Pastor Roger Anghis
Foundation Scripture: “Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”
Last week we looked at how even the ‘elite’ are being deceived. Too many people are looking at things through the eyes of the natural man and what the natural man can do. That is very little in the whole scheme of things. One of the biggest problems in the church today is there are not that many people who really study the Word. They rely too much on the preacher.
In my study of American history I found that the pilgrims but a special importance on the Word of God. Our first laws that dealt with education was centered on the ability to read and understand the Word of God. I bring this up because if you are not educated, you can be deceived very easily. This is why the early pilgrims required children to be able to read the Word of God so they would know when those in authority were doing something contrary to the Word. “The first laws providing public education for all children were passed in 1642 in Massachusetts and in 1647 in Connecticut and it was called the “Old Deluder Satan Law”. These colonists believed that the proper protection from civil abuses could only be achieved by eliminating Bible illiteracy.
“It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of Scriptures, as in former time. . . . It is therefore ordered . . [that] after the Lord hath increased [the settlement] to the number of fifty householders, [they] shall then forthwith appoint one within their town, to teach all such children as shall resort to him, to write and read. . . . And it is further ordered, that where any town shall increase to the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school . . . to instruct youths, so far as they may be fitted for the university.” (emphasis added)
Note that they put a premium on the ability to understand the Word of God. Many American literacy laws were directed at the necessity of understanding the Bible. A Connecticut law in 1690 read:
“This legislature observing that . . . there are many persons unable to read the English tongue and thereby incapable to read the holy Word of God or the good laws of this colony . . . it is ordered that all parents and masters shall cause their respective children and servants, as they are capable, to be taught to read distinctly the English tongue.” (emphasis added)
Please make note of the reason for education, people were unable to read the Word of God. Even the concerns of the higher education facilities of the day were directed to know Scripture as well as establishing their eternal destination.”
I mention all this because what was brought up in last week’s column about the ‘Jesus Seminar’ is very disturbing from the aspect that the person making the comments is a so-called ‘professor of religion’. He also made the statement “What happened to Jesus’ body after His death doesn’t matter.” If that is the case then there is no basis to our faith! If Jesus didn’t raise from the dead then our faith has no foundation and the Word of God is a lie. This is the point I am trying to make, we have to know when we are being lied to.
I wrote an article a couple weeks ago concerning the rapture and I had one person try to convince me that the church is the new Israel stating supercessionism which is nothing but the replacement theology that has been around for years and is a lie from the pit of hell. Bottom line is if the part of scripture telling us about the resurrection of Jesus is true, what other parts of scripture aren’t true?
I have to believe that God was able to get written in His book what He wanted written and that information is 100% accurate. Yes, there are some mistranslations but there are no mistakes in the original languages. I attended a class where it was discussed the accuracy of scripture and the teacher brought out a very interesting point. When Jesus went into the temple and read from the book of Isaiah, it was not the original text. It was a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy yet Jesus did not hesitate to read from it. If it wasn’t accurate, He would not have read from it and that text matches what we have today in our KJV Bible.
Again this so-called professor believes that the disciples didn’t really physically see Jesus because there was no resurrection! He went on to say “I don’t believe that Christ’s return (from the dead) was something that could be captured on videotape. I believe that Christ’s followers experienced visions and apparitions. The empty tomb story and whatever happened to Jesus’ corps is irrelevant to the truth of Easter.” This is THE most important aspect of our faith and this so-called expert dismisses it because he can’t envision how anything like that could happen.
This group of fools with the Jesus Seminar went even further in their blasphemy by stating that Jesus was NOT born a virgin and decided that “ . . . such Bible stories as Jesus walking on the water and healing the sick were literary metaphors and not real event.” What these people did was totally remove the foundation of the Christian faith leaving nothing for someone who is not well learned in scripture with nothing to base his or her belief on.
These men tried to find a way to verify scripture in their own understanding and could not. Solomon wrote: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” We are told in Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The enemy would love to be able to make us question every aspect of scripture because if we question it we are not likely to believe. If we don’t believe, we won’t act and if we don’t act we are not a threat.
Paul has told us to rightly divide the Word. This does require us to study a little. We don’t have to learn ancient Hebrew and Greek but we do need to have some tools to help us. Different translations, lexicons and other tools will help us from being lied to. It is our duty as Christians to understand scripture. We have to be able to understand that some things never change. Morality never changes. If it was immoral 4000 years ago, it’s still immoral. Homosexuality was immoral in the days of Abraham and it is immoral today even though several denominations have embraced it. It has always amazed me how the church can so eagerly embrace what God has condemned! How will they try to explain that to God on judgment day?
All of this is just a start. What is influencing our children today? Harry Potter, one who practices witchcraft, casts spells, flies on broom sticks, talks with dead spirits, lies, and disobeys authority figures all unapologetically. Pokemon and TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, Charmed all influence our kids with demonic activities. These influences are designed for the 3-11 year olds during their most influential years. Will we stand back and let it happen or will we put our foot down and say NO!
All Scripture is from the KJV unless otherwise noted.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of BuildingtheTruth, BuildingtheTruth.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-42 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: BuildingTheTruth.org
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All of this is just a start. What is influencing our children today? Harry Potter, one who practices witchcraft, casts spells, flies on broom sticks, talks with dead spirits, lies, and disobeys authority figures all unapologetically. Pokemon and TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, Charmed all influence our kids with demonic activities.