Monthly Archives: March 2016

FREEMASONRY/SHRINERS:

The Hope of some for one united faith

                Freemasonry’s roots go back to 16th century France. It was being practiced in England by the 18th Century. It was a secret fraternal order binding together professional men and master tradesmen [and, later, government officers and commercial men] who were Deist Rationalists, and who were opposed to the existence of established churches, mandatory church attendance, and any sort of monarchial or nobility-based political order. What follows is generally true concerning Freemasonry however there are variations of how it is practiced in the United States.

When folks consider becoming a Mason they must begin in the Blue Lodge. If a person persists they will attain the Entered Apprentice Degree then the Fellowcraft Degree and finally the Master Mason Degree. At this point the Mason has the choice to stay in the Blue Lodge or seek advanced degrees in the Scottish or York rite. The Scottish rite has the 4th through 32nd degrees. The York rite has 13 degrees. Once the 32nd degree is attained the Mason can petition to join the Shriners.  Those who have mastered the advanced rites of Freemasonry and are accepted join The Ancient and Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

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Does Unity Require Unanimity?

 Unity is found in those who believe in the three Foundational Christian Creeds

Steven E. Daskal

March, 2016

It is not uncommon for a Christian seeking to share the Gospel with someone from an unchurched background to be confronted with this sort of response: “If Christianity is right, if it is true, how come there are so many different denominations that all disagree with each other?”

In reality, there are two aspects to this issue. First, some religious groups that claim to be Christian churches or are generally believed to be Christian are not — they “preach another Christ.” The Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) teaches about a Christ who is not wholly God and wholly Man, is not a part of a single triune Godhead, and is not in himself the source of salvation. The Church of Scientology doesn’t preach Christ at all. The Church of Jesus Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) preaches Jesus as a faith healer, not part of the Godhead, not the Savior of Biblical Christianity. True Christianity has to reflect the main teachings and doctrines of the entire Bible, not hang on a handful of verses used to create a man-made religion.

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JEHOVAH WITNESSES

Did the Church get it wrong for the first 1900 years?

                Charles T. Russell is the founder of the Jehovah Witnesses. Although raised a Protestant, he departed because he did not agree with the teaching of eternal judgment (hell) and the Trinity. He predicted that Jesus would return in 1874. After that did not happen, he recalculated to 1914. Once this event was not apparent he said Jesus in fact returned as a ghost. Joseph Franklin Rutherford took over in 1916 after Russell’s death. Rutherford determined that Jehovah Witnesses constituted God’s government on earth and decreed all other Christian sects as satanic. Witnesses do not pledge allegiance to any country. They deny the incarnation and bodily resurrection of Jesus and declare that Jehovah alone is God.  Jesus is really Michael the Archangel. Rutherford predicted Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would return to earth between 1925 and 1929. He also predicted that only 144,000 people would go to heaven. When Witness membership exceeded this number in 1935, he said everyone who became a Witness after 1935 would live in a new paradise on earth. He died in 1942 being proven a false prophet. The same year Nathan H. Knorr took over. He created a new version of the Bible which fits Jehovah Witness doctrine. Knorr predicted that Armageddon would occur in 1975. By 1976 over one million Witnesses left their religion. Knorr died in 1976. After all these failures Witness now believe the organization is the prophet. To reject the organization is to reject God.  Only their decrees are true.  They believe the Trinitarian doctrine was inspired by Satan.  Jesus was not killed on a cross, but rather on a straight poll.  Only his spirit resurrected.

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