DAVID J. STEWART

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Shouldn’t Acts 12:4 Say “Passover” Instead Of “Easter”?

ANSWERS TO A FRIEND
Shouldn’t Acts 12:4 Say “Passover” Instead Of “Easter”?

by Pastor Brian Evans

      The appearance of the word “Easter” in Acts 12:4 has long been considered a translation error by critics of the KJV. Commentators who disagree with the use of Easter believe that the underlying Greek word “pascha” should be translated as “passover” as it is in every other place in the New Testament.

      Other good men have written on this verse, but there are two major weaknesses in their arguments which leave them open to correction by enemies of our beloved KJV. I do not consider myself one to teach these men, but I do differ with them slightly on how to properly defend this verse. Before I present my argument I feel I should explain why I feel as I do about what these good men have said.

      The traditional argument supporting the KJV on this verse is that since the Bible says Peter was taken during the days of unleavened bread the Passover had already gone by. Thus it is said that the KJV translators got it right by not creating a contradiction by using the word Passover. I certainly agree that the KJV translators got it right, but it seems that the word Passover was also used to refer to the entire week, not just the day of Passover. We see this in Luke 22:1 where it says, “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.” This indicates that the term Passover was used by the Jews to refer to the entire week and not just the actual day of the Passover. Thus enemies of the KJV can easily poke a hole in the traditional argument using Luke 22:1 as support. They say that since the word Passover can apply to the entire week, the word “pascha” in Acts 12:4 should be translated as Passover, not Easter.

      The second hole in the traditional argument is more problematic and concerns the connection with the goddess Ishtar. It is said that Herod celebrated a festival to this heathen goddess at the same exact time as the Passover and wanted to wait to execute Peter until this festival was over. It is concluded that this is why the word Easter was used and an explanation is given as to how Ishtar is connected with Easter, etc. There are many problems with this argument. First, many who connect Ishtar with Easter do so based upon information given in the book, “The Two Babylon’s”, by Alexander Hyslop. In my opinion, Mr. Hyslop connects many dots in his book which cannot be connected and makes many conclusions which are easily debunked by enemies of the KJV. Secondly, and more importantly, there is absolutely no credible way to connect the Greek word “pascha” with any heathen goddess. Herod may have worshipped Ishtar, but that does not connect “pascha” with Ishtar or any other goddess. If this connection can be made in a credible way, I have never read it. These two holes in the traditional defense of Acts 12:4 compel us to keep looking for a better defense for the choice of the word Easter. It is the goal of this booklet to make such a defense.

      In this article you will read solid evidence that the KJV translators were correct in using Easter instead of Passover in Acts 12:4. My defense will be threefold in nature: First, I will present a brief history of how other English versions translated “pascha”. Secondly, I will reveal the link between the Greek word “pascha” and the celebration of the resurrection of Christ (Easter), and lastly I will present the Biblical context of Acts 12:4. Before we go any further we should carefully read the verse in question.

Acts 12:1-4 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”
 

1.   A Brief History of how “pascha” was translated in various English versions of the Bible.

The KJV was not the first version of the Bible to translate the Greek word “pascha” as Easter. Below I have listed how Acts 12:4 appears in most of the early English translations and a few more recent versions. I have highlighted the word Easter or its equivalent in bold print.
 

The 1382 Wycliffe Bible

Acts 12:4 And whanne he hadde cauyte Petre, he sente hym in to prisoun; and bitook to foure quaternyouns of knyytis, to kepe hym, and wolde aftir pask bringe hym forth to the puple.
 

The 1525 Tyndale New Testament

Acts 12:4 And when he had caught him he put him in preson and delyvered him to .iiii. quaternios of soudiers to be kepte entendynge after ester to brynge him forth to the people.
 

The 1535 Miles Coverdale Bible

At the same tyme layed kynge Herode handes vpon certayne of the congregacion, to vexe them. 2 As for Iames the brother of Ihon, him he slewe with the swerde. 3 And whan he sawe that it pleased the Iewes, he proceaded farther to take Peter also. But it was Easter. 4 Now whan he had taken him, he put him in preson, and delyuered him vnto foure quaternions of soudyers, to kepe him: and thought after Easter to bringe him forth to the people.
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The 1539 Great Bible
(Reading supplied by the American Bible Society www.americanbible.org)

And when he had caught him, he put him in preson also and delyuered him to .iii. quaternions of soudiers to be kepte, entendynge after Ester to brynge hym forth to the people.
 

The 1557 Geneva New Testament
(Reading supplied by the American Bible Society www.americanbible.org)

And when he had caught him, he put him in prison, and deliuered him to foure quaternions of souldiers to be kept: entending after Easter to bringe him forth to the people.”
 

The 1560 Geneva Bible

Acts 12:4 And when he had caught him, he put him in prison, and deliuered him to foure quaternions of souldiers to be kept, intending after the Passeouer to bring him foorth to the people.
 

The 1568 Bishops Bible

Acts 12:4 And when he had caught hym, he put hym in pryson also, delyuered hym to foure quaternions of souldiers to be kept, intending after Easter to bring hym foorth to the people.
 

The 1611 King James Version

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
 

The 1729 Daniel Mace New Testament

      About that time, king Herod Agrippa began to persecute some of the church. 2 he caus'd James the brother of John to be beheaded. 3 and perceiving that the Jews were pleas'd with this, he proceeded to secure Peter during the feast of unleavened bread: 4 having apprehended Peter, he put him into prison, appointing a detachment of sixteen soldiers to guard him, intending to have him brought to publick execution, after Easter.     
 

      As you can see the KJV is not alone in translating the Greek word pascha as Easter in Acts 12:4. The fact is that with the exception of Wycliffe all English Bibles translated prior to 1560 contained the word Easter in Acts 12:4 (various spellings notwithstanding). Early English versions used the word Easter when referring to the Jewish Passover. This is because the word Passover did not exist until it appeared in Tyndale’s Old Testament. Tyndale used the word “ester” in the NT and “passouer” in the Old. After the word Passover was introduced by Tyndale, English versions began to use the word Passover more and more in place of the word Easter. The trend to replace Easter with Passover culminated with the 1560 Geneva Bible which removes the word Easter entirely and replaces it with Passover every time “pascha” appears in Greek.

      However, a few English versions retained Easter in Acts 12:4 while using the word Passover elsewhere. For example, the 1568 Bishops Bible retains Easter in Acts 12:4 and John 11:55 while using Passover elsewhere. The 1611 KJV retains Easter in Acts 12:4, but uses Passover in every other place the Greek word pascha appears. Also, the 1729 Mace New Testament retains Easter only in Acts 12:4 as do two recent translations, the KJV 21st Century Version and the 3rd Millennium Bible. Opponents of the KJVO movement present the use of Easter in the KJV as if it stands alone in this regard. It is a fact that every early English version translated from Greek used Easter in Acts 12:4 until the 1560 Geneva Bible was published.

