses on God being our Rock, please consider reading this:

KNOWING JESUS – GOD OUR ROCK

“Now let’s continue on:

“At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father…who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever.” To catechize is “to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him.” Catechesis aims at putting “people…in communion…with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” (Para 426)

“The name “Jesus” signifies that the very name of God is present in the person of his Son, made man for the universal and definitive redemption from sins. It is the divine name that alone brings salvation, and henceforth all can invoke his name, for Jesus united himself to all men through his Incarnation, so that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Para 432)

While most of the above two teachings are quite Biblical because they are based on Scripture (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)  I’d like to take a moment to point out that although the Catholic Church may proclaim “only he [Jesus Christ] can lead us to the love of the Father…,” you will soon see in upcoming installments of this series how their teachings not only make it rather impossible to actually get to Jesus Christ, but also you will sadly see how Catholics are presented with alternative unbiblical ways in an attempt to gain access to the Father, namely through petitioningthe Virgin Mary” and “the saints.”

As I mentioned to you in the previous post in this series, you will soon discover that some of the teachings of Catholicism are rooted in mysticism. Well, the time is now. You are about to see (IMO) the most shocking and disturbing teaching that can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church! However, before I share it with you, I’d like to share something else with you first:

If any of you listened to Warren B Smith’s message at the recent Berean Call Conference,  you may remember that he mentioned the book entitled, “Called To Be The Children Of God: The Catholic Theology Of Human Deification.” Here are just a few excerpts from a preview of that book that I found on AMAZON.COM:

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Although in the last paragraph in the capture of the portion above, the author is quick to state, “We are not God,” in his next statement he quotes Jesus as saying, “[Y]ou are gods,” (John 10:34) as describing our sonship. This is why reading a verse in context and testing things that are said in light of Scripture are so extremely important! Let’s look at John 10:34 in context:

“Jesus was walking in Solomon’s porch in the temple, when the Jews gathered around him and said, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Tell us the plain truth: are you the Messiah?” Jesus answered, “I have already told you, but you would not believe me. The works I do by my Father’s authority speak on my behalf; but you will not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never die; and no one can snatch them away from me. What my Father has given me is greater than all, and no one can snatch them away from the Father’s care. The Father and I are one.” Then the Jews once more picked up stones to throw at him. Jesus said to them, “I have done many good works before you which the Father gave me to do; for which one of these do you want to stone me?” The Jews answered back, “We do not want to stone you because of any good works, but because of the way in which you insult God! You are only a man, but you are trying to make yourself God!” (34)Jesus answered, “It is written in your own Law that God said, ‘You are gods.’ We know that what the scripture says is true forever, and God called them gods, those people to whom his message was given. As for me, the Father chose me and sent me into the world. How, then, can you say that I insult God because I said that I am the Son of God? Do not believe me, then, if I am not doing my Father’s works. But if I do them, even thought you do not believe me, you should at least believe my works, in order that you may know once and for all that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.” Once more they tried to arrest him, but he slipped out of their hands.” (John 10:23-39)

When Jesus said in verse 34, “It is written in your own Law that God said, ‘You are gods,’ ” He was quoting from Psalm 82:6 which says:

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.”

However, by reading the very next verse, Psalm 82:7, we come to clearly understand the intended meaning of verse 6:

“But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.”

In context you can now see that Jesus is not telling them that they are gods.

Here is Matthew Henry’s Commentary on that passage of Scripture:

“It is hard for men to have honour put upon them, and not to be proud of it. But all the rulers of the earth shall die, and all their honour shall be laid in the dust. God governs the world. There is a righteous God to whom we may go, and on whom we may depend. This also has respect to the kingdom of the Messiah. Considering the state of affairs in the world, we have need to pray that the Lord Jesus would speedily rule over all nations, in truth, righteousness, and peace.”

In the quick capture below you will see the terms “deification,” “deifying union,” and “union with God” mentioned, and in the last paragraph you will see how an attempt is made to elevate Moses to be seen in a higher position than God’s Word intends us to see him in:

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On biblestudies.org the Commentary on Exodus Chapter 7 states the following that I quick captured below for you concerning verse 1:

“A god to Pharaoh”: Moses, as the spokesman and ambassador for God, would speak with authority and power. “Thy prophet”: Aaron, as the divinely appointed spokesman for Moses, would forthrightly deliver the message given to him. Acts 14:11-13, where Barnabas and Paul were so perceived in a similar situation. This simply means that Moses would represent the One who sent him to Pharaoh, not that Moses would be God to him.”

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Some Catholic writers and theologians are quick to deny that they are saying that man can actually become God. However, what you are now about to see that is stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly says otherwise:

“The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature.” For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” The only begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.” (Para 460)

This sounds eerily similar to a teaching that can be found in the cult of Mormonism which states the following:

“As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may become.” (Please also consider watching the video below under Related Videos).

 

Let’s look at what God’s Word has to say about why Jesus became flesh, and why He came into our world:

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)

“Before the world was created, the Word already existed; he was with God, and he was the same as God. From the very beginning, the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out. God sent his messenger, a man named John, who came to tell the people about the light. He came to tell them, so that all should hear the message and believe. He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. This was the real  light, the light that comes into the world and shines on all men. The Word, then, was in the world. God made the world through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children. They did not become God’s children by natural means, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. The Word became a human being and lived among us. We saw his glory, full of grace and truth. This was the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son. John told about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.” (John 1:1-15)

“The same sacrifices are offered forever, year after year. How can the Law, then, by means of these sacrifices, make perfect the people who come to God? If the people worshiping God had been made really clean from their sins, they would not feel guilty of sin any more, and all sacrifices would stop. As it is, however, the sacrifices serve to remind people of their sins, year after year. For the blood of bulls and goats can never take sins away. For this reason, when Christ was about to come into the world, he said to God: “You do not want sacrifices and offerings, but you have prepared a body for me. You are not pleased with animals burned whole on the altar, or with sacrifices to take away sins. Then I said, ‘Here I am, God, to do what you want me to do, just as it is written of me in the book of the Law.’ First he said, “You neither want nor are you pleased with sacrifices and offerings, or with animals burned on the altar and the sacrifices to take away sins.” He said this even though all these sacrifices are offered according to the Law. The he said, “Here I am, God, to do what you want me to do.” So God does away with all the old sacrifices and puts the sacrifice of Christ in their place. Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do, we are all made clean from sin by the offering that he made of his own body, once and for all.” (Hebrews 10:1b-10)

“For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked, at the time that God chose. It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may be that someone might dare to die for a good person. . But God has shown us how much he loves us; it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! By his death we are now put right with God; how much more then will we be saved by him from God’s wrath. We were God’s enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! But that is not all; we rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends.” (Romans 5:6-11)

“For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life you received from your ancestors. It was not something that loses its value, such as silver or gold; you were set free by the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or spot. He had been chosen by God before the creation of the world, and was revealed in these last days for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from death and gave him glory; and so your faith and hope are fixed on God.”     (1 Peter 1:18-21)

“This is how God showed his love for us: he sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.”       (1 John 4:9,10)

Were you moved to tears of joy and gratitude as you read those passages of Scripture? If not, I pray that God will open your mind to the truth of His Word so that you can grasp the depth of the love that God has for you as He did for me when I first read through the book of Hebrews and Romans and came to realize all that Jesus Christ did for me when He died in my place (and yours) on the cross and took the full wrath that God intended for me (and you) upon Himself for all of my sins (and yours). Such amazing love! To think that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, would be willing to leave the glories of heaven to come to this earth in order to live a sinless life that we could never live, to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins! To think that He endured the excruciating pain of crucifixion because of our sins, and that He willingly gave His life for us! And to know that His once for all sacrifice was sufficient to satisfy God’s wrath that He has towards us because of our sins, and that Jesus Christ paid the debt for all of our sins in full! Now we can come directly to God through Jesus Christ –if we believe and receive what He did for us and place our trust in Him alone to save us! That is the good news of the true gospel!

