(Hab 2:18 KJV) What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
I was reminded by these verses how what we often do read, hear is mostly lies, on the interent, TV and radio.. lies because at the most often they are just half truths.. just a part of the story.
Believe it or not. I do not write freely on the net cause I want to, or to become rich or famous,
in reality I would rather be doing something else but I write cause God told me to write…
even cause there are mostly false prophets on the net and elsewhere..
even false preacher who falsely are uplifting self and not Jesus,
with mostly hidden agendas too, getting your money!
Now many times I have here said the same thing to you all as well.
“Don’t Believe Everything You Read, or see…On the Internet by RICHARD ABANES
We live in an era of too much information; an era wherein anyone/everyone can post whatever they want to post on the Internet—unchecked, unverified, unaccountable, unhindered, and unstoppable. Rumors, gossip, baseless accusations, outright lies, fear-mongering, hate rhetoric, hoaxes, slander/libel, and false information now litter the Internet.
So today’s word of advise from me to all of you is: BE CAREFUL!!!
Most tragic is how so-called “Christians” are contributing to this proliferation of misinformation and disinformation throughout cyberspace. It’s almost beyond belief that individuals supposedly indwelt by the Holy Spirit could be partakers of such activity. But the facts show that a significant number of “Christian” blogs & websites have indeed become dedicated to attacking others; more specifically, dedicated to attacking other Christians!
And such attacks are not just limited to simple assaults on other points of view, but penetrate into the realm of questioning another person’s Christianity, misrepresenting the faith of others, and deliberately seeking to destroy the reputation of various public figures (i.e., fellow believers). These persons have actually formed a new “cult” of sorts. This “cult,” which I have termed the “Cult of Online Discernment Ministries (ODMs),” has demonstrated that its real mission/ministry is the destruction of fellow Christians with whom they disagree. Ironically, they do it under the guise of defending the faith against cults and false doctrine via apologetics/discernment.
The result has been a great division within the church—unnecessary division because their attacks are based on things that have NOTHING to do with doctrinal teachings or whether or not a person is in the church. They base their attacks on:
– political views,
– methods of preaching,
– preferred styles of music/dress,
– different perspectives on various non-essentials of the faith,
– positions on eschatology,
– public friendships/associations they enjoy with certain believers/unbelievers
– certain verbiage used to communicate biblical truths
The targets of these Online Discernment Ministries (ODMs) are summarily labeled heretics, false teachers, deceivers, conspiratorial players in some Antichrist scenario, apostates, fake brethren who lead fake churches, compromisers, New Age sympathizers—the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, the way these people/ministries make their charges stick is by use of:
– false information,
– outright lies,
– faulty reasoning,
– unsubstantiated assumptions,
– quotes taken out of context, and
– manipulation of facts
As a public figure, I myself have been enduring this kind of persecution for years—as have several of my friends and associates in ministry. It’s been discouraging, frustrating, and painful to witness. So, for the sake of all that is good, right, true, just and biblical—don’t believe everything you read on the Internet:
– Test all things, and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21).
– Verify information before you simply believe it.
– Go to the actual sources of isolated quotes that sound damning (they’re often taken out of context).
– Contact, if you can, the person being attacke and ask them for confirmation of what you’ve heard.
And for those of you who, like me, have had unkind/untrue things said about them on the Internet, hang in there. JUDGMENT WILL ONE DAY COME.
I close these word of warning/caution with a quote taken from someone who, in my personal opinion (as a professional apologist for over 15 years), is one of the worst of the worst ODMs. This ODM has posted her attacks repeatedly against God’s people and encourages others to do likewise (very much like Jezebel encouraged false charges to be brought against God’s people, see 1 Kings 21:10). She stated the following in one of her recent posts:
“Technology affords so many opportunities now to communicate with others and the world that can be used for good. It also offers us many new snares and opportunities to sin. . . . [W]e need to be ready to examine ourselves and honestly look at our motives and behavior in light of God’s Word. If we can’t control the temptation a technology brings, we need to do rapid surgery and get rid of it so that Satan does not gain a foothold in our lives. If we can use a technology for God’s glory with a clear conscience, we need to carry on and thank God for the opportunity.”
Indeed. I couldn’t agree more with this individual. Now, let us all pray that such people will begin following their own words of counsel and in so doing, not only avoid hypocrisy, but also avert God’s judgment and God’s chastisement in their lives.
(Note: Not all websites/blogs committed to offering discernment/apologetics information is included in this category of Online Discernment Ministries. I am exclusively applying that term to a very specific kind of apologetic/discernment organization/person that is active on the Internet. These types of persons/organizations are more akin to witch-hunters than professional apologists or even lay/responsible apologists.)
“Spiritual discernment is the grace given by God to see into the unseen; it is a gift of the Spirit, given to perceive that which is normally veiled. But to spiritually see that which is veiled we must first have the veil from our own hearts removed. If we do not, we will presume we are operating in true discernment when in truth we are seeing through the veil of a critical spirit.
