Why Halloween Reformation Day was a Transforming Day in History

By Dennis Petersen

Do you know what October 31st is besides Halloween?  Hint: it’s one of the most important days in the history of the Christian church and it affects everything about your life today.  Everything!

It was on the 31st of October 1517 that a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. By God’s grace, Luther’s courageous act of challenging corruption and unbiblical heresies launched the Great Reformation.  But why is this legacy worth recalling and how does it affect us today?

On Reformation Days – October 31st   – most American Christians seem more conscious of Halloween than of the Reformation. It appears that more of the children in our churches are celebrating pagan and dark, grotesque symbols for Halloween than the great spiritual Revival that led to the birth of the Protestant Reformation.

Halloween

Halloween is celebrated by millions on October 31st each year with costumes and candy. Despite its Christianized name, Halloween stems from an ancient pagan Celtic religion that started nearly two centuries before the birth of Christ.  The tribal Druids of Ireland and Europe offered end-of-harvest sacrifices at this beginning of winter to appease a Celtic demon they called Samhain (SOW-in), the lord of death, and of evil spirits. The early Gaelic Celts apparently believed that Samhain sent evil spirits into the world to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves.  Catholic Christians tried to form an alternative tradition by moving the celebration of “All Hallows’ Day” that celebrated the lives of Christian martyred saints from May to November 1st.  So November 1st is referred to as “All Saints’ Day.” In medieval England that Catholic festival was known as All Hallows.  The evening before (October 31st) was thus named “All Hallows’ eve” which became Hallow-een.

Reformation Day

Reformation Day (October 31) commemorates Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. This one act triggered the Protestant Reformation because Luther’s challenges to the church’s practices were immediately translated and distributed all across Germany in a matter of weeks. The Protestant Reformation was the rediscovery of the doctrine of justification—that is, salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, like we read in Ephesians 2:8 and 9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one should boast.”  It was also the protest against the corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. The century before the Reformation was marked by widespread dissatisfaction with the corruption of the leaders in the Roman Catholic Church and with its false doctrines, biblical illiteracy, and superstition. Monks, priests, bishops, and popes in Rome taught unbiblical doctrines like the selling of indulgences, the treasury of merit, purgatory, and salvation through good works.

All Souls’ Day

All Souls’ Day or the Day of the Dead is normally celebrated, primarily by Roman Catholics, on November 2. This is a day dedicated to prayer and almsgiving in memory of ancestors who have died. People pray for the souls of the dead, in their hopeful belief to hasten their release from purgatory to heaven by being purged and cleansed from their sins.

Treasury of Merit

Spiritually sincere people were taught to redeem themselves by charitable works, pilgrimages, and all kinds of religious rituals. They were persuaded to acquire this “merit,” which was at the disposal of the church, by purchasing “certificates of indulgence.”  This left them wondering if they ever did enough or paid enough to appease God’s righteous anger and escape his judgment. That was the popular mindset that prompted Luther’s desire to refocus the church on salvation by grace through faith on account of Christ by imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us.

Think of it.  Almost 98% of medieval people couldn’t read.  They were spiritually oppressed by indulgences.  They had no assurance of God’s grace.  Doctor Luther proclaimed the grace of God’s acceptance for true saints.

Instead of the treasury of merit that was for sale, Luther protested, “The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God”

Life in Europe and England (not to mention the rest of the world) has changed drastically since 500 years ago.  For both Christians and unbelievers, the time of the early 16th Century when Martin Luther lived was radically different and desperate.  It’s obvious that modern technology’s conveniences were absent, but even common things we take for granted like clean water and comfortable housing were unknown.

Think of Productive Prosperity

Western civilization has been blessed with the greatest freedoms, productivity and prosperity ever known in history.  The liberty, standards of justice and creativity enjoyed in Western civilization are direct results of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century.  Don’t miss why these amazing results occurred.

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught:  “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Think of Peace with God.

