Category Archives: Spiritual Warfare

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The Sick One is Lord of the Home

We bemoan divorce statistics which do not appear to improve. But divorce is not the cause but the result of family dysfunction, and  what ruins the home ruins society. The problem always goes back to whoever is ruling the family.  Where one person is sick that person dominates family life.

Who is Lord of the Home

It never starts out that way. Newly-weds are the most positive, hopeful group of all, filled with the best expectations for a happy home, prosperous and stable, even when they themselves are neither.

But then circumstances change. And God does not change circumstances; He changes people who then deal with circumstances.  We may pray for different circumstances- more money, more power, a better location, more education – whatever – but when we are in His will He changes us.

God’s purpose is to bring us individually into conformity to His will and His plans. God is smarter than we are. (You’d be surprised how many do not believe this.)

What is the Will of God

Christian counselors will tell you the most common need people desire is “to know the will of God.” Well – here it is: 1 Thessalonians 4:3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification… In street language that means “clean up your act.”

Bad attitudes and behavior must go.  This passage mentions specifically fornication, i.e. sex outside of marriage, as being the first step for coming into conformity with God. It is routinely violated these days and the results are everywhere.

But the rest must go too – unforgiveness, selfishness, passive aggressive behavior, and aggressiveness as well, control freakishness, greed, envy, jealousy, self-will and refusal to change. The list is long.

To our newlyweds everything for a while is fine and then – loss of a job, a miscarriage, an accident, a car breaks down, the untimely death of a relative, a house fire. You name it.

This is the fallen world we live in. We do not have Utopia here, nor will we get it. What will we do? How do we react? God wants us to seek Him in this situation.

Reactions to Evil

And here is the awful truth. We become depressed, we blame others … the president, our parents, our teachers, our church. We drink to excess or seek an affair, or change jobs.  Allowed to continue we become the Sick Man of the home and our problem becomes the lifestyle of everyone else. The children stay away or play basketball outdoors til midnight to avoid contact with the sick. Or they lock their bedroom door and play music on headphones or watch TV to block out reality. I know literally a dozen people who married right out of high school to escape the sick home. 100 years ago the Poor Man’s Divorce – just leaving town – was common.  With social security numbers and DNA you can’t do that anymore. Some people leave the country if they can afford it.

Psychologists learned that  family members can become physically ill when the Sick Lord rules – stomach cramps, depression, suicide, asthma, migraines, truancy, drugs.  Children blame themselves for divorce. “If I had been a good child, this would not have happened.”  So the kid pours the booze down the sink. It’s an expensive drain cleaner  – don’t bother. Removing an inanimate object cures nothing.

Frustration, despair ensures and finally separation and divorce. Yes, things are better, the Sick Lord is no longer in charge but new problems develop – mainly financial. And society suffers another small breakdown.

Intervention

What is the answer? A child must inform a trusted adult. Adults can try intervention which is a practical means of going back to the original problem and solving it.  Even if it is years ago we can do that because God is in eternity and time is no problem to Him if the participants are alive.

My friend and her two adult daughters packed daddy’s bag, put it in the trunk and Daddy in the car.  They drove to the airport, handed him a ticket to the Mayo Clinic and said, “Quit alcohol and remain sober or don’t come home.” This kind of intervention takes a group of people, not just one.

It worked. He never again touched alcohol, but his heart was not changed.  His whole body showed the grief he had over giving up his beloved Brandy and he died a few years later. To quit your problem does not necessarily change your heart.  But it is the first step.

God intervened in the life of a teenager whose mother planned to kill her. A neighbor by accident discovered the plot and called authorities. When I say “by accident” I really mean that someone prayed. You can always intervene with prayer – and it is legal and silent.

If someone brandishes a loaded gun at you, call the police. You need a public record of this event.  You do not say, “Oh, he’ll get over it.” Evil allowed to fester eventually takes over and becomes uncontrollable.

Decide to Resist Evil

Every event and change in your life calls for a response or a reaction. God is giving you the option to do it His Way or your way. The answers are all in the book – the Bible.  Churches may or may not help.  They are people driven and people are flawed.

Blessed is He who does God’s will first.

#Godswords #Godsays

The Kingdom of Heaven (God) vs. Heaven

Defining Heaven vs. the Kingdom of Heaven or God

The gospels frequently mention both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God.  Reading the King James Version, one might think these are two separate places, but there is a reason for the difference in language.

Matthew uses the term kingdom of heaven exclusively.  This is to be expected of a Jew who dares not mention the name of God.  Even today you will read statements from Jews who carefully put a hyphen or underline between G and D (G_d or G-d) as to not breathe the name of the Almighty.  On only five occasions in Matthew the Kingdom of God is used. Luke and Mark use the term Kingdom of God exclusively. The book of John uses the Kingdom of God only twice.

Kingdom of Heaven & Kingdom of God the Same

So what is it?  The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God refer to the same place but Heaven is a separate place. In heaven, God is in charge.  Jesus prayed for this version of heaven, that is where God is in charge come to earth so we can enjoy it here and now, not wait until after we die. From the Lord’s prayer:

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. We are to seek it first so we can enjoy it here.

Jesus’ parables about the kingdom emphasized that with the proper attitude you could enjoy the kingdom right now.

Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

What is The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is defined in Romans 14:17.  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

No, we do not need to wait until we die to have righteousness, peace and joy or any part thereof.

Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Kingdom is Won by Our Spiritual Warfare

Having sought the kingdom, how do you know you have a portion of it? You know you are a kingdom person by your warfare against the demonic world.

Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.  I feel sure the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ time scratched their heads over this one. In fact they called him names!

The kingdoms of heaven (God) are distinct from Heaven, a place distinct from planet earth, our final reward.  While we have the demonic to deal with here and now, in heaven Satan and his henchmen are conquered.  In fact, because there is no evil in heaven, there is no reason for them to be there.  Evil is God’s way of requiring us to make a decision – on earth – of whom we are to worship and obey.

Today’s Victory is Over the Demonic World

The victory of the kingdom of God (heaven) is the victory over the demonic world.  This is shown in the scripture about Peter being given the keys to death and hell.

