CONTINUATION - Witchcraft... ON THIS PAGE:
· Christian Human and Animal Sacrifice
· Which New Testament Sacrifices does God require?
· THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT, PAGAN NOTION OF SIN
· Religious Human Sacrifice During the Christian Crusades
· ‘Holy and Just War’ (Jihad) In the Holy Land; the Temple Mount Controversy
· Pilgrimages to shrines and ‘sacred places,’ such as the ‘holy land’
‘Rebuilding the third Jewish temple’ is NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION/RECONSTRUCTION DOGMA!
DISPENSATIONALISM AND DOMINIONISM come from Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation
Christian Human and Animal Sacrifice
Almost unbelievably, there are many Christian leaders, who mix Roman Catholicism and Charismatic Christianity with their traditional culture of ancestor worship, and human and animal sacrifice, to turn the ‘binding of Isaac’ into pure witchcraft. These Christian witches have the insolence to teach that God requires firstborn sons, animals such as chickens and goats, and vast sums of money as sacrifices to “bless and multiply” the finances of their church followers.
In blind obedience to these deceivers and exploiting abusers, people then “make their children [and helpless animals] pass through the fire” by dedicating and murdering them as blood sacrifices to Satan, not to God, (Deut. 18:10.) God will never require the physical sacrifice of our loved ones – or the physical sacrifice of ourselves, any other person, or any other kind of living creature.
Nothing and no one can add to the complete atonement and blessing of Christ Jesus in our place, (Eph. 1:7; Gal. 3:10-14.)
Which New Testament Sacrifices does God require?
The God of the Bible, also known by His Hebrew Name as “El Elyon,” (the Most High God,) requires complete loyalty, reverence, worship, and obedience from all his angels, and from all of humanity, (Ex. 20:1-6.) Even during the [physical,] Old Testament temple-dispensation, God asked for the ‘heart’ [or human spirit] of man; rejecting his empty religious works. God’s prophet Samuel demonstrated this perfectly when he addressed the disobedient, religious works of King Saul in 1 Sam. 15:22-23, saying, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to [listen] than the fat of rams. For rebellion, [or religious works without adhering to His will] is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…”
Although God’s N.T. dispensation is the age of grace in Christ, it is still vital to “be DOERS of God’s will, [His Royal Law of Love] and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.” All sincere believers has to show mercy and kindness to others, give freely as the Holy Spirit leads, etc. in order to glorify God. Yet - even our best works, when done legalistically and with the wrong motives, constitute our own, independent “righteousness,” (or witchcraft,) and are “like filthy rags” before the holy throne of God, (Isa. 64:6.) In the whole context of the N.T. especially, God does not require religious acts such as temple or church duties, or ‘tithing’ to try to earn blessing, or to please and appease God, (Isa. 64:6; 57:12; Jam. 1:22; 2:14-26; 1 Cor. 13!)
When it comes to true Biblical offering or sacrifice, believers should always remember that they belong to the New Testament dispensation, which is a spiritual dispensation. Hence, N.T. believers should bring personal, spiritual (and emotional) sacrifices first – not to add to their salvation and blessing in Christ, but “as our reasonable service [and WORSHIP] to God.” Paul told us plainly what these sacrifices ought to be, “I beseech you… that you present your bodies [every day and in every way as] a living sacrifice; holy, acceptable to God... [Cleansed by the all-sufficient blood sacrifice of Christ.] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God, which is your reasonable service [to Him,]” (Rom. 12:1-2.) Thus, submitting to will and work of God in our minds and lives constitutes TRUE worship of God. While we also have to obey the Moral Law, or the Royal Law of Love, true sacrifice to God begins and grows in our own blood-cleansed hearts (or spirits,) and flows into our “transformed minds,” which make us living sacrifices unto God, able to DO His entire will, (2 Cor. 9:7.)
Beside our complete surrender to the entire will of Christ, (in spirit, soul, and body to demonstrate complete obedience to God,) the Lord Jesus still requires of every true disciple to be willing to manifest the same type of faith that Old Abraham demonstrated in the land of Moriah. We are to leave all to follow Jesus, as He stated in Lu. 14:26, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” The Spirit Filled Bible explains, “A disciple must subordinate all earthly relationships [and desires] to loyalty to Christ. ‘Hate’ does not mean to bear ill will, but to choose Christ over all others.”
