Monday, July 2, 2012

Successful Hostage Rescue Mission: Jesus Christ the righteous!


SAVED BY SOVEREIGN GRACE  
1. By the Lord’s determination, I was chosen to salvation; What a wondrous proclamation, Saved by sovereign grace. 

2. With His blood the Savior bought me, Lovingly the Shepherd sought me, And His Spirit now has taught me, Jesus saves from sin. 

3. Member of a holy nation, Saved from endless condemnation; By the Spirit’s generation, I have life in Him. 

4. Lost in sin, the Savior found me, Broke the chains of sin that bound me; O what love and grace surround me, I am safe in Him. 

5. What a Refuge of salvation, Christ the Rock is my Foundation; This my joyful contemplation, Saved forevermore.


-TUNE:  "PRAISE THE SAVIOR" 8.8.8.5. Words by Jim Byrd



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 "Salvation is wholly of grace, not only undeserved but undesired by us until God is pleased to awaken us to a sense of our need of it. And then we find everything prepared that our wants require or our wishes conceive; yea, that He has done exceedingly beyond what we could either ask or think. Salvation is wholly of the Lord and bears those signatures of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness which distinguish all His works from the puny imitations of men. It is every way worthy of Himself, a great, a free, a full, a sure salvation. It is great whether we consider the objects (miserable, hell-deserving sinners), the end (the restoration of such alienated creatures to His image and favor, to immortal life and happiness) or the means (the incarnation, humiliation, sufferings and death of His beloved Son). It is free, without exception of persons or cases, without any conditions or qualifications, but such as He, Himself, performs in them and bestows upon them."

-John Newton (author of the hymn, Amazing Grace)


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"Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9c), entirely so, from beginning to end. It is God's "great salvation," in its origination, in its effectuation, in its application and in its consummation. Man contributes nothing to it whatsoever. All the Trinity are concerned and engaged in it. The Father is the Author of salvation from sin, Christ the Purchaser, the Spirit the Conveyor. It is the Father who begets the elect (James 1:17, 18); yet they are declared to be the "seed" of Christ (Is. 53:10), while they are "born" of the Spirit (Jn. 3:6)."

-The Satisfaction of Christ, ch. xii, by Arthur W. Pink


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"The gospel is no other than a pure promise, a free declaration of peace and pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation to poor sinners by Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of it is, that this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15)."

-The Doctrine of Imputed Righteousness Without Works, by John Gill


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“Christ died for the UNGODLY” (Rom. 5:6). God’s righteous grace comes to us through the law-honouring, justice-satisfying, sin-atoning Work of the Lord Jesus! Here, then, is the very essence of the Gospel: the proclamation of God’s amazing grace, the declaration of Divine bounty, altogether irrespective of human worth or merit. In the great Satisfaction of His Son, God has “brought near HIS righteousness” (Isa. 46:13). 

-The Doctrine of Justification, ch. vii, by Arthur W. Pink


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"The miracle announced by the Gospel is that God comes to the ungodly with a mercy that is righteous, and in spite of all their depravity and rebellion, enables them through faith (on the ground of Christ’s righteousness) to enter into a new and blessed relation with Himself."
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"In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD  OUR  RIGHTEOUSNESS." -Jeremiah 23:6"...the righteousness of God without the law is manifested... being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." -Romans 3:21-26 

"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." -Isaiah 43:25 

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." -II Corinthians 5:21 

"Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?" -Micah 7:18a 

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” ...Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"  
-Romans 8:1, 33-35


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"From whence this fear and unbelief?
Hast Thou, O Father, put to grief
Thy spotless Son for me?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was laid on Thee?

If Thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my place endured
The whole of wrath Divine;
Payment God cannot twice demand
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine.

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid,
What e’er Thy people owed;
How then can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in Thy righteousness,
And sprinkled with Thy blood?

Turn, then, my soul, unto thy rest,
The merits of thy great High Priest
Speak peace and liberty.
Trust in His efficacious blood,
Nor fear thy banishment from God,
Since Jesus died for thee."
-Augustus Toplady 


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"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c [AV]


"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."-John 5:24 [AV]


---Jesus Christ the LORD, sent by the Father to effectually and fully SAVE poor,needy, wretched sinners by His own sovereign free grace and by His perfect righteousness charged to our accounts!






Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Call



Behold, the day of the LORD cometh” -Isaiah 13:9


"Prepare to meet thy God" -Amos 4:12


"...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" -Hebrews 9:27


"As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE. ...for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" -Romans 3:10, 23


"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" -I John 3:4


"How can ye escape the damnation of hell?" -asks Jesus Christ (see Matthew 23:33)


"Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." -Isaiah 55:6, 7


"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." -says Jesus Christ (see Mark 1:15)


"And *He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKEN-HEARTED, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED, TO PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." ---* The Lord Jesus Christ (see Luke 4:16-19)


"...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures..." -I Corinthians 15:3-4


"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c


"...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." -says the Lord Jesus (see Luke 13:3)


This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” -I Timothy 1:15


"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." -Acts 4:12


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." -Ephesians 2:8-9


"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." -John 1:12-13


The Lord Jesus Christ is
"the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." -see Hebrews 5:9


"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite. The LORD lifteth up the meek: He casteth the wicked down to the ground. ...He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: He taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.” -Psalm 147:3-6 & 10-11


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ...He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." -John 3:16 & 36


"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." -Psalm 118:8


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Governor Among the Nations


"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The epistle of Paul the apostle to the Philippians ch.2, vss.5-11 [KJV]

"Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees: say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you." The book of Isaiah ch.35, vss.3-4 [KJV]

NOTE: A serious "Head's-Up" to all Civil Magistrates & Ecclesiastical leaders is enclosed in the following article. Also, it should prove to be a joyful reminder and great comfort unto God's faithful and called-out saints. This article originally appeared in the Vol.1, No.21, July 1, 1868 A.D. issue of The Christian Statesman.

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Governor Among the Nations

by Samuel Carlisle


The book of Psalms is full of Christ. It everywhere exhibits the Redeemer in the dignity of his person, and the excellency of his work. Remarkable, however, even among the Psalms known as Messianic, is the twenty-second, in which the title at the head of this article is applied to Christ. As we read this Psalm, the incidents of our Lord's humiliation, and his subsequent exaltation pass in clear perspective before us. We see many bulls compassing him, strong bulls of Bashan surrounding him, piercing his hands and his feet. We see his garments parted, and lots cast upon his vesture. We hear him exclaim, in the depth of his terrible agony, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" We see him emerge from the darkness. The triumphs of his gospel are celebrated. The kindreds of the nations worship before him, and amidst subjects gathered from all the ends of the world, and bowing in adoration before his throne, he is proclaimed "Governor among the nations." There can be no doubt that this title is applicable to Jesus as the exalted Mediator. In other passages of Scripture he is similarly designated--"The first born, higher than the kings of the earth"; "King of nations"; "Prince of the kings of the earth"; "King of kings, and Lord of lords." And eminently is he fitted for this honorable position. The nations cannot have a Governor more suitable.

1. Intellectual and moral qualifications are essential to official position and authority among men. Social peace and prosperity are dependent, to a great extent, upon these qualifications in the ruler. "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn." "Thou shalt provide out of all the people," says Jethro to Moses, "able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness, and place such over them to be rulers." And the counsel of Moses to the Israelites was: "Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you."

These important qualifications are found in their highest degree of perfection in the "Governor among the nations." He is God's "well beloved Son"; "the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person." "His understanding is infinite." He knows every subject of his extensive empire; he fully understands the law which is to be administered--the principles upon which the government is to be conducted; he sees what is best to be done in every possible contingency, and commands the means by which everything is to be effected. No injustice can characterize his reign, for "He is without sin," "just in all his ways, and holy in all his works." The scepter of his kingdom, by which he subdues and protects his people, and overcomes their enemies, is "a right scepter." The law which he administers is perfect, adapted to men in every age, every land, every stage of civilization, never requiring revision nor amendment--like himself, it is immutable. The highest interests of the subjects will never be disregarded in this kingdom, for he who sits upon the throne is the same tender and compassionate One that wept at the grave of Lazarus, and in prospect of the terrible judgments which were to be inflicted upon Jerusalem.

2. Legal qualifications are as essential to a ruler as personal fitness. Whatever his personal fitness, the man who occupies official position should be elected to it in a constitutional manner.

Such fitness also has the "Governor among the nations." True, the nations have not chosen him to be their ruler. On the contrary, "the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his Anointed." Nevertheless, the "Governor among the nations" "is seated upon a throne, the foundation of which is justice and judgment." God the Father has anointed him as King, and has committed all judgment unto him, "that all men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father." The Psalmist in another Psalm describes his investiture with authority in this sublime language: "The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even the thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive"; and again, "The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool."

The apostle John, caught up in the spirit to the door opened in heaven, was revealed the following significant vision: "Behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper, and a sardine stone." The occupant of the throne, God the Father himself, characterized by the description as a being of infinite purity and justice, held in his right hand a book "sealed with seven seals." A strong angel proclaims with a loud voice the challenge, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?" And John wept much, because no man was found worthy. But his tears are soon stayed, for lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb slain, "came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne." How full of meaning is the whole scene! The book sealed with seven seals symbolizes the sovereign and mysterious purposes of God in their completeness. The Father's act, putting the book into the hands of the Lamb, exhibits Christ as divinely authorized to administer the government in the operations of which these purposes are wrought out. The taking of the book, and the opening of the seals by the Lamb, signifies the Redeemer's voluntary assumption and execution of the Mediatorial office and work. What wonder, then, that the four living creatures, and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, and "sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof."

