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““Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

I was contacted recently about an upcoming film entitled “Holy Ghost” whose director is Darren Wilson of Wanderlust Productions. The movie takes into account of the Holy Spirit and thereby uses clips of pastors as well as Christian entertainers such as frontman Brian Welch of the rock group Korn. The problem? It’s portraying another gospel and worse, it is setting the stage for the emerging period of time where all religions will begin to finally come together.

We’ve seen this attempt throughout the past, but lately it appears that the spirit behind this movement (antichrist) is moving even quicker in these last days. From the church of Mormon meeting with Pope Francis, to evangelical leaders such as Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland and James Robison meeting with the current Pope. (source)

But now we have another wolf slipping into the shadows of Christian churches and working his way into the hearts and lives of many a youth Pastor and their young people – Brian Welch. Welch claimed of his “deliverance” from a life full of sin in many Christian interviews and public appearances, and the church ate it up. However, while not quickly judging someone, many (including myself) stood back, hoping that the news of someone so deep into the trenches of sin and darkness did indeed have a change of life due to the cross. Yet ever mindful of the words of Jesus that we should, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? (Matthew 7:16) I began to wait and decide what was going to occur.

No one, not myself or anyone else should desire anyone to fail in their walk. We’re not vultures, circling above those struggling to walk this journey of life, however, at the same time, we also must be mindful that Satan also has certain people who walk in the darkness, but yet are masked in the light of truth. Even Paul stated that Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, as well as his ministers. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Then it occurred, Welch shockingly announced he was returning back to Korn, the very same darkness he was supposedly set free from, and now is rocking satanic lyrics across the nation, bringing with him the hearts of thousands of gullible Christian young people who have been lured by this man. The word speaks that like a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. (Proverbs 26:11)

Welch is the emergent churches pied piper, and many are following his tune straight into hell.

Yet, here we are, many in the church being seduced under the guidance that everyone is saved, everyone can prophesy, everyone can have the Holy Spirit without being born again. Who would make such a statement? None other than Brian Welch. (source) How is it that someone who claims to be born again can yet state something as unscriptural as this? Because I believe Brian Welch quite possibly never knew the truth to begin with and was sent into our midst to steal the hearts and minds of young people in an attempt to promote another gospel.

Here is what John said concerning such a deception, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” (1 John 2:19)   The facts seem to suggest Welch is promoting another gospel entirely, and multitudes are about to swallow it hook, line and sinker. In the video link which can be found (here), we can hear Welch proclaiming that a “great awakening” ‘is coming, and it is coming’ he repeats with such decisive accuracy that it’s almost haunting.

Yet Welch is correct about something coming which will unite the world, including the world’s religions – a grand deception. That is in fact what is truly coming, not a great awakening of God’s spirit. The truth is, God’s spirit is already being poured out among the land, the problem is not his spirit, but the spirit of man, he wishes not to know that spirit of truth and instead, he desires anything but the spirit of God. That is why Satan will bring such a great deception, because men reject truth to embrace a lie.

I contend what Welch is promoting, the lies which says all people, including sinners, can prophesy, can hear from God, can find all of the truth from the Holy Spirit very deceiving. One must be born again first before they can do anything for God. Ecumenism supports such views, but not the word. Yet what I tell the reader is this, what Welch and others are promoting is in fact another gospel, another Jesus, another way. They are not of us, though they went out from us, they were not apart of us. Christian, beware of what you accept and who you listen to, for in this final hour of time, your soul is at stake. DO NOT BE DECEIVED.

Christopher

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“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly–not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” 1 Peter 5:2-4


Never allow ANYONE abuse you in the name of Christ. Spiritual abuse within the church is a very serious occurrence and happens much more than you think. Pastors who beat their people into submission, ministries who manipulate the word in order to gain your last dollar and do it in the name of the cross, are symptoms relating to spiritual abuse within the church.

The gospel does not come with an iron rod and a imposing pulpit. The gospel comes with grace, tempered with love and humility. When anyone, be it another believer, pastor, prophet or anyone else, uses the word to condemn another believer, if they use their knowledge of scripture to harass or belittle someone else into what they believe as truth, that individual is an abuser, they are a bully and they should be ignored and left alone.

When someone pressures you into believing as they do, and they rant and carry on by using the word to prove they’re right, what they are actually doing is called intimidating the person through religion and it’s evil. Satan is the only one who works thru intimidation, guilt and fear. When someone begins to display certain traits relating to Christian behavior and ministry to where others begin to feel uncomfortable and uneasy, it’s a sure sign one needs to get away from that person, or ministry, regardless of how popular they are or it is, for the only result will be a believer who will become abused through the course of their time with that particular leader. It happens quite often.

