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Taking the Name, the Mark & the Number

Part 2: Taking the Mark

 

 

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"As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried:

He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him."

"For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?"

Psalm 18:30-31

 

Believers must be careful to use the correct Name of our Saviour and the Father in light of the fact that prophecy has been corrupted in modern translations. Notice the difference in translations of the verse that prophetically speaks of the Name with which God sealed the 144,000 in the book of Revelations. The King James Bible states that only the Father's name is written in their foreheads, while the modern versions state that two names will be used. It cannot be both ways.

Revelation 14:1-

In the KJB " . . . having his Father's name written in their foreheads."

In the NIV " . . . who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads"

In the Gideons 1986 NT ". . . having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads"

New Revised Standard ". . . had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads"

It is also imperative to realize that there are three forms of allegiance to the beast besides open worship--the mark, or the name or the number of his name. However, the modern versions again change these very significant verses to be two issues, those being the name or the number of the beast's name. Of the various related verses, we shall also compare Revelation 13:15-17 in light of the Name.

Revelation 13:15 in part states, ". . . that the image of the beast should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed." Verses 16 and 17 state:

In the KJB " . . . And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast . . . And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

In the NIV " . . . He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, . . . all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on his right hand, or on his forehead, So that no one could buy or sell, unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

In the New Revised Standard " . . . and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast . . . all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be marked on the right hand, or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell, who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast, or the number of its name."

Believers should carefully consider why the newer versions changed the meaning and eliminated the clear difference between the mark, the name and the number of his name. The purpose of these changes can only be to prevent people from being warned of the dangers and forms of adherence to the beast. Since the antichrist will appear as the Christ, the name involved in these verses must not be mistaken as being our Lord and Saviour's name, nor should we permit ourselves to be physically marked in any way.

Many now say that the reference to not being able to buy or sell with the name, mark or number of the beast means that we will become a cashless society. They interpret the mark to be a "chip implant." Some also believe that the chip will be used to control behavior. However, the Scriptures merely say that people won't be able to buy or sell without the mark, number or name of the beast. In other words, after Rev. 13:15 showing that those who don't worship the image of the beast are killed, verse 16 shows that the beast requires an ID demonstrating that a person does indeed worship that blasphemy.

There is nothing in those verses to suggest that people will be taking the mark before it is forced upon all of humanity. There merely comes a point where all will be required to exhibit one of the options to show allegiance to it in order to buy and sell. In other words, some may have laid aside all the gold, stocks and money in the world, but these will be worthless for trade unless they are wearing one of the approved symbols.

The reason for emphasis on the cashless society could be that it sets up a diversion. Either Christians will avoid the computer chip or some will take another mark which they are told sets them apart unto God. Should the global economic collapse be delayed, they may think they have time -- everything's okay as long as we have cash. However, this may be a false assumption, adding to Scripture that which it does not necessarily say.

In Strong's Concordance we find that the definition for "mark" in Revelation 13:16-17 applies exclusively to all references of "the mark" in the book of Revelation. This definition does not apply to the term "mark" as it is found in any other book of the Bible.

5480- charagma, (khar'-ag-mah); from the same as 5482; a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or sculptured figure (statue):-graven image, mark.

5482- charasso-(to sharpen to a point, akin to 1125 through the idea of scratching)...

1125--grapho( graf-o); a prim. verb; to "grave", espec. to write; fig. to describe:-- describe, write(-ing,-ten) [Eng. Dictionary def.-- "grave" --Archaic. engrave; carve; sculpture. 2.impress deeply; fix firmly]

Something being scratched or etched, as a stamp, hardly sounds like a computer chip implant, but well indeed may be what is done. Many are promoting the "computer chip" as the mark of the beast, as well as promoting the corrupt versions. The question each must consider is why the very serious issues of these definitions and the different translations found in the various new versions are not being addressed.

The problems with the chip theory--- are the following: the cost; dependency on power--which any natural or manmade disaster can eliminate; the fact that millions are so poor that the use of ATM machines and the like--which many say will be the launching for use of the computer chip--is beyond their scope. Verichip, which is what many are focusing upon, appears to be addressing all those issues. Since 9-11, they are working at promoting the 'chipping' of individuals.

Perhaps most important, is the fact that the beast, will want observable evidence of his conquest and that these people belong to him. You cannot see a computer chip under the skin. If there is chaos with disruption of power and regular services, people will still need that "mark" to obtain groceries and do business.

Update: I received the following information from a reader. Clothing, people and animals are being 'chipped'. Some are using security as the issue. This reader noted.

"As a software engineer working with computers and working with the hardware I felt that I needed to enlighten you to a little bit of research information that you might have overlooked. The following is what you stated on your site:

"Something being scratched or etched, as a stamp, hardly sounds like a computer chip implant, but it could be. Especially when one evaluates the mark in relation to the number. Time will tell. As we consider the application of the Name, Mark and Number of the Beast, we note that Revelation 13:17-18 have also been altered in the new versions."

"These definitions give greater credence to the application of the Mark via tattooing or branding, but again doesn't mean a micro-chip could be used. As we have seen, the Dictionary definition of "tattoo" is " . . . mark (the skin) with designs or patterns by pricking it and putting in colors . . . " and we learned in Part 2 that tattooing and branding are related. Historically, people have, "use[d] tattooing and scarification to indicate social rank and affiliation" and " . . . primarily as proof of ownership."

Marking the skin with a "stick" or "prick," is precisely how tattoos are applied. When we consider the combination of these word meanings, "a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude)" which is thought "to indicate rank" but is really a "sign of disgrace," the true end-time scenario begins to emerge. Perhaps the "computer chip" propaganda has been diseminated to mislead the masses, who will believe that by avoiding the same they are free to receive God's special mark, which is really an occult symbol of blasphemy and disgrace. "

When a microchip is going through it's stages of creation it is etched much like a circuit board is etched. The etching is what carries the signal throughout the "circuit board".

The sticking or pricking is similar to a needle sticking into the skin, or feeling the prick of the needle in your skin....

As someone who is always on the cutting edge of technology, I find it hard to believe that in order to buy or sell you would need to have a tattoo or a marking of some sort on your skin. That is not in vogue to my generation or the one after when it comes to technology.

Having a chip that can store your financial information is something that my generation would most likely use. It eliminates the need for multiple credit cards, debit cards, check book and cash. Have you ever watched the episode of Seinfield where George has an overloaded wallet? The chip itself is an RFID chip that transmits a small radio frequency to a receiver in close proximity.

