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Why Does God Allow Suffering?


By Ken Rich, 2016-03-05
Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Why does God allow suffering? Theologians and philosophers have struggled with this question for ages. After all, if God is all powerful and all knowing, can't he prevent or stop it? For some people, this is a stumbling block to faith and they never get past it. 

I would not be so presumptuous as to claim an authoritative answer that others have missed. However, I do think there are some insights into this mystery, that God has provided in his Word.

The problem of suffering appears to be centered around free will. God created us (and the angels) with free will, and if he had not, we would be mere robots - not truly alive. He created us as free moral agents with the ability to choose right or wrong. 

Love is the supreme ethic God is trying to establish in us, but it cannot be forced. It cannot exist without the free will to choose it, thus, freedom is an absolute necessity. However, freedom is a dangerous thing, since it can be abused. What if someone chooses not to love?

We can frame this issue in terms of antecedent will versus consequent will. God would prefer to have us live in a garden of Eden, wallowing in eternal bliss. However, he created us with free will and we chose a path of sin and rebellion. He responded with a plan of salvation that involves faith, repentance, discipline, and a process of sanctification.

There is a path back to Eden but it is neither instant, nor easy. The restoration of all things will come at the appointed time (Acts.3:21), and until then all creation groans, as we wait in hope for what we do not yet have (Romans 8:22).

We live in a fallen world and although there are different causes of suffering, much of it is caused by sin. It is often horrific, senseless, and certainly not the will of God. Rather, it stems from the abuse of free will by created beings (angels or men) and results in judgment by God.

 

 


The Bible says that Satan was once a covering Cherub full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. It says he was perfect in all of his ways until iniquity was found in him (Ez. 28). God didn't make a devil, he created a powerful being who chose to become evil. In fact, pride was identified as the cause of his fall. 

The Bible says he rebelled and there was war in heaven. The devil was cast out and his angels (one third chose to follow him) were cast out with him (Rev. 12). God could have destroyed them on the spot, but he doesn't want his creation to serve him out of fear, but out of love. In his sovereignty, he predetermined a set amount of time, to allow these issues to be experientially understood by all. That sin causes suffering, that evil must be destroyed because of the terrible consequences it brings.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed 

In fact, Jesus told us in the parable of the wheat and tares that an enemy has done this. The situation must be dealt with over the course of time, not immediately corrected. Otherwise, harm would come to us and we would be uprooted along with the tares. When the time is right, when it is safe to do so without harming us, God will intervene to bring judgement upon the malefactors, healing for the victims, and restoration to all of creation.

Matthew 13:24-30 - "He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’

Do that miss that critical point - God has very good reasons for not acting immediately. Do not think that means he is doing nothing, or is unaware, or doesn't care, or is powerless. His response involves a time element, which some misinterpret as indifference, or inaction. 

To this day, fallen angels, and also fallen men, are in rebellion against God and make war against his saints. Many battles take place in the spiritual realm, and like any war there are casualties. Sometimes innocent children are hurt or killed. No one is more grieved by this than God, but rest assured, not even a sparrow falls to the ground without his knowledge and care (Mt.10:29). 

Vengeance is mine sayest the Lord and although it may seem (from our limited perspective) that injustices and cruelty go unanswered, they do not. God is independent of time (as we understand it), and every crime will meet with judgment in the end (Heb. 10:30). 

Judgment is coming, sin and sinners will be no more - there is a set time and place when all this will end (Rev. 20:11). Scripture says affliction will not rise up a second time (Na.1:9). God's principles will be vindicated as righteous and all of creation will worship him in love, without doubting his leadership. They will have freedom, but will not abuse it, nothing impure will remain (Rev. 21:27). 

It is written that God is not mocked - we will reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7). God is not mocked because when you choose to remove God from your life, you have no protection from the devil, or from your own evil impulses. Most of us are self-destructive and our own worst enemies. It's not that God strikes you down, he respects your freedom and backs away. God is not mocked also, in the sense that no one gets away with anything. Judgment is coming and all your secrets are bare before him

There will be a happy ending to the story, for all but the unrepentant. Those who turn in repentance to God, and the innocents who suffered at the hands of the wicked, or those who died cruelly from famine or disease before even having a chance to develop - have a God of infinite power and love to restore and heal them. 

The Bible says God himself will wipe away our tears (Rev.21:4), and that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man the things God has in store for those who love him (1 Cor. 2:9). Those who have suffered in this short life, have much to look forward to - for eternity (Is.65:17). 