When a church leader begins to abuse, the signs are very clear: control, intimidation, financial pressure to constantly give to the “gospel”, threats of a curse if one does not tithe, desiring to know personal matters, involving themselves with a members life outside the church and then desire to control those situations, even involving themselves in the personal relationships of a person, be it dating relationship or marriage, are indicators that leader is operating in an abusive role.

Even many popular ministries are by their own right, guilty of abusing those who offer their time and support in the work that is being done. Constant monitoring of others (spying), controlling where a believer goes as it relates to another ministry, even having an online presence, many times a ministry will begin to censor someone from simply engaging with others in an online forum, or a Facebook account and the result is that ministry then begins to dictate what they can and cannot speak about online. Again, it is spiritual abuse.

If a pastor states, “It’s my way or the highway” – leave them. Do not stay in an environment which the leader has made themselves supreme in behavior and conduct. This is again spiritual abuse.

Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you”, he never established the roles within the church (pastor, apostle, prophet or evangelist or teacher) so that those within that role begin to lord over others, we are all equal in the eyes of God and as such, there is no one greater than the other. Actually, Jesus made it clear that we are to SERVE one another. Serving someone means to humble oneself so that they are portraying the grace of God, not in a position of rule of authority, but simply allowing themselves to help others. That is the only solution to spiritual abuse within the church, coming back to the cross.

Spiritual abuse is damaging, it can ruin lives and end the trust of many who fall victim to those who abuse their role in the lives of others. They are abusers who have no genuine love for others, nor do they desire to be loved, they hold those positions because deep down inside, they were probably abused as well at some point by someone in authority, and the cycle keeps going.

The answer that can only break such a demonic cycle is Christ and a humbling of ones spirit, that is the only answer. Spiritual abuse can be overcome before it destroys others, but it takes a repentance of the heart and a humbling of the spirit of someone who has fallen under this spirit – and it is a spirit. Ours is not to rule over, nor abuse by our talents, gifts, wisdom or other, ours is to love and to motivate those around us, that is the reason why God has placed us within such a position, not to be vindictive, but to nurture others along the way. That is the spirit of Christ at work and not one who is a spiritual abuser.

 

Christopher

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So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” –Ephesians 4:14

In this age of 24/7 Christian television, constant Tweets on Twitter, Facebook posts and books by the thousands from hundreds of different authors, it’s easy to see that the dawn of Christian overload has risen. In this age of instant communication where anyone with a particular message that can access the internet, or build a website, or even go on Christian Television, can reach thousands, possibly millions with their message, even if that message is false.

Not every preacher is a false preacher, or teacher, just like not every person you meet is a criminal. When we evaluate those who are what the word calls “false teachers”, there needs to be a qualifier in that we have a strict guide to go by when we begin to use discernment to judge the fruit of someone that may, or may not, be a false teacher. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 when revealing the measuring stick of who is, or should be, considered a false teacher “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?“. We judge every preacher or teacher by their fruit, in other words, what are they preaching? And does it line up with the word?

Here is one important thing to keep in mind, if someone is preaching Christ and him crucified, if they are preaching the cross, meaning, they preach that salvation comes by faith by the finished work of Christ on the cross as the only way, that individual most likely than not is preaching a good gospel message. But how can we tell?

Paul gave us two things to consider when evaluating a true preacher of the gospel and a false one – fruit. In Galatians 5:19-21, the apostle says that the fruit of the flesh is, “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

These things are fruits of the flesh, they are symptoms of a deeper issue at heart, which is sin. When a preacher or teacher begins to exhibit certain behaviors, when they begin to stray from the truth and begin to replace the gospel message, the central message (which is Christ and him crucified) then that man or woman has left proper teaching and has allowed another spirit to influence their thinking.
Paul said in Galatians 1:8 “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

The traits of a false teacher (or preacher) are:

1. They use a form of bait and switch; they lure people in with sound Bible doctrine, but then, after a period of time, they begin to teach things counter to the word.

2. Their messages become woven with philosophy, new age concepts which have roots in other religions.

3. They begin to promote books or speakers who have a history of alternative ideas that teach more than one way to heaven.