Matthew 16:  18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Read Peter 1 and 2

Now that I know that Peter was given the keys to handling the demonic world, I think I shall read the two books of Peter again.  I do not want to miss the Kingdom if it is so close by.

The Book of Mormon (stage show) and Demonic Attack

I was innocently changing channels when I heard this song -the words, curses and demons -met my ear.  Since this is something I know about, I stopped to listen. A man is singing about how demons are attacking his mind – guilt, fear, anger, revenge, homosexuality, regret, confusion, lying, for starts. He is told to turn it off by his Mormon leader.

It doesn’t work, and it is not supposed to work.  Mental disciple is important but getting rid of demons is not only deliberate mind control.  Demons are spirit beings and must be dealt with by the Spirit of man through the Spirit of God. The answer is not in the Book of Mormon or any other man-made book.

Here are the lyrics of this song.

ELDER MCKINLEY
I got a feelin’ that you could be feelin’
A whole lot better than you feel today
You say you got a problem…well, that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way
When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head –
Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’!
It’s a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you’re feeling certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light –

And turn ’em off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘bap’!
Really, what’s so hard about that?
Turn it off!
Turn it off!

ELDER CHURCH
When I was young, my Dad would treat my Mom real bad
Every time the Utah Jazz would lose
He’d start a-drinkin’, and I’d start a-thinkin’
How’m I gonna keep my Mom from getting abused?
I’d see her all scared and my soul was dyin’!
My Dad would say to me, ‘Now don’t you dare start crying!’

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘flick’!
It’s our nifty little Mormon trick!
Turn it off!
Turn. It. Off!

ELDER THOMAS
My sister was a dancer, but she got cancer
The doctor said she still had two months more
I thought she had time, so I got in line
For the new iPhone at the Apple Store
She laid there dying with my Father and Mother
Her very last words were, “Where is my brother?”

Turn it off! (Yeah!)
Bid those sad feelings adieu!
The fear that I might get cancer too…

[laughter]

ELDER MCKINLEY
When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade (Oooh, Steve Blade…)
He and I were close as two friends could be (We could be close…)
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover (Wow!)
I was having really strange feelings for Steve…
I thought about us on a deserted island (We’re all alone…)
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and –

Woah! Turn it off!
Like a light switch
There it’s gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now
Boys should be with girls – that’s Heavenly Father’s plan
So, if you ever feel you’d rather be with a man –
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE
Well, Elder McKinley, I think it’s okay that you’re having gay thoughts. Just so long as you never act upon them.

ELDER MCKINLEY
No, ’cause then you’re just keepin’ it down
Like a dimmer switch on “low”… (On “low”…)
Thinking nobody needs to know (Uh oh…)
But that’s not true!
Being gay is bad, but lying is worse
So just realize you have a curable curse –
And turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Turn it off!

Turn it off!

Now, how do you feel?

ELDER PRICE
The same.

ELDER MCKINLEY
Then you’ve only got yourself to blame
You didn’t pretend hard enough
Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes
Then find the box that’s gay and CRUSH IT!
Okay?

ELDER PRICE
No, no…I’m not having gay thoughts!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM
Alright! It worked! (Yay!)

He turned it off…
Turn it off…
Turn it off!
Turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’! (Click click!)
What a cool little Mormon trick (Trick trick!)
We do it all the time!

When you’re feelin’ certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light
And turn it off!
Like a light switch on a cord
And now he isn’t gay any –

Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Tuuuuuurn it…
Turn it off!
…Off!!!

First, feelings have nothing to do with it.  Demons create the negative feelings of lust, or envy, rage, the list goes on.  The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you with evil thoughts and emotions.

How do you react?  Immediately you eliminate contact with the problem source.  If you are watching porn, then make a covenant with your eyes, a term from the book of Job, and never watch again.  You can set your compute to warn you or eliminate that.

More importantly you must recognize that the devil, the enemy of your soul, is out there looking for ways to destroy you at any point where you let evil take over your mind.  If it is music stop that too.  If you have unsavory friends, get better friends.

But the best warfare is to say out loud (the bathroom is a good place for this as others might not think this is cool) and say the following as loudly as you can.

“Satan get off my back and out of my life.  I know who you are and what you are doing in Jesus name flee from me and never come back.”  Then announce the troubles he is causing,

People ask me, why the loud voice?  Because demons will pretend to be deaf.  And if you shout, you sound mad  If you whisper a rebuke no one will take you seriously.

My daughter had a terrible stomach ache when she was in elementary school.  She went to the girls room and shouted just as I have instructed you.  You do not need to be 12 to do this; you can be any age.  The authority of Jesus’ name does not depend on your age or status.  Be aggressive.  What about “steal, kill and destroy” sounds passive to you?

Tell the devil off whenever you need and this will clean up your mind and your life.  But turning something off simply won’t work.  If it did work it would be in the Bible.

The Borders of the Mind

For a large troop of Americans, 2009 to 2016 was a stop action movie where figures are frozen in time waiting for something to happen, for someone to flip a switch so they could return to the business of life, or for that matter any kind of business. It reminded me of the Apple advertisement of 1984 when brain-dead sycophants goose-stepped to oblivion and technology crashed through to wake them up.

And then schazam! Candidate Trump, the exact opposite of what would be chosen by Central Casting comes on the scene slaughtering sacred cows right and left, and leaving us in the valley of decision.  This is the designated time in our personal or private history where we decide which side we are on. A parade of miscreants and arrogant managers paraded across our screens, the old panegyrics about Obama were either hotly but ineffectively defended by his supporters, and the truth about almost every conceivable misdeed for decades was exposed.  And that not by President Trump, but simply by someone “being there.” Every accuser met some kind of personal ax.

While the President was out glad-handing international power brokers and luring dissident employers back home, 20 plus Congresspersons left office and at least that many men who could not keep their zippers up or their mouths closed were cleaning out their desks. The Media, reading in unison from a teleprompter in LaLa land focused on Russian chicanery and found it in Hillary’s own documents, along with the supposedly squeaky clean FBI – like Squeaky Fromme?

