Prelude to Light
Greatest Roman Confusion:
His Infinite Majesty, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty has not changed, and neither has the Magisterial strength of His Law that condemns sin. The Law in Commandments will not save man, but the spirit of the Decalogue remains as warnings to trespassers.
I AM the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: For I AM the LORD thy God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20 verse 3 thru 6.)
I AM YHWH,
that is My Name: and My glory will I not give to
another, neither My praise to graven images.
(Isaiah 42 verse 8.)
Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the Covenant of the LORD your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4 verse 23 thru 24 .)
From the Garden corruption of Adam, to the present, we are all little gods, making our own choices of what we think is good or bad. In humanity's self centered idolatry, if we decide to make void one of God's moral laws, then we have over ruled the Almighty every time, and will be found guilty of sin, apart from the Moral Law. For there is no respect of persons with God. For whosoever has sinned without the law, shall perish without the law; and whosoever has sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law. For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2 verse 11 thru 13.)
In spiritual actuality, if one of the least of the Ten Commandments (Decalogue) is violated then all have been violated: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2 verse 10.) All of mankind is guilty of sin before God Almighty, and is in need of a Savior. And Jesus Christ, the very WORD of GOD made flesh, says in His Divine Authority: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven”. (See Matthew 5 verse 18 thru 19. and also consider The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion.)
When we little gods violate one of the commandments we have made ourselves guilty of breaking the first Commandment, and have made ourselves guilty of all. I AM the Lord thy God. Thou shall have no other gods before Me. And Jesus answering those that accused Him of blaspheming, because He was a man making Himself to be God, said to them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods? (See all of Psalm 82.) If He called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say you of Him, Whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I AM the Son of God? (See John 10 verse 23 thru 38.) There is but one God Almighty and Judge of His own creation, for He will judge mankind rightly through His Word and only begotten Son Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of Man. (See John 5 verse 21 thru 23.)
If the very WORD of GOD, Himself, declares that the Scriptures cannot be broken, then with what lawful authority does the Roman Church's infallible Magisterium have to change that which cannot be broken? All of the Ten Commandments of God remain in effect, and cannot be dismissed without just recompense. The force of the law, in Commandments, condemns the corrupting nature, of sin and death that is innate within the flesh of the little gods of Adam. Under the auspices of another spirit, the idolatrous little gods of the Roman Magisterium, have judged for themselves what is good and what is evil, and have whitewashed over the first and second Commandments that condemns the evil of idolatry. If the will of sin and death is working its self deceptions within the heart of man, then the Perfect Law of Love is broken, with the freedom of the heart, being set in chains of death and darkness. Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image, which the Lord thy God hates. (Deuteronomy 16 verse 21 thru 22.) The word "grove" in the scripture is associated with the ancient goddess, identified with Ashtoreth and Astarte that was worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, and quite apparently by the Roman Church.
The sin of the Roman and Eastern Church is like the Sin of Achan. So the LORD said to Joshua: "Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and --- they --- have also transgressed My Covenant which I commanded them. For --- they --- have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and --- they --- have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you. Get up, sanctify the people, and say, "Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: "There is an accursed thing in your midst. O Israel, you cannot stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you." (Joshua 7 verse 10 thru 12.)
It would be apparent that lots were cast, and the one guilty man was eventually taken from the tribe of Judah: And Achan answered Joshua, and said: Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonian garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. (Joshua 7 verse 20 thru 22.)
