December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Was America Founded Upon Judeo-Christianity ?

Politics makes strange bed-fellows. In the political debates in this country there are some ministers or preachers who try to pull the "Christian" population together to present a voting block for certain views of government which they, the ministers, view as the 'right' kind of government, or as some say, the 'Judeo-Christian' form of government.

Jerry Falwell is one such minister who comes to mind, as well as Pat Robertson. There are many others. They are all very involved in politics in this country because they say we need a Christian in government offices, especially that of President.

They believe that if we have a person in office who believes in 'Judeo-Christianity' that everything will be done "for the good of all the people."

These preachers have espoused the belief that America was founded upon 'Judeo-Christian' principles and that we should "get back to those principles" in order to have a "nation under God."

Was this nation EVER under God? Was this nation founded upon 'Judeo-Christian' principles? Is 'Judeo-Christianity' the kind of beliefs a person should have if they want to worship the True God? Is 'Judeo-Christianity' better than just 'Christianity?'

DOES IT EVEN MATTER?

In order to begin this article, we need to define 'Christianity' and try to come to grips with exactly what is meant by 'Judeo-Christianity.'

Webster's New World Dictionary says Christianity is:

"1. Christians collectively
 2. the Christian religion.
 3. [pl. -IES], a particular Christian religious system.
 4. the state of being a Christian
 5. Christian spirit, character, practices, etc."

My definition is "follower of Christ."

When people usually think about Christianity, they think of the main-stream Catholic and Protestant religions.

The word 'Judeo' seems to mean "based upon Judaism."

Judaism is, of course, the Jewish religion with all observances, oral and written, of it's customs, rules, traditions and such. The word Judaism is SUPPOSEDLY based upon the religion of Judah, and Judah was ONE of the sons of Jacob (Jacob's name was changed by God to Israel. Jacob had TWELVE sons who became physical Israel).

However, people today equate the word 'Jew' with the word 'Israel' and in their minds 'Jew' and 'Israel' mean the same thing. We see that because Jews live in the nation called Israel, most people believe Jews ARE Israel.

Nothing could be further from the truth because the Jewish people are ONLY A PART OF ISRAEL.

When the words Judaism and Christianity are combined by those trying to form a "Christian Coalition" it becomes "Judeo-Christianity" and calls upon all "Christians" of whatever denomination to form a voting block against anything these leaders deem "anti-Christian" in government.

MAN'S GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURE

Most people don't even realize that man's form of governmental structure goes all the way back to Babylon and the government that Nimrod set up. It doesn't make any difference who is the physical head of government, it will always be wrong because the structure is wrong.

Good people in office cannot fully change established governmental structure.They can make variations in it that can adversely affect those governed or they can ease the burden of people somewhat, but the foundational structure cannot be changed without the total rebuilding from the ground up!

Only the RETURNING CHRIST will be able to do that (Rev. 11:15), and that will involve a COMPLETE REBUILDING OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THIS WHOLE WORLD to conform to God's Governmental structure, which is THEOCRACY. TRULY God is the only one who KNOWS what is good for those He has created!

It also needs to be said that America was founded as a REPUBLIC which was government of the people, by the people and for the people through elected representatives. It is now called a DEMOCRACY which is supposed to be government by the people, but today is government OVER the people and only subsequently considers what the people desire, as long as those desires are in line with the desires of those who govern! It is basically power by government, not by the governed. However, neither a Republic or a Democracy will work simply because mankind does not know the way to true peace, prosperity, and long-life.

In my opinion the words "Judeo-Christian" are nothing more than an ECUMENICAL EFFORT to draw ALL PROFESSING CHRISTIANS into one Christian group, forming a formidable voting block to push through governments those things considered "Christian" by the leaders of today's 'Christianity' and to fight against those things which they have determined to be "un-christian!"

This term is also used to promote the idea that all the things done by this "Judeo-Christian" group are GODLY and relate to TRUE CHRISTIANITY!