I wouldn't rule out the microchip. I would actually look more into the microchip and look at it's potential."

End Update

However, consider that the worship of the beast and taking of the mark is a freewill decision, just as our commitment to Christ is a daily decision to pick up our cross and follow Him. Those who (will) belong to the beast will have chosen that portion--not because of mind control --but because of a heart and mind decision, as heart wrenching as that maybe.

Revelation 14:9-12

"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

Update: January 20, 2010: I received the following information from a reader:

Subject : RFID TATTOO
I have been reading your reports and have been blessed by such good research.

I noticed your updates and discussions on the “mark” being a tattoo or microchip and remembered some years ago that a firm called Alien Technology had a printable microchip technology – some say this is being put in currency. Since tattoo is really printing on the skin, I went looking and found this new company that has an RFID tattoo. This meets many requirements as it will be visible for inspection and electronically accessible. The company is called Somark

http://somarkinnovations.com/technology/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_5MpuczbUc

I also agree with your thoughts on the cashless society being some type of diversion. Although these chips could soon carry all cards and ID, would the banking industry want that? How would a person decide to use an Amex card or a Visa card and where would that leave loyalty and reward cards? I have worked as a technical auditor for Visa and card brands on PCI compliance for a few years and can tell you these brands are not likely to get squeezed out by a government ID program. They will want people to have access to cards. Visa Europe is actually targeting 2018 to get rid of the check.  

Governments are complaining that black markets are a large part of GDP that cannot be taxed so perhaps as nations collapse they will cry out to eliminate cash for tax revenue.  

Stay well…"  end email

In perusing SOMARK's various information, the use of this technology is for animals and humans. Electronic ink tattoos are how they are described by the company, and it isn't something that can be removed. It's permanent, can be colored or invisible. It is put within the layers of skin, on the 3rd or 4th layer.

"The SOMARK technology is based on an ink tattoo and an unique application process.  We have a competitive advantage with a 100% retention, easy application, and reliable identification.

What’s more, injection of our product is short and simple. No shaving is required and the process takes a few seconds.

We have three U.S. issued patents and multiple pending patents." http://somarkinnovations.com/technology/

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"Our product sets out to solve the mishaps in modern identification technology. It is  permanent, cost-efficient, reliable and provides for automatic identification..." http://somarkinnovations.com/products/

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RFID Tattoo for Tracking Cattle and Humans

“The Register reports that a St Louis based company, Somark Innovations, has successfully tested RFID tattoos to be used for tracking cattle and other animals. Details are limited for the actual tattoo, but it’s said to contain no metals and can be read up to about four feet away. Engadget has some more details on the matter. And yes, the article does mention RFID tattoos are possible for people, specifically the military. From the article: ‘The system developed by Somark uses an array of needles to quickly inject a pattern of dots into each animal, with the pattern changing for each injection. This pattern can then be read from over a meter away using a proprietary reader operating at high frequency.’" http://somarkinnovations.com/2007/01/rfid-tattoo-for-tracking-cattle-and-humans/

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Invisible ‘Radio’ Tattoos Could Identify Soldiers 1.19.07

"Somark Innovations announced biocompatible RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) ink, which can be used to tattoo cattle and laboratory rats and can be read through animal hair.

It might even be used on humans eventually.

This is a passive RFID technology that contains no metals; the tattoos themselves can be colored or invisible.

Cows first

The Somark ID System creates a “biocompatible ink tatoo with chipless RFID functionality.”

The RFID ink tatoo does not require line of sight to be read, as is the case with other RFID devices (making them better than a barcode for some applications)...Somark claims that the biocompatible RFID ink system will improve readability rates as well.

Humans next?

Somark Innovations co-founder Mark Pydynowski noted that the RFID ink is fully biocompatible and was safe for use in humans. He noted that RFID ink tattoos could be used to track and rescue soldiers. “It could help identify friends or foes, prevent friendly fire, and help save soldiers’ lives,” Pydynowski said..." http://somarkinnovations.com/2007/01/live-scienceinvisible-radio-tattoos-could-identify-soldiers/

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Invisible RFID Ink Safe For Cattle And People, Company Says 1.10.07

"The process developed by Somark involves a geometric array of micro-needles and an ink capsule, which is used to ‘tattoo’ an animal. The ink can be detected from 4 feet away.by K.C. Jones, InformationWeek

...Somark Innovations announced this week that it successfully tested biocompatible RFID ink, which can be read through animal hairs....

Chief scientist Ramos Mays said the tests provide a true proof-of-principle and mitigate most of the technological risks in terms of the product’s performance. “This proves the ability to create a synthetic biometric or fake fingerprint with biocompatible, chipless RFID ink and read it through hair,” he said.

Co-founder Mark Pydynowski said during an interview Wednesday that the ink doesn’t contain any metals and can be either invisible or colored. He declined to say what is in the ink, but said he’s certain that it is 100% biocompatible and chemically inert. He also said it is safe for people and animals.

The process developed by Somark involves a geometric array of micro-needles and a reusable applicator with a one-time-use ink capsule. Pydynowski said it takes five to 10 seconds to “stamp or tattoo” an animal, and there is no need to remove the fur. The ink remains in the dermal layer, and a reader can detect it from 4 feet away.

“Conceptually, you can think of it in the same way that visible light is reflected by mirrors,” he said, adding that the actual process is slightly different and proprietary.

The amount of information contained in the ink depends on the surface area available, he said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for a 15-digit number to track cattle. The first three digits are “840″ for the U.S. country code. The remaining digits are unique identifiers. The numbers would link to a database containing more information.

“It can say where it has been, who it has talked to, who it has eaten with, and who else it has been in contact with,” Pydynowski said.

...The ink also could be used to track and rescue soldiers, Pydynowski said.

“It could help identify friends or foes, prevent friendly fire, and help save soldiers’ lives,” he said. “It’s a very scary proposition when you’re dealing with humans, but with military personnel, we’re talking about saving soldiers’ lives and it may be something worthwhile.” http://somarkinnovations.com/2007/01/invisible-rfid-ink-safe-for-cattle-and-people-company-says/

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Update February 25, 2010

Hello Vicky,

 

I was thinking more on these Somark tattoos, and if a tattoo will be the future mark there should be a lot more research and development in the early stages for the technology. More players than Somark and offering a large diversity of features that will somehow come together in a final product. Also more confusion as you have documented with the modern translations, Tim LaHaye, and other deceivers. The last is the main reason Christians need to help make these things clear...

