Answering Catholicism

Many people are confused about the Catholic religion. Many accept it as just another variation, or denominational variance of sorts from Christianity. It is nothing of the sort. It is a completely different religion.  A totally different animal.

The Catholic religion prays to Mary, the mother of Jesus. She is viewed as a mediator between man and Christ. They also pray to the saints.

A few of the many problems with Catholicism is that Mary, and the saints, are DEAD. And they have been for 2000 years. Ecc 9:5 says: For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

The dead have no regard to the living. Mary, and the saints, do not hear the Catholic prayer. Why pray to the dead, when one can pray directly to the living Lord Jesus?

In closing, and this will set the Catholics hair on fire, but it is undeniable. The Bible calls talking to the dead witchcraft. Necromancy.  It is evil and abomination to God.

Examining Catholicism in light of the scriptures, how can one avoid the logical conclusion that Catholics are practicing necromancy when they pray to Mary and the saints?

 

Deuteronomy 18:10 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD

Where does the soul and spirit go after death?

Todays tid bit: Where does he soul and spirit go at death?

 

Few seminaries and preachers teach this, or even understand it.

Most don’t really know themselves. Just one reason so many are confused about it. I hope this helps. I have other posts about the first resurrection in this same blog.

 

The short version:

At the cross, Jesus committed his spirit to the Father and breathed his last, (Luke 23:46) , so logically the spirit of a believer also goes to be with the Lord at death.

In revelation, at the opening of the fifth seal, the SOULS of the trib martyrs are seen under the alter in heaven, so logically the soul goes to heaven at death as well

At that point in revelation, We, and the OT saints are already in heaven body, soul and spirit. The tribulation martyrs are resurrected in rev 20, the last harvest of the first resurrection. The olives.

The unbelieving dead from creation to the end of the mellinial reign will not be resurrected until the great white throne judgement. Logically, their soul and spirits are in hell until the final resurrection at the great white throne judgement.

. They will be judged and cast into the lake of fire.
Believers and unbelievers will not stand judgement together at this judgement (Psalms 1:5)

Paul said to live is Christ, to die is gain. The soul and spirit leave the body and go to heaven.

The OT saints were resurrected in matt 27:52-53, the firstfruits of the first resurrection, the barley. “And the graves were opened”.

The NT believers body will be resurrected in 1 Thess 4:15-17. “The dead in Christ shall rise first”
This is the second harvest of the first resurrection. The wheat.

In revelation, at the opening of the fifth seal, the SOULS of the trib martyrs are seen under the alter in heaven, we are already there in heaven, body, soul and spirit.

These martyrs are joined to their new glorified bodies in rev 20:4-6. , the third part of the first resurrection. The olives.

Again, few seminaries and preachers teach this, or even understand it. Study and confirm it to yourself

The resurrection of Jesus Christ. The most verifiable, confirmed event in human history.

1 Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

Job 19;25-27 (Job)25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Psalms 16:10 (David) For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

 

Psalms 22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.28 For the kingdom is the Lord‘s: and he is the governor among the nations.29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

 

Isaiah 53:Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

John 11:25 (Jesus)

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

 

Matthew 27:52-5351 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

 

Acts 2:22-27 (Peter)

Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 26:22-26 (Paul)

22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

 

1 Thess 4:15-17 (Paul)

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I Cor 15:14-19

14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 

Revelation 1:18 (Jesus)  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Happy Resurrection day! God bless!

Lordship salvation and Calvinism: Close kin

Lordship salvation is a first cousin to Calvinism. Essentially says that if you don’t perservere in faithfulness and good works to the end, you’ll go to hell. The rub is that it is a huuge gamble from a lost man’s viewpoint.
Logically if he’s prone to relapse into alcoholism or drugs, why bother? The very thing he cannot defeat on his own keeps him from heaven. Really now? His salvation rests in defeating drug addiction. His own works. 

But what church wants drunks and drug addicts and other undesirables “polluting the church, and smelling up the congregation and those expensive padded pews anyway right”?

Today’s churches are in such a sad state. It breaks my heart. 