Dear Catholic, it is at this point that I must stop and ask you this question as I did in Part 1 of this series:

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

Many Catholic priests and nuns promote the practice of Contemplative Prayer and speak and write about mystics of the past such as Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and others, who go into great detail about their alleged mystical experiences with Jesus Christ. They also speak highly about some of what can only be described as very disturbing messages that they supposedly received from Him. These mystical practices are the very same practices that we are presently seeing coming into Bible believing churches through Spiritual Formation classes! Therefore, Lord willing, in the near future I hope to be able to find enough time to write a post in order to document some of the things that I have just shared with you so that you can see for yourselves how these practices are rooted in Catholicism, but ultimately they are rooted in Hinduism and the occult.

Here is just one example on an Order of Carmelites Catholic Nuns website. Note the list of Carmelite Saints On Prayer and how Teresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence, and others who are known to have practiced these mystical forms of prayer are mentioned. In the last paragraph of the second quick capture below you will see the following words that will show you it’s no longer about having faith in God and having knowledge of Him through reading and studying His Word; it’s all about bypassing the mind in order to have an experience with God:

“It is not enough to know that God loves us; we’ve got to feel that God loves us. Feelings are deeper than knowing –much deeper. The heart is much deeper than the head. And Saint Teresa of Avila tells us that ‘The Great King’ (aka God) is found in the center of one’s heart. That’s what Theresa’s description of prayer is telling us, and that is why it is truly amazing; this description comes straight from the center of her heart.”

Can someone really trust what comes straight from the center of her heart, or from anyone’s heart? Take a moment to read what God’s Word has to say about our hearts:

“The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) (DRV)

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) (KJV)

No matter how sincere someone may be when they may share with us about an experience they may supposedly have had with Jesus Christ, or an angel, etc., if what they share with us doesn’t line up with the truth presented in God’s Word, we are to reject it and to exhort them to test the spirits, as well as their experiences, against Biblical truth.

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I shared this video that a dear Sister-in-Christ (YouTube Channel Psalm86) put together at least once with all of you before, but it’s important at this point to share it with you again…starting at the 24:55 minute mark until the 34:14 minute mark in the following video, you will hear vivid and very disturbing accounts of some of Teresa of Avila’s alleged experiences with Jesus Christ. When time allows, I encourage you to pray for discernment, and then watch the whole video:

Let’s continue on now through the Catechism where we will sadly find another teaching that contradicts Scripture, even though an attempt is made to try and justify this teaching:

“Since the Word became flesh in assuming a true humanity, Christ’s body was finite. Therefore the human face of Jesus can be portrayed; at the seventh ecumenical council (Nicaea II in 787) the Church recognized its representation in holy images to be legitimate.”(Para 476) 

“At the same time the Church has always acknowledged that in the body of Jesus “we see our God made visible and so are caught up in love of the God we cannot see.” The individual characteristics of Christ’s body express the divine person of God’s Son. He has made the features of his human body his own, to the point that they can be venerated when portrayed in a holy image, for the believer “who venerates the icon is venerating in it the person of the one depicted.” (Para 477)

In spite of what was decided at the seventh ecumenical council, here is what God’s Word has to say about images:

“Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.” (Exodus 20:4) (Catholic Douay-Rheims Version)

“Turn ye not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:4) (CDRV)

“I  am the Lord your God: you shall not make to yourselves any idol or graven thing, neither shall you erect pillars, nor set up a remarkable stone in your land, to adore it: for I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 26:1) (CDRV)

“Their graven things thou shalt burn with fire: thou shalt not covet the silver and gold of which they are made, neither shalt thou take to thee any thing thereof, lest thou offend, because it is an abomination to the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 7:5)(CDRV)

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us; but to thy name give glory. For thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake: lest the gentiles should say: Where is their God? But our God is in heaven: he hath done all things whatsoever he would. The idols of the gentiles are silver and gold, the works of the hands of men. They have mouths and speak not: they have eyes and see not. They have ears and hear not: they have noses and smell not. They have hands and feel not: they have feet and walk not: neither shall they cry out through their throat. Let them that make them become like unto them: and all such as trust in them.” (Psalm 115:1-8) (CDRV)

“For the Lord will judge his people, and will be entreated in favour of his servants. The idols of the Gentiles are silver and gold, the works of men’s hands. They have a mouth, but they speak not: they have eyes, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths. Let them that make them be like to them: and every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalm 135:14-18) (CDRV)

“They are turned back: let them be greatly confounded, that trust in a graven thing, that say to a molten thing: You are our god.” (Isaiah 42:17) (CDRV)

“Since we are God’s children, we should not suppose that his nature is anything like an image of gold or silver or stone,shaped by the art and skill of man. God has overlooked the times when men did not know, but now he commands all men everywhere to turn away from these evil ways. For he has fixed a day in which he will judge the whole world with justice, by means of a man he has chosen. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising that man from death!” (Acts 17:29-31)

Dear Catholic, once again I must stop and ask you:

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

 

Here is a teaching in the CCC that is very Biblical:

“Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the unity of his divine person; for this reason he is the one and only mediator between God and men.” (Para 480)

Many of us will say, “Amen,” to that particular teaching because it lines up with 1 Timothy 2:5 which says,

For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and men together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem all men.”

However, please keep the above Scripture in mind, because as we continue going through the Catechism of the Catholic Church we will see another teaching that attempts to add to — and even pervert — the clear finality of the solid truth presented in that verse, and it ultimately robs Jesus Christ of the glory that belongs to Him alone. Actually, Lord willing, we will be addressing some of those teachings in the next installment of this series which, Lord willing, I hope to be able to write and to share with you either by the end of September, or most likely it will be early to mid October.

IN CLOSING:

I pray for those of you who will take the time to read these posts, that you will not only come to realize the extreme importance of testing the teachings of every pastor, teacher, — and priest — against the truth of God’s Word so that you can know if it is true or not, but also, and equally as important, I pray that you will come to realize the extreme importance of thinking for yourselves instead of placing your trust in men by just simply accepting your favorite pastor’s, teacher’s, and priest’s interpretations of Scripture, because where you will spend eternity depends completely upon what you choose to believe, and who you place your trust in.

