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Are White Lies, still Lies?

Hard Truths, In Love… (The Truth will set you free…)… by PopO’

Is a White Lie, a lie? Yes! Some words that relate to a White Lie are… lie, not the truth, a fib, lying, deceitfulness, and deception and so on… Do any of these words even sound, slightly Christ like? Or do they sound more like, LIAR?? What does God think about Liars?

Yet, why is it so many claiming christians get so angry or call me a legalist or Pharisee, if I say celebrating christmas is an abomination to God? What’s even scarier, what if I’m the one that’s right? And being wrong cost you your life?

So many of the Kings in the Old Testament are said to have done what was right in the sight of the Lord, but they refused to tear down the High Places… They refused to give up things that didn’t honor God. Things they thought were okay to celebrate yet all along they were being deceived to believe they were still serving God…

Today we have many claiming christians doing the same… They do many good things in the sight of the Lord (unfortunately as the Kings, still holding on to the high places), but justify celebrating certain holidays (High Places) that really have nothing to do with Christ and in Truth are pagan worship days. The sad thing is there are many things in Scripture they could be celebrating, and yet most don’t even know they exist, let alone celebrate them. I am sure the High Places of old were places or celebrations that made the people feel good to celebrate…but they cost many a King his life! And for many their deaths were not nice…

Back to the point I started with, lying…

People say they are celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25th; well that’s a lie… everyone Christian or not, knows Jesus was not born in December!? So doesn’t that make it a lie?

Now it’s strange how many non-catholic claiming christians will go to the point saying the catholic church is a cult or not Christian at all. Yet, in what is considered western christianity, Jesus’ birth date wasn’t changed until Roman Emperor Constantine (a Catholic) in 336 A.D., that he decided to declare the 25th of December as Christ’s new birthday… And it was made official by Pope Julius I.

