I would like to give HONOR, PRAISE and WORSHIP to the ONLY ONE deserving!
I would like to give HONOR, PRAISE and WORSHIP to the ONLY ONE deserving!
Story courtesy of M. Barnhart, Christian Post.com (2014).
The New York-based Satanic Temple on Monday submitted its designs for a monument that it aims to have placed at the Oklahoma Capitol next to the Ten Commandments. The sculpture will feature a 7-foot-tall goat-headed creature, Baphomet, as Satan, which will be flanked by two adoring children – one boy and one girl – smiling as they look up to the creature that will be large enough so that tourists can sit in its lap.
Lucien Greaves, the spokesman for New York’s Satanic Temple, told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the organization wanted to include children in the sculpture because they are “very concerned for children’s rights and child welfare.”
“We are looking to take up the fight against corporal punishment in schools, which is still allowed in 19 states, sometimes results in children’s admission into hospital emergency rooms, and has no beneficial effect, according to any credible empirical research. We hope that today’s children can grow up in enriching environments that cultivate their curiosity, and divorced from the damaging and divisive demonologies of the past,” Greaves asserted.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Satanic Temple had already raised $19,834 of its $20,000 goal to fund the process of sculpting their monument to Satan.
Last month, CP reported that the organization sent a letter to Oklahoma officials expressing its interest in erecting the sculpture that proposes to be a “homage to the historic/literary Satan.”
In the letter, Greaves also accuses Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of “helping a satanic agenda grow more than any of us possibly could,” because he has privately funded the Ten Commandments display that sits outside the state’s capitol. The Ten Commandments monument, however, was also approved by the Oklahoma legislature in 2009.
Trait Thompson, chair for the State Capitol Preservation Commission, told CP that any proposed artwork “must be evaluated by the architecture and grounds committee.” He added that the Decalogue display did not go through the typical process for a capitol monument.
“In the case of the Ten Commandments monument, the legislature passed a bill in 2009 authorizing the monument to be placed, so it was not approved through our typical process. The CPC’s only role was to select a location for the monument,” Thompson said when asked by CP why the monument, if it’s ever erected, would be large enough for tourists and visitors to sit in the 7-foot-tall satanic figure’s lap, Greaves explained, “We wanted our monument to serve some type of functional purpose – to have some type of interactive element – for the visitors in Oklahoma City who come to see it.”
Even though the satanist group is based in New York, they are not petitioning to build a similar sculpture in that state, because as Greaves asserts, the organization merely acted on behalf of its members who reside in Oklahoma.
“To be clear, it was Oklahomans who petitioned us for this monument, and we filed on their behalf. We have membership in Oklahoma City, and we represent a segment of the population there. Further, we know of no similar circumstances in New York where a religious monument sits on public grounds.”
Greaves continued: “Where the separation of church and state is respected, the Satanic Temple will never move to revise the laws to allow a monument of theirs to stand on its own. Our monument is explicitly meant to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument. While it may be best if religious monuments are left off of state property, when the situation arises that the state breaks down the separation of church and state, it is best that a multiplicity of religious voices are represented, rather than allowing one group to apparently co-opt the power and authority of the capitol.”
“I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” Armes asserted. “I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma, and that’s not going to fly here.”
PRAY PRAY PRAY MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD!!
If a wolf walked up to you and said, “Hi, I’m a wolf as you see, but I’m a friendly wolf. Won’t you play with me?” Would you then go and play with the “friendly wolf”, or would you back away slowly? How about a fuzzy brown bear, would you wrestle with a friendly brown bear or would instinct cause you to run away as fast as you can? How about Satan? He walks in dressed in Polo and introduces himself like this, “Good afternoon, I’m Satan…yes, that old dragon, Beelzebub, the Serpent, you know. That guy. And you are?” Would you kindly shake his hand and make nice, or would you plead the blood of Jesus and rebuke him? Many of us, whether we want to admit it or not, might just shake ole Satan’s hand and believe that we can “all just get along”. But be careful, your enemy is NEVER your friend. Read the rest of this entry »
This short post has special meaning for me. It is submitted by a 15 year old with great insight into the potentially dangerous social phenomenon known as “bullying”. The school district that we live in has seen a teen suicide due to bullying, and this post was sent to me by a boy who is currently experiencing the same, to the point that he considered self-harm. As you well know, the satanic agenda is to attack the families and especially children, and it seems that lately the agenda has been amped up to new levels as we hear of more youth violence, promiscuity and bullying. Please read the words of this post and pray for the Author of it, as well as other children who may be in the same predicament.
What is making kids of this current generation so mean? Why does it seem like these past few years have been the “dark ages” of the world? Lately, the commercials (even Christmas commercials!) have been darker, movies, TV shows, they’ve all just been dark. Clearly, the entertainment industry has a huge impact on the human race. The youth of this generation have become more mean. We could, perhaps, trace the roots back to the parents… but what about the media? In the midst of this darkness, one of the problems people struggle with is bullying. Although there is so many variations of bullying, the most common seem to be verbal and cyber bullying. Clearly, the tongue has a lot of power, as the bible says:
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:7)
If we could all be honest, we all have said something hurtful to somebody. A lot of times, we don’t mean it. We, as people, say a lot of things out of spite. We have to realize that some people are naturally more sensitive to what we say than others, and that some people pretend not to be hurt, while taking it all in and bottling it up.
There seems to be a lot of people walking the Earth full of anger and rage. There’s people who seek vengeance on those who have wronged them, and some who would rather take the problems out on themselves through self harm. Seeking vengeance will not put you in any better of a position than you already are, and the Bible speaks of that.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
(40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25)
In “church” circles these days the word “repent” is almost worse than “satan”. It’s not popular to preach repentance, and it’s much easier to coddle, overlook or dismiss sin in the sanctuary. The apostasy in the church and in the Christian home is at an all time high, and the ambivalence toward living saved is escalating. I was listening to a couple of radio pastors this morning and the first one was breathing so hard through his message that I feared he would have a heart attack while telling people to “lay hands on it and believe so that God would do it!” The other pastor’s message was “God is SO good”. I believe that both preached statements are true to an extent; however, I also believe that they are sugar-coated, feel-good messages meant to tide people over for a week, and get happy enough to open their wallets. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m sorry to take you “there”, or “back there” if you are my age, but the lyrics to this song popped into my head on my drive into work this morning, and I was in prayer while I drove. This song took me back immediately to the 1970′s (dating myself I know) and I was a young child spying on my parent’s “house parties”. I think that it was Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes who sang, “If you don’t know me by now…you will never, ever ever know me….ohhh ohhh ohhh!”
I know what I was praying at the time, and I know why God allowed this song to play in my mind. I also immediately knew that God wanted me to share the message here. Redundancy in prayer is a common thing; I had someone tell me that she prayed to God each night to help her to make more money, and I didn’t want to seem like I wasn’t understanding of her plight, but I asked her if she thought that God didn’t hear her the first, second or third time that she prayed the same prayer. That got a chuckle, but not much more… Read the rest of this entry »