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 UPDATED SUNDAY JANUARY 28, 2018 (See below near the end of the post).

Before I actually begin sharing some information with all of you concerning what I learned after doing research on “the sacred heart,” I want to make sure that you understand that my intention for writing these many different series concerning Catholicism is not to offend Catholics, but to reach Catholics with Biblical truth to help them see the extreme importance of thinking for themselves, and to encourage them to do some research themselves on the origins of their own teachings, and, above all, to urge them to compare their teachings to Scripture to see if it agrees with what Scripture says, or if they actually contradict what God says in His Word. If they choose to do these things, many will be astounded — and even horrified — at what they discover, just as I was and continue to be since I was a Catholic for many years and attended twelve years of Catholic school, as well!

Okay, now let’s begin!

One thing that began to trouble me last year or the year before, was how there is such an emphasis on the actual heart of Jesus Christ, instead of it being completely on Jesus Christ Himself, and you can see this depicted in Catholic art quite frequently:

 

So, being a detective-at-heart, I decided to start doing some research earlier this year, and this is what I discovered so far:

Searching through images of the “sacred heart” I came across some information that shows how many pagan religions also place a very strong emphasis on the sacred heart:

Among the pictures that I found in my search was this one, which had this caption: “Consecration to two flaming hearts.”

Below is a picture of the Mayan god, Quetzalcoatl, the lord of life and death. The Mayans looked upon his heart as being sacred, as well. Forgive me for sharing these graphic details, but the Mayans would also perform human sacrifices to their gods by slitting the chests of their victims and removing their hearts and offering the blood of their victims to their gods.

“For the Maya blood sacrifice was necessary for the survival of both gods and people  sending human energy skyward and receiving divine power in return.” [Source: Maya Civilization – Civilization.ca] [http://historybizarremysterious.blogspot.com/2008/02/why-did-ancient-mayans-go-after-hearts.html]


During my search for information concerning the sacred heart I also came across this very disturbing statue of Jesus Christ that I had never seen before. Jesus has a slit in His chest and He holds a dagger in His left hand and His heart in His right hand. Clearly the message implied by looking at this statue is not only that the slit in His chest was self-inflicted, but also it seems to take the focus off of the Biblical gospel; the sufficiency of His “once for all” sacrifice on the cross in our place resulting in His death, burial, and glorious resurrection from the dead that proved the sufficiency of His death to satisfy God’s wrath towards us because of our sins. This statue is called The Christ of Reconciliation:


Note the crescent moon shape that is incorporated into the necklace below that was created by a woman named Susan Tooker, who seems to be highly involved in the New Age Movement by just one look at her Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/susantooker/.

The information posted in the description for this necklace that I found on Pinterest reads as follows:

“sacred-heart-evil-eye-amulet-necklace-red-garnet-quarts-“

The crescent moon is oftentimes seen under the feet of many statues of the Virgin Mary. Here are just two examples:

(More information on the crescent moon in Catholicism coming up in a future post at some point –Lord willing).

It’s also important to mention that Catholicism places a lot of emphasis on the Sacred Heart of Mary, as well:


In the picture below you will see how the New Age/New Spirituality Movement also focuses on the sacred heart. The message given below along with the illustrations of the sacred heart reads as follows:

“I am the light of the sun and the grass of the fields. Millions of years have passed and still the night light glows in our hearts and the same grass carpets the fields. I am always with you for I am the sky above you and the endless love inside your heart.” Sacred Heart Gaia -Toni Carmine Salerno

Note the word “Gaia” in the picture above, and please read the following by Contender Ministries which will reveal to you that Gaia is the goddess of “Mother Earth.”

  To continue reading, click HERE

The quick capture above, as well as the following quick capture from a portion of David Cloud’s article, DARWINIAN GODS,  may seem unrelated and off topic at this point, but, Lord willing, I will be connecting the dots in another post either later this month or early next month after my computer problems are all taken care of. In David Cloud’s article he also points out the pagan roots of Gaia and how Gaia is viewed as a living entity –the earth itself:

The main point that I am trying to make in sharing the above two quick captures with you is to show you how Gaia is in no way connected with Biblical Christianity, which leads me back to the picture, Sacred Heart Gaia that I shared with you earlier with the two flaming hearts by Toni Carmine Salerno. Here is some information on him to further show you that those who focus on the Sacred Heart are not doing so according to Biblical Christianity.

Below is a quick capture taken from a YouTube video on a review of Toni Carmine Salerno’s Gaia Oracle [Tarot] Cards which features the same flaming Sacred Hearts:

Below are two more publications by Blue Angel Publishing which shows more of their pagan New Age roots: This one is entitled, ‘The Native Heart Healing Oracle Solar Plexis


Now, with all of that as important background information, let’s get back to Catholicism’s Sacred Heart and its origins: 

According to Catholicism, a woman named Margaret Mary Alacoque had a vision of Jesus who told her that He wanted her to promote devotion to His sacred heart:

Picture above found on Pinterest

In Catholicism there is a day set aside every year in which special devotion is given to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. How is that day determined? According to this article, it “was set at the request of Christ Himself, Who appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque…”

(SOURCE)

NEW UPDATED INFORMATION: 1/28/18

In the video below you will hear some very disturbing things written by Margaret Mary Alacoque concerning her alleged apparitions of Jesus Christ in which she said that He revealed His sacred heart to her. Here are some of the most troubling and unbiblical things that I heard as I listened to the full video:

“He demanded my heart and I supplicated him to take it. He did so and put it into His own adorable heart in which he  allowed me to see it as a little atom being consumed in that fiery furnace. Then drawing it out like a burning flame in the form of a heart he put it into the place once he had taken it, saying, “Behold, my beloved.  A precious proof of my love. I enclose in thy heart a little spark of the most ardent flame of my love…” (Starting at the 4:05 minute mark)

“…I was so out of myself that it was only by doing violence to myself could I utter a word. I was obliged to make so great an effort to eat and recreate that my strength was exhausted in my endeavor to endure my sufferings.” (Starting at the 5:15 minute mark)

 “…the first fruit of the luminous apparition a sentiment that must necessarily be conceived by one that has rested on the breast of the savior for astonishment, admiration, and love, create humility, Margaret preserved a memento, or rather an ineffaceable mark of divine love. She did not bear it visibly on her breast like St. Francis of Assisi or Catherine of Sienna, that all her life she retained an invisible wound in her side. “The pain of this would is so precious to me causes me transport so lively that it burns me alive. It consumes me,” she said. This divine memorial did not grow faint with time for the Lord renewed it every first Friday of the month, and again showed her his heart. She said, “The Sacred Heart is shown me as a sun brilliant with sparkling lights whose burning rays fall direct on my heart. I then feel myself inflamed with such fire that it seems about to reduce me to ashes.” Such was the first act of this triple revelation of the Sacred Heart.”(6:13-7:19 minute mark)

