Truth and Freedom

Truth And Freedom

by Mark D. Rasche, B.S.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Over the past couple of generations, we have seen our culture attempt to abolish or redefine truth. Individual opinions have been venerated, and gradually elevated above absolute truth. When one person’s “truth” contradicts another, the conflict remains uncontested because of the politically correct doctrine of non-absolutes. This vague ideology has become the breeding ground for man’s relentless pursuit of moral relativism, giving him free reign to ignore the very core of truth’s meaning.

Unfortunately, this subjective, humanistic view of truth has also ushered in confusion about the concept of freedom. The popular claim is that we are all “free” to embrace our own personalized versions of reality. Ultimately though, this false freedom leads to bondage, when sinner’s “freedoms” conflict with each other in a world where every man does “that which [is] right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

Our Lord Jesus described Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He personified the very essence of truth as the Living Word manifested in the flesh. His perfect life of sinless integrity as both the Son of man and Son of God qualified Him to be the only true Messiah who could die for the sins of the world and become the “propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10). Therefore we should proclaim the truth that only Jesus can make us “free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

Though our lost and fallen world may challenge the meaning of truth, we ought to always “walk in truth” (III John 1:4) More than ever we must “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth” (Ephesians 6:14), knowing that the real “truth is in Jesus” (Ephesians 4:21) and it is only Christ who has truly “made us free”! (Galatians 5:1). MDR

from Daily Praise

Spirit of Truth and Error

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.
Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)
Here we are given assurance that we will be able to tell the difference in people by the way
they respond to the Word of God. The emphasis is on the believer’s ability to discern a spirit
(attitude or character) of truth or error among those to whom we witness.

This is important because we are told not to cast “pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6) and to
“shake off the very dust” from our feet against those who will not receive our witness (Luke 9:5).

Others disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness when they are really the ministers
of Satan (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). How can we tell which is which?

The spirit of truth is relatively easy to discern. Those who hear the Word (Mark 4:18-20) and
receive the Word with all readiness of mind (Acts 17:11) are of the truth (John 18:37). Such
people come willingly to the light (John 3:21) and ask for a “reason of the hope that is in you”
(1 Peter 3:15).

The spirit of error can be more difficult to discern. Its source is Satan (John 8:44), who deceives
(Revelation 12:9) and uses his servants to manipulate and mislead (Ephesians 4:14).

Some of these run among God’s family and live “in error” (2 Peter 2:18). They can be fruitless
trees and “raging waves . . . foaming out their own shame” (Jude 12-13), or like “tares” among
the wheat that even the angels have trouble recognizing (Matthew 13:38-40). These won’t listen
to truth.

Our job is to be ready to give the answer to the one and to reject the other. HMM III

taken from Days of Praise

The Pope claim “Church” can cleanse us from sins

The blasphemies of the Pope comes to us unlimited. This video is worth watching.

The Jesuit cult finally got one of their own as the head of the Roman Catholic religion. The Jesuit order were even banned in nations like Portugal for 20 years, starting from 1767 A.D. In a brief moment of freedom the Portuguese people acknowledged these priests and bishops to be thief’s and robbers.

The idea that a religious institution can cleanse a man from his sins, is not only baloney. All Christians who have read their Bible, knows this is blasphemy against the blood of Jesus. Only the blood the Messiah shed on Golgata in Jerusalem, can cleanse a man from his sins.

Written by Ivar

Seducing Spirits

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

These “latter days” are surely characterized by the tragic departure from the faith on the part of many. Unfortunately, even many of our churches have followed what should certainly be exposed as “seducing spirits,” embracing lies taught under the influence of Satan. A list of such false teachings and practices within the church would surely implicate many. Let us look at the examples Paul gives in the next few verses.

First, he identifies the leaders and teachers of these errors as hypocritical liars who intentionally deceive their prey. They have deadened any possibility of right attitude by hardening their minds and searing their consciences (v. 2).

Next, we are given examples of their heresy: “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving” (v. 3).