But ARE THEY? What is TRUE CHRISTIANITY and what does true Christianity promote?

I don't know if I can answer ALL these questions, but in order to try to do so there needs to be some history presented here for the foundation of what is true and what is not. Perhaps those who read and who are better history buffs than I can begin to present even more facts relating to what this article is all about.

First we need to realize that Judaism is NOT TRUE CHRISTIANITY!!

The only part that might even apply to Christianity is the fact that JESUS WAS A JEW!! He was given birth by a Jewish woman named Mary, but His Father was NOT JEWISH! (Of course, his step-father, Joseph, was a Jew). Jesus' Father was GOD HIMSELF who created Jesus in the womb of Mary by the power of His Holy Spirit (His Mind).

This story is referenced in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38. This story tells us that Jesus was "Emmanuel - God with us" and that He was "the Son of God."

(Please read the articles in our web site Archives entitled "Was Jesus Really God?" and "The Human God" for much more information on this magnificent story. You might even want to read "Do You Believe God Is A Trinity? Why?" along with the other two articles to better understand the GodHead.)

Yes, I hate to burst the bubbles of a lot of people, but Jesus WAS a Jew. He was NOT black, or Asian, or anything else. He was a Jew, born of a Jewish woman who humbled herself before God to bring forth the Savior of mankind, for truly Jesus' name even means 'Salvation.'

BUT WHAT WAS JESUS' RELIGION?

He was continually in a battle with the religious leaders of His day, berating them for their traditions and beliefs which were contrary to scripture. He was even eventually MURDERED because of this battle against what the Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenees were teaching!!!

Jesus had NO RELIGION and did not come to start one! He came to build His Church, The Church of The Living God !

"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Mat. 16:17-18)

The name Peter (from "Petros") means "stone" or "little rock" or "pebble". The Rock Jesus was talking about was Himself (from "Petra" , meaning cliff, jutting ledge, large rock. Metaphorically it means "A man like a Rock" -Strong's Concordance.).

"He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." (De 32:4)

For more on this Rock, please read "Was Jesus God?" in the archives of our web site.

The Jews of today, as a whole, DO NOT believe Jesus is the Savior of mankind. Some believe He was a good man, a Rabbi, a Teacher sent by God (but they don't believe He came FROM God, they don't believe He WAS GOD!!- John 1:1). They have REJECTED out of hand, the belief that Jesus came to die for the sins of mankind. Most of them believe in salvation by the keeping of the commandments, but even that belief has been enlarged to include obedience to the oral traditions and festivals that have been handed down to them by "the fathers."

The Holy Day observances they keep today have little, if anything, to do with "the faith once delivered to the Saints!"

Judaism today is a mish-mash mixture of many beliefs. There are Kabbalaites, Karaites, Mystics, and others who make up the Judaic religion.

Kaballahism is "The Mystical Science of Divinity". Notice it is mysticism wrapped in a blanket of Judeo-religious beliefs. The practice of Kaballah existed alongside Judaism for many years, but began to be incorporated into Judaism in ways difficult to understand, since mysticism HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH "the FAITH ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS!"

However, it does have EVERYTHING to do with the Babylonian Mystery Religion of Semiramis!

One such person who believes Kaballah (it is also spelled many other ways such as Qabballah) is one Jerry Clifford Welsh who has a web site touting the benefits of the Kaballistic belief system. He is a self-affirmed mystic.

On that site he lists three great principles of Kaballah.
1. It must PERSONALLY be received.
2. It is received on FOUR LEVELS (called worlds) at ONCE.
3. It is the Tree of Eternal Life.

This third principle is said to embody "the entire structure of the Light Body". This LIGHT BODY is an integral part of most mystic religions and is said to be COMPOSED OF THREE (what-evers). These three differ according to which religion it is related. Some call them "worlds', some "spirits", some "beings", but it is still MYSTICAL. (and probably helped lead to the belief of the Trinity.)