Here is a little history on the day December 25th…
It’s very tough for us North Americans to imagine Mary and Joseph trudging to Bethlehem in anything but, as Christina Rosetti memorably described it, “the bleak mid-winter,” surrounded by “snow on snow on snow.” To us, Christmas and December are inseparable (though it’s a lie). But for the first three centuries of Christianity, Christmas wasn’t in December—or on the calendar anywhere.
If observed at all, the celebration of Christ’s birth was usually lumped in with Epiphany (January 6), one of the church’s earliest established feasts. Some church leaders even opposed the idea of a birth celebration. Origen (c.185-c.254) preached that it would be wrong to honor Christ in the same way Pharaoh and Herod were honored. Birthdays were for pagan gods.
Not all of Origen’s contemporaries agreed that Christ’s birthday shouldn’t be celebrated, and some began to speculate on the date (actual records were apparently long lost). Clement of Alexandria (c.150-c.215) favored May 20 but noted that others had argued for April 18, April 19, and May 28. Hippolytus (c.170-c.236) championed January 2. November 17, November 20, and March 25 all had backers as well. A Latin treatise written around 243 pegged March 21, because that was believed to be the date on which God created the sun. Polycarp (c.69-c.155) had followed the same line of reasoning to conclude that Christ’s birth and baptism most likely occurred on Wednesday, because the sun was created on the fourth day.
The eventual choice of December 25, made perhaps as early as 273, reflects a convergence of Origen’s concern about pagan gods and the church’s identification of God’s Son with the celestial sun. December 25 already hosted two other related festivals: natalis solis invicti (the Roman “birth of the unconquered sun”), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian (the country that HATES Jews and Christians and calls us infidels), “Sun of Righteousness” whose worship was popular with Roman soldiers. Notice: neither day is spelled ‘SON’, but it is the 2nd most celebrated heathen day of the year. The winter solstice, another celebration of the sun, fell just a few days earlier. Seeing that pagans were already exalting deities with some parallels to the true deity, church leaders decided to commandeer the date and introduce a new festival.
In other words, they decided in the flesh to twist the birth of Christ to a wrong date, force Christ into a celebration over the heathen celebration (which has obviously failed miserably) … trying to force Christ on others. Consolidating a white lie in place of the Truth! From the conception of that lie, evil/satan has won! He now had free will to build on this lie…
Henceforth, today Christ has been over shadowed, (not even given 2nd billing),with bigger lies, the spirit of greed, the spirit of selfishness, the spirit of great depression, spirit of suicide, sports, the lies of Santa Claus, spirit of bitterness, false humility, and if we are being totally Truthful… superficial kindness. I am sure we could add to the list.
We have claiming christians lying to their children about Santa coming. We even threaten our children that if they aren’t good he won’t come, that’s a lie… if they don’t go to sleep he won’t come, another lie… to go and tell a man in a costume what they want for christmas, deceitfulness and that Santa ate their cookies and milk;* lie.
It all sounds harmless, but isn’t a white lie, still a lie? Do you really think God is okay with this High Place? I would say probably about as okay as He was with the Kings celebrating at their high places!
When these lies are told to our children, all the spirits of christmas and a lying spirit are passed on to our children. Then we wonder why our children lie, commit suicide, go through depression, etc.! We can’t honestly believe we can just follow what the world has made up (lied about) and believe God is okay with it. Aren’t christians being just like Eve, caught up in the lie of satan? Eve thought it was okay too! We know how that ended up…
I would like to share a story with you…
Many years ago, I was at a men’s Bible study, it was in December. Somehow, we got on the topic of celebrating Christmas. The Biggest guy in the place made a comment about there being no effect on his son, when he told him he had lied about there being a Santa Claus… I asked him; “Did you ever ask your son how he felt when you told him?” He said: “no, but I know it didn’t hurt him or bother him.” I said; ‘really’, and he insisted he was sure it had no effect. So I asked him if we could ask his son. He called his 81/2 year old son to the kitchen and this is how the conversation went;
Me: Can I ask you a question?
Boy looked at his father to see if it would be okay…His Dad told him it was ok…
Me: When your Dad told you that Santa was a lie, how did you feel?
Boy froze, look down to the ground in silence…
Dad: “It’s okay son, you can answer…”
Silence turned to tears as the boy looked at his Dad…
Dad; go ahead it’s okay be honest and tell us how you felt…
Behind the tears the Boy said: It hurt, it hurt a lot!
Dad began to cry, remember this was a very large man…
I asked the Boy: Why did it hurt so much?
Boy: Because my Dad lied to me!
By now the other 6 men cried along with this boy…
So besides lying to our children, we never know how much pain many really went through.
I am not writing this to take away something of pleasure that has been ingrained into most us since birth. I’m sure, unless your birthday is December 25th, you wouldn’t want someone coming along today and telling you… as of today we are celebrating your birthday on December 25th, and everyone else gets gifts except YOU! On your birthday… I’m just saying… But the reason I am writing this is, Jesus Himself said; THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!! I am concerned for the Remnant to teach the Truth that WILL set others free in everything! A little leaven, leavens the whole BODY!
Here are my closing thoughts…
The average claiming christians spend more on christmas gifts for family, others, and themselves, than they tithe ALL Year! More time shopping for the gifts and food to celebrate than actual quality time Celebrating Christ! More time watching football than talking about Christ… on His Birthday! More time telling everyone about their gifts, than they did sharing the Gospel! (In most cases all year). So what was Jesus really getting out of the lie that He was born on December 25th?
Yes it is hard to die to self, pick up your cross daily, and surrender all… but as I always say LUKEWARM…doesn’t make it in!

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Thought for Today… by Pastor Raymon