It's our linear view of time, our finite minds, our myopic perspective, that prevent us from grasping the ultimate meaning and purpose of this enigma. The great apostle Paul suffered beatings, scourging, stoning, persecution, opposition, shipwreck, peril, privation, imprisonment, and was eventually beheaded - yet he said this: 

2 Corinthians 4:17 Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine. 

There are different reasons and causes for hardship and suffering. Not all suffering is senseless and cruel! There is a form of suffering that is actually good and beneficial. We are told that God disciplines those he loves, like a Father meting out punishment to an erring child. Such discipline is unpleasant, but for our ultimate good (Heb. 12:7-11). We must trust his plan for our lives. Besides corrective discipline, God allows trials and tribulations to strengthen us, and cause spiritual growth. 

Romans 5:3 ...we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn't disappoint us... 

Gardeners sometimes prune plants to cause them to grow better. Some things (we perceive as bad or unpleasant) God allows because of the harvest it produces in us spiritually. This is another form of suffering that is actually good for us, in the long run. 

You see, God is not a cosmic Santa Claus like some teachers make him out to be. He is far more interested in forming a right character and faith in you than he is in spoiling you with wealth, or lavish creature comforts. He may even allow the devil to deprive you of your worldly comforts, to try your faith. 

Job's faith was tested and he was a better man because of it. The fact that God gave back double what was taken from him, was just an added bonus to the real benefit - faith tried in the furnace of affliction

Isa. 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction. 

For a deeper understanding of God's discipline I recommend this article - Tough Love - In the Furnace of Affliction? I remind you that I am not talking about the sinful, senseless, mindless brutality that sometimes occurs. Sin and the suffering it causes is not God's will. He created the earth to be a garden of Eden, which we forsook. Unfortunately, our way back to Eden is a difficult, rocky, narrow path - not the broad road of ease and self-indulgence.

Acts 14:22 "We must endure many hardships to get into the kingdom of God."

1 Peter 1:6-7 ...you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials...

Peter says above that the trials have a definite purpose - to test and purify our faith so that it is genuine. He says below that we should consider it normal, not strange, that these fiery trials come...

1 Peter 4:12-13 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you...

It is also helpful to keep in mind that the tests God brings, are only for a season. When their purpose is complete, God himself will restore and establish you. Perhaps in a new level of responsibility, or with greater power to operate in. He is growing you up into Christ, refining you, strengthening you, leading you to greater things...

1 Peter 5:10 ...after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Job 23:10 ...when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. 

Why do some blame God? We chose to join the devil in rebellion. God is doing everything that he can (short of taking away our freedom), to lead us to love and truth. He sent the prophets and we stoned them, he sent his own Son and we brutally tortured and killed him. We chose to crucify Christ, rather than repent and learn to love one another, as he taught. 

God loves us so much, that he endured watching us torture his Son - just so he could save those who would choose to turn from sin and suffering. Jesus loves us so much, that he took the abuse, in order to save us from ourselves, and the devils manipulations. God himself suffers and is grieved, he can identify with you in your sufferings. 

This brings us to grace. Jesus provided a way for you to wipe the slate clean, even if your sins have caused great suffering to others. He took the punishment you deserve, and if you will allow him to (freewill), he will apply the merits of his sacrifice to cover your sin. He will also transform you, by the renewing of your mind, and form a right character in you - if you allow his Spirit to indwell you.

Rev. 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.


Notice that God is actively seeking entrance to your heart. He seeks, he knocks, he calls, but it's up to you to open the door and let him in. He doesn't force his way in, a synergism exists whereby God initiates and we respond. 

Please don't get lost in the endless arguments between Calvinism and Arminianism. The extremes of both positions are wrong. A strict fatalistic monergism is flawed, as is an over emphasis on man's part in the synergy, such that God's sovereignty is not acknowledged. 

Our freewill exists within the predetermined limits that God, in his sovereignty, has imposed 

God foresaw the problem of sin. In fact, the plan of salvation was predestined before the world was formed.

Rev. 13:8 the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world... 

The plan of salvation was predestined, but your participation in it is a free will choice 

It's up to you to choose the free gift of salvation by faith in Christ, or to continue in sinful rebellion until God is forced to end the suffering you are causing - the hard way. The finally impenitent will meet their fate. 

2 Peter 2:5 he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people...

Psalm 37:38 But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off...

Romans 6 For the wages of sin is death...

Ezekiel 33:11 - As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. 

Unfortunately, most people just don't get it. Don't blame God for what the wicked do, blame the wicked for not doing what God does - love

Also, rest assured, judgment will be executed and the rebellion will be put down - along with the suffering it causes. For the people of God, there will be peace, love, and beauty forever - as it should be. 

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

Rev. 21:3-4 Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

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Grace - Only Available to Sinners!


By Ken Rich, 2009-06-04
Grace - Only Available to Sinners!

Romans 11:32 God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. 

We wouldn't need mercy if we were righteous. Whether it is nations and people groups, or individuals, we all have a common affliction and a common need for mercy and forgiveness. I think it is only when we try and fail, when we stumble and fall, do we recognize our true condition and perceive our need for God. Perhaps that's why he gives us so much freedom. 