God has condemned all mystics, spiritualists, necromancers, witches, channelers! There are a number of scriptures but I will quote one or two here.

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." (Ex 22:18)
"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch," (Deut. 18:10)

THE BABYLONIAN MYSTERY RELIGION

These kinds of beliefs came out of Egyptian religions and thusly go all the way back to the Babylonian Mystery Religion begun by Semiramis. She was the mother/wife of Nimrod (who was the first despot on earth). Nimrod CHALLENGED God should God EVER DARE to destroy the earth with a flood again. (See Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews.) Semiramis became known as the Goddess of Heaven, Mother Goddess, Aphrodite, Astarte, Ishtar, Isis, and other names as her Mysteries began to be accepted by the religious people of various nations. (Just as an aside --- the name Ishtar is pronounced "Easter")

This Babylonian Mystery Religion has come down to modern times in many disguises, causing people to accept the subtle teachings of Satan which even Eve accepted in the Garden of Eden.

Basically, it is a religion of believing whatever you want, doing whatever you want because the Kingdom (of God), they say, is within you. It teaches that every individual is the owner of this kingdom and can be whatever they want to be.

This belief that the "kingdom of God is within you" comes from a scripture in Luke 17:20-21.

"And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:"
"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

That word 'within' is from the Greek "entos" which means 'in the midst of you.' Why would Jesus say that the Kingdom of God was in those vain, puffed up, Pharisees when He spent many days rebuking them for their vanity and hypocrisy?

The answer is, of course, He wouldn't!! The translators mis-translated the word 'entos.'

Then WHAT was Jesus telling them? Every kingdom has a king. In scripture, and in other writings, the word kingdom and king can be, and usually is, referring to the same thing.

Here Jesus was telling them that the Kingdom of God (Jesus) was there AMONG them!!

The Babylonian Mysteries have become incorporated into this world's religions in such depth that people cannot disbelieve them UNLESS GOD SWEEPS THEM FROM THEIR MIND and CALLS an individual to Jesus the Christ to be sanctified unto God the Father. (Sanctified means to be 'set apart for Holy Use and Purpose.)

Again, we can find in scripture that God condemns witchcraft (Ex. 22:18; Deut. 18:20; Isa.15:23; 2 Ch. 33:6; gal. 5:20) in ANY of its forms, such as, astrology, horoscope, magic, channeling, seance, etc.

We can see from just the above revealing of kaballahism that Judaism is, as I said, a mish-mash mixture of religious beliefs with only a very little of seemingly Godly things thrown in to make these beliefs palatable to many people. (And Kabballahistic belief is only a PART of the Judaic religion).

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Emperor Constantine added a mish-mash mixture of beliefs into Catholic Christianity when he declared anyone anathema who practiced the observance of the Seventh Day Sabbath. That declaration set a seal of death upon anyone who wanted to truly follow the God preached by Jesus and His twelve disciples (Apostles) and of course, THAT PREACHING WAS THE FAITH THAT WAS DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS.

The Roman Emperor had begun to mix into that church, which came out of the Dark Ages, a conglomeration of religious concepts incorporating many pagan rituals, ceremonies, and beliefs which moved that church even further away from "the faith once delivered to the saints!!"

From the end of the 1st century, the beliefs held by those who had been instructed in "That Way" of life which Jesus, and His loyal followers taught, began to fade and be replaced by compromise and reasoning based upon humanism, spiritualism, mysticism, paganism, and religious ways other than those which had been taught by the Twelve.

The Apostle John was the last of the original disciples who preached that way of life, and he was in exile on the Isle of Patmos when the Risen Jesus revealed to him all that John later wrote in the Book of Revelation!

MORE PERSECUTION

The second century saw more persecution brought on those true followers of the way Christ taught, and more oppression to those who dared to remain faithful to Jesus the Christ. By the middle of the third century the teachings of the original church which Christ built could no longer be seen in the practices of that church, which we know today as the Catholic Church.

