‘a stone of commitment- two-thousand-nine’

   The Burren region of north-west County Clare offers a collection of holy wells, standing stones, ancient churches and forgotten tombs.          Photo: Tourism Ireland/www.telegraph.co.uk

This will be the last post from “A Word From Malachi’ for the year two-thousand-eight. There is a lot that has been posted this year and I want to thank ALL of the readers for stopping by and considering the convictions that the Lord has put on my heart to share.

In this last post for this year, I would like to leave the readers with  these few thoughts-

  • If you have spent some time this year reading ‘A Word From Malachi’ and do not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, it is my prayer that you shall see Him in this light this upcoming year, for there is no other name whereby man may be saved.
  • If you are a believer in Christ and have found this blog a source of encouragement, PRAISE THE LORD and please stop by for future exhortation in this upcoming year.
  • If you are a believer and are immersed in the midst of persecution for your faith, I want you to know that there is a small body of believers in Atmore Alabama that are keeping you and yours lifted up before the Lord, daily, in prayer. Just remember…. He is faithful and His word is true… a firm foundation in the midst of a storm, both in life and in death.
  • If you are a believer and through reading some of the post have come to the realization that you have been nothing more than a religious pawn of the church and its religious system, I pray that you have found the post from malachi a source of conviction, and that they have driven you toward our Lord via a spirit of commitment, and that commitment not to the institution, but to the body and that, our faithful Lord.

A New Year commitment-

And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance. Joshua 24:19-28

In the above text recorded in the Book if Joshua, Joshua has completed the task (bringing His people into the Land of Promise and the dispersion of their particular inheritance) that God had given him.

Joshua had gathered all the tribe of Israel to Shechem and called on the people to reaffirm their commitment to God and His covenant.

Joshua reminds the people of God that serving Him is not easy and should not be done haphazard for we are sinners and God is Righteous, and as a Holy God, He is a jealous God. To forsake Him and serve other (strange) gods, would result in His judgement and their hurt.

But the people reaffirmed their commitment…

 

 “they would serve the LORD”

 

Now when an individual makes a commitment to the LORD, it is a very serious deal. That is why Solomon exhorts us not to be rash with our mouth and let not our heart be hasty to utter any thing before God.

For God takes our vows serious and He will expect us to keep our word, so when we make a commitment to God, pay that which we have vowed, or in the common vernacular, KEEP YOUR WORD, lest the LORD be angry with thy voice and destroy the work of thine hands. [Ecclesiastes 5:1-7]

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and set the words to writing, so that they could not come back later and say, ‘we did not say that?’ and wrote these words in the book of the law of God.

He then took a great stone and set it up under an oak tree that was by the sanctuary of the Lord, then Joshua told the people,

“Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us, for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spoke to you: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest you deny your God”.

How can a stone hear? It has no ears?

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith.

malachi

‘drinking from a well that never shall run dry’

photo: World In Crisis Appeal

Matthew Parris is a writer for the online version of the ‘Times of London,’ He is also a avowed atheist and posted the article below which  describes a trip he made just before Christmas to the African country of Malawi, where he had lived as a boy.

Please read the article in its entirety-

As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God TimesOnline.co.uk

The  purpose of the trip was to assess the ministry of a small British charity (Pump Aid) working there which helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean.

Parris found another work going on that feels a void that the work of the secular NGO’s [Nongovernmental Organizations], government projects and international aid is not filling. It is the work of the Christian missionary (evangelism-the gospel of Jesus Christ).

Parris is stated that “Africa is in need of a spiritual transformation, something that will change the peoples heart,” and that is what Jesus does. He said “the rebirth is real” and “the change that he is seeing is good”.

 

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, we are told of a woman of Samaria that comes to Jacob’s well seeking water. She was met by the Lord who offered her much more than the water that she could get from the well.

