All LIars And The Fearful And Unbelieving

22 Dec

December 21, 2014

Revelation Chapter 22

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and
the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the
city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the
churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and
morning star.

Now i begin to understand a few more things better. I have been reading Ellen White from her book The Great Controversy. I find it very fascinating. She has a way of explaining things that makes it where i can understand it. For example, i read about her description of the Catholic church:

page 566

Many Protestants suppose that the Catholic religion is unattractive and that its worship is a dull, meaningless round of ceremony. Here they mistake. While Romanism is based upon deception, it is not a coarse and clumsy imposture. The religious service of the Roman Church is a most impressive ceremonial. Its gorgeous display and solemn rites fascinate the senses of the people and silence the voice of reason and of conscience. The eye is charmed. Magnificent churches, imposing processions, golden altars, jeweled shrines, choice paintings, and exquisite sculpture appeal to the love of beauty. The ear also is captivated. The music is unsurpassed. The rich notes of the deep-toned organ, blending with the melody of many voices as it swells through the lofty domes and pillared aisles of her grand cathedrals, cannot fail to impress the mind with awe and reverence. ”

As i read this, i began to understand about Revelation when the author looked on the beast in wonder:

Revelation Chapter 17

AND there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials,
and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto
thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and
the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of
her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a
woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy,
having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and
decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden
cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND
ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and
with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I
wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will
tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her,
which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of
the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the
earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life
from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that
was, and is not, and yet is.

After reading Ellen White’s description of the Catholic church, i begin to see how people can become so amazed at the size and beauty of the Catholic church that they could become deceived by it. I can understand things better after reading her works. She helps me to understand.

Other things that i understand better are my daily prayers, that i say every day, at least twice per day. Now one of the things that my Heavenly Mother taught me to pray was that “Satan be removed from all parts of me; that is, my body, my thoughts, and my feelings. Now before, i used to have ornery thoughts. Someone might say something mean to me, and it would make me want to say something mean back. Or, i would have an idea to do something mean to someone, if i became angry. I used to think to myself, and ask God, Why do i even think ornery thoughts? Where do they come from? Why do i think them? Because i try not to think ornery thoughts, but sometimes they just pop into my head.

Well lately i begin to understand better. When i have ornery thoughts, or mean thoughts, that is Satan, in my thoughts. My prayers to have Satan removed from my body, my thoughts and my feelings has been working! It was not overnight, but over time, several months to a year of praying, and now i hardly every have mean thoughts, or ornery thoughts. Sometimes i still do, and so i still pray daily. But now i see, that it is a work in progress. It’s not going to happen overnight, but in time, with practice and patience that i will get better. So my daily prayers are effective! They don’t happen overnight, but over time.

So now when people are mean to me or rude to me, like everyday at my work, it doesn’t make me feel hateful, because i have prayed to have Satan removed from all parts of me. And God has done so, and continues to help and bless me.

Now i’m a pretty nice guy, i try to help others out, and even though i try to be nice and a decent human being, there are still many people who are not nice and who are not kind. They come to my work sometimes and call me names and are rude to me and do things to try and irritate me. Why? I don’t know. That’s not very nice of them. It’s girlish. But a certain percentage of the population seems to be jerks. These people are jerks because they are ignorant. They just don’t know any better. They were never taught to be decent human beings, or else they were and they just didn’t listen. But they just show their own foolishness by being mean to others. One girl came to my work and told me “We hate everyone, even you!”.

The other day i saw a good example of this very thing. I always try to help people and i try to save them from hell. I want everyone to go to Heaven. What could be worse than spending the next 100,000,000 billion years in hell? Nothing ! A couple little girls came up to me and made faces at me and stuck out their tongues and said to me ” We’re going to go to hell if we want to , and you can’t stop us! So there! Ha ha ha ! Nah nah nah! You can’t stop us!” And i realized those girls are right. They can sure go to hell if they want to. Yep. They got me real good on that one, didn’t they. They’re going to go to hell if they want. Woooooo! They really got me good! LoL I would laugh, but it’s not funny. These are people who just have no sense, no brains. There doesn’t seem to be any help for them.

