Why Are There Different Denominations in Christianity?

Take a moment to listen to Pastor Henry Wright. You will hear some clear head statements. Please make comments .

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Jesus’ love can and does conquer addictions

Addictions

Addictions are something that plagues many people today, whether addiction to food, sex, drugs, alcohol, smoking, spending, masturbation, porn, etc. Some inexperienced deliverance ministers might go after a spirit of addiction, which may bring freedom, but more often than not, it doesn’t bring lasting freedom. Many times there is a root that needs to be pulled up, along side casting out any residing spirits that are holding the person in bondage to the addiction. Getting to the root of the addiction is the key to bringing a person lasting genuine freedom. I am going to address the most common roots to addictions, and hopefully give you an idea of how this particular type of bondage works so that you can minister lasting freedom to those caught up in this type of bondage.

We are all created with a basic need to be loved. God created us to both give and receive love, but though damaged emotions, our capacity to receive love can be dramatically hindered. Ignorance of God’s love will also hinder us from receiving the great and glorious love that He has for us. The root of most addictive behaviors is a lack of love being received by that person. Many of us have been damaged emotionally by rejection, abandonment, abuse, etc., and thereby our capacity to receive love has been reduced. Only an emotionally healthy person is capable of both giving and receiving love as God intended.

Self-worth issues can hinder love

Self-worth issues are rooted in believing that we are not worthy or deserve to be loved. When we believe that we are unlovable, we will unconsciously reject any love that comes our way. We won’t believe the love, because we believe in our hearts that we are not worthy. Self worth issues are all rooted in our failing to see who we really are in Christ.

Many times, we have self-unforgiveness issues because we blame ourselves for something, or we’ve done something we deeply regret, and we simply cannot let it go. We need to realize that Jesus has forgiven us of all our failures, and we need to start seeing ourselves as forgiven. Otherwise, we’re denying the work of Christ in our life! If God forgave you, and you’re still beating yourself up, then you don’t really believe what Jesus did for you. It’s that simple!

Just as we must forgive others (see Matthew 18:21-35), we need to forgive ourselves just the same. Self-hate has been known to be the root behind diseases such as lupus and Crohn’s disease, as well as other auto-immune diseases. We need to stop holding ourselves accountable for that which Jesus has set us free from.

If we want to be in faith, we need to BELIEVE what Jesus did for us, and part of that believing is seeing ourselves as forgiven and clothed with the righteousness of God, which is upon all who believe in the finished work of Christ. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6), so if you want to please God, start taking the finished work of the cross seriously, and begin to see yourself as forgiven, washed clean, and clothed in the righteousness of God. For the righteousness (right standing with God) is upon all who believe:

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…” (Romans 3:22 KJV)

Unforgiveness is rooted in a lack of realization of how much God has forgiven us, and therefore we’re not thankful for the steep and terrible price that Jesus paid for our own failures. This is why it is so important to mediate on what Jesus did for us, until it transforms our heart. The message of Jesus’ work for us is what causes faith to arise in our hearts and transforms us from the inside out (read Romans 10:8-17).

Learning to see yourself as God sees you and forgive yourself because you want to please God and be in faith and be thankful for what Jesus did for you, is the biggest step in overcoming self-worth issues. Of course, there are spirits that may need to be driven out as well, such as self-hate, guilt, condemnation, etc.

Receiving the love God has for us

When it comes to God’s love for us, that’s very obvious, considering how He loves even the sinner so much that Jesus came to die for them. Anybody who knows the message of the cross, has some knowledge of God’s love for us. However, many times, we blame God for our problems, and so we don’t believe the love that He has for us. Not only do we blame Him for our problems, many times we think that God gave us the sickness or problem in our life to teach us something. Nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus tells us clearly who came to kill, steal, and destroy, and who came so that we could have life and have it in abundance.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 KJV)

If we are going to receive the love that God has for us, we need to get our thinking straightened out. He’s not the one behind our problems, but rather Jesus paid the full price so that we can be forgiven all our sins, both physically and emotionally healed, and blessed.

