The Church is High on Paganism


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20141031-222716.jpg Churches and Christians having Halloween parties to reach "trick or treaters" makes as much sense as them having "orgy night" or "pornography night" to reach sex addicts, "shot night" to reach alcoholics, "high night" to reach drug addicts, "pig out night" to reach people with eating disorders, "suicide bomb night" to reach terrorists, "boxing night" to reach violent people, etc. Our goal as Christians should be to represent the image of Christ well, unstained and uncontaminated by the world, every day of the year (an unrelenting and unchanging message no matter what pagan season we find ourselves surrounded by). The more we look and act like the world, the less we can speak against the evils in it (since we would, as participants, be hypocritical to do so, and we would have no credibility crying out against the dung heap while standing in the middle of it covered by it). Yes we will be considered weird, yes we will be shunned because we choose not to indulge in their evil practices of partying and reveling in the evil God hates, but it is a small price to pay in order to be light in the darkness. I love the desire Christians say they have to reach people during every season, but celebrating Halloween and other pagan events and rubber stamping the festivals is not what God called us to do. We are told to be separate and holy as a witness against evil practices. Jesus said, if you will lose your life for my sake you will gain it, but if you try to save it you will lose it. Personal accountability, regarding what practices we participate in, in our own homes is crucial. How can we teach our children the Bible as truth and then ignore its clear statements regarding being in the world but not of it? How can we warn the children of the wine of Babylon and then drink and serve it up to our children as though it were the blood of our Savior, no different than the cup from the Lord's Supper. The Bible makes it clear that we cannot drink from the cup of demons and from the cup of Christ. Yet we say that doing so, but while doing so preaching the gospel, is okay with God even though His word specifically, again and again, warns us to be separate, to be holy, to be blameless and not to practice or participate in the evil works of darkness (idolatry and demonic practices and festivals included). No! We are not to partake of the cup of the devil: Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. If people want to hold other outreaches, not associated to the paganism around them, to those desperate for hope on the darkest days of the year, I'm all for it. That would be the best time to make a clear distinction between us and the world by not conforming to their evil demonic and idolatrous practices. By standing up and saying, though the entire pagan world is at it's peak this day, we will not mix light with darkness and pretend that God is pleased with it or us participating in it. The Bible says, "what does light have to do with darkness". These festivals are evil, and we as Christians need to be light piercing the darkness, not taking on darkness and trying to reforge it to be a message (or metaphor) for light. One Christian compromise after another has made the Church of Christ more and more worldly by the day (to the point where Christians are less trustworthy, less moral, and less generous than the world around them). Yet, the Bible says, "be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Jesus said you are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses it's saltiness, it will be of no value yet it will be trampled under foot. He said, you are the light of the world (being different from darkness - piercing the darkness) do not hide you light under a bushel, but make it shine always (but be pure light, not light mixed with darkness). The Bible also says that we are to walk in the world even as Christ walked in the world, yet we have not one example of Jesus practicing witchcraft in order to reach witches, or celebrating days of the dead, or other pagan festivals even though the existed in those days. We have not one example of Jesus participating in those practices that the Bible condemns, such as idolatry, adultery, fornication, theft, or the like in order to be a beacon of light in this dark world and to "reach the lost". No, in fact we are called again and again to be different from the world, to be strangers, foreigners, aliens, peculiar, foolish (to those living in darkness). Let us not be fooled by these cutzie messages proclaiming the goodness achieved by participating in the evil practices of the world. The ends do not justify the means, which is why Jesus and the apostles continuously abstained from the evils of the world, focusing not on house decorating and on candy (both of which are like leaven to the body and soul), but rather focusing on being salt and light in season and out of season with the same unchanging life transforming work of Christ on display, by not being like the world. For those of you who are not aware, please read and learn. Pray and seek wisdom from God about what these warnings mean: Revelation 17:1-7 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness:and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city? And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. Remember: Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. May the Lord bless the reading of His Word

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Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18


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