Blogging Through Acts: Duties of Elders

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. ~Acts 20:28

“There is nothing more moving in the records of human suffering and patience than the story of Paul’s Ephesian experiences as he summoned the elders of the church upon the shores of Miletus in his parting address to them.” [1]

Acts 20:17-38 is indeed a very moving account of Paul’s farewell address to the elders of the church at Ephesus. Over the course of Paul’s three year ministry among them, their hearts had become knit together with his. Now, as Paul meets with them on his way to Jerusalem, he gives them these admonitions, believing he could possibly be seeing them for the last time.

In addressing these elders, he instructs them of their duties. First among them is to pay attention to their own personal walk with God. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves…,” he says in verse 28. Paul also wrote to Timothy, pastor of the church at Ephesus, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. [2] So elders are to watch over their own souls.

Their next responsibility is to watch over and feed God’s flock. “…[A]nd to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, [3] to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood,” the verse continues. Take heed is a verb that means to pay attention to, or to apply one’s self to. They were to pay attention to not only themselves, but also the church of God. How do they take heed to the flock? By feeding it. Feed here actually means to tend a flock, to be like a shepherd; to do everything a shepherd does, like ruling and governing, nourishing, cherishing, and supplying everything the sheep need. [4]

The epitome of a shepherd is none other than the Lord Jesus Himself, the Good Shepherd. In John 10 the behavior of a good shepherd is contrasted with that of a hireling, who has no interest in his duty and is unfaithful in discharging it. A good shepherd, on the other hand, will lay down his life for his sheep, if necessary, to protect them from wolves. Jesus says that the hireling will flee at the sight of danger because the sheep aren’t his and he cares nothing for them, while the good shepherd cares for his own. The wolves here – and in Acts 20 – represent false teachers, or anyone whose goal it is to slaughter the sheep. So a true shepherd will protect his sheep from those who want to devour them. Jesus is that Good Shepherd Who laid down His life for us, His sheep.

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Atheists’ Memes Refuted: Is the Gospel a Loophole?

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Heresies of modalism and/or patripassianism aside [1], the Gospel is not a “loophole,” an attempt on God’s part to evade justice, as Mr. Boden states. On the contrary, it declares the righteousness (justice) of God. [2] One might think the Gospel is a loophole because it seems to put God in a bind. That is, how can God be both just to punish sin AND merciful to sinners? I will explain how both God’s justice and His mercy are reconciled in the Gospel.

The substitutionary atonement of Christ [3] is not a loophole, but is a beautiful demonstration of both the justice and the mercy of God. “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness (or justice) and peace have kissed each other.” [4] This happened at the Cross.

God is holy, and one must obey His righteous Law to go to heaven. Our problem is that we all are sinners by nature.[5] Therefore we break God’s Law by sinning, and the punishment is eternity in hell. Since we have offended an eternal and infinitely holy God, the punishment must be eternal, fitting the crime. The Son of God Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, is the only One to live a perfectly sinless life, never breaking God’s Law in thought, word or deed. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” [6] But Jesus never sinned, so when He died on the cross, He vicariously bore the sins of everyone who would ever trust in Him – along with the wrath of God the Father against those sins – and His sinless life is attributed to them as well. A simple way to think of it is like this: on the cross God the Father treated Jesus as if He had lived the life of every believing sinner through all time so that those sinners can be treated as if they lived Jesus’ perfect life and share in an eternity with God.

This way, God can be merciful to sinners without breaking His Law or compromising His justice. Christ’s sacrifice demonstrates God’s “righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” [7]

So we did not get by on a technicality, rather God’s Law is fully upheld [8], not abrogated; His wrath against sin is appeased, and His mercy is extended to those who believe. The Cross of Jesus Christ solves the apparent dilemma mentioned in the first paragraph. God did not create the problem of sin, but He does solve it.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” [9]

Endnotes

[1] The meme is a straw man because it is not even criticizing orthodox Christianity, but for the purposes of this post, I will focus on whether or not the Gospel is a loophole.

[2] Romans 1:17

[3] See here and here

[4] Psalm 85:10

[5] Romans 3:23

[6] Romans 6:23

[7] Romans 3:26

[8] Romans 3:31

[9] Romans 5:1

Atheists’ Memes Refuted: Heaven

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This is the first in what will likely be a series “‘Atheists’ Memes Refuted,” where we will tackle a meme posted by professing atheists and refute some of the logical fallacies, contradictions, inconsistencies, outright lies and other flaws contained in them. The goal is to correct any misconceptions about Christianity by teaching it. If unbelievers are going to reject and mock Christianity, they should at least know what they are rejecting! Ultimately, however, I’m hoping they repent.