“When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:16-17 KJV)

Look at how good God’s heart is toward mankind! Not only did Jesus heal them, but He proved the blessings of the covenant we have with Him today concerning our healing and deliverance. Isn’t He good toward us? The reason why bad things happen to us, is because we live in a fallen world that is under the control of the evil one. It’s not God’s fault. He loves you. Jesus died for you.

Settling the fact that God loves you and is good toward you is crucial to restoring your God-given capacity to receive His love. If you can’t receive His love, then you need to stop and ask yourself four questions:

  1. Am I blaming God for anything bad that happened to me?
  2. Have I been emotionally wounded in such a way that it is hindering my ability to freely receive love as God intended me to?
  3. Do I have knowledge and revelation of how much God loves me? Do I have a solid Biblical understanding of how I am loved with the same kind of love that the Father has for Jesus?
  4. Is there a self-worth issue that makes me feel unworthy to be loved?

Settling these issues lays a foundation for breaking free from the power of addictions. You must repair the damage and faulty thinking which hinders your ability to receive the love that God has for you.

How do you know if you are receiving God’s love or if it’s hindered? If you are not passionate about Jesus, then somewhere your ability to receive His love is hindered.

If you are living a life without receiving God’s love in your heart on a daily bases, you are missing out on the most fulfilling life you can have here on this earth. To know God’s love, which surpasses all understanding (see Philippians 4:7), dispels all our fears and gives us a sense of peace and joy that we could never otherwise know.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:16-18 KJV)

What exactly is an addiction?

An addiction is formed when we try to use something other than God, to meet our need to be loved. When our ability to receive God’s love into our hearts is hindered, we will feel like something is missing, and seek to fill that void with something else. When that thing, whatever it might be, fills that void, we grow to love it because it’s meeting a need. Over time, we establish a relationship with that thing, and when it comes time to depart, it’s like breaking up a relationship. That’s why addictions are so addicting; we’ve relied on that thing to meet a need and we’ve established a relationship with it. Now when it’s time to break up the love, it isn’t so easy to say goodbye.

See yourself as lovable!

The key in uprooting most addictions is to deal with the underlying issues which are limiting their capacity to freely receive love from God and others, along with dealing with any self-worth issues by establishing an understanding of your true identity in Christ. Coming to a place where you believe you are lovable is key to receiving love in general, so dealing with self-worth issues is an important key to breaking down the walls which keep us from feeling loved. The only way to obtain a true sense of worth and value is to get a revelation of how much you are loved by God the Father, who sent His son Jesus to die for you.

Discovering the root

To discover the root of your addiction, you need to get real honest with yourself. Many times, we are in denial about the pain we are feeling. Figuring out what the root of a bondage is all about asking the right questions, and that is especially important when it comes to uprooting an addiction. Why don’t we feel loved? Do we feel unlovable? (Let’s stop right there; if we feel unlovable, then you’ve just discovered a self-worth issue that will need to be addressed.) Are you passionate about Jesus? If not, then something in hindering you from realizing how much you are loved by Him who died for you. Do you see yourself as forgiven and loved by the Father because of what Jesus did for you?

As you discover emotional wounds, you’ll need to forgive (others, yourself, and God) and invite Jesus to come and heal the damage in your heart. If you don’t realize how much God loves you, then you’ll need to spend some time learning about what Jesus did for you on the cross, and what a terrible price He paid because He loved you so very much. Often breaking out of an addiction is a combination of emotional healing, learning about who you are in Christ, forgiving (yourself, others, and God), overcoming self-worth issues by changing how you see yourself (in light of how God sees and loves you), and casting out any spirits that came in and are enforcing the addictive behavior. Spirits behind guilt, condemnation, etc. also need to be driven out, as they seek to keep us from fully seeing what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Dealing with the issues underlying an addiction is key to uprooting it permanently. If you want lasting freedom and wholeness in this area of your life, you will have to deal with the issues that have limited your capacity to receive love, especially the love that God has for you.

