Chapter 16: Pagans in the Pulpit  (Page 1 of 4)

 

 

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Ancient Adversaries

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The Coming of Christianity

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The Catholic Church

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The Rise of Dissension

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The Reformation

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The Rise of Denominationalism

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

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The Arrival of Modern Christianity

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The Doctrines of Modern Christianity

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The Clergy of Modern Christianity

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The Structure of Modern Christianity

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The True Church

 

1. Ancient Adversaries

       In this present dispensation it is the plan of God to bring forth from the Adamic race a small group of spirit beings who will be born after the similitude of Jesus Christ. These newborn beings will be called the Sons of God. Jesus was the first of these Sons, but there will be many more. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

       The Sons of God will be conceived from the spiritual genetics of their Father, and will grow to possess his limitless capacity and timeless existence. At the end of this age these Sons will be birthed as Jesus was resurrected into the Begotten Realm. These are the firstborn brothers of Jesus Christ. Together they will assemble into the divine, ruling coalition known as the Body of Christ. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

       For six thousand years the gestation and birth of these firstborn Sons has been the consuming delight of God, and the process continues today. Those he has called to this glory will discover his plan, learn of their Father, and reproduce his substance within themselves. They will be caught up in the travail of spirit birth, the blessed agony of “becoming.”

       When this firstborn group is complete they will effect the deliverance of the Adamic race, reaching even to the waiting throngs of humanity, to bring each man into the state of spiritual perfection that God has ordained for him. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end.

       God is presently concerned primarily with the completion of these firstborn Sons. Thus he now deals with the rest of mankind in a somewhat superficial manner, dismissing the multitudes with one of the many delusions that come from his hand. Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.

       Some of mankind has been lulled into spiritual slumber, with eyes that cannot see, ears that are deaf, and hearts that cannot perceive even the existence of God. These have been dispatched into the emptiness of agnosticism.

       Of those who are able to discern God’s presence, most have been gathered into the tainted truths of Organized Religion. For the non-Israelite nations, Organized Religion means predominantly the idolatry of Hinduism and the rigors of Islam. For the Israelites, Organized Religion means the delusion of Modern Christianity. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear.

       The institution known as Modern Organized Christianity, is a circular road to nowhere. It is a holding pattern designed to fill the lives of the non-elect with the “doing” of church programs, rather than the “becoming” of Sons. There these busy Christians are kept in store, awaiting their turn for Sonship in the next dispensation. If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.

       Pagans in the Pulpit is the story of Modern Christianity. It describes its origin, its purpose, and its end. It explores the time-honored but erroneous doctrines of the Modern Church. And most importantly, it proclaims the truth of SonPlacing, and how to attain it for yourself.

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       From his vantage beyond time’s boundary, the Ever-Living thundered his decree to bring forth Sons, born in his own image. Then with a mind bent to dread purpose he called to his hosts of darkness, challenging them to prevent his plan if they thought themselves able.

       Obeying, and with a sudden sordid delight they came, lurching from the depths of the dark pit in response to their creator’s voice. As an inky mist they assembled upon the lowly earth in sinister conference. Darkness met with Death. Lust came with Infamy. Malevolence took form and joined with Disease and Decay. Confusion kissed Doubt as a kinsman. Cackling they arrived with the greetings of old friends, the curdled hellspawn of sin, wickedness, lies and rebellion, gloating in foul reunion. The Earth was unorganised and empty; and darkness covered its convulsed surface; while the breath of God rocked the surface of its waters. Genesis 1:2 (Fenton).

       Upon the earth the forces of evil convened, allied to a single cause: to prevent the birth of the Sons of God. In grim council they made plans to achieve their baneful aim, settling upon a two-pronged strategy. War, disease, murder, and decay, would attack from the outside to kill the physical bodies of man. Idolatry, lust, doubt, and deception, would strike from the inside to corrupt the mind.

       The plan, simply, was to kill the offspring of Adam and later Israel, with physical death and spiritual error. Crushed between these two tearing jaws, the devils believed the spirits of men would be rendered unfruitful and God’s plan for Sons would be averted. Howling in gleeful frolic the hellish brutes reveled at their own villainy, divided their forces, and set to the task. Him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.

       But hidden by a cloak in clever disguise, a solitary observer went unnoticed. At the fringe of the firelight the stranger moved in the flickering shadows, his identity concealed by a mysterious hood.