Only Jesus Christ and the gospel — as revealed in God’s Word — has the power to save you, not any religious system or church. We must be like the Bereans and examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said is true or not so that we will not be deceived and end up accepting “another Jesus” and “another gospel.”(Acts 17:11, 2 Corinthians 11:3,4, Galatians 1:6-9)

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles.  For the gospel reveals how God puts men right with himself: it is through faith, from beginning to end. As the Scripture says,”He who is put right with God through faith shall live.” (Romans 1:16,17) (SHLCNT)

“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) (KJV)

“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 the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“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)

“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, 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. Let us be brave, then, and come forward to God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:14-16) (SHLCNT)

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) (KJV)

 

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TO JESUS THROUGH MARY – ANOTHER UNBIBLICAL TEACHING OF CATHOLICISM KEEPING PRECIOUS CATHOLICS FROM THE TRUTH

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Welcome to another post in the series of posts that I have entitled, Warning You With Tears Wednesdays. Lord willing, at least once a month on Wednesdays I will be writing and sharing one of these posts with you so that I can make you all aware of some important information that I come across on the Internet that you may not have heard about.Since I knew that I would soon be starting a new part-time job (which I  started in June) and that my free time would then be somewhat limited, I was trying to think of something that I could write on a regular basis that would be short and to the point (at least that was my intention). And since I am a detective-at-heart and desire to make you all aware of the importance of testing things that pastors and teachers say (and do) in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11), the idea to do these posts — as well as the name — came to my mind in November of 2014, based on Acts 20:26-31:

“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.”

So with all of that in mind, here is what I’d like to share with you in today’s WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY:

Before I begin with today’s post, I’d just like to share a few things from my heart with those of you who read this blog from time to time:

Is your heart as burdened as mine is when you look around and see the many who are in ministry lacking discernment and how they are leading astray the many who attend their churches and follow their ministries? I truly hope you realize how we are to be followers of Jesus Christ alone and not a follower of any man (or woman) and their ministry. Yes, it is true that many teachers can expound upon God’s Word in such a way that it really does helps us clearly understand a passage of Scripture, but are you truly testing the teachings of every teacher that you listen to against God’s Word for yourselves and not just taking their word for it? Are you keeping in mind that God’s Word warns us time and time again about false teachers in the last days and that they would even arise from among us? Have you forgotten that God’s Word also warns us about doctrines of demon and  the philosophies of men? Are you spending time in God’s Word on your own and praying that God will help you to understand His Word, remembering that His Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth?I truly hope so.

It breaks my heart when I try to warn my friends about certain pastors and teachers, or music groups who are connected with churches that are led by false teachers, and even though I speak the truth in love out of my desire to warn them, they continue on following after these people.

Does your heart break, as well? Do you sense that the return of Jesus Christ could be sooner than any of us could ever imagine as we look at how our world is today? Does your heart cry out, as mine does, for all Christians to wake up so that they will finally realize the lateness of the hour? Are you sharing the gospel with those whom God has placed in your lives who have not yet placed their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation whenever you are given an opportunity to do so?

As I have basically said at least a few times already, our world is drastically changing. Things that God considers to be evil is now being called good, and much of what is good and moral and true according to God’s Word is now looked at as if it were evil. Some Christians are being led astray by their emotions and are now getting involved in movements that promote unity with religions that teach many things that are contrary to God’s Word, because, after all, they will know that we are Christians by our love, right? Yes, in John 17 Jesus did pray that we would be one as He and the Father are one, but we cannot unite with those who preach another gospel and another Jesus. (Galatians 1:6-9) (2 Corin. 11:4) (2 Corin. 6:14-18)

The reason that I share all of these posts with you is to make you realize the extreme importance of seeking after God in His Word, and so that you will become aware of the many spiritually deceptive teachings that are entering many churches these days in the name of Christianity. Many Christians truly need to wake up and realize just how accurate God’s Word is in presenting what will actually take place in the days before Jesus Christ returns because we are now seeing these things beginning to take place right before our very eyes!

Please see these things that I share with you as true warnings, and not as things that I put together in order to just share another post with you. I pray that all of the things that I share with you — in every post that I write — will move you to tears and lead you to pray and to seek God in His Word more than ever before! Yes, we are to be filled with the joy of the Lord, and to praise Him and to rejoice in Him, but He also wants us to speak out and to warn other Christians so they will not be deceived.

My desire is also to encourage you, but I pray that if you are one of many Christians today who just doesn’t realize the many forms of spiritual deceptions that are now entering the church, that you will pray for discernment and read God’s Word and study it well so that you will know the truth and not be deceived by the many lies that are being presented to Christians today. I hope that you will also take time to learn about the many forms of spiritual deception that have become popular today, because we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. ( 2 Corin. 2:11)

I hope that you will join me in “earnestly contending for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3) Thank you for listening.

And now, here is what I would like to share with you in today’s WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY:

1) Glenn Beck, who is a Mormon, is being accepted by many Christians these days as if he is actually a Christian because much of what he says sounds so Biblical. Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is also a Mormon. During his campaign many Christian bookstores removed their books on Mormonism from their cult section, and so did at least one prominent Christian leader, and you can read about it in the article below:

AN OPEN LETTER TO BILLY GRAHAM REGARDING MITT ROMNEY AND MORMONISM

Therefore, many have come to believe that Mormonism is simply just one of many other Christian denominations. Please do not be deceived into believing that! James K Walker, a former fourth generation Mormon, was the special guest on Stand Up For The Truth on the following program which was from 2012 When time allows, please consider listening to what he had to say:

STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH – WHY MORMONS NOW WANT TO BE SEEN AS CHRISTIAN

Besides sharing his testimony, James Walker also shares a lot of information concerning the teachings of Mormonism in the following video:

 

2) Many of you know Glenn Chatfield who earnestly contends for the faith at  THE WATCHMAN’S BAGPIPES, but some of you may not be aware of the fact that he is a former Mormon, and that he has another blog that he started in order “to expose the LDS as a false belief system, and to hopefully open LDS members’ minds to the truth.” THE ANTI-MORMON BLOG

3) Another very helpful site that I first heard about from a friend, also has excellent information to help Christians learn how to lovingly and effectively witness to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is called: 4WITNESS – FOR CHRISTIAN WITNESS TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND MORMONS They state the following on their site: “We are a Christian ministry dedicated to sharing the good news of the eternal salvation in Jesus Christ. Our area of special focus is reaching the hearts and minds of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons (Latter-day Saints or LDS))”

4) Many of you are already aware of how the teachings of the New Age Movement have now come into the church. For those of you who are not familiar with what the teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality are, here is an article for you:

STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH – DECEIVED BY HIGHER “CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS” AND NEW AGE INFLUENCE – “The subtle dangers of this seductive movement and how it is making serious inroads with believers who have not hidden God’s Word in their hearts.

5) For those of you who are not aware of the fact that Mormonism teaches that you can become God, it is very concerning to know that this is also one of the teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality Movement that is making its way into many churches through things such as Contemplative Prayer and through many who teach Spiritual Formation classes.

Warren B Smith was once deeply involved in the New Age Movement. He is now a Christian and writes books and speaks at many Conferences warning Christians of how the teachings of the New Age Movement are infiltrating many churches today. Here is one of many that he has written:

  NEW BOOKLET TRACT: BE STILL AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT GOD! — GOD IS NOT “IN” EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING

(I hope that many of you were able to watch the videos that I shared here on my blog of the recent ‘The Remaining and Ongoing Dangers of the Emergent Church Movement’ Conference where Warren Smith, Roger Oakland, Paul Smith, and Xavier Ries were the guest speakers. If you were unable to watch the live broadcast of the Conference, and if you did not read the post in which I shared the videos from the Conference, you can watch them at the link below if you’d like:

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – LIVESTREAMED CONFERENCE STARTS TONIGHT — 2/15/16 — THE REMAINING AND ONGOING DANGERS OF THE EMERGENT CHURCH MOVEMENT’ – ROGER OAKLAND, WARREN B SMITH, AND MORE!