Second Revelation Begins at the 9:10 minute mark:

“He made me rest a long time on his breast remembering the first… [revelation].” (11:05 minute mark)

“…rejoice me by supplying as much as you can for their ingratitude. After having shown in the first revelation the true principle of the new devotion, namely love whose flames he could no longer confine in his heart, Jesus now revealed in character. This devotion would be amende honorable an expiation for all the crimes of the world.” (Starting at the 12:14 minute mark)

“And at that moment, continued Margaret, “the divine heart being opened, there shot forth a flame so ardent that I thought I should be consumed by it. Admirable symbol of what this new devotion was to going to become in the Church of that Universal rewarming of hearts that which we shall try later to trace to the consoling picture. Thoroughly penetrated with this burning flames and unable  longer to endure the fire, Margaret implored our savior to have pity on her weakness.  “Fear nothing,” said he to her, ” I shall be thy strength.” (Starting at the 13:19 minute mark)

One of the things that the Lord allegedly asked her to do was to:

“…rise between eleven and midnight on the night between Thursday and Friday of every week and to  prostrate for an hour with her face to the ground in expiation of the sins of men and to console his heart for that general desertion to which the weakness of the Apostles in the Garden of Olives had been only a slight prelude. “During all this time,” says Margaret, “I was unconscious. I knew not where I was. Some of the sisters came to take me away, and seeing that I could neither reply nor support myself on my feet, they led me to our mother who found me quite out of myself, trembling as if on fire.” (Starting at the 14:08 minute mark)

 


CLOSING COMMENTS

God’s Word is filled with warnings about spiritual deception in the last days. Therefore, we must be on guard against lying signs and wonders so that we will not be led astray by them. Anything that does not line up with Scripture, has more in common with paganism than it does with Biblical Christianity, and attempts to take the focus off of all that Jesus Christ has already accomplished through His sinless life, His death in our place, His burial, and His glorious resurrection from the dead cannot be from God!

Jesus Christ’s once for all sacrifice on the cross was all that was necessary to pay for the sins of mankind. (Please read Romans 6:6-10, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews Chapters 7-10) God accepted His death in our place as full payment for our sins and guilt; nothing needs to be added to all the sufferings that He endured on our behalf. To say that Jesus Christ appeared to someone demanding them to do something in expiation for the sins of men/to make reparation for the sins of men is to deny the sufficiency of His finished work on the cross. This is not Jesus Christ of the Bible who is appearing to those who have claimed that He did, because He would not deny the sufficiency of His propitiatory sacrifice.

This is just one of many ways in which mystical experiences are attempting to lead many astray by causing them to seek God outside of His Word. To say that Jesus Christ (or the Virgin Mary) is personally appearing and speaking today is going beyond the boundaries of Biblical Christianity. Do not be deceived! When Jesus Christ came to this earth He revealed the Father to us, (John 17:25,26, John 14:8-10) and all that we need to know is recorded in God’s Word; we need nothing more:

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors 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 also he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1,2)

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:38-40)

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

 

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Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

As you can see from the title of this post, this will be the last in the series of posts for Mysticism Monday. Lord willing, I will be explaining why in an upcoming post later on this month.

The information that you will see and hear in the following videos sums up perfectly the many things that I have tried to warn you about in these Mysticism Monday posts. When time allows, I hope that you will watch these videos and pray for discernment so that you will not be deceived by the many ways that spiritually deceptive teachings and practices are infiltrating many churches today, because some of these things may very well be happening in your church!

If you are new to this blog, I hope that you will consider clicking on the Mysticism Monday Category and read some of the previous posts so that you can be aware of the many other things that I have warned about over the past year or so.

The main thing that I try to stress in the things that I write here on my blog is the importance of reading and studying God’s Word so that you will be able to discern a counterfeit form of spirituality from genuine Christianity.

The following videos will show you how the teachings of the New Age — which are now referred to as the New Spirituality — are merging with Christianity and seducing Christians into the world of the occult because of so-called Christian leaders who are encouraging Christians to have experiences with God instead of telling them that the only way to come to know God is by the truth of His Word –the Bible. Please don’t allow yourself to become one of the many Christians who have been deceived and led astray by teachers who claim to be Christian and yet promote these unbiblical spiritual practices!

Here are the video descriptions:

VIDEO 1

A look into the Invasion of the old New Age Movement in today’s Post Modern Church.

VOLUME 1 OF A MULTI-PART SERIES

COVERS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

The Counterfeit Church
Biblical Christianity
The Evolving New Age
Christianized New Age Spiritually
The New Age in Media 

5 PARTS | 40 MINS EACH | 3 HRS TOTAL

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VOLUMES 2&3 ALSO AVAILABLE AT WWW.CARYL.TV

 

VIDEO 2

Continuing from VOLUME 1: A look into the Invasion of the old New Age Movement in today’s Post Modern Church.

VOLUME 3 OF A MULTI-PART SERIES

COVERS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

The Holy Spirit Gifts of The Holy Spirit
Five Fold Ministry
Music
God Chasers and Mystery Schools
Mystical Divine Within
Little Gods in the End-Times Battle

7 EPISODES | 2 DISC SET | OVER 5 HRS TOTAL

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And now for the final Mysticism Monday:

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:13-23)

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

“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)

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11,12)

 

 

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation, or has your pastor been preaching on it? Have you been involved in “ChristianYoga, Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina? Well, this series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled, ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS,‘ will attempt to not only peel back the layers of the many forms of spiritual deception that have been entering the church in order to reveal them to you as being lies of the enemy of our souls, but also the intention of these posts is to present you with the truth of God’s Word in order to expose the spiritual dangers of these practices.

Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, (I recently posted a very lengthy one concerning Moody Radio which I will continue to update when time allows until completed) but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I now have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video or an article with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages or read these articles, as well as read the upcoming posts that — Lord willing — I will be writing on these important topics so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you!

Please be sure that you test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do (Acts 17:11) so that you will never be deceived.

I hope and pray that all of you who are Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ are constantly testing what your pastors and teachers are presenting to you against the truth of God’s Word as we are shown in Scripture to do (Acts 17:11) no matter how long they have been in ministry, because many pastors and teachers are now embracing and presenting New Age mystical practices to their people through things such as yoga, as well as  though meditation practices which often times are found in Spiritual Formation classes and are referred to as Contemplative Prayer, silent prayer, Lectio Divina, Taize, etc.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)

Mysticism in the church is one of the many ways that Satan is now using to bring about the oneness and unity that is being promoted in the world to bring about the One World Religion. Sadly, many pastors and teachers lack discernment and have now become tools in Satan’s hands to promote these mystical practices. We must keep in mind what God says in His Word:

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

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11) 

Are you a follower of  a man (or woman) and their ministry? Or are you a follower of Jesus Christ? Will you be a Berean and examine the Scriptures daily to see if what they are saying is true? Will you walk in the light and in truth and leave, if necessary, if Yoga and other mystical practices  are being promoted at your church? Or are the relationships that you have developed over the years while you have attended your church more important to you than being obedient to God and the truth presented in His Word? True followers of Jesus Christ will follow Him –no matter what the cost.