      The question is why do the Bishops Bible, the Mace New Testament, and the 1611 KJV all retain Easter in Acts 12:4? Those who brought us these three versions were aware of how the Geneva Bible used passover instead of Easter in Acts 12:4 and yet they all chose to retain the word Easter instead of passover. The unity of these three versions in choosing Easter suggests that the translators believed that the “pascha” mentioned in Acts 12:4 referred to something other than the Jewish Passover. I suggest that these translators believed that the “pascha” in Acts 12:4 referred to the Christian celebration instead of the Jewish celebration. If this is correct, there must be a scriptural link between the word “pascha” and the Christian celebration of the resurrection. In fact, we find such a link in the story of the last supper where Jesus partakes of His final Passover meal with the disciples. The words Jesus speaks at the Passover meal plainly establish the needed link between “pascha” and the Easter celebration.
 

2.  The Link Between Pascha and the Easter celebration.

Before revealing the link between “pascha” and the Easter celebration it is helpful to make the following point. Words sometime gain additional meanings through time. Some words have a variety of meanings which have been added after certain events have taken place. The word “charge” is a good example of how a word which originally may have had only one meaning has gained additional meanings through time. One can charge a battery, open a charge account, get a charge out of a funny story, or sound a charge towards the enemy. Likewise, certain words found in the Bible have gained additional meanings through time. For example, the Greek word, “ekklesia” is the Greek word which originally meant any gathering of people. However, after Jesus started the NT church “ekklesia” began to also be used to describe a called out assembly of born again believers. Thus, when translating “ekklesia” the context must be properly discerned in order to know whether it refers to a secular assembly or to an assembly of believers. For this reason translators usually choose different words in the new language to reflect the context of the original word. For example, in the NT the word “ekklesia” is translated as both assembly and as church depending on whether the context describes a secular gathering or a gathering of believers. With this point in mind, Easter can be the correct translation in Acts 12 only if “pascha” has gained an additional meaning which links it to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The additional meaning needed to link “pascha” with the Easter celebration is revealed in Luke 22:19-20.

Luke 22:19-20 “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Emphasis mine) Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”

      The event we call the “Last Supper” might more properly be called the “Last Passover.” The “Last Supper” was actually the Passover meal which Jesus enjoyed with His disciples. Jesus was about to be offered as the lamb of God and fulfill the symbolism of the Passover. During the course of the meal Jesus spoke the words recorded in Luke 22:19-20. Jesus took the unleavened bread and explained to the disciples that the unleavened bread symbolized His body, and then He took the fruit of the vine and said it symbolized His blood which would be shed for the remission of sins. Furthermore, notice the last six words of His instruction; “this do in remembrance of me.” In other words, Jesus told the disciples that the Passover elements which had previously symbolized the death angel passing over the homes of the Hebrews in Egypt was now to be observed as a symbol of His body and blood. He was telling them, “What you have observed as a Jew in remembrance of what happened in Egypt, you will henceforth observe as a Christian in remembrance of my body and blood. From that day forward “pascha” came to mean one thing to the Jew and another to the Christian. The Jewish “Pascha” was observed in remembrance of what happened in Egypt, but the Christian “Pascha” was to be observed by Christians in remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus “pascha” now had two legitimate meanings; to the Jews it was a memorial of the Passover, and to Christians it was a memorial the body, blood, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. From that day until this, Christians have used the word “pascha” to refer to the events associated with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, or in other words, Easter. Easter and “pascha” both refer to the celebration by Christians of the body and blood of Christ and His resurrection.

      Webster’s 1828 Dictionary confirms this association between the word Easter and “pascha”. Webster’s defines Easter as:

“A festival of the Christian church observed in commemoration of our Savior's resurrection. It answers to the pascha or Passover of the Hebrews, and most nations still give it this name, pascha, pask, paque.”

      A brief review of the words used in languages around the world to refer to the resurrection celebration will confirm this. For example, Greek Christians today still use the Greek word “pascha” when speaking of the Easter celebration. The statements below from a Greek Orthodox website at Easter reveal the obvious link between the Greek word “pascha” and the Easter celebration.
 

2008 Paschal Message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

"Christos Anesti! Christ Is Risen! With these great and beautiful words, I greet you with love on this great day of Holy Pascha. These words announce the triumphant Resurrection of Jesus Christ and they fill all of our hearts with joy..."

      In addition, in many other languages around the world a form of “pascha” is used to refer to the Easter celebration. Below is a list of all the languages I could find which use some form of pascha to say Easter.
  1. Latin: Pascha
  2. French: Pâques
  3. Italian: Pasqua
  4. Dutch: Pasen
  5. Portuguese: Páscoa
  6. Spanish: Pascua
  7. Danish: Påske
  8. Norwegian: påske
  9. Romanian: Paşti

      The evidence establishing the link between “pascha” and Easter is overwhelming. Jesus established the Christian Pascha during the Last Supper, and the use of “pascha” in association with Easter spread in one form or another to many languages around the world. It should be clear to any reasonable person that if languages of ancient origin such as Greek, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, and Romanian use a form of “pascha” in association with Easter, the link between “pascha” and the Easter celebration is an ancient one.
 

3.  The Biblical Context of Acts 12:4

      When one considers the process used by the translators of the KJV which required multiple layers of checks and re-checks of their work, it is clear that the translation of Easter in Acts 12:4 was a thoughtful choice agreed upon by the whole body of translators. It is important to remember that no passage in the KJV is the work a single translator, but is the product of the whole body of 47 scholars who each had influence on the entire work. Therefore, the Easter translation cannot be a mistake made by one of the translators or something which was overlooked by one man. The translation of Easter in Acts 12:4 is the result of the studied opinion of the whole body of 47 translators. It is my contention that the translators of the KJV rightly discerned the context of Acts 12 and chose the word Easter to reflect that context.

      In a previous section I established the link between the words “pascha” and Easter. However, I must now establish that the “pascha” found in Acts 12:4 refers to the Christian Pascha and not the Jewish Passover or my defense still falls short. Demonstrating that the context in Acts 12 concerns the Christian “pascha” will settle once and for all that Easter is the correct translation in this passage.

      Let us once again remind ourselves of the passage in question and state the obvious things we see in these verses. I want to make six simple statements about this passage to remind us of the context.

  1. Herod persecuted the leaders of the church in Jerusalem.

    Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.

  2.  Herod had already killed James.

    Acts 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

  3. Herod’s action pleased the Jews so he sought to arrest Peter also, intending to execute him as well.

    Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.

  4. Herod arrested Peter after the day of Passover, during the days of unleavened bread.

    Acts 12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

  5. Herod placed a 24 hour guard around Peter and chained him to the prison wall.

    Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

  6. Herod decided to wait until after Easter to bring Peter forth to the people.

    Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
      Based on the passage above and other New Testament passages, I will submit two items for your consideration which will help us properly discern the context of Acts 12. First, the appearance of “pascha” in Acts 12 is unique; it is the only post resurrection appearance of the word where it refers to a current event. “Pascha” appears three times after Calvary, once in Acts 12 where it is speaking of the “pascha” currently underway, once in I Cor. 5:7 where it speaks of Christ being our Passover, and once in Hebrews 11:28 where it speaks of Moses keeping the Passover by faith. Acts 12 is a unique appearance of pascha as it is the only post resurrection appearance of the word which refers to a pascha currently underway. The “pascha” referred to in Acts 12:4 was something happening right then, not something that had happened in the past. I contend that the uniqueness of how “pascha” is used in Acts 12 suggests a unique context. In the next paragraph I will demonstrate that the context of Acts 12 is totally unique, and that the word “pascha” refers to the Christian Pascha, not the Jewish Passover.

