Unlike my last several posts, tonight I will not be using an analogy from one of my favorite pieces of entertainment, but tonight I will be going personal. Each one of you people reading this post, I know for a fact that you can all relate to it in at least one aspect: having friends (even if it’s just family.). Yes, everyone at one point in their life has had at least one or more friends. Friends are great, but there comes a time when friends leave. That can either be in four contexts: 1. You have to let that once good friend go because they only leave hurt; 2. the person just outright leaves; 3. they die; or 4. a good friend becomes distant at fault of a move or life change, but you still stay in contact even though you guys are in very different places. All contexts hurt, the last is more bittersweet as it hits home more personally right now, but there does come a time when friends leave. People come and go in this life, and I’ve had to deal with that a lot, in fact I’m quite sensitive emotionally to it; but regardless this is an important topic. God did not create us to go about this life alone, and those friends you find, they are our influences either for good or for bad. It’s incredibly important to find good Christian friends within the church that will stick by your side, encourage you, keep you accountable, and help strengthen your faith in the Lord as they push you closer towards Him.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Every human friend moves on, and leaves at some point in this life; God is the only one that never truly leaves, nor changes.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a] his mercies never come to an end;
God is the only friend that’ll never leave us, and remain with you through all times if you repent of your sins, put your trust in Him, and accept His free gift of salvation. God is the only friend that’ll never ever change, nor leave.
10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Even if you have no earthly friends at all, God is always there; and won’t ever leave you if you put your trust in Him. Let Him be your perfect best friend in this life, while you still can. Let Him be that friend that’ll never ever change or leave, because He is the only thing in this world that truly gives real comfort and peace. Nothing can replace God, nothing lasts forever apart from Him. Jesus is coming back soon, friends; accept His free gift of salvation before it’s too late.
16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
(!!Spoiler Alert!! For those who are not caught up on Superman & Lois. Skip down a paragraph or two if you wish not to read the spoilery analogy but still wish to read God’s Word and what it says about the Enneagram.)
Ah, Superman & Lois, chances are most of you reading this post have not heard of the show, but let me tell you right now it’s awesome! So far it’s legitimately the cleanest Superhero show I’ve seen yet, and when finding entertainment to watch these days it can be quite tricky finding clean (no sexual content, big language, LGBTQ, etc) movies and shows to watch in this twisted sinful world. Sure, it still has the exciting battles of good vs. evil and the characters have their own personal issues, quibbles, and annoyances with each other, but when it comes to entertainment, so far this show is a killer! The family values are great, the plot is exciting and touching, and it also shows that even the most powerful DC superhero probably ever, isn’t perfect at all as he wrestles with mental and physical issues of his own. Buuuut, in Smallville the Kent family have their hands full as Morgan Edge has decided to cozy on in that town as well. On the outside, Edge’s plans appear as good as they can be as they “seem” to be helping the good people of Smallville who have been quite struggling with employment, especially the farmers and small business owners. Buuuut, are Edge’s goals as noble as they’re cracked up to be..? So far this season, not really! Underneath Edge’s plans, is something quite sinister that could cause a ton of damage to Smallville and their world as a whole if not stopped. What could go wrong with an army of humans given Kryptonian powers by the means of X-Kryptonite in order to probably and just maybe take over the world and turn on the regular humans? Plenty, to say the least! One character watched it happen once before as it hurt the people he loved, and he’s not gonna let it happen again as Edge’s plans continue to unfold into something quite.. ugly.
The seemingly good Enneagram is very much like Morgan Edge and his plans; the Enneagram seems quite innocent and helpful on the outside but in reality it’s rotten on the inside. Sadly, sin often times parades as something seemingly good and enjoyable to the eye, Satan is the Father of Lies after all..
2 Corinthians 11:14
14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Satan is a deceiver and is prowling around like a lion looking for his next victims, and sadly his deception has crept into the Church in yet another form besides abortion, LGBTQ, etc. It’s called the Enneagram. Ever heard of it? I’m sure you have as it’s SO POPULAR. It seems innocent, right? It’s a personality quiz that classifies you as a number from 1-9 and it gives you a complete and freaky description on the personality number you just happened to get. But is that really all there is to it..? Nope.
Ever heard of the Zodiac and reading the future either through the stars or by means of Tarot cards? As alarming as it sounds for something that seemingly looks so innocent, the Enneagram is just like that. The Enneagram is New Age teaching that was written by the means of Automatic Writing (Demons writing through a person) but packaged in a way that dupes so many individuals; including Christians..