Christ told her that…. whosoever drinks of the water from the well will most assuredly thirst again, but whosoever drinks of the water that Christ can give shall never thirst again, and that the water that Christ will give shall be in an individual, a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.

I am thinking that Parris got a taste of this spirit as he traveled to Malawi to see the philanthropic efforts of Pump Aid, that met a need that many in America take for granted…. clean, cool water to a thirsty people yet he found a people who had drawn from a well of water that springs up into everlasting life.

 

Parris said, “It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But traveling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God. “

 

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”  (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) John 7:37-39

 

Parris said, “I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it. I would allow that if faith was needed to motivate missionaries to help, then, fine: but what counted was the help, not the faith. But this doesn’t fit the facts. Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing.”

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world–like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:13-16

I praise God for the faithful men and women that are salt and light all across Africa. I pray the Lord, by His Spirit will bring forth that water whereby a man or women shall never thirst again.

malachi

‘a nation’s demise’

The Eagle, Our National Emblem
The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of American, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.
It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. “They are shrieking for Freedom,” said the patriots.
Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.
–Maude M. Grant
www.baldeagleinfo.com/eagle/eagle9.html

 

“As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by it own skill”

-Helen Keller

 

We are knocking on the door of a new year (two-thousand-nine) and the brink of 233 years as a nation. When one considers 233 years of age, one may think that old… as a nation goes, it is mere infancy.

While other societies of the world derive their rights from their ruler… a king, emperor or military dictator, the Founding Father’s of America set their heart in a different direction; a declaration set on the equality and rights of all men, a declaration giving credence to the Divine Creator, that all men should have the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This Declaration of  Independence declared a revolutionary new doctrine, but how viable is this nation if God is absent?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I have given much thought to the this truth this past year and one must ask the question…

Can a nation stand upon its political rhetoric, when the very foundation is being undermined by its own fleshly wisdom?

No matter how wealthy, wise or mighty a nation may appear….

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”

 

Mammon has become America’s god-

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matt.6:19-24

 

America’s government is a house divided-

And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And others, tempting [him], sought of him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast [them] out? therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luke 17:14-20

 

The church in America has lost its savour and light-

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:13-16

 

The ‘final straw’ America has forsaken the True and Living God-

 

Deuteronomy 8:10-14

“When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;”

Verses 19 and 20 speak to the nation that forgets God and turns their back on His word and follows after other gods.

Deuteronomy 8: 19-20

“And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.”

When God led his people out of Egypt and associated His name with  them, they became His people and He became their God, and He gave them a warning not to forget Him. After the warning He told them what would happen to the nation/people that forgets God and turns their back on His word and follows after other gods.

May God have mercy on America!

 

malachi

‘the day will come’

                  photo: http://www.moveamericaforward.org

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This poem was sent out by JAIL4Judges on 28Dec08.

THE DAY WILL COME

By Barbie (Administrator & Author of Poem)

National J.A.I.L. Associate Commander-In-Chief

VictoryUSA@jail4judges.org

P.O. Box 207, No.Hwd., CA. 91603

Forwarded by Ron Branson

 

THE DAY WILL COME

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In these days of dark distress

I come to you, I must confess..

I come to you with outstretched hand

To tell you of that Promised Land!

I come to tell you of my Lord

How you can trust Him by His Word.

Now, you may scoff and you may shrink

Away from Truth– but on the brink

You’ll find a hell, so vile and cruel

Awaiting every scoffing fool!

“Take your religion, leave it at home

Take your contentions from which I’ll roam.

Don’t bother me! I’m doing fine..

Mind your own business and I’ll mind mine!”

Sounds all familiar from lashing tongue

Self-righteous claims, all said and done.

Safe and secure, you feel with your lot

With no need of “junk” the Christians have got!

Take heed when you bolster your standing, so tall

Lest while you are boasting, you have a great fall.

All of your riches will go up in smoke

You’ll have nothing left– not a hat nor a cloak.

