Lying to God in Song

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Wow! Great read. How many of us have done this? I know I have. As the author states, there were times during worship when tears would be streaming down my face and yet, I knew, I knew, that something was amiss in my soul. The greater sin — if there is such a thing — is pretending it has never happened. God knows. May God help our allegiance to be fully to Him.

http://annawood.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/lying-to-god-in-song/

By Anna Wood

God created music just as He created everything else. It is, at its best, a means of reflecting on His glory and even of bringing Him glory as we sing to Him. But what if we lie in the songs we sing to Him and about Him? A. W. Tozer was known for saying that Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them. I think he was more honest than most of us.

Have you ever sung a song in church about surrendering everything to Christ? Or laying down your life to Him? Did you mean it? I don’t mean just at that moment when you might have been swept away by emotion (which is not a good thing, by the way) but, rather, overall? Every moment of every day? If you don’t, you aren’t alone. So many fail to comprehend what it is we are saying to the Lord when we sing words like “I surrender all” or “love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all“? The songs, while beautiful, are often just a part of the service to us. In fact, the time of singing is often referred to as the time of worship because we well know the affect those songs have on our emotions. We don’t really expect them to reflect reality.

But should they?

It hit me one day that, here I was singing my heart out Sunday after Sunday about fully belonging to and fully surrendering to Jesus and I didn’t completely mean it. I mean, of course, at the time, swept away by the emotion of it all, with tears streaming down my face, I meant it at that moment. But, the question was, did I really buy into the message of the song or was I just lying? And, if I was lying, who was it that I was lying to? Me? No, I knew the truth of the situation. Others? If so then they were lying back to me and we were all a bunch of hypocrites. No, that wasn’t it, either. God? Yes, that was it. I was lying to God. It was Him I was singing to about cherishing Him above, beyond and instead of anything else and, yet, I didn’t truly mean it. I was a liar who was lying to the true and living God Who said that liars have their place in hell.

Something had to change. I couldn’t go on like that, not after understanding what I was doing. So I started really listening to the songs, breaking them down, comparing them to Scripture, trying to figure out what they meant. They became some of my best teachers. I learned to embrace their truths rather than shrink away from them. By God’s grace, the words of the songs began to reflect reality for me rather than just being the part of church where I got teary-eyed.

I’ve grown a lot in the ensuing years. After several years and much study and prayer, I embraced a deeper, more difficult “brand” of Christianity than that of my childhood. I can truly say with complete honesty that God is everything to me and that I cherish Him above all and instead of all. My faith has been tried and tested and no doubt will be again and again. Each time I come through the fire, I learn to love God more. My Christian growth is, of course, tied in with my times of prayer, Bible study, church attendance and the study of good books by good men and women who love(d) the Lord. It is, however, also linked to that day when I came to understand the necessity of not lying to God at all…not even in the songs that I sing to Him. God doesn’t take the breaking of our vows lightly. If we are singing about His being our everything, He had actually better be our everything. Otherwise, we have just lied to Him and liars have their part in the lake of fire. I don’t want to be one of them.

It’s time we all quit lying to the Lord in song. Each of us should take time to ponder what it is we are saying when we sing to the Lord and if we don’t mean the words, let not sing them. If He isn’t our all, we ought not to lie and tell Him He is. He knows the difference. It’s time we did.

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Ban all Canes! 85 year old Gramps defends himself with one and is arrested

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Poor old guy. Really! Poor old guy! He smacks someone a good one thinking he was being assaulted and then the the cops came in and drag him out of bed and hauled him off to jail.

Some people are getting way too big for their britches and they need to be knocked down a couple of notches. So, good for gramps. So sorry, he is in jail for daring to defend himself.

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You can read the article here:

http://kdvr.com/2013/01/03/85-year-old-man-in-jail-accused-of-felony-assault-for-hitting-person-with-his-cane/

Calling a Spade a Spade

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Too many Christians today are too willing to swallow the words of their favorite teacher or prophet. When confronted with the fact that many of them are blatant deceivers, kooks and manipulators, the rest of us are always accused that we are too negative, that we must always say nice thing. Well, Jesus didn’t think so. 

