Category: Parenting


Parents, let me tell you a parable . . .

There was once a king, a very GOOD king.  He loved his people and always looked out for them and cared for them.  The time came that he had to travel to a far away land.  While he was gone, an enemy came to spoil his kingdom.  The enemy released a sickness upon the people, in order to kill them all.  Word of the attack quickly reached the good king, and he had his nobles prepare an antidote that would not only heal the sickness, but inoculate those who were well against any other kind of sickness in the future.

Some of the people took the antidote and were spared any further trouble.  But the enemy quickly learned of the antidote and began to post billboards and send radio messages throughout the kingdom.  His message was ‘Don’t cram that stuff down your kids’ throats!’.

Now the people were in confusion.  In fact, since billboards and radio were the usual means of communicating important messages in their kingdom, they felt it best to obey.  (Little did they know the enemy had taken control of all the media.)  Word spread quickly, from person to person: ‘Don’t cram that stuff down your kids’ throats!’.

Even though the king’s noblemen worked hard to persuade them to follow the king’s instructions, there was nothing that they could do–the people simply would not listen to them anymore.  Even the testimony of those who had taken the antidote would do nothing to sway the minds of those who had been taken captive by the lie.  Everyone now did what seemed right in his own eyes.

Especially susceptible to the sickness were the young, who became very, very ill and suffered horribly, but took a very long time to die, thus spreading the sickness to all around them.  In time, all of the people of the kingdom who refused the antidote succumbed to the sickness and died.

As soon as the king had received word of the attack, he set out on the journey back to his kingdom, but it was far away and took a very long time.  When he arrived, the sickness had already run its course.  His kingdom had been purged of nearly all its people.  The only ones that remained were those who had trusted him enough to take the antidote.

Parents, here is the interpretation of the parable . . .

The sickness is sin and rebellion, which Satan has sown throughout God’s kingdom.  The antidote is found in a little book we call the B-I-B-L-E (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth).  But the enemy wants to ensure that you ‘Don’t cram that stuff down your kids’ throats!’.

What does GOD say about that?

‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
And when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates.’
(Deut 6:4-9 and 11:18-20)

In other words–give the children the antidote–and LOTS OF IT!  Cram it down their throats while you still have them in your care!  Of COURSE Satan doesn’t want you to do this–thus the societal pressure to let your child do what is right in his own eyes!  But God says:

‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’  (Prov. 22:6)

‘But’, you may say, ‘we want them to know that we trust them and let them make their own choices’ . . .

‘Ye shall not do after all [the things] that we do here this day, every man whatsoever [is] right in his own eyes.’  (Deut. 12:8)

‘In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.’  (Judges 17:6)

‘The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes . . . ‘ (Prov. 12:15)

‘Every way of a man [is] right in his own eyes . . . ‘  (Prov. 21:2)

You may have fallen for the enemy’s propaganda and believe this is a good idea, but it runs counter to what the Lord says.

Are you preparing your child to be a lawless adult, doing whatever is right in his own eyes–or are you preparing him to be a loyal, obedient subject in God’s Kingdom?  There is a vast difference between the two!  We DO have a king, and we must not do what is right in our OWN eyes, but carefully follow His instructions.  FILL your children with the knowledge of God and His ways, while you have the opportunity!

‘But I don’t want to rule my family with an iron fist’, you say.  Then you have probably bought into the propaganda that ‘freedom’ (lawlessness) is our birthright and is the best way to raise a child.

Understand this: when Christ returns, He will rule with an iron rod (Rev. 2:27, 12:5, 19:15)!

These Ten Commandments that God gave us . . . that Christians debate about whether we need to worry about keeping or not . . . these same Ten Commandments came with a death penalty for those who would not keep them.  That death penalty was instituted BY GOD!

God is VERY serious about His standards, and He tolerated no rebellion.

‘For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. . . ‘  (1 Sam. 15:23)

When Jesus rules on Earth He will tolerate no rebellion, and punishment will be swift and harsh for those who disobey.  (This is what it means to ‘rule with a rod of iron’.) 

Right now, sinners are TEMPORARILY living in a time of grace.  (There is no point in FORCING them into a covenant which they have no sincere intention of obeying.)  Therefore, as in the old adage, God is giving them a lot of rope.  If they are wicked, they will use that rope (grace) to hang themselves (by persisting in sin and rejecting Christ).

As parents, it is important to understand God’s nature and intentions.  Hopefully, after you read this parable and its explanation, you will realize how important it is to innoculate your children against sin and rebellion, and to prepare them to be loyal subjects of a KING–not lawless inhabitants of a ‘democracy’ who do what is right in their own eyes and use the rope (grace) God gives them to ultimately hang themselves.

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As a parent, it is important to be proactive.  Most of us don’t like confrontation . . . but some things in life MUST be confronted.  Here’s the thing about confrontation:  the earlier you do it, the less of a ‘big deal’ it is.