3. The honor of authoritative place and ruling power is frequently the reward among men for eminent services. Thus was Joseph honored in Egypt, and Daniel at the court of Babylon.

But noble and meritorious as services performed by patriots and philanthropists may have been, none are worthy to be compared, whether we consider the person, the motive, the work itself, or the glorious blessings resulting from its accomplishment, with those which Christ rendered when he obeyed the law, and endured its penalty, by one offering perfecting forever them that are sanctified. The Redeemer's unparalleled services in behalf of man give him a claim to Mediatorial dominion over the nations which no generous mind can dispute. "Thou art worthy," say the living creatures and elders in humble and adoring acknowledgment of the right as well as the fitness of the Lamb to administer the government, "for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us unto God." "He humbled himself, and became obedient to death--even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."

May our nation soon bend her knee in subjection to this "Governor among the nations" and his righteous law; and may her confession of her sovereign Lord, solemnly recorded where men go to learn a nation's character, in the Constitution, be publicly known and read of all nations of the earth. Neglect is attended with danger. Social peace and prosperity are promoted by obedience. "Blessed is that people whose God is the Lord."

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"We have staked the future...upon the capacity of each and all of us, to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God." --- James Madison, 1788

"By giving the government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal; and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable." --- F. A. Hayek

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one, indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." --- John Q. Adams

"A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to Him from whose punishment they cannot protect us. All human laws which contradict His laws we are in conscience bound to disobey." --- George Mason

The LORD JESUS CHRIST be magnified (not mere men)!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

"God is angry with the wicked every day."

PSYOPS, Treachery and Deception:
The Visible Church upon the Earth


FOCUS: Exactly WHO is it that Almighty God considers His primary enemy upon the face of the earth?

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." Marcus Tullius Cicero, Statesman & orator of ancient Rome, approx. 45 B.C.


NOTE: Let the gentle, God-fearing reader consider that Cicero's comment should not be restricted to the sphere of Civil Authority: I contend that his statement can also be applied to the Ecclesiastical Body that professes heavenly authority upon the earth; remember the Words of Christ Jesus, when He said, “Take heed lest any man deceive you.”(see Matthew 24:4-5). Consider the smallest nation upon the face of the earth, with kings, princes, Prime Ministers and Presidents that bow down and show veneration to the head of this abomination and amalgamation of 'Church/State'. Truth is stranger than fiction...


REUTERS News Service: Pope Benedict XVI pays his respect to the victims of the former Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, southern Poland May 28, 2006. Calling himself 'a son of Germany,' Pope Benedict prayed at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Sunday and asked why God was silent when 1.5 million victims, mostly Jews, died in this 'valley of darkness.' Damir Sagolj

Greetings, fellow truth seekers,

This is outrageous. Like his father, the dragon [Satan], the Antichrist is an expert at covering up whatever may cast a negative light upon his illicit, temporal reign, for that he,

1. Admits nothing

2. Denies everything

3. Makes counter-accusations

The British paper, The Guardian quotes that son of perdition, "To speak in this place of horror, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and man, is almost impossible, and particularly difficult for a Christian, for a pope from Germany," he told camp survivors and religious leaders. "In a place like this, words fail. There is only a stupefied silence and a cry to God."

Well now, as Satan is so too does Antichrist, that is, he counts on peoples stupidity. He remains relaxed enough to lie to the world. He considers that because of our dumbed-down education ["stupefied silence"], that none of us will know the truth of what happened so many years ago.

In Edmond Paris' book, The Secret History of the Jesuits, in Section V, chapter 2 (The Preparations For The Second World War), there are many things brought to the light that show how Roman Catholic clergy [both Jesuit and otherwise] openly supported fascism before Hitler's rise to popularity and power by supporting Italy's madman, Benito Mussolini. An example, "On the 16th of November 1922, Parliament elected Mussolini by 306 votes against 116, and, in that meeting, one saw the Catholic group of don Sturzo, supposedly Christian-Democrat, voting unanimously for the first fascist government."

Edmond Paris also states that ten years later, the same manoeuvre brought about a similar result in Germany. The Catholic "Sentrum" of Monsignor Kass assured, by its massive vote, the dictatorship of Nazism.

To help paint the picture of why Antichrist and his army of Jesuit operatives and clerical locusts would do such a thing, the LORD God gives us a simple yet powerful reason, which is found in Revelation 13:7,

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."

