Halloween2

 

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

No matter what you think of Halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. It amazes me to this day that something which originated in the dark ages and its rituals can still be seen today in our culture – even within the church. To be clear, I personally do not celebrate Halloween. Nor do I agree with “Trunk or Treat” – how ridiculous. Actually, the catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church to begin with.

Halloween has never been a Christian holiday, and it has no place in the life of a born again Believer in JESUS CHRIST. In fact, it is an abomination to God, and we should take our stand firmly against it. As we look at its history, we find that its roots go deep into heathenism, paganism, satanism and the occult; and its modern expression is no better.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

Celtic New Year

October 31 is the most important day in the satanic year. [It is known as the devil's birthday.] It marks the Celtic new year. It was the end of the growing season. It became a festival of death. On this day, the god of the Celtics was to have called up the spirits of the wicked dead who had died during the past year. At the same time, other evil spirits arose and went about the countryside harassing the people. On October 31, the Celtics expected to be harassed by ghosts, evil spirits and demons; and it was no fun and games to them. They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.

DRUIDS

The Celtics had priests called druids. On October 31, the druids went from house to house demanding certain foods, and all those who refused were cursed. The people were tormented by means of magic. As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms. Each one was believed to contain the demon spirit that personally led or guided that priest: his little god.

DIVINATION

Those who practiced fortune telling and divination found that this was the night that they had the most success. They called upon Satan to bless their efforts. One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them. The one who first successfully came up with one without putting them in his teeth was to have good luck throughout the year. They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around. They expected to see a vision or an apparition of the one they were to marry.

SACRIFICES

These things happened several centuries before CHRIST. Sacrifices were made to the gods, especially the god of death – Samhain. Sacrifices all the way from vegetable to human were offered. This went on and on, and, in some parts of the world, still goes on today.

8th CENTURY

In the 8th century, the Pope, in an effort to get the people to quit the festival of Sam Hain, invented All Saints Day (Nov. 1). This was an attempt to get the people to turn away from the horrible observance of Sam hain. All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions. It did not work! It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday. The holy and the profane do not mix.

THE MIDDLE AGES

In the Middle Ages, there was a great revival of satanic practices and witchcraft and magic – like there is today. During this time the belief developed that witches traveled on broomsticks to the black Sabbaths to worship Satan on October 31. They were guided by spirits in the form of black cats. The Druids worshiped cats believing them to be reincarnated evil people.

CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

This festival of death has survived all the efforts of the church to stamp it out. The church is joining the opposition by celebrating this festival.

All Saints Day became All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy or sacred. October 31 is the evening before All Hallows Day and came to be called in the western world all hallows evening and then all hallows een. Een is an abbreviation for evening. Finally, the word was reduced to the way we have it today, Halloween. That’s where the name came from, and even if it is called all hallows evening, it has nothing to do with Christian faith, and it never did.

MODERN HALLOWEEN

Now let’s look at the present day celebration of Halloween. Isn’t the whole theme one of darkness, death, fear, threats, destruction and evil? There are witches, broomsticks, bats, owls, ghosts, skeletons, death, and monsters. You dress up your children as demons and witches and ghouls and monsters and werewolves and send them out into the street in the darkness to reenact the Druids’ practice of demanding food from people under threat of tricks (or curses) if they don’t comply.

You take, not a turnip, but a pumpkin and carve demon faces in it and decorate with it.

At Halloween there will be apple bobbing, divination, fortune telling, haunted houses, candles lit and spirits called up. There will be seances and Ouija boards in the name of fun and excitement. There will be sacrifices of dogs, cats, rats, chickens, goats and even humans. Horror films glorify the occult, actually, it is for this very reason that I wrote BEHIND THE SCREAM: THE TRUTH ABOUT HORROR FILMS which can be found here for purchase.

You say, “Well, we don’t take it seriously.” But the devil does and so does God. Particularly this is true when the Church which He purchased with His own precious blood builds houses of horror in its fellowship halls so that the little lambs who have been entrusted to its care can be terrified and opened up to invading spirits of fear and torment and confusion.

