‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez’

 “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez”

Let the Good Times Roll

 

MARDI-GRAS-MASKS

There is a spirit that is a kindling along the Gulf Coast. From New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola and the smaller cities in between. Today kicks off a new season of carnival and idolatrous revelry… the spirit of Mardi Gras.

The history of Mardi Gras began long before Europeans set foot in the New World. In mid February the ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia, a circus like festival not entirely unlike the Mardi Gras we are familiar with today. When Rome embraced Christianity, the early Church fathers decided it was better to incorporate certain aspects of pagan rituals into the new faith rather than attempt to abolish them altogether. Carnival became a period of abandon and merriment that preceded the penance of Lent, thus giving a Christian interpretation to the ancient custom. [The History of Mardi Gras]- Jim Davis

With regard to its link to Christianity, I would liken it to the fashioning of the golden calf at the base of Mount Sinai, it is nothing more than extreme devotion to the flesh and the satisfaction thereof … laissez les bon temps roulez… let the good times roll!

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By Russell K. Tardo

Mardi Gras! The very word conjures up all sorts of images in our minds. We think of parades, floats, masquerades, balls, beads, doubloons, parties, kingcake and revelry. New Orleans promotes it as “the greatest free show on earth”, and it is considered by most to be a good wholesome time of frolicking and fun.

Most people think that Mardi Gras came to us from the French, and that its history dates back only a century or so (The first “REX” parade in New Orleans was held in 1872). There are also accounts of some sort of Mardi Gras celebrations dating back to the early 1700’s (though those celebrations were little more than drunken brawls).

Pre-Christian Origins

Actually, the Mardi Gras celebration originated in the pagan pre-Christian celebration of spring. Ancient Greeks would sacrifice a goat, cut its hide in to strips and run naked through the fields while their pagan priests lashed them with the goat-hide strips. This was a part of their spring fertility rite to insure a productive harvest for their fields and increase the fertility of their flocks and women. The custom was degenerate even by pagan standards, being a time of lewdness, immorality, drunkenness and revelry and was associated with the worship of the Greek god “Pan”.

Who Was “Pan”?

“Pan”, besides being the Greek god of fields and pastures, was even more closely associated with cattle, flocks and herds than with agriculture. He was a fertility god and therefore always represented as crude, wanton and lustful. He took the form of half goat and half man, having the legs, ears, and horns of a goat (the goat is the ancient symbol of satan), but the torso, arms and face of a man.

The Romans, too, thoroughly enjoyed this Greek festival. It was held each year in Rome during mid-February.

One writer says of this predecessor to our modern Mardi Gras:

“It became known as “Lupercalia”, after the grotto on the Paltine hill where the festivals of the god PAN were held. The Roman aristocracy of the time preferred debauchery and licentiousness to legality and morality. Men donned women’s clothing, the better to abandon themselves to orgy; thus the masquerade tradition began.”[1]

Another writes”

“Most scholars see a relationship between present day Mardi Gras and the ancient tribal rituals of fertility that welcomed the arrival of Spring. A possible ancestor of the celebration is the Lupercalis, a circus-like orgy held in mid-February in Rome.” [2]

Obviously, the celebration was totally licentious. Though it is mistakenly believed that our present Mardi Gras celebration is of more recent descent, sociologists and historians trace the present celebration dierctly to these obscene pagan spring fertility rites. Of course, most of the elements attending the ancient pagan celebration: (i.e., the drunkenness, lewdness, men-masquerading-as-women, obscenity, nudity, etc.,) have survived and are still very much a part of the present Mardi Gras celebration.

Deplored by the Early Christian Church

Naturally, the early church considered the whole thing an abomination, and had nothing to do with it. However, as time progressed the purity and Godly intransigence of the early church deteriorated into an impure and ungodly tolerance of such things.