The short response to this meme is: neither is the Christian. This gets to the heart of the Gospel. The Christian is not kind because he is trying to get into heaven. That would be salvation by works, which the Bible condemns. Scripture clearly teaches that we are saved by the grace of God alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, not by any works we perform. [1] To believe that we contribute anything to our salvation is a damnable heresy. [2] So no one gets to heaven by being kind, or by any other good works.

So why is the Christian kind? In Scripture, whenever it commands Christians to be kind, it’s in light of the kindness which God has shown to us. [3] The cited reference quotes Jesus: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” The Christian has had his heart changed, and the love of God now fills it so that he can love even his enemies and the unlovable. The same principle applies to loving other Believers as well. [4]

So if you’re an unbeliever and a Christian is kind to you, think of the kindness of God, which is for the purpose of leading you to repentance. [5]

 

Endnotes

[1] Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-28, 4:16; Galatians 2:16

[2] Galatians 1:6-9

[3] Matthew 5:44-45

[4] Ephesians 4:32

[5] Romans 2:4

Boldness Then and Now

Nine times in the Book of Acts, the word “bold” in its various forms is used to describe the Apostles and their associates. [1] Indeed, the entire book chronicles the bold acts of the Apostles, primarily those of Peter and Paul. One only need to read Peter’s address to the Pharisees in chapter 4 to observe this. Peter stands before the Pharisees – the very same ones who barely two months prior had Jesus crucified – and (filled with the Holy Spirit) says, “…by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this [formerly paralyzed] man stand before you whole.” [2] Boldly proclaiming the truth and exposing error, they were following in the footsteps of Jesus, Who called the Pharisees “hypocrites,” “sons of hell,” “blind guides,” “fools and blind,” “whited sepulchres,” “serpents,” and “generation of vipers.” [3]

The Greek word translated as ‘bold’ is a compound word which could be translated literally as all outspokenness; that is, frankness and bluntness. We typically think of boldness as the demeanor of a person, someone who is fearless, confident, or sure of himself. But its definition and the passages cited below link the Apostles’ boldness moreso to their speech than to their comportment, though the two are related. They knew what they believed, and they spoke it plainly and clearly.

Let’s look at some Scriptures and note the tie between the Apostles’ boldness and their speech. Continue reading

The Baphomet Agenda EXPOSED

With the 2015 Supreme Court decision in favor of homosexuality and the ongoing practice of abortion – together with the emerging agenda of transgenderism – many think our country is headed to hell in a handbasket. (1) Meanwhile, others applaud the direction our culture is going. If you’re reading this, and you agree with what our country is becoming, I hope to show you whose side you’re actually on. Although, whether you agree with where we’re headed as a nation or not, I hope to point to the root of the problem.

The homosexual agenda, transgender agenda, transhumanism, and even the pedophilia and bestiality agendas, (2) all have their root in one entity: Baphomet, the androgynous, goat-headed deity worshipped by Satanists and occultists of all flavors, including the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. Also known as the Goat of Mendes, the image of the Baphomet comes from occultist Eliphas Levi’s depiction of the devil. In my opinion, it/he is the root of all these agendas (and more!).

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The Homosexual Agenda

There is nothing explicitly in the Baphomet image that pushes homosexuality per se, but the mentality, or the spirit behind the image does. We will tackle this later in this post, but the zeitgeist behind the Baphomet is a do-what-you-want, don’t-let-anybody-tell-you-what-to-do, push-and-cross-boundaries-without-considering-the-laws-of-God type of attitude. Essentially, it is one of rebellion. God created sex and defined that it should be between one man and his wife. Not only is homosexuality not between a man and his wife, it’s not even between a man and a woman! Romans 1 describes the degression of a mind hostile to God:

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…” (v. 26-28)

The chapter continues on to list more sins. The depravity described here is represented by the image of the Baphomet; it is against nature, a combination of things that don’t mix. Just as homosexuality is an unholy mixture of genders that don’t naturally go together.

