Oprah and her "Belief" series; nothing but noise...!

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in FAITH

In case you haven’t heard, Oprah Winfrey is at it again; last month she produced and aired a new series called “Belief.”  Essentially, the premise of the series is that all belief systems and faiths are equally valid, spiritually fulfilling; pleasing and acceptable to God.

Many people rely upon the “do unto others” thinking, which BTW is straight out of the Bible, (Luke 6:21) or that they are somehow “living a good life,” or even the old cliché of “…I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.”  All of these things and thousands more sound good and make the individual feel better about themselves; the problem is that they are simply not true.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this for quite a while and on Sunday my pastor delivered a sermon which really nailed it down for me.  He was discussing the basic elements of communication and how it applies to God, Heaven, and Spiritual Fulfillment.

Everyone can agree that there are three main parts to any communication; the person, entity, or in this case God with the message; the actual subject or message of the communication; and finally the intended recipient(s) of that message.  In a perfect world, any message should be easy to hear and receive, and be understood. However, we don’t live in a perfect world and the message from God to mankind, like pretty much all messages has become clouded and masked with a lot of “noise” or distractions and deceptions.

That noise comes in a lot of forms; worries about that job or raise, the significant other in your face, feeding the kids, that new car or vacation, the daily news, the latest video game, is Jenner Bruce or Caitlin this week; fill in the blank.  The noise either keeps us awake at night or lulls us to sleep; either way, the enemy uses it to block the biggest message of all; and that is the message of Salvation from our Creator.

That original message was and is simple.  Way back when, right after creation, mankind, (Adam and the generations to follow) fell via deceit from our enemy.  In a nutshell, God’s message to mankind, gave free rein to do pretty much anything he and his wife chose with one exception; eating the forbidden fruit.  Mind you, the real crime was not so much the forbidden fruit as it was in simplest terms a breach of God’s rule, I.E., sin; and the price or wages of sin was and is death.  

Was there ‘noise’ in the beginning…?  You bet; not anything near what we experience today, however Adam and Eve, who were very aware of the rules, were also very busy finding and naming the things put here for their use and enjoyment, and I’m sure working on the “go forth and multiply part.”  

Along came some serious noise in the form of the enemy of mankind, (Lucifer) who fed them a ‘little’ lie; he convinced them that eating the forbidden fruit would not really cause their deaths and would instead allow them to be like God.  Well, they did eat it, and the rest as they say, is history.

Mind you, the original message is still there, albeit broken by mankind.  Over the course of history, God has been reminding us through His prophets who He had write His Word which contains that message and the additional message of how we can overcome that death sentence by the redeeming sacrifice of His one and only son Jesus.  The biggest difference since then and now really is the noise level, which the enemy has been employing and increasing in an attempt to completely drown out the message; because he knows how the story ultimately ends.

Getting back to Oprah for a minute; I really don’t know what her motive is in attempting to influence her millions of followers with such false information, however whether she and her minions like it or not, there is in fact only one very exclusive and inclusive, (that is to say, all are welcome) way to find favor in God’s sight.  As you will see, I am only discussing that one true path; not because there aren’t many other false ones, but simply because there isn’t enough room in a library full of books to delve into them all.  More importantly, just as how they only teach bank tellers about real money, I am discussing historical Biblical truth; counterfeits can be spotted a mile away once the real deal is known.

With the historically traceable and provable exception of the Bible; the inspired Word of God, Yahweh by name; aka I Am, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and other names; all world belief systems have been man made and bear the easily detected, concealed mark of the great deceiver; the same deceiver who continues to do everything within his limited scope to attempt the destruction of mankind.

While many have tried, no one has or can ever successfully dis-prove a word of it. The Bible has been around and unchanged, save for meticulous translations by countless scholars into modern languages since the days of Moses when he scribed the first five books of the Old Testament known as the Torah and the Pentateuch. Additionally, much to the chagrin of detractors, archeologists are constantly finding corroborating evidence to support it.

I know what you’re going to say; “that may be true for you, but not for me…;” that and a lot of that sort of nonsense is just exactly what the enemy of mankind wants you to believe; believe anything and everything, just not the truth.

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Is the "End" near?

