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Moving

To my dear readers and followers:

I am moving over to Baptist Reporter and my Google+ page. I think I must do something different than WordPress. I cannot support the ads nor the rainbow flag that they displayed a couple of weeks ago. As I stated in last week’s post, the Bible does not support the gay agenda. I thank you for all the encouragement I have received, from likes to reads. I hope ya’ll have been blessed and that the posts have done their job in glorifying God, bringing the Gospel to others, and edifying the church.

I will be leaving this blog up, but will not be putting new posts on. From now on, posts will be on Baptist Reporter and Google+.

Thank you, dear readers.

Sincerely,

The Fundamental Baptist Reporter.

Male and ?

Tomorrow my parents will be celebrating their wedding anniversary. I want to express my thankfulness for my parents. God uses marriage between a man and his wife to illustrate the relationship between Jesus and the Church (Ephesians 5).

As many of my readers may know, the gay agenda has swept across our nation. They call those who do not agree with their thinking “bigots” and “bullies”. But what does the Bible say?

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:3-6).

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:6-9).

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31).

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. ¶ And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:18-32).

So, my dear readers, we can see that it is not “male and male” or “female and female” but “God made them male and female.”

The Importance of Israel

Some people believe that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has fulfilled the promises made to Israel and therefore, they are not necessary. But sadly, though many people who hold this opinion call themselves Christians, they do not understand what the Bible says. Let us take a look at what the Bible says, and let us see why the church has not replaced Israel.

First, let us look at what Romans 11:1-4. Paul says

            “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image to Baal.”

            If the Church has replaced Israel, then that passage is a fraud. If the church is the new Israel, then God has cast away His people which He foreknew.

1st Corinthians 10:32 says: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God”.

If the church has replaced Israel, then why are they mentioned separately? Clearly, God has not thrown Israel away.

In the Bible, God is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob several times. Here are some examples:

Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Luke 20:37).

            “That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee” (Exodus 4:5).

These are just two of all the times that God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Three times God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In Malachi 3:6, God says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

If God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob then, and if God loved Israel then, He still is God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He still loves Israel. Continue reading

THE HAWAIIAN QUEEN WHO DEFIED THE “GOD OF THE VOLCANO”

The following is from Friday Church News Notes, a weekly newsletter put out by Way of Life:

THE HAWAIIAN QUEEN WHO DEFIED THE “GOD OF THE VOLCANO” The following is excerpted from “Christian Missionaries in Hawaii,” Bill Federer, TheMoralLiberal.com: “Hiram Bingham and Asa Thurston were sent to Hawaii by the American Board of Missions on the ship Thaddeus, arriving at Kailua on March 31, 1820. The missionaries not only spread Christianity, but also confronted drunkenness and vice which had been introduced into the islands by sailors, whalers, and convicts from Botany Bay. The missionaries created a 12-letter Hawaiian alphabet and reduced the Hawaiian language to writing. They translated the Bible, began a newspaper, set up schools and churches, and convinced the Hawaiian women to wear dresses. Idolatry and human sacrifice had previously been ended by King Kamehameha II and his Queen mother Ka’ahumanu. Queen Ka‘ahumanu and six high chiefs requested to be baptized in 1823. She then banned prostitution and drunkenness, resulting in sailors resenting the missionaries’ influence. Queen Ka’ahumanu helped spread the Gospel in the islands, beginning a ‘Great Awakening.’ She was presented with the newly completed version of the New Testament in the Hawaiian language just prior to her death. Her last words were, ‘I am going where the mansions are ready.’ Chiefess Kapiolani, the cousin of King Kamehameha I, in 1824 defied the volcano goddess Pele by saying a Christian prayer, climbing down into the lava crater and returning unharmed, then eating the forbidden Ōhelo berries. Chiefess Kapiolani praised ‘the one true God,’ proclaiming, ‘Jehovah is my God. He kindled these fires. I fear not Pele. All the gods of Hawaii are vain.’ This courage inspired many Hawaiians to be missionaries to other islands, such as Samuel Kauwealoha, who sailed in 1853 to the Marquesas Islands.” To this report we add the following from Our Fascinating Earth by Philip and Nancy Seff: “Priests, friends, and husband all prophesied a fiery doom for Chiefess Kapiolani. … The gathering crowds gasped as she threw rocks and a slipper and emptied her washbowl into the sacred crater. … Alfred, Lord Tennyson later paid homage to the brave queen by immortalizing her in a poem ‘Kapiolani.’ He wrote, ‘Great and greater, and greatest of women, island heroine, Kapiolani, climbed the mountain, and flung the berries, and dared the Goddess, and freed the people of Hawaii!’”