 Martin Luther was passionate about finding peace with God.  He studied the Bible so intently that it led him to challenge the unethical fund-raising tactics of the papacy.  That’s what ignited the Protestant Reformation.  Luther’s love for the Word of God and his dedication to truth led him to challenge the entire ecclesiastical and political authority of the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire.

Can we imagine a society without Freedom of Conscience?

Sometimes I think we miss the huge gravity of some things.  Luther’s courage to stand against the political and religious might of Europe was one of the most incredible acts of conscientious defiance in the history of the world.  He argued for freedom of conscience based upon the authority of Scripture.  Until then the fear of man was preeminent.  Luther feared God.   All religions and cultures on earth bowed to a monarchy, aristocracy and authoritarianism.  The formal Roman Catholic institution was corrupt.  Luther and the Reformers were convinced that man without God is hopelessly depraved and no human authority could be trusted as absolute.  He rejected ecclesiastical totalitarianism and championed the principle of Sola Scriptura – the Bible alone is our ultimate authority.

Education for All

Luther translated the Bible from the original Greek and Hebrew into the common tongue.   Everybody could now have access to it; both nobles and peasants.  Luther championed education and literacy for everyone.  He defended the Priesthood of all Believers.  And what Revolutionary concept did that one biblical principle lead to?

Constitutional Authority

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  Everyone is under God’s Law.  The reformer’s principle of Sola Scriptura broke down ecclesiastical and political totalitarianism.  The Protestant emphasis on the Priesthood of all Believers led to the concept of representative government and constitutional authority as the supreme law of the land.

What results from convincing society of the truth of Religious Liberty?

By emphasizing the Biblical doctrine of Faith as a gift of God, Luther undermined the Catholic Inquisition and provided the theological foundations for religious liberty and freedom of conscience.  Religious liberty and freedom of conscience led to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association and all the other out-workings of political and social freedom.

The Reformation gave us the Bible – available in our own languages.

Few people today realize that the first Bibles printed in English had to be printed in Germany and smuggled into England in bales of cotton from Holland.  The first Bible translator, William Tyndale, was executed by strangulation and his body burned at the stake for the crime of translating the Bible into English.  Seven mothers and fathers were burned alive at Coventry for teaching their own children The Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles Creed – in English.

Courage and Sacrifice for Believers today?

The sacrifices made by the Reformers and the far-reaching impact of their courageous application of the Word of God to every area of life, needs to be rediscovered.  The Christian Church has made more positive changes on earth than any other force or cause in History.

Blessing the Nations

Most of the languages of the world were developed into a written system by Christian missionaries.  More schools and universities have been started by Christians than any other religion, nation or group.  Christian Reformers and missionaries have succeeded in bringing about the abolition of slavery, cannibalism, child sacrifice and widow burning.  Those countries that enjoy the most civil liberties, are those lands where the Gospel of Christ has penetrated the most.

Transforming Nations

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is life-changing, history making and nation transforming.  If it doesn’t change your life and the lives of those around you, then it’s not the Biblical Gospel.

Checks and Balances

The Reformers understood God’s Sovereignty. They courageously proclaimed that Scripture alone is our final authority.  Christ alone is the Head of the Church.  Justification is by God’s Grace alone, on the basis of the finished work of Christ, received by Faith alone.  The Reformers’ teaching on the depravity of man, the New Covenant in Christ, and church government, have influenced positive political and social developments in liberty throughout the Western world and beyond, establishing checks and balances, the separation of powers and constitutional authority.

Faith and Freedom

All of us are beneficiaries of this tremendous movement for Faith and Freedom.  If you love liberty, you need to re-examine the history and principles of the Reformation.

The Reformation took the Church out of gross ignorance and spiritual darkness.

Before the Reformation the church had no Bible. And a church without a Bible is as useless as a lighthouse without light, or a car without an engine. The priests and people knew scarcely anything about God’s Word or the way of salvation in Christ.

Now think of this:  Our current generation of believers… not to mention the world learning corrupted revisionist history … is in danger of losing the profound legacy of courage that preserved Bible truths that are much forgotten.

