For years, my ex-wife and I left the religious and spirituality teaching of our children up to Sunday school classroom teachers and once or twice a summer Christian Bible camp. But we should have faced charges for abandonment and neglect of our children Spiritually!
If you are a parent, you can decide to ignore this post and declare, "How dare he imply that I am a bad parent!" If the paragraph above disturbs you, then please read on for the sake of the souls---living creatures---that God blessed you and the other parent to have and foster.
We have to get past the excuse that we are dealing with a different generation and that children today are more belligerent to their parents, self-centered and think they know everything. After all, the apple does not fall too far from the tree and often we are the ones who inspired our kids to be apostate and apathetic towards following the Word of God.
Saint Soccer, First Football and Bedside Baptist are the only church congregations that many people take their children to on Sundays.
Many have become apathetic towards going to church and irresponsible to read the Scriptures to their children at home.
As I mentioned earlier, for a long time, where I left my children spiritually was prey to Satan and his cohorts---as well as the temptations of the world.
If you are guilty of the same mistake, and now feel like scum after reading this Blog, all is not lost...
Jesus loves the scum of this world and is calling all to repentance...
New Living Translation (NLT)
"11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?[a]”
'12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’[b] For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”'
Footnotes: a. Matthew 9:11 Greek with tax collectors and sinners?
b. Matthew 9:13 Hos 6:6 (Greek version)
As we prepare to celebrate the first Advent season--the gratefulness and holiday cheer for the Word becoming flesh (John 1:1)--Jesus' first arrival as a baby to grow up and live a holy life conquering sin and death--let's not forget about Christ's future Second Advent.
New Living Translation (NLT)
"7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven.
And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him.
Going to church and taking your children with you is only a small part of being a responsible parent. Even though the Jewish People are still waiting for Yeshua (Jesus) and believe that Jesus of Nazareth is not the Messiah now--they at least teach their children the Hebrew Scriptures...that alone has led a great many Hebrew children to grow up and seek the Messianic Truth.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus and Abraham
'31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”'
Therefore as we get caught up in the secularized holiday cheer---with the removal of the word, "Christmas" from our children's schools and the oxymoron and "political correctness" of recognizing other religious holidays like the Feast of Lights in schools---let's not forget that it is the parent's responsibility to teach children the Truth about God and His Son Jesus Christ.
ON A SIDE NOTE: Have you ever thought about the fact that:
Santa is an anagram for Satan?
Moreover, both Santa and Satan are depicted in red, and Saint Nicholas is most renown for leading the snakes out of Ireland.
The Legend of Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas was the bishop of Myra (now Kale in southwestern Turkey) in the 4th century. After the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s, St. Nicholas was largely forgotten in Protestant Europe, although his memory was kept alive in Holland as Sinterklaas. There St. Nicholas is said to arrive on horseback on his feast day, dressed in a bishop’s red robe and mitre and accompanied by Black Peter, variously described as a freed slave or a Moor, to help him distribute presents to good children or lumps of coal, potatoes, or switches to bad ones. The Dutch took the tradition to New Amsterdam (New York City), where he was transformed into Santa Claus. In Britain he was replaced with Father Christmas.
What About Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Christmas?
Mary, the mother of Jesus, submitted herself to be the vessel by which Christ was born immaculate and incarnate. However, Mary, herself was not born without original sin. The Holy Scriptures do not tell of Christ's mother being assumed into heaven...The legends about the Virgin Mary were started by men and have led to many Christians worshipping graven images of her.
Here is What Jesus Christ said is Most Important and Blessed
Luke 11:27-28 (NIV)
"27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” "28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Matthew 12:50 (NIV)
"50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother
and sister and mother.”
Satan does not care what or who you worship, as long as you do not stay solely dedicated to worshipping Christ Jesus. So, please stop giving devotion to the concept of Mary as the mother of Christ's church---as well as reverence to Roman Catholic/Anglican/Eastern Orthodox "canonized Saints" and graven images---defying God's Word in Exodus 20:3-4.
Evil doers have adulterated the image of Christ's mother and these fables are as ancient as the begginnings of civilization itself.
The Legend of Semiramis and Tammuz began the Mother Child Cult worship dating back to ancient pagan Babylon.
Semiramis is believed in secular history to have been the wife of Noah's evil grandson, Nimrod, the Master Mason (Genesis 10:8-12), who built the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11). As you see, Freemasonry dates farther back than King Josiah of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple in 2 Kings 22.
Many books and records were destroyed by the early church and some are locked away in the Vatican (see Revelation 22:12-21, v.19), but legend has it that Semiramis claimed that she had a son, Tammuz, after Nimrod died. Semiramis claimed that her son was killed by a wild boar and then resurrected...