There is a false discernment that is based on self-righteousness, mistrust, suspicion, and fear. You can recognize this type of flesh-led discernment by the coldness around it. False discernment may even be packaged in a type of love or concern, but it does nor originate in love. False discernment is always slow to hear, quick to speak, and quick to anger”
James MacDonald .
. if the shoe fits it is likley yours..
We are often warned to still be on guard against false prophets; they come to us looking like sheep on the outside; but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. On the net now too… and one way I often recognize that the devil is speaking, is the clear abscence of love.. the demonic presentation is cold, icy cold. . where the post clearly is based on the projection of self-righteousness, mistrust, suspicion, and fear. You can recognize this type of flesh-led post by the coldness around it. It may may even be packaged in a type of love or concern, but it does nor originate in love. The poster also is always slow to hear, quick to speak, and very quick to anger, offended too easily. rarely quotes the Bible too.. . and I have seen that too often too.. a few names come to mind.
SCRIPTURES ON WHICH TO MEDITATE
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”
“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.”
“A perverse man stirs up dissension and a gossip separates close friends.”
“An angry man stirs up dissension.”
“A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.”
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will perish.”
“Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.”
“Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence …”
“He who conceals his hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.”
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
“Remind the people to … slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”
Titus 3: 1-2
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell.”
“Therefore rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.”
1 Peter 2:1 ”
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While in fact, in truth also our different political leaders may sound to be sincere, even claiming to be Christian now too, they are all now still mostly immoral persons, liars, dishonest, crafty, divisive, disrespectful, doing their work in the flesh, seeking after false followers too, all cause they do not have the personal knowledge of God.. they mainly do live in a different world, are in a different league of fellowship from us the real Christians..
(Eph 4:14 KJV) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
A fundamental Christian radio station in Red Deer Alberta , from Alberta’s once A Bible belt too, wrote to me today and said they deny that Canada’s professing Christian, evangelcial Prime Miniser Stephen Harper and his colleagues do , drinks beer, wine, alcohol, and that Harper even distributes any of it to others, cause real the Christians do not do this.
Are they right or wrong about you to? Do openly tell us all. Stephen Harper some PEOPLE do think you are a real Christian, are you deliberate now misleading them here too again? I am an abstainer and I do not give out any smokes, playboy or wine too at any of my events.. and as Christians what about you Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Preston Manning too? but I do not believe rightfully either of you are real Christians.. for many good reasons now too. Nor do many others.
I also got used to having my net posts censored by right wingers conservatives, calling me a hate monger for telling the truth about their own bad acts. That is what I make the same posts on my sites. I have clearly said that to many Conservative party supporters, the professing Christian ones included now that they are big liars, hypocrites, and that is undeniable now as well for decades too especially in the West and elsewhere. Canadian Conservatives loudly they claim they believe in democracy, their rights, their freedom of speech, their own right to be heard, their right to govern, but they next do too often do rather deny me my own right of free speech, my rebuttal of their lies, my detail post of their immoral acts, on the net and elsewhere openly under some false excuse, and that evidently to all now makes them liars. They also to often tend not to hesitate to abuse me, slander me, bully me and that makes them perverts too. They really do not care about the truth, other people’s rights but mainly and solely their own it seems for sure. I too have now learned along time ago that the bad men and bad women like to disguise themselves as good persons too and they like to , want to have all the sole rights, the rights to do all the talking as well, and all it takes for these evil persons to continue to prosper is for the good persons to do nothing, well real life does not work that well, I thus do not mind, do not hesitate to tell the truth, even if they falsely label is hate, vile, and i do not mind to expose the liars, cheats, thieves, con men, imposters and to rightfully demand their persecution and incarceration too, no matter who they they they are, or how important they now do think they are.
We all do even need to seriously know, differentiate between how God now deals with the wicked, those persons deliberately disobedient to him, he God does not go along with them for sure .. God’s grace of forgiveness even does not extend to everyone..
No matter what the goal is, or how valueable it maybe, leading others to Christ included, the ends do not justify the means by anyone, pastors, elders, deacons, others , and cheating, lying, stealing included now.. How you get there is as important as where you are going. Asked also now Moses and all the people of Israel who missed the promised Land cause they had simply refused to do it God’s way.
Study and read the Bible yourself.
(Mat 5:19 KJV) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(2 Tim 3:12 KJV) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
(Micah 7:6 KJV) For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
(Micah 7:7 KJV) Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
(Micah 7:8 KJV) Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.
(2 Tim 3:13 KJV) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
and next the righteous those people who put their trust in him.. God is merciful, kind to them, but not all professing Christians now are righteous for sure as well.
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16 scenic wallpapers with Bible Verses on each of them are given above. The pics are very large ones, ideal as wallpapers. The beautiful sceneries on each wallpaper is just loving. I know cause I made them. They are just a few of many available elsewhere too.
But more loving is the Bible Verses on each of them. Pick the one you like the best and set as your wallpaper. Let the verse come to our heart each time we power on our computer. Go on cycling your wallpaper through the above set till all the above 16 verses are deeply printed in our hearts, along with the chapter number of each verse.
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God Bless you