ON THE SABBATH

“Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand.”

The Sabbath was a foreshadow of what the Saints would receive. Israel rested on the Sabbath Day. Those who are “In Christ” have a Sabbath Rest, twenty-four hours a day, every day, for all of eternity. Why abandon the “Real Thing” in order to return to a shadow?

Hebrews 7:7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

There was never any real rest in the Sabbath… it actually became a burden to the people. Those who are under Grace have been freed from the burden of the Law. We are in Christ and Christ has fulfilled the Law…

Galatians 5: 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

God knows, this argument was alive and well in the Church at Rome, back in Paul’s day. If you want to celebrate the Sabbath, I believe that you have “Fallen from Grace”, but that is your choice. Paul gave the answer…

Romans 14 Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about doubtful issues. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand.

5 One person considers one day to be above another day. Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and came to life for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. 10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God. 11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,every knee will bow to Me,
and every tongue will give praise to God.
12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

The Law of Love

13 Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way. 14 (I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself. Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean.) 15 For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy that one Christ died for by what you eat. 16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.

19 So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. 20 Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats. 21 It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble. 22 Do you have a conviction? Keep it to yourself before God. The man who does not condemn himself by what he approves is blessed. 23 But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from a conviction, and everything that is not from a conviction is sin.

Please note, it is the weak brother who clings to the Law and fears to break the rules…

I quote Paul again:

“Who are you to criticize another’s household slave? Before his own Lord he stands or falls. And he will stand. For the Lord is able to make him stand.”

David…

Scripture: HCSB

OF HERESY AND HERETICS

Not everyone you disagree with is a heretic. That should be obvious, but on Facebook, it does not seem to be…

There is a certain group of people, some of them on my friends list, who feel that it is their calling to denounce and warn people about every possible minister and ministry on the Web. I seldom post a video or an article on Facebook without some illuminated individual denouncing the source as an evil heretic. There is no minister of the Gospel, anywhere on social media, that someone has not labeled a heretic… and I hear it all.

I am sick of it.

The latest example is Paul Begley. I will use him (poor thing) as an example:

PAUL BEGLEY:

  • Is not perfect.
  • His wife is Roman Catholic.
  • He believes in the Catholic Doctrine of Transubstantiation. (Heresy, in my opinion)
  • He sells prayer cloths (To bless people and raise money)
  • He sells stuff and earns his living as a preacher. (A gross sin in the eyes of some Facebook friends.)

Of all this and more, I get multiplied notice, every time I post one of his videos. But it is not just him, Any video I post from any source will bring out the heresy warnings… It is grossly sickening.

I have people calling me a heretic. Just yesterday, a Calvinist called me an “Armenian Heretic” and banned me from his group. Apparently, if people are not lined up to call you a heretic, it is because you never ruffle the Devil’s feathers.

Let me point out, in Paul Begley’s favor:

  • He preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • People are saved in every meeting he preaches.
  • He always honors Jesus Christ.
  • He has a keen understanding of End Times Prophecy.
  • He has a good eye for current events that fulfill Biblical prophecy.
  • He has good sources and he quotes solid people and media sources.
  • He is often the first to report on world events that affect Christians.

I could probably go on, but I won’t.

Let me clue you in. When I post a video from Paul Begley, or anyone else, it is because of the information contained in that video. I almost always have personally checked his sources before I post the video. The video I post is not a blanket endorsement of the man and everything he believes, does and says…

To continue with my example, but it applies to anyone I quote or post, When I post a video from Pastor Begley:

  • I am not saying that he is perfect.
  • I am not endorsing everything he believes.
  • I am not endorsing the Roman Catholic Church.
  • I am not endorsing Transubstantiation.
  • I am not marketing his prayer cloths.
  • I am not endorsing any product he may have for sale on his Website.

What I am doing is telling you that there is important information in the video that you need to hear. If you love Paul Begley, or anyone else whose work I post, good. If you hate them, talk to God about your problem.

Please grow up. The ministry of calling out pastors and teachers for heresy is not found in the Bible… It is not a valid ministry. Be cautious and prayerful always. If I post an article or a video by someone you really believe is a heretic, you do not have to watch it… that is your choice, but please stop filling up the comment section with cries of heresy…

Thank you,

David…

In response to this article, Heidi Begley, posted the following: “David Rice, I thank you for your attempt to temper down this nasty habit that many have formed, and Pastor Paul is one that could be used as a perfect example. If I can please clarify some of the points of your article… It is agreed that Pastor Paul is not perfect… no one is. It is not true that I am a Roman Catholic… I was born again as a teenager and am nondenominational. I am sure pastor nor I subscribe to the doctrine of Transubstantiation. We have never, ever sold a prayer cloth. And the “stuff” on our website is not sold, it is given in appreciation for donations to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I thank you for acknowledging the spirit of evangelism that is the heart of Pastor Paul and I. I would hope that now that you have the truth of these points, that you would make the necessary retractions of your article. Feel free to ask me anything as Pastor and I are very transparent.”