For the Calvinist, it’s a similar principle. The works mainly amount to staying a Calvinist. But even then, he cannot be sure according to Calvin. He may be under temporal or evanescent grace. His only hope is to stay in the cult. Leave, and he’s going to hell. Can a Calvinist be saved? If he is a believer in Christ, sure he is. Can a Lordship salvationist be saved? If he’s a believer in Christ, sure he is. But both teachings are exclusive and non inclusive of others outside their doctrines. That’s religion, not Christianity. 

And just think, one could spend an entire life in doing good works and faithfulness, blow it at the end, and none of it counts for a thing. Both dichotomys paralell Calvins institutes 3:2:11. That’s not the gospel. Salvation rests in Christ Jesus, , and in him alone. Salvation is the free gift of God to all that believe in the name of his only begotten Son. 

In closing, yes I freely accepted Christ of my own free will, but just like the bride in the OT, after that point, I no longer have a choice, I am bought with a price, the shed blood of Jesus. I belong to Jesus, I cannot change that, and Christ abideth faithful. That is the gospel. That is assurance. There is no greater feeling. No greater joy. No greater love.(J.Dixon)

The false god of Calvinism and Islam. An uncomfortable affinity.

There is very little difference between the false god of calvinism and the false god of islam. The god of Calvinism is not the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sura 14:4 And We have sent no Messenger save with the tongue of his people, that he might make all clear to them; then God leads astray whomsoever He will, and He guides whomsoever He will; and He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.

This describes the god of calvinism to a T. But wait!, there is more.

 

The following verses from the Quran show that nothing happens unless ordained by Allah. That includes the good and the bad. The commentary also shows the attitudes that a Muslim needs to adopt in times of hardship and difficulties.

In Surah At-Tawba Allah gives His servants the assurance of His protection. He Says:

Say: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us. He is our Mawla (protector).” And in Allah let the believers put their trust.)

Quran (Surah Tawba, Verse 51)
In Surah Hadid, Allah (SWT) Makes it more explicit that He decides what is to happen in our lives and that He has a purpose for it. He says:

This describes the false god of the Calvinist to a T also. But wait!, there is more!

 

 

According to John Calvin in his Institites 3:2:11,The false god of Calvinism decieves people. Well guess what?  Any muslim will tell you the false god of islam decieves people also.
The Quran describes Allah as the best deceiver there is, a liar who is not above using the same evil and wicked schemes of his opponents.
For example, the Quran calls Allah a deciever, in fact the best deceiver there is:
But they (the Jews) were deceptive, and Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers (Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru al-makireena)! S. 3:54; cf. 8:30
Other texts that identify Allah as a makr include:
Are they then secure from Allah’s deception (makra Allahi)? None deemeth himself secure from Allah’s deception (makra Allahi) save folk that perish. S. 7:99
So they schemed a scheme: and We schemed a scheme (Wamakaroo makran wamakarna makran), while they perceived not. S. 27:50
The word for deception/deceiver/scheme is makr. The lexical sources define the term as:
Miim-Kaf-Ra = To practice deceit or guile or circumvention, practice evasion or elusion, to plot, to exercise art or craft or cunning, act with policy, practice stratagem.
makara vb. (1)
perf. act. 3:54, 3:54, 7:123, 13:42, 14:46, 16:26, 16:45, 27:50, 40:45, 71:22
impf. act. 6:123, 6:123, 6:124, 8:30, 8:30, 8:30, 10:21, 12:102, 16:127, 27:70, 35:10
n.vb. 7:99, 7:99, 7:123, 10:21, 10:21, 12:31, 13:33, 13:42, 14:46, 14:46, 14:46, 27:50, 27:50, 27:51, 34:33, 35:10, 35:43, 35:43, 71:22
pcple. act. 3:54, 8:30
LL, V7, p: 256 (Source)

 

John Calvin taught that God sometimes lies to people, giving them the feeling that they are saved even though in fact they are not, and the reason he does this is so he can damn them with even greater ferocity afterward.