Laborde said:

“Leaders of the new Christian church deplored the depravity and tried to stop it. Unsuccessful, they switched tactics. What they could not suppress, they absorbed. ..the Church made the spring rites an acceptable feasting before the Lenten season of penance and abstinence. They called the celebration carnelevare – a Latin word that can be loosely translated as “farewell to the flesh”-in recognition of the period of fasting from meat that would follow.”[3]

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!

Unfortunately, by this time the church was deeply compromised in its faith, morals, doctrine and practice. Instead of resisting it actually began to absorb the blatantly pagan festivals that it had failed to suppress and adopted an “if you can’t beat them, join them” outlook. For instance, in 325 AD the Council of Nicea fixed the date for the Easter celebration. It would vary each year but always fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. They also fixed “Ash Wednesday” as the beginning of “Lent”, which was supposed to be a 40 day period of fasting, abstinence and self-denial in preparation for Easter.

But as one writer observed,

“During the medieval period, rules for abstinence became strict. Then it was the custom to refrain from all meats, milk, and its various products, and eggs; also a person was supposed to eat only in the evening.”[4]

Thus, the day before Ash Wednesday was Carnival! It meant “farewell to flesh” (at least for the Lenten season). The French called it Mardi Gras for Fat Tuesday because it was a day to gorge oneself on flesh and all milk and egg products. Not surprisingly, the symbol for Mardi Gras is a huge, fat bull; the “Boeufgras” (the fatted bovine).

The Bull, and Old Testament Symbol of Baal

Christian should remember that Baal, the ancient Canaanite god (who once almost supplanted true worship in Israel, CF. IKi.19:18 ) was represented as a bull! BAAL the bull was to them a symbol of virility, strength, and fertility. Perhaps you may also recall that at least twice in her history, Israel was made to sin through idolatry when Aaron produced a “calf” (Lit. “a young bull”) of gold (cf. Ex. 32); and again when Jeroboam had two golden calves made (I Ki. 12:28). In both instances God condemned all who were involved not only in the production of these idols, but also in the worship of them.

Certainly we cannot believe that God in heaven is pleased today when the float carrying the huge BOEUF GRAS is drawn through the streets of New Orleans amidst a virtual sea of uplifted hands, and the “throw me something” cry of revellers who implore this modern BAAL for trinkets, doubloons, or other “tokens” of his favor.

Dear reader, the significance of all of this is unmistakable. The symbolism is all there. More than mere fun and frivolity is taking place. The real spirit of Mardi Gras is:

1. The Spirit of Idolatry! This is readily seen in the history of the holiday, which is richly steeped in Egyptian, Grecian and Roman fertility rites, and the lewdness, revellings, drunkenness and nudity that characterize them. As we have already observed, the vary same spirit prevails today! Undoubtedly, the idolatrous spirit of the celebration is exposed for all to see in noting that the titles of the carnival parades are named in honor of the very same ancient pagan gods that the Holy Scriptures condemn. In fact over half of the parades are actually named after pagan deities.

God Is Not Amused

Are Christians so spiritually blind to think that God would “wink” at Mardi Gras? Do we doubt his outrage over these practices? Is it possible that church goers actually believe the whole celebration to be “all in fun”? This much is certain. The God of the Bible is not laughing. He never has and never will take the sin of idolatry lightly. In fact, He warns us in Exodus 23:13. to: “…make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.”

With such direct Scriptural commands not to even mention the names of the pagan deities whose worship destroyed millions of souls, how can we who claim to serve Him be found attending balls and parades held in honor of the very same gods that have contended with our God through the centuries for the souls of men? And who else but Satan himself could have inspired men to resurrect these deities from out of the pages of history books, and promote their homage anew?

Christian, Should you be honoring:

Saturn – the Roman god of agriculture, time, and celebration. He was so important in Roman mythology that both a day (Saturday) and a planet were named in his honor.

Atlas – who, in Greek mythology, was the Titan who carried the world on his shoulder.

Pandora – who, according to Greek mythology, was the first woman created (not Eve as revealed in the Scriptures).

Alla The Muslim god

Okeanos Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys.

Rhea The “mother-god”, mother of mighty Zeus.