I like to characterize myself as an old sinner saved by grace. None of us are getting saved any other way! I even call the album I am working on "Songs from a Sinner". It's what I was (big time), and without Jesus, it is what I am. Without him, it's all I can ever be - only in Christ, do I have any claim to righteousness! 

Sometimes, I run into the self-righteous sort, who say things like "what a name for an album - I thought you were supposed to be a Christian - why do you call yourself a sinner?" However, like Paul, I must declare myself "the chief of sinners" (and do away with any pretense). Only in Christ, am I anything but a sinner. I must get out of bed each day and crucify the old man. If I allow myself to live, instead of Christ living in me, I will inevitably sin, despite all the theology I have studied or how valiantly I strive to apply it. Romans 6:6; Ephesians 2:15; 4:22-24; and Colossians 3:9-11

Some sincere Christians deny that believers possess a sin nature which must be warred against and overcome. Often, it is because they have misunderstood Wesley's doctrine of "entire sanctification" and take it to extremes that he did not intend. Yes, we are to press forward in Christian maturity and perfection of character but with the knowledge that until glorification we still have a sin nature to contend with, though it should no longer dominate us.

Only let it be remembered, that the heart, even of a believer, is not wholly purified when he is justified. Sin is then overcome, but it is not rooted out; it is conquered, but not destroyed. Experience shows him, First, that the roots of sin, self-will, pride, and idolatry, remain still in his heart. But as long as he continues to watch and pray, none of them can prevail against him. Experience teaches him, Secondly, that sin (generally pride or self-will) cleaves to his best actions: So that, even with regard to these, he finds an absolute necessity for the blood of atonement. The Sermons of John Wesley - Sermon 123 The Deceitfulness Of The Human Heart

In fact, Paul says his righteousness as a Pharisee (blameless under the law), was rubbish compared to the righteousness that comes through faith in Christ. (Philippians 3:4-9). You would be hard pressed to find anyone who was more zealous, or better trained, but self-effort didn't result in righteousness for Paul! He came to realize that he was a sinner, who needed salvation by grace, through faith. 

Romans 3 21-24 ...For there is no distinction among people since all have sinned and continue to fall short of God's glory. By his grace, they are justified freely through the redemption that is in the Messiah Jesus... 

You see, only Christ's spotless robe of righteousness is acceptable at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Those who think their own righteousness (filthy rags by comparison) are worthy, are in for a shock (Matt. 22:13). We must allow Christ to take away our filthy garments, and be covered in HIS robe. A merciful covering for our sin and shame - a gift we cannot earn and don't deserve. That's grace - it's free, but it's only available to sinners! 

In the story of the Pharisee and the publican, only one went home justified, the one who confessed he was a sinner. The self-righteous, the hypocrites, the presumptuous, do not receive the imparted, or imputed righteousness of Christ. You must come to the place where you realize your true condition before you will perceive your need for a Savior and throw yourself on God's mercy.

That's not to say that we need not repent, or need not war against and overcome sin. He will empower and motivate us to do so, as long as we choose to abide in him. Sin will no longer be our master, we are called to walk uprightly, not in the habitual sin of our former lives. However, if we stumble in our walk, we have an advocate. Grace and mercy for our shortcomings is available.

1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. 

If you have been confused by the conflicting messages coming from different "camps" within Christianity regarding sin and salvation, here is a little deeper study along these lines Romans 7 - The Divided Man

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Powerful testimony! Think God can't change you - think again!

Check out this testimony below - it's one of the most powerful I have ever seen.

Barry Mayson had drug addictions, a tough life, some very serious obstacles to overcome, but he was still saved! He even converted the "hit-men" sent to kill him and later founded a Christian Biker Ministry.

If you think you (or someone you know) is too far gone, too steeped in sin to ever turn back - think again. We serve an awesome God! Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear...

Click HERE for Barry Mayson's story in text, or HERE for him giving a testimony on video which is extremely powerful. You can also watch the Biker Ministry video below where Barry is the narrator and one of the actors. Visit Biker Heaven for more info about Biker Ministry, or Rey Perez for awesome Biker music and resources.

 

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Prayer Request for a Biker Ministry


By Ken Rich, 2010-07-27








It's that time of year again. When bikers from all over the globe converge on the town of Sturgis, South Dakota, for the largest biker rally in the world.


To some, this is a mission field, an opportunity to witness for Christ and spread the Gospel - especially among the notorious 1%'s. If you think you have a tough audience, imagine if you were witnessing to the leaders of the "Hell's Angels", "Mongols", "Pagans", "Outlaws" and other Biker Clubs.


It takes a special breed to fulfill such a calling, and Rey Perez, is one such individual. He has traveled over 350,000 miles doing Biker Ministry - taking the Gospel to the least, the last, and the lost. Before that, he traveled the world with Nicky Cruz, as one of the band members for his Crusades.