       This stealthy being surveyed all. Gently threading through the crowd, he easily swayed the simple minds of the devils, bending them to his will. For the meeting of this demonic horde, even all their vile intent, was secretly attended by the Purpose of God. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb.

       God has energized the present rebellion against his own plan, on the earth empowering even his own blasphemy. And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies ... and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name. This cartel of adversarial power against God’s truth is necessary for the development of his Sons. Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root.

       All the evils of earth, every physical and spiritual disease, has been purposed and is supported by the surpassing wisdom of God. Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? Death and deception exist as the loyal opposition. They are the resistance that develops spiritual muscle. They are part of the special environment required for spirit birth. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

       Loosed upon the earth and energized with power, the demon host lost no time in implementing their nefarious plans. From Eden the first cry of newborn evil raised its mournful voice. At the Tree of Good & Evil, death reached for the body of man and struck it to the ground. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said. Doubt was sown into the human mind and it came under the tutelage of unbelief. Cain was recruited by the miscreants, and incited to kill the son of Adam.

       In step with these victories, the devil masters of propaganda leapt to their tasks. With tactical genius they deified Adam, Eve, and Seth, styling them as objects of worship to mask their true place in God’s scheme.

       To later generations, Adam, Eve, and Seth were elevated to the untouchable sublime. They became so lofty that no man could hope to attain their legacy, even though all men were born from them. This first father, mother, and son, became the first Trinity, their deification forming the foundation for all pagan religions.

       In a rampage of destruction the army of Satan swept over the earth and idolatry invaded the land. Egypt, the first world power, fell quickly to Satan’s horde. The Egyptians were taught of the Edenic gods, Adam, Eve, and Seth, and these were incorporated into their mythology as Osiris, Isis, and Horus. These gods formed the first holy trinity of the first world empire, and this heavenly father, mother, and child have polluted the spiritual landscape ever since.

       From this virulent beginning the Egyptians invented hundreds of false gods. Each was described, promoted, and venerated, as every season, event, object, and location became ruled by some mythical pagan deity.

       By 2700 BC the Pharaohs of Egypt themselves were declared to be gods and were worshipped by the masses. This idea, that fallen unregenerate man should be worshipped, was the beginning of Secular Humanism.

       The deification of the Pharaohs also bonded religion to the civil government. In this marriage of church and state, idolatry gained the force of law, and Egypt became the first pagan theocracy. In those days the worship of idols was enforced on pain of death.

       The next Satanic onslaught was an assault against the blood line of Adam. In an attempt to defile the genetic lineage of Adam, Satan dispatched his angels to befoul the Adamic women. According to the Companion Bible, “This irruption of fallen angels was Satan’s first attempt to prevent the coming of the Seed of the woman foretold in Gen. 3:15. If this could be accomplished, God’s Word would have failed.” Soon the Adamic race was utterly polluted by immorality and demonic intermarriage. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them.

       In 2348 BC, God ended this defilement by sending a flood that killed all the mixed-race Adamites. Noah’s family was spared, only because they had an unblemished genealogy. The Companion Bible continues, “Only Noah and his family had preserved their pedigree pure from Adam. All the rest had become ‘corrupt’ as Adamites.” Noah was perfect in his, “family history, breed or pedigree,” and this qualified him to become the progenitor of the new Adamic race. God spared not the angels that sinned ... and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

       In 1868 BC, idolatry and perversion erupted anew and with chilling intensity. From Satanic filth came the lawless homosexuals of Sodom. Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh. The advent of Satanic homosexuality exceeded the bounds of reason and decency. By the decree of God himself, it mandated the death penalty. If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.

       The severity of the squalid outbreaks at Sodom and Gomorrha once again threatened to mutilate the plan of God with physical and spiritual disease. To keep his design on track, God intervened to destroy these cities. And of all the methods available to him, he chose fire, as if to keep the venereal infection from spreading. And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.

       Throughout these events, God’s plan to bring forth Sons continued on course. In 1946 BC, God chose Abraham from among all the families of the earth, and gave him the promise of Sonship. The descendants of Abraham would bring forth the firstborn Sons, and also enjoy the physical blessings of the earth. This birthright was passed on to Isaac, and then to his son Jacob. So powerful was this birthright that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which means, “man ruling with God.”

       Accordingly, in 1727 BC the devil assassins attacked the offspring of Jacob-Israel. Using envy, they persuaded the sons of Jacob to sell their brother Joseph into Egyptian slavery. A few years later a famine was contrived by the fiends, and the entire family of Jacob-Israel was transplanted into Egypt.

