The Religion of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains Part 1 – Zero Times Omega

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I know the title sounds weird but it’s not. There really is a startup religion using blockchains.

And just wait until I tell you the part about the Jesus Coin. Actually, I think I’ll make that a separate post. It deserves it.

Let’s start by understanding what is a blockchain:

A blockchain is a digital way for people conducting transactions to cut out the middle man. Instead of going through a third-party, the transaction is conducted on a “digital ledger” for everyone to see. The transaction needs approval from all parties that are tied to the blockchain. Once they approve it, then the transaction will be processed. There is a level of cryptography used to keep transactions safe and these transactions are out in the open for all to see so any cheaters out there will get caught because you can see the transactions they’ve made.

Theoretically, however, almost anything can be built on a blockchain.

Now let me introduce you to Ethereum and “Zero Times Omega.”

Ethereum is a blockchain that is used for developing and running apps. (You can read more about it here.)

With Ethereum, you can kickstart and fund a project, create your own cryptocurrency, or build a brand new decentralized application.

But the one thing that stood our for me is that you can create a “democratic autonomous organization.”

And that’s where “Zero Times Omega” comes in.

It is based on the aforementioned blockchain. The creator of this blockchain, Matt Liston, stated that ‘“It’s a religious framework that could allow for belief sets to update much more quickly and also to democratize the relationship between membership and convergence on what everyone believes in this religion.”’

For me, this has all the earmarks of a deception written all over it.

While I haven’t read what they call their ‘holy book’, the idea is that they can vote on different aspects of their ‘religion’ and make changes to it, if there is a consensus.

Simply put, this is exactly the kind of technology that Satan can use to create any one of a number of deceptions.

Unlike “Zero Times Omega”, the Word of God is never-changing, no matter what any organization says. There are Christians out there (including pastors) who are already learning and preaching the Word in a ‘feel good’ format. They are subtly making changes so that people don’t get offended.

Let’s face facts, everyone: the Bible can offend, condemn, and lay your sins bare. But it also provides grace and inspires and shows us that we are redeemable and that to get there, we must first acknowledge and put our faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV).

Enough said.

God Bless!

 

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We are Christians and Soldiers

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I picked up a daily devotional that was sitting on my wife’s desk and opened it to a random page. The title of the devotional on the left side read ‘Soldiers on the Battlefield.’

I felt the need to pick that book up today and God led me to what I thought was a random page and that’s what I read.

What does that have to do with anything? Actually, plenty.

After I read the title and the content of the devotional, I thought about the recent display of blasphemy that was put on at the recent Met Gala.

For those of you who aren’t aware, there was an event that took place at the Met. It’s called the Met Gala. Quite honestly, I don’t know why they have such an event but there are any one of a number of stars who attend this event. Each of theses events has some sort of theme. The attendee’s wardrobe is based on the theme of the event. This year it was Christianity.

I say Christianity because some were dressed in Roman Catholic-like vestments while others were adorned with crosses or religious images. Jared Leto was dressed as Jesus, adorning his head with a mock crown of thorns.

As Christians, we need to call out this kind of mockery and stand against it. We need to call out those who would preach a different gospel and bring the light to bear on them. Those needing to be saved are being led astray by a ‘watered-down’ gospel message.

As soldiers, put on the full armor of God and get yourselves ready.

A Thank You from Me to You.

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I should have done this a while ago but I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for visiting this tiny little corner of cyberspace and taking a minute to read my posts. It is very much appreciated!

I can’t believe that this all started back in 2010!

I was a novice writer with a lot to learn. A guy putting his thoughts down, hoping to make an impact somewhere in the space-time continuum.

Today I’m less of a novice with a lot to learn.

It’s been a fun trip over the last eight years and I’m glad that you’ve taken the trip with me! I hope that we can continue this journey together.

Again, thank you so much for your patronage and I hope to see you soon!

God Bless!

GQ Hates the Bible (and Other Assorted Classics).

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Yes, you read that title correctly. GQ hates the Bible.