 

 

6) If you still have not come to realize just how far we have drifted from being a nation that was once built upon Christian principles, this may help you see things a little more clearly:

 LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – NEW BOOKLET TRACT – GODDESS WORSHIP IN AMERICA AND HOW IT’S AFFECTING THE CHURCH – MARIA KNEAS AND JOHN LANAGAN PART 1 AND 2

7) Gary Kah, former Europe and Middle East Trade Specialist for the Indiana state government, shared his insight based on all that he learned over the years while he held that position when he was a guest on Stand Up For The Truth. You can listen to all that he had to say by clicking on the following link:

 STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH – THE COMING ONE WORLD RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT

8) I’ll once again end this post with something that will give God the praise and glory that He is so deserving and worthy of by sharing a praise report with you:

Today my friend’s daughter underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her brain and it was removed completely with no traces of it left behind! To God be the glory! I would appreciate it if you would please pray for her recovery if God brings her to your mind.

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“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)

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.   After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.  So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs.  For to which of the angels did God ever say,  ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father?’ (Hebrews 1:1-5)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

“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)

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

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“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 the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“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)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

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

 

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Capture Eyes with tears 1Welcome to another post in the series of posts that I have entitled, Warning You With Tears Wednesdays. Lord willing, at least once a month on Wednesdays I will be writing and sharing one of these posts with you so that I can make you all aware of some important information that I come across on the Internet that you may not have heard about.

Since I knew that I would soon be starting a new part-time job (and I did in June) and that my free time would then be somewhat limited, I was trying to think of something that I could write on a regular basis that would be short and to the point (at least that was my intention). And since I am a detective-at-heart and desire to make you all aware of the importance of testing things that pastors and teachers say (and do) in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11), the idea to do these posts — as well as the name — came to my mind in November of 2014, based on Acts 20:26-31:

“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.”

So with all of that in mind, here is what I’d like to share with you in today’s WARNING YOU WITH TEARS WEDNESDAY:

1) As always, Lighthouse Trails Research has posted more good articles to warn all followers of Jesus Christ about spiritual mystical practices — which are completely unbiblical — and how they are coming into many churches these days. Here are two of their latest articles that I urge you to read when time allows, so that you will not be deceived by the many Christian  leaders today who are promoting these practices:

Many Christians are excited about seeing the latest movie by the Kendrick Brothers War Room. However, you need to be aware of a few things before you decide if this is truly a movie that you want to go and see based on the fact that Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore are in this movie, and because of what they personally promote in their ministries. When time allows, please read this very important information:

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: BETH MOORE AND PRISCILLA SHIRER – THEIR HISTORY OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AND WHY ‘WAR ROOM’ SHOULD NOT HAVE USED THEM  – TRACT WRITTEN BY JOHN LANAGAN WHO WRITES AT MY WORD LIKE FIRE

Below is another article concerning spiritual mysticism and Richard Foster who is highly endorsed by many pastors today. If your church has a book store, sadly, there’s a very strong chance that you will find the following book, Celebration Of Discipline on one of their shelves. If so, that is a huge red flag!Capture CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE - RICHARD FOSTER

NEW BOOKLET TRACT PROVIDES IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE: A SERIOUS LOOK AT RICHARD FOSTER’S “SCHOOL” OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – TRACT  WRITTEN BY RAY YUNGEN

 

2) Many of you know Glenn Chatfield, who does a great job of earnestly contending for the faith at  THE WATCHMAN’S BAGPIPES. But are you also aware of the fact that he is a former Mormon? So if you’re trying to witness to a Mormon and have been searching for some helpful information to assist you in your desire to reach them with the gospel, consider checking out Glenn’s other website, THE ANTI-MORMON BLOG.

Whether you are trying to share the Biblical Jesus Christ and the Biblical gospel with a Mormon, a Jehovah’s Witness, someone involved in the occult, or whatever form of spiritual deception that someone has been taken captive by, remember that you are fighting a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). They have been deceived and we must try to be patient, speak the truth in love to them, and try to keep them on the topic that is being discussed, because they are well trained on what to say to you, and they also like to move quickly on to another topic.

Above all, pray for wisdom and know your Bible very well before you try to witness to them, or you may end up getting quite confused like I did when I was a brand new Christian and invited a Jehovah’s Witness man and his wife in to share the true Jesus Christ and Biblical gospel with them. If you truly are busy when they come to your door, or if you still don’t feel like you know God’s Word well enough in order to help them see the truth, please at least  just take a few minutes of your time to share your testimony with them. God will use the truth of His Word that you share with them to plant a seed in their heart. Rest in the fact that He is the One who gives the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

3) As many of you probably know by now, Pope Francis is in the United States. But here is some information that you might not be aware of concerning what he has done:

NOW THE END BEGINS – POPE FRANCIS SIGNS TREATY FROM THE VATICAN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZING THE STATE OF PALESTINE

 4) During the time I was a Catholic, I was bound by the fear of death because of the teaching of Catholicism –especially their teaching about Purgatory. However, after reading the book of Romans and Hebrews in the Bible for the first time, my eyes were opened to the good news of the true gospel — Jesus died in my place and paid the debt for my sins in full — and after I placed my trust in Jesus Christ alone for my salvation and not in my good works or in a false hope of another chance after death, I was filled with joy and true peace!  Many precious Catholics believe they have a second chance after death to enter heaven. This article by Compelling Truth gives you the compelling truth about Purgatory:

IS THE CONCEPT OF PURGATORY BIBLICAL?

5) Mike Gendron of Proclaiming The Gospel has many videos and has written many articles in which he always presents the truth in love to Catholics in order to point them to the Biblical Jesus Christ and the Biblical gospel. You can read many of his articles and learn to share the gospel with Catholics  HERE.

Here is an example of one of the many videos in which you will hear him present the teachings of the Catholic Church and compare them to Scripture, and help you learn how to present Biblical truth to Catholics.

You can also find many more of his videos on MY PREVIOUS POST in which I wrote about Pope Francis and his visit to the United States, and you can also search YouTube where you will find many more of Mike Gendron’s videos.

 

 6) In spite of the fact that William Paul Young stresses that his writings are fiction, if you listen to the very beginning of the following video until the 1 minute and 29 second mark, you will hear comments from a few people who have read THE SHACK that reveal the true spiritual damage that can occur to a person’s faith because of the messages that are contained in his books; they become more open-minded about their view of who God is. A true Christian will test things in light of Scripture. Otherwise spiritual deception will most likely occur!

7) And now William Paul Young has written ‘EVE

 

8) If you’d like to hear Maria Shriver’s interview with William Paul Young as he talks about his newly released book ‘EVE,’ click on the link below. Listen carefully to what he says:

THE NOVEL ‘EVE’ IS A NEW TAKE ON THE GARDEN OF EDEN

9) I’ll end this edition of Warning You With Tears Wednesday with this article to give God the praise and glory that He is so deserving of:

CRITICS OF BIBLE SILENCED ONCE AGAIN: ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES PROVE OLD TESTAMENT TO BE ACCURATE

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

UPDATE:

LORD WILLING, NEW POST CONCERNING HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL COMING BY FRIDAY EVENING

worship-4-3-1Welcome to another ‘TESTIMONY TUESDAY.’ Lord willing, at least once a month on Tuesdays, whenever I come across a video or an article that either presents a Biblical testimony of someone coming to the understanding  of the true  gospel, or a testimony of someone who was set free from a cult or some form of spiritual deception, etc., I will post it for you with the hope that it will bless and encourage you, and, above all, so that God would receive glory and honor for setting these people free.