Once again, he is heading out, seeking divine appointments, grace, power, and protection - as he crosses several states to witness at Sturgis. Won't you take a moment to pray for him, and the success of his Ministry?


Rey has a smokin' hot Latin Gospel album called "The Road Warrior". It even includes a track called "Sonny" written especially for Sonny Barger - the founder of the "Hell's Angels". He has a 20 minute Biker Ministry video titled Dead End Road, which dramatizes the eternal consequences of our choices (through the lives of two bikers who are on different paths). He also distributes Gospel tracts, and has one on one conversations (he calls divine appointments), with some of the top people in the biker world.


If you would like to know more about his extraordinary Ministry, read this interview in Divine Inspirations Magazine. It's a view into the heart of a warrior for God - don't miss it.


Personally, I have been so impressed by his life and Ministry, that it inspired me to write a song and produce a music video called The Biker Blues. He also inspired the Biker Heaven Internet Ministry, which has a social group you can join.


Please pray that souls will be won, and Christ will be uplifted. Pray that Rey's Ministry will serve as a light in a dark place, as he once again takes the Gospel to Sturgis this year.


Ken Rich



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Vatican - Crimes Against Humanity (Rev. 17-18)
 

This is an article which could be considered offensive if taken out of context. I am speaking about a system, a power, an institution, a city/state that is a sovereign country. I love the Catholic people enough to tell them the truth about the system that subjugates not only them, but much of the world. My quarrel is not with the Catholic people, but with the Vatican. In fact, some of my best friends are Catholics, and my own Father was an altar boy.


The Apostle Peter stated what is my sincere hope and prayer for all who read this:

2 Peter 3:14-18 "...make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight... Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

 

Please click the links and pictures for videos, news stories, books, articles, websites, and Bible verses – all of which support the positions taken in this article. Take the time to investigate and examine the evidence for yourself. The truth is not fragile, and has nothing to fear from examination or debate. Only darkness fears the withering light of scrutiny. 

 

The Pope has been accused of heinous crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It's in every major news service from Reuters, the BBC, AFP, and so on. Here is just one of many similar articles - Child abuse victims accuse pope of crimes against humanity

 

In case you think this is just a few disgruntled victims, or a Protestant ploy, please note that the Prime Minister of Ireland (from a conservative Catholic background) is among those accusing the Vatican of sabotaging efforts to protect children. This, after a government inquiry uncovered horrendous, widespread, systematic abuse by the Church, in the Catholic dominated country.



"The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and 'reputation'... because of the horrors it perpetrated, hid and denied, Kenny called for action by the government to make sure the law “will always supersede canon laws that have neither legitimacy nor place in the affairs of this country.”" Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny

 

Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization, has also exposed the Vatican for not removing alleged perpetrators from their posts pending proper investigations, not cooperating with judicial authorities to bring them to justice, and not ensuring proper reparation to victims.

 

Vatican officials have been running a massive PR campaign (with more spin than a washing machine), but denial is no longer an option. According to this BBC documentary, the Pope has protected and enabled pedophiles, causing the rape and torture of children - BBC News - Sex, Crimes, and the Vatican

 

Ratzinger (who became Pope Benedict) was the Vatican's enforcer of Crimen Sollicitationis (characterized by legal experts as a blueprint for cover-up), for over twenty years. As Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (formerly known as the Inquisition), he was responsible when victims were silenced, and pedophile Priests escaped prosecution to offend again.

There is no denying the fact that the worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes committed by clerics was engineered by the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Ratzinger (1981-2005). During the reign of Pope John Paul II, that congregation had already taken charge of all such cases under oath of strictest silence. Ratzinger himself, on May 18th, 2001, sent a solemn document to all the bishops dealing with severe crimes ( "epistula de delictis gravioribus" ), in which cases of abuse were sealed under the "secretum pontificium" , the violation of which could entail grave ecclesiastical penalties. Open Letter to Catholic Bishops by the theologian Fr Hans Küng

When facing legal action in America and Belgium (with damming evidence against him), Pope Benedict escaped justice by claiming diplomatic immunity. Now charged by SNAP at the ICC (International Criminal Court) with over 20,000 pages of evidence, the Vatican must now attempt to buy, bully, or ignore the ICC.


This story of abuse and cover-up has been repeated over and over again, all over the world. Will justice finally be served? According to all of the great Protestant Reformers and scholars over the centuries, the answer is a resounding YES. Luther, Knox, Huss, Wycliffe, Calvin, Tyndale, Fox, Wesley, Newton, Bunyan and all the other great leaders of the Reformation, taught the Historicist interpretation of Prophecy.