Do you have a kid who is constantly asking to do things that you have to say ‘no’ to?  Do you then have to listen to them pitching a fit? Can I share some things I have learned as a former parent and former child?

I hope I am talking to someone who has a young child or preteen who is just starting to rebel.  The reason is, this can possibly be stopped in its tracks, before it gets out of hand.  Although not every child who rebels turns into a criminal and a drug addict . . . I would bet that nearly every criminal and drug addict started out by rebelling.  How tragic, that a lot of them could probably have been turned around early.

Here is what you need to understand: when your child comes and asks for your permission, it is pretty much a formality for them.  What they really want at that point, is just a rubber stamped seal of approval without any questions.  This is why they become so angry when you say ‘no’.

Here is why.  By the time your child comes to you for permission they have already considered the ‘opportunity’ they are being invited to participate in, have passed it through their own decision making process, and have then listened to the propaganda their friends give, in favor of it.

When they come to ask your permission they have already made up their mind that it is something they want to do.  Listen carefully–they are asking for your permission at this point, not your advice.

(Hear me out–I’m not going to say you should give in!!  I want to show what is happening . . . why the conflict is occurring. )

In order to short circuit this chain of events, you need to see the steps it goes through, so that you can stop it sooner.

  • The invitation is given  (who you allow your child to hang out with is going to be a big factor in the kind of invitations they get)
  • Your child considers the invitation, whether this is something they want to do
  • Your child’s conscience should react, if this is something they shouldn’t participate in
  • WHEN their conscience warns them, there are several paths they might choose.  Typically, they either:   1.  decide not to do it and don’t     2.  hesitate  (their uncertainty can invite pressure from their friends)     3.  push their conscience aside
  • If they hesitate, their friends persuade and pitch their propaganda in favor of doing it
  • Lastly, they ask permission

Kids are learning, in school, to use their own discernment and make their own decisions.  More and more, they are being encouraged to look to their peers for information and direction . . . and less and less are they being encouraged to ask their parents for wisdom.  In fact, some ‘educators’ purposely try to divorce children from their parents’ influence.  For these reasons it is IMPERATIVE that you teach your kids discernment!!

You need to be proactive and give your kids your guidance and opinions before they need them . . . because when they need them, paradoxically, they won’t ask for them or listen to them.  You need to teach them early so that they will ‘hear your voice in their head’ when they are faced with a decision.

I think, the best way to help correct your child’s bad decision making, is to go through this list and determine where the problem lies.  If you can correct the conditions that are causing your child to make the wrong choices, your child can instead learn to make wise choices.  After all, the best choice is a WISE choice that your child has made for him/herself!

The place to begin, is with your child’s conscience.  Does your child clearly know right from wrong, and good from bad?  What do you base these judgments on?  If you are a Christian, you should be teaching them, from the Bible, about what is right and wrong, good and bad.

There is so much emphasis in our culture on doing what seems right to you, or feels best to you, or what others are doing . . . there are probably MANY kids that don’t have a clear concept of right and wrong to anchor themselves too.  Make sure your child is securely anchored in truth!  Don’t just assume they know these things–start talking to them and find out what THEY think is right and wrong in different situations.

If they clearly know right from wrong, then it is critical to find out why they aren’t listening to their own conscience.  Is there a common thread to these incidents?  Does it usually involve a certain friends?  Is it something a particular authority figure is promoting?  Is it a fear of being different?

Make no mistake, bad company corrupts good character.  Sure, you may have a big confrontation over dis-allowing a certain friendship . . . but if this ‘friend’ is a negative influence on your child, you will be saving yourself many future confrontations and rebellion, and ultimately you may save your child’s life.  ‘Bad’ kids often go from bad to worse.  Don’t let them take your child along for the ride.

If the person who is pressuring your child is an adult–or worse, an authority figure, you may HAVE to confront that person. At the very least, you may have to rearrange things in your child’s life to eliminate, or minimize, that person’s authority over them.  God has placed you, as a parent, in the role of protector of your child.

This last one is going to be hard for some of you to hear.  If your child is afraid of being different, you are going to have to look at your own behavior.  In fact, for all of these possibilities you should consider your own behavior.  Do you have a sound basis for determining what is good and bad, right and wrong . . . or are you ‘wishy-washy’ about such things? Do you heed your own conscience? Do you allow yourself to be pressured by others, to do things you don’t want to do? Kids often model themselves after adults they look up to.  None of us is perfect.  We often grow alongside our children, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Anyways, back to peer pressure . . . peer pressure is another way of saying ‘fear of persecution’.  Here is another place for self examination . . . do you bend over backwards to make sure your child fits in?  If so, you may be (inadvertently) reinforcing their fear of persecution.  If you are a Christian parent, it is important that you equip your child to endure persecution . . . because Christians are promised that they will be persecuted.

Although a child’s rebellion can be exhausting and worrisome to deal with, it is something you CAN overcome. If you are constantly having confrontations with your child, it is usually a signal that something is wrong in their decision making process.

