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
There are Christian leaders, who mix the doctrines of Roman Catholicism, 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 deceivers, 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.) 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 kind of living creature – or even our money, (Jn. 3:16-17; Eph. 1:7; Gal. 3:10-14.)
Which New Testament Sacrifices does God require?
God requires complete loyalty, reverence, worship, and obedience from all his angels and from all humanity, (Ex. 20:1-6.) Even during the [physical,] Old Testament temple-dispensation, 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 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 God’s will] is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…” Although God’s New Testament 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 have to show mercy and kindness to others, give freely as the Holy Spirit leads, etc. 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, (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, New Testament believers should bring themselves first, and then personal, spiritual (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 plainly what these sacrifices are, “I beseech you… that you 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.] Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God, which is your reasonable service [to Him,]” (Rom. 12:1-2.)
Submitting to the will and work of God in our minds and lives constitutes true worship of God. While we also have to obey the Moral Law, 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.) Besides our complete surrender to the entire will of God, (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, [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 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.”
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT/PAGAN NOTION OF SIN
Just as in paganism and Catholicism, Protestant Reformers, (i.e., Martin Luther, Melanchthon, John Calvin, etc.,) did not preach much, if anything, on the transgression of God’s Moral Law of love, (Mt. 22:36-40; Jn. 13:34.) They all rejected – as most still do - God’s Biblical commandments to ‘bear fruit that suit repentance,’ and frowned upon repentance from personal 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]. Their notion of sin was (and still is) seated in the concept of disobedience to church (or tribal) authority and church (or tribal) doctrine. They do not perceive sin against God’s Moral Law, (i.e., slander, hatred, adultery, etc.,) as real sin. By Catholic, Protestant, and other church standards, (just as in paganism,) the only sins one can commit, is to disobey the laws of the church (or culture,) refuse to submit to church (or tribal) authority, and to reject their ‘atoning’ church sacraments, etc.,’ (or tribal customs, such as sacrificing to the ‘ancestors.’) Conviction of sin, confession of sin, and repentance from disobedience to God’s Moral Law never come into play. In essence, all religions, Christianity included, however pious and religious they may seem, lack moral conscience.
In both Christianity and paganism, refusing to convert by becoming one of their church, temple, or tribal members by accepting their initiation rites, (baby ‘baptism,’ teenage confirmation, etc.,) and/or neglecting church attendance, tithing and so forth, constitute grievous “sins against God!” Such rebellion, “which tears apart church unity and family values” is 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” can have “no part in Christ, the church, or everlasting life.” This so-called heinous crime ‘against God Himself’ gave both the Vatican and the Reformers the ‘divine (or ‘God-appointed) right and rule’ by labeling all those who oppose their authority and doctrines as ‘heretics’ and ‘witches.’ As such, with the help of their religious counterparts, the monarchies of Europe, they militarily hunted those who opposed Catholicism, and later, Protestantism, (Calvin & Luther.)
However, the Lord Jesus, 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 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.) 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 sin [against God’s Moral Law,] 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
Pilgrimages to shrines and ‘sacred places,’ such as the ‘holy land’
The Lord Jesus Himself sternly commanded in Jn. 4:21-24, “Believe Me, the hour is coming, [after My ascension,] 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, nor in another religion such as Christianity, nor on the Temple Mount, nor in any physical temple or church ever again, because] God is Spirit. Those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth!” (Acts 7:48; 17:24.)
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 personal faith, acceptance, and the following of Christ.” Paul actually meant that the Gospel of Christ will be preached to the Israelites, (despite their rejection of Him,) just as to people from all the (Gentile) nations of the world. (If one was not born a Hebrew, one is a Gentile.) Then, all those who personally choose to accept Him will be saved. Through the entire New Testament, it is written that only “those [Hebrews and Gentiles] who are of faith [in Christ] are the [true spiritual] sons of Abraham,” (Gal. 3:7-9; 4:4-7; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:16-17.)
As a result pilgrimage, (which is ‘sacred’ journeys to certain religious sites and countries such as Israel,) might seem beneficial to your spiritual life if you are a Roman Catholic or a Muslim. Pilgrimage is actually part of religious ‘sacramental’ initiation, or step-by-step pagan and church ‘salvation,’ while God does not focus on Israel or any other country during the New Testament Covenant as during the Old Testament Covenant, which centered on the Old Hebrews. Neither pagan nor Christian pilgrimages of any kind can ever add anything to our relationship with Jesus. It supplements neither salvation, nor redemption, nor ‘improves’ true, spiritual growth - which only comes through obedience to the truth of God’s Word in the leading of the Holy Spirit! On the contrary, such pilgrimages are pure witchcraft against the God of the Bible.
