The Great Pendulum

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A big box! Yes, that is how I would describe it.  It was a big square building with a small rectangular platform at the end.  Two small rooms on either side of the platform were used mostly for storage.  The carpet was of a non-distinct color from fading over many years: the stories it could tell.  A large organ and a piano engulfed the left side of the platform and a sadly empty choir loft was center stage.  The hymnals had seen better days, mostly torn from many years of wear.  A few Bibles graced the back of the theater style chairs.  The air was a bit musty, and very little light filtered through the small windows.  A small but proper, wooden pulpit stood on the edge of the platform with a cross engraved on the front.  As I entered the building, I took this all in.  I was eight years old.

Quietly I sat in the third row with my mother and we were quickly greeted with a huge, gracious hug from the pastor.  He had a smile that could light up a room and was a man of God.  His dark eyes held a glint of humor and his tanned skin was weathered.  His black suit was a touch wrinkled and his shoes, obviously too big for his small stature.  This pastor had been placed by God, because no one would deliberately choose to pastor a church in this neighborhood.  He loved the Lord and he loved the people of the Lord.

But there was, in the corner, a gentle giant…

He was tall and lanky.  Many years my mother’s senior.  At first glance, he was slightly unsteady on his feet.  On closer observation, you could tell that, at one time there had been a stately elegance about him.  Yet, we rarely saw him on his feet.  We were far more likely to see him on his knees.

Before any of the congregation arrived, Brother Kolb, as he was known, would have found an altar.  He did not require the wooden benches that served as altars in the sanctuary.  No, they were up front, where everyone could observe someone in prayer.  A small corner on the front row of chairs would do, and he knelt before the Lord, his God, and quietly cried out for holiness.  He called out for the fire to consume the things in his life that were unpleasing to God.  He wept for his unworthiness!  When, finally, he stood, his face was glowing.  I thought to myself, this must be what Moses looked like when he came down from the mountain, because Brother Kolb had surely seen the face of God.

Another man of God stood silently in the desert night, looking up at silvery stars that seemed to laugh at the simplicity of life on this planet, we call home.  He felt the cool breeze touch his face and he closed his eyes.  The vision was clear.  There had to be a temple for the sacrifice, for the atonement of the sins of the people.  “I am too old I guess,” he whispered to the twinkling stars.  He was of the tribe of Levi, a priest.  Ezra, reached to the rope tied around his waist to grasp the anointing vessel that was always at his side.  The Shofar felt cold in his hands in the night air.  He looked closely at the foundation of the new temple.  It was not quite as large as Solomon’s temple, but would contain all of the required elements.  So why was his heart stirring so?

The people had sacrificed for this and given what they could for a house for Almighty God to reside in.  But was it enough?  The men had climbed the mountain that day for the unveiling of the foundation.  Young and old alike were invited.  Ezra had laughed at the youthfulness and energy of the young men as they ran up the hill to get the first glance.  They danced and they shouted and laughed at the promise fulfilled.  It was a good day!

It took the elderly longer to climb.  As they topped the hill and got their first look at the promise, the hearts of those that had seen the first temple were shaken.  The young did not even notice, but the old men wept.  They cried for what was and for what could have been.  The young were simply glad to have a temple, but the old remembered…they remembered the glory…they remembered what was.

The wailing and the shouts so mixed together that day that none could distinguish between the two.  But on this night, Ezra looked beyond the stars to the heavens and wept.

A great pendulum has swung.  It is in constant motion, but we do not perceive the movement because we have acclimated to its sway.  Just like, a frog placed in a pot of cold water, as the temperature rises we notice little until it is too late.  Oblivious to the changes in spiritual temperature that brings an imbalance to our very minds, we simply enjoy swimming in the pot, until the swimming turns into sleeping and the sleeping turns into death.  Then we become no more than a meal for Satan to devour.  He loves his meals fat with little meat or muscle.

Pendulums have one thing that is consistent, they always return to where they started, but not without being acted on by an external power.  In other words, if the pendulum swayed in one direction and it was not acted on by gravity it would continue on the one path.  The object dangling precariously at the end of the pendulum would travel in one direction and always travel in that direction.  Because of gravity, the pendulum sways back to its original position.

Gravity holds things to Earth like unseen glue that keeps everything anchored to the world.  Do you know that gravity varies on different parts of the earth?  It decreases with altitude to the extent that, if you are on top of a very tall building, a pendulum style clock may actually have to be reset to keep accurate time.

The church was meant to travel in one direction from a very high elevation, but our earthly nature, our gravity, keeps pulling us back to Earth.  Because of the momentum that is gained from the fall, we swing too far and once again find ourselves in a nosedive.  Brother Kolb was traveling in one direction, unaltered by the gravity of sin because he lived in constant surrender and constant repentance.  His eyes were focused on the final lap of the race.  He continued to pursue holiness and only his tears fell back to earth.

The altar of holiness is demanding, and yet so satisfying.  It is the path of righteousness that is truly for His name’s sake and not our own.  Our lives are not our own, but we were bought with a great sacrifice.  A monumental price was paid for our souls.  We have joined an army, and just as our troops do not live to themselves, but become the property of the US Military, we can no longer pretend to be soldiers in the Army of God.  We must BE worthy soldiers in the Army of Almighty God, the property of God, and no longer of ourselves.

The church of the first century, or for that matter the church of just a century ago, is no longer recognizable in the lives of some Christians today.  Rather than taking up our crosses, we raise our glasses to the grace that allows us our spiritual freedom.  I believe in the grace of God.  I believe that we are saved though faith and not of works.  However, I also know that our personal salvation, as wonderful as it is, is not the final purpose of our lives.  That would simply make the gospel a type of insurance.

The final purpose of our lives is at the pendulum swing that takes us into the great commission.  “Go ye into the world and preach the gospel…”  There in that quiet command is the purpose of our lives, but if the gravity of Earth pulls us plummeting toward a lifestyle that resembles everyone else, why would the world want what we have?  They already live that lifestyle and they are completely miserable.  Seeing no difference, they will not hear what we have to say until they see what we have to offer.  If God commands us to go into the world does that not imply that we do not begin our journey with them?  God does not need a church that relates.  He needs a church that revives!  Holiness still awakens the darkened heart, and those who seek it, hear the sound.  They hear the call of the Shofar.

Excerpt taken from the eBook, “The Fate of Holiness” by Pamela Telgenhoff, available on Amazon and at FifthookMedia.com.

The Altar of Sacrifice

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Abraham was familiar with altars.  He had constructed many of them in his lifetime.  It had become a pattern to construct an altar whenever God spoke to him concerning promises, or when he felt the desire to communicate with God.  The altar was a place of commitment to the covenant, and stood as a reminder for Abraham of the promise.  It was a place where Abraham was certain he could hear the voice of God.

In the book of Genesis, when God promised Abraham that the land would be an inheritance to his descendants, Abraham built an altar to the Lord.  When God spoke, Abraham listened and he made certain the Lord knew he had listened by building an altar and offering a sacrifice.

