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Do not be deceived by manipulated doctrines of men

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Do not be deceived by manipulated doctrines of men

How do you know when something is masquerading as light? If it changes the Word of God in such a way that challenges His deity, authority or overall message, it’s false.

It isn’t a matter of simple differences in translation. The numerous variations in translations, albeit minor in most cases, are reconciled very easily by the fact that the message itself is not changed.  In other words, each can read a different major version of the Bible, but all can walk away knowing the fundamental truths (apologies to the KJV-only crowd).

Test to know whether or not someone or something is masquerading as light by turning to scripture. You don’t have to know the Bible word for word to do this. Just ask yourself this question when testing anything: is or was the Word of God changed in order to fit someone’s idea or theology?

These are some of the basic truths that one should test any doctrine against, as these fundamentals are not based on interpretation or conjecture. There are many others, but these are just some basic facts that would knockout a few “Christian” denominations today.

Doctrinal changes through religion and media:

Some doctrines or leaders change scripture ever so slightly, and other times it’s blatantly obvious. Either way, the deviation can be blasphemous.

A good example of a dangerous doctrinal change would be changing “the God” to “a god”. This change effectively challenges the authority of our Creator, and yes, one major religion does this. In this case, a seemingly small change creates an entirely new theology, thus a seed is planted for a new belief system. And it would seem there is no shortage of people who are easily convinced of such lies.

Another form of doctrinal change comes through a twisted view of scripture in order to fit scripture to tradition. For instance, to justify certain eating habits many use Peter’s dream. However, the following verses clearly state what that dream meant, which had nothing to do with food. Again, this was done in order to create a further distance between Jews and their Messiah.

Changes made by way of tradition are not necessarily written doctrine, but beliefs based on traditions rather than truth can be far more lethal in some cases. This is because it’s harder to implement change when everyone around you would more than likely criticize it or not understand the reasoning. It is especially hard when family begins to alienate you for those beliefs.

It didn’t take long for new doctrine to be created that left out all the Jewish foundations. The traditions of men filled the void of God-ordained appointed times, which is what most of us are familiar with and celebrate today. It’s so common that even non-believers celebrate these so called “Christian” traditions.

Another way of changing doctrine is through media. One example of this traditional doctrine being played out is when we see Biblical movies (or a series as it were) that evidently never consulted the actual Bible. They take Biblical stories and turn them into something completely contrary and belittling to the actual events or people. And even if the movie is not Christian, the majority of movies confirm traditions held by nearly all Westerners. It’s the common thing.

You might ask how can they get away with this? Because very few realized it isn’t biblical. They went or go along with it. Very few people contest the media and its portrayal of Biblical stories. And that should give us pause.

Many people’s belief is solely based on the teachings of men, thus their understanding is very limited. In doing this they short themselves true knowledge. How can you know God without knowing about Him? It goes without saying that you can’t get it from movies or television.

In some cases these movies or series on Biblical characters will imply them to be lunatics, fanatics, schizophrenic or just incredibly lucky. They make God out to be a deity who likes to kill on a whim or is very unapproachable spiritually. The fact is that most Christians do not relate with God the Father because they have been told that grace erases all things from the past.

Did we fall for a trap?

Generally speaking Christianity has been dumbed down. Is it not conspicuous that after the scattering of the saints Jews could no longer relate to Christianity? Remember that Jewish believers hadn’t changed their belief in the Torah. They were only given another perspective that showed them the mystery that the prophets longed to see. The mystery being that Yeshua was hidden until the time appointed so that He could be an offering that covered sin for everyone once and for all. Yeshua was the Passover Lamb and the manifestation of the Law.

Only by believing in Yeshua can you gain Salvation and atonement. Instead of the blood of bulls and rams, the blood of God’s Son who had to be born of flesh in order for His blood to be shed, this was the secret. This is what the sacrifice of Isaac was showing us, that God would provide His own lamb who He would then resurrect in order to seal the covenant made. The Good News was that all mankind could be set apart if they believed in His beloved Son as the Messiah!