I am grateful for her response and would bring it to the attention of Heresy Hunters everywhere…

David…

 

 

PREGNANT

When the scaffolding falls, he will come.

The Egyptian Obelisk is a representation of the wooden phallus that fathered the son / husband of Isis.

That is the symbol that we call the Washington Monument. The Phallus overlooks the reflecting pool, which in the Masonic religion, represents the birth canal, and the Capital Dome, which represents the womb of Isis.

When the time is right, that setup will give birth to Apollo/Apollyon/Abaddon/Nimrod/Antichrist… or so they believe…

The restoration of the Dome is preparation for the birth…

When the scaffolding falls, he will come.

David…

 

 

WHY CALVIN WAS WRONG

The strict Calvinists will choose to reject this, and the Arminians are predestined to reject it. Good old fashioned, Born Again Children of the Living God will understand…

If there is no free will, God will end up in Heaven, surrounded with puppets who tell him only what He wants to hear. They will sing his praises because they have been programmed to sing his praises. They will be there, not because they want to be but because God gave them a “gift” they had no choice but to accept.

That is like the super scientist who cannot find a wife to his liking and so he creates the most beautiful robot in the world. She does everything he asks her to do and follows him around telling him how wonderful he is and how much she loves him. The only problem is, as her programmer, he can never believe her. He is constantly aware that she is there because he placed her there and that for all her “I love you” phrases, she is only saying what he programmed her to say.

On the other hand, the man with an imperfect wife who is sometimes moody and argumentative, can fully believe his wife when she says she loves him. She is there of her own free will and she is free to say whatever she chooses to say. That is the entire purpose behind free will.

God gives men Free Will and a real choice to accept or reject him. In Heaven, God will be eternally surrounded by Angels who given the choice to side with Lucifer, chose to stay with God and men and women who having had a real choice, chose him and his way. When these men and angels sing his praises, He will be able to fully believe every word they say…

That is why the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was in the Garden. That is why the serpent was allowed to tempt Eve and why she and Adam were allowed to choose the Serpent over their Creator.

That is why Calvin was wrong. Men and women always have the freedom, just like Adam and Eve, to reject God when He calls.

If your God cannot deal with Free Will and still control the outcome of his plans, if your God must control everything, forcing himself on those He chooses and never calling those He rejects in order to accomplish his will, your God is too small.

You may hate this but I either choose to believe it or God predestined me to believe it, depending on your point of view, but both Arminianism and five-point Calvinism are heresy. The truth is neither at the South Pole nor at the North Pole; it is found at the Equator. There is a key to every conundrum in Scripture and this debate has a key.

For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)

The strict Calvinists will choose to reject this, and the Armenians are predestined to reject it. Good old fashioned, Born Again Children of the Living God will understand…

David…

 

THE UNSEEN WORLD

There is a very real but unseen world around us. Every once in a while, God opens a servant’s eyes and lets him see the unseen…

I believe in miracles. Demonic possession is demonic possession and demons flee in Jesus Name. The sick are cured and the lame walk… I know; I have seen it with my own eyes. Are there charlatans who take advantage of the ignorant and the poor? Of course there are. Does that mean that God doesn’t heal and set free? Of course it doesn’t. The miracles of the Bible were really miracles. The demon possession in Scripture was really demon possession. God’s Word is a supernatural book that speaks of supernatural events and presents a supernatural worldview.

They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. (Revelation 9:11)

I am going to propose that the events surrounding the Last Days and the Great Tribulation are both literal and supernatural. For years, I have held with highest suspicion, the works of modern End Times Apologists, those who would explain the demonic apparitions spoken of in Scripture as helicopters and modern instruments of war. The problem is that many of the same things have been reported throughout history as well as in the Bible. From angels to entire Heavenly Armies, men, at various times have been permitted to see through the veil and observe the invisible forces of God and of the enemy. Certain spirits and demonic creatures are about to be released from Hell as the Nachash, the serpent from the Garden of Eden, rises incarnate. This is the one known as Osiris, Apollo, Nimrod, Hiram Abiff, Mahdi, the 12th Imam and a hundred other names. Christians are expecting the rise of the Antichrist but they are not alone; pagans around the world wait with baited breath for the appearance of their Messiah.

I grew up under Pastors schooled in Cessationist Theology. They basically taught that the power of God was lost, and the Holy Spirit became an impotent invalid, the day the Apostle John died on the Isle of Patmos. Salvation was still possible but other than convicting you of your sin and leading you to faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit had ceased to function. That was not a bad thing because we were scientific realists… we “knew” that most of the miracles in the Bible could be explained in naturalistic terms and that demon possession in the Bible was nothing more than the ignorant ancient’s way of explaining mental illness. If you needed healing or a miracle, you could ask God but you knew that it probably wasn’t going to happen. We were a proper, uptown church. Modern, supernatural occurrences related to Jesus Name were really the work of charlatans working to deceive the poor and the ignorant in the Pentecostal churches and tent meetings on the wrong side of town. We were way too smart to fall for that kind of foolishness.