Hercules The mythological son of Zeus, and legendary strongman of ancient Greece.

Thor The Scandinavian god of rain and thunder (Our “Thursday” is named after him). He was depicted by ancient Norsemen carrying a great hammer and riding across the sky in a chariot pulled by goats.

Pegasus The white winged horse of the mythological Greek god.

Aphrodite Grecian goddess of love and sex. The Romans called her Venus. In the Bible, this very same pagan goddess is referred to as “Ashtoreth”, “Ishtar”, “Astarte” , or the Queen of Heaven”. (Judges 2:13 and 10:6 reveal that Ashtoreth was worshipped by idolatrous Hebrews during the time of the Judges.)

Momus Greek god of mockery and the son of night.

Minerva A daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom.

Hermes Messenger to the gods, and god of travel. The Romans called him Mercury. (Mentioned by name in Acts 14:12 when the superstitious pagans though Paul was a god after the healing of the crippled man in Lystra.)

Iris Goddess of the rainbow.

Amor God of eroticism and sensuality. The Romans called him Eros or Cupid (Valentines Day is actually held in his honor).

Diana The moon goddess. Mentioned in Acts 19:24, 27-28, she was a fertility goddess usually represented with numerous breasts. The temple of Diana in Ephesus was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Babylon Though not the name of a “god”, it still represents all that is false in religion.

God is Jealous!

“For thou shalt worship no other god.: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex: 34:14).

Are we so foolish to think that our jealous God is not grieved when His people honor these gods each year at Mardi Gras? In Scripture, when His people forgot how jealous He really was for their affections and sought out other gods, His chastening hand quickly reminded them. Can we honestly imagine Paul or any of the holy Apostles going to a parade in honor of these pagan gods? Can you imagine them raising up their hands to the passing floats of THOR, or DIANA, and yelling for trinkets? Diana was the very goddess over whom the riot erupted in Ephesus that nearly cost Paul his life in Acts 19! And the worship of these very deities were then dragging millions of souls into hell! Christian, how can we sit on two sides of the same fence, realizing all that Mardi Gras represents?

Scripture declares:

“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? (I Cor.10:21-22)

And that’s not all! There is:

Ulysses God of bravery.

Endymion God of fertility and eternal youth.

Isis A fertility goddess.

Thoth Egyptian god of wisdom and science

Poseidon God of the sea

Bacchus God of wine and inebriation.

Proteus Shepherd god of the oceans

Argus Greek god with 1000 eyes

Zeus Chief ruler of all the Greek gods.

And besides these, numerous parades named in honor of other gods, such as Aquarius, Adonis, Gemini, Electra, Midas, Nike, Orion, Pan, Phoenix, Juno, and Satan no longer parade. The fact is, the majority of Mardi Gras parades honor the demon gods that have sent countless souls to hell! The spirit of Mardi Gras is first and foremost the spirit of Idolatry!

Scripture says:

“Wherefore my dearly beloved, keep yourselves from idols.” (I Cor. 10:14)

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (I Jo. 5:21)

“But..idolators..shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (hell).” (Rev. 21:8 )

Furthermore, there is a demonic and idolatrous significance lurking behind the custom of masquerading during Carnival. In a revealing article, The NEW ORLEANS TIMES PICAYUNE staff writer Margaret Fuller said in an article entitled:

 

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What’s Really Behind the Mardi Gras Masks?

“But behind the sequins and war paint, and deep under the light-hearted Carnival spirit, is there some quirk in the human personality that makes people want to mask? And if so, is there some twist in each individual’s psyche that makes him choose the alter-identity he does?