      The second item for your consideration concerns why Herod wanted to wait until after the “pascha” to bring Peter forth to the people. Herod had executed James, and because it pleased the Jews, he arrested Peter also intending to execute him. He arrested Peter sometime after the day of Passover during the days of unleavened bread. It is important to remember that both the Jewish and Christian “Pascha” celebrations were going on in Jerusalem at the same time. Herod would have had no reason to wait until the Passover ended to bring Peter forth for fear of offending the Jews celebrating the Passover as some suggest. Jesus was brought forth to the people during the Passover and the Jews eagerly demanded Him to be crucified. The same thing can be said of the idea that Herod wanted to wait until after his pagan celebration was over. To bring Peter forth during this week would not have offended the Jews or the Pagans. There was another reason Herod wanted to wait.

      I contend that Herod decided to wait until after the Christian Pascha (Easter) because of the tradition of releasing one Jewish prisoner during the Passover week. Herod planned to bring Peter forth to the people after Easter (The Christian Pascha). According to Mark 15:6 the tradition was that the Roman governor always released one Jewish prisoner during the Passover week. Furthermore, the prisoner to be released would be chosen by the people. This custom is recorded in all four gospels.

Matthew 27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

Mark 15:6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.

Luke 23:17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

John 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the Passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
 

This step by step process is recorded in Matthew 27:17 where it says:

“Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?”
 

The Jewish leaders had persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas, we are told in verse 20:

“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.”
 

Herod gave the crowd the choice as was his custom and they chose Barabbas, verse 21 says:

“The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.”
 

The crowd is then asked what they would like to do with Jesus. Matthew 27:22 records their answer:

“Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.”

Pilate honored the request of the Jews and sent Jesus to be crucified.

      Herod was obliged to release one condemned man from among those being brought forth to be executed during the Passover week; the man the crowd demanded to be released. Herod could not take the chance of bringing Peter out to be executed during the Passover week because of the increased number of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem celebrating Christian Pascha. Until the Christian Pascha ended Jerusalem would be populated by an exaggerated number of Christian pilgrims who had come to town to celebrate. Herod had to wait until after Easter so the great crowds of Christians celebrating Easter would not be able to demand Peter’s release. Thus it was the Christian pascha (Easter) which Herod was waiting to pass, not the Passover. It is my contention that the translators of the KJV rightly discerned this context and properly chose Easter, the only English word they could have used to distinguish between the Jewish and Christian Pascha’s.
 

Close

The link between the Jewish Pascha and the Christian Pascha has been well documented in this article. Moreover, the context of Acts 12 has been shown to support the use of the word Easter in the KJV. I leave you with one following thought which is expressed below.

There are two mindsets one can have when considering difficult passages: One can try to find error or one can try to find truth. As Christians we are commanded to 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” I believe the proper mindset for the Christian is to study with the goal of proving the Bible to be true. I do not support the idea of ignoring facts which make me uncomfortable, but when it comes to the Bible, I think it is sound logic to work with the utmost intensity to prove the Bible true. It took great determination in my study to arrive at the conclusions I have presented in this document, and even though the truths were lying on the surface ready to be found, it took much time, prayer, and work to find what was already there.
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

      Pastor Brian Evans is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, Georgia which was started in a home on June 17th, 2001 with 32 people attending the first service. The church now owns land and facilities valued in excess of 2.5 million dollars and averages over 400 in attendance. Oakwood Baptist Church has a strong outreach ministry including a thriving Spanish ministry, a Rescue Mission, and a Bus ministry. Bro. Evans has been preaching since 1987, and has been serving the Lord full-time since 1994. He has been married to his wife Valerie for 23 years, and they have three children: Zachary, Rebecca, and Jacob. Pastor Evans is a graduate of Hyles-Anderson College.

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Thank God for the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

What is precious to you? Is Jesus precious to you? Do you cherish the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ? Do you recognize the hardships in your life as a means to a stronger faith? Do you value the promises of God and lean upon them to get you though day-by-day? Most of the people in today's world mock and laugh at the teachings of God's Word. Most people in the world today have the same wicked cynical attitude as the unbelievers who viewed Christ upon the cross...

“And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him: for He said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth." —Matthew 27:39-44

Notice the word “if” mentioned three times in the preceding Scriptures. The unbelievers continually mocked Christ by challenging His authority, power, and deity. Oh how wicked and deceitful are the sinful hearts of mankind...

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” —Jeremiah 17:9

Do you think for one moment that those unbelieving religious leaders would have accepted Jesus if He had come down off the cross? Not for a moment! They hated God unconditionally. No matter what Jesus did, the wicked religious leaders never would have accepted Him because Jesus had a good heart and was a righteous man. A man once said to me, “When God Himself hands me that Bible, then I'll believe it.” This is exactly what the heathens said to Jesus... “If you come down off the cross and save yourself, only then we will believe you.” The wicked are always placing God on trial. Romans 1:20 says that all the proof you need or will receive is outside your front door.

To the believing, no explanation is necessary; to the unbelieving, no explanation is possible!

The world's heathen will never accept Jesus Christ, just as they will never accept the righteous person. The things that are precious to us as believers are meaningless to the unsaved heathen world. Even the Gospel of Jesus Christ itself is foolishness to the unbelieving...

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” —1st Corinthians 1:18

What is precious to you my friend? Do you have God? Have you come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ? If not, please trust Jesus now.


How does a person get to Heaven?

Ye Must Be Born Again! | You Need HIS Righteousness!

Defaming the Name of Jesus

Defaming the Name of Jesus
by David J. Stewart

"The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth."
—Psalm 37:12

The Lord Jesus Christ has been gone from the earth for nearly 2,000 years; yet, many people today still defame his character, slander his good name and say all manner of evil against Him.

Jesus never sinned even once (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus was holy and perfect in every way. Yet, His enemies found enough fault in Him to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. If they did that to our Lord and Savior, prey tell me, what do you think our enemies will do to us?

It's been nearly 2,000 years and yet so many people today hate Jesus, and still try to find fault with Him, just as the wicked Pharisees did. Many historians wickedly try to uncover some detail under some rock that will discredit the Lord Jesus, shame His testimony and destroy His credibility. Try as they may, they have failed, and so they fabricate every malicious lie about the precious Savior.