Serious Sports Flash…
If men weren’t so busy being worldly christian men, God might really be able to do something ‘PENTECOSTAL’!  We have people who have dedicated their lives to serving Christ and the Truth of the Gospel all around us every day and no one comes to see them or ask them to speak, (because people don’t really want to hear God’s Truth, especially if it doesn’t line-up with their life-style) but say you have some football player or sport midget… with a testimony, someone you know nothing about personally or their daily life with Christ (but they use their own testimony and name to make money, or a living, off God… (‘NOT ALL OF THEM!’ There is always the ‘FEW/THE REMNANT’) and people just flock to them like pigs to mud… Why not ask these men or women to go and speak without all the advertisement and worldly promoting, to pray in secret before God and let Him bring in those He wants to come, so He can speak to who He wants to speak to and bless them the way He wants to bless them. Are they afraid they won’t get enough money that way? What a sad state of affairs that more will come for the sports person than to hear from God! (Big name pastors are just as wicked). If anything, sports has done far more for satan destroying souls, than it has ever done for Jesus to save one. (Trillions of dollars a year are spent on Alcohol at sport venues; then there’s cussing, drunkenness, sex, even killing over sports runs rampant… And yet we close our eyes because what we love comes before Christ).
Let me ask you this, what in our life should we be doing that Christ is not a part of? How many sports events do claiming christians go to or have the guys over to the house for, that not once do they speak of Jesus…for hours!!! Can’t remember a sermon on Sunday long enough to get out of the parking lot, yet they will talk about the game for hours after, days, weeks, months and years sometimes. Nothing wrong with that now, is there?
I mean there are thousands of people all around them at the game, that are dying and will be totally separated from God eternally, and literally; they don’t care…They never give it a thought. ‘NOW THAT’S THE TRUTH’…though most don’t want to hear it. I know all you sport fans out there will not like this blog, but if Jesus were here I know He would be disgusted with the sports world, and would have nothing to do with it… Aren’t we supposed to be Christ-like? Millions for years wore or had something in their life that said; W.W.J.D., funny thing is they don’t really care what Jesus would do… they do what feels good to them as long as ‘they’ don’t call it ‘Sin’! Unfortunately this claiming christian world has bought into most of satans lies….of entertainment, toys, porn, worldly music, TV sitcoms, immoral movies that don’t glorify God, sports is just one of them!! You can erase this or kick me off your friends list or block my comments… but, I know 97% of ALL claiming christians will not hear what they think they will hear when they stand before the Throne… and will be shocked to literally hear the words out of their own mouth saying… But, Lord, Lord didn’t ‘I’… Good people don’t go to heaven, Obedient People do, and it’s by God’s Standards not Yours or Mine… The Word says; ‘WIDE’ is the way that leads to destruction and ‘MANY’ are they that find it. (People have paved over the broad road with the My Way Highway or the Graceland Freeway and think they are fooling God! Yes, I’ve used this line before) It also says, ‘NARROW’ is ‘THE WAY’ (Jesus’ WAY) and ‘FEW’ (3% fits; 2 is a couple, a few is 3). Now people will get upset at this message and satan will make them focus on what goes against their grain, rather than focus on being Obedient to the Word and striving to be part of the 3%!
If I may, can anyone tell me what ‘ALL’ means? It seems to take on a different definition when it comes to the world church. Isn’t the FIRST COMMANDMENT in the Old and New Testament… Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind and All your strength? What does All mean? All is in the Heart’s Desire not in the Flesh!
Here’s a few other Scriptures I see many not even striving for, and little or no effort being put into following:
1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” Or Matthew 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Or how about this one… Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: The effort and energy put into sports people and sports is literally like 1000 times more than people put into following these commandments. I would call that lukewarm at best. The results of lukewarm do not seem too encouraging to me. But, hey who am I but a lowly sinner that Loves God and people… I know the pain Jesus went through in more ways than one, but the newest pain is knowing and feeling the loss of souls claiming to be christians that will not enter in! The world church is as blind as the Israelites were in Kings, Chronicles and most of the Old Testament, and in their hearts they still would just as soon kill the messenger… and many of them one day will. Maybe sooner, than we think.
Stop and reflect on where your heart is most of the time… is Jesus consuming your time, are you giving Him your time or ‘JUST’ Making Time for Him in YOUR LIFE? If it’s the latter… it should burn and hurt within your heart, if it doesn’t maybe God has already turned you over to a depraved mind. Then what will you do Esau?! The falling away in 2 Thessalonians 2:1 and 3 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…The Falling away already started many years ago…