The 16th Century was the pivotal generation of martyrs who willingly laid down their lives to preserve the scripture for us.  That was providential!  Why?  Because the truths in the Bible are eternal and essential for communicating the heart of God and regenerating lost souls to gain eternal life.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

The second commandment contains both a severe threat and a most incredibly gracious promise.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in Heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments.”

Deuteronomy 5:8-10

A Solemn Responsibility

Parents have an awesome responsibility. We are to bring up our children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)  We are to “train a child in the way he should go …” (Proverbs 22:6)  According to 1 Timothy 3:4, we are to manage our own family well and see that our children learn to obey with proper respect.

Psalm 78:4-8 tells us to…

 “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done … so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds, but would keep His commands. They would not be … stubborn and rebellious … (like previous generations) whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him.”

The Bible tells us to not just raise God-fearing sons, but sons who will become God-fearing fathers, who in turn will raise God-fearing sons to become fathers who will love, honor, trust and obey God. We are to raise disciples who raise disciples so that God’s generational blessing is passed down and the chain unbroken.

Invitation

I invite you to visit our website www.ReclaimYourLegacy.com and share our resources with your family and friends.  And if your church or group would like to have us minister in person, just contact me.  I truly trust we can help you and your friends strengthen your life’s purpose and reclaim your legacy.

Martin Luther said:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God’s Word, except precisely that point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing him. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefront besides is mere flight and disgrace – if he flinches at that point.

Compromise and cowardice hurts everyone It’s short-sighted.  The Word of God commands us not to be afraid of any man (Deuteronomy 1:17). We are warned that the fear of man will prove to be a snare (Proverbs 29:25).  It is cowardice for us to remain silent when we should speak up. To be passive and inactive when we should fight for what is right. Isaiah 51:12-13 says:

“Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of a son of man, who will be made like grass? You forget the Lord your maker, who stretched out the Heavens and laid the foundations of the earth…” 

The Bible tells us that God seeks “Godly offspring…” Malachi 2:15. It is the first priority of parents and teachers to ensure that children are taught to love God and His Word. Secular humanist education is attempting to kill God by eradicating Him from the classroom and from the minds of the next generation. By eliminating the Bible as the basis for all knowledge, humanists are removing the very foundation of truth. They are prohibiting the only objective standard by which reality can be evaluated.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.”   Colossians 2:8

Martin Luther wrote:

“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be wide gates to hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them on the hearts of the youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not constantly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.”

In this culture war, it is vital that we understand the war between Creation and the theory of Evolution. Science textbooks and Museums are strategic battlegrounds in the world war of worldviews.

We need to know the Word of God and we need to know the God of the Word. We need to know God and to make Him known.  It is vital that we know what we believe, why we believe it, and to practically know how to defend it in argument. It is also vital that we become effective soul winners.

Christians must recognize that we are involved in a world war of worldviews. There is a war against God and against His Word – The Bible. In this battle for the mind, classrooms and cinemas are battlefields. Education is a battleground. The textbooks and the teachers are frequently promoting evolutionism, situation ethics, sex education and values clarification. Reality is being rearranged by selective focus and in what Karl Marx declared “the first battlefield – the rewriting of history.” By twisting perceptions, secular humanists hope to steal our children and hijack our culture and country. Much of the entertainment industry has been so subverted as to glamorize evil, popularize profanity, and celebrate ugliness. It is the duty of Christians to support excellent Christian media.

