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The Order of the Jesuits

17 Jan

Written by Charles Bedwell

The Catholic Church has been making stronger and more blatant moves at getting this world ready for that “Great Day of the Lord”.  But who exactly is their “Lord”? It is paramount for the Christian today to be able to clearly discern the many ways the Devil is using to prepare an unsuspecting world to accept the Mark of the Beast.  In order to have a full understanding of the Papacy’s modern movements and decisions, we MUST understand the role of The Jesuit Order and how the Papacy has been utilizing The Jesuit Order to covertly incorporate their schemes for many years.

Constitution of the Jesuits: “Let whoever desires to fight under the sacred banner of the Cross, and to serve only God and the Roman pontiff, His vicar on earth, after a solemn vow of perpetual chastity,- let him keep in mind that he is part of a society, instituted for the purpose of perfecting souls in life and in Christian doctrine, for the propagation of the faith …. Let all members know, and let it be not only at the beginning of their profession, but let them think over it daily as long as they live, that the society as a whole, and each of them, owes obedience to our most holy lord, the pope, and the other Roman pontiffs, his successors, and to fight with faithful obedience for God.”

Why was the Jesuit Order created?

The Jesuit Order, or The Society of Jesus, also called “Jesuits” today, was founded by a man named Ignatius of Loyola, born Ignatius of Loyolain 1491.  He maintained a military career as a Spanish knight until he was severely wounded at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521.  While he was in recovery, he supposedly went through some sort of “spiritual conversion”.  He then combined his military experience with his newfound religious conversion to decide that his religion needed “an army”.  Thus, he created The Society of Jesus under the banner of Roman Catholicism.  With several of his companions he formed the Jesuit Order in 1534 and it was officially commissioned and sanctioned by Pope Paul III in 1540.  Ignatius was also commissioned by the Pope to reorganize the “Bank of Rome” in 1540.  In its early stages, just after they were reorganizing the Bank of Rome, they began ruthlessly taking over Education.  Taking over the schools and the colleges would allow them access to change teachings.

The primary purpose of the newly-created Jesuit Order was to serve as the Pope’s deterant to the Protestant Reformation, which revealed the Roman Catholic Church as antichrist and the pope as that “man of sin” spoken of by the Apostle Paul. Their plan was to bring the entire world back to the Roman Catholic Church.

“I do declare from my heart, without mental reservation, that the Pope is Christ’s Vicar General and … He hath power to depose Heretical Kings, Princes, States … that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power I will defend this doctrine … I do further declare the doctrine of the Church of England, of the Calvanists [sic], the Huguenots, and other Protestants to be damnable and those to be damned who will not forsake the same. I do further declare that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of His Holiness agents in any place wherever I shall be; and to do my utmost to extirpate [exterminate] the heretical Protestant doctrine, and to destroy all their pretended power.” (The Jesuit Oath, as taken from Political and Economic Handbook by Thomas Edward Watson in 1916, p. 437)

The Jesuit Order would become the Papacy’s Counter-Reformation.  The Reformation, started by reformed Catholics such as Martin Luther, began as a wave of truth in the 1500’s, calling out and exposing the abominable heresies of the Catholic Church.  It was mostly through the Papacy’s selling of “indulgences”, or certificates of pardon, that the Reformation was flamed to life.  Luther was outraged when members of the university were handing him these “requests for pardon of sin”.  He quickly told them that unless they actually repent of their sins, coming before the Throne of Grace for forgiveness, they would unfortunately perish in those sins.  He began teaching people that the grace of God cannot be purchased, that God’s grace is a FREE GIFT.  His opposition to Catholic doctrines began riling up the entire Catholic Order against him.

This should be a lesson to us as well:  When the Holy Spirit reveals great truth to us and calls us to spread the word to others, the enemy will stir up the powers of this world against us.  We must rely on God in these situations and not on our own wisdom.

The Jesuits’ Banking Scheme

The reorganized Bank of Rome began branching out and opening various offices in Europe.  Some of the banks they opened up: Venice (1587) The Wisselbank in Amsterdam (1609) Hamburg (1619) Nuremberg (1621) Rotterdam (1635) Bank of England (1694).

The Bank of England, having its model after the Bank of Rome and created by the Jesuits, actually became the world’s first Central Bank.  This central bank began the process of issuing “notes”, charging interest on the entire capital they loaned to the English Parliament.  This began a recurring debt for England, as there would be no way for them to fully repay their lenders, thus putting the power of the country of England into the hands of the Jesuits, who controlled the Central Bank.

Friends, it is for this very reason – the usury of the central bank in England – that the American Colonists sought freedom from England, and the reason for the Revolutionary War!

Ben Franklin“That is simple. In the Colonies, we issue our own paper money. It is called ‘Colonial Scrip.’ We issue it in proper proportion to make the goods and pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and we have no interest to pay to no one.” (Ben Franklin speaking about the use of Colonial Scrip)

“The Colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament, which has caused in the Colonies hatred of England and the Revolutionary War.” (Ben Franklin speaking about the real cause of the Revolutionary War – banking control)

“The refusal of King George III to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution.” (Ben Franklin on the corruption of the Bank of England)

The central banking system that exists in our world today is merely the same central banking system modeled after the original Bank of Rome, and the Jesuits control it, as they always have.

The Jesuits’ Influence on Modern Christianity

So many Christians today do not know where many of the most commonly accepted beliefs even came from, or why they were developed.  Throughout the dark ages, the Papacy resorted to very open and obvious brutal and cruel tactics of attempting to fully wipe out all Bible-believing “heretics”.  The development of the Protestant Reformation proved to the Papacy that these tactics would not suffice any longer, but would only more strongly affirm what the Reformers were illustrating – that the Catholic Church system IS the harlot church, the true Antichrist.

Brutal extinguishment would not work.  More subtle tactics were needed.  The prophecies unveiled in the book of Daniel fully confirm the Papacy as the Biblical Antichrist.  The Papacy needed to divert attention AWAY from them, to cause a curious world to look in many different directions, just not on them!  This is where the Jesuits would come in handy.

A MAJOR problem for the Papacy was the 1260-year identification time period in scripture, the “time, times, and dividing of a time” which denotes the time of the Papacy’s iron grip on the world.  A new “interpretation” of this 1260-year time period would need to be invented, AND a new Antichrist figure would also need to go along with the story as well.