Enter the anthropologists and sociologists, who assure us that yes, there certainly may be a darker side to Carnival. Joseph V. Guillotte, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at the University of New Orleans, says that maskers have been traced at least as far back as the Ice Age. The proof is a dated drawing from southwestern France of the Dancing Sorcerer, a man dressed in a reindeer costume. Among early man, masking was considered a conduit to the supernatural, Guillotte says. A man donned a mask and believed he was possessed by the spirit of a god or dead ancestor who was trying to communicate with the living. “the individual becomes the character the mask depicts… Masking (or costuming) altered the state of consciousness.”[5]

In the same article, Fuller quotes Fred Koening, Ph.D., professor of social psychology at Tulane University:

“Masks are a way of being anonymous, and if you wear a mask, ‘ you take on a different persona.’ Among the early tribes, men who wore masks were considered crueler toward their enemies than those who did not. Certainly nobody is claiming that masking at Carnival. has anything to do with cruelty. But, Koening says, ‘You can be a little drunker, a little wilder, a little more primitive.’ Furthermore, at Carnival ‘people will be more tolerant of you,’ he says. ‘Normal rules are gone. Traditional routines are put on hold.'” [6]

Thus there can be no doubt that dark, demonic, even mind-altering forces are behind not only masking, but most of our Mardi Gras celebration.

2. The Real Sprint of Mardi Gras is the spirit of revelry and excess!

God repeatedly warns us against such behavior, as in Gal.5:19-21:

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they which so such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Greek word translated “revellings” conveys the thought of “letting go”. It means to cast off all restraints, to let go of all rules and principles of propriety, to cast off all inhibitions, and to overindulge in everything. It means to be wild, riotous and excessive, displaying an “anything goes” attitude. As anyone who has ever been to Mardi Gras would attest, this is the prevalent spirit of the celebration. It is one, big, sensual, drunken party. It is a time to publicly parade one’s sin through the streets and to flagrantly indulge in wanton behavior. Every kind of immorality imaginable occurs at this time of year, even t such a degree that one commentator called it NAUGHTY-GRAS.

 

 

Mardi Gras, Dream or Nightmare?

During Mardi Gras, crime and violence surge. Drunken brawls occur everywhere and riotous parade-goers fight, push, and punch each other over worthless beads and trinkets thrown from passing floats. Adults and children are crushed to death virtually every year as a result of falling or being pushed under the wheels of floats (During the Carnival celebration at Rio in 1982 over 16,000 people were injured in fights and accidents, and over 240 were killed). Over here, thieves. pickpockets, and prostitutes flood into the city in droves, all hungry for their “piece of the action”. Homosexuals come out of the closet and strut like peacocks through the French Quarter, staging their own parades and costume contests. It is one huge drunken orgy of sin, and New Orleans just loves it! Why? Because to New Orleans, perhaps more than anything Mardi Gras means money! (over 300 million dollars was spent for Carnival in 1988!) It is not therefore, difficult to see why the Bible places the love of money as the root of all evil (I Tim.6:10).

The discerning Christian, however, readily recognizes that this is the very same spirit of the ancient pagan celebrations (The Lupercalia, the Bacchanalia, the Saturnalia, etc.)! This is hell’s holiday, not heavens, for it is against everything God is for, and is for everything God is against. As we read in the Scriptures above, these very sins send multitudes to hell.

 

3. It Is The Spirit of Hypocrisy! The day after Carnival, many of these sanctimonious Mardi Grad revellers attend church on Ash Wednesday (hangover and all), and have ashes smeared on their foreheads in order to be forgiven of their premeditated sins of the previous day (Actually, the ashes are to supposedly serve as a reminder of their eventual death, a death they hardly seem to fear). In abject ignorance they contemplate the personal sacrifices they plan to make during the unscriptural 40 day Lenten season (i.e., to give up candy bars, ice-cream, X-Rated movies, or cut back on cigarettes or booze, etc.) failing to realize that God demands holiness in the everyday lives of His followers, and apart from such holiness, no one will ever enter into heaven (Heb.12:14).

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”. (I Cor.6:9-10)

Furthermore, it is hypocritical for Christian parents to raise their children in church, have them attend Sunday School, Bible training, etc., and then turn around and bring them to sinful festivals held in honor of the pagan deities that Christ hates! But the most shameful parental hypocrisy of all is to encourage the children to raise their hands (as though in homage and worship) before the passing parade named to honor false demon gods, yelling for worthless trinkets!

