Parallel Universes – Really?

Isaiah 55:9

 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

“In 1954, a young Princeton University doctoral candidate named Hugh Everett III came up with a radical idea: That there exist parallel universes, exactly like our universe. These universes are all related to ours; indeed, they branch off from ours, and our universe is branched off of others. Within these parallel universes, our wars have had different outcomes than the ones we know. Species that are extinct in our universe have evolved and adapted in others. In other universes, we humans may have become extinct.  This thought boggles the mind and yet, it is still comprehensible.” – From, HowStuffWorks / author, Josh Clark.

From, Psychology Today, The neuropsychology of motivated perception – What we see.

“Think of a time when your eyes saw what they wished to see: a person you were thinking about on a busy street, a heart-shaped pebble you were looking for on the beach.

“This phenomenon, called motivated perception, has been explored in psychological research for decades. Indeed, the world as we conceive it in our awareness is not exactly an accurate representation of what it truly is. Our perception is often biased, selective, and malleable.

“Why are we prone to seeing what we want to see? Recent research published in Nature Human Behavior demonstrates how our motivations and desires can give rise to two biases: a perceptual bias (when our motivations have a top-down influence on our perceptions) and a response bias (when we report seeing what we wish to see). The study, led by researchers from Stanford University, explores how these biases affect our perceptions. It proposes underlying neurocomputational mechanisms that guide these judgments.”

For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  (From the Bible. You can read the entire text in Romans 8:18-25)

Do We See Reality as it is?  Watch this video by cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is, or as we need it to be?

Still, scientists persist with their theories, with or without observable facts. Maybe they are onto something?  Something big?  Something very big?

An article from from, Web Education says, “Parallel universes are not a theory, but deductions from the « Many Worlds » interpretation of quantum mechanics. And there is at least on other theory that predicts not alternate universes but parallel universes where the universes are just like ours, only slightly different, where different versions of us could exist. One is the idea of Infinite universes. The reason space appears to be only 13.7 billion light years in radius is because That limit is set by the distance that light has had the ability to travel since the instant of the Big Bang. The universe is likely larger, and perhaps infinitely larger. If space is infinite, then it must start repeating at some point, because there are a finite number of ways that any set of particles can be arranged.”

The scientific community is buzzing with excitement over these speculations and theories of parallel universes, alternate universes, multi-verses,

Read this excerpt from an article found at Space.com:  “Around 13.7 billion years ago, everything we know of was an infinitesimal singularity. Then, according to the Big Bang theory, it burst into action, inflating faster than the speed of light in all directions for a tiny fraction of a second. Before 10^-32 seconds had passed, the universe had exploded outward to 10^26 times its original size in a process called cosmic inflation. And that’s all before the actual expansion of matter that we usually think of as the Big Bang itself, which was a consequence of all this inflation: As the inflation slowed, a flood of matter and radiation appeared, creating the classic Big Bang fireball, and began to form the atoms, molecules, stars and galaxies that populate the vastness of space that surrounds us.”

Coincidentally or not, the Bible simplified this “Big Bang” theory and the theories of evolution, in the Book of Genesis, some 3,300 years before the Belgian Catholic priest Georges Lemaitre proposed the Big Bang theory.

Genesis 1:1  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.

And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

      Verse 6,  Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

      Verse 9,  “Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

      Verse 14,  Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;

There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

      Verse 20,  Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”

There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

      Verse 24.  Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind      

Verse 26.  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule…

It would seem as if scientists have been looking directly into the Eyes and Mind of God, and are either unwilling or unable to recognize what they are seeing and experiencing.

For example, an English physicist, writer, broadcaster and professor, Paul Davies. has written a 1992 non-fiction book, titled “The Mind of God, and subtitled, The Scientific Basis for a Rational World.  It is a whirlwind tour and explanation of theories, both physical and metaphysical, regarding ultimate causes.

Its title comes from a quotation from Stephen Hawking: “If we do discover a theory of everything…it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would truly know the mind of God.” In the book proper, Davies briefly explores: the nature of reason, belief, and metaphysics; theories of the origin of the universe; the laws of nature; the relationship of mathematics to physics; a few arguments for the existence of God; the possibility that the universe shows evidence of a deity; and his opinion of the implications of Gödel’s incompleteness theorem, that “the search for a closed logical scheme that provides a complete and self-consistent explanation is doomed to failure.”

He concludes with a statement of his belief that, even though we may never attain a theory of everything, “the existence of mind in some organism on some planet in the universe is surely a fact of fundamental significance. Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. This can be no trivial detail, no minor byproduct of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here.

BALDERDASH?

The scientific community is now admitting they are finding things that are turning their world upside down and making them rethink everything they thought they knew.  OMG.

So, I have a question for the scientific community and all the ‘wannabes’ and pseudo-scientists out there (most of whom are much smarter than me on these matters):  If and when you realize that you have found GOD and are willing to admit it, what will you do with Him?

I can hear the howls, already.  “You fool, there is no God”.  Yet, based on your scientific-faith, you continue to consider what is not possible, by your own admission.

WHAT IF?

But, what if you scientists are right?  What if there is something resembling a “parallel universe” or and “alternate reality”?

The Bible speaks clearly of such a place and of such a phenomenon.  It is called by another name.  It is referred to as heaven.

And, what if, through prayer, a “fervent”, focused, directed, mental and spiritual exercise of reaching out to God by crossing the dimension of “what is not seen” we can actually reach and interact with The “Invisible God” revealed and describe in the Bible?

Just what if we can influence and impact this world three dimensional world of ours by bringing the influences of a “parallel universe” or an “alternate reality” to bear on our own world?

I mean, after all, scientist, YOU BROUGHT IT UP!  So, let’s talk.  Yes, talk with me scientist.  Talk with me, you who bow reverently at the alter of science – if you dare.  If your ego and intellect will allow you to converse with a “small person”.  Please, talk with me.

Psalms 51

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,”
            They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice;
            There is no one who does good.

      God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
            To see if there is anyone who understands,
            Who seeks after God.

      Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
            There is no one who does good, not even one.

      Have the workers of wickedness no knowledge,
            Who eat up My people as though they ate bread
            And have not called upon God?

      There they were in great fear where no fear had been;
            For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you;
            You put them to shame, because God had rejected them.

      Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
            When God restores His captive people,
            Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Brother & Friend of Jesus,

Mike Young

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AND YOU SHALL BE MY DISCIPLES – Lesson 15

  • Judge Not

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?”   (Matthew 7:1–3).

WHAT DOES IT SAY?

To get a clear understanding of these verses, we have to look at the context of what Jesus is teaching.  And the context is “hypocrisy”.

v3  “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

v4  “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?

v5  “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

The “hypocrite”, according to Bible lexicons and concordances, is an actor, stage player, a dissembler, a pretender and a hypocrite.  A hypocrite is one who simulates, feign or pretends.  One who is vile, shameful, reproachful, full of dishonor, ignominy, and disgrace.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Definitions won’t adequately describe what Jesus is talking about.  Jesus is saying that one’s attitude reveals their character, their heart and their intentions.  The hypocrite is in danger of being lost and perishing.

Read what Jesus says about, and to, hypocrites (I have abbreviated these verses for context.  You can read the full chapter of Matthew 23, here:  https://www.biblehub.com/nasb/matthew/23.htm)

Matthew 23

13 “But WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees,

hypocrites, you will receive greater condemnation.

15 “WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees,

hypocrites, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

27 “WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees,

hypocrites, you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees,

hypocrites You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?

Read, again, Matthew 23, verse 29, “WOE to you, scribes and Pharisees,

hypocrites You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

Hypocrisy could be described as a deadly form of narcissism, where the practice of claiming to have moral standards or views to which one’s own behavior does not meet.  It is a pretense of morality that cloaks our inability to meet some predetermined moral code.

The word, in the verses cited above, comes from the Greek word,  “hupokrinomai”, which means, to be an actor under an assumed character, a stage-player;  figuratively, to disguise or conceal one’s real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.