Following article gotten here:

http://www.wickedshepherds.com/Callingaspadeaspade.html

Some think that it is wrong to point out false teachings and other kinds of evil and to call names, let alone to name who these false teachers are!  Is this what we read in the scriptures?
In the scriptures, Jesus many, many times had serious confrontations with the religious leaders of his time.  In fact it was the religious leaders who ultimately called for his death.  (As mostly is the case……same is true for today)  All through His life, they were waiting for the right moment.
                            “…For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him,
                                 because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God
                                 His own Father, making Himself equal with God.  John 5:18
                                “Some therefore of Jerusalem said, Is not this He who they
                                 seek to kill?  And lo, He speaks openly, and they say nothing
                                 to Him…”  John 7:25-26
                                 “And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might
                                  put Him to death; for they feared the people.  Luke 22:2
                                 “Now after two days was the feast of the Passover and the
                                  unleavened bread: and the chief priests and scribes sought
                                 how they might take Him with subtlety and kill Him…” Mark 14:1
                                 “But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against Him,
                                  how they might destroy Him  Matt12:14
                                 “So from that day forth, they (the chief priests and Pharisees
                                 and council) took counsel that they might put Him to death.  John 11:53.
Jesus called the religious leaders of His day “whited sepulchers”, “fools”, “blind guides”, “hypocrites”,  “serpents”, “murderers”, “a generation of vipers,” and many such names. Jesus spoke this way to the religious leaders throughout His ministry.  He virtually had nothing nice to say about them.  But yet there are many in the church today who say that Jesus never spoke this way.
Read Matthew Chapter 23 again and see what it says.  Jesus’ words, in practically the entire chapter, are directed at the scribes and Pharisees. 
Do you think that Jesus would speak to the church leaders today in the same way? 
Does Jesus change?  Have the church leaders changed?  Yes indeed.  They’ve gotten worse!
You know as well as I, that if Jesus were to return today, there is not one church on the face of the earth who would hire Him to be their “Pastor”.  Not one!  And why is that?  Because people today do not want to hear the truth.  Their church leaders are fine outstanding men who deserve to be followed,thank you!
The scriptures speak of things getting worse and worse, and if you read carefully, it’s not talking about the world, but the church and the leaders in the church!
To be sure, when it came to the common people, Jesus was the “Humble Servant.” His ministry to them was marked with compassion.  He “was moved with compassion for them.”
He gave the gospel to them
He fed them.
He healed them.
He wept with them.
He spoke gently and mildly to them.  “Martha, Martha,”………”Simon, Simon.”
He identified with the people and knew many were distressed,
as sheep not having a shepherd.
When it came to the common people, Jesus ministered to them in meekness and gentleness, as His words showed.
But when it came to those in the church; when it came to the “great ones”; when it came to the church leaders and so-called experts in the law, something changed.
His ways, His mannerisms, His countenance, His words “EXPLODED.”
In all of His confrontations with the church leaders, you could see the difference in His whole attitude, especially in His words.  Jesus was exposing their evils. He was exposing their false teachings and hypocrisy like no one ever did before.  And in so doing, many others were starting to “see the light.” 
His words were as the voice of a trumpet.
Likewise today, there is much evil lurking in many churches and in those in positions of “church leadership.” The unbiblical authoritarianism and spiritual abuse within the ranks of the so-called “eldership” is rampant.  
The hijacking of many marriages by these wolves in sheep’s clothing resulting in the destruction of many lives is evil beyond words. 
To speak of these atrocities in anything less than an angry, forceful tone would be almost impossible.  Anger doesn’t have to be sin, just like God’s anger that is mentioned probably hundreds of times in the scriptures, is not sin.
Perhaps the time has come for some others to express a little anger at what is going on with these wicked shepherds who are killing and scattering God’s flockfor their own power and glory and ego!
Perhaps the time has come for some others to express a little anger at these spiritual  monsters who deliver their poisonous and blasphemous theology to so many unsuspecting souls, parents, and innocent children.
Yes, as we speak, there are many WHO KNOW what is going on.
As we speak, there are those in the church today who would readily stand up and say “NO”to the spiritual bullies and to flee from them and to deny them their control over them! Yet, for some, they also know that to do this would only invite persecution and a living death.  So they remain.
But wouldn’t you rather suffer the former than to loose your soul and deny your Savior and Heavenly Father?
Many choose serving their spiritual bullies, thinking all the while they are serving their Lord.
Some also think that it’s wrong to name these people. They call it “spreading evil” or “trying to restrict this evil to only certain individuals and places.”  As has been said over and over on this website, this is a world wide evil that is taking place.
And what do the Scriptures say of this anyway?
Look through the letters of the Apostle Paul.  Many times he mentions specific individuals by name.
                               Galatians 2:11ff  “But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him
                               to his face, because he was to be blamed……and I said to Peter before them all….”
                              1 Timothy 1;19ff  “…which some made ship wreck concerning the faith,
                              of whom are Hymeneus and Alexander…..”
                              2 Timothy 2:17ff  “…and their word will have growth like gangrene – of
                              whom is Hymeneus and Philetus, who missed the mark concerning the truth…”
                              2 Timothy 4:10 “…for Demas deserted me, loving the present age…”
                              2 Timothy 4:14-15  “Alexander the coppersmith showed many
                              evil things to me.  The Lord will give to him according to his works. 
                              You also guard against him, for he greatly resisted our words.”
In 3 John verse 9, John named Diotrephes as one who does not receive the brothers, but throws them out of the assembly.
Jude exposes the errors of Balaam in verse 11.
In Revelation Chapter 2, twice the Nicolaitans are singled out and the warning is given concerning their works and their teaching.
And there are many from the Old Testament too.
We are living in a day when false teachers and their dastardly deeds abound.  A faithful messenger will warn those in the churches.   They will identify these churches by name, as well as their “leaders,” calling a spade a spade.Just like the Lord Jesus did; just like the Apostle Paul did, and others as well.
People’s lives are being destroyed.  Marriages are being destroyed.  It’s not enough to just “generalize” a situation or play games and “hint” at what is being said.  Are there any faithful messengers around anymore?
Ken Cascio
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Homeland Security buys 200,000 more hollow point bullets