       While in Egypt the Israelites grew into a multitude of millions. After Joseph died, Satan moved quickly to persuade the Egyptian government to enslave the Israelites. Later the carnage was intensified by the outright killing of all their male children. By late term abortion, the devils sought to destroy the race of Israel, and thereby nullify the birthright promise. Abortion is a trademark of the devil horde. Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

       In 1491 BC God intervened, and sent Moses to save the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. Through ten plagues, culminating with the Passover, the Israelites were delivered from Satan’s grasp.

       After the Exodus, Israel traveled to Mount Sinai, and there the God of all creation appeared before the eyes of his chosen people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

       God wanted to talk directly to the Israelites, but they would not have it. They were afraid of him and rejected a personal relationship with him.

       Instead, the people hid behind Moses. They sent Moses to talk to God, and then went to Moses to see what God had said. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

       This cowardice of the common man placed a human interpreter between the people and their God. This layer of fleshly interference remains unto this day, in the ordination of clergy.

       The people’s rejection of God and exaltation of Moses marked the beginning of the ecclesiastical structure- it was sickly fear and mistrust, that sparked the ordained ministry to life. From this original, cowering insecurity of man, have come the ponderous religious hierarchies of today. According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.

       Beginning at Moses and reaching unto the present time, the theologians have stormed the land as an occupational army, gathering power and prestige from the subordination of their brothers. As a wedge divides the wood, they have driven a human interference between the people and their God. Even today the patrons of Organized Christianity expect their ministers to meet with God, and relay his word to them. Few want to see God face-to-face, and fewer still want a personal relationship with him.

       After the ordination of Moses, the masses were dismissed with delusions. Only the elect were then taken for a personal revelation of God, while the terrified rabble were left to shiver in the pews. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: and they saw the God of Israel ... they saw God, and did eat and drink.

       But no sooner had God’s benevolent truth thundered from Mount Sinai, than Satan rushed to destroy it. In 1423 BC, Balak, the king of the Moabites, hired Balaam to conjure up a curse upon Israel. Saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me.

       Balaam was a prophet of God, and his seduction to the apostasy of personal gain introduced “pray-for-pay,” a concept now prevalent in Modern Christianity. Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: for I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me.

       When Balaam’s prayers proved ineffective, he advised the Moabites to seduce Israel with pagan immorality. Since he could not harm the Israelites directly, he simply lowered the moral standard and waited for them to self-destruct.

       Gently, while appealing to the flesh, the truth of God was mingled with idolatry, and the pure Israelite religion was blended with sensual desire. By this covert evil the Israelites were adulterated from within. This practice proved so effective that Satan has continued it to this day, in the modern social doctrines of Organized Christianity. And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

       While God battled for the purity of Israel’s race and religion, in other parts of the world the demon assault raged unchecked. From this fetid invasion the Hindu religion emerged in India about 1500 BC.

       Just like the Egyptians, the Hindus were injected with the fallacious concept of the Trinity. The Hindus worship a triune god composed of Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu. They also have hundreds of minor deities that are peculiar to a particular village or family. But according to the Encarta Encyclopedia, “All the individual Hindu gods are subsumed under the godhead, from which they all emanate.”

       Hinduism was codified in four holy books called the Vedas, the oldest of which was composed about 1300 BC. Hindus believe that after death the soul is reincarnated into the body of another person, animal, mineral, or vegetable. The precise quality of each rebirth is determined by the accumulated merit of all the actions of the soul during all its past lives. This accrued merit is called karma, and it is generated by rituals, punishments, by good works, and by chanting. Because any animal or vegetable could be their ancestor, the Hindus worship all life forms.

       The goal of Hindu living is to secure the best possible rebirth so that sensual pleasures may be prolonged and enjoyed in the next life. Ultimately, after many lifetimes of indulgence, Hindus hope to enter “Nirvana.” Nirvana is achieved by the extinction of individual existence, when the soul is absorbed back into the supreme spirit of Brahma. This is considered to be the state of perfect blessedness.

       The canon of Hinduism is defined by what people do, rather than what they think. It emphasizes worldly, human activity, as a basis for salvation. It presumes that by carnal effort a person can get better and better, that by works, the self-destructive nature of man can somehow lift itself from corruption. Ultimately, Hinduism denies the sanctity of the individual, teaching that all will one day be absorbed back into the great goo of the godhead.

       The mystic philosophies of Hinduism are the product of demonic delusion, and remain unsupported by a single example of success. Nevertheless, according to the encyclopedia, “Hinduism continues to serve a vital function by giving passionate meaning and supportive form to the lives of Hindus today.”