(Jean Calvin, institutes) Experience shows that the reprobate are sometimes affected in a way so similar to the elect that even in their own judgment there is no difference between them. Hence, it is not strange, that by the Apostle a taste of heavenly gifts, and by Christ himself a temporary faith is ascribed to them. Not that they truly perceive the power of spiritual grace and the sure light of faith; but the Lord, the better to convict them, and leave them without excuse, instills into their minds such a sense of goodness as can be felt without the Spirit of adoption …. there is a great resemblance and affinity between the elect of God and those who are impressed for a time with a fading faith …. Still it is correctly said, that the reprobate believe God to be propitious to them, inasmuch as they accept the gift of reconciliation, though confusedly and without due discernment; not that they are partakers of the same faith or regeneration with the children of God; but because, under a covering of hypocrisy they seem to have a principle of faith in common with them. Nor do I even deny that God illumines their mind to this extent …. there is nothing inconsistent in this with the fact of his enlightening some with a present sense of grace, which afterwards proves evanescent (3.2.11, Institutes).

 

The calvinist god decieves people. So does the god of islam.
The Calvinist god controls all things. So does the false god of islam
The false god of calvinism chooses who he will and destroys who he will. So does the false god of islam.
The calvinist has no assurance of salvation, because his false god may have him deceived, and have him under evenescent grace or temporal grace.

The false god of islam operates the same way. For a Muslim or a Calvinist to even have a chance at salvation, they must remain in the cult. Leave the cult, and its hell for certain. By staying in, at least there’s a chance. There is no assurance in either religion.

If you are a Calvinist, or a Muslim, You’re worshipping an idol. The false god of calvinism and islam. Namely Molech, the false god of human sacrifice. Behind every idol is a demon. The Lord Jesus will not hold you guiltless.

 

The Judgements explained.

No one will stand judgement in regards to salvation.

Salvation one way or the other is determined before and finalized at death.

No unbeliever will stand in the congregation of the righteous in judgement. (Psalms 1:5)
A believers judgement will be separate from unbelievers. Niether will be in regards to salvation, for the believer, it will be to determine rewards and crowns. For unbelievers, the degree of suffering in the lake if fire. “Each according to his works”

No unbeliever will stand judgement until the end of the mellinial reign. Salvation is determined before death. Not according to works, but according to what one believed.

 

The elders in the Book of Revelation

 

Post tribulation and mid tribulation rapture advocates cannot tell  you where these elders came from. They are introduced in chapter 4 of the book of Revelation, with the tribulation beginning after this in chapter six. HOW. DID. THEY. GET. THERE?. Where did they come from?

Revelation shows us essentially 3 groups of people. The elders, the bride, primarily gentiles , and the tribulation martyrs. The raptured saints after the cross appear in rev 5:9-10, “out of all nations”  “Kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign on the earth” 1 Thess 4:16-17″the dead in Christ shall rise first” these are the second phase of the first resurrection, shavout,  Leah, the wheat. The NT saints. These also appear BEFORE the beginning of the tribulation in chapter 6. This is the pre trib rapture.

The tribulation martyrs arrive in soul and spirit, DURING the tribulation, (rev 6:9-11) but are not resurrected until revelation 20:4-6. These are given white robes and told to rest a little longer until the rest are killed as they were. This group is Rachel, the olives, Succoth, primarily the nation Israel, the priests unto God in the kingdom Temple. These are the third phase of the first resurrection.(see “the first resurrection”, and “our future, Kings and priests unto God”) elsewhere in this blog.

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 Mid and post tribbers cannot explain where the elders in Revelation come from without conceding a pre trib rapture. They are in heaven and are introduced before the tribulation even begins.

The book of revelation is a wedding narrative. You’ll see the elders and the bride in Rev 5:9-10 BEFORE the tribulation starts.(Matt 27:52-53, 1 Thess 4:16-17).

 The friends of the bridegroom, tribulation martyrs, arrive during the tribulation, and are told to rest a while longer before their resurrection in rev 20:4-6.

Pre trib deniers have yet to explain how the elders in the opening chapters BEFORE the trib begins got there in the first place. They lack understanding.