Identify your child’s weaknesses and help strengthen them in those areas.  What is manifesting as rebellion may be a lack of moral certainty, vulnerability to someone who is a bad influence, or fear of persecution.  You CAN help your child to overcome these vulnerabilities.

(The child that is TRULY a rebel is one that knows right from wrong but doesn’t care, and has no respect for [or fear of] authority or the opinions of others.  That is another story entirely, and probably requires a different type of help.  If you are struggling with that, please feel free to email me.)

New Movie Exposes Government Invasion of American Families

Washington, D.C., November 17, 2011 – Today, ParentalRights.Org released an online docudrama, Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights, which outlines today’s dangers facing American parents in their ability to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

The film, which runs 35 minutes at OverruledMovie.com, focuses on three real-life American family cases in which parental rights were egregiously violated by the government: a medical care case, an educational freedom case, and a religious freedom case. The movie also warns against adoption of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty would override virtually all child and family laws in the United States and grant ultimate authority to international bureaucrats.

Overruled describes why the adoption of the proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the only means to halt the parental rights violations which are taking place all over America.

“American parents just assume that their traditional right to make sound decisions for their children is fully protected in our legal system,” said Michael Farris, President of ParentalRights.org. He added, “Overruled reveals how precarious our rights are in today’s legal climate – and the movie makes it clear that we can and must fix the problem before it is too late.”

Fortunately, the American people overwhelmingly support traditional parental rights. A Zogby poll last year that surveyed over 2,000 people found that 93% of Americans agree with the traditional definition of parental rights, which is the ability to raise their children free from government interference so long as no abuse or neglect is taking place.

Farris said, “We need to capitalize on this strong support all across the country and pass the Parental Rights Amendment to prevent government officials from unnecessarily interfering with families.”

Scott Scharpen, the film’s Executive Producer and chairman of the board of ParentalRights.Org, was proud to announce that Overruled is presented by ParentalRights.Org, a non-profit grassroots organization focused on passing the Parental Rights Amendment. Overruled is available online free of charge at OverruledMovie.com.

The film, which runs 35 minutes at OverruledMovie.com, focuses on three real-life American family cases in which parental rights were egregiously violated by the government: a medical care case, an educational freedom case, and a religious freedom case. The movie also warns against adoption of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. This treaty would override virtually all child and family laws in the United States and grant ultimate authority to international bureaucrats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gbaDRdG6nrE

For more information, visit www.ParentalRights.Org.

God hates EVERYTHING about Halloween. It is far more than fun and games, no matter what your intention. People who introduce children to Halloween, introduce children to wickedness. The penalty for involvement with the occult, in the Old Testament, was death.

(Exodus 22:18–‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.’)

Woe to those of you who promote Halloween to children! I am warning you–DON’T DO IT!

When the Bible repeats something, it is for emphasis. Three times Jesus’ warning is repeated, to those who cause little children to sin.

“But whoso shall offend* one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6

“And whosoever shall offend* one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:2)

 

* Definition of OFFEND (G4624)

1) to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, metaph. to offend

a) to entice to sin
b) to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey

  1.   to cause to fall away
  2.   to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority
  3.   to cause one to judge unfavourably or unjustly of another

 

Like rebellious children, people want to see how far they can push God before judgment kicks in. When lightning doesn’t strike them dead, people conclude that either God does not see, does not care, does not judge, or does not exist. But God’s judgment for individual people doesn’t usually happen in this life. Every time you sin, you are storing up God’s wrath against you, for the day of judgment.

God is DEAD SERIOUS when it comes to those who lead children to sin . . . who teach them that bad is good, that wrong is right, that pretending wickedness is fun. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Christian parents, if you don’t already know it, we have a tremendous problem today, in regards to the widespread pressure to accept homosexuality.

I believe the widely promoted doctrine of  ‘tolerance’ is going to cause Christianity to become a stumbling block for most kids, causing them to reject it outright.   (At the end of this post, I will have a couple of suggestions for how to better position your child, so hopefully that doesn’t occur.)  Nevertheless, we must stand for truth–and the truth is that God does not accept homosexuality.

Some schools begin ‘tolerance’ training (of homosexuality, etc.) in kindergarten.  If they don’t, the peer group will, when one of the popular (or ‘alpha’) kids makes it a group rule for them.

There are all kinds of influences out there, including TV shows (for kids) that promote exploring their sexual identity.  There are kids whose ‘parents’ are a same sex couple.  There are others who have a brother, sister, mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, etc. who is gay or bisexual.  These families will have ‘educated’ their child about such alternative lifestyles at a much younger age than most Christian parents would dream of teaching their kids anything about sexuality!

The result of all this is that your child is learning about, and forming opinions about, homosexuality (‘and tolerance’) long before you would suspect. By the time you talk to your child about this, the ungodly have already presented them with the basic debate and their opinion will be swayed in that direction.

Homosexuality is a ‘line in the sand’ today, among nonChristians.  That is just as true for kids.