The Bible warns:

“If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god, Shall not God search this out?” (Ps.44:20-21)

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Eph.5:11)

“And I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” (I Cor.10:20)

“Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (II Cor.6:17-18 )

“But we can’t deprive the children!”

Parents who excuse their sinful participation in Mardi Gras under the guise of “not wanting to deprive their children of the fun of Mardi Gras parades”, etc. fail to realize that if we lack the backbone to preserve them from the sin of idolatry now we’ll never restrain them from the sins of sexual immorality, drug addiction, and alcoholism later.

Unmistakably, Mardi Gras is the one day in which people abandon themselves completely to sinful behavior, wantonness and excess. It glorifies the heathen gods that Christ hates, and its parades are a spiritual defilement to all who claim to love God.

Those who truly love Christ and want to please Him should have nothing to do with it.

“You spent enough time in the past doing what the world likes to do, when you lived in unbridled immorality, lusts, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and the abominable worship of idols.” (I Pet. 4:3), Beck, N.T. In the Language of Today)

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” (Eph. 5:8 )

Notes:

1 Errol Laborde, Mardi Gras! Picayune Press, N.O. LA. p.33.

2 Arthur Hardy, New Orleans Mardi Gras Guide, 1982 ed. p.9.

3 Laborde, Mardi Gras!, p. 33,34.

4 Maymie R. Krythe, All About American Holidays, Harper & Row, 1962 p.84.

5 Margaret Fuller, What’s Really Behind The Mardi Gras Masks? N.O. Times Picayune, 1987.

6 Ibid.

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Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 1 Peter 4:1-6

malachi

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13 Comments

  1. It is just my belief, but I truly think that Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans was allowed by God in his judgement against this ongoing celebration of debauchery and idlolatry! It is blatant satanic worship dressed in garments of parades, floats, orgies, excessive consumption of alcohol and extremes of every evil nature. It is nothing less than man shaking his fist at God at saying, “Get out of my way!”.

    God will not be mocked. He has a day planned for evil doers. Whether it is believed or not, God’s truth will stand!

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  2. I went to New Orleans once about a year before I was saved and I knew then that there was a heavy demonic presence. This is a great blog and very informative. I am going to email this to everyone. Thanks, You coming up to Muscle Shoals this year? Just wondering. God bless, Jeremy

  3. Thanks Jeremy.Good article,very informative,and ghastly true.My wife’s cousin is a pilot for American Airlines.He on one of his trips way before Katrina was able to go with a group of pilots to the Mardi Gras in N ew Orleans. He is a wordly person,and does not shy away from a good time.In other words he has no testimony of our Lord in him.Anyway he went to the festivities and day before the actual event,he and the other pilots not in uniform milled around the main sites .He was approached at least 15 times by men for sex.The day of the actual revelry,he saw men pressed up against each other,massaging each other,and was constantly looked at (he said he felt like merchandise),the other pilots as well.He wondered whether they were in a strictly gay part of the festivities,but that was still at another site,and this was the main site,he saw children as well having mindless fun.His final statement”It could be a scene out of Sodom and Gomorrah” I was surprised hearing that from him.That tells enough doesn’t it.See you at the hospital.DAN

  4. “I truly think that Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans was allowed by God in his judgement against this ongoing celebration of debauchery and idolatry

    I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts Marianne…. we have the scripture for our support.

    God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit [the wicked]: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Nahum 1:2-5

    From this portion of God’s word, we see that He uses the elements to meet out His judgement. He is slow to anger and He is long-suffering, but He will judge. God not only uses the elements to judge the wicked but even His own people…. Jonah is a good example… It rains on the just and the unjust!

    I have such strong convictions of this, that I wrote a couple of articles about the hurricanes that have wrought catastrophic destruction along the gulf coast, since 2004. I believe it is God’s judgment on a sin that gets more egregious with each passing year.