On the matter of Christians celebrating Halloween:

At the end of it all, we will not be held accountable to men for what we did in this life, we will be held accountable unto God. This by no means is granting a pass for a believer when it comes to Halloween, the truth is, we will all be held accountable for every action – good or bad, where we will all stand before Christ to be judged for what we did here on earth. What another Christian decides when it comes to Halloween, and whether they partake of it or not is not for me to judge, let every man decide for themselves how they should live. I have however, provided the necessary information available online for each person to decide if this “holiday” is worth partaking in. Yet all I am to do is to preach the gospel, edify the saints and guide men into perfect truth, give them the information they need to make WISE decisions. Still, men must seek God on this matter, but the facts relating to this gathering of darkness is very real and very disturbing.

The truth is, if a believer partakes of Halloween, or any other holiday, that does NOT negate their salvation, for we are saved by faith, not by works lest any man should boast. People need to work out their own salvation and allow the Lord to guide them in their proper walk. Yes, we give people guidance with the word, but at the end of the day, let every man work out their own salvation – with fear and trembling. This is the aspect of LIBERTY which is found in Christ, not a liberty to do whatever one wills, but understanding that some matters of personal behavior needs to be left to God and the individual believer. That is my position.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

dolly-parton

“Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Romans 3:4)

Many years ago I had the privilege of meeting Jake Owens, Dolly Parton’s grandfather a few years before his death in 1992. He was very cordial as well as polite as we spoke about a few things, yet namely Dolly. Jake Owens was a preacher, an old fashioned, Holy Ghost filled preacher within the mountains and hills of Sevierville Tennessee. Yet the tone in Rev. Owens voice seemed to drift a bit when the mention of his now famous granddaughter was mentioned. There was an aspect of grandfatherly love as anyone would have for his sibling, yet there was another aspect which equally was telling as Rev. Owens seemed to drift into a look of sadness as well. That is the mind of a genuine preacher, that regardless of who it might be, regardless how popular, or how wealthy or how successful one might be, even a family member, a genuine preacher will look beyond the outward man and see what’s really at stake – the soul.

Recently Dolly Parton made headlines across the country when she took on Christians who were against gay marriage. In her stand against traditional Christian values as it relates to morality, Parton says, “I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood,” she continued. “I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.” She continues, “But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.” (source)

Once again we see, as it regards to homosexuality and same sex marriage, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree with those who would live as they would, yet speak out against those (Christians) who would try to stand for the truth. What Dolly has failed to understand, and refuses to acknowledge is, it’s not about judging, it’s about keeping to the word of God. Yet Dolly Parton is another prime example of someone who claims to know Christ, but has little to no understanding when it comes to proper judgment.

To be clear, the church is to judge. Not only judge, but speak out against anything which runs counter to God’s prescribed order. Jesus commanded men to judge rightly and He told them to “judge not.” Did the Lord contradict Himself? Or does the Bible say more about judging than the general public realizes? Let’s examine this aspect of judging.

Jesus repeatedly taught men to judge rightly, insisting they “judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24) and He praised a man who “rightly judged” (Luke 7:43). Paul shamed the Corinthian Christians because no one among them was willing to “judge the smallest matters” (1 Cor. 6:2). As the Apostle wrote, “He who is spiritual judges all things” for “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:15‑16).

Where did we get the notion that men should never judge? Should child-molesters escape condemnation? Should rapists be free from criticism? Should society refrain from judging those arrested for murder? And why would anyone judge others for judging? A lie has paralyzed the Church.

God warns against “hypocrisy” commanding men to “abhor what is evil” (Rom. 12:9). Yet to abhor evil, someone must first judge evil. Thus, unable to judge, large numbers of Christians become hypocrites by obeying the Hypocrites Golden Rule. Since the hypocrite doesn’t want to be judged, he judges not, as Jesus said, “Judge not… you hypocrite” (Mat. 7:1, 5 KJV; Ezek. 16:52). For “judge not” (Mat. 7:1-5) is simply a hypocrites application of do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Mat. 7:12). “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged” (Mat. 7:2). Judge others as you would have them do unto you inverted is Judge not if you do not want to be judged.

Christ kept repeated this theme in His ministry. “Hypocrites,” Jesus said, “why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?” (Luke 12:56‑57). Still, His own followers have mostly ignored the Lord’s harsh rebuke: “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to [judge, i.e., to] remove the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Mat. 7:5). “Judge Not” is the Hypocritical Oath.

