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Why Christians Have Lost the “Culture War”, Thus Far………

As the world and society gets more sinful BY THE DAY, many Christians out there are somewhat shocked & astounded as to WHY that is so. Quite frankly, it’s DUE to a) bible prophecy of the End of Days and b) biblical-roots Christians NOT taking a true stand for their faith/the bible and just letting the LEFT walk ALL OVER THEM! In fact, I can think of 22 different cases right off the bat where Christians (as a whole) gave the personal & political response of SILENCE (as a whole), as each one of these cases only FURTHER damaged mainstream conservative Christian culture.

1). 1973 Roe Vs. Wade : Abortion (Silence).

2). Prayer being taken out of schools (Silence).

3). Rise of LGBT Agenda (Silence).

4). Rise of Islam (Silence).

5). Attack on the American flag (which was founded on Christian values/principles) – Silence.

6). Rise of Counterfeit Christianity (Silence).

7). Rise of Christians who support LGBT Rights (Silence).

8). Christian business sued by LGBT Activists (Silence).

9). Attack on Christianity by our OWN Gov’t (Silence).

10). Ecumenicalism in the Churches (Silence).

11). Pro-homosexual Agenda in the Schools (Silence).

12). “Politically Correct: No Talk of Jesus” (Silence).

13). 501-c3 Tax-Exempt Status for Churches/Wards of State (Silence).

14). Abortion promotion/Planned Parenthood Sex Ed in the Schools (Silence).

15). Coexist Movement/”Any god but Jesus” (Silence).

16). Prohibition of Prayer in Public Places (Silence).

17). Christians getting fired over “Facebook posts” about Jesus, etc. (Silence).

18). Common-Core Education in Schools/Dumbing Down Our Children Here in America (Silence).

19). The Catholic Church not disclosing their wealth/finances (Silence).

20). The Catholic Church openly worshiping Lucifer & having had created a FALSE/PAGAN CHRISTIANITY (Silence).

21). The Catholic Church worshiping idols and “saints” (which are actually DEMONS in disguise) – Silence.

22). The blatant attack on Christianity in music, movies, books, TV shows, etc. (Silence).

Though there are MANY, MANY more that I haven’t listed, those are 22 cases ALONE where Christians (as a whole) DID NOT rise up and STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN! Instead of standing up FOR their beliefs, they let the non-believers and/or those of different religions walk all over them and squash them like bugs, metaphorically and spiritually speaking. So it’s really NO WONDER that hardly anyone truly respects Christians, today.

A famous man once said (Alexander Hamilton, perhaps?) “He who stands for nothing falls for anything” and OH how true that is, in today’s world.

People are always secretly “testing” Christians. A homosexual will see if they can try to get a Christian to eventually “agree” with their gay/sodomite lifestyle OR will try to openly destroy a Christian person’s business. A person of a different religion will try to see if they can get the Christian to believe they worship the same god (think Muslims, mostly). A person that likes to party alot will try to see if they can get a Christian drunk atleast ONCE, in order to make them fall. And so on and so forth.

But the truth is, Christians aren’t truly respected (as a whole) in this country, anymore. All one has to do is browse through today’s many news headlines or turn on the TV or look at 98% of modern day movies to confirm this fact. And while a huge part of it IS due to bible prophecy, like I said, the other part of it is actually something that likely COULD’VE been helped (even if only a little bit and even if only temporarily); for if biblical-roots Christians started standing up for/had stood up for their faith in Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty and the bible and its precepts and started pushing back against all the “media onslaught” against them, things would start to change (even if only for a little while).

Lets face it. One of the ONLY reasons the homosexual movement has been so successful is DUE to the fact of all the biblical-roots Christians out there (as a whole) not standing up for their faith and making a stand. Bit by bit and little by little, in just 30 years time, we went from a highly conservative society that never even “talked” about “gay”, to now being a society where a man can kiss another man on LIVE TELEVISION, LGBT Activists get married and adopt, biblical-roots Christianity is bastardized and pro-lifers get physically attacked on a daily basis and it’s just like “oh well”. Plus I won’t even mention all the “transgender media ONSLAUGHT”, as of late.