The day will come when all that I’ve said

Will come to pass, and you will dread

The fiery pit, the painful seethe

With gnawing tongue and gnashing teeth!

O, this may sound to you remote

A thought on which you will not dote.

These things, you feel, cannot be true

And certainly– won’t happen to you!!

O foolish heart and haughty pride

Don’t you know, you’ll slip and slide?

You’ll tumble from your lofty perch

Come crashing down, without a search!

Your “goodness” then will come to naught

Because the Saviour was not sought.

I come to you and humbly plead

Open your eyes and see all your need

Open your heart to the Saviour’s call

And let Him come in, once and for all!

The time is short, ’twill soon be spent

Then nothing you do, or ever had meant

Will free you from guilt or sorrowful shame

From eternal hell and tortuous maim!

Don’t scoff and reject these words, I implore!

Don’t run from the Truth and receive it no more..

The day will come when sneering will cease

And judgment on all will have its release

On those who refused to open their eyes

Rejecting the Truth, but accepting lies!

On those who did turn away from our pleas

To look upon Christ and fall on their knees.

The day will come, and soon enough

When all these things you’ll not rebuff.

You’ll not refuse to see the Light

For it will be so shining bright

On every eye and trembling lip

That mocked Him so with every quip.

The day will come– before you know

When I can say:

“I TOLD YOU SO!!”

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Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelations 1:7

Thoughts worthy to ponder my friend.

malachi

‘the tickling of itching ears’

 

Most of the WordPress readers are aware that Pastor Rick Warren was chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to offer the invocation at his inauguration. This request led to a public outcry by gay-rights activist and those propagating homosexual marriage.

Both Barack Obama and Rick Warren have vehemently defended their positions with Obama sticking by his convictions in selecting Warren and Warren standing by his convictions in terms of homosexual marriage.

OneNewNow published a new article where it appears that Rick Warren is giving some evidence of craw-fishing if you please…. in the biblical vernacular, the heaping of teachers having itching ears.

You can read the OneNewsNow article in its entirety at this link, but for discussion purposes, I have extracted some particular excerpts which will be printed in bold italics.

Rick Warren: Opposed to gay marriage, not gay partnerships- OneNewsNow

Pastor Rick Warren, chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to pray at his inauguration, said in a video message to his church that he doesn’t equate homosexual relationships with incest or pedophilia, but opposes redefining marriage just as any conservative Christian would.

If the article from OneNewsNow is accurate, it says that Rick Warren communicated through a video message to his church, that he does not equate homosexual relationship with incest or pedophilia, but that he does oppose redefining marriage, just as any conservative Christian would.

I am confused by this speech. If he is speaking for the ‘conservative Christian’, he would probably find that a conservative Christian considers homosexuality as sin and that marriage should remain as it is defined…

 

“the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law”

With regard to the confusing speech, Warren attempts to draw a distinction between homosexuality, incest and pedophilia? It would be like Warren saying….

I do not equate the brutal murder of a Christian in Indonesia or North Korea with that of murdered through the act of abortion, just as any Christian conservative would?

 

Now I have not been able to find ‘the video message’ to his church. I have searched the Saddleback web site but it is not available. One thing that I did find was a public statement about homosexuality.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY?

Q&A on Saddlebackfamily.com’s Web site- Tom Holladay

Question: What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
Answer: The Bible very clearly says that homosexuality is a sin. 

“Homosexuality is absolutely forbidden, for it is an enormous sin.” Lev. 18:22 (TLB)

Sexual Intimacy Outside of Marriage

God tells us through His Word that sex outside of marriage and sexual immorality are one in the same:  they are both sin.

“For God wants you to be holy and pure and to keep clear of all sexual sin.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3 TLB

“Honor your marriage and its vows, and be pure; for God will surely punish all those who are immoral or commit adultery.” Hebrews 13:4 TLB

“Let there be no sex sin, impurity or greed among you.  Let no one be able to accuse you of any such things.” Ephesians 5:3 TLB

 

In his video, he insisted he wasn’t equating gay marriage with incest or child molestation.