Futurism

This brings us to Francisco Ribera (1537-1591) – a Jesuit leader in the area of Theology, who began writing a long expose or commentary, a few years before he died, on the events in the book of Revelation.  His documentary, In Sacrum Beati Ioannis Apostoli, & Evangelistiae Apocalypsin Commentarij, was published about a year before he died.  In his work, he explained that the first few chapters of Revelation actually referred to old Pagan Rome, and that the rest of Revelation described events circulating around a “literal” three and a half year period in the future where a charismatic Antichrist figure would be revealed who would:

– Persecute and kill the Christian saints during an oddly separated 70th week of Daniel’s 70-week prophecy

– Rebuild an actual third Temple in Jerusalem

– Deny the deity of Jesus Christ and claim to be the Messiah himself

– Place himself in this newly restored Jewish Temple, claiming to be God

– Kill an actual Two Witnesses of God in the city of Jerusalem

– Force the entire world to worship him

Ribera’s account of the events in Revelation successfully take the focus off of the Catholic Church, pointing toward the future, being a literal three and a half years at the very end.  How very convenient for the Papacy.  This interpretation would fully suspend ALL prophecies occurring in the middle ages.

There was also Manuel De Lacunza (1731-1801), a Jesuit priest who resided in Chile.  Around the year 1791, he put together a manuscript called La Venida del Mesias en Gloria y Magestad (“The Coming of the Messiah in Glory and Majesty”), where he took on the pen name of Juan Josafa (Rabbi) Ben-Ezra.  Using the typical Jesuit tactic of trickery and deceit, Lacunza used a Jewish name and title to completely hide the fact that he was a Catholic Jesuit priest, thus creating much more acceptance from Protestantism – who still slightly had a bad taste for the Papacy at the time.  In his work, Lacunza (Ben-Ezra) showed his advocacy for Futurism, proposing that the Antichrist was still to come in the future.

Edward Irving (1792-1834) was a Scottish Presbyterian who was very important in the movement of the propagation of Futurism.  This man was also the primary forerunner of both the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, two very prominent and popular movements in modern Christianity today.  Irving accepted the future one-man Antichrist theory and decided he would take the interpretation to NEW heights.  After a member, Margaret McDonald, of his very large congregation told him that she received “visions” of end time believers being “raptured” just before the time of the Antichrist, Irving began promoting the Futurist interpretation attached with a new twist of a “Secret Rapture”.  Whether or not Irving’s acceptance of the Rapture theory was directly due to McDonald’s supposed vision is up for some debate.  The fact is that shortly after McDonald sharing these visions with Irving, Irving began teaching a new Secret Rapture doctrine.

Through the work of Jesuits and Jesuit-influenced Protestants, Futurism has become the most commonly accepted theme of theory in relation to the Antichrist for modern Christianity.

Preterism

On top of Futurism, the Jesuits created an additional theory that would assist in taking the world’s eyes off of Satan’s entity, the Papacy.  Working in parallel was another interpretation, Preterism.  This theory was proposed by a Spanish Jesuit named Luis De Alcazar (1554-1613).  In his commentary titled Investigation of the Hidden Sense of the Apocalypse, he insisted that the ENTIRE book of Revelation pertained to pagan Rome and approximately the first six centuries of the Christian movement.  Here is a brief overview of Alcazar’s teachings in relation to the Antichrist:

– Rev chapters 1-11 relates to the rejection of the Jewish people and the Romans’ destruction of Jerusalem.

– Roman paganism was supposedly “the harlot” and was overthrown in Rev chapters 12-19.  Also, the true church in these accounts is supposedly the Roman Catholic Church.

– Rev 20 would hold the account that Caesar Nero (54-68 AD) would be the Antichrist and that he was judged.

– Rev 21 and 22 shows the glory of the Roman Catholic Church, that God establishes them as His church on earth.

The Papacy really has to love the Preterist theory even more than they do the Futurist theory, as it gives them even more glory and takes even more focus off of them.

With these popular theories, the REAL Antichrist has dominated and overcome modern Christianity.  They are either looking to the past or to the future, when the Antichrist has been here all along!

What does scripture say in relation to a future or past Antichrist?

1 John 4:2,3 ..”By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”

2 Thessalonians 2:5-7 ..”Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”

Both John and Paul say that the Antichrist, the mystery of lawlessness, was ALREADY at work and beginning in their time.  What about the temple of God being supposedly rebuilt in the end?  Does that stand up to scripture?

2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 ..”Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

Well, what is “the temple of God” today?

1 Corinthians 3:16,17 ..”Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

Additionally, what about a supposed “Secret” rapture of the saints?  Does scripture say that Jesus returns silently and secretly?

Matthew 24:30,31 ..”Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Matthew 24:23-26 ..”Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

Revelation 19:11-16 ..”Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 ..”For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

Characteristics of Jesus’ return in the Bible:

– Heaven opens up, and Jesus emerges on a cloud with great power and glory, riding a white horse!

– The angelic armies of Heaven follow Him, also dressed magnificently in white and riding a white horse.

– Jesus descends upon the earth with a great shout, having also the voice of the archangel, and with a trumpet!

– Jesus’ eyes are like a flame of fire and He wears many crowns upon His head.

– He separates the saved from the wicked and finishes judgment upon the wicked.

– The righteous dead are then raised from the dead.  The righteous living are transformed and meet with them in the air, to forever be with the Lord.

– He even says that if anyone tries to teach you that He is returning silently or secretly – DO NOT believe them!

Question:  Do ANY of these events sound like “a secret rapture” to you?  The Jesuits have shrouded the truth with myths and fables, my friends.

The NIV and RSV

Does it matter which translation of the Bible you read?  I mean, surely picking the “easiest to read” version is okay, right?  Again, in today’s world, we have to be VERY careful about what information we subject ourselves to.  All throughout the Middle Ages and the Dark Ages, the Papacy has continuously sought to destroy the pure undefiled Word of God.  They knew that if people kept reading the true unaltered scriptures, the people would eventually be led by the Holy Spirit to clearly identifying the Papal system as the Antichrist.