When Abraham pitched his tent to the east of Bethel, he built an altar and he sought God.  The Bible says, “…he called on the name of the Lord.”  Another altar was built to the Lord in Hebron where Abraham chose to live after parting ways with Lot.  This altar was a promise that God would always be the center of Abraham’s life and home.  Many altars had been built and left as a testament to God and to His covenant relationship with Abraham.  The final altar built by Abraham was to be a sacrificial altar.  It was constructed on Mount Moriah, just outside of Jerusalem.  According to Jewish tradition, it is the same hill known as the Temple Mount, and twice was the site of the Temple of God, the very dwelling of the Most High.  The sacrificial altar for Isaac was placed there, and it is in direct line of site of another smaller hill, Golgotha.

Sacrificial altars are not pretty.  They are not gold plated, engraved, embossed, or carved.  They are not the beautiful place where one gets married, or dedicates a child.  They are immersed in blood, the blood of various spotless creatures.  Altars are blackened by the extreme heat of the fire of God that consumes the being whose life was bound on the altar’s table.  One could hardly stand the stench of burning flesh that emanated from the sacred place of the sacrifice.  The altar is a monument to death and, as difficult as it seems, a celebration of life.  You see, without the altar there is no hope, because the altar holds the promise.

Over 2000 years after Abraham built his altar to sacrifice Isaac, the plot came full circle and God completed His plan.  God had asked for the sacrifice of Abraham’s son, but with Abraham’s obedience, God had provided a ram.  God asked for perfection, but the Law of God was not possible to fulfill perfectly by an imperfect man, so God provided a sacrifice, His son, the Lamb.

Let’s step forward in time.  The day had turned to night.  Clouds had gathered above, but there was no rain.  Heaviness filled the air and humidity not common to the area permeated the atmosphere.  One could hardly breathe.  The trip up the hill had been difficult on Mary.  This was her Son, her little boy with the cherub face and curly hair.  She knew this day would come.  She knew the promise, but like anything else that you know is inevitable, she had pushed it back into the recesses of her mind and refused to look at it.  She had often thought that maybe the promise could be fulfilled by a kingdom on earth brought about by His message of peace.  But in her heart of hearts, she knew this was the Son of God, and that He would one day return to His father.  Her heart was crushed for the gentle little boy that once had graced her home and now hung on this cross like a common criminal.  She held her hands tightly together as if, in doing so, she could somehow restrain the emotions that came like the never-ending tides of the sea.  She looked to John so close to her side and saw the raw emotion on his face.  Mary could take no more.  She rushed the cross in a desperate attempt to comfort her baby, but the soldiers roughly pushed her aside…and she wept.  Above her, she heard her Son whisper, “It…is…finished,” and his body slumped.  She looked up, sobbing uncontrollably, and reached for John at her side.  Collapsing into his arms she was enveloped in sweet darkness.

The thunder sounded with a loud crack and the earth began to dance under the feet of three crosses on the hill called Golgotha.  At that same moment, the veil of the temple was torn, from top to bottom.

The veil was the division between the main portion of the sacred temple and the Holy of Holies where God resided.  It was so massive that it took 300 priests to manipulate it into position.  Only once a year could the priests enter the Holy of Holies: the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  Yom Kippur is preceded by Rosh Hashanah, which signifies the beginning of the Jewish calendar, but also begins 10 days of repentance ushered in by the cry of the Shofar.  But Christ did not die on Yom Kippur, as seems most likely.  He died as our great sacrifice.  Would not Yom Kippur be the perfect day?  But Christ died on The Feast of the Passover.  It was twilight on the Passover when Christ became the sacrifice for all.

The Feast of the Passover began with a demand, from God, brought forth from the stammering lips of Moses to the Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”  God demanded the Children of Israel be freed from slavery and be allowed to leave Egypt.  After many rejections and many plagues, the tenth and final plague was the lives of the firstborn Egyptian children.  God told the Children of Israel to place the blood of the pure sacrifice above the door of the home so the angel of death would pass over that household.

Imagine the parents of these children, how they must have felt when they knew that God was sending the angel of death to the households of Egypt and the only thing that stood between their children, and the sword, was a splash of blood above the doorway.  And not just any blood but the blood of a spotless lamb.  Their obedience was the only protection for their children from certain death.  What is the depth of importance that God must place on obedience if He selected this Holy day of the Feast of the Passover for the ultimate sacrifice, His Son?  Obedience must certainly hold as great a weight as grace.  Grace was shown to the Israelite families if, and only if, they were obedient.

Today, we place the blood of the sacrifice on the archways to the doors of our hearts.  We quickly claim the grace of a merciful God, but conveniently overlook the responsibilities that we have to attain that grace.  The Bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice.  I never understood that statement as I do today.

The altar of salvation is the easy part.  It is a quick circumcision of the heart.  We place our living sacrifice on the altar and allow God to draw just enough of the blood from the sacrifice to mark the doorway, but not enough for us to die to the world.  Before the fire consumes all, we wriggle off the altar like, children playing a game of hide and seek.  Uncomfortable with the idea of exchanging the ropes that tie us to this world for the ropes that tie us to His altar, we continue to ignore the changes that come about only through obedience.  We would rather continue in death than to be transformed through the cleansing fire into new life.  We would rather remain bound in grave clothes than find joy in obedience.  We choose our cage over our freedom.

The altar of holiness is not easily satisfied.  It is neither quick nor easy.  The knife is sharp and uncomfortable; it cuts deep.  The pain is temporary but holds a greater, even an eternal glory.  Holiness comes when we steadfastly refuse to remove ourselves from the altar of a powerful, almighty God and submit with obedience to an altered existence.  A life that lives as a testament beyond reproach conveys a covenant relationship with Jehovah God.  The fire of God consumes all that is not pleasing, all that could cause a brother to stumble, and all that does not give Glory to God.  As we approach this altar, we hear the sound, the unmistakable wail!  It haunts the very soul of those that seek to be set apart to God, because it calls the people to Holiness.  It is the call of the Shofar!

Excerpt taken from The Fate of Holiness eBook by Pamela Telgenhoff, available on Amazon and on FifthookMedia.com.

The Shofar’s Call

The Shofar’s Call 

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The cry rings out, an ominous wailing sound that cuts to the very soul…the sound of an instrument of sorts, but without distinct pitch or timber.  It stirs the soul and the memory of the moment is forever etched into the corners of your heart and in your mind.  The sound filters into your subconscious and calls to you in the midnight hours.  This is the call of the Shofar.

Nothing more than a ram’s horn, the Shofar is sounded even today.  In Jewish tradition, it was used to call to the Children of Israel, calling them into obedience to a new King, or into submission to Jehovah God.  For the Israelites in the days of David, there was little difference.  There was no polling place, there was no vote: King David was simply anointed by the prophet of God.  Though the Israelite people had made the choice to follow a king, this king was to be chosen by God.