“For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.” (2 Corinthians 2:9)

 

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

In the video below you will hear Phil Holden of *EDINBURGH CREATION GROUP as he gives a clear and very detailed explanation of why we are now seeing paganism replacing Biblical Christianity in many churches these days. In his presentation he also explains how paganism slowly made its way into the teachings at many schools and universities today. As he presents all of his information you will come to realize what is truly responsible for paganism’s modern rise.

Here is a quick capture from a portion of his article that will give you an idea of some of the things that he addresses in his presentation:

Capture Edinburgh Creation Group - The Modern Rise of Paganism - Phil Holden(SOURCE) *“Edinburgh Creation Group is an active forum where scientifically minded people meet to discuss evidence supporting the Biblical account of creation.”

Some of the things discussed in this video are Freemasonry, Evolution, becoming gods, enlightenment, and more. He clearly establishes a spiritual link between evolution and paganism through all of the visual and documented information that he shares in the following video. He gave this presentation in front of a very large audience at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.

When time allows I hope you will watch this video so that your eyes will be opened even more so that you can see how these spiritually deceptive teachings are attempting to erode the foundations of Biblical Christianity and our society as a whole.

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

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

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 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 2:6-8)(KJV – Bible Hub)

16 “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. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”                                                                        King James Version (KJV) Romans 1:16-32) by Public Domain

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

UPDATE:

For those of you who may be interested: Yesterday I updated my post, MOODY RADIO’S MIDDAY CONNECTION PROGRAM – CANCELLED, and, Lord willing, I hope to add a little more information to that post later on this evening.

Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation? Have you been involved in Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina? Well, this new series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS‘ will attempt to peel back the layers of spiritual deception and present you with the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices. Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming posts on this important topic so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do. (Acts 17:11)

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

In the video below, Sandy Simpson of DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH gives an in depth teaching on Panentheism and shares a lot of documented information concerning how this teaching is being promoted in many churches today by Christian leaders such as Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and many others.

Here is Sandy Simpson’s YouTube video description:

“Now, I bet you read the title of this article and thought I had misspelled the word “pantheism”. Just so that those of you who write to me advising me of words I have misspelled in articles (and I do often) I want to tell you that I am using the term “panentheism” as coined by Karl C. F. Krause. You can read more about this word and concept in an excellent book called “A Time Of Departing” by Ray Yungen.

There is a new “God” being promoted in the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and Word of Faith movements whose teachers are regularly seen on TBN, Daystar, SkyAngel, CBN and other “Christian” TV networks. Some of those teachers even have, what would be considered, a fairly typical statement of faith or doctrinal statement they endorse. But by what they teach they end up promoting a false unbiblical view of God, especially through their actions and experiences. The whole phenomenon of “slain in the spirit” and all the antics that go with it are brainwashing an entire generation of Christians to put their faith in another Jesus, another Spirit, another Gospel. This new “Jesus” and “Holy Spirit” is clearly pantheistic or panentheistic in nature. Though some of these teachers would claim to be believing in the God who is One God in Three Persons, by what they teach they deny the very revealed character of God from Scripture.”

 

For those of you who are not aware of what Panentheism is, here’s the definition which I quick captured for you from the video below:

Capture Panentheism - Quick captured from The New Panentheistic God of Christendom - Sandy Simpson

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“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)

“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 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)

“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)

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

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

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

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UPDATE

Lord willing, I am hoping to have the post that I am presently writing (which focuses on mysticism) completed by sometime this weekend. However, as I have been continuing to do research for this post, the new information that I find has caused me to change the title of this post (as well as change some of the content of this post) three times already! So I’m not quite sure exactly when it will be finished.

Realizing the need to share this information with you also caused me to set aside reading my Catechism of the Catholic Church book, which means that the post I will write that will compare the teachings in the CCC with the truth of God’s Word,  the Bible, will probably not be finished until some time in the early part of 2016 –Lord willing.

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/Living For His Glory

Capture Meditation Chakras picTime does not permit me to write a lengthy post today, but since I was recently made aware of the fact that today, June 21st, is National Yoga Day, I wanted to make some information available to those of you who are Christians and have accepted the false belief that “yoga is just stretching exercises that helps to relieve stress,” and therefore you believe that it’s okay to practice yoga.

Here is just some of what you will hear in the following excellent presentation given by Pamela Frost:

– “Yoga literally means to join or to unite the lower self (which would be the human self) with the higher self (which would be the universal divinity). The object with the subject, the worshiper with god; Brahman.”

– ” Yoga also inverts God’s creation of man in His image by turning the body into a pagan temple for the Hindu deities. “During the practice of yoga, the yogan stands both for a cosmos and a pantheon. He incarnates in his own body both Shiva and Shakti.”

– “Hatha yoga is  a system of reversal in which the tantric procedures are intended to construct a new reality for the yogan or yogini in which the practitioner’s body becomes the body of the chosen deity. That is to say it is as the deity that the yogan or yogini becomes one with the supreme deity or godhead, which is sheer being.”

– “Yoga also offers the body a sacrifice to the veda deities.  The breath is offered as a sacrifice to the lord of yoga who is Shiva, the Destroyer of the binary during the breathing exercises.”

– “They understood that while the west was not ready to embrace Hinduism, per se, the poses would appeal to American pragmatism, opening a door through which the full orbed meaning and practice of yoga could easily slip without calling much attention to itself. Yoga is the evangelistic tool to convert one’s world view to the Hindu Vedanta without you really knowing that it’s happening.”

Can yoga be compatible with Christianity? When time allows, if  you take the time to listen to Pamela Frost’s full presentation, and if you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ, there is only one answer to that question –absolutely not!

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore,“Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. And,“I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

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

“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.” (Deuteronomy 12:29,30)

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

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Capture OUTCRY - Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Passion, Lauren DaigleSOURCE

While I was reading what my friends on Facebook had posted one day, Facebook generated some things that I might be interested in reading based on some other articles that I had been reading previously on the Internet, and the above picture that I ‘quick captured‘ for you was one of those things. Seeing Jesus Culture especially caught my attention.