The philosophy of Evolution that is called a theory is a vile attempt to get rid of God from society’s thinking.  Evolution destroys all meaning, purpose, direction, justice and hope in life. The Scriptures declare: “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Psalm 14:1

We are called to be the light of the world. All the darkness cannot put out the smallest light. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14

Young people have a far greater capacity for spiritual and social maturity than we give them credit for. Young people should be encouraged to go deeper, further and higher for the Lord.  The recent phenomenon of age-segregated Sunday morning worship should be re-evaluated in the light of Scripture. The youth are not the Church of tomorrow, they are part of the Church today. The Church is one body. “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that body being many are one body; as also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

Parents should be raising up their children in the fear of God, in fellowship with all believers. Church social events should involve families. Youth ministry should be returned to where it belongs – to families and fathers. It is a sad fact that many youth groups are doing more harm than good. “Those who walk with the wise become wiser still, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

Many mainline denominations have been infiltrated by secular humanists, who have gutted the churches of the Biblical Gospel and produced generations of spineless quasi-believers. (Dr. Hammond calls them evangellyfish). Many churches are filled with pseudo-saved, semi-saved, half-saved, un-saved, pew-warmers who have never been truly converted, nor have they come into any real relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are we going to do about all this?

How To Vote

Our responsibility as Christians to be the salt of the earth and to overcome evil with good

 Does our responsibility as Christians to be the salt of the earth and to overcome evil with good – rather than being overcome by evil – mean that we should exercise Godly influence as our civic duty?

Stop to realize something absolutely unique in the history of the world!  In modern America we enjoy a liberty and level of trust in society that those in the Roman empire in Biblical times could not have imagined.

I vote.  I vote in every single election. I consider voting to be a sacred duty that was handed down to me by my forefathers who literally shed their blood to give me this right – this opportunity, this privilege, this influence.

The opportunity is to CHOOSE MY OWN RULERS…  Or at least to have a say in who will govern my life in the civil sphere.

Many in America’s “conservative circles” say, think, and believe that voting is useless.  They think it doesn’t matter because it’s all controlled by “the powers that be.” They think government is going to grow and become more collectivist, no matter what.

To believe that is a form of fatalism. It causes despair and ultimately becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Why? Because if good people don’t vote, we essentially guarantee that the WORST possible people will rule over us.  And that inevitably validates your belief that voting doesn’t matter.

And then there are others who only vote for someone they think is perfect.  Their idealism clouds their reasoning as if they were choosing a new religion or something.  They want someone perfect to have the same beliefs, with the same perfect behavior, and all the same morals.

This person doesn’t exist of course, and so this terribly strained idea has prevented Biblical righteousness from having the influence that it could have in the modern world. (more…)

Free Family Conference Oct 6th to Reclaim a Legacy of Confidence in the Bible

Are you a Christian young person, youth leader or parent, concerned how to prevent your Christian family from being led astray by the “Pied Piper” of Secularism?

Do you want to be equipped to expose the distortion of Basic Biblical truth in the popular media today?

FREE ONE DAY – Oct 6th Conference for Christian Families

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BE EQUIPPED TO EXPOSE THE DISTORTION OF BASIC BIBLICAL TRUTH IN THE POPULAR MEDIA TODAY.

4 sessions with Q&A following each one

10am – Let God’s Chief Example of His Power in the Animal Kingdom (Behemoth – Dinosaurs) Regain Their Awesome Influence on This Generation For God

1:30pm – 7 Persuasive Keys to Help Others Understand the Truth of Creation – How to connect true Seekers of Truth with the Answers They Need to Believe in God and His Scripture.

4:30pm – Reclaim the Genesis Legacy … See God’s Awesome Works of Creation and the Deluge

6:30pm – Speak to the Earth and Let it Teach You! … What Fossils and Ancient Artifacts Uncover about God’s Amazing Creation.

8pm * Bonus * – “Is Genesis History”

with Del Tackett – Video Intro

founder of The Truth Project

producer of Is Genesis History?

SPEAKERS: Dennis Petersen, founder of Creation Resource Foundation

author of

Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation,

and noted Christian authors… …

Bruce Malone (via video), founder of Search for the Truth Ministries

author of

Censored Science and Brilliant

 

and Dan Biddle (via video), founder of Genesis Apologetics

author of

Genesis As History

IF YOU HAVE A GROUP PLEASE CALL 530-957-5157 TO RESERVE SEATING.

