APOSTASY IS SUCH AN UGLY WORD
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Yesterday, I read something that made me laugh and I felt a little guilty because of it. Christian televangelist Pat Robertson said on his TV show, The 700 Club that he rejected the belief that the universe is only 6,000 years old, calling it “nonsense.”
He stated that this universe that we live in is 14 billion years old and there’s no question about it and we have tremendous geological records and all the rest of it and that “6,000-year stuff just doesn’t compute.”
Robertson was responding to a viewer who was confused by what she learned in church — “that the time of creation was 6,000 years ago — versus what science says — that “dinosaurs are … millions of years old.”
He noted that the school he founded, Regent University, teaches the Old Earth view. When “they were trying to hustle around [a course] called creation science, it was just nonsense and it was so embarrassing,” he said.
“So we wanted to make sure we told the truth.”
Pastors are split on the age of the Earth. A 2011 LifeWay Research survey showed that 46 percent of pastors agree that the Earth is 6,000 years old while 43 percent disagree. Those with graduate degrees are less likely to agree with Young Earth Creationism.
Young Earth creationists arrive at 6,000 years for both the Earth and the universe by adding five days of creation (since Adam was said to have been created on the sixth day in the Bible, around 2,000 years between Adam and Abraham, and around 4,000 years between Abraham and the present scholars say Abraham lived about 2,000 B.C.
I have avoided arguments about this especially when I talk about intelligent design, panspermia and the natural forms that I believe are created by God.
I have stated these theories on my show and sometimes it angers rigid Christians.
There have been many times in my career that I get an e-mail from a zealous Christian that questions my faith because of the topics I cover. They mistakenly believe that if I cover a topic that features occult topics, witchcraft, Satanism even aliens I should not call myself a Christian.
I often tell people I am Christian because I was raised Christian. However, when some people find out that I was once a Mormon, then I have to go through the insults and attack all over again. It is not enough to have faith. It is not enough to say that the bible has been an inspiration in my life – there has to be some all or nothing belief in the bible or you face some unnecessary condemnation because you have not read the Word.
When I am asked if I have read the Word, I reply no, I have read the Bible – three times, once in Spanish. Then I come up with some snarky remark like – I read more than the Word – why did you not get past the word “In”? Or I ask, how did you get past all of those boring genealogies in the Old Testament? Or all of the nasty old school punishments in Leviticus? And how about Song of Solomon and the loving attempts at verbal foreplay – something about breasts goats and fawns?
Now I don’t know how important all that is to a bible reader and I am supposed to have faith that all of that stuff I mentioned is supposed to be inspirational. But I don’t understand the judgmental extremism that some Christians have and how they don’t see it as comparable to a Muslim who is hell-bent on pushing their beliefs in Sharia Law on people.
In the bigger picture, every bit of religious extremism adds up and the anger it creates brings on a tsunami of hate and hate leads to worldwide suffering.
In America, Christianity is more than faith – it has become a political axiom. It has become an excuse for piety within the political theater and what is most troubling is the idea that only conservatives can be good Christians and everyone else are borderline Luciferians.
The idea that Luciferianism is ubiquitous in the world is said to be a White Christian dog-whistle. Christians are told that if they speak or warn others about the New World Order – they are dog-whistling anti-Semitism.
Christianity has always been rooted in the nation’s history, demographics and culture. Among North America’s earliest and most revered settlers were Puritan Protestants.
These Protestants were vigilant, expecting the return of Christ. They sought to mold a pious community which embodied their goals of moral and ecclesiastical purity.
However, they also nurtured a lurid demonology and hunted and burned supposed witches in their midst. These tendencies – to millennialism, theocracy and scapegoating, have frequently recurred in America’s Christian culture.
This extremism seems to happen in every religion and somehow we have returned to an era where an air of inquisition, witch-hunting, and the Crusades have returned.
This is hurting the faith and not only is Christianity eating itself, but Muslim violence and hate against the Jews and Christianity appears to be by design.
The truth is Christianity is in the crosshairs, and the response is more violence and hate against Islam and the Jews – it is all about who started the war first? What has created the flare-up of religious hate?
Apostasy is such an ugly word but it is the only word that I find appropriate in the times we call the Apocalypse.
Of course with the solid Christian knowledge I have – this has been foretold in the Bible.
Those interested in the signs of the end times often take note of a warning given by Paul to the Thessalonians, speaking about the return of Jesus Christ to earth. He writes, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first”
Paul writes that it will involve the revealing of “the man of sin” “the lawless one” who will bring to pass a time of great deception. There will also be an effort to reveal that a powerful religious leader IS “the false prophet” and from that revelation comes another – the rise of the Antichrist and the beast.
This antichrist will be an agent of chaos and will wage war against Christianity and all of the other religions and soon it will be replaced by a world religion whose doctrine will be well rooted in Luciferian doctrine.