By the middle of the third century we see a church which is completely different from the Church Jesus first built. It was a church of hierarchal ministerial structure, FULL OF MAN'S GLORY, which was based upon the RULE AND GLORY of one MAN, who presented himself as God whenever he was seated upon his throne. This man claimed to trace his ancestry back to the original head of the Church on earth, who they believe was the Apostle Peter.

In essence, the Church Jesus built almost seemed to disappear! However, we have the concrete promise that "... and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Mat. 16:18)

PETER WAS NEVER THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH!

A close study of scripture, will show that Peter was NEVER the 'head' of the church, NOR WAS ANY OTHER MAN!! Jesus LIVES TODAY and REMAINS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH!! He did not leave the leadership of the church in human hands. In fact, Peter was one who was SENT to preach the Gospel! The word 'apostle' simply means "One who is sent."

Jesus is STILL the Head of God's Church, and always will be!! He was the one who did the sending of others to preach the Gospel, the good news of the coming Kingdom of God.

This then is the Judaism, and other religions, that is such a mixture of beliefs which disregard Jesus, and some of these religions don't even don't believe there IS a Savior!!

JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY?

Now what about this "Judeo-Christianity" upon which America was supposed to be founded?

Jesus spent part of His ministry teaching that brethren were not to "Lord it over one another" or take authority upon themselves to "rule" the church.

"But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
"But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister (that word means 'servant'-editor):
"And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42-45)

The word 'minister' MEANS 'servant'. Jesus came to SERVE mankind and give his life for whoever would accept that sacrifice for their sins. Not only that but some church groups today have coined the phrase "servant-leadership", which is nothing more than a SMOKE-SCREEN for the fact that they are AUTHORITARIANS who RULE the church with iron hands!!

Jesus also said this in Luke 22:24-27:

"And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
"And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
"But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
"For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

Yes, Jesus came to serve, and during the footwashing service the night He established the New Covenant Passover, He made this statement:

"Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
"For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." (John 13:13-16)

Truly, everyone should be under Christ as brethren, not overlords of the heritage which Christ gave to ALL of us. We should ALL be serving each other AND the world.

A LITTLE HISTORY OF 'THE CHURCH'

For further explanation we will need to go back in history again to the former homeland of the Pilgrims.

During the time the pilgrims lived in England, they were required to be members of The Church of England (The Anglican Church). Those who wanted to reform the church or to leave it were persecuted and, at times, put to death for what the church viewed as fanaticism.

The beliefs of the Anglican Church were derived from Celtic Druidism, Catholic, Protestant, and many other beliefs including paganism. These religions ALL contained worship of trees, the earth, animals, images, idols, stars, planets, water, wind, and other things.

The Anglican Church fluctuated mainly between Protestant and Catholic beliefs depending upon how the King, at the time, believed. However, none of the beliefs, protestant or catholic, were very different except in the mechanics of worship. The beliefs still encompassed Sunday, Easter, Christmas, Hallowe'en, and the other things I have mentioned above.

Those who opposed the beliefs of the Church of England were those who wanted to purify the church, thus 'the puritans'. Those who wanted to be completely free from the church were called 'separatists'.

At the beginning of the 1600s, a group of Separatists began to gather at Scrooby in the northeastern county of Nottingham, England.

During this time, Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603 and James VI of Scotland became James I of England. Although he was a Protestant, the separatists soon found out that he would broach no rebellion to the Church and to HIS beliefs.

The quote below is from an article by Duane A. Cline on the Internet:

"The separatists wanted to worship in a very simple manner without all of the ritual and symbols which were used in the Anglican Church. In their study of the Bible (the Geneva translation- Editor) they had decided the original church in New Testament times had been a simple church and they wished to follow that example in their own worship. They believed there were so many changes needed to be made in the Anglican Church that it could not be accomplished to their satisfaction. Therefore, the only possibility for them was to "separate" completely from the state church."