The day had been a long and exhausting day for the prophet Samuel.  The air in the outlying areas of Bethlehem was dry and hot and there were far too many people in the small home where the family of Jesse lived.  Samuel had been sent by Jehovah God to the home.  He was to anoint the future King of Israel.  Yet, as each of Jesse’s sons passed before the prophet, God’s voice remained silent in Samuel.  So silent was the voice that the prophet questioned within himself.  Had he misunderstood God?  No, the voice was clear and Samuel had heard that voice since childhood.

The prophet turned to Jesse and raked his hands through his long beard.  Staring intently, he asked if there were other sons not in attendance.  Only David, the youngest, a shepherd boy keeping watch over the flock, but surely God had not chosen him.  The prophet slowly and silently stood.  He felt a stirring within and commanded that David be brought before him.  As David entered the room, the prophet’s heart must have leaped inside his chest with the realization that before him stood a King…not just any King, but Israel’s King…Samuel’s King.  The prophet removed the vessel that God had commanded him to fill with oil.  He looked at the young man, but never questioned God’s instrument of choice as he lifted the vessel and poured the oil.  The vessel containing the anointing oil was the horn of a ram…the Shofar.

Many years later, a single, long, wailing cry (the Tekiah) would be sounded on a Shofar to announce the coronation of King David, and the people would congregate into the city to hear the words that God would speak to them through this new King, to hear David’s heart and know his vision for the people.

The Shofar is also used for the announcement of the major holy days of Rosh Hashanah, to awaken the spiritually sleeping, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  The three short wails call the people to repentance.  The number three is significant to the people.  It signifies that which is of substance or real, three dimensions.  Three is the number of completion and the number of the trinity.

The Holy Ark of the Covenant concealed three objects.  First, the jar that held a sampling of the manna that God sent to feed the Children of Israel while they wandered in the desert seeking the land promised to them.  Though they grumbled about the manna, it sustained their lives and was the gift of God to restore strength to the weary.  In that sense, it stood as a representation and a reminder of God’s blessing.

The second item found was Aaron’s rod.  This was the rod that Aaron was instructed to throw to the ground in front of Pharaoh as a sign.  The sorcerers of Pharaoh thought they could match the miraculous power by transforming the rods that they held into serpents as well.  But the serpent that was Aaron’s rod devoured the serpents of the sorcerers.  Thus, the rod stands as a representation and reminder of the protection and the wrath of God wrapped into one.

The third item in the Ark was the covenant of God, brought down from the mountain by Moses in the form of tablets of stone.  This was the Ten Commandments, the covenant document.  A covenant contains three parts.  The first was a description of the initiating party.  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt…,” Exodus 20:2.  Then the covenant outlines a list of obligations between the two parties (the Ten Commandments).  The document goes on to outline the consequences and rewards that follow the covenant.  In this case, they are outlined within the body of the commandments.   An example, honor your father and mother (that is the commandment) that your days may be prolonged on the earth (that is the promise and consequence).  These three items were placed in a compartment within the Ark and sealed above by what is known as the mercy seat.  Thus, the three wails of the Shofar to call the people back into a covenant relationship with their God.

The Shofar also called the people of Israel to battle.  Imagine with me standing at the foot of a four-story building.  Now imagine that building is a six-foot thick wall.  An army is approaching it with nothing more than a promise from God.  They were instructed to march around the walls of Jericho and to blow the trumpets.  The generals must have questioned Joshua on his planned offensive.  It was, without question, ridiculous on its merits.  But Joshua was not the author of this strategic offensive.  God was the initiator.  The “trumpets” that would be sounded were ram horns and the walls of Jericho would certainly fall.  The battle would be won, just as God had promised, at the sound of the Shofar!

A nagging question comes to mind.  Why did God choose the horn of the ram?  It is certainly not a beautiful horn.  He could have chosen a silver trumpet!  Surely, that would have been a more suitable instrument.  The pitches would prove more precise and the timber of the instrument much more appealing than this ram’s horn.  God, surely you should choose the more dignified instrument!  But God chooses whom He chooses, without consulting with man.  God chose the horn of a ram, why?

To find the answer let’s go back in time, back to early biblical days and visit a simple man called Abraham and his beautiful wife named Sarah.  The backdrop of this stage is Mount Moriah and Abraham is with his only son, Isaac.  Isaac is a beautiful child, the child of Abraham and Sarah’s old age.  Sarah laughed when God told her she would give birth to Isaac.  I do not think the laughter came from disbelief, because Sarah knew God could do anything, but laughter bubbled to the surface because of the picture that was painted in her mind at the choice God had made.  She laughed at God’s choice of instrument to fulfill His promise.  We are so quick to limit God’s choices to our finite options.  So ready to rectify what we see as an obvious blunder.  We think, surely God did not choose that person to fulfill His purpose.  He should choose who I see as a leader, the person that I would be willing to follow…God cannot possibly have chosen this situation for my life.  I know how my story should end!

Isaac was longed for, anticipated, he was travailed for…this was not the everyday child that Abraham took to the mountain.  This was the child that God had chosen Sarah to conceive, this was the child that God had chosen for Abraham to father.  Isaac was supposed to be the father of many nations.  On Mount Moriah, he was to be the sacrifice.

Moriah means, “seen by Yahweh.”  Abraham could not fathom how Yahweh could see this, how He could look on this moment.  His God that he had trusted and loved, the one that had blessed him with this son, how could He see what was happening and not know how it tore Abraham apart to obey?  But obey he would, even if it cost him his son.  He would sacrifice to the altar of Yahweh all that his God required.

He laid the boy gently on the altar.  I imagine that he must have wrapped one of Isaac’s curls one more time around his finger and brushed a hand across his soiled cheek.  Then slowly, he raised the knife above his head.  He closed his eyes tightly as tears ran down his weathered face onto the altar below.  Just as his heart skipped a beat at the final moment before the knife would fall and take the young boy’s life, Abraham hears a sound that he would hear in the midnight hour for many nights to come.  He stops mid strike and turns…God has provided a sacrifice, caught in the thicket…a RAM.

Excerpt taken from Chapter One of “The Fate of Holiness” by Pamela Telgenhoff.  

Deliverance From Fear: Instructions & Prayer

Prison-Industrial-ComplexThe following are instructions and prayer for the deliverance from FEAR.  God has and will deliver a person through telephone, Email, text, or whatever method is available.  If you or someone you know is fearful, then this message is for you or them.  Please pass this information along.

Prepare Your Heart

Pray that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind the names of the spirits that have to go.  You have the authority, as a believer in Jesus Christ, to self-expel the spirit of fear and everything else that may be attached to you.  Remember, deliverance is an ongoing process, and things start coming off you as the Holy Spirits readies you.  What we are going to do, is get that process started by backing the spirit of fear off and away from you.

The Gospel of Mark 16:17,18 commands, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

These are miracles that follow “faithers” in Christ.  Notice that “devils” are associated with physical and mental sickness.  The taking up of demonic serpents and ingesting demonic sorcery will not harm us if we are under the blood of our Lord, doing His will.  We speak in a new language of Christ, following His example.  We shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  Debilitating fear is a sickness caused by demons, and they have to go in the name of Jesus.