One of the root causes of hypocrisy is fear and low self-esteem. We suffer hypocrisy as an avoidance for looking at our shortcomings and figuring out our part in it.  Hypocrisy  typically stems from a sincere belief that the double-standard we apply to ourselves is justifiable, because we have better intentions, therefore, we are forgiven for our “mistakes”.

We believe our intentions are just, noble and sincere, despite how we act at times.  The Bible, in Jeremiah 17:9, warns us about trusting our ‘heart’ on these matters, when it tells us, “The heart is more deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick. Who can understand it?”

1 John 1:8, tells us that, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

In order to find relief from this satanic trap, this disorder, we must admit that we are imperfect beings, created with flaws, who are prone to fail.

1 John 1:9, says that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We must learn to look at our own shortcomings and recognize that every one of us is prone to wrongdoing.  The Bible tells us that we all fall short of God’s Glory and that none of us are righteous, no not anyone!

The person suffering from hypocrisy has a strong desire to be loved and accepted. The fear of personal failure, humility and judgment is so powerful, that we use “double-mindedness” and cognitive dissonance to avoid facing ourselves.

Also, at the root of hypocrisy is a desire to be loved and accepted without judgment.   Only God can give that kind of love.  It takes time and work by way of spiritual discipline to come to know and trust God, Who, alone, is trustworthy.

Remember, people have difficulty trusting or having compassion for hypocrites. Others are likely to forgive you when you admit making a mistake, and take responsibility for your actions, seek forgiveness and make amends, if that is necessary and appropriate.   But they have a harder time forgiving someone who refuses to admit they have made a mistake or behaved as a hypocrite.

When you start to show humility and become more authentic toward others, you will get exactly that in return.

Let these verses from Psalm 103:8-14 be an encouragement to you:

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.

He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who [a] fear Him.

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who [b] fear Him.

For He Himself knows [c] our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN

How can you do this?__________________________

How can you show others?_____________________

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

The Critical Race Theory (CRT) EXPOSED

The Political Left, which includes, among others, Socialists, Marxists-Communists, Progressives, One-World-Government advocates, the UN, (UNESCO), Agenda-21, Black Lives Matter, etc., have made a practice of denying their failures and deflecting blame onto those who don’t agree with Leftist ideology.  So, true to form, these same Leftists have successfully concocted an outrageous lie call the “Critical race theory”.

The Left describes the “Critical race theory (CRT)”, as an intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color. Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.” (Source: The Encyclopedia Britannica)

THE SIMPLE TRUTH

There seems to be some truth to the “Critical Race Theory”, in that, it claims to be “an intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category”.

Calling it an ‘intellectual movement’ is probably a stretch of meaning of the word, ‘intellectual’.  Although, there are some who consider themselves as ‘intellectual’ within the movement.

There is some truth that ‘racism may be a socially constructed and a culturally invented category’, but it was NOT, and I repeat, was NOT an invention to oppress and exploit people of color.  Racism is the result of a myriad of social and cultural phenomina colliding in a mixed environment of greed, fear, ignorance, poverty and evil opportunism.

Before going further, I want to point out that statements or ideologies which possess ‘some truth’ means there are also ‘some lies’ contained ;therin.  And, even half-a-truth is still a nothing but a lie.

The lies of CRT and those who perpetrate those lies are reminiscent of an account from the Book of Genesis in the Bible.  In this account, Satan says to Eve, Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”   Whereupon, Eve challenged Satan’s half-truth, saying, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 

Satan continued to challenge Eve with half truths until Eve believed the lies and consumed the forbidden fruit.  Consequently, Adam and Eve, and all their descendants, became prisoners to the curse of sin and death.  Even fifty-percent truth is still a lie.

It is true that some have been oppressed by racism?  Yes, some. But, not all. Proponents of The Critical Race Theory, (also known as CRT), would have you believe that, not some, but, ALL black people have been oppressed by racism. both then and now.  But, that is just a blatant lie.

There were, and are some opportunists who, by their own evil actions, and actions by the ignorant, fearful and the selfish among us, who would and have deliberately oppressed minority races for political advantage, economic gain or simply out of hatred.  But, there are many good people who fought against the evils of slavery and racism, as well.

Racism has never been “an invention to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.”  To say that was the case, is to ignore the fact of over 140 years of developing American society and history.

It is true that Africans were kidnapped, brought to America and forced into slavery, and their conditions ranged from horrendous to unfair.  Slavery was evil and, over time, was abolished by the very people being catagorized as ‘racist’ by the Left.  What followed the abolition of slavery, has been a long period of adjustment and correction.

Slavery and racism, in the 1800’s, was new to America but it was nothing new to the world.  Racism and slavery have been around since recorded time.  Slavery in Muslim countries, for example, began as early as 610 BC and still exists in parts of the Muslim world today. (source:  The Geller Report) But, those facts don’t fit the narrative and goals of Marxism and the CRT.

In America, however, the resentment, ignorance, selfishness from racism were actually the seeds of abolition of slavery in America, which, incidentally, influenced the rest of the world to follow our example.

The long and difficult phenomenon of racial assimilation in America began to slowly evolve beginning around 1860.  The task of racial reconciliation seems to have begun in earnest in the 1960’s and continues until this day.  It has been a complex and painful process and this is not the forum for a detailed study.  So, I will say that unless you lived in America over the last 75 years, it is unlikely you can relate to the frustratingly slow process of reconciliation, with all it myriad social, political, cultural, economic and religious facets.

Has there been cultural, social, economic and political exploitation of minority groups?  Yes.  But, that is the part of the struggle which has fueled racial assimilation of our society and long and arduous task of reconciliation.  And, there has been progress and success in balancing the scales of opportunity and equality.

THE FERTILE SOIL

The American systems of capitalism, free enterprise, free markets, entrepreneurship and the freedoms to pursue life, liberty and happiness as codified in our Declaration of Independence, produces a competition which requires a certain level of excellence.

Simply put, most of the “poor and huddled masses” arriving in America, whether by immigration or by slavery were not equipped or prepared for the American System.  But, they had landed on the American Soil which was fertile with potential, and offers the opportunity to train yourself and prepare to compete.

Have minorities races treated unfairly?  Yes, many times.  And, if you were among the minorities, you would probably have said, “yes, all the times”.  Nonetheless, many people of minority race found freedom and opportunity in America, and this helps explain the continuing explosion of immigration to America, from all parts of the world, by all races, to this day.

There is now, however, a “New Cry of Discrimination”, which has nothing to do with the civil rights movement, slavery or racism.  This “New Cry of Discrimination” has been extended from racial discrimination to any and every imaginable source which will suite the agenda of the new Marxist and aid them in their evil notion of world conquest.

It is important to acknowledge that Marxism is the antithesis to Capitalism and the sworn enemy of Christianity and the Judeo-Christian ethos.

Secondly, it is also important to acknowledge the goal of Marxism, found in “The Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto”, 1848, by Karl Heinrich Marx.

Although Marx advocated the use of any means, especially including violent revolution, to bring about his socialist global dictatorship, he suggested ten political goals for developed countries such as the United States.  How far has the United States — traditionally the bastion of freedom, free markets, and private property — gone down the Marxist road to fulfill these socialist aims?  You be the judge.

The following are Marx’s ten planks from his Communist Manifesto, in RED text; and each plank followed by a notation of America’s gradual fall into the grips of this murderous evil.

  1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.

The courts have interpreted the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (1868) to give the government far more “eminent domain” power than was originally intended, Under the rubric of “eminent domain” and various zoning regulations, land use regulations by the Bureau of Land Management property taxes, and “environmental” excuses, private property rights have become very diluted and private property in land is, vehicles, and other forms are seized almost every day in this country under the “forfeiture” provisions of the RICO statutes and the so-called War on Drugs..

  1. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

The 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, 1913 (which some scholars maintain was never properly ratified), and various State income taxes, established this major Marxist coup in the United States many decades ago.  These taxes continue to drain the lifeblood out of the American economy and greatly reduce the accumulation of desperately needed capital for future growth, business starts, job creation, and salary increases.