“I have in no way ever taught that homosexuality is the same thing as a forced relationship between an adult and a child, or between siblings,” Warren said. “I was trying to point out I’m not opposed to gays having their partnership. I’m opposed to gays using the term marriage for their relationship.”

It does appear that Warren has backed himself into a very miry quagmire. If Saddleback church says that….

“God tells us through His Word that sex outside of marriage and secual immorality are one in the same: they are both sin.”

… but Warren says, that he is not opposed to the sin of homosexuality, just them being married, how can they escape this grievous sin, at least by Warren’s standards?

 

Warren said that disagreeing with gay-rights activists on same-sex marriage does not qualify as hate speech and doesn’t mean he is anti-gay.

To this point Warren is correct. One can disagree with sin and still not hate. In fact, to speak truth is a testimony of one’s love, lest the sinner be lost for an eternity. But what Warren’s speech does qualify, is that he should not stand behind a pulpit as a preacher of God’s Word. A man that espouses the doctrine of God’s word should not be afraid to call sin, sin. It may be that he should consider the realm of politics…

“We’re both willing to be criticized in order to try to bring America into a new day of civil discourse and to create a new model that says you don’t have to agree only with your side on everything,” Warren said in the video posted Monday night by Saddleback Community Church.

…. his speech is much more fitted for that lukewarm environment!

Anyone can attend Saddleback worship services. But the church article had said that gays “unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted” as members.

Saddleback members must sign a broadly worded covenant in which they agree to follow Bible teachings. While gay relationships aren’t mentioned in the pledge, it is meant to cover the spectrum of conservative Christian belief.

With one last point for consideration, if members must ‘sign a covenant that the agree to follow Bible teachings’, one must agree, if they understand the teaching of the Word of God, that homosexuality not acceptable to God, whether practiced by the believer or in the church….

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers–none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

…. it doesn’t matter if it is adultery, incest, pedophilia, zoophilia or homosexuality.

Wouldn’t it just be simpler to call sin, sin?

malachi

‘the radical muslim and homosexual… a spirit akin’

              Indonesian Christian Persecution: Photo VOM Persecution Blog

vom: extreme devotion 26Dec08

In northern Nigeria, Muslims have instituted Sharia Law—the strictest Islamic legal code. Christians dominate the Nigerian population, so the Islamic leaders insist that the law only applies to domestic matters for Muslims. However, the Christians know better. Hundreds of their churches have already been destroyed. If they are rebuilt, they are burned down again. Many Christians are being martyred.

    In the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, one church leader claims that Muslim extremists have placed a bounty on the heads of all Christian leaders, offering one hundred thousand naira (about one thousand U.S. dollars) for each one killed. Likewise, there was also a bounty on Christ’s head, and he was betrayed for just thirty pieces of silver.
    With the continued threat, some believers are contemplating fighting back. But one Christian leader recently challenged believers in Kaduna: “In the midst of this we need to remember our Lord’s teaching about turning evil to good and patiently suffering in the face of what is happening. And because Nigeria is a proclaimed democracy, there is a responsibility for Christians to make sure everyone is treated justly and fairly.”
    Christ delivered a similar challenge almost two thousand years ago: “‘Love the Lord your God’ . . . This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37–39).

 

vom: extreme devotion 27Dec08

It was midnight when officers burst into their home and abruptly awakened Eskinder Menghis and his wife and three children. They walked out to find agents with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior ransacking their home.