To add to their church salvation, the Roman Catholic Church has been practicing 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, ultimately to sacrifice millions of lives to their bloodthirsty goddess Mary, (or actually, their holy spirit, supposedly “god’s wife,”) and their son, (the “perpetual victim,”) the dead christ or Roman Catholicism, who is firmly nailed to their ‘lucky charm,’ the Roman Catholic cross, which they worship as an idol.
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 especially to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. And so, the Vatican sanctioned the ‘sacrament’ of pilgrimage to allegedly lead Roman Catholics ‘deeper into the mysteries of Christianity’ by becoming ‘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.’ To this day, Roman Catholic pilgrimage to their many idolatrous shrines continues as a ‘rite of passage,’ just as the Zionist Christian Church of Africa’s annual pilgrimage to Moriah; the Nazareth Baptists’ yearly pilgrimage to their ‘cosmic mountain’ in Kwazulu Natal, etc. No words can therefore describe what personally born again believers do when they participate in such brazen witchcraft against the Highest God of the Bible.
‘Holy and Just War’ (Jihad) in the ‘Holy Land;’ the Temple Mount Controversy
Among all the many ongoing wars, which centered on possession of the land of Israel, the Hebrews hated the Samaritans 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.
After Christ’s ascension, crusades, or the race to capture the ‘holy land’ “for God, king, and country” began. However, in New Testament Covenant terms there is no such thing as a ‘physical holy land’ anymore. Believers in Christ live under the New Covenant dispensation. Jesus died for ‘every tribe, tongue and nation,’ and all true believers are citizens of His Spiritual Kingdom, His holy nation, members of His spiritual temple, etc. Yet, 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 viewed the Temple Mount, (the location of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem, which the Romans destroyed in 70 AD, exactly as Jesus prophesied because of 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 an end-time temple to Him on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Hence, Caesar Constantine and the Vatican dispersed thousands of extremely cruel and violent ‘knights’ to fight their ‘just and holy wars,’ or murderous 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 the Romans 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 AD 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.
‘Rebuilding of the third Jewish temple’ is the Pentecostal/Charismatic ‘New Apostolic Reformation/Reconstruction’ Dispensationalism
The decoration on top of dispensationalist teaching is millennialism, or “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…” However, this poisonous teaching replaces the entire New Testament Covenant of Jesus Christ in favor of another ‘messiah,’ whom all Messianic Jews and Christians, knowingly and unknowingly, are still waiting for. Dispensationalism is the uncontextual misinterpretation of the two very different Old and New Testament Covenants or dispensations and their prophecies, 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, murder Jesus’ believers with Judaist ritualism and their false interpretations of end-time prophecies.
Feasting on this type of deadly 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,) teaches 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 Jews, (who blend evangelical Christianity with Jewish dogma, ritualism, and terminology,) ‘Israel Vision’ disciples, ‘Armstrongians,’ Jehovah Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals and other Unitarians, Pentecostals and Charismatics are all based on the Kingdom-Now mindset, just as Roman Catholicism, Lutherism, and Calvinism are.
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 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…” 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… Men’s hearts will fail them from fear… [of] the things coming on the earth… Then they will see the Son of Man coming on 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.)
Apostolic Reformation/Reconstruction is Dominionism dogma, which 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, etc.) Reformation dogma, known as Partial Preterism, [meaning already partially done] and Dominionism, [meaning 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 AD, and “Old Israel merely continues in its Old Testament form in the Christian Church” — which is blasphemy that tries to undo Jesus’ entire New Testament Covenant! Dominionism is actually the Kingdom Now dogma, which Evangelicals twist to mean that “Christ gave believers have dominion over every area of life;” political dominion as well. And so, they teach that this physical world must be changed politically into God’s physical, New Testament Kingdom like Old Testament Israel was - which is impossible, as the Old and New Covenants are two completely different dispensations! What is more, Jesus Himself stated in Jn. 18:36, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here.”
Dressed in modern suits, Roman Catholic/Protestant Reformation Preterism and Dominionism eschatologies were accepted mainly among Evangelicals, which they 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, etc.! God does not dwell in any physical building during His New Covenant dispensation!)
Allegedly, Jesus’ ‘third coming’ or ‘third visual return’ will not happen until ‘the church,’ through the “mediating” New Reformed, [Roman Catholic] priesthood, the manifest sons of God, Elijah prophets, reconstructed God’s Kingdom physically on earth by bringing the whole world under 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’ clergy, and ruled from the Jewish temple in Jerusalem .
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 on the cross, (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… obsolete… old, and… has vanished away – [because the entire Old Covenant was fulfilled when Jesus died, had risen from the grave, and ascended on high!]” Heb. 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, now to appear in the presence of God for us…” (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:15-20.)
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 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 mind or thoughts, because deception has ensnared humanity in various kinds of 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.)