Saturday Song: Gilbert O Sullivan, Alone Again

This number one song from 1972 expresses the views of many folks who doubt the kindness of God or even his existence. And as sad as it is when loved ones die and grooms or brides are jilted at the altar, people put the blame on the Lord.

Hear Gilbert O. Sullivan’s song here.

But God isn’t some sort of cosmic bully who enjoys setting people up like bowling pins and then knocking them down with the bowling balls of adversity. Throughout the Bible, we can tell that he wants the best for humanity.

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) was written to Israel but it also applies to any one who trusts in God. Jeremiah, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Though God punishes wickedness, he takes no pleasure in doing it. Hebrews 12:6 (KJV) says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” And he does it for our good, not for sadistic pleasure as some folks claim.

So, has God let you down or did YOU let you down? Please tell me what you think of this song in the comment box below. And if you don’t want to do that, have a beautiful weekend anyway.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and False Prophecies

nov02Like the Mormons, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have made many false prophecies. In fact, this seems to be the case with practically all cults.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, as they are now called, were founded by Charles Taze Russell in 1879 as a splinter group from the Adventist Church. He claimed that Christ did appear in 1874 but invisibly.

Russell’s new church was called the International Bible Students Association. He also printed his own magazine called Zion’s Watchtower wherein he proclaimed his errant doctrines.

For example, Russell used measurements of passage ways in the great pyramid in Egypt as the basis for his false prophecy of Christians being raptured and Christ’s return in the flesh in 1914. That was supposedly when the battle of Armageddon should have taken place.

nov02aRussell also broke with the doctrine of the Trinity, claiming it was unscriptural. Because we mere mortals can’t comprehend a triune being, he had the nerve to claim that God wasn’t three beings yet one in essence.

Russell’s followers thought of him as that faithful servant mentioned in Matthew 24:45 which says, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” The context of the parable is that Christ meant each faithful believer, not one leader or a group of people.

Joseph Franklin Rutherford took over in 1916 when Rutherford died. He consolidated power and ran the sect from his office. He also changed the organization’s name to Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1931.

Among Rutherford’s failed prophecies was that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be resurrected in 1925. He, a disbarred lawyer, died in 1941 and was succeeded by Nathan Homer Knorr.

nov02bThe leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses issued many other prophecies and fiats which would take me too long to write here. I’ll be writing more about the supposed rapture of the Witnesses in 1975 and other failed prophecies in future blogs.

I also will expand upon these errant doctrines and bogus prophecies in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Cults like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses twist the scriptures and block people’s access to the Kingdom of Heaven. I wish nobody would fall for their lies so that’s why I’m exposing them.

Why We Need a Second Reformation

oct31Five-hundred years ago today, a German monk named Martin Luther inadvertently started a revolution. His 95 thesis statements nailed to a church door began the reformation of Christianity.

For a thousand years, the Word of God was taken out of the hands of ordinary Christians. The church at Rome took over the management of the scriptures, confining it to priests and other professional ministers.

I believe it’s time for a second reformation. Because many people don’t know how to read the Bible for all it has to offer, they fall into error. Cults twist the scriptures and so do certain sects. As Psalms 56:5 (KJV) laments, “Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.”

And as we read about the Apostle Paul in 2 Peter 3:16 (KJV), “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”oct31a

Also, as we’re admonished in 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV), “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

Heed also the warning in 1 John 4:1 (KJV) which reads, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” This doesn’t mean that we should listen to ghosts but that we must discern truth from lies.

Let’s not be like the people who Paul wrote to in Galatians 1:6 (KJV). “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”

oct31bThere is no other gospel but the one proclaimed by Jesus and his apostles. Therefore, I’m working on a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? From the so-called prosperity gospel to seeker-friendly outreaches, many believers are missing the truth of the real gospel and buying into lies. May this second reformation come soon since so many false teachers are impoverishing believers, both monetarily and spiritually.

Saturday Song: The Poppy Family, “Beyond The Clouds”

Fairy girl in moav landscapeDoes this song resonate with you? It does with me. When The Poppy Family had this hit in October of 1968, I was at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. A bully made my life a living hell during those years and my one escape was my radio.