A pioneer-passes

The passing of a pioneer. Dear Manuel,

John Loren Sandford – inner healing pioneer, best-selling author, pastor and co-founder of Elijah House – ran into the arms of Jesus at 4:49 a.m. on March 30, 2018. He was 88.

John, with his first wife Paula, pastored churches in Illinois, Kansas and Idaho for 21 years before founding Elijah House in their home in 1975. They were – and still are – widely recognized as pioneers in the prophetic and inner healing movements. Over his lifetime, John wrote and co-authored 20 books (his newest, Loving Jesus More by Knowing the Customs and Culture of His Time, out just a few short months ago), established 11 Elijah Houses worldwide and ministered healing to thousands and thousands of people around the world. Like a rock in a pond, the ripples from his work are still ever-increasing outward and onward.

You will be missed John.

 

A Wakeup Call…anybody there…?

Most Millennial’s Are Not Pro-Life

I have heard people say that we are in a great era for the pro-life movement, especially because Millennials are highly supportive of life in the womb. Sadly, it is not true. We are tying our hope to a myth.

By George Barna | Thu 11 Jan 2018 

During the past few months I have spoken at some pro-life events as well as several high-level gatherings of national conservative leaders. In each of those meetings I have heard people say that we are in a great era for the pro-life movement, especially because Millennials are highly supportive of life in the womb.

Sadly, it is not true. We are tying our hope to a myth.

A recent national survey conducted by the American Culture & Faith Institute evaluated people’s views about abortion from a variety of angles. It did not arrive at the optimistic view that many in the pro-life movement have projected. While there are certainly bright spots that provide hope that America may someday cease to be a world leader in killing the unborn, one of the danger signs is the aggregate perspective of adults under 30.

In fact, when we compared the views of Millennials to those who are 30 or older, there were consistent differences showing that the younger generation is comparatively less supportive of life and more supportive of abortion.

Specifically, when compared to their elders, Millennials turned out to be:

  • Less likely to strongly believe that all human life is sacred (53 percent vs. 65 percent);
  • Less likely to believe that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the value of every human life (55 percent vs. 76 percent)
  • Less likely to believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances (25 percent vs. 36 percent)
  • Less likely to say that abortion is murder, regardless of the age or health of the fetus (46 percent vs. 56 percent)
  • Less likely to describe themselves as “pro-life” (30 percent vs. 39 percent)
  • More likely to want the federal government to maintain or increase the amount of funding given to Planned Parenthood (57 percent vs. 47 percent)
  • More likely to describe themselves as “pro-choice” (51 percent vs. 46 percent)

One hopeful outcome was that Millennials are no more likely than older Americans to believe that abortion is either a moral behavior or that it is not a moral issue. Overall, slightly less than half (49 percent) of the 30-plus crowd says abortion is either moral or neither moral nor immoral, while a statistically-similar 47 percent of Millennials take the same position.

Millennials are known to be a socially-conscious, rights-sensitive, future-focused generation. How, then, can they ignore the rights of the unborn and fail to see the moral, ethical, spiritual and political consequences of backing abortion?

Part of it has to do with their spiritual standards. For instance, Millennials are less connected than the rest of the population to Christianity. Compared to their elders, they are only half as likely to be theologically conservative; less than half as likely to have a biblical worldview; and five times more likely to believe that personal rights come from government or society than from God. They are also significantly less prone to accepting the idea that there are absolute morals truths that apply to everyone, regardless of the circumstances.

Other research suggests that the distinct views of Millennials have been dramatically shaped by the massive amount of values-shaping media they have consumed, by parents who have invested less in intentionally teaching their children morals and values, and by schools that have promoted a more progressive social agenda.

The pro-life movement has certainly made valuable strides in recent years. One of the most promising steps forward relates to the widespread efforts to expose young people to graphic videos showing the gruesome practices involved in an abortion. Research on such efforts indicates that when people get a first-hand look at what is entailed in such operations, fewer people support laws that permit the horrible and inhumane killing of the defenseless.

