Month: May 2018

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Responding to an atheist who supposedly demolishes Christianity


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The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God … The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. – Psalms 14:1 and 53:1.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14.

I personally believe that debating a paid ‘professional Christ-rejector’ can be a waste of time, as they usually have absolutely no interest at all in listening or understanding anything a believer has to say, even when they are shown overwhelming evidence of the truth. I’m reminded of what Jesus said, that:

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: – John 6:44.

However, saying that, when I saw the title of the below YouTube video recently, I was intrigued as to how Mr Sam Harris ‘demolished’ Christianity as it says – something that NO ONE has ever been able to do at any time in history (and people certainly have tried – one atheist chap from centuries ago whose name escapes me, was recorded as saying on his deathbed something about “within 50 years Christianity will be forgotten” – well, it’s still here, and the atheist is not). So, I decided to watch this video and felt compelled at the same time to offer my immediate thoughts/responses along the way, which I’ve listed below.

NOTE: There is so much more I could write here (accompanied by a ton of scripture verses and historical references) in response to Mr Harris’ statements, but as mentioned above I simply don’t want to spend too much time on it. Hopefully, what I have written though will help some of you who are at college or university to continue to be confident and steadfast in your faith. Always let me know if there’s anything that I may be able to help you with.


Video timings with immediate thoughts

00:19 – Jesus is the ONLY way. There is no other alternative.

00:35 – There’s plenty of evidence – the PERFECT Book (the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible) that has never been proven wrong on anything – so when Hell is mentioned within it then it must be real. Jesus Himself mentioned Hell too, many times. And there’s also plenty of evidence that Jesus walked this earth and is God in the flesh.

00:40 – Consequences of believing in Hell? How about the consequences in NOT believing in Hell – they are far greater.

00:53 – Here we go again with the ‘children card’. It’s a classic starting point for an atheist who desperately wants to get the audience on their side. He says too “die before the age of five” – if he knew anything about God, he would know that a child is safe under God’s protection until they reach the age of accountability (Romans 4:15 & 5:13), which is where they understand that they have sinned against God. This age varies from child to child, hence the reason why a specific age is not mentioned in the Bible.

01:00 – Here we go again with ‘breaking it down’ statistics, again to just try and shock the audience into believing his unbelief.

01:20 – Classic calm speaking, which makes him sound like he’s a reasonable, caring man, and of course, the ‘dramatic pauses’ (taught in every decent ‘How to be a better presenter’ class).

01:28 – Now he brings the parents into it. Desperation here.

01:40“and their prayers will NOT be answered” – how does he know this? Does he know what every one of those parents are praying for?

01:42 – Another dramatic pause.

01:45 – Death and suffering is NOT according to God’s plan – 2 Peter 3:9.

01:48 – Another dramatic pause.

02:00 – All personal opinion here with absolutely ZERO understanding of who God is, and how and why He does things. And at the end of the day, God can do whatever He wants, because He’s the One Who has given us life in the first place – Job 1:20-22. Mr Harris can’t understand this anyway, as the natural, unsaved person is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

02:07 – Another dramatic pause.

02:12 – No one goes to Hell because they are “praying to the wrong god” – they go to Hell because they have NOT believed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The good news that God Himself died for our sins, was buried (and went to Hell for us), and rose again the third day, and by believing this with all our heart (a free gift!), we go the Heaven when we die.

02:25“born into the wrong culture” – what is the RIGHT culture pray tell? Every man and woman (regardless of who they are or where they live) is born into this world IN sin – Romans 5:12; 3:10 & 23.

02:30“miss the revelation” – pretty much everyone on this planet (perhaps apart from some tribes in unreached, secluded areas of the globe), knows the name of Jesus. They know something about a “man who died on a cross for sinners”. There are NOT too many groups of people in this ‘always on’ digitally connected world who have never heard of the name Jesus before. BUT, for the ones who have NOT heard the Gospel message and they die without Christ, then God (being the Righteous Judge He is), will judge them according to the acceptance of the revelation He gave them (e.g. creation, moral standards within their own tribes, etc.) – Romans 2:11-15; Genesis 12:17-20. Everyone knows what is TRULY right and wrong in this world, because God has written His Law on the hearts of everyone regardless of who or where they are, or whether they hear the Gospel or not.

02:42 – Interesting how he’s making it the ‘universe’ of his fellow debater. It’s GOD’s universe and He makes the rules.

02:49 – See 02:12 comments.

02:52 – Another dramatic pause.

02:56 – See 00:35 comments. Also says in a TON of other scripture verses!

