CONTINUATION - Witchcraft... ON THIS PAGE:
¨ Christian Human and Animal Sacrifice
¨ Which New Testament Sacrifices does God require? Conversion Versus Transformation
¨ THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT/PAGAN NOTION OF SIN AND CONSEQUENCES OF CONVERSION
¨ RELIGIOUS HUMAN SACRIFICE DURING THE CHRISTIAN CRUSADES and “the automatic salvation of the Jews”
¨ Pilgrimages to shrines and ‘holy’ places in Israel caused ‘Just and Holy War’ (Jihad.) The Temple Mount Controversy
¨ ‘Rebuilding the third Jewish temple’ is NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION/RECONSTRUCTION DOGMA!
¨ DISPENSATIONALISM AND DOMINIONISM come from Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation
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CHRISTIAN HUMAN AND ANIMAL SACRIFICE
There are Christian leaders who blend the doctrines of Roman Catholicism, Pentecostal/Charismatic, and other denominations with their traditional culture of ancestor worship and human and animal sacrifice, to turn the ‘binding of Isaac’ into pure witchcraft. These Christian witches teach that God requires firstborn sons, animals such as chickens, goats, bulls, and vast sums of money as sacrifices to “bless and multiply” the finances of their church followers.
In blind obedience to these Voodooist shamans, people then “make their children [and helpless animals] pass through the fire” by dedicating and even physically murdering them as blood sacrifices to Satan, (Deut. 18:10-4.) However, in the light of Jesus’ completed atonement in the place of all sincere believers, the God of the Bible will never require the physical sacrifice of our loved ones – or the physical blood sacrifice of ourselves, any other person, any other living creature – or even our money, which would nullify Jesus’ sacrifice for us, (Jn. 3:16-17; Eph. 1:7; Gal. 3:10-14.)
Which New Testament Sacrifices does God require? Conversion Versus Transformation
In Biblical offering or sacrifice, believers should remember they belong to the New Testament Covenant, where everything is spiritual, (Hebrews 8:13; chapters 7-9.) Hence, believers must bring themselves first, and then personal, and emotional sacrifices as the Holy Spirit lead them in Scriptural truth – not to add to their salvation and blessing in Christ, but “as our reasonable service [and worship] to God.” Paul told us exactly what these sacrifices are. He wrote, “...Present your bodies [every day and in every way] as living sacrifices; holy, acceptable to God... [Cleansed by the all-sufficient blood sacrifice of Christ. And this is how we do it:] Do not be conformed to this world, [conformation is required in religion where their members must convert to their dogmas, ‘saving’ sacraments,’ and other norms and forms,] but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, [thoughts and beliefs,] that you may know what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God, which is your reasonable service [to Him,]” (Rom. 12:1-3.)
‘Conversion’ or ‘conformation’ makes people church members and pumps their minds full of church doctrines. ‘Transformation’ is the ‘renewal’ of our ‘minds’ through real, Scriptural knowledge of, and obedience to God’s Word. Submitting to the will and work of God in our minds and lives constitutes true worship of God. While we must also obey the Moral Law, acceptable sacrifice to God begins in our own blood-cleansed hearts (or human spirits,) and flows into our “transformed minds,” which make us perfect, living sacrifices unto God through Jesus, (2 Cor. 9:7; Col. 2:9-10-15!)
Besides our complete surrender to the will of God, (to demonstrate 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 Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate, [in comparison to his love for Me,] his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” The Spirit Filled Bible 1991 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.”
God requires complete and personal loyalty, reverence, worship, and obedience from all his angels and from all humanity, (Ex. 20:1-6.) Even during the [physical,] Old Testament covenant, God asked for the ‘heart’ and ‘mind’ [or human spirit and soul] 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 Samuel 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 God’s will] is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [or unrepentance] is as iniquity and idolatry…” Although God’s New Testament Covenant is the age of grace in Christ, it is still vital to “be doers of God’s will, [His inward Moral Law,] and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.”
All sincere believers must show mercy and kindness to others, give freely as the Holy Spirit leads, etcetera, 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 New Testament Covenant especially, God does not require religious acts such as temple or church duties, ‘tithing’ to try to earn blessing, or to please and appease God, (Acts 7:44-50; Isa. 64:6; 57:12; Jam. 1:22; 2:14-26; 1 Cor. 13:3!)