I identified with the person in the song. Life seemed to be one endless disappointment and nobody seemed to be on my side.

Listen to “Beyond The Clouds” here.

I’m glad I didn’t commit suicide back then. Thoughts of ending it all were on my mind constantly that autumn. Thanks to forward-thinking educators, I was mainstreamed into the public school system two years later.

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to hardships. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28, in defense of his ministry, “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

How wonderful it was that God led him through all those trials and worked so many things out for good. Our heavenly Father does the same things in our lives. Let’s trust him no matter how bad life gets.

Does the Aaronic and Melchisedec Priesthood Still Exist?

oct26One of many peculiar doctrines taught by the LDS church is that the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods still exist. In fact, they believe that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist in May, 1829.

Could it be that Psalms 110:4 (KJV) still applies? It reads, “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

But how could this be when the writer of the book of Hebrews says that Christ superceded both Aaronic and Melchisedecian orders. Hebrews 7:10 (KJV) reads, “For he (Moses) was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.”oct26a

Hebrews 7:11 and 12 (KJV) explains, “If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?”

Jesus made a new covenant with his disciples and all who would follow him afterward. As Hebrews 8:13 (KJV) declares, “In that he saith, ‘A new covenant,’ he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”

oct26bWe who study the scriptures know how the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom, exposing the Holy of Holies and proclaiming that Aaronic priesthood ended. We also know that the temple and all Jerusalem was sacked by the Romans in A.D. 70 so that no more animal sacrifices could be performed there. As the writer of Hebrews pointed out in many places, Christ’s sacrifice superceded the Aaronic priesthood and nullified it. Sadly, some folks, including faithful Mormons, still cling to these outmoded types and shadows.

This is why I feel compelled to write my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People must know the difference between truth and lies or they’ll end up in a cult. That’s what happened to me and I want to save others from that fate.

Why Did Mormon Prophecies Fail?

oct24I’ve written before about how to determine if a prophet is from the Lord or if that person is speaking lies. And even if the prophecy does come true, it’s a test from God to see if people have discernment to see the fallacy of the prophecy.

But Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, blamed people’s sins for the failure of his supposed prophetic utterances. Doctrine and Covenants Section 124:45 and 46, in reference to building a house for the Lord, says, “And if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place. But if they will not hearken to my voice, nor unto the voice of these men whom I have appointed,they shall not be blest, because they pollute mine holy grounds, and mine holy ordinances, and charters, and my holy words which I give unto them.”oct24a

In other words, any sin committed by those men mentioned, as well as the congregants, would nullify God’s blessing on their temple. This is an easy escape route for false prophets. They blame failure of their prophetic words on their followers rather than their own delusions of grandeur. This way, they can easily escape criticism.

According to the movies, Witness at Your Door and The Witness Goes Out, the Jehovah’s Witnesses were blamed by their leaders for the failure of the 1975 great famine prophecy. I believe that other cult leaders also blame their followers when their prophecies fail to come to pass.

oct24bI’ll be adding more about Mormons as well as Jehovah’s Witnesses in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People must know how to detect false teachers and to test their teachings against what the Bible reveals. If they don’t, they could end up in a cult. That happened to me since nobody taught me how to discern truth from lies.

Saturday Song: Donovan, “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting:

In the autumn of 1969, this song became a hit on Vancouver’s rock stations. It resonated with me the first time I heard it as I too was waiting on the west coast of Canada. But what I anticipated was to return home for Christmas to my family.

Hear Donovan’s ballad here.

The man in the poignant story was an American soldier in Vietnam who wrote a note to his girlfriend. He reassured her of his love and his desire to return to her. Though he was supposed to hate, he was consumed with Susan’s love.

We Christians are in a war which has raged since Eden. Our heavenly Father allowed humanity the privilege of choosing him or Satan, allowing a greater good to happen in the end.

Like Christian rocker Larry Norman said, we’re just visiting this planet. Our true home is in heaven. And as John wrote in Revelation 22:20 (KJV) I and many other believers feel the same way. “He which testifieth these things saith, ‘Surely I come quickly. Amen.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

Did you like the song and what I’ve written? Please leave a comment in the box below. But if you’d rather not, have a terrific weekend anyway.