Who is the Anti-Christ?

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” II Thessalonians 2:3 & 4

“The Pope is of so great dignity, and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God.” Ferraris Ecclesiastical dictionary 

“All names which in the Scriptures are applied to Christ, by virtue of which it is established that He is over the church, all the same names are applied to the Pope.”
On the Authority of the Councils, book 2, chapter 17

“The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in Heaven and earth.” Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, “Cities Petrus Bertanous”.

“…the Pope is as it were God on earth, sole sovereign of the faithful of Christ, chief of kings, having plenitude of power.” Lucius Ferraris

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” II Corinthians 11:13-15

“The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth…by divine right the Pope has supreme and full power in faith, in morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true vicar, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians. He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by no one, God himself on earth.” Quoted in the New York Catechism.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

These words are written in the Roman Canon Law 1685: “To believe that our Lord God the Pope has not the power to decree as he is decreed, is to be deemed heretical.”

‘Father’ A. Pereira says: “It is quite certain that Popes have never approved or rejected this title ‘Lord God the Pope,’ for the passage in the gloss referred to appears in the edition of the Canon Law published in Rome in 1580 by Gregory XIII.”

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” Revelation 13:6

Writers on the Canon Law say, “The Pope and God are the same, so he has all power in heaven and earth.”

“The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” Catholic National, July 1895

This is but a ‘drop in the bucket’ as to what information is out there that confirms the prophetic scriptures, that the ‘little horn’, the ‘beast’, the ‘man of sin’, the ‘son of perdition’ and the ‘Antichrist’ are none other than the Pope of Rome (a successive reign) throughout history.

Behold the ‘mystery of iniquity’ which has clouded the minds of the entire world, that Almighty God’s worst enemy upon the earth is lauded, praised and venerated [worshipped] by secular and ‘Christian’ leaders alike!

(posted by Bill Hoffmann, Belize, Central America on an Arminian blog)

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The tragedy is often that the “one-hundred-per-cent god” is introduced into the life of the sensitive by the comparatively insensitive, who literally cannot imagine the harm they are doing. What is the way out? The words of Christ, “Learn of Me,” provide the best clue. Some of our modern enthusiastic Christians of the hearty type tend to regard Christianity as a performance. But it still is, as it was originally, a way of living, and in no sense a performance acted for the benefit of the surrounding world. To “learn” implies growth; implies the making and correcting of mistakes; implies a steady upward progress toward an ideal. The “perfection” to which Christ commands men to progress is this ideal.

The modern high-pressure Christian of certain circles would like to impose perfection of one hundred per cent as a set of rules to be immediately enforced, instead of as a shining ideal to be faithfully pursued…Such a distortion of Christian truth could not possibly originate from the One who said His “yoke was easy” and His “burden light,” nor by His follower St. Paul, who declared after many years’ experience that he “pressed toward the mark, not as though he had already attained or were already perfect.”

J.B. Phillips
“Your god is too Small”

Pharisees, leprous Samaritans, and other bloggers.

This post may not win me friends, and it may only make the sport of loathing me (and this blog) all the more attractive, but I am compelled to address a problem within the Christian internet community; a problem that doesn’t appear to show signs of ending anytime soon.

The problem I am speaking of is the increasing (and unnecessary) condescension and personal attacks from upper class Christians of the blogging world directed toward their lower class brothers and sisters.

This unsightly pock mark on the face of the Christian blogging world has risen to an alarming level and ignoring it –or hoping that it will soon run its course—simply won’t alleviate the problem. In this post I will be brutally honest (risking possible verbal retaliation and smears) but I hope and pray my words will be received in the spirit in which they are intended and will not actually contribute to the already inflamed derision among the caste system of Christian bloggers.

If anyone is offended by what may appear as an overly harsh rebuke or admonition (or some tongue-in-cheek), I apologize in advance, as my intent is not to offend, but the situation has boiled to such a level that pulling punches will serve no good in my appeal to see an end to this disadvantageous behavior.

I am also not deluded into believing my words will persuade all parties involved, but I do pray that it will cause at least a few of the combatants to pause and reflect on just how poorly attitudes and behaviors have gotten lately. I also pray that those involved will repent for the damage already done and then join me in calling a truce in this war among brethren.

To be fair.

I must begin by conceding that there are in fact some very angry, argumentative, and combative Christian bloggers out there who really need to reconsider the reason they blog. These bloggers (which comprise a very small minority) would do the cause of Christ and the gospel a service if they would consider taking a sabbatical to reevaluate their current spiritual state. (I have already addressed this issue in my previous post Caustic Calvinists.)

The fact is, these acidic bloggers are not representative of every Christian blogger out there who happens to find themselves outside the gates of the upper echelons of the blogging food chain, and I reject the efforts by some to lump all lower class apologist bloggers together as part of the seething minority.