Other research indicates that the number of abortions has declined from its peak, partially due to better contraceptive devices, partially due to the broader use of abortifacients (e.g., “morning-after” pills), and partially due to the reduced number of abortion facilities. That latter condition is the result of the tireless and increasingly effective efforts of pro-life attorneys.

But to continue to move forward, the pro-life movement must be realistic about where things stand in America today. Perhaps the pie-in-the-sky proclamations about the alleged pro-life views of young adults is merely a fundraising tactic meant to bolster the spirits of donors with good news and a positive outlook. If, however, the leaders of the movement truly accept such unfounded beliefs about the Millennials, it will be to the detriment of their movement.

What does the future hold on this matter? Unless substantial changes are made in how young people are introduced to the morals and ethics related to life and death, we may expect them to remain oblivious to the dire situation of the unborn in favor of their seemingly unquenchable thirst for freedom of personal choice in all situations.

And consider this: parents continue to have a considerable influence over the ways their children learn, and which critical lessons are intentionally taught and reinforced in the home. Millennials comprise the dominant parenting generation of children under 13 in America today. Like the generations of parents that preceded them, they will pass on what they believe. That does not portend well for those intent upon protecting the lives of the unborn.

What do you think about this?

Knowledge and Intuition

Knowledge and Intuition

Greg Kouk

in the 19th century novel Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy listed intuition as the first evidence for the logician. Learn how to use an appeal to man’s intuitive knowledge to defend your Christian world view.

I had some great conversations with a single’s group at a retreat in the mountains this weekend. We focused on making a careful, clear-headed defense of biblical Christianity. When the topic got around to how we know things, the issue of intuition came up.

It seems that as I grow as an apologist, I rely more and more on the relevance of intuition as a way of knowing. I’d like to explain to you what I mean by intuition and show you how capitalizing on the notion of intuition could help you cover a lot of ground when you defend your faith.

We did something at this retreat I’ve never done before, but I’m going to do it again because it was so effective. I often close a talk with a session of Q&A, though sometimes the entire session is an informal Q&A, much like the radio show. That’s fun for me. It’s relaxed, interactive, and I can respond to the most pressing needs facing the audience. This time we did Q&A with a twist.

I started the morning with a talk on the apparent contradiction between James and Paul and the question of faith versus works in salvation (‘Faith and Works? Paul vs. James’). Afterwards, the group leader handed out a list of the ten most difficult questions he thought Christians had to answer in defense of the faith – things like the historical accuracy of the Bible, innocent children dying of disease and earthquakes, the problem of evil, how we know Jesus ever existed, the argument that all religions ultimately lead to God, and so on.

The leader then divided the group into ten smaller groups, one for each question, and gave them 15 minutes to ponder the issue. When they reconvened, we dealt with each question individually. This let them work through the issue on their own – which was a lot of fun – but also gave me an opportunity to respond with more insight and input, such as I was able.

There were times when I responded to things with, “Yes, I think you’re generally on the right track here, but you’ve got to be careful – more precise – in how you put it. The specific way you’ve stated it takes you in a wrong direction, which will cause you problems down the line.”

Or, “Here’s another angle. Instead of ‘preaching’ at a person by simply telling him the answer, it might be better to ask him a question leading him to your point of view.” Then I gave some examples of questions he might use with that issue. (If you’ve listened to the show or our tapes for very long, you’ll recognize this as the ‘Colombo’ tactic. You take the offensive by asking penetrating questions which you know the answer to: fair but leading questions that help you make your point more effectively.)

As I responded to the group, I realized I was using the Colombo tactic in a very particular way, a variation, so to speak.

There are certain things you must know immediately – directly – to have the tools you need to begin learning other things.

I’m convinced that many of the things essential to a Christian world view are things all human beings already believe without being told: the idea that human beings are special, valuable, made in the image of God and have transcendent value; that there’s purpose in life; that man is not only valuable, but twisted, sinful, and guilty and deserves to be punished; that God is real and has made an orderly universe and designed it for a purpose. These are a few things off the top of my head, essential parts of the Christian view of the world that I believe every person already knows deep down inside.