God had established a covenant with the people of Israel that separated them from the rest of the world, but God's protection was dependent upon their obedience to the fullness of His Word. Their obedience would be a sign of their devotional love toward God, but their disobedience was a sign of their allegiance to that which is perishable rather than to the Eternal God. God's covering protection was broken by the people, when the accursed things were brought into the camp by Achan and hid in the midst of his tent. Achan's covetous sin, brought a curse upon the Israel of God, with the subsequent loss of the lives of thirty six men of Israel. (See Joshua 7 verse 3 thru 6.) In hearing God's judgment against the one who brought the curse, Joshua obeyed the voice of the Lord God, and Achan with his family with all of his possessions along with the silver, the garment and wedge of gold were all destroyed in the valley of Achor. (See Joshua 7 verse 24 thru 26.) Peter writes: And above all things have fervent Love among yourselves: for Love shall cover the multitude of sins. (1st Peter 4 verse 7 thru 8.) God's gift of Love in Christ Jesus is the perfect covering of Life for all in Jesus Christ, but that covering of Love, because of willful disobedience, is now exchanged for the tattered shroud of death. For when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. (James 1 verse 14 thru 17.)
When the Lord Jesus Christ was take to Calvary, to suffer a death on the cross, for our sins, His body was clothed in a seamless, woven garment that covered His human nakedness. The Roman soldiers stripped Jesus of His covering garment exposing His nakedness, for our shame: Then the soldiers cast lots for the robe, so that one individual would possess that one seamless garment in its entirety. But now it would seem, that because of the multitude of unrepented sins of God's people, the seamless covering garment of Perfect Love, that hides our nakedness and shame, is shredded into thousands of pieces, with perfection being exchanged for the confusion of Achan's Babylonian cloth. Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin. (Isaiah 30 verse 1.)
From the beginnings of the chasteness of the Church, the mystery of iniquity or that of sin's stirring within the flesh, began to cut into, and mar the covering fabric of the Love of God within the New Covenant Blood of His Son Jesus Christ. The Western Church of Rome as well as the Eastern Church of Orthodoxy, have each clothed themselves in the confusion of the Babylonian culture of iconography, and have permissively done violence to the perfect law of Love that is in Christ Jesus. How utterly unfortunate for portions of the Ecclesia, who are called out of the utter darkness of sin, have been disrobed of the righteousness of God, and continue to follow the confusion of the cultural expediency of Rome that remains from earlier times, and is fostered in these churches today. The institutional leaders, of these Babylonian churches, are no better than Achan, whose name means, “Trouble”. You have to wonder, are these leaders so blind that they can dismiss the seriousness of the offense to the only Creator God, as well as the trouble and confusion it brings to the people who follow after them.
The Conception, of lust and power, began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve dismissed the warnings of God, and they willfully chose to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil: And when Woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened and they saw that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3 verse 6 thru 7.)
As the result of the fall of Adam, it seemed good in human eyes, and the philosophy of the wise that esthetic beauty and serene tranquility, should decorate a temple to give it a rich, spiritual covering atmosphere, and certainly to adapt to acceptable human cultures of the time. So then to accommodate the people, these churches set their cultural idols and demigods, openly before Holy God, and the people of God, and sanitized them with sainthood, the sprinkling of water, and then covering the sin with sanctimonious homilies, even invoking the Name of the Lord. It is not so strong a language to say, that such blasphemy continues to this very day. I counsel thee to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness does not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that thou may see. (See Revelation 3 verse 14 thru 19.) The nakedness of the Roman Church and of Orthodoxy, has been apparent for centuries.
How absurd it is, for these churches that they should openly parade this great sin, immediately in front of the Table of God's holiness. Who can stand before the enemies of our souls, when the traditions of men make the Word of God, non effectual for the general church, through the churches' blatant disobedience to the Word of God? The churches' sin perpetuates sin, and sin is death. This sin is no less than unrepented adultery, fornication, murder of souls and every unclean thing that smacks in the face of Holy, Holy, Holy God, The ALMIGHTY. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen! (1st John 5 verse 21.) Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people." "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (2nd Corinthians 6 verse 14 thru 17.)