Homosexuality is popular today and, above all, most kids want to do what is  popular.  Your child has at least one friend or acquaintance at school that is homosexual, bisexual, or gender confused.  It has been found that most people support homosexuality once they learn that someone they care for is involved.

For this reason, for the average kid, a message in church against homosexuality is going to be a stumbling block to them.

Here’s what happens in your typical ‘seeker friendly’, all-inclusive youth group.  IF the youth pastor has the courage to speak to the kids, about homosexuality being wrong, the ‘alpha’ kids will get up and walk out . . . if that is permissible.  (Otherwise they will verbally instigate a ‘strike’ amongst the other kids, before the next meeting.)  Whatever an ‘alpha’ kid does, the other kids will quickly follow suit.

Most kids have two basic priorities, usually in this order:

  1. Fit in with the crowd at school
  2. Don’t get in trouble with Mom or Dad

(If you doubt that’s the order of their priorities, watch and see.  When push comes to shove, which risk do your kids prefer to take: disobeying you, or offending their friends?)

My bet is that 95-100% of the kids (whose parents allow them to decide), will drop out of the group, within a couple of weeks.  The kids whose parents would be supportive of the youth pastor will give their parents some plausible reason that they want to quit.

(I hope, if your child is talking about quitting, even if their reason sounds indisputable, that you would take the time to speak with the youth pastor and find out what his perspective on things is.  You just might learn that there is a lot more going on than when your child has chosen to mention.)

After the ‘alpha’ kids have made their statement, there are very few kids who will remain in such a group.  If you have a child who will stay, despite having heard the preaching against homosexuality, and despite their peers staging a mass walk-out, then you have an extraordinary child . . . one you can be extremely proud of . . . one who may be a true convert to Christianity.

The most troubling thing about this situation is that the kids have just learned to reject truth, and harden their hearts against it.  Many will never turn back to Christianity after this (peer group defined) ‘offense’.  So, should such controversial topics be avoided? By no means!!  In fact, I believe that they should be talked about much earlier.

I have great respect for any pastor, or youth pastor, who will tell the truth about homosexuality.  The cultural pressure against him is immense–not to mention the demonic opposition!  If your child’s youth pastor is one of these brave souls, I hope that you will firmly plant yourself in his corner–as well as convey your appreciation for what he is doing.

I also think it is important to teach your children (at an early age) that someday they will encounter teachers, other adults, friends, etc. who will not tell them the truth; that there are people who do things that are wrong, and are very stubborn about it; that some people do not want to please God or follow His rules; that someday people will try to get them to do things that are wrong and to stop trying to please God, etc.  Then, you will have set a foundation, so that you can begin to counter the influence of such people in their lives.

There is one other thing that I think deserves prayerful consideration:  the youth group your kids attend.  I’m sure there are many reasons for kids to attend a Christian youth group, and many different ways in which a family may decide which youth group in their community that the kids will attend.

The most popular reason for attending is likely for a social outlet.  It is yet another place that they can be with their peer group after school hours.  (There may also be parents having problems with their child who hope that such a group will be a good influence on their kid–but often it turns out the other way around.)

The most popular way of deciding which group?  Undoubtedly, the kids pick it.  (In fact, some families will let the child’s choice of youth group determine the church that their whole family will attend.)

Let me point out a couple of factors that I believe can actually cause a Christian youth group to do more harm than good, in the spiritual life of your child.

  1. If they attend a group close to home, they are most likely going to be amongst the same kids they attend school with.
  2. If it’s a big, all-inclusive group, most of the kids that attend have not made the decision to accept Christ as their savior.

Most likely a group close to home is going to favor your child’s comfort zone.  However, there is a well-defined social structure among their peer group from school.  Making sure they continue to follow the (peer) leader is going to interfere with their ability to be sensitive and obedient to spiritual promptings.  When push comes to shove, they will follow the crowd, rather than heed the promptings of the Spirit.

Rather than being able to have and develop, a personal (private) spiritual life, it is one more thing that is open to the observation and criticism of the kids they spend all day with.  If your child IS striving to follow Jesus, they may not have the deep spiritual roots needed to endure assaults on their new-found faith.

If the group is large, seeker-friendly, and all-inclusive, the ratio of kids to adults is just too large.   It will be the kids that run the group.  In a large group, the kids are too far removed from the youth pastor to develop a personal relationship with him.  Therefore, they will default to following their peer leaders from school.

While the youth pastor has the kids’ divided attention, he can speak to them for about half an hour.  But, if what he says contradicts that peer group’s values, for the next week the ‘alpha’ kids can regather their little flock and get them back in line.   Having access, at school, to the other kids in the group gives them ample opportunity to mock, scorn or criticize what the youth pastor said.

Hopefully this gives you a little better view into the dynamics of your child’s peer group, and the pressures that they face.  Armed with this knowledge, hopefully you can avoid some of the more common pitfalls, and wisely choose a youth group that will nurture them spiritually.

