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Because heresy and false teaching should never be allowed in the Church, we need to take seriously the call to….test everything. (1 Thess 5:21)

The first question we must decide upon is, Did God really say…….thou shall have no other gods before me?  Think about this question and make sure you really know the answer to it? Did you answer yes? If so, think again and make sure that is what He really said.

Now, what just happened? Did you rethink or check to see if you were really sure? Did you doubt if you really read or heard that command right? If so, then you have learned the old trick of the serpent from the garden. Always make people doubt what God has said and what He means. Of course I hope you stuck with the answer yes to that question, but now we need to understand what it really means.

As Christians, we must be on guard against assuming that “other gods” means just another god in a religion or a statue/idol that is worshipped. A god is anything that takes our attention away from God and comes ahead of Him. But, it is also any god that we create in our own image to project as God.

Turn to your bibles in Acts 17 and read verses 25-25 and verse 29.  Notice what God is NOT. He is not whatever image comes out of man’s idea or skill. In other words, regardless of your artistic ability, God is not defined by your artwork, sculpting, script, book writing, movie making or any other artistic ability you feel at liberty to take to describe Him as you see or feel. We learn this very lesson in Exodus 32:1-6. Open your bibles and turn to that section of Scripture. What outcome do you see taking place here as the Israelites begin to doubt who God was?

Now, pay close attention to verse 5 in that passage. Aaron clearly having some great artistic ability wants to help the people in their frustration and confusion about who God was and where their “leader” was. After Aaron created this image of their god for them, notice in verse 5 who does he attribute it to? What specific name does he use?  Why does he use the name LORD? Because they were not changing the name of their god and his intention was to point people to the God of Israel. By verse 6 we find they are having a church service to their image of God. They see nothing wrong in what they are doing and they certainly don’t see it as worshipping another god….but they are. They had merely merged the worldly pagan practices with the worship of God. Of course, we know what the LORD though of this behavior as we read on, and He wasn’t pleased!

Because the LORD has given us the warning, we need to test everything that promotes God back to His Word, lest we end up like Aaron and the rebellious Israelites.

Now, lets first look at some quotes from the book The Shack and then see what scripture has to say. This way we can discern who we are following after and supporting.

Because the LORD warns us in 2 Cor 11:4, we need to be very vigilant about it.

The Shack pg 112- God, who is the ground of all being, dwells IN, around and through all things.     (This first teaching in The Shack is called Pantheism. It is a pagan, worldly teaching that states that God is in all and is all. It is why people worship creation, rather that the Creator. It is the belief that God is in a tree or an animal or a flower or any object, therefore that object is God. Of course this idea got it original start in religion where? I hope you will remember what we just read in Exodus with Aaron and the Israelites believing that their calf was God. Because this is what The Shack portrays as the image of God, we need to look to scripture to see what it teaches. Turn in your Bibles to Psalm 139:7-14. This is one of the scriptures twisted to give pantheism it’s idea. But what is the scriptures really telling us here? That God is everywhere and that we were created by God, as He spoke and formed things through His Word, but it does NOT teach us that God placed Himself in all things, making them God or like God. If that were the case, there would be no need for that command in Exodus, to have no other gods before Him or against making anything on heaven or earth as an image of God, as God would be in and would be all of those things to begin with. But God is NOT in things made my human hands and is not in ALL things but is creator of them all.)

The Shack pg 182- Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptist or Muslims………. I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters. (Next we continue to see this pagan idea of Pantheism carried even further into Universalism with this statement. While The Shack seems to imply that God is not interested in making people Christians, He is instead interested in making them all His children regardless of what system they are coming from. Now, while at first that seems loving and pleasant and even a little vauge, if you really read the statement in context you will get an understanding of what it is teaching you, otherwise, you would just stick with what Scripture says. Notice the main point is that God is not interested in making them Christians, but in transforming them. But what will they be transformed into? And what does Scripture say about that? Turn to Matt 7:21 and read what it says.  Now, what is the WILL OF THE FATHER? Turn to John 6:40 and tell me what it says? So, if His WILL is that we look to His Son Jesus to believe in Him and be saved and confess that Jesus is the only way, the only truth and they only way to eternal life and we must obey Christ if we love Him, that would mean His will is that we follow who? And what were the disciples that believed in and followed Jesus called at Antioch?  Thus it would teach us that the WILL OF THE TRUE FATHER is to make us Christians (disciples of Christ).