I soon learned that what they had taught me was wrong. When I got to the Mission Field, I participated in exorcisms and saw men and women set free… never to look back. I stood with other Pastors and prayed for the sick and watched undeniable healings occur. I watched people I knew get healed from physical ailments I knew they had… I knew them before and after their healing… there was absolutely no doubt that demons left and cripples walked. My own son was born with terribly deformed feet. They were backwards and stuck out from his ankles like hands from a wrist. I have the pictures to prove it. We were told he would never walk without crutches or a walker. One night, in a church in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, a man asked if he could pray for Christopher’s feet. We said yes, he prayed and Chris’ feet turned around… bones moved, muscle reformed and a six month old baby left church that night with perfect feet. He learned to walk like any other child and has never had a problem walking.

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)

There is a very real but unseen world around us. Every once in a while, God opens a servant’s eyes and lets him see the unseen. There are many stories of similar things happening today. Not long ago, I read of a missionary couple in Africa. They lived in a small native style house, alone and unguarded. The communist rebels were making open threats to kill them. One night, they could see the house surrounded by rebel soldiers… the soldiers were there but they never attacked. The next day, the leader of the rebels came to talk to the Missionary. “Who were those shining giants who stood guard around your house last night?” he asked. The Missionary couple had seen no one.

There is a war of wings going on all around us. Satan has had a plan from the beginning. Scripture tells us that the Kingdom of the Antichrist will come. Satan will rule the world for a short time. He will make war against the Saints and he will prevail.

“It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” (Revelation 13:7)

The Antichrist will be raised in the spirit of Nimrod / Osiris / Apollo… the spirit of Apollyon. This is unstoppable and this is imminent. The deception is going to be supernatural on a Biblical scale. This, Scripture tells us, will be the greatest evil the world has ever seen.

We win. Live or die, we win. Our God reigns. Hell is about to give up angels and spirits bound since the days of Noah. The Bible has always told us that. We were just too modern, too scientific to believe it. Even in the “Left Behind Series”, the evil is done by humans to humans. Scripture indicates that the world will be full of satanic beings… It is time we started to believe the Bible for what it says. Let’s throw away our modernistic, scientific filter… what the Bible tells us is about to happen is about to happen, Nephilim Chimeras, demons, fallen angels and all that other weird stuff… literally!

Be prepared in your soul. Stand firm to the end. Know that you will rule and reign with your God when it is all over.

David…

EPIPHANY

Much of the Doctrine I had accepted as fact was not traceable to any clear cut passage of Scripture but rather to the private interpretation of one man or a small group of men.

There was an epiphany in my life when, after being a member of churches belonging to three different Denominations, it occurred to me that much of the Doctrine I had accepted as fact was not traceable to any clear cut passage of Scripture but rather to the private interpretation of one man or a small group of men.  These teachings, over generations, had become denominational distinctives. These unique interpretations had become the central teaching of a particular group; that which gave the Denomination its identity and allowed its Pastors to explain why their church was different from and better than the church down the street.

These interpretations have become so entrenched and so elevated that they have become equal to or, in many cases, of greater authority than the Scripture itself. Seminaries and Bible Colleges often seem more interested in vindicating and validating traditional interpretations than in teaching young men and women to seek out the truth of Scripture. They would protest that this is not true but you need only to examine the product to see that I speak the truth. Young people from Baptist churches, graduating from Baptist Seminaries, to a man, believe in the Doctrine of Eternal Security. Methodist Pastors, graduating from Methodist Seminaries, never do. Young People coming out of the schools run by the Assemblies of God or Church of God always believe in Speaking in Tongues and Prophecy; Baptists and Methodists, seldom if ever graduate believing in these Gifts of the Spirit.

I am among a small group of Christians who believe that:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16)

We are convinced that schools, systems, seminaries, churches and Pastors who seek to divide the Church of Jesus Christ into small, splintered and hateful groups over such nonsense are tools of the Devil and have no part in the Kingdom of God. We do not believe that one passage is superior to the other or that they are mutually exclusive. Most of all, we do not have to defend a venerated Doctrine nor a long line of venerated teachers leading back to a venerated founder. We are respectful of those who believe differently and quick to point out that we, like they, may be wrong.