FREE BIBLES available AS NEEDED – more resources AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.

COME FOR ONE OR ALL OF THESE SESSIONS.

SPONSORED BY GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH – 4570 PLEASANT VALLEY Rd PLACERVILLE, CA 95667.

To help us plan for refreshments and to reserve your seats and free bonus gifts, please register online by clicking here –> Eventbrite.com/GenesisLegacy

It is my privilege to be invited back to El Dorado County this year to present vital insights that can literally help ‘lights go on’ in the hearts and minds of young people who are being deliberately targeted by what I call “the Pied Piper of Secularism” that dominates much of the educational and media culture today.  The interaction around highly relevant topics for today’s youth will equip all to fairly sort out the misinformation that is parroted by many spokespeople who may not even realize they are leading their hearers to disregard or even scoff at God’s Word.

With only 200 reserved seats available, I highly recommend that you register online at the link above to guarantee your free materials.. as well as help our hosting team to provide sufficient refreshments.

Dennis Petersen

Plenty of free Parking…

Free Meaningful Childcare for under age 10 children

Location: Marshall Hall – El Dorado County Fairgrounds – 100 Placerville Dr. Placerville, CA 95667

Attend any or all sessions: Sat, October 6, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM PDT

Date: October 6, 2018
Time: 09:00-09:00pm
Event: GenesisLegacy
Topic: Reclaiming A Godly Legacy of Confidence In The Bible
Public: Public

Restoring Confidence in God’s Help Requires Destroying Speculations

The magnificent proclamations of Isaiah the prophet of the identity of God

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Notice how the prophet Isaiah repeatedly affirms Who this LORD is … among the many statements in these chapters 40-45 of Isaiah.

Isaiah 40:21 asks “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?”

 

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Who is this God Isaiah claims to speak for?

Isaiah 40:22-23 tells us “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”

Then he asks the question…

Isaiah 40:25 … “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.”

His answer gives us a clue of how to discover Him by examining His works.

Isaiah 40:26: “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

And then another question for us humans who may need improved perception spiritually…

Isaiah 40:28 asks, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.”

This is the background framework we’re given to validate the wonderful promise that so many have staked their faith on.  …

Isaiah 40:29-31 famously promises, (more…)

Reclaiming A Godly Legacy of Confidence in the Bible

A Special One Day Conference to Help Families Save their Next Generation from the Pied Piper of Secularism

DO YOU WANT TO BE EQUIPPED TO EXPOSE THE DISTORTION OF BASIC BIBLICAL TRUTH IN THE POPULAR MEDIA TODAY?

ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN YOUNG PERSON, YOUTH LEADER OR PARENT, CONCERNED HOW TO PREVENT YOUR CHRISTIAN FAMILY FROM BEING LED ASTRAY BY THE “PIED PIPER” OF SECULARISM?

This special one-day event is designed to inform and equip alert parents and leaders to change the trend that is literally captivating and ensnaring the next generation of children who would otherwise be learning to fully follow Christ so they can expose the fallacies of the secular world.  See the details at www.ReclaimYourLegacy.com/GenesisLegacy and share the event with your friends at https://www.facebook.com/events/568393846925396/ — reserve seats at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/genesislegacy-tickets-50054218515?aff=efbeventtix –> see the announcement also here –> www.ReclaimyourLegacy.com/GenesisLegacy

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The so-called millennial generation and others are being overwhelmingly deceived by “high-sounding” ideologues of Secularism.  It’s no secret that the world of news media and the big government business of education has the whole society subjected to their indoctrination. They even have many esteemed church leaders ‘charmed’ into thinking they can’t defend the Bible with intellectual honesty.  With God’s help, this alarming situation will change… but only when fearless Champions of God’s INERRANT WORD take seriously the challenge to Renew their minds by testing the vain imaginations of those who willfully ignore the knowledge of God that the Creator has made evident for all to see.

