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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Planet Earth: The Holy War

Planet Earth: The Holy War
Good and Evil have now become Evil and Good
Or
Why we need Jesus the Christ

My friends,

It is now July in the year of our Lord 2016. I understand that during this month, to be specific on July 29th, 2016 the world will once again come to an end. This will be tomorrow. So with that said I wish to simply just say GOODBYE.

I am going to say, and without apology, that the so-called Body of Christ or the Church contains many if not a 50/50 split or quite possibly a slight majority of people who are in fact insane. Many of these are people who make a nice living from preying on the gullible while calling themselves educated and learned people, or prophets, more like profits if you ask me.  There are many conspiracy theories going on out there, some are so totally insane it boggles the mind and yet intelligent or seemingly intelligent people are falling into them.

Even the arguments used to support some of these conspiracies are mind boggling and also borderline if not full blown insanity. The so-called Body of Christ is full of many divisions and each division has its own understanding or interpretation of Holy Writ and one speaks out against another at times with vile hatred and each in turn will support one another in other areas and times because of a worse mutual vile hatred of another. This so-called body of Christ contains war mongers and pacifists, those who believe that all are saved no matter what and love everyone no matter what and those who are so selective that they actually hate anyone who is not with or of them as anti-Christ and have no issue in killing them.

What is truly amazing is the fact that all of these opposites claim to be reading the same Bible. How is this even possible? Well the people whether secular or religious are so dumbed-down that they in fact can barely comprehend what they read and are led easily by the self proclaimed elite while being fleeced on a daily basis. The people jump from one philosophy or another and one conspiracy or another with simply a change in the wind practically. No one is grounded in the truth any longer because truth is relevant; what is true for me may not be true for you. This is of course a step into insanity. Truth is truth and nothing else is truth, period. Man has reduced himself from the ultimate of creation to nothing more than an elite animal simply based on the fact that he can think and other animals cannot. Pleasure is the only thing worth living for. Without pleasure what else is there? Whatever gives us pleasure is all that matters.

Why it’s even in the Declaration of Independence for the United States isn’t it? We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 
Well there it is right? So what pursuits of happiness are you chasing? Does having sex with your nine year old son or daughter make you happy? How about with your neighbor’s son or daughter or maybe your neighbor’s wife or husband? Does that make you happy? Maybe same sex is your happiness or possibly you prefer your dog. Why have the headache of any type of partner and simply pursue yourself? Oh I know why don’t we grab a few friends, go downtown and burn down some buildings, rape a few people, steal whatever we can carry and if we’re lucky we can find an eighty year old woman that we can kill and steal the pennies out of her purse.

This is the insanity of today’s pursuit of happiness. This is a far cry from a paradise on earth isn’t it? Well not for these people in the above paragraph it isn’t. You know that many of these people call themselves Christian right? How many in the entertainment industry call themselves Christian while engaging in the worldly pursuit of extreme vanity, adulation, and idolization of themselves and others? Don’t judge you say? What about discernment? Do we discern what is right and wrong and shun the wrong? Or do we indulge in the wrong so that we cannot be accused of judging?
So what is Christian? Let’s take a look;

We/I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end.
And [we/I believe] in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

What is this about? Almighty God created all that is seen and unseen. Man, the ultimate creation, listened to the Devil and believed that he would be like God by doing specifically what he was told not to do. By doing this man allowed the Devil to take control of the world, he could not have done it had not man allowed him in. This not only corrupted all of the earth and man; but brought death, sin, and decay into creation. Since man brought it in, it would have to be man who got rid of it, but how? Man is now corrupted and weak. Almighty God who created through His Word in saying; let there be light and so there was light, placed this same Word into the womb of a virgin, a young woman handpicked by Almighty God Himself to bear His Only Begotten Son, through the virgin by the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

God and man are now united in our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Man now has the opportunity to reunite with his Creator through Jesus the Christ because in Him is the unity of God and man. But what about this sin and death? This sin and death were brought into the world through the flesh and through the flesh it had to be destroyed, Jesus the Christ by living a sinless life in the flesh defeated sin in the flesh. By dying on the cross in the flesh and rising again on the third day in the flesh defeated death in the flesh. So sin and death came into the world by the flesh and is defeated in the world by the flesh and by believing on Him, Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior, as God the Word in the flesh, we can have salvation through Him because we are united to Him by faith, by believing, and by the Grace of Almighty God we may be saved in this manner. By being God and man Jesus the Christ is our High Priest before God, He is our mediator and He is the only one who is both God and man and therefore the only way to the Father and eternal salvation.