The union of entities that don’t belong together will be a common thread throughout this piece because that is the main thrust of the Baphomet. Including the ones we will explore, the Baphomet is also a union of opposites like light and dark, black and white, and up and down, among others. Continue reading

Was Paul a True Apostle of Jesus Christ

To challenge the Apostleship of Paul is not new. Paul himself had to deal with doubters in his day, and the Church has had to answer it many times over the past 2,000 years. It has again become fashionable in our day to challenge his Apostleship with the New Perspectives on Paul Movement. Though it claims to be new, the “New Perspectives” are in reality old, and the same answers that the Church has historically given are even now sufficient to deal with this issue. Many answers, in fact, are given by Paul himself. We will examine his writings – specifically his letters to the Corinthians – and discover at least ten proofs that Paul is a true Apostle of Jesus Christ.

These proofs will be based on two assumptions: 1) that Scripture, in its totality, is true, and 2) that Paul is a true Apostle and his writings are Scripture. To assume Paul’s Apostleship using his own words to prove the same may sound like fallacious circular reasoning, but we must examine Paul’s words to see if they stand up under examination. Just like we must sit in a chair in order to find out if it will support our weight, we will test Paul’s claim and see if it can support the weight of scrutiny. We will also see how his claims are corroborated by others, so we will not solely look at Paul’s testimony. So with that, let’s begin.

Ten Proofs

1. The One Who called him (1 Cor. 1:1)

This point should actually end the debate. Paul was directly and personally commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself as told to us by Luke in the ninth chapter of Acts. Whoever tries to say that Paul was a false apostle is also calling Luke, and, more importantly, Jesus Christ, liars.

2. The churches he founded (1 Cor. 9:1-6, 2 Cor. 3:2)

Paul founded many churches, but he writes especially to the Corinthians that they, above all, should not have believed those who challenged his Apostleship because of how he behaved when he was with them and how long he remained with them. (1)

3. The Gospel he preached (1 Cor. 15:1-8)

Paul says he taught only that which he received, both from Jesus and from the rest of the Apostles. He preached the same Gospel they did. Some will claim that Paul taught a different Gospel than James or Peter, but any perceived discrepancies in their messages can be reconciled with deeper study. Incidentally, both of them endorse Paul. (2)

4. The provision and victory he enjoyed (2 Cor. 6:3-10)

Everything he endured in the ministry, from his trials (v. 4-5), to the divine provision he experienced in those trials (v. 6-7), to his victory over them (v. 8-10), prove his genuine Apostleship.

The next two proofs are a bit unorthodox. In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul writes that we do not wage war according to worldly standards. Then, in chapters 11 and 12, he defends his Apostleship by methods that appear foolish by worldly standards but demonstrate wisdom from God. Continue reading

Paula White Gets Discernment (satire)

Our second attempt at satire, once again involving Paula White and Donald Trump

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Amid much fanfare and criticism, Word of Faith international speaker and teacher Paula White led the nation in prayer at the Inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017. During her prayer, however, something remarkable and unforeseen happened. As soon as she prayed, “Guide us in discernment, Lord,” the Lord answered her prayer. As those words left her mouth, she stopped, mouth agape, and muttered, “I’m sorry, I can’t do this…” With the ceremony now on hold and the entire nation watching, Mrs. White, now gifted with the gift of discernment, confessed, “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t be up here. I am a false teacher and a charlatan.” With tears in her eyes, she continued. “I’m not a pastor because Biblically, I can’t be since I’m a woman. I’m on my third husband, so God sees me as guilty of adultery. In short, everything the ‘discernment bloggers’ and ministries have said about me over the years is true. And you don’t know the half of it. I’m not a Christian. I repent and pray God will forgive me. To anyone who has ever donated to me, I will give back to you four times what you gave me.”

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A stunned nation watched as Mrs. White ran off the stage and then proceeded to cancel her TV spot, shut down her “church,” and refund the money to her donors with a written statement acknowledging her confession and apology, bearing fruits in keeping with repentance.

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Berean Challenge

These (Bereans) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. ~Acts 17:11-12 KJV

Christianity is often thought of by many as an intellectually void religion. Many believe that we Christians just check our brains at the door and accept whatever we are told by blind faith. While that may be true for some, it was not the case for what many consider to be model Christians. So much so that churches, Christian schools and even Christian bookstores are named after them.

As Christians, we are encouraged to be like the Bereans. Whether it is by a pastor, Bible teacher, or discernment ministry, many Christians urge others to “Be a Berean,” meaning, ‘See if what I am saying is true by comparing it with Scripture.’