I urge you to consider a group that is primarily made up of those who have made a decision to follow Christ, or are sincerely seeking to learn more about Christianity.  Christian kids (especially) need opportunities to fellowship with other Christians– but if a youth group isn’t more or less limited to Christians, then it isn’t really filling that need.

Amongst kids, as amongst adults, only a small percentage truly want to follow Christ.  By creating large, seeker friendly, all-inclusive youth groups, we have brought the world inside the church.  But instead of the world becoming more like the church, the church has become more like the world.

By trying to meet the desires of the multitude, we create a virtual desert for those who really thirst for truth.  The few that are searching will hear a bland, powerless message geared to appeal to those who are there merely to socialize.  And sadly, they’ll go away dissatisfied, feeling that what they are looking for is not to be found in church.

I believe the most effective youth ministry is one that focuses on mentoring . . .  where each child can be close enough to a leader to form a relationship with them.  Here, amongst those that really are seeking Jesus, kids can lay aside the facade that they must wear at school all day, and they can open their heart and be vulnerable.

In this more personal setting, a foundation based on Biblical principles can be laid.  Here questions can be asked, truth can be shared,  struggles can be revealed, prayers can be sought, and refuge and support can be found.

Will They Take Away Our Children?

Is Your TV Stealing Your Soul?

Christians, Vampires And Dragons

On the one hand, I find it hard to believe that a post such as this would be necessary to write for Christians, but (considering what the Bible tells us about the times we are living in) it appears to be vital, and perhaps a bit late in coming.

Christian–vampires are real! Certainly not as they are so favorably portrayed on television though.  There most certainly are foul, demonic spirits with a bloodlust that go about in search of a human to inhabit, in order to fulfill their lusts!

In fact, a lot of the strange ‘beings’ you see today on TV, and in movies, are actual types of demonic beings that are only visible in the spirit realm.  We are being allowed to ‘see’ them, to desensitize us to them–and to change our attitudes towards them.  (I suspect a day may even come when they will be able to manifest in the physical realm.)  Movies today are even teaching kids that they can ‘train their [own] dragon’!

Trained Dragon

What a misrepresentation!  The whole idea that these beings are subject to us is an absolute lie!  Neither are they ‘just misunderstood’ or harmless to their ‘friends’.  These beings, in reality, are demons–dangerous, deceiving and manipulative.

Dragon

We can debate all day whether it is possible for a Christian to be possessed, or whether a possessed ‘Christian’ ever truly was a Christian, but there are things we may never completely understand, in this life.  The working of the spirit realm are one of those things.  The Bible gives us glimpses into what happens there, but most of it is hidden from us.  (definition of  ‘occult’ = hidden)

I think one of the reasons that people are so drawn to occult is that they fail to understand the nature of life.  In this world, we are mortal.  But this world is only a testing ground, and a place to develop and refine our character.

Most of us wish to be immortal (but is this world really a place where you would wish to be trapped forever?).  Some people will go to great lengths to achieve immortality.  Sadly, they are easily led astray.

Only what is good and righteous will be granted the gift of immortality! This universe has a Creator, and it is His purpose to sift the good from the bad and destroy all wickedness forever.  He is good, and it is His will that what is good and righteous will be with Him for all eternity.  Because He is the Creator, He makes the rules and He gets to choose!!

Now, the sad thing is, all mankind is bad.  The seed of evil(ness) lies within each of us.  I believe it is encoded in the DNA of man.  Each and every human being inherits a physical body, complete with a tiny seed of evil.  God watches to see whether we will feed and nurture that seed of evil, or whether we will fight it.

But, even fighting it is not enough.  Because each of us has that spot of rottenness inside us, we cannot take part in the immortal world that exists beyond this life.  But here is the mystery that God performed: He came to Earth (Jesus) and lived a life of perfection inside a human body.  Then, rather than die a natural death, He arranged that men would put Him to death.  Because He was perfect and completely innocent, He was able to take our sins upon Himself, and suffer in our place, to make a passage into eternity for us.

Make no mistake, this is the only exception God ever has or ever will make for mankind to enter into immortality!

Jesus on Cross

Since Jesus was perfect, and without sin–whose sins did He suffer and die for?  Any of us who is really sorry for the wrong we have done, and who is willing to stop doing wrong!  But, each person has to ask God for their own forgiveness and trust that Jesus died in their place (this is your ‘ticket’).

Then we must live life differently–we must turn away from evil and do good.  We must be obedient to God’s rules for the rest of our life–this protects us from evil.  (Living this new life is what ‘gets you to the airport when it’s time for the plane to leave’.  Many people have accepted the ‘ticket’, but have failed to  ‘be at the airport’ when the plane took off–because they went back to living an evil life.)  If you truly want to be immortal and spend eternity with God, you need to spend your life here with Him too.  There is no immortal life apart from God.

What does any of this have to do with vampires?