We know What, and soon we will know much more, but Why? Because the voting public needs to have secure borders of their minds as well as the national jurisdiction. But for that they needs facts and truth; as the media grinds on, there appears to be fewer of them.

Everything is not good and right. Everyone is not supposed to be here. Every theology, every philosophy, every governmental system and every opinion is not equal. Every decision is not right or conversely, is not wrong. The popular relativism leads nowhere and is a mental squirrel cage of circular thinking.  Cultures are not equal, and societies and governments are not morally equivalent as any even sloppy examination would demonstrate. To abdicate responsibility is still a decision.

We must know who we are and what we are supposed to do.  We have decided not to be the world’s 911 police radio.  We have decided not to let everyone immigrate here just because they want to be Americans.  We have decided that we need to handle some problems ourselves, like the opioid crisis, like the problem of nearly one half our criminals in prison being illegals, or states that show contempt for the federal government by creating sanctuary cities, all issues which we allegedly solved at the Battle of Gettysburg.  States rights we have yes; States wrongs, no.

The next elections are not so much about Donald Trump in spite of Media hype to that effect. It is about us.  Will we accept the truth and become free, or walk away from our own generation’s responsibility. I am staying in the fight for America.  Are you?

Why does Islam (the Muslims) think they are entitled to the land of Israel?

Partial world map showing Muslim nations

Israel vs. Islam

Quick answer: They think it belongs to them as their inheritance through Ishmael.

Long answer: It belongs to the real heir, Isaac.  The Bible records important dreams, including God’s promises. Abram, later named Abraham by God, got into a royal mess because he took a promise in a dream and tried to make it come true on his own. God promised Abram, then childless, that he would be the father of thousands.  The temporary and consequently disastrous solution was to have a child through his house maid.  That first son was Ishmael known today as those nations constituting the political religion of Islam.  A few years later the 2nd and promised son Isaac, is born – the real heir.

In virtually every society except the USA blessings and rewards go to the eldest son, not the younger.  You see the problem.  Modern day Islam thinks it is entitled to the entire inheritance from Abraham and willing to strap bombs on their children to force the issue.  Islam is avenging itself because of something that happened 3,500 years ago, and the likelihood these people will change their minds is Zero.

The land of Canaan (now Israel, formerly Palestine) goes to Isaac and his descendants, hence the battle over a tiny piece of land no bigger than New Jersey.  And Europe who tried to pretend for decades that it was so magnanimous and egalitarian is now on High Alert. Iran, even though it is originally Persian, is also controlled by Islamic leaders and part of the enemies of Israel and the West.

See this map online.  Tiny little Israel caught in the middle.  Only God can help.

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Boycotting Israel – the Ultimate in Antisemitism

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Building the Wall – In Your Mind

For a large troop of Americans, 2009 to 2016 was a stop action movie where figures are frozen in time waiting for something to happen – for someone to flip a switch so they could return to the business of life. It reminds me of the Apple advertisement of 1984 when brain-dead sycophants goose-stepped to oblivion and technology crashed through to wake them up.

And then schazam! Candidate Trump, the exact opposite of what would be chosen by Central Casting comes on the scene slaughtering sacred cows right and left, and leaving us in the valley of decision.  This is the designated time in our personal or private history where we decide which side we are on.

As a result while the President was out glad-handing international power brokers and luring dissident employers back home, 20 plus Congresspersons left office and at least that many men who could not keep their zippers up or their mouths closed were cleaning out their desks. The Media, reading in unison from a teleprompter in LaLa land focused on Russian chicanery and found it in Hillary’s own documents, along with the supposedly squeaky clean FBI – like Squeaky Fromme?

A parade of miscreants and arrogant managers paraded across our screens, the old panegyrics about Obama were either hotly but ineffectively defended by his supporters, and the truth about almost every conceivable misdeed for decades is being exposed.  And that not even by President Trump, but simply by his “being there.” Every accuser has met or will meet some kind of personal ax as investigations continue.

For two years now Americans have discussed and argued about a wall on the southern border because President Trump make this the key issue of his presidential campaign. A nation is not a nation without a secure border.  The same is true of your mind, You personally must set limits on what you see (movies, TV, and what you hear (radio, gossip, time wasting folly, music). You are not on this planet forever. Your parents should have guided you and if not – many people do not have good parents – you must build this wall yourself.

When we lost control of our borders we seemed to also lose control of our minds, and  the voting public needs to have secure borders of their minds as well as the national jurisdiction. Every theology, every philosophy, every governmental system and every opinion is not equal. Every decision is not right or conversely, is not wrong. The popular relativism leads nowhere and is a mental squirrel cage of circular reasoning.  No wonder young people are confused about their gender, or insulted when they are exposed to some new thought? Cultures are not equal; societies and governments are not morally equivalent as any even sloppy examination would demonstrate. To abdicate responsibility is still a decision.

We must know who we are and what we are supposed to do.  We have decided not to be the world’s 911 police radio.  We have decided not to let everyone immigrate here just because they want money with no regard for other people or our laws.  We have decided that we need to handle some problems ourselves, like the opioid crisis, like the problem of nearly one half our criminals in prison being illegals, or states which show contempt for Law by creating sanctuary cities, all issues which we solved, allegedly, at the Battle of Gettysburg.  States Rights we have, yes; States Wrongs, no.

There is a man on the Internet who says nasty things about me and others, some of whom I do not know. I’ve not read any of it.  Why should I?

I’d only end up resenting him  and I know his decade long history of accusations.  I’ve raised a wall in my mind against him and people like him who only attack other human beings and have no standard or judgment on the key issues of life and death.

God told us “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”  It’s not just a suggestion. Satan wants  your mind; take it back.

Why Moving Israel’s Capital is Important

Ordinary citizens do not pay much attention to the United Nations so few people would think a vote there about the moving of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem is of much concern.  In the first place, location of a nation’s embassy is no one’s business at all but that of the USA.  Has anyone suggested that England move from London to Liverpool, or France from Paris to the Riviera, or Germany from Berlin to Hamburg? And if that came up to a vote those nations would be furious and rightly so.

As a practical matter moving an embassy is a nightmare – finding new property, moving all the personnel and their housing which is never easy to find.  The building much be secure. Personnel must move their children’s educational options. Then there is the very act of moving all that paperwork and technology.