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(image taken from a T-shirt available for sale from Wrath and Grace)

While this is true for Believers – we should test everything we hear according to Scripture – the text indicates the Bereans were actually unbelievers when they searched the Scriptures.1 Verse 12 says, “Therefore many of them believed…” (italics added for emphasis). In other words, because of their investigation of the Scriptures, they believed. Note that the Apostle Paul does not reprimand them for searching the Scriptures. In fact, they are commended. The Bereans are called “noble,” which refers to their state of mind; they were noble-minded, open minded and honest. They were of better stock than the more emotional, impulsive, easily-swayed Jews in Thessalonica.

The fact that their examination of the Scriptures led to their belief in Christ tells us a few things. First, it speaks to the reliability of the Scriptures. Had the Bereans not found the Scriptures reliable upon investigation, they would not have believed. Second, it speaks to the authority of the Scriptures. As I wrote earlier, the Bereans went to the Scriptures as their final authority, not any man-even the Apostle Paul. Thirdly, it speaks to the power of the Scriptures. The Bible produces faith in those who approach it in an open and honest way (See Romans 1:16 and 10:17; Hebrews 4:2; 1 Thess. 2:13). The power of the Scriptures is the Holy Spirit who illuminates God’s Word to us (John 14:26). Lastly, the faith of the Bereans tells us of Paul’s integrity. What Paul taught them matched what they found in the Scriptures upon searching through the texts.

So this is my challenge to unbelievers, skeptics, agnostics, etc. Are you as noble as the Bereans? Will you search the Scriptures to see if they are true? Someone may have told you what the Bible says. Don’t believe them; go to the Scriptures for yourself and search them diligently to see if they are true. Be a Berean.

Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” So if you “lack belief,” as many professing atheists like to say, read the Scriptures, and if you have a noble mind, God’s Word will produce faith in you, just like it did for the Bereans.

1 They were religious Jews but had not yet believed in Jesus.

Black Lives Matter (It’s Not What You Think!)

Recent events have made it fashionable to jump on the “Black Lives Matter” bandwagon. However, Scripture tells us the real reason why it is not only black lives who matter, but it is all lives who matter.

The eighth chapter of Acts gives us the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. The nameless eunuch was a government official serving the African queen Candace (1) as treasurer. It is likely this eunuch, who had gone to Jerusalem to worship and was reading the Scriptures while returning to his homeland, was a convert to Judaism.

It’s a long trip from Jerusalem to Ethiopia, so the eunuch had plenty of time to read. As he read through the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, he likely came across this passage: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush (Ethiopia), and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” (Isaiah 11:11) The eunuch no doubt longed for the day when God would gather in His people that were scattered over the face of the earth. But how would God accomplish this?

As he continued to read, the Holy Spirit told Philip (2) to go near his chariot, where he heard the eunuch reading from Isaiah 53, the famous “Suffering Servant” passage. The eunuch did not understand to  whom the prophet was referring, so he humbly asked Philip to explain this to him. Philip, beginning at that very passage, taught that Isaiah referred to the Messiah, Jesus. What themes are found in that passage, and in the following chapters, that would have been meaningful to the eunuch?

Philip begins at Isaiah 53:7, and the rest of the chapter explains why the LORD’s Servant must suffer. Jesus would be struck down for transgression of the Lord’s people (v. 8). As “an offering for sin” (v. 10), He would bear the sin of many (v. 11). If the eunuch was a convert to Judaism, he would have understood the concept of sin and his own state as a sinner. It is also possible he understood the Levitical sacrificial system, so, in this case, he would have understood the need for a sacrifice to bear the penalty for sin. Even though he understood the things Philip explained to him, he still had some obstacles that had to be overcome.

First, under the Old Covenant, Gentiles were excluded from the community of God’s people. Yet Isaiah 54:3 promises “thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles.” In addition, verse 5 praises the Lord for not only redeeming Israel, but for being the “God of the whole earth.” By His work as the Suffering Servant, Jesus redeemed Israel and his tent will be enlarged to include the Gentiles (read v. 1-5). They will be “grafted into” the covenant people of God.(3) Philip had solved one of the eunuch’s obstacles, but the man still has another problem unique to his condition.

At the end of their conversation, the eunuch asks, “See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” (v. 36) Where did he learn about baptism? A similar ceremony is found in Judaism so it’s possible he learned it from there, but it’s also possible he learned it from Philip as he exposited Isaiah 54 to the eager eunuch. Verse nine mentions the waters of Noah. In the NT and in the early church, the Flood was used to symbolize baptism.(4) It represented our escaping the “waters” of the wrath of God through Jesus Christ, our Ark. This metaphor of the Flood also carries with it the kindness and the covenant faithfulness of God, for just as He made a covenant with Noah that He would never flood the earth again,(5) so has He made a covenant with Jesus to be merciful to Him and by extension, all who are in Him.(6) Finally, Isaiah 54:8-10 speaks of the stability and immutability of God’s promises.