If you look up the phrase New World Order on the internet, sites like Wikipedia will report that its purely conspiracy theory about the rise of a totalitarian world government.
This should be corrected and amended to say that it is no longer a theory and that it is an agenda that has been gradually being pushed in what has been called the “Open Conspiracy.”
When H.G. Wells, a Fabian socialist, wrote his books he was revealing in the fictitious accounts what he saw for the future. Everything from wars fought between men, to speculating on the conquering of space to control the earth from the air, and the final battle between extra-terrestrial beings setting out to colonize the Earth.
It is imperative to realize that Wells was very much part of the elite that knew of the structuring of the New World Order and how it would be accomplished. It would be done so using artillery and scientific marvels on land, sea, and space.
He especially was forthcoming in his book “The New World Order” where all aspects of his fictions were seriously brought into reality in nonfiction where nothing was out of the question in bringing forth the totalitarian state including the changing of religious belief in order to sustain beliefs in denizens of the underworld and a new form of collectivism or statism that will be used as way to create a new order for a new generation that will be ready to accept all things that we see as outrageous and unbelievable.
Wells, in his book “The New World Order,” was quoted as saying “Countless people will hate the New World Order and will die protesting against it.” Wells said that the eventuality would be that the Earth would be ruled by an oligarchy of enlightened elites that would be under the control of a shadow brotherhood that carry out their affairs with an intercession between unknown gods creating a secretive synarch where rulers of the underworld will be summoned for guidance.
Foucault’s Pendulum is a book authored by Umberto Eco. It is one of the important reads that most conspiracy theorists and end times watchdogs have read. The satirical novel is full of esoteric references to Kabbalah, alchemy, and conspiracy theory. In fact, before the Divinci Code there was Foucault’s Pendulum. The book goes into detail about the King of the world and Agartha — the underground kingdom which is the center of the occult synarchy.
Those who knew the name of the demonic king and those who wanted to expose him were killed because they knew too much.
The King of the World directed his own priesthood and had his own Pope’s and kings who were devoted to creating an atheistic culture that was to weed out the faithful and bring down the churches in order to rebuild a counterfeit theocracy.
The existence of the synarchist conspiracy has been documented over time in the mainstream media and biblical prophecies again describe a time that sounds familiar to us all.
In the Bible, it says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
The actions of the synarch are evident – they wish to create a governorship within religious collectivism under a new faith towards a different god – or perhaps no god at all.
The process would be undertaken for generations in order to ensure the collective thought to embrace that which was once seen as abhorrent.
H.G. Wells states in his New World Order book that:
“A sturdy and assertive variety of the new young will be needed for the police work of the world. They will be more disposed for authority and less teaching or creative activities than their fellows. The old proverb will still hold for the new order that it takes all sorts to make a world, and the alternative to driving this type of temperament into conspiracy and fighting it and, if you can, suppressing it, is to employ it, win it over, trust it, and give it law behind it to respect and enforce. They want a loyalty and this loyalty will find its best use and satisfaction in the service of world order.” — H.G. Wells
It appears that we are living in times that are ripe for a religious war directed by the Synarchy.
It is not just about burning churches and mosques or shooting worshipers in the synagogues.
Reuters recently reported that a group of 19 Catholic priests and academics have urged bishops to denounce Pope Francis as a heretic.
This has raised questions about whether or not Pope Francis will be the last Pope and fulfillment of the St. Malachy Prophecy that he is PETRUS ROMANUS — the Jesuit pope that destroys the church.
The most prominent of the group that wants to denounce Pope Francis is Father Aidan Nichols, a 70-year-old British priest of the Dominican order who has written many books and is one of most recognized theologians in the English-speaking world. The others are less well known.
“We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm caused by Pope Francis’s words and actions over several years, which have given rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church,” they said in a 20-page open letter.
The letter attacks Francis for allegedly softening the Church’s stance on a range of subjects. They say he has not been outspoken enough against abortion and has been too welcoming to homosexuals and too accommodating to Protestants and Muslims.
A Vatican spokesman had no comment on the letter, which includes dozens of footnotes, Bible verses, pronouncements by previous popes, and a separate bibliography. The letter invites people to join an online signature drive.
Addressing the bishops, the letter says “We, therefore, request that your Lordships urgently address the situation of Pope Francis’s public adherence to heresy.”
It asks them to “publicly to admonish Pope Francis to abjure the heresies that he has professed”.
Deciding whether a Church member is a heretic is the job of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog department.
Massimo Faggioli, a well-known professor of historical theology at Villanova University in the United States, said the letter was an example of the extreme polarization in the Church.
“There is overwhelming support for Francis in the global Church on one side, and a tiny fringe of extremists trying to paint Francis as a pope who is heretic. The problem is that there is very little legitimate, constructive critique of Francis’ pontificate and his theology,” he said in an email.