Jesus said that if we loved Him we would keep His commandments, what are His commandments? You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

These things written above are Christian, Jesus also said that if we do not love our brother who we can see how can we love God who we cannot see? Jesus also said to pray for your enemies, how many so-called Christians pray for the other Christians whom they attack with vile hatred? How many truly pray from the heart for their alleged enemy in Christ?

Do these things Christian, say that I am to be a pacifist? By no means, Jesus said that He was the Fulfillment of the Law. All who believe on Jesus are Israel, the true Israel are those who believe on Jesus as the Christ. In the law if a man broke into another man’s house and was caught but struggled and was killed in the struggle then his blood was not on the hands of the man whose house he had broken into. Defense of self and family as well as neighbor or any defenseless one is permissible. Many attempt to use the sword that Peter drew as another example of pacifism but I tell you this; unless Peter was a great sorcerer, he was carrying that sword all along, he did not produce it out of thin air. Nowhere in scripture do we see Jesus telling Peter to leave the sword behind.

When Peter drew the sword to prevent the capture of Jesus he was attempting to prevent the whole plan of redemption, he was told to put the sword away, Jesus told him that this was the reason that he was here in the first place. Jesus did not tell Peter to get rid of the sword and never carry it again. No, in fact Jesus told the disciples at one point that whoever did not have money, to sell his coat and buy a sword. Pacifists can make any excuse they want out of these verses and the whole of scripture to promote the concept of standing by while people are being raped and slaughtered but they do not hold water, pray for your enemies, if you can escape then flee to another city, if you can fight and save the people and keep them free then do so. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friendsIf the fight will only get more people slaughtered and enslaved deeper, than yield, use common sense and a lot of prayer before doing anything.

Pray about these things, the world is changing rapidly. What is next we do not know, twelve men set out and changed the world, what can we today do if we have the truth?

Peace to you through our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.

+William




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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William





Friday, July 22, 2016

What do the Christians do now?

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ

This will be a very simple and very short blog. Here is a simple and yet a complicated question. With all of the turmoil going on in the world today, and with the United States coming up on a presidential election. What do the Christians do if their chosen one is not elected? Whichever one that may be? Many who call themselves Christian are deceiving themselves and have no clue what it is to be Christian. The so-called body of Christ is disgustingly divided on who Jesus the Christ actually is and what He represents or what we are even expected to do in this day and age.

Obviously something needs to be done, but what? Think about it, pray about it. What will we do?

But first let us take a look at a couple more fables.

The Kingdom of the Lion 

THE BEASTS of the field and forest had a Lion as their king. He was neither wrathful, cruel, nor tyrannical, but just and gentle as a king could be. During his reign he made a royal proclamation for a general assembly of all the birds and beasts, and drew up conditions for a universal league, in which the Wolf and the Lamb, the Panther and the Kid, the Tiger and the Stag, the Dog and the Hare, should live together in perfect peace and amity. The Hare said, “Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which the weak shall take their place with impunity by the side of the strong.”

And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.

Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Aesop's Fables (p. 16). Amazon Digital Services, Inc..

The Wolf and the Crane 

A WOLF who had a bone stuck in his throat hired a Crane, for a large sum, to put her head into his mouth and draw out the bone. When the Crane had extracted the bone and demanded the promised payment, the Wolf, grinning and grinding his teeth, exclaimed: “Why, you have surely already had a sufficient recompense, in having been permitted to draw out your head in safety from the mouth and jaws of a wolf.”

In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.

Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Aesop's Fables (p. 17). Amazon Digital Services, Inc..


As before I will ask again; what can we learn from fables? What will we do Christian?




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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William




Friday, July 8, 2016

The Wolf and the Lamb! A fable.

My friends,

What can be learned from fables? Well I say that much can be learned. let us take a look at a very brief and yet easily understood fable from Aesop.

The Wolf and the Lamb


The Wolf and the Lamb. A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.” “Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.” Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.” “No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.” Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.” “No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.” Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.”  The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Aesop's Fables (p. 15). Amazon Digital Services, Inc.. 

Who is the Wolf and who is the Lamb?

World governments and the people.
The false prophets and the true church.
The world political system and the true church.
The false church and the true church.

Blessings!

In Christ,
+William



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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William






Thursday, June 30, 2016

Call to Arms!

My friends,

I will make this short. A call to arms is needed. All true Christians need to answer this call. There are many ways in which to answer this call, for the very young and the elderly: you can pray continuously for peace and for the life of all Christians everywhere and for the victory of Christians and especially for Almighty God's intervention and guidance.