 

Scripture indicates that force will be used to implement the mark, but wouldn’t it be appealing to have a security identification device that could be invisible and visible as needed like when passing through airports? Many would resist an always visible tattoo, and I think government would like the mark to be physically viewable at times.

 

Surely government would want more control to enforce the no buy, sell, trade rule. Perhaps the four foot RF reading is not yet enough – maybe 400ft or 4000 ft? What if it needed power and could get it from the “host”?

 

Here are some links to technology that offers all this and more: Print highly functional tattoos with nano-ink technology, turn off the tattoo display as needed, very trendy look. I am sure Phillips’ tattoo designs would attract many more people to tattooing if it was on the market.

 

Electronic tattoo display runs on blood:

http://www.core77.com/competitions/GreenerGadgets/projects/4673/

 

Technology enhanced tattoo design:

http://www.design.philips.com/probes/projects/tattoo/index.page

 

V note > please note the video related to this is sexual in content--which seemed totally unnecessary and unsuitable. However, if one peruses the technology being offered throughout the Philips site, we see many possible applications. The video for tattoos--in the brief moment viewed showed how the tattoo appears non existent and then by what appears to be body temperature changes, the tattoo appears. I do not recommend viewing this video.

 

Nano-skin:

http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/enhanced/nano-tattoos

 

Nano Radio:

http://www.physics.berkeley.edu/research/zettl/projects/nanoradio/radio.html

 

Nano Ink

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/02/12/diabetes-tattoo.html

 

V note >A special tattoo ink that changes color based on glucose levels inside the skin is under development....

 

Last but not least what about CASH – During its crisis the government of Greece is making cash transactions over €1500 illegal. This is an EU idea. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE61824V20100209

 

V note >"From 1. Jan. 2011, every transaction above 1,500 euros between natural persons and businesses, or between businesses, will not be considered legal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards"..."

 

Thanks again for so much work on the SeekGod.ca site it has been very useful in many areas not just prophecy.

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Update: August 14, 2003

Inspection of Isaiah 44:5 reveals these most important variations in Scripture concerning the mark, the name and tattoos.

Isaiah 44:5 in the King James Bible says, 

"One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel."

The NIV reads: "One will say, "I belong to the LORD"; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, "The LORD'," and will take the name Israel."

The NASV, NIRV, NLT, ASV (in the footnotes), NWT, Bible In Basic English, RSV,  all have it.

The TEV (Good News Bible) has: "...They each will mark the name of the LORD on their arms..."

The Amplified Bible: "...and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord's..."

JPS  Jewish Publications Society Bible "One shall say, "I am the Lord's"
Another shall use the name of "Jacob", Another shall mark his arm "of the Lord's" And adopt the name of "Israel"."

footnote on mark his arm - customary for slaves to be marked with owner's name

 

The Sacred Name Directory

Researching proponents of changing the name of the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ, brings one to The Sacred Name Directory, which involves some sixty plus websites. Having studied the various websites and their beliefs, it is astonishing to see that each of these sites lay claim to having the correct Names of the Father and the Son, although the contradictions in opinion and variations of "the Only Name" are massive. 

The Sacred Name Directory and groups involved in this network vary from Messianic and Hebrew Roots advocates, Orthodox Jews to Seventh Day Adventists to Jehovah Witnesses. Herbert and Garner Ted Armstrong of the World Wide Church of God led the way in some arenas of thought in the Sacred Name and gave birth to the Sabbatarian webring (which deals with the Sabbath issue) which many in the Directory groups are also promoting.

The Sacred Name Directory is found at http://qumran.com/sacrednames/ under the Qumran Bet. "A Brief History of the [Sacred] Name Movement in America by L. D. Snow" is presented which includes this chilling warning regarding the issues of the Name and the Mark of the beast. [caps in original]

   " . . . I say, THE ISSUE is and will be, HIS NAME AND MARK WRITTEN IN YOUR  FOREHEAD (Rev. 14:1; 22:4) or, the MARK, NAME AND NUMBER OF THE BEAST.
     Which do you want? . . . but again I plead with YOU, ---
PREPARE TO MEET THY  CREATOR, they ELOHIM (Mighty One),
have His NAME   [Yud-Hay-Vav/Waw/Cholom-Hay] written in your forehead--NOW!
Be on the safe side, the MESSIAH IS SOON COMING! . . . . "

In other words, Messengers of Messiah, James Trimm, Yair Davidy and Lost Tribes,  and many Hebrew Roots and Messianic organizations are linked to groups which are promoting the idea that people need to have "his Name and Mark" written in or on their foreheads as an alternative to the mark, name, or number of the beast. Is it possible they are referring to a physical marking?

Are they in fact promoting the Mark of the Beast?

Tattoos and Marks

 
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for
the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am
the LORD. Leviticus 19:28

Since God's people are sealed by the Father through Christ and with the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22-23) what is this teaching really about? Obviously the different translations have changed the meaning significantly. Is it possible the aforementioned "alternative name and mark" is speaking of a physical application?   

David Cloud's article  "Tattooing for Jesus" reveals the apparent introduction of this idea to the Church. [Bolding mine]

"Reporter Douglas Todd of The Vancouver Sun visited the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Langley, British Columbia, and found that tattoos are the newest "in thing" for Vineyard Christians. Amy Bonde, who is a staff member at the Vineyard in Langley, has a large Celtic cross tattooed on the small of her back. Encircling the cross are Hebrew letters that allegedly mean, "I am my beloved's, and he is mine." Bonde says the tattoo signifies that she looks upon Jesus Christ as her "lover." Another Vineyard member, Peter Davyduck, has a tattoo of the word "SIN" on his ankle. He says this is a message to "judgmental Christians that everyone is a sinner and should be accepted in spite of it."

"The Vancouver Sun report notes that the tattooing represents "a sign of a seismic shift in evangelical Christianity, which has been associated for most of this century with harsh rules about controlling one's body: no dancing, no long hair on men, no pants on women, no drinking, no dancing, no jewelry and certainly NO TATTOOING."

"The Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) ran an article in November 1998 about the Christian Tattoo Association operated by Randy Mastre and two other members of New Song Community Church in Bismarck. Their goal is "to bring Christianity to tattooers."