"Their pastor, Richard Clyfton, had guided this religious community into a form of democratic self-government. Various points of view were tolerated, but the will of the majority ruled in decision-making. The members of this group believed in equal rights and equal duties for members of its congregation. Our modern concepts of a democratic system of government began with Pastor Richard Clyfton. Later it was their Pastor John Robinson who first coined the word "independent" in the matter of self-government."

"The Scrooby Separatists soon learned the Gainsborough congregation of seventy or eighty members and their pastor, John Smyth, had sold their lands and goods and removed themselves and their families to Amsterdam, where they joined the First Church at Amsterdam, known as the Ancient Brethern."

It was in Holland that the people were able to worship in the way they desired to worship, and had freedoms which they had not had in many years in England.

However, the everyday pressures of life in the Dutch cities where the separatists had gone began to tell on them. Some who had lost all their money and properties, returned to England and prison rather that to try to eke out an existence in Holland. Their children began to absorb the ways of the Dutch, and because of the separatist's beliefs this was entirely unacceptable to them.

Persecution also set in upon those in Leiden, Holland because of their attempts to spread their beliefs. Some were beaten and some were even stoned because of the anti-catholic beliefs they were promoting.

Because of this persecution, the separatist group decided to petition King James for a Charter to go to the New World and set up a colony to spread the gospel. James, of course, denied their petition.

They began to try to raise money to ship out on the Mayflower, which they had heard was going soon to the new world. Their trials and tribulations to even get to the docks and aboard the Mayflower are recounted in various books and studies around the world and on the internet if anyone is interested in pursuing this information.

Finally about sixty or seventy of the separatists were able to board ship at Southhampton along with enough "strangers" to make up the list of about 120 who sailed from England and came to America. It is not known who all these strangers were.

The whole group became known as the Pilgrims when they landed at Plymouth. The separatists began to plant food and live their own way and to worship in their own manner. It is said they wanted to worship God "in spirit and in truth." However, history doesn't bear out that they were able to do so. The Protestant/Catholic beliefs they had been taught all their lives still held sway over them, even though they were adamant about not worshipping as the Anglican church did. It was worthy desires and for a time they did well, until others began to come over and influence them and their children in the old ways of worship.

Months later Puritans began to arrive at Plymouth and become a part of the colony and spread from there to other parts of the northeastern continent.

Those Puritans were members of the Church of England who were interested in changing the Church and the ways it worshipped from within, but who also retained most of the beliefs of the Anglican Church.

Those Puritans began to insert their beliefs into church services, and the Pilgrims slowly began to accept these beliefs back into their worship. Thus, the desires of those original sixty or seventy pilgrims to worship God "in Spirit and in Truth" went by the wayside and were soon lost in the morass of beliefs of the majority.

THE BELIEFS UPON WHICH AMERICA WAS FOUNDED

This mixture of beliefs then, of Protestant, Catholic, Celtic, and others became the foundation upon which this United States of America was founded.

IT WAS NOT THE FAITH "ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THE SAINTS," as mentioned in the Book of Jude.

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3)

In the beginning it seems that this was what the Pilgrims truly desired. However, these desires were scattered and trounced by the infiltration of those espousing different beliefs containing much of the Catholic, Protestant, and Celtic (pronounced kel-tik) religions.

Mysticism and magic, idols and idol worship became this religion called Christianity in this new United States of America. Reverence to statues, images and carvings of the cross with the supposed body of Jesus upon it became part of everyday worship.

The major religion of the Celts was Druidism. Oral traditions were important to the Celts and was a major part in the training of Druids. There has been a lot of things written about Druids, but they were a curious lot; a sort of super-class of priests, political advisors, teachers, healers, and arbitrators. They had their own universities, where traditional knowledge was passed on by verbal repetition. They had the right to speak ahead of the king in council, and may have held more authority than the king. They acted as ambassadors in time of war, they composed verse and upheld the law. They were a sort of glue holding together Celtic culture. The druids were also tree-worshippers. They especially worshipped oak trees, and the mistletoe which grew on them.