  1. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Another Marxian attack on private property rights is in the form of  Federal & State estate taxes and other inheritance taxes, which have abolished or at least greatly diluted the right of private property owners to determine the disposition and distribution of their estates upon their death.  Instead, government bureaucrats get their greedy hands involved .

  1. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

We call it government seizures, tax liens, “forfeiture” Public “law” 99-570 (1986); Executive order 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of “terrorists” and those who speak out or write against the “government” (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process.

  1. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

The Federal Reserve System, created by the Federal Reserve Act of Congress in 1913, is indeed such a “national bank” and it politically manipulates interest rates and holds a monopoly on legal counterfeiting in the United States.   This is exactly what Marx had in mind and completely fulfills this plank, another major socialist objective.   Yet, most Americans naively believe the U.S. of A. is far from a Marxist or socialist nation.

  1. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.

In the U.S., communication and transportation are controlled and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established by the Communications Act of 1934 and the Department of Transportation and the Interstate Commerce Commission (established by Congress in 1887), and the Federal Aviation Administration as well as Executive orders 11490, 10999 — not to mention various state bureaucracies and regulations. There is also the federal postal monopoly, AMTRAK and CONRAIL — outright socialist (government-owned) enterprises.   Instead of free-market private enteprrise in these important industries, these fields in America are semi-cartelized through the government’s regulatory-industiral complex.

  1. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

While the U.S. does not have vast “collective farms” (which failed so miserably in the Soviet Union), we nevertheless do have a significant degree of government involvement in agriculture in the form of price support subsidies and acreage alotments and land-use controls.   The Desert Entry Act and The Department of Agriculture. As well as the Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Evironmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations.

  1. Equal obligation of all to work.  Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

We call it the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. The National debt and inflation caused by the communal bank has caused the need for a two “income” family. Woman in the workplace since the 1920’s, the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, assorted Socialist Unions, affirmative action, the Federal Public Works Program and of course Executive order 11000. And I almost forgot…The Equal Rights Amendment means that women should do all work that men do including the military and since passage it would make women subject to the draft.

  1. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

We call it the Planning Reorganization Act of 1949 , zoning (Title 17 1910-1990) and Super Corporate Farms, as well as Executive orders 11647, 11731 (ten regions) and Public “law” 89-136.

  1. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.

People are being taxed to support what we call ‘public’ schools, which train the young to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based “Education” .

For information and a brief history on Socialism, Communism and Marxism click here:  SOCIALISM TO COMMUNISM

Very few Americans today challenge the establishment of Marxist institutions, and there are virtually no politicians calling for their repeal or even gradual phase-out.    While the United States of America may still have more freedoms than most countries, we have lost many crucial liberties and are seeing our remaining freedoms eroded, almost daily. Our nation, whose founders included such individualists as Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison, John Adams and Patrick Henry, has gradually turned away from the principles of individual rights, limited constitutional government, private property, and free markets and instead we increasingly have embraced the failed ideas and nostrums of socialism and fascism.

But, it is not too late to reverse these burdens and win our nation back, but it will require each of us to make the necessary sacrifices and to do our part.

The enemies of America control most the entertainment industry, news media, and education — but we have the tremendous strategic advantage that the Truth is on our side.

John Adams correctly observed, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  Our nation must return to the roots of belief in God through faith in Jesus Christ and to practice those accompanying principles, if we are to recapture the freedoms and the independence of our past.

We can, and must, win this battle.  There are good men and women geared up for the fight, but they cannot do it alone.  You and I must make our sacrifices and join them at the battlefront.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Further reading in preparation for ACTION:

CHRISTIANITY & COMMUNISM?

HOW TO DEAL WITH MARXISTS IN THE CHURCH?

SOCIALISM IN THE CHURCH

REBELLION, REVOLUTION, REFORMATION OR RESTORATION?

CRITICAL RACE THEORY – THE THREAT

CRITICAL RACE THEORY

EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 12, Ep. 6

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  12  Episode  6

REMOVING THE OBSTACLE OF HATE

Satan has laid traps to entice you and to snare you in order to prevent you from completing your mission. Hate is one of those snares. Jesus alone, can show you the way around this, and other deadly traps of the devil.

Jesus made it clear, that if you choose to follow Him, you will have to pay the price of a disciple, and that cost is high.  Both the religious and secular worlds persecuted Jesus and His followers because of His teachings.  And, they will persecute you, too, if you choose to be His disciple.

Jesus has warned that the gate is small and the way that leads to life is both narrow and difficult, and there are few who find it. But, He is the Door that leads to life. Follow Him closely.

These next episodes will lead you to the “small gate which is narrow” and we will continue to identify the obstacles to our transformation for their removal from your life.

(For our convenience, I have coded the Obstacle in green, the penalty in purple and the Remedy in Blue.)

 Episode 5:  Removing the Obstacle of hate requires showing unconditional, Agape, love.

Matthew 5:43-48  “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’  

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus is speaking to Jews and to His Christian Disciples, and these Truths are meant for His disciples (that is to say, His followers; Christians), present and future.

Anyone can listen to Jesus, but, not everyone can hear and understand what He is saying.  Anyone can attempt to apply these Truths to their life because The Truth is universal.  But, a person cannot live the Truth without Christ Jesus because Jesus is the Truth, bodily.

The Bible tells us that “hate is sin” and that sin is the root of all the Obstacles that cause you to separate yourself from the presence and love of God.

Sin is rebellion toward God and to His Word, and it is THE obstacle to entering the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God.

Notice that the keys words in these verses are “Love” and “Hate” and remember that these eternal words of Jesus are written

  •  To the Christian
  •  About being a Christian, and,
  •  For the Christian

So, when 1 John 4:20-21, tells us that, If someone says, “I love God,” and yet he hates his brother or sister, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother and sister whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.”

Again, 1 John 3:15 says, Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.”

Simply put, God is Love.   Hate is not of God.  If these two coexist in your life as a Christian, you will stumble.  If they persist in your life as a Christian, you will have lost your usefulness as a disciple, and, you should know that there is a deeper and darker problem embedded in your soul.

The remedy, the way to remove this Obstacle, is to Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”. (Please click the foregoing text for the entire teaching.)

This seems simple, but it is powerful.  It’s effectiveness is not in the hearing, but, in the doing.

 Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Please remember to click the blue italicized links in each chapter, in order to get the important details on these Bible teachings)

Please bookmark this page and watch for our next chapter, “Removing the Obstacle Pride and Hypocrisy

(The previous episode can be found at The Obstacle of Revenge)

(Please also notice, you can listen by podcast as you read along.  You can pause the audio in order to click the links for details and references, which are necessary for the entire teaching)

EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 12, Ep. 5

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  12  Episode  5

REMOVING THE OBSTACLE OF REVENGE

Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”.  Jesus was literally saying, “I will fashion you, make you into, craft you into, Fishers of men”.  These men would come to be known as His disciples.  Jesus taught on, preached and demonstrated what He was fashioning as disciples.

These, and the future men and women who would become His disciples, would do the works that Jesus had done, and “greater works”, because Jesus had gone to the Father.  Jesus told them, as His disciples, they would inherit the Kingdom of God.

However, Satan has laid traps to entice you and to snare you in order to prevent you from completing your mission. The only safe path, is to follow Jesus, very closely.

Jesus made it clear that if you choose to follow Him, you will have to pay the price of a disciple, and that cost is high.  Both the religious and secular worlds persecuted Jesus and His followers because of His teachings.  And, they will persecute you, too, if you choose to be His disciple.

Jesus came to show us the way to Life, and He warned that the gate is small and the way that leads to life is both narrow and difficult, and there are few who find it.

These next episodes will lead you to the “small gate which is narrow” and we will continue to identify the obstacles to our transformation for their removal from your life.

(For our convenience, I have coded the Obstacle in green, the penalty in purple and the Remedy in Blue.)