It is also my hope and prayer that when I share these testimonies with you on Tuesdays, God will use His Word, and the Biblical truth presented in these testimonies to set many other people free from the same bondage and spiritual deception that the people in the videos and articles I choose to share with you have been set free from.

And now for today’s TESTIMONY TUESDAY:

Below you will find a Playlist of an interview with the very detailed testimony of Sandra Tanner, who is the great-great-granddaughter of Brigham Young, the second president of the  Mormon Church. In the next video you will hear a  shorter version of her testimony, followed by a time of Q&A.

You will hear Sandra share in detail, her struggles as she was continually presented with information that caused her to question her Mormon beliefs. She was first presented with many of the sermons that Brigham Young himself had preached which ultimately led her to take a serious look at Mormonism and its history.

As time went on she was presented with Biblical truth and her eyes were opened to see that the Jesus of Mormonism is not the Jesus of the Bible. She also came to understand God’s love by reading 1 John 4:9,10.

During her presentation you will also hear her share some of the beliefs of Mormonism, but she presents them in a loving way as to be sensitive to the fact that there are possibly some Mormons in attendance. Her goal is always to glorify God and to present Mormons with truth based on documented evidence from multiple sources to make the facts speak for themselves. She also presents many Scriptures in her presentations trusting that God will open the minds of many Mormons to the truth that is clearly revealed in His Word.

I pray that you will be blessed by her testimony, and that it will cause you to be filled with compassion for the many Mormons who are truly sincere about their beliefs and their desire to serve God, but who are sincerely deceived. I pray also that hearing her testimony will lead you to reach out in love and share Biblical truth with a Mormon when God gives you the opportunity to do so when they come knocking at your door.

If you are a Mormon with questions, please consider visiting Sandra’s  website that she and her husband started on January 1, 1983 –  UTAH LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRY, which ‘documents problems with the claims of Mormonism and compares LDS doctrines with Christianity,’ as well as shares the testimonies of many other former Mormons. Sandra’s husband is now with the Lord, but you can read about their ministry on their  ABOUT US page. You will also find many ONLINE RESOURCES that will help answer any questions you may possibly have concerning the teachings of Mormonism.

Above all, if you are a Mormon I pray that you will take the time to test the teachings of Mormonism against the truth of God’s Word and think for yourself, because your eternal destiny is at stake. I also pray that you will consider listening to Sandra Tanner’s testimony. Your devotion to serve God to the extent that you all do is truly admirable, but don’t you want to know for certain that what you believe is really true, based on facts and not on your feelings; the burning in the bosom?

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

SHORT VERSION FOLLOWED BY Q&A

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“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)

“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 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)

“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)

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“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)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him  nothing was made that has been made.  He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.  He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.  Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:1-3,10-13)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.   After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.  So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs.  For to which of the angels did God ever say,  ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father?’ (Hebrews 1:1-5)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

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)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not of works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

“When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.  The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.  How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:11-14)

“Therefore brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:19-23)

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.  Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:15-17)

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

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

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1,2)

“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 from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“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)

 

RELATED INFORMATION

UTAH LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRY RESOURCE PAGE  If you visit this Resource Page you will find articles and documentation that answer questions such as:

“Does the LDS Church Still Teach That Heavenly Father Was Once a Man?” “LDS Teaching on Lucifer,” “LDS Leaders Define Their Concept of Jesus Christ,” and many, many more.

Capture Church's greatest mistakes occur when people honor what leader says without testing against Scripture - picThis poem comes with many warnings intended to cause Christians — and everyone — to think very carefully about what you choose to believe and accept as truth. It is actually a prelude to a post that — Lord willing — I will be writing later on this year in which I will be exposing certain false teachings that have been taught by some very prominent pastors and Bible teachers.

In this upcoming post you will be presented with very detailed information that will bring you to a point of having to make a choice. Will you choose to believe God’s Word that will clearly reveal the truth on the certain issues I will be addressing? Or will you continue to place your trust in the man (or woman) who is teaching things that are contrary to the unchanging truth of God’s Word? The choice will be completely yours, but the choice that you make may come with eternal consequences. Heaven or hell. There are only two places to choose from concerning where you will spend eternity. 

In whom have you place your trust? Is it in God and His Word alone? Or, without even realizing it, have some of you placed your complete trust in the teachings and words of certain men or women in ministry that you highly respect, and you see no reason to even consider the possibility that they may be in error, and therefore you don’t see the need to even search the Scriptures to see if the things they say are true or not? If you answered yes to that final very long question, then you are one of many who could easily be deceived by the teachings of men.

Capture Stay Alert Satan roaring lion picAll of us have probably been deceived at one point in time in some way, but in order to avoid being deceived we must stay alert and never forget the many warnings in Scripture concerning false teachers. We must be certain to test the words of every pastor and teacher we listen to, as God’s Word warns us to do. (Acts 17:11) (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

Capture Satan angel of light pic 2Satan, the great deceiver, comes as an angel of light. Some Christians have lost sight of the fact that God’s Word warns us in that same passage of Scripture that “his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness” and therefore have failed to stay alert to the fact that “even from our own number, men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.” (Acts 20:30)

It’s time for us as Christians to be alert and sober minded. Biblical truth is being compromised by many Christian leaders today, and oftentimes it is sacrificed for the sake of unity. Many pastors have lost sight of their mission to teach God’s Word to believers and to equip them so they can discern truth from error. Instead they are seeking to build their own kingdoms based on their own vision casting ideas, and therefore they are building on a foundation of sinking sand instead of on Jesus Christ, the solid Rock.

I am one of many Christians who have been deceived and disappointed by Christian leaders in whom I highly respected and placed my trust in. However, when God opened my eyes to see the truth, I finally realized that we are to be followers of Jesus Christ alone, and believe in His Word alone, regardless of how highly respected a pastor or teacher may be.

By refusing to test the teachings of every pastor and teacher against the truth of God’s Word, we as Christians are elevating them to the same level as God because we are acting as if the words of these men (or women) are infallible. What if these teachers are wrong? What if they mislead you because you are failing to test their words against God’s Word? What if you’re placing your eternal destiny on the line by believing their word over God’s Word?

I wrote the following poem hoping that God will use it in some way to cause you to carefully consider the many warnings in Scripture concerning false teachers and to take these warnings seriously! Please do not place your trust in any man! Test their every teaching against the truth of God’s Word to see if what they say lines up with the truth of God’s Word. Place your trust in Jesus Christ alone and in the truth of His Word alone so that you will never be led astray!