Repentance is inseparable from and inherent in baptism. Note that John the Baptist’s baptism was called a baptism of repentance.(7) Isaiah 55 includes a couple of calls to repentance and salvation.(8) Philip would have preached to him repentance and faith unto salvation, the outward symbol of which was baptism.

That brings me to the second obstacle the Ethiopian eunuch had to overcome: the fact that he was a eunuch. According to Deuteronomy 23:1, eunuchs were banned from the congregation of the Lord. The eunuch no doubt knew this and likely felt that even though he was a convert to Judaism – or at least a God-fearing Gentile – he could never be a full-fledged member of God’s covenant community. He could never truly belong. That’s where Philip gives him the good news. Isaiah 56:3-8 promises that the faithful eunuch will not be cut off and will be given a name better than sons and daughters. Even though he couldn’t physically sire children, the blessing inherent in the New Covenant is infinitely better! He will have a seat on God’s holy mountain and rejoice with His people Israel. This man, who had his male organ cut off, and was therefore cut off from the congregation of Israel under the Old Covenant, has now been grafted into the people of God and given a name that shall not be cut off. Imagine his joy at receiving such news! Is it any wonder why he was so eager to be baptized?! He had just believed in Jesus the Messiah of Israel and been accepted into the covenant people of God!

“Eunuchs…who manifest saving faith by their godly life are assured eternal life and a glory far more significant than that of a long line of descendants.” ~Wycliffe Bible Commentary, p. 649

The new spiritual Kingdom inaugurated by the death of Christ welcomes people from all nations.

“The eunuch also, who cannot produce seed, nevertheless is not to permit this fact to discourage him, for it will not exclude him from God’s kingdom. According to Deuteronomy 23:1 eunuchs were excluded from God’s assembly. Isaiah is not ignorant of this law nor is he endeavoring willfully to disqualify it. In pointing to the Messianic age, however, his prophecy transcends the restrictions that the civil law of the Israelites had imposed…No personal disabilities will exclude one from God’s kingdom.” ~The Book of Isaiah, A Commentary by Edward J. Young, Vol. 3, p. 391

Church history tells us what the eunuch did after this encounter.

“This man was also sent into the regions of Ethiopia, to preach what he had himself believed, that there was one God preached by the prophets, but that the Son of this [God] had already made [His] appearance in human nature, and had been led as a sheep to the slaughter; and all the other statements which the prophets made regarding Him.” ~Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III.12.8

“While the saving message spread day by day, some providence brought from Ethiopia an officer of the queen, for that nation is still traditionally ruled by a woman. He was the first Gentile to receive the divine Word from Philip by revelation and the first to return to his native land and preach the Gospel. Through him the prophecy was actually fulfilled that states, “Ethiopia shall [soon] stretch out its hands to God” (Ps. 68:31). ~Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book 2.1

The eunuch took the Gospel to Ethiopia, the site of the first great church in Northern Africa. Because he took the Gospel to the continent of Africa, we can thank him for early Church fathers like Tertullian, Cyprian of Carthage, and Athanasius (AKA the “black dwarf”), who worked tirelessly to defend the doctrine of the Trinity. Several early churches claim him as their founder.

Because of the redemptive work of Christ, every life matters!

 

(1) pronounced Kan-dak-ay

(2) the “deacon” from Acts 6, and an evangelist later in Acts 21

(3) Romans 11:17

(4) see 1 Peter 3:18-22

(5) Genesis 9:9-17

(6) see 2 Sam. 7:8-16, Eph. 1:4-12

(7) see Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3, Acts 13:24 and 19:4

(8) verses 1-3 and 6-7

After School Satan Clubs EXPOSED

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And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.
Ephesians 5:11 KJV

Please excuse the picture to the left.

“I thought this was a blog run by Christians, what is the logo of the After School Satan Club doing there?!” you may be wondering. “Are they promoting the clubs?” God forbid! My purpose in posting the picture is not to bring undue attention to Satan, the Satanic Temple, or to this club, but to expose some of the Satanic symbolism in the logo so that many are not deceived, being ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). Many of the clubs’ spokesmen, an offshoot of The Satanic Temple, claim they don’t actually worship Satan, but that he is merely a symbol of rebellion against “arbitrary” authority, not an actual being.

I believe the symbolism in this picture says otherwise. I pray this article be used for good and not evil.