Maybe Jews couldn’t relate because Jesus somehow became a pale Westerner, similar to those that hated them. Or maybe because many, many Jews were killed by so-called “Christians”. This in addition to the Commandments being ignored and the ordained Feasts no longer being observed changed everything.

The door was opened for doctrines and traditions of men to once again hold more authority than the Word of God.

It seems pretty obvious we’ve done exactly what Satan wanted. We fell for his trap, once again.

What’s the harm?

A simple misunderstanding of scripture can be because of ignorance; it happens from time to time. But at other times it’s not misunderstanding, rather blatant rejection. In the case of rejection scripture is purposely changed or twisted in order to create or support a different theology or false doctrine. Whether the twisting of scripture is said or written doesn’t make any difference, damage can still be done.

Adding a few lines of real scripture seems to convince us, doesn’t it? Those who believe in false doctrines, theories, or theologies typically fail to find out the truth for themselves because that would require reading the Bible. It can all just come down to not wanting to accept scripture as is since it would go against one’s lifestyle.

This ultimately leads to confusion.

The Holy Spirit does not lead believers to confusion, only the wicked who are blind to truth. All these different directions within Christianity cause many people to think that there are many paths to God or that all religions are okay.

The stage has been set for a new age mentality where just about anything goes that results in people struggling and backsliding. Is it any wonder then why people are not finding peace in their faith?

In conclusion

We highly encourage you to diligently seek the Holy Spirit for guidance and ask that you not be blind to the truth. Regardless, always open the Word of God and read it for yourself!

Is it possible that the majority of Christians are misled? Yes. It’s hard to believe, I know. The fact is that most do not lean on the Holy Spirit for guidance. They lean on the bad shepherds and false teachers.

The worse case scenario would be a false doctrine or religion misguiding people into apostasy because they are not receiving truth. I believe we are already there.

We would like to extend an offer to anyone who is in need of a Bible, but cannot purchase one for whatever reason. Please send us a message and we’ll try and get one to you as soon as possible.

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First they came for the gun owners….

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First they came for the gun owners

…but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t own a gun.

One of the more infuriating aspects of the Left’s game of denying reality with their little ‘That wasn’t really socialism’ is that there are distinct parallels between their agenda and that of other socialist nations, past and present. They all have a similar process of imposing socialistic slavery with a specific national agenda. A key part being the deprivation of the means of self-defense to their citizens and those who posses these means.

Denying the right of self-defense is a fundamental aspect of socialism

It is a fact of history that gun confiscation is an integral part of implementing of a socialist national agenda. The USSR required the people to turn in their guns, as did the German national socialist worker’s party. As was Fidel Castro’s response in the question of whether the people should have guns as or the United Socialist Party of Venezuela confiscating guns from the people for their own safety, of course.

These have all taken place at the onset of socialistic slavery, but somehow the new version isn’t the same because reasons. Leftists aren’t really trying to set up a governmental monopoly on the use of force, they are just trying to protect the children* [ *unborn and under 9 months old excluded ]. Even though it has been proven time and again that their repression of Liberty does not work as advertised.

The liberty grabber left is now celebrating the destruction of basic civil liberties

Where this subject not so deadly serious, it would be comical to still witness leftists parroting the ‘No one is talking about gun confiscation’ or a variant thereof. Meanwhile they can scarcely contain themselves in the glee over New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seizing on their ‘serious crisis’ to confiscate guns with tweets looking to replicate the destruction of a basic human right in the states.

It is more than a coincidence that the tempo of the drum beat for liberty control has increased while the ideological fraud of socialism is being forced on the people. After a long winded piece gloating about leftist victories over liberty, an opinion piece in Bloomberg has even suggested that Chief Justice John Roberts seize on the serious crisis in New Zealand, using it to destroy this basic civil liberty.

Citizens turned into subjects with a change in the relationship between the people and the government

The genius of the founding fathers is that they recognized that down through history, people have had varying relationships with government. In most cases it was one of the government having a monopoly on the use of force. On occasion the people would challenge this monopoly and change the government, but only after an ensuing orgy of carnage and death.