But I guess the point I’m trying to make is that “lukewarm Christians” (as a whole) have only managed to SPEED UP bible prophecy in the making, NOT slow it down. Because honestly at THIS rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Yeshua/Jesus Christ returns this year or next year (though the bible specifically says no man knows the day or the hour). And one thing’s for sure: we need to get our lives in order and need to get right with Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty. Because at the current rate of ACCELERATION of bible prophecy, I know personally and spiritually speaking that our time here left on Earth is short. Someday, ALL of mankind will stand before a holy, divine judgement seat of Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty, someday. Where will YOU stand on that fateful day?

What’s really, really sad to me is that all the people out there who “joke” about hell and Jesus and the bible? On the Day of Judgement, it won’t be a “joke” anymore……they will come to see their eternal reality…….and then, o then, how they will desperately cry out in fearful tears of agony and ask Jesus to please forgive them for their previous *perpetual* earthly mocking of/open rejection of him……..but by then, it’ll be too late……….their fate will be sealed for eternity……

Another sobering thing to think about is all the Christians out there that follow “Counterfeit Christianity”……the Christianity that “claims” it’s based on the bible (Catholic-roots Christianity) but actually ISN’T……..Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7: 21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. 

So what does that mean in plain English, you might ask? It means that many modern-day “Christians” will be eternally cast out from Jesus Christ and the angels…….FOREVER. Why? Because while living on the Earth, they followed the traditions of man, instead of the traditions of God.

In the bible, Yeshua/Jesus Christ gave warning after warning after warning about how one should follow the bible/mandates/traditions of God, rather than traditions of man.

So that begs of question: what are the traditions of God and what are the traditions of man? Lets examine………

God’s tradition/mandates/commands:

  • 7th Day Sabbath (Saturday — please remember that a Jewish/biblical day begins at sunset the night before — therefore, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE biblical Sabbath)
  • 7 Annual Feasts outlined in Leviticus 23: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Tabernacles, Pentecost, Day of Atonement, Feast of Trumpets (which were celebrated by ALL Christians/Jews around Jesus’s 1st time on Earth!)
  • Love thy enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who hate you
  • Make a disciple of all nations
  • Follow and APPLY the 10 commandments to one’s life
  • Praise God/Yeshua continuously for all he’s done for you/all of mankind
  • Praise God before every meal
  • Get full-water immersion baptized IMMEDIATELY upon first believing in Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty
  • We are saved by grace through faith (and will be judged for our works, accordingly)

Man’s tradition/mandates/commands:

  • 1st Day Sabbath (Sunday) — please keep in mind that Constantine, a HUMAN MAN — with the help of CATHOLIC BISHOPS — changed the Sabbath Day from Saturday, the 7th day, to Sunday, the 1st day of the week, and that there is NO biblical reference for this!
  • Man’s Holidays: Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter — which were not only NOT sanctioned by God/Jesus Christ in ANY type of way, but also have NO biblical reference for observance!
  • Curse thy enemies, insult those who insult you, don’t care at all about those who hate you
  • Hide behind a church’s 4 walls and GO “to church” instead of BEING “the church”
  • The 10 commandments and Old Testament NO LONGER APPLY
  • Baptism is no longer necessary OR it can be delayed for MORE THAN A YEAR!
  • We don’t need to thank God since he already knows we’re thankful
  • Fasting and/or praying before meals is no longer necessary
  • We are saved by Works, alone (Catholic leanings)

Notice the difference, there?

And again, not trying to be hateful or judgmental there…..I’m only here stating the true facts of the bible vs. today’s “religious culture” because I LOVE ya’ll and don’t want any man, woman or child in today’s “Christianity” to be deceived!

Many people want to think that Christmas is celebrating Christ’s birth but we’re never actually told ANYWHERE in the bible by Jesus to celebrate his birth, ONLY his death/resurrection/ascension to heaven. Honestly. Show me just ONE verse where Jesus tells his disciples to celebrate his birth, if you can. Just ONE. Hint: You won’t find it. While you’ll find passages detailing Jesus’s birth and of the 3 wisemen bringing him gifts, you will never see ONE verse in the bible that COMMANDS us to celebrate his birth. Don’t you think that if Jesus Christ truly wanted us to celebrate his birth AND death, that he would’ve mentioned it somewhere?

And YES……Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty being born into human form is a great, miraculous WONDERFUL thing…….and a TOTAL MIRACLE of God, in and of itself………and is cause for “celebration” in our minds and hearts. However, the bible gives NO indication that we’re meant to “formally celebrate it” by any means of a “holiday” or like thing. And not only that, but Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty is a HECK of alot more than just a helpless babe in a manger. He is the ALPHA & OMEGA, The First & The Last!