 

In this view, the great whore of Revelation 17-18 is the Roman Church. She will be judged by God. The very Kings that are now her puppets, will turn on her. Judged not just for child abuse, but for the millions martyred during the inquisitions, the many wars she started to further her power, for piling up obscene wealth while others starved, and for rank heresy - the doctrines of demons. Her cup of iniquity is indeed full. 

 

A Great Cloud of Witnesses: "Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer,  Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, Wesley, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist." Taken from All Roads Lead to Rome, by Michael de Semlyen. Dorchestor House Publications, p. 205. 1991.

Since the Vatican is not just a Church and a city, but also a country, they have in the past used diplomatic immunity to escape prosecution (when legal action against the Pope was initiated). Perhaps they will manage to dodge the bullet yet again, however, such tactics will not be successful forever - according to the sure word of prophecy.

 

Revelation 18: 4-8 ... “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes...She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

 

This view is in stark contrast to Rome's counter-reformation interpretation called Futurism. It was rejected by Protestant Christians for centuries, but has become wildly popular and accepted today. It entered Protestant circles through men like Darby and Scofield, and has been promoted so furiously that it is now assimilated into the collective consciousness.

 

A type of mass hypnosis, group think, or herd mentality now prevails, whereby the very word anti-Christ is automatically associated with a future political dictator (even by many non-Christians). Futurism is the great end time delusion, but it is rapidly falling apart as events unfold.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God

 

We hold upon this earth the place of God almighty - Pope Leo XIII Encyclical Letter of June 20, 1894

 

As strange as it seems, most Christians today have allowed the anti-Christ to tell them who the anti-Christ is. As foretold, the people would rather believe a lie than the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:11). The truth is inconvenient, politically incorrect, frightening, and divisive (especially in today's Vatican led climate of compromise and false ecumenism). The truth creates cognitive dissonance in those who have been indoctrinated with the seductive alternative provided by Rome. 

 

"Every Reformer, without exception, spoke of the papacy as Antichrist" - R. Allen Anderson, Unfolding the Revelation, p.137

 

The Reformers include some of the greatest and most respected scholars the world has ever seen. They do not make this accusation against the Papacy lightly, in ignorance, or simply based on the Vatican's notorious evil deeds. They were convinced because the Bible itself points to the Papacy as the anti-Christ system, in many prophetic passages.

 

“In all ages of the Church, from the days of Gregory the Great down to the present, men have pointed to the Papacy as the fulfilment of the prophecy. That interpretation is set forth in the Homilies of the Church of England and by all the Reformed Churches. Dr. Charles H. H. Wright  - “Daniel and His Prophecies,” p. 168. London: 1906.

 

Most modern Christians do not understand that the Vatican has been steeped in vice, corruption, and evil for centuries. If you think Protestants simply vilify the Papacy due to bias, here are excerpts from a book by a highly educated Jesuit Vaticanist, who lays bare the sorted history of the Popes - Peter de Rosa, Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy.

 

Protestants got the name Protestant, because they protested the evils of Popery - at the risk (and very often the cost), of their lives.

 

Many of today's Protestant Churches have been infiltrated, deceived, and corrupted. Some teach Catholic doctrines their forefathers gave their lives opposing in Rome's bloody inquisitions. Churches who once fought against apostasy, are now joining ecumenical councils led by the Popes, and have become harlot daughters in their mother's brothel (Rev. 17:5).

 

I include myself as one who had the "wool pulled over their eyes". Like almost all Christians today, I too was tricked into scouting the horizon for some future anti-Christ, while his agents of deception were already perverting the Gospel, corrupting governments, and raping little children the world over. The success of Rome's futurist deception, allows the anti-Christ system to operate virtually unopposed.

 

"...It is a matter for deep regret that those who advocate the futurist system at the present day, Protestants as they are for the most part, are really playing into the hands of Rome, and helping to screen the Papacy from detection as the Antichrist." Rev. Joseph Tanner, Daniel and the Revelation, pp. 16, 17.

 

Intellectual pride is blinding! The mind rebels when we are presented with evidence that we have been duped. Still, even those who do not yet understand how the Papacy fulfills the prophecies of anti-Christ (Historicist Eschatology), are being forced to open their eyes. It's an undeniable fact that the Vatican is responsible for unspeakable evil and deception. Even atheists and secularists are aghast at the extent of Rome's horrific depravity.

 

If the Vatican can't be trusted to tell the truth about child rape and torture, how can they be trusted to tell the truth about anything - including Bible prophecy? Yet, self proclaimed prophecy experts of every stripe, are blindly parroting and promoting Rome's futurist interpretation of prophecy. Somehow, widespread ignorance and apathy prevails, concerning it's counter-reformation intent and pedigree.

 

For a sound refutation of the futurist position and a defense of Historicism, please read End of the Age and Strong Delusion. Whatever your current stance on Eschatology, one thing is certain - it's time for us to wake-up and smell the brimstone. We must be roused from our sleepy complacency, and confront the evil that has taken root within the very structures of organized Christianity. History is littered with the record of the Pope's crimes against humanity, so why do our children continue to be at the mercy of these wolves in sheep's clothing?

