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Friday, April 27th, 2007 | Author:

From the Kentucky Masonic Handbook, page 95

Albert Pike, author of Morals and Dogma (1871) considered the bible of Masorry.

In Morals and Dogma, Pike wrote:

“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it….

The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…

every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself…” 1

The next statement reduces the Masonic philosophy to a single premise. Pike writes:

“The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god but the negation of God. The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry.

Lucifer, the Light Bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls?

Doubt it not!” 2

Albert Pike explained in Morals & Dogma how the true nature of Freemasonry is kept a secret from Masons of lower degrees:

“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry. The whole body of the Royal and Sacerdotal Art was hidden so carefully, centuries since, in the High Degrees, as that it is even yet impossible to solve many of the enigmas which they contain. It is well enough for the mass of those called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain, and without any true reward violate his obligations as an Adept. Masonry is the veritable Sphinx, buried to the head in the sands heaped round it by the ages. ” 3

A reader has written to say the following, regarding the secrecy of higher Freemasonry levels:

“When in grade school we are taught that the three smallest particles of matter were the proton, neutron and electron. Today, we know there are a multitude of yet even smaller particles that make up those first particles. Could we in the 5th grade have understood the quarks, leptons, and other smaller particles without understanding the proton, neutron and electron first? I sincerely doubt it.

Masonry is the same way. The first three degrees are referred to as Symbolic Masonry. Degrees four through 32 are part of what is referred to as Philosophical Masonry. The degrees that follow, from the 34th and up are referred to as the Esoteric Degrees. Again, notice how things are taught in steps.”

While I absolutely agree that it is right for information to be gradually fed to an ever enquiring mind, I do not agree that it makes sense to “use false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled“, which is what Morals and Dogma explains.

(All Scripture references are from the NASB. Emphasis added on some verses.) For other articles search www.settingtherecordstraight.org

In my desire to please Him,

Pastor Ike

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 | Author:

 Amos 8:11 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, When I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the LORD.”

This fits our situation today. Preachers are routinely changing God’s word to suit the tender feelings of their listeners and butchering what God has said. Ear tickling is rampant.

Matt 11:5 {the} BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and {the} lame walk, {the} lepers are cleansed and {the} deaf hear, {the} dead are raised up, and {the} POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.

Matt 12:22 Then a demon-possessed man {who was} blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.

Matt 15:14 “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

Matt 15:30 And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them {those who were} lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.

Matt 15:31 So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Matt 20:30 And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

Matt 21:14 And {the} blind and {the} lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.

Matt 23:16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, {that} is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’

Matt 23:17 “You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?

Matt 23:19 “You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?

Matt 23:24 “You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Matt 23:26 “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

Dr. Henry Blackaby, in his book, ‘The Ways Of God,’ says, “Human beings have a great weakness for rationalizing truth.” ” Throughout history, people have continued to redefine the clear teaching of God. The New Testament tells us that the scribes and Pharisees, who were the writers and interpreters of the laws of God, had developed all kinds of interpretations that were misleading and confusing to people. Jesus condemned those leaders and compared them to blind people leading blind people.” (page 19)

I have heard preachers say, “It doesn’t matter whether we pray in Jesus’ name or not, He hears us just the same.”

I have heard preachers say, “It doesn’t matter whether we use grape juice and flat bread or Coke and sweet rolls.”

It certainly does matter. Why was Jesus so specific when He spoke instructions to His disciples? He was teaching them so that they would teach others etc. etc. etc.

John 14:13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do {it.}

John 15:16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and {that} your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

John 16:23 “In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.

John 16:24 “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

John 16:26 “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Plus all related verses.

(All Scripture references are from the NASB. Emphasis added on some verses.) For other articles search www.settingtherecordstraight.org

Pastor Ike

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 | Author:

This letter was written to our local director of missions, Dr. J.K. Minton

Your message to all pastors on the trap of sex traps is excellent. Pastors often get a bigger than life attitude because of all the praise laid on them by the congregation and others and often we start to even believe it. This leaves the pastor vulnerable to sexual, drug and alcohol temptations. Sometimes it comes because of the high stress on their lives and they turn to this as an escape.