Conan O'Brien has portrayed Jesus Christ as a homosexual voyeur on his Late Night Show. Dan Brown and Ron Howard portrayed Jesus as having a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene in The DaVinci Code, and claim He had children. The Last Temptation of Christ slanders our Lord and portrays Him of being an adulterer. The Godless movie SAVED, horribly blasphemes the holy name of Jesus, making jokes as to how well Jesus is “hung” on the cross while focusing on His crotch. The blasphemous movie, Jesus Christ Superstar, assassinates our Lord's character and portrays Him as a worldly heathen. Rocker, Harvey Danger, sings that Jesus had to go die on the cross and stuck him with the check.

Marilyn Manson, on his album Holywood, displays a picture of a rotting man on a cross. Manson mutilates himself on stage, rips-up the Holy Bible and spews “blasphemies” against the Lord Jesus Christ. John Lennon, in his book, A Spaniard in the Works, portrays Jesus Christ as, "Jesus El Pifico, a garlic-eating, stinking little yellow, greasy fascist bastard Catholic Spaniard" (A Spaniard in the Works, p.14).

In the alleged Gospel of Judas, which is not a part of the Bible, Jesus is portrayed as a conspirator with Judas. Many people today claim that Jesus was a fake and a fraud. Criss Angel and David Blaine have both publicly attempted to imitate the miracles of Jesus, in an admitted attempt to discredit the Son of God. In so doing, they have hardened people's hearts against God, just as Pharaoh's magicians hardened his heart against God in imitating Moses' miracles.

Perhaps no other group has attacked the Messiah any more than His own people, the Jews. In the Jewish holy book, the Talmud, Jesus is said to have been boiled in excrement (urine and dung). This is what the world has to say about the spotless Lamb of God.

Isaiah 51:7, “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”

So what do you think our enemies will say about us? While the righteous expose the wicked for parading their sins publicly, and for attempting to publicly justify their wickedness; the wicked pry under every rock, maliciously plotting against the righteous, monitoring our every move with a magnifying glass, just waiting for any fault or sin that they can use to destroy our name, assassinate our character and discredit our work for God. Our intent is good; their intent is evil.

Anybody can spread a rumor until it becomes as truth, even though it's a bunch of lies. People all over the world are suspicious of Jesus Christ, thinking that He may have had sexual relations with Mary Magdalene, because of evil movies such as The Last Temptation of Christ, and The DaVinci Code, that spread rumors about Jesus Christ. That is the intent of such movies, i.e., to plant seeds of doubt and suspicion in people's minds, to discredit Christianity. Ah, but God is still on His throne, and the wicked shall not prevail (Isaiah 13:11).

Here is what Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Propaganda Minister, said about the power of lying...

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

SOURCE: Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels

If this sinful world found fault, where there was no fault, in our precious Lord and Savior and nailed Him to a cross; then you can be assured that they will nail us to a cross as well when we are less than perfect. If they can't find fault, then they will spread rumors about us in an attempt to destroy us in their hatred.

Keep in mind that Jesus was perfect, and yet they found fault where there was no fault. The servant is not greater than his Lord. If people hated, betrayed and spread rumors about the Lord Jesus Christ, then we can be assured that they'll do the same to us too. Pray for them.

Jesus is Precious!

Whom do you say Jesus is?

America: A Nation of Evil Hypocrites!

Who is on the Lord's side? (Exodus 32:26)


How does a person get to Heaven?

Ye Must Be Born Again! | You Need HIS Righteousness!

Whom do you say Jesus is?

Whom do you say Jesus is?
By David J. Stewart

In Matthew 27:63, evil men called Jesus a liar and a deceiver. In John 7:20 and John 8:52, evil men called Jesus demon-possessed. In John 10:20, evil men called Jesus crazy. In John 8:41, evil men called Jesus a bastard.

Nearly 2,000 years after Jesus walked this earth, evil men today still portray the Savior as being an adulterer, a conspirator, a bastard, crazy, a homosexual, a fraud and a liar.

Whom do you say Jesus is—Liar, lunatic or Lord? Jesus is precious!


Depart From Us Jesus!

Defaming the Name of Jesus

America: A Nation of Evil Hypocrites!


How does a person get to Heaven?

Ye Must Be Born Again! | You Need HIS Righteousness!

Depart From Us Jesus!

Depart From Us Jesus!
By David J. Stewart

“And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.” —Matthew 8:34

Jesus had come to the country of the Gergesenes (Matthew 8:28). It wasn't long before they asked Jesus to leave town. They said, "You're not welcome here Jesus ... go away!" Can you imagine anyone telling Jesus to go away? We read in John 1:10-11, "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not." What a startling Scripture passage. How sad and tragic that people would reject their own Creator.

Even more tragic is that God's own people, the Jews, would reject their own Messiah. Things haven't changed a bit since Jesus' time. The sinful world rejects Christ today, just as they did back in Bible times. And the majority of Jews today are as arrogant and stubborn as they were during Jesus' time on earth. I say this not to be unkind; but to be honest. Most people today don't want Jesus in their life.
 

Many Are Offended At Jesus

So many people today are offended by Jesus Christ, just as they were back in New Testament times. Jesus own neighbors and townspeople were offended at Him, "And he went out from thence, and came into his own country ... And they were offended at him" (Mark 6:1,3). No wonder Jesus said in Luke 7:23 ... "And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me." Are you offended by Jesus Christ? Before you answer, please understand that Jesus and the Word of God are inseparable, because they are One.

In Revelation 19:13 we read, "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." In John 1:1,14 we read, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

Jesus Christ is the written Word of God personified. Jesus is the living Word of God. Hence, if the Word of God OFFENDS you, then you are offended at Jesus. If the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality, feminism, abortion, gambling, fornication, booze, covetousness, witchcraft, pornography, adultery, and false religion offends you--then you are OFFENDED at Jesus, because He is the Divine Author of the Bible!
 

Get Out of Our Schools Jesus!

In the Engel vs. Vitale case (1962), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-1 against New York's "Regents' prayer," a "non-denominational" prayer which state education officials had composed for public schoolchildren to recite.

The government-sponsored religious devotion was challenged in court by a group of parents from New Hyde Park (some atheists, some believers). O'Hair was not involved in the case at all.

One year later, a case originated by a Philadelphia-area man named Ed Schempp challenging mandatory Bible reading in Pennsylvania schools reached the Supreme Court. At the same time, Murray O'Hair was challenging a similar practice as well as the recitation of the Lord's Prayer in Maryland public schools. The Supreme Court consolidated the cases and in 1963 ruled 8-1 that devotional Bible reading or other government-sponsored religious activities in public schools are unconstitutional.

Truly, these were two of the saddest days in America's history for God and His people.

The graphs below are NOT opinions. They are fact! Please pay careful attention to the year 1962. This is the year of The Supreme Court Ruling in the case of ENGEL v. VITALE. The year that prayer was removed from our schools, the Bible in 1963. The year that our tax dollars began paying for the brainwashing of our children.