 

The corrupting influence, and Geo-political power of the Vatican, must come to an end. The Papacy received it's great power and authority not from Apostolic succession, but through the Edict of Emperor Justinian, which was implemented in 538 AD. It laid a legal framework, establishing the Bishop of Rome as the supreme Ecclesiastical power, backed by the weight of Rome's civil law. Justinian deposed Silverius, and installed Vigilius as Bishop of Rome, investing him with the authority of his Decretal Letter. (“Vigilius...ascended the papal chair (538 A.D.) under the military protection of Belisarius." History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3 p. 327).

 

The horrors of the dark ages followed, with the succeeding Popes consolidating power, and controlling the politics and religion of Europe with an iron fist. The power of the Papacy was broken in 1798 when Napoleon's General Berthier captured the Pope and he died in exile.

Daniel 7:26 ... they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it unto the end". We have been watching the slow consumption and deterioration of the power it once held in the Middle Ages. The Papacy keeps trying to regain it's temporal power and unite Europe beneath it, but all attempts are doomed to fail.

In 1929 the modern Papacy achieved statehood, via the Fascist Mussolini and the Lateran Pact. Four short years later in 1933, Pope Pius XI signed a Concordat with Hitler (via Cardinal Pacelli and Franz Von Papen), laying the groundwork for WWII.

 

The Vatican and the the Nazi's

Read "The Secret History of the Jesuits" by Edmond Paris, for more information about the Papacy's orchestration of both World Wars (and many others). A history the revisionists in Rome don't want you to discover, yet the evidence is not all locked away in the secret archives of the Vatican Library. After WWII the Vatican smuggled their Nazi stooges away to safety, through the now infamous and well documented "rat lines". Fascism didn't end, but it was forced to regroup elsewhere.

 



The Vatican raped and pillaged the wealth of Europe for centuries. They have an almost limitless supply of "old money" and an unparallelled "old boys" network to promote their interests around the world. They control industries, banks, institutions, and levers of power. From media empires, to centers of learning, to secret societies that isolate and compartmentalize their control mechanisms. From hush funds, to slush funds, to lobby groups, they are the power brokers behind the scenes, and the undisputed masters of political intrigue. Though under attack from many quarters, and in decline, the Papacy remains a formidable force on the world stage even today.

 

Render unto Caesar? Who's picture is on the coin?

 

Watch this 2002 full length movie The Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair if you want to catch a glimpse of how the world's oldest political machine operates. Apparently, the only thing they hide and shuffle around faster than their pedophile priests, is their money.

 

Despite their well financed propaganda machine, the Vatican has not been entirely successful in glossing over the disturbing truths of history, or their modern crimes. Even the finest PR companies money can buy, can't absolve them of crimes against children - no matter how much money they throw at the problem, or how much they feign sympathy. 

 

The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe."The Vatican Billions" Avro Manhattan

 

2 Corinthians 11: 13-15 ...such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.

 

Matt. 7:16 Jesus said - You will know them by their fruits. 

 

In Europe, the woman rides the beast again. What the Vatican failed to achieve by brute force in WWII, they are now attempting through financial coercion and political intrigue. Corruption grows, money mysteriously disappears, and governments surrender their hard won democratic rights and freedoms. It's doomed to fail but still the attempt is being made to once again breath life into an image of the Roman Empire, as it did in times past. The political powers will eventually turn on her in full force (Rev. 17-18), 

 

 

Ratzinger should not be allowed to escape proscecution, and the depths of the Vatican's evils should be thoroughly exposed. Pope Francis brings his own baggage from Argentina, but has now become the whitewashed face on an empire of evil. It's subversive and seductive stranglehold on governments, monetary systems, and competing religious institutions, must be fully broken. Otherwise, children will remain unprotected from merciless evil and unspeakable suffering - as recently exposed in Ireland and elsewhere all around the world.

 

 

The Boys of St. Vincent - is a movie based on real life events at the Catholic Church's infamous Mount Cashel Orphanage, where they raped little boys mercilessly for decades (in Newfoundland, Canada). Inflicting tortures like beatings with pool cues, belt buckles, and so on - to make the children comply with sodomy and other sickening perversions.

I watched a now broken old man, testify on local TV of how the blankets would stick to the wounds inflicted on him as a helpless child - by what he called the "Devil's Advocates". The blood dried into the sheets as he slept, only to be brutally ripped from his body, tearing the scabs from his wounds and jolting him awake for another day with his tormentors.

The residential schools for native children in Canada, were likewise exposed as hell holes of sexual depravity and murderous violence. As inquiries in Ireland, Australia, Denmark, and elsewhere have revealed, governments become entangled and complicit by committing political fornication with the whore of Revelation 17:2. Innocent children are left without protection, and their abuse is sometimes even unwittingly sponsored and paid for from public coffers.

