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Monday, January 16, 2017

One Faith

One Faith

We are living in the age of Social Engineering being practiced from cradle to the grave; i.e., at every age level imaginable.  Almost every aspect of global existence is being propagandized and impacted by Liberalism, Marxism, and Antichristism.  The ultimate goal of this Social Engineering is Globalism – a one-world government, one-world religion, and one-world economic system.  The central characteristic of Globalism is Antichristism.  God foretold this thousands of years ago, in the book of Revelation. 
Antichristism and Liberalism are essentially the same thing.  Antichristism and Liberalism do not oppose false religion, just Bible believing Christianity.  What we know as Social Engineering is the satanic methodology of Antichristism as it seeks to manipulate the world into the complete abandonment of Bible believing Christianity – true faith.  God refers to this influence and manipulation of people in the world towards unbelief as “worldliness.”  Worldly people, those who have succumbed to some level of satanic influence through Social Engineering, become partners in the Social Engineering of others influencing others at infinitely numbers of different levels.  This happens through every aspect of a society within thousands of cultures and ethnic groups.

The three central vehicles of satanic Social Engineering are:

1. education/propaganda
3. religious/propaganda. 

The goal of Social Engineering is to change acceptable social norms/values to fit a new social construct.  The new term coined for the advancement of the liberalizing agenda of Social Engineering was the word progressive.  The people involved in the liberalizing agenda of Social Engineering are called Progressives.  The main vehicle of the propaganda machine of the liberalizing agenda of Social Engineering has been through the entertainment industry – music, movies, television, radio, internet, cell phones, etc.  

The entertainment industry has been captured by Progressives and is almost exclusively used to advance a Socialistic, Antichrist agenda.  Most Christians spend thousands of dollars a year, often more than they give to the Lord, to invite the propagandists of Antichristism into their homes through the internet, music, radio, television, and DVD movies.  Often there is minimal censoring or restriction upon what comes into their ears, or before their eyes. 

There is even less discernment regarding the agenda of the propaganda of Progressives or consideration of the subtle influences upon young, undeveloped minds and consciences.  The human conscience only works the way it was designed by God when the human mind partners with the Spirit of God in the knowledge of the Word of God to control the heart and desires of the flesh.  The first agenda of Liberalism is to undermine faith in the Word of God and to capture the lives of individuals, taking away from them the time necessary to study and know the Word of God. 

God’s inspired Scriptures are redundant with warnings against the satanic influences of the “world.”  God’s solution against worldly influence is to study and know God’s Word (II Timothy 2:15). God refers to the knowledge and practice of His Word to in His Word as “wisdom.”  A person who does not understand the thousands of subtle levels of satanic worldly influence upon his life does not possess wisdom.  Such a person can be deemed an undiscerning fool.  This is the substance of God’s instruction in the beginning Psalm of the Book of Psalms. 

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).

There are three blessings of protection found in Psalm 1:1.  The word “blessed” in the Hebrew text is a plural and signifies an existence of blessednesses within a life of fidelity, or faithfulness in obedience, to the Word of God.  Therefore, genuine faith in God’s Word manifests itself through faithfulness to God’s Word, which keeps the faithful believer within the boundaries where God’s blessednesses exist.  People of true faith learns to separate themselves from the influences of ungodly people without separating their own godly influence upon those people. 

1. He is protected from foolish advice because he does not live by the “counsel of the ungodly.”  The “blessed” man gets all his directions for life from the Word of God and from people who know and believe the Word of God.  The “blessed” man is discerning about from whom he gets advice. 
2. He is protected from the consequences of association with the disobedient because he does not stand “in the way of sinners.”  The wise man understands he is influenced by his associations and the friends he chooses.  To choose wisely is to choose godly friends and associates.  However, life often forces us into associations with ungodly people.  When this happens, the wise man learns to put himself on guard against their ungodly influences seeking more to influence than be influenced to ungodliness. 
3. He is protected from his own destructive influence upon others because he refuses to take the “seat of the scornful.”  The word “seat” means habitation or dwelling/environment.  The man who wants to live within the existence of God’s blessednesses does not cohabitate with those who mock God, mock at God’s definitions of sin and holiness, or ridicule the things of God in blatant, blasphemous unbelief.  To be a loving friend to sinners is different from being a loving friend of sinners.  The man who wants to live within the existence of God’s blessednesses does not saturate his life with worldly influences (I John 2:15).