I know that many Christians may have been blessed by the songs of Hillsong United, and Jesus Culture, as well as others appearing at this event, but I wanted to share some important information with you before you make your decision to purchase your tickets if this is an event that you are really interested in attending. All I ask is that you would please pray for discernment, watch the videos below, and then truly seek God concerning your decision to go or not. I pray that you will base your decision upon pleasing God and not make your decision based upon your own desires and what your friends may choose to do. I will be praying that God will open the eyes of many who will choose to watch the following videos so that you will be able to see the truth not only by testing things that you will learn based upon the information you will discover in the videos, but also, and of utmost importance, by testing everything against the truth of God’s Word. The focus of this post will only be on Hillsong United and Jesus Culture.

Let’s start with Hillsong United:

Hillsong United originally started out as part of Hillsong Church’s youth ministry in 1998. Brian Houston is the pastor of Hillsong Church. Recently many became extremely concerned when he announced in one of his messages:

“The Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God.”

 

Review of Brian Houston’s sermon based on 2 Corinthians 7 that he preached at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church:

 

Here’s a report from ‘A Current Affair’ that includes an interview with a former long time member of Hillsong Church. I am fully aware of  the fact that the media cannot always be trusted, especially when it comes to reporting on anything related to Christianity, but they share a lot of documented evidence in this report about Hillsong Church that you need to be aware of:

More concerns about Brian Houston:

CHRISTIAN POST – BRIAN HOUSTON DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF COVER UP IN FATHER’S CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE

 

Now let’s move on to Jesus Culture:

Jesus Culture started out as a youth outreach ministry at Bethel Church in Redding, California. This is Bill Johnson, the pastor of Bethel Church. In the following video this is some of what you will hear him say:

“I refuse to create a theology that allows for sickness.”

“Did you know that Jesus was born again?” He had to be. He became sin.”

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

In the footnotes in my Bible concerning Jesus ‘becoming sin for us,‘ it says, “Or be a sin offering.” Jesus did not become sin. He bore our sins upon Himself, but He did not literally become sin as Bill Johnson teaches, along with those in the Word of Faith movement such as Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Fred Price, Joyce Meyers, etc.  You can read a very good article exposing this false teaching from Let Us Reason Ministries, HERE. Also, consider watching the Playlist that I added below, entitled ‘Christianity in Crisis‘ in which Hank Hanegraaff has actual recordings of many of the Word of Faith teachers and their blasphemous teachings.

 Please pray for discernment, and also please take a moment to read these Bible verses before you watch the following videos:

“Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with His glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when He came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. The glory of the LORD entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.” (Ezekiel 43:1-5)

In the following video you will see the glory cloud that allegedly appeared at Bethel Church. As you watch this video, keep the Scriptures above in mind, focusing on the reverent reaction exhibited by  Ezekiel as He saw the glory of the LORD filling the temple. Then compare Ezekiel’s reaction to how the people reacted as they saw this supposed glory cloud. 

This is some of what you will hear Bill Johnson say concerning the glory cloud. Test what he says in light of Scripture:

“The church has been gathering together for decades around a sermon. Israel camped around the presence.” And we’ve known that there are some dramatic shifts that are going to take place in how we do life, and how we do church. The presence of God is the greatest gift we have.”

“And so what’s happening tonight, is the church is camping around the Presence.”

“But finally the main thing has become the main thing.”

 

 

 

In the following video you will hear the personal testimony of  M’Kayla Kelly who blogs at M’Kayla’s Korner:

Pictured in the video below, is Jenn Johnson, worship leader and song writer for Bethel Music. Both she and her husband are Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church. Beginning at the 2:23 minute mark, among the many irreverent and blasphemous things you will hear her say is:

“God to me, Jesus to me, and the Holy Spirit to me, is like the genie from Aladdin.”

“I don’t care. That’s who He is to me. And He’s funny. And He’s sneaky. He’s silly. He’s wonderful. He’s like the wind. He’s all around.”

 

The most serious concern that many have in regards to Jesus Culture, (and other movements such as International House of Prayer (IHOP), Joel’s Army, and The Call, to name a few), is that their focus is on ushering in a great end time ‘revival’  and ‘raising up a generation’ that will ‘change the world.‘ This is the terminology that is used by those who embrace the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and Dominionism. Their beliefs focus on seeking to get Christians in positions of power  in schools, government, etc., to transform the world in order to usher in the return of Jesus Christ.

I first learned about the New Apostolic Reformation and Dominionism in 2008 after hearing  about Todd Bentley and a ‘revival’ in Lakeland, Florida. Every time I hear the word revival I shudder, because back in 1997 I had to leave an Assembly of God church after 16 years due to the fact that my pastor went to Brownsville, Florida with the intention of bringing the Pensacola revival (with all of its unbiblical manifestations) back to our church! The pastor rejected all of the information and Scriptures that I shared with him, and I was told to leave if I didn’t agree with the direction the church was going in, so I left. However, I learned a lot from that experience. Mainly, I learned to treasure God’s Word more than ever before, because I realized just how accurate God’s Word is to reveal the spiritual deception that is taking place in the name of ‘Christianity,’ and how true it is that even from our own number men will arise and distort the truth. (Luke 21:8, 1 Timothy 4:1, Acts 20:26-31)

Capture Jesus Culture - God is going to release an awakening on a new breed - ignite a generation that will change the world - Banning Liebscher - Jesus Culture Director- HerescopeTo continue reading, click HERE,  or you can click the first link at the end of this post under ‘Further Reading.’ When time allows, I highly encourage you to read Herescope’s many other articles filled with very important information that you need to be aware of.

Here’s Pastor Chris Quintana giving a very in depth teaching on Dominionism:

‘PRAYER ROOM’ AT BETHEL CHURCH IN REDDING CA

CHRISTIAN? OR PAGAN? YOU DECIDE.

 

Here is what’s taking place in the name of ‘Christianity’ at IHOP; International House of Prayer:

This is Rick Joyner’s Morningstar Church where this tribal type of ‘drumming’ is promoted resulting in disorder and madness:

Sadly, because many Christians are failing to read their Bibles and are not testing things in light of Scripture, they are embracing everything that is being presented to them by many Christian leaders today without questioning it, and therefore chaos is now entering many churches and leading hundreds  — and probably even thousands — of Christians astray!

 

New Age drumming. Not much difference, is there?

Below is one of the promotional video for these OUTCRY events. Just listening to what is said in this video should make one realize that these events are about more than just playing worship music and gathering together to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The church, (referred to as the woman), is described as “a movement in progress.

“Two thousands years ago A movement so significant that the Bible calls it His bride.” 

“This is the dawn of an awakening. These are the lights and sounds of a movement in progress.”

Here is some information that you need to be aware of so that you will not be deceived by those who focus their teachings on the ‘Bride.’

WHAT IS THE BRIDAL PARADIGM – GOT QUESTIONS

BILL JOHNSON – SQUANDERING OUR SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE

MIKE BICKLE’S GIGOLO JESUS – HERESCOPE

IN CONCLUSION

Now that you’re aware of all of this information concerning Hillsong United, Brian Houston, and Hillsong Church, as well as Jesus Culture, Bill Johnson, and Bethel Church, and if you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ, and desire to stand for Biblical truth, I present this question to you to prayerfully ponder:

Knowing one day that you will stand before a completely Holy God, can you now, in good conscience, still consider going to any of these OUTCRY events?