“Judge Not” is hypocrite haven. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones. Such Christians should relocate. They should move into “the temple of the great God… being built with heavy stones” (Ezra 5:8).

Hollywood, liberals, and Homosexuals repeat the phrase like a mantra, judge not, judge not, judge not, until the masses are mesmerized. Jesus did not intend this. Scripture deals with topics that range from simple to advanced truth. Milk is for babes in Christ; meat is for men of God.

The question of whether or not Christians should judge is milk. It is preschool. The newest believer taught any of a hundred passages would immediately understand that he must judge. Judging others is fundamental. It is not a difficult concept and should in no way be controversial. “Everyone who partakes only in milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe” (Heb. 5:13). The Church is lactose intolerant, has trouble with spiritual milk.

Extreme ignorance of the Bible has crippled the Church. And that paralysis slows every denomination by hurting local fellowships. What is the percentage of Christians who have succumbed to the “Judge not” deception? Is there even one percent of believers who have not fallen for that diversion? A quarter century of observation suggests to this author that probably 99 out of 100 believers misquote Jesus by repeating the “Judge not” mantra. Believers need to turn from this sin and ask God for wisdom to keep from being so easily deceived again.

Curse God and die! Is that good advice? Word for word, it is in the Bible. Job’s wife counsels her husband to “Curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Many verses, if ripped out of context, can ruin lives. Judas “went and hanged himself” (Mat. 27:5) and as Jesus said “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). The believer who lacks a hunger for God’s word is susceptible to the most absurd dangers.

“Judge not” is the prayer of those who want to hide light under a basket. The cliché describes salt, which has lost its flavor, which no longer seasons or preserves. This seductive lie takes its victims out of ministry. As spectators on the sidelines, they only watch the spiritual battle. But they are in a comfort zone. Apathy is the craving. “Judge not” is the shirking of responsibility.

To the Jews God said, “If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house” (Zech. 3:7). Are members of the Body of Christ today less capable than Israel whom God commanded to “judge righteously” (Deut. 1:16‑17; Lev. 19:15)? Moses appointed the head of one out of every ten households as a judge (Ex. 18:25; Deut. 1:15). Should Christians toss out the entire book of Judges? Should America eliminate all judges, or should just the Christian judges resign?

Should believers ignore Paul’s admonition:

“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” (1 Cor. 6:2‑5).

Notice that Christians “will judge the world!” (1 Cor. 6:2). For Paul said, “if the world will be judged by you…” God the Judge delegates judgment to His people. Even spirit beings will submit to believers: “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” Then and now, believers should “judge… according to My judgments” (Ezek. 44:24) as God said. The Almighty commits judgment into the hands of His obedient servants (Rev. 20:4).

If God were the only judge, the sins of all men would be “clearly evident, preceding them to judgment” (1Tim. 5:24). But because human beings will judge their fellow men on Judgment Day, therefore the sins “of some men follow later” (1Tim. 5:24).

Today, many believers are effectively saying, “Lord, thanks but no thanks. I’ll pass on that judgment duty.” But Paul responds, Start judging now, because you will need the practice (1Cor. 6:2‑5). Remember, “He who is spiritual judges all things. For… we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:15‑16). And God will reward those who judge, and do the hard work: “Those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.” (Prov. 24:25).

Let’s get back to the word of God and start tuning out the spirit which would silence the church, and give Dolly the boot.

 

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

The-Sun

 

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,” (Genesis 1:14)

Normally I post many things which the Lord gives me on my Facebook account (here) or on this blog site, and today is no exception. Yesterday I could feel the Lord dealing with my spirit in such a way that it was clear he wanted to speak to me in such a way about something I could feel in my spirit, and with great urgency. I eventually made my way into my prayer room and immediately I found myself speaking in my prayer language (tongues) and soon the Lord began to release his word into my spirit, and this is that word God gave to me and what was odd was what he first spoke to me – sun spots.

At first, I did not quite understand what “sun spots” even meant, what was it about sun spots which would be of importance, then the Lord revealed his full word; There will come 3 sun spots on the sun, they will release a great explosion, three different eruptions which will alarm the nations of the world, mainly the scientific community. These storms will do great harm to some of the nations of the world in such a way that it will hinder many’s ability to communicate. I believe this will involve some measure of disruption to a large degree the power grids of some countries. In the U.S., the Lord began to reveal that when the third solar storm erupts, the magnitude of it will cause the coming shaking which I have foreseen as the earthquake many have prophesied that is coming.

