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“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Empty Rituals, Empty Traditions
Americans lay great store in “going to church.”
Americans put their faith into the things of the church.
What did Jesus say about such man-constructed idols of pseudo-holiness?
“Then came together unto him [Jesus] the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
The modern churches are temples full of dead rituals and empty, meaningless ceremonies which comfort the flesh of those attending. Church-goers mistake this temporary feel-good for the spiritual cleansing of true repentance and heartfelt prayer.
It matters not whether the church professes to be Roman Catholic, snake handlers, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Baptists, Science Fiction Church, ascetics, TV ‘ministries,’ Methodist, Lutheran or what-have-you: all are infested with traditions, ceremonies and rituals which satisfy the human hunger for routine.
Jesus continually warned against the leaven of the Pharisees. The corporate church, as it exists today is not a result of that leaven.
It is that leaven.
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
Even though many know their churches are infested with godless practices and mind-numbing traditions, they choose stubbornly to cling to what they know.
It’s only a “ritual” if the other guy does it; if we do it, it’s “worshiping God.”
Jesus, in Luke 11:37-52, let loose another stream of condemnations against the Pharisees in particular and against mindless traditions of the ungodly in general.
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”
Jesus has to be full of sorrow to see most of His Church transformed into temples for Pharisees.
Oh, there’s no end to preaching against “legalism.”
“Legalism, legalism, blah blah blah. It’s an abomination!” thunder the wolves from the pulpits.
This is similar to a bank robber who stops in the middle of a robbery and begins lecturing the victims on the evils of robbing banks–except the victims don’t reward the robber by taking up a collection after he’s finished.
The modern churches are composed of rituals. Their very essence is form over substance; of the letter of the law over the Spirit; of the Pharisees’ construction of hundreds of man-made nonsensical regulations to supersede the salvation of God.
Churches have become exactly what Jesus warned against: buildings of man-ordained purification; where (for a price) the ungodly can outsource their connection with God to hirelings and wolves.
The ungodly drop a few bills into the collection plate and make a weekly sacrifice of 60 minutes from their busy schedules. In return, they go out to Sunday dinner feeling cleansed for another week of cavorting with this present world.
Because this charade takes place in every great city and every sleepy burg, the United States of America fancies itself “a Christian nation” instead of the den of the dragon.
Because the churches are largely buildings where apostate gather to go through the motions, they are in a holding pattern; waiting until the man of sin comes for his apostate whore church.
Jesus warned believers repeatedly of end times deception. So did Paul, Peter Jude and John. The entire New Testament is a warning of what those who profess Jesus would become during the end times. Yet because those in the churches are for the most part blind and without the Holy Spirit, the warnings go unheeded.
The warnings are always for the “other guy.” The danger is always without: it’s safe within the church. The perils warned of are always “outside the church.”
Make no mistake: the denizens of one church can see the beam in the eyes of another. The Pentecostal can see the robes, golden dishes and traditions of the Roman Catholic for the soulless ceremony that they are. The Baptist can see the the demonic laughing, jumping and shouting, senseless jabbering and wild claims of the Pentecostal for what they are: flesh-pleasing riot. All can see the snake-handlers are tempting God.
And there are true born-again children of God within each of the man-created denominations. BUT they are born-again children of God in spite of their churches–not because of them.
But few see the web of deceit constructed within the walls of their own church.
Those who do, leave.
The modern churches construct their own God and another Jesus and worship these idols for God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth and His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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OCTOBER 26, 2014 On This Day
End Times Prophecy Report
Conspiracies, murder, secret societies, torture, assassination, war: What REALLY happened on this day in history? The stories behind the grand narrative we call “history” for October 26.
1597 –Imjin War: Admiral Yi Sun-sin routs the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang. The Japanese invasions and occupation of Korea continued, off-and-on for the next 340 years.
1689 –General Piccolomini of Austria burns down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera himself soon after. The doctrine of “destroying a place in order to save it” is once again pleaded.
1860 – Meeting of Teano. Giuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. Garibaldi became the public face of Italian Freemasonry the world over.
1861 – The Pony Express officially ceases operations. Though it became famous in American history, the Pony Express only operated for 18 months.
1909 –Itō Hirobumi, four time Prime Minister of Japan (the 1st, 5th, 7th and 10th) and Resident-General of Korea, is assassinated by An Jung-geun at the Harbin train station in Manchuria.
1947 – The Maharaja of Kashmir and Jammu agrees to allow his kingdom to join India. Acrimony (resulting in several wars) between India and Pakistan over Kashmir continues to the present time.
1967 –Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and then crowns his wife Farah Empress of Iran. Pahlavi continues as Shah for 12 years until deposed in revolution leading to the birth of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
2002 –Moscow theater hostage crisis: Approximately 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the terrorists during a musical performance three days before. There is some evidence that the hostage crisis was a staged false flag attack in the War on Terror.