“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” Matthew 15:18-19

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” Luke 6:45 “If you do well, will not

your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7

Satan is on duty and so are his servants to try and bring down pastors in any way he can. He can and must be defeated!

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 The determination that God alone will be our Master is a sure fire way of sending the devil packing.

A wise friend of mine told me something that has stuck with me over the thirty-two years of being a preacher. “Never do today what you don’t want in the newspaper headlines tomorrow.” Imagine the consequences before you act. Look into the face of your wife and children, the people you minister to daily. Now they respect you, tomorrow … you must fill in the blank!

It always grieves me when we hear about or read of another moral failure in church leaders. The devil surely laughs that hideous laugh as he sees another of God’s men taken out of service to live a life of shame and disgrace. We should never believe the devil’s lie that ‘one won’t hurt.’ It only takes one incident to wreck your life and that of your family and those who look to us to be moral examples of what a Christian should be. The only passion a pastor needs is passion for the Lord and His kingdom and passion for this wife. We must keep our vessel pure for the Lord. “Now these things happened as examples for us,

so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:6-13

Brother, I feel very deeply about this topic. I pray that God’s men and women in His service will heed His word to flee immorality of all kinds and seek the Lord daily starting on their faces each morning in prayer. We should consult a road map before the journey and so it is with our day as a pastor or staff member. Get God’s direction first and then just do what He revealed to you in prayer.

A final thought, the best protection from temptation is a happy and healthy marriage. For those who are still single, keep away from temptation lest you lose your ministry before it gets started. Marry as a virgin! Married pastors MUST have a healthy marriage. This is an area that many pastors feel is just too private to talk to another person about. TALK ABOUT IT WITH A TRUSTED BROTHER. DO NOT TALK TO ANOTHER WOMAN ABOUT THIS. THIS CAN SPELL MORE TROUBLE. Get some help. God did not put you together to be miserable but to fulfill each other. You married because you loved each other and now the home fires must be kept burning brightly. The following verses lay this turth out very powerfully.

“Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 7:1-5

Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:9 “Drink water from

your own cistern and fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated always with her love. For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress and embrace the bosom of a foreigner? For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He watches all his paths. His own iniquities will capture the wicked, and he will be held with the cords of his sin. He will die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.” Proverbs 5:15-23

I heard a saying a few years ago that makes a lot of sense. “For every kick there is a kick-back.” Consequences, consequences, consequences!

J.K., I felt the urging of the Lord to write this note on this topic. If you feel that it would be helpful to others then feel free to send it on. Also, if a pastor wants a totally confidential pastor to talk to about things he is battling with, I will do my best to help him as the Lord allows me the strength and energy to do so. Let me know what you think about all of this.

I love you bro and also all who stand in God’s pulpit and teach the wonderful Word of God.

Pastor Ike

—– Original Message —–

From: J. K. Minton

To: Bill Clark

Cc: Carol Landry

Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 12:06 PM

Subject: Darrell Allen’s story

Guys,

You might want to read the testimony of a guy who served on my staff in Houston, but who got snared by the sex trap. The devil is relentless — don’t think that you are immune! If this is a problem in your life, seek help sooner, not later!

Darrell is coming to see me tomorrow — I’m thankful for the grace and mercy of the Lord, but as you can read, there are great consequences of sin!

http://www.sbtexas.com/default.asp?action=article&aid=3695&issue=4/2/2007

JK

Dr. J. K. Minton, Director of Missions Bluebonnet Baptist Association 1424 N Business I-35 New Braunfels, TX 78130 Office: 830.629.7674 Cell: 830.708.4929 Website: www.bluebonnetbaptist.org

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Wednesday, April 04th, 2007 | Author:

As we approach this time of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I felt led of the Lord to take note of the last two chapters in the Bible, Revelation 21 and 22. They are loaded with blessings and warnings. I am very troubled today by the lethargy of believers when it comes to evangelism or telling the Good News to those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior. These final words are thrilling and chilling depending on where each person stands with God. Last words are always especially important and these are the final words of God’s revelation. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that there is more beyond Genesis through Revelation. That’s all folks! We have far more than we can assimilate. Take note of these final pronouncements from the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer etc. etc. etc.