For those of able bodies it will mean not just the above but to also take up arms. We must not judge others in this, remember to follow the above first, now, while there may still be time. Also keep in mind Gideon's Army;

2 And the Lord said to Gideon: The people that are with you are many, and Madian shall not be delivered into their hands: lest Israel should glory against me, and say: I was delivered by my own strength. 3 Speak to the people, and proclaim in the hearing of all, Whosoever is fearful and timorous, let him return. So two and twenty thousand men went away from mount Galaad and returned home, and only ten thousand remained. 4 And the Lord said to Gideon: The people are still too many, bring them to the waters, and there I will try them: and of whom I shall say to you, This shall go with you, let him go: whom I shall forbid to go, let him return. 5 And when the people were come down to the waters, the Lord said to Gideon: They that shall lap the water with their tongues, as dogs are wont to lap, you shall set apart by themselves: but they that shall drink bowing down their knees, shall be on the other side. 6 And the number of them that had lapped water, casting it with the hand to their mouth, was three hundred men: and all the rest of the multitude had drunk kneeling. 7 And the Lord said to Gideon: By the three hundred men, that lapped water, I will save you, and deliver Madian into your hand: but let all the rest of the people return to their place. 8 So taking victuals and trumpets according to their number, he ordered all the rest of the multitude to depart to their tents: and he with the three hundred gave himself to the battle. Now the camp of Madian was beneath him in the valley.

With this in story in mind we must (as I said) not judge others but prepare for the worst on behalf of all. This does not mean anarchy or riotous behavior. Remember this; And Jesus answering, said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at him. Also this;Take no pleasure in riotous assemblies, be they ever so small: for their concertation is continual.

This as well; Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences. We are to obey the law unless it attempts to supersede and or replace the law of God. this we cannot do.

We cannot stand idle while innocent people are beaten or killed by any so called religious thinking. There is a war coming  and that is already here but will grow in intensity unless there is a great intervention by Almighty God. Please feel free to contact me personally to discuss how we may fight this war honorably in the name of Jesus the Christ. We must unite in Christ throughout the world.


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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William





Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Be a Conqueror!

An excerpt from the Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp

Let not those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines, fill you with apprehension. Stand firm, as does an anvil which is beaten. It is the part of a noble athlete to be wounded, and yet to conquer. And especially we ought to bear all things for the sake of God, that He also may bear with us, and bring us into His kingdom. Add more and more to your diligence; run your race with increasing energy; weigh carefully the times. While you are here, be a conqueror; for here is the course, and there are the crowns, Look for Christ, the Son of God; who was before time, yet appeared in time; who was invisible by nature, yet visible in the flesh; who was impalpable, and could not be touched, as being without a body, but for our sakes became such, might be touched and handled in the body; who was impassible as God, but became passible for our sakes as man; and who in every kind of way suffered for our sakes.

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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William



Saturday, May 14, 2016

The past is gone, we must press forward

My Friends,

The world and life are changing. In the United States there is a presidential election coming up. So many ridiculous promises, so much smoke blowing. We have gone through "yes we can" and now,  "make America great again". We have heard "what difference does it make". Let me say this; we have had Republican presidents and Republican majority Congress as well as a Democrat president and a Democratic controlled Congress. So let me ask a question: what is different? is the world still going downhill? Are we making progress to a more Godly world?

We worry about what we had, we worry about what we want no matter the cost, what if anything do these wants of ours have to do with our eternal salvation? Read a few quick verses from the Apostle Paul;

Philippians 3:11 If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: forgetting the things that are behind, and stretching forth myself to those that are before, 14 I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded; and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you. 16 Nevertheless whereunto we are come, that we be of the same mind, let us also continue in the same rule.

We notice a few things here in these verses; 1. Paul is hoping for his salvation, his claim is not that he has already attained or has already been made perfect but that he follows after it or is seeking this perfection. 2. He says that he is forgetting things that are behind and stretching forth himself to those that are before.  What does this mean? Can it mean that we forget everything that has passed as if it is completely wiped from our memories? Of course it doesn't, our life is ingrained in us, what has been has been and cannot be changed but we must look at the day that we are in.

Yesterday is gone, today is where we live and tomorrow is where we are going. So in looking at where we are going we must pay attention to today so that tomorrow looks a little more promising. If our life is not in the eternal arms of the Christ Jesus than we are eternally miserable. This not looking back applies not to each of us personally or to any specific group but also to nations and the whole planet.While the planet and each nation falls apart today we can work on that in order to make a better tomorrow because we cannot go backwards. That time is gone.