The fact is this, the nation of America must be shaken for it has angered the Lord in her rebellion against the word, but equally so, his anger is at the church for not standing against sin and corruption as she is required to, we have grown apathetic towards sin in this nation. Yet the Lord has given me his promise that through it all, he will be with his people to help and protect them during this difficult time that is coming.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

alcohol

Nothing can stir up great debate and/or emotion such as the topic of alcohol within the life of a believer. Yet the facts remain that alcohol in its purest form is something we, who are in Christ, need to abstain from. And contrary to some who would argue that moderation is ideal, nothing could be further from the truth.

I was raised in a Christian home, both my parents were believers, although my Father struggled at times in his walk yet in the years just prior to his early death at 43, he cemented his walk with the Lord completely. Still, in his younger days, my dad had bouts with alcohol – so did his Father – my grandfather. For most of my life, I have seen the results of alcohol in all its debilitating forms and none of it proved to me that alcohol, in any form, in any amount was productive to the human body. Actually, it’s a fact that hard liquor is not only harmful to the mind, it’s also destructive to the body.

Yet I see many within the body of Christ reaching for the bottle of Chivas Regal or Budweiser, or worse, Kentucky Bourbon and think it’s no big deal. The problem with alcohol in the life of a believer is, it is a big deal.

The #1 cause of highway deaths related to automobile accidents in the United States is in fact alcohol. The #1 cause for domestic violence in America is both the combination of alcohol and drugs. The #1 gateway drug in teenagers in the United States is alcohol. So far, the benefits (whatever they might be) of alcohol are not as beneficial as one might think, actually, any so called “benefit” are quickly diminished by the long list of health hazards when we look at the overall affects of alcohol on the human body. Here are the facts relating to alcohol and its affects to those who use it.

Alcohol is the #1 cause of liver dysfunction in the world. Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.  Alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Drinking alcohol, even on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion. Drinking alcohol can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

These are medical facts that can be researched by just taking the time and effort to find the truth about alcohol and its effects.

The problem with Christians who use alcohol in any form and then justify it by suggesting that the word of God does not truly deal with alcohol simply have never taken the time to understand what alcohol is, or the differences to alcohol and its abuse. The truth about alcohol and the believer is very simple,When we lose our testimony, we lose credibility as Christians.

Whenever we discuss the topic of alcohol and its many differences, we need to distinguish between two (2) things, two words which will help us understand the word of God when we discuss what God says and warns about concerning alcohol or wine. They are both Hebrew root words:

1. Yayin – which means fermented, that which makes DRUNK.

2.Tiyrowsh – which means freshly made juice BEFORE fermentation.

Whenever we draw conclusions about wine and its terminology when we read it in scripture, it is vital we separate what and which word is being used and how. Example, some Christians use the excuse to justify the drinking of wine by suggesting that when Jesus turned water into wine, it is proof that Jesus drank wine himself – not so. When we examine the wording, the terminology being used in John 2:2-10, the word wine is not indicative of fermented wine, which produces drunkenness, it’s referring to the word Tiyrowsh, which means grape juice.

The Bible says alcoholic drink is evil. It is not just the amount one drinks that makes drinking a sin. God condemns the drink itself. (Prov 20:1 KJV) “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” God does not lead us into evil; He delivers us from it. He does not teach us to practice evil in moderation. Jesus did not make, use, approve, commend, or tell us to use intoxicating wine. The truth is, God made man to have fellowship with Him and yet alcohol goes directly against the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. It interferes with God’s purpose for mankind and especially those who are in Christ Jesus.

So why would God warn us about the consumption of alcohol? The reasons are many, but let’s examine a few cases where men, servants of God, disobeyed and were consumed by alcohol and the ramifications of such cost them dearly. They are:

Genesis 9:20-26 – Noah became drunk; the result was immorality and family trouble.

Genesis 19:30-38 – Lot was so drunk he did not know what he was doing; this led to immorality

Leviticus 10:9-11 – God commanded priests not to drink so that they could tell the difference between the holy and the unholy.