Many cults and pseudo-Christian groups have fallen into these traps, but both the institution of marriage and the provision of foods were specifically created by God for man’s enjoyment and blessing (marriage: see Genesis 1:28, 2:18, 24; foods: Genesis 1:29, 9:3). They are to be “received with thanksgiving” to a loving Creator, “sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5). Each of these and all of God’s creation are “very good” (Genesis 1:31), if used properly.

But the main point of this passage is that we should guard against the heresy of false teachers and from imposing on ourselves and our fellow Christians a false piety—practices which may make us feel “holier than thou” but which, in reality, impugn God and His creation. Rather, let us be among those “which believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:3) of God’s loving provision of creation. JDM

from:  Days of Praise

The grand betrayal of Jesus the Messiah takes place in His own name

Spend six minutes and watch the exposure of Charismatic preachers returning to Rome.

Preachers like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Ulf Ekman are all known Word of Faith heretics. Now they return to Rome, and take large parts of the Charismatic Pentecostal movement with them.

Published by Ivar

Spiritual Deception

A look into the Invasion of the old New Age Movement
in today’s Post Modern Church

Experiental religion opposed to the Truth of the Bible

Wide is the gate – Volume 2

Hillsong and Brian Houston join the NEW AGE movement

I felt the need to comment on a quote of Brian Houston, trying to explain who “god” is, and how Muslims and Jews once up on a time worshiped the same “god”. The concerned video with his explanation is published below.

Brian Houston has left Biblical Christianity to hallow storytelling a New Age doctrines.

Brian Houston has left Biblical Christianity and present hallow storytelling mixed with New Age doctrines.

The quotes of the Hillsong leader:

“How do you view God? In a desert there’s two types of birds: there’s vultures and there’s hummingbirds. One lives off dead carcasses, rotting meat. The other lives off the beautiful, sweet nectar in a particular flower on a particular desert plant. In the same desert, they both find what they’re looking for.

Do you know – take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us Abba Father God. And of course through history, those views have changed greatly. But lets make sure that we view God through the eyes of Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the beauty of a Saviour, the loving open inclusive arms of a loving God. And that way we’ll lead out of that and you’ll be purposeful about your leadership and you’ll draw people just like the Lord Jesus always does through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Source: Hillsong TV

Source: Brian Houston, Hillsong TV // Living For The Master’s Well Done, Pt1 with Brian Houston: 11:52, Sermon: Living For The Master’s Well Done, YouTube, Pt1,, Published on Jan 5, 2014. (Accessed 17/03/2014.)

My comment:

I have always warned against Charismatic leaders who have stopped sharing from the scriptures. One of them are Brian Houston, head pastor in Hillsong, Australia.

When you stop sharing the scriptures, you replace the Word of God with “stories”. And you add human wisdom. Somehow you start to use the idea of a “god” to fit into your own thinking and philosophies.

Very often this kind of story-telling also fall short of basic historical facts related to world history. This shallow and quite fraudulent presentation of the similarities of Islam and Christianity falls into this category. If Muslims and Jews worshiped the same God of the Old Testament, that Jesus is obviously a “different god”. Funny that the Muslims who according to Brian Houston did worship God, did not understand that “god” suddenly changed.

Second: The Koran is written 1500 years after the Hebrew Bible. So up to 620 A.D, there was no Muslims walking on the face of the Earth. No even one.

So, since the Muslims had to wait for 600 years after Jesus walked on the face of the Earth before they understood who God is, they must have worshiped “god” in retrospect. Since Muslims deny that God has a Son, equally God as the Father, this must have been a strange kind of worship, more like in the movie “back to the future”…. This kind of statements make the true faith in the Messiah look shallow, silly and absolutely: NEW AGE!.

Written by Ivar

Christian Palestinianism

END TIME BIBLICAL PROPHECY is unfolding before our very eyes as the promised ingathering of a dispersed and diverse cross-section of Jews, including secular, atheist, agnostic and Jewish believers in Jesus Christ, are returning, from all over the world, to their Biblically covenanted homeland of Israel.

