BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY

BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come, Holy is His name. Amen. Disciples of Jesus Christ are called to be holy as the Lord they serve is holy. We are His people, a royal priesthood, chosen and set apart for Him. Therefore as His bondservants we are to remain unspotted by the ways of this world. The word holiness in Greek is hagios, and means different or otherness. The temple of God was to be holy, different to any other building. Set apart for special service to Him. This is holiness – to be set apart. It implies something is distinguished and distinct. For us, being holy means we to are to be distinguishable from the world, like our Master. The Hebrew word used in the Old Testament was qodesh and again means apartness, set apart or sacred. As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, be holy as I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:15 Jesus told us clearly to come out and be separate, not to do as the world does. This is being holy: setting ourselves apart and distinguishing ourselves from the world by not doing as the world does. It’s why Jesus teachings were so revolutionary in their day going against the current of contemporary culture at the time, including religious culture. It’s why He had such challenges from religious leaders who nullified the commands of God by replacing them with the traditions of men – just as today! As His word does...
PASSOVER AND THE EASTER TRADITIONS

PASSOVER AND THE EASTER TRADITIONS

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) The question of whether Christians should observe Passover, or continue with the well-established tradition of Easter, is one that provokes much reaction amongst believers. To answer this question we must always begin by examining the word of God.   For God’s ways are higher than man’s. Nowhere in the bible will you find the word Easter. The word Easter derives from Ishtar, the moon goddess from ancient Assyria, and is the root of the Germanic name Eostre, a pagan fertility goddess of the Saxon people of northern Europe. Eostre is also the root of the word estrogen, or oestrogen, the primary female sex hormone Ishtar/Eostre’s fertility symbols were eggs and rabbits. The ancient Assyrian new-year celebrations, called Akitu, culminated with the festival of Ishtar, which was the religious celebration of the fertility and pregnancy of the mother goddess as well as the resurrection of her son/husband, Tammuz, ‘the incarnated son of god’, who coincidentally was born on the 25th December! These pagan fertility symbols have become widely accepted in western culture, yet God makes it abundantly clear that we are not to do as the pagans do. Even the origins of the hot cross bun are found in a repeating form of worship, dating back to the days of Ishtar, who was known as the ‘queen of heaven,’ a name later given to Mary the mother of Jesus. Pagans would bake cakes to offer to ‘the queen of heaven’ (just as the idolatrous Israelites did – Jer 7:18) on the Friday before the Easter festival. Sound familiar? “Take heed to yourself you are not ensnared to...
IS BRITAIN STILL A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY? – PART 2

IS BRITAIN STILL A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY? – PART 2

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) In part one of this paper[i] we examined statistics and trends that demonstrate it is no longer applicable to claim that Britain is a Christian country; especially not when only 3.5 – 5% are actually practicing believers. In this second part we will consider further that not only are we are not a Christian nation, but that the nation is actually taking a stand against Christianity. “All practicing Christians are now a “minority” in Britain like persecuted Roman Catholics during the Reformation, according to two of Britain’s most senior Anglican and Catholic clerics.”[ii] Bishop of London Richard Chatres & Cardinal Vincent Nichols – 9.2.16. We highlighted in part one that when a nation turns its back on God and becomes stiff-necked towards His ways, there are consequences: for our God is a God of justice.[iii] The reality we face today is that God’s laws conflict with man’s and with our state-defined ‘British values’. Man is on a collision course with God’s word – of which “every word is God breathed, profitable for teaching, rebuke, correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God maybe adequate, equipped for every good work.”[iv] So let’s consider a few examples of how man’s laws now conflict with God’s, and the potential consequences for believers. The government’s new Counter Extremism Strategy (CES) states: “Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist.[v]” At...
FOLLOWERS OF GOD & HALLOWEEN

FOLLOWERS OF GOD & HALLOWEEN

(Download PDF Print-friendly version) Followers of Jesus and the traditions of Halloween and Trick or Treat As the end of October approaches, shops and supermarkets are again filled with all manner of Halloween themed products; ahead of the night in which occultic practitioners and the powers of darkness reach a frenzy. We know this for a fact because of our ministry work with people whose lives have been severely damaged by such.   This time of year raises extra anxiety, fear and distress for them; it’s no fun for those who know the truth behind the colourful marketing campaigns. “I’m glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year” Anton LaVey, Founder, Church of Satan So, unafraid as Emmaus is to confront difficult subjects, we continue by addressing Halloween and the Trick or Treat traditions so widespread in our culture today; traditions which present challenges for many a Christian parent whose children are confronted by such at school or among peer groups. The Bible is filled with warnings, strict warnings in fact, not to do what pagans do. Witchcraft, sorcery, worshipping idols, lying, manipulation and all manner of evil practice are an abomination to the Lord, and His children are expressly forbidden from participating in anything remotely related to it. “There must never be anyone among you who consults ghosts or spirits, or calls up the dead.”[i] In the scriptures the Hebrew root word for do not carries a very strong emphasis implying; do not even dare to think about it. This is exactly what God our Father in heaven is saying...