You will hear many scoffers today try to insist that the scriptures of today are all completely corrupt, that it doesn’t matter which translation you pick – “Just pick the easiest one to understand and you’ll be fine.”

Even though the Original Text writings are no longer preserved today, the early Christians shortly after Christ made sure that they preserved and copied the pure writings while avoiding errors.

Over the course of an additional century of time, two different perspectives began emerging:

The Western Stream coming out of Alexandria and Rome, which incorporated many intentional and careless errors.

The Eastern Stream coming out of Syria and Constantinople, which kept fully accurate with the original teachings and writings of the apostles.

In the 4th Century, Eusebius of Caesarea, who was a follower of Origen, was commissioned by Emperor Constantine in 331 AD to begin copying 50 copies of the New Testament, otherwise known as “The 50 Bibles of Constantine.”  Of course, Eusebius chose to ignore the accurate Eastern manuscripts and kept to the grossly corrupted Western manuscripts to create these 50 copies.

Most scholars say that 2 of Eusebius’ Western stream-influenced copies, the Codex Sinaiticus and the Codex Vaticanus, came about as 2 of his 50 copies for Constantine.

Remember:  The true early Christians trained by the apostles completely rejected these false imposter manuscripts, which forced them to be hidden in secret places, later to be dug up and introduced as “ancient” artifacts and manuscripts.  Does a manuscript being “ancient” automatically make it accurate?  We have to be very cautious when we hear of recent archeological discoveries uncovering “ancient Biblical” script, which we have seen cases of in the last few years.

Even though many scribes tried to correct the many mistakes of the Western manuscripts, they were not able to get them even close to the pristine accuracy of the Eastern manuscripts.  Jerome, a Roman Catholic priest, still used the faulty Western manuscripts to serve as the foundation for the Latin Vulgate, which became the official Scripture of the Roman Catholic Church.  Conveniently, the Catholic Church erroneously declared the Latin Vulgate to be completely “free of any type of error” in the 16th Century at the Council of Trent.

This Council of Trent was convened in 1545 by the Papacy for the very means of finding a great way to stop the progression of Protestantism.

The Catholic Church would have loved nothing more than to use brute force to openly destroy every single true Bible as they had been doing beforehand.  However, their iron grip of forceful influence had already started losing its steam by this time, so they were forced yet again – to use subtle methods of deceit, their speciality.

Who would they ask to create some additional deceit?  The Jesuits.

The Jesuits actually controlled the direction of the Council of Trent.  Through their spokesman, the Archbishop of Reggio, they sought to completely reinstate the authority of the Church above the Word of God.  Read this part of the Archbishop’s speech on January 18, 1562 to also see something very interesting he states:

[col. 529] Such is the condition of the heretics of this age that on nothing do they rely more than that, under the pretense of the word of God, they overthrow the authority of the church; as though the church, His body, could be opposed to the word of Christ, or the head to the body. On the contrary, the authority of the church, then, is illustrated most clearly by the Scriptures; for while on the one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, [col. 530] offers them to us to be read, in doubtful matters explains them faithfully, and condemns whatever is contrary to them; on the other hand, the legal precepts in the Scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. Circumcision, enjoined upon Abraham and his seed under such threatening that he who had not been circumcised would be destroyed from among his people, has been so abrogated that the apostle asserts: “If ye be circumcised, ye have fallen from grace, and Christ shall profit you nothing.” These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of Christ’s teaching (for He says He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the church. Indeed, if she should be removed (since there must be heresies), who would set forth truth, and confound the obstinacy of heretics? All things will be confused, and soon heresies condemned by her authority will spring up again. [See No. 1444.]

Not only was the Papacy able to elevate church tradition above the Scriptures, but he also convinced the council that “the Lord’s Day” (Sunday) should still be the official day of Christians!  Furthermore, the Jesuits pressed on, going to Douay and Rheims in France and had the Bible translated into the English language under the guise of the corrupt Latin Vulgate.  Corrupting God’s Word would allow them to corrupt the Christian faith.

With every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.  Through God’s merciful guidance, the Reformers’ inspiration led to the completion of the King James Version of the Bible, which was completed in 1611.

The Devil could not allow the KJV to remain as the primary Bible for Christians, especially for the end times.  Thus, the Archbishop of Canterbury also began a revision of the KJV in the 1870s.  Two important Jesuit-inspired figures were the writers of this revision – Doctors Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort.  These two men made sure than the translators of this new “revised” version completely avoided and ignored the correct Eastern manuscripts upon which the KJV was based, and they incorporated the ever-perverted Western ones, which had already been proven to remove the deity of Jesus Christ and supported the initiatives of the Papacy.

From this work, the Revised Version of 1881 was born!  At first, it merely attempted to rival the KJV.  However, by the mid-20th Century, the Revised Standard Version (RSV) became the most popular version in modern Christendom.  This effect saw the Jesuits’ hard work come to complete fruition!

Friends, for proper Bible study, avoid using any of these “newer” versions such as: – New International Version (NIV) – New English Bible  – New Life Version  – New Living Translation – The Message – New Century Version – Revised Standard Version (RSV) – Easy-To-Read Version

There are so many others to avoid, but these are just a few of the Jesuit creations.  If you truly want to keep closely to the REAL God-inspired text, PLEASE stick with the King James Version (KJV), I implore you.

Luke 8:11,12 …”Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” …  The truth in God’s Word is a sharp two-edged sword.  The Papacy knows that if people are given the undefiled Bread of Life, it will lead them to be saved.  Briefly, I will show you only some shocking differences between the true KJV and the inaccuracies and heresies contained within just the NIV and the RSV.

King James Version New International Version Revised Standard Version
Luke  4:4 ..”But Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”…

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John 1:10 ..”He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

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Matthew 18:11 ..”For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

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Mark 13:14 ..”So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not. (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Luke 4:4 ..”Jesus answered, It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.”Notice how “but by every word of God” is removed in NIV and RSV.

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John 1:10 ..”He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

The world was made BY Jesus, but the NIV and RSV change it to being made through Him.

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NIV and RSV completely remove this verse in Matthew 18:11

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Mark 13:14 ..”When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong-let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Of course the Jesuits don’t want you to study the book of Daniel, so they take that reference to Daniel out!