03:21 – God didn’t create any cultural isolation. Man was dispersed at Babel (Genesis 11:9); ALL with the SAME knowledge of the One True God. God shows great love and mercy by ‘winking’ at people’s ignorance of Him (Acts 17:22-34), but now of course wants ALL to come to repentance. God didn’t “engineer” their deaths; He had a plan already set in place to SAVE them and give them eternal life.

03:31 – God created Hell for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10) NOT for man, who God came to SAVE from that place.

03:40 – ALL sin is sin to a holy God. Man’s laws have different classifications and penalties for different types of acts that break the law. But to God, because we are born in sin, there is NO GOOD in any of us (Isaiah 64:6). We are simply sinners (in imagination, thought, deed, action, etc.); and there are only ‘nicer’ and ‘worse’ sinners than others, but we are ALL sinners nonetheless. And God’s salvation is open to ANYONE who truly repents and believes the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

04:03“moral accountability” – it’s interesting that he keeps using the term ‘morals’ – where does an atheist get THEIR morals from exactly?

04:12“innocent people” – who is “innocent” in this world if we are ALL born in sin and DO sin every moment of the day? “double standards” – I agree that Christians shouldn’t use the phrase “God is mysterious” when bad things happen; a Christian should ALWAYS bring it back to the scriptures as to WHY bad things happen, and that it has NOTHING to do with God, but ALL to do with man’s rebellious, greedy, selfish, lustful, covetous, sick and twisted sinful nature.

05:07 – God IS good all the time! It doesn’t matter what happens in this world, God is good – (Job 1:21). This atheist probably proclaims his OWN goodness (Proverbs 20:6) especially as he is his OWN god (Judges 21:25).

05:23“tiresome” – see 04:12 “double standards” comment. Here we go with the ‘morals’ again. What ‘morals’ does he have in order to try and condemn God?

05:34 – He’s now confusing true Biblical Christianity with the so-called ‘Christian’ prosperity, charlatan TV preachers out there. This is the problem that these cults cause for true Christianity. They cause people such as Mr Harris to blaspheme God.

05:54 – How on earth does he know what the omnipresent God accomplishes in people’s lives? “imposed” – he selects his words wisely – God does NOT impose anything on anybody; he has given everyone a free will to do as they please, and to accept or reject the free gift of salvation.

06:09 – So what does atheism offer anyone? Well, you’re seeing the results of a humanistic, atheistic, God-rejecting society today here in the UK, the USA and other once-known-as-Christian countries around the world. “fail to reason honestly” – honestly? has this man actually read the Bible with an open, HONEST heart and spoken to genuinely saved Christians about what true Biblical Christianity is all about? I very much doubt it. “to care sufficiently about the suffering of other human beings” – you cannot get more caring people in this world than true saved Bible-believing (rightly dividing the true word of God), blood washed Christians who continually try to warn people about Hell and to show how they can escape going there. What does an atheist do? NOTHING, because they believe in nothing, they don’t have any moral standards of their own, and when they die that’s basically it – nothing. The funny thing is – WHY is this man even bothering to debate anything at all with a Christian or anyone else of faith, or trying to convince others about how wrong we all are and how right he is, when he only has one life that will end in nothing? Mr Harris, why not just go and live your life and don’t waste your valuable, precious time worrying about what anyone else believes?! I certainly wouldn’t worry if I were an atheist!

06:22 – And here it is – the next classic argument that atheists bring to the debating table – slavery in the Bible. What this man fails to understand (is it because he is ignorant of it or deliberately trying to deceive his audience because he simply hates Jesus and Christians?) is that slavery in Biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the colour of their skin. Slavery was based more on economics; it was a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters. Both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of ‘man-stealing’, which is what happened in Africa in the 16th to 19th centuries. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are ‘ungodly and sinners’ and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10). And don’t forget it was Christians who ended the ‘white man, black man’ slavery in the recent past – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_Abolition_Act_1833

06:30“imaginary crimes such as witchcraft” – one only has to look back at a long history of witchcraft-related crimes of kidnappings and human blood sacrifices and so on that continue even to this day (and is in fact worse!). Also, is illicit drug use/crime today “imaginary”? The word ‘sorcery’ comes from our word ‘pharmacy’ in the Greek. Literally, ‘sorcery’ means the use of drugs.

06:38 – God can do whatever He wants, but it is ALWAYS for good – Romans 8:28. It’s a tactic of atheists to ‘throw in’ a few Biblical words or phrases every now and then to make out that they have read and understood the Bible.

07:00 – Again, putting himself ABOVE God. See 02:00 comments. Back to the “slaughter of children”-card again; playing to the audience followed by a dramatic pause to let it ‘sink in’.