128 nations voted against the move.  I can understand why. Embassies want to be near the USA’s embassy and now all these other nations will feel obligated to move their embassies to Jerusalem.  It is expensive and time consuming.  Many very small nations may not be able to afford the move.

But saying all that reminds us that when God does something it is for a spiritual reason. We are approaching the end of time. One of the major changes in religious life will be the moving together of Jews and Christians.  After all, they have the same Messiah and He is returning – to Jerusalem.

There is the coming possibility that there will also be a political joining of Jews and Christians.  Fully one billion new believers are being added to the heavenly rolls. Then there are the American black Christians.  This is an old and powerful group. They have been ignored in the past decade and can come forth now to join in an international religious prayer company.  Most black leaders in the USA have supported anti-Christian policies, such as abortion and same sex marriage.  Many black Christian leaders have not been heard from, or their voices have been stilled.

The third result of this vote is that God pays attention to nations as well as individuals.  In the End Times nations will be judged as either Sheep nations – those which support God in principle and practice and Goat nations which resist Israel and the moral law.

Genesis 12:3 says that God will curse those nations which curse Israel.

I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Here is a list of the nations which openly voted against Israel.

Ordinary citizens do not pay much attention to the United Nations so few people would think a vote there about the moving of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem is of much concern.  In the first place, location of a nation’s embassy is no one’s business at all but that of the USA.  Has anyone suggested that England move from London to Liverpool, or France from Paris to the Riviera, or Germany from Berlin to Hamburg? And if that came up to a vote those nations would be furious and rightly so.

As a practical matter moving an embassy is a nightmare – finding new property, moving all the personnel and their housing which is never easy to find.  The building much be secure. Personnel must move their children’s educational options. Then there is the very act of moving all that paperwork and technology.

128 nations voted against the move.  I can understand why. Embassies want to be near the USA’s embassy and now all these other nations will feel obligated to move their embassies to Jerusalem.  It is expensive and time consuming.  Many very small nations may not be able to afford the move.

But saying all that reminds us that when God does something it is for a spiritual reason. We are approaching the end of time. One of the major changes in religious life will be the moving together of Jews and Christians.  After all, they have the same Messiah and He is returning – to Jerusalem.

There is the coming possibility that there will also be a political joining of Jews and Christians.  Fully one billion new believers are being added to the heavenly rolls. Then there are the American black Christians.  This is an old and powerful group. They have been ignored int he past decade and can come forth now to join in an international religious prayer company.  Most black leaders in the USA have supported anti-Christian policies, such as abortion and same sex marriage.  Many black Christian leaders have not been heard from, or their voices have been stilled.

The third result of this vote is that God pays attention to nations as well as individuals.  In the End Times nations will be judged as either Sheep nations – those which support God in principle and practice and Goat nations which resist Israel and the moral law.

Genesis 12:3 says that God will curse those nations which curse Israel.

I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Here is a list of the nations which openly voted against Israel. If your nation is listed below it is under a curse. You can pray that your national leaders have their eyes opened to what is happening.

The Goat Nations come under judgment; the Sheep nations are working for and with God. This is quite outside the issue of any individual being saved.  God wants to save nations too. He asks of them adherence to the moral law and to His personal Nation, Israel, and protecting Israel is a no-brainer.

A: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan

B: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi

C: Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica

E: Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia

F: Finland, France

G: Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana

I: Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy

J: Japan, Jordan

K: Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan

L: Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M: Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique

N: Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway

O: Oman

P: Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal

Q: Qatar

R: Republic of Korea (South Korea), Russia

S: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria

T: Tajikistan, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey

U: United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan

V: Venezuela, Vietnam

Y: Yemen

Z: Zimbabwe

Why Americans Must Support Israel and the Jews

February 2011 I started this blog because I saw so many people either confused or unlearned on some major Biblical issues. Today I reblog this to remind you that things have progressed to a critical state in the religious war of Islam. America, in fact most of the world, has been sucked in. The war is not going to go away. We must take our stand with Israel, not because we want to but because God is on their side, and has said so repeatedly, and we need for our own safety to be there too. In the end, He always wins.

People who don’t care a fig about religion have been forced to examine the 3,000 year old religious war now dominating the Middle East and our lives as well.  It’s easy to feel annoyed over this – like what business is this of ours?  But it is.

First and foremost, God Himself in the earliest documents said that those who treat Jews badly will suffer consequences.  Specifically, He said they would receive a curse.  That should help us smell the coffee.

This promise is in Genesis 12:3 I will bless them that bless thee, (Abraham)   and curse him that curses thee (Abraham’s offspring) and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  You may care little about blessing but surely suffering under a curse should get your attention.

Second, it is the cause of the millennial war between Muslims and Jews and our immediate on-going conflagration in the Middle East.  And Israel these days has only America to stand by her side.  If we do not, our whole nation comes under a curse!

The United States is a win-win nation and hated by Islam because we have blessed the Jews, allowed them, like any other ethnic group, to live, work, educate, marry, start businesses, and die in peace here.  Thank God.  That is what it means to be a free country.  Our open society is hated by Islam because it affords protection to all.  If you hate Jews or Muslims, or anybody, you can do it on your own time.  But the USA is here for all.  We are the land of the free and the home of the brave and must stay that way.

Why Soldier Suicide – How to Change It

This is the 3rd time I have published this post. Still, 22 soldiers each day commit suicide.  It can be stopped.

The chaplains in the Armed Services are being silenced again about faith foundational issues at a time when we learn that 22 former soldiers each day commit suicide. Who is in charge here? This is scandalous. This article about soldier suicide shows how moral and historical ignorance has led to hopelessness and despair. It is not necessary. These men and women can be counseled and preserved.

As thousands of soldiers waited in New York City in 1943 for the troop transports for Europe they saw the rousingly popular musical Oklahoma! and got one last taste of American life, often to die on D Day the following June.

Those soldiers knew what they were dying for –“wind sweeping down the plain,” for carnivals, and romances and grandmas apple pies at the state fair. They were dying so a nation enduring 2 theaters of war would survive, for little churches which preach God and country and faithfulness. They expected to come home – many did not. They had hope in their future and confidence that their service would preserve their homeland. They expected the girl they left behind to be there for them. And so did she.