What do students learn when they patiently “test all things?”  What do they see when they investigatively  “speak to the earth?”  What do they discover when they deliberately “ask the beasts” of the world?  What amazing insights are gained when they “inquire of the former age” about the “world that then existed” before the Flood? (more…)

12 Life Changing Dynamics you can start today

12 Personal Development Dynamics that will Enhance Your Life so you can Enhance the lives of others

by Dennis Petersen

Imagine you just got a direct message from God that your efforts in a critical area will soon be rewarded!  You’re excited… Are you ready for your marching orders now?  Imagine that his next download to your brain is this: “Take action today on that excellent thought you just had.”  That’s a pretty straight forward simple command.  Are you ready to take his command to heart?

Listen to the complete program here.

Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Within the providence of our Creator, the only way you can truly prosper in life is to bring benefits, advantages, profits or blessings into the lives of others.  Once we grow up enough to realize that in order to harvest a crop you have to plant and cultivate a seed, we can be free to focus on others and not be so worried about ourselves and our self interests all the time.  But that takes some extraordinary self control and openness to adjust our natural tendencies to fear everything around us that appears to threaten our personal prosperity and peace of mind.

Think about it.  Do you want to get off the vicious cycle of self-centered anxiety that tends to make us think we have to dominate others or trick them into giving us what we want?  There are reasons why more than 90% of the people around our society are anxious about temporal things continually and lacking the abundant life that we were designed by our Creator to experience.

Have you heard the basic principle of the law of the harvest?  The Golden Rule?  If you want to make a change in your destination you have to make a change in your direction.  As you take the high road of developing yourself and becoming more of what you were created to be, you are then able to help others do the same and experience more of the abundant life that is available to them.

And because we were put into a tangible world filled with stuff to be developed and expanded with the touch of our own creativity and resourcefulness, we inevitably have to get mature about the use and management of the stuff that is on loan to us for this fleeting ‘vapor’ we call our life.

I believe that these suggestions will help you accomplish more, discover more, profit more and add more to whatever your business is about… even inviting more people to your cause, your project, your business and your community. (more…)

The Battle for America’s Soul: Ways to Combat Mind Control

Practical tips for overcoming deception in today's dark world

The Bible has a lot to say about avoiding deception and renewing our minds with the purity of truth and righteousness, which is a right standing with our Creator and Savior.  In today’s world the person who truly wants to follow Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit has a great challenge to sort out the influences in his life that can potentially be very dangerous.  It takes prayerful work and spiritual discernment to make the best choices.

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It’s no surprise to most adults in our society that a highly sophisticated culture of so-called “elitists” are manipulating many aspects of public perception.  You can find some helpful notes about modern day mind-control in articles posted at ReclaimYourLegacy.com where we have brought our attention to the key verse in the Bible, warning believers to be highly alerted to the life-threatening dangers of mind-controlling deceptions that can easily draw us astray from the pathway of pure and undefiled faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:8 says:

“Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after

the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

John Thomas, of Health Impact News, has done a superb job of researching this battle for our minds and our bodies. His insights for all of us in today’s world give some reasons to take the warning of Colossians 2:8 much more seriously than many of us might have considered before.  In today’s program I’ll be quoting much from his article titled – “The Battle for America’s Soul: Ways to Combat Mind Control.”  http://healthimpactnews.com/2016/the-battle-for-americas-soul-ways-to-combat-mind-control/

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The Bible warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society

What are The Lies We Must Battle?

Colossians 2:8 says: “Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

The beloved apostle John wrote in his first epistle: “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:6)

This is why it’s imperative for thoughtful followers of Jesus Christ today to seriously take actions in keeping with the Biblical warning to “prove all things” (1 Thes 5:21).  Don’t just go along with the crowd and use the lame excuse that ‘everybody’s doing it.’

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Mind controllers in today’s sophisticated technological society are creating a system of lies that everyone must believe so that the society can function without distraction or rebellion. To do this, mind controllers must create a worldview that causes people to think certain thoughts, with standard feelings about those thoughts, and to behave in predetermined ways that match what they have established as normal. To make their system work, they must also eradicate the Creation worldview that comes from the Bible.