THE CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT/PAGAN NOTION OF SIN AND CONSEQUENCES OF CONVERSION
The universal perception of “sin” also points directly to that day when God dispersed the nations at the Tower of Babel, from were they carried Babylonian temple worship worldwide, (Genesis chapter 11.) Just as in paganism and Catholicism, Protestant Reformers, (e.g., Zwingley, Luther, Melanchthon, John Calvin,) did not preach much, if anything, on the transgression of God’s inward Moral Law: (you shall not steal, lie… Mt. 22:36-40; Jn. 13:34.) They also rejected God’s Biblical commandment to ‘bear fruit that suit repentance,’ and frowned upon repentance from personal sin as taught in the entire context of the Bible, (Mt. 3:8; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.) They all believe the church, (just as all pagan cultures,) consists of people with the same religious convictions; and they knew nothing about the body of Christ, which are those who personally accepted Jesus and consciously repent from moral sin, (immorality.) They think that only those who are outside the church (or pagan culture) are ‘lost;’ have sin, and are capable of sin, as they reject the ‘atoning’ authority, and the ‘saving’ sacraments and rituals of the church, temple, or pagan culture. Thus, their notion of sin is set in the concept of disobedience to church (or tribal) authority and church (or tribal) doctrine. So, neglecting to pay tithes, nonattendance of all the sermons and gatherings, or abandoning sacrifices to the ancestors, are their sins.
That is why none of these cultures and mostly Christianity too, do not perceive sin as disobedience to God’s inward Moral Law, (e.g., false dogma, slander, hatred, adultery, etcetera.) Confession of sin to God, confession of sin against one another to one another, (James 5:16-18,) and repentance from disobedience to God’s Moral Law, hardly ever come into play. Hence, all religions, Christianity included, though they might seem pious, usually have a huge lack moral conscience. Not that they do not know God’s Moral Law, which is written on every human ‘heart’ and mind, (Jn. 16:8; Rom. 2:11-16.) Paul addressed this problem as follows, “...[As] their understanding was darkened, [they were] alienated from the life in God, [and are] past feeling. [So, they] gave themselves over to lewdness, uncleanness, and greediness,” (Eph. 4:17-19.)
It is no coincidence that in both Christianity and paganism, refusing to ‘convert’ or ‘conform’ to their church, temple, or tribal members by accepting their dogmas and initiation rites, (baby ‘baptism,’ teenage confirmation, etcetera in Christianity,) constitute grievous “sins against god!” Such “rebellion against the church, (temple, mosque, or tribal elders,) tears apart church (and other religious) unity and family values.” It is supposedly directed at ‘the God of heaven Himself,’ and those who reject their church authority “touch His anointed:” the church clergy, or other religious leaders.
As a result, such non-conforming, “utterly lost sinners,” (“infidels” in Islam,) can have “no part in God, the church, (synagogue, mosque, tribe,) or heaven.” Wikipedia explained, “One Arabic language analogue to infidel, refers to non-Muslims, is kafir. Sometimes "kaafir", "kufr" or "kuffar"; gâvur in Turkish, from the root K-F-R, which connotes covering, concealing, or ungrateful. In the Quran, the term kafir was first applied to the unbelieving Meccans, and their attempts to refute Muhammad. Later, Muslims are ordered to keep apart from them… and [make war on] them, .)”
What’s more, in all other religions, this so-called ‘heinous crime’ of “rebellion against God Himself” also gave the Vatican and the Reformers the ‘divine’ (or ‘God-appointed’) right to label all those who oppose their authority and doctrines as ‘heretics’ and ‘witches.’ As such, with the help of their political counterparts, (the ruling monarchies of countries,) those “men of god” (1 Jn. 5:19,) militarily hunted, brutally tortured, and ritually murdered those who opposed them.
However, 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,) the Lord Jesus rebuked them, saying, “You do not know what type of [evil] spirit you are of. For I did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them,” (Lu. 9:53-56.)