In His TRUE LOVE <><
A Servant of the Lord and ALL Others,
Pastor Raymon

Thought for the Day… By Pastor Raymon

People that are liberal and self motivated in their theology or don’t like to be told they are not living as the Word says to. (Leading to a lack of accountability) Go hunting for teaches and preachers that line up with their thinking. Sometimes even twisting a message to make their theology work, whether it lines up with the Word or not or even the circumstances, they will post things to cover up their anger or frustrations with a person, rather than face a person directly. (which is not biblical, though if you don’t really take the Word to seriously or read it much, I guess that makes it rational). They confuse the issue and try to defend their way of thinking, even if their thinking is un-scriptural. Most christian people have no concept that we are in a war with satan, as if he has retired from stealing, killing and destroying… until God really sets him loose. As if he gave up lying in the church , so we can just live for God any old way we please… We have Grace!!! Yeah, no lie there. The church world has paved over the Broad Road of Destruction with the My Way Highway or Graceland Freeway and think they can fool God! Oh, what is worse if you confront them (with scripture) too much and question the path they are on… you are now Self-Right, Holier than Thou, Religious, Legalistic, Judgmental, a demon spirit, intolerant or anything else that keeps them from facing the Truth/ the Word of God (JESUS)… head on. The church world is amazingly lost, but let’s not say it… The church serves itself more than God… but! let’s not say that… The church world has left it’s first love… (Jesus knows that) can’t say that though either. No let’s just let the sin continue and abound in the church world, so grace will abound more… Why keep the church in the Light, that will offend man… it doesn’t matter if we offend God… WE HAVE GRACE!!!… Don’t need works at all!!!… “Religious spirits will find it hard to believe that salvation comes through the grace of God apart from works of the law…” Don’t tell anyone Grace, Faith and Works go hand in hand, one without the other is dead…. for then you are a Pharisee. John the Baptist in today’s christian world would not have lived long enough to Baptize Jesus, if the church world in America heard him preach… And Paul would be thrown out of 90% or more of the American churches. Or slammed as a Religious Spirit for confronting the christian world for not living up to Scripture… Funny how so many christians want Peace without Truth and Prosperity without Obedience, but shhhhhhh. don’t say that either! Real Love comes from living in the Light of the Truth. Why are christians hiding in the dark and afraid of Truth? Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, don’t say that you hypocrite.

In His TRUE LOVE <><
A Servant of the Lord and ALL Others,
Pastor Raymon

 

 

 

Salvation Costs and that’s the TRUTH…
What is TRUTH anymore? Everyone makes their own rules… They only follow Scripture to the point it doesn’t interfere with their agenda. I see ‘claiming christians’ all around me that make their own rules and call it ‘christianity’. (Notice; the small “c’s” are correct). In their own minds they think what they are doing is okay (their life styles)… They live under the lie of false grace! They drink alcohol, some excessively, they cuss, they make their own rules on how a christian organization can change God’s Word to fit the program, watch movies with so called christian backing that have nudity, cussing and the Lord’s Name in vain and don’t even flinch… or watch secular movies or TV shows that are worse (with no remorse, shame or even caring that it’s sin) They say it’s just entertainment… Addictions and the waste of God’s money on video games (worse they let their children at a young age get addicted to them), sports, and material things (greed, more money, the bigger the better). Oh, they threw in their ten percent every week; some out of their abundance have thrown in more. While their agenda is jammed packed with fun things to do! Their Motto is; ‘Isn’t life supposed to be mostly FUN!” (When it’s not they fall apart, many blame God!) Oh yeah, they come from many backgrounds, economic standards and all ages and sizes… some call themselves pastor, reverend or bishop and plenty of lay people… They claim Jesus as Lord but He doesn’t reign over their lives. 97% of ALL claiming christians WILL NOT ENTER IN! If you keep twisting God’s Word to fit your life style and making it convenient, avoiding Truth or conflict against the world and following the lies the world church has convinced you to be truth or okay… You will never know Christ as Lord over your life; at best you will be LUKEWARM… (The Bible says Lukewarm does not have a pleasant ending…) There are many people I thought were really strong in Christ but, I see now they are not following Truth any more than the next person. I think Vance Havner 1901 – 1986 says it best… The failure to vigorously reject falsehood (false teachings or blatant lies) and evil is soon followed by the failure to accept (recognize) truth and righteousness.
I know many will reject what I am saying here but, the world has rejected the Word of God since the beginning… so why should this be any different. If you keep playing church… (As I’ve said a lot lately) you won’t like the way the play ends.
To everyone who has read part or all of this, you will be accountable for it. No one will be able to stand before God and say; “I didn’t know”…
Others will say; “I’ve lost it, I am being legalistic, judgmental or a million other fine slogans…”
In the words of John Calvin: A dog barks when his Master is attacked. I would be a ‘COWARD!’ if I saw or heard that God’s TRUTH is attacked and yet I would remain silent!
In His TRUE LOVE <
A Servant of the Lord and ALL Others,
Pastor Raymon

Thought for Today…. by Pastor Raymon

If you died today, what makes you so sure you will be in the Kingdom of God? Many on that day will say… Lord, Lord…but didn’t I…and we know what Jesus said…
Is Jesus Lord of your Life? or… Are you just believing that He is Lord? Have you really surrendered and picked up your cross? These are not just words, it is The Word! Do you just know who Jesus is? or… Do you have a relationship with Him, that makes you hunger and thirst for righteousness… for His name sake? Don’t play with Lukewarm… in Eternal life Lukewarm… BURNS!