That soldier no longer exists – but he still goes off to war, and he comes back – and kills himself? Why?

The answer is almost too easy. It is not simply because the family farm has been sold, the state fair is mostly auto shows, the church has been preaching diversity and his parents are divorced. That is bad enough in itself. But the man himself, just a boy really, has no roots in real America. His moral judgment has been tarnished by a wanton and indifferent culture, by teachers who praise marginal students, by gutless courses, and paper mache theologies. The man with roots in the real America is not there any more.

But he goes to Afghanistan and finds a culture that is supremely confident in itself… a male enemy and his religion that not only have open contempt for law and order, but also women and family, an “alpha” male society based on the scruffiest principles of overblown ego and violence. He has a new male model for himself. He is in awe of men who can kill a woman at will, or lock little girls in a school and then burn it down. Violence in the home is common, even applauded. This is power! In the clash of Muslim-American culture, he is co-opted and returns a totally different person.

The sweet little thing he married leaving 2 children to rear has been running her own show for a year or more. Her authoritarian ways, her final decisions, her paying the bills, discipline, repairing the car – what happened to his male headship – out the window! The romance of being an alpha Muslim male which he picked up in the violence drenched desert takes over. Bang – the kids are dead, or his wife, or in final frustration, he copies the Muslim model of worship of suicide. He is a trained killer, after all, and he kills himself hardly realizing that suicide is a public confession of failure. Like Hitler. He is a now one-more-sacrifice to a foreign god.

In the 1980s a revealing PSTD study of Vietnam Veterans and female rape victims showed their trauma and symptoms to be identical. The study put the 2 groups together in a successful therapy. The main trauma was betrayal- the woman betrayed by a trusted male, the soldier betrayed by a slothful government. Today’s soldier has no more trust in an appeasement-government than the soldier of the 60s. It is friendly political fire to disarm the soldier in the presence of live ammo and committed foreign foes.

The battered wife in Dayton, Ohio has a better chance of survival in a half-way house with her kids protected by agencies and police than guys in Fallujah. No one has their back! But if he takes on the coloring, the morals, the standards of the death-obsessed Muslim; he has a new identity and possibly survival. He regains a sense of self, however false and unworkable.

Attempting to correct this after he returns is a mammoth job when it could be more easily addressed before he ever goes. Despite the sincere efforts of the armed forces bureaucracy to bring “readjustment’” the results are minimal because the effort is at the end, not the beginning of the deterioration process. They must learn that their Western God is not dead – He’s not even sleeping.

This is not complicated. Train the warriors in American values, constitution and morals before they face the enemy as victims, not later. If young soldiers do not know who they are to begin with how can they be restored to a place that never was.

Solders need a moral foundation based on clear-cut historical reality so the man who fights in 2012 is as well prepared to face his enemies as the man of 1944.

{PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder.}

When the devil challenges you

Sometimes the devil will give you a free home Demon-stration.  It happened one Sunday. A man named Weldon came up to our table where we were having coffee and donuts before church.  He told Mike, a leader in the men of the church, what was wrong with their last meeting..  Clearly this was not God talking to us.

How did I know that?  He was taking away from the person and work of Jesus Christ, and saying that the believers had no power over the devil at some specific point.

I shot into the conversation “As the Father has sent me, so send I you.”  This is what Jesus did.  When he faced an evil spirit He quoted scripture. Jesus never treated the person as though s/he was the devil; He always spoke to the spirit inside.

Another man and wife sat down next to me and he started quoting scripture too. I was not to be shut up.  I said, “That is not true and I can prove it.”   Weldon took a step backward and away from me.  That is how I knew it was an evil spirit.  If he had been speaking for himself, he would have immediately replied, “OK, prove it.  I’m waiting.”  But he was afraid at this point.  He had been challenged by two of us, and was not getting anywhere with Mike either.

Mike meanwhile gave part of his testimony about experience with evil spirits.  Testimony is nice but it is not what Jesus did.  Testimony strengthens you but in no way deals with the devil.

Lessons from this:

1.I was happy to learn my church had leaders in it that the enemy wanted to challenge.  It means God is planing to use us in some way and good churches require more than good pastors.  They need many more to carry the load of real work of God.

2.Others spoke the Bible out loud without fear.  A fearful church has little future.

3. We need to ask God to expose false teaching in the church.  Otherwise it hides.  It gives us all a way to pray.

What Should Christians do about the Boy Scouts

A few years back the Boy Scouts decided to accept homosexual members but not homosexual scout leaders. I will not argue the merits or faults in their decision; just what should a Christian parent do.

There are two theories about this. The first is that we are in the world not of it and we cannot police every single contact we make. If their son wants to continue in the scout program, those parents will allow it on the assumption their boy will need to work with these people as adults later on, and they are right.

The second attitude is that sex perversion should not be winked at, that an adult male will have plenty of opportunities to deal with sinners of every stripe, and that youth is for growth and development, not hazardous political controversy and opinion. There is some merit to both ideas.

But the question was not about compromise or lack of that, but what should a parent do according to the Bible?

The Bible is precise about everything if we take the time to parse words thoroughly. Working with someone and fellowship are two different standards of relationship. All our relationships are at different levels.

Fellowship is, as the Bible says, sweet communion with the emphasis on the union. We do have atheists in our churches, but we don’t put them in leadership positions. We hope, perhaps, that sitting through Sunday services with a devoted wife or grandma will help them learn something. But we don’t marry them or include them in the inner circle of our lives.

Conversely the Bible does recognize that we have employment working with sometimes very disagreeable people, people we would not see after work if we could help it. Fellowship is always a thing of value; work in the world on the other hand requires us to be job oriented and nothing more. It is pleasant when the people you work with agree with your standards but if not, you can still do the job.

I worked in retail many years. You may hate God but your job here is to stack the shelves and I, as a Christian, need have no theological association with you as we work together on the job.

With that in mind, consider this scripture. “Have no fellowship with the works of darkness.”