 

 

 

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth...

 

Delusion is involved, because there is nothing new or novel in what this article presents. The Vatican didn't suddenly turn evil, and both it's evils and it's fulfillment of anti-Christ Bible prophecies, has been proclaimed for centuries by both historians and Church leaders. What blinds people to the truth? I implore you once more to read End of the Age and Strong Delusion

 

Arnulf Bishop of Orleans (Roman Catholic)
"deplored the roman popes as "monsters of guilt" and declared in a council called by the King of France in 991AD that the pontiff, clad in purple and gold, was, "Antichrist, sitting in the temple of God, and showing himself as God" - Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian church, 8 vols., reprint of the 3d (1910)ed. (Grand Rapids Mich.: Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., n.d.)

 

John Wesley: (Methodist)

"He (the Pope) is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers... He it is...that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped...claiming the highest power, and highest honour...claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone."  Taken from Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms by John Wesley, pg. 110.



Since many doctrines and dogmas of Catholicism are in opposition to a sound exegesis of scripture (or have no scriptural support at all), Catholic apologists often resort to the pretense of Papal primacy and magisterial authority. 

 

Let no one deceive you - Rome's claims to authority are based on known forgeries and a deceptively selective and inventive use of records left by Church "Fathers". Their arguments can seem very convincing until you check for historical accuracy and context. See The Church Fathers' Interpretation of the Rock of Matthew 16:18.

History does not validate the Pope's claims, it actually exposes them as deceivers. If you have been misled about Christian history, this article would make a good start on your quest for truth. Were the Early Christians Roman Catholics?

 

Apostolic succession, the idea that the Bible was given to us by the Popes, and other common errors taught by Rome to bolster it's false claims to ecclesiastical power, are refuted on any number of Christian apologetic websites. I have listed a few below. Some are resources generally suited to lay people, with short simple explanations on a variety of issues. There are also more scholarly resources, some containing articles by ex-Catholics who are highly trained in Catholic history and theology, but reject it's errors. 

End Times Deception Study List

In Plain Site

Christian Resources

Alpha and Omega Ministries Christian Answers

The Highway Catholic Arrogance

Contender Ministries Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

A Christian Witness to Roman Catholicism

 

To see a music video which presents the traditional, orthodox, Protestant view of end time prophecy - watch this strong end times message below...

 

Youtube -  NEED YOU (Mobile download is enabled)

 


Occupy Vatican

This picture link goes to Occupy Vatican on Facebook
An information page with latest news on the unfolding judgement

 

Visit SNAP HERE

 

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  

               SNAP has made history today!

 

In partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights SNAP is  formally asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate high-level Catholic Church officials for crimes against humanity.

 

The story has made headlines across the globe:

 

Go to www.SNAPNetwork.org to read more about this unprecedented event which has left the catholic church stunned. Survivors across the world are coming forward now to let their voices be heard. Press events are being held across Europe and the US.

We could not have come this far without you! Your help and support is especially needed at this critical moment in our mission to end the abuse! Please go to our website now, read more about this extraordinary case and donate to SNAP. Your dollars will go a long way towards the success of this bold initiative!

Please call Gretchen Blickensderfer at 773 368 3782

or email SNAPDevelopment@gmail.com with questions.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Gretchen Blickensderfer
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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If you have ever tried to witness to a committed Catholic, you may have discovered how frustrating it can be. However, there are resources available which can be very helpful in leading them to Biblical truth and faith in Christ alone for salvation.

Papal primacy from Peter, the claim that the canon of scripture was given to us by the Popes, and other common errors taught by Rome are refuted on any number of Christian apologetic websites.

Here are a few examples. Some are resources generally suited to lay people, with short simple explanations on a variety of issues. There are also more scholarly resources, some containing articles by ex-Catholics who are highly trained in Catholic history and theology, but reject it's errors.

 

Got Questions?

In Plain Site

Christian Resources

Alpha and Omega Ministries
Christian Answers

The Highway
Catholic Arrogance

Proclaiming the Gospel

Contender Ministries
Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

A Christian Witness to Roman Catholicism

Catholic Dogma Answered Scripturally

 

Since many doctrines and dogmas of Catholicism are in opposition to a sound exegesis of scripture (or have no scriptural support at all), Catholic apologists often resort to the pretense of Papal primacy and magisterial authority. 

Let no one deceive you - their claims to authority are based on known forgeries and a deceptively selective and inventive use of records left by Church "Fathers". 

Their arguments can seem very convincing - until you check for historical accuracy and context. See The Church Fathers' Interpretation of the Rock of Matthew 16:18.