A lot of the druidic beliefs have been incorporated into the holiday seasons most people in this country now observe.

Celtic religion featured many female deities such as mother goddesses and war goddesses. The Mother Goddess of the Celts was often conceived as a warrior, fighting with weapons and instructing the hero in superior secrets of warfare.

It seems to me that this refers back to Semiramis, the Mother Goddess of that time.

Celtic deities were tribal by nature, and each tribe or clan would have its own names for particular gods and goddesses. This accounts for the great diversity of names in Celtic mythology. There are over 300 different names recorded. The Celts also believed that it was dangerous to name a sacred thing by its correct name, the result being that sacred things are often referred to in a roundabout way.

The Jewish people today blank out part of the Name of God, believing it is wrong to use it in everyday writing.

Here is a statement by Kieron, a North-East UK Druid, from ReligiousTolerance.org Internet web site:

"Druidry is not a religion. It's a philosophy and you can worship a God or a Goddess, it's up to you. You can be a Christian or a Moslem or anything else and still be a Druid. "But while a Christian will say God made that tree, a Druid will say the energy of a creative force is in that tree."

That same site said this about the History of Druidism.

"Modern Druidism is one of the Neopagan family of religions, which includes Wicca and recreations of Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Roman and other ancient Pagan religions. Some present-day Druids attempt to reconstruct of the beliefs and practices of ancient Druidism. Other modern-day followers of Druidism work directly with the spirits of place, of the gods and of their ancestors to create a new Druidism.

"Within ancient Druidism, there were three specialties. "A general categorisation of the three different grades accords the arts to the bards, the skills of prophecy and divination to the Ovates and philosophical, teaching, counselling and judicial tasks to the Druid." 1

"The Bards were "the keepers of tradition, of the memory of the tribe - they were the custodians of the sacredness of the Word." In Ireland, they trained for 12 years learning grammar, hundreds of stories, poems, philosophy, the Ogham tree-alphabet.


"The Ovates worked with the processes of death and regeneration. They were the native healers of the Celts. They specialized in divination, conversing with the ancestors, and prophesizing the future.

"The Druids and Druidesses formed the professional class in Celtic society. They performed the functions of modern day priests, teachers, ambassadors, astronomers, genealogists, philosophers, musicians, theologians, scientists, poets and judges. They underwent lengthy training: some sources say 20 years. Druids led all public rituals, which were normally held within fenced groves of sacred trees. In their role as priests, "they acted not as mediators between God and man, but as directors of ritual, as shamans guiding and containing the rites." Most leaders mentioned in the surviving records were male. It is not known whether female Druids were considered equal to their male counterparts, or whether they were restricted to special responsibilities. References to women exercising religious power might have been deleted from the record by Christian monks during the Celtic Christian era. "

All of this was a part of the worship of the Anglican Church which was a mixture of Catholic, Protestant, Celtic, and Judaic beliefs.

A DIFFERENT JESUS!

A DIFFERENT Jesus than we read about in scripture was the focus of pilgrim and puritan worship because of this background of worship in those mixed religions!

Rather than the Holy Days of Leviticus 23 which were observed by the original disciples and Jesus, there was Easter, Christmas, Hallowe'en and other derivations of these pagan days of worship. These beliefs came from the Druidic/Catholic religions.

Rather than keeping the Sabbath Holy as commanded by God in His Word, they worshipped on the "venerable day of the sun". Sunday had always been the "day of rest" for these people who had wanted to flee from the Church of England. They did not depart from this and begin to seek the "faith once delivered to the saints." It seems they accepted without question the other holidays, and never sought to begin keeping the Holy Days which Jesus and His Apostles commanded to be kept.

God condemned those who turned their backs on the Temple and worshipped the Sun rising in the East!

"And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." (Eze 8:16)

This, of course, is tied to a "sunrise service" which most churches hold each year at "Easter." It is an integral part of the worship of the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar. (Pronounced 'Easter') She was considered "The Light Bringer."