    From New Orleans, LA to Pensacola, FL the sin has gotten more open and blatant so that the cities entice and promote the sin for profit. They publicly advertise and recruit the participants… Be not deceived, God is not mocked… the seed shall bring forth, for whatsoever a man (city) soweth, that shall they reap.

    Consider the articles:
    http://saintpaulcommunitychurch.org/stormsoffaithfury.htm
    http://saintpaulcommunitychurch.org/dejavu.htm

    “It is blatant satanic worship dressed in garments of parades, floats, orgies, excessive consumption of alcohol and extremes of every evil nature. It is nothing less than man shaking his fist at God at saying, “Get out of my way!”.

    Yes it is… the sad thing is that the church is finding itself immersed in the idolatrous revelry. With each new season we find churches that embrace the festivities and it is not unusual to find churches that are having Mardi Gras parties. I have not figured out whether it is the churches attempts to entice the world to try out their religion, or the world’s attempt to draw out the church… which ever the case it is not biblical, and must surely disappoint our Lord. It is the proverbial oil and water… it just don’t mix.

    Jeremy, thanks for promoting the post…. and thanks for your stand upon the unadulterated word of God at Time2Stand. I feel that this shall be the only foundation that the Body of Christ will find unshakable in these last days. More the reason for us to continue to bring sin to light and to admonish the church of the shallow vanity of mere religion.

    Strength, courage, wisdom and conviction Jeremy, as you serve our Lord.

    Greetings Dan and thanks for stopping by ‘A Word From Malachi’, and for having the conviction to share your comments. What your wife’s cousin experienced in New Orleans is what many, even non-believers come away with when visiting New Orleans Mardi Gras, and that in total amazement… Imagine a tourist taking their children or family to such an event thinking that they are going to enjoy a parade and revel in some innocent fun, only to find themselves in the middle of this blatant and rebellious perversion.

    With each season, the sin gets more vile and is openly practiced without shame. I think King Solomon new what he was saying when he wrote…

    Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Eccl.8:11

    He is allowing sin to fill the heart of man… then comes judgement. Peace and safety.. then cometh destruction.

    “”It could be a scene out of Sodom and Gomorrah”

    It not only could be Dan, but is, my friend!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    malachi

  5. Thanks for the reply to my comment that you backed up with Scriputure. There ae those who feel that it is not God allowing this devastation to happen in places where evil abounds, but I say tell that to Sodom and Gomorrah!

  6. How can people still believe that a natural disaster like Katrina is some kind of religious judgment day for the people of New Orleans? I find this whole site to be full of small minded self-righteousness of the sort that led to the crusades, witch-burning, altering of the historical documents that make up the bible so that the catholic church could better control the people, the massacre of the Native Americans and other colonization efforts, and religious wars with all their devastation. The brainwashed fervor presented here does not have anything to do with compassion or brotherly love. This is exactly why I don’t belong to any organized religion. They are all utterly corrupt. I will continue to live my life as much as possible by the precepts of love and ignore religions for what they are-the invention of men to justify their misdeeds and their much less than glorious characters.

    • Thanks Tamara for stopping by ‘A Word From Malachi’ and having the conviction to share your heart. I would like to respond to some of your questions and comments….

      “How can people still believe that a natural disaster like Katrina is some kind of religious judgment day for the people of New Orleans?”

      If one considers the truth of God’s word and much of that historical in nature, will realize that God’s judgment upon nations, people, societies, etc… is not uncommon at all. If we start with the flood, we see God wrought utter destruction of the entire world except for Noah and his wife and sons and their wives, with the animals that were selected to find this umbrella of grace.

      From that we see that God pour out His judgment upon the entire cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for their wicked and unlawful deeds. Just Lot and his daughters escaped this great judgment.

      Not to mention great cities like Nineveh… there was no healing in her bruise and her utter judgment was pronounced by God’s prophet Nahum and fulfilled in His righteous judgment, in so much that Alexander the Great traversed her ruins laying hold to his kingdom and did not even realize that this great city once stood on the parcel of sod.

