Daily Devotional, Year 2 – FEBRUARY 6 (Sodom Rising, Part 5: True Manliness!)

By admin On December 2nd, 2014

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Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 6

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Sodom Rising, Part 5: True Manliness!

 

To read part 1 of this article, click here… “August 22nd (Sodom Rising!)”

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Straw man (or lady) - Wikipedia - share-alike or GNU Free Documentation license

THE STRAW MAN PLOY

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Satan has been using the Straw-Man Ploy for many long centuries. Yes, that diabolical, Dr. Evil (Satan) has used his sophistry and genius to deceive all we simple-minded humans in various ways, throughout history!

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And so, we shouldn’t be surprised by the current situation in today’s world, in which Satan has raised up the homosexual movement.

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But just one of his various reasons for this pandemic phenomenon, is to create a straw-man with the intent of causing an even more negative stigma against Christ and Christians!

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Straw man (or lady) – Wikipedia – share-alike or GNU Free Documentation license

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SOCIETAL BACKLASH

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In other words, by displaying homosexual men as effeminate-looking creatures, Satan has created a situation which makes being Christlike http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wedding_cake_of_a_same_sex_marriage.JPGsomewhat uncomfortable for many men.

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Yes, because Jesus had some soft attributes, many Christian men today do not want to be seen as being effeminate, in any way! And as a result, there has been a backlash in today’s society, against this homosexual movement, in which many men desperately want to be seen as “all-man”.

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And understandably so!

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And as a result, men try to NOT be seen as Christlike. Thus Satan has scored a big victory, by creating this straw-man-false-image of Christ!

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Wedding cake of a same sex marriage – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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SATAN’S HOLLYWOOD

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Quite often in the movies, Christians are portrayed as weak and defenseless, like a flock of nervous little birds.

FiveFingersFaceHighandMightyTrailerScreenshot1954 wikipedia public domain

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On the other hand, the hero of the story is often portrayed as strong, and handsome, and brash, and fearless, usually saving the Christians from the bad guys.

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Of course, this kind of stigma against Christians is right out of Satan’s playbook! 

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But another false lesson that the movie-goer learns from such a movie situation is that Christians shouldn’t depend on the Lord, but should be more like the hero of the movie, relying on his own bravery and his own strength to solve his dilemma.

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High and Mighty Trailer Screenshot1954 wikipedia public domain

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SATAN OFTEN MISREPRESENTS MANLINESS

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Along these same lines, Satan sets up a standard of conduct for his kingdom (this world). And in so-doing he has used the television and movie industry to promote the idea that men are less-than-men if they display tenderness and compassion toward others.

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And so, Christ, who is the very embodiment of tenderness and pity does not measure up to Satan’s standards for men. This also is right out of Satan’s playbook, in how this Master-Deceiver makes men fearful of appearing less than “manly”, if they display any softness and tenderness.

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But listen to Scripture… “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” 1st Peter 3:8, 9.

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Bernhard_Plockhorst 1825-1907 The Good_Shephard wikipedia public domain

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PICTURES OF JESUS

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Satan has always been hard at work, trying to cast mud all over the true Gospel. And one of his dirty tricks has been to use artists of the day to paint pictures of an effeminate-looking Jesus, or effeminate-looking disciples. Thus he has successfully repulsed many from following Jesus.

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But Jesus was all-man! Make no mistake! He had not one ounce of femininity! Oh yes, he could be soft and compassionate. But he also had a quiet manly inner-strength. And His physique was made strong, from working as a carpenter since the days of his childhood. And yet, because of the lack of abundant food in that ancient culture, He was, no doubt, slender, as were most other men of that day.

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John the baptist – Leonardo Da Vinci

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WHAT IF JUPITER RULED US?

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Just who would you rather have ruling the universe? Perhaps, one of the Greek gods? Zeus maybe? Or perhaps Jupiter? (picture to right). Well, they were both given very hard attributes, weren’t they? Just imagine if one of those gods were ruling this world? (Well actually, as we look around, we have to admit that Satan is doing a fine job of giving us a picture of how those pagan gods whttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hans_Thoma_Jupiter.jpgould behave!)