07:35 – Of course a Christian can say in “moral terms” that it’s WRONG to murder people in suicide bombings. Even if they weren’t “praying to the wrong god”, it’s still morally wrong, and ONLY a Christian can say that because it’s God Who has given every person on this earth (and who has ever lived), a conscience to know what is right and wrong. Again, where does an atheist get THEIR moral standards from?

07:55“if they had the right God” then they wouldn’t be blowing people up!

08:02“psychopaths and psychotics” – you ARE saying exactly that!

08:09 – Are you saying that ALL those billions of people are all “decent and sane” – really? I thought you classed them as “lunatics”? I agree, by the way, that religion is indeed horrible; because Biblical Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a restored relationship with God.

08:21 – Now he’s confusing the false religion and cult of Roman Catholicism with true Christianity. Again, is he just ignorant of this or is he deliberately putting them together to promote his hatred of Christ?

08:43 – Here’s where he completely starts to ‘fall apart’ – “bad evidence”? really? The evidence about the existence of Christ on this earth, his death, his buried, his resurrection is overwhelming! Mr Harris, if you are as intelligent as you think you are, then surely you would have done your homework and found the same conclusion of the overwhelming evidence! Even external sources (outside of the Bible – Josephus and others) confirm Jesus walked this earth.

08:56 – The pause and stutter say it all! What on earth is he talking about now? “the doctrine’s implausibility”? See 00:35 comments.

09:13 – What we know now about the cosmos was already written about in the Bible. Science today is at least 2,000 years BEHIND what God already wrote for us in His inspired and preserved word. “what we know about the all too human origins of the scripture”? Like what exactly – what is it we know about this – expand, back it up, what are you talking about?

09:25 – Christianity IS the “moral wealth of the world”. Just look at the state of the world today now people have taken God and His word OUT of the schools, courts, prisons, hospitals, governments, etc., the world is in a mess and it will only get worse, because the world wants nothing to do with Jesus Christ. People forget that ALL morals come from God’s 10 Commandments, which is written on their hearts.

09:38 – He’s reaching now trying to associate Christ’s death on the cross with Christian human sacrifice! It was RELIGION that put Him on the cross! I do agree though that the Roman Catholics try to re-sacrifice Christ every week in their Mass (they are the ‘power’ too that put Christ on the cross in the first place), and they will play an key role in the Tribulation end times with sacrifices of Jews (it’s all written in the Bible!). Mr Harris, once again, do NOT confuse Roman Catholicism with Biblical Christianity.

09:53 – Once again, Christianity is NOT a religion. And the Lord Jesus Christ was NOT a human – He is God manifest in the flesh of man Who became a voluntary substitutionary sacrifice for us ALL – once and for all – Hebrews 1:3, 10:12. Mr Harris mis-quotes scripture by leaving out the essential “begotten”, and also quotes the chapter and verse without looking at his notes to give the impression that he knows the Bible and knows what’s in it.

10:07“so that none need suffer Hell” – Jesus suffered the crucifixion and going to Hell for us – I would say that that’s pretty loving to me my friend! “except for those billions in India” – Christ died for ALL – see 02:25 and 02:30 comments.

10:19 – Whoaa! He’s finally gone! “scientific ignorance”? are you mad Sam?! The Bible has science ALL OVER IT! The founders of modern science were Christians. The science we have today is already written about in God’s word!

10:28 – Now he’s mentioning something that has NOTHING to do with the Bible – he’s deceiving the audience once again. What he’s actually talking about is Hitobashira (人柱 human pillar), practiced formerly in Japan, is a human sacrifice, buried alive under or near large-scale buildings like dams, bridges, and castles, as a prayer to the gods so that the building is not destroyed by natural disasters such as floods or by enemy attacks. Hitobashira can also refer to workers who were buried alive under inhumane conditions. Notice how he brings “children” into it again to try to confirm his opening comments.

10:53“sorts of people who wrote the Bible”? Total tosh! The man is reaching so far he puts Mister Fantastic to shame!

10:55 – Another dramatic pause.

10:59 – Now he says that the morals in Christianity are the lowest. Do saved Bible-believing Christians murder people? Do they blow people up? Do they rob from and steal from and cheat their neighbours? Do they act violently towards people and deliberately go out to cause pain and suffering to their fellow man and woman? If there are people like this, then please tell me who they are Mr Harris.