      All of this only has historical ramification if you believe that God’s word has included it for our own admonition. Even Jewish historical writers testify of the same.

      Not to strain over your description of such ‘judgment’ it is really not religious. A better description would be ‘righteous judgment’ for God is righteous and His judgment is meeted out upon sin.

      “I find this whole site to be full of small minded self-righteousness of the sort that led to the crusades, witch-burning, altering of the historical documents that make up the bible so that the catholic church could better control the people, the massacre of the Native Americans and other colonization efforts, and religious wars with all their devastation.”

      Much of this that you have stated carries some validity. Religion has a way of bending and twisting to make things more palatable to its own taste. Careful examination of God’s word will reveal that He does not endorse religion, more importantly it was the religious sort that nailed Him to a tree. Prayerfully consider this for greater understanding. Religion is notorious for taking the word of God and bending and twisting it to make it say what their own religious perspective wants to hear.

      “The brainwashed fervor presented here does not have anything to do with compassion or brotherly love.”

      I would hope that you understand my goal is not to brainwash you or any other reader, simply to present a measure of truth that God may take and open your heart and mind to. If you were stricken with a catastrophic disease and I knew a physician that held the antidote that would bring complete healing to your ailment, would you consider that to be un-brotherly loving not to tell you that there is a physician that cures your infirmity?

      To tell you of this hope would not be an attempt to brainwash you or attempt to force feed my convictions upon you… It is simply telling you the truth. If you were to decide in you own intellect that you do not want the life saving cure, it would not be my fault.

      “This is exactly why I don’t belong to any organized religion. They are all utterly corrupt.”

      I would never exhort an individual to belong to ‘any organized religion’ but wholly persuade you to consider the Christ. He has no affiliation with religion. For to continue down the same path as you have stated below…

      “I will continue to live my life as much as possible by the precepts of love and ignore religions for what they are-the invention of men to justify their misdeeds and their much less than glorious characters.”

      … will most assuredly result in you looking to yourself for the precepts of eternal salvation to which there is no good end. Only one standing before a right and holy God; dead in your trespasses and sin.

      Peace my friend
      malachi

  7. Brother Malachi, you could not have said it better! Very well put and substantiated reasoning!

    Unfortunately, as in the days of Noah, the poeple rebuked Noah for saying that God’s judgment was upon them, just as those who do not want to hear it now. But God’s justice will always prevail. Evil has a consequence. Sadly, people are clamoring for their right to live apart from God! Religion is not even part of the equation. Religion can’t save you now or ever. And, you cannot work your way to God at any level. There is only one way-Jesus Christ. To know the truth is to know Jesus as Savior.

  8. Thanks for stopping by ‘A Word From Malachi’ Marianne and shoring up the truth. Tamara is like many today who have been duped by religion. Religion has many faces today and they all cater to the will of ones flesh. For the individual that does not know the Christ they do not realize that it is new life He gives and not religion. He came that we might have life, and that more abundantly.

    On the other hand there are a multitude of folk that use religion and its ills to build a wall against the truth. They allow the religious error to keep them from truth… an excuse to remain in darkness instead of tasting His marvelous light. And for some the flesh convinces one that they can please God by being a good person and doing good things… no way!

    Peace Marianne
    malachi

    • good thing you all have the answers…
      Peace.

  9. Tamara, we don’t mean to sound arrogant. Actually we don’t have all the answers which is why we seek out God trhough his word.

  10. Tamara thanks for stopping back in. Marianne is correct… nothing that we say is intended in a spirit of arrogance. We can only speak what the Word of God says; afterall it will be the final authority that every man and woman shall be gauged by.

    I have not always had this saving relationship with the God of the bible, and before such time I was left to the will of my flesh. I have since found that there is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the way thereof is the way of death.

    The word of God is true and when immersed in His Spirit it shall become a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Please consider His Christ and forsake this walk in darkness. You shall never regret it.

    God bless and peace in Yeshua.
    malachi

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