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We are so very fortunate to have a tender, understanding, and compassionate God, Jehovah, who runs this universe! On the other hand, we can see how things would be run, if Lucifer was the god of this universe. All we have to do is just look at this present world around us, and we can see the results of what a lack of compassion can accomplish.

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Any person who has a tender conscience needs only look around at all the woe and misery in this pathetic world, and realize that humanity isn’t doing so well in our attempt at running this world our way. And television and movies, have only amplified this idea that being hard-hearted is somehow manly, and a good thing. And as a result, Christian men who watch this stuff, become very fearful of being totally Christ-like. Satan has caused men to be deathly afraid of being seen as exercising Christ-like tenderness. 

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Hans Thoma – Jupiter – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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SATAN SCULPTORS SOCIETY

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Satan has been given a certain amount of freedom to draw individuals into one lifestyle or another. And because of that, he will often draw certain people into one sin, while drawing certain other people into another sin.

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And so, as we look around at society, we can see the footprints of this invisible Dragon, and how he has designed society to promote his various deceptions. In plain language, Satan will often draw persons who have certain physical traits or mannerisms into homosexuality, to give this totally unnatural lifestyle an appearance of being natural. Contrariwise, he will draw others into just the opposite extreme.

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And so, as we look at all the confusion over this hotly-debated issue in today’s society, we need to understand that “the prince of this world” has been hewing and sculpturing society for this very purpose: to raise up Sodom and Gomorrah all over again! And yet making this totally spiritualistic phenomenon appear to be of physical, natural origin!

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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SATAN’S RUTHLESS TYRANNY

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Unfortunately, Satan has left a long train of victims behind in his wake: those who have suffered the shame of their sin, having to live a secret life in the shadows, seeing no way out of their sin!

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Yes, through this, his Anti-Christ society, Satan has convinced these poor victims that there is no hope of escape from these shameful sins! And as a result, many turn to suicide! Others live with these secret sins! Still others try to make these abhorrent sins acceptable to society!

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And we who comprise the family of God must exercise the greatest compassion for those who are victims of Satan’s ruthless tyranny, whatever the sin may be!

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And so here we are! Satan and his minions are now on the march! He is moving into our school systems! He has moved this deviant ideology into the TV and movie industry! He has moved into sports and politics! Yes, this Sodomite ideology has all the swiftness of Habakkuk’s leopards (Habakkuk 1:8), as it rapidly overtakes all areas of society with leopard-like speed!

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Gay Parade – Wikimedia – GNU Free Documentation License

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THE BATTLE BEFORE US!

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One thing we must remember is that this world is Satan’s kingdom! 2nd Corinthians 4:4 calls him, “the god of this world”!

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And so, no matter how hard the Christian strives to strike the proper balance, it will be nearly impossible to satisfy Satan’s loyal citizenry! More and more, the true Followers of Jesus can expect to be mocked and derided and even vilified by society.

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And so, the Christian can expect that Satan and his unseen minions will be tirelessly working to set pitfalls upon the pathway of every Christian, in hopes of causing him or her to fall! This is, to a great extent, what the long-promised Time of Trouble is all about in these last days!

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And only by following the Lamb, side-stepping all these various spiritual “land-mines”, will the Christian finally become perfected in walking even as Jesus walked!

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And so, O Pilgrim of the Cross, all that we can do, is to put on the armor of God, and ready ourselves for the fierce battle ahead, knowing that the victory has been assured!

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TO READ PART 6, CLICK HERE… ” May 25 (Sodom Rising, Part 6: Ph Imbalanced Churches)”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to become wise as a serpent, yet harmless as a dove, as I walk through the battlefield of this world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”, or you can also read… “April 12th (Look For The Light At The End of the Tunnel! Part 2: Judging Others!)” 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE MILKY WAY RUNS THROUGH

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

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Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it. And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?”

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Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

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WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

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So why is this constellation merely an outline? Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ. But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ. And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

“FEBRUARY 7 (Judgment Day Now, Part 1: Viewing Sex & Violence)”

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