Next we see that God is seen as a woman named Papa offering us a version of gender confusion or gender fluidity. Do you recognize this from society today? Of course Scripture repeatedly calls Yahweh, “Father” and Jesus the Son of God/Son of Man declaring their masculinity. Israel and the Church are always referred to as the wife/bride, thus showing us God’s original plan in making them male and female and His original plan for marriage between a man and a woman.

The Shack pg 95- The Father has scars on his wrists, like the crucifixion wounds of Christ. (God has no wounds as He is not flesh and was not crucified. Instead turn to John 4:24 to tell us what God is. Then turn to Luke 24:39 to tell us who was crucified.)

The Shack pg 120- I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it, it’s my joy to cure it. ( Now why this tickles the ear and sounds comforting to those who want no rules or accountability for their actions lets look at what Scripture has to teach to see if the god of The Shack if the God of the Bible. Turn first to Romans 6:23. What does it tell us about sin? Now turn over to 1 Cor 5:12-13. What is God going to do to the sinner here? Finally turn to Jude 14-15. What is God going to do to sinners here?)

The Shack pg 225- In Jesus I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship. ( Well, the first question you need to ask yourself based on the god of The Shack is…..are all humans sins forgiven because Jesus died? Based on this teaching in The Shack they are, but only some will choose to enjoy the relationship with Him on earth. Regardless of whether you choose to fellowship with Him or not, the main point is are ALL humans sins forgiven now? Let’s look to Scripture to see if the God of the Bible lines up with the god of The Shack. Turn first to John 8:24. What does this verse tell us and whose sins have been forgiven? ALL? Next go to Matthew 6:14-15 and Mark 11:25. What is going to happen here according to Scripture if you don’t forgive others? Therefore, based on the study of these Scriptures, a Christian would have to conclude that the god of The Shack who forgives ALL humans sins through Jesus is not the God of the Bible. While Jesus’ death OFFERS everyone forgiveness of sins if they repent and put their faith and hope in Him, He does not just randomly forgive ALL for their sins, otherwise His death was the only thing needed and the Bible and the Gospel are irrelevant. Why preach a gospel when His death already purified ALL of mankind from it’s sin?)

The Shack pg 136- Mackenzie, evil is a word we use to describe the absence of good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of light or death to describe the absence of life. Both evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to light and good; they do not have any actual existence. (Here we have crept into a form of humanistic philosophy. The very kind Col 2:8 warns against. Let me assure you, evil and darkness do exist. Again, lets look to Scripture to see what it has to say. Turn first to 1 Thess 5:22. What does it say to us? Of course if evil or darkness don’t actually exist what do we need to resist? Next turn to John 3:19 to see what it points out for us. What is mentioned here? Next look at Eph 5:11. What does it say? Finally lets look at Eph 6:12 which to me is by far the best reason Satan would want this teaching in The Shack to take root. What does it say to us? Of course if they don’t exist, then guess who else doesn’t exist????)

The Shack- Papa says to Mack; We (the trinity) have limited ourselves out of respect for you. (This teaching comes from Open Theism which says that God is not Sovereign and is not in control of this world or the things in it. He has limited Himself, so He does not know all things and cannot do all things. Of course no where in Scripture does it teach us that God is limited. In fact as we read today in Psalm 139, God is everywhere and we can not go anywhere to get away from His presence.)

The Shack continues on to say: In fact, we (the trinity) are submitted to you Mack in the same way. ( God does not submit to us, instead we are called to submit to Him. While Jesus humbled Himself to come onto this earth to serve us by giving us His life as a ransom, He never submitted to man and his emotions or desires. Turn to John 2:24 to see what Jesus did in submission to man while He was on earth. Now look to James 4:7 to see what God requires in regards to submission.)

Finally The Shack tells us that Jesus says: I am the best way any human can relate to Papa or Saryu. (Of course the Bible never tells us that Jesus is just the best way, as if there are other choices to discover God and get to Him. John 14:16 tells us the Jesus is the ONLY way. No one comes to the Father except through Him.

There are many others problems with this artistic rendering of a modern day “calf” to lead others to what one would consider god. Of course Scripture teaches us just the opposite and never gives us a pleasing picture for those who follow after such things. The only thing you must decide now is if you are following after another god and supporting the idea of one being put on display before God.

Of course if we think God would be pleased with this or happy with us for at least trying, you need only to look to Aaron and the Israelites to find out what His response was to that. Instead, test everything and flee from that which is false. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness (which does exist), but rather expose them, and if another Jesus, or Spirit or Gospel is preached to you….consider it accursed (meaning from the devil himself).