RELIGIOUS HUMAN SACRIFICE DURING THE CHRISTIAN CRUSADES
The so-called ‘automatic salvation of the Jews’
Jesus sternly commanded in John 4:21-24, “Believe Me, the hour is coming, [after My resurrection,] when you will neither on this mountain, [Mount Gerizim where the Samaritans built a substitute temple to God during the time of the prophet Jeremiah, since they were banned from the Judaist temple in Jerusalem,] nor in Jerusalem worship the Father… [You will not worship Me in Judaism, in any other religion such as Christianity, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, or in any other physical temple or church ever again, because] God is Spirit. Those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth!” Acts 7:44-50; 17:24 declare, “God does not live in temples made by human hands,” but in the human spirits, souls or minds, and bodies of sincere, Scripturally born again believers in Christ, (Ths. 5:23; 1 Cor. 6:15-20.)
Consequently, at the cross, Jesus annulled His national Old Testament covenant with the country and people of Israel, to establish His eternal, international, spiritual, New Testament Covenant with all true believers from “every tribe, tongue, and nation,” (Heb. 8:13; Jn. 3:16.) So, when Paul wrote, “God will not reject unbelieving Israel,” he certainly did not know that false Kingdom-Now theologians would twist his words to teach, “When Jesus returns, He will save the entire, chosen, Jewish nation automatically; without them believing in and following Jesus, and without being baptized in water as His sincere disciples as Jesus modeled and commanded,” (Mt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18.) Paul actually meant the Gospel of Christ will be preached to the Israelites, (despite their rejection of Jesus,) just as to people from all the (Gentile) nations. (If one was not born a Hebrew, one is a Gentile.) Through the entire New Testament, it is written that only “those [Hebrews and Gentiles] who are of faith [in Christ] are the [spiritual] sons of Abraham,” (Jn. 3:16; Gal. 3:7-9; 4:4-7.) Jesus will not return to save Israel. He returns “in flaming fire, taking vengeance on [all] those who do not know God, and on [all] those who [know Him but] do not obey the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!” (2 Ths. 1:5-12.)
‘Pilgrimage to Jerusalem caused ‘holy and just War’ (Jihad) in the ‘Holy Land;’ the Temple Mount Controversy
Pilgrimage is a so-called ‘sacred,’ ‘initiating,’ ‘saving,’ ‘atoning’ journey to certain religious sites such as Islamic Mecca and Israel. It might seem beneficial to your spiritual life if you are a Muslim, Roman Catholic, a Jesus-rejecting Christian Zionist, or into Messianic Judaism. But pilgrimage is actually a ‘sacramental’ initiation and part of step-by-step pagan and church ‘salvation,’ while God does not focus on Israel, churches, or any of their rites and rituals, (Gal. 4:8-10.) We cannot mix the Two Testaments or Covenants: ‘the Bondwoman and the Freewoman.’ “… If you [choose to keep parts of the Law,] you must keep the whole law. Then, you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace… For in Christ Jesus [the rituals of the law and outward religious ‘sacraments’ such as pilgrimage] avails nothing, but faith working through [agape] love,” (Gal. 4:21-30; 5:1-6.) Neither pagan nor Christian pilgrimages, nor any other religious work can add anything to our relationship with Jesus. It supplements neither salvation, nor redemption, nor ‘improves’ emotional growth - which only comes through obedience to the truth of God’s Word in Holy-Spirit leading. On the contrary, supplements such pilgrimages are witchcraft against the God of the Bible.
Among the many ongoing wars that centered on possession of the land of Israel, the Hebrews hated the Samaritan Israelites the most, for since ancient times, the Samaritans claimed Hebrew descent and pure adherence to the teachings of Abraham. The Hebrews, on the other hand, rejected both these statements and accused the Samaritans of changing the Torah, (the Law.) As a result, they banished the Samaritans from the Hebrew temple and from Hebrew society.
To add to their false church salvation, the Roman Catholic Church began practicing ‘sacramental’ Christian pilgrimages to Israel since shortly after the ascension of Christ. However, in the 4th century AD, 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 Vatican immense religious and political power to ultimately sacrifice millions of lives to their bloodthirsty goddess Mary, (or actually, their holy spirit or supposedly “god’s wife,”) and their son, (the “perpetual victim,”) the dead christ of Roman Catholicism, who is firmly nailed to their ‘lucky charm,’ the Roman Catholic cross, which they worship as an idol.