But it just goes to show what i’m up against when i am trying to tell everyone about Jesus and Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. Now a wonderful message that i have, you’d think that everyone would be overjoyed to receive it and the good news. But most people aren’t even listening to me.

But that’s just the way it is. Now i want to remind everyone to have no fear. There is no reason to fear. Be brave and courageous and stand up for what’s right and good. Don’t fear evil, but rather rebuke evil and shine a light into the darkness. This is very important, that we be brave. Why? Because if we are not brave enough to stand up to other men, then they might force us to ride goats around and wear blindfolds and jump up and down on one foot and they might even cause people to go to hell. Because if you let other men tell you what to do, well, then you are going to do what others tell you and you are going to go where others decide. And in the case of cowards, who don’t stand up for themselves, well, they might get tossed in the lake of fire. Because the first people to get tossed into the lake of fire are the cowards.

Revelation Chapter 21

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all
liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and
brimstone: which is the second death.

The fearful are going into the lake of fire. So lets be brave and stand up for whats right and stand up against evil, where ever it is. Because if you let evil push you around and tell you what to do, evil might push you over the bank into hell. You and your whole family.

The Great Controversy pages 566-571 by Ellen White

“Many Protestants suppose that the Catholic religion is unattractive and that its worship is a dull, meaningless round of ceremony. Here they mistake. While Romanism is based upon deception, it is not a coarse and clumsy imposture. The religious service of the Roman Church is a most impressive ceremonial. Its gorgeous display and solemn rites fascinate the senses of the people and silence the voice of reason and of conscience. The eye is charmed. Magnificent churches, imposing processions, golden altars, jeweled shrines, choice paintings, and exquisite sculpture appeal to the love of beauty. The ear also is captivated. The music is unsurpassed. The rich notes of the deep-toned organ, blending with the melody of many voices as it swells through the lofty domes and pillared aisles of her grand cathedrals, cannot fail to impress the mind with awe and reverence.

This outward splendor, pomp, and ceremony, that only mocks the longings of the sin-sick soul, is an evidence of inward corruption. The religion of Christ needs not such attractions to recommend it. In the light shining from the cross, true Christianity appears so pure and lovely that no external decorations can enhance its true worth. It is the beauty of holiness, a meek and quiet spirit, which is of value with God.

Brilliancy of style is not necessarily an index of pure, elevated thought. High conceptions of art, delicate refinement of taste, often exist in minds that are earthly and sensual. They are often employed by Satan to lead men to forget the necessities of the soul, to lose sight of the future, immortal life, to turn away from their infinite Helper, and to live for this world alone.

A religion of externals is attractive to the unrenewed heart. The pomp and ceremony of the Catholic worship has a seductive, bewitching power, by which many are deceived; and they come to look upon the Roman Church as the very gate of heaven. None but those who have planted their feet firmly upon the foundation of truth, and whose hearts are renewed by the Spirit of God, are proof against her influence. Thousands who have not an experimental knowledge of Christ will be led to accept the forms of godliness without the power. Such a religion is just what the multitudes desire.

The church’s claim to the right to pardon leads the Romanist to feel at liberty to sin; and the ordinance of confession, without which her pardon is not granted, tends also to give license to evil. He who kneels before fallen man, and opens in confession the secret thoughts and imaginations of his heart, is debasing his manhood and degrading every noble instinct of his soul. In unfolding the sins of his life to a priest,—an erring, sinful mortal, and too often corrupted with wine and licentiousness,—his standard of character is lowered, and he is defiled in consequence. His thought of God is degraded to the likeness of fallen humanity, for the priest stands as a representative of God. This degrading confession of man to man is the secret spring from which has flowed much of the evil that is defiling the world and fitting it for the final destruction. Yet to him who loves self-indulgence, it is more pleasing to confess to a fellow mortal than to open the soul to God. It is more palatable to human nature to do penance than to renounce sin; it is easier to mortify the flesh by sackcloth and nettles and galling chains than to crucify fleshly lusts. Heavy is the yoke which the carnal heart is willing to bear rather than bow to the yoke of Christ.