Sincere believers all have to ‘sacrifice’ unto God according to the example, which Abraham set in the “binding of Isaac.”
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT/PAGAN NOTION OF SIN
Just as in paganism and Catholicism, Protestant Reformers, (i.e., Martin Luther, Melanchton, John Calvin, etc.,) did not preach much on moral sin, which is the violation of God’s Royal Law of Love, (Mt. 22:36-40; Jn. 13:34.) Pagans, Catholics, and Protestants rejected – as most still do - the true, Biblical commandments to ‘bear fruit that suit repentance,’ and oppose(d) repentance from personal and moral sin, as taught in the entire context of the Bible.
They all believe, “The Church [or pagan culture] consists of people with the same religious convictions, not of those who repent from moral sin. Only those who are outside the Church [or pagan culture] are ‘lost;’ have sin, and are capable of sin, because they reject the ‘atoning’ authority and sacraments of the Church [or the pagan culture].”
As in all other religious culture, their notion of sin was (and mostly still is) seated in the concept of disobedience to church (or tribal) authority and church (or tribal) doctrine. For instance, neither Catholicism, nor Protestantism, nor paganism perceives moral sin, (i.e., slander, hatred, murder, adultery, etc.,) as real sin. By Catholic and Protestant church law, (just as in paganism,) the only real and most serious sins one can commit, is to disobey the laws of the church (or culture,) to refuse to submit to church (or tribal) authority, and to reject their ‘atoning church sacraments,’ (or tribal customs, such as sacrificing to the ‘ancestors.’) Conviction of, and repentance from moral and personal sin never comes into play.
In both Catholicism and Protestantism, refusing to convert by becoming one of their church members by accepting their initiation rites, (the baby ‘baptism,’ confirmation, etc.,) and/or neglecting church attendance, tithing and so forth, constitute(d) grievous “sin against God!” Such “blasphemous rebellion, which tears apart church unity” was supposedly directed at ‘the God of heaven Himself,’ (as those who rejected church authority were ‘touching His anointed, the holy, anointed clergy,’) and as a result, such "utterly lost sinners” have “no part in Christ, the church, or in everlasting life.” This so-called heinous crime ‘against God Himself’ gave both the Catholic papacy and the Reformers the ‘divine (or ‘God-appointed) right and rule’ to label all those who oppose(d) their authority and doctrines as ‘heretics’ and ‘witches.’
As such, both the papacy and the Reformers, with the help of their religious counterparts, the monarchies of Europe, hunted militarily all those who opposed Catholicism, and later, Protestantism as well.
However, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, when His disciples wanted to “call down fire from heaven” to consume those who refused the opportunity to receive Him, (the Real Christ, not a false church system,) rebuked His disciples, saying, “You do not know what type of [evil] spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” (Lu. 9:53-56.) If either Catholicism or Protestantism had the truth, light, and life of Christ, they would have obeyed the Holy Spirit, Who came to “bring to our remembrance all things JESUS said to us [in the Scriptures.]” For the Holy Spirit also “came to convict the WHOLE WORLD, [every single person,] of [moral] sin, righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they do not believe in [the True Christ,] of righteousness, because [He atoned for our state of sin in full,] and of judgment, because the ruler of this world, [whom they obey and serve,] is judged,” (Jn. 14:26; 16:8-11.)
RELIGIOUS HUMAN SACRIFICE DURING THE CHRISTIAN CRUSADES
‘Holy and Just War’ (Jihad) in the ‘Holy Land;’ the Temple Mount Controversy
Amongst all the many ongoing wars, which centered on possession of the land of Israel, the Jews hated the Samaritans especially, for since ancient times, the Samaritans claimed Hebrew descent and pure adherence to the teachings of Abraham. The Jews, on the other hand, rejected both these statements and accused the Samaritans of changing the Torah, (the Law.) As a result, the Jews banished the Samaritans from the Jewish temple and from Jewish society.
After Christ, crusades, or the race to capture the ‘holy land’ “for God, king, and country,” became a most cruel and bloody religious rivalry; first between Judaism and Romanism, and then between Judaism, the Samaritans, Islam, and Christianity. The latter four religions all view the Temple Mount, (the location of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem, which the Romans destroyed in 70 AD, exactly as Jesus had prophesied for the Jewish rejection of Him as their Spiritual Savior,) as the holiest place in Israel. They all believed, (as Judaism, Islam, and Christianity still do,) that God commanded each of them to build Him an end-time temple on the Temple Mount.