Some of these things I mentioned are known through the faculty of intuition. When I say ‘intuition,’ I mean something very particular. I don’t mean female intuition – a type of insight into a circumstance. I don’t mean a hunch about something. I mean a way of knowing which is immediate and direct. It’s knowledge you start with, knowledge that’s already built in. Our founding fathers called it ‘self-evident’ truth.

This kind of truth isn’t a result of reasoning to a conclusion, so intuitional knowledge doesn’t require a defense. Some people are uncomfortable with this notion. It seems like cheating. Philosopher J.P. Moreland has pointed out, though, that if you can’t know some things without knowing why you know them – if you don’t have some things in place to begin with – you can’t know anything at all. You can’t even begin the task of discovery. Aristotle said that some things can’t be proved, but without them you can’t prove anything.

There are certain things you must know immediately – directly – to have the tools you need to begin learning other things. For example, how is it that you know – and you’re going to say that only a philosopher would ask this kind of question – how is it you know which body in the room is your own? How do you know that you inhabit the body you normally call yours?

How does Greg Koukl know he inhabits and possesses the body that’s sitting right now behind the mike in the KBRT studios? I don’t reason my way to this knowledge. It’s something I know through introspective awareness. I’m introspectively aware of the fact that I’m unified with this body.

If you tell me to prove it, you’d be making an odd request. Maybe an evidence might be that when I will my hand to move, then it’s the hand of this body that begins moving, not the hand of the body across the room. That might be an indication to me which body is mine. But it seems unreasonable for me to have to offer such evidence, because my knowledge of which body is my own is immediate, an intuitive awareness that gives me truth about the world.

I use this bizarre example for a reason. The answer to the question of which body is our own seems so obvious one wonders why even ask the question? That’s the point. We ask the question because we’re trying to get at the foundation of knowledge and not take anything for granted. But it seems like a foolish question, because it’s so obvious which body is ours. We know the answer directly. We take it for granted, and we think it’s foolish to even question it. That’s the power of intuitive knowledge. I think we know many things like that.

Part of the tactical approach I take as a Christian apologist that capitalizes on the fact of intuitional knowledge is a concept I call ‘Back of the Book.’ I know things that are true about people I’ve only just met, but they don’t know I know. I know some of their secrets, in a sense. How do I know them? Because God has revealed, in the Bible, things that are true about every human being. I’ve read the ‘Back of the Book’; I know how the story ends. I’ve peeked into the person’s private file, and so can you.

Because the Book tells us true things about every human being – awareness of God’s existence, the sense of our own value, a knowledge of our own sin and guilt, etc. – we can appeal to those things knowing we’re touching a nerve. Even if a person denies these things are true, I know he’s lying to himself. In his heart of hearts, he knows it, and in unguarded moments the truth comes out from his own lips. How does he know it? Through intuition.

During our ‘Science and Faith’ conference last week, I fielded this question: How do we know there’s purpose in the universe? How can I prove it? My response was that purpose isn’t something we argue for; it’s something we’re already aware of. Even the person challenging me believes that human beings have purpose, even if he’s not immediately aware of it.

How do we make him see it? I ask him a question which causes the intuition to rise to the surface. For example, if somebody challenges about purpose in life, I’ll ask him if he’s ever talked anyone out of suicide. Has he ever deplored a young person’s ‘untimely’ death? Has he ever called such a thing tragic? A child dies of a disease. A car full of promising high school seniors out for a night on the town gets hit by a train, and they all perish. Has he ever called such a thing tragic?

Virtually everyone, when faced with a potential suicide, will try to talk the person out of it. Now, here’s the question: Why? Why talk someone out of suicide if life has no purpose? Everyone, at some time or another, has shaken his head at the tragedy of an untimely death. Why is it tragic when a six-year-old dies of leukemia, or a car load of high school honor students perishes at a railroad crossing? Why is that tragic? Because an untimely death is one that happens before its time, before a certain purpose is accomplished?

