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Do not be deceived by manipulated doctrines of men



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.

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2 Thessalonians 3:5 – ‘patient waiting for Christ’



2 Thessalonians 3:5 patient waiting for Christ

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)

This is a very straightforward verse, but with a subtle undertone that must be understood. We are flawed creatures who cannot do well nor even have faith in God without God’s intervention. In verse 2 and 3, it is clear that men have no faith but the Lord is faithful. That is why He directs our hearts to love Him and gives us patience to carry on until Christ’s return. Even faith requires what God has put in our hearts.

This should be comforting, especially to those who are unsure whether or not they truly have faith. The faith we have is not our own but given to us by God. If it is given to us by Him, we can be certain it will be true.

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The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture



The biggest threat to Christians is the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture

In many scriptures of the Bible, there is a “falling away” or discussion of great deceptions that are coming to the world. It has been hard for believers in Christ to comprehend the possibility of the masses falling away from Christianity because faith has been a powerful part of society for nearly two millenniums, but we are seeing it today. Moreover, we are seeing the spreading of a seed that will cause further apostasy among believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior: the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture.

Most who have gone to church in the last hundred years have likely considered the possibility at the very least that the rapture of the church will occur before the tribulation that is spoken of in many books of the Bible, including the Book of Revelation. Some estimates put it at 90% of the Christian church believes in a pre-tribulation rapture. The vast majority of popular churches teach that believers will be called up to Heaven before the tribulation. Simply stated, the Bible does not support this claim.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Jesus will come in the clouds and call up those who are believers. This will not happen prior to the tribulation. The sun and moon will be darkened, and then He shall return. The majority of churches that teach Imminency, the concept that Jesus will return at any moment and His people will be raptured at that time, point to one verse to counter the argument of signs that will precede His second coming:

Matthew 24:36

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This is obviously a true statement. It is also one that is completely misunderstood. The fact that we nor anyone else can know the day or the hour does not mean that He can come at any time. Throughout the Gospels and the writings of Paul, we hear of things that must happen before His return. It is not for us to know the day or the hour, but the season will make itself very evident. We will see certain events occur. One of those series of events are known as the Great Tribulation.

Why it is believed

The simply answer when asking why so many people, even “educated” church leaders, is that we want to believe it. It’s human nature to want to avoid persecution, war, sickness, and beheadings, all of which are spoken of as parts of the tribulation. If someone of authority tells us that we will not have to go through these things as long as we believe, it’s a message that can resonate. Those who hear the truth, that we may be living in the end times and that as a result many of us will go through great suffering due to our faith – it’s just not as positive of a message.

The not-so-simple answer is that Satan is pushing this as part of his agenda. It is Satan that rules the earth. His goal is to pull as many people away from the faith as possible, which is why he and his minions began deceiving Christians at their core starting in the early 19th century with the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture. He has brought about and continues to bring about waves of deceptions to pull people away from even considering the Word of the Bible, but this particular deception is to attack those who are wanting to be strong in their faith. It’s designed to shake the spirits of the believers to the point of non-belief.

Think about it. If you make people believe that they are not going to face suffering, that they are “special” and will avoid all of the troubles that will engulf the world, then they are weakened as a result. They will not be ready. When the tribulation does begin and they’re still on this planet going through it, they will begin to question their own faith. They will not be prepared to fight against persecution. They will be more willing to be deceived in order to save their lives. They will be more open to deceptions of the Anti-Christ. They will be more likely to worship the false messiah to take his mark in order to buy and sell. They will see the formation of the one world government, the one world economy, and the single world leader and they will do so more willingly than those who have their eyes open.

This is arguably the greatest deception that Satan has pulled off thus far.

Why churches teach it

Building a church is not as black and white for most as it is for others. It’s much easier to build one with a happy message than to try to build one through promises of fire and brimstone, persecution and suffering. There are those sitting in the seats of church leadership who realize that a pre-tribulation rapture is not correct but they continue to preach it in fear that their congregation will shrink or disappear altogether if they go against the grain.

