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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! There will be the usual flood of posts about romantic date ideas, but I discovered recently that dating my sons is also very important. Here’s why.

I ask that all real Christians agree with me in prayer that the Lord would shame those pastors who are brazenly defying the Word of God from Oneness pulpits week after week, month after month, year after year by calling on women to speak out during worship services and having women lead worship services. It is brazen defiance to the clearly worded commandments of God. Pray with me that the Lord shame them and put a stop to this rank sin and rebellion. 

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'Pope Francis' inserted himself into the American Superbowl on Sunday. Again, he fails to mention (not even once) Jesus Christ, God the Father, or the Holy Spirit on the Lord's Day. Instead he continues to preach Christ-less humanism. See the nightmare behind the increasingly desperate PR moves of this dark false papacy. See the monstrous wolf behind the white costume.
#papafrancesco #popefrancis #falseprophet #francis #endtime #nwo

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I'm grateful to be celebrating four years of sobriety today. #alcoholism #addiction #recovery

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WARNING about the "Church of Almighty God"
"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)
This "Church of Almighty God":
1. Claims Jesus Christ has reincarnated as a Chinese woman to do a "secret work" of purification among Christian believers.
2. Claims all Christians must submit to her or they will go to hell.
3. Worships this woman who claims to be Christ and calls herself "Almighty God."
4. Claims her return in this manner was foretold in the Bible.
5. Has published her teachings as the authoritative teachings of God Himself.
5 Reasons why I confidently declare that this group is anti-Christ and NOT Christian as they claim:
Reason 1: They Deny That Jesus Is The (Only) Christ.
This self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, who is so bold as to claim the title "Almighty God," claims that SHE, a mortal woman named Yang Xiangbin, is the Christ and by such claim she DENIES that JESUS is the Christ, because Scripture declares Jesus was raised bodily, incorruptible, from the dead and therefore He still possesses the same body that the apostles touched after his resurrection. She claims to be the new Christ, but in contradiction to this claim the true Word of God says:
"Who is the LIAR but he who DENIES that JESUS is the CHRIST? This is the ANTICHRIST, he who denies the Father and the Son." (1 John 2:22) [Caps/emphasis mine] "I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you." (1 John 2:26)
Reason 2: They Claim That God's Disposition and Very Name Has Changed.
This self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, who is so bold as to claim the title "Almighty God," claims that God's name has changed because His disposition has changed and that we are now in a "new age" where God has taken a new name, and that no single name can "encapsulate," or fully describe God. She says God is no longer Jehovah or Jesus, but now is called "Almighty God," a name which she, a mortal human, has assumed for herself.
This is a ridiculous and unbiblical claim. God may provide many descriptions of Himself in Scripture which some may term as names, but God Himself revealed His "proper name" to Moses as "Jehovah" ("I Am" or "Yahweh" or YHWH" depending how it is translated to English). A proper name is what people call you to refer to you and identify you. A proper name need not "encapsulate" or fully describe a person or their disposition, just as your name does not fully describe you. If you meet someone and want them to know more about you, do you change your name? Do you keep changing it each time you want to tell them more about you? If you were hungry would you tell people your name was "Hungry?" If you were angry would you tell people your name was "Angry?" No! That would be ridiculous and confusing to them. If you want someone to know you better and understand you better you simply spend time with them and reveal yourself to them. This is what God has done. He revealed Himself in human history and in His Word, the Christian Bible.
God did not change His name when Jesus was born. When the eternal Son (1 of the 3 persons of the One God, "YHWH" - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) was born as a man, He was given the name "Jesus" by God the Father, a name that is literally "YHWH" (or Jehovah) "Salvation." This was the same name revealed to Moses, with an expansion signifying the role of the eternal Son in the redemption of mankind. His name certainly signified His purpose, but it was and is a proper name assigned to him for all ages, and one that Scripture has much to say about, including that it (and He) will not change.
This cult claims that God was first Jehovah, then became Jesus, then stopped being Jesus and has now taken a new physical body and adopted a new name. This claim contradicts the Christian Bible, which is clear that God the Father and Jesus Christ are two distinct, coeternal persons who are one in essence and who do not change. This is clearly seen in Scripture (John 1:1-18 & John 8:58 for example) and has been the witness (often unto death) of Christians for the last 2,000 years. 1 Corinthians 8:5-6 says, "For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live."
In the Old Testament, in Malachi 3:6 God declares, “I the LORD [YHWH] do not change." And in the New Testament, in
Hebrews 13:8-9 it declares, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings."
And what of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, and what of his name? Was He temporary, just for the age of grace? Was his name just a temporary description of a temporary disposition of God as this cult claims? On the contrary, the Christian Bible makes the following declarations:
After Jesus' death and resurrection Peter declared in Acts 2:36, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
And again in Acts 4:12 it declares of Jesus and his name, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
And in Philippians 2:9-11 it declares about Jesus and his name, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
When Jesus ascended bodily and departed to heaven, his apostles and followers were told in Acts 1:11, "This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
The Christian Bible says much more of the person and name of Jesus:
* "Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth." (Revelation 1:5)
* "Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." (Romans 8:34)
* "Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood." (Hebrews 7:24)
* When the Lord Jesus returns he will be "revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels." (2 Thessalonians 1:7), and
* "He [Jesus] will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
* It is "Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead" (2 Timothy 4:1)
Plainly, Jesus, the Son of God is a unique and eternal person - fully God and fully man, and He was definitely not God just temporarily putting on a suit of flesh and adopting a temporary name that would later be discarded in favor of a new body and a new name!
What does the Christian Bible say about those who deny Jesus, as this cult does (they deny his unique personhood, his full humanity, and his continued physical existence)? The Bible says, "every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." (1 John 4:3)
Reason 3: They Claim Christ Has Returned & So Prove Themselves False by Jesus' Own Words.