The founders set forth a new paradigm, that of government by the consent of the people with a semblance of parity via a distributed ability to use force. The nation’s Socialist-Left would like to change or ‘reform’ that paradigm back to the old-fashioned version of the government being the sole purveyor of force. Please note that we are dispensing with the tired old line of the left that this is not what they want. They have made this quite clear over the past few years to the point that anyone that is informed of the issue recognizes that this is just another lie on their part.

“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.” – Thomas Paine

Relegating gun owners to 2nd class citizenship

Those of us who haven’t traded, sold or lost all of our guns in a boating accident are a persecuted class these days. The situation is much akin to a baseball pitching machine throwing fastballs over and over again without let-up. With all kinds of new laws being proposed at state and federal levels that range from invasive Intergalactic Background Checks, liability insurance requirements, gun registration and of course, gun confiscation SWATing legislation.

The destruction of basic civil liberties will only begin with gun owners

Every citizen of the nation is protected with basic Constitutional principles and civil rights including due process, the presumption of innocence and the right to face one’s accuser.

The gun owner has been excluded from these basic civil liberties in some states, and if the liberty grabbers had their way, such would be the case nationwide. With just the flimsiest insinuation of being ‘dangerous’ a gun owner [or those who are merely accused of being a gun owner] will be subjected to gun confiscation raid from the authorities.

This will be just the beginning of the ordeal – if they survive the SWAT team coming at 5:00 AM without warning. Our 2nd class citizen will have to prove they aren’t ‘dangerous’ after they have effectively found guilty in a star chamber. It will only be after spending thousands of dollars in legal fees that they may get their property back in less than stellar condition. The trend is to set gun owners below the legal status of accused criminals in the eyes of the justice system.

We’re just starting on the slippery slope

Fresh from their moves against the basic human right of self-preservation, the chief censor of the government of New Zealand has arbitrarily decided that certain ideas are beyond the pale, sparking a debate over free speech as reported by the Associated Press. This of course is another ongoing controversy in the states over the issue of political correctness and ‘Hate speech’. This shows that isn’t just about ‘military style assault weapons’ or whatever is the phrase at the moment, this is a question of liberty, something the people who use a similar sounding label used to pretend to support.

Make no mistake, the legislative mechanisms and regulations used to deprive gun owners of their commonsense human and civil rights will be used on others if they are allowed to stand. A civil liberties group in California made the point that one doesn’t have to be a gun owner to be subjected to gun confiscation SWATing. If they can go after the property of a gun owner in one instance, because they don’t like their attitude, what’s to stop them from going after a journalist or other type of activist? These orders only have to allege someone is dangerous with little evidence, much less proof that they own a gun. What’s to stop them from deciding free-speech is dangerous or ‘offensive’ necessitating that their computers or cell phones should be seized – at gunpoint no less?

The Takeaway

The whole point of the ‘first they came for’ series is that authoritarians rarely go after everyone at once. They are very careful in picking their targets for their oppression with the tactic of divide and conquer. Today it’s the people who own guns, tomorrow it will be those who don’t conform to the precepts of ‘political correctness’.

This is why President John F. Kennedy stated that: “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

This is why everyone should be concerned at the headlong rush to denigrate the right of self-defense. And why everyone should be horrified that the government could even consider jettisoning the basic civil liberty of due process and the presumption of innocence. The loss of basic civil rights for some will mean the loss for everyone.

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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

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Speculation about ancient human skull in Israel points to unscientific method of modern science

What does an ancient human skull found in a cave in Israel tell us about the past? It all depends on which perspective you take and whether you want to follow sound scientific practices or manipulated conclusions from circular reasoning.

Modern science can give us a tremendous view of the past. With nearly every discovery, we can see God’s work at play in molding the planets and the stars, the oceans and the lands, the people and the other wonderful creatures. Unfortunately, scientists often distort the findings to fit in with their secular worldview. A clear case of this comes to us from a study published four years ago in the scientific journal, Nature, titled Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans, that is still being erroneously taught today.

First, watch the way that it is being reported. Then, let’s discuss the conclusions.

This is an important discovery, one that clearly points to a Biblical worldview of the roots of man from the garden of Eden working its way from what is now Africa into what is now the Middle East. It jibes with the story of the great flood, stories from the life of Adam through Joshua, and a centralized end point of ancient man in the region along the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa up through modern day Turkey.