1 Samuel 25:32-38 – Nabal died after a drunken spree.

Proverbs 23:21 – Drunkenness causes poverty.

Proverbs 23:29-30 – Drinking causes woe, sorrow, fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red eyes.

Proverbs 23:31 – God instructs not to look at intoxicating drinks.

Proverbs 23:32 – Alcoholic drinks bite like a serpent, sting like an adder.

Proverbs 23:33 – Alcohol causes the drinker to have strange and adulterous thoughts, produces willfulness, and prevents reformation.

Proverbs 23:34 – Alcohol makes the drinker unstable

Proverbs 23:35 – Alcohol makes the drinker insensitive to pain so he does not perceive it as a warning. Alcohol is habit forming.

Proverb 31:4-5 – Kings, Princes, and others who rule and judge must not drink alcohol. Alcohol perverts good judgment.

Proverbs 31:6-7 – Strong drink could be given to those about to perish or those in pain. Better anesthetics are available today.

Numbers 6:3 – The Nazarites were told to eat or drink nothing from the grape vine.

1 Corinthians 6:10 – Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God

Galatians 5:21 – Acts of the sinful nature, such as drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 5:18 – In contrast to being drunk with wine, the believer is to be filled with the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 – Christians are to be alert and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards belong to the night and darkness.

1 Timothy 3:2-3 – Bishops (elders) are to be temperate, sober, and not near any wine.

When we examine all the scriptures that it has to say about alcohol and wine, then we can clearly see that not only is wine and everything about strong drink (whiskey) is wrong, but it literally places the believer in a position where they are going against God and his word. Yet some would say that the word speaks only about drunkenness and not moderate usage, but here’s the problem with that argument, it does not hold up to the facts. It is a fact that 1 drink of beer, wine or a shot of whiskey makes one legally drunk. That’s just 1 drink. However, 1 drink has never produced anything of substance in the life of someone trying to live for Christ, actually the opposite.

If one (1) drink does no harm, then what does the word say? “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:9) If alcohol, in any form, is not harmful, then can the argument about pot, cocaine, legalization of drugs be any worse? Where’s the defining line? I will tell you where the defining line is – the word. The word of God makes it clear to AVOID the very appearance of evil, and it’s a fact that alcohol in drinking form, has never produced anything of value, but evil. Wives are beaten because of alcohol. Children are tormented because of alcohol. Marriages are destroyed because of alcohol. If there is any redeeming value in alcohol that is available to drink for people, then I’ve missed it. The truth is, there is nothing good about drinking alcohol, nor should it be in the life of a believer – period.

In this modern day watering down of the word of God, where men are trying to justify the sins of the flesh, especially in the realm of alcohol usage, the truth remains the same, God never changes. People might change, cultures might change, society might change, but the reality is, God will never change his opinion when we are dealing with sin. Yet many are trying and many are falling for false teachings daily. However, some of us refuse to believe it and some of us choose to fight it, even if it means labeled as old fashioned, out of touch, legalist, and Bible thumper. Yet the facts are, the dangers of alcohol in the life of a believer should not occur, simply because the temptations, the seduction alcohol brings is many times the stumbling block which starts the road to ruin to them that don’t listen and obey what God says in his word. Noah fell victim to it, so did others- are you any different?

The answer is simple – abstain. Abstain from the dangers of the evil one and all he offers in this life which leads to destruction, this includes alcohol.

Christopher

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zombies1

 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

 

God is not a God of the dead – but the living.

When Christ proclaimed that he had come to bring life to those who were dead in sin, he did so by giving himself as a perfect sacrifice – on the cross. Thus, the bridge between man and God had been restored, all paid for because of the work of Christ on the cross. Yet there is an element within our world which is devoted to undermining the life which God brings to each and every man through the atonement Christ paid for us at Calvary.

It comes in many forms, from false teachings to false prophets, this spirit which tries to undermine the simplicity of the gospel seeks to blind all those who would listen to its message, and/or messengers. Yet it attempts to glorify itself along with its message through other forms such as books, songs and even plays, but it takes exceptional undertakings through one of the more accepted mediums today – the horror macabre. It is this area which I intend to deal with when it comes to the popular cultural phenomena of Zombies.

