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Scientology, or Buying Your Way to True Religion

I have had an unfortunate experience of personally knowing a relative who has been entrapped by Scientology. I am adopted, and have shared that I have an Iberian father and a British mother. Well, that is where their families came from anyway. And my natural relative on my mother's side has joined Sea Org, the most dreadful inner army of Scientology. She works long hours for little compensation.

Scientology, to be blunt, is a greedy and wicked cult.  Unlike most religions, which admittedly do not value the power of the gospel, Scientology goes for complete mind control. There have been testimonies of people attempting to leave the religion only to be tracked down. There have been testimonies of beatings. Members have given up what we normally understand as adulthood to follow a prescribed plan to buy eternal knowledge with money under mind control.

Clearly, from studying Wikipedia and Leah Remini's book, Trouble Maker, we have an inside look at the cult of Scientology.

There …

Israel Is Treating Palestinians Like Sodom Treated the Poor.

Israel is treating the Palestinians like Sodom treated the poor. We all know what happened to Sodom. Here is what the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob said about Sodom and the poor:

Ezekiel 16:

48"As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. 49"Behold,thiswas the guiltof your sisterSodom:she and her daughtershadarrogance,abundantfoodand carelessease,but she did not helpthe poorand needy.50"Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.…

Israel is treating the Palestinians, their DNA cousins, just like Sodom treated their poor. There are cases of land and olive trees being destroyed, of ambulances being detained. Israel's treatement of the Palestinians puts Israel in danger of fire from the heavens. 

Sodom was destroyed because it was rich and because the poor were neglected. Let this be a lesson to Libertarians everywhere. If yo…

Defining the New Israel

The following is from an Orthodox theologian. Keep in mind that this point of agreement does not define a true fellowship. Most Orthodox theologians are for free will, and most are for Covenant Theology. I wrote this about Covenant Theology and about the piece that follows by John W. Morris:

"...that is well written, but keep in mind that the other side of the Dispensationalist coin is Covenant Theology. The Augustinians, ie most Protestants and Catholics and maybe Orthodox, believe that there is one covenant with different administrations. That elevation of the Old Covenant to an equal status with the new brings forth false practices like infant baptism, as a replacement for circumcision. The only true doctrine is New Covenant Theology. 
So, the legalism of Covenant Theology was replaced more recently by the legalism of the Dispensationalists and Scofield. There is only one true doctrine of grace, New Covenant Theology."

The hope for peace brought forth by the author of this …

Palestinians Are DNA Cousins of Jews in Israel.

Palestinians are DNA cousins of Jews in Israel. Yet the way they are being treated by the Israelis is shameful.

Palestinians are truly possible heirs of salvation through the New Covenant, in the Times of the Jews, as the Times of the Gentiles are past. The Palestinians are potentially elect in Christ, and I pray for the salvation of the elect Palestinians just like I pray for the salvation of elect Jews and all, like me, who carry a small amount to a large amount of the seed of Jacob.

Here is proof that the Palestinians are cousins of the Israelis:

All humans are related, but several shared genetic mutations suggest that Jews and Palestinians, as well as other Arabs, share a common but distant ancestry. The predominant mutation of cystic fibrosis, one of the most common genetic diseases among Europeans, is known as DeltaF508; the most common mutation of cystic fibrosis among Ashkenazi Jews, however, is one called W1282X—a mutation shared only by Arabs. And LRRK2, a rare Parkinson’s m…

Dispensationalists Cannot Discern the Body of Christ

There are so many false religious doctrines that prove people are not discerning the body of Christ. Paul warned about not discerning the body of Christ in 1 Cor 11:29:

29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.
But Dispensationalism is a particularly cunning and complex doctrine that causes people to fail to discern the body. These people believe that the nation of Israel will be restored to a holy place before the end of time. This is a false doctrine and it will not happen. Israel is a sign to Jews that the Times of the Gentiles is fulfilled and that Jews and those with Jewish DNA are being called rather than Gentiles.

But this sign is not holy now and it will not be holy in the future. This is crucial to discerning the body, the only holy nation, the body of Christ.

All legalists cannot discern the body. Dispensationalism uses Revelation 11, 12 and 13 by putting them in the future when they should be understood as bei…

Solomon's Folly, The Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is a perplexing book of the Bible. It is considered by many to be inspired. Yet it is written from the perspective of unbelief. It was included in the books of the Old Testament because it contained the writings of Solomon.

The problem is, the book contains outright lies. It says the earth lasts forever in chapter one. It says the wisdom Solomon possessed is meaningless. Both these statements are not true. However, King Solomon had a spiritual gift that may not have been accompanied by salvation. While the prophets and Old Covenant saints looked for a heavenly country, as stated in Hebrews chapter 11, Solomon said the world lasted forever. He didn't have a clue

So, the gift of wisdom is considered to be meaningful to the elect in God. The prophets, King David and the elect in Christ all viewed wisdom as being important. Wisdom even stands for Christ according to David. Solomon had a wisdom, and gifts. But they were not accompanied by faith.

Paul said there were those…

The American Flag Is Not Holy

The American flag is not holy. It is esteemed and cherished by many. But it cannot be holy. The flags of other nations are not holy either. The protests by the NFL offend some patriots. I won't  take sides because I see both sides. But for those who believe the flag is holy, they are making a big mistake, and the idea of a holy flag reeks of fascism.

 As I wrote to a close friend:

It boils down to what the word sacred means. I believe the gospel of Christ is the only power of God. So that which is of God is sacred. With that understanding I believe people cherish and esteem their flags. But flags cannot be holy. They cannot have religious significance or it would be a form of sacralism. That is my world view in a nutshell. The Kingdom of Christ is invisible. If it had a flag, that flag would be holy.
Only God is Holy! No one is holy, no flag is holy, nothing on earth is holy. The bodies of the believers are set apart for future redemption. The souls of the elect who are saved but …