People of faith understand that there is only one reality of existence and that reality is the reality defined, explained, and revealed by God’s inspired Words.  Everything that disagrees with God’s reality is a corruption of God’s reality and is intended to lead people astray.  God’s reality is a concrete, dogmatic construct that never changes because God never changes.  The only reason God’s reality can be attacked with attempted subterfuges is because knowledge of God’s reality can only be known through faith in God’s Word.  God’s reality can never be touched or changed by Satan’s subterfuges, but God’s Kingdom can be attacked.  God’s Kingdom is the hearts and minds of those that believe in Him and have learned to love Him.  This is what Psalm 1:2 addresses.  “But his {the man who desires to live within God’s reality of blessednesses} delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
“Delight” in Psalm 1:2 is from the Hebrew word chephets (khay’-fets).  The central meaning is what pleases, or what you consider a treasure.  It might be compared to the man who has gathered a treasure chest of gold, silver, precious jewels, and expensive jewelry.  Such a man regularly comes to his treasure chest to admire and find pleasure and security in his treasures.  The man of faith, who desires to live within God’s reality of blessednesses, finds his “delight” in the Treasure Chest of God’s Word.  Such a man “meditates” in God’s Word “day and night.”  We read God’s Word when we are in the light in order to know and understand.  We meditate upon what we have read when we are in darkness so as to apply God’s Truths to situations of life thereby bringing light into our moments of darkness.  The whole point of meditating on what God’s Word says is to discern HOW we are going to live what God says to do amid a world intent upon destroying us and everything we believe.  HOW are we going to reach those people bent upon our destruction? 
When the forces of evil cannot defeat the faith of the faithful, those forces will do all they can to discourage the faith of the faithful.  When the forces of evil cannot discourage the faith of the faithful, they will try to marginalize and radicalize the faithful in public opinion and prejudices. 

We find few allies in the constantly weakening forces of Conservatism against the onslaught of attacks against true Bible believing faith that seeks to live within the one definitive reality of God’s Kingdom influence.  This fact is equally true in the devolution of values within Conservative Christianity and Conservative Politics.  The lines of demarcation have been moved so far away from the one reality of God’s righteousness that most of the world of Conservatism has no point of reference for restoration, let alone reformation.  The best we can possibly do is return individuals back to a living faith that is defined by the absolutes of the inspired Words of God. 

The grand difficulty in that worldly influences have created a vacuum that sucks away the time of even Christians in the pursuits of Materialism (toys and stuff), Neo-Hedonism (pleasure seeking), and Neo-Paganism (pornographic lifestyles of fornication).  We can barely get Christians to read the Bible these days let alone being consumed with living its Truths.


As already said, people of faith understand that there is only one reality of existence and that reality is the reality defined, explained, and revealed by God’s inspired Words.  In the Bible, this one reality is referred to as the Kingdom of God.  This is biblical Oneism – one divine and eternal reality over which God sovereignly reigns.  No forms of this biblical Oneism exist on Earth today in religion, politics, or economies.  In other words, no church is God’s Kingdom and cannot build God’s Kingdom on Earth (Theonomy or Kingdom Constructionism).  The only Sovereign over God’s Kingdom is God Himself, therefore no world leader can fulfill this role but Jesus when He returns. 
Satan’s counterfeit of Oneism is a kingdom on earth governed by his corrupted emissaries of evil.  Satan’s counterfeit of Oneism is known as Globalism.  Another term is Trilateralism.  A one-world government, one-world religion, and one-world economic system is what defines Trilateralism
On two previous occasions, Satan came close to achieving a universal Oneism in the world.  The first is recorded in Genesis chapter six preceded by God’s destruction of this universal Oneism by a universal flood.

5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (Genesis 6:5-7).

The second-time humanity approach a satanic Oneism, is recorded in Genesis 11:1-9.  To stop this from happening, God confounded the languages of all the people on the Earth creating untold numbers of language groups resulting in untold numbers of divided nations and ethnicities.  Notice in Genesis 11:4 that there is no mention of God.  The goal of the described cooperative was to “make us a name.”  This verbiage is merely an expression of defiance and rebellion against God.  By such a goal as described, God was being defied and while humanity sought to be deified. 

1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:1-9).

Genesis 11:1-9 gives us a faith perspective of God’s view of the frailty of humanity against the manipulation and “wiles of the devil” through Social Engineering to advance Satan’s antichrist agenda of Secular Humanism and Atheism.  Satan’s goal is that humanity will commit the ultimate blaspheme against God by self-deification (Theosis) and the exaltation of their own wills as the only measurement of right and wrong. 

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Romans 1:19-23).

These few verses define the evolution of the corruption of faith and the development of the progressive digression to human reprobation (Romans 1:28).  Secular Humanism’s Theosis is an evolutionary view that encourages individuals to find the god within themselves.  In the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, the world was filled with people searching for themselves.  This view believes that humanity will eventually achieve perfection in health in becoming eternal through the regeneration of organs, intelligence (what the mind can believe the mind can achieve), and social acceptance of every nuance of alternative lifestyles to the place of an all-inclusive Norm.  Such a belief demands the eradication in all cultures of the need for what are considered mythological deities and the imposition of various absolute religious norms

The silly and false notion of self-deification through evolution and knowledge goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden in Satan’s temptation of Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit.  “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5).  Satan was essentially saying that God was selfishly holding out on Adam and Eve.  Satan’s temptation and deception was that if Adam and Eve would eat the forbidden fruit then they would know everything that God knows and they could live eternally independent of anything God did.  In other words, they would not need God any longer.  Satan’s lie was that God was just trying to keep them in fear so that they would not become gods.  This satanic lie has become a contaminating world-view held by most people living on planet earth on at least two occasions where God needed to intervene and stop its continued spread.  This present world is almost there once again. 