As with any man-made organization, the Christian church world has a “club” among the leaders. There are those who are in the club and those who are not in the club. Those who are in the club are able to speak at events, sell books, build up an online following, and prosper as a church. Those who are not in the club have a much harder time finding relevance in this world. Today, the club is made up of pre-tribulation rapture teachers. If you’re not preaching a pre-tribulation rapture, you can’t be in the club.

It’s a catch-22 for many. Not all do it because of ignorance or greed. There are those who teach it because they feel that a message that can resonate with more people is better than a message that alienates many. In other words, they realize that they are not teaching this particular issue properly but if they can misinterpret this one little point, they’ll be able to get the other important messages out to more people. It’s a misguided attempt at an honorable sentiment that is actually more dangerous than not reaching the people at all. We believe there is a likelihood that many people will fall away in the last days, but others will open their eyes as well. If they open their eyes and start reading the Bible, they will see what they had missed their whole lives and will have an opportunity to head down the right path before it’s too late. If, however, they are weakened by expectations of a pre-tribulation rapture, it will be more difficult to bring them back to the truth.

Debating the Issue

It is sad when I read some of the assertions of those who continue to fight the truth of post-tribulation rapture. They are often excellent writers or orators fighting from a misguided perspective. For example, in the book Triumphant Return by Grant Jeffrey, he states:

Several incorrect premises have caused some to reject the pretribulation Rapture and accept the position called the “postribulation Rapture.” The first premise is an emotional contention that it would be unfair for the modern Church to escape to heaven scot free to escape the martyrdom that other believers have experienced.

In all of our studies of those promoting a post-tribulation rapture, I have never heard this premise before. It’s appalling that Jeffrey would lead with such a poor premise, as if trying to mislead the readers into believing that the post-tribulation doctrine is so weak that those who believe in it are emotional and ignorant simpletons.  Below, you will see videos of people who have formed their doctrine based solely on the Word of the Bible, who make it crystal clear that a post-tribulation rapture is without a doubt the reality, and that the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture is damaging to those to which it is taught.

The Words of Jesus Christ should be the resounding end of any debate that He will return before the tribulation:

Matthew 24:29-31

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There are other verses that also make it clear, but this is obviously the most specific. There are those who will say this is referring only to the Jews. There are those who will use charts and graphs to convince you of a pre-tribulation rapture. They will point to interpretations by Darby, Ephraem the Syrian, and Scofield as proof. Do not be misled.

Rather than point to the evidence or attempt to debate the concept, I will defer to a few people who have done more research on the subject than me. Please take the time to watch these videos and share this article. It’s important that believers are prepared for what’s to come. Whether it’s today or in a thousand years, we cannot allow people to be guided down a path that can lead them to be part of the falling away the Jesus spoke of in His ministry. We must open our eyes, see the truth, and spread it to all that we can.

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Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls: ‘Stop pretending you’re a victim because you broke the rules and rolled up your skirt’



Liz Wheeler to Catholic girls Stop pretending youre a victim because you broke the rules and rolled

Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego are protesting their dress code. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence; there have been plenty of protests over the years, especially by feminists, in opposition to school dress codes that require girls to wear skirts. But this protest is different. The students are protesting because girls are no longer allowed to wear skirts.

Principal Kevin Calkin, the principal at Cathedral Catholic High School, changed the dress code in the most recent iteration of policy. Now, it states: “The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls. Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.”

But students brought signs and demanded the old policy be put back in place. Signs had various messages from “My body, my choice” to “Even Jesus wore one.”

The policy was put into place after the principal and others on staff had handed out “hundreds of hours of detention” to girls who would break the knee-length minimum for skirts, especially by rolling up their skirts to reveal more of their lower bodies.

One America News host Liz Wheeler lambasted the students, who apparently can’t tell the difference between rights and privileges. Only in America can students feel so victimized because they can’t wear skirts to school.

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