" . . . . Amy Bonde admits that she got a tattoo "partly out of rebellion against the normal Christian stereotype of 'You can't do this, you can't do that.'" She admits that her mother did not want her to get a tattoo and did not like it . . . . "

[Complete "Tattooing for Jesus" article from David Cloud's Way of Life report which also deals with the Scriptural basis of why it's wrong.] 

SEE Also: Brownsville & Prophecy  and their view of tattooing. 

Remembering that the Greek dictionary defined "the mark" to include "a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp" and " to "grave", espec. to write", it is interesting to find the Dictionary definition of "tattoo" is " . . . mark (the skin) with designs or patterns by pricking it and putting in colors . . . . "

According to Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99,

"Tattooing: method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually an electric needle. In many parts of the world tribal people use tattooing and scarification to indicate social rank and affiliation . . . Scarification involves slashing the skin and introducing irritants into the wounds, which, when healed, leave pronounced scars . . . "

Encarta also relates tattooing to branding and states:

Branding: originally, searing of flesh with a hot iron to produce a scar with an easily recognizable pattern for identification or other purposes. Branding was formerly used on human beings . . . Branding today is often done with chemicals, tattooing, paint, tagging, or ear-notching . . . Used at first primarily as proof of ownership . . . . "

Rita Elkins, a reporter for Florida Today, reports in the article, "CHRISTIAN PUNKS HAVE PIERCINGS, TATTOOS AND . . . RADICAL FAITH," 1 that this "radical" approach is being undertaken by young people across North America. It is found acceptable and promoted by some in leadership, despite Scripture to the contrary, as discussed by David Cloud in Tattooing for Jesus. Rita Elkins writes:

 " . . . Reflecting a national trend, hundreds of teens and young adults from Titusville to Sebastian are combining punk appearance with a radical Christianity based on the Bible and a personal, often deeply emotional, relationship with Jesus Christ."

"A lot of people look at us different because we have piercings and we're Christian," says Ashley Wecker, 15, . . . At last week's Deeper service, she was sporting silver jewelry in multiple-pierced ears and in one pierced eyebrow.

"I struggled with it at first," admits her father, Richard Wecker, 50. But after hearing a pastor ask if parents would prefer children who are "sold out to Christ," or children who "are basically formed in our image," Wecker says he relaxed . . .

"If their heart is after Jesus, what difference does it make? He's given me at least a peace about it, as long as I can see where their hearts are." 2

Various leadership in the Vineyard, Calvary Chapel and Pentecostal groups mentioned in this report are teaching by word and example that Biblical disobedience is to be upheld by pastors and parents. Disobedience means "refusing to obey" or "to defy".

Rebellion means, "an act of resistance against any authority; a revolt or fight against any restriction." 3

Being rebellious is "defying authority; acting like a rebel . . . hard to manage . . . mutinous, disobedient." 4

Scripture reminds us clearly that rebellion is a very serious issue and there can be no excuse for allowing it to become a part of our Christian walk, no matter our age. The issue of rebellion, which some leaders and young people admit is at least part of the reason for taking these marks, is dealt with in strong terms in Scripture.

I Samuel 15:23

"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king."

Those in leadership who promote or condone these sins have seemingly forgotten or deliberately omitted what Paul states in Galatians 5:19-21. Among " . . . the works of the flesh which are manifest," are listed the very issues of , "Idolatry, witchcraft, variance, wrath . . . " and much more. The result of allowing those works to be manifest in our lives:

" . . . of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

 

Essential Disobedience?

Psalm 44:20-21

"If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart."

Only God knows a person's heart, however, we know what is inside the heart always comes out, be it rebellion or obedience. Rita Elkins continues in her report, that these teens and youth leadership believe the body markings are an essential part of their faith:

"A handful of Brevard teens -- considered radical even by their Christian peers -- say body marking is an essential part of their faith. But most of the local Christian punks "are just, you know, being teen-agers," says Ashley Wecker.
In other words, it's only coincidence they're finding faith at the same time they're digging punk styles."

"I wanted a tattoo for a long time, for solely non-Christian reasons," says Brandon Eaton, 17. "But God is my life, so everything I do reflects that." The result? A Star of David with "Jesus" tattooed on the outside of his calf.

" . . . Andy Richardson . . . once had his nipples pierced, but decided soon after it wasn't for him. Now he has two Christian-themed tattoos in private locations on his body.
"They're both for me and the Lord -- not for other people to see - - to remind me every day when I wake up that he is my life," says Richardson, who works with various church youth groups and overseas missions. "A tattoo is forever, like the Lord's forever." 5

As indicated, for many tattooing is a form of rebellion. We know that the Star of David is an occult symbol and no Christian can embrace it as being a part of Biblical teaching. However, these advocates of tattooing or branding occult marks on young people rationalize their practice by suggesting that being marked for God is a Biblical concept.

" . . . Supporters point to Bible verses hinting at its acceptability. There are even indications God used physical markings to set people apart for divine purposes."

"A compelling example is a popular T-shirt that reads, "Body piercing saved my life," accompanied by drawings of Jesus' pierced hands and feet."
" . . . . one youth's personal Web page: http://www.angelfire.com/oh/dorkville/ .[states] " . . . The word I like to use is tau-too. Tau is a Hebrew letter that means cross or mark, so it is a cross mark for God." 6

Rationalization for marking Christians will likely be based upon the misinterpretation of Scripture passages such as Ezekiel 9 and denial of Leviticus 19:28, as is found on the website of the aforementioned youth who promotes "tau-tooing." This lad also promotes a book on Tau-tooing and the Bible, although any occultist will recognize that TAU is the universal symbol of consecration for the Royal Arch Degree of Masonry.

"Tau (Heb.). That which has now become the square Hebrew letter tau, but was ages before the invention of the Jewish alphabet, the Egyptian handled cross, the crux ansata of the Latins, and identical with the Egyptian ankh. This mark belonged exclusively, and still belongs, to the Adepts of every country. As Kenneth R.F. Mackenzie shows, "It was a symbol of salvation and consecration, and as such has ben adopted as a Masonic symbol used by the ancient Mexicans -- as its presence on one of the palaces at Palenque shows -- as well as by the Hindus, who placed the tau on the brows of their Chelas. [H.P. Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary]"

Mark C. Cairnes, wrote in "Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America," that the tau was a symbol which was synonymous with the Royal Arch of Freemasonry. According to their ritual and interpretation of Ezekiel, God will have placed the Tau symbol on the righteous before the impending destruction of Jerusalem. Those not having it are to be destroyed.