God says “fear of the LORD” is a healthy world view.  In Psalm 111:10, God’s Word says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom . . .”  In Proverbs 1:7, God says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning {a priori truth} of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Biblical faith begins with “the fear of the LORD.”

The ease by which Satan accomplished this advancement of a world-view that seeks self-deification at the time of Genesis chapter eleven was through the ease of communication of a universally common language.  The ability to communicate universally within most cultures, ethnicities, and language groups has once again been accomplished through the medium of digital communication through the internet.  Although this vehicle of communication is used to communicate the Gospel and Bible doctrine, it is predominantly being used to advance a Secular Humanistic agenda that is antichrist. 

Biblical Absolutism in the world is like a mountain of granite.  A mountain of granite may appear to be immense, but if you have enough people chiseling away at it and carrying off its pieces to cast them away like rubbish over centuries of time, the mountain is eventually reduced to rubble.  This defines the philosophy of liberal Leftist Social Progressives.  Generations living at the time of the final demise of Biblical Absolutism will have no knowledge of the original mountain unless they are returned to faith in the Bible. 

In order for Jacob to steal the birthright from Esau, his mother Rebekah put Esau’s clothes upon Jacob and put some hairy goat skin upon Jacob’s hands and neck to deceive Isaac, her almost blind husband.  Isaac’s words, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau” must never be forgotten by believers.  The hands of Esau” are the hands of pretense and deception always intent upon stealing our birthright.  Satan is the “god of this world” (II Corinthians 4:4) and “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). 

Satan’s “hands are the hands of Esau.”  Satan is the deceiver and he is good at what he does.  If this understanding is not foundational to your faith and your world view, you will soon be warming yourself at the enemies’ campfire.  

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:10-12).

Think for just a moment how easily people are corrupted.  Put a piece of candy and a brussels sprout before a child.  He may try both momentarily, but after the first taste he will ALWAYS choose the candy.  He will always choose the candy because he LIKES the taste of the candy and does not like the taste of the brussels sprout.  He will give no consideration to the reasoning that the candy is harmful to his body and the brussels sprout is good for his body.  He does not care.  He LIKES the candy.  The point is that Satan knows what we like and simply offers us a taste of what we like.  Once we get a TASTE for something, we want that regardless of how much destruction it does to us and others.  This is the philosophy of “the hands of Esau.” 

Life choices are governed by corruption of the will through lust unless those choices are controlled and sterilized by knowledge and faith.

Corrupted choices are made primarily because they provide some degree of pleasure.  Satan is a real fallen angel intent upon destruction of humanity and doing as much harm as possible.  Just as we should not treat God as a persona, we should not treat Satan as a persona.  God hates being treated as a persona, while Satan loves being treated as a persona.  In fact, if Satan can get people to just think of him as some mythological boogieman, he would be delighted. 

The “wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11) are Satan’s well thought out schemes of deception.  His kingdom is a kingdom of darkness, deception, obfuscation, pretentious half-truths, manipulation, corruption, and destruction.  The Bible word for Satan’s kingdom is the word “world.”  The kingdom of darkness constantly tries to overcome the Kingdom of Light, but as long as light shines somewhere in the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of darkness is doomed to fail. 

These kingdoms of light and darkness define two realms of influence You are either part of one or the other.  This is what Jesus said in Matthew 12:30 – “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”  There is no middle ground or even neutral ground when it comes to light and darkness.  You are either part of one or the other. 

22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it {because they were determined unbelievers and hardened in that unbelief}, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12:22-30).

Biblical Oneism equals One Faith equals “the Faith”

On forty-three different occasions in forty-two verses of Scripture, God refers to the definitive and dogmatic Truths established by the inspired, inerrant Words of God as “the faith.”  The intent of the definite article before the word faith is that there is but one true faith, not many variations.  “The faith” is a singular systematic theology established through a literal, historical, and grammatical hermeneutic. 

Every single believer is commanded to pursue and preserve this singular systematic theology established through a literal, historical, and grammatical hermeneutic referred to in the Bible as “the faith.”  This singular faith is the “unity of the Spirit” spoken of in Ephesians 4:3, which defines biblical Oneism sourced in the Oneness of the Godhead. 

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called {priesthood of all believers}, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace {which is in the ‘one faith’}. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:1-7).

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (I Peter 5:8-9).

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3-4).

“The good die young that they may not degenerate; the wicked live on that they may have a chance to repent, or to produce a virtuous progeny” (Zohar, Genesis, 56b).

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He has served the Lord for over 40 years.

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