The question is – is it truly a matter of extremism or is the church trying to save face in the midst of great apostasy?
Meanwhile, the war on Christianity is of concern around the world.
The BBC reports that Jeremy Hunt the U.K.’s Foreign Secretary says that the persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near “genocide” levels.
The interim report said the main impact of “genocidal acts against Christians is exodus” and that Christianity faced being “wiped out” from parts of the Middle East.
It warned the religion “is at risk of disappearing” in some parts of the world, pointing to figures which claimed Christians in Palestine represent less than 1.5% of the population, while in Iraq they had fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120,000.
“Evidence shows not only the geographic spread of anti-Christian persecution but also its increasing severity,” the Bishop wrote.
Across much of the globe, at the start of the 21st Century, religion is once again a matter of life and death – quite literally in Iraq and Syria, while elsewhere, admitting or defending your faith can land you in jail.
In some regions, the level and nature of persecution are arguably coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide, according to that adopted by the UN.
Its findings come after more than 250 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in attacks at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
In response to the report, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, said Jews had often been the targets of persecution and felt for Christians who were discriminated against on the basis of their faith.
Prince Charles also responded to the report by saying “It is an indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East.
In China, it is much worse for people of all faiths.
Christian communities have also been threatened by the forced demolitions of churches and the detainment of pastors and priests. Meanwhile, new measures of repression further constrain Tibetan Buddhists’ ability to practice.
China’s persecution of religious minorities is part of a broader, systematic strategy to eradicate external influence in the social and political lives of citizens while harnessing aspects of religion that could serve the state’s interests. Its campaign of religious persecution is a not unprecedented effort to cement public recognition of the state’s authority and thereby generate political conformity.
At its core, China’s rigid political system can only derive legitimacy from continuously relying on instruments of repression, which is why it fundamentally opposes religious freedom.
The state-sponsored coercive apparatus at the disposal of the Chinese Communist Party perpetuates religious repression under the guise of public safety and interest, especially when it comes to how they treat Muslims.
China has intensified its campaign of mass internment, intrusive surveillance, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation against the region’s Muslim minority.
Open or even private displays of religious and cultural affiliation, including growing an “abnormal” beard, wearing a veil or headscarf, regular prayer, fasting or avoidance of alcohol, or possessing books or articles about Islam can be considered “extremist” under Chinese law.
Travel abroad for work or education, particularly to majority Muslim countries, or contact with people outside China are also major reasons for suspicion. Male, female; young, old; urban, rural, all are at risk of being detained.
The fate of estimated up to one million people is unknown and most of the detainees’ families have been kept in the dark.
Back in the United States, there is a phenomenon that is happening that probably will not be observed by the mainstream media and that this most liberal Americans apparently are claiming they attend church when polled. However, the statistics overall are showing that they are not telling the truth.
The Public Religion Research Institute published a study showing that Americans want their fellow citizens to think they are more religiously observant than they really are.
Liberals were more likely to exaggerate their religious attendance than conservatives. Liberals attend services less frequently than conservatives do. Yet their desire to be thought more religiously observant than they actually are is greater.
The reason goes back full circle – and that is liberals are afraid of Christians who claim that liberals have declared war on Christianity – again, this is indicative of how being Christian is not just a matter of worshiping Jesus, it is also a political axiom.
Asking liberals to admit that they are disproportionately secular is like asking conservatives to admit that they are disproportionately white. Turning Christianity into a political football is destroying it and the divides exist politically and racially.
This is why we are seeing more hate crimes being carried out against churches with predominantly black congregations, mosques, and synagogues.
A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”
Hate itself is not a crime. However, again the anger and the hate is responsible for the war on the faithful and it appears to be part of the great apostasy.
It is a tool that will most certainly harden the resolve of the elite who wish to create the ecumenical world religion.
We have discussed the so-called Pactum De Singularis Caelum or the “covenant under one heaven.” It is the attempt to solidify a nationalist dictum providing a solid ecumenical backdrop for a religion that is all-encompassing and strong. Their agenda is to bring about a “global spirituality,” one that appears to be Christian but mingles Luciferian concepts.
The new spiritual model of unity and diversity holds that Jesus is only one of many religious ways. The themes of the new global spirituality include “All Things Are One” and “As Above, So Below“ – terms that are associated with Hermeticism or ritual Magik. This basically means there is no external god. God is man, god is earth, god is nature. All is god and that we are not alone in the universe. It is proposed that we are guided and influenced by powers and principalities of unknown origin.
The stage is being set for the greatest politico-religious revolution that has ever been seen in history.
There has to be an event in history so bold that the newly formed ecumenical faith can mandate its power over civil governments. At this moment in time, many people would say that this would be impossible. However, if some great event took place that would scare the flock into clinging to the new faith, then this ecumenical religious government could rise up and rule through intimidation and fear and unfortunately, it appears to be an inevitability.