Episode 5:  Removing the Obstacle of Revenge requires practicing Non-resistance

Matthew 5:38-42 says, You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 

But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

“Entitlement”, lust and vengeance are snares of Satan. He convinces a person that they are entitled to ‘their fair share’ in life, and they should receive respect, fair treatment and justice. And when we are denied our ‘fair share’ to which we are entitled, we lust and seek revenge – and this is the trap.

But, God says none of us are entitled. And, none of us are righteous – no, not even one of us – we all have sinned and fall short of His Glory.

Each one of us have been tempted when we were carried away and enticed by our own lusts, and, when lust was conceived, it gave birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. We are entitled to death.

It is only because Jesus has borne our sins and by His completed work on the Cross, are we set free from the snares of death.  And, we are entitled – not to take, but to give – respect, fair treatment, justice, honesty and kindness to others.

Again, a teaching of Jesus seems counter-intuitive and can test the soul of even the most dedicate man or woman.  It is difficult to understand – unless you are willing.

At first glance, this teaching sounds as if a disciple of Jesus is to stand idly by while an evil person slaps you about and perpetrates all kinds of evil against you and in your presence.  But, what Jesus is telling us is, not to entangle yourselves in the affairs of evil men, even when they cast their evil upon us.  Instead, stay focused on Jesus’ Mission while actively responding to evil, by overcoming evil with good.

Secondly, God’s Word and methods are an intricate balance of mercy and justice, something we rarely see anymore.  Once you have “paid the debt” of forgiveness and kindness, do not linger.  If an evil person continues in his or her evil ways, “Shake the dust off your sandals”, so to speak, and move on. Do not fall for the snare of entangling yourself in vengeance.

James 4:7-8, teaches this principal and its practice when he says,  Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

If you are drawn into this trap and snared by it, you are no longer free to follow Jesus because of the things that so easily entangle us.  Do not fall of the bait of Satan.

Galatians 5 :1 tells us that, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

Please click this link and go to “Resist not Evil” for a deeper teaching on this matter.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Please remember to click the blue italicized links in each chapter, in order to get the important details on these Bible teachings)

Please bookmark this page and watch for our next chapter,

“Removing the Obstacle of Hate

(The previous episode can be found at Secrecy and Lies)

(Please also notice, you can listen by podcast as you read along.  You can pause the audio in order to click the links for details and references which are necessary for the entire teaching)

The Message to the “Laodicean Churches” in 2021

PREAMBLE:  If you come away from church services without having a sense of repentance of sin and a fervency for the work of God, you probably missed the point of going to church.

If you come away from church thinking you are a “Better You” or that you are going to give God some kind of special favor this week, you probably missed the point to going to church.

Read this letter to the Chruch a Laodicea and see how you are measuring up.

Revelation 3:14-22

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

      The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

      ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

Laodicea = Word Origin from laos and diké;

Laós (the root of the English term, “laity“) – a people, particularly used of “the people of the Lord” (= Heb ʽam).  (From Strong’s Concordance #2992)

Díkē – penalty, punishment; properly, right, especially a judicial verdict which declares someone approved or disapproved; a judgment (just finding) that regards someone (something) as “guilty” or “innocent”;  judgment, punish, vengeance. See 1343 (dikaiosynē).

A city in Phrygia, in the Lycos valley in the Roman province Asia, near Colossae and Hierapolis.

NOTE: It is important to know, (#1), the CONTEXT of these, or any Bible verses, and, (#2), what the original Biblical Greek words mean.  Secondly, most ‘translations of the Bible’ are NOT TRANSLATIONS at all, they are VERSIONS of what man thinks the Bible should say.  A Bible concordance, such as Strong’s Bible Concordance gives details of the words usages, root words, context, parts of speech and more.

Start with the ‘plain, face value statement of the verse’; ask, ‘what does it say’ at face value.  Next, study the context of the verse, first by the surrounding verses, then, in the usual context of the entire Bible.  Then ask, ‘what does it mean’?

There are also social, economic, political and geographic influences to consider when reading the Bible. Then, you should consider the style, whether it is historical, poetic, prophetic, etc., and, whether the verses are literal, metaphorical, idiomatic, allegorical or parables.

But, most of this has less to do with the Truth you are to learn, than does the intention of the writer and the MEANING of the words he writes.  You can do the research and get to the Truth, if you want.  Pray, ask God for illumination, understanding and wisdom.

Finally, ask yourself, ‘what do these verses mean to me’, and apply it.

Never let anyone tell you the Bible was ever written only to a specific group of people or that it is just a story.  The Bible is the eternal, inerrant Truth of God, written to you and for you so that you can go do it and live it!

I have quoted these Bible verses in Revelation from the NASB 1995 version.  The Bible text is in RED and the re-quoted version with more detail of the words used, immediately follows in parentheses.

Revelation 3:14-22 says,

To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

Question #1. To whom is this letter written?

Question #2. For whom is this letter written?

Question #3. Is is applicable to people and ‘churches’ today?  (If, not, why do we care it was written at all?  If so, is this your church?  Is this you?

Verse 15 says, I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; (In other words, “I know your works, you are neither cold-hearted nor are you fervent about your works as a church”)

Question #4. What does this say about God’s watchfulness?

Question #5. Who is “The Church”?

Verse 15 goes on to say, I wish that you were cold or hot.  (In other words, “I am wishing for the unattainable when I say that you were either fervent or cold-hearted about your works, because I see you cannot be anything but lukewarm.”)

Question #6. Why would God prefer the Church at Laodicea to be either hot or cold?

‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. (In other words, “Because you are unrepentant and continually tepid and lukewarm about your works, I am repulsed and I vomit you out of My Mouth to show My utter rejection and total separation from you; a rejection of extreme disgust.”)

Question #7. Why does being ‘lukewarm’ disgust God?

Questions #8. Does God actually reject and separate Himself from ‘lukewarm’ church members?

Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked”

Question #9. What makes a persona wealthy?

Question #10. How can a person with wealth be considered wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked?

The world’s view (non-Christian view) of wealth is found in material things. God says, that real wealth is found in relationship with Him, who is the source of all things.  Material goods are temporary and fading away.  God’s riches are eternal.

 We see this Truth taught and repeated in Matthew 6:19-21, when we read, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

And, again in, Matthew 6:31-33, we read, “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Again, in Matthew 19:21-24, “Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

“And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

And again, in Matthew chapter five, we see Jesus teaching that we are blessed when we are are dependent on God, alone.

(NOTE: An earthquake devastated the region in a.d. 60 and, Laodicea refused Imperial help to rebuild the city, successfully relying on their own resources. They didn’t need outside help, they didn’t ask for it, and they didn’t want it. “Laodicea was too rich to accept help from anyone. Tacitus, the Roman historian, tells us: ‘Laodicea arose from the ruins by the strength of her own resources, and with no help from us.’” (Barclay)

 Verse 18 says, “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.

Question #11: What does it mean to buy ‘gold refined by fire”?

Gold:  From Strong’s #5553 xrysíon – gold, viewed in terms of its purchasing power, i.e. what it brings about. “unlimited ability to purchase (acquire).”

Refined by fire:  From Strong’s #4442 pýr – fire. In Scripture, fire is often used figuratively – like with the “fire of God” which transforms all it touches into light and likeness with itself

God’s Spirit, like a holy fire, enlightens and purifies so that believers can share more and more in His likeness. Indeed the fire of God brings the uninterrupted privilege of being transformed which happens by experiencing faith from Him. Our lives can become true offerings to Him as we obey this imparted faith from God by His power.

[This is illustrated by God’s fire burning continuously at the entrance of the Tabernacle where the priests made sweet-savor offerings. Compare Lev 6:12,13 with 1 Pet 2:5,9.]

1 Peter 1:6-7 also tells us, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Daniel 12:10 also tells us that, “Many will be purged,purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”

God says, in Zechariah 13:9,  “And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

(Revelation 3:14-22, and specifically, verse 18, are too rich and too full of meaning to be fully explored here.  Suffice it to say, for now, that this verse encapsulates all the teaching of the process of salvation and sanctification. You can discover more on these matter by reading “A Tutorial on Effective Spiritual Warfare”, which is a work still in progress.)