"The Royal Arch rite was largely based on Ezekiel, a prophet who endured the Babylonian Captivity and had a vision of God's destruction of Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 9-10). He saw that God placed the tau symbol upon the foreheads of the righteous; everyone else He slaughtered for persisting in sin. The ritual borrowed Ezekiel's narrative and many of his symbols. It specified that the chains, the hoodwinks, and the confinement of Babylonian captivity symbolized man's bondage to sin, which had "destroyed within us the first temple of purity and innocence." 23

God does not require us to be physically marked to show that we are set apart for Him. Rather, He requires obedience to His Word which states: Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh . . . nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Lev. 19:28.  

To clarify, this is not advocating living under Old Testament  Law. Some define the Old Testament Law like this. The three major divisions of the Law (Deut. 4:44) are the testimonies (moral duties), the statutes (ceremonial duties) and the judgments or ordinances (civil and social duties). The moral portion of the Law is summarized in the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1-17; Deut. 5:6-21). We embrace all 66 books of the Bible.

Jesus summed up the moral law as "the law and the prophets" [Matt.22:37-38]. James called this "the royal law of love" [James 2:8] and has to do with love of God and neighbor and both Jesus and James stressed the importance of love of God and neighbor. However, only the indwelling Christ enables the believer to obey this spiritual law, and that not perfectly because we are still in the flesh. 

The matter of tattooing, however, was a ritual common to pagan religions that involved the worship of other gods. [See the prophets of Baal in I Kings 18:28] To mark oneself in allegiance to a strange god violates what Jesus called "the first and greatest commandment" of the moral law -- "to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." [Matt.22:37]

Marking is being found acceptable by some Believers, after embracing the false teachings within Tim LaHaye's writings. Many are coming to the concept that since they are already 'marked' or sealed by God, it won't matter if they take the Mark of the beast. Wrong. See: Putting it Together. Also see Elimination of the Cross See: also in the 9/11 America at War Series : Do We Weep?

Pentecostal, Vineyard, Calvary Chapel and similar affiliations mentioned in these reports are justifying their disobedience by rationalizing that tattoos are simply an art form.

"The Christian Tattoo Association boasts almost 100 tattoo parlors as members . . .
"We don't want everybody in the world to think that tattooing is the work of the devil, because it isn't," says Randy Mastre of Bismarck, N.D., a Pentecostal seminarian and tattoo artist who founded the association. "It's a beautiful art form."

"Locally, Christian punks can be found scattered in area churches. But they tend to congregate around New Life Christian Center in Titusville, Calvary Chapel on Merritt Island and at South Brevard's Tabernacle Church. Each of these has strong contemporary music programs and youth ministries that refuse to be shocked by appearances.

" . . . Is all this a bit extreme? Yes, but that works with teens, says Vineyard Christian Fellowship youth pastor Curtis Deming.
"I find that teen-agers as a species tend to gravitate to extremes, and that mainstream moderation in anything is boring to them," says Deming, who sometimes has to reel kids in from other dangerous extremes. "But my answer wouldn't be, `Don't go overboard with this God thing.' " 7

To suggest that teen-agers are a separate "species" with different sin issues and different needs for Biblical truth and obedience, is far from the truth of God's Word. Teens especially need clear teaching of God's word and understanding which comes from parents taking the time to talk seriously with them and to teach them Biblical precepts. (Deuteronomy 6:7;Proverbs 22:6) If they do not learn obedience and respect for their parents and Biblical truth, they will most likely have a difficult time remaining obedient to God, a trend which is evidenced in these reports.

Since many do not know the Scriptures and are also embracing the rewritten versions that so carefully change verses about many issues--it is conceivable that such people will be snared into believing that they must receive a mark that is distinctive for "Christians" to show themselves to be 'chosen'. From whence does the concept come that people should be set apart for a divine purpose by a mark? 

Armies of False Teachings

 The Restorationist or Dominionist theology, various Joel's Army and similar elitist teachings of the Vineyard, Pentecostal and Calvary Chapel groups, support variations of Manifest Sons of God doctrine, which promote the perfection of saints through the elevation and teachings of latter-day prophets and apostles. It is believed by some that under select leaders, those who achieve a certain level of holiness will be able to defeat all enemies and will eventually become immortal. For more on Restorationists, etc. See Topic CNP

Costa Mesa Calvary Chapel, of which Vineyard churches were an affiliate, was founded by a small group under Chuck Smith, and grew under the leadership of the late hippie and "evangelist", Lonnie Frisbee. Pastor Chuck Smith upheld Frisbee as youth pastor from 1968 until late1971. Smith and Frisbee believed that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit of Joel's prophecy was a precursor to Christ's return.8. Frisbee contended that the Joel's prophecy placed youth "on the vanguard of the spiritual revolution," which he believed was being fulfilled by the Jesus People of the 60's and 70's.

"The Book of Joel had prophesied the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which would take the form of much witnessing and a highly intensified devotion on the part of believers in Christ. Joel's prophecy placed youth in the vanguard of the spiritual revolution, which, Lonnie Frisbee contends, is being fulfilled now by the Jesus People." 9.

According to the authors of 'The Jesus Movement', most involved in the Jesus People aligned with the Joel's Prophecy teaching despite what the apostle Peter said in Acts 2:16.

"When Israel . . . regained its lost territory in the 1967 war God supposedly set in motion the prophecy of Joel that young people would spearhead the great evangelistic effort of the last days. The Jesus People see themselves as the fulfillment of that prophecy. The Christian Foundation sees itself as Joel's Army. Most other Jesus People see themselves in terms of that same prophecy. The prophecy, which is one of the most important passages in the Jesus People canon, is found in Joel 2:28-32."

"In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted that prophecy and prefaced it with the remark: "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel" (Acts 2:16). But since the Jesus People collapse all history between the Book of Acts and the present moment,[1972] they see themselves as the continuing fulfillment of Joel's words. As the church in the Book of Acts represented "the former rain" that brought the first fruits, the Jesus People adhere to standard Pentecostalist view that they are "the latter rain" referred to by the prophets and that they will bring in the last fruits of the great harvest which will immediately precede the second coming . . . " 10

Update:

The Way International began with Victor Paul Wierwille. Wierwille developed many of his theological ideas by plagiarizing from such writers as E. W. Bullinger, George Lamsa, Kenyon and several others. The Way International teachings include: Jesus Christ is not God, denial of the three persons of the Godhead, i.e. no Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 4 Mary was not the mother of God come in the flesh, but the mother of a man, the Old and New Testaments were originally written in Aramaic, pro-abortion, bad seed theology, mass weddings, stockpiling of weapons, American holocaust and invasion, them or us mentality and much more. 5

Victor Paul Wierwille was eventually part of the Jesus People movement, and is remembered by the Jesus Movement website. 