Vampire

As most of you are aware, there is a hidden spirit world.  God lives there.  He created the immortal beings that also live there–angels.  But not all angels are good.  One of the chief among them decided He could do a better job than God, and he (the devil/Satan/Lucifer) is in rebellion against God.  Nearly 1/3 of the angels have joined in his rebellion.  (They are now called ‘fallen angels’, ‘demons’, ‘evil spirits’).

From their point of view, they believe Satan is going to win the fight against God.  Therefore, when they make contact with humans, they make you all kinds of promises of what things will be like for you, if you befriend them and join in the rebellion.

Here’s something to remember though–God created Satan.  God and the devil are not equals.  There is no question that Satan will lose his fight against God.

God created a destroyer to nurture evil, and to fight goodness.  This opposition makes goodness stronger, and makes evil visible.  At the time He has planned, God will sift the good from the evil, and will destroy all evil.  This was God’s purpose in creating the role of ‘The Destroyer’.  None of this was a mistake, or a surprise to God.  This is why God allows evil–because it must grow to maturity before the judgment day.

But God is just.  He will avenge and He will repay.  He will make right the things that we suffer here.  Whatever we lose in this short life will be more than repaid in eternity.

Back to vampires and evil spirits . . . the devil is going to be given a short time (3 1/2 years) to be in charge of the whole world.  He will enter into, and possess, a man who will be global leader for 42 months.  During that time, he will try to kill all of God’s people (Christians and Jews).  That day is very close.

These days, there are evil spirits everywhere.  These spirits are telling people a lot of things (some true, some not) and making a lot of promises.

Some of these demonic spirits have fooled people into believing that they are space aliens, a superior race which has come here to teach and help us.

Grey Alien

Reptilian

Others claim to be angels  (technically they arefallen angels), and they promise to lead people into new truth.   Many different groups of demons lead people into the many false religions around the world.  Some lead people into a particular type of wickedness–such as drug abuse, homosexuality, or astrology.  Others seduce people to explore or experiment with evil–demonic music, ouija boards, invoking spirits, watching or reading about witchcraft, sorcery, and vampirism, etc.

Some demons portray themselves as good, loving and compassionate–‘white witchcraft’, nature spirits, male cross dressers, some religious spirits, etc.–while others are very proud of their violence and wickedness.  Some even portray themselves as gods (I suspect these are fallen angels that were given control over a specific geographical location, before they fell).

But they all have one purpose in common: to spread the rebellion against God and destroy His people.  And they all have this in common:  they twist people’s perception of God and teach them to disobey the one true God, in one way or another.

You are going to have to decide if you believe them, and which side you want to be on.

It is important to understand–angels and demons know God’s rules and what the Bible says.  Demons just choose not to believe it anymore.

You also need to know that angels and demons are immortal–but there is no savior for angels that go bad.

Why are these things important to know?  For a number of reasons:

  • Angels don’t make mistakes.  If there is even one thing wrong in what an angel tells a person, that is a deceiving angel–because all angels know the truth.
  • Angels who obey God will only speak to a child of God who is living in obedience . . . WHEN and IF God instructs them to . . . and will only say what God instructs them to say . . . and this VERY rarely happens.
  • Obedient angels who do contact humans are only messengers.  They never draw attention to themself, or allow themself to be worshiped.  They speak only on behalf of God and they give God praise and glory.
  • Obedient angels’ messages always line up with the Bible–the whole Bible message, not just one passage.  They never contradict God or His Word.
  • Obedient angels never tempt people to sin.
  • Angels who follow God don’t disobey Him, because an angel that disobeys will not have a place in God’s kingdom in eternity.
  • Because angels are immortal, even an angel that disobeys God will not die.  Disobedient angels suffer eternal punishment.
  • Obedient angels don’t accidentally disobey God.

Many people, knowingly and unknowingly, are doing things that are enabling more demonic spirits to enter our physical world.

Some of these ways are obvious: seances, taking hallucinogens, staring in the mirror while speaking satanic invocations, etc.

Others may be a little less obvious: tarot readings, palm readings, playing with ouija boards, talking to dead relatives, listening to certain music, using drugs, watching horror movies, watching or reading porn, etc.

Besides those, there are many ways that would be surprising to many people:  hanging out in cemeteries, piercing, tattooing, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, taking prescription meds, having ‘lucky’ objects, calling on luck when playing games, having sex with someone you aren’t married to, etc.Laying Hands On

And there are some that would be very surprising even to Christians:  having hands laid on you, or being prayed over (even in church), by someone who has demons or is demonically influenced.

Some of these things are spiritually dangerous, no matter what your mindset. You would need to be fasting and praying in order not to be overtaken by them.  Others are dangerous if approached with an emptiness, a desire, an expectation, or an openness that you long to have filled.  (In other words, if your ‘defenses are down’, you will be susceptible.)

The Bible warns against all these things.  If you read the Bible, you should not be surprised that these things are ‘wrong’ or dangerous.  God makes rules to protect you–because He knows what you don’t:  how things work in the spirit realm!