In reality, however, the Lord Jesus Himself sternly commanded in Jn. 4:21-24, “Believe Me, the hour is coming, [after My ascension to heaven,] when you will neither on this mountain, [Mount Gerizim, where the Samaritans built a temple during the time of the prophet Jeremiah as a substitute place of worship, since they were banned from the Judaist temple in Jerusalem,] nor in JERUSALEM worship the Father… [Not in this religion or denomination nor in another, for…] God is Spirit; those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth!”
When Paul wrote, “God will not reject unbelieving Israel,” he certainly did not know that false Kingdom-Now theologians would twist this prophecy to teach, “when Jesus returns visually, He will save the entire, chosen, Jewish nation automatically; without prior personal faith in, and acceptance of Christ.” In fact, Paul meant that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ would be preached to the Israelites, (despite their rejection of Jesus the Christ,) just as to people from all the other (Gentile) nations of the world, (if one was not born a Jew, one is a Gentile.) Throughout the entire New Testament, it is plainly stated that ONLY “those [Jews and Gentiles] who are of faith [in Christ] are the [true spiritual] sons of Abraham,” (Gal. 3:7-9; 4:4-7.) According to Jesus’ commandment in Jn. 4:21-24; and true to His New Testament covenant, only sincere disciples, bought with His blood from “every tribe, and tongue, and nation,” are the spiritual temple, or dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, as God does not live in a temple made by human hands!
Pilgrimages to shrines and ‘sacred places,’ such as the ‘holy land’
Jesus Himself commanded that true believers can never worship or revere the true God, Who is Spirit, acceptably in any physical place or physical temple. Sincere believers have to worship God in and through their born again, blood-cleansed human spirits and in the entire contextual truth of His Word, (Jn. 4:21-24.)
As a result, Christian pilgrimage, (which is an initiation into pagan or church ‘mysteries,’) might be interesting, but neither pagan nor Christian pilgrimages of any kind can ever, and will ever add anything to our relationship with God. It supplements neither salvation, nor redemption, nor ‘improves’ true, spiritual growth - which only comes through obedience to the truth of God’s Word! [ See ‘Pilgrimage – the Pagan/Christianized Rite of Passage.’]
On the contrary, such pilgrimages are pure witchcraft against the God of the Bible.
The Roman Catholic Church has been practicing Christian pilgrimages to Israel since shortly after the ascension of Christ. However, in the 4th century AD, the Roman Caesar Constantine and his mother Helena converted to Christianity and declared the Roman Catholic Church the new state religion of Rome. This gave the Roman Catholic Vatican immense religious, as well as political power, ultimately to sacrifice millions of lives to their bloodthirsty goddess Mary, (“god’s wife,”) and their son, (the “perpetual victim,”) their dead christ; nailed to their ‘lucky charm,’ the Roman Catholic cross, which they worship as an idol, or god. [Discover the truth about this Roman Catholic god.]
Not long afterwards, Helena commanded Constantine and the papacy to ‘eradicate paganism in Israel to establish the kingdom of God [physically] in the holy land,’ and then to ensure safe Christian pilgrimage to all the Christian shrines (or Roman Catholic churches) in Israel, and to Jerusalem especially. Thus, the Vatican sanctioned pilgrimage to theoretically lead Roman Catholics ‘deeper into the mysteries of Christianity’ to ‘come in touch’ with God; to ‘find more’ of God; ‘to make God real,’ and so, to finally ‘complete the Christian journey’ – or progressive ‘Christian salvation.’ [See ‘The Meaning of Pagan and Christian Initiation, or Rites of Passage.]
Caesar Constantine and the Roman Catholic papacy dispersed thousands of extremely cruel and violent knights to fight their bloody ‘just and holy wars,’ or murderous crusades, in order to conquer the ‘holy land’ and to submit her citizens to Christian rule. These ‘glamorous’ knights left a mountain of corpses behind in their quest to capture and demolish all the Roman temples that the Emperors had built on ‘sacred places,’ which the Romans, in turn, had captured from the Jews. Constantine and the papacy then systematically replaced the Roman temples with spectacular Christian cathedrals. For instance, in 330 A.D., Catholics replaced a 2nd century A.D. temple to the Greek/Roman goddess Venus with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – a shrine, which Roman Catholics still worship as the ‘sacred place’ where they believe, Jesus was buried.
