Daily Archives: February 28, 2014

PETE’S PAGE; FRIDAY FUN

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Today’s post is totally non-political. If nobody’s interested,I don’t know what to tell you.

In 1922,American satirist,H.L. Mencken wrote:

“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
That prophecy has,I believe,been fulfilled.
BEHOLD THE BUTT-FACED DOG

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A Form of Godliness

The great battle of our time is not between atheism and religion. It’s between false religion and true faith in the God of the Bible. Face it. Demons know that God exists. They just don’t want to be on His team. And neither do their followers.

Scripture warns us, “There will be terrifying times in the last days. People will … make a pretense of religion, but deny its power.” 2 Timothy 3:1ff NABRE.  Many Protestant translations render this line “having (or holding to) a form (or appearance) of godliness, but denying its power.”

I get the pretense of religion, but was struggling with what “denying its power” meant until I saw the GOD’S WORD® Translation which says, “They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them.”

Truly living for God changes a person for the better. Faking it … not so much. This ties in nicely with what Jesus told us about how to identify false religious leaders.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. So by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15ff

Looking for the FRUIT in a person’s life is a great way to avoid being caught up in the snare of an attractive, smooth-talking, charismatic leader.

“Even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15

In 2008, Obama was hailed as an elevated being, a form of the divine, blahdiblahdiblah. The most nauseating expression was this one:

“Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.” From “Is Obama an enlightened being?” @ http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/morford/article/Is-Obama-an-enlightened-being-Spiritual-wise-2544395.php

Did you catch the “coweringly religious” who are not “deeply spiritual”? That’s Satan all over. God demands humility. Satan offers a pretense of self-aggrandizement. It’s “I AM the only God” vs. “You too can achieve divinity.”

Then there are the “We’re Christians! Really!” churches that really aren’t. For example, I read today about a congregation in Charlotte that bears a creepy resemblance to the early Jimmy Jones church. At Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, the focus is on Furtick, not on Jesus. Adults are taught that Furtick hears from God, then “pours into” his congregation “spiritually and professionally.” Ick.

In Sunday School, the children of Elevation Church were given a page to color with a quotation from Romans 13:1 – “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Underneath was a line drawing of Furtick preaching from the pulpit. Mega ick.

“There is no authority except from God” has often been used and abused to cow believers into submitting to an evil authority via this false syllogism:

  • All authority is ordained by God.
  • So-and-so has authority.
  • So-and-so is ordained by God.
  • Therefore, we must submit to him.

But according to the source I googled, the Greek word commonly translated as “from” actually means “under.”

The proper translation – “There is no authority except under God” – means any authority which is not under God is illegitimate. This produces the correct interpretation:

  • All legitimate authority is from God.
  • So-and-so is hostile to God.
  • His authority is illegitimate.
  • Therefore, we are not bound to submit to him.

Good to know.

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Le Gogh

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I had such a blessing today!

If you’ve been following my Revelation blogs right along, you’ll know that I believe that the Seven Letters and the Seven Seals are parallel descriptions of the Ages of the Christian Church, that the Rapture will fall on the Sixth, and that the Seventh describes the period between the Rapture and the beginning of the last Seven Years of Time.

Revelation Letters Seals Timeline - Pre-Tribulation

In my head, I call this last period “Laodicea”, because that is the name of the city to which the last Letter is addressed.

Months ago, when I was first working this stuff out, I was talking with Mama Buzz about how it seemed to me the Seventh Letter and Seventh Seal added up to a period of about six months when Jesus would knock on the hearts of the Left Behind. And Mama Buzz kind of blurted, “What if the reason it’s silent in Heaven is that we’re all on Earth helping Him?”

Wow! What a concept! I got so psyched about the idea that my most important prayer-for-me was to become truly holy before the Rapture so I could be a fit and willing tool for Jesus to use during Laodicea. And, boy howdy, has He ever been taking me at my word. Growing pains hurt. Spiritual growing pains hurt more.

A while back, I got a tad pity partyish and whined at Him about how hard He was pushing me and I heard Him say in my spirit, “It’s what you wanted and time is short.” Ooookay! Nose. Grindstone. Grindstone. Nose.

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been on a kind of fun fantasy ride about how … if I’ve got this stuff right … we’ll be like Ultimate Avengers in our glorified bodies. After Jesus resurrected, He stuck around a while, so we have some hints about what it will be like to have a glorified body.

Solid, for one thing, right? He invited Thomas to stick his finger into his wounds. Ick. But able to appear, disappear, come and go from locked rooms … soo coool. Plus He walked a long way along that road to Emmaus without appearing to be anything odd or ghosty to the fellas.

So, anyway … last night was a hard one. I got enough rest to function today, for which I am very grateful. The days I spend entirely on the couch drag like molasses in January. But I’m tired. And it really did hurt a lot. I’m not whining, just setting up that “walk in my slippers” thing ZMalfoy talked about so you can understand and get some good out of the private revelation God sent me with breakfast.

See ZMalfoy’s comment @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/catholic-teaching-on-private-revelation/

Yesterday, I forgot to put my bookmark in before I closed my Bible. The dogs were really antsy for their breakfast, so I just jammed the bookmark back in any old where. Today, I opened to that random spot and here is the very first thing my eyes landed on.

2014_02 28 Blessing from God

Goosebumps! Heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, eye-leaking, get your praise on goosebumps! Sigh. Thank you, Lord. Thank you SO MUCH. Amen.

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