Luke 4:4 ..”And Jesus answered him, It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.”…

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John 1:10 ..”He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.”

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Mark 13:14 ..”But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

The list goes on and on, my friends.  These comparisons only barely scratch the surface as to how much the Jesuits have attempted to create corrupted, false versions of the Bible so that the world will remain in darkness.  Oddly enough, the very two things attacked the most in the false versions are: The Commandments of God and the deity/authority of our Lord Jesus.

Fact: These two versions above (NIV, RSV) remove and/or change 60,000 words from the true text!!  That would be equivalent to starting at Acts 1:1 and removing ALL of the scripture from that point through Revelation 22:21!

The Jesuits Pull the Strings of Politics

The Jesuits were created and commissioned nearly 500 years ago.  Since that time, not only have they corrupted the Christian faith and moved the world’s religions toward ecumenical unity, but they have also infiltrated the economic systems and political infrastructure of the countries of this world.  Through many of their agencies and societies spread worldwide, they have provided the Papacy with the convenience of directing and influencing this world’s major affairs.

Some of their agencies: – European Commission – Council on Foreign Relations – United Nations – Trilateral Commission – Bilderberg Group – The central banking systems – NATO  – the Freemasonry – Club of Rome

Since the Lateran Treaty was signed by Mussolini in 1929, the Vatican has actually been a fully sovereign state.  This of course began the “healing of the deadly wound”, spoken of by John in Revelation 13.

Especially since the Vatican’s noticeable increase in power, the Jesuits have been able to increase the frequency of their subtle tactics even in the realm of politics.

1. Through a Left vs. Right Hegelian dialectic philosophy, the Jesuits have been able to intuitively use a “create and control”/thesis and antithesis methodology.  They create a mirage for the people of the country by giving them Republican vs. Democrat/Conservative vs. Liberal  to choose from, when truly – they control BOTH parties.  Any person showing any true political opposition to the Jesuit-controlled duopoly is eventually extinguished by some of the Jesuits’ various outlets such as their mainstream media networks.

2. Through their various fascist-like internationalization projects, they’ve been able to gradually merge countries together in “unions”.  Some of their such unions which already exist are: Central American Union, European Union, African Union, South American Union, and Asian Union.  Other unions are still in the works, but are very close to being completed.  It is through disinformation and other forms of social engineering that the Jesuits coerce their hand.  If these methods do not work fully at first, then they implement more open attacks such as “war creation”.  If you notice, the United States still has a Constitution and the North American Union has not yet been completely realized.  What is the result?  The United States has been constantly at war for over 10 years.  This will continue until the United States is fully internationalized like Europe.

3. Through the Jesuits’ brother organization, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), they’ve been able to gain control of the entire money-making process, the Federal Reserve banking system.  Citibank, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs are just three examples of their pawn elite banks.  They also flex their dominion through their International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, and many other such international societies.  In a nutshell, the Jesuits have complete control of the direction of every monetary currency in the modern world.  All the events you see circulating around the economies of various countries growing weaker is no accident.

Ties to Satanism

The rabbit hole really does go deeper and deeper.  It would take me many weeks to fully illustrate just how interconnected the Devil’s societies are in this world.  This entire article has merely touched on many of the key points.  One quick and clear connection can be made with all of the secret societies of this world which give allegiance to the Papacy – they are shrouded in occultic Satanism.

The Goat of Mendez, or Pan, or Baphomet in other cultures, is a symbol of fertility worship – also associated with Baal, the false sun god mentioned in the Old Testament.  Baphomet has also become a symbol of Satanic worship today.

Baphomet                  

Many of the societies I mentioned above, such as the Freemasons, are highly grounded in fertility false god worship and affiliation.  Many of the presidents, political leaders, prime ministers, celebrities, big corporate CEO’s, and other famous people are tied into different varieties of the occult.

                 

                 

Why would all of these people and so many more people be making such a distinct motion with their hands?  Are we to believe that all of these people are Texas Longhorn fans??  Not a chance.  The hand sign you see these people (in high places of power) invoking are all different forms of the Sigil of Baphomet, denoted by the original picture of Baphomet on the right above.  The Freemasonry themselves have been used by the Vatican to unite the powers of this world for some time and they are very much Satanic.

Take a look at this picture of a very interesting poster of Baphomet, from the Order of Eastern Templars:

– Notice the title, “Do What Thou Wilt”.  That is EXACTLY what Satan said to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

– You’ll see the all-seeing eye at the very top.  This symbol is also a Freemason symbol – a reference of the Masons to Solomon, where Solomon says “The eyes of the Lord are in every place…”  The Freemasons believe they should “keep an eye” on every place.  The reference to Solomon comes from the Freemasons’ desire to rebuild Solomon’s Temple, one of the evil ones that Solomon built for Molech after Solomon turned away from the Lord.

– There are two obelisks as well.  An obelisk itself represents “male fertility”, or the male phallus, and the ability to supposedly harness demonic power within the structure – very Satanic and pagan.  Obelisks are all over the world, most notably at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica.

– Beside each obelisk, you’ll see the Baphomet Cross.  This cross can be seen all over Masonic Lodges and Temples, as well as on the attire of the 33rd Degree Masons.

– The six-pointed star, hexagram, can be seen at the bottom on the left – inside the 7-pointed object.  Many today believe that the “Star of David”, a six-pointed hexagram, came from David – but it did NOT.  That star used today by the Jews as a symbol of Israel has NOTHING to do with God or with David, but actually came from ancient forms of witchcraft, occultism, and sorcery.  Like other symbols in Freemasonry, the hexagram represents the fertility god – “the male triangle penetrating the female triangle”.  The hexagram was also used as a means of attempting to communicate with the dead in ancient Egypt.  However, if we read scripture we know that these sorcerers were not communicating with the dead, but with demons.  “The dead know nothing”. (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

We can see that the Catholic Church, through their manipulative Jesuit Order, has indeed acquired control of all the major facets of society – the world’s economics, politics, and religions.  There are still only a few cards left to be drawn, but in order for the Papacy to enforce the Mark of the Beast, it is necessary that she control the world under one unified system, and we are extremely close to this being fully implemented.

Does scripture indicate that the Harlot Church will control the world’s society in this way?