       This is Satan’s formula for all pagan religions. They provide sensual stimulation, the passion of emotional experience, and the supportive form of ceremonies, but not an infusion of independent spirit life.

       To the Devil, Hinduism is the perfect religion, for its concepts utterly obliterate God’s true plan to bring forth autonomous Sons, who are born in his own image. Accordingly, Satan has used Hinduism as a model for the doctrines of all organized religions, especially Modern Christianity.

       It was the Hindus that first perfected the Christian concept of the Trinity, inventing for the first time, a co-equal, triune godhead. From the Hindu emphasis on temporal riches has come the present Christian Gospel of Prosperity. Extending this sensual pleasure to the next life has produced the Christian concept of “heaven.” Nirvana is the mountain where heaven was mined. So also the veneration of all life forms is now a principal tenet of modern Christian Humanism. As expressed in the encyclopedia, “Hinduism is a major world religion, not merely by virtue of its many followers (estimated at more than 700 million) but also because of its profound influence on many other religions.”

       The creation of Hinduism was part of the adversarial effort to prevent the birth of God’s Sons. But as the Hindu contingent toiled, Satan’s horde was not idle elsewhere. While Israel was camped at Sinai with Moses, Satan worked quickly to prepare their welcome in Canaan. This he accomplished by powerfully invigorating the idolatry of the Canaanites.

       Under Satanic tutelage the energy of demonic thinking swept through the Promised Land, as fire gone wild. The indigenous natives were swayed, and their minds girdled with a mixture of terror and licentious desire.

       The national god of the Philistines became Dagon. His name means “corn,” and his worship stemmed from fear of famine. The state god of the Ammonites was Molech. Molech means “king,” and homage was paid him by bowing the knee and kissing his image. The Moabites had a personal god they called Chemosh. The worship of both Molech and Chemosh involved the sacrifice of children as burnt offerings.

       The generic god of all the Canaanites was Baal, which means “owner or possessor.” Baal was not a single, powerful god. Instead, he was a multitude of smaller, local deities. There were many Baals, each the divine landlord of a particular district. For according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

       The Baals were regarded as the producers of fertility. As the land owners they provided fertile soil and water for crops and animals. In return for these services tribute was due, and paid through the repulsive immorality of fertility rites with temple prostitutes, both male and female.

       Ashtoreth, or more correctly, “Ashtart,” was the principal goddess of the Phoenicians. Ashtart was descended from the deification of Eve and is identical with Isis of the Egyptians and Ishtar of Assyria. She was called “the queen of the gods, the lady of heaven and earth.” As the merciful goddess who loves justice, she was the “lady of onslaught and battle.” In this capacity she was represented wearing a helmet and armed with a bow, sword, or spear.

       But preeminently, Ashtart was the goddess of fertility and reproduction, the queen of sexual passion. She was symbolized by a phallic “asherah” or sacred pole, and a “mazzebah,” or stone cone about three feet high. And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

       Statues of Ashtart typically represent her as a woman, somewhat short in stature, usually naked, with rounded limbs, the hands supporting the breasts or sometimes with one hand holding a dove. Her followers were initiated with immoral rites. Her worship required women to sell themselves and bring the money as an offering.

       Ashtart became Aphrodite to the Greeks, and Venus to the Romans. As Venus her unchaste worship continued until the reign of Constantine. As Aphrodite, Ashtart was the warrior goddess, the goddess of sensuality and the personification of the living force of nature. In that role she is known today throughout the western world as the perfection of feminine grace and beauty.

       In 1422 BC the Satanic preparation of Canaan was complete, and Israel began their conquest of the Promised Land. Knowing full well of the noxious idolatry waiting there, God instructed the Israelites to kill all the Canaanites- man, woman, and child. Thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

       God knows the weakness of man and recognized that if his people were surrounded by idolatry they would eventually succumb to its deadly fascination. His remedy was genocide, and its aim was to isolate Israel’s blood line and their religion, preserving both holy unto the Lord. Of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth ... that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

       But Israel would not obey. Instead they were betrayed by their own compassion and left many of the Canaanite peoples alive. And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out. This resulted in cultural intermixing, intermarriage, and infection by the sensual worship of the Canaanite religions. Soon, as feared, the Israelites succumbed to idolatry and pagan revival ensued. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them ... and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

       Even Solomon the king, the wisest man who ever lived, yielded to the pestering larceny of his wives, and gave himself to the squalor of indigenous heathenism. It came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods. ... For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD. This pagan revival was a masterful stroke of Satanic genius. It was effective, conclusive, and ultimate. And its fervor has never gone away.