4. The emphasis on money becomes the center message and not the salvation message.

5. They align themselves with cultural celebrities who hold universalist views and not to the gospel.

6. They begin to openly question the diety of Jesus Christ as both man and God.

7. They renounce the scriptural view of Hell.

8. They do not accept 100% of the word of God to be correct or infallible.

9. They teach things from an intellectual position and not from the Bible.

10. They accept other religions.

11. They are open to homosexuality.

12. They deny that Christ is the only way, nor do they accept salvation by faith alone.

13. They reject the message of the cross.

14. They reject absolute truth.

15. They teach the worship of angels.

16. The teaching of sin is rejected.

17. There is no belief in repentance.

18. They begin to question the virgin birth.

19. They reject that man is a sinner and the doctrine of original sin.

20. They place a greater emphasis on works, community service, social justice over witnessing or preaching the word.

Occasionally, Paul warned against specific false teachers. “Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words” (Phil. 4:14,15).

In Revelation, Christ rebuked the church in Pergamos for their indifference toward the false teachers in their midst: “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam . . . you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate” (Rev. 2:14,15).

When we see any of these types of signs from someone who is supposedly proclaiming the gospel, but their teachings begin to fall into these areas, then that individual could very well be a false teacher. The gift of discernment should be strongly sought after and applied.

But not every person who might, at times, teach or preach something which is non-essential to the salvation plan, is a heretic. Nor is someone who is called of God that might fall into error, disqualified from ministry and avoided. Again, there are in fact differences when it comes to certain teachings which might not in general, line up with sound doctrine, but that alone does not make them false, it simply means they have given into error, and in due season, they may come out of that teaching or doctrine and into the truth, but it by no means makes them false. That is what I call the human factor.

2 Peter 2:1, Peter makes the determining response on what is simple human error and what is damnable heresy, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Peter makes the distinction that it is damnable heresies, which is anything which gives another way to God other than the cross, or, someone who proclaims someone who claims Christ did not come in the flesh – that person is antichrist. (1John 2:22)

There is no question we are living in that time where false teachers, false preachers, false prophets are on the rise and flooding the church world today. But we must take into equation that not everyone we might disagree with, or we might have another point of view, or someone who might preach in a particular way or operate in the gifts a certain way is false. Human nature is human nature, and there are times that we must put our differences aside and learn to trust the Lord in all matters when it comes to whose are his and whose are not his.

But there is another trait we can look to, and that is the other fruit of one who is in fact obedient to the Father – the fruit of the spirit. It has been said, Satan can imitate the gifts, but he cannot imitate the fruit of the spirit, and they are found in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

God is sowing the wheat with the tares in this last hour, and it is vital that the believer judge accordingly to any and all who come in the name of Christ, for, as I have shown, not all are of him, nor were they sent by him, for they were sent from another, whose name is Satan.

Christopher

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But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Daniel 12:4

 

There is no question that social media is literally changing how the world operates. From quick posts to your significant other, or letting everyone know what you’re having for dinner, to keeping up with grandma, social media has changed how people communicate with one another, and they are doing it by the second. From Facebook or Twitter, Instagram to Linkedin, people are leaving the confines of our physical world, and entering into the world of electronic Xanadu thru the means of social media.

To be true to form, nothing is private in this new technological world. We are bombarded with daily images of  social advertisements ranging from someone’s pets, to their car, or what they had for dinner. Social media has become a narcissist’s dream. What is a narcissist? It is the preoccupation with self, personal preferences, aspirations, needs, success, and how he/she is perceived by others. Some amount of basic narcissism is healthy, of course, but this type of narcissism is better termed as responsibly taking care of oneself. It is what I would call “normal” or “healthy” narcissism. What social media and it’s offspring has done is given a tool for people to literally focus on self to such a degree that they then begin to believe the world around them is centering on them alone. This is what is leading, I believe, to a society where we are losing the human factor and instead, creating a world where human touch is being replaced by electronic data.

Recently I commented how respect seems to be quickly fading from our moral compass in the lives of many today, even Christians. Society itself is beginning to become intertwined with imagery that is both stimulating yet void of any human emotion. Where young people are succumbing to the pressures of not only day to day problems, but they are finding that same pressure online as well. How many times have we recently watched on the news of teens committing suicide from simple online bullying? Where men and women are finding themselves being tempted and later drawn into adultery simply because they became “involved” with someone they befriended on Facebook? How many young children are being abducted, raped or molested by literal strangers (adults) who they met in a chat room or on Twitter? The world of social media is becoming a world of its own, and how we learn to deal with it will determine whether or not we too become victims of its deadly potential.