Prepare Your Mind

In other words, we command the spirit of fear to release its grip on your mind and drive it out in the name of Jesus.  Demons are disembodied spirits that attach, oppress, vex, and harass all people, even good Christians.  It is our responsibility to take our Christ given authority over them and drive them away from us and from others.

In Luke 10:19, Jesus commands, “Behold, I give YOU the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and NOTHING shall by any means hurt you.”  This authority is for us just as much as it was for His early disciples.  So, we want you to take authority over the things that are causing you pain and suffering.  Read the prayer below, believing with all faith in the all mighty power of God to deliver you from the spirit of fear using the God given authority you have through the blood and redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Confession of Sins

But first, make sure that you have confessed all sin to your savior and that you have forgiven anyone that you may hold a grudge against.  This is important because un-forgiveness will hinder deliverance, and may even give demonic spirits a legal right to torment a person.  Ask yourself if you have any such un-forgiveness, hatred, or animosity toward anyone.  Forgiving is a matter of “will” and not of “emotion.”  You can “will” to forgive, even if you do not “feel” like it.  Willingly forgive and let go of any thing that may hinder your healing.  This is highly important.

Now, you have legal authority over demons and spiritual authority to expel them from your mind and body.  The enemy or sickness has no right to take what belongs to you because you belong to God!  Amen?!  We are in agreement with you.  If two or more agree on anything touching this world, in my name, it shall be done.

Deliverance Prayer

“Dear heavenly Father, we come to You through the redemption and shed blood of our LORD Jesus Christ, our savior and healer, and redeemer.  It is through His authority, which He commissioned to us through His Word that we now come and do battle against the powers of the enemy that would make this person sick.  We put the devils, spirits, serpents, and scorpions on notice right now that in the holy name of Yehushua Ha Messiach that they must obey the commands of God and release and go!  Go!  Go in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus Go!

In the name of Jesus, we bind the work of the enemy right now, we bind it and prevent the spirit of fear from strengthening itself.  We break every demonic attachment and stronghold on this person’s mind and body and soul.

Spirit of fear, fear of man, low self esteem, fear of disapproval, fear of judgment, fear of condemnation, and sensitiveness, we command you right now in the authority of Jesus our LORD to go!  You go in the name of Jesus.

We command healing to enter into this person’s body and heal the damage caused by the enemy, who tried to steal, kill, and destroy.  We cancel that assignment right now!  Dear LORD, we ask for Your Holy Spirit to fill the void left by this evil spirit and bring PEACE, trust, faith, and wholeness in Jesus Christ our LORD.  We thank You Father for all these things, in the holy and mighty name of Jesus, amen.”

Follow Through

Do not allow Satan to tell you this is weird or strange.  Do not allow anyone to tell you that you must accept this fear.  Satan will try to steal the seed.  Be aware of that.  If you want to see that this is totally Biblical, then read the Gospel of Mark and notice that most of Jesus’ ministry was healing the sick (children of God of Israel) by the removing of demonic spirits that caused the sickness.  Enough of the mamby pamby week willed faithless religion so many subscribe to, it is time to get mean and command these things to go from you, in the authority of Christ our LORD.

Keeping your deliverance is the next step.  We know this is quite a bit of information, so we will keep this section short and to the point.

1.  Whenever you feel attacked or feel the spirit of fear creeping up on you, apply the blood of Jesus to your mind, soul, and body, submit to God and the enemy will have to flee (Revelation 12:10; James 4:7).

2.  Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

3.  Stay in the Word of God (read and study) and renew your thoughts with God’s thoughts (Psalms 119:105; Romans 12:2).

4.  Practice prayer, praise, and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2).

5.  DWELL in the secret place of the most high, which means to cultivate your relationship with God, and ABIDE under the shadow of the Almighty, which is walking in obedience to what he teaches you in his word (Psalm 91:1; John 15:5).  This is key to staying free.

6.  Example 1:  When the enemy comes at you with the spirit of fear, submit to God, then take authority over that spirit, and tell it to leave you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (James 4:7; Luke 10:19).

7.  Example 2:  When the enemy attacks your mind, submit to God, cast down the imagination, then replace it with the truth of God’s word (2 Corinthians 10:5; Romans 12:2).

8.  Here are some Scriptures that will help you with some of the fear issues:

a.  Fear of man: Matthew 10:28 and Proverbs 29:25

b.  Timidity: 2 Timothy 1:17

c.  Fear: Romans 8:15

d.  Inadequacy: 2 Corinthians 3:4.

Remember, We can do all things through Christ, which strengthens (Greek word endynamoo, which means to empower and enable) us.

Your brother and sister in Christ, Paul and Linda Villanueva, hosts for the Kingdom Against Powers of Wickedness (KAPOW) Radio Show and authors of the spiritual warfare training manual, “Demons in My Marriage Bed,” available at all online digital retailers or at www.FifthookMedia.com.

Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective Part VI

Biblical Perspective:

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To place the opening of the gates of Hell squarely at the feet of the Shaolin monks and the martial arts is not reasonable.  To admit that the traditional martial arts are rooted in non-Biblical philosophies is correct.  Man learned to kill other men long before the ancient Chinese systems of combat were formulated.  Genesis 4:8 reads, “ . . . Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.” This passage records man’s first martial action against another.  And of course our Scriptures are full of martial activities concerning Israel as a nation along with individuals like Sampson who attacked his enemies, “Hip and thigh with great slaughter,” as recorded in Judges 15:8.

Even our Lord Jesus, in Matthew 10:34, used martial language when referring to the impending destruction of Jerusalem when He said, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”  The very real sword of the Romans came upon that city during those troublesome times before A.D. 70, just forty years after His death.  And in Luke 22:35-38, as troublesome times got closer, Jesus told His disciples, “ . . . and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”  One eager disciple was happy to find two swords nearby with our Lord answering, “It is enough.”

It is not sin to defend oneself, and it is not sin to learn how to defend oneself.  It is sin to practice, embrace, endorse, promote, and adhere to pagan rituals and beliefs that are rooted in demonic philosophy.  We learn from Psalms 119 to meditate on God’s ways and fill our thoughts with His statutes, precepts, and testimonies.  We are to fill our minds with God, not empty our minds to demonic influence.

There is a vast difference between meditating (seeking with a whole heart) on God, and meditating (emptying the mind for demonic influence) in martial arts.  Meditative practices in the martial arts are never Godly, and will only lead to destruction of the person.  A Christian should never practice exercises that focus on the breath for the purpose of emptying the mind and developing internal chi power.  This includes yoga.

In Luke 11:24-26, Jesus taught that when demons or unclean spirits leave a person, they wander about seeking rest, and finding no rest they want to return to their home in the person.  When the demon discovers the person is empty, swept clean, and put in order, it returns with seven other spirits much more wicked than the first to dwell there.  The last state of that person is worse than the first.

