Oftentimes when the Devil does not want you to see something, he will put it in front of you.
Many today – and I would say the majority – do not see the push to join organizations and groups. Not only that but to be loyal to them.
These groups can be political or religious.
Have you noticed that in all of them, there is some sort of image and gesture associated with these groups?
The nations of the world have flags, national anthems, and constitutions.
Religious organizations and groups have images (crosses, statues, holy books, etc)
They all have salutes and gestures that mark an association or identity
In Daniel Chapter 3, we read a story about King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image that he wanted all of the people to bow down to worship. The way it was to happen was that at …
the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image
This is similar to the national anthems and flags (images) of the nations today. The people within those respective nations hear their anthems being played and they perform some visible act – such as placing their hands over their hearts, saluting, etc – to visibly show their loyalty and allegiance.
In King Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, all who did not bow down to his golden image would be punished with death.
Three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the image and were thrown into a fiery furnace where they were protected by an angel.
They told King Nebuchadnezzar …
that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up
The faith and courage of these three young men were commendable. They did not fear the king. They feared God.
The image was the golden image. The visible mark of loyalty was the act of bowing down.
Hitler’s Nazi Germany
Between 1933-1945, Hitler’s Third Reich was a system of government that exacted loyalty and allegiance from its citizens. The mark of loyalty and allegiance was the “Heil Hitler” salute.
The salute was a way to pay homage to Adolf Hitler. It consisted of raising an outstretched right arm with the palm down. In Nazi Germany, it was often accompanied by chanting or shouting “Heil Hitler” or “Sieg Heil.” This salute marked and identified who was loyal to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
The chosen image of the Third Reich was the swastika, an equilateral cross (卐 or 卍) with arms bent at right angles. The swastika is an ancient religious and cultural symbol.
At the playing of an anthem before the swastika; at a given order; when addressing the Führer, or loyalist addressing each other, the Nazi salute was rendered.
Those who did not perform these visible acts were easily identified as dissenters, non-conformers, non-supporters (worshipers), and enemies of the state.
The Religious Systems of Today
Not only do we see the political entities – Caesar – exacting allegiance and loyalty from its subjects, religious organizations and groups do in very large measure.
In the case of the Christian religious system, it has images, rituals, and visible acts that its membership must be performed that identify them as Christian.
For example, there is the image of the cross. Some Christian organizations have statues of saints. Some have rosary beads. They all have rituals such as water baptism. They all have rules and regulations such as getting baptized in water or reciting certain words such as “I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.” They have another image called the Bible.
If the Bible was relegated as being just a book, then I personally would have had a problem. But it is that it has been elevated – by men – to a holy and lofty position where it does not belong as, The Word of God. Only Jesus alone is The Word of God, not a book by any name (named by men).
This book is revered and venerated more than Christ himself!
Many Christians – a title Jesus never commanded his disciples to be called – while in worship or praise, raise their hands above their heads. Why? I ask again, why? Where is this commanded?
Many will pray to assume certain positions such as kneeling, bowing one’s head, folding one’s hands, or arms outstretched above them. Again, I ask why? Where is it written or commanded that certain positions must be assumed when praying?
Look at the images below. Do you see any similarities?
As seen from as far back as the King of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar, through Hitler’s Third Reich, in all of the Nations today, and with religious organizations and groups, there was – and is – indoctrination. Why?
To conform. To control. To exact allegiance, loyalty, and worship to an idea[ology] a person, or a thing.
The Apostle said in Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
This world has a god, Satan the Devil. (2 Cor 4:4 and Matthew 4:8-10). He raised up all of the nations and kingdoms. He raised up all of the things in them, including their religions. It is through the nations and religions that he gets his worship. Most people have no idea what we are up against.
Oftentimes when the Devil does not want you to see something, he will put it in front of you. – R. Jerome Harris
What is interesting is that neither Christ nor his disciples practiced any of the things many who claim to follow him sacrifice to the nations today.
The Apostle Paul showed that the many acts people performed back in his day and even now are sacrifices made to demons.
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.
Someone or something wants the masses to join something. The reason is to indoctrinate and then control what you eat (are taught).
Did you know that Jesus never told us to join some religion?
He could not have told us to join Christianity because he never mentioned something such as Christianity. Plus, he was not sent to establish religion but to establish a brotherhood. The entire human family is brothers but divided.
Freedom to worship the One God as Jesus directed can only be had apart from and outside of the world’s religious systems.
The religious systems befit the “Big Brother Wants You.”
What is really concerning to me is the aggressive push by religious organizations to join them. Why not join with Christ? Why them?
Once they gather persons within them then the real enslavement and indoctrination work begins. Each group/system contends with the others. Human against human. (Eph 6:12)
I firmly believe that one should resist with all of their might belonging to religious groups and being partakers in the collective psychosis of state worship, ritualism, worshiping images, and emblems.
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 10:18-20
Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19 Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons
Belong to God and Christ.
That something says it’s Christian does not mean that it’s alright to partake in its collective psychosis. Neither God nor His Son commanded such things.
You guys have heard me say that water baptism is the baptism of John the Baptizer. Christ’s followers were not commanded to get baptized in water. There are no examples of Jesus baptizing his disciples in water are there? No!
But what does Christianity do? (Which is of the nations that Satan raised) It requires, teaches, and practices water baptism. This is a ritual and a sacrifice to demons!
There are so many rituals and teachings that Christianity throws at the masses to indoctrinate and control them that it is no laughing matter.
It sacrifices to demons and not to God. It obeys demons and not God.
I for one refuse to be indoctrinated again.
I follow my Master closely and go wherever he goes.
I am fully aware that the kingdoms of the world and its religions want to exact from me loyalty, allegiance, and worship.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.