Lest someone jump to the conclusion that we are free to accept heresy, let me assure you that many things in Scripture are plain and unquestionable; the Doctrines of Grace, Salvation by Faith, the Deity of Christ to name a few. One who believes that Buddha is a way to Heaven is clearly wrong but heresy is a heavy label to place on one who understands the Security of the Believer or Predestination differently than I do. Those, who Worship Barrack Obama will go to Hell but no one has ever gone to Hell because he misunderstood the security of the believer as a Doctrine or failed to comprehend the relationship between free will and predestination.

David…

A Word From Mary…

What do Catholics and Muslims have in common? Mohammed’s first wife was released from her vows at a Catholic Convent and allowed to marry Mohammed. It should come as no surprise then that Mary is mentioned more than thirty times in the Koran. As a matter of fact, she is the ONLY woman mentioned in the Koran at all…

The name ISIS, shared by the Caliphate in the Middle East and the God of Fortresses or Thrones is of utmost importance. To bypass the name is to misunderstand what is happening. It is the goddess Isis to whom Daniel referred in Daniel 11:38, where, speaking of the Antichrist, he said “Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.”

Who then is Isis? Also known as Mary, Queen of Heaven, Mother of God,  Tammuz, Semiramis, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Eostre, Isis, Venus, Aphrodite, Astarte, Kali and Ostara. It is from Ostara and Eostre that we get the English word, Easter. Isis is the Goddess of Fortresses. She was worshipped as the ideal mother and wife as well as the patroness of nature and magic.

So He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the LORD’s house, and I saw women sitting there weeping for Tammuz. (Ezekiel 8:14)

Isis, married her brother, Osiris (Nimrod). Osiris was murdered by Set, cut into sixteen pieces and scattered throughout Egypt. Using her magical skills, she gathered the body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Set. His penis, however, had been swallowed by a fish and could not be recovered. Not to be outdone, Isis carved a wooden phallus and impregnated herself. The child conceived was Horus. She said that Horus was Osiris reincarnated and when he was still a preteen, she married him and took him to her bed. Thus, Isis was married to both her brother and her son.

The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven, and they pour out drink offerings to other gods so that they provoke Me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:18)

The worship of Isis eventually spread throughout the Greco-Roman world, continuing until the suppression of paganism in the Christian era. She was called “Diana of the Ephesians” and is mentioned in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, she is Tammuz, for whom the women of Israel would weep and the “Queen of Heaven” spoken of by the Prophet Jeremiah in chapters 7 and 44. The popular motif of Isis suckling her son Horus lived on in a Christianized context as the popular image of Mary suckling the infant son Jesus from the fifth century onward. Isis or Diana of the Ephesians was baptized by the Catholic Church and given the name MARY, QUEEN OF HEAVEN and later crowned “MARY, MOTHER OF GOD”!

And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. (Acts 19:28)

What do Catholics and Muslims have in common? Mohammed’s first wife was released from her vows at a Catholic Convent and allowed to marry Mohammed. It should come as no surprise then that Mary is mentioned more than thirty times in the Koran. As a matter of fact, she is the ONLY woman mentioned in the Koran at all. Muslims revere Mary and hold her in high esteem. It is Isis, under her baptismal name of Mary, who will unite Islam and Catholicism, as the One World Religion comes into its fullness.

Muslims, unlike Catholics, do not openly worship Mary or pray to her. This gives us an insight into Daniel’s assertion that “he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his ancestors”. It is becoming apparent that, while Pope Francis, serving as the False Prophet, is working to unite the world’s religions, the Antichrist will come from a Muslim background and joining Islam to the Catholic Church will then worship Mary, the Queen of Heaven and the god of fortresses. He will then force the whole world to worship Mary and bow down to her image.

If you are not Catholic, you may not be aware but the world is afloat with supernatural apparitions of Mary and multiplied thousands of Mediums bring daily messages from “Mary”. A Google search for, “Messages from Mary” gave 132,000,000 (that is one hundred thirty two million) results. Mary is appearing to Muslims on a regular basis. Google gave up 1,550,000 results on Messages from Mary to Muslims. According to the site, abc.net.au, Millions of Muslims are seeing apparitions of Mary. Muslims are being prepped to accept the worship of Mary. A great miracle by the “Eternal Virgin” reviving the dead corpse of a Muslim leader would do the trick.

It is a fact that many in the Middle East believe that Barrack Obama is the 12th Imam / Mahdi. They have gone so far as to take out full page ads urging Obama to rise up and take his place as the Islamic Messiah. Here, I will speculate. What if, and this is a “what if”, Obama, having lost all respect as President, came out of the closet, declared himself Muslim and the Great Defender of Islam? What if he were to meet up with a tragic accident that left him dead of a head wound? What if, three days later, the Pope prayed for him and “Mary” showed up in physical form and breathed life into him? Would the Islamic world gather around him and worship Mary? Would he, although neither he nor his fathers have ever done so, worship Mary? Would this fit the Biblical End Times Scenario?

THINK ABOUT IT!

David…