In this age of instant communication, much of what people are sending, posting or attaching is a perverts dream, and young people are the very ones becoming involved. It’s almost a rite of passage for a young girl to now post naked images of herself to prove her sexuality, it’s almost become passe’ at the notion of teens sexting one another, or even complete strangers. But that is what is happening today in our culture, the literal breakdown of society.

It’s not simply about the image which is harmful, but it’s the spirit behind it which is destroying many today. That spirit is the spirit of antichrist. The spirit of antichrist is more prevalent today than ever before, and the reason is very simple, we are nearing the end than before. Daniel prophesied in his writings that in the last days just before the actual end came, that man’s knowledge would increase to such a degree that he would perform at feats unheard of, unthinkable and astonishing. (Daniel 12:4)

Today we see that in our current society where technology, medicine, the ability to communicate to the masses in an instant is now not only foreseeable, it’s now our reality. We are literally living in the time of what Daniel saw coming nearly 5,000 years ago. I believe social media can play a major role in spreading the gospel, keeping up with friends and family, and meeting new people. But I equally understand that Satan’s full desire is to destroy by any means necessary at his finger tips to keep men from reaching Christ, even if he has to use man’s own abilities to do so.

There is no question that social media will play a part in the end times scenario in the distant future and the establishment of the European empire. Social media, instant communications, are all evolving to such a degree that one day very soon, men will have the virtual ability to communicate at such speed that the next logical step in our technological advancement (or evolution) is to merge man with technology in such a way that a mere micro-chip will be implanted in the brain whereby giving people the ability to think faster, perform tasks better, and communicate with others at such speed that anything less than this will seem an aspect of the stone age.

Jesus told us that as we near the end, the ability of men to reason and love one another will all but have ended. What social media, with all its good point, is doing to our culture, is dumbing us down to such a degree that pure human emotion will be non-existent. We are becoming desensitized to the pains of others, where seeing a girl as young as 14 nude in a sexting image is given no more thought than seeing a McDonalds commercial. The age of social media is playing the part to prepare our entire society to accept that which would seem unacceptable, embrace what men would never have embraced, and protect what should not be protected. The age of technology is the beginning of the end of man’s ability to love one another, but begin the process of enslaving us all to a coming ruler, and then it will be too late.

 

Christopher

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For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who fathered them in this land: They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like dung lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals. Jeremiah 16:3-4

I believe the next attack that is coming to the U.S. will be a chemical one, not a nuclear one. I was given a dream in which I stood in the middle of an industrialized part of an inner city and a set of tracks. I watched a train go by and suddenly I watched as the main engine broke away from the rest of the storage cars and the train cars ran off the track. It was not by accident. In the dream I saw the explosion, then I was taken and placed in a large hospital. At this time I heard someone call over the intercom to prepare for casualties. It was then I understood the meaning of the dream. That an attack upon this nation will be a chemical one, not with planes, but with trains. Then the dream ended. I heard in my spirit Jeremiah 16:3-4 is the word giving me this truth, for what is coming will be due for our iniquity in this nation.

I believe the Lord is telling his people to understand the times in which we live in and trust him, even during hard times or difficult times. We must pray for strength in the coming years and seek Christ and his strength which can only come by placing our faith in what Christ did on the cross.

Christopher

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“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

 

There has been a great deal of discussion and clammer within the Christian community as it relates to the recent meeting with Pope Francis and Charismatic leader Kenneth Copeland and evangelical leader James Robison. Both men desiring to fulfill their vision of bridging both the evangelical church with the Roman Catholic church. Kenneth Copeland stated his defense of meeting and supporting the Pope’s vision of unity between the two factions by suggesting this is the will of Christ for these last days, where a unified body of Christ can be seen, both in the Catholic church, as well as the evangelical church. James Robison went further by saying, “This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms around the world by working together.” (source)

To be clear, what Copeland and Robison is attempting to do is not only wrong, it is unscriptural (as outlined in Ephesians 5:11). What Mr. Copeland and others are attempting to do is bridge one ideology with another, one theological teaching (Christ by faith alone) and the teaching of Catholicism, which is a religion based on merit, i.e., works. There can be no such union, and to try to bring about such a union rips at the core of the message of the cross, which is by itself, the only means to the hope of man.