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)

“In You, LORD my God, I put my trust.” (Psalm 25:1)

“But I trust in You, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.” (Psalm 40:3)

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (Psalm 40:4)

“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” (Psalm 52:7)

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)

“I will say of the LORD,  “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25) KJV

“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)

“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)

“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)

“Therefore I declare to you 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.  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

“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)

“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)

 

Capture Truth Lies picWHAT IF

What if it turns out that what you were taught and firmly believe to be

true, simply is not true

What if the intended important meaning in a passage of Scripture is

obscured by what is taught instead to you

What if the pastor or teacher in whom you place all your trust, teaches,

at times, from human reasoning, instead of from the truth of God’s

Word

What if you continue to reject the many warnings concerning these

teachers, warnings that you presently hear and so often have heard

What if you fail to test the words of these teachers against God’s Word,

truth that God has promised to preserve beyond the end of days

If it’s because you think so highly of them and believe they could never

err, then you are giving men undue  praise

Are you being taught by the Spirit of God, or are your thoughts under

man’s control

What if you are led to believe a lie that will cost you your very soul

Do you think that you can blame these teachers on the day you stand

before the Lord

Your refusal to test their teachings may come with eternal consequences

that you can’t afford

I pray that, with reverent fear, you will seek God in His Word for the

truth; ask Him to give you eyes to see

His truth that will set you free to rejoice, now, and throughout eternity

Copyright©2015 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

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POST UPDATED OCTOBER 2, 2017 7:40 P.M. ADDED VIDEO ‘FOR MY MORMON FRIENDS – WHY NO MORE TEMPLES?‘ WILL ADD A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING MORMONISM WHEN TIME ALLOWS.

I am sure many of you who have children have at some time seen the SCHOLASTIC Reading selection of books that your child would bring home from school. When my children were young they would choose innocent books such as ‘ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN, CHILD DETECTIVE’ and ‘AMELIA BEDELIA.’ Now, however, starting this fall there will be a new series that will become a part of Scholastic Reading:

SPIRIT ANIMALS’

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If you’d like to read Chapter One of ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS: WILD BORN’ in it’s entirety, and make a comment as well, you can do so >HERE.<

Now I must admit that there were occult themed books in the SCHOLASTIC reading selections back when my children were young, as well, but being fully aware of the dangers of the occult because of what I dabbled in when I was young and not yet a Christian, I never allowed my children to read or watch anything of that nature so as to protect them from being lured into the occult as I had been.  (I may at some point in time write about that, so as to make you aware of some of the dangers, as well as the many warnings in Scripture that I will definitely be adding to this post as I continue).

I know that there will be some of you out there who will say that I am “overreacting to this,” and that “this series is harmless fantasy,” and “if it causes a child to become interested in reading, then it will be a good thing,” etc. I do commend SCHOLASTIC for their effort and even their success in developing a child’s interest in reading. Their motto is ‘Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.’  However, here are some videos for you that I pray will cause you to stop and think again and become concerned, and maybe even express your concerns to SCHOLASTIC and to your schools, as well.  But before I do, here is the link to the article written by Berit Kjos  that I first found posted at STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH!  —SNARED BY THE RISING EVIL’

HERE’S A ‘QUICK CAPTURE’ OF A PORTION OF THAT ARTICLE:

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First I’ll start with a video of an interview with SCHOLASTIC author, Brandon Mull about the ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS‘ series :

I seriously hesitate to even post the following video thinking that I may possibly influence someone to become involved with this occult practice, but here is just one example of the many videos your child will see at the side bar if he/she watches a video about the seemingly innocent ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS.’  In this video, Steve Farmer talks about how to tap into the ‘energy of the earth’ and the ‘life force’ of ‘spirit animals,’ as well.  I pray you will come to realize the spiritual/religious/ ‘new age’ agenda that is at work here through something so attractive and appealing as the new series, ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS.’

The passage of Scripture that came to mind as I prayed and cautiously watched the video above, is this one:

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts became darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like man and birds and animals and reptiles.  Therefore, God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator –who is forever praised.  Amen.” (Romans 1:18-24)

…because if you listened to what he said, you can clearly hear the religious/spiritual/occultic spirit that permeates his words.

The other videos your child will find to watch in the side bar on YouTube if they see the ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS SERIES TRAILER’ or one similar to it, are videos such as:“Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides – Review by NewAge.com – Tarot and Oracle Cards.”  Or, “How to Find Your Power Animal | Wicca,” or “Totem Tuesday – Finding Your Power Animal.”   Can you now see the spiritual danger this new series poses to your child? They also have a website where a child can go and find out what their ‘SPIRIT ANIMAL’ is! (Which I will not share here).

I want to take the time now to express my sincere and deep appreciation to STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH!’  for bringing this information concerning SPIRIT ANIMALS to the attention of all their readers by warning about this on their website! –Thank you very much!

And now I am bringing it to your attention, my dear readers. I am warning you because I care, and see it as my responsibility before God to make you aware of this so that you might become informed of the genuine occult agenda that is — at this very moment — at work to not only lure your child into the occult, but also seeking to ultimately remove any Biblical teaching you have so faithfully tried to plant into the heart and mind of your child, as God’s Word shows us to do.

                                                                      

SCRIPTURES AND SOME STRONG WORDS

CONCERNING THE OCCULT

“Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.  The LORD your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess .  But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying,  “How do these nations serve their gods?  We will do the same.”  You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates.  (My Note: Yoga/Christoga and ‘contemplative prayer’ come to mind here). They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.  (My Note: Abortion could be the modern day equivalent to that).  See that you do all that I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”  (Deuteronomy 12:28-32)

“If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says,  “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,”you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer.  The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and all your soul.  It is the LORD your God you must follow and Him you must revere.  Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.  That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery.  That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way of the LORD your God commanded you to follow.  You must purge the evil from among you.  If your very own brother, or your son or your daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying,  “Let us go and worship other gods,” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of the people around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other,) do not yield to them or listen to them.  Show them no pity.  Do not spare them or shield them.  You must certainly put them to death.  Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people.  Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  Then all Israel will hear and be afraid and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-11)

(Although God does not command or condone killing for those reasons today because of His mercy and patience, (Titus 3:5, 1 Peter 1:3, 2 Peter 3:9) and because Jesus took the full wrath that God has towards us because of our sins upon Himself when He gave His life for us on the cross, His warnings should still be heeded and not ignored!)

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.  They will turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3,4)

And lest you think that there is not a rise in paganism and mythology today, you have only to look at some of the  books as well as videos on the same subject that are very popular today, such as this one:

(Didn’t find the exact video that I saw before, but the following one makes my point just as well).  First, to start off with, Doug and Joe Hagman (father and son) open this video by introducing Steve Quayle’s book, ‘GENESIS 6 GIANTS’ by saying in part: 

“What if everything you had been taught about ancient history turned out to be almost 100% …we’ll say 90% false…what if you found out that the myths, the legends of old were based on voluminous archaeological and skeletal finds that detail an alternate explanation and filled in the question marks and gaps in explaining true history.  …”Genesis 6 will make you question who keeps the truth hidden and why.” 

Steve Quayle — a professing Christian — tells us some of the following beginning at 2 minutes and 33 seconds into the video:

“…every day there are new reports breaking out all over the world…supernatural events …people seeing signs in the sun, moon, and stars…falling stars that are falling directly perpendicular to the earth…people…watching stargates opening up…”

“Let me share this.  I got my first introduction of this by revelation…”   “I think God in His mercy…He gives us 2 sets of scales we obviously have the conscience which is a set of scales on our hearts which we measure what’s right and what’s wrong…and then the scale over our eyes…most Christians are blind to spiritual truths because number one  the pastors don’t know how to teach this stuff…but 99% of the Christian church will not teach what I’m going to teach tonight.”  (My Note: Maybe for good reason!)

Steve then shares what a pastor friend of his said to him:

“The other night in prayer the Lord said, “It’s time, David, for you to start looking into this because I’m going to give you revelation.”  