Closing remarks

Now, I know that if any unrepentant, rebellious atheist sees my responses here they would still dismiss everything I’ve said, because they will just say that I’m quoting the Bible and they don’t believe the Bible – and that’s absolutely fine with me. But just because someone does NOT believe the Bible, does NOT mean that it is untrue. And we must remember, that the reason why we reference the Bible is because the Bible has NEVER been proven wrong on ANYTHING! We are well within our rights to reference the Bible just like an atheist can reference his/her science books if they want to.

NO ONE has ever found a fault in the word of God – the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible. And THAT’S why your ‘atheist apologists’ (yes, atheism IS a religion – they are their own god and it’s based on their faith of nothing) can only come out with PERSONAL OPINIONS and JUDGMENTS on how God should act, what He should do, why He’s so “nasty” and “unloving”, and, and, and. That’s all they can do, because they are in direct rebellion to their Creator.

Atheists hate Jesus Christ, and therefore they hate Christians (John 15:18; Luke 21:17). And that’s the real motive as to why they spend their one life trying to convince people that there is no God.

As with ALL atheists, something happened to Mr Harris during his life that took him away from the belief in God. No child is born an atheist. Belief in God is educated OUT of children (by parents or schools) as they grow up. I do pray that Mr Harris humbles himself at some point, and sees that there IS a Creator – the God of the Bible who loves him and invites him to eternal life in Heaven by the Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise he WILL burn in the very Hell for which he claims there is no evidence.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:44-45.

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Challenge 5


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The challenge is to …

Draw, paint, or sketch two pictures – one graphically illustrating a favourite Bible verse of yours, and the other graphically illustrating your love for our Lord Jesus Christ.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Some art pencils, pens, pastels, watercolours, or whatever you plan to use.
  • A sketchbook of some sorts; whatever size you like, e.g. A5, A4, A3, etc.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Difficult to calculate as each of you will spend more or less time on your art, depending on how detailed you get. I would allocate perhaps 15-30mins per day.

How difficult is this challenge?

Everyone can draw something! The task itself is not difficult, BUT, your ‘battle’ with your ‘internal editor’ will be a challenge.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • JUST DRAW! Don’t start thinking that this challenge is not for you as you “don’t know how to draw”. Everyone can draw something! And after all, this is why they are called ‘challenges’.
  • If you can, go outside and draw – not in a busy place with people walking around, but in a nice quiet location in a park, or in the countryside somewhere, away from distractions.
  • Try different art tools. If you are not enjoying or getting on with pencil, for example, then try pen. If not pen, then try charcoal, and so on. Find what you are comfortable using.
  • Think about the size of paper you want to use. Don’t just get or buy any large sketchpad, as you may get discouraged if you don’t fill the page with your illustration.
  • You don’t need to illustrate every word that’s mentioned in the verse. If you like, just pick one word or one aspect of the verse to illustrate. Just as long as you are able to remember the whole verse exactly, when you are looking at your finished artwork.
  • As with all these challenges, pray to the Lord for help. Ask Him to use your drawing, painting, or sketch as a way of learning and memorising His word, and to relax your soul at the same time.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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One that made it through


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For the life of the flesh is in the blood:… – Leviticus 17:11.

The baby growing inside a womb has blood, and is therefore a LIFE!

The baby’s heart is beating, the body is forming, they are even yawning like in this photo of a real 3D scan.

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (for the death of a child)


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This very day I am ashamed, disgusted, and saddened to have Irish blood running through my veins.

Not only did Ireland vote ‘Yes’ FOR abortions, but the people also celebrated like it was some great fun party time.

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Photos from Daily Mail UK website

The world looks at a woman as being “pregnant”, but God does NOT. God’s term used throughout His word, is a woman being “with child”. No wonder the modern day ‘scholars’ and ‘intellectuals’ wanted that term removed from the Bible. Perhaps if these same women in celebration were constantly told that a woman is “with child”, then things might have been different. Perhaps the people in this video would not be rejoicing over the mass murder of children:

It’s so sad to watch the destruction of society today. People are just so for SELF it’s sickening. Anyway, God has warned us about how people will act in these last days (Romans 1, 2 Timothy 3), so it’s no real surprise to see more and more of these type of votes and celebrations.

Praise God that Mary didn’t decide to have an abortion, or Elisabeth, or Hannah, or, or, or….

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost …  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. – Matthew 1:18, 23.

And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: – Luke 1:41

If you have had an abortion in the past

The Good News is that God has forgiven you of your sin, but ONLY through the Lord Jesus Christ. Know the wonderful good news of His salvation and be saved today!.

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Is ‘Christian rock’ music godly?


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Take a look at these music bands and be honest with yourself – do they look Christian to you? Could you honestly tell the difference between a ‘Christian’ and a secular rock band?