19 And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.
God made the sun, moon, stars, etc as an expression to show His glory and great handiwork, not for people to look and worship them! When trusting the Enneagram, or any other New Age crap like that for that matter, you are saying that you trust more in those signs and results than in God who was the one that actually made you and knows everything about you. When trusting in the Enneagram, you are actually worshiping it as you just continue to go back to, trust in, and be marveled at those disgusting descriptions written by demons. If you find yourself caught in the Enneagram teaching or any other New Age crap, run from them, friends! The Enneagram is pure sin! This just goes to show how bad this world has spiraled because of the deceit and apostasy in the Church. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is very near, and you don’t want to be one of the people left behind to witness the Great Tribulation. Hold fast, and remain strong in the faith, dear friends. Have on the full Armor of God and be in the Word, so that you will be able to defend yourself from any Spiritual attack that is thrown your way; you DO NOT want to be found lukewarm when Christ returns.
(*Disclaimer: The photo above is not my own and was found on the internet as it captures a scene from Superman & Lois.)
(*Disclaimer: Superman & Lois is property of The CW and DC entertainment.)
Ah, Superman, one of the most overpowered superheroes out there, but one character that can actually be pretty cool if done right. The Man of Steel is probably one of the more darker takes on Superman in the whole movie industry, which.. brings us to this post. Now, you may be asking yourself why in the world I even brought up the Man of Steel’s version of the heroic Kryptonian. Well, it all comes from one scene in the flick; one scene that I am not linking to this post because of its destruction and violence. This said scene takes place near the end of the film during Superman’s quite dramatic and violent fight with General Zod; a fight that ends in Superman murdering the villain. Now, Zod was not the nicest guy, but since when has Superman just out and murdered someone like that, when it wasn’t even out of self protection, and especially when he didn’t have to kill the crazed lunatic? Apparently the Man of Steel’s take on Superman failed to see that there was another way that didn’t involve Superman breaking moral character.
The Bible clearly states that we shouldn’t murder and that it is a grave sin, and so why in the world has abortion overrun this country and made it become more legal than ever? Abortion is out right murder of babies.
17 “‘You shall not murder.
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
This society is getting more and more twisted by the day and the birth pangs are getting ever more worse the closer we get to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which just goes to show that it’s very very soon, friends. More and more sin is becoming legal, and it’s absolutely disastrous. By choosing abortion, you are literally murdering an innocent person; that baby inside the womb is not just a bunch of cells but a human being. By choosing abortion you are gravely sinning against God and ending an innocent life; their blood is on your hands. For the people and churches out there that claim to be Christian but preach that abortion is okay, that teaching is the doctrine of demons. Run from it!
8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murders, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Do not be deceived friends in this time of great apostasy, remain strong in the faith, be in the Word, and have on the full Armor of God to battle the Devil’s schemes. These times are absolutely wicked, but we must endure and remain strong in the faith. Jesus is coming back soon, friends.
(*Disclaimer: the photo above is not my own, it was found on the internet and from the movie The Man of Steel)
(*Disclaimer: The Man of Steel is property of Warner Bros. and DC entertainment.)
Captain America: Civil War is probably one of the most depressing MCU films as it ends with the beloved team of crime fighting Avengers being split; both having different views on a certain matter that forced turmoil from within the superhero crew. The team’s fallout has a major impact on both the characters and the crazy universe as a whole, which just goes to show how damaging conflicting (and often times distorting) views is within a group. As the birth pangs leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ continue to get ever more worse, more and more people and churches proclaiming to be Christian, are being corrupted by utterly false doctrine and the twisted views of the leftist agenda.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,[a]2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness[b] is revealed, the son of destruction,
1 Timothy 4:1
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
Those that fall away, never had faith in the first place, they were never filled with the Holy Spirit and were giving in to the doctrines of demons instead. Those churches that claim that homosexuality/trans is okay and that God has no problem with it whatsoever, are not speaking the truth but twisting it as they give in to today’s society’s views. Those people that claim to love and have faith in God, but spew these doctrines of demons, really don’t. If those people really did have the Holy Spirit inside of them molding them to be more Christlike, they would be running as far away as possible from those false teachings and doctrines. Now, we’re not supposed to hate LGBTQ people, but by all means we shouldn’t support their ideals, their ideals are far from Christlike. If someone of the LGBTQ community claims to be a Christian, they are clearly not as someone filled with the Holy Spirit would not act like everyone else of this world. I know this post is stern, but it must be said as many people and churches claiming to be Christian are accepting these false doctrines and falling away.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b]10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
Whew! And to think that twisted views contradicting those very real and true words of God have creeped into the church!