       Satan’s barrage of pagan putrefaction swept Israel as a tidal wave washes the beach. Nothing was left sacred or exempt. Even Yahweh, the personal covenant God of Israel, was attacked by Satan’s throng. The concept of Yahweh, the mental comprehension of his glory, was debased. Soon Yahweh began to be represented by images, among them Jeroboam’s golden bulls. As time passed, Yahweh’s description was systematically eroded. Soon he came to be worshipped in name, but Israel’s concept of him was no higher or purer than the heathens around them.

       It is very fatiguing for humans to worship a deity that is without visible form or physical dwellingplace. And while worshipping Yahweh’s name, his doctrines, or his paraphernalia, it is easy for unregenerate man to forget the Eternal God that lies behind these symbols. Even the brazen serpent of Moses had to be destroyed, when it came to be worshipped in place of the invisible God. [Hezekiah] brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan [a thing of brass].

       The base delusions of man continued into degenerate sickness, and soon assigned Yahweh a consort. Ashtart, the “queen of heaven,” became regarded as Yahweh’s compassionate wife. As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD [YHWH], we will not hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

       When Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king, Satan moved shrewdly to divide and conquer. Through Rehoboam’s arrogance there was a civil war and the Israelites were split into two separate nations: the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah.

       The new governmental policies of both kingdoms tolerated the pagan religions and the kings partook of them. From that time to this, idolatry became embedded in the political framework. The Israelites became permeated with the fraud and sensuality of pagan worship, even becoming worse than the Canaanites they had displaced. For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree. And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

       In this overwhelming tempest of fetid frenzy, the purity, power, and truth of God’s plan for Sonship was nearly lost to the human race. And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD.

       The Canaanite religions were based on a sometimes cruel but always sensual pleasure. Principally, they provided a lusty freedom from conscience. Converts to heathenism obtained liberty to satisfy their temporal appetites and fulfill their immoral cravings, all with the approval and guidance of their church.

       Heathenism was popular because it legitimized illicit behavior. The doctrines of pagans are not restrictive. To the contrary, they are limited only by the bounds of licentious imagination. The demonic power of heathenism allows a person to traverse the border between right and wrong, with an appeased conscience, and even a feeling of superiority. Because of this, idolatry is deeply satisfying to the common man.

       This addiction to paganism is an ongoing problem, for the Israelites of old were no different than the people of today. Though they lived long ago, they were ethical, industrious, and bright, and certainly no more rebellious than you.

       The base nature of fallen man has not changed. Through ingratitude, fear, lust, and social pressure, ancient Israel became controlled by Satanic evil. And there is no basis to assume that things are any different today even in the churches of Modern Christianity. Your spiritual origin and your birth are thoroughly Canaanitish; your spiritual father was an Amorite, and your spiritual mother a Hittite. Ezekiel 16:3 (Amplified).

       Delighting in the slaughter of the Israelites as an easy prey, Satan directed almost continuous warfare against them. Accordingly, over the years, the city of Jerusalem has been sacked twenty seven times.

       But Satan had an insight into the ways of God, and devised an even more sinister plan. He knew that by injecting idolatry into Israel, God would eventually crush the nation himself. This diabolical notion was correct, and to Satan, seemed the easier path. So it was that when the Israelites adopted the heathenism of Canaan, God took steps to destroy his own people.

       In 611 BC, God sent the Assyrians to conquer the northern Kingdom of Israel. In 496 BC, God sent the Babylonians to destroy the southern Kingdom of Judah. The Israelites were decimated and the survivors deported in chains. Not much was left in the Promised Land of the glory that once was, and with this development it seemed for a time that God’s plan for Sons was all but extinguished. I will spread my net upon him [Israel], and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.

       When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, King Nebuchadnezzar carried the princes of Judah captive to Babylon. There he set up an asherah to Ishtar. This pillar was sixty cubits high, six cubits wide, made by a man (666), and covered in gold. Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

       The Babylonian civil government then demanded that all men worship the asherah, and all but four of the Israelites embraced the new state religion. This union of church and state swept aside individual conscience, and on pain of death, commanded conversion to heathenism.

