And JESUS went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, WHOM DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias [Elijah]; and others, One of the prophets. And he saith unto them, But WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, THOU ART THE CHRIST [MESSIAH]. And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, AND BE KILLED, and after three days RISE AGAIN. (Mark 8:27-31)
A person can be wrong about many things in this life without causing major problems. If we dial the wrong phone number we can tell the person on the other end that we are sorry, and then we can dial the correct number. If we are given directions to go somewhere and make a wrong turn, we can correct ourselves by turning around and going in the right direction. We can order a cellphone and not be pleased with it, then order a different phone, even though we may lose a few dollars. It’s not the “end of the world.” But when it comes to the question that Jesus Christ presented to His followers – “Whom say ye that I AM?” – the consequences will be spiritually fatal for you if your answer is wrong.
I am truly amazed when I see what is happening in the world today, especially regarding the modern day church and how it deals with those who preach a false gospel. You know that I was delivered from the deception of Roman Catholicism, and with all that goes along with that. I was a worshiper of Mary, participated in the Catholic Mass, prayed to and for the dead, and was involved in many other things contrary to scripture. Before I came to Christ, I had a false understanding of who Jesus Christ was. I was RELIGIOUS but LOST. When the Lord opened up my spiritual eyes, I emptied my home of all the religious trinkets and articles that had nothing to do with the truth which I found in God’s Word.
When I was saved I knew the truth about Jesus Christ, and I knew that I did not need a Roman Catholic Priest to offer up any sacrifice of the Mass for me. I came to know that Jesus Christ was the only Priest that I will ever need. Most people are unaware that the Catholic Mass is referred to as the “Sacrifice of the Mass” and it is also called an “unbloody sacrifice.” But the Bible truth tells me otherwise, and this is the truth that I CHOOSE to follow. The Jesus that I know SAT down on the right hand of God because “IT IS FINISHED!” [John 19:30] He fulfilled what the Father had sent Him to do. It is a fatal mistake to deny the finished work of Christ upon the cross.
And every priest STANDETH DAILY ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man [JESUS CHRIST], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, SAT DOWN on the right hand of God; (Hebrews 10:11-12)
After I was born again I discarded my rosary beads, and my prayers to Mary, because God’s Word showed me that Jesus Christ was the only mediator that I would ever need:
For there is ONE GOD, and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and men, the man CHRIST JESUS; (1 Timothy 2:5)
I learned quickly that many leaders in the “church world” of today have no problem with the doctrines of Rome. If they do, they will not speak about it because they know that will upset the “apple cart of compromise” which is in most churches today. Instead of heralding the truth from the pulpits, and warning the people in the pews about the false Gospel of Rome, and telling their people to preach the Gospel to them, they end up doing a demonic squaredance with them.
Another bizarre thing that I can see happening in the “church world” today is the interfaith meeting thing, where people of different beliefs get together to worship and pray. Everything goes so nice and nobody seems to be bothered about the belief system of the other. Can you imagine the apostle Paul calling for an interfaith meeting with the religious Pharisees? The Pharisees rejected Christ as the Messiah and they sought to kill him. When Paul was converted they wanted to kill him too.
Another thing that is popular these days is the “church” square dancing with politicians who do not follow Christ and promoting things that have nothing to do with Christ. How is it that people like John Hagee and many others have joint meetings with Jewish people, who are not born again followers of Jesus Christ, including politicians such as Joe Lieberman during which Hagee is calling for an attack on Iran. The modern day church has made such an IDOL out of secular ISRAEL that it is beyond belief. Christians have lost sight of the REAL Jesus Christ who created ALL things, and yet asked the Father to forgive those who killed Him. To have meetings such as the CUFI meeting is nothing less than apostasy and it shows us how blinded the church has become. Folks this is pure INSANITY!
Whatever happened to mercy and forgiveness?
Do you realize that Muslims are real people too?
Do you realize that Muslims have children too?
Do you realize that a person is blasted into eternity when they die in a war?
Do you realize that every time a person is killed, there is someone responsible?
There are many in the military who are beginning to see the truth, and speak out, about the war in Iraq:
A former US Marine by the name of Matt Howard wrote an article about his experiences in the Iraq war. You’ll find it in the Rutland Herald HERE. The author speaks out about the atrocities of that war and here are some excerpts from the article:
“. . . we left a swath of death and destruction in our wake all the way to Baghdad.”
“Let me say again so that there is no misunderstanding. I stand here today as a former U.S. Marine saying we are killing women and children in Iraq. This is the true nature of war. War lends itself to atrocities.”
“We are done raiding and destroying the homes of innocent Iraquis on a nightly basis.”
“We are done abusing and torturing prisoners.”
“We are done killing for lies.”
“As we are marching against further occupation, the Bush regime is making threats against Iran.”
“And we will not continue to be silenced by the mainstream media. Top generals and bottom privates are all speaking in unison now. We know the truth about the slaughter of upwards of one million Iraquis. Why is no one listening?”
[Matt Howard, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division]
I have spoken about the CUFI [Christians United For Israel] meeting which recently took place in Washington, DC. I listened and watched as Senator Lieberman compared Hagee to Moses. I read where Moses bore the reproach of Christ [MESSIAH] and I wonder how Hagee can be compared to Moses. Does having a huge following make one comparable to Moses? Moses bore the reproach of Christ. [Hebrews 11:24-26] He was there with Elijah on the mount of transfiguration, talking with CHRIST about his coming death at Jerusalem. [Luke 9:28-36] The Gospel of Jesus Christ should have been loudly proclaimed among the people in attendance at the CUFI meeting. Folks, this is nothing more than a BOGUS CHRISTIANITY where the Gospel goes out the window at the expense of compromise. There is blood on the hands of ALL ministers who hold back the truth in order to please people. The apostle Paul put it this way:
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)