Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 11 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 6: “The Dumbing Down of Christianity”)

By admin On February 16th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 11

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Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 6: “The Dumbing Down of Christianity”

To read Part 1, just click here… “June 3rd (Keeping 1 Day Holy!)”

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For those of us who grew up prior to the 1960’s, remember how Sunday was the most boring day of the week.

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This was because on Sunday, most stores closed their doors, for the Sabbath Day. And on television, there were just a few public service shows, and some religious shows for the first part of the day.

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Yes, In the 1950’s we had the chance to witness the remaining remnants of the Sunday Sabbath, just prior to it’s almost total demise.

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Family watching television, c. 1958 wikipedia public domain

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NO LONGER A SABBATH REST

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Oh yes, people still attend church on Sunday. But gradually through the decades, the Sunday Sabbath became transformed into “The Lord’s Day”, and eventually lost it’s rigid Sabbath requirements.

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And little-by-little, Satan has replaced the after-church spiritual duties with secular pursuits: the Sunday sports games, various shopping excursions, lawn-mowing, car washing, social get-togethers, picnics, television, and many other worldly pursuits. These have replaced Bible study and contemplation, prayer, and other holy duties, which were a weekly requirement on each and every Sunday.

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Car Washing – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0

Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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NOTHING MORE THAN REPETITIVE CHANTS

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And even many church services have been “dumbed-down”.

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Yes, Satan has replaced those old hymns which each had 4 or 5 verses that presented many faithful aspects of the Gospel; these being replaced by syrupy, “worship” songs, with repetitive little catch-phrases, such as, “You are holy, You are holy, You are holy, and I praise you, praise you, and I adore You, I adore You, You are my God, You are my God, and I will worship you forever….” 

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And so, these new songs give very little of the Gospel, in a day when Christians do very little personal Bible study.

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Yes, those old hymns were especially designed to give all the various Bible truths. And by singing these old hymns, even little children attained a good foundational understanding of Salvation.

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Church of Christ worship music – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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VERY LITTLE BIBLE READINGS

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And many churches today no longer give attendance to Bible readings.

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Instead the speaker quotes one or two Bible verses and then takes off some aspect of good moral behavior. 

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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RELIGIOUS TELEVISION

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There is an abundance of so-called Christian television today, and church-goers quite often keep some religion channel on 24/7 in their living room or bedroom.

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One of the problems which stem from such a habit is that for the most part, only spiritual pablum is served up through the day.

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Consequently, many viewers who have been in the Church for decades are kept in spiritual infancy, because they get only milk and seldom any strong meat from these shows.

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Infant with baby bottle – © Michael Jastremski for Wikipedia -Share-alike License

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“THEY WITH FEIGNED WORDS MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU”

2nd peter 2:3

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Secondly, television is a very expensive medium, far more than radio and other media. And this necessitates that these Christian networks appeal to the largest audience possible! And so, there is a carefulness to not say anything offensive or controversial. And so, these networks cannot say along with Paul…“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” Acts 20:26, 27

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Unlike Paul who spoke ALL the counsel of God, these religious TV networks must refrain from many offensive truths, because they don’t want to offend any of their viewers, thereby losing a big portion of their audience!

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And so, beside receiving only the basic “milk” of the Word, the viewers of these religious TV stations also get an unbalanced, and skewed gospel, which really, is no Gospel at all!

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RELIGIOUS RADIO

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Religious radio is a somewhat different situation from religious TV. This is because religious radio is much cheaper to broadcast. And so, religious broadcasters can be much more bold than television broadcasters.

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The big problem with religious radio, is that most of the teachings are by “the natural man” who thinks that spiritual things are foolishness (carefully study 1st Corinthians 2:12-16).

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In other words, most religious teachers on radio attempt to interpret the Bible as literal as possible. They think that allegorizing is foolishness, unless absolutely necessary. And so, for instance, when attempting to interpret the Book of Revelation, they cannot see nor understand the spiritual, allegorical nature of that prophetic Book. And so, they attempt to explain Revelation as literal as possible, when in fact, Revelation is an allegorical book of types and symbols.

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Well, there are other problems with religious radio, which time will not permit us to explore any further today.

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Cabana De Radio – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

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THE 7TH DAY SABBATH

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Now the vast majority of Christians scoff at those who worship on Saturday. But at least, those who believe in the 7th Day Sabbath (Saturday) still attempt to reserve that entire 24 hour period for spiritual pursuits!

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But Satan has successfully dumbed-down the Sunday Sabbath to the point of being a very unspiritual day, for most Christians.

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Well, this may be too much of a broad-brush portrait of today’s Christianity. But it’s probably not far from accurate in most instances.

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Church choir singing – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE!”

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Now, the very Good News is, that God is currently calling out His people from the Harlot Babylon churches…”And after these things I saw another angel come down from Heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with His glory. And He cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils…And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:1, 2, 4 

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Yes, it is fully time for God’s people to glorify God and His Christ. And this will never be accomplished while remaining in the empty husks which once housed the wheat.

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It is time for the wheat to be winnowed by the strong winds now beginning to blow.

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And once the Church-Elect has been winnowed from our housing, we will find the spiritual riches which are reserved in the mountains surrounding Jerusalem.

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Wheat Winnowing – Vannage du riz, Uttarakhand, – India – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Please continue to do a work in me, to cleanse me from all defilement of the flesh. Help me to crucify the Old Man, with all his sinful desires…

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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 read this much shorter article…“Come Out of Her My People! Part 1”

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).

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Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-sky

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It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

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Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia Constellation. The hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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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:

January 12 (Noble Bereans, Part 12: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Carefulness in Bible Study)

 

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