So what else does Paul say in these verses? 3. be thus minded; and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you. 16 Nevertheless whereunto we are come, that we be of the same mind, let us also continue in the same rule. What is this saying? The Body of Christ should be one. There is one Lord, there can be only one body, there can be nothing else. As so many look forward to bringing some sort of semblance of moral law back into the world we must strive towards working together to be one body of Christ.

Does this mean that we accept all teachings that are completely contradictory to one another? Not on your life because it is in fact on your life that this rests. Swallow pride, destroy prejudice, clear the heart and mind and seek earnestly for the truth. There is no other way. Seek, pray, ask. We must become one in Christ in truth.

The past is gone for each of us and for every nation, we must press forward.

In Christ,
+William


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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William






Thursday, May 5, 2016

You call yourself Christian? Heed the Prophet.

My friends,

Take a look at the world around us. Take a look at the United States. The general state of the world and the United States is to abandon Almighty God. Tolerance does not mean passing laws that defend and protect evil. How many of those who call themselves the people of God march right along with the passing of ungodly laws? How many who call themselves the people of God or Christian seek diligently and pray continually for the true unity of Christianity? How many are willing to abandon untruths and their own pride and seek the one truth in unity with the one Christ. I speak not of any one church group or denomination but to all who call themselves the Body of Christ.

How many priests, pastors, or ministers or whatever one may call oneself are face down at the feet of Almighty God praying for true unity in the Body of Christ rather than the sole promotion of one’s special group who alone holds all truth? Do you think that the body of Christ will not be held responsible? How many scream against a priest because it sounds Catholic and claim that Holy Scripture calls us all priests? You do so at your own peril, if you indeed choose to follow this then I advise you to be on your face to Almighty God seeking true unity along with all other priests and religious.

Heed my friends the warning of Joel to those who were priests in the order of Aaron, has God changed? Or is Almighty God the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow? Heed my friends, abandon pride and ego and seek the truth in Christ Jesus, seek the true unity in the Body of Christ.

Joel the prophet
13 Gird yourselves, and lament, O you priests, howl, you ministers of the altars: go in, lie in sackcloth, you ministers of my God: because sacrifice and libation is cut off from the house of your God. 14 Sanctify you a fast, call an assembly; gather together the ancients, all the inhabitants of the land into the house of your God: and cry you to the Lord: 15 Ah, ah, ah, for the day: because the day of the Lord is at hand, and it shall come like destruction from the mighty. 16 Is not your food cut off before your eyes, joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The beasts have rotted in their dung, the barns are destroyed, the storehouses are broken down: because the corn is confounded. 18 Why did the beast groan, why did the herds of cattle low? because there is no pasture for them: yea, and the flocks of sheep are perished.

19 To you, O Lord, will I cry: because fire has devoured the beautiful places of the wilderness, and the flame has burnt all the trees of the country. 20 Yea and the beasts of the field have looked up to you, as a garden bed that thirsts after rain, for the springs of waters are dried up, and fire has devoured the beautiful places of the wilderness.

1 Blow you the trumpet in Sion, sound an alarm in my holy mountain, let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: because the day of the Lord comes, because it is nigh at hand, 2 A day of darkness, and of gloominess, a day of clouds and whirlwinds: a numerous and strong people as the morning spread upon the mountains: the like to it has not been from the beginning, nor shall be after it even to the years of generation and generation. 3 Before the face thereof a devouring fire, and behind it a burning flame: the land is like a garden of pleasure before it, and behind it a desolate wilderness, neither is there any one that can escape it. 4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and they shall run like horsemen. 5 They shall leap like the noise of chariots upon the tops of mountains, like the noise of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, as a strong people prepared to battle. 6 At their presence the people shall be in grievous pains: all faces shall be made like a kettle.

7 They shall run like valiant men: like men of war they shall scale the wall: the men shall march every one on his way, and they shall not turn aside from their ranks. 8 No one shall press upon his brother: they shall walk every one in his path: yea, and they shall fall through the windows, and shall take no harm. 9 They shall enter into the city: they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up the houses, they shall come in at the windows as a thief. 10 At their presence the earth has trembled, the heavens are moved: the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shining. 11 And the Lord has uttered his voice before the face of his army: for his armies are exceeding great, for they are strong and execute his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible: and who can stand it?



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Many Blessings!
In Christ,
+William