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in FAITH

I’ll bet a lot of people mocked and laughed at Noah during the entire 120 years it took him to build the Ark; and at Moses when he kept visiting Pharaoh and warning of plagues…until those plagues happened and took their toll.  No doubt Lot’s wife scoffed a bit before being “seasoned” as they were ushered out of Sodom.  I’ll bet that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were fodder for afternoon jokes right up to the moment that they walked out of Nebuchadnezzar’s blazing fire unharmed.

There are a lot more stories I could list of men and women who dared to answer the call of God and speak out against the culture of their days, many of whom wound up martyred.  For any that recall history, Christians and others who refused to acquiesce to and spoke out against the pagan culture of Rome were massacred in wholesale lots via the most gruesome methods.  

The point is that then and now, such men and women have been ostracized by those in their localized communities and in a broader sense by entire cultures, and we are seeing a resurgence of this in a big way today.  Not just here in the US, but globally.  

Since the beginning of time, the entire human race, believers and non-believers alike, are subject to the laws of our Creator.  However because of our free will, mankind has allowed itself to be deceived by the lie that we can ignore those laws and do as we please.  Time after time, it has been proven that we cannot!  

The simple truth is that while men think God and those that believe in Him should adapt to their (not so much changing as recurring) desires, He has consistently shown that we must follow His unwavering laws or suffer the consequences.  Those laws are not mean spirited; He put them in place for good reason…He created us and He knows what is best for us.

Mankind is at a critical time in history, when all of our past iniquities, all of the past judgements from above, all of the prophecies, and our current state of increasing depravity are coming to a head.  Look around; compare what is happening to what was foretold long ago; have a look at Matthew 24.  Even if you are a hard core atheist, recognize that what the Prophets of Old said would happen is unfolding exactly as it was revealed to them.

In a matter of days, the Supreme Court of the United States is going to rule on the issue of so-called “homo-sexual marriage,” which, while it is huge and one of the most egregious sins mentioned in God’s Word, it is only one of many issues that are combining to topple our culture.  More than forty years ago that same SCOTUS ruled in favor of the destruction of over 55 million of our unborn babies. Of course we won’t know for absolute certain until the SCOTUS ruling is made public, however it is a safe bet given the radical make-up of the court that they have already decided and the recent voting in Ireland will be used as some sort of “universal precedent,” and the talk is that Australia will cave in very soon as well.  This added to so many other issues leaves His children with eyes to see that His Day is at hand.  

I expect I will be mocked once again for these words, as will the many of those who see this as I do. What I have to say will be intentionally misconstrued by my detractors and others who simply don’t agree with me. They’ll label me with all the usual stuff; “hater,” “homophobe,” etc., because that’s the easy way out.   

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The Rapture....what if?

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in FAITH

You’ve probably heard the term, you might know about the books, you may have heard about it from a friend, or perhaps this is the first time you’ve ever heard of it.  Maybe you’ve seen the "Left Behind” trailers in the movies and have a passing interest.  Before I continue, let me state my firm belief that it is most certainly not just a movie based upon some books, as I’ll explain. 

Starting back in 1995, a series of books were in fact written and published by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.  The books were based upon the authors’ very astute understanding of "End Time Prophecy” and an as yet unfulfilled prophecy known as "The Rapture.”  At the same time they built an engrossing, can’t put it down, page turning storyline including a host of characters around this expected future event, they did not in any way, shape, or form delineate from Biblical accuracy or mainstream prophetic understanding.  

While there are some different thoughts as to the timing of this event; I.E., whether it will take place before, during, or after the period of time known as "The Tribulation,” most followers of Christ agree with the interpretation of passages describing it and that it will most certainly take place.  Those differing points of view make it critical at this point in the story to offer the obvious caveat that ultimately only God knows exactly how and when "End Times” will play out.  All any students of prophecy can do is arrive at guesstimates based upon clear signs and prophecies given in Scripture.     

In case you have gotten this far and have absolutely no clue at all what I’m discussing, I’ll offer the following very brief, thumbnail synopsis of what the event known as "The Rapture" is about.  