God tells us in Verse 19, ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”  (In other words, “Those whom I love, I expose you and convince you and convict you as guilty” so you will be fervent, hot and zealous and change you way of thinking.)

Reprove:  From Strong’s #1651 elégxō – properly, to convince with solid, compelling evidence, especially to expose, prove wrong, show to be guilty.

 Verse 20 says, ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Verse 21

“He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Question #13:  What does it mean to “overcome” in the Biblical sense?

Question #14:  How does one “overcome” in a Biblical sense?

(click on any of the text of verse 21 for a detailed commentary and explanation)

Verse 22 says, “‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

Verse 22 is a word to you, the reader, and to me the writer, and to everyone who calls themselves a Christian.

These verses in The Revelation transcend the argument among the churches whether one is ‘once saved, always saved’ or if on can ‘lose their salvation or can turn away’.

This is a warning and a call to everyone to check yourself:  Are you “hot” or “cold” toward the Gospel and toward the work of the Church?  Or, do your actions tell of a “lukewarmness” that spells doom?

Dear friends, loved ones and reader:  Christianity is a dangerous game to be trifled with. It can give you safe harbor and hope during this life and save your soul for all eternity, or, it can spell doom to those who are deceived into thinking you can casually stroll along with Jesus.

Christianity is a purging, a refining a cleansing and a preparation to follow Jesus and do the works He has done, and even greater works; and, then, eternity with Him.

Following Him means to be blessed, made safe, whole and full of purpose.  Following Him means doing what He says to do, just as He has done it.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

CRITICAL RACE THEORY – The Threat

The pundits of Critical Race Theory (CRT) will tell you, (in unison), that “the Critical race theory is an academic movement made up of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race, and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice.”

The Encyclopedia Britannica says, Critical race theory (CRT), an intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color. Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.”

The American Bar Association, in an article written to and for attorneys, says “CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship. Crenshaw—who coined the term “CRT”—notes that CRT is not a noun, but a verb. (read this entire article at this link).

Confused?  Tired of reading?

SIMPLIFY, PLEASE?

Reading about CRT is a never ending task.  Understanding what you read is  even more (unnecessarily) difficult.  I believe the interminable defining of CRT is intended to discourage the reader and cause him or her to throw up their hands and say, “Oh well.  Whatever!”  But, we cannot do that.  We cannot give in.  We must understand what is happening and learn to fight back!

SIMPLIFIED

Critical Race Theory, which is deeply rooted in the Marxist doctrine of ‘Critical Theory’, says that racism is embedded in every institution in America.  And, that everyone who is not “a person of color” (Black) has been taught to be racist and needs to be retrained in their thinking or eliminated (cancelled or removed).

Marxism, while hiding under the guise of ‘social justice’ or ‘racial justice’, has the goal is to subjugate every man woman and child under ‘state control’, eliminate the right standards of living according to the Bible, and to vanquish God from His Throne.”

NOTE:  Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a deeply rooted in the Marxist doctrine of “Critical Theory”.  It has been borrowed and cultivated by modern Marxists to say “If you are not ‘black’ or some other ‘minority skin color’, you are racist, and you need to be retrained or eliminated.”

The message that “anyone who does not believe in systemic racism is part of the problem” and that message, is sadly, permeating all the literature on race in America today, our school systems, the courts and our churches.

These ideas of oppression and systemic racism come from a Marxist doctrine called “critical theory.”

It is important to note that Marxism is the theory and Communism is the practical implementation of Marxism.  Communism has never worked as advertised.  It is an inhumane, murderous scheme to enrich a few at the cost of hundreds of millions of lives.

Examples of the viral spread of this lie can be found in Buffalo, New York, the school district’s “Emancipation Curriculum” told children that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.”

Another example is at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, a Smithsonian institution funded by taxpayers.  Officials released a document last year intended for use in schools that claimed ideas such as “hard work is the key to success” and that trying to “be polite” are evidence of an oppressive society.

Contemporary Marxists claim that Karl Marx “was well aware of the centrality of race under capitalism”.  Even though Marx never wrote on the question of slavery and its racial impact in societies, he did write about America from his own egocentric and psychopathic point of view:

According to Marx: “The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of Black skins, signalized the rosy dawn of the era of capitalist production.”

Although Marx never personally witnessed anything of what he wrote about regarding America, he found it expedient to ‘fill in his necessary blanks to make his points.  He wrote:

“Direct slavery is just as much the pivot of bourgeois industry as machinery, credits, etc. Without slavery, you have no cotton; without cotton, you have no modern industry. It is slavery that has given the colonies their value; it is the colonies that have created world trade, and it is world trade that is the pre-condition of large-scale industry. Thus, slavery is an economic category of the greatest importance.

“Without slavery, North America, the most progressive of countries, would be transformed into a patriarchal country. Wipe out North America from the map of the world, and you will have anarchy–the complete decay of modern commerce and civilization. Cause slavery to disappear, and you will have wiped America off the map of nations. Thus, slavery, because it is an economic category, has always existed among the institutions of the peoples. Modern nations have been able only to disguise slavery in their own countries, but they have imposed it without disguise upon the New World.”

Thus, Marx proposed a fundamentally flawed and a gross misunderstanding of the centrality of slave labor in the national and international economy.

But what about race?  Marx never addressed race. Let me repeat:  Karl Marx never addressed race.  His supporters and adherents state unequivocally that Marx addressed race, but with the implied disclaimer, “What Marx meant to say” – even though he never said it.  And, for a man to write as prolifically as Marx, to never have mentioned a matter simply means it was not relevant in his thinking.

So, using the fundamental tenant of the Critical Race Theory, KARL MARX WAS PROFOUNDLY RACIST, himself.  In fact, Marx used the ‘underprivileged’, the ‘oppressed masses’ for his own ends from the beginning.

Is CRT (Critical Race Theory), rooted in Marxism?  Yes. Absolutely.  But, it is nothing more than another fabrication of The Beast and the Dragon of the Bible, this thinly veiled “New Marxism” has come only to steal, kill and destroy!.

An article by Christopher F. Rufo, founder and director of Battlefront, A public policy research center, explains Critical Race Theory, its dangers and how to fight it. You can read this article by clicking this link.

It is a good article, and gives us an idea of how to respond, how to fight the manifest evil known as “CRT”.  But, it also falls short of giving us a grassroots remedy.  None of us can muster up a “PhD Quality dissertation” to fight with.  We need a simple and powerful method. I have listed some links to additional articles which will help can you find methods that will work.

Let me conclude this very brief introduction to CRT by saying, Critical Race Theory is a Marxist battle plan to overthrow the American system of government, and our way of life.  Marxism’s goal is to subjugate every man woman and child under ‘state control’, to eliminate the right standards of living according to the Bible, and to vanquish God from His Throne.

It is time to get serious.  Find groups in your area who are fighting this battle.  Also, consider supporting a frontline legal team, such as Alliance Defending Freedom, and ADF Church Alliance who are busy engaging this enemy.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 12, Ep. 4

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter 12, Episode 4

REMOVING THE OBSTACLES OF SECRECY & LIES

We are told by the Holy Spirit in Romans 12:2 that, as disciples of Jesus, you are not to be conformed to this world, but you are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is:  that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are obstacles to (1) being transformed into a Child of God and (2) becoming a disciple of Jesus (3) entering the Kingdom of Heaven, now, and (4) walking in the power of His Spirit.  Galatians 5:19-21 tells us of these obstacles and that those who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The Teachings of Jesus are antithetical to worldly standards, practices and norms.  Jesus was crucified as a sacrifice for our sins.  But, as far as the unbelieving world was concerned, it was for His controversial and counter cultural teachings.

Jesus made it clear that if you choose to follow Him, you will have to pay the price of a disciple, and that cost is high.  Both the religious and secular worlds persecuted Jesus and His followers because of His teachings.  And, they will persecute you, too, if you choose to be His disciple.

Jesus came to show us the way to Life, and He warned that the gate is small and the way that leads to life is both narrow and difficult, and there are few who find it.