       This Satanic technique of pagan theocracy was founded in Egypt and perfected in Babylon. Today it has become the pattern of the New World Order that enslaves the souls of modern man. To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

       These were the devices employed by Satan to become the ancient adversaries of God. From Eden came the Trinity. From Egypt came Humanism, the deification of man. From Noah’s time came the pollution of race. From Sodom came sexual perversion. From the rejection of God at Sinai came the ordination of Moses and the creation of a governing clergy. The evil of Balak authored pray-for-pay. The counsel of Balaam, the wicked prophet of God, brought sensual entertainment to church.

       From Hinduism came the triune godhead and the deception of “doing” in place of “becoming.” From the Canaanites came the immorality of Ashtart, queen of heaven. Molech made abortion fashionable. Baal pioneered the idea of many denominations. From Babylon came civil governments that enforce paganism by law.

       These nefarious concepts hail from a primordial wickedness. They are the tactics of Satan to prevent the coming of the Sons of God. They were created to corrupt God’s truth and to kill the bodies of men. They were the underpinnings of a world carefully prepared by Satan, to receive Christianity.

2. The Coming of Christianity

       When Rome became master of the world, paganism rode a new wave to opulence. Rome was a colossus of idolatry, where pagan ideals gained credibility by collecting the trappings of modern civilization. Within the Roman culture, heathenism formed the accepted perspective on economics, law, politics, education, and achievement.

       The Romans worshipped a pantheon of principal gods as well as a host of auxiliary deities. Every phase of life was ruled by some minor god. According to the encyclopedia, “Janus and Vesta guarded the door and hearth, the Lares protected the field and house, Pales the pasture, Saturn the sowing, Ceres the growth of the grain, Pomona the fruit, and Consus and Ops the harvest.” All these gods were ruled by the supreme trinity of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva.

       After 12 BC, the Roman emperors proclaimed themselves head of the pagan state religion and assumed the title of Pontifex Maximus (chief pontiff). Accordingly, like the Egyptian Pharaohs, these emperors were deified after death.

       In addition to their own gods, the Romans were famous for their adoption of new theology. The encyclopedia states that “Under the empire, numerous foreign cults achieved great popularity and were widely extended, such as the worship of the Egyptian goddess Isis and that of the Persian god Mithras. ... The absorption of neighboring native gods took place as the Roman state conquered the surrounding territory. The Romans commonly granted the local gods of the conquered territory the same honors as the earlier gods who had been regarded as peculiar to the Roman state. In many instances the newly acquired deities were formally invited to take up their abode in new sanctuaries at Rome.”

       Among the gods adopted by Rome was the Egyptian goddess Isis. The encyclopedia continues, “The tripartite cult of Isis, Horus, and Serapis [the Greek name for Osiris] was later introduced into Rome in the consulship of Lucius Corneluis Sulla [in 86 BC] and became one of the most popular branches of Roman religion.”

       As the gods of Rome multiplied the religious calendar became choked with pagan carnivals. Thirty gods were honored by annual festivals, the most important being that of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was held for seven days from December 17 to 23, during the period of the winter solstice. At this celebration all business was suspended, gifts were exchanged, and merriment prevailed.

       Eventually Roman worship devolved into a Satanic free-for-all and set new standards in moral depravity. Orgies and perversion were commonplace. From the Book of Romans: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 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. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.

       But over time even these depravities became burdensome to bear and Rome’s decline followed in the wake of hedonistic burnout. The Roman gods proved listless and the passion for empty religious rituals waned. Religion became superseded by civic involvement. The people turned to their government instead of their God. Affairs of state took preeminence over matters of faith. As spiritual interest ebbed, worship was practiced merely to satisfy the flesh, and as a tool of political expediency.

       Undaunted by the dismal state of the earth, in about 4 BC, God proceeded with next phase in his plan to bring forth his begotten Sons. Yahweh supernaturally inseminated a single Israelite woman, and Jesus, the only sinless human since Adam’s creation, was born of the virgin Mary.

       In accordance with God’s plan, in AD 29 Jesus was attacked by the minions of Satan. Having been betrayed by his own, he was falsely condemned and crucified. This is your hour, and the power of darkness. Three days later he was resurrected from the grave, proving that God’s plan for Sons encompasses, incorporates, and utilizes, all the works of Satanic evil.

       Jesus Christ became the first spiritually begotten Son of God at his resurrection. In that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. This resurrection was the result of his earthly suffering and sacrificial death. By his subjection to Satanic destruction, Jesus became worthy of the honor he now has. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

       At the resurrection of Jesus, God energized the spiritual machinery of Sonship, making Jesus the preeminent firstborn Son and the distributor of eternal life unto all the Sons who would follow.