By what we are witnessing taking place in our world today, it is clear that many are attempting to destroy Biblical Christianity. Everything that God created to reflect His glory to an unbelieving world — such as man, woman, marriage, the family — and even the church —  is slowly, but steadily being changed to reflect man’s corrupt, sinful desires.

Mankind, for the most part, is continuing to reject God’s truth. Therefore, God is beginning to turn them over to the sinful desires of their hearts. (Romans 1:18-32)

Our world is rapidly growing darker spiritually, as well, and it seems as if it is being prepared for the coming of the anti-Christ. The line between paganism and Christianity is becoming blurred, and in the name of ‘unity,’  and because many prominent Christian leaders are promoting having ‘mystical experiences with God’ instead of teaching the Word of God, these unbiblical New Age/New Spirituality practices are now entering the church through Spiritual Formation classes, and through many other ways, as well, and are deceiving thousands of Christians! I pray that you will not be one of them.

I urge you to please constantly pray for discernment, test everything in light of Scripture, and strive to honor God in all that you do.

Examine your heart. Are you truly a follower of Jesus Christ? Have you turned from sin with deep sorrow in your heart for the things you have done that now fill you with shame and regret? Have you placed your complete trust in what Jesus did when He took upon Himself the full wrath of God intended for you and me because of our sins? Have you received His love and forgiveness by placing your trust in the shed blood of Jesus that cleanses us from a guilty conscience so that we may freely serve Him? Do you love to read and study God’s Word? Do you share the good news of the gospel with those who are still in bondage to sin?

Today the focus of many preachers and teachers is becoming more and more about experiencing the presence of God, and the preaching and teaching of God’s Word and sharing the good news of the gospel no longer seems to be of great important. Are you among the many who have been deceived into seeking to have mystical experiences with God because of what you have been hearing from certain pastors and teachers and popular speakers? Or, is it possible that you are one of many today who are attending a church, but have never even heard anyone preach the gospel to you, and you aren’t even aware of the fact that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, as we all are? May I suggest to you to begin reading His Word and pray and ask God to reveal His truth to you. You will come to know Him in a very real way by reading His Word. These mystical practices may seem exciting, but they will lead you into the dark world of the occult and into spiritual deception and bondage.

If you still decide to go to this OUTCRY event after reading all the articles and watching all the videos that I posted for you, I leave you with these final words of warning:

Pray for discernment and listen very carefully especially to what the singers of Jesus Culture and Hillsong  will say to you during their performances/times of ministry. Beware if they say anything to you about ‘becoming a part of the end time revival,‘ or if they tell you that ‘your praise will usher in the return of Jesus.’ Do not allow them to lead you into their false movements, and away from Jesus Christ and Biblical truth. Read and study God’s Word so that you will come to know it so well that you will be able to instantly recognize error as soon as you hear it so that you will never be deceived.

Do they present the gospel? If so, is it a Biblical message that focuses on what Jesus accomplished by His sinless life, and His death, burial, and resurrection?  Do they speak of sin and repentance, making those who are at these events aware of the fact that we are all sinners in need of a Savior? Do they make it clear that Jesus propitiatory sacrifice satisfied God’s wrath that He has towards mankind because of our sin? Or do they announce to the crowd that they can be part of the chosen generation to bring change to the world and to usher in the return of Jesus? Do they speak of the literal return of Jesus, or do they instead focus on experiencing the manifestations of His presence? Do they encourage you to read and study His Word, or do they instead tell you that you can hear God speak to you?

Do they speak about oneness or unity?  Beware if they address the crowd by saying something like:

‘There are people from all different faiths gathered together here worshiping God at this OUTCRY event, and division is not what God wants.’ As followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot unite with people of other religions who preach “another Jesus” or “another gospel.” (Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Corinthians 11:1-4) Unity with other faiths is not the oneness that Jesus spoke of in John Chapter 17. There can only be true unity when it is built upon Jesus Christ and Biblical truth as a solid foundation.

Do not be deceived. God speaks to us through His Word, and He has already spoken to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. There are no new revelations from God. The Canon of Scripture is closed. (Read Hebrews Chapter 1) God’s Word is living and active. (Hebrews 4:12)

Be alert! Remember that Jesus mentioned spiritual deception first when the disciples asked Him what the signs will be to show that He is about to return! (Matthew 24:3-8)

Do not allow your emotions to shut down your ability to think. Taking part in an event like this in which you are surrounded by  thousands of other people can be an exhilarating experience, so be on your guard! Music is a powerful force and can manipulate our feelings, so don’t be distracted; be discerning. If you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ and not a follower of any man (or woman), always choose to take a stand for Biblical truth –no matter what — and ‘earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.’ (Jude 3)

Jesus may be coming sooner than any of us could ever imagine. Will you be ashamed at His coming? Or will you walk in the truth and be found waiting and ready?

“It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”                   (3 John 1:3,4)

RELATED SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 3:16 – 4:1-4)

“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)

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

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

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

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

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

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. 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)

“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)

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” (1 John 3:4-6)

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Peter 2:22-25)

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and even now is already in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruits you will recognize them.”                   (Matthew 7:13-16a)

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

“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)

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”                               (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)

 

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

 

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUTH-FILLED STADIUMS – HERESCOPE

PART 1 – THE PASSION OF THE PRESENCE – HERESCOPE

PART 2 – PRESENCE ESCHATOLOGY – HERESCOPE

PART 3 – BRIDAL ESCHATOLOGY – HERESCOPE

PART 4 – THE PERFECTLY OBEDIENT BRIDE – HERESCOPE

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FALSE GOSPEL OF HILLSONG PART 2 – CAMERON BUETTEL – ONCE UPON A CROSS

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HILLSONG UNITED – WIKIPEDIA

 UPDATED 3:01 P.M. Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Added OUTCRY promotional video and my comments, a few more thoughts, and more links to important information.

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Capture Eyes with tears 1Welcome to another post in a new series of posts that I will be doing (Lord willing) at least once a month on Wednesdays 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. I have been trying to think of something that I could write on a regular basis that would be short and to the point (at least I’ll try to be), 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 that in mind, here is what I’d like to make you all aware of on this Wednesday:

Capture Earth Day picture from photobucket

Today is April 22, and this day has been designated as ‘Earth Day.’ Many people think that it’s all about protecting our environment by recycling, or saving the trees for the generations to come, and reducing pollutants. Don’t get me wrong. God wants us to be good stewards of this earth, and I recycle all my paper, plastics, etc., like many others do. However, some of you may not realize the hidden agenda that some of the people who are deeply involved in the environmental movement have. Therefore, I decided to put this post together to inform you of what lies at the very roots of Earth Day to show you that it’s not actually an environmental issue at all, but it’s spiritual in nature, rooted in New Age/New Spirituality ideas. The bottom line is the belief that the earth is a living, breathing organism and many in paganism worship the earth as Mother Earth –Gaia. My time is very limited today, so I can’t write an in depth post on this subject, but here is a lot of good information that will  clearly make my point:

Gaia Hypothesis

Roger Oakland – Worship of Gaia

This picture is entitled, ‘Mother Earth.’