There are many other underlying reasons why the Pope of Rome would want to subjugate other nations yet the fact that only names such as Hitler and Mussolini are despised today (but not the Pope!) is a marvel in itself. It is part of the Mystery of Iniquity for that Man of Sin (as history records) was the same wicked man that raised up such evil dictators to do his dirty deeds. Yet when it is all over, the Pope appears at Auschwitz some sixty years later, dressed in lily white garments and redirects the blame by asking aloud (in essence), "Why God?"

Pope Pius XI described Mussolini as "..the man whom Providence allowed us to meet". M. Francois Charles-Roux, a French ambassador to the Vatican said, "The Pope seemed to identify himself too much with the dictators."

Edmond Paris continues: “Mussolini, the prototype, was the inaugurator of that series of "providential" men, these sword-bearers who would prepare the revenge for 1918. From Italy, where it prospered so well under the care of the Jesuit 'Father' Tacchi Venturi and his acolytes, Fascism was soon to be exported to Germany. "Hitler receives his impetus from Mussolini; the ideal of the Nazis is the same as in Italy... Since Mussolini is at the head, all the sympathies are for Berlin... In 1923, his Fascism merges with National Socialism; he becomes friends with Hitler to whom he supplies arms and money."

In 1924, the Holy See signs a Concordat with Bavaria. In 1927, we can read in Cologne's Gazette: "Pius XI is certainly the most German pope who ever sat on the throne of St. Peter". His successor, Pius XII, will rob him of this palm. But, for the time being, he pursues his diplomatic career - rather his political career - in this Germany for which, as he later told Ribbentrop, "..he would always have a special affection." Promoted nuncio in Berlin, he works, with Franz von Papen, at destroying the Weimar Republic (the legitimate German Government at the time). On 20 July 1932, a state of siege is proclaimed in Berlin and the government ministers are expelled. These are the first steps towards Hitlerian dictatorship.

Afterwards the German Catholics were told that Pope Pius XI was in favor of Hitler and that they should not be surprised that he was sympathetic to Hitler.

Hitler came to power on the 30th of January 1933. "German political Catholicism, instead of becoming Christian Democrat, was eventually made to confer full powers on Hitler, on the 26th of March 1933... To vote in favour of full powers, a two-thirds majority was necessary and the votes of the 'Zentrum' were indispensable to obtain it." Also, "In the correspondence and declarations of ecclesiastical dignitaries, we will always find, under the Nazi regime, the fervent approval of the Bishops."

Yet the British Guardian reports the Antichrist saying at Birkenau, Poland, "Our people were used and abused as a tool of their [the Nazis'] mania for destruction and domination...".

Edmond Paris continues: "While the cross of Christ and the Swastika were co-operating in Germany, Benito Mussolini set forth on the easy conquest of Ethiopia, with the 'Holy Father's' blessing. "...The Sovereign Pontiff had not condemned Mussolini's politics and had left the Italian clergy fully free to co-operate with the Fascist government... The ecclesiastics, from the priests of humble parishes to the Cardinals, spoke in favor of the war. One of the most striking examples came from the Cardinal-Archbishop of Milan, Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster (Jesuit), who went as far as calling this campaign "a Catholic crusade".

The Antichrist's campaign of subjugation of Europe extended into the United States with the so-called 'Christian Front', a Roman Catholic movement that was opposed to the U.S. intervention of Nazi Germany and was directed by Jesuit 'Father' Coughlin, a notorious pro-Hitlerite. Edmond Paris writes, "This pious organization lacked nothing and received, from Berlin, a plentiful supply of propaganda material prepared by Goebbel's office. Through his publication "Social Justice" and radio broadcasts, the Jesuit Coughlin, Apostle of the Swastika, reached a vast public. He also looked after secret "commando cells" in the main urban centres, led according to the sons of Loyola's methods and trained by Nazi agents."

There is much more to be said of the Antichrist who denies any involvement with lesser evil forces, but truly the Pope of Rome 'takes the cake'. Why, he seems so very vexed at the death camp to utter such pious and condemning words against those bad Nazi's, yet you'll not ever hear him confess to the murders of some one hundred million (100,000,000) Christian, bible believing men, women and children over hundreds and hundreds of years of religious pogroms, Crusades and Inquisitions. This post within The Hoffmann REPORT is but a feeble attempt at setting the record straight.

Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns in glory and might, the Antichrist and his false-church (Mystery Babylon) will continue to make war against the saints and against heathen nations too. For those of you who fear God and hope in His mercy, remember that it is written,

"...yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Gospel according to the Apostle John, ch.16, vs.2b [King James Version]

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SUMMARY: Who are YOU going to trust, the God of heaven or mere man? See the middle verse of the Holy Bible and read for yourself: Psalm 118:8! Are you going to trust fallen men and their un-scriptural Traditions to save you from Hell-fire? Salvation cometh only by the Lord Jesus Christ - by His sovereign grace alone, through faith alone, in Him alone and NOT by any deeds, works, sacraments or vain repetitious utterances (i.e., the Rosary) that we babble out. Nor is there any other Mediator before the Most High GOD save Jesus Christ alone! Seek ye the Word of the LORD and read, for we are not long in this 'Land of the Living'. Do right and risk the consequences!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Resistance to Wicked Magistrates & Ecclesiastical Authorities

The Most High God is sovereign over
the affairs of mere flesh-and-blood men!

1.) "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Jesus Christ the Lord, The Gospel according to Matthew 28:18-20

2.) "...Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: and He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him." Daniel 2:20-22

3.) "For the kingdom is the LORD's: and He is the governor among the nations." Psalm 22:28

4.) "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us." Isaiah 33:22

5.) "...Which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords" First Epistle of Paul to Timothy 6:15


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Resistance To Unjust Civil Magistrates
And Wicked Ecclesiastical Authorities
Is Obedience to the LORD God, Who alone is mighty to save!

"We ought to obey God rather than men."
--Peter and other apostles, The Acts of the Apostles 5:29 [read Acts 5:24-33]

"But hereof be assured, that all is not lawful nor just that is statute by civil laws; neither yet is everything sin before God, which ungodly persons allege to be treason." --preacher John Knox

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage." Micah 2:1-2

“The Pope’s authority is unlimited, incalculable; it can strike, as Innocent III says, wherever sin is; it can punish every one; it allows no appeal and is itself Sovereign Caprice; for the Pope carries, according to the expression of Boniface VIII, all rights in the Shrine of his breast. As he has now become infallible, he can by the use of the little word, “orbi,” (which means that he turns himself round to the whole Church) make every rule, every doctrine, every demand, into a certain and incontestable article of Faith. No right can stand against him, no personal or corporate liberty; or as the [Roman Catholic] Canonists put it­ “The tribunal of God and of the pope is one and the same.” -Ignaz von Dollinger, “A Letter Addressed to the Archbishop of Munich” 1871; as quoted in MacDougall, The Acton Newman Relations (Fordham University Press) pp. 119,120.

"Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. *Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:10-12 [*An act of public homage and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ alone by all those in positions of leadership and authority]

"It (the state) may not require anything forbidden by Christianity, but it may forbear to enact many things which Christianity requires." Blackstone's Commentaries, Book I, p. 441, n. 3.

Mr. Raywood Frazier, in the booklet Catholic Words and Actions, presents documentary proof of the intensive persecution of Protestants and non-Catholics in Columbia, South America, between 1949 and 1953. The Catholic Church had the support of the Columbian government in the destruction of many churches, and the liquidation of more than 1,000 documented cases -- some of whom were shot, drowned, or emasculated. He says there is evidence of over 60,000 killed. Pope Pius XII awarded the President of Columbia with one of the highest awards which the Church bestows, and praised Columbia for its example of the Catholic faith." (Pp. 59,60)

"And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked." --Elijah the Tishbite (a man of God publicly mocking the evil king's false-religion), I Kings 18:27 [read 18:15-40]

"Let a thing here be noted, that the prophet of God sometimes may teach treason against kings, and yet neither he nor such as obey the word, spoken in the Lord’s name by him, offend God." -preacher John Knox

"Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; to turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!" Holy Bible, Isaiah 10:1-2

"For earthly princes lay aside their power when they rise up against God, and are unworthy to be reckoned among the number of mankind. We ought, rather, to spit upon their heads than to obey them." --preacher John Calvin (Commentary on Daniel, Lecture XXX Daniel 6:22)

"That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history . . . It is impossible to form a complete conception of the multitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings." --W. E. H. Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2, p. 32, 1910 edition. (For more details see The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 266.)

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes." Psalm 118:8-9 [vs. 8 is the middle verse of the Holy Bible]

"In 1773 a sermon was preached by Charles Turner from Romans, XIII. 4, in which he meets the objections that ministers should not meddle in politics, and while he concedes its force in mere local matters, he boldly asserts that it is their duty to interfere where the liberties of the land are assailed, not only for the sake of their own posterity as well as that of others, but because, 'when the civil rights of a country receive a shock, it may justly render the ministers of God deeply thoughtful for the safety of sacred privileges - for religious liberty is so blended with civil, that if one falls it is not to be expected that the other will continue.'" preacher C. Turner, 1773

"If they (government authorities) command anything against Him (God), let it go un-esteemed. And here let us not be concerned about all the dignity which the magistrates possess." --preacher John Calvin (The Institution of the Christian Religion, written in 1536 A.D.)