Any kind of rebellion is an open door, and an invitation, to rebellious demonic spirits.  But there are some spiritually dangerous things that seem less obvious.  (They should be obvious, but because of being around them so much, many of us have become desensitized to them.)

So, last but not least, one that will probably surprise everyone:  watching television!

Television, as we know it in America, is in a class by itself.  It puts us into a very receptive, trance-like or hypnotic state while we watch.  In this way, it is able to bypass our objective mind and implant its messages (both verbal and nonverbal) directly into our subconscious.

Watching TV

Most people have some understanding that this happens, in regard to convincing us to buy different products, etc.  But I think very few people see how television molds and shapes the collective conscious of our nation.

The American consciousness (way of thinking/belief system/paradigm/virtual reality) is outwardly manifest in our ‘culture’, but it is first created in our minds through television.  This virtual reality is a composite of the messages that are promoted through television.

It is highly unlikely that the people that create television programs, or television networks, have much awareness of what they are doing–although many of these men are unquestionably demonically influenced.  Such a level of sophistication, deception, and evil intent is required to create this alternate reality, that I am certain it is the mastermind of very powerful demonic entities.  It is a very intentional form of thought and behavior control that is being created and controlled from the darkest spiritual realms.

It is ironic, that the nation which possesses the most truth and the most religious freedom, also has the most scoffers–and ‘Christian’ scoffers (‘Christians’ who don’t believe in the spirit realm) are the worst!!  Truly we have a ‘form of godliness, but deny its power’!

When the truth is taken to  other parts of the world–to ‘unsophisticated’ and ‘backwards’ people, to ‘third world’ nations, they receive it with joy!  They are very aware of the nature of demonic influence around them, and seek to be freed.  But, in America, such things are denied!

Who, from one of these places, if brought to America, would fail to discern the tremendous number of demonic beings here?  Who would not see the myriad ways in which we openly welcome demonic spirits into our lives?

Who would fail to see the obvious danger of television, and how it is being effectively used by the devil to corrupt an entire nation?  Who would not be amazed that we sit (with our little children) in front of this demonic teacher, and absorb the teachings and subtle propaganda from hell that it spews?

Christian: there is little hope that you will have spiritual discernment if you don’t turn off your television!  The devil’s power and ability to deceive is far greater than the level of wisdom and discernment that most of us have!  How much more so, when it is done subliminally!!

Jesus said that few would find the way (to truth and eternal  life).  It is a certainty that if you really want to find God, most of the time you are going to stand apart from other people!  You cannot conform yourself to the crowd and live in truth!  If you can’t stand to not ‘fit in’, you aren’t going to be able to stand for God.

If you want to stand for God–before anything else, you have to make up your mind that it is ok not to fit in!

Until standing for God is more important to you than standing with the crowd, any correction given to you is just a waste of time.  All teaching, all truth, will be totally lost on you.  You will accept a lie–even an ugly, wicked, obvious lie–before you will accept the truth.

The themes that Satan is promoting in America, through television, are becoming more evil, and more blatant, every day.  In fact, if you are following something that is popular in movies and books, and on TV, it is a virtual certainty that it is propaganda from hell in the rebellion against God.

Christian–wake up!  Think about it:  Satan is consolidating the mindset of the world, to accept evil and to rebel against God.  Have you been so blinded that you have to wonder whether or not it is ok to read Harry Potter books?  to watch Twilight and True Blood?  to be getting tattooed and pierced?  to smoke?  to be ‘hooking up’?

Television has so desensitized Americans to evil and danger that we walk around with a fearless mentality–as though evil isn’t real, or we are somehow above it.   Yet, at the same time, many American ‘Christians’ have opened so many doors to demons that their own bodies have become habitations for every sort of foul spirit!  No wonder they can’t discern when evil spirits infiltrate their churches–they are already living in  harmony with them every day!!

It is time to wake up, and be afraid!!  Some things are not meant to be toyed with!  While it is true, that believers who are living righteously have power over the enemy, it is not true that we can live carelessly and nothing can touch us!

You may not need to fear being seized by some violent evil spirit that will cause you to jump off a cliff–but you certainly need to be very aware that you can easily be seduced into opening yourself to a deceiving spirit, by partaking of things that you shouldn’t.

Deceiving spirits can be hard to detect.  They affect your mind, twist your understanding of truth, and distort your perception of God. They burrow deep into your heart and mind, looking for seeds of unbelief and rebellion that they can cultivate.  Then they lead you away from God, and into sin.  They can work very slowly, and it may take decades to see the fruit of their work in your heart.  You may even continue to ‘do great things for God’ outwardly, while your heart is being drawn away from Him.  But, if you live long enough, one day it will become apparent that the fruit you produce, that looks so beautiful on the outside, is full of rottenness and worms on the inside.