    “What are you doing? You have no right to destroy our home like this.”
    “And you have no right to practice your religion in the land of Mohammed! You were warned before you came to leave your religion behind.” The officer pushed Eskinder out the door as the others gathered up the Bibles, hymnals, photos albums, audiotapes, and anything else they could use as evidence.
    Eskinder was brought to the police headquarters for interrogation, leaving behind his frightened wife and children. Eskinder and his family are Ethiopian Christians. They are among the many foreigners who make up one-third of Saudi Arabia’s population, working in the oil-rich nation. Many of these foreigners are Christians who face a terrible predicament when it comes to expressing their faith.
    Many Christians never intend to practice their faith when they go to work in a Muslim nation. But once under the dark cloud of Islam, they begin to look toward heaven and find fellowship with other believers around them. Many even start to witness to their Muslim employers. In Saudi Arabia, converting a Muslim to Christianity carries a death penalty for both parties.

 

Voice of the Martyr Extreme Devotion is an daily news letter that deals with the commitment and persecution that the body of Christ is immersed in on a daily basis all over the world.

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The face of tolerance-

Christians chased out of Castro / Market Streets….

Iran? Nigeria? North Korea? China?  Indonesia?

No! The United States of America, San Francisco, CA.

Quite a testimony of tolerance?

 

 

tol⋅er⋅ance    /ˈtɒlərəns/  [tol-er-uhns]

noun

1. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

2. a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

3. interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.

4. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.

 

O LORD, you persuaded me, and I allowed myself to be persuaded. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked by everyone in the city. Whenever I speak, the words come out in a violent outburst. “Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the LORD have made me a household joke. And I can’t stop! If I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am weary of holding it in! I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” And they say, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say, “and then we will get our revenge on him.” But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him they will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will be shamed and thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. Jeremiah 20:7-11

The spirit that is personified in the radical Islamic religion and the radical homosexual movement is a spirit of hate and intolerance. It shall not relent until it has shut the mouth of all of Christendom. Hear and see their testimony!

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.

malachi

‘do as I say, not as I do… from the homosexual perspective’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from the following article: 

http://nottoomuch.com/pivot/entry.php?id=1293

Iranian executions : utterly immoral and disgusting beyond belief

The article ‘Iranian Executions’ was posted on 11Dec07- on a blog was in  response to an article posted in the Times Online.co.uk 13Nov07. Below are comments made by an Iranian politician; Mohsen Yahyavi in the Times article….

Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured and possibly both, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference, The Times has learnt.

Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.  Excerpts from the Times article.

Now before we progress any further in this post I would like to tell my homosexual readers, and any reader that has a conscience, that I understand how you feel looking at the above photo. For hardly a day goes by that I do not see this same image of aggression perpetrated against my brothers and sisters throughout North Korea, China, India, Africa, any of the Muslim dominated lands, etc….. so when I say I understand how you feel, I really do.

What I would like for the readers to ponder is the double standard and intolerant spirit that we see against Christianity by the radical homosexual movement while hearing silenced lips toward the Islamic religion? Where is the cry of ‘intolerance’?

When was the last time we saw the radical homosexual populace stand outside a mosque shouting violent strains against the worshippers inside for the actions and verbiage propagated against the homosexual community by a Muslim dominated country?

 

For contrast, consider this indignation against Rick Warren….

Homosexuals showing ‘radical intolerance’ of Rick Warren: OneNews

A leading black conservative pastor and political activist says the high level of anger in the homosexual community over president-elect Barack Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration next month “shows the nature of the culture war we are in.”

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., of the High Impact Leadership Coalition says although he voted for John McCain in the presidential election and disagrees with Barack Obama’s stances on abortion and homosexuality, the president-elect made an “appropriate” decision to pick California pastor Rick Warren to pray on Inauguration Day.
“I think that it says to us that Obama understands the divide among people of faith and that he is going to make a sincere attempt at following through with the kinds of overtures that he made to the faith community as he was running for office,” he notes. “So, I think it says a lot about Barack.”

 

He believes the controversy over Pastor Warren also says a lot about the homosexual community. “What’s being revealed in this process is that the intolerance of the radical left is coming out. They want to be received and tolerated, but when someone takes one little overture like praying a prayer at a major event, they can’t take it,” he points out. “And whether we like it or not, this man Rick Warren has become the next generation’s Billy Graham.”