".... Believing that much of the Christian was in error, in 1955 Wierwille founded The Way to educate young men and women in the "correct way of biblical education." ... The Way International raised the ire of other Christian groups, labelled a "cult" because of their antitrinitarian views. One of the largest of all the extremist groups of the Jesus People movement, by the mid-1970s the organization boasted over 20,000 active members..." 1 

It is noteworthy that it was Victor Wierwille who went to the House of Acts in 1968 and gave Ted Wise, the Heefners, Doops and Lonnie and Connie Frisbee, and several others their understanding of the Holy Spirit. Wierwille worked miracles, cast out demons--which he did while teaching them about the Holy Spirit, as well as teaching them how to speak tongues, all in one night. The Heefners and Doops joined Wierwille and helped set up his national organization. 2

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

When first challenged by Ted Wise, who was one of the founding 'fathers' of the Jesus people movement, about his belief in Christ and even though he rejected the divinity of Jesus Christ, Wierwille passed with flying colors.

"The first person Wierwille met was Ted Wise, who put him through a test he couldn’t possibly fail. Wise said, "You know, it says in I John you test the spirits. We usually ask everybody here to confess the Lord Jesus Christ, or they freak out and they can’t. So where do you stand on this?"

"And that pleased Wierwille," said Heefner, "he liked that up-frontness. And he gave his witness. So by the time he was through with two or three minutes of talking, we said, ‘Okay, fella, we believe you.’ " 3

Lonnie and Connie Frisbee and the Wises began taking Wierwille's PFAL classes and then discontinued. Lonnie then went to join Chuck Smith in Costa Mesa's Calvary Chapel, which caused an explosion on growth. Frisbee eventually joined with John Wimber, who had also been with Chuck Smith. Wimber later split and helped start the Vineyard movement with Frisbee joining him and also others. For More on Lonnie Frisbee and John Wimber, See: What Happened in Africa?; Part 2: Taking the Mark; Quaking Like Quakers; Wheat and Tares; More Manifestations LESS Bible, etc.. 

For More on The Way International beliefs please see: Michael John Rood Continuing The WAY

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Since the Jesus People are no longer youth and Christ hasn't returned, it is unclear how their beliefs have been affected. It would appear they merely have passed the 'sword' onto the young people swelling their ranks, although some have taken the role of being the "elevated prophets and apostles."

Clifford Hill writes of prophecies by the controversial Bob Jones. Jones had been part of the Kansas City Prophets who were endorsed and promoted by John Wimber, co-founder of the Vineyard. Bob Jones taught that God was preparing a "special breed" or an army of 'dread champions" composed of young people. Many support this theory, believing that this elite group will be composed of youth up to the age of thirty.

"Jones believed that the generation of children born since 1973 would form the final generation of believers whom God was preparing as the Bride of Christ to take control of the world and present the kingdom to Christ on his return. He continued, "I do believe what he's beginning to do is a restoration of his very nature down here. Your children will come behind you and they'll start on your level of righteousness and holiness and they'll take off from there."11

John Wimber incorporated Jones' concept of 'the dread champions' into his Vineyard teachings." 12. Hill writes that this was evidenced in the brochure for an October 1990 meeting where John Wimber wrote,

"God has given us a vision to see the body of Christ move from being an inactive audience to a Spirit-filled army . . . God is about to unloose a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit of an unprecedented magnitude . . . He is looking for individuals who will be 'dread champions" for his cause." 13.

According to Hill, just months previous to that vision, Paul Cain was in Anaheim with John Wimber and also taught about these "dreadful champions".

" God's strange act is going to bring a new order of things and bring a new breed in and bring a transformation." . . . . "Little children are going to lay their hands on the sick and heal multitudes . . . We are going to be just like the Lord . . . They're going to say, "Here comes that dreadful, fearful army of champions. Here comes those with a word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, the working of miracles, with a healing ministry, with the power to heal the sick and raise the dead, with the power to know what's going on behind the Iron Curtain.' You're really going to be a fearsome group before this thing's all over . . . "

" . . . Cain used prophecy to confirm the Latter rain teaching that world evangelisation would result from the supernatural power which was going to be given to believers. This teaching was central to Wimber's message. " 14

We know that this teaching is in total conflict with the apostasy foretold in 2 Thessalonians 2:3

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"

Restorationist and Dominionist proponents believe they will conquer the nations before Christ returns, as Joel's army, whereby they will dispense judgment on the ungodly and those who reject their leadership. John Wimber, Paul Cain and their followers taught that they will control and 'police' the nations as indicated by Cain's statements.

"It is also interesting to see how Cain used prophecy to confirm the Latter Rain teaching that world evangelisation would result from the supernatural power which was going to be given to believers. This teaching was central to Wimber's message. In the same speech Paul Cain prophesied that the new breed would possess power to overcome the enemies of the gospel and strike terror into them, 'There's going to be an awesome, reverential fear and respect for the church because the church is going to regain her power, lose her restrictions, lose her weakness . . . you're going to be called upon by presidents and kings of nations, heads of state . . . . God is going to have his army and they are going to be a fearful bunch and they are going to go to every place on the face of the earth..." 15

If these are indeed the last days as many believe, we know that it is not Christians who will be in power, according to many Scriptures such as:

Revelation 17:17

"For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled."

According to some, anyone who does not uphold these various leadership or teachings will be viewed as an enemy of God. That will have to include people who uphold obedience to the Word of God. The "dreaded champions" belief might be an indication of the type of spirituality required to wage war against God's people and yet believe one was actually working for God.

John 16:2

"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time will cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God a service."

Those who claim to belong to Jesus Christ and then take a different name for the Saviour, who take a mark and promote Biblical disobedience are described in verses like:

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 believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

 Tattoos for Everyone

Those who are Tattooing themselves with various terminology  and occult symbols are paving the way to acceptance of a physical mark. We know, according to the Scriptures that the beast will require people to be physically marked. Tattooing is being so mainstreamed that it has become a Court issue in the United States--even a matter of "protected rights".