The cultural iconography and statuary, combined with the peoples intercessory prayers through the idols of saints, defiles the temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit, whose temple we are to be. These Churches, with they're idolatrous displays, openly violate the first Great Commandment of God recorded in the Book of Deuteronomy: "Hear O Israel (people) with whom God strives: The Lord your God is one Lord: Thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy strength. And these Words that I Command thee this day shall be in thy heart". (Deuteronomy 6 verse 4 thru 6)
therefore your souls carefully. You saw not any similitude in the day that the
Lord God spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire: Lest perhaps
being deceived you might make you a graven similitude, or image of male or
female, the similitude of any beasts, that are upon the earth, or of birds, that
fly under heaven, or of creeping things, that move on the earth, or of fishes,
that abide in the waters under the earth: Lest perhaps lifting up thy eyes to
heaven, thou see the sun and the moon, and all the stars of heaven, and being
deceived by error, thou adore and serve them, which the Lord thy God created for
the service of all the nations, that are under heaven.
(Deuteronomy 4 verse 15 thru 19. Catholic translation Douay-Rheims) (See also the Catholic translation Douay-Rheims Version Deuteronomy 5 verse 7 thru 10.)
In the presence of Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty, not even the similitude of fallen mankind is permissible. If we have broken even the least of God's Commandments, we have broken, and are guilty of all of them. In the voiding and breaking of the Commandments of God, these churches compound their capital crimes, by adding great sin to great sin, thereby desecrating, also, the second Great Commandment of Love of brother. These gross errors of death, bring great confusion, and pollute the heart tables of God’s sanctuary that is to be within His people. (See 1st Corinthians 6 verse 19.) The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Man has already fully drank once for all time --- and for all of the idolatrous sin of mankind, --- the full cup of the abominations of sin and death of this world. He has tasted death for all of man-kind, and He is raised in triumphant victory over our sin and idolatrous self determination, which brought death and separation from His Holy Father God Almighty. Now, the Church of Babylon, is asking the Lord Jesus Christ, to drink of this cup of abominations again, to justify their self conceived confusion over good and evil.
With right discernment, having been broken in the church leadership, one error after another is covered over by more sin. If the Creator God knows the count of the hairs on our head, as Jesus says, then certainly with the Infinite, He knows of the thoughts and intentions within every head, for nothing is hid from Him, with Whom we have to do. (See Hebrews 4 verse 12 thru 13.) He is the same God, Who has said of a future time: Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (Isaiah 65 verse 24.) Remember this, and show yourselves as men: Bring it again to mind, O you transgressors. For I AM God, and there is none like Me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure. (See Isaiah 46 verse 8 thru 10.)
God's infinite capacity to answer prayer, is not limited by any time frame, but is only limited by the unrepented sins, of the little gods of men. (See Leviticus 26 verse 18 thru 19.) The Almighty God is the same yesterday, today and forever. If God is not answering His beloved, then something must be wrong with our approach with our skewed perceptions of His Infinite holiness. Is the stinking flesh of man, with his idolatrous agenda set before God Almighty?
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices, the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 18 verse 10 thru 18.)
It is one thing to speak of men and women, who have died with saving faith in Jesus Christ. It is quite another to speak to them and idolize the dead with prayers of intercession, when Holy God, as God, is silent. "Should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony, if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8 verse 19). Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59 verse 1 thru 2.)
Rebellious Saul entered into this very same abomination, when he sought out the dead prophet Samuel, through a spiritual medium. (See 1st Samuel 28 verse 9 thru 16.) Being stirred from his rest, Samuel was not too happy, and so Saul and his son, Jonathon, died the next day in battle, even as the awakened Samuel had prophesied. Why consult with the dead, when your ultimate answer will lie in death? Those who pray to the saints have opened the doors of hell, and the demonic are answering these prayers with lying deceits. How foolish the choice, when we have direct access to the Father of Life, through His Son Jesus Christ, the only Mediator to Life, Who through His Father has sent to us God's Holy Spirit to dwell with us, as His temple. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1st Timothy 2 verse 3 thru 6. )
"And they shall overcome the evil (accuser) by the BLOOD of the LAMB, and the Word of their testimony, and they loved not their life unto the death." (Revelation 12 verse 10.)
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Robert Glenn Pratten
Robert Glenn Pratten