One last thing you need to know: demons multiply!  Once a demon has taken up residence inside you, others will join it.  Wise people know this principle and will warn you against many things that may seem trivial.  It is easy to laugh them off, but think about it:  if some activities, that seem safe enough, can provide entry points for demons . . . and if demons ‘multiply’, once they have taken up residence . . . is there really any way to be sure how many and what kind of demons you may eventually have inside, if you carelessly allow the first one in?

When spirits move in, you become ‘possessed’; you are ‘taken captive’, ‘in bondage’–no longer in control! Does this still sound like fun?

Jared Lee Loughner

How do you know that you won’t end up with ‘multiple personalities’?  or a schizophrenic spirit? an epileptic spirit? a homosexual spirit? a ‘serial killer’ spirit?  a pedophile spirit? an alcoholic spirit?  a suicidal spirit?  Yes, any of those could enter in–and you don’t get to pick!

If you are playing with these things today, there’s a good chance you’ll later end up in jail, a mental institution, or the morgue!  Go ahead and laugh, but remember this: once evil spirits move in, your spirit is merely in the way . . .

Phil Spector mugshot

 

American Empire–Sowing The Seeds Of Hatred

Will You Know Him When He Comes?

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against Us

Angels, Demons & Raising the Dead

What Does The Devil Look Like?

Don’t think that Islam is the fastest growing religion for nothing–they actively seek new converts.  Here is one of the ways it happens.  (This may be an isolated incident, or it may be a new strategy for reaching our kids.)

By practicing ‘tolerance’ and ‘political correctness’, we have left the door wide open for this.


Tolerance and political correctness are not Biblical principles. Christian: are you going to follow the Word of God, or peer pressure?

Allah and God (the Creator, God of the Bible, Jehovah, Yahweh) are not the same. Some languages may incorrectly translate the two names as being the same, but they refer to two VASTLY different beings!

Allah is a false god, one of a great number of demonic beings that are in opposition to God (who created them). My own belief is that Allah is the leader of demons–the being we refer to as ‘Satan’, ‘Lucifer’, or ‘the devil’. But whether he is actually satan, or is some other demonic being, he is–beyond a shadow of a doubt–not who Christians or Jews refer to as God, Yahweh, or Jehovah.

Allah is an antichrist. That should be quite plain from the teachings of islam.

You can listen for free here, to learn about islam, including many, many passages from the Quran, etc.

(One other thing to keep in mind, regarding islam, is that the Quran condones lying if it helps promote islam. Don’t be surprised when you find out that muslims have told blatant lies–it happens all the time.)

Please . . . Do It For America

First Beast Rising

Continued from ‘Will They Take Away Our Children?’

Their two biggest tools are the schools and our entertainment industry. Our schools are currently the biggest threat, and most imminent danger, to our future liberties!

The other HUGE threat to our children is like a monstrous, powerful, raging river on which we are all rafting.  I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate the power that our entertainment industry has in shaping our culture, our morals, and our values.  I am talking about all the separate rivers (television, movies, pop music, sports, video games, etc.) and smaller streams (magazines, books, etc.) that merge together into a powerful river that is basically the heart and soul of the American populace.

But, like a river, it is the power that moves us–not the other way around.  Although we are all ‘kicked back’ on our rafts, being entertained by the scenery, the river is not.  The river is working–racing, cutting, carrying, and pushing, with great power, towards its goal.  And although you and I sit on our sofas, in front of the big screen tv, and empty our minds at the end of a long and tiring day–allowing ourselves to be relaxed, entertained, hypnotized–rest assured that there is a force behind it that is molding and shaping you, conforming you to someone’s vision for this world.

And when you recline tiredly in front of the tv, and consciously turn off your mind (to unwind and destress), you are putting yourself into a level of physical and mental passivity that is optimal for bypassing your conscious mind and allowing suggestions and images to penetrate deep into your subconscious.  (Compare it to the process of hypnosis or ‘guided imagery’.)  Don’t think those behind the scenes are unaware of the power they have to shape America!

This river is the force that creates and defines American culture and binds us together cohesively.  It is our ‘collective consciousness’ and forms the paradigm for our lives.  You Christian parents need to give some serious thought to how it affects you–and your children.  I’m not talking just about using discretion in regards to individual games, TV shows or singers–I’m talking about the influence of all of it put together.  Step back, way back, and take a look at the big picture.  It is so big, I don’t think you can dip your bucket in it and not be swept away.  I doubt you have enough influence with your kids to counterbalance the effects it has on them.

God tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds–by studying His word.  He also calls us out, when we are caught up in a depraved culture, and then he sends judgment upon it.  I don’t care if your church condones it, or tries to bend it for their use–you need to seriously seek God in prayer about what involvement He thinks is best for you and your family, in regards to our American culture and entertainment industry today.


American Empire

These two forces combined (public schools and the entertainment industry), are the reason children that are raised in church leave the church and never look back!!


Believe That ‘Each Of Us Has Our Own Truth’?

The American Paradigm Is About To Be Shattered!