Capture Mother Earth

The description with the picture below is as follows: Gaia – “The physical and spiritual life of the Earth Mother.”

Capture Gaia -The physical and spiritual life of the 'earth mother'

 

The information posted with the picture below said the following:

“In Mythology, Gaia is the personification of our planet “Mother Earth…”

Capture In Mythology, Gaia is the personification of our planet, Mother Earth

 

The following picture is entitled, ‘Mother Earth.’ No further explanation is necessary;the added text says it all!

Capture Mother Earth pic

The next picture is entitled, ‘Earth.’ (The woman looks very similar to how the Virgin Mary is often pictured).

Capture 'Earth' picture on Photobucket showing woman surrounded by symbols over the earth

When time allows, please consider listening to these videos with important information, and reading the related articles below, as well. Also, be sure to ask your children what they did at school today to celebrate ‘Earth Day.’

Here’s an excerpt from an excellent article on the global environmental movement and the Gaia connection:

Capture Gaia Worship - The New Pagan ReligionTo continue reading, click on the first link below under ‘Related Reading.’

 

This post I saw on Facebook clearly reveals the New Age Spirituality connection.

Capture The Master Shift - global meditation

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“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 were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being 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 1:18-25) 

“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 people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1-4)

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:8,9)

“Be alert and sober minded. For your enemy the devil roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

LORD WILLING, NEW POST COMING SOON:

For the past week or so I have been working on a post, and I hope to have it completed soon. So, Lord willing, next Wednesday I hope to present you with another edition of Warning You With Tears Wednesday that will have a lot of information to, once again, make you see the extreme importance of praying for discernment and testing everything you read and hear in light of Scripture. So, if you’re interested, please be sure to stop by here next Wednesday!

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

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

RELATED READING:

GAIA WORSHIP – THE NEW PAGAN RELIGION – CONTENDER MINISTRIES

WHY I DON’T CELEBRATE EARTH DAY – PASTOR RANDY WHITE

RELIGIOUS ENVIRONMENTALISM & THE MORALIZING OF MANKIND – PAUL PROCTOR

 Capture OUIJA BOARD PICTUREDANGER!! This is NOT a game!! (I ‘quick captured’ this image from the video that I posted below).

All of us, in one way or another, embark on a search to satisfy that spiritual part of us.  Those who have a desire to know the future may begin by reading their horoscopes in the newspaper, or seeking out a fortune teller thinking they can tell them what lies ahead for them.  Others may become involved in paganism or witchcraft, desiring power over circumstances and people, possibly because of cruel and abusive people they may have had to deal with in life.  Then there are others who may begin to dabble in the occult by simply starting to read books or watching movies filled with witchcraft and vampires, such as the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ series, or by delighting in the celebration Halloween.

What is it about the dark side of the supernatural that entices many of us and draws us in?  Unaware of the real danger and bondage that awaits us, many of us attempt to contact a loved one who has died and is now on ‘the other side’ by taking part in seances and ‘playing’ with Ouija Boards thinking these practices are just “harmless fun.”  So, with all of that in mind, I’d like to share some experiences with you that I had to make you aware of the real danger that you are opening yourselves up to, as well as sharing many of the clear warnings in Scripture with you that God put there for us concerning these types of practices so that we would not be led astray by them.

The first thing that began to entice me into the supernatural realm was a seemingly harmless birthday gift that I received when I was around nine or ten years old.  It was a Magic 8 Ball (pictured below); a black plastic ball filled with a clear liquid as well as an object that had words written on each angled section, such as,  “Yes,”  “Yes definitely,” “No,”  “Most likely,” “Ask again later,” “Without a doubt,”  “Reply hazy, try again,” “Don’t count on it,”  and “My reply is no.”  You would ask a question and shake the ball, and the angled object with the answers would float up to the top where there was a round clear plastic window and you could then read the supposed answer to your questions  that came from the ‘spirit world.’ 

Capture MAJIC 8 BALL PICI ‘quick captured’ the picture above from a video on YouTube. 

Though it seems harmless at first glance, this 8 Ball peaked my interest in knowing the future and led me to the next dangerous level into the world of the occult with just a little apprehension –‘playing’ with a ‘Ouija Board’ (pictured at the very top of this post, as well as below) with my friends at a sleepover.  (Parents, be warned!  This may still be a popular thing to do at sleepovers, so please tell your children not to ‘play’ this so-called ‘game’ that can be purchased at many toy stores, even today — including a pink one and this Hello Kitty version!  A definite example of evil cloaked in cuteness!

 

EXPERIENCE #1

If I remember correctly, I was around ten or eleven years old, and so were my two best friends at the time, Kim and Barb, when this incident happened.  We were having a sleepover at Kim’s house and we decided to play with her Ouija Board.  The way to play this ‘game’ is simple; two or more people gently rest their fingertips on the rather triangular shaped plastic disc that sits on the ‘game’ board that has letters and numbers on it, as well as the words, ‘Yes,’ ‘No,’ and ‘Good Bye.’  Each person takes a turn asking the ‘board’ a question.  Almost instantly, the disc begins to answer the question by moving quickly from letter to letter, spelling out words.  I remember feeling a strong force guiding the disc as it moved around the board spelling out the answers to our questions.  The best way I can describe this force to you is to say that it’s very similar to the magnetic force you can feel when you try to hold two magnets together and they repel one another.  Sometimes the disc would go directly to the  ‘yes,’ or ‘no’ on the board, and at other times it would actually spell out the name of someone, or answer our questions with a short reply.  I remember we asked questions about the boys we liked and our future husbands, and if we would have children, but thankfully I don’t remember anything at all concerning what was ‘revealed’ to me.  Some people who have asked the Ouija Board questions concerning their future sadly chose to commit suicide because of the frightening information they were given concerning what supposedly was ahead for them. 

The thing that may have kept me and my friends — and that also may be keeping others — from realizing the true supernatural source of where these answers are coming from, is the fact that since two or more people have to rest their fingertips on the plastic disc, both, or all of the people playing this ‘game’ keep thinking that the other person is the one who is moving the disc to spell out the answers, and the following advertisement for the Ouija Board makes that message quite clear:

 

 

Even though I truly do not remember any of the answers we were given, I clearly remember what happened one time when my curiosity got the best of me:  I said out loud to my friends,  “I wonder what would happen if I keep my eyes closed after I ask it a question?”  And I soon found out!  The disc began to move wildly around the board with a strong, almost uncontrollable force!  My friends told me that it was unable to spell out any words that made sense!  That was possibly the last time that I played with a Ouija Board! 

