Sunday, May 28, 2006

Satan Is Cast Down

Evil is all around us.  Deception, misunderstandings, and gross error is ever present.  Many are buying the bill of goods the media is drumming out to them and many have bought into the Christian Humanism that has so easily infiltrated our churches.  Spiritual warefare is rarely talked about anymore, only programs, building funds, and new methods.  The church has forgotton how to pray, I mean really pray!  Not a five or ten minute prayer, but how about spending a half hour, an hour, a couple hours, maybe even a day or night alone with God?  

We are on the winning side, even though the devil may throw everything against us he can.  Jesus said in Luke 10:18 after the seventy came back rejoicing because the devils were subject unto them, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”  The devil has been thrown down as we read in Isaiah 14: 12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” We also read in Ezekiel 28:18 where God not only addresses the King of Tyre, but the devil who was working through him, “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”

The devil has lost his former place as an angel with God has taken the earth.  But only for a short time because the time will come when he will be thrown into the bottomless pit according to Revelation 20:1-2, ¶  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”  That’s not the end though because he will be let lose at the end of the thousand years millennium and will make war with the saints, only to be cast into the lake of fire forever!  Read all of Revelation 20 verses 1 through 10 and see for yourself.  

We may be in a battle now but take courage.  Pray, stand, believe, and keep looking for His appearing.  Satan knows the end of the story and has little time left, but if you’ve read the scriptures and believe, you know it too.  

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The De Vinci Code

The De Vinci Code

When the De Vinci Code came out a couple of years ago, I didn’t pay much attention to it.  I ran across it several time on and read the first couple lines of the summary but went no further.  From what I gathered, it was just another way of man trying to tell us how to interpret the Word of God through something else that was discovered which may, or may not, have any value.  My attention was then caught again by it when an email came my way advertising a video refuting its claims.  Since this was a reputable source, I decided I need to learn a little more about this book that has seemed to captured the attention of millions, to where it will be released as a movie come May 19 of this year.  

To sum it all up and put it simply, the message in this book, which is a novel, is that Jesus Christ was a fabrication of Constantine and the fourth century church.  There are other claims such as the Bible not being real, there being a gospel of Judas and other outlandish things.  To put it quite bluntly, this book is trash!  You may ask if I’ve read it or will I.  The answer is no!  I can smell garbage without getting to close.  

Christ and the Gospel, the Word of God, and God himself have been here before Dan Brown and he’ll be here after he’s gone.  While this is disgusting to say the least, his is not the first attempt to undermine the Bible and it won’t be the last.  The problem is that America is swallowing it in like candy.  The church doesn’t seem to have enough power to stop the tide of deception, but is standing by while Hollywood takes it’s hand of deception and sacrilege.  

If you think I’m being hard, I am.  Not maybe at Dan Brown and the rest of those who will continue to wander down the path of destruction, as well as those teetering on deception and thus falling over the edge: but at our whole social fiber in America which used to be built on the basic teachings of the Bible.  It’s no more, and I’m convinced that America is no longer a Christian nation.  Does that mean we quit praying for her?  No!  I am grieved for all of this and I hope you are too.  If you are one of those being taken in by Dan Brown’s deception, remember what the great Apostle Paul said: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16, KJV  

There are those who have been slain and being persecuted for even owning this great Book.  In America, we can own all the Bibles we want without interference. Satan has other ways of taking our eyes off Christ.  Watch your step!  The Lord is at hand!