For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

Sex perversion is done under cover and often in darkness. In fact most sins are best hidden as the sinner well knows.

Personally I consider putting straight and homosexual boys together an act of child sacrifice. Kids will be faced with spiritual warfare perhaps before they even know what it is, or how to handle it. Kids have lots to do in their young lives; tossing them to the wolves is not necessary or helpful.

How to Handle Pain

Pain has a legitimate function – to warn you of something wrong. BUT after you have your warning the enemy jumps on a bad situation to make it worse with demons of pain.

Here is where your training in spiritual warfare becomes valuable. Bind that pain immediately in Jesus’ Name, then cast it out and tell it sharply NOT to return.

You should get instant relief.  If not repeat and shout louder – he may be pretending to be deaf.

Your faith will get stronger every time you deal with the devil with the authority you have as a believer.

Jesus said, “As my father has sent me so send I you.”  In other words, you have access to everything done through His name because you are a member of his family,  his little brother or sister. Non-believers do not have this privilege.

Casting out demons is called by Jesus “children’s bread” meaning for you, the children.  Children of the devil have no such power.

Now the devil always shows up again to test you to see if you are sincere.  Dispatch him again and again as often as need be.

I taught this lesson in the Philippines two decades ago.  One of the young women students came to me and whispered that she had a demon of pain and did exactly what I said. “And it left?” I wanted to know.  “Yes,” she whispered.

“But then he came back the next night just as you said. And I cast him out again.”

I was so excited.  The more people that know how to command and use the authority Jesus gave His people the more peace we have. This is what it means to live in the Kingdom of God.

Try this.

Dealing with the Devil

Bible reading is essential to our growth as believers – not because it beats us over the head with our sin. That is the devil’s job and he is good at it. Then the World and the flesh join in with him too.

No – the Bible informs us of the nature and work of Christ in our lives – how to shed the shame, rejection and blame that is the world’s daily diet. Take the topic of abortion.

40,000,000 babies have been aborted in the USA since it was made legal which means all of us know someone, perhaps more than one, who has been there. We know that it leaves scars and that women esp. feel they cannot be forgiven – yet another lie of the devil.

The Bible does two things – it opens up our understanding of God’s unlimited love and available forgiveness and it helps us shed the unloving, unforgiving world which surrounds us.

Once God has forgiven people and they have forgiven themselves, then God can bring peace. The Bible also says that men who procreate children willy-nilly are also held accountable as fathers and they too, as well as mothers, will get to know any lost children in heaven – either an abortion or a miscarriage.

That is one of the best stories in the book – Heaven is for Real. I lost two children – one a miscarriage and the other lived less than 1 day. I often wonder – what are they doing now in heaven? I’ll find out someday.

Sad people who cannot forgive themselves or others easily sink into a depressed stew, or drink or entertainment, when all the while a Bible sits idly by with every answer to every question man has asked.

Satan’s job is not only to accuse; he accuses the brethren night and day, but to tempt and to lie. The Bible specifically tells us not to compare ourselves with others. 2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

Luke 4 1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 But Jesus answered him, saying,[b] “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”[c]
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him[d] all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan![e] For[f] it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[g]
9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: ‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you,’ 11 and, ‘ In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[h]

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’”[i]

Notice Jesus answered every issue with the written Word of God. So can you. He tried this on Jesus and now he is working on us, often times through TV programs, our coworkers, our friends. But if we look into His word, we see our selves as in a mirror and then can know who we really are and quote it back to him – and yourself when you need to hear it again.

James 1:23-24

Open Letter from God to the Witches of Salem

What if we had the opportunity to sit down with the people of Salem in 1680 to discuss, in plain language, the future of the United States of America.

God would have said something like this. “I have plans for this largely uninhabited land, much larger than the small Massachusetts communities you see today.

“In fewer than 300 years there will be a World War which will threaten my Chosen People, the Jews, and I need a large, young race of resilient people – the Americans – to fight to free Europe both from the Satanic power of Hitler and the political status quo which has kept them in bondage.

“This people will create new armaments and send their soldiers to help the Jews return to their ancient homeland to fulfill a promise I made millennia ago.

“So please, do not live and work in fear. Your small society today is the foundation for men of wisdom, letters, and character to create a nation based on the value of the individual.

“I have plans for all nations – both sheep nations and goat nations – depending on how they respond to my word and my call. Your place in history is as pioneers.  You will not fail.  You need not fear loss and failure.”

That was the message of the 1600’s. But now, in the 21st century we have witches just as they did but we call them control freaks.  Driven by fear of failure and self-righteousness, they manipulate those around them through blame and lies. They cannot possibly be wrong so – someone else must be. The politics of blame is at the core of the 21st century news cycle. It also motivates groups of people to make wrong decisions.

Good news does not make headlines, but bad news –  that is some person or some group is to blame – can rile up the public and produce some kind of negative reaction. When that reaction occurs and there is a riot or a murder, then they can proudly claim to be prophets to verify their own superiority. “See, I was right.  America is on a crash course because of a race war.” It is an ugly business.

How much racism is actually manufactured by control freaks who want something to happen?  Specifically, something to give them a headline?  If there is nothing else to be said of the 24/7 news gatherers it is that they are controllers.

The fact that the ratings for most news groups have declined is a sure sign not just that they have been unsuccessful, but that viewers have wearied of being blamed. If a celebrity calls for Donald Trump to be assassinated is this not witchcraft, modern style?  Are they not promoting an evil event to show they are in control of men’s minds?

And accusing groups and individuals to be racist when they are not, or when there is no proof –  this is also witchcraft.  Libel, that is the writing of lies against a person, is also illegal but hardly ever prosecuted because the court system is already jammed up.

Whole societies are imprisoned by misinformation or no information at all. China, for example, has no access to American consumer goods or the internet, no free press, no free radio information, no secret ballot, no freedom of religion (you are free to be a Buddhist, of course), no freedom to travel without huge penalties, no freedom of assembly, that is no Kiwanis or school ball teams, or labor union groups.  And if you disagree with the people in charge you can be labelled an enemy of the state.

I use China because it is five times the size of the USA but there are many other nations in the world today who are trapped by ignorance. This is the common life under Communism, such as North Korea, Venezuela, and much of socialism.