(Note: beware of anyone who calls himself an apostle. The one critical qualification for being an apostle was that they had to have physically seen the resurrected Christ. We will all see Him at His return but no one has seen Him in the flesh since His ascension. He has not made sneak visits.)

The Apostle John is speaking…

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”

Things are going to drastically change. This is a stern warning to all cults, religions and even atheists who try to deny the Word of God and all that He says is going to happen. Jehovah’s Witnesses are right in the crosshairs here as they are all mixed up on Heaven and who will go there. They claim that only 144,000 JW’s will be in heaven and all the rest will be living for eternity on a rebuilt planet earth. It ain’t gonna happen folks. Just read the text:

“And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel…”

Revelation 7:4

They are not Jews nor are they the missing tribe! This is sheer nonsense and it will cost the eternal souls of all followers of the Watchtower. Cults always enslave and dominate and true Christianity always sets free! Note the following passage from Peter.

“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:8-18

I would not want to be one who distorts Scripture when I stand before this Holy, Almighty God. These folks, for the most part, know fully that their teaching is bogus. Often the honest ones leave the organization when they discover this but others continue the distortions for self preservation and power.

“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book…” Revelation 22:18

These cults travel over land and sea to make one convert and they make them twice the sons of Hell as they are. I pray fervently that these cult leaders will wise up and renounce all the horrendous teachings that they enslave their followers with. The Mormons make no room for women in their religion except to be sent to their own planet, along with all the other women who have been sealed to one man, and to be kept barefoot and pregnant for all eternity as they populate the whole planet. This comes more from science fiction and certainly not the Bible. Beware of any group that says that their holy book is better or replaces the Bible. Islam makes this very claim and according to Dr. Shorrosh, an Arab Christian scholar, 75% of the Koran is plagiarized from the Bible. In other words they stole 75% of the Bible and included it in the Koran. This proves that you cannot have some truth and some falsehood and make it all come out good.

Oh but for all true believers, here is a preview of what will await them. To be invited to the wedding of all human history is mind blowing. Not only to be invited but to be the bride! (Along with a few billion others) Read on!

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their

eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be {any} mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

(Promise only good for those ‘inside’ the family of God)

Rev 21:5 ¶ And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”

(Talk about a huge construction site! Not really, God only has to speak and ‘It is finished!’)

And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

Rev 21:6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

Rev 21:7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he (and she .. daughter of course) will be My son.

Rev 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (OUTSIDE: Note, no matter how hard man tries to make homosexuals, fornicators, adulterers, liars, murderers, (including abortion) idol worshipers, (ie materialism etc.) unbelieving, cowardly, sorcerers etc.) this will never remove their date at the judgment of Jesus Christ. It will happen and there won’t be any fast talking, shyster lawyers there to defend you, they will be in line just ahead of you. Not all lawyers are this way if they are born again believers) “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names

were
written on them, which are
the names

of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
There were
three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were
the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod,
fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. And he measured its wall, seventy two yards, {according to} human measurements, which are
also angelic
measurements. The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone.
The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the sev
enth, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are
its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is
the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and
nothing unclean
, and no one who practices abomination and
lying
, shall ever come into it, but only those
whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:1-27 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.
Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.” Revelation 22:14-15
This is as serious as a heart attack folks! Do you have anyone who is ‘outside’ the grace, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus today? We weren’t saved to be comfortable and just enjoy the benefits of salvation. We were saved to serve Him and His number one passion is that His people would bring the lost to Him
throughout the year. We have a special opportunity on Resurrection Sunday and at the celebration of His birth. Will we get caught up in the ‘holiday celebration, coloring eggs, bunny rabbits etc., or will we let God set our soul on fire to win those who are ‘outside’ and desperately need to get ‘inside’ like us?

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