History does not validate the Pope's claims, it actually exposes them as deceivers. If you have been misled about Christian history, this article would make a good start on your quest for truth. Were the Early Christians Roman Catholics? 

A Jesuit Vaticanist and graduate of the Gregorianum in Rome, gives a very frank assessment in The Hilarious History of Papal Infallibility

 

The Apostle Peter stated what is my sincere hope and prayer for all who read this:

 
2 Peter 3:14-18 "...make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight... Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Here is link to a comprehensive article, exposing the Vatican's past and present crimes and corruption.

Crimes Against Humanity (Rev. 17-18)

 

 

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To open the paper, click the green READ PAPER button near the top right of the link below. Then you will see that the paper itself has a SUBSCRIBE button, as well as options to embed or share (near the top right).

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By Ken Rich, 2012-04-22

 

 

This article has been edited to fit my evolving understanding of the WOT scam.

Ostensibly WOT has a good purpose, and looks very respectable on the surface. However, in practice they are nothing more than a digital extortion racket. Wot's trolls attack a sites reputation with lies and slander, sending the owner on an stressful, time consuming, expensive quest to validate their site.
 
I am posting this here, because initially when I wrote WOT they directed me to their forum. The forum is a place where obnoxious, accusatory trolls attack your personal dignity, slander your character, and belittle your efforts to express the truth. Whatever I posted there kept getting deleted by their staff, so they simply wasted my time with aggravating nonsense.

After complaining repeatedly about lies and slander posted against this network, I was banned. This is typical of WOT, and this same experience is reported by thousands of others.

Google WOT SCAM and you will find plenty of evidence for their slanderous, libel, unconscionable defamation of legitimate sites. For example:

https://www.facebook.com/Anti.W0T

http://complaintwire.org/complaint/d6wBAAAAAAA/wot-web-of-trust_

http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/Web-of-Trust.aspx 

One of Indie Gospel's members, initially supported WOT financially, and trusted their rating system. They ended up having one of their own sites attacked. It was a Christian site with all text, and no links, but it was maligned as advertising and linking to bad sites. The slanderous attack had no basis in reality, and did not even attempt to look plausible. The same baseless accusation was made against an orphanage we host, which also did not have any ads on it. 

This same site owner (a trusted member here),  told me WOT was attacking our network. Sure enough, I checked and every single one of our sites was red lighted. They were scaring people away from us who might have otherwise been saved. This is totally unacceptable, infuriating, malicious, and evil. 

I've worked too hard, for too long, with absolute integrity, to let such a thing stand, and I am quite frankly physically and emotionally ill over this.

Indie Gospel  is a non-profit Christian social network. We spread the Gospel through music, promote worthy charities, and provide free Christian resources. We do good work all around the world. 

We have a screening process which keeps out most would be spammers/scammers. We have admins who police the network, and we have a staff that can rectify any problems pointed out to us. I often punch 16 hour days with no pay (in fact with out of pocket costs) to run this Ministry, so you can imagine my distress at having it maligned. 

If a valid problem was detected, pointed out, and we failed to act then and only then would there be grounds for WOT to trash us, or attempt to destroy the trust of our members and visitors. Instead they red lighted us based on lies and slander from biased WOT members. 

WOT portrays itself as having a good purpose, but in practice is damaging legitimate sites, and even heroically good clean Christian websites. Why don't they target the hackers and pedophiles instead, and leave the good sites alone? That's easy to answer, there would be no money in that! Wot sells safety seals for over $700 a year. 

I initially asked our members to go to WOT to rate us and leave comments. I appreciate the ones who have, but new member ratings are not worth anything in their system. So the members of Indie Gospel Artists who actually use and know this network, who have insider knowledge, and actual experience with the sites agenda and activities are not counted. HOW CONVENIENT

Not only that, having our members join their system exposes them to the fraud, and feeds the beast. It's another facet of the scam which keeps perpetuating it. 

I spent a full month jumping through WOT's hoops and trying to get their staff to delete lies and slander from their members SuperHero58 and Shazza. All of our sites except 2 went from red to green, but instead of banning those two WOT power members, they banned me instead for protesting their malicious, slanderous lies.

WOT has stepped on the wrong toes this time. Coming against this network and it's members, is coming against the Saints of God. It will not be tolerated Psalm 105:15 Do not touch my anointed ones...

I am in the process of gathering evidence and recruiting those who have been unfairly attacked and abused by WOT members. When the time is right, a lawsuit will proceed. WOT is breaking laws protecting against slander and defamation of character. They are ruining legitimate businesses and destroying peoples livelihoods, not to mention damaging Ministries and even orphanages. 

Please contact me, if you wish to become involved in this lawsuit and put an end to WOT's tyranny. Our contact details are on our certified online business card at http://indiegospel.info, or simply e-mail below.

 

Ken Rich
Network Creator
indie.gospel@gmail.com

 

 

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