Long before the introduction of George Romero’s 1968 The Night Of The Living Dead, there was the zombie. The word zombie actually is a West African word meaning Nzambi, which might surprise people to know that this African name is that of a deity god, Nzambi- the god of the dead. It is this particular deity, or “god” which is based on occult worship whereby Nzambi rules the living as well as the dead. Yet the term zombie goes even further back from the West African tribes, to a more darker reality – Satan. The origin for zombie is found in a spirit deity which took the form of a python, it is this character which influenced the West African tribes and Nzambi, and ultimately is how this whole phenomenon began. It is this occult practice which can be found in the jungles of Africa as well as Haiti, which gives us its true meaning.

The characteristics of zombies are simple to understand, in modern terminology the zombie is a dead human that either through a plague, virus, or other means, becomes reanimated and begins its quest to hunt other living beings – human beings. This action involves the dead human (zombie) to hunt, then eat (cannibalism) its victim alive, and what’s left, then becomes infected, such as a bite or graze to the flesh from the infected creature, which then “turns” the living person into a “walker”.

Here’s the trouble with zombies, the whole concept is not about entertainment to be lost in a world of fantasy, but it’s based on the past actions of the occult world found in remote places of society. The entire zombie history is traced back to ancient “gods” or spirit which in reality are nothing more than demonic spirits. It is these beings which induced people in ancient countries to partake in human sacrifice, the spilling of blood as an appeasement to their god. Voodoo and other rites, including witchcraft, are the founders of where we get the whole zombie concept. It’s based on occult ritual and nothing more.

Our response as Christians should be simple – remove ourselves from this whole genre and leave it alone. When someone watches something of this nature, its entire message is one of evil. The dead hunting the living, it is in fact a most sincerest form of demonic representation of the enemy (Satan) who desires to eat and devour those whom he can. Again, it all goes back to the occult. From the dead’s blood lust, to cannibalism, it takes its very roots from the dark demonic world of the occult, where people partook of this activity even though it was forbidden by God. That’s why the depictions of zombies chasing and devouring human beings are made to be gruesome – because it is, for it occurred in the past. Everything one would see in a zombie film, or on the hit tv show The Walking Dead, is a fulfillment of the occult, the viewer is actually seeing the occult ritual being played out right on screen. Although I certainly do not believe the creators of that show, nor even George Romero purposely placed that into their creations, I do believe however that they were indeed influenced by demonic spirits to make sure that those same spirits are praised and worshiped when people watch such behavior being depicted on screen.

God makes it clear of his views on all of this: “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”  (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)

There is no place for such entertainment in the life of a believer. The reality is, that while the zombie craze is enticing many young people in this particular horror genre, the reality is more darker and more alarming when we examine everything with scripture. Zombies, like vampires, like ghouls, like werewolves, and other popular horror icons, represent the darkness of Satan’s kingdom and one which those of us who are born again in Christ, need not have anything to do with, even if it seems harmless, the spirit behind it is not.  Remember the warning of Paul on these things – “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”  (1 Corinthians 6:15-18)

The trouble with zombies is, it’s demonic. It is now more clear how dangerous opening oneself to demonic influence can be. There are no limits to the depravity of human behavior when someone is disconnected from any Godly influence. While the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse seems farfetched, a better question is examining your own spiritual state. The Bible says: “And you, being dead in your sins..hath he quickened [given life] together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” (Colossians 2:13-14)

Do not be deceived. If you are a Christian, remove the sinful influences in your life. And if you are not, pray to God for forgiveness of sins, believe in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. Stay away from everything which does not glorify Christ, this includes the demonic and dark world of zombies.

Christopher

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““Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore, this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them.” (Jeremiah 23:1-2)

At some point in time, a Christian will be hurt by a pastor.

Lately many have read of pastors committing acts which were vicious, and sometimes acts upon another individual which were even criminal. Yet they do happen. The sad reality is, sometimes good pastors do very bad things. But why? Why would a pastor hurt another member of his flock? Why would a good pastor who truly loves God stumble and fall into moral depravity? Or succumbing to the passions of the flesh, or worse, manipulate people who are in his care and betray their trust, sometimes to a point where the people become victimized by the actions of a pastors actions. The fact remains, that many times, for whatever reason, a pastor will lose sight of his duties and in the end people will get hurt.