These next episodes will lead you to the “small gate which is narrow” and we will continue to identify the obstacles to our transformation for their removal from your life.

(For our convenience, I have coded the Obstacle in green, the penalty in purple and the Remedy in Blue.)

Episode 4:  Removing the Obstacle of Secrecy & Lies requires Transparency and Truth.

Matthew 5:33-37 says, “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ 

But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.  “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; 

anything beyond these are of evil.

When you brag about what you can or will do and fail to do it, you look like a fool and a liar.  This is not the representation a Christian can make as a follower of Jesus.

Deuteronomy23:21 helps us understand the gravity of an unfulfilled pledge or vow:  “When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you.

However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you. 

“You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised.”

James 4:13-17 picks up on Jesus teaching and reiterates, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet, you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.   Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us that,

There are six things which the LORD hates,
            Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

      Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
            And hands that shed innocent blood,

      A heart that devises wicked plans,
            Feet that run rapidly to evil,

      A false witness who utters lies,
            And one who spreads strife among brothers.

 

Finally and conclusively, Jesus tells us, in John 14:6, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The remedy for making false vows is, at the same time, both simple and difficult. The only way to the stop living in secrecy and living in lies is to begin, now, telling the truth in all matters.

You may, at first, think others will regard you lightly.  But, the cloak of humility and honesty brings honor, both to you and to God.

Just do it and be transformed.

Be His disciple.  

Inherit the Kingdom of God.  

And, walk in the strength of His Might.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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“Removing the Obstacle of Revenge

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EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 12, Ep. 3

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  12  Episode  3

REMOVING THE OBSTACLE OF DIVORCE

Commitment to the Covenant

We are told by the Holy Spirit in Romans 12:2 that, as disciples of Jesus, you are not to be conformed to this world, but you are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is:  that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are obstacles to (1) being transformed into a Child of God and (2) becoming a disciple of Jesus (3) entering the Kingdom of Heaven, now, and (4) walking in the power of His Spirit.  Galatians 5:19-21 tells us of these obstacles and that those who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

These next episodes will continue to identify these obstacles and remedies for their removal from your life.

Divorce and remarriage is a common error committed by people calling themselves “Christian”, who want the benefits of but reject the requirements of becoming a Christian as they are often overcome by fleshly or emotional desires.

(For our convenience, I have coded the Obstacle in green, the penalty in purple and the Remedy in Blue.)

Episode 3:  Removing the Obstacle of Divorce requires cooperation and commitment to the covenant of marriage.

 Matthew 5:31-32 says “WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’;

but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of un-chastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus, first, gives us an understanding of divorce in Matthew 19:3-6 and then the remedy for divorce in Ephesians 5:21-24:

Jesus explains, in Matthew 19:3-6, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’?

 “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Imagine having your arm our your leg amputated.  Can you imagine the pain and the loss?  Literally losing part of yourself would impact and affect your body, your mind, your soul and your spirit.  Please dear ones, do not deliberately wound yourself and others.

The remedy to divorce is found in Ephesians 5:21-24.  

Ephesians 5:”21-24 says “be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.”

The word Greek word for “to be subject to” or “submit to” is “Hupotasso”, which literally means:

  1. To arrange under, to subordinate;
  2. To subject, put in subjection
  3. To subject one’s self, obey
  4. To submit to one’s control
  5. To yield to one’s admonition or advice
  6. To obey, be subject.
  7. To mutually agree upon

HUPO – arrange under; TASSO – mutually agree upon

The intention of “submission or subjection” is found in the CONTEXT of the words in this chapter of Ephesians which encourages us to be wise and moral, kind and pure, gentle and forgiving.

The context is also found in the meaning of the words in these verses.

Specifically, “Hupotasso” comes from a Greek military term meaning “to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader”.

These troop formations were called a Phalanx. The Phalanx was the formation, usually in triangular form, in which The hoplite phalanx of the Archaic and Classical periods in Greece (c. 800–350 BC) was the formation in which the hoplites would line up in ranks in close order.

Hoplites were citizen-soldiers of Ancient Greek city-states who were primarily armed with spears and shields. Hoplite soldiers utilized the phalanx formation in order to be effective in war with fewer soldiers. The formation discouraged the soldiers from acting alone, for this would compromise the formation and minimize its strengths

The hoplites would lock their shields together, and the first few ranks of soldiers would project their spears out over the first rank of shields.

Those at the front were, what we would call today, THE TIP OF THE SPEAR or the POINT MAN. They presented the first defense against the enemy and were the first to engage the enemy and the first to take casualties.

The phalanx therefore presented a shield wall and a mass of spear points to the enemy. Making frontal assaults against it very difficult.

It also allowed a higher proportion of the soldiers to be actively engaged in combat at a given time, rather than just those in the front rank.

This word, “Hupotasso”, in non-military use, is “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”.

The Bible gives this as an example for husbands and wives to cooperate and to successfully navigate life and in waging wars against ‘their common enemy’, Satan.

The wife is fully engaged in the marriage relationship, but, God says the husband is to be the Tip of the Spear in order to protect and preserve and, if necessary, the first to fall.

Interestingly, Ephesians 5:22, contains the phrase, “be subject to your own”, which include the word Greek word, “idios”, and means, “uniquely one’s own, peculiar to the individual”.  “Idios” is a stronger word than the simple possessive pronoun, ‘own’.  This emphatic adjective means ‘private and personal’ “.

In other words, God gives each husband a wife, designed by God, Himself, to fulfill a role specifically for that husband. God gives the wife gifts, talents, abilities and a calling uniquely designed to serve God and to compliment and to complete the husband.

This is why the Bible says “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

“So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself”.

It is also why God says, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”

Neither, the husband nor the wife, can be made complete as persons, finding refuge, protection and provision as provided by God;  neither can they mature and sustain one another, until they understand this Spiritual principal and follow it.

Marriage has mutual strength through commitment and cooperation with one another under God’s Steady Hand.

Please take this to heart, dear ones. This message is so important.

The world and the Devil are deceiving the family in to thinking ‘what works for you is OK”. It is NOT OK. God’s design, His plan and His Word is what gives life, and life more abundant. Stop following the world and REASON through God’s Word. Understand it and live!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

PS:  Marriage makes the two into ONE.  Divorce is a violent tearing apart, no matter how amicable you try to be.

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“Removing the Obstacle of Secrecy and Lies

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EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – Ch. 12, Ep. 2

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  12   Episode  2

REMOVING THE OBSTACLE OF LUST

We are told by the Bible, in Romans 12:2 that, as disciples of Jesus, you are not to be conformed to this world, but you are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is: that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are obstacles to being transformed into a Child of God and becoming a disciple of Jesus and entering the Kingdom of Heaven.  Galatians 5:19-21 tells us of these obstacles and that those who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

For our convenience, I have coded the Obstacle in green, the penalty in purple and the Remedy in Blue.

Episode 2:  Removing the Obstacle of anger requires Reconciliation

  Matthew 5:27 says You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

“If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; 

for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

“If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; 

for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.”

God considers lust an offense worthy of death. Leviticus 20:10 says “If there is a man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, one who commits adultery with his friend’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

Jesus uses an extreme figure of speech when He says to pluck out your eye or to cut off your hand in order to illustrate the serious consequential reality of lust, “your whole body will go to hell”.

  1. Lust is destructive. Proverbs 6:32 says “The one who commits adultery with a woman is
    lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.”
  2. Lust is a sin that spreads like a virus. Matthew 5:32 says “but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of un-chastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
  3. Lust is powerfully seductive and fatally addictive.

James 1:14-15 says, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.”

  1. Lust leads to corruption of the soul, debauchery and a reprobate mind.

James 4:2 says, “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel.

A true disciple, a true Christian, must avoid lust at all costs. But, when we find ourselves caught in the vortex of strong delusions and web of sin, we must start by admitting it and begin the long and difficult journey back to freedom and ridding ourselves of this obstacle.