Revelation 18:2,3 …”And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

There is a lot of prophecy jam-packed into these 2 verses.  What does “wine” represent prophetically in scripture?  A covenant of accepting religious doctrine (Luke 5:37).

– “All nations have drunk of the wine (doctrine) of the wrath of her fornication” = The Whore of Babylon acquires religious control of the earth by getting everyone to accept the Church’s doctrine over the Law of God.

– “The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her” = The Whore of Babylon acquires political control of the earth by having the political leaders of this world give full allegiance to her.

– “The merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury” = The Whore of Babylon acquires economic control of the earth by maintaining positive control of the currency of the world.

In the Three Angels’ Message, are we given additional insight into this?  Notice above that the angel says that “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen”.  Mystery Babylon will fully acquire all three facets of society, but what is the primary reason that God’s wrath is finally poured upon the world?

Revelation 14:6-12 …”Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”

Mystery Babylon, the Mother Harlot, forces the earth to accept her doctrines.  Then we are warned that if any person receives the mark, based upon what was just stated – the “wine of her wrath” – then that person will receive God’s final judgments and will be forever separated from Him, being destroyed in the lake of fire.  Amazingly enough, the last part of this great message is that those who do NOT receive the mark of the beast will be those who: Keep the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus!

Clearly, the message is that God’s wrath is ultimately poured out upon the world because of the world legislating Papal doctrine into law, forcing the world to disobey God’s Law!

Friends, this is why the Jesuits have been working secretly so hard over the years – to prepare this unsuspecting, docile world to be fully controlled by the Papacy again!  Take a good look around this world: Countries are quickly losing their sovereignty, moving toward a global system, which is encouraged by some of the Jesuit-controlled agencies such as the United Nations.  The economic stature of the most powerful countries in the world is preparing to collapse, which will usher in a global monetary system.  All the world’s religions are being convinced to “come together” through the merging ecumenical movement, and most of the professing Christians themselves even believe that God is on their side guiding this religious transition.  Oh how Satan has this world so fooled!  After reading this, where is your walk currently with our Lord Jesus?  Are you fully prepared to stand on that troublesome day soon ahead?  It is critically important for your salvation that you completely understand the Mark of the Beast and what it entails.  Scripture warns us that these exact events would happen and it illustrates the truth so that we don’t have to guess or speculate about this topic.