 

 

 

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4 days ago I awoke from my sleep after a time on being left inside a house to look outside in the world. Adults and children were walking around everywhere and all along the roads were military vehicles and what looked like UN trucks or something of the like. I watched as they rounded up kids and put them inside the trucks and while they monitored all the adults. I remember asking my son to come in from outside and wait with me a while so this could pass. I just continue to watch and pray. This I do know for sure…..our redemption is drawing neigh!

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Watching as the desired effect is accomplished. To see the WeGood2016 campaign spreading on social media just lends to the 3rd term cry that we listened to on Obama’s not so farewell campaign. This scripted campaign leads to just the response needed from the people living off the master of the house and continuing to sell their souls for a pitiful bowl of stew…..Please sir, may we have another?

 

 

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CHANGE is coming to this Nation and to this world in fact. The beast is rising and Satan and his demons are being cast down to earth to wreak havoc because they know their time is short. As we begin to watch this play out before our eyes, it should be no surprise that demons (aliens) will try to make contact with the human race and gather them for battle against Yahweh. Remember, we are not at war against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)

Be not deceived about this stage that is being set for a battle that Revelations warns us is to come. A battle that will pit the very seeds of Satan against the LORD Himself. They will gather many from the for corners of this earth for battle, but in the end it is they who will lose. This weeks news has exposed to us what these wicked rulers of darkness and the hosts in the heavenly places are setting in to place.

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/13/executive-order-coordinating-efforts-prepare-nation-space-weather-events

 

https://www.rt.com/viral/362272-podesta-emails-aliens-vatican/

Now more than ever we need to open our eyes, have ears to hear, and pray for the wisdom and the power to not be deceived. Let us also remember that this battle is the LORD’S and He will fight it for us. We only need to abide in faith and stand!

 

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Have you ever heard the saying: Many a truth is said in jest? There’s a reason for that. Of course if you are not familiar with the saying, now would be a good time to study up on it. The End of the Republic is such a timely idea. It’s so sweet that we can all laugh at such statements. With that said I wonder how the third term and the end of the Republic advances. Trump placed in and lawlessness and war starting, national EMP event or Hillary placed in to office and used as the puppet or even still, elections suspended. We can only continue to watch and pray!

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The Measure of a Man

How do we determine the worth of something or someone? By what standard or plumbline do we gauge a man’s worthiness? Do we compare them to ourselves, our own actions, or to society’s standards? Since the bible has been removed for the most part from secular society, and religion has been categorized as just a set of ideas for any one group, I would venture to say the measure of a man today is NOT God’s Word for the majority. The reality is, society and our own opinion are the gauge. We look at someone’s life and see immorality but overlook it because we gain something for OURSELVES. Maybe it’s money, entertainment, popularity.  We then look at other’s who may hold the exact same behaviors and we increase our shock value. Why? Because we lose something. The crowds have latched on to a “crucify them” attitude and we need to join in to “belong”. Maybe there are bribes involved. Maybe we gain a feeling of righteousness and self respect. For whatever reason we have used society and our own view to measure the worth of something or someone.

Proverbs 20:9-10 teaches us that, Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”? Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.

What does this mean? What is the plumb line of God’s Word teaching us? First, only the one who has come to a true, saving faith in Christ can say that they have made their heart clean and have been purified from their sins. Of course, the only way to measure that is to measure our hearts and our life back to the plumb line of God’s Word. This is why David, who had stumbled into sin, would ask God to test him and see if there was any wicked way in him. Only Yahweh and His Word can bring cleansing and measure our worth. That is the only standard we can hold ourselves to. Of course many chose to measure the worth of others based on differing standards. One who practices evil we will call good, while another who practices good we will call evil. Of course at the very same time we also measure one person’s evil as acceptable and another person’s evil as deplorable, even though they are the exact same actions. In other words, we rationalize something as acceptable even when the LORD says it isn’t…period. Our worthless, fraudulent balancing scales of morality and worth are detestable to the LORD.  The Septuagint points it out as a  warning against judging a neighbor by a standard which we do not apply to ourselves.

In these days of wickedness and lawlessness, my prayer is that we do not get washed away in the ideology of an immoral society who uses their own desires as a gauge for worth or moral direction, but instead we lean on the foundation of God’s Word and His Son as our plumb line for truth. Only then will we remain study upon these raging storms of deception in the coming months and years and not come crashing down on sinking sand. Only then will we be found hanging our lives and our nation on fair and balanced scales which are of the LORD.