A person who believes on our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation is born again and spiritually renewed.  They become a new creature with their old demonic nature put aside in the sanctification process.  The Christian seeks the things of God with all of their strength and fills their house with Godly commandments, precepts, and teachings.  If that Christian then practices an occult meditation, which empties the mind, those demonic forces are waiting to return to that empty, swept clean house.  The Christian must vehemently reject yogic breathing, meditation, and movements designed to arouse the kundalini.

Any martial art, combat system, school, instructor, or anything for that matter that influences the Christian toward pagan practices and thoughts must be rejected.  We are to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”  – 2Corintians 10:5.

It is important to emphasize once again that the responsibility and onus are upon the adult Christian and the Christian parent to critically examine any school or instructor of any self-defense system to ascertain if they teach philosophies contrary to the laws of God.

It would be wise at this point to re-examine the “things offered to idols” principle contained in 1Corinthians chapter eight.  There are some adults who can participate in a self-defense system (void of mystical undertones) without any condemnation even though the techniques may be rooted in “things offered to idols.”

Yet, there are others who cannot participate in any form of self-defense techniques without defiling their conscience.  If you are a Christian involved in these arts (ones void of any mystical undertones), “beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak,” (2Corinthians 8:9).

I certainly hope that I shed some cultural and historic light on the martial arts and their root philosophies, while maintaining a balance of fairness.  I do not advocate rushing out and pulling your child from the high school wrestling team because they could become demonized through this martial sport, etc.  However, I would advocate pulling them off the team if their coach or other students were supplying your child with anabolic steroids or methamphetamine.  What is the difference?  None.  Both practices wish to instill more “power” and better performance on the athlete.  One uses the spiritual and demonization to accomplish this, and the other uses drugs and demonization to accomplish this.  It is the lust for power that is going to lead one down the path of darkness.

In closing, I would like to extend myself to the reader.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at paul@kapowradioshow.com.

You may purchase the eBook, “Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective” by Paul Villanueva at any online digital retailer or at Fifthook Media website.

Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective Part V

Meditation in the Martial Arts:

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According to author Ashida Kim, “The emphasis on meditation to cultivate the mind and the body is characteristic of all the Far Eastern martial arts.”  He continues to teach, “Breath control is the key to proper meditation, which may be defined as the art of consciously altering the state of mind.”  This altering the state of mind is believed to lead to increased power.  The undiscerning person may not see the harm in sitting under the tutelage of such a “master” in the martial arts, but many teachers have formed their foundation on Taoist/Buddhist philosophies.

For example, author and martial arts trainer Liang Shou-Yu started training in Chi Kung (breath energy work) when he was six-years old.  He learned breath-control and energy work from his renowned grandfather.  He was taught esoteric skills when he was eight-years old.  After learning Chi Kung, he started training in the martial arts.  He has devoted his life to the practice of special martial power training.   Of course, a student under the tutelage of a master like Liang may easily be introduced to the deeper philosophical teachings of the martial arts and meditation.

In the martial arts, the state of “musin” or “mind-no-mind” is the ability to empty the thoughts and circulate the chi in the body.  It is the same thing as Zen meditation.  Emptiness is the goal.  Once the mind is in this empty state, strange things can and will occur.  Sounds, visions, appearances, are all common to deep meditative states.

Dr. Glenn Morris in his book Martial Arts Madness, documents several horrible experiences others have had with meditation associated with the martial arts.  In a chapter titled, “Magic and Mysticism:  Experiences from the Field,” one preacher’s son was attacked and bit by a vision of a giant spider while practicing Chi Kung, and since then has been visited by a dark haired woman even when not meditating.  He has been diagnosed as a functioning psychotic.

Another claims to have been visited by a large bat, which bit him on the nose during deep meditation.  The next day he had physical puncture wounds around his nose coupled with confusion.   There are several stories of ancient grand masters of the martial arts visiting people while engaged in deep meditation.  The story is the same, the visions of these masters tell the students they are lazy and need to practice more, and get deeper into the meditation.

One young girl was mixing meditation with marijuana to assist in opening her chakras and obtaining kundalini arousal.  She started at age fourteen, and meditated four years before becoming fragmented from her persona and feelings.  Her reality became gray, full of pain from a fried endocrine and nervous system.  She spent time in hospital schizophrenic wards, and now lacks the appropriate skills to function in the real world.  Apparently according to Dr. Morris, these stories are common among avid Chi Kung practitioners.

Fitness and Health:

Another area where this ancient idea of moving energy through the body to achieve power and well being is found in fitness and health programs.  Remember, that an ancient monk from India came to China, teaching monks yogic meditation for the improvement of health and fitness.  These standing yogic movements are what evolved into the fighting arts, which we know as the martial arts.  The root is the same.

In fact, yogic exercises are taught to the elderly as well as to the young.  Businesses and corporate America have embraced meditation and yoga as beneficial stress relievers.  I have seen many “Christian” DVDs and books about practicing yoga.

These instructors believe if they change the names of the pagan poses to Biblical names and if they meditate on Christ rather than empty the mind, then it will be safe to practice this ancient form of idol worship.  What is in a pose or posture?  Well, the poses are representative of various pagan rituals and demon worship.  So, even if a Christian changes the names and “Christianizes” them, they are still rooted in an ancient philosophy of paganism.

For example, the yogic posture of the “sun salutation” is just one of many basic moves in this practice.  A Christian may replace the term “Sun” with the word “Son” and do the salute to Jesus.  However, this does not change the root of this pose.  Yoga.com, a non-Christian website dedicated to all things yoga, has this to say about the salutation.

“The sun is God . . . giver of life to all beings.  In India, the sunrise is thought of as the eye of God . . .people acknowledge God with a moving prayer called Surya Namaskara, sun salutation.”  So, any Biblical Christian can see that performing the sun salutation is bowing down in worship to the sun god, which is not our Biblical creator God.  Yoga.com continues, “This worship includes prayer to the sun . . .each posture corresponds to the twelve signs of the zodiac . . .making it a ritual to honor the sun and receive physical and spiritual energy through sun salutations and chanting can transform our lives.”

The word yoga means “union with the one.”  Union with what one I ask?  All these people practicing this ancient idolatry and demon worship walk around in yoga class and greet one another with the word, “Namaste.”  The definition of Namaste is “both a physical gesture and a spoken spiritual salutation, which is the recognition of the divine spirit (or soul) in another by the divine spirit in you.”

This definition of Namaste is according to livingwordsofwisdom.com.  The physical part of “bowing to the divine” in another person consists of placing the hands together in front of the third eye chakra and then moving them in front of the heart chakra.  Additionally, just saying the word Namaste at the beginning of meditation allegedly assists the practitioner to go deeper into their divine heart center, and access the flow of divine love for others.  Other ways of understanding Namaste are, “The god/goddess in me acknowledges the god/goddess in you.”  My question is, “What divine being are people acknowledging and worshipping?”  My God is the creator God of the ancient Scriptures, not the created sun or any other little “g” god.