And the key word is…“Revelation.”  There is a move today in so-called “Christianity” that says, “God gives new revelation today.” Another person who presents this would be Beth Moore, who told those in attendance at Passion 2012 to:

  “….pause and be still and ask Jesus to speak His Word to us.” 

And Louie Giglio did that as well when he asked those in the audience at Passion 2012: 

“How many of you heard the voice of God speak specifically, clearly, directly, and personally to you?” 

You can read more and watch the video on my post here>>PASSION 2013 CONFERENCE — WILL THERE BE MORE MYSTICISM?’ (NOTE: JUST FOUND OUT THE VIDEOS I ORIGINALLY POSTED ARE NOW ‘PRIVATE’ AND CAN NO LONGER BE SEEN, SO I POSTED ANOTHER ONE, AS WELL AS ONE THAT WILL EXPLAIN ALL OF THIS TO YOU).

In the following video series, Steve Quayle quotes many passages from extra biblical books: the Book of Enoch, the Forgotten Books of Eden, and The Book of Giants.  Even though he makes it clear that these books are not to be put on the same level as Scripture, he attempts to make it so by first declaring that “God” gave all this information to him (and his pastor friend) and then by quoting from those books. And at the 12 min. and 35 second mark in the video, Steve says:

“Years and years ago, almost 40 years ago, the Lord said,  “Steve, I want to teach you the roots of evil so you don’t deal just strictly with the fruit of evil.  If you only deal with the fruit of evil you miss the root of evil.”  So basically it’s basic uh, God teaching me how to help these other kids.” 

And when a person claims to get “revelation from God” then we dare not question them or test them against Scripture, right?  Wrong!! (Acts 17:11)  (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

In another similar video that I watched, Steve Quayle encourages people to go to his web site and read what he posted concerning the ‘ancient texts,’ (such as the Book of Enoch, the Book of Giants, and the Forgotten Books of Eden) and says how ‘these books talk about and show the very nature and character of God.’ Well, I don’t know about you, but I believe God’s Word, the Bible, is all we need to read so that we can clearly come to know the nature and character of God! The information he shares in his videos are bizarre to say the least, and even though I do believe that many of the UFO sightings are demonic in nature, his ideas go beyond, and even contrary to Scripture.  See what you think:

Below is a link to an article on the subject that you can read on HERESCOPE 

>THE RESURRECTION OF PAGAN GODS<

When I began to see many videos surfacing on YouTube concerning ‘the return of ‘the Nephilim’ and on those who teach that these ‘sons of God’ found in Genesis 6:1-4 are fallen angels and that ‘they  intermingled with women and produced a race of hybrids,’ I found the information to be very disturbing and unbiblical.

Here’s the passage of Scripture where this teaching supposedly comes from:

“Now it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them. that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they too wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And the LORD said,  My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.  Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:1-4)

You know that feeling you get when you know what you’re hearing is not Biblical, and the red flags are continually popping up, and certain Scriptures come to mind, but you don’t quite know where to go to find information written by a solid Bible believing Christian who ‘rightly handles the Word of God’ (2 Timothy 2:15) that will confirm what you’re thinking? 

Well, thankfully, in my search to find some Biblically sound information to refute these teachings, I finally came upon some. Please consider reading the following article I found on the HERESCOPE website that exposes these popular teachings written by men such as Steve Quayle, Tom Horn, Chris Putnam, and others. Sadly, their teachings are being embraced by many Christians today.  Now, more than ever before, we need to read and study God’s Word so we are not led into deception!

WEBSITE: HERESCOPE – THE NEPHILIM

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”           (2 Peter 1:16)

In order to try and tie this all together so you can see the connection between ‘Spirit Animals’ and the occult, and the rise of mythology, and the attempt going on by some to distort certain passages of Scripture, I found this article by Sandy Simpson, entitled: THE THIRD WAVE “NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION” in which he explains the “heretical doctrines and ideas that have fused together to form the teachings of the movement.”

Capture Spiritism - animal spiritsI realize the print is quite small in the “quick capture” above, so I will post it for you below:

“Spiritism includes trans-mediums, New Age channeling, Edgar Cayse, seances, and Ouija.  This form of occultism would also include Satanic groups that worship Satan and who attempt to gain supernatural power by contacting, worshiping, or appeasing Satan and his demons.  The occult practice of Spiritualism (Spiritism) is given a new name in the New Age Channeling or trance channeling.  Spirit beings, “ascended masters,” deceased humans, or animal spirits allegedly communicate important messages by temporarily entering the body and controlling the voice of a host (channel or medium).  Most channelers give the same basic message, man is God.”  (The Watchman Expositor, Index of Cults, 1997, http://www.watchman.org/cat953htm (Emphasis in lavender is mine).

 

Something for all of you to think and pray about. 

The occult is on the rise. All you have to do is take a look at the many t.v. programs and movies that are popular today and you will see this is true. Look at the success of Harry Potter books and movies that are filled with occult practices, though some would still choose to strongly disagree and call it ‘fantasy.’ 

Even though this may seem to be off of the subject of ‘Spirit Animals,‘ here’s Part 1 of 2 of ‘HARRY POTTER: WITCHCRAFT REPACKAGED.’ The information in this video series will clearly make my point of how children are being seduced and indoctrinated into the occult. 

Starting at the 19:26 minute mark, it speaks of ‘shape changing,‘ –the concept of changing into an animal, which again, points out the occult connection with ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS.’ 

And to top it all off, if you didn’t notice it in the first ‘quick capture’ I posted above, in Part 2 of this video series, you will hear them say (beginning at the 22:14 minute mark), that SCHOLASTIC Inc., is the  publisher of the Harry Potter series; they eagerly secured the publishing rights of Harry Potter, supplying the Harry Potter series to all schools!

**ADDED 11/15/13** INFORMATION REFUTING THE MANY UNBIBLICAL TEACHINGS THAT ARE SADLY BEING EMBRACED BY MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY, SUCH AS ‘THE NEPHILIM’

True believers will repent and renounce occultic practices:

“Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done.  A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas (note: drachma -silver coin worth about a day’s wages). In this way the Word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”  (Acts 19:18-20)

Those who reject God’s clear warnings in His Word and choose to become involved in sorcery and witchcraft, are in rebellion. And concerning rebellion, God’s Word says:

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:23)

“But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3)

“He said to me: “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:6-8)

All that to say: Sin starts out gradually leading one astray. Something so seemingly cute and innocent as ‘SPIRIT ANIMALS’ could one day be the cause of leading your child away from Christ and into occult bondage. I end with this strong warning from God’s Word, the Bible:

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

**UPDATED 8/13/14** IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

As I was searching for information to help a young reader of the ‘Spirit Animals’ book series who commented on this post hoping she would then clearly see the valid concerns many of us as Christians have about these books, I came across some information concerning the author, Brandon Mull, that I wasn’t aware of when I first wrote this post. I believe what I am about to share with you will raise the level of concerns that many of us who are Christians already have about this series, and hopefully open the eyes of those who think these books are just “harmless fantasy” which encourages children to read, and I will also point out a possible ulterior motive that Brandon Mull may have for writing these books. I can’t judge his heart, but when I found this information I knew I now had the responsibility of sharing this information with all of you so you could be well informed and extremely cautious if you were considering allowing your children to read these books.

First, I found the following information that clearly points out the fact that Brandon Mull is a Mormon who also attended BYU, a university owned and operated by the LDS church, and he “served an LDS (Latter-day Saints) mission in Chile.”