Now the question you must ask yourself is this: ‘What religious view makes sense out of the idea that human beings have purpose?’

Our reactions to these things – suicide, untimely deaths, etc. – are spontaneous, immediate, and intuitive. Deep down inside we know that each person’s life is meant for something. It’s not just that they have personal aspirations. A very young child dying of leukemia doesn’t aspire. We consider it a tragedy for a different reason: The child did not accomplish what she was – watch this – ‘meant’ to accomplish. We’re not sure about the specifics of her purpose, but we’re sure some purpose was intended, ergo the ‘tragedy’ of the ‘untimely’ death. We’re so sure of transcendent human purpose that we try to stop people from killing themselves and ‘wasting’ their lives.

In the same way, we consider it tragic if someone makes a conscious decision (as opposed to being pressed into poverty by circumstance) to be a bum, begging and living under a freeway in cardboard boxes. The more libertarian among us would no doubt acknowledge a person’s ‘right’ to live as he wants, but even the libertarian has a nagging sense that this life is being wasted. By contrast, we look at someone like Mother Theresa or Jonas Salk, and we applaud them for having accomplished something wonderful, having fulfilled something of their purpose in life.

My point is this: How do those observations make any sense if there’s no purpose in life? If we have no purpose outside of us, then in what sense is it a waste when a child is struck down in its infancy? In what sense is it a waste when young high school students are killed in an auto accident? In what sense is it a waste when someone with tremendous gifts wiles away his life sitting under a tree or a freeway abutment? Why is that a waste?

If I presented these questions to you outside of a religious context – that is, if you weren’t trying to second guess me and protect yourself – your immediate response would be, “It’s obvious! Human beings ought to fulfill their potential. If someone kills himself, he’s wasting his life.”

But why would any suicide be tragic, if there were no purpose to life? If there’s no purpose, then there’s no tragedy, no waste. Yet we intuitively know these things are tragic losses. Therefore, our lives must have some purpose waiting to be discovered and lived.

This is one extended example of all kinds of things we’re aware of, things we know intuitively. We haven’t thought them through, but our language gives us away.

So, when somebody makes a statement like, “Prove to me there’s purpose in life”, my answer is, “You already know there’s purpose.” He may not know what the purpose is, but he already knows human life is meaningful. We all know that. We know it intuitively.

Now the question you must ask yourself is this: “What religious view makes sense out of the idea that human beings have purpose?” Maybe a handful of them do, and then you must go further to decide between them. But some religious views don’t seem to make any sense out of life at all, and those must be false, because they don’t explain the world as it really is.

You see what I’ve done? Instead of arguing for a Christian point of view, I start with an intuition and I ask questions to get a person in touch with their own intuitive knowledge. Then I ask them to make sense out of it. As a Christian, I don’t have that problem. I can make sense out of it. The Bible explains it. The truth it describes fits the real world and resonates with our own deepest intuitions about life.

Any thoughts?

 

 

Let’s talk about Mary worship.

 

I have decided to post my friend Efren’s comment to me in my recent post about Mary worship. I am answering his comments at the end.

Hey, I was glancing though WordPress and saw this post. I Figured I’d offer the true response regarding why Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and really all most ancient rites of Christianity venerate Mary and answer the question regarding “Aren’t Statues a Form of Idolatry?”. Strangely, seems as though Protestants of the last 500 years don’t award the due respect Mary has deserved for being the ancient title Theotokos (God-Bearer) rather than Christotokos (Christ-Bearer).

Elizabeth called her the “mother of my Lord. ” The baby in Elizabeth’s womb, John the Baptist, leaped for joy at the sound of Mary. Mary even attested to the truth claim when she boldly declared “all generations shall call me blessed.”