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‘Christian rock’ in relation to contemporary ‘worship’ is an oxymoron (of course, the Lord Jesus Christ being the TRUE Christian Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4). The lack of any real substance or humbleness at all in their behaviour, message, attitude and songs is shocking. The ‘worldly looking’ bands ‘twang’ away on their electric guitars and beat their drums (try finding the word ‘drum’ in the Bible!) to a repetitive rhythm causing people to become delirious and sway like drunkards under their meditative spell; exactly like the crowds that attend SECULAR rock concerts.

The way they dress and look is no different to those members of non-Christian bands. The photos above are of ‘Christian’ groups except the one in the bottom right (and the only giveaway is the hand sign that the band member is giving). Apart from that, would you be able to tell the difference?

And try finding the gospel message on any of these Contemporary Christian Music artists’ websites; it’s simply not there.

I’ve emailed many of these artists in the past to ask why the gospel message on how to be saved is not on their website, and they have always given me the same standard response, “The message is in our lyrics”. Ok, so, an unsaved person stumbling across their website would not see any information about how to get right with God, and have their sins forgiven, but instead, would have to purchase a CD and listen to the songs? This presents though another problem as the songs do NOT even give any clear message at all on how to be saved; instead, only repetitive lyrics ‘praising’ God. So basically the unsaved person still remains in their unsaved state having visited a so-called ‘Christian’ website, and by the way, is also £10 worse off!

Of course, there is a reason why the true Biblical gospel message is not clearly presented on their websites OR in their songs, and that’s because these groups want to appeal to ALL ‘Christians’ in every denomination. And every denomination has their own ideas and beliefs of what salvation is, as they have all strayed away from the simple TRUTH of God’s inspired and preserved word (John 3:3; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Here’s an album cover from another very popular ‘Christian’ rock band – to me, this looks devilish.

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If you appear as the world or look like the world, then the world will mistake you for being OF the world. And as saved Christians we are IN the world, but not OF the world (John 17:16).

I write this up in love. I have nothing against the individual band members themselves, and do pray that they are indeed SAVED. I do not know them personally, and do not claim to know their hearts. However, I CAN know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16). And as saved believers we are indeed commanded to judge things according to the word of God (Matthew 7:1-6, 15-16; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; Job 12:11, John 7:24). The same word of God incidentally that will judge us when we all stand in front of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 12:48).

So, do YOU think that ‘Christian rock’ is Christ DIS-honouring and only serves to appeal to the flesh of those singing and playing the music, and those listening to it, or do you think it’s ok? Would you be comfortable standing in front of the Lord Jesus Christ listening to this type of music?

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; – Ephesians 5:19.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16.

Stick with the Christ-honouring hymns and music, such as the music available to buy on CD or download as MP3 at: http://www.faithmusicmissions.org and http://www.bibletruthmusic.com.

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Some brief immediate comments on the Royal Wedding ‘Order of Service’


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OUR COMMENTS
This ‘Order of Service’ may look good on the surface with regards to mentioning God, Jesus, quoting Bible verses, etc., BUT don’t be fooled into thinking that these people actually BELIEVE it! The Pharisees were the most religious bunch on the outside, but inside they did NOT believe the TRUTH of Almighty God, and in fact, hated God.

Now I have absolutely nothing personally against the Royal Family, or anyone for that matter, but I DO have things to say against those who will pervert and make a mockery of our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His inspired and preserved word. Unfortunately, this whole wedding service involves deception, blasphemy, hypocrisy, and subtle distortions of the Truth of the True Living God. Basically, this service is typical RELIGION.

There’s lots we can say, but here’s some immediate comments below in red.

Incidentally, click here for the TRUE meaning of marriage in the eyes of God.


At the entrance of the bride, all stand.

A fanfare will sound at the bride’s arrival.

Introit

Eternal source of light divine,

With double warmth thy beams display,

And with distinguished glory shine,

To add a lustre to this day.

Congregation remain standing.


Dean of Windsor greets congregation

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you: and also with you.

A salutation given to SAVED Christians. I wonder how many there are in the congregation (including the clergy themselves) who are SAVED?

God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.
1 John 4.16

The actual verse is:

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16.

Em, not only are they NOT quoting from the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible, but I wonder why the first part of the verse is left out? Perhaps because the verse again is written to SAVED Christians who have known and have believed! Every reference of love here is to a born-again, saved Christian who has trusted the blood atonement of God’s Son to give them assurance, without FEAR.


All sit. The Dean of Windsor reads:

In the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have come together to witness the marriage of Henry Charles Albert David and Rachel Meghan, to pray for God’s blessing on them, to share their joy and to celebrate their love.

Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind, as Christ is united with his bride, the Church.

The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment to the end of their lives. It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured and in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love.

Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community.

No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God. Harry and Meghan are now to enter this way of life. They will each give their consent to the other and make solemn vows, and in token of this they will each give and receive a ring. We pray with them that the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen them, that they may fulfil God’s purposes for the whole of their earthly life together.

This is pretty much fine, and it’s good that marriage between HUSBAND and WIFE is clearly mentioned. But I fear that it won’t be long until we see this ‘Royal’ marriage definition of ‘man and woman’ changed at some point.

I don’t like the way that they use a lowercase ‘a’ for Almighty God.

All stand.


Hymn

Lord of All Hopefulness

Oh the hypocrisy of singing hymns to God by those who either don’t believe in Him, don’t care about Him, profess to know Him but don’t actually know Him, the list goes on.

It’s interesting that they chose a hymn that is also used at the beginning of funeral services.


All remain standing as the Archbishop leads:

The declarations

First, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now.

Just imagine the uproar if this actually happened!

The Archbishop says to the Couple:

The vows you are about to take are to be made in the presence of God, who is judge of all and knows all the secrets of our hearts; therefore if either of you knows a reason why you may not lawfully marry, you must declare it now.

I wonder if people do genuinely have any fear of God when it is declared that they are ‘standing in His presence’?

The Archbishop says to the bridegroom:

Harry, will you take Meghan to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and protect her, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

He answers:

I will.

The Archbishop says to the bride:

Meghan, will you take Harry to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honour and protect him, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

Of course, the ‘obey’ is gone now. What does the Bible say about this:

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. – Ephesians 5:21-33.

She answers:

I will.

The Archbishop says to the congregation:

Will you, the families and friends of Harry and Meghan, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?

All answer:

We will.

Wonder how many actually will.


The Archbishop invites the people to pray, silence is kept and he says:

The collect

God our Father, from the beginning you have blessed creation with abundant life. Pour out your blessings upon Harry and Meghan, that they may be joined in mutual love and companionship, in holiness and commitment to each other.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Again, how many in the congregation actually believe all this?


All sit.

Reading

From the Song of Solomon: read by The Lady Jane Fellowes from the Nave

My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.

If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.

Notice that they don’t give chapters and verses so that people have no idea how to go and check this out and read it for themselves if they want.

This is a mixture of verses from chapter 2 and chapter 8. Here are the actual verses:

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. – Song of Solomon 2:10-13.

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. – Song of Solomon 8:6-7.

Wonderful verses of course, but it’s interesting to note that doctrinally, 2:10-13 is dealing with the Rapture of the Church. Again, how many of the congregation (including the clergy) have any idea whatsoever about what is going to happen very soon to the SAVED Christians?


All remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing the Motet.


All remain seated

The address

by The Most Reverend Michael Curry

Blasphemy! How dare this man call himself ‘Most Reverend’!? Reverend is a Name for God, again only found in His inspired and preserved word, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible:

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. – Psalms 111:9.

The modern ‘bibles’ remove this one occurence of the word as the religious crowd like to use it for themselves rather than for God.

All remain seated.

Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir will sing ‘Stand By Me’ from the West End of The Chapel.


The vows

Harry and Meghan, I now invite you to join hands and make your vows, in the presence of God and his people.

The bride and bridegroom face each other and join hands. The bridegroom says:

I Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.

The Bride says:

I Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.

They loose hands.

I hope and pray that this genuinely IS the case, and that these two people come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, and become a shining testimony around the world for Him.


The giving of the rings

Heavenly Father, by your blessing let these rings be to Harry and Meghan a symbol of unending love and faithfulness, to remind them of the vow and covenant which they have made this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The bridegroom places the ring on the fourth finger of the bride’s left hand and, holding it there, says:

Meghan, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

They loose hands and the bride places a ring on the fourth finger of the bridegroom’s left hand and, holding it there, says:

Harry, I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All remain seated.


The proclamation

The Archbishop addresses the people:

In the presence of God, and before this congregation, Harry and Meghan have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.

Again, for the TRUE definition of marriage according to what God says about it, please read this post.

The Archbishop joins their right hands together and says:

Those whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder.

Not saying it specifically about this couple as I don’t know them. BUT, does God actually join together two people who don’t believe in Him? Think about that BIBLICALLY for a while.


All remain seated while the Choir of St George’s Chapel sing:

The anthem

All remain seated.