On the OTHER hand, no research shows that Jesus was born anywhere around the time of December, in and of itself. And not only that but what Christmas actually DOES celebrate is the Winter Solstice and birth of Yule/Mithras and death of Tammuz (who was later turned into a “god”of sorts).

Don’t believe me? Examine.

 

 

 

 

The “REAL WAR” on Christ: it’s NOT Christmas!!!!!

After doing some MAJOR research and coming to know what the TRUE ORIGINS of “Christmas” are, I am just ASTOUNDED at the number of misguided Christians out there who still think:

A). there’s a “war on Christmas”

B). that the “war on Christmas” IS a WAR ON CHRIST!

C). that “Christ” needs to be put back INTO the word “Christmas”!

(And had I not done my proper research into the matter, I myself would sadly still BE one of those poor, misguided folks!)

The truth is, “Christmas” is a purely CATHOLIC/PAGAN INSTITUTION. The word “Christmas” comes from the words “Christ MASS”. And quite incidentally, the Roman Catholic Church created *modern-day Christianity* OUT of PAGANISM! The Christmas festival is actually based off of the Pagan Festival called “Saturnalia”. And it was during the festival of “Saturnalia” that grostesque things were done to Biblical-roots Christians

https://thetruthandlight.wordpress.com/2008/12/25/saturnalia-the-real-roots-of-christmas/

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According to the following page:

http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm

How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?

  1. Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25.  During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration.  The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.”  Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.  At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.
  2. The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time.  In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).
  3. In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it.  Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.[2]
  4. The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.
  5. Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia.  As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.”  The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.
  6. The Reverend Increase Mather of Boston observed in 1687 that “the early Christians who  first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.”[3] Because of its known pagan origin, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681.[4]  However, Christmas was and still is celebrated by most Christians.
  7. Some of the most depraved customs of the Saturnalia carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church in 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city.  An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators.  They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily.”[5]
  8. As part of the Saturnalia carnival throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, rabbis of the ghetto in Rome were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the jeers of the crowd, pelted by a variety of projectiles. When the Jewish community of Rome sent a petition in 1836 to Pope Gregory XVI begging him to stop the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he responded, “It is not opportune to make any innovation.”[6] On December 25, 1881, Christian leaders whipped the Polish masses into Antisemitic frenzies that led to riots across the country.  In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped.  Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed.

III.     The Origins of Christmas Customs

  1. The Origin of Christmas Tree
    Just as early Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, so too worshippers of the Asheira cult and its offshoots were recruited by the Church sanctioning “Christmas Trees”.[7] Pagans had long worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes and decorated them, and this observance was adopted and painted with a Christian veneer by the Church.
  2. The Origin of Mistletoe
    Norse mythology recounts how the god Balder was killed using a mistletoe arrow by his rival god Hoder while fighting for the female Nanna.  Druid rituals use mistletoe to poison their human sacrificial victim.[8] The Christian custom of “kissing under the mistletoe” is a later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic sacrificial cult.[9]
  3. The Origin of Christmas Presents
    In pre-Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most despised citizens to bring offerings and gifts during the Saturnalia (in December) and Kalends (in January).  Later, this ritual expanded to include gift-giving among the general populace.  The Catholic Church gave this custom a Christian flavor by re-rooting it in the supposed gift-giving of Saint Nicholas (see below).[10]
  4. The Origin of Santa Claus
  5. Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and later became Bishop of Myra.  He died in 345 CE on December 6th.  He was only named a saint in the 19th century.
  6. Nicholas was among the most senior bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE and created the New Testament.  The text they produced portrayed Jews as “the children of the devil”[11] who sentenced Jesus to death.
  7. In 1087, a group of sailors who idolized Nicholas moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy.  There Nicholas supplanted a female boon-giving deity called The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, who used to fill the children’s stockings with her gifts.  The Grandmother was ousted from her shrine at Bari, which became the center of the Nicholas cult.  Members of this group gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6.
  8. The Nicholas cult spread north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans.  These groups worshipped a pantheon led by Woden –their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw.  Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening each Autumn.  When Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and donned heavy winter clothing.
  9. In a bid for pagan adherents in Northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.
  10. In 1809, the novelist Washington Irving (most famous his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle) wrote a satire of Dutch culture entitled Knickerbocker History.  The satire refers several times to the white bearded, flying-horse riding Saint Nicholas using his Dutch name, Santa Claus.
  11. Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, read Knickerbocker History, and in 1822 he published a poem based on the character Santa Claus: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…”  Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.
  12. The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus.  From 1862 through 1886, based on Moore’s poem, Nast drew more than 2,200 cartoon images of Santa for Harper’s Weekly.  Before Nast, Saint Nicholas had been pictured as everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock.  Nast also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, his workshop filled with elves, and his list of the good and bad children of the world.  All Santa was missing was his red outfit.
  13. In 1931, the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa.  Sundblom modeled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face.  The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red.  And Santa was born – a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, and commercial idol.