So, Semiramis made herself the "Queen of Heaven" and object of worship eclipsing her son. The Catholic church calls Mary, the "Queen of Heaven"---and this perpetuates the pagan Tradition.
The Legend of Semiramis and Tammuz led to a joyful holiday feast called Ishtar. At the feast colored eggs were exchanged and eaten as a symbol of the resurrection of Tammuz. An Evergreen tree was displayed and a yule log was burned. Finally at the feast of Ishtar, hot cakes marked with the letter T (to remind everybody of Tammuz) were baked and eaten.
Semiramis as a queen and through tradition (oral teachings) would have known of God's promise to Satan at the fall of mankind through Adam and Eve's defiance of God's statutes...
"And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He [an early reference and prophecy of Jesus] will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15 NLT).
Religious Myths, Lies and Adulteration of God's Word
Despite mankind's attempt to misconstrue the Word of God, the Holy Bible is as complete as God wants it to be for our instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-17). However the only reference to Tammuz in the canons that we have been left with today is as follows:
'14 He brought me to the north gate of the Lord’s Temple, and some women were sitting there, weeping for the god Tammuz. 15 “Have you seen this?” he asked. “But I will show you even more detestable sins than these!”'
(Ezekiel 8:14-15 NLT).
The Mother Child Cult spread from ancient Babylon to Phoenicia under the name Ashteroth and Tammuz. From Phoenicia it traveled to Pergamos in Asia Minor. This is the reason for the Apostle John's admonition to the church at Pergamos in the book of Revelation; "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is" (Revelation 2:13).
In Egypt the Mother Child Cult was known as Isis (Isia) and Horus.
About 2000 B.C. God called Abram (Abraham) away from this region of pagan worship (Joshua 24:2, 3) and led him into the Promise Land.
You can trace Israel's early demise to King Solomon and his wives
1 Kings 11:4-7 (NLT)
"4 In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been. 5 Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done." "7 On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites."
Freemasonry honors King Solomon although Solomon's heart was turned from God and Solomon's wives practiced witchcraft and devil worship.
By the ninth century B.C., Israel returned to Mother Child Cult devil worship under the influence of wicked Jezebel (1 Kings 16:30-33). At this time, the Mother Child Cult was worshiped under the name Baal.
The Knights Templar (Knights of Solomon's Temple) are believed to be the ones who found the ancient books uses by Solomon's wives (for the worship of the devil and his various names) amongst the ruins of the Second Jerusalem Temple during the Crusades.
In Greece the Mother Child Cult became Aphrodite as Venus and Cupid.
Ancient Germans worshipped the virgin Hertha with child in arms. Scandinavians called her Disa. In India the mother Devaki bore the child Krishna.
Eventually the Mother Child Cult found its way into pagan Roman mythology and then the neo-pagan practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
I do not want to distract you to go looking after the esoteric and historic sinister plots that have tried to destroy the Truth about Christ.
Nevertheless, the Roman Catholic Church in its use of graven images (defying Exodus 20:4) depicts the Virgin Mary stepping on the head of a serpent, instead of Jesus--as Genesis 3:15 states, "He"...
Semerimis made herself the way to God, and as the "Queen of Heaven," professed that she alone could administer salvation to the sinner through various sacraments, such as the sprinkling of holy water.
The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, Profession of Faith---Part One, Article 9, Paragraph 6, sections 964-975, teaches Mariology (devotion to Mary as the "Queen of Heaven" and the Mother of the church). But only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are holy. Moreover, Christ is the only Savior and Head of His church (Ephesians 5:23).
It Is Important to Put the Holy Bible in a Global Context for Your Children
Many professed Christians are spiritually confused today and unknowingly worship the "Queen of Heaven" by saying the rosary and going to adoration where the adulteration of Christ's mother is a major part of worship.
The Holy Bible informs us, "And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25).
If your church has adulterated the Truth of God and His Word, then I can only suggest that you attend a church that teaches only about Jesus and the Holy Bible, instead of Tradition(s) and rituals of men.
Freemasonry has infiltrated the Vatican, Anglican Communion, Protestantism and the military hierarchy around the world.
At the top of Freemasonry are the Shriners (Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine). The Grotto or Mystic Order Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm is an appendent body of Freemasonry. The Grotto was founded by LeRoy Fairchild in 1889 in NYC as the Fairchild Deviltry Committee.
Modern day Mithraism---the cult of the god Mithras, which became popular among Roman soldiers of the later empire, was the main rival to Christianity in the first three centuries AD. Constantine the Great and the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD implemented the word, "catholic" to supplant the Christian movement and martyred those who simply wanted to follow the Scriptures.
A halo or sun disk (Nimbus) about the heads of adulterated images of Mary denotes sun-god worship. The ancient Egyptians worshiped Ra. Mithra (or Mithras) was the sun god of the Aryans who settled ancient Persia.