1 John 1:8-9 says , “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God will set you free and strengthen you, and He will reward you.  But, as we have already seen, the cost of discipleship is high and the process of sanctification is difficult.  His reward is more than just worth the cost; it is everything.

And, be encouraged! God will perform His Word in your life!  And, you can know and do the Will of God!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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ANCIENT WISDOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A proverb is a sense of mental action; a pithy maxim, a simile; wisdom gained through practice, over a long period of time.

The Old Testament Book of Proverbs was written almost 3,000 years ago, in which we find Biblical wisdom literature, which raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life, right conduct.  Its theological foundation is that “the fear of God (meaning submission to the will of God) is the beginning of wisdom”.

Wisdom is praised for her role in creation; God acquired her before all else, and through her, he gave order to chaos; and since humans have life and prosperity by conforming to the order of creation, seeking wisdom is the essence and goal of the religious life.

Perhaps another way of looking at this is that wisdom is knowing what to do with the knowledge you possess.

It is an undeniable fact that access to knowledge in America and around the world is abundant and increasing and accelerating. Daniel 12:4 told us about this, saying that, “many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” But, wisdom is largely missing in all our knowledge.

It is not uncommon to see a sign or a social media post by Christians, telling the reader that we need to put God back into our schools. But, is that wise?  Is it what the Bible tells us, and is it what the evidence shows us?

Proverbs 9:10 tells us that

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

And, Hebrews 8:10 tells us that God says

“I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE”

God has designed us to acquire knowledge and to apply that knowledge with wisdom. Deuteronomy 6:5-11 tells us that

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

“Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build,  and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied”

We are reminded, in Joshua 1:8, to continue in the success that wisdom brings us, that

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Finally, in order to insure generational success, Proverbs 22:6 instructs us to

Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
 

The Bible tells us that the Word of God is foolishness to those who are perishing, and they cannot be entrusted with His Word, and they cannot be entrusted with our children.  It is clearly the Christian parent’s responsibility to teach their children.

God’s Word says that we need to put God into our hearts, minds and souls, and to insure generational success, parents need to plant the word of God into their children’s hearts, minds and souls.

The Bible and human experience tells us that it is the right and responsibility of the heterosexual, two-parent family, to raise and train children.

Are there exceptions?  Of course, there have been exceptions.  But, when a culture has deliberately abrogated long-held Biblical familial practices and discards the successful social norms therein, the results have always been catastrophic for that culture.  Always.

Secondly, a society cannot rule itself or its formulate its culture as a nation, ruling by exceptions.  Knowing that a certain social aberration works for only small portion of the population, then applying it as a “normal” or routine practice for the entire society is inviting societal fragmentation, calamity, chaos and collapse.

We, Christians, can make a difference.  We can correct the course of our nation and our world.  It will take time and effort.

1.  I am challenging all who read this, begin today, and store up God’sword in your own heart, that you might not sin against Him. (Psalm 119:11)

2.  I am challenging each Christian parent to begin, today, to train up your child in the way they should go, so that, even when they are old they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

3.  Let’s return to the ways of God and adhere to His Word, in all we do. Let’s remove all those things from our lives that are counter to Godliness and an offense to God.

4.  Let’s put aside our greed and self-indulgence, humble ourselves before God and before one another.  Please.  Let’s consider one another as more important that ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

If we do these small things, GOD will do the big things, and, we will find God back in our schools. He will once again rule in our courts. God will once again be found in the sanctuaries of our churches.

Prayerfully

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

SIGNS, WORKS and MIGHTY WONDERS

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I believe in miracles.

Several years ago (2012), I spent three and a half days in a hospital intensive care unit after suffering two strokes.  When I was admitted to the hospital, I was losing my ability to see and talk.  I could barely walk.   I was rushed into the ER, and as I was lying on a gurney, I heard the neurologist tell my wife, “We are losing him”.  I was dying.  The attending ER nurse whispered to me and asked “are you a praying man”.  I nodded affirmative.  She said “you should start praying right now!”

I laid in an intensive care unit room for three and a half days.  Then, miraculously, I regained my vision and speech.  Two neurologists and a doctor visited me at my bedside, musing over the fact that I, not only had not died, but that I appeared to be recovering.  I was moved to a room in the general population of the hospital.

On the fourth day I got out of bed and walked, slowly, down the hospital corridor and back to bed.  I told my wife, we were going home.  She doubted me.  When the nurse came in, I announced that I wanted my clothes because I was going home.  The nurse said no and called the attending physician.  He, also, said “No, you cannot go home yet”.

I packed my bag, paid my bill and prepared to leave.  I refused the “mandatory wheelchair ride to the exit” and, I walked, although very slowly, to our car, and we went home.

Incidentally, I  had been scheduled to preach a Wednesday evening service at our church.  My pastor called to say that he would cover the Wednesday evening service.  I pleaded with him to let me keep that date, and, with my pastor’s blessing, I preached that Wednesday night, just two weeks after my stroke, and God blessed.

One last note of interest, was that I had scarring in one eye from a blood clot due to the stroke.  My ophthalmologist said the scar was permanent, but, that I would get used to it.

About a year later, a lady at our church prayed for my eyes and soon afterwards, the scar faded away.  During my next ophthalmologic appointment, I asked my doctor about the scarring in my eye, and he remarked, “What scarring.  There is no scarring.”

I reminded him about the scar, so, he checked my records and said, “Well, how about that!  The scar is gone!  That never happens.”  I told him that God had healed me, and he replied, “That’s nice”, with a wry smile.

So, I ask:  “Do signs, works and mighty wonders still occur?”

Here are the two extreme positions within the church, on that question.

THE ONE EXTREME

I was invited to “fill the pulpit” of a friend’s church for a few weeks.  During that time I was repeatedly challenged by a deacon in the church, whom I believe was sorely disappointed that I had been called instead of him.

One particular Sunday, before I preached, I attended this man’s Sunday school class.  During his lesson, he emphatically stated that “miracles had ceased” because Jesus only used them to draw a crowd, and since the time that the Church was established, miracles were no longer needed and had ceased.

My wife poke me in the ribs and whispered, “Say something!”  I remained silent.

I taught on this matter, from the Bible, during my sermon.

Later, this deacon confronted and castigated me for preaching, as he put it,  “heresy, lies and falsehoods”.   I offered to have an open discussion the coming Wednesday night, after my teaching time.  He eagerly accepted.

Most of the church membership stayed for the discussion after my Wednesday evening teaching.  It was a good-sized crowd.

This deacon was emphatic:  miracles had ceased, and I had taught lies from the pulpit.  I smiled and said, “Show me.  Show me, in the Bible, where it says what you claim.”

This deacon, stammered and blurted, “Well, it is implied.”

I repeated, “Show me, please.  Show all of us.”

He became angry, shouted some disparaging remarks and stormed out of the fellowship hall.

THE OTHER EXTREME

I had become a member of an Assemblies of God church.  The teachings and ministry, for the first several years, although more expressive than I was accustomed, were not unlike what I had studied, believed and practiced during my time as a Christian and a minister.

But that all began to change as the church grew.  First, began the practice of speaking and praying in tongues in public.  Then other ‘manifestations’ began to take place.  When I questioned their Biblical legitimacy, I was ‘put in my place’.

Then, during church services, very loud and chaotic interruptions of a man screaming or shouting an unintelligible utterance followed by an interpretation.  It seemed always to be the same two guys, ‘tag-teaming’ these outbursts.  The ‘interpretations’ were always the same or very near the same.

Then, the matter of miraculous healing took ‘front stage’ at this church, accompanied by proclamations of prophecies, predictions and the ‘claiming promises of abundance’.

The problem was that people began to go to the altar for “prayer needs” (for what they could get from God) instead of sorrow for sin and repentance.  No one had a healing at the point of prayer.  Most folks, either recovered over time, stayed ill or died.  The prophecies NEVER came to pass and the only ‘abundance’ I witnessed was the accumulating church debt, the repeated handouts by a sister church to help pay our bills and the staff’s salaries.