"You ask if he (the Roman Catholic) were lord in the land, and you were in a minority, if not in numbers yet in power, what would he do to you? That, we say, would entirely depend upon circumstances. If it would benefit the cause of Catholicism, he would tolerate you: If expedient, he would imprison you, banish you, fine you; possibly, he might even hang you. But be assured of one thing: He would never tolerate you for the sake of 'the glorious principles of civil and religious liberty' . . . Catholicism is the most intolerant of creeds. It is intolerance itself, for it is truth itself."--"Civil and Religious Liberty," in The Rambler, 8, Sept, 1851, pp. 174, 178. ["The Rambler" was an English Roman Catholic journal published from 1848 to 1862].

"You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order ­ ..order out of chaos. But we will." ­-The Smirking Chimp (George W. Bush), Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003

"And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them." -- God-fearing women that refused to obey the king's wicked decrees to murder children, Exodus 1:19 [see Exodus 1:8-21 for the complete picture]

"If their princes exceed their bounds, Madam, it is no doubt that they may be resisted even by power." -- preacher John Knox (while being questioned by Queen Mary about his views which legitimized subjects resisting their princes)

"Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them; remember the LORD, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, yours sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses." Nehemiah encouraging his neighbors in the midst of violent threats by Sanballat and other civil officials [read Nehemiah ch. 4]

"There is ever, and in all places, a mutual and reciprocal obligation between the people and the prince...If the prince fail in his promise, the people are exempt from obedience, the contract is made void, the rights of obligation of no force." -- Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos written in 1579 A.D., author unknown

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war. When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race." The Current U.S. President (a professing Christian): while on his watch "evil and war" continues unabated (Abortion) upon defenseless unborn children in "The Land of the Free" and "The Home of the Brave". His ludicrous statement was released via the White House Office of the Press Secretary, September 17, 2001

"The [Roman] church may by divine right confiscate the property of heretics, imprison their person, and condemn them to flames. In our age, the right to inflict the severest penalties, even death, belongs to the church. There is no graver offense than heresy, therefore it must be rooted out." - Public Ecclesiastical, Vol. 2, p.142.

"...We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." --Wicked government officials conspiring against a man of God, Daniel 6:5

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." --Daniel 6:10 [see Daniel ch. 6]

"I have but one Law-Book that I shall pretend to recommend to your careful perusal, and that is the Holy Bible, which contains the Laws, Statutes, and Judgments, the Reports and Records of the King of Heaven: There you will find that GOD has given us, as we are told, right Judgments, and true laws, good Statutes & Commandments. (Neh. 9:13) O then, Let all your private Counsel and all your publick Pleas, be such as agree with these Divine statutes." Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (Joseph Story), p. 718, Sec. 1016.

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." --Solomon (preacher & king) , Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Saturday, June 16, 2007

An Urgent Plea To Roman Catholics


"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision."
Joel 3:14

"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Hebrews 10:10-14

Good afternoon neighbors,

It is my sincere hope and prayer before the Living God that any Roman Catholic reading the enclosed essay will be greatly encouraged to believe the gospel and soon cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy and deliverance. Only He can wash our sins away by His one-time sacrifice upon the cross at Calvary two thousand years ago. Only His finished work (death, burial & resurrection) can save us from Hell-fire. It is Jesus Christ alone that can deliver us from "dead works", from unbiblical traditions and false doctrine.

As a former-Catholic, I have compassion upon the lay-people within this religious organization. It was not until I departed the R.C.C. that I was blessed of God to finally understand a liberating and wonderful truth about Him. I found this truth in the holy bible; in the New Testament book of Ephesians ch.2, vss. 8-10, where I learned that a man is saved only by the "grace" of God (His unmerited favor bestowed upon His elect saints) through "faith" - both of which are GIFTS from God Himself!

The gentleman that wrote this essay is Mr. Ralph Ovadal of Wisconsin. I hope that this will prove to be one of the greatest blessings in your life. Above all else, May the LORD JESUS CHRIST be magnified (not mere men)!

With care,
Billy

P.S. Please note that all scripture given is from the old King James bible (aka, the Authorized Version), and I encourage you folks to run out and get one soon. You'll be glad ya' did so!