Okay, that’s my own spin on it but it’s pretty close to accurate.

GQ recently published an article (or, more accurately, an opinion piece) titled 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read. You can read it here.

Included with the Bible are such classics as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms (both by Ernest Hemingway), as well as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

And coming in at number 12 was the Bible. Here is the author’s take on the Bible:

Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I completely disagree with the author on all of this except on one point: it is true that this is not the finest thing that man has ever produced.

It is, however, the finest thing that God has produced.

Yes, man wrote the words down but God gave men the words to write. Men like Moses, Paul, John, and Timothy (among others) received the Word from God and wrote them down. Yes, there are bad parts (murder, rape, and God’s wrath on His people) and there are good parts (redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation).

Taken as a whole, the Bible is the story of us. The creation of man, his fall, and his eventual return to righteousness through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Everything we were and everything we were destined to become is written in the pages of the Bible. Those who are ‘of the world’ can’t see that. They only see the Word as a collection of interesting stories and nothing more.

For those of us who are saved, we see the Bible as our guide to salvation and where the future of this world is headed.

All you have to do is take a look around at the world today and you will realize that the Bible is more relevant now than it’s ever been. Pick it up, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and you will see it exactly as I (and many others) see it.

P.S. If you’d like to leave me additional feedback, a suggestion on a post, or just a general question, please feel free to fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

God Bless!

The Sinner’s Prayer – Romans 3 versus Romans 10

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You would think that after being saved for the last 6 years, I wouldn’t question anything having to do with my salvation.

That was the case…until last week. Now I’m starting to reconsider what it means to be saved and what salvation truly is according to the Bible.

My wife pointed me to a very interesting video the other day and I finally had a chance to view.

It’s by someone named Robert Breaker. He brought up an interesting premise concerning the Sinner’s Prayer.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Sinner’s Prayer is a prayer that you say in order to become saved. It goes something like this:

‘Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that I need to repent. I ask You to forgive me of my sins and that You come into my life and into my heart. I ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.’

Now, this prayer can vary from person to person but this is the general idea of what someone would say if they want to be saved.

In the video, Brother Robert brings up a very good point: this prayer is no where in the Bible.

His belief (and it’s starting to become mine) is that those who have promoted the use of this prayer have taken a number of verses from Romans 3 and Romans 10 and put them together to create this ‘prayer of salvation.’ But Romans 3:25 states the following:

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

This states that all we need is faith in the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and for everlasting life.

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

Back in Jesus’ time (and much before), once a year the priests would sacrifice a lamb or a bull and wipe the blood on the altar. This process was meant to forgive them of their sins of the past year.

This is exactly what Jesus did when He died on the cross. His blood was shed for our sins. There is no indication that the Apostles said a ‘sinner’s prayer;’ there’s nothing in the Bible that states that Paul said it either. Even the thief on the cross simply said ‘Remember me when You come into your Kingdom.’

That’s really it. You don’t need any kind of special prayer or ritual; no procedure needs to be followed or anything of the kind. You simply need to believe and have faith in the blood of Jesus and you can be sure of your salvation.

I’m in no way saying that praying the prayer is bad. You just have to make sure that you have faith in the blood as well. Without that, you are still a lost soul.

I hope this helps. I felt an urging to get this message out to everyone because I was guilty of endorsing the ‘sinner’s prayer’ but not endorsing faith in the blood of Jesus.

I hope this message blesses you. If you wish to contact me, please feel free to leave a comment.

God Bless!

 

Get a Life!

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I was getting ready for work this morning and I was trying to figure out what my next blog should be. All of a sudden, the phrase ‘get a life’ popped into my head.

Okay, where did that come from? Phrases like that just don’t randomly pop into my head. Of course, the next thing that popped into my head was William Shatner on Saturday Night Live doing the ‘Get a LIfe’ skit where he tells a bunch of convention attendees that it’s just a TV show (if I was better at this stuff, I would have inserted the required animated GIF below).

Anyhow, I knew that I couldn’t write about that since we’re so close to Easter.