 

No Room for Jesus

There was no room for Jesus in the inn. As He grew older, there was no room for Jesus in His own family. He was rejected by His own family. He went into the temple and there was no room in the temple. He went back to His own town, and they rejected Him... "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary... And they were offended at him" (Mark 6:3). And when He died, there was no room in the city to bury Him. He died outside the city. Isaiah 53:3, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

Just as when Jesus Christ walked this earth 2,000 years ago, there is NO room in this sinful world for Him today. Jesus Christ is mocked, ridiculed, blasphemed, and cursed by Hollywood, Walt Disney, Broadway, MTV, CMT, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, and all the other hordes of hell-spawned media and entertainment outlets. Truly Satan is the god of this sin-cursed world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Jesus is rejected by the abortion industry.

Jesus is rejected by the booze industry. Jesus is rejected by the gambling industry. Jesus is rejected by the Christian Rock music industry. Jesus is rejected by The Supreme Court. Jesus is rejected by the homosexual movement. Jesus is rejected by the feminist movement. There is no room for Jesus in this sinful world, accept in the hearts of the righteous--those who have been made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19), apart from all good works and sacraments (Romans 4:5).
 

Military Bans Praying “In Jesus' Name”


Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt

Chaplain who prayed 'in Jesus' name' convicted...
Klingenschmitt jury now will consider punishment

Posted: September 13, 2006 | © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

A military jury today convicted a Navy chaplain of a misdemeanor count of disobeying his commanding officer for wearing his uniform while delivering a prayer "in Jesus' name" at an assembly in front of the White House.

"But I had prior written permission to wear my uniform if it was a religious observance, (so) prayers are not a religious observance," Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt told WND after the military court-martial recessed for the night.

"Therefore I disobeyed my commanding officer's order not to pray in uniform," he said.

Klingenschmitt, who raised immediate concerns with this superiors when the Navy issued a new order that prayers could only be "nonsectarian," also has alleged he was punished for raising those concerns, and later notifying Congress and President Bush of the situation. -SOURCE
 

The New International Version Removes “Jesus” in 38 Places!

The New International Perversion removes the word "begotten" from John 3:16. Therefore, the NIV goes into my garbage pail!There are going to be many sorrowful ministers in Heaven because they promoted the NIV bible. It should be called the "HIV" bible. I can picture a neo-evangelical minister now, standing before Christ. I can hear Jesus asking that man ... "Didn't you know that the Satanic NIV removes My name (Jesus, the name which is above every other name) from 38 scriptures?" "No I didn't," replies the minister.

Jesus asks again, "Did you know that the NIV removes 65,000 words from My Word?" Stunned, the minister listens to the Words of his Maker. Jesus asks again, "Did you know that the NIV removes the word 'sodomite' completely because there were two sodomites on the review committee for the NIV?" "Did you know that the same parent company (Harper Collins) which publishes the NIV also publishes The Satanic Bible?" In disbelief the minister's tears continue to fall. "What have I done," the minister asks himself.

Jesus goes on to say, "That wretched and blasphemous NIV which diminishes My deity and blinds men's eyes to the truth makes me angry." Jesus continues, "Did you know that Philippians 2:6 in the NIV says that I am NOT equal to God? I am God Almighty you know." The minister now realizes that he had never cared enough about THE TRUTH to really look into the matter. He knew that all of his dead-beat ministerial buddies and supporters were all against the idea that the King James Bible was the ONLY reliable Bible in English. He had been a coward, afraid to go against the grain (the herd-mentality). If he had spoken evil against the NIV, surely he would have lost much support and friends. The truth is never popular! He had sincerely thought he was doing the right thing; but he instead led many people away from God through the NIV.

The NIV committee didn't want Jesus in their "new" bible, so they struck out His name in 38 places. They also changed every reference to someone "worshipping" Jesus into a mere "knelt." They also decided that Jesus is no longer the only begotten Son of God, so they removed the world "begotten" from John 3:16. Blasphemy!
 

The Imminent Doom of the Wicked

"And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. And they went out, and preached that men should repent" (Mark 6:10-12). Sodom and Gomorrah were utterly destroyed with fire and molten rock (lava) from the sky. These cities are today located underneath the DEAD SEA. It is called the "Dead Sea" because of the extremely high salt content of the water, so high that little life is found there.

This is also the lowest point below sea level on earth. The only thing which could be worse than being burned alive with molten rock is being cast into the Lake of Fire to burn in torment forever. "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2nd Thessalonians 1:8). Oh how foolish are unbelievers who refuse to come to their loving Savior for salvation. Salvation is completely FREE to us, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Will you also tell Jesus to depart, or will you receive Him... "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, not in religion or the will of man. Only God can forgive sin and redeem a sinful soul.

Will you send Jesus away too, or will you receive Him?


How does a person get to Heaven?

Ye Must Be Born Again! | You Need HIS Righteousness!

Offend Them!!!

Offend Them!!!
By David J. Stewart | December 2005 | Updated January 2012


Romans 9:33, “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

As webservant of Jesus-is-Savior.com, I receive a lot of e-mail. As you can imagine, I do receive much hate mail. I never take it personally because I realize that a person's natural carnal response to the truth is anger. The Apostle Paul said to the Christians at Galatia, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16). The truth offends most people, but the Word of God teaches that we should LOVE THE TRUTH. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:10). I love that little phrase... “the love of the truth.” Do you love the truth? Most people don't even care to know the truth. According to 2nd Thessalonians 2:10, those who do not love the truth will fall victim to all deceivableness of unrighteousness.

Even today, we see the masses of society falling prey to the “lying wonders” of Satan. It couldn't be any more blatant that The White House administration orchestrated the attacks on 911. “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders (2nd Thessalonians 2:9). Satan is a master liar, he knows exactly how to deceive the masses of ignorant people (those who love not the truth). Satan inspired, Adolph Hitler, said... “People are more likely to believe a big lie than a small one.”

Incidentally, Hitler also professed to be a Christian. Of course, that was just another lie of the Devil, just as George W. Bush in NO Christian. Sadly, America's Christians are blinded to the truth because they love not the truth. Too many people have religiosity without truth, churchianity without Christianity. The truth couldn't be any more obvious, but the masses of society are sleeping. Tragically, America's born again Christians are sleeping as well. “Awake to righteousness...” (1st Corinthians 15:34). Wake up!

The TRUTH is the TRUTH, even if no one believes it; and a LIE is a LIE, even if everyone believes it!
 

Offend them with the Gospel!

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." -Matthew 10:34,35

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Has Always Offended the Wicked! Romans 9:33 refers to Christ as a “stumblingblock” and a "Rock of offence.” Jesus clearly taught in Matthew 10:34,35 that He did NOT come to this world to bring peace. Let me clarify, Jesus' did come to die upon the cross for our sins; thus, enabling us to have peace with God through the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ. BUT, Jesus also expects us to preach the Gospel, which OFFENDS most people. Let me define “Gospel” so there is no misunderstanding. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the “Gospel” as the DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION of Christ Jesus. This includes the blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9).

Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:12, 22-24; Revelation 7:14). There is absolutely nothing in the Word of God which requires “holy baptism” or “holy communion” (both terms are NOT found in the Bible). The Bible never attaches the word “holy” to baptism or the Lord's supper. Hence, any religion which ADDS the “sacraments” (another word not found in the Bible) to faith alone in Christ, is a damnable false religion. This Biblical Truth OFFENDS most people. In fact, the Apostle Paul even called such people “accursed” for teaching ANOTHER GOSPEL (Galatians 1:9).

Now, you can get upset at me if you want, but the Bible calls the Catholic religion cursed! Why? Because they are NOT teaching the Gospel put forth in the Word of God. Mary is not recognized in any capacity in the Word of God, yet Catholics idolize her with vain repetitions of “Hail Mary!” (53 times per Rosary). This is dead religion, and rejected by God (Matthew 6:7; Mark 7:7-13). Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes. Catholicism is a prisonhouse of religion.

Likewise, the Lutheran religion, the United Church of Christ, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalian, Church of Christ, and many others—all ADD the sacraments to faith alone in Christ. A “sacrament” is “a formal religious act conferring a specific grace on those who receive it.” There is NO such teaching in the Bible. God strictly warns everyone about adding or subtracting from His Word (Deuteronomy 4:2), “Ye shall not ADD unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye DIMINISH ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”

Satan knows that it's much easier to trick someone into believe in the Gospel PLUS something, than it is trying to get them to reject the Gospel altogether. So instead of trying to get people out of church, Satan works to get people into religions that ADDS to (or DIMINISHES) the simple Gospel. The Jehovah Witnesses' DIMINISH the truth, by denying the Godhead and deity of Jesus Christ. Catholics ADD Mary worship and sacraments to faith. In fact, all recent popes have taught that faith in Christ is not even necessary to be saved. The popes teach damnable heresy! Lutherans ADD the sacraments. The Baha'i faith DIMINISHES the truth by claiming that there are numerous ways to the light, in clear contrast to the Biblical teaching that there is ONLY ONE WAY to Heaven, i.e., through the Lord Christ Jesus (John 14:6). Seventh Day Adventists ADD Sabbath keeping and good works to faith alone in Christ.

In one way or another, every religious false cult ADDS or DIMINISHES the Word of God. The Bible plainly teaches that salvation is by faith ALONE in Christ Jesus, by the literal blood which He shed for our sins (1st Peter 1:18-19). This is why the Apostle Paul declared in Romans 1:16 that he was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...” The power to be saved is in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6); NOT the pope, not the priest, not a religion, not the sacraments—But ONLY Jesus (Acts 4:12).
 

Offend them with the Truth about Sin!

Never before in the history of America has the Devil worked so hard to call evil good; and good, evil. Malachi 2:17 states...

“Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them...”

Malachi 2:17 says that God is wearied when anyone says that He delights in evil doers. Homosexuality is evil.

In the photo to the right, bi-sexual Whoopi Goldberg advocates immoral rights for gays. Goldberg is a she-devil feminist, hater of God, and lesbian. She is of the Devil and needs to be exposed, since she is publicly supporting the gays.

James 4:4 warns that one cannot be a friend of the world and God's friend at the same time. It's one or the other. Make your choice (Joshua 24:15)! Whoopi Goldberg is a friend of the sinful world, pulling on the same rope as the Devil. No one has a right to be immoral.

Please red, Every Man Did That Which Was Right in His Own Eyes

God is upset with lukewarm professed believers; such as Christianity Today (CT) who promote homosexuality.

CT also sees no harm in Harry Potter's witchcraft. They call God a Drama Queen and recommend Hollywood movies which curse in God's name. To no surprise, Christianity Today was founded by Mr. Catholic himself, Billy Graham. It is apostasy! Graham's magazine ought to be renamed to Apostasy Today.

God is upset with those Christians (such as Dr. James Dobson of FOCUS ON THE FAMILY) who say that homosexuals should have marriage rights. God is upset with those professed Christians (such as those at www.Jesusfreaks.com) who say that Rock 'N' Roll is good if you change the words. God is upset with The Jonas Brothers', whose song KIDS OF THE FUTURE clearly contains reverse speech (backward masking) praising Satan. The 3 boy band from Walt Disney claim to be evangelical Christians; but their lyrics promote acting crazy, living to party, and worldliness.

Malachi 2:17 says that God gets upset when anyone lies, claiming that the Lord delights in evildoers. God hates Walt Disney's whores, Rock 'N' Roll, partying, disrespect for parents, New Age doctrines, and mockery of the Bible. If it offends you to hear the truth about these imposters, then so be it! Walt Disney is straight out of the pits of Hell. Disney's lewd whorish actor Selena Gomez sings the blasphemous song ROCK GOD! Hollywood's she-devil Katy Perry sings the same vile song. Perry also invites males to stick their hands in her skin tight pants in her sinful song and album, TEENAGE DREAM.

Malachi 2:17 means that God is upset with the Southern Baptist Convention for lifting their ban against Walt Disney, because Walt Disney hasn't forsaken their Godless annual GAY DAY week (nor other filth such as their Desperate Housewives series). God's children need to CRY ALOUD against the evils and wickedness of our day. Sadly, we are experiencing a “thawing” of Christians “towards gays and lesbians.” This is exactly what the homosexuals said when the Southern Baptist Convention lifted their 8-year ban against the vile Disney company.

In 2009, Hollywood produced a pro-homosexual movie called, PRAYERS FOR BOBBY (staring Sigourney Weaver). The film targets and attempts to recruit America's churches to jump-on-the-bandwagon to support the sinful “gay rights” agenda. The movie deliberately confuses the unconditional love of God with gay rights in a wicked attempt to justify the sin of homosexuality. God warned us in Romans 1:25 that the wicked would change God's Words into a lie (and that's exactly what the movie does).

Let Christians everywhere start preaching the truth of God's Word against sin!!! Homosexuality is a sin! (Leviticus 20:13; Romans 1:24-32); Adultery is a sin! (Exodus 20:14); fornication is a sin! (Jude 1:7); Watching people commit adultery on TV is a sin! (Romans 1:32); abortion is a sin! (Exodus 20:13); witchcraft is a sin! (1st Samuel 15:23); pornography is a sin! (Matthew 5:28); corrupting the Word of God is a sin! (Deuteronomy 4:2); teaching a false gospel is a sin! (Galatians 1:9); adding anything to faith alone in Christ for salvation is a sin! (Ephesians 2:8,9); so-called “Christian rock” music is a sin! (James 4:4); and so forth! If the born again Christians of this world fail to preach against sin, then who will?

I am wearied with believers who say that we should love, love, love sinners; but never preach against sin. Certainly, we are all guilty, hell-deserving sinners in God's eyes (James 2:10); but that in no way means that we should accept the wickedness of the wicked (Psalm 94:16; Ephesians 5:11; Titus 1:10-13). I triple-dog dare you to show me anywhere in the Bible where God says to tolerate public wickedness, remain silent about those who try to homosexualize our children, and parade their sins for all to see down America's streets. No Sir! That is not what the King James Bible teaches! We're supposed to love sinners (Leviticus 19:18), but also take a stand against sin (Psalm 94:16; Ephesians 5:11).