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
Just like Baron Helmut Zemo caused strife within the Avengers team in Captain America: Civil War, Satan is having a heyday right now with how society is turning; Satan is the Father of Lies after all and loves to see demonic doctrines slipping into the church and causing despicable chaos. This doesn’t just go for LGBTQ, but also *abortion, and as far as the seemingly innocent *enneagram, etc (*will discuss these in a later post.) Hold fast, my friends, Jesus is coming back soon. We must endure, for great apostasy has overrun this church! We must be in The Word and be prepared with the full Armor of God to face any Spiritual conflicts that Satan might throw our way—we absolutely must, friends.
(*Disclaimer: the photo above is not my own and was found on the internet—it captures one of the scenes from Captain America: Civil War.)
(*Disclaimer: Captain America: Civil War is property of Marvel entertainment.)
Ah, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one of the grittier movies the MCU has to offer. To be honest the first time I watched this movie, it went a bit over my head, and it wasn’t until the second time I watched it a few years later that I was mature enough to fully understand it. Sure, the soundtrack/score is epic, the plot keeps you on your toes, and the fights make you want to jump up and root for Steve and friends, but underneath that entertaining exterior is a message that is pretty hard to miss as a Christian; at least where analogy through the storytelling goes.
1 Peter 2:24-25
24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[a] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
I think everyone knows at least something about Captain America one way or another; he’s practically the perfect super soldier fighting for humanity and wearing the famed red, white, and blue that graces the screen of books, comics, and movies alike. What you might not know unless you are a big fan, is that he has a best friend by the name of James “Bucky” Barnes. The two fought side by side together in World War 2, that is.. until Bucky’s fall. During a mission, Bucky basically died, it wasn’t until 70+ years later that Steve discovered that his long lost best friend had never actually died but was brainwashed by the villainous HYDRA. HYDRA had turned Bucky into something that he was never intended to be in the first place.
Jesus in an allegorical sense (Notice I enlarged “allegorical,” that is very important because this analogy is only meant to be just that: an analogy in hopes of helping to explain the topic. Steve by all means is not God, he’s human like us, but there are some comparisons because of the sacrificial storyline of the movie.) is very much like Steve/Captain America; Bucky being like us as sinners. In the beginning God created us to be in communion with Him, but He also gave us free will and through the Serpent’s/Satan’s lies and temptations, Adam and Eve caused the fall of mankind—from there on out sin entered the world.
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband,who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
Sin corrupted this world because of Adam and Eve’s actions, they disobeyed God’s instructions and listened to Satan instead. Wretched sin corrupted this world and caused mankind to fall, we our now all born with a sinful nature thanks to it. Everyone is born a sinner thanks to sin that befell this once perfect world; just like HYDRA brainwashed Bucky into being someone he never was before his terrible fall. But ya know what? God loved us so much that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die a horrible death in our place in order to save us from our sins. The penalty of our sin is death, absolutely everyone deserves that, but God loves us so much that He made a way for us to be with Him again. Our sin leaves a gap between us and God, nothing can fill it besides faith in Jesus Christ and in His death and resurrection.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Our sin earns us a ticket of eternity into Hell after we die, that’s what we deserve, but God made a way for us so that doesn’t have to happen. If you repent of your sins and have genuine faith in Jesus Christ, after you die you’ll be able to spend a perfect eternity with God in Heaven. Through repenting and having faith, the gap caused by sin will be filled, and your communion with God restored.
If you watch the YouTube link at the top of the post, it shows the final scene of Steve and Bucky as the SHIELD Helacarriar starts to plummet into the water below. Steve states to Bucky that he knows him, though Bucky believes the contrary and screams at Steve while pummeling him with punches. Steve doesn’t fight Bucky as he tells him that he is his friend, Bucky just replies that Steve is his “mission” and continues to beat up the very person who he used to be the closest to before his fall. Steve wearily tells Bucky then to “finish it” because he’s “with him till the end of the line.” Bucky does nothing and just stares at Steve’s body as it weakly cascades into the water far beneath him. Steve was willing to sacrifice himself in order to *stop HYDRA* (will talk about that in another post) but not only that, he was willing to save his friend that was so far gone that it seemed like there was nothing left of how he once used to be.
Friends, Jesus sacrificed himself in our place so that that gap caused by sin could be filled in order for us to be in communion with God once again; all you have to do is repent and have faith in what he has done and believe that God is the *one true God and created everything* (will talk about that in another post). It’s that easy; and it’s completely free too!
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Just like Bucky eventually found his way once again and became free from HYDRA, you only need to accept God’s free gift of salvation to be healed. The end is very near, friends, repent and call on the name of the Lord while there’s still time! You don’t want to find yourself in an eternity in Hell.
(By the way this is my very first post and I am still learning how WordPress works.)
*Disclaimer all of the photos used were found on the internet and are not my own.
*Captain America: The Winter Soldier is property of Marvel entertainment.