The blessing of the marriage

The Archbishop says

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have created joy and gladness, pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship. Pour out the abundance of your blessing upon Harry and Meghan in their new life together.

God has indeed created all those things, BUT, He is also a consuming fire with the wrath of God abiding on those who do NOT believe (John 3:36), and now requires EVERYONE to come to repentance. Do you hear this mentioned much?

Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts and a crown upon their heads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death.

Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

There’s NO WAY this is going to happen unless they get SAVED! The ‘banquet’ as they say, refers to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is ONLY for SAVED Christians!

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve and keep you; the Lord mercifully grant you the riches of his grace, that you may please him both in body and soul, and, living together in faith and love, may receive the blessings of eternal life. Amen.

The ONLY WAY to receive the ‘blessings of eternal life’ is to believe the Gospel right now! This last paragraph speaks of ‘works’ in order to be pleasing to God – a false gospel.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9.


All sit or kneel.

The prayers – led by Archbishop Angaelos and The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin from the Nave.

Wow! We now have an ‘Archbishop’ (putting himself above Christ) and a ‘Reverend’ again (putting herself on the same level as God) joining in blasphemy!

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:25.

Incidentally, what does the word say about women ‘church leaders’? Read 1 Timothy 3.

Faithful God, holy and eternal, source of life and spring of love, we thank and praise you for bringing Harry and Meghan to this day, and we pray for them.

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

And judgment!

Em, does God hear the prayers of unsaved, Christ-rejectors?

May their marriage be life-giving and life-long, enriched by your presence and strengthened by your grace; may they bring comfort and confidence to each other in faithfulness and trust.

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

May the hospitality of their home bring refreshment and joy to all around them; may their love overflow to neighbours in need and embrace those in distress.

May they preach the Gospel to ALL people of ALL nations. They have the perfect opportunity to do it!

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

May they discern in your word order and purpose for their lives; and may the power of your Holy Spirit lead them in truth and defend them in adversity.

Will they even ever pick up a Bible and learn what’s inside the Book I wonder? And don’t forget, that the Holy Spirit (the Author(ized) of the Book) will only reveal truth if you are actually a child of God through the new birth. Just look at the mess this ‘Archbishop’ and ‘Reverend’ are already in from not being able to understand the Book!

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

May they nurture their family with devotion, see their children grow in body, mind and spirit and come at last to the end of their lives with hearts content and in joyful anticipation of heaven.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6.

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7.

Lord of life and love: hear our prayer.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come, your will be done; on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Lip service.

Here’s the actual passage by the way:

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13.

For the true meaning of what is known as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, please read this post.

It’s interesting too that (as always the case in organised religion) these prayers have to be pre-written. Where is the genuine, heartfelt, spontaneous prayer for these people?

All stand.


Hymn

Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer


All remain standing as the Dean of Windsor says:

The blessing

God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

There’s the lowercase ‘a’ again!

All remain standing.

The organ plays as those who are signing the registers move from the Quire to the North Quire Aisle.

All sit at the conclusion of the organ music.

During the Signing of the Register music is played by Mr Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Orchestra.

All stand as the Bride and Bridegroom return to the Quire.


National Anthem


The procession of the bride and bridegroom

All remain standing during the Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom, until members of their families have left the chapel.

All remain standing as the Ecclesiastical Procession leaves by way of the Organ Screen and the North Quire Aisle.

Thereafter please leave the Chapel as directed by the Lay Stewards.

Those in the Quire should leave by way of the South Door in order to stand on Chapter Grass to view the Carriage procession on Chapel Hill.

And…….where’s the Gospel message just to make sure that people are actually saved and do get saved? Ah yes, it’s nowhere to be heard as usual.

Well, for those who have read this far, click here for the Gospel.

My personal prayer is that somehow even one soul will get saved from hearing about the Lord Jesus Christ today – whether within the attending congregation or within the millions of people around the world watching the ceremony on television. I also pray that Harry and Meghan do get saved very soon, and become hard working soldiers for the Lord, and through their efforts, see other souls saved. All glory to God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Hell and the Grave are NOT the same


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Show these verses to your Jehovah’s Witnesses friends!

O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. – Psalms 30:3.

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. – Jonah 2:2.

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. – Acts 2:25-31.

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Challenge 4


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The challenge is to …

In one sitting, read through the whole of Psalm 119 everyday for the next 14 days, and at the end of each reading, quickly jot down 3 things you learned or thoughts you had about God’s word, during that reading.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Your favourite pen or pencil.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

About 40mins in total each day.

How difficult is this challenge?