No one has God's permission to commit homosexuality. Our freedom gives us the right to BE wrong, not to DO wrong. Liberty gives us the freedom to make our own decisions; but freedom is a result of making the right decisions. God doesn't make mistakes. No one is born “gay.” If people are created homosexual by God, then why can't they sexually mate as do male and female? Why can't they conceive children? It is evil to blame God for the mentally-ill, spiritually demonic, vile sin of homosexuality. Get right with God America!
 

What About Pastor Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church?

Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (born November 13, 1929) is the pastor and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps is also a lawyer and founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm. WBC is listed as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is known for preaching with slogans and banners denoting phrases such as "God hates fags," "AIDS cures fags," and "Fags die, God laughs (or mocks)," and claims that God will punish homosexuals as well as people such as Bill O'Reilly, Coretta Scott King, and Howard Dean, whom his church considers "fag-enablers". His church says he is a "Five-Point Calvinist". —SOURCE

Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church are a government front in my opinion. If not, they are just plain cruel and mean. They are of the Devil. NOBODY thanks God for dead 9-year old girls like Fred Phelps and his demonic cult of followers do. In January of 2011, an Arizona man killed a 9-year old girl with a gun, and a Constitution upholding judge, and also shot congresswoman in the head. These are sad and tragic events and my sympathies go out to the family members. Shame on Fred Phelps and his followers!

By “government” I mean a small group of criminals who have hijacked the federal government. President John F. Kennedy warned Americans of a White House coup 10 days before he was assassinated.

I suspected Fred Phelps of being a government plant ever since the day they first went public with their hateful signs. Before the little girl's funeral, the State of Arizona enacted a law banning protests within 300-feet of a funeral, because they heard Fred Phelps was going to protest at the little girl's funeral with hateful signs thanking the shooter. NO ONE does crazy stuff like that! It couldn't be more obvious that Phelps is being used to outlaw free speech. Then Phelps called off the protest after the law was passed. Of course, that was the entire goal to begin with.

Everyplace Fred Phelps goes, the First Amendment is being taken away. This is how tyrants take away our freedoms. They milk every incident that happens to ban free speech. I guarantee you that the law passed in Arizona will be expanded over time to ban free speech completely. The murderous forced abortion policy in China began as a seemingly innocent tax on parents. Fred Phelps and his hatemongering group are being used to get a foot in the door to ban free speech and attack the First Amendment. No pastor in America, Calvinist or not, would express such hatred as Fred Phelps. He has nothing but absolute hatred for sinners, but he is a sinner as much as the vilest homosexual, and so are you, and myself as well (James 2:10). All men are sinners (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23).

God hates homosexuality; but that's not what their signs say. Their signs unbiblical read "God hates fags." Nothing could be further from the truth. God loves humanity so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay for our sins (John 3:16).

It is wrong for any believer to become so self-righteous that they become hateful towards unrepentant sinners (such as Pastor Fred Phelps at www.Godhatesfags.com). This is wrong. God hates sin; BUT, never the sinner. John 3:16 plainly states, “For God so loved THE WORLD...” How could God hate any man or woman whom He died upon the cross for? 1st John 2:2 plainly declares that Christ shed His blood for all mankind. Romans 5:8 declares that Christ died for us, “while we were yet sinners.” On the other hand, it is equally wrong for a believer to compromise moral and doctrinal standards under the pretense of “love.”

True Biblical love NEVER allows for sinful compromise. I often receive letters from Homosexuals and witches, telling me that Jesus taught us to LOVE one another. How ironic that Christ-rejecting witches and Sodomites would quote God's Word; then again, that's exactly what Satan did to Eve in Genesis 3:1, and to Jesus in Matthew 4:6. So it is not surprising that witches and Sodomites, who reject the Bible, would quote the Bible like their father the Devil.

Having said that, I want to say that Fred Phelps comes closer to being right than MOST pastors in America who are cowards and never preach against sin at all. Would to God that more pastors CARED about the deplorable spiritual condition of the United States. The average American today has waxed sinfully proud, spoiled, and indifferent concerning evil. You can't tell most Americans the truth nowadays, because they either flare up in hostility and rage or else couldn't care less. Many Americans have become intolerant and hostile towards the truth. A recently released Walt Disney movie, UNDER DOG, features the motto... One nation under dog! BLASPHEMY!!!

I totally disagree with all 5 points of Calvinism to which Fred Phelps adheres. I am reluctant to call Phelps a "pastor," because he is such a hateful person. No one hates sin as much as God, but God doesn't hate people. Likewise, no one loves people as much as God. God could just cast every homosexual into Hell immediately, which is clearly what Fred Phelps would do if he had his way. That's not Biblical Christianity!

Calvinism is heresy. It is somewhat understandable why Pastor Phelps hates sinners when you understand the tenets of John Calvin, a heretic. Yet, I cannot help but seriously question Phelps' sincerity. There a group of freakazoids. Albeit, Calvinists believe that God chooses who will, or won't, go to Heaven, and that God only loves those chosen to be saved. Of course this it very unbiblical. If you'd like to know much more, please read Not Chosen to Salvation which diligently exposes the heresies of Calvinism. Fred Phelps is further proof of what is wrong with Calvinism.

Having said that, I want to reiterate what I said a moment ago... Fred Phelps comes closer to being right than MOST apostate pastors in America today who are silent concerning the evils destroying our nation. I'm not saying Pastor Phelps is correct in his approach, he's not. Phelps is wrong, wrong, wrong! Fred Phelps doesn't even speak of God's love on his churches' website. I don't understand any professed believer who hates the sinner, a person for whom Christ died (Romans 5:8).

Phelps comes closer to being right than the following sorry excuse for a pastor... A U.S. News and World Report article (December 2003, The New Old-Time Religion, by Jay Tolson, pg. 42) quotes Lon Solomon, pastor of the McLean Bible Church near Tyson's Corner, Virginia (a megachurch that draws up to 10,000 people on Sundays) as stating...

"Abortion and homosexuality are minor concerns in our church. The bell we beat is that we must know Jesus. We are offering people a different and better way to live than secular America offers."

Jonathan Edwards is appalled from Heaven! Abortion and homosexuality ... MINOR CONCERNS? What? Where in the Word of God are we ever led to view sin as a “minor issue?” I just don't understand how any professed "man of God,” a pastor over 10,000 people, can call the murdering of over 50,000,000 babies (in the U.S. alone) ... a MINOR CONCERN! Americans have murdered more children through abortions than all of America's war dead combined!!! And yet we praise ourselves as being a nation that “values life.” What liars!

We are a bunch of hypocrites in America! Why is it that no one gets enraged when homosexuals are marching up and down the streets of America with their despicable signs? Ever heard of the “Pink Angels?” They're a group of homosexuals that attack Christians at homosexual parades. Why just get mad at Fred Phelps?

Why is it that no one gets upset when the pro-abortionists are standing on the street corner holding up their murderous signs praising abortion? People can streak naked in public, and no one cares or complains. Don't believe it? Welcome to Brattleboro, Vermont, where streaking is legal and a daily occurrence in down town. Is this America? Yes!