NOTE:  Signs, Works and Mighty Wonders are not of ourselves and are not for ourselves.  It is God, it is Jesus, doing His Works through us.  Read:

Acts 2:2  “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know

Mark 16:20  “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.”

John 5:19Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

John 5:30  I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

THE BIBLE PROVIDES THE BALANCE

I am providing the sermon excerpt (with permission) by Pastor Trent Casto, senior pastor or Covenant Church, Naples, which addresses this matter from the Scriptures.

(The entire service can be seen on this link: Appreciating Least Those Who Serve Us Most“)

We are at a critical time in world history.  The world is turning to the Godless evils of Socialism, Marxism and Communism for relief and the promise of a better life.

All forms of Marxism are lies from Satan, and, history has shown they are murderous lies.  Hundreds of millions have been slaughtered by these regimes, and, we have forgotten.  And, millions of these souls have been lost to the fires of hell for eternity.

And, now, we are being sold false consumer-gospels, social-gospels, false prosperity-gospels and religious humanism by the majority of our churches.  We have forgotten the true message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and can longer discern the counterfeit from the True Gospel.

We must turn back to God, the Bible and The Gospel of Jesus.  Time is short.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Globalism and The Tower of Babel

HAS THE APOSTASY BEGUN?

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HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO “THE DAY OF THE LORD”

IN PLAIN LANGUAGE

(AND WHY YOU SHOULD YOU CARE)

2 Thessalonians2:1- 4 Now we request you, brethren, (1) with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you (2) not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

(3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for (4) it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and (5)the man of lawlessness is revealed, (6) the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that (7) he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

Outlined, verse by verse (easy-to-understand; just read slowly and take it at face value)

1. With regard to the coming of our Lord and the gathering together to Him

2. Do not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

3. Let no one in any way deceive you

*4. For the day of our Lord and the gathering together to Him will not come unless the apostasy comes first

*5. For the day of our Lord and the gathering together to Him will not come unless the man of lawlessness is revealed

6. The man of lawlessness is the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship,

7. He takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

WHAT IS THE APOSTASY: In Christianity Apostasy is the rejection of Christianity by someone who formerly was a Christian. The term apostasy comes from the Greek word apostasia (“ἀποστασία”) meaning defection, departure, revolt or rebellion. It has been described as “a willful falling away from, or rebellion against, Christianity.

WHAT IS THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS / ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION:

Mattew24:15 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),

1. You will see him

2. He will be standing in the Holy Place

3. Then, there will be a great tribulation

WHAT IS THE DAY OF THE LORD:

The Day of the Lord” is a biblical term and theme used in both the Hebrew Bible (יֹום יְהוָה) and the New Testament (ἡμέρα κυρίου), as in “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come” (Joel 2:31, cited in Acts 2:20).

Matthew 24:21 “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22“Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

Matthew 24:29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

1. For then / Immediately after the tribulation of those days (prior to the day in question, i.e., (the 5th seal)

2. THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken (The 6th Seal)

3. They will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory

4. “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

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(Look on page 17 and following on the presentation  for relevant explanation of verses noted; also, see video links below presentation)

Deception within the Church

And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT.  WE MUST TURN AWAY FROM WESTERN POST-MODERN RELIGION, AND RETURN TO JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL AND PRACTICE THESE THINGS

Come and join in the harvest, as we go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He commanded; and lo, He is with us always, even to the end of this age. Contact me above here for further information or click the invitation link below.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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HAS THE GREAT APOSTASY BEGUN?

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The GREAT APOSTASY

The “falling away from the faith”

(The 5th Seal of Tribulation)

2 Thessalonians2:1- 4 Now we request you, brethren, (1) with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you (2) not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

(3) Let no one in any way deceive you, for (4) it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and (5) the man of lawlessness is revealed, (6) the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that (7) he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

Pew Research and Barna Research, both, are revealing what the corporate Church is unwilling to admit, that many are leaving the church and are not returning. But, the other half of this ‘equation’ is that many are LEAVING THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS – falling away from the faith – but are staying in the church .

This “falling away from the faith”, alone, may not signal what prophetic scriptures has foretold regarding the “Great Falling Away” (The Great Apostasy) but, considering all has already come to pass (the breaking of the first four Tribulation Seals) you can be confident this is what is prophesied.

We are so very close to the 6th Seal. So, please LISTEN you who are Pastors, teachers, Bible “scholars” and all Christians. Please, let’s get off our religious and denominational ‘high horses’ and sound the Shofar!

THE FIFTH TRIBULATION SEAL IS NOW BEING BROKEN and the DAY OF THE LORD and the Rapture is near.

The SIXTH SEAL of Tribulation will be broken soon, and it will be too late for those who are procrastinating or for those who think they are saved but have never surrendered their lives to Christ as Lord.

We must be DOING what Jesus said we were to be DOING, or face the consequences:

Matthew 24:48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ 49and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 50The master will return unannounced and unexpected, 51and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

God has commanded us to follow Jesus, to carry on His Works, to love one another and to preach the Gospel, make disciples and to teach them to follow Him.

Let’s be ready!

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE – CH. 12, Ep. 1

A TUTORIAL ON EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Teaching, Training & Commissioning

Chapter  12   Episode  1

TRANSFORMATION

REMOVING OBSTACLE ANGER

We are told, in Romans 12:2, that as disciples of Jesus, you are not to be conformed to this world, but you are to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is:  that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Let’s say that another way.  You are transformed (from the Greek word, “metamorphóō” or metamorphized, metá, “change after being with” and “morphóō”, “changing form in keeping with an inner reality), by the renewing of your mind, which PROVES WHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS:  (#1), That which is good, (#2), that which is acceptable, and, (#3), that which is perfect.

The result is a visible demonstration of God living within you.

There are obstacles to being transformed into a Child of God and becoming a disciple of Jesus and entering the Kingdom of Heaven.  Galatians 5:19-21 tells us of these obstacles and that those who practice these things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The next ten chapters (episodes) will discuss these obstacles and their remedies.

For your convenience, I have color-coded

  • The Obstacles to your transformation in green,
  • The penalty of the obstacles in purple and
  • The Remedy of the obstacles in Blue.

Episode 1:  Removing the Obstacle of anger requires Reconciliation

Matthew 5:21-22 says “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’

But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother

shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Verse 23 through 25 says, “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way,

Verses 25 and 26 say so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. “Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

This anger, from the original Greek word, “orgizó”, means to provoke or enrage. It expresses a “fixed anger” and a settled opposition, which is positive when inspired by God, but, always a negative when arising from the flesh.  It is a seething, consuming anger and a wrath full of passion, directed at a person.  This anger intends punishment and vengeance as its objective.

It is a sinful and unnecessary anger which focuses on punishing the offender rather than focusing on the moral content of the offense.

This anger is both an obstacle and a trap. Once ensnared, your effectiveness as a disciple of Jesus is negated.  (In other words, your light is extinguished, and your salt has lost its savor and is good for nothing except to be thrown out and trod under foot of man.)

When this type of anger becomes your ‘mindset’ and is expressed toward another person, it is tantamount to murder. It will sentence you to a lifetime “mental prison” of your own making.

Romans 8:56 says, “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”

The remedy is both simple and difficult. It does not matter if you are innocent of the offense, you must assume full responsibility for both the offense and for reconciliation.  Nothing held back.  Complete forgiveness. This is the only way for the disciple of Jesus.

Remember:  This is a necessary step in your training and preparation in becoming Jesus’ disciple and to effectively engage in this Spiritual war.  You have to pay the price of a disciple, and that cost is high.  Both the religious and secular worlds persecuted Jesus and His followers because of His teachings.  And, they will persecute you, too, if you choose to be His disciple.

Jesus came to show us the way to Life, and He warned that the gate is small and the way that leads to life is both narrow and difficult, and there are few who find it.  This is a big step in that direction.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

Please remember to click the blue italicized links in each chapter, in order to get the important details on these Bible teachings)

Please bookmark this page and watch for our next chapter,

“Removing the Obstacle of Lust

(The previous episode can be found at “The Standard of Righteousness”)

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