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Some of are asking ourselves, who are these bullets intended for? Freedom loving Americans better wake up.  

Read full article here:

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-buys-200000-more-rounds-of-ammunition/

While the Obama administration sets out to eviscerate the gun rights of American citizens in the aftermath of Sandy Hook, earlier this week it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a company a contract worth over $45,000 dollars to provide the DHS with 200,000 more rounds of bullets.

The contradiction of the Obama administration preaching gun control while simultaneously the federal government arms itself to the teeth with an arsenal that would be enough to wage a full scale 7 year ground war is jaw-dropping.

As Mike Adams highlights, “A citizen is considered to be a stockpiling “terrorist” prepper if they own just 1,000 rounds of ammo. The government, however, can purchase billions and the mainstream media doesn’t even question it.”

“Where is all this ammunition going? It’s being stockpiled by the federal government, awaiting some future event during which it will apparently be “activated.” Why else would you stockpile something if you don’t anticipate needing to use it someday?”

“During all this, Obama and his cohorts in Washington are loudly insisting that American citizens have no right to purchase firearms or ammunition, and that new laws will soon be enacted to make sure you cannot do what the government does: stockpile weapons and ammo.”

Indeed, the double standard is staggering and while Americans are being raided for stockpiling “arsenals” of weapons that subsequently turn out to be no more than a few guns, the federal government is simultaneously building a very real and substantial arsenal while the mainstream media turns a blind eye.

How to survive a mass shooter — RUN HIDE FIGHT

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Alabama Government officials offer this video on what to do if you are involved in the middle of a mass shooting.

This really is a crock of bull. Yes, you can run, hide or fight. But really, the only way to stop a mass shooter? Is with another gun. The bigger, the better, I always say.

People would not have to worry about running, hiding and trying to fight with a CHAIR as in this video, and be at the mercy of an armed thug (government or otherwise) if they themselves had the power to shoot back. Wonder why Alabama officials did not give the option of shooting back? This is governments’s way of trying to make us all feel safe. Uh, yeah. I feel safer already.

Give me a gun any day over a cannister off the wall or a chair!

Do not be swayed by the following propaganda. If politicains and their families have GUN protection, you too, should have the VERY SAME RIGHT to defend you and your family.

Still, if you find yourself caught in such a place, I suppose you can try one of the following …… along with PRAYING.

ALHOMELANDSECURITY:

To the Un-Churched Christian

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If you happen to be in a Church building and you are being blessed and being allowed to be a blessing in the way you know God intends, and if you are being taught correct doctrine, I do not begrudge you. I truly am happy for you. I hope you continue to be blessed. However, this article is not for you.

This is for those who once were involved in a Church = building. You gave your time, your love, your service and your money out of committment to God. But, you began to see some things that alarmed you: false teachings, idolatry, theatrics, manipulation, the occult, witchcraft — all being done in the Name of the Lord. When you began to see those things, your heart was first surprised, then saddened, and then you dared trying to warn others what you were seeing. Not out of sowing discord and/or gossip as some of you were accused. Not out of rebellion as some of you were told. But out of a deep concern and love for the truth. Surely, they want to know, you told yourself. But, you found out, they did not. You were more or less poo pooed, shunned, ignored, and as you walked out the door for the last time, no one cared. After all, that Church building no doubt many times had prayed words like this: God, bring in those who You desire and send out from among us who you do not.