First, look at the figure’s left hand. The sign it is making is known as the Sign of the Benediction. It can be seen in early “Christian” (read: Roman Catholic) art from the Byzantine and Medieval periods, but the gesture itself precedes those eras. In pagan circles, the gesture is known as the mano pantea and was used as a charm against the “evil eye.” It invoked the protection of the “parental spirits” Isis and Osiris. Could this indicate the removal of the children from the protection of their parents and placing them under the “protection” of the demonic entities Isis and Osiris? If that is even a remote possibility, then it is the duty of parents and adults to protect the children.

In art, either Christ or the saint depicted performs the sign with their right hand, but the figure in the above cartoon logo is making it with his left. This means he is not actually pronouncing a blessing (benediction) but a curse. Moreover, the left hand has always been associated with Satanic worship and the dark side of the occult, which has often been referred to the “left hand path.” The right hand path is representative of Satanism masquerading as Christianity, but the left hand path signifies open Satanism – black magic as opposed to white magic. The left hand path is also symbolized by the inverted (upside-down) pentagram, as seen in the bottom left corner (our left) of the image.

While its left hand is pointing upward, its right hand is pointing downward, an allusion to the occultic mantra, “as above so below.” This is a key phrase in the occult, and all systems of magic are said to be based on this incantation. The formula reads, in part: “That which is above is the same as that which is below…The universe is the same as God, God is the same as man…” Man is thought of as a reflection of God in heaven, and God as a reflection of man on earth. As we become more self-aware, more in tune with our higher consciousness, it teaches that we awaken to the realization that we are gods/God. This is the same lie the Serpent told Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4-5)

The Serpent was proven to be a liar. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they did die; they immediately died spiritually, as a result of their separation from God. Eventually, they died physically without ever becoming gods. This is why Jesus said Satan was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).

Next, notice the spiral in its right eye. The spiral represents development, change over time, or the slow revelation of things hidden. New Age websites explain how we change and develop as we age. In light of this, I find it interesting that they include a spiral in the logo of a program directed towards children. This could indicate the secrets of Satanism are progressively revealed to the children as they grow older. The Satanic Temple claims they will not actively proselytize children to Satanism in these clubs. That may or may not be true, but if the child is interested in learning more about Satanism, I believe the facilitators are both able and willing to lead them into the “depths of Satan” (Rev. 2:24). These clubs were founded to counter the Good News Clubs (GNCs) (which should automatically tell the reader whose side they are actually on) because the Satanic Temple claims GNCs “indoctrinate” (read: evangelize) children. I believe this spiral indicates they will brainwash these children, albeit deceptively. The After School Satan clubs serve and will serve the purpose of desensitizing children, subtly indoctrinating them into Satanism.

The fact that the spiral is in the right eye is also significant. It is a sign of the Antichrist. Zechariah 11:17 says, “Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.” The figure’s right eye is “darkened”, meaning the eye is not functional and cannot see, just like Zechariah’s prophecy of the Antichrist. In many of the pictures where an individual (many times a celebrity) is covering one of their eyes, it most often will be their right eye, showing their allegiance to the Antichrist and his system.

There’s so much more symbolism to expose. Like the Baphomet – their depiction of the devil; the duality represented by the black and white picture; the esoteric symbolism behind the graduation cap;  their use of the candy cane to seduce children, while actually giving them a curse, and so on. But I think I have presented enough information to show that The Satanic Temple is not to be trusted and to caution public school systems against allowing these After School Satan clubs into their schools.

Lastly, why should we believe them when they say they don’t worship the devil? Why else would an organization like this call itself by the name of an entity it claims to not even worship? Doesn’t Jesus unmask Satan revealing him to be a liar by nature, a master deceiver, and the father of lies (John 8:44)? Can we therefore really expect his followers to tell the truth? Obviously not.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:14‭-‬15 KJV

Other Satanists like Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey taught Satanists should hide what they actually teach and practice. I believe these symbols, however, reveal their true agenda in plain sight. It may be easy to see these icons and dismiss the corresponding facts as coincidence. However, I believe that all these emblems present together indicate something more maleficent: they really do worship the devil. And if I’m wrong and these atheists don’t actually worship the devil, then they are sadly being used by him to accomplish his purposes. However, Jesus was revealed to defeat Satan and his works. We know He has won through the Cross of Calvary and His resurrection. Anyone who trusts in Him will be delivered from the power of Satan. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Ephesians 6:10-18

This blogpost can be summarized by the meme below.

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