Controversy about the existence of the Nation of Israel has been intensifying not only amongst the Arab world but within Christianity also. A political-religious campaign is gaining worldwide acceptance as church leaders, denominations, charities, missions, and humanitarian groups are uniting with Muslims and other world religions against Israel. 2500 years ago, Zechariah the Hebrew Prophet foretold, “Jerusalem will be a burdensome stone for all people: and, all the people of the earth shall be gathered together against it.” (Zech. 12:2-3)

Bible predictions warn of a global conditioning process ushering in the coming of a pretender Messiah, called the Antichrist, who will rule tyrannically from his counterfeit temple in Jerusalem, referred to as the Biblical Zion. An end of the age 7 year Tribulation period comes with an unparalleled time of destruction and bloodshed, which finally results in the repentance of many Jews. A remnant of God’s covenant people will accept Jesus Christ as Messiah and eventually many of His Chosen will call on His Name, their True Redeemer, Whom they pierced at the cross, resulting in Israel’s national repentance. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, will at last deliver the land of Israel to the fullness of His promised borders and establish His global 1,000 year reign of peace from Zion.

Meanwhile, in an aggressive worldwide anti-Israel-Jewish movement, an infectious anti-Semitism is also growing within contemporary Christianity, termed Christian Palestinianism. In these 3 powerful programs (approx. 35 mins each) fast moving, graphic footage illustrates the eye-opening informative EXCLUSIVE FEATURE of Wide Is The Gate: The Emerging New Christianity, exposing the rising tide of beguiling apostasy gripping today’s church in regards to modern Israel.


Adding to God’s Word

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18)

This very sober warning right at the end of the Bible was given by Christ Himself (note verse 20) to indicate that the written Scriptures were now complete, and it would be a serious sin for some pseudo-prophet to come along presenting some alleged new revelation from God. That this warning applies to the entire Bible, not just to the book of Revelation, should be obvious but is made especially clear when it is remembered that Jesus promised His chosen disciples that the Holy Spirit “shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,” and furthermore, that “he will guide you into all truth: . . . and he will shew you things to come” (John 14:26; 16:13).

This special revelation to the “apostles and prophets” of the New Testament would constitute the “foundation” of the church, and would be complete when the last of these “holy apostles and prophets” were gone. (Study carefully Ephesians 2:19–3:11.) When John completed the Apocalypse, he was very old; all the other apostles and prophets of the New Testament had already died (all by martyrdom), so God’s written Word was now complete. No new revelation would be needed before Christ returns. We shall do well if we just learn what we already have received from His holy apostles and prophets.

Note also the emphasis on “the words,” not just the concepts. God was able to say what He meant and we are wise if we take His words literally. Jesus warned about “false prophets” who would come after He left (Matthew 24:24), and there have been many of these through the centuries. The Bible as we now have it is sufficient for every need. HMM

Diluting the Word of God

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:19)

It is a very serious error to try to add some new revelation to God’s written Word, as many cults and false religions do. This is the warning of verse 18 (see also Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6).

It is even more dangerous, as shown in the above text (the third from the last verse of the Bible), to delete (or even dilute) any of the words of the Bible. Note that the warning emphasizes the words, not just the thoughts. The sad fact is that a great many liberal theologians, especially in the past hundred years or so, have been doing just that, thinking thereby to make Christianity more compatible with modern science and philosophy. But they are literally playing with fire—this same book had just warned that any whose names do not remain in the book of life will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). Tragically, many of the sections they seek to “take away” are the references to hell.

God has promised to guard His Word against any such deletions. “The words of the LORD are pure words: . . . Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (Psalm 12:6-7).

There are also many who would not try to take away any of the words from the text, but who then dilute their intended meaning in order to attract unbelieving intellectuals. This also is dangerous. Peter warns against those who would “wrest, . . . scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). We must never forget the words of the Bible are “pure words,” meaning just what they say. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God [God-breathed], and is profitable . . .” (2 Timothy 3:16). HMM

from days of praise

The Blood Moon Hoax

Problems With the Four Blood Moons Theory

Despite the popularity of the blood moons books, several problems exist.