But this post is not about them. This post is about the elitists who paint all inferior bloggers in cyberspace with the same broad brush as the few caustic bloggers.

My observations.

In my estimation most Christian bloggers fall into two main categories:

1). The hierarchical internet popes who see themselves as the only class of bloggers that are worthy, able, and enlightened enough to defend the faith and address the problems within the church.

To be analogous, I liken this growing elitist mentality to the Pharisees–not in the malicious way that critics apply the term as a way to stifle their opponents in a debate–but in the sense that, like the Pharisees, these bloggers strongly present themselves as the only ones worthy to deal with religious matters. All other bloggers are just not at the spiritual, educational, and intellectual level necessary to blog as the elites are, and thus, all other Christian bloggers would do best to leave the temple grounds and take their laptops with them.

2). The rest of the Christian aplogetics blogging world falls into the other category. These low-level mavens of the blogging world are what I analogously (and affectionately) refer to as the dreaded leprous Samaritans, those unclean pariahs not even worthy to blog alongside their premier blogging counterparts.

These oftentimes sincere and faithful bloggers are commonly referred to by their elitist superiors by the pejorative terms “watchbloggers” and “ODMs” (online discernment ministries), names strategically employed to marginalize them and their worthless contributions. The professionals view these gentile bloggers with utter contempt and–given the opportunity–would likely have those unkempt, vile dogs of cyberspace censured (if not tarred, feathered, flogged, and burned at the stake).

Friendly fire.

It’s true that not every menial blogger has been to seminary; it’s true that not every blogging serf has a master’s degree; it’s true that not every lower class blogger has had a book published; it’s true that not every peasant blogger has the greatest of depth in theological understanding; it’s true that not every amateur blogger has the following year booked up with speaking engagements around the nation, but does this mean that these grunts in the trenches of the battlefield have no right to exercise their freedom of speech as they write about the gospel, the faith, and their convictions, simply because they don’t say it exactly in the manner that the upper crust in the blogging world would?

Do these amateur bloggers really deserve all the loathing, condescension, and rancid vitriol that they’ve been increasingly receiving from these elites?

If we’re all truly in Christ then we’re all in this truth war together, but when the generals begin turning their cannons on the ground troops, the cause of Christ is sullied.

When the world gazes upon the bloody and battered mass of wounded warriors (many of which eventually succumb to the injuries inflicted on them by their comrades), the unbelieving snicker at us as they slip deeper into their self-assurance that all this friendly fire is simply more “proof” of the utter failure and futility of Christianity. Because, after all, Jesus said that the world would know that we are His disciples by the love we have for one another. Unfortunately the world sees anything but this type of evidence when they visit some Christian blogs.

Ironically, oftentimes the subpar bloggers that the elite loathe the most are the ones who are linking to their sites, recommending their books, and posting their sermons.

The common goals of those in the truth war.

Aren’t we all unified under the same Lord with the same shared purpose of  glorifying God, spreading the gospel, and defending the faith from those who have crept in unnoticed?

All Christians are undeniably in this truth war (even if most professing Christians prefer to avoid controversies). And in spite of the seemingly vast chasm affixed between the upper-crust bloggers and their inferiorly-viewed lower-crust bloggers, they share much in common. Here, for your consideration, are just some of the commonalities that these two tiers of bloggers share:

– Both camps believe in the essentials of the Christian faith.

– Both camps believe in defending these essentials from the wolves who seek to subvert them.

– Both camps have a righteous indignation for false teachers that lead the sheep astray.

– Both camps have a passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ (the only means of salvation) to a lost and dying world.

– Both camps adhere to the God-glorifying Doctrines of Grace.

– Both camps rejoice, take comfort in, and proclaim the sovereignty of God over His creation.

– Both camps believe in the perspicuity and divine origin of the Scriptures.

– Both camps believe the Bible doesn’t contain the Word of God but is the Word of God.

– Both camps proclaim the Solas of the Reformation.

– Both camps have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as the propitiation for their sins.

In other words, both camps are comprised of actual, literal brothers and sisters in the Lord, members of Christ’s body, fellow Christians. And each of these bottom dwelling Christian bloggers that are loathed, smeared, dragged through the mud, and demeaned by other Christian bloggers are dear souls that have been redeemed by the precious shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forget not that those you deride are the Lord’s beloved bride, and will be sharing a seat at the table of the Lord’s marriage feast with you.

Enough is enough.

