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The Newest Dark Age

Posted: April , 2009

Submitted by: Samantha Williams

Historically we are in the Age of Information, but I submit that we are in another

Dark Age of Christianity. I know that this is not a new concept but we need to be reminded of it to see religion for what it is, to know our enemy.In the Middle Ages, “church” attendance was booming, everyone from serfs on up to Kings attended the “church” of the day. An article from Minnesota State University states, “From the moment of its baptism a few days after birth, a child entered into a life of service to God and God’s Church. As a child grew, it would be taught basic prayers, would go to church every week barring illness, and would learn of its responsibilities to the Church. Every person was required to

live by the Church’s laws and to pay heavy taxes to support the Church. In return for this, they were shown the way to everlasting life and happiness after lives that were often short and hard.”

“In addition to collecting taxes, the Church also accepted gifts of all kinds from individuals who wanted special favors or wanted to be certain of a place in heaven. These gifts included land, flocks, crops, and even serfs. This allowed the Church to become very powerful, and it often used this power to influence kings to do as it wanted.”

Due to the caste system, called the feudal system, most common people and all serfs could not read. The ignorance of the people and the greed of all who had understanding allowed the Roman Catholic entity to thrive. Selling God to the highest bidders and assuring people if they say certain prayers and pay the church they will go to heaven.

The modern apostate church still sells God to the highest bidder and teaches that if you say the sinner’s prayer and be a good little pew-sitter and pay your tithe, surely you will go to heaven. And, if you really want to support and be a champion of their ministry they’ll even send a miracle healing cloth or anointing oil that will wipe away your sufferings and send you straight into a life of ease and prosperity. And even better, that life is in the here and now not the obscure beyond.

The common people of today live under a sort of chosen ignorance. People don’t challenge what they’re taught, not because they are illiterate, but because they choose to be devoid of understanding. Not wanting to upset the delicate balance of their greed-driven humanistic theology. Unfortunately what Karl Marx said is too true, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” People must drug themselves to sleep with religion so that they can live their lives without sacrifice and feel that they are going to heaven.

Today’s apostasy is a dual force where the powers that be and the common man unite in their endeavor to maintain their lifestyle of greed and complaisance. A monster of epic proportions that is blasphemously called the body of Christ. In this endeavor there is an updated caste system of the “Super-Christian” and the “Pew-Sitter”. The elite clergy

and their inner circle of faithful tithers/yes men and the other guys who sit on the pew listening to an inspirational, if not mildly challenging at best, sermon to feel that they have done their duty to God.

II Thessalonians 2:9-12

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

II Timothy 3:1-5

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than

lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

I remember when I used to read that scripture, I was put off by it thinking, surely that is not me! Look again though, some of the descriptions are blatant but some are subtle to our “enlightened” humanistic minds. The ones that we can look at with disdain and say

that Paul definitely didn’t mean us are obvious: blasphemers, unthankful, unholy, unloving, slanderers, brutal, despisers of good, traitors… but what about the rest?

Surely, Paul was talking about the world, sinners, those who do not claim to know God. Wait a minute… “having a form of godliness but denying its power”? What does that mean? What is having a form of godliness? Perhaps having a form of religion, a

code of ethics, a man-made set of standards of church attendance and growth that we think establishes God’s kingdom? And wouldn’t that very fact lead you right into all of those other blatant sins? If you come up with your own standards and leave biblical standards, you are open to justifying God’s laws away in your freedom and liberty.

What is the power of godliness?

2 Peter 1:3

as His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

Luke 24:49

“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Acts 1:8

‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father, the power from on high. He will teach us all things and bring to our remembrance the things that Jesus said!

Having a form of godliness but denying its power; is having our own standard of behavior and thought but denying the work of the Holy Spirit in us to repent and change our thinking to God’s thinking and our standard of behavior to the standard that God has set before us in His word and in the example of Jesus’ life!

Until each of us looks at ourselves through the Word of God and sees that we are the ones who are denying the power of God, we will be in a darkness and strong delusion. We must repent and change the way we think so that the Holy Spirit can give us power to live godly lives. And then, He will give us power to be witnesses to Him to the ends of the earth. Showing people the real enemy of their souls… RELIGION!!

** all emphasis in the scripture is mine.

Samantha Williams

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