Looking back on that experience now as a true follower of Jesus Christ who has repented of  these occult practices and all of my other sins, and who has the awareness of the many warnings in Scripture on the occult, I believe that when a person ‘plays’ this ‘game,’ they are giving demonic spirits an invitation to enter them, and that these spirits are actually using their eyes to guide the disc around the board which would explain why the disc began to move furiously and chaotically around the board and was unable to spell out any actual messages that made sense when I had my eyes closed.  Please do not attempt to play this game or others similar to this seeking to have a supernatural experience!  All you will encounter will be deceiving spirits who will lead you astray, put you in bondage, use you, and then attempt to destroy you! 

Below is a video I recently found when searching for information to add to this post, which features Larry Wessels of CAnswers and his guest, Dr. Edmund C. Gruss, author of the book, ‘ The Ouija Board, A Doorway To The Occult.’  In this video Edmund Gruss not only shares the history of this ‘game,’ but also shares many stories of what happened to others who ‘played’ this ‘game.’  Larry Wessels also shares some of the many Scriptures that can be found in God’s Word warning us about the occult.  I also posted many Scriptures below for you concerning the occult in case you are not aware of them.

 

EXPERIENCE #2

We moved to another house right before I started High School, and two of my sisters and I slept in the attic.  I shared the room at the top of the stairs with my younger sister, and my older sister had the adjoining room to herself.  When my brothers, sisters, and I first toured the house before we actually moved in, I noticed that something was written on the floor boards at the top of the stairs.  The message was,  “Do not move Pete Busby.”  I jokingly said to my sisters,  “What, is Pete Busby buried under there?”  We all laughed.

There was a bi-fold door that opened to a storage space that ran behind the walls next to my younger sister’s bed and behind mine, a small bookcase that opened to reveal more storage space in my older sister’s room, and another opening to reveal more storage space behind the wall near the top of the stairs.  I was afraid to go in any of those storage spaces, but I remember that my younger sister enjoyed going in the one by her bed and would sit in there and read.  She began reading books on witchcraft and out of body experiences, and I started reading books about  UFO encounters and ‘automatic writing;’ the occult practice of sitting quietly with pen in hand and waiting for the ‘spirits’ to ‘speak to you’ by moving your hand in order to write messages to you from the ‘spirit world.’  As hard as I tried, my attempts to receive messages from the spirit world proved unsuccessful.  (Thank God!) 

I’d like to stop here for a moment in order to point out the fact that this practice is being promoted in Christian circles today by Sarah Young.  In her book, ‘Jesus Calling,’ she shares how she began hearing from God is this same way, and that she first learned about this from reading the book, ‘God Calling.’  Below is a quick capture from a portion of an interview she did on the 700 Club:

Capture Sarah Young CBN interview concerning 'God Calling'

If you’d like to read more about Sarah Young and her ‘JESUS CALLING‘ devotional and the concerns that many Christians have about it, you can read one of my previous posts I wrote concerning all of this, >HERE<

Now, back to my story:

I don’t remember how long we were living in this house before this incident first took place, or how long this continued, but here is what happened: 

My sisters and I were all in bed and the lights were out.  I was beginning to fall asleep, when all of a sudden my mattress began to gently move up and down as if someone was under my bed pushing up on the mattress.  I was facing the wall to my left, and in my half asleep voice I mumbled to my younger sister who was on my right,  “Eileen, stop shaking my bed!”  She mumbled with her half asleep voice and said,  “I’m not shaking your bed.”  When she said those words I could tell she was facing the other way, and I froze in fear as terror came over me when I realized that it wasn’t my sister who was moving my bed! 

This happened night after night, and I had to sleep with a night light on after that first night, because, needless to say, I was terrified!  No one in my family believed me when I told them what was happening, so I faced this continuous living nightmare alone.  I don’t know what was worse; the fact that no one believed me, or going through this extremely frightening experience of having my mattress moving up and down, night after night! 

Besides praying through the night, the best I knew how at the time, the only other thing I did that I believe helped me keep my sanity was this:  I would hold my hand out (under the covers, of course) and pretend Jesus was holding my hand, keeping me safe through the terrors of the night.  When I became a Christian, I came across this verse one day:

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.”  (Isaiah 41:13)

In a sense, I truly believe He was holding my hand!

After I got married and moved out, the older of my two brothers moved upstairs in the attic and he slept in my older sister’s room who got married and moved out a few years before I did.  His stories of what went on in his room are far more frightening than mine!  He told me that one night the bookcase creaked opened and he heard a voice hissing and a force coming towards him.  He said he pulled the covers over his head and didn’t move until morning!  He also told me that one night he saw the sliding closet doors in his room begin to open, and he saw hairy hands coming out of the closet.  He told me that he was terrified, but again, he just pulled the covers over his head and laid there until morning.

Many years later my mom admitted to me that she believed me when I told her what was happening in my room, but that she didn’t want to say anything.  She told me that she also witnessed frightening things happening upstairs.  She said that sometimes when she would go upstairs, things would fly off shelves and dressers and come towards her and barely miss hitting her, and would hit the wall, instead.  She also told me that there were times when she would bring stacks of clean clothes upstairs so she could put them away, and the clothes would suddenly disappear!

Around five years ago, I was reunited with my childhood friends, Kim and Barb.  Two years ago we decided to take a trip down memory lane; we drove into the city and drove by all the homes we once lived in, and I saw that house again.  I can’t help but wonder if the people who now live there have a few terrifying stories of their own to tell!

As a Christian looking back on all of this now, I believe that since I was clearly involved in occult practices, (as well as my younger sister who read her occult books, and my older sister who went to a fortune teller), that we were inviting demonic spirits into our home.  These demonic spirits may possibly have already been there from the previous people who lived there and who possibly were also involved in occult practices.  I do not believe that ghosts of deceased people haunt houses, because God’s Word clearly says otherwise.  (2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 1:21-24, Hebrews 9:27) God’s Word tells us about deceiving spirits and demons and spiritual deception, so please be warned!  There is no such thing as ‘white magic’ or ‘good spells.’  They all come from the same source –Satan and his demons.