According to the teachings of Zoroaster ( c. 628– c. 551 bc ), Persian prophet and founder of Zoroastrianism, the supreme god, named Ahura Mazda (counterpart to Mithra), created twin spirits, one of which chose truth and light, the other untruth and darkness. Zorastrians use fire to represent light and the heat of the sun in their worship.
The Persians spread the worship of Mithra throughout Asia Minor. Mitra (or Mitre) is also the sun god who appears in the ancient religious literature and hymns of Hinduism called the Vedas.
Hence you can easily see how Satan has used interfaith practices or syncretism (the amalgamation of different religions) to form his Antichrist one world religion objective (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
Today the Pope and Bishops wear a Mitre (aka Miter) a tall headdress worn by bishops and senior abbots as a symbol of office, tapering to a point at front and back with a deep cleft between---carrying on the Cult of the Mithras.
Notice the Sunburst on the mitre of Pope John Paul II (below)---which the RCC admits represents the sun.
"34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” "And they divided His garments and cast lots" (Luke 23:34 (NKJV).
I believe that money, power, greed and desire for control also corrupted the early church leaders of the first century AD---spreading to the bad popes and Holy Roman Empire (that existed from 962 to 1806 in Central Europe).
Priests are not beyond reproach (1 Timothy 5:17-22)---and neither are other Roman Catholic, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox ministers and laity ---just correct with compassion, mercy and above all, love.
So, forgive and show others the way more accurately, as the Apostles did for Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:9-25) and Apollos (Acts 18:24-26).
Acts 18:24-26 (NIV)
"24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately."
The Cult of the Mithras has simply lead syncretism and the Antichrist world system by being the religion of the early church---and now the Sovereign under international law government of the Vatican---that oversees the New Holy Roman Empire of the world and globalization.
A New World Order and Antichrist Global Governance System
The Monarch of England (as the head of the Anglican Communion), the Pope (as the head of the Roman Catholic Church), the Knesset (the legislative branch of the Israeli government), International bankers, Freemasons and the United Nations' International Religious Freedom Policy---have formed a New World Order of religion and politics---and Antichrist One World Government.
You do not have to believe this extensive information---simply if you call yourself a Christian, keep your focus on Jesus---and teach your kids to do the same.
The Answer is to
Keep It Simple Saints (K.I.S.S.)
I know that I have taken you the long route to debug the religious lies and myths that have people spiritually confused, but I too was once in darkness and needed to be set free of 40 years of indoctrination.
Remember John 8:31-32 and that Jesus can set your mind free!
Christianity is not a religion, it is a personal relationship, faith and belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Christianity is all about imitating Christ---rebuking in the name of the Lord those who need to be rebuked (Mark 7, 1 Timothy 5:17-22)---and showing love, compassion, mercy and longsuffering towards others.
It has been my mission to:
"Study to show myself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). My mission (and all Christians as disciples of Christ) is to lead our children and others away from religious myths and old wives' tales---to the simplicity of Jesus Christ.
It is such nonsense as Santa/Satan, and the religious myths of the Queen of Heaven--as well as Tradition(s) of men (which prevail in world dominant "Christian" religions and Freemasonry today), that have adulterated the significance of Jesus' birth---the simplicity of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3-4), and God's Word (the Holy Bible that Bishops and Masons quote).
And this is why it is important to read and learn more about the only person who said, "Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me" (John 14:10 NLT).
Jesus conquered death and went to prepare a place for us for all eternity---He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6 NLT).
Jesus is coming again to judge the world,
so we have confidence in this:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Life in the Spirit
"8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus."
Can you really call yourself a Christian and know What Would Jesus Do (WWJD), if you are not reading and studying His Word---the Holy Bible---to learn and teach your children?
If you keep giving your kids gifts like the Twilight Series books and DVDs and glamorizing the occult for them, then you are leaving your children to the spiritual darkness of this world (Ephesians 6:12).
Let's Restore Christmas to be all about God's Gift of Jesus
Hopefully this Blog has opened your eyes to understand that you cannot leave the education of your children up to the MATRIX and Antichrist system of this world---that poses Roman Catholicsim, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox religions as representing Jesus Christ.
This Christmas Season (and beyond) share the message of the Gift of Eternity and commit to teaching your children about Jesus Christ---guiding them in righteousness, faith, hope and love by your example and devotion to God's Word.
Read John 1:1, John 1:14, 1 John 5:7 (King James Version only) and Revelation 19:13.
This Blog is all about simplifying and rightly dividing the Word of God...Jesus left us His written word, so please read and trust it!
Please also read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
Peace, Love and Joy,
Brother David Johnson, XU
Editor of www.xpknights.net and The God Press™
Footnote 1. Harold Wilmington, Wilmington’s Guide to the Bible (Chicago: Tyndale House, 1981), p. 570-572.