July 4th

Today is July 4th. While many of my readers may be celebrating Independence Day, I want to explain why I am not.

BUT: I am NOT a traitor. I thank God that I live where I do. I appreciate the freedoms that we do have here.

However, I am not celebrating this day because of what the Bible says.

The Bible says that we are to worship God alone. We are to honour those in authority (Romans 13), but we are not to worship the country. We are not to swear (James 5:12); and our allegiance must go to God ONLY.

Now this does not mean that we should blatantly disobey the laws of the land. We are to obey the laws, as long as they do not come into conflict with what God says (Acts 5:29).

Patriotism means “Love of and devotion to one’s country”. We are told to “love not the world” (1 John 2:16-17).

We cannot serve two masters; the Bible makes that clear. “Serving God and Country” cannot work. We must decide where we will put our allegiance; and according to the Bible, it is to GOD that we give our allegiance.

Also consider that, while the founding fathers had some good morals, they were not Christians (contrary to what David Barton says). George Washington died a Catholic; John Adams was a Unitarian; Jefferson exalted reason above the Bible; Ben Franklin was a Freemason and a member of the Hellfire Club (a debaucherous club in England). Many thought that Jesus was a good man, but not necessarily God.

“Original sin was as ridiculous as imputed righteousness.” –Benjamin Franklin

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being of his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States of America will do away with all this artificial scaffolding and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines…” –Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams, April 11th, 1823

“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatism, and imposture as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being. I separate therefore the gold from the dross; restore to him the former, and leave the latter to the stupidity of some, and roguery of his disciples. Of this band of dupes and imposters, Paul was the great Coryphaeus, and fist corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus. These palpable interpolations and falsifications of his doctrines led me to try to sift them apart.” –Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William Short, Monticello, April 13th, 1820

“It was a long tradition among both the Maryland Province Jesuit Fathers and the Negro slaves of the Washington plantation and those of the surrounding area that the first President died a Catholic. These and other facts about George Washington are reported in the Paulist Information Magazine by Doran Hurely. The story is that Father Leonard Neale, S.J. [a Jesuit], was called to Mount Vernon from St. Mary’s Mission across the Piscataway River four hours before Washington’s death. Washington’s body servant Juba is the authority for the fact the General made the Sign of the Cross at meals. He may have learned this from his Catholic lieutenants, Stephen Moylan or John Fitzgerald. At Valley Forge, Washington forbade the burning in effigy of the Pontiff on Popes’ Day. Several times as President he is reported to have slipped into a Catholic church to hear Sunday mass.” –The Denver Register, February 24th, 1957

“The long report among slaves of Mount Vernon as to Washington’s deathbed conversion would be odd unless based on truth. These were not Catholic Negroes; it is part of the tradition that weeping and wailing occurred in the quarters that Massa Washington had been snared by the Scarlet Woman of Rome, whom they had been taught to fear and hate. Supposedly Father Neale was rowed across the Piscataway by Negro oarsmen; and men often talked freely when slaves were nearby, confidentially ignoring their presence.” –The Denver Register, May 11th, 1952

“…Washington died a Catholic. The facts concerning this have been well publicized and would seem to leave little room for doubt. Four hours before Washington’s death, Fr. Leonard Neale, S.J., was called to Mount Vernon from St. Mary’s Mission across the Piscataway River where he baptized President Washington.” –The Angelus, February 1998, Volume X, Number 2, “Catholics and the Republic”

I do not hate the founding fathers; I do not hate America. I just do not, and cannot, be patriotic, as it is unbiblical. When the decision between God and country comes, we as Christians must choose God.

The Christians in early Rome had to choose between Rome and God, and they chose God. We must also make the choice to serve God. We must obey the laws of the land, as long as they do not conflict with God’s laws. But we must not worship nor pledge our allegiance to the nation.

For more information about these subjects, check out these resources:

Polycarp–Destroyer of Gods

A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in the 2nd century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live – and die – for.

Noise of Thunder

The videos Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers, and the Secret Mysteries of America’s History explain the founding of America in detail.