Culture And The Christian

17 Jan
By Joe Crews
Culture and the Christian
We hear a lot these days about vanishing species in the physical world of nature. Some creatures have almost become extinct as their breeding habitats have been invaded and destroyed by advancing “civilization.”
I would like to suggest that there is a similar problem in the spiritual world also. A certain kind of historic faith and lifestyle is being slowly choked out of existence by the inexorable advance of a voracious, alien culture. Paul warned of a time when the true church would be threatened by a spirit of conformity to worldly values. He said, “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). One translator has made it more urgent: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold” (Phillips).
Is there reason to believe that the simple faith of our fathers has been eroded by a burgeoning hedonistic society? Jesus made some very clear statements about the spiritual threats that would confront His people just prior to His return. He said, “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26). Obviously there will be some dramatic parallels between this high-tech final generation and the antediluvians of 6,000 years ago. Certainly the Master was not talking about scientific similarities, but something would be the same. What was it? The answer is found in the book of beginnings: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).
We could cite scores of texts to show how an obsessive self-indulgence would be rampant in the last days just as it was in the days of Noah. Love of pleasure, vanity, desire for the supremacy, and above everything else an inordinate pride, would characterize the doomed end-time civilization. Self lies at the root of almost every sin for which man will be held accountable. It was that spirit of egocentric pride that precipitated Lucifer into his original course of rebellion against God. He declared that he would be the greatest and sit in the sides of the north. He would even be “like the most high” and take God’s place in ruling the universe.
After being cast out of heaven, Satan sought to infect the human family with the same evil principles of self-aggrandizement that had turned him into a devil. He appealed to Eve’s unfallen mind to become more wise so that she could be like God. Since that encounter with our first parents, Satan has used exactly the same avenues of approach to all the descendants of Adam. His temptations are always aimed at the most vulnerable point of weakness in fallen human nature—and that weakness is pride; the desire to attract attention to self.
Has the prophecy of Jesus been fulfilled today? Have the minds of most modern sons of Adam been invaded by “evil continually”? No one who reads the newspaper can be in doubt on these questions. Murder, drugs, rape, terrorism, satanism and every conceivable related perversion, has turned this planet into a place of fear. And there is an evil basic principle behind every type of crime being committed today. The self-nature wants attention. It wants to rule; to be gratified; to have its own way. People are usually murdered because they stand in the way of someone who is determined to acquire money, power or attention. The twisted ego of fallen man demands to be the greatest, to have the most, and to stand at the top. The drug and sex problems are always related to self-gratification. Political corruption and spiritual compromise are equally rooted in greed, to gain either materially or in popularity. Whether we look at Wall Street, professional sports, politics or religion, we see extreme manifestations of the self-nature seeking to be recognized and exalted.
What does all this have to do with the loss of a spiritual lifestyle among God’s people? Jesus put His finger on the pulse of the problem when He said, “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). In other words, there would be a corresponding compromise in the church as the conditions of evil proliferated in the world. The deadening influence of a self-centered environment would gradually infect those who once had a genuine love relationship with God. That love would grow cold.
Are we suggesting that all those violent drug and crime scenes would be reenacted among the saints? No. Jesus did not say that those iniquities would come to characterize His church, but He did imply that they would create a carelessness within the body of Christ that could lead to a loss of faith and love. Note the significant question that Jesus asked, “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). No one can deny that a lethargic lukewarmness has crept upon us, diluting many of the unique devotional practices that identified true worship for centuries of the past. Jesus indicated that an encroaching secular society would decimate the ranks of His own followers to such a degree that only a few would survive. “As it was in the days of Noah.” How many were saved at that time? Only eight. Jesus said, “So shall it be in the days of the Son of man.” He was talking about His return. A small remnant would recognize the contaminating process of gradual compromise which would endanger even the “very elect.” Jesus said, “narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).
I would like to suggest that any satanic plan capable of destroying the vast majority of believers would have to be very subtle, devious and almost undetectable. It is also quite apparent that such a program would be so well disguised that those deceived would not even be aware of losing their faith. Love grows cold by degrees. The world crowds in closer and closer. Conformity begins over issues that seem small and inconsequential.
Look once more at the analytical sentence of our Lord in describing the anatomy of compromise. He said, “Because iniquity shall abound,” Christians would grow cold. Their love would wax cold. Paul prophesied that “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). As evil slowly grows worse in the world, love slowly grows cold in the church.
Why did Jesus tie the loss of spiritual power to the rise of iniquity in the world around us? Simply because He understood how we can be affected by the sights and sounds of a carnal society. Repeatedly the Bible warns against relating to the world. Jesus said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world … therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19). Paul wrote, “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17). John declared, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15). James said, “whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).
In order to understand better what these inspired people were warning us about, read the illuminating words of our Lord in Luke 16:15. He said, “for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” There is the real crux of truth that we have been searching for. Jesus defined the enemy for us so clearly that no Christian needs to be confused. The “world hateth you” because you do not esteem the same things they do! “The friendship of the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4). The most highly esteemed things in the world today are utter abomination in God’s sight, and true Christians should be aware of what they are.
A very important question is raised at this point in the minds of many. How can we know which things fit into this category of abomination? Obviously we are talking about social values and cultural practices. Almost everything we do is rooted in a pattern of current customs. Are they all wrong? What aspects of prevailing lifestyles are acceptable and which are unacceptable? Jesus has certainly shown us that abounding iniquity is out there in the world, increasing all the time, and that it will be responsible for the majority of Christians losing their way. He has also said that some of the most popular cultural behavior in the world is an abomination to Him.
I believe the answer to these questions is found in the words of our Lord. He said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Please notice that Jesus did not say “let him deny himself alcohol or drugs or illicit sex,” He just said to “deny himself.” Period. All one is really required to do is say no to the self-nature which is resident in every one of us. Since self is behind every sin, this victory will bring all other victories with it. Yielding to the demands of that egocentric nature is to participate in the same sin that actuated Lucifer and later led to the death of Jesus on the cross. It is the constant subduing of that lower, carnal nature which distinguishes the children of light from the children of darkness. Although conversion does not remove that selfish nature, it does bring a new spiritual authority into the life that overpowers the propensities of evil, bringing them under the sanctified control of a surrendered will.
It is important to note that a continual life-or-death warfare is being waged in every born-again Christian. The ever-present fallen nature will always be in conflict with the spiritual mind. We must choose which of the two shall rule our life. Jesus said, “Ye cannot serve two masters.” It must be either self or the Saviour. But many overlook the fact that we are responsible for saying no to self. Jesus said, “Let him deny himself.” Everyday we have to choose what we look at, listen to, smell, feel and taste. The five senses are the doors that give access to influences that either sanctify us or pollute us. The mind automatically conforms to whatever we allow to enter through the sensory perceptions.
This brings us back to the question of which cultural practices we can safely engage in. All of them are going to have an influence on the mind by appealing to one of our senses. By the grace of God, we can close the door on any cultural influence that will feed the self-nature. We need to learn which ones will weaken us and which ones will strengthen us. Cultural practices are neither good nor bad simply because they have become the behavioral norm for a contemporary society. They must be tested by something deeper than a passing fad or custom.