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"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." Proverbs 30:5-6


An Urgent Plea to Roman Catholics

"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."I Peter 1:24-25

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The religious-political system known as the Roman Catholic Church began to take shape in the Fourth Century. As the years rolled by, the Roman church increasingly exercised power which was not delegated to her by God; and she increasingly promulgated unbiblical doctrine even as she persecuted those who obediently clung to the Word of God. Plainly stated, the pope and his underlings have been adversaries of God's revealed Word, the Bible. The Word of God and the word of the Roman church led by the pope are at direct odds with each other on many foundational issues, including, most critically, how one receives forgiveness of sin and salvation from God. It is impossible for one to be obedient to both the Roman church and the Bible, just as it is impossible to follow both the pope and Jesus. In the short space allowed by this tract, I would like to point out a few dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church which are in direct conflict with God's Word (Mat. 15:8-9). Due to space constraints, I will not directly quote the RCC documents which contain the doctrines I am dealing with, and I will simply reference Bible passages. I assume Roman Catholics will know where their church's teachings are found, or they will contact me for documentation. I pray that they read the Scripture verses referenced, which are representative of many more verses in each case.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the pope is Christ's vicar (representative, voice) on earth, the "Holy Father", and head of Christ's Church, infallible in matters of faith and morals when speaking officially in that office. Peter is held to be the first pope.

Roman Catholic claims concerning the papacy and Peter are soundly refuted by God's Word. The Holy Spirit, not the pope, is the voice of God to men's consciences, convicting of sin and confirming the Word of God (Jn. 14:26, 16:7-14; Eph. 6:17). The Bible nowhere sets up one man as the head of the Church but instead clearly states that Christ is the Head of His Church (Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23, 5:23).

Peter never led others to believe that he was the head of the Church, but instead referred to himself as "an elder" (1 Pet. 5:1-3). Peter is never portrayed in Scripture as being the head apostle or "pope"; in fact, at key times during the apostolic era, other apostles seem to be in charge in a given situation (Acts 15:1-30). Further, if Peter was acting as the "Holy Father" in Rome, then a reading of Paul's letter to the Romans would seem to imply that Paul did not have much respect for Peter as the infallible head of the Church (Rom. 1:11-15; Gal. 2:11-16)! By the way, God's Word clearly commands Christians not to address anyone in a spiritual or religious sense as "father," let alone "Holy Father" (Mat. 23:9). In light of the Roman Catholic claims about their first pope, it seems more than a little strange that only James and Jude wrote less of the New Testament than Peter wrote. There is a plethora of other biblical evidences which make it obvious that the Roman church is dead wrong when it comes to its claims about the papacy.

Surely, the bloody and sordid history of the papacy is also proof that the pope is not the infallible, holy vicar of Christ. Some popes have been fornicators, homosexuals, and murderers as even Roman Catholic historians admit. Popes have anathematized their predecessors and wielded ungodly power over civil rulers while ordering brutal persecutions, including the mass murder of Bible-believing Christians such as the Waldenses. How could such men be the "vicar of Christ"?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the bread and the wine of the Eucharist are Christ's literal body and blood.

This doctrine is wrongly based on a figure of speech Jesus used to show the Jews that He came down from heaven to provide eternal life for their souls as contrasted to the manna their fathers ate in the wilderness (Jn. 6:48-64). Jesus Christ is the staff of life essential to the sinner's salvation. By His death, the giving of His body and shedding of His blood, Christ purchased eternal life for sinners who repent and trust only in Him for the salvation of their souls. When Christ spoke of eating His flesh and drinking His blood, He was speaking in a spiritual sense, as He says in John 6:63. Surely those who are in Christ also receive all spiritual nourishment and grace by and through Him. Christ Jesus is the bread of life for His people.

Jesus also said that He is "the door" (Jn. 10:9) and "a light" (Jn. 12:46). The Bible identifies Jesus as a "Lamb" (Jn. 1:29) and as a "Rock" (1 Cor. 10:4). There are times when God's Word uses figures of speech to stress an eternal truth. Those instances are always obvious, but apparently not to the pope, his bishops, and his priests.

Jesus Christ, "the firstborn among many brethren" (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18), for our sake possesses a resurrected, glorified body (Phil. 2:5-11; Jn. 20:26-27) just as His followers will one day possess (1 Cor. 15:35-58). He sits at the right hand of God the Father (Rom. 8:34). Christ's body cannot be and is not split up thousands of ways every day by Roman priests all over the world in the mass. Further, if Christ meant for us to literally eat His flesh and drink His blood, He would have been commanding us to commit cannibalism. During the Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus was physically present when He handed out the wine and bread, saying, "This is my body . . . my blood . . ." (Lk. 22:17-20). The Lord's Table is an ordinance of His true Church which is done solely "in remembrance" of Christ's vicarious sacrifice on the cross (Lk. 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-26). Through the mass, the Roman church teaches its members to literally worship a wafer of bread, and her priests claim to have the power to turn physical elements into the Son of God and then "immolate" Him on their altars. By this ritual, they profess to repeatedly sacrifice Christ for the remission of sin! The Scriptures make it clear that Jesus' death on the cross was fully sufficient and completely efficacious for the salvation of all who repent and believe the gospel (Heb. 7:27, 9:12, 9:26-28, 10:10; 1 Pet. 3:18). What Jesus Christ has commanded His followers to do as a "remembrance" of His death and their inheritance of eternal life through faith in Him (Lk. 22:19-20), the Roman church has turned into a blasphemous ritual which misleads millions, separated from Christ and salvation. No true Christian can have any part of it (1 Cor. 10:20-22).