 

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 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.  But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:28-29)

Suffice it to say, we are truly the generation that has returned back to the days of Noah and Lot. As I study the Word to digest all of it’s meaty teachings, the thing that stands out to me the most, is that God is calling us to be like Noah and Lot in our wicked generation. To walk in and live by righteousness which comes through faith in Christ. The struggle that I have as I read through these accounts is that based on the teachings and commentaries of so many pastors, I would be hard pressed to understand why Lot was considered righteous. In fact, the only justification I could find as an overwhelming consensus, was that Lot believed in God, but did nothing with his faith. Instead he lived a life of immorality and complacency when it came to his witness, but because he believed he was called righteous.

I am going to state up front that this teaching does not set well in my spirit and does not line up with the consistent message in the Bible in the Old or New Testaments. Because of that, I have taken some time to sit in prayer and study and ask the LORD to help me reconcile Lot and his righteousness, so that what I teach others lines up with His truth. I will say, what the LORD has taught me makes far more sense to His Word and His nature that the general explanation given.

The first thing we need to ask ourselves as we read the account of Lot in Genesis is, did Lot choose to live among the land because it looked good to him and he assumed he would proper for his family? Did he believe that he could have an effect on others with little to no effect on himself or his family? In fact, the Hebrew words for LIFT YOUR EYES means to LOOK WITH CARE. The bible does not make known to us Lot’s motive, so we just assume one. What we can gather from the scriptures though is that Lot believed this to be the best land for his family, and it doesn’t seem that his uncle Abraham tried to discourage him otherwise.

Reality causes us to understand that we can not be taken out of this world or live separately from society, but instead we are left to live and dwell among the wicked and the lawless in peace. In fact, this seems to be the very defense of the modern day church today that rebels against the “institutionalized” church for the sake of dwelling with unbelievers and the immoral  in relationship to impact them for Christ. Sadly, we couldn’t live in America and most of it’s cities if we take a stand against Lot for the land that he chose.

Second, we should note according to scripture, that the men of Sodom were not really fans of Lot at all. In fact they referred to him as “judging” in a mocking tone. In all actuality, it seems that they are not fans of the way Lot judges because their views of what is considered immoral and wicked is very different from Lot’s. How is that relevant to our generation and how the Lot’s of our day stand for morality, only to be mocked and harassed by those who hold a different view to what they believe is moral in their own eyes. Of course Lot seems to believe he can even participate in the local politics of the area given his place of prominence at the city gate. Again, how would this be any different than those in the Church who believe that Christians should place themselves in prominent places of political leadership to influence the society around them.

Scripture also never tells us that Lot did not try to minister to those he dwelled among. It would just seem that his ministry was ineffective in a place so given over to wickedness and immorality. Yet, this is no different than the days of Noah, (to which the last days generation is also compared), in the sense that NO ONE responded to Noah’s ministry. But does that mean that Noah was ineffective for Yahweh? Of course not! Instead, we can blame that on the hearts of the hearers and their desire to do what was right in their own eyes. Sadly, their ears were closed to the ministry that was right among them.

This seems to be the case in Lot’s day as he recognizes these godly men as the enter into the city and begs them not to stay in the square, but to come under his own roof for protection. It is during this time that Lot is mocked by the wicked men in his city for begging them not to do so wickedly. While it was the custom of his culture to protect those who came into your home as a guest, Lot seems to go above and beyond what is really required of him for these godly men. In his mind, he was willing to offer up his own daughters, as if he hated them, to protect that which was sent from God. All that we know from this occurrence is that God causes the angels to protect Lot and his daughters from this consequence and strikes the wicked men with blindness.

In the end, what we can conclude is that Lot does not seem to be a man who agrees with or even participates in the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. Instead, it would seem his intentions were to live among this people, prosper off the land and influence them. Of course even the most noble of intentions can have an influence on those around us that we bring along on our journey. Lot’s choices seems to have affected even his family in a negative way. His desire to stay among a group who were unwilling to hear and repent and even to build upon a friendly approach by calling them “breathen” does not seem to appeal to this people. Instead it seems the longer he stays, the more it impacts his wife and his children to tolerate what is going on in this society and the love for what it provides them.

What we can learn from Lot’s life is that as a Christian who has put our faith in Christ and is walking in the righteousness of His Spirit, we can also find ourselves dwelling to long in places, instead of dusting off our feet when people won’t listen. In the end our life can end up as an example to 1 Cor 3:15- If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. The intentions of our work can be good but produce nothing. That work like Sodom will be burned, but he himself will be saved. It is the same for the times we live in and why Christ compared those days to the days of Noah and Lot. We live among the perverse and wicked, but many will not listen.

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