There are many Christians who believe that cultural practices cannot be judged as wrong because they represent only the application of a principle and not the principle itself. They contend that a practice can be right for one society but wrong for another depending on the cultural imperatives in operation at the time. Indeed there are examples that could be given to demonstrate that this is valid as a general principle. But there are also one or two notable exceptions to that rule. If we do not recognize those exceptions, we are subject to some grievous errors of biblical interpretation that could endanger our souls. I am alarmed to see theologians as well as laymen applying this cultural rule to the understanding of Scripture. They surmise that the Bible writers themselves were so influenced by prevailing cultural mores that they incorporated many current social dos and don’ts into their “inspired” writings. It is assumed that if the Scripture authors were writing today they would not take the same position. Thus many biblical teachings believed to betied to a cultural influence are simply disqualified for being relevant to our own day.
Even though time and place may be appropriate to consider, those factors should never be allowed to override the authority of an inspired canonical instruction. It is a serious thing to assume the responsibility of choosing from the counsels of God what should be applied to this age and what should not be applied now. Eternal judgment is to be determined by the Word of God, and no man is to take away or add thereto. What an awesome account will be required of any who weakens one single requirement of the inspired record.
It is interesting to notice which biblical teachings are being modified by an appeal to culture. Almost invariably it proves to be subjects dealing with prohibitions or restrictions in popular lifestyle practices. Do you know why? Because many of those practices are rooted in the indulgence of the self-nature. No one objects to the application of a biblical truth or principle as long as it does not make any demands involving self-denial. Anything that challenges the basic carnal drive of the self-nature is hard to accept. Is it any wonder that Christian standards are gradually being reinterpreted in order to accommodate more of the increasingly egocentric fashions of the world? High spiritual standards always demand a yielding up of self and all that glorifies the perverted pride of the fallen nature.
Jesus said it very succinctly when He declared, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself.” The spirit of pride has continually catered to attitudes, which focus on self-display. Our Lord said that self should be denied. Scores of Bible texts indicate that God was displeased with the outward adornment of the person. Divine disapproval of jewelry in the Bible is in direct conflict with the natural vain tendencies of the fallen nature. It is not surprising that efforts are being made to nullify the clear biblical counsel on this and other subjects by a new hermeneutic approach. They tell us that specifics don’t apply to us today because the inspired writers were influenced by the prevailing social atmosphere in which they lived. The cultural practices that they found objectionable are no longer objectionable because the times have changed.
This same reasoning has been applied to the subject of ordaining women for the ministry, as well as other areas of pressing public interest. The Bible cannot speak authoritatively in these matters because the writers were simply expressing the current, popular viewpoint of their cultural system. So goes the argument of those who have crumbled under the pressure of majority opinion. I have observed a number of my friends reverse their positions on the subjects of jewelry and women’s ordination. They agree that the Bible evidence is against the two practices, but they do not believe the prohibitions apply today. So they have shifted over to the position that they believe the inspired writers would assume if they were living under our cultural conditions.
Now I would like to explain the real inadequacy of the “culture” argument by a closer look at the jewelry question. Most people agree that there is an abundance of negative references to the wearing of ornaments in the Bible. In some places a list of the decorative items are actually given in the texts, and the Lord Himself gave instruction for them to be stripped away. In every case, the condemned articles were a part of the common cultural practices of the time. But was that the reason for their meeting with divine disapproval?
I submit that God clearly revealed that He was attacking a deeper problem than simply a social or cultural conformity. In Exodus 33:5 He said, “Ye are a stiff-necked people … therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee.” In Isaiah 3:16-18 the Lord addresses the women of Israel thus: “Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks … the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments.” Paul admonished “that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls or costly array” (1 Timothy 2:9). Peter said, “let it not be that outward adorning … but … the adornment of a meek and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:3, 4).
None deny that God is addressing a principle here rather than just localized social custom. The women in all cases were afflicted with pride, the great basic sin of fallen humanity. The wearing of the jewelry was merely a symptom of the real problem, but it was playing havoc with the spiritual principle of modesty and humility. The texts show that the women were cited as an example of the violation of the principle. Thus God’s disapproval was not rooted in a cultural practice, but in a basic flaw common to all the human family. Had it been tied only to culture, God’s objections would have changed when and if the culture changed. But since God’s prohibition rested upon an inherent condition of human nature, the prohibition would remain as long as the fallen nature remained. If a certain practice stirs up sin because it appeals to a weakness in every human being, then that practice is wrong on that basis alone! And it would be wrong whenever and wherever it appeared in fallen human nature. No one can point to a single period in history when the wearing of ornaments did not elicit from that carnal nature the same inordinate pride that the inspired writers saw and condemned in their day.
To be totally honest, we must concede that, culturally, the practices of adornment appear to be just about the same today as they were when the Bible was written. Since those practices were portrayed by the inspired prophets as being a violation of the spiritual principle at that time, we have absolutely no grounds for assuming they would not be equally wrong today.
If it could be demonstrated that the objectionable adornments stirred up sinful pride in one age but not in another, then the cultural argument might have some validity. But even then we would have to ask why God would include so many specific instructions in the eternal Scriptures that would be applicable at one time but not applicable at another time. It is very superficial to assume that by proving a cultural connection we are destroying the application of those prohibitions to later generations. Surely no one can honestly contend that pride is a less devious problem in its manifestation today than it was in the days of Isaiah, Peter, Paul or John.
It is truly a staggering thought that the great original sin by the author of all evil was the sin of pride of appearance. The Scripture declares of Lucifer: “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness” (Ezekiel 28:17).
Think of it! Here was a holy creature, totally unlike the race of fallen Adam. He had no natural propensities toward sin, but yet he was overcome by yielding to the appeal of personal vanity. We have every reason to recognize this temptation as the most powerful that any free-choice being could ever face.  Surely if inordinate pride of his “brightness” and “beauty” overwhelmed the most glorious of God’s creatures, then we fallen mortal beings must be a thousand times more susceptible to the same appeal. Is this why God warned against the feeding of those fires of self-love by adorning the physical person? Was God trying to protect us from an innate perversity that was almost second nature to every descendant of fallen Adam?
This would certainly explain the inherent propensity of women to be so emotionally distressed by the removing of make-up and jewelry. For years I wondered why ladies would often react with tears and anger even when the subject was broached. I’ve observed the same visceral reaction of some men to the giving up of rings or chains. Now I understand why the offended self-nature leaps to a defense of those items. The very deepest springs of perverse pride are affronted by the stripping away of the outward objects. Few will admit that they really are attached to the glittering baubles, but none have been able to explain, if that is true, why they are so disturbed by taking them off. The truth is that pride is so subtle, being the root of most other sins, that it creeps into many cultural practices almost unrecognized. It not only tries to attract attention to self physically by wearing artificial adornment, but also intellectually by dominating conversations, and spiritually by calling attention to one’s dutifully correct way of life. In reality, self-righteous spiritual pride could be more deadly than the pride of vain display.
Sometimes I have been asked why God would deny us the wearing of gold, jewels, pearls, etc., when the Holy City will actually be composed of such rare gems. Again we are reminded that the precious stones are not the problem; they are not evil. The problem is what the wearing of those things does to the carnal human nature. After this fallen nature is removed, and these purified characters are translated into glorious immortality, there will be no more lower self-nature to be appealed to. Golden crowns can be safely worn by all the redeemed, and not one heavenly being will be seeking to draw attention to anyone save the Lamb who will be in the midst of us.
Glittering earrings, chains, finger rings and colorful cosmetics will not be collected and worn by competing saints in order to appear more beautiful or more sophisticated. The beauty of the Lord our God will be upon every ransomed man, woman and child, and no one will give the slightest thought to being more than our God makes us by His own divine adornment. How wonderful it would be if all could now be satisfied to bear the same heavenly beauty of His righteousness without obscuring it by cheap, artificial tinsel.