In scripture, specifically the New Testament, there is the Book of Revelation, which, while confusing to many, discusses the events leading up to the Final Days, or "End Times.” There are a number of passages which suggest, (strongly I might add) that Jesus will take His believers up to the Heavens to be with Him just before the final seven year period known as the "Tribulation” begins.  The Rapture will happen 'unexpectedly’ in the blink of an eye and all of the faithful in Christ, (perhaps well over a billion people) will suddenly and literally vanish from the face of earth.  During the ensuing chaos and fear in the aftermath of this event, speculation as to what happened will be rampant.  Some will understand that what many have warned about for years has indeed taken place, and this truly is a sign from God.  Others will make outrageous claims of all types including I’m sure alien abduction, some sort of celestial event, sun spots, global warming, and will otherwise be just as imaginative as can be.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some blame George W. Bush. 

The Tribulation itself, which again, is to begin immediately after The Rapture, is to be the absolute worst time in human history when literally all hell will break loose and every sort of unimaginable evil will be rampant.  There are two main reasons for this; first of all there will be very few decent people left to speak out against it, and also because all of the dark forces of hell led by the one known as anti-Christ will be unleashed to work on the unrepentant.  I.E., what we see happening now will resemble a walk in the park by comparison.

Okay, I understand that what I just described sounds outrageous and laughable to some, and to be honest, I used to be among those Christians that didn’t believe or understand why it would happen, and then the following occurred to me.

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Pope invites islam to Vatican

Written by Al Arabiya on . Posted in FAITH

Publisher’s note:  Given that 'chrislam’ has been gaining some traction in liberal circles over the past several years, I’m not really surprised by this. However, it does not lessen the fact that no two belief systems could be further apart.  The Pope in Rome and all of his minions really need to confer with the history books and some of the experts before extending the olive branch like this.  Any time he thinks they aren’t planning to replace the Vatican Crosses with 'crescent moons,’ he needs to rethink it. As a footnote, please investigate 'chrislam,' which is exactly what it sounds like....a combining of the two opposite faiths. 

According to Al Arabiya News, "Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a "pause in politics” and "had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.” 

"No political aim” my clear thinking Patriot butt.  The very word 'islam’ literally means 'submission,’ and allowing this is granting islam a foothold to that end.  Sure, muslims say it means submission to allah, but in reality, it means submission to muslim ideology.  Apparently, the Pope isn’t familiar with the words 'apostasy’ and 'taqiyya.’  That's why this was buried in the weekend news cycle.

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The Rapture...are you ready?

Written by Doug Miller on . Posted in FAITH

Publisher’s note:  The gentleman that wrote this is a friend who didn’t know I was going to publish it. Except that I asked him who wrote it when I saw it on his Facebook page, I don’t even think he’s aware that I really appreciated his viewpoint on a subject that is near and dear to most Bible believing Followers of Christ.

In very brief, simple terms Doug Miller explains an event that believers expect to occur at some point in the future, and possibly sooner than not.  However the day and hour will be in His timing and only outright charlatans dare to identify that specific moment in time.   

I am honored to share Doug’s heartfelt thoughts on the subject.

Doug Miller:  Christians have known for many years that the Lord Jesus Christ promised He would return for His Church. They are the true believers both in Him, meaning Who He is, the Son of God, and what He has said WILL happen upon the earth after he has taken his Church from it, just before the Great Tribulation. 

The Tribulation has been referred to as the Apocalypse, and it refers to the 7 year period of literally Hell on earth during the reign of anti-Christ

Many Christians have had difficulty trying to explain what the "Rapture" will be like; which is when Jesus calls His Church home with the words "Come up Here.”  It will cause unbelievable distress to happen on the earth.  Think about this for just a minute.

Millions and millions of people will suddenly 'disappear' all over the world.  You may even be among them, if you've trusted your life and soul to the Lord, and acknowledge Him for Who He is; Lord and Savior…God!  

Or you may not.  Picture yourself in a conversation with someone who you know that professes to be a Christian.  When the Lord shouts for His church, (the Rapture) the person you're speaking to may just suddenly be gone, just disappear.  Can you imagine the confusion you would experience?  What happened to him/her?  Where did they go? 

Now, picture that same event repeating itself all over the planet, at the very same moment.  No one knowing what happened.  Did Russia do something, what about the US; are they to blame?  Of course, this is just my opinion as to how people would react; but, confusion will certainly reign supreme!!!

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