So, after getting ready, I sat down to read my daily Bible plan reading and the verse of the day was this:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV

There it was staring me right in the face.

If you’re reading this and you’re not sure where I’m going with this, it’s really quite simple: Jesus is how you get a life…an eternal life, at that.

On Sunday, we will be celebrating the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus. He gave his life so that we would have an eternal life with Him, as long as we believe in Him.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father , but by me.” John 14:6 KJV

That’s the essence of what we are celebrating on Sunday. God gave up His only Son so that we might be saved and have a chance at eternal life with Him in Heaven.

So that’s what I want you to take away from this message and from Sunday’s message: that Jesus is your way to eternal life in Heaven.

But the first thing you need to do is accept Him as your Lord and Savior. This will start your towards salvation and eternal life. It’s not going to be an easy one. There are times when you will fall (trust me on this one) but God is always there to support you and help get you back on your feet.

So; Happy Resurrection Sunday to everyone. I hesitate to say Happy Easter as there are pagan overtones to that (another blog for another day).

Take care and God Bless!

The Apostasy of the Church – Part 4

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I am really getting tired of continuing to call out different pastors and churches when they preach heresy.

Did I already tell you that in another post? I probably did. I can’t remember anymore.

But here’s another one:

Jesus isn’t the only way.

That title is mine and not the true title of the article.

The gist of the article is that Michael A. Walrond Jr., pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church, has preached to his congregation that Jesus being the only way is ‘insanity.’ Here is part of that sermon from about two weeks ago:

“There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes. And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally I celebrate that,” he said to a smattering of applause. “Again, we have enough in this world that divides us we need to find those things that bring us together. And if God cannot bring us closer together then something is wrong, not with God but in how we think we know God and understand God.”

I’m pretty sure Jesus believes that He is the only way to the Father. He said it Himself:

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV).

There is no mistaking what was said in that passage. The very fact that this pastor misquoted the Bible and the words of Jesus disturbs me.

This comes straight out of the ‘tickle your ears’ church. A statement like this is telling those who hear it that it’s okay to believe what you want. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, etc. will all go to Heaven. We know that’s not true but, unfortunately, this pastor does not.

And there are others our there just like him.

This is a perversion of the Gospel and it’s designed to keep the people in the seats rather than teach them the truth. These pastors should be growing their flock with the truth rather than a lie.

If your church teaches this or anything close to it, run for the door and don’t look back. That’s how I feel about it. I want to know the truth. I want to know what’s coming. I want to know what is in store for us in the last days and I want myself and my family to be ready for it.

Unfortunately, this type of doctrine isn’t it.

God Bless.

Author’s Note: I wanted to add that we should pray for these pastors who preach messages like this. We should pray that God will help them see the error of their doctrine and that they will change. 

God, Guns, and Parkland

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I wanted to post something about this latest incident but I wanted to wait. I wanted to take some time for everything to settle down a little before I decided to dip my toe into the waters of this issue.

It seems, however, that this latest incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Concerned gun owners (myself included) continue to defend our Second Amendment rights to own a firearm. Liberals continue to chip away at the right, under the guise that it will make everyone safer if there were no one owned a gun.

Here’s the problem: the criminals will still have guns.

You can restrict gun sales, you can limit the capacity of the magazines, you can ban semi-automatic guns, etc. The criminals will still have them.

But the heart of the issue is why people commit these acts in the first place.

Do they have a mental disorder? Are they on some kind of psychiatric pharmaceutical? Was there a missing father figure when they were growing up? Or was it something deeper?

And please understand that I’m not making light of any of these issues.

What do I think is at the heart of some of these incidents?

God.

Or, better put, a lack of God.

God used to be part of every day life back at the start of this great country. He was in school. Prayer was part of the school day. The Bible was taught in school.

Prayer in school was banned by the Supreme Court in 1963. Since then, I believe that the moral compass of this country has been steadily pointing in the wrong direction.