Bias… but true.

Bias... but true.

I added a line to this photo… it seemed appropriate. Hope it’s Okay, though a little bias.

Thought for the Day… by Pastor Raymon   
Do we live our lives trying to impress people…
Or live our lives as to leave Jesus’ impression upon people?

2Cr 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Thought for the Day… by Pastor Raymon

An old friend of mine on Facebook asked a question this morning……..

Ed Kalnins

Just asking…is the church advancing?

I wrote:   This is what God put on my heart…….

The Remnant is being called out. The world christian church has left their first love (Jesus) and are more lost now than when they thought they got saved! We are in this world but not of it. Claiming Christians are fighting all the wrong battles. The only true and pure religion has been forgotten. The so-called church world in America has been blinded with greed, pride, selfishness, self preservation, happiness-not the joy of the Lord and entertainment. Humility and brokenness before the Lord has become a lost commodity. Half truths have taken over; knowledge has turn to vain babbling. I could continue literally for days…. I am not writing this to be negative but to cry out to the Remnant that at all cost we need to cry out from the mountain top against the lies. Claiming Christians have been deceived and are daily dying and being eternally separated from God. America is gone, it will never return to a Godly nation… the wars of this world have no value any longer (I am a Vietnam Veteran and since Vietnam, America has lost God). The wars of this world now are of the devil… it is a strategic move of satan to blind us from the truth that we, as True Christians, are called to a War that is raging all around us for the souls being lost eternally. The real war Christians need to fight is spiritual; we need to get back to the simplicity of the Gospel. Man has complicated Who God really is ( Jesus said my burden is light, not easy!) We build worldly temples for millions of dollars and justify it by the temples built in the old testament but, in the old testament God was teaching the Jews what was to come. We are the Temple of God that they never had… Jesus says “GO”, not waste money and energy on building new Worldly Temples… there are so-called churches here in AZ, that think it was okay to waste 5 and 6 million dollars plus, on new offices, coffee shops and hang-outs for the youth, yet we are the #1 state tied this year with Oregon, as the states that have the most children going to bed at night without food on the table for dinner.

What did God say “Pure and undefiled Religion” was? Am I missing something? God is a God of truth and simplicity, man has complicated Him. Get on your knees and ask God if you are really, and I mean really, in the right race. Many will fall away, the Word says…. they thought they had salvation. Be not deceived “GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED!”… Are you really being a good steward of every penny God has given you, a good steward of all the time God has given you, and a good steward of all the energy God has given you? Really? God is a God of grace only to those in the end that make Him Lord, not to everyone who calls Him Lord! God is a God of ‘ALL’ or nothing! All your Heart, soul, mind and strength… and the law before the Resurrection was… love your neighbor as yourself. After the resurrection it was modified in Philippians 2:3… God revealed to Paul and to us that in most cases if we treated others as ourselves we would treat people lousy most of the time… so the New Testament says; to esteem ALL OTHERS higher than yourself! We were never created for ourselves… the purpose and call on our lives has always been to serve God and to serve others… our rewards are to be stored up in heaven not here on earth.

Are you selling God out or selling out (DYING DAILY) for Christ… REALLY?
Stop playing church and be the CHURCH!

 

Spent New Year’s Morning (with flashlight in hand got to the top around 6:00 am and watched the sunrise)  on Silly Mountain, in Apache Junction., with Bridge Builders: Mountain Top.Image

Thought for the Day… by Pastor Raymon  

Seeds are always being ‘thrown into the air’… but if there is no planting and no harvesting, there is no Hope! The seed is the name of Jesus… the planting is sharing the Gospel… the Harvesting is Discipleship, Hope follows… Let’s do more than ‘say’ we are ‘Christians’ and throw around the name of Jesus, and ‘Be Jesus’ in 2013.

Happy New Year… In His Love <><A Servant of the Lord and All Others
Pastor Raymon and Cheryl