 

  1. The Christmas Challenge
  • Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated carelessly.  For millennia, pagans, Christians, and even Jews have been swept away in the season’s festivities, and very few people ever pause to consider the celebration’s intrinsic meaning, history, or origins.
  • Christmas celebrates the birth of the Christian god who came to rescue mankind from the “curse of the Torah.”  It is a 24-hour declaration that Judaism is no longer valid.
  • Christmas is a lie.  There is no Christian church with a tradition that Jesus was really born on December 25th.
  • December 25 is a day on which “BIBLICAL CHRISTIANS” have been shamed, tortured, and murdered.
  • Many of the most popular Christmas customs – including Christmas trees, mistletoe, Christmas presents, and Santa Claus – are modern incarnations of the most depraved pagan rituals ever practiced on earth.

Many who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance.  If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s monstrous history and meaning.  “We are just having fun.”

Imagine that between 1933-45, the Nazi regime celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday – April 20 – as a holiday.  Imagine that they named the day, “Hitlerday,” and observed the day with feasting, drunkenness, gift-giving, and various pagan practices.  Imagine that on that day, biblical-roots Christians were historically subject to perverse tortures and abuse, and that this continued for centuries.

Now, imagine that your great-great-great-grandchildren were about to celebrate Hitlerday.  April 20th arrived. They had long forgotten about Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen.  They had never heard of gas chambers or death marches.  They had purchased champagne and caviar, and were about to begin the party, when someone reminded them of the day’s real history and their ancestors’ agony.  Imagine that they initially objected, “We aren’t celebrating the Holocaust; we’re just having a little Hitlerday party.”  If you could travel forward in time and meet them; if you could say a few words to them, what would you advise them to do on Hitlerday?

On December 25, 1941, Julius Streicher, one of the most vicious of Hitler’s assistants, celebrated Christmas by penning the following editorial in his rabidly Antisemitic newspaper, Der Stuermer:

If one really wants to put an end to the continued prospering of this curse from heaven that is the Jewish blood, there is only one way to do it: to eradicate this people, this Satan’s son, root and branch.

It was an appropriate thought for the day.  This Christmas, how will we celebrate?

AUTHOR: LAWRENCE KELEMEN

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Truth be told, the REAL WAR on Jesus Christ/Christ began around 325A.D. at the Council of Nicea. That is when the TRUE, BIBLICALLY-MANDATED 7TH DAY SABBATH, was CHANGED from Saturday to SUN-DAY, venerable worship day of the SUN!

And then, at the 365A.D. Council of Laodicea, things ONLY got worse! That is when it was FORBIDDEN to rest on the TRUE Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) and when “Christians” and “Jews” were FORCED BY LAW to WORK on the Sabbath and REST on Sun-Day, venerable worship day of the Sun (practices CLEARLY forbidden by the bible!)

But no, it doesn’t even stop THERE! It gets EVEN worse! It was also FORBIDDEN for Christians and Jews living in the Roman Empire at that time to eat UNLEAVENED BREAD/fast/pray (a biblical command) and to celebrate the TRUE “Holy Days” of the Lord, including the following:

  • Passover

  • Feast of Unleavened Bread

  • Feast of Firstfruits

  • Pentecost

  • Feast of Tabernacles

  • Day of Atonement

  • Feast of Trumpets

So quite honestly, the time between 325A.D. and 365A.D. is when the TRUE WAR on “Christ” (atleast in the modern day time) began! So don’t be fooled! The Roman Catholic Church is one of THE MOST evilest organizations in history! It pretty much turned all Christianity into a LIE! It took the Jewish religion and turned it INTO *ANCIENT BABYLONIAN SUN WORSHIP, REPACKAGED*! Don’t believe me? DO THE RESEARCH AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!