Are there dangers in practicing yoga?  Yes, just like the dangers of any meditation, yogic practices can bring some real harm to the practitioner.  In an online article, Kundalini Yoga Dangers, at buzzle.com, there are several severe dangers associated with this particular form of yoga.  Listed are several unpleasant side effects such as, body pain, burning and inflammation, hypersensitivity to heat and cold, drastic changes in appetite, fluctuating sexual energies and drives, unexpected negative symptoms of guilt, depression, anxiety, and confusion.  Interestingly, we seldom hear about the negative side effects of yogic or martial arts meditative practices.

Next, I will write about the Biblical Perspective regarding the Martial Arts.

Taken from the eBook, “Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective” by Paul Villanueva.

Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective Part IV

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History of the Traditional Martial Arts:

Around A.D. 525, a Zen Buddhist monk by the name of Boddhidarma traveled from India to China’s Shaolin monastery.  There he combined Chinese boxing or fighting techniques with yogic breathing exercises to improve the health of the monks.   The monks eventually mixed their religion of Taoism with India’s Buddhism in their martial exercises.  From China’s ancient monasteries all martial arts systems are founded, no matter what the name, they all have their roots in ancient China and philosophies in India.

The Chinese monks soon learned to combine physical exercise with breathing techniques, meditation, and inner body control to develop needed fighting and healing skills.  Inner strength or a high level of chi development always outperformed pure physical strength alone.   Allow me to explain the concept of chi.

Chi is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine and is described as one’s life force to maintain health, energy, and wellbeing.  The martial artist is taught that chi development is essential for proper fighting techniques and power.  Moreover, what fighter would not want to take advantage of something that could turn them from a good fighter into a great fighter?  A martial artist could be taught Chi Kung at various levels from subtle breathing and relaxation techniques to attempting to shoot one’s energy out through the body to forcibly move an opponent.  Chi means energy and Kung means work.  Chi Kung is simply “energy work.”

Chi Kung combines breathing, postures, movement, and meditation to keep and maintain health and promote a state of wellbeing.  It is sometimes called breathing exercises, longevity method, or internal training.   Just as in yoga, Chi Kung exercises are often promoted on the belief that it brings health and wellness benefits to its practitioners.  Of course, for some martial artists, the promise of extraordinary fighting ability is too much to resist.

In Chinese Chi Kung, meditation is key.  The slow subtle movements of Tai Chi (once a real fighting system) are nothing more than a moving meditation, or a moving yoga.  Concentrating on the breath and emptying the mind are most important.  In the Japanese arts, chi is referred to as ki, and Chinese movements (“forms”) are referred to as katas.  They all have the same source as explained earlier.

Philosophies of Traditional Systems:

The sect of Shaolin is an offshoot of the Buddhist school known in Chinese as Ch’an and in Japanese Zen.  Most martial arts schools in the West do not concern themselves with the religious aspects, but rather are concerned with the non-religious or philosophical aspects of a mixture of Taoism and Buddhism.  The philosophical Taoist is atheist and deity independent looking to nature for harmony rather than to a god.  By looking to nature, the ancients observed the fighting skills of various animals, and copied these movements.  Thus, many systems of Shaolin Kung Fu are named after animals; i.e., tiger, dragon, white crane, drunken monkey, etc.

Chinese Taoism seems to have originated from a Chinese sage named Lao Tzu, who wrote down his wisdom in a book called the Tao Te Ching, or The Book of the Way.  It is also a book of divination, used for centuries to predict the future.  It is still highly regarded and used in business.  I used to consult the “oracle” and used its predictions to make some of the most important decisions of my life.

It is his philosophy of the YIN and the YANG concept of the universe, which roots philosophical Taoism.  YIN and YANG are opposites that make the universe run.  Concepts of soft and hard, light and dark, female and male, good and bad cannot exist without one another.   The YIN/YANG symbol of two intertwined “fish” can be found in modern businesses and in numerous martial arts schools. I know one Christian martial arts instructor who uses this symbol on his Christian martial arts business cards.

Martial artists apply this knowledge in their art by realizing their “style” of fighting is neither hard nor soft, but all styles combine the essence of both, just as the Tao does.  So, one can “softly” deflect or absorb an opponent’s energy within a strike, and then attack the opponent “hard” using the concept of YIN and YANG.  An undiscerning Christian or parent may not recognize the Taoist philosophy contained in the lesson, and perhaps even the instructor may not realize the roots of his teaching.

The famous influential martial artist Bruce Lee used the YIN/YANG symbol in his Jeet Kune Do emblem.  Lee integrated the martial arts with Taoism.  He wrote, “The point is to utilize the art as a means to advance The Way (the Tao).”  He also believed, “Technical skill is subordinate to the psychic training, which will finally raise the practitioner even to the level of high spirituality.”  Bruce Lee is still admired by many people for his martial arts skills and movies.  He has influenced an entire generation of young martial artists.  However, his philosophy was pure Taoism.

Martial arts systems that are referred to as “internal systems” because of their emphasis on cultivating the chi such as Hsing-I, Pakua, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan were founded by theistic Taoists, which developed complicated schools of ceremonial magic.  Yes, magic.  The movements of the martial art Pakua are based on the building of hexagrams contained in the ancient Chinese book of divination, the I-Ching.

Again, after studying some of these internal arts in search for more fighting power, I found myself using the I-Ching to make the most important decisions in my life.  I learned the method of building hexagrams by meditating, tossing three quarters and consulting the I-Ching for its divining interpretation.  This is considered occult magic.

Next in part V, I will discuss “Meditation” and “Health and Fitness” regarding the Martial Arts and Yoga.

Excerpt taken from the eBook, “Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective” by Paul Villanueva.

Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective Part III

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Non-Traditional Martial Arts:

Today, there are a new breed of systems and schools calling themselves “Mixed Martial Arts,” or MMA.  Made popular by events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other various forms of “cage fighting,” these schools gather and mix the best techniques from a variety of martial arts rather than being locked into “traditional” systems.  Most of these schools do not adhere to the ancient philosophical and spiritual applications of breath control, meditation, and internal power training.  Their goal is to teach people how to fight not levitate.

One such street fighter’s commentary exemplifies this movement away from the mystical.  In Fists, Wits, and a Wicked Right, author and trainer Marc MacYoung described the Hollywood portrayal of traditional martial arts in the 1970’s, and noticed many people flocking to the martial arts masters to learn this “secret” power of fighting.  MacYoung observed that people training in traditional martial arts were losing street fights to street fighters.

He writes concerning the street wise fighter, “Instead of hanging around and duking it out toe-to-toe, they’d just bust a chair across the would-be karate hero’s teeth.  The situation was, in a word, ugly.”   People like MacYoung clearly separate the esoteric from the practical.  In another book he wrote, “There are countless differences between street fighting and martial arts.”

The founder of Krav Maga, the combat system of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), took this name from 2Samuel 17:11 where the Hebrew word Krav means struggle.  Maga means close or contact.  Krav Maga teaches Israeli soldiers close combat techniques.  Although the building blocks of this fighting art have existed for thousands of years and are rooted in the fighting systems of ancient China, it was Emerich Lichtenfeld that developed, modernized, and fine-tuned the techniques during Israel’s War of Independence.

