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The Gospel of Jesus Christ vs. the Pagan World
by Lois M. Anderson
We are presently going
through a crisis as servants of God and Jesus Christ. Those who
believe in the scriptures will come to understand something, that
is, all of us throughout history are connected. We do not stand
here alone in the 21st century. Our lives have been influenced by
the millennia of years before us.
It may be politically incorrect among Restorationists to admit this, but I think my favorite part of the scriptures is the Old Testament. The reason for that is because the Old Testament is where it all starts. The same conflict in the Old Testament was between the true gospel of Jesus Christ and the corruption of the gospel, the Pagan religion. That is exactly what we are dealing with again at this very minute.
The gospel of Jesus Christ was preached to Adam and by Adam in its purest form. The sacrifice of the perfect lamb was the symbolism that pointed to Jesus Christ's sacrifice. It did not take very long for that pure gospel to be corrupted. Cain was the first person to corrupt the meaning of the sacrifice. By the time of Noah the gospel had been so corrupted that God drowned everyone but eight people. The corrupt religion was in full force again by the time God made His covenant with Abraham. The corruption of the gospel is probably the main reason that God made the covenant with Abraham. Abraham was one person who believed in the gospel. He lived in a pagan society. In order to save the gospel God took him out of that society into a relatively empty territory.
Anybody who has studied ancient history at all knows that religion was based on fertility. The ability to bare children and the success of the crops and herds was all wrapped up together. So the people had to have a whole bunch of gods who were controlling the weather and keeping the insects, vermin and diseases away from their livelihood. They also had a whole temple system of priests and priestesses, prostitutes of both genders, supposedly as a form of worship to insure fertility. They had a whole system of sexual licentiousness mascarading as religion. For your information read Leviticus Chapter18, the entire chapter.
3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do; and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do; neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.
4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein; I am the Lord your God.
5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments; which if a man do, he shall live in them; I am the Lord.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things; for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you;
25 And the land is defiled; therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you;
27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)
28 That the land spew not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spewed out the nations that were before you.
29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein; I am the Lord your God.
The ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the gods would take care of your crops was to sacrifice your baby, or a young virgin girl or some other worthy person. This was the ultimate corruption of the sacrifice of the lamb which Adam was instructed to make. When the children of Israel went into Canaan, one of the things they were forbidden to do was kill their children as sacrifices to any god. Remember when you were a child and you first heard the story of how God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? What did you think as a child? It didn't make sense did it? That is because we were raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition where such things are unthinkable. But think about Abraham, he came from a society where this was normal. Many people recognize that God's request to Abraham was symbolic of the sacrifice that God himself would make, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But I think that God was also teaching Abraham something. The pagan world demanded such sacrifices, God does not. God then provided a ram and the sacrifice was given in the manner in which God had taught Adam.
Where am I going with this long story? The return of women to the priesthood is a clear sign to me of the return to paganism. The effort to make homosexuality a legitimate lifestyle is also a clear sign of a return to paganism. You could say, "Who knows where it will go from there?" I know. It will get worse and worse, there will not be a sin that is not acceptable and common practice.
What would a woman prophet signify? Again, I say a return to paganism. We are told in the scriptures to contend against no church, save it be the church of the devil. The pagan religion IS the church of the devil and it is making a strong return.
What is the place of women in the gospel of Jesus Christ? Well, I can tell you it is not to occupy a place of sexual licentiousness or to be symbols of fertility. And it is not to emasculate our men and strip them of power. It is to be helpmeets to our husbands. It is to raise our children to the best of our abilities. Women who are striving for power are not paying proper attention to their children and their children are becoming lost in a wilderness of confusion and sin.
The bottom line is, the pure gospel of Jesus Christ is once again being challenged by a religion corrupted by Satan to cater to the basest of human behavior.
Respectfully submitted by,
Copyright © 2001 Lois M.
Anderson: All Rights Reserved
Last revised: March 03, 2002