Like me, you too, probably said it at one time or another. Because isn’t that what we were taught? That only those who could follow the program were welcomed. Those who wanted to help the pastor with his vision, were esteemed. That you were not to question.

You find out you were just another casuality as you remember the ones who left before you. When you watched them leave, you did not go after them. Instead you looked upon them as if they were the ones with the problem. And now, sadly, you know what it feels like to be one of them.

Leadership taught they were not to be challenged, or else you were unteachable, rebellious, etc.  You probably felt confused. Why is it wrong to point out error?  You may have thought. So you caught yourself sitting at home as you tried to understand why it made one guilty for just having a desire for the truth.

You may have began to feel sorry for yourself, as you may have began to believe you didn’t matter in God’s kingdom. That thought alone made you wonder if you were guilty of the sin of pride. Before you knew it, that condemnation began to bring you down, perhaps even making you depressed. After all, God’s Word does warn us of the sin of pride. Is it pride to have the desire to share what you believe God laid on your heart, only to be ignored and at times admonished by leaders? I don’t think so. I can only suggest this: If God opened your eyes in the first place, there is a reason for it. It was and is His will for you to share what has been laid on your heart concerning the things you have seen. You were right in wanting to warn the sheep of the leaven. They were wrong in wanting to shut you out.

You were made to feel you didn’t count, you weren’t important. Some even took your desire to be a blessing and perverted it with words like, “You are thinking too much of yourself” — “why, he (the preacher) is a man of God, you just need to follow him and God will lead the way” — you had to show yourself worthy of using any gifts in that church, — worthy being if you were faithful enough to clean toilet, bake the brownies, give your money, sit in the nursery watching unruly kids, go everytime the church doors were opened. Never mind if you had a number of things outside the church that needed your attention: sick parents, illnesses of your own or others, etc., just being plain worn out from having to participate in programs that meant little to nothing or having to listen week after week to what you believed was dead preaching. Not to say the total heresy in some cases.

Some even accused you of just being rebellious towards authority. Uhhh, what does that mean exactly? That we must find a church and must submit? Submit to what and who? Someone else who decides how you will be used? Submitting to never questioning and just going along to get along? NEVER.

You were led to believe that you must go to church or else you were in total defiance to this scripture:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. — Hebrews 10:25 —

And to that I will ask those who want to use this scripture to lord it over the rest of us, what exactly does that mean to you? That those of us who have seen what is sometimes heretical teachings come straight from the pulpit, that somehow we are just to suck it up, and get with the program anyway? IF you have found a place where you are able to get true fellowship, a place where people actually care about your needs as much as you do theirs, a place where you are welcomed and are used in the way God intends, then thank God for it, instead of trying to bring others under some kind of condemnation for not finding it. It is a gift — pure and simple.  God does not love you any greater than the Christian who has not been able to find what you have found.

So what does the unchurched Christian do with that scripture? Friend, I wish I knew. What can I offer you when I too am in the same place? I can only say this and only hope it is something that brings life. For I have been alone so long, now, sometimes I can not see straight. Yet, I keep telling myself, doesn’t it go back to Jesus? Isn’t He always suppose to be more than enough? I am constantly reminded of the thousands of believers all over the world who are in prison. Alone. Forsaken by man. Unchurched Christian, you too, may be in a type of prison.

Like me, there may be times where your soul cries out, “I need… I need… I need.” There may be obstacles that you can not control which get in the way of you getting what you know you need. Fellowship being one of the greatest needs for the unchurched Christian. If you find yourself totally alone and your soul is begging for something that just does not seem to be happening — or even meant for you at the time — then what are you to do?

I believe  that God sometimes purposely allows us to be in a place where we begin to see everything we ever trusted in, become as dung before us. Did you once care what man thought of you? He will put you in a place where it will not matter what man thinks of you. Did you seek man’s approval? You will find only God’s approval is enough. Did you like being noticed because of some gift or talent? God not only wants you to see He is the giver of gifts and talents, but desires you to be free from the yoke of performance. Has there been anything in you at all (get real with yourself now) that liked being seen as spiritual? Some of you know what I am talking about. Like me, you carried around certain books to make sure everyone knew what you were reading. That is spiritual pride and God hates it. He desires to strip you from any pre-conceived notions of what spirituality looks like.