What are you doing to take a stand against the evils in our nation? Lord give us more Billy Sundays! Again, I'm not endorsing Fred Phelps' ministry, but he's closer to Biblical Christianity than the millions of compromised, thin skinned, cowardly, lazy, entertainment type lukewarm believers today in America. God said He would vomit lukewarm Christians out of His mouth (Revelation 3:16-17).

God deliver us from cafeteria Christians! God deliver us from church-pew Christianity! Jesus said in Luke 9:23, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Most believers today have no idea what Jesus is talking about, because they've never suffered any persecution as a Christian. 2nd Timothy 3:12 warns, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Is anyone getting upset with you? Today's believers have redefined Christianity to fit this wicked world.

This is why America's pulpits are eerily silent concerning the great American holocaust—abortion! Few churches today are willing to preach publicly against the sin of homosexuality. Why? Fred Phelps is taking a stand in the wrong way; but at least he's taking a stand. As hateful and wrong as Phelps is, you cannot criticize him if you're doing NOTHING for God. One thing is clear... Pastor Phelps preaches the Biblical truth that homosexuality is a vile sin, and that America is overdue for God judgment. I agree 100% with that. However, when Phelps thanked God for the shooter of a little girl, that's just going way to far. That is demonic. America certainly deserves what we get as a nation for our sins, but two wrongs don't make a right. Preaching against sin is one thing; but thanking God for dead children and dead workers is very wrong.


Fred Phelps of the so-called Topeka,
Kansas, WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH.

Many of the people criticizing Mr. Phelps are hypocrites. Sean Hannity of FoxNew, who is adored by many fundamental Christians today, has spoke many flaming words of criticism against Fred Phelps and his church members (and rightfully so); however, Mr. Hannity is a devout hellbound Catholic. Many Christians have been totally brainwashed by the so-called "conservative newsmedia" which is composed of unsaved Catholics, heathen liberals and modernists in sheep's clothing.

Truthfully, conservatives today are as heathen and Godless as the leftist liberals. Sean Hannity is as lost and on his way to Hell as is Alan Colmes (who in his book Red, White, and Liberal, has a chapter called... “Jesus was a liberal.” Sean Hannity has a dating website which welcomes homosexuals. Who's kidding who? Hannity and Colmes are both unsaved heathens. It's time for America's Christians to wake up and return to the God of the Bible. Pastor Phelps comes closer to being right than all the golf-club ministers across America who never take a stand against anything. Yet, Phelps is a disgrace to the name of Christ for spewing unbiblical hatred of sinners. The Bible says that Christ died for the "ungodly" (Romans 4:5). And a good thing or else no one could go to Heaven, for all have sinned (Romans 3:10,19-23).
 

Compromised Morality Under the pretense of Love

If you want to know what Jesus was really like, then please read my article on Tough Love Jesus! Jesus NEVER compromised morality under the pretense of “love.” The world's synthetic “love” is NO love at all. The Devil has redefined “love” to mean “acceptance” and “unity” at ALL costs. Satan used leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. to accomplish this. In the following quote you will see what I mean. Coretta Scott King, quoting her late husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. said...

“I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern.”

SOURCE: Coretta Scott King, remarks, press conference on the introduction of ENDA, Washington, DC, June 23, 1994.

In other words, Martin Luther King Jr. said he wasn't going to make an issue of morality. What do you expect from a man who was featured in Playboy magazine! The teachings of Communists like Martin Luther King (and others) have brainwashed many American citizens into believing that we must UNITE at all costs; thus, setting aside all of our moral and doctrinal differences. Hence, Christians are pressured to accept homosexuals in the name of “love” (as the Godless world sees it). No sir! We are commanded by the Bible to obey God, not men (Romans 3:4). I will NOT accept the homosexual lifestyle because God tells me not to (Psalm 97:10).

I will not be unkind to them, but I will never stop preaching against homosexuality until the Lord decides it's time for me to stop. If the truth OFFENDS them, so be it! King's wife, Coretta Scott King, was an avid supporter of gays and lesbians. This is the warped New Age concept of “love” (thus preparing the stage for the Antichrist, who seeks to unite all mankind in worship of him). God commands us to SEPARATE from unbelievers (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17). The Bible teaches that we must be divided over truth (2nd Corinthians 6:14-17); rather than united by error.

Pastor Jeff Owens preaches a needful sermon concerning THE DECEPTION OF THE LAST DAYS (download MP3). Let us not be lackadaisical in these Last Days before the Lord's return; but rather, let us STAND ( Ephesians 6:11), CONTEND (Jude 1:3), and FIGHT (1st Timothy 6:12) for our precious Lord Jesus Christ. If the truth is offensive to the unsaved wicked world, and to backslidden Christians, then ... OFFEND THEM!

Please understand that by "OFFEND THEM" I don't mean to do what Fred Phelps is wrongly doing. Phelps is not just offending people, he's driving them away from God completely. But you ask, "Aren't you doing the same thing?" No, absolutely not. I take a loving stand against public wickedness and people who attempt to publicly justify sin. That is very different from attacking people on a personal level for their sins, or smirking in their face at their child's funeral with delight. That is demonic! Phelps is a bitter old man in my opinion.

Neither I nor you have a right to condemn anyone for their sins, for the Bible condemns all humanity as being guilty sinners (Romans 3:19); however, when homosexuals attempt to teach children that it's ok to be a homosexual, and lewd raunchy Walt Disney whores like Miley Cyrus seduce our teen daughters into whoredom, Christians MUST TAKE A BIBLICAL STAND for God. If you don't see the difference, then it is only because you have a wicked heart against the Word of God. I speak the truth in love as Ephesians 4:15 tells us to in the Bible. We ought to preach THE TRUTH of God's Word, and it will most assuredly OFFEND most people. And to that I say OFFEND THEM!

But if you want to laugh at people's calamity, then you are far from God. Christians who walk with God have a broken heart over sin and broken lives, they don't relish in the calamity of others like the Devil does. Satan comes only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). The Lord is not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance to be saved (2nd Peter 3:9). Preaching against public wickedness, false prophets, and tyranny is Scriptural (Psalm 94:16; Ephesians 5:11; Titus 1:10-13); but rejoicing when lives are shattered and broken is of the Devil.

Jeremiah wept much when Jerusalem was conquered and destroyed in 586 B.C. by the Babylonians, writing the book of Lamentations. Jeremiah didn't mock and laugh in their faces, nor did he rejoice that they got what they deserved. God's unconditional love never rejoices in the calamity and hardships of others. Proverb 24:17, "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth."

There is a fine line between faith and foolishness, and between Christianity and heathendom. Hating sinners may seem proper to self-righteous hypocrites, but James 2:10 says that breaking even one of God's Commandments makes a person guilty of all in God's eyes; because committing even one sin can keep a person out of Heaven for ever. That's why God sent Jesus into the world... to SAVE SINNERS like me and you friend.

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