Veneration of Mary is really an early practice in Christianity. Some Protestants typically like to point to the 5th century as any signs of the earliest honor or hint to Marian dogmas (Assumption, Ever Virgin, Immaculate Conception, God-Bearer) that pretty much all ancient rites of Christianity adhere too. When we look at the 2nd century, we see major Church Fathers that make comparisons to Eve and Mary and comparing Mary as the Ark of the Covenant. Profound statements when one examines what those figures really are. Even if it’s still 5th century, I’d take that as “ancient” compared to the 1500s when the Reformation happened.

As far as statue worship, people give honor to statues all the time. Presidents may bow at memorable sites to homage, show reverence or even as a sign of common courtesy in a country. As you note, the Bible male’s strong prohibitions regarding idolatry in the Old Testament However, the case regarding the Israelites and their disobedience getting bit by snakes; God instructed them to fashion an image and look to it for healing.

On the contrary, the people of Israel formed a golden calf and worshipped it as God which was a major form of idolatry. God even instructed the Israelites to store the commandments in the Ark to be decorated with golden images of angles (Ex 25:10-22). When Catholics or Orthodox make statues or icons, they’re honoring the saints in a special way. Just like we keep photos of dead loved ones or honor figures like Robert E. Lee, we cherish their memory.

I wrote about this some time ago in a post called Thoughts on Communion of the Saints I’d you’d like to know more it a here
https://wp.me/p6PxyC-cw

What are your thoughts on all I’ve said? I’m open to hearing what you have to say!

 

In reply to Menny Thoughts.

Hi Efren, thanks for sharing about your concerns. As far as Mary worship it has a long history as you have said. I feel the supposed lack of respect for Mary is since the Bible places no exalted position other than she was chosen for the fulfilling of God’s will. I feel the true gist of her being chosen relates to her not seeking a high and lifted position which is proven out in the gospels. The fact that Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, venerate her is largely their own doings. The titles you mention are man-made concepts not what is written in the Word of God. She is blessed, like all saints who are and receive blessings.

Yes, statues are a form of idolatry; i must point out the glaring assumption that Mary is venerated as the Ark of the Covenant is pure assumption and tries to clothe her as something she is not. She is not holy in and as designated by R.C.C. She became a saint like all the rest of us, seeing Jesus as savior and Lord and asking for forgiveness. As far as church fathers that term is very shallow when speaking of the early Roman church fathers. God the only real Father used the Roman Church just like He used the Sanhedrin and the host of many unscrupulous people in the gospel accounts. The church of Rome has been used to preserve so many untruths, so people would have a belief system that has keep a true record for all to read and adhere to reference as to the longevity of the Word of God.

You speak of the Arc. What does it symbolize? God’s provision wrapped in the purity of God’s use of Gold of and acacia wood which speaks of Jesus’ dual natures. Mary has only one nature she was conceived in her mother’s womb in sin. Therefore, she had a sinful nature which needed redemption. Reformation is God’s reply to the stench of false doctrine’s and man-made religion. Brave men who love God with all their hearts and stood against the boy’s club of Rome. Reformers brought the truth and the means for the common man to read the blessed Word of God for one’s self. Who keep people ignorant for so many centuries?

The Golden Calf was formed by weak sinful men, who brought bull worship into the emerging and as yet unknown ways of Jehovah God. What happened when the Man of God showed up. The bull God took a direct hit from the Ten Commandments of God. They were given the way out from the plague of snakes because the Son of Man Jesus was being shown as the only one who could save man from a curse. Looking not worshiping, looking for redemption and receiving God’s grace. The Ten Commandments were not decorated with Golden images of angels. The two Cherubim were molded and put there to designate their actual place as guardians of God in heaven as He is most Holy.

Have you ever read the account of John 20:12 where it states, “And she saw two angels in white sitting one at the head and the other at the feet where the body of Jesus had laid.” Why were there two angels standing over the body of Jesus the God/Man? Short answer they were guarding God’s body in the New Testament just like they were shown guarding the Mercy seat in the Old Testament.

Thank You Efren, looking forward to your reply.
Mannyr

 

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