A quote from the Internet site "The Ishtar Gate.":

"Babylonian High-Mother-Goddess.
Like Inanna, she is the goddess of fertility, love and war. Her cult was the most important one in ancient Babylon and Ishtar became under various
names the most important Goddess of the Near-East and Western Asia."

Many are the places where shrines were erected to her and her names invoked. Most famous of these are Niniveh, Aleppo and Babylon, where a beautiful temple to her was erected in about 550 BCE. But also the old temples of Inanna became a home for Ishtar as well. The main temple of Ishtar in Babylon was called Eturkalamma. She was also worshiped in the cities Uruk, Akkad and Kisch.

Her worshippers believed her astral appearance was seen in the planet Venus as Zib, the eveningstar and Dilbah, the morningstar.

The observance of Easter today by modern churches incorporates many signs of fertility, such as the egg, and the rabbit. The coloring of the eggs comes from the ancient Babylonian Mystery religion and is equated by most with Semiramis.

THE MOST OBSERVED DAY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!

Then we have Christmas. The most observed day on the face of the earth under different names.

But where did it come from?

It is no secret that Christmas (Christ's Mass) is based on pagan beliefs since each year at Christmas time the newspapers, magazines and television channels are alive with the stories of where Christmas beliefs came from. If you are interested in more on this please check our archives for articles on Christmas and it's symbols. Druidism even comes into play here as people cut trees out of the forest, bring them into the house and nail them on cross braces so they will stand erect. Then they decorate them with silver and gold tinsel, and other things. They then place gifts under the boughs of the tree.

There is even a scripture which talks about this tradition and custom.

"Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
"For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
"They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
"They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good." (Jer. 10:1-5)

Hallowe'en is based upon witchcraft and demonism as anyone knows. The children are dressed up as ghosts, spirits, skeletons, black cats, etc. and then go about the neighborhood with threats of "tricks" if they aren't given "treats".

This then is the religion upon which this nation was founded and which is now called the "Judeo-Christian" religion by many.

NOT THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED!

America NEVER observed the Days which God has commanded that people should observe in spirit and in truth!! America never tried to "get back to the faith once delivered to the Saints!!"

Whenever one sees a church or religion in motion pictures or written in stories, that religion is Catholic, or some close derivative of Catholicism. When one mentions Christianity, the usual thought is the Catholic church.

America is a nation with a mish-mash mixture of religions which worships men (calling them Reverend and Father, (Names which God has reserved unto Himself), animals, stars, etc., but NEVER worships in the way God commanded in Deuteronomy.

"When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;"
"Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise."
"Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods."
"What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it." (Deut. 12:29-32)

Yes the people of this nation worship another Jesus!!

"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." (1 Cor. 11:3-4)

With the foregoing information known to us, is it any wonder that Jude exhorts us to :

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 3)

We should ALL be CONTENDING EARNESTLY for that faith which JESUS DELIVERED to the Saints. That faith which instructs us to observe ALL the Holy Days as delineated in Lev. 23, and the Holy Sabbath Day in which God rested as shown in Genesis 2, and to observe them according to what Scripture tells us. Certainly not according to how everyone thinks they should be observed, because those observances are replete with that mixture of religions which I have mentioned above.

That seventh day Sabbath and the other festival Holy Days are the only days God has made Holy by putting His Presence in them. The Seventh Day Sabbath is the very TEST COMMANDMENT which God used to test the Children of Israel when they came out of Egypt to see whether or not they would OBEY Him!!

That Seventh Day Sabbath (or any of the other Holy Days) has never been abrogated by God in spite of what the Protestant/Catholic (mixed religions) preach!!

Because these "Judeo-Christians" do not observe the Holy Days which God has commanded, they CANNOT know His PLAN OF SALVATION, for that plan of salvation is based upon and explained by God's Holy Sabbath Days and Festivals.

Some might say, "but Jesus attended the worship services of Judaism."