In training the IDF, techniques of fitness, bayonet, sentry removal, knife fighting, and other military oriented problems that require a creative solution are taught with no ancient Chinese mysticism involved.   This is pure hand-to-hand combat.  Yet, the techniques, movements, and principles have their origin in the ancient Shaolin temples of China.

It was this complete separation of practical fighting and mysticism that first attracted me to Kung Fu San Soo.  Although it had a Chinese sounding name with its techniques rooted in ancient China, the modern instructor I found was repulsed by the mystical, and only believed in techniques of combat.  Like Krav Maga, the ancient fighting techniques of San Soo had been modernized, systemized, and made practical without any of the philosophical mumbo jumbo associated with the traditional martial arts.

Author Greg Jones in his book Sudden Violence, The Art of San Soo, describes the practitioner of San Soo as having no need for trophies, cheering crowds, hands of stone, appearing pretty, and certainly no need for “bowing or rituals.”  Jones continues to elaborate that San Soo is a method of self-defense applying logical principles with spontaneous simple and direct techniques.  It does not use brawn, speed, animal instincts, or “mystical powers.”

In Search of Power:

We examined the first path above, which is to find the esoteric through traditional martial arts schools and their instructors.  However, I took the second path of seeking more power.  Although I trained in a school that shunned the esoteric side of the martial arts, I personally wanted more power and better fighting ability.  Therefore, I searched for internal power training outside of my art.  The very thing that I wanted to first avoid was the thing that I began to desire.

I began taking Tai Chi classes at the local university, which led me to examine some of the more esoteric principles of chi development using the standing yogic movements of Chi Kung.  Chi Kung incorporates breathing exercises with and sometimes without movement in order to increase the “chi” or invisible energy residing in the human body.

Using breathing exercises to transform the breath into energy was an everyday occurrence.  An ancient saying is, “When transforming the breath, the inhalation must be full to gather the magic.  To gather the magic, fullness must be extended.  When it is extended it can penetrate downward.  When it can penetrate downward, it is magic.”  I learned that I could become more aware of my body functions and develop “a familiarity with experiences that reverberate in the esoteric teachings of the main religions of the world.”  Glenn Morris writes, “The esoteric Buddhist system of waking up the chakra through assuming attitudes and performing exercises alters the personality of the practitioner, ” and this is what happened to me.

Soon I was practicing moving meditation and standing meditation.  The stretches and movements were specifically designed to open up my chakras and engage the kundalini energy, just as in yoga.  I found myself practicing less combat techniques and more internal power training.

This meditation on emptiness and voiding the mind opened me up to a demonic presence.  Before long, I was a practicing pagan, which eventually caused my life to implode.  My full story is too long for this article, but I write about it in my new book, Demons in My Marriage Bed: A True Story About Spiritual Warfare.

To be fair, it was not only the allure of “secret power” from the martial arts that led me down this path.  It was my entire search for spirituality and power, which included ancient Native American wisdom, rituals, and ceremonies, as well as my participation in esoteric fraternities like the Freemasons.  Whether involved in traditional or non-traditional martial arts, one must be highly aware and discerning regarding the potential pitfalls of both because all the fighting systems are rooted in the same ancient Chinese philosophical history.  Parents must especially protect their children from these historical influences.

Next, in part IV, I will examine the history and philosophies behind the traditional martial arts.

Excerpt taken from the eBook,”Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective“.

Lego Movie: Gnosticism for Children – by Brother Marcos

lego_movie_ver4The Lego Movie has become a huge blockbuster, staying in the number one position in the ticket offices for three weeks so far. After incursions in partnerships with occult hero Harry Potter and mystical Lord of the Rings, Lego has upped the ante with a Warner Bros production that even topped Robocop in the preference of the kids.

WARNING: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD

There is no doubt that the Lego Movie is a great work of entertainment, funny, full of action and adventure and displaying state-of-the-art computer animation. Unfortunately, the movie is also overt gnostic propaganda for children. The plot revolves around Emmat, a Lego figure who is a construction worker. In the happy Lego City, all the Lego people follow their instructions (the manual that comes in the box) to the letter, they smile to others, they are nice and cooperative. They build wonderful buildings but, unfortunately, they destroy them every evening, so they can build them again. In other words, they are mindless robots.

We know from a scene in the beginning of the movie that a prophecy told that an enlightened person would one day be the savior of the world. By chance, Emmet falls in a tunnel and gets attached to a “piece of resistance”, a kind of Holy Grail which can stop the mad dictator who wants to destroy the world. It is a cap that can close a tube of Krazy Glue. I am not trying to spoil the fun with this revelation, because this item has deep significance in the plot and must be discussed: the dictator represents God, who wants us to be stuck (glued) in our insignificance and ignorance, missing all the fun. He actually plans to put glue in the whole Lego world.

Fortunately for Emmet, he is rescued from the dictator`s troops who chase him and led by a girl named Wildstyle. She has knowledge of the prophecy and takes Emmet to see Vitruvius, who is part of a Brotherood of Master Builders (clearly the Masons) who meet in a surreal (drugs) world in the clouds, where people have no rules. These Lego characters have all the ability to build wonderful things with the toy bricks just by force of inspired will. Mystically, they just know without learning. It takes some time for Emmet to learn how to free his mind and become a builder himself, since he already had flashes of the hand of God when he was daydreaming. His enlightenment is so strong that he is even able to wake up to the supernatural (in his perspective) realm, where he meets god, a kid who is playing with his father`s huge Lego model of a city. Everything that happens in this superior level of reality has an effect on the sub-reality of the Lego toys, reflecting the occultic motto “as above, so below”. The key to change the material world is, therefore, the magical manipulation of the supernatural, the basic definition of sorcery and the foundation of the Tikkun Olam, the work of restoration of the world of the Kaballah. I don`t need to say that Emmet and his buddies win the day in the end.

One doesn`t need much knowledge of gnostic beliefs to see the symbolism: the manual of instructions is the Bible, the means by which the evil god of the Christians (the Demiurge) keeps people enslaved and stuck (glued) in their insignificance. Emmet represents the common person with natural psychic powers who can transcend the illusion of reality in this world and connect mystically with the emanations from the real god, the Pleroma, or in this case the kid playing with the toys. It is this kind of spiritual power, helped by witchcraft (the wizard) and the light brought by Luci (fer) through rituals and sorcery which will one day take the enlightened ones to the clouds, where the only rule is to do what one wants, the same motto of satanist Aleister Crowley (Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law). The Savior of the world who knows more than anybody else the magick arts and who has the strongest psychic powers can only be the AntiChrist.

THE OCCULT GNOSTIC LEGO BRICK

The movie is not only a parody of gnostic enlightenment, but also carries several occult themes and symbols. For starters, Emet is a holy word in Kabbalah, meaning Truth, also a spiritual state associated with the sefirah of yesod. The website Hebrew word of the day
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explains that, in Hebrew, the word for truth, (אֱמֶת), contains the first, middle, and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, pointing that truth encompasses all things and lasts from the beginning (א) to the end (ת): Jewish sages say “the seal of God is truth,” since the final letters of the three words that conclude the account of creation — bara Elohim la’asot (“God created to do” [Genesis 2:3])–spell emet.