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that, for salvation to be gained, one must do certain works and sacraments ordained by the church.

The gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims salvation by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This is the truth everywhere proclaimed in the Word of God and affirmed by the Spirit of truth in the hearts of all true followers of Christ. To insist that salvation is obtained by works of the law or any combination of works plus grace is to teach that God owes sinners salvation rather than it being a free gift of God (Rom. 4:1-8, 6:23, 5:15-19)! Salvation is all of God and none of man. Salvation is all of grace and none of works. "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work" (Rom. 11:6). "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5).

The Roman church teaches salvation is made possible only by a life of sacramental works and the assistance of her priests. This is a blasphemous lie which mocks the efficacy, sufficiency, and omnipotent power of the life, death, resurrection, and priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is "able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7:25). The pope and his priests, in order to keep sinners in bondage and in their kingdom rather than in Christ's kingdom, "wrest" the Scriptures "unto their own destruction" to justify their false grace plus works gospel (2 Pet. 3:16). For instance, they cite James chapter two and say it proves Abraham was justified by faith and works. But Scripture is interpreted by Scripture, and the rest of the Scriptures testify that Abraham was justified by faith alone! Besides, justification is clearly being used in a different sense by James in that instance. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, James is simply showing that a faith without works is a dead faith and no true faith at all. Abraham's works after being saved justified, or showed, his faith to be true. Although the Scriptures teach over and over that all men are commanded to obey God's holy law and live holy lives, it is impossible to be justified and saved through the law or by any work of obedience but only by grace through faith (Rom. 3:20-28; Gal. 2:16, 3:11; Eph. 2:8-9). While true salvation will result in righteous works, salvation does not in any way result from righteous works. Those who teach that man must do certain works to secure salvation - or­ for that matter, keep it ­- substitute the unrighteous works of corrupt, spiritually dead men for the precious blood of Christ and His spotless righteousness. The Roman Catholic Church cannot be the true Church since it teaches a false gospel. And how can the pope, an "accursed" false teacher, be Christ's vicar (Gal. 1:8-9)?

The Roman Catholic Church insists that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived sinless, lived a sinless life on this earth, was a perpetual virgin, and was assumed into heaven.

The Roman Catholic Church contradicts the Bible with these claims and many others that they make about the mother of Jesus. Mary was a young woman whom God sovereignly chose to bear the Messiah. She was a virgin until after His birth, and then Joseph "knew" her (Mat. 1:25). In other words, their marriage was physically consummated after Jesus was born. To say otherwise is to indulge in the same flight of fantasy as the homosexuals who claim that the sodomites who wanted to "know" Lot's two guests merely wanted to become acquainted with them (Gen. 19:5)! It is also to ignore the unimpeachable biblical evidence that Jesus had natural brothers and sisters, some of whom are even named in the Scriptures (Mat. 13:53-56; Mk. 6:1-3). Mary was a pure, godly woman, no doubt; but she was not sinless any more than she was a perpetual virgin. Mary spoke of "God my Saviour" (Lk. 1:47). Mary, like every human being, belonged to Adam's fallen race and needed a Savior! The Scriptures tell us, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Nowhere does the Bible tell us that Mary was an exception to that rule just as it nowhere tells us that she was assumed into heaven.

There is also no biblical justification ­- quite the contrary - ­for praying to Mary as the Roman Catholic Catechism encourages. And to hear the prayers of millions of Roman Catholics all over the world, Mary would have to be omnipresent just as is God! Tragically, the Roman Catholic Church has turned that humble Jewish woman into their goddess, even bestowing such blasphemous titles on her as "Queen of Heaven" and "co-mediatrix."

These are a few of many instances where the Roman Catholic Church's doctrines are in direct contradiction to God's Word. Roman Catholics can believe the pope or believe the Word of God. Roman Catholic reader, please consider all the fundamental ways in which your church is in serious conflict with the Word of God. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot serve both the pope and Jesus.

To be forgiven of your sins, born again, and filled with the blessed assurance of salvation (Rom. 8:16), believe the Word of God instead of the pope. Confess your sins to God rather than to a priest. Call upon the name of the Lord for salvation instead of praying to Mary and "the saints" and relying on pagan rituals. Then follow Jesus and live your life according to God's Holy Word instead of the corrupt decrees of Rome.

­Pastor Ralph Ovadal
Pilgrims Covenant Church (non-incorporated)
http://www.pccmonroe.org/index.htm

Sunday, June 10, 2007