The lies John Thomas describes have been implanted over and again in the minds of several generations of Americans. These lies have been repeated so many times and from so many sources that the majority of people don’t question them. These lies cunningly oppose common sense thinking about basic principles of life, and are turning people against God and the Bible. They teach people to worship man instead of God.

If the mind-controlling programmers reach their goals, the vast majority of society will believe hundreds of lies and adopt a worldview that is perfectly suited for total control over every aspect of human life on Earth.  The most dominant characteristic of their antichrist worldview is that it causes people to unconsciously slip into a kind of passive slumber.  They can no longer wake up enough to discern truth from lies. They just go along with the flow wherever it takes them.

What are The Lies We Must Battle?

Let’s list a number of the lies that are being emphasized by mind controllers in today’s society. There are hundreds of them, but these are just some of the lies that are receiving the most attention from mind controllers. (more…)

Take Action to stand strong in the Culture War

The Pagan Left has dominated the Culture War in America far too long

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Did you know that Noah Webster, America’s Schoolmaster, said during our founding era, “…that the man who weakens or destroys the divine authority of the Bible may be accessory to all public disorders that society is doomed to suffer.”

The term “Culture War” has become common in describing contemporary American life and politics.

Is it possible for a Biblically faithful culture to survive in this cultural war that has essentially determined the ways of thinking, living, and behaving in a post Christian society?

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   Adapted from “The Culture War” by Dr. Phil Stringer (Florida)  http://www.insectman.us/exodus-mandate-wv/culture-war.htm 

I found some timely points discussed in Dr James Dobson’s book, Children at Risk:

Nothing short of a great Civil War of world views and values rages today throughout North America.  It’s between Biblical traditions and pagan secularism.  The two sides are as polar opposite as light and darkness.  They are totally incompatible.

When the light doesn’t shine on the darkness to expose it, the darkness prevails.  For at least three generations or more, the Christian western culture has retreated from society, allowing influential institutions to be directed by personalities with secular ideals.  Beginning with organized churches, the public and private educational systems have led the advance of allowing Greek-minded enlightenment thinking to marginalize the Biblical Christian wisdom that founded America.

Secularism and paganism permeate every influential part of society: Science, Education, religion, Medicine, Industry, The Marketplace, Entertainment and Journalism.  Unfortunately, most of the soldiers on the traditional Biblical side of the war are AWOL – absent without leave.  Many of them don’t even recognize there’s a war on.  And most of them have no idea what the enemy is doing to effectively anesthetize them and win the prize of this war.  What is the prize? (more…)

Modern day mind-control is why Believers must BEWARE

The sad reality of how non-discerning people are led astray

Have you ever wondered why there is such a vicious and never-ending war being waged against God-made non-toxic food, wholesome natural supplements, and alternative forms of healthcare and disease prevention? Have you ever wondered why an equally intense war is directed against those who profess faith in Jesus Christ?

The Bible clearly warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society.

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Colossians 2:8 says:

“Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

In the last hundred years the craft of deception has gotten more subtle and sophisticated because of the manipulative science of psychology.  John Thomas, of Health Impact News, has done a superb job of researching this battle for our minds and our bodies. Wait till you see what he has found as I unpack some of his insights for you today.  http://healthimpactnews.com/2016/mk-ultra-and-modern-day-mind-control-the-battle-for-americas-soul/

The Battle for Our Minds and Our Bodies Part 1, by John P. Thomas, Health Impact News

Have you ever wondered why believers who attempt to live their lives according to the words of Jesus and His apostles as recorded in the Bible are constantly ridiculed and called intolerant bigots, hate mongers, stupid, gullible, paranoid, arrogant, and extremists – the scourge of society?  Have you ever wondered why those same kinds of derogatory words are applied to people who object to mandatory vaccination and those who insist on knowing what is in the food we eat? (more…)