Roman Catholic pilgrimage to their many idolatrous shrines continues to this day as a ‘rite of passage’, just as those of the Zionist Christian Church of Africa annual pilgrimage to Moria; the Nazareth Baptists’ yearly pilgrimage to their ‘cosmic mountain’ in Kwazulu Natal, etc.
‘Rebuilding of the third Jewish temple’ is ‘New Apostolic Reformation/Reconstruction’ DISPENSATIONALISM
The decorating cherry on top of dispensationalist beverages, is usually millennialism, “ the millennium rule” of Christ, (when, after the return of Christ, Satan will be supposedly released from his dungeon for a thousand years to deceive the nations once again,) and the ‘everlasting kingdom of Old King David’ here on this sin-riddled earth in its present form. This poisonous drink usually accompanies the misinterpretation and twisting of the very different Old and New Testament dispensations, which Kingdom-Now teachers always insist on kneading into a single piece of dough. In the process, they bake different kinds of toxic bread, which, amongst their many other poisonous dogmas, murder Jesus’ believers with false teachings on religion and politics, and Jesus’ return and His so-called “millennium” reign on earth.
Feasting on this type of false food, ancient as well as modern Kingdom-Now theologians and their scholars, (true to the deception of their evil mother, the idolatrous Roman Catholic Church,) spread the witchcraft, which preaches that the old Jewish Temple in Jerusalem has to be re-built on the place where the Muslim Dome of the Rock now stands. They allege that Jesus’ kingdom, or supposedly, ‘King David’s Old Testament, everlasting kingdom’ in the form of Christianity, has to be established ‘physically’ on the whole earth before Jesus’ will return to earth visually, and for a third time. However, Jesus Himself said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be… Heaven [earth’s atmosphere] and earth [itself] will pass away, but My words will never pass away… Men’s hearts will fail them from fear… [of] the things coming on the earth… THEN they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory… [But] when the Son of Man comes, will He really find [true, Biblical] faith on the earth?” (Mt. 24; Lu. 21:25-28; 18:8b.)
As most pagan religions, Messianic Jews, (who blend evangelical Christianity with Jewish dogma, practice, and terminology,) ‘Israel Vision’ disciples, ‘Armstrongians,’ Jehovah Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals and other Unitarians, (who insist on calling God or Jesus the Savior ‘Jehovah, Yahweh, Yeshua,’ etc.,) Pentecostals and Charismatics, are all based on the Kingdom-Now mindset, just as JUDAISM, Roman Catholicism, Lutherism, Calvinism, etc.
To most of these Kingdom-Now adherents, it is of great importance to establish ‘King David’s’ literal, ‘everlasting, physical rule’ from Jerusalem globally in the here and now. To say that this is a false doctrine that does not fit into the N.T., Spiritual Covenant and Kingdom of God in the ‘hearts’ of sincere believers, supposedly ‘turns God into a liar,’ and therefore “constitutes blasphemy!” However, in the context of the entire Bible, it is obvious that God did not promise David a literal kingdom on this current, sin-infested earth, as that would annul God’s everlasting, spiritual covenant of faith in Jesus Christ. This earth is destined for the fire, as plainly described in 2 Pet. 3:10-18 and Ps. 102:25-26, “[The heavens and the earth] will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment, like a cloak You will change them… [Therefore] we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells…”
Apostolic Reformation/Reconstruction/Dominionism dogma comes from Roman Catholicism and the Calvinist Reformation
The ‘rebuilding of the Jewish temple’ eschatology, (or end-time teaching) is simply another evil combination of the age-old Roman Catholic, (Origen and ‘saint’ Augustine,) Protestant Reformation lies, known as Partial Preterism, [meaning already partially done] and Dominionism. Simplified, Preterism means, prophesies such as the Great Tribulation and the return of Christ were already fulfilled when the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 AD, and that “Old Israel merely continues in its O.T. form in the Christian Church” — which is blasphemy that tries to undo Jesus’ full atonement and New Testament Covenant! Dominionism or the Kingdom Now dogma, which Evangelicals twist to mean that, through Christ, believers have dominion over EVERTY area of life; political life as well — but read what Jesus said in Jn. 18:36!] teach that this physical world must be changed POLITICALLY into God’s physical, N.T. Kingdom like O.T. Israel was - which is impossible, as the O.T. and N.T. COVENANTS are two completely different dispensations!