Mind control leads to physical control. Those who commit suicide in China are citizens under 35 when they realize they have no future. The control freak must rely on lies to stay in power. No wonder Jesus said, “whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” Lies are a personal prison.

Decisions we make in fear will bring shame and disgrace. But having a vision of what God wants and where He is going allows each generation to look at its call with hope and a sense of fulfilled purpose. God’s in it for the long haul – so are you.

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The Spiritual Roots of Abuse

plastic-womanOriginally published Februay 27, 2016 I have renamed it abuse to cover the main issue in violent and destructive behavior. Ultimately abusers do not know who they are and consequently they fail to recognize the personhood of those they abuse, including animals. It was originally entitled The Spiritual Roots of Islam.

Westerners have been for many centuries so isolated and separated from Muslim peoples that we are playing catch-up in our understanding.  We are hampered because we frequently don’t know a thing about our own  spiritual roots, any more than we know theirs.  It is easy to blame them for the massive evil on the earth, especially in Europe but their ways are creeping more into American life.

At one time in the deep historical past, all men knew the same things.  They may not have obeyed those truths, but they were all on the same page.  They knew that God had created the heavens and the earth; they knew that a blood sacrifice was required for reuniting with that Creator God.  They knew that if you took a life, yours would be required of you.  This was prior to the Jews and their complete religious and social law.  Everyone even had the same language.

After the languages changed culture changed and those assumptions, even though ignored, were gone and religious systems, magic, witchcraft, myth and Lord only knows what arose.  And out of Judaism arose Islam.  Today’s Islamic peoples do not know this, but their political-religious system is based on a lie.  Before we condemn them remember when you learned that you had been lied too?  You were furious – felt betrayed.  So for the moment ignore the fact that millions of Islamic believers are ignorant and deceived.  It’s the roots we are examining here, not modern man.  We’ll get to him in due time.

The lie started with the birth of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham who had been promised by God that he would be the father of many nations when his wife Sarah had a baby boy. As it would happen, Sarah became impatient and suggested that her husband have a child by a slave woman.  The nation now living from their patriarch Ishmael believes that because he is the first son, they are  entitled to the promise God gave Abraham.  He is not.  God’s promises are specific and not open to interpretation or change. (Malachi 3:6 – I am the Lord. I change not.) Sarah had to be the mother of Isaac. Period.

Thousands of years of Jew vs. Muslim fighting began. We in the West paid virtually no attention to it because it did not impact us very much. And Americans as a people have tended to address issues only after they become egregiously bad.

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, sent the Marines to Tripoli to deal with the Muslims.  Spain had to throw them out, as is happening now in Europe.  They have bombed and fought their way west having been told by their religious leaders that they are going to rule the whole world for Islam, by hook or crook.  Their religious book, the Koran, tells them it is acceptable to kill Christians (infidels) or in fact anyone else who disagrees with them.  Those are the simple facts and have nothing to do with my opinion or yours. Out of this lie has come forth all the evils we see in our headlines – beheadings, killing babies, stoning to death women who wear makeup or drive a car, in what is a complete disregard for the value of life.

The international elevation of Islam as a violent political system which drives and feeds on evil is the natural child of a massive lie.  Truth begets truth; lies beget lies in increasing number.  If you have ever lied you know how hard it is to keep up with them; it takes more lying to do so.  It’s exhausting. We have no reason to believe any of this will change in modern life.

It is true that large numbers of Muslims have become Christians.  JewsNews on Facebook informs us of a continued stream of Muslims becoming Jews.  Apparently the violence and the complete breakdown of life in the Middle East has prompted these changes.  Most people do not want to die, or see their homes, families and all they have worked for destroyed.  This has not happened as much in the USA where we have a more structured civil society.  But many Muslims still want and believe in a governmental takeover, so we must not assume they are willing to play by our Constitutional rules when they come here.  The root of the system is still a lie, and until that lie is broken the problem will continue.

Modern Muslims have added two principles which make things even worse. (1) Taqqiya: Islamists interpret their scripture to say that they are allowed to lie about the nature of Islam in order to further their political goals.  (2) Abrogation allows Muslims to ignore a previous Koranic passage in favor of a newer, better one. This essentially negates all verses that were written before the abrogation.  It also means you as an outsider have no way of knowing what the rule actually is.  So laws can be made up on the spot.

This kind of behavior allows middle aged men to “marry” girls of 5 and 6 years for a short period of time, and then un-marry them.  The results are pure wickedness, as often these children die from the sexual experience. If Sharia Law becomes standard anywhere in the USA you can be sure lawlessness will ensue.  Thanks to abrogation, it can change without notice and you are all of a sudden guilty.

Now we are at the bottom of this business.  Islam has rejected the Law of God both as it applies to Jews and more importantly as it applies to all men.  If you do not believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and therefore all other humans, then what is a tiny child?  She is a “thing.”  This is called the reification of persons, making a human being a thing.  When that happens, the sky for evil is the limit.

Before we congratulate ourselves on our superior culture let me remind you that 50 million American babies, mere “things” have been destroyed since 1962 Roe v. Wade.  In addition we have increased drug, alcohol, and porn here at home, an indication people don’t know who they are or what they are doing to God’s creation, their own body. They think of themselves as things. Marriages break down because husbands think their wives, as things, should perform as things.  If they don’t they are replaced by other things.  Some women even believe this and allow themselves to be abused.

Sex perversion is not an issue to Thing People because the body is simply a short-term asset for a short-life so the consequences of evil behavior  in this life have no impact.  If you get STDs or oral cancer from oral sex, so what?  You were going to die anyway of something.  By the time an adult nurtured on these lies of origin wises up, it is too late to change the consequences of immoral living. The person who believes he is a thing, should he live long enough, may become totally depraved.  Workers in mental institutions will verify this.

Fortunately the demands of modern life are such that people may come to a quicker realization of their predicament.  They may not be able to change their minds completely, but at least they realize that the fruits of that lifestyle are not leading to the pursuit of happiness.