Jesus NEVER accepted the teachings promoted by the Scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenees if they were not a part of God's ORIGINAL Holy Day plan!! He went to the temple and preached "deliverance" to those who heard Him. He preached the TRUTH as opposed to what the religious leaders were preaching. He never participated in their religious beliefs!!

In SPITE of what we have been led to believe, Jesus NEVER participated in anything that was opposed to the correct teachings of God!! The fact that we don't know exactly what went on in the services He attended does not diminish this statement at all.

AMERICA IS TRULY A 'JUDEO-CHRISTIAN' NATION!

Since the Christian religion of the people of this nation is that mish-mash mixture of different religions, and since Judaism is such a mixture of religions and paganism, then it must be said that AMERICA TRULY IS A JUDEO-CHRISTIAN NATION.

This is a nation who practices paganism mixed with things which have been espoused as "Christian." A nation who is NOT WORSHIPPING GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!! A nation who is accepting more and more religions as 'equal' to the so called Christian religion of this nation.

And of course, as Judeo-Christianity is practiced, they truly ARE EQUAL in status because NONE OF THEM worships the TRUE GOD!!

We truly are a nation who has REJECTED THE TRUE GOD and accepted a god of mixed religions. We have truly, as a religious nation, allowed others to come in preaching blasphemy against the Great God and accepted it as "equal" with Christianity.

And why not?

The very religion of this nation is blasphemy against the Great God!!!!

TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS NOT 'JUDEO-CHRISTIAN' !

TRUE CHRISTIANITY, the faith once delivered to the saints, is NOT a mixture of religions, and God CONDEMNS the practices of those who claim this "Judeo-Christianity" to be a part of worship of the TRUE God!!! (DEUT. 12:29-32)

Some have even claimed that God gave us this nation because of how righteous we are and how we have worshipped Him.

That just is NOT true!! The ONLY reason we have this nation is because OF THE PROMISES GOD MADE TO ABRAHAM, the father of the faithful!!

That is mentioned in Gen. 17:5, in the scriptures below, and in other places.

"And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar."
"And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:"
"Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;"
"And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
"Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. (Gen. 26:1-5)

The people of this nation have NEVER worshipped the TRUE God, that TRUE GOD the Apostles worshipped and about whom they taught.

God KEEPS His promises in spite of what people do. God maintains His truth and glory in spite of what humans do.

God IS God. He is TRUTH!!

BEWARE AMERICA of where your "Judeo-Christian" religion is leading you!!! BE AWARE that it is that wide-gated, broad way that leads to destruction!!

"... for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:" (Mat. 7:13)

Prayerfully entreat Jesus to show you the strait, difficult gate and the narrow way that leads to everlasting life!!!

"Because strait (hard, difficult) is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Mt 7:14)

Yes, truly. America has accepted the "Judeo-Christian" religion, but it's not yet too late to turn around and head for that "faith once delivered to the saints!!"

WHAT ABOUT 'THAT WAY' OF LIFE?

But HOW does a person find out about that WAY when everywhere a person turns, all they see are Protestant, Catholic, and other religions?

One good place to begin is to access the Internet and log on to http://7times.org. This web site is stated as being "A Newsletter of Biblical Understanding."

It is NON-DENOMINATIONAL, and is heavy with articles that will lead you to the SPIRIT AND TRUTH in which God demands that you worship Him!! You will find articles, audio sermons, music, and questions and answers that fulfill that command.

When you are there be certain to check out the Links Page which will lead you to many more web sites who preach that "faith once delivered to the Saints!"

You might want to take special notice of the BibleStudy.org web site with its miriad of questions answered by the "e-mail evangelists" and many bible articles.

If we at SevenTimes Newsletter can be of service to you in any way, please send the editor a letter and ASK.

Your friend,

Ken

 

Ken Browder, Editor-The SevenTimes Newsletter-

"A Newsletter of Biblical Understanding"

 

To help to further explain some of the content of this article, please read the article "Come Out Of Her, My People!!

 

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