Of course, that’s not what the scientists doing the research concluded.

“The is the first evidence that shows that, indeed, there was a large wave of African migrants coming out of East Africa and inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region,” said Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University.

One of the biggest problems with modern science is that our society blindly accepts their conclusions. They know, right?

Proper scientific method that we all learn in high school tells us the conclusions of the research are completely unscientific. We know a few things that are truly observable:

  • Humans very likely started in Africa and Neanderthals were in the Middle East.
  • Humans and Neanderthals interbred to form the basis for Europeans. Today, everyone other than purely African people have at least a little Neanderthal DNA.
  • A human skull fragment was found in Israel.

Given this information, it is obtuse to draw the conclusion that this represents a large wave of African migrants inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean region. One skull fragment does not tell us that there was a large migration. One skull fragment does not tell us that it was a migration at all. Modern science must establish hypotheses based upon observable facts, but it almost always extrapolates too much.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing if it extrapolated based upon the Bible. We are told the general story of everything that happened from creation through the rise of the Greeks within the Old Testament. Every scientific and archaeological discovery in the region supports this general story, but a culture that utilizes far more distant time frames to explain the discoveries has generated the faulty conclusions that scientists present to us today.

The evidence tells two different stories depending on the observer’s worldview. It’s unfortunate that most have pushed aside the obvious and verifiable conclusions in order to perpetuate the paradigm of secularism.

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Seriously, ‘eat mor chikin’ at Chick-fil-A

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Seriously eat mor chikin at Chick-fil-A

A month doesn’t pass without some organization protesting Chick-fil-A to exclude them from participating in some program or even open restaurants in certain locations. This month’s version of Chick-fil-A hate was the last straw for Senator Ted Cruz (and me) as San Antonio’s city council has voted to prevent the fast food chain from operating at the airport.

Let’s call this what it is. Any individual, organization, or company that supports a Biblical worldview or donates to Judeo-Christian causes are considered to be anti-LGBTQ. The only ones who are not labeled as such are those who go out of their way to embrace the LGBTQ community and who promote such things as gay marriage. Faith-based institutions that prioritize modern day’s version of “tolerance” over the Bible’s teachings are often considered to be A-OK to the leaders of the LGBTQ community (as compared to the actual members of the community, most of whom are not involved in pushing the leadership’s agenda beyond believing marriage is not only between a man and a woman).

Chick-fil-A has done nothing to attack the LGBTQ community. They’ve always been stalwart defenders of equal rights and do not deserve the type of treatment they get from people like the six who voted against them in San Antonio’s city council. Yes, they donate to Christian causes. Yes, they let their employees off on Sunday except in those rare circumstances when they’re presence on Sunday is a blessing. Yes, ownership expresses a Biblical worldview. But such things shouldn’t earn them a place on the blacklist.

Nevertheless, they are, and it’s time for patriotic Americans to commit to a sustained campaign in support of this company which has become a symbol as a primary victim of the left’s contempt and discrimination.

Starting tomorrow (can’t start today since it’s Sunday), it’s time to eat out at Chick-fil-A whenever it makes sense. But don’t just do it once. Make it a regular thing. Thinking of other fast food joints for lunch? Whenever possible, don’t. We need to let them and everyone else know that if the left is going to continue to denigrate and block Chick-fil-A, that we’re going to counter their maneuvers by supporting them with our business.

It can’t stop there. We also need to let those who act against Chick-fil-A know, such as those discriminating against religious freedom at the San Antonio city council, that it’s unacceptable. Notice that I’m referring specifically to those who act against Chick-fil-A and not average citizens who protest Chick-fil-A. Protests are protected by the 1st Amendment, so anything beyond respectful discourse should be avoided with the people who have a conscientious difference of opinion. But those who act against Chick-fil-A, especially if they’re part of the government, must be dealt with at the ballot box. A strongly worded letter wouldn’t hurt, either.

Chick-fil-A doesn’t need our help. They’re doing just fine. But that doesn’t mean we can’t expand our support for them anyway. The best way to show or deny support is with our business. Give it to them. Withhold it from those who oppose American freedom.

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