Back in the day (for me, that’s a while ago), things were a lot different. The climate in school was different. Much more mannered and considerate. Sure, you still had your occasional playground scuffles but nothing like we’re seeing today. Television programs were a lot different, too. Couples used to sleep in separate beds. But now, in 2018, you can see half naked couples romping around all over the TV screen.

Now, I’m not saying that these things are an influence on today’s kids. There are a number of studies which show that violence in things like video games aren’t a factor in how a child develops.

What do we need to do going forward? Get the parents more involved in their kid’s lives. Talk to them when they get home from school. Be interested in their day and mean it.

And make sure that God is a big part of your life. When God is removed the both the public and private squares, then immorality follows:

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” (Romans 1:28)

If you or your family don’t know Jesus, then I would suggest that you give your life to Him. No matter the family situation or the difficulties you might be going through, Jesus can help you through all of it. Nothing is beyond His ability to heal.

1 John 2:15-16 – The Trappings of the World

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Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:15-16 NKJV)

I want to say that I’ve been sitting here wracking my brains trying to figure out what to write here.

The truth is that I haven’t been doing that.

To be honest, I’ve been doing everything but trying to figure out what to write.

I’ve been doing exactly what this blog was originally meant to tell people not to do: get caught up in worldly things.

Today I had the opportunity to work from home. It’s not a thing that I do regularly (not that I mind) but when I do, I can work from the little office we have here on our third floor. I’ve got a desk with a couple of flat screen monitors and a nice keyboard. Keep in mind that this isn’t my setup; this is my wife’s. She’s been struggling to find a job but that’s a whole other blog for another day.

Anyhow, where was i? Yes, the office. There’s also a nice flat screen TV up here that we can turn on for background noise.

And that’s where the world comes in.

I started with the title of the blog and quoted the verses and then decided that I would flip the channels on the TV. Maybe, just maybe, I would get some inspiration. Let me tell you that QVC doesn’t inspire a blog post. It does, however, inspire you to buy microwave popcorn that you don’t need.

Can I bring this post back around? Yes, I can.

This shows that all of us get caught up in worldly things. We get caught up on our phones or we get caught up watching TV or that video game we can’t stop playing. Sometimes some of us get caught up in even bigger things: the next cool phone or the next generation laptop or that cool car that we just saw in the dealer’s showroom.

This is the world that John spoke of in the verses I cited at the beginning of this post.

If we love the world, then the love of the Father is not in us. The love of the next-gen phone is in us; the love of the next playoff game is in us; the love of the next party we’re going to is in us; the love of that really cool watch we saw at the store is in us.

I think you get the picture.

When God gets pushed to the back, so does His ability to work in and through us.

We are to be in the world and not of the world. Only then will we find the true happiness that God wants us to have.

The New Age and the Church

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I read an article from a Christian News site that popped into my Facebook feed. The headline reads as follows:

“‘Destiny Readings’? ‘Expert Seers’?: Australian Group ‘Christalignment’ Drawing Concerns Over New Age Practices in the Name of God.'”

The article tells the story of a group in Australia that calls itself ‘Christalignment.’ It offers “destiny readings” by “expert seers” along with dream interpretation and something called energy impartation. All of this in the name of God and evangelism. You can read article here.

I’m seeing more and more stories like this popping up around the world. Whether it’s ‘psychics for Jesus’ or churches embracing the homosexual agenda, it’s all very disturbing.

We are getting away from the original message that runs as a theme throughout the Gospels: repent.

It’s that simple.

I mean, what more can you say about all of this except that many of the churches have gone soft. As I’ve stated in my previous blogs, they are more interested in keeping the seats filled rather than telling people they need to repent. Telling a good person who isn’t saved that they are great just the way they are won’t get them saved.

If you aren’t saved, I would encourage you to get on your knees and repent of your sins and follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Then find a good Bible believing church. If you can’t find one in your, there are a number of good preachers you can find online. One of my favorites is Pastor Charles Lawson of Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I encourage you to do it now because Christ could return at any moment.

God Bless!