Dull-hearted and foolish lot
Jeremiah 10:8 -
But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine.
Today as I sat to write my daily devotion I was hoping I would get messages like I did 1 year before basically to build the elements of faith, love, peace etc. the fruits of the Holy Spirit. But yet again I receive this message today. I do not hold anything against the Lord for putting me in such a tight and uncomfortable position. He is saying enough is enough of the sweet talks for there are countless numbers of people who do that. It is time to open the eyes of His children for He cannot wait for the day to have them back Home.
Yesterday I attended the session of Steve Ray (Stephen Ray), out of the full session there was one teaching which I really loved where he explained the real meaning of 'believing', for that I give him a star. There were 3 other statements which he made, which were true and surprised me coming from a mouth of a Catholic official representative on a stage, since their church officially does not state them, full marks for that. But there were totally 35 teachings which I noted down wherein he was bluntly deceiving and lying all for his own personal gains, which I could see through and through and it came out from his own mouth. This too was exposed only because the day before the session I started binding and rebuking the deceiving spirit.
The hall in which the session was held is the biggest hall in Mumbai and was almost full to capacity. I had taken along a Word rooted sister who also like me came out of the Catholic church. The Lord had told me to hold my temper and since it was an area I was weak before I took her along so that she holds me back. Through half of the session even she could not bear to stand the mocking he was doing on the stage of people of God, of holy things and of the Holy Spirit. But after lunch she pleaded me to let her go for she was getting a headache hearing this man.
I had never heard this person before nor knew much of him; my only knowledge of him was a small write-up in the newspaper and yet my heart burned to take him down. It was only when I attended that I understood why the Lord let such a feeling in me.
To the Catholic audience there it was just pleasure to hear him since I would say not even a point fraction of people really knew the Bible. All the blunt lies which even a person of commonsense would figure out was applauded and cheered by the audience.
For example the reason he gave that the church kept idols was in the olden days since the Bible was not available to all and people were uneducated (in that dialect) so idols were the best way to teach people. They were put not to worship them but to tell the stories and characters of the Bible. Today the church has their own translations in various languages so I do not understand why the idols continue? Why he need the idols in his own house if he claims to be knowledgeable of the Word? If they were to teach the Bible they should be made with the various elements of the stories. Like Noah and an ark, David with a sling, Peter crucified upside down etc. but what we see is mostly just various persons in standing postures and that too most of the statues are not Biblical characters but people they claim as saints. There are more than 3 times the statues of Mary than of Jesus. They claim this is statue is of Mary as if someone had taken a photograph of her when she was alive (although statues of Jesus could be debated on).
Another things was if they were teaching purposes only then why are they venerated, offered flowers and candles etc. why leave the stain glass images or the painting on the ceilings and not venerate them too?
I am I could have easily taken this guy down by confronting him at that place but what would been the result, like the Lord says the people who were attending were dull-hearted and a foolish lot and since they were stiff necked and do not want to change they just love such understandings. Ironically the punch line of the event was 'still lovin it'.
People are not aware that there are many learned persons like William Webster and James White, who have confronted the understandings of this person Steve Ray and these debates are available on the internet. They are not disclosed to the Catholics. In Mumbai I heard a person had downloaded a few documents and making Xeroxes of them was distributing them at one such session of Steve Ray. His goons got hold of this young man and confiscated his papers. If they are speaking the Truth why were they afraid to let the people know of such debates, why hide them?
When I was a Catholic I did not have any Believer come to me and preach me any doctrine to get me out of that institute. It was only after I surrendered to the Lord and started reading the Bible that the Lord started teaching me and exposed the depth of the deceit, which even the Believers may not be aware of.
As instructed by the Lord I will make a note of each of his points answer them and publish them for the people to read and decide.
Heaven is not place for fools and dull-hearted people so wake up and open your eyes to the deceit of the beast. No doubt the Catholic church is fully soaked in it, but to some level this deceit still continues in many of the Believer Churches, since they continued many of the practices and understandings of this institute.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray for your sheep who are still trapped by the deceit of the evil one. We rebuke and bind the powers which hold them down. We break their chains in the Name of Jesus. We case away the yoke of traditions put around their neck, the dew of your grace coverth them and we claim them into your sheepfold...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
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