At the root of this malaise is the theory of evolution which negates the principle that God created everything.  Evolution is unproven; but that bothers no one if they want to abandon all morals and do anything they wish.  For the lawless it is a perfect theology.  And it has become the quasi-theology of our age thanks to an ever decaying educational system and the silly notion that ideas don’t count. Evolution allows us to deceive ourselves that there are no consequences for behavior.  If the moral law is invalid then I can do pretty much as I please.  Whatever feels good! We see anarchy everyday now, shootings and marches,  burning buildings, lootings and shoplifting. Some political figures make their living stirring up trouble.

We are being ruled by emotions. Unhappy people are routinely asked How do you feel?  Jesus never said that even one time.  He said ” What do you think?”  Thinking precedes action. Feelings are a reaction.  For that I suggest Dr. Phil.  Feelings have no power to break the lie over a life.

How do you break the power of a lie- particularly one so strong that it makes demonic hirelings out of its most violent adherents?

There is no power against the Truth. That is why freedom of speech, religion, and assembly is not the last but the FIRST Amendment of the Constitution. The US Constitution is the set of rules we agree to live by.  Without that we are powerless to preserve our lives.  It means we should not allow others to shut us up. or change the Constitution wily-nily.  Of course it will have repercussions – it always does.  Other people’s lack of understanding should not hamper your behavior.  If you know what you know, then you are free to repeat it.  Churches have also gotten cold feet about the truth, but I notice that many of those are losing members. People have an ear for truth who actually want it, and will not finance fraud.  I think we can expect some denominations to fade entirely.

One of the major TV news stations reported, to their dismay, that over 70% of American young people believe in Biblical creation. Perhaps they had assumed that the mental conditioning which ignored basic truth had been replaced by the evolutionary thinking of amoral man.   I breathed a sigh of relief.  That is the first helpful prophetic idea I’ve heard in a long time.  When people go back to the Biblical way of thinking there is hope even if they are not sure why.  Thank you God.

 

 

Symbolism in The Wizard of Oz

Some Christian believers who may only look at the surface of this movie have suggested that it is occult-leaning and should be avoided. But I see rather a picture of the search of man for reality. There are many fictional stories which reveal the hidden heart of man and his situation.Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City And they are always the most popular of our culture – in addition to Oz, there is The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast,  and Porgy and Bess all stories of man’s inner struggles.

It is also a broad statement of the hopes that under gird the American Dream. Many people fail to notice that ultimately this is a dream.

Third, it is the reflected political vision of the “tired and poor” of Europe tossed up on the shores of the USA. Several Jews played a major part in the creation of this movie and its music, esp. Somewhere over the Rainbow. Even after a decade of war, flapper-excess, the great depression and the blossoming of the mob thanks to Prohibition these upheavals could not stem the tide from Europe which drove thousands of Jews and many others to America after World War 1.

America is still the land of promises where bluebirds fly. Jews working on the movie expressed their hopes for America where a lost girl, and three other flawed creatures could join forces to locate the person who will realize their personal dreams. The Wizard of Oz continues to be one of the top box-office draws of all time because it expresses the individual dream of all people for a happy productive life.

I prefer to see it as Man’s eternal search to answer the basic questions – who am I, where am I going, and what is truth. In this interpretation Dorothy becomes Every Man. Dissatisfied with life, feeling put upon authorities and contested by evil forces (the witchy-woman who wants to dispose of poor little Toto, the dog) she tries to run away when the tornado scoops her up.

Dorothy was a real orphan. Her dreams meant escaping her unhappy life; many people do feel fatherless and unwanted. Psychologists say some people actually believe they are not the real children of their parents. Denial of who and what we are can continue into adult life. Dorothy ends up in a totally improbable world where she accidentally kills an evil witch, is applauded by scores of very small people, treated as an honored guest and sent on her way to find the Utopian Personage known as The Wizard.

And we all want that, to be appreciated, to be sent to someone who can solve all our problems with one sweep of the hand. Christians sing, “Earth is not my home, I’m only passing through.” This is true – we are all temporary, and we all want a life of happiness and fulfillment. On the Yellow Brick road to truth, which is the Kingdom of Oz, Dorothy must deal with the three parts of a human being – the will, the intellect and the emotions, which in theology is known as the soul.

The Tin Man needs a heart, the Scarecrow needs a brain and the Lion needs a spirit consistent with his true nature, i.e. lionhearted. The Emerald City is both a symbol of American money, the greenbacks, but also of heaven for Christian believers, the New Jerusalem built of emeralds.

Christians will notice that Jesus is compared to the King of the Beasts, the ruler of man’s total nature.  Salvation to a believer is the union of those three disparate parts of his nature under the leadership of God. God in this movie is pictured as a Wizard, which we find out later actually is not a god-figure as his clay feet are exposed. Dorothy and her friends (her three part divided soul) have been looking for the wrong thing.

Poor Oz. He knows he’s only human and playing god so when Dorothy chews him out for being a hypocritical control freak he quickly repents and promises to make things right. He tells the four of them they already have their answers.

And that of course is life. The Utopian fix-all God is not available and all the smoke and mirrors of secular life cannot hide it in the end. Yellow is the symbol for holiness, is the road they must take to get to a heavenly home and a true God.

Along the way Dorothy and her friends must deal with a devilish attack as do all humans and they escape with help, some of it otherworldly as when the poppies put them to sleep. Yes, we have angels in attendance.

In fact, Jesus is that kryptonite which handles the enemy’s kingdom for us, as we come to realize that we cannot be as perfect as we would want and that everything we sought for ourselves was really inside all along; The lion had courage, the tin man was a softy, and the scarecrow solved problems. Not one of us is anywhere near as bad off as we think or as powerful as we had hoped. Nor are we as lost as we had assumed. There is a God. Those red shoes, symbol of the blood of Jesus, will take her back home.

And when Dorothy ends up in her own bed, she is surrounded by the same people and the same problems but with a new attitude of gratitude about herself and her family. Salvation for a believer is not an event but a process of coming to reality about life, its limitations and of course, its final goal.

Dorothy makes it – and so can we.

This is a Chapter in my forthcoming book Coming Fall, Dream Interpretation and Biblical Symbolism 

Coming Fall 2018