To the ostentatious bloggers of grandiose superiority, I am calling for a stop to this madness of public ridicule of fellow Christians who are in the same war fighting the same battles. Quit viewing them as too unsophisticated and unworthy to blog because their polemic is not to the same degree of eloquence or level of loftiness that you possess. I urge the generals to bear this in mind before their next public evisceration of a foot soldier on their theological bayonets of contempt.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are quietly opening new Kingdom Halls, Rome is quietly baptizing new converts, Mormons are quietly gaining more approval and legitimacy in the arena of public opinion, Emergents and liberals are quietly subverting the gospel, the anti-theists are quietly publishing more books questioning the existence of God, and Muslims are quietly planning their next mass-casualty attack in the name of Allah. And all of this is happening while the ones who hold the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ—the very gospel these souls trapped in their growing false religions so desperately need to hear—are  preoccupied in a pretentious battle of who’s allowed to blog or not.

Oh, how this is all to our shame!

The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14

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I know well the tendency there is, at a certain stage of anxious inquiry, to ask, “What is faith that I may do it?” It is a legalist’s work to satisfy that craving; but this is what is in the “inquiry-room.”

“Who is He that I may believe in Him?” was the question asked by one who approached the dawning of a day of salvation. Explanations of what faith is are but trifling with souls. How different is the Scripture way! The great aim there is to “set forth” the object, not to explain the act, of faith.

– John Kennedy

1819 – 1884

Should Christians Boycott?

Every year, especially around this time, a huge outcry comes from the American Christian church. It basically amounts to, “If you don’t call it Christmas, we will boycott you”! On the surface, this seems like a pretty straightforward issue. December 25 has been the long celebrated, if not very accurate, date of the birth of Jesus Christ in this world. Now there are many debates about whether Christians should even celebrate this particular holiday, but I am setting aside that issue for now and am asking my readers to do the same. The issue I want to address is the issue of boycotting those companies that choose not to recognize this specific holiday as they cater to the consumer market. The question that needs to be asked is, should Christians participate in this?

In addressing this matter, let us first consider what Christmas is. For the Christian, it is a celebration of the time when God entered into humanity through the Incarnation. When the promise of Isaiah 9:6-7 came to fulfillment, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” When the Holy Spirit overshadowed a young virgin and Jesus became fully God and fully Man. When the Creator of all the universe took on humanity and became as one of us.

Unquestionably, the single most important aspect in history occurred on the hill of Calvary. Without the death, and subsequent resurrection, of Jesus Christ, there is no Christianity, as there is no forgiveness for sin. Yet, Calvary happened because a Child was born in Bethlehem, born in a filthy stable to a poor couple who were outcasts because there were questions about the how Mary really got pregnant. A Child that the local thieves…um, make that local shepherds ran through the streets announcing. A Child that, it seemed, very few people really cared about came into this world, but upon whom all of history would be affected. The very point of the celebration of Christmas centers then around the birth of the single most important figure in all of history, and the the ultimate fulfillment of why He came.

Fast forward to the year 2011 and the celebration of Christmas in America. Thanks to many traditions added over the years, trees and lights adorn our homes. Presents are exchanged in celebration of the season. Families gather together to sing carols and a traditional reading of the birth of Christ. Well, in some homes anyway. The growth of pluralism, post-modernism and political correctness have taught us that not everyone cares to celebrate this time of year because of Jesus’ birth. We are told that alternative beliefs, or even lack of beliefs, are just as important as the birth of Christ. In fact, since the Christian faith is so “intolerant” of other beliefs, it is actually important to denounce the central tenet of this celebration, or at least seriously downplay it, so that others can feel less disenfranchised and enjoy themselves more. After all, the purpose of the season is about love and joy to all mankind.

It did not take long for retailers to recognize that if they wanted to continue to make money from consumers, they had to buy into this system. Since not every person buying gifts was a Christian, they had better go to great lengths to make them feel included. Refusing to transition into this new age of pluralistic celebrations could mean that customers would feel offended and take their business to a more “inclusive” store. “Merry Christmas” became “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings”. Christmas decorations became Holiday decorations. Stores sanitized themselves of anything remotely “Christian” in order to attract potential customers, thus increasing their bottom line.

It did not take long for Christians to recognize they were being pushed aside in this wave of commercial political correctness. Bumper stickers and signs began popping up which stated “Keep Christ in CHRISTmas” or “Remember the Reason for the Season”. Rather innocuous and harmless efforts to return people’s minds back to the central figure of Christmas (yet rather ineffective given the lack of a true gospel presentation, but I digress). Along the way, someone struck upon an idea. If a store doesn’t want to acknowledge Christ and Christmas, then why spend their money there? After all, if Christians aren’t worth catering to, why bother shopping at that store. In true Christian fashion, the worldly concept of boycotting caught on like wildfire. Before long, Christian organizations began to keep track of who did or did not say “Merry Christmas”. Christians were encouraged to avoid shopping at stores that were not “Christian friendly”. Terse letters were forwarded to companies with dire warnings that unless they changed their ways, Christians would withhold the money expected that year. It is now an annual event for Christians to celebrate the birth of our Savior by threatening companies with boycott unless they play ball our way.