Capture Brandon Mull Spirit Animals author and MormonSOURCE

I am sure that Brandon is probably a very nice person as many Mormons are. However, it’s possible that he may be incorporating some of his Mormon beliefs into his writings and leading many children astray.  If some of you are not aware of what the Mormon religion teaches, please watch the following video:

Next, I decided to check his website. And, as you can see from the ‘quick capture’ below which was taken from the section entitled, “Live Twitter Interview and Live UStream Q&A,” which took place in March 18th, 2010, I found him encouraging his fans to follow him on Twitter. You can also see him telling his fans in Step 5 to “follow Mormon Times,” which clearly goes beyond simply talking about his books!

Capture Info found on Brandonmull.com encouraging kids to follow him on TwitterSOURCE

Then I decided to check out ‘Mormon Times’ on Twitter to read their description.  And as you can see, this was set up “for and about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  (SOURCE) 

Capture Mormon Times on Twitter - Brandon Mull encouraged his fans to sign up on Twitter and follow him and M T

So why is Brandon Mull telling his fans to follow ‘Mormon Times’ if it’s not to lead them into the Mormon church? I can think of no other reason. Can you??

Parents be aware of what your children are reading! Take time to do some research on the authors of  the books as well as the messages of the books your children are interested in reading to see if you find people expressing their concerns over the contents of these books.

IN CLOSING

I will end with the following ‘quick capture’ from a portion of Berit Kjos’ article entitled, Snared by the Rising Evil, as well as more Scriptures, and videos concerning Mormonism:

In part, Berit Kjos says the following in ‘Snared by the Rising Evil.’  And, Marittea, (the girl who made a comment on this post) and everyone else, please keep this truth in mind when considering reading books such as ‘Spirit Animals‘ and viewing occult-themed movies:

This deadly war between “good” and “evil” continues throughout the series.  But remember, from a Christian perspective, both sides are occult.  The main difference is simply the fact that the “good” side of evil seems far more less threatening to children than the dark and scary side.”

Capture Berit Kjos 'Snared by the Rising Evil'SOURCE

SCRIPTURES

“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)

“Jesus answered,  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

“Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

In light of this new information that I have just shared with you in this update, I now encourage you to please watch Christy Darlington’s excellent presentation,  ‘An Overview of Mormonism.’ I pray you will take the time to learn from her so that you will know how to lovingly share the truth from God’s Word with a Mormon so the next time they come to your door you will consider inviting them in instead of turning them away. (She also has an excellent teaching series on her channel to help you understand the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and how to reach them with the truth of God’s Word, as well).

Spiritual deception comes through many forms: books, movies, religions, etc.  However, God has given us His Word.   And to those who are born-again by His Spirit, He gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

I don’t know if Brandon Mull added any Mormon theology to his ‘Spirit Animals’ books, but I hope you now realize from this new information that I have added to this post just how cautious we must be not only of what we choose to read, watch, and accept, but also what our children read, watch, and accept. Above all, I pray that you will come to appreciate God’s Word that can be trusted and is proved accurate and reliable by archaeological and historical evidence, and that you will test all you hear and read in light of Scripture so you will never be deceived. (Matthew 24:3-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22, Acts 17:11)

UPDATED AGAIN AT 3:22 P.M. SEPTEMBER 25, 2017:

When I originally wrote this post back in 2013, my main focus was on warning about the series SPIRIT ANIMALS because I saw the need to warn about the lure that these books may have upon children to lead them into the world of the occult. However, even though I did add some good information concerning the teachings of Mormonism, in all fairness, because of a comment that I recently received from a Mormon woman, I want to now take time to add some more videos that I pray will reach many precious Mormons with the truth concerning their teachings compared to God’s Word, the Bible.

I am sure that there are many Mormons who are simply not aware of all of the teachings of Mormonism, just as I was not aware of all of the teachings of Catholicism through the many years that I was a Catholic –until I began to read a little Catholic New Testament Bible and God opened my eyes to see the good news of the Biblical gospel! I also discovered many serious concerns regarding the teachings of Catholicism and how they do not agree with what God says in His Word, the Bible, when I began to do some research, which included reading through the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a series that I will get back to writing when life settles down a little for me, and I finish the series on the Alleged Apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

We must test every teaching by everyone who claims to speak for God to see if what they are saying lines up with Scripture. (Acts 17:11) Otherwise we are to reject the teaching as false, regardless of who the person is and what the person may claim as a message from God.

God makes it clear in His Word that our faith and commit to Him will be tested to see if we truly love Him with our whole heart and soul:

“If a prophet or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all you heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and Him you must revere.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4)

 

Here now are some videos with personal testimonies of former Mormons, videos with a lot of documented information, and quotes made by Joseph Smith and other Mormons to point out the comparison:

Former Mormon And Great Great Granddaughter of Brigham Young, Sandra Tanner:

FURTHER INFORMATION (MORE TO COME)

QUOTES (ADDED 10:32 a.m. 9/25/17)

First two quotes taken from the video above: What Do Mormons Believe About God

 

Quote below was quick captured from the video above: Differences Between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity, by Ron Rhodes

QUOTE MADE BY JOSEPH SMITH (WILL ADD MORE).

“Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet.” (History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409)

 

MORE TESTIMONIES OF FORMER MORMONS

 

The more I learn about Mormonism, the more I see similarities between their teachings and the teachings of Catholicism: The priesthood, becoming gods (see quotes below the following video), and they even speak of a Heavenly Mother, as this video points out:

Note the similarities between what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches and what the Mormon Church/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches:

“For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” “The only begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.” (CCC PARA 460)

“As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.” (5th LDS President, Lorenzo Snow) (SOURCE)

“God, himself, was once as we are now and is an exalted man and sits enthroned in yonder heaven. I’m going to tell you how God came to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil so that you may see he was once a man like us and you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves.” (Joseph Smith, Founder of the Mormon Church/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) (See video below).

UPDATED 10/2/17 BY ADDING THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT VIDEO:

Comparison Chart – Mormonism and Christianity

https://www.namb.net/apologetics/comparison-chart-mormonism-and-christianity

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COMING SOON, LORD WILLING *(UPDATE: ALREADY POSTED)

POEM – WOE TO THE SHEPHERDS

POST – PART 2 OF MY TESTIMONY: FROM FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO PEACE AND ASSURANCE – HOW GOD REVEALED THE TRUTH TO ME WHILE I WAS READING A CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE

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


**UPDATED ** AUGUST 13, 2014 ADDED IMPORTANT AND RELEVANT INFORMATION CONCERNING AUTHOR, BRANDON MULL.  DATED 8/13/14

**UPDATED 11/15/13 11:43 A.M.** ADDED VIDEO EXPOSING THE POPULAR ACCEPTANCE OF ‘THE NEPHILIM’ AND MORE

**UPDATED 6/17/16** REPLACED DELETED VIDEOS WITH OTHER ONES AFTER REALIZING THEY HAD BEEN DELETED

**UPDATED 9/25/17** ADDED VIDEO TESTIMONIES OF FORMER MORMONS, AS WELL AS VIDEOS COMPARING THE TEACHINGS OF JOSEPH SMITH TO SCRIPTURE

**UPDATED 10/2/17** ADDED VIDEO ‘FOR MY MORMON FRIENDS – WHY NO MORE TEMPLES?’

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