First, the four blood moons theory was thought up by Mark Biltz.  It is not stated anywhere in the Bible.

Second, contrary to what Biltz and Hagee imply, past blood moon tetrads did not neatly coincide with the events they mention.  For example, the Alhambra Decree came down in 1492 but the blood moons happened a year after that. The tetrad near the state of Israel’s 1948 independence occurred in 1949-1950, one and two years after the event.

Third, other tetrads happened throughout history, but there were no major events affecting Jews at those times, reflecting inconsistency, at the least.

Fourth, two of the most significant catastrophes for Jews had no tetrad activity at all:  the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 A.D. by Roman legions, leading to the deaths of 1 million Jews; and the 20th century Holocaust, which resulted in the deaths of more than 6 million Jews.

Fifth, some of the events Biltz and Hagee cite were favorable to Jews (Israel’s independence in 1948 and the Six-Day War), while the expulsion from Spain was unfavorable.  With no sign whether an event would be good or bad, the prophetic value of tetrads would be confusing.

Finally, many people assume the four 2014-2015 blood moons will precede Jesus Christ‘s second coming, but Jesus himself warned against trying to predict when he will return:

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” (Mark 13:32-33, NIV)


“ Hold them guilty, O God; Let them fall by their own counsels; Thrust them out in the multitude of their transgressions; For they have rebelled against thee.” (Psalm 5:10)

No less than 20 of the psalms contain what are known as “imprecations”—that is, prayers to God to judge and destroy the wicked—and this verse is the first of them. As such, it sets the pattern, helping us to understand why the Lord would include such vindictive prayers in His inspired Word. At first, they seem incongruous with a God of love and mercy who has told us to love our enemies, but they help us to understand that God also must judge sin—especially the sin of rebellion. In them, we are taught to see the sin of rebellion in its true light—through the eyes of a loving Creator who has been rejected to the point of no return.

It is one thing to commit an act of wickedness when overcome by temptation; it is quite another thing for men to deliberately rebel against God Himself, seeking by their “counsels” to turn others against Him, and even, if it were possible, to destroy Him and His Word altogether.

This is the age-long sin of Satan, as well as that of the leaders of both ancient paganism and modern evolutionary humanism. Like the psalmist David, we must pray for God to defeat them and their counsels, for otherwise they will continue to lead multitudes of others into their own transgression. There is still room for forgiveness of individual sinners, of course—even among such as these—if they come in true repentance, but most such rebels are already irrevocably hardened against God and His Word. The appropriate prayer in such a case is (as David prayed in another of the imprecatory psalms): “Scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. . . . let them even be taken in their pride” (Psalm 59:11-12). HMM

from daily praise



How to Know the Truth
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17)

The apostle Paul, in his last epistle, wrote about certain philosophers who would be “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). In the next verse, Paul makes it clear why such people, no matter how scholarly or well educated they seem to be, are still incapable of accepting real truth. “So do these also resist the truth,” he says (v. 8). They could not learn the truth because they were not willing to believe or obey the truth when they learned it. For example, a very vexing controversy among modern Christians is whether or not the Genesis account of six-day creation can be so interpreted as to accommodate the billion-year, geological-age system of Earth history.

Perhaps the difficulty, in this as well as in other such doctrinal controversies, is a basic unwillingness to believe doctrines plainly revealed in God’s Word when they conflict with doctrines based solely on human reasoning. When the Lord Jesus spoke the words of our text, He was speaking to arrogant religionists who regarded Him as nothing but an itinerant preacher, rejecting His teachings, even though they knew these teachings were fully biblical.

His rebuke of these hypocrites is truly a timeless criterion for recognizing God’s truth and knowing His will. Such a heart does not try to twist God’s Word to accommodate a human philosophy, nor does it try to accommodate one’s personal will by persuading himself that it is God’s will. God’s will is always consistent with God’s Word, which is written to be easily understood by anyone who is willing to believe His Word and do His will. HMM

Excerpt from Days of Praise

Dark Places

“Help us, Lord, to see you in the dark places,
Help us to see you where you are not easily seen.
We cannot walk forever with the sun on our faces,
We cannot walk forever where the fields are green.

