Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 29 (The Straw-Man! Part 4: Kingdom of the So-Called “Cults”, CONTINUED)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 29

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The Straw-Man! Part 4: Kingdom of the So-Called “Cults”, CONTINUED

To read Part 1, go here…June 14th (The Straw-Man, Part 1)

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CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY

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In all the so-called, “cults”, there seems to be one common denominator. Yes, there http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgappears to be one common thread that runs true in every one of these fiery groups.

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And just what is it, that every one of these off-beat groups share in common?

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Simple! None of them spend time reading and studying and contemplating the life and character of Christ.

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Nor do they seem to spend time hiding God’s precious promises in their hearts.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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So how do these groups spend their time?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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ANOTHER CENTERPIECE

.Bible prophecy chart - Wikipedia - US Public Domain

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Well it seems as if these groups have all rejected Jesus as the centerpiece of their gospel, and have replaced Him with another centerpiece. 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Old_book_bindings.jpgPerhaps the centerpiece is endless Bible prophecy time-charts, according to their own history books and according to their own belief system.

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Or maybe it’s to study anything in the Bible which seemingly confirms their peculiar beliefs.

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Or it’s to engage in supposed “good works”, such as endless door-to-door evangelism, to gather more converts to their group.

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Or there may be any other substitute centerpiece to their gospel to replace Christ and His Words of Life.

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Bible prophecy chart – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

Old book bindings by Tom Murphy VII & Wikipedia – Share-alike License

Witnessing Casaemcasa wikipedia share-alike license by Steelman

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EVERY THING BUT THE RIGHT THING

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But to merely sit at the feet of Jesus, and listen daily to His words. To pray for more of God’s chastening and purifying trials. To continually contemplate the Psalms and Proverbs. To read the Book of Job to gain wisdom. To read the four Gospels to find out more about the earthly ministry and character of Christ. To study the epistles of Paul, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgPeter and John in hopes gaining a more even keel in their spiritual life. To memorize all the many precious promises, to make them an integral part of their thinking.

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These types of things are just not being done to any extent in these so-called “cultish” groups. 

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And so, Satan keeps all these groups busy, busy, busy, doing everything but the right thing!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“I thank Thee God, that I’m not like those cultists!”

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Now all this gives the mainstream denominations great pride that, “We’re not like those evil cults over there!”

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And it’s true. Mainstream Christianity is very much different from most of those “cults”.

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Church – Milano Duomo – 1856 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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LOVE FOR EARTHLY MAMMON

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But the problem with mainstream Christianity is that they have become immersed in world-loving idolatry, as they embrace the prosperity-driven gospels.

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And while they may make a pretense of having Jesus as the centerpiece of their gospel, they have diminished the Bible by eliminating or ignoring the many portions of the Bible which require them to crucify the “Old Man” of the flesh. (see Ephesian 4:22 & Colossians 3:9 & Romans 6:6)

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In other words, today’s denominations preach very little about, “forsaking all, to follow Christ”. And even when they sometimes do, hardly any parishioners take such self-denying preaching seriously.

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THE CHURCH AT PLAY!

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And beside this softened, pollyannish gospel, the mainstream churches have embraced the same idolatry that society embraces. Yes, most parishioners worship one or two hours weekly, but spend the next six-and-a-half days seeking after the earthly pleasures and amusements, and material pursuits, and proud careers with great gusto!

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And so, the result is a vast throng of world-loving parishioners who have little desire to die-to-self, that Christ might live out His holy life through us. We are just too busy enjoying Lucifer’s world of selfish pursuits.

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As the Book of James so aptly puts it…“Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.” James 5:5

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And so, today’s church-world is in a sad, apostate condition! And any attempt to worship Christ is overshadowed by the same idolatrous pursuits, that society is presently immersed in.

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New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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“COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE!”

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The Good News is, whether we are in a cult, or in the mainstream denominations, the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpgsame call goes out to all…“Come out of her My people!” Revelation 18:4

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Yes, God is now calling His people to, “flee from the wrath to come”, and even now is beginning to be poured out upon the apostate denominations, whether considered mainstream or cult.

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And all such groups are now on equal footing with each other. God considers all these religious groups to be an integral part of fallen Babylon, the spiritual harlot portion of the Church!

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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TO READ PART 5, GO HERE…March 24 (The Straw-Man Ploy, Part 5: “Sleep In Death”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to escape from this deadly situation in the various denominations. Help to find refuge in the spiritual hill-country outside of “Jerusalem…in bondage with her children”…

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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 can also read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FROM WHERE & TO WHERE DOES SHE FLEE?

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WOMAN ROTATES THROUGH THE SEASONS…

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star-chart ursa major summerr

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This page is about the Big Dipper, also called the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major ). However, the ancient pagan cultures did not see this constellation as God intended it to be seen. It is actually a headless woman in childbirth.  This is seen in springtime. It is seen in the northern skies. 

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star-chart ursa major

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But as the seasons progress, this travailing woman flips upside down, now appearing as a woman with upraised arms like eagle wings who is running (eventually flying, as shown in sketch on right) into the wilderness (westward). The single star representing her birth-child (Christ) now becomes her head (“Christ is the head of the church.” Ephesians 5:23

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The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights. 

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These are star charts from Wikipedia, with sketches of the Woman added.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)”

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TOMORROW:

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 30 (Add Thou Not! Part 2: “Jesus: The Firstborn Among Many Brethren”)

 

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