The Washington-based homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign is demanding that Obama commit to a “five-step legislative blueprint for change” to make up for his selection of Rick Warren. That “legislative blueprint” includes, among other things, signing “hate crimes” legislation into law within six months, supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (often referred to as “ENDA”), repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and issuing an executive order providing special protections for federal workers based on their sexual behavior and gender identity. end

 

From the article that was posted on OneNews and the demands that are being made on President-Elect Obama by the homosexual community it is pretty evident that they have absolutely no room for tolerance unless it is grossly in their favor. For case in point, consider the comment below that was extracted in response to the article that was posted on nottoomuch.com: Iranian Execution by a reader called Gabrielle-

Comment by Gabrielle

I can not even believe this is happening in the world today. How is it possible? Human kind is supposed to have progressed and they are behaving like savages. How hypocritical is it to murder someone..to take a human life..to act as if you are God..because someone is gay? Or has been raped? It is beyond comprehension! I am beyond words and I do not even know what to do or who to go to or how to increase awareness. What do you do?

If Gabrielle were to stumble across this post, I would love to ask him/her, do you have the same disdain for the innocent babies that are viciously murdered while in the warmth and safety of their mother’s wombs just because the law condones it, or that Christians all over the world are finding the same aggression of those in the picture above, just because they are followers of Christ, or does the issue really have anything to do with tolerance?

Just for the record, I do not condone homosexuality and view it as sin based upon the clear teaching of God’s word, I do not condone what the Iranian government is doing to the homosexual. Nor do I condone the violent attacks of Christians all over the world or the violent murder condoned by America in the killing of helpless babies, but I do understand why the radical homosexual agenda shakes it’s fist so vehemently in the face of Christendom yet remain totally silent in the face of radical Islam…. they will kill you, while Christians love you!

I wonder if this is evidence that we are living in a day when one can not practice what they preach, or maybe it is that we see things not as they are, but as we are?

malachi

‘Merry Christmas’

        

If you knew nothing of my thoughts on Christmas other than what has been written in ‘The Three Pillars of the American Christmas’ you would swear that I am a modern day Scrooge…. but not the case at all.

My heart is grossly saddened with the manner in which America, and yes, even the church, for we have raped and pillaged what Christendom attest to as the true meaning of Christmas.

What about all those pagan rituals and their associations to things other than Christ?

What about the cutting of the tree out of the forest, only to deck it with silver and gold that it may be fastened that it move not?

What about the corruption of tiny innocent minds as they anxiously anticipate that Christmas morn?

I believe the word of God teaches us some very important principles…

  • The Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. That is why it is imperative that the heart of the believer be established in this grace.
  • In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter, and if someone esteems something is wrong, it is.
  • The word of God and the Spirit of God is sufficient for this day and who are we to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should. He is God my friend and He can handle the Celebration of Christmas.
  • After all my friend we are not our own masters when we live or when we die. While we live, we live to please the Lord. And when we die, we go to be with the Lord. So in life and in death, we belong to the Lord.
  • It was to this end that Christ died and rose again for this very purpose, so that he might be Lord of those who are alive and of those who have died. We shall stand before Him!

With all this said, I do not think that God turns a blind eye to the lustful, idolatrous, manner that savours the Christmas celebration in America today.

The Christian wants to blame the anti-christ spirit that is making every attempt to stomp out the Christ Child, yet the church is just as culpable for the spiritual fornication that has permeated the Christmas season.

I think the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the men of Athens is apropos…..

“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs–for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him–though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As one of your own poets says, `We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. God overlooked people’s former ignorance about these things, but now he commands everyone everywhere to turn away from idols and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:24-31

 

      

Immanuel – God with us – reason to celebrate!

Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Matt.1:18

Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. Matt.1:19

As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. Matt.1:20

And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matt.1:21

All of this happened to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: Matt.1:22

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).” Matt.1:23

 

Merry Christmas

Brother Malachi

‘three pillars of the American Christmas…. fornication’

                             -unholy alliance-

Nativity 

When one thinks of ‘fornication’ the first thought to mind is the voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other. The next question that is probably reigning in the reader’s mind is “what in the world does this have to do with Christmas?” For context we must consider the events recorded in Numbers 25…

 

Numbers 25:1-3

And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Ba’al pe’or (a false god associated with Mount Pe‘or): and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Now to draw a parallel and find application to the celebration of Christmas in America, we must move from the physical to the spiritual. The nation Israel’s physical fornication with the daughters of Moab lead them to spiritual fornication. This was the reason God admonished His people “not to give their sons to the daughters of the land, and not to take their daughters as wives for their sons, because if they did, the inhabitants of the land would turn the hearts from Jehovah, to the gods of the people”.

That is exactly what happened… God is pretty smart! By intermarrying with the daughters of Moab the Israelites were now committing spiritual fornication against the husband of their youth… Jehovah, the True and Living God, with gods that are profitable for nothing.

This is very similar to what we see happening in America with the celebration of Christmas. We have fabricated a day in which we ascribe to the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and have merged the celebration with another god, thereby propagating a spirit of fornication.

 

Matthew 6:19-24

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great [is] that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

From Christ’s own admonition, we see that mammon (money) is likened to a god. If we see what has become of Christmas from the commercial aspect, we must agree that the altar of mammon gets much more attention than the supposed birth of the Son of God… spiritual fornication of the baser sort, and all done under the guise of religion. In fact the mixing and mingling of God with mammon is the work of religion.

For application let’s return to this alliance with the daughters of Moab… it was devised by a prophet of God.

 

Numbers 31:16

Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

Yes, the deceptive and divisive spiritual fornication wrought among the people of God was the work of Balaam, a prophet of God. This comparison is uncanny, in that we have been handed down the traditions of Christmas by the same….

 

The word “Christmas”itself reveals who married paganism to Christianity. The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass. The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church, and belongs exclusively to the church of Rome.

A simple study of the tactics of the Romish Church reveals that in every case, the church absorbed the customs, traditions and general paganism of every tribe, culture and nation in their efforts to increase the number of people under their control.

In short, the Romish church told all of these pagan cultures, “Bring your gods, goddesses, rituals and rites, and we will assign Christian sounding titles and names to them. The Origin of Christmas- Last Trumpet Ministries

 

The old adage sounds all too familiar, “if you can’t beat them, join them”. We have mixed and mingled the god of mammon with the celebration of the Word of God becoming flesh… spiritual fornication, if you please, and it ought not to be.

In William Stafford’s poem ‘Deciding’ concerning the myth of the Midas, he speaks of the struggle that goes on within man, especially with regard to mammon.

Deciding by William Stafford

One mine the Indians worked had gold so good they left it there
for God to keep.
At night sometimes you think your way that far, that deep,
or almost.
You hold all things or not, depending not on greed but whether they suit what life begins to mean.
Like those workers you study what moves, what stays. You bow, and then, like them, you know—
What’s God, what’s world, what’s gold.

It is this distinction that the church and all of Christendom in America has forsaken. We have incorporated these idolatrous pagan rituals and have mixed and mingled them with this child in a manager  and that for the purpose of  satisfying the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes. One must admit that Christmas in America has immersed itself in ‘spiritual fornication’, and that not for the glory of God.

 

Isaiah 44:8

Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

malachi

‘three pillars of the American Christmas…. idolatry’

With each passing Christmas season we see increasing attacks against Christmas and vehement in their nature . There is a concerted effort from this anti-Christ spirit, which is alive and well, to remove any and all acknowledgement of Christ and any association to Him from the public forum.

