Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 11 (The Gospel According To Pollyanna, Part 4: “Hollywood’s War On Christianity”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 11

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The Gospel According To Pollyanna, Part 4: “Hollywood’s War On Christians”

To read Part 1, click here…December 2nd (The gospel according to Pollyanna)

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The 1960 Disneyland version of the movie, Pollyanna, was about a recently orphaned young girl, who came to live with her very harsh and judgmental aunt.

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But this happy, lovable and precocious little girl in that movie, had always followed her father’s gospel of his own making (which eliminated the thousands of seemingly harsher verses found in the Bible).

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And so, the movie tension was somewhat centered on Pollyanna’s happy, 800 verse judgment-free religion, contrasted against the sour-faced fire-n-brimstone preaching that her overbearing aunt was pushing.

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Pollyanna statue – cropped photo – Wikipedia – Creative Commons 2.0 license

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“NEITHER AS BEING LORDS OVER…BUT…EXAMPLES TO THE FLOCK”

1st Peter 5:3

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Now, in this movie, Pollyanna’s infectiously bubbly and upbeat personality began to have a positive impact on the unhappy lives of all those in a little village, which had long-suffered under the harsh and judgmental “Christian” religion of town’s matriarch, Aunt Polly.

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And by the end of the movie, the entire town (including Aunt Polly) had thrown off the dark shroud which had longtime kept this little village in bondage to the doom-n-gloom-fire-n-brimstone preaching of the town’s only religious leader, Reverend Ford.

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Well, needless to say, each Sunday became the most unhappy day of the week for all the villagers who were forced to endure those harsh and unhappy sermons, which Aunt Polly coerced Reverend Ford into preaching each week.

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Sunday preaching – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE;”

2nd Timothy 4:3

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Now, this movie (and many similar ones) has undoubtedly had a tremendous impact on the Christian community over the decades.

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And today’s preachers are usually very hesitant to engage in any so-called “fire-n-brimstone” preaching, as a result of Hollywood’s long-standing crusade against fundamentally biblical Christianity.

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Even movies produced by today’s Christian producers are usually very careful to avoid any fire-n-brimstone preaching.

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ABOVE PHOTO: church evangelist – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE “ETERNAL TORMENT” HERESY

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On the other hand, the Church has often been guilty in past decades, and even in past centuries, of attempting to scare parishioners, via loud and frightening preaching. And that horrible false-doctrine commonly referred to as, “Eternal Torment”, is still being used at times, to club the parishioners over the head, and to literally, “scare the Hell” out of them!

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And let’s face it! Many concerned Christian parents have likewise been guilty of sometimes attempting to coerce our children into obedience by various similar means.

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APOCALYPSE NOW!

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But Christian parents need to understand that we must walk a fine tightrope, when it https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpgcomes to dealing with our families. After all, we live in a society which is becoming more and more intolerant of fundamental Christianity.

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And we must not forget that we are in the midst of a cosmic war orchestrated by the invisible armies of both Heaven and Hell!

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And it’s easy to see that Satan is becoming more and more aggressive in his last-days assault on the Christian community.

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Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia

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“BUY THE TRUTH AND SELL IT NOT!”

Proverbs 23:23

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And let’s remember, the Bible reveals that the preaching of the true Gospel will become increasingly difficult in these last days.

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Long ago, Revelation, Chapter 13 prophesied that eventually it would become all but impossible to “buy or sell” the truth.

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And this prophecy is now finding its fulfillment, both in the church-world, and also in the Christian home.

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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“AS MANY AS WOULD NOT WORSHIP THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST SHOULD BE KILLED”

Revelation 13:15

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Yes, by means of television, Internet, radio, and the printed page, Satan is rapidly turning our societies into little more than totalitarian Antichrist regimes, in which true and sincere Christians are being increasingly “boxed-in” by various laws, dogmas, maxims, and “politically correct” social standards.

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Even our present-day school systems have largely become narrow-minded indoctrination centers, intolerant of most anything that savors of the Gospel of Jesus!

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And so, while the Pollyanna movie has some Christian elements about it, Christians should not be deceived into the naive notion that it is anything but just another proverbial “nail in the coffin” of our freedom of speech, to openly preach the true Gospel to the world!

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“IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE…THINK ON THESE THINGS!”

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But having said all this, the Bible, through the Apostle, Paul, commands Christians… “whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

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Yes, one very admirable characteristic of Pollyanna was her cheerfulness as she looked for the good, even in bad circumstances (this was highlighted more lucidly in the 1973 BBC version of the movie).

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“MARVEL NOT…IF THE WORLD HATE YOU!”

1st John 3:13

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And Christian parents need to fully realize that we just cannot force our families into Heaven! We must remember that Salvation is the gift of God!

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And so, society’s growing intolerant hatred of Christianity is actually becoming an assistance for Christian parents to exercise greater restraint and even silence, in how we lead our family in a Heavenward direction.

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Thus, our current-day circumstances are now dictating that we can do little more than to imitate Pollyanna’s cheerfulness in our homes.

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And in the near future, anything beyond that may be risky for Christian parents.

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Protest – Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia

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“THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH”

Habakkuk 2:4

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But we must not become disheartened!

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After all, the Bible commands us to live by the faith of Jesus Christ.

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And rather than by being authoritarians, we must silently, secretly, and steadfastly cling to the many great and precious promises which assure us that by our quiet, personal obedience, God can save our families!

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TO READ PART 5, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 12 (The Gospel According To Pollyanna, Part 5: “Sorrow Is Better Than Laughter!?!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, help me to be wise as a serpent in regards to Satan’s deceptive tactics in his ongoing war against God’s people…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1”, or you may also read…March 1st (A Designer Jesus!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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(REVELATION 12 DRAGON IS NOT DRACO!)

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First, let it be stated, that this Dragon Constellation is not the same constellation commonly referred to as “Draco” (this photo is Draco).

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This Revelation 12 Dragon from Signs Of Heaven, has not been previously recognized. But you will discover that it is a very intricate and complex constellation, once you are comfortable locating it (picture below, right).

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Draco, (Picture right) Ursa Minor Wikipedia share-alike license

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READ MORE

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

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TOMORROW…

December 12 (The Gospel According To Pollyanna, Part 5: “Sorrow Is Better Than Laughter!?!”)

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