And now that brings me to my next subject:

HALLOWEEN

As a child, I thoroughly enjoyed Halloween!  I’d dress up in costumes, have Halloween parties in school, and after school I would go trick-or-treating door to door receiving candy from all my neighbors, and nearby businesses, as well.  But after I became a Christian, six months later my first Bible Study teacher shared with us the many occultic roots of Halloween.  When I learned the true meanings behind all the traditions such as wearing costumes, witches, skeletons, black cats, broomsticks, jack-o-lanterns, going trick-or-treat, and that there are actual human sacrifices that take place on Halloween, and that in September and October police reports reveal that the cases for missing children are at their highest,  and that Halloween is considered to be one of two of the most important holidays to pagans and witches, I realized then that there was no way that I could continue to celebrate Halloween, or allow my children to go trick-or-treating any longer.  That first Halloween after learning the truth, I shared with my children what Halloween is truly about, but I did take them because I decided to try and turn that day around a little; we handed out ‘treats’ to the people at the houses we went to –tracts sharing God’s love and forgiveness in an attempt to use Halloween as an opportunity to witness to our neighbors and to bring glory to God.  But over the year to come I came under strong conviction, and after again explaining the truth in love with my daughter (my son was still to young to understand) about Halloween, I did not take them trick-or-treating any more.

From that point on when Halloween would come, I made the most of this opportunity; knowing that many children would be coming to our door on this one day a year, we would not only give each child the candy they were expecting, but they also received a tract that shared God’s love for them and revealed a little information about the true meaning behind Halloween, and a pencil inscribed with a message.  The young children were given pencils that said, “Smile, Jesus loves you,” and the older children received pencils that said, “When you think that no one cares, God does.”  I hoped and prayed that God would use the truth of His Word in these tracts to plant a seed in not only the heart of each child, but I also prayed that the parents would be touched by the love of God when they would read the tracts and see the pencils their children would bring home.

I was planning on typing out many of the traditions of Halloween and the occultic meanings behind them, but since my free time is so very limited at this point, I decided instead to post a few videos for you that has all of this information.  This way it will save you time, as well; because your life is probably as hectic as mine is, instead of reading even more information than what I have already shared with you, you will be able to listen to these informative videos while you work around the house.

 

 

CAROL KORNACKI, FORMER WITCH WHO IS NOW A CHRISTIAN

 

 

IN CLOSING — FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

One day Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, will return.  And He may be coming very soon!  Will you be ready? 

In this world there is a battle raging for our souls.  You can be very religious, and go to church every Sunday, but still end up being lost for all eternity.  You can only become a child of God by:

1) Realizing you are a sinner in the eyes of a completely Holy God

2) Receiving the only provision that God has made to remove the full debt of our sins, which was sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to live the sinless, perfect life that we could never live so that He could die in our place; Jesus took the full wrath of God that was intended for us upon Himself, and satisfied God’s wrath towards us because of our sins.

3) Repenting of our sins by turning from them with a deep sense of sorrow in our heart for what we have done, and turning to God and choosing to live for Him by glorifying Him with our lives, not to earn our salvation, but to show our love and appreciation for what He has done for us.

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“Do not allow a sorceress to live.  Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.” (Exodus 22:18,20)

“Be careful to do everything I have said to you.  Do not invoke the name of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.” (Exodus 23:13)

“When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.  When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said,  “Come, make us gods who will go before us.  As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”  Aaron answered them,  “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing and bring them to me.  So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.  He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.  Then they said,  “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”  When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced,  “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”  So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings.  Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.  Then the LORD said to Moses,  “Go down, because your people whom you brought up out of Egypt have become corrupt.  They have become quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.  They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said,  ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who have brought you up out of Egypt.’ (Exodus 32:1-8)

“Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats any blood — I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from his people.  For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.  Therefore I say to the Israelites,  “None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood.”                           (Leviticus 17:10-12)

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God.  I am the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 18:21)

“Do not practice divination or sorcery.” (Leviticus 19:26b) 

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.  I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

“I will set My face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.  Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.  Keep My decrees and follow them; I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” (Leviticus 20:6-8)

“A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death.  You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:27)

“You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire.  Therefore, watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below.  And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars — all the heavenly array — do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below.  There is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39)

“Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.  Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.  You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.  But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put His Name there for His dwelling.” (Deuteronomy 12:2-5) 

“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 your heart and with all your soul.  It is the LORD your God you must follow, and Him you must revere.” (Deuteronomy 13:1-4a)

“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God.  The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination.  But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.  The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers.  You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-15)

“The LORD said to me:  “What they say is good.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.  If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.  But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.”  You may say to yourselves,  “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?”  If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.  That prophet has spoken presumptuously.  Do not be afraid of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:17-22)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit.  He cried out at the top of his voice,  “Ha!  What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have You come to destroy us?  I know who You are–the Holy One of God!”  “Be quiet!”  Jesus said sternly.  “Come out of him!”  Then the demon threw him to the ground before them all without injuring him.  All the people were amazed and said to each other,  “What is this teaching?  With authority and power He gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”  “Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting,  “You are the Son of God!”  But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew He was the Christ.” (Luke 4:33-36,41)

“If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31,32)

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

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

“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future.  She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.  This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting,  “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”  She kept this up for many days.  Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit,  “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of  her!”  At that moment the spirit left her.  When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.” (Acts 16:16-19)

“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)

“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said:  “Men of Athens!  I see that in every way you are very religious.  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.  Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.  And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.  For in Him we live and move and have our being.”     (Acts 17:22-28a)

“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed.  They would say,  “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.”  Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.  One day the evil spirit answered them,  “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?”  Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all.  He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.  When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.  Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.  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: a drachma was a silver coin worth about a day’s wages).  In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”             (Acts 19:13-20)

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

“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.  “God will give to each person according to what he has done.”  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, he will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” (Romans 2:5-8)

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)”

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light.  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:8-11)

“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.  Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)

“Test everything.  Hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil.”                      (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men — the testimony given in its proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

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

“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 4:2-4)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think that Scripture says without reason that the Spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?  But He gives us more grace.  This is why Scripture says:  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn, and wail.  Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” (James 4:4-10)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may life you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:6-9a)

“The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood — idols that cannot see or hear or walk.  Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21) 

“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

“Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone’s name was not not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14,15)

“He said to me:  “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice arts, the idolaters and all liars — their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:6-8)

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”                  (Revelation 22:14,15)

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

 

Once again, I’d like to share with you that if you are seeking to ‘experience God’ or the ‘supernatural,’ through these types of practices, you will only find yourself being deceived and eternally lost.  You will find no greater love, and no real truth or real life until you come to know God’s love and truth that can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ, the Living Word, and in His written Word, the Bible.  I challenge you to begin reading in the Gospel of John, and in the book of Romans and Ephesians, and ask God to reveal His love and truth to you.

Even though as a Christian you will still continue to face trials and struggles in life, His love is a love that will not disappoint.  And unlike others who may have failed to keep their promise to love you forever, He will never break His promise;  He will never leave or forsake you.  You will find His grace and strength to be sufficient if you truly place your trust in Him, and He will work all things together for good –no matter what life may bring your way!

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

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

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