Monday, March 9, 2015

 

 

 

A center of divination dating back 3,300 years has been discovered in Armenia. Archeologists have concluded that ancient occultists used clay idols and censers to burn animal bones as a way of determining the future. Modern psychics and spiritualists are Johnny-come-latelies to the business of trying to determine the future by linking it to a present ritual. The Armenian site is believed to be a major cult center that serviced the ruling class who sought such information to make momentous decisions. This historical sites gives evidence of osteomancy, predicting the future with the knucklebones of cows, sheep, and goats. After burning them they were rolled like dice. Lithomancy, using stones for divination, was done with small pebbles. Aleuromancy was also used by baking bread in ovens and then using stamp seals to form divinatory shapes with the dough.

If this all seems a little silly, hang around me for a while and witness the stories of people who have been to various kinds of current-day witch doctors and mediums. I’ve heard it all. Individuals have described being asked to burn pieces of paper for 21 days and each day dip the paper into water which they drink. Others were told to bathe in water filled with various kinds of flowers or chemicals. Some were instructed to go the sea and dunk themselves a specific number of times on an exact number of days. Some tales told me are even crazier. All this to get rid of the demons tormenting them. Such kinds of silly superstitions were also around at the time of Christ. That’s why those who saw Jesus exorcise evil spirits were astounded that the demons obeyed with just a word from Jesus (Mark 1:27). Evil spirts still do the same today for those who dare to confront them in His name. No bones, no dice, no ovens. Just Jesus and the power of His Name causes evil spirits to flee those whom they have bound.

 


An encouraging word:
DRIVE OUT DEMONS

When Jesus sent the 12 to teach from village to village (Mark 6:7), preaching the gospel isn’t mentioned in His directive. The Bible does says that He “gave them authority over evil spirits” and that “they drove out many demons . . . (Mark 6:13). Of course, they did preach the gospel (Mark 6:12). Why is it that so much evangelical emphasis is on the Good News and almost nothing is said about the remainder of Christ’s command? If Satan is attacking you today, remember you have authority over all evil because you are saved. And with salvation also comes the power to send Satan packing. 

 


Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and
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Monday, March 9, 2015

 

 

 

If Pinocchio were a Mormon, his nose would have reached monstrous proportions by now. For nearly 200 years Mormon leaders have been hoodwinking their followers to accept incredulous doctrines that are disingenuous and based on falsifications. Few followers of the faith know that their founder, Joseph Smith Jr., secretly married dozens of women and never told his first wife Emma. Mormons call this religion. Most call it serial adultery or worse. As to Smith’s first visionary experience that founded the faith, there are multiple versions, a fact the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has ignored — until recently. This and other inconsistencies are now under intense scrutiny both inside and outside the church. Consequently a Mormon movement is underfoot to come clean and set the record straight with a series of Church statements to “clarify” the credibility problems faced by Mormons.

The failure to admit black men to the priesthood until 1978? Just a mere reflection of racial attitudes in the mid-19th century. The messiness of Smith’s personal life? Just proof that God can use humble, flawed vessels. Get the idea? Spin doctors at the Church’s Salt Lake headquarters are busy trying to explain away the lies told by Mormonism since its founding. As one of its apologists put it, “Faith is not about fact . . . but of a religious sense.”

Really? Then it doesn’t matter if Jesus was actually raised from the dead, so long as we believe that He did? The virgin birth need not be an article of faith so long as it’s accepted in a “religious sense?”

True Christianity is credible because it is based upon real, verifiable history that has stood the test of time and scholarly review. As to Joseph Smith Jr. putting “seer stones” in a hat and burying his face in the brim to divine ideas such as polygamy and baptisms for people like Hitler long dead, don’t worry. Mormon leaders will find a way in time to make it palatable no matter how messy the process. But doctrines hatched by and promulgated by demons (1 Timothy 4:1) need to be renounced, not explicated.

 


An encouraging word:
STRANGE TEACHINGS

“Don’t be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings,” says Hebrews 13:9. But what was a sad commentary 2,000 years ago seems alive and well today. Without getting specific, I cringe when I hear some of the things that even mainstream evangelicals swallow. American Christianity is all too often characterized by fads, spurious movements, and persuasive leaders who have questionable credulity. Of the early Christians of Berea it was said (Acts 17:11) that they constantly “examined the Scriptures every day” to be sure they were on the right spiritual path. Before you read the next best-selling Christian book or listen to the teaching of the “latest and greatest” preacher on the horizon, check out God’s word before “strange teachings” lead you astray.

 


Bob Larson has trained healing and deliverance teams all over the world to set the captives free and
Do What Jesus Did
� (Luke 4:18).  You can partner with Bob and support this vision to demonstrate God’s power in action by calling 303-980-1511 or
clicking here to donate online
.