Anytime a Christian becomes hurt or even betrayed by another believer, even a pastor, it’s always due to one thing and one thing only – sin. When God establishes a pastor into a pulpit, he does so with the idea that this man he has appointed will lead the people into truth – perfect truth – which can only come by the teaching and preaching of the cross. Yet when men, even good men, get away from the truth of the cross (the atonement) it will begin to lead him into subtle error to the point where he will begin to allow things to sway his emotions, even teachings. When a pastor allows himself to stray from the cross as his main focus not only in his pastoral duties, but also his personal life, then by doing so he subjects himself to becoming deceived, deceived by pride, and pride is one of the worst areas a pastor can fall into, because when pride steps in, it can only lead to one place – spiritual disaster. Yet pride in the life of a pastor will also breed a man who not only loses sight of his calling and mandate, it allows him to begin hurting those around him, which sometimes can lead to spiritual abuse.

Pastors fail because they have failed to allow their walk with the Lord to keep them in the one place which protects them from individual failure – the cross. Pastors commit acts of sin because they have allowed their flesh to become unchecked, they fail to submit themselves to the cross daily. Notice what Paul said in this matter of dying to the flesh, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Paul gives us, even those who serve in leadership and are called to shepherd, the prime example for the leader, to yield daily to the Lord, allowing them to be humble in their walk and life and duties as pastor. That is the reason, the #1 reason why men fail, why pastors, even good men of God fall into areas of sin, because they have failed to keep to the source where every one of us must be yielded to. As I have stated many times in the past, pride is the #1 enemy of a pastor or preacher and servant of God. And that pride, if not dealt with, will grow and become a beast within itself and become a stumbling block to that man or woman of God he is using.

Some might ask how God can still use a man or woman who has obviously fallen into this area of their life where they are hurting others? We must remember that God calls each and every person in this life, those who have accepted that call, he raises up, yet there are times where men, even good men who truly love the Lord and desire his will, fall into those areas of weakness as I’ve outlined previously in this article. We see examples of men doing bad things yet the spirit of God rested upon them, Samson, David, Gideon, Jonah, Moses, Lot, Noah, many prophets, Peter and Paul. The truth is we are flesh, we have faults and weaknesses, and men have feet of clay. Yet for a season it’s God’s desire to use certain men, even those who might error in their life and ministry, but it’s never a justification for bad behavior, for God will deal with each man or woman in due season if they do not repent.

We should examine ourselves in the faith and examine our walk with Christ every day, so that we might never step out of that place of safety and security – the cross. Yet, even then, bad things happen and our only response should be to forgive. Forgiveness never means accepting what has been done, but it allows the person who has been hurt by another person, especially a pastor, to reveal the love of Christ in their own life, just as God forgave them for their life before the cross. Yet that never justifies nor approves of someone who is hurting another person or flock, God holds those men accountable and will, if not repented of, bring them under judgment. Yet we never seek retaliation – God’s judgment is enough.

One of the things God revealed to me as to why some pastors fail to love their people and end up hurting them is because they have no one to be held accountable to. No one is an island, and no one, not even a pastor, is above correction. When a pastor or spiritual leader refuses to be corrected, it goes back to my original point – pride. Humility never allows a man of God to rectify the situation and instead, the pastor behaves as though he can do no wrong, and sadly I’ve seen this occur in my life with others who believed they were “untouchable” by correction and the results were tragic. In one particular case the pastor refused correction from the prophet and upon warning, that pastor had a massive heart attack and his health and abilities were greatly limited to such a degree he had to step down and his church has all but fallen into ruin. Make no mistake, when a man or woman of God refuses to be corrected after God sends warning after warning, that man (or woman) risks the ultimate correction – death. God uses his right to call men home who refuse to be corrected.