The Boston Globe article by Joe Sciacca,  "I (heart) Mom, but I can't put it in writing" on May 3, 1999, reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was suing so that tattoos are a protected right and available in all states. Currently they are illegal in Massachusetts. 16. The ACLU lawsuit is based on some of the ideas recorded by Sciacca, who states that,

"What's really in at the moment is tribal art or ``blackwork,'' intricate designs and patterns."

 "Persons across the cultural spectrum of America have tattoos," the civil liberties suit says.

 "Estimates of the numbers of Americans in certain age groups who have tattoos range as high as 30 percent.

"Persons obtain tattoos to demonstrate their lifelong commitment to other persons, institutions, religious beliefs and to political or personal beliefs," the suit maintains." 17

 

 Mark Initiation & Diversity 

It is reported that some New Ager's have already accepted the "mark" as part of their initiation ceremonies.

"A growing number of New Ager's HAVE ALREADY UNDERGONE AN INITIATION CEREMONY AND ACCEPTED THE MARK. They almost universally report that although they approach the ceremony with dread and foreboding, after it is over. . . 'I discovered that the LINES ON THE PALM OF MY RIGHT HAND HAD BEEN ALTERED, and a portion of them now FORMED A SIX-POINTED STAR about an inch in circumference. It terrified me when I first spotted it. . . But as time went on, I learned to accept the changes within my body, and I really felt quite special." (Marrs: Mystery Mark, p. 39) 18.

We have seen how "Christian" youth believe that tattooing sets them apart as 'special' or chosen by God for a unique purpose. The mainstreaming of tattooing and branding was reported in the media over two years ago.

"As more Americans proudly display tattoos and pierced body parts, others are adopting another form of 'body art': branding. Strips of surgical steel are heated to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit and pressed into the skin to produce scars in a variety of shapes.

"Though far less common than tattoos or piercing, branding has caught on since its commercial infancy a decade ago on the West Coast; branding salons have set up shop in the East, particularly in the New York area. Two years ago, Primal Urge, a branding and piercing parlor in New Hope, Pa., performed only two or three brandings each month. Now Primal Urge brands a customer nearly every business day; the average age of the customers is in the mid-30s. . .

"Pierced skin will usually close up and tattoos can be removed with lasers, but brands are forever. Many brandees are less focused on the indelible future than the moment of searing pain and the ensuing endomorphin rush. . . "19.

Tom Lamb of the Radical Pilgrim wrote to inform us about the tattoo rage in New Zealand. He also wrote to Andrew Strom at the end of last year about his justification of 'gangs for Jesus' and the trend for "Christian" tattoos. According to this New Age Charismatic trend, many Maori 19b for instance, who turned to Christianity last century, no longer would have to give up their moko in the light of Scripture but can now embrace it along with other unscriptural practices. Knowing there are many Christian Maoris who are against the moko 19c, not to mention many other Maoris who are not tattooed in any way and would not be willing to have a tattoo, this whole trend created by the New Age is bent on creating spiritual and social conflict. The end goal is to eliminate Biblical Christianity.

"In regards to tattoos:  I made brief mention of this in a letter I sent Andrew Strom last year (found on "The Two Wines" 19d):

[Some other things which concern me about your ministry Brother ...  firstly:  God using "sanctified gangs" in these last days.  Praise Him for individual gang members who are coming to the grace of God.  But to exchange gang paraphernalia for christian paraphernalia, like chapters and patches for Jesus etc., is not for the spiritual man.   I have seen photos in our own local newspaper of Bodgie types who have apparently been saved, and are now virtually cool "Bodgies" for Jesus.  Meaning, they now have tats (tattoos) inscribed on them like "Jesus saves", and wear all the same (crazy) apparel they wore before, but with christian symbols (and mottos) on, along with their crazy hair duze.

Zep. 1:8  And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Didn't Keith Green call this "Jesus" junk.  I heard the other day someone ringing up our local christian radio station justifying their brother getting a pierced tongue, saying they had no problem with this as God knew his heart.  These sickened things shouldn't even be discussed in Christian circles, as the word of God is clear about marking and mutilating the temple.] . . .

First we had the big push on 'piercing', then 'tattooing', and a few months ago I remember the TV news reporting (with footage) the introduction of 'branding' (stamping symbols on the body using a heated utensil) in our country." The TV announcer made the presentation in a light hearted manner, with a smile, if it was just another "fun" craze we should all accept." 20.

2 Corinthians 5:17

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new."

New Zealand is reported to be one of the most tattooed countries in the world, where, like the United States, it is becoming a thriving business. This is due to the Maori moko (tattoo) 20a , which practice is believed to have been brought to New Zealand by the Polynesians who migrated there. "Moko was remarkable because the designs were normally cut into the skin of the face with chisels, not punctured with needle-combs as was the usual case with Maori body tattoo-and tattooing elsewhere in Oceania." Moko facial tattoos are still being worn by today’s Maori who strive to preserve their heritage. The Maori ancient tattooing consisted of graphic detailed spiritual face to feet design work 20b, which temporarily ceased for some with their introduction to Christianity.  Now a new age form of tattooing, along with the resurrected traditional moko and invented western heathendom, is becoming fashionable and acceptable.

Romans 6:6

"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."

The 'Christian' trend of reverting to and promoting the pagan roots and practices of a particular people and culture is not limited to the tattooing of the Maori. We find that YWAM also promotes the acceptance of ancient customs derived from pagan beliefs. Part of YWAM's presentation often includes entertainment by an affiliate group called ISLAND BREEZE, whose members are considered to be full-time missionaries. (James Dobson also brought them to his org. to perform)

According to their web site, Island Breeze International 21 "is affiliated with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) which the worlds largest missions organisation, the University of the Nations, which has 3 campuses in Switzerland, Hawaii and Tonga and Youth With A Mission Training NZ."

Their stated Mandate presents the familiar New Age phrase, "creating Unity in diversity." This Mandate falsely presents the idea that paganistic practices in various cultures are merely diversities in thought.

"The mandate of Island Breeze is to "Redeem the cultures of the nations to fulfill the great commission"! Every team & every team member is committed to seeing the cultural diversities of every people group released into the freedom and creativity that God has placed within each ethnos, and re-align them with the original intentions he had for them. Therefore creating UNITY IN DIVERSITY, as has been for told in:

Revelations 7:9 "and I looked and behold, and, there was a great multitude that no one could count, standing before the throne room of God, every nation and tribe, all peoples and languages, and they were singing "Holy are you Lord . . ."