There is a striking similarity between the Church of Rome and the Jewish Church at the time of Christ’s first advent. While the Jews secretly trampled upon every principle of the law of God, they were outwardly rigorous in the observance of its precepts, loading it down with exactions and traditions that made obedience painful and burdensome. As the Jews professed to revere the law, so do Romanists claim to reverence the cross. They exalt the symbol of Christ’s sufferings, while in their lives they deny Him whom it represents.

Papists place crosses upon their churches, upon their altars, and upon their garments. Everywhere is seen the insignia of the cross. Everywhere it is outwardly honored and exalted. But the teachings of Christ are buried beneath a mass of senseless traditions, false interpretations, and rigorous exactions. The Saviour’s words concerning the bigoted Jews, apply with still greater force to the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church: “They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” Matthew 23:4. Conscientious souls are kept in constant terror fearing the wrath of an offended God, while many of the dignitaries of the church are living in luxury and sensual pleasure.

Satan Misrepresents God’s Character

The worship of images and relics, the invocation of saints, and the exaltation of the pope are devices of Satan to attract the minds of the people from God and from His Son. To accomplish their ruin, he endeavors to turn their attention from Him through whom alone they can find salvation. He will direct them to any object that can be substituted for the One who has said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.

It is Satan’s constant effort to misrepresent the character of God, the nature of sin, and the real issues at stake in the great controversy. His sophistry lessens the obligation of the divine law and gives men license to sin. At the same time he causes them to cherish false conceptions of God so that they regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love. The cruelty inherent in his own character is attributed to the Creator; it is embodied in systems of religion and expressed in modes of worship. Thus the minds of men are blinded, and Satan secures them as his agents to war against God. By perverted conceptions of the divine attributes, heathen nations were led to believe human sacrifices necessary to secure the favor of Deity; and horrible cruelties have been perpetrated under the various forms of idolatry.

The Roman Catholic Church, uniting the forms of paganism and Christianity, and, like paganism, misrepresenting the character of God, has resorted to practices no less cruel and revolting. In the days of Rome’s supremacy there were instruments of torture to compel assent to her doctrines. There was the stake for those who would not concede to her claims. There were massacres on a scale that will never be known until revealed in the judgment. Dignitaries of the church studied, under Satan their master, to invent means to cause the greatest possible torture and not end the life of the victim. In many cases the infernal process was repeated to the utmost limit of human endurance, until nature gave up the struggle, and the sufferer hailed death as a sweet release.

Such was the fate of Rome’s opponents. For her adherents she had the discipline of the scourge, of famishing hunger, of bodily austerities in every conceivable, heart-sickening form. To secure the favor of Heaven, penitents violated the laws of God by violating the laws of nature. They were taught to sunder the ties which He has formed to bless and gladden man’s earthly sojourn. The churchyard contains millions of victims who spent their lives in vain endeavors to subdue their natural affections, to repress, as offensive to God, every thought and feeling of sympathy with their fellow creatures.

If we desire to understand the determined cruelty of Satan, manifested for hundreds of years, not among those who never heard of God, but in the very heart and throughout the extent of Christendom, we have only to look at the history of Romanism. Through this mammoth system of deception the prince of evil achieves his purpose of bringing dishonor to God and wretchedness to man. And as we see how he succeeds in disguising himself and accomplishing his work through the leaders of the church, we may better understand why he has so great antipathy to the Bible. If that Book is read, the mercy and love of God will be revealed; it will be seen that He lays upon men none of these heavy burdens. All that He asks is a broken and contrite heart, a humble, obedient spirit.

Christ gives no example in His life for men and women to shut themselves in monasteries in order to become fitted for heaven. He has never taught that love and sympathy must be repressed. The Saviour’s heart overflowed with love. The nearer man approaches to moral perfection, the keener are his sensibilities, the more acute is his perception of sin, and the deeper his sympathy for the afflicted. The pope claims to be the vicar of Christ; but how does his character bear comparison with that of our Saviour? Was Christ ever known to consign men to the prison or the rack because they did not pay Him homage as the King of heaven? Was His voice heard condemning to death those who did not accept Him? When He was slighted by the people of a Samaritan village, the apostle John was filled with indignation, and inquired: “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” Jesus looked with pity upon His disciple, and rebuked his harsh spirit, saying: “The Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” Luke 9:54, 56. How different from the spirit manifested by Christ is that of His professed vicar. ”

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