Dressed in a modern suit, Roman Catholic/Protestant Reformation Preterism and Dominionism eschatology presents itself particularly amongst Evangelicals as the ‘New Apostolic Reformation’ dogma; a lie that crept into most other modern denominations as well. This Roman Catholic/Reformed blend of Evangelical deception teaches primarily that the ‘first coming of Christ’ happened when Jesus was born in the ‘flesh,’ or as a man. They then say that the ‘second coming’ happened in 70 AD with the destruction of the second Jewish temple. Since then, the world had been in a so-called ‘non-literal millennium,’ called ‘amillennium,’ where God’s Kingdom on earth was ‘contained’ by the physical Christian church, as well as by the ‘hearts’ of her church members – (thank God, the truth is plainly told in Acts 17:24-25, etc.!)
Allegedly, Jesus’ ‘third coming’ or ‘third visual return’ will supposedly NOT happen until ‘the church,’ (through the “mediating” ministrations of the NEW Roman Catholic/REFORMED priesthood, the Pentecostal/Charismatic manifest sons of God, Elijah prophets,) REFORMED AND RECONSTRUCTED God’s Kingdom physically on earth by bringing the whole world under Christian rule. Hence, at Jesus’ return, He will apparently find the kingdom of God already ‘RESTORED,’ and ruled from the ‘restored or reconstructed’ Jewish temple in the physical ‘restored’ country of Israel. Theoretically, all this will happen through the ‘divine’ spiritual/political ministration of ‘the five-fold, hyper anointed clergy of their churches,’ so that all Jesus has to do at His return, is to take up residence in the ‘sacred’ Jewish temple in Jerusalem, which they would have ‘completely restored for Him.’
These sacrileges witches handily forget that temple-worship in the form of Judaism nailed Jesus to the cross and that Jesus Himself destroyed the physical O.T. temple and it’s entire old dispensation on the cross, (read Mt. 27:51.)
Heb. 8:1-13 unmistakably teaches, “…We have such a [Spiritual] High Priest, Who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, Minister of the sanctuary and of the TRUE tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man… Mediator of a better covenant [than the O.T. covenant…] which is becoming obsolete and growing old, and ready to vanish away – [which was fulfilled when Jesus died and had risen from the grave!]” Heb. 9:11; 24, “Christ came as High Priest of the… GREATER and MORE PERFECT TABERNACLE not made with hands, [the spiritual dwelling place of the Holy Spirit,] that are NOT OF THIS CREATION… for Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands… but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…”
Despite everything Jesus had done in our place to focus the eyes of His disciples on the everlasting, spiritual Kingdom of God, these Kingdom-Now fighters still wage a ‘Holy War’ for the ‘Holy Land,’ and point to many uncontextual and misinterpreted - mostly O.T. Bible verses and passages to ‘prove’ their point; as do all the other twisters of Biblical truth. In New Testament language and dogma, the ‘crusades’ of these Kingdom-Now preachers do not differ from the ‘holy war’ or Jihad, which fanatic Muslim murderers are still waging in various countries across the globe to capture the whole world for Islam. [See the interesting subjects inside ‘Muslims for Christ’.]
In the Bible, the only ‘holy war’ that compares to such blatant witchcraft, is found in Micah 3:1-5, where the prophet declares, “Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people stray, that bite with their teeth and cry, ‘Peace,’ but against him that puts nothing into their mouths, they prepare a HOLY WAR…” Paul perfectly clarified the question of physical war as follows, “Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our [spiritual] warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down [spiritual] strongholds, casting down [vain] arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Cor. 10:3-6.)
The only battle the Lord Jesus Christ called His disciples to fight is the battle for the human mind, which has ensnared humanity in various kinds of witchcraft. In the context of N.T. truth, ‘holy war’ to establish false Kingdom-Now rule, nullifies the “fight of faith,” through which Jesus’ true disciples “lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed… I urge you in the sight of God… that you keep THIS COMMANDMENT [the continual fight of faith] without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ appears…” (1 Tim. 6:12-16.)