Yet with each new year this attack is being met with greater and more vocal opposition from Christendom. It has dug its heels in and fully prepared to fight for it’s Christmas tradition. Now if you want to see the hair raise on  religion’s neck, just mess with their traditions.

One can only wonder, is Christendom in America upset with the world’s attempts to remove Christ from every aspect of our daily life or is the true crux of the matter that their traditions are in jeopardy?

In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul exhorted them….

“not to be idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

The reference is found in Exodus 32. Moses was delayed in coming down from the mount, and the people requested of Aaron that he would make them gods which should go before them.

When Moses came down from receiving the oracles of God, he found a spirit of celebration, a festive spirit of sorts… ‘a feast to the Lord’.  A Mardi Gras like spirit, worshipping this golden calf. The people cried out…

“these be thy gods, O Israel which brought the up out of the land of Egypt”,

…and they rose up early and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offering and the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up early to play. How easy it is for someone to fashion an idol that will satisfy the lust of their flesh.

One other example we must consider . In the 21st chapter of Numbers, the Israelites journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, and the people became very discouraged because of the way. When the people spoke out against Moses, God sent fiery serpents among the people as a form of judgement and if someone was bitten by these serpents they died.

Therefore the people cried out in repentance and petitioned Moses to stand before God and plead for His mercy in their stead. Moses did and God had compassion on His people and told Moses to make a brazen serpent and set it upon a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten by the fiery serpent, will come and look on the serpent of brass, they shall live.

When Hezekiah began to reign in Judah some 700 years later, one of the first things he did as king was to remove the high places and brake the images and cut down the groves there were a part of the idolatrous worship of the day, and the scripture goes on to tell us that he brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made. What! break in pieces the brazen serpent? For unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it.

What had once been used of God as an instrument of mercy and a source of deliverance and life had become an idol…. an object of vain worship.

Now with regard to the birth of Christ, we do not know the day that Jesus was born. There is no instruction from God’s word that we are even to remember or celebrate His birth. All indications are that it was in September / October and not December. So where does December 25th originate?

 

The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god. This was done long before the birth of Jesus. This was a cause for much wild excitement and celebration. Gift giving and merriment filled the temples of ancient Rome, as sacred priests of Saturn, called dendrophori, carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession.

The question now arises: How did all of these customs find their way into contemporary Christianity, ranging from Catholicism to Protestantism to fundamentalist churches?

The word “Christmas”itself reveals who married paganism to Christianity. The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass. The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church, and belongs exclusively to the church of Rome.

A simple study of the tactics of the Romish Church reveals that in every case, the church absorbed the customs, traditions and general paganism of every tribe, culture and nation in their efforts to increase the number of people under their control.

In short, the Romish church told all of these pagan cultures, “Bring your gods, goddesses, rituals and rites, and we will assign Christian sounding titles and names to them.

When Martin Luther started the reformation on October 31st, 1517, and other reformers followed his lead, all of them took with them the paganism that was so firmly imbedded in Rome. These reformers left Christmas intact.

In England, as the authorized Bible became available to the common people by the decree of King James the II in 1611, people began to discover the pagan roots of Christmas, which are clearly revealed in Scripture. The Puritans in England, and later in Massachusetts Colony, outlawed this holiday as witchcraft. The Origin of Christmas- Last Trumpet Ministries

I find it rather ironic today, that the earliest attack against Christmas came not from the atheist and the unbelieving, but astute students of the scripture, believers with strong convictions….

“not to be idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

…. but today from those who want to destroy any acknowledgement of Christ. Those like Herod who would kill Him if they could get their hands on Him. The creation killing the Creator… ought not to be my friend.

So if the church does not have the scripture to stand upon in terms of Christmas celebration, then their spiritual footing can be grounded in nothing more than traditions. Now traditions are not necessarily wrong in and of themselves, unless the tradition has become the idol. 

malachi