It has been suggested by some that all specific applications of a principle must be left to individual conviction. These people contend, therefore, that no church should set up a standard that would proscribe certain articles of adornment. But if this is true, why did the Holy Spirit inspire Bible writers to make lists of then-current items of dress that were objectionable? It was God who identified such things as earrings, rings, and eye paint as being displeasing to Him. And it had nothing to do with culture! These things were condemned because they catered to the carnal appetite of a sinful nature. They violated a holy principle whose roots went far deeper than the shallow vagaries of contaminated culture.
The truth is that there are scores of modern manifestations of pride that were unimaginable in the days of Bible writers. Were they writing today, they would undoubtedly call them by name and warn against the indulgence of them. If there is uncertainty on the part of anyone as to which of the latest innovations of pride would be specifically named, let them have no uncertainty about the listing of those indulgences that called forth their strong condemnation when they wrote hundreds of years ago. They would surely look at the same symbols of pride—rings, earrings and painted eyes—and would write, “I will therefore … that woman adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold or pearls or costly array” (1 Timothy 2:9).
I view the problem of cultural interpretation as one of the most serious issues in the area of biblical research. What uninspired scholar or layman can claim the wisdom to separate between cultural issues and eternal principles—if indeed there are such things as cultural issues in the Bible? It boggles our minds that God would clutter the pages of His everlasting, living Word with remonstrances that would have meaning only for a certain few people in a certain brief span of time.
Through the appeal of this perverted hermeneutic, thousands have found a way to avoid unpleasant requirements of the Scriptures. It is not hard to be persuaded if one is already looking for the means of evading a difficult duty.
The confusion would be unimaginable if specific biblical standards were tailored to the social whims of any particular age. How would any of the Bible be trustworthy if any part of it could be attributed to a writer who was influenced more by his environment than by the Holy Spirit? Many times the inspired prophets had to take stands against extremely popular cultural activities. Some were put to death because they dared to defy the demands of a dissolute social order.
We need to study once again how men were moved by the Holy Ghost to translate God’s thought into human verbs and adjectives. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God;” not just the part which appears relevant to my age, my culture or my sex. The Bible is absolutely timeless in its universal application to every person, in every age, and under all circumstances.
But now let’s consider the fact that the jewelry question cannot really be properly placed in the “cultural issue” category. The basic argument in favor of doing so collapses when we discover that ornamentation practices of biblical times and the present are essentially the same. It is true that the inspired writers observed the majority of women in their day wearing almost every variety of decorative jewelry—just as we see it being done today. Yet, with those culturally acceptable practices before their eyes, they wrote against the wearing of them. If indeed they were being influenced by culture, they would have certainly bent toward a tolerance of the practice. How can we charge the writers with cultural bias when they wrote counter to the cultural demands? And on what basis could we believe they would write differently today? If those men were to come alive today, they would see many strange and bewildering things on this modern scene, but I submit that the earrings, bangles, chains and makeup would probably be the most familiar custom with which they could relate.
Do we dare contend that they were influenced to write against the most popular practice because everyone was wearing the ornaments? And if we took such a view on that issue, how would we correlate it with the parallel issue of ordaining women to preach? In New Testament times, women were culturally not permitted to be spiritual leaders, and Paul took a firm position against their public function as such. By doing so he has been charged with undue bias favorable to the cultural demands. Yet in the same chapter, Paul wrote against women wearing ornaments, even though his position, this time, was unfavorable to the cultural demands. So poor Paul has been charged with cultural bias regardless of what he wrote. Is it not obvious why he wrote against some practices that were popular, and supportive of other practices that were equally popular? Paul was writing what the Holy Spirit inspired him to write. Whether it agreed or disagreed with majority opinion was the least of the great apostle’s concern. This man had faced every form of violent opposition without compromising his message. What an insult to even suggest that Paul might have allowed cultural circumstances to dictate his position on controversial issues whether popular or unpopular.
Surely it must now be clear why some people today are inconsistently charging Paul with bias on both of these issues. It is the only way to discredit the inspired words of Scripture that cut across their own preferred lifestyle. The truth is that Paul’s modern-day accusers are the only ones being influenced by culture. It seems that they do not have the courage to stand against the overwhelming tide of popular practice in the area of personal adornment and women’s ordination, and the only way to justify their compromise with a worldly culture is to somehow discount the clear Bible statements condemning those practices. But they cannot have it both ways. They must define how culture is supposed to affect inspired Bible authors. Does it pressure them to favor that which is culturally popular? Or does it pressure them to condemn current acceptable customs? Regardless of how they answer those questions, their real motive is exposed. The culture argument seems to provide a way to indulge the self-nature and to be popular with the crowd, even if it involves rejecting certain parts of the Bible to do so.
Because it tends to weaken credibility of the Scriptures, most advocates of the culture-interpretation view seek to dilute their humanistic approach with a variety of trite surface arguments against a literal application of the texts. For example, a great deal is made out of certain Greek and Hebrew words which, in their translation, can be made to describe either functional or decorative articles of clothing. And because the Bible cautions against ostentatious and extravagant display of otherwise acceptable dress, it is made to appear that if we approve any expensive type of clothing, then we must also approve the wearing of purely ornamental jewelry as well.
This same exaggerated ploy seeks to confuse the issue further by equating utilitarian objects such as watchbands, tie clasps and cuff links with decorative display jewelry. Even though it may be wise to avoid wearing certain functional items because of the way they are perceived by some, there is a clear distinction between the two classes of articles. For instance, no one would ever suggest that a pair of eyeglasses is in the category of ornaments. Yet if the frames were worn without any lenses held before the eyes, those frames would certainly qualify as a true ornament. Even a ring would not be counted in the jewelry class if it served to hold the finger on the hand! That would make it a functional object. Generally those who press these frail arguments are simply trying to create a rationale for indulging self. Unfortunately the predictable result is a loss of confidence in the integrity of Scripture.
Women’s ordination is endorsed in the face of Paul’s unilateral assertion that elders should be “the husband of one wife.” The apostle’s explanation of women’s secondary role in spiritual matters, based upon the order of creation, has been totally rejected by the new culture revisionist. They fault Paul for allowing personal chauvinistic prejudice and/or local cultural mandates to influence his writing of the epistles. The strongest arguments they can offer in favor of female priestesses and ministers are built around the verses alluding to equality of salvation for every man, woman, Jew or Gentile. Those verses have nothing to do with assignment of office or spiritual roles. They are referring to salvation and moral worth. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. … There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). Just as surely as slave/master relationships were physically unaffected by entrance into Christ, so were the male/female physical relationships unaltered. Spiritually, yes. But not in any other way. The physical roles were not changed, either legally or in practice.
By the way, it should be noted that there are some very important and specific roles for women to fulfill in the church today. Just because they have been excluded from spiritual leadership does not mean they have no responsibilities in sharing and teaching. Short of serving as priests or elders there are multiplied functions of ministry available to dedicated Christian women. Millions are serving in these supportive roles with no thought of public acclaim or ordination.
In both cases of jewelry and women’s ordination, the Bible clearly reveals that the objection was not tied to the culture. It went deeper by far. The ornamentation violated the spiritual principle of modesty and humility while the ordination of women violated the spiritual order of creative roles. Paul pointed to these basic principles in dealing with the two issues, but that fact has been ignored by those who seek to make both of them a mere matter of cultural relativity.
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