       The resurrection-birth of Jesus Christ was naturally very frustrating to the powers of darkness, and Satan retaliated with vengeful rancor against the new Christianity. Working through the Jews in Jerusalem, the devastation began in AD 35 with the stoning of Stephen. Jewish armies were raised to stamp out the resurrected life of Christ, and even the Pharisee Saul led a brigade of soldiers to Damascus.

       Throughout the Greco-Roman world the Jews moved against the Christians with lies and malice. When the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Struck by this devilish Jewish smear, Christians were styled as the dregs of society and blamed for every civic evil. The Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar.

       The Jews worked with cunning, even inciting the normally tolerant Roman government to attack the new religion. This Jewish-Roman cartel instigated the wholesale slaughter of those who believed in Sonship.

       In AD 155, Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was condemned as a Christian by the Roman Pro-Consul and ordered to be burnt. From The Martyrdom of Polycarp: “The crowd came together immediately, and prepared wood and faggots from the work-shops and baths and the Jews were extremely zealous, as is their custom, in assisting at this.” The Jews: who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.

       The new virgin Christianity refused to tolerate any form of idolatry, and this threatened Satan’s pagan Roman government. Accordingly, the profession of Christianity, of all the religions on earth, was declared a political crime. Beginning with the reign of Emperor Nero in AD 54, the Christians were massacred, fed to the lions for sport, and killed as traitors to heathenism. This carnage increased for two hundred and fifty years, finally reaching a crescendo during the reign of Diocletian in AD 305.

       After Diocletian, Caesar Galerius assumed control of the Roman Empire and within three years had issued five more edicts of persecution against the Christians. According to Philip Schaff’s, History of the Christian Church, “Eusebius was a witness of this persecution in Caesarea, Tyre, and Egypt, and saw, with his own eyes, as he tells us, the houses of prayer razed to the ground, the Holy Scriptures committed to the flames on the market places, the pastors hunted, tortured, and torn to pieces in the amphitheatre.”

       But in AD 311 Galerius was struck with a terrible disease, and reflecting on his crimes against Christianity, issued the first Edict of Toleration in conjunction with his co-regents Constantine and Licinius.

       It is virtually impossible to determine the number of Roman Christian martyrs, let alone the many more who were merely tortured and imprisoned. But it is worthy to note that the catacombs beneath the city of Rome are estimated to be over nine hundred miles long and to contain nearly seven million Christian graves. It is a miracle of devilish origin that this Jewish-Roman slaughter of Christians, a holocaust that continued for 250 years, has all but been erased from modern memory. Some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

       By the crush of slander and extermination, the Devil hoped to terminate the message and life of Sonship. But Satan soon discovered that he could not stop the freedom and glory of True Christianity. Furthermore, he noticed that the more vicious his attacks against Christians, the more richly they attained to spiritual maturity. This was first demonstrated by Jesus Christ.

       Satan finally realized that his malevolence was in fact providing the perfect medium for Christian spiritual growth. From Schaff’s History, “As the persecution raged, the zeal and fidelity of the Christians increased, and martyrdom spread as by contagion. Even boys and girls showed amazing firmness. In many the heroism of faith degenerated to a fanatical courting of death. ... Hundreds rushed with impetuous zeal to the prisons and the tribunals, to obtain the confessor’s [martyr’s] crown.”

       Every action of earthly good and evil can only mature the spiritual character of those who understand Sonship, for even all the malicious intent of Satan is attended by the purpose of God.

       Thus Satan’s best efforts to destroy Christianity only made it succeed the more. Observing this, Satan regrouped and took a new direction, reassembling his elite troops behind his proven technique of corruption from within.

       After the resurrection of Jesus, Satan dispatched his demon horde to corrupt the message of Christianity. Frantically they worked to hide the spiritual process demonstrated by Jesus Christ. They made his example so lofty that no man could hope to attain his legacy, even though all men were born for this purpose. These spin doctors erased the high goal of Sonship and replaced it with a cadre of nonsensical rituals, fleshly aspirations, and the tainted doctrines of Organized Christianity.