No difficulty.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Find a quiet place to do this challenge.
  • Switch off your mobile phone, and get rid of other distractions each day for the duration of the challenge.
  • Take time when reading the Psalm, and also try to pronounce the Hebrew alphabet letters at the start of each of the 8 verse segments.
  • Write down your learnings and thoughts immediately upon finishing reading the Psalm – don’t delay and try to think about what to write; just write whatever comes to mind; switch off your ‘internal editor’.
  • Once you have your 21 learnings/thoughts at the end of the 7 days, then see if you can organise your notes into a sermon message or Bible study to share with others, or a devotional for yourself and/or your family.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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One more strike and you’re out – ‘Soul Ties’


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This is the first post in a new regular series called ‘One more strike and you’re out’ where we take a very quick look at a popular (and widely accepted) false teaching within Christian churches today.

We start with the topic of ‘Soul Ties’. Here’s a definition from a popular Christian website:

“The Bible speaks of what is today known as soul ties. In the Bible, it doesn’t use the word soul tie, but it speaks of them when it talks about souls being knit together, becoming one flesh, etc. A soul tie can serve many functions, but in it’s simplest form, it ties two souls together in the spiritual realm.”

Let’s take a look at this. Firstly, the term ‘Soul Ties’ appears NOWHERE in the Bible, and secondly, neither does the concept it describes, i.e. supposedly uniting or tying one person’s soul to the soul of another person in some way.

False teachers misrepresent the meaning of certain passages in the Bible, like:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. – 1 Samuel 18:1.

and

What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. – 1 Corinthians 6:16.

They claim that these passages are examples of ‘knitting souls together’, but their claim is not supported by a proper interpretation of what is written. Instead, this is yet another case of false teaching distorting the true meaning of scripture to promulgate strange myths built upon speculation. One can be reminded of what it says in 1 Timothy 1:4:

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. – 1 Timothy 1:4.

So, what does the Bible actually say?

The Bible teaches that a saved Christian is united with Christ alone and with no one else. Even in marriage we unite only in FLESH until the death of the body according to Romans 7, and NOT in spirit or soul.

In 1 Samuel 18:1, “knit” simply means that Jonathan and David entered into a covenant together (v3). Covenants unite two people in a lifelong earthly bond, NOT some sort of ‘spiritual or soul realm’ bond.

Jonathan felt great affection and admiration for David (a ‘type’ of the Lord Jesus Christ), recognising him to be the future king of Israel, and so he became devoted to David, and entered into a covenant with him. It describes their deep emotional and covenantal bond.

In the case of 1 Corinthians 6:16, Paul warns believers not to become “one flesh” with prostitutes through an act of sexual immorality. Notice Paul’s concern was that of becoming one FLESH, NOT one spirit or one soul. He was describing the life-long bond of marriage, not a special spiritual union.

Final thoughts

If there is anything that you still have in your life that reminds you of some ‘bad times’ in your unsaved days, for example, then you should WANT to get rid of them anyway, and to keep you life as clean and pleasing to the Lord as you can. However, there is NO Biblical support for the concept of ‘soul ties’; it’s a false teaching.

Stick with what the word of God says, and compare scripture with scripture. And ask the Lord to reveal His TRUTH to you about these and such things.

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How you became a Christian; to be eternally saved


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When you were born, you belonged to God in your innocence…

  • Then one day your conscience awakened to the fact that the wrong things you did were sins against God.
  • Your sins were imputed to you, and you were reckoned a child of disobedience and a child of wrath (Ephesians 2: 1-4).
  • Jesus, having paid the price for your sin to satisfy God’s wrath, sent his Holy Spirit to you to convict you of your sin and to reveal the Gospel to you.
  • Upon believing the Gospel and receiving Christ as your Saviour, the payment for your sin is applied to you.
  • You are freed from the body of sin and the penalty of the Law.
  • You are placed into Jesus Christ and received back into the family of God as a brother of the Saviour.
  • God the Father treats you now just as He treats His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ

If you are a professing Christian and you have continual doubts about your salvation, then you need to spend time reading through the Pauline epistles. Go through them at least 3 times before you go back and read through the entire New Testament.

The only problems you might have are:

  1. If you are depending on anything else besides Jesus Christ for salvation. The Holy Spirit won’t give you assurance of salvation if you are trusting Jesus Christ and your good works or Jesus Christ and your baptism or Jesus Christ and your church membership.
  2. If you have besetting, unconfessed sin or a love for the world that you won’t give up. Those things strengthen the old nature and weaken your new nature. You are not near enough to God to hear what He is saying.
  3. If you are giving more credence to your feelings than to the facts of Scripture. Feelings lie; the Scriptures don’t.