This self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, who is so bold as to claim the title "Almighty God," claims that her arrival in China was foretold by Jesus in Matthew 24:27 where He said, "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." She claims this means a secret work starting quietly in China and spreading gradually to the west over a period of years and years.
Ironic that her "interpretation" is the EXACT OPPOSITE of the true meaning of this verse. Not only that, but in the very passage this verse is taken from Jesus warns against false Christs and provides a very, very simple and definite way of identifying all false Christs! Hear then the full passage, the true meaning of this verse, and the simple test that proves that this woman who claims to be Christ is false and lying.
In this passage Jesus is responding to the question his disciples asked in verse 3, “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
These are the words of Jesus Christ starting in Matthew 24 verse 23:
23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.
26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
29 “Immediately after the distress of those days
“ ‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’
30 “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Summarizing, Jesus told his disciples not to believe anyone who told them He had returned. He told them twice for emphasis, once in verse 23 and again in verse 26. He gave two reasons for this instruction. The first (in verse 24) was that many false Christs will appear before He, himself, returns, thus the need for him to provide this instruction. The second reason is described in verses 27-31, and was because his return will be sudden and very public, plain for all to see, immediately and with their own eyes. Observe that He said his sign would appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn (verse 30) - this is obviously very visible and very public! He said He himself will appear in the sky with power and great glory (verse 30) - also very visible and very public! This is why He used the illustration of lightning in verse 27. Lightning appears in the sky (just like He will), and it is immediately visible from one horizon to the other (just like He will be). Light travels at 670,616,629 miles per hour and goes from one horizon to the other in a tiny fraction of a second. It is not secret and it is not slow or gradual.
What then is the simple and definite way of identifying all false Christs? Very simple - someone has to tell you about them ("he is here," or "he is there") because you cannot see Him in the sky for yourself! Read the passage again, just the plain language itself, isn't this precisely what Jesus said? If someone tells you He returned, don't believe it.
Let's apply the test that Jesus provided to the claims of this woman who is so bold as to call herself Christ. Do you see her in the sky with power and great glory? No. Did you hear about this alleged return of Christ from someone? Yes. She has failed the simple test that Jesus himself provided and so is therefore false and not to be believed.
Reason 4: They Declare Good Works (& submission to them) Are Required To Be Saved.
This self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, who is so bold as to claim the title "Almighty God," claims that it is necessary to submit in obedience to her teachings in order to be saved. This same thing happened in the Galatian church in the first century - they were told by false teachers that certain works of righteousness were required to be saved. The true Word of God records the response of the Holy Spirit through Paul, God's appointed Apostle, to these false teachings:
"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!" (Galatians 1:6-9)
"You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" (Galatians 3:1-3)
"Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them." (Galatians 4:16-17)
And in the book of Ephesians the true Word of God says regarding this same topic:
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:8-10)
You see, salvation is ALL because of what Jesus did, and we don't earn any little bit of it by our good works or righteous living. Faith is the channel through which we receive this salvation, and even our faith is given to us by God. Good works are what we are called to after we are saved and simply demonstrate our (imperfect) love for God.
Reason 5: They Publish Their Own (unbiblical) Teachings As The Word of God.
The Holy Bible of Christianity ends with the glorious "Revelation of Jesus Christ" to the Apostle John. The very end of the Bible closes with the following verses which sternly warn of adding anything further (and in doing so, presuming to speak as the Lord Himself):
Revelation 22:18-21 "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen."
This self-declared reincarnation of Jesus Christ, who is so bold as to claim the title "Almighty God," in direct, contemptuous defiance of this warning, presumes to speak as the Lord of the Church and the God of Heaven and Earth, and has published entirely new teachings, comprising 5 volumes full of lies and deception, intended to supersede the Bible itself.
Good News:
The good news is that you don't have to obey this cult or listen to its teachings to be saved, to receive eternal life, and to know and follow the ONE TRUE CHRIST - JESUS (who was raised bodily and left an empty tomb and now needs no "new" mortal body, since He already possesses an immortal and indestructible body that the apostles saw, felt, and touched after his resurrection - he even ate fish with them, see Matthew 28:9, Luke 24:37-43, John 20:25-28, Acts 1:4).
Stick to the Bible and don't fall for false teachings which add to or contradict the Bible and rely on intimidation and coercion and pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ into a works-based religion in which there is no security and in which your salvation hinges on your performance. Think about it - what is "faith" except confidence or trust in someone or something? What is the faith that saves, except faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ - God become sinless man to pay the penalty for our sin, once and for all, that He might purchase our freedom from sin, grant us forgiveness for our sin, and impart to us eternal life (as a sovereign gift), and place His Spirit within us that we might know Him and experience loving fellowship with Him in the depths of our soul as we joyfully and willingly, out of respondent love, walk in obedience to His commands. Our faith is in what He has done. Our salvation rests on the work He has done on our behalf. Our repentance and subsequent obedience (which will be faulty until we leave this body behind and He glorifies us to be like Him) are an imperfect response to what He has done in and for us, and all our sin and shortcomings for the rest of this life are covered by His covenant of grace as we continue to repent and confess any sin that His Spirit brings to our attention.
Our sin has been dealt with! Our salvation is sure - based on what Jesus did on the cross. Will we continue to struggle with sin? Yes, for as long as we dwell in our mortal body, but it will no longer have absolute dominion over us - we will choose and love the right and now it will grieve us in our spirit and lead us to repentance when we do fall into sin. Read Romans chapters 7 and 8. They describe this bitter struggle and speak about the security that believers have in Christ Jesus.
John summarized in his first letter these words of encouragement for believers as we continue to struggle against sin:
"This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." 1 John 1:5-10
In closing:
To those who hold fast to Jesus - the One True Christ -
"Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." - Galatians 1:3-5
And to the Only TRUE Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - His ONLY begotten Son -
"To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." - Jude 1:24-25   --------------------------
Don't just believe what I say, research this group for yourself:

Is it wrong to have paintings, small statues of Jesus, God, madonnas (counting that the madonnas who appear to people are fallen angels), or any being/thing in heaven or person/thing on the earth in order to have some spiritual or not spiritual representation?

(Deuteronomy 4:15-19) 15 "Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16 beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth. 19 And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them...
(Deuteronomy 4:23) Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the LORD your God has forbidden you.
(Exodus 20:4) "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
I want first of all to point out that even if the passages above refer specifically to the worship of idols as if they were God, from these and other passages of the Bible we conclude that God doesn't want us to give reverence to someone or something that is not God. So, everything you put in your mind before God is idolatry.
God can not be represented by nothing, since no one has ever seen a figure of God. The same applies to Jesus (who is God). Although the Bible had given us some physical detail of Jesus, we could not however make any image, statue or whatever it is, since with these details we could not represent Jesus, just because a statue, an image etc. is not Jesus. Suppose only to have a digital image of Jesus, taken with the camera, while he was on earth. The principle remains the same because that image is not Jesus in flesh and blood. Having representations of God or Jesus at home, we can not say that we are not worshiping or adoring or venerating them (which are synonymous), but we just keep those representations only to have some representation. In fact, if we put them somewhere in the house or in any place that we frequent, we were wrong to have put them there because the purpose can not only be to worship them when we see them, and in fact when we see them our mind worships them. It becomes automatic. It's like the principle of sin watching only one thing having lustful thoughts in mind (1 John 2:16), or the principle of adultery watching a married person to desire him/her (Matthew 5:28).
So God gets angry even if we try to represent him through statues, paintings and other things, since we are automatically worshiping those things that represent him, so we are creating images of them in our mind. God gets angry because knows that he is not the statue, painting or anything that those people are worshiping to. Besides the fact that God gets angry if we create images of him, he gets angrier if we make images of the madonnas (and as the title of the post says, the madonnas who appear to people are fallen angels/demons), angels and Catholic saints. He gets angry if we create physical or mental images of any person, such as singers, actors etc. He gets angry if we create mental images of abstract things such as a political system, a sport etc. As said previously, whatever we place in our lives before God is idolatry.
(Leviticus 26:1) "You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God.
The verse above speaks of pillars like things we should not erect. Let's think of all the monuments of people past and present erected in virtually all the cities in the world. Let's think of all the paintings, statues etc. of famous people found in virtually any home. It's also wrong to erect pillars which represents various things, in fact we find them everywhere.
Obviously there is nothing wrong with keeping pictures of people, for example, our relatives, if the purpose is to have a memory or anything that is not contrary to God. There's nothing wrong even to have paintings of landscapes if our purposes are pure, and therefore we do it to honor God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 4:8).