       In AD 115, Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, suggested that Sunday should be the day of Christian worship, largely to provide a buffer from Judaism. By AD 200 the truth of the Sabbath Day was gone. It [the Sabbath] is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

       With the loss of the Saturday Sabbath, Christian doctrine became twisted to require the habitual violation of the Ten Commandments. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. The Sabbath is not part of the ceremonial law, it is part of the Ten Commandments, the supreme moral law of God. While no church today would advocate murder, lying, or adultery, yet most encourage the abdication of the fourth commandment. Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

       After the demise of the Sabbath, Easter Sunday was substituted for Passover. Passover represents both the death of the Adamic nature and life to the spirit. At the first Passover the Egyptians died, but the firstborn of Israel miraculously attained unto life and freedom. On the other hand, Easter is the name of the Germanic goddess of spring. Easter celebrates the fertility of resurrection, while ignoring the death process that produces it. With the change to Easter the path to Sonship was obscured and the crucifixion-resurrection of Jesus Christ became a gift, rather than an example that you are expected to follow.

       According to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, “Originally Easter was a unitary night celebration (like Passover), recalling both the death and resurrection of Christ. ... After the fourth century the unitary feast was broken up into several parts and the resurrection came to be celebrated separately on Easter Sunday morning. ... Over the centuries many popular customs have been added reflecting pagan spring folklore (Easter egg and rabbit) as well as Jewish and Christian sources.”

       Easter Sunday was officially adopted by Satan’s New Christianity at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

       This vile corruption of Christianity continued unabated, and eventually permeated to the roots. Even Christianity’s most sacred symbol, the cross, was enlisted in the vulgar cause.

       According to Vines Expository Dictionary, the Greek word for cross means, “an upright pale or stake.” Vines continues that this stake is, “to be distinguished from the ecclesiastical form of a two beamed ‘cross’. The shape of the latter had its origin in ancient Chaldea, and was used as the symbol of the god Tammuz (being in the shape of the mystic Tau, the initial of his name) in that country and in adjacent lands, including Egypt. By the middle of the 3rd century AD the churches had either departed from, or had travestied, certain doctrines of the Christian faith. In order to increase the prestige of the apostate ecclesiastical system, pagans were received into the churches apart from regeneration by faith, and were permitted largely to retain their pagan signs and symbols. Hence the Tau or T, in its most frequent form, with the cross-piece lowered, was adopted to stand for the ‘cross’ of Christ.”

       For three hundred years Satan feverishly marred God’s truth, desecrating the critical knowledge and examples that point the way to Sonship. Carefully he stitched together a New Christianity. Like a Frankenstein monster this new religion was sewn from the cloth of Hindu, Canaanite, and Roman paganism. Being crafted from doctrines of lethal error, the new Christianity was prepared as a destructive impostor. This new Satanic counterfeit was known as Catholicism.

       When Catholicism was finally ready, Satan presented it to the world and had it adopted by Rome, his idolatrous puppet government. Rome, with its propensity for absorbing new pagan religions, was the perfect medium for the newly corrupted Christianity. This was Satan’s most ingenious blow, for then he no longer had to work through tedious Jewish prodding or the fickle whims of pagan emperors.

       In AD 312, Constantine the Great, who had been Caesar of the army in Britain, returned to Rome and defeated all rivals to become emperor of the Roman world. During this conquest he embraced Catholicism and the Holy Roman Empire was born.

       The next year Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, which mandated equality for Catholicism. By this edict Catholicism was given equal status with all the other religions throughout the Roman Empire.

       The empire of Constantine was predominantly pagan and these subjects he sought to enfold into Catholicism. To attract the pagans, the Catholic clergy included the sun god as a bright disk behind the heads of painted Christian figures. From this the halo was born. According to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (hereafter abbreviated “EDT”), “Jesus Christ was presented as the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) replacing the sun god, Sol Invictus.”

       To further charm the heathens, Christmas was abducted and rescheduled to coincide with Saturnalia, the pagan Roman winter festival. Up to that time Christmas had been celebrated throughout the churches but on different dates at different locales. According to the EDT, “December 25 eventually became the officially recognized date for Christmas because it coincided with the pagan festivals celebrating Saturnalia and the winter solstice.”

       In AD 392, all the competing pagan cults of Rome were finally prohibited by an edict of Emperor Theodosius I. With this welding of church and state, Catholic dogma gained the force of law. Once again a pagan theocracy invaded the land. As in the days of Egypt and Babylon, false religious doctrine could then be enforced by kings, armies, sheriffs, prisons, and flames.

       The Holy Roman Empire created the ultimate Satanic tyranny: an invincible Catholic theocracy, a one-world government for the total domination of the body and spirit of man. This led to a systematic repression of God’s truth, and a reign of terror that lasted for 1,200 years. Appropriately, it is called the Dark Ages.

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