Kabbalists claim that the initiate can make his own truth by will, in opposition to the affirmation from Jesus that He is the final truth and that His Word is truth (John 17:17), meaning that truth must be accepted as an absolute and not created by us.

Kaballah (Jewish gnosticism) reveres the mysteries of the supposed names of God. According to Hollywood sources, the name Emmet was suggested by Jewish Warner Bros Pictures production president Greg Silverman, a man who was also involved in the making of other gnostic movies such as Inception and Matrix.

Also, Emmet`s tutor in the saga is a wizard named Vitruvius. Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a real person, a Roman engineer and architect from the first century B.C. He wrote several books and was even in the famous Leonardo da Vinci`s drawing of a man inside a circle, the Vitruvian Man. This man is also revered by Masons worldwide, with even Lodges named after him (link) Emmet’s female companion is introduced to us as Wildstyle, but we find at the end of the story that her real name is Luci (fer), the lightbringer.

In one of the most honest moments ever seen in a movie from the occult elite, Vitruvius tells Emmet: “The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true.” This movie is fantasy, but the danger is real.

CONCLUSION

What this movie teaches at its core is that following the rules and being moral is stupid and makes you miss all the fun. What matters is to be special, to be part of the an enlightened elite who got rid of old-fashioned notions of sin and sacrifice to others to live a life empowered by occult knowledge. Kids now receive a light version of gnosticism brought by movies such as Lego and the Lion King, and books such as Madonna`s Kabbalah for Kids and the 72 Cabalist Names of God for Children (for conjuring spirits). Soon they are ready to move up to the red bracelets worn by Ashton Kuchner and Kate Perry`s satanic music videos.

The truth is that we are living in the times of Theosophist Alice Bailey`s Externalization of the Hierarchy, when secrets which were kept behind closed doors by a few initiates are finally being revealed to the commoners. The New World Order is led by a Satanic elite, and they want our children to join their party.

Instead of this madness, children actually need the peaceful reassurance that they can God a “Father”, One who knows what is right for them. Not a god who can be conjured and manipulated, but the loving person of a Jesus who says: let the children come to me. The elite fears a generation brought up in this love more than anything else.

Brother Marcos hosts the “Brother Marcos Program” on the KAPOW Radio Show Network, which airs and posts as a podcast every Tuesday. He is an avid writer composing in depth analysis of Marxism, Gnosticism, Paganism, Occult, and False Spirituality. Bringing in an intellectual conversation, Brother Marcos always proclaims TRUTH as found in the Scriptures

 

 

Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective Part Two

Martial Arts Article CoverIntroduction to the Arts:

The martial arts, as we understand them today, all come from the same source from ancient China.  Many Christians do not realize this, and have no idea that many (but not all) schools and instructors teach a philosophical blend of Taoism (also called The Way) and Buddhism in their schools.

In one guide to the esoteric martial arts, the author describes the “Buddha breath” used in meditative breathing as being couched in religious, mystical, and esoteric symbolism.  The purpose is to demonstrate some aspect of the kundalini experience in martial arts.   Stimulating the kundalini or serpent power is a basic principle of yoga.

The thought process is a simple one for the modern Westerner taking martial arts; if the ancient Chinese monks achieved high levels of fighting skill, health, and enlightenment through breathing exercises, yogic movements, and spiritual philosophy, why not me?  Indeed, it can be a subtle attraction for the undiscerning person.

I believe there are two potential paths that may lead one into mysticism while training in the martial arts.  The first path is taken when the student is influenced by the school, other students, or the instructors to conduct Internal Power Training.  This usually happens within a “traditional” martial arts system (I will explain more on this later).  The second path is when the student, even if not influenced by anyone, seeks on their own more power in the fighting arts.  This can happen even in a “non-traditional” combat system.

Whether or not a student is influenced to delve into the mystical, they still must be aware of their own lust for additional power.  Both paths require discernment.  A parent enrolling their child into a martial arts school must be hyper vigilant to monitor their influences and thirst for “more.”

Allow me to examine the differences between traditional and non-traditional martial arts.  I will point out the potential dangers of the two paths mentioned above regardless of the type of training.

Defining the Martial Arts:

What are the martial arts?  Any movement, technique, weapon, philosophy, or skill used successfully in a combat situation with another human being is considered “martial” in its application.  The word “martial” (Mars, the war planet) is related to war, military, and combat.  The art of American boxing could be considered “martial,” or the art of high school wrestling could be considered “martial” in the broadest sense of the term.  However, boxing and high school wrestling are not viewed as “the martial arts” as we conceive of them today.

For the purpose of this article, “the martial arts” will be defined as a group of fighting systems, schools, or instructors originating from the ancient temples of China, which additionally incorporate the ancient philosophies of Taoism and Buddhism by using meditation, breath control, kundalini arousal, internal energy development, and spirituality as part of their martial training and application.  These systems and schools can also be labeled “traditional” martial arts because they wish to stay close to the roots and “traditions” of their founding fathers.

In contrast, police arrest and control techniques, along with military self-defense tactics would not be labeled “the martial arts” although the techniques, principles, and weapons may be traced to ancient Chinese fighting systems.  For example, the police side-handled baton, known as the PR-24, is modeled after an ancient Far East threshing tool, which was used as a weapon against attackers.  The training techniques and principles used to operate the PR-24 are rooted in the martial arts without the philosophical teachings or internal energy work.

Police and military personnel are taught a variety of unarmed combat techniques like joint locks, take downs, and ground control maneuvers that are compilations of numerous martial arts techniques with no regard for any spiritual or philosophical attachment whatsoever.  There is no kundalini work involved.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) created its Civilian Martial Arts Advisory Panel for the purpose of examining altercation scenarios and recommending techniques to control unarmed combative suspects, and then designing practice drills to enhance the learning and retention of these skills.   I participated in the LAPD 80-hour instructor’s course to obtain State certification to teach defensive tactics to police officers without ever encountering any spiritual or philosophical teachings rooted in the ancient Chinese temples.

Can the fighting techniques rooted in ancient China be separated from the spiritual and philosophical aspects of the martial arts?  In my experience, education, and training – yes, techniques of combat can be learned without the spiritual and philosophical roots of the ancient Chinese temples.

I make a distinction between learning techniques of combat and what we commonly refer to as “the martial arts.”  Yet, the defining line is not always clear, and much of what is taught spiritually and philosophically depends on the instructor or school.  Therefore, the onus and responsibility are still with the discerning adult or parent who must scrutinize and engage critical thinking with Biblical understanding before committing themselves or their children to potentially dangerous philosophies and practices.

As mentioned before, the student can search out mystical practices from outside their school or instructor’s view because of the need for more internal power.  This search for additional power must be kept in check by the adult or by the supervising parent.

To be continued in next week’s post.

Excerpt from “Martial Arts: A Biblical Perspective” available at all online digital retailers.