When the hugs and the kisses are sins, and why?

Of the time I heard from some that kisses or hugs are not sinful. Inherently many things are not sins, but generally they are, because it is also the thought what counts. I wrote ALSO because God is angry also for involuntary sins which I mentioned in other articles.
For example, when we kiss or hug someone of the opposite sex, our minds develop lustful thoughts. Concupiscence is obviously sin (1 John 2:16). Although the two are not touched at all, in their mind they may have developed carnal thoughts. It's wrong if the two get out together if the purpose is to satisfy some sexual fantasy, that is to be in the company of someone of the opposite sex. The fact that these two people are dating implies that in their mind have some thought of attraction each other. Although the main reason why they started dating is not sinful, there is always that part of us which desire that other person at the level to satisfy the flesh. It is human nature, and regarding this there is no escape. God permits the satisfaction of the flesh in any way only to married people (1 Corinthians 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:9; 1 Corinthians 6:18).
To answer to some people who do not give a good account of a thing I say also: the hug or the kiss on the cheek between persons invited, for example, in a marriage, can always be a sin if you inside the mind has developed some lustful thought. Everything which develops lust in the mind is a sin, everything is EVERYTHING, nothing is excluded, even if we have only thought it.
Example: if we massage our foot because we have a trauma, and the purpose of massaging it is just to cure him, it is obviously not a sin, but if in addition to that reason we massage it because doing that we experience pleasure having lustful thoughts, it's obviously a sin. If we eat something just to make your body healthy to serve God better, it is obviously not sin, but if we do it because we are controlled by the vice of eating, it's a sin because gluttony is something that has always been repulsive to God, and all of us realize it (Proverbs 23:20-21). I made these examples to show that, apart from the involuntary sins, what matters to determine if something is a sin are the thoughts.


(John MacDuff)

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" Philippians 2:5

"Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind" 1 Peter 4:1

THE MIND OF JESUS! What a study is this! To attain a dim reflection of it, is the ambition of angel — higher they cannot soar.

"To be conformed to the image of His Son!" — this is the design of God in the predestination of His people from all eternity.

"We shall be like Him!" — this is the Bible picture of heaven!

It is impossible on earth to associate with a fellow-being without getting in some degree assimilated to him. Just so, the more we study "the Mind of Christ," the more we are in His company — holding converse with Him as our best and dearest friend — catching up His holy looks and holy deeds — the more shall we be "transformed into the same image."

"Consider," says the Great Apostle (literally 'gaze on') "Christ Jesus" (Hebrews 3:1.) Study feature by feature, lineament by lineament — of that Peerless Exemplar. "Gaze" on the Sun of Righteousness, until, like gazing long on the natural sun, you carry away with you, on your spiritual vision, dazzling images of His brightness and glory! Though He is the Archetype of all goodness — remember He is no shadowy model — though the Infinite Jehovah — He was "the Man Christ Jesus."

We must never, indeed, forget that it is not the mind, but the work of Emmanuel which lies at the foundation of a sinner's hope. He must be known as a Savior, before He is studied as an Example. His doing and dying is the center jewel — of which all the virtues of His holy life are merely the setting. But neither must we overlook the Scripture obligation to walk in His footsteps and imbibe His Spirit, for "if any man has not the Spirit of Christ — he is none of His!"

Oh, that each individual Christian were more Savior-like! that, in the manifestation of a holy character and heavenly demeanor, it might be said in some feeble measure of the faint and imperfect reflection — "Such was Jesus!"

How far short we are of such a criterion — our mournful experience can testify. But it is at least comforting to know that there is a day coming, when, in the full vision and fruition of the Glorious Original, the exhortation of our motto-verse will be needed no more; when we shall be able to say, in the words of an inspired apostle — "We have the MIND OF CHRIST!"
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