So what are the warning signs of a pastor who has fallen into areas where they are walking the line of creating a problem within the church? They are the following:

1. They become focused on power.

2. They are controlling.

3. They put demands upon people which are not scriptural.

4. They begin to try to meddle in the private life of a believer.

5. They are self-absorbed.

6. They create new teachings which manipulate people for control and even financial gain.

7. They refuse to submit to correction.

8. They see themselves above the people.

9. They cut ties from others who appear to be a threat to them in the church.

10. Their word is above the word.

 

If you are sitting under a man (or woman) who are demonstrating these attributes, even though they are otherwise good men (for not every pastor is perfect) then it’s time to re-consider attending that church and instead, find another place to worship. That is sadly the only solution. Especially when someone has violated the sanctity of their pastoral vow. If a pastor has abused a person, no question, you need to leave that situation immediately and leave no room for further abuse, God will judge that individual in due season. This is not an issue of loyalty. It’s an issue of integrity. Doing the right thing means leaving the wrong thing, thus maintaining your loyalty to God and not some man.

The fact is, none of us are perfect and we all stumble along the way, however, no matter of stumbling must ever approve of, or allow abuse of any kind in the pulpit. God’s grace is not a permission slip for abuse, nor is it an allowance for men to do bad things. For every good pastor who is trying and is still learning, it’s easy to deal with that individual while they are willing to submit to instruction. However, to those who would continue to ignore these warnings, God makes it clear that everything that is hidden will be revealed and his judgment is certain.

Paul reminds Timothy of the mandate of the pastor and everyone who is in leadership, who walks in one of the 5 fold ministries of their solemn duty; “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2)

Christopher

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“After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the LORD, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” (Judges 1:1)

Our world, our very nation is changing. It is changing to represent exactly what the Bible has been warning was coming, a change to reflect the values of man and not of God. These changes can be seen all around us, from a cultural standpoint where television programs reflect values never seen before, to film and music, where immorality is glorified and virtuous ideas mocked and ridiculed. Even in the political arena, traditional values are now becoming a taboo subject as the winds of change are occurring within this nation, Politicians are finding themselves reluctantly embracing the ideas of this ever changing society. The facts are, we who are in Christ are finding ourselves awakening in a world where our values and morals are no longer considered the majority, while another point of view is emerging.

To be sure, the church, the body of Christ must begin to prepare themselves both emotionally, as well as spiritually, for the changes which are coming. The future will become very difficult for the believer. Not difficult necessarily as it regards in economic terms, but mentally as well as spiritually. For the reality is, the believer in the coming years are going to find themselves living in a world which will become very hostile to those who believe and advocate a position which adheres to traditional Christian doctrine in matters of social living, morality and adherence to scripture alone.

We are now seeing some of this being played out currently on the national scene as it regards Christians, particularly preachers, who are either being forced to provide sermons to the City of Houston (source) or the case of two preachers in Idaho who are being told to either perform gay weddings at their wedding chapel or face fines and/or jail time (source).

This is just the slow start of a gaining momentum where the church will be thrown into a world where they will find themselves confronted with the genuine truth, that their values and beliefs, based upon the teachings of Christ, will not be accepted nor tolerated. How this will play out is anyone’s guess for now, however, great difficulties lay ahead for those of us who believe in Biblical truth. The days are coming when we will have to decide where we stand on the issues of the day, for it will come to the point in which we will have to decide if we will be willing to be open with our faith and what is truth and then proclaim that truth, or cower back into silence, fearful to speak out against the darkness that is creeping across the land. Either way, there will be no middle ground in the years to come, one will either be open with their faith, or they will deny their faith and risk the chastisement of God the Father.

When Joshua died, it’s interesting to note that the generation which Joshua led into Canaan would be the generation that fell into spiritual depravity, and it would take Judges that God would raise up during this period of time to rule over the nation of Israel. Such is the state of the modern church today, except that today God no longer uses Judges, instead, he has the 5 fold ministry guided by the Holy Spirit. Apostles, Prophets, Bishops, Evangelists and Teachers, they are all equipped to guard against false doctrine and spiritual error. This is the connection I see in the last days from the days of Israel past and today’s modern church. The fact is, this younger generation will be the generations to come which will face great adversity and great trials, which seem to give reason as to why many will fall away from the truth – because of the influence of the social gospel being presented in many churches the nation today.

Yet God has a remnant which he will raise up in the spirit of Joshua, who will stand for truth, stand for righteousness and denounce sin, even if it means persecution, they will rise to the occasion and meet the challenges that they face, with the spirit of God. Yes, the coming decades will reveal the spirit of the age, yet in all of this, God has a people who will not back down nor retreat under the pressures of the day, but stand opposed by the power of Christ paid for his work on the cross.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com