Not long afterward, Helena commanded Constantine and the papacy to ‘eradicate paganism’ in Israel to [physically] establish the kingdom of God in the ‘holy land,’ and then to ensure safe Christian pilgrimage to all the Christian shrines (or Roman Catholic cathedrals) in Israel, and especially to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
Crusades, or the race to capture the ‘holy land’ “for God, king, and country,” had begun. However, in New Testament terms there is no such thing as a ‘physical holy land.’ Believers in Christ live under the New Covenant; heaven is their homeland and holy city, (Heb. 11:13-16.) But, clinging to false Kingdom Now doctrines and Old Covenant promises to the Hebrew nation, Christianity became a most cruel and bloodthirsty rival to Judaism, the Samaritans, and later, to Islam. All these religions still view the Temple Mount as the holiest place in Israel. This was the location of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem, which the Romans destroyed in 70 A.D., exactly as Jesus prophesied. They all still believe that God commanded each of them to build an end-time temple to Him on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Still, the Vatican sanctioned the ‘sacrament’ of pilgrimage to ‘lead Catholics deeper into the mysteries of Christianity’ by coming ‘in touch’ with God; to ‘find more’ of God; ‘to make God real,’ and so, to finally ‘complete the Christian journey’ – or just as in paganism, ‘progressive ‘Christian salvation.’ Hence, Caesar Constantine and the Vatican dispersed thousands of extremely cruel and violent ‘knights’ to fight their ‘just and holy wars’ or bloodthirsty crusades, to conquer the ‘holy land’ and to militarily submit her citizens to Christian rule. These so-called ‘glamorous’ knights left a mountain of corpses behind in their quest to capture and demolish all the Roman temples that the Roman Emperors had built on ‘sacred places,’ which they had captured from the Jews. Constantine and the papacy then systematically replaced the Roman temples with spectacular Christian cathedrals. For instance, the first Church of the Nativity was erected in Bethlehem in 325 AD. 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 pagan/Christian shrine, which Roman Catholics (and her Protestant and other daughters) still literally worship as the ‘sacred place’ where they believe, Jesus was buried.
To this day, Catholic, Protestant, and especially Christian Zionist and Messianic Judaism pilgrimage to their many idolatrous shrines continues as a ‘rite of passage.’ We also see this in the Zionist Christian Church of Africa’s annual pilgrimage to Moriah; the Nazareth Baptists’ yearly pilgrimage to their ‘cosmic mountain’ in Natal, etcetera. But words cannot describe what spiritual harm these people do to themselves when they transgress the entire New Testament that was written in Jesus’ blood to participate in such brazen witchcraft against the Highest God of the Bible, (Heb. 8:13.)
‘REBUILDING THE THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE’ IS PENTECOSTAL/CHARISMATIC ‘NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION/RECONSTRUCTION,’ AND DOMINIONISM OR ‘GLOBAL CHRISTIAN RULE’
The decoration on top of the above mentioned teachings is “the millennium rule” of Christ, when the ‘everlasting kingdom of Old King David’ will allegedly be established here on earth. Theoretically, this will be the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer, “Let Your Kingdom come…” (Jesus was referring to His everlasting spiritual Kingdom in the hearts and minds of true believers, Jn. 1:12-14; 18:36.) However, this poisonous teaching rejects the New Testament Covenant of Jesus Christ to favor another ‘christ,’ which all Messianic Judaists, knowingly and unknowingly, are still waiting for.
‘Dispensationalism’ is the uncontextual misinterpretation of the two very different Old and New Testament Covenants, which Kingdom-Now teachers always insist on kneading into a single piece of dough. In the process, they bake a different kind of toxic bread, which, among their many other poisonous pastries, spiritually murder Jesus’ believers with Zionist/Judaist ritualism and the literal, false interpretations of end-time prophecies, (Gal. 5:1-6.)