Now, readers are probably catching on at this point where am I going with this, but I would like you to hear me out. How often have you read an article or seen a news report where a small business, run by a Christian, made a business decision that was informed by their beliefs that conflicted with a “protected class” and a boycott/lawsuit ensued. Have you not, rightly, declared, “How dare they? They’re just bullying them into doing what they want”! We have all seen it happen, perhaps you have even heard of a business or organization being shut down because they could not handle the legal costs involved. When we see it being doled out against other Christians, we realize just how cruel the concept is. If someone doesn’t do it their way, you either tow the line or you’re outta here!

So the question for the Christian is, what are we thinking?? At what point did Christ call upon us to use the cruel and mean ways of the world to promote His Name? At one point did we forget that our celebration of Christ was not which stores we would shop at, but to celebrate that promised Messiah, born of a virgin, in a poor household, with parents who were gossiped about, but would turn history on its head because of His death and resurrection for the sins of mankind? When did we forget that His story would not be told on store banners and catalogs, but when we would boldly proclaim the gospel to all those we meet? Did Christ command us to tersely warn people to make sure they celebrate Christmas, or did He call us to lovingly proclaim His gospel so that people would repent and trust in Him for salvation?

It is my suggestion that rather than partake in worldly methods, so we can feel comfortable shopping at stores where we can get the best deal, we take this time to go out into the world and share the glorious gospel of salvation through grace. See, this time of year is important to remember, but not so we can get good deals on presents. It is important for the reason I stated before, without Bethlehem, there is no Calvary. Without Calvary, there is no salvation. Without salvation, there is no hope. Please Christians, stop worrying if the stores are promoting Christmas, it’s not their job. It is ours. Let us spend our energies proclaiming Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection. That is the one gift you can give to every single person you meet that really matters anyway.

Oops – Murdered the Wrong Baby!

From the British Broadcasting Network

An Australian hospital has launched an inquiry after staff treating a woman carrying twin boys accidentally terminated the wrong foetus.

Doctors had told the woman that one of her babies had a congenital heart defect that would require numerous operations, if he survived.

The woman chose to abort the 32-week foetus but staff injected the wrong twin.

The hospital in Melbourne described it as a “terrible tragedy”.

“The Royal Women’s Hospital can confirm a distressing clinical accident occurred on Tuesday,” it said in a statement.

“We are conducting a full investigation and continue to offer the family and affected staff every support.”

The woman went on to have an emergency caesarean to end the life of the sick foetus.

Doll replicas of a 26 and 32 week old baby born premature.

HT: Picture from God’s Little Ones.

Waking up on Thanksgiving morning here in America, we had a lot to be thankful for in our home. Preparing to spend some time with my wife’s folks, we finished some last minute items before leaving out the door. One of the last minute items was a quick check of the news. It produced a shock for which I was not prepared.

The above quote from the BBC News says everything about the state of this world that we need to know. It is totally depraved and wants nothing to do with the truth, which means it wants nothing to do with God for God IS truth.

As I read the article, my mind shifted from shock to anger at the callousness of individuals, of doctors, and of the healthcare industry in general. This is NOT to say that there are no believers who maintain the highest levels of integrity for there are many. There are also many who maintain that integrity because they are a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old things have passed away (namely, the thinking that murder of an unborn baby is acceptable) and all things have become new (namely, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and that a baby is a baby from the moment of conception).

The amazing part is that the world does not, cannot, and deliberately chooses not to acknowledge the incongruity of the news article above. First, at 32 weeks, many babies have been born and gone on to live normal lives. Second, we need to understand that just because a doctor chooses to rip a baby out of its life support system does not mean it is not viable and therefore should be categorized as just fetal tissue. Third, the parents are told the baby would require many operations – if he survived. There was no guarantee the baby would survive, but there was no certainty the baby would die either! There are many who have had heart defects and also gone on to live regular lives.

So, the solution – abort MURDER the little baby who is just weeks away from birth. The woman is in the 5th week of her third trimester! A God-given heritage and gift growing inside the comfort and safety of a God-given womb then finds itself being injected with a medical solution in order to end its life!

“Oops,” says the hospital to the parents, “We aborted MURDERED your healthy baby. This is a terrible tragedy. It is acceptable by law to abort MURDER the unhealthy baby, but to abort MURDER the healthy baby is just a shocking, distressing, and tragic at best!”

The hospital promises that they are going to launch a full inquiry into how the WRONG baby could be aborted MURDERED! The mother went on to have an emergency C-section in order for the CORRECT baby to be aborted MURDERED! How utterly heart-breaking!

Psalm 94:1-3, “O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?