From this picture we have a true understanding of God's desire for mankind, and this is one of Island Breeze' strongest foundations, and, the driving force behind each member that is involved." 21a

An observer of the ISLAND BREEZE performance states that dancers paint their faces and grimace with tongues extended, which is reminiscent of wooden religious carvings that are from the Pacific Island culture. "Wearing brief costumes they do the frenetic dances that are part of the old customs."

We know that most tribes and cultures based their beliefs on the occult and 'gods', and those beliefs dictated what they did through dance, rituals and appearance. That is no different than the expected influence of Biblical truth and obedience to it, in our own lives. To reject this fact is to deny the very history being proclaimed by these various groups.

Such paganism is retained among other 'Christian' native groups in the North American First Nations of Canada. First Nations Gospel Assembly professes Christianity yet promotes the shamanism of DreamCatchers 22, which is in their logo. Based upon the Masonic point within a circle, the Legend of the DreamCatcher 22a tells the history of this talisman to ward off bad dreams. Also like the Masons, "At FNGA we believe that all people and cultures are on a spiritual journey and God loves all people regardless of their culture or personal world view."

This type of syncretism is reminiscent of Promise Keepers "Stand in the Gap" gathering in Washington, D.C. in October of 1997 where several native American Indians opened the Sacred Assembly with an Indian chant. Only another American Indian would know the interpretation of this chant and which "god" may have been invoked. An ancient Indian invocation would have addressed the sun god commonly worshipped by primitive American tribes. 

PK founder Bill McCartney spoke favorably of the syncretism of cultural and racial traditions as part of "racial reconciliation in the body of Christ": ". . . this is unity in diversity, this is diversity without dissension"23. -- as long as one proclaims the Name of Jesus. Unfortunately, "another Jesus" was being proclaimed. (Phil. 2:2, I Thessalonians 4:7-9)

Paul states in 2 Corinthians 11: 3-4

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." 

Biblical Obedience

In the aforementioned apostate groups, there is a clear disregard of the requirement for pastoral leadership to teach the principle that young people must honor and obey their parents. According to Scripture, this requirement is not lifted when a child becomes a teenager. 

Part 1 of this series mentioned Columbine High School and similar horrors. Many are pointing fingers at parents -- what they teach and how they discipline. More than ever the Biblical truths regarding the relationship of parents and their children and teens need to be upheld--especially by clergy and those in youth leadership. As cited in these reports, there was clear endorsement by Christian leaders of young people disobeying their parents' commands.

Have these people who are upholding Biblical disobedience forgotten or deliberately ignored such verses as Ephesians 6:1-4, which are foundational to family relationships? Or Colossians 3:20 which says:

"Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."

Certainly a person in spiritual leadership needs to possess the many qualifications set down in the Scriptures before being accepted in that role. One requirement of an elder is that he "ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity." (I Tim. 3:4) The next verse asks, "For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?"

Being a teen or young adult does not give one license to rebel against the wishes of one's parents, and by extension against the Lord. Rebellion is to be expected in the non-Christian world and we are not to be of that mindset. Jesus said in John 15:14  

"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."

Jesus is also very clear that obedience to God's Word is the test of whether someone loves Him. John 14: 23-24

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."

 

Next Section: Part 3: Taking the Number

Previous Section: Part 1:Taking the Name

Update Footnotes

1.  http://one-way.org/jesusmovement/       click Leaders

2. The Cult That Snapped: A Journey Into the Way International, Karl Kahler, 1999,  p. 60-61

3. Ibid, p. 60

4. JESUS CHRIST IS NOT...A Closer Look at The Way's Efforts to "Divide" The Word About Jesus Christ;  http://www.empirenet.com/~messiah7/rsr_jcwdsway.htm

5. BIBLICAL RESEARCH & TEACHING http://www.empirenet.com/~messiah7/tw_research.htm 

 

Footnotes

 

  1. Florida Today, 02/12/1999. FINAL/ALL; Issue: PSA-2283; PEOPLE Section; Northern Lights Special collection
  2. Ibid.
  3. Gage Dictionary of Canadian English
  4. Ibid.
  5. Florida Today, 02/12/1999. FINAL/ALL; Issue: PSA-2283; PEOPLE Section; Northern Lights Special collection
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Enroth, Ronald M., Edward E. Ericson, Jr., and C. Breckenridge Peters.; The Jesus People: Old Time Religion in the Age of Aquarius; p.12, p.178; Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1972.
  9. Ibid., p.12
  10. Ibid., p. 184
  11. Hill, Clifford and Peter Fenwick, David Forbes, David Noakes; Blessing the Church?; Eagle; p.130
  12. Ibid., p.130
  13. Ibid., p.130-131
  14. Ibid., p.132
  15. Ibid., p.134
  16. Joe Sciacca,  "I (heart) Mom, but I can't put it in writing" ;Boston Globe, Monday, May 3, 1999, http://www.bostonherald.com/bostonherald/colm/sciacca05031999.htm
  17. Ibid.
  18. The Six-Pointed Star, Part III-A; Present Use of the Six-Pointed Star; 
  19. U.S. News & World Report, May 5, 1997, p. 10; Ibid

19.b. http://www.maori.org.nz/Maori-links/history.htm

19c. http://www.maori.org.nz/maori-links/tamoko.htm

19d. http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/tlamb/twowines.htm

20 Private email, Monday, August 2, 1999

20a http://www.waycool.on.ca/news/MOKO.htm

20b. http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/6936/Tattoo.html

21. http://www.islandbreeze.org.nz/about_us/index.htm

21a. Island Breeze Aotearoa; http://www.islandbreeze.org.nz/about_us/index.htm

22. http://www.spanit.com/~jander/

22a. http://www.dreamcatchers.org/dcat16T.html

23. Christian News, "Hundreds of Thousands Gather to Repent, Seek Religious Revival; Monday October 13, 1997, p.1,p. 3; Vol.35, No.37

Cairnes, Mark C., Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America, p. 46, Yale University Press, 1989

 Dictionary definitions from: Gage Dictionary of Canadian English

Quotes from Encarta are from: Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99. ;1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation.

 

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Now is the time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. "Behold now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation."  2Corinthians 6:2

If you read only one article on this website,
please let it be:

God's Simple Plan of Salvation.
It concerns the most important decision
you will ever make in your life!
Don't let this opportunity to be saved pass you by.

If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and would like some help understanding His gift of eternal salvation, please contact us. Saying a prayer won't save you. Prayer is merely expressing to God how you feel. Believing and repenting are just the beginning of walking with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 


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