Help us Lord, to find you in the deep shadows,
Help us to find you where you are not easily found.
We cannot walk forever in the sweet scented meadows,
We cannot walk forever on even ground.

It’s easy, Lord, to find you in your Bethlehem stable,
Easy, Lord, to find you at your Nativity
Give us strength and courage, Lord, and so makes us able
Still to be beside you in Gethsemane.

Help us, Lord, to find you where the path steepens,
Help us, Lord, to find you where we would not readily seek.
Help us to find you where the gloom deepens,
Let us know your presence where the landscape’s bleak.

It’s easy, Lord, to find you with our friends all around us,
Easy to find you where we are most happy to be,
Help us to find you where you’ve already found us,
Help us to find you, Lord, on Calvary.”

Brenda Hargreaves, England

Ariel Sharon


Ariel Sharon

As Ariel Sharon nears death from kidney failure, medical experts in the United States say it is “remarkable” that the former prime minister of Israel has stayed alive for eight years in a vegetative state.

Sharon, who is 85 and can breathe on his own, has been in a coma and on a feeding tube since suffering a stroke at the height of his power in 2006.

“It’s pretty amazing they have kept him alive for as long as they have,” said Dr. James L. Bernat, a professor of neurology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. “It’s unusual for someone to survive that long. But the plan was to treat him aggressively, and that is not always the case in this country. Often the decision is made to let nature take its course.”

Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri

Mystical death curses. Visions of Messiah. A renowned world political leader under the threat of death.

Religious leaders in absolute shock. A cryptic death note …

The story is shocking. The story is true. The story is still unfolding today!

This is the sensational story of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, the most venerated rabbi in Israel at the age of 108.

Some 250,000 marched in his funeral procession after his death in 2007.

But when Yitzhak Kaduri’s much-anticipated letter announcing the name of the Messiah he claimed to have

encountered was unsealed a year after his death, the Israeli press and world media that found him so quotable in life ignored it.
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Beginning of the year

“A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” (Deuteronomy 11:12)

This phrase, “the beginning of the year,” occurs only twice in the Bible, here in Deuteronomy 11:12 and in Ezekiel 40:1. In this passage, the Lord, through Moses, is speaking of the promised land which He had prepared for the children of Israel, “a land of hills and valleys, [that] drinketh water of the rain of heaven” (Deuteronomy 11:11), promising great blessing on the land and its people if they obeyed God, but judgment if they disobeyed.

Although these promises were made specifically with reference to Israel, the principle surely would apply worldwide, for God “hath made of one blood all nations of men . . . and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord” (Acts 17:26-27). It certainly has applied to America, for God has certainly blessed our nation most abundantly, founded as it was in its beginnings on the principles of God’s words. Sadly, however, there are now many signs that His blessings are being withdrawn, with judgment imminent, because of the widespread apostasy and moral decay that has overtaken us.

Here, at “the beginning of the year,” we can pray that America will return to the God of our fathers before it is too late and final judgment falls on our once-blessed nation. In the words of our text, “the eyes of the LORD” are on us, “from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.”

In addition to prayer, we personally can work and give and vote and live in ways that demonstrate our own personal trust in God and His Word, as well as our deep concern for our families, our churches, our nation, and God’s eternal plan for His great creation. HMM

devotion by ICR









“I sometimes think that God must surely smile,

While looking on His world so tenderly;

And whisper softly to His angels there:

‘Could they but see?


His fretted world perplexed and worn and sad,

Distrustful of His watching thought the while;

Unmindful of the strength of love which shines

Behind God’s smile –


The kindest smile a weary world could know –

A smile that pities, loves, forgives and plans;

That knows earth’s strivings, failings, hopes and fears,

And understands.


Could we but see how near His angels are,

And know the grandeur of the ways they tread,

Or glimpse the land of happiness untold

Which lies ahead.


I sometimes think that God must surely smile,

When looking on His troubled world below,

And whisper softly, tenderly, His thought:

‘Could they but know.'”

—Author Unknown