Feasting on this type of deadly food, Kingdom-Now theologians and their scholars teach that the old Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem has to be rebuilt on the place where the Muslim Dome of the Rock now stands, to ‘ready the world for David’s millennium rule.’ Messianic Judaism, (which blends evangelical Christianity with Jewish prophesies, dogma, ritualism, and terminology,) ‘Israel Vision’ disciples, ‘Armstrongians,’ Jehovah Witnesses, “Jesus Only” or Oneness Pentecostals and other Unitarians, Pentecostals, and Charismatics are all based on the Kingdom-Now mindset, just as Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism are. Actually, the entire church system teaches this lie in some way or another, (Jn. 18:36.)
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 His everlasting, spiritual Covenant in Jesus Christ, (Jn. 3:16.) Earth is destined for the fire, as described in 2 Peter 3:10-18 and Psalm 102:25-26, “[The heavens and the earth] will perish, but You will endure…” Jesus Himself said, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be… Heaven [or earth’s atmosphere] and earth [itself] will pass away, but My words will never pass away,” (Mt. 24; Lu. 21:25-28; 18:8.)
Apostolic Reformation/Reconstruction comes from Roman Catholicism and the Calvinist Reformation
‘Rebuilding of the Jewish temple’ eschatology, is simply another combination of the age-old Roman Catholic, (Origen and ‘saint’ Augustine,) Protestant, (Luther, John Calvin, etcetera,) Reformation dogma, known as Partial Preterism, [meaning already partially done] and Dominionism, [meaning Christian control of the whole earth.] 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 A.D. So, “Old Israel [and it’s seven world-enforced Noahite laws] merely continue to exist in its Old Testament form in the Christian Church.” This is a blatant disregard of Jesus’ entire New Covenant, (Heb. 8:13.)
Dressed in modern suits, Roman Catholic/Protestant Reformation Preterism and Dominionism eschatologies were accepted mainly among Evangelicals, which they stealthily turned into the ‘New Apostolic Reformation’ dogma; a lie that crept into most other denominations or divisions of Roman Catholic Christianity as well.
This Roman Catholic/Reformed/Evangelical deception teaches that the ‘first coming of Christ’ happened when Jesus was born 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 has been in a so-called ‘non-literal millennium,’ called ‘amillennium,’ where God’s Kingdom on earth was ‘contained’ by the physical Christian church. (Thank God, the truth is plainly told in Acts 17:24-25, etcetera! God does not dwell in any physical building during His New Testament Covenant!)
Allegedly, Jesus’ so-called ‘third coming’ after the ‘rapture’ or His ‘third visual return’ will not happen until ‘the church,’ through the “mediating,” New Reformed, Roman Catholic priesthood, working though the manifest sons of God or Elijah prophets, reconstructed God’s Kingdom physically on earth by bringing the whole world under Dominionism of Christian rule through their super “anointing,” not the preaching of the true Gospel. So, at Jesus’ return, He will apparently find the “kingdom of God” already ‘restored’ by this ‘divine,’ political, 'five-fold,’ ‘christ’ clergy, and ruled from the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. At the same time they also say a “one-man” antichrist will occupy that temple. What next?
¨ 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 old temple and it’s entire old covenant and dispensation at the cross, (Mt. 27:51.) Hebrew 8:1-13 declares, “…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 Old Testament covenant…] which was… obsolete… old, and… has vanished away – [because the entire Old Covenant was fulfilled when Jesus died, was risen from the grave, and ascended on high!]” Hebrews 9:11; 24, “Christ came as High Priest of the… greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, [the spiritual, New Covenant temple 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, and now appears in the presence of God for us…” (1 Cor. 3:16-17.)
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 crusaders still wage a ‘Holy War’ for the ‘Holy Land,’ and point to many uncontextual and misinterpreted, mostly crudely butchered, Old Testament verses and passages to ‘prove’ their point; as do all the other twisters of Biblical truth. In New Testament language, 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. In New Covenant light, the only ‘holy war’ that compares to such blatant witchcraft is found in Micah 3:1-5, where the prophet says, “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 clarified the question of physical war under the New Covenant of Christ 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 soul, mind or thoughts, because deception has ensnared humanity in various kinds of church and other witchcraft. In the context of New Testament 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.)