See, if you have done any of these things and have found it hard to break free, God loves you so much that he desires you to be more free than you can imagine. I know it hurts right now, to be without a church and true fellowship. God knows I know. But the time spent now in getting to know Him in the stillness of your life, surpasses anything the church building can ever give you.

Many times this scripture comes to me: And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32 —

We know this had to do with Jesus telling Peter that he would deny Him. So what might it have in common for us — the unchurched?

You will feel yourself being sifted many times over during your time of aloneness. You may even begin to question God, causing doubts like never before. BUT…. He is still with you. He has NOT forsaken you. He truly wants you to know HIM. NOT fleeting emotional feel-goods that church services bring. NOT the little pat on the backs affirmations the pastor may give to you. NOT that euphoric feeling one gets when they perform in church knowing their gift is being adored and appreciated.

Though you were led to believe you were the problem, the problem is not with you, precious Remnant of God.

The problem lies with those who desired to put a yoke of performance/bondage on you through deceit and manipulation.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.– Galatians 5:1 —

I’m going to guess, since you have been alone, a part of you has died. Perhaps that part that used to care what others thought. Remember how you bowed to it in order to be accepted?

Some of you truly are house bound. Perhaps illness or other events not under your control make it impossible for you to get out and even try looking for a place if you even wanted. To you, I would say, do not let anyone put a yoke on you. I heard one preacher say if you can’t get to church, then crawel. Really? Church is that important? Well, to some, I suppose. In which case, it could be a type of idolatry. Yes, idolatry. There are those who are addicted to the the idea of going to church = building. I will not expound on that one right now. Perhaps at a later date.

I must say that preacher’s words really irked me. Did he even mention that maybe just maybe, someone could try and offer you a ride to church? No.

You are being changed

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
— 2 Corinthians 2:17,18 —

The things you are going through are not meant to bring you depression or any other negative thing. Though you may battle with those things. They are meant to change you from an image of what you may have thought you should look like, to one of what God thinks you should look like.

… He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; — Philippians 1:6 —

Notice something here: it does not say, He who has begun a good work in you will complete it as long as you go to church every time the doors are opened. Or as long as you follow the pastor on every thing that comes out of his mouth. Or if you tithe, bake brownies for fellowship dinners, teach Sunday school, etc.

No, it does not say those things. Now granted, Jesus can and does use these things to help bring about that good work. But they are not what finishes it. It is in Jesus, and in Him alone.

God tells you He has not forgotten you. He has not forsaken you. That He still will use you wherever you are. If you are alone as a alone can be, He still can and will use you. Your life is not in vain. It is not meaningless.

There will be those who will judge you because you are off on your own. Have they made a real attempt to know you, to understand what you are going through, the things you may be dealing with? Have they even heard your voice? Do they know if you have health problems or if you have been dealing with a family issue? If not, then pay no mind to these people. They have no right to speak into your life if they have not taken the time to know you, really know you.

They will load you down with more bondge as you begin adding them to your I need you to accept me list. No, friend. The only thing you need right now if you find yourself unchurched for the reason I listed above, is God. Use this time to try and draw near to Him. Then when it is time for you to go out and try to find that church = building, you will have died to so many things, that the approval of man will mean very little to you. All that will matter to you, is what God thinks of you.

Were Crisis Actors Used at Sandy Hook to Deceive the Public?

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The video states and shows the link that Sandy Hook has a recent history of federally staged Terror Drills. A mock school shooting drill was being conducted in Putman County only miles away on the very same day as the Sandy Hook events on December 14.

At 8:30 into the video we are shown a mock presentation of a Mass Casuality Terror Drill. We are asked if we are able to see it is fake if no one had told us. I speak for myself — no, I would not know.

If government did something like this at Sandy Hook — and honestly, I believe they are very capable of such deception — then I have to ask why? Yes, gun control. But it goes even deeper than that. The whole world is under the sway of the evil one, Satan. He is a liar and a deceiver. He is the father of every lie and an abomination to the truth. It only makes sense that when he finally comes and steps into the body of a man to rule the world, that he would have the whole world prepped and ready for his great deception. A lot of us have already seen him at work within the church with one apostacy after another. Doesn’t it make sense that he would be just as eager to be just as deceitful in other areas of life?

We are being conditoned to accept lie after lie. I challenge everyone to question everything.

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