When someone attempts to bridge light with darkness (in this case Catholicism) what they are saying is the cross is not enough, but to compromise their moral center, they attempt to undermine the written word of God, the establishment of the cross by faith alone, with a religion which is bound in ritual and form an mix the two, the result is a form of Christianity, but saves no one. It then becomes a false religion, a false hope and a false way which leads to spiritual death.

Catholicism has not changed its strips since its early formation. It still claims that there is no salvation outside the Roman Catholic Church, it still claims that the Pope is the final authority, even above the word of God. It still claims the Pope is the substitute for Christ. It still claims that one cannot be “born again” into Christ unless the church deems the individual as being saved. It still believes that all faiths, including Protestants, are in rebellion and must be subjected to the Catholic church. It still believes it is impossible that anyone can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ without the involvement of the Catholic church. These are still the teachings and commandments the Catholic church deems as regulatory and not subject for discussion.

What Mr. Copeland and others are sadly doing is proving that in the last days, men, leaving the foundation of the truth, will begin to give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. To be clear, the teachings of the Roman Catholic church are in fact doctrines of devils. It has nothing to do with Christ and him crucified. Kenneth Copeland and James Robison have become seduced by the spirit of antichrist, and unless they repent, they will stand in judgment for accepting what the apostle warned us not to accept – another gospel. There can be NO reconciliation with the Catholic Church, because to do so is to bring about another gospel, another Christ, another way.

Allow me to leave you with Paul’s warning of this; “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

Christopher

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Antonius Block: Nothing escapes you!

Death: Nothing escapes me. No one escapes me.

 

 

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27)

It is inevitable, sooner or later we must all come to the reality of one thing in this life – death.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca said of death and our mortality; “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity”. The sad truth is, death was never part of God’s ultimate design for the world, me or you, actually, men and the elements around him, from the trees to the birds in the air were all originally designed without death in mind, it was impossible for man to have an expiration date. But, because of sin, death entered into the world because of one man’s disobedience (Romans 5:19). Since that time, death has been a reality to man.

Great poets have penned words to describe the relationship between man and death. Singers have sung endless songs about life and death. Philosophers have pondered the reality of death and the meaning of life. But only those who are in Christ understand death as a natural part of the equation of our own eternal existence.

I’ve stood at the graveside of many a saint who had been touched by the hand of death, the sadness and tears death brought could not erase the hope that gleaned within me knowing that this was not the end, but only the beginning. Still, I have stood at the resting place of those who had no such hope, theirs was a fate that only God could bring an uneasy peace, uneasy that knowing that God is the final judge and that in his hands I was content to leave the verdict of guilt and sin in his hands, although the fate seemed clear. It was enough to know that what happened in life and the measure of a man who knew not Christ, was dealt with by God’s own justice.

We must all one day meet the character of death. There is no escape – save one, the coming of Christ. It is the one promise that those who are alive and remain shall flee this world and thus avoid the icy grip of death itself. Yet until that blessed assurance, it is promised that all men should die and go by the grave. To what end be the question. For Christ is the only solution to the nature of man, and the only remedy for the last chapter of a man’s life. “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2) 

It is the cross which has conquered death hell and the grave. It is the cross which brought us the victory over the final chapter of our life. It is the cross which gives us each the ability to say, ““O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”. (1 Corinthians 15:55)

It is because of the cross we who are in Christ shall not fear the mystery of death when he comes, for death for the believer is victory, victory over the life which has plagued him through his walk in this world, victory over sin, victory over flesh, victory over sickness and disease, poverty and heartache, sadness and worry. The cross enables us to not fear the one that comes in the name of death, but to rejoice, for death in the believer is complete triumph, all brought about by the cross.

Yet, what of the unbeliever? Death for the unbeliever is the reality of the eternal question which looms within their soul, the terror that builds upon their tongue, the pain which creeps along their body, death for the unbeliever is the conqueror of their soul, the beginning chapter of eternities pages which are yet to be wrote, the culmination of separation from God and eternal life. For the unbeliever, it is the reality of hell and eternal torment. For the unbeliever shall hold the hand of death as he enters into his abode, to find his place among the many who have paved his way unto destruction. Death becomes the beginning of eternal suffering and sadness, sadness that he (or she) turned away such truth of the cross.

Death is our reality, it is our hope for those in Christ, but without Christ, without the cross, death is the enemy of many a soul and those who were blinded by sin. Death, either for the believer or unbeliever, is not the end, but the beginning. It is in